Activity Report August 19 – August 25

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

It is great to have our students back.  Last week I met with the Presidential Ambassadors for a session, lectured to AXED 475/575 Leadership class, welcomed and spoke to the new Cadets in the Army ROTC program. Then I was surprised and pleased when the Army ROTC summoned me out of my office at 7:30 am to sing Happy Birthday to me and to shoot their cannon, which caused 2,000 birds to quickly vacate Horseshoe area.  I do enjoy being in the classroom and to inspire all of our students to participate in University activities.

Thanks to Dr. Boberg, I was invited to visit with the Prudential Company leadership from El Paso to discuss how we could team up on a number of initiatives.  Prudential has a large and growing presence in the Borderplex region and are looking for student interns and graduates in a number of disciplines who may want to work in El Paso.  Kudos to Dr. Boberg and others who are driving our engagement with the business community.  Keep it up, Kevin.

Superintendent Greg Ewing of the Las Cruces Public Schools dropped by to discuss strengthening the relationship between NMSU and LCPS.  This guy is terrific.  He believes that NMSU should be the University of choice for LCPS graduates and is willing to join us in promoting the same.  For example, he offered to put NMSU material (banners, posters) in all LCPS schools and to promote Aggie Thursday, where teachers, staff, and students would wear Aggie gear.  They reserve Friday for each of the High Schools to fly their colors.  He is currently working with Bernadette Montoya and Dacia Sedillo regarding recruitment activities.  The Superintendent now teaches for NMSU Dona Ana.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

On Monday, August 21, I met with the Aggie Pathway team to discuss numbers, the upcoming year, and how best to meet the needs of students in the Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program.  In its second year, the program has grown to more than 650 students on the NMSU Dona Ana campus, a very gratifying result. The learning communities continue to fill and one of our challenges going forward will be scheduling enough of these to satisfy demand. It was a pleasure to acknowledge the good work of the team that has worked so hard to make this program a success.  Many thanks to Danielle Staley,  Michelle Guzman-Armijo, Brad Mazdra, Monica Torres, Rafael Delgado, David Burleson, and Greg Fant.

On Tuesday at noon, I was the speaker at the regular meeting of the Rio Grande Rotary Club, a group that really knows how to have a good time. I enjoyed sharing many good news items with them, including our more than 11 percent growth in first year students, the large increase in branch transfers to the NMSU campus, and the large increase in size of the Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program.

Much of my week was occupied by regularly scheduled meetings, such as the Academic Deans Council, but increasingly I am clearing my schedule so that I have time to work on our HLC Assurance Argument.  Thanks to the good work of Shelly Stovall and her team, the Assurance Argument is in good shape.  Nevertheless, given the importance of accreditation to NMSU (and all American universities), it is critical that I, and other members of the NMSU community carefully read, edit, and revise the document.

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Dean Rolando Flores

NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari is benefiting from a public – private partnership to evaluate beef cattle feed efficiency genetics (http://tucbulltest.nmsu.edu/). Since 1961, the New Mexico Beef Cattle Performance Association (now the Tucumcari Feed Efficiency Test, LLC) has tested bulls to estimate feedlot performance of their progeny based on pen feed efficiency as the average of up to four animals. In 2015, facilities were upgraded with GrowSafe technology allowing measurement of individual animal feed efficiency with planned expansions to allow for a concurrent testing capacity of 160 head beginning this summer. The concept behind genetic testing for feed efficiency is herd improvement at the farm/ranch level, which should translate into either higher feeder cattle prices or reduced feed costs at the feedlot level. Improved beef cattle feed efficiency also will help increase global food production, particularly protein, without having to increase crop production acreage or yield per acre.

 

Willis Fedio and Ruben Zapata from the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety conducted a training for the Saudi Food and Drug Authority in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.  The training was coordinated through the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.  Seven SFDA analysts from throughout Saudi Arabia participated in the course.  Topics covered included “Detection and Isolation of Listeria monocytogenes from Foods,” “Enumeration of Listeria monocytogenes in Foods,” and “Detection and Isolation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 from Foods.” The training included lectures that provided background for the procedures and hands-on laboratory exercises which included cultural procedures and molecular methods for each of the pathogens.  The NMSU Food Safety Laboratory and the SFDA both made valuable connections through this project and are continuing their technology transfer collaborations.

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli

 

This week our Student Ambassadors attended the Aggie Services Rally on August 22.  They met with current students and also got to visit with other ambassadors from the other colleges.

 

 

 

Dean Pontelli and Dean Flores (ACES) visited several institutions and research centers in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to explore potential collaborations and opportunities for NMSU.

 

 

Hundreds of members of the NMSU community gathered together late morning Monday, August 21,  to view the partial solar eclipse that was visible from southern New Mexico.  Using Astronomy Department provided, appropriately designed telescopes for safely viewing the Sun, participants and passersby alike took advantage of the celestial spectacle to see the Sun covered to varying extents over the approximately three-hour duration of the event.  A bit less than 70 percent of the Sun became covered by the Moon as seen from here on the NMSU campus.  In addition to the telescopes, solar eclipse glasses were passed around among the participants, and many participants had, and shared, their own eclipse glasses. Department of Astronomy graduate students, and staff, and faculty hosted the very well attended and received event.  They look forward to April 8, 2024, when the next total solar eclipse to grace U.S. skies will occur and be partially visible from the NMSU campus.

 

ROTC organized a welcome and awards ceremony, welcoming the new cadets to campus.

 

 

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

I am visiting each section of our introductory business course, BUSA 111 this week and next.  It is a great opportunity to welcome our new students and let them know what resources are available to them.

On Wednesday, August 23, I met with the Applied Statistics faculty to prioritize how they are using resources and chart out the future direction for the group.

I met with the Applied Statistics and Information Systems faculty on Friday, August 25, to discuss what business analytics courses would best serve our students.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Doctoral Candidate nominated for ASHE (Association for the Study of Higher Education)   Doctoral candidate John C. Sandstrom from the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration was nominated and selected by the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) for their annual Graduate Student Policy Seminar to be held November 8-9, 2017, in Houston, Texas. . Mr. Sandstrom’s interest and background in policy studies initially began when he first received his Master of Library and Information Studies. After working with the practical aspects, he was able to pursue his interest in a more academic milieu while achieving his Master of Public Administration. During his doctoral studies, Mr. Sandstrom, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation, has moved into the study of higher education policy, especially in the area of Native American higher education. His dissertation topic, Native American Participation and Persistence in Higher Education, will be well received at the prestigious policy seminar this fall and will help to fill the dearth of research in this area.

STEM Outreach Center provides students with summer camps designed around week-long STEM projects throughout June 2017.

The various summer camps range in ages from kindergarten to eighth grade, so a student that attends a 21st CCLC site is given the opportunity to attend. The themes students explored at each camp were the following:

  • Rube Goldburg Devices Challenges students to explore simple machines that create a complex machine that follows a chain reaction.
  • Robotics Students explored various types of robots and how they create an action when designed by the students.  Coding was a key component to this curriculum and brought in mathematical and computer skills.
  • Circuits Students learned how to create simple and complex circuits using various supplies such as conductive dough, conductive materials, and electronics.
  • 3D Design Students explored art and STEM-based themes through 3D printing and modeling using a hand-held 3D printing pens.
  • Summer Olympics Students had an opportunity to go outside and have a field day with healthy competition, fast paced physical activity, and teambuilding projects.

Counseling & Educational Psychology

Dr. Patrick Quinn, interim director of the Clinical Psychopharmacology post-doctoral program in the CEP department of the College of Education, was presented with a national award from Division 55 of the American Psychological Association. Division 55 is the American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy. The award was The Major Caraveo National Service Award, which is given in honor of a former Psychopharmacology student at New Mexico State University. http://cep.nmsu.edu/

 

Don and Sarrah Kidd

Don and Sarrah Kidd were honored with the Presidential Medallion during the 2017 Fall Convocation. Immediately following, they toured the new Tech Lab in O’Donnell Hall and enjoyed lunch with Dean Pope-Davis and the leadership team. They were given an update on their endowed chair in literacy at New Mexico State University’s College of Education.

 

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

Associate Professor Delia Valles-Rosales, industrial engineering; Associate Professor Young Ho Park, mechanical and aerospace engineering; and Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan led a team of students who participated in the annual Partners for Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) design competition.  This team collaborated in a virtual team with schools from Central and South America, Asia and Europe in a vehicle design competition.  Valles-Rosales and industrial engineering students Fatemah Alajmi and Kaela Gudz traveled to Tec de Monterrey Toluca, Mexico, campus for the competition.  Their team was awarded third place.

The NMSU online master’s in engineering program was ranked #4 in the U.S. by AffordableColleges.com. In a review of schools across the nation, NMSU’s online program stood out in both quality and affordability. The mission of AffordableColleges.com is to help prospective students find schools and programs that match their educational interests while still being affordable. The ranking can be seen here: http://www.affordablecolleges.com/rankings/affordable-online-masters-engineering-degrees/

Some 25 members of Aggies Without Limits (formerly Engineers without Borders) and faculty advisers Professor Kenny Stevens and Associate Dean Sonya Cooper have successfully completed another bridge project in Nicaragua. The group included students from a variety of university disciplines including a large group from the college of engineering. The bridge spanned about 110 feet over a rocky gorge and permitted isolated villagers year round access to shopping and jobs. A variety of sponsors helped with this amazing outreach project and experiential learning experience.

Zohrab Samani, civil engineering professor, will be working jointly with several other NMSU departments on a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant through the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute. The USDA grant is part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Institute: Water for Agriculture Challenge Area. One of the 14 grants was awarded to Texas A&M AgriLife Research for a $1.3 million, three-year project which includes NMSU projects through the NMWRRI. https://ce.nmsu.edu/samani-usda/

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

The College of Health and Social Services Student Ambassadors kicked off the fall semester last week with their semester retreat.  The group discussed plans for the semester including community outreach, leadership opportunities, NMSU homecoming activities and other important events.  The HSS Ambassadors are ready for a fantastic semester!  We are excited to lead such a wonderful group of students.

Randee Greenwald, assistant professor, led a community health clinical focus group last week as part of a W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded project with the National Collaborative for Health Equity.  The purpose of the focus group was to understand community health workers’ perceptions and experiences of New Mexico health councils and the New Mexico Department of Health successes, challenges, and opportunities to improving health and racial equity. The national project goal is to identify opportunities for advancing health and racial equity through public health departments.

The Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Program sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences through the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has awarded a grant to Assistant Professor Dr. Ernesto Moralez. The grant, titled Adapted Integrative Health Coaching to Improve Pain Management for Hispanic Patients in Primary Care, was approved for $66,000 to test a communication strategy to improve clinical dialogue around chronic pain care and treatment options for Hispanic primary care patients in Las Cruces.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

 

 

Zuhl Fuel Café Grand Opening   Zuhl Fuel Café Grand Opening will be on Tuesday, September 5, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the entrance of Zuhl Library. The event will include a ribbon cutting, free food samples, giveaways, and a DJ. The ribbon cutting will be at 1:00 pm.

 

Senator Pete V. Domenici 2017-2018 Exhibit   The Senator Pete V. Domenici 2017-2018 Exhibit on the 2nd floor of Branson Library highlights United States Senator Pete V. Domenici’s work during his 36 years in Congress.  This exhibit focuses on three important areas of the Senator’s work – Nuclear non-proliferation and Russia relations, the USA Unlimited Savings Allowance Tax reform initiative, and New Mexico Military base alignment and closures. In each of these areas Domenici’s efforts have had significant impacts for the people of New Mexico and for the country as a whole.  NMSU Library will have an information table at the 10th Annual Domenici Public Policy Conference on September 13-14, 2017, at the Las Cruces Convention Center.  The information table will be covering all aspects of his life and work. NMSU Library staff will be on hand to discuss the Domenici Political Papers Archives and their accessibility.

 

New System Exlibris Alma and Primo   NMSU Library has officially begun implementation of a new system, ExLibris Alma and Primo.  ExLibris Alma is a next generation resource management system designed to ensure that the library collection can be managed through a single interface. ExLibris Primo empowers libraries to shape the discovery experience, providing students, faculty, and staff an intuitive, end-to-end service, and maximizing the value of library collections. The implementation is expected to be completed at the end of the fall semester.

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

The College of Education will be offering a new program, the Master of Science, Psychopharmacology.  The program is the first land-grant, public state university, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) to offer educational and training preparation in clinical psychopharmacology to licensed psychologists.   The training is provided under the auspices of the Counseling and Educational Psychology department.

The Graduate School, Graduate Assistantship Mandatory Orientation (GAMO), has enrolled its new graduate assistants to the program.  The GAMO is a program designed to provide new graduate assistants an opportunity to learn about expectations for graduate assistants, tips on how to be effective as a teaching assistant, research assistant, lab assistant or administrative assistant.   Participation in the two-week Online Graduate Assistant Mandatory Orientation started on July 27, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. and ends on September 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Students work at their own pace; however, a total of eight (8) hours are required to complete the mandatory orientation.

The Master’s Accelerated Program (MAP) has begun to recruit academically qualified undergraduate students to begin working on a master’s degree during their junior and senior years while completing a bachelor’s degree.   When the student graduates with the Bachelor’s degree and receives final admissions into the master’s program, the approved 12 graduate credit hours are transferred from the undergraduate to the graduate transcript. The recruitment effort is a collaboration between the Honors College and Graduate School.

The Graduate School certified 155 degrees for Summer 2017.  This has been the highest number of degrees certified since 2013.  Degrees awarded by level:

PhD- 29                    EDS – 2
DED- 1                      Masters – 105
DNP- 3                      Certificates – 15

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

 

On Monday it seemed the whole campus was transfixed with the eclipse and the Honors College staff joined Professor Billing’s students outside the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, as they happened to be taking his stage lighting class. We all learned a practical lesson in lighting from the Sun. Professor Billings had constructed paper tube pinhole cameras and we all watched the eclipse and enjoyed this demonstration of the Sun’s power.

 

Pictured from left are biology major and senior Jacqueline Kieltyka, microbiology major Ellyssia DeLayne Forbes, art and psychology major Katelyn La Page (who also designed the logo for the Ambassadors), information technology senior Damin Kendrick, Conroy Scholar and special education major Guadalupe Ochoa, and business major and current HR intern Norah Alshadadi.

This week we also welcomed our Honors College Ambassadors, a new group of students who are going to provide great support for the programs that we offer. Our new ambassadors have already helped welcome the new freshmen to campus and worked with the students in our Honors Living Learning Community to get them oriented to college life.

On Thursday a group of faculty and staff met at the Honors College to talk about the implementation of the Common Reading program for this academic year. We will be using Luis Urrea’s novel Into the Beautiful North as the focus for this year’s programming, and we anticipate having much more expanded programming and involving the campus and community due to our success in obtaining a National Endowment for the Arts grant through the Big Read Program. Stay tuned for news of upcoming events.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

Student Technology and Planning hosted Snow Cone Day Information Table   On the first day of school, ICT’s Student Technology and Planning department hosted an information table where students could learn about ICT technologies and related services. While enjoying a snow cone treat, more than 350 students received valuable information such as, the equipment rental program, computer lab hours and locations, Help Desk location, Microsoft Office 356 and more.

Garcia Hall Welcome Program   Approximately 300 students attended a Welcome Event at Garcia East & West.  Students enjoyed a variety of games and received resources from the WAVE (Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education) office and the Student Success Center. Faculty Fellows from the Business Living Learning Community and ROTC were also present to interact and mentor new students.

Rhodes-Garrett-Hamiel Hall (RGH) Volleyball Tournament   On Wednesday, August 23, the Resident Assistants (RA) of Rhodes-Garrett-Hamiel hosted a Volleyball Tournament, where each wing of the building competed against one another. Over 75 residents came out to the courtyard to compete, cheer each other on, and eat delicious treats! Each RA had their own team comprised of their residents and represented by their Power Ranger color– an ongoing theme in RGH. The Green Team, EXPLORE (Undeclared) Living Learning Community, won the RGH Tournament.

 

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

On August 23, 375 students and 19 departments attended the Student Employment Fair sponsored by Career Services.  The fair was used as a venue for candidates and employers to meet each other. This allowed departments the ability to aid in filling positions for regular and or work-study student employment positions.

Faculty have been quick to utilize the QuickConnect Program, registering over 50 referrals. The QuickConnect program is an early warning and intervention system focused on intervention of students exhibiting at-risk behaviors (attendance, chronic tardiness, not turning in assignments, low grades, and/or rarely prepared).

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

NM FAST Workshop Farmington   Dana DeRego facilitated a NM FAST workshop at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico, on Wednesday.  The event was put on in collaboration with Emerging Technology Ventures, AUSC, Accion, Independent Platform, NAIPEC, NTU, and San Juan College.  There were 17 people in attendance, interested to learn more about SBIR and STTR awards and how Arrowhead’s NM FAST program can provide support through the application process. The NM FAST program is supported by a grant from the US SBA and is designed to provide support for businesses state-wide who are seeking funding for their innovations from federal SBIR and STTR programs.

Studio G Networking Hour   Arrowhead’s Studio G held its first networking hour of the semester.  The week’s topic focused on Pricing Strategies, and understanding why pricing matters for your business.  The Networking Hour was attended by 11 students and local entrepreneurs. Studio G holds weekly networking hour events that provide students and local entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about business strategies and principles of entrepreneurship as well as a chance to connect with other aspiring and successful entrepreneurs. Each session is broadcasted on Facebook Live. Check out the following link to see the video and learn about upcoming events https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/.

HTC Meeting featuring Dr. Rockstraw    On Wednesday, the High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico (HTC) held its monthly meeting at the Arrowhead Center. The featured speaker was Dr. David Rockstraw of the NMSU Chemical Engineering department who gave an overview of the NMSU Brewery Engineering program. More information on the Brewery Engineering program can be found at the following link https://chme.nmsu.edu/academics/minors/brewery-engineering/. HTC holds its monthly meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Arrowhead Center.

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium sent a 3-person NMSU research team to Beatrice, Nebraska to record and live stream the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse from a high altitude balloon (HAB). On August 20, the team launched a HAB test demonstration heat exchanger payload for the NMSU Engineering department. The team members, Paulo Oemig, PH.D., NMSGC Senior Research Scientist, Sten Hasselquist, doctoral candidate in the Astronomy department, and Norann Calhoun, undergraduate student in the Chemical Engineering department, accomplished their primary goals successfully. This team was part of NASA’s 38-member university team effort to live steam the solar eclipse. Go higher, Aggies!

PSL personnel attended the semi-annual FAA Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence Program Management Review in Davis, California.  PSL progress was reported on several different research efforts for the FAA including detection of UAS near airports, UAS Detect and Avoid technologies, Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations, and STEM outreach using UAS as the central learning platform.

Water Science & Management (WSM) students and faculty came together on Friday, August 18 at the NM WRRI to kick off another semester at NMSU. New students were introduced and returning students were reacquainted. Students and faculty discussed research that was completed over summer break and planned educational opportunities for the upcoming semester. Thirty four (34) WSM students are enrolled at NMSU this fall semester ‒ twenty (20) PhD students and fourteen (14) MS students. The students are a diverse group coming from Nigeria, Turkey, India, Ghana, Colombia, China, Mexico, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Taiwan, Florida, Iowa, Connecticut, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington. The WSM program is currently accepting applications from those who wish to begin Spring 2018. The application deadline is October 1, 2017. You can get more information and apply here: http://wsm.research.nmsu.edu/.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Giving Tuesday 2015 Endowments   Two endowments in the College of Arts & Sciences that were matched with Giving Tuesday 2015 funds have been finalized: A $50,000 endowment for Chemistry and Biology, which was matched to create a $100,000 gift, and another $25,0000 endowment in Geology that was matched to create a $50,000 gift.

Sierra County   The National 4-H Council has given $41,000 for the Sierra County Ag Youth Science Center.

Other A&S Scholarships   The College of Arts & Sciences received $25,000 for an endowed scholarship for the college, $25,000 for an endowed scholarship in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and $10,000 for current use scholarship for graduate students in the Department of Biology. The college also received a pledge to create a $25,000 endowed scholarship in the Department of Chemistry.

Nursing Scholarships   The College of Health and Social Services received $15,000 from Ethicon Endo-Surgery in Albuquerque to fund undergraduate nursing scholarships.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

We hosted the second annual Aggie Badge Bowl at Aggie Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening. The NM State football team participated in a game of flag football with law enforcement personnel and first responders from Las Cruces and the surrounding area. Proceeds from this event went to the Fallen Officers Memorial Fund.

 

We also held our third annual Student-Athlete Welcome Back Ice Cream Social at the Pan Am Auxiliary gym. Student-athletes enjoyed ice-cream, donated by Price’s Creameries, and games to kick off the year.

 

 

NM State women’s soccer completed the sweep of our rivals with a victory over UNM in the Battle of I-25 in front of a home crowd. This was the Aggies first win over the Lobos in school history.

 

The Aggies In Paradise annual fundraiser at Aggie Memorial Stadium hosted over 450 Aggie supporters. The event included dinner, a silent and live auction and an opportunity to meet coaches, student-athletes, and staff. This is the athletic department’s biggest fundraiser of the year with proceeds going to the Aggie Athletic Club (AAC).

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

We’ve moved!!  Over the summer International and Border Programs and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) relocated from Garcia Annex to Breland Hall #152.

Cornell H. Menking and Jorge Ramos traveled to the 2nd Annual New Mexico-Sonora Commission Summit in Hermosillo on August 17-18.  Organized by Governor Susana Martinez and Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano of Sonora, the gathering had secretary level representation from both states, as well as presidents and high-ranking university officials from all of the important institutions of higher learning in Sonora.  In the presence of Secretary Barbara Damron and Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski, Cornell Menking signed an agreement with Sonora’s Secretary of Education that established availability of student loans through the Credit Institute of the State of Sonora for Sonora citizens to attend NMSU.

Last week ISSS welcomed over 140 new international students to NMSU.  The students were greeted by the Associate Provost of International and Border Programs, Dr. Cornell Menking, and had a chance to hear from the Deputy Provost, the Dean of the Graduate School, the Dean of Students, and representatives from the Aggie Health and Wellness Center.  ISSS also sponsored city tours and hosted a Welcome Lunch for international students where over 100 students who attended.

The Office of Education Abroad will host it’s Intern, Volunteer, Research Fair on August 30 from 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM in the Domenici Hall Foyer and its bi-annual study abroad fair on August 30 from 11:45 AM – 2:00 PM on the Alamogordo Campus and on August 31st from 9:0 AM – 2:00 PM at the Aggie Lounge NMSU Main Campus.

Last week OEA also welcomed 30 incoming exchange students for the Fall semester from 11 different countries.

This week the Confucius Institute welcomed two new teachers to their team to join colleagues in El Paso teaching Chinese as a foreign language. Our Las Cruces team joined with the NMSU Department of Languages and Linguistics to host a Welcome Picnic to all our students of foreign languages. We enjoyed a feast, games, Chinese calligraphy, a raffle, and multi-lingual BINGO (in Portuguese, German, French, Chinese, and Japanese)!

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations   KVIA-TV was on campus Monday during the astronomy department’s solar eclipse viewing. The station aired live video from the event between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m as part of their solar eclipse coverage. Social media activity also was high, with more than 20,000 people reached with the four eclipse-related posts provided by News and Media Relations on the NMSU News Facebook page.

Marketing Services and Web Communications   The 2018-19 undergraduate Viewbook publication was recently delivered and is ready for the new recruitment season. A collaboration between Undergraduate Admissions and Marketing, the 48-page publication provides prospective undergraduate students valuable information on all that NMSU offers.

KRWG/SPU   There was a packed newsroom with over twenty students during the News22 organizational meeting. Following two weeks of organization and rehearsals, the student-produced half-hour newscast is expected to air live on KRWG on September 12. News22 airs Tuesday through Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. on KRWG TV.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

Upcoming Legislative Related Events:

  • September 1 – Legislative Education Study Committee will meet in Taos. The following topics will be discussed:  College of Education Program Approval Process; College of Education Report Card Development
  • September 5: Water and Natural Resources Committee in Silver City. Dr. Carol Sutherland of AES testifying on saltcedar eradication; NMDA testifying on saltcedar eradication; WRRI testifying on Statewide Water Assessment and Water Budget
  • September 7-8, 2017: Indian Affairs Committee at American Indian Student Center at NMSU. NMSU Presenters: Provost Dan Howard; Michael Ray, NMSU’s American Indian Center; Jeanelle Chavez, Indian Resource Development; Sam Fernald, WRRI; and Jon Boren, Kathy Landers, Edmund Gomez, Cooperative Extension Service
  • September 7-8, 2017: Health and Human Services Committee and Behavioral Subcommittee at the Burrell College. NMSU Presenters: Chancellor Garrey Carruthers; Alexa Doig, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program; Enedina Garcia, Psychopharmocology Program; Eve Adams, Behavioral health Psychology Training Program
  • September 27, 2017: Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Truth or Consequences. Agenda includes a Higher Education Dual Credit Update.  Presenters are HED Secretary Dr. Barbara Damron, Dr. Renay Scott, President of DACC , and Dr. Cathy Winograd of Central New Mexico Community College. Micaela Fischer of the Legislative Finance Committee will also give an LFC Program Evaluation Progress Report

New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Director/Secretary Jeff M. Witte

Staff are currently in the Washington D.C. area conducting chile roasting and promotional events with the NMSU Alumni Association.

APR staff finished preparing a presentation entitled “Holistic Weed Management” for the NM Recreation and Parks Association Conference on August 24.

The state Petroleum lab hosted the Agriculture and Consumer Protection division of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).  TDA is anticipating opening their own Petroleum Laboratory.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Sergeant Promotion   Officer Nelson McGuire was promoted to Sergeant effective Sunday, August 27.  Nelson has been with the Department since March 15, 2015, and graduated from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy on November 5, 2015.  Nelson has proven to be a great asset to the Department and we are sure he will do well in his new assignment.

Security Officer Training Goes Online   Training for Security Officer Level 1 has been moved online for most modules, making it quicker, easier, and less expensive to train new security officers working in the NMSU system.  This project was accomplished by Amanda Bowen, who supervises and coordinates the Police Department efforts for special events, as well as for contract security services.

Clery Act Compliance   The Police Department is knee deep in statistics, reports, and compliance checklists as it prepares the Annual Safety and Security reports for the main campus, DACC Espina campus, Albuquerque Center, and Santa Fe satellite site.  Commander Jeff Harvey has been working 40+ hours per week to gather and compile data from the Dean of Students, Office of Institutional Equity, and various law enforcement agencies.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

NMSU submitted our Quality Initiative (QI) report to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) this week. The QI was a four year project to study and improve undergraduate student writing. As a result of the initiative, NMSU will
launch a Writing-to-Think! program, patterned after the successful Writing-to-Learn faculty mini-grant program that was part of the QI project.

We continue to take feedback on NMSU’s Assurance Argument (self-study) for HLC accrediation. Feedback will be incorporated into our final Argument, which will be submitted to the HLC prior to our site visit, scheduled for November 13-14. We have received a lot of assistance from the campus community in this effort, and are extremely grateful for the contributions to this work from across all areas of the NMSU-Las Cruces and NMSU-Grants campuses!

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Dental Students to Work in India   The NMSU-Doña Ana Dental Hygiene Program will participate in a new and exciting service learning opportunity in India. On December 29, 2017, to January 12, 2018, services in oral health instruction, dental services, and oral/systemic health promotion and disease prevention will be offered to patients in Shahdol’s Siriam Hospital. The dental delegation includes NMSU-Doña Ana faculty, dental students, dental health practitioners and other professionals The program also includes cultural immersion during the 2nd week.

First time freshmen provide insights   More than 1,300 first-time freshmen are taking classes at NMSU-Doña Ana. As part of freshmen orientation, Student Services administers a survey and the data generated is used to guide decisions by the Student Services staff such as bringing community partners in to assist students as part of the Community Inn program.

Students Cook Up Lunch   The NMSU Doña Ana culinary arts students will begin serving lunch this Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon in the Student Resources building at the East Mesa Campus. The menu will change every week and service will continue on Thursdays throughout the semester.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Friday, NMSU-A faculty and staff came together for the Fall 2017 Convocation.  Judy Garcia & Dr. Vincente Lombrana were recognized as being the campus 2017 NISOD Award winners.  Instructors Janet Delgado, Dr. Jennifer Smith, Sylvia Walker, and Sherrell Wheeler were each acknowledged for receiving promotions.  Dr. Gloria Villaverde, Sylvia Walker, & Sherrell Wheeler all were each acknowledged as having received tenure.  Carlos Sanchez, former custodian, was honored with the Non-Exempt Staff award posthumously, his award was presented to his wife, Cathy.  Admissions Advisor/Recruiter Elma Hernandez received the Exempt Staff Award.  Dee and Larry Beck were awarded Friend of the College Award.

On Monday, NMSU-A Associate Professor of Astronomy Rob Klinger, and his wife, NMSU-A Marketing Representative Katie Pacelli-Klinger traveled to Douglas, Wyoming to view the Great American Eclipse in totality.  They brought with them equipment from the college, and were able to speak with people from all over the world about science, Astronomy, and about NMSU-A.  Professor Klinger even gave an impromptu Astronomy lesson to those who gathered with them under the NMSU-A canopy.  The Klingers were also able to capture stunning photographs of the eclipse.  On Tuesday, they gave a phone interview about their experience and their story was featured on the front page of the Alamogordo Daily News on Wednesday.

NMSU-A Associate Professor of Astronomy, Rob Klinger shows Cooper Akin a projected image of the solar eclipse on a Sunspotter solar telescope.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Monday, August 21, the NMSU Carlsbad campus conducted its “Welcome to Campus initiative.”  The Associated Student Officers greeted the students and refreshments were served.  The event attracted a large number of college students.

On Monday, August 21, the NMSU Carlsbad President and representatives from the college’s Diversity Committee met with the Carlsbad food-handling licensing representatives to determine the actions that will be required for those individuals who will serve food at the college’s annual Taste of Culture event which will take place in November.

On Wednesday, August 23, NMSU Carlsbad conducted the initial fall meeting of the Persistence and Completion Committee.  The Committee was presented the initiatives that would be instigated this year and also were reminded of the reports that would be generated for the spring reporting sessions in Chicago.

On Friday, August 25, NMSU Carlsbad conducted the initial fall meeting of the Steering Committee.  The returning and new Standing Committee Chairs were introduced and the charges of each Standing Committee were stressed.  The Standing Committee functions and responsibilities are a key component of the NMSU Carlsbad AQIP accreditation processes.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

NMSU Grants Student Services conducted a high school visiting day on August 18, 2017.

Melody Simpson, Testing Center director and Native American Leadership Club advisor, spoke to Tse Yi Gai Juniors and Seniors on the topic “High school vs. College Expectations.”

The presentation provided the students with insights about some of the differences between attending high school and attending college.  Included was information for interactive websites that would benefit the students as they start their college adventure. NMSU Grants Peer Mentors Kori Marmon and Travis Tribbey helped the students with online Canvas navigation and placement on Focus2 Educational Planning System.

NMSU Grants’ Student Convocation and WELCOME BACK! is Thursday, August 24, 2-4 p.m. and will take place on the Martinez Hall Lawn.  Our theme, “Grow Your Future with NMSU” reflects our land-grant mission and our “Aggies” roots.  All students and NMSU employees are invited to mingle, enjoy roasted corn, frito pies, and snow cones.  Other activities include a Corn Hole Toss competition, a Corn Blessing reflecting our Native American roots and respect for heritage, Student Interviews/Recordings…..to name a few.  The NMSU Grants Student Success Committee sponsors this annual event.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto

The ASNMSU Executive staff welcomed new Student Regent, Margie Vela, to the ASNMSU office on August 22. Margie introduced herself, future goals, and goals that she would like to see accomplished during her time as Student Regent.

President Prieto welcomed the Diversity Board to the start of another great year on August 22. He explained the process of being reimbursed through ASNMSU, as well as what ASNMSU is and how we operate.

The ASNMSU 61st Senate held its first meeting of the Fall Semester on Thursday, August 24, in the Senate Chambers of Corbett Center. Multiple bills for conference and competition reimbursements were discussed and passed through the Senate.

The Roadrunner applications closed on Friday, August 25, with a record amount of applications. The Roadrunner program is an internship within ASNMSU that allows freshman and sophomore students to learn more about ASNMSU and the different branches and departments.


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