Activity Report August 21 – August 27

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • I attended the very special ceremony honoring fallen Hatch Officer Jose Chavez. Thanks to all from NMSU who made this event special for the family and friends of Officer Chavez as well as our entire community. The Governor thanked NMSU through me for contributing the Pan American Center for the event.
  • I attended two very important water meetings this week regarding the recent Special Master’s Report regarding the litigation between Texas and New Mexico on how to manage water resources below Elephant Butte Dam. The report, if adopted by the Supreme Court, would dramatically change how we manage ground water resources – something NMSU has lots of.  The litigation was originally filed by then AG Gary King and the case is being handled by current AG Hector Balderas. The Elephant Butte Irrigation District seems to think the ruling favors the district but 90 percent of the water users, to include the City and NMSU, believe it is time for a negotiated settlement.  Settlement talks are underway.  Many wonder why we ever filed suit to begin with.
  • Mary Jo Ruthven invited me to chat with MARC – Maximizing Access to Research Careers students. All students are aspiring to become researchers in a variety of STEM disciplines.  I shared some tips for achieving a Ph.D. degree.  Although my experience in graduate school is dated, we who survived will never forget the challenge and hard work of pursuing the degree.  These are great students who will make NMSU proud.  I asked all to consider coming back to NMSU at some time in their career.
  • I was so pleased to visit faculty and staff at NMSU-Doña Ana learning centers: Sunland Park, Gadsden, and Hatch. The visit amazed me with respect to how NMSU is helping all sorts of people.  I saw folks studying for citizenship, English as a second language, high school equivalency certificates, and tech career trades.  Our community colleges are absolutely essential if we are to develop an internationally competitive work force.  Scott and her colleagues are doing a fantastic job of meeting the needs of our community.
  • Another NMSU-Doña Ana highlight was the naming of the main building of Espina campus for Dr. Alex Sanchez, the founder and first president of DACC. It started as an Occupational Educational Center, and now does all things noted above plus college prep.  Sanchez was very moved to have the building named for his contribution to higher education.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • On Sunday, August 21, I attended the funeral of Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez, who was gunned down during a traffic stop.  It was a moving funeral for a good man, and NMSU student, whose lifelong ambition had been to serve the public as a police officer.  Thousands attended the funeral, in a very powerful show of support for Officer Chavez, his family, and our police.  Donations to help support his family can be made to Wells Fargo Hatch Police Officer Jose Ismael Chavez Memorial Account#5955877427.
  • The Kitchen Kabinet had its first meeting of the semester at the University Center and Residence.  This meeting was more informal than most and focused on the good work that occurs at NMSU every day and the importance of telling the NMSU story more effectively.
  • This academic year marks the beginning of our Osteopathic Medicine Pathway program.  Seven first-year students are living together in a learning community, where they will work with supportive advisors and mentors, and participate in programming relevant for future physicians.  These students have a spot reserved for them at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine when they graduate, as long as they participate fully in the program and achieve GPA and MCAT standards set by the program.  Pre-health Advisor Jeremy Taulbee has done a marvelous job of nurturing and planning this program, and Professor Joe Berning has stepped up to help with the academic aspects of the program.  We expect significant growth in the program in the coming years and believe it will help NMSU become a desired destination for students interested in medical careers.  On Wednesday, I met with Jeremy and Joe to discuss this year’s program and our recruitment plans for the coming year.
  • Later on Wednesday, I attended the COMEXUS graduation ceremony.  This is a professional development program for Mexican teachers run by our Center for English Language Programs.  The students had clearly been charmed by NMSU and embraced their identities as Aggies.  In my remarks to the students, I recounted events from the life of Fabian Garcia, one of the most important faculty members ever to teach at NMSU, but one who is not as well-known as he should be.

College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Dean Rolando Flores

Media Productions/Games Lab   NMSU Media Productions/Learning Games Lab faculty are currently serving on two USDA-NIFA Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP), among the highest level of funding granted for research, education, Extension or integrated projects. Partnering with multiple institutions on these multi-million-dollar projects, NMSU designs and produces outreach and educational materials such as scientific visualizations, 3D models, interactive web tools, and animations as part of NoroCORE (Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research, and Education) and CONSERVE: A Center of Excellence for Safe and Sustainable Water Reuse in Agriculture.

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology   Dr. Gary Roemer, a professor in the Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, over 20 years ago began an ecological study of the island fox, a diminutive relative of the gray fox found only on the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California. As luck would have it, Dr. Roemer discovered that golden eagles had colonized the islands because of abundant food, including foxes and feral pigs, and through a process known as apparent competition, drove three subspecies of the island fox toward extinction. His research formed the biological cornerstone of an endangered species recovery program that saved the island fox from extinction – the fastest recovery of a mammal in the history of the U.S. Endangered Species Act. For more information please go to the link below.

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/08/how-we-almost-lost-the-island-fox/495914/

Cooperative Extension Service  Dona Ana County Extension Office    As a result of a partnership between NM Department of Health and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Doña Ana County Extension Office is collaborating with the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department to offer a Manage Your Chronic Disease (MyCD) workshop in Spanish called Tomando Control de su Salud. This six-week workshop at the Vado/Del Cerro community Center in August and September.  The MyCD/Tomando program is an  interactive group workshop for adults of all ages living with one or more ongoing health conditions like diabetes, arthritis, pain, cancer, high cholesterol, depression, asthma, heart disease, and high blood pressure. It focuses on building skills for improving pain management, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions, and communicating with doctors.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • The Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Science has received ABET accreditation.
  • Justin Vistine, a music education major in the Music Department, has been selected as the  2016-17 recipient of the Vivien B. Head Scholarship awarded through Wells Fargo Bank. His scholarship will be divided between the fall and spring semesters.
  • The Army ROTC program held its Welcome Back BBQ.

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College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • This week we welcomed Andrea Fletcher to the college.  Andrea will be serving as an assistant dean and will direct the Woodrow Wilson Fellows Program.  Andrea comes to us from the Las Cruces Public Schools where she served as the Chief Academic Officer.
  • On Tuesday, August 23, I met with my fellow deans to resume our monthly lunch meetings. This month lunch was hosted by the Library.
  • Robert Macy and I met with Rolando Flores, dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences as part of our ongoing effort to meet with all college deans to discuss entrepreneurship initiatives.
  • We hosted an orientation for new faculty hires on Friday, August 26.  Faculty had the opportunity to meet with our associate deans and me to discuss college processes.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

College of Engineering,  Dean Lakshmi Reddi

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean   The Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC) sponsored a suturing workshop this week led by Dr. Michael Keller, a board certified general and vascular surgeon. The workshop was held at Mountain View Regional Medical Center on August 25 and afforded healthcare workers the opportunity to earn required CEUs.

School of Nursing   The School of Nursing (SON) celebrated the NMSU-Grants campus incoming nursing cohort on Tuesday, August 23 by holding a White Coat Ceremony for Level-one students for Fall 2016.  Six new SON students have been enrolled into the program.  Go Aggie nurses!

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School of Social Work   The School of Social Work hosted its annual faculty retreat at the Corbett Center on Monday, August 15. The retreat served as the first official faculty meeting of the academic year and an opportunity to welcome four new faculty members:

  • Associate Professor Megan Finno-Velasquez’s research interests include children and families; child welfare and immigration policy; maltreatment prevention in Latino immigrant communities; and cultural competence in child welfare services.
  • Assistant Professor Stacy Gherardi is actively researching education technology and inclusive education; educational and social policy; school-based mental health policy; and identification of students with emotional disabilities.
  • Assistant Professor Erika Gergerich’s research agenda focuses on community based social work, and aging and health policy.
  • College Assistant Professor Phillis Newton is working with La Clinica de Familia on workforce development that will enhance the availability and quality of social and therapeutic services throughout Dona Ana County.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

  • Two new department heads joined the NMSU Library this semester. Dennis Daily, archives and special collections department head, began serving in his new role on August 8. He comes to us from the Pike’s Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Michael Gutierrez, reference and research services department head, joined the library on August 15. Michael comes to us from the University of Delaware Library.
  • A reception for the retirement of Dr. Larry Creider, former department head of archives and special collections, was held on August 25. Provost Howard was in attendance and presented Dr. Creider with a certificate announcing his status as an Emeritus Professor. Dr. Creider is the first library faculty member to receive this honor on behalf of the library.

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Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

  • Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar has been working with half a dozen students who are preparing Fulbright applications for both research and English Teaching Fulbright Fellowships. These students are proposing some amazing projects and reflect the diverse experiences that students have while attending NMSU.
  • We are pleased that we have record enrollments in Honors classes this semester, and we have worked with colleges and departments to have a few Honors designated sections of courses taught in academic units intended for their majors. This is an important strategy to communicate to our best and brightest that their advisors, their professors, and others want them to set ambitious goals for themselves and achieve their full potential.
  • Tim Ketelaar and Miriam Chaiken enjoyed meeting the three recipients of the International Research Scholarships for lunch on Monday. Gary Lowe of Aggies Go Global helped make their travel plans feasible and also joined us for this lively discussion. We heard about Jessica Croom’s research on gentrification in Canadian cities; Arielle Gonzalez’s work in Haiti on improving cross cultural and multi-linguistic communication in medical emergencies; and Anastasia Hale’s work in a refugee camp in Greece which is home to over 700 refugees from Syria and Kurdistan. An impressive group to be sure, and all three were enormously grateful for the financial support from the college (thanks to our successful Giving Tuesday campaign) and from Aggies Go Global. To learn more about each of their experiences, and to see a fierce looking Arielle in her flight suit, check out our web page: https://honors.nmsu.edu/onsie-1/honors-college-scholarship-2/past-winners/

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

ICT Help Center to the rescue   In the first 10 days of the fall semester, the ICT Help Center was flooded with 1,863 trouble tickets; an average of 186 tickets per day.  Trouble tickets ranged from network connectivity issues to mobile device issues and password resets.  The ICT Help Center is located in Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, room 105, and stands ready to lend a helping technology hand to students, faculty and staff.      

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Campus Safety   The Grounds Shop placed four galvanized containers with umbrellas for pedestrians use while walking through the nesting hawk area, between Rentfrow Gymnasium and Regents Row.  An open umbrella provides a barrier which deters potential attacks by nesting hawks. Pedestrians may borrow an umbrella prior to entering the nesting area and then return it to a similar container upon leaving.  This solution was a collaborative effort between Grounds, the Sustainability Committee, and Drs. David Boje and Carol Campbell.

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9th Annual Mesilla Valley Hospice Men Who Cook   Taos Restaurant and Sodexo’s Chef Mike Guerra competed against 40 other community chefs and won Best BBQ in the Luau themed 9th Annual Mesilla Valley Hospice Men Who Cook charity event. Chef Mike was assisted by Chef Robert Fresquez with their dish Pineapple Garlic BBQ Pork Wings served with Black Sesame Bamboo Rice.

 

Electrical Shop Utility Quick Response   The Facilities and Services Electric Shop responded to a call at Myrna’s Children’s Village that electric service was lost at the building.  Upon investigation, the electricians discovered a damaged feeder cable. The crew removed the damaged section of cable and restored power to the building in less than 30 minutes.

Tapingo   Sodexo is excited to announce the launch of Tapingo for its campus restaurants. Tapingo is a mobile app that allows you to order food and drinks for pickup on the go.  Use your Aggie Dining Dollars, Aggie Cash, credit cards and debit cards.  Download the app today by searching for “Tapingo” on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Rec Sports Celebrates Summer of Discovery   Rec Sports hosted 420 area youth ages 5 to 14 years old, over the course of 7 weeks this summer for Sports Camp.  We employed 12 NMSU students as camp counselors. Participants developed a wide variety of fundamental physical activity skills.  Activities included organized games, rock climbing, kayaking, swimming and field trips to Barnes & Nobles and an El Paso Chihuahuas baseball game.  As we welcome the new semester, we’d like to share with you a glimpse of our summer.  It serves as a reminder that all of our programs and services in some way are a “learning laboratory” for our students outside the academic classroom.

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Career Services   This summer NMSU Cooperative Education and Internship Program was very proud to have four NMSU students selected for the OSD-TRMC funded STEM Internship Program with TRAX International as White Sands Missile Range. Shayan Abotalebi, Maria Figueroa-Vanentin, Wade Seal, and Ricardo Cordero were among the selected NMSU students out of a pool extending to all regional universities.

The TRMC sponsored STEM internship initiative consists of work assignments designed to acclimate students to the fundamentals and concepts of test and evaluation within the Department of Defense.

 

Career Planning Guide   Career Services has released the 2016-2017 edition of the highly popular Career Planning Guide. This free guide has been updated annually since 1987 to reflect current job search strategies and techniques specifically for NMSU students. The link to the digital guide is available here Career Planning Guide 2016-2017: or pick up your copy from Garcia Annex room 224.

Campus Health Center Participates in International Student Orientation & Testing   The Campus Health Center joined International Programs in welcoming over 140 new students on campus for the fall semester.  The Health Center provided TB screening and support for international students as they transitioned to NMSU.  This year the Laboratory Director, Ruben Nanez, MTASCP, developed a courtesy listing of local places to eat and get groceries that cater to the international student’s culture and preferences.  He also provided a local address and telephone listing of religious affiliations, churches and mosques in Las Cruces.  The students that received the information indicated that it is a helpful tool in navigating the new community.  The CHC will work with the student health educators to formalize the reference tool to use as continued outreach support to our international students.

Campus Tutoring Services   Campus Tutoring is up and running.  We are staffed with 12 academically strong tutors that hail from engineering, biology, journalism, economics, finance, and chemistry.  Training for tutors include the tutoring process, communication skills, review of study skills and providing information on resources; all in an effort to support and assist in a student’s success.  Tutoring hours are Sunday, 4 – 8 pm, and Monday through Thursday 1 – 8 pm.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Borderplex Committee Meetings   Arrowhead Center Director Kathy Hansen and Research Park Director Wayne Savage attended committee meetings for the Borderplex in Juarez and El Paso.  Ms. Hansen serves as co-chair of the Entrepreneurship Committee for the Borderplex Steering Committee.  Mr. Savage attended the Borderplex Life Sciences Committee meeting.

NM Angels Quarterly Dinner   Arrowhead Program Manager Dana DeRego attended the NM Angels quarterly dinner on Thursday.  The NM Angels play an integral role in the Arrowhead Innovation Network and the quarterly dinner provided a wonderful opportunity to maintain and grow our relationship.

Facebook Boost Your Business Event   On Thursday, Arrowhead Center was invited to host a table at Facebook’s Boost Your Business event sponsored by Senator Heinrich.  The emphasis for this event was to provide education about how businesses can use Facebook for promotion and connecting with customers.  This event provided an excellent opportunity for Arrowhead Center to connect with the public, share information about Arrowhead programs, and make connections with local entrepreneurs at all stages.

Vice President for Research, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya

  • Dr. Vimal Chaitanya attended U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich’s Energy Summit followed by Sandia National Lab sponsored New Mexico Regional Energy Storage and Grid Integration Workshop on August 23 and 24 in Albuquerque. The event was very helpful in networking with NM stakeholders and presenters from across the Nation. NMSU houses the NSF CREST center in smart grids and is funded by Department of Energy as well in its efforts. Energy storage solutions in integration with smart grid will be a critical effort for renewable energy implementation and will be a top funding priority for Department of Energy.
  • The Office of Research Development helped an effort led by Dr. Neil Harvey of the College of Arts and Sciences to secure National Science Foundation (NSF) funding under its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site program on “Immigration Policy and US-Mexico Border Communities.” If funded, the grant will support summer research experiences for undergraduate students competitively selected from across the nation. This NMSU effort is in collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso. NMSU already hosts another NSF funded REU site on Big Data led by Dr. Huiping Cao of Computer Science Department that just completed its first year of summer activities. For more information on summer activities related to this REU site, please go to https://www.facebook.com/BIGDATAREU.
  • Dr. Luis Vazquez attended the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention recently where he serves on the Council of Representatives.  He was recently appointed to the APA Finance Committee, along with being appointed by the president of APA to serve on the Diversity Task Force for APA Governance to review and evaluate APA policies, procedures and structure as it impacts issues related to diversity, serving diverse populations, position searches with impact on diversity, and the impact on diversity of APA election processes across governance.  Dr. Vazquez is happy to contribute to this effort and says, “These are exciting and challenging times as our demographics shift across the country changing the diversification of psychology in the American Psychological Association.”
  • Dr. Patricia Hynes met with Dr. Rainee Simons, the Technical Monitor from the Glenn Research Center of NASA.  He was visiting NMSU to meet with Dr. Steve Stochaj on the Virtual Telescope for the X-Ray Observations project, funded by NASA.  During his day-long visit, Dr. Simons also met with Dr. Lakshmi Reddi, dean of engineering; Astronomy faculty, Dr. Nancy Chanover; and students, Taylor Burgett, Mark Roberts and Daniel Smith. Dr. Simons also visited multiple NMSU research laboratories.
  • PSL researchers held several meetings with Army personnel to plan technical activities related to a Joint Work Statement under the recently signed Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Army Research Laboratory.  Coordination with the Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center (CDRRC) has led to the College Ranch being selected as a location for future planned testing activities.  The CDRRC is also in discussion with PSL on other collaborations for the U.S. Government.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

NMSU-Grants Support   The College of HSS received $40,000 from Cibola General Hospital to support the NMSU-Grants BSN program.

Government Gift   After a visit with alumni in the Midland-Dallas area, the College of Arts and Sciences secured a $300,000 planned gift for the Government Department.

Alumni Chile Roast   The Washington DC Alumni Chapter Chile Roast took place on Saturday, August 27. In total, 99 people attended; 135 cases of chile were ordered; and 3,375 pounds of chile was roasted. The Mesilla Valley Chapter Chile Roast is Thursday, September 1 at the Alumni and Visitors Center, and additional roasts across the country are planned for various alumni chapters.

Alumni Participation Rate   As of June 30, 2016, the alumni giving rate increased to 6.14 percent over 5.16 percent last fiscal year and exceeded Key Performance Indicator Goal 23 for the past year. Congratulations to all the faculty and staff that supported our efforts and thank you to all alumni who gave!

NMSU Homecoming   If you haven’t registered for the upcoming Homecoming 2016 events scheduled September 26 through October 2, there’s still time! Visit http://advancing.nmsu.edu/homecoming for more information or to register.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Athletics hosted our Second Annual Ice Cream Social at the Pan Am on Sunday, August 21. There were 425 student-athletes. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president gave a small presentation and coaches and staff were introduced. A special thanks to Price’s Creameries for donating the ice cream.

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  • Hosted three Under Armour executives from Baltimore and Los Angeles to speak at the Full Staff meeting who met with the head coaches and assistant coaches and student-athletes. They discussed their new partnership with New Mexico State Athletics as the exclusive footwear and apparel outfitter.
  • Kicked off the academic year with the August Full Staff Meeting where Chancellor Carruthers and Under Armour executives spoke to our group. A highlight video from last year’s accomplishments was shown. Items of discussion included academic, compliance and the introduction of the Jr. Aggie Club Program.

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  • Co-hosted a social event with Memorial Medical Center on Tuesday evening. All head coaches were in attendance as well as 25+ physicians and hospital administrators to discuss current relationships and the importance of supporting Aggie Athletics. Over 20 season tickets and Aggie Athletic memberships were sold at the event.

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  • John and Amy Hummer hosted a football season ticket sales event at their home on Thursday evening. Both Head Football Coach Doug Martin and I spoke at the event and gave a brief update on the upcoming football season. There were over 20 community members that attended and athletics sold 20 season tickets.

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  • Hosted the Second Annual Football Kickoff event for Aggie Athletic members at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. Head Men’s Basketball Coach Paul Weir, Head Football Coach Doug Martin and I, along with Larry Rose III, spoke to the group about the upcoming football season. I also talked about the importance of purchasing season tickets and coming out to support our student-athletes.

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International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

University Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Glen Cerny

Web Communications   This week we have worked on the Mentors Care Campaign.  The “Our Mentors Care” banners were hung on the international mall, 11×17 posters were mounted on foam core for delivery to participating colleges, and the website is live at https://nmsu.edu/mentors/.

We also completed the Salon Discovery website in preparation for the event on September 9 http://salondiscovery.nmsu.edu/.

Marketing Services   The Marketing Services team worked with the College of ACES to develop a large ad about how the college benefits the state for a New Mexico magazine. The ad features photos, copy and infographics about the college, specifically about teaching, research and Extension. It also has a photo of new ACES Dean Rolando Flores speaking at a field day in Clovis, and a new quote from him.

 

Working with Admissions, the Marketing Services team started the roll out of the fall recruitment campaign with digital billboards across the region. These digital billboards complement the recently delivered undergraduate view book. Similar ads soon will be produced for other formats.

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KRWG   Monday night, the KRWG-TV August membership drive kicked-off. The 14-day festival will wrap-up with a Downton Abbey Marathon September 2, through Monday, September 5. Pledges may be made by calling 888-922-5794 or online at krwg.org.

News   We presented the results of our second annual #NMSUSummerDiscovery campaign to the President’s Communication Council. The project is designed to keep students engaged with campus over the summer while they are at home or traveling. It also helps to promote NMSU’s discovery theme by encouraging students to share what they do over the summer. We far exceeded our goal of five percent growth in followers, engagements and impressions when comparing the 2016 results to what we had in 2015.

We worked with reporter Reginald Stuart for Diverse Issues in Higher Education about efforts of NMSU student groups on campus to register students to vote in the upcoming presidential election for the September issue.

We worked with Albuquerque Journal reporter Rosalie Rayburn to provide NMSU graduate employment statistics and salaries for an upcoming piece she is doing about New Mexico universities in the Albuquerque Journal.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

 Upcoming Events

  • August 29, Investments & Pension Oversight Committee,  Economic Effects of Retirement Benefit Distributions
  • August 29 – 31, Indian Affairs Committee, Sky City Casino Hotel & Conference Center
  • August 31 Military & Veterans Affairs Committee, Central NM Community College, Albuquerque
  • September 1-2, Economic & Rural Development Committee, NM Military Institute, Roswell
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  • The Legislative Finance Committee met last week to receive the Consensus Revenue Estimate (https://www.nmlegis.gov/Entity/LFC/Documents/Revenue_Reports/General_Fund_Revenue_Forecast/2016/Consensus%20Revenue%20Estimate%20-%20August%202016.pdf).  As expected, revenues are lower for both FY16 and FY17 than what was estimated in February 2017.  At this time there is no definite date for a special session; however, our office will continue to monitor the State revenue situation and the dates for a special session.

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

  • Roasted chile for the NMSU Washington DC Alumni Chapter Chile Roast 2016. The event was a successful specialty crop promotion which has expanded the market for fresh New Mexico green chile. Over 300 boxes were roasted and sold over the weekend at the Fresh Markets grocery store in Alexandria, Virginia.  NMSU is fortunate to have many alumni in the region, they hosted a social meet and greet for the NMDA staff and were an integral partner in the promotion. During the chile promotion, we had an opportunity to meet with NMSU alum John Trujillo who gave a personal tour of the pentagon. John talks fondly of his days at NMSU.
  • NMDA staff hosted the 60th annual meeting of the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The program gave attendees a valuable opportunity to participate in committee meetings and sessions focused on some of today’s most pressing and important structural pest management and urban pesticide issues affecting regulators and members of the pest management industry. Topics included risk communication, Zika – preparedness and response, structural remediation, working with advocacy groups, and much more. More than 150 state, federal, and private industry attendees were present from all across the country.
  • Staff presented at Isleta Pueblo for the Native American Organic Farm Training Program.

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NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity    There were 45 police reports created, 23 supplements filed, and 40 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 22 items of evidence entered into the vault, 22 people were fingerprinted and 10 background checks were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   Emergency Dispatch Center handled 355 police calls for service (seven of which were 911 calls) resulting in 223 police calls (23 of which were agency assist) and 5 warrant entries.  There were 28 fire calls (10 of which were mutual aid), 12 emergency medical, 1 stand by, 1 fire alarm, two natural gas odor, 1 structure fire, 1 natural gas leak, and 3 animal control calls.

Off-Site Unified Command and Backup Emergency Dispatch Center   The Space Management Committee recently approved the transfer of a small building on the Las Cruces campus to the NMSU Police Department for use as both a backup emergency dispatch center (in the event the primary dispatch center is affected by an emergency, and as the location for command and communications for all public safety agencies during large special events (e.g. football, basketball, and major concerts).  This brings NMSU into alignment with the national best standards for incident management at large event venues, while also ensuring seamless continuity of operations for 911 calls and emergency radio communications.  Staff have been working for the past week on getting the necessary equipment ready for transfer.  The first use of the location will be for the UNM vs. NMSU football game.  Additional work will continue over the next few months in conjunction with ICT and F&S to ensure the facility is both durable and capable.

Protection of Minors on Campus Meeting   The draft Administrative Regulations and Procedures dealing with programs and campus where minors are present has been formatted and will start making its way around for comments and suggestions.  In addition, the NM Attorney General was briefed on the work, and he is interested in taking the final product forward as a best practice for other institutions in the state, as well as working on legislation to allow institutions of higher education the ability to run fingerprint background checks on employees and volunteers who work with minors.

Alcohol Brewing Presentation   The Fall 2016 Beer Brewing class within the College of Engineering was the site of an alcohol safety presentation by Chief Lopez.  This presentation has been taking place for several years, and is intended to assist students in the class in making safe decisions when it comes to consuming beer as part of the coursework.

Victim Advocate Meeting   A meeting was held with a victim advocate from La Piñon Rape Crisis Center to discuss hosting an advocate on campus at the NMSU Police Department, and integration with the existing Victim Services unit.  Effort is now underway to develop a draft Memorandum of Agreement to memorialize the effort and ensure that services for victims are provided in a trauma-informed, best practices manner.  In addition, the Victim Services unit is also looking at bringing on a temporary/part-time advocate specifically for after-hours callouts to help ensure that victims have support immediately available at the scene, rather than having to wait until the next business day for assistance (as happens in many jurisdictions).

Timely Warning   A timely warning was issued to the NMSU Las Cruces and DACC campuses regarding an individual who was banned for allegedly committing a burglary and threatening to stab a witness, along with a subsequent arrest of the individual for trespassing on campus contrary to the ban.  This warning was issued in accordance with the requirements of the Clery Act for notifying the university community of possible ongoing criminal activity that may put people in danger.  After both arrests, the suspect was bonded out of jail.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Sanchez Hall Named   The first Dona Ana Branch Community College president, Dr. Alex Sanchez returned to the Espina campus to celebrate a naming ceremony for the Alex Sanchez Hall on August 26. The hall was unveiled by Dr. Sanchez, his wife Elaine, their family and friends, Chancellor Carruthers, community members and other NMSU and NMSU-Doña Ana officials including Dr. Renay Scott and five former presidents of the community college.

Chancellor Visits Outlying Learning Centers   Chancellor Carruthers visited Sunland Park, Gadsden and Hatch learning centers during the past week. Faculty, staff, and students visited with the chancellor about the programs and services offered at the centers.

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New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

  • Faculty and staff volunteered their time to participate in the Otero County Fair beginning Wednesday, August 24 through Saturday, August 27.  We hosted a booth in the pavilion during the four-day event in which information regarding the community college was distributed and questions were answered about classes and programs.
  • On Friday, August 26, we welcomed to campus Kathy Agnew, director of employment and compensation services, and Ralph Lucero, director of employee and labor relations. They met with administration and staff regarding the implications of converting exempt employees to non-exempt status. The sessions were informative, and many questions were answered about how our system will move forward under the new conditions.
  • President Ken Van Winkle was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Las Cruces on Wednesday, August 24. He shared information regarding our campus, its strategic initiatives, and the work currently underway to improve enrollment and retention.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Monday, August 22, our campus conducted a “welcome students” initiative for all interested students, serving coffee and donuts.
  • On Tuesday, August 23, personnel met with NMSU Facilities Management personnel to discuss the status of campus initiatives which included the fire suppression system installation, the elevator door replacement, and the onset of the boiler replacement and IT renovation projects.  Additionally, the attendees received an update on the status of the proposed childcare/child development center initiative.
  • On Wednesday, August 24, we continued the “welcome students” initiatives and campus personnel continued their GO Bond presentation with a program delivered to the Carlsbad Rotary Club.
  • On Thursday, August 25, the NMSU Carlsbad AQIP Systems portfolio writing teams began meeting to discuss the AQIP criteria and to make assignments for the various standards required in each criterion.
  • On Friday, August 26, President John Gratton hosted the first meeting of 2016 – 2017 of the Steering Committee.  Committee chairs were introduced and the duties and responsibilities of the Steering Committee were discussed.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

JJ’s Snack Shack Dedication   On Thursday, August 25, the Student Business Club (SBC) presented the owners of JJ’s Snack Shack, Al and June Blea, their ceremonial “First Dollar” earned in their new facility on the NMSU Grants Campus.  Also, in honor of this special occasion, the SBC sponsored free drinks or snacks to anyone who purchased a sandwich or meal.

Dream Excellence Training   On Friday, August 26, Dr. Laura Gutierrez Spencer, NMSU Chicano Program director, presented the DREAM Excellence training, courtesy of NMSU Las Cruces Admissions, Financial Aid and Chicano Programs. The training discussed issues that confront students of various immigrant or quasi-immigrant statuses.  This presentation covered which sources of financial support are open to undocumented students, students with Deferred Action and U.S. citizens or permanent residents who graduate from a Mexican or other high school.   Additionally, issues related to eligibility to work on campus, eligibility for the New Mexico Lottery scholarship and other scholarships were presented. Participant that signed the DREAM Excellence pledge received a sticker that they can put up in their office identifying them as a trusted person that undocumented students can ask for advice and information.

Community Outreach   The NMSU Grants Student Services team attended a job fair hosted by the Cibola County Correctional Center on Thursday, August 25.  The job fair is in response to the recent closing of the center in October.  The Cibola County Correctional Center is a federal prison managed by the Correctional Corporation of America.  The center learned earlier this month that the facility would be closing and laying off 300 individuals.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

 


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