Activity Report August 27 – September 2

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • Lots of rumors swirling regarding the upcoming special session of the New Mexico Legislature.  Rumor 1 is that they will just true up FY 2016, where the State overspent by $180-220 million.  This deficit will be covered by Tobacco Settlement money.  Rumor 2 is the session will also cover an anticipated $400 million deficit, caused mostly by Medicaid expenditure increases ($200 million) and declining revenues ($200 million).  There is no obvious plan to address this as an agreement between the legislature and Governor has yet to be reached.  (As a former player in this field, Governor’s don’t call special sessions unless they know the answer in advance.)
  • On this subject, Representative Hall is making bullish statements that everyone he talks to want to take money from Higher Education.  Senator John Arthur Smith, in a conversation with me last week, said they were looking at 5-6% reduction in higher education (could mean another $5 million or so from NMSU) and $100 million from public schools.  I told him we couldn’t carry that load.  He asked that I write David Abbey expressing my concerns and indicating what I thought we could carry.  The letter is being prepared and will be signed by myself and the Regents.
  • On a much more positive note, I attended the reinstatement of the Four Corners Area Alumni Association in Farmington.  80 folks signed up for the event.  Great Aggie spirit.  Thanks to Andrea Tawney, Leslie Cervantes and all of their team for putting this together.  I was amazed at how many folks from the area were Aggies.  (The President of San Juan Community College is twice an Aggie!)
  • The NMSU team has committed to continuing our support of the NMSU/NMSU Grants nursing program.  As you would guess, it was mostly about money and the ability to hire a qualified nurse educator for NMSU Grants.  We think we have solved both.  The local hospital has been very supportive, and I will visit with them soon when I visit the Grants campus.  They have 16-18 students in the program leading to a BSN degree.  The legislature has been especially supportive of nursing program expansion.
  • I was interviewed by Dr. Steve Gavazzi of The Ohio State University regarding the future of land-grant universities and the changing nature of our mission.  I expressed my position that we all must embrace community and business engagement and needed to continue to ask the question—what do our state and our communities need?  I look forward to seeing his report.  He indicated the NMSU transforming project and other initiatives seemed to be cutting edge.
  • Don’t forget to register for the upcoming Domenici Conference.  Students are admitted at no charge and, if their faculty members agree, receive extra credit tickets right after each session.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • I traveled to Albuquerque on Wednesday of last week to attend the Hispanic Scholarship Fund dinner.  This gave me an opportunity to learn more about the fund, which is the largest scholarship fund devoted to students of Hispanic heritage in the country.  The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is now administering the Gates Millenium Scholarship, which selects 1,000 of the top Pell eligible students from underrepresented groups each year, and provides these students with financial support for unmet need.  Students making satisfactory academic progress can renew the award each year, and those going into specific fields can have their graduate studies supported as well.
  • I attended the Faculty Senate meeting on Thursday afternoon.  This promises to be an eventful year in the senate with a number of important issues scheduled to be addressed, including: promotion and tenure rules; post-tenure review rules; and, annual performance evaluation rules. The senate is fortunate to have strong, experienced leadership, and I look forward to working with Dr. Christopher Brown and Dr. Rolfe Sassenfeld on these and other issues.
  • On Friday, I traveled to Albuquerque to attend the General Education Statewide Steering Committee meeting.  At this meeting, we discussed learning outcomes for five essential skills and six content areas.  Members of the committee were given a week to provide feedback to the committees drafting the learning outcomes.  The committees will have a week to respond to these comments.  Although the learning outcomes are not yet in final form, they are in advanced enough form to make them available to the university and college faculties of the state and begin receiving feedback.  You can access the learning outcomes at to the Outcomes tab at http://provost.nmsu.edu/state-wide-gen-ed/progress/ and review learning outcomes relevant to your interests and discipline.  You can comment on, and suggest revisions to, the learning outcomes by sending an email to provost@nmsu.edu.  My office will ensure that all your comments and suggested revisions are passed on to the group responsible for a particular learning outcome.  Please make sure that your message clearly identifies the essential skill or content area on which you are commenting.

College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Dean Rolando Flores 

Cooperative Extension Service   More than 120 motorcycle enthusiasts from across New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado gathered on the weekend of August 26-28 for the 2016 Ride for the 4-H Clover held in northcentral New Mexico.  The participants heard from faculty working for NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and the Agricultural Experiment Station about the work they are doing to address the issues and needs of the communities in various counties.  Some of the highlights of the weekend included hearing from the youth about what 4-H means to them and how it has changed their lives; hearing them perform; watching them demonstrate their leadership abilities; and seeing lots of beautiful scenery along the way.

Family and Consumer Sciences   The documentary Everyone’s Business:  Protecting Our Children was nominated for an Emmy award. The documentary highlighted NMSU’s efforts to prevent child maltreatment. It featured Shelly Bucher and Esther Devall discussing the Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) minor at NMSU and the mock child abuse investigation house located on campus. The awards ceremony will take place on October 8 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Malnutrition Seminar for Students and Dietitians   Gaby Phillips and Kathy Vineyard, directors of the combined Dietetic Internship/master’s program in Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences, hosted a seminar on September 1 for almost 40 students and dietitians in the community.  The speaker demonstrated how to conduct a nutrition-focused physical exam to identify malnutrition in hospital, acute care, and nursing home patients.  Many dietitians are not taught how to conduct physical exams, which is an important diagnostic tool.  Malnutrition greatly increases the likelihood of patient falls and the development of pressure ulcers and surgical site infections.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • After literally years of planning, preparation, submission, and review, on August 26, 2016, the Computer Science department was notified that it achieved ABET accreditation for its Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program. The BS in CS is now accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). This accreditation was granted retroactively to October 1, 2014, and extends automatically through September 30, 2022. ABET accreditation ensures that NMSU Computer Science BS graduates meet the highest level of quality and that students enrolling in the program have access to the maximum available opportunities.
  • Nancy J. McMillan (Geology) received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation ($148,000) to develop a new method for determining the source of sediments. The grant combines McMillan’s expertise in the analytical technique Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy with the expertise of Dr. Barbara Dutrow and Dr. Darrell Henry of Louisiana State University, both internationally-recognized experts in the mineral tourmaline.  The grant will examine the changing sources of tourmaline sand grains in sediments deposited on the Antarctic coast as the tectonic regime changed from a passive margin to a subduction zone between 700 and 450 million years ago.  This method has promise to improve our understanding of Earth history by more precisely determining the spatial distribution of ancient rocks.
  • Jeff Amato is working with UTEP research faculty member Jason Ricketts on a new NSF-Funded project “Testing Models for Extension in the Rio Grande Rift-Basin and Range Transition Zone of Southern New Mexico” ($101,339  8/15/16 to 8/14/18). This project will use a dating technique that involves the isotopic ratio of U, Th, and He in the minerals zircon and apatite that allows us to determine the timing of uplift of mountain ranges along the Rio Grande rift and compare that to the uplift of ranges in the Basin and Range province in southwestern New Mexico. The ongoing crustal extension in the southwest U.S. is related to plate tectonics. Extension of the continental crust can result in the formation of a new ocean such as between Baja California and Mexico, though that is unlikely here in New Mexico. Extension can result in significant earthquakes, which cause the mountains to rise up incrementally and the valleys to drop down. The process takes millions of years but eventually creates the dramatic topography of the region. The main location of the research is the San Andres Mountains.

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  • Stefan Zollner (Physics) was awarded $274,000 for an FTIR ellipsometer from the U.S. Air Force. This instrument will be used for my research and also for our advanced optics laboratory (PHYS 471 and 571). Pictures show the instrument and the research team. This new instrument adds to the existing VASE ellipsometer ($219,000, NMSU startup) and the x-ray diffractometer ($290,000, US Army), bringing the total capital investment in our optics lab GN 265 to $783,000.
  • Interim Dean Pontelli served as invited tutorialist at the 2016 edition of the International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • Along with Student Success Navigators and COB Student Ambassadors, I visited each section of our introductory business course, BUSA 111 this week.  It was a great opportunity to welcome our new students and let them know what resources are available to them.  Additionally, we teamed up ambassadors with student groups to participate in a mentorship program.
  • Preparations continue for our annual homecoming week activities.  I invite you all to attend the scholarship luncheon at 11:30 at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and the Distinguished Alumnus Reception, honoring Loren Cook at 3:00 on the Trader’s Plaza.  Both events will be held Friday, September 30.  Please RSVP to ysanchez@nmsu.edu.
  • Andrea Fletcher and I met with College of Education Dean Pope Davis to discuss possible areas of collaboration for educational administration, using the best that each college has to offer.
  • Academic Advisor Deb Cardinali has taken the lead on contacting our lower division students whose semester GPA fell below 2.0 last semester.  We hope that this outreach helps students who are still in good standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to recover from a bad semester.
  • 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   Sarah Baker, advisor for the HSS Student Ambassadors, held a retreat this week to introduce new members to the group and plan upcoming events. This fall the group’s recruiting efforts paid off and we introduced nine members making a total of 13 ambassadors, which is our college’s largest group to date.  There are a number of initiatives planned for the fall semester including teaming up with the Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC) for community outreach events and homecoming.

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Director of Development    The HSS Office of Development is excited to announce the Kathleen Kent Nursing Scholarship was recently fully endowed.  The scholarship was started by Roberta Gran, a long-time friend to the NMSU School of Nursing.  Dr. Sue Forster-Cox (Department of Public Health) and Dr. Teresa Keller (School of Nursing) generously donated the funds needed to reach the endowment along with many others. Roberta worked tirelessly at fundraising over the years to see the endowment realized.

Department of Public Health   Ten undergraduate public health students attended a peer educator workshop in preparation to teach a health advocacy curriculum. The program is led by Dr. Satya Rao and Dr. Cindy Kratzke, and is funded by a 2016 Con Alma Foundation Community grant, which is aimed at strengthening relationships with partners across New Mexico and continued our work toward health equity for all.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

  • The NMSU Library, UNM Library and New Mexico State Library recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding transitioning to a collaborative model where separate libraries will hold the entire Federal Depository Library Regional Collection across the state. The three libraries will provide free access to every Federal government publication. Each of the libraries will house the federal documents and collections most relevant to their location and purpose. For example, agricultural reports and publications will be housed at the NMSU Library.
  • A memorial in appreciation of Ellen Bosman’s service to New Mexico State University’s Faculty Grievance Board has been proposed. Bosman, NMSU Library’s department head for technical services, has served for six years on the University’s Faculty Grievance Board and has served as chair for four years. The proposed memorial recognizes her service to NMSU.
  • On September 21, representatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will visit New Mexico State University to present a one-day seminar to assist students, educators, entrepreneurs, inventors and the general public in learning more about patents and trademarks. The free program, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Milton Hall, Room 85, will guide participants through a training and overview on the resources available for innovators and entrepreneurs. Participants interested in attending must register through Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/2bPjcyJ . The NMSU Library is the only PTRC in the state of New Mexico and will assist citizens throughout the state seeking patent and trademark protection for their intellectual property. For more information on the September 21 seminar or services offered at NMSU Library’s PTRC, contact PTRC Librarian Paula Johnson at 575-646-7251 or paulacj@nmsu.edu.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

The Honors College welcomed a group of 20 students from the Mayfield High School Honors Society to campus for a day-long visit. The visit was coordinated by their teacher Ann Gardner, an NMSU alum and former PA Scholar, who wanted to expose her students to the diverse opportunities available to students on our campus which included a nice chat with the chancellor. The Mayfield students are currently taking dual-credit courses at NMSU, and we discussed including Honors classes in their choice of options. They had a nice visit and tour of our building, and then a casual conversation with a group of Crimson Scholars who shared their experiences as NMSU students. We are grateful to Development Officer Cindy Nicholson for helping organize this busy day for our guests from Mayfield.

We had a productive meeting with Matt Crouse, head of campus housing, who introduced possibilities for our Honors Living Learning Community. The opportunity to live within a community on campus is important for helping students adjust to campus life, and to create a support network of friends and collaborators. We look forward to working with Matt and the Housing staff to create an even tighter knit community in the Honors Living Learning Center.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

Employee Recognition   Facilities Operations recognizes Charley Romero (Moving Services) and Ernest Vera (Paint Shop) who went above and beyond by helping with the set up at Garcia Annex for an International & Border Programs event.  International & Border Programs acknowledged that this crew was very courteous and receptive to changes which allowed their event to take advantage of space and shade.  Charley and Ernest’s efforts demonstrate Facilities Operations commitment and dedication to providing a positive environment.

5th Annual Cowboys for Cancer   The NMSU Golf Course hosted the 5th Annual Cowboys for Cancer Research Golf Tournament on Friday, August 26.  Sixty-four teams played for the benefit of the NMSU Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign.

Technology in the Classroom   The new bling for AS 103 or Quantitative Foundations, an NMSU math course, is the NMSU-supplied chromebook laptops.  ICT’s Student Technology and Planning group, which manages the Chromebook program, has been working with the Math Department to place 76 chromebooks in the Hardman-Jacobs room 125 classroom. The Student Tech group uses two mobile, Computer-On-Wheels’ carts, affectionately known as Elsie and Gertie, to transport the chromebooks to the classrooms each day. There, NMSU students use the chromebooks to complete online assignments through a website known as ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Space).

Sodexo Programming   On Monday, August 29, Sodexo held a Meet YOUR Executive Chef for lunch in the Taos Restaurant. Chef Aida Samaniego answered culinary questions and described the expertise that goes into the preparation of each meal and provided sample food from her culinary journey.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Student Employment Fair   The Career Services Student Employment Fair was held on August 31, 2016, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in Corbett Center Student Union.  Approximately 250 students participated as well as 14 employers.  Many students indicated that they had work-study funds and were in need of finding an employer that was interested in hiring them

.Career Pathway for Graduates   The Career Services and University Advancement’s Corporate Relations Department conducted a conference call with Rapid Global Business Solutions, Inc. (RGBSI) in regards to career employment opportunities for NMSU graduates.  RGBSI represents several Fortune 500 companies and are interested in developing a relationship to recruit NMSU graduates for engineering, business, and IT related careers.
Student Financial Education   Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) featured the Red to Green Money Management Wellness Program as a model financial education program during a presentation on Wednesday, August 31. This feature was due to the services offered through the program as well as the incorporation of the peer-to-peer model for the delivery of services.

Greek Rush and Recruitment Week    Rush is the time when fraternities seek and recruit new members. Recruitment is the time for potential members to explore joining a sorority. The NMSU fraternities on campus signed 135 bids to new members on Friday, September 2. The NMSU sororities signed 95 bids for new members on Monday, August 29.

Recruitment and Retention Best Practices   Dr. Bernadette Montoya, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, and Dacia Sedillo, associate vice president of enrollment management, met with Dr. Rolando Flores, dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The meeting was in regards to current and future recruiting

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Innoventure at the Deming Great American Duck Race Parade   On Saturday, Lydia Hammond and Kristin Morehead from Arrowhead Center’s Innoventure youth entrepreneurship program joined Camp Innoventure participants in the Deming Duck Race Parade.  The parade space was sponsored by Capital Energy and EDF Renewable Services, and coordinated by Cassie Arias, Executive Director of Luna County Economic Development.

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Aggie Shark Tank Mascot   Studio G debuted new mascot Mark The Shark at this Wednesday’s Student Employment Fair. Mark will be seen around campus this fall getting students excited about starting businesses and promoting Aggie Shark Tank. Aggie Shark Tank tickets are available at aggiesharktank.eventbrite.com.

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NM FAST Workshop   Arrowhead’s NM Fast program facilitated a SBIR/STTR Proposal Development Workshop on August 31, 2016, at the projectY cowork space in Los Alamos, NM. The workshop was led by NM FAST team member Todd Bisio, and had 15 attendees. NM FAST has a YouTube channel, where webinars and SBIR-related video content will be posted: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC87WYVRONOn0t98S8A-njug

Activando Emprendedores   Carlos Murguia and Victor Cruz have made Arrowhead Center their nexus for productivity and success. The two graduate students, both from Mexico, first came to NMSU in summer 2015 for a two-month combined program that included English as a second language, GRE training and an entrepreneurship and technology commercialization internship with Arrowhead Center. This initial opportunity emerged as a result of their participation in Arrowhead’s Activando Emprendedores (AE) bilingual entrepreneurship training program, which includes partnerships with several universities throughout Mexico.

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NSF I-Corps   The NSF I-Corps Teams program (an intensive six-week NSF training with $50,000 grant) concluded for entrepreneurial lead and NMSU PhD student Ali Amiri, NMSU PI Dr. Catherine Brewer, and mentors Zetdi Sloan (of Arrowhead Center) and Jorge Ramos in San Francisco this week. The team spent the last month and a half gathering answers to important commercialization questions through critical market and commercialization evaluations. They’ll use the remaining grant budget to explore how making tweaks to their current NMSU lab prototype can meet the needs of potential customs that were discovered through I-Corps.

Vice President for Research, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya

  • Vimal Chaitanya hosted a second meeting of faculty researchers from the colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences to meet with Physical Science Lab (PSL) researchers in their initiative to propose a major DoD (Department of Defense) proposal dealing with futuristic science and technology development, with emphasis on testing and evaluation. The effort is being led by PSL with participation from Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Psychology faculty.
  • The Office of Research Development provided proposal development support for two Department of Defense proposals for instrumentation and equipment. These are (1) NeeDL:  Nmsupercomputer for Deep Learning” to support research projects in biomechanics, neuroscience, social network analysis, and solar physics. This proposal is being led by Dr. Phillip De Leon (College of Engineering); and (2) “Instrumentation for Heterogeneous Cooperative Unmanned Systems Education and Research Center” led by Dr. Liang Sun (College of Engineering). If funded, these efforts will enhance infrastructure and facilitate interdisciplinary advanced research in critical areas of national need.
  • The Office of Research Development supported development of a USDA proposal on the topic, “Diversifying the Water Portfolio for Agriculture in the Rio Grande Basin.” Focus of this effort is to understand how the use of all available water resources can be optimized to provide the greatest societal return within the Rio Grande Basin; to help sustain agricultural production, while enhancing regional water use efficacy; and to provide economic and employment opportunities and improve ecosystem services. The proposal is being led by Texas A&M University with NMSU as a major partner, with faculty and staff participation from ACES, WRRI, and PSL.  If funded, this effort will address environmental and food security challenges in NM and the Rio Grande Basin.
  • The Office of Grants & Contracts submitted documents for the continuation of approximately $1.9M funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families (DHHS-ACF) on behalf of Amanda Gibson-Smith of the College of Education.  This submission is a non-competing renewal for the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs serving Doňa Ana County.
  • The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) hosted a meeting on behalf of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and some of his legal staff.  The attorney general met with the Lower Rio Grande Water User group regarding the Texas vs. New Mexico lawsuit and their proposed Settlement Framework.  The meeting took place at Stucky Hall, home of the institute on the NMSU campus.  The New Mexico WRRI works with various water stakeholders groups to help resolve water issues throughout New Mexico and the region and is often called upon to host and coordinate meetings.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Foundation Gift   Dollar General Literacy Foundation accepted our proposal for Writers in the Schools (WITS), through the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dollar General will provide $4,000 so that NMSU English graduate students can help Las Cruces Public Schools students become better writers.
Planned Gift   An alum from the College of Engineering has placed NMSU in her estate plans that will establish an endowed scholarship, with preferences for female students, and those with a gap in their education. As a result, the alum will be welcomed into the 1888 Society.
Domenici Conference Gifts   To date, we have raised the highest amount of sponsorships for the 2016 Domenici Conference. Cash and in-kind contributions total $210,500.
Las Cruces Chile Roast   The NMSU Alumni Association held a Las Cruces Chile Roast on Thursday, September 1.  Over 4,000 pounds of chile was roasted in partnership with NM Department of Agriculture.  Many alumni were seen on campus as their chile was roasting, sharing stories with each other.
Four Corners Chapter   Chancellor Carruthers joined the Alumni Association in welcoming their Four Corners chapter in Farmington this week.  Over 70 Aggies gathered to connect as they held their inaugural event.  Pam Erickson, class of 86 will serve as the chapter leader.
Farmington Campaign Dinner   Jim and Arna Rhodes and Kyle and Gini Baxter hosted a campaign dinner in Farmington for 18 guests and 3 NMSU leaders.
Foundation Board   The Foundation Board is actively seeking committed board members and accepting recommendations for nominees.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Athletics co-hosted a season ticket sales event with Mountain View Regional Medical Center. We had over 50 physicians and administrators that attended the meet and greet which resulted in the sales of 22 football season tickets as well as individuals joining the Aggie Athletic Club (AAC).

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  • Gave a brief presentation of the overall success of last year’s athletic program to the Las Cruces Forum at Double Eagle. Annual Reports and Aggie schedule cards were given to attendees.
  • Co-hosted the Under Armour Uniform “Reveal” and Fashion Show with Barnes and Noble. Approximately 150 individuals witnessed the show Thursday evening. The event yielded sales of Under Armour merchandise. Multiple media outlets were present and led to good exposure. The fashion show solidified our partnership with General Manager Jayna Whitehead and other Barnes and Noble Bookstore @ NMSU personnel.

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International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

University Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Glen Cerny

Marketing Services   Throughout the past month and continuing for the coming weeks, the Marketing Services team has been working to develop several promotional pieces for two special events this fall on campus—the Salon Discovery gala on September 9 and the Domenici Public Policy Conference, September 14 and 15. Teaming up with the Provost’s Office, University Advancement and the Domenici Institute, we developed print and digital pieces, including advertisements, digital ads, billboards, posters and numerous other items.

KRWG   Saturday, KRWG FM’s Images featured an in-depth interview with CMI professor Ilana Lapid.  The interview included information about the opportunities at NMSU for students interested in film and television production.  It also focused on Lapid’s new film “Yochi,” in which students were part of an international production crew in Belize.

The Special Production Unit will debut a new monthly half-hour program featuring NMSU’s outstanding Scholar-Athletes. Aggie Profiles takes an in-depth look at All-American Larry Rose and volleyball standout Jordan Abalos. The show will air on Fox AZ, Altitude, Comcast and KRWG.

News   In the area of media relations, the News Group worked with TV stations and reporters to book interviews and discuss the upcoming media tour of D.W. Williams Hall. We arranged meetings with editorial boards of the Las Cruces Sun-News and the Las Cruces Bulletin regarding GO Bond C.

We continue to provide media relations and student panelist support for the Domenici Public Policy Conference. We distributed a news release this week detailing the role of student panelists in the conference and continue to work with those students. We also are working with Program Manager Sara Patricolo to address media inquiries and speaker interview requests.

The News Group was also on the road this week, providing communications coverage of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Ride for the 4-H Clover motorcycle tour Saturday and Sunday across northern New Mexico and the college’s annual Chile Field Day Tuesday at the Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas. Our social media coverage of these events generated good numbers, with more than 17,000 people reached on the NMSU News Facebook page. Below are photos of the two events.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

Upcoming events

  • September 12 – 13, Jobs Council, Carpenters Local Union Hall, Albuquerque
  • September 13, Workforce Needs & Solutions, Educational & Workforce Development Programs – Dr. Barbara Damron, Secretary, HED
  • September 12 -13, Courts, Corrections & Justice Committee, Capitol, rm 322
  • September 14 – 15, Revenue Stabilization & Tax Policy Committee, UNM, The Rotunda
  • September 27, Legislative Finance Sunset/Sunrise Subcommittee, Capitol, rm 322
  • September 28 – 30, Legislative Finance Committee, Capitol, rm 322
    • State Agencies are beginning to testify before the committee on FY 18 budget requests

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

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 38 police reports created, 18 supplements filed, and 30 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 21 items of evidence entered into the vault, 29 people were fingerprinted and 7 background checks were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center    Emergency Dispatch Center handled 326 police calls for service (8 of which were 911 calls) resulting in 192 police calls (15 of which were agency assist) and 7 warrant entries.  There were 17 fire calls (11 of which were mutual aid), 5 emergency medical, 1 fire alarm 2 animal control calls.

Special Events    Special Events Staff worked a total of 48.75 hours and reviewed 7 events.

Victim Services    Provided information for IPRA request and assisted victim with order of protection packet, temporary dorm room, not contact order and requested meeting with OIE.  Also worked on La Pinon Mutual Aid Agreement.

Homeland Security Conference    Chief Lopez attended the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Conference in Albuquerque August 30 thru September 1.  Chief Lopez also presented a workshop on the lessons learned from the full-scale disaster exercise held on the NMSU Las Cruces campus in April as part of the statewide Spring Fever 2016 Exercise.  Special thanks for having a successful exercise included Lori McKee at the University Health Center, David Daniels with the NM Department of Health, and the nursing students and faculty at Doña Ana Community College and NMSU Las Cruces for their extensive support of the event.  As a result of networking at the conference, several joint initiatives with other partners in the state are being explored that might benefit the various NMSU campuses in the state.

Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board Meeting   A meeting of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board was held on Tuesday, August 30.  Chief Lopez was in attendance and participated as a board member.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University  Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

New Mexico State University  Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

  • On August 30, we celebrated International Day to promote the opportunities of teaching or studying abroad. The day was organized with the help of International & Border Programs from the main campus. There were a number of countries represented, and the day proved to be very informative.
  • This week, we welcomed Kathy Fuller to our campus, who will step in for Dr. Vandeen McKenzie as the interim vice president for Student Success. Kathy is an experienced administrator with familiarity in a number of student service capacities. She is also a well-known civic leader who is tireless in her efforts to improve the quality of life in our community. Her skills will serve our institution well, and we are excited to have her on board.
  • The Alamogordo community suffered a great loss on Friday, September 2 when Alamogordo Police Officer Clint Corvinus was shot and killed in the line of duty.  Our hearts go out to his family and friends, and his brothers and sisters at the Alamogordo Police Department. The tribute for Officer Corvinus will be held on Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 am in the Tays Center on the NMSU-A campus.

New Mexico State University  Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Tuesday morning, August 30 NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a city-wide meeting with Assistant Cabinet Secretary Charbonneau who was conducting a visit to discuss the reopening of WIPP.  On Tuesday, August 30 at noon, we continued the GO Bond presentations with a program at the Tuesday Lions Club.
  • On Wednesday, August 31, we conducted a session with all faculty members to discuss the revised Promotion and Tenure processes that will be presented to Provost Howard and the Faculty Senate for consideration.  The session was very well attended and the faculty expressed their appreciation to the Promotion and Tenure Committee for their time and their efforts.
  • On Thursday, September 1, I attended the monthly Carlsbad Department of Development (CDOD) Board meeting.  NMSU Carlsbad Community Education Director Suzanna Hernandez made a very good presentation to CDOD as to the various community activities and classes provided by NMSU Carlsbad.
  • On Friday, September 2, we hosted the first of its “Town Hall” presentations. The presentation included discussion of impending state budget issues and the changes to employee status brought about by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski 

Accelerated IT Program  Assistant Professor Karen Henry and program manager for Computer Science recently developed an new IT Bootcamp to address the recent layoffs from Peabody Energy and the Cibola County Correctional Center.  Students who participate in this intensive one semester program earn their Computer Technology Certificate and CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ certifications.  The program currently has 17 students enrolled.

Academic Engagement   Dr. William Serban, acting vice president for academic affairs, and Mr. Stephen Foggatt, writing center specialist accompanied ten NMSU Grants students on a fieldtrip to New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech) on September 2, 2016. The visit was made possible by a sub-grant awarded by NM Tech.   The intent of this award is to increase student transfers from New Mexico community colleges to NM Tech while encouraging students to pursue a science, math, or engineering field of study.

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