Activity Report December 6-19

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Happy New Year: A very Happy New Year to all.  I am hopeful this will be a banner (no pun intended) year for NMSU.  We are a “caring community transforming lives through discovery,” and I know we will continue this tradition. 
  • Governor’s Summit: Several of NMSU’s leadership attended the December Governor’s Summit on Higher Education.  The Governor continues to stress reducing all undergraduate degree requirements from 128 credits to 120, development of meta majors so freshmen can start off generally in the right direction (for example, all social science folks would do about the same first two years before taking on a major), transfer/articulation, and general education requirements.  I will co-chair a committee with Secretary of Higher Education Barbara Damron on transfer/articulation and Provost Howard will join other Provosts to work on new general education requirements.  All freshmen and sophomore transfer courses must have a common name, prefix and number by August of 2017.  Several disciplines have already achieved this and NMSU is ahead of the curve in that we are about to complete our system identification and learning outcomes analysis this year. 
  • NMSU System Summit: The NMSU System (main and the 4 two-year community colleges) leaders met after the semester to continue our work toward  pulling the system together and solving common problems.  They identified the following as critical issues to address this year:
    • Default rate (we are getting dangerously close to sanctions)
    • Alignment, advising, and Aggie Pathways
    • Dual credit issues and solutions
    • Creating more online and distance education offerings
    • Enrollment
  • UNM/NMSU Joint Board of Regents Meeting: The Provost and I attended the annual UNM/NMSU joint Board of Regents meeting in Albuquerque before the UNM/NMSU basketball game.  Most of the conversation was around the continuing interest by Provost Howard and Provost Abdallah (UNM) in redesigning the general education curriculum because they believe it to be outdated and, in part, because it would help some disciplines get in under the 120 credit minimum advocated by the Governor and others.  The Student Body Presidents from NMSU (Dustin Chavez) and his counterpart from UNM advocated for legislation to maintain the Lottery Scholarship at near today’s payout (90%) of tuition.  If something isn’t done to shore it up, it may drop to as low as 75%.
  • Fall 2015 Hooding and Commencement Ceremonies: While the weather wasn’t too cooperative, commencement was once again a highlight of the year.  Over 1000 students walked.  The Ph.D. hooding ceremony on Friday night is beginning to look like a new tradition.  One issue faced by the organizers is how to keep the graduates in their seats until the ceremony is over.  May need to shorten it more to keep everyone’s attention but no one has suggested a good way to do that.


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • General Education Taskforce: The NMSU General Education Taskforce met on Wednesday, December 9, to share the thinking of individual teams with regard to the learning outcomes that should characterize all NMSU graduates.  All teams clearly took their work seriously and there was reasonable consensus among the reports.  Our job now is to distill the recommendations of the teams into consensus outcomes and begin to discuss how to implement reforms to the general education curriculum that will achieve desired outcomes.
  • Board of Regents Meeting: At the Board of Regents meeting on the Friday before Commencement, I provided an update on the progress we have made at NMSU in moving to 120 credit degree programs.  Overall, the progress has been good with 60% of degree programs making the curricular changes necessary to move to 120 credits.  Even so, the Regents expressed concerns with the pace of the movement.  I will continue to work with Deans to encourage departments to find ways to reduce credit hour requirements for degree programs without sacrificing essential learning outcomes.
  • Governor’s Symposium: At the Governor’s Symposium on Higher Education held on December 14, I gave a presentation on general education and the need for reform in New Mexico.  During the talk, I announced the General Education Summit to be held on January 13, 2016, and described the outcomes we hope to achieve at the summit.  They are as follows:
    • Streamlining of general education curriculum
    • Building meta-majors around the general education common core
    • Development of a curriculum with greater emphasis on acquisition of transferable skills valued by employers and essential for lifelong learning
    • Ensuring common course numbering and seamless transfer of general education credits
  • NMSU System Summit: We had a good NMSU System Summit on December 15, at which a wide-ranging array of topics were discussed.  I focused my comments on the Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate, which goes into effect in the fall of 2015 and the Governor’s Initiatives for higher education.  I encouraged the community colleges to begin marketing the Aggie Pathway and all indicated a strong willingness to do so.  With regard to the Governor’s Initiatives, I noted that they are quite consistent with the Student Success Initiatives we currently have underway at NMSU.  Although there is a great deal of work to be done in order to implement the initiatives, the major need is time, not overcoming structural barriers to implementation. 


Interim Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Jim Libbin

  • 2015 Joint Stockmen’s Convention: 35 faculty members of the college2015 Joint Stockmen's Convention attended the 2015 Joint Stockmen’s Convention in Albuquerque, December 3-5, including both on-campus and off-campus faculty.  The convention attracted more than 500 industry members from all across New Mexico, individuals who participated in one or more of the allied livestock and range associations including the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, New Mexico Wool Growers, Dairy Producers of New Mexico, Cattlemen’s College, New Mexico Federal Lands Council, Range Improvement Task Force, New Mexico Beef Council, and New Mexico CowBelles.  NMSU faculty presented in every association’s breakout sessions.

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Bruce and Alice King Service Memorial Award: Woods Houghton, Eddy County Extension Agriculture Agent, was presented the Bruce and Alice King Service Memorial Award by the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association on December 6.  This prestigious award is presented by NMCGA to one individual each year and has recently been awarded to such individuals as Frank DuBois, Linda Davis, Timothy Jennings, Andy Nunez and David Abbey.  Woods has served NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences for over 35 years in several locations, including Las Cruces, Fort Sumner and Carlsbad.

Academic Programs

  • Sam Steel Society Induction Ceremony: ACES conducted its Fall 2015 Sam Steel Society induction ceremony on Friday afternoon, December 11.  The Sam Steel Society commemorates Sam Steel, who should have been the first graduate of NMSU but was killed shortly before graduation.  ACES inducts all its graduates in the Society as a way to recognize each graduate in a more personal way than commencement exercises can.  Over 60 of our Fall 2015 graduates attended and were recognized.  In addition, all alumni in the audience were inducted as well.

Media Productions

  • Night of the Living Debt: NMSU Media Productions has been testing its new “Night of the Living Debt” financial literacy game with area high school students. Students visited the Learning Games Lab in Gerald Thomas Hall to play the game and give feedback November 11, December 10, and December 16, 2015. Anticipated release to the App Store is March 2016, and Media Productions personnel are enjoying seeing students learn about credit score, credit card debt, and other key financial concepts. 

Animal and Range Science

  • American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Contest: The Horse Judging Team competed at AQHA World Contest in Oklahoma City on November 14-19.  The team was 5th in halter, 6th in performance, 7th in reasons, and 7th  Molly Elliott was 6th high individual in performance.  Other team members were Katie Creager, Tiffany Fowler, Larisa Estrada, and Haylee Lavoie, Team coaches are Laura White and Kayla Wells.
  • Gamma Sigma Delta Annual Banquet: At the Gamma Sigma Delta, Gamma Sigma Delta Annual BanquetHonor Society of Agriculture, annual banquet Stacia Prosser and Allison Salazar were inducted as new members.  The Distinguished Graduate Student Award at the Master’s Level was awarded to Allison Salazar, while the Distinguished Graduate Teaching/Advising Award was presented to Shanna Ivey.  Serving his second year as president of the organization is Eric Scholljegerdes.

Fish Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • Student Research: Fish Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (FWCE) Grad Student Meredith Campbell conducted research on hundreds of endangered humpback chubs in the Grand Canyon for nearly two weeks in early Fall accompanied by her Advisor, Dr. Colleen A. Caldwell, Fisheries Biologist (USGS) and Affiliate Professor with FWCE, along with other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees.  Campbell is attempting to develop a non-lethal tool for detecting the Asian tapeworm, an invasive parasite affecting many wild fishes in North America, and determine the percentage of the humpback chub population that is infected.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is very interested in Campbell’s findings and to use her non-lethal method on captive populations currently in hatcheries, as the Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources & Recovery Center in Dexter, NM,


Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Christa Slaton

  • Annual Holiday Card Design Contest: Bryan Rutter, Annual Holiday Card Design Contestan Animation and Visual Effects major in the Creative Media Institute won our annual holiday card design contest, which we mailed to over 600 alumni and friends of the college in 2015.
  • Alumni Association’s Outstanding Senior Luncheon: We were pleased to participate in the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Senior Luncheon and to recognize Lindsay Redman (Biochemistry) as the Fall 2015 Outstanding Senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Fall 2015 Hooding Ceremony: It was another highlight of the semester to attend the hooding ceremony for 15 doctoral students on Friday evening before graduation where 448 undergraduate  students and 57 graduate students in the college were awarded their degrees.
  • Faculty Accomplishments:
    • Margaret Malamud (History) published “‘A Kind of Moral Gladiatorship:’ Abolitionist Uses of the Classics,” in Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics.  Peter Kopp (History)’s book manuscript Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley will be published in August 2016 by the University of California Press.  William Eamon (History) completed four articles and essays: “Spanish Science in the Age of the New,” in Companion to the Spanish Renaissance (Brill, 2016); “A Theater of Experiments: Giambattista Della Porta and the Scientific Culture of Late Renaissance Naples,” in The Optics of Giovan Battista Della Porta (1535–1615): A Reassessment, (Dordrecht, 2016); “The Scientific Education of a Renaissance Prince: Archduke Rudolf in the Spanish Court,” in Alchemy in the Time of Rudolph II, exhibition catalogue (Prague, 2016); and “La Revolución Científica y los ritmos de la vida cotidiana,” in Revista de Occidente (2016). 
    • Tom Smith (Theatre Arts)’s full length comedy Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act premiered at Arlene’s Broadway on Buffalo in Conneaut, Ohio.  Wil Kilroy (Theatre Arts) will present an acting intensive workshop at the University of Florida-Gainesville.  Josh Chenard (Theatre Arts) was a judge for the Richmond, Virginia One-Act Play Festival in October.
    • Jon Holtzman (Astronomy) received $2,344,780 in a series of awards from the Astrophysical Research Consortium for the Apache Point Observatory-based Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV project.  Igor Dolgov (Psychology) received $112,980 for an FAA project through PSL.  Heinz Nakotte (Physics) received a $22,550 supplement from LANL.  Charles Bruce (Physics) received a $63,232 supplement for his DOD-Edgewood award.  Xiaorong Wang (Physics) received a RIKEN $72,629 supplement.  Andrea Orzoff (History) received $45,000 from the American Council of Learned Societies.  Elizabeth Horodowich (History) received $50,400 from NEH. 


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • End of Semester Celebrations:
    • We had a number of celebrations this week as the fall semester wrapped up. I attended the Outstanding Graduate luncheon on Friday where Business was well represented with three award winners.  Elias Eilers (Marketing) was selected as the college’s outstanding graduate.  Louise Teixeria Pinheiro, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (International Business and Marketing), was selected as the outstanding graduate representing International and Border Programs. Frederick Shendo, of the Jemez Pueblo (Accounting and Information Systems), was selected as the outstanding graduate representing the American Indian Program.  Congratulations to all of our outstanding graduates!
    • There were three receptions on Friday. First, we honored Doris Rios (Finance) as she prepares for retirement on January 1, after 23 years of service to NMSU.  Second, we honored Master of Business Administration summer and fall graduates.  Lastly, we honored the Master of Accountancy graduates at a hooding ceremony.
    • Kathy Brook represented the college at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on Friday evening. I attended the fall commencement ceremony on Saturday morning, which went quite well despite the rain changing the format of the program a bit.
  • Applied Statistics Assistant Professor Position Search: Our search for an Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics continues.  We interviewed two candidates and hope to make significant progress in filling the position after the winter break.
  • Dean of Engineering: The search committee for the next Engineering Dean, which I am chairing, agreed on a position announcement and was able to get the posting up through February 15.  We have started advertising in an effort to recruit candidates. 
  • College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at


Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve Stochaj

  • Extreme Retention: The College of Engineering Extreme Retentiontakes student retention very seriously and addresses the individual needs of each student.  When M-ET student James Owen became lost while hiking in the Organ Mountains, Interim Dean Steve Stochaj and the Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue Team spent Saturday night through Sunday morning searching for him. James made it back in time to take his final exams with a few scrapes and one very good story. 
  • GivingTuesday Success: The College of Engineering team rallied behind the NMSU GivingTuesday campaign to raise funds for engineering student scholarships. Led by Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations Stephanie Armitage, the college has tracked donations exceeding $200k.  Combined with the GivingTuesday match from the NMSU Foundation, the college increased student scholarships by more than $400k.
  • Felicidades Ingenieros: New Mexico State University engineering students participated in the Order of the Engineer/Sociedad de Ingenieros ceremony on Friday, December 11.
    • Edward Martinez, P.E., is president and founder of Zia Engineering & Environmental Consultants, LLC, was honored as Ingeniero Eminente for his contributions to the engineering profession. Martinez graduated with a bachelor of science (CE ‘84) and continued graduate studies in civil engineering from New Mexico State University.
    • Also honored was Joseph Graff, selected by the NMSU Alumni Association as Outstanding Senior for the college. Graff will graduate with a bachelor’s of science in aerospace engineering and a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering. Earning Highest Honors in the college was Daniel Delgado Camacho who will graduate with a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering, with a 4.0 GPA.
    • Dan Arvizu, former director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and NMSU engineering alumnus, will be honored for his exemplary career as an engineer at the fall 2015 commencement ceremony. Arvizu has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University (’73) and a Master of Science (’74) and Ph.D. (’81) degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.


Dean, College of Health and Social Services, Dr. Donna Wagner

  • Door Decorating Contest: CHSS held its first annual door decorating contest last week. The faculty and staff were encouraged to decorate their respective doors to represent a winter holiday of choice.  The winning categories included funniest (in tasteful humor), most creative representation of the chosen holiday and most unique representation of the chosen holiday.  Over twenty doors were judged by the HSS student ambassadors.  The contest was a fun way for the College to get into the holiday spirit, no matter what the chosen holiday it was!  Winners were announced at the CHSS holiday gathering that was held in the Memorial Lounge on Wednesday, December 9. 

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School of Nursing

  • Recognition Ceremony: The School of Nursing held their Recognition Ceremony on Friday to honor its BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD graduates.  The school graduated 102 BSN, six MSN, twelve DNP and two PhD students.  

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  • Santa Fe Community College Pinning Ceremony: The School of Nursing also sent a delegate to the Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) Pinning Ceremony to recognize the first cohort of students to graduate from the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) partnership between the School of Nursing (SON) and the SFCC School of Nursing.  Each student was awarded a school pin from both SFCC and NMSU SON as well as a pin identifying them as NMNEC graduates.
  • College of Health and Social Services’ Outstanding Graduate: The College of Health and Social Services’ Outstanding Graduate, David Marlin, was featured in the Las Cruces Sun News over the weekend.  Marlin, a BSN student, was recognized for his professional and academic achievements alongside President Carruthers at the Outstanding Graduates Luncheon.  For the full story, follow the link :


Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Web site launch: Tim Ketelaar, Associate Dean and Director of the Office of National Scholarships and International Education (ONSIE) has worked all semester on making sweeping improvements to the web site that helps students understand the opportunities available to them through prestigious external fellowships. The new ONSIE web site includes “buttons” that will allow students to gain information about specific scholarships, such as Fulbright Fellowships, and includes great documentation of the past success stories of our students. The new web site was launched this week, with more improvements to follow soon. Anyone interested in seeing the new and improved web site can check it out here:
  • Fulbright Panel Review: Speaking of Fulbright, Dean Miriam Chaiken spent much of this week reading the thousand or so pages that constitutes the Fulbright applications for East Africa. Next week she will participate in a panel that reviews and ranks Fulbright applications for East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania), and successful students will be notified in January that they made the first cut. Students whose applications survive the first round of review in the US, then have their applications sent to the prospective host nation for a second round of reviews before determining the finalists. After three decades of research and work in East and Southern Africa, it was exciting for me to read about new areas of potential inquiry – from examining the impact of forming “hip hop clubs” for Ugandan youth orphaned by the AIDS pandemic, to appropriate technology interventions that will ease the labor burdens of women in Tanzania, to learning about the experiences of Ethiopian Jews (falashas) who did not migrate to Israel during the diaspora. The students whose applications are being reviewed range from historians to engineers, nurses to agronomists, and anthropologists to dancers. Participating in this review process will help us in the Honors College be more effective in mentoring NMSU students who are interested in submitting applications for Fulbrights in the future.
  • Celebration of Students Graduating with University Honors: Provost Howard joined us on Thursday afternoon to present the students who satisfied the requirements to graduate with University Honors and Honors with Distinction with their certificate and medallions. The students who earned this recognition produced senior capstone projects that range from a novel (Rachel Oestreich), to theses that examine legal issues (Melissa Vigil, Dianisa Sosa, Meghan Gerry, Rebekah Dominguez, and Will Grumet), to original lab research (Rachel Bean, Marisa Griego, Lindsey Howard, and Lindsey Redman), to examinations of marketing of toys for children on the autism spectrum (Louise Teixeira Pinheiro). This talented group of students all completed impressive senior projects that will launch them to their next stage in their careers. We were impressed!


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • HathiTrust Meeting: Dean Titus attended the second annual member meeting of the HathiTrust in Chicago on December 9.  The HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions which offers a collection of millions of digitized titles to its members.


Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • ICT Stands Up New Research Supercomputer: Affectionately nicknamed “The Joker”, after the well-known comic book supervillain, NMSU’s newest supercomputer is all about being super. Of NMSU’s four supercomputers, The Joker has more processing power than the three other supercomputers combined, containing 112 processors, 448 GB of RAM and two state-of-the-art Tesla graphics processing accelerators.  It can process seven trillion floating point calculations per second (7 teraflops).  Norma Grijalva, NMSU’s Chief Information Officer, stated, “This is an example of NMSU’s commitment to research through an investment in powerful, research-focused computing technology, which is free for faculty and student research use.” For more information, about the supercomputer, visit
  • Annual Building Monitor Appreciation Luncheon: On December 10, Facilities and Services hosted an annual appreciation luncheon for the building monitors. As part of the event, Police Chief Stephen Lopez presented “Run-Hide-Fight” to the group. 
  • NSF Program Director meets with ICT: Recently, at the NM Technology in Education conference, ICT staffers had an extended meeting with Dr. Kevin Thompson, a National Science Foundation Program Director in the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. The parties met to discuss the progress of a Cyberinfrastructure grant for which NMSU had applied.  If selected, NMSU would join an elite group of institutions that will receive funding to employ a Cyberinfrastructure (CI) engineer whose role would be to remove barriers for CI-intensive research projects and accelerate scientific discovery.  The recipient of the Cyberinfrastructure grant will be announced in first quarter of 2016.
  • 31st Annual Noche de Luminarias: Approximately 6,000 students, faculty, staff, and local community members enjoyed the trolley rides or strolled along the luminarias from the Pan American Center to Corbett Center and on to the Bookstore.  At Corbett Center, guests participated in ice skating, pictures with Santa, holiday music on the grand piano, a gingerbread house decorating contest, ornament crafts, hot cocoa and cookies.  The event was very well attended and a successful kickoff to the holiday season.
  • Finals Late Night Breakfast: Finals Late Night Breakfast Finals Late Night Breakfastwas held December 8 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm in the Taos Restaurant. Volunteer faculty and staff assisted Sodexo employees in serving over 1,100 students.  Pistol Pete, the Aggie Cheer Squad, and Striking the Wonder Dog were popular guests.  The Aggie Underground was transformed into a disco featuring a DJ, and in Taos, the students played Rock’em Sock’em’ Robots, giant Jenga, Hungry Hungry Hippos, bean bag toss, Aggie Trivia and guessed the weight of several VERY large pancakes.   Winners of the bike and Coke refrigerator for the pancake weight contest were students Nicholas Spring and Styn de Meren.  Over 250 cans of food were collected for the Aggie Cupboard.
  • NMSU Insider: The NMSU INSIDER Twitter account, which has been established and is maintained by Auxiliary Services, now has over 4,000 followers while our NMSU INSIDER Instagram account just passed 2,000. Thanks to Commencement, Noche de Luminarias, the Late Night Breakfast, and Luke Bryan, the total reach for our NMSU INSIDER Facebook page rose 7,512% last week with an engagement rate of over 1,800%.


Vice President Student Affairs / Enrollment Management, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

  • Reaccreditation: The Campus Health Center has received notification of a full re-accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).  AAAHC accreditation means that the organization participates in on-going self-evaluation, peer review and education. These processes are used to continuously improve upon the care and services offered.  The CHC participated in an on-site survey on November 16-17, 2015 conducted by surveyors who are themselves college health professionals.   Full accreditation signifies that the organization has demonstrated substantial compliance with AAAHC standards.  The NMSU Campus Health Center is the only accredited college health service in the State of New Mexico joining over 1,200 other college health services in the nation.
  • Noche de Luminarias: Noche de Luminarias was a whimsical success this year. In its 31st year, Noche attracted 6,500 people to the Corbett Center Student Union for a wonderful night full of activities. This year at Noche de Luminarias, we increased NMSU student attendance, a major goal set by the students who planned the event. The ice rink, Santa Clause, carriage rides, and holiday crafts were a huge hit and we can expect more attendance in 2016. We are very thankful for those who took time to volunteer at Noche de Luminarias this year. Without them, this event would not have been as great as it was.
  • Fall 2015 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony: The Second Doctoral Hooding Ceremony was held on December 11, 2015 at the Pan American Center. Forty-nine doctoral candidates were hooded at the ceremony in the presence of their family and friends.
  • Fall 2015 Commencement: Despite the rain and wind, the Fall 2015 Commencement ceremony was also a success. We had 934 graduates walk across the stage at the ceremony. The Commencement Ceremony was extremely successful due to our excellent volunteers represented from the entire NMSU Campus. Please see the link to the Fall Graduation Shout Out Videos. In the video Aggies say thank you to family, friends, NMSU departments, faculty, and staff that have helped them throughout their journey here at NMSU.


Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Arrowhead Innovation Network Advisory Council Meeting: On Monday a meeting of the Arrowhead Innovation Network Council was held on the NMSU Las Cruces campus, with the following members in attendance: Barbara Brazil (New Mexico Economic Development Department); John Chavez (NM Angels); Elizabeth Mata (Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C.); Lee Rand (Sun Mountain Capital); Stuart Rose (The BioScience Center),George Ruth (Citizens Bank of Las Cruces), and Ronald White (Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.). Kathy Hansen presented Arrowhead updates, followed by a roundtable discussion and campus innovation tours.
  • Arrowhead Appreciation Reception: On Monday Arrowhead hosted an appreciation reception to honor its board of directors, enterprise advisors, advisory council and local business community participating—that is, serving as sharks—in the recent Aggie Shark Tank.
  • NM Angels Office Hours: John Chavez, President of the NM Angels, held office hours with Arrowhead clients on Tuesday.


Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Dr. Andrea Tawney

  • Above & Beyond Award: The Board of Regents presented the Above and Beyond Award to NMSU Advancement after the team completed the first-ever GivingTuesday event, December 1, and raised more than $4.5 million for various student scholarships across the system. The success of GivingTuesday was possible because of the unique campus partnerships across the NMSU system. The collaborative effort, and the success of GivingTuesday, demonstrates student success inspires our campus partners to go above and beyond on a daily basis. 
  • Domenici Public Policy Conference Support: The Hatton-Sumners Foundation has renewed its support for the Domenici Public Policy Conference in the amount of $10,000.
  • College of ACES Gift: The New Mexico Prevent Child Abuse State Chapter in the College of ACES received $10,000 from the Brindle Foundation.
  • College of Business Gift: The College of Business received an endowed scholarship agreement for the Rocky Mountain RIMS Chapter for $40,000 over five years.
  • Employee Assistance Gift: A donor made an additional gift of $5,000 to support the NMSU Perozynski Employee Emergency Assistance Program.
  • Bequest: A generous alum made a bequest of $56,000 to support the NMSU College of Engineering.


Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • Baseball Infield Turf Request for Proposal: Met with Facilities & Services to review the baseball infield turf request for proposal (RFP). Lone Mountain was selected and the project is expected to be completed by February 1, 2016.
  • Footwear RFP: Athletics has been meeting with Purchasing and General Counsel to finalize the Footwear and Apparel RFP. We are anticipating a five-year deal with the selected vendor.
  • Inaugural Staff Holiday Party: We had our Inaugural Staff Holiday Party at the Farm and Ranch Museum. Employee’s families were invited to the party. Santa Claus made a surprise visit and handed a small gift to the 30 children in attendance. Employees and families enjoyed good food and great music. It was a nice time for staff and families to mingle and jingle.

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Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • KRWG: A crowd of about 250 enjoyed the annual KRWG El Paso Brass holiday benefit concert at the Rio Grande Theatre Thursday evening. The concert is a seasonal favorite and helps to build the holiday spirit among KRWG viewers/listeners/friends. NMSU faculty member Jim Shearer plays tuba for the group.
  • Sports Information: Athletics Media Relations wrapped up the football season with the exploits of running back Larry Rose III being named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year and becoming the 14th Aggie player named an All-American. Rose was named Third Team AP All-America, the first Aggie named to the AP team since Karl Dean in 1975.
  • News: Our group was busy this weekend covering the Commencement activities. We posted a photo album on Facebook with images of the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on Friday night and the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday. These proud moments for Aggie graduates were popular on Facebook; the album reached more than 6,000 people and continues to grow. See the album on the NMSU News Facebook page.
  • Marketing Services: In recognition of our outstanding students,Marketing Services our team completed a celebratory student ad highlighting the fall 2015 Outstanding Graduates and students who have received prestigious honors during the semester.
  • Web Communications: We were notified this week that the NMSU website received a Merit Award in the 2015 Education Digital Marketing Awards.The EDU Digital Marketing Awards recognize the best educational websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media and social media. 
  • Aggie Generosity: The spirit of the season was evident on the NMSU News Facebook page with several stories about Aggies’ generosity. A post on December 16 about the Holiday Angel Tree, organized as a partnership between theNMSU School of Social Work, Family and Child Welfare Training Project, and the Children, Youth, and Families Department, reached more than 8,800 people. Check it out:
  • Aggie Sports: Athletics Media Relations covered the women’s basketball team winning three straight last week including a 52-47 win at New Mexico. The men’s basketball team split games last week, picking up a 20-point victory at UTEP. The Media Relations team also facilitated a feature story about Pascal Siakam by the American Sports Network.
  • Preview Party: More than 150 KRWG friends and supporters attended a preview party to see the first episode of Downton Abbey at Good Samaritan Village this week. The final season of this popular program begins airing on KRWG on January 3.


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

  • NMDA Food Drive: We kicked off NMDA’s Food Drive to benefit NMSU’s Aggie Cupboard with a friendly competition between divisions. The final tally for the NMDA Food Drive was a whopping 2,401 pounds of non-perishable food to stock the shelves of the Aggie Cupboard at NMSU. The original goal of 1000 pounds was surpassed with over a ton of food.  Pictured, Director Witte and Deputy Director Parra look on as Ray Johnson, assistant division director Standards and Consumer Services, reads the scale.
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    Roadrunner Food Bank Event:  Co-hosted a press event with the Roadrunner Food Bank and issued media advisory/press release announcing record amount of fresh, local produce donations from farmers to Roadrunner Food Bank this year.  The event was attended by TV reporters from KOB, KRQE, Telemundo, and Univision.  The story has already been picked up, including here and here.
  • Instructional Video: Created video of SCS Lorenzo Mireles talking about doing a fuel pump inspection.  Posted on social media to clarify what NMDA does to maintain fairness in that marketplace. See the video here.
  • European Union Dried Fruit and Nut Inbound Trade Mission: Staff successfully concluded the annual European Union Dried Fruit and Nut Inbound Trade Mission.  Six EU buyers met with three NM grower/shellers and one Arizona grower/sheller. This year NMDA focused on shelled pecans, starting site visits in Artesia and ending in Las Cruces.
  • Ag Group Meeting: Co-hosted a meeting of the Ag Group. Current and prospective issues were discussed to determine potential common ground and solutions.  Known and potential items for the upcoming legislative session were evaluated.
  • World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates-USDA Meeting: Staff participated in a WASDE – USDA Deputy Call for directors and commissioners and senior USDA officials.  I provided an update on the recent Tri-National Accord hosted by Mexico. 
  • Collaboration: APR staff assisted ARCA on December 14 which is a nonprofit community organization in Albuquerque that provides mentally disabled individuals with job skills training, and other services.  The organization has approximately seven acres of land that it would like to put into agricultural production.  Staff toured the fields, and will facilitate building relationships between ARCA and the local Soil and Water Conservation District, NMSU Extension, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.


Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Police Activity: There were 36 police reports created, 23 supplements filed, and 39 traffic citations issued.  The Records & Evidence Office processed 43 items of evidence entered into the vault, 13 people were fingerprinted, and three background investigations were conducted.  Emergency Dispatch Center handled 282 calls for service (three of which were 911 calls), resulting in 278 police calls (26 of which were agency assist) and 18 warrant entries.  There were 30 fire calls (23 of which were mutual aid), two emergency medical calls, one smell of smoke, two standby and two public assist.  There were also three animal control calls. 
  • Shop with a Cop:  On December 19, 2015, Shop with a CopOfficer Diana Renteria and Detective Gabriela Graham participated in Shop with a Cop which benefited local children who are in poverty.
  • Holiday Donation Drive: The Police Department participated in a holiday donation drive for Jardin De Los Ninos which helps homeless children and their families in Dona Ana County.  There are currently over 600 children who are homeless or near homeless in our community.
  • Snow Storm:  Approximately 150 people attempted to break into Aggie Memorial Stadium (either climbing over fences or trying to force the locked gates) in an effort to sled down the berms.  All left peaceably when requested.  There were no injuries reported as a result of the sledding activities that took place as officers responded.

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President, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, Dr. Ken Van Winkle

  • Literacy Day NMSU-A’s Adult Education held its bi-annual Family Literacy Day Wednesday, December 9, at the Tays Center.  During the event, instructors directed literacy and numeracy activities including storyboarding and scavenger hunts–the games focused on instilling numeracy and literacy in the youth of our community. All children received books as gifts and prizes for various activities. The event was sponsored by Otero County’s LVA Literacy Council.
  • Fueling for Finals: Student, faculty and staff took a break from finals and enjoyed pizza, popcorn and games at the “Fueling for Finals” event, Wednesday, Dec 11, on the patio. The event was sponsored by NMSU-A campus organizations, Student Services and the Campus Deli. A few students were even brave enough to participate in the “Chicken Dance,” a competition to win a turkey and the trimmings.
  • Movie Night at NMSU-A: The NMSU-A STEM Club hosted a Movie Night on Friday, December 11, in the Rohovec Theater.   They showed the classic holiday movie “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.”  The purpose of the event was to collect food items for Aggie Cupboard-Alamogordo.   Admission fee was two non-perishable food items.  The event was open to the whole community.
  • Lady of the Mountain Run: The Lady of the Mountain Run was held Saturday, December 12, in Alamogordo.  In addition to the half marathon, 10K and 5K, the NMSU-A Social Sciences Club sponsored the Kid’s One Mile Fun Run. All the proceeds from the run will go to needs based college scholarships for students attending NMSU-A. Last year the run made $5,000 for scholarships.


President, New Mexico State University -Carlsbad, Dr. John Gratton

  • Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) Hearings: President Gratton traveled from Las Cruces to Santa Fe on Monday afternoon of December 7 in order to attend a LFC Hearing on Tuesday, December 8.  The New Mexico Higher education Department and the colleges and universities presented their funding priorities to LFC at the hearings.
  • Campus Improvement Meeting: On Thursday, December 10, President Gratton traveled to Las Cruces in order to meet with Facilities and Services personnel to discuss security options on the NMSU Carlsbad campus and to pick up thirty-three additional locksets which will be installed in classroom doors on the Carlsbad campus.
  • Community Projects: On Friday, December 11, President Gratton met with Carlsbad community representatives to discuss possibilities for additional initiatives.
  • 2015 NMSU System Summit: President Gratton traveled to Las Cruces on Monday, December 14 in order to attend the NMSU Summit meeting which was held all day on Tuesday, December 15. The Summit was very positive as the attendees presented progress reports on system-wide initiatives and developed key objectives for the upcoming year.
  • Leadership NM Core Curriculum Meeting: President Gratton attended a Core Curriculum meeting of Leadership New Mexico on Wednesday, December 16.  Plans were finalized for the upcoming Education session which will be held in Hobbs on March 3-5, 2016.
  • Surgical Technology Program: On Thursday, December 17, President Gratton attended a meeting of the advisory committee for the Surgical Technology program of study which will begin in January.
  • Early College High School: On Friday, December 18, President Gratton met with Early College High School students and assisted the students in preparing for regional competitions in public peaking and interviewing contests.


President, New Mexico State University -Dona Ana, Dr. Renay Scott

  • GivingTuesday: Although not all totaled, NMSU-Dona Ana students will have more than $120,000 in new scholarship funds including three new scholarship endowments and one new current use scholarships as a result of We are especially appreciative of our donors who were extremely generous.
  • Legislative Finance Committee and Governor’s Summit: Last week found me participating in the Legislative Finance Committee higher education hearings. This week I will participate in the Governor’s symposium on Meta-majors, credit transfer and articulation. With the Aggie Pathway scheduled for implementation in Fall 2016, this discussion is very timely.
  • Best Wishes for the Holidays: With the end of another eventful semester at NMSU-Dona Ana, my team and I wish you a great winter break. If you celebrate a holiday during the season, may it be full of warmth and joy.


Interim President, New Mexico State University -Grants, Dr. Harry Sheski

  • Stress Buster Week at NMSU Grants Campus: Staff and Faculty at NMSU Grants banded together to make finals week  a little less stressful for their students.  The Stress Buster week began with a “Toast” to their students on Tuesday December 8. Toast and Tea were served in the cyber café complimentary of the Student Services Staff.  There were also a series of stress relief workshops presented to students so they could learn how to cope and manage stress during finals week.  On Wednesday, a yogurt parfait breakfast bar was served complimentary of the NMSU Grants Faculty.  Thursday, the NMSU Grants offered free coffee to all NMSU Students and local patrons.  Additionally, the 2nd Annual Book, Barter and Grub provided students an opportunity to sell their textbooks and/or purchase texts for the  upcoming spring semester while enjoying lunch complimentary of NMSU Grants Student Services.
  • NMSU Grants Student Appreciation breakfast: The NMSU Grants Faculty hosted a Student Appreciation Yogurt Breakfast on Wednesday, December 9, from 9-noon.  During this event, students created their unique yogurt parfait from a variety of toppings and enjoyed other breakfast goodies.  In addition to breakfast, faculty also donated and raffled eighteen $20 Wal-Mart gift cards to currently enrolled students at NMSU Grants.
  • Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony: The Nursing Program held its pinning on Thursday, December 10 at 5:30 in the Martinez Hall Theater.  Four students completed the degree requirements for their Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  These students completed this program via a distance education collaboration between NMSU Grants and the Las Cruces Nursing Program.  A hallmark of this collaboration is that students at the Grants Campus are able to earn a BSN without relocating to Las Cruces.  The BSN program is highly attractive for  prospective students and helps to recruit students to NMSU Grants.
  • Clothing and Food Drive: The NMSU Grants Associated Student Government organized a clothes and food drive for the local Grants community.  All donations were taken the Community Outreach Center on Friday December 11 by Brian Johnson, ASG Advisor, and other members NMSU Grants ASG.

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