- I testified on behalf of the Council of University Presidents before the Higher Education Subcommittee of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. It was fairly successful testimony in that the Subcommittee seemed convinced to minimize as much budgetary damage to Higher Education as possible, referencing the creation of accreditation issues for some Universities if budgets were reduced. The full committee later acted and will send the following higher education recommendations to the House and then on to the Senate:
- 1 percent across the board reduction to all general funding operating budgets, which would result in 8.3 percent cuts to Higher Education for FY16, 17, and 18. Higher Education is 13 percent of the General Fund but has suffered almost 29 Higher Education Subcommittee of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee of all reductions.
- Use a two percent base redistribution when running the funding formula, while the Executive had recommended four percent. This limited the loss of revenue for several NMSU units, including the Main Campus.
- Recommended use of the liquor excise tax of $18,449,400 to shore up the legislative lottery program, contingent upon the passage of a bill directly related to the lottery program. This was one of CUP’s major requests of the legislature.
- Recommended not rolling up the Research and Public Service Projects into the base, which is both positive and negative. Chair of the Committee was adamant that she did not support roll ups because many RPSPs hold great legislative membership interest.
- NMSU, all in, will be reduced by 1.1 percent if the HAFC recommendations survive the House and later Senate action.
- A bill to require one member of the NMSU Board of Regents to be from Agriculture is moving through committees. Some opposition because other industries/disciplines would like their own Regent representative.
- We had a very good Vision 2020 Strategic Planning meeting to begin tweaking the plan in anticipation of presenting it to the Regents this summer. Most of the changes were updates to strategies and the addition of new strategies to certain goals. The performance metrics were evaluated and confirmed. The next steps include making these revisions and then, in an Employee Council sponsored forum, presenting recommendations to NMSU faculty, staff, and students. Following the forum, there will be a comment period for all to make suggestions and revisions. Glen Haubold will Chair the Executive Committee for Vision 2020. Some want to change the name of the Strategic Plan so give it some thought—2020 is rapidly approaching.
- I participated in two very interesting events – an Alumni reception for Army ROTC alums and a program Black by Southwest. I mention both because they show the intense pride that our alums and students have in NMSU. Gary Cataldo from Roswell established the AROTC Alums and has been a very active supporter of the Corp and our students. The Black by Southwest was sponsored by NMSU’s Black Student Association and UTEP’s Black Student Union. There were representatives from 5-6 universities, all gathered to discuss leadership and a host of very useful and practical skills and programs. Thanks to Christopher Love for NMSU Black Students Association for the invite. They wish to make this an annual event. I encourage them to do so.
- On Wednesday, I attended the Economic Development Summit hosted by the City of Las Cruces. We talked about issues ranging from workforce development to supply chains and how to develop businesses that can support the rapid industrial growth around Santa Teresa. There was a lot of good will in the room and a great willingness to seek ways in which the university and the city can cooperate with private business to improve the economy of southern New Mexico. Promoting the beauty of the region, quality of life, and the presence of NMSU was seen as important in reviving Las Cruces as a retirement destination.
- At the Strategic Enrollment Planning Council we discussed the development of a questionnaire to better understand the recruitment activities of our departments and colleges. We also reviewed our current recruitment activities and discussed how to better connect with local students and their families. There is a lot of outreach going on, but even so, the message about the First-Year Residential Experience is not cutting through the clutter and being absorbed by prospective students. We will step up our local recruiting efforts by re-directing some marketing money.
- The Chancellor and I met with a small group at the University Residence to discuss Vision 2020 and how it might be updated. The strategic plan has served us well over the course of the past three years, but periodic reviews and updates are critical for keeping the document relevant and fresh.
Family and Consumer Sciences Student Club Donations – The Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AFCS) student club presented Cowboys for Cancer with $1,320 to aid in cancer research. The AFCS students sold pink t-shirts in October for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink football game and activities. The Student Association of Fashion Merchandising and Marketing (SAFMM) student club also presented a donation of $100. The SAFMM students had a Tough Enough to Get Pied booth where members took whipped cream pies to the face to raise funds for cancer research.
Extension Plant Sciences The Pesticide Safety Program in the Extension Plant Sciences Department just completed the 2016 – 2017 training series. Workshops held in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Clovis, Hobbs, and Farmington provided clientele with educational programming on the effective and environmentally sound use of pesticides. Certified applicators received information on new and emerging insect, disease and weed pests. Applicators who wished to become certified to apply pesticides received training in pesticide safety, pesticide laws and regulations, sprayer calibration, and general information in entomology, plant pathology, and weed science. This year the program recertified 365 current pesticide applicators and trained 158 new license holders.
Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology New Mexico State University – Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology swept the regional 50th Joint Annual Meeting of the AZ/NM Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, the Arizona Wildlife Society, and the New Mexico Wildlife Society held in Farmington, New Mexico (February 9-11, 2017). The Conference started with FWCE undergraduate students (Will Lubenau, Adam Baca, Marcus Montoya, Joe Youtz) winning the Quiz Bowl. Ian Perkins-Taylor won the Best Student Paper for Wildlife and Damon Peterson won the Best Student Paper for Fisheries. Will Lubenau won the AZ/NM AFS Chapter prestigious Miles McInnis Scholarship and the coveted fly rod in the raffle contest. Matthew Boggie won the 2016 Outstanding Student Award from the NM Wildlife Society for his outstanding contributions to New Mexico wildlife conservation. Susan Bard received a Student Travel Award from NM TWS and Alex Kunkel received second place for Best Student Poster. NMSU FWCE graduate students took away cash prizes from the photo contest: Cody Bear received awards for “Best Landscape,” “Best Bird,” and “Best of Show.” Alex Kunkel received an award for “Best Fish” photo, Susan Bard received an award for the “Best Mammal” photo, and Sarah Grubel received an award for the “Caught in the Act” photo.
Way to go Fish and Wildlife Aggies!
- The college of Arts and Sciences has announced the details of the upcoming 2017 J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium, taking place on March 14 & 15.
- The college is celebrating the successes of Dr. Rebecca Campbell, who has been recently promoted to the rank of Full Professor at Northern Arizona University – Dr. Campbell received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in 1988.
- Computer Science held two colloquia – one by Shobeir Fakhraei (on how to model structure of real-world data) and one by Xuan-Hong Dang (on clustering and data streams)
- CMI unveiled the poster for the Las Cruces International Film Festival, taking place March 8 – March 12.
- The department of Geological Sciences presented a colloquium by Jascha Coddington, focused on “Kinematics of Faults and Folds in the Jumgal Basin, Kyrgyz Tien Shan.”
- The chair of our AACSB accreditation team, Dr. Homer Erekson, visited with us on Monday, February 13 to provide feedback on our draft report. Preparations continue for the full accreditation team that will visit campus in October.
- The Wells Fargo Bank and College of Business 6th annual Economic Development Conference took place February 16, 2017, at the Las Cruces Convention Center as more than 260 people attended. NMSU College of Business professor, Dr. Jim Peach and Wells Fargo Bank economist, Dr. Eugenio Alemán gave their economic forecast of the New Mexico and U.S. economy. Peach is Regents Professor of Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business and was just selected for the Chevron Endowed Professorship in December 2016. Dr. Alemán is director and senior economist at Wells Fargo forecasting national, regional and international economic trends. KRWG News reporter, Simon Thompson reported the event on the radio station. http://krwg.org/post/economic-outlook-under-trump-administration-positive-uncertain
- Winnie Lee gave a presentation on Business Ethics to the Agriculture Leadership Program in Las Cruces.
- The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.
Educators Rising NM Educators Rising NM has been recognized by the New Mexico Activities Association as the newest Career Technical Student Organization in New Mexico. Both FFA and Educators Rising are chartered at NMSU. NMSU will be hosting the state student conference for Educators Rising from February 26 to February 28. Over 140 students will be attending the conference. If you have a student interested in becoming a teacher, please have them contact Dr. Karen Trujillo at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend the conference—NMSU students can attend for free. For more information, go to http://educatorsrisingnm.nmsu.edu
College of Engineering Dean Lakshmi Reddi and Associate Provost Cornell Menking visited South India to begin executing pipeline agreements for engineering student recruitment. As part of their activities, they were invited by two television news organizations in Hyderabad to introduce New Mexico State University and the College of Engineering to their viewers. Hyderabad is a prominent city in a region of South India that has hundreds of engineering colleges with students interested in higher education in the United States. In addition to answering questions by anchors, Reddi and Menking participated in a live session and took questions from callers. These broadcasting stations have a routine audience of 18 million people. In addition, Reddi and Menking visited five groups of engineering colleges in the region and began discussions on student recruitment.
The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, in collaboration with NMSU Career Services, recently hosted the Career Connections career fair. The event brought 50 companies to campus to recruit students from the various engineering disciplines for internships, co-op opportunities and permanent employment. Of these companies, more than 40 percent were either New Mexico companies or multistate companies with a presence in New Mexico. An estimated 600 engineering students attended the career fair in search of career opportunities. As an addition to the career fair, representatives from Cummins were on hand to participate in the Aggie Resume Review where they reviewed and provided feedback to more than 78 engineering students.
Mark Fountain, BSCE `02, was selected as one of the Top Young Professionals in the Southwest by Engineering News Record for 2017. Professionals are judged based on industry experience and education, career and industry leadership, and community service and involvement. Fountain is an associate at HDR in Phoenix, Arizona, and he was profiled in the January 2017 print edition of ENR Southwest and also on the website.
Hansuk Sohn, industrial engineering assistant professor; Delia Valles-Rosales, industrial engineering associate professor; and Young-Ho Park, mechanical engineering associate professor, have been preparing USDA-funded students to attend the Albuquerque Annual PI Conference this week. The purpose of this meeting is for PIs to make presentations of their grant results and to have students participate in a poster competition. All of these students (and more) are funded by I-DISCOVER Program as well as the Wheels of Change Program both USDA Grants. They were accompanied by Valles. Participating students were mechanical engineering students Isaiah Ramos, graduate, and Jordan Ulibarri-Sanchez, undergraduate; industrial engineering graduate students Dino Ochoa, Gaby Solano and Jesus Wong; industrial engineering undergraduate Sarah Gibson; and Jesus A. De La Cruz, food technology undergraduate.
Engineering New Mexico Resource Network staff members Chris Campbell, Jalal Rastegary and graduate student Amirreza Barin conducted an energy efficiency and pollution prevention assessment for DavMid, LLC in Deming, New Mexico. The business provides a range of services in the Deming area and is looking for opportunities to reduce its energy costs. The team assessments will result in a set of recommendations for pollution prevention and energy performance, including estimates for cost-savings to the business.
School of Nursing
- Linda Summers, associate professor, was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal because of her research regarding innovative uses of energy pods when treating adolescent stress at school-based health centers. Dr. Summers was also interviewed by local televisions stations and her story premiered on ABC and NBC. Aggie nurses on the move!
- Several representatives from the Student Nurse Association participated in the New Mexico Nurses Association (NMNA) Capital Challenge 2017: Nurses Day at the New Mexico Legislature in Santa Fe on February 14, 2017. The NMNA conference addressed current health care legislation, coalition building, communicating nursing priorities to State legislators, and strategies for effective advocacy of health care needs in New Mexico. The NMSU nursing students met with State Representatives and Senators and observed health care policy in action on the Senate Floor. In addition, our students received recognition for their commitment to developing leadership roles in the nursing profession.
Department of Public Health Sciences
- Department of Public Health undergraduate students have continuously been involved in community engagement health advocacy projects with 275 Las Cruces High School students. The student’s efforts will be highlighted in a recorded town hall meeting on campus at KRWG-TV this month. The undergraduate public health students were successful peer educators teaching the high school students about social determinants of health, policy, and advocacy.
Several Deans including the Dean of the Library this week attended a webinar on “Approaches to Building Corporate Engagement” hosted by the Office of Advancement. All of the Academic Deans work to raise funds from corporations and foundations which support a broad range of initiatives at NMSU.
HJLC-Green Project construction is now underway on the south side of Zuhl Library. Every day from inside Zuhl Library you have a fantastic view of this project as it progresses. This week much of the asphalt areas and the cement curbs are being torn up and removed. Join us in being “sidewalk supervisors” as this area transforms into a beautiful pedestrian walkway.
The library’s Social Activities Committee (SAC) celebrated Valentine’s Day by hosting a party for all library staff on February 14, 2017. It is our way of showing the library staff appreciation for all that they do every day to make the library a great place to study, do research, and learn through Discovery!
Complete Your Taxes Securely As the digital age progresses, identity theft can be an issue for everyone. In an effort to combat cyber criminals, Chief Information Security Officer, John Roberts, reminds everyone about the perils of tax identity theft. To learn more about tax identity theft, go to https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/tax-identity-theft-awareness-week-has-event-you.
Flavors of Sweden Global Chef, Edis Dautovic prepared authentic Sweden cuisine for students who dined at Taos on February 15.
Young Achievers Forum
New Mexico State University hosted the first New Mexico Young Achievers Forum, February 11th at Corbett Center Student Union. New Mexico State University (Student Success Center, Undergraduate Admissions, University Advancement), Community en Accion, AT&T and Bravo Dealerships of Las Cruces and El Paso coordinated the event that is committed to introducing sixth-grade students and their parents from across southern New Mexico to NMSU and a variety of career opportunities.
500 sixth graders and 50 parents from the Alamogordo, Deming, Gadsden, Hatch and Las Cruces Public School Districts participated in college readiness activities and workshops focused on four career fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics; health and medical sciences; business and finance; and the liberal arts. Many of the students who attended the event will be the first in their families to pursue higher education and for many was the first time for them to visit a college campus. More than 100 NMSU students, staff, and community members served as volunteers for the event.
Concerns Application Designed and Collaborated
Student Information Management (SIM) has collaboratively created a Concerns web site last year with Michael Jasek, Dean of Students. With the upcoming HLC visit and awareness of our application, SIM was asked to incorporate the Academic Concerns into the already designed non-academic Concerns website.
The Concerns Web Application allows student, faculty and administrators the ability to document and track concerns in one central system. Students can submit non-academic concerns and the Dean of Students office has the ability to resolve or pass to responsible department.
Faculty, department heads and deans can submit academic concerns. The system will allow faculty to document concerns between instructor and students, and elevate to department head as needed. It also allows for concerns to also be elevated to Dean level as required.
System provides reports as need for non-academic and academic concerns.
The form can be found on the Dean of Students website: https://deanofstudents.nmsu.edu/
Health Education Awareness
The Campus Health Center’s Health Education team partnered with the Department of Health and WAVE to host an event on National Condom Day, Tuesday February 14th at Corbett Center. The combined efforts for the event featured information on sexual health education and activities to promote knowledge on Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention. Over 3,000 condoms were distributed to the NMSU campus community. In addition to February’s National Condom Day event, the Campus Health Center also continues their 2nd annual Mobile Blood Pressure Clinic until the end of the month in recognition of American Heart Month. Over 200 students, staff, and faculty have obtained their free blood pressure screening so far. It’s never too early to know your numbers!
Entrepreneur Encounters On Monday, Arrowhead Center hosted the first Entrepreneur Encounters speaker event of the year. This month featured a panel of student entrepreneurs who have worked with Arrowhead Center to develop their businesses. Students spoke of lessons learned through the startup process, discoveries, and challenges they have encountered along their business journeys, and how Arrowhead programs have helped them develop skills to launch their business. Entrepreneur Encounters is a monthly speaker series sponsored by Sidel Technologies. The image below features from left to right Mariel Vargas of TimerGlove, James Owen of Super Trikes, Lucero Rubio and Emeli Novelo of NoRu, and Alex Gorsuch of FieldMMAK.
Rotary Club of Las Cruces Briefing On Wednesday, Kathy Hansen, Director of Arrowhead Center, provided an overview of Arrowhead to the Rotary Club of Las Cruces. Kathy shared information about Arrowhead’s mission and programs to support and grow entrepreneurship across the NMSU System and throughout the state. She was accompanied by Leonard Casaus and Alexis Cornidez, student entrepreneurs who have both worked with Arrowhead’s Studio G student business accelerator, who shared personal stories about how Arrowhead programs have impacted their lives.
Studio G Networking Hour Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour event. This week’s topic focused on value proposition. How to design and understand the value your business and product provides to customers. Networking Hour provides students a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. The event can be watched on Facebook live at the following link https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/videos/vb.1625009944444677/1840979966181006/?type=2&theater.
Western Refining The College of Engineering will receive $50,000 from Western Refining to support STEM summer camps for middle and high school students, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers/NMSU chapter Billy the Skid car design team, and tutoring for chemical and mechanical engineering students.
Gift for DACC Projects The Union Pacific Foundation has granted Dona Ana Community College $23,000 to support multiple projects, including English for Truck Drivers, Management Supervisor Training and Computer Lab Support. UPF will present the check in May.
CMI Funding Creative Media Institute has received a pledge from Woodridge Productions Inc. on behalf of the New Mexico Film Office for more than $18,000 for the CMI General Fund in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Farm Credit Bank Scholarship Farm Credit Bank of Texas will continue its scholarship program for NMSU business and agriculture business students with a gift of $5,000.
School Garden Projects The Whole Kids Foundation in Austin, Texas, is funding two school garden projects, at $2,000 each: Education Professor Azadeh Osanloo’s project at Booker T. Washington School in Las Cruces and Peter Skelton’s school garden/farm project at Memorial Middle School in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
- The Aggies women’s basketball game versus Grand Canyon University (GCU) was moved from Saturday to Sunday so special events could accommodate WWE. The win over GCU was the second highest individual game ticket revenue over the last 17 years that records have been kept. Aggies defeated the Lopes 67-60.
- Held our Faculty Athletics Council meeting Wednesday afternoon. We discussed current issues within our intercollegiate athletics program including a general report on athletic highlights as well as attendance.
- Attended the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Gala. Aggie Athletic Club was nominated for the non-profit of the year award but was edged out by the NMSU Foundation. Athletics has requested a recalculation of the ballots.
- NM State Aggies hosted the 27th annual Troy Cox Classic in remembrance of former assistant softball coach Troy Cox who was killed in a car accident. The five tournament included Northern Colorado, DePaul, Bradley and two Big 5 schools, Oregon State and Tennessee. The Aggies went 2-3 in the tournament.
- NMSU baseball opened their season against mid-major Bryant University. The Aggies split the weekend 2-2. We had great opening weekend crowds.
Marketing Services and Web Communications The Marketing team developed distinctive new creative for billboards to be used in Las Cruces and around the Southwest region. The “No Limits. No Boundaries.” billboards are aimed to aid recruitment and raise brand awareness. The “Aggie Stomping Grounds” design uses the same bold crimson and white text to build pride around Las Cruces.
News and Media Relations
- A team from News and Media Relations traveled to Albuquerque for a meeting with Albuquerque Business First Editor-in-Chief Rachel Sams to discuss story ideas and other ways to connect with the weekly and online publication.
- Our social media posts on the NMSU News Facebook page reached an audience of more than 32,000 during the week. The top post for the week was a video of dance students and faculty in the College of Education preparing for the weekend’s performances of “Imagine,” hosted by the Traveling Airs Performance Company.
- News22 kicked off the Spring semester newscasts Tuesday evening on KRWG. The Journalism student produced half-hour newscast airs on KRWG at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights through April. Students on News22 set preparing for inaugural Spring production.
- KRWG FM aired another Voice of the Public call-in show. The monthly programs provide an opportunity for our community to engage in civil discourse during the hour. Edmundo Resendez hosted Walt Rubel, Managing Editor of the Las Cruces Sun-News, and Sandra Fish of New Mexico In Depth chatting about the current New Mexico legislative session.
2017 Legislative Session
New Mexico State University has a team that watches all bills that are introduced and determines the impact that any of the bills might have to the NMSU community. To see an ongoing list of the bills that NMSU is tracking, click on the link below:
- This week I gave an overview of New Mexico agriculture to a group of Farm Bureau Agents from various parts of the U.S. The program is similar to New Mexico Ag Leadership. New Mexico was the host for the February tour.
- AES staff, in collaboration with Cooperative Extension Service established pecan inspection stations in Artesia, Roswell, Hobbs, and Clovis. Residents of each city were encouraged to bring their home-grown in-shell pecans to one of the stations to determine if their pecan tree is infested with pecan weevil. The department established quarantines for each of the aforementioned cities that require in-shell nuts to be inspected before being transported out of the city limits. The quarantines were established to prevent the movement of pecan weevil from residential trees to commercial orchards. Approximately 50 homeowners took advantage of the inspection services with twenty-four phytosanitary inspection certificates issued for approximately 4800 pounds of pecans. Information gathered at the stations will be used to establish treatment areas.
- Staff participated in the New Mexico Organic Farming Conference this week. They presented on the Cost-Share Program, working registration, moderating sessions, and had a table to answer questions on the Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
- This week NMSU-Alamogordo hosted a team of peer reviewers to complete their comprehensive site visit for re-affirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Our best to Alamogordo, and kudos for their work in preparing their Assurance Argument and the subsequent site visit.
- At the Las Cruces and Grants campuses the last component of Criterion 4 of our Assurance Argument has been distributed for feedback, and components of Criterion 3 will be distributed in the coming days. A great deal of helpful feedback has been provided and will be incorporated into our next Criterion 4 draft.
- The College of Business is also preparing for a specialized-accreditation site visit, and this week the chair of their peer-review team was on campus for a pre-visit review. The College will undergo a full review by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in Fall 2017.
- The Faculty Affairs Committee of Faculty Senate recommended a “do pass” on an amended version of Rule 5.14 on Faculty Credentials that will go to the full Faculty Senate in March.
- This week, a number of NMSU faculty and staff will travel to the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment & Retention conference in Albuquerque. Several of our Writing-to-Learn mini-grant recipients (associated with our HLC Quality Initiative to improve student writing) will present, as will NMSU teams that participated in the NMHEAA summer retreat. Additional presentations from NMSU faculty and staff will also be a part of this conference.
Scholarship Awarded to Ignacio Trujillo Engaging Latino Communities for Education (ENLACE) at NMSU Doña Ana awarded NMSU student Ignacio Trujillo the Angelina G. Sanchez scholarship to study abroad. Trujillo has been an ENLACE participant since 2014 and is studying Portuguese in Olinda, Brazil this spring.
Mendoza’s Art Featured NMSU Dona Ana Art Committee will hold an art reception featuring local renowned artist George Mendoza whose work “Colors of the Wind” will be displayed in building DAEM outside the President’s office. In addition, art from students in Professor Abby Osborne’s Digital Graphics Technology class will be displayed and the artists honored. Several local artists’ works will be part of a silent auction to benefit the Art Endowment at the community college. The opening will be March 3 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm.
- On February 13 and 14 the NMSU-A campus had a visit from the Higher Learning Commission for a Year 4 Comprehensive Evaluation. Students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to attend and participate in 5 forums held during this visit. The visit went quite well and everyone was pleased with the opportunity to participate in the forums and meet the HLC team.
- On Thursday the 16, NMSU-A hosted the United Blood Services Blood Drive. The drive was well attended by NMSU-A students, faculty, and staff, and approximately 30 participants signed in to donate blood. NMSU-A is always proud to participate in such a worthwhile event.
- On Thursday the 16, the NMSU-A Academic Support Center hosted an event called “Meet Your Tutors,” the first in a series of events presented by the Learning Signature Task Force called “Sundae Thursdays.” Nearly 50 people stopped by the ASC to speak with our tutors, become familiar with what the ASC has to offer, and to enjoy ice cream sundaes! The next event in the “Sundae Thursdays” series will be March 16 when Student Success hosts, “Meet Your Advisors.”
- On Saturday the18 NMSU-A hosted the second annual Health and Wellness Fair. The event,
co-sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and local country station KZZX, drew a crowd of hundreds from the Alamogordo community. Participants enjoyed Blood Pressure & Blood Glucose testing, a segment with a registered dietician, Yoga & Qi Gong demonstrations, a community walk/run, four fitness break-out sessions with keynote speaker Rene Sepulveda, and a coed volleyball tournament.
- On Monday, February 13, NMSU Carlsbad nursing faculty representatives traveled to Santa Fe in order to attend the Nursing Capitol Challenge. The entire fourth semester nursing cohort accompanied the nursing faculty as all of the participating institutions convened in the morning at the Hotel Santa Fe and conducted Capitol tours in the afternoon. The NMSU Carlsbad contingent was extremely professional in their demeanor and represented NMSU Carlsbad in a most excellent manner.
- On Tuesday, February 14, NMSU Carlsbad representatives traveled to Santa Fe in order to testify at a House Appropriation Committee Hearing. Presentations were received from the School for the Deaf, School for the Blind, the Higher Education Department, the Council of University Presidents, the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges, and the New Mexico Independent Community Colleges Association. All entities were most professional in their presentations and the House Committee was quite receptive. Numerous questions were posed as to the possible repercussions of further budget cuts on HLC accreditation statuses.
- On Thursday, February 16, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended an Education Council meeting at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce to make plans for Leadership Eddy County and to plan for scheduled trainings which would be of interest to the Chamber membership. Extensive discussions were held on the possibility of conducting a disaster scenario exercise for the Carlsbad Community. Also, on Thursday, February 16 the Carlsbad Community Development Corporation Board met at the college.
- On Friday, February 17, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its monthly Stakeholder and Community Relations Committee meeting. Additionally, a meeting was held with Early College High School administrators to begin planning for the 2018 commencement ceremonies.
Learning by Experience Beth Humphreys’ English 111 sections took their first field trip of the semester February 10 to the Albuquerque Museum. Students and other campus members like Louis Eagle Bear in IT and students in the GED program joined the trip for a total of 28 participants. The English students are spending the semester exploring the creative relationship between abstract thinking and concrete application through expression, discovery, and invention. This trip kicks off the exploration of creativity as self-expression. Although the group was disappointed that the Hollywood Southwest exhibit was not yet open, the Taos Modern with artwork by the visitors to the Mabel Luan ranch and the Wood Block Printing exhibits provided plenty to the think about. The “Only in Albuquerque” had students examining their own experiences with food and fashion and leisure and also tracing their lives on the Albuquerque map embedded in the floor. Students returned from the trip to write of their experiences and how their concepts of creativity changed.
Language and Artwork The NMSU-Grants Writing Center hosted its first Valentine Day event with “Love Stories” on February 14. The competition was designed in a comic strip format that required participants to use graphic art and written language. Daniel Marmon received the first-place prize for his Rezolutions that featured Grandpa interacting with a space alien. Brian Johnson’s Every Time Collage won second place. His creative entry incorporated the use of a variety of magazine artwork to illustrate the storyline about conflicting emotions. 21st Century Man, by Sheldon Purley was awarded third place. His imaginative work attempted to unravel the mystery about why it’s difficult for some men to express their emotions. Sean Gruber received Honorable Mention for his Valentine Story about ever-lasting love and social stigmas. The Writing Center is hosting “Limericks” in March and celebrating National Poetry month in April. Contact the WC at email@example.com for more information about upcoming activities. Pictured below is Sean Gruber and Brian Johnson. The other winners were not available for a photo.
Faculty Professional Development The Teaching Excellence Committee hosted two workshops for all faculty and staff. On Tuesday, Natural Science Instructor Rachelle Bassen presented a workshop on how to use Screencast-o-matic in your online courses. On Friday, Education Program Manager Kathleen O’Connor presented on how to write student-learning objectives for your course.
- Interested in student government? ASNMSU President/Vice President and Senate packets have been released and can be picked up in the ASNMSU Office for anyone interested in running for a seat! Additional petition signature pages are available for print on the ASNMSU website under the elections tab.
- Quiz Cab is back! Look for the Quiz Cab golf cart around campus for a ride to class and a chance to win awesome prizes! Quiz Cab will be running on Monday, February 27!
- Do you need a ride to the Greyhound Bus Station or the El Paso/LA Limo station? Students can call Crimson Cab to get a free ride there. It is highly recommended that you make a reservation at least one day in advance by calling the dispatcher Monday- Friday between 10:00-5:30 at 575-524-TAXI (8294). More information can be found at: http://asnmsu.nmsu.edu/aggie-transportation/crimson-cab
- Pete’s Pick Up has resumed its normal hours and is ready for service! Whether you’ve been studying late at the library, had a late meeting, or on campus late, call Pete’s Pick Up for a safe escort or golf cart ride to any where on campus. Call for a ride at 575-646-1111.
- Meet ASNMSU, win prizes, and get a ride to class! ASNMSU will be hosting a meet and greet on Monday, February 27, from 10 am – 2pm. Meet your student elected officials, ask questions, and have fun!