Activity Report: February 14 – February 20

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

Legislative Update   The legislature completed work a couple of days early, adjourned, and left for home with a view they may have to return sometime soon if the State’s financial situation does not improve. NMSU’s base budget has been reduced by about $5.4 million next year and about $1.3 million for this current year. The capital outlay bill included those NMSU items which had been recommended by the Higher Education Department, including $22.5 million for a new building for the Art Department – to replace Dan Williams Hall. This bill (General Obligation Bond) will be included on the ballot in the general election. We will soon have a Town Hall meeting to discuss our financial situation but I am awaiting the Governor’s action on both the appropriation and capital outlay bills.
Recruitment   I participated in the Aggie Experience event, sponsored by Enrollment Management, on President’s Day. Over 300 students took advantage of the President’s Day Holiday to visit NMSU. I appreciate Bernadette Montoya, her colleagues, and several of our students for organizing this event. Kudos go to the colleges who assist in explaining the power and beauty of attending NMSU. No. 1 Job at NMSU is recruiting, then retaining, and ultimately graduating students. It is our core business.
Welcomed   I participated in Senator Tom Udall’s Leadership Institute. Up to five students and a member of the faculty from several high schools in southern New Mexico were invited to learn about major policy issues (taught by the Senator’s staff), participate in break out groups to discuss these issues, and subsequently debrief with the Senator on what they had learned and how they would advise him to do as he serves New Mexico in the Senate. This excellent institute was started by Senator Bingaman 27 years ago. It was another opportunity to have high school students on our beautiful campus.
Athletics   Associate AD Braun Cartwright, AD Mario Moccia, and I made our “final” presentation to the Sun Belt Conference Presidents/Chancellors regarding our request to have permanent football membership in the Sun Belt Conference. The current direction I have is to maintain our status as a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team. The Sun Belt leaders are to vote on March 10 regarding this request. Under any circumstance, NMSU will play in the Sun Belt for two more years, per an earlier agreement. Division 1 football is divided between FBS leagues and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) leagues. The two biggest differences as I understand it are (1) FCS plays a “tournament” to determine the FCS Champion and FBS plays 40 bowl games and (2) FCS allows 63 scholarships and FBS allows 85.
Retiree Benefits   Over many years NMSU has established a number of retiree benefits, one of which is a retiree health insurance program to assist those who retired before they were eligible for Medicare benefits. For some time, it was difficult for folks in the 60-65 year range to buy private insurance because most insurance was offered only to groups, individual plans were very expensive, and pre-existing health conditions precluded many from getting a policy or a reasonably priced policy. The health insurance industry has been transformed as the result of the Affordable Health Care Act that restricts consideration of pre-existing conditions and mandates Insurance Exchanges, where affordable individual policies are readily available. Hence, NMSU is considering eliminating this benefit for newly hired employees, starting sometime this year. I am alerting you to the conversation and welcome any comments you may wish to make. It should be a subject discussed at an upcoming Employee Council Forum on benefits.
Openings/Inauguration   I participated in the opening/inauguration of two new improvements in sports facilities – the Wanda Glass Locker room for the Swimming and Diving Team funded by a generous gift from Smoky Glass and Alan Torgerson and the addition of a synthetic infield for the baseball diamond funded by generous gifts from the Bannister and Yates families, and Mike and Judy Johnson. Nearly all of the improvements in sports facilities have been funded by private donors. My thanks to the donors and to OFS for doing an excellent job of seeing that the money is well spent.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

Conroy Scholars   On February 15, I welcomed 11 of the top students in the region to New Mexico State University as part of an ongoing program to enroll more National Merit Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars at New Mexico State University. Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken and her staff do a wonderful job of organizing this day, and it was a great pleasure to kick off the day by describing the educational opportunities at NMSU, especially the many opportunities our students have to work directly with faculty members on research projects.

Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences Enrico Pontelli   On Wednesday Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Christa Slaton was reassigned to the position of Senior Administrator for the remainder of the spring semester. She will return to the faculty in the Department of Government when the semester ends. I am grateful to Dr. Slaton for her service to NMSU and to the College of Arts and Sciences. Much later in the day, Dr. Enrico Pontelli, a Regents Professor and Interim Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, agreed to serve as interim dean of the college. I look forward to working with Dr. Pontelli to serve the needs of our students and faculty and further the growth and positive development of the college.

Sun-News Publisher   On Thursday morning, a team from NMSU including the Chancellor and me, briefed Rynni Henderson, the new publisher of the Las Cruces Sun-News, on NMSU. The Chancellor gave a broad overview of the university, while I focused on our academic programs. After the briefing, we took Ms. Henderson to lunch at the Fulton Center where we learned more about her background. She is from New Orleans but has traveled extensively, including a memorable stint in the Florida Keys.

Meta-majors   Advisors and Academic Associate Deans met on Friday to group the undergraduate majors at NMSU into a limited number of meta-majors. After much discussion that focused on a preliminary list of meta-majors prepared by Dr. Jennifer Hodges, we settled on eight meta-majors:

  • Business
  • Science and Engineering
  • Behavioral
  • Communication and Expressive Arts
  • Applied Health
  • Teacher Education
  • Life Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

First-year degree plans are now under construction for each meta-major.

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

Ag Fest and Sam Steel Society Social   Well over a thousand participants, including Provost Dan Howard and several New Mexico Legislators, visited the annual AgFest trade show in Santa Fe on January 26. The trade show featured booths from NMDA, NMSU CES, NMSU AES, the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium, Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center, ACES Academic Programs (including five of our Student Ambassadors), NMSU 4-H, New Mexico FFA, and many other industry groups filled the Santa Fe Convention Center. The NM Beef Council, NM Woolgrowers, NMDA, Dairy Producers of New Mexico, and the NM Crop Production Association fed the group. After AgFest wound down, a group of about 70 ACES alumni attended the first off-campus gathering of the newly re-energized ACES alumni group. All ACES alumni were inducted into the Sam Steel Society.

Family and Consumer Sciences

History of Chocolate Dr. Stu Munson-McGee, Food Science and Technology, and his student researcher Danielle Peltier-Thompson were featured in a Youtube video on the History of Chocolate: https://youtu.be/QnkzSOe6suU. Dr. Munson- McGee teaches an Honors course entitled Journeys of Discovery that focuses on chocolate. An article appeared in the Sun News on Feb. 13 (http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/history/2016/02/12/brew-bonbon-chocolate-has-delicious-history/80306650/.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

Fit Families Program   Five children and their families (14 people in total) started a 12-week program in February to increase healthy eating and physical activity and reduce childhood obesity. Each class begins with a cooking lesson that ends in a tasty, nutritious family meal. The class is led by Lucinda Banegas-Carreon, Extension Associate in Nutrition. This is the first Fit Families class to be offered in Spanish in Las Cruces.

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Agricultural Experiment Station

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Corona Range and Livestock Research Center (CRLRC) The entire administrative team of the college and three members of the Department of Animal and Range Sciences met with the Advisory Committee of the CRLRC at the ranch near Corona on February 5 to discuss the role of the center in the overall strategic plan of ACES research, extension, and outreach efforts. The 28,000-acre CRLRC is a unique asset for NMSU and a resource for other programs such as the U.S. Beef Academy, NM Farm and Livestock Bureau, and NM Game and Fish retreats. Housing for adult and youth programs is a high priority for more fully utilizing the facility’s potential.

Corona Range and Livestock Research Center

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • Rick Adkisson represented EASIB and the College of Business at the Honors College breakfast on Monday and we both participated in the COB Aggie Experience session later that morning.
  • An economic forecast for New Mexico, and the rest of the country took place on Thursday at the Las Cruces Convention Center. New Mexico State University and Wells Fargo hosted the 5th Annual Economic Outlook Conference featuring Dr. Eugenio Alemán, a senior economist with Wells Fargo and Dr. Jim Peach, NMSU Regents professor in economics.
  • We celebrated our first endowed chair in accounting with a reception Friday at Domenici Hall. The Lionel Haight Endowed Chair in Accounting was made possible by the support of more than 100 donors, spearheaded by matching challenge gifts from Judy Gray Johnson. The chair honors former NMSU accounting professor and department head Lionel Haight.
  • Registration is underway for the annual NMSU/UNM Teaching Business Ethics Workshop on April 28-29, 2016, at the La Posada de Santa Fe Hotel & Spa (330 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501). See the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at NMSU webpage to download the hotel and conference registration document. After completing it, please email it to ysanchez@nmsu.edu.
  • 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

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Xeturah Woodley, Assistant Professor, and Megan Lockard, a doctoral student in Educational Learning Technologies, had their article, “Womanism and Snowball Sampling: Engaging Marginalized Populations in Holistic Research,” recently published in The Qualitative Report, 21(2), pages 321-329. The article can be found at http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol21/iss2/9.

College of Engineering, Interim Dean Steve Stochaj

CubeSat Selected for Deployment   NMSU’s CubeSat team, led by Interim Dean Steven Stochaj, has been selected by NASA to participate in a launch opportunity with a payload on planned U.S. Government missions, commercial missions or deployments from the International Space Station sometime during the next three years. The CubeSat team submitted a proposal for an Ionospheric Neutron Content Analyzer.

3 pictureNerds for Knowledge   The Engineer’s Council at NMSU is hosting Nerds for Knowledge, a book drive to benefit the Ka-Boyce High School in Swaziland, a country in southern Africa. The drive is under the sponsorship of African Library Project, an organization that gives volunteers in the U.S. the opportunity to organize book drives and ship books to a partner library in Africa. More information: https://engr.nmsu.edu/community-spotlight-nmsu-engineers-council/

4 pictureKids Vie for Robotics Championship   On Saturday, February 13, the NMSU New Mexico Resource Network hosted the VEX State Championship. Some 40 teams from throughout New Mexico participated in the competition in two different age classifications: VRC and VEX IQ. Teams built their own robots using kits provided by VEX. Winning teams from New Mexico will go on to compete in April at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

Engineering Students Receive $35K for Research Projects   The New Mexico Space Grant Consortium awarded six College of Engineering students with Research Scholarships/Fellowships for the Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 semesters totaling $35,000. The New Mexico Space Grant Consortium is a member of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, which is administered by NASA. NMSGC fellowships and scholarships are competitively awarded based on application information, faculty recommendation, GPA, the research project, and its alignment to NASA. https://engr.nmsu.edu/engineering-students-receive-35k-in-research-awards/

picture 5picture 6Engineering Rewards Excellence and Attitude  Two College of Engineering employees were recognized with Foreman Awards of Excellence. The criterion for the awards is simply that the recipient reflects the philosophy of their benefactor, civil engineering alumnus Ed Foreman. This philosophy can be summed up as one that achieves excellence through the adoption of a positive attitude. Edward Pines, head of the Industrial Engineering Department, received the Foreman Award for Faculty Excellence. Engineering Research Center Grants and Contracts Administrator Linda J. Schauer received the Foreman Award for Staff Excellence. https://engr.nmsu.edu/foreman-excellence-awards-presented/

 

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean

  • The College of Health and Social Services hosted 75 guests for our “Aggie Experience” event on Monday, February 15. Dean Wagner welcomed potential students and their families by presenting information about the three professional degrees we offered at the College. The HSS Student Ambassadors gave group tours of our building highlighting the Memorial Lounge, the Memorial Tower, and the nursing simulation lab.

School of Nursing

  • Members of the SON Student Nurses Association participated in a diabetes screening event sponsored by the organization, Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach. Students participating in this event include Kristen Torres, K’Dawn Burns, Shirley Dias, Irene Martinez, Ellen Carson, April Montoya, Elizabeth Chavez, Lindsey Gamboa, Claire Maher, Sabrina Romero, Alise Lujan and Matthew Perea.

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University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

  • picture 8Dean Titus was interviewed by Charlotte Tallman of University Advancement for the Las Cruces Bulletin series of profiles of the NMSU deans and discussed upcoming goals for the library.
  • The NMSU Library, NMSU Department of Journalism & Mass Communications, and NMSU Alumnus Tim Parker are presenting “Sunshine in the Shade: Uncovering Outside Influence in Local Elections.” The event, will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, will commemorate Sunshine Week, which celebrates the public’s access to information, open records, and open government. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Zuhl Library on the NMSU campus. Panelists for the program are: New Mexico Senator Joseph Cervantes, Las Cruces City Councilor Gill Sorg, Viki Harrison from Common Cause, Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation, Dr. Daniel Chand, NMSU Government Department. The panel will be moderated by writer, photographer, and lawyer Peter Goodman.
  • Dean Titus is co-chairing the NMSU Naming Policy Working Group with Vice President for University Advancement Andrea Tawney. The Working Group will help facilitate the naming opportunities for NMSU donors.
  • Dr. Linda Kruger, retired Library Art and Architecture Cataloguer from Columbia University, visited the Archives & Special Collections Department for a tour of the Special Collections department. Dr. Larry Creider, Department Head of Archives & Special Collections, led the tour. Dr. Kruger has a special interest in rare books and trade catalogs housed in the department and was also able to tour the Domenici Archives.
  • A tour was given by Dean Titus and Associate Dean Lee to the new librarian at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Erin Palazzolo.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

  • Conroy Scholars Day  For the second year, we invited high achieving students from high schools around the region to visit campus and learn more about the opportunities that are available to them as future Conroy Scholars. This is the most significant scholarship award offered by NMSU, and designated for students who are National Merit or National Hispanic Merit semi-finalists. We began the activities on Sunday evening with a dinner at the Taos dining commons, so the students could get a “taste” of college life. Dinner was followed by an orientation by deans Chaiken and Ketelaar to the academic and co-curricular life at NMSU. We were joined by several students, including current Conroy Scholars, who helped share their experiences as members of this campus community. Monday morning began bright and early with breakfast and a welcome by Provost Howard. The students spent part of the morning with professors in their chosen fields for study, and learned more about what life is like as an engineering, computer science, English, or theater major. Before lunch they had a campus tour led by Police Chief Stephen Lopez, who everyone said gave them the inside scoop on the history of many of the buildings on campus. Over lunch the students met with members of the Honors College faculty, and a representative from the office of Financial Aid. The ten students who participated in this event had a great time, learned a lot about the experiences we can offer them at NMSU, and left campus with a clear understanding of what we mean by our motto, “A Caring Community, Transforming Lives through Discovery.”
  • Study Abroad Workshop   Dean Ketelaar organized a Study Abroad and Gilman Award Workshop on Wednesday to help students learn about how to incorporate a Study Abroad experience into their academic plans. A number of students participated and we hope they will use the unique support available from the Gilman program to further their experiences and study abroad. In addition he was continuing to meet with Honors College scholarship applicants (and a few Fulbright students have already come my way!)
  • Anthropology Program Review   Just as the Conroy students departed campus on Monday, the members of the team conducting the external evaluation of the Anthropology Department arrived. As this is her home department, Dean Chaiken participated in the three days of events corresponding to the site visit and helped the team learn more about the strengths and characteristics of the Anthropology Department at NMSU.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

  • Sodexo Dining   Students explored the worldwide origins of contemporary cuisine on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. “During Origins: The Foundations of Flavor” offered students a new understanding of the basic cooking methods that have sustained humanity since its beginnings.
  • Auxiliary Services Participates in Aggie Experience  On Monday, February 15, over 900 high school students participated in the Aggie Experience event. As part of the event program, participants enjoyed a lunch at the Taos Restaurant and explored our residence halls.
  • Open Air Trolley Campus Tours  On Tuesday, February 16, the Open Air Trolley was used to provide campus tours for a recruiting event hosted by Conroy Honors College. Participants included High School National Merit Scholar and Hispanic National Merit Scholar semi-finalists and their parents from New Mexico and west Texas high schools.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

  • Student Success Navigators   The Student Success Navigators met with Regent Mike Cheney on Monday, February 15 to provide an update on their first semester activities. Navigators are assigned to academic colleges to provide mentoring to the NMSU 2015 first year student cohort. The Navigators have also launched a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nmsunavigators.
  • Aggie Activity Council Aggies Activities Council hosted comedy duo Dave and Ethan in the Corbett Auditorium. The Comedic Dating Coaches kept the crowd laughing while sharing tips and real life advice for the college dating scene. Students enjoyed a one-hour show and winners of the raffle won $75 worth of goodies. Aggies Activities Council had a great turnout of 175 students. Their next event will be 90’s Night on February 25 in the Aggie Lounge.
  • pictureeeeCalling All Aggies Enrollment Campaign Beginning in November of 2015 NMSU volunteers started calling students who had not yet enrolled for spring 2016. These volunteers continued calling until the first week of classes. Calling All Aggies campaign included 3,164 calls out to students with more than half enrolling after receiving notification. The efforts made by numerous volunteers cannot be understated. Often the student called is very appreciative of NMSU’s help. We would like to thank the following NMSU staff and faculty engaged in spring 2016 enrollment calling efforts: NMSU Student Navigators, Debra Cardinali, Deborah Gouldsmith, Gabrielle Martinez, Stefan Zollner, Bernandine Booky, Kevin Andrew, Julia Barello, Amanda Vescovo, Rani Alexander, Christopher Brown, Glenn Fetzer, Nancy McMillan, Greg Mallory, Neil Harvey, Dominic Simon, Denise Esquibel, William Kilroy, Lindsey Mendoza, Cecilia Guerrero, Amy Lanasa, Annette Sanchez, Victoria Banuelos, Kelley Hestir, Hwiman Chung, Valarie Valencia, Jeremy Taulbee, John Shonk, Jarod Gonzalez, Jorge Vazquez, Jennifer Hodges, James Martinez, Amelie Buhl, Karen Melendrez, Milen Bartnick, Lisa Kirby.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

  • Entrepreneur Encounters   1982 NMSU chemical engineering alum Frank Seidel of Seidel Technologies has funded a two-year Entrepreneur Encounters series through Arrowhead Center. On Monday, Scott Maloney, Arrowhead’s Innovator-in-Residence, was the first of six encounters to be held in in 2016, with the next happening on March 7, 2016. Scott’s talk “Recognizing Business Opportunities” was suited to individuals of all professional backgrounds, not just business—this idea-oriented talk pivoted on the role of ideas, passion, and inspiration in entrepreneurship. Over 60 persons attended the event.
    While here, Scott also recorded a podcast, met with several student entrepreneurs, and participated in several engineering classes
  • Arrowhead Innovation Fund Board Meeting   The first annual board meeting of the Arrowhead Innovation Fund was held this week. The Fund provides early-stage capital for NMSU commercialization opportunities. A reception was held afterwards for Board members and Arrowhead staff.
  • American Association for University Women   Arrowhead Center hosted members of the American Association for University Women to learn about Arrowhead Center. AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research, by examining and taking positions on fundamental issues of the day—educational, social, economic, and political.
  • Senator Udall’s Office   Arrowhead provided a briefing and tour for Jonathan Black (energy, DC office) and Melanie Goodman (Las Cruces office).

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Lionel Haight Endowed Chair for Accounting University Advancement and the College of the Business hosted the Lionel Haight Endowed Chair for Accounting celebration event at domenici Hall. This is the first endowed chair for the Department of Accounting and Information Systems. The Lionel Haight Chair began as a professorship with a $250,000 gift from Judy Gray Johnson and her husband, Michael, in 2010. With the goal of raising the Lionel Haight Professorship to a $1 million endowed chair, Johnson offered an additional $100,000 to match gifts totaling $100,000 given within two years. When that goal was met five months ahead of schedule, she doubled the pledge, offering another $100,000 matching challenge. Over the years, 151 individual and corporate donors gave to the chair.

Student Thank You   Student members of several campus organizations practiced the art of saying “thank you” by writing thank you notes to almost 100 donors whose gifts were received in January 2016. The individuals receiving these note cards are rather special because theirs were their very first gift to NMSU.

Scholarship Process   Staff members of the Office of Scholarships and Stewardship collaborated with staff members of Financial Aid, Student Information Management, University Accounts Receivable, Accounting and Finance, and Sponsored Projects Accounting to streamline the processes of managing the funds that are used to provide student scholarships and aid.

Staff Bequest   A long-time NMSU staff member and spouse documented their bequest to support their favorite program on campus. As a result, they have been welcomed into the NMSU 1888 Society.

Swimming and Diving Locker Room   Thanks to generous donor gifts, University Advancement hosted a ribbon-cutting and naming ceremony Friday at the NMSU Aquatic Center. The Wanda Glass Family Swimming and Diving Locker Room was made possible by a gift from a Foundation Board member and her husband. The project will show Aggie recruits that NMSU values the experience of athletes and provides the facilities and support to allow them to succeed.

Infield Turf   University Advancement and Athletics unveiled the new baseball infield turf in a pregame ceremony Saturday at Presley Askew Field. The ceremony celebrated the donors who contributed to the turf project, including Scott and Teri Bannister, John and Charlotte Yates, Mike and Judy Johnson and NMSU President Garrey Carruthers and his wife, Kathy. The smooth surface and reduced dust will create better conditions for practice and competition, which will help recruiting. The turf infield will also significantly reduce maintenance costs in labor and materials and will look beautiful during televised games.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Spoke on several radio stations -Bravo MIC and Adams Radio Group- to promote one of Athletics heavier weekend events including our Equestrian meet, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s basketball, the Troy Cox Classic Softball Tournament, baseball, swimming and diving locker room & coaches office dedication, baseball turf infield dedication and the Hall of Fame reception.
  • Attended the dedication of the Wanda Glass Family Swimming & Diving Locker Room. Several donors as well as the entire women’s swimming and diving team were in attendance as well as Linda Schroeder, Smoky Torgerson, Wanda Glass and other members of the Glass family.
  • Hosted a dinner for the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees and their immediate family at St Clair Winery and Bistro.
  • Attended the Baseball Turf Infield dedication where we honored John and Charlotte Yates, Scott and Terri Bannister and Mike and Judy Johnson in a pregame ceremony. In addition, we unveiled the baseball press box addition with Mike and Judy Johnson and Chancellor Carruthers. Aggie baseball swept all three games for a very successful weekend.
  • Had a successful Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. Former volleyball players Stevi Adams and Kim Oguh and former baseball player Billy Becker were inducted into the New Mexico State Athletic Hall of Fame during a pre-game reception.

International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

The Office of Education Abroad and International and Border Programs hosted the 27th Annual AAPLAC (Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean) conference with over 50 participants from across the US, Latin America and the Caribbean in attendance. The three day conference kicked off Wednesday night with an opening reception at the Double Eagle Restaurant in Mesilla with a compelling plenary presentation given by NMSU’s own Molly Molloy and Nancy Oretskin. The annual conference provides an opportunity for international educators responsible for student mobility programming to gather and discuss best practices in education abroad programming. (See photo attached of AAPLAC session.)

Last week Dr. Cornell Menking, Dr. Ashley Ryan, Dr. Kristian Chervenock and Ms. Elvira Masson traveled to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell to visit with Dr. Douglas J. Murray, Chief Academic Officer and LTC Joel Dykstra head of Foreign Languages to discuss ways that IBP can support NMMI with its efforts to further internationalize the campus including assistance with study abroad program development as well as Chinese language and culture support from NMSU’s Confucius Institute. Menking, Ryan, Chervenock and Hammond continued on from Roswell to Carlsbad to meet with President Gratton and Professor Lee to discuss a similar agenda with a focus on ideas on how to recruit international students to NMSU Carlsbad as well as establishing study abroad programs for NMSU Carlsbad students.

The Center for English Language Programs reported a record number of 75 students for the new Spring I (8-week session). This includes 30 part-time and 45 full-time students.

The Vietnamese and Chinese communities had multiple celebrations of the lunar new year. Happy new year to all!

The Confucius institute is preparing, together with the Chinese Student Association, for the Chinese New Year celebration which will be held from 2:00-3:30pm on Feb. 28 at Corbett Center. All are invited to attend. There will be programs of languages, folk dance and songs, and musical instrument-playing.

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University Communications, Associate Vice President Maureen Howard

Sports Information   With one of our busiest weekends in the academic year, Athletics Media Relations staffed Aggie basketball games, the season-opening baseball series at Presley Askew Field and hosted the Troy Cox Classic for softball. The Aggie women’s basketball team won the regular-season WAC Championship. The Aggie men clinched the top seed in the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas. The Baseball Aggies swept their season-opening baseball series against Towson and the softball Aggies are now 9-2 on the season.

News   On Friday and Saturday, we promoted the new Lionel Haight Accounting Chair in the College of Business, the new Wanda Glass Family Swimming and Diving Locker Room at the Aquatic Center and the new synthetic infield turf for the baseball field. In addition to newspaper coverage, our Facebook photo album for the accounting chair event reached more than 2,100 people through NMSU News and another 1,600 on NMSU Alumni, and our news release reached more than 2,500.

Web Communications   Our Valentine’s Day social media campaign included the question: “What do you love about NMSU?” The image with the most likes (more than 450) was our beautiful duck pond. Would you agree?

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Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

2016 Legislative Session   We are attending the 2016 Legislative Session in Santa Fe, NM, through February 18. Stay updated on current news regarding the legislative session by visiting our website http://govrelations.nmsu.edu/.

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

  • Staff assisted the agricultural industry in hosting Ag Feed at the Roundhouse. Members of the state’s agricultural industry provided dinner to legislators, their staff, and members of the public.
  • I provided welcoming remarks to the 25th anniversary Conference of the State Organic Program. This year’s conference celebrated 25 years of growth in organic production in the state and had over 750 attendees. NMDA recognized Ms. Joanie Quinn, who will be retiring in August. A special presentation was made to Joanie, who is regarded by many as a saint among farmers. Also at the conference, NMDA inspector/certifier, Michael Diaz was presented the Friend of Organic Agriculture Award.
  • Staff answered questions regarding EHV 1 at a special New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC) Board meeting. The meeting was an informational meeting with the intent to develop plans to reopen racing at Sunland Park. A subcommittee was also formed with the mission of developing protocols for the intra-state transportation of horses, after the quarantine is lifted at Sunland and Frontera. The committee is comprised of individuals from NMDA-VDS, New Mexico Livestock Board and NMRC.

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NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 30 police reports created, 14 supplements filed, and 39 traffic citations issued.

Records and Evidence Office   The Records & Evidence Office processed 23 items of evidence entered into the vault, 19 people were fingerprinted, and 3 background investigations were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center Emergency Dispatch Center handled 297 calls for service (2 of which was a 911 calls) resulting in 189 police calls (20 of which were agency assist) and 3 warrant entries. There were 18 fire calls (8 of which were mutual aid), 4 emergency medical calls, 1 fire alarm, 1 public assist, 1 fuel leak and 3 standby. There were also 2 animal control calls.

Special Events Special Events staff worked 298.5 hours and reviewed 5 events.

Victim Services Victim Services staff provided further assistance with referrals; assisted with LCPD coordination; attended court hearing and coordinated with DA’s office; referral from LCPD.

Campus Tour   Chief Lopez provided a Campus Tour on February 15th for the Conroy Scholars and their families. A large number of the family members are NMSU Alumni, and they all indicated how much history of the university they didn’t know despite having graduated from here.

Spring Meetings with Campus Presidents   Chief Lopez reached out to each of the campus presidents and scheduled meetings with each of them to discuss any campus safety issues they might be experiencing or any training and planning support they might need assistance with. This week, Chief traveled to the Carlsbad Campus to meet with Dr. Gratton. As a result of that meeting, scheduling is underway to offer the Fight Like A Girl, Dealing with Difficult People, Pepper Spray, and Trained Crowd Manager courses at the Carlsbad campus, along with an Active Shooter/Killer practical exercise that will involve the firing of blank rounds.

Pope’s Visit to Cuidad, Juarez   The NMSU Police Department provided two officers and two explosive detection canines to assist with security in the El Paso area in conjunction with the Pope’s visit on February 17. Each officer/dog team was assigned to work with a bomb squad technician in order to respond to any suspicious devices that might be located. Everything went well, with no major incidents.

Coordination with BCOM on Clery Act Compliance   The first meeting to start working with representatives from the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine regarding Clery Act compliance on crime statistics and emergency warnings took place. Additional meetings are being scheduled in preparation of BCOM starting classes in August.

New Mexico State University – Dona Ana, President Renay Scott

Community Expo   The NMSU Doña Ana Center for Career and Student Success (CCSS) sponsored a Community Resource Expo to assist college students. At the Expo participants communicated directly with 40 agencies that provide non-academic services that can make a difference in the lives of students so they can finish their degree. CCSS is the result of a Kellogg Foundation grant to help students finish their coursework for a degree and find a career. Students experiencing difficulties in finances and personal barriers are referred to services in the community that can meet their needs. The CCSS is open to all DACC full or part-time students.

Porcelain Production Lecture   NMSU Doña Ana Assistant Professor Glenn Schwaiger recently returned from Jingdezhen, China, where he learned much about porcelain in China. Schwaiger presented a lecture on “Handcrafted Porcelain in China: Collaborative Processes and Methods” at NMSU Health and Social Services Building on February 23. He learned much through workshops, history classes, mentorships, day trips and exploration of the bustling cities and serene countryside. Glenn garnered experiences of a lifetime that he will pass on to art students at DACC.

Run With Your Doc   NMSU Doña Ana East Mesa Campus will host the second annual “Run with your Doc,” to benefit St. Luke’s Healthcare Clinic on Saturday, February 27, 2016. All types of doctors will lead their teams including, medical doctors, veterinarians, dentists, NMSU and DACC PhDs. The doctor’s team with the most members will garner the coveted team trophy. The 1 mile walk/run begins at 8 a.m. followed by the 5K and 10K at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot of DASR, 2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd. St. Luke’s serves the needs of the homeless, near homeless and indigent in Las Cruces.

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New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

Mescalero Career Fair   NMSU-A representatives attended the Mescalero Career Fair at Mescalero High School (MHS) on Wed, Feb 17. The team included recruiting; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and Allied Health/SUN PATH grant. They spoke to the younger high schoolers and middle schoolers about the dual credit program, which allows them to take college courses for free while still in high school. The seniors were given information on admissions and discussed what program options NMSU-A offered including healthcare education and the SUN PATH grant. Approximately 120 students stopped by the NMSU-A booth to interact with the STEM robots and to talk about the college programs of interest to them.

LEGO League Team Practices Their Presentation in Front of NMSU-A Students   The Buena Vista Superheroes Lego League Team visited NMSU-A on Wed, Feb 17.  Ten 4th and 5th graders presented their LEGO League project to the Biology 101 class and President Van Winkle.  Their project was “Salt Management from Desalination”.  The regional LEGO League competition was held in El Paso on Sat, Feb 20, and the Buena Vista Superheroes won first place in research!  They even used the questions asked during their visit to campus to improve the information in their presentation.

Gemini Program Students Spend Day at College   Over 40 students from the Gemini Program spent the day on the NMSU-A campus Thurs, Feb 18.  All the day’s events were geared toward teaching the students scientific principles while also making the activities fun.  The NMSU-A faculty led the students through various experiments including metal reactions in chemistry, earthquake impacts in geology, driving remote control cars while wearing special goggles in engineering, and extracting their DNA in biology.  The students also learned about robotics by engaging with NMSU-A’s resident robot Buster and calculating angles through the use of a potato launcher. They also had a chance to “resuscitate” and take the vital signs of our SIM-MAN robot. The Gemini Program is the Elementary Gifted Program for Alamogordo Public Schools.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton met with Mr. Tony Ramirez, Region 6 Economic Development Representative, on Monday, February 15. Topics of discussion included current NMSU Carlsbad economic initiatives, NMSU economic initiatives, and future opportunities.
  • On Wednesday, February 17, President John Gratton attended the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Executive Board meeting. Reports were heard from the nominating committee and the Board approved the Chamber Budget Committee and named the 2016 – 2017 honorary directors.
  • On Thursday, February 18, John Gratton attended an Education Council meeting. The Education Council discussed plans for the 2016 – 2017 Leadership Carlsbad Program of activities and also discussed upcoming customer service training opportunities.
  • On Friday, February 19, John Gratton attended the monthly Stakeholder and Community Relations Committee meeting and met with NMSU Police Chief Stephen Lopez to discuss future safety training programs.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

The first ever Video Game Night was held on Friday, February 12 on the NMSU Grants Campus. Students taking gaming classes organized the event so that students in the program would have an opportunity to network with each other, faculty, and community members in a fun setting. The success of the event prompted the group to plan other in March.
A team from New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology visited NMSU Grants on Thursday, February 18. Dr. Patrick Lopez, Title V Director from NM Tech, discussed the possibility of granting a sub-award in the areas of student recruitment or distance learning activities to increase student transfer between NM Tech and NMSU Grants.

Dr. Shelly Stovall, NMSU Executive Director for Accreditation, visited the NMSU Grants Campus on February 18 and 19. The purpose of her visit was to provide an overview of the Higher Learning Commission accreditation process in preparation for both campuses upcoming accreditation in the fall of 2017. The leadership team was given an orientation as well as the faculty.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • Our Governmental Affairs Department successfully lobbied SB 79, which moves unclaimed prize money into the Lottery Scholarship Fund. They also obtained $260,000 for the planned University Crosswalk.
  • We will be having a “Meet ASNMSU” event on Wednesday, February 24 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. We’ll be handing out coffee, donuts, and information on ASNMSU on the I-Mall, near the Jordan Rd. crossing.
  • The Big Event, our annual spring community service event, will be on April 9th. For more information and to register, please visit: http://asnmsu.nmsu.edu/get-involved/the-big-event/
  • Our Elections Department is preparing for Spring Elections, which will be March 28-April 1.

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