Activity Report February 17 – February 23

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

I have continually updated you on the good work of all who labor in the enrollment vineyard. The results so far are very encouraging.  There has been a lot of talk about declining enrollment and the need to change how we go about recruitment and retention.  We have made changes which are showing results.  But the head winds may still be strong.  The most recent IPEDS data reveals that 41 of 50 states saw declines in enrollment during the most recent reporting period.  Even the Service Academies were down 7 percent.  Iowa (-28.0 percent), Arizona (-18.2 percent), New Mexico (-15.0 percent), and Michigan (-14.0 percent) were the big losers. Undergraduate enrollment nationally was 22.7 million in 2015/2016 and dropped to 22.4 million in 2016/2017.   New Mexico has the second highest unemployment rate and one of the highest high school dropout rates in the U.S., which greatly complicates our situation.  In addition, our population is fairly flat, and we have seven universities competing for students.  We all love a challenge. I think our team has taken this one on and are doing well.  Go Aggies!

ASNMSU leadership organized a Leadership Conference for high school students from southern New Mexico (and one high school from Arizona). I had the pleasure of speaking to the group of 200.  Very energetic.  Kudos to our ASNMSU leaders for doing this.  It is a great way to introduce the NMSU campus to some real up-and-comers.

We had a very good meeting with our Town and Gown Commission. It provides a great opportunity to interact with our community leaders.  We are pushing our Aggie Stomping Grounds program asking each business to display Aggie pennants and other paraphernalia in their establishments.  Good response by all.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

I began the week on Monday by welcoming potential Conroy Scholars to NMSU. The Conroy Scholars Program is an initiative of the Honors College designed to attract National Merit Semi-Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars to NMSU. The program has been growing every year since it was initiated three years ago, a testament to the efforts of Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken and her staff.

On Tuesday, I joined Chancellor Carruthers at the University Residence for a Town and Gown Meeting. Much of the meeting focused on the outcome of the 30-day legislative session and impacts on the university. Overall, the news was good–two percent increase in funding for higher education, two percent compensation increase, and four percent of the university budget dependent on performance. The good outcomes were due in no small part to the efforts of the Chancellor who spent much of the session in Santa Fe lobbying on behalf of higher education and NMSU.

On Thursday, I traveled to Albuquerque to present the new General Education curriculum model to the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference. The reception to the model was generally positive; faculty were particularly pleased that the model provided each institution of higher education with nine flexible general education credit hours.

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Dean Rolando Flores

Cover crops provide many agroecosystem services, such as enhanced soil health, erosion prevention, carbon sequestration, nutrient provision and pest management. Nonetheless, in arid environments, benefits received from cover crops must be balanced with their water consumption. Growers in the Southwest USA desire the benefits of cover crops, but are concerned about the economics of the additional irrigation requirements. A team of faculty representing four ACES departments, led by Assistant Professor Erik Lehnhoff received an award from USDA-NIFA to study how to optimize the balance between irrigation needs and agroecosystem services associated with cover crops.  Three cover crop species and five irrigation regimes will be examined for their impacts on economics, soil organic matter, aggregate stability, and nutrient availability, as well as beneficial, parasitic, and pathogenic soil microbiota.

The Chaves County Cooperative Extension Office hosted the latest Let’s Talk! Breakfast in Town event at the NM Farm and Livestock Bureau building at the Eastern New Mexico Fairgrounds in Roswell, New Mexico. Thirty-seven clients joined Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources and the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center for breakfast before short presentations on CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network) and existing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and the new ELD (Electronic Logging Device) requirements. The rest of the morning was producer driven in subject, with a roundtable question and answer forum until noon. A BQA training was available after lunch for those wanting certification or recertification. This yearlong series is industry supported by AC Nutrition, ADM Alliance Nutrition, Dow Agrosciences, HiPro Feeds, Pauls Veterinary Supply and Zoetis.



Michelle Butcher, a Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences student, presented at the Natural Grocers for the Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach Support Group. She made quinoa stuffed peppers and discussed why it is a nutritious meal for individuals with diabetes. The presentation was part of her community nutrition hours she’s completing with the Cooperative Extension Service.




Lois Melton recently enjoyed having lunch and getting to know Clothing, Textiles and Fashion Merchandising students Evan Stanfield, Nazan Crosbie and Alison Isaacs who are receiving financial support from the scholarship endowed in her name. ACES Director of Development Cindy Nicholson, and Interim Department Head of Family and Consumer Sciences Priscilla Bloomquist, joined in the conversation.


College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli

The Department of Government will present a lecture from Dr. Cole from Simmons College, talking titled “Republic at Risk: Democracy and the Mischief of Faction.” The presentation will take place on March 6, at 4:45 p.m. in Breland Hall 179.

The University Art Gallery hosted a NMSU Collaborative Theatre-Making Performance on Thursday, February 22.

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an Observatory Open House at the NMSU campus observatories located on 3415 Williams Avenue on the evening of Friday, February 23, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Astronomy personnel on hand will be Dr. Moire Prescott and graduate assistants Agnar Hall, Emma Dahl and Kristen Luchsinger.

The objects that will be observed are the Orion Nebula, the Moon, the star clusters Praesepe, M44 and M37, and many other celestial objects will also be observed time permitting.

Congratulations to our local chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice). Another amazing competition at Nationals in New Orleans!! APS won 1ST PLACE in the following awards:

Outstanding Unity Chapter Goal
Outstanding Leadership Chapter Goal
Star Chapter Award
Outstanding Chapter Yearbook Award
Website Competition Award (this was a first for NMSU) Chapter T-Shirt Competition.

Students came in second in the Knowledge Bowl Competition and hosted an intriguing Crime Scene Competition that Cal State Fresno was able to solve. Individually our students also won the following:

General Knowledge Exam Masters Level – Erica Ochoa (this was the first time one of our students won one of the two on-sight examinations). Student Achievement Award – Tamera Coho. Regina B. Shear Scholarship: Erica Ochoa and General Scholarships – Devone Jackson, Rae Snyder, Erika Washburn, Taj Ebanks, and Mariana Landaverde.

Individually the students won a combined $3,352 and the Chapter won $1,400.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

We welcomed a group of high school students who participated in Aggie Experience on Monday, February 19. Special thanks to Kathy Brook and our department heads for coordinating this event.  We had an excellent student panel that was able to share their experiences in the college with prospective students.

The business and accounting degree programs of New Mexico State University’s College of Business have received an extension of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). We were among 50 universities to have our accreditation extended.  An AACSB Accreditation is synonymous with the highest standards in business education, and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools.  The next accreditation review will be in 2022-2023 for the business degree program and 2024-2025 for the accounting degree program, and we are already working on preparing for those reviews.

Congratulations to Pat Serna, administrative assistant of our PGA Golf Management Program, who is retiring, effective March 1, after more than 27 years of service. The Marketing Department hosted a reception for her on Friday, February 23, where we are all able to give her our best wishes on her huge accomplishment.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Mathematically Connected Communities – Spring Principal’s Professional Learning Community   Mathematically Connected Communities (MC2) hosted the Spring Principal’s Professional Learning Community (PPLC) Academy at Truth or Consequences Middle School on Friday. Several administrators from our partner schools attended this event intended to provide support for implementing learning from Summer 2017 MathLabTM.  Inside the Classroom change in instruction to increase student achievement in Mathematics and Outside the Classroom support were discussed.  Visiting from the Utah Education Policy Center Instructional Leader Specialist, Dr. Janice Bradley, provided tools to assist administrators in increasing Collective Teacher Efficacy, the SAVI Grid as System for Analyzing Verbal Iteration, and a monthly Implementation Protocol.  These tools support change in teacher instruction aligned with the MC2 Leadership Framework Principles and Strategies for Change Crosswalk. A highlight of the day for participants was a field trip to three math teacher classrooms where students described what a compendium is and what they find most useful in the collaborative construction of unit compendiums.

Renee Garcia, T or C Middle School Principal, sharing action plan from Fall 2017 PPLC Academy.

STEM Outreach Center   The STEM Outreach Center staff traveled to North Valley Elementary in San Miguel, New Mexico, to give their teaching staff a Professional Development on Project Based Learning. This professional development focused on what Project Based Learning is, what it looks like in the classroom, and how to implement it into their curriculum.  Teachers engaged in hands on activities and explored firsthand how to create their own project based learning plan while connecting it to the Common Core State Standards.  Teachers also had the opportunity to test out new educational technology like 3D pens, Boogie Boards, Code-a-pillars, and Code and Go Robot Mouse.

Congratulations to LeAnne Salazar, Educational Leadership & Administration doctoral student, for being selected to serve on the 2018 – 2020 National Executive Committee (NEC), as a student member! “As a doctoral student at New Mexico State University, I am proud to serve and represent NMSU,” Salazar said.

The Gamma Beta Phi Society, a national collegiate honor society, was chartered on March 22, 1964, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Society’s focus remains on the pillars from which it was established – promoting the highest levels of scholarship through academic success, serving as a catalyst for civic engagement through community service (locally, regionally, and nationally), and promoting character development through servant leadership. Today, Gamma Beta Phi has chapters at community colleges, liberal arts institutions, and private/public research institutions across the United States.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

We have established an innovative project focused on the recruitment of students who reflect the cultural/ethnic and geographic diversity of communities across New Mexico and the United States southern border region. The School of Social Work and the Department of Public Health Sciences faculty members are collaborating on the Effective Move in Enhancing Leadership in Public Health Social Work Education project to improve the college’s dual master’s degree program. The College received a $300,000 federal grant from the Health Resource Service Administration program within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to implement the project. Jane Moorman’s article with more details may be read here.

Dr. Cindy Kratzke, Public Health Sciences, joins other international presenters from inter professional groups at the annual American Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference this week with nearly 500 attendees. The theme of the conference is Emerging Models of Collaborative Cancer Care: Advancing Psychosocial Science and Practice in Oncology. Dr. Kratzke’s poster examined online cooling cap resource information and improvement of distress management in cancer patients.

Dr. Cynthia Kratzke

Public Health faculty, staff, and students attended the Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos Conference in San Antonio, Texas. They presented research posters that were very well received by attendees. The Cancer Outreach Core staff presented research on cultural factors associated with colorectal cancer (Karoline Sondgeroth and Joe Padilla) and on the experiences of Hispanic mothers diagnosed with cancer while parenting young children (Dr. Rebecca Palacios and Clara Reyes).


New Mexico has been selected as one of the four states to host a 2018 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Workforce Forum. NMSU will be one of the remote sites for the Forum and School of Nursing faculty will be part of the planning board. This goal of this forum is to provide outreach to high school and college/university students to build awareness and provide education about the benefits and opportunities available in the substance use and mental health disorder professions.  Due to the workforce shortage and increased funding stemming from the opioid crisis, there will be more employment opportunities and the ability for new professionals to find and maintain employment in disciplines that are on the rise and are gaining credibility in the overall healthcare world. The forum’s ultimate goal is to increase the number of high school and college/university students that choose to join the behavioral health field.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

Support the NMSU Library and pre-order your set of the NMSU Library Visions of New Mexico Note Cards for $10.00. The note cards features archival and contemporary photographs of various scenery from the Land of Enchantment. Place your order to or call the Library administration office at 575-646-1508. Offer ends March 31, 2018.

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Conroy Recruiting Event    On Sunday and Monday we welcomed 24 students and their families to campus to learn about what they might expect as Conroy Scholars. These high achieving high school students came from five states and are interested in majors as diverse as digital animation to physics to engineering. Sunday was spent with current Conroy Scholars getting the “real” college experience with dinner at Taos in the Corbett Center. Monday morning we had a delicious breakfast prepared by Chef Hartley and the talented HRTM students who run Café 100, followed by meetings with professors in their fields of study. Deans, associate deans, Provost Howard, and Vice President Montoya all helped ensure the students had a positive experience on campus. The highlight of this event was a campus tour on the trolley lead by Chief Stephen Lopez, and the students were able to tour academic and residential buildings, while their families visited the bookstore to make sure they had plenty of NMSU gear to take home. We may have recruited a “two-fer” as one student and his family were very impressed with NMSU and immediately called his sister who is attending University of Arizona with the suggestion that she transfer to NMSU in the fall, we expect her to visit next week!


Fulbright Fellowship Informational Session   On Thursday, February 22, the Honors College hosted a Fulbright Workshop.  Student Fulbright winner Grace Smith Vidaurre shared her experience with the Fulbright application process along with Dean Miriam Chaiken (a Fulbright Selection panelist for East African) and Dr. Nancy Oretskin (a Fulbright ambassador and former Fulbright Scholar).  The panelists answered students’ questions and shared tips about how to put together a competitive application.  Last year NMSU had two Fulbright winners in South Korea, Bosnia, and this year we have three student finalists awaiting news of their applications to the Netherlands, South Korea, and Spain.   Over 20 honors students attended and learned about international opportunities for engaging in research, scholarship, and creative activities.

Workshop with visiting Fulbright Scholar Patron Henekou   Dr. Henekou is a poet and playwright who comes from Togo in West Africa, is in the U.S. for one year as a Fulbright Scholar. He is based at the University of Nebraska, and spent a week with us here at NMSU. He presented a workshop on Wednesday afternoon in our Commons Room on the oral and written traditions of poetry and novels in West Africa. He has published in both French and English, and the students attending the workshop were interested to learn about the different poetic traditions of his homeland, including “Halu” in which people who are in the midst of a dispute take turns hurling poetic insults to each other with an audience of their peers judging who “wins” the argument. These “insult” competitions prevent conflict and violence and once an issue is decided by the onlookers, all parties must abide by the decision and never mention the issue again. This might be a good practice to import to the U.S. Many thanks to Connie Voisine in the Department of English for her assistance in organizing this event.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

Historic meets Technology   Rhodes Garrett Hamiel Residence Hall (RGH) is a historic structure that has housed NMSU students for the past 75 years. The solid construction makes RGH a favorite home for campus residents but also provides a challenge.  WiFi signals cannot travel through the thick concrete walls to reach individual resident bedrooms. Our most historic residence hall now provides 21st century technology, thanks to our colleagues at Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Technicians made their way through the halls of RGH installing individual WiFi access points. Residents are thrilled with the upgrade, and express their thanks to ICT for making this desired amenity a reality.

The Project that Keeps Growing     Bud Jones, grounds manager and Dr. Picchioni, professor of Plant and Environmental Sciences, are collaborating with students to grow plants for campus landscaping projects. Dr Picchioni has dedicated space in a teaching greenhouse for planting winter and summer annuals for the Grounds Department. The program is due to start in August 2018. Dr. Picchinoni’s students will gain real world experience by helping with the planting and tracking of the plants. This relationship will grow (pun intended) for years to come.

Beware of Phishing Emails     John Roberts, NMSU chief information security officer, would like to remind the NMSU community to be watchful for phishing emails seeking your password, social security number, bank account number, or other personal information. ICT will never request your credentials via email. Do not reply to e-mails soliciting personal information or click any link in those emails. Report suspicious emails to For more information on Security, go to

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

WAVE had another busy week of health education/outreach happenings.  On Tuesday, February 20, the team attended a stress reduction event for the College of Engineering and encouraged students to practice self-awareness and self-care to stay emotionally and mentally sharp.  The team also collaborated with the Student Nurses Association on the Mobile Blood Pressure Clinic in recognition of Healthy Heart Month and traveled around campus to provide FREE blood pressure screenings to all interested students, faculty and staff.


In collaboration with the Office of Assessment, Gabrielle Martinez, communications specialist for SAEM, presented a poster at NMHEAR on Saturday, February 24. The poster presentation discussed the new proposed assessment model framework and procedures for evaluating and assessing co-curricular programs/projects at NMSU.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

HealthSprint   HealthSprint is a new five-month accelerator program that aims to support and grow promising startups in health tech. The accelerator provides entrepreneurs access to financing, mentorship, and industry partners. Last week, Arrowhead Center held two days of orientation meetings with the seven teams participating in the program. Teams met face-to-face with mentors, who helped them clarify their value propositions and pitch presentations. Mentors inspirited teams to clearly articulate their product, the problem their product solves, and the mark they want to leave on the world. The teams will continue working with mentors until they will present their pitch at the HealthAssembly on June 14.

More information available at:

AIN (Arrowhead Innovation Network) Workshop     On Thursday, Arrowhead hosted Bobbi Kay Nelson, CPA with Atkinson & Co in Albuquerque, for this month’s AIN Workshop. Bobbi Kay, who serves as an enterprise advisor at Arrowhead, gave a talk on “When to hire an accountant,” providing insights to entrepreneurs regarding business accounting. AIN Workshops are a monthly speaker series showcasing the expertise of Arrowhead’s Enterprise Advisors and connect with the entrepreneurial community of our region in meaningful ways. AIN Workshops are public presentations or hands-on workshops on topics related to business development and entrepreneurship. Watch Bobbi Kay’s presentation at the following link:

Innoventure   In celebration of National Entrepreneur Week, Innoventure Jr. visited four elementary classes around Las Cruces to conduct fun, free entrepreneurship and teamwork activity with students. The introduction to the Innoventure Jr. curriculum in local classrooms is part of a push to raise awareness about the availability of these resources around New Mexico. To learn more read the article at the following link:

Innoventure Jr. student interview

Innoventure Jr. student interview

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

Space Grant   New Mexico Space Grant and NMSU are planning partners in the upcoming Space Festival to be held April 12-14. The partners met at Arrowhead Center on Wednesday, February 21. Multiple NMSU organizations will be involved. NMSU Festival activities will take place on campus on April 12.

WRRI   Recently, Dr. Gabriel Senay, research physical scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), visited NM WRRI to present his operational evapotranspiration (ET) model. Dr. Senay’s model is at the current edge of science since it incorporates satellite measurements at a fine spatial and temporal resolution, adequate for use in New Mexico. Part of the ongoing research at NM WRRI is to improve ET estimates across irrigated and non-irrigated lands throughout the state. By establishing collaborations with the USGS, NM WRRI is a step closer to achieving that goal. Joining Dr. Senay were NM WRRI staff and NMSU faculty including Dr. Salim Bawazir, Dr. Tom Schmugge, Dr. Zohrab Samani, and Dr. Sam Fernald.

NM WRRI staff member, Austin Hanson, gave a presentation on the Dynamic Statewide Water Budget during Dr. Gabriel Senay’s visit to the institute.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

STEM Lab receives financial lift   A generous alumni couple—one of whom serves as a Foundation Board member—pledged $500,000 in support of the College of Education STEM Lab and new scholarship endowment, along with a College of Engineering scholarship endowment.

$100,000 gift boosts CHME Department   A generous donor has established a $100,000 Chemical and Materials Engineering Endowment to support emerging student needs and opportunities within the department.

Memorial scholarship created to support College of Business students   A friend of NMSU established a new endowed scholarship after his late wife, an `80 College of Business alumna, for students pursuing an accounting degree. The business alumna was a first-generation student and a single parent when she earned her degree from NMSU. She persevered throughout her accounting career, always acknowledging NMSU for her education when given the opportunity.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

NM State Softball hosted the annual Troy Cox Classic where we played the No. 1 team in the country Oklahoma losing 2-0. We had a tremendous standing room only crowd.

Athletics and the Alumni Association launched an initiative aimed at reaching our out-of-state alums to let them know when the Aggies are in their communities with the following maps:


We hosted the annual U.S. Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame dinner on Friday night at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. New Mexico State Athletics Department inducted Jimmy Cottrell from football, Hoku Nohara from softball and Alane Stutzman from volleyball. The event was open to the public.

International and Border Programs, Interim Associate Provost Rod McSherry

IBP’s Office of Education Abroad (OEA) hosted two information sessions on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.  The Gilman Scholarship awards up to $5000 to eligible students to study abroad. Both Financial Aid and the Writing Center were invited to attend the session to provide hands-on assistance to more than 20 students who were interested in applying for the scholarships.

IBP also traveled to Washington, DC, this week to attend the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) conference to meet with colleagues from around the country to work on best practices in regard to International Education both on and off campus. The conference offered opportunities to network with many universities from the United States and around the world to bring home new ideas for supporting our NMSU students.

Four hundred community visitors attended Chinese New Year celebrations at the Branigan Cultural Center on February 17. NMSU’s Confucius Institute organized the downtown event and partnered with the Chinese Students and Scholars Association of NMSU to present a grand celebration on campus.  Seven hundred visitors came to Corbett Center to be treated to arts and crafts, lion dances, and wonderful Chinese feast.  The traditional performances and offerings were made possible by the Confucius Institute, teachers and students. A third New Year’s celebration was presented at UTEP, again organized by the Confucius Institute with the participation of CI students from the El Paso area.

Marketing and Communications, Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations   The best-read story on the NMSU News Facebook page for the week was about the university’s accreditation, through the 2027-2028 academic year, by the Higher Learning Commission after an extensive review in November. The posting reached 2,000 people and generated almost 100 reactions, comments and shares. For the week, the News and Media Relations team posted 22 items on the Facebook page, which drew an audience of almost 15,000 people.

KRWG/SPU   Five Republican candidates for New Mexico Congressional District 2 visited the KRWG TV studios for an hour-long forum. The program was hosted by Edmundo Resendez and aired Thursday, February 22, and the following Saturday and Sunday. The taping is part of the effort to introduce public office candidates to the area.

Republican CD2 candidates prepare for the KRWG Forum. Sitting at the desk, they include (L-R) Clayburn Griffin, Yvette Herrell, Jack Volpato, Monty Newman and Gavin Clarkson.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

PROSPER (Higher Education Reauthorization Act)   OGR continues to communicate with New Mexico’s Congressional Offices regarding the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act. Last week, NMSU sent each federal representative a letter outlining some concerns with the Act, including the significant changes made to eligibility for Title IV funding, TRIO program grants, changes made to student assistance such as the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) program, Federal Work study, and student loan programs.

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

The annual New Mexico Organic Farming Conference was a great success. Approximately 610 attendees and speakers from New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, and Kansas were there. This year’s theme was focused on regenerative soil.

More than 550 businesses were inspected for skimmers – 1 skimmer was found on a dispenser, 1 skimmer was found on the ATM inside the business. Numerous businesses had evidence of tampering. The items found were removed and turned over to police.

Staff participated in a roundtable discussion at the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance (SWGLA). SWGLA allowed different certification agencies to briefly introduce to the group their respective programs and field questions from the audience; largely producers.

Attended the Texas House of Representative’s Agriculture and Livestock interim hearing in El Paso. The group met to discuss methods for identifying early detection of exotic and invasive organisms that could threaten the production of agricultural crops such as cotton and pecans. Members from the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Western Pecan Growers Association, Texas Farm Bureau, Texas A&M Extension, and the department provided expert testimony. The department provided an update on recent legislative efforts for industry to obtain general fund monies for agricultural pest eradication and management and legislation to address pecan theft.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

This week we were thrilled to receive official notification from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that our institutional accreditation was re-affirmed. The reaffirmation includes the Las Cruces and Grants campuses. Congratulations to all of our faculty, staff, administrators and students for the good work they do day in and day out to make NMSU a great institution! As a result of our reaffirmation and good standing with HLC, we will remain on the Open Pathway for institutional accreditation.

Laura Grant and I traveled to Albuquerque to attend the annual New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention conference. On Thursday afternoon, we presented a session on how we collected and organized evidence for our HLC Assurance Argument. John Tapia and Lambis Papelis, both from the College of Engineering, and both members of a Writing to Learn cohort, also presented at the conference, as did both of the Writing to Learn cohort leaders, Patti Wojahn and Chris Burnham.

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

New Film Studio Opens   NMSU-Doña Ana (DACC) has teamed with Film Las Cruces to open the first film studio in southern New Mexico. DACC students in film classes will work at a studio which is open for business. Dr. Scott said that “New Mexico’s film industry is growing, and there is a tremendous need for trained workers and studio space, we are proud to help make this one-of-a-kind training facility possible for our students and others wanting to get into this field, while establishing a commercial film studio in Las Cruces. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to foster new economic development potential.”


DACC Art Collection fund Endowed   The NMSU-Dona Ana Art Committee held a reception for adjunct professor and renowned photographer, Paul Schranz, and through the auction of art works from the community enough money was raised to endow the funds designed to support the DACC Art Collection. Now more than 275 pieces of art hang at all campuses and centers. Future receptions and art shows will increase the amount of the endowment.




Happy Smiles Day   The DACC Dental Program launched a new event aimed to improve oral hygiene for children in the community who have limited resources and no dental insurance. Students and faculty from the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Programs came together for children and adolescents ages 2-15 years old to receive a free dental cleaning, radiographs, fluoride and oral hygiene instruction. The clinic ran from February 21 to February 22.


New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Saturday, February 17, NMSU-A presented the 3rd Annual Health and Wellness Fair. It was a day of exciting activities that included special presentations on exercise injuries, nutrition, and diabetes as well as many other health-related activities.  Included were basic health checks by the Allied Health students, a walk through colon, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Health van, and booths with health and fitness information.  There were Qi Gong and Yoga demonstrations as well.  The day began with a community walk on the NMSU-A trail and ended with both competition and fun runs on the obstacle course, and a volleyball game.  Everyone is looking forward to the 4th Annual Health and Wellness Fair.

On February 22 and 23, faculty and staff from NMSU-A traveled to Albuquerque for the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference. It was a great opportunity to discuss assessment and retention issues with educators from New Mexico and surrounding states.  The 2018 conference theme was “Building Sustainable and Equitable Assessment Processes.”


New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Monday, February 19, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met to discuss the Skills USA program and its requirements. NMSU Carlsbad is proposing to send a welding team to compete in the Skills USA competition, which will be held in Albuquerque in April.

On Wednesday, February 21, President John Gratton presided at the monthly meetings of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and Board. Numerous topics were discussed including the progress toward the brine well remediation and a report on the Bat Brigade trip to Santa Fe.  The Chamber is working on a project to rent space for a restaurant venture at the Pecos River Conference Center.

On Thursday, February 22, NMSU Carlsbad representatives served as members of the panel, which interviewed Daniels Scholarship applicants. Eight high school seniors from southeastern New Mexico were interviewed and the panel was charged with ranking the applicants and making a recommendation to the Daniels Scholarship Committee as to which students were most deserving.

On Friday, February 23, NMSU Carlsbad hosted USA Compression to discuss the possibilities of starting a gas compression program of study. The meeting was very positive and the college will conduct a needs analysis to determine the viability of the proposed program.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

NMSU Grants has formed the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee and has begun work in earnest to target a formal day of celebration and a semester of events.  Faculty and staff are being joined by community representatives to work collaboratively.  The committee will select a formal day of celebration in the early Fall 2018 semester.  However, several events in recognition of NMSU Grants’ service will be added to the fall term.  In conjunction with the celebration, the newest construction in the System – the Education, Health, and Child Development Center at NMSU Grants – will undergo formal naming procedures and a phase opening.  More details to come…

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto

President Prieto and our Community Outreach Department attended the Aggie Experience event on Monday, February 19. They encouraged high school students that are looking at coming to NMSU to get involved and shared information on ASNMSU.

Campaigning for Spring Elections officially began on February 19. Official candidates for the senatorial, vice presidential, and the presidential positions will be campaigning for two weeks and voting will be March 5-March 9.

The Services Department Roadrunners held a tabling event to inform students about the Crimson Coach route to Cincinnati Street and to Little Bit of Texas. The service is free for students and does the route on Thursday nights.

The ASNMSU Community Outreach Department hosted a Leadership Conference for local high school students. 200 local, El Paso, and a school from Arizona were in attendance. They learned about leadership and ways to be effective, about ASNMSU resources and the NMSU campus. This was the first event of this caliber where ASNMSU hosted high school students.

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