Activity Report February 18 – February 24

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • On Monday, I had the honor of welcoming National Merit Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars (and their families) to NMSU. Dean Miriam Chaiken and the Honors College brought the students to campus as part of our Conroy Scholars recruiting effort.  This is the third recruitment class and the size of the cohort grows every year.  I am grateful to Dr. Chaiken for her efforts to build this program and to the deans and department heads of our academic departments for their support of the recruitment effort.  The beauty of our campus and the clear commitment of our faculty to student success comes across clearly in a campus visit and often seals the deal in attracting highly recruited students to NMSU.
  • At the Centralized Advising Taskforce meeting on Wednesday, I turned over Chair duties to Jennifer Hodges, who is the Interim Director of the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support. She will be joined in her administrative duties by Marissa Fowler who will be the Associate Director of the Center.  At the Taskforce meeting we discussed space for the Center, processes and procedures that would be performed by the advising staff of the Center, and the personnel who would actually be associated with the Center.
  • At the Regents Financial, Strategic Performance and Budget Committee, we discussed sources and uses for the 2018 Budget Committee. Discussion centered on enrollment projections for the coming year and proposed new spending.  Later in the day, I attended a joint meeting of this committee and the Regents Student Success Committee.  Discussion at this meeting focused on new spending to support student success.  There is considerable overlap between the spending recommendations of the Regents Student Success Committee and the spending recommendations of the university administration.  Our challenge in the coming month will be to merge the spending proposals into a single plan that is consistent with efficient use of resources and the budget realities of NMSU.

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

Cooperative Extension Service

Ag Fest in Santa Fe the Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center conducted educational games that highlighted the importance of food protection and emergency preparedness. The purpose was to show how everyone is involved in agriculture. Sixty-five individuals played the game, and over 200 stopped by to watch.  The Center also hosted a training together with Cooperative Extension Service, Northern County Emergency Managers, and the Department of Health to highlight their responses within the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) regarding Managing Food Emergencies. The trainings are to encourage the collaboration between agencies and the community in the event of an emergency.

Southwest District Officer Training   Training was provided to 48 4-H, county leaders on the importance of Emergency Preparedness in Agricultural and Food.  The 4-H youth teamed up with their county to participate in an exercise that was utilized to develop critical thinking skills and comprehension of an emergency response during a county fair.  Teams had to present information back to the group on the outcomes of the scenario, with the whole process focusing on their leadership abilities.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Connie Campos, an adjunct faculty member who teaches courses about child abuse (CAST 301V) and forensic interviewing of children in child abuse cases (CAST 302), has been nominated for the Oscars for Champions award. The award is given by Jardin de Los Ninos, a comprehensive program for young homeless children and their families.  Connie was nominated for her many years of providing services for abused and neglected children.  She works closely with child protection professionals, law enforcement, and other agencies to make sure that children who experience abuse are able to talk about their experiences and get the services they need.

School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

  • The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management held its Annual Hospitality Career Fair, February 15 – 17.  The event began on February 15 with a reception for the hospitality recruiters presented by Professor Julie Correa’s HRTM 443 – Meetings, Conventions, and Special Events class. Nineteen companies had booths at the Las Cruces Convention Center to introduce their companies, internships, and career opportunities to the students. Three new companies – joined returning industry partners. Thursday afternoon and Friday, several companies stayed to hold over 225 individual interviews with the students. The recruiters were extremely impressed with students’ professionalism, knowledge, and experience.  Most will be making their offers for second interviews, jobs and internships over the next few weeks.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • Dr. Nancy Chanover, astronomy professor was named director of the 3.5 meter telescope at the Apache Point Observatory. The director works in close association with the site manager and permanent site staff, representatives of the Astrophysical Research Corporation (ARC), a collaborative partnership of either universities that includes NMSU, University of Washington, Johns Hopkins, Georgia State University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Virginia, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Wyoming. Dr. Chanover is expected to propose initiatives, manage operating budgets and plan priorities to the ARC Board of Governors.
  • The Arts and Sciences Student Ambassadors held a meet and greet on Tuesday, February 28  for students interested in joining this group.
  • NMSU Choral Activities kicked off the spring with a concert on Tuesday, February 28 at Atkison Recitial Hall. The concert included music from the Middle Ages to the modern era.
  • The University Museum welcomed approximately 240 sixth-grade Zia Middle School students last Thursday and Friday, and also six students from Desert Springs Chri…stian Academy on Friday. Several volunteers from the department of Anthropology — Michael Morrison, Trevor Lea, Paisley Palmer, Matt DeFreese, Alexandra Glowacki, Katie Gomolak, Alyssa Davis, Braeden Dimitroff, Judy Berryman, and Mariah — helped teach these students about archaeology and anthropology.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • On Tuesday, February 21, I attended a demonstration for Zoom, a web presentation tool that may soon replace Adobe Connect in our Cohort-based Distance MBA program.
  • We held a faculty meeting on Friday, February 24, to discuss several MBA curriculum proposals.
  • We are distributing invitations for our annual Hall of Fame awards banquet scheduled for Friday, April 21, 2017, at 6:00 pm at the Las Cruces Convention Center. This year’s inductees are Perry Elders (’83) and Philip (’84) and Sandy (’82) Cook.  The Corporate Traders’ recipient is Chevron U.S.A., Inc.  For ticket information, please contact Anthony Casaus at 646-5817 or or visit
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Educators Rising

WRITER: Adriana M. Chávez, 575-646-1957,

SOURCE: Karen Trujillo, 575-646-1555,

NMSU to host second Educators Rising state conference

About 140 students and teachers from high schools across the state are expected to attend the second annual Educators Rising New Mexico conference Sunday through Tuesday on the New Mexico State University campus.

The conference will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday with registration, followed by competitions and breakout sessions. It will end Tuesday afternoon following an awards ceremony.

Karen Trujillo, the state director stated, “We are excited about the growth of Educators Rising across New Mexico. If we want to have great teachers in our state, we have to grow our own, and that is what we are trying to do.”

NMSU’s College of Education established Educators Rising NM in 2015. Educators Rising, formerly known as Future Teachers of America, is a national organization focused on supporting high school students who aspire to become teachers. The purpose of the conference is to increase the number of education majors across the state, and to support retention in the field. Last year’s conference attracted nearly 100 students and educators.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Stephanie Gurule-Leyba, the 2017 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Gurule-Leyba is a medical sciences teacher at Capital High School in Santa Fe Public Schools, and has taught at the school for 21 years. Initially destined for a career in the medical field, Gurule-Leyba developed a passion for teaching while enrolled in a teaching elective course in college and decided to dedicate her enthusiasm for science and medicine to New Mexico’s students.

“Mrs. Gurule-Leyba is a dedicated champion for students and she represents the very best of our teachers across the state,” New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera said in a statement. “She has impacted hundreds of lives during her twenty years of service and demonstrates the excellence in teaching each and every day that this award recognizes. I’m so proud to have her in New Mexico, sharing her passion for science and medicine, and inspiring students to reach their full potential.”

Gurule-Leyba holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in counseling and education from New Mexico Highlands University. She is scheduled to speak to conference attendees at 8:30 a.m. Monday in Room 320 of the Corbett Center Student Union.

META DATA: About 170 students and teachers from high schools across the state are expected to attend the conference.

Curriculum and Instruction


College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

Following an initial meeting this past November, members of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department welcomed a group of faculty and students from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Feb. 17. They further explored opportunities to pursue graduate studies at NMSU in mechanical and aerospace engineering.  Ruey-Hung Chen, MAE Department Head, welcomed the visitors and presented an overview of MAE’s faculty research activities.  Young Ho Park, associate professor, explained the process of graduate applications. There were also breakout sessions where these prospective students and MAE faculty members discussing their interests in a format similar to “speed-dating” and laboratory tours.  These students are likely to be supported by the Mexican government fellowships for their graduate education at NMSU. Andreas Gross, assistant professor, laid the ground work for this recruitment activity by first visiting UACJ in September 2016.


Alla Kammerdiner, industrial engineering assistant professor, presented two papers at the Fourth International Conference on Computational Biomedicine in Gainesville, Florida, Feb. 16-17.
Her papers were entitled: “Dynamic Approaches to multisensor tracking of near falls” and “Optimization Models for Scheduling Walking in Sedentary Adults.”

NMSU Engineering New Mexico Resource Network hosted a group of female high school students from southern New Mexico for a Discovering Diversity in Engineering: Women in STEM Weekend Getaway as a kickoff to National Engineering Week. The students experienced life as NMSU engineering students, as they stayed in dorms and attended classes taught by female faculty members. The students participated in several hands-on engineering activities throughout the weekend. The students were guided by undergraduate female mentors from NMSU student organizations: ASCE and W-STEM and Innovators from the Aggie Innovation Space. The activities were designed and taught by NMSU female engineering faculty members. The weekend concluded with a leadership session and dinner with a keynote address given by Dr. Luis Vazquez, interim vice president for Research. The program was funded in part by the Halliburton Foundation.

New College of Engineering research awards:

  • Russell Hardy, Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring Research Center director, was awarded a grant for $360K from the Nuclear Waste Partnership for “Volatile Organic Compound and Hydrogen/Methane Analyses.”
  • Phillip De Leon, associate dean of research, and Steven Sandoval, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering, were awarded a grant for $94K from Sandia National Laboratories for “Hilbert Spectrum Analysis of Moving Targets in ISR Data.” De Leon was also awarded a grant for $47K from Sandia National Laboratories for “Deep Learning/Mobile Analytics Summer”
  • Krishna Kota, assistant professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering, was awarded a grant for $70K from Science Research Lab, Inc. for “Omniphilic Surfaces for Enhanced Flow Boiling.”
  • Sukumar Brahma, associate professor and Satish Ranade, department head, both from electrical and computer engineering, were awarded a grant for $61K from Sandia National Laboratories for “Development and Testing of Protection Scheme for Renewable- Rich Distribution Systems.”
  • David Rockstraw, chemical and materials engineering department head, was awarded a grant for $40K from Los Alamos National Laboratory for “Development of Optical Diagnostics Using 3D Printed Mechanoluminiescent.”


Chemical and materials engineering freshman Marina Lucero was awarded a $1,000 Live Your Dream scholarship from Soroptimist, a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. She was selected as district winner from a pool of 26 applicants and she qualifies for the regional competition for an additional $5,000 scholarship. Lucero is a 2006 graduate of Deming High School and has an associate of science (2014) from Doña Ana Community College. She seeks a career with ChevronPhillips upon graduation.



College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

  • Zuhl Fuel has been selected as the name  for the new café located on the 1st floor of Zuhl Library.  Thanks to all those who participated in suggesting a name for the library’s café!  The opening date will be announced in the next few weeks.
  • A new Interlibrary Loan- Document Delivery (ILL-DDS)  program has just been launched. Based on a set of criteria, books requested by graduate and undergraduate students through our ILL-DDS will be purchased and added to NMSU Library’s collections.
  • NMSU Library’s Reference and Research Services Department hosted guests Brian Leaf and Sarah Miles who are representatives from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), South Central Region. The purpose of their visit was to explore ways in which NMSU Library and the NNLM can collaborate on educational training opportunities and to learn about resources and services offered by NNLM.
  • In preparation for the celebration of National Poetry Month (April 2017), NMSU Library’s Archives and Special Collections Department is  supporting  English department students doing research using our “poet papers” including Witter Byner, Eugene Manlove Rhodes, and Keith Wilson. In April , the students research results  will be presented in eight short radio segments on KRWG.
  • Professor Susan Beck has been selected to be a judge for the New Mexico Letters About Literature contest, a nationwide event held annually. Young readers grades 4-12 submit letters to authors which tell them how a book they read changed their lives. Each state awards winners for three age group levels.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Conroy Scholar Recruiting On Sunday and Monday we welcomed 16 prospective Conroy Scholars and their families to campus, to learn more about the opportunities available at NMSU. These students are National Merit or Hispanic Merit Scholars, and represented a wide range of interests, from Aerospace Engineering, to Biology, to Computer Science. Their visit began with dinner on Sunday at Taos and conversations with current Conroy Scholars. Monday morning breakfast was held at Café 100 West and the guests were joined by our Provost, several Deans, and faculty from each department where students might potentially major. Each student had an in-depth conversation with professors, and then following a campus tour, had the chance to confer with representatives from the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Housing. There was a very positive energy and all of the students departed with comments about what a great experience they had. We thank the 20 faculty, dozen staff members, and our administrative leaders for participating and making NMSU look to appealing.

Fulbright Workshop Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar organized a workshop for students interesting in learning more about successful strategies for Fulbright applications. Rather than a boring power point with bullet points, he organized this event to be an interactive discussion and interview in the model of the Actors Studio. The three panelists invited included Dean Miriam Chaiken, Professor Sandra Deshors (Languages & Linguistics), and doctoral candidate Grace Vidaurre Smith. Chaiken and Deshors had served on the Fulbright review panels and they shared their perspectives gained from reading hundreds of applications, and Vidaurre Smith shared her perspective as a recently winner of the Fulbright. The students participating asked many very good questions, and hopefully all who attended will follow through and develop an application.

Golden Key Honorary Society held its first meeting since the induction of new members. The group elected their new leadership team and began planning events and meetings for the rest of the semester.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

BANNER Usage Collaboration   The NMSU offices of University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, University Accounts Receivable and Student Information Management hosted members of those offices from UTEP. The UTEP staff were interested in learning how NMSU maximizes the use of BANNER to provide great student service in an effective and efficient manner.  We expect additional meetings as UTEP seems very interested in adopting many of our processes.

Aggie Experience hosts 600 prospective students   Monday, the Undergraduate Admissions staff, in collaboration with all of our campus partners, hosted approximately 600 prospective students and guests at the third and final Aggie Experience of the year. It was a beautiful day to be on campus and a joy to witness the energy and excitement of students, families and staff. Although this was our final large campus visit event of the year, we have had inquiries from many students and families who were unable to attend. We continue to host customizable campus visits, twice a day every weekday, so visitors are encouraged to sign up online at

Career Services

Career Services is working closely with the College of Business for the upcoming Employment Extravaganza Career Fair.  Career Services is coordinating the arrangements to have Goldman Sachs make their first visit to campus on March 8 as part of the Career Fair.

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center provided a Listening, Note Taking, Participation and Classroom Success Workshop on Tuesday, February 21. Students received note-taking strategies to promote effective studying and college success.  The workshop focused on learning how to identify the main points of a lecture, how to become an active listener, how to read the signs that instructors send, and how to organize lecture and textbook notes.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

DACC Studio G Tabling   As part of Arrowhead’s Next Gen expansion, Studio G held a tabling event at the DACC Main Campus to inform students about opportunities to start their own business. Studio G provides students with curriculum and training, coupled with advice from expert mentors and several paths to gain support to grow their businesses. The Next Gen program supported by the EDA, allowed Arrowhead to expand its student business accelerator to all 4 community colleges in the NMSU System. Below Arrowhead’s Leonard Casaus, and DACC champion Joan Keeney can be seen at the event.

High Tech Consortium meeting   The High Tech Consortium (HTC) of Las Cruces, held its monthly meeting at Arrowhead Center on Wednesday. This month’s featured speaker was County Commissioner Ben Rawson, speaking about economic development initiatives in Doña Ana County. HTC will continue to hold monthly meetings at Arrowhead Center to foster relationships between student and community innovators. This was the first HTC meeting held at the Arrowhead Center this year, and it was a great success with over 20 individuals from the community and NMSU in attendance.

Studio G Networking Hour   Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour event. This week’s topic focused on steps from the Disciplined Entrepreneur focused on what you can do for your customer. 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

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Non-profit of the Year   The NMSU Foundation was honored to accept the Non-profit of the Year Award from the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce for the first time in its history during the Chamber’s annual gala and banquet. The Foundation edged out the Aggie Athletic Club by a landslide.

Corporate Engagement Webinar Presentation   The Office of Advancement hosted a webinar “Proven Approaches to Building Corporate Engagement” at Dove Hall to help faculty members and administrators gear up for the comprehensive campaign and understand their role in building corporate, foundation and industry partnerships.

ROTC Gifts   The Army ROTC received $2,580 in charitable gifts from 30 donors during the AROTC Recognition Weekend.

Art Conservation Lab   NMSU has received a $100,000 gift in support of an art conservation lab for the new Williams Hall building. This will be matched by funds from Ammu and Rama Devasthali’s matching challenge gift.

Giving Tuesday 2017   We’ve received $30,000 in scholarship matching funds for our next Giving Tuesday – coming November 28, 2017! – from an alumnus in California.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Honored seniors Tyler Ellis, Brianna Freeman, Moriah Mack, Brandee Walton and Tamera William on Senior Day. The Aggies defeated UTRGV 87-67 at the last home women’s basketball game of the season. The team won their third consecutive WAC regular season championship with Thursday’s win over Utah Valley and secured the #1 seed in the WAC Tournament. Head coach Mark Trakh won his 100th career game at New Mexico State.
  • The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the universities licensing partner based out of Atlanta, Georgia, did a campus visit to discuss the marketing plans and efforts in rolling out the Los Aggies and the Vamos Aggies logos as well as discussing initiative in selling Aggie merchandise in stores throughout the state primarily the Las Cruces and Albuquerque market.
  • While we are five weeks away from the inaugural Aggie Open Golf Tournament benefiting all 450 student-athletes through our Aggie Athletic Club, we have secured 19 teams, the goal is to get a total of 30 teams. Picacho Hills Country Club is hosting the Aggie Open.


  • Aggie alum and current professional golfer on the Ladies European Tour Gwladys Nocera spoke to the Aggies women’s golf team prior to their departure to Arizona for the Westbrook Spring Invitational.
  • Hosted an inaugural Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday night. A social hour and induction ceremony was held at the Barbara Hubbard room of the Pan American Center. New Mexico State inducted Gwladys Nocera from women’s golf, Jackie Choi-Parker from volleyball, James Moore from men’s basketball and Billy Joe Price from men’s basketball into the US Bank New Mexico State Athletics Hall of Fame during halftime of the Seattle University men’s basketball game on Saturday night. US Bank is the official sponsor.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

Kristian Chervenock, Director of the Center for English Language Programs, joined Dr. Kevin Boberg, VP for Economic Development, and Jorge Ramos of International and Border Programs, to Cd. Juarez on Monday, February 20 to visit with administrators at CENALTEC. CENALTEC is a trade school in Cd. Juarez that trains over 10,000 students annually for manufacturing jobs across the state of Chihuahua. Currently, CELP and CENALTEC are exploring opportunities for partnering on intensive English training for CENALTEC faculty and students alike. The administrative team from CENALTEC will be visiting NMSU on Friday, February 24 to continue conversations with CELP as well as Arrowhead Center on possibilities for collaboration.

Kristian Chervenock, Director of CELP, will be traveling to Hermosillo, Sonora, next week to participate in an interplenary event leading up to a meeting between the governors from New Mexico and the state of Sonora. Working alongside HED and PED staffers and representatives from New Mexico’s Governor’s Office as well as their counterparts from Sonora, Chervenock will represent NMSU recruiting and outreach capabilities during the two-day event.

Cornell Menking was in Washington, DC, for the annual meeting of the Association of International Education Administrators.  There he participated in multiple meetings with new and existing partners, including a new partner in Jakarta, Indonesia that will be sending students to NMSU.  While in the DC area, Menking also hosted a luncheon for officials from the Oman Cultural Mission at a luncheon in Vienna, Virginia.

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations

A team from the News and Media Relations group traveled to Albuquerque to meet with Albuquerque Business First editor in chief Rachel Sams to provide some expert sources and story suggestions, as well as to learn more about how we can provide content that might be useful to her publication.

The News and Media Relations group helped with media arrangements and publicity for the visit this week to NMSU by Sue Gerber, the senior program officer for the Gates Foundation’s polio team and an NMSU alumna. Gerber’s visit was hosted by NMSU Advancement and the NMSU College of Health and Social Services, and included a presentation at the Rio Grande Rotary Club of Las Cruces’ luncheon in acknowledgement of the Rotary Club’s polio eradication efforts. Our social media coverage of the visit reached more than 4,200 people.


The Special Production Unit produced the final AggieVision basketball telecast on Thursday. A new group of students will begin training for baseball and softball productions with first pitch on March first.

Zak Covert was part of the student crew that worked on a pledge production with renowned steam train expert and award-winning television producer Robert Van Camp.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

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:

NMSU 2017 Legislative Bill Tracking List

What’s included in HB2, the General Appropriations Bill, for NMSU?

HB2 Budget Capital Progression Table FY18  

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

  • Pesticide Compliance staff along with a facilitator from the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council hosted an “Understanding Pesticides Course” for tribal and pueblo representatives. Staff created and provided educational resources along with the training covering topics from the National Pesticide Core manual including: pest management, laws and regulations, labeling, applications, personal protective equipment (PPE), and more.
  • NMDA hosted a US Livestock Genetic Export (USLGE) inbound mission focused on the Brangus breed. They visited three ranches and attended the 26th annual Brangus Bull & Female Sale in Roswell, New Mexico. The participants are all from the state of Sonora, Mexico, and all are part of the Sonora Brangus Association. This project will also serve as an action item for the New Mexico Sonora Commission for 2017.
  • International Marketing Staff attended the “Growing New Mexico’s Economy- International Trade Conference”, hosted by U.S. Senator Tom Udall. NMDA set up a booth in the industry exhibit area, showcasing NMDA International Programs and success stories. Staff met with/and interacted with other state and federal agencies (SBA, U.S. Commerce Dept., Albuquerque Trade Alliance, NM Economic Development Division, and NM International Business Accelerator), each tasked with developing foreign markets.  Staff also connected with non-governmental agencies and private companies that support international trade, such as freight forwarders, customs brokers, insurance and banking. A few contacts were identified at the conference with interest in exporting NM food and agricultural products, staff will meet with these companies to determine export readiness and education on NMDA international programs and resources.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 36 police reports created, 23 supplements filed, and 23 traffic citations issued. The Records & Evidence Office processed 21 items of evidence entered into the vault, 20 people were fingerprinted and 8 background checks were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   There were 206 police calls (16 of which were agency assist) and 8 warrant entries.  There were 25 fire calls (11 of which were mutual aid), 9 emergency medical calls, 1 public assist, 1 gas leak, 1 fire alarm, and 2 stand by.  There were also 6 animal control calls.

Campus Tours for Honors College   Chief Lopez provided a tour of the campus for the Honors College on February 20.  The Conroy Honors Scholars and select family members went on the tour and learned about past and current NMSU facilities and events.

HB 233   Chief Lopez continued to work with Representative Ruiloba on the passage of House Bill 233, which will clarify jurisdiction of university officers on streets immediately contiguous to campus property.  Currently, officers operate under a collection of mutual aid agreements with other agencies in order to provide seamless services in these areas.  The bill passed unanimously in the first committee, and is now pending a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

NM Chief’s Association Meeting   Chief Lopez attended the NM Chief’s Association Meeting held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on January 21.  There was significant discussion regarding investigation of officer-involved shootings and the 2017 Legislative Session.

Meeting with UTEP Police Chief   Chief Clifton Walsh from the University of Texas at El Paso met with Chief Lopez on February 23. The Chiefs discussed common crime trends affecting both universities, shared training opportunities, and information regarding recent cases.

Mutual Aid Agreement with Tor C Police   Chief Lopez met with Tor C Police Chief Lee Alirez to go over a draft Mutual Aid Agreement (MAA) between the two departments.  This would allow Tor C officers to work special events held at NMSU, which would be very beneficial to the university and could help lower costs for security at some events.  The MAA will now need to be approved by Tor C officials, the chancellor, and the governor.

Letter to the Community   Chief Lopez issued a letter to the university community to let students, faculty, and staff know how the police department works with federal partners, particularly as it relates to international students and DACA students.  The letter was sent directly to all students and employees, and also was posted on the department’s website at

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

This week we continued work on a number of items related to NMSU’s HLC accreditation:  Tracking student concerns institution-wide, ensuring we have updated rules and documents related to faculty credentials and teaching, communicating with the NMSU-Grants campus about our upcoming site visit and assurance argument, writing and collecting feedback on the assurance argument, and crafting a proposal for our Quality Initiative to improve student writing.

In addition, I traveled to Albuquerque to attend and present at the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment & Retention conference, as did several NMSU faculty and staff across our system. Keynote speaker Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn spoke about diversity and inclusion, and one of the key takeaways was “access without success = useless”.  What a great message!

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

New Electric Line Worker Facility Opens   Officials from Chaparral, NMSU-DACC, NMSU and El Paso Electric (EPA) celebrated a new Line Worker Facility on the Chaparral Center grounds with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Anthony Chamber of Commerce. EPE and DACC created a partnership to help produce local line workers. EPE provides scholarships, internships and training so graduates enter the workforce upon graduation. In conjunction with the opening a line worker rodeo competition was held. The line workers completed tasks they perform on a daily basis. Photo includes (l to r) Steve Burakzyk, Dr. Andrea Tawny President of the NMSU Foundation, NMSU Dona Ana President Renay Scott, Clay Doyle from EPE, and Program director Terry Mount.

Run Rocks the East Mesa Campus   The third annual “Run with Your Doc” hosted hundreds of runners who provided needed funds to St. Luke’s Healthcare for the Homeless, The East Mesa Campus and nearby streets experienced a mile walk, a 5K and a 10K run. Many medical doctors, veterinarians and PhD’s sponsored teams.

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 p.m. to 6 p.m.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Thursday and Friday, several NMSU-A faculty participated in the 2017 NMHEAR (New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention) Conference in Albuquerque. The theme this year was “Cultivating Academic Engagement, Persistence, and Success.” Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, a “foremost authority on college student success,” conducted a pre-conference workshop, as well as presented the keynote address. NMHEAR is held annually to promote improvement in NM Higher Education through outcomes assessment, to increase communication, cooperation, and sharing of resources and ideas on outcomes assessment in higher education, and to advance the efficiency of outcomes assessment in higher education in the State of New Mexico. NMSU-A was proud to be well-represented at this very important event.

On Saturday, February 18 the members of the LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) State Board met at NMSU-A to discuss the upcoming LULAC State Convention.  The convention will be held at the NMSU-A Tays Center on May 5 and 6.

The Desert Light Film Festival Board met on Wednesday on campus to discuss the upcoming 2017 Desert Light Film Festival.  The festival is slated to be held at NMSU-A on April 21.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Monday, February 20, NMSU Carlsbad welcomed Cohort Twelve of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Leadership Academy.  The 13 members of the cohort will be on the NMSU Carlsbad campus for four weeks as they complete the scheduled leadership activities and initiatives which are led by a combination of WIPP personnel and NMSU Carlsbad personnel.
  • On Tuesday, February 21, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its monthly Facilities Committee meeting at which time reports were received of all campus building and renovation projects. Also, on Tuesday, February 21, NMSU Carlsbad hosted visitors from NMSU as discussions were centered around the design of a proposed Childcare facility on the NMSU Carlsbad campus.
  • On Thursday, February 23, NMSU Carlsbad representatives traveled to Roswell in order to serve as member of the Daniels Foundation Scholarship panel of judges. The panel participated in the interviewing of a superb number of area high school students who were being considered for the very prestigious scholarships.
  • On Friday, February 24, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a Disaster Planning Scenario meeting at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Attendees included representatives from the Carlsbad Police Department, the Carlsbad Fire Department, the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Carlsbad, and Eddy County and the planning was initiated for a proposed series of community information sessions on the possible collapse of the sinkhole in south Carlsbad. Also, on Friday, February 24, NMSU Carlsbad conducted the monthly meeting of the Steering Committee and reports were received from all committee chairpersons.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Matt Bose


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