Activity Report February 25 – March 3

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • The Legislature continues to be the story. House Bill 2, which funds most of government, is in Senate Finance Committee on the way to the floor.  Word is there will be very little change in the House version.  Most of the work on both the Senate and House sides is to approve revenue enhancements in that the current version of HB 2 is underfunded by $125 million.
  • The Legislature is obligated to provide a balanced budget to the Executive, hence the work on revenue. Likely candidates for revenue enhancements include a gasoline tax increase of $.10 per gallon (dedicated to road funds and reserves) and increase the special fuels tax by $.05 per gallon, establishing an internet gross receipts tax, eliminating gross receipts tax waivers for some medical providers (such as not for profit hospitals), increasing the automobile excise tax from three to four percent, and establishing a $150 per load fee for petroleum products.  So, if revenue enhancements are part of the overall budget process, I anticipate this will be met with restrained enthusiasm by the Governor.  If there are no revenue enhancements, expect reductions in higher education appropriations in the four to five percent range.
  • I visited with the new president of New Mexico Junior College, Dr. Kelvin Sharp, who is very interested in setting up 2+2 Pathway Programs with NMSU and to working with our recruiters to increase transfers to NMSU. I will be asking some of my colleagues to join me soon in a visit with NMJC.  We are also inviting Dr. Toni Pendergrass, president of San Juan College, to campus to work on similar issues.  Both are interested in the Aggie Pathway to a Baccalaureate Program we have developed with our community colleges.
  • I was pleased to present a Research Discovery Award to Dr. Collin Payne of the College of Business for his research achievements regarding the relationship between marketing and health. Collin is one of the national up and comers in his area of expertise.
  • Chris Goblet and Sam Aragon of the New Mexico Wine and Grape Growers Association dropped by to confirm my attendance at their upcoming event on our campus and to commit to strengthening their relationship with NMSU researchers and marketers. They are now working more closely with the Craft Brewers group and anticipate doing more beer and wine fairs around the State, including one on our campus.  Both of these beverage industries are growing at a good pace.  NMSU has teaching and research programs that will benefit both the industry and consumers.
  • I was briefed by ASNMSU President Matt Bose regarding the recommendations from the Student Fee Review Board. Student fee revenue is declining; hence the Board has had to make so tough choices.  The Board has been unbelievably diligent, thoughtful, and very analytical as they attempted to balance needs with scarce resources.  Kudos to President Bose and the Board and Paula Pierson for great work.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • I spent all day Monday and part of Tuesday with the members of the Search Committee for Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance. We interviewed via Skype 10 candidates with the goal of identifying 3-5 to bring to campus for face-to-face interviews with the Chancellor and other members of the NMSU community.
  • A major topic of discussion at the Academic Dean’s Council was the move toward requiring that all graduates of NMSU Las Cruces fulfill an experiential learning requirement. A survey of our departments and programs indicate that most of our students already meet this requirement. The major obstacle to implementation is devising a system within each degree program for monitoring and verifying experiential learning.
  • At the NMSU General Education Task Force Meeting on Wednesday, we discussed re-casting our general education model from an essential skills framework into a content area distribution framework. The purpose of such a move is not to de-emphasize essential skills, but to make the model easier to understand and implement.  The concern is that the importance of essential skills in general education will be lost in a curriculum that seems to be focused on content areas.  In implementing a model in which content areas are the most visible component, it will be important to require that instructors build courses that teach and assess essential skills. We will also need to determine which essential skills should be associated with each content area and how to ensure that a student completing this curriculum has received training in each essential

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

Plant and Environmental Sciences

The Chile Pepper Institute attended ZestFest, produced by Spicy Food Productions, in Irving, Texas, from January 27-29. The Institute participated in the Sauce Awards where they submitted their famous Holy Jolokia sauces, as well as other sauces, into a competition. At the awards ceremony, the Chile Pepper Institute received awards for the following sauces:

NuMex Suavemente- Golden Chile (1st Place)

NuMex Suavemente- Golden Chile (1st Place)

NuMex Suavemente- Second Place

NuMex Lemon Spice- Second Place

Holy Jolokia Taco Sauce- Golden Chile (1st Place)

Louisiana Style Hot and XHot Sauce (All in one category)

Holy Jolokia 25th Anniversary- Golden Chile (First Place)

Holy Jolokia Hot Sauce- Second Place

Sancto Scorpio- Third Place

Fish Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

Dr. Ken Boykin and his co-authors received Honorable Mention from the EPA’s Science and Technological Achievement Award (STAA) program for their 2016 article “A National Approach for Mapping and Quantifying Habitat-based Biodiversity Metrics across Multiple Spatial Scales,” published in Ecological Indicators/Special Issue Publication, October 2013, 33:139-147. The STAA awards are an agency-wide program that recognizes the outstanding scientific work of EPA employees who publish their technical work in peer-reviewed literature.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • College of Business alum, Bobby Lutz (’73) was a guest speaker in my MGT 461, New Venture Creation class on Monday, February 27. It was an excellent opportunity for him to share his business experiences with the class.
  • President Carruthers presented Collin Payne, associate professor of marketing, with the NMSU Research Discovery Award. Collin’s research focuses on consumer behavior, especially as it pertains to nutrition and food-buying habits.  He is also co-director of the college’s Consumer Behavior Lab.

NMSU President Garrey Carruthers, Collin and Amber Payne. Source: NMSU President Facebook post, March 3, 2017.

  • Charlotte Gard and Anup Amatya (College of Health and Social Services (CHSS)) are co-Investigators and Jill McDonald (CHSS) is the Principal Investigator on a grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The project will use U.S. birth certificate data and other secondary data to examine disparities in cesarean delivery rates on the U.S.-Mexican border.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

The College of Engineering hosted a two-day Engineering Advisory Council meeting Feb. 23-24. Approximately 40 members of the council attended—the largest group to participate in several years. Representatives are all NMSU engineering alumni and come from The Boeing Company, Raytheon, Halliburton, ExxonMobil, MIT Lincoln Labs and other companies. Members discussed issues relating to the college and heard presentations about engineering research, civil engineering programs, engineering technology and surveying engineering, as well as presentations from several student groups.

The College of Engineering hosted its first Faculty and Staff Awards Banquet. The event was attended by more than 130 people. The following awards were presented.

  • Synergy Teaching-Research-Service Award: Dr. Young-Ho Park, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
  • Synergy Faculty Leadership Award: Dr. Delia J. Valles-Rosales, Industrial Engineering.
  • Synergy One-College Faculty Award: Dr. Jessica Houston, Chemical and Materials Engineering.
  • Synergy Staff Leadership Award: Dr. Meng Zhou, Chemical and Materials Engineering.
  • Synergy One-College Staff Award: Gabriela Cisneros, Engineering Research Center and Alliance for Minority Participation.
  • Foreman Faculty Excellence Award: Dr. Lynn Kelly, Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering.
  • Foreman Staff Excellence Award: Annette Benavidez, Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • Frank Bromilow Engineering Research Excellence Award: Dr. Pei Xu, Civil Engineering.
  • Frank Bromilow Engineering Staff Excellence Award: Margaret Vasquez, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Also recognized were recent NSF CAREER Awardees, new Professorship and Chair Appointments and 2016 Top Grant Awardees.

In February, the College of Engineering hosted a breakout session for prospective students and their families at Aggie Experience. Ambassadors and departments showcased the college to the 100 attendees interested in attending NMSU and the College of Engineering.

On Wednesday, February 22 the college hosted the fifth annual Engineering Day during National Engineers Week. Approximately 500 high school students visited campus and were provided with departmental overviews, lab tours and a demonstration lecture. The students are participants in Project Lead the Way in their high schools and visited from, Los Lunas, Carlsbad, Loving, Gadsden and Las Cruces.


Industrial engineering graduate students Maria Gabriela Solano and Alejandro Najera earned a travel award to attend 2017 Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics this year to do an oral presentation of their research projects. Industrial engineering Associate Professor Delia Valles-Rosales is a judge for this event and a member of the advisory board. Valles and the students visited the USDA offices and met program officers to guide the team on the student fellowship grants. This event is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Education and Human Resources Programs and the National Science Foundation Division of Human Resource Development, within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean

  •  Jill McDonald, Dr. Anup Amatya of the Department of Public Health and other colleagues have been awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.  The one-year project will use U.S. birth certificate data and other sources of secondary data to examine disparities in cesarean delivery rates on the U.S.-Mexican border.
  • The Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC) has had a busy week. Staff held a health career presentation at Las Cruces High school on February 24 involving 133 participants. Additionally, an Alzheimer’s workshop was held in Deming, NM on February 28 with 15 participants. The Alzheimer’s “Cuidando con Respeto” workshop is for caregivers and/or family members who have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. The “Cuidando con Respeto” event is part of a grant funded from the Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter.

School of Nursing

  • Several School of Nursing faculty members attended the state-wide meeting of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) on Friday February 24, 2017, at the East Mesa campus of DACC. The ongoing assembly of nursing educators has implemented a common curriculum of nursing instruction across New Mexico. School of Nursing faculty member, Evangelina Ramirez, MSN, RN, CCRN, presented a topic related to nursing care and how care planning practices are taught.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

New Mexico Leadership Institute Scholarships (NMLI)   We began our week by interviewing 30 students who were finalists for the New Mexico Leadership Institute scholarships. All of the students were very impressive and all worthy of support so it was a very difficult decision to narrow that list to 10. These are students who are high school juniors who will receive training and support from the NMLI team through their senior year of high school and will join us as new freshmen in the fall of 2018. This event was organized by the NMLI faculty lead Dr. Judith Flores Carmona and by Honors College staff member Abby Nayra. Deans Ketelaar and Chaiken both participated as well as faculty and staff from across the University.

Visit to Arizona   Dean Chaiken visited eight high schools in Tucson and Phoenix to share information about opportunities at New Mexico State University. She met with school administrator guidance counselors and students and all were very receptive to the messages and these are all high schools that are both very ethnically diverse and have a strong track record of sending students onward to college. These range from a relatively small Charter School with a senior class of 70 to a large Public School in Tolleson, Arizona, with nearly 3,000 high school students. The visits were successful enough that Dean Chaiken plans a return visit in the fall to some of the schools, and she left extra copies of recruiting material from all of our academic colleges with the guidance counselor staff.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Aggie Experience hosts 600 prospective students   Anton Magallanez, Undergraduate Admissions, and Austin Gentry, University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, partnered to welcome approximately 500 prospective students and counselors, who were on campus to attend Engineering Day hosted by the College of Engineering. Their presentation demonstrated the affordability of NMSU and informed the group of all the scholarship opportunities NMSU has to offer.

Scholar Dollar$ Campus Blitz   In collaboration with the NMSU Foundation and academic colleges, student employees from University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services handed out Scholar Dollar$ bookmarks, across campus, to encourage continuing students to complete their single scholarship application by the March 1 deadline.

Texas Pathway Opportunities   Dacia Sedillo and Bernadette Montoya met with Isaac Tapia Martinez, Educational Outreach/College Readiness Director from the Talent Search Program at UTEP, and with Angelia Haro, Director of Strategic Planning and Educational Technologies, to discuss recruitment and pathway opportunities for students from El Paso and Hudspeth counties in Texas.  Several students from the Talent Search Program have already visited NMSU and have committed to being Aggies this fall!  We look forward to future collaboration with these two individuals.  They have great interest in NMSU and DACC for the students they serve.

Collaboration with Interfaith Council   Bernadette Montoya had the pleasure of meeting with the NMSU Interfaith Council and Bruce Vandevender, Campus Activities, on Thursday morning to discuss ways in which the Council can become more involved with our campus community.  Student Affairs and Enrollment Management looks forward to strengthening our partnership and finding ways in which our faith based community can become more engaged with our students.

Outdoor Program Leads Ski Trip   On, February 24-26, 2017, Outdoor Recreation took eight students to Pagosa, Colorado for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding. The trip was led by Outdoor Leadership Program facilitators. Outdoor Recreation hosts a variety of trips each semester to provide NMSU students with opportunities to explore activities in and outside of New Mexico.

Healthy Heart Month does the heart good!   The Campus Health Center’s Health Education team implemented a Mobile Blood Pressure Clinic throughout the month of February across the NMSU campus in recognition of American Heart Month.  Over 300 students, staff, and faculty participated and received blood pressure screenings.  Special thanks to the Student Nurses Association for their energy and help!


Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Arrowhead Innovation Network Workshop   Tuesday marked the first Arrowhead Innovation Network (AIN) Workshop of the year. The featured speaker was Bobbi Kay Nelson, a CPA with Atkinson & Co. LTD in Albuquerque and an Enterprise Advisor with the Arrowhead Center. Ms Nelson discussed Accounting & Tax Considerations for Web-based Businesses, sharing insights and challenges about doing online business and different state regulations that can impact an online business. The presentation was recorded on Facebook live and can be seen at the following link: AIN Workshops are a monthly speaker series that will be hosted the last Tuesday of each month.

NM FAST Workshops   On Thursday, two NM FAST workshops were held around the state, one in Silver City and one in Los Alamos. The workshops provided an overview of the SBIR/STTR government supported funding programs for small business developed around innovative technologies. The workshops also covered critical steps and components of crafting a winning proposal, and held question and answer sessions for individuals interested in applying for SBIR/STTR support.

Networking Hour   Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour event. This week’s topic focused on funding opportunities startup companies can apply for, and ways Arrowhead Center supports entrepreneurs as they work to secure funding. 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:

CraftBox Design Hour   Arrowhead Center hosted Ray Sanchez and Christian Salas of Ghostlight Creative as the featured speakers for the March CraftBox Design Hour. Ray and Christian discussed what design students need to consider when applying for jobs, gave personal examples of challenges and lessons they have learned through their experiences working in a startup marketing and design firm, and explored innovative ways to incorporate a design background into your business model. This event was incredibly informative and had great turnout from the design community. This event can be viewed on Facebook live at the following link:

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

WRRI – Water Resources Research Institute

Dr. Fernald and staff hosted and attended The National Institutes for Water Resources annual meeting in Washington D.C.  Fifty-four water institutes met in Washington D.C. to give special focus to emerging water research and provided solutions for regional and national water issues. The 2017 meeting provided a venue for critical legislative and administrative updates related to WRRIs.

Research IT

Continued research and analysis on the IT automation. Tested self-building systems using Chef and Git. Continued CUI/NIST 171 collaborative work with ICT and NMSU Compliance officer. Continued work on web application to search FedBizOps for business opportunities. Updated virtual hosts on Saturday.

The Office of Research Development provided proposal development support for the following proposal. This support extended over several months

  • College Assistance Migrant Program, PI Cynthia Bejarano, Funding: $2.125 million over five years.
  • Three proposals submitted to the Clinical and Translational-Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) pilot program. Funding: $60,000 direct costs each for 1 year.

Space Grant

Dr. Hynes was invited to Kennedy Space Center on Monday, February 27 to discuss holding the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight in 2018. She visited the commercial launch sites of SpaceX and Orbital ATK, met with John Mulholland, NMSU grad, head of Boeing’s human Spaceflight program, Swamp Work facility, and the Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director, Janet Petro. On February 28 she met with the AIAA management team in Washington D.C. She met with our legislative delegation on 3.1, and attended the NASA Space Grant national council and EPSCoR meeting on 3.2&3.3.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

‘PA’ Virtual Gala   The NMSU Foundation and President’s Associates Board will be embarking on an inaugural Virtual Gala. This will include an online auction platform as well as sponsorship opportunities. This event helps raise over $50,000 to provide scholarships to our outstanding President’s Associate Scholars. The PA Virtual Gala online auction platform will go live March 30 through April 21. We have some exciting auction packages that you will not want to miss! 

11th Annual Lujan Dinner   Aggie Athletics and NMSU Foundation will be partnering on the 11th Annual Lujan Dinner in Albuquerque on May 5. This event has highlighted our athletes, coaches and staff while bringing together alumni, friends and supporters of our athletics programs. Sponsorships are available for $2,500 and $1,000 or individuals can purchase tickets for $250 per couple. There will be fantastic live and virtual online auction packages available.

Premier Gift   Premier Distributing is making a gift of $4,000 to support anti-binge drinking efforts led by Dr. Satya Rao in the College of Health and Social Services.

‘Dad’ Jett   A family member of former NMSU Engineering Dean Daniel B. “Dad” Jett gave $17,000 toward the Jett Memorial Scholarship in his honor.

Students at the Roundhouse   The Alumni Relations Office took seven students to Santa Fe for the 2017 New Mexico Legislature, Monday, February 27 through Wednesday, March 1. Students represented both the Presidential Ambassadors and the NMSU Student Foundation as they were introduced on the Senate floor by Sen. Mary Kay Papen, toured the Roundhouse, and connected with senators and representatives who are NMSU alumni. Presidential Ambassadors Daniel Estupinan, Monique Grillo, Carolyn Gonzales and Elena Davidson and Student Foundation officers Vanessa Delgado, Alexandra Tovar and Molly Williams made the trip.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Held our monthly Full Staff meeting on Tuesday. NMSU alum Thomas “Buster” Mabrey was the guest speaker. Buster is the Director of the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.  Buster discussed the importance of building relationships between high school coaches and NMSU coaches.


  • Went on KVIA 7 with Tom Scott and with Steve Kaplowitz, sports talk radio host for 600 ESPN El Paso to promote the NM State Aggies/UNM Lobos baseball game on Tuesday, March 7. The Aggies will play host to UNM at the Southwest University Pallpark home of the El Paso Chihuahuas.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

  • Kristian Chervenock represented NMSU and International Border Programs at the Sonora/New Mexico inter-plenary meeting last Thursday and Friday in Hermosillo, Sonora. The inter-plenary was focused on developing the working agenda for the Governor’s meeting in early May. Chervenock participated in a working group for the education committee and shared many opportunities for the state of Sonora and NMSU to collaborate. Some of the points that were addressed were incentives for students from Sonora to pursue undergraduate or graduate study at NMSU through the Descubre program; intensive English opportunities for students, faculty and industry through the Center for English Language Programs (CELP); binational research collaborations and the possibility of a degree-completion programs with Tecnologico Nacional de Mexico campus in Hermosillo.
  • Seven members of different offices in IBP attended the “First Friday” meeting held by Office of Admissions to try and better synchronize international recruiting and admissions efforts with the rest of the university.

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations

News and Media Relations completed a series of recognitions of research faculty members who were awarded NMSU’s Research Discovery Award for 2016-2017. Collin R. Payne, associate professor of marketing in the College of Business, was the final honoree, presented with his certificate on March 3 (pictured below with Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and Payne’s wife, Amber). Other faculty members honored during the season, who were recognized at home men’s basketball games, were Eve Adams, College of Education; Paola Bandini, College of Engineering; Jiannong Xu, College of Arts and Sciences; Jill McDonald, College of Health and Social Services; James Ni, College of Arts and Sciences; Jennifer Randall, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; and Steven Stochaj, College of Engineering.

News and Media Relations coordinated print and broadcast media interviews/coverage for the Las Cruces International Film Festival presented by NMSU, to promote the festival which runs March 8-12. Ross Marks, NMSU faculty member and executive director of the festival, was interviewed along with NMSU student filmmakers.

Marketing Services and Web Communications

The Extension/Experiment Station Publications unit worked with authors in the Cooperative Extension Service and College of ACES to produce a publication on pecan weevil, considered the worst and most destructive insect pest of pecan nuts in North America. Earlier this year, pecan weevil was found in several residential locations in southeastern and eastern New Mexico. As a result, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture issued a quarantine to prevent the spread of this pest. This publication provides information on pecan weevil and the NMDA quarantine, and it will be distributed at the upcoming Western Pecan Growers Association conference in Las Cruces. Anyone with pecan trees on their property is encouraged to read this publication:


“Play Ball!” was heard on-air for the first time in 2017 when the Special Production Unit produced the AggieVision telecast of the UTEP softball game on March 1. Three more softball games and four baseball games are set to be shown before May.

A news story by KRWG’s Simon Thompson was featured on the March 1 PBS NewsHour telecast. The story is about high school students along the Mexican Border enrolled in Deming. The feature may be viewed at:

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

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

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 32 police reports created, 9 supplements filed, and 19 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 13 items of evidence entered into the vault, 23 people were fingerprinted and 5 background checks were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   There were 173 police calls (17 of which were agency assist) and 4 warrant entries.  There were 18 fire calls (5 of which were mutual aid), 3 emergency medical calls, 1 public assist, 1 agency assist, 1 natural gas leak, 1 smell of smoke, 2 fire alarms, 1 unknown fire and 3 stand by.  There were also 7 animal control calls.

Retirement   After 8 years of service with the Police Department, Lieutenant Lyn Hodges departed to take a position as the Town Marshall in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado.  Lt. Hodges joined the NMSU Police Department after retiring from the Las Cruces Police Department.  We wish him well on his new opportunity in Colorado.  Sergeant Michelle Vasquez has been appointed interim Lieutenant until the position can be permanently filled.

Basic Academy Training   Police Cadets Dominic Arzola and Kelly Cohernour began the NM Law Enforcement Police Academy on March 5, 2017, and are scheduled to graduate on July 14, 2017.  The academy is hosted by NM Junior College in Hobbs.  Upon graduation, Cadets Cohernour and Arzola will be assigned to a 15-week field training program back on the NMSU Las Cruces campus.

Fight Like a Girl Training   Several members of the department attended a two-day Fight Like a Girl Training.  This is a self-defense program the department has offered at several campuses for the past decade.  Amanda Bowen was also featured in an article in the Las Cruces Sun News, where she talked about the program and why it is offered at NMSU.

CSI Death Investigations Training    Investigators Graham, Investigator Ottersland and Lieutenant Texeria attended a 32 hour course in Death Investigations that was hosted by LCPD.  This training ensured the entire NMSU Criminal Investigations Section is using the latest forensic techniques when handling death investigations.

Legislature House Bill 233   Chief Lopez testified in support of HB 233 in Santa Fe on March 3, 2017.  The passage of House Bill 233 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 has now passed two House committees with unanimous support, and is pending a vote on the floor of the House before moving to the Senate.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Aggie Pathway Highlighted at National Conference   NMSU Doña Ana recently displayed the “Aggie Pathway” as an innovative approach to help students graduate. The exhibit took place at the recently completed Achieving the Dream student success conference. More than 265 community colleges discussed best practices for completion of certificates and degrees. DACC was one of only 28 colleges asked to display a promising program. Pictured below, DACC representatives explain the Aggie Pathway to conference goers.

Mendoza’s Art Featured   NMSU Dona Ana Art Committee held an art reception featuring local renowned artist George Mendoza and student artists. Culinary Arts students made and passed hors d’oeuvres. More than $1,400 dollars were raised towards the art endowment at DACC.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Monday Tresa Van Winkle, RN, founder of CAPPED, came to NMSU-A to speak with students, faculty, and staff about her projected Labyrinth Park project. NMSU-A is proud to support this project. If approved, the labyrinth will be built in Washington Park in Alamogordo.

On Monday, Anne Ricksecker, Kim Lopez-Gallagher, and Dr. Jim Gallagher represented NMSU-A at the New Mexico All-State Academic Team Recognition Ceremony at the State Capital.  Zoe Elliott and Sarah Moore were presented awards as members of the New Mexico All-State Academic Team.

On Thursday, NMSU-A hosted an advisor from the NMSU College of Education in Las Cruces.  Students were able to speak to Dr. Margo Trevino-Torres to ask questions and get information regarding NMSU Education programs. This facilitated the process for NMSU-A students planning the next step in seeking degrees in the College of Education.

On Friday, administrators from NMSU-A and the Alamogordo Public School District met to discuss a mentorship program that will help 3rd grade students improve their reading skills.  NMSU-A is invested in this program, and we look forward to future meetings regarding this joint venture.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Monday, February 27, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the Community College Day in New Mexico ceremonies in Santa Fe. As part of the ceremonies, PTK Academic Scholars were recognized and this student group included Beth Bader and Kristin Harrison from the NMSU Carlsbad campus.  Additionally, NMSU Carlsbad representatives manned an information booth in the rotunda and passed out college information to interested attendees.  The ceremony was a great success and our two students represented NMSU Carlsbad in a most professional manner.
  • On Wednesday, March 1, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met with Carlsbad Municipal School District representatives to discuss STEM Grant initiatives and dual credit programs offered at Carlsbad High School.
  • On Thursday, March 2, NMSU Carlsbad representatives presented to the WIPP Leadership Academy which is comprised of sixteen WIPP employees who are on the NMSU Carlsbad campus for a four-week series of activities.
  • On Friday, March 3, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a conference call with four additional HLC peer evaluators as this group is preparing for an upcoming visit to Inver Hills Community College in Minneapolis. Inver Hills is completing its required HLC AQIP peer evaluation visit. Additionally, the NMSU Carlsbad campus conducted an assessment instrument evaluation with its full-time faculty.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Cibola County Day at New Mexico Legislature   NMSU Grants Campus participated at the 5th annual Cibola County at the roundhouse in Santa Fe on Wednesday March 1, 2017.  Representing NMSU Grants and Cibola County is Geri Ortiz, Small Business Development Center Advisor; Dr. Harry Sheski, Interim NMSU Grants President; and Beth Armstead, Vice President for Student Services.


Phi Theta Kappa All State Academic Team   Michael Allender and McKenzie Swatling represented NMSU Grants on Monday, February 27 in Santa Fe NM at the Legislature.  Both students were awarded the All State Academic Honor and earned a full-tuition scholarship to any four-year institution of higher education upon transferring.  Michael is working toward a degree in Nursing and McKenzie is working toward a degree in Wildlife Science.  Pictured below are both Allender and Swatling with advisor Ambrosia Knighton and Chancellor Garrey Carruthers.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Matt Bose

  • ASNMSU hosted its first “Hoedown Throwdown” in partnership with the Aggies Activities Council and Corbett Center Student Union on March 2, from 8:00 – 11:00 pm. More than 100 students came out to dance, play games, take photos, eat and win prizes. Special thanks to everyone who came out!
  • Quiz Cab is back! Look for the Quiz Cab golf cart around campus for a ride to class and a chance to win awesome prizes! Quiz Cab will be running on Thursday, March 9 from 10 am – 2 pm!
  • Do you go to Little Bit of Texas, but hate the drive? Then ASNMSU has the solution for you! Crimson Coach runs every Friday between Garcia Hall Parking Lot and Little Bit of Texas. Leaving at 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm from Parking lot #19, the west side of Garcia Hall. Rides returning back to Las Cruces starting at 11pm. Choose the safe option and let Crimson Coach drive for you!
  • Meet ASNMSU, win prizes, and get a ride to class! ASNMSU will be hosting a meet and greet on Thursday March 09, from 10 am – 2pm. Free donuts and coffee will be provided! Find us on International Mall in-between Hardman and Jacobs and Guthrie Hall. Meet your student elected officials, ask questions, and have fun!
  • Coming soon, ASNMSU will be hosting a Glow in the Dark Buti Yoga event for all students on March 14 in the Aggie Underground inside of Corbett. The first 75 students will receive a FREE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER during registration. Registration begins at 6 pm and the class starts at 6:30. Please bring your own yoga mats. Spots will fill up fast so make sure you get there early!


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