- What an exciting way to start a Saturday—greeting 500 6th graders from two counties who were attending the Young Achievers Forum in Corbett Center. Talk about high energy. Raymond Palacios (Bravo Chevrolet), Community en Accion, NMSU Foundation, Student Success Center staff (headed by Tony Marin), AT&T, and a host of NMSU students/volunteers organized the first of what we hope to be an annual Youth Achievers Forum at New Mexico State University. Raymond Palacios and friends have hosted YAF conferences for UTEP for years and he has now brought this wonderful enterprise to NMSU. It is all about encouraging 6th graders to attend college and to pursue their passion. The 6th graders were guided around the campus by volunteers and spent the day learning about NMSU and what we have to offer. Governor Martinez gave a keynote address as well. Terrific event.
- I am spending two to three days per week at the legislative session. From my most recent pilgrimage to our State Capitol:
- I attended the Ag Fest, where a number of our students and all of the major agricultural organizations promoted their programs plus fed all yummy beef, lamb, chili corn chowder, wine, and ice cream. It is one of the special events that draws a large number of legislators. Great place to remind them NMSU is the one and only Ag College in New Mexico.
- The House Appropriations and Finance Committee will begin meeting on the budget this coming week. They have formed a Higher Education subcommittee. We will be visiting with each and every member of the subcommittee regarding NMSU programs and budget needs. It does appear that they will “rollup” most of our Research and Public Service projects into the base.
- I am hearing from nearly all sources there will be revenue enhancements, whether closing tax loopholes or increasing taxes. The House anticipates raising up to $200 million according to rumor.
- There are many lottery bills but none making much headway. I would anticipate none will really make it through the process. If money is not transferred from other sources – like the liquor and excess taxes – our students can expect about 70 percent of their fees and tuition to be covered next year.
- The Provost will chair Transforming NMSU into a 21st Century University Team 6, which is dedicated to reviewing all Colleges using a similar approach and template as our recently completed transforming reviews of all administrative units. The Deans have nominated a number of members to serve on the committee and as it now stands the majority of the team will be faculty members. The Kitchen Cabinet (the current and all former Chairs of the Faculty Senate) will review the nominations and offer their advice on membership.
- There will be a ribbon cutting signaling the official opening of Rentfrow Hall on Monday. Our appreciation once more for the voters who voted for the General Obligation Bond issue which financed the renovations. Jett Hall also included in that GO Bond issue, is running a tad behind but should be ready for summer.
- I meet monthly with our Community College Presidents. The good news announced at this meeting is the loan default rate for NMSU and for some Community Colleges is trending downward. This is most important as failure to stay within guidelines can impair or eliminate federal aid for students. Also, the CC Presidents are in agreement that we must better control dual credit offerings to assure dual credit either leads to a technical/career certification or, if a student is 4-year college bound, the credits taken match up with potential majors. We will submit a memorial to the legislature asking that a task force be formed this summer to review dual credit and to develop a method for having at least a small tuition payment to NMSU for offering the courses.
- Early Monday morning, the Chancellor and I met with Faculty Senate Chair Chris Brown and Faculty Senate Vice Chair Rolfe Sassenfeld to discuss the composition of Team 6, the Transforming NMSU Team that will examine the administrative structure of our academic departments. We agreed that faculty members will be in the majority on the committee and that the names of potential members will be forwarded to the Office of the Provost this week by Deans of Colleges. The Chancellor, Provost, Faculty Senate Chair, and Faculty Senate Vice Chair will then meet, discuss the nominees, and select the team members. The goal will be to identify well-respected faculty members with a reputation for getting things done.
- At the Student Life Committee meeting on Tuesday, we discussed the role of the Office of the Dean of Students in sponsoring activities that connect all students to the NMSU campus, not just the students in our campus residences. We also discussed the First Year Residential Experience exemption process. The exemption process seems to be working well and most exemption requests are being approved in a timely fashion. Finally, we discussed the importance of publicizing the First Year Residency Requirement and the fact that local students who wish to live at home can still do so.
- The Statewide General Education Steering Committee met in Albuquerque to discuss feedback on the General Education model that has been received from faculty members across the state. A lot of the concerns focus on the complexity of the model and a sub-committee has been tasked with developing an alternative model that will accomplish the same aims, but be easier to understand and implement.
Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology Professor Dave Cowley and PhD student Michael Hatch made presentations on February 1-2 as invited subject matter experts to the “Independent Science Panel: Rio Grande Silvery Minnow Life History” that was convened by the Middle Rio Grande Adaptive Management Program. A series of independent science panels are reviewing efforts undertaken to recover the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow by identifying knowledge gaps and recommending how science can be better applied for conservation of this endangered species.
Media Productions and Learning Games Lab K-12 students played learning games developed at NMSU more than 3 million times in 2016, thanks to an ongoing collaboration between BrainPOP and NMSU’s Media Productions department. School districts around the nation use BrainPOP as a source of quality educational media for computer labs and classrooms. Products from NMSU Media Productions and its Learning Games Lab, such Math Snacks, the Virtual Labs, and Ninja Kitchen, appear on BrainPOP’s GameUp portal.
- The Animation Program in the Creative Media Institute has been ranked 18th in the nation according to Animation Career Review.
- The Criminal Justice online graduate program has been ranked #1 by Grad School Hub for the top 30 Online Master’s in Criminology Programs.
- The Department of Government announced its Spring 2017 colloquium series; the first presentation will take place on February 14, featuring Gil Arturo Ferrer Vicario from the Autonomous University of Guerrero, Mexico and Emiliano Diaz from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico, talking about Indigenous People and Participatory Democracy.
- The Biomedical Research Seminar Series featured Phillip Maini (University of Oxford), talking about Modelling Collective Cell Motion in Biology.
- The Philharmonic Orchestra, with Simon Gollo as conductor, performed a concert featuring Bach Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings.
- Our amazing Department of Geology was featured in a recent news story describing their recent successes in NSF funding.
- I attended the annual Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Dean’s conference in New Orleans February 5-7. The conference is a great opportunity to network with other Deans and participate in sessions that will help us as we prepare for our reaccreditation visit later this year.
- We held a faculty meeting focusing on MBA assessment and curriculum improvements on Thursday, February 9.
- The registration deadline for the 2017 Economic Outlook Conference has been extended through Wednesday, February 15. The conference is scheduled for Thursday, February 16 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Please register for the event at http://business.nmsu.edu/cob-events. Faculty may elect to give students extra credit for attending, students should also register if they plan to attend.
- The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.
STEM OUTREACH CENTER
- The STEM Outreach Center hosted Astronomy night in Dona Ana. This event included various activities for students to engage in to further their knowledge about outer space. Booths focused on different aspects of the astronomical realm, including constellations, planets, and galaxies. Students were able to replicate constellations, make kaleidoscopes, and learn about rocketry by creating their very own straw rockets. Participants were able to play educational games using the Virtual Reality Goggles and venture into the exciting world of the 10-foot planetarium. Inside of the planetarium, students traveled through space in a cardboard rocket, to learn about the gas planets in the Universe.
- The Astronomical Society of Las Cruces also attended, and brought telescopes for students to look at the stars and planets in a closer view. Families that attended were also able to take some pictures in the Astronomy themed photo booth. Participants enjoyed the wide array of activities that were included in the night and learned a great deal about the solar system.
The National Science Foundation has awarded its prestigious CAREER grant to Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Wei Tang. The $500,000 award will support his project entitled: “CAREER: Integrated Research and Education on Delta-Sigma Based Digital Signal Processing Circuits for Low-Power Intelligent Sensors.” This award starts February 15, 2017 and ends January 31, 2022. Tang received his bachelor degree in microelectronics from Peking University in 2006 and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Yale University in 2012. He joined the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University in 2012 as an assistant professor.
The Jett Hall refurbishment is now set to be completed and ready for occupancy April 11. Art for the building, due to the Art in Public Places Act, has been revealed and can be seen at https://chme.nmsu.edu/jett-hall-art-revealed/. In 1986, the New Mexico Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law the Art in Public Places Act. This legislation declares it to be “a policy of the State that a portion of appropriations for capital expenditures be set aside for the acquisition or commissioning of works of art to be used in, upon or around public buildings.”
Jelena Karapetrovic, Ph.D. candidate, transportation, won second place in the Traffic Control Device Challenge sponsored by the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee of Traffic Control Devices and American Traffic Safety Association. The objective of the challenge is to promote innovation and stimulate ideas with the goal of improving safety and operations. The focus of Karapetrovic’s research is the transitional period between present and full vehicle automation, and it addresses efficiency, safety, environmental impact, visibility and driver comfort at intersections. As one of three winners, Karapetrovic will also present her poster at the Annual Convention and Traffic Expo in Phoenix, Arizona in February 2017. This event is the largest roadway safety/traffic control product exposition in North America. In addition, ATSSA include an article in their industry magazine, The Signal and a press release. Karapetrovic’s adviser is Peter Martin, civil engineering professor.
Paola Bandini, associate professor, civil engineering, was selected as the Wells-Hatch Family Endowed Professor of Civil Engineering. The endowed professorship was made possible through the generosity of a gift from William C. Wells, Jr., an alum from the NMSU College of Engineering, He is the son of Cramar Wells, a 1934 graduate from the Department of Civil Engineering and Ruby Jane (Hatch) Wells, a 1939 graduate in home economics. The Wells and Hatch families have a long history at NMSU with 13 family members attending the university before 2007. The endowed professorship was established in recognition of the excellent education received at NMSU and its continued commitment to maintaining a tradition of academic excellence. Bandini is the second recipient of the endowed professorship.
Nirmala Khandan, professor, civil engineering, was renewed as the Ed and Harold Foreman Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering. The endowed chair was made possible through the generosity of a gift from Edgar “Ed” F. Foreman and Harold “Chub” Foreman. The Foreman brothers both earned Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering from NMSU, Ed in 1955 and Harold in 1961. The Foremans are longtime ardent supporters of the College of Engineering, recognized with the naming of the Ed and Harold Foreman Engineering Complex. The endowed chair recognizes a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering at NMSU who exemplifies excellence in teaching, research, and service.
- Crimson Research, formally the Survey Research and Program Evaluation Center, recently assisted Doña Ana County, La Clinica de Familia, NMSU, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness by writing a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant. The grant, awarded to Dona Ana County, will fund a four-year pilot program aimed at improving mental health care services to help keep mentally ill people out of jail. Crimson Research will serve as evaluators for the duration of the program. For more information, click here.
School of Nursing
- Early last week the School of Nursing welcomed Apple Distinguished Educator, Dr. Ian Camera and Apple Sales Executive, Erin Grinder, for a forum held to discuss an iPad initiative for the university. The team from Apple discussed benefits of the initiative and educated faculty on new ways to implement apple technology during teaching and learning opportunities in the School of Nursing labs and classrooms.
This week NMSU Library is promoting the use of two services we provide to library users when we do not have a journal article or book in our collections that is needed or users would like us to purchase a book or journal that they think we should own. You can use our “Request It” service to borrow library materials from around the globe or you can also “Suggest a Purchase” and we will consider purchasing your request. Just go to the library’s website at www.lib.nmsu.edu to access these services.
This week the NMSU Library is doing a presentation to the Student Fee Board to request funding to purchase collections that support NMSU student’s needs. You may have seen white boards in the library asking students the question, Why do you come to use the library? The answers were used to create a YouTube presentation where students were interviewed or we used student responses that were written on the white boards. We appreciate the support that ASNMSU and NMSU students have given to purchase books, journals, videos and non-book format materials for their courses and research needs.
TRUMAN SCHOLAR APPLICANTS Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar worked with two students who submitted applications for the prestigious Truman Scholarship, and both applications went out before the Tuesday deadline. The Truman Scholarship program is for rising juniors to support a semester of work in Washington, D.C. with a federal agency. The application requires many of the usual elements such as a personal statement and letters of reference, but also requires a policy brief on an issue that can be addressed by a branch of government. We are hopeful that our two applicants will make it to the interview stage.
HONORS COLLEGE FACULTY ADVISORY BOARD met to discuss the ways that we can re-envision our curriculum and program in light of the pending changes in our academic programs, including meta-majors, centralized advising, and the revision of the General Education Curriculum. There was a very productive discussion with representation from all of the academic colleges.
NEW MEXICO LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The New Mexico Leadership Institute is a program that supports promising students with tuition support, and is the brainchild of Dan Burrell, the founder of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. The NMLI program was recently moved into the Honors College and this week a team of us are reviewing applications from high school students who want to join the NMLI program. The program recruits students as high school juniors, and they then participate in two intensive summer training programs, complete a service project at their high school during their senior year of high school, and then matriculate to either UNM or NMSU. As a whole there are more than 300 applications for 30 slots, and at the end of the month 30 finalists will be interviewed on campus before they are selected for this generous award.
Facilities and Services (FS) Operations Continuous Improvement FS Operations is committed to improving services. Hunter Consulting and Training conducted a site visit as part of NMSU’s Custodial Services Management Assessment. The consultant met with the custodial manager, supervisors, crew leads, custodians, customers and building monitors to discuss custodial services. Supervisors received training on the APPA Inspection form which determines the cleaning level and identifies areas for enhanced service. NMSU will receive a final report to included details on our current cleaning level, recommendations for enhancing our services, and what actions are needed to achieve the next APPA appearance level. The assessment and analysis will be loaded into the APPA CleanOps3 Custodial Program and will become the foundation of our custodial inspection and staffing program.
Technology Day – February 16th Technology Day, sponsored by ICT’s Student Technology group, will be held in the Aggie Lounge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Representatives from over 20 departments will showcase technology and innovational services they use or provide NMSU. The event is open to all students, faculty, and staff. The NMSU Basketball team will be on hand to challenge their student peers to technology-related games.
At the Golf Course Recent golf course improvements include: a new fleet of Yamaha EFI quiet tech golf carts, reconfiguration of the 18th hole fairway, and new yardage signs. The 8-week winter junior golf program, concluding in mid-February, had 23 participants.
Super Bowl Party Corbett Center Student Union and ASNMSU hosted a great Super Bowl party. Pizza, wings, sandwiches, cookies, and beverages were provided by Sodexo. ASNMSU raffled a football, speakers, an NFL jersey, and hydro flask water bottles. Students took their best guesses all week to predict the final score, but sad to say, no one won the prize. https://www.facebook.com/1499953633633381/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1649851405310269.
Outdoor Leadership and Recreation
- The Outdoor Recreation program kicked off their season of activities by taking 9 students to Ski Apache on February 4, 2017, for a day of skiing and snowboarding. The trip was led by two Outdoor Leadership Program facilitators.
- On, February 5, the NMSU Outdoor Leadership Program traveled to Cloudcroft, New Mexico for a day of team building and sledding. The trip was led by senior outdoor leadership program members. The trip allowed participants to reconnect and re-engage with the program after a long holiday.
Las Cruces Public School Outreach
Dacia Sedillo and Bernadette Montoya had the pleasure of meeting with the Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Greg Ewing. The meeting was used as a time to discuss opportunities for making NMSU and DACC the institutions of choice for students who graduate from district schools. We look forward to the continued partnership with Dr. Ewing.
College Survival Basic Training
The TRIO SSS Program hosted a College Survival Basic Training for Students workshop that was conducted by Student Success Center staff. The workshop addressed valuable information regarding academic success and survival skills.
Recognition of Local School Counselors
Undergraduate Admissions recognized National School Counseling Week by sending a New Mexico State University mug to high school counselors throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and the El Paso area. This recognition was greatly appreciated by all and NMSU received a Twitter Shout Out: https://twitter.com/jslindee1988/status/828675980675911681/photo/1
Ag Sprint Arrowhead Center is accepting applications for Ag Sprint, a new 5-month accelerator program focused on agricultural technology. At the close of its first week, the program has received many applications from promising ag tech business from all over the world. Businesses selected to move forward through the accelerator program will be announced in March.
Navajo Tech University Campus Visit Arrowhead Center hosted representatives from Navajo Tech University (NTU) to share information about Arrowhead’s business development program and the regional ecosystem that supports entrepreneurship. The folks from NTU were given an overview of Arrowhead programs, met with Arrowhead staff and students, and visited the FabLab Maker Space in El Paso. Arrowhead Center is partnering with NTU to assist with the development of entrepreneurial programs at their campus.
Next Gen takes Studio G Statewide The Albuquerque Journal featured a great story about NMSU-Grants student Michael Webb, who received a sponsorship from Studio G to support the growth of his technology startup, Two Birds Enterprises. Studio G recently expanded its services to students at all campuses in the NMSU System, through the Next Gen program supported by a grant from the EDA. The expansion of Studio G has seen great support, with students from all campuses submitting applications to become a part of Studio G. Read the article at https://www.abqjournal.com/942629/nmsu-expands-startup-program-to-branch-campuses.html.
Studio G Networking Hour Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour event. This week’s topic focused on knowing who your customer is, based on the 24-step process outlined in the Disciplined Entrepreneur. Networking Hour provides students a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. Watch the event on Facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/videos/vb.1625009944444677/1837578683187801/?type=2&theater.
- The VPR Office distributed $211,725 to the Colleges of ACES, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Health & Social Services, and WRRI in support of research for such endeavors as external award cost-sharing, student support, and startup packages.
NM WRRI Report
- Staff from NM WRRI took part in the annual Ag Fest trade show in Santa Fe on February 7. The event featured many booths and exhibits that provide legislators and other visitors with program information. Institute staff prepared slides that were shown on a large screen monitor featuring recent activities including reports, conferences, and research projects conducted by faculty and students from around the state. The event attracted over a thousand participants. Earlier that day, Director Sam Fernald gave a presentation to the New Mexico Legislature’s House Ag and Water Resources Committee on the New Mexico Statewide Water Assessment.
- The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute issued the January edition of New Mexico Water eNews. The issue included an article on an NMSU student research project under the guidance of Dr. Nadipuram Prasad, faculty member in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students were successful at showing for the very first time that a scale model hydropower harvester prototype can be fabricated using 3D printing technology. The project was part of the Senior Design Capstone project in the undergraduate program of the Klipsch School, and allowed Juan R. González to earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering.
Interim Director, Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) – Joanne Esparza
- PSL continues to lead the collaboration among a variety of Colleges and Departments at NMSU in support of the OSD/TRMC S&T T&E effort. The original five concepts are down to two and a final down select by the Department of Defense is expected within the next few weeks. This is an NMSU RDT&E/S&T collaboration, with relevance to the 3rd pillar of the STEM Growth initiatives, the Test & Evaluation Collaboration Hub (TECH) Center.
- PSL is also working on a contract with Boeing St. Louis to test a UAS twin engine jet. This initial testing could lead to long haul testing for the conversion from line of site direct control to a full up autonomous testing.
NM Space Grant Dr. Hynes attended the FAA AST Center of Excellence meeting and the national FAA AST meeting in February 6th through February 8th in Washington DC, She held meeting with AIAA in Reston Virginia on February 9-10 on the ISPCS.
Call for Nominations Nominations are open for our Distinguished Alumni Awards and James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service. The Distinguished Alumni awards recognize living NMSU alumni who have achieved national or international distinction through their accomplishments and leadership. The James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service recognizes those who have shown progressive support to NMSU, dedicated involvement with NMSU, impactful civic and humanitarian service at NMSU and within the communities around them, and notable professional service. Nominations are open through April 7 here: https://advancing.nmsu.edu/alumni-awardsandprograms.
Estate Planning Conference for Women Planned Giving wrapped up the 10th annual Estate Planning Conference for Women on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The free conference brought in 50 local women to campus for advice and assistance in financial management and planning from 12 speakers. Sponsor were ScottHulse PC, Beasley, Mitchell & Co., Edward Jones, Estrada Law, the Glass family, Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry, United Capital Financial Advisers and WestStar Bank.
Rotary Club Gift The Rotary Club of Las Cruces has given the NMSU Foundation a gift of nearly $128,000 to benefit the Alec and Margaret Hood Memorial Scholarship in the College of Engineering. Rotary Club members were inspired by GivingTuesday, and presented NMSU with a ceremonial check during the men’s basketball game Feb. 4.
Morehead Gift A dance studio in the newly renovated Rentfrow Hall was named for Jan Morehead, thanks to a gift from former College of Education Dean Michael Morehead and family. A surprise to Jan, the studio’s name was revealed at an event February 4.
- New Mexico State men’s basketball had their alumni weekend in conjunction with the Chicago State game. We had fifteen alums that returned for the weekend events including a dinner on Friday night as well as being recognized during half-time of the game.
- Introduced interim senior woman administrator (SWA) Dr. Renay Scott to all of our female student-athletes during a meeting at Hardman & Jacobs Hall on Monday evening.
- Athletics recognized senior women’s basketball player Moriah Mack for scoring over 1000 points in her college career. Moriah is the 22nd player in NM State history accomplishing this. NM State Aggies defeated CSU Bakersfield 69-55.
Cornell Menking and Lakshmi Reddi, dean of the College of Engineering, traveled to Hyderabad, India last week to meet with multiple media outlets, higher education groups, universities and government officials regarding increasing partnerships and recruiting Indian students. The trip was very successful and it is estimated that 18 million viewers were reached on state television.
The Confucius Institute at NMSU continued their celebration of Chinese New Year in El Paso this Friday with over 200 people present at UTEP for lion dances performed by our students at Cathedral High School, a variety show by UTEP and CHS students, and mini Chinese language lessons. Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3x2cwEZq4M&list=PLTlAEOgVdRpLZq_HUVCQUL1XNG5mnWcUO&sns=fb . This week Confucius Institute is hosting the first speaker of the Spring Semester, Dr. Charles Townley who will show some of his extensive collection of modern Chinese art and talk about the importance of art to help us interpret the massive social changes in China in the last few decades.
CELP is busy promoting its Summer Intensive English Programs to interested students around the world as well as to existing international students at NMSU and their spouses that may be interested in enhancing their command of English. CELP has also been busy recruiting students for its Undergraduate Bridging Program in Mexico, Vietnam, and China and is putting the finishing touches on its Graduate Bridging Program.
News and Media Relations Another busy week on social media for the News and Media Relations group. Our social media posts on the NMSU News Facebook page, for example, reached an audience of more than 24,100 during the week. The top post for the week was a story about a nearly $128,000 gift from the Rotary Club of Las Cruces to the New Mexico State University Foundation to benefit the College of Engineering’s Alec and Margaret Hood Memorial Scholarship.
Marketing Services and Web Communications In collaboration with Undergraduate Admissions, Marketing developed creative promoting the upcoming Aggie Experience event on Feb. 20. These digital ads will be running on Pandora Radio in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and El Paso.
KRWG/SPU The February edition of the monthly half-hour TV show Aggie Profiles turned its attention to the Spring Sports! The Special Production staff and student effort features Baseball Coach Brian Green looking at the season ahead. Softball Coach Kathy Rodolph will acquaint viewers with some of the new Aggies and chat about winning the WAC Coach-of-the-Year award two years in a row. Finally, Golf Coach Jackie Booth introduces golfer Dominique Galloway, a transfer from the University of Texas.
KRWG FM and TV hosted a Tapas and Talk event Thursday evening at Salud! De Mesilla. The community was invited to meet with staff. These events are part of the station’s efforts to share thoughts and program ideas with viewers and listeners.
2017 Legislative Session
New Mexico State University has a team that watches all bills that are introduced and determines the impact that any of the bills might have to the NMSU community. To see an ongoing list of the bills that NMSU is tracking, click on the link below:
- Met with the 4-H Leadership Team and led them on a tour of the governor’s office. This program brings youth from around the state to Santa Fe to learn about the legislative process.
- Assisted with the NMDA booth at the 2017 Ag Fest, including set-up, serving, and tear-down. Also collaborated with members of the agricultural industry and assisted with various issues.
Police Activity There were 31 police reports created, 12 supplements filed, and 17 traffic citations issued. The Records & Evidence Office processed 35 items of evidence entered into the vault, 44 people were fingerprinted and 3 background checks were conducted.
Emergency Dispatch Center Emergency Dispatch Center handled 283 police calls for service, (4 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 149 police calls (17 of which were agency assist) and 3 warrant entries. There were 19 fire calls (9 of which were mutual aid), 4 emergency medical calls, 4 fire alarms, 1 natural gas odor and 1 stand by. There were also 3 animal control calls. This is the 3rd week in a row that police calls for service have increased, with a 15 percent increase in just the past week. Both dispatchers and officers have done a great job trying to keep up with the increase despite limited staffing.
Department of Transportation Meeting Chief Lopez and a number of other university representatives attended a meeting with NM Department of Transportation to discuss the I-25/University Interchange design options and the possibility of a future I-10/Arrowhead Interchange.
Legislature Meeting Chief Lopez attended Law Enforcement Day at the Legislature in Santa Fe on February 8th. This was the first time Attorney General Hector Balderas has been asked to address the House and Senate in a joint session, and he invited law enforcement representatives from throughout the state.
Quarterly Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council/Fusion Center (ATAC) Meeting Chief Lopez attended the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Meeting on February 9. Discussions included Homegrown Violent Extremists and a briefing on a Social Networking/Investigative Tool that was developed by the Institute for Complex Additive Systems Analysis (ICASA) at NM Tech.
Show and Tell Presentation Officer McGuire and Sergeant Vasquez provided a Show and Tell to the preschool students and spoke about safety. The students were very inquisitive and their favorite part was getting to see the police cars and hearing the sirens.
Additional On Stolen Truck Last week, the efforts of the case investigator were recognized for arresting the suspect who stole a truck from campus. I was remiss in failing to also recognize the efforts of the initial responding officer, Officer Diana Renteria, who took several actions that helped preserve evidence and confirm that the truck had been taken into Mexico. Good job, Officer Renteria!
Pre-Academy Testing Cadets Dominic Arzola and Kelly Cohernour successfully completed pre-academy testing in Hobbs, and are set to start the basic police academy in March. They will complete the academy in July and be on the street in field training just in time for the Fall 2017 semester.
The Office of Accreditation continues to make progress in preparing for our Fall 2017 Higher Learning Commission (HLC) site visit. Writing for the Assurance Argument continues on many levels, and this week we launched what will be the ongoing distribution of various components of the Assurance Argument to audiences across the Las Cruces and Grants campus communities. Core Component 4.A and 4.B of the Assurance Argument have been distributed, and feedback is coming in – thanks to all of those who are participating in this process!
In other instances, we have reached out to those in our academic community to provide information from their various units, for inclusion in the Assurance Argument. Of specific note over the last couple of weeks is the submission of information on Advisory Boards – thanks to those who have submitted information from your units!
In addition, we continued to work with the Faculty Affairs Committee of Faculty Senate on revisions to proposed Rule 5.14 on Faculty Credentials. Rule 5.14 ensures that NMSU will be in compliance with the HLC requirements regarding faculty qualifications.
As part of another project, we unveiled our updated and revised Specialized Accreditation website, which includes detailed information on every specialized accreditation in the NMSU system.
Work continues toward proposed actions on our Quality Initiative (QI) to improve student writing; our QI team met to discuss elements of the proposal.
On a very high note, three members of the Writing-to-Learn mini-grant program presented a panel discussion on their experiences with writing in their courses—what a great presentation! Hats off to Salim Bawazir (Engineering), Muhammad Dawood (Engineering), and Karl Geisler (Business) for a wonderful and thoughtful presentation. A recorded version will be available soon online – we will keep you posted!
Virgin Galactic to Explore VR with Community College NMSU Doña Ana and Virgin Galactic will work together exploring the newest technologies and possible uses of Virtual Reality in research, education, business, and career technical education. VR has many applications, some one might think of, others not so much.
- Imagine architects having clients or builders walk through a designed space and make comments, design changes, or red flag problems.
- Doctors could practice dissection skills or see and learn about the inner workings of cell biology.
- Tourists, historians, and students could walk through historical and cultural sites.
- Scientists could actually see and predict how an experimental drug reacts at the molecular level.
Special thanks to Dr. Kevin Boberg, VP for Economic Development and Wayne Savage of Arrowhead Center for their help.
Nursing Professor Earns National Certification NMSU Doña Ana Nursing Assistant Professor Ernesto Soto, MSNed, RN met all of the certification requirements for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator program and is now a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. This certification recognizes the specialized knowledge and skills Mr. Soto has in the area of healthcare simulation.
NMSU-A wishes to congratulate James and Melissa Richardson, the husband and wife team who were selected for a Studio G, Arrowhead Center, Hunt Business Start-up Sponsorship. James and Melissa are both General Engineering majors at NMSU-A, and they have developed an antimicrobial wristband that dispenses hand sanitizer. The primary market for their product is people who work in the health care industry, however they hope to expand into government contracts so their wristband will be included in survival kits that can be used by people who are affected by natural disasters, as well as soldiers going into the field. The Richardsons will receive a one-time payment of $4,250 as well as the assistance of the Arrowhead Center to engineer and market their product.
- On Monday, February 6, NMSU Carlsbad representatives traveled to Las Cruces in order to attend the monthly President’s Academic Council and Presidents’ meetings. A very detailed report was received from Inceptia on the system-wide initiatives to lower our student loan default rate. The Presidents also discussed the upcoming Academic Scholars Ceremonies which will be held in Santa Fe on February 27.
- On Tuesday, February 2, NMSU Carlsbad representatives traveled to Santa Fe in order to testify at a House meeting on the brine well issues in Carlsbad. The committee voted in favor of the measure which would provide funding to remediate the issues but the proposal must go to the Judiciary Committee for further discussion.
- On Thursday, February 9, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a system-wide meeting of the Title IX/Campus Save Committee. Reports from attendees were received and plans for further trainings were discussed.
- On Friday, February 10, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its “Coffee with the Executive Team” meeting. All campus entities were invited to stop by, have a cup of coffee, and share concerns or other topics of discussion.