Activity Report: February 7 – February 13, 2016

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • The news on the legislative front is not good. As the result of dramatically declining revenues, the Senate Finance Committee, in league with the House and the Governor’s office, has trimmed another $81 million from the State appropriation.  Higher Education was reduced by 2.035 percent and the NMSU system was reduced 2.61 percent, which represents a loss of $5.4 million to the system.  Two special programs at NMSU were essentially eliminated – NMSU Clean Drinking Water ($48,000) and Los Luceros project ($200,000).  Ricardo will provide more details as the appropriations act moves through Senate passage and back to the House for concurrence or conference committee.  We are planning to invite all to a Town Hall meeting regarding NMSU finances sometime in early March, after the Governor has worked her magic on the appropriations act.  The really bad news is 2017 may be worse because they have used one time funding to make this budget and will have to find recurring funds next year to fill the gaps.
  • Development work continues with respect to the Heritage Farm project. Andrea Tawney, Terra Winter, Sharon Jones and I visited with agricultural interest in Albuquerque this past week to seek their assistance in funding this exciting way to mark NMSU as a great land-grant/agricultural university.
  • Kudos to Mario Moccia, his team, and the gang from Alumni relations for sponsoring the NMSU/Northern New Mexico College basketball game in Rio Rancho. Many of our Alums do not get out to Lobo/Aggie games so this gave them an opportunity to see the Aggie Men’s Basketball team in action at a very modest cost.  It is also helpful for Northern New Mexico in that their travel is greatly reduced and our fans in Las Cruces have not always wanted to see this game. There were about 2,400 fans in the house and the Mayor or Rio Rancho has insisted he wants to help us next year by promoting the event.  The venue is named after the Santa Ana Casino but is owned by the City of Rio Rancho.  The Mayor also reminded me that Rio Rancho is about to become the second largest city in New Mexico.  They have annexed most of central New Mexico west of the Rio Grande!
  • At our monthly meeting of the Community College Presidents, we have decided to seek approval from the Department of Education to report our Default rates individually for NMSU Dona Ana, NMSU Alamogordo, and NMSU Carlsbad. Currently all are rolled up into one number which doesn’t help us manage financial aid.  Each of these institutions is accredited by HLC separately and NMSU Grants is accredited with main campus.  The benefit for seeking a change is the default rates for the three will be reduced to zero for three years and then reestablished at the prevailing rate for each.  This gives all a chance to improve default rates through proactively working with our students on personal financial management.
  • NMSU has recently issued a request for proposal for our health insurance. We are currently with the State plan but want to see what the market will offer.  I visited with A.J. Forte, the Administrator for Risk Management and he is interested in NMSU staying in the State Plan.  He is willing to add a Clinic, much like the one the State has in Santa Fe, where State employees  seek primary care without paying co-pays and for some medicines.  We will meet with A.J. soon to better understand the offer.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

Meta-Majors   Vice President Bernadette Montoya and I met for two hours with the Council of Academic Advisors and discussed a wide range of issues, although the major focus was on meta-majors.  Meta-majors are groups of majors that share a common early pathway toward a degree, diverging as a student becomes more focused on an individual major.  By identifying a limited number of meta-majors that encompass all the majors at NMSU, and helping students who are unsure about a major choose a meta-major consistent with their interests, we can help ensure that courses taken early in a collegiate career will count toward a degree, thereby lessening the academic wandering that can impede student success.  Over the course of the next month, Vice President Montoya and I will work with the Council of Academic Advisors and the Associate Deans Academic Council to identify the meta-majors appropriate for the degree programs at NMSU.

Separate OPE ID Numbers   At a long, but rewarding meeting of NMSU System leaders, a decision was reached that each independently accredited college in the NMSU System would have its own Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) identification number, rather than continuing to share one number.  By moving to separate numbers, loan default rates, gainful employment rates, and earnings data reported by the Department of Education will more accurately reflect outcomes associated with the individual institutions that comprise the NMSU system.

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

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • STAR events   Dr. Sharon Bartley, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, hosted over 100 middle and high school students from 13 schools who are members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).  The students were competing in regional Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events.  Students and faculty in the department served as judges for events such as culinary arts, entrepreneurship, fashion design, interior design, and leadership.  Winners of the event will compete in the state competition in Albuquerque.
  • Dietetic Internship accredited   The Dietetic Internship, a graduate program in the Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences major, moved from candidacy status to full accreditation status with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  Dr. Wanda Eastman is the director of the Dietetic Internship.
  • Nutrition and Dietetics Day at the State Legislature    Six students in the Dietetics Internship program went to Santa Fe on February 3 for Nutrition and Dietetics Day at the Legislature.  They were accompanied by Dr. Wanda Eastman, director, and Gabby Phillips, assistant director, of the Dietetic Internship.  The students met with state representatives and senators and attended a session of the Senate.  They enjoyed running into Chancellor Carruthers in the hallway at the Roundhouse.
  • National office   Dr. Wanda Eastman, Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences, was elected as chair-elect for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  This is the national governing board for nutrition and dietetic education in the U.S.  She will serve a three-year term.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Master Food Preserver program   Cindy Davies, county director and county home economist for Bernalillo County, started a 6-week Master Food Preserver class on Feb. 2 in Albuquerque with 12 community members.  After completing the class series, the trained volunteers will assist with other food preservation activities in their county.  Dr. Nancy Flores, Food Technology Specialist, developed the curriculum for the Master Food Preserver program in collaboration with Cindy Davies and Kelly Knight, county director and county home economist for Otero County.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • I visited several sections of our freshmen BUSA 111 classes this week. I was able to share some personal experiences with the students and encourage them to visit with me anytime during their career as a student here.  Additionally Academic Advisors Justine Adkisson and Debra Cardinali visited these classes last week to provide information about academic advising, tutoring, university resources and student success services.
  • I met with most of our department heads individually this week to discuss annual faculty evaluations.
  • Alumni Cyndi Maestas-Henry and Adrian Brito (Lauterbach Borschow & Company accounting firm, El Paso, TX) spoke to our College of Business Student Ambassadors last week. They shared their experiences in the accounting field, the changing workforce and what qualities they seek in employees of their accounting firm.
  • Registration is underway for the annual NMSU/UNM Teaching Business Ethics Workshop on April 28-29, 2016 at the La Posada de Santa Fe Hotel & Spa (330 E Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501). See the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at NMSU webpage to download the hotel and conference registration document.  After completing it, please email it to
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Published Book   Assistant Professor, Dr. Judith Flores Carmona, has published another book.  The book is Chicana/Latina Testimonios as Pedagogical, Methodological, and Activist Approaches to Social Justice, and is published by Routledge Press.  Her co-editors are Dolores Delgado Bernal and Rebeca Burciaga. This book originated from the highly successful and sought-after special issue on testimonios that Drs. Flores Carmona, Delgado and Burciaga produced for the journal, Equity and Excellence in Education, in 2012.

Article Submission   Dr. Betsy Cahill, Associate Professor and Early Childhood Education Director, wrote an Op Ed piece advocating for financial investment in early childhood education. It appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on Thursday, February 11th. Her piece can be found at:

Department of Kinesiology and Dance

Student Enrollment   The Kinesiology Program within the Department of Kinesiology and Dance has established a Spring 2016 enrollment record as compared to years past.  Each year for over the past decade, student enrollment in the Kinesiology Program has continuously increased despite outside economic struggles.  During many Spring semesters, the program has held constant but this Spring the enrollment escalated dramatically.  In light of this, the department’s Student Credit Hour production has also set department records.  With the continued need for practicing allied health professionals within the state of New Mexico, this is a very positive sign.

Department of Special Education/Communication Disorders

Legislative Visit   Students from the class of 2016 Communication Disorders Program traveled to Santa Fe for the New Mexico Speech and Hearing Association Day with the Legislature.  They met with the state association, and talked with legislators about upcoming bills that have a potential to effect clinical practice. Students were able to sit in on committee meetings and attend part of a legislative session, and later had lunch with students from University of New Mexico and Eastern New Mexico University. The day was sponsored by the New Mexico Speech and Hearing Association.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

  • The NMSU School of Social Work held its Annual Social Work Field Exchange Day and Cultural Competence Training for Field Instructors on February 12, 2016.  Over 150 students and field representatives attended this exceptional opportunity for social work students and practitioners.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

  • The New Mexico State University Library is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the repository for the Senator Mary Kay Papen Political Papers. Senator Papen has represented New Mexico District 38 since 2001 and served as Senate pro tem since 2013. She is the first woman to hold this position in the NM state senate since 1940.
  • The New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Department announces that its Political Papers Unit has completed processing the Commerce subseries of the Pete V. Domenici Senatorial Papers. The seven boxes are now open for use by researchers. The documents and materials in this part of the collection focus on legislation, reports, and policies related to economic and commercial development in both in the United States and New Mexico.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

International Research Scholarship   Dr. Ketelaar has been working with a group of ambitious students who are preparing applications for the Honors College International Research competition held annually. Students can receive an award that will permit them to engage in research over the summer in an international setting, which can really launch their careers. Last year’s winner was a biology student who conducted marine biology research in the Philippines – this year, perhaps an engineer studying green engineering technology in Japan, or an art student getting first-hand experience with Impressionist paintings in France. We are fortunate to have members of our advisory board, the Circle for Excellence, help us screen the applicants and select the next winner.

International Study Opportunities   We are also trying to promote more opportunities for students to engage in study abroad activities, and towards that end we will be hosting a workshop this week on applying for a Benjamin Gilman Scholarship. Recent Gilman recipients have spent a semester in Korea, Jordan, and other exotic locales.

Development Activities   This week Dean Chaiken made some visits to friends of the Honors College in Phoenix, to tell them about some of the exciting things going on in the Honors College. We are also arranging a luncheon with several local supporters so they can interact with the students who have received scholarship awards, and learn what a difference that can make in their success.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

  • NSF Grant helps launch new Cyber Infrastructure Support at NMSU   NMSU has received a $398,691 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance Cyber Infrastructure (CI) support for research projects spanning many disciplines at NMSU. Research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education) disciplines have become increasingly dependent on the availability of effective CI solutions related to software, high-performance computing, networking, big data storage, sensor networks, etc.  NMSU will be using the NSF funding in conjunction with other institutional resources to establish new Cyber Infrastructure support function.  In partnership with the Provost office, research faculty, the Faculty Advisory Committee on Technology, and others, this new support function will be implemented by NMSU’s Chief Information Officer.
  • Picture of Presley Askew Baseball StadiumPresley Askew Baseball Stadium Turf Replacement   Just in time for the start of NMSU Baseball season, Lone Mountain Contracting is finishing up the installation of synthetic turf in the infield at Presley Askew Baseball Stadium. This undertaking, along with other recent improvements, includes upgrading the bleachers to chairs with backs, overhead shade canopies, dugout renovations, and the addition of fence padding.  Hope to see you at the home opener on February 19. Go Aggies!
  • Kiss Off   4th Annual KISS OFF took place Friday afternoon in the Bookstore. Prizes were a iPod nano, Barnes and Noble gift cards, and a grand prize of two matching iPad mini2s.
  • The Debug Club is on the case   The Debug Club kicked off the first three days of February by holding a computer repair clinic on the second floor of the Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center.  They made repairs to personally owned computers affordable for students, faculty, and staff, and fixed issues that ranged from virus removal, registry updates, and “blue screens of death” repairs.  Over the course of the three days, the Debug Club met with over 100 students.
  • Cityscapes   Taos Restaurant celebrated Mardis Gras this week with a New Orleans theme which included Mardis Gras jams, décor, and a specialized menu.
  • Tortugas Reclamation Demolition   The Tortugas Reclamation Demolition project has been completed.  The before and after photos below show the building prior to demolition and the terrain returned to its natural state.
  • Super Bowl   ASNMSU and Corbett Center Student Union collaborated to host a Super Bowl 50 party in the Aggie Lounge. About 75 students enjoyed hot wings, salsa, chips and several door prizes.
  • Renovation Update   McFie Circle is taking shape along the East side of the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center.  This is the beginning of a park-like green space planned for central campus which will eventually house shade structures along the way, great for studying or just hanging out.  This portion is due to be completed by the end of March.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

  • ALTA Presentation   On Friday, February 12, Dr. Bernadette Montoya gave a speech to the Aggie Leadership Training Academy Program (ALTA). The speech was in regards to Effective Communication and Team Leadership. The ALTA program is composed of mid-level University management and above.
  • Picture of Career Connections Event

    Students meet with employers at the 11th Annual Career Connections Event.

    Career Services   On, February 2nd and 3rd, NMSU Career Services in collaboration with the College of Engineering cohosted the 11th Annual Career Connections. There were over 500 students in attendance each day and 86 employers.

  • Professional Development   Michael Jasek, Dean of Students, began his SAEM series of presentations on Student Development on January 29, 2016. The series focuses on several student development theories. The theories are presented with examples in relation to the work in every department of SAEM.
  • Black History Month   Director of Black Programs, Festus Addo-Yobo, has been active on campus with over 11 campus events celebrating Black History Month.


  • Degree Audit   In 2015, NMSU students and staff ran 50,000 more STAR Degree Audits than in 2014. In December, alone, almost 40,000 audits were run systemwide.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

  • Arrowhead Podcasts   This week Luke Smith, founder of Eco-Seal, was featured in the Arrowhead Podcast Series. He discussed his product NMX-1, an organic pesticide. Luke is a recent graduate of NMSU, receiving a master’s of accountancy in December 2015. The Arrowhead Podcast Series can be viewed at
  • S. Department of Commerce Award   Arrowhead Center’s program promoting student entrepreneurship will receive $368,760 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to expand from New Mexico State University – Las Cruces to the NMSU System’s community colleges. NMSU is one of the 25 awardees that will receive funding under the Economic Development Administration’s 2015 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program. The 2015 RIS program, managed by EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the country. Arrowhead Center submitted a proposal for “Next Gen,” the Next Generation Entrepreneurship program. Next Gen is focused on student entrepreneurship as a strategy to enhance commercialization of research, regional connectivity and innovation.

Vice President for Research, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya

  • Electrochemical Society (ECS) Student Chapter  Vimal Chaitanya worked with Professor Hongmei Luo (Chemical and Materials Engineering) and ECS to form a student chapter on NMSU campus. This is the first chapter (student or otherwise) of this 116 years old society that encourages research in the areas of Battery, Corrosion, Electrodeposition, Nanocarbons, various aspects of electrochemistry, Sensors, Luminescence Materials, High Temperature Materials, Energy Technology, Electronics and Photonics and Dielectric Science and Technology.
  • Zia Middle School Students visit Science Labs  Students from the Zia middle school STEM Outreach group visited the NMSU science labs. The purpose of the field trip was to expand opportunities within the Las Cruces Public Schools District (LCPS) to at-risk (lower socioeconomic status) students who might not have the opportunity otherwise.  There were five lab tours that encompass different areas in science.  Core University R4search Resources Laboratory (CURRL) was among the labs visited. 40 students from Zia Middle School attended to hopefully inspire them to become interested in science and pursue STEM related careers in their future.
  • Transdisciplinary NRT Proposal Submitted  The Office of Grants & Contracts (OGC) submitted a Proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for approximately $3M on behalf of the College of Engineering, Klipsch School of Electrical & Computer Engineering (L. Boucheron, Principal Investigator), College of Arts & Sciences, Computer Science Department (H. Cao), and Astronomy Department (N. Chanover, J. McAteer and M. Prescott).  The Proposal is entitled NRT-DESE: Fostering Interdisciplinary Data Analysis Skills for Astronomy Data Processing.
  • Collaboration with Aerospace Corporation  The New Mexico Space Grant office is developing a relationship with the Aerospace Corporation in collaboration with the College of Engineering, to establish a research project with the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. The first step is in progress, to make the Aerospace Corporation an Affiliate Member of the Center of Excellence.   NMSU would be their host institution.  We have also begun the process of bringing in Northern Florida University into the Center of Excellence collaborating with Dr. Brian Kopp, NMSU alum and member of the College of Engineering Academy.
  • WRRI Director Sam Fernald is President-elect of NIWR  This week Sam Fernald attended the annual meeting of the National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR). NIWR is made up of 54 institutes, one in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. Territories. Dr. Fernald was nominated as President-elect of the organization beginning his term in October. While attending the NIWR meeting in Washington DC, Dr. Fernald visited the New Mexico congressional delegation. He briefed Senator Udall and his staff on NM WRRI and NIWR activities and discussed the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program and participation in the annual water conference. Dr. Fernald attended Senator Heinrich’s Constituent Coffee and talked with the Senator and his staff about the Water Resources Research Institutes program, its history, New Mexico connection, and the role former New Mexico Senator Clinton P. Anderson played in establishing the program. Dr. Fernald also visited with the staffs of Representatives Pearce, Grisham, and Luján about NIWR and NM WRRI.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Baseball Reunion   About 50 former baseball players and their spouses attended a reunion weekend sponsored by the Aggie Athletic Club. The weekend kicked off with a golf scramble followed by a dinner at The Game Sports Bar. Athletic Director Mario Moccia and Coach Brian Green spoke at the event about the program and the Infield Turf Project. Saturday consisted of a team practice, a BBQ, Home Run Derby, and a tour of the baseball field and stadium. The weekend concluded at Coach Green’s house for a dinner and social.

President’s Associates Ball   We are excited about our silent auction items for the President’s Associates Ball. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on 20 exceptional items throughout the evening, including WWE tickets; Chihuahua Baseball suite, tickets, and parking pass; and two Phoenix packages including a hotel stay at the Wigwam; a Southwest gift card; four dugout tickets to a Diamondbacks Baseball game; and two tickets to a Cardinal Football game. Sponsors for the ball include US Bank, Ashley Furniture Homestore, 6U Farm, and the Sisbarro family and Clute family. Look for exciting auction and event updates in future activity reports.

President’s Associates Scholars   The PA Board has selected 15 applicants from across New Mexico to receive the PA Scholarship for the 2016-17 year. University Advancement partnered with the Honors College to congratulate each student on this prestigious honor. Throughout the recruitment effort, Advancement will continue working with the President’s Office, college deans, and PA Board members to recruit these top achieving students to NMSU.

Alumni Pregame Reception   The Alumni Association partnered with Athletics to take the Aggies up North.  Approximately 50 Aggie fans and alums attended a pregame reception at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, and then cheered on our men’s basketball team as they faced Northern NM.   President Carruthers and Mario Moccia rallied the crowd who enjoyed an 85-54 Aggie win.

Student Philanthropy Survey: University Advancement is conducting its first ever Student Philanthropy Survey. Advancement will be sending out a survey to 20,659 students in the NMSU System, which includes main campus and all four of our community colleges.  The survey will be used to launch the new Student Philanthropy initiative at NMSU.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Traveled to Rio Rancho for a regular season Aggie men’s basketball game held at the Santa Ana Star Center. There was a pre-game alumni gathering with President Carruthers and Andrea Tawney prior the game. The event was a success with 2,300 fans, including numerous Aggie alumni in attendance. The game netted a modest profit. Many are interested in doing this event again as there is tremendous growth opportunities.
  • I visited with over 100 second and third graders at Hillrise Elementary with four student-athletes; Pascal Siakam, Rashawn Browne, Sasha Weber and Abbey Scott. We talked about the importance of staying in school, listening to their teachers and being good citizens. Afterwards we signed autographs for all kids.
  • Traveled to the State Capital in Santa Fe, NM. I spoke with several legislators including Senators George Munoz, John Sapien, Bill Soules and Representative Doreen Gallegos. I also had an opportunity to speak with David Abbey, Executive Director of New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee. I also attended the House versus Senate Legislative basketball game. Head football coach, Doug Martin served as the head coach of the House. Over $22,000 was raised for the “Hoops 4 Hope” annual basketball game benefiting New Mexico cancer treatment and research.
  • Our NM State women’s basketball clenched a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship on Saturday evening.

Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • Sports Information   Athletics Media Relations continued to extoll the merits of the WAC-leading men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Aggie women are 21-3 overall and at 10-0 in the conference and have clinched a share of their second WAC Regular Season Championship (up by four games with four games to play). The Aggie men are 18-8 overall, 9-1 in the WAC. Pascal Siakam scored his 1,000th career point on Saturday, becoming the first sophomore in NM State history to reach the mark. He is the 33rd player in Aggie men’s history to join the 1,000-Point Club. The Aggie softball team also opened the season this weekend at home, going a perfect 5-0 with two wins over UTEP.
  • News   For Valentine’s Day, University Communications turned to the campus chocolate expert, Food Science Professor Stuart Munson-McGee, and student chocolate researcher Danielle Peltier for their thoughts on the history of chocolate, as well as Geeky Chocolate Facts. See a video about the history of chocolate at the Chocolate Facts at
  • Marketing Services   Congratulations to the Admissions and Marketing Services teams for achieving a gold and silver in the 2015 Collegiate Advertising Awards. The Collegiate Advertising Awards is a national program that recognizes marketing professionals for outstanding excellence in all forms of advertising, marketing and promotion specific to higher education products and services.

Award: Gold

NMSU Aggie Experience

Category: Recruitment

Award: Silver

NMSU Undergraduate Postcards Group

Category: Direct Mail – Series

Postcard Samples

Sample Postcard

Postcard sample

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

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

New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Director/Secretary Jeff Witte

  • I presented to the House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee an update on NM Agriculture, its economic impacts, and opportunities.  I also gave an update on the impacts from the storm Goliath and the efforts in place to assist producers. The committee was complimentary of NMDA and our efforts to assist producers across NM.
  • I welcomed The Pesticide Stewardship Association to NM at their annual conference in Albuquerque. This was a large group from across NM. We also had a team member present on the successful pesticide disposal program that NMDA runs in New Mexico.
  • NMDA continues to work with the New Mexico Racing Commission, the New Mexico Livestock Board, and Sunland Park management on the EHV 1 outbreak at Sunland Park Race Track.  To date 62 horses have be diagnosed with the infection.
  • Staff gave a presentation to Jornada Veterinary Clinic staff. Discussed NMDA as a whole, touching on what each division does on behalf of the states’ citizens.  This discussion included what commercial feed is, label review, consumer complaints, our relationship with Veterinary and Diagnostic Services, and how we all work together to initially attempt to solve a problem such as an ill pet that might result in a pet food recall.
  • Entomology staff attended the New Mexico Bee Keepers Association meeting in Albuquerque, NM.  As an invited speaker, staff presented information on department pollinator protection projects including apiary surveys for pest and pesticide information and the bee-watch program. Approximately 50 small scale apiarists representing all regions of the state were in attendance.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 32 police reports created, 28 supplements filed, and 30 traffic citations issued.

Records and Evidence Office   The Records & Evidence Office processed 64 items of evidence entered into the vault, 46 people were fingerprinted, and 5 background investigations were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   Emergency Dispatch Center handled 315 calls for service (2 of which were a 911 calls) resulting in 226 police calls (33 of which were agency assist) and 4 warrant entries.  There were 20 fire calls (9 of which were mutual aid), 4 emergency medical calls, 6 fire alarms, and 1 standby.

Special Events   Special Events staff worked 202.5 hours and reviewed 18 events.

Crime Prevention   Staff provided Pepper Spray Course.

Victim Services   Victim Services staff assisted with attorney referral and financial reconcile, attended MDT meeting, and coordinated with other LE agencies on case process.

Historical Tour of NMSU   Chief Lopez conducted a tour of the Las Cruces Campus for the Alumni Office Ambassadors, pointing out both current and historical facts about the campus.

Alarm Systems Quarterly Meeting   The quarterly meeting of the Alarm Systems Working Group met and discussed the alarm statistics for the NMSU Las Cruces campus.  There were over 275,000 alarm signals generated in 2015, mostly related to testing of fire alarm systems and sensors in buildings under construction.  However, there were over 40,000 that required intervention (e.g., dispatching of a call or clearing of a signal) by a dispatcher in the Emergency Dispatch Center.  Based on this information, additional research is underway to identify ways to reduce this workload on the dispatchers.

2015 Crime Statistics   The detailed crime statistics for 2015 are now available at  The statistics go all the way back to 1989, providing researchers over a quarter of a century of information.

New Mexico State University-Dona Ana, President Renay Scott

Dental Clinic   A children’s dental clinic was held at NMSU Dona Ana as part of “Give Kids a Smile” observance by the American Dental Association. The all-day event featured activities for the kids while waiting and many local dentists and dental professionals donating their time to work with the dental assisting and dental hygiene students.

Arts at DACC   Student and instructor art will be displayed in the lobby near the President’s Office at DAEM. The art will rotate and feature our great student artists and the faculty who teach them.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

Leadership Otero Visit   On Wed, Feb 10, Allied Health welcomed more than 20 visitors from the Otero Chamber of Commerce as part of the Leadership Otero program. The visitors received a tour of three allied health and nursing classrooms and the medical simulation laboratory.  They also viewed a demonstration of our SIM-MAN robot…a human simulator that can groan, breathe, display vital signs and blink just like a living patient. The Leadership Otero members were briefed on Allied Health and nursing classes and degree options as well as the benefits of the SUN PATH grant from Department of Labor.

High School Career Technical Expo   On Thursday, February 11, Allied Health traveled to Alamogordo High School for their 7th Annual Career Technical Expo.  Allied Health personnel provided program pamphlets, discussed program options including dual credit and also displayed several medical training aids.  AHS has a Health Science Technology Program where high school students learn about healthcare professions and many of those students expressed interest in Allied Health degree options.

Inaugural Health and Wellness Day at NMSU-A   The inaugural Health and Wellness Day was held Friday, February 12 at the Tays Center.  There were numerous interactive breakout sessions, aerobics for all capabilities, health displays including blood pressure and BMI tests and a volleyball tournament.  Additionally, a nationally recognized speaker provided the lunchtime keynote address as well as demonstrated current trends in exercise. The event was free and was open to the entire community.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • President John Gratton presided at the NMSU Carlsbad monthly Town Hall meeting on Monday, February 8. Dr. Nwanne presented information on academic initiatives across the state and Dr. Gratton addressed the upcoming MD Save program offered by Carlsbad Medical Center and also discussed state and local budget issues.
  • President Gratton attended the University Administrative Council and presidents meetings on Tuesday, February 9 in Las Cruces.
  • On Thursday, February 11, John Gratton attended a strategic planning session for the Carlsbad Department of Development. A SWOT analysis was conducted whereby participants stated the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats present in Carlsbad and Eddy County.
  • On Friday, February 12, President Gratton traveled to Las Cruces to submit promotion and tenure portfolios to Provost Office.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

The staff, faculty, and student representatives gathered on Friday, February 12 to collectively develop ideas to address the needs of the campus.  The discussions centered on themes related to Marketing and Recruitment, Community and Industry Partnerships, Student Retention and Completion, and Spending Priorities. The ideas generated last week will be summarized and used to support the NMSU Grants Strategic Plan.

Chief Executive Officer John Stockwell of the Bright Green Group made a presentation to the NMSU Grants during an all-staff meeting regarding a potential new industry in Cibola County.  This new enterprise will focus on the growing and manufacturing of different herbal supplements for distribution.  In the future, NMSU Grants Campus plans to provide workforce training and other needs to the Bright Green Group to assist in the development of the project.

On Thursday, February 11, we hosted students from the Grants-Cibola County Schools who are members of the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program.  During their visit, students participated in activities related to robotics, climate science, gaming, and careers in STEM instructed by David Stowkowski, Bruce McDowell, Karen Henry, and Student Services.  NM MESA is a pre-college program that prepares students for college and careers in mathematics, engineering, science or technically related fields.

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