Welcome back to Spring Semester 2018. We kicked the new semester off with Convocation, recognizing the Donald C. Roush Award recipients and naming three new Regents Professors. It is always a great pleasure to learn of the accomplishments of our faculty and staff. I would stack ours up against faculty and staff at any university.
The legislature is off and running. There is good news and bad news. The good news is it appears higher education appropriations will not be cut for the first time in years. The bad news is it appears higher education appropriations will not increase. Hence, I will be spending a good share of the next three weeks in Santa Fe, attempting to get two percent new money added to the formula. At present, the Research and Public Service Projects will remain at current levels but the General Obligation Bond requests were reduced dramatically, thus another challenge for major projects. We are supporting decoupling the Lottery Scholarships from tuition. Today, the scholarship is about 60 percent of tuition. Our students just want a number, so decoupling could lead to a $1,400 – $1,500 per semester stipend for the science universities. This session is for budget so not much else will move.
I am so pleased with the work of Bernadette Montoya and gang, working alongside Justin Bannister and his Marketing/Communications team, in moving the needle on enrollment. Comparing this year to same time last year, applications for Fall 2018 are up substantially—in state up 539 applications; Dona Ana County up 101; and out of state up 410. Normally, we wait until near the end of the spring semester to offer scholarships and financial aid, but we are now much more proactive. As of last week, NMSU had offered 5006 scholarships to freshman applicants and sent 2095 letters to same indicating other financial aid they may qualify for. If we can get a 40 percent yield rate, next fall should see another percentage increase in freshman class enrollment. Remember last year our Freshman class was up over 11 percent.
The Chancellor and I participated in our last Spring Convocation on Tuesday morning, January 16. As always, it was a happy affair and it was a great honor for both of us to recognize this year’s award winners for excellence in assessment, teaching, service to the university, and lifetime achievement. My congratulations to all of them.
Despite the cyclone bomb and freezing temperatures, Kenneth Carroll (PES) and an interdisciplinary team of students (Chia-Hsing Tsai (Water Science & Management grad student, Justin Milavec (Water Science & Management grad student), Julian C. Umeh (Chemical Engineering grad student), and Simon Blevins (Soil Science undergraduate student) shown (right to left) in the photo traveled to the Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) and injected a salt tracer solution into a contaminated stream to quantify transport and help ORNL investigate contamination sources. The other photo illustrates the tracer monitoring with sensors instrumented in the stream and water sample collection.
Composting can be a great way to manage organic wastes such as compost, food, paper, even pecan trimmings. The ASC-Artesia is assisting ACES Graduate Student Emily Creegan with her USDA Fellows project by providing guidance and support. Monday’s cold and blustery day didn’t hamper our efforts to collect samples from the three compost windrows that have unique recipes. Emily was able to utilize the correct sampling protocol that she learned at a compost operator certification course in Raton last semester. The fact that she sampled the windrows using a modified U.S. Composting Council method will allow her to determine if there are significant differences in microbial, chemical and physical characteristics. The composts will receive an economic analysis to aid in decision making.
A new app from the NMSU Learning Games Lab encourages children to cook and prepare vegetables safely. “Kid Eats” provides videos, recipes, and a fun virtual kitchen experience for youth in grades 3-6. Families can learn kitchen knife skills and practice making a tortilla pizza in the app. The free iPad app, as well as healthy recipes and cooking videos, can be found at KidEatsCooking.org.
Resources were developed by NMSU’s Innovative Media Research and Extension Department in collaboration with 4-H Fitness and Nutrition Clubs In Motion (4-H FANs IM) through University of Connecticut Extension (USDA-NIFA award number 2012-68001-19956).
Join the College of Arts and Sciences for “A Starry Night,” February 23, at the Rio Grande Theater.
Congratulations to Mike Hout, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology who was recently selected as a 2017 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-Ph.D. whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.
Congratulations to our faculty for being recognized for their outstanding achievements!
Regents Professor – Kathryn Hanley, Biology Department
Donald C. Roush Award in Teaching
Dante De Blassie, Math Department
Gabriela E. Moreno, Languages & Linguistics Department
Co-Curriculum, Administration and Operations Excellence in Assessment Award
Department of Anthropology
Renowned film animator, director to be honored at Las Cruces International Film Festival Before “The Simpsons” and before the “Family Guy,” there was Ralph Bakshi. In the 1970s, Bakshi established an alternative to mainstream animation through independent and adult-oriented productions. This spring, he will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Animation Award during the 2018 Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) presented by New Mexico State University, which runs March 7-11.
Between 1972 and 2015, Bakshi directed 10 theatrically released feature films, six of which he wrote. He has been involved in numerous television projects as director, writer, producer and animator. His debut feature film, “Fritz the Cat” released in 1972, is the most successful independent animated feature of all time.
Bakshi is well known for such films as “Wizards” (1977), “The Lord of the Rings” (1978), “American Pop” (1981) and “Fire and Ice” (1983). He returned to television work, producing the series “Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures,” the live-action film “Cool and the Crazy” (1994); and the HBO anthology series “Spicy City” in 1997. More recently, Bakshi released a short animated film, “Last Days of Coney Island” in 2015. The film was crowdfunded online and was produced by his son, Eddie Bakshi.
Bakshi’s awards include, the 1980 Golden Gryphon for “The Lord of the Rings” at the Giffoni Film Festival, the 1988 Annie Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Art of Animation, the 2003 Maverick Tribute Award at the Cinequest Film Festival, as well as the Inkpot Award at Comic-Con International in 2008.
LCIFF will screen the films “Wizards,” starring Mark Hamill at 5 p.m. and “American Pop” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9 at the Allen Theatres Cineport 10, followed by a question and answer session with Bakshi. He will be honored at a VIP Party that evening.
Curriculum and Instruction – Early Childhood Education It is a pleasure for the us to share the news that Dr. Michelle Salazar Pérez has one of the Most Read Education Research Articles of 2017. (see http://www.aera.net/Newsroom/AERA-Announces-Most-Read-Education-Research-Articles-of-2017#RRE).
“These articles exemplify the high quality of scholarship being published by American Educational Research Association (AERA) and being produced in the field of education research,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “They also demonstrate how rigorously produced research improves our understanding of pressing education issues and helps inform evidence-based practices and policies that best benefit students, educators, and the public.” Review of Research in Education A Call for Onto-Epistemological Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Care: Centering Global South Conceptualizations of Childhood/s Review of Research in Education, June 2017 Michelle Salazar Pérez, Cinthya M. Saavedra
Dr. Eve Adams selected for Regents Professorship
Dr. Adams was recognized at New Mexico State University’s Spring 2018 Convocation ceremony for being the recipient of a Regents Professorship. This is a lifetime honor and the most prestigious award a faculty member at NMSU can receive. Join us in congratulating Dr. Eve Adams on being selected as a Regents Professor!
Dr. Judith Flores-Carmona receives Donald C. Roush Award
Dr. Flores-Carmona was honored at New Mexico State University’s Spring 2018 Convocation ceremony as a recipient of the Donald C. Roush Award in recognition of their teaching excellence. The award is named for former NMSU Executive Vice President Roush in recognition of his 34 years of teaching improvement in New Mexico. We congratulate you Dr. Flores-Carmona!!
The College of Engineering Ambassadors welcomed two new ambassadors for the spring semester. Yesenia Ibarra and Grace McMurry have joined the group to represent, Industrial Engineering and Civil Engineering Departments. Along with the new members, the Engineering Ambassador team met with Dean Reddi, department heads, and the outreach and recruiting team to discuss strategies for engaging prospective students during campus visits and other visits to schools in the region. Dean Reddi also shared the college’s plans to expand the ambassador program to include a broader focus on leadership to better prepare them to enter the workforce following graduation.
Six civil engineering students from NMSU were offered and recently accepted fellowships from the Federal Highway Administration totaling $29,000. All six students are supported to attend the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, D.C. in January 2018 as part of their fellowships and are also working with civil engineering faculty on sponsored research. This is the second consecutive year that the department has received this funding. Last year the department received $30,000, which has supported 10 students to attend the TRB conference in Washington along with stipends.
The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network kicked the spring semester off by hosting the 54th Annual Quality Concrete School in collaboration with the New Mexico Ready Mix Concrete and Aggregates Association. The Quality Concrete School attracted more than 104 professionals involved in the aggregate, construction and transportation industry from across New Mexico and El Paso. Sessions included basic properties of concrete, use of GPS in ready mix and construction, sampling and testing, shrinkage, maturity testing and best practices for mega projects. The school is led by Civil Engineering Professor Craig Newtson.
NMSU engineering alumnus and honorary doctorate recipient Alvy Ray Smith, who co-founded Pixar and shared two Academy Awards for technical advances in digital media, spoke at the Corbett Center Student Union Auditorium on December 7. His talk, “A Quick Tour of the History of Pixels,” was received to a full-house audience. Smith was also honored as Ingeniero Eminente at the College of Engineering Order of the Engineer/Sociadad de Ingenieros graduation ceremony. At each ceremony, Eminente members are inducted into the society. These recipients are NMSU College of Engineering alumni who have distinguished themselves in their field of study and serve as role models for the new graduates. Smith also spent time with various student groups and provide mentorship opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in the industry.
“ALMA/PRIMO is LIVE” Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the NMSU Library’s Implementation Team, the Library staff, and campus ICT project staff on December 14, 2017, the NMSU Library’s new integrated library system (ILS), Elsevier Alma/ Primo “ went live.” Over the 2018 Spring Semester, library users will be able to discover some of the exciting features this amazing search tool provides them to optimize their access to information. Workshops, library instruction, specialized LibGuides, individualized learning opportunities, and presentations to groups by library faculty and staff are just some of the ways our library users will be able to learn to explore and navigate our new ILS.
Library GO Bond- 2018 Legislative Session Activities The Legislative Finance Committee has recommended $9.5 million for the 2018 Library GO Bond, a reduction of $500,000 from the 2016 Library GO Bond funding level. They are recommending $3 million each for public, academic and public school libraries and $500,000 for tribal libraries. Academic librarians who are active in the New Mexico Academic Library Consortium and the New Mexico Library Association which includes librarians in the NMSU System will be strong advocates for funding academic libraries on Library Legislative Day and throughout the entire GO Bond process which culminates with Fall 2018 elections in November.
Two NMSU Library Faculty Search Committees Being Formed Professor Ellen Bosman and department head for Technical Services will be chairing a library faculty search committee for a cataloging librarian. The search committee is in the progress of being established. Michael Gutierrez, associate professor and department head for Reference and Research Services will be chairing a library faculty search for a Library Instruction Coordinator. The search committee is in the process of being established.
2017 NMSU Firefighter of the Year Congratulations to Cameron Clark for being selected as the 2017 NMSU Firefighter of the Year. Cameron joined the NMSU Fire Department in December of 2015. He is currently licensed as a NM EMT-Basic, has received his driver/operator certification and was recently bestowed the title of Fire Lieutenant. Cameron is a full-time student at NMSU and is working towards his nursing degree.
Crafts at Corbett On January 18, Corbett Center hosted an event to encourage student attendance at the NMSU men’s basketball game while promoting school spirit. Students decorated a poster in the Aggie Lounge before the game and visited with Striking the Wonder Dog.
ICT Student Technology-Students helping Students Students from ICT’s Student Technology and Planning Department hosted an information table at the International Student Orientation event held on January 10 in the Corbett Center ballrooms. Students, Raquel Orozco, Eli Ramos, and Alex Barrera, spoke with attendees about IT-related services for students, including free software downloads, Help Desk services, labs, and more. Student staffers from Student Technology and ICT’s Help Desk also participated in the Aggie Welcome and Orientation held on January 12, in Barnes and Noble Bookstore.
On Friday, January 5, SAEM held its annual retreat. The theme for this year was: Building Our Future – Tools for Success. The retreat provided us the opportunity to recommit to our professional and personal well-being, gave us an opportunity to strengthen our relationships within the division, and to build the community of leaders that we are.
Outdoor Rec Leadership Student Recognized Nationally Kelly McNeil, a climbing wall employee, applied for the Outdoor Nation Ambassador Program and was accepted. Kelly is in Washington, D.C. this weekend, January 5-7, with the Sierra Club and Outdoor Nation to receive training. She will be programming events in coordination with the Activity Center and Outdoor Rec this spring as an Outdoor Leadership participant.
Upward Bound Monica Nuñez, a 1999 NMSU/NMSU TRIO Upward Bound alumni recently returned from Antarctica and her story was covered in the KVIA and LC Sun News.
Career Services Career Services staff welcomed back students for the spring semester. The office provided 400 students with an educational goody bag of Smarties candy to kick start the students’ semester! Attached to their goody bag was a small informational tip sheet on “Things You Should Do This Semester” to include: 1. Build Your Resume, 2. Update Your Profile- AggieCAREER Manager and Career Beam, 3. Attend Career Fairs- Check your AggieCAREER Manager for dates, and 4. Look for Co-op/Internship opportunities. This event also captured the interest of the Las Cruces Sun News who posted the following photo.
On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Career Services hosted a Back to School Information Table from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Corbett Center Student Union Lobby to continue the welcoming of students to campus.
Innovation Summit On December 13, 2017, Arrowhead’s New Mexico Federal and State Technology Partnership Program (NM FAST) hosted the inaugural Department of Defense (DoD) Navy SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit in Albuquerque. The event featured keynote speaker Robert Smith, director of the Navy SBIR program, several panel discussions about the SBIR and STTR process, and representatives from the Navy Project managers who are looking for innovative solutions to technology needs. There were 130 individuals in attendance and over 170 on-line participants from event broadcasts in 8 states. The event provided excellent networking opportunities for New Mexico small businesses and Navy decision makers, through over 80 one-on-one meeting sessions. Read more about this event at the following link https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12872/arrowhead-center-at-nmsu-hosts-successful-innovation-summit
Future Agro Challenge On December 15, 2017, Arrowhead Center hosted the Future Agro Challenge. Arrowhead Center, selected as the only U.S. competition site, invited participants from across the country to participate in a six-minute pitch contest juried by a panel of investment and industry experts. The winner of the competition, WISRAN, is a San José –based agtech company that provides action-based business and process intelligence to live farming. Arsalan Lodhi, founder of WISRAN will represent the U.S. at the Global Agripreneurs Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, this April. Arrowhead’s exclusive hosting opportunity grew from its 2017 AgSprint accelerator program sponsored by the New Mexico Gas Company and U.S. Economic Development Administration. Read more about the this competition at the following link https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12893/nmsu-s-arrowhead-center-to-send-competitive-entrepreneur-to-global-summit
Entrepreneur Encounters On Monday, January 15, Arrowhead hosted its first Entrepreneur Encounters event of 2018, featuring Sarah Boisvert, of Fab Lab Hub in Santa Fe. Ms Boisvert’s presentation highlighted her entrepreneurial experience co-founding and exiting from Potomac Photonics, Inc. a laser machine tool company, as well as her New Mexico experience setting up two Fab Labs in Santa Fe dedicated to workforce training for New Collar Jobs and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneur Encounters is a monthly speaker series featuring entrepreneurs who share the story of their business journey, and lessons learned along the way with the Las Cruces community.
Dr. Oemig attended the Las Cruces Space Festival Planning meeting in Dean Sullivan’s conference room on January 17. Attendees included Debbie Moore, Las Cruces Chamber, Jennifer Bales with the City of Las Cruces, Jonathan Firth, Virgin Galactic, Ruey Chen, NMSU COE, Dawn Starostka, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Bill Connor, United Way, Melissa De Laurentis, LCPS, Rosa Banuellos, Spaceport America, Davin Lopez, MVEDA, and Dean Sullivan. The Space Festival will be held on April 12-14 on the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. He will be meeting with Drs., Khandan, Yan Yan, Pei Su on a WERC design completion ISS project.
Dr. Hynes was interviewed by Nan Ruben with KTAL radio on January 16. She met with Dr. Vazquez and Dean Reddi on New Mexico Space Grant leadership and NASA funding on January 17.
NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald recently met with Lucia Sanchez, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) Water Planning program manager, to discuss interaction between the ISC and the institute and NMSU on state water planning. Also related to statewide water planning efforts, Avery Olshefski and Austin Hanson, NM WRRI staff, attended the New Mexico Water Dialogue 24th Annual meeting, which brought together professionals and the public to discuss water-related issues including water management alternatives.
As President of the National Institute for Water Resources (NIWR), (a Water Resources Research Institute is located in each state, the District of Colombia, and the U.S. Territories of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam, a total of 54 institutes), NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald led the monthly NIWR Board meeting this week. NM WRRI staff members Cathy Ortega Klett and Robert Sabie also participated in the meeting. Among NIWR current activities is the planning for the group’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., which was coordinated by NM WRRI staff in early 2017.
Las Cruces High School senior scores $7,500 NMSU scholarship Aaron Ramsey, an incoming NMSU freshman from Las Cruces High School, won a $7,500 scholarship from the NMSU Foundation during a putt-putt competition at halftime of the Aggie Men’s basketball matchup against the Seattle Redhawks on January 18. His four competitors and lucky participants, also incoming freshmen, received $500 book scholarships from NMSU Financial Aid.
College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship An 1888 Society member contributed $20,000 to enhance an endowed scholarship for the Army ROTC.
NMSU Athletics Scholarship An 1888 Society member couple made a $30,000 gift to increase an endowed scholarship for Aggie student-athletes.
NMSU Alamogordo Support The BBVA Compass Foundation is providing $2,500 to support “That’s FIRE,” a new program at NMSU Alamogordo that trains volunteers to help third-graders in Alamogordo achieve reading proficiency.
New head women’s soccer coach Rob Baarts was introduced to the team on January 16. He was the previous assistant coach at San Jose State where he coached the team to a Mountain West Conference Championship as well as the assistant coach for the University of Portland where he won the women’s soccer national championship. Rob Baarts is NM State’s fourth head women’s soccer coach.
Over 50 people attended the 6th Man Club lunch at Hacienda De Mesilla. Coach Chris Jans updated the group on the 37-day road swing where the Aggies went 7-1, thanked the group for their continued support and encouraged attendance for the remainder of the season. The luncheon was open to members and non-members of the 6th Man Club.
Cornell H. Menking has resigned from NMSU effective January 31 to pursue other interests. Regarding his departure, he says, “It has come time for me to say goodbye to NMSU. I would like to thank NMSU for the opportunity to serve as the Associate Provost for International and Border Programs since 2012. I feel like we have accomplished much of what we set out to do, and am confident the internationalization of the university will continue to strengthen. I wish the best for all of the wonderful colleagues and friends I have made here and look forward to staying in touch.”
The Office of Education Abroad met with Dr. Mickey Best, president of NMSU Grants, to discuss scholarships and custom study abroad programming for Grants Campus students. OEA is also working with Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) to provide opportunities and support for study abroad across the state. We look forward to working with Dr. Best and NNMC to help them internationalize their campuses and provide opportunities to all New Mexico students.
The Office of Education Abroad welcomed study abroad alumni back to campus with a Welcome Back International Mixer at the Game on Thursday. This event gives internationally-minded NMSU students a chance to meet our new incoming exchange students and reconnect with friends from abroad.
The Director of OEA and Professor Jeff Longwell spent two weeks in Costa Rica with a group of 20 students who are learning Spanish and the culture of Costa Rica. OEA will be creating new programs with our partners in Costa Rica, including agricultural internships and research with Life Monteverde, a sustainable farm where students are doing service learning projects.
OEA Staff greeted 15 new exchange students from 11 countries over the weekend, as they arrived on campus. This group is excited about being Aggies!
The Center for English Language Programs (CELP) is looking forward to a busy 2018. This session we will have students from China, Japan, Colombia, Mexico, Russia and Vietnam. As we move into the semester we hope to be able to add more students from Russia in a new partnership with the International School of Art. I would also like to thank the various departments who have been willing to work with us on our Intensive English Special Programs. We are hopeful that these programs will become standardized as we move into the future.
Dr. Tamara Anatska gave several in-service workshops for teachers and students from Instituto Tecnologico de Sonora (ITSON). We have a partnership with ITSON and were invited to attend and speak at their first English Language Symposium in November. It was very well done and we were honored to be a part of it.
CELP is also working on a partnership with the International Academy of Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Director of the academy, Sultan Abaev visited our campus in October and he and the Center for English Language Programs are working collaboratively with the Art Department to establish a program for students from his school in Russia to come here and study Intensive English and take Art workshops. Our hopes are that this will be a continuing partnership for years.
ISSS hosted New International Student Orientation on Wednesday, January 10, and to date we have had 58 new international students (27 UG, 31 GR) check in with us. We are happy that the deputy provost, the dean of the Graduate School, and other university stakeholders were able to welcome the new students to NMSU. We also appreciate the willingness of OEA and Black Programs to send volunteers to help our new students get settled in to life in Las Cruces.
News and Media Relations News and Media Relations kicked off the spring semester Research Discovery Award recognitions at the January 18 Aggie basketball game. Chancellor Garrey Carruthers presented the award to Regents Professor Martha Desmond. Desmond is a professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. She also leads the Natural Resource Career Tracks program at NMSU, a collaboration among Hispanic Serving Institutions in the southwest United States. The recognitions of top faculty researchers will continue this month and in February.
KRWG/SPU KRWG staff hit the road on January 17 for their annual Coffee Visit to Alamogordo. The events provide an opportunity for listeners and viewers to meet staff and discuss activities with the stations. Additionally, a poster from the “Our Stories: Vietnam” was presented to the Flickinger Theatre and the Patron’s Hall for their generous support of the project.
The 2018 Legislative Session began on January 16. The House introduced the beginning of what will become the state budget bill, HB2. Both houses also quickly passed SB1, the Nurse Licensure Compact. Chancellor Carruthers, along with DACC President Renay Scott and ASNMSU representatives, met with legislators over breakfast to discuss NMSU’s legislative initiatives. They discussed the two percent new money and four percent redistribution on the I&G funding formula, NMSU’s general obligation projects, research and public service projects, lottery, campus safety, and other issues.
The Chancellor and OGR team continue to work and meet with legislators in Santa Fe to discuss NMSU’s legislative priorities. The House Appropriations and Finance Committee will hold its meeting on higher education on Tuesday, January 23. The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on higher education on January 25. The hearings are usually webcast on the NM legislative website: https://www.nmlegis.gov/. For regular updates, visit the Office of Government Relations website, https://govrelations.nmsu.edu/ where we also keep a bill tracking list of bills we have looked at and are keeping our eye on. Also follow us on Facebook.
I met with new EPA Region 6 administrator and senior staff to discuss CAFO compliance, pesticide issues, feral hog issues, EPACRA/CERCLA reporting, and WOTUS.
Staff began working with a graduate student from NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and with staff from NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service on the Agriculture Water use project which entails microbial testing availability in the state, economic impacts analysis on the implementation of agriculture water testing, and accepted methodology.
The Leadership Team participated in a Zenger Folkman Extraordinary Coach Workshop. This was a two-day workshop designed to increase employee engagement and improve productivity. Our own Julie Maitland, division director of Agricultural Programs and Resources, co-taught the workshop.
Standards and Consumer Services had a Division meeting. Inspectors and staff from across the state were in Las Cruces to receive updates on new policies and procedures, meet with the Lab Division to go over expectations, have minor repairs done on computers, and much more.
Training Chief Lopez provided Active Killer Training for new resident assistants in Housing and Residential Life, along with providing training on how to plan for and handle complex emergencies for the staff and teachers of Desert Trail Elementary and Chaparral Elementary as part of their Professional Staff Development day.
Green Dot Training The Chancellor’s Office provided funding to the NMSU Police Department, Dean of Students Office, and Office of Institutional Equity to bring the Green Dot Bystander Intervention training program to Las Cruces. Green Dot is a national program built on the premise that everyone can measurably and systematically reduce violence within any given community. This program focuses on the power of bystanders to intervene and address violence. Green Dot’s goal is to prepare communities to implement a strategy of violence prevention that reduces power-based personal violence, which includes sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and bullying. Close to 40 people from throughout the NMSU system attended the week-long event, and they are now preparing to roll out intervention training to the various campuses. There was tremendous energy from participants, who should be commended for volunteering to help with such an important endeavor. If you see someone wearing a green dot on their name badge, ask them about it.
National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit Amanda Bowen attended the NIASS Summit January 15-17 in Orlando, Florida. The Summit addresses critical safety and security issues facing intercollegiate athletics. The Summit is an opportunity for industry professionals to get together and discuss topics which include Event Day Safety and Security; Crowd Dynamics, Emergency Action Planning; Staff Development and Performance/Secure and Safety Aware Culture, Facilities Design/Technology and Routine Non-Game Day Operations, and Risk/Threat/Vulnerability Assessments.
This week we worked on developing an office SharePoint site that will help us manage all NMSU system accreditation materials and documents. The SharePoint site will also provide resources and information to all individuals involved with campus and specialized program accreditations. The basic framework is complete, and next steps are to upload relevant documents and share access with appropriate parties. An accreditation handbook is also being developed, and will provide guidelines and suggestions for those charged with carrying accreditation efforts in their programs/department.
This week I also met with Patti Wojahn and Chris Burnham to discuss next steps in scaling NMSU’s Writing to Learn program into a departmental Writing-to-Think! program. We will be sharing details about the program, and inviting departmental participation as the semester moves forward.
On Thursday, I traveled to San Antonio to meet with other Teagle Scholars across the country. In this workshop we focused on the various aspects of accreditation and assessment, and the relationship between the two. A recurring theme in our discussions was the need to focus on assessment as independent from, rather than a component of, accreditation; the former is far more likely to result in improved student learning. Although assessment is an increasingly critical component of accreditation, assessment driven solely to meet accreditation criteria has minimal merit in affecting changes that truly enhance student learning.
Project Success for NMSU-Doña Ana “Project Success” a partnership with the U.S. Department of Education will help NMSU-Doña Ana increase enrollment and retain students through graduation. DACC was selected by the DoE to implement several programs proven to help students select a career, stay in school and implement a financial plan for their college career. Programs include an emergency program to help students overcome financial hardships. DACC financial services counselors will receive instruction and certification from the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators and a career inventory tool is being implemented to help students decide on a career.
Sonography Students Ace National Exams For the first time, 100 percent of a graduating class of the DACC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program successfully passed three national certification board examinations. The Fall 2017 class passed at a rate much higher than the national average. National pass rates for testing in Physics, Abdomen and OB/GYN are 70 percent, 75 percent and 73 perent respectfully. In sonography, students obtain images using high frequency sound waves used to diagnose, treat, and follow-up on patients of all ages.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Sylvia Walker of the NMSU-A Career and Technology Division for winning the 2017 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award. Sylvia embodies what the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence award is about—Outstanding contributions and leadership by Community College faculty and staff. She has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of a math re-design program at NMSU-A. She has hired and supervised the math tutor, gathered advisor recommendations and helped advisors with student enrollment. Her oversight and leadership skills have changed the direction and elevated the effectiveness of NMSU-A math courses.
One of our 2017 Adjunct Faculty Award winners at NMSU-A is Clay Blevins. Clay, who works in our Career & Technology Division, has been instrumental in developing our Alternative Energy program. He has spent many hours making sure the curriculum stays up to date and remains relevant in the ever-changing world of alternative energy. Thanks to his hard work and perseverance, NMSU-A will have two graduates of the program sitting for the NABCEP exam this year. Great job Clay!
The other winner of our 2017 Adjunct Faculty Awards is Claire Forsmann. Claire, who works for the Arts & Sciences Division, is on the NMSU-A Quality Matters team and is a master Reviewer. When she is not teaching psychology, she takes time to co-sponsor the Social Science Club on campus. She has spent a great deal of time working with the Club on filling the shelves of the NMSU-A Aggie Cupboard. She also raised funds for the Lady of the Mountain Run endowed scholarship. We will miss Claire, as she will return with her family to Germany this summer. Thank you Claire for all of your hard work with your students, the Social Science Club, and NMSU-A.
The winner of the 2017 Donald C. Roush Award is Dr. Jennifer Smith. Dr. Smith, an NMSU-A biology professor, is involved in undergraduate studies that include a telemetry study of the endangered mud turtle, a Wildlife and Fisheries course studying the rainbow trout and Sandhill cranes, and biotic community surveys. She has received a grant through the US Forest Service to provide internships for students to get hands-on experience. Many of her courses have been described as “life-changing” by her students. Thank you Dr. Smith for your hard work and dedication to your students and NMSU-A.
On Saturday, January 13, NMSU Carlsbad personnel attended the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet which was held at the Pecos River Conference Center. The College had purchased a table for eight at the ceremonies which was very well attended.
On Tuesday, January 16, NMSU Carlsbad welcomed back its full-time and adjunct faculty. The full-time faculty participated in in-service activities throughout the day and the adjunct faculty met for dinner that evening before meeting with their department chairs.
On Thursday, January 18, the NMSU Carlsbad President convened a conference call with Zane State College representatives. This college, in Ohio, will be hosting an AQIP peer evaluation team in January and the NMSU Carlsbad President has been asked by HLC to serve as the Team Leader on this visit.
On Friday, January 19, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its monthly Town Hall meeting. Presentations were made by a variety of employees and the College President made a presentation regarding state funding initiatives and governance proposals. Additionally, the 2017 Top Colleges and Universities Award from Albuquerque Business First was presented to the faculty and staff.
On January 16, President Prieto, Vice President Morrow, and the ASNMSU Director of Governmental Affairs Uriel Munoz sat on the floor of the House during the opening of the 30-day New Mexico Legislative Session. ASNMSU is working closely with our NMSU Government Affairs Department to provide a NMSU student voice during the session.
The first basketball tailgate of the year was held on January 18. “Aggie Nation” buttons and pizza were given to students. The next tailgate will be on February 10 for the game against GCU.
The ASNMSU executive staff had a welcome back meeting on Friday, January 19, where they set goals and prepared for the new year. They played ice breakers and the new HQ game. The executive team is ready for a great and event filled spring semester!