Activity Report January 14 – January 20

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • As I am prone to do this time of year, I dropped by Santa Fe for the ongoing legislative session as well as the New Mexico Amigos legislator’s luncheon. NMSU is held in high regard by the legislators I talk to who praise our efforts to transform our great University and by the Amigos, many of them Lobos, who have elected to send their students to NMSU.  They talk about the attractiveness of the campus, the collegiality and mentoring of faculty and staff, and most importantly that their students just “love” NMSU.  Makes a body feel so good!
  • Now on to the business at hand in Santa Fe. I believe I reported last time that both the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) and the Governor (through the Department of Finance and Administration a k a DFA) had submitted budgets to the session. The DFA had to rerun their budget because they failed to run the funding formula for Higher Education.  The LFC recommended a 0.3 percent reduction in all NMSU funding, including Research and Public Service Projects, while the 2nd version of the DFA budget “sanded” higher education general funding across the board by one percent but no cuts to RPSPs.  The real problem with the DFA recommendation is it still includes a 3.5 percent ERB swap, which essentially means your salary would be cut by 3.5 percent as they would expect employees to pay more of their retirement contribution.  I think this recommendation is dead in the water!
  • An interesting strategy revealed by some legislators is they plan to complete their budget recommendations in 30 days (very unusual in a 60 day session) and send to the Governor. When I inquired – what is the rush – I was told this would give them time to override any vetoes by the Governor.  Don’t bet the ranch on either the 30 days or overriding vetoes.
  • The Regents Real Estate Committee recommended and the Regents agreed to terminate our discussions with a private company (called a P3 for public/private/partnership) regarding building new housing on the campus and sprucing up some of our older housing stock. NMSU will develop relatively quickly a plan to build a new residence at the Monagle site and, through debt funding, remodel and repair some existing units like Rhodes-Garrett-Hamiel and Garcia. It is clear we have way too much housing stock, given the growth of apartments off campus, so the plan will also address demolition of some of the older stock on the south side of the campus and/or leasing it to senior citizens or others. Problems with the P3 proposal include extending our debt from about 20 years to 42 years, loss of control of the housing stock, no assurance of addressing our total housing needs, and their suggestion that housing rates may have to increase by 3 percent annually.
  • I serve as Vice Chairman of the Borderplex Alliance, an organization now lead by Jon Barela, former secretary of the New Mexico Department of Economic Development, which is dedicated to all things regional – El Paso, Juarez, Las Cruces. The big concern and possible issue now is what will the Trump Administration do to NAFTA.  Many are concerned too much change and creativity could greatly reduce international trade between the region and Latin America/Canada.  Lots of concern about heavy new trade tariffs.
  • I wish to commend the Employee Council for their continued good work. I meet with their leadership team regularly regarding employee (faculty and staff) concerns and to plan important events.  The Employee Council sponsors all of the forums on budget, legislative affairs, Vision 2020, and transforming project reports.  In addition, they organize the fall picnic for all employees and the Founders Day event and picnic in the spring.  The first year Founders Day was all about Hiram Hadley, the second year featured our ROTC programs, and this spring we will honor all the work and flavor of NMSU Chile.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • The first week of classes began with Convocation, one of my favorite events of the year. At convocation, we reconnect with friends and colleagues, we meet new members of our Aggie community, and we celebrate the good work that takes place at NMSU every day. Honorees at this semester’s convocation represent many varied segments of our Aggie Community—faculty staff, students, and community members.  It was a great pleasure for the Chancellor and me to recognize the award winners and to acknowledge the good work of every employee of NMSU.  Here is the list of Awardees:
    • Center for Learning and Professional Development—Co-Curriculum Administration and Operations Excellence in Assessment Award
    • Associate Professor Merranda Marin, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences—Donald C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • College Professor Jeff Longwell, Department of Languages and Linguistics—Donald C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Assistant Professor Michael Hout, Department of Psychology—Donald C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Assistant Professor Matthew Holt, Department of Finance—Donald C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Assistant Professor Anna Lopez, Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology—Donald C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Associate Professor Fangjun Shu, Department of Mechanical Engineering—Donald C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • College Assistant Professor Maria Ortiz, School of Social Work—Donald C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Regents Professor Vicente Lombraña, NMSU Alamogordo—Donald C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Associate Professor Kenda Josselet, NMSU Carlsbad—Donald C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Associate Professor Mike Teitsworth, NMSU Doña Ana—Donald C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Assistant Professor Karen Henry, NMSU Grants—Donald C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Susan DeMar, Administrative Assistant Department of Geography—Community Engagement Award
    • Professor Satya Rao, School of Public Health Sciences—Community Engagement Award
    • Kelcie Gerry, Student in Department of Kinesiology and Dance—Community Engagement Award
    • Barbara Hubbard, Retired Director of Public Events—Presidential Medallion
    • Professor Michael Johnson, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry—Regents Professorship
    • Professor Nancy McMillan, Department of Geological Sciences—Regents Professorship
  • My week ended with a meeting of the Strategic Enrollment Management Council. The Council is now working on a five year strategic plan.  At the behest of the Chair of the Committee, Dacia Sedillo, I offered a brief history of enrollment at NMSU.  I began by noting that for many years, NMSU grew at a one to four percent rate every year.  This steady rate of growth meant that revenues grew each year and there was little impetus to limit the addition of new programs or offices, or for the university to trim programs that had outlived their usefulness.  This has changed over the course of the past five years as the end of the Great Recession and the decline in the population of the state has meant a smaller number of in-state students are seeking higher education.  It is important going forward that we strategically market the university to attract new students and that we develop stronger support systems so that students who enter the university complete their degrees.

The special challenge for New Mexico State University is that we are not in a major urban setting, which means that to sustain the current size of the university and its research and teaching programs, we must be more purposeful than many other universities in attracting students from outside our region.  In other words, we must sustain effective marketing campaigns in targeted areas, such as: Albuquerque, El Paso, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, and southern California.  We must also be sure to remain the first choice of students from our region through effective outreach programs and marketing.  It is important to share the message among all faculty and staff that recruitment and retention are everyone’s responsibility at NMSU and that we must all work together to both do, and communicate, the good work of this university.

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

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • ACES New Mexico Climate Center, located in Skeen Hall, installed a networked Davis weather station at East Picacho Elementary School in Las Cruces on January 18, to help teach the students about weather and climate using real time data. The third grade science teachers reached out to NMSU as a class project but the data will be used by all grades at the school. The program is beneficial in giving the students hands on experience with science as well as planting the seed that NMSU is a great place to attend college.

Extension Plant Sciences

  • The 2017 Southwest Hay & Forage Conference was held January 11-13 in Ruidoso, New Mexico. The annual event is coordinated by the New Mexico Hay Association and NMSU’s Extension Plant Sciences Department. Mark Marsalis, extension forage specialist, serves as the program coordinator of the conference. The conference, which includes a trade show, is intended to address the production and business needs of the hay, silage, and pasture farmers in New Mexico. Forages for livestock occupy the most acreage of any crop in the state, and alfalfa is consistently New Mexico’s #1 cash crop. Attendees for this year’s event included farmers, various agencies, and hay industries. Session topics included alternative forage crops and rotations, using brassicas as an alternative forage, Roundup Ready alfalfa management, hay preservatives and cutting management, workers compensation and safety, cutting costs in a down year, pesticide regulatory update, pasture and range insurance, forage weed label update, no-till forages, insect pests, and new sprayer and planter technologies. Dean Rolando Flores provided the opening keynote address.
  • The annual New Mexico Cotton Growers Conference was held on January 11, 2017, at the Ruidoso Convention Center. The single-day meeting featured several presentations from university researchers, consultants and representatives of different industries. Information related to cotton economics, cotton agronomy, glandless cotton, control of resistant weeds and variety trials were shared with New Mexico growers. About seventy participants attended the conference. The information shared will position New Mexico growers for a productive growing season. Cotton acreage in New Mexico is expected to increase slightly during the 2017 season. 

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • The students in FWCE, Wildlife Museum, gave an educational program about the wildlife of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument at Dripping Springs in December. The NMSU Wildlife Museum is cooperating with the Bureau of Land Management to provide public education on wildlife related to the new Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument.  The education programs are delivered by NMSU students and are open to the public. Click on the PDF file to view the article written by the Las Cruces Bulletin. 

Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business

  • Five NMSU ACES graduate students (Sarah Sayles, Curt Pierce, Sarah Acquah, Befekadu Habteyes, Dina Salmanmade) presented posters at a water resources symposium in El Paso on January 4-6. Below Elephant Butte Reservoir the Rio Grande is the only renewable source of water for water users. Due to recent severe periods of drought and growing demand, the river alone no longer meets regional water needs, leading to increased groundwater use and dropping water tables. This symposium allowed NMSU students to report on results of an integrated research, extension, and education project informing water managers in New Mexico.  Lasting impacts of our institutional strengthening activities will result in effective training of water resources professionals for the 21st century, many of whom are Hispanic.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • The College was delighted to see two of its faculty members recognized as the new Regents Professors: Nancy McMillan (Geology) and Mike Johnson (Chemistry and Biochemistry).
  • The College joined in celebrating two Roush Award winners – Michael Hout (Psychology) and Jeff Longwell (Languages and Linguistics) – and Susan DeMar, staff member in Geography and recipient of an award for her community engagement. All the awardees were mentioned and recognized during the first College General Faculty meeting.
  • Regents Professor Elba Serrano presented a talk about “Why NMSU’s Research Funding and Student Success Depend on Minority (Hispanic) Serving Institution status.”
  • The Department of Astronomy held an Observatory Open House on January 20, focused on Venus and Mars, the Pleiades star cluster, the Andromeda galaxy and more celestial objects.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • Congratulations to Matthew Holt for receiving the Donald C. Roush Award presented at the University Convocation on January 17. Named for a former NMSU executive vice president in recognition of his 34 years of supporting teaching improvement at NMSU, the annual Roush awards recognize NMSU faculty for teaching excellence.
  • On January 17, we held the college spring convocation meeting where various curriculum issues were discussed.
  • I attended the spring MBA orientation session on January 17. It was an excellent opportunity to welcome all students who are new to the program.
  • The College of Business and College Arts & Sciences invite you to a special presentation and reception for the unveiling of artwork donated by Artist and NMSU alumnus, George Mendoza (`78). A reception will follow the unveiling of the artwork donated to the College of Business in memory of NMSU alumnus, Danny Villanueva (`61).
    • Date: February 2, 2017; Location: Pete V. Domenici Hall; Time: 4:00 pm
    • RSVP: or 646-4083
    • Artwork: “Desert Splash” acrylic on canvas “When We Dance”
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Curriculum and Instruction

The link to the book that Dr. Pierre just had published with many of our doctoral students is:

The C & I doctoral students are: Susana Rios, Debamista Roychowdhury, Lihua Zhang, Loretta Wideman, Ewa Krawczyk, Paulo Oemig, Gizelle Martinez, Nancy Wasser, Romina Pacheco, and Karen Trujillo.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

The Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highways and Transportation officials selected a joint project between the NMSU Department of Civil Engineering and the New Mexico Department of Transportation for funding through the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). Round 7 of the SHRP2 Implementation Assistance Program brings implementation and assistance to 79 projects in 37 states. The joint project in New Mexico falls under the Nondestructive Testing for Concrete Bridge Decks track and will focus on the use of ground-penetrating radar. Assistant Professor Brad Weldon is the campus PI at NMSU for this joint project.


Industrial Engineering Department Head Ed Pines was elected president of the High-Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico. HTC was created in 2002 with a vision to establish southern New Mexico as a center of technology growth and excellence. HTC brings together the best of the area’s business and academic resources in a focused program to support the creation of a vibrant technology industry in southern NM. Currently, the HTC has four major initiatives of vital importance to the membership and technical community: Broadband, digital media, homeland security and commercial space initiatives.


New Mexico State University College of Engineering Associate Dean Patricia A. Sullivan was elected chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education during the commission’s semiannual meeting held in Westminster, Colorado. One of four regional higher education compacts in the U.S., WICHE ( and its 16 member states and U.S. territory work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West. Governors of the member states and territory each appoint three commissioners to this regional governing body. Sullivan was recently reappointed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to serve a fourth term on the commission.


A visit from Dr. Alejandro Bugarin from Department of Chemistry, UT Arlington, to the NMSU Chemistry Department, has led to the collaborative development of a research proposal for the U.S. Department of Agriculture with engineering faculty members in industrial and mechanical engineering.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean

  • HSS staff members and doctoral students, Aida Lopez and Sarah Baker presented their research at the Hawaiian International Conference for Education in Honolulu, Hawaii at the beginning of the month. Their presentation titled “Assessing Structured and Unstructured Advising Programs as a Determinant for GPA Outcomes” was well received by conference attendees.  Pictured at the presentation are Aida, Sarah and colleague Elizabeth Howard of the College of Engineering. Each of the students is working on their Ph.Ds. in Educational Leadership and Administration and will graduate in December of 2018.

  • The College of Health and Social Services is pleased to welcome Professor Stephen Anderson back to the School of Social Work. Anderson will serve as the interim chair of the School while a search for a permanent chair is conducted.  He is an old friend of the College and well respected by the Social Work faculty and our academic community. Welcome home, Stephen!

School of Nursing

  • The School of Nursing (SON) celebrated their newest student cohort on Wednesday, January 18 at Atkinson Recital Hall by holding a White Coat Ceremony for Level 1 students. Forty-eight new SON students have been enrolled into the program for the spring, 2017, semester.  The ceremony is a tradition among nursing students as they begin their journey through nursing school. Go Aggie nurses!

School of Social Work

  • Maria Ortiz, college assistant professor for the School of Social Work, was awarded the Roush Award for Teaching Excellence this week during the University Spring Convocation. We are proud of Professor Ortiz and enjoy celebrating the success of faculty and staff at HSS. Congratulations!

Department of Public Health Sciences

  • Satya Rao, professor, was the recipient of the Community Engagement Award during Spring Convocation this week. Dr. Rao leads others locally as the chair of the Las Cruces Mayor’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention. In our region, she is a co-founder and coordinator of the Southern New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition and Survivors’ Support Coalition. In our state, she served as the 2012-2014 elected chair of the New Mexico Injury Prevention Coalition. Congratulations, Dr. Rao!

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

The NMSU Library’s website redesign project has just completed the redesign of content for the Archives and Special Collections Department and work on redesign of content for the Reference and Research Services Department has begun. See the creative changes that have been made under the leadership of Teresa Roberts, the library’s web designer, in consultation with departmental staff. Go to:

New Mexico State University Library in collaboration with the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries has recently refreshed and redesigned NMCAL’s website. NMCAL presents the unified position of academic libraries on key issues, including funding and implements projects of mutual benefit such as resource sharing, collection development, and networking.

The NMSU Library faculty held their first faculty meeting for the semester on January 17, 2017. The meeting focused on an introduction and discussion of the Provost’s academic priorities for the Spring 2017, semester, topics likely to be discussed and acted on in the 2017 legislative session, and activities associated with the Faculty Senate.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

  • It is always a little exciting to welcome back students for the beginning of a new semester. The building was too quiet over the break, so we were happy to see students returning to take classes in Honors as well as to reclaim their favorite spot in the Honors Commons Room.
  • We were very pleased to hear that two of the applicants for Fulbright awards have passed the first hurdle and are semi-finalists. Valerie Simone and Tiffany Cox are both finalists for the English Teaching Awards for programs in Bosnia and Korea respectively, both had really excellent proposals. Their applications will now be reviewed at the host country level and they will learn their final status later this spring.
  • Dean Miriam Chaiken was pleased to learn that a book she has been working on with co-editor Michèle Companion for two years was just released by the publisher.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

Student Tech reaches out to the Student Body   On the first day of spring semester classes, ICT’s Student Technology and Planning group kicked off the semester with an information table inside the Corbett Center Student Union building.  As it does each month during the semester, the Student Tech team provided information about technology resources available at NMSU, as well as assisting them with technology issues.

Access Control Upgrades   NMSU is implementing a new key control system, called Special K, for the main campus. This system allows the locksmith to create the keys and cylinders and cut the keys.  After the keys are generated, the information is transferred to the AiM work order system.  The new program will help improve the efficiency of the shop by reducing the number of steps in the key cutting process decreasing the wait time.



Athletics Support   Employees with the Structural Maintenance Shop and members of the Women’s Softball Team replaced the AstroTurf carpet in the batting cage.  They removed the old carpet, cleaned the batting cage, and installed the new carpet. The Structural Maintenance employees enjoyed working with the team and coaches during the project. Go Aggies!


Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Retreat   Student Affairs and Enrollment Management hosted their annual retreat on January 6, 2017. The event was held at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The event had a focus on self-care and successes in 2016, through appreciative inquiry. The time was spent framing a positive mindset to prepare for the year ahead.

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Executive Team Retreat   The SAEM Executive Team spent a whole day together with two leadership coaches on January 5, 2017. The leadership coaches helped frame and strengthen individual and team strengths using a strengths-based leadership model. The executive team framed their retreat with the two following leadership books.
Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader and Turning Adversity Into Opportunity both by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner.

Campus Health Center to support NM Workforce Grant   The New Mexico Workforce Connection secured a million dollar grant to provide education to persons receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) in southern New Mexico.  The Campus Health Center has partnered with DACC to provide access, support and screening for students entering the program.  Students will be enrolling in the Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy Program at DACC which will help them gain entry level employment in the growing health care field.  The grant will provide students with physicals, titers, immunizations, and drug screening.  The CHC and DACC see this as an important opportunity to connect students to resources and support further education goals to including recruitment, retention, and advancement in the health care field.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Next Gen Studio G Expansion   Last week multiple tabling sessions were held at the Alamogordo and Grants campuses, recruiting budding entrepreneurs to become part of the new Studio G programs that have been launched at all four community college campuses. Studio G is NMSU’s student and recent alumni business accelerator. It provides guidance and resources that help individuals start a business. Through the Next Gen expansion, Studio G services and resources are now available to all students in the NMSU System. Studio G has already received applications for student businesses from each campus.  More information on Studio G and how to apply can be found at the following link

NM FAST Workshops   New Mexico’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership program, hosted at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center, held two workshops last week. On Wednesday, Todd Bisio conducted a workshop in Las Vegas, New Mexico focused on how individuals can secure funding to advance their innovative ideas with SBIR and STTR funding. On Friday, Dana Catron hosted an informational session at the Arrowhead Center about funding opportunities for individuals interested in serving as grant writers for projects supported by the University Center and NM FAST programs facilitated by Arrowhead Center.  Both events were great successes, engaging a diverse population of New Mexico innovators, entrepreneurs, and writers.

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Annual Giving Director   We welcomed April Anaya to the team this week as our new director of annual giving.

Ag Resiliency   The Cooperative Extension Service’s Agriculture Resiliency program has received an additional $50,000 in funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Kellogg had previously funded the program with a $50,000 grant in early 2016. The program has also received funding from the Thornburg Foundation and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

Heritage Farm Gift   The College of ACES received a $25,000 gift for the Heritage Farm from a donor.

Horse Farm Gift   The College of ACES also received a $5,000 gift for the Horse Farm Facilities in memory of Scott and Ty Surratt.

Scholarship Gift   NMSU received $5,000 for current use scholarship from the W.J. and Lela Budwine Foundation. This is their fourth consecution yearly donation for scholarships.

Trainings for Leadership   As we gear up for the comprehensive campaign, we’re inviting all department heads, VPs, deans and community college presidents to join us for training opportunities that will help us build partnerships and rise to the fundraising challenge. The first of these is a webinar on “Proven Approaches to Building Corporate Engagement,” offered in the Dove Hall Conference Room from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14. The second is an all-day training by a professional consultant, titled “Fundraising at NMSU: How Deans and Department Heads Can Make an Impact on Giving,” offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 10, in the Doña Ana Room at Corbett Center.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

  • International Student and Scholar Services hosted the new international student check-in for spring 2017 on 11 Jan.  NMSU is pleased to welcome 56 new Aggies.  Besides immigration advising and help with getting set up on campus, the students were welcomed by Assoc. Provost for IBP Cornell Menking, Deputy Provost Greg Fant, Dean Loui Reyes, Dean Michael Jasek, the ISSS staff, and agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI.
  • The Center for English Language Programs admitted 7 new students into the Intensive English Program for Spring 1 and 3 students continuing from Fall 2. As of January 23, there are 7 new students that have been admitted for Spring 2.  CELP has been busy developing new programs that will attract a greater number of international students to NMSU—specifically the Intensive English Bridging Programs (both graduate and undergraduate) for main campus, and Smart Pathway Programs with Dona Ana Community College. CELP will begin marketing these programs as early as March in China, Vietnam, and Turkey.
  • On 20 Jan, ISSS hosted a welcome luncheon for new and returning international students in Garcia Annex.  Approximately, 150 students attended and enjoyed hamburgers and veggie burgers along with the chance to catch up with old friends and welcome the new students.
  • The Office of Education Abroad welcomed 16 new exchange students from Mexico, Ecuador, Canada, Japan, China, Denmark, United Kingdom, Spain and Morocco. Every student was welcomed by OEA and the Study Abroad Ambassador Club upon arrival.  Incoming students attended orientation followed by a welcome gathering was held at The Game.
  • The Office of Education Abroad began promoting its partnership with UniLaSalle Beauvais, an agriculture and geosciences institute in France. NMSU received a $10,000 grant from the Embassy of France in the U.S. to send HRTM, Agriculture, Horticulture, Nutrition, Environmental Science, and Geology students to several summer and semester programs in Beauvais. Student mobility will begin in Summer and continue through the 17-18 academic year.
  • Confucius Institute has all their schools programs back in session and the staff and faculty have returned from vacation. The faculty are busily preparing for Chinese New Year’s (CNY) events next week.
  • CNY parade on NMSU campus: Wednesday 25 Jan, 2:30, International Way
  • CNY at the Branigan Cultural Center: Saturday 28 Jan, 10-12
  • CNY Gala with NMSU CSSA: Saturday 28 Jan, 3-5:30, Corbett Auditorium
  • CI Speaker: Dr. Charles Townley on Chinese Modern Art, Thursday, 16 Feb, HSS Auditorium
  • UTEP CNY Celebration: 10 Feb.
  • Menking, Engineering Dean Lakshmi Reddi, and Graduate School Dean Loui Reyes are working on some initiatives to attract graduate engineering students from the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.  This week a colleague from that city will be on the NMSU campus to develop a promotional video, and then in February Menking and Reddi will travel to Hyderabad to develop contacts and promote the university.
  • After over a year of work led by Dr. Brenda Seevers, the International Studies Minor is finally approved and will be available in the 2017-18.  Thanks to Dr. Seevers, Dean Enrico Pontelli, Dr. Patti Wojahn, and all those that contributed to this project.

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations   News and Media Relations coordinated an interview for NMSU alumna Smoky Torgerson on KCHF-TV’s “Issues and Answers” program last week to talk about NMSU’s GivingTuesday success. The segment will air six times starting in February through the first week of April on Channel 11 in Albuquerque:  Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 12:30 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, March 11, at 12:30 a.m.; Monday, March 13, at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. You can also watch KCHF’s live streaming at

Marketing Services and Web Communications   The Extension/Experiment Station Publications unit worked with authors in the Cooperative Extension Service and College of ACES to produce a publication on GMO crops in New Mexico agriculture ( While GMOs continue to be a controversial topic, they have been widely adopted because of the benefits they provide. At the same time, organic and other non-GMO agricultural producers are an important part of New Mexico’s agricultural community. This publication helps to expand awareness of the science surrounding GMO crops to inform consumers and develop policies that support our centuries-long heritage of agriculture in New Mexico.

KRWG/SPU   NEA President Lily Eskelsen García visited the KRWG studios to be interviewed for NewsMakers. Her visit was part of a full day in Las Cruces and included a trip to Lynn Middle School.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García thanks student Rebekah Baca for her help during a KRWG NewsMakers taping session.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

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

  • Liz Higgins received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) for work done in Current Issues & Outreach Committee for development of the first AAFCO newsletter.
    • Staff participated in the AAFCO Midyear meeting including:
      • Updates and presentations on the Food Safety Modernization Act
      • Status of FDA Program Alignment and the Veterinary Feed Directive, effective January 1, 2017
      • Training Opportunities
    • Additional entomology staff traveled to Artesia to help local staff survey residential areas for the presence of pecan weevil in pecan trees.  Establishment of pecan weevil in the state’s commercial orchards would result in a reduction in cash receipts and an increased amount of insecticide applied to commercial orchards.  Staff have located several residential properties with established pecan weevil populations.  These locations have been added to the existing properties that are sprayed annually in an attempt to eradicate it from the neighborhood.
    • The New Mexico Tradition web-site went live this week.  The new site is a re-design and will provide a new look and added social media presence. Check it out at
    • Dairy staff presented a class to a group of five-eighth graders on milk and pasteurization.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

In preparation for their site visit for reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), on Monday, NMSU-Alamogordo submitted their Assurance Argument. We wish them the best as they continue to prepare for the site visit on February 13-14.

NMSU-Las Cruces continues to refine drafts of our Assurance Argument. Writing teams have completed the bulk of their work, and now the Accreditation Office will work to create a ‘single-voice’ Argument with strong evidentiary statements across criteria. This spring we will distribute small sections of the draft to various members of the campus community for review and feedback. We will begin with Criteria 4.A, which will be distributed the week of January 23. In addition, throughout the spring semester the Accreditation Office will be requesting information needed for the Assurance Argument. This week we sent a request for information about Advisory Boards: The initial response has been fantastic! We appreciate and anticipate continued timely and supportive responses from the Las Cruces and Grants campus communities. We also are thrilled that Samantha Rich (from the library) has joined the Accreditation Office staff on a part-time, temporary basis to help with the Assurance Argument. Thanks to Dean Titus and the library staff for helping make this happen!

On Tuesday I met with the Faculty Affairs committee of Faculty Senate to answer questions about Proposed Rule 5.14 on Faculty Credentials. I am pleased to report that the committee recommended that it move forward to be considered by the full Faculty Senate in February. Critical to our HLC accreditation, I applaud the efforts of the Faculty Affairs committee and the Faculty Senators that sponsored the proposition – Maria E. De Boyrie, Merranda R. Marin, Satyajayant (Jay) Misra and Gloria A. Villaverde.

Finally, on Friday afternoon I met with the faculty of the Industrial Engineering Department to discuss our Quality Initiative to improve student writing. We had a great discussion, and I look forward to meeting with other faculty and identifying ways NMSU can help our students become better writers.

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

DACC Stars Recognized at Convocation   At Convocation, Dr. Torres acknowledged the following faculty and staff members who were selected to receive the Stars of Excellence award for their outstanding contributions to DACC:

  • Donna Medina
  • Veronica Jara
  • Krista Kozel-MacDonald
  • Mylis Murdock
  • Kevin Gall
  • Adrian Delgado

Additionally, Mike Teitsworth received the Roush Award for his outstanding teaching.  The new teams of excellence award went to the Dental Hygiene Reaccreditation Team and the Reorganization Taskforce.  Pictured with Dr. Scott and Dr. Torres is Adrian Delgado, Mathematics Instructor and Veronica Jara Facilities.

Dental Programs Hold Free Kids Clinic   A clinic will provide children in Las Cruces and surrounding communities with access to free dental care. Services are provided by NMSU Doña Ana dental students and professionals, including program faculty, and the NMSU Pre-dental Society, local dentists and hygienists. The clinic will be held Saturday, February 3, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Monday, NMSU-A volunteered to help prepare and serve a community meal at New Beginnings Church in Alamogordo. The event was organized by the Otero Hunger Coalition and supplied a hot meal to approximately 60 people.

NMSU-A faculty and staff volunteered to man stations across campus in which new students were made to feel welcome on campus during the first two days of classes. The Welcome Aggies event has been a tradition on the campus for years and it provides instructors and staff an opportunity to meet new students, hand out information, and direct students to their classes.

On Friday, NMSU-A held Spring Convocation in the NMSU-A Rohovec Theater.  Dr. Chris Brown was the guest speaker and presented “Shared Governance: Making Responsibility Work.” It was also an opportunity for the campus to recognize outstanding faculty and staff. The Donald C. Roush Award was awarded to Dr. Vicente Lombrana and Greg Hillis received the John & Suanne Roueche Award. Lance Eckerd and Karen May were selected as outstanding Adjunct Faculty.

On Friday afternoon, NMSU-A faculty and staff represented the college at the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce 8th Annual Prime Time Business Expo. Hundreds of Otero County community members attended the event and received information about NMSU-A and our programs and classes.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Tuesday, January 17, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its full-time and adjunct faculty meetings.  The faculty participated in a series of workshops after receiving reports on various initiatives. The meetings were well attended and the information provided was beneficial to all. Additionally, the NMSU Carlsbad President met with the two students who have been nominated for Academic Scholar Awards to discuss the upcoming ceremonies in Santa Fe.
  • On Wednesday, January 18, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a visit from Mr. David Trujillo, our Title V and Title III Grant Evaluator. David met with grant personnel and the Executive Team to discuss the status of our current grants and to make plans for the upcoming year.
  • On Thursday, January 19, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the grand opening of the Urgent Care Center which has been constructed in South Carlsbad. Additionally, the Carlsbad Community Development Board met on Thursday afternoon to discuss the status of the houses under construction and to discuss the status of the apprenticeship program.
  • On Friday, January 20, NMSU Carlsbad conducted the monthly meeting of the Stakeholder and Community Relations Board.  Updates on campus initiatives were discussed and the status of the AQIP Systems Portfolio completion was iterated. Additionally, the Carlsbad campus conducted its monthly Town Hall meeting at which time the “Top Colleges and Universities Award” was displayed and updates on state budget and other issues were presented.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Student Success Workshop   On January 17, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, the Student Success Center presented a workshop, “Student Success, I am now a college student,” to thirty-five NMSUG dual credit students from Tse Yi Gai High School.  Presenters included, Matthew Lopez, BSN student & SSC student mentor, Megan Stoneking, program manager of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, and Melody Simpson, student success & testing coordinator. Topics included: Understanding your online Canvas course; Tips on setting goals, how to read your syllabus, and study skills needed to be a successful student; and a personal perspective on being a dual credit student.

Student Convocation   NMSU students, staff, and faculty gathered on Tuesday, January 17, for the “Winter Awakening” event sponsored by the Student Success Committee.  During the two-hour event, students had the opportunity to meet their instructors and participate in several activities such as PiYo exercises, Poi spinning, storytelling, gaming, and yoga. Upon completion of the get to know your faculty and staff bingo activity, student received a free t-shirt.

Financial Awareness Workshop   Wells Fargo provided NMSU Grants students with two one-hour workshops on Friday, January 20, at 11 am and 1 pm.  The focus of the workshops were “So you have your Pell $, what’s next?”  The purpose of the workshops was to provide students the tools and knowledge to manage their money efficiently.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Matt Bose

ASNMSU attended the opening legislative session in Santa Fe to represent students at the State Capital. Eight members of the Student Advocacy Board met with members of both chambers of the legislature to present the priorities of the Associated Students. We hope to see amazing progress this session on issues like the Lottery Scholarship solvency and eligibility.

On January 20, ASNMSU began its Pete’s Pick Up services again. Whether you’ve been studying late at the library, had a late meeting, or on campus late, call Pete’s Pick Up for a safe escort to anywhere on campus.

Interested in Student Government? ASNMSU is searching for interested individuals who would like to learn how ASNMSU functions. Stop by the ASNMSU office and pick up an application for the Roadrunner Program today! Feel free to contact Adrian Llanez or Kayla Hughley with any questions. Email indicating your interest to

Tired of taking naps on the uncomfortable Corbett couches? Get a quick hour of sleep on the cots, hammocks, or over-sized bean bags in the nap room brought to you by ASNMSU and Corbett Center Student Union. Stop by the Snooze Saloon in Corbett, Room 228.

Join the Special Events Board to help plan concerts for the rest of the academic year! If you are interested in the music industry and would like to help coordinate upcoming concerts, submit a resume to and indicate your interest.

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