Activity Report January 20 – January 26

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

I have spent the better part of last week and will return this week to the legislature where all hands have been on deck pursuing additional funding for higher education (and NMSU). We are making progress.  The House Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC) unanimously reported out the following:  One percent new money for the funding formula ($5.6 million) and four percent redistribution, which means the $5.6 million of new money will be distributed on a performance basis to all of higher education.  We will be working with the Senate to get another $5.6 million hence two percent new money, which is very important after all of these years of cuts.  Higher education has been reduced $69 million over the past three years, far and away the greatest reduction of any line item in the NM budget.   The HAFC also is recommending a two percent increase in compensation for faculty and staff, $250,000 new dollars for NMDA for pecan weevil eradication, and $300,000 non recurring funds to WRRI.  It appears that the Research and Public Service Projects (RPSP) will remain funded at current levels.  This week, we will testify on decoupling the Lottery Scholarship from tuition which most parties agree with but we have not been able to reach agreement on the scholarship base by sector – science universities, comprehensives, and two-year colleges.

As reported in the Provost Post, Dan Howard has indicated he will be retiring from NMSU soon after my retirement. He and I have have enjoyed an outstanding personal and professional relationship and have collaboratively fashioned a very good executive/faculty/staff team over the past five years.  Dan has been instrumental in meeting the challenges of lower enrollment and reduced appropriations with a minimum amount of disruption to our mission.  He did so by working with all stakeholders and has been especially effective in working with the faculty, Faculty Senate, and our good deans and vice presidents.  NMSU is a much better place because Dan Howard has twice passed our way.  We plan to wrap up this job in high style. Thanks for all of your support and encouragement.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

The Statewide General Education Steering Committee, which has been meeting for the past two years to revamp and revitalize general education in New Mexico, met for the last time on January 24th. At the meeting we discussed the certification process for general education courses under the new curriculum model and we gave final approval to the curriculum model. A final report from the committee will be submitted to the New Mexico Department of Higher Education in March and the new model is expected to go into effect in the fall of 2019. Although I will not miss the long drives to Albuquerque for the meetings, I will miss seeing the members of the committee, who have become friends and valued colleagues over the course of our work together.

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

Over 50 people attended a Winter Greens field day at the Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center. Del Jimenez, Extension agricultural specialist, Ivette Guzmán, assistant professor of Horticulture, Rob Heyduck, senior research assistant, and Jacque Cormier, graduate student in the Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, gave presentations highlighting the research being carried out at the Alcalde Center on the use of high tunnels to produce spinach, kale, and lettuce for harvest during the coldest months of the year. Farmers selling during the winter months can receive premium prices for these crops at year-round farmers markets, schools, restaurants and other direct marketing channels.

 

 

Dietetic interns from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences traveled to Santa Fe with Kathy Vinyard, assistant director of the Dietetic Internship Program, to meet with other members of the New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The annual trip is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the legislative process and to gain experience advocating on behalf of legislation that the organization supports. This year they were advocating on behalf of House Bill 62, which would provide funding to schools for farm-to-school education and community gardening for healthy eating in school cafeterias.

 

 

 

The Southwest Regional Training Center in the Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Department, recently hosted the 25th Annual Children’s Law Institute Conference. Held annually in Albuquerque every January, the conference is a multi-organization collaboration with The New Mexico Supreme Court, the UNM Institute of Public Law and the NM Children Youth and Families Department as major collaborators. This year’s conference was a huge success with over 1100 participants from throughout New Mexico. The conference focused on facing the challenging truths about the quality of life for children in New Mexico including the impact of poverty, race, and inequality.

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli

Join the College of Arts and Sciences for “A Starry Night,” on February 23, at the Rio Grande Theater.

Congratulations to CMI Digital Filmmaking student Roman Dennis on his exciting opportunities with Sundance! After volunteering for their 2017 Summer Labs, Roman was hired on as script reader, 2nd AC, grip, and is now shooting this year’s Sundance Film Festival after filming Sundance NextFest in L.A. Keep up the great work Roman and best of luck in all of your Sundance adventures!

The New Mexico State University Museum will host a new photography exhibit, “Defending Truth and Memory: The Path Towards Justice in Guatemala,” from February 1 through June 30.

The exhibit features 35 photos of the indigenous people of Guatemala. In 2013 former Guatemalan President José Efraín Ríos Montt, in a Guatemalan court, was found guilty of crimes against humanity for killing more than 1,700 Maya Ixil Indians from 1982-1983.  The University Museum at NMSU is the first venue in the United States to present and display the entirety of this exhibit, which was gathered by Guatemala’s Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH).  On opening night, Guatemalan photojournalist Roderico Y. Diaz will speak about his experiences documenting the survivors of Montt’s presidency.

The college of Arts and Sciences is proud to support the 14th J Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium, scheduled for March 15, in the Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theater (ASNMSU Center for the Arts). The topic of the Symposium is Indivisible Justice Beyond Walls & Borders.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

I visited all sections of our introductory business course, BUSA 111, to get acquainted with our new students and make them aware of resources that are available to them. Additionally, students were introduced to our mentorship program where they have the opportunity to be paired with upperclassmen student Ambassadors to guide them through their college experience.

The Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business Department welcomes students to the spring semester with a pizza party on Wednesday, January 24.

David Boje and Grace Ann Rosile (Management Department) are members of interdisciplinary, cross college team of Business and Arts & Sciences (Comm Studies & Psychology) that was funded $40K to do Post-Deployment Military Family Reintegration Interventions, Proposal No. 57. We are one of eight awardees of the 2017 IMPACT Mini-Grants. More than 215 faculty members participated in this Mini-Grant competition.  The research on veterans and their family members will compare ’embodied restorying process’ working with ‘material objects’ in sand trays against control group. The goal is research results will make this an evidence-based method of treatment.

David Boje (Management Department) received an award from Military and Veterans Programs at their annual banquet on November 10, 2017, for his continued support and dedication to our military and veterans students at New Mexico State University.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

Chemical and Materials Engineering Associate Professor Jessica Houston has received a Fulbright Award to Japan. Houston was chosen by a presidentially selected 12-member board from a worldwide pool of applicants. The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries and is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Houston is designing and improving cytometry-based instrumentation and assays to study fluorescence decay kinetics and improve the ways in which light is used as an indicator of cellular heterogeneity. Her work may enable early disease diagnoses.

 

 

Dean Lakshmi Reddi hosted a group of Engineering Ambassadors on a trip to the New Mexico Legislature as part of the program’s leadership efforts. The Ambassadors attended the House Appropriations and Finance Committee hearing on higher education budgets, were hosted to a breakfast with industry leaders, and met with their local legislators. The trip was part of an effort by the College of Engineering to ensure that students are prepared to be future leaders following graduation.

 

 

 

College of Engineering Associate Dean of Research Phillip DeLeon recently hosted an Engineering Research Symposium. Eighteen researchers from electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, chemical and materials engineering, civil engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering gave presentations about their research. The goal of the symposium was to inform fellow faculty members about on-going research that could foster interdisciplinary efforts.

 

Chemical and Materials Engineering junior Jocelyne Chavez has been accepted into the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP). HHMI has been funding her research in the Biochemistry Department. The goal of her laboratory work has been to investigate cellular repair pathways and the specific proteins that aid in cell damage repair. The EXROP program is geared toward helping under-represented students with an interest in biomedical research spend a summer gaining experience in their respective field. Ms. Chavez hopes this experience will help guide her decision about graduate school and she is excited about the intense focus on biomedical research. Now that she has been selected, matching Chavez to an appropriate mentor will be the next step and will dictate which institution at which she will spend the summer of 2018.

 

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

 

SoAHEC had a table at the tabling event for the Legislative session for Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day. We had several individuals stop by our table to receive information about our “Cuidando con Respeto” workshops and our Alzheimer’s Support group meetings, which are supported by the Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter.

 

 

The School of Social Work’s alumna Holly Raines-Baxter was featured in New Mexico Friends of Foster Children’s 2017 Annual Report. Holly worked to overcome severe circumstances. She grew up in poverty, often staying in homeless shelters and skipping meals for lack of food. Holly entered the foster care system at 14, was reunified with her mother and then was back in foster care when her mother died a year later. Her courage is an inspiration, and her educational achievements are enviable: Holly received her Master of Social Work in May 2017 and is now a therapist with the Southwest Family Guidance Center working with at-risk adolescents.

 

 

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

The NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections recently acquired an extensive set of 19th and early 20th century materials related to the Armijo family of Las Cruces and Albuquerque. Nestor Armijo was a prominent freighter and businessman in New Mexico, and a community leader in multicultural Las Cruces. He was still a young man when New Mexico became a territory of the United States, in 1848, and he saw the possibilities of exploiting trade opportunities between the United States and Mexico, via the Santa Fe and Chihuahua trails. The materials, acquired from family descendants, contain more than 100 photographs of family members, 19th century Las Cruces newspapers, and correspondence. The most significant item is a letterpress book containing original correspondence of Nicolas Armijo, brother of Nestor Armijo, dated 1886-1892. The book contains letters to, among others, Juan B. Lamy, the first Archbishop of Santa Fe; Luis Terrazas and Enrique Creel of Chihuahua; New Mexico Governor L. Bradford Prince; and other prominent New Mexico politicians and businessmen. The materials compliment the Archives’ existing collections on the Armijo family.

 

 

National Popcorn Day was on Friday, January 19. NMSU Library wanted to welcome students back and celebrate National Popcorn Day by passing out bags of popcorn to students in Zuhl Library.

 

 

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

FULBRIGHT FINALISTS   We had excellent news this week that three of our Fulbright applicants have made the first cut, which means that their applications are now going to be reviewed in the host country. Three Honors College undergraduates worked hard, under the supervision of Tim Ketelaar, to craft very persuasive proposals, and apparently the Fulbright review panels were impressed by the students’ hard work. If all goes well, Education major Sara Bonk will spend next year in Spain teaching English, Environmental Science major Anthony Colin will study at Wageningen University in the Netherlands (perhaps the world’s best university for sustainable tropical agriculture), and Sicilee Macklin will be doing biochemical research in Food Science in Korea. We are very proud of all three for their accomplishments.

BIG READ AT NMSU   A committee of faculty and staff have been working for over a year to bring the Big Read to NMSU. Over the course of a month from mid-February to mid-March there will be a diverse series of events associated with this project, all inspired by Luis Urrea’s book Into the Beautiful North. We now have a link on our home page that will permit interested partners to review all of the events currently scheduled for the project, including book club discussions, film screenings, a panel discussion, and all culminating with Urrea’s visit on March 13. All events are free of charge and open to the campus and community. Check out the link at honors.nmsu.edu.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

On Friday, January 19, Student Success Center staff and graduate assistants completed the OCIP-Sponsored Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop. The Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is Quality Matter’s (QM) flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. This workshop provided direct support to SSC staff and graduate assistants to further develop the delivery of UNIV courses, and to support student learning at New Mexico State University.

Career Services hosted over 30 students at Resume AggieMania the week of January 22-26 at different NMSU locations serving students to help students revise and revamp their resume for the upcoming Career Connections Fair on January 30-31.   On Monday, January 22, Olivia Dyksterhouse and Sumer Nolen from NY Life Insurance were on campus to participate and offer students advise on current resume trends and how to deliver an effective “elevator speech” to employers. Mr. Steven Torres from Jacobs Technology joined the team for resume reviews on January 26.

 

As of Friday, all Admissions Advisor positions have been filled and the staff are hitting the road for callbacks and on-the-job training. We would like to welcome Jake Rardin, Corina Huante, Maddy Griffin and Austin Gentry to their new positions and wish them great success in their interactions with high school staff, potential students and families. In addition, Matthew Lara will be joining the team on March 1, as our associate director for Recruitment Communications and Data. Matthew is an NMSU alum and was most recently the director of admissions at Western New Mexico University.

To align with the federal requirements, regarding security of all forms of financial aid data, electronic swipe card access has been installed on the Financial Aid and Scholarship doors. We maintain a warm and welcoming atmosphere but are required to comply with federal data protection regulations.  If you are stopping by the office to conduct business, please plan to check in at the front window.

We are excited to welcome three new staff members to our team! Stephanie Baca and Desiree Saavedra have joined the front window staff and will be greeting all students and visitors to the office. Paul Aragon joined our caseload advisor group on January 2. Luckily for us, Paul has been able to hit the ground running as he previously served at the NMSU-A Financial Aid Office.

We have been focused on assisting students with obtaining their aid to ensure they are ready to start the new semester.

Numbers for the last eight business days are below:

  • Students assisted at the front window – 1,449
  • Students assisted over the main phone line – 1,099
  • Students assisted via the main email address – 595

 

We have now awarded 5,275 scholarships to newly admitted prospective students for Fall 2018. Prospective students have been notified of their federal financial aid package for the 2018/19 academic year, 2,541 to be exact.

In mid-December, NMSU Undergraduate Admissions hosted 150 middle-school students for a group visit. This was the first time East Montana Middle School visited the NMSU campus. Students were interested in a variety of degrees in every college. They enjoyed their time visiting the academic colleges, Sam Steel Café, Barnes and Noble, Corbett Center Student Union, the animals in the ACES college and much more. They all left saying they want to be Aggies and learning about the various traditions we have to offer. East Montana Middle School hopes to make this an annual field trip. As schools across the state are cutting budgets, the East Montana Middle School teachers and counselors raised money all year to pay for the three school buses necessary to ensure their students are exposed to higher education as an option.

Brandon Fields, admissions advisor, reports that he received a very warm and productive reception in southeast New Mexico this week. The high school counselors and staff have been excited to see him and are going above and beyond to deliver students to his presentations. This is the third year Brandon has been recruiting in the area and the importance of building good relationships with the high school counselors and staff is obvious. Brandon sent photos of two bulletin boards at Loving High School, and we are thrilled that no other school has an entire board to themselves.

 

The Aggie Welcome and Orientation staff completed the hiring process for the summer 2018 Orientation Leaders, known affectionately as O-leaders. Employment was offered to 31 currently enrolled undergraduate students out of the 50 applicants. These student employees are integral to the final stage of recruitment and enrollment of new Aggies and will spend the next four months in intensive training to prepare for a summer full of programming.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

LAUNCH   The 2018 LAUNCH Accelerator program began this week. Over the next four months, five teams of NMSU faculty and students will learn how to take technology they have created at NMSU through the commercialization process and eventually to market. This year’s faculty leads are Dr. Jessica Houston, Dr. Geoffrey Smith, Dr. Young Park, Dr. Neda Sanatkaran, and Dr. Liang Sun. At the end of launch, participants vie for seed investment capital to launch for their business.

HealthSprint   Arrowhead Center launched the customer discovery and product validation portion of its five month HealthSprint accelerator on Friday. Six digital health technology companies from across the state attended the first of four virtual seminars designed to help companies identify their primary customer segment based on the NSF I-Corps model. After completing the virtual seminars, the businesses will receive continued support with guidance from and access to Arrowhead staff, business mentors, and the Arrowhead Enterprise Advisor network. HealthSprint will conclude with a HealthAssembly event in June.

The HealthSprint program is part of a series of business accelerator sprints supported by a gift from the New Mexico Gas Company.

Innoventure Jr.   On Friday, the Innoventure team visited 2nd grade classes taught by Ms. Cory Fernandez and Ms. Veronica Chavez at Sonoma Elementary in Las Cruces. The team used the Innoventure Jr. Activity Curriculum to introduce entrepreneurism to students, challenging them to design a product that “helps save endangered marine life.” The students came up with some innovative ideas while learning basic concepts of entrepreneurship.

The classroom demonstrations are part of the Innoventure Jr. expansion, supported by a grant from the Daniels Fund.

Innoventure Jr. Activity

Studio G Networking Hour   On Wednesday, Studio G held its weekly networking hour, focusing on insights from the book Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup. The Studio G weekly networking hour provides students and local entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about business strategies and the principles of entrepreneurship, as well as a chance to connect with other aspiring and successful entrepreneurs. Each session is broadcast on Facebook Live. Check out the following link to see the video and learn about upcoming events https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/.

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

Proposal Submissions   OGC submitted 14 proposals requesting approximately $48M in externally-funded research this week. The proposals were submitted on behalf of the Colleges of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences, Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Health & Social Services, and the Physical Science Laboratory. Proposal sponsors included Health Resources & Services Administration, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Orbital ATK, and Teledyne Brown Engineering.

Concept Paper Submitted   OGC submitted a Concept Paper on behalf of Dr. James Ni and Dr. Thomas Hearn (Physics Department) for approximately $19M to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This project involves eight (8) subcontractors in Bangladesh, Canada, Myanmar, and the U.S.

Proposal Writing Workshops   Hamid Mansouri Rad, OGC proposal development specialist, provided two 50-minute workshops on strategies to develop more effective proposals. Held at the Teaching Academy, the workshops attracted 57 faculty from across campus. Topics discussed included proposal planning strategies to fully comply with solicitation requirements and writing strategies to produce high quality proposal submissions. In addition, participants were encouraged to take advantage of administrative offices on campus more effectively, and in a timely manner, to avoid unwanted complications during the proposal submission process.

Negotiated Award   OGC negotiated and received additional funding from Jacobs Technology, Inc. on behalf of Dr. Anthony Marin (Department of Student Success) for more than $2M over a three-year period.

The VPR Office has recently distributed $1,219,727 to the Colleges of ACES, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Health & Social Services, Education, and WRRI in support of research for such endeavors as external award cost-sharing, student support, equipment repair/purchases, startup packages, and IMPACT grants.

Dr. Hynes convened the Border Plex 2020 Commercial Space Task Force at the Dona Ana County complex on Friday, January 26. Dr. Oemig visited the campus of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute on Wednesday and Thursday, January 23-24. The purpose of the trip was to expand our collaboration with Dr. Vadee and his Mars Yard, robotics and high school outreach programs.

Staff from NM WRRI took part in the annual AgFest expo in Santa Fe on January 23. The event, hosted by the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, featured many exhibits that provide legislators and other visitors with program information. Institute staff prepared slides that were shown on large screen monitors featuring recent activities including reports, conferences, and research projects conducted by faculty and students from around the state. NM WRRI Program Specialist and Water Science & Management (WSM) Program Coordinator Jesslyn Ratliff provided information on NMSU’s WSM graduate student program opportunities. The event attracted over a thousand participants. On January 25, Director Sam Fernald gave a presentation to the New Mexico Legislature’s Senate Conservation Committee on the New Mexico Statewide Water Assessment.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

 

Football Success Fund Boosted   With the help of more than 165 proud Aggie donors, Head Football Coach Doug Martin received a $41,000 check from the NMSU Foundation at the Bowl Game celebration in downtown Las Cruces. The funds will support recruitment, coaching retention and meeting team needs in the approaching football season.

 

 

 

“Aggiequerque” Alumni and Friends Celebration   More than 250 of Albuquerque’s biggest Aggie fans showed up to celebrate the historic Bowl win, see the trophy and congratulate Head Coach Doug Martin on an exciting football season.

 

 

 

NMSU students take on Sante Fe   Students from the Presidential Ambassadors and the NMSU Student Foundation took on the New Mexico State Capitol with Chancellor Garrey Carruthers to talk with legislators, like Senator Mary Kay Papen [center], about the successes and needs of the NMSU system.

 

 

 

School of Nursing Gift   A new gift worth more than $8,000 from Ethicon Endosystems will help purchase new equipment and supplies for the School of Nursing simulation lab.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

NM State Athletics and the City of Las Cruces teamed up to host the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl football celebration at the Plaza de Las Cruces on Saturday afternoon. A tremendous crowd witnessed the procession of the Aggie football team, band, cheer and Sun Dancers. Several dignitaries commented on the football season including Chancellor Garrey Carruthers, representatives from the Arizona Bowl, Nova Home Loans, and members of the City of Las Cruces. Several student-athletes and Coach Doug Martin addressed the crowd and thanked them for their support. There was an autograph session following the event where players signed limited-edition bowl championship posters. The celebration continued when men’s basketball played Utah Valley at 4 p.m. The football team was recognized on-court during half time, the game was televised live on Fox Sports Arizona. The 27-point win gave the Aggies sole possession of first-place in WAC play.

 

Athletics hosted an Aggie Bowl celebration event at the Nativo Lodge on Thursday afternoon. Over 250 alums and fans turned out for the standing room only event. Head Coach Doug Martin, senior wide receiver Conner Cramer and I spoke to the group, showed highlight video of football and men’s basketball and solicited the crowd’s support for ticket purchases and AAC membership. Jeff Siembieda of KNML-AM 610 the Sports Animal and executive director of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl was the emcee for the event.

International and Border Programs, Acting Associate Provost Angel Palumbo

This week the Office of Education Abroad hosted the bi-annual Internship, Research and Volunteer fair in Domenici Foyer, as well as the bi-annual Study Abroad fair in the Corbett Center Aggie Lounge. Twenty-one organizations participated with around 450 student attendees. A big thanks to all faculty, staff and associate deans who made it out to our events! OEA met with Learn International, UNYP, CPI, Barcelona SAE and Academia Latinoamericana to strengthen our relationships and to develop continuing and new programs abroad.  We look forward to working with our students to help them find their individualized academic programs abroad!

The International Student and Scholar Services team attended an Immigration Training event at UTEP on Thursday, January 25.  In addition to meeting our colleagues at that institution, representatives from El Paso Community College were also in attendance.  It was a wonderful opportunity to network and establish those important personal and professional connections with people we regularly work with over the phone.  The presenters included our Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) field representative, who spoke about immigration issues and concerns affecting our international students in F-1 status, as well as the new ways institutions are now to report information to SEVP.  The Non-Immigrant Visa Consular Officer posted at the U.S. Consulate in Juarez discussed visa interview matters and how to best to advise our students when they need to renew their entry visas.  Finally, the executive director of the International Office at University of Texas at El Paso treated us to a delicious lunch and led an open forum in which all institutions could discuss best practices and learn from the experiences of colleagues.

Marketing and Communications, Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

Marketing Services and Web Communications   Marketing and Communications has received two gold AVA Digital Awards. The AVA Digital Award was designed to pay tribute to the magnificent history of the audio-visual and web industries and is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). We received a gold award in the Video Production category for the :30 No Limits. No Boundaries commercial spot

currently airing on broadcast and cable television, in movie theaters, and on You Tube. We also received a gold award in the creative web-based production category for the Chile Facts Flip Card website (http://chilefacts.nmsu.edu/), designed to highlight the Chile Pepper Institute.

KRWG/SPU   The Special Production Unit welcomed 15 students to a question and answer recruiting meeting Thursday evening. Roles and positions were explained as they gear up for the AggieVision softball and baseball telecasts this spring. News 22 will hold their planning meeting next Tuesday. Caption: New students interested in AggieVision activities chat with current students.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

The House Appropriations and Finance Committee on January 30 approved the $6.3 billion budget bill on a 17-1 vote. The bill will go to the House floor.

  • The committee adopted 1% new money and 4% redistribution through the funding formula ($5.6 million in new money)
  • 2% in compensation for faculty and staff
  • $250,000 recurring funds to NMDA for pecan weevil eradication /pest eradication
  • $300,000 non-recurring funds to WRRI to match other funds

To view the schedules for the state legislature

https://www.nmlegis.gov/Calendar/Session

Please visit our website for the most up to date information

https://govrelations.nmsu.edu/

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


 

I participated in New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau Women’s Leadership Program’s annual “Shop for Ronald McDonald” event January 22 at Smith’s Food and Drug in Albuquerque. Food donated/purchases at the event is provided to families facing tough times.

 

 

 

I spoke with the Las Cruces FFA Chapter in Santa Fe about agriculture.

 

 

 

NMDA participated in Ag Fest at Santa Fe Convention Center. AgFest is the annual gathering of agricultural groups hosting an open house for New Mexico’s legislators. AgFest began in 1993 and has grown to feature booths from over 43 organizations representing agriculture across the state.

 

 

 

Produce buyers from 8A Commercial, a large food distributor from Chihuahua, Mexico, met with a local pinto bean producer and a cheese producer. 8A Commercial purchased two truckloads of beans and are working on a deal to purchase cheese that will be exported to Chihuahua, Mexico.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

FAA Approval for Night Ops   Commander Jeff Harvey, the lead UAS / drone pilot for the Police Department, obtained a certificate of authorization from the FAA to allow the department to fly unmanned aircraft at night for crime scene, traffic crash, and search / rescue operations.

Webinar on Emergency Planning   Chief Lopez conducted a Webinar for Campus Safety Magazine on emergency planning.  Over 530 people registered for Thursday’s Webinar, which introduced the KISUS (Keep It Simple Under Stress) concept that was developed at NMSU last year.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

This week, I met with the English Department faculty to review a draft proposal for an expanded writing center on the NMSU-Las Cruces campus. One finding of our Quality Initiative project for HLC accreditation was a need for expanded writing services on campus; this complimented an independent finding from the English Department program review team. The English Department approved moving forward with the proposal. The Graduate School has also expressed support for an expanded writing center—particularly one that would provide support for graduate students in completing their dissertations. Through collaborative efforts, we will be moving this proposal forward during the spring semester.

This week Laura Grant and I met with Lisa Warren to ensure institutional policy is aligned with Higher Learning Commission (HLC) assumed practices concerning differential tuition. As NMSU considers the possibility of differential tuition, we are working to ensure that basic policy language ensures that differential tuition rates are reflective of the cost of offering particular academic programs, and that information about differential program costs will be made clear and transparent to current and potential students.

This week I also worked with several departments/programs that are preparing for accreditation site visits this spring. Kudos to their hard work, and effective practices in representing NMSU and their programs to their professional accreditors!

The following programs recently received official notification of continued good standing with their professional accrediting body.

Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program at NMSU-Dona Ana – accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Athletic Training program at NMSU-Las Cruces – accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

We extend our congratulations and appreciation for the hard work of the faculty, staff and students in these programs!

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Scholarships offered for Film Technicians    Film Las Cruces has offered a great opportunity to NMSU-Doña Ana students by offering ten scholarships for students to train as professional crew members in the film technician training program. The scholarships will pay for this semester’s class starting February 9. Students in the program work with film set equipment and are informed of different professions within the film industry.  By successfully completing the course, students earn nine credit hours towards the 24 hours needed for a Film Crew Training Certificate.

 

 

Students Attend Competition    More than 60 high school students and their coaches and advisors came to the East Mesa Campus of NMSU-Dona Ana to compete in 12 different competitions in the state FLCCA qualifier on Saturday. Students showed off their chops in knife skills, pastry arts, creative plating, life planning, fashion merchandising, and several other competitions hosted by the Culinary Arts Program who also invited area Pro-Start (Culinary Arts) high school students to compete.

 

 

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Friday, January 19, NMSU-A instructor Sherrell Wheeler held a “Computer Boot Camp.” This boot camp was to help students gain the skill they need to work in Canvas and to complete on-line classes successfully. Over 30 students signed up to attend; seven of which attended virtually. The boot camp was so successful that Sherrell has scheduled a second session for Friday, February 2.

Thursday, January 25, the NMSU-A Campus Christian Fellowship sponsored a blood drive. United Blood Services arrived at 10:30 a.m. and stayed until 3:30 p.m. The blood drive was very successful as over 25 students, faculty, and staff signed up to donate blood and blood products.

Institutional researcher and adjunct faculty member
Greg Hillis giving packed red cells.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Monday, January 21, through Wednesday, January 24, NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton served as team leader for an AQIP accreditation peer review visit to Zane State College in Zanesville, Ohio. The visit was very informative and the team will now start preparing the documents to be sent to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

On Monday, January 21 through Thursday, January 24, the NMSU Carlsbad Associated Students conducted welcome week activities. Different types of foods were made available at times in the day and student clubs distributed information regarding college activities.

On Thursday, January 24, the NMSU Carlsbad President met with Early College High School representatives to discuss their involvement in college activities. Plans have been initiated to structure a campus cleanup initiative in the next few weeks.

On Friday, January 26, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met with the Chamber of Commerce to discuss the upcoming Bat Brigade, which entails Carlsbad representatives traveling to Santa Fe in order to meet with cabinet secretaries, the governor, and the lieutenant governor. Plans were also discussed for the reception on Monday night, which will be hosted by the Artesia Chamber and the Carlsbad Chamber.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

NMSU Grants’ Title V, the Writing Center, and the Library hosted its monthly open mic poetry reading at Rocky’s on Rt. 66, an art gallery to encourage community participation. The event was attended by thirteen people, including college staff, community members, a newspaper reporter, and residents from the Zuni area.  Participants shared their original work as well as poems by some of their favorite authors.  An article about the event can be found at: https://www.cibolacitizen.com/community/slammin%E2%80%99-cibola.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto

The ASNMSU Senate held an orientation on January 20. All of the senators got together to prepare for the upcoming semester by learning more about each other, ASNMSU as a whole, and the legislative side of ASNMSU.

The ASNMSU Senate held its first meeting of the semester on January 25, in the Senate Chambers of Corbett Center. Executive reports were given, as well as report outs from committees members. Nineteen bills were passed including amendments to the Election Code (Chapter 2 of the Lawbook).

Our ASNMSU Governmental Affairs Department and members of the Student Advocacy Board are hard at work in Santa Fe with our New Mexico Legislators and our NMSU Governmental Affairs Department. They are working to ensure bills sffecting the lottery scholarship or NMSU hear a student voice to learn what is best for our NMSU students.


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