- From a country and western tune, “therein lies the danger.” This morning’s Albuquerque Journal headlines the “exodus” of New Mexico’s population, relative to the region. From 2010-2016 New Mexico’s population increased 1.1 percent (with two years where the numbers declined), while Arizona was up 8.4 percent, Utah 10.4 percent, Colorado 10.2 percent , and Texas 10.8 percent. Coupled with high school graduation percentages stagnant you have a recipe for declining higher education enrollment. Declining and or stagnant population often results from a poor economy, which we have had since the recession. From another country and western song, “I sure could use a little good news today.” So on the brighter side, the solution to many of our woes will be strong, properly supported, and very productive universities. NMSU is such a university and is the leader in transforming our great university into a 21st Century University.
- I have issued a statement to our NMSU community regarding the recent Presidential Executive Order regarding refugees and citizens from Muslim countries. We are a caring community and must do everything possible to assist and counsel faculty, staff, and students who may be affected. It is important to our Nation and to our University that we welcome international citizens and students.
- ASNMSU President Matt Bose and Legislative Leader Wake Gardner did a nice job of visiting with several legislators at an NMSU sponsored legislative breakfast. Sixteen legislators attended. The students are our best ambassadors and come prepared to discuss their issues in detail. Good job, Matt and Wake.
- Speaking of Ambassadors, I met with representatives of all of our agricultural associations represented in Santa Fe. Rightfully, they count NMSU as their university of choice and are very vocal about our programs, including academics, the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. They are very interested in amending the Constitution and/or legislating that one member of the Board of Regents must be from agriculture. Their definition of possible membership is fairly broad.
- The Council of University Presidents will continue to pursue our agenda which includes two percent new money and only a two percent base adjustment in the funding formula. We will be lucky to hold the base adjustment to two percent as both LFC and DFA recommended four percent, which hurt some of our community colleges. We are also actively advocating for changes in the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) that will protect our intellectual property.
- At the Academic Deans meeting on Tuesday we discussed enrollment numbers for the spring and application numbers for the fall of 2017. Retention of first year students has improved over last year, but not by as much as we had hoped. The Assurance Report that is being prepared for our Higher Learning Commission team visit in the fall of 2017 will be released section by section for review and editing. Because of the discontinuous nature of the report, section by section release actually makes for an easier review experience.
- At the Centralized Advising Taskforce meeting on Thursday, we set up several sub-committees– one to deal with strategies for maintaining close ties with faculty members; one to deal with the roles of advisors in colleges and how to ensure that those roles were not lost in the move to centralized advising; one to deal with the role of advisors in Aggie Welcomes and Orientations; and one to deal with the training needs of advisors. A good amount of time at the meeting was devoted to a discussion of Aggie orientations and how to better utilize advisors and faculty members at these events.
Cooperative Extension Service
- Jason Lamb, Quay County agriculture agent, has been selected by the New Mexico Association of County Agricultural Agents to receive the New Mexico Achievement Award for his work on weed programs in Quay County. Jason has conducted many programs on Weed Management. The largest and most well attended program is the Weed Management Workshop in which producers were introduced to weed control and range management techniques. Jason has also developed a county-wide weed website, a noxious weed brochure, and a web-based test for producers to check out boom sprayer equipment along with boom sprayer calibration demonstrations, weed identification programs, and private applicators workshops so that producers can obtain their private applicators licenses and continued education credits.
- Leigh Ann Marez, Guadalupe County program director and agent, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award by New Mexico Association of County Agriculture Agents. Leigh Ann received the award because she is devoted to the Cooperative Extension ideals: assisting county clientele with problem solving and enhanced quality of life through Extension programming and Land-Grant university research/education. She is especially passionate about helping producers improve their production agriculture practices and teaching our youth about how agriculture has fed, and will continue to feed, the world.
Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
Extension Economics Dr. Michael Patrick coordinated three important economic development activities. He facilitated a workshop in Santa Rosa, engaging 32 elected officials, community leaders and residents from Quay, Guadalupe, De Baca, and Torrance counties to establish regional economic development goals, identify assets and potential barriers, and strategies for the East Central New Mexico Stronger Economies Together (SET). Stronger Economies Together (SET) is a national USDA RD and Land-Grant universities initiative designed to enable communities and counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region. He also led a meeting of the Resiliency in New Mexico Agriculture Task Force, which is composed of farmers, ranchers, industry and agency leaders, and is charged with developing a strategic plan to establish a resilient New Mexico food and agriculture system capable of addressing current issues, withstanding new challenges, and advancing to new successes, with roots in a strong export-oriented commodity agriculture sector and a robust local food system of small and medium-sized family farms and ranches. The Resiliency in New Mexico Agriculture project is spearheaded by New Mexico First and the NMSU CES, with funding from the Thornburg Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and the McCune Charitable Foundation. Dr. Patrick also taught the New Mexico EDGE Certified Public Officials class (CO 272) Community Economic Development Practices, Tools and Resources at the Winter Session, in Santa Fe, NM. The New Mexico EDGE (Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector) is an umbrella organization operated through NM Cooperative Extension Service under which the County College (founded with NM Association of Counties), the NM Certified Public Manager® Program, and other continuing education certification programs are administered.
School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
On Monday, January 23, the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) hosted the New Mexico ProStart Bootcamp. Over 70 students and teachers from high schools throughout New Mexico came to Gerald Thomas Hall to practice for the culinary and management skills competitions that will be held in Santa Fe in March. The schools included Atrisco Heritage, Cloudcroft, Deming, Eldorado, Grants, Laguna/Acoma, Sandia, and Santa Fe. HRTM faculty and students, some of the high school teachers, and students from Cuba high school served as judges and timekeepers. ProStart, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, is a nationwide initiative that unites the classroom and industry to help students get a taste for success in an industry that is hungry for talent. In addition to competing, students had the opportunity to learn about the HRTM program and have lunch at Taos Restaurant. Professor Julie Correa coordinated with Victor Martinez, Director of Education for the NM Restaurant Association, to plan the event.
Plant and Environmental Sciences
Derek Barchenger, a Ph.D. candidate in PES working with Dr. Paul Bosland, was a recipient of the 2016 U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Food Security program which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and designed to expand the pool of food security professionals in the United States. This award allowed him to conduct a six-month research project at the World Vegetable Center in Taiwan. Derek focused on the plant pathogen Phytophthora capsici, which causes Phytophthora wilt in chile pepper. He evaluated the usefulness of a host differential, developed by the Chile Pepper Breeding and Genetics group at NMSU, in Taiwan for use as a universal race detection system. This research has potential to benefit chile pepper producers in underdeveloped countries, as well as in New Mexico. Using research results, scientists will now be able to breed for resistance to new races that may be introduced into New Mexico.
- The College of Arts and Sciences is preparing for its annual Starry Night event, which celebrates the stars of the college and the connections between the college and the community. The event will take place on February 3.
- Ninety-five works by eight contemporary Native American photographers and filmmakers will be on display starting this week at the New Mexico State University Museum.
- American Southwest Theatre Company presented “Inside Hollywood” with guest artists Eric Lutes and Jane Sibbett for a public presentation in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts.
- Andrew Spakowitz, associate professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University, presented a talk titled “Multi-scale Modeling of Chromosomal DNA in Living Cells” as part of the NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar Series
- Dr. James Ni, Physics, was recognized for his research accomplishments during the basketball game on saturday.
- The Criminal Justice Speakers series presented Judge Marci Beyer. Beyer gave insight about her career in criminal law as well as spoke about the crisis of the criminal justice system in New Mexico.
- Ocean Discovery Lecturer John Jaeger of the University of Florida discussed Building Mountains in an Icy World: Results From IODP Drilling in the Gulf of Alaska as part of the Geological Sciences Colloquium.
- Dr. Zachary Toups, Computer Science, was notified of being the recipient of a NSF CAREER grant.
- Regents Professor and Chevron Endowed Professorship holder, Jim Peach, made a presentation on economic development to the New Mexico Senate Finance Committee (Santa Fe) on January 24.
- I attended the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors meeting on Friday, January 27, to provide a college update.
- We encourage you to attend an unveiling of the artwork donated to the College by Artist and NMSU alumnus, George Mendoza (’78) in memory of NMSU alumnus, Danny Villanueva (‘61) on Thursday, February 2, at 4:00 p.m. in Domenici Hall. A reception will follow the unveiling of the “Desert Splash” acrylic on canvas “When We Dance.” Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Preparations continue for our 6th annual Economic Outlook Conference scheduled for Thursday, February 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The Economic Outlook Conference is an annual look at the New Mexico and U.S. economy from NMSU College of Business Professor, Dr. Jim Peach and Wells Fargo Bank economist, Dr. Eugenio Alemán. Peach is Regents Professor of Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business and was just selected for the Chevron Endowed Professorship in December 2016. Dr. Alemán is director and senior economist at Wells Fargo forecasting national, regional and international economic trends. Please register for the event at http://business.nmsu.edu/cob-events by February 10. Faculty may elect to give students extra credit for attending, students should also register if they plan to attend. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship by Wells Fargo Bank.
- The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.
STEM OUTREACH CENTER
On Saturday, January 14, 2017, the STEM Outreach Center facilitated Professional Development for over 300 teachers from 26 different schools in 3 various districts. The Professional Development was an extension of the initial PD held in August for the start of the 21st Century CCLC Grant for Afterschool Programs.
We started in Domenici Hall, with the balcony filled as well as teachers sitting on the floor in front! Our guest speaker, Nate Robinson, introduced the use of integrating stories within the STEM curriculum to add enrichment to the sessions.
The teachers were able to report their progress in the programs as well as receive new supplemental lessons to the Curriculum they had received in the fall. The STEM Outreach Center was able to make 200 resource kits for the new Spring Semester.
The 21st CCLC Grant in partnership with The STEM Outreach Center here at NMSU has been able to provide afterschool programs to 4 schools in the Hatch Valley School District, 10 schools in the Gadsden Independent School District, and 12 schools in the Las Cruces Public Schools.
Our Afterschool Programs consist of: Science Brain Battle, SEMAA, DiMA , Readers Theater, COUNT, electives, & Homework Help/Tutoring.
Please visit our website if you are interested in what we do! https://stem.nmsu.edu/
Chemical Engineering Department Head David A. Rockstraw was recently elected to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Fellows Council. He was selected as an AICHE fellow in 2015. His primary goal of participation in the Fellows Council is to support the needs of chemical engineering department chairs and undergraduate education; AICHE student chapters; and safety education across all disciplines of engineering.
The Academy of Civil and Geological Engineering 25th Anniversary Endowed Scholarship has reached $25,000. The scholarship was originally established in 2012 as a current-use scholarship and was newly converted to an endowed scholarship fund. The scholarship is for one or more undergraduate or graduate students majoring in civil engineering, with preference given to students in a leadership position in a civil engineering student organization or in a related student organization.
Three College of Engineering students working as on-campus co-ops in the Aggie Innovation Space designed and built a wheelchair device to assist a dog who had his right hind leg amputated due to cancer this past spring. Aggie Innovators Natalia Perez, Abdiel Jimenez and Arturo Dominguez designed and created a customized device for the almost 17-year-old Kita and his owner Michelle Lebsock.
New Mexico State University’s Engineering New Mexico Resource Network held the 53nd annual Samuel P. Maggard Quality Concrete School in early January. The school included workshops and lectures covering various concrete-related topics. It was attended by nearly 100 people and professional engineers and others involved in the construction industry to provide information about the latest technologies and information used in concrete applications. The Quality Concrete School is a combined effort by the Civil Engineering Department, led by Professor Craig Newtson, and the New Mexico Ready Mix Concrete and Aggregates Association.
Office of the Dean
Associate Dean, Dr. Karen Frye, held a gathering at her home last week to kick off the New Year. Several faculty and staff members from HSS joined the fun, food, and games. Here is to a wonderful 2017!
School of Nursing
School of Nursing faculty member, Conni Deblieck, has diligently participated with “Success Partnership,” a community partnership affiliated with NGAGE New Mexico. In additional, Dr. Deblieck has been involved with the Community School Initiative at Lynn Middle School and on Monday January 17, 2017, at the annual meeting for NGAGE, NM, Dr. Deblieck was recognized with a certificate for her time and effort working with this community program. Aggie nurses are on the Move!
School of Social Work
Several faculty from the School of Social Work will be accompanying students to attend the Student Legislative Advocacy Day on February 2 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 2003, the SLAD committee in association with NASW-NM has been educating and organizing social work students around key issues. This year SLAD will be focusing on five issues: 1) The Death Penalty & Three Strikes 2) Funding for Education and Community Programming 3) Funding for child welfare and family programming 4) Funding for higher education 5) Ensuring a safe community and state for us all. The aim of SLAD is to educate students about the legislative process and to meet and discuss important issues with their legislators. In addition, students will participate in committee meetings and may meet with the Governor or Lt. Governor, and SLAD hopes to have 200 plus students march on the Capitol. This activity relates to what students are learning in a number of their academic courses on how to be active policy practitioners, developing social change skills, and how to be an effective advocate for their clients.
Department of Public Health Sciences
The second cohort of the joint University of New Mexico (UNM) and NMSU New Mexico Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Institute (MCH TI) met at UNM on January 9-10, 2017, to receive their orientation. The new cohort consists of 17 individuals from New Mexico, who are working in public health, education, tribal, and advocacy positions. Dr. Sue Forster-Cox of the Department of Public Health Sciences, along with Dr. Kristine Tollestrup (PI) of the UNM College of Population Health were awarded Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funds to train people in New Mexico’s rural, tribal, border and underserved communities in basic public health skills, with an emphasis in MCH. The courses include Essentials of Public Health, Epidemiology, Professional Practice and Leadership and Management. The grant, awarded in 2014, was one of only four awards made by HRSA, that year, for this specific type of MCH training program.
Academic librarians from across the state gathered in Santa Fe for Library Legislative Day on Friday, January 27. Librarians are meeting with legislators to personally thank them for funding the GO Bond and funding of capital outlay projects for libraries NMSU Library and the NMSU community college libraries will be receiving GO Bond funds to support collection purchases, etc.
The Western Storage Trust (WEST) is currently developing an on-demand collection comparison report process. This functionality will improve our ability to compare the journal holdings of WEST Archives against NMSU journal holdings. NMSU Library was invited to test this functionality and this week we accepted this invitation to do this testing. WEST has over 100 research libraries members.
- Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar has organized two upcoming workshops for interested students. The first, will guide students through the process of applying for our International Research Scholarship, the second will be for students contemplating an application for a Fulbright Award for international research or study. The second workshop will be open to graduate students as well as undergrads, any faculty who think they have students who might be good candidates for either or both competitions should feel free to email him at email@example.com with suggestions. The Fulbright in particular is a great fit for many NMSU students, and depending upon the country they have selected for their application, as many as 20 percent of applicants are successful. Please help us increase the awareness of this great opportunity to your best students.
- As of spring term 2017, the program that supports New Mexico Leadership Institute students (NMLI) has been moved into the Honors College, and we had a kickoff reception to celebrate this transition. The NMLI students are selected through a competitive process while juniors in high school, and then they participate in a series of leadership and social justice training events to prepare them to matriculate to either NMSU or UNM. We, currently, have 27 students on our campus who are participants in this rigorous program, and we expect an additional 10 students next semester. We had an enjoyable time getting to know these students and hope to help facilitate their progress at NMSU. We are grateful to Mr. Dan Burrell and the New Mexico Leadership Institute for their financial support for these students and to Robin Smith, executive director of the NMLI program, who visited us for the reception.
- Along with other members of the Anthropology Department, we participated in the opening of a spectacular new show at the University Museum. The exhibit “As We See It – Contemporary Native American Photographers” starts with an opening reception on Thursday, January 26. The show runs through the end of April. Ninety-five works by eight contemporary Native American photographers and filmmakers are on display starting this week at the New Mexico State University Museum (on University at Solano in Kent Hall). We encourage all members of campus community to visit the show while it is on exhibit. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 12-4 pm or by appointment for special groups.
Equestrian Support In preparation of the Equestrian competition scheduled on January 28, NMSU vs. Texas A&M, Facilities and Services Custodial, Grounds, and Structural Maintenance have been working with Athletics to prepare the Equine Center for the first event of the season. Go Aggies!
Campus Beautification The Paint shop personnel have been painting the exterior of Walden Hall as part of our campus beautification efforts. They have painted all of the flat panels grey and are in the process of painting the columns white. Additionally, the south doors will be replaced and then painted after the installation as part of the project.
Parking Update The NMSU Parking Map for Las Cruces main campus has been updated to reflect new parking requirements for the Stan Fulton Athletics Center. Free parking is reserved for 3rd floor guests and visitors to the Fulton Center. Faculty and staff with a valid NMSU Parking Permit will park in the Orange (All Permits) parking area. View the map at https://www.facebook.com/events/218654978587381/ . For more information call 575-646-1839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRIO Student Support Services Program TRIO Student Support Services Program has received the International Mentor Training Program Certification (IMTPC) license to certify Peer Mentors and the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) to certify Peer Tutors through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).
The Mentoring Certification is a first for the TRIO SSS Program and can certify Mentors for three levels: Level 1 – Regular Mentor; Level II – Advanced Mentor; and Level III – Master Mentor.
The Tutoring Certification is a recertification for TRIO SSS Program. The Tutoring Certification is a Lifetime Certification. The certifications are a result of the submittal of a certification proposal by TRIO SSS Mentor and Tutor Coordinators, who researched, developed curriculum and training modules needed to gain certification.
Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship The Student Success Center and Advancement submitted the Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship for the 2017-1019. The Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship is designed to assist highly-motivated non-traditional students to complete their post-secondary education. NMSU received a $40,000 grant award for 2015-2017 in which 20 students were awarded a scholarship and provided services to enhance their academic experience. The 2017-2019 submission is for $80,000 with a program designed to serve 30 students. More information about the Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship can be found at https://ssc.nmsu.edu/programs/daniels-fund-boundless-opportunity-scholars-program/
Healthy U Challenge The Healthy U Challenge is back! From January 23 –March 8, the AggieFit office will start a 7 week Healthy U Challenge. This challenge includes weekly weigh-ins, health education materials, fitness tips and a calendar of events to help people become a Healthier U. Within this challenge there will be three clinics relating to weight training, cardio fitness and walking fitness. The challenge is open to all NMSU students, staff, faculty and other members affiliated with AggieFit such as Alumni.
Weigh 2 Go, NMSU Student Weight Loss Program A physician-supervised weight loss program is in its fifth semester and enrolling motivated students who want to lose weight and get in shape. This 16-week program is run through the Campus Health Center and includes a physical exam, screening labs, supervision by a physician, consultation with a nutritionist and 2-4 work-out sessions per week with a personal trainer at the Athletic Center. Program participants are in high risk health categories with weight contributing as a risk factor. The program is free to full and part-time students who have paid the health fee. The program has been successful in making significant lifestyle changes for students. More information can be found at the CHC or by an appointment with a medical provider.
Innoventure Last week Marie Borchert and Lydia Hammond, traveled to various points in the state delivering hundreds of backpacks containing Innoventure Jr. Curriculum to elementary schools in Socorro, Gallup, Farmington, Fruitland, and Shiprock. Thanks to the support of the Daniels Fund, Innoventure was able to assemble 1,000 backpacks that contain workbooks for grades PreK-5 that teach students about entrepreneurship. In addition to the physical backpacks all Innoventure Jr. Curriculum is available online at http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/innoventure/innoventure-jr/
Studio G Networking Hours On Wednesday, Studio G kicked off their 2017 Networking Hours. This week’s topic focused on Idea Generation, a crucial first step in the entrepreneurial process. Studio G host weekly Networking Hours at the NMSU main campus and broadcasts the events on Facebook Live so Studio G clients throughout the NMSU System can participate. Networking Hours provide a great opportunity for student and alumni entrepreneurs to learn best practices, and connect with their peers and community experts. This week’s event was attended by 15 people, and the recording can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/videos/vl.915032168629948/1830441993901470/?type=1&theater.
NMSBA 2017 Kick-Off The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program offered at NMSU as a partnership with SNL and LANL, has officially kicked-off the new calendar year 2017 with the start of two projects for technical assistance working with local entrepreneur, EcoSeal. EcoSeal is also part of Studio G, Arrowhead’s student accelerator program.
Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe The University Advancement, Marketing and Communications leadership team traveled to Albuquerque and Santa Fe at the end of the week to attend Chamber of Commerce’s Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe events, along with a leadership planning retreat and several partner and donor visits.
Turfgrass Research The College of ACES received a gift of $10,000 to fund turfgrass research.
Greatest Need A local business gave $12,000 to the NMSU greatest need fund to support scholarships.
Athletics The Aggie Athletics Club received a $10,000 gift to support athletics operations.
- Had a successful Pack the Pan Am 2 promotion against UMKC. This was the #1 revenue producing non UNM/UTEP game in the last 17 years. During halftime, we honored former Aggie men’s basketball player Shawn Harrington who was featured in an article by the New York Times as well as HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on his tragic mistaken identity shooting. Over $10,000 was raised towards the Shawn Harrington Recovery Fund to help with the cost of his medical expenses. Very proud of our Aggie fans for their generosity.
- Did a few live radio and TV interviews including KNML Sports Animal, 101.7 ESPN the Team, and the Santa Fe New Mexican to promote the upcoming Aggie men’s basketball game in Rio Rancho against Northern New Mexico.
Come join us at the 2017 Las Cruces International Festival! The event will be held on April 8 from 10:00 to 3:00 pm at Pioneer Women’s Park. Visit https://ibp.nmsu.edu/las-cruces-international-festival-2017/ for more information.
A delegation from Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua visited NMSU’s College of Engineering. The visit was designed to acquaint both institutions with new leadership and revisit the successful dual bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering.
International and Border Programs, in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the Graduate School, received a delegation of Indian journalists and a film crew to develop a promotional film to show in southern India near the city of Hyderabad.
The Confucius Institute had successful celebrations surrounding the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year Gala performances at Corbett Auditorium on Sunday, January 29, was standing room only. A parade downtown received good media coverage. Read more about that here: http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2017/01/28/chinese-new-year-observed-las-cruces/97198834/
Over the weekend IBP and ISSS officials worked with the university’s leadership to develop a response to questions and concerns about recent Executive Order by the Trump administration that affects members of the NMSU community. Visit https://isss.nmsu.edu/presidentialeo/ for more information.
News and Media Relations Continuing its series of Research Discovery Awards presentations at home basketball games, News and Media Relations coordinated Chancellor Garrey Carruthers’ recognition of James Ni, the George W. Gardiner Professor of Physics, Emeritus, on January 21. This was the fifth in the series of eight recognitions this year. The next recognition will come Saturday, February 4.
Marketing Services and Web Communications NMSU’s Marketing Services team worked with International and Border Programs to develop recruitment brochures to be distributed to potential students in China and Vietnam. We utilized the expertise of NMSU faculty for help in properly conveying our messages. First was the translation, then the review of the content and images to ensure we were mindful of different cultural sensibilities.
KRWG/SPU Las Cruces School Board elections took center stage at KRWG TV Tuesday evening. In collaboration with the League of Women Voters, candidates were asked a series of questions designed to give the public an opportunity to hear their positions before casting ballots.
2017 Legislative Session
New Mexico State University has a team that watches all bills that are introduced and determines the impact that any of the bills might have to the NMSU community. To see an ongoing list of the bills that NMSU is tracking, click on the link below
Police Activity There were 34 police reports created, 24 supplements filed, and 24 traffic citations issued. The Records & Evidence Office processed 59 items of evidence entered into the vault, 27 people were fingerprinted and 4 background checks were conducted.
Emergency Dispatch Center Emergency Dispatch Center handled 221 police calls for service, (2 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 184 police calls (18 of which were agency assist) and 5 warrant entries. There were 21 fire calls (6 of which were mutual aid), 6 emergency medical calls, 4 fire alarms, 1 flooding, 1 elevator rescue, 1 wash-down, 1 natural gas odor, and 1 stand by. There were also 3 animal control calls.
New Officers The Department hired two new Police Officers effective January 16. The first is Kelly Cohernour who worked as a Security Officer with Special Events and the second is Dominic Arzola who was a former Public Safety Aide with the Department as well as a Security Officer with Special Events. Both Kelly and Dominic will attend the New Mexico Law Enforcement Police Academy in Hobbs, New Mexico on March 6.
Fraud Alert A message to NMSU Community was distributed alerting students of unsolicited text messages claiming they have been selected for a $500/weekly part-time job. The text message asks for the students to send a non-NMSU e-mail address and their cell phone number. Students are encouraged to never respond to unsolicited text messages like these and are encouraged not to publish their cell phone numbers on social media or in public directories.
MOU Meeting The Office of Institutional Equity and the Police Department have devised a draft MOU on how to share information and resources when cases of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and harassment take place. The draft formalizes practices that have already been in place for quite some time, and is now under final review before being implemented.
Tortugas Dam Exercise On Wednesday, the NMSU Police and Fire Departments participated in a regional disaster exercise that centered around the possibility of the Tortugas Dam #1 (on the eastern edge of the NMSU Golf Course) filling and failing. The good news is that this dam is seriously over-engineered, and can a LOT of rain (12” in a single day). The bad news is that most of the other dams in the region cannot, so this one may still be standing when the others have collapsed. The Tortugas Dam #1 has a fairly narrow watershed feeding it that runs from the dam, through the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, around Centennial High School, and east to the Organ Mountains. Rain that falls south of Dripping Springs Road and between A-Mountain and the Organ Mountains goes to the south, while rain north of a line roughly starting at the end of Missouri fees the Las Cruces Dam. This exercise concentrated on the emergency monitoring and notifications that would be necessary in the event of the dam reaching capacity and breaching.
Repeater Install at the Chaparral Campus Chief Lopez and Commander Harvey installed a new radio repeater at the DACC Chaparral Campus. This repeater is part of a system that provides DACC security officers with two-way radio coverage at almost all of the campuses, and the ability to directly reach the Emergency Dispatch Center to report problems or request assistance. DACC has funded all of the equipment for this network, and the NMSU Police Department has taken care of the installations as part of the joint effort.
Active Killer Webinar On January 26, Chief Lopez presented a 1-hour webinar for Campus Safety Magazine entitled Before the Shots: Preparing for an Active Killer Incident. Attendees participated from over 680 different sites, concentrated mostly in the US but with a number from international locations, as well.
Regional National Security Meeting Chief Lopez and Commander Harvey participated in a regional law enforcement meeting to identify and discuss national security matters pertinent to this area. The meeting was coordinated and hosted by the FBI – Las Cruces resident office.
Welding Program Reaccredited as Test Facility The NMSU Doña Ana Welding program successfully completed their third year audit by the American Welding Society. Reaccredited as a Test Facility, the welding program continues to offer certified testing for individuals hoping to achieve national credentialing in welding. http://dacc.nmsu.edu/in-the-media/2017/01/24/welding-retains-accredited-test-facility-designation/
- On Monday, January 23, NMSU Carlsbad representatives traveled to Santa Fe in order to meet with the Eddy County legislators to discuss several bills that are underway and also to discuss the brine well situation and its possible remedy. Senator Leavell and Representative Brown have filed bills to remedy the potential hazard.
- On Tuesday, January 24, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a breakfast with representatives and senators hosted by Chancellor Garrey Carruthers. The event attracted a good number of elected officials and the conversations were very conducive to the discussions of higher education issues and strategies in New Mexico. Plans are to continue this event on an annual basis.
- On Wednesday, January 25, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a meeting at the State Capitol which was called by NMHED Secretary Barbara Damron. A wide number of institutions attended the meeting to discuss the impending legislation that would have an impact on higher education in the state.
- On Thursday, January 26, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast at the Santa Fe Convention Hall. This annual event attracted a large number of elected officials and state leaders and the program was outstanding. The NMSU Carlsbad delegation had the pleasure of meeting the Consul General of Canada who was in attendance.
- On Friday, January 27, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its monthly Steering Committee meeting. This committee is a vital part of the AQIP accreditation processes and the reports received from each standing committee were superb and denoted a great deal of effort being devoted to campus initiatives.
NMSU Grants Student Honored On Saturday, January 21, the Soroptimist Club International of Gallup presented NMSU Grants graduate Alisha Broten with a $1000 scholarship to enable her to continue her studies at NMSU toward an undergraduate degree in elementary education. Broten completed her associate’s degree in 2016 and is currently enrolled in the NMSU Las Cruces Teacher Education Program. Broten was honored before 50 Soroptimist members at a luncheon at El Rancho Restaurant. In her acceptance remarks, Broten told the club members that she was motivated to go into elementary education by a fourth grade teacher who inspired her academic self-confidence. Alisha offered an emotional account of how teachers do not always encourage young students and how a teacher can make a vast difference in a young person’s life by supporting positive achievements. In awarding the scholarship to Broten, the selection committee noted her high grade-point average and her work with young students at the NMSU Grants Students Success Center and with the past two summer NASNTI (Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution) high school academies.
- ASNMSU held its first Student Senate of the semester on January 26. Several students and student organizations were able to receive funding support in their travels around the country while representing all that NMSU has to offer. We are always excited to support students and all of the successes they bring to the University.
- 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 email@example.com.
- ASNMSU is preparing to host the annual Super Bowl Party, this Sunday, February 4, in Aggie Lounge inside of Corbett Center Student Union. Come out and join us for food, free prizes, and the game!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate your interest.