Activity Report January 27 – February 2

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

Only two more weeks to go in this Legislative session. The Budget Bill (HB2 substitute) passed the House by 65-3 vote, which is really unusual to have that margin.  The Bill is now in Senate Finance, where it will be modified to include notions from Senate members.  As of now, the bill includes one percent new money for the higher education funding formula with a four percent redistribution (money taken from the base of each institution and redistributed using the funding formula); two percent compensation increase for faculty and staff; and $4.0 million for the Lottery Scholarship.  If this holds only NMSU Alamogordo and NMSU Grants would lose money from the base.  Including Research and Public Service Projects, the system would receive about $1.1 million over last year.  Keep in mind, last year we were cutting expenditures. We have requested another one percent increase in funding for the formula, which would yield an additional $866,000.

On the enrollment front, freshman admission applications for Fall 2018 have exceeded the total number of applications for the entire 2017 season. 5,408 scholarships have been offered to newly admitted students for Fall 2018 and 2,640 prospective students have been notified of their federal financial aid awards—once again these offers are months ahead of our past time frame.  Hopefully, being out front first and fastest will lead to a much greater yield this fall.  Fall 2019 recruitment is underway, with Admission staff already in High Schools visiting with Juniors.   The Third Aggie Experience is scheduled for February 19 – over 1,000 students and 700 guests signed up for the event.  Admissions is doing one heck of a job!

As I indicated some time back, NMSU has been approached to plant our flag on a new university being planned for San Luis Potosi in Mexico. We have received a Letter of Intent from the investors, are currently reviewing it, and if promising we will take the issue to the Regents in their March meeting.  Provost Howard and Dean Flores will be visiting the site soon. This is a relatively new approach to internationalizing a university.  Arkansas State has such an institution in Mexico and is now in its second year.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

I spent the beginning of the week in Santa Fe, representing NMSU at Las Cruces Days. The highlight of the festivities was a very moving memorial in the New Mexico Senate recognizing Chancellor Carruthers for his many years of public service. Both Democratic and Republican Senators spoke at length about his leadership, bipartisanship, and his commitment to the welfare of the state and New Mexico State University.

On Thursday, I traveled to Eastern New Mexico University Roswell to speak to the 2018 Connect Class of Leadership New Mexico. My talk focused on higher education issues in New Mexico and centered on governance, dual credit, and the lottery scholarship.

On Friday, I joined the Advancing Leaders Program Reunion for lunch and enjoyed an insightful talk given by Dr. Jeff Buller. Dr. Buller has written extensively about leadership, and it was a pleasure to talk with him at some length about the differences between higher education and business.

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

The College of ACES Cooperative Extension Service was the featured presenter at the NMSU Border Health Breakfast Hour. These monthly breakfasts are sponsored by the Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research and promote networking among colleagues from all colleges. The presentation was titled “Cooperative Extension: Partners in Creating Healthy Communities” and presenters included Karim Martinez, Doña Ana County Family & Consumer Sciences agent; Kelly Knight, Otero County Family & Consumer Sciences agent; Laynee Kuenstler, Luna County Family & Consumer Sciences agent; and Lucinda Banegas-Carreon, Extension Associate II, NDPP program coordinator. It was a great opportunity to share how Cooperative Extension Service improves the health of New Mexicans through a variety of research-based outreach programs.


Over 100 4-H members attended the legislative session in Santa Fe to celebrate 4-H Day at the Roundhouse. 4-H members ages 9 – 18 attended presentations by numerous legislators, Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte and lobbyists to learn how the New Mexico state government operates.  Additionally, they watched as both the Senate and House passed a memorial proclaiming the day as State 4-H Day at the Roundhouse.  One highlight of the program was when the State 4-H Leadership Team had the opportunity to sit down with Governor Martinez to discuss the importance of the New Mexico State University 4-H Youth Development Program which provides programs to over 40,000 youth each year.


New Mexico 4-H’s annual event, Senior Leadership Retreat, was held in Las Cruces at the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The event offered 249 youth, ages 14 – 18 an opportunity to experience various programs offered by the college of ACES. NMSU faculty and students exposed 4-H youth to various career opportunities through hands-on instructional activities. Additionally, 4-H youth participated in some Aggie Spirit as they cheered on the women’s basketball team during the Aggies’ victory over the Roos.


At the end of January, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce hosted Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe during the legislative session. The Hospitality Suite at the El Dorado Hotel was hosted by the School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management via College Assistant Professor John Hartley.  Chef Hartley assisted the Chamber in acquiring food donations, making travel arrangements, and cooked the food in Santa Fe as well as managing the hospitality suite. Almost 250 guests visited the suite.  In response, the School of HRTM and ACES were listed as in-kind donors of the event. Chef Hartley was also able to attend the Las Cruces reception at the Governor’s Mansion.  Response from participants was outstanding, and this was the first year the Chamber was able to offer hot foods in the hospitality suite.  Chef Hartley has been invited to help again next year.

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli



Congratulations to David Bowdich, a 1991 Criminal Justice alum in line to become FBI’s new deputy director.





Biomedical Reserch Seminar Series continues with Dr. Eric Stoffregen.






College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

Representatives from GEICO visited my entrepreneurship class on Monday, January 29, to discuss career opportunities and their new externship program for May graduates. Additionally, GEICO held an information table in the Business Complex lobby on Thursday, February 1, and conducted on-site interviews.

I stopped by the Career Fair on Monday, January 29, to visit with employers interested in hiring business graduates.

Dean Jim Hoffman, Finance Professor Ken Martin and Director of Development Anthony Casaus met with COB alumni Blas Pina (85, 88 BA – finance, MA – business administration) and Ken Miyagishima, Associates Pre-Business, BBA Finance, major in Real Estate (‘84, ‘85) on February 1.  Blas is Director of Fuels Trading for Constellation Energy Gas Choice, Inc. in Houston and Ken Miyagishima is Mayor, City of Las Cruces and is with Farmers Insurance District 16-09.  Pina and Miyagishima, both Las Cruces natives, knew each other as they attended the College of Business and participated in a business leaders club together.

During Pina’s visit from Houston, he spoke to Professor Martin’s FIN 435 Investment Analysis class and student organizations, Financial Management Association, American Marketing Association & GAMMA IOTA SIGMA.

Photo by Anthony Casaus: Blas Pina providing explanation to Martin’s FIN 435 Investment Analysis class

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Karen Trujillo, research faculty in the NMSU College of Education and director of the Southwest Outreach Academic Research Lab, was recognized during Saturday’s women’s basketball game for her research achievements. New Mexico State University’s Executive Vice President and Deputy Provost Greg Fant presented Dr. Trujillo, who was joined by her family and students, with the recognition. Dr. Trujillo works with students to provide research and evaluation support for various outreach programs on campus, and is a co-principal investigator on two National Science Foundation-funded grants: Math Snacks Early Algebra and exploring how metacognitive practices impact student success in engineering.

Dr. Trujillo also serves as the state director of Educators Rising New Mexico, guiding high school students on a path to become accomplished teachers.

Congratulations Dr. Trujillo!

Stem Outreach Center   The STEM Outreach Center held a professional development training for 270 educators who participate in the 21st CCLC Out of School time programs. These educators received hands on training for the STEM Outreach Centers following curriculums; SEMAA, Readers Theater, DiMA, COUNT, Science Brain Battle, and electives. These programs are implemented at 22 local schools and are free for all students. This year alone these programs have served over 3,000 students! These students are given the opportunity to work with fun hands on STEM topics, and they have a safe place to go afterschool. For the Fall 2017 semester these programs have saved an estimated $1,560,000 in child care services for New Mexico families! Now that the spring semester is starting the STEM Outreach center is excited to continue serving our community and watch these numbers rise!

MALCS panel   On Friday, six prominent advocates and leaders of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, the professional organization of Women Active in Letters and Social Change, visited NMSU to speak about the need for an increase of Chicanas/Latinas and indigenous women in higher education.

The panel was sponsored by the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Stan Fulton Endowed Chair and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies/Gender and Sexuality Studies; the NMSU College of Education; the Department of Curriculum & Instruction; the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration; the NMSU College of Health and Social Services; the NMSU Honors College; and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Student Awarded Core Values Dean’s Parking Space – Fifth Recipient  We would like to congratulate Sarah Ramos for winning the February Core Values Dean’s parking spot award. Sarah was nominated for the award by exemplifying one or more of the Core Values of the College of Education.

“Sarah has been an outstanding Program GA for the Counseling Psychology program as well as in the Training clinic where she provides triages, sees individual clients, runs psycho-education groups, and assists in making sure the clinic runs smoothly. In addition, she has served as a CEP 199 student mentor to incoming students and she is active in the Doctoral Student Association and its social committee. Outside of the university, she is active in a church community where she works with the adolescent and college group. She has been informally mentoring several of the high school and college students who are looking into higher education. Sarah has also helped co-lead informal psycho-education workshops at the church such as providing a training on healthy conflict resolution during a church leader retreat. She always demonstrates integrity and leadership.”

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

The College of Engineering will be featured on “Informed” — an award-winning program that highlights stories and innovative concepts through documentaries on topics such as business, medicine, education, environmental issues. Be watching this month, especially if you live in the cities of Albuquerque, El Paso, Amarillo, Phoenix and Tucson. The NMSU engineering piece will air during Peak (7 a.m.-11:45 a.m.) and Prime (6 p.m.-11:45 p.m.) time on the CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business Network, TLC and Discovery between  February 19 and February 28.  Following that, it will be distributed to 200 plus Public Television affiliates across the nation. You can also view the video from our website at View Video.

At the end of the fall semester, Mechanical Technology Engineering graduate and Cummins NMSU recruiting leader, Alonso Navarrete, contacted Assistant Professor Luke Nogales to discuss collaborating on a capstone project. After some back-and-forth discussion, a proposal was developed by the MET faculty to fund several MET/ECET/IET capstone projects. The proposal requested funding for four projects that would enhance the overall curriculum by developing or updating lab equipment.  The argument was made that the strength of our applied engineering program are the hands-on labs. Enhancing the labs improves the education of the students Cummins is hiring.  The projects being funded are 1) updating an injection molding machine; 2) design and fabrication of interchangeable head CNC table; 3) design and fabrication of instrumented heat transfer fin; and 4) rehab of existing refrigeration cycle demo unit.  Cummins wants to use these projects to strengthen its presence on campus and set the stage for future projects.


Representatives from Sandia National Laboratories visited three Project Lead the Way high schools about the career and internship opportunities for high school students available at Sandia. Joe Sorroche an electrical engineer with Sandia stated they are interested in building the pipeline and so outreach is key at the high school level.  Joining Sorroche were NMSU graduate students and interns at Sandia Lab National Laboratory Shayan Abotalobi and Ty Vincent, both in electrical engineering.


A Las Cruces mechanical engineer was crowned Miss New Mexico USA in a statewide pageant held recently at Oñate High School. And she hopes to use the role to inspire children, especially girls, to become engineers and scientists. Kristen Leyva, 23, was born and raised in Las Cruces, attending Desert Hills Elementary, Camino Real Middle School and Oñate High. Her mother, Jo Leyva, was a single parent who became a mechanical engineer and earned her degree at NMSU, inspired her daughter to pursue the same career. Unfortunately, Jo Leyva died two months shy of her daughter’s graduation from NMSU in December 2016.


College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Dean Donna Wagner and School of Nursing Director Alexa Doig attended Las Cruces Days in Santa Fe. This three-day program is organized by the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and is one way that business and community members in southern New Mexico have a voice in state-wide politics. They met with Governor Martinez and most of our local politicians, including long-time supporter of nursing and NMSU, The Honorable Mary Kay Papen. They spoke with city councilors, county managers, and many business leaders. The CEOs from the Rehabilitation and Advanced Care Hospital of Southern New Mexico, Memorial Medical Center, and Mountain View Regional Medical Center were all at Las Cruces Days, which provided many opportunities for relationship building. Everybody seems to understand the great need for highly-qualified nurses and nurse practitioners in our region and is willing to work with us on solutions to the workforce needs. Even representatives from the Space Port asked about ‘space nursing’. What we gained from the weekend was that our community and business leaders are all huge Aggie supporters and that they are willing to have conversations about the myriad of ways that nursing can address our regional healthcare needs.

L to R: Governor Susana Martinez, Dr. Alexa Doig, First Gentleman Chuck Franco

Dean Donna Wagner, Development Officer Kassie Ckodre, and Dr. Alexa Doig met with friends of the School of Nursing (SON) in Albuquerque. We toured a sterilization and packaging facility of Ethicon Endoscopy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Ethicon hires a lot of Aggies and because of their focus on medical equipment they are interested in supporting nursing education. In the past two years they have donated scholarships and simulation lab equipment. Theresa Andazola, Chief IT Officer, is a huge advocate for us and we hope to be able to take a student group up for a tour at some point in the future. We also visited with Evelin and Joel Wheeler, who are longtime supporters of the SON. In the past, they have provided substantial funding for a faculty professional development fund that has paid for travel to professional conferences for over 20 faculty, as well as student scholarships (the Yourstone-Wheeler Scholarship Fund) and a student development fund that has paid for Sigma Theta Tau events and other student-related activities.

Dr. Conni DeBlieck, School of Nursing, was appointed as a member Connected Health/Telehealth Professional Issues Panel for the American Nurses Association (ANA). This panel will convene for approximately 6-8 months in order to review and update ANA’s twelve Core Principles on Telehealth. They will also identify current understanding of the use of Connected Health tools by practicing nurses (including but not limited to hospital, long-term care, education, administration, education, research). The panel will collaborate with ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights to determine if the updated Principles for Connected Health may be mapped to the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (the Code) and ANA’s Position Statement: Privacy and Confidentiality.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

NMSU Library participated in Technology Day 2018 on February 1, at the Aggie Lounge, Corbett Center, 1st floor. Library staff Alisa Gonzalez, John Sandstrom, and David Irvin from NMSU Library Reference show cased NMSU Library new discovery interface to around 50 staff, faculty, and students. They answered questions about the exciting features and amazing search tool that the new discovery interface provides them.

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Reception for CAMP Students   We hosted a reception for all of the freshmen in the CAMP program, that serves to support students who are the children of migrant agricultural laborers. Each semester we award a small book scholarship for each of the CAMP students who achieves a 3.5 GPA, and in order to make more of them aware of the opportunities available in the Honors College we invited them all to learn more about us. We had a great turnout and interaction and everyone enjoyed a rich mug of hot chocolate on one of our rare wintery days.


Opening at University Museum   One of our graduate assistants, Kayla Myers, curated a museum show of powerful photographs from Guatemala. She had previously worked in human rights in Guatemala, and she raised funds to bring the photographer to campus, and translated when he gave a public lecture. The photographs depict the human rights struggles and the nobility of the indigenous Mayan peoples of Guatemala. The show remains up at the University Museum for the coming months, and is free to the public from 12-5 pm on Tuesdays-Saturdays.

Conroy Scholars Recruiting   We held a meeting to finalize all the logistics for bringing the Conroy Scholars to campus in a few weeks. We will have 30 percent more students attending this year than last, and they will be arriving from California, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas, in addition to New Mexico.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

Andy Haggard is awarded the Golden Scooper   The Golden Scooper is awarded by an ICT staff member, to an ICT staff member who, through course of action, best represents those attributes of Shaun “Scooper” Cooper: leadership, fellowship, mentorship, integrity, intelligence, humor, ingenuity and a knack for mischief. Andy Haggard of PC Support was selected as the next recipient of the Golden Scooper because he is a leader, mentor, and a very humble individual with a high level of integrity. He is recognized by his fellow ICT coworkers as intelligent, humorous, and a great example of someone who understands how to provide top-notch customer service.

NMSU Fire Department (FD) receives equipment to support its CPR program   The FD was awarded $6,250 through the 2018 EMS “Local System Improvement Project” grant to purchase advanced CPR manikin simulators that offer real-time feedback to its instructors. The simulators will provide useful information to persons that want to learn proper CPR. Each year the fire department provides CPR certification courses to about 120 students, faculty and staff members.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Student Peer Educators Make a Difference at NMSU   The WAVE (Wellness, Alcohol, Violence Education) program of the Health & Wellness unit is bustling with student employees and interns this semester. They currently employ seven student employees from wide backgrounds and with varying majors, from Nursing, Theatre, Fine Arts, General studies and Gender and Sexual studies.  WAVE also has seven interns, three from Public Health and four from Counseling and Community Psychology. They are all enthusiastic about providing quality health education in order to cultivate a safer, and healthier campus community.   The program had a busy fall semester delivering 29 presentations/workshops to campus organizations, clubs, and classes reaching a total of 939 students.  In addition, the team sponsored 41 health education events reaching a total of 12,265 students and community members.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Studio G Networking Hour    On Wednesday, Studio G held its weekly networking hour, strategies for pricing your business’s products and services. 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

CraftBox Design Hour    On Friday, Craftbox Design hosted a talk by Chris Lang of LBG Creative and Organ Mountain Outfitters, entitled “The 3 C’s of Success.” Lang is a creative entrepreneur and self-taught designer, photographer and filmmaker who has earned international acclaim in advertising, commercial television, and film. Lang discussed the best uses of consistency, communication, and creativity to leverage successful projects.

Business Capstone    Several businesses and organizations pitched to student teams in the MBA Capstone Class (BA 590) for assistance in completing a feasibility study or other consulting to add value and insight to their operation. The students will be working with:

  • Studio G client Alex Gorsuch to develop a go-to-market strategy for his mobile laboratory technology, FieldMak.
  • City of Las Cruces to identify target industries and strategies for the city to help retain graduates and grow the economy.
  • South Central Solid Waste Authority to conduct a feasibility study about the viability of a new tire recycling facility in Las Cruces.
  • A student project to bring to market a novel design of pre-packaged foods.

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

Space Grant   Dr. Hynes convened the Borderplex 2020 Commercial Space Task Force on Friday, January 26, at the Dona Ana County Complex; she met with Courtney Gray from Apache Point Observatory regarding funding opportunities. Kevin Walsh with BRPH Architectural and Engineering Services visited NM Space Grant on January 29. Dr. Hynes met with Las Cruces city manager, economic development director and others regarding the new convention center.

Research Integrity and Ethics   Institutional Review Board Chair Dr. Rolston St. Hilaire, and Research Integrity Coordinators Sue Bonar and Michelle Gavin, attended a Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R) workshop held in Albuquerque on January 29, to identify strategies for implementing changes in federal policy on human subjects research.

This week, the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) issued the January 2018 issue of the New Mexico Water eNews. Research conducted by NMSU doctoral student William Weaver and his faculty advisor Dr. Lambis Papelis of the Civil Engineering Department was highlighted in the online newsletter. Mr. Weaver received a 2017 NM WRRI Student Water Research Grant to study contaminant movement in the unsaturated zone. To view the January issue of the New Mexico Water eNews, click here.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

GO Bond C Lift   A company in Amarillo, Texas, has agreed to donate $250,000 for the College of ACES’ Food Science and Safety Facility as part of the GO Bond C. This funding will support renovations to modernize educational facilities for the College, enhance community outreach and support emerging research areas key to New Mexico.

$2 Million Bequest   A donor will help support a memorial scholarship in the College of Health and Social Sciences with a $2 million bequest. This donor is being welcomed into the 1888 Society.

Estate Gift to Benefit ACES and KRWG   A friend of NMSU made a documented $600,000 estate gift to establish a new named professorship and an endowed fund in the College of ACES. The support will also create two endowed funds for KRWG (TV and FM). This donor will be welcomed into the 1888 Society.

Scholarship Fund Boosted   The W.J. and Lela Budwine Foundation donated $5,000 to support their scholarship fund at NMSU. This scholarship recognizes juniors and seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA who are preferably studying economics or government.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

International and Border Programs, Interim Associate Provost Rod McSherry

Office of Education Abroad co-hosted the presentation of “TRUE BUGS” a documentary created by Roman Dennis, NMSU’s first global film scholar who showcased his FLIP trip to the Amazon region of Peru. Congratulations to our study abroad alumnus whose film has been accepted into the Las Cruces International Film Festival. (

International Student and Scholar Services hosted a welcome back lunch for international students Friday, January 26.  Despite the chilly weather, about 150 students showed up to enjoy pizza on the lawn outside of Breland Hall.  It was a great opportunity for all our students to catch up with each other and have a fun kick-off to the spring 2018 semester.

Marketing and Communications, Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations   New Mexico State University alumnus David Bowdich was named the FBI’s new acting deputy director earlier this week. NMSU news and media relations staff reached out to local and regional media to ensure reporters were aware that Bowdich was a graduate from NMSU, who received a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice in 1991. Some national publications included this information as well. NMSU Criminal Justice Department Head Dennis Giever provided interviews for media outlets. According to data from the Meltwater media monitoring service, the articles that included a reference to Bowdich as an NMSU alumnus reached an audience of nearly 68 million at the regional and national level. The advertising value equivalent – $628,435.81.

KRWG/SPU   For the fourth year, KRWG is working with students at Las Cruces High School to develop broadcast field reports to air on KRWG-TV. Fred Martino visits the school to critique the weekly student broadcast and help students develop story ideas.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

The full House passed the HAFC Committee Substitute to HB2, the General Appropriations Act of 2018, by a vote of 65-3 on January 31.  The $6.3 billion budget bill will now go to the Senate for consideration.

The committee substitute to HB2:

  • Funds I&G with one percent new money and four percent redistribution
  • Includes two percent Compensation for faculty and staff
  • Includes $4.0 million for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship

For the NMSU system budget summary detail click here: NMSU HB2 Summary

In other action HB 178 (Lottery Scholarship Changes – LFC decoupling bill) failed on a due pass motion (4-7).  This bill negatively affected students attending 4-year institutions by increasing the amount they paid out-of-pocket by an estimated $1.3 million.  HB 270 and SB 140 also decouples tuition from lottery but maintains equity between students at research, comprehensive, or two-year institutions.

OGR also keeps a bill tracking sheet and for day-to-day legislative updates, go to our website.


On January 30, the Senate surprised Chancellor Garrey Carruthers with a Senate Memorial recognizing his public service and accomplishments.  The memorial, SM 51, Garrey Carruthers, In Recognition, was sponsored by Senators Mary Kay Papen and John Arthur Smith.  Chancellor Carruthers was unaware the memorial was going to be introduced.

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

I attended the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) 2018 Winter Policy Conference, “States Driving Solutions,” in Washington, DC. The focus was on Advancing Agriculture in the States and facilitating NASDA members to intersect with their federal counterparts as co-regulators of American agriculture. Ongoing NAFTA negotiations, and an upcoming Farm Bill were just two of the many topics covered.

I joined members of NASDA for the White House Conference on Rural Prosperity where Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and other administration officials addressed the important opportunities for the federal government and states to work together to advance Rural America. During the conference, Secretary Perdue and Commissioner Gottlieb signed a formal agreement to bolster coordination and collaboration between the two agencies on a number of issues including Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation and the Coordinated Framework for Biotechnology.




I met with the House Ag Committee to discuss current and ongoing agriculture issues that affect New Mexico and discuss upcoming legislation.




Staff met with Texas Department of Agriculture’s Produce Safety staff to discuss partnership, information sharing, collaboration and upcoming Produce Safety Alliance trainings for producers in eastern Texas and New Mexico. Staff attended a Produce Safety Alliance-Grower Training hosted by Texas A&M Extension Services in El Paso, Texas, where they gave a brief presentation to New Mexico producers who are potentially covered by 21 CFR 112 and distributed staff contact information.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Pistol/Rifle Instructor Course; NASA WSTF   Chief Lopez attended pistol and rifle instructor training that was sponsored by the NASA White Sands Test Facility. Chief Lopez completed firearms instructor training in 1996, and this served to provide updated information to help maintain his instructor credentials.

Less-Lethal Training   Several officers within our department were trained and certified in the use of less-lethal shotguns that fire “bean bag” rounds.  Reserve Officer Ralph Monget (retired from the Las Cruces Police Department) is a certified instructor in this area and taught the course. The “bean bag” shotguns provide an option for those circumstances where a person is a danger to self and/or others and where lethal force would otherwise need to be used.  Officers learned the circumstances under which the less-lethal force is appropriate, as well as those circumstances when it should not be used, and the limitations of the rounds.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

At the first of the week I put forward what will hopefully prove to be a simple and effective process for systematizing the documentation and coding for faculty credentials in Banner, including for equivalent tested experience. Feedback from HR and Deputy Provost Fant further streamlined the proposed process, and next week we will meet with individuals from the Grants campus to discuss a pilot implementation on their campus. Also early in the week I completed an external review for the HLC on change requests for three other institutions. Serving in this capacity extends my knowledge and awareness of HLC practices and protocols, and provides insight as to how other institutions are developing and changing programs within their institutions.

Later in the week I focused on reaching out to our Writing to Learn (W2L) cohort members to set up spring semester meetings, and to highlight opportunities for them to present their experiences at NMSU’s Conference on Writing to Think, which will be held on the Las Cruces campus on April 6. I also spent time strategizing about implementation of the Writing-to-Think (W2T) program, a scaled-up version of W2L that focuses on departmental participation.

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

EMS Reaccredited    NMSU Dona Ana was recently notified that the Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program was granted continuing accreditation. Pre-hospital emergency medical care is a vital service and provides an exciting career option. Emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics provide services that are essential for the survival of clients. EMS professionals may work at any of four different levels: First responder, EMT–basic, EMT–intermediate and paramedic. NMSU Dona Ana offers all levels of EMS education. In addition, students can earn an associate of applied science degree at the paramedic level.

Game Jammers Invent Games   Game Jam 2018 at DACC was a success. Students and community members made video games in 2 days. The games created are: Information Super Highway- In this game you are racing through the internet as a different internet service trying to get to the end of the track. CDC – The Game is a strategy game that has the player controlling the CDC trying to stop the transmission of an epidemic virus that will wipe out the U.S. To watch videos of the games or download check them out on the Global Game Jam site!

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Tuesday, January 30, the NMSU-A Aggie Cupboard opened its doors to students, faculty, and staff for the Spring 2018 semester. The cupboard was well-stocked by the NMSU-A Social Science Club from food drives held in Fall 2017. April Cray Rhodes, an extension nutrition educator from the Otero County Extension office, was on hand with educational information and a food sample for those who came by the pantry.

April Cray Rhodes, Extension Nutrition Educator from the Otero County Extension Office.

Students LaPorsha Campbell and Antionette Lovato were selected as members of the 2018 New Mexico All-State Academic Team representing NMSU Alamogordo. These students were selected for their scholarship, leadership, and service to the college and the community. LaPorsha and Antionette were honored at Community College Day at the State Capitol on January 31. The students will also be competing at the national level for a place on the All-USA Academic Team.

PTK sponsor Dr. Jim Gallagher, Antionette Lovato, and LaPorsha Campbell at the State Capitol

On February 2, NMSU-A staff and faculty took time out for the 5th Annual Superbowl Tailglasshouse Party. This annual potluck was held in the NMSU-A glass house with everyone bringing their favorite dishes and wearing jerseys from their favorite teams. VP of Business and Finance Tony Salinas put on his cooking cape, manned the grill, and cooked up hot dogs and veggie dogs for everyone. A few folks brought a pot of chili to enter in the chili cook-off. In addition, a 50/50 raffle was held to benefit the NMSU-A Aggie Cupboard. We also welcomed distinguished visitors from ENMU Roswell who joined in the fun. As always, everyone had a “Super” time.


New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Monday, January 29, NMSU Carlsbad welcomed the most recent cohort of the WIPP Leadership Academy. The sixteen member cohort will be on the NMSU Carlsbad campus for the next four weeks being introduced to concepts and principles of leadership.

On Monday, January 29 through Tuesday, January 30, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the annual Bat Brigade activities in Santa Fe. This Chamber of Commerce initiative involved approximately 60 Carlsbad residents who met with various Cabinet Secretaries, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Governor during their time in Santa Fe. On the Monday evening, the Artesia Chamber and the Carlsbad Chamber hosted a reception for all legislators.

On Thursday, February 1, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met with representatives from Chevron to discuss the proposed implementation of a gas compression certificate of study. Chevron announced a $10,000 donation to NMSU Carlsbad at this meeting and these funds will be set aside for scholarships.

On Friday, February 2, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met with representatives from the Carlsbad Municipal School District to discuss the May Commencement ceremonies which will be held on Thursday, May 10. This year’s commencement ceremonies will include approximately 60 Early College High School students who will be receiving certificates and associate degrees.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best



Mr. Elan Delgadillo, library specialist, has been nominated by the faculty and staff of NMSU Grants to serve as diversity officer for the institution. His service begins in conjunction with the first meeting of the NMSU Diversity Council this spring.  Mr. Delgadillo hails from Los Angeles, California, and will be replacing Mr. Gene Romero, Art and Humanities faculty member at Grants.



NMSU Grants students were welcomed back for the Semester Convocation on Wednesday, January 24. Our theme was “Planting Seeds for Success,” which continues to promote our Agricultural theme.  Students met faculty and staff and had the opportunity to engage with faculty and staff and demonstrate their competitive skills at games.  Employees contributed to the “Hot & Spicy Semester” with various potluck Mexican and Asian fare. This event is planned by the NMSU Grants Student Success Committee, a cross campus committee of the institution.


Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto




On Saturday, January 27, the ASNMSU Community Outreach Department talked to students from 6th-12th grade about NMSU and ASNMSU at the 8th Annual Mother Daughter Conference at Eastlake high School in El Paso.





Our ASNMSU Services Department reached out to students of NMSU during the Service Rally on January 30. ASNMSU offers many services for the students and we feel that it is important that we take the time to reach out to students to ensure that they know about them.




Our Governmental Affairs Department is still hard at work in Santa Fe during the Legislative session. One of the Student Advocacy Board members, Ch’ree Essary, shadowed Representative McCamely while in Santa Fe.





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