- It is the season to always lead off with news from the Merry Roundhouse. At the moment, and it is just for the moment, the House Appropriation and Finance Committee is considering a 0.7 percent reduction in higher education appropriations for 2018. That would be bad but not awful! The Council of University Presidents (CUP) continues to request 2 percent new money and 2 percent base redistribution. CUP opposes the 3.5 percent ERB swap, which would reduce all salaries of those in the ERB retirement fund by 3.5 percent but would save the State $100 million. The bone of contention between the legislature and the Governor is all about new revenue. The Governor is on record saying she will not sign a tax increase but the legislature has or is considering increasing the gasoline tax, taxing gasoline at the refinery, eliminating tax loopholes, taking a 3 percent tuition credit (which forces higher education to increase tuition by that amount just to break even) and/or imposing gross receipts tax on food and medicine (which was eliminated some years ago). New revenue projections are due next week but most analyst are not expecting much more than flat or slightly positive revenue picture.
- I visited with State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn regarding NMSU trust land holdings and annual earnings. NMSU has 194,570 surface and 254,200 subsurface acres in trust and these lands will contribute approximately $3.5 million to our coffers in 2018. In addition, NMSU owns 85,000 acres of fee simple land which we manage. Hence, the term land-grant?
- Scott Eschenbrenner, Janet Green, and I met with a group of our closest friends concerned with the status of ongoing water litigation with Texas and Attorney General Hector Balderas, who is managing the litigation. We are advocating a settlement with Texas as opposed to continuing to litigate so the AG agreed that we could sign a confidentiality agreement, thus becoming much better informed regarding the negotiations. A giant step forward, as we had been on the outside looking in.
- Andrea Tawney, Janet Green and I had breakfast with Laree Perez, a former Regent who will receive an Honorary Doctorate from NMSU in May. She attended another university as did her husband (now deceased) but I was so pleased to hear her say that NMSU was really their University. She has been very generous to NMSU, financially and with her leadership and time.
- The Provost and I are in the process of organizing Team 6 of our transforming process which will focus on efficiencies and sustainability of our academic enterprise. This will be a new team with all Colleges represented. Team membership will include up to eight faculty members. Janet Green, former department head of HRTM and former chief of staff for the regents will be the coordinator of this effort.
- I spent the weekend and Monday in Santa Fe participating in Las Cruces Day activities. It provided me with opportunities to speak with multiple legislators about legislation important to New Mexico State University and to attend the House Labor and Economic Development Committee meeting on Monday.
- I spent all day Tuesday at a retreat with Deans from the Las Cruces campus. At the retreat we focused on identifying signature programs of the university and how to cultivate further growth in these areas.
- On Thursday, I had the privilege of saying a few words about George Mendoza, at the unveiling of the paintings he donated to NMSU. George is a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences and a well-known local artist. I encourage everyone to stop by the second floor of Domenici Hall, where the paintings are on display. Like many Mendoza paintings, they are visually arresting and deeply affecting.
Cooperative Extension Service
- Extension Plant Sciences The New Mexico Crop Production Association held their annual conference in Ruidoso, NM, on January 23 – 24. The conference provides educational seminars with up-to-date research on a variety of topics of importance to the industry. Topics included Honey Bee Health: Challenges and Solutions, Factors to Consider When Pesticide Applications Fail; Soil Fertility; Urban and Small Farms in New Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities; and Plant Bio stimulants. The Association also awarded two scholarships to NMSU students in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department: Israel Calsoyas, a Ph.D. student, and Lisa Terrazas, an undergraduate student.
- Three faculty in the Extension Plant Sciences Department participated in the 31st Annual Think Trees NM Conference in Albuquerque, NM. Think Trees is an urban tree care conference dedicated to providing training and education to professionals in the green industry by providing up-to-date, relevant information on landscape plant maintenance. There were over 375 participants from the Western United States and Canada.
Center of Animal Health and Food Safety
- The ACES Chemical Analysis and Instrumentation Lab (CAIL) installed $1.1 million in new analytical equipment this week, comprised of a high-resolution Orbitrap Fusion mass spectrometer and a nano-flow liquid chromatography system. This instrumentation is the state-for-the art for chemical characterization of extremely complex mixtures and will be used in applications that range from alternative fuel research to disease research, alternative water source uses and fundamental biology. A truly interdisciplinary effort, the project draws support from three colleges. Participating faculty include Tanner Schaub (PI, ACES/CAIL), Emily Indriolo (Co-PI, A&S/Biology), Jeff Arterburn (Co-PI, A&S/Chemistry), Omar Holguin (Co-PI, ACES/PES) and Nirmala Khandan (Co-PI, Eng./Civil Eng.).
- The Arts and Science College organized the 2017 Starry Night on February 3; over 270 people from NMSU and the community attended the successful event.
- The Astronomy department organized an Observatory Open Day on February 3, with emphasis on the planet Venus, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Orion Nebula, the Moon and many more celestial objects
- New Mexico State University Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium featured Vanessa Swenton, NMSU geological sciences graduate student, with a talk titled “Using Geochronology and Field relationships to Evaluate the Lifecycle of the Schoolhouse Mountain Caldera, Mogollon-Datil Volcanic Field, New Mexico.”
- The College of Business and College of Arts & Sciences unveiled artwork donated by artist and NMSU alumnus George Mendoza (`78).
- The College of Arts and Sciences is grateful for the generous donation to the Journalism Department by Mr. Cy Cress. The donation (over $1M) will benefit scholarships for Journalism students.
- NMSU alumnus, Ross McCallister and his wife Patty were guest speakers in my MGT 461/591 New Venture Creation course on Monday, January 30.
- Special thanks to Kathy Brook for meeting with representatives from Los Alamos National Labs on Tuesday, January 31 to discuss new MBA possibilities for their employees while I attended an all-day Deans Retreat.
- I have been visiting BUSA 111 courses to introduce myself to our new students and to begin matching them up with peer mentors from our student ambassador group.
- Pat Gavin, Josh Salmon, Henry Stetina, Herb Wimberly, and 16 current students attended the PGA Golf Expo in Orlando last week. All 16 students locked down internships/permanent jobs during the first 2 days of the show. Over 200 golf professionals stopped by the booth with job postings for our students for summer internships. We continue to pride ourselves with the 100 percent placement for internships and permanent positions. Also, 86 of our alumni stopped by to say hello and meet our students. Show was a huge success.
- We held an art unveiling reception on Thursday, February 2. NMSU alum, George Mendoza (`78) donated “Desert Splash” and “When We Dance” to the College of Business in memory of NMSU alum, Danny Villanueva (`61). The pieces are located on the 2nd floor of Domenici Hall near the South stairwell and add a nice touch of color to the area.
- The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.
STEM OUTREACH CENTER
Tombaugh Elementary School had a very successful family galaxy night. The STEM outreach center was one of many organizations at the school. We provided a science activity for the parents and students to do together. Over 100 students and parents attended.
Civil engineering Assistant Professor Pei Xu’s U.S. Geological Survey project on treating produced water while generating electricity was selected by the National Institute for Water Resources to be included in their annual report and reported to the U.S. Congress. Only two projects were selected out of 214 sponsored research projects. Civil engineering doctoral candidate Zachary Stoll has been working on the project with Xu.
The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, led by Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan, concluded an eight-month strategic doing agile planning effort with New Mexico high school teachers on January 28. The effort focused on developing innovative ways to integrate Career Technical Education and STEM curriculum to broaden engagement of high school students in STEM fields. The project, funded by the New Mexico Public Education Department, provided mentorship by post-secondary faculty from NMSU engineering, Doña Ana Community College, University of New Mexico, and Central New Mexico Community College. School teams shared their project-based curricular efforts during a capstone presentation in Albuquerque, where they were joined by Dean Lakshmi Reddi.
The College of Engineering was awarded $688,874.17 in funding for the period of January 15-31, 2017, for the following projects. Proposals for funding of $3.4 million were submitted for the same period.
- Civil Engineering: Peter Martin, PI; NM Department of Transportation, “New Mexico Statewide Travel Demand Model Evaluation”
- Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center: Russell Hardy, PI; Nuclear Waste Partnership, “Volatile Organic Compound and Hydrogen/Methane Analyses 2017”
- Chemical and Materials Engineering: David Rockstraw, PI; Los Alamos National Laboratory, “Development of Optical Diagnostics Using 3D Printed Mechanoluminiescent”
- Civil Engineering, Pei Xu, PI; Nirmala Khandan , co-PI; U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, “Pilot-scale Testing of Monovalent Permselective Ion Exchange Membranes for Reuse Enhancement”
- Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center: Russell Hardy, PI; Waste Control Specialists, LLC, “In-Vivo Radiobioassay Services”
- Industrial Engineering: Delia Valles-Rosales, PI; Hansuk Sohn, co-PI; Foudazi Reza, co-PI; U.S. Department of Agriculture, “ Wheels of Change: A Consortium to Develop Champions in Agriculture in the Areas of Sustainable Energy and Natural Resource Management”
- Industrial Engineering: Alla Kammerdiner, PI; National Science Foundation, “BRIDGE: Advancing Science Participation Through Innovation, Research.”
School of Nursing
- Dr. Anita Reinhardt, associate professor in the School of Nursing, has accepted a new role as a public member of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics national board, which is the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Reinhardt will be representing not only NMSU, but the entire southwest region. We are very proud of Dr. Reinhardt’s accomplishments. Aggies nurses are on the move!
Department of Public Health Sciences
- Okhumode Yakubu, Master of Public Health Sciences student, led an initiative to replace styrofoam products with bio-degradable products from campus food service areas. This student-led public health and environmental initiative is important for sustainability and everyone’s health on campus and in the community. Styrene, a monomer of polystyrene (styrofoam), is considered a “reasonably anticipated carcinogen” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and in addition, polystyrene does not biodegrade. ASNMSU supported the initiative with recent approval of the resolution, while other universities already ban styrofoam on campuses.
- Public Health Day at the New Mexico Legislature took place on February 1, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Public Health Sciences Department of participated along with approximately 20 other universities, county and non-profit organizations. Sue Forster-Cox, associate professor, represented the Department as she shared information with attendees. NMSU and the Department of Public Health Sciences were warmly welcomed at the event which, is coordinated by the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils.
- This week marks the availability of 60 years of the NMSU Graduate Catalog being electronically accessible and searchable online. Go to http://lib.nmsu.edu/digitalcollections/ to find graduate catalogs information.
- Over 120 seventh-grade students from Vista Middle School recently toured the NMSU Library, learning about library resources and historical materials located in the Archives and Special Collections. Department Head Dennis Daily talked with the students about using archival resources for history research, differentiating between primary and secondary sources, and determining bias, trustworthiness and point of view. He highlighted his talk with examples from the collections, including 19th century correspondence, rare first-edition books, an 1862 map of New Mexico, an 1888 Las Cruces Spanish-language newspaper, and photographs from the Mexican Revolution. Senior Library Specialist Wendy Simpson also guided the future Aggies on a tour of the general library collections.
- Dr. Tim Ketelaar organized a workshop for students who are contemplating applying for our International Research Scholarship. Two previous recipients of the scholarship participated and shared their experiences with the process of developing the proposal and going through the selection interviews, and the students attending gained insight into how to compete for this prestigious annual award. We were very encouraged as we had a full house of students who came to learn more about this opportunity. Last year we offered three awards, and thanks to successful Giving Tuesday fundraising we anticipate being able to equal that this year.
- We kicked off the planning for the annual URCAS event (Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium) that will be held in late April. This marks the 27th year of this event, and last year we had a record number of participants with more than 120 undergraduates presenting papers, posters, or creative performances.
- On Monday and Tuesday a prospective Conroy Scholar visited campus with her father, coming from southern California. She will not be able to attend the annual Conroy Scholars Recruiting event later this month, so we were happy to arrange an individual visit for her and she left campus very impressed with the helpful response from the faculty and staff she met. We hope she will join us in August as a new Math major.
New Year’s Resolutions Student activities in Corbett Center Student Union (CCSU) included a New Year’s Resolution bulletin board. Students were encouraged to make a resolution, write it on a Post-It note and leave it on the board.
Student Tech Fee Proposal Norma Grijalva, CIO, presented the Student Tech Fee Proposal to ASNMSU Senate on Thursday, January 26. The technology fee fund supports student-centered technology projects at NMSU. The ASNMSU senators were engaged and asked insightful questions.
Crafts at Corbett The monthly craft program offered returning students a choice of a small take-home craft item on January 31.
The full album can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/1499953633633381/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1645199545775455
University Financial Aid Outreach University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services staff spent three evenings this week assisting 72 local high school seniors and their families fill out the 2017/2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at local high schools this week. FAFSA nights will continue through the month of February, as the federal aid priority deadline is March 1. Meanwhile, NMSU has offered institutional academic merit scholarships to 3,453 prospective freshmen, who have already been admitted to NMSU for Fall 2017.
Strategic Enrollment Council Associate VP for Enrollment Management Dacia Sedillo, is visiting academic Department Head meetings, Faculty Senate and Graduate Council to discuss the creation of a cross-sectional Strategic Enrollment Council. The purpose of this Council will be to spend 2017 incorporating departmental recruitment and retention goals into an overarching three to five year strategic plan that will guide NMSU in stabilizing and strengthening the University’s enrollment outlook for the future. After the plan is in place, the Council will continue to meet with the purpose of ensuring academic unit goals and the overall student experience are guiding University decisions about resource allocations and investments.
Campus Activities Technology Campus Activities has an exciting new software program that will change the way students are engaging with the University. The product is called Check I’m Here and it gives NMSU the ability to manage organizations, members, and documents; create and approve events and edit their details; gather data with polls and sign digital waivers; integrate student data to visualize and understand engagement on campus in real-time; use media marketing tools to reach and engage students where they are, across every medium. Check out the AGGIE LIFE app for a calendar of events and activities happening on campus. Get the app on your phone and know what’s happening on campus.
Transfer Equivalency Student Information Management (SIM) in partnership with the University Registrar’s Office have developed a dynamic transfer evaluation website useful in both recruitment and advisement of transfer students. The website is a great resource to unofficially evaluate transfer credits for prospective transfer students, newly admitted transfer students and all staff and faculty who work with our transfer population. Students, staff, faculty and the public can, quickly, select courses taken at another institution and find out what that course is equivalent to at NMSU. The site is live and can be found at http://nmsudirect.nmsu.edu/
Student Attorney, Karl Rysted Acknowledged On January 27, Karl Rysted, student attorney, attended a ceremony and reception at the State Bar Association office in Albuquerque where he was recognized for 25 years of dedicated service to the legal profession, along with several other attorneys. As the only Student Legal Aid Attorney in the state, this was a unique opportunity to promote NMSU within the legal community.
Career Services Career Services hosted the 12th Annual Career Connections Career Fair. Eighty-one employers participated in the event and approximately 1,100 students attended the two-day career fair. Information related to Career Connections can be found at https://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-fairs/career-connections/.
Ag Sprint Arrowhead Technology Incubator is launching its newest program this spring. Supported by NM Gas Company, Ag Sprint aids individuals who are developing innovative ideas related to agricultural technology. The program is seeking candidates who are driven, seeking capital, industry connections and/or development partners, and passionate about contributing to efficiency and productivity in agriculture. Learn more about the program at the following link https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12336/nmsu-s-arrowhead-center-launches-agsprint-program-to-support-innovation-in-agriculture?utm_source=February+Newsletter+2017&utm_campaign=February+2016&utm_medium=email.
Craftbox Design Hour On Friday, Arrowhead hosted its first CraftBox Design Hour of the Semester, featuring Leah Messina, CEO of Sinuate Media. Ms. Messina discussed how developing marketing strategies and design work for startups is different than working with large corporations, as well as going over the ins and outs of project management, handling contracts and payment, and setting rates for projects. CraftBox Design Hour is a monthly speaker series hosted by Arrowhead, geared toward helping design students gain knowledge from industry experts about design and entrepreneurship.
Studio G Networking Hour Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour event. This week’s topic focused on market research and discussed how to do market research, understand your customers and competition, and improve your business. Networking Hour provides students a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses.
Alumni Reception The NMSU Alumni Association hosted a pre-game reception in Rio Rancho before the men’s basketball game against Northern New Mexico on Monday. There were 75 alumni and friends in attendance. President Carruthers and Director of Athletics Mario Moccia spoke to the crowd and got them fired up for the game.
Women’s Estate Planning Conference Planned Giving hosted the first day of the Estate Planning Conference for Women on Wednesday. The free conference concludes on Wednesday, February 8, and brings 50 local women to campus for advice and assistance in financial management and planning. Sponsors are ScottHulse PC, Beasley, Mitchell & Co., Edward Jones, Estrada Law, the Glass family, Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry, United Capital Financial Advisers and WestStar Bank.
Cy Cress Scholarship With the unfortunate passing of writer and Aggie friend Cy Cress, the Department of Journalism will benefit from his generosity in establishing the Cress Excellence in Journalism Endowed Scholarship with a planned gift of $1 million.
Business Scholarship The College of Business has received a commitment for a $30,000 endowed scholarship over five years to benefit the college.
Environmental Design Contest Support Freeport-McMoRan Foundation is making a $15,000 gift to support the April 2017 Environmental Design Contest in the College of Engineering.
- The NMSU equestrian program beat the number one ranked team in the country Texas A&M at the NM State Equestrian Center. This is NMSU’s first time defeating this team. Congratulations!
- Baseball had a successful alumni weekend. The weekend included golf at Picacho Hills followed by the First Pitch Dinner at the Farm and Ranch Museum on Friday. There were 130 attendees and Aggie alum Marc Acre was the featured speaker. There were 34 alums that participated in the alumni game on Saturday afternoon.
- Attended the NACDA Mid-Winter meetings in Florida in my role as president of the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association as well as being on the board of directors of the McLendon Foundation, collegiate athletics largest minority based charitable foundation. We discussed relevant topics in intercollegiate athletics.
- NM State men’s basketball, administrators and staff traveled to Rio Rancho, New Mexico for the second annual Rio Rancho men’s basketball game vs. Northern New Mexico at the Santa Ana Star Center. We received a good volume of publicity in the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Northern New Mexico newspapers, radio and television. President Carruthers and I spoke to an overflow of alumni, two senior directors from Under Armour as well as numerous state representatives and senators.
- Head men’s basketball coach Paul Weir and I visited the New Mexico State Capitol on Tuesday morning where we met with Aggie alum and Chief of Staff Keith Gardner and Governor Susana Martinez. Coach Weir was introduced in House Chamber by Representative Doreen Gallegos and in Senate Chamber by Senator Joseph Cervantes. We were able to meet and speak with numerouse legislators.
- Attended the Las Cruces Forum February luncheon on Thursday afternoon. Coach Paul Weir was the featured guest speaker for the business leader group.
- National signing day for football was Wednesday, February 1. Athletics held an overflow reception in the Barbara Hubbard Room on Saturday where video of the football recruits was shown along with a Q&A by head coach Doug Martin.
- Don’t miss the 2017 Las Cruces International Festival! April 8 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Pioneer Women’s Park.
- International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) has been busy providing information to NMSU’s international students, faculty, and staff about Executive Order 13769 and its implications for travel and other immigration benefits. ISSS created a new webpage with the latest advice for students and links to all relevant information to resources explaining the travel ban as we understand it at the current time.
- International and Border Programs held a regular meeting of its Advisory Council. More information available here.
- The Office of Education Abroad continued giving classroom presentations in HRTM and Geography for the Transatlantic Friendship French Embassy/NMSU grant. All the summer grants have been awarded, however six semester grants are still available to students in HRTM, Agriculture and Geosciences.
- OEA also presented to the Advisor’s Work Group on Faculty-Led International Programs available for students in fall semester. Faculty-Led courses allow students with strict degree plans to get international experience with professors in their departments at a very affordable cost, OEA anticipates running 16 FLIP programs this summer.
- OEA had their biannual pre-fair and study abroad fair this week providing information on opportunities to study in a foreign country. Opportunities in research, internships, volunteering, FLiP (faculty led international programs) and traditional study abroad was provided. An estimated 300 students and community members attended the fair with 28 partner providers and departments on campus represented. OEA is proud to be helping internationalize the campus and community by providing a multitude of programs available to community members and students alike.
- OEA hosted a visitor from Nagoya University of Foreign Studies. The visit included a campus tour and various meetings with other offices at NMSU.
- The Center for English Language Programs (CELP) will be running a series of one-month intensive English camps this summer on the NMSU campus with student participants from Mexico, Colombia and beyond. CELP has also been working closely with Education USA in Southeast Asia and Latin America to help promote NMSU and intensive English programs through CELP.
News and Media Relations It was a busy week on social media for the News and Media Relations group. Our social media posts on the NMSU News Facebook page, for example, reached an audience of more than 16,000 during the week. The top post for the week was a slideshow about the work being done by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Science’s Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service staff. They participated in the 2017 World’s Largest Matanza, organized by the Valencia County Hispano Chamber of Commerce.
KRWG/SPU KRWG aired a report on water scarcity in the Mesilla Valley based on an interview with NMSU professor Dr. Phil King.
This week’s edition of “Your Legislators” features a conversation with NMSU Provost Dr. Dan Howard on higher education funding in New Mexico.
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:
- The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has implemented a sixty-day Pecan Weevil Interior Quarantine, effective January 27, 2017. To limit the spread of pecan weevil from infested residential trees to commercial orchards, movement of pecans produced within the city limits of Clovis, Roswell, Hobbs, and Artesia are restricted. The full rule can be found at http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/21.17.36-NMAC-1.27.2017.pdf.
- I traveled to Washington, D.C. for the NASDA Winter Policy Conference. While there I met with Congressman Steve Pierce, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham, Senator Tom Udall, and other member of committees to discuss agriculture and priorities for the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill.
Police Activity There were 39 police reports created, 25 supplements filed, and 17 traffic citations issued. The Records & Evidence Office processed 19 items of evidence entered into the vault, 36 people were fingerprinted and 2 background checks were conducted.
Emergency Dispatch Center Emergency Dispatch Center handled 247 police calls for service, (2 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 172 police calls (20 of which were agency assist) and 4 warrant entries. There were 19 fire calls (8 of which were mutual aid), 5 emergency medical calls, 5 fire alarms, and 1 stand by. There were also 2 animal control calls.
Stolen Pickup Truck Investigator Gabriela Graham identified a suspect in the theft of a Ford F-350 pickup from campus a week ago. She was able to confirm the truck was transported into Mexico within hours of being stolen, and before the owner even knew it was missing. She worked with several agencies and was able to identify the suspect, who is now facing charges in connection with the theft. He is also a suspect in a number of other thefts from the Las Cruces area.
Canine Assistance Officer Joe Cortez and his explosive detecting canine partner Roxy assisted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives with a search of a suspect’s residence.
Campus Tour On January 30, Chief Lopez provided a Campus Tour to the Aggie Welcome & Orientation Team.
Alcohol Safety Presentation On February 2, Chief Lopez provided an Alcohol Safety Presentation to the CHME 395V Brewing Science course. The presentation focused on identifying and avoiding risky drinking behaviors.
Officer Involved Training Lt. Brandi Texeria, Sergeant Ryan Beck, Sergeant Michelle Vasquez, and Investigator Sakarias Ottersland attended Officer Involved Shooting Training hosted by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department in Albuquerque, February 1-3.
Security Officer at DACC The Doña Ana Community College hired now-former NMSU Security Officer Edgar Garcia. He will be working at the Chaparral Campus as a security officer for DACC. While with the NMSU Police Department, Edgar had worked as both a security officer for special events, as a Public Safety Aid, and in the Records Office as an evidence technician. We are happy he still remains in the NMSU system!
Adult Education a Pathway to Success The Adult Education (AE) program at NMSU Doña Ana continues to educate students of all ages just as it has for the past 30 years. Adults have the opportunity to complete a basic 12th grade education. After earning a high school equivalency credential they can attend the community college or NMSU. Adult learning centers prepare students to pass all required sections of high school equivalency tests. AE provides a variety of educational programs and student support services to help individuals including:
- Family literacy
- English as a Second Language
- English Language/Civics
- College preparation
- United States citizenship
- Computer literacy and
- Work readiness
Pictured are graduates of the AE program.
Riegleman Award Honors New Certificate Program A new NMSU Doña Ana certificate program that is going through the NMSU curriculum approval process will be awarded as one of the most innovative community college health certificate programs in the nation. The League for Innovation in the Community College has honored the DACC Community Health Worker Certificate planning template with the prestigious Riegleman Award for Excellence in Public Health and Health Navigation Education in community colleges.
2017 Pathways to Student Success Summit Four hundred local high school students are expected to attend the Pathways to Student Success Summit to learn more about Career Technical Education Programs at NMSU Doña Ana. The event will help students understand the power of connecting learning and earning. The event is sponsored in partnership by The Daniels Fund, The Bridge of Southern New Mexico, the Perkins Federal Grant, NMSU Doña Ana and Las Cruces Public Schools.
NNSU-A is pleased to announce that our student, Adelina Martinez, has been accepted to the US Air Force Academy. Ms. Martinez was one of the 14 percent of applicants to be admitted to the 2021 graduating class. Ms. Martinez exemplifies the Air Force motto of “Aim High.” We send our best wishes for future success to Ms. Martinez as she embarks on the next phase of her education.
On February 13 & 14 representatives from The Higher Learning Commission will be coming to NMSU-A to conduct a Comprehensive Visit. As part of the visit, the peer review team will conduct open forums on a variety of topics for students, faculty, staff, and the public in which to participate. Separate forums will also be held specifically for faculty staff and students. The faculty and staff of NMSU-A are looking forward to this opportunity to speak with our evaluators, attend the upcoming forums, and to participate in the accreditation process.
On Wednesday evening, members of NMSU-A faculty and administration attended the Career and Technical Education (CTE) business partner forum. After a keynote address from Mike Espiritu, president and CEO of Otero County Economic Development and Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, a discussion panel forum followed. Many local area business leaders presented challenges they face in employing local workforce. This was followed by a question/answer/discussion period. At the end of the forum, it was decided that a steering committee would be created to address the major areas of need with the goal of developing a more effective partnership between area businesses and schools. All attendees were invited to join together to work toward building a more effective partnership of benefit to all parties concerned.
- On Monday, January 30, NMSU Carlsbad representatives traveled to Santa Fe as part of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce “Bat Brigade.” The day’s activities included a breakfast hosted by WIPP, meetings with four cabinet secretaries, and the evening was concluded by a legislative reception which was jointly hosted by the Artesia and Carlsbad Chambers.
- On Tuesday, January 31, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a Senate Finance Committee Hearing in Santa Fe. Reports were received from the New Mexico Higher Education Department, the Council of University Presidents, the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges, and the New Mexico Independent Community College Association. Many questions related to the presentations were posed by the attending Senators and additional information on accreditation processes was requested.
- On Wednesday, February 1, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce nominating committee meeting to propose a slate of officers and board members for the upcoming year. The NMSU Carlsbad President will assume responsibilities of Chairperson of the Board starting in July.
- On Thursday, February 2, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a debate of the candidates for school board positions in Lovington and Carlsbad. The candidates were posed a series of questions related to their school board positions and responsibilities. The event which was co-sponsored by the Carlsbad Current Argus and the Teachers’ Union was well-attended and the attendees indicated their appreciation of the forum.
- On Friday, February 3, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its quarterly campus clean-up activities. This voluntary effort attracted a substantial number of faculty and staff and these volunteers enjoyed sharing pizza for lunch at the conclusion of the initiative.
Cardboard Robotic Hand Competition On Friday, February 3, NMSU Grants hosted the 2nd Annual Cardboard Robotic Hand competition in the Fidel Gymnasium. Nearly 200 elementary school students from Grants Cibola County Schools participated. Mesa View Elementary 6th grade teacher, Brenda Diaz, began this event last year and expanded the competition to include 4th and 5th grades this year. Diaz is a former engineer who emphasizes problem-based learning in her daily teaching activities. Each student built a robotic hand out of cardboard and then were teamed up for the competition. The task for each team was to transfer water bottles from one table to the next using their cardboard robotic hand. The team with the fastest time after four rounds hailed from Mesa View Elementary. The event was sponsored by the NMSU Natural Science Program and coordinated by Instructor Rachelle Bassen. More than a dozen NMSU Grants faculty, staff, and students helped manage the event. The following NMSU Grants student who assisted in the event were Scott Peters, Greg Chapman, Harlen Webb, Michael Webb, and Christy Morris. Pictured below is NMSU Student Greg Chapman and NMSU Communication Instructor Mary Savacheck assisting with timing one of the teams. The picture below is a student from Mesa View Elementary and her robotic hand.
Hunt Startup Sponsorship Recipient Michael Webb, a third-year game design major at New Mexico State University’s Grants campus, will spend half of this spring semester preparing for commercial launch of his first mobile gaming app. The Grants native won a $4,200 sponsorship from Studio G, NMSU’s student and alumni startup assistance center in Las Cruces, which will allow him to work 20 hours a week on his new mobile gaming venture, Two Birds Enterprises. Studio G will also provide online training and mentoring. The grant and services are part of NMSU efforts to extend its startup assistance program from the main campus to Doña Ana Community College, and to NMSU branches in Carlsbad, Alamogordo and Grants.
- ASNMSU held #WeirReady Tailgate for the NMSU Chicago State University game on Saturday February 3, where we handed out our second design in the limited edition t-shirt series. Over 100 students attended the tailgate and enjoyed the food, music, games, and atmosphere in lot 33 south of the Pan Am.
- ASNMSU co-hosted the Annual Super Bowl Party, on Sunday, February 4, in Aggie Lounge inside of Corbett Center Student Union. Over 250 attended and won prizes while watching the game. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
- Quiz Cab is back! Look for the Quiz Cab golf cart around campus for a ride to class and a chance to win awesome prizes!
- Do you need a ride to the Greyhound Bus Station or the El Paso/LA Limo station? Students can call Crimson Cab to get a free ride there! It is highly recommended that you make a reservation at least one day in advance by calling the dispatcher Monday- Friday between 10:00-5:30 at 575-524-TAXI (8294). More information can be found at: http://asnmsu.nmsu.edu/aggie-transportation/crimson-cab
- 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.
- Pete’s Pick Up has resumed its normal hours and is ready for service! Whether you’ve been studying late at the library, had a late meeting, or on campus late, call Pete’s Pick Up for a safe escort or golf cart ride to anywhere on campus. Call for a ride at 575-646-1111.
- 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.