Commendations to the Vision 2020 Strategic Planning Committee, ably led by Glen Haubold and Melody Munson-McGee. The current strategic plan Vision 2020 is the most recent in a number of plans dating back to the Living the Vision plan, developed by a faculty/staff committee in the mid 2000s. The several successor plans all have had goals (not more than six), objectives, metrics, and continuous quality improvement attributes. However, until now the University Vision 2020 plan was not aligned with the plans for the major academic and administrative units at NMSU. By the time the sun goes down on June 30, the Committee will have completed the alignment process and will be prepared to report to the Regents in their July meeting a relatively simple but effective guide to managing this great enterprise. I give this effort a five-star rating!
I visited by telephone with President Garnett Stokes, the new leader of UNM. A delightful personality who is eager to learn about UNM and the State. She is planning a tour of the State and I hope to entertain her on our campus. She is developing a reputation as a good listener, coalition builder, and a person dedicated to shared governance. I have encouraged her to be an active member of the Council of University Presidents. She has been in University settings (Florida State and University of Missouri) where there have been tensions and apparently has handled them well. Good luck, Dr. Stokes!
Dr. Luis Cifuentes has accepted the position of Vice President for Research and will be joining NMSU soon. He most recently served in this and other capacities at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. His Ph.D. is in Oceanography. Be sure to welcome he and his wife as they get acquainted with NMSU.
On Tuesday, March 13, I had the pleasure of meeting our University Speaker, Luis Urrea, and his wife, Cindy. They are a delightful couple, and Luis gave a wonderfully engaging talk about the characters in his book, “Into the Beautiful North”, later in the evening. The book is the Big Read for NMSU this spring and I encourage everyone to set aside some time and enjoy a story that truly resonates for those of us who live in the borderlands.
On Wednesday morning, I met with our incoming Vice President for Research, Dr. Luis Cifuentes. Dr. Cifuentes is a seasoned researcher who thoughtfully led Texas A&M Corpus Christi through an expansion of its research enterprise. I believe he has the vision and leadership skills to lead NMSU through a research expansion, as well.
On Thursday morning, I had the honor of welcoming Cacique Patrick Narvaez, and other members of the Tortugas Pueblo, to NMSU to bless the opening of the 14th J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium. The annual symposium reflects the strong commitment of the faculty of NMSU to social justice and the enduring legacy of J. Paul Taylor, one of the true treasures of our community.
Close to 100 fruit growers and home gardeners attended the 2018 Fruit Grower Workshop at Los Luceros Ranch. This event was organized by NMSU Cooperative Extension Service (NMSU Alcalde Center, Santa Fe County and Rio Arriba County). Fruit Specialist Dr. Shengrui Yao gave an update on fruit research at Alcalde Center, Viticulturist Dr. Gill Giese talked about grapes and IPM Specialist Dr. Ashley Bennett gave a presentation on native bees. Local farmers markets representatives had a discussion panel about marketing. Ive Eddy from NMDA talked about organic certification, superintendent of Alcalde Center Dr. Steve Guldan discussed the acequia hydrology research. Gordon Tooley from Tooley Nursery donated a tree and gave a demonstration about tree planting and care and Santa Fe County Agent Tom Dominguez demonstrated the gopher trapping techniques. Attendees not only enjoyed the diversified programs but also the nice facilities and the beautiful Los Luceros Ranch.
Over 60 people attended a Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop held at the Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center. The workshop was organized by Shengrui Yao, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Extension Fruit specialist, Donald Martinez, Rio Arriba County Extension, Tony Valdez, Taos County Extension, Tom Dominguez, Santa Fe County Extension, and Tory Hougland, CES-RAIPAP. After a slide presentation by Yao on training systems and pruning methods of various species of fruit trees and brambles, attendees were divided into two groups and taken to the Science Center’s orchards for hands-on demonstrations led by Yao, Martinez, and Valdez.
The College of Arts and Sciences supported the 14th Annual J. Paul Taylor Symposium. A special thank you to the committee who brought this year’s vision together for the community: Manal Hamzeh, Anne Hubbell, Cynthia Bejarano, Elisa Montoya, Larissa Lury and Connie Voisine. The theme of the 14th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium (2018) is Indivisible Justice Beyond Walls & Borders. This year’s JPT Symposium focused on how do we expose the physical and subtle borders and walls of racism, colonialism/settler colonialism, patriarchy/heteronormativity, transphobia, ableism etc. within NMSU and the communities we serve on this Borderland and how do we open the space for imagining the possibilities of a world without walls and borders.
The Dean’s Office was happy to host our Student Ambassadors at the NMSU Career Services Business Etiquette Dinner. The dinner was presented by Sonia Zubiate, etiquette coach.
Fifth graders from Sonoma Elementary School attended courses at the College of Arts and Sciences on March 9: “Day as a College Student” at NMSU. More than 100 fifth graders arrived at New Mexico State University at 9 a.m. and included tours of different buildings around campus. They participated in sessions on computer science, geology, plant and environmental sciences and the Creative Media Institute’s film and digital arts. The fifth graders’ college experience included talking with NMSU students from multiple majors as well as lunch at Taos Restaurant. (Photos by Andrés Leighton).
The Biomedical Research Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Gil Mor, professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Yale University School of Medicine. The talk is titled “Unique immunological and microbial regulatory mechanisms during pregnancy.”
Dean Jim Hoffman and Director of Development Anthony Casaus met with College of Business (COB) alumnus, Stuart Buckingham (`74) Monday, March 12. Buckingham spoke to Dean Hoffman’s Management 461 New Venture Creation class in the Business Complex. Buckingham is currently vice president Southern U.S. Operations for Steel Energy Services in Williston, North Dakota. He discussed the oil and gas operations of Steel Energy Services, which was previously Blackhawk Energy Services, which he owned with partners.
Associate Dean Kathy Brook and Director of Development Anthony Casaus attended the B.O.S.S. (Bold, Original, Secure and Successful) mentor luncheon hosted by Dr. Kimberly Martin, DMD of University Family Dental and Amy Hummer, co-owner of Qualifying Broker of Steinborn & Associates Real Estate Thursday, March 15. The luncheon by Dr. Martin and Ms. Hummer featured female business students from the Colleges of Business and Arts & Science including Dona Ana Community College President Dr. Renay Scott as keynote speaker.
Recently, Dr. Martin and Ms. Hummer of Las Cruces along with twenty female businesswomen established an endowed scholarship for the Colleges of Business and Arts and Sciences called the B.O.S.S. (Bold, Original, Secure and Successful) scholarship.
The intent of the scholarship is to recognize female students who exhibit exceptional leadership, a unique passion and/or an entrepreneurial spirit during their college career, regardless of hardships or setbacks and to open possibilities of mentoring opportunities with the sponsor at New Mexico State University. Additionally, this award intends to encourage and foster the spirit of a leadership, ownership, and community involvement.
Dean Jim Hoffman, Accounting and Information Systems Professor Richard Oliver, Finance Professor Tim Query, Assistant Finance Professor Mike McGonigle and Director of Development Anthony Casaus met with COB alumnus, Alex Garcia – Team Lead, Managed Services Prudential El Paso including Brien Murphy with NMSU University Advancement March 15. Prudential is interested in recruiting NMSU students from the College of Business along with the College of Arts & Sciences to recruit talent for Prudential’s El Paso office, which is ramping up hiring. The most immediate need is information technologies given the data and information Prudential handles as part of its insurance business. We recently hosted members of Prudential’s team from both El Paso and Ireland to speak to insurance studies students last month. Prudential’s information technical recruiter is interested in our information systems programs – the types of skills NMSU students have when they graduate, and future plans for the program. Ultimately, we’re hoping to develop support from Prudential for NMSU programs that graduate the talent Prudential needs.
NMSU professor awarded inaugural Hispanic Heritage award Anna López, a New Mexico State University Counseling and Educational Psychology assistant professor, was recently honored by the Hispanic Faculty and Staff Caucus of NMSU with the María Gutiérrez-Spencer Hispanic Heritage Award. López is being recognized as an outstanding faculty member who has made highly significant contributions to the university and the surrounding community.
STEM Outreach Center The STEM Outreach Center is teaming up with Ms. Erika Ojeda to bring a Zumba night to 22 different schools in the Las Cruces, Gadsden, and Hatch districts. Erika is a professional Zumba instructor that will travel to each site to instruct this class. This event is free for students and their families to attend. Zumba is a great way to have fun while you exercise! We hope these classes will encourage a healthy lifestyle for these communities. The STEM Outreach Center is continuously working to offer a variety of adult and student learning classes to our community that has a positive and powerful impact.
Counseling & Educational Psychology Department – Master of Science in Clinical Psycho-pharmacology Program Faculty, current MSCP trainees and alumni, local collaborating physicians, friends, and family, joined in honoring distinguished guests, Dr. Elaine Levine and Dr. Patrick Quinn, to recognize their contributions to the field of Psychopharmacology and RXPP/MSCP Program. Dean Pope-Davis offered kind opening remarks, which was followed by a keynote address by Dr. Luis Vazquez and then closing remarks by RxP Champion Dr. Marlin Hoover. The assembly then gathered to hear Patrick and Elaine speak next to their honorary plaques.
Civil Engineering Associate Professor Brad Weldon was named Harold Foreman Endowed Professor of Excellence in Civil Engineering. Weldon joined NMSU in 2010 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He has been recognized by the CE students with two awards. Weldon has significantly developed the capabilities of the Structural Systems Laboratory at NMSU to make it a nationally competitive teaching and research laboratory. His research efforts have generated over $3M in funding at NMSU and he has published more than 30 peer reviewed journal and conference papers, one receiving a Best Paper Award. Weldon has supported 25 graduate students and numerous undergraduate students. Currently, he is principle investigator for Phase IV of a continued research project funded by the New Mexico Department of Transportation. This project received national recognition as one of the highest value research in the nation and has led to the first ultrahigh performance concrete bridge constructed in New Mexico and the first in the nation that incorporates the use of non-proprietary ultra-high performance concrete.
The third lecture in the College of Engineering Distinguished Research Lecture Series held Thursday, March 15, focused on Quantum Computing. Professor Fred Chong, University of Chicago, presented a lecture titled, Quantum Computing is Getting Real: Architecture, Programming Languages, and OS Roles in Closing the Gap between Quantum Algorithms and Machines. Chong outlined several grand research challenges in closing the significant resource gap between practical quantum algorithms and real machines. He also described the resources and infrastructure available for starting research in quantum computing and for tackling these challenges.
Civil Engineering faculty members, Pei Xu and Zohrab Samani, were featured speakers at a U.S.-Mexico Border Water Summit, held in El Paso March 1-2. The summit brought together more than 270 thought leaders from New Mexico, Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico, to explore long-term water supply strategies for the border’s future. By 2020, the border population is expected to grow to 19 million, stressing border water resources.
On February 28, the Engineering NM team travelled to Las Vegas, New Mexico, where they were part of a half-day presentation on energy use in businesses, sponsored and organized by the NM Economic Development Department. About 30 business owners from the Las Vegas and Mora regions were in attendance and learned about the benefits of energy assessments and related funding opportunities from a variety of federal and state agencies, including NMSU’s Engineering New Mexico Resource Network.
Donna Wagner, dean of the College of Health and Social Services, was a presenter at the College and University Work Family Association (CUWFA) meeting that was convened at Emory University in Atlanta last week. CUWFA is an association to advance flexibility and work-life balance for employees of colleges and universities. Wagner’s primary research area is work-family balance and she facilitated a session on this topic during the Atlanta meeting. The meeting included many discussions about flexibility and work in a university setting for staff and faculty.
Social Work graduate students, Laura Aldrich and Mendy Fowler, presented a workshop, Annual Wellness Visits: Training Students in Interprofessional Care at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) conference. The pair focused on student perspectives as learners in the interprofessional setting at the Southern New Mexico Family Medical Residency Program, which provides training within a primary care clinic. As part of a rotation called “the care of the older adult,” medical residents were trained to work as a part of interprofessional teams for Annual Wellness Visits. Caregivers or family members were encouraged to attend these visits with the patient. During the appointment, medical residents work alongside pharmacy, psychology and social work interns to address the unique biopsychosocial needs of each patient. The presentation described the components of an Annual Wellness Visit, roles and responsibilities of each team member, documentation and billing requirements, experiences of patients and providers, and a case example for guided participation.
The New Mexico Injury Prevention Coalition (NMIPC) hosted a state-wide conference, Protecting New Mexico’s Families and Communities: A Public Health Approach to Gun Violence Prevention. Dr. Satya Rao, Public Health Sciences, serves as the coalition’s chair whose mission is to prevent injury in New Mexico through community advocacy, collaboration, capacity building, and action. Several alumni who had graduated from NMSU’s public health and social work programs were in attendance along with current public health, social work, and nursing students. Several attendees traveled from across the state and El Paso. Speakers included epidemiologists from the New Mexico Department of Health, injury prevention specialists from the Indian Health Service, Miranda Viscoli, co-president of New Mexicans to prevent Gun Violence, state Senator William Soules, and journalist and reporter Michael Spies who has focused his writing on gun violence and policies in states including Florida. The coalition’s next conference is scheduled for July 13, 2018, in Albuquerque.
The School of Nursing’s Student Nurse Association (SNA) visited the Community of Hope on Wednesday, March 14. The students participated in a healthcare event, which included haircuts for approximately 50 residents of Community of Hope. The students took blood pressures, blood sugar checks, and washed hair for all those who wanted the care. Cosmetologists from El Paso volunteered to perform haircuts and styling services for the residents. This was a great event for our nursing students and the Community of Hope. Aggies Nurses on the move!
NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections is collaborating with several undergraduate and graduate classes of NMSU poetry professor Connie Voisine to curate a public exhibition at the Branigan Cultural Center, marking National Poetry Month in April. Vision/Revision: New Mexico Poets on the Page will feature original manuscripts, including fascinating rough drafts of four New Mexico poets whose collections are preserved in the library’s Archives and Special Collections. The exhibit will feature the works of Eugene Manlove Rhodes, Margaret Page Hood, Lorenzo Torrez and Keith Wilson. The poetry students have been researching in the archival collections in order to curate the exhibit and to gain a greater understanding of the process of writing poetry by studying the original manuscripts of these noted New Mexicans. The exhibition runs March 23 to May 19 and will feature workshops, performances, lectures and hands-on activities. A big opening reception will be held on Friday April 6, 5-8 p.m.
Big Read Event Welcomes Author Luis Urrea The culmination of a month of NEA sponsored Big Read events took place on Tuesday, with the visit of Luis Urrea, author of “Into the Beautiful North.” In the afternoon, a group of students and faculty joined Mr. Urrea and Fred Martino in the KRWG TV studios for recording a lively discussion and Q and A session. The main event was Urrea’s evening talk at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, which was attended by a capacity crowd. Urrea recounted the stories from his own family that provided the inspiration for the story and characters in this marvelous book. Everyone enjoyed this engaging talk, and many individuals stood in a long line to have copies of their books signed. Included in the book signing line, were a dozen children who crossed the U.S./Mexcio border as unaccompanied minors without documents, and who are now held in a shelter in El Paso as they await the resolution of their legal status. The dozen kids, ages 15-17, were all provided with Spanish language copies of Urrea’s book, and were thrilled to attend this event, meet Mr. Urrea, and thanks to Jim Wilkinson, get a behind the scenes tour of the ASNMSU-COTF. They were the guests of Honors College GA Kayla Myers (who has been volunteering at this shelter), and Jacqueline Kieltkya, HC Ambassador. We are grateful to ASNMSU, Provost Dan Howard, and the National Endowment for the Arts for providing major funding for these events, and to Honors College Ambassadors Norah Alshadadi, Lupita Ochoa, and Elyssia Forbes who were the ushers for the event, and together with Kayla posed for a final photo with Mr. Urrea at the end of the long day.
Announcing the Winner of the International Research Scholarship We can announce that the Honors College International Research Scholarship was awarded to Trung Nguyen. The Honors College Scholarship at NMSU awards $5000 for recipients to promote an independent research experience by self-generated international travel to the host country of their choosing. Trung is a Genetics and Biotechnology major and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scholar working with Dr. Barbara Lyons researching the role of protein kinase A (PKA) as a causative agent for a rare form of liver cancer. Trung’s project will take him to Fukushima Medical University (Japan) to conduct independent research aimed at improving our understanding of this disease’s pathogenesis.
Diversity in Computing Dr. Talayeh Razzaghi, asst. professor of Industrial Engineering met with Honors students on March 15, to discuss opportunities for Women in STEM and Computing. Her visit coincided with several “Diversity in Computing” events held on campus that day.
Community Garden On Friday, March 9, 120 fifth grade students from Sonoma Elementary visited NMSU in a partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences. Part of their day included a tour of Garcia Residence Hall, NMSU’s largest residence hall and home to the majority of our Living Learning Communities. The students enjoyed their tour of a real college room and the many amenities offered in the building. Professional and student staff welcomed the fifth graders and showed them a bit of what to expect from college life in order to encourage students to see themselves as future scholars and –even better – future Aggies.
WAVE has had a busy March health education line-up reaching over 2,000 students! The #EasyAggieEats social media contest wraps up today, Friday March 16. Great job to the students who participated and special thanks to Vice President Bernadette Montoya, Judicial Coordinator/Asst. Dean of Students Jeff Ferguson, Chancellor Carruthers, and Pistol Pete for sharing our excitement about eating healthy! The contest winner will be announced on a live stream on Facebook and Instagram on Monday, March 26.
In recognition of national nutrition month, and to compliment the #EasyAggieEats contest, the WAVE peer educators hosted a nutrition table on March 7, featuring information on how to put together a nutritionally balanced meal. Fresh off of WAVE’s Body Image Project training was our Body Image Awareness tabling event on March 6, which featured body-image-boost information. WAVE also hosted a Safe Spring Break event on March 13 and 14, to converse with students about how they could plan for a safer spring break through risk-reduction behaviors surrounding a variety of topics. WAVE Rx hosted an interactive educational tabling event on March 15, to discuss the dangers of opioid abuse and how students can protect themselves and those around them.
For FY2018/2019, 6,591 incoming new students have received scholarship offers, and 3,502 have been informed of their eligibility for federal financial aid.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, we participated in Grad Fair and provided post-graduation financial aid information to 192 students.
- In person – 251
- On the phone – 190
- Via emails – 163
- At the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support – 24
Graduation Fair was held at the NMSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore on March 13 and 14. During the fair the Commencement staff saw over 950 graduates. Graduates purchased their regalia, filmed their graduation shout out videos, and reserved their seats for the ceremony.
Cynthia Garcia and Rocio Gomez, Learning Skills facilitators in the Student Success Center, provided a presentation for parents at La Academic Dolores Huerta Charter School, which focused on preparing for college, and goal setting and motivation strategies to encourage success as a student. Parents were encouraged to provide support to their children as they move through their secondary education, and to also consider their path toward achieving a college education. This presentation supported a request from the Borderland HEP Program.
TRIO Student Support Services Program is celebrating the achievement of two TRIO participants; Ruth Lawson – Counseling and Communications major, who won the Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship and Mercedes Walt, Psychology major, were honored with the Returning Student Scholarship from the New Mexico State University Women’s Club. Congratulations and Kudos to both participants for their outstanding achievement. Thank you to Donna Miller, TRIO Program coordinator who inspired the participants to apply and assisted them with the application process.
Career Services met with Juliet Jivanti from the Borderlands Restoration Field School in Patagonia, Arizona. She was meeting with faculty and advisors to inform them about the summer experience and scholarship opportunities in Ecology, Biology, Restoration, Wildlife, Land Mgmt., Range Mgmt. and Environmental Sciences.
The 14th annual Employment Extravaganza was held on March 14, and welcomed 35 employers and over 300 students met with employers to discuss career and employment opportunities. That evening Career Services hosted 89 NMSU students for the 13th Annual Dining Etiquette Dinner at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club featuring Ms. Sonia Zubiate, etiquette consultant and coach. Students practiced and learned the basics of dining protocol, including seating parameters, place settings and passing food across the table. Career Services would like to thank our 2018 student sponsors- College of ACES, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, Chicano Programs and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
Girls Can! Innoventure workshop On Saturday, Arrowhead’s Innoventure team hosted a workshop as part of the Girls Can! half-day career exploration event, sponsored by the Las Cruces chapter of the American Association of University Women. The Innoventure workshop challenged 43 6th grade girls from across Dona Ana County to develop a product, and basic business and marketing plan with a team. The suite of Innoventure programs are supported by a gift from the Daniels Fund and are designed to educate and inspire young entrepreneurs
For more information about the event visit https://lascruces-nm.aauw.net/funded-programs/girls-can/
Entrepreneur Encounters On Monday Arrowhead Center hosted its monthly Entrepreneur Encounters event. This month’s featured speaker was Dave Masters, owner of the Sweet Cece’s frozen yogurt shops in Las Cruces. Dave shared the story of his entrepreneurial journey, stemming from his work in the military, automotive industry, to owning franchised businesses in Las Cruces. Dave highlighted that the keys to success for any business are exceptional customer service, giving back to the community, and developing caring relationships with customers and employees.
Studio G Networking Hour On Wednesday, Studio G held its weekly networking hour, focusing on identifying business strategies to grow your customer base by asking “How does your customer get your product?” The Studio G Networking Hour provides students and local entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about business strategies and the principles of entrepreneurship, as well as a chance to connect with other aspiring and successful entrepreneurs. Each session is broadcast on Facebook Live. Check out the following link to see the video and learn about upcoming events https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/.
NM FAST Workshop On Thursday, Arrowhead’s NM FAST program held a workshop in Albuquerque, hosted at ABQid. Steven Avery (DCAA Compliance, LLC) discussed “The Real World of Government Contracting and Financial Management.” NM FAST offers workshops across the state providing information about the federal SBIR and STTR programs. NM FAST offers eligible small businesses assistance with funding efforts through the federal SBIR and STTR programs. Watch this workshop on YouTube at the following link, and be sure to like and subscribe for more information from NM FAST https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SsR5NuXfOM
- PSL personnel attended the 3rd Annual Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, March 6-8. This conference was focused on the state of the UAS industry and how the FAA is trying to facilitate new and innovative UAS operations.
- In conjunction with the FAA meeting, PSL personnel participated and presented at the FAA UAS Center of Excellence Technical Interchange Meeting on March 9, which focused on UAS research conducted for the FAA to inform rule making.
- The Office of Grants & Contracts submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS-SAMHSA) in the amount of ~$2.4M on behalf of Dr. Shelly Noe of the School of Nursing, College of Health and Social Services. The proposed project title is Program THRIVE: Treatment Housing Recovery and Integrated Vocational Education and includes a subcontracting collaboration with St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic of Las Cruces.
Verizon backs NMSU STEM programs With the help of a near-$300,000 grant over two years, 200 Hispanic middle school boys (100 each year) will visit the NMSU campus during summer to participate in STEM activities in the College of Arts and Sciences (Computer Science), the College of Engineering (Innovation Space Lab) and the College of Education (STEM outreach program). These students will also have weekly meetings with a teacher during the school year and will come to the NMSU campus once a month to continue and enhance their learning experiences.
College of Business scholarship renewed Farm Credit Bank of Texas has renewed its scholarship for students in the College of Business for 2018. The company awarded the NMSU Foundation $2,500 for the scholarship.
Make A STATEment Men’s Basketball campaign takes off After the NM State Basketball team’s WAC championship win against Grand Canyon University on March 10, the NMSU Foundation launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the team’s recruitment efforts. So far, the video has been viewed by 24,660 people on Facebook and 18,364 people on Instagram, bringing in nearly $13,000 for the team. For more information, visit mas.nmsu.edu/mbb.
Dedicated Aggie alumni in San Diego and beyond To watch the Aggie Men’s Basketball team battle in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, hundreds flocked to sunny San Diego to witness the game firsthand. A special reception before the game in San Diego, sponsored by the NMSU Alumni Association, drew in around 150 alumni and friends. For those who couldn’t make the game in person, alumni chapters hosted watch parties in their respective cities, including Phoenix, Santa Fe, Farmington, Albuquerque, Denver and Washington, D.C.
NM State women’s basketball team received an automatic bid to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament through their regular season WAC Championship. They were selected to play University of Wyoming in Laramie. While the game was tied in the fourth quarter, the Aggies ultimately lost 67-59 ending their season 18-13.
A good crowd of Aggie fans came to the send-off to show their support as the men’s basketball team traveled to San Diego, California, for their first round match-up against Clemson University. While the Aggies made a run in the second half, we ultimately lost 68-79. Clemson was a formidable opponent as they beat Auburn University in the next round by 31 points. This ended the Aggies season at 28-6. Over the last two years, the Aggies have posted a tremendous record of 56-12 overall.
Senior Jemerrio Jones was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First Team District 6 while Zach Lofton was named to the Second Team District 6.
The Athletic Department in conjunction with the Alumni Association had a successful pre-game event where several hundred Aggies were in attendance to hear from Coach Jans.
The NM State men’s tennis team defeated UNM 4-1 on Thursday afternoon. This is the first time since 2010 that the men’s tennis team beat the Lobos.
News and Media Relations It was a busy week on social media with more than 20 posts generating a reach of almost 17,000 on the NMSU News Facebook page. The leading posts were related to the Aggie sendoff to the NCAA Tournament. The photos and videos we posted about the sendoff had a reach of more than 4,500 and generated more than 800 likes, comments and shares.
KRWG/SPU KRWG Public Media was awarded $20,000 by a new program called “Report for America.” RFA, the only journalism initiative in the U.S. that combines public service with its mission to cover local news, recruits talented young journalists and deploys them into local news organizations. KRWG was one of just a handful of organizations nationwide chosen for the honor and is now in the company of RFA partners like the Dallas Morning News and the Chicago Sun Times. The funding will pay about half of the compensation for a new KRWG reporter who will start in June.
Upcoming Legislative Related Events
I attended a USDA/APHIS Wildlife Services District meeting in Tucumcari and a retirement reception honoring Ron Jones for 31 years of service to the Wildlife Services Program, 27 with NMDA. He was Wildlife Services staff operating under the cooperative agreement.
Staff assisted an NMSU food technologist with a Cochran Project where he invited government officials from the Dominican Republic to learn more about U.S. food safety and inspection initiatives for products being sold in national and international markets. Staff from Marketing & Development presented on our international marketing efforts and answered questions on trade barriers and other export restrictions into the Dominican Republic. While representatives from Dairy presented and answered questions regarding the milk regulatory framework and laboratory testing requirements in the U.S. Currently New Mexico is exporting cheese in the Dominican Republic.
We presented at Career Day at Rio Grande Elementary and the Sierra County Ag Day. Staff taught the students about NMDA, feed, fertilizer, produce safety, and related inspections.
Pi Day Celebrated NMSU Doña Ana Gadsden Center Math Professor Suzanne Hill kicked off what should be a national holiday with the celebration of Pi Day. The day when all things pi are appreciated. Pi is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle, regardless of the circles size, the ratio will always equal pi. During this day, students ate round things like pizza and pie, played with hula hoops and had contests to see who could recite the most digits of pi. In decimal form, the value of pi is 3.14 so the celebration is held on March 14.
Volleyball Tourney Held The Student Government Association held the first volleyball tournament in the sand courts at the East Mesa Campus. A great day of weather greeted the ten teams who participated. The NMSU Doña Ana Radiological Technician Club team placed 2nd to the winning team of Cheat to Win.
Workforce Center Implements Career Readiness The NMSU Doña Ana Workforce Center has taken over Career Readiness activities. The Center will now help students with career exploration and career planning, provide job readiness workshops, career fairs, provide assistance with internships and co-operative education experiences.
Girls Can! at NMSU Dona Ana The East Mesa Campus hosted the annual Girls Can! conference with 250 6th grade girls and their parents attending. The event sponsored by the American Association of University Women-Las Cruces provided 16 career workshops by women in careers such as veterinary medicine, law, marine biology, animation, radio telemetry, science, medicine, computer technology and other professions. Parents learned how to prepare for students entering higher education.
On Wednesday, March 14, NMSU-A hosted College Fair Day. Representatives from various colleges including New Mexico Highland University, New Mexico Tech, Dona Ana Community College, and NMSU transfer center were on hand to answer questions and provide information about transferring to their institutions. This was a great opportunity for NMSU-A students to explore options for their education after NMSU-A.
The NMSU-A Career and Technology Division welcomed students on March 14 for Pi Day. This annual event is held to celebrate Pi with a little pie. Math faculty were on hand with their Pi shirts and welcomed all who came by. Staff and faculty had provided more than 10 flavors of pie. The decision about which type of pie to eat was difficult for many. As always the event was a tasty success!
President Dr. Ken Van Winkle held an informal luncheon for the campus’ chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Wednesday, March 14. This was a wonderful opportunity for President Van Winkle to spend time with the students and find out more about who they are and where they want their education to take them. In turn, this was a great opportunity for the students to ask questions of the president.
On Thursday, March 15, the Hitch’n’Post On The Hill restaurant had its grand opening. Members of the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, 94Key radio station, Eat Well Otero, as well as the NMSU-A community were on hand for the ribbon cutting. The NMSU-A community is excited to have a place that students and the community alike can come for a delicious bite to eat.
On Monday, March 12, President John Gratton traveled to Las Cruces in order to meet with Provost Howard and discuss the promotion and tenure applications for the NMSU Carlsbad campus.
On Tuesday, March 13, President John Gratton attended the March UAC and Presidents’ meetings in Las Cruces. A great deal of information was presented at each meeting and each of the branch campuses endorsed an USDA HIS grant, which would provide natural resource courses to the community colleges.
On Thursday, March 15, NMSU Carlsbad representatives traveled to Artesia in order to meet with the principal, vice principal, and the counselors. The major topic of discussion was the changing dual credit stipulations and how NMSU Carlsbad could best serve the needs of Artesia students.
On Friday, March 16, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its monthly meeting of the Steering Committee. Reports on each of the Standing Committees were received at the meeting and a report was given on the campus AQIP procedures. Information was also given related to the HLC Academy on Persistence and Completion as NMSU Carlsbad is completing its four-year involvement in this academy.
Students from NMSU Grants English classes visited the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit currently on view at the Natural History Museum in Albuquerque. Students wandered among the artifacts as they wondered about Leonardo da Vinci’s boundless creativity, the topic of the students’ essays. Students spend an entire semester exploring the nature and function of creativity. For the past two years, students have visited various museums in Albuquerque as part of a course redesign sponsored by a federal Title V grant for Hispanic Service Institutions (HSI). The grant benefits all students, and this course redesign taps into the grant’s goal to provide more experiential learning. Students start with self-expression by visiting the Albuquerque Museum, next exploring scientific inquiry at the Natural History Museum, and following up with the connection between abstract ideas and their concrete realization at the National Museum of Nuclear Science. While all of the visits to the museums have had great impact, the opportunity to visit the “da Vinci, The Genius” exhibit provided an important lifetime experience. Brian Johnson, the Title V director, accompanied the students to the da Vinci exhibit and said, “many of our students have never been exposed to such displays of art, science, history, and culture. I saw many looks of wonder and awe. The fact that they then get to think and write about what they experienced can definitely expand their worlds.”
The Community Outreach Department hosted mock interviews for the Roadrunner Internship program. One of the main goals of the internship program is to prepare the 25 interns for job opportunities either through ASNMSU or summer internships.
The Continuing Diversity Board met on Tuesday, March 13, in the ASNMSU office. Proposals were heard for two programs and the Military and Veterans Program gave a presentation on their program. A vote to recommend the inclusion of the Military and Veterans Program in the Continuing Diversity Board for the ensuing year was passed.
The ASNMSU unofficial election results are in! The President Elect is Emerson Morrow and the Vice President Elect is Linda Cisneros. The results are posted in the ASNMSU office and on the ASNMSU Instagram and ASNMSU Facebook page.
ASNMSU partnered up with Corbett Center Student Union and brought back the Snooze Saloon for Sleep Awareness week. Students could come to the Rio Grande room in the Corbett Center Student Union to take a quick nap before heading out to class or to do homework.