Activity Report March 11 – March 17

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • Although not official, it appears New Mexico is headed for a special session of the legislature. I think it is fair to conclude that the Governor viewed the work product of the session with restrained enthusiasm.  She has 20 days to take action on two bills – HB2 which is the appropriations bill and HB202 which is a revenue bill offering several options for increasing revenues up to $350 million.  At least $200 million would be needed to fund HB2. If revenue enhancements are not in the cards, we understand NMSU could be in line for another 4.6 percent in reduced appropriations.  As Yogi Berri was prone to say, “It ain’t over until it’s over!”
  • On that note, we will recommend a 6 percent blended tuition and fee rate increase to the Regents Budget Committee tomorrow. This will cost a student carrying 15 credits $196 per semester, which given the great education offered at NMSU, is very reasonable.  The Regents on the committee have asked to look at other options, which we will provide.
  • The newly remodeled “Aggie Health and Wellness Center” will open to students this week. The Center is a merger of the Counseling Center and the Student Health Center.  You will recall when we closed the Employee Health Center, the Student Leadership asked that all of their health programs be collocated.  The WAVE program will also be located at the Center.  I walked through the renovations, and I have concluded that time spent in planning and remodeling will pay off for the students and staff.  Great facility.
  • Congratulations to the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams for representing NMSU in the NCAA tournament. Both played well against so very highly rated teams.  Just wait until next year.  The Aggies are developing some fine talent for the coming year.  Also, the Aggie Women’s Golf team finished second in a prestigious golf tournament.  Way to go golfers!
  • There are two searches drawing to a close. I have interviewed three candidates for the NMSU Grants presidency and am checking references before making a choice.  Thanks to Greg Fant and a very good search committee for their work. We have identified three finalists for the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance—these candidates will be visiting the campus soon.  Please count on making one of the sessions and then providing your thoughts on each.  Both are very important posts in the NMSU system.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

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

Plant and Environmental Sciences   Two of our grad students, Lindsay Keller (left) and Emily Creegan (right) represented our department at the last Aggie Experience Discovery Fair on February 20 in Corbett Center. They helped recruit students to our department by letting them know about student clubs and some of the issues Plant and Environmental Sciences faculty deal with like sustainability, composting, and water.

Media Productions   Faculty from three NMSU colleges presented their collaborative research at the MidSchoolMath National conference in Santa Fe on March 3-4. Karin Wiburg of the College of Education, Ted Stanford of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Barbara Chamberlin of the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences gave the talk, which discussed research showing Math Snacks games (developed at NMSU) build students’ conceptual understanding of key concepts. The games, and a full description of the research, are available at MathSnacks.com.

NMSU Rodeo Team   The NMSU Rodeo Team gave a strong showing at Central Arizona College Rodeo March 11 and 12. The Women’s team shot to the top in the region and they are currently number 1 in the nation. The NMSU Rodeo team home performance is coming up at the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds April 28 – 30 at 1 p.m. each day!

Aggies Go Global   Eight NMSU students participated in a non-credit UBELONG Expedition to Portugal to investigate first-hand the ongoing effects of the economic crisis.  The NMSU student participants were provided travel support from the AGGIES GO GLOBAL Program (College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences).  While meeting with NGO representatives, newspaper reporters, and Portuguese officials, including members of Parliament, the participants engaged in “giving back” by assisting in a major food bank distribution center in Lisbon. The NMSU students were: Jessica “Abigail” Venegas, Maria Espinoza, Fernanda Teixeira, Carolina Bajo, Carlos Joloy, Cecilia Palacio, Coral Brito and Monica Lozano.  Also joining the Expedition was Dr. Lucy Zollner from the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Language and Linguistics.  UBELONG is an international volunteer/community service program with projects across the globe in eleven countries.  Over the past eight years many NMSU students have joined UBELONG programs with travel support from AGGIES GO GLOBAL, Dr. Gary Lowe, Coordinator.  Some of the students experience was captured on a you tube video.

Entomology Plant Pathology and Weed Science   Dr. Erik Lehnhoff was honored with the Western  Society of Weed Scientists Outstanding Weed Scientist – Early Career Award at the Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS) meeting March 13 thru 16, 2017, Coeur d’Alene, ID.  The Outstanding Weed Scientist – Early Career Award is given to members of the Western Society of Weed Science having no more than 10 years of service after completion of their terminal degree.  This award recognizes outstanding achievements in weed science early in the individual career. Principal criteria for this award include innovative or unique approaches that result in learning, ability to clearly communicate ideas, motivation of the intended audience, demonstrate excellence and creativity in research accomplishments, applying results to solve problems in weed science, the impact on weed management practices and principles of weed science, and recognition of accomplishments by peers and intended audiences.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • Faculty members from the Department of Criminal Justice organized a very successful conference on domestic violence
  • The College of Arts and Sciences co-sponsored and co-organized the 13th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium; the focus of this year event was on mental illnesses.
  • Las Cruces High Schools and NMSU performed a Jazz concert on 3/16.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

STEM OUTREACH CENTER

STEM Outreach Center held Reading and activity at Dona Ana afterschool Readers Theater program for Dr.Seuss Day.  A variety of books were read along with hands-on activities. The students were able to use craft supplies to reflect on the readings and the parents were able to see the progress their children had made.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

  • NMSU students belonging to the student chapter of New Mexico Professional Surveyors visited Washington, D.C., for the National Society of Professional Surveyors student competition held March 13 and returned with a trophy for Honorable Mention. The camaraderie between schools this year was greatly facilitated with a full afternoon seminar with all student teams participating.  The presentations explained interesting history of the District of Columbia boundaries and surveying in the district. A second presentation related to engineering surveying and tunnel surveying within the Washington Metro transportation system.  Following this was a social event and fellowship with all students to facilitate unity and networking. The students enjoyed a congressional lead tour of the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress arranged by Senator Martin Heinrich and his staff. “It is with great pleasure to report that our students have been outstanding ambassadors of our university and our profession,” said the group’s adviser Kurt Wurm.
  • Sixty-one students from the College of Engineering completed Engineering Safety Management Seminar on March 13. This seminar included four modules presented by Safety Specialist Juanita Miller. The module topics were Risk Management, Management of Change, Human Factors and Incident Investigation. All departments in the College of Engineering were represented at the seminar with a large proportion from Industrial, Mechanical and Civil Engineering. Each student who completed all four modules received a certificate. “Building a culture of safety is a goal for the College of Engineering, and seminars like this spread the concept of how everyone is part of that safety culture. And safety is very important to employers so our students will be more competitive in their careers with knowledge of safety,” said Miller.
  • The New Mexico Technology Council held its annual Women in Technology celebration on March 2, handing out awards to eight women from around the state for their achievements and efforts to inspire others. Associate Dean of Outreach Patricia A. Sullivan was one of the awardees at the ninth annual event to highlight the success of area women working in technology fields and to encourage others, particularly young women, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • The New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers presented awards to three NMSU College of Engineering students at their annual National Engineers’ Week luncheon in Albuquerque. Receiving honors were Taylor Fresques, currently pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering technology; Jose Rodriquez, chemical and materials engineering student; and Cayden Wilson who recently graduated with his bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering technology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in industrial engineering.
  • The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, in collaboration with the Department of Civil Engineering, hosted a professional development workshop on water management on March 11.  Led by Professor Zohrab Samani, the workshop focused on technology transfer to farmers, engineers and water managers from southern New Mexico. The workshop presented state-of-the-art techniques in design, maintenance and the operation of wells and pumps with topics that included improving measurement and efficient delivery, fluctuation in shallow aquifer storage in response to ongoing drought, water outlook for 2017 and the Texas—New Mexico Lawsuit, proper design, operation and maintenance of wells and pumps, how to measure well and pump efficiency, irrigation scheduling under the new adjudication rule, flow measurement and salinity issues,  and on-farm water conservation techniques.  The workshop attracted 30 participants.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean   Crimson Research has been awarded a grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation in the amount of $74,386 to conduct a program evaluation of the Foundation’s Ignite initiative.  The initiative aims to connect children in Ciudad Juarez, El Paso, and Doña Ana County to quality afterschool programming.  Dr. Joe Tomaka is the Primary Investigator and Dr. Michele Banner is the Co-Investigator.  In addition to evaluation, the initiative is a study of disconnected youth, defined as youth ages seven through 18 who do not have a trusted adult in their lives and who do not participate in activities outside of school.  The Crimson Research team recently made three trips to Ciudad Juarez to determine if program sites offer positive developmental settings–the daily settings and experiences that engage youth and promote their healthy development.

School of Nursing   Dr. Anita Reinhardt has joined the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) Leadership Council to represent NMSU-School of Nursing in the statewide initiative.  NMNEC is a consortium of nursing education programs, organizations, and individuals throughout the state who have a commitment to implement a common statewide curriculum and increase the number of nurses with BSN and graduate degrees.. The council is the volunteer entity which guides the work of the consortium.  We are very proud of Dr. Anita Reinhardt for her nomination and appointment on this council.  Aggies Nurses are on the Move!

Department of Public Health   Department of Public Health students, along with Dr. Satya Rao, hosted a spring event as part of an NCAA Choices Grant. The group distributed over 200 water bottles labeled with useful facts about alcohol use and binge drinking, as well as informational packets and resource cards. Students from across campus participated in alcohol-focused educational games and activities, and many offered to volunteer at future events.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

  • NMSU Library now has a “go live” date of December 21, 2017, for its new integrated library system – ExLibris Alma-Primo.  Prior to going “live” the library staff will be working on implementation tasks that will take at least five months to complete. Implementation begins July 1, 2017.
  • NMSU Library will begin interviewing candidates for two vacant faculty positions starting next week. We will be interviewing candidates for a Digital Projects Library and an Associate Dean.
  • Update on the Hardman/Jacobs Green Project construction project. The Dean of the Library has a 2nd floor view as construction continues. New street light wiring is being done, they are working on grouting around Zuhl Library and on the sidewalks, and heavy  machinery is laying the foundation for the walkways! This is especially exciting as our office walls actually shake when their equipment is running. New today is the removal of the benches made of wood beams. Notice that the benches near the book drop are gone. All of these type benches will be replaced with newer style ones and will be Aggie red. We will keep you posted as the project continues to progress. It is great to be a “sidewalk supervisor.”

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Interviews with Candidates for the International Research Scholarship   Each year we give one or more awards to facilitate research over the summer in an international context. On Friday we interviewed the finalists for this prestigious award and selected Clara Hansen (biology) as the winner, with three additional students receiving smaller awards as Honorable Mentions. The research the students propose are all in STEM fields and they will be working in Uruguay, France, Germany, and Korea. We are working with other units on campus to help ensure adequate funding to realize these research plans, and are grateful to Gary Lowe and Aggies go Global for continued help for these deserving students.

Mock Interview   We also conducted a mock interview with Micaela de la Rosa, a finalist for the prestigious Truman scholarship. We invited community members whose profiles are parallel to the real Truman panel (a retired judge, attorneys, professors) to give Mica a challenging experience in preparation for her interviews next week. Her performance was outstanding and we are hopeful that she will be the winner for the state of New Mexico.

Masters Accelerated Program and Honors Tracks   We have been developing check sheets and advising information to help students learn about the Masters Accelerated program as well as how to pursue the designation of University Honors upon graduation. We will be conducting advising workshops on these topics just before students register for fall and summer, but in the meantime we are working with departments in ACES and HSS to codify these options and develop updated advising materials.

Grad Fair   Crimson Scholar Program Coordinator Roman Gutierrez spent two days at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore helping May graduates get ready for their graduation ceremony. The students who qualified as Crimson Scholars were certified and received their regalia to wear at the commencement ceremony in a few weeks.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

Beware of Phishing Emails   John Roberts, NMSU Chief Information Security Officer, would like to remind the NMSU community to be watchful for phishing emails seeking your password, social security number, bank account number, or other personal information. ICT will never request your credentials via an email. Do not reply to e-mails soliciting personal information or click any link in those emails. Report suspicious emails to abuse@nmsu.edu. For more security information go to http://infosec.nmsu.edu/.

WAC “Watch Parties”   Congratulations to the men’s and women’s basketball teams on winning the WAC Championship! Corbett Center hosted Watch Parties all week including the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship games. There were 12 games with over 100 students in attendance. There were giveaways during the tournament, and two lucky winners received a basketball; one signed by the women’s team and the other signed by men’s team. The entire album can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/nmsu.ccsu/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1663564853938924

Campus Living   On March 15, Housing & Residence Life partnered with Sodexo to host “Live On” booths and provide information on the benefits of Campus Living.

Official Facebook Pages   The NMSU Pan American Center / Special Events and the NMSU Housing & Residential Life Facebook pages have been “verified.”  The officially verified Facebook pages ensure that competing sites are forwarded directly to our own and increasing awareness of NMSU services, as well as, provide accurate information to web searches.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

TRIO Student Support Services Program Celebrates National TRIO Day   On March 2 and 3, 2017, as part of National TRIO Day, staff and 30 students in the NMSU TRIO Student Support Services Program traveled to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico (see picture below.)  NMSU TRIO participants met TRIO participants from all over the state of New Mexico representing the 7 TRIO Programs (Educational Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Centers, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, Veteran’s Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Ronald McNair Post Baccalaureate Program). Participants learned how to network, write a “2 minute” elevator speech and competed in TRIO Jeopardy, which provided questions about the history of TRIO.

The culmination of events took place at the State Capitol Rotunda, where students were able to speak with State Representatives, and Honorable Congressman Steven Pearce to give their individual testimonials about the importance of TRIO in assisting them to achieve success and the impact of TRIO on their lives.

Students received information on UNM Graduate school entrance, application, financial assistance, and required entrance exams. Students had the opportunity to visit their graduate school of interest, meet the faculty and discuss their future endeavors.

Graduation Fair   The staff from the Office of the Vice President of SAEM, Registrar’s Office, and University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services participated in the Spring Graduation Fair. During the event graduates received logistical information about the ceremony and recorded their graduation shout out video. Staff met over 1,100 happy graduates at the NMSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Students received information about Exit Counseling and what to expect after they graduate with Financial Aid.

Red to Green Money Management   Career Services hosted, March 14, 2017, a Scholarship Navigation Workshop sponsored by the Red to Green Money Management Program.  This is a hands-on workshop to help students locate private scholarships to aid in paying for school.  Approximately 30 students attended the workshop.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

NM FAST Podcast Video Series   The NM FAST program launched a series of podcasts and YouTube videos this week. FAST Cast will be a weekly series discussing what the NM FAST program does, providing information about SBIR and STTR programs and projects, holding discussions with staff who run the program, and featuring clients who have received SBIR or STTR funding. Check out the first episode, What is FAST, on YouTube and the iTunes store.

Entrepreneur Encounters   On Monday, Arrowhead Center hosted its monthly speaking event, Entrepreneur Encounters. This month’s featured speakers were Bianca Padilla and Anthony Quiterio, co-founders of Southwest Creative Company, a local film and photography company.  Alumni of NMSU, they shared lessons learned through starting and running their own business. The presentation provided excellent tips and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, followed by an engaging question and answer session. Southwest Creative’s talk can be viewed on Facebook live at the following link https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/videos/vl.1899079406989279/1854734304805572/?type=1&theater

Studio G Networking Hour   Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour event. This week’s topic focused on a review of the book Traction that discusses various marketing strategies to help your business gain traction. Networking Hour provides students a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. The event can be watched on Facebook live at the following link https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/videos/vb.1625009944444677/1855737854705217/?type=2&theater

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

  • NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald and Program Manager Catherine Ortega Klett recently visited New Mexico’s Congressional delegation in Washington DC. They were accompanied by staff from NMSU’s firm in Washington DC, Lewis-Burke Associates, to discuss the reauthorization of the federal Water Resources Research Act, FY18 funding for the National Institutes for Water Resources of which NM WRRI is a member, and New Mexico State University water-related initiatives. Dr. Fernald and Ms. Ortega Klett met with staff from the offices of Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, Congressman Steve Pearce, and Senator Martin Heinrich as well as meeting with Senator Tom Udall (pictured below, middle) and two of his staff.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

PA Virtual Ball   We’re preparing to launch our President’s Associates Virtual Ball fundraiser, featuring an online auction that goes live on March 29. Highlights include floor seats to the Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood concert in April; a guitar signed by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood; a Dallas Opera/Arts District experience, including tickets, wine reception, parking and airfare; a 2017 season Denver Broncos football game package; a 2018 WAC Basketball Tournament package, including Aggie Air charter with Chancellor Carruthers and all-session game tickets; and a limited edition NMSU Alumni license plate and Classic Aggie lapel pin. More details about the auction will be available soon at advancing.nmsu.edu/pavirtualball.

Education Scholarship   The College of Education received a new $25,000 endowed scholarship from an alumni couple in Las Vegas.

Aggies Without Limits   The Foundation received a gift of $5,000 from an engineering alumnus in Hawaii to support the Aggies Without Limits organization, which brings together students, faculty and community members to improve the daily lives of developing communities through sustainable infrastructure.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Hosted the NCAA women’s basketball selection show watch party at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club on the third floor of the Fulton Center. The team was joined by local media, fans and supporters of the program.
  • Had a send-off for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the south end of the Pan American Center on Wednesday and Thursday. Fans were invited to join the band and spirit squad as the teams left for the NCAA tournament.
  • Aggies defeated UNM Lobos in softball on Wednesday evening where Chancellor Carruthers threw out the first pitch.

  • The Aggies men’s basketball team lead #11 Baylor by two going into halftime but ended up falling short to the third seeded Baylor team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Reggie Miller was one of the analysts reporting the game. The Aggies finished their season 28-6.

The Aggies women team led for 35 minutes of the game against the number 6 ranked Stanford but ultimately fell short to Cardinal at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas. The team closed out their season 24-7.

Both the men’s and women’s teams had their best seasons in school history.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

 News and Media Relations   News and Media relations coordinated an interview with KRQE-TV in Albuquerque via Skype with Dr. Rolston St. Hilaire, NMSU Plant and Environmental Sciences department head, regarding his research to create the Mesa Glow maple tree, which he recently patented.

Marketing and Web Communications   Marketing is continuing with the “No Limits. No Boundaries.” initiative. Recently, banners with this messaging were displayed in malls in Albuquerque and in El Paso. The El Paso banners displayed the message in both English and Spanish. In addition, NMSU creative was displayed on the side of one of the escalators in the El Paso mall.

KRWG/SPU   March’s Aggie Profiles will feature baseball, tennis and basketball student athletes. In this month’s half-hour television show the Special Production Unit will help us get to know Marcel Renteria from the baseball team, Rimpledeep Kaur of women’s tennis and Christofer Conclaves with men’s tennis. Lastly, men’s basketball’s Eli Chuha provides his perspective of the successful season.

NPR Host and reporter Melissa Block stopped by the KRWG studios while passing through the area. She is working on a series looking at what makes communities unique and creates an identity. KRWG staff members were able to discuss reporting and how to work with NPR on collaborative efforts.

NPR reporter Melissa Block at the KRWG FM control room

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

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

  • NMDA assisted with the annual Roundhouse Feed. This is an opportunity for New Mexico’s Ag organizations to come together to showcase agriculture and provide a dinner for our legislators and their assistants.
  • Staff gave presentations at three different events in the area. Career Day at Alameda Elementary where Feed, Seed, & Fertilizer (FSF) focused on leadership and introducing kids to what agriculture means. Career Day at Rio Grande Elementary where FSF was joined by Veterinary Diagnostic Services to show kids what they do. The third event was Sierra County Ag Day where kids learned that New Mexico exports agricultural products all over the world.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Community Partnership Award 2017   NMSU-Doña Ana received the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Community Partnership Award for 2017.  On March 3rd I had the opportunity to attend the Hispanic Chamber’s 25th Anniversary Banquet to accept the award on behalf of the College.  I want to say thank you to all DACC workers who collaborate with our community because it is through your fine work that brought recognition to the College.

Girls Can Career Exploration Conference   More than 250, 6th grade girls and their families descended upon the NMSU-Dona Ana East Mesa Campus to participate in the annual “Girls Can” conference which challenges 6th grade girls to stay in school and consider mathematics and science based programs and careers. Gerry Martinez, Rosa De La Torre-Burmeister, Tracy Lopez and several other staff members participated in parent and girls workshops.  The event is organized by the Las Cruces chapter of the American Association of University Women.  I also want to thank Denise Lilley for all of her work in coordinating the event. Many others collaborated to make this a very successful event.

STEM H Showcase Highlights Careers   A recently completed STEM-H Showcase held at the Espina campus of NMSU-Doña Ana introduced science, technology, engineering, math, and health activities to more than 280 Las Cruces Public Schools high school students. The showcase featured classroom and laboratory activities including robotics, health careers, virtual reality, and electronics. The event increased awareness of STEM academic and career pathways.

How do we get the robots to jump? How do we complete a circuit?

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

  • On Wednesday at NMSU-A, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Student Government Association, and the Office of Student Success sponsored Eat & Complete. Students gathered on the patio to have lunch and hear inspiring stories from keynote speaker, Dr. James Gallagher, and three high-achieving students: Raymond Rosa, Kelly Beeman, and Carey Collins. Eat and Complete is held every semester to encourage students to complete their degree and certificate programs.
  • On Thursday, the NMSU-A Office of Student Success hosted an event called “Meet the Advisors,” the second in a series of events presented by the Learning Signature Task Force called “Sundae Thursdays.”  Approximately 50 people stopped by the Student Services Building to speak with our academic and financial aid advisors, become familiar with what services are available at the Office of Student Success, and to enjoy ice cream sundaes! The next event in the “Sundae Thursdays” series will be April 20th when the NMSU-A Community hosts, “I attended a recent conference, and this is what I learned.”
  • On Thursday, NMSU-A celebrated Retiree Appreciation Day with a luncheon at the Tays Center. Interim Vice President for Student Success Kathy Fuller addressed those in attendance, and provided an update on our campus, as well as the programs and classes we now provide. Approximately 25 retirees were in attendance.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Tuesday, March 14, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly UAC and Presidents’ meetings in Las Cruces.  Both meetings were very informative as discussion was held regarding several new policies which are under consideration and updates were provided on the most recent developments from the legislative session.
  • On Wednesday, March 15, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a visit from chair of the Faculty Senate, Dr. Chris Brown. Brown attended a called faculty meeting, and he made a very good presentation on shared governance processes from across the NMSU system.
  • On Thursday, March 16, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly meeting of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Education Council. Plans for the kick-off event for the Leadership Eddy County program were discussed and further discussion was held regarding a scheduled presentation by Senator Leavell and Representative Brown on the sink hole remediation initiative. The Education Council is planning a disaster scenario hearing which would include the Carlsbad fire department, police department, and emergency planning division.
  • On Friday, March 17, NMSU Carlsbad hosted the monthly meetings of the Steering and Stakeholder and Community Relations Committees. Reports were received from the Standing Committee chairs and an update was provided as to the status of the AQIP Systems Portfolio which is being completed with a required submission date of November 1, 2017.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Lucky Limericks   On Thursday, March 16, the NMSU Grants Writing Center offered students another opportunity to demonstrate their creativity.  This month we emphasized poetry but with a slight divergence from the traditional – students wrote “Lucky Limericks.  Greg Chapman was awarded first place for “Better Corrections” and he received a $35 gift certificate. Sean Gruber, whose entry won honorable mention in last month’s contest, received second place for “One Day at Ease” plus a $25 gift certificate. Gail Clemons was awarded a $15 gift certificate for her third place entry, “Prudent the Student.” The NMSU-Grants Associated Student Government donated the gift certificates.  Next month is National Poetry month and the writing center will celebrate with a haiku competition.

English Students’ Field Trip #2   Beth Humphreys’ English 111 sections took their second field trip of the semester March 10 to the Museum of Natural Science and History. Rachelle Bassen’s Biology and Anatomy/Physiology students joined the trip so that a total of 49 students participated (along with some of their children and family members). While English students are spending the semester exploring the creative relationship between abstract thinking and concrete application through expression, discovery and invention, the semester “teaches the college” and the different program offerings.  Looking at creativity and problem solving in different disciplines as well as acquiring a deep understanding of the difference and relationship between concepts and actualization provides a solid foundation for any course of study students choose to follow. Connecting the relationship between abstract concepts and concrete details helps students understand writing’s requirement of supporting claims with specifics. Speaking specifically, the lab with snakes, spiders, salamanders and turtles seems to be the most popular because of its hands-on experiences while students also took photos of planetary exhibits to share with their astronomy professor. Students found many different ways to connect to with exhibits in the museum.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Matt Bose

  • ASNMSU hosted its Glow in the Dark Buti Yoga event for all students on March 14 in the Aggie Underground inside of Corbett. The first 75 students received a FREE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER during registration. Over 100 students attended to fill the Aggie Underground. We look forward to hosting our next one soon!
  • The ASNMSU Roadrunners held their St. Patrick’s day tabling and scavenger hunt in front of Corbett on March 17 to promote ASNMSU and the Roadrunner Program. For everyone who found a four leaf clover, come by the ASNMSU office to claim your prize!
  • Win prizes and get a free ride to class with ASNMSU Quiz Cab! The next Quiz Cab will be on March 30 from 10 am – 2 pm. Find us around campus and be ready with your NMSU Trivia!
  • Do you go to Little Bit of Texas, but hate the drive? Then ASNMSU has the solution for you! Crimson Coach runs every Friday between Garcia Hall Parking Lot and Little Bit of Texas. Leaving at 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm & 9:30 pm from Parking lot #19, the west side of Garcia Hall. Rides returning back to Las Cruces starting at 11 pm. Choose the safe option and let Crimson Coach drive for you!
  • ASNMSU would like to wish all students a safe and fun Spring Break!

 


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