Activity Report March 13 – 19

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

Domenici Institute – As I always say, the student panelist component of the annual Domenici Conference is a highlight for all who attend and participate. The Domenici Institute is now accepting nominations from community colleges and universities in New Mexico for students to serve as panelists at the Septrember 14-15 event. From the nominations, a committee will select twenty students to comprise the panel. They are the only attendees allowed to question conference speakers and they spend the summer preparing for their role. Please consider nominating a student. For complete program details, including the online nomination form, visit http://domenici.nmsu.edu and click on the Domenici Conference page or call 575-646-2066. The deadline is April 28.

College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Interim Dean Jim Libbin

ACES 2016 Recognition of Service Ceremony

  • Interim Dean James D. Libbin began ACES Recognition Service by honoring the five to twenty year employees by calling them to the stage and having a group photo. A bio was read on each employee that has been with NMSU for 25 years to 41 years.

25 years of Service to NMSU-ACES

Shelly Hathorn, San Juan County Extension

Tony A. Valdez, Taos County

30 years of Service to NMSU-ACES

Richard Garcia, Los Lunas.

Gerald Moore, Extension Ag, Agent Tri-State Extension Program.

Tim Nesbitt, Assistant Dean & Director of Office of Business and Resources Planning

Dr. Mary O’Connell, Regents Professor, Distinguished Achievement Professor, Plant and Environmental Sciences.

35 years of Service to NMSU-ACES

Lester Boyse, Ag Research Assistant, Plant and Environmental Sciences.

Dr. Carol Sutherland, Extension Sr. Entomologist, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Sciences. State Entomologist with NMDA.

Dr. Steve Thomas, Distinguished Professor, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science.

40 years of Service to NMSU-ACES

Dr. Jeanne Gleason

Cooperative Extension Service

  • 2016 In-Service – Over 150 Cooperative Extension Service faculty from across the state attended the March 16-18, 2016 In-Serve at NMSU’s main campus. Faculty received valuable information during the subject matter trainings, including Extension’s role in emergency preparedness and response.  Examples included the Gold King Mine spill, winter storm Goliath, and EHV-1 outbreak at Sunland Race Track.  Subject matter trainings also included application of digital media and apps for Extension programming, the scientific facts pertaining to GMO’s, and leadership in Extension.  Discussions were held on the Master Gardener program, Master Food Preservation program, Ideas of Cooking and Nutrition program, and ACES recruiting/retention efforts.

The 2016 Cooperative Extension Service In-Service also provided the opportunity for program planning,  Extension association meetings, and an excellent opportunity for networking with friends and colleagues from around the state.

  • New Mexico Education Designed to Generate Excellence (NM EDGE) Certified Extension Professional Program

The New Mexico Certified Extension Professional Program was developed to fill the need to provide a meaningful new employee training.  This unique program has received national attention.  Through a curriculum of 24 classes, there is opportunity to hone skills needed for a successful extension career and to network with county elected officials from throughout New Mexico. Skills learned or improved upon include gaining a deeper understanding of the importance of stakeholders, improved time management, conducting more effective meetings, creating program evaluation tools, developing better presentations based on audience needs, being a professional in the workplace, and being a leader in their community. Last year Brittney Sontag, Bernalillo County Extension Office, and Sydney Martin, Santa Fe County Extension Office, were the first two Extension employees to graduate the program.  During the 2016 ACES Recognition of Service, 4 new graduates were recognized for achieving the Certified Extension Professional designation.  The new graduates included Ryan Craig, Roosevelt County Extension Office, Luther Dunlap, Curry County Extension Office, Richard Griffiths, San Juan County Extension Office, and Bonnie Hopkins, San Juan County Extension Office. Also pictured are Dr. James Libbin and Dr. Jon Boren.

1

  • RODEO TEAM

New Mexico State Universities Men’s and Women’s Rodeo Teams both won second place last weekend at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The points won by both teams are keeping NMSU Rodeo’s dream alive of qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo. Event champions were Colter Sellers in the tie-down roping, Lucas MacKenzie in the team roping, Justin Rockhill in the steer wrestling and AnnaBarker in the Barrel Racing. (Pictured is Anna Barker in the Barrel Racing.)

2

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • Honorees selected for induction into the COB’s 2016 Hall of Fame are:

Brenda Alvarez (EMI Technologies), COB alumna-BBA/Managerial Accounting (‘81).

James Holder (Senior Vice President, Cigna Health Care), COB alumnus-BBA/Finance (’90).

Honorees selected for Trader’s Award are:

Bill (’65) (Foundation Board Member) and Sharon Sheriff.

Table sponsorships are $1,000; tickets to the event are $100 each. Tickets can be purchased online at http://giving.nmsu.edu/COB Hall of Fame.html.

For more information on sponsorships and tickets, contact Anthony Casaus at 646-5817 or acasaus@nmsu.edu.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

The Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning

The 21st Century Community Learning Center grant applications were due to PED on 4-15-16.  Dr. Susan Brown and the staff at the STEM Outreach Center completed a large application to serve the students in Gadsden and Las Cruces by providing quality after school programs.  Dr. Karen Trujillo completed an application for the Hatch Valley School District in partnership with the STEM Outreach Center and The Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces to implement after school programs for the elementary schools and the middle school in Hatch and to open the first ever Teen Center in Hatch.  The NMPED will notify awardees in April and programs will commence in August.  If awarded, the after school programs will be funded until 2020.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

School of Social Work

  • The School of Social Work held its 5th Annual Alumni Awards Reception in the Dona Ana Room at Corbett Center on March 11, where nearly 60 alumni and families attended. The keynote speaker was Deryl Palmer, who has been named the 2016 Distinguished Social Work Alumnus of the year.  Palmer is the founder and clinical director of Amistad Family Services, a counseling facility particularly focused on youth and infant mental health.
  • The School of Social Work and the Family Child Welfare Training Project (FCWTP) hosted the CYFD Adoption Conference on Saturday March 12th in Albuquerque, NM. More than 200 registered adoptive parents and children attended the event, which also provided 9 exhibitors that provided resources to adoptive parents.

Department of Public Health

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) joined efforts with NMSU last week to conduct colorectal cancer education at Guillen Middle School in El Paso. The event included a tour of the ever-present giant inflatable colon owned by the NMSU U54 Outreach Core, which is part of a five-year grant funded by the Partnership to Advance Cancer Health Equality (PACHE) program. Dr. Rebecca Palacios, Associate Professor for the Department of Public Health, serves as an investigator for the grant and is the director for the Outreach Core.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

  • NMSU Library supporter Frances Williams invited Dean Elizabeth Titus, Archivist Caitlin Wells and Director of Development April Anaya to tour White Sands Missile Range. They met with a team, including the pictured Col. Brian M. Michelson, to discuss ways which the WSMR museum and their volunteer-based archives department could partner and collaborate with the library.

univ

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

  • Regents’ Above and Beyond Awarded to Tina Patton – During their regular meeting, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents presented the Regents’ Above and Beyond Award to Tina Patton, a graphic designer in the NMSU Facilities and Services Sign Shop. Those who nominated Patton said that she “goes the extra mile on a daily basis and always has a positive attitude that inspires others.” Patton displays dedication to NMSU and strives to present the university in its best light. Congratulations Tina!
  • Facilities and Services (FS) Employee Scholarship – The newly established Facilities and Services Employee Scholarship Fund was awarded for the first time to the following individuals: Priscilla Carabajal (FS Accounting), Manuel Cordero and Paul Gonzales (FS Custodial Services), Marco Rodriguez (FS Electric Shop), Kyle Huerta (FS Facilities Maintenance), Orlando Flores and Isaiah Garcia (FS Grounds), and Robert Herrera and Gary Martinez (FS Project Construction). Glen Haubold and Suzanne Montes established this scholarship to support FS Employees attending NMSU.
  • Special Events – Special Events staff and student employees have been busy since mid-February with multiple events. Over fifty additional students were recruited and trained to provide enough support for these events.
    • On Valentines Day, The Harlem Globetrotters dazzled over 5,000 fans.
    • On March 4th, approximately 8,000 patrons attended the Rock N Roll Worship Concert featuring the Newsboys, Mandisa and eight other Christian artists.
    • Special Event crews worked late and diligently overnight to prepare the Pan Am for the final Women’s Basketball Game held on Saturday, March 5th.
    • On March 8th, the Pan Am was reconfigured for the Luke Bryan concert, which was attended by a sold-out crowd of 10,400 fans.
  • pond cleaningPond Cleaning — Saving Fish and Turtles – The Grounds shop is working with Dr. Colleen Caldwell of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences to clean the pond at Knox Hall. Caldwell and her students relocated the fish and turtles to a laboratory while the pond is cleaned.  The water was pumped out of the pond into the retention pond by the arches, watering the grass in the process.  Grounds is working to clean out the debris and sludge, repair the fountain lights, and then refill the pond.  Dr. Caldwell will oversee the pond filling and return the fish and turtles.
  • Capstone Project designs a Sustainable Tiny Home – The manager of the Office of Sustainability worked with eight students and an advisor on the design of a mobile “Tiny Home” (180 sq. ft.) for the homeless at the Community of Hope. castone project desingThe students were encouraged to interview the homeless and learn more about their needs.  Once this is accomplished, they will design the tiny home to meet as many sustainability objectives as possible, such as solar, greywater, zero VOC materials, composting toilet, and the ability to grow food inside the home in a vertical garden.  Once the project is finished, the Office of Sustainability will share the results.
  • Parking Lot Maintenance – While the students were on Spring Break, the Parking Office has resurfaced parking lots at Central Plant and restriped the lots at Breland Hall.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

  • Student Success Navigators – A presentation hosted by the NMSU Teaching Academy, “Reflections from the Student Success Navigators: What Faculty and Administrators Need to Know” was attended by approximately seventy faculty and staff.  Program coordinators and Student Success Navigators shared program activities and outcomes from the Fall 2015 semester and planning for higher levels of collaboration with NMSU colleges sponsored mentoring programs for first year students.
  • Enrollment Management Team – Over 50 Enrollment Management staff members spent Tuesday morning conversing with the College of ACES leadership. Interim Dean Jim Libbin and Interim Associate Dean Jerry Hawkes shared information about their College, recruitment and student services, and opportunities for increased collaboration between ACES and the Enrollment Management units. Enrollment Management is comprised of University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Undergraduate Admissions, and the University Registrar’s Office.
  • RISE Program – Laura Gutiérrez-Spencer, Director of Chicano Programs, met with an evaluator of the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) funded program. The RISE program sponsors laboratory experience and mentorship toward creating access to more under represented faculty in the STEM fields.
  • Military Veterans Program – The Military and Veterans program hosted two candidates for the Director of Military Veterans Program.  Faculty, staff and students were invited to meet with the candidates in an Open Forum session where they shared their vision for serving NMSU military and veteran students.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

  • Anthony Business Incubator – Arrowhead Center Director, Kathy Hansen meet with Tiffany Goolsby, Senior Planner for the New Mexico South Central Council of Governments, and representatives from the Anthony Water & Sanitation District and the Anthony Youth Farm to discuss Arrowhead’s involvement with writing a feasibility study for the development of a Business Incubator in Anthony, New Mexico.
  • Arrowhead Technology Incubator (ATI) – NMSU’s Arrowhead Center and College of Engineering are assisting Tiara Grant (NMSU alumna) launch her business to help senior citizens stay independent at home through the use of a personal emergency alert system. While at ATI, Ms Grant will explore the market potential of her company’s technology, create a white paper and market/communications plan, and explore through Arrowhead’s NM FAST program SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer) funding opportunities.  See the whole story.
  • Cruces Kick – On Friday, Zetdi Sloan and Kramer Winingham met with the three local entrepreneurs participating in CrucesKick,a unique economic development partnership between MVEDA and Arrowhead Center which leverages the resources, networks and expertise of each organization to launch and manage the crowdfunding aspirations of Doña Ana County-based companies. This meeting marked the halfway point for the crowdfunding events for each business, which include NM Shrimp Co., Bow Wow Blends, and EcoSeal.  Check out the CrucesKick website to learn more and support growing local businesses. http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/cruceskick/
  • Dare to be an Entrepreneur – This week Griselda Martinez and Jorge Ramos, traveled to Mexico City to follow up on the Dare to be an Entrepreneur initiative, consisting of a long-term business development completion. Arrowhead Center has supported various aspects of the competitions, Ms. Martinez and Mr. Ramos conducted follow up interviews with event and government leaders, as well as competitors. This event provided an excellent opportunity for building on the partnerships among the founders—the Social Development Fund FONDESO, part of Mexico City’s local government, and five universities: Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Tecnologico Nacional de México and Universidad Autonoma de la Ciudad de Mexico.—and expanding Arrowhead’s network.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Homecoming 2016 – Homecoming 2016 will be held on October 1. The NMSU Aggies will play UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. The Alumni Association and student body are working on a theme as well as events for Homecoming week. Stay tuned for details.

Matching Money – NMSU has received the final matching dollars from the Higher Education Endowment Fund passed by the New Mexico State Legislature for fiscal year 2016.  These funds will be used to establish endowed chairs and professorships.  NMSU received $1,250,000 in matching money from the state along with contributions from private donors of $1,250,000, adding a total of $2,500,000 to the NMSU Endowment Pool.

Student Philanthropy – University Advancement will be partnering with the Marketing Department in the College of Business to conduct Student Focus Groups for the Student Philanthropy program on March 28. Advancement staff has been working with Campus Activities at the Las Cruces Campus and the Campus Activities Office at Doña Ana Community College to pick a random representative sample of 30 student organizations based on the number of total student organizations. Dr. Michelle Jasso will be facilitating three sessions of ten students each. For more information on methodology, please contact Adrian Bautista (575) 646-2552 or fadrianb@nmsu.edu.

Alumni Awards – The School of Social Work held their 5th Annual Alumni Awards Reception with over 50 people in attendance.  Award recipients were: Deryl Palmer, Distinguished Social Work Alumnus of the Year and Keynote Speaker; Kathy Apodaca, Outstanding BSW Alumna; Monica Montoya, Outstanding MSW Alumna; Jacklyn Quezada, Outstanding BSW Graduate; Anna Martin and Rene Romo, Outstanding MSW Graduates; and Rosina Carrasco, Outstanding Adjunct of the Year.

NMSU License Plates – You have a unique opportunity as a New Mexico resident to give back to NMSU and show your Aggie pride by purchasing an NMSU license plate for your vehicle. It is just another way to show your support because  $25 of the $37 annual fee goes directly to NMSU Scholarships. Visit www.mvd.newmexico.gov and print out form MVD11322 and return to the address indicated or visit a local MVD office.

University Communications, Associate Vice President Maureen Howard

News – University Communications conducted a media training workshop for a group from Facilities and Services on Wednesday, March 16. A former El Paso TV anchorwoman joined members of our team to present the workshop for 14 members of the facilities and services group. During the training we discussed issues they face in the field and we practiced interview techniques.

Sports Information –  Athletics Media Relations covered the conclusion of the men’s and women’s basketball seasons as the men fell in the NIT at Saint Mary’s 58-56 to finish at 23-11 overall, their fifth straight 20-win season. The women finished with a 74-52 loss at Arizona State to end the season with a record of 26-5, tying the school record for most wins in a season.

KRWG – This week we hosted Gina Diamante of KPBS, San Diego, and Fronteras News Editor. Fronteras is a collaboration among stations across the Southwest featuring stories that deal with the complex nature of the border region. Diamante spent two days on campus working with the KRWG news staff. We discussed future collaborations, story ideas and suggestions on how to strengthen writing and editing. KRWG is a charter member of Fronteras, which is funded by the Corporation For Public Broadcasting.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

For a legislative update visit our website http://govrelations.nmsu.edu/.

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

  • NM Ag Week – Public Information Officer and graphics specialist worked to create shareable graphics about New Mexico agriculture for use on social media platforms. Combined, the first four images have reached more than 8,000 people so far.  Secretary Witte’s Ag Week op-ed has been shared by more than 150 people on Facebook, reaching more than 9,000 people.
  • Staff helped coordinate “urban farms” segment and did on-camera interview for Marketing’s advertorial campaign with 2 KASA Style. Visited three Albuquerque farms for the segment: Red Tractor Farm, Sol Harvest Farm (at Farm & Table Restaurant), and the farm behind Winrock Mall.
  • European Inbound to Natural Products Expo West- Staff attended the Natural Products Expo West Tradeshow in Anaheim, CA, as Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) Project Manager of the EU Inbound Trade delegation. Five EU buyers met 1:1 with 23 Western U.S. companies exhibiting or attending this premier trade show to promote and showcase natural/healthy/organic/gluten-free food products in the international market. Three exhibiting New Mexico chile processors introduced to the WUSATA buyers during the tradeshow sparking interest in exporting their products in the near future.  This has proven to be one of the top WUSATA international marketing activities in regards to new market companies, buyer/distributor contacts, and export sales.
  • APR staff gave a presentation at the Los Padilla’s Community Center, regarding Vegetative System Dynamics. This is the first of 5 Integrative Conservation Workshops sponsored by the Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District. The workshops are funded by the Soil and Water Conservation Commission’s, Water Quality and Conservation Grant Program.
  • Irene King was selected to serve on the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) Advisory Board.  The PERC is a new cooperative agreement between the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs and University of California Davis Extension, in collaboration with Oregon State University. The PERC is committed to the development, revision, and update of pesticide safety resources to advance the protection of humans, communities, and ecosystems from the risk of pesticide poisonings, illness and injury.  By serving on the board, she will have the opportunity to represent constituencies on unmet needs, participate in prioritization, review of draft materials, and promote finished products in our region.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity –  There were 36 police reports created, 29 supplements filed, and 32 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 32 items of evidence entered into the vault, 19 people were fingerprinted, and 3 background investigations were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center – Emergency Dispatch Center handled 247 calls for service (2 of which were 911 calls) resulting in 224 police calls (26 of which were agency assist) and 5 warrant entries.  There were 23 fire calls (10 of which were mutual aid), 6 emergency medical calls, 1 smell of smoke, and 6 fire alarms.  There were also 2 animal control calls.

Special Events – Special Events staff worked 61.25 hours and reviewed 5 events.

Victim Services staff – Coordination with DA’s office for pre-trial interview; Victim resources needed; Victim follow up on investigation.

Active Killer Presentation – Chief Lopez provided students, staff, and faculty an Active Killer Presentation on March 16th at the Yates Auditorium.  In spite of spring break, the presentation was well attended and another presentation will be scheduled for early April.

Southern New Mexico Public Information Officers’ Association – The SNMPIO Association monthly meeting was hosted at the NMSU Police Department on March 15.  The meetings rotate amongst the participating agencies.  Lt. Brandi Texeira, Sgt. Michelle Vasquez, and Victim Services Coordinator Amanda Bowen represented the NMSU Police Department at the meeting and provided the other public information officers with an overview of the department and the university.  The FBI also presented information on how to work with the news media when calls are received about suspicious devices of white powder letters.

Bataan Memorial Death March – Two explosive detection canine teams assisted the White Sands Missile Range Police Department during the Bataan Memorial Death March on March 20.  They were present to help clear the large spaces where the participants gathered, as well as to respond to any suspicious devices.

Sunland Park Horse Races – One explosive detection canine team assisted the Sunland Park Police Department with pre-event safety sweeps prior to racing starting at the Sunland Park Racetrack on March 20.  The team remained with the Sunland Park Police Department throughout the event in order to respond to any reports of suspicious devices.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

The Department of Public Health Sciences submitted an application to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) to include their undergraduate program in their CEPH accreditation. The Master’s of Public Health is already accredited by CEPH. The undergraduate program is accredited through SABPAC through October 2017, and is petitioning to umbrella both programs under CEPH accreditation.

All five NMSU system campuses are preparing information for annual Institutional Update reports to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Reports include information about enrollment, finances, degree offerings, etc. Reports are due April 4.

NMSU-DACC is hosting reviewers representing the HLC on March 21-22. Reviewers will meet with students, faculty and staff on both the NMSU-Las Cruces and NMSU-DACC campuses.

To learn more about accreditation go to https://accreditation.nmsu.edu/. To become more involved in our accreditation efforts, click on the link “Get Involved.”

New Mexico State University-Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

HLC Visit – HLC representatives are on campus to conduct their focused visit on:

  1. Defining shared governance issues between NMSU Doña Ana and NMSU
  2. Financial aid regulations
  3. Program review

Career Readiness Expo – Will be held on March 30. Besides companies looking to hire, attendees will get instruction on writing resumes, how to do a job search, proper interview attire and how to research employers.

Aesop in Cucamonga – The play for everyone in the family has announced the dates for the production by the NMSU Dona Ana theatre arts club. The story of a bear cub on a journey of self-discovery includes the retelling of Aesop’s fables in a more modern context. The play runs from Monday, April 11 through Saturday, April 16.

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

NMSU-A Students Document a Threatened Species –  During Spring Break, 11 students from NMSU-A’s Fish Wildlife and Conservation Ecology class 110 went to the Big Bend region of Texas to search for a threatened species of mud turtle called the Kinosternon hirtipes, also known as the rough-legged mud turtle. The area the students explored had not been surveyed since the 1980s, so the most recent documentation of a sighting of the mud turtle was over 30 years old.  The team traveled down dirt roads that had not been open for more than 3 decades so the roads were washed out and blocked by brush. They used hand saws and pruning shears to progressively clear the road.  After the drive, they loaded up their equipment and hiked for another three hours upstream.  Upon arriving at their destination, one student spotted a turtle—a mud turtle.  The turtle was caught by hand, without the use of a trap and the team documented the location using GPS waypoints. In addition to the mud turtle, they found and documented an imperiled species of fish known as the Mexican Stoneroller or Campostoma ornatum. The students also conducted service projects for landowners with important wildlife habitats, including clearing seedlings for the Russian Thistle and cattails from ponds, to clear the water habitats for other species to flourish.

NMSU-A Supports Chamber of Commerce Spring Fling –  On Saturday, Mar 19, NMSU-A personnel attended the second annual Chamber of Commerce Spring Fling event in downtown Alamogordo.  The team passed out information on NMSU-A programs, dual-credit and an invitation to our upcoming Open House.  They also participated in a radio interview which was broadcast throughout the event area and live on the radio.

NMSU-A Professor Speaks On Renewable Energy – On Thursday, Mar 17, Clay Blevins, NMSU-A Professor for Renewable Energy Technologies, spoke to members of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association at the Alamogordo Public Library.  He talked about the present and future initiatives of the Renewable Energy program and he provided an overview the Associate of Science degree in Renewable Energy and the certificate programs and shared photos of the NMSU-A renewable energy facility. Following the presentation Clay, answered questions from the group regarding the course requirements and issues facing the RE industry.

New Mexico State University -Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton traveled to Santa Fe on Monday, March 14 in order to attend the State Board of Finance meeting on Tuesday, March 15. The Board posed several pertinent questions regarding the proposed fire suppression system installation project and the project was approved and will start in the next few weeks.
  • On Wednesday, March 16, President John Gratton traveled to Las Cruces in order to attend the March Board of Regents meeting. The Board meeting was very informative and concluded with the election of new Board officers.
  • On Thursday, March 17, John Gratton attended the monthly meeting of the Carlsbad Community Development Board. This Board oversees the building of homes by building trades students and these completed homes are offered for purchase to citizens who could not afford a home by any other means.
  • On Friday, March 18, John Gratton attended a phone conference with a HLC Accreditation Team as this team is preparing for a visit to Madison Technical College in Madison , Wisconsin which begins on Monday, March 28.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Transfer Fair –  About 50 students attended the NMSU Grants Transfer Fair on Tuesday, March 15th from 11-3 in the Fidel Gymnasium.  Participating Colleges and Universities were:  NMSU Las Cruces, UNM, NMHU, ENMU, WNMU, NMT, NNMC, and Navajo Tech.  The event was organized by Sascha Larabee, Transfer Advisor.

Customer Service Training –  The Student Success Center hosted a customer service training on March 11 for all student employees on campus.  The training included skits of good and bad customer service as well as handouts of good customer service practice.

Faculty Professional Development –  A faculty training academy on service learning was presented and facilitated by Dr. Eric Romero from New Mexico Highlands University.    This opportunity was afforded to the staff and faculty by the Title V Grant.  One purpose of the Title V Grant is to integrate service learning as well as experiential learning into the curriculum so that coursework is more purposeful for students.

NMSU Grants Outreach –  Rachelle Bassen, Natural Science faculty member, worked with 30 fifth graders from Mesa View Elementary to motivate students in the field of biology.  This visit is part 2 of 3 in a series of science events for the fifth grade class.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

 

 


This entry was posted in Activity Report. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.