Activity Report March 20 – March 26

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • I appreciate all who attended, in person or online, the Employee Council Forum on Transforming NMSU into a 21st Century University. All 5 teams reported on progress.  Team 1 is led by me and will be guiding and reviewing all restructuring activities, focusing on span of control and levels of management.  Team 2, led by Andrew Pena, is evaluating support staff coverage ratios.  Team 3, led by Norma Grijalva, will redesign IT delivery.  Team 4, led by D’Anne Stuart, will evaluate shared services centers for all financial activities.  Team 5, led by Norma Noel, is reviewing purchasing, vendors, and authorities.  All teams will report their recommendations by November 15, 2016, for possible action by the Regents in their December meeting.  It is anticipated all transformations could yield from $4 – $5 million annual savings.
  • I have heard a recent presentation on restructuring of the Office of Facilities and Services.They are known to be efficient and provide excellent service, yet they still have offered some reorganization strategies which may yield from $450,000 to $600,000 per year.  The next stop for OFS is to report to Team 1 for review of these strategies.  The first unit to go through the entire reorganization process is the office of the Vice President for Advancement, estimating up to $450,000 in recurring savings if all changes are approved. The Vice President for Research and Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management units are currently completing their self studies.
  • My thanks to the Employee Council for sponsoring this and other forums. Their next forum is on April 7 at 3:00 pm and the subject will be Benefits.  There are several discussions ongoing regarding changes in benefits, so please attend in person or online.
  • I had breakfast with members of the NMSU Dona Ana Community College Higher Learning Commission review team and members of the NMSU Dona Ana Advisory Board. The Advisory Board members (selected board members from the three local school districts) reported they were very pleased with the collegiality and cooperation evident under Dr. Renay Scott’s leadership and sensed that the NMSU Regents were much more attentive than in the past.  HLC will probably recommend the Advisory Committee and NMSU Regents meet more frequently and the Committee take greater advantage of the MOU between the Regents and DACC to offer more than just budget recommendations.  Good job Renay and gang!
  • This week and next week will be all about next year’s budget. We will present both sources of revenue and uses of new revenue to the Regent’s Budget Committee and to the Regents meeting.  We will be requesting a 4.1 percent blended tuition/fee increase.  The UNM Regents have just approved a 3.9 % blended increase and other institutions are requesting increases ranging from 5 percent to 20 percent.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

HLC – I spent Monday through Wednesday at Wright State University as a member of a Higher Learning Commission Assurance Review team.  Wright State University is a public university near Dayton, Ohio, that is similar in many respects to New Mexico State University. An on-site visit allows one to gain a deep understanding of another institution of higher education and, in my case, helps to inform my thinking regarding research, teaching, and service initiatives at NMSU.

General Education Taskforce – The NMSU General Education taskforce met early on Thursday morning at the Teaching Academy for a second round of discussion about essential content.  There is a good consensus in the committee about essential content, but after a vigorous discussion we determined that general education at NMSU should center on essential skills and that content courses should map onto these essential skills.  Over the course of the next month, we will begin to discuss curriculum models that are purposeful with regard to producing graduates of NMSU that possess these essential skills.

Salon Discovery – At the end of the day on Thursday, I attended Salon Discovery: Enchantment for the Mind, at the Yates Theatre in Domenici Hall.  The three talks given over the course of 90 minutes were dynamic, engaging, and completely delightful.  Congratulations to the speakers -Dr. Michael Hout, Dr. Collin Payne, and Dr. Mary O’Connell, who all did a marvelous job of making their research programs accessible, intriguing, and entertaining.  Special thanks are due to Dr. Tim and Chris Erickson for organizing the program.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

Mark Waltermire (Languages and Linguistics) will present the keynote address “Spanish-Portuguese Language Contact along the Uruguayan-Brazilian Border” at the 17th annual Céfiro Conference on Latin American and Iberian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Texas Tech University.  On April 15, he will present the paper “Mood Variation after Expressions of Uncertainty in Spanish” at the 8th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics at the Universidad de Puerto Rico.

The New Mexico State University Singers performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on Easter Sunday, March 27, as part of the Gotham SINGS! Collegiate Choral Showcase.  Nancy Joy (Music) joined the ensemble to offer French horn accompaniment for a portion of the program.   New Mexico State University’s Wind Symphony has been selected to represent the southwestern region of the United States during the 2016 Sousa Band Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., this April.

The College sponsored and organized a highly successful 2016 edition of the J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium – this year focused on Social Justice for LGBTQ* Identities in the Borderlands.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • Congratulations to Alena Kostyk, Marketing doctoral student, who Faculty Council has selected to receive the McCarter Research Award. She received funding in support of “Drivers of aesthetic pleasure and audience engagement on social media: a formula for a perfect Instagram post.”
  • This week I attended a Gamma Iota Sigma and SHRM meetings to discuss our new student mentoring program. The program is set to kick-off at the Business Advisory Council meeting on April 7 and will provide upperclassmen an excellent opportunity to learn about the world of business from a business professional.  In addition, upperclassmen students will serve as mentors for first year students to ease the academic and social transition from high school to college.
  • The Engineering Dean Search Committee, which I am chairing, met on Thursday. We hope to have candidates brought to campus for interviews by mid-April.
  • I attended the MBA committee meeting who is working on closing the loop on major assessment items.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

STEM Outreach Center 

Over the month of March, the STEM Outreach Center held six professional development events for teachers in the Gadsden Independent School District, and afterschool staff in Las Cruces, White Sands Missile Range, Truth or Consequences and Roswell, totaling over 170 participants.

In addition, over 310 students in the local area had the opportunity to experience and interact with STEM through outreach activities and field trips through our office.

College of Engineering, Interim Dean Steve Stochaj

Aggie Innovators in the Aggie Innovation Space hosted a Pop-Up class on NX 3D modeling. More than 40 students and a few faculty members participated in the first of a series of three workshops.  The Aggie Innovators developed the workshop to introduce 3D modeling and printing to the people who are unfamiliar with CAD software. Two more sessions are planned in the coming weeks with a Design Challenge culminating the 3D modeling series.

Tom Manz, chemical and materials engineering assistant professor, has received confirmation that his proposal entitled, “Automating Construction of Polarizable, Flexible, Nonreactive Force­ Fields for Metal ­Organic Frameworks and Applications to Helium and Solar Water Splitting Gas Purifications” has been recommended for funding by the National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research.

engrDelia Valles-Rosales attended the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration 17th North American Higher Education Conference in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where she co-organized and participated in a panel titled ”Advancing the International Dimension of Higher Education through the Creation of a Network of Latina Scholar Leaders in STEM disciplines.”


College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean

  • Dean Wagner held a town hall meeting on Tuesday, March 22 for HSS faculty and staff. The purpose of this CHSS Town Hall was to be transparent about the effects of budgets on CHSS operations going forward.
  • Mari Langford with Natalie Kellner, Jon Boren, Karen Trujillo, and Steve Loring presented a Teaching Academy panel session, “Documenting Community Engagement Impacts in Digital Measures,” on March 22. The panel discussed how to document community engagement activities in Digital Measures and how to write impact statements.
  • In addition to ongoing retention efforts, the HSS Student Ambassadors have teamed up with Kim Gear, Director of Development, for a bi-monthly “thank-you call” campaign thanking donors for supporting the College. The students enjoyed the opportunity to reach out to donors on a personal level and the campaign will continue through the end of the semester.
  • Nick Heeb, a graduate assistant in the Office of the Dean, successfully defended his masters thesis last week. Nick has been a GA at the College of Health and Social Services since October of 2014, and will graduate with a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from NMSU this May.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

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  • From Agriculture to Women’s Studies, the NMSU Library’s series of LibGuides help you find your way around the Library and its scholarly resources. The LibGuides are created by subject specialists from the Library’s faculty and staff. The LibGuides are continually updated, so we’d like to do a spotlight on a recently completed LibGuide. This week, the New Popular Science Books LibGuide was created by Cindy Watkins, Agricultural & Environmental Science Librarian.
  • guerrilasguerrillasThe NMSU Library is hosting a new exhibit from its Archives and Special Collections Department called “Guerrillas and Guardsmen: Pancho Villa, the National Guard, and the 1916 Columbus Raid. The exhibit contains documents and photographs from the NMSU Library’s Archives and Special Collections Department which related to Pancho Villa’s 1916 raid on Columbus, NM, and the ensuing national and international events. This includes scans of local and campus newspapers; photographs of Villa and his troops, and the American army and National Guardsmen who pursued him; and letters and other documents describing the raid.
  • Dean Titus and other library members attended a live panel discussion on Action Research which is defined as “a participatory, democratic process concerned with developing practical knowing in the pursuit of worthwhile human purposes, grounded in a participatory worldview” by the ACRL Assessment in Action Program.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Honors College International Scholarship – Each year the Honors College awards one scholarship to support a summer of research in an international venue for a talented student. To compete for this award the students must write a proposal for their research plan, and include a budget, letters of support and affiliation, and additional information in the same manner as one would do to compete for an NSF or similar grant. This week we received and reviewed all the applications in order to identify finalists who would proceed to the interview stage. We were grateful to count on the assistance of members of our Circle for Excellence, our advisory board, who helped determine the rankings, and eventually the final selection.

Crimson Scholar Coordinator – After many years of exemplary service, Ms. Yvonne Pena Flores will soon retire from the position of coordinator of the program that serves the 5000+ Crimson Scholars across the NMSU system. She will be hard to replace, but we did conduct interviews with finalists for that position, in hopes that we can select a candidate to overlap with Yvonne and learn the job before she sails off to Bora-Bora (literally!).

Registration for fall – Students returned from spring break anxious to contemplate their options for fall term classes. We disseminated information about classes that the Honors College will be offering in fall, and we had a steady stream of students coming by for advising during the week.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

  • ¿Hablas español? – NMSU Fire Department (FD) would like to recognize Assistant Director of Project Development and Engineering Jose Loera, Assistant Project Manager Nivia Franco, and NMSU Firefighter Rogelio Hernandez for their instrumental work on creating a bilingual emergency evacuation message. The automated English/Spanish message has been installed in Knox Hall which uses verbal instructions with alert tones in case of an emergency, instead of blaring horns to evacuate the building.  Their efforts were such a success that Doug Parten, Manager of Event Operations at Pan Am, is generating a procedure to incorporate it into their evacuation message.  Also, NMSU FD plans on using the message on future verbal fire alarm systems to assist Spanish speaking students, faculty, staff, and visitors during an emergency evacuation.
  • sodexoSodexo Employee Recognition – Sodexo Dining staff and students celebrated Avelina Gonzales, cashier and greeter for 10 years in the Taos Restaurant.  She has touched many lives and is well liked by the students.    Students presented, to Avelina, an oversized card and signed poster as an expression of their appreciation.
  • Annual Room Renewal Rodeo Dinner – Sodexo partnered with NMSU Housing & Residential Life to host the annual Room Renewal Rodeo Dinner.  Residents had the option of keeping their current room or selecting another room option.  Entertainment was provided, including a mechanical bull, student DJ, and BBQ favorites.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

  • Leadership Chair Academy – Bernadette Montoya, Vice President of SAEM, attended the International Leadership Chair Academy in San Antonio, TX. Montoya had the great pleasure of reconnecting with Clifton Taulbert (pictured in photo).  Clifton Taulbert is an American author, business consultant and speaker. He is best known for his books Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored and Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Communities.  His stories are a great reminder about our role in building a community with our students.
Vice President of SAEM, Bernadette Montoya with Clifton Taulbert, author at the International Leadership Chair Academy.

Vice President of SAEM, Bernadette Montoya with Clifton Taulbert, author at the International Leadership Chair Academy.

  • Graduation Fair – The Commencement Staff cohosted the Spring 2016 Graduation Fair with the NMSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore and University Advancement. During the two-day fair, the staff saw 1,018 students. During the fair students purchased all necessary items and received all the graduation information they needed to be ready for the day of the ceremony. Students reserved their seat for the ceremony, purchased their cap and gown and purchased their NMSU Alumni ring.
NMSU Graduates enjoying the Spring 2016 Graduation Fair.

NMSU Graduates enjoying the Spring 2016 Graduation Fair.


  • Financial Aid Outreach – The NMSU Financial Aid Office also participated in the Spring 2016 Graduation Fair. The Financial Aid office attended the event to educate graduating students on what to expect with their loan repayment after they graduate. The Financial Aid staff encouraged and will continue to encourage students to complete their mandatory Exit Counseling.


Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

  • US Economic Development Administration Meeting – Kramer Winingham and Kathy Hansen traveled to Austin for a meeting with the southwest regional office of the US EDA.  Kathy gave a briefing on the success of Arrowhead Center’s i6 challenge grant that sponsored the development of the Arrowhead Innovation Network, which provides expertise and investment across Arrowhead programs including Launch. Present at this meeting were U.S. Department of Commerce’s EDA Asst. Secretary Jay Williams and the Director of the Austin EDA office, George Ayala.
  • Studio G Networking Hour – On Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour. The topic of this week’s discussion focused on The Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series, based the Disciplined Entrepreneurship book written by Bill Aulet from MIT. Studio G’s Networking Hour provides aspiring student and alumni entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet with individuals that share an interest in startups and entrepreneurship, 22 students attended this week’s event.

Vice President for Research, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya

International Symposium for Commercial Spaceflight October 12-13, 2016 – New Mexico Space Grant has confirmed Lieutenant General John Raymond, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Air Force, Commander of the 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) Air Force Space Command, and the Commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space at U.S. Strategic Command and Dr. George Nield, Associate Administrator, FAA AST will be speaking at the International Symposium for Commercial Spaceflight on the topic of Space Traffic Management.

Aggie Leadership Training Academy – Associate Vice President, Dr. Luis Vazquez presented at the Aggie Leadership Training Academy, staff leadership training program offered by NMSU.  Dr. Vazquez was an invited presenter as a recognized leader in Cultural Diversity and Organizational success.  The presentation was well received and audience participants engaged enthusiastically, asked many questions and indicated how much they had learned from the presentation. Dr. Vazquez was extended an invitation to return for more presentations regarding cultural diversity issues and higher education.

NSF Acequia Irrigation Project – On March 14-19 a group of researchers from NMSU and the NM Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) visited The University of Concepcion (UdeC) in Chile as part of an NSF-sponsored project on acequia irrigation and coupled human and natural systems.  The group also laid the groundwork for a grant proposal regarding international water stressed communities to be submitted to NSF.  Pictured from left to right in the picture are Carlos Ochoa (OSU), Jose Luis Arumi (UdeC), Andres Cibils (NMSU Animal and Range Sci), Bob Sabie (NM WRRI), Jesus Gomez-Velez (NM Tech), Brian Hurd (NMSU, Ag Econ), Steve Guldan (NMSU, Alcalde Sust Ag Sci Center), Sam Fernald (NM WRRI, NMSU Animal and Range Sci), John Wilson (NM Tech), and Jesslyn Ratliff (NM WRRI).


University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

President’s Associates Scholarship – Five incoming freshmen have accepted our President’s Associates Scholarship. Three of these incoming PA scholars and their parents will attend the PA Ball on April 22.

Domenici Conference Gift – Andrea Tawney, Ph.D., has been on the road visiting potential sponsors for the 2016 Domenici Conference. We are happy to report the NMSU Foundation received $15,000 from Molina Healthcare for the conference.

Graduation Fair – To keep up with campus traditions, the Alumni Relations staff, student delegates and Alumni Association volunteers met with over 460 graduating seniors during the Graduation Fair held at the NMSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore. We are thrilled that 52 NMSU Official rings were purchased during this semester’s Graduation Fair, and these students will be participating in the Official Ring Ceremony on May 11, 2016.

HSS Thank You Calls – The College of Health and Social Services started bi-monthly donor thank you calls by student ambassadors. The student callers thanked the donors for their support and shared their campus stories.

Stewardship – The Stewardship Office hosted a luncheon that allowed the sponsor of an athletics scholarship fund to meet the current student athlete recipient, Nathalie Castellanos and her coach, Mike Jordan.  The donor shared his story behind establishing a scholarship for athletes in memory of his son, while Nathalie had the opportunity to talk about her years on the volleyball team and her plans for the future.

Chamber Business After Hours – Fifty-five Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce members attended Business After Hours at the NMSU Baseball fields during the NMSU Aggies vs. Chicago State game. The event was hosted by the NMSU Foundation.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Assisted in hosting a Memorial Service for Lori Paulson at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The memorial service was very well orchestrated and attended by her family, friends, NM State football coaches and student-athletes as well as NM State Athletic staff. The memorial included some words from her family and a heartfelt video of Lori addressing her family, friends and her love for NM State football program. Lori was and will continue to be a great supporter of NM State football through her $100,000 donation she made to the program.
  • athleticsAthletics in partnership with University Advancement hosted the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at the Presley Askew Field prior to the baseball Western Athletic Conference (WAC) home opener. Troy Tudor, VP of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, Andrea Tawney and I gave brief remarks.
  • Athletics hosted the United Equestrian Conference (UEC) Tournament beginning with a team barbeque on Thursday afternoon. Teams competing in the tournament included Tennessee Martin, SMU, Delaware State and NM State. The UEC Tournament was a two day event held on Friday and Saturday. Congratulations to our NM State equestrian program for winning the conference championship.


International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

  • The Center for English Language Programs has a record total Spring 2 enrollment of 90 students (23 new students and 67 continuing students).  Spring 2 classes started on March 23 and run through May 13.
  • CELP welcomed eight students from Nagoya University of Foreign Studies(NUFS) in Japan. They will be participating in the CELP program through July (photo attached).
  • CELP also welcomed 15 new independent students to the program throughout the week.
  • Retired Food and Agriculture Services foreign service officer and ACES Gerald Thomas Chair, Rod McSherry, gave a seminar on international careers on March 24 to about 8 students.  The lecture kicked off this week’s 2016 Las Cruces International Festival.

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University Communications, Associate Vice President Maureen Howard

News – The media has been showing a lot of interest in this year’s Las Cruces International Festival, hosted by New Mexico State University’s Office of International and Border Programs. With assistance from University Communications, Kristian Chervenock, director of the Office of Education Abroad, will be a guest on several El Paso TV stations (KVIA and KDBC) to promote the event. The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 2 at Pioneer Women’s Park, 500 W. Las Cruces Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Sports Information – Athletics Media Relations covered the Aggie Equestrian team winning the United Equestrian Conference Championships at home on Saturday, and the baseball Aggies sweeping their WAC opening series over Chicago State.

KRWG – This week KRWG hosted NPR News Production and Operations Manager Rolando Arrieta for a short visit and a Fronteras Interview. Arrieta is an ’89 NMSU grad and visiting campus for the first time in 20 years.

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

  • This week I was invited to keynote the Southern Plains Undergraduate Agricultural Research Consortium to discuss the research needs of agriculture in the future and how to engage undergraduates. The conference, sponsored by Texas Tech University, included research scientists from seven (7) other institutions. There was enthusiasm for including undergraduates in meaningful research projects to provide a foundation for the future.
  • Two staff members attended the FSMA Produce Rule – National State Agency Planning Meeting. The primary audience was representatives from 50 departments of agriculture and 31 departments of health/environment.  This meeting marked the beginning of a multi-year process of FSMA implementation, and began a dialogue between agencies to begin considering the role(s) different agencies may play in each State during the rollout of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.  Various representation from FDA were included in the agenda to help provide guidance and answer questions.  Total attendance was slightly over 160.
  • Staff spoke about New Mexico agriculture and presented a related handout to a group of underclassmen visiting from MIT as part their “Terrascope” program, in which they’re exploring modern-day challenges and solutions in agriculture.
  • Marketing and Development released the second (Green Chile Mac’n Cheese) in a series of cooking videos on social media. As of March 24, the video has reached 13,000 people, received 238 overall likes, and been shared 127 times since the release. Go to to see the video.


NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Records and Evidence Office – There were 40 police reports filed, 30 supplements, 76 traffic citations, 42 items of evidence processed, and 25 people fingerprinted.  10 individuals were arrested during the week, with charges including aggravated DWI, reckless driving and fleeing from an officer, possession of cocaine, and outstanding arrest warrants.

Emergency Dispatch Center – 230 telephone calls were received (5 of which were 911 calls), 278 police calls were handled (including 131 traffic stops), and 16 Fire Department calls were handled (including 10 mutual aide and 2 medical calls) during the week.

Victim Service:  Victim services staff spent a large amount of time assisting the victim of a harassment/stalking case.  Victim services and large number of police officers spent much of the holiday in court assisting the victim with getting a restraining order against the suspect.  Thanks to this assistance, the court ended up issuing a restraining order that is good for 14 years.  Earlier in the week, victim services worked on helping another victim of harassment/stalking (taking place off campus) connect with university resources to help her be able to stay in school.

Active Killer Presentation – A presentation on dealing with Active Killer events was made during the Geological Sciences Colloquium by Chief Lopez.  Both faculty and graduate students were present.

Managing School Violence – A presentation on how to deal with violence within a school setting was made by Chief Lopez to students in the Family and Consumer Sciences class taught by Dr. Sharon Bartley.

HLC Focus Visit at DACC – Chief Lopez (and a number of others) met with a site visitor from HLC who was participating in a focus visit at DACC.  Chief Lopez’ role was to explain why crime statistics for the DACC Central Campus and the NMSU Las Cruces campus are identical and reported together (because it is a federal regulation, as students from DACC live in campus housing and can access Las Cruces campus resources, and the parking lots, streets, sidewalks, etc. are shared spaces) and answer any questions related to that aspect of Clery Act compliance.

POD Exercise Planning Meeting – A team of people from NMSU met with the NM Department of Health to discuss the 2016 Spring Fever exercise that will take place on the NMSU campus on Saturday, April 9.  The exercise will simulate a large-scale public health emergency that requires distribution of medications to the entire county.  NMSU will be hosting the first-ever drive-thru Point of Distribution (POD) for this type of event.  As a result of this being the first time this method of distribution has been attempted, it will provide valuable data for the state and nation regarding how many people can be served and the resource needs for such a service.

New Mexico State University-Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Student Artists Show Work – NMSU Dona Ana students will show off their art work for a month at a downtown art gallery. The showing will be hosted by the Cottonwood Gallery located inside the Southwest Environmental Center on the downtown mall. An opening reception as part of the downtown arts ramble will be held to honor the artists at the Cottonwood Gallery, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1.

Career Readiness Expo – The day-long job fair and job training was held on March 30 by the Center for Career and Student Success. Besides companies looking to hire, attendees learned about writing resumes, how to do a job search, proper interview attire and how to research employers. Companies on site included: Aprendamos Intervention Team, At-Home Personal Care Services, LLC, Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces, Charles Schwab, Customs & Border Protection, Doña Ana County Detention Center, El Paso Electric Company, Empereon Marketing, Farmers Insurance, F & A Dairy, Franco Whole Foods-Southwest, LLC, General Dynamics Information Technology, Good Samaritan Society of Las Cruces Village, itsQuest Inc., La Clinica de Familia Early Head Start, Let Them Eat Cake, Inc., Manpower, New Mexico Corrections Department, New Mexico Las Cruces Work Force Connection, New Mexico State Veterans’ Home, Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients, Sagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Savers Thrift Stores, STS of New Mexico, TRC Engineers, Inc., Tresco, Inc., Union Pacific Railroad, US Army Las Cruces Recruiting Station, VENCOR Engineering, LLC, Verizon Wireless, Volt Workforce Solutions, VuPoint Research, World Financial Group.

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

NMSU-A Supports Community Easter in the Park Event – Members of the NMSU-A Student Services were on hand to support the Alamogordo community Easter in the Park event on Saturday March 26.  They handed out candy to all the young attendees and provided information on our programs and upcoming Open House to the adults who visited our booth.  Overall there were about 3000 community members who attended the event.

NMSU-A Phlebotomist Program Friends and Family Day Event – The NMSU-A Phlebotomist Technician is a 16-week program that trains future phlebotomist technicians to draw high quality blood samples from patients and prepare those specimens for medical testing. The technician has direct contact with patients while explaining procedures, taking blood pressure, pulse and respiration readings, and drawing blood specimens in a skillful, safe and accurate manner.  To develop these skills, our phlebotomy students hosted a “Friends and Family Day” event on Tuesday March 22 at which volunteers allowed our students (who were supervised at all times by several instructors) to draw their blood.  It was a great opportunity for the NMSU-A students to hone their skills through a real-life event.

NM Department of Veterans’ Services Visit – In support of our veteran students, NMSU-A arranged for a member of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services to come host a meet-and-greet on Thursday March 24.  The local veterans’ service officer spoke about state benefits for veterans, including information on healthcare, employment, tax exemption and scholarships.

New Mexico State University -Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton participated in a panel discussion as part of the celebration of Women’s History Month on Tuesday, March 22. Each panelist delivered thoughts related to different aspects of women’s history and the presentations were followed by a question and answer session.  The event was well-attended and was sponsored by the NMSU Carlsbad Diversity Committee.
  • On Wednesday, March 23, President Gratton presided at the weekly Rotary Club meeting which was held at the Carlsbad Museum. The program was very well-received and during the meeting six Rotarians were honored by the reception of Paul Harris awards.
  • On Thursday, March 24, President Gratton met with Mr. Indra Dahal to assist in Mr. Dahal’s research project on leadership. President Gratton also attended a webinar with the Student Bridge Corporation to view the student services options offered by this company.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • Spring 2016 Elections – The Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debate was on Wednesday. Many students attended and asked the candidates questions, while also enjoying an ice cream bar.  Voting will take place this week, closing on Friday, April 1 at 5PM.
  • Student Input Session for City Planning – We have partnered with the City of Las Cruces to set up a student focus meeting. The City is looking to gain insight as to how Las Cruces can meet the needs of students and be a place they’d like to stay after graduation.  The session will be on March 30 from 4-5pm in the Corbett Center Senate Chambers.




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