Activity Report March 24 – March 29

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

The Board of Regents held a work session on Tuesday in which they heard testimony on how their “investments” were paying off. In the main, I would say very well. They continue to focus on enrollment – both recruitment and retention. The application and admissions data are very favorable for Fall 2018 but will require an all-out effort on the yield rate. They proposed an increase in overall enrollment of 400 with each college target in proportion to their current enrollment. For example, ACES’ target is an increase of 49 students or 12.2 percent (their current proportion of NMSU enrollment) times 400. Other topics discussed at some length included differential tuition, which I believe we should do, and compensation for faculty and staff. The tuition and compensation recommendations should be voted on at the April 6 Board of Regents meeting if you wish to chime in on either.

Aggie Development, Inc. (ADI) and the Regents Real Estate Committee met to discuss modification of the NMSU Golf Course (add four news holes and eliminate same number) so NMSU can release 40-50 acres for a major real estate development, which would be on and/or adjacent to the old Golf Club House/State Police property. In addition, it appears ADI/Regents Real Estate are in agreement to sell two acres of the old golf course property to the NMSU Foundation, which they will use for development of a rental property.

We had a groundbreaking for Devasthali Hall, the new Department of Art building and gallery. This is a fine example of how a plan comes together. Under the leadership of Ammu and Rama Devasthali, over $3.1 million were raised from private donor/investors. The first $800,000 was instrumental in selling the General Obligation Bond issue of $22.5 million to the legislature and later to the voters. The winning bid was below estimate, leaving some money to add alternatives to the building and gallery. The building will face University Avenue and is very attractive (Spanish Renaissance design).

I met with former Senator Jeff Bingaman and leaders of Common Cause regarding the upcoming vote on an amendment to the New Mexico Constitution, which will establish an Independent Ethics Commission in New Mexico. I co-chaired two Governor Richardson established task forces on this subject and both recommend establishing such a Commission. Only recently, has the notion gained any traction with the legislature, thus the proposed amendment. I also was the Private Investigator (PI) on the Daniels Fund Ethics project while in the College of Business so my interest goes way back.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

At the NMSU General Education Taskforce meeting on Monday, March 26, we continued the discussion of how NMSU would respond to the new General Education guidelines from the state of New Mexico. At an earlier meeting, we had agreed that we would add a third communication course to the new state requirement for only two. At this meeting, we agreed to add a second course in the sciences or social sciences to the requirements, and we discussed the feasibility of requiring a first year seminar. I will call the Higher Education Department to determine whether they will provide us with some flexibility in approving first year seminars and an extended phase-in period for these courses.

On Wednesday, I attended the Regents Strategic Investment Summit and presented proposals for differential tuition from several departments and one college of NMSU. The proposals were well crafted and elicited many comments and questions from the audience as well as from the Regents. Nevertheless, all of the proposals require more careful consideration of messaging, timing, and implementation.

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

The Bernalillo County Extension Service (BCCES) office has enjoyed multiple TV appearances featuring their programming. KOB Channel 4 has aired several features about the impact Kitchen Creations and the National Diabetes Prevention Program have in assisting residents to prevent or manage diabetes through healthier food choices and regular exercise. The most recent feature highlighted the strong collaboration BCCES enjoys with Road Runner Food Bank by offering regular ICAN programming and the Kitchen Creations series. The Family and Consumer Sciences department enjoys monthly appearances on the KRQE Channel 13 New Mexico Living morning show demonstrating various nutritious food topics. Director, Cindy Schlenker Davies, states her office has enjoyed building positive relationships with local TV stations, which promote strong Extension programming to benefit residents in Bernalillo County and throughout New Mexico.

The Southwest Natural Resources Career Track Program held its annual spring retreat this weekend at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Approximately 50 students attended including 30 from four Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences departments (Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology; Animal and Range Science; Plant and Environmental Sciences; Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science) along with 6 agency mentors from the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service and faculty mentors from the four partner institutions, New Mexico State University, Northern New Mexico College, New Mexico Highlands University and Sul Ross State University.

In Collaboration with the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, the Agricultural Science Center at Clovis hosted the “Leadership Clovis.” The group had a chance to tour the winter canola and winter wheat research plots. Dr. Abdel Mesbah gave a brief presentation about the Center and the type of research being conducted that will benefit our growers. Dr. Naveen Puppala talked about Valencia peanut breeding and the future of organic peanut production. Dr. Rajan Ghimire talked about cover crops and residue management research and highlighted the benefits of cover crops for improving soil health, water conservation, and wind/water erosion control, and their linkage to crop production as well as human health and environment. Drs. Sangu Angadi and Sultan Begna talked about the declining Ogallala aquifer and the need to develop well-adapted, water-efficient alternative crops such as canola and guar to sustain irrigated agriculture in the region.

NMSU-Las Cruces students Gaurav Jha and Alyce Matthews traveled to Shiprock, New Mexico, last week where they presented their research at Shiprock Ag days along with Farmington Research and Science Center team members Brandon Francis and Dr. Kevin Lombard. Farmers and ranchers of the Navajo Nation were appreciative of the information presented regarding metal concentrations in soils, leaves and produce grown in the area. Their research showed that local fruits and vegetables are safe to consume even if they were grown on soils with higher metal concentrations, since the plants do not absorb high amounts of metals from soils.

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli

Devasthali Hall Ground Breaking!   A new building will soon house the University Art Museum and the Department of Art and will be named after Ammu and Rama Devasthali who have helped grow the project from idea to reality in many ways. The building is expected to be ready for the Fall 2019 semester!

2018 Service Awards   The College of Arts and Sciences recognized our faculty and staff for their years of service to NMSU with a reception and ceremony on March 28 at the Stan Fulton Center.  The college had 81 recipients this year!

Highest Honors, Cailee Nelson    Dean Enrico Pontelli and Associate Dean Beth Pollack met with and congratulated this semester’s Highest Honors student, Cailee Nelson.  Cailee is a double major in the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences studying Chemistry and Biochemistry.  We are proud of her accomplishments, and look forward to her representing the college at commencement!

Alumni Connections – Dr. Heather Whitley    Thank you to Dr. Heather Whitley for presenting to our faculty and students in the Sciences programs in the College of Arts and Sciences on March 27.  Dr. Whitley is a 2002 alumna from the Department of Chemistry who currently works at the Design Physics Division in the Weapons and Complex Integration at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman


College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

NMSU Postdoctoral Researcher Selected to Attend Prestigious STEM Education Meeting   Valeria Aguirre Holguín, a postdoctoral researcher at New Mexico State University’s College of Education and program manager for the Math Snacks project, is one of 10 postdoctoral researchers in the nation selected to attend the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education, or CADRE, 2018 Discovery Research K-12 PI Meeting as part of the CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity program. “As an active mathematics education researcher, the CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth opportunity will undergird my current work with Math Snacks,” Aguirre Holguín said. “It represents a great opportunity to broaden my education as a researcher, to enrich my academic career through cultural interactions with colleagues having similar research interests, and to be better prepared for future endeavors. I am interested in helping to empower communities that somehow have been prevented from perceiving mathematics as an instrument to understand the world and using it to improve their lives.”

STEM Outreach Center The STEM Outreach Center was invited to present at the NMSTE Spring 2018 Southern New Mexico Chapter Meeting on March 29.  NMSTE is the New Mexico Society for Technology in Education and is a valued affiliate of ISTE. This meeting gave educators the opportunity to engage with other educators, administrators, technologists and education leaders throughout Southern New Mexico.  Hands on sessions included a presentation from the STEM Outreach Center’s Specialists Kelsey Moore and Heidi Sanchez on project-based learning with STEM.  Following this was a student knowledge-based recall presentation using IPads. This was a free meeting for all attendees with food, fun, and prizes!

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

NMSU Library along with the Journalism Department hosted the 2018 Sunshine Week event on Wednesday, March 28 at the Zuhl Library. This year’s topic was a discussion on “Spaceport: Privacy vs. Protection,” in which panelists discussed the Commercial Aerospace Protection Act recently signed by the governor. Panelists included Dan Hicks, Spaceport America CEO; Tom Johnson, New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Board of Directors and Institute for Analytic Journalism executive director; New Mexico Sen. William F. Burt; New Mexico Sen. Jeff Steinborn; and Walt Rubel, Las Cruces Sun-News opinion page editor and Peter Goodman served as the moderator.

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

Regional Sustainability Council (RSC)   The Regional Sustainability Council is a group of environmentally minded people from the border area.  Kevin Boberg, joni newcomer, and Leea Haarz (from Lexmark in Juarez) began forming a group of sustainability-minded people to gather and work together to increase knowledge of climate change resiliency and how El Paso, Juarez, and Las Cruces can all work together to increase awareness of climate change, devise ways to have industry collaboration and education focusing on work-based learning, as well as sharing best practices on sustainability. The RSC will gather stakeholders from government/universities, NGO’s, and businesses in the Borderplex with issues such as energy reduction, waste management, food, and water conservation and how it will affect the success of our communities.

Brain Awareness Week (BAW)    Dr. Graciela Unguez, from the Department of Biology, and James Owen, a Resident Assistant majoring in engineering, introduced students from Chamisa Village to Brain Awareness Week (BAW).  They demonstrated a memorization method, called “Memory Palace”, and how it can help students commit large amounts of information into their memory bank. Attending students came up with a list of 20 words and created their own “memory palace” that helped them remember all 20 words afterward!

Permit Required for Confined Space Entry Team    Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management worked with NMSU Fire Department and Structural Maintenance in a collaborative effort on hazardous operations.  They ensure that a safe permit is required for confined space entry and utility work.  Safe work environment for our employees is highest priority and often requires several facets including air monitoring, supplemental ventilation, special training, and preparedness for emergency extraction.  Facilities and Services successfully performed the needed utility work without incident.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Career Services Staff provided a program overview, information about the Co-op/Internship Program and a tailored discussion regarding job searches, resumes, cover letters, graduate school applications and interviewing strategies. Career Services presented this overview to student organizations on campus including: Counseling Undergraduate Society, Communication Studies Undergraduate Club and the Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Career Services met with Danny Vargas from the US Department of Energy Minority Educational Institution Partnership Program from Herndon, Virginia. He met with NMSU’s Ethnic Programs and Career Services to discuss summer internship positions with the U.S Department of Energy and its National Laboratories which involve scientific research or a focus on policy, business and government relations.  Career Services met with Dr. Heather Whitley, NMSU Alumna and Group Leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to discuss full-time and internship positions currently available to students. Glorieta Camps hosted an Information Table at Corbett Center Student Union promoting summer employment and internship opportunities in northern New Mexico.

The Student Success Center provided a Preparing for Graduate School Workshop on March 28, for students who are beginning their preparation for applying to various graduate school programs.  Students were provided with a roadmap to research schools, examine ways to pay for their education, and tips to completing a stellar application.  The Student Success Center encourages students to continue the dialogue beyond the workshop where students can receive one-on-one guidance throughout the preparation and submission of their applications.

WAVE announced the winner of the #EasyAggieEats contest on Monday, March 26. Congratulations to Kyla Martinez on winning the two tickets to see Thomas Rhett! Thank you to all the Aggies who participated!

WAVE hosted NMSU’s first spring “Exercise is Medicine” event on Tuesday, March 27, and engaged with over 400 students about the importance of exercise and ways to exercise while studying. Special thanks to the Student Nursing Association, NMSU Cancer Research Program, Outdoor Rec, and the Office of Sustainability for joining forces to provide exercise stations throughout campus.

Outdoor Recreation hosted two trips over Spring Break for students. This is the first time the program has completed two trips in a week. One trip, led by Outdoor Leadership Program facilitators, was a climbing trip to Cochise Stronghold in Arizona, where students spent a three days camping and sport climbing. The second trip, was a five-day trip to Big Bend National Park where students camped, canoed, mountain biked, and explored Marfa.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services

Students assisted:

  • In person at front desk – 198
  • By main phone line – 92
  • Via office email address – 101
  • At the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support (CAASS) – 15

For FY2018/2019, 6,832 prospective students have been awarded scholarships and 3,725 have been notified what their federal financial aid package will be valued at. We are also happy to announce a major change occurred during the signing of the 2018 federal spending bill that was to the benefit of our students.  We will now able to share FAFSA data on our students with external scholarship organizations and tribal offices.

The Aggie Welcome and Orientation (AWO) team took group photos this week with the help of Phillip Johnson. The team photos will be used at the NODA Regional Conference that is taking place at UNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico next weekend. The Orientation Leaders (OLs) were introduced to our 4 NODA interns, during weekly training Tuesday night. NODA interns are graduate students from other institutions of Higher Ed. who competed for the opportunity to live on campus and assist with our summer AWO programs.

This year our four interns are:

Shannon Poppe- Boston College

Michael Hebert- University of Maine

Ashley Templeton- Fort Hays State University

Haley Atwell- Indiana State University

Also, during the weekly Tuesday night training, the OLs heard presentations from Victoria Banuelos, academic advisor for the Pre-Health Programs, the Dean of Students Office and Assistant VP Tony Marin for Student Engagement. Dean of Students Michael Jasek lead a diversity activity to teach OLs about the power of words. Admissions Advisor Gus Guzman gave an engaging Spanish presentation to prepare OLs to assist Spanish speaking families attending our Spanish AWO programming throughout the summer.

The other three nights this week, Undergraduate Admissions staff and the OLs operated a massive calling campaign to encourage the 5,000+ admitted students for Fall 18 to reserve their spot in one of the summer orientation programs. As a result, AWO reservations increased by 60 students! The calling campaign will continue next week.

OL Hunter Graham assisted AWO Specialist Mariana Ortega with a group visit on Wednesday. The two escorted a group of forty, 10th grade students from Burges High School, in El Paso, Texas, around the NMSU campus. Out of the group only three students had visited Las Cruces before, but they were all very excited to consider NMSU as a part of their future. We also hosted the on-campus interview of our second candidate for the position of Director of Undergraduate Admissions.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

NM FAST Workshop    Over spring break, representatives from Arrowhead’s NM FAST program hosted a workshop on the NSF SBIR application requirements. The session provided an overview of the NM FAST program and resources, then took a deep dive into SBIR proposal requirements. Del Mackey, program coordinator, provided information on best practices and tools NM FAST provides that help ensure each proposal covers all required items. NM FAST hosts workshops throughout New Mexico on various aspects of federal SBIR and STTR funding opportunities. For more information on NM FAST visit the website

AIN Advisory Council   On Tuesday, Arrowhead Center hosted the first AIN Advisory Council meeting of 2018. The Council welcomed new members, Ricardo Mora, CEO of the Technology Hub in Cd. Juarez, MX and Tony Ramirez, Vice President for Economic Development with the Borderplex Alliance. The Council heard updates from the Arrowhead team and spoke with Studio G clients, offering their expert advice on how to continue developing and growing their businesses. The Council also met with faculty from the NMSU Kinesiology department to see new facilities and technology and provided insight into their innovative research and partnerships.

LAUNCH   On Thursday, Terry Lombard facilitated the last all-hands meeting for the 2018 LAUNCH teams. They met at Southwest Creatives studio in downtown Las Cruces, where each team recorded a 3 minute pitch video for their product. The videos will be used as a marketing tool and shared with the judges at LAUNCH Pitch day. The winners of this years LAUNCH Competition will be announced on April 19th at the LAUNCH Competition Reception.

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

NMSU Cooperative Extension earns new gift    Southwest Capital Bank in Albuquerque awarded $3,500 to support the Youth Agricultural Science Center in Las Vegas (NMSU Cooperative Extension). The funding will allow project director Dr. Peter Skelton to add a computer programming/coding curriculum for middle school students in Las Vegas City Schools.

Few tickets left for President’s Associates Ball    During the President’s Associates 39-year history, NMSU has awarded more than $3.7 million in scholarships for deserving students, many of whom have embraced the opportunity and achieved great distinction in their fields. The PA Ball continues that tradition. Themed, “A Night in Aggiewood,” this year’s ball on Saturday, April 21 will be magical with a 20-piece band, food and fun! So far, more than 40 tables have been sold and remaining seats are going fast. The silent and live auctions are sure to please with fantasy sports and travel packages, unique dining experiences, as well as, gifts and collectables. For reservations contact Nohemi Perez at or 646-1106.

Make A STATEment Men’s Basketball campaign takes off    To follow a great season for the NM State Basketball team, the NMSU Foundation launched a crowdfunding campaign to support next year’s recruitment efforts. So far, the campaign has raised $16,000 from 108 donors for the team and trying to reach a goal of $25,000. For more information or to make your gift, visit

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

NM State softball beat UTEP in a double header on Tuesday afternoon at the NM State Softball Complex. These wins complete a three game sweep for the season over our Battle of I-10 rival.

Attended the 2018 NABC-Hillyard Champions Luncheon where Coach Chris Jans was recognized and was presented a plaque for NM State winning the WAC regular season conference championship. The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) was held in conjunciton with the NCAA Men’s Final Four in San Antonio.

International and Border Programs, Interim Associate Provost Rod McSherry

Marketing and Communications, Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

Meagan Foster from Senator Tom Udall’s office in Washington D.C. came for a short visit to NMSU on March 27.  Meagan, who is Senator Udall’s staffer on science and technology issues, visited the Physical Science Lab and toured the interactive TECH Center in O’Donnell Hall.  Meagan is a relatively new staff person but has worked with the Office of Government Relations on issues such as the solar observatory at Sunspot, NM, and

Upcoming Legislative Related Events:

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

NMDA and members of the New Mexico agriculture industry hosted USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs – Greg Ibach for dinner and a roundtable discussion at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum on National Ag Day held on March 20.

Staff escorted USDA Under-Secretary Greg Ibach to the Santa Teresa Livestock Auction and the Santa Teresa International Livestock Crossing to see and learn how cattle are exported and imported to and from the United States. Under-Secretary Ibach was able to meet with both directors of the facilities as well as a rancher to discuss issues related to the importation and exportation of livestock. Marketing staff assisted a producer to deliver a load of 30 bulls for export to Mexico. A meeting between the NM producer and the buyer resulted in the buyer placing an order for 25 additional bulls.

Left-to-right: Greg Ibach, William “Bilo” Wallace (president of the animal health commission of the State of Chihuahua), William W. “Bilito” Wallace III (Santa Teresa Livestock Auction General Manager), Tate Pruitt (New Mexico rancher) and Anthony Parra (New Mexico Department of Agriculture Deputy Director)


Dean Flores and I held the first of three listening sessions across New Mexico. These listening sessions provide New Mexicans with the opportunity to engage in face-to-face conversation with us, while allowing us to answer questions they may have regarding agriculture in our state.

We celebrated National Ag Week and #AgWeekInNM with a social media photo contest. The winners have been posted on NMDA website and social media platforms: Sage Faulkner captured the most likes on Facebook with the photo of a calf. Legacy Pecans captured the most likes for a company on Instagram with the attached photo of a pecan tree orchard with Organ Mountains in background.

Staff attended the New Mexico Beef to Schools meeting in Roswell, NM. The meeting was hosted by Roswell School District, USA Beef Processing Plant, Farm to Table, and the NM Food and Ag Policy Council. The meeting focused on creating relationships between school districts, beef producers, and beef processors with the ultimate goal of getting locally grown and processed beef into schools.

The Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center hosted two Site Protection thru Observational Techniques (SPOT) courses at EXPO NM. Over 40 workers at EXPO NM were trained. Additionally, sheriff and police department personnel were trained and exercised and coordinated with EXPO NM personnel.

Staff successfully organized the WUSATA pavilion at the 2018 Food Ingredient China (FIC) Tradeshow. The entire USA pavilion sold out, leading to discussions to expand the pavilion in 2019. Eight US food ingredient exhibitors consuming ten booths were pleased with the show organizer services provided. All exhibitors signaled another “good show”, and confirmed plans to return to FIC in 2019. Other companies exhibiting in the USA Pavilion, outside the WUSATA umbrella, expressed interest in participating in 2019 under WUSATA. The majority of the exhibitors in the pavilion are comprised of value-added processors and/or trading-importer companies who are third party handlers of products produced and processed in New Mexico (i.e. dairy ingredients and animal proteins); most of these are byproducts of New Mexico based cheese manufacturers and balancing plants.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Pepper Spray Self-defense Training    Commander Harvey provided a morning and afternoon session on Pepper Spray Training for approximately 30 staff of the Students Affairs & Enrollment Management Department.  The training is designed to teach users when and how to use pepper spray for personal protection.  Anyone interested in attending this type of training should contact Amanda Bowen at (575) 646-3311.

Bataan Memorial Death March    The Police Department provided K-9 assistance with the Bataan Memorial Death March on March 25 at White Sands Missile Range.  All three of the department’s explosive detection canine teams took turns working the days leading up to the March, as well the day of the actual March.  Deputy Chief Andy Bowen (canine partner Quinty), Lt. Ryan Beck (canine partner Jackx), and Officer Joseph Castaneda-Cortez (canine partner Roxy) helped to make sure that the over 8,400 participants in the march, along with over 1,000 volunteers who supported it, were safe.  This year, NMSU Explorer Post 575 also volunteered to assist the canine teams, with 10 Post members taking part.

Select Fire Course    Deputy Chief Andy Bowen taught a weeklong select-fire course to five officers in the department.  The officers completed the specialized training in order to improve their ability to respond to critical incidents and allow them to carry specialized tools on duty for use during lethal encounters.  The NMSU Police Department has taught this course since 2010 in order to ensure the campus community has the best possible response from the department should an incident like an active killer/shooter attack take place.

Ileeta Conference    Chief Lopez presented at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.  He conducted two workshops on Training Tips for Instructors related to warning shots.  He also refreshed his instructor credentials related to pepper spray, ballistic shield use on patrol, and use of revolvers in law enforcement.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall


New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott


New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

This President’s Report is truly the Presidents’ Report for NMSU Alamogordo.  On Thursday March 29, we had three presidents on campus:  Dr. David Townsend, who was president from 1978 until 1982, Dr. Cheri Jimeno, who was president from 2007 until 2015, and Dr. Ken Van Winkle, who took over as president in 2015.  Both Dr. Townsend and Dr. Jimeno were on campus for Spring Retiree Appreciation Day, and it was really great to see them together with Dr. Van Winkle.

Dr. David Townsend, Dr. Cheri Jimeno, and Dr. Ken Van Winkle.

During Spring Retiree Appreciation day, staff and faculty also welcomed other NMSU-A retirees. It is aways fun to catch up with those who worked so hard to make the institution what it is today and to recognize the contributions that many are still making to NMSU-A.  Dr. Ken Van Winkle gave an update on endowed scholarships, accreditation, and future plans for the campus.  Everyone had a great time socializing and hearing about where NMSU-A is heading.

NMSU-A held Graduation Fair on Wednesday March 28 and Thursday March 29.  Students were excited to sit down and order their caps, gowns, tassels, and souvenir items.  For many students, this was the first opportunity to see the new cap and gown color.  The classes of Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 will be the first group of graduates to wear the new crimson cap and gown.

Pete Galvan helps student Hannah Trego order her cap and gown.


On Wednesday March 28, and Thursday March 29, the NMSU-A student organizations held “Rush! It’s a Spring Thing 2018.”  This two day-long event had everything from a scavenger hunt, a piñata, a trivia contest, an ongoing bean bag toss game, a basketball game, as well as speakers from Holloman AFB, a Mescalero Apache Tribe representative, a Spaceport America representative, Edward Jones representative and NMSU-A faculty and staff. Everyone had a great time unwinding and having some fun.


New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Thursday, March 29, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met with representatives from the Carlsbad School District Administration. The Carlsbad School District and NMSU Carlsbad are working together collaboratively to develop programs of study that would allow technical/vocational students at Carlsbad High School to earn a certificate in their technical field of study while still in high school.

On Thursday, March 29, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its quarterly “Coffee with the Executive Team.”  The event was held from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and all campus employees were invited to stop by the President’s area to have a cup of coffee and to talk about any issues on their minds.  No formal presentations were scheduled and the attendees enjoyed the collaborative communication of state initiatives and college projects.

On Tuesday, March 27, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a High School Preview Day.  Juniors, seniors and their parents from Artesia, Carlsbad, Carlsbad Early College, Loving, JMA, Dexter, Hagerman, and Lake Arthur High Schools were invited to the Carlsbad campus for presentations and visits with faculty and staff.  Information on financial aid, admissions, and college programs was presented to all attendees. The attendance was less than expected and the college will discuss changes in the events as our plans are to continue this type of recruiting initiative in future years.

On Monday, March 26, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a meeting of facilities personnel to discuss the proposed welding area renovation.  Topics of discussion included the needed modifications to the area and the status of compliance with stipulated requirements.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

NMSU Grants recently hosted a violence prevention workshop on its campus preceding an hour-long discussion and exploration of LGBTQ safe space training.  The Green Dot violence prevention model is being adopted across the NMSU system and is intended to empower the entire NMSU community with the skills and awareness to make a significant positive impact on violence reduction.  The workshop emphasized the importance of appropriate responses to violence or threat of violence:  direct intervention, actively delegating or seeking help from another person(s), or distraction.  Depending on the person and the situation, one may be more do-able than another.  On proactive side, NMSU Grants strives to create an environment where violence of any sort is not tolerated and is committed to making sure all members of the college community are safe and can count on allies to help them remain safe.  The NMSU Grants community, while a commuter college and not as prone to some of the risks inherent in a residential college, has nonetheless made a commitment to adapting the model to its population and circumstances in its commitment to continuing to develop effective strategies for violence prevention.

Over forty students, staff, and faculty recently attended a Gym/Workout Room Grand Opening event at NMSU Grants.  The activity was sponsored by ASG (Associate Student Government) and the SHAPE Club.  The Grand Opening showcased the newly re-located weight room and the new pieces of equipment that were added.  ASG purchased a stationary spin bike and dial weights to add to the existing treadmill, elliptical, and other weight equipment.  Students, staff, and faculty now have a designated spot with a variety of equipment available for their use.  In addition to the weight room, ASG also opened their NMSU Aggie Gear Store!  ASG is selling t-shirts, hoodies, lanyards, and USB drives at a reasonable price.  This is exciting because NMSU gear has not generally been available to those who live in the Grants area.  AGGIE PRIDE!

NMSU Faculty Senate – Chair Chris Brown

The NMSU Faculty Senate looks forward to sharing updates on shared governance at NMSU by joining the President’s Activity Report this Spring.  We plan to share news on senate memorials, policy initiatives and faculty advocacy throughout the year and look forward to the opportunity to provide activity updates for the campus community.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-President Kevin Prieto


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