Activity Report March 25 – March 31

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • The Provost and I had a very productive meeting with LCPS Superintendent Greg Ewing. It is most important that NMSU and LCPS continue to team up on a number of initiatives.  The Superintendent wants his teachers/counselors to develop pathways for all students and these pathways should lead to NMSU Dona Ana and NMSU Main.  He has met with members of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and has them hooked up with LCPS counselors. This is the strongest commitment we have had from LCPS in some time.  We also discussed dual credit issues and the prospect of playing a double header at Memorial Stadium – Onate/Centennial in the afternoon and Mayfield/Cruces in the evening.  It is our intention to pay more attention to LCPS students and to seek similar relationships with Hatch and Gadsden Public Schools.
  • Applications are up 14 percent and admittances up 33 percent from this time last year. We have over 1260 students registered for orientation sessions (which now last 2 days) as compared to this time last year, up about 33 percent from last year.  We are headed in the right direction, but we will need everyone to pitch in to convert admissions to enrollees.  Thanks team for a fine first quarter of the enrollment game.
  • I spoke to a Conference of New Mexico Wine and Grape Growers, in town for the first time in ten years. They usually meet in Albuquerque but now seem to be leaning to meeting here every other year.  They have also signaled to Dean Flores they want to assist with fund raising and equipment for the proposed winery on the Heritage Farm.
  • The Regents have deferred a vote on our request for a 6 percent blended tuition/fee increase until the State (Governor) plays their hand. The Governor has until Friday to take action on House Bill 2 and House Bill 202, the budget and new revenue bill respectively on her desk.  The betting is she will reject the revenue measures which will trigger a special session.  Our request would add $196 per semester to tuition for a student carrying 15 credits.  My thanks to both faculty and students for supporting the Administration’s request before the Regents.  We may need your voices again soon.
  • I spoke to the 9th International Conference of Science and Technology, sponsored by an organization of Nepal students. The students made presentations on their subject matters and research.  Menuka Karki, a very impressive and persistent Nepalese student studying biology at NMSU, even managed to get the Nepal Ambassador to the United States to attend and speak to the students.  Great event.
  • At her request, I visited the laboratory of Jennifer Randall, plant scientist improving pecan production through better root stock. I was absolutely fascinated by her research on pecans and even more fascinated by the collection of NMSU students who were working in the laboratory.  We are talking plant science but there were students from Art, CMI, Fish and Wildlife Sciences, as well as several Plant Sciences. You want to talk about hands on experience even if it is out of some student’s programs of study.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • On Monday, I met with the search committee for the Vice President for Research. In giving the charge to the committee, I emphasized the importance of hiring someone with the credentials necessary to have credibility with our faculty; experience in dealing with funding agencies; and a vision for how to help NMSU grow its research enterprise during this era of low success rates for grant proposals. Some of the subsequent discussion focused on the role of the Vice President for Research in the university and whether the position really added value to the university. I encouraged the committee to carefully consider the role of the Vice President for Research in the university and provide a job description that laid out responsibilities that would make the position more meaningful.
  • On Thursday, I attended a meeting of the Strategic Enrollment Management Council. It was a productive meeting during which we discussed long-term enrollment trends, as well as long-term variation in the size of the faculty at NMSU. Going forward the Committee will identify enrollment targets to be achieved both annually and over the next five years.  The committee will also discuss and recommend marketing budgets and recruiting strategies, as well as tuition and scholarship policies and retention practices that might be implemented at NMSU.
  • On Friday, I attended a meeting of the Regents Financial, Strategies, Performance, and Budget Committee. At the meeting, we discussed enrollment trends, faculty compensation, and faculty size levels through time at NMSU.

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


On March 25, Stephanie Muise, a graduate student in the Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology Department, was inaugurated into the Native American Women Warriors color guard during the 43rd Annual Denver March Pow Wow meeting. The Native American Women Warriors (NAWW) is a color guard made up of all women, Native American Veterans who are selected through a strict application process. Not only must a woman have served in the armed forces to be considered, she must also show that she strives to improve the lives of Veterans and their native communities in their day-to-day lives. The NAWW has been invited to presidential inaugurations, monument unveiling, as well as significant Native American cultural events across the country, and they serve as ambassadors to the public for women veterans.  The Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology Department is very proud of Stephanie.

Stephanie is second from the right, with the blue moccasins.

Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center

The 2016/17 Tucumcari Bull Test (TBT) was held at NMSU-ACES Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center and operated in partnership with the Tucumcari Feed Efficiency Test, LLC< and NMSU-ACES Cooperative Extension Service. The test started with 155 bulls, representing 4 breed.  One hundred and twenty-six of the tested bulls were selected by 16 participating producers to participate in the 2017 TBT Sale held on March 11th. The top 85 performing bulls made the “sale ring.”  All bulls making the sale were sold via their video, versus appearing live in the sale ring.  This allowed the sale to progress more efficiently and buyers could leave in an organized and timely manner before the sale was ended.  Over 150 people were in attendance at this year’s sale.

Family and Consumer Sciences

Teaching with the Stars – Merranda Marin, associate professor in Family and Child Science, was selected to present at the Teaching with the Stars event on March 30 sponsored by the Teaching Academy.  Eight award-winning faculty from NMSU gave tips for effective teaching.  At the close of the event, attendees voted for their favorite teaching star, and Dr. Marin was the winner.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • Cecilia Moens, from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, provided a presentation about the development of Cranial Motor Nerves in the zebrafish.

  • A collaborative exhibition organized by the Departments of Music, English and Art has been announced. The exhibition, titled “Java Love.” The first component of the exhibition will feature visual art displays titled “Java What?.” An opening reception will take place on April 4 in the lobby of the NMSU Music Center.

  • The Theater department traveled to New York City during Spring break.

  • The Geological Sciences Colloquium provided a presentation by Lauren Waszek, faculty member in the Department of Physics, titled “Seismic Discontinuities in the Mid-Mantle.”
  • The Sociology Department featured a colloquium by Stephanie Arnett, titled “How can policy reduce educational inequality?”

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • On March 23 I participated in the first of three campus interviews with finalist for the Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance.
  • Congratulations to Josh Salmon on being named to the 2017 PGA of America’s PGA LEAD class, an emerging leaders program designed to identify, mentor and progress PGA Professionals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Jim Peach gave a presentation (March 28) called “The Art and Science of Enrollment Projections” to the NMSU Regents Financial Strategies, Performance, and Budget Committee.
  • Preparations continue for the 2017 Hall of Fame awards banquet scheduled for April 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Las Cruces Convention Center. This event is an occasion for recognizing and honoring successful graduates and others who have been supportive of the College of Business.  You can purchase your tickets ($100 per person) online at  Please use the “other” radio button to enter an amount appropriate for the number of tickets you need ($100 per ticket).  If utilizing online payment, please send your RSVP with guest names to Anthony Casaus at by April 12, 2017.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Curriculum & Instruction

Johanna Esquivel, third-year doctoral student in Language, Literacy, and Culture in the C & I department has been awarded the Graduate Student of the Month by the Graduate Student Council. Here is the link to her bio:

Stem Outreach Center

The STEM Outreach Center held an Astronomy Night at Berino Elementary on March 23. The students were able to explore the planetarium, where they viewed a movie on the solar system. They also did activities with a Spinner where they learned about the different color of the planets and drew their orbit using the same color. The students and their parents were also invited to paint their own solar system. They were all able to end the night exploring the surface of the Mars through virtual reality goggles.

On March 29, STEM Outreach Center was also invited to Jornada Elementary to give families a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) night. Over 400 families attended the event. Children and their parents were able to draw in the air using 3D pens; code, play, and create with ozobots; explore building robots with cubelets; and experience the Center’s planetarium.

Please visit our website if you are interested in what we do!

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

Chemical and Materials Engineering Associate Professor Hongmei Luo has been selected as Luke Barry Shires Professor in Chemical and Materials Engineering. This professorship was endowed by the estate of Luke Barry Shires, the first chemical engineering professor on the NMSU campus. Luo joined the CHME faculty in 2009, and has published 75 peer-reviewed papers since arriving. Her Ph.D. graduates have gone on to postdoctoral positions at Cornell University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and The University of California, Los Angeles. Ten of the undergraduates performing research under her direction have pursued graduate studies at locations that include Delaware University, Iowa State University, Tulane University, Florida University, University of Texas – Austin, and here at NMSU.  Her research has been funded with roughly 20 unique proposal applications at a cumulative of $3 million.

The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network recently conducted an E3 (Environment, Energy, Economics) activity and training at the Delfingen U.S. plant in El Paso.  Delfingen U.S. manufactures extruded plastic cable sleeves and wire harnesses for the automotive industry worldwide.  This three-day event, sponsored under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was delivered by a multistate team including representatives from NMSU, UTEP, the NM Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center.  The goal of E3 is to help manufacturers improve their lean manufacturing processes, their environmental performance and by reducing their energy use. The NMSU College of Engineering has received funding for E3 projects in the Borderlands since 2014 and has helped conduct numerous events in West Texas and southern New Mexico.

Kristina Macro, undergraduate student from State University of New York received a first place for research poster presentation titled “Stem Water Potential in Desert Willow Grown in Clinoptilolite Zeolite and In-Situ Riparian Soil” at the Society of Women Engineers – Region E Conference held in Syracuse, New York, Feb. 24-26.  Macro participated in the NMSU–ReNUWIt’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at Sunland Park, New Mexico, Test-Bed Study site in summer of 2016. Civil engineering Associate Professor Salim Bawazir is the lead researcher for the Sunland Park ReNUWIt project and Professor Nirmala Khandan is the NMSU-ReNUWIt principal investigator. Macro’s graduate student mentor and faculty adviser were Aldo Piñon-Villarreal and Bawazir. She has recently been accepted in graduate school and was offered a fellowship/TA from the SUNY University at Buffalo Civil Engineering Department.

Industrial Engineering Professor Delia Julietta Rosales Valles and her research students presented their USDA-sponsored research at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, New Mexico Section meeting.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean

Project I’M HIP (Intergenerational Mentoring Health Information Pathways) is a grant the Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC) received from the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. The purpose of the project is to improve the health and well-being among our Border families. Currently, there are approximately 20 participants including children, parents and grandparents in the community. The program provides education regarding health and nutrition information and physical activities for the families to participate in. Recently, Proctor and Gamble donated electric and regular toothbrushes and toothpaste for the families.

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing Student Nursing Association (SNA), Alamogordo campus participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March on March 19 servicing the Medical Aid tent.  The students managed a medical tent which was around mile 11 of the march.  NMSU School of Nursing students were the majority of the workers in the tent, who handed out chapstick, Gatorade, and water. The students were a great support to participants in the march and felt it was an amazing event.

Aggie Nurses are on the Move!

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

Associate Professor Cindy Watkins has been elected to be a member-at-large on the 2017-2018 Agricultural Network Information Center (AgNIC) Executive Board.

PubAg is the National Agricultural Library’s search and discovery system for agricultural information. It includes over 42,000 full-text journal articles relevant to the agricultural sciences and over 1,466,750 citations to peer-reviewed  journal articles with links to publisher sites for full-text access. Some of the new interface features includes a type-ahead feature to suggest subject terms, a spell checker,  the ability to select a record and then format a citation, email records,  download in multiple formats, see if an item is in a nearby library,  and use filters by journal name, publication year, or subject term. Check it out @ NMSU Library’s website.

The Zuhl Fuel Café is coming soon to Zuhl Library. Menu boards have been mounted and you can take a peek at some of the drink and food options that will be available.

Update from the 2nd floor Zuhl Library  “window supervisor” on the Hardman/Jacob Green project.  All wooden benches have been removed around the front entrance to Zuhl Library. New benches are will be installed soon. The bicycle racks around Zuhl Library will be replaced by new ones. At the back of Zuhl Library the new cement pedestrian walkway is half completed. In the unfinished half they are digging trenches for electrical lines and prepping  the area so that cement can be poured. Thanks to all our Zuhl Library users as they scoot around ever changing construction areas on a daily basis!

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

International Research Scholarship   We recently reviewed applications for our annual International Research Scholarship award, we found there were so many strong applications that we made one full award and three Honorable Mention Awards. Clara Hansen (Biology) is the winner this year, and our award will fund summer ornithological research in Uruguay. Honorable mention awards will fund research in Korea, France, and Germany, all for students in STEM fields. Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar met with all of the winners to begin planning logistics and with Gary Lowe of Aggies go Global. We are fortunate with our partnership with the Aggies Go Global program, as they will be able to assist with some of the costs of air fares, which makes our scholarship awards go farther. All four students will be using the summer experience as the foundation for Senior Honors Theses and, hopefully, for future Fulbright applications for post-baccalaureate research.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

NMSU Compliance Officer Carlos Simplicio Lobato recognized   IT Compliance Officer Carlos Simplicio Lobato has been recognized as an Advanced Communicator Gold for participation in the Toastmasters International Communication program. This recognition is the highest recognized award in the Toastmasters’ communication program. In order to achieve Advanced Communicator Gold status, participants must complete a series of challenging speech assignments, conduct a training program, and mentor a new member. Toastmaster Lobato has shown a commitment to excellence in communication and a desire to apply these communication skills in all facets of life.

March Madness Bracket Challenge   Corbett Center hosted a March Madness NCAA Bracket Challenge. There were 31 brackets in the contest, and the students with the least amount of errors won a prize from Corbett Center.

Fred Montoya receives 2nd quarter Asprey Award   Fred Montoya, ICT Business Operations Property Administrator, received the Asprey Award which recognizes the most outstanding ICT employee of the quarter. This award is given quarterly in recognition of ICT employees who have displayed outstanding service. Fred is known for his friendly, helpful, fun, motivated, organized, smart, competent, and brave demeanor. Fred’s primary focus is collecting, organizing, and streamlining the ICT property records system, ICT inventory system, PC purchase system, and integrating them with the new improved Pinnacle System. He tackles challenges with relative ease and continues to impress ICT with his outstanding work ethic

Pan American Center   We now have more than 4,000 followers on the PanAmCenter Facebook page.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Spring Break Campus Visits   With spring break season in full swing for public schools, the staff in Undergraduate Admissions have been busier than usual hosting daily campus visits. By the end of March, alone, we will have hosted 915 prospective high school students with accompanying school counselors and family members, not including the HACU/Army event we participated in at the beginning of the month. NMSU campus visits are offered twice daily, Monday through Friday. Visits highlight Admissions and Financial Aid presentations prior to a campus tour led by current students with opportunities to meet faculty, tour residence halls and experience dining services in Corbett.


Hosting Socorro, NM High School FFA Students   Dr. Bernadette Montoya, VP of SAEM, had the great opportunity to host a group of students from the Socorro, NM FFA program for lunch on Thursday at the 3rd Floor Bistro.  It was a wonderful opportunity for them to get to meet the Chancellor and Dr. Pratt from ACES while at the restaurant!  We hope to make them all Aggies!

Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship   The Student Success Center and University Advancement received official notification that the Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship for the 2017-2019 period was funded.  The Scholarship is designed to assist highly-motivated non-traditional students to complete their post-secondary education. NMSU received a $40,000 grant award for 2015-2017 in which 20 students were awarded a scholarship and provided services to enhance their academic experience.  The 2017-2019 award is for $45,000.  More information about the Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship can be found at

Transfer Open House   Undergraduate Admissions, along with many campus partners, hosted 75 potential transfer students and their families on Friday. We created the Transfer Open House event to customize the Aggie Experience event for transfer students. Transfer students are a very different audience than new freshmen. By creating a separate event we were able to focus on providing the information transfer students are more concerned with, such as how their credits will transfer to NMSU.

Financial Aid Spring Cleaning   In an effort to reduce recurring costs, the Office of University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services emptied two storage sheds full of documents that were, at least, 15 years old. Due to the confidential and personal nature of financial aid documentation, this task has been onerous as staff must look at each piece of paper in 132 large banker boxes, check the Banner student system for the student’s last date of attendance, and determine if the document can be purged or must be scanned in accordance with state and federal retention regulations. It was all-hands on deck, in addition to regular duties, the staff have been great sports about completing this dirty and tedious task. Trivia fact: a banker box full of paper takes two hours to shred and creates six bags of trash.


Student Success Navigators Attend Regional NACADA Conference   Marissa Fowler, Interim Associate Director of the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support and six Student Success Navigators, attended the Region 10 National Academic Advising Association conference in Phoenix, Arizona, March 20-23. The theme was RISE! focusing on strategies that will give academic advisors the skills necessary to RISE! to the needs of students and our institutions. Navigators met and learned from academic advisors in Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

Navigators: Keyonna Moore, Jerome Sanchez, Greg Mallory, Freddie Romero, Olivia Lozano, Montiqua Speir

Enrollment Management Best Practices   Dacia Sedillo, Associate VP for Enrollment Management, attended the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Strategic Enrollment Management Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Ruffalo Noel Levitz is the leading higher education enrollment, student success, and fundraising consulting and solutions firm in the country. The purpose of this small group session was to take a deep dive into latest trends, research, and innovations around student recruitment, engagement and retention efforts at a national level and discussing how individual institutions can personalize this information for application in their own strategies. NMSU and, especially, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management has developed a long-standing partnership with Ruffalo Noel Levitz and regularly utilize their benchmarking and data analysis tools.

Utilizing Technology to Serve Students   Members of Enrollment Management attended the Ellucian Live Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Ellucian Live 2017 brought together 8,400 attendees from 1,300 higher education institutions all dedicated to a common goal: student success. Ellucian is NMSU’s Banner ERP system vendor, so it is imperative that the University’s central student record and financial aid staff have the most current knowledge of the system and understanding of how to use the system to best serve our students. Staff members in attendance from Enrollment Management departments were Minerva Galaz, Associate Director of Admissions Processing; Virginia Tucker, Associate Director of University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services; Krystal Espinoza, Registration Specialist; and Catherine Antony, Financial Aid Programmer Analyst.

Ysleta School District Career Fair   Career Services participated in the Ysleta School District Career Fair on March 25 at the YISD District Administrative Offices in El Paso. Employers were asked to share what degrees, certifications, and skills they are looking for when considering employees. What can we do to continue to align and develop our workforce pipeline? What are the skills gaps that employers are identifying?

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Arrowhead Innovation Network (AIN) Workshop   On Monday, Arrowhead Center hosted Andrew Salazar from Technology Ventures Corporation out of Albuquerque, who conducted a three-hour workshop on the patent application process. This event was a great success that welcomed over 30 participants from the NMSU and Greater Las Cruces community who learned about the process of researching, developing, and filing a patent in the U.S., and regulations for filing international patents.

Studio G Networking Hour   Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour event. This week’s topic focused on a section of the Disciplined Entrepreneur series How to Make Money Off Your Product. Networking Hour provides students a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. The event can be watched on Facebook live at the following link

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

Binational Consortium Meeting   Interim Vice President for Research Luis Vazquez; associate deans of research Phillip Deleon and James Murphy, along with Director of the WRRI Dr. Sam Fernald participated in a two-day Binational Consortium with University of California-San Diego, University of Arizona, and the University of Texas El Paso in Tucson, Arizona. A planning meeting was held to explore binational opportunities for research.  The meeting ended with the decision that the Consortium would focus initially on water and smart cities and collaborate on an NSF proposal for initial funding for workshops.

NM WRRI   This week NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald attended a West Big Data Innovation Hub Water Task Force meeting at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) to discuss water-related proposals and possible collaborations.

Space Grant   Dr. Hynes convened the members of the Commercial Space Task Force Borderplex 2020 at the Space Grant offices on Thursday, March 30.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

PA Virtual Ball   We kicked off our online auction on March 29 with tickets available to the Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood concert on April 7, plus dinner at Salud de Mesilla and other surprise perks. The auction for that package, along with a listing for a guitar signed by Garth and Trisha, ends April 4. Many other auction items are available for bidding through April 21, so check out the auction site at to see the exciting experience packages and items we have to offer, all to support the President’s Associates Scholarship.

PA Mini-Dinners   Alan and Smoky Torgerson hosted 30 attendees at the first of our four PA Scholarship Mini-Dinners in Albuquerque at Artichoke Café. The next dinner is in Phoenix on April 6, hosted by Joel Granger at True Food Kitchen. Two more dinners will take place in Las Cruces: At Salud de Mesilla on April 20, hosted by Brett and Diana Seward, and at St. Clair Winery & Bistro on April 21, hosted by Ammu and Rama Devasthali. Tickets are available at

Eat for Pete   Mark your calendars for the Alumni Association’s Eat for Pete spring fundraiser to benefit the Aggie Cupboard food pantry. Area restaurants have partnered to donate a portion of their profits on designated days to fight food insecurity on campus. First up is Chick-Fil-A, which donate 20 percent of sales on Tuesday, April 11, for dine in, carry out, or drive through if you tell your cashier that you support Eat for Pete/NMSU Alumni/Aggie Cupboard.

Fish and Wildlife Scholarship   The College of Aces has received more than $25,000 for a new fully endowed memorial scholarship for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology.

Daniels Fund Award   The Daniels Fund has awarded NMSU $45,000 for the Boundless Opportunity Scholarship program, run by Dr. Tony Marin in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Held our monthly Full Staff meeting on Wednesday morning at the Football Hall of Legends Lori Paulson Meeting Room. Our guest speakers were Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Ewing and Las Cruces High Schools Athletics Director Ernest Viramontes. Topics of discussion included a budget and academic update, compliance education and an AAC update.
  • NM State senior guard Ian Baker earned Associated Press All-American Honorable Mentions on Tuesday. He is the fourth NM State basketball player to be named an AP All-American.
  • We announced a special promotion for fans purchasing men’s basketball season tickets for the 2017-18. Fans that purchase season tickets for the 2017-18 season between April 3 and June 1 will get a 2017 NM State Championship replica ring for each seat purchased. This promotion is for both new season ticket purchases and those renewing their tickets.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

This week the Office of Education Abroad (OEA) hosted the first Shake the Fear Coffee Mixer at Milagro. This event is designed to provide a safe, casual environment for students to learn more about international travel and study abroad, especially in light of recent current events.

OEA hosted three mobile advising events across campus to help bring study abroad to students who don’t have time to swing by the office. Advising was held on Frenger Mall, at Barnes & Noble, and in Corbett in front of Taos.

OEA hosted Tasty Thursday. Each week we provide a different international treat to students who show up for an appointment. This week we enjoyed chocolates from Turkey!

OEA staff visited schools in Morocco and Oman, and learned more about their programs. The OEA hopes to start exchanging students with these schools within the next semester.

OEA staff continued admitting international exchange students bringing the current total for the fall of 2018 to 18.

OEA launched the “Journey to 400” campaign. We hope to make 2016-2017 our most successful year yet by bringing the total number of students, faculty, staff & community members served to 400!

The OEA filled two more faculty-led programs: “A World Away: Documentary Filmmaking in Sri Lanka,” led by Professor Raj  Nirmalakhandan, and “Entomology in the Amazon, Peru,” led by Dr. Scott Bundy of EPWS.

The Center for English Language Programs (CELP) Director, Dr. Kristian Chervenock and Graduate School Dean, Dr. Loui Reyes, traveled last Friday to New Mexico Tech to discuss mutual  interest in NMSU’s CELP providing intensive English courses to future NM Tech international students.  It was decided that CELP would provide intensive English programming to future NM Tech students as early as Fall semester. All programming will take place at NMSU and students will sign up for campus housing and dining during their tenure at NMSU.

CELP’s Undergraduate Bridge Program has 11 applicants for Fall semester (all from Vietnam). CELP is hoping for a few more applicants as Fall semester grows nearer, but overall, we’re pleased with the response since the program was just created.

CELP will be working diligently over the next few months to put online its TESOL/TEFL certificate, as well add online options for its 4th and 5th levels of Intensive English. There’s a strong international market for these programs and an online delivery method will ensure that students from abroad will be able to access the program.

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations

News and Media Relations, along with Marketing and Web Communications, produced the 2017 edition of the NMSU Research & Resources magazine. The magazine includes stories from every academic college and covers community engagement as well as research. This is the 11th edition of the annual look at the university’s excellence in research and outreach.

Marketing and Web Communications

Marketing and Communications is continuing with the “No Limits. No Boundaries” initiative in the form of a wall scape at the Mesilla Valley Mall. In addition, a larger wall scape was posted near Allen Theaters picturing scenes from NMSU past and present. We encourage alumni to take pictures with their graduation decade and post them on their social media accounts with the hash tag #DiscoverNMSU. People can also find two Pistol Pete standees around the mall, again encouraging people to take pictures with Pete and sharing them on social media.


Working with the Athletic Department and a grant from the NCAA, the Special Production Unit finished the first of five announcements discouraging student binge drinking. Aggie student-athletes deliver the message. The announcement may be viewed at:

The newest Living Here feature on KRWG TV features one of the best museums in the region. With the help of Curator Tiffany Santos the viewer gains an understanding of the scope of the Zuhl Museum collection. Also included is Interim Art Gallery Director Michelle Lanteri featuring student art projects inspired by the Zuhl displays.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

State Activities

Federal Activities

President Trump released a blueprint for the budget.  The budget eliminates the EDA, the NASA Science Office, as well as the NEH and the NEA.  The budget blueprint would also eliminate the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) program, reduce funding for Federal Work-Study and TRIO programs, and draw nearly $4 billion from the Pell Grant surplus for other uses.  A full budget is expected in May.  While there are alarming items in the budget, as you know Congress controls the purse strings and we have a supportive congressional delegation with whom Lewis-Burke Associates will work to protect and advocate for the university’s interests.

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

NEW RULE AMENDED   As a result of the recent pecan weevil findings, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture has extended the original sixty-day quarantine adding an additional 90 days. To limit the spread of pecan weevil from infested residential trees to commercial orchards, movement of pecans produced within the city limits of Clovis, Roswell, Hobbs, Artesia, and Lovington are restricted. Specifics regarding the certification of pecan nuts can be found within the quarantine rule. Residential and commercial pecan tree owners should be on the lookout for pecans with round, BB-sized holes in the shells, or legless, white grubs inside the pecan nut. If you suspect you have pecan weevil in your residential pecan trees, contact your local County Cooperative Extension Office.

Staff assisted with 2017 FFA State Judging Contest. They acted as judges and assisted with contest preparation.

Staff cooked hotdogs and hamburgers for over 700 kids, advisors, and NMSU staff and faculty at the FFA Fest & BBQ on the lawn between Gerald Thomas and Skeen Hall. This event brings future Aggies together and introduces them to many of the things that NMSU has to offer.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 34 police reports created, 27 supplements filed, and 19 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 16 items of evidence entered into the vault, 37 people were fingerprinted and 5 background checks were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   Emergency Dispatch handled 276 police calls for service (9 of which were 911 calls) resulting in 197 police calls (27 of which were agency assist) and 3 warrant entries.  There were 20 fire calls (10 of which were mutual aid), including 4 emergency medical calls, 1 natural gas odor, 2 fire alarms, 1 smell of smoke, and 2 stand by.  There were also 4 animal control calls.

Garth Brooks Production Meeting   A coordination meeting was held by Pan Am Special Events to prepare for the Garth Brooks concerts taking place April 7 – 9.  The Police Department will be assisting with safety escorts of the performers each day, as well as with facility safety and security.  Due to the narrow time window between the first and second concerts on Saturday and Sunday, University Avenue will be closed to normal traffic, with only concert traffic being allowed between Locust Street and Las Alturas/Don Roser Drive on those days so that vehicle and pedestrian traffic can be moved as quickly and safely as possible during the short timeframe.

Space Port America Relay Planning Meeting   A coordination meeting was held with the Doña Ana County/City of Las Cruces Office of Emergency Management and with Spaceport America officials regarding a 200-mile relay race to be held April 8-9.  One leg of the race will come go around the Fabien Garcia Horticulture Center, through the Las Cruces campus on Union Avenue, and up University Avenue before heading North on Triviz Drive.  It is expected that most of the 24 teams participating will come through around the same time as the first Garth Brooks concert on Saturday.

Recognition of Employees   Officer Diana Renteria and Officer Joe Cortez have been recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty when they, in separate incidents, assisted a visually impaired gentleman who was on campus, to include obtaining food and beverages for him (out of their own pockets) and giving him rides to the Community of Hope.  Unfortunately, the gentleman they had been assisting was tragically killed several days later when he was struck by a vehicle near Barker Road and Valley Drive.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Student Artists Show Their Work   NMSU-Doña Ana student artists will present their work at a student art show.  “The Artful Earth” features creative images from all art disciplines at the community college. The show is hosted by the Cottonwood Gallery located inside Southwest Environmental Center, on the downtown mall, 275 N. Main St. An opening reception as part of the downtown arts ramble will be held in honor of the artists at the Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 7, with the show running from April 7 to April 28, 2017. Images include the red door by Corvus Loyd and still life by Leslie Simpkins.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Tuesday, March 21, NMSU-A President Ken Van Winkle visited the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees. It was a great opportunity for Dr. Van Winkle to spend time with these former educators and keep them in the loop about current trends in education at the college.

On Friday, March 17, Katie Pacelli-Klinger and Rob Klinger spent the day at the Domestic Violence-Ending the Abuse One Person at a Time conference in Las Cruces. There, they learned about what constitutes abuse, the psychology of a victim, navigating the court system, and about survivors.  There was also an interactive workshop entitled “In Her Shoes.” The knowledge they gained will be shared with the Alamogordo community and students, faculty and staff at NMSU-A.

On Friday, March 31, NMSU-A held their annual Celebration of Excellence awards and recognition ceremony. The event is held to recognize recipients and donors of scholarships, to honor students for academic achievements and participation in student organizations. The Masters of Ceremonies were Sonja Devargas and Dr. Jennifer Smith. Certificates were given for Outstanding Student in Allied Health and Outstanding Student in Behavioral Science. Dual Credit Excellence Awards, Crimson Pin Scholars, Crimson Scholar Graduates, President’s Honors, Meritorious Graduate, and Outstanding Graduate from the Arts and Sciences and Career and Technical Divisions were awarded.

NMSU-A’s 2017 Crimson Pin Scholars.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Monday, March 27, NMSU Carlsbad representatives worked with a team of HLC peer reviewers to complete the peer evaluation process for an AQIP institution in Minnesota.  The peer review visitors were on the Minnesota campus from March 20 – 22 and during this time the peer reviewers completed their analysis of the institution’s status in meeting the required HLC criteria.
  • On Tuesday, March 28, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a reception which was hosted by WIPP and NWP. The community reception was very well attended and the discussion was very informative as to the status of WIPP reopening and accepting nuclear waste from off sites. At the reception, educational partners were recognized.
  • On Wednesday, March 29, NMSU Carlsbad hosted Employee Council Chair Adam Cavotta. Adam met with multiple employees during his visit to provide information as to the functions of the Employee Council.
  • On Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31, NMSU Carlsbad representatives were in attendance at the annual HLC Conference in Chicago. The three NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended peer review team leader trainings and Institutional Action Committee meetings. The full conference began on Saturday, April 1 with multiple sessions being offered to the attendees who were representing 19 states.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Ground Breaking Ceremony   Higher Education Cabinet Secretary Barbara Damron joined the staff, faculty, and students of NMSU Grants for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Teacher, Health Care Education and Child Development Center at the NMSU Grants campus on March 29.  During her visit, the Secretary emphasized the importance of the statewide higher education initiative 66 percent by 2030. She announced that Grants, which has Historic Route 66 as its main street, was the perfect location for promoting the goal of 66 percent of state residents attaining a post-secondary degree by 2030.


Thoreau High School Visit   NMSU Grants Student Services hosted the Thoreau High School Seniors on Tuesday, March 28.  The students received specific information on cost of attendance for college as well as tips on how to adjust to a new place if they decide to go away for college. Campus tours were led by current NMSU Grants students.  The high school students  were impressed with the various academic programs at NMSU Grants.  Thoreau is located about 30 miles west of Grants on the border of the Navajo reservation. NMSU Grants provides dual credit classes to Thoreau High School and enrolls many more non-traditional students from the area.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Matt Bose


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