Activity Report March 4 – March 10

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. NMSU brought home two basketball championships (and I have one of the game balls). The softball team won 4 out of 5 games in their tournament, and this is the second youngest softball team in NCAA Division 1.  Another fantastic takeaway for all was the spirit and class of the NMSU band, cheerleaders, Sun Dancers, and alums/fans. Our students were all just spectacular and represented NMSU just the way everyone could admire.  We were the only University who had in attendance their Chancellor/President, Provost, and all of the Regents.  To punctuate the takeaways, Andrea and I were able to solicit $50,000 for two endowed scholarships from some alums in Vegas. VIVA LAS VEGAS!
  • On the legislative front:
    • I testified before the Senate Finance Committee regarding the possible impact of additional cuts up to 4.6 percent above their current 1.1 percent House Bill 2 cuts. Put simply, it would be devastating.  I explained eliminating programs could never be the answer in the short term because of teach out requirements and policies we must follow to reduce faculty/staff.  I did switch to professor mode and discussed with the Committee that education is a public good and public goods must be paid for by the public, in terms of taxes and, in the case of higher education, tuition and fees.  Surely all must contribute according to their ability to pay and in some relationship to the benefits they receive.  But we cannot always say the State is unable to provide a public good because oil and gas prices are low.  The Government provides public goods because the benefits and costs are in balance or benefits exceed costs.  Students can justify paying reasonable tuition and fees because their rate of investment (ROI), after graduation and by midcareer, is very high.
    • Currently, House Bill 2 (the general appropriations bill) has passed the Senate and gone to the House for concurrence. There was very little difference between the House and Senate versions so it should not be a problem.  The real issue will be the revenue bills which may increase state revenue by as much as $350 million.  The uncertainty resides with the Governor and how much, if any, revenue enhancements she will agree to.  Some closing of loopholes and the collection on internet gross receipts taxes may pass muster but the new taxes on gasoline and diesel may be considered a tax increase which run up against her no new taxes commitment.    We shall see soon.
  • Senator Smith did request that all Universities report to the Senate Finance Committees the roll call votes on tuition. This followed a question of me as to when tuition decisions were made by Regents.  I told the Committee we normally awaited the actions of the legislature/Governor and then posed tuition issues to Boards of Regents in early April.
  • From the Enrollment front, undergraduate applications for fall, 2017 are up 5.7 percent and admitted are up 20.1 percent as compared to same date last year. NMSU is doing well in state with the exception of Dona Ana County and especially well out of state with Texas applications up 39.0 and admitted up 79.3 percent.  Graduate applications are down -5.6 percent but admitted are up 21.6 percent. It is incumbent on all of us to get the highest yield rate (percentage of admitted who attend) possible.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • At the Board of Regents Meeting on Monday, March 6, I reported on the marketing budget for NMSU and current application and admissions data. The good news with regard to our marketing efforts is that applications and admissions have increased over last year, particularly in El Paso and Arizona.  An area where we are running behind in applications compared to last year is the Doña Ana County area.  The factors responsible for the local downturn in applications are not clear, but possibilities include successful marketing of NMSU Doña Ana as a good place to start a four-year degree program at NMSU and misunderstandings about the first-year on campus residency requirement that will begin in fall of 2017.  We are pleased by the success of the Aggie Pathway Program at NMSU Doña Ana and will continue to promote that option, recognizing that students who begin in the program will eventually transfer to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. To help local residents understand that first-year students at NMSU can still live at home, we are stepping up communications about the First-Year Residential Experience on local radio programs, in newspapers, and in social media.
  • At the meeting of the Statewide General Education Steering Committee on Tuesday, March 7, we re-visited the general education curriculum model in light of comments received from faculty and advisors across the state and decided that we would re-cast our general education model from an essential skills framework into a content area distribution framework. The purpose is not to de-emphasize essential skills, but to make the model easier to understand and to implement. The concern is that the importance of essential skills in general education will be lost in a curriculum that seems to be focused on content areas.  In implementing the curriculum model, it will be important to require that instructors build courses that teach and assess essential skills.

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

Animal and Range Sciences   Dr. Amy Ganguli has been selected as a team member to travel to China, including inner Mongolia and the Tibetan Plateau, as part of the United States-China Range Management Cooperative Exchange. This program is funded by United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program (USDA, FAS-SCEP); the trip will take place in May 2017. There are challenges in China regarding land use for animal production, mining, and production of oil. The purpose of the trip is to transfer knowledge and technology about various aspects of rangeland management to Chinese researchers and land managers. Additionally, the team will seek opportunities for future collaboration. The team is comprised of primarily women faculty from California, Dr. Ganguli is the only faculty member representing New Mexico. This is an exciting opportunity for Dr. Ganguli that will help to increase the presence of our department and college in China.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Student Club Recruitment Event – The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) at NMSU staffed a table at the STEM Expo sponsored by Dona Ana Community College on March 3.  Thirteen SAND members distributed materials about the Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences major at NMSU, and talked to over 150 prospective students.  Asst. Professor Brigit Dooley gave a brief talk about careers in nutrition and dietetics.

Rachel Kaunas, Clifford Kinnear, Ashley Sanchez, Jamie Lopez, Ilian Garcia, and Dr. Brigit Dooley

  • State Competition – More than 500 Family and Consumer Sciences students and advisors participated in the state Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events competition in Albuquerque March 2-4. Family and Consumer Sciences Education students Aldemar Madrid, Tiffany Baugh, and Kinsey Fisher judged state and national events and participated in recruiting activities for NMSU. ACES Ambassadors led by Shannon Norris held an NMSU Signing Day for students and recruited throughout the event. Dr. Sharon Bartley awarded ACES scholarships to the state officers and made presentations to both students and teachers.

Aldemar Madrid, Tiffany Baugh, and Kinsey Fisher

Plant and Environmental Sciences   Plant & Environmental Science had a booth for recruiting at the Dona Ana Community College on March 3. Drs. Dubois, Ulrey, and Carroll (and several graduate and undergraduate students) met 200 high school and DACC students for the DACC STEM Discovery Showcase. Dr. Carroll and other NMSU Faculty spoke to the group to get them excited about STEM careers. The Department introduced several applied science applications to the students, and activities included a climate monitoring station, soil and rock samples, soil crayons, water infiltration through soil, and food color dye – soil adsorption experiments.

Dr. KC Carroll and Octavio Navares

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • On March 8, faculty, staff, and students from NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences joined with departments in the College of Engineering; the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; and the teachers and PTO of Sonoma Elementary School to give families a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) night at Sonoma Elementary. Over 700 community members attended the event, one of the largest STEAM nights in Las Cruces. Youth from pre-K up through high-school were able to play math games, learn physics principals, see the stars, make elephant tooth-paste, simulate driving, learn about pharmaceuticals, and even dissect a squid! The College of Arts and Sciences departments/programs who participated included: Theatre, Engineering Psychology, Discovery Scholars, Biology, Math, Physics, Pre-Pharmacy, Computer Science, and Astronomy.
  • CMI led the 2nd Las Cruces International Film Festival – an event that featured film presentations, workshops, and events with international artists – such as Brendan Fraser, Jon Heder, and Johnny Galecki.
  • Megan McQueen (Theater Arts) and the American Southwest Theatre Company presented “Broadway Today” at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. The cast of more than 60 people presented 21 songs from 19 musicals that have played on Broadway during the last year.
  • The Department of Computer Science hosted a presentation by Thomas Moyer focused on the challenges of building resilient systems and how they provide decision makers with the data they need.
  • The Biomedical Research Seminar series featured Dr. Nina Salama, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, talking about Putting the Helico in Helicobacter Pylori
  • The Department of Music featured a Piano Studio Recital, led by Dr. Laura Spitzer
  • Dr. Patricia Lopez (Intel), Computer Science alum (’80, ’82, ’89), was featured in a video by Brawny Paper Towels, promoting Women’s Success in STEM

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • I participated in an AACSB accreditation peer review team for the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at University of Missouri-Kansas City Sunday-Tuesday.
  • Thursday and Friday, I attended the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium meeting in Grand Junction, Colorado.
  • Woodrow Wilson fellows from Cohorts 1 and 2 attended a session on Public School Finance in New Mexico, led by Terry Dean, former Chief Financial Officer for Las Cruces Public Schools. Fellows learned how to use the school funding formula to calculate the State Equalization Guarantee revenue for a district, the importance of strong internal control systems, the parameters for different pots of money (i.e. capital outlay funds can’t be used for personnel), how to establish a budget at the school and district levels, and potential financial pitfalls to avoid.
  • Kathy Brook, Carlo Mora, Hari Sankaran, Larry Tunnell, and Erin Baca met with representatives from the El Paso offices of ADP. There are two ADP facilities in El Paso employing about 1900 people with planned expansion to about 2200.  The attrition rate is such that they hire about 200 people annually.  While they focus on business graduates, they hire from all disciplines.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

  • Engineering Physics major Jaime M. Moya attended the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington, D.C., to present a talk with the title “Experimental Errors in Mueller Matrix Elements of Isotropic Samples.” He also won the first prize in the oral student paper competition with his presentation. Later this week, he will fly to Houston to look at the Applied Physics program at Rice University, one of the universities where he has been admitted for graduate studies.
  • Associate Dean of Research Phillip De Leon and Assistant Professor Steven Sandoval, electrical and computer engineering, presented two papers at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, the group’s major global meeting. Along with a doctoral candidate, they presented the following:
  • Sandoval and P. L. De Leon, “Advances in Empirical Mode Decomposition for Computing Instantaneous Amplitudes and Instantaneous Frequencies,” accepted Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. Acoustics, Speech & Signal Proc. (ICASSP), 2017.
  • Martinez, P. L. De Leon, and D. Keeley, ”Novelty Detection for Predicting Falls Risk using Smartphone Gait Data,” accepted Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. Acoustics, Speech & Signal Proc. (ICASSP), 2017.
  • On March 3-4, the College of Engineering hosted the Southwest Regional Science and Engineering Fair which had approximately 100 middle- and high-school student exhibitor. The students competed from across the southwest region including Las Cruces, Socorro, Silver City and Deming. Of them, 44 qualified to move on to the State Science and Engineering Fair to be held March 31-April 1 in Socorro, New Mexico. Two students qualified to attend the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in May in Los Angeles. The student projects included ways to treat Alzheimer’s disease, sleep apnea, devises for individuals with disabilities and many other subjects related to science and engineering.
  • Industrial engineering graduate student Jose Carlos Murguia Davalos participated in Graduate Education Day in Santa Fe, March 6. He presented KoolArmor, the company he created after an assessment of the cool roof market in the U.S.. The poster included a description of the innovation, milestones achieved, results from participation on different Arrowhead Center programs (Aggie I-Corp, Aggie Shark Tank, LAUNCH and being a Studio G customer) and the impact the project will have (projected sales, jobs to be created and future partnership with NMSU). He also had the opportunity to talk about his thesis dissertation, which focuses on measuring energy savings under different utilities rebate programs, weathers, locations and type of facilities across the U.S. One of the goals was to highlight the importance of graduate education and entrepreneurial programs to the state.
  • On March 4, the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network hosted the annual NM VEX Robotics State Championship. More than 420 students from elementary, middle and high schools across the state participated in the VEX IQ and VRC robotics competitions. The students were joined by more than 70 undergraduate student volunteers from engineering, computer science, and the NMSU DanceSport team. Eight teams will advance to the VEX World competition in April in Louisville, Kentucky.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean   Dean Wagner, and Associate Dean, Dr. Kopera-Frye recently attended an annual conference for the Associate for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) in Miami, FL.  Dean Wagner led a town hall discussion regarding the future of AGHE, while Dr. Frye presented several papers on various topics for the conference with the theme titled, “Educating a New Generation of Professionals in Aging Worldwide”.  The presentations were well-received by the 334 attendees from national and international colleges and universities and contributed greatly to the advancing the field of gerontology.

School of Nursing   Last week, the Las Cruces Sun News and NBC News featured Associate Professor, Linda Summers and her work and research regarding EnergyPods, which are high-tech sleeping pods with a domed sensory-reduction bubble that closes around one’s head and torso for students. Dr. Summers argues the benefits of giving students a 20 minute nap time helps with headaches, fatigue and even high blood pressure. The EnergyPods even help calm agitated students down.  Congratulations to Dr. Summers on her innovative work!  Please click here for the full Sun News article, and here for NBC News coverage.

the Las Cruces Sun News and NBC News featured Associate Professor, Linda Summers and her work and research regarding EnergyPods, which are high-tech sleeping pods with a domed sensory-reduction bubble that closes around one’s head and torso for students.

School of Social Work   Great news for the School of Social Work and the College of Health and Social Services! Recently, a national organization which promotes the welfare of children of immigrants and their families relocated to New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services School of Social Work.  Specifically, the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare, formerly housed at the University of Houston, is now at home at HSS.  Founding member and Director, Dr. Megan Finn-Velasquez described NMSU to be a perfect location for the center because of its historical immigrant-friendly policies, and closeness to the border.  Dean Wagner made supportive comments about the centers move which you can read here.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

Sunshine Week is held every year for an entire week in mid- March and coincides with National Freedom of Information Day and James Madison’s birthday. In 2002, Sunshine Sunday was launched by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors who strongly believed that “ government functions best when it operates in the open” and public records laws assure all citizens have access to information that is public record. By 2005, Sunshine Sunday had evolved into Sunshine Week and was celebrated nationwide. This is the fifth year that NMSU Library has celebrated Sunshine Week. On March 9, over 100 people from the NMSU and Las Cruces community enjoyed a thought provoking program on “The Presidency and the Press, Will Free Speech Survive.”

Sunshine Week Panelist: Peter Goodman, Walt Rubel, Nelson Goodin, David Irvin, and Frank Thayer.

Representatives from NMSU Library (the Dean, the library’s business manager, and a member of the faculty representing the library faculty) participated in interviews  with the Technology Information Group (TIG) providing and sharing information  relating to NMSU-ICT.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

URCAS Preparations   We kicked off our annual URCAS Event – the Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium – by selecting the logo design. The art students in the graphic design classes each prepared a logo design, and a team composed of deans Ketelaar and Chaiken, and the coordinators of several programs that mentor undergrads on campus (MARC, HHMI, Discovery Scholars, AMP, CAMP) served as the judges for the selection of the best design. The winning design incorporates many symbols associated with higher learning, and was a clear winner, although there were many great designs. The winning team now become the project directors and oversee the production of all of the remaining products associated with the URCAS event, including the program, advertising posters, t-shirts for student presenters, and digital advertising. Each year the students’ creativity is truly impressive.

International Research Scholarship   Each year we award one or more scholarships for students to conduct research internationally, and this week was the deadline for submission of proposals. There were many excellent proposals submitted, and a review panel of students, faculty, and community members are currently reading the submissions to narrow down the finalists, who will be interviewed before the final selection is made.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

Buried Storm Water Drains and a Robot   Project Development and Engineering, Environmental Health and Safety, and Aggie Development, Inc. partnered to determine the location of two buried storm water lines. The storm water lines collect water run-off by the Hilton Garden Inn, Interstate 25, and north of the Pan American Center. The path was unknown and all three entities requested the information for various reasons. A robot, named Harold, made the journey through the pipes and provided the information needed.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

HACU Student Presentations: March 6-10   In collaboration with Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and the United States Army, University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services and Undergraduate Admissions partnered to present information to 10 groups of high school students from southern NM, as well as high school counselors, teachers and principals. Bernadette Montoya had the pleasure of greeting the prospective students during the course of the week.  NMSU is proud to be a partner with HACU and to have had the pleasure of joining with our own NMSU- Army ROTC to co-sponsor this event.

Healthy U Challenge   On March 3, the AggieFit Office ended their 7-week Healthy U Challenge. They had 118 participants that included everyone from students, staff, faculty, retirees, affiliates and alumni members of AggieFit. As a group they lost a total of 388 pounds together! Throughout the challenge they were given health education materials, weekly access to speak to a personal trainer, clinics on weights and cardio training along with the weekly weigh-ins. Two body compositions were also given. One in the beginning and one at the end so that participants could measure their success against more than just weight loss. Due to an overwhelming response, the AggieFit office will continue the challenge for another 6 weeks for those that choose to continue for weight loss goals and for those that need a little extra accountability. We hope to do this multiple times a year starting in the near future.
Daniels Fund Scholars   On March 9 and 10 NMSU Daniels Fund Scholars met with the Daniels Fund Senior Relations Officer (SRO), Camila Lara, to discuss their progress during mid-semester meetings. Pictured is 2015 Daniels Fund Scholar Walker Marion and Daniels Fund SRO Camila Lara.

Employment Extravaganza   Employment Extravaganza was held on March 8, 2017, at Corbett Center. The event was used to unite the students of New Mexico State University with employers in the state of New Mexico and regionally. 300 students and 31 employers attended the event. Students and alumni distributed resumes and learned about career opportunities for current and future employment positions.  (https://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-fairs/employment-extravaganza/).

Test Anxiety Workshop   Diana O’Brien, Student Program Coordinator in the Student Success Center, presented a workshop titled “Test Anxiety: Above All, Do NOT Panic!” on March 7, 2017, in the Zuhl Library Conference Room 225 (second floor). The workshop provided students with information related to test taking strategies. She highlighted different ways to help students learn to prepare for tests effectively, and to combat test anxiety.

Greek Week   Greek Week is taking place this week on campus. With a week of full of events such as Greek Olympics and Days of Service. On Day of Service, approximately 600 Greek affiliated students worked to beautify NMSU. The longest running tradition, “Painting the A” was kept alive and students repainted the “A.”

Dean of Students Addressing Concerns on Executive Orders   Elizabeth Schrimer, faculty in the Department of English, coordinated a Talk-In to discuss the recent Executive Orders from the US President related to international/immigration/transgender individuals. Michael Jasek, dean of students, served as a member of the panel to discuss the resources the Office of the Dean of Students offers to students who have concerns.

Michael Jasek, dean of students, created a group of individuals who work with students and have concerns related to the Executive Orders covering international travel, immigration, and transgender civil rights. The team focused on how to help our students, provide accurate information, promote programs and services related to these issues, and establish programs to meet the needs of students. The first step was creating a web site to provide information to students, faculty, and staff. The website is ccic.nmsu.edu.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Paseo Del Norte Venture Competition   Last weekend, Studio G clients Avinash Kuna and Alexis Cornidez participated in the Paso Del Norte Venture Competition and brought home 3rd place overall and 1st place for best display. The team presented their business concept, Maslow, a platform that connects university students and local businesses through a secure, spam-free online classified platform designed specifically for students. The platform allows users to engage in mutual exchanges, study groups, and event coordination with their peers and local verified businesses.

Arrowhead at the State Capital   Last week, Arrowhead Center sent 4 students and program specialist Dana DeRego to the state capital for Graduate Legislative Day and Job Creators Day to showcase student work and programs that have been developed out of Arrowhead Center to foster economic development in the state. At the Job Creators event, Dana had the opportunity to speak with State legislators about economic development in New Mexico, Arrowhead’s specific programs, and request their continued support for programs like LEDA and JTIP. She also handed out buttons and flyers and was able to speak at length with Representative Jane Powdrell-Culbert about the work Arrowhead is doing statewide.

Studio G Networking Hour   Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour event. This week’s topic focused on step 3 of the Disciplined Entrepreneur, How does your customer acquire 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 https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/videos/vb.1625009944444677/1852242345054768/?type=2&theater

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

 Research IT Activity Report

  • Completed the first review of the NIST-171 controls for CUI compliance.
  • Completed the printer migration to the new IP address space
  • Began Chef and Docker team training using LinuxAcademy
  • Completed 70 percent of the PSL accounting chart of account management application

PSL Activity Report

  • PSL supported “The 2017 STEM Discovery Showcase” at the Dona Ana Community College (DACC) with a talk provided by the PSL Deputy Director and STEM sessions that included flight simulators and programmable ground bots

WRRI Activity Report

  • NM WRRI issued the February edition of New Mexico Water eNews, the institute’s online newsfeed that is distributed across the state. This month’s edition featured NMSU PhD student Befekadu Habteyes who is working with faculty advisor Dr. Frank Ward, Department of Ag Economics and Ag Business, on a field survey and economic modeling analysis of the Arch Hurley Conservation District in Tucumcari, New Mexico. They are looking into possible effects of different crop choices as well as water conservation and storage policies. Befekadu is a student in the NMSU Department of Ag Economics and Ag Business and in the Water Science Management Program.
  • Also featured this month was new NMSU faculty member Dr. Hatim M.E. Geli of the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. Dr. Geli’s research and teaching interests are in the area of hydrology and remote sensing. He is working on several NM WRRI related projects including the Statewide Water Assessment.
  • The February eNews issue is available at https://nmwrri.nmsu.edu/enews/

NMSU graduate student Befekadu Habteyes looking over the edge of a dock suspended over a dried-out artificial pond at the Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center compound. The pond is used to store water temporarily and to irrigate an adjoining field.

Dr. Hatim joined the NMSU faculty in the fall of 2016. His research focuses on the utility of remote sensing data and tools to improve water resources management. He utilizes multiple modeling approaches to model water and energy fluxes.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

WAC Tournament Alumni Event   More than 300 Aggie alums and friends gathered in Las Vegas to watch both the men’s and women’s teams secure their WAC Championship titles. During the three days of games, the Alumni Association partnered with University Athletics to host an all-Aggie reception where all could gather to reminisce and share their NMSU stories.

CASE District IV Conference   Alumni Relations Officer Ashlee Matlock represented the Office of Advancement at the District IV Conference of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Fort Worth. Ashlee attended seminars on current trends in alumni relations, engaging young alumni, and strategies for special events. She also networked with academic advancement professionals from throughout Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Art Building Construction   NMSU has received a $50,000 gift pledge from a couple of alums to help fund construction and furnishing of the new art building. This will be matched by the $250,000 matching pledge offered by Ammu and Rama Devasthali.

College of Business Scholarship   A couple who are alums of the College of Business and the College of Education are establishing a five-year, $10,000 current-use scholarship to benefit the Management and Marketing departments.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • The NM State Aggies equestrain team hosted their last regular season contest against Oklahoma State on Saturday. Seniors Katlynn Crine and Jaimie Story were recognized during Senior Day.
  • NM State men’s basketball honored Ian Baker, Matt Taylor and Travon Landry during Senior Night on Saturday evening. NM State Aggies closed their regular season 25-5. Congratulations to Ian Baker being named WAC Player of the Year, Eli Chuha earned 2nd Team All-WAC and Jemerrio Jones was named to the WAC All-Newcomers list.
  • Representatives from HOK Architecture and JE Dunn Construction did an on-campus visit to tour our athletic facilities. They provided a gratis mini-master athletics facility plan.
  • NM State baseball hosted UNM Lobos at Southwest University Park in El Paso for the Battle of I-25 on Tuesday evening. This was the 2nd annual game at the pallpark. Wells Fargo was the game sponsor of this game. Close
  • Attended the WAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas, NV. Both the men’s and women’s teams won the conference tournament advanced to the NCAA.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

  • IBP was a top-level sponsor of this year’s Las Cruces International Film Festival.  As part of the activities, Dr. Menking presented the award for Best Documentary award at the final awards ceremony on Saturday.
  • The Center for Latin American and Border Programs (CLABS) will host Dr. Cesar Fuentes during his sabbatical from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) during the 2017-18 academic year.  COLEF is Mexico’s premier doctoral degree granting institution dedicated to studying border issues and Dr. Fuentes serves as its Northeast Regional Director.
  • International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) was represented at the Standing with Our Students event on Thursday, 9 March, and was part of a panel discussion, including NMSU Police, OIE, Dean of Students, and Chicano Programs.  ISSS is committed to providing resources and support for our international students and scholars during this period of change and uncertainty with respect to travel and related immigration matters.  ISSS also participated in the NMSU Diversity Council on Wednesday, 8 March, at which time questions posed by members were answered pertaining to Executive Order 13769 and the following up order to go into effect on 16 March.  Areas of discussion included:  the details of these orders, their effect on our international students and scholars (in particular, those from the six specified countries), travel through the NM checkpoints, and possible delays/suspensions of various immigration benefits.
  • On Tuesday, The Center for English Language Programs (CELP) proudly launched its new website. Please take a moment to check out all the new programs that CELP is offering: https://celp.nmsu.edu/.  CELP strives for best practices in international student enrollment, and in an effort to increase applicant yield, has initiated a comprehensive communication plan that has CELP staff (primarily Mandarin and Spanish bilingual student employees) communicating directly with CELP applicants and their families via a myriad of Social Media and texting apps (Facebook, WhatsApp, WeChat, Kakao, Viber, Line and Zaleo). CELP anticipates that through constant communication and an expeditious admissions process that Summer and Fall cohorts will significantly increase.
  • On Wednesday, Kristian Chervenock (CELP Director), Jan Snyder (CELP Academic Coordinator) and Jorge Ramos (international recruiter for Mexico) traveled to Ciudad Juarez to meet with CENALTEC (a high technology training center for manufacturing employees in Chihuahua) to finalize several courses for intensive English for CENALTEC students and faculty

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

 News and Media Relations   News and Media Relations coordinated interviews with KRQE-TV in Albuquerque and the Toronto Star for Stacy Rodriguez and Immo Hansen in the College of Arts and Sciences regarding recent research published in the Journal of Insect Science on the efficacy of wearable mosquito repellents.

KRWG/SPU   In collaboration with the New Mexico Broadcasters Association, KRWG engineers conducted a mock FCC public file inspection. The process looks at documents required by the Federal Communication Commission including programming, political, underwriting, EAS and technical. KRWG passed the inspection and will be exempt from random FCC inspections for the next three years.

The KRWG TV Spring Festival hit 40 percent of their goal of $35,000 with ten days remaining. Pledges may be made by calling 888-922-5794 or going to krwg.org.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

2017 Legislative Session

New Mexico State University has a team that watches all bills that are introduced and determines the impact that any of the bills might have to the NMSU community.  To see an ongoing list of the bills that NMSU is tracking, click on the link below:

NMSU 2017 Legislative Bill Tracking List

What’s included in HB2, the General Appropriations Bill, for NMSU?

HB 2 Budget Capital Progression Table FY18 Senate-Passed

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

  • I provided the opening address for the 51st Annual Western Pecan Grower’s Association Conference. Staff presented data on the current pecan weevil status, potential quarantine options, and eradication programs. They also provided assistance with registrations, continuing education units for pesticide applicators, and worked jointly with state USDA-APHIS-PPQ personnel to disseminate information to growers, shellers, equipment dealers, and exporters from western pecan growing states at a co-sponsored booth. The conference was attended by approximately 450 pecan-industry related personnel.
  • Bonnie Rabe, director Agricultural and Environmental Services, was elected as the current president at the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO) annual meeting. AAPCO provides a platform for the states and EPA to resolve challenges to successful implementation of pesticide programs and policies in the USA and territories. She will serve until March 2018.
  • NMDA has been working with the Albuquerque Police Department and financial institutions in the Albuquerque area regarding possible skimming devices at local stations. Some skimming devices were recovered. Several news stations have reported on the issue. See KOAT TV, Albuquerque’s report at http://www.koat.com/article/tips-to-avoid-skimmers-at-gas-pumps/9106279.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

  • This week I participated in a site visit at another higher education institution as an Higher Learning Commission peer reviewer. It was a great experience and heightened my awareness about the on-the-ground expectations of HLC peer reviewers, particularly in anticipating NMSU’s own site visit scheduled for November 2017.
  • NMSU Accreditation is continuing to distribute portions of our Assurance Argument for feedback and comments. During the month of March, we are focusing on Criterion 3—Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support.
  • I also participated in the first NMSU Quality in Online Education Conference—what a great experience! I am hopeful this will develop into an annual event, with expanded participation invited from all faculty at all of our system campuses.

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Community Health Worker Certificate Honored   It is official. A new DACC certificate program that is now going through the NMSU curriculum approval process has been awarded as one of the most innovative community college health certificate programs in the nation. The League for Innovation in the Community College has honored the NMSU Doña Ana Community Health Worker Certificate planning template with the prestigious Riegleman Award for Excellence in Public Health and Health Navigation Education in community colleges.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

  • On Wednesday, NMSU-A President Ken Van Winkle spoke to the Alamogordo Kiwanis Club about the programs and classes offered at NMSU-A.
  • On Saturday, faculty and staff of NMSU-A participated in the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Spring Fling.  It proved a wonderful opportunity to reach out to the community and provide current information about the programs and classes available at NMSU-A.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Tuesday, March 7, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the statewide Early College High School Best Practices Conference in Albuquerque.  The conference was attended by higher education and early college high school personnel and the discussions were excellent and informative as to the success of the early college initiatives and next steps in the progress of the initiatives. Also, on Tuesday, March 7, NMSU Carlsbad representatives traveled to Santa Fe in order to attend an emergency Senate Finance Committee Hearing at which time additional state budget issues were presented.
  • On Wednesday, March 8, NMSU Carlsbad representatives traveled to Las Cruces to meet with Provost Howard and to discuss the NMSU Carlsbad candidates for promotion and/or tenure.
  • On Friday, March 10, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the quarterly meeting of the Blue Cross – Blue Shield Affiliate Board in Albuquerque. At this Board meeting a report was given on health care initiatives in southeastern New Mexico. The Board was granted a report by Blue Cross – Blue Shield administrators on the impact of the upcoming modifications to the Affordable Health Care Act.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Cardiovascular Disease Awareness   On Monday March 6, 2017, three students gave an informational presentation about hypertension in the Student Success Center. The three presenters were Chelsea Gifford, Greg Chapman, and Michael Allender. This presentation was part of the students curriculum for BIOL226 Anatomy & Physiology II, taught by Rachelle Bassen. The presentation was open for all students to attend. Useful information about the history, causes, and treatments of hypertension was provided, along with time for the audience to ask any questions about the presentation. This was a wonderful event for the audience to learn new information, and a great opportunity for the student presenters to show the depth of their knowledge about the topic.

Senior Day   NMSU Grants hosted 23 Tse’ Yi’ Gai High School seniors on Friday, March 3. This is a small school on the Navajo Reservation, in Pueblo Pintado, about an hour from Grants.  Principal Dr. Staples, a dual credit and college advocate for his students, has arranged several trips to the Grants campus during this academic year.  Seniors completed the Accuplacer Placement Test in MATH and ENGL.

They were treated to a lunch at JJ’s Snack Shack and then a brief talk by Vanessa Sandoval, Student Program Coordinator at the Ashiwi Center in Zuni, New Mexico. Sandoval focused on what it is like to leave the reservation to pursue a higher education. NMSU Grants hopes to see many of these students in August as new Aggies.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Matt Bose

  • ASNMSU hosted its last Aggie Army Tailgate on March 4 in Lot 33. Over 200 students came to the event to eat, enjoy the music and get the last shirt in our limited edition series. Hosted with the Inter Fraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council, the event saw an increase in attendance by over 100 percent.
  • Meet ASNMSU on March 9 was held in between Guthrie and Hardman and Jacobs Hall from 10 am – 2 pm. Over 60 students met with ASNMSU officials to learn more about getting involved and ASNMSU services.
  • ASNMSU hosted its Glow in the Dark Buti Yoga event for all students on March 14 in the Aggie Underground inside of Corbett. The first 75 students received a FREE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER during registration.
  • Win prizes and get a free ride to class with ASNMSU Quiz Cab! The next Quiz Cab will be on March 30 from 10 am – 2 Find us around campus and be ready with your NMSU Trivia!
  • Do you go to Little Bit of Texas, but hate the drive? Then ASNMSU has the solution for you! Crimson Coach runs every Friday between Garcia Hall Parking Lot and Little Bit of Texas. Leaving at 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm & 9:30 pm from Parking lot #19, the west side of Garcia Hall. Rides returning back to Las Cruces starting at 11 Choose the safe option and let Crimson Coach drive for you!

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