Activity Report March 6 – March 12

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

• Team 1 – Transforming NMSU into a 21st Century University met with the leadership of the Departments of Finance and Administration, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and the Vice President Research’s Office to initiate the process of “reengineering” their units to achieve the span of control and levels of management goals developed for the project. The Office of the Vice President for Advancement had already completed their “reengineering” and provided many of the lessons learned to development the guidelines and templates to be used by all NMSU units as we go through this process. Each unit is asked to develop the “ideal” organizational structure for their unit without concern for history or personalities and then, working with all stakeholders, modify their current structure to represent a 21st Century organization which is sustainable and efficient. It is our intent to complete all of this work by November 15th anticipating a report to the Regents at their December meeting.

• HED – We have received a letter from Department of Higher Education Secretary Barbara Damron approving our request “to offer reduced tuition, at the rate of 1.5 times in-state tuition, to citizens of Mexico.” This approval allows NMSU to treat our neighbors to the south as we do all of the States represented in the Western University’s Exchange program (WUE). This should expedite the internationalization of NMSU, one of major Vision 2020 goals. I would like to offer a similar arrangement to Texas, currently not a WUE state.

• Town Hall – I appreciate the attention and participation of almost 800 NMSU faculty and staff during our Town Hall meeting regarding the State of NMSU, with a focus on finances. The presentations on the New Mexico economy (by Jim Peach), the recent legislative session (by Ricardo Rel), 2017 budget proposals (by Angela Throneberry), and recent NMSU successes (by Dan Howard) seemed to be well received and we enjoyed a relatively long question and answer session. Again, thanks for joining in – it is important to all as we adjust to the financial realities of the times.

• The Domenici Conference lineup is almost complete. Former Senator and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will keynote the event, followed by a sessions on behavioral health, Governor Martinez, speakers on the public trust, an analysis of the upcoming election with James Carville and Ambassador Karen Hughes, and closing remarks by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy (of the famous Kennedy family). This may be our best lineup ever so plan to attend and bring all your students and friends. The Conference will be September 14 and 15 in the Las Cruces Convention Center.

• WAC Conference – I attended the Western Athletics Conference basketball tournament in Las Vegas and was very pleased with the turnout of Aggie fans. NMSU had more fans than all of the other universities combined. Great enthusiasm and support for some of the finest student athletes I have known. Congratulations to the women’s team for winning the title and for the men’s team for a very exciting finish of their season.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

College Track Promotion Workshop – On Monday, I spent an hour at the Teaching Academy discussing the promotion process with college track faculty. During the course of our time together, I stressed the importance of using multiple forms of evidence to demonstrate teaching effectiveness and the importance of taking a leadership role in teaching and learning initiatives in order to be promoted to full professor.
Meta-majors – Later in the afternoon, I met with the advisors and associate deans to go over drafts of first year course maps for the eight meta-majors that have been identified at NMSU. Those drafts can be accessed here. Our current plan is to use these course maps as advising tools at the new student registrations that begin in April, with the goal of including them in the Class Schedule for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Town Hall – On Wednesday, I participated in a town hall meeting to discuss the economy of the state, the state budget, and the implications of revenue shortfalls for New Mexico State University. The Chancellor did an excellent job of setting the framework for the various presentations and answering questions after the presentations. Regents Professor Jim Peach started things off with an overview of the state economy, which is not performing well, especially with the decline in oil and gas prices. Associate Vice President Ricardo Rel followed with a description of the state budget and the impact of the state’s revenue shortfall on NMSU. Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry followed with a description of the NMSU budget, making the important point that cuts from the state will most severely impact our Instruction and General budget and it is this budget that will have to be cut, even if the Regents approve a tuition increase. I ended the presentations with some good news on first year enrollment growth and retention initiatives that should eventually help more NMSU students successfully complete their undergraduate degrees in a timely fashion, including: student success navigators, six week grade reporting for 100 and 200 level classes, and an increased use of the QuickConnect referral system.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

• The Interdisciplinary Studies Department and the Women’s Studies Program hosted an event to celebrate International Women’s Day; the event featured readings, performances and displays of creative work from NMSU faculty members, staff members, and students.

• Dr. Kevin Houston and Dr. Erik Yukl organized the Chemical Olympics in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

• Jon Holtzman (Astronomy) held a physics colloquium at the University of Kentucky entitled “Mapping the Chemistry of the Galaxy with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey APOGEE Project” and an astronomy seminar at Kentucky entitled “The Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment: Data and Science.”

• Margaret Malamud (History) held a seminar “The Art of Grant Writing” regarding NEH proposals for College of Arts and Sciences faculty.

• Spencer Herrera (Languages and Linguistics) gave a colloquium in the College of Arts and Sciences Spring 2016 Colloquium Series entitled ‘The Map to Cielito Lindo and the Black Hole of Memory in ‘The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.” The colloquium series this semester emphasizes “The Arts and Sciences in Popular Culture.”

• The Department of Art hosted the 2015-16 Juried Student Show where majors and graduate students presented their art works.

• Waverly Gorman (a junior in Physics) has received a Jefferson Science Associates (JSA) Minority/Female Undergraduate Research Assistantship (MFURA) at Jefferson National Lab.

• Dr. Matthias Burkardt received $160,000 from DOE for his Quark-Gluon Structure of Hadrons project. Dr. John Xu (Biology) received $312,092 for his NIH SC1 grant.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

• Anthony Casaus and I spent the week visiting with alumni, donors and potential donors in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Denver. During last leg of our trip I attended the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium meeting.

• Thank you to Kathy Brook for attending the President’s Academic Council University Administrative Council and Mini Dean’s meetings as well as a promotion workshop for college-track faculty on my behalf. She also met with candidates for the Applied Statistics faculty position.

• The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean

• Donna Wagner, Dean of the College of Health and Social Services, was quoted last week in a Wall Street Journal article titled “A Son Cares for His Aging Mother”. The article addresses the difficult roles adult males face when forced to act as care takers for their aging parents, since traditionally females assume the role of care takers.

School of Social Work

• Lori Derr, Masters of Social Work student and founder of the Food Recovery Network at NMSU, coordinated an event last week to support the El Caldito Soup Kitchen. Over 34 volunteers including students, local military members and other volunteers made 560 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for donation to the soup kitchen! The event was sponsored by Sodexo and El Caldito and was a kick off event for the Food Recovery Network, a non-profit organization made up of students combating food waste and hunger in America.

Food Recovery Network Event Picture

• Dr. Tina Hancock, Department Head for the School of Social Work, was re-appointed to the Las Cruces Health and Human Services Advisory Council by Mayor Ken Miyagishima as the mayoral representative for another three year term. The council conducts annual reviews and evaluates grant applications submitted by local non-profit organizations for federally-funded Community Development Block (CDBG) services. They also review applications for city-funded health-related services and advise the city council and staff about health and human services policies and procedures.

• Dr. Frances Nedjat-Haiem, Associate Professor, was featured in an NMSU article last week regarding her study and community discussion on advanced care planning. The research study, “Improving Advance Care Planning for Older Latinos with Advanced Cancers,” is open to Latinos over the age of 50 who have one or more chronic illnesses. The study was funded through a $70,000 grant from the Mountain West Clinical Transitional Research Infrastructure Network and is geared at reducing barriers that limit end-of-life care discussions by improving communication.

Dr. Frances Nedjat-Haiem

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

• The NMSU Library held a Library U, their in-house professional development program, on how to create corporate grants in collaboration with the NMSU Foundation. Brien Murphey, Craig Holden, and Elaine Stachera Simon explained the different resources available to faculty if they are seeking grant opportunities from corporations.

• The NMSU Library is pleased to partner with the New Mexico Department of Health and the National Library of Medicine’s New England Region (NLM/NER) to provide training and alternative document delivery to public health professionals in New Mexico Public Health Information Access (PHIA): Digital Library Project. New Mexico is one of 21 public health departments across the U.S. participating in this unique initiative aimed to improve access to much needed health information for these professionals. Broader goals of the project include: gaining a better understanding of what electronic resources are useful, evidence-based, and affordable for public health departments (including licensed resources); and, reinforcing understanding of NLM’s products and services related to public health.

• On February 23 and 24 Ellen Bosman, Professor and Health Sciences Subject Specialist, and Norice Lee, Associate Dean at the NMSU Library, along with the PHIA Digital Library Project Coordinator, Karen Dahlen and other trainers, provided hands-on and interactive training to over 30 public health professionals in Santa Fe. The training focused on a variety of e-resources (databases, e-books, ejournals) and tools acquired specifically for this project. Bosman trained the participants on PubMed including EndNote and Lee trained on Cochrane Databases of Systematic Reviews and presented on relevant content within the NMSU Library’s Digital Collections. Lee also provided access information and instructions on how to obtain articles not available in the Digital Library through an alternative document delivery system set up at the NMSU Library for these users. Bosman and Lee hope to provide additional training sessions throughout the state in the year ahead as an extension of the project. For more information about the partnership or project, contact Norice Lee at nlee@nmsu.edu.

Ellen Bosman (left); Norice Lee (right)

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

• NMSU Golf – NMSU Golf Course has been selected as a qualifier site for the Drive, Chip and Putt event. This skills challenge for the junior golfers is scheduled for July 6. The regional qualifiers will head to the Augusta National to compete for national awards in their age groups.

• PGA Junior League – The NMSU Golf Course PGA Junior League team will begin practice March 13 for kids ages 1-13 to participate and gain experience on our campus golf course.

• Throwback Thursday – Throwback Thursday was held in the Aggie Underground on March 3 and over 120 students enjoyed a DJ, giveaways, food and dancing. The event was sponsored by Aggie Activities Council and Corbett Center Student Union.

ict-cow• ICT Has a COW – Elsie, as the staff of the Student Tech group affectionately call it, is the ICT Student Tech group’s COW, or Computer on Wheels. The COW is a mobile cart that carries 29 laptops to a desired location serving as a temporary computer lab. The COW has been used for testing, group projects, campus events (resume workshops), and in-class assignments. To rent Elsie, please contact us at (575) 646-6858 or it-talk@nmsu.edu.

• FIFA – On March 7, Sodexo hosted its first Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Tournament in the Corbett Center Student Union Aggie Underground. More than 60 students competed in the video soccer game tournament.

• An Industry Leader – Sodexo was recently recognized as one of the most sustainable companies in the world by earning awards in all three of the categories in RobecoSAM’s annual “Sustainability Yearbook 2016” as the Industry Leader, Industry Mover, and Gold Class distinction. For the 9th consecutive year, Sodexo has been ranked as the best-performing company for economic, social and environmental performance in the Restaurant & Leisure Facilities sector.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

University President, Garrey Carruthers and Provost, Daniel Howard talking to Antonio Hernandez, the President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

• Chicano Programs/Latino Week – This week the students of Hispanic Council and Chicano Programs finished a two-week schedule of events sharing aspects of Hispanic culture with the campus community. Last week, Latino Week, featured a Speaker, Dancer, and competitive Poetry Slam about diversity. This week, featured a Mariachi performance on the International Mall. Chancellor Carruthers, Provost Howard, Graduate Dean Reyes attended as well as many students, faculty and staff. The Mariachi performance provided a refreshing break for many during this last week before spring break. The final event was held on Thursday with a showing of the movie Sicario starring Benicio del Toro, Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin. Latino Week was sponsored by ASNMSU.

• Financial Aid – University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services packaged tentative federal aid awards for 1,686 newly admitted NMSU students. Potential students will receive a packet in the mail, in the next week, welcoming them to NMSU and informing them about the value of an NMSU education, the aid they qualify for, and next steps to complete their enrollment for Fall 2016. Aid packaging will continue to occur weekly, as new students are admitted. All continuing students will receive their aid packages after their Spring semester grades are processed in mid-May.

• Career Services – Career Services hosted thirty employers who participated in Employment Extravaganza on March 9, 2016. This career fair focuses on employment in New Mexico and the region. Students were invited to distribute their resumes and learn about career opportunities for current and future positions.

NMSU students met with over 30 employers at the Employment Extravaganza, held in Corbett Center.

• American Indian Program Outreach – The American Indian Program visited with many Tribal Higher Education offices, Tribal and Community Colleges and High Schools as a part of its Community Outreach and Relationship initiative through March 8th -15th . Michael Ray visited with prospective students and parents at the Pueblo of Isleta Educational Complex and at Laguna- Acoma High School. He will also be visiting tribal higher education offices at the Pueblo of Laguna, Pueblo of Santo Domingo, Pueblo of Zuni, and the Pueblo of Acoma to get a better sense of how NMSU can continue building our relationship with the tribal communities’ educational needs. In an effort to establish a strong relationship to NMSU, Michael will also be meeting with potential transfer students at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic institute (SIPI), Central New Mexico (CNM) Community College, NMSU-Grants, and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Region 3 Conference at the Navajo Preparatory School in Farmington, NM.

• Aggie Activity Council – Aggies Activities Council collaborated with Corbett Center to host a Throwback Thursday Dance Party on March 3rd. It was a huge hit with the students and we saw over 120 students dance the night away in the Aggie Underground. Student danced to 90’s music, attended the Photo Booth, won some lava lamps, and enjoyed snacks while watching 90’s cartoons. Aggies Activities Council is currently searching for members and would love to help other students get involved on campus. https://www.facebook.com/AggiesActivityCouncil/

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

• New Studio G Posters – A series of new Studio G posters have been mounted in the Engineering Building. The posters are designed to promote innovation and entrepreneurship collaborations between the Engineering College and Arrowhead Center.

Studio G Posters

• Arrowhead Business Podcasts – Now in their fifth week of production, Arrowhead Center has released 7 podcasts in the Entrepreneuring series. The podcasts feature discussions with entrepreneurs who have worked with Arrowhead Center to develop their business. The featured entrepreneurs in each podcast, discuss their product and the process of developing their business. All the podcasts can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQHIotfBJEP4q58-OTvvnKA.

• Entrepreneurial Encounters – Arrowhead Center hosted the second Entrepreneurial Encounters event featuring three student entrepreneurs from Studio G. The students spoke about their experience with and shared advice about starting their own businesses. The event had a great turn out, with more than 50 students.

Vice President for Research, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya

NASA EPSCoR – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Red Team Review was completed this week on the State of New Mexico submission.  Dr. Kota from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NMSU is leading this state wide proposal which will be submitted next week.

Space Race Innovation Program – New Mexico Space Grant hosted the Space Race Innovation Challenge on March 9th at Corbett Center.  The event was promoted by medical Center of the Americas (MCA) and was actively participated in by Arrowhead Center. Daniel Lockney, Technology Transfer Program Executive at NASA and Rosemarie Truman, Founder and CEO of the Center of Advancing Innovation presented.  Over 50 students and faculty registered to receive information about this unique opportunity NASA provides for teams to commercialize ten NASA patented technologies.

Produced Water Treatment in New Mexico – For the WRRI-led project, “The Feasibility of Utilizing Produced Water to Improve Drinking Water Supply in Southeastern New Mexico,” WRRI researcher Bob Sabie, WSM student Aracely Tellez, WRRI Director Sam Fernald, NMSU Engineering graduate student Guanyu Ma, and LANL researcher Jeri Sullivan-Graham met with Robert Flynn of the NMSU Artesia Science Center to develop strategies for documenting potential use of produced water in agriculture.

DoD Initiatives – Office of Grants & Contracts (OGC) successfully submitted a couple of large multi investigator Department of Defense proposals. One was on behalf of the College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences, Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences (K. Carroll, PI) and the College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (G. Eiceman, Co-PI) for approximately $1.3M for Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP).  This is a collaborative Proposal involving the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The second proposal was submitted on behalf of College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Physics (C. Bruce, PI) for approximately $1.5M to the U.S. Department of the Army, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.  The Proposal is entitled, Development and Characterization of New Generation Ultraviolet through Centimeter Wavelength Obscurants and is a proposed three-year effort.

NSF CAREER AWARDS – NMSU has garnered two prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards this year. College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Computer Science is celebrating the success of William Yeoh in winning prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) award. This five-year effort is entitled, CAREER: Decentralized Constraint-based Optimization for Multi-Agent Planning and Coordination. A second NSF CAREER award  went to College of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering faculty Thomas Manz entitled, “CAREER: Automating Construction of Polarizable, Flexible, Nonreactive Force-Fields for Metal-Organic Frameworks & Applications to Helium and Solar Water Splitting Gas Purifications,” Congratulations to both Professors Yeoh and Manz for their outstanding success.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

STEM Writing Grant – We have received $20,000 from The National Writing Project for Bridging Borders: STEM Writing and Girls Tech Camps. The grant is for two summer camps: the first will expose young writers (grades 7-12) to many types of writing, but particularly STEM/science writing; the second will expose girls (grades 6-12) to the joys of technology and writing. The project will ultimately join NMSU STEM faculty with English Department faculty (and Borderlands Writing Project) and do the same with teachers in the K-12 schools who will run the camps.

College of ACES Chair – A donor gave $100,000 for the purpose of endowing a new interdisciplinary Chair in the College of ACES.

Scholarship Gift: An 1888 Society member made a $10,000 gift to the NMSU – DACC scholarship he sponsored.

President’s Associates Ball – The auction item list for the PA Ball continues to grow, including a Dallas Arts Experience (Dallas opera tickets, Inner Circle Wine Reception, parking passes, and Nasher Sculpture Garden tickets at the Perot Museum of Nature), Denver Bronco tickets, and a turkey hunt. The PA Ball will be held April 22.

WAC Support – We had a wonderful turnout for the WAC tournament in Las Vegas. Over 400 alumni and friends joined Chancellor Carruthers, Regents, and NMSU Leadership as we cheered the women and men’s basketball teams. Several receptions were held over the three-day tournament. The President hosted a welcome reception on Thursday evening to kick off the tournament and the Regents hosted a pregame All Aggie Reception on Friday evening. The Foundation and Alumni teams hosted an Aggie Championship Celebration for the Women Aggies after earning the WAC Championship title. It was a great Aggie weekend.
El Paso Alumni Chapter Game Watch Party – Eleven people attended the El Paso Alumni Chapter Game Watch Party at the Riviera Restaurant in El Paso during the NMSU/CSU- Bakersfield game. The Alumni Association is working on exciting new events for El Paso alumni to stay connected.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

• Our NM State baseball team played the UNM Lobos at Southwest University in El Paso, TX. This was one of the best crowds, if not the all-time record, for an Aggie home game. El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser threw out the first pitch. I interacted with several donors based out of El Paso. We had good media publicity surrounding the game and look to play the Rio Grande Rivalry series again in El Paso next year.

• Traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament Championship for both our men’s and women’s basketball teams. While at the WAC Tourney, I was able to interact with several Aggie Alums in the Vegas area including Jay Rood, Vice President of Operations at MGM Resorts. The tournament yielded for an eventful schedule with a WAC Athletic Directors meeting, pep rallies, dinners and receptions including the Regents “All-Aggie” reception where we had an overflow crowd of Aggie supporters. President Carruthers and I gave a general update on Athletics. Smoky and Alan Torgerson hosted a donor gathering with a group of 50 supporters to discuss increased private giving to Aggie Athletics.

• Congratulations to our NM State women’s basketball team for winning the WAC Tournament Championship for the second year in row over University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

• Our NM State men’s basketball team had a heartbreaking loss to CSU Bakersfield with a last second shot during the championship game.

• We hosted an enjoyable post tournament reception. Notable attendees were Tommy Sheppard, Senior Vice President of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards, Tony Sanchez, Head Football Coach at UNLV and Darryl Sibel, Deputy Athletics Director at UNLV, all Aggie alum.

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

• APR staff gave a presentation regarding Noxious/Invasive Species and Plant Biology to students from Los Lunas, Belen, and Hot Springs (T or C) High Schools in Albuquerque. Approximately 30 students were in attendance. This presentation was in preparation for the State Envirothon Competition, which will occur in April.

• Director Witte and staff attended a border security community meeting in Animas organized by New Mexico and Arizona Cattle Growers Associations. Agenda items included: border security; animal health issues, public security; economic impacts; and other miscellaneous topics.

• Staff attended and participated in the 50th Annual Western Pecan Growers Conference. Answering questions and providing information on the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, the Organic Program, the importance of pest surveys, and phytosanitary document procedures. New Mexico Department of Agriculture and USDA-APHIS-PPQ personnel worked jointly to disseminate information to growers, shellers, equipment dealers, and exporters from western pecan growing states. The conference was attended by approximately 550 pecan-related individuals from California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and several states in Mexico.

• I presented on New Mexico Preparedness—An Agricultural Perspective at the New Mexico Emergency Managers Association Conference. Kelly Hamilton, director, Office of Agriculture Biosecurity, presented on “disease response” from a One Health perspective. This conference encourages participants at all levels of government, the private sector, and related professions to exchange ideas on collaborating to protect lives and property from disaster.

• Agricultural and Environmental Services (AES) staff attended the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials annual conference. The meeting included a presentation by Director Jeff Witte giving the state perspective on the impact of the Water of the US proposed changes to the Clean Water Act. Other pertinent topics covered during the conference included EPA’s pollinator protection policy, worker protection standard implementation, bio-stimulant product regulation, and state and federal perspectives on regulating pesticide used in the growing of cannabis including toxicological, public health, and enforcement concerns. In addition, Bonnie Rabe, division director AES, was moved up from her current board position to assume the Vice President role pursuant to association members.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity – There were 48 police reports created, 24 supplements filed, and 66 traffic citations issued. The Records & Evidence Office processed 49 items of evidence entered into the vault, 31 people were fingerprinted, and 5 background investigations were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center – Emergency Dispatch Center handled 256 calls for service (1 of which was a 911 call) resulting in 282 police calls (26 of which were agency assist) and 14 warrant entries. There were 18 fire calls (9 of which were mutual aid), 3 emergency medical calls, 2 stand by, 1 natural gas leak, 2 fire alarms, and 1 public assist.

Special Events – Special Events staff worked 512.5 hours and reviewed 8 events.

Victim Services Staff – Court accompaniment with ASNMSU Attorney; Assisted with ICT Coordination for device checks; Met with ADA Clark and DAV advocate regarding sexual assault restraining orders, attended Multi-Disciplinary Taskforce Meeting.

Campus Visit – Chief Lopez traveled to the Alamogordo Campus on March 11 to meet with Dr. Ken Van Winkle to discuss any campus and safety issues. Chief Lopez also conducted a training session for staff on “Dealing with Difficult People.”

New Mexico State University-Dona Ana, President Renay Scott

National Magazine Honors DACC – The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine listed NMSU Doña Ana in the top 25 community colleges for associated degrees awarded to Hispanics. The February issue listed NMSU Doña Ana as number 22 in the nation with more than 805 associate degrees awarded to Latinas and Latinos.

Ska concert – The Casual Fridays Band played on Casual Friday to an enthusiastic crowd with their brand of Ska music at the East Mesa Auditorium. The concert was arranged by the NMSU Dona Aña cultural diversity committee.

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

Hosts “Eat & Complete” – Wednesday, March 9, we hosted an “Eat & Complete—Discover Progress” event designed to encourage all students to work hard to complete their degrees or professional certificate programs. Many people spoke during the lunch, providing information on where to go for additional advising or tutoring help, among other topics. Each student in attendance received a free lunch, and in return signed the “Eat & Complete” banner, signifying their commitment to finish their degree program.

Recruiter Visits Senior Center – On Tuesday, March 8, the campus recruiter spent the morning at the Alamogordo Senior Center providing information to the seniors about degree programs, continuing education, and audit classes. Many of the seniors are interested in classes that will allow them to learn something new or stay active such as physical education, drawing/painting, photography, ceramics, history, among many other options.

Student Club Supports Local Charity – The Social Sciences Club supported the clothing and supply drive for COPE (Center of Protective Environment Inc.) by gathering donations on campus of things such as toiletries, socks, clothes for children, diapers, and paper supplies. Additionally, they collected money from some students, faculty and staff to contribute to the purchase of needed items. This is an annual donation drive for COPE which supports numerous families and children from around Alamogordo.

New Mexico State University -Carlsbad, President John Gratton

• NMSU Carlsbad President Gratton traveled to Las Cruces on Monday, March 7 in order to attend the monthly UAC and Presidents’ meetings held on Tuesday, March 8. The Presidents’ meeting was very positive with extensive discussion related to dual credit initiatives and the forthcoming revisions to campus financial aid policies and procedures.

• On Wednesday, March 9, President Gratton attended the monthly meeting of the NMSU Facilities and Operations committee meeting. The committee discussed upcoming projects on the NMSU Carlsbad campus and an update on campus safety measures was presented.

• On Thursday, March 10, President Gratton participated in the interviewing process of the fifth and final candidate for the open Vice President for Student Services position. The Search Committee will now start the process of developing statements of strengths and weaknesses for each candidate.

• On Friday, March 11, President Gratton attended a reception for retiring Magistrate Judge David Redford. Judge Redford also serves as a NMSU Carlsbad faculty member and he will now return to full-time teaching in the Social Sciences Department.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

• We are partnering with the City of Las Cruces to host a student focus meeting, one of several Neighborhood Workshops to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan. It will be held March 30 from 4-5PM in the Corbett Senate Chambers.

• Our newest Director of Athletic Relations, Alex Chumas (a student in the College of Arts and Sciences) was confirmed at the Senate Meeting on Thursday. Associate Justice Jacob Minella (also from the College of Arts and Sciences) was confirmed as well.

• The Big Event, our annual spring community service event, will be on April 9. More than 1,500 Aggies sign up to participate! Staff and Faculty are welcome to join! For more information and to register, please visit: http://asnmsu.nmsu.edu/tbe/


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