Activity Report May 6 – May 14

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • This will be the last Activities Report for the Spring/Summer. We will resume publication again in August.  I will periodically issue a Chancellor’s Corner as events, such as the ultimate outcomes on budget and tuition, are known.  Have a fantastic summer and thanks for being a great caring community.
  • Graduation, as usual, was an outstanding success. NMSU presented 943 Associates, 1473 Bachelors, and 516 Advanced degrees.  We also honored Kevin Johnson and Laree Perez with Honorary Doctorates.  Kevin, an Aggie alum, is the CEO of Starbucks and Laree, a former Regent, is a very successful financial advisor.  Kevin and Laree were most impressed with the Outstanding Graduate Luncheon, where the top graduates from each college and the Graduate School are honored. They both spoke at the Hooding Ceremony for the Doctoral degree recipients.  The energy and excitement in the Pan American Center was as high as I can recall.  Thanks to all of the faculty, staff, and student volunteers who made this a great weekend.
  • The legislature will convene on May 24 in a special session called by the Governor to fund higher education and, if the mood moves them, to take up a number of other matters in the call, such as confirmation of Regents at several universities. As I understand the game plan the House and Senate will both pass the higher education appropriations at the same level as those vetoed by the Governor plus they will add two or more new revenue sources.  The new revenue sources most commonly mentioned are a tax on internet sales and a tax on not for profit hospitals, both considered leveling the taxation field for New Mexico businesses and private hospitals.  At the Council of University Presidents meeting, Legislative Finance Director David Abbey indicated that state revenues are now trending upward – which is music to everyone’s ears.
  • NMSU officials met with the Board of Finance to seek approval of a number of capital improvement projects, and the construction of the new Department of Art building. In addition we sought approval to issue $85,000,000 of new bonds to finance construction of a new dormitory to replace Monagle, the refurbishing of Rhodes-Garrett-Hamiel, and refinancing of about $50,000,000 of current debt.  Thanks to terrific staff work by Angela Throneberry, Glen Haubold, D’Anne Stuart, and Heather Watenpaugh we were able to have all items approved on the first try.  We especially owe Del Archuleta, Aggie Alum and former Regent, a big round of applause for his advocacy on the NMSU projects as a member of the Board.
  • I am on my way to Tucson to once again serve as the Bat Boy for the WAC Champion Women’s Softball team. I had committed some years ago to do so if they advanced to the NCAA tournament.  This is the Regions of the NCAA tournament.  It is always fun to watch our student athletes compete at a high level.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

On Monday, May 8, Team 6 met to learn about the College of Health and Social Services from Dean Donna Wagner and about the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences from Dean Rolando Flores.  During the course of the meeting, the committee agreed to continue meeting over the summer.

On Tuesday, the Administrative Council approved several important rules, including the new tenure and promotion rules approved by the Faculty Senate and the new distance education rules also approved by the Faculty Senate.

Later that morning, I led a meeting of the community college presidents where we discussed the tenure and promotion process and a raise in the service charge community colleges pay to NMSU to cover the costs of shared services.

Later that day, I met with the Deans.  The major focus of our discussion was the budget situation in the state and at the university.

Tuesday evening, I attended the Hispanic Faculty/Staff Caucus Academic Leadership Graduation Stole Ceremony.  It was an uplifting event, with the highlights being the brief comments each student gave. The heartfelt thanks to family, faculty, and staff who helped them achieve their degrees were moving and inspiring.

At the NMSU General Education Taskforce meeting we went over the new curriculum guidelines proposed by the Statewide Steering Committee and how to implement a pilot program of first year seminars in the fall of 2018.

I attended the Regents Meeting on Friday, May 12, at which the Regents approved a Geography Ph.D. program that will be joint effort between the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. At the end of the meeting, I presented an overview of the first year of the Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate.  The first year can be categorized as a success.  More than 280 students participated in the program at NMSU Doña Ana and these students were retained at a higher rate than students not on the Pathway.

Friday evening, we celebrated the hooding of our doctoral students.  Our honorary degree recipients, Kevin Johnson and Laree Perez, both gave stirring talks.

On Saturday, we celebrated Commencement in morning and afternoon ceremonies.  As always, it was a happy day with smiles and good cheer all around.  A special congratulations to Vice President Bernadette Montoya and her team for organizing these huge, complicated events and making them seem effortless.

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

Animal and Range Sciences

  • Andres Cibils, Dr. Lara Prihodko and Joslyn Beard from the Animal and Range Sciences Department participated in the second annual Artesia Junior High School Ag Day. Twenty presenters from the region, including several groups from NMSU, were on hand to increase awareness about agriculture in the state. Drs. Cibils and Prihodko presented information on the Range Science program at NMSU and Ms. Beard, currently a graduate student in the department, presented information about career possibilities with an NMSU Animal Science degree.  There were also interactive stations where students could learn more about current research in the ANRS department both in New Mexico and abroad. Approximately, 600, 8th and 9th grade students took part in Ag Day.

  • Stacia Prosser was awarded a student travel fellowship from the International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation (ISEF) to attend the International Livestock Congress (ILC) in Houston, Texas from March 8-9, 2017. This fellowship is offered to twelve select students from around the world who demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership, and the drive to initiate an impactful career in agriculture. The ILC is a global event held yearly for domestic and international leaders in the livestock and meat industry to discuss matters of global importance. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) projects a 50 percent increase in world food demand by 2030 to support the growing global population. This year, the topic was “Balancing Livestock and Water Use for Sustainable Nutrition,” with invited talks and panel discussions addressing soil and water sustainability and worldwide human welfare—current topics of concern. The main question asked was: how do we produce a greater amount of nutritious food while navigating the water crisis? At the ILC, each speaker reports relevant information about the current international status, and panel discussions conclude the event by identifying prospective opportunities to reach a solution including areas of research interest, necessary technological advancements and changes in global policy, as well as improvements to the education of future young scholars and agriculturalists to protect our future. Stacia is pursuing her Ph.D. in animal science in Dr. Ryan Ashley’s laboratory.

Stacia Prosser and Dr. John Campbell

  •  Andrés Cibils attended the 2a Jornada de Ganadería Criolla (Criollo Cattle Meeting) in Chamical, La Rioja, Argentina on April 18-21. Dr. Cibils gave a presentation on the joint research conducted by the USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range and the Department of Animal and Range Sciences titled ‘Grazing behavior of Raramuri Criollo cattle in the SW United States and northern Mexico’. The conference was organized by Argentina’s Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA), Estación Experimental Agropecuaria La Rioja and the Universidad Nacional de La Rioja. Over 600 people attended the event including scientists, ranchers, and students. Dr. Cibils was also able to visit a research ranch where current collaborative NMSU-INTA Criollo cattle research is being conducted. Discussions were held about the possibility of setting up a network of long-term grazing studies at sites in New Mexico (USA), La Rioja (Argentina and Chihuahua, Mexico) to study the environmental footprint of raising Criollo cattle in hot semiarid environments.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • USDA Fellowship – Dr. Efren Delgado, assistant professor in Food Science and Technology, has been selected to participate in the 2017 USDA E. Kika De La Garza Science Fellowship program starting June 19. The program offers faculty from Hispanic-Serving Institutions the opportunity to work collaboratively with USDA to gain understanding of USDA and other federal agencies, and to identify mutual interests to build and complement USDA programs.  Fellows are expected to share their experiences and networking information with colleagues and students upon their return.
  • Ag Expo in Chihuahua – Efren Delgado, Sergio Soto-Navarra, Francisco Ochoa, and Rod McSherry from the College of ACES attended the Ag Expo held by the University of Chihuahua in Mexico. The faculty met with students and shared information about degree programs and research being conducted at NMSU.

School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

  • On Sunday, May 7, Las Cruces Sun News featured an article about HRTM, written by Paula Heikell. The article was about students seeking a degree in HRTM that leads to a good position right after college graduation. Student in HRTM have a hands-on learning experience in food and beverage classes and a variety of other avenues. To read the entire write-up click on the link below.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • Bruce Berman (Journalism) had his artwork featured at CameraWork in Pennsylvania.

  • Tim Wright (Biology) was the recipient of the NMSU University Research Council Distinguished Career Award.
  • Russ Bradburd’s (English) book project about Shawn Harrington was featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune.
  • The NMSU Women’s Club (Susan DeMar President, Geography) held its 2017 Spring Scholarship Award Luncheon.

  • The NMSU Campus continued to enjoy the art work from the students in the Art Department.

  • NMSU Alumnae Tiffany Cox (Economics and Government) received a Fullbright grant to teach in South Korea.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • I attended the lunch meeting with the candidates for the Arts & Sciences Dean position this week.
  • I attended a roundtable meeting with College of Business alum and Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson. Congratulations to Kevin for receiving an honorary degree on Saturday’s commencement ceremony.

Kevin Johnson (CEO, Starbucks), COB alumnus-BA in Business (’81), speaks at a roundtable discussion with current and past students from Information Systems Mentor Program, Arrowhead Center and College of Business MBA program on May 11, 2017. (Photo: Arrowhead Center: New Mexico State University Facebook post)

  • Congratulations to our Outstanding Graduate Award recipient, Ismael Torres, Economics major. Anthony Casaus and I joined him for the alumni luncheon where he was recognized along with the other college’s outstanding graduates.
  • We hosted an MBA reception for spring graduates on Friday. We had a great turnout of graduates and their families.  We also hosted a Masters of Accountancy Hooding Ceremony on Friday.  Special thanks to Rick Adkisson for attending the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, which was held at the same time.
  • I had the opportunity to congratulate all business graduates on Saturday’s commencement ceremony. It always a great time to share in the celebration of our students accomplishments.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Curriculum and Instruction   An International Round table on “The problem of the Chronotope in modern scientific research” was presented in Moscow on April 19-20 and was attended by tProfessor Myriam Torres.For more information, click below.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

In the spirit of NMSU’s quest to provide a caring community, electrical and computer engineering Professor Charles Creusere bakes apple tarts for students in his Neural Signal Processing class during finals week.

Industrial engineering undergraduate student Mariel Haddad has a startup company called Timer Glove. Haddad was recognized by New Mexico Small Business Administration as a success story at a recent reception hosted by Arrowhead Center. In the picture with her is State Representative Joanne Ferrary, Mayor Perea, Sunland Park; and Griselda Martinez, Arrowhead Center.

The Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center CEMRC Internal Dosimetry Laboratory is celebrating 20 years of successful operation of U.S. Department of Energy program Lie Down and Be Counted. The program provides for free lung and whole-body radiation measurement of the public residing within a 100-mile radius of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a low level radioactive waste storage facility at Carlsbad, New Mexico. Since the program began in 1997, approximately 1,480 public volunteers have been counted.

Chemical and materials engineering doctoral candidate John Schutte was selected by Meng Zhou to be recognized with the 2017 Spring Lab Manager’s Safety Award.  This award is given to that graduate student who best demonstrates the desired attitude and approach to safety in the laboratory. John Schutte is seen as collaborative and helpful to others in addressing safety, always willing to provide advice and assistance to others with regards to developing safe laboratory environments.

Engineering New Mexico Resource Network staff served as judges and reviewers at the Oñate High School Engineering Expo May 11.  Project Lead the Way students presented their projects in Engineering Design and Development, Civil Engineering, as well as showcasing their projects in Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. Many of their PLTW students feed into the engineering programs at NMSU.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean   The HSS Student Ambassadors wrapped up their final leadership exercise for the semester by attending a round table discussion with Joanne Ferrary, State Representative.  The students hosted breakfast for Representative Ferrary and discussed economic growth in the health, skills for academic achievement and the importance of community engagement.  Pictured are several HSS Student Ambassadors who attended the fruitful and important talk.  We thank Representative Ferrary for taking time to mentor our future leaders.


School of Nursing   Associate Professor Linda Summers, was highlighted by NPR news regarding her Nap Pod initiative. Several public schools in New Mexico are trying to tackle stress among high school students by providing napping pods for their students. Dr. Summers reported a lack of sleep creates anxiety for students, and while working with the Las Cruces High School health center she has seen the effects of sleep deprivation for students. Dr. Summers applied for a federal health grant to buy the pods, which at the time, cost $14,000 each and were installed in four high schools. For more information on the project, click below.

School of Social Work/Department of Public Health Sciences  The School of Social Work and Department of Public Health Sciences are excited to highlight two of their alumni regarding their work with the Aggie Cupboard.  Founder Lori Martinez and Social Work alumni, will be leaving New Mexico State University after more than nine years in the Social Work Services office. Lori has introduced her successor, Meg Long, who has worked with NMSU’s Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education program, or WAVE program, since 2013. Meg is an alumni with the Department of Public Health Sciences and will continue the project Lori started.  Dean Wagner, and the College of Health and Social Services will continue to support the initiative anyway it can.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Recognition Ceremony for Students Graduating with University Honors   Every year we hold a special graduation ceremony to recognize those students who completed 18 credits in the Honors College, including completing a senior capstone experience. These students graduate with University Honors or Honors with Distinction and they are presented with a certificate of recognition and a bronze medallion that they wear with their commencement regalia. This year we had so many students graduating that we had to move the celebration from the Honors College to Corbett Center, in order to accommodate all of the students and their guests. We were especially delighted that former President Bill Conroy joined us and presented the certificates to students in recognition of their graduation from the William Conroy Honors College. Our graduates are going on to graduate programs, veterinary medicine school, law school, and into the work force as nurses, teachers, and public policy analysts. It was a very impressive group of students with remarkable accomplishments. We were very proud.

Recognition from the Hispanic Staff/Faculty Caucus   Dean Chaiken was delighted to be able to attend the annual award of the stoles to Hispanic/Latino/a students who had been nominated by members of the Hispanic Staff/Faculty Caucus for recognition of their accomplishments as they graduate from college. There were big smiles and few tears as students accepted their stoles and thanked the people in their lives who helped ensure they were successful and made it to the graduation finish line.

Arts and Sciences Deans Search   Dean Chaiken also spent part of the week visiting with the three candidates who are in contention for the position of Dean of the university’s largest college – Arts and Sciences. Especially as her tenure home is within this college, she enjoyed hearing from all three of the finalists as they articulated their vision for the future of this essential college.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

Honoring an Outstanding Employee   Ralph Lucero was honored on May 10, 2017, with a utility site dedication in his name. Ralph retired from Facilities and Services after 25 years of dedicated service. He was instrumental in establishing the preventive maintenance routines that we use today to ensure that our water, wastewater and natural gas utility systems operate in a safe and reliable manner.

Safety First!   Children of all ages joined in on the excitement at the NMSU Fire Station on Saturday, May 6, for the Aggie Safety Fair. There were fire engines, an ambulance, a fire prevention trailer, police units and a medical helicopter on site. Events included: car seat safety fitting, bicycle safety inspections and repairs, helmet fitting, bicycle rodeo, bicycle decorating, face painting, family bicycle ride, hands-only CPR and the bucket brigade.  Participants were treated to a free hot dog, a drink, popsicles and popcorn.  The event was well attended and a lot of fun!  A special thanks to our sponsors: NMSU Facilities and Services, NMSU Housing & Residential Life, NMSU Police Department, NMSU Environmental Safety & Health, Sodexo, American Medical Response, Velo Cruces, Optimist Club, Kaleidoscope, Scorpion Bike Club, Safer NM, Native Air, Doña Ana County Fire Administration, Las Cruces Fire Department and Las Cruces Codes Enforcement, and Doña Ana Head Start.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Commencement   The Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremonies were held on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The ceremonies were held at the Pan American Center where over 1,500 students celebrated and walked across the stage. The Pan American Center was at capacity with cheerful guests attending the ceremony. The faculty congratulatory line was a success again this year. In addition, the new confetti cannons designed by the College of Engineering, Aggie Innovation Space Mentors and students were a hit.

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony   The NMSU Doctoral Hooding Ceremony was a huge success as 44 doctoral candidates were hooded at the ceremony by their faculty advisors. While walking across the stage, their dissertation title was read. In addition, the Honorary Degree Recipients, Kevin Johnson and Laree Perez were recognized.

Special Thanks to Commencement Contributions   Commencement would not be possible without the amazing work from our contributors. We appreciate all the hard work it takes to wake up early on Commencement Day to check in, assemble and marshal in our graduates.

Faculty and Staff Contributions from:

  • College of Arts and Science
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Social Services
  • Graduate School
  • University Library
  • Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
  • Budget Office
  • University Accounts Receivable
  • Facilities and Services
  • American Indian Programs
  • Housing and Residential Life

Student Success Center End of Year   The Student Success Center hosted the End of Year Breakfast for the Daniels Fund Scholar Success Program and the Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Program on May 5, 2017. The Scholars received finals week survival packets and test taking strategies to support the preparation process for finals.  Congratulations to our Spring Graduates, Samantha Varela, Carolina Bajo, J. David Medrano, Justin Hebert, Rebecca Nelson, Luis Mata, John Paustian and Ashley Ruiz.

TRIO Upward Bound Bridge Program   The TRIO Upward Bound Bridge Program is scheduled for May 24 – June 28.  Eleven participants, who recently graduated from LCPS and GISD target high schools, will be moving into Piñon Hall on May 23 and commence classes on May 24.   In addition to enrolling for 6-7 credit hours, participants will also complete an internship with one of the Program’s partners: College of Engineering, Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Aggie Welcome and Orientation (AWO), Branson Library and Special Collections, Creative Media Institute, CAMP Program, Animal Range Science, and Nursing Department.

TRIO Upward Bound Regular Program   The TRIO Upward Bound Regular Program is scheduled for May 31 – July 7.  Participants from the LCPS and GISD target high schools will participate in a six-week academic experience.  Participants will receive instruction in English, Science, Math, Spanish, Computer Science, and participate in career and educational related field trips.

Funding for the Wells Fargo Red to Green Wellness Program   The Student Success Center, in partnership, with University Advancement received official notification of continued funding for the Wells Fargo Red to Green Financial Wellness Program.  The $15,000 grant from Wells Fargo will support continued efforts related to student financial wellness.

Outstanding Achievement Administrator/Staff   Tony Marin, director of Student affairs was awarded the 2016-2017 Outstanding Achievement Administrator/Staff award by the New Mexico State University Greek Life community.  The award was presented at the Greek Life’s annual leadership award ceremony conducted on April 20, 2017.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

NMSBA Innovation Celebration   On Tuesday, Arrowhead Center co-hosted with Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Innovation (NMSBA) Celebration and Info Session.  The event was an end-of-year celebration and public information session.  At the event NMSU student and Arrowhead client Mariel Vargas was recognized for her business Timer Glove which was selected to be a 2017 NMSBA project.  NMSBA aided Mariel as she continues to develop the prototype of her product, Timer Glove. The event also provided the opportunity for community members and local officials to learn about the NMSBA program and the unique opportunities it provides to support and assist entrepreneurs and inventors around the state of New Mexico.

Arrowhead Innovation Network (AIN) Workshop with BBVA   On Thursday, Arrowhead Center hosted representatives from BBVA Compass Bank who gave a presentation on Small Business Financing as part of the AIN Workshop series.  The presentation covered a broad range of financing information, issues and challenges that small businesses and startups are often faced with. The BBVA team also gave many helpful tips small business should know about personal finance and business finance and how they can affect each other.  The workshop provided a wonderful learning opportunity for members of the Arrowhead Innovation Network. The presentation can be viewed on Facebook live at the following link:

Kevin Johnson Roundtable   On Thursday afternoon, Kevin Johnson, NMSU alum and CEO of Starbucks joined students and staff from the Arrowhead Center and the College of Business for a roundtable discussion.  Johnson met with 16 students who shared stories about their entrepreneurial endeavors, and how NMSU has helped them work toward achieving their goals. Johnson spoke about lessons he has learned throughout his life working for industry giants such as Microsoft and Starbucks. Johnson noted that students should not undervalue the quality of education they receive at NMSU because it can take them to great places.  Johnson and his wife June have supported Arrowhead Center over the years by providing a gift that brought on the first student technology commercialization associates that ignited growth of Arrowhead’s programs.


Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

 Office of Research Integrity and Compliance

The Office Research Integrity and Compliance wanted to recognize Ms. Micaela Salazar for her amazing work in the IRB Education Training powerpoint.  On Wednesday, May 10, Crimson Scholar student worker, Ms. Micaela Salazar presented the Office of Research Compliance’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Maestro Prezi training presentation to the Interim Vice President for Research, Dr. Luis Vazquez.  Under the direction of the Office of Research integrity and Compliance team (Michelle Gavin, Sue Bonar, and JoAnne Dupre), Ms. Salazar developed this new interactive training presentation using the Prezi software as a new approach to educate and provide information to faculty, staff, and other researchers about the IRB as well as how to fill out and submit an IRB application using NMSU’s Maestro Review System.   It was an amazing presentation that contributed to the continuing improvement in the IRB training process.

Fall Activities to come to support the Research Enterprise.

  • Schedule and present the IRB/MAESTRO Prezi presentation for the Fall semester training and workshops which will include a recorded session that can then be placed on the Maestro and Office of Research Compliance websites to be accessed by faculty, staff, and students at any time.  The Prezi presentation will be uploaded to these websites and provided as a tool for faculty in their instruction and classroom activities.
  • The Maestro team will work with the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance to explore how the office can use Maestro for process and document management efforts.
  • The Maestro team will also continue to seek other possible uses by other institutional committees to incorporate the Maestro system in the capturing, managing, and reporting of data while utilizing the workflow review and commenting capabilities.
  • The Office of Research Integrity and Compliance staff will provide professional development to IRB and IACUC chairs by hosting webinars from the professional organizations including PRIM&R, SACAW, and NCURA.

NM WRRI Activity Report for Week of May 8-12, 2017 and Summer 2017 Events

On May 10, NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald attended a binational meeting in Ciudad Juárez regarding the Mesilla Bolson and Conejos Medanos Aquifer. The International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) and the Comision Internacional de Limites & Aguas (CILA – IBWC’s Mexican counterpart) discussed opportunities for collaboration on groundwater modeling, evapotranspiration modeling efforts, and data collection regarding binational transboundary aquifer management. Dr. Fernald met with the U.S. IBWC Chief Engineer and Environmental Division Head and the Mexican CILA Chief Engineer.

  • NM WRRI will be hosting several workshops and conferences this summer. The New Mexico Evapotranspiration (ET) Conference will be held June 6-7 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. About 100 participants are expected and will discuss other states’ experiences using ET in land-management practices and how to obtain better ET data for New Mexico.
  • The 2nd Annual Conference on Environmental Conditions of the Animas and San Juan Watersheds with Emphasis on Gold King Mine and Other Mine Waste Issues will be hosted by the NM WRRI on June 20-22, 2017, at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. The conference will continue to facilitate the exchange of data and research results associated with monitoring efforts related to the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill. Participants will share ideas on a broad effort that includes four states, three Environmental Protection Agency regions, two Tribes, and numerous local and municipal agencies and public water systems.
  • On August 15-16, the institute will host its 62nd Annual New Mexico Water Conference that will take place at NM Tech in Socorro – a first time venue for the annual event. Hidden Realities of New Water Opportunities will draw several hundred people to what has been referred to as the best water conference held in the state each year. Over 300 participants from around the state and region are expected.

 Research IT Activity report for week ending on May 1212, 2017

  • Participated in the CIO’s presentation to UAC regarding controlled but unclassified information presentation
  • The team completed DevOps training using Vagrant, an IT automation tool
  • IT systems and services successfully transitioned to generator power during the power outage with no issues experienced
  • Decommissioned two obsolete and non-compliant servers
  • Began the OGC website migration to WordPress

ORD Activity Report

  • The Office of Research Development conducted an all-afternoon workshop on Friday, May 5, for tenure-track faculty planning to propose to the prestigious NSF CAREER program. This was the third workshop in a series offered this semester, the other two focusing on fundamentals and best practices in proposal development and grant writing. There was record attendance at all three workshops, which were interactive sessions that integrated presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities to maximize attendee participation.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

SIM Lab Gift   A friend of the university has made an $8,000 gift for the NMSU SON Simulation Center (SIM Lab) to purchase critically needed equipment.

Nursing Scholarship Dinner   The Sandra M. and Denton V. Holmes Endowed Nursing Scholarship Dinner was held at the University Golf Course on May 6 and netted almost $13,000 for the scholarship. Dean Donna Wagner introduced Provost Dan Howard, the keynote speaker. Table sponsors included Memorial Medical Center, MountainView Regional Medical Center, Mesilla Valley Hospital, Molina Healthcare of NM, Advanced Care Hospital of Southern NM, Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern NM, John E. Jacobs/Merrill Lynch, John and Laura Conniff, and Denton Holmes.

Aggie Cupboard & Eat for Pete   The NMSU Alumni Association wrapped up its Eat for Pete campaign, a partnership with four area restaurants – Chick-fil-A on University, Dublin’s Street Pub and Grill, Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant and El Sombrero Patio Café – to raise money for the Aggie Cupboard food pantry. At a check presentation on May 9 at Aggie Cupboard’s new location, 906 Gregg St., the NMSU Foundation presented a check for $800 from Eat for Pete and announced another $500 gift to Aggie Cupboard in honor of departing founder Lori Martinez. The event also introduced Aggie Cupboard’s new director, Meg Long.

School of Nursing Scholarship Fund   MountainView Regional Medical Center’s Medical Executive Committee gave $5,000 to the NMSU School of Nursing’s general scholarship fund. NMSU leadership welcomed MountainView CEO Denten Park and Kanakalingeswara Banda to campus for a check presentation May 10.

Official Ring Ceremony   The NMSU Official Ring Ceremony on May 10 boasted the largest group of ring recipients to attend the ceremony, with more than 60 rings awarded.

Outstanding Graduates Luncheon   More than 80 people attended the NMSU Alumni Association’s Outstanding Graduates Luncheon on  May 12 at the 3rd Floor Bistro at the Stan Fulton Center. Outstanding Graduates from each academic college and the Graduate School were recognized for their achievements.

McKee Foundation   The NMSU Foundation received $18,000 from the Robert E. and Evelyn McKee Foundation for scholarships in the colleges of HSS, ACES and Engineering.

New Presidential Ambassadors   The 2017-2018 class of Presidential Ambassadors was selected. Fifteen students from across all academic colleges will represent the President’s Office, the NMSU Foundation and the NMSU Alumni Association.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • NM State hosted the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Softball Tournament. A welcome reception was held at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club on the third floor of the Fulton Center. Kelsey Horton received the WAC Player of the Year award. In addition, Nikki Butler and Rachel Rodriguez joined Kelsey in earning the All-WAC First Team honors. In total, NM State received seven accolades.
  • Had the Student-Athlete Graduation Celebration at the Football Hall of Legends on Friday afternoon. Over 50 student-athletes were recognized at the reception. The event was attended by the student-athletes, families, friends and coaches. Kaleey Neal and Rodney Butler were selected as the Scholar Athlete honorees for Spring 2017 Commencement on Saturday.

  • New Mexico State Softball won the WAC Championship in a double header against Seattle University on Saturday afternoon.Victoria Castro, Samaria Diaz, Misty Hoohuli and Rachel Rodriquez earned All-Tournament honors and Rachel won the Most Valuable Player award. The Aggies advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they will travel to Tucson to take on University of Arizona for the NCAA Regional.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

  • International Student and Scholar Services hosted a graduation ceremony at the Nason House on Wednesday, May 10.  International students who completed their academic programs were congratulated and were excited to share their employment opportunities and future plans that will be giving them real-life experience in the work force in positions directly related to their degree programs.  Photo: ISSS staff pose with a few new graduates.

  • On Thursday, ISSS traveled to the Alamogordo campus to meet with our SEVP Field Representative to discuss matters related to our F-1 students.  President Ken Van Winkle, Kathy Fuller (VP for Student Success), and other members of the senior staff were in attendance and it was a very productive session in which the SEVP Field Representative was able to learn more about the Alamogordo campus.
  • On Friday, May 12, Cornell H. Menking represented the NMSU main campus at the NMSU Carlsbad graduation ceremony.
  • On May 2-5 a delegation of NMSU leadership visited Hermosillo and Obregon, in the state of Sonora, Mexico, to discuss collaborative possibilities with governmental and university representatives.  The group included Associate Provost for International and Border Programs Cornell H. Menking, Vice President for Economic Development Kevin Boberg, Director of the Center for English Language Programs Kristian Chervenock, Dean of the Graduate School Loui Reyes, and Mexico Liaison Jorge Ramos.  Multiple possibilities were identified.  The projects are part of NMSU’s increased efforts to raise its profile in Mexico, specifically in northern Mexico.  Photo:  Delegation visits the President and leadership of Instituto Tecnologico de Sonora in Obregon.

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations   News and Media Relations is coordinating with NBC Nightly News to include video of NMSU’s commencement in their annual commencement feature. News and Media Relations pitched graduate profiles for local media coverage in conjunction with spring commencement. News and Media Relations is coordinating with a writer for Science News and Nature magazines for a piece about Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken’s book “Responses to Disasters and Climate Change: Understanding Vulnerability and Fostering Resilience.”

Marketing Services and Web Communications   In collaboration with the undergraduate admissions office, Marketing Services has worked to organize a community celebration recognizing local high school seniors who are taking the next step in their college journey at the Mesilla Valley Mall on May 18, 2017.  Local high school seniors who have been admitted to the Las Cruces campus will have a chance to win one of three $500 Book Scholarships that will be awarded.  Aggie prizes and refreshments are available for everyone who stops by. Our Aggie Alumni are also invited to come out and help us celebrate the newest members of our Aggie Family! For more information visit:

KRWG/SPU   The El Paso high school Advanced Audio Video class made a field trip to KRWG TV on Wednesday. Station staff assisted 21 students gain hands-on experience with equipment, production skills and to learn more about public media. Amy Lanasa from CMI and Nick Miller with Journalism were on hand to answer questions about NMSU programs assisted by Gustavo Guzman from admission.

Nick Miller addresses students from the El Paso high school Advanced Audio
Video class during a KRWG TV organized field trip.

Emerald Isle Boutique hosted a “Tribute To Mother” fashion show for KRWG. Station staff served as models for over 100 attendees who enjoyed lunch at Josephina’s Old Gate Café in Mesilla. Proceeds from the event will support KRWG programming.

Guests attending the Tribute To Mother
Fashion show for KRWG.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel


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

  • Staff traveled to Amarillo, Texas, and met with produce growers from New Mexico and representatives from Affiliated Foods and Lowe’s Grocery Stores to discuss the possibility of creating a local program through these two companies.  Producers were taken on a tour of Affiliated Foods and then a roundtable discussion occurred to work out logistics on crops that could be supplied, packaging, freight, contracting, and scaling up of production. The meeting was a huge success and farmers hope to supply product immediately with the anticipation of adding new products in the coming years.  This is a long-term project that will hopefully continue to grow and add diversity into the crops that are grown in New Mexico. NMDA will continue to work with stakeholders in building the program.
  • APR conducted a GIS/Noxious Weed course at the Ghost Ranch Science Camp. The course allowed teams of kids to use GPS units to navigate through a course of waypoints. At each waypoint, teams were asked questions regarding noxious weeds and other natural resource topics pertinent to the site.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 38 police reports created, 22 supplements filed, and 18 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 30 items of evidence entered into the vault, 3 people were fingerprinted and 1 background check was conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   Emergency Dispatch Center handled 333 police calls for service, (2 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 189 police calls (39 of which were agency assist) and 6 warrant entries. There were 27 fire calls (10 of which were mutual aid), 4 emergency medical calls, 7 fire alarms, 1 visible smoke, 1 elevator rescue and 4 stand by.

Southern New Mexico Fallen Peace Officer Memorial Service   The Southern NM Peace Fallen Peace Officer Memorial Services was held in Las Cruces on May 9, 2017.  The Memorial honors peace officers killed in the line of duty.  NMSU officers assisted the City with traffic control outside, as well as with escorting family members inside.  May 15 is National Peace Officer Memorial Day.

Pancake Finals   Police Department staff assisted with the Finals Late Night Breakfast held on May 9 at the Taos Restaurant by distributing popcorn outside while students were in line, and then helping with games and giveaways inside once students came in.

Lieutenant Promotion   The Police Department is proud to announce the recent promotion of Sergeant Ryan Beck to the position of Lieutenant effective May 16, filling the position created by the recent departure of Lt. Lyn Hodges when he accepted the role of Town Marshal in Green Mountain Falls, CO.  Lt. Beck has been supervising the security staff at Doña Ana Community College for the past year.  The process is underway to replace him in that role.

Law Enforcement Advisory Committee Meeting   Chief Lopez and Deputy Chief Bowen attended the DACC Law Enforcement Advisory Committee Meeting held on May 12.  There was good discussion with the DACC faculty on desired student learning outcomes and alignment of courses. 

Graduation Ceremony   Police Department staff were happy to work the four commencements held this past week (DACC, the Doctoral Hooding, and two general Commencements).  In addition, Chief Lopez attended the 11th Annual Clara Belle Williams Graduation Awards on Wednesday.  Congratulations to all who graduated!

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

Over the spring semester we’ve put a lot of focus on our upcoming reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Beyond continuing to refine drafts of our assurance argument, we’ve worked to update policy and practices, revised language in the student catalog, revised websites and procedures and made additional efforts to ensure we are aligned with HLC criteria and assumed practices. We’ve also been focused on ‘closing the loop’ on our Quality Initiative project to improve student writing. All in all, it’s been a busy and exciting semester!

As we move into the summer months, we will continue to revise drafts of the assurance argument, including sharing each criterion draft with the university community and inviting feedback and comments. We will also produce a report on our Quality Initiative project, and make plans for carrying out decisions for continued actions to improve student writing.

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Hatch Center to Close   Operations at the Hatch Learning Center will close as of June 30, 2017. DACC continues to look for efficiencies. Facilities that have not shown growth in enrollment and are unsustainable will be analyzed and recommended for specific actions including use as rental properties, or for sale or to shutter if savings are identified.

The recession and resulting market declines have negatively impacted overall DACC enrollment and utilization of the Hatch Center.  With or without the center, DACC will continue to provide classes for the Hatch community and are committed to offering classes to students from the school district and community that lead to a certificate or associate degree.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

  • On Friday morning, New Mexico Higher Education Department Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Barbara Damron held Question and Answer sessions at the NMSU-A Rohovec Theater for NMSU-A faculty, staff, members of the NMSU-A Foundation, and distinguished members of the community.
  • On Friday evening, NMSU-A celebrated the 40th Annual Commencement Ceremony at the Tays Center. The commencement speaker was New Mexico Higher Education Department Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Barbara Damron. Honored guests included NMSU Executive Director of Accreditation, Dr. Shelley Stovall; Field Representative for U.S. Senator Tom Udall; Rene Romo; and Field Representative for U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, Dara Parker. The Charge to the High School Equivalency Graduates was given by Alyssa Conine, the Charge to the Associate Degree Graduates was given by Raymond Rosa, and the Charge to the Bachelor of Science Degree Graduates was given by Melinda Brady. Over 100 students completed their degrees, and approximately 74 students walked in the graduation ceremony.

NMSU-A Charge to the Graduates Speakers (from left to right) Raymond Rosa, Melinda Brady, and Alyssa Conine

New Mexico Higher Education Department Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Barbara Damron (with NMSU-A Academic Advisor Cindy Holder on the right) fires up the graduates as they prepare to line up to enter the auditorium.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Tuesday, May 9, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly UAC and President’s meetings in Las Cruces.  Active discussion took place regarding the status of state funding of higher education and the proposals underway to complete campus budgetary procedures.
  • On Wednesday, May 10, NMSU Carlsbad hosted the Grieving Children’s Center of New Mexico from Albuquerque who presented a two-hour seminar on helping children cope with grief. The seminar was excellent and attracted a sizeable number of attendees. Plans are to establish a Grieving Children’s Camp opportunity at Camp Washington Ranch in Carlsbad in 2018.
  • On Thursday, May 11, NMSU Carlsbad conducted a meeting of employees who were bearing the responsibility for the campus web pages. The attendees discussed their plans for the scheduled summer updates of the college web pages.
  • On Friday, May 12, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its annual commencement ceremonies. The ceremonies took place at PR Leyva Middle School due to roof damage at the Civic Center and the ceremonies were very well-attended as over 100 graduates were recognized. Dr. Cornell Menking represented NMSU at the commencement ceremonies.
  • On Sunday, May 14, the NMSU Carlsbad nursing department conducted its annual RN nursing pinning ceremonies. The nursing program graduates were pinned by family members and recited the Florence Nightingale Prayer as part of the ceremonies.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

NMSU Grants Graduation   On Friday, May 12, NMSU Grants celebrated its 45th commencement exercises.  The ceremony celebrated the success and academic achievements of 109 graduates.  The guest speaker was former NMSU Grants student, Rachelle Simpson, who is now pursuing a degree in Higher Education at the University of Arizona.   The student “Grit” award for persistence and determination were given to Traci Torres and Callie Treadway.  In addition to celebrating the graduates, the retirements of Dr. William Serban, History Instructor, and Dan Christman, Facilities Manager, were also recognized for their commitment and years of service to NMSU Grants.

Honor Society Induction   On Thursday May 11, 10 students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Beta Eta Iota Chapter at NMSU Grants. The ceremony included a speech from Bob Horacek, former Grants City Manager, and an induction ceremony highlighting the pillars of Phi Theta Kappa.  Eligibility for induction to the PTK Honor Society requires students to possess a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and have completed a minimum of 12 college credits toward an associate degree.

Master Works Chorus Showcase   On Tuesday May 9, the MUS 162 class instructed by Rachel Stokowski and the Cibola County Children’s choir gathered to showcase a variety of musical selections in a variety of different styles and genres.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Matt Bose

  • ASNMSU Community Outreach provided hammocks at outside locations for students to study and take a break during finals week.
  • Beginning July 1, 2017, ASNMSU will end the Paratransit and the U-Pass services will be discontinued due to financial constraints. Both of these services were started to help students with transportation around Las Cruces and the NMSU campus. You can continue to use the city’s version of Paratransit, Dial-a-Ride, for $2 for a one way trip. In order to use the RoadRunner transit (city bus service), a student pass should be purchased through the City of Las Cruces. Go to this link more information on Dial-a-Ride and RoadRunner transit bus fares.
  • President Prieto and Vice President Morrow helped out at the annual Finals Week Pancake Dinner.
  • Vice President Morrow attended the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.
  • ASNMSU held its annual banquet where they recognized Outstanding Senators, heard the final address of President Bose, and commended the leadership of the 2016-2017 year.

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