Chancellor Garrey Carruthers
- Another terrific graduation – 2,000 plus graduates with over 1500 walking during the three separate ceremonies. The Friday night commencement for the doctoral students continues to be a hit with all. This is the ceremony where our Honorary Doctorate Recipient speaks. Charley Johnson, this year’s HDR, did a fine job. By moving the hooding ceremony to Friday evening and eliminating commencement speakers, we have managed to reduce this important occasion for all of our students to a little less than 2 hours. Lots of joy, a few tears, confetti canons, proud loved ones, faculty participation, and great volunteers were the order of the day. I believe this is such an important part of what we do as a caring community I will be seeking greater faculty participation in the future. We have plenty of room to seat 200 faculty members easily so let’s use that as a goal.
- There are two fairly new graduation traditions. One is the Ring ceremony where the students who have purchased an Aggie graduation ring receive their ring and instructions on wearing it after they graduate. The other is the Senior Walk, which I described last week. I am hopeful we can continue to grow these two traditions as the graduates seem to thoroughly enjoy both. Thanks to those who organized both.
- Provost Howard (himself a Regents Professor) and I met with many of our Regents Professors for our semester wine and cheese reception and a discussion of all things important to the Professors. Great dialogue and ideas. Some talk about new degree offerings, including a major in Cyber Security and the prospects of an Ethnics Studies major. Three of the Regents Professors in attendance were retiring after the semester.
- THIS WILL BE THE LAST ACTIVITIES REPORT AS WE TAKE A SABBATICAL DURING THE SUMMER. I WILL BE SENDING OUT ANNOUNCEMENTS OF INTEREST AS THEY OCCUR OVER THAT PERIOD.
College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Interim Dean Jim Libbin
Cooperative Extension Service
- De Baca County Extension kicked off the growing season April 20 by hosting an open house. Features of the open house included visiting a garden area featuring a hoop house and raised beds, learning about NMSU chile varieties, and viewing an active composting bin. Participants were able to walk away with handouts and door prizes and information on our new seed library. A seed saving workshop followed the open house on April 28. The workshop taught participants about the benefits to saving seeds, how to properly harvest seeds, and how to properly store seeds. A local grower donated seed to get the library started and these seeds were available to take at the end of the workshop. Twenty-five individuals took advantage of the workshops and 100% of participants reported an increase in knowledge. The most popular areas included the worm composting, hoop house, and seed library.
- Approximately 330 senior-age 4-H youth (ages 14-19) came together on May 6-8 at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton for the annual State 4-H Shooting Sports competition. Each contestant had to qualify in their shooting discipline at the county competition in order to be able to shoot at the state competition. All winning teams are eligible to go on to compete at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition in Grand Island, Nebraska being held on June 26th -July 1st. The following teams won in their respective disciplines: Air Rifle-San Juan County, Air Pistol –Valencia County, Archery Compound—Valencia County, Archery Recurve—Dona Ana County, Hunting-Grant County, Muzzleloader—Dona Ana County, Pistol-Dona Ana County, Rifle—Valencia County, Shotgun-Lea County. Through participation in firearm safety training and shooting sports activities, young men and women are given the opportunity to learn responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and other qualities critical to developing productive citizens.
Family and Consumer Sciences
- As part of their final class project students, Juan Carrasco, Zachary Garcia, Alenjandra Gonzalez, Isaac Lawrence, and Amanda Nicole held a fashion show to showcase the garments they created as part of their Apparel Design by Draping course. The 75 people who attended the event commented on the talent and creativity of the student designers. Melinda Chavez, Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising faculty member, is the course instructor.
- Thirty students from Hatch Valley High School toured the Family and Consumer Sciences department and learned about majors and career opportunities in the department. They tasted gelato, observed the demonstration of a spray food dryer, and heard presentations from students and faculty members.
Media Productions/Learning Games Lab
- The NMSU Learning Games Lab has released a new iPad app,Night of the Living Debt. In this financial literacy game, players survive the zombie outbreak by managing debts and using credit wisely. Excellent for group learning activities or in the classroom, the app was designed for high schoolers and was produced with support from the University of Idaho Extension, CoBANK, and Northwest Youth Financial Education.
College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli
The college recognized outstanding students and student organizations during its annual Student Award Ceremony on 5/13/2016.
Sergei Smirnov (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received $166,591 from Oak Ridge National Laboratory/DOE. Rene Walterbos (Astronomy) received $27,533 from Space Telescope Science Institute. Catherine Jonet (Interdisciplinary Studies) received $2,000 from the New Mexico Humanities Council.
Tim Ketelaar (Psychology-Criminal Justice) received the Regents Above and Beyond Award. L. Ray Sadler and Charles Harris III (emeritus, History) received the State Historian’s Award for Excellence in New Mexico Scholarship. Michael Hout (Psychology) and James McAteer (Astronomy) were selected to receive University Research Council Early Career Awards for Exceptional Achievements in Creative Scholarly Activity.
The Creative Media Institute held its General Showcase of student films created in classes on May 12, and held its Senior Showcase of projects in Animation and Visual Effects and Digital Filmmaking on May 13. Glenn Fetzer (Languages and Linguistics) will lead a FLiP course in France.
Representatives from Cowboys for Cancer Research and NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink presented $250,000 in immediately available funding to four research projects led by NMSU faculty members including Amanda Ashley (Chemistry & Biochemistry); Brad Shuster (Biology); Kevin Houston (Chemistry & Biochemistry) and Jessica Houston (Chemical Engineering); and Shelley Lusetti (Chemistry & Biochemistry).
The college had a fantastic turn out at the Spring 2016 commencement. The college team provided outstanding service in helping with the implementation of the event. Angela Bischof, from our college, was the highest honors degree candidate as weel as the recipient of the 1919 Award.
College of Business, Dean James Hoffman
- I joined the Academic Deans Council for a lunch interview with the final two candidates for the ACES Dean position on May 9 and 11.
- After consulting with the Accounting and Information Systems Department a decision has been made to have Professor Larry Tunnel serve as the Department Head of Accounting and Information Systems beginning on July 15, 2016. Please join me in welcoming Larry to his new position. Additionally, please join me in thanking Kevin Melendrez for his service as Accounting and Information Systems Department Head.
- Congratulations to our Outstanding Graduate, Kyla Elkins, Accounting major. I joined Kyla at the Outstanding Graduates Luncheon on May 13th hosted by the NMSU Alumni Association. Congratulations to all nominees submitted by our academic departments:
- Kyla Elkins, Accounting
- Allison Dawe, Economics
- Hannah Fort, International Business
- Nichole Khanbabian, Finance
- Matthew C. Letourneau, Management
- Brandon Romero, General Business
- Valerie Travis, Marking
- Special thanks to Nancy Oretskin for representing the college at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 13 while I attended the MBA Graduation Reception and Accounting Hooding Ceremony. I also attended Saturday’s commencement ceremony. It is always a pleasure to personally congratulate our graduates.
- 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
The College of Education would like to share featured events that occurred during the month of April. Please click on link to read story.
NMSU dance students, faculty win honors at regional conference https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11832/nmsu-dance-students-faculty-win-honors-at- regional-conference
NMSU DanceSport Company wins two national championship titles https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11842/nmsu-dancesport-company-wins-two-national- championship-titles
NMSU dance program to showcase passion for flamenco, Spanish dance https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11847/nmsu-dance-program-to-showcase-passion- for-flamenco-spanish-dance
University of Iowa professor, multicultural scholar to present at NMSU symposium https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11860/university-of-iowa-professor-multicultural- scholar-to-present-at-nmsu-symposium
NMSU professor, two Las Cruces schools to plant community gardens https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11861/nmsu-professor-two-las-cruces-schools-to- plant-community-gardens
NMSU staff member explores potential for taekwondo program, organizes successful international conference
TED Talk on YouTube: Dr. Karin Wiburg, Distinguished Professor of Learning Design and Technology, noted for her work in math education can be viewed on TED Talk. https://education.nmsu.edu/dr-wiburgs-ted-talk-is-now-available-online/
College of Engineering, Interim Dean Steve Stochaj
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head Satish Ranade presented four Gadsden High School graduates who will be entering the ECE department as freshmen next fall with $1,000 scholarships. Ranade routinely visits area schools to recruit new students.
The NMSU Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers participated in the 45th Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Conference hosted by the University of Colorado Denver and the Metropolitan State University of Denver March 31 – April 2, 2016. Thirty-three NMSU students competed with 12 other schools. NMSU students competed in all events, including Mystery Design, Steel Bridge, Concrete Canoe, Technical Paper, and Non-technical Paper. NMSU took 1st place in the Concrete Canoe races and 2nd place overall in the Concrete Canoe competition. In addition, the students received a Letter of Honorable Mention based on their activities during 2015. This is recognition received by only the top third of all student organizations. The faculty adviser is Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Lambis Papelis.
In collaboration with Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, industrial engineering students sponsored a “Lean Six Sigma” workshop. More than 65 engineering students earned their Lean Six Sigma White Belt credential.
Student members of Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society, traveled to Boston on March 10-12, 2016 to represent NMSU at the National Conclave. Of particular note was the honoring of NMSU alumnus Conrad G. Keyes, Jr. (BS ‘59, MS ‘61, and ScD ‘67), as the 64th selected XE National Honor Member which is the “supreme level of recognition on the basis of distinguished and pre-eminent accomplishments in the field of civil engineering, and outstanding contributions to the objective and purpose of Chi Epsilon.”
Chemical and Materials Engineering Associate Professor Hongmei Luo has been selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Career Award for the 16th Annual University Research Council Award for Exceptional Achievements in Creative Scholarly Activity. This includes a $2,000 cash award.
College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner
Office of the Dean
- The Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC) held a presentation on oral care and healthy eating for seniors at the Munson Center on April 25. The event served 51 participants and is part of on-going health education initiatives for the center.
- School of Nursing student, Viridiana Arellano, was awarded the Pi Eta Sigma scholarship from the Honors College in the spring, 2016 semester. Aggie nurses on the move!
School of Social Work
- BSW student, Ada Salazar, was honored by the College as our spring 2016 Outstanding Graduate last week. Aside from being a stellar student, Ada is an active member in the HSS Student Council and also serves as a Student Ambassador. Ada will still be on campus next year, as she starts her Masters of Social Work degree this summer. Congratulations, Ada!
Department of Public Health Sciences
- The Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) now recognizes the Department of Public Health Sciences Bachelors of Public Health program as CEPH Accredited. The BPH degree program joins our already accredited Masters of Public Health degree.
University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus
- Dean Elizabeth Titus and Associate Dean Norice Lee attended the New Mexico Libraries Assessment focus group on Monday, May 9. The goal of the project is to identify the current state of the New Mexico school, public, tribal, academic and special libraries, and to provide an opportunity for institutions to give comprehensive input about current and future needs. Data from the assessment will be used to inform a statewide conference, called Libraries Transform New Mexico, on November 1, 2016.
- The #KeepCalmAndColor drawing station in Zuhl Library was another success during the NMSU Library’s stress buster activities during finals week. These are a sample of what students posted:
Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken
Honors Graduation Celebration – all of the graduating seniors who completed 18 credits in Honors, including a senior capstone experience, were honored at the Honors College with the awarding of the medals for students who achieved University Honors or Honors with Distinction. These students produce original works, ranging from a screenplay for an independent film to publishable papers in the STEM fields. Deputy Provost Greg Fant awarded the medallions to a packed house in the Honors Commons Room. We ended this wonderful day with a reception and an opportunity to chat with the families and friends of our honorees.
Above and Beyond Award to Dr. Ketelaar – speaking of honors and awards, Dr. Tim Ketelaar was recognized by the University Regents with the presentation of the Above and Beyond Award at the Friday Regents’ meeting. This award recognized his selfless service to students across campus, and his leadership and service to our broader campus community. We are especially pleased with the annual Salon Discovery events that he pioneered, that have become some of the most enjoyable events on campus.
Lunch with Regents – We were delighted to host two of the University Regents, Kari Mitchell and Amanda Lopez-Askin to lunch in the college on Wednesday. They were joined by a group of our best and brightest undergraduates who had a chance to share their perspectives about the state of the university and the opportunities and challenges facing students today. We enjoyed a lively conversation, and the Regents indicated they would love to see this be a regular event.
Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry
- NCAA Golf Tournament – The NCAA Division II Super was held at the NMSU Golf Course. Twenty schools from West/South Central regions competed for three days, and five teams advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship. The NCAA/USGA representatives were impressed with NMSU and recommended that NMSU submit a proposal to host the NCAA Division II National Championship and/or NCAA Division I Regional Championship.
- ICT Lends a Hand to Financial Aid – Jerry Martinez, Virginia Tucker, and Catherine Antony of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services partnered with ICT’s Enrique Cardenas and the Enterprise Information Services department to develop a process used by students to upload financial aid documents to Banner Self Service using the MyNMSU portal. The Financial Aid Office now has the capability to access student forms in a more expedient manner than before, reducing staff workload and improving response time for students. The new process helps address a concern of the state’s Higher Learning Commission regarding the ability of NMSU students to manage their financial aid online.
- MacArthur’s Visiting Students – On May 9, 2016, Facilities and Services had the pleasure of providing tours to MacArthur Elementary students. Representatives Pat Chavez, Mark Blachford, Robert Boehms, Angelo Pacheco, and joni newcomer gave four half-hour tours to different age groups from Kindergarten to 6th The tour included; the Satellite Chiller Plant, Central Utility Plant, Fire Department, and the Environmental Education Center. Along the way, students visited the Police Station, Dance Studios, and an entomology lab. Each group learned about all the great things that we do at NMSU!
- NEW Official Apple Service Provider – The Barnes & Noble at NMSU is now an official Apple Authorized Service Provider store offering repair services for the NMSU and Las Cruces communities. They will repair any Apple product that are covered by Apple Care warranty, free of charge, and without voiding the warranty. They also can repair Apple products that are not covered by warranty, on a cost recovery basis.
Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya
- Commencement – Marisela Marquez and Gabrielle Martinez, Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management were busy planning the Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony was a success thanks to the many volunteers from Student Affairs, University Advancement, Academic Colleges, Facilities and Services, University Library, Teaching Academy, and University Accounts Receivable.
Commencement celebrations began with the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016. Over 40 Doctoral Candidates attended the ceremony and walked across the stage to have their dissertation read and advisor hood them.
On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the Commencement Ceremonies were held. Over 1,600 graduates and undergraduates students participated in the two ceremonies.
The Aggie Shout-Out Videos were displayed on the jumbotron before the ceremony began. Here is the link to the Aggie Shout out Videos. Student thanked their family, friends, staff and faculty from NMSU. http://commencement.nmsu.edu/aggie-shout-outs-spring-2016/
- Hispanic Academic and Leadership – Chicano Programs, together with the Hispanic Faculty/Staff Caucus sponsored this semester´s Hispanic Academic/Leadership Graduation Stole Ceremony. The ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 11, at Corbett Center´s West Ballroom. During the event, Dr. Darío Silva, of the Employee Assistance Programs, was honored with a special recognition by the Hispanic Faculty/Staff Caucus. Dr. Hermán García of the College of Education was also honored and will be retiring this May.
- Chicano Programs Outreach – Laura Gutiérrez Spencer and Lisa Garza of the student organization Planning and Awareness for College Education travelled to Deming on Friday, May 13. This event in Deming was held to present to high school students on the importance of Preparing for College. This program was sponsored by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg
- Borderplex Entrepreneurship Committee meeting – Dr Robert Macy and Kathy Hansen attended a meeting of the Entrepreneurship Committee of the Borderplex steering committee. The Borderplex steering committee is designed to foster economic growth in the El Paso, Juarez, and Las Cruces region. The Entrepreneurship sub-committee of the Borderplex steering committee, aims to bolster entrepreneurship and high growth startups in and around the region for economic sustainability.
- Bulletin Publications – Three stories about Arrowhead programs were featured in Friday’s Las Cruces Bulletin. The stories included an overview of the upcoming Camp Innoventure camps that will be held during the summer in 10 cities throughout New Mexico, a feature story on a regional strategic planning meeting for the development of a health-tech cluster in the Arrowhead Research Park, and a one-to-one interview with Dr. Robert Macy, Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship in the college of business and Arrowhead Center staff member. Articles can be read at the link below http://lascrucesbulletin.nm.newsmemory.com/?selDate=20160513&goTo=A001.
University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney
Google Gift – The Computer Science Department, working with the NMSU Foundation, has received a $35,000 award from Google’s CS4HS program to support ongoing work for the development and execution of computer science teacher professional development. These funds will help train high school math and STEM teachers in how to integrate computer science into their lesson plans.
DACC Gift – Ivan Jaime of Union Pacific Railroad presented a check for $23,000 to Dr. Renay Scott for workforce and curriculum development at the DACC Sunland Park campus. The Foundation was ably represented by Arthur Binder, Kristi Martin and Craig Holden.
Presidential Ambassadors – Presidential Ambassadors for the 2016-2017 academic year have been selected. Twenty-one students representing each academic college and graduate school assembled for an orientation meeting on Friday, May 13, 2016, to discuss summer activities and plans for their upcoming year.
Outstanding Graduates – The Alumni Association held its spring Outstanding Graduate Luncheon on Friday honoring eight students; one from each academic college, a masters student and a doctoral student. The students were nominated by their colleges and presented diploma frames from the Alumni Association. Family and friends along with College Deans and NMSU Leadership recognized their outstanding work in the classroom and their contributions to the community.
Heritage Farm Project Gift – Farm Credit of New Mexico along with CoBank has pledged $50,000 to the NMSU Heritage Farm Project. These two agricultural corporations continue to be supporters of NMSU and are committed to anchoring NMSU’s agricultural history on the west side of our Las Cruces campus.
Commencement Outreach – During commencement weekend, the NMSU Alumni Association passed out 1,600 NMSU Alumni lapel pins with ways to stay connected, and alumni bumper stickers courtesy of the NMSU Board of Regents. The NMSU Foundation and Alumni Association handed out 31 padfolios to those receiving their doctorates at the hooding ceremony.
Athletics, Director, Mario Moccia
- The New Mexico State softball team traveled to Seattle for the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament. They defeated Seattle University to advance in the tournament but ended falling short to CSU Bakersfield in the championship game of the WAC Tournament. Congratulations to Fiana Finau who was named WAC player of the year and head coach Kathy Rodolph was named Coach of the Year.
- The New Mexico State baseball team swept North Dakota in the three game series in Grand Forks, ND. Currently we are one game out of first place in the WAC behind conference leader Seattle University. The Aggies have won 30 games for the first time since 2012 when they won 35 games in the season. They will travel to Greeley, CO this weekend for the final game of the regular season.
- Athletics hosted a student-athlete graduation reception on Friday afternoon to recognize the 56 student-athletes that graduated in the Spring 2016 commencement ceremony. Dorottya Lennert from swim and dive and Joseph Koerper from baseball were this year’s scholar athlete honorees. Family, friends, and coaches attended the reception.
International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking
On May 13 Cornell Menking participated in the stage ceremony at NMSU-Alamogordo. NMSU-A graduated 99 students. This was Ken Van Winkle’s first graduation ceremony as president, and he was joined by Board of Regents Member Kari Mitchell.
On May 12 ISSS hosted a picnic behind the IBP office to celebrate our international students who will be graduating this semester. There were about 20 people in attendance, including students and their families. Of the students I spoke with, two were completing their PhDs in Computer Science and one in Physics. Also, several Mexican students here on the Proyecta exchange stopped by. They were very happy with their program at NMSU and all stated that they are looking forward to coming back next spring to begin a degree program.
On May 9 the staff at ISSS met with our SEVP Field Representative on the Doña Ana Community College campus. SEVP, the unit under the Department of Homeland Security responsible for administering the F-1 program, regularly meets with our Designated School Officials twice a year to discuss issues relevant to immigration matters for our international students and the reporting responsibilities for NMSU. It was an informative session and topics included enrollment on the various campuses, employment authorization for our international students, and regulatory changes that will be implemented in the coming months. We will meet with our Field Rep again sometime towards the end of the year at the Alamogordo campus.
The Center for English Language Programs hosted their Spring 2016 Closing Ceremony for 34 students that finished the final fifth Academic Level. All of the students are eligible to matriculate in to NMSU degree programs (see photo).
On May 16th CELP welcomed eight indigenous students from Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador for an 8-week English program (see photo). The students, which are part of USFQ’s Ethic Diversity program, will be participating in a homestay project, where they are housed with Las Cruces families. CELP will also be partnering with the NMSU American Indian Program to facilitate in volunteer work and exploring various Native American tribes within the region.
CELP will be saying goodbye to 25 Tecnológico Nacional de Mexico students who were here since January. We will continue working with the students to support them in applying to master degree programs at NMSU.
University Communications, Associate Vice President Maureen Howard
Commencement – Both our Marketing Services and News team supported the 2016 Spring Commencement this weekend. We provided several news stories on our graduates and the event on Saturday. We also developed banners for University Ave, celebrated our outstanding seniors with ads in papers around that state and helped produce the Commencement program. It was a great weekend for our new Aggie graduates and their families.
KRWG – KRWG staff made the trip to Deming on Thursday morning for their annual coffee visit. This community outreach effort allows viewers and listeners from our rural communities to meet with staff. More than twenty patrons took advantage of the opportunity to share their thoughts on public media.
News – With the state’s mosquito season just around the corner, the News Group worked with the Cooperative Extension Service to develop ways to mosquito-proof your yard. A news release about these tips has already been picked up by several media outlets and has been seen more than 6,000 times on social media.
Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel
- May 19, Investments and Pensions Oversight Committee, Capitol, Rm 322
- 2016 Interim Work Plan and Meeting Schedule
- May 23, Legislative Health & Human Services Committee, Capitol, Rm 322
- 8:40 am, Medicaid Update, Brent Earnest, Secretary
- 30 pm, Work Plan; Meeting Schedule, Review of 2016 Health and Human Services Legislation.
- May 23, NM Finance Authority Oversight Committee, Capitol, Rm 307
- 10:15 am, 2016 Session Legislation Summary, Robert Coalter, CEO, NMFA
- 12:00, Proposed Work Plan and Meeting Schedule, Lisa Sullivan, Staff Attorney, LCS
- May 25, Indian Affairs Committee, Capitol, Rm 322
- May 26, Science, Technology & Telecommunications Committee, Capitol, Rm 322
- 11:30 am, 2016 Interim Work Plan and Meeting Schedule Discussion
- May 27, Jobs Council, Capitol, Rm 307
- 12:15 pm, Proposed Work Plan and Meeting Schedule, Tessa Ryan, Staff Attorney, LCS, Mark Lautman, Lead Program Consultant, Director, Lautman Economic Architecture,
Charles Lehman, Program Consultant; Director, Employment and Economic Information Center of NM
- June 1, Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee, Capitol, Rm 307
- 11:30 am, 2016 Interim Work Plan and Meeting Schedule
New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Director/Secretary Jeff M. Witte
- I spoke at the 2016 Annual New Mexico Ag/Livestock Incident Response Team (NMALIRT) Conference. NMALIRT is a program where private veterinarians from across NM train to assist in response to potential foreign animal disease outbreaks or other emergencies involving livestock. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the program.
- NMDA hosted both the Region 6 State/Tribe/Extension Biannual Manager’s meeting and the State Pesticide Inspector Training in Albuquerque, NM. The Manager’s meeting included representatives from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, pesticide lead agencies, tribal representatives from Oklahoma, the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council in New Mexico, and EPA Region 6 staff. The Inspector training included topics on sample collection, misuse investigations, new technologies, enforcement photography, and label interpretation. The Manager’s meeting discussion included concerns, issues and solutions to implementation of the revised Worker Protection Standard rule and the soon to be released revisions to the Certification and Training rule. A joint session was held between the inspectors and manager to discuss challenges, approaches, and resources for outreach to the affected industry.
- Staff utilized the giant green chile cheeseburger to talk about New Mexico agriculture during Macarthur Elementary School’s visit to NMSU. Presented to more than 100 third, fourth, and fifth grade students over 4 hours. Also presented during Ag Day at Tombaugh Elementary School in Las Cruces.
NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez
Police Activity – There were 42 police reports created, 33 supplements filed, and 49 traffic citations issued. The Records & Evidence Office processed 33 items of evidence entered into the vault, and 24 people were fingerprinted and 3 background checks were conducted.
Emergency Dispatch Center – Emergency Dispatch Center handled 340 calls for service (5 of which were 911 calls) resulting in 273 police calls (40 of which were agency assist) and 7 warrant entries. There were 31 fire calls (11 of which were mutual aid), 3 emergency medical calls, 8 fire alarms, 3 stand by, 1 agency assist, 4 public assist, and 1 natural gas. There were also 4 animal control calls.
Special Events – Special Events Staff worked a total of 420.75 hours and reviewed one event. Commencements for NMSU and DACC were successful, and planning is underway for the high school graduations and a potential presidential candidate visit.
Victim Services – Staff worked court follow-up, assisted with filing agency report and follow up supplements with continued harassment. Assisted with filing police report, provided referral to counseling, assisted with FBI case, etc. Victim Services is happy to report that a victim the staff have been working with for a while has successfully graduated from NMSU!
Instructor Refresher Training – Police Department held an Instructor Refresher Training Class for approximately 13 police officers and civilian staff who are certified instructors through the NM Law Enforcement Academy. This training keeps the staff current in adult learning theories and techniques, and allows them to maintain their instructor credentials through the state.
Elementary School Visit – Several classes from MacArthur Elementary visited the Police Department on May 9th. Chief Lopez and Commander Harvey provided tours of the Department and showed them some of our police equipment and let the kids try on police gear. There are quite a few prospective Aggies in the bunch.
Southern NM Fallen Police Officer Memorial – The Southern NM Fallen Police Officer Memorial was held on May 9 and May 10. The Memorial honors officers killed in the line of duty and those who died of natural causes during the past year. The Police Department provided escort services to the Las Cruces Convention Center, assisted with directing traffic, and Chief Lopez gave the keynote address at the Candlelight Vigil. This week also represents National Police Week, so if you see an officer around your building or neighborhood, it is a great opportunity to say hello.
Facial Analysis Comparison and Evaluation (FACE) Services Overview– Several investigators met with representatives from the FBI to discuss facial recognition systems and capabilities, and how these might be able to assist in cases involving violence or potential violence.
Active Killer Presentation – On May 13th, Chief Lopez presented an Active Killer Training Session to over 50 employees from ICT as part of their end-of-semester meeting. Attendance was high and the interaction from the participants was enthusiastic.
Radio System Improvements – The department continues to implement improvements to the public safety radio system. The Sunland Park campus is now completely live, and deployment of the Las Cruces and Espina campus repeaters is being tweaked to maximize coverage.
New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle
NMSU-A Holds Graduation Ceremony – New Mexico State University Alamogordo held its 39th annual graduation ceremony on Friday, May 13 at the Tays Center. There were 179 graduation candidates who received 209 degrees and certificates from NMSU-A. Additionally, for the first time this year, NMSU-A also presented 25 High School Equivalency Certificates at the ceremony. The commencement address was provided by Reverend James Forney, retired United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, Board President of United Way of Otero County, and President of the Alamogordo Ministerial Alliance. Elizabeth Driggers, a field representative from United States Senator, Tom Udall’s office presented a letter from the senator. Dr. Cornell Menking, Associate Provost for International and Border Programs at New Mexico State University Las Cruces was the representative from NMSU. And Kari Mitchell, member of the New Mexico State University Board of Regents, was in attendance as an honored guest.
NMSU-A Support Military Appreciation Day – Members of the NMSU-A faculty and staff attended the Alamogordo Military Appreciation Day on Sat, May 14. During the event, our representatives engaged with community members, passed out information on NMSU-A programs and registration and were interviewed by the local media during a live radio broadcast. This all-day event is an annual recognition of the significant contributions the military members and their families have played in the defense of the nation and as community members in Alamogordo.
New Mexico State University – Dona Ana, President Renay Scott
Graduation: Of 1,300 graduates from NMSU Doña Ana, 600 participated in commencement ceremonies at the Pan American Center. Along with honorary degree recipient Ben Woods, platform dignitaries, faculty, staff, families, friends and DACC leaders celebrated.
Elementary Students Get Excited About Science: NMSU Doña Ana full- and part-time science faculty and elementary science teachers from Clyde W. Tombaugh Elementary School worked with 150 3rd through 5th grade students to model proper laboratory procedures and laboratory safety while presenting hands-on science experiment activities and anatomy. Students identified a mystery powder through experimentation, identified the ethnicity and gender of human skulls, learned how lungs work and how to differentiate between healthy lungs and unhealthy ones, and most importantly, learned how to make slime. DACC Health Occupations who sponsored the workshop teaches a variety of science classes to allow students to become proficient in laboratory procedures and science knowledge from courses such as anatomy, physiology, chemistry, human biology and microbiology for example.
New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski
NMSU Grants 44th Commencement – The graduation ceremony for NMSU Grants students was held on May 13th in the Joseph A. Fidel Activity Center. Throughout the evening, the ceremony focused on students and their successes. The evening began with the pledge of allegiance led by Vernon Valencia, student graduate and veteran followed by the NMSU Master Work Chorale singing the Star Spangled Banner and then graduate Heidi Machacek giving the invocation. Several speakers addressed the graduating class of 2016 including ASG President, Alex Burke, and Faculty Association President, David Bishop. Special recognition was given to local community member Paul Milan for his ongoing support of NMSU Grants and the summer academies. There were 28 certificates and 62 Associate degrees conferred. Along with the Associate degrees conferred, Dr. Shelly Stovall, Executive Director of Accreditation conferred the four Bachelor degrees and 1 Master of Arts degree for the Las Cruces Campus.
NMSU Grants Grit – NMSU Grants will be awarded two dual credit students with the Grants Grit award at graduation this past Friday. This award was created to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of students who have worked exceptionally hard toward a degree, overcome any significant challenges, and met degree requirements in a fairly short time frame. The two students are Carmillia Sandoval from Grant High School and Rylee Degroat from Thoreau High School. Both students will graduate from high school and also receive their associate degrees from NMSU Grants before graduating from high school. Carmillia will receive her Associate Degree of Criminal Justice and Rylee an Associate of General Studies. Both students will take classes at the Grants Campus this summer and plan to transfer to Las Cruces in the fall to complete their bachelor degrees at the Las Cruces Campus. The NMSU Grants community is very proud of these students, as they are the first in our dual credit program to come so far during their time in high school.
Finals Week Frenzy – Students and Staff of NMSU Grants were able to make it through finals week a little easier with the help of a few activities. The Student Success Center offered several stress buster workshops to help students and staff deal with the stress of finals week. Later in the week, tea and toast were provided complimentary of Student Services to help concentrate on exams. Lastly, a book exchange was hosted by Students Services so that students could get the required course textbooks for the upcoming summer and fall semesters.