Activity Report November 1-7

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon: President and Mrs. Carruthers were honored at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.
  • Busy Week: President Carruthers also attended meetings in Santa Fe.  A detailed report will be provided next week.

 

Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • Student Hunger: On Tuesday morning an article on college student hunger in the Chronicle of Higher Education caught my attention and was a topic of conversation with Chancellor Carruthers later in the morning. The report was sobering…food  insecurity (skipping meals or eating meals lacking in proper nutrition because of lack of money) is far higher among college students than among the general population, with Arizona State reporting a rate of 34% among its first year students.  Given the income level of our students and their families, food insecurity is likely to be much higher at NMSU than at ASU.  NMSU has tried to address the issue of food insecurity through the Aggie Cupboard, a place where students, faculty, and staff can pick up free, non-perishable food items.  I encourage all faculty and staff to remember the Aggie Cupboard during the season of giving that is almost upon us.  I will do my part by contributing to the Aggie Cupboard in lieu of giving some gifts this year, and I will work with Vice President Montoya to find better facilities for the Cupboard and to expand its hours.
  • General Education: Later on Tuesday, the first meeting of the General Education Taskforce took place.  At this meeting, we went over the current general education requirements of NMSU and the state of New Mexico and discussed a variety of perspectives on general education.  Over the course of the next month the taskforce will split into smaller committees, each tasked with developing recommendations for the transferable skills and content knowledge an NMSU education should impart to every one of its graduates.  The taskforce will reassemble in December to consider the recommendations and which ones to accept.  The next order of business will be the construction of a general education curriculum that, coupled with the curriculum of each of our majors, leads to learning outcomes critical for a college graduate in the 21st century. 

 

Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative: On Monday I met with representatives from Ethics & Compliance Initiative who were here to conduct focus group interviews of students and faculty in order to help the Daniels Fund learn about the successes of their Ethics Initiative program at NMSU.
  • Meet and Greet: Loui Reyes (Graduate School Dean) visited us on Friday.  He held meet and greet sessions with our doctoral program students.
  • College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.

 

Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve Stochaj

  • Student Honors: Chemical and materials engineering student Aaron Lindsey has been selected by UOP, Inc. (formerly Universal Oil Products) as the winner of the 2015 American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ ScaleUp Sponsor Essay Contest on “Is the recent drop in oil prices the kiss of death for green fuels?”  Lindsey will be honored at the AIChE Student Awards Ceremony on November  8 in Salt Lake City. ScaleUp, AIChE’s corporate sponsored student membership initiative that strengthens the preparation of undergraduate chemical engineers for the world of work. Lindsey’s essay can be found at https://chme.nmsu.edu/chme-senior-aaron-lindsay-selected-by-uop-as-winner-of-2015-aiche-scaleup-sponsor-essay-contest/.
  • Scholarship Gift: NMSU civil engineering alumnus J.B. “Bud” Waters, civil engineering, made a $235,000 gift to NMSU for creation of the J.B. Waters Endowed Scholarship in the Department of Civil Engineering.  “I’ve had an excellent career and a lot of people helped through it. I should first thank Sharon, my wife for 52 years,  the community of Mesilla Park and Brazito where I grew up,  NMSU Physical Plant and my supervisor,  Duane Dorsey the University Architect, and all of my Civil Engineering Professors, very good mentors. I also should also thank Woody and Mike Hunt owners of Hunt Building Company. I worked for the Hunt family for over 41 years and couldn’t have had a better employer,” said Waters.
  • Freshmen Engineers: Last fall, Engineering 100 was implemented to help Freshmen Engineerswith retention in the College of Engineering. There are 384 students in 12 sections currently.  The students are working on a pulley system that they have been designing on paper and this week they tested their designs with an actual pulley.
  • Entrepreneurship Lecture: Robert Macy, the Bill and Sharon Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at New Mexico State University, was the second speaker in the fall Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship. His presentation entitled, “Think Like an Entrepreneur,” was held on Friday, October 30 to a group of approximately 50 people. Macy has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years and is member of the Oregon State Bar. As an attorney, Macy’s practice has focused on new ventures and business transactions from initial development through exit. He has represented a variety of companies as well as serving as corporate counsel for several non-profits.
  • Safety Seminars: Engineering Safety Specialist Juanita Miller, in collaboration with the Engineering New Mexico resource Network, has presented two of three Engineering Safety Management Seminars. Students who attend all three sessions will be eligible for an Engineering Safety Management Certificate upon completion. Topics include Risk Management, Management of Change and Human Factors in Safety. Some 40 plus students attended the first two sessions.

 

Dean, College of Health and Social Services, Dr. Donna Wagner

  • #GivingTuesday: On the Tuesday, December 1, 2015, NMSU will come together with the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. For every department chair and dean’s staff who makes a one-time or a payroll deduction gift, Dean Wagner will donate $5.00. For the department with the highest percentage of giving, she will donate 1 lb. of Goodhue Farm pecans to Aggie Cupboard for each donor.

School of Nursing

  • Flu Clinic: The NMSU School of Nursing was a sponsor for the Flu Clinic at Memorial Medical Center on Saturday, October 31. Nursing students took part in the clinic and made it a huge success.  Aggie nurses on the move!

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Department of Public Health Sciences

  • Advocacy at Work: Satya Rao and Cynthia Kratzke’s proposal to Con Alma received funding. Their project, Advocacy at Work: Youth Creating Community Change will use an innovative curriculum to improve health advocacy among youth in Southern New Mexico.

 

Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Rhodes Scholarship Finalist: Tim Ketelaar is working closely with our Rhodes Scholarship Finalist to support her preparations for the interview later in November. Lindsay Redman will travel to Salt Lake City to be interviewed by the Rhodes panel, and if selected will be the first Rhodes Scholar from NMSU since 1933. No pressure Lindsay!
  • #GivingTuesday: Like other colleges, we have issued a challenge to our constituents to participate in Giving Tuesday, in hopes of raising funds for the International Research Scholarship endowment. This award is given annually to one student to support their research overseas, and these experiences are always life and career altering experiences. Last year’s recipient, Kira Turnham, conducted marine biology research in the Philippines. Dean Chaiken has challenged all 3,500 Crimson Scholars to contribute to this endowment, and for every student who participates in this challenge by donating at least $5, she will contribute a dollar to the endowment. If all 3,500 students participate, this challenge will raise more than $40,000 for the scholarship.
  • Travel Awards: We had the pleasure of awarding five students support for their travel to participate in professional conferences. When students present their research at a conference they gain poise and enhance their stature, as well as making connections with other scholars who might provide future opportunities for graduate studies or collaboration. We hope to continue to make a number of awards each semester.
  • Sundt Scholars: Dean Chaiken and Dr. Michele Nishiguchi (biology) selected the lucky students who will be able to participate in the spring semester Sundt Seminar. Dr. Nishiguchi, a Regents Professor and 2015-17 Sundt Professor, will lead a course about climate change and marine ecosystems that will include spring break travels to Hawaii.
  • Advising: As Crimson Scholars begin registering for spring semester classes next week, there have been a steady stream of students visiting the office to get information about courses, internships, and other opportunities through the Honors College. It is always a pleasure to spend time with our students. 

Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • Restroom Remodel: Remodeling has started on Zuhl Library’s 1st floor east unisex restrooms. One of the restrooms will become a Nursing Mothers’ and Lactation room fitted with a chair, specialized faucets and a longer, antibacterial shelf for changing table use.
  • Accessibility Improvements: Also in Zuhl Library, elevator foyer doors will be reinstalled on all three floors for improved accessibility.
  • Second and Third Floor Redesign: The NMSU Library Administration is conceptualizing a redesign for Zuhl Library for the second and third floors. They are currently soliciting input from students via flipchart questions and an observational study.
  • Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Workshops: The IEEE workshops, highlighting the new full subscription to the IEEE database available through the NMSU Library, were a great success with over 60 people attending the workshops over two days.

 

Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • New NMSU Tradition-Raising the Garrison Flag: NMSU flew the Garrison flagNew NMSU Tradition-Raising the Garrison Flag on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, as part of NMSU’s Veterans Day activities.  Grounds personnel raised the flag at sunrise and volunteers from Veterans Affairs and Military Programs lowered the flag at dusk.  Tim Dobson and Art Lucero met with Jacobo Varela, Director of Military and Veterans Programs, to coordinate the event and look forward to this becoming a new tradition at NMSU.
  • ICT Blocks Certain Email File Attachments: With each passing semester, the number and sophistication of cyber attacks on NMSU’s network and computing systems increases. One such attack involves the use of email attachments containing malicious programming code that hijack computers, inject tracking software, and steal passwords and personal information.  To counter the proliferation of malicious email attachments, ICT is now blocking attachments of certain file types (.zip, .cab, .cmd, and many others) from being transmitted on the local Exchange email server.  Faculty and staff can send legitimate files of the blocked types by renaming the files — for example: filename.zip to filename.piz.  The receiver of the file would then rename it back to the original name — filename.piz to filename.zip. See http://infosec.nmsu.edu/email-security-enhancements/ for a list of blocked file types and instructions.
  • Barnes & Noble at NMSU: In conjunction with National Bullying Prevention month,Barnes and Noble the bookstore hosted a book signing and discussion for NMSU College of Education faculty member and Stan Fulton Chair, Dr. Azadeh Osanloo, of her recently published book, Students, Teachers and Leaders: Addressing Bullying in Schools.
  • Lunch ‘n Learn: All faculty are invited to a Lunch ‘n Learn, Tuesday, November 10, at the bookstore. Faculty will meet with Leah Johnson, from XanEdu Publishing, to explore affordable custom textbook creation.  Faculty will be provided options for appropriate steps, including publishing, original materials, and designing a custom textbook.
  • American Indian Heritage Month: Taos Restaurant hosted an American Indian Heritage Dinner in recognition of American Indian Heritage Month.  The dinner featured Hopi corn stew with blue cornmeal dumplings, green chile fry, roasted acorn squash, pinto beans and white corn, pueblo bread and baked pumpkin cornmeal pudding with sweetened cream and pecans.
  • NMSU Golf Course: The golf course received notification of full compliance for accreditation from PGA of America for the PGA Golf Management Program.  Every five years, the golf course operation is reviewed to ensure PGA Golf Management Students a model golf course while attending NMSU.
  • STOP Hunger with PB&J: Sodexo organized a “STOP Hunger with PB&J” event at the Aggie Lounge in Corbett Center. The volunteers socialized and made over 800 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that were donated to El Caldito Soup Kitchen.   The Office of Sustainability and ASNMSU helped find about 20 volunteers for the program.

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Vice President Student Affairs / Enrollment Management, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

  • 25th Annual American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Strategic Enrollment Management Conference: Dacia Sedillo, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, led a contingent to the 25th Annual AACRAO Strategic Enrollment Management Conference, with the intent of building a common understanding and language around strategic enrollment at NMSU. The team of six have agreed to serve as representatives of the NMSU academic and student support services community. The team members include Greg Fant, Deputy Provost; Don Pope-Davis, Dean of the College of Education; Stuart Munson-McGee, Faculty Senate Chair; Norma Palomino, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School; and Anton Magallanez, Undergraduate Admissions Assistant Director. The team will continue to meet on campus and create opportunities to engage colleagues in enrollment management conversations, planning, and goal setting.
  • NMSU Outdoor Recreation: NMSU Outdoor Recreation traveled with students NMSU Outdoor Recto Hueco Tanks State Park on November 1 to explore one of the most prestigious climbing areas in the country. Students learned about the historical site, saw ancient rock art, and learned basic climbing movement and bouldering safety. A short video of their adventure can be found at https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1068472319830703.
  • Campus Health Re-accreditation: The Campus Health Center is scheduled for a national health care re-accreditation site visit on November 16-17. The CHC is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The AAAHC develops standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care, and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education, and research. NMSU is the only accredited college health center in the state of New Mexico, joining hundreds of student health services that participate in this voluntary quality initiative.

 

Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Craftbox Design Hour: On Friday, Arrowhead hosted the second Craftbox Design Hour, 35 students attended this event. Jssy Bejarano and Arturo Bejarano from the El Paso firm Between Design were this month’s guest speaker. Between Design focuses on providing branding, marketing communication and information design solutions. Jssy and Arturo shared stories about their work experiences, and offered advice to young designers who are about to embark on their careers.  Craftbox Design will be held monthly and offers students the opportunity to network with designers, connect with fellow students, and to learn best practices related to marketing, branding, and graphic design startup companies.
  • Startup Hour: Studio G hosted 22 students on Friday for its weekly Startup Hour event. Startup Hour is a weekly networking and info session designed to help individuals who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses meet up, network and learn the tricks of the trade. This week’s event explored strategies for pricing your business’s products and services.

 

Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Enhancing Opportunities with Los Alamos National Lab (LANL): Vimal Chaitanya participated in the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Board meeting in Socorro, NM, on October 29. Setup by the three NM research universities and supported by LANL, NMC seeks to improve accessibility and research collaborations between NM research Universities and LANL. Currently, there are 52 equivalent FTE NMC employees, many on a joint appointment through LANL assess agreement to NMC. Alan Hurd from LANL informed that he is working on incoming joint appointments for faculty from three research universities to LANL. The three strategic focus areas of collaboration are defined as: (1) advanced modeling, simulation and computing, (2) Biological applications to Energy, public health and food security, and (3) Energy-Environment nexus. Additionally, graduate and undergraduate student internships, faculty sabbaticals and workshops are being planned with a start date of summer 2016.
  • Engineering Students’ Experiment in Space: Space Grant Director Pat Hynes and three NMSU Engineering students attended the space launch of an NMSU technology on November 6 at Spaceport America. Students Emily Edwards, Selinda Garay and Carlos Garcia were invited by the president of Unlimited Possibilities Aerospace Jerry Larson to observe this 10th launch of the SpaceLoft sounding rocket carrying an NMSU Mechanical Engineering experiment. Its flight profile is to reach 73 miles, well beyond the 62 miles as the internally accepted Von Karman line defining when a body is in space.  The experiment is the second flight of the Inertial Properties Algorithm Validation (IPAV) experiment. Mechanical Engineering Professor Dr. Ma’s algorithm, hypothesized it is possible to more accurately control an orbiting satellite by measuring its momentum using his algorithm. This experiment is now being fast tracked to the International Space Station through the U.S. National Lab, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).
  • New version of GRID to assist researchers at NMSU: The Office of Research Development (ORD) released GRID Version 4.0 on November 3.  GRID (Grants and Research Information Database) is an interactive, online database and portal that is used to disseminate information about federal and other publically funded opportunities and to house researcher profiles and proposal resources.  In addition to being more versatile and user-friendly, GRID Version 4.0 has been upgraded to distribute information about funding opportunities from corporate and private foundations as a result of the collaboration between ORD and NMSU Foundation/University Advancement Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR).
  • Enhancing Under-represented Minority participation in STEM: Associate Vice President for Research Integrity, Dr. Luis Vazquez was the invited to be keynote speaker for the Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC) Scholars Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.  The keynote was titled, “The Graduate School Journey: Mi Cuento/My Story.”  The keynote address was an inspirational presentation on the struggles and tribulations of Dr. Vazquez’s life throughout his education and life dealing with issues of being diagnosed as a special education student as a child, becoming a first generation college student leading to the achievement of a Ph.D. and becoming an administrator in higher education.  Vazquez also presented a workshop on “Understanding Funding and Budgeting Finances” for graduate school students. The Goal of MATC Scholars Program is to promote graduate study among under-represented minorities and women in the STEM fields with a special focus on doctoral-granting and research intensive institutions.  The program provides specific, targeted seminars to improve performance, recruitment, and retention of under-represented students in the STEM-related fields.  Dr. Cecilia Hernandez, Curriculum and Instruction faculty in STEM education, and Ms. Michelle Gavin, Research Integrity Coordinator from the Office of Research Integrity and Ethics, along with six students in the STEM areas from the College of Education attended the MATC Scholars program as guests of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, MATC Scholars program with Dr. Vazquez. 

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  • Community Engagement for Water Research: The Water Science and Management (WSM) graduate program and the WSM Graduate Student Organization (WSM-GSO) teamed up for NMSU’s Agriculture Day to be part of the day’s pre-game festivities and to conduct community outreach and provide awareness about the Water Science and Management program. WSM-GSO representatives spoke with different folks throughout the day about their research and displayed a Masters student’s current water research project equipment.  Visitors were interested in what the WSM students were studying and had many questions about the academic program as well.

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Interim Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Dr. Andrea Tawney

  • Foundation Gift: The Con Alma Health Foundation will award NMSU $10,000 for a proposal sent on behalf of the College of HSS for Advocacy at Work, a program that teaches high school students how to be their own health advocates. Dr. Cindy Kratzke will attend a grantees recognition event in Albuquerque.
  • Gift Distribution: A second $100,000 distribution from an estate gift has been received for research professorships in the College of ACES and College of Engineering.
  • NMSU Grants and Research Information Database: Corporate and Foundation Relations is working with the Office of Research Development and GRID to bring as many private funding opportunities to the attention of NMSU faculty and staff as possible. https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Stories/view/333/campus-database-to-help-generate-additional-financial-resources-throughout-nmsu-system
  • Campus Visit: We welcomed principals from Apogean Group on campus.  They met with the Elaine Stachera with Advancement, Sudha Murthy with ORD, Engineering Dean Steve Stochaj, PSL, and two members of the electrical engineering faculty.
  • Scholarship Gifts: On a trip to Albuquerque, the president and advancement team closed three scholarship gifts totaling $75k which will be matched for GivingTuesday. The scholarships are for engineering, HRTM and accounting.

 

Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • Partnership: Met with Irene Pistella, Marketing Director at Price’s Creamery in El Paso, Texas, to attempt to restart a partnership with them.
  • Find Your Reason Campaign: I participated in a video shoot for the Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau on a campaign “Find Your Reason” promoting tourism to visit Las Cruces.
  • Aggie Football: Hosted donors on our travel to San Marcos, TX, for the NM State Aggies vs Texas State football game. Larry Rose III is third in the nation in rushing yards. He was awarded the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week award for the second consecutive week.  This is the first time that the NM State Aggies won back to back conference games since 2006.Aggie Volleyball
  • Aggie Volleyball: NM State Volleyball clinched the Western Athletic Conference 2015 regular season title outright against Grand Canyon on Saturday night. They are 12-0 in conference games and 23-5 overall.

Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • KRWG: KRWG news staff burned the midnight oil reporting results from the 2015 Las Cruces municipal elections. Coverage included live results on KRWG FM and additional features at krwg.org. Also this week our development staff spent two days on the campus of the University of Texas participating in the Greater Public’s Legacy Builders program. The sessions were designed to explore trends and projects that may increase the number of planned gifts made to public media outlets.
  • Sports Information: Athletics Media Relations hosted the final home matches of the NM State volleyball team that saw the Aggies extend their win streak to 14 straight and win the outright Western Athletic Conference Championship. The Aggies secured the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament with the win. The sports writers also covered the Aggie football team’s exciting 31-21 victory at Texas State, where Larry Rose III rushed for over 200 yards for the third time this season.
  • News: College of Business professors Collin Payne and Mihai Niculescu’s grocery shopping research was featured on Thursday, November 5, on the FOX Channel program “Happening Now with Jon Scott and Jenna Lee.” Our news team successfully pitched this national television program and the producers traveled to Las Cruces to film the story.

 

Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • Nov 10 – Indian Affairs Committee
    • 3:00 pm – Consideration of Legislation for Endorsement
  • Nov 12-13 – Economic and Rural Development Committee
    • 12th– 9:05 am – New Mexico’s Creative Economy, Veronica Gonzales, Secretary, Cultural Affairs Department
      • 1:15 pm – Food and Farming
      • 2:15 pm – Industrial Hemp
    • 13th– 10:40 am  – Discussion of 2016 Legislation Committee Endorsement
      • Boll Weevil and Pink Bollworm Monitoring
      • Industrial Hemp
      • Workers Compensation – Injury While Under the Influence
  • Nov 16 – Legislative Health and Human Services Committee
    • 8:40 am – Health Care Workforce Committee Report; Behavioral Health Services
  • Nov 16 – Legislative Health and Human Services Committee
    • 1:30 pm – Review of Legislation for the 2016 Regulars Session
  • Nov 16 – Jobs Council, Capitol,
    • 11:00 am-  Report on Education and the Work Force- Dr. Barbara Damron, HED
    • 3:20 pm-  Job Creation in the Agricultural Sector- Anthony J. Parra, NMDA
    • Summary of Jobs Council’s Interim Work; Legislative Initiatives Update; Institutionalizing the Jobs Council Process
  • Nov 17 – 20 – LFC, Capitol
    • 17th– 9:00 am – Department of Finance & Administration (341) & Special DFA –Appropriations (344)- Tom Clifford, Secretary of DFA
    • 19th– 3:45 pm – Educational Retirement Board- Jan Goodwin, Executive Director, Educational Retirement Board- Pension Solvency Update

 

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

  • National Center of Biomedical Research and Training Workshop: Many staff members attended a three-day Instructor Development Workshop delivered by the National Center of Biomedical Research and Training.  The course focused on best teaching and training practices and enhanced understanding and application of instructor competencies.  Each person gave two presentations and received feedback on each presentation.
  • Career Day: Staff participated in the Alameda Elementary School’s Career Day, Las Cruces.  A menu was created and students picked their Thanksgiving dinner, then they were shown where those things came from.
  • 2015-2016 National Honey Bee Survey: The New Mexico Beekeepers Association in cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture is finalizing activities for the 2015-2016 National Honey Bee Survey.  This study is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Bill cooperative agreements and support apiary health related investigations.  In addition to the National Honey Bee Survey, samples are also being collected to identify potential pesticide residue within the hives.
  • Employee Awards: Employee Shannon “Bubba” Tunnell was honored along with Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Wildlife Service’s Kelly Hobbs.  They were given Memorial Recognition in honor of the service and sacrifice of those men and women who, in the performance of their duties, have given their lives.  Pictured, family of Kelly Hobbs and family of Shannon “Bubba” Tunnell.
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Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Police Activity: There were 47 police reports created, 25 supplements filed, and 34 traffic citations issued.  The Records & Evidence Office processed 36 items of evidence, 10 people were fingerprinted, and 8 background investigations were conducted.  The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 352 calls for service (two of which were 911 calls), resulting in 187 police calls (20 of which were agency assist) and eight warrant entries.  There were 31 fire calls (16 of which were mutual aid), nine emergency medical calls, three standby, one public assist, and two gas leaks.  There was one animal control call.  The Special Events staff worked a total of 921.5 hours and reviewed three events.  Pre-planning events included the Las Cruces v. Mayfield Football Game, Look Who’s Dancing, and the Tournament of Bands.  Staff also reviewed for safety and security concerns the Kids Fishing Clinic, Pink up the Pink 5K, and the Tech Talk-Eng.
  • FBI News Media Update: The FBI, along with local and state law enforcement agencies, held a press briefing Monday at the NMSU Police Department to reassure the public that they have not stopped trying to solve the case involving bombs being placed at three local churches.  The FBI is still offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
  • Funeral for Fallen Officer: Chief Lopez, Sergeant Ryan, and Officer Renteria, NMSU Police Department, attended funeral services for Officer Daniel Webster, Albuquerque Police Department, who succumbed to injuries he received in the line of duty on Thursday, October 29, 2015.  Thousands of people from both law enforcement and the general community showed up for the memorial service, which was held at the Convention Center in the Kiva Auditorium with overflow in the event rooms.  The procession to the graveside involved hundreds of emergency services personnel and a motorcade that was several miles long.  It was heartwarming to see the large numbers of people (well over 10,000) who lined the streets along the procession route with signs voicing their support for Officer Webster’s family and for the police officers in the Albuquerque area.  Many held signs, US flags, and large blue ribbons, and many of the trees and light poles had blue ribbons tied around them.
  • Academy Graduation: Officers Jarrod Colliver and Nelson McGuire graduated from the Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Hobbs on Thursday, November 5.  Officer McGuire received the Top Academic Award and Officer Colliver was the class leader.  They returned to the department on Friday and are now on the street in the Field Training Officer program where they will be under the guidance of an experienced officer as they learn how to apply what they learned in the academy to the situations they will encounter on the street.
  • Crowd Manager Training: The Police Department trained over a hundred students in the Pride Band on crowd management in preparation for the Tournament of Bands.  The training covered how to identify safety hazards and how to safely evacuate people to an appropriate facility in the event of an emergency.  By completing this training, they were able to fill positions that would have otherwise required security personnel.  This saved the band significantly and allowed more of the money raised during the Tournament to stay with the Pride Band program.
  • Managing Police Discipline Training – Deputy Chief Andy Bowen and Commander Jeff Harvey attended Managing Police Discipline Training in Las Vegas, Nevada November 3 thru November 6.  There were hundreds of managers and police labor union representatives present, and DC Bowen and Commander Harvey came back with lots of good information on best practices.

Interim President, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, Dr. Ken Van Winkle

  • Summit on Hunger and Homelessness: NMSU-A and the Otero Hunger Coalition sponsored a Summit on Hunger and Homelessness in Otero County on Friday, November 6.  The summit was designed to promote a community conversation about hunger and homelessness in our area.   Breakout sessions focused on hunger, homelessness, vulnerable populations, and veterans’ issues.  The day included guest speakers, panel discussions and hands-on workshops. Donations of non-perishable foods were accepted at the door and were contributed to area food banks and cupboards.
  • New EKG Technicians Course: NMSU-A will be offering a new EKG technicians course this spring.  Once completed, students will be able to operate specialized medical equipment to analyze a patient’s heart in order to assess the heart’s condition. EKG technicians may work in hospitals and clinics or other healthcare settings such as physician’s offices, medical and diagnostic laboratories and acute care facilities. This course was made possible by a Department of Labor grant for healthcare education called SUN PATH.

 

President, New Mexico State University -Carlsbad, Dr. John Gratton

  • NMSU Carlsbad Non-Exempt Employee Committee meeting: President Gratton met with the NMSU Carlsbad Non-Exempt Employee Committee on Tuesday, November 3. Discussion revolved around compensation initiatives, granted annual leave, and reclassification processes. Additionally, on November 3, John met with allied health personnel and VPAA Andrew Nwanne to discuss issues that have arisen in the EMT and CNA programs.
  • Facilities Projects: President Gratton attended a phone conference with NMSU Facilities personnel on Wednesday, November 4. Upcoming projects were discussed and timelines were developed for implementation of the projects.
  • Assessment Day: The NMSU Carlsbad campus conducted an Assessment Day initiative on Friday, November 6.  All faculty members were required to attend and to present their progress reports on program and course assessment.
  • Community Interview: In the evening of November 6, President Gratton participated in the interviewing of a potential Orthopedic Surgeon for Carlsbad Medical Center.

 

President, New Mexico State University -Dona Ana, Dr. Renay Scott

  • Honoring Veterans: On Wednesday, November 11 at 8:30 am, ceremonies will be held in the DASR East Mesa campus in the commons area of the Student Resources Building. The program will honor veterans past and present in every branch of the service.
  • Nursing Celebration: On Friday, November 13 a celebration of the nursing program earning accreditation will be held. This past summer ACEN, a national accrediting agency for nursing, provided accreditation for the associate of nursing program at DACC. Representatives from the medical community have been invited to attend along with staff and faculty.

 

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • Student Fee Review Board: The Student Fee Review Board met October 30.  Their next meeting will be within the next two weeks.
  • Noche de Luminarias: ASNMSU Activities is working with Campus Activities and Aggies Activities Council on Noche de Luminarias to be held December 6.  More details will be announced at a later date.
  • Undergraduate Council of University Presidents: President Chavez is forming Undergraduate Council of University Presidents (UCUP) for student body presidents to collaborate on legislative priorities in hopes of students bringing a unified front when lobbying in Santa Fe.  The first UCUP meeting will be on November 20.
  • Legal Speaker Series: The Judicial Branch will be hosting their Legal Speaker Series on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 pm in Hardman/Jacobs room 125.  Speakers include Representative Bill McCamley, Fernando Macias, and Steven Nance.

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