Activity Report November 10 – November 21


On Wednesday, November 14, the NMSU Program Specialist from NMSU’s College of Engineering, Allysa Taylor was on the NMSU Alamogordo campus. Ms. Taylor talked to the students about Recruitment and STEM engagement. She made sure that students knew of the opportunities at NMSU and how to proceed after they have graduated from NMSU Alamogordo.

Allysa Taylor from NMSU College of Engineering talks to students interested in the NMSU Engineering program.

The Otero Jazz Orchestra (OJO) performed a concert at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday, November 14. OJO is sponsored by NMSU-A Continuing Education. Featured songs included “The Count”, “Hospital Blues”, “Bari Cool”, and “Time With You”. OJO did a fantastic job, and the crowd really enjoyed the concert.

Otero Jazz Orchestra during their November 14 concert.

Staff and faculty were given Green Dot training on Friday, November 16. Anne Ricksecker, Vice President of Student Success, was the facilitator. The presentation made everyone aware of how to direct, delegate, and distract in situations that may end in violence. The training planted the seeds of a culture of Green Dot awareness and that interpersonal violence will not be tolerated on campus.

Anne Ricksecker explains why Green Dot training is important.

Workshops at the Honors College    This is the time of year we encourage students to begin thinking ahead towards spring and summer 2019, and we’ve held a series of workshops over the past two weeks. The first was timed to coincide with the beginning of registering for spring classes, and the MAP workshop helped students understand how to begin earning graduate credits while completing their undergrad degree. The second workshop introduced students to the Honors College International Research Scholarship, and the third workshop gave students insights into how to successfully compete for Fulbright Fellowships. Many students are realizing that including international experiences is not only a great resume builder, but a transformative experience as well.

This semester NMSU alum and former President’s Associate Scholar Josh Silver is teaching our class Claiming an American Past, and the students have explored topics related to the question of whose voices are represented in historical representation. One of the assignments included  reading various vignettes from Chicano Movies: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era.After reading a series and complete some research writing further exploring some of the experiences of these women, the students challenged themselves to make protest shirts in the voice of the authors from the book. The photos below represent some of these students efforts.


Aggie Scheduler Builder    ICT Student Technology and Planning student staff held Schedule Builder information tables during the week of November 4 through the 10.  Aggie Schedule Builder is an easy to use tool that allows students to quickly create their class schedules.  The student staff provided general information, as well as tips and tricks on how to use the Aggie Schedule Builder.  Feedback received from students has been overwhelmingly positive.

Ed Harold Foreman Suite 300 Renovation    Engineering College III will have a renovated suite that will have a natural light look and new meeting areas. The Engineering College Learning Community of Engineers renovation includes a large open space, conference room and break area for students. Suite 300 will be ready by the end of 2018 for students, faculty and visitors!

Intermountain Affiliate of College and university Residence Halls (IACURH)    Residence Hall Directors Nicki Halopka and David Sanchez accompanied a delegation of 18 NMSU students to the Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (IACURH) 2018 regional leadership conference on November 11-14 in Provo, Utah, on the BYU campus. The NMSU delegation made a big splash at the conference as Cassidy Moore and Sarah Gailbreath, NMSU delegates and Resident Assistants at RGH, presented a program titled “Civil War: Debating Made Fun” which was awarded a Top Ten Program designation at the conference. The program focused on how to engage in a civil debate about divisive topics. The IACURH conference included a variety of programs and workshops that provided opportunities for student leaders to grow professionally and personally. Over 30 delegations from member universities attended.

The Los Alamos National Lab Foundation (LANL) together with the Thornburg Foundation hosted a distinguished speaker series on education beginning with Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, prominent researcher and author on education, Thursday, November 15.  Ms. Hammond spoke about working education systems from around the world, , Dr. Karen Trujillo, Interim Dean of Research in the College of Education provided pictures of programs that are working to elevate education in New Mexico along with Dr. Wanda Bulger-Tamez, Dir. of Mathematically Connected Communities here at NMSU who moderated the event.  The “Grow Your Own Teachers” program a.k.a. Educators Rising, Mathematically Connected Communities and Scientifically Connected Communities projects, all from the CO of Ed, were met with great interest by the attendees.  For more information –, and


News and Media Relations    Media coverage of NMSU’s inauguration was provided by numerous media outlets, such as the Las Cruces Sun-News, Las Cruces Bulletin, student media, KVIA-TV and Telemundo. In addition to assisting media with their coverage, the News and Media Relations team provided coverage with a Facebook Live, social media postings including Facebook and Twitter and distribution of news to statewide media. Less than 24 hours after the event, the team’s social media audience had reached almost 2,500 and had generated almost 300 clicks, reactions, comments and shares.

KRWG-FM hosted The Wellness Confidential. The one-hour call-in show allowed listeners and social media users to pose questions regarding wellness and healthy eating during the holidays. The recurring series of specials features NMSU Professor Raquel Garzon.

KRWG Public Media participated in the Barnes & Noble Bookfair at the Mesilla Valley Mall location. On-air staff read selections from their favorite books. A percentage of each purchase during the book fair went to support KRWG.

Global Entrepreneurship Week   This week, Arrowhead Center celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) by hosting 9 events around Las Cruces in partnership with local businesses and organizations across New Mexico. Each event featured a discussion between experienced entrepreneurs or venture capitalists and the community. Through these events the Arrowhead team was able to connect with community members and share information about resources for entrepreneurs in Las Cruces. During this week Arrowhead partnered with WESST, Startup Las Cruces, Cruces Creatives, Arrowhead Innovation Fund, and Coronado Ventures Forum to host entrepreneurial events. GEW is recognized and celebrated around the world through the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Events kicked off in Las Cruces on Monday with a coffee hour discussion from serial entrepreneur Scott Maloney at Beck’s Coffee. This is Arrowhead’s 4th year celebrating GEW.

Sandia National Laboratories Studio G Launch    On Monday, Dr. Kramer Winingham officially launched the newest site in the Studio G expansion. Studio G now hosts its program to graduate students and post-docs at Sandia National Laboratories. The Sandia site marks the 14th Studio G site in New Mexico. Studio G is a student incubator designed to support student entrepreneurs at colleges, universities and national labs across the state of New Mexico. Each Studio G participate has access to online curriculum, 3-D printing prototyping services, support from Enterprise Advisors, and eligibility for funding from Arrowhead programs. Studio G is currently supporting 366 student-led ventures across the state.

Coronado Ventures Forum    On Thursday, Coronado Ventures Forum, Arrowhead Center and the Arrowhead Innovation Fund came together to host a panel discussion called “The New Heat Map: Investing in Southern New Mexico.” This panel,hosted at La Posta de Mesilla to a standing room only crowd, discussed the Arrowhead Innovation Fund, the investment landscape of southern New Mexico, and closed with a question and answer session from community members. Coronado Ventures Forum is a facilitator of investor/entrepreneur connections and education and hosted this event in Las Cruces to open more discussions in the community about venture investment and growth. This event was hosted as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Enterprise Advisor Recognition    On Friday to round out Global Entrepreneurship Week, Arrowhead Center hosted a lunch recognizing the contributions of the Enterprise Advisor Network. Currently, 49 industry experts and entrepreneurs from around the nation volunteer their time to provide one-on-one advising to Arrowhead clients. At the lunch, the advisors were recognized and thanked for the 308 advising meetings they held with clients in 2018. Two advisors were specifically recognized for their exemplary service, Dick Welter who held 17 advising sessions this year, and Leah Messina who held 27 advising session this year. Dick has a background in technology licensing and works closely with Arrowhead’s LAUNCH program. Leah is the founder of Sinuate Media and works closely with Arrowhead and Arrowhead clients on marketing and media campaigns.

NM WRRI   Director Sam Fernald and staff members Connie Maxwell and Bernadette Fontenelle attended the November 13, 2018, Drought Task Force (DTF) meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Fernald presented the draft New Mexico Drought Plan: 2018 and answered questions from the task force. NM WRRI staff prepared the draft plan and will prepare the final plan after receiving feedback from the DTF. The final plan will be presented to the DTF in mid-December. Director Sam Fernald also moderated a panel at the November 15-16 New Mexico Produced Water Conference: Policy, Regulations and Economics to Support Total Resource Recovery. Dr. Fernald and NMSU Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Pei Xu addressed the 150 participants on produced water reuse.


On Saturday, November 17, the STEM Outreach Center and the Las Cruces Scholastic Chess Association together held the biannual John Clark Memorial Tournament which had over 60 students from local schools ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade, compete in a chess tournament.  These students are participants in a free chess program under the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant or through the Las Cruces Scholastic Chess Association. Austin Trout, a professional boxer and chess enthusiast made a special appearance and rallied the participants with an inspirational speech.  The STEM Outreach Center is always looking for opportunities to partner with organizations willing to provide events for the students and families in our community.  Learn more at our website,

The Indian Student Association of New Mexico State University brought the Roshni celebration to campus on November 17. The Festival of Lights, the annual Indian celebration known as Diwali, marks the victory of good over evil, and is organized every year during the month of October or November. The celebration attracted some 400 guests from the Las Cruces – El Paso community and featured cultural dances, a fashion show, food, and fireworks. This annual event showcases the global cultural diversity found among the international student groups at NMSU.

International Border Programs hosted its third Descubre Day for prospective students from Mexico on the NMSU campus Monday, November 19.  About 170 people attended and that number included students, family members, and guests.  Chancellor Arvizu welcomed the group to NMSU and shared his vision for how NMSU will be part of the healthy border community that we all call home.  Guests visited colleges (based on their program interests) and got a peek at housing opportunities on campus before having the full dining experience at the Taos dining hall.  One lucky prospective student – who traveled overnight from the small mountain town of Cuahtemoc, Chihuahua, to participate – won an iPad.  Over 40 undergraduate students applied for admission to NMSU and we look forward to seeing these students as new Aggies in the fall 2019 semester.

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