Activity Report November 11 – November 17

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

The really big deal this week was the Higher Learning Commission team were was on campus to review NMSU for renewal of our accreditation.  Although they do not offer much in the way of comment in the exit interview, they seemed very pleased with the Argument (the self-study developed by our team), noting that it was one of the best they had ever seen. They also seemed very pleased with NMSU’s hospitality, courtesy, culture, food and cooperation.  Kudos to the Provost, Shelly Stovall, and all of the team for great work. Thanks to NMSU faculty/staff for having such a great story to tell.

The Council of University Presidents (CUP) convened to discuss the lottery scholarship, preparation for upcoming LFC hearings, land-grant permanent fund assets, and the recent LFC report on costs drivers in higher education.  CUP will request one percent new money in the formula ($5.6 million), four percent base reduction for reallocation, and a two percent increase in faculty/staff salaries.  We will ask the legislature to decouple the lottery scholarship from tuition by setting a base rate for each of the following—the three science universities, the four comprehensive colleges and universities, and all two-year colleges.  We may also advance a proposal to have the legislature block grant the lottery money to each institution and have them make the distribution according to their needs.  Making the lottery merit and/or needs based did not gain any traction.

The new public education sheriff in town, LCPS Superintendent Greg Ewing, is doing a wonderful job of assisting NMSU in becoming the University of choice for all LCPS students.  We have always had support from LCPS but never with this level of attention and focus.  Our applications from LCPS are up considerably, thanks in part to his efforts.  When you seen him, give a hardy handshake and big thanks for all of his efforts.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and come back, perhaps a little heavier but ready to wrap up the fall semester.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

The week’s events were dominated by the visit of the HLC review team, which was on campus November 13 and 14.  The review team was led by Dr. Patricia Dolly of Oakland University, who has been an HLC reviewer for 20 years.  In the exit interview, Dr. Dolly praised NMSU for the quality of the Assurance Argument, for the wonderful hospitality, and for the good work and commitment of the faculty and staff. I want to thank Shelly Stovall for leading the writing teams, for hosting our visitors, and for representing NMSU so effectively.  Thanks also to Melody Munson-McGee for transporting the team to various venues and for ensuring that their needs were met. A final note of thanks to everyone who met with members of the review team in individual meetings or in open sessions.  The team clearly appreciated the strong participation and frank discussions.

Although it is difficult to upstage an HLC review team visit, Michael Ray may have accomplished this when he received the Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award, and followed his graceful and moving acceptance speech by getting on a knee and asking Ernestine Chaco to marry him. Happily for Michael, she accepted. I wish them a long and happy marriage, and I wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving.

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

 

Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences’ Ph.D. candidate, Gaurav Jha, received first place in the 2017 Graduate Student Poster Competition organized by Soil and Environmental Quality Division at the Soil Science Society of America meeting held in Tampa, Florida. The presentation focus was on spatial distribution of metal concentration in agricultural fields irrigated by the Animas River after the Gold King Mine spill in 2015.

 

 

NMSU’s 4-H Livestock Record, a mobile app for iPhone and iPad, used across the nation, has been updated and enhanced. Created by ACES’ Media Productions and its Learning Games Lab in collaboration with National 4-H Council, the app helps 4-Hers and 4-H agents organize livestock projects. Users can export data on feeding, financial information, and animal health, to be included in project record books. The updated version is suitable for iOS11 and is available free from the Apple App Store:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/4-h-livestock-record/id898568078?mt=8

 

“Team Compost” comprised of Emily Creegan (Ph.D. candidate in Plant & Environmental Sciences), Hassan Alzaid (sophomore in Mechanical Engineering) and Eduardo Vazquez (senior in Mechanical Engineering) won first place in the NMSU Aggie Innovation Space and Office of Sustainability Design Challenge with their proposal to build an innovative composting unit that improves biomass process time and compost quality. Ten groups competed in the two-week challenge and had to present their plans and presentations to a seven-member panel that included representatives from the Facilities and Services, the Sustainability Office, the Provost office, Dean of Students, Campus Engineering, and University Architecture. The goal was to have the most viable design concept implemented at NMSU.

 

Dr. Martha Desmond attended the USDA Forest Service on-site PATHWAYS hiring event at the Society for American Foresters meeting in Albuquerque with seven students (present and recent past) from the Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology Department.  This is one of many events sponsored by the Natural Resource Career Track program focused on obtaining quality internship and permanent employment opportunities for our students. Students competed for indefinite pathways positions that will provide them with a summer internship each year and the opportunity to convert noncompetitively to a permanent position upon graduation and recent graduate positions that will allow them to convert to a permanent position after a one-year appointment.

 

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli

The Department of Journalism reported two notable publications in highly reputed venues:

Roger Mellen, “The Lee Family and Freedom of the Press in Virginia,” Journalism History 43, no. 3 (Fall 2017): 126-131.

Mary M. Cronin, “Words as Weapons: Confederate Soldiers as Newspaper Correspondents during the 1861-1862 New Mexico Campaign,” Military History of the West 46 (2017): 21-49.

Sheila McMullan, graduate of the Government department and currently Vice-Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University, visited the Government department to meet students and faculty members. She provided an outstanding presentation on Women in Higher Education and Law Careers.

The Building Bridges program was featured in a video (with introduction by renowned singer and artist John Legend). This program recognizes the importance of bridging the gaps that exist between in- and out-of-school environments, writing, and other forms of creative expression by helping young high school students improve their writing, build creativity, and support mindfulness. With the support of mentors and guest artists in the community, the youth develop their creative voice, harness critical thinking skills, and examine the role their work can play in school and beyond the classroom walls.

The collection of videos including the one about the NMSU program can be found at: https://educatorinnovator.org/teachers-are-the-catalyst-john-legend-highlights-lrng-innovators-in-a-series-of-new-videos/

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

I participated in the HLC accreditation visit on Monday and Tuesday.

I attended a scholarship fundraiser event for the Dolores Conner Success scholarship at the Sunset Grill on Thursday.  We look forward to the impact of the investments made at this event for students who begin their studies in business at NMSU DACC then transfer to NMSU main campus.

I met with Lydia Nesbitt-Arronte, vice president of Education & Workforce Bi-national Relations at the Borderplex Alliance, on Friday.  It was an excellent opportunity to discuss bi-national imitative opportunities for collaboration.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

The STEM Outreach Center has partnered with NMOST (New Mexico Out of School Time Network) to provide a no-cost hands-on workshop series to Out-of-School-Time providers in New Mexico to increase the quantity and quality of STEM programming at their sites. The first workshop focused on the inquiry process, curriculum adaptation, and OST STEM program quality dimensions. The second workshop focused on facilitation and questioning skills, quality assessment, and staff training tools. There were a total of 17 participants from throughout the southern region including Lordsburg, T or C, Deming, Roswell, Carrizozo, Las Cruces, and more.

On November 8, at the Board of Regents meeting, history was made for the College of Education. The Regents unanimously approved the creation of a new school within our College bringing together 2.5 academic departments including Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership & Administration, and Special Education. Implementation of this re-organization will begin next semester, in January 2018.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation team conducted a site visit of the teacher education programs housed in the College. This review process would not have been possible without all the faculty, staff, students, and public school leaders who continue to work together to support and improve teacher training programs that benefit K-12 learners throughout the state of New Mexico.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

The Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research (SWIHDR) held their November Border Health Breakfast Hour presented by the College of Business. The gatherings provide a venue for interdisciplinary networking.  Dr. Charlotte Gard opened with “Use of Secondary Data Sources to Investigate Health Disparities in the Border Region” which outlined sources of data available, their uses in the past, and ongoing studies.  Dr. Chris Sroka followed with “Quantitative Methods for Health Care Quality and Extensions to Health Disparities Research” research methods used in measuring healthcare quality and future applications to studying health disparities. Dr. Grace Ann Rosile and Dr. David Boje concluded with “Smarter Lunchrooms,” a behavioral study on the food choices of local middle school.

 

The next presentation and discussion in the series from the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences on January 18.  Past presentations and a schedule of upcoming Border Health Breakfast Hours can be found at: http://swihdr.research.nmsu.edu/content/border-health-breakfast-nmsu.

 

 

Donna Wagner, dean of the College of Health and Social Services, has been invited to speak at the 2018 CUWFA meeting at Emory University about  her research in the area of work/family issues.  The College and University Work-Life Family Association Provides HR professionals working in higher education with up to date information about trends affecting work-life policy and practice.  Wagner’s work has informed Pepsico, MetLife, Travelers and other large employers on this topic including the development of corporate eldercare to address the work-family needs of an aging workforce.

 

 

Nursing student volunteers attended the MountainView Regional Medical Center NICU family reunion and assisted families and older children during the event. Photo includes Mt. View Director of Women’s Services Samantha Gomez, and the Women’s Services Manager, and Lactation Consultant Kim Smetzer.  Level 4 nursing student, Caitlyn Brotan, spearheaded the volunteer effort.

 

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

Many of our library faculty are highly engaged in outreach and professional development activities by doing conference presentations and workshops across the state, the region and at the national level.

Dennis Daily, associate professor and Archives and Special Collections Department head contributed to a panel presentation entitled “Why Brag?  Outreach and the Border Archives Bazaar at the October 21 Border Region Library Association Conference in El Paso, Texas.

At the New Mexico Library Association Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, several faculty made professional contributions.

  • Professor Susan Beck, Access Services Department head co-presented a preconference program entitled, “Caught in the Spotlight: Copyright Challenges and Trends in 21st Century Libraries on November 1.
  • Stephanie Carter, associate professor and Government Documents librarian co-presented a program on “The implementation of the New Mexico Shared Regional Depository Libraries,” and took over as chair of the Special Interest Group/ Association of College and Research Libraries/NM group. Stephanie also shared information on this presentation at the Federal Library Depository Conference.
  • Monika Lowaka-Musial, associate professor and Metadata Librarian finished her term as chair of the Special Interest Group/ Association of College and Research Libraries/NM Group. She also began her term as Secretary of the New Mexico Library Association.
  • John Sandstrom, associate professor and Acquisitions Librarian presented a preconference on Allocation Formulas, co-presented a program on Assessing Streaming Video in Academic Libraries and assumed the role of Vice-President/President elect of the New Mexico Library Association.
  • Alisa Gonzales, associate professor and Library Instruction Coordinator was a co-presenter on Assessing Streaming Videos in Academic Libraries.

On campus, Professor Ellen Bosman did a teaching academy program for department heads on the topic of alternative dispute resolution and the faculty grievance process.

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Golden Key International Honour Society   The officers and Advisor Dean Chaiken welcomed new members to the Golden Key (GK) honorary society. On Wednesday, we held a formal induction ceremony, where more than 70 students joined the ranks of this prestigious society. Membership in GK is limited to the top 10 percent of students at the university, and members include both graduate and undergraduate students. Many students were joined by family members to witness the event, including the Honorable Judge Macias who celebrated his daughter Adriana Macias’ induction.

Domenici Scholars   Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar represented the Honors College as the students who are Domenici Scholars presented their findings on their public policy topics that they have been researching. Selection as a Domenici Scholar is a rigorous process, and those selected become the student panelists at the annual Domenici Conference, and then use their experiences to develop a white paper on their assigned topic. We hope that several of these students will use their experience and knowledge as the foundation for an application to the Truman scholarships, which are public policy internships in Washington, DC.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

World’s Giving   Vista Del Monte apartments, Cervantes Village apartments, and Student Family celebrated the international diversity of NMSU in a partnership with the Office of Education Abroad. At the World’s Giving event, students visited tables representing various continents, emphasizing areas where NMSU students can study abroad. Each table offered an activity like origami folding, Katakana (Japanese writing) bookmarks, and matching recipes to their countries of origin. This event was the first in what will become a signature partnership program between Housing & Residential Life and the Office of Education Abroad.

On the way to A-Mountain   The Structural Maintenance Shop performed the annual scheduled maintenance on Observatory Road.  The road stretches from University Avenue up to the top of A-Mountain.  As part of the scheduled maintenance, they included a portion of Geothermal road that provides access to the DACC Lineman training Facility.  This maintenance allows faculty, students, and staff to safely access the NMSU facilities that are located on the roads.  Additionally, it provides emergency services access during special events such as the Tortugas Pueblo Pilgrimage held in December.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

The Aggie Welcome and Orientation staff attended the National Orientation Directors Association’s annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Family Outreach Advisor Claire Montoya, attended the Orientation Professionals Institute: an institute geared towards new professionals in the field of orientation, transition and retention. This is the fourth year that members of the Aggie Welcome and Orientation staff were able to attend this professional development event. Mariana Ortega and Claire Montoya were able to learn about some of the best practices in orientation, transition and retention and what is currently trending in the field. They also had the chance to hear Dr. Beverly Tatum author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race” speak. This year NODA was celebrating 120 years as an association.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services staff conducted a presentation on smart borrowing habits and financing education in Garcia Residence Hall. The presentation was on smart borrowing habits and financial education to four sections of CEP 199. In addition, the staff conducted FAFSA Fast Forward on campus, 29 students received assistance on completing their FAFSA.

  • Financial Aid has also awarded 2,790 unduplicated new students scholarships for 18/19 academic year.
  • Students served this week:
    • Students assisted in the front window: 403
    • Students assisted over the main phone line: 236
    • Students assisted via general email address: 140
    • Students assisted at CAASS (Center for Academic Advising and Student Success): 19

The Student Success Center conducted an Effective Presentations and Public Speaking outreach presentation in the College of Engineering for TRIO SSS STEM-H participants. The presentation provided students with tips for developing their own presentations, strategies to communicate the essential elements of the topic, and recommendations for developing confidence for public speaking.

The Student Success Center’s Red to Green Financial Wellness Program conducted a Basic Financial Wellness outreach presentation to students enrolled in the Aggie Pathway Program at DACC. The presentation provided students with information on establishing a budget, awareness for establishing credit and protecting one’s identity, and tips on financial aid resources to support their financial goals.

Career Services hosted Mix and Mingle with Ms. Marci Dickerson, entrepreneur/ owner of The Dickerson Group—Dickerson’s Catering, Dickerson’s Event Management, The Game Sports Bars and Grill, The Game II- Extra Innings, The Bear Den, Sports Skills Institute, Revolution 120; and NMSU Alumnus. Ms. Dickerson conducted a training for students on the Art of Professional Networking on November 15. This program provided students with guidance and practice on how to make conversation at business receptions, banquets and presentations.

Several members of the Career Services staff presented on November 16 at Arrowhead Park Early College High School to 120 students during four class periods on professionalism, interviews, resumes and managing your social media.

Career Services hosted Ms. Tyana Anglin, recruitment representative with the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program, Washington Center on November 13.  She provided information on their graduate school program which provides up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, fees and travel expenses for two-year master’s degree in fields related to Foreign Service.

Dr. Ann Hubbell, Department of Communication Studies and Ms. Audrey Hartley, executive director, Jardin De Los Ninos, jointly presented Manage Your Manager: How to Survive and Thrive at Your New Career on November 15.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

 

Entrepreneur Encounters   On Monday, Arrowhead Center hosted its monthly Entrepreneur Encounters speaker series. This month featured a panel of Studio G businesses started by NMSU students and recent alumni. Emili Novelo and Lucy Rubio of NoRu Boutique, Carlos Murguia of Kool Armor, Lea Wise-Surguy of Cruces Creatives, and Rachael Ryan of Backyard Farms shared experiences, lessons learned and advice from their journey as entrepreneurs, and spoke about how Arrowhead Center has provided support for them to grow their business.

 

 

LAUNCH Pitch Day   Thursday marked this year’s LAUNCH Competition Pitch Day, the first formal presentation of the LAUNCH Competition’s four-month business accelerator program.  Presenters included Dr. Jessica Houston, Dr. Geoffrey Smith, Dr. Young Park, Dr. Neda Sanatkaran, and Dr. Liang Sun from NMSU.  The winners of the competition vie for seed investment for their business.

 

 

Venture Capital Workshop   On Thursday, Arrowhead Center hosted Estela Hernandez, managing director of the Arrowhead Innovation Fund, who gave a presentation titled “Venture Capital 101.” This workshop provided information on what venture capital is, how it works, and what types of businesses are best suited for venture capital investment. This event was well attended by community members and Arrowhead clients. It provided a great opportunity for networking and created opportunities for connecting with local business owners, inventors and entrepreneurs.  The presentation was broadcast on Facebook Live and can be viewed at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/ArrowheadCenterNMSU/

 

 

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017   Arrowhead Center celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week with a power packed week of workshops, competitions, networking events, and sponsorship of the bi-national Reset Your Mind conference. Monday featured a student panel at Entrepreneur Encounters, Wednesday featured Studio G’s Networking hour, Thursday held the LAUNCH Pitch Day, a Venture Capital workshop, students and staff of Arrowhead attending the Reset conference in El Paso, and culminated with a Student Appreciation Event at the Fulton Center.  Chancellor Carruthers gave remarks on the success of Arrowhead’s student ventures at the Student Appreciation event, rounding out a fantastic week of entrepreneurship events. Images of Arrowhead Center’s Global Entrepreneurship Week events can be seen at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ArrowheadCenterNMSU/photos/?tab=album&album_id=748025052075506

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

The Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC) submitted twelve (12) proposals on behalf of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences (11) and Engineering (1) this week. The sponsors were the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – Fred Hutchinson National Cancer Institute, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). These proposals are valued at approximately $6.2M in potential research opportunities.

 

The staff of the Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC), along with staff members from the Office of the VP for Research, Physical Science Laboratory (PSL), and FS Custodial Services, participated in the Dona Ana County Health and Human Services Toy Drive. This annual event benefits participating children from Community Centers throughout the county. The gifts will be distributed beginning December 1 at multiple Winter Celebrations during the holiday season.

 

 

 

The NM WRRI’s recently released New Mexico Water eNews featured an article on research being conducted by NMSU undergraduate Stephanie Richins. Richins, a sophomore in chemical engineering, and her advisor, Dr. Hongmei Luo, also of the Department of Chemical Engineering, are attempting to reduce the toxicity of arsenic in water. The article is available by clicking here.

 

 

New Mexico Space Grant held its annual Student Colloquium on Friday, November 3.  Final presentations were given by 13 Space Grant scholars on their 2016-17 research results, which have been now uploaded to the nmspacegrant.com website.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Giving Tuesday Matched Scholarships   Two more scholarships have been created for students in the College of Business thanks to Giving Tuesday matching funds. A class of 1987 alumnus has given $12,500 that will be matched to create a new endowed scholarship for students in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, and an alumni couple has created a new $25,000 endowed scholarship through their business, Westwind Computer Products Inc., for students in the Management and Marketing departments.

Alumni Visit   Georgetown University Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies Sheila McMullan, a 1992 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, visited NMSU to conduct a Government Department colloquium, and to inspire students in Kim Seckler’s Supreme Court class. Dean McMullan spoke about the challenges women face in higher education, political and professional workplaces.

Library Employee Scholarship   A generous donor has created a second endowed scholarship for student employees of the NMSU Library.

Aggie Cupboard Support   The United Way’s Emergency Food and Shelter(EFSP) Program awarded $3,000 to support Aggie Cupboard’s efforts to provide food and short-term emergency shelter to NMSU and DACC students, faculty and staff. This doubles last year’s gift to Aggie Cupboard from the EFSP.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

I had a conference call with the NCAA regarding their Pathway to Opportunities initiative where selected leadership from the NCAA will visit the athletic department and campus from a PR and educational standpoint regarding NM State athletics. We will look to schedule the meeting in the Spring of 2018.

NM State volleyball won their last two regular season matches against Grand Canyon University and Cal State Bakersfield, which gave them the outright Western Athletic Conference Regular-Season title. This is the third consecutive year volleyball has won the regular season championship. Coach Mike Jordan was named WAC Coach of the Year. Kassandra Tohm received the Player of the Year award and Ariadnne Sierra earned second-straight Libero of the Year award. Tatyana Battle was named to the All-WAC First Team for the second year in-a-row. Sasha-Lee Thomas was awarded Second Team All-WAC honors and freshman Lia Mosher was named to the All-Freshman Team.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

On Monday, November 20, IBP hosted the second “Dia de Descubre,” which is an Aggie Experience Day customized for Mexican citizens; 191 students registered for the event.  The candidates received introductory and welcome comments from Provost Howard and Dr. Menking before being received by faculty from each of the colleges, depending on their intended field of study.  The visitors were mostly interested in undergraduate programs, but a few were here to learn about master’s and doctoral programs.  Every college had people interested in their programs.  Candidates also visited the dorms and dined in Taos Cafeteria.  Most traveled from the state of Chihuahua, many coming with their parents.

 

The Study Abroad Ambassador Club hosted their 5th International Prom Wednesday, November 15.  This semester’s theme was Carnival!  This event was created as an event primarily for the incoming exchange students to experience a quintessential American experience…the Prom!  This semester’s turnout was one of the largest on record and included not just ambassadors and exchange students, but many of NMSU’s International Student population, both degree seeking and those participating in the Intensive English Language program through CELP.  Lastly, this semester’s Prom Queen was Estrella Teran Moreno, an exchange student from Spain.   Prom King was Julian Dorr, an exchange student from Germany.

OEA held the Worlds Giving event on November 9, in the South Campus Community Center. This event was in collaboration with South Campus Residential Life and the Office of Education Abroad. The event was geared towards south campus residents including international students, students with families, Greek life students, graduate students, and traditional students. Worlds Giving promoted the celebration of different cultures and diversity as a multicultural version of Thanksgiving. Throughout the event, students had the opportunity to explore the variety of different study abroad programs and stop by each table to explore their options and learn about different cultures from each continent. There was international-style foods served at the event, which Residential Life graciously provided. Approximately 65 students attended Worlds Giving. Residential Life and the Office of Education Abroad have been collaborating on this event since September 2017, and seeing the success, we hope to continue this collaboration by making Worlds Giving an annual event perhaps on a larger scale geared toward all of campus in a more centralized location.

 

NMSU Confucius Institute Chinese Language Professor Wang Qi demonstrates the Chinese Tea Ceremony for students at RGH as part of the First Year Residence Experience, Wednesday November 15.

 

 

 

Marketing and Communications, Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

 News and Media Relations   A news highlight on New Mexico State University’s first Artist-in-Residence Open Studio November 14, where Orly Ruaimi led our social media news report this week, with a reach of more than 2,400 and engagement of more than 150 clicks, comments and shares. Orly Ruaimi is an interdisciplinary artist working with a variety of materials that serve as a means to an end to her conceptual approaches in art making.

The News team posted 25 items during the week on the NMSU News Facebook page, for a combined audience of more than 20,800.

Orly Ruaimi

Marketing Services and Web Communications   Marketing and Communications along with Advancement staff members worked together to build a series of signs and ads for Giving Tuesday. We combined the bold crimson and white look with the unique NMSU Giving Tuesday logo. The copy highlights one of the best aspects of Giving Tuesday at NMSU: Aggies doing what we can, and working together, to help students succeed.

KRWG/SPU   Girl Scouts visiting KRWG were able to tour the facilities and learn about a career in journalism. While in the FM studios, Emily Guerra showed them the process of recording sound and gave each Scout a chance to hear themselves “on air.”

KRWG’s Fred Martino with touring Scouts

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

The Office of Government Relations continues to monitor tax reform legislation and its impact to higher education.  For updates and information on H.R.1 the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, watch our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NMSU-Office-of-Government-Relations-186718931397950/ or visit our website at https://govrelations.nmsu.edu/

Upcoming Legislative Related Events:

  • November 27 – 29, Indian Affairs Committee,
    • Endorsement of Legislation- Peter Kovnat, Staff Attorney, Legislative Council Service
  • November 30, Tobacco Settlement Revenue Oversight Committee, State Capitol, Rm 311
    • Consideration of Endorsement of Proposed Legislation for the 2018 Session. Senator Howie C. Morales- Cigarette Tax Increase- .208818
  • December 4 – 8, Legislative Finance Committee, State Capitol, Rm 307,
    • 9am-11am- FY18 and FY19 General Fund Revenue Projections– Duffy Rodriguez, Secretary, Department of Finance and Administration; John Monforte, Acting Secretary, Taxation and Revenue Department; Jon Clark, Chief Economist, Legislative Finance Committee, Severance Tax Bond and General Obligation Bond Capacity — Duffy Rodriguez, Secretary, Department of Finance and Administration
    • Severance Tax Bond and General Obligation Bond Capacity — Duffy Rodriguez, Secretary, Department of Finance and Administration
    • December 5 , 9 am – 10am– Higher Education Institutions (952-977) — Dr. Barbara Damron, Secretary, Higher Education Department; Dr. Garrey Carruthers, Chair, Council of University Presidents; Dr. Becky Rowley, Chair, New Mexico Independent Community Colleges; Dr. Clayton Alred, Chair, New Mexico Association of Community Colleges
    • 1pm – 2pm, Higher Education Department (950) — Dr. Barbara Damron, Secretary, Higher Education Department, Statewide Higher Education Master-plan Committee, Report on Fiscal Watch List
    • 3:30pm – 4:30 pm, Capital Outlay — Linda Kehoe, Principal Analyst; Legislative Finance Committee; Jonas Armstrong, Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Finance Committee • Review of 2018 Capital Outlay Staff Framework,, Other Capital Outlay Issues
    • December 7, 3:30 pm – 5:00pm, Executive and Higher Education Compensation Report –Justin Najaka, Director, State Personnel Office; Barbara Damron, Secretary, Higher Education Department

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

APR staff led a tour for State Forestry. The group consisted of 20 individuals from around the country and showcased New Mexico agriculture. The tour showed them a land grant, acequias, small farming operations, large farming operations, and the Plant Materials Center in Los Lunas.

I presented to New Mexico Agricultural Leadership Program. There was a discussion on international trade and a panel with staff and local pecan producers on international/domestic trade.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Presentations   Chief Lopez had the opportunity to speak to students in two different academic classes this week.  In the first, he spoke to students in the CHME 395 Brewing Science and Society class (taught by Stephen Taylor) on issues related to responsible alcohol consumption and safety.  In the second, he spoke to students in Dr. Anne Hubbell’s COMM 570 Organizational Communication course on ethical issues in policing.  Students in both classes were very attentive and inquisitive, and the experience provided a great reminder of why we do what we do.

Webinar on Hazing   The Police Department, the Office of Institutional Equity, and the Dean of Students staff met to start work on how to reduce the potential for hazing in student organizations, including athletic teams, band, greek organizations, professional fraternities, and any other student organizations where hazing could occur.  A webinar on hazing was watched and served as a springboard for discussion.  The group will be working to get anti-hazing efforts moving forward for the Spring 2018 semester.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Friday, November 10, the Teaching Academy Traveling Show was at the NMSU-A campus.  Twenty faculty and staff had breakfast and listened to NMSU Professor Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza.  The topic was “Service-Learning: Connecting Knowledge, Students, and Community.” This presentation gave NMSU-A faculty and staff an opportunity to spend time exchanging ideas as well as rekindling their interest in service learning.

On Wednesday, November 15, the Otero Jazz Orchestra, sponsored by NMSU-A Community Education, rocked the Flickinger Center with a free jazz concert.  The group, led by Director Daniel Rodriguez, played many jazz standards.  They included “I’m In The Mood for Love,” “Bye, Bye Blackbird,” and “Sing, Sing, Sing.”  NMSU-A notables who participated were faculty member Dr. Karen Reid, students Gabriel Maher, Angelyn White, Steve Smith, and NMSU-A President Ken Van Winkle.

The Otero Jazz Orchestra in concert on Wednesday, November15, 2017.

The NMSU-A Social Science Club has had two collection drives end this month. They have been collecting baby wipes for the local pregnancy center and fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for a needy family.  Both efforts were successful.  Thirty-five packets of wipes were collected, and items for a full meal were donated.  They have now begun their next drive, which is filling the shelves of the NMSU-A Aggie Cupboard.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Saturday November 11, NMSU Carlsbad hosted the annual business meeting and area competitions for Skills USA.  Approximately 200 high school and college students from Deming, Roswell, Hobbs, Loving, and Carlsbad attended the event and the scheduled sessions were very well-received.

On Tuesday, November 14, NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton attended the monthly meetings of the UAC and the system Presidents. NMSU is hosting HLC visitors this week and the visit is going very well.  Also, the Presidents conducted intense discussion as to the NMSU system-wide response to the LFC recommendation that were released last month.

On Wednesday November 15, NMSU Carlsbad completed the decorating of the home on Riverside that the college has adopted for the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce “Christmas on the Pecos” cruises. A group of faculty, staff, and students met at the home and completed the decorating, which will predominantly display NMSU Carlsbad and will be viewed by approximately 15,000 visitors to Carlsbad during the holiday season.

On Thursday, November 16, the NMSU Carlsbad Non-Exempt Committee sponsored the annual Pre-Thanksgiving potluck dinner on campus.  Faculty and staff volunteered to bring different foods and the event was very well-attended and was enjoyed by all attendees.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

On Thursday, November 16, between 9-noon, NMSU Grants held their annual Career Exploration Fair.  Five schools bussed in nearly 400 7th-12th graders, giving them early exposure to careers and programs in Cibola County. The event was free and open to the public and job seekers of all ages. Particulary popular was the Crime Scene setup provided by Grants Police Department and a screening tool involving physical strength assessment for the Grants Fire and Rescue.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto

Our Fall Elections were a great success with 1,440 students voting. Spring election dates have been set and any student who is interested in running for President, Vice President, or Senator for ASNMSU can contact the Chief Elections officer for dates.

President Prieto attended Council of University Presidents (CUP) on Wednesday, November 15, in Albuquerque. ASUNM’s President Brooks and ASNMSU’s President Prieto were able to provide student input on topics discussed.

The ASNMSU 61st Senate held their bi-annual meeting on Thursday, November 16 in the Senate Chambers. Legislation was discussed and passed, as well as a goodbye to the senators who would not be returning to the senate floor in the spring semester. The senators that were newly elected or re-elected were also sworn in by the ASNMSU Chief Justice.

ASNMSU passed out posters to the student section for the NMSU vs. UNM Men’s Basketball game on November 17. Last year a Paul Weir shirt was created as a part of the t-shirt series. In light of the switch of basketball coaches, posters were created for students to hold and distract UNM’s team.


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