- Several NMSU colleagues joined me at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) meeting in Austin this past week. Highlights include:
- The Presidents Council spent a considerable amount of time talking about and worrying about protests and vandalism on campuses. Lots of talk about doing everything we can to make our students feel safe and protected. NMSU as a caring community needs to elevate our caring game, as we always do.
- At the Presidents Luncheon we heard from Admiral William McRaven, the relatively new Chancellor of the UT system. He is very performance centric. Also, Peter Faricy from Amazon discussed what the market place is looking for in graduates and seemed to challenge higher education to offer more internships and service learning opportunities.
- Bernadette Montoya participated in the session with a keynote speaker who discussed balancing freedom of expression and diversity. Once again, listening and being concerned were recommended and the student panelist was particularly forceful in asking older folks to understand this generation of students. Bernadette was very impressive with her remarks. She noted our recent change in NMSU policy dealing with freedom of expression, which was developed by a committee that included a student who had been arrested for exercising freedom of expression.
- I attended a U.S./Canada/Mexico Committee on Partnerships – a new effort by APLU to enhance academic and research relationships in North America. The subject selected for emphasis is food security – using higher education research/extension to improve the availability of food and ensure food security for the region.
- It was most unfortunate, for the first time an NMSU Police Officer faced with an emergency fired a weapon on campus. I commend the professionalism of the Police, Housing, Communications, Counseling Center, students, Fire Department, and others who responded to this incident. Fortunately, the student who was injured is recovering but must deal with the Police and courts for his actions.
- As part of our redesign of NMSU, the Internal Audit unit will be reorganized to flatten the organization and improve the span of control. Ross Justus will become the Audit Lead for the unit, Carolina Munoz will be the Interim Chief Audit Officer and Ermelinda Quintela will replace Carolina after Erma has completed a very complex and detailed assessment of the response to an RFP to privatize some or all of our housing stock.
- I spoke to the Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. The Bureau members are big supporters of NMSU. The new President is Craig Ogden, an NMSU grad and former student of mine. It was in 1980 that, after speaking to their annual meeting, several members asked that I join the Reagan administration, which I did. And the rest is history!
- The Texas State team had a tough time making it to the football game due to a bus wreck in El Paso involving buses bringing their team and supporters to NMSU. I am hopeful that those injured in the wreck are repairing well.
- Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and be thankful for all we have and for our great University faculty, staff, and students.
- I spent the first part of the week (November 14-16) at the University of Central Arkansas leading a Higher Learning Commission Site Visit Team.
- On Thursday, I gave an hour and a half presentation on “Higher Education in the United States” to the Academy for Learning in Retirement. I began the talk with a brief history of higher education in the United States, before moving on to the role of the faculty in modern universities and how shared governance works. I ended with a discussion of students and student debt. I noted that concerns about student debt were sometimes overblown (especially in New Mexico where the cost of higher education is relatively low) and that student loans were, and continue to be, an important avenue by which students can invest in themselves and their future.
- On Friday, I attended the Council of University Presidents Meeting in Albuquerque, where we discussed a variety of issues, including dual credit and general education. The Higher Education Department has proposed new rules for dual credit that attempt to bring some order to what is now a relatively unregulated environment. I believe the new rules are reasonable and will improve the dual credit experience for our students. However, some institutions are concerned that the new dual credit rules will put too many restrictions on student choice. With regard to general education, there is strong support for the reform effort within the Council of University Presidents. Nevertheless, one institution expressed concerns about the speed of the process and whether the proposed general education curriculum would be too complex for students to navigate. The concerns about speed were allayed by the assurance that the process would now slow down so that feedback can be gathered and considered from stakeholders across the state.
- At the end of the day on Friday, I had the honor of giving a brief welcome at the Military Veterans Banquet. As the son of a career soldier, it was a privilege to relate some of my experiences growing up in a military family, and to recognize the service and sacrifice of the many military veterans who work for, and/or are enrolled as students at NMSU.
Cooperative Extension Service Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service (CES) was honored to represent NMSU-ACES by hosting Governor Susana Martinez on Veteran’s Day at the Sandoval County Extension Office. The Governor Susana Martinez called to ask CES for assistance so she could address the Military Veteran’s outside the courthouse at the Memorial ceremony. The Governor arrived, along with her husband Chuck, her sister Lettie, and her personal assistant Megan Delarosa (a former 4-H’er) and State police detail commanded by Tony Fetty. CES was able to visit with the Governor for three hours following the Veteran’s ceremony. CES personnel in Sandoval County have a personal invitation to visit her office privately.
Family and Consumer Sciences Six Extension Family and Consumer Sciences faculty received a special invitation from Dr. Hugo Vilchis, Burrell College Professor and Associate Dean, to attend an international conference on chronic diseases. America’s Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance and the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted the conference in Las Cruces on November 9-11. This was the first USA-based conference for this international group. About 100 health professionals and medical students from Latin America, North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia attended. The medical professionals were interested in Extension’s ability to offer evidence-based educational programming to help individuals prevent or cope with chronic diseases.
- Military and Family Communication Panel – Dr. Merranda Marin presented on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as part of the Military and Family Communication Panel held on November 14. The panel discussion was one of the events held during Military and Veterans Appreciation Week at NMSU. Dr. Marin and the other panelists discussed ways to help military families cope with deployment and reintegration afterwards.
- Campus Visit – Over 65 students from Chaparral Elementary School learned about careers in food science and technology on November 11. Dr. Stu Munson-McGee talked to the students about the science and history of chocolate. Dr. Damien Reyes and student Jesus De La Cruz demonstrated how to spray dry milk and how to make an extruded snack food from cottonseed meal.
- The Department of Anthropology hosted 90 six graders from Sierra Middle School for a set of learning and fun activities related to Anthropology and the NMSU Museum.
- The NMSU Army and Air Force ROTC programs hosted their annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.
- Dr. Ken Hacker, Department Head of Communication Studies, was recognized by the Political Communication Division for having the TOP PAPER PANEL for “Analyzing Iranian Leaders’ Conflict Framing with Leximancer Automated Text Analysis.”
- Dr. Kathryn Hanley, Professor of Biology, was awarded the Dalrymple-Young Award from the American Committee on Arthropod-Borne Viruses at the Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Atlanta.
- The Department of Geology hosted a colloquium by Masako Tominaga from Texas A&M, titled “The Origin of the Jurassic Magnetic Quiet Zone and the Evolution of Deep Submergence Magnetometry.”
- Bryan Rutter, student in CMI, was the winner of the 2016 Arts & Sciences Holiday Card Contest.
- The Department of Sociology hosted a colloquium by Julie Steinkopf Rice entitled “Advancing Alternatives to Capitalism Through Theoretically Informed Practice.”
- The department of Music Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony hosted the Landscapes concert.
- Recruiting for new Student Ambassadors for the spring semester is under way. Ambassadors represent the College of Business, interact with the business community, and are provided with the opportunity to be mentored, as well as serve as mentors. Students interested in applying should see the Dean’s office to pick up an application. Applications are due Monday, November 28.
- COB alum, Gary Mallory was a guest speaker in my business consulting class on Monday, November 14. Other alumni visitors this week included Alex Morales and Danny and Kathy Crow.
- We hosted two pizza parties this for students in our introductory business course, BUSA 111. The students really appreciated lunch and the opportunity to mingle with their Dean.
- Pat Gavin and Josh Salmon attended the PGA Annual meeting in New York City last week. Over 800 industry leaders were in attendance. New national officers were elected. Kyle Birnie, current student, was also invited to attend and was involved in several key meetings as an observer.
- The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.
The College of Education STEM Outreach Center partners with the Physical Science Laboratory in a second UAS Roadshow!
SPECIAL EDUCATION/COMMUNICATION According to the CDC, approximately 2,650 babies are born annually in the U.S. with a cleft palate and 4,440 are born with a cleft lip, which may or may not co-occur with a cleft palate. Recent data indicates the state of New Mexico currently has 200-250 estimated cases of cleft, indicating the highest numbers of reported cleft lips and palates nationwide. Of these, there are 91 active clients in the NMSU cleft palate team database, indicating Dona Ana County and the surrounding areas as an epicenter for these cases. The NMSU Cleft Palate Team meets bi-annually to address this need by providing the multidisciplinary coordinated care this population needs. On Friday, November 4, professionals throughout the region including plastic surgeons, an ENT, audiologists, an oral surgeon, pediatrician, a CMS representative, dentist and an orthodontist, as well as faculty from the Communication Disorders Program collaborated to provide this pro bono service to 28 families at the Edgar R. Garrett Speech an Hearing Center. CD program graduate clinicians as well as undergraduate students involved in the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association assisted in the event.
- Delia Valles-Rosales, industrial engineering associate professor, and a group of industrial engineering students conducted a career orientation day for students from Sierra Middle School in the industrial engineering laboratories and Aggie Innovation Space.
- After qualifying at the regional tournament in Tucson in April, the NMSU American Institute of Chemical Engineers Chem-E Car team competed against 41 finalists from around the world Sunday, November 13, in the finals held in San Francisco, California, and took 10th place.The annual competition engages college students in designing and constructing a car powered by a chemical energy source that will safely carry a specified load over a given distance and stop. https://chme.nmsu.edu/aiche-chem-e-car-team-finishes-2016-competition-10th-in-the-world/
- Aggie Innovators in the College of Engineering hosted the fourth in a series of Freaky Friday STEM activities. Freaky Fridays is a free STEM outreach program for third through fifth-grade students. The workshops are based around engaging, exciting and innovative hands-on STEM activities. The activities were developed by Wyatt Castaneda, a co-op student in the Aggie Innovation Space, and Amberose Eddington, an undergraduate student in the College of Education.Engineering New Mexico Resource Network hosted the annual Siemens NX Designer Certified refresher and certification exam for engineering students. The NX Designer Certified Professional exam is an important achievement that enhances student credentials as they enter the workforce. The exam, offered by Siemens, has been designed and structured to validate a user’s professional qualifications. There were 22 students who sat for the exam.
- Boris Drach, assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, hosted an introductory pop-up workshop on finite element analysis in collaboration with the Aggie Innovation Space. The pop-up workshops are designed to provide interdisciplinary learning opportunities for engineering students who are interested in augmenting their learning beyond the classroom. The workshops are provided at no cost to students.
Office of the Dean
- HSS Advisory Board member, Dr. John Andazola, was one of the recipients of a 2016 New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards. Dr. Andazola, Director of the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program and physician at Memorial Family Medicine Center, was honored at a gala hosted by Governor Susana Martinez this week. He has championed public health causes and health education that reach far beyond our region and state, including the nationally acclaimed Nuestra Vida program which taught better eating and healthier lifestyles to underserved areas of Dona Ana County where diabetes is exceptionally high. Dr. Andazola also developed the Healthy Kids New Mexico program. Congratulations to Dr. Andazola on this well-deserved honor.
School of Nursing
- Assistant Professor, Evangelina Ramirez, recently weighed in on the concern and health risks when obtaining a tattoo. The Las Cruces Sun News article was published to raise awareness regarding safety measures to take if you are interested in a tattoo, and also helpful suggestions people should consider when hiring a tattoo artist. For the full article, follow the link here.
Department of Public Health Sciences
- Professor Satya Rao and PHS graduate students coordinated an important discussion this week at Domenici Hall titled, “Blackout- Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget”. The speaker was author Sarah Hepola, who spoke on the dangers of binge drinking. The successful event was sponsored by ASNMSU, the Department of Public Health Sciences, and other community partners and graduate students Dylan Pell, Hoda Ali and Kimberly Hill all assisted in planning the event.
Out of the Box Class This semester Representative Bill McCamley has been teaching a course entitled “Out of the Box : Job Creation,” and 10 talented students have participated all semester in exploring new avenues for economic development and job creation for New Mexico. Representative McCamley said the background research these students have conducted will be the foundation for several pieces of legislation in the upcoming Legislative Session in January. On Friday our Commons Room became a television studio, as the students in the class each gave their “pitch” about the topic they have explored, and this will eventually appear on KRWG TV. The topics ranged from creating an “X Prize for Water Innovation” to trade to the stimulus associated with the Borderplex Transmodal station. The students in this class have said, that this was the most meaningful and exciting course they have taken, and has given several of them thoughts about future public service.
Art Department Evaluation Dean Chaiken participated in a four-person team doing an evaluation of the Art Department. The other members of the team came from University of Arkansas, University of Denver, and University of Arizona. We were enormously impressed with what the faculty have been able to accomplish with their challenging physical setting and their enormous work load. Kudos to everyone in the department who are working so hard for the good of their students.
Alumni Visitor Center Zuhl Museum Addition Herbert Zuhl, a long-time contributor to the university, has made another generous donation to the university to construct an addition to the Zuhl Museum located at the Alumni Visitor Center.
- In April 2000, Herbert and Joan Zuhl generously allowed their personal collection to be displayed at New Mexico State University in the Zuhl Library. In 2003, a gift from the Zuhls underwrote the cost of remodeling and expanding gallery space in the NMSU Alumni and Visitors Center to house a larger portion of their collection in a museum setting. The museum opened its doors on October 30, 2004. In 2007, another gift made possible an extension to the Alumni and Visitors Center, almost doubling the area of the museum. Joan Zuhl passed away last February.
- The rendering above depicts an exterior elevation including the addition of approximately 1600 square feet. Construction is tentatively planned to begin in February 2017 continue through summer months.
- This magnificent collection will continue to attract people from all over the world. The Zuhl Museum is easily accessible to local citizens, school groups, and visitors to the University and southern New Mexico. Additional items from the Zuhl collection are also on display at the Zuhl Library and Gardiner Hall.
- Our special thanks go out to Mr. Zuhl and Ms. Barbara Wise for their hard work and generosity.
Artwork at Corbett Art created by NMSU students are on display on the 3rd floor of Corbett Center Student Union. All works of art are available for purchase and proceeds benefit the artist.
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Annual Meeting Dr. Bernadette Montoya, VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management presented on a panel as part of the keynote address. The keynote address was at the Annual Meeting for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The topic address was the Freedom of Expression and Diversity on Campuses. Clarence Page, journalist and senior member of the Chicago Tribune Editorial staff, was the keynote speaker.
Financial Aid Outreach and Assistance with FAFSA With the Federal Government’s move to Early submission of FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year, Financial Aid & Scholarship Services offered their earliest FAFSA Fast Forward Night to date. FAFSA Fast Forward Nights gave both current and future Aggies the opportunity to complete their applications with the assistance of a Financial Aid Advisor. In addition to the November 15 event, the Financial Aid Office will offer three more FAFSA Fast Forward Nights next semester on: February 7, March 8 and April 6. All students are encouraged to attend.
The Financial Aid Office is also attending FAFSA Nights hosted by local high schools to encourage proper FAFSA completions. These events will continue into next semester to prepare high school seniors in their transition to college.
Student Engagement with Outdoor Recreation NMSU Outdoor Recreation took 12 students to the Rough and Ready Hills here in Las Cruces to learn how to properly climb outside on Saturday, November 12. The trip exposed students to climbing essentials like belaying, climbing movements, and safety considerations while climbing outdoors.
National Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education Professional development opportunities for staff are critical for fostering growth, innovation and application of proven best practices. Four members of the Undergraduate Admissions staff (Delia DeLeon, Director, Anton Magallanez, Asst. Director of Recruitment Communications, Mariana Ortega, Orientation Coordinator, and Jason Barela, Family Outreach Coordinator) attended the annual NODA conference in Indianapolis, IN. NODA is the National Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education. NMSU’s Aggie Welcome and Orientation programming assists all incoming students and families to adapt into the NMSU community and engage in the college experience.
Outdoor Recreation Bouldering Competition Outdoor Recreation held their final bouldering competition of the Fall semester. Approximately forty students participated throughout the event. First through third place winners were announced in both female, male, beginner and advanced categories.
Intramural Recreation Attending NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation Event Lindsey Englehart, Intramural Recreational Coordinator, took 18 NMSU students to Arizona State University to complete in the NIRSA Regional Flag Football Tournament November 11 – 13. The NMSU CoRecreational team took first place. NMSU students Trey Correa and Bryeson King received All-Tournament distinction and Kelsie Carson was honored as an All-Tournament MVP.
NMBio Event On Wednesday, Arrowhead Center held the NMBIO meeting for southern NM. This meeting featured 4 presentations from faculty and staff of BCOM, TriCore Labs, and Arrowhead Center, presented to approximately 30 attendees from Las Cruces and El Paso bio-medical and bio-technology fields. The event provided an opportunity for researchers, faculty and industry experts to connect and potentially identify opportunities for future collaboration between NMSU, BCOM, and representatives from the regional bio-technology industry.
Entrepreneur Encounters Arrowhead Center hosted Leah Messina, CEO of Sinuate Media, as this month’s featured speaker for Entrepreneur Encounters. Leah shared personal stories about her experiences as an entrepreneur and offered practical advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur Encounters is a monthly speaker series, sponsored by Seidel Technologies, that features local entrepreneurs as speakers and provides a wonderful networking opportunity for NMSU students. Attendance to Leah’s speaker session was the largest yet, with more than 40 spectators. Leah’s presentation can be viewed at the following link. facebook.com/studiognmsu/videos/1792932494319087/
Studio G Networking Hour On Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly networking hour event. that was attended by 23 students. This week’s topic focused on pricing strategies. Studio G Networking Hours provide practical startup information to students as well as the opportunity for aspiring student entrepreneurs to meet their peers, make connections, and form partnerships. The discussion can be viewed at facebook.com/studiognmsu/videos/1793884554223881/
Fall Panorama The fall 2016 edition of Panorama has been delivered digitally to all of our NMSU community, alumni and friends. Another 15,000 print editions are in the mail. Read Panorama online at https://panorama.nmsu.edu.
GivingTuesday Final preparations are underway for our second annual GivingTuesday event, taking place November 29. Departments are asked to ramp up their social media promotion of the event, and our advertising and earned media placements are in high gear. For more info, visit https://advancing.nmsu.edu/givingtuesday.
Astronomy Pledge The College of Arts and Sciences received a pledge for an additional $600,000 in the next four years to be added to a current use fund in Astronomy.
Boeing Gift NMSU received $38,000 from Boeing Co. for projects at the College of Engineering: undergraduate scholarships, NM BEST Robotics competition, Aggie Innovation Space, and senior capstone projects.
- Our NM State volleyball team clenched their second-straight regular season Western Athletic Conference championship after their win over Chicago State.
- I was invited to be the guest speaker at the Los Lunas New Mexico Rotary Club held at the Ribs Hickory Pit BBQ in Los Lunas, NM on Tuesday, November 8. I gave an update on NMSU and Aggie Athletics during their weekly luncheon. It was a nice opportunity to meet with business people in the area that are natives of Las Cruces.
- New Mexico State hosted the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship November 17-19. Welcomed the WAC teams at the pre-conference tournament banquet held at the Farm and Ranch Museum on Wednesday evening. Five NM State Aggies were honored with all conference accolades for their regular season plan.
- Was the keynote speaker at the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce 2016 LC Yong Professionals Leadership Roundtable held at Mountain View Regional Medical Center. The LCYP allows for mentoring and networking opportunities for young professionals with CEO’s and Executives in the Las Cruces area.
- ISSS is sponsoring a two-day (17-18 November) Foreign Credential Evaluation Workshop presented by Martha VanDevender from Educational Credential Evaluators. Twenty participants are registered for this event and include representation from NMSU, ENMU, WNMU, UNM, and Las Cruces Public High Schools. Topics include: Basic Principles and Resources of Evaluation, and in-depth discuss of educational systems and documents in India, China, Mexico, Germany, the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Jordan, Syria), and the United Kingdom.
- CELP has created two Ambassador clubs to help support students in its Intensive English Program; a campus-based club through collaboration with the Department of Language and Linguistics as well as community-based club with language partners from the Mesilla Valley Rotary Club.
- This week the Office of Education Abroad and International Border Programs hosted “International Education Week”. The week is put on in coordination with the Department of State and Universities around the U.S. Prominent external guest speakers included the Diplomat in Residence, Kenneth Chavez; the brainpower behind NMSU’s new Passport Office, Mrs. Jennifer Archibeque; and Daniel Balke, a World Bank Operations and Strategy Officer. Prominent NMSU speakers include the voice of community engagement, Belkis Jacquez and Taylor Uselman, a screening of documentaries from CMI students in Ireland, and A Journey through the Emerald Isle with Dr. Eric Morgan and Dr. Dan Dugas. The week was further accented by Saudi Arabian & Korean meals in conjunction with Campus Dining, along with Tai Chi and German film to cap off the events.
- IBP, along with other units at the university, supported the Indian Student Association’s “Roshini” (Festival of Lights) 2016. An estimated 460 people celebrated the traditional Indian festival.
- OEA staff attended Study Abroad Ambassador Prom. Approximately 80 students attended the event, composed primarily of exchange students, Proyecta/CELP students and Study Abroad Ambassadors. The Study Abroad Ambassadors is a student club that is dedicated to helping show hospitality to visiting exchange students (short-term visiting students here on bilateral exchange programs – distinct from our regular degree-seeking international students). They are motivated by their own experiences in study abroad programs and are an integral part of NMSU’s study abroad activities. “Prom” is an annual event that they organize to let the exchange students get a taste of this American tradition.
- Cornell Menking attended the annual meeting of the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities in Austin, Texas.
- Confucius Institute participated in the NMSU Department of Languages and Linguistics’ “Languages and Cultures Day” for potential incoming Aggies, presenting a tai chi workshop and an introduction to Chinese language and culture. The Institute also offered the last of our Chinese movie nights this week, showing “Remembering Lei Feng”.
News and Media Relations A film crew for the program “Extraordinary Humans” was on campus Thursday, November 17, to film psychology associate professor James Kroger in his lab. Dr. Kroger conducted an electroencephalogram (EEG) on George Aldrich, who is considered NASA’s “super sniffer.” Aldrich is a chemical specialist or “chief sniffer” at the White Sands Test Facility’s Molecular Desorption and Analysis Laboratory. Aldrich is the subject of an episode in the “Extraordinary Humans” series. Aldrich’s team tests nearly all items that astronauts would encounter during their flight – including fabric, toothpaste, circuit boards, makeup and even the ink on their checklists to check for odors that could impact the astronauts’ health and environment. Dr. Kroger will test Aldrich’s electrical brain activity while his sense of smell is tested and provide his results of the test for the program.
Marketing Services and Web Communications Last week Marketing Services and Web Communications provided a lecture on social media marketing and an overview of advertising campaign development to a MKTG 303 – Principles of Marketing class. We also solicited feedback from the students on three 15-second video promos to gather insights on messaging, content, and overall perceptions. All videos were well received and we also learned valuable feedback for continuous improvement to better align our creative and messaging in video advertising for the student audience.
KRWG/SPU KRWG hosted the STEM and Communication students from Sierra Middle School for a hands-on field trip. The future NMSU class of 2024 was provided an overview of a TV station before helping them produce their very own Turkey Talk “magazine” program.
On-air reports last week included coverage of the International Education Week events at NMSU and a report on student research poster presentations by undergraduates in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).
Nov. 21- Land Grant Committee, Capitol, Rm 309
Nov. 21- Tobacco Settlement Revenue Oversight Committee, Capitol, Rm 321
- 10:30 am – Review of Funding Requests & Recommendations to the Legislature for FY18—New Mexico State University
- Brown Geomapping
- Hanley Mosquito-Borne Viruses
- Koukel NM HeART (Health Extension Ambassadors in Rural Towns)
- Long WAVE (Wellness Alcohol Education)
- Lopez-Martinez Protective Nicotine Treatment
- Milligan Genomics to Reduce Health Disparities
- Park Motorized Mobility Device
- Tran Asthma Map
Nov. 21- Water & Natural Resources Committee, Capitol, Rm 307
Nov. 22- Jobs Council, Capitol, Rm 322
- 9:05 am – Changes to the Whistleblower Protection Act
- 9:20 am – Proposed Legislation – Local Jobs Councils Program
- 9:50 am- Proposed Legislation- Investments in Broadband Infrastructure
Nov. 28- Revenue Stabilization & Tax Policy Committee, Santa Fe Comm. College
Nov. 29 – Dec. 2- Indian Affairs Committee, Ruidoso and Capitol, Rm 307
Nov. 29- Investments & Pensions Oversight Committee, Capitol, Rm 322
- 10:00 am- Request for Endorsement of Proposed Legislation from the Educational Retirement Board (ERB)
Dec. 1 & 2, New Mexico Finance Authority, Capitol, Rm 322
- 2nd– 9:30 Increasing Efficiencies in Funding Local Capital Projects
Dec. 5 – 9, Legislative Finance Committee, Capitol, Rm 322
- Dec. 5, 9 am- FY17 and FY18 General Fund Revenue Projections-Duffy Rodriquez, Secretary Designee, Dept. of Finance & Administration; Demesia Padilla, Secretary Taxation & Revenue Dept; Legislative Finance Committee Economists
- Severance Tax Bond and General Obligation Bond Capacity
- Dec. 6, 9 am- Higher Education Institutions (952-977) Dr. Barbara Damron, Secretary, Higher Education Dept. Dr. Garrey Carruthers, Chair, Council of University Presidents; Dr. Becky Rowley Chair, NM Independent Community Colleges; Dr. Clayton Alred, NM Association of Community Colleges
- FY18 Instruction & General Funding Formula Request
- Research & Public Service Projects and Review Process
- Dec. 6, 11am – Higher Education Department, Dr. Barbara Damron, Secretary, Higher Education Dept.
Attended the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau 2016 Annual Meeting. Staff discussed the new Food Safety Modernization Act and how that will effect producers. Met with industry and discussed current and emerging issues in agriculture.
Decommissioning of Outdoor Warning Sirens Lopez met with Facilities and Services personnel to discuss the planned removal of the outdoor warning sirens during the winter break. The cost of maintaining the sirens has become too high in the current budget climate, and better technology (to include the National Weather Service sending out immediate warnings to all cell phones in an area under a severe weather warning) is now available that communicates more useful information than just making a noise. The locations of the current sirens are being considered for surveillance cameras due to needed power and communications infrastructure already being present.
Officer Involved Shooting On Monday, November 14, officers responded to 911 calls about a man with a gun at Chamisa Village. The first officer on scene, Officer Jarrod Colliver, heard the individual (later identified as a 28-year old student) threatening people in the area and saw him pointing a gun down a hallway. He ordered the individual to drop the gun, but the individual turned the gun toward the officer and the officer fired two shots, striking the suspect in the right thigh. The suspect was taken to the hospital, and was arrested on Friday after he was discharged. Video from Officer Colliver’s body camera has been released to the public. There was tremendous support and assistance during this incident from throughout the university community.
News Conference On Tuesday, November 15, Chief Lopez held a news conference with Chancellor Carruthers on the officer-involved shooting. The news conference was streamed live by several news organizations.
Dod Audit On Wednesday, November 16, Deputy Chief Andy Bowen met with inspectors from the Department of Defense for an audit they were conducting of equipment the NMSU Police Department has obtained. All items were verified to be present.
Firearms Inventory Inspection On Wednesday, November 16, Chief Lopez conducted an inspection of the firearm records held by the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. The inspection was to confirm that firearms owned by the College (for Extension and 4-H program instruction) were accounted for. There were no problems noted.
Alcohol Summit On Wednesday, November 16, Chief Lopez participated as a panelist on an Alcohol Summit put together by the NMSU Public Health Services department for students of NMSU and UTEP. There was a lot of good discussion among students and panelists throughout the afternoon, and there are plans to continue the summit in future semesters.
Life Saved with CPR On Friday, November 18, Investigator Sakarias Ottersland was returning to campus from obtaining an arrest warrant when he came across several vehicles stopped in the middle of the roadway (Main Street), and an individual lying on the ground with people standing around. Investigator Ottersland stopped to check and found that the individual was not breathing and did not have a pulse, and bystanders were starting CPR. Investigator Ottersland took over CPR, and was able to get a pulse back before medical personnel arrived. The individual was determined to have overdosed on heroin, and is a suspect from burglaries on campus earlier this year.
Aggie Football Game On Saturday, November 19, officers, security personnel, and dispatchers worked the Aggies vs. Texas State football game. Two of the Texas State buses crashed into each other on I-10 while en route, causing a delay in the game and a need for NMSU officers to go down and meet the replacement buses and escort the team. The coordination across the many departments involved was good, allowing the game to continue and the Aggies to pick up another home victory.
10-Minute Play Line-Up Announced – The NMSU-Doña Ana 6th annual 10 minute play festival line up has been announced. Ten minute play festivals are increasingly popular for a number of reasons. The genre is fast moving, and audiences enjoy several unique plays, all in one sitting. http://dacc.nmsu.edu/in-the-media/2016/11/18/10-minute-plays-feature-talented-dacc-students/
ECHS Student Appointed to West Point — Anastasiya Joyner, a senior at Arrowhead Park Early College High School was appointed to West Point through a Superintendent’s nomination. This rare appointment is a result of her outstanding academic accomplishments. Joyner is a member of the National Honor Society, speaks fluent Russian and is on the NMSU Dean’s Honors List. She is also ranked as the 36th best tennis player in the nation in her age group. Joyner is set to graduate this Spring with two associate degrees.
- The NMSU-A Social Science Club held a Flea Market at the Tays Center on Saturday. Over $300 was raised for the student organization.
- On Monday, NMSU-A Associate Professor of Astronomy Rob Klinger went to Desert Star Elementary School to give a presentation to 4th grade students about telescopes. The students looked through three different instruments and asked many great questions. It was an excellent example of NMSU-A’s ongoing effort to strengthen relationships with the community.
- On Thursday, Dan Holden of DEPCO Enterprises, LLC provided NMSU-A employees in the engineering and S.T.E.M. areas with NAO Humanoid Robot training. NMSU-A has two NAO Humanoid robots for the purpose of increasing student interest in S.T.E.M.-related programs.
- On Thursday evening, the NMSU-A Jazz Ensemble Class gave a free concert at the Tays Center. The Ensemble Class, under the direction of Daniel Rodriguez from Las Cruces, performed nine tunes to an audience of approximately 80 people.
- On Monday, November 14, NMSU Carlsbad convened a meeting of the AQIP System Portfolio writing chairpersons for each of the six criteria to receive updates on progress and issues. Also on Monday, November 14, a dual credit information meeting was held with representatives from Artesia and Carlsbad and NMSU Carlsbad volunteer employees began decorating our adopted home for the Christmas on the Pecos celebrations.
- On Tuesday, November 15, NMSU Carlsbad personnel attended extensive meetings with NMSU Facilities personnel and contractors to discuss the status on several on-going projects and to discuss future initiatives.
- On Wednesday, November 16, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its annual Pre-Thanksgiving celebration. Faculty and staff volunteered to bring their favorite Thanksgiving foods and the event which was spearheaded by the campus non-exempt committee was enjoyed by all attendees.
- On Thursday, November 17, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the Education Council meeting at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and hosted a meeting with a new security firm that is providing services in Carlsbad. Also on Thursday, November 17, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its annual transfer fair with representatives from NMSU, UNM, New Mexico Tech, ENMU, WNMU, Texas Tech, and the University of the Southwest attending.
- On Friday, November 18, NMSU Carlsbad conducted the monthly meeting of the Stakeholder and Community Relations Committee and conducted its monthly Town Hall meeting which was open to all faculty and staff.
Scholarship Workshop The Student Success Center sponsored a scholarship workshop on November 18, 2016, from 9:00 to 11:00 am in the campus theater. Over 120 seniors and juniors from the surrounding Cibola county high schools came to learn about applying for scholarships. The presenter Bridget Neconie, director of Scholarships Indigenous Education, Inc., presented on the following topics: The Scholarship Search, general eligibility and application processes, being a competitive applicant, and your scholarship questions answered. Bridget is a strong advocate of higher education in the community through helping students with the competitive scholarship application process. Mrs. Neconie served for 20 years as Assistant Director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of California Berkeley and has been a Gates Millennium Scholarship Reader and Trainer for the past 12 years. In addition to the workshop, Cobell Scholarship recipient and NMSU Grants students, Gail Clemmons was a special guest speaker who discussed her process of earning the scholarship.
NMSU Grants Feast Day The Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions office hosted the first Native American Feast Day on campus on Wednesday November 16. To celebrate Native American month, a feast day was organized and celebrated. Activities included a fry bread demonstration, a Native American history/fact questionnaire, and served traditional Native American food to all who participated.
Faculty and Staff Appreciation On Thursday, November 18, the NMSU Grants Associated Student Government hosted an Thanksgiving appreciation dinner for all staff and faculty. The organization extended their thanks and gratitude for NMSU Grants employees’ hard work and dedication toward promoting students success.
Basketball Tournament The NMSU Grants Student Business Club organized and hosted a 3 on 3 Turkey Slam basketball tournament.