Activity Report November 24- November 30


On Thursday, November 29, the Fall 2018 Student Art Show was held at the NMSU Alamogordo Pro-Tech building. The event showcased students’ work from graphic arts, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and photography classes. The students’ hard work was evident in truly wonderful displays of what they have learned this semester.

A Seahorse sculpture by student Philip Acuna featured at the Fall 2018 Student Art show at NMSU Alamogordo.


For the past five years, at the end of each semester, the Counseling Center and the local TheraPaws group partner with the NMSU Library to bring in Therapy Dogs to Zuhl Library. This year’s event was held on November 26 at 5:30 pm in Zuhl Library Lobby and NMSU students got a chance to hangout with the dogs and relieve stress from finals or take a quick break from studying.

HBCUvc Fellows    Last week, the HBCU Venture Capital Fellowship program announced its new cohort, including two Fellows from NMSU who work with Arrowhead Center. This year, Judy Silva and Carlos Murguia joined the 2nd cohort of HBCU VC Fellows, for a 2-year program that provides education, and training in venture capital for underrepresented students from universities designated as HBCU and HSI. The aim of this program, supported by the Kauffman Foundation, is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in venture capital. Over the next 2 years Silva and Murguia, will develop an investment thesis that impacts their community and will have the opportunity to put into practice what they lean about venture capital investment in their communities. HBCU VC released this video about the program, which features Judy Silva

Strategic Doing Workshop    On Friday, Arrowhead’s Dr. Lauren Goldstein held a Strategic Doing workshop with this year’s final Aggie I-Corps cohort. The Strategic Doing session was held at the end of a 4-week customer discovery course. This exercise challenges the students to design an action plan for their business that can be implement in the next 30 days to maintain momentum on business development. Arrowhead Center hosts an NSF I-Corps site, designed to support technology commercialization and prepare student and faculty innovations for the National NSF I-Corps program. This is the 7th Strategic Doing workshop Arrowhead has held with Aggie I-Corps participants.

As students juggled their busy schedules during the last week of classes, the Honors College was pleased that several found time to have an informal lunch with President Floros and Interim Provost April Mason. Dean Miriam Chaiken and Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar briefly joined the lunch and then the students spent more than an hour sharing lunch and discussing their perspectives on their education here at NMSU. The students attending represented a wide range of majors and experiences, and included Ellyssia Forbes, Sierra Strebe, Caroline Korte, Lucas Sanchez, Elena Davidson, Haley Stewart, AJ Phillips, Angela Kearns, Ethan Wright, and Angel Salcido.


The faculty who teach in the Honors College often comment that their Honors class is their favorite class each semester. Dr. Anne Hubbell’s Honors Human Communication class celebrated the end of a productive semester by toasting their final projects with sparkling cider. Dr. Hubbell said about this class “Thank you for letting me teach these wonderful people. They truly bring joy to my life.”


The El Paso Alumni Chapter hosted about 60 local Aggies for an evening event to meet Chancellor Arvizu and President Floros. The event was held at CoWork Oasis in El Paso where many showed up to mingle and learn more about the new leadership team’s vision for the NMSU system moving forward.

An NMSU Cooperative Extension program, “Nutrition On the Weekends,” launched a Make A STATEment crowdfunding campaign to raise funds that will improve the nutritional quality of the food distributed. The program, currently serving Century High School in Los Lunas, provides a free snack pack for the weekends to every student – all of whom qualify for free breakfast and lunch. To learn more about their project, please visit

KRWG Public Media held their annual Holiday Concert at the Rio Grande Theater on November 30. Jim Shearer and the Second Line Survivors rocked the house with jazzed up holiday classics plus a wide selection of other tunes. In addition to Jim Shearer, the lineup included other jazz heavy hitters – Mike Sizer, David Jellema and Howard Elkins.

The Governmental Affairs department met with State Senators to sponsor our bills for capital outlay money for on campus security, maintaining Lottery Scholarship, and a grant for lab research expenses.

On Friday, November 30, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its first annual “Persistence and Completion Day.” All faculty and staff were invited to attend the activities which included presentations on persistence and completion initiatives undertaken by college personnel and a celebration of recognized achievements.

On Friday, November 30, NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton represented the ten-campus NMACC Association in a called meeting with the seven-campus Independent Community Colleges and the six-campus Council of University Presidents.  The three associations are working together on a collaborative initiative to finalize their required prioritized requests which will be presented to LFC in December.

Oasis, NMSU Alamogordo’s literary and art zine, was launched at noon on Thursday, November 29. Instructors Collen Bond and Grushenka Engelbrecht-Castanon founded Oasis with the hope that the many talents of our students, campus community, and Alamogordo community can be shared. A group of forty came together and shared lunch, art, and literature.

Grushenka Engelbrecht-Castanon, Joshua Selby, and Colleen Bond at the Oasis kick-off.

The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management hosted meals for three different New Mexico leadership groups and held a sold-out International Dinner. First, Dr. Jean Hertzman led an etiquette lunch for 12 people participating in the NM Agricultural Leadership program. Second, the International Dinner class with volunteers from many other classes served 110 people at the Taste of Bordeaux food and wine pairing dinner. Third, the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Las Cruces group enjoyed the Fall Favorites lunch in 100 West Café and that night, the HRTM 413 class final exam prepared and served a three-course meal for 38 people from Leadership NM. They will all receive A’s on the project as they received a standing ovation from the crowd. Chef John Hartley supervised the lunches and Chef Pete Mitchell supervised the dinners.


NMEDD SBIR Match    This week the New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) announced recipients of the SBIR Matching Grants. In this round, two NM FAST clients, Actoprobe and Woodruff Scientific, received SBIR matching funds. Actoprobe, an Albuquerque based bio-tech business received matching funds for SBIR Phase 2, and Woodruff Scientific, a Santa Fe based company received matching funds for a Department of Energy SBIR Phase 1. Simon Woodruff, founder of Woodruff Scientific, will also be serving as a panelist at Arrowhead’s upcoming Innovation Summit in Albuquerque on December 12. More information on the SBIR Matching Grant program and recipients is available at the following link:

NMSU’s Giving Tuesday

The NMSU Foundation hosted the University’s fourth-annual #GivingTuesday event, which raised more than $2.1 million on Tuesday. With roughly 970 gifts from alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students, donors contributed gifts of any amount to any charitable fund across the NMSU system. The accounting staff will take a couple more weeks to process and match the large amount of gifts that day, so final numbers will not be available immediately. Supporters started 24 new scholarship endowments for Aggie students during #GivingTuesday as well.

ASNMSU participated in Giving Tuesday through a ceramic mug give away and partnering with Organ Mountain Outfitters to produce T-shirts.

The NMSU Library had two scholarships for student employees and many other funds that support our students, faculty, and community members that anyone could give. We had Frances Williams, our newest student library employees scholarship donor, as well as library employees stop by to participate in Giving Tuesday celebration!. Thank you to all our donors for supporting the NMSU Library.


Members of the NMSU Alamogordo Student Government traveled to Las Cruces to take part in the Giving Tuesday event. The students received a check for $13,125 in matching funds to establish an endowed scholarship for NMSU-A Automotive Technologies students. A car show earlier this year that will be held annually to help with this scholarship.

During NMSU’s Giving Tuesday event, the New Mexico Gas Company, an Emera Company (NM Gas Co), gave a gift of $100,000 to the Arrowhead Center. This is the third year, NM Gas Co, has given to Arrowhead Center. These funds are used for continued support of Arrowhead’s Sprint Accelerator programs, AgSprint, HealthSprint and BizSprint. Over the last 2 years, 54 ventures from around the state have participated in these accelerators, generating an economic impact of $11.7 million in New Mexico. This success can be attributed to NM Gas Co’s visionary support of Arrowhead Center and economic development initiatives around the state.

News and Media Relations coordinated media coverage for NMSU’s Giving Tuesday event on November 27, which included reporters Shelton Dodson, anchorman from KDBC-TV in El Paso, live noon newscast with weather anchor Monica Cortez from KTSM-TV in El Paso, as well as coverage from reporter Diana Alba from the Las Cruces Sun-News, reporter Mike Cook from the Las Cruces Bulletin, as well as coverage from Albuquerque on KRQE-TV and Albuquerque Journal. KCHF in Albuquerque will be running a segment on the public affairs show to talk about the success of NMSU’s giving Tuesday event to be taped on December 3 and run at various times over a period of two weeks.

KRWG FM conducted a one-day pledge drive on Giving Tuesday. Staff and community volunteers supported our efforts which were a resounding success. As a direct result of the member support from these drives, KRWG Public Media is able to continue our service to southwest New Mexico and far west Texas.

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