Activity Report November 3 – November 9


On Monday, November 5, New Mexico State University Alamogordo was recognized as one of the best colleges offering online learning in New Mexico by the Community for Accredited Online Schools ( The Community for Accredited Online Schools highlights schools like ours that provide exceptional online education experiences for their students.  This award is thanks to the QA Teams (Sherrell Wheeler, Rob Klinger, Kathy Roark-Diehl, Noel Romero, Karen May, Kim Lopez-Gallagher, John Adams, Claire Forsmann, Gary Bond, and Christine Trapp) and all the faculty who have worked hard to get their courses Quality Matters approved!  Online is awesome at NMSU-A because of the hard work of these people.

Congratulations are in order to NMSU Alamogordo Librarian Dr. Sharon Jenkins. This week Dr. Jenkins was recognized as the New Mexico Academic Librarian of the Year (2018-19) by the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Librarians.  Dr. Jenkins does a great job for NMSU-A!

NMSU Alamogordo’s Award-Winning Librarian Dr. Sharon Jenkins.

STTE Education Awards    On Thursday, Innoventure Deputy Director Lydia Hammond was recognized in El Paso for her work with the Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation. Lydia worked closely with the organization and the city of El Paso to bring Arrowhead’s youth entrepreneurship programs, Innoventure and Camp Innoventure to El Paso this past summer. Lydia was awarded the Regional Innovation Award in recognition of her collaboration and hard work to bring innovation and entrepreneurial programs to middle school and high school students in El Paso.

Congratulations to Katherine Woodruff who defended her Ph.D. dissertation on ‘Neutral Current Elastic Scattering and the Strange Spin Structure of the Proton’ on November 2, 2018. Her Ph.D. advisor is Dr. Vassilios Papavassiliou from the Department of Physics. Katherine performed her dissertation research with the Micro-BooNE collaboration at FermiLab, Chicago. She has accepted a post-doctoral position at University of Texas – Arlington.

Rani Alexander has published a new edited book, together with co-editor Susan Kepecs entitled Colonial and Postcolonial Change in Mesoamerica: Archaeology as Historical Anthropology, UNM Press, 2018.

Upcoming Legislative Related Events:

Legislative Health & Human Services Committee
November 08 – 09, 2018
State Capitol, Room 322

New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee
November 08 – 09, 2018
Dona Ana County International Jetport at Santa Teresa Truth or Consequences Civic Center

Legislative Finance Committee
November 13 – 16, 2018
State Capitol, Room 307

Legislative Education Study Committee
November 14 – 16, 2018
State Capitol, Room 322

  • Local Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategies

An NMSU physics alumnus ’62 has added $275,000 to an endowed scholarship he has already created for NMSU students.

Mark Gladden, director for development, visited alumni this week, including John Mulholland ’86 ’95 who now leads as Boeing vice president of Commercial Space Programs at the Kennedy Space Center. In this photo, he and Gladden are standing in front of a crew capsule that will soon launch astronauts into space. Mulholland received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from NMSU.

NMSU alumna Ammu Devasthali ’93 ’96 received the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of Southern New Mexico award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ New Mexico Chapter for her commitment to growing the Arts at NMSU and throughout Las Cruces. NMSU Foundation leadership, along with Chancellor Arvizu and Deputy Provost Greg Fant, traveled to Albuquerque to join her during the award ceremony.

DACC Makes Top Online School List NMSU  Dona Ana Community College (DACC) has been recognized as one of the best colleges offering online learning in New Mexico by the Community for online Schools. As a leading resource for campus and online olearning the site released its annual ranking for the 2018-2019 school year, honoring the college for its excellence in online learning. DACC was ranked 6th among New Mexico community colleges.

Arrive Alive Tour Stops at DACC    Texting and driving and driving while under the influence of alcohol and other drugs accounts for more than half the deaths reported in the U.S. The Arrive Alive Tour held two stops at DACC at the Gadsden Center on Thursday and at the East Mesa campus on Friday. The program has a full size simulator and with the help of 3-D goggles allowed students, faculty and staff to experience altered driving in a safe environment. As the holiday approaches be aware of the risk of distracted driving and driving while under the influence.

Softball Locker Room Renovation    The softball locker room renovation started Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  The renovation will expand the locker room and create a much need open collaborative space.  The project will provide all new lockers as well.  The North end of the building will receive a new 150 square foot addition to accommodate the relocation of showers needed to expand the locker room.  The project is expected to reach substantial completion by February 3, 2019.

On Friday, November 9, the NMSU Alamogordo Teaching and Learning Committee invited faculty and staff to attend a QPR Suicide Prevention presentation given by Marybeth Brown-Pirrone, FNP, RN. The presentation focused on how to Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) those who are considering suicide. Ms. Brown-Pirrone gave two sessions and 45 employees were in attendance.

Dr. Jim Gallagher and Marybeth Brown-Pirrone during QPR training.


The NMSU Alamogordo Social Science Club and Phi Theta Kappa Chapter met at the local Albertson’s Market on Saturday, November 3, for a food drive in support of the Aggie Cupboard Alamogordo.  The students did a great job as they collected over 750 pounds of food.  This will help carry the cupboard through the winter months.

NMSU Alamogordo students from the Social Science Club and PTK in front of Albertson’s Market securing donations for the Aggie Cupboard Alamogordo.

NMDA staff facilitated a sale of 45 registered Angus heifers between a NM producer and a producer of Monterrey, Mexico.  Delivery will be as soon as the health work and export documents are completed.

Agricultural and Environmental Services Division held a division meeting. Updates were given on major projects such as; Japanese Beetle, Phytos, Inspections, Pesticide disposal program, and Certification Training for applicators. The meeting closed with each section meeting separately to discuss program planning for 2019.

Guest Speaker Miriam Rivera   On Wednesday, Miriam Rivera, co-found of Ulu Ventures and former Vice President at Google, spoke on campus at NMSU. Miriam was hosted by the College of Business and Arrowhead Center. She held a fireside chat with students and community members. Miriam spoke about being a first-generation college student, working in a tech startup in Silicon Valley, and her vision for change within the entrepreneurial and venture capital arena. Miriam then spent about 40 minutes taking questions from the audience.

Native American Economic Summit    On Wednesday, Dana Catron of Arrowhead’s NM FAST program facilitated a SBIR 101 workshop at the Native American Economic Summit in Albuquerque. This event, held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, provided a great opportunity for collaboration and making new connections. Dana made connections with 20 individuals interested in learning more about SBIR grants and the NM FAST program.

Innovation and Opportunity Conference    Last week, Del Mackey attended the Innovation and Opportunity Conference in Denver, CO. This event, hosted in part with NASA, focused on the NASA SBIR/STTR programs, space exploration and technologies, and the changing priorities of federal agencies. At the conference, Del met with individuals who will serve as panelists and coordinators for satellite host sites who will attend Arrowhead’s upcoming Innovation Summit on December 12 in Albuquerque.

The KRWG Public Media news team provided live election reports at and on KRWG-FM, which included local broadcast updates during NPR coverage from 6 p.m. to midnight.  Reports were filed from Democratic and Republican election gatherings in the Las Cruces area and from Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s campaign event in El Paso. KRWG Public Media intern James Puff worked on election night to provide coverage from the Republican Party headquarters at La Posta restaurant. Working with KRWG staff member Edmundo Resendez, Puff provided two news reports on election night. Puff is a Creative English senior who has been interning with KRWG Public Media this semester.

KRWG Public Media participated in the 47th annual Renaissance ArtsFaire at Young Park.  Staff engaged with listeners and viewers and met some friendly new faces.  This annual outreach opportunity is an ideal way to connect face to face with the audiences we serve.

The Special Productions Unit, AggieVision produced the first live men’s basketball broadcast of the season on Tuesday night.  This student centric endeavor reaches over 9 million viewers and is distributed via Fox Sports regional networks, Eleven Sport Network & Comcast.

The College of Arts and Sciences Student Ambassadors teamed up with the University Advancement Office to write thank you notes to all donors and alumni who donate on Giving Tuesday. They had a wonderful evening preparing for this great event coming up!

With voter’s approval of GO Bond D, the NMSU Foundation has secured a $250,000 gift from a Texas-based company to the Food Science, Security and Safety Facility that will be built as part of the Agricultural Modernization Educational Facilities project. This additional private support expands the impact of GO Bond D and will only grow the impact of this new facility at NMSU.

NMSU Cyber Infrastructure Architect team presents MATLAB workshops    Jelena Karapetrovic and Edin Sabic, graduate assistants in ICT’s Cyber Infrastructure Architect (CIA) team, presented a Matlab for Beginners Part 1 workshops to approximately 30 people at Hardman Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center.  MATLAB (Matrix Laboratory) is a numerical computing environment used in a number of engineering, science, and economic courses at NMSU. The MATLAB workshop is one way that the CIA bridges the gap between NMSU’s researchers and NMSU Information and Communication Technologies unit by assisting with computing and other technology resources offered at the university.

Order now the 2019 NMSU Library Calendar for $10.00. This year’s calendar features images of our university’s rich athletic traditions. NMSU has more than century-long tradition of intercollegiate athletics – from undefeated football teams, Sun Bowl championships, and a 1970 appearance by the men’s basketball team in the NCAA Final Four, all the way up to the 2017 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Championship. The NMSU Library plays a critical role in preserving the visual and documentary history of all athletics programs with the Aggie Sports Archive. The archive contains game programs, media guides, game statistics, news reports, films and videos, and tens of thousands of photographs, from the earliest days to the present. Place your order to or call the Library administration office at 575-646-1508.

On Monday, November 5, NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton represented NMSU Carlsbad and the other nine branch campuses in New Mexico at a called formula funding hearing in Santa Fe with the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC).  Attendees at the hearing included the LFC members, and the Executive Officers and Presidents of the Council of University Presidents, the New Mexico Independent Community College Association, and the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges.  The hearing was very positive as the attendees expressed their concerns related to the higher education funding formulae.

On Thursday, November 8, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met with the other nine branch campus representatives on a conference call.  The attendees discussed the proposed funding formula and also discussed the upcoming LFC, Senate Finance, and House Appropriations hearings.

On Thursday evening, November 8, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its annual Taste of Culture event. NMSU Carlsbad faculty and staff who originated from different countries prepared food samples from their native countries.  Approximately 500 Carlsbad and Eddy County residents attended the event and sampled foods from North and South America, Asia, and Europe. The college received great responses on the event.

On Friday, November 9, the NMSU Carlsbad Stakeholder and Collaborative Relations Committee met for its monthly meeting.  Initiative reports were presented to the committee, and plans were discussed for Collaboration Council reporting.


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