Activity Report November 4 – November 10

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

According to Bernadette Montoya and team, as if this date compared to this date last year, applications for 2018 from New Mexico are up 25 percent and up 39 percent from Las Cruces Public Schools.  There are 1000 paper applications not processed but in the queue.  The paper applications are not counted until processed.  Scholarships offered to date—2414.  So, again, we all must work on getting the yield up and next fall count will be a very good year for Freshmen enrollment.  Thanks to all who are working so hard on this critical goal.

I attended the Western Athletics Conference (WAC) Board of Directors meeting in Denver.  There are some storm clouds forming-one of the members is being actively courted by another conference and another is in a six-month review regarding the efficacy of continuing in an athletic conference.  The WAC has an aggressive and active membership campaign underway. WAC currently has nine members, but if we were to lose two, the WAC would drop below the NCAA required eight members to be a Conference.  The NCAA would grant two years to add a member if necessary.  In the main, the current Conference members seem to be fully committed to success.

The Regents have authorized the sale of the NMSU DACC Center in Hatch to the Hatch Valley Public Schools.  It is a beautiful building near the Hatch HS campus but has never been effectively utilized.  This sale would free up about $80,000 in operating cost for DACC as well as gaining over a $1.3M recovery of the earlier investment.

Andrea Tawney, Leslie Cervantes, and I attended a Colorado Alumni Chapter event in Denver.  Nice crowd and NMSU received a nice investment.  Frank and Jennifer Seidel gave us a check for $50,000 for the College of Engineering.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

On Monday, November 6, I attended a meeting of the Statewide Higher Education Master Plan Committee.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss governance recommendations for higher education from the Governance Subcommittee.  In short, after careful consideration of a variety of governance models the subcommittee recommended that we retain our current governance structure, but strengthen the position of HED Secretary, giving the Secretary more authority to intervene when he/she considers it necessary. In return for giving the Secretary more authority, the Subcommittee recommended that institutions of higher education play a role in selecting the Secretary. There is likely to be disappointment in some quarters that the Subcommittee did not call for a more dramatic reorganization of higher education governance.

On Thursday, I traveled to New Mexico Tech with Chief of Staff Melody Munson-McGee for the final General Education listening session. Once again, there was good attendance and animated discussions.  Concerns centered on assessment and meta majors. After 90 minutes of discussion, we were able to agree that general education reform can proceed independently of the development of meta majors, because general education informs the curriculum of meta majors, but meta majors do not inform or constrain general education curriculum models.

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

Dr. Kelley Coffeen took her CTFM 474 Fashion Promotion class to visit with Matt Bleything at Matteo’s in Mesilla, New Mexico. He shared how he started his jewelry and art business at the age of 23 and has grown it over the past 40 years by serving customers from around the world. He shared information on personal selling, marketing, and management. The evening finished with a round table discussion at La Posta restaurant with Regent Jerean Hutchinson. She shared her career path and talked with each student, who are juniors and seniors, about preparing for graduation and their career paths.

‘Insects and Weeds!’ were subjects for a morning workshop offered to nine of the field staff at Fabian Garcia and Leyendecker Science Centers. Daniel Goodrich, project coordinator for the Extension Viticulture Program, organized the event while Drs. Leslie Beck and Carol Sutherland briefly discussed weed identification and insect biology. A hands-on field trip to find and identify weeds and insects in nearby research plots followed the presentations. Training field staff members about potential crop pests and beneficial arthropods helps the staff to understand the importance of their efforts.  They are involved in establishment and day-to-day maintenance of many plots for ACES researchers and students. The staff also may detect and report on various pests before they damage field plots. Submitting specimens of unfamiliar weeds and insects to the Plant Diagnostic Clinic was encouraged.

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) hosted students from the New Mexico MESA organization.  More than 160 middle and high school students from across the state participated in the event.  ACES has hosted “AG Day” for MESA each of the past four years. NM MESA is a year-round, multi-year, science, technology, engineering and math initiative that works with school districts and higher education institutions to improve New Mexico student STEM performance, increase New Mexico college STEM enrollment and provide hands-on STEM competitions. Students were able to participate in workshops that engaged them in genetics, range management, animal science, AG in the Classroom, Wildlife Museum, Arthropod Museum and the Southwest Border presentation.  Each of these programs were developed and hosted by ACES faculty, staff and graduate students.  The ACES ambassador and mentor teams also actively participated in the event.

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli


The College of Arts and Sciences launched its campaign for the Elizabeth Ayres Pollard Endowment for Sustaining Academic Progress (SAP) Award.  The SAP award is designed to assist Arts & Sciences students who have demonstrated great academic performance, but are in financial need and unable to register for classes. This award will assist them to pay down their balance and allow them to enroll for the next academic semester. We hope you consider a gift to support our students on their journey to success! Please visit the link below:


Many residents of southern New Mexico don’t realize that they are living in an active geologic landscape: the Rio Grande rift. Volcanoes, earthquakes, and fossils millions of years old are all part of what researchers at New Mexico State University plan to study with help from the newly established Southern Rift Institute. Four NMSU geology professors with overlapping interests in the geology and tectonic history of the southern Rio Grande rift have joined forces to create the institute, which is dedicated to obtaining funding to support student-involved research. “The Rio Grande rift is one of the world’s classic continental rifts and it is literally in our backyard. The easy access to rock formations makes this an excellent natural laboratory for better understanding the history of continental rifting,” said Jeff Amato, geology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and one of the four collaborators.

For the fifth year, New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences will host a gala and fundraising event to recognize and honor businesses, community leaders and members of the faculty and staff for their contributions to the college and the university. This is the second year that the college is asking the community at large to submit nominations for these awards, which will be presented during the “A Starry Night” gala event next spring on February 23.


At the Annual Meeting of the National Hardwood Lumber Association in Nashville, Tennessee, Vietnam veteran and NMSU alumnus Norman Murray was presented with the NHLA’s Culture of Excellence Award by keynote speaker John Foley, a former pilot for the U.S. Navy’s elite Blue Angels.  The award was presented for Murray’s past and present service to military veterans and to the hardwood industry.



College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

College of Business alumnus, Ross McAllister (`76) spoke to my Business Creation & Valuation course on November 6.  He addressed his own entrepreneurial/business journey, highlighting challenges encountered along the way and solutions for maximizing success in a highly turbulent environment.

David Boje of Management Department and co-authors Marc Stierand (Germany) and Strategy Professor Usha Haley have an article accepted in the Journal of Creative Behavior manuscript entitled “Paradoxes of ‘having an idea’: examining the creative process through an antinarrative lens.” Accepted 1 November 2017.

Anthony Casaus and I traveled to the Phoenix area to meet with alumni and donors.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student Awarded Scholarship   Ryan E. Flinn, M.A., was awarded the 2017 Steven David Judd Memorial Scholarship. This annual scholarship is awarded by NMSU’s Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education (WAVE) Program to the NMSU student who has made the greatest contribution toward the reduction of high risk drinking at NMSU. Ryan has been involved in work related to reducing high risk drinking through clinical work, teaching, outreach, and research. Ryan plans to use the funds provided by the scholarship to continue his research related to college student mental health. Ryan is also engaged in research related to both HIV prevention and trauma-sensitive approaches to educating K-12 students.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

Pei Xu, civil engineering associate professor was the featured speaker at three recent events: 1) Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility 10th Anniversary Desal-a-bration held September 1 in Alamogordo;  2) 10th Anniversary of Kay Bailey Hutchinson Desalination Plant  in El Paso; and 3) New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute Desalination Workshop held in Las Cruces. Xu’s research focuses on developing innovative technologies to augment water supplies from impaired water resources (such as wastewater, brackish water and contaminated waters) while balancing energy consumption, economic benefits, ecological impacts and social acceptance. Desalination is among her research areas which also includes water and wastewater engineering, membrane processes, potable and non-potable water reuse, produced water treatment, oxidation and photo catalysis, biological and bio electrochemical processes, removal of emerging contaminants and membrane fouling.


Chemical and Materials Engineering Professor Paul K. Andersen; Engineering New Mexico Resource Center staff members Chris Campbell, Jalal Rastegary, and graduate student Amirreza Barin recently conducted a pollution prevention and energy efficiency assessment at the Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces. The team inspected the Admissions Department and the Food and Nutrition Department kitchen and cafeteria, collecting data on waste generation and energy usage. The team met with hospital’s top management to present their findings and are currently at work developing recommendations to improve energy and environmental performance with resulting cost-savings.


Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Ehsan Dehghan Niri was recently named 2017 American Society Nondestructive Testing Young Professional at their annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee and served as vice-chair of 27th ASNT Research Symposium. Dehghan Niri is the author of 17 scientific journal publications and 11 U.S. patents. His main research experience includes the development of advanced nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring methods based on ultrasound, acoustic emission, image processing and estimation theory. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing is the world’s largest technical society for nondestructive testing professionals and promotes the discipline of nondestructive testing as a profession and facilitates research and technology applications in the field.


Frank and Jennifer Seidel along with Jacob Perea pledged a combined $75,000 to launch fundraising for an endowed chair geared to assist the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering in recruiting top teaching talent. These gifts come after continued support from the Seidel duo who have invested significantly in the program since 2013 through the Seidel Brew Lab and a CHME endowed scholarship for students. Perea is an NMSU alum and father of Associate Professor Jessica Houston in the Chemical Engineering Department.


The CHME Academy, a 10-member board chaired by Frank Seidel, recently met and identified the establishment of an endowed chair as their top priority. David A. Rockstraw, academic department head and distinguished achievement professor, says this position creates opportunities for students to learn from additional first-rate educators and increases the department’s financial leverage in receiving federal funding for proposed research. Academy members hope to reach a fundraising goal of $2 million to support the position.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

It’s here! Order your copy of the 2018 NMSU Library Calendar for $10. This year’s calendar features specimen photos from the Herb and Joan Zuhl Geological Collection. The Zuhl collection is displayed in the NMSU Library, Zuhl Museum, Gardiner Hall, and other locations on the NMSU campus.

Place your order to, call the Library administration office at 575-646-1508, or come to Zuhl Library, 2nd floor Suite 224.

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

CELEBRATING STUDENT EXCELLENCE   On Wednesday evening we invited a number of members of the community to join us in an event that celebrated students’ accomplishments. Our guests started in the Commons Room with some refreshments, and then moved around the college to various offices and classrooms, and in each locale there were students to greet them. These accomplished students discussed their current research, their participation in Honors education and student organizations, and their long-term goals. The students who participated included Alvin Harvey (mechanical and aerospace engineering), Anthony Colon (horticulture), Sofia Bala (Biochemistry), Lupita Ochoa (Conroy Scholar and special education major), Emerson Morrow (PA Scholar and government major), and Jessica Gonzalez (NMLI scholar and education major). Many of the guests had been generous contributors to the Honors College, and they were impressed with how their assistance had provided important opportunities for growth for these stellar students.


DEBATE TEAM   Last semester Regents Professor Dr. Elba Serrano taught a course on debate, and the students who completed this course loved learning how to craft arguments and marshal data to support their positions. The students have continued working through this fall semester to hone their debating skills, and have formed NMSU’s first formal debate team. This week the group traveled to San Antonio to compete in a regional collegiate debate competition and our students won first place in each of the three rounds of debates, and ranked 9th overall out of 29 teams. Very impressive performance for their first experience in this type of event, we’re very proud.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

Regional Leadership Conference   The Residence Hall Association sponsored a group of 15 campus residents to attend the Regional Leadership Conference for the Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls. The student-run conference took place November 3-6 at the University of New Mexico. Student representatives attended leadership development, programming, and legislative sessions. The delegates learned valuable leadership skills and returned home motivated to make a positive impact on their campus communities.

Collaboration and Outreach   Mark Blachford, plant operations supervisor, and the staff of the Central Utility Plant conducted a tour of the facility for the ME445 lab sessions.  Fifty-six students participated in the tours during seven separate sessions.  They were able to see a real-life application of the concepts they have been studying within the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

NMSU Students test Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI)   In late October, NMSU students helped ICT Student Technology and Planning Department test VDI technology that will be deployed in select NMSU Las Campus locations. Performing a list of tasks on Knox Hall VDI terminals, student reported their findings. The virtual technology replaces the desktop computers in the lab by moving the computing technology from the desktop into servers located in the Computer Center.  The student testing is essential to the deployment as it ensures that the VDI solution is efficient and effective for the university.

NMSU Sustainability Design Challenge   Pat Chavez, director of plant operations and utilities, and joni newcomer, sustainability manager, were judges representing Facilities and Services on the 2017 NMSU Sustainability Design Challenge panel held November 3.  The judges were able to see ideas and presentations from a bright group of students.  At the end of the event, all of the participants were encouraged to advance their projects and work with The Aggie Innovation Space, teachers, Capstone Projects to ensure their ideas and solutions involving sustainability become something more than just an “idea.”

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Career Services held the Health Professions Fair on Wednesday, November 8.  We had 17 partners who provided information to students for various health and human service related career fields.  A sample of these partners included Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, Meca Therapies, Memorial Medical Center, Mesilla Valley Hospital, Mesilla Valley Hospice, Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Peak Behavioral Health and Sierra Health Care, Inc.  The majority of the partners commented that the students were “motivated, willing to learn, friendly, professional and goal oriented.” In preparation for this event a workshop for preparing for a career fair and resume reviews were conducted.



The Student Success Center participated in the Las Cruces Public Schools rivalry football games on November 2 and 3. The Aggie Stomping Grounds outreach promoted NMSU, and Student Success Center staff shared information about the services that we provide.  Popcorn bags were shared with fans and future Aggies.  Pictured is our very own Pistol Pete and future Aggies who attend Desert Hills Elementary School.


Mr. Will Waller, assistant dean of students, coordinated and hosted the Roberts Memorial Awards ceremony on Thursday. Ms. Anayansi Ortega-Trinidad and Mr. Emerson Morrow received the awards for the 2017-2018 school year. The Roberts Memorial Awards are made in the name of Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts. Both men were killed in an automobile accident on July 8, 1978 near Green River, Wyoming. Stephen was a graduate of NMSU. His younger brother was enrolled. The Memorial Awards have been given out for the last 33 years.

Dr. D. John Lee, counseling psychologist at the Aggie Health & Wellness Center was recently recognized with the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award which is given to teachers who have inspired their former students to make a significant contribution to society.  Dr. Lee was nominated by Diann Takens, a former student and executive director of Peace of the City Ministries in Buffalo, New York.  Dr. Lee joined the staff of the Aggie Health & Wellness Center in August 2017.  His clinical work spans 20 years in private practice, outpatient clinics, and university counseling centers.  He has edited five books and contributed several articles to professional and scholarly journals.

Peanut Butter for Citations Campaign was a Nutty Success!   Peanut Butter for citations was a huge success! The Aggie Cupboard partnered with the Parking Department during Homecoming Week, accepting 80 ounces of peanut butter in lieu of payment for parking citations. Eighty-five parking citations were paid with peanut butter, equaling 425lbs!  The Aggie Cupboard is also helping to feed a student in need this Thanksgiving by sponsoring a donating a ‘Thanksgiving Bag’ to the Aggie Cupboard Campaign. Staff are encouraged to donate a Thanksgiving Bag which consists of a reusable bag containing Cornbread Mix, Canned Green Beans, Canned Cranberry Sauce, Canned Pie Filling, Pickles/Olives, Mashed Potatoes Mix, Box Stuffing, Gravy, Flour, and Sugar.

Thanksgiving donations will be accepted until November 14 at 906 Gregg St. on Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11 am and at the Aggie Health & Wellness Center, M-F from 8:00-11:30 am & 1:00-5:00 pm.  Thanksgiving Bag distribution will begin November 16.

Questions or donation pick up contact: or (575)-646-7636

Financial Donations are also accepted:

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services staff conducted loan repayment and alternative college funding presentations at RGH, Pinion and South Campus Housing. We have awarded scholarships to 2,414 unduplicated students for the 18/19 academic year.

Student service numbers for the week are below:

  • Students assisted at the front window: 271
  • Students assisted on the main phone line: 173
  • Students assisted via the general email address: 87
  • Students assisted at CAASS (Center for Academic Advising and Student Success): 13

University Registrar’s Office is happy to report that Spring 2018 registration kicked off, without a hitch, on Thursday November 9.

As of November 8, the Office of Institutional Analysis reports that we have received 5,022 undergraduate applications for Fall 2018. The admission processing staff are coming in early, staying late, have worked the last two Saturdays and are committed to working future Saturdays to ensure all students who submitted an application while the Admission Advisors were on the road receive their admission decision in a timely manner. These photos, shared on social media, indicate students’ excitement when they receive the message “YOU’RE IN!” from NMSU.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Innoventure Jr. Demo   On Wednesday, the Innoventure team visited Lisa Davis’ kindergarten class at Mesilla Park Elementary School to continue demonstrating the new Innoventure Jr. Classroom Activity Model. The team received great feedback from Ms. Davis, the students, and a parent. The event sparked a lot of interest in the community and on social media, yielding several additional contacts from teachers and schools who are eager to incorporate the program in the classroom. This classroom demonstration is part of the Innoventure Jr. expansion, which is supported by a grant from the Daniels Fund.

Citizens Bank Board of Directors visit   On Thursday, the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank of Las Cruces joined the Arrowhead Team for a breakfast meeting at Arrowhead Center. This meeting provided an opportunity for the Citizens Bank Board to meet with Arrowhead’s Director Kathy Hansen and several of Arrowhead Center’s program managers. This event was both an information session and networking opportunity in which Arrowhead Center and Citizen’s Bank discussed opportunities for future collaboration.

NM FAST Workshop   On Wednesday, NM FAST held a workshop at the Santa Fe Business Incubator on funding opportunities through the SBIR and STTR programs. This event was well attended, provided an opportunity for networking, and feedback on new presentation formats. NM FAST supports New Mexico innovators who wish to apply for federal funding in the form of SBIR and STTR grants. The NM FAST program provides video recordings of workshops and other helpful tips for SBIR and STTR applications at the following link

Studio G Networking Hours   On Wednesday, Studio G held its weekly networking hour, focusing on Managing a Startup. Studio G Weekly Networking Hours provide students and local entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about business strategies and principles of entrepreneurship, as well as a chance to connect with other aspiring and successful entrepreneurs. Each session is broadcast on Facebook Live. Check out the following link to see the video and learn about upcoming events

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

Pat Hynes completed her speaking engagement at Harvard Business School. She participated in a two-day workshop on Commercial Space, November 3-4. A discussion with graduate students on Saturday included company case studies on Blue Origin, the space launch company founded by Jeff Bezos. Students queried the speakers on competition between Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin. Their representative, Ariane Cornell, a graduate of HBS and Pat Hynes clarified, both companies were competing against the problems of developing the systems, not against each other. On Friday, November 10, Pat Hynes and Paulo Oemig met with Van Romero and Dave Westpfahl regarding the proposed upcoming five year renewal of the Space Grant contract.

This week the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute hosted a three-day PowerSim workshop for institute staff and NMSU students. The workshop was taught by Len Malczynski and Jake Jacobson of MindsEye Computing, LLC. PowerSim is a system dynamics software that is typically used to characterize and forecast complex issues and problems. NM WRRI uses PowerSim to model the Dynamic Statewide Water Budget for New Mexico, which is part of the institute’s Statewide Water Assessment, a highly collaborative, multi-year effort to assess the state’s water resources.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Computer Science Professorship   The College of Arts and Sciences received a $15,000 gift to the Department of Computer Science and the Hue and Pat McCoy Endowed Professorship from a generous donor in Washington, D.C.

Giving Tuesday Matches   Two College of Engineering alums have given separate gifts of $12,500, each of which will be matched by Giving Tuesday funds to create a $25,000 endowed scholarship. One scholarship will support Peer Learning Facilitators from the Department of Engineering Technology who mentor students in the Eloy Torrez Family Learning Communities in the Engineering Center. The other will support engineering students who demonstrate financial need.

Agronomy Scholarship   A fourth-generation New Mexico farming family created a new endowed scholarship in the Department of Agronomy in the College of ACES to honor their parents.

AAC Gift   The Lineberry Foundation in Albuquerque has given $10,000 to the Aggie Athletics Club.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

The Aggie volleyball program hosted their Senior Day last Saturday where they swept Seattle University. Seniors Jordan Abalos, Ariadnne Sierra, Kaylee Neal, Kassandra Tohm and Sasha-Lee Thomas played their final home match of the season. The Aggies are currently in first place with two games left in the season. Coach Michael Jordan continues to do a fantastic job with his program.


The men’s basketball program played a charity exhibition game against Texas Tech University at Midland, Texas with all proceeds going to the hurricane relief effort. While the Aggies were not victorious, money was raised for a good cause. Several alums from Eastern New Mexico and Texas came out to support the team.


Aggie football beat Texas State University 45-35 in San Marcos, Texas on Saturday afternoon. A pre-game tailgate was hosted by the NMSU Athletic Department with over 50 people in attendance. There were a significant amount of parents and families that attended the game further illustrating our positive recruitment of the state of Texas in the sport of football.


After the game, New Mexico State Athletics was informed that senior wide receiver Jaleel Scott was invited to play in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama to take place on January 27. Jaleel became just the fifth Aggie all-time to be invited and the first since 1978.


I visited Oñate High School with Las Cruces Public Schools Athletic Director Ernie Viramontes. We met with the principal as well as the majority of the coaches. I had previously met with Las Cruces High, Mayfield High and Centennial High School in an effort to strengthen our relationship with our local high school coaches and administrators.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

We are happy to announce that the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for English Language Programs, and IBP have come to an agreement to transition the last two for-credit English courses from CELP to the English Department.  The English Department will now teach and oversee all specialized for-credit English courses for international students at both the graduate and undergraduate level, as well as administer the English Language Placement Test, which is part of the international undergraduate student admission process.

This week, the Office of Education Abroad continued to promote FLIP programs, and was able to offer several new scholarships for certain programs. In collaboration with the Department of Chemical Engineering, an $800 scholarship is being offered to the first 10 students to sign up for the Brewing & Distilling in Ireland and England course, which is part of the new Brewing minor.  There are currently 87 students signed up for FLIP programs going out over Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks.

The OEA held the spring Pre-departure Orientation, informing students signed up to go abroad for winter break and the spring semester of all there is to know before they go abroad. This was held in collaboration with Dr. Eric Morgan who discussed understanding culture shock, as well as the financial aid office who helped answer last minute questions. We are excited to see our Aggies go abroad!

Aggies Go Global has closed the applications for the Global Citizens Project Scholar program and completed the interview process for final selection. We are excited to announce the first annual project scholars in the coming week!

OEA was represented at the Tri-Regional NAFSA conference in Denver, Colorado this past week. This conference is a great way to network and keep in tune with what is currently trending and happening in international education.

Marketing and Communications, Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations   A news highlight on a national diversity in STEM conference recognition led our social media news report this week, with a reach of more than 5,300 and engagement of more than 900 clicks, comments and shares. The story focused on NMSU student regent and doctoral student Margie Vela and Kristina Gonzales, biology doctoral student, who were recognized at the 2017 National Diversity in STEM Conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Congratulations! The News team posted 25 items during the week on the NMSU News Facebook page, for a combined audience of more than 30,200.

Kristina Gonzales and Margie Vela

KRWG/SPU   The Good Samaritan village invited KRWG to be a part of their Veterans Day festivities on Wednesday. A general recognition was held at 4:30 p.m. At 6:30, KRWG TV premiered the Las Cruces “Vietnam: Our Stories” segments. The complete oral history series will debut on KRWG TV on Nov. 13, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m.

‘Nam veterans, family and friends at the “Vietnam: Our Stories” Las Cruces premiere.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

Congress is working on tax reform legislation (H.R.1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act,) and includes items that impact higher education.  House and Senate leaders want to have the desk to the President for his signature before the end of the year. The Office of Government Relations is watching the bill and contacting Representatives.  For a matrix of the House and Senate proposals in relation to higher education, and more information visit our website:

On November 10, Senator Martin Heinrich and his staff visited NMSU CAMP program and interacted with the CAMP staff and students.  After visiting with CAMP, he went to the 100 West Cafe where he sat and talked to some of our students and volunteer parents, along with Sammy Gurule’s parents, who drove down from Tres Piedras, New Mexico near Taos to participate in a fund raiser. Then he assisted the students in making enchilada plates.

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

I spoke at the Professional Development event hosted by the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) student organization. The event was to present information on careers, news, and general information about the agricultural industry to help them on their path to becoming educated people within the industry.

The SWFBPEPC Operation AAA tabletop exercise was held at EXPO NM. Based on the outcome of the exercise, a Site Protection through Observational Techniques (SPOT) course will be scheduled and delivered.

Katie Mechenbier, a soil and water conservation specialist at NMDA, received the Edgewood Soil and Water Conservation District Public Servant of the Year Award. Katie has been with NMDA for seven years and has served as the specialist for Edgewood SWCD for five years. “I enjoy working with the boards and managers of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, as they are wonderful people who volunteer their time to make a difference in our state,” said Mechenbier. “I commend the work they do to conserve and preserve the land in New Mexico.”

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Canine Demonstrations   Officer Joseph Cortez gave two Canine Demonstrations this week.  One was to the College Heights kindergarten class with approximately 30 children and the other was to the members of the NMSU Aggie Paws Club on the NMSU Campus.

Command Staff Interviews   Command Staff held interviews for the vacant Police Officers positions and submitted three names to Human Resource Services.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott


Faculty member honored with national appointment   Michelle Guzman-Armijo was recently named as a member of the Council for the National Learning Communities Association. Guzman-Armijo is the department chair of English and Communication and is the learning community coordinator for NMSU-Doña Ana and for the Aggie Pathway.



Ceramics sale   The DACC Student Art Association hosted a ceramics studio Open House and fundraiser on Thursday, November 9, at the DACC Workforce Center where they sold hand-crafted wares created in the ceramics studio. All proceeds supported club events, including planned travel for eight DACC students to attend the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pictured are several of the sale items.




Let them eat cake   Chef Educator Jenni wrapped up her 5-week Cake Decorating II class in the culinary arts program at DACC. The best thing about the final class is the “contest” on the last night. Pictured are the graduates’ final exams.





New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Friday the NMSU-A students, faculty, staff, retirees, NMUS-A Foundation members, Alamogordo school board members & superintendent, OCEDC, HAFB, SBDC and the citizens of Alamogordo had the pleasure of spending time with Chancellor Garrey Carruthers.  The Chancellor came to the campus with updates on NMSU main campus and the branch campuses. He also gave updates on what to expect about the future.  The Chancellor’s visit was well received and those who had questions had the opportunity to ask and receive an answer.

NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers with NMSU-A President Ken Van Winkle during the Chancellor’s visit.

On Wednesday, students from Alamogordo High School and Academy Del Sol visited the NMSU-A Campus for a tour.  The students spent time touring Career and Technology and the Arts and Sciences Divisions. They also stopped by the Technical Education classrooms.  The students were given information about classes offered both at the campus and online.  The advising staff was on hand to answer any questions and to make sure that the students got the most out of their visit.

NMSU-A Instructor Clay Blevins points out the wind turbine while talking to Alamogordo High School & Academy Del Sol students about the NMSU-A Alternative Energy Program.

On Wednesday, Jonathon Tubbs, former NMSU-A engineering student, returned to give a presentation to the students currently enrolled in Introduction to Engineering, ENGR 100.  Students, faculty, and staff not enrolled in this class were invited as well. Jonathon received his B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology with a Renewable Energy minor in 2015 from NMSU.  He now works as a Quality Engineer in Renewable Services Group, Wanzek Construction, Inc.

Former NMSU-A student, and NMSU graduate, Jonathon Tubbs gives a presentation to students enrolled in ENGR 100.

On Friday morning NMSU-A hosted the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Food And Network (FAN) Club breakfast at Margo’s restaurant. The FAN club breakfast is an opportunity to meet other chamber members and promote business.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Monday November 6, NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton attended the called meeting of the New Mexico Higher Education Master Planning Committee.  Reports were heard from the Governance Subcommittee and intense discussion was held as to a plan to be submitted to Governor Martinez and the legislature.  At this time, support is being granted to a proposal stipulating increased collaboration among institutions and the final proposal will be discussed at a LFC Hearing in December.

On Wednesday, November 8, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a strategic planning session for the Carlsbad School District. The session was very well-attended and the input gathered will be used by the school district in developing their strategic plans for the future.

On Thursday, November 9, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its 6th annual “Taste of Culture” event.  Faculty and staff from seventeen different countries provided foods that were native to their culture.  The event attracted over 600 participants from Carlsbad, Eddy County, other parts of New Mexico, and from parts of Texas.  The event was a fantastic endeavor that received rave reviews and the Diversity Committee is to be commended for this initiative.

On Friday, November 10, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its annual Assessment Day activities.  Dr. Susan Wood from Dona Ana made a great presentation in the morning prior to reports being given by individual departments.  In the afternoon, NMSU Carlsbad representatives conducted Task Stream training for campus employees as NMSU Carlsbad is initiating strategies to include non-academic areas in assessment activities.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

NMSU Grants faculty recently held their “Student Appreciation Day” and served up food from various cauldrons (green chile stew, taco soup, pozole, Southwest chowder and chili for Frito pies). Faculty showed their appreciation for students and students appreciated the food!  As a goodwill gesture, NMSU Grants host the event each Fall and Spring semester to recognize the hard work of students and offer them a break from their usual schedule.  Most importantly, the faculty offer words of encouragement. The Halloween season made it a lively affair as students and facutly wore costumes, the children from Small Wonders daycare trick-or-treated, and some children of students joined in noshing a little “eye of newt.”

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto

This week, ASNMSU staff heavily invested their time and efforts in fall elections, resulting in a record-breaking turnout! Shirts were handed out at polling stations in order to encourage more students to vote for their college senators. Unofficial results are posted at the ASNMSU office door as of Friday, November 10!

ASNMSU is also gearing up for next week’s Legal Series on Tuesday, November 14 at Hardman Jacobs room 225 at 5:40 pm. The forum will be compose of Professor Matthew Holt, Professor David Keys, City Attorney Jennifer Vega-Brown, and Judge Fernando Macias. Speakers will share their success stories as well as answer questions from the students! Anyone interested in legal careers are welcome to attend and food will be provided!

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