Activity Report November 5 – November 11

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • Congratulations and thanks to all who worked on the campaign to pass Bond issues B and C. Special kudos to Aggie Saltman for doing the hard work on behalf of NMSU and to Dr. Gerald Burke, retired NMSU administrator, who successfully orchestrated the statewide campaign.  Bond C provides $1.5 million for improvements to NMSU Grants, $22.5 to NMSU to build a new building for the NMSU Art Department to replace Dan Williams Hall, $1.5 million for improvements to NMSU Dona Ana, and $1 million each to NMSU Alamogordo and NMSU Carlsbad for improvements.  Bond B authorized just over $10 million for public libraries.  These issues are achieved without an increase in property tax.
  • We are in the process of evaluating the development of a comprehensive Student Health and Wellness Center, to be headquartered in the now Student Health Center. This would require the relocation of the Counseling Center from Garcia Annex to the Center.  Student leadership has been very supportive of full integration, but it is easier said than done.  We invited two folks from Colorado State – Anne Hudgens (executive director) and Susan McQuiddy (director of Counseling) of their integrated Center, who successfully navigated such an integration and argues this is the best thing they have done for their students.  Takeaways from the meeting include we need to work with all of the stakeholders, have the correct facility design, and to properly pace the integration.  As a result of this meeting, we have formed a committee of stakeholders to work on the project and have deferred any integration until next summer.  The students I deal with are in agreement with this arrangement.
  • I served as the emcee for the first Domenici Scholars Forum. Four of our student panelists from the recent Domenici Conference elected to further pursue the topics they covered in the conference, to include the development of extended policy papers and subsequent presentations.  The students were brilliant.  Thanks to the faculty members who were instrumental in developing the concept and mentoring the students – Neil Rosendorf, Kevin Boberg, Tim Ketelaar, and Chris Brown.  This will become an annual event.  The students do receive credit for their work.
  • We had a most important informational meeting with all Regents and the Regents Real Estate Committee. We desperately need to improve our student housing stock but the university doesn’t have the resources to have an aggressive improvement approach.  NMSU has issued a Request for Proposal for a comprehensive housing program and received three responses for what is known as a P3 or public, private, partnership.  The EdR Company has been selected for negotiations regarding taking over part of or our entire student housing and developing several new dormitories.  Brailsford and Dunlavey are our housing consultants and are supportive of the concept under review.  The devil is in the details.  Negotiations are underway with the possibility of a Regents decision in December on a Memorandum of Understanding to proceed with a closing later in the spring, if agreements can be reached.  If we can reach an agreement, this will be one of the more important developments with respect to student recruitment, retention, and life.
  • I attended the Western Athletic Conference Board of Directors meeting in Denver. It was good to learn that Chicago State University seems to have resolved some of their financial issues and fully intends to continue as a member of the Conference.  They may even add a sport.  Other developments in membership have caused me to be much more confident in the direction and stability of the WAC.  Good news for our Olympic sports at NMSU.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

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

Extension Plant Sciences

  • The 4th Western Pecan Production Short Course was held at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. Participants came from New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, California, Chihuahua, and even as far away as Australia and South Africa.  The program is coordinated by NMSU Extension Pecan Specialist Dr. Richard Heerema.  Lectures were presented by experts from New Mexico State University, University of Arizona, University of Georgia, and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. The purpose of the program is to give both new and experienced pecan growers an overview of all aspects of pecan production in arid and semi-arid regions. Lectures included orchard site selection, cultivar choice, and irrigation systems design to pest and disease management, orchard harvest, and nut marketing. This year’s program included a presentation on the human health-promoting components of pecan nuts. Attendees had the opportunity to go on tours of local pecan shelling and cleaning plants, area orchards, and the NMSU Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center.
  • On October 31, Dean Rolando Flores, Associate Dean Jon Boren, and Extension Plant Sciences department head Dr. Natalie Goldberg attended a groundbreaking ceremony at Albuquerque’s Paradise Meadows Park to start a turfgrass water conservation project with New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, The Toro Co., and the City of Albuquerque’s Parks and Recreation Department. During one week, Dr. Bernd Leinauer (Extension Plant Science) and his team, along with workers from the Parks and Rec Department, installed a subsurface drip irrigation system in one half of the park; the other half will keep an above-ground sprinkler system. Water usage for each system will be monitored over the next three years to determine whether a subsurface irrigation system is a water conserving alternative for a heavily-used public green space.


Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Vanessa Martinez, graduating in December with a master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, has been selected as a 2017 USDA Graduate Fellow.  Vanessa completed a thesis examining the prevalence of food insecurity among college students at NMSU.  She was one of five NMSU graduate students selected to participate in a mentoring and scholarship program called SAFE ( Southwest Agriculture and Food Security Education:  Preparing Future Leaders for a Safe and Secure U.S. Food Supply System) in conjunction with Texas State University.
  • Out of 400 degree programs in Family and Consumer Sciences, the department at NMSU was ranked #28 by Great Value Colleges. The ranking was created based on graduate degree opportunities, research opportunities, and internship and scholarship opportunities.  Data was collected from the NCES College Navigator database, and school websites.


College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • Dr. Kathryn Hanley was awarded the highly prestitious 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
  • Area middle and high school students attended the fourth annual “Languages and Cultures Day.” This event is sponsored by the Department of Languages and Linguistics, and features 16 interactive sessions and presentations relating to a variety of languages and cultures, including Japanese, Chinese, French, Portuguese, German and Spanish.
  • The College was happy to recognize Cody & Casey Caldwell, outstanding graduates for the College of Arts & Sciences.


  • The Wind Symphony and University Singers presented a Veteran’s Day Celebration in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall
  • The New Mexico State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry featured a presentation from Hayley Brown, from the Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, Texas, titled “Novel Polymer Topologies: Synthesis and Applications.”
  • The College celebrated the successful passing of the GO Bond C during the most recent elections. The Bond will, among the other things, allow the College to move forward with the renovation of Williams Hall.
  • The Department of Mathematical Sciences hosted Peter Casazza of the University of Missouri, who offered a presentation titled “Phase Retrieval.”
  • The Music Department offered a concernt of the Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Simon Gollo and with Jorge Espinoza as guest soloist.
  • The College offered another presentation part of its Global Connections series, featuring Dr. Dan Dugas and Dr. Eric Morgan, discussing their recent FLiP to Ireland
  • The Astronomy department presented a a public talk by Dr. Amy Simon, Senior NASA and Deputy Instrument Scientist, titled “NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex Asteroid Sample Return Mission.”


College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • 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.
  • I attended the Board of Regents Real Estate Committee Meeting on November 8.
  • I met with Salvador Almeida, NMSU Engineering alum and current Director of Strategic Development for Fletes Mexico, S.A. de C.V on November 11.
  • We gathered faculty for meeting on Nov. 11 to discuss MBA core course scheduling, class sizes and other matters impacting faculty.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

The ELA Department had six successful dissertation defenses. These students will be participating in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on December 9. They were completed by the following students: Amanda Lopez-Askin, Barbara Browder, Mallory Driggers, Roberto Lozano, Emily Navarette, and Aine Garcia-Post.

Also, the department is in full swing with the Christmas Shoe Box Drive for La Casa. The target population is boys and girls ages 11-18. For more information, contact

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

engThe National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics held a meeting at the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, October 25-27. Ten graduate and undergraduate students of the Civil Engineering Department, seven NMSU faculty members and College of Engineering Dean Lakshmi Reddi participated. The students presented their CBBG research projects during the poster session of the meeting and had the opportunity to interact with leaders of the industry and experts in this new field of biogeotechnology. Master’s candidate Saman Mostafazadeh-Fard won the first place award for best technical poster presentation and a cash prize. His advisers are professors Zohrab Samani and Paola Bandini. Master’s candidate Jose N. Pasillas was recognized with a certificate and a cash prize as the outstanding NMSU student for his outreach efforts and student leadership in the center.  CBBG is a partnership of ASU (lead), NMSU, Georgia Tech and UC Davis. The CBBG focuses on developing ecologically friendly, cost-effective geotechnical solutions, inspired by nature, for development and rehabilitation of resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. Paola Bandini is the NMSU principal investigator of the grant and thrust leader for Infrastructure Construction.  Six CBBG core research projects are currently led by NMSU civil engineering faculty members and student researchers.

eng2Abdiel Jimenez and Natalia Perez were among 24 students selected to participate in the Nissan Design Challenge at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference in Seattle earlier this month. They worked in three-person teams to develop and refine an idea to address a challenge over a four-day period. They provided daily project briefings that were evaluated by the Nissan design competition judges, culminating in a final presentation. Perez was on the second-place winning ream which received a $5,000 award. Perez and Jimenez are both mechanical and aerospace undergraduates and work as Aggie Innovators in the Aggie Innovation Space.

eng3A student organization at New Mexico State University is currently involved in helping a nonprofit real-estate developer construct a sustainable housing community for homeless veterans in Alamogordo. The students and faculty advisers in Aggies Without Limits, formerly Engineering Without Boundaries, spent their summer helping the nonprofit Fox Hole Homes build the prototype the rest of the community will be modeled after. Several senior students in AWL will perform their senior projects while on-site to come up with ideas to improve heating and cooling and water supply and distribution for Fox Hole Homes. Fox Hole Homes and AWL are currently awaiting approval from the state regarding the construction of the prototype. Approval is expected to come by spring 2017, when construction on the full community will begin.

The Aggie Innovation Space concluded a Wind Turbine Design Challenge for undergraduate engineering students by testing the developed designs in the NMSU wind tunnel. The challenge focused on teams of students who were tasked with creating a new wind turbine design, embed electronic sensors for monitoring and collection of data, and verification of design through testing in a wind tunnel laboratory.  There were 18 engineering students who participated in the challenge.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean

  • The Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC) sponsored two presentations at Alma ‘d Arte High School last week, where the HSS Student Ambassadors discussed the importance of health related fields. Junior and senior students were given information on the many health professions NMSU has to offer during the interactive discussions.  These on-going discussions benefit both SoAHEC as a tool to educate our community and for the Student Ambassadors by improving their leadership skills.
  • In Development, Kim Gear scheduled the College’s first quarterly mentoring lunch for nursing students this week. A dedicated HSS donor and advisory board member met with students and learned about their backgrounds, achievements, and the personal goals as a first step in providing career mentoring. The lunch was very beneficial from the students’ perspectives to receive feedback as they finish their final semester for their nursing degrees.  Students are looking forward to more mentoring opportunities in the spring.

School of Social Work

  • Erika Gergerich, assistant professor, and Dr. Maria Gurrola, Associate Professor, presented a paper, Evaluating Professional Documentation and Writing Ability in Senior Undergraduate Social Work Students, at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) in Atlanta, Georgia on November 5.The presentation was based on their experiences with creating and implementing a strategy for the School of Social Work’s assessment of the professional writing skills of our undergraduate social work students.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

The NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections Department finalized the acquisition of the Dr. Morgan Nelson papers on November 10, 2016. Approximately 63 linear feet of material and 107GB of electronic data was received to complete the collection. Dr. Nelson, who is a former cotton farmer and state representative, gifted his papers to the Rio Grande Historical Collections at the library. His papers include correspondence, minutes, reports, speeches, data summaries, clippings, newsletters and other publications which pertain to his terms in the state legislature, his membership on the Board of Educational Finance and on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and his involvement in numerous cotton-related activities and organizations, particularly as a member of the Board of Directors of Cotton Incorporated.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Registration for Spring Semester   Crimson Scholars were able to begin registering for classes for spring term on Thursday, so we had a flurry of face to face visits and emails helping to guide students who were registering for the first time and running into problems. It is clear that we need to do a better job communicating to students the importance of visiting with their advisors, and to educate students about what they can do if they have a financial or advising hold that prevents them from registering. Several of our most popular classes were filled within a couple of hours of registration opening, and students are excited about the classes available to them next term.

GO Bond C   Given that much of the energy of the week focused on the election, we were so pleased to see that Bond C passed and our friends, students, and colleagues in the Art Department will have the badly needed funding for a replacement building. It will be so exciting to see these creative people housed in a building that is both functional and as beautiful as much of the work that they create.

Circle for Excellence   Deans Ketelaar and Chaiken met with a subset of our members of the Circle for Excellence, the group of community members who support us in advancement activities. We mapped out some strategies for enhanced advancement activities over the next few months. We are truly lucky to have such a great group of people who care about the Honors College.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

afNMSU Staff Presents at Technology Conference   New Mexico State University continues its strong presence at the yearly New Mexico Technology In Education conference held in Albuquerque early November. ICT representatives Norma Grijalva and Diana Dugas led a special panel session that discussed supporting researchers, NSF grant writing, and working more collaboratively to leverage technology resources across the state.  In addition, ICT’s Student Technology & Planning and Classroom Technologies staff, Araceli Hernandez and Francisco Martinez presented on NMSU’s Digital Signage Service successes and challenges. Isaac Davis, NMSU Creative Media Institute student and COOP staffer, created a video for the session: ICT Student Technology and Digital Signage

 NMSU Fire Department Awarded $100,000 Grant   The FY2017 State Fire Protection has $28 million in needs and only $10.1 million to distribute.  The awarded $100,000 will purchase 20 complete sets of firefighting turnout gear with in-mask communication, 5 inch supply hose, forcible entry training props and a face mask tester.  The NMSU Fire Department is composed of 14 full-time students and 6 career staff. This new equipment will enhance the safety of each of the firefighters while responding to emergencies.


af3“KEEP IT LABELED” and “KEEP IT CLOSED”   Environmental Health & Safety implements new visual reminders for those working with hazardous materials.  The stickers are attached to waste collection areas to facilitate compliance with the NM Environment Department regulations for hazardous waste collection and handling.  These efforts help avoid monetary fines and emphasize our procedures for hazardous waste management while promoting safety to students and staff.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Outdoor Recreation Discovers Hueco Tanks State Park

The Outdoor Rec program took NMSU students to Hueco Tanks State Park on November 6 for a day of bouldering.  Hueco Tanks is one of the most premier climbing spots in the country and is always a “must do” for the Outdoor Recreation program.  Students learned the fundamentals of bouldering, spotting, and climbing movements while exploring the natural wonders that Hueco Tank has to offer.


Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

AFRL Lab Launch   On Friday, Arrowhead Center hosted an information session regarding the Air Force Research Lab’s (AFRL) New Mexico Lab Launch, an innovative tech transfer startup education program that invites individuals interested in becoming tech entrepreneurs to work with AFRL, Wasabi Ventures, and their broader networks to commercialize AFRL technology.  This info session was designed to leverage the partnership between Arrowhead Center and AFRL to expand participation in the AFRL New Mexico Lab Launch project.  More information can be found at

Next Gen   This week Arrowhead Center hosted its first conference with campus champions from DACC and NMSU-Carlsbad who are assisting with the Next Gen expansion of Studio G to all NMSU System campuses. On Wednesday, Dr. Kramer Winingham traveled to Grants and met with several administrators and faculty members who identified a champion for the Grants campus.

Studio G Networking Hour   On Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly networking hour event.  This week’s topic focused on how to design and build your product, as outlined in the Disciplined Entrepreneur. 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

Vice President for Research, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya

  • The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute issued the October edition of New Mexico Water eNews. The issue covered the recently hosted 61st Annual New Mexico Water Conference, Where Does All the Water Go? History, Hydrology, and Management of New Mexico’s Scarce Resources, held in early October in Silver City.  The issue also announced the publication of two NM WRRI technical completion reports, one on produced water data in New Mexico by Martha Cather and others of the Petroleum Recovery Research Center at NM Tech; and another report on arsenic removal from water by NMSU faculty member Reza Foudazi, research assistant Ryan Zowada, and graduate student Anna Malakian, all of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. The eNews can be accessed at:


  • On November 9, the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute hosted a meeting on behalf of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Deputy Attorney General Tania Maestas. The Attorney General met with the Lower Rio Grande Water Users group regarding the Texas v. New Mexico  The meeting took place at Stucky Hall, home of the institute on the NMSU campus. The NM WRRI works with various water stakeholder groups to help resolve water issues throughout New Mexico and the region and is often called upon to host and coordinate meetings.
  • Pat Hynes served as Senator Tom Udall’s representative on the Academy Selection Board on Saturday, November 12. This board is held annually each year to select students for the United States Service Academies of West Point, the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy and the Merchant Marines.
  • Vimal Chaitanya visited Dr. Alex Dely, Contracts Manager, Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson to advance several on-going collaborations in research areas ranging from cyber and big data to precision agriculture. Some of these collaborations are three party efforts that include University of Arizona. Recent visits to UA, Tucson have yielded several collaborative proposals totaling nearly $4.5 million. Vimal also visited Arizona State University and had discussions for collaboration in the areas of sustainability and global security.
  • Vimal Chaitanya attended the Mountain West Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) strategic planning retreat in Las Vegas on November 6-7, 2016. Mountain West consortium consists of seven different states and NMSU is one of the partner universities for the NIH funded grant. The grant is led and administered by University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Faculty researchers from the Colleges of Health and Social Services and Education as well as from Computer Science have received Pilot grants that support development to NIH R funding, particularly R01.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Community College Funding   The R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation of Ruidoso funded two proposals this week-one for $4,000 to purchase additional teaching equipment for NMSU-Carlsbad’s welding program, and another for $5,100 to purchase training manikins for NMSU-Alamogordo’s allied health program.

Foundation Gift   A foundation has established a $25,000 endowed scholarship in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.

Pledged Gift   The College of Arts & Sciences has received a pledge from an alumnus in Biochemistry for a gift of $25,000.

Student Success   The College of Education team is building a culture in the college’s scholarship system to focus on the “Time to Graduation” part of Student Success. Kelley Coffeen worked with a donor while Dean Enedina Vazquez and Leslie Perez in scholarships identified four students (two graduate-level and two undergraduates) on track to graduate this fall with balances on their financial accounts. These four students were awarded scholarships to cover their last semester expenses. They were overwhelmed and truly grateful.

Planned Gift   The Foundation has documented an irrevocable planned gift of life insurance amounting to $503,000 from two related alumni families, which will someday establish endowed family funds in Athletics and Engineering, as well as support an existing scholarship fund. The families are being welcomed into the NMSU Foundation’s 1888 Society.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • athHeld our November Faculty Athletics Council (FAC) meeting. The FAC is chaired by Dr. Kevin Melendrez and is an oversight group of the athletics department. The council is made up of six faculty members; one from each of NMSU’s undergraduate college, two students from ASNMSU, a member of the Advisory Council, the Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and the WAC as well as a Faculty Senate Representative. The chair and vice-chair were elected and discussed general athletic department topics.
  • Partnered with Barnes and Noble Bookstore to host the second Under Armour Uniform Reveal where student-athletes from men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, women’s golf, equestrian, and swimming and diving participated and unveiled their new uniforms and team gear. Approximately 100 fans and teammates attended the event.
  • New Mexico State’s women’s golf head coach, Jackie Booth, was awarded the 2017 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award, the most prestigious honor in the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, for her outstanding service. Congratulations Jackie!


International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

IBP will host several activities around campus for International Education Week November 15 and 16. Visit for a schedule of events.

Cornell Menking, Michael Schmelzle, Mary Jaspers and Kari Rankin attended the annual Region II NAFSA meeting which was held in Santa Fe, NM this year.  The region includes New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Montana and Wyoming.  Kari Rankin staff and Belkis Jacquez, a returned study abroad student, delivered a presentation on best practices exemplified at NMSU’s Office of Education Abroad.

IBP and the International Student Association hosted a Halloween Party at the Nason House.

This week the Confucius Institute at NMSU hosted NMSU’s College of Business’ Dr. Winnie Li and Doctoral Candidate Wenkai Zhou speaking about research conducted with Dr. Michael Hyman in an engaging talk “When Old Meets New: How China’s ‘Double Eleven Day’ Challenges Confucianism.” This covered the surprising rise of the world’s largest e-commerce shopping day in the world, ‘Singles Day.’

Prof. Ren traveled to Albuquerque to review our NMSU Dual Enrollment program at Cottonwood Classical Prep School.

  • Confucius Institute teachers and staff watched the election returns at an event hosted by the Black Students Association.
  • Tomorrow we will participate in Lang/Ling’s “Languages and Cultures Day” for high school students interested in studying at NMSU.
  • Last week the Confucius Institute participated in the Las Cruces Cultural Bazaar with an information booth, and performances by our teachers, including a beautiful martial arts performance by teacher Xue Jun.

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations   The group provided pre-event and same-day coverage of Military and Veterans Appreciation Week on the Las Cruces campus. Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and Hector Sanchez, Director, Military and Veterans Programs, spoke at the kickoff event at Aggie Memorial Tower Friday morning. The week was made possible thanks to the combined effort of the Military and Veterans Programs, the Military and Family Communication Team, the Air Force and Army ROTC in the College of Arts and Sciences and the NMSU Student Veterans Organization. The Facebook posting on the NMSU News Facebook page had already generated a reach of 2,100 people by the end of the day Friday.

KRWG/SPU   KRWG staff avoided the hail and spent a beautiful weekend greeting listeners and viewers at the Dona Ana Arts Council 2016 Renaissance Faire in Young Park. Volunteers and staff manned the KRWG booth and helped celebrate the arts at the two-day annual event.


Staffer Christian Valle perfectly fits Peg + Cat ears on a young KRWG viewer as Patron Board Volunteer Susan Eidson looks on at the Arts Council Renaissance Faire booth.

Election night winners included the listeners and viewers of KRWG as staff augmented the national PBS/NPR returns with local results. Crews were spread throughout the area providing reports from election gatherings and posting totals on

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

Upcoming Events

  • November 14 -15 – Legislative Health & Human Services Committee, Capitol, Rm 321
    • November 15 –  2016 NM Health Care Workforce Committee (NMHCWFC) Report
    • November 15- Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM): Primary Care in Rural & Tribal New Mexico
  • November 14-15 – Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee, Rm 311
    • November 14 – Need for High-Speed Internet (Broadband)
    • November 14 – Proposed Legislation
  • November 15 – Legislative Finance Committee- Sunset/Sunrise Subcommittee, Capitol, Rm 324
  • November 15-18 – Legislative Finance Committee, Capitol, Rm 307
    • November 16 – Economic and Revenue Update
    • November 16 – Update of Medicaid Cost-Containment
    • November 16 – Potential 2016 Committee Sponsored Legislation
  • November 15 – NM Finance Authority Oversight Committee, Capitol, Rm 307
    • Report on Bonds and Governmental Gross Receipts Tax (GGRT)
    • Sweep of Flow-Through GGRT
    • Report on Economic Development and Infrastructure in the Border Region
  • November 16 – 18, Legislative Education Study Committee, Capitol, Rm 307
    • No Time to Lose:  How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State
    • Potential Committee Sponsored Legislation
    • Senate Bill 153 Report:  Military Training and Experience for College Credit, Dr. Rommel, HED
  • November 16 -18- Courts, Corrections & Justice Committee, Capitol, Rm 317

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

  • Division staff presented a “Hen to House” egg presentation at East Picacho Elementary School in Las Cruces. The presentation involved explaining to the students how the egg goes from the laying hen to their table, safe egg handling, and egg candling. East Picacho’s 2nd grade class currently has 4 chicken coops with 8 laying hens and 15 other hens who will be laying within the next few months. They also have 2 roosters. They have be studying the life cycle of chickens, different breeds of chickens, and they want to start grading the eggs as soon as possible. They also are studying the local economy as it pertains to poultry. Students are already collecting eggs, feeding, and watering the chickens on a daily basis.
  • New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA), The High Desert Discovery District (HD3), and New Mexico State University (NMSU) co-hosted the HD3 Discovery Day™ – “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food.” The event focused on statewide innovation and commercialization opportunities within or that impact agriculture, value-added food products, and food industries. There was a networking event along with a 30-minute presentation and discussion of the ideas.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 29police reports created, 30 supplements filed, and 26 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 59 items of evidence entered into the vault, 18 people were fingerprinted and 3 background checks were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   Emergency Dispatch Center handled 325 police calls for service, (3 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 167 police calls (15 of which were agency assist) and 1 warrant entry.  There were 19 fire calls (9 of which were mutual aid), 4 emergency medical calls, 3 fire alarms, 1and 3 standby calls.  There were also 5 animal control calls.

Victim Services   Amanda Bowen worked with the victim of an attempted sexual assault that took place in a parking lot on Friday night around 10:00 pm.  The suspect is still at large, and there is not a good description of him at this time.

Special Events   Staff worked on preparations for and implementation of the safety plans for the 206-2017 basketball season.  The first home men’s basketball game went well, with only one person suffering injury from a fall and needing to be transported to the hospital.

Dealing With Difficult People Training   Chief Lopez provided training for the College of Engineering staff on November 8th in a workshop on Dealing With Difficult People.  The staff were all very attentive, and demonstrated how much they care about the students in the College.

Faculty Senate Committee Meeting   Chief Lopez and Dennis Zaklan (PSL) met with the Faculty Senate University Affairs committee on the draft of the new Administrative Rule and Procedures regarding unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or “drones”).  The committee approved the draft unanimously.

CD Advisory Board Meeting   Chief Lopez attended the Communication Disorders Advisory Board Meeting for the Fall semester, where he is a parent rep.  There was a lot of great information and discussion regarding the success of the CD program (in the College of Education), including the cleft palate clinic and the potential to partner with another institution to expand the clinic.

Habitat for Humanity Build   Officer Jarrod Colliver and Chief Lopez took a day off so they could participate in the 911 Build Day on November 11, 2016.  Emergency responders and volunteers partnered together to help build homes for needy families, alongside the family members whose homes are being built.  There are currently five homes under construction, with completion expected in April.  A good article on the effort was printed in the LC Sun News on Sunday.


Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

This week I was privileged to meet with Employee Council and share information about our institutional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). We continue to work with a number of individuals and offices across campus to prepare for that visit, scheduled for Nov. 13-14, 2017.

To learn more about accreditation go to

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

New Entrance/Exit at East Mesa – Construction of a new road has begun, thanks to the voters of Dona Ana County for supporting our 2015 bond election. The new entrance/exit from East Mesa campus will alleviate congestion and provide quicker emergency evacuation.


New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Wednesday, November 9, NMSU-A hosted 49th Wing Commander Colonel Houston Cantwell, Command Chief Master Sergeant Bari Bartlett, and Communications Specialist Brian Davis for a tour of the campus and a reception. They were impressed with our facilities but more importantly with the people they met and interacted with during the visit. This is again a reminder that our greatest asset and strengths are imbedded in the outstanding people who work at NMSU-A.

Thanks to the work of Becky Ross, and Brien Murphy from main campus, and support from Glenda Mendoza of Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, the Allied Health program was awarded a $5,100 grant by the Hubbard Foundation this past week. The grant will allow the NMSU-A Allied Health program to purchase Resusci Anne and Resusci Baby QCPR with QCPR and SimPad SkillReporter. This equipment will help train our students in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

NMSU-A hosted a Veterans’ Day and Student Organization celebration on Thursday, November 10 to honor veterans and to celebrate the student organizations and their impact on the educational experience at NMSU-A.  The guest speaker was veteran, Ted Brinegar, Founder and CEO of Fox Hole Homes in Alamogordo.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Monday, November 7, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly PAC meetings and traveled to Las Cruces in order to attend the monthly UAC and Presidents’ meetings on Tuesday, November 8.
  • On Wednesday, November 9, NMSU Carlsbad AQIP writing teams continued their work toward completing the Systems Portfolio which will be submitted to HLC next fall.
  • On Thursday, November 10, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a meeting of the Title IX and Campus SaVE Act Committee which is beginning to plan systemwide initiatives in compliance with the federal mandates. Additionally, on Thursday, November 10 NMSU Carlsbad hosted its annual “Taste of Culture” event.  Twelve different countries were represented by the diverse NMSU Carlsbad faculty and staff and the approximate 400 attendees greatly enjoyed sampling foods from each of the represented countries.
  • On Friday, November 11, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its mandatory Assessment Day activities where each academic entity reported on its assessment activities which had been completed. Also, NMSU hosted a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the campus flagpole.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Career and Job Fair    NMSU Grants Student Services sponsored the annual NMSU Grants Career & Job fair on Thursday November 10 for students, mid and senior high schools, and the community.  The Fidel Activity Center was filled with over 300, 7th-12th graders from Tse Yi Gai High School, Sky City Community School, Laguna Middle School, Grants High School, and Los Alamitos Middle School.   Career education occurred with many different career paths and businesses.  A highlight was the IT Bootcamp students in the Computer Technology program setting up technical equipment, demonstrating gaming, 3D printing and other technology for the students. The local radio station held a live broadcast, interviewing employers, job seekers and students. Laguna Bakery sugar cookies are a tradition for the students and enjoyed by all. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at NMSU Grants participated in the Fair, as well as 25 local employers and support services for education and employment.

Science Foundation Arizona Visit   The KickStarter team led by the Science Foundation Arizona visited the NMSU Grants Campus on November 9 and 10.  NMSU Grants campus was selected to participate in the KickStarter program last summer.  The program is a technical assistance program that prepares and positions Community College HSI’s to compete successfully for federal funds with focus on student recruitment and retention in STEM fields.  The program begins immediately with the Kickstarter application process that includes NSF principles to guide and support college participants on their paths to developing competitive proposals to NSF.

Game Night at NMSU Grants   The Fidel Gymnasium on the NMSU Grants campus was filled with approximately 70 elementary, middle, high school, and college students for a full night of video game fun. 40 students participated in the Smash Bros. competition to win a $25 gift card and the first ever 3D printed 1st place trophy. Spectators including some parents watched from the bleachers as students faced off. This was the seventh game night hosted by NMSU.  The reigning winner is Louis Bear Eagle, Jr. who has taken home five of the first place prizes including Friday night’s. The next competition is on December 2, 2016, and all are welcome to come and join in the fun.

Internet Security Training for Community    NMSU Grants hosted the first Internet Security Training on Saturday, November 12 to share best practices that should be used while on the internet. John Castaneda, Grants Police Department Officer, shared information related to online security threats that local residents have reported and ways to avoid these threats. Zac Smith shared good password development practices and other security practices. Twelve area residents attended this event and participated in the discussion.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University



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