Activity Report November 8-14

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Athletics Conference Meetings: Early this week, I attended both the Sun Belt and Western Athletic Conference Chancellor/Presidents meetings.  NMSU is still an applicant for a long-term associate membership—football only—with the Sun Belt.  The reason we continue to pursue this membership is to retain our Football Bowl Subdivision status, which pays much more handsomely than Football Championship Subdivision status.  The Sun Belt intends to make a decision on our application on March 10.  Should they decide not to extend an invitation, we may be back in the Conference realignment game. 
  • Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Conference: A number of our NMSU teams will be attending the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) meeting in Indianapolis this coming week.  There will be an early session devoted to the “University of Missouri” situation.   Diversity and Inclusion are very important goals for NMSU.  Our executive team has been deliberating in recent months regarding how to restructure NMSU to enhance both diversity and inclusion.  Discussions with stakeholders will soon begin.
  • Millionaires Researchers Reception: I attended the Millionaires Researchers Reception sponsored by VP Vimal Chaitanya, recognizing faculty and staff members who have been especially successfully in receiving grants and awards for research and public service.  I also attended the Research Rally and listened to Dr.  Kathryn Hanley discuss her research in dengue fever.  I noted at this rally and also mentioned at the Millionaires reception how NMSU is doing well in research expenditures per tenured faculty member relative to many of our 15 peers (including universities with medical schools).  NMSU is in the second quartile and outperforms Kansas State, Iowa State, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State on this metric, just to name a few. 
  • Domenici Conference 2016: The next Domenici Conference is taking shape with recommendations that we ask Secretary Robert Gates (former President of Texas A & M) to keynote the conference.  We also are discussing offering sessions on mental health policy and issues, violence in America, and, as always in an election year, a session on national and state elections.  The committee would like to have James Carvel (D) and his wife Mary Matalin (R) cover the elections. 
  • Naming of NMSU Facilities: To hear some tell it, all buildings at NMSU are named after folks who donated a lot of money—Wrong.  Most are named after administrators, faculty and/or staff members who contributed substantially to growth and development of our great university.  I was delighted to participate in the naming ceremony for the Central Utility Plant, which is named after Charles Strickland.  Charles began work at NMSU in 1910 when the college had five acres and seven buildings.  When he retired 46 years later, NMSU had 108 acres and 52 permanent buildings.  He had served ten NMSU Presidents.  He was credited with developing our early infrastructure systems, especially water.  It is great to remember those who made our very attractive and much bigger campus possible.  Thanks to Glen Haubold for nominating Charles to the Board of Regents.


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • Military and Veterans Appreciation Week: Last week was Military and Veterans Appreciation week at NMSU.  It began with a brief ceremony in front of Memorial Tower and included a picnic, a banquet, a film presentation, informational day presentations, and a Recruiters Day.  I congratulate the many people who worked so hard to ensure that our military students, and our veteran students, faculty, and staff felt like they were part of a caring community.  I am particularly grateful to Dr. Ken Hacker and Jacobo Varela for their leadership in this initiative.
  • Millionaire Reception: The Millionaire Reception at the Fulton Center on Wednesday night honored principal investigators who brought in one million dollars or more during the 2015 fiscal year.  The projects of the investigators ranged from basic research, to teaching programs, to community engagement programs.  I extend my congratulations to all the honorees. You help make NMSU a very special place to work.
  • General Education Taskforce: The General Education Taskforce met for the second time on Friday morning.  It immediately broke into smaller groups to consider the question, “What content knowledge and transferable skills should all graduates of NMSU possess.”  The discussion in my group was thoughtful, animated, and rich.  I look forward to our next meeting, at which each of the members of my small group will present his/her list of skills and content knowledge, and we will seek consensus on a list that can be presented to the larger group in December.


Interim Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Jim Libbin

  • Agri-Tourism Conference: More than 100 individuals attended the two-day Agri-Tourism Conference in Albuquerque on November 13 and 14.  The conference participants learned how to develop and expand their agri-tourism businesses in eight plenary and 12 breakout sessions that covered aspects of agri-tourism.  Agri-tourism includes bed and breakfast operations, holistic and guest ranching, niche marketing, guided hunts, special events at particular times of the year, lunches and dinners, dude ranches, opportunities to do real work alongside a farmer or rancher, winery tours, you-pick operations, ag education tours, and road-side stands among others.  Aspects of niche marketing, direct marketing, income generation, and ways to associate with others were prime topics of the conference.
  • Santa Fe: A joint agricultural industry-NMDA-NMSU ACES task group testified before the New Mexico Jobs Council on November 16 in Santa Fe.  The group talked to the Council about job growth opportunities in production agriculture, agricultural processing, and input suppliers, as well as the obstacles set up at national, state and local levels that limit or remove the incentive for entrepreneurs to maintain and / or increase production in New Mexico.  Agricultural Production is New Mexico’s third largest industry measured by total dollar impact while Food Processing is the state’s 11th largest industry.  When combined, they constitute New Mexico’s largest industry.
  • Student Visitors: Approximately 300 MESA students visited NMSU ACES on Tuesday, November 10.  These middle school and high school students rotated in groups of 30-40 to explore STEM careers and opportunities in agriculture and related areas ranging from food science to biotechnology at eight separate presenting stops.
  • Novembrew: About 300 community and university members attended the 2015 Novembrew sponsored by the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management on the Aggie Memorial Stadium turf November 14.  Those who attended could choose samples from among 150 beers and 75 wines.  All proceeds from the event support the National Distributing Scholarship in the School of HRTM.  National Distributing donated all of the beer and wine in support of the event and scholarship.

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Awards: Elena Bower, county home economist from McKinley County, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences at the annual meeting in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Shelly Bucher, Brooke Stanley Tou, and Dr. Esther Devall were honored by the Office of the Vice President for Research at NMSU for bringing in sponsored awards in excess of $500,000 for fiscal year 2015.


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Guest Lecturer: On Monday I met with Tim Query and Chris Mandel, who were visiting campus as part of the Spencer Educational Foundation Risk Manager in Residence Program.   Each year a risk manager is selected to lecture about the field to our Risk Management and Insurance students.
  • Student Ambassador Guest Speaker: Charles Wagner, local financial advisor, spoke with the ambassadors on Wednesday.  He shared his experiences and advised them about networking and professional organizations.
  • Instructional Innovation and Quality Awards Ceremony: At the Instructional Innovation and Quality (IIQ) awards ceremony the following CoB faculty members were recognized:  Bobbie Green (One Year Plus Fellows), Mark Clark and Nancy Oretskin (New2Online), Pookie Sautter (Quality Matters Master Reviewer), and Jennifer Kreie (Quality Matters Nationally Recognized Courses).  Congratulations to all and to others in the College who participated in IIQ programs during the past year.
  • College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at


Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve Stochaj

  • Freaky Friday: The Aggie Innovation Space has launched a series of Freaky Fridays, Freaky Fridaya new, free program for K-12 students, based around engaging, exciting, and innovative weekly hands-on STEM activities. Freaky Fridays was the brain child of engineering and ROTC student Wyatt Castenada.  Mission H2O, a water desalination experiment and Fright Night, a Halloween themed night of mad science and ghoulish creations have already been held for a total of nearly 50 students. Registrations are still coming in for the next two Freaky Friday events: Mission Mini Earth, a miniature ecosystem experiment and Mission London Bridges, a Popsicle stick bridge experiment.
  • Industry Event: The Society of Automotive Engineers Student Chapter sponsored a Schlumberger dinner, Tech Talk with NMSU Alumni Clay Scott, and a session on the “Day in the Life of a Schlumberger Engineer/Specialist.” The event appears to have been a great success.  It was attended by a Mechanical Engineering coordinator and faculty member, as well as 54 engineering students, four of whom were mechanical engineering technology majors.  
  • Associated Contractors Design Challenge: Engineering New Mexico Resource NetworkAssociated Contractors hosted the second Aggie Innovation Design Challenge of the fall semester in partnership with the Associated Contractors of New Mexico (ACNM).  Engineering students were challenged with designing a new multi-purpose training facility to be used by the construction industry with a requirement of meeting both industry training and OSHA regulatory requirements.  ACNM industry partners plan to take the design and build an actual training facility to be used by industry at their operational site in Albuquerque.
  • STEM Teacher Conference: The College of Engineering hosted the 2015 Project Lead the Way Annual Conference.  Public school administrators and teachers from across the state attended the conference to hear from national PLTW representatives and NMSU personnel regarding Best Practices in STEM education.  The conference was preceded with a day of professional development workshops that focused on robotics programming and design modeling.
  • Magellan on the Rise: Engineering students spent the past year refining animation aspects of the famed Magellan Dragon, in partnership with the Doña Ana Arts Council and the NM Space Grant Consortium.  Magellan was on hand during the 2015 Renaissance Arts and Crafts Fair this past weekend to greet attendees with enhanced animatronics, smoke and sound.


Dean, College of Health and Social Services, Dr. Donna Wagner

  • Teaching Academy Awards Ceremony: NMSU’s Teaching Academy celebrated instructional innovation and quality awards at a ceremony on November 12. Many of HSS’s faculty members were among the honorees including Nursing’s Connie DeBlieck, Cheryl Lombardi, Stephanie Lynch, Linda Summers and Kristynia Robinson. Erika Gergerich, Social Work and Susan Wilson, Public Health Sciences were also recognized for their achievements.
  • Community Meeting: Myles Copeland, Cabinet Secretary DesignateCommunity Meeting for the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department held a community meeting at Domenici Hall on Friday, November 13 to unveil the recently completed state plan for long-term caregivers. Dean Donna Wagner served as a task force member for the report.
  • Mapmaking Training Workshop: The Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research (SWIHDR) hosted a Mapmaking Training Workshop for Dona Ana community organization members and NMSU researchers. The workshop had evolved in response to community interest in understanding the basics of mapmaking during the NMSU SWIHDR conference on September 11. Tom Scharmann and Richard Wright from the New Mexico Community Data Collaborative (NMCDC) of the NMDOH Office of Community Assessment, Planning & Evaluation and Janet Flores from NMDOH Region V conducted the workshop held in the NMSU Breland Hall computer lab. Fifteen participants attended.

School of Social Work

  • Research Achievement Award: Tina Hancock, Director, recently received a Research Achievement Award for obtaining sponsored awards in excess of a half million dollars. Dr. Hancock is the PI on a large New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) training grant in excess of one million dollars annually. The project’s goals are to increase the number of social work graduates employed by CYFD and provides training to existing CYFD staff in the area of the protection, well-being, and safety of children and their families.

Department of Public Health Sciences

  • Aggies Winning Choices: In collaboration with student athletes, Public Health Sciences (PHS) students have begun work on an NCAA-funded campus project. Aggies Winning Choices aims to raise awareness, provide education, and promote smart decision-making regarding binge drinking among NMSU undergraduate students. The three-year project is a collaborative effort between PHS, Campus Health Center, Department of Athletics, and NMSU’s Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education Program (WAVE). Satya Rao, PHS, and Amanda Gallivan, Campus Health Center, are the principal investigators.


Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Honors College Faculty Advisory Board: We had a long and productive meeting with the members of our faculty advisory board. We discussed a draft of the College strategic plan, and other issues that are important for our students and our curriculum.
  • Common Reading: Dean Chaiken met with Kellie Sharp-Hoskins, coordinator of the English general education courses to discuss the plans for the Common Reading. We identified ways that this could be used as a useful tool for instructors who teach sections of ENGL 111, and to help stimulate student interest in reading and writing.
  • Crimson Scholars Registration: Crimson Scholars (students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher) began registering for Spring 2016 courses on Thursday of this week. That meant a steady stream of students coming to chat with us about the course offerings available through the Honors College, and how these courses dovetail with their overall academic requirements. One course that we knew would be popular was completely filled (20 seats) by 7 a.m. on the first day of registration!


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • Library Exhibit: Director of Development April Anaya and Rio Grande Historical Collections Archivist Caitlin Wells went to the White Sands Missile Range Museum to support library donor Frances Williams at the opening of the “Vietnam Through a Different Lens” exhibit. Williams volunteered to go to Vietnam and worked as a logistician in Long Binh. She volunteered at the 24th Evacuation Hospital, helping many wounded soldiers write home.
    Library Exhibit
  • KIC Station Scanner: Zuhl Library has purchased a new KIC Station scanner on the first floor next to the Service Desk. Patrons can scan and send material via email, save to USB, upload to cloud storage, and upload material to your phone or tablet via QR code – all free.
    KIC Scanner Station
  • Library Happy Thanksgiving: The NMSU Library will be sending out their year-end cards to their donors and would as well like to wish the whole of the NMSU community a bountiful Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

Associate Provost, International and Border Program, Dr. Cornell Menking

  • Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional: Cornell Menking presented at the 23rd meeting of the Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional (AMPEI) last week on the topic of “Comprehensive Internationalization: How are Latin America and The Caribbean creating their own path/future?”  Dr. Imelda Olague also presented with colleagues from the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua on “Where do social and economic development, innovation, entrepreneurship and comprehensive internationalization intersect?”
    Center for English Language Programs
  • Various Activities: Ashley Ryan attended the Millionaire Reception as Dr. Menking’s proxy to receive the Millionaire award, this is the 3rd award for Dr. Menking and is connected with the success of the Go Teacher program here at NMSU. Dr. Ryan also attended a meeting with ICT and Admissions to discuss the growing population of CELP students and what can be done to better support them; she and Kristian will be presenting a plan of action at the next ADAC meeting.
  • Go Teacher Follow-up: In partnership with Kansas State University, Dr. Ryan conducted follow-up observations of Go Teacher scholars in Ecuador. This visit was around the coastal area of Ecuador, mainly Machala, Pinas, and Guayaquil, she observed scholars from various partner institutions and NMSU. The trip was extremely successful and has facilitated a better understanding of the needs of the scholars while they are in the program for implementation of their learnings.
  • Confucius Institute: Confucius Institute held movie night on Tuesday, they screened “Wolf Totem”, Thursday was “Global Coffee Hour” in which they presented a Chinese tea ceremony and Saturday morning Confucius Institute participated in Languages Day with the Languages and Linguistics Department to raise the interest of local high school students in studying second languages at NMSU.  All events were well attended. During this time the Institute also administered the Chinese Language Proficiency Tests (YCT and HSK) to students.


Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • NMSU Fire Department Awarded $100,000: For fiscal year 2016, the Fire Protection Grant NMSU Fire Departmentawarded the NMSU Fire Department $100,000.  This year the State Fire Marshal’s Division reviewed over $22 million in needs with only $6.7 million in available funding.  The grant which requires a 20% match will be used to purchase various much needed firefighting equipment to do the job safer and more effectively.
  • Special Events: The Las Cruces vs. Mayfield Game on November 6 was attended by nearly 20,000 avid football fans in the Aggie Memorial Stadium; The NMSU Tournament of Bands competition in the stadium on November 7 had an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 in attendance throughout the day; Aggie Women’s Volleyball match versus Grand Canyon University closed out their WAC Championship season with a win on Saturday in the Pan Am Center.
  • Lunch ‘N Learn: NMSU faculty met with custom textbook partner XanEdu for a Lunch ‘N Learn at the bookstore this week.   XanEdu provides a service personalized to each course, affordable to students, and available in print and digital formats. Faculty unable to attend may email for more information about textbooks.


Vice President Student Affairs / Enrollment Management, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Conference: Bernadette MontoyaAPLU traveled to Indianapolis for the 2015 Annual APLU Meeting held November 15-17. While at the conference, Dr. Montoya participated in a panel discussion with two other provosts and a vice president colleague from Ohio State University to discuss campus climate and issues related to civility and safety among the student population. This was Dr. Montoya’s last meeting serving as Co-Chair for the Council on Student Affairs. She will move into ex-officio status for the council in the coming year.
  • Employer Relations Meeting: Montoya attended the Employer Relations Meeting with Terry Cook, Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement, Tony Marin, Director of Student Engagement, and Kevin Boberg, Vice President for Economic Development on Friday, November 13 to discuss a vision for the future of career opportunities for our students and graduates.
  • Military and Veteran Appreciation Week: Military and Veterans ProgramsMilitary and Veteran Appreciation Week would like to thank the NMSU Community for helping support a very successful inaugural year for Military and Veteran Appreciation Week. Many members of the community attended the various activities throughout the week. Our Veterans picnic was very successful, with high attendance and a variety of community resources. The first Staff and Faculty Veterans Banquet was also a success, with a full crowd in attendance at the Stan Fulton Bistro. For more details, go to
  • Military Friendly University: NMSU has been recognized as a top Military Friendly University by GI Jobs magazine for the seventh year in a row. We are honored to accept this award while acknowledging that there is always more we can do for those who have served. To read more about this honor, go to


Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Startup Weekend Las Cruces: Over the weekend, Arrowhead Center hosted the 3rd Annual Startup Weekend, Las Cruces.  Startup weekend is an international entrepreneurial competition that spans the course of the weekend, challenging participants to develop a product and business plan in just 54 hours. This year, eight teams participated, competing for startup business assistance from Arrowhead Center. A new spin on this year’s competition, the winner is invited to compete at the state level pitching their business idea against other Startup Weekend winners from around New Mexico. The winner of Startup Weekend Las Cruces was Brine Solutions, who designed a method for reusing desalination waste.
  • Studio G Client App featured on Fox News: Greenie, an app designed by Studio G Client Taylor Burgett, was featured on Fox News in a nationally syndicated weekly technology focused spot called “Check It Out.”  Burgett, has created several successful apps during his time at Studio G. Greenie provides a way for citizens to report illegal dump sites, graffiti, noise complaints, and many other issues to local government agencies in a quick and efficient manner. The feature on Fox News and more information on the Greenie App can be found at the link below.

  • Startup Hour: Studio G hosted its weekly Startup Hour on Friday, with 21 student attendees. This week’s topic focused on determining the value of your customers and understanding your sales process. Startup hours are designed to provide students the opportunity to network with other aspiring entrepreneurs and to learn best practices for startup.
  • APLU Annual Meeting: As a designee in 2015, NMSU was a panelist discussing lessons learned and outcomes resulting from applying for the Innovation and Economic Prosperity designation from the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) at its annual meeting. 


Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) National Meeting: Vimal Chaitanya attended the National EPSCoR meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The focus of the meeting was on Economic Development, Education and Community Engagement showcasing societal benefits from EPSCoR research programs. Alan Alda, who has established an institute for communicating science at Stony Brook University, talked about the importance of “Preparing Scientists to connect with the public.”  The Alan Alda Center offers opportunity for administrators, faculty and staff to get involved through Boot Camp and Summer Institute.
  • Millionaire Research Reception: The Office of the President and Vice President of Research hosted an event on November 11 to recognize researchers who had garnered more than half a million in externally sponsored projects during the FY 2015. 64 investigators recognized at the event were responsible for 77% of the total awards received during FY 2015. A total of 471 investigators received awards during the past fiscal year. Pat Hynes from New Mexico Space Grant Consortium made contributions in hosting the event.
  • New Mexico Space Grant Consortium: To promote space education, research and commercialization, Director Pat Hynes recently attended the Virgin Galactic Regional Gathering and will serve as the representative for Senator Udall on the Service Academy Selection board. 
  • Principal Investigator (PI) Training: Office of Grants & Contracts Director Alisha Giron provided PI Training to approximately 15 researchers and staff of Doña Ana Community College. The PI training helps new investigators learn the ropes to successfully navigate through the proposal submission and management process and hones the skills of an established PI.
  • Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) Hosts Water Banking Workshop: NM WRRI hosted the Workshop on Water Banking in the Lower Rio Grande, Southern New Mexico on November 12 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The workshop was sponsored by several local entities in order to learn more about the possibility of establishing a water bank in our area. Sponsors included the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority, New Mexico Pecan Growers, Public Service Company of New Mexico, New Mexico Farm Credit, Southern Rio Grande Diversified Crop Farmers Association, a USDA grant, NMSU, City of Las Cruces, and the NM WRRI. Over 100 workshop participants learned about various flexible mechanisms, including water banks, to address the effects of groundwater pumping on surface water depletions. Workshop participants heard from Bonnie Colby from the University of Arizona, an expert on incentive-based arrangements to improve water supply reliability and NMSU Professor Frank Ward who provided a road map for the possibility of establishing a water bank in our area. Speakers from Kansas and Nebraska discussed how they formed successful water banks in their states.


Interim Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Dr. Andrea Tawney

  • Advancement Agreements: University Advancement has 57 gift agreements—in process since the announcement of GivingTuesday—at least three times more than what is received at any given time.
  • Various Estate Gifts:
    • An alum (who attended a past NMSU Estate Planning Conference) and spouse made a $250,000 estate gift to benefit the College of Education. They are being welcomed into the 1888 Society.
    • An alum and spouse made a revocable $40,000 (present value) estate gift to benefit the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
  • Corporate Gift: We received $50,500 in funding to support undergraduate students with STEM majors in the Honors College; Dean of Business, Business Advisory Council; Domenici Public Policy Conference;  Center for Public Utilities Advisory Council; Masters of Economics majors with a specialization in public utility policy and regulation;  NM BEST in the College of Engineering; Energy Efficiency in the Colonias in the College of Health and Social Services; Slide Rule Golf Tournament in the College of Engineering; Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) in the College of Education; NAMA and water technology scholarships in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; and DanceSport (Look Whose Dancing).


Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • Wanda Glass Family Swimming and Diving Locker Room: Athletics sought and received approval from the New Mexico State University Naming Committee to name the women’s swimming and diving locker room and coaches offices as the Wanda Glass Family Swimming and Diving Locker Room in honor of Wanda Glass.  
  • Aggie Men’s Basketball: We had a comprehensive meeting with Alumni Relations office, Government Affairs Office and Special Events to discuss the men’s basketball game in Rio Rancho at the Santa Ana Star Center to maximize on this great opportunity.  Click on the file to view the seating and pricing for this game.  Santa Ana Sales Form
  • Aggie Volleyball: NM State Volleyball swept Utah Valley at Utah Valley on Saturday afternoon. They ended their regular season with a 25-5 record and a perfect 14-0 in conference play. NM State Aggies are the first team since Hawai’i in 2011 to finish WAC play undefeated. 


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • KRWG: KRWG staff and volunteers participated in the Dona Ana Arts Council Renaissance Faire over the weekend. This community event gives us the opportunity to talk with listeners and viewers about programs and to exchange ideas. KRWG has had a booth at the Renaissance Faire for many years and this continues to be a popular outreach activity.
  • Web Communications: Met with the President’s Communications Council this week and discussed feedback from student focus groups along with ideas for enhancing our web presence by including various university calendars.  A new link to a landing page with calendars will be added to the quick link section of the homepage.
  • Sports Information: This week Athletics Media Relations was busy with the start of basketball. This included the men’s first two games of the season, with a win over Houston Baptist and a loss to Rio Grande Rival New Mexico. The media relations team also staffed the Aggie women’s victory at North Dakota State.
  • News: A “Check It Out” segment on FOX News Channel’s “Happening Now” program Friday featured an app developed by graduate student Tyler Burgett. Studio G, the student business incubator at Arrowhead Center, helped with the app. This is the second Fox News “Check It Out” segment this month to feature an NMSU innovation.


Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • Nov. 16 – Legislative Health and Human Services Committee
    • 8:40 am – Health Care Workforce Committee Report; Behavioral Health Services
  • Nov. 17 – Legislative Health and Human Services Committee\
    • 3:00 pm – Review of Legislation for the 2016 Regulars Session
  • Nov. 16 – Jobs Council, Capitol,
    • 11:00 am-  Report on Education and the Work Force- Dr. Barbara Damron, HED
    • 3:20 pm-  Job Creation in the Agricultural Sector- Anthony J. Parra, NMDA
    • 4:50 pm – Summary of Jobs Council’s Interim Work; Legislative Initiatives Update; Institutionalizing the Jobs Council Process
  • Nov. 17 – 20 – LFC, Capitol
    • 9:00 am – Department of Finance & Administration (341) & Special DFA –Appropriations (344)- Tom Clifford, Secretary of DFA
    • 3:45 pm – Educational Retirement Board- Jan Goodwin, Executive Director, Educational Retirement Board- Pension Solvency Update
  • Nov. 19 – 20- Legislative Education Study Committee
    • 3:00 pm- Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers (PARCC) Assessment Results
    • 8:30 am – LESC-LFC Ad Hoc Work Group Recommendations and Bill drafts, Rachel Gudgel, Director, LESC, Ian Kleats, Deputry Director, LESC, Charles Sallee, Deputy Director LFC


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

  • Staff Presentations: Staff presented to students at New Mexico Highlands University.  The presentation focused on the Feed, Seed, and Fertilizer Section’s role in regulation and oversight.
  • Western Governors Association Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative Workshop: Agricultural Programs and Resources (APR) staff participated in the Western Governors Association Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative workshop.  The purpose of the workshop was to discuss implementation of the Endangered Species Act and share successes, policy challenges, solutions, case studies, and best practices.  Information gathered through this forum will be used by Western Governors to create an action plan with the long-term objective of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the ESA.
  • 24th Annual Tri-National Accord: This week I had the honor 24th Annual Tri-National Accordof leading the US delegation at the 24th Annual Tri-National Accord in Guadalajara, Mexico. During the meeting representatives from the US, Mexico, and Canada met to discuss Ag trade and policy issues important to the three countries. I also had the opportunity to meet a great NMSU Aggie and 2009 Honorary Degree Recipient, Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jose Caldaza Rovirosa. He has fond memories of his days at NMSU and looks forward to visiting soon.


Interim President, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, Dr. Ken Van Winkle

  • College Bound elementary program:  NMSU-A has joined forces with Alamogordo Public Schools and Desert Star Elementary School staff to initiate the College Bound Elementary School Program. This program advocates the perspective that “college begins in kindergarten” by building strong elementary school and college connections through campus tours, workshops, presentations, outreach programs, and parental involvement. On November 10, APS Superintendent Adrianne Salas; Desert Star Elementary School Principal Victor Gonzalez; NMSU-A President, Dr. Ken Van Winkle; and NMSU-A Director for External Affairs and Development, Dr. Juan Garcia initiated this year’s program at Desert Star Elementary with a proclamation ceremony at the school.
  • Honoring Our Veterans: NMSU-A recognized all local Veterans during a celebration on Wednesday at the campus. Senior Master Sergeant Steve Reynolds, superintendent of 96th Test Group, spoke to the audience about his personal educational development through his 25-year military career. Attendees also had a chance to contribute non-perishable goods in exchange for a chance to win a few goodies from NMSU-A and the U.S. Army. And everyone enjoyed pizza and ice cream and the beautiful fall day in Aggie Corner.


President, New Mexico State University -Carlsbad, Dr. John Gratton

  • NMSU Carlsbad Facilities: President Gratton and Facilities Coordinator Jeff Neal traveled to Las Cruces for various meetings on November 10.  Jeff met with NMSU personnel to finalize door lock installation options which are a part of the NMSU Carlsbad security plan.
  • Veterans’ Day Ceremony: President Gratton and the NMSU Carlsbad campus hosted a Veterans’ Day Ceremony on November 11.  Each veteran in attendance was presented a certificate of thanks and the ceremony concluded with a group meeting at the flagpoles in front of the campus.
  • Visit from Senator Tom Udall: On November 12, the NMSU Carlsbad campus and the Carlsbad Early College High School were honored by a presentation by Senator Tom Udall. Senator Udall and others spoke at the presentation and then fielded questions from students and other attendees.  NMSU Board of Regents member Debra Hicks was recognized at the ceremony.  Additionally, on November 12 NMSU Carlsbad hosted its annual “Taste of Culture” event which featured foods from 19 different countries.  The 19 countries   represented the countries of birth of the diverse NMSU Carlsbad faculty and staff. The event attracted over 600 visitors, and the campus received numerous compliments on the event.
  • Professional Development Forum: The NMSU Carlsbad campus conducted a Fall Forum on Professional Development on November 13. A total of ten presenters spoke to the attendees regarding professional development experiences that they had completed.  The forum was very well-attended and the speakers did a very good job on their presentations.


President, New Mexico State University -Dona Ana, Dr. Renay Scott

  • Barrick to be Honored: NMSU Art Professor Kenneth Roberts Barrick was a renowned mural artist, with works that still exist around campus today, one being located in the Hadley Hall lobby.  In 1984 he completed a mural at what was Dona Ana Branch Community College, central campus. A commemorative plaque will be dedicated in a ceremony on Friday. All are invited to attend outside of the commons area of building DAMA.
  • Nursing Celebration: On November 13 a celebration of the nursing program earning accreditation was held. This past summer Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) a national accrediting agency for nursing provided accreditation for the associate of nursing program at DACC. The 50 attendees included representatives from the medical and business community, several local and state politicians, advisory board members and administrators from DACC. Faculty and students gave tours of the simulation laboratory.

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