Activity Report October 1 – October 7

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • I have both good news and bad news. The bad news is the legislature, in a very political fashion, reduced higher education appropriations for 2017 by 5 percent which, combined with their 2.5 percent reduction during the regular session, leaves Higher Education down 7.5 percent for 2017.  Representative Dennis Roch, superintendent of the Logan Public Schools, was the ring leader in advocating for even deeper cuts for higher education so they could hold public schools harmless. Clearly a conflict of interest for him.   At one time, Roch recommended a 6 percent reduction for higher education (8 percent for UNM because they were mad at them) but the Senate, thanks to the leadership of Senator John Arthur Smith, Senator Mary Kay Papen and others, held the line at 5 percent.  We had indicated we could only do 2.5 percent, but to no avail because legislators claim we have the “tuition knob.”  I am frosted – higher education is reduced 7.5 percent, government employees by 5.5 percent, and public schools by less than 3.0 percent – and we are the only sector that gets paid using a performance funding formula.  What do you think would happen if the public schools and all of government were paid by performance?  The good news is the past one and half years of austere management and careful planning, we will be able to “sail this ship through the stormy seas” without any further reductions in faculty and staff. It will be necessary to spend down some balances, continue to have a moratorium of hiring, and defer some equipment expenditures until next year.
  • We interviewed two fine candidates for the associate vice president for Marketing and Communications – Justin Bannister from NMSU and Jessica Gortner from the University of Illinois. The President’s Academic Council, members of UCOMM, and faculty/staff were invited to interview these two candidates. Please send your comments to asap so we can finalize this search.
  • The uncertainty of how the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations on exempt/nonexempt status will play out is driving everyone crazy. There are two cases filed in Federal Court in Texas, one asking that the Federal Government be enjoined from implementing the new rules and seeking a ruling on the constitutionality of the President’s order.  As reported earlier, there are also bills introduced in Congress but don’t expect much from these efforts as the Congress is pretty much toast for this year, given the upcoming election.  We need to continue to do the training and prepare to implement on December 1 just in case.
  • Andrea Tawney and I spent a day in Houston stewarding some fine donors and encouraging others to join us in funding a large challenge fund for Giving Tuesday. My thanks to Kyle and Nicole Louvar for sponsoring an excellent dinner with a number of alums.  Houston alums are excited about NMSU and geared up to support Giving Tuesday.
  • Greg Fant, Kathy Huttlinger, Sharon Jones and I visited NMSU Grants and the community regarding our joint nursing program and to begin the search process for a president of NMSU Grants. I had a great visit with some students, who expressed interest in more career technical programs as well more distance education offerings.  Two plus two would work very well for them.  The Cibola General Hospital Board and administrator strongly support our joint nursing program and will contribute financially.   Fortunately, Dr. Huttlinger has found a full-time nurse educator to guide the program from Grants – something that is needed for accreditation.  All were charged with finding qualified students as each cohort must have six to eight students to be viable.
  • Dan Howard and I had a delightful and energetic discussion with the Regents Professors. All agreed that it is all about retention of students and that the faculty play a major role in our caring community.
  • Sharon Jones and I attended the Induction Ceremony for Dr. Stephen Wells, the new president of New Mexico Tech. Wells is a geologist who, early in his career worked at UNM, but most recently was the director of a major research laboratory in Nevada. Looks like a winner for Tech.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • Homecoming for me began with a Celebration of Traditions at Memorial Tower, continued with a Homecoming Parade ride on “Dutch” (one of NMSU’s wonderful therapeutic horses), and ended with a victory over University of Louisiana, Lafayette. All in all, a memorable day.
  • On Monday, I met with the Southern New Mexico Healthcare Coalition to discuss the expansion of the Nursing Program at NMSU. Expansion will be expensive and will have to include a discussion of a differential tuition model for students in our Nursing Program.
  • On Tuesday, I traveled to Albuquerque for a meeting of the General Education Statewide Steering Committee. It was a productive meeting, as we reached agreement on the curriculum for 18 credit hours of the new general education core.
  • Later, in the evening, I met with Don Levy and a group of representatives from the NMSU system to discuss the Creative Campus, a proposed development in the Arrowhead Research Center, where a variety of creative endeavors from film to games will take shape. Don was clearly enthusiastic about the Creative Campus, but noted that movie and television productions alone could not support the construction and maintenance of a sound stage.
  • On Thursday, I attended FLSA supervisor training. Kathy Agnew and Ralph Lucero did a masterful job of explaining federal rules and NMSU union rules that must be followed in supervising non-exempt employees.
  • On Friday evening I attended the annual fundraising dinner of the Cowboys for Cancer Research and thanked them for their support of Cancer Research at NMSU and UNM. It was a special pleasure to acknowledge the hard work of Denny and Geraldine Calhoun, who have so ably led this charity for years.

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

Cooperative Extension Service

Extension Plant Sciences   New Mexico State University Plant Diagnostic Clinic has been granted accreditation status under the National Plant Diagnostic Network STAR-D Laboratory Accreditation Program. The five-year accreditation begins September 1, 2016, and ends on August 31, 2021. EPS Plant Diagnostic Clinic is the 4th lab in the county (following Cornell University, the University of Florida, and the Nevada Department of Agriculture) to receive full accreditation.

Extension Plant Sciences   ‘Amazing Insects & Weeds’ were displayed for nearly 1200 area students, teachers, and parents attending AGVenture at the Southern New Mexico Fair on September 29. Extension Entomologist Dr. Carol Sutherland and Extension Weed Specialist Dr. Leslie Beck spoke to the crowds about the impacts that both pest groups have on crops and livestock, as well as the farmers, ranchers and others who produce our food or maintain our landscapes.


Media Productions and Learning Games Lab

  • ACES Media Productions hosted a national research meeting on food safety October 4-6, 2016, at its NMSU Learning Games Lab.  This USDA NIFA multistate conference included food safety researchers and specialists from 25 land-grant universities who shared their latest research findings. The group works annually to explore opportunities for future collaborative grant funding proposals.  Media Productions collaborated on several of the projects presented at the conference.

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • Soil and Water Science faculty and graduate students from the Plant & Environmental Sciences department set up soil science learning stations for 75 first graders at East Picacho Elementary School on Tuesday, September 20, and for another 50 students from several grades at the Southern New Mexico State Fair AGventure Day on Thursday, September 29. The kids loved playing with soil and seeing the variety of soil colors, textures, and even the critters that live in it.  Even though the kids are too young to worry about college yet, it is a seed being planted for NMSU. They are just the right age to learn about where their food comes from and how important (and fun) soil can be!


College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • On October 3, I met with Al Gorski, Chief Risk Office for the Orange County Transportation Authority. Gorski was here as our “Risk Manager in Residence” program sponsored by the Spencer Educational Foundation.
  • I attended the Fair Labor Stands Act (FSLA) supervisor training regarding overtime changes on October 6.
  • Finalists for the position of associate vice president for Marketing and Communications visited the President’s Academic Council (PAC) this week. They provided presentations on a Marketing and Communication Plan for NMSU.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Student Council

Over 7 student organizations in the College participated in this year’s Homecoming parade organized by the Student Education Council. Council took the opportunity to thank donors, alumni and friends for their continuous scholarship support. Student Ambassadors competed in the door decorating contest.


Educational Leadership & administration

Rankings site lists NMSU among top online Educational Leadership doctoral programs

DATE: 09/29/2016
Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957,
CONTACT: Azadeh Osanloo,

The Educational Leadership doctoral program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration at New Mexico State University’s College of Education has been ranked as one of the top in the country by Educational Leadership Degree Programs, a national rankings website.

“We are honored to receive this distinction. The Department of Educational Leadership and Administration has an exceptionally dedicated, student-centered faculty and bright, rising leaders for students,” said Azadeh Osanloo, interim academic department head of Educational Leadership and Administration. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work of the staff and faculty of the department and our students, who are willing to be transformed into social justice scholars and practitioners.”

Laura Kilmartin, the online relations specialist for Educational Leadership Degree Programs, said editors noted the Educational Leadership and Administration program at NMSU is “highly interdisciplinary.”

“We examined selective schools from the National Center for Educational Statistics College Navigator database and considered the size of the program, Educational Leadership Constituent Council National Recognition and tuition,” Kilmartin said. “We awarded points to each school based on their performances in each category and then summed these to produce a final tally, which we scaled according to a 100-point maximum score.”

NMSU ranked seventh among the 10 universities on the list. According to the list, NMSU “offers not only one of the cheapest online Ed.D. degrees in the country, but also one of the best values for a hybridized in-person/distance learning format.”

The article can be found at

For more information about the Educational Leadership and Administration program at NMSU, visit

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

  • In conjunction with homecoming events, the Engineering Technology and Surveying engineering Department had four very successful Industrial Advisory Committee meetings for degree programs in civil engineering technology, electronics and computer engineering technology, information engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology. These are yearly meeting of alumni and industrial advisors for each of our majors. The purpose is consult on ABET requirements and curriculum development to meet the changing industry requirements.
  • The Department of Civil Engineering hosted current and new members of the Academy of Civil, Agricultural and Geological Engineering during Homecoming 2016. The ABET Industry Advisory Group of ACAGE met to discuss curriculum changes, student outcomes and FE exam performance. The ACAGE Banquet was held and included the following:  Civil Engineering Department and College of Engineering Report; ACAGE 2016 Scholarships awarded to Arno Cheng for undergraduate achievement and Jose Pasillas for graduate achievement; Introduction of 2016 ACAGE Initiates and Recognition of 1991 Initiates. Department Head David Jauregui presented the “State of the Department” to the ACAGE membership. Updates were presented on the projects and accomplishments of the National Science Foundation Centers for Engineering at NMSU: the Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure and the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics. The events culminated with the annual John Clark Lecture, given by Ted Asbury, BSCE ’70, and the 2016 ACAGE Initiation Ceremony.
  • Duringeng summer 2016, chemical and materials engineering senior Jesus Au and Assistant Professor Reza Foudazi were accepted as a student/faculty team to participate at the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the University of Minnesota. Au and Foudazi not only had the opportunity to work at UMN (whose chemical engineering program is ranked second in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2017), but also spent the summer working with Timothy P. Lodge, Reagents’ Professor and the Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal Macromolecules.
  • William Weaver, environmental engineering Ph.D. candidate, was awarded a New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute Student Water Research Grant for the project entitled “Pore‐Scale Transport of Strontium and Chromate during Dynamic Water Content Changes in the Unsaturated Zone.” The award is made to William’s adviser, Associate Professor Lambis Papelis, in the amount of $6,000 for the performance period of Oct. 1, 2016 – Jun 1, 2017.  Funds for the award have been made available through a FY17 state appropriation by the New Mexico State Legislature.
  • Industrial engineering Associate Professor Delia Julieta Valles-Rosales participated in the first Research and Outreach Partnership meeting with the Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango in Las Cruces. Research presentations were made from the colleges of Business, Arts and Sciences, Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences along with the Graduate School.  The visit included laboratory tours of these colleges.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean

  • The HSS Student Ambassadors and members of the College Student Council became Homecoming champions last week for the second year in a row! The students participated in four events during the week including donating silent auction items, participating in the “car tagging” competition, decorating the Dean’s office door and building a float for the Homecoming Parade.  All their hard work paid off, and they were excited to learn they earned first place in their division.  Awesome job, CHSS students!


  • The 3rd Annual Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research (SWIHDR) conference was held on Friday, September 30 in Domenici Hall. The conference welcomed over 325 participants including students, faculty from six NMSU colleges and neighboring universities in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Baja, CA, Chihuahua and Coahuila in Mexico. Also in attendance were local healthcare and services providers, leaders from community organizations, health officials from New Mexico, representatives from the Center for Disease Control and the Secretariat of Health in Mexico. The conference sessions focused on interesting topics such as Zika virus prevention, mental health and reproductive justice in the border region. The bi-national conference provided a forum for experts and novices from both sides of the border to exchange information and work together toward health equity in the region.

Department of Public Health

  • Joe Tomaka, Director of Crimson Research, Michele Banner, Lead Evaluator and Evaluator Chris Spurny conducted a two-hour workshop in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research conference on Friday, September 30th. The workshop, Program Evaluation for Community Agencies, assisted local community agencies build capacity for conducing evaluation of their own programmatic activities.
  • Clara Reyes, Masters of Public Health student, and Lauren Freeman, Masters of Public Health and Social Work student earned second place in the poster competition at the 3rd Annual Southwest Institute of Health Disparities Research (SWIHDR) conference for their project, Cultural Tailoring the Enhancing Connections Program for Hispanic Mothers Diagnosed with Cancer in the Border Region.


University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

  • The Political Papers Unit of the Archives and Special Collections Department has completed processing the Agriculture subseries of the Pete V. Domenici Senatorial Papers. The documents and materials in this part of the collection focus on legislation, reports, and policies related to agricultural and food policy in both in the United States and New Mexico.  Of particular importance are the materials related to the 1974 World Food Conference in Rome, Italy, which Senator Domenici attended, and the documents and materials that were related to the crafting of the Farm Bill, a periodic piece of legislation that sets the United States’ agricultural policy for the following four to six years. A finding aid for the Pete V. Domenici Papers can be found at  Researchers can access the papers by visiting the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room on the Fourth Floor of Branson Library or by contacting the department at and by phone at (575) 646-3839.
  • October is American Archives Month, and the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections Department will be promoting some of its prized collections with our campus and community. American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by archives around the nation to highlight the importance of historical records and the archivists who work with them.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Fulbright Week   Next week is the submission deadline for students who are submitting Fulbright Fellowship applications, so it has been a full court press for both deans Ketelaar and Chaiken to work with students. Each student must prepare a grant purpose statement, a personal statement, include voluminous documentation, and three letters of reference (and often an affiliation from a host country). Dean Ketelaar calculated that most students prepare about 10 drafts by the time the submission is complete, and reading all these drafts and giving constructive feedback is very time consuming. In addition, we interview each candidate, which aids in the preparation of the institutional endorsement that comes from our office. Students are proposing projects as diverse as researching Cold War-era interactions between Czechoslovakia and emerging African nations, to looking at representation of indigenous Maori culture in museums in New Zealand, to teaching English in Poland or Bosnia-Herzegovina. We hope for record-breaking success.

Recruiting Conroy Scholars   We ratcheted up the next round of recruitment activities for prospective Conroy Scholars — those students who achieve either National Merit or National Hispanic Merit Semi-finalist status in their senior year of high school. We finalized all the publications and outreach materials that will be forwarded to students and their families, and we hope that this too will exceed our previous years’ efforts.

Presentations across Campus   On Friday Dean Chaiken made presentations to two disparate groups on campus. The first was an interactive discussion on effectiveness in mentoring and leadership, that was presented to the members of the Advancing Leaders Program. We had rousing discussions and shared experiences and best practices. The second presentation focused specifically on what the Honors College can do for NMSU students, and was prepared for the 2016 Navigators. These students were largely NMSU undergrads and most knew little about how they could have taken advantage of these opportunities, so hopefully they will assist us in taking this message about Honors opportunities to the freshman and sophomore students.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

afOctober is National Cyber Security Awareness Month   ICT’s Student Technology and Planning group kicked off National Cyber Security Awareness Month with an information table on October 4th. The team handed out popcorn and flyers with cyber security tips to NMSU students on the International Mall. Students also had the opportunity to win prizes by correctly answering cyber security questions.

Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016   This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date!  Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of a three year effort to educate the public about basic, but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.


The NMSU Fire Department wants to remind you it is important to check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors every month to ensure they are in working condition. If you do not have smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors in your home off campus, we strongly advise you to pick up a few at a local home improvement store. For more fire prevention and safety tips, visit

The Association for Computer and Network Support (ACANS) events   ACANS is a university-wide organization for individuals who work with or are interested in technology at NMSU. On September 22, ICT held the annual ACANS meeting featuring the ICT leadership team who provided a summary of planned and completed technology activities. Topics included exploring management of computer labs’ PC’s by using Microsoft system center, identity management within central systems, and Apple’s AirWatch for device management. After the meeting, ICT held a BBQ picnic for ACANS members and their families at Preciado Park.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Peek of Las Cruces

  • Student Affairs and Enrollment Management hosted the Third Annual Peek of Las Cruces Street Fair on October 6, 2016. The weather was beautiful and over 2,000 people attended the event. Students, staff and families visited 60 local vendors. Chris Baker Band and DJ Naray provided musical entertainment for the evening.


  • The event also featured the Aggie Cupboard Challenge. The challenge was a food drive competition to see which student organization can collect the most nonperishable food items and construct the best work-of-art with the food. The judges were Amanda López Askin, member of Board of Regents; Dr. Bernadette Montoya, Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management; Corey Stevens executive director of the Round Up, Lawrence Joshua Hittle, National Communications Coordinator for the Residence Hall Association; and Erin Griego, president of the NMSU Residence Hall Association.

Financial Aid Disbursement

Over the two-month period of August and September, the University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services Office disbursed $76M dollars in aid to NMSU students systemwide. The distribution of that $76M was 29 percent grants, 27 percent loans and 44 percent scholarships. The staff has also been updating Banner for the 2017/18 aid year changes that will occur as the federal government moves to a “prior year” FAFSA model which allows students and their families to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid beginning October 1, using last year’s taxes. In the past, students had to wait until the spring and use their current year tax return information. This change will enable NMSU to inform new incoming students of their tentative aid package much earlier in the year.

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center hosted a workshop on October 6, 2016. Daniels Fund Scholars, Chase Scholars, TRIO Student Support Services Participants and Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunities Scholars gained information about Co-Operative Education and Internships with Career Services. In addition, University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services were in attendance with college academic advisors.


Graduate and Professional School Fair

Career Services hosted the 16th Annual Career Graduate and Professional School Fair on October 5, 2016.  Sixty-two universities, including NMSU, visited with over 300 students interested in pursuing professional or graduate studies.

The Campus Health Center Kicks Off Pink Month

The Campus Health Center officially launched the Pink Panther Campaign against breast cancer! Pinky the Panther is on a mission to take away the mystery out of breast cancer. If you spy Pinky as he prowls around campus from October 1- October 14, you can Pledge to the Ta-tas and snap a picture with Pinky! Your picture will be uploaded to the Campus Health Center’s social media page on which you can share with the rest of your family and friends, whom ever has the most likes on their picture by October 14 wins a pair of tickets to see Keith Urban on October 18 at the Pan American Center.  The Pink Panther Campaign is one of many health education events planned for the month of October.  For more information contact Kirsta Bezenek at


Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation took 12 students to Lincoln National Forest on a two-day backpacking. During the adventure, students learned map and compass skills and covered challenging terrain. Students had a chance to navigate the group and use essential backpacking skills such as water purification and backcountry cooking.


Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

CraftBox Design Hour   On Friday, Arrowhead Center hosted its monthly CraftBox Design Hour. This month’s featured speaker was notable artist and toy designer Joe Amaro. Joe shared stories with 23 aspiring entrepreneurs about his experience as a graphic designer working in the toy industry for almost 15 years. He shared thrilling stories about his time working for major toy companies and design studios like Mattel, Hasbro and the Four Horsemen Toy Studio. He also discussed lessons learned from being involved in entertainment industry making designs/sculptures for magazines, TV shows and feature films with partners like Marvel and Sony Pictures.

Studio G Start Up Showcase   Studio G held its fall Start Up Showcase at Corbett Center on Wednesday.  Studio G clients and startup businesses were featured at tabling positions throughout Corbett Center. This event provided the opportunity for Studio G’s startup companies to present their businesses to the campus community, make connects with students, and also offered students the chance to learn how Studio G can help make their start up business dreams a reality.

NM Angels Visit   John Chavez, president of NM Angels visited Arrowhead Center last week.  Chavez was given a briefing on new initiatives and projects taking place at Arrowhead Center plus meeting with several Arrowhead Clients and Shark Tank participants, providing feedback on business ideas.

Global Consortium of Entrepreneurial Centers   Griselda Martinez, director of NMSBA at Arrowhead Center, attended the 2016 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurial Centers (GCEC) in Rochester, New York, last week as a presenter. She participated in a panel addressing “International Entrepreneurship Education: Models for Sustainable Partnerships,” joined by Dr. Bruce Kingma with Syracuse University, Craig Watters with Oklahoma State University, and David Maddox with the University of Washington.

Mentorship Demand Solutions Program   Through a collaboration agreement between Arrowhead Center and Creative Startups, Griselda Martinez joined the Creative Startups team as a mentor during a workshop working with 12 startups from Latin America selected through a previous competition for Latin American startups. The workshop was a component of Demand Solutions program hosted by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C.

Studio G Networking Hour   On Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly networking hour event that was attended by 21 students.  This week’s topic focused on Value Proposition Design. 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

  • Four commercial space meetings are scheduled to occur this week during Space Week in Las Cruces in which over 60 NMSU students and faculty will participate. Pat Hynes and her office are engaged in the following: 1) The NMSU led FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation Annual Technical Meeting (ATM), which will be held at the Hotel Encanto on October 11; 2) The Community Partnership Luncheon “Jobs in Commercial Space for New Mexicans,” which will be held at the Farm and Ranch Museum; 3) The International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, which will be held at the Farm and Ranch Museum on October 12 and 13; and 4) the SUMMIT on Inclusion, which will be held at the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space on October 14. Approximately 400 people are registered to attend various events during the Space Week.
  • NM WRRI hosted its 61st Annual New Mexico Water Conference in Silver City, “Where Does All the Water Go? History, Hydrology and Management of New Mexico’s Scarce Waters.” The two-day conference featured water experts from the region and was highlighted by former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman’s talk on “Rethinking Western Water Management.” Forty posters were presented to the 170 attendees, several given by NMSU students, faculty, and staff.


  • Vimal Chaitanya attended the Electrochemical Society Fall meeting in Honolulu. Besides participating in the technical sessions on energy-water nexus, electrochemical technology, solid state devices and corrosion, he organized the general student poster session. Vimal currently serves as vice-chair of the Dielectric Science and Technology Division of the society and serves in the Society’s Awards and Honors Committee. He chairs the ECS summer fellowship awards committee and serves on the ECS Education committee. While at the conference he held discussions with various colleagues about funding opportunities and NMSU’s research focus areas for possible collaborative effort. One such discussion has already led to a collaborative partnership in the area of ‘Integrated Smart Building for Net Zero Energy Communities’ for the next cycle of NSF ERC solicitation.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

New Board Members   The Foundation Board held its fall meeting during Homecoming Week and welcomed three new members: engineer and entrepreneur Frank Seidel ’81, engineer Ed Foreman ’55 and businessman Joel Granger ’98.

Giving Tuesday   A number of generous donors have stepped up to offer matching gifts in support of our second-annual Giving Tuesday event on November 29. Some provide general matching funds to double any scholarship gift, while others are targeted to drive participation from specific stakeholders and groups. We’re also using matching funds to double down on the gains we made in alumni participation – first-time alumni donors last year have an opportunity to get a 2:1 match on their gift this year.

Eat For Pete   The Alumni Association raised $2,300 for the Aggie Cupboard by partnering with local restaurants to host Eat for Pete fundraising nights. Partners were Buffalo Wild Wings, Jason’s Deli, Chili’s and La Posta de Mesilla, each of which donated a portion of the day’s sales to the NMSU Foundation in support of the food pantry. A celebration and check presentation is planned at 2 p.m. on October 20 at Aggie Cupboard to thank our restaurant partners and raise awareness of Aggie Cupboard.

Thornburg Grants   The Thornburg Foundation is giving NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service two generous grants. The first grant is for $62,500 to continue the Agriculture Resiliency program begun last year. The second grant, for $113,138, is for the new Agriculture Enterprise and Legacy Corn project.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Participated in the 2016 NM State Baseball Diamond Club Golf Classic at Red Hawk. It was a huge success with 32 teams participating in the fundraising event.
  • We had a successful homecoming football game. Former football player and Aggie alum Roy Gerela was the Grand Marshal. The Aggies football team were featured on ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt’s Band Beats which resulted in several minutes of national exposure for NMSU.
  • The Aggies swimming and diving team held its annual Crimson and White meet at the New Mexico State Swimming and Diving Complex on Wednesday. The meet consisted of 10 individual events and 2 relays. The White team won the meet.
  • Women’s golf hosted the New Mexico State Aggie Invitational at the NMSU Golf Course. The Aggies won the tournament with junior Kennedie Montoya winning the individual title. A total of 10 teams participated in the tournament.
  • Members of the Las Cruces Mean Machines Flag Football team were surprised Thursday afternoon when they found out their practice would be hanging out with members of the New Mexico State football team after its practice. The hour-long affair consisted of a 6v6 game between the kids and Aggie players as well as a field-goal kicking contest. The football team also signed posters for members of the Mean Machines before things wrapped up.

International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

International and Border Program (IBP), the Graduate School, and representatives from various colleges hosted the president of Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango and a delegation of representatives on October 6-7.  The meetings were held at the Nason House.


Office of Education Abroad

OEA presented at DACC East Mesa campus on opportunities for Education, Volunteering and Research Abroad. We discussed scholarship opportunities, careers abroad and other internationalization efforts that we support.

OEA Staff accepted the first five Incoming Exchange Student Applicants for Spring 2017. We are anticipating 25-30 incoming students for the spring semester.

As of this week, OEA has 66 outbound applicants for the Winter and Spring 2017 semesters.

The Office of Education Abroad completed three information sessions this week for faculty-Led programs. We are currently at 16 approved and three more in the works for the 2017 year.  Our goal now is to make sure they all make!

OEA staff worked on one of two presentations for Regional NAFSA in Santa Fe.

OEA staff streamlined follow up procedures related to the incoming exchange student application process.

OEA is working with the nursing department to set up pathways for students. Nursing will also promote study abroad to those students who do not get into the nursing program as an alternative to spending an extra semester on the NMSU campus.

International Student and Scholar Services

This weekend ISSS was represented at the Aggie Experience event to greet around 140 prospective students from Mexico and discuss costs and immigration questions with them.

Confucius Institute

On Tuesday, October 4, the CI hosted Dr. Zhang Lijuan, Economics Professor at Shandong University and Visiting Professor at UC Santa Barbara to speak on “Understanding the US-China Trade Relations.” She presented a very interesting take on relative economic power and diplomacy.

On Friday, September 30, CI @ NMSU Professor Wang Qi began Beginning Mandarin for the Las Cruces Public Schools Languages Academy.

On Monday, October 3, the CI showed the film “Sorry Baby” for “Chinese Movie Night” with Languages and Linguistics.

Taiji continues every MWF, 5:30-6:30 on the North Plaza of Breland Hall – it’s free. Join us!

Center for Latin American and Border Programs (Menking, interim Director)

The second meeting of the CLABS Advisory Council was held.  Current membership can be found at the CLABS website:

Current efforts at CLABS mostly focus on using the Nason House in new and creative ways that leverage the new affiliation with International and Border Programs.  Many volunteers have stepped forward and the house is looking nice.  Upcoming events that will be held at the Nason House include Hosting Durango visitors, Thanksgiving event, Spanish conversation tables, language and linguistics (other languages), Spanish Table meeting, maintenance and improvements in works, mini computer lab, new wifi, CELP classrooms for Mexico project, clubs will use (IC, SA Ambassadors, Soul Verse Intl Mic Night), potlucks, Global Coffee Hours, October 21st – ISSS-Grad School Retreat, Reception for international graduates (Dec 8),  Confucius Institute celebration of Chinese New Year (late January).

University Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Glen Cerny


  • NMSU students and faculty took to the spotlight during a KRWG “Issues and Answers” program. Looking into “The Media and the Election,” 30 students participated in a town hall forum in the hour-long TV program. They had the opportunity to ask questions to a panel that included Professor Nick Miller and Dr. Christina Medina along with Lauren Villagran of the Albuquerque Journal and Walt Rubel of the Las Cruces Sun-News.
  • KRWG FM’s Fall Membership Drive is wrapping up with one of the best efforts in years. As the final pledges continue to be counted, over $90,000 has been contributed in support of programming costs. That represents 105 percent of goal. Pledges may be made by calling 888-922-5794 or at

Marketing Services

Working together with College of Education staff and the Office of Institutional Analysis, the Marketing Services team quickly developed a sharp 16-page booklet that provides a detailed breakdown of faculty and student data for the college. It shows the diverse expertise of the faculty, enrollment trends and ethnicity of students, both graduate and undergraduate. The piece will be used internally and for potential donors to show how the college represents and serves the community. This project’s fast turnaround was a result of efficient teamwork by all parties involved.


News and Media Relations/Web Communications

News and Media Relations and Web Communications collaborated for the latest in a series of recruitment videos targeting potential students. The video is titled “Infinite Possibilities” and can be found at


Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

Upcoming Events

  • Oct. 11 – 12, Economic & Rural Development Committee, NM Highlands University
  • Oct. 11 – 12, Land Grant Committee, AntonChico,
  • Oct. 13 -14, Revenue Stabilization & Tax Policy Committee, Capitol, room 322
    • Capital Outlay Overview & Discussion,
    • New Mexico’s Economic Base, Jim Peach Ph.D., Regents Professor, Dept. of Economics, Applied Statistics & International Business, NMSU
    • Economic Benefits of the Gross Receipts Tax Deduction of Nonathletic Special Events, Scott Breckner, Director, Special Events, NMSU
  • Oct. 17 – 19, Indian Affairs Committee, San Juan Chapter House, Sheep Springs Chapter House, Henderson Fine Arts Center
  • Oct. 20 – 21, Science, Tech & Telecommunications Committee, Capitol, room 317
  • Oct. 25 – 28, Legislative Health & Human Services Committee, Capitol, room 307


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

  • I spoke at Farm Credit of New Mexico’s Agribusiness Roundup Meeting and read the proclamation proclaiming the month of October 2016 as New Mexico Pecan Month at the First Annual New Mexico Pecan Festival. I also attended the Canadian River Soil and Water Conservation District and Canadian River Riparian Restoration Project’s Mills Canyon Tour. The tour showcased work that has been done over the last 10 years to remove nonnative plants from the watershed and restore and improve both the riparian areas and watershed in the area generally. Over 21 local, state, federal, private, and nonprofit entities collaborate in this partnership to restore the Canadian River Watershed.
  • Staff attended the Water Resources Research Institute’s Annual Conference in Silver City. This year’s conference topics included the future direction of federal water policy, agricultural water issues, Gila River flow monitoring. Groundwater and surface water connections, riparian management, and drought risks.
  • Marketing staff conducted an inbound mission through WASATA, consisting of buyers from Mexico interested in New Mexico beer and wine. They were taken to several breweries and wineries throughout the state and the mission can be deemed successful.  Follow-up will be conducted with anticipated sales in both the beer and wine sectors

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez


Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall


New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

DACC Golf Tourney   Thirty teams from throughout Dona Ana County teed it up on a beautiful fall morning at the NMSU golf course for the 14th Annual DACC Golf Tournament. Winners earned trophies, gift certificates to local restaurants and other donated swag for their efforts. Sponsors were generous and the NMSU Golf Course went above and beyond to make it a memorable event for the participants.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

NMSU-A had the 4th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Fair on Wednesday, sponsored by the Accessibility Services Department.  Over 100 people were in attendance.  The event featured exhibitors from the community such as COPE, the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Alamogordo Police Department and Sheriff’s Office.

On Thursday, NMSU-A held Emeriti Pi in the Townsend Library to celebrate and visit with some of our retired faculty who laid the groundwork for our institution.

NMSU-A hosted the 2nd Annual Open House for our area high school students on Friday.  Juniors and seniors toured the campus and met with faculty and staff who answered questions about our programs, degrees and certificates.


New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Monday, October 3, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly NMSU President’s Academic Council meeting. Updates on the special session and impending budget cuts were received and the Council heard a presentation from Mr. Justin Bannister.
  • On Tuesday, October 4, the NMSU Carlsbad Executive Team met to discuss strategies to cope with impending state budget cuts. The NMSU Carlsbad President had been in contact with the Eddy County senators and representatives regarding proposed language in the budgetary mandates.
  • On Wednesday, October 5, NMSU Carlsbad and the Carlsbad Early College High School hosted a visit from the Bridge of Southern New Mexico who had provided funding for the Early College initiative. The visit went very well as Early College and NMSU Carlsbad representatives reported on the initiatives undertaken to support the Early College program.
  • On Thursday, October 6, the NMSU Carlsbad President met with a NMSU Graduate student who is conducting a research project into spiritual-based leadership practices.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

STEM Outreach   On October 7 we had 48 fifth- and sixth-grade students visiting the NMSU-Grants campus from Mesa View Elementary School.  These students worked through a lab exercise led by our Biology Instructor, Rachelle Bassen.   The exercise led students through the process of collection, isolation, and extraction of their own DNA, which they will get to keep as a momento of their campus visit.  All of these students were also given a tour of the facilities by adjunct marketing instructor, Steve Maldonado.  The NMSU Grants Natural Sciences Program will host two more groups of 48 students from Mesa View on October 28 and December 2.

NMSU Chancellor Visit   Dr. Garrey Carruthers and his team visited the NMSU Grants Campus on October 6, 2016.  During his visit he held open forums with faculty and staff, students, and community members.  He also visited the Grants Cibola General Hospital where he met with CEO, Thomas Wheelan, and toured the facility where the NMSU Nursing students complete their clinicals for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.  The Grants Cibola General Hospital has been faithful supporter and champion of the nursing program and employs many NMSU nursing students upon graduation.  Before departing for Las Cruces, the Chancellor was taken in a classic GTO muscle car owned by Grants City Councilman, Manual Vasquez to the Route 66 arch in downtown Grants.  The Route 66 arch was a collaborative effort between NMSU Grants, the Grants Chamber of Commerce, and Grants Mainstreet.  The arch was designed and constructed by NMSU Grants faculty member Richard Gutierrez and his welding students.  Pictured below are Welding Professor Richard Gutierrez, Interim NMSU Grants President Harry Sheski, Chancellor Carruthers, Chief of Staff Sharon Jones, Professor of Nursing Kathleen Huttlinger, Associate Provost Greg Fant, and Grants City Councilman Manny Vasquez.


Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • ASNMSU is preparing for the upcoming Pink Game later this month on October 27. ASNMSU plans to support Breast Cancer Awareness efforts and the Cowboys for Cancer organization through a Silent Auction the week before. We will also be hosting a special Pink Tailgate and are looking forward to all the people coming out to support and have fun!
  • The ASNMSU Community Outreach Department is seeking volunteers to help with commencement. Student organizations that volunteer will be eligible to receive Community Service Hours for the event which can be used when requesting funding from ASNMSU.
  • The Special Events Board is starting up to help plan for the Special Events for the rest of the year. If you are interested in the music industry, and would like to help coordinate and plan upcoming concerts, submit a resume to and indicate your interest.
  • Elections for Senate are coming up! Voting starts the week of October 26. We encourage students to get out and vote for their representatives! The chief elections officer has been rigorously preparing and we are excited to see the results!
  • Lastly, October 10 marks the opening of the Nap Room known as the Snooze Saloon in Corbett Center 2nd floor. ASNMSU will be also providing free eye masks for the first 100 students who use the Snooze Saloon.

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