Activity Report October 11-17

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Annual Employee Picnic: My compliments and thanks to the Employee Council and all of the volunteers who assisted with the Annual Employee Picnic.  About 2,200 folks gathered on the Horseshoe on a wonderful fall day for a little lasagna, salad, and sinfully great sugar cookies.  It was my pleasure to visit with many of the tables and thank our “caring community” for their good work on behalf of NMSU.  Thanks to Greg Block for his leadership of the Council.  We will repeat the picnic again in the spring with another Founders Day event.
  • Campus Visitors: I visited, as did many others, with Provost Zulma Toro and her colleagues from University of Arkansas Little Rock, regarding Arrowhead Center and Economic Development.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  UA Little Rock had been informed by the Economic Development Administration Office in Austin that if they wished to participate in more EDA sponsored economic development activities, they should pattern their operation after the Arrowhead Center at NMSU.  The Provost was on a fast track as they are preparing a grant proposal for EDA.  Thanks to Kathy Hansen and her gang for meeting with and assisting UA Little Rock.
  • Late Aggie: Services were held this week for Dr. Arden Baltensberger, former Department Head of Agronomy and one of the most successful plant researchers ever at NMSU.  He introduced a number of turf grass varieties; one was used for Super Bowl sites.  He was a great researcher, scholar, leader, and most of all – always a gentleman.  I am proud that he was my friend and an Aggie.
  • Student Leaders: ASNMSU President Dustin Chavez and Bryce Smith, the ASNMSU Government Affairs leader (top lobbyist) dropped by to discuss the ASNMSU priorities for the coming legislative session.  They are seeking funding for pedestrian crossing lights near the old President’s residence on University Avenue and for locker room improvements for the Activities Center.  They will work with the city on the lights as the street belongs to Las Cruces. I mentioned this to brag about how polished, prepared, and highly motivated some of our students and student leaders are for doing things for our community.
  • Homecoming Week 2015: I will be in Clovis on Monday with some of our folks from Advancement and then the rest of the week is dedicated to Homecoming activities and Tough Enough to Wear Pink.  Be sure to come out to the events, including the football game and show all of the alums how much pride we have in our campus and community.


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • China Agricultural University: I spent most of the week in Beijing, China visiting the China Agricultural University for the launch of the NMSU-CAU Water Science and Engineering Joint Research Center and the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the founding of CAU.  The NMSU delegation also included Dr. Sam Fernald, Dr. Pei Xu, and Dr. Jinfa Zhang.  Our discussions focused on two major topics—joint research programs and dual degree programs.  The potential for joint research projects between our two universities is already being realized.  While in Beijing, Dr. Fernald and Dr. Xu worked with colleagues at CAU to put the finishing touches on a one million dollar grant proposal to the U.S-China Joint Research Projects in Environmental Sustainability Program.  The first dual degree program will be a Ph.D. program in the Area of Water Resource and Civil Engineering.  Already, one graduate student from CAU is in Las Cruces working with Dr. Fernald, demonstrating the potential that dual degree programs have for providing unique educational opportunities, as well as for encouraging collaboration between institutions and the development of joint research projects. 


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

Dr. Jim Libbin

  • Top 40 Best College Farm in America: With nearly 95,000 acres devoted to the study of farming, ranching and forestry, New Mexico State University and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have been honored as one of the 40 best college farms in America, according to College Ranker.  College Ranker is an online service based in Columbus, Ohio, geared toward prospective university students that develops rankings of various attributes of universities across the country. The rankings were determined using criteria such as hands-on experiences; student involvement; community outreach programs; workshops, classes and lectures; volunteering opportunities; and degree plan options, which includes agricultural economics and business, agronomy and animal science at NMSU.
    To view entire ranking:

Cooperative Extension Service

  • School Enrichment Programs: The county agents in the Northern District have been busy conducting school enrichment programming for youth of all ages this fall.  Recently, Christina Turner and Tom Dominguez of the Santa Fe County Extension Office recently participated as presenters for the annual Santa Fe Children’s Water Fiesta.  Their session included a slide presentation and a hands-on activity on “Irrigation Investigation” in which they address methods in which farmers are practicing water conservation.  They repeated the presentation ten times reaching approximately 200 fourth grade students.
  • 2015 Local Food Festival: Bernalillo County Office along with Bernalillo County, Mid-Region Council of Governments, and Community Partners collaborated together to host the 2015 Local Food Festival “We’ve Got the Dirt on Local Food” conducted on October 11.  The event celebrates local agriculture, local food producers, and everything local.  This year’s theme was based in part on the U.N. Year of Soil.  Local county agents organized and spoke on topical workshops on soil, compost, and insects; 4-H youth activities, petting zoo, and ag in the classroom; nutrition educational activities; Master Gardener and Master Composters answering questions; and general extension outreach.  The event featured local farmers, local food trucks, chef demonstrations with locally grown produce, local crafters and value-added producers, local beer and cider, area non-profits and government agencies, school gardens, art, a tour of the historic Gutierrez Hubbel House, and a petting zoo and kids activities sponsored by 4-H.  The event organizers estimate over 5,000 people in attendance for the one-day event.  Local Agents who participated included John Garlisch and Brittany (Grube) Sonntag, co-organizers for the event, as well as Cindy Davies, Sarah Haynes with ICAN activities + ICAN educators, and Graeme Davis, horticulture agent speaking about insects.  Brittany was in charge of the 4-H youth activities. 

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • Free Online Access: aWhere Inc. is happy to support the students, researchers and faculty associated with the University of La Salle’s Utopía Project, by providing free access to our online Weather Analysis Module, part of our Dev aWhere platform. Via this platform, students and faculty have access to valuable, daily historical, real-time and forecast weather and agronomic data. This partnership with La Salle University has been fostered through a close relationship aWhere has with Dr. Mick O’Neill of the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department at New Mexico State University.  The Utopía project is a unique educational concept established by the University of La Salle – Bogotá, Colombia, which integrates agricultural, educational, and productive opportunities for resource-limited young people – men and women from rural areas of Colombia – who have been traumatized by violence during 20 to 30 years of drug wars.


Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Christa Slaton

  • Featured Art Exhibits:
    • Katya Reka (Art) has exhibits at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts‪ August 14 – October 25, 2015 and at Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound- Tacoma ‪August 6 – December 4, 2015. 
    • Craig Cully (Art) is participating in a group exhibition at Tohono Chul Gallery in Tucson, Arizona through December 2015.  
  • Award: John Harding (Mathematical Sciences) has received a two-year award of $44,330 from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s fund FQXi-Fund on the Physics of What Happens.  
  • Aggie Basketball Support: Dean Loui Reyes, Associate Deans Beth Pollack and Anne Hubbell, Maestro Lonnie Klein, Professor Ross Marks, Las Cruces Symphony Executive Director Debra Marks, Crisitina Salazar, and I were happy to represent the College of Arts and Sciences at the 6th Man Tip-Off Gala to support our Aggie Men’s Basketball Game!
  • Event at the Rio Grande Theater: The Las Cruces Sun-News invited me to join them to enjoy the latest play written by playwright and Distinguished Achievement Professor Mark Medoff at the Rio Grande Theatre for Marilee and Baby Lamb: The Assassination of an American Goddess. The talented cast and the poignant script by Medoff captivated the audience and stimulated great discussion afterwards. 
  • A&S Development Travel: Patrick Knapp and I traveled to Cincinnati, Athens, and Youngstown to visit Chemistry, Biology, and Physics alumni living in Ohio. Once again, we heard stories of lives being transformed at NMSU and alumni remaining as loyal Aggies decades after leaving our campus. These trips are always uplifting because we see the impact our university makes in the lives of so many. 


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Entrepreneurship Initiatives: Robert Macy and I met with Donald Pope-Davis, Dean of the College of Education as part of our ongoing effort to meet with all college deans to discuss entrepreneurship initiatives.
  • College Executive Committee: Graduate School Dean, Loui Reyes, visited our College Executive Committee (CEC) meeting on Wednesday to clarify the role of the Graduate School in graduate education.
  • Finance Department Head: After consulting with the Finance Department a decision has been made to have Professor Hari Sankaran serve as the Department Head of Finance beginning on October 16.  Please join me in welcoming Hari to his new position. Additionally, please join me in thanking Ken Martin for his service as Finance Department Head and Kevin Melendrez for his service as Interim Department Head.
  • Scholarship Fundraiser: Pat Gavin, Josh Salmon, and 40 current PGA Golf Management students participated in a scholarship fundraiser this past weekend in El Paso to raise funds for the Jeff Gomez Endowed Scholarship.  Just over $11,000 was raised, which will bring the new balance to just over $85,000. 
  • College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at


Dean, College of Education, Dr. Donald Pope-Davis

Curriculum & Instruction Department

  • National Association for Multicultural Education Annual International Conference: The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Annual International Conference was held in New Orleans, Louisiana October 1-4, 2015. NMSU was well represented by the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. NAME co-founder Dr. H. Prentice Baptiste is the NAME President-elect. In this role he holds responsibility for organizing the annual conference. Dr. Jeanette Haynes Writer, C&I Department Head, served as a conference co-chair. Several C&I doctoral students and faculty presented or served on panels at the conference. Doctoral students Lucia Chacon Diaz and Marisol Moreno Hermosillo participated on a panel titled, “Success Stories of Teacher/Student Relationships in Diverse Environments.” Doctoral students Yvonne El Ashmawi and Vanessa Martinez presented with their faculty mentors, Drs. Judith Flores Carmona and Rudolfo Chavez Chavez, for an advanced session titled “Why Do We Have To Talk About Oppression?”:  Past, Current and Future Directions in Critical Multicultural Education.” Doctoral student Romina Pacheco also presented. Her session title was “When the Process is the Focus: Using Participatory Action Research to Learn About MCE in the College Classroom.”
  • Faculty Success: Associate Professor Dr. Pierre W. Orelus, with the help of Routledge Press, published his book Race, Power, and the Obama Legacy. In his book Dr. Orelus critically examines Obama’s presidency and legacy, especially in regard to race, inequality, education, and political power.

Borderlands Center for Educational Studies (BoCES)

  • Student Visitors: BoCES, NLACE, and NMSU Admissions hosted 20 TRiO students from Arizona on Thursday. Dr. Glenn Duff and student ambassador Adam Alberson from Animal and Range Sciences joined the group at lunch along with Dr. Rolfe Sassenfeld from Engineering and Dr. Linda Summers and student ambassador Zack Wills from Health and Social Services. The TRiO students and staff enjoyed hearing from four current NMSU NLACE students and faculty members Dr. Judith Flores Carmona from the Honors College, as well as Dr. Cecilia Hernandez and Dr. Rudolfo Chávez Chávez from the College of Education. They enjoyed the visit immensely and felt that NMSU was extremely welcoming.


Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve Stochaj

  • Student Award: Seven NMSU engineering (six industrial and one mechanical) Student Awardstudents are attending the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation this year in Pasadena, California, from October 14 to 18 to present technical posters and papers. Six of these students have been funded by the USDA I-DISCOVER and USDA BGREEN grants. At this conference, Brendan Sullivan, industrial engineering Ph.D. candidate, will be recognized with the 2015 HENAAC Award for his career path and leadership as a role model which exemplifies the Great Minds in STEM mission to inspire our nation’s youth towards STEM fields.
  • Aggie ExperienceAggie Experience: On Saturday, October 10, the College of Engineering hosted Aggie Experience. Approximately 245 prospective students and their families visited the college. Engineering Ambassadors made presentations on the different departments, held a student panel and conducted laboratory tours. The majority of the students were high school seniors.  Program Manager Elizabeth Howard led the event.
  • Research Conference: Some 342 people attended the 2015 New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Student Research Conference, including university and community college students and faculty, high school juniors, seniors, and advisers from the New Mexico Math, Engineering, Science Achievement, Inc. program. The statewide event took place on October 2 at the Las Cruces Convention Center across from New Mexico State University. Saundra McGuire, director emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired assistant vice chancellor and professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University, presented the breakfast keynote address. New Mexico State Representative Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Bernalillo County, District 15), gave the luncheon keynote address. Student research presentations took place throughout the day, with 96 poster presentations presented by university, community college, and high school students. Workshops on relevant topics rounded out the day. The University Research Council faculty poster presentation was held concurrently with the conference.
  • Aggie Innovation: Faculty from the College of Engineering participated in the fall National Science FoundationAggie Innovation Pathways to Innovation partnership summit on sustainable curricular engagement through innovation and entrepreneurship. The NMSU cohort, comprised of Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan, Industrial Engineering Department Head Edward Pines, Associate Professor Jessica Houston, Professor Phillip DeLeon, and Assistant Professor Rolfe Sassenfeld, presented updates on two major projects within the college: creation of the Aggie Innovation Space for student engagement and increasing the number of active learning classrooms available for engineering courses. The specific focus of the summit was on sharing of best practices for assessment and sustainability of program impact.
  • Robotics Championship: The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network hostedRobotics Championship the annual NM BEST Robotics state competition at the NMSU Activity Center. More than 400 middle- and high-school students participated in the annual competition from 27 schools.  This year’s game required students to design, build and program a robot to traverse a simulated mine where they were tasked with collecting various ore samples and returning to the surface.  Some 160 volunteers, including faculty, staff, students and corporate partners, were on hand to judge events and assist with implementation of the competition.  Partner sponsors for this year’s activity included CALCULEX Inc., Sandia Laboratories/Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Co., El Paso Electric, Western Refining, TRAX International, NM Space Grant Consortium, US Missile Defense Agency, New Mexico Mining Association and Jacobs Technology.


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

  • New Mexico Parkinson’s Registry: Dean Wagner and Hadyelrahman (Hoda) Ali are working with a coalition of community activists to advocate for the creation of a New Mexico Parkinson’s Registry. Hoda is a student in the Masters of Public Health program and is serving as the dean’s graduate assistant. Hoda is a graduate of the School of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt, and is a neuropsychiatrist.  The coalition includes activists from NMSU, Las Cruces, and faculty from the UNM Health Sciences Center.  
  • 2015 Emma Jean Cervantes Walk: The College of Health and Social Services supported the 2015 Emma Jean Cervantes 5K/10K Run & Walk by sponsoring two teams on Saturday, October 17.  The College was in a friendly competition with the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.  The Cervantes Family has scholarships in each college and challenged each by donating $100 for every individual that signed up to participate.  We had 50 individuals on two teams and are excited to announce that we raised $5,000 for the scholarship through this special event!

 Emma Jean Cervantes WalkEmma Jean Cervantes Walk 2

School of NursingLeaders Across Borders

  • Leaders Across Borders Advanced Leadership Development Program: Elizabeth Kuchler, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, graduated from the Leaders Across Borders advanced leadership development program with the US-Mexico Border Health Commission. The program’s purpose is to build binational relationships in public health and with other community-sector leaders to improve the health of communities in the region. 
  • Nursing Retreat: BSN faculty held a retreat at the NMSU Golf Course, “A Concept Based Teaching”.  The event was well-attended, informative, and successful at developing implementation strategies for the new statewide curriculum that will enable students to have a firm understanding of nursing concepts and how they are related to one another.


Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • American Association of University Women Presentation: Last Saturday, Miriam Chaiken attended the monthly meeting of the Las Cruces Chapter of the American Association of University Women to give a presentation about the Honors College. I was joined by Kira Turnham, the most recent recipient of the Honors Colleges International Research Scholarship, which funded her research on marine biology in the Philippines. Our joint presentation was very well received, and Kira’s discussion of the impact that this scholarship has had was the highlight of the morning. This busy morning was followed by an afternoon at the Aggie Welcome event where I met with dozens of prospective students and their parents about the opportunities afforded by the Honors College.
  • Scholarship Applicants: Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar successfully ushered six students to the application deadline for Fulbright Fellowships. The number of students applying for these prestigious international scholarships is double that of last year, and the applications are without exception very strong. Dr. Ketelaar’s careful mentoring and support for students as the made revision after revision will no doubt influence the success of this group. They are applying for opportunities in countries as diverse as Uruguay, Senegal, Poland, and New Zealand.  
  • Honors College Website: We are continuing to work with our student webmaster Zach Abbot to improve the look and functionality of the Honors College website, so it can be the resource it is intended to be for our students.
  • Viewing the Wider World Course Requirements: On Thursday both Miriam and Tim met with the University Senate Committee that is considering legislation to reduce the requirements for Viewing the Wider World courses. There was lively discussion and we both had an opportunity to voice our concerns about this proposal.

Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • NMSU INSIDER: The NMSU INSIDER free mobile app has added a search feature in the What’s Hot section that simultaneously searches the entire NMSU Web site, as well as affiliated sites, such as,, and To download the app go to    
  • Campus Security and Beautification: Grounds has contracted with Wasser and Wasser Campus Security and Beautificationto perform campuswide tree pruning.  They will be removing dead limbs from trees and also thinning out the canopies to improve night time security light reducing dark spots.  This also allows more sunlight into areas promoting turf and plant growth.  This maintenance activity will take place every Friday for the next 13 weeks.
  • Employee Picnic: Sodexo provided a wonderful meal for the annual Employee Picnic hosted by Employee Council.  Lasagna, summer vegetables, and those great logo cookies were enjoyed by approximately 2,200 faculty and staff.
  • Graduation Fair: Barnes and Noble at NMSU hosted the Graduation Fair on October 13 and 14 in co-sponsorship with the Office of Alumni Relations and Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.  The event allows graduating students to register for commencement with the Alumni Association, purchase commencement regalia, and plan for commencement with other options like selecting their Official NMSU Ring.
  • Celebrating the Ribbon Cutting for the Therapeutic Riding Covered Area: On Friday, October 9, Facilities & Services Project Manager Heidi Hubble was acknowledged for her role in managing the Therapeutic Riding Covered Area project at the ribbon cutting.  This five-month project cost $200,000, with $150,000 coming from capital outlay funding and remaining $50,000 from private donors and College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences funds.
    Heidi Hubble


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

  • Student Shadow: On Tuesday, October 13, Katie Deaven, Vice President for ASNMSU, shadowed Dr. Bernadette Montoya for a project supporting leadership development. Dr. Montoya enjoyed her day with Katie and is looking forward to continued shadowing opportunities with students.
  • Guest Lecturer: Montoya was invited by Professor Thomas Dormody to be a guest lecturer in the AXED 475/575 Leadership class on Wednesday, October 14. She spoke about leading and responding to organizational change.Admissions Dinner Event
  • Admissions Dinner Event: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosted a dinner event on Thursday, October 15, at La Vina, for the Gadsden Independent School District administration, high school principals and counselors. In addition to sharing a lovely dinner and developing relationships, NMSU presented information relevant to the high school graduating classes of 2016. Topics included increased admission standards, Aggie Pathway program, Financial Aid outreach, and the Student Success Navigators. Our GISD guests were very complimentary of NMSU’s on-going efforts to engage with them and their students.


Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock Visit: Provost Torres and several representatives of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) visited Arrowhead to research how innovation and technology commercialization are supported and enhanced at NMSU.
  • Startup Hour: On Friday, Studio G hosted 23 aspiring entrepreneurs for its weekly Startup Hour event. Startup Hour is a weekly networking and info session designed to help individuals who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses meet up, network and learn the tricks of the trade. This week’s discussion topic focused on how to make your business stand out among competitors.
  • Navigators Program: Michelle Valverde (Director of Community Outreach) and Kristin Morehead (Communications Specialist, OVPED) worked with Marissa Macias (Program Coordinator, Student Success Navigators) and Dr. Terry Cook (Associate Director of the Learning Center) to introduce Navigators to Community Engagement and to open a dialog about using community engagement as a tool to positively impact students’ lives and achieve institutional goals.  This is the first collaboration between the Community Engagement Council and the Navigators program with the goal over time being to provide students a greater sense of community while at NMSU, thereby increasing retention rates and academic achievement.

Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Electrochemical Society: Vimal Chaitanya attended the Electrochemical Society meeting in Phoenix. Vimal organized the general student poster session and managed judging of posters to award prizes to student winners. Vimal serves on the education committee of the society and as executive committee member of the governing board of Dielectric Science and Technology. Energy Technology has become a greater portion of ECS and there was ample opportunity to foster research partnerships that will be pursued.

Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI)

  • 60th Annual New Mexico Water Conference: The 60th Annual New Mexico Water Conference, Coloring Outside the Lines: Can Science Help Us Be Creative and Innovative in Managing Our Water? was a big success in Taos, New Mexico last week, drawing over 250 participants from throughout New Mexico. WRRI staff hosted the conference that included several tours of the local acequia and watershed regions and the research being conducted in the area. Nearly 60 people took advantage of the tour options. The day-and-a-half conference featured regional and national water experts discussing the relationship between the state’s water supply challenges and our management opportunities and constraints, and how science can help determine new management strategies. Ample time was devoted to interchange between participants and speakers. The conference also included a poster session at which 40 posters were displayed. NMSU was well represented at the poster session with eleven graduate students presenting their research projects and nine faculty and staff presenting their water-related work.


Interim Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Dr. Andrea Tawney

  • #GivingTuesday Leadership Match: The following leaders are generously offering matching gifts in their areas:
    • President Carruthers will make a one-time contribution of $5 for each employee in the entire NMSU system who signs up for payroll deduction in honor of #GivingTuesday. This will be for new payroll giving donors.
    • Bernadette Montoya will make a one-time contribution of $5 for each of her employees who give and/or sign up for payroll deduction in honor of #GivingTuesday.
    • John Gratton will make a one-time contribution of $5 for each of the NMSU-C employees who give and/or sign up for payroll deduction in honor of #GivingTuesday.
    • Andrea Tawney will make a one-time contribution of $5 for each of her employees who give and/or sign up for payroll deduction in honor of #GivingTuesday.
    • Dean Stochaj will make a one-time contribution of $5 for each of his engineering faculty and staff who give and/or sign up for payroll deduction in honor of #GivingTuesday.
  • New Gift for Scholarships: The NMSU Foundation received a $125,000 gift for scholarships in College of Business and Athletics. 
  • New Current Use Scholarship: The NMSU Foundation received $5,000, the first of $25,000, for the Department of Finance to be awarded to a junior or senior interested in an insurance career.
  • Estate Gift Distributed: $500,000 was distributed for additions to professorships in Engineering and ACES.
  • Legacy Planned Gift: A participant from the 2015 NMSU Women’s Estate Planning Institute made a $330,000 legacy planned gift to benefit KRWG and the College of Education.


Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • President’s Champion Reception: I attended the President’s Reception for the remaining teams that won a WAC Championship in 2015. There were approximately 50 softball, women’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis student-athletes as well as coaches in attendance.
  • Men’s Basketball Tip-Off Dinner: The men’s basketball program had their annual Men’s Basketball Tip Off dinner on Tuesday evening. The main events included the 2015 WAC Championship Ring Ceremony and the Live Auction. There were over 400 donors and supporters that attended the carnival themed event.  
  • Faculty Athletics Council: We held our first Faculty Athletics Council meeting of the year. We discussed the election of the chair and other officers. I gave a brief update on the items that athletics is currently working on including the apparel and footwear RFP, the College Vault Program, and the baseball project. 
  • Football: Traveled to Statesboro, Georgia, for our football game against Georgia Southern. We hosted a number of donors for the weekend with a kick-off dinner on Friday.
  • Crimson and White Scrimmage: Men’s basketball hosted their annual Crimson and White scrimmage Saturday night. There were over 6oo fans that attended the game which ended with a slam dunk contest. For a full story go to


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • KRWG: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS sponsored a technical meeting in Albuquerque this week. KRWG staff attended to learn more about the new PBS program delivery system, V6. The meetings provided an opportunity to understand the technical parameters of the design.
  • News: Naveen Puppala, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences peanut breeder, was featured on AgDay TV this week. Our news group produced the report, which was seen by 250,000 viewers in 39 states. (see The team also worked on a chile crop report and will produce a crop report on pecans next month.
  • Sports Information: Athletics Media Relations continued support of the Aggie Volleyball team, which has completed the first half of Western Athletic Conference play at 17-5 overall and 7-0 in WAC play with an eight-match winning streak. The team hosted the final home soccer games of the year, which included the Aggies beating Chicago State 5-1, and staffed the WAC Basketball Preview Day where both the men and women were voted to the top of both the coaches’ and media’s preseason polls.
  • Web Communications: The web governance board met this week. Among the items discussed were the Ruffalo Noel Levitz recommendations for NMSU websites. Under guidance from Admissions, the board agreed that all academic entities and departments who serve prospective students would include an “Apply to NMSU” button on their websites. We will be providing an easy theme option for the NMSU WordPress templates that will allow departments to comply with this request.  


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

  • ANUGA Trade Show 2015: I attended the ANUGA Trade Show 2015 in Cologne, Germany. This was part of my duties as Vice President of the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA). New Mexico was represented by two pecan companies. The ANUGA Trade Show is the largest food show in the world.  There were over 7,000 food companies and more than 155,000 visitors.
  • Santa Fe County Farm and Livestock Bureau Annual Meeting: I was invited to speak at the Santa Fe County Farm and Livestock Bureau Annual Meeting.  This meeting was unique in that they invited the 4H youth in the county to discuss their projects and how they used the sponsorships, which were provided by the organization to each of these winners.  It was a great opportunity to hear about the successes and to discuss opportunities in agriculture in the future.
  • Pecan Growers’ Field Day: Staff traveled to Lovington, New Mexico to participate in the Pecan Growers’ Field Day. Topics included market trends, research, pests of interest, and environmental factors affecting the pecan industry.
  • Interim Jobs Council Committee Preparations: NMDA participated in a meeting with NMSU and legislative staff preparing a report for the Interim Jobs Council Committee.  Discussions focused on what it would take to create economic based jobs in the agricultural sector.  Outcomes from this report would be utilized by the Legislature when appropriating money for economic development.
  • Tri-National Accord Meeting Preparations: Staff participated in a conference call related to planning the discussion topics for the Tri-National Accord meeting to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico November 11 – 14.  The Accord, coordinated in the U.S. by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of Canada, the United States, and Mexico to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues. State and provincial agricultural leaders meet each year to discuss important trade and development-related issues that impact the three nations.  NMDA will attend and lead discussions related to livestock traceability, monitoring of biosecurity and bioterrorism, and agricultural extension opportunities with Mexico. Other topics important to New Mexico include cross border movement of breeding livestock, emerging animal diseases, boll weevil along the US/Mexico border, produce food safety, pollinators, biotechnology information coordination and exchange, supply chain capacity, and pesticide label harmonization.


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

  • Emeriti Pi Former faculty and staff from NMSU Alamogordo gatheredEmeriti Pi Thursday, October 15, to receive an update on the status of student enrollment and campus improvements and meet Interim NMSU-A President Dr. Ken Van Winkle and his senior staff.  Dr. Van Winkle spoke to them about the new strategic plan for the campus, including the four goals of student recruitment and retention, community engagement, diversity and resource stewardship. He also provided attendees with an update on the university’s efforts to increase class offerings at Holloman AFB and other military-specific initiatives currently being worked with NMSU Las Cruces. 
  • Library Re-Opening The official ribbon-cutting for the newly renovated library occurred Wednesday, October 14. Interim NMSU-A President Dr. Ken Van Winkle cut the ribbon and attendees enjoyed snacks and signed up to win library giveaways. The renovation not only upgraded the technology infrastructure, it improved the layout of the library making it ADA accessible.
    Library re-opening
  • United Way Campaign: The NMSU-A campus held a United Way campaign kickoff on Friday, October 16 and will run through November 6.  A member of the local United Way of Otero County spoke to the faculty and staff about the 12 partner agencies that are direct recipients of the money raised in the county through this campaign and how to contribute through payroll deduction or direct contribution, if someone desired.


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

  • #GivingTuesday: The NMSU Foundation unveiled its #Giving Tuesday initiative and President Gratton committed to donating a $5 gift for each NMSU Carlsbad employee who made a donation to the #Giving Tuesday fundraiser.
  • WIPP Leadership Academy: President Gratton presented to the WIPP Leadership Academy on Wednesday afternoon, and the session was very positive.  The current cohort in this academy will graduate on October 30 and another cohort will begin in January.  Work has started on a “second tier” leadership initiative.
  • New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) Governing Board: President Gratton, Provost Andrew Nwanne, and Nursing Director Claudia Estrada traveled to Albuquerque on Thursday, October 15 in order to meet with the NMNEC Governing Board.  The meeting was held at the NMSU Center and the results were very positive as issues regarding progression in the nursing program, placement into the nursing program, and the LPN curriculum were discussed.   A plan of action was created and approved by all attendees.


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

  • Distinguished Alumni: NMSU-Dona Ana will honor accomplished alumni at a luncheon on the East Mesa Campus during Homecoming Festivities this Saturday. Honorees include:
  • Diana M. Nevarez: 2006 graduate in Computer information Technology currently working with a contractor for the US Army Research Laboratory.
  • Jonathon J. Butler: 2015 graduate in Criminal Justice serves with the NM State Police Investigations Bureau Impact Team.
  • Patrick H. Chavez: 1990 graduate in HVAC currently serves as the Director of the Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing at NMSU.
  • The Salazar Family: 2011 graduates in Adult Basic Education. The family attained their General Equivalency Diploma when Ms. Lizet Salazar, the matriarch studied for her degree in 2009. Inspired, her son, her husband and her nephew all studied and earned the General Equivalency Diploma and went through graduation together in 2011. Their nephew is now a student at NMSU.


Associated Students of New Mexico State University

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