Activity Report October 13 – October 19



As part of National Cyber Security Awareness month, ICT’s Student Technology and Planning department hosted a popcorn giveaway on the Frenger mall on Wednesday, October 17.   Students, faculty, and staff (272 in total) received topical cyber security information that included tips about information security and the locations of the cyber security presentations being conducted by ICT throughout the month.


NMSU Army ROTC Bataan Battalion Cadets placed 2nd in Ranger Challenge this year. The challenge was hosted at the University of Texas of El Paso. Congratulations to the Cadets for all of their hard work!

Kudos to Dr. Patti Wojahn, department head for the Interdisciplinary Studies Department. She served as a guest workshop leader for ENLACE students enrolled at DACC as they prepare for a regional conference at which they’ll present Action Research Projects, one of which recently got a hearing on the NM Senate floor. Within the NMSU/DACC and regional K-12 system, ENLACE is a catalyst organization aiming to create an educational system more responsive, accountable, accessible, and supportive of Latino/a students’ educational success.

We’re proud to introduce our 2018-2019 Student Ambassadors for the College of Arts and Sciences! The Student Ambassadors are a group of student volunteers with a positive attitude and a sincere desire to help others. They promote the College of Arts and Sciences to the region, community and the greater NMSU campus through service.

Congratulations to Computer Science Alumna Natasha Nesiba, who was recently selected as the Outstanding Alumnus by the Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institution for 2018-2019. She was recognized at a Conference in Pasadena, California, this week.

This Fall’s Graduation Fair, one-stop-shop held on October 16 and 17 in the NMSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore assisted 450 graduates with commencement activities such as reserving their seats for the ceremony and purchasing their cap and gown. The Office of University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services provided information on exit counseling, federal loan servicers and avoiding student loan default to 250 future Aggie Alums. The Office of Alumni Relations provided information about NMSU Alumni Association and how to become an active member. The Alumni Office has NMSU diploma frames and official class rings available for purchase, as well as post-grad discounts offers and services through Liberty Mutual and Bank of America.  

A generous couple recently created two endowed scholarships, one from the husband to support students studying math and another from the wife to support international graduate students.

A $50,000 estate gift, in memory of an alum’s mentor in the College of ACES, will be made to the Dr. and Mrs. Hallford Endowed Fund in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. This alum has been welcomed into the NMSU Foundation’s 1888 Society for this documented planned gift.

A $97,450 gift from a friend of NMSU to the Department of Geological Sciences will support student internships and the mounting of geological specimens for benefit of the NMSU Zuhl Museum Collection.

The Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education (WAVE) Program held clinical breast exams at the Aggie Health and Wellness Center. Hoping to raise awareness about the benefits of early detection and get the NMSU community connected to the resources available on campus. Sixty-four students, faculty and staff received exams.

WAVE also hosted Exercise is Medicine on Campus. Chancellor Dan Arvizu kicked off Exercise is Medicine by leading the Chancellor’s Walk. Over 1,400 students were reached and learned about the health benefits of physical activity. Numerous exercise stations were set up along the I-Mall and outside Corbett Center. Outdoor Rec provided numerous activities including a slack line, stationary bicycles, and a bicycle course.

Michael Jasek, dean of students, spoke at the National Society of Collegiate Scholars induction ceremony, held in the Corbett Center ballrooms. Over one hundred freshmen and sophomores with a GPA of 3.2 or higher were inducted on Wednesday, October 17.

This week, KRWG-TV collaborated with the New Mexico State University Government Department to highlight a service-learning program. Sabine Hirschauer, Ph.D., led the program, which gave NMSU students the opportunity to travel to Germany to help with refugee resettlement efforts. KRWG Director of Content Fred Martino, Ph.D., interviewed Hirschauer and NMSU students Raini Schauer and Fay Yurwit. The KRWG Newsmakers special will be broadcast in December.

KRWG staff participated in the second annual Amazing Shake at Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy. Students honed soft skills like job interviews, presentations, and public speaking. KRWG staff judged the student presentations.

Honors College student Fay (Amy) Yurwit was just told she’s been selected for the Cox-State Department Diplomacy Seminar, a fully funded 3-day career exploration conference held in DC. This is an amazing recognition and will help make her competitive for a future career in the diplomatic service.

Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken visited seniors’ night at Centennial High School and classes at Arrowhead High School to talk with students about opportunities at NMSU and especially within the Honors College. Several hundred students and their parents had a chance to learn about our innovative classes, financial support, and about the transformational experiences of students in the Honors College.

Dean Miriam Chaiken visited with students in the TRIO programs and made a presentation about the opportunities of our new Masters’ Accelerated Programs. This important collaboration between the Honors College, the Graduate School, and academic departments across the university provides top students with the ability to begin accumulating graduate credits while completing an undergrad degree. The graduate credits permit them to triple-dip – the credits count toward their credits required to graduate, they count as Honors credits for students who wish to graduate with University Honors, and if they remain at NMSU for a graduate degree they can roll those credits over into their masters program. We will be ramping up publicity about this opportunity as we approach registration for spring classes, so more students are aware of the MAP options.

Dean Miriam Chaiken and graduate assistants Yael Cano-Gonzalez and Ana Cardenas met with the faculty of the AXED Department to discuss ways to create an honors track for undergraduates in their program, which may include the Master’s Accelerated Program component. We are in the process of developing Honors and MAP tracks for majors across the university, and publicizing these to help students understand the range of options available to them.

Devasthali Hall Art Building – 30% Structural Framing Completed   HB Construction has completed the installation of approximately 30% of the structural framing of the building. The gallery wing matt foundation and east exterior yard wall are completed and all permanent steam and chilled water lines have been installed. Most importantly, the project remains on schedule for the grand opening on July 4, 2019. Take a look at the online video camera to watch the progress.

ASNMSU hosted a tailgates for Utah Volleyball game on October 18 with 100 student in attendance and for the Georgia Football game on October 20 with 2,000 students in attendance.

Outdoor Recreation took 10 students to Cloudcroft, New Mexico, for a seven-mile hike to Bridal Veil Falls on October 14, 2018. Students were able to put some miles on their hiking boots while exploring the fall weather and colors in Cloudcroft. This trip was led by the Outdoor Leadership Program facilitators.


Upcoming Legislative Related Events

Investments & Pensions Oversight Committee

October 16, 2018
State Capitol, Room 307

  • Update from the Education Trust Board
  • Alternatives to Defined Benefit Pension Plans; Defined Benefit Pension Plan Reforms Across States
  • Tool for Evaluating Pension-Related Legislative Proposals
  • Educational Retirement Board (ERB) Sustainability Survey Results

Legislative Education Study Committee
October 22 – 24, 2018
State Capitol, Room 322

  • Implementation of Next Generation Science Standards; Dr. Debra N. Hall
  • 2018 Statewide Town Hall: Strengthening Higher Education and Tomorrow’s Workforce; Pamela Blackwell
  • Santa Fe Community College – Early Childhood Educator Preparation IBest Program; Jennifer Duran-Sallee
  • Potential Committee Sponsored Legislation; LESC Staff
  • LFC Pogrom Evaluation: Higher Education Funding Formula; Micaela Fischer & Dr. Barbara Damron
  • Career Technical Education in New Mexico; PED Staff

Legislative Health & Human Services Committee
October 23, 2018

Hernandez Community Center State Capitol, Room 317

  • Alcohol Use Disorder Summit

Legislative Finance Committee
October 23 – 26, 2018
State Capitol, Room 307

  • Cooperative Extension Service/Agriculture Experiment Station
  • New Mexico Department of Agriculture
  • Report on Higher Education Governance – Barbara Damron, Secretary, Higher Education Department
  • Fiscal Impact Reports: Scoring Process for Legislation and Tax Principles

On Tuesday, October 16, Accessibility Services at NMSU Alamogordo hosted a Diversity and Inclusion Fair. Fifteen organizations from the local area provided information related to diversity issues. Students “earned” their pizza lunch by chatting with at least 4 vendors at the fair.

Students enjoyed talking to vendors at the Diversity and Inclusion Fair.


North American state and provincial agriculture officials gathered this week in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico for the 27th annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord. The Accord 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.

Beyond talks on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), discussions were held on advancing new agricultural technology and working together on food safety. We also the highlighted the necessity of a focused effort to prepare the next generation of the agricultural workforce, as well as collaboration to improve capacity for pest and disease surveillance, prevention and rapid response.

(L to R): Nuevo León Secretary of Agricultural Development Rodolfo Farías Arizpe, Manitoba Minister of Agriculture Ralph Eichler, and NASDA President and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff M. Witte.


The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute hosted its 63rd Annual New Mexico Water Conference on October 16 to October 18. The theme of this year’s conference was At the Tipping Point: Water Scarcity, Science, and Policy. Over 270 participants gathered at the Las Cruces Convention Center to hear water experts from around the region address issues such as drought, fire, climate change, and regional and state water planning. The conference started with a field trip to the Hatch and Mesilla Valley where NMSU PhD student Connie Maxwell and Elephant Butte Irrigation District Manager Gary Esslinger described current storm-water management projects in the watershed. A highlight of the conference was a poster session on Thursday where 62 poster were presented, many by NMSU students conducting water-related research. Vice President for Research Dr. Luis Cifuentes and ACES Dean Rolando Flores addressed conference participants during the two luncheons.

Los Alamos Technology Commercialization Advisory Council   On October 16, Zetdi Sloan, director of Arrowhead’s Accelerator Programs, spoke before the Los Alamos Technology Commercialization Advisory Council in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ms. Sloan participated in a panel discussion on “Exploring a New Mexico Tri-Lab Entrepreneurial Research & Technology Fellowship Program.” She shared information about Arrowhead’s accelerator programs and discussed opportunities for collaboration with the Tri-Lab program.OUTREACH

Dell visit    On Monday, October 15, the Arrowhead team hosted Chris Turner, vice president of Americas Government Affairs at Dell and Senior Government Relations Advisor at Dell Kristen Mattern. The Dell representatives spent the afternoon with the Arrowhead team and held a round table discussion with 20 Studio G student and alumni entrepreneurs. The afternoon culminated with a collaborative brain storming session between the Arrowhead team and the Dell representatives discussing opportunities for partnership to support entrepreneurial programs for youth, women entrepreneurs, and undeserved communities.

NM FAST at Hub of Human Innovation    On October 18, Del Mackey of the NM FAST program gave a presentation on the NM FAST program at the Hub of Human Innovation in El Paso, Texas. As part of a series of discussions on small business resources, Mr. Mackey presented on the importance of SBIR and STTR programs for small businesses. There were 13 individuals in attendance at this event, and it presented a great opportunity for collaboration with small businesses across the Borderplex.

New Mexico MainStreet Fall Leadership meeting    On October 18, Arrowhead’s Kristin Morehead spoke on a panel for the New Mexico MainStreet Fall Leadership meeting in Silver City, New Mexico. The panel focused on elements of building an entrepreneurial ecosystem and resources across the state that support entrepreneurship. This meeting provided a great opportunity to connect with New Mexico MainStreet Executive Directors from around the state, share information about Arrowhead’s programs, and develop collaborations in communities across New Mexico.

Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation, are busy with College Days travel schedules and hosting daily campus visits, the staff have also been preparing for our second Aggie Experience this fall. Academic and student service partners from across campus will spend Saturday, October 20, visiting with prospective high school juniors and seniors, and their families, at this large open house recruitment event. There are currently over 450 students and 657 family members signed up to attend the event!

Orientation Specialist Mariana Ortega and Family Outreach Coordinator Claire Montoya are attending the 2018 National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) conference in San Diego, California. The theme of this year’s conference is “Together in Motion.” Featured guests are author Janet Mock, psychologist Dr. Jean M. Twenge as well as speaker Chad Littlefield.

The Orientation Office have received 58 applications from prospective student leaders hoping to become part of the 2019 O-Leader Team. The deadline to apply is October 31.

On October 16 and 17, Student Success staff also conducted 2 FAFSA nights, one at Mayfield High School and the other at Santa Teresa High School, over 95 students were assisted with getting their FAFSA completed.

On Saturday, October 13, NMSU Alamogordo had a 60th Anniversary Celebration Car Show and More. The weather co-operated and the sunshine and cool temperatures brought many car owners and community members to this event. Everyone had a great time and the proceeds from the show will support endowment of a scholarship for NMSU Alamogordo Automotive students.

NMSU-A Automotive Instructor Richard Hernandez, Willie & Regina Colbert with their 2015 Mustang that took Student Favorite, Best Muscle Car, and Overall Winner.


On the afternoon of Tuesday, October 16, NMSU Alamogordo Accessibility Services hosted White Cane Safety Day. This event was in co-operation with the New Mexico Commission for the Blind, National Federation of the Blind, and New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The walk kicked off at the Wal-Mart located on Indian Wells Street and ended at the NMSU Alamogordo Rhovec Theater. The group enjoyed a presentation at the Rhovec as well as light refreshments.

In spite of the clouds, it was a great day for a walk.


The NMSU Library and KRWG Public participated in The Great American Read-Aloud on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. NMSU community members and NMSU Library staff jointly celebrating the love and the power of reading and read a short passage from their favorite book, play, or poem in Zuhl Library courtyard.

NMSU Library PTRC worked in collaboration with Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office for “Meet the Patent Experts” webinars held on October 17. These webinars gave the opportunity for attendees to ask questions directly of patent examiners and the webinars covered of Intellectual property, which included patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Marketing Services and Web Communications   The fall issue of Panorama magazine was sent to the printer this week. It will be delivered in mid-November. The magazine is a collaborative effort between News and Media Relations, Marketing Services and Web Communications and University Advancement. The fall issue features NMSU’s new leadership, the Creative Media Institute, Native America Programs and much more.

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