Activity Report October 14 – October 20

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

The news from the recruiting/enrollment front for 2018 is very positive.  Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SAEM) is offering scholarships on a daily basis to those who meet the admissions and GPA criteria. As of today, 792 unduplicated scholarships have been offered to prospective students.  This represents the earliest we have offered major scholarships.  The October Aggie Experience event hosted 610 attendees, which included 277 potential students. Enrollment begins in May but SAEM efforts seem to be paying off.  Kudos to Bernadette and team, who reported these good numbers to me.

The Employee Picnic, sponsored by the Employee Council, attracted 2,150 of the NMSU caring community.  Moving the picnic to Preciado Park was a big hit.  Lots of shade, nice concrete pad for food tables and the DJ/speakers, and perfect weather.  I would expect Preciado to be the location for Founders Day next spring.  It is always a joy to recognize the value of our employees with the picnic and music. Employee Council, another top job of organizing.

I enjoyed traveling to NMSU Grants to meet with faculty/staff/students.  Mickey Best seems to be very happy in his post as the new President and he is obviously getting along well with all stakeholders.  I reaffirmed our interest in expanding the Pathway program and that NMSU System must deliver more degree completion programs.  The NMSU system is on a very good trajectory at this time, with a major NMSU on line planning/implementation conference on December 13.

I was very pleased with my stop over at a reception with the Kellogg Foundation Board in the South Valley of Albuquerque.  Many of the Foundation Board members were most complimentary about the great partnerships they have had with NMSU.  The new director of Kellogg in New Mexico is Frank Lopez, who had most recently served as director of Ngage in Las Cruces.  It was a treat to witness several small children from Jemez Pueblo dance and do the “throw,” a Native American tradition of throwing candy, food, pottery and other objects during their Feast Day Celebrations.  We never want to lose our Native American traditions!

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

Monday and Tuesday of the past week were dominated by four general education input sessions held in Carlsbad, Portales, Las Cruces, and Silver City. The dominant concern expressed at the Portales and Las Cruces sessions was the reduction in the number of required communication courses from three to two. Many faculty members who spoke underlined the importance of a third communication course and the need for this to be a statewide requirement rather than being left to the discretion of individual institutions of higher education.

At the General Education Certification subcommittee meeting held on Wednesday, much of the discussion focused on learning outcome rubrics and how they should be used by faculty planning and teaching general education courses. It is clear that some of the most important work still ahead of the statewide steering committee is offering guidance on the purpose of the rubrics and how to use them.

The Chancellor and I had a breakfast meeting with the Regents Professors on Thursday morning. These twice a year meetings are very important to both the Chancellor and me, as they allow us to directly communicate with some of our most distinguished faculty members. I focused my comments on the work of Team Six and how to break down silos and encourage greater interdisciplinary collaborations at NMSU. The idea that senior faculty members should be encouraged to develop affiliations with more than one department was favorably received.  The idea of consolidating departments was more contentious, with concerns expressed about how to handle promotion and tenure in departments that house more than one discipline and effects on morale should the decision about consolidation be too top-down. It is clear that thoughtful consultation with affected colleges and departments will be essential before any decisions are made.

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

Dr. Martha Desmond’s Southwest Natural Resource Career Track (NRCT) Program was highlighted last week in the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Bulletin “Fresh from the Field.” This publication showcases NIFA projects with transformative impacts and is sent to members of congress, agency leadership as well as other stakeholders. The NRCT Program is supported by a NIFA Hispanic-Serving Institution’s grant, and this past year provided outreach in the form of pathways workshops, leadership classes and community programs that have resulted in 32 undergraduate summer internships and reached more than 1,500 high school and community college students at 14 recruiting events.  Although Dr. Desmond is based in the Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology department, the opportunities she provides are for any major focused on natural resources and she works with four, 4-yr institutions across the southwest.

The Environmental and Plant Science Graduate Student Organization (EPS GSO) composed of PES and EPPWS graduate students held its annual Fall Pumpkin Sale. Pumpkins were direct seeded at the Student Research and Education Gardens located west of the Gerald Thomas building at the NMSU campus. On October 3, the graduate students harvested over 1,000 pounds of USDA-certified organic pumpkins. Pumpkins ranged in price (from $1 – $5) and in size, from fitting in the palm of your hand to a substantial 20 lb. baking and carving pumpkin. The sale helps raise funds for the organization. Profits fund graduate student activities as well as travel reimbursements for the members to attend scientific conferences.  In addition, the pumpkin sale provides hands-on experience in the production, management and marketing of a crop, allowing graduate students to put their knowledge into practice. For more information, contact EPS GSO president, Jack McCoy

The Corona Range and Livestock Research Center (CRLRC) and Guadalupe County Cooperative Extension Service (Guadalupe CES) hosted a Let’s Talk! breakfast roundtable discussion in Santa Rosa at the Blue Hole Convention Center. Employees from both CRLRC and Guadalupe CES prepared breakfast for 41 clients to enjoy while visiting with old friends and making new acquaintances. A client driven roundtable discussion on livestock production and management followed with a panel discussion by Dr. Eric Scholljegerdes, Dr. Marcy Ward, Leigh Ann Marez and Shad Cox. Discussion primarily revolved around ruminant nutrition and supplementation, heifer development, reproductive technologies, forage quality and quantification, marketing, and suggestions for future research. Nineteen clients enjoyed a working lunch while Dr. Ward led Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training in the afternoon for those who wanted new certification or continuing education credit for maintaining certification.

The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) Board of Advisors met on October 19 and 20, in the Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine. The board was founded in 1988 when the original Hospitality and Tourism Services major was established. Members represent all major hospitality disciplines including hotels, restaurants, tourism, sales and marketing, beverages, food suppliers, education, and consulting. It meets once per semester to provide direction to HRTM on curriculum, industry relations, recruiting, research and extension, and fundraising. On Friday, the Board heard updates from College of ACES Dean Rolando Flores, the associate deans, and the HRTM director and faculty members. Tomilee Turner previewed the college’s new marketing video series.  A panel of new HRTM students – Jacob Speller, Dominique Andler, Alyssa Adams, and Megan Gorman – shared their reasons for joining HRTM and initial experiences at NMSU.

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli

A group of students in New Mexico State University’s Art Department recently restored a statue of former NMSU President Hugh Milton.  Led by Professor Silvia Marinas-Feliner, director of the Museum Conservation Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, the five students used a green chemical solution and cotton makeup pads to remove the corrosion off of the statue.




The Department of Art will host their 35th Annual Jewelry Sale on October 30, from 7am – 8 pm on Monday, in DW Williams Hall!  Please stop by to support our Art students!



The College of Arts and Sciences met with family and future Aggies for Aggie Experience on October 14.





The Theater Department hosted over 1300 local students from Las Cruces with a sneak peek of their 2-day show Mariachi Girl.  Shows will be on October 20 & 21.  Please visit for more info!




College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

NMSU Alumni, Bobby Lutz (BBA `73, MBA `75) and Scott Williams (`76) were guest speakers in my Business Creation and Valuation course on Monday, October 16.

Along with select students, faculty and Business Advisory Council members, I attended the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium meeting and Summit in Loveland, Colorado, on October 18-20.

While in the Denver, Colorado area, Anthony Casaus and I met with various donors and alumni on October 17-20.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

2017 Domenici Public Policy Conference Panelist – Carolyn Trussell   My name is Carolyn Trussell, I am a doctoral student in Curriculum & Instruction, focusing in Educational Learning Design & Technology. I was a student panelist at the 2017 Domenici Public Policy Conference. I served on the panels for State Secretary of the Department of Workforce Solutions Celina Bussey and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Seth Harris. I really enjoyed my experience as a panelist. I enjoyed meeting the speakers. They were all nationally known experts in their fields, and they were gracious and took time to talk with us after their speeches. I also enjoyed meeting my fellow student panelists from universities around the state. As one of the older panelists, the majority of the panelists undergraduates, I was very impressed at the talent and aptitude of the younger panelists. Being a student panelist requires a lot of critical thinking skills as you need to research your speaker and the topics on their platforms. Then several months are spent crafting questions based upon the research to ask the speakers. However, after all the work on putting together carefully crafted questions, it happened on both my panels, the speaker answered all of our questions. Therefore, it was up to my fellow panelists and I to craft questions on the spot while the speaker was speaking. All of the panelists did a superb job, and I am very impressed with our millennial students across the state. They give me great hope for the future of New Mexico. All in all, it was a very good experience.

2017 Domenici Public Policy Conference Panelist – Ana C. Lopez   I am a doctoral student from the Special Education Department. The focus of my doctoral research study addresses the lived experiences of working-class Mexican mothers of children with special needs who live in the U.S.-Mexico border. Being a panelist represented a valuable learning experience and a milestone for the development of my academic journey. I had the opportunity to work closely with excellent faculty members and scholars from all over New Mexico. I personally learned the value of research, critical thinking, and collaborative work in order to achieve a socially just transformation in the policymaking realm. Because of the nature of this conference, we had the opportunity to have multiple dialogues as we were building up our research and drafting the questions. As different viewpoints emerged, we strengthened our abilities to value ideas that are different than ours and work together toward a common goal.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi


The Office of Engineering Research hosted its second research seminar of the semester. Emily Donahue from Sandia National Laboratories gave a talk “The Art of Machine Learning: Understanding Style, Photos, and Sketches with Computer Vision” on Wed. October 18. She spoke about how vision tools can also be used to make some art and the secrets behind convolutional neural networks and how we can visualize what they learn, the latest projects going on at Google AI, and how apps like Pikazo can paint your picture in the style of your favorite artist work under the hood.



The first session of Aggie Experience on September 30 brought 38 students to visit the College of Engineering and an additional 58 students attended the second session on October 14.  Joined by their parents, the prospective students attended a presentation by the College Ambassadors about degree programs and life as an NMSU student, took part in a question and answer session with department heads and faculty members, and were hosted to a tour of various laboratories and facilities. Many students also visited the college information table at Corbett Center to get additional information on how to join the engineering family.


Engineering New Mexico Resource Network hosted the NM BEST Mall Day at the Mesilla Valley Mall on Saturday, October 14  School teams were on hand to practice on the game field, refine their robots, get engineering design advice from NMSU engineering students, and talk to individuals about STEM and robotics. The Mall Day is held as a practice day in preparation for the statewide NM BEST Robotics Competition, which will be held at the NMSU Activity Center on October 21.  There are 27 school-based teams from across the state and El Paso participating this year. In addition to engineering students serving as mentors to the various school teams, the NMSU Associated General Contractors student organization contributed volunteer hours to build the game field.


Campus visits by area schools brought more than 350 students to the College of Engineering over the past three weeks, ranging from high school seniors to fifth graders. The visiting students participated in workshops on innovation and engineering design hosted by the Aggie Innovation Space, toured and participated in activities in the M-TEC Control Lego Lab, and spent an afternoon at the new NMSU Tech Center where they conducted flight missions and simulations. Visiting students, which also included visitors from NM MESA schools, were provided tours of the College by the Ambassadors and participated in interactive presentations by engineering faculty.



College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

The School of Nursing and the Student Nursing Association teamed up last week to host an evening event, Building a Nursing Resume and Job Interviewing Techniques.  The guest speaker, Melanie Fatuesi, human resource recruitment specialist from Mountain View Regional Medical Center, presented to 40 students about the Do’s and Don’ts of applying and interviewing for nursing positions. Much of what she shared was based on her past experience and she helped students think strategically about how to best present themselves as professional, baccalaureate-prepared nurses. Melanie is also a Dale Carnegie trained professional public speaker who loves to teach and speak with students, and can talk on a variety of leadership and communication topics.



Undergraduate students from the Department of Public Health joined the Aggie Health and Wellness Center to host the 2nd annual Exercise is Medicine on Campus initiative last week. Chancellor Carruthers helped kick off and support the event where more than 100 other universities are recognized during the month of October to promote a healthy campus and physical activity.




Faculty and staff in the College of Health and Social Services were excited to hear the recently named Assistant Vice President for Human Resources Services for NMSU is an alumna of the College.  Dr. Gena Jones graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work in 1981, and went on to have a rewarding educational and professional career.  She is a great example of the potential an earned degree from the College of Health and Social Services offers particularly in the field of Social Work, where the trajectory of careers are diverse.  For more information regarding Ms. Jones, click below:

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

The NMSU Library held a PTRC Workshop on Tuesday, October 17, with the participation of twelve attendees in addition to David Irvin, the NMSU Representative for the PTRC along with two officials from the USPTO.

The USPTO officials, Nicholas McFall and Hope Shimabuku, each delivered two presentations, which have been posted to the PTRC Libguide. For October 17, we had 21 views of the PTRC Libguide:, which is a significant one-day boost. David Irvin delivered a 10-minute presentation about the unique search facility we have in the NMSU PTRC, discussed how the attendees could make appointments, and showed program progress in terms of metrics we have collected.

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Valerie Torres, our senior administrative assistant, and a 27-year employee of NMSU was presented with the 2017 ‘A’ Mountain Staff Award at the Annual NMSU Employee Picnic on October 19, at Preciado Park. This award is presented annually to an exemplary NMSU employee who embodies NMSU’s core values of Excellence, Engagement, Accountability, Discovery and Diversity/Inclusion.

Valerie is often the first face that students see when they arrive at the Conroy Honors Center.  Valerie has played a large part in supporting the success of many high achieving students over the past several decades and she brings a wealth of experience and a caring attitude that helps characterize “Team Honors” as a caring community transforming lives through discovery.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

Pizza and a Prof   On Tuesday, October 10, Rhodes Garrett Hamiel (RGH) hosted Danielle Halliwell, assistant professor in Communication Studies, for a Pizza and a Prof evening event. Dr. Halliwell teaches the COMM 265 section that many of the residents are taking, as well as, serves as one of the Faculty Fellows for RGH. She facilitated a presentation for first-year students about social media as a tool, including its dangers and pitfalls. The event was informative, interactive, and included multimedia elements to engage students in a meaningful conversation about social media in the job market.

Collaboration for the Best   PD&E Project Manager Jon Padilla worked with NMDA Albuquerque and ESA Construction by helping improve the property by painting the main building and two metal storage buildings, which included the installation of a new security panel fence. NMDA and ESA are neighbors and they both agreed it was time to upgrade the property fence.


Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Debbie Giron, curriculum specialist in the University Registrar’s Office, will be representing NMSU as Vice President At-Large in the Rocky Mountain Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (RMACRAO). RMACRAO is a regional professional organization made up of member institutions from Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. The primary purpose of the organization is to engage in activities that provide for the advancement of professional competence in collegiate registrar and admissions offices through annual meetings and exchange of information and ideas of common interest.

The staff from the Office of the Vice President of SAEM, Career Services, and University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services participated in the Fall Graduation Fair held at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore. During the event, graduates received logistical information about the ceremony and recorded their graduation shout out video. Staff met with 545 graduates. Students received information about Exit Counseling and what to expect after they graduate with Financial Aid. Career Services, gave tips with their job search and encouraged them to watch their email in November for the First Destination Survey invitation to report their status in the job market.


On Friday, October 20, SAEM held two open forums at the NMSU Golf Course Club House for SAEM team members to attend.  Approximately 80 were in attendance, and heard updates from VP Montoya.  A Google hangout was also created to ensure that those who were off-site could tune in and be a part of the sessions.  This was an opportunity for team members to come together to celebrate the many accomplishments in SAEM during the last nine months, to ask questions, comment, and to be reminded of the very positive impact that our work has on every student who attends NMSU.  We also enjoyed some beautiful door prizes created by the NMSU Floral Judging Team and snacked on some delicious sugar cookies that depicted our Homecoming theme:  Dia de Los Aggies.

Career Services hosted several employers on campus this week to provide information and share the benefits of working at their organizations.  The Central Intelligence Agency hosted information sessions, classroom presentations and personal guidance for students on the many career opportunities available in their organization.  Mr. Terry McGreehan, divisional vice president and GM of ADP presented on, What is your story and how does that impact your professional career and development?

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services celebrated National Financial Aid Day with donuts for the staff. National Financial Aid Day is the third Wednesday of each October, and is described as “a special day that is set aside to celebrate and recognize the contribution of all Financial Aid professionals across the United States of America for helping students realize their college dreams and for being so ever effective at helping institutions accomplish their mission.”

Financial Aid Advisors attended 3 FAFSA nights at local high schools, assisting 39 students and their families at Gadsden High, 44 students and their families at Santa Theresa High, and 36 students and their families at Centennial High.

Financial Aid student service numbers for the week are below:

  • Students assisted at the front window: 236
  • Students assisted over the main phone line: 169
  • Voicemail received and returned on the main phone line: 7
  • Students assisted via the general office email: 108
  • Students assisted at Center for Academic Advising and Student Support: 15

University Registrar’s staff participated in professional development at two conferences. Sookie Cordero and Michelle Angeles attended Aspire 17, the annual AdAstra user’s conference, in Kansas City. AdAstra, a software NMSU has invested in for seven years, is a suite of solutions designed to optimize space allocation and resource capacity within the scheduling process. Dacia Sedillo, Debbie Giron, Kori Plank and Krystal Espinoza were in Albuquerque to attend the Fall meeting of the NM Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers (NMACRAO). Dacia Sedillo, Associate vp/university registrar, presented a breakout session on transfer equivalency web tools in collaboration with UNM’s Registrar, Alex Gonzales.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Entrepreneuring Podcast   Arrowhead Center released a new video podcast this week featuring Lisa Mae Brunson, founder of Wonder Women Tech and keynote speaker at Arrowhead’s (Women Entrepreneurs) WE Mean Business Conference.  In this edition of the weekly podcast series, Ms. Brunson discusses her journey as an entrepreneur, and how her life experiences shaped her to become a social innovator and led to the development of her organization that strives to support women and underrepresented populations across STEM industries. Entrepreneuring is a weekly podcast that features discussions with entrepreneurs who work with Arrowhead as partners and clients. View the podcast on YouTube at

Studio G Networking Hours   On Wednesday, Studio G held its weekly networking hour, which focused on the strategies for getting customers presented in the book “TRACTION: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth” (

Studio G holds weekly networking hour events that provide students and local entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about business strategies and principles of entrepreneurship as well as a chance to connect with other aspiring and successful entrepreneurs. Each session is broadcast on Facebook Live. Check out the following link to see the video and learn about upcoming events

AIN Workshop   On Thursday, Arrowhead hosted its monthly Arrowhead Innovation Network (AIN) Workshop, featuring Elizabeth Wechsler Mata. Ms. Mata is an intellectual property attorney with Blanco Ordoñez Mata & Wallace, P.C. in El Paso and also supports Arrowhead Center serving as an Enterprise Advisor.  She gave an engaging workshop on intellectual property basics providing an opportunity for students and community members to learn the basic functions of intellectual property and the different forms of protection.  The presentation is available on Facebook at the following link AIN Workshops are public presentations or hands-on workshops on topics related to business development and entrepreneurship.

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

Research ICT completed the CUI cybersecurity assessment tool – a spreadsheet to perform a gap analysis on our CUI program.  Presented GovCloud and IT automation technologies to the VPR, CIO, CISO, Compliance Officer, and Professor Baker from the Engineering College.  Created the ‘’ website in support of researchers affected by natural disasters.  Created the Interdisciplinary IMPACT Mini Grant collaboration tool and shared it with faculty.  Tested the deployment of the latest version of Maestro.

This week, NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald presided for the first time as President of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) at their monthly Board meeting. Dr. Fernald began his one-year tenure as President of the national organization on October 1. NIWR encompasses a total of 54 water institutes nationwide, with a water center or institute in each state, the District of Colombia, and the U.S. Territories of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The Water Resources Research Act of 1964 authorized establishment of the institutes with the charge of addressing water problems, helping to train future water scientists and engineers, and getting results of sponsored research to water managers and the public.

The Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) deputy director attended the Aerospace States Association (ASA) meeting in Albuquerque on October 11-13 that was hosted by New Mexico Lt. Governor Sanchez.  The deputy director presented a briefing focused on the capabilities of the NMSU Physical Science Lab with significant emphasis on the FAA approved Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Flight Test Site.  The ASA is a nonpartisan organization of Lt. Governors, Governor appointed delegates, and associate members from aerospace organizations and academia. ASA represents states’ interests in federal aerospace and aviation policy development.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Writers in the Schools   The Kinder Morgan Foundation awarded $2,000 to support Writers in the Schools, a program of the Department of English that sends students working on master’s degrees into Las Cruces schools to help students improve their poetry, prose and STEM writing skills.

Make a STATEment   Our university’s official crowdfunding platform, Make a STATEment, recently celebrated its first anniversary. During the first year, the NMSU Foundation has used Make a STATEment to support campus organizations on 18 fundraising projects, bringing in more than 1,030 donations totaling more than $130,000. To view active projects and previous participants, please visit

Business Scholarship   A class of 1992 alumnus in the College of Business has given $12,500 that will be matched by Giving Tuesday funds to create a new endowed scholarship for a student on the NMSU Golf Team with a declared major in business.

Aggie Thank-A-Thon   On Tuesday, 100 student-athletes from many of our athletic programs hit the phones to call each of our athletics donors and thank them for their continuous support. They also followed up by sending those they were unable to speak to a hand-written thank-you note for their support. Aggie running back Larry Rose III made many calls and made the front page of the Sun-News for his efforts in thanking our supporters.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

NM Athletics partnered with the City of Las Cruces for the inaugural Downtown Aggies event on Friday, October 20 from 5-10 pm at the Plaza De Las Cruces. The free event was open to the public and featured food trucks vendors, music, the NM State Aggie Pride Band and a pep rally.  Several Aggie teams including football, volleyball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, and swim and dive were there too and signed autographs. In addition to kick off homecoming week, Aggie Athletics and the university were given the “Aggie Pride Week” proclamation by the City of Las Cruces at Monday’s council meeting. We presented an Aggie flag to the mayor and the city council.

NM State Sports Properties and Aggie Athletics conducted the first of a three part student-athlete life skills educational series, “Life After Athletics.” The first seminar, The Financial Game Plan, was sponsored by Wells Fargo on Wednesday evening and focused on financial literacy including taxes, monthly savings, and retirement planning. Over 80 student-athletes attended.


NM State baseball invited the Las Cruces Public Schools Special Needs to the Skew for their annual event. The team hosted over 75 special needs children and interacted with them by playing baseball, catching balls and just talking to the kids. To see the video, click on the link.

New Mexico State’s football program was featured on ESPN’s Gear Up segment last Saturday, which airs right before ESPN’s “College Game Day.” The NM State football jersey was highlighted with specific emphasis on the Zia Sun symbol used on the helmet.  Click on the link below to watch the segment.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations   News promoting the Department of Art’s 35th annual Jewelry Show October 30 led the News and Media Relations social media efforts this week. A video posted on the NMSU News Facebook page showed student artist Debbie Jo Baxter preparing for the show, making unique jewelry she describes as “hippie meets Southwestern.” The video drew an audience of almost 3,000 people.

The News team posted 20 items during the week on the NMSU News Facebook page, for a combined audience of more than 22,000.

KRWG/SPU   KRWG FM/TV welcomed NMSU students and members of the Las Cruces Press Women Association to a studio presentation and Q & A with Neus Pérez, a Spanish journalist based in Berlin currently working as a news anchor and producer at Deutsche Welle TV. Perez covers Latin American news and is visiting KRWG as part of the RIAS Fellowship, a journalism exchange that brings working German Journalists to the United States for three weeks. The program also welcomes Journalists from the U.S. every year as part of a cultural and professional exchange.

KRWG News Director Anthony Moreno joins German reporter Neus Pérez for discussion with NMSU students.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

Upcoming Legislative Meetings:

  • October 24-27, 2017, Legislative Finance Committee

Santa Fe, State Capitol, Room 307

On Agenda:

October 24 -8:30 — Program Evaluation: Cost Drivers in Higher Education and Efforts to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Duplication — Dr. Jon Courtney, Program Evaluation Manager, Legislative Finance Committee; Dr. Barbara Damron, Secretary, Higher Education Department

2:30 — LFC 60th Anniversary

3:30 — Perspective of Officials and Former Legislators — Garrey Carruthers, Chancellor; New Mexico State University; Sue Wilson Beffort; Henry “Kiki” Saavedra; Bill Fulginiti; James Jimenez; Brian Moore; Patrick Lyons, Commissioner, Public Regulation Commission; Raymond Sanchez

October 26- Staff Reports: Cooperative Extension Service/Agricultural Experiment Station; New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

  • October 24-26, 2017, Legislative Education Study Committee

Included on Agenda:

2:30 (4) Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Task Force Strategic Plan. Kelsey Rader, Natural Resources Policy Director, New Mexico First; Kate Greenberg, Western Program Director, National Young Farmers Coalition; and NMSU staff (invited)

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

I attended the Tri-National Accord with other members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and our counterparts from Mexico and Canada. The Tri-National Agricultural 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.

Staff are currently attending Expo Ganadera Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico, one of Mexico’s premier stock shows. Staff focused on the National Santa Gertrudis and National Angus Shows, networking and promoting NM genetics with Mexican producers.

Staff traveled to New Orleans to highlight New Mexico produce in the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit Exposition. PMA is a premier event for the global fresh produce supply chain and gets New Mexico products national exposure.

The U.S Pecans-Vietnam Bakery Technical Seminar occurred in Hanoi, Vietnam. Recipes were created and chefs worked to showcase New Mexico Grown pecans in many different ways.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Mariachi Girl Finishes Run    A successful run for the play Mariachi Girl which was directed by Theatre Arts Professor Layle Chambers finished it’s run at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. Several of the actors were graduates of DACC.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Monday, NMSU-A Phi Theta Kappa and the campus Student Association sponsored “Eat and Complete” in the newly remodeled dining area on the NMSU-A campus. The event is held to encourage students to complete their degrees or certificates. Speakers included Dr. Ken Van Winkle, Professor Wayne McGowan, LaPorche Campbell (PTK) Becky Sharp (PTK) and James Richardson (SGA). Student speakers were Jennifer Peterson and Janice King.

NMSU-A president Ken Van Winkle speaks to the students at the “Eat & Complete” luncheon.

On Friday, the NMSU Teaching Academy Traveling Workshop was at the NMSU-A campus.  Breakfast was served as Michelle Shuster, Ph.D, gave a workshop titled “Active Learning: What is it, how do you implement it, and why would you want to” for the NMSU-A faculty.

NMSU-A faculty & staff enjoyed the Teaching Academy Traveling workshop titled “Active Learning: What is it, how do you implement it, and why would you want to”.

Last Friday, the ET/BMET Advisory Board held its first meeting. This board has been organized to help drive the curriculum in Electrical Technology and Bio Medical Engineering Technology to better serve the needs of the industry. Employed graduates working at Holloman Air Force Base and the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center offered expert advice to these important programs on the NMSU-A campus. Jose Mendez, Sheri Dropinski, and Troy Jones offered insight to the job market and skills needed to acquire positions in ET or BMET.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Monday October 16, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a listening session for the General Education Study Committee, which is chaired by Provost Howard.  The session was very well-attended and the input was very beneficial.  Also, on Monday, October 16, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the Mayor’s Oil and Gas Summit and met with oil and gas representatives to discuss initiatives in Carlsbad and Eddy County.

On Tuesday, October 17, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the Carlsbad Municipal Schools School Board meeting to finalize MOUs between NMSU Carlsbad and the Carlsbad School District. Clayton Bradley from NMSU attended the meeting and his input was vital to the developed processes.

On Wednesday, October 18, NMSU Carlsbad assisted in hosting the International Educational Alliance Symposium.  This event attracted about 300 visitors from many different countries and a variety of programs were offered during the three-day event.  NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton was a member of a four-person panel who made a presentation on “partnerships that motivate students to achieve a 100% graduation rate.”

On Thursday, October 19, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a “Stronger Economies Together” session in Roswell.  This initiative is conducting sessions across New Mexico to discuss strategies to have counties and cities working together in a collaborative manner to strengthen all entities’ economic initiatives.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

NMSU Chancellor Visit   Dr. Garrey Carruthers and his team visited the NMSU Grants Campus on October 16.  During his visit he held open forums with community representatives from Grants, Cibola County, and the Indian Nations.  Dr. Carruthers and his team also toured the campus and had the opportunity to see the progress being made on the new Teacher, Health Care Education, and Child Development Center.  In the afternoon, the group was accompanied by NMSU Grants Campus President, Dr. Mickey D. Best and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Harry Sheski on a trip to the Escalante Generating Station in Prewitt, New Mexico.  NMSU and the branch campus are working with the corporate leadership of the Station to address training needs.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto

The ASNMSU Senate branch held its bi-weekly meeting on Thursday, October 19, in the Senate Chambers. The senators met and passed six pieces of legislation, as well as heard reports from executive members. It was a record meeting, with the closing of the meeting happened before 9:00 pm.

ASNMSU is gearing up for its annual Keep State Great event to be held on October 21. Roadrunners and the Community Outreach department have been hard at work to ensure that every inch of the NMSU campus will be clean at the start of Homecoming week.

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