Activity Report October 15 – October 21

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • I announced this past week the reintegration of Communications into the Office of the Vice President for Advancement, where it had resided for many years.  This is part of our Transforming NMSU into a 21st Century university.  It reduces my span of control from 18 to 17.  I was pleased to announce that Justin Bannister will serve as the interim associate vice president for Marketing and Communications.  Please note a subtle shift in emphasis from UCOMM to Marketing and Communications.  It is essential that we develop a more robust marketing program to enhance enrollment, community engagement, donor contacts, and fund raising.
  • I serve as a member of the Association of Governing Boards Presidents Council.  We meet annually to share presidents’ stories and receive insights into AGB’s agenda.  The following are tidbits I picked up at this meeting:
    • Boards often spend too much time “looking in the rear view mirror” and not enough time being strategic.
    • There appears to be “disrespect” two ways (re: Board and faculty) with respect to shared governance.
    • Shared governance can be a very useful concept in improving higher education and universities.
    • Everyone needs to preach the value of higher education as support among the young for attaining higher education certification is waning.
    • Many universities are looking to new housing as a revenue source.
    • There are over 120 compliance areas in higher education.
    • Presidents need to be connectors.
  • The Department of Higher Education has issued much needed draft rules for dual credit.  They were developed by the New Mexico Dual Credit Council, made up of staffers from Public Education and Higher Education Departments.  There is already some push back from the comprehensive universities, where up to 20 percent of their head count is in dual credit.  The proposed rules include:
    • Using Higher Learning Commission guidelines for determining faculty qualifications (faculty must have at least a Master’s Degree and 18 graduate credits in the discipline they are teaching).
    • There are proposed guidelines for dual credit offered at high schools.
    • The rules appear to tighten up eligibility requirements for students taking dual credit.
    • It is proposed that students can take dual-credit courses if the courses are part of their meta-major.
  • NMSU has reviewed three responses to a Request for Proposal submitted to private companies to build new housing on campus.  It is very early in the process but one national company has been selected for further negotiations.  It appears they have a high interest in some key locations on campus.  Many universities are turning to public private partnerships to build new housing facilities.
  • The Board of Regents met in executive session to review my performance and to discuss real estate and legal matters.  The Board is now required to give a more specific listing of items to be covered in the executive sessions.  All about open government!  I presented the key performance indicators for six of the goals/objectives the Regents are focusing on.  We do well on many measures now except for retention.  The Provost provided information that our biggest retention challenge is with low-income males.
  • The Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) week was a major success.  Fashion shows, fund raisers, 5K and 10K races, and the football game were staples for this 10th Annual TETWP event.  A long and very successful run.
  • I was pleased, at the request of the Physics Department, to welcome the regional American Physical Society meeting which included over 300 students from universities in the four corners states and Texas.  In addition, many university and high school faculty attended.  I am proud of the work of the Physics Department and others for organizing these events which show off our place and programs.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • My presentation to the NMSU Regents on Wednesday focused on retention of our first year class from Fall of 2015 to Fall 2016. NMSU’s highest retention in recent years occurred in 2012-13—when we had a retention rate of 73.6 percent.  The retention rate for 2015 to 2016 was 71.3 percent.  To better understand the factors that may have contributed to this lower retention and how to help our students succeed, Judy Bosland and her staff at the Office of Institutional Analysis studied nine risk factors.  They found that for four risk factors were elevated in 2015—males, low first semester GPA, number of students enrolled in developmental courses, and out-of-state students.  As they delved deeper into the numbers, they discovered that low-income status students were particularly vulnerable 2015 and that a higher percentage of students did not receive the lottery scholarship in the spring of 2016 than in the spring of 2013.
  • Further information on retention was provided by the Student Success Navigators. They contacted 181 first-year students who did not return for their second year in the fall of 2016.  The majority of these students, 108, reported that they did not return for financial reasons. Seventy-one of these students owed money to NMSU and hoped to return to NMSU when their financial picture improves.  Others among these 108 students reported that they transferred for: less expensive tuition (typically at community colleges); better scholarship offers; and/or, lower living expenses (moving closer to home).  The navigators also discovered that many students having financial difficulty also struggled academically and that many students realized they were in financial difficulty too late in the semester to develop a realistic game plan.  It is clear that earlier, more effective interventions are needed.
  • Going forward, I am working with staff in Financial Aid and Accounts Receivable to improve communications with students regarding academic performance, amounts due, and help available. Moreover, I will work with the Office of Institutional Analysis and academic advisors to review factors that may contribute to low first semester GPA, including patterns of coursework.  It will be important to implement our CRM Advise program as soon as possible so that better predictive analytics are available for faculty, navigators, and advisors.

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


College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • The department of Physics organized the American Physical Society Conference in Las Cruces. The event was attended by 350 people. It featured many outstanding talks by faculty and students, including a public keynote by Stephen Cass, senior editor of the IEEE Spectrum magazine and co-author of the Hollyweird Science book series.


  • English professor Dr. Carmen Gimenez-Smith was featured in the Latino News section of NBC News, as one of the most productive Latinas in American literature.
  • The Music Department features the Trio: Peripherie in Concert – an event part of the Ensemble:Peripherie series, aimed to promote contemporary music by composers that is currently underperformed and neglected. The Trio is composed of Y. Flores, A. DuHamel and S. Fine.


The College of Arts and Sciences entered the most posters in the NMSU Kiss Away Cancer contest and the College Choir Ensemble (lead by director, Dr. John Flanery) won the award for “Most Creative” poster. The award was given to Choir Ensemble students during the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Aggie Football game on Saturday, October 22. The Cas-2ollege also held a Facebook challenge for the Kiss Away Cancer contest. The poster in the College with the most “likes” would win the contest but we had TWO winners! Army ROTC and the Communication Studies Department each had over 400 likes and won $200 for each of their student organizations. The College Ambassadors also, with the help of Ashley Jurado, ran an extremely successful fund raiser for Tough Enough to Wear Pink/Cowboys for Cancer Research. Staff and associate deans from the College of A&S donated pink cupcakes for the event and the students gave out the cupcakes, t-shirts, pink cowbells and wrist bands as they asked for donations. They earned $525 in donations for the cause!

  • Twenty faculty members have been recognized during the 10/20 annual IIQ Recognition and Award event.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • NMSU alum, Bobby Lutz (’73, ‘75) was a guest speaker in my business consulting course on Monday, October 17.
  • The 2016 Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Summit, held in Salt Lake City, was a great success. In addition to Dean Hoffman and Bruce Huhmann, Phil Benson, Jim Nelson, Cindy Seipel, Marcelino Gomez, Mark Walker, Clayton Miller, Valeria Gomez, Stephanie Johnson, Emily Green, Brian Taillon, and Steven Mueller attended on behalf of NMSU’s College of Business. Thanks to everyone who took part in this exciting event!
  • Andrea Fletcher facilitated a Saturday case study of turnaround leadership with Woodrow Wilson MBA for Education Leaders Cohort 1 fellows, with an emphasis on the messiness of working collaboratively with stakeholders to develop a compelling vision for change, and the processes needed to ensure the vision is consistently communicated and reinforced through organizational systems. Tim Hand, deputy director of the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee, presented the statistical model behind the New Mexico teacher evaluation and school grade systems to Cohort 2 fellows.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

SPECIAL EDUCATION/COMMUNICATION DISORDERS   On Tuesday, October 18, the Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Center provided 233 free hearing screenings to campus faculty and students, as well as disseminated hearing prevention information in honor of Audiology Awareness month. Support for the event was provided by our National Student Speech and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) organization with community donations from Albertsons and Domino’s Pizza. Participants included 16 graduate student clinicians and 2 college faculty supervisors-Audiologist, Dr. Moumita Choudhury, and Coordinator of Clinical Education, Tenecia Trammel-Yeboah.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

  • The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network hosted the first STEM Day at the Mesilla Valley Mall. The event included the annual NM BEST Robotics Mall Day along with tables and presentations from eng-1engineering student organizations, Women in Computing, Project Neo, and the Las Cruces Public Schools Challenger Center. More than 200 middle- and high-school students from across the state and El Paso were on hand to test their robotics in preparation for the NM BEST Robotics Competition to be held on October 23.
  • The 2016 New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Student Research Conference took place on September 30 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. There were 297 attendees, including university and community college students and faculty, in addition to high school students and advisers from the New Mexico Math, Engineering, Science Achievement, Inc. program and high school students from the ReInventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure Research Center Young Scholars and PREP programs. In addition, 35 NMSU faculty participated in the concurrent University Research Council Poster Presentation Symposium held at the New Mexico AMP Conference.

eng-2An NMSU team that included chemical and materials engineering students Andrea Salazar, Brenda Lara, Lizeth Medrano, and civil engineering students Jessica Gonzalez and Miguel Juarez, took first place in the Latinos in Science and Engineering MAES Decathlon held in Anaheim, California in early The MAES Decathlon is a fast-paced competition featuring 10 unique challenges spread out over a 24-hour period.  With a goal of providing a forum for recruiting organizations to evaluate soft skills, teams of students organized by school are challenged in the areas of academics, professionalism, career development, communication, pro-activeness and time management. Moreover, each student team is paired with a company to build lasting networking relationships and assess potential intern and full-term hires. Read more at

  • Industrial Engineering Associate Professor Delia Valles-Rosales and Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Young Park received a three-year, $70K grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso for a project entitled, “Collaborative Integration of USDA-Research in the Advanced Teaching Laboratories of STEAM to Accelerate Time-critical Research and Develop Students Professional Skills and Competitiveness in STEAM.”
  • In honor of his late brother, John, Professor Emeritus Joseph Minor has committed $125,000 to establish the “Dr. John Minor, P.E. Memorial Endowed Professorship” in the NMSU Department of Civil Engineering. The proposed professorship would support a doctorate-level faculty member to work in finding innovative solutions to teaching, research and public service issues involving transportation infrastructure, particularly in the area of surface transportation (roads and bridges). Minor joined the faculty of civil engineering at NMSU in 1970 and retired with the rank of Professor Emeritus in 1994.  Leading the Civil Engineering Department to establish the professorship is Department Head David Jáuregui.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean

  • The College of Health and Social Services held its annual Scholarship and Distinguished Alumni Reception on Friday, October 14 at the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse. Nearly 65 student scholarship recipients, donors and distinguished alumnus as well as Provost Dan Howard, faculty and staff attended the event. John Scarborough, former faculty of the School of Nursing was honored as this year’s Distinguished Alumnus and gave an impactful speech at the event.


  • Several HSS faculty were recognized this week at the IIQ Wine and Cheese Recognition and Awards, held at the Player’s Grill (NMSU Golf Course). The event aimed to acknowledge faculty for their efforts in improving online education at NMSU. There were many categories such as “QM Recognized Courses,” “APPQMR” and “OCIP Professional Development.”  Among the award winners, were the School of Social Work’s Olga Cabada, Ivan de la Rosa, Winston Jackson, Fran Nedjat-Haiem, Robert Blair, Susan Burns, Maria Gurrola, Wanda Jerome-Whittlesey, Monica Montoya and Maria Ortiz.  School of Nursing’s, Jane Smith, and the Department of Public Health’s, Susan Wilson were honored.

School of Nursing

  • School of Nursing faculty members Drs. Conni Deblieck, Elizabeth Kuchler, Shelly Noe, Linda Summers, Stephanie Lynch participated in the Sixth International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society this week in Washington D.C. Presentations included Adolescent Rural Health Services, Telemedicine Project Connections, The Usage and Efficacy of an Online Adaptive Quizzing Remediation System, Office Based Buprenorphine Treatment: Identifying Factors that Promote Retention in Opioid Dependent Patients, Demonstrating the Electronic School Health Questionnaire within Four High Schools.  Aggie nurses are on the Move!



  • School of Nursing students recently participated in the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Breast Cancer Support Group. Students attend clinical experiences from prevention & early detection, diagnosis & treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, surgical intervention), and end of life care to include palliative and hospice care in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Attendance at support groups is a required assignment, and we have been well received by this group since last spring and is a demonstration of the College’s commitment to community engagement.

Jaime Guzman for the Sun-News Teresa Leon (left), College Assistant Professor with the NMSU School of Nursing and some of the student nurses who assist in the Oncology Department at Memorial Medical Center attended the 20th Anniversary meeting of the Breast Cancer Suport Group. Photo taken 9/24/16.

Jaime Guzman for the Sun-News,Teresa Leon (left), College Assistant Professor with the NMSU School of Nursing and some of the student nurses who assist in the Oncology Department at Memorial Medical Center attended the 20th Anniversary meeting of the Breast Cancer Support Group.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

  • NMSU’s Online Course Improvement Program recognized the following Library faculty and their efforts in improving online education at NMSU:
    • Theresa Westbrock, associate professor, Instruction and Reference Coordinator, was recognized for her work to enhance and improve the quality of Library 101, a one-credit online mini-semester course.  Mini-semester courses are face-to-face and online full-credit, eight week courses that include all the same instruction and content as regular courses.
    • Paula Johnson, associate professor, Engineering & Mathematical Science librarian, was acknowledged for her years of service on the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) Advisory Board.  The advisory board provides guidance and reviews the status of the program.
  • The NMSU Library is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 calendar, “Visions of New Mexico.” The calendar’s theme showcases archival and contemporary photographs of various landscapes from the Land of Enchantment. This year’s calendar theme is unique in that traditional archival photographs from the library’s Archives and Special Collections Department are still featured, while contemporary photographs featured were submitted and donated by community members. Calendars are currently being sold for $8 to NMSU faculty and staff and $10 to the general public, and are available on the 2nd floor of NMSU’s Zuhl Library, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or in the Caroline E. Straus Research Room on the 4th floor of Branson Library. For more information or to place an order, please contact Erica Bautista at (575) 646-1508 or


Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Recruiting   We are well under way in our efforts to recruit the next cohort of Conroy Scholars, qualifying students are those who have achieved the designation of National Merit or National Hispanic Merit Scholar based on their performance on the College Board exams. We have received inquiries from several of the students who have been sent an invitation to join this impressive community of scholars.

Mascot Visit   Our fuzzy-haired mascot, Subie (aka Dean Chaiken’s dog) made her monthly visit to the College and invited her two-legged friends to share “Snacks with Subie.” Subie had doggie treats and her human friends enjoyed playing with her and having a little treat as well. One student, Trung, who is from Vietnam, did live “face time” with his grandmother in Vietnam so she could meet his newest four-legged friend as they had a video conversation. We hope it won’t make Subie’s head too inflated, now that she has fans on two continents.

Debate Class   Dr. Elba Serrano is pioneering a new class for us, called “Debate like a Champ.” The students in this freshman class are learning how to craft measured arguments backed up by data and information, something that perhaps our campaigning politicians need to learn? The students held their latest debates and then posed amicably for a picture showing their professionalism as they dealt with their “adversaries.”


Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

Chel-Marie Barela receives the A&F EXCITE Award   On October 17, Phillip Robles and Olga Holguin, Co-Chairs for AF Voice, presented Chel-Marie Barela with the EXCITE Award.  This annual award is given to an AF employee for going above and beyond and demonstrating exceptional performance.  Chel’s work is broad and supports many NMSU areas including faculty/staff, dining services, housing, student government, and summer conference guests.  She was recognized for going the extra mile in serving NMSU Main and Doña Ana campuses.  She worked diligently to implement the online photo submission process for student ID cards resulting in 70 percent of new students ID cards created on-line and reducing wait times during Aggie Welcome and Orientations.

A&F Semi-Annual Employee Meeting   On October 17 and 18, Administration and Finance held their Semi-Annual Employee meeting.  Ricardo Rel provided information on the 2016 General Obligation Bonds B and C; Dr. Amalia Humada-Ludeke gave a presentation on “Embracing Change;” Phillip Robles and Olga Holguin, AF Voice co-chairs, presented the EXCITE Award.  In addition, employees were provided with an opportunity to attend FLSA Supervisor Training and Time Entry Training.

TETWP Fashion Show Luncheon   The Administration and Finance Leadership Team purchased tickets for the TETWP Fashion Show Luncheon, and held a drawing to give away tickets to seven lucky A&F employees.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month Presentations   ICT’s Christopher Lascano, Enterprise Systems security administrator, is promoting cyber security awareness through a series of presentations that focus on safe computing practices, cyber threats, and protection of personal information.  NMSU students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the presentations being held from 8:30 am to 10:00 am on October 25 and 27 in Corbett Center.  Faculty and staff who attend will receive training credit.  For more information, please visit our website:

Balleyball   Aggie Lounge is the site for students to play Balleyball.  This is a giant version of volleyball which uses an exercise ball.  The next game is scheduled for November 11.  Contact the Corbett Center Information Desk for details and time.

TETWP with Sodexo   On October 18, Sodexo Dining featured shrimp fajitas with guacamole and fresh pineapple salsa at the Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) Dinner held in Taos.  NMSU Campus Health Center was present to provide breast cancer prevention and awareness education. On October 20, Flavours by Sodexo catered the annual TETWP Pink Luncheon at the Pan American Center and approximately 900 were in attendance.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Education Day for Leadership Las Cruces   Dr. Bernadette Montoya presented as part of a panel discussion for Education Day for the Leadership Las Cruces program.  Dr. Montoya was joined by Dr. Renay Scott, president of DACC and Dr. Andrea Fletcher, assistant dean, College of Business.  This event served as a time to share some of the great work being done at NMSU, and to meet with local leaders who are taking part in Leadership Las Cruces. There were plenty of Aggie supporters in the audience wearing crimson this Friday.  Great day to be an Aggie!




Graduation Fair   Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, NMSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore and University Advancement hosted Graduation Fairsa-2 on October 18 and 19. Over 450 students attended the event. Graduates had the opportunity to purchase their regalia, order invitations, and record a shout out video. Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Honors College, and Career Services were also available to give graduates advice as they transition into the next chapter of their lives.




Financial Wellness Program   The NMSU Red to Green Financial Wellness Program conducted a meet up on October 19, 2016 in Corbett Center Student Union.  Over 40 students stopped by to receive peer advising on how best to “Save for Emergencies.” The NMSU Red to Green Financial Wellness Program conducts outreach meet ups and workshops across campus to build up financial wellness strategies among students.


NMSU Faculty and Staff Recognized for Partnership with Sandia Laboratories 

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Aggie Shark Tank   On Wednesday, Arrowhead Center hosted the fall production of Aggie Shark Tank. Five entrepreneurs, working with Arrowhead Center, pitched their ventures to local sharks.  The local sharks included, Lou Sisbarro, Royal Jones, Mickey Clute, and Dino Cervantes.  The big winner was NMSU graduate student Carlos Murguia of KoolKat, who received an offer from Royal Jones to test the KoolKat product through Mr. Jones’s company Mesilla Valley Transportation.  In addition to the contract, Mr. Murguia won the Crowd Favorite award.  Aggie Shark Tank Fall 2016 can be viewed at the following link


¡Sí Se Puede! Business Fair   Dr. Griselda Martinez representing Arrowhead Center, in collaboration with the offices of Senators Udall and Heinrich, Small Business Development Center, and Rio Grande Council of Governments, participated in the second ¡Sí Se Puede! Business Fair. The event took place on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at the Women’s Intercultural Center in Anthony, New Mexico.  The event brought together resources available to support the creation of new ventures in and make them readily available to the Spanish speaking community. Special guests included local business owners from La Michoacana, Chico Arts II, and El Luchador Food Truck, who shared their stories as a source of inspiration to attendees. Service providers available to talk to attendees included WESST, NM Workforce Connections, DACC Adult Education Programs, NM Economic Development Department, ACCION, and Loan Fund. The event was a great success with over 60 participants overall.


Vice President for Research, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya

  • Vimal Chaitanya attended and participated in four important events organized at NMSU/Las Cruces in the past week. 1) The FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation’s 6th annual technical meeting was held at Hotel Encanto. The FAA Center of Excellence is led by NMSU. 2) The National Solar Observatory (NSO) meeting, which took place at NMSU VPR conference room with participants from Dunn Solar Telescope (DST), other agencies and various educational institutions. Vimal re-affirmed strong support for the success of Sunspot Solar Observatory Consortium (SSOC) and the transition plan for NSO. 3) The International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) 2016 meeting held at the Farm and Ranch Museum. Vimal met with leadership of NASA, FAA and various private space enterprises. 4) Western Big Data Hub director, Dr. Meredith Lee, who was visiting NMSU, met with researchers engaged in big data and related research activities. The next steps and path forward session was attended by Vimal, Dean Pontelli, Dean Flores and others. Vimal expressed interest in resubmitting the spoke proposal related to drought conditions and response as well as planning proposal, which were not selected for funding in the previous cycle.
  • Hynes toured the Virgin Galactic fabrication facility for Space Ship Unit on Thursday, October 20, at the Mohave Air and Space Port. There she spoke with the SS Unite designer Enrico Palermo, President Mike Moses and CEO George Whiteside on the current test program schedule, and observed the pilot tests of the White Knight Two. Their schedule is steady, and we here in New Mexico can look forward to more flight tests in the next few months.
  • The NMSU Physical Science Laboratory is hosting yet another Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Roadshow similar to the one hosted at the Pan American Center on 26 September 2016. PSL will be hosting the second Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sponsored UAS Roadshow at the Laguna Elementary School, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico. The event will be held on Thursday, October 27, and will be a day of education and exploration for about 90 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade elementary school students. The UAS will be used as the central learning platform.  The event will include education on how a UAS flies, subsystems of a UAS, how UAS are used, flight safety, how the FAA is interfacing with UAS, and technical careers in related fields. The event is sponsored by the FAA under the FAA Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  The FAA UAS Center of Excellence is called ASSURE (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence). NMSU is a member of ASSURE, which is composed of 23 of the world’s leading research institutions and over a hundred leading industry and government partners.
  • NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald and Agricultural Experiment Station Associate Director Steve Loring hosted the “Water and NMSU” meeting initiated by College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Dean Flores who opened the event. Dean Flores asked participants to address whether NMSU is doing the water research needed to keep agriculture and industry viable in New Mexico, and what NMSU should do to make the state’s water resources sustainable in the future. Over 25 NMSU faculty and students from the College of Engineering and ACES identified key issues and opportunities and discussed what should be done regarding water at NMSU.
  • At the recent 61st Annual New Mexico Water Conference in Silver City, hosted by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, 40 posters were presented including 20 from New Mexico State University students and staff. Of those 20 posters, 16 were presented by NMSU undergraduate and graduate students. Topics covered a broad range of water-related research including evapotranspiration, water quality and quantity web-mapping, water budgets, use of alternative waters for agriculture, desalination, watershed management, and climate change impacts on water availability in New Mexico.


University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Business scholarship   A family has committed a $25,000 endowed scholarship to benefit students in the College of Business and the STEM field.

Engineering scholarship   The College of Engineering received $12,500 from TRAX International for an engineering scholarship.

Planned gift   A husband and wife, both alumni, documented their estate gift for benefit of the NMSU Foundation. They have been welcomed into the 1888 Society as anonymous members, as requested.

Lori Paulson Football Excellence Fund   A tribute at Saturday’s Aggie game honored football supporter and alumna Lori Paulson and raised awareness of the opportunity for fans to contribute to the fund she started.

Giving Tuesday   As the NMSU system gears up for Giving Tuesday, all funds for the available $12,500 scholarship matches have been solidified, creating at least 12 new scholarships.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • I presented at a two-day summit, Collegiate Athletics Leadership Symposium in Kansas City, Missouri. Attendees included directors of Athletics as well as over 200 senior administrators. Discussed current relevant topics in intercollegiate athletics.


  • New Mexico State men’s golf hosted 14 teams at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate at the NMSU Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday. The tournament is named after retirath-3ed Hall of Fame Coach Herb Wimberly who coached the Aggies for 31 years. The 54-hole invitational was played over 2 days, with 36 holes played on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday. The Aggies finished fourth in the tournament.

NMSU’s men’s basketball team volunteered at the Special Olympics basketball at Oñate High School on Wednesday afternoon. The Aggies helped with practice, scrimmages and refereeing. They also signed autographs and handed out Aggie giveaways to the kids. NM State Aggies enjoyed helping and interacting with the kids.




To kick off the Pink week activities at NMSU, New Mexico State’s softball and baseball programs set up the luminarias at Sisbarro Community Park for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) remembrance ceremony on Monday afternoon. NM State’s football players volunteered at the TETWP Fashion Show luncheon held in the Pan Am Center on Thursday. NMSU’s track and field and cross country assisted with the annual Emma Jean Cervantes Memorial run/walk.



  • I spoke at Hillrise Elementary Career Day along with Gabby Joyce, women’s tennis student-athlete from Roswell, New Mexico, and men’s basketball player Tanveer Bhullar from Canada.
  • I hosted Ag Day as well as the 10th annual TETWP football game on Saturday. Over 50 booths were represented from all different agricultural disciplines. College football’s largest Pink ribbon was unveiled during halftime of the Aggies versus Georgia Southern football game on Saturday.

International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

  • ISSS participated in a retreat with the Graduate School on Friday, 21 October, at the Nason House.  It was an opportunity for our two units to discuss mutual issues related to processes and to develop greater transparency and efficiency in international graduate admissions.  ISSS is looking forward to the International Coffee Hour hosted by Spain this coming Tuesday and the International Bazaar at the Branigan Cultural Center this coming Saturday.
  • On October 20-21, Dr. Menking and Jorge Ramos, IBP liaison for Mexico initiatives, travelled to Hermosillo, Sonora, for meetings with government officials from the Sonora Secretary of Education and Culture, government funding agencies, and seven university presidents interested in collaborating with NMSU.  Ramos and Menking also visited three local high schools and the University of Sonora, to promote the Descubre Program.  They also appeared on three nightly news programs on major Mexican television networks and were interviewed multiple times on radio programs.


Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

 News and Media Relations/Web Communications/Marketing Services   The team was recognized with two international marketing awards from the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. In the 2016 Marketing and Communications MARCOMM awards competition, the team won the following:

– a platinum award in animation for the admissions video: “We Are Aggies”

– a gold award for the spring 2016 edition of Panorama, NMSU’s Alumni & Friends Magazine.

The award-winning video can be viewed at:

The award-winning Panorama magazine can be read at:


KRWG/SPU   KRWG-FM’s intern Mike McGilton aired a report “Four New Mexico State University electrical engineering students have come up with a way to get a first-hand look at the daily life of a farm animal.” Advised by Assistant Professor Laura Boucheron, seniors Zach Abbott, Christian De La Pena, German Montes and Adrian Palos are using a GoPro camera attached to a cow’s neck to help study cattle.

The Special Production Unit produced special elements for Tough Enough To Wear Pink and Ag Day during the television production of Saturday’s Aggie Football Game.

News and Media Relations   With the help of News and Media Relations, Julia Barello, Department of Art head, was interviewed about GO Bond C on KTSM-TV’s 6:30 p.m. news on Tuesday, October 18.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

  • October 24 – Jobs Council, Capitol, Rm 307
  • October 25 – Capitol Buildings Planning Commission, Capitol
  • October 25 – 28, Legislative Health & Human Services Committee, Capitol, Rm 307
  • October 26 – 29,  Water & Natural Resources Committee,
    • Lower Rio Grande Alternative Administration & Groundwater Management- NMSU-Director of Real Estate, Clayton Bradley,
  • October 26, Tobacco Settlement Revenue, Capitol, Rm 307
  • October 26- 28, Legislative Finance Committee, Capitol, Rm 322
    • Staff Reports-Thursday- Cooperative Extension Service/Agriculture Experiment Station, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
  • October 27 – 28, Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee, Capitol, Rm 307
  • October 31, Mortgage Finance Authority Act Oversight Committee, NMFA Office
  • October Radioactive & Hazards Materials Committee, Capitol, Rm 311
    • Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center Update- Testimony by Russell Hardy

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

  • Staff hosted the 2016 Western Horticultural Inspector Society meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference consisted of lectures, tours, and networking between horticultural inspectors in the Western U.S. This conference provided continuing education to inspectors, updates on current issues, and fostered collaboration to help inspectors perform their duties in an increasingly globalized society. Attendees were present from nine Western states (including Alaska).
  • Staff participated in the grand opening of Whole Foods Market in El Paso, Texas. Staff roasted NM green chile and visited with Whole Foods management. Several NM products were available for sale including tomatoes, pumpkins, honeydews, watermelons, and chile.
  • USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced this week that they awarded $62.5 million in Specialty Crops Block Grant Program funding beginning October 2016, to support specialty crop production and increase opportunities for rural communities across 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five US territories. Of that, New Mexico will receive $495,628.39. The funds will be used to administer and implement the following 10 projects that were selected through a competitive process earlier this year:
    • Improving U.S. consumer awareness of nutritional value and versatility of NM pecans.
    • NM specialty crops growers, processors and distributor business to business event.
    • Veteran farmer beekeeping program.
    • Evaluation of a bacterial surrogate for salmonella inactivation during red chile drying.
    • Farmer training and incubator site.
    • Cultivation of OSHA in northern New Mexico.
    • Northern New Mexico specialty crop collaborative.
    • High tunnel stone fruit production in northern New Mexico.
    • Investigating Oregano De La Sierra for potential bee and human health.
  • Highlights from the 2016 NM—Taste the Tradition® Country Stores in Albuquerque and Roswell:
    • Albuquerque Store– gross sales were up $2,000 over 2015 sales.
    • Roswell Store—gross sales were up by $1,000 over 2015 sales.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 35 police reports created, 18 supplements filed, and 38 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 13 items of evidence entered into the vault, 24 people were fingerprinted and 8 background checks were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   Emergency Dispatch Center handled 286 police calls for service, 8 of which were 911 calls, resulting in 161 police calls (20 of which were agency assist) and 9 warrant entries.  There were 18 fire calls (6 of which were mutual aid), 6 emergency medical calls, 1 structure fire, 1 public assist, 1 standby, 1 fire alarm, 1 natural gas odor, and 1 flooding.  There was also 1 animal control call.

Special Events   Special Events staff worked a total of 340.5 hours and reviewed two events with Campus ActivitiesThere was extensive work required for the Keith Urban concert on Tuesday, as there was a last-minute requirement from the concert promoter that metal detectors be used.  The staff worked quickly to make sure this was handled in a manner that allowed the event to move forward as scheduled.  Also during the week were a number of events related to the Tough Enough To Wear Pink campaign, culminating in a fantastic tailgate on Saturday put on by NMDA and their partners, followed by the Aggie football game in Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Victim Services   Continued communication regarding case status.  Assisted sexual assault victim with resources and info about police report and assisted LCPD with victim coordination with DACC.

Clery Act Compliance    The Police Department spent over 30 hours during the week working on gathering compliance documents regarding the Clery Act requirements in preparation for the HLC accreditation team visit scheduled for 2017.  It is anticipated that this number of hours each week will continue to be required for at least several more months, as there are Clery Act compliance and training requirement responsibilities spread throughout the system, with no central office or person dedicated to handling them.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall


New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Instructors help students engage with election   NMSU Dona Ana Humanities and Social Science faculty are encouraging students to engage in the national election.  Sociology instructor Heather Williams created a Canvas banner reminding students of upcoming election deadlines and voting information.  Assistant Communication Professor Krista Kozel-McDonald and Philosophy Instructor Mayra Valadez, using #DACCdebatewatch, led students in identifying logical fallacies during the presidential debate. Students won points and prizes by identifying the many logical fallacies.

Students Assist in Research   NMSU Dona Ana students, Joseph Lopez, Lizet Martinez and Carlos Carpio worked side-by-side with NMSU professors conducting scientific research through the 2016 Summer Community College Opportunity In Research Experience Program (SCORE). They presented their results at the New Mexico alliance for minority participation (AMP) student research conference.  Lopez is pictured with his poster.


New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

  • On Monday, October 17 President Van Winkle was a guest on KRSY radio in Alamogordo to discuss the importance of voting for GO Bond C in support of higher education. Passing the Bond will earmark one million dollars for the Alamogordo campus to maintain infrastructure, specifically roof repairs.
  • NMSU-A welcomed Dr. Tim Ketelaar, associate dean of the Honors College, on Thursday, October 20 for a presentation concerning Academic Integrity. He discussed the historical events leading up to current practices and updated the NMSU-A faculty on efforts underway for future policy.
  • NMSU-A held the 2nd annual United Way campaign kickoff on Friday, October 21. Dan Lucero from the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo gave an inspired presentation to faculty and staff in support of the campaign.
  • Faculty and staff, led by Marketing Representative Katie Pacelli-Klinger, participated in the Enchanted Living Home & Garden Show at the Tays Special Events Center Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23. The event provided an opportunity to engage with the community and promote the programs and classes at NMSU-A.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Monday, October 17, NMSU Carlsbad personnel met with representatives from the Carlsbad Current Argus to finalize arrangements for the Candidate Forum which will be co-sponsored by both entities. The event will be convened on Monday, October 24.
  • On Tuesday, October 18, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the bi-weekly construction projects meeting. Representatives from Las Cruces and from two construction companies attended the meeting and updates were provided on the status of the fire suppression installation project and the boiler and IT renovation projects.
  • On Thursday, October 20, the NMSU Carlsbad Facilities and Institutional Operations Committee met to discuss campus projects and to receive updates on safety initiatives.
  • Throughout the entire week of October 17 – 21, the NMSU Carlsbad AQIP Systems Portfolio writing teams continued their work on developing the institution’s Systems Portfolio which will be presented to the Higher Learning Commission next fall.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

A:shiwi College and Career Readiness Center (ACCRC)   On Monday, October 17, 2016, New Mexico State University Grants and the Pueblo of Zuni signed a historic document, the first MOU between the recently created A:sgrants-1hiwi College and Career Readiness Center and New Mexico State University.  The document establishes a NMSU Grants office in the ACCRC.  The office will be staffed and supported by funds available through an existing Native American Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) grant.  Representing the Pueblo of Zuni were: Governor Val Panteah Sr., ACCRC Executive Director Hayes Lewis, Head Councilman Wilfred Eriacho, Councilwomen Virginia Chavez, Councilman Arlen Quetawki, Sr., and ACCRC Operations Manager Bruce Klewer.  Representing NMSU Grants were Interim President Dr. Harry Sheski, Acting VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Bill Serban, and NASNTI Project Director Filmer Lalio.


Small Talk Workshop   On Friday, October 14, the NMSU Grants Student Success Center hosted a workshop titled “Small Talk,” presented by Dr. Laura Gutiérrez Spencer, NMSU director of Chicano Programs. She gave NMSU Grants students tips on social conversation and the world views of this topic.   The workshop was well received by students.  Students were surveyed and the responses were, “the workshop was a great experience, I learned a lot about something I thought I knew;” “what I learned will be useful in public, I really loved this;” “I learned more about people skills and valuable tips on making small talk;” and “ I would like to see more workshop like this that will benefit NMSU Grants students.” Pictured below is student Christine Chavez with Dr. Laura Gutiérrez Spencer after the workshop. The student workshop was organized by Melody Simpson, NMSU Grants director of the Student Success Center.

grants-3English Students’ Field Trip #2   Associate Professor Beth Humphreys’ English 111 sections took their second field trip of the semester October 14 to the Museum of Natural Science and History. Rachelle Bassen’s Biology and Anatomy/Physiology students joined the trip. The English students are spending the semester exploring the creative relationship between abstract thinking and concrete application through expression, discovery and invention. They already visited the Museum of Art and History in September to connect their initial understanding to the exhibits of art and culture. The visit to the Natural Science Museum deepened their learning of scientific inquiry as a creative process. Most of the students had not been to the museum and were awed at the size of the dinosaurs (one so large that only the leg bones could fit in the building), fascinated by the historical environmental changes of New Mexico, and grateful for the advancement in computers and calculators after seeing the nascent models (courtesy of Bill Gates and Paul Allen who founded Microsoft in Albuquerque) and as their instructor recounted using both a boot disk and a storage disk before PCs had hard drives. Next month, they will visit the congressionally chartered National Museum of Nuclear Science, an affiliate of the Smithsonian.

Student Academic Success Training   Melody Simpson, coordinator of the Student Success Center, coordinated a training using PLATO Edmentum Inc. on the NMSU Grants Campus on October 20, 2016.   Plato is the leading provider of online learning solutions designed to drive learner achievement for academic and career success.  The Student Success Center (SSC) uses the platform for the pre-nursing students to prepare them for the HESI AI test. More usages by the SSC is to provide courseware for Math and English tutoring and Work Keys Certificate preparation. The courseware has 1000+ courses available that can be used for class design. Student who have used the courseware found it helpful in achieving success in their college classes. Student, “It was a very valuable educational resource, when I was taking English Composition class.” Another student, “I wish I knew about this courseware before I dropped my Math classes, it has helped me understand concepts and I can review what I learned. I feel more confident I will succeed in my Math class next semester.”

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • This Saturday, October 22, ASNMSU will be hosting a special Pink Tailgate before the football game in honor of Pink week. The “Croakies” we will be using as prizes for students who attend the tailgate have been delivered, and we look forward to seeing everyone come out to support both Breast Cancer Awareness and our Aggies!
  • Elections for new ASNMSU Senators will begin this upcoming week, October 24. We encourage students to get out and vote for their college’s Senate nominees. The first 300 students to vote at a polling booth on campus, or show an ASNMSU official they voted receive a limited edition ASNMSU election shirt. We are excited to see the results of the elections!
  • The ASNMSU Roadrunners will be operating a game booth for the Las Cruces Night Market at The Downtown Plaza on October 26 from 6-9 pm. This is a family friendly, “safe trick or treating” event open to the public. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a night on the Plaza! Additionally, the Roadrunners will be participating in Halloween Howl on Halloween night at the intramural fields. There will be costumes, candy and fun in store for all ages!
  • The Snooze Salon is in full swing. On the 2nd floor of Corbett Center NMSU, students can find a quiet and comfy place to take a nap. ASNMSU has a few free eye masks left to provide to students who visit the Snooze Salon. Enjoy your Zzz’s!

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