Activity Report October 20 – October 26


Marketing Services and Web Communications is pleased to announce we have received a Gold Award for the Undergraduate Viewbook and an Honorable Mention for the Aggie Experience Invitation in the 2018 International MarComm Award Competition.

The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals and is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

Outdoor Recreation held its 4th backpacking trip of the semester in the White Mountain Wilderness on October 19 to October 21. Thirteen NMSU students attended the trip which included 13 miles of hiking, map and compass skills, water purification skills, and route finding. Outdoor Recreation takes this trip every semester to teach advanced backpacking skills to students. The trip was led by the Outdoor Leadership Program facilitators.

Aggie Welcome and Orientation held a Dunk the Director event on Wednesday, October 24. Students were able to learn more about the Orientation Leader positions and smash a water balloon on the head of Seth Miner, director of Admissions and get free candy. Student assistant Alexis Yi also participated and got splashed by many of our students. Over 40 students attended the event, 3 swag bags were given away.

The Spring 2019 class schedule was finalized and published so students can begin planning which classes they will register for. Early registration for the spring begins November 8. Students are assigned registration time tickets based on the number of credit hours they have completed. The staff in the Office of Student Records is now working on the Summer 2019 schedule and first proofs for Fall 2019 will be issued to academic departments at the end of next week.

The 2019/20 academic catalog is currently open for academic departments to edit the content related to their departments and degree programs. The deadline for departmental edits is January 31, 2019.

Aggie I-Corps    On Friday, Arrowhead launched its final cohort of Aggie I-Corps for the semester. Eight student and faculty business teams will spend the next 5 weeks learning about startup basics, conducting costumer discovery and developing the value proposition for their business. Arrowhead Center has hosted an I-Corps site funded by NSF on the NMSU campus for the last 3 years, and worked with over 70 NMSU student and faculty innovators. A College of Business alumni couple, who are a ’98 finance graduate and a ’99 accounting graduate, have created a $25,000 endowed scholarship to benefit students in the Finance and Accounting departments in the college.

An ’08 alumna has established an endowed scholarship for community college students nationwide who wish to transfer to NMSU-Las Cruces to complete their degrees. This donor has been welcomed into the NMSU Foundation’s 1888 Society by documenting an estate gift that will also support this fund.

Dr. Anton Milavec and his wife Jayne Milavec were recognized for their philanthropy towards our women’s soccer program. Last year the Milavec family generously provided NM State the funding to install a sound system at the soccer complex. This year they donated the funds for a new shade structure. The family was recognized with a plaque placed on a stone located at the entrance of the NM State Soccer Complex to commemorate their gift to the Aggie soccer program.

Honors College student and Finance major Daniel Estupiñan has been taking graduate courses in Educational Leadership through the Masters Accelerated Program (MAP). His interests in educational policy and economic development arose from his experience of being a student panelist at the 2017 Domenici Public Policy conference. His leadership at the Domenici conference combined with his academic preparation allowed him to gain admission to the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program at UC Berkeley over the summer 2018. He is now building on that experience as well, and he was recently invited by the Harvard Graduate School of Education to visit Harvard and meet with some of their faculty members and graduate students and hopes to enter this program for graduate studies. He credits his success to his participation in the MAP, but obviously his talent and hard work played a role as well.

Conroy Scholar Angela Kearns completed an Honors internship at Nike over the summer, where she put her skills in computer programming and mathematics to work. Her supervisor sang her praises and said that she was a great team player. This experience has also positioned Angela for success, and she recently learned that after she graduates in May she has an offer to join Disney Direct to Consumer & International based in Bristol, Connecticut. We will miss Angela and she will no doubt miss our New Mexico sunshine and green chiles.

NMSU Alamogordo is proud to announce that Arts and Sciences Administrative Assistant Maria Theresa Chavez received the Fall 2018 “A” Mountain staff award on October 19. “Theresa” has been working for NMSU for nearly 20 years. She began as a part time temporary worker from 1995-1996 and returned in 1999. Since 1999 she has worked in Cooperative Extension Services, the Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science Department, as well as the Leyendecker and Fabian Garcia Research Centers. In 2013 she transferred to the Alamogordo campus, where she has done a great job.

NMSU President John Floros with “A” Mountain Employee award winner Maria “Theresa” Chavez.

On Wednesday, October 24, NMSU Alamogordo welcomed Eastern New Mexico University transfer specialist Melissa Chacon to the campus. Ms. Chacon came to give information to students who were considering going east to finish their education. No matter what educational choices our students make, NMSU Alamogordo strives to make sure they transition smoothly.

NMSU Athletic Director Mario Moccia presented a game ball to New Mexico Secretary of Ag Jeff WitteNMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando Flores, New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau CEO Chad Smith and Farm Bureau Financial Services Regional Vice President Jim Dipoma during the Aggies vs. Georgia Southern Eagles game Saturday.

Volleyball Tailgate Held    To celebrate the pack the Pan Am Promotion for the recent volleyball game between the Aggies and UTRGV, a tailgate was held for students, faculty, and staff of DACC to fire up the group to cheer the Aggies on. Hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and soft drinks were served.

Dining with Faculty     On Wednesday, October 25, faculty members from across NMSU and DACC volunteered to enjoy lunch or dinner in Taos dining hall and sit down with students to start informal conversations. Twenty-one intrepid faculty members participated in this event, spearheaded by Housing and Residential Life’s Faculty in Residence, Lisanne Grant, in partnership with Campus Dining.  The faculty reported having wonderful, meaningful conversations with students about academics, travels, and adjusting to college life. Students also enjoyed the opportunity to meet faculty outside the classroom and share their experiences over a meal.=

The NMSU Foundation’s Make A STATEment – NMSU’s official crowdfunding platform – launched a new project focused on fundraising for ACES 111 students. These students are joining together to create a $2,500 scholarship to be divided among three hardworking, exceptional students within the college. Not only are they donating what they can to support their idea, but they also hope the campus-wide community and beyond will support their project too. Learn more and donate at:

The Aggies men’s and women’s basketball programs held their annual preseason Tip Off banquets to kick off the season. The women’s banquet was held at the Farm and Ranch Museum and the men’s banquet was held at the floor of the Pan American Center. Both events were very well attended. The events included a dinner as well as a live and silent auction. Funds raised go to supplement their existing budgets.


Dr. Renay Scott, Deputy AD Braun Cartwright and Mario Moccia, Athletics Director, represented New Mexico State University at the Western Athletic Conference Fall Athletic Administrators’ Meeting in Denver Colorado. The two day meeting included discussions on topics affecting all 16 sports including potential league expansion.


A group of graduate students from the NMSU Criminal Justice Program and faculty member Dr. Mike Tapia (center) traveled to San Antonio this week to attend the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice conference. Two students, Erika Ochoa and Adriana Chavez, presented their thesis research at the conference. Also attending are Wade Loosbrock, Erica Arispe and Isamar Beauchamp.


Good luck to the NMSU Model United Nations Team who will be traveling to Tucson to compete in CATMUN, a Model UN conference hosted by the University of Arizona on November 3rd. The team’s twelve members will be representing a diverse array of countries in working toward solutions concerning suppressing the financing of terrorism, crimes involving internationally protected persons, and the regulation of genetic engineering and biotechnology.

NMSU was well represented at the 30th HENAAC Great Minds in STEM conference. Chancellor Arvizu, Dean Pontelli, Department Head Dr. Tran and several NMSU students attended the conference, participated in competitions, and helped representing NMSU at the job fair.

Google visited the College to promote job opportunities, career development and diversity in computing. The two-day visit featured roundtable discussions with Google engineers, technical workshops, professional development skills, and lots of food, giveaways and even a scavenger hunt.


The annual Branigan Cultural Bazaar, co-sponsored by International and Border Program’s (IBP) International Student and Scholar Services and the Branigan Cultural Center, was held in downtown Las Cruces on Saturday, October 20.  The purpose of this free family-friendly event was to celebrate the music, dance, art, and clothing of the variety of cultures represented in Las Cruces.  Approximately ten international student groups from NMSU set up tables displaying information about their respective cultures and chatted with visitors, answering their questions about their native countries and ways of life.  According to the Branigan Cultural Center, nearly 1,600 people stopped by during this four-hour celebration to learn more about the great diversity found here in Las Cruces.


The STEM Outreach Center’s staff traveled to Albuquerque to attend the 2018 Fall into Place Conference.  This conference brings administrators, site directors, education staff, and community partners together to collaborate and inspire high quality afterschool and summer programs.  Nicole Delgado and Marlene Flores of the STEM Outreach Center each held a STEM based session; 3D and Me! How to include 3D in your Curriculum and The Magic in Paper Engineering. The STEM Outreach Center is continuously working to offer high quality programs to New Mexico schools. You can learn more about the center and their initiatives at

KRWG held its annual Tapas and Talk at Hacienda de Mesilla. The event drew over 50 community members. This outreach opportunity creates a direct dialogue between listeners, viewers and KRWG staff and management. Past events have resulted in programming opportunities as a direct result of conversations at the event.

KRWG Public Media partnered with KOB TV and KOAT TV in Albuquerque to air their respective gubernatorial debates. For many in the region, KRWG provided the only access to this vital election programming.

KRWG Director of Content Fred Martino served as the host for the annual Las Cruces Mayor’s Top Teens Banquet. KRWG Public Media produces a multimedia campaign each year featuring interviews with Top Teens that are broadcast in between programs on KRWG-TV and are placed on the KRWG Top Teens YouTube channel.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation hosted 295 prospective students and 446 guests (741 total) at Aggie Experience, held on October 20. Prospective students and families were able to get the full experience of being an Aggie. Students and guests learned about student organizations, resources, academic department presentations, and ending the day with the excitement of cheering on the Aggies at the home football game.

Freshman and transfer recruitment continues with visits in NM, AZ, CO, and TX. We are currently conducting a search for an associate director of Orientation and Events and are in the final stages of hiring four Admissions advisors. We are excited for the direction recruitment is going so far this year and for the new staff that will be joining the recruitment team.

The Office of University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services continued their outreach to the local high schools by conducting FAFSA workshops at Mesilla Valley Christian, Alta Vista Early College, Chaparral and Onate High Schools.  A total of 100 students were assisted during these workshops.  On Saturday, October 20, the office participated in Aggie Experience where we provided financial aid information to future Aggies and their parents during tabling and general presentations. While some staff members were at Aggie Experience another group was in Hatch assisting students participating in the TRIO program with completing their FAFSA.

TechConnect Fall Summit and Expo    This week Arrowhead’s NM FAST program managers Dana Catron and Del Mackey attended the Defense Tech Connect Fall Summit and Expo in Tampa, Florida. Ms. Catron spoke on a panel that explored follow on funding opportunities that was very well received. Catron and Mackey also made connections with federal agencies that have not yet worked with the NM FAST program. The team learned about exciting changes to the SBIR/STTR program that will take effect in the next few months, and they also had the opportunity to tour an innovation space that serves as a unique crossroads of government, private sector, and academia.

AgAssembly published in Farm Bureau Magazine   This month, New Mexico Farm Bureau released the fall issue of their magazine, which contained an article on the AgAssembly event Arrowhead hosted in August as the culminating event for the AgSprint accelerator program supported by the New Mexico Gas Company, an Emera Company. The AgAssembly article was presented as a feature article for this issues, which was distributed to over 20,000 customers. The article can be viewed online at the following link:

Studio G Networking Hour   On Wednesday, Arrowhead’s Studio G held its weekly Networking Hour. This week’s topic focused on “How do you make money off a product” as outlined in the Disciplined Entrepreneur by Bill Aulet. Networking Hour is held each Wednesday and provides a chance for student and local entrepreneurs to learn about basic business principles and connect with the other local entrepreneurs. Each session is recorded on Facebook live and can be viewed at the following link

University Advancement introduced its new website [] that displays a more modern look with NMSU branding to appeal to both Alumni and Donor audiences and represents the NMSU Alumni Association and the NMSU Foundation.

NM State student-athletes from our men’s basketball program as well as our softball team spoke to the fifth grade class at J Paul Taylor Academy. The student-athletes interacted with the kids and talked about the importance of time management as well as promoting good habits.

On Saturday, October 20, about 15 NMSU Alamogordo Allied Health students headed to Mescalero to participate in a health fair. The students provided glucose and high blood pressure screening to over 60 people. They helped make the event a huge success!

NMSU Alamogordo Allied Health students.

NMDA and ACES partnered with the Las Cruces Country Music Festival to host the 6th Annual AG Day. There were over 50 booths representing numerous NMSU groups, as well as businesses and organizations from New Mexico’s agriculture community. AG Day featured farm animals, educational exhibits, games, prizes, samples of New Mexico-made food.

Artist Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt (far left) and weaver Irvin Trujillo (second from right) are 2018 Rounders Award recipients. New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte (far right) presented the awards to the two men on Wednesday, October 24, at the Governor’s Residence in Santa Fe. The award is named after The Rounders, a classic western novel written by New Mexican Max Evans (second from left). Created in 1990 by former New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Frank DuBois, the purpose of the award is to honor those who live, promote and articulate the western way of life. This year’s recipients join 23 previous honorees, including Max Evans as the inaugural award recipient.

Artist Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt (far left) and weaver Irvin Trujillo (second from right) are 2018 Rounders Award recipients. New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte (far right) presented the awards to the two men on Wednesday, October 24, at the Governor’s Residence in Santa Fe. The award is named after The Rounders, a classic western novel written by New Mexican Max Evans (second from left).

Construction Programs Partner with LCHB    Advanced Technologies Dean Saundra Castillo joined Architecture and Construction Technologies Department Head Chipper Moore and the Las Cruces Homebuilders to host a Construction Education Expo at the Home Builders Office. The program spoke to the need of building the construction workforce in Las Cruces and Dona Ana County.

NMTIE Conference    ICT staff members did their part in representing NMSU at NMTIE, New Mexico Technology In Education’s three-day conference last week. Matt Henderson and Brandon Costales-Wise held a panel for New Mexico education institutions’ system administrators, discussing issues facing system administrators across the state. Piyasat Nilkaew, along with UNM’s Steve Perry, covered Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPV6), demonstrating configuring of IPv6 on small networks and showing how network devices populate IPv6 routing tables and pass network traffic using IPv6 as the addressing mechanism. Brian Ormand spoke on helping high school students jump start their IT/STEM career paths through NMSU’s Cyber Infrastructure Training and Mentoring (Ci-TraM) program.  Jennifer Chandler and Annette Candelaria conducted a poster session on how ICT student staff provides essential services to NMSU students through their work in ICT computer labs, Equipment Rental program, and data privacy/data security/technology awareness, all the while gaining real-world work experience. Finally, John Roberts participated in a panel that discussed developing a shared, statewide information security support model that would be particularly beneficial to the smaller higher education institutions across New Mexico.


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