Activity Report October 21 – October 27

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

I very much appreciate the Faculty Senate Resolution expressing their appreciation for my service as Chancellor/President.  It means a lot to me to have the support of our NMSU community and especially the Faculty Senate.  I think shared governance has worked very well for the past four years. Thanks much.

This was one of – if not- the best Homecoming ever!  I participated in about 20 events in three days and was amazed at the energy and participation of everyone.  The Foundation Board had almost full member attendance, and they were very busy and active. The many College Scholarship investor and student recognition events were the largest I can remember and the investors were so proud of their sponsored students. The opening of the new wing of the Zuhl Museum was well attended, and the petrified wood displayed is world class. We continued to honor great NMSU traditions such as the Distinguished Alumni receptions and dinner, the Aggie Memorial ceremony remembering our fallen Aggies, and the Golden A’s (where we old timers recall how squirrely we could be when we were young). Kudos to Jeff Witte (NMDA), Dean Flores (ACES), Andrea Tawney and Leslie Cervantes (Advancement) and all of their colleagues for doing a terrific job.  The only little setback was the football game where the Aggies were great for three quarters but fell short in the 4th quarter.  I hope all of you had as much fun reconnecting and celebrating as I did!

The Provost and I participated in the exit conference for the AACSB accreditation for the College of Business and the Department of Accounting.  As is the case with all accreditation, the review teams summarize the strengths of programs and make a recommendation for change and/or improvement. AACSB procedures require this recommendation to be presented in January to a committee for approval.

I attended the 60th anniversary celebration of the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC).  The LFC is the most powerful of the interim committees, as they are tasked with preparing the Legislature’s recommended budget (the governor also presents a budget, and they are melded during the session) and providing oversight of all of state government, including public schools and higher education.  Prior to their party, they released a study of the cost drivers in higher education and made recommendations for improvements, to include merging community college budgets into a single budget for the system.  NMSU was credited with making strides in cost reductions.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

On Saturday, October 21, I had the honor of speaking at the Dr. James B. Williams Memorial Concert held in the auditorium of the Corbett Center Student Union. Dr. Williams was an extraordinary person: a Tuskegee Airman; a surgeon who, with his brothers and mother, opened the first medical clinic designed to serve the African American community in Chicago; and, a  husband, father, and uncle who

was deeply loved by his family. In my remarks, I expressed the gratitude of New Mexico State University to the Williams family for all that Dr. Williams, and his mother Clarabelle Williams, did to help us understand the importance of diversity and the value of every individual in our society.  The Williams family truly led the integration of NMSU and made us a better university. The lovely singing of the NMSU Gospel Choir, led by Dr. Bobbie Green, brought a joy and solemnity to the event that moved everyone in the audience.

Much of my week was spent at Homecoming activities, which seemed particularly joyful this year. Part of the joy was spending time with our Distinguished alumni: MaryLou Davis, Esteban Herrera, Del Esparza, Eloy Torrez, Irene Oliver Lewis, and Sue Gerber, who are wonderfully accomplished, but down-to-earth and fun to be around. Another part of the joy was seeing our faculty, staff, and students connect with alumni. The cherry on the sundae for me was re-connecting with Dutch, the NMSU therapy riding horse that has been my partner in the Homecoming parade for the past five years. Dutch, as always, was elegant, well-mannered, and simply splendid.

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

Aldemar Madrid, a graduate student in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, delivered a hands-on lesson and demonstration on knife skills to culinary arts students at Santa Teresa High School in the Gadsden Independent School District. Practicum is an essential part of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education teaching methods courses. Family and Consumer Sciences Education students get hands-on experience in teaching, as they strengthen bonds between the local secondary Family and Consumer Science Programs and New Mexico State University.


This fall, 5th graders in all 80 elementary schools in the Anne Arundel Public Schools District in Annapolis, Maryland will be learning about renewable energy using NMSU’s educational and Extension educational resources at  These videos, produced through an NMSU collaborative video project between video producer Tomilee Turner, College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, and Tom Jenkins, head of Engineering Technology, College of Engineering, teach how natural light, heat, and wind energy can be used to replace or supplement more traditional energy sources.


Many in agriculture know someone whose life has been affected by a farm-related injury or death. Even more tragic is that these incidents could have been prevented with a few simple safety precautions. The Progressive Agriculture Foundation is on a national crusade to bring safety and health information to the farming and rural communities who desperately need it. These safety days are designed to be age-appropriate, hands-on, fun, and safe for children. Since the late 1990s, the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service throughout eastern New Mexico have coordinated safety day training for 3rd grade students and teachers.  These safety days have involved over 55,000 students and teachers, along with 6,665 volunteers.  The 2017 New Mexico Farm Safety Day trainings have just wrapped up, involving over 4000 students and teachers, along with 261 community volunteers.   Participating counties included Chaves, Lea, Eddy, Curry, Roosevelt, Guadalupe, De Baca, Union, Colfax and Quay.

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli

The College of Arts and Sciences 2017 Distinguished Alumna, Irene Oliver Lewis met with students to talk about her career in film, theatre arts and journalism at a luncheon on October 24.  Irene was also the guest lecturer at a Directing Class in the Theatre Arts Dept.

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver was an on-campus guest speaker in the Monday, October 23 class meeting of GOVT 392, Civil Liberties (Instructor: Peter Ossorio).  Secretary Toulouse Oliver discussed voting, with emphasis upon some actions around the country that are having a negative impact upon citizen access to voting, and how her office has a substantial responsibility in ensuring election integrity and voting access within New Mexico.

The Department of Languages and Linguistics at New Mexico State University will hold a French film festival comprised of six films, which will be shown between Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, November 7. The department received a grant from the Tournées French Film Festival, a program of the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation, in coordination with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French film to American colleges and universities.  The films for this series were chosen from films that Tournées is highlighting this year. The series is free and open to the public. All showings take place in the Creative Media Institute Theatre, in Milton Hall, on the NMSU Las Cruces campus.  Visit the link for the full schedule:

Jewelry and metalsmithing students in the New Mexico State University Department of Art will host their 35th Annual Jewelry Sale from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Monday, October 30 in the lobby of D. W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University, next to Barnes and Noble.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

Congratulations the College of Business faculty members who were recognized at the annual IIQ Quality in Distance Education Award ceremony, which Kathy Brook attended on behalf of the College.  Included were Erin Blaugrund, Richard Oliver, Gavin Clarkson, Bill Smith, and Paul Hamilton.

In addition, Jennifer Kreie received the Leading the Way award which recognizes a NMSU main campus faculty member, staff member, or administrator who “walks the talk” in terms of professional growth, quality focus, mentorship, and leadership in distance education.

College of Business Distinguished Alumni recipient, Del Esparza (`91) president of Esparza Advertising in Albuquerque spoke to finance and marketing students about his advertising business and career October 25.  Esparza met with finance and marketing students and faculty over lunch in the Deans Conference room.  He also spoke to Professor Paula Groves Finance 341 Financial Analysis & Markets class and addressed the Financial Management Association & American Marketing Association student organizations

Photo by Anthony Casaus: Del Esparza speaking to students in Finance 341 Financial Analysis & Markets

Del Esparza addressed the scholarship recipients and donors at the College of Business scholarship luncheon at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum on October 27.  The scholarship luncheon acknowledged the awarding of 115 scholarships to 199 students for a total of $264,720 in scholarships in the college for the 2017-18 year.  The luncheon was followed with a reception for Esparza in Trader’s Plaza.

Photo by Jack Diven: Del Esparza (’91) and family

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

The College of Education – Inaugural Symposium 2017  The College of Education hosted the Inaugural Symposium: Re-imagining the Future of Learning. The symposium brought together a diverse population as a means to broaden and deepen the discussion on how best to serve our children and adult learners, public school administrators, counselors and families. With 450 people in attendance and over 90 presentations, papers, and posters. This event provided inspiration and rejuvenation to a workforce that feels devalued and under-appreciated, tools to improve teaching and leadership practices, multiple teaching and learning lenses in which to support growth and change, and a renewed partnership between New Mexico State University, College of Education and statewide school districts. Filmmakers, producers and directors Sarah Mondale and Vera Aronow opened the symposium with the film, Backpack Full of Cash: a film Exploring the Real Cost of Privatizing America’s Public Schools. Backpack builds a case for public education as a basic civil right. The nationally recognized speakers included, Dr. Stuart Brown – physician and founder of the Play Institute; Gever Tulley – founder of Brightworks K-12 school and The Tinkering Institute; Dr. Punya Mishra – associate dean of Scholarship & Innovation at Arizona State University; Dr. Monica Brown – author and professor of English at Northern Arizona University; Dr. Joe Martin – educational speaker on teacher retention  and student engagement; Matthew Wunder – chief executive officer  and founder of Da Vinci Schools; Dr. Tony Monfiletton – director of the New Mexico Center for School Leadership; Dr. Lisa Snyder – executive director of EdVision Schools; Carlos Moreno – co-executive director of Big Picture Learning; and Kyle Miller – senior program director for Teacher Development & Evaluation at the ECMC Foundation, along with NMSU’s own Dr. Barbara Chamberlin – project director of the NMSU Learning Games Lab.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus



Successful Dissertation Defense   NMSU Library is proud to announce that John Sandstrom, associate professor/Acquisitions librarian in the Technical Services Department successfully defended his dissertation on October 26. His dissertation title is Participation and Persistence of Native Americans in Undergraduate Education:  An examination of the issues through the lens of Tribal Critical Race Theory. His degree will be an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Administration.



Sandra Demonch, Chris Landt, and Carlos Estrada were on the Library’s Inventory Team. They are the 1st unit to complete the Campus Property Inventory for 2017. Kudos to all of them.



The reopening of the expanded and renovated Zuhl Museum ribbon-cutting ceremony at New Mexico State University took place October 26. It included food, entertainment from Sol y Arena flamenco ensemble and tours of the new exhibits of petrified wood, minerals and fossils that make up the collection donated to the university by Herb and Joan Zuhl. Herb Zuhl provided $600,000 for the renovation and expansion of the museum. The museum is open to the public. For more information visit

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Homecoming Picnic    Each year the Honors College hosts a picnic for Crimson Scholars to celebrate Homecoming week. This year a couple hundred students convened on the lawn of the Honors College to share conversation and some food, and we had ideal picnic weather to make the event a success. We enjoyed hearing words of wisdom from our Provost Dan Howard, and several Honors College faculty participated as well, including Chris Erickson (Economics), Charles Hartley (Anthropology), Rich Pratt (Plant and Environmental Science), Father Gabriel Rochelle (Religious Studies), and Christa Slaton (Government).


Boren Scholarship Workshop    We held a workshop about Boren Scholarships that was attended by a number of students. Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. A representative of the Boren office visited campus and shared her perspectives as a former Boren winner who spent a year in China.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

National Science Foundation (NSF) PI Workshop   NMSU’s CIO, Dr. Norma Grijalva, along with Jason Collet, CIO at Western New Mexico University, and Jorge Crichigno, chair and associate professor of Engineering at Northern New Mexico College, presented at the 2017 NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure and Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure PI Workshop in Albuquerque. The topic of their presentation, “Cyberinfrastructure Investments for New Mexico Campuses,” was moderated by Steve Perry, director of networks at University of New Mexico. The workshop provided an opportunity for NSF award recipients to meet in-person, exchange project findings, interact with national cyberinfrastructure experts and collaborate across program areas, project areas, and project regions. It also promoted dialogue across a range of important and timely topics related to campus networking, including the larger context of campus cyberinfrastructure and cyberinfrastructure security.

Association of Computing and Network Specialist’ (ACANS)   Over 120 participants attended the ACANS meeting on Friday, October 13, in Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center. ACANS is the university-wide organization of individuals who work, or have interest in, computing, networking, and other technologies at NMSU. This year’s meeting topics included Data Security, Distance Education, IT Compliance, Identity Management, Banner 9, Cyber Infrastructure, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, NMSU Virtual Tour, and IT Governance.

Brandon Costales-Wise receives 2nd Quarter Asprey Award   Brandon Costales-Wise, Intermediate Systems Developer, receives ICT’s Asprey Award, which recognizes the most outstanding ICT employee of the quarter. This award is in recognition of ICT employees who have displayed outstanding service. Brandon was nominated for his work on the Identity Management project. As a team member on the Campus EAI solution, he assisted with the migration to the new version of QuickLaunch and Looking Glass. Brandon is also the keystone for the Central Authentication System. He is dedicated to improving the IT environment at NMSU and is constantly working toward that goal.

Peanut Butter for Parking   The “Peanut Butter for Parking” campaign, in support of the NMSU Aggie Cupboard food bank, has collected over 250 pounds of peanut butter. During Homecoming Week, the NMSU Parking Office accepted 80 oz. of peanut butter as payment for one “No Current Permit” citation.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

The Aggie Health & Wellness Center (AHWC) hosted a collaborative meeting on October 26, with campus partners to discuss mental health services, needs and resources for students.  Representatives from Nursing, Athletics, Student Success Center, Public Health, Counseling & Education Psychology, and the AHWC will be working together to partner on this important issue.  Mental health is the #1 reason for students medically withdrawing.  Colleagues from across the nation are dialoguing on ways to develop actionable plans for addressing the mental health and wellness challenges facing the country’s 19 million college students.  NMSU will continue efforts to build on and off campus coalitions and resources to support mental health.

WAVE held their haunted Escape Room running Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Students had ten minutes to find clues in order to solve three puzzles that educated them on ways to prevent drinking and driving and overall alcohol knowledge. While students waited their turn they could pop into the WAVE office and do stress reducing activities. The event was booked solid each night, reaching over 350 students.

The Student Success Center kicked off the mid-semester course mid-point meetings.  Students who are enrolled in UNIV Mid-Semester courses check in with their instructors in-person or Via Adobe Connect in Canvas to ensure that they are on track with their course(s) while ensuring that other academic concerns that students may have can be addressed.  Mid-semester meetings will continue through November 2.

On October 25, Career Services hosted an ADP career panel conducted by NMSU College of Business alumni Ryan Stoltzfus, director of HR Business Partners, Rob Shaver, director of Major Account Services – Client Services/Payroll, Albert Parra, manager of Small Business Services, HR, and Berenice Santiago, implementation manager of Small Business Services.  These alumni provided insight and recommendations to students on how to succeed in getting noticed when creating your resume and presenting yourself in an interview.  ADP helps organizations of all types and sizes unlock their business potential. For 60 years, they have led the way in defining the future of business outsourcing solutions.

NMSU has had a longstanding relationship with Ruffalo Noel Levitz. One of our more recent endeavors has been a financial aid leveraging and enrollment modeling partnership sponsored by University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services and Undergraduate Admissions. This week, our executive consultant was on campus to present the analysis results from the institutional scholarship revision we instituted for new students starting Fall 17, along with setting goals to track for Fall 18. Trends in higher education enrollment at the national, state and institutional levels were also covered, to ensure a big picture understanding of the environment higher education, in general, and NMSU, in particular, exists in.
Among other recruitment events and visits throughout the state of New Mexico, Undergraduate Admissions advisors participated in El Paso College Days all week. We are pleased to report that many students are submitting applications on the spot and NMSU’s table has, consistently, been one of the busiest at each high school.

Financial Aid advisors assisted 92 students and their families at three different FAFSA Night events at Las Cruces High School, Arrowhead Park Early College High School and Onate High School. These events are free to all prospective and continuing students, and their families. The Financial Aid staff provide guidance for completing the FAFSA, regardless of what university or college the student is planning to attend.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services served:

  • Students at the front window: 152
  • Phone calls received on main line: 125
  • Voicemails received on main line: 11
  • Emails received at general address: 78
  • Students assisted at CAASS (Center for Academic Advising and Student Support): 21

University Financial Aid and University Registrar’s Office in the Ed Services Building embraced the Homecoming theme with some healthy interoffice competition, by participating in the ASNMSU annual door decorating contest. The employees showed their commitment and pride in NMSU by working on their decorations countless evening and weekend hours.


The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SAEM) also participated in the ASNMSU Annual Door Decorating Contest. The installation called, “Paseo del Pistolero” utilized this year’s Homecoming theme to depict the midnight ride of Pistol Pete and Keystone as they bring the Red Wolf to the graveyard of their defeated enemies.

In the spirit of Dia de los Muertos, and using plenty of Aggie ingenuity, nearly every element of the display was hand crafted and painted by the students and staff of the Office of the Vice President for SAEM. Pistol Pete was made completely of papier-mâché, as are the calaveras of Keystone and the Red Wolf. Further, the display was almost entirely made of recycled or recyclable materials, including pages from old NMSU Academic Catalogs and cardboard shipping containers. Every flower and calavera streamer was made by hand from colored tissue paper and string.

This Aggie Homecoming display would not have been possible without the effort and creativity of the students working in the vice president’s office, as well as the dedicated staff members who volunteered their time over many lunch hours and a few evenings to pull it all together. Along the way, our little team learned more about the traditions and customs of Dia de los Muertos and had lots fun in the process.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Studio G Networking Hours    On Wednesday, Studio G held its weekly networking hour, focusing on Customer Discovery. Discovering and understanding what customers really want and, or need can help a company develop products and services that matter. Studio G holds weekly networking hour events that provide students and local entrepreneurs the opportunity 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

Aggie Shark Tank    On Thursday, Arrowhead Center hosted Aggie Shark Tank. In its 4th year, the event was the biggest yet, bringing over 200 community spectators to hear NMSU students and alumni pitch their businesses before a panel of local Sharks. The idea to host Aggie Shark Tank was proposed to Arrowhead by Lou Sisbarro, whose vision was to provide local business owners an opportunity to mentor and otherwise provide support to NMSU entrepreneurs. This year’s participants included Rachael Ryan with Backyard Farms, Saman Mostafazadeh-Fard with Liquid Organic Fertilizer, Alexis Cornidez with Maslow, Alex Gorsuch with FieldMAK, and Robert Herrera with Hatch.  A recording of the event can be found on Facebook at the following link

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) hosted a one-day workshop in conjunction with the New Mexico State University – U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Cooperative Agreement on the development and use of alternative water supplies. The agreement seeks to increase scientific knowledge and research expertise in the area of characterization, treatment, and use of alternative waters in New Mexico and the western U.S. NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald welcomed the 83 participants and was followed by three southern New Mexico legislators: Representative Bill Gomez, Representative Nathan Small, and Senator Ron Griggs. They, along with Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea, spoke about water issues that affect their constituents and plans for meeting their communities’ water challenges. NMSU researchers supported by the cooperative agreement summarized their ongoing projects. El Paso Water Utilities Director John Balliew and Fernando Barrera from the North American Development Bank spoke at lunch on the desalination projects in which they have been involved. The meeting concluded after participants broke into smaller groups and provided feedback on the concerns, challenges, and opportunities that desalination presents for their communities.

The Physical Science Laboratory was awarded a contract from an international corporation to provide scientific balloon flight support equipment and hardware for upcoming missions.  The equipment to be provided has flight heritage and proven reliability.  The systems include key support equipment, flight hardware systems, and ground station elements.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney


Keep State Great    More than 100 Aggies participated in ASNMSU’s Keep State Great 2017 event on October 21 by handwriting 1,300 thank-you postcards to NMSU’s loyal donors. University Advancement hosted students who were eager and excited to give a big Aggie “thanks” to supporters who have continuously given to the NMSU community over the years.



Homecoming Events   The NMSU Alumni Association hosted NMSU Homecoming 2017: Dia de los Aggies for more than 1,000 alumni. Events included campus tours hosted by NMSUPD Chief Stephen Lopez, an Advancement Boards and Student Networking Reception, the 1957/1967 Reunion Breakfast and the Distinguished Alumni and James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service Awards Dinner, honoring seven deserving NMSU alumni.


Alumni Visits   Many alumni who were on campus for Homecoming activities this week spent time visiting classrooms and groups to share their stories. Chris Hakes of Hakes Brothers Building spoke to the Presidential Ambassadors Class of Tuesday, October 24, about his experience as an alumnus and a working professional. Also Tuesday, Irene Lewis, the Distinguished Alumna in the College of Arts and Sciences visited with a directing class in the Department of Theatre Arts. And Glenn Sternes of Houston, attended his 50th Homecoming celebration on campus this year.

Learning Communities   The Office of Advancement and the College of Engineering hosted a Learning Communities “wall-breaking” ceremony Friday, October 27, at the Clock of Dreams in front of ECIII Foreman Complex to celebrate the launch of the Torrez Family Learning Communities in Engineering, which have already provided more than 1,100 mentoring sessions in the first three months to help improve retention rates.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

The men’s basketball team held their annual Tip-Off Banquet which served as an introduction of the new coaching staff and players as well as a fund-raiser for the program.

NM State men’s basketball held their meet and greet event on Thursday at the Pan American Center. Fans had an opportunity to pick up their season tickets and their commemorative ring as well as watch open practice. The team, staff and coaches were introduced and fans were also able to get posters as well as autographs from the team. The free event was open to the public.


NM State student-athletes from all 16 teams participated in the annual Thank-a-thon where all Aggie athletic donors received a call thanking them for their support of NM State athletics.


I attended the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Fall Athletic Administrators meeting with DACC President and SWA Dr. Renay Scott in Denver, Colorado. Many current issues in collegiate athletics including future championships, league membership, men’s and women’s basketball scheduling and other topics were discussed in the two-day meeting.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

Cornell Menking hosted a visit by the Vice President of International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), one of the U.S.’s largest study abroad exchange providers.  ISEP and IBP are working on some arrangements to increase students from the ISEP network that come to NMSU.  Menking, Michael Schmelzle and Jorge Ramos also traveled to the Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI) conference, which was in Juarez this year.  NMSU had a booth that generated much interest, and Dr. Menking was part of the plenary panel presentation with both Mexican and U.S. institutions where he presented on campus internationalization strategies.

The Office of Education Abroad has been out in force to promote international education opportunities to students on campus. OEA held an International Art and Culture event with students learning about the Art of Chinese swords and song, as well as a lesson on Brazil’s dance, Capoeira. Student marketeers presented at the Honor’s College LLC, providing information on research, study and volunteer opportunities abroad. Presentations around town on the importance of Education Abroad have also been completed this week to the Rotary, East Mesa and DACC main campus. We are excited to help internationalize both the campus and the community.

OEA held the second Shake the Fear event in the Corbett Center, speaking with students one on one about getting over their fears of studying abroad.  OEA also participated in the AG Day homecoming tailgating event promoting the Global Citizens Project, and agriculture related programs for both credit and non-credit opportunities.

OEA completed a site visit to Cuba, working to expand opportunities in research, internships, custom programs and traditional study abroad. For more information about what you can do in Cuba, contact the Office of Education Abroad.

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister



News and Media Relations   News covered a wide array this week, from the Army ROTC Ranger Competition to the reopening of the Zuhl Museum (pictured) and the start of Homecoming events. The News team posted 24 items during the week on the NMSU News Facebook page, for a combined audience of more than 36,500.




Marketing Services and Web Communications   Marketing and Communications staff teamed with Advancement to develop new messaging and an updated look for Giving Tuesday billboards and ads. The design follows the bold crimson and white style of recent materials. The headline lets our audience know how the money they collectively donate on Giving Tuesday can change the life of our students. These materials will appear on numerous billboards, as well as digital and print ads.


KRWG/SPU   Listeners and viewers congregated at Salud! de Mesilla for KRWG FM and TV’s Tapas and Talk Wednesday evening. The event was part of the stations’ on-going effort to meet with the community to discuss programming and issues. Over 30 people enjoyed samples from the restaurant and engaged staff.

Viewers and listeners attending KRWG’s Tapas and Talk session.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

On October 24, the Legislative Finance Committee released the report, “Program Evaluation: Higher Education Cost Drivers and Cost Savings.”  The report is available on the Office of Government Relations website:

The recorded webcast for the meeting is also available here:

Assistant Vice-President for Government Relations Ricardo Rel attended the Legislative Finance Committee hearings, as well as a Legislative Education Study Committee meeting.  Reports regarding the Cooperative Extension Service, Agricultural Experiment Station, and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture were on the agenda at the Legislative Finance Committee on Thursday, October 26.

Representative Bill Gomez and Nathan Small, and Senator Ron Griggs spoke at the NMSU/WRRI-Bureau of Reclamation workshop on October 25.  Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea made opening remarks.  Mayor Perea is an NMSU alum.  Staff from the local congressional offices also attended.

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

NMDA prepared for and fed approximately 250 students and staff at the 5th Annual NMSU College of ACES Branding Ceremony. This event welcomes freshmen and new transfer students to the Aggie family with the Sam Steel paint-brand on the shoulder of a new NMSU t-shirt. Seniors are also recognized for their time as Aggies. This is part of our ongoing partnership to promote and encourage the next generation of agriculturists.

The dairy section and VDS, along with Dairy Producers of New Mexico and NMSU’s dairy extension hosted a composting workshop for the Albuquerque area dairy producers.  This was to provide the producers an option of carcass disposal due to the only rendering company in the area pulling out of Albuquerque.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

sUAS support for ASNMSU    Amidst the hustle and bustle that was Homecoming Week, Commander Jeff Harvey assisted ASNMSU by providing flights with the department’s small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) aircraft at the parade on Saturday.  He obtained both still photos and video for ASNMSU as part of a partnership agreement that spans this year and next.  Commander Harvey has both a FAA remote (UAS) pilot license and a private pilot license.  The sUAS is used by the NMSU Police Department to assist with real-time monitoring of traffic situations, as well as provide a better overall perspective of crime scenes and major traffic crashes.  The aircraft was donated to the Police Department by ASNMSU earlier this year.

Homecoming Week Activities    In addition to the sUAS flights, the Police Department staff were busy with a large number of activities throughout the week.  This included providing security staff at receptions, assisting the Las Cruces Police Department with the parade, and managing the tailgate activities and game on Saturday.  Chief Lopez was even able to take a couple of hours and serve as a tour guide for the Alumni Association.

Computer System Cutover    As if Homecoming Week wasn’t already busy enough, the police officers and dispatchers had to deal with the deployment of a new multi-agency computer system that provides computer aided dispatch (CAD) and record management system (RMS) functions for the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, Las Cruces Police Department, and NMSU.  The new system replaced one that had been in place for almost two decades and had reached end-of-life back in 2015.  As with any computer software changes, there has been a steep learning curve, but the NMSU dispatchers and officers were able to make the transition ahead of the other agencies/partners in the project.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Distinguished alumni honored   On Saturday, October 28, DACC welcomed back the 2017 class of Distinguished Alumni for NMSU-Dona Ana. The college celebrated the accomplishments of Social Worker Maurice Azzolini, Emergency Physician Dr. Russell Baker, College Professor Terry Mount and Business Entrepreneur Silvia Terrazas.

1st Staff Council Tailgate Held   The DACC staff council sponsored their first football tailgate for the homecoming game against Arkansas State. Burgers and dogs were served and staff enjoyed visits from DACC students, the NMSU band, cheerleaders, Athletic Director Mario Mocha and the NMSU basketball team.


Dental Students Help Special Olympic Athletes    On Saturday, the NMSU Dona Ana dental hygiene program, dental assisting program, and others participated in the 2017 Special Olympic Holiday Classic. Dental screenings and oral health education was provided to more than 70 athletes. Students gained experience working with patients with special needs, as well as performing community service. The athletes received their own custom mouth guards and learned about the importance of proper nutrition and oral health.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Monday, the first meeting of the Early Childhood Education Advisory Board was held on the NMSU-A campus. The Board is a group of academic education professionals and community education leaders whose goal is to identify the skills needed by students in NMSU-A’s Associate of Early Childhood Education program, and to discuss strategies on how to provide skill development to the local workforce. Members of the Board include representatives from NMSU-A, Alamogordo Public Schools, Holloman Air Force Base Child Development Center, Alamogordo Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and New Mexico Head Start.

On Wednesday, NMSU-A Senior Administrative Assistant for Student Success, Judy Garcia was presented with an award for the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Associate of the 3rd Quarter. Judy had been nominated by Kathy Fuller when Kathy was the Interim Vice President for Student Success. Kathy was able to be there with Dr. Van Winkle when Judy was presented with the award, making the event even more special.

NMSU-A Senior Administrative Assistant for Student Success Judy Garcia with NMSU-A President
Dr. Ken Van Winkle.

On Wednesday, Mary Lynn Bardocz, Couy Griffin, and Marketing Representative Katie Pacelli-Klinger were featured morning guests on Radio KHII in Alamogordo. Mary Lynn promoted the NMSU-A Theatre on the Hill’s upcoming play, Arsenic and Old Lace, Couy promoted the new restaurant on NMSU-A’s campus, the Hitch-n-Post on the Hill, and Katie talked about spring registration and promoted other events on and around the Alamogordo campus.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Monday October 23, NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton chaired the quarterly meeting of the NMACC Presidents in Santa Fe.  Presentations were received from Higher Education Secretary Barbara Damron and from Legislative Finance Committee representatives.  Detailed discussion was held regarding the forthcoming Higher Education Cost Drivers and Cost Savings report as issued by LFC.

On Tuesday, October 24, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the Legislative Finance Committee Hearing in Santa Fe.  LFC released its Higher Education Cost Drivers and Cost Savings report and input was received from LFC, Cabinet Secretary Damron, and legislators.  NMSU will begin work on a reply to LFC regarding the recommendations that were proposed in the report.

On Thursday, October 26, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met with personnel from the Carlsbad Medical Center to finalize conditions in an MOU for the January Trauma Symposium which will be held on the NMSU Carlsbad campus.  This event involves the dissection of two cadavers by trauma surgeons and the last event of this type attracted a large number of health care professionals.

On Friday, October 27, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its fall Professional Development Forum.  Selected faculty and staff presented on their completed professional development activities.  Also, on Friday, October 27, NMSU Carlsbad conducted the graduation ceremonies for the WIPP Leadership Academy which had completed its four-week experience on the NMSU Carlsbad campus.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best



On the evening of October 25, more than 60 students, staff, and community families participated in the 2nd Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Raising event at NMSU Grants.  Attendees went on a walk together in the beautiful late October dusk; children painted T-shirts with messages and designs about healthy families; adults took a quiz about the dynamics and effects of domestic violence.  Most importantly, people told their stories of getting through, surviving and thriving after being in violent relationships.  The event was designed by Roberta’s Place staff, the Cibola County center and shelter for domestic violence, the NMSU Grants Program Manager for Social Services and Criminal Justice, and staff from the Title V program.



NMSU Grants’ Title V program, Cambiando Nuestros Paisajes de Aprendizaje (Changing Our Learning Landscape), earned high praises during its recent annual external evaluation conducted by Dr. Ricardo Maestas.  High marks were given for innovation and measurable outcomes advancing instructor effectiveness.  Title V is responsible for creating a new Math Lab and Writing Center the college.  The program contracts with faculty to re-design and pilot gateway courses.  Many courses have embedded supplemental instruction and others require students to spend time in the Writing Center.  The latest comparative data show that students making use of these resources have a midterm GPA (in re-designed courses) at least .5 higher on average.  The success of the program is testament to how well faculty, staff, and students work together with creativity and enthusiasm to drive success.


Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto

The annual Keep State Great service project was held on October 21. We had a record breaking turn out of over 1,500 students coming together to clean up the NMSU campus in preparation for homecoming.


The Kickoff event for homecoming was held on October 23, on I-Mall. Students could play minute-to-win-it games to receive a homecoming t-shirt. Students were also encouraged to follow ASNMSU on Facebook.

Car Smash was held on October 24. Students could donate to hit the car with all proceeds going to Cowboys for Cancer.

The annual homecoming bonfire was held on October 26. Alumni, students, and community members came together to enjoy music from the Pride of New Mexico, Vince Alten, and Chris Baker.


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