Activity Report October 22 – October 28

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • Our external auditors, KPMG, met with the Regents Audit committee to review the results of their comprehensive review of the Foundation, Arrowhead, and NMSU financials. It was a clean audit with only one minor finding – a glitch in a report which seems to have been caused by a malfunction in Banner.  KPMG auditors were very complimentary about the professionalism and work product of our finance and accounting team but expressed an interest in and some concern about succession planning, given some pending retirements.  Kudos to our fantastic teams in the Foundation, Arrowhead, and Administration and Finance.
  • I was pleased to approve a new joint NMSU/UNM Ph.D. program in Geography.  While we are almost complete with NMSU approvals, it still must go through the UNM system.  Collectively, the program will have about 15 faculty members.  Terrific work by the champions of this initiative – Chris Brown and Carol Campbell.  I am all about growing excellent graduate programs and this one has some sizzle in that it is a joint endeavor which will make it much more appealing to HED.
  • I attended the NMSU/Texas A & M game. We had a terrific turnout of alums at the tailgate – 150 folks or so. Leslie Cervantes, Tera Winter, and their colleagues did a super job of organizing the tailgate.   While the game did not turn out as well as we wanted, it was interesting for me to visit the A&M campus.  They have over 60,000 students (the largest university in Texas according to one of their alums), seating capacity of 102,000 in their stadium (99,000 were in attendance for our game in this recently renovated- at a cost of $400 million- stadium), students are expected to go to “yell practice” Friday night before every game, whether home or away and about 5,000 usually show up, and the jets are abundant as their alums fly in to support their Aggies. Bryan/College Station is just a little larger than our metro area so it is astounding how much support they generate from around the state.  The Corps gives A&M a special and different feel.  Didn’t learn how many are in the Corps of cadets but in the hundreds.  The folks were very hospitable.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • On Monday, October 24, I spent the afternoon with the Regents Student Success Committee listening to presentations on a variety of initiatives underway at NMSU designed to improve student success. The goal of the meeting was to obtain a better understanding of these initiatives and begin considering which ones might be scaled up to reach a larger number of students.
  • On Tuesday’s meeting of the Academic Dean’s Council, one of the topics of discussion was Rule 5.14 on faculty credentials. As noted in a previous Provost’s Post, faculty credentials have become a focus of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and it is important that NMSU has a policy in place consistent with the expectations of HLC.  One of the most important tasks ahead of us is designing an exceptions policy in each college that is consistent with the expectation that faculty members teaching courses at the collegiate level have kept pace with the scholarship in their fields.
  • On Wednesday, I chaired a meeting of the Statewide General Education Steering Committee at which we discussed our curriculum model. We believe that the model will be ready for statewide dissemination and comment by the second week of November.
  • On Friday, I spent most of the day with Dr. Tim Renick discussing how to re-design the public research university to better serve its students, who are increasingly low income and first generation. My Provost’s Post for this week focuses on some lessons learned over the course of the day.

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

Agricultural Experiment Station   Dr. Sam Fernald, director of the Water Resources Research Institute and professor of Range Sciences, and Dr. Steve Loring, associate director—AES, facilitated a faculty forum to discuss significant water issues facing New Mexico and faculty perceptions of opportunities and responses for NMSU. Dean Rolando Flores spoke about the importance of water to the mission of NMSU. The forum was attended by representatives from the colleges of ACES, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences. A white paper summarizing their comments along with those from off-campus faculty and stakeholders will be prepared for use by college deans when evaluating research, teaching, and extension/outreach programs.

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology   Meredith Campbell, a graduate student from the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, received the Graduate School’s 2016 Outstanding Graduate Award.  This is the highest award the NMSU Alumni Association bestows upon a graduate student.  Meredith was selected through a competitive process among many outstanding nominees across NMSU and is well deserving of this recognition.

Extension Plant sciences   Extension Plant Sciences Southwest Turfgrass Association’s Annual Recreational Landscape Conference and Expo was held at the Las Cruces Convention Center, October 25-27, 2016. This year’s conference featured a trade show and educational programs, and a field day at the NMSU Saline Irrigation Research Plots. Over 140 participants learned about effective water conservation management practices, how to produce quality turfgrass areas using saline and non-potable water sources, effective weed management strategies, sprayer calibration, and irrigation needs of turf and landscape plants. Two students received a scholarship from the Southwest Turfgrass Association: David Rodriguez Herrera, a senior majoring in Genetics in Plant and Environmental Sciences, and Laura Johnson, graduate student in Horticulture with Plant and Environmental Sciences.

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NMSU Extension and Research Youth Agricultural Science Center at Memorial Middle School    Students in AXED 484 “Methods of Teaching Earth, Life, and Physical Sciences in Agriculture” developed lesson plans and delivered a STEM program on the hydrologic cycle to students at the NMSU Extension and Research Youth Agricultural Science Center in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The Center serves a diverse student population. The lesson included information on the hydrologic cycle, an experiential hydrologic activity to reinforce teaching and learning, and an inquiry-based learning experiment simulating the effects of climate extremes on plant growth. Regents Professor Tom Dormody, and Center Director and CES specialist Peter Skelton collaborate annually on this program to provide NMSU students pre-service teaching experiences, test innovative STEM teaching methods at the Center, and to encourage youth to attend NMSU through near-peer mentoring. One NMSU student stated about the experience, “I like this learning experience better than a conventional lecture-based course because I am a hands-on learner and I get more from the course if I can apply what is being taught”. Another stated, “Being in the classroom today reiterated my passion for students and excited me even more to be a teacher. What an awesome class, what an awesome experience.” Grant funding the Center received from the Enchanted Life Foundation will support the two-day NMSU student-led STEM program for the next two years.

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Extension Research   Jacki Baca, Santa Fe County Extension Program Director, co-authored a study on “Growing Our Own: A Longitudinal Evaluation of a Professional Development Program for Early-Career 4-H Professionals.” The study was a longitudinal evaluation of the Western Region 4-H Institute, a five-day training program designed to enhance the skill sets of early-career Extension professionals organized around the 4-H professional research, knowledge, and competencies model. Results indicated that networking and developing effective programs for youth were paramount for participants, suggesting the importance of providing professional development opportunities for early-career professionals.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • College of Arts & Sciences awarded 10 Graduate Assistant Travel Grant awards in the amount of $4650.  Recipients will use the awarded funds to offset costs associated with attending conferences at which most will present their scholarship and network with professionals.
  • Nancy McMillan, Discovery Scholars director and department head of Geology, and Anne Hubbell, dean fellow in Arts and Sciences, had a poster presentation at the 9th Annual Mentoring Conference in Albuquerque. The conference provided outstanding speakers from across the country who presented research on mentoring programs for faculty and students. Dr.s McMillan and Hubbell learned much that can be used to continue to improve the College of Arts and Sciences student mentoring program, Discovery Scholars.
  • The college hosted the visit of Reverend Kevin Strempke (Dallas, TX), who offered a lecture in the Government department. Rev. Strempke is an alumni of the Government department and a donor to the college.
  • The college was present during the last Night Market, promoting the programs and the upcoming GO Bond C.

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  • The University Museum hosted a presentation of Mortuary Pattern and Life in Iron Age Central Thailand by Dr. Thanik Lertcharnrit.

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  • The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosted a colloquium by Dr. Lawrence Que Jr. (University of Minnesota) on “The Amazing High-valent Iron-OXO Landscape”
  • The Department of Music offered a Brass Master Class Performance and guest artists recital, with Benjamin Pierce and Tomoko Kashiwagi.
  • Ten Graduate Assistant Travel Grant were awarded, in the amount of $4650.  Recipients will use the provided funds to offset costs associated with attending conferences at which most will present their scholarship and network with professionals.
  • Nancy McMillan, Discovery Scholars Director and department head of Geology, and Anne Hubbell, dean fellow in Arts and Sciences, had a poster presentation at the 9th Annual Mentoring Conference in Albuquerque. The conference provided outstanding speakers from across the country who presented research on mentoring programs for faculty and students. Drs. McMillan and Hubbell learned much that can be used to continue to improve the student mentoring program Discovery Scholars.

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College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • I attended lunch with my fellow deans on October 25 hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Recruiting for new Student Ambassadors for the spring semester is under way. Ambassadors represent the College of Business, interact with the business community, and are provided with the opportunity to be mentored, as well as serve as mentors. Students interested in applying should see the Dean’s Office to pick up an application.  Applications are due Monday, November. 28.
  • On October 26 I provided a presentation to the Regents Student Success Committee. Topics included online program offerings, potential growth areas, and industry, alumni and donor relationships.
  • I attended sessions related to student retention with Dr. Tim Renick, Vice Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success at Georgia State University on Friday, October 28.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

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Kurt Wurm, surveying engineering, presented a lecture for Science Café at the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science October 27. His topic was Global Position System Use in Society. GPS technology is ubiquitous in society, yet many people do not have a clear idea of how it works or its multitude of applications. Wurm presented a brief history of GPS, discussed how it works, and the accuracies that can be expected from a variety of GPS receivers. He also discussed activities related to self-driving automobiles and the obstacles to be overcome before they can be fully implemented.

  • Mark Manning,D. candidate in civil engineering-structures, was selected by the Transportation Research Board Concrete Materials Section to receive its 2016 Best Paper Award for his paper “Behavior Comparison of Prestressed Channel Girders from High-Performance and Ultrahigh-Performance Concrete.”  The TRB Standing Committee on Properties of Concrete peer-reviewed this paper which was published in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2577.  Co-authors of the paper included Michael McGinnis, University of Texas, Tyler; and Brad Weldon, David Jáuregui and Craig Newtson, all from NMSU.  This award is especially noteworthy because the paper was part of the TRB Minority Student Fellows program which sponsored Manning.
  • The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network hosted the 2016 NM BEST Robotics competition October 22.  More than 456 middle and high school students participated in the Bet the Farm robotics game. BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) is one of the oldest robotics competitions in the country.  The competition requires students to engage in design, build, programming, written and oral presentations, marketing and teamwork.  The game engaged more than 87 volunteers including faculty, engineering students and community members.
  • The actual game field was built by the NMSU Associated General Contractors student organization under the guidance of faculty advisors John Tapia and Kenny Stevens, both of the Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering Department. Their commitment to the competition involved BEST design meetings every Saturday from August through October; time spent studying the plans; Wednesdays and Fridays in the construction shop; Mall Day and finally, Competition Day, not to mention broken tools, out-of-pocket money for materials and the use of personal vehicles. The AGC crew included nine civil engineering Technology; two Mechanical Engineering Technology and one Civil Engineering student who put in almost 400 man hours on the competition field to get it ready.  Among the many volunteers to execute the event were numerous volunteers who helped set up, judge and clean up. “It was a pretty amazing example of what can happen when human beings combine their efforts for a common goal,” said Stevens.

eng-2Yanyan Zhang has joined the Department of Civil Engineering as an assistant professor in the area of environmental engineering.  Zhang received a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering in 2012 from the University of Missouri, Columbia and she holds a P.E. license in Canada.  Before joining the department, Zhang was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Her research interests are biotechnologies for water and wastewater treatment and reuse including pathogen detection and inactivation; bacterial adhesion, biofilm and disinfection resistance; fate and transport of micropollutants in natural and engineered systems; and integrated biochemical and physicochemical treatment systems. Zhang will teach ENVE 459 – Environmental Microbiology in spring 2017.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner 

Office of the Dean   New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services has launched a study to examine the impact of cancer on Hispanic families and to develop programs targeting Latinas. Researchers in the Department of Public Health Sciences are looking for Hispanic mothers who have been diagnosed with cancer in the past two years as participants for the study. Department of Public Health Associate Professor Rebecca Palacios suggests most of the research on how women and their families cope with cancer is focused on non-Hispanic white participants of middle to upper-middle socio-economic status. The few studies involving racial ethnic minorities typically focus on middle-class African Americans. The team selected the study topic after finding a lack of education programs for cancer patients in the New Mexico-El Paso border region.

School of Social Work   Associate Professor, Dr. Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome recently visited Utah as part of her role as international board member of the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). EAGALA is a psychotherapeutic model, developed by a licensed clinical social worker in 1999. An emerging behavioral health treatment currently offered through over 4,500 institutions and providers, equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is showing promise as a particularly efficacious brief intervention with trauma-related symptoms across the human lifespan.

The Southern Unit of the National Association of Social Workers hosted a New Mexico Policy Panel on Friday October 21 in the College of Health and Social Services. Panel participants were invited to explain policy positions and answer questions from the audience. Moderator questions for the panelists were directed towards health/human, social and economic justice issues that are salient in the Las Cruces region. Continuing education credits were provided for social workers and psychology attendees.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

President’s Associates Scholars   Dean Chaiken participated in the quarterly board meeting for the board that oversees the President’s Associates Scholars on campus. These students earn one of our most generous scholarship packages and they are selected based on a competitive process that includes an application essay. The next cohort of PA scholars will be selected very soon, so the meeting was spent discussing the recruitment process and strategies to secure additional support for this important program.

Honors College students go to see the women’s volleyball success    A group of students, including both PA and Conroy Scholars, attended the Thursday evening volleyball game against Grand Canyon University. Our amazing Aggies won three successive games against GCU, and we enjoyed a fun evening out with nachos and pictures with Pistol Pete.

 

70th Anniversary of the Fulbright Awards   The Fulbright Foundation is celebrating 70 years of this landmark program that fosters cultural exchange, and the Honors College co-hosted a celebration dinner with faculty and students who were current or former award winners. We were joined by Kenneth Carpenter, the Fulbright representative and retired UNM professor who brought several Fulbrighters from Albuquerque to join in the festivities. English professor Connie Voisine (Fulbright to Ireland) gave the keynote address.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

NMSU Welcomes After the Fire   On October 25, 2016, NMSU Fire Department, Housing & Residential Life and Dean of Students hosted the After the Fire presentation in the Corbett Center Ballrooms. The audience was composed of Resident Assistants, members of campus fraternities and sororities, student firefighters and NMSU students. The keynote speakers, Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons, used a documentary about the January 2000 Seton Hall Freshman’s Res

ident’s Hall fire, to discuss the impact the fire made on their lives as well as the lives of others involved in that tragic fire. They explained the importance of fire safety on college campuses, gave important tips on how to prepare in case of a fire, and gave an inspirational speech on what truly is important in life.

Paint the Stress Away   Corbett Center and Campus Activities provided a free event to students, Paint the Stress Away.  Participants received step-by-step instructions on how to create their own Halloween themed canvas painting.af3

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya 

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As American As, Tour, Visits NMSU   As American As, sponsored by Fusion Network, is an art instillation which celebrates the diversity and changing faces of America. The tour made NMSU a stop on their tour on October 18, 2016. The art instillation was set up outside Corbett Corbett Center from 8 am-5 pm and spoke to over 1,200 students, faculty, and staff. The beyond life size photos attracted great conversation, comments, and photos from students choosing to celebrate diversity. As American As, tour will continue until November 8 where it will make the final stop in Miami.

 

Dean of Students Hosts Haunted House  Getting into the Halloween Spirit, the Office of the Dean of Students hosted a Haunted House for the NMSU community on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, from 1:00-4:00. The Office of the Dean of Students had over 100 guests walk thru their haunted house.

Student Success- The Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Perspective   Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Staff attended the events hosted by the NMSU Student Success Committee. On Friday, October 28, 2016 at Domenici Hall, Dr. Timothy Renick, individually spoke to SAEM staff on the best practices for student retention at Georgia State University.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg 

NM Fast Panel Session   On Thursday, NM Fast held a SBIR/STTR Best Practices Panel Session at the Air Force Research Lab in Albuquerque.  The session brought together several of NM’s top SBIR/STTR winners, who shared best practices and tips for submitting a successful proposal with participants. The panel can be watched on the NM Fast YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC87WYVRONOn0t98S8A-njug

Aggie I-Corps   Arrowhead Center kicked off its Fall Cohort of Aggie I-Corps on Friday. Aggie I-Corps is supported by the National Science Foundation to support teclhnology entrepreneurship based on university and student research. The program will last three weeks. Teams include students, faculty members and business mentors. During the program the teams will conduct 30 customer interviews and participate in four training sessions to reach an informed go/no-go decision about their STEM-based business ideas. Teams also receive $2,000 in participant support. Aggie I-Corps is offered three times per year. For more information, please visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/icorps.

Studio G Networking Hour   On Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly networking hour event that was attended by 23 students.  This week’s topic focused on the Disciplined Entrepreneur, and its discussion of how to design a business revenue model. Studio G Networking Hours provide practical startup information to students as well as the opportunity for aspiring student entrepreneurs to meet their peers, make connections, and form partnerships. The discussion can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/videos/vb.1625009944444677/1782994175312919/?type=2&theater

Innovation Frontera   On Tuesday, Dr. Griselda Martinez and Arrowhead Director, Kathy Hansen attended Innovation Frontera II, a day-long session devoted to the development of the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Borderplex. Half the day was spent in El Paso, Texas, half the day was spent at TechHub in Juarez, Mexico.

Vice President for Research, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya 

  • On Thursday October 27, NMSU’s Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) hosted an FAA sponsored Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Roadshow at the Laguna Elementary School at Laguna Pueblo. The event engaged 94 third; fourth; fifth; and sixth-grade students in aviation related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities. This STEM outreach was coordinated by PSL and PSL’s UAS Flight Test Site with the College of Education’s STEM Outreach Center staff and was funded by the Federal Aviation Administration through the FAA ASSURE UAS Center of Excellence.
  • Several New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) staff traveled to Socorro this week to attend a workshop with researchers from New Mexico Tech who are all working on an evapotranspiration/groundwater recharge model. Two models currently being used were described with an emphasis on how the models work and how they can be used. The effort is part of a larger NM WRRI initiative, the Statewide Water Assessment, which is evaluating the various components that make up the state’s water budget. Attending the workshop from NMSU were NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald, Dr. Hatim Geli of the Animal and Range Sciences Department, NM WRRI researchers Josh Randall, Ian Hewitt, and Francisco Ochoa, and Water Science and Management graduate student Connie Maxwell.
  • Pat Hynes attended the steering committee meeting of Borderplex held on October 27, 2016. As Borderplex 2020 Aerospace and Defense Task force co-chair, Pat reported on the progress made recently and outlined future developments.
  • The office of research development organized internal limited submission competition for the NSF – MRI (major research instrumentation) grant opportunity. There were only three proposals this cycle for the two instrument acquisition spots. The proposals from Professor Ray Tathahgata from Civil Engineering Department and Professor Michaela Buenemann from Geography Department were selected to go forward to NSF for competitive funding. If funded, either of the two instruments will vastly increase collaborative research efforts and NMSU’s capacity to compete for sponsored funding.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Kellogg Foundation Grants   The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has committed approximately $554,000 to NMSU to improve educational outcomes in southern New Mexico. The College of Education will receive a $252,000 planning grant to begin the process of re-inventing and transforming that college. The funds will be used, in part, to gather experts from around the region and the country to study and evaluate the college and make recommendations regarding its restructuring. Another $302,000 in Kellogg funds will be used to create a Data Analysis Unit to help educators, education professors and education advocates improve programming based on quantitative analysis of outcomes. The unit will be housed in the Office of Institutional Analysis, under university Assistant Vice President Judith Bosland, and will operate in conjunction with Dona Ana County’s Success! Partnership.

Young Achievers Forum   We’ve received $5,000 from AT&T to support next February’s Young Achievers Forum, a follow-up to last year’s successful Grad Nation Summit on campus.

Geology Pledge   We had a pledge finalized this week to Giving Tuesday 2017 (not 2016) as a match challenge for the Geology department, to the amount of $10,000 each for two endowed scholarships.

HSS Thank-Yous   The College of Health and Social Services will begin monthly donor thank-you calls next week through their student organizations and College Ambassadors. Since this thank-you campaign was initiated last spring to personally thank donors to HSS, donors are grateful for student calls and enjoy the updates from students.

Alumni App   The Alumni Association has just released the NMSU Alumni App in an effort to better connect our alumni and friends community in a more meaningful way. Alumni Events, High-Value Cultural Events and Alumni Offers are all listed and viewable on your smartphone. The app is free and available in the Google Play Store (for Android users) and the Apple App Store (for iPhone users). For more information, email alumni@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-3616.

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Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

  • On Monday, October 24, Associate Provost Menking presented to the Board of Regents Student Success Committee on the topic of international enrollment management.  On Wednesday, Office of Education Abroad Director Angelina Palumbo presented to the same group on Office of Education Abroad activities.  Both presentations were well-received and reference was made to new international data represented on recently updated charts on the IBP website’s internationalization page.  https://ibp.nmsu.edu/internationalization/
  • CI hosted a Chinese film on Tuesday night, help LCPS Language Academy classes on Thursday, and will be having both the Cultural Bazaar and Professional Development tomorrow.
  • CELP is preparing for the arrival of the Proyecta group. The cohort of 24 students will arrive this weekend and will spend the month of November studying intensive English at NMSU through CELP.
  • CELP has been busy preparing for a delegation of 10 Vietnamese business men that will be attending CELP intensive English courses and business lectures for one week in December. The group will also participate in local and regional tourist activities.
  • ISSS sponsored the third coffee hour this semester, which was hosted by international students from Spain.  Topics included: growing up in Spain, Spanish food, stereotypes about people from Spain, the different languages spoken in Spain, the Spanish lisp, and Flamenco music.  Here are a couple of pictures I took during the presentation.
  • OEA participated in the Las Cruces Nightmarket in downtown Las Cruces. We played games, handed out Halloween candy to the community and promoted faculty led programs and IBP to the community.
  • OEA participated in the Cultural Bazaar at Branigan Cultural Center at the Farmer’s Market followed by Aggie Experience in Corbett Saturday afternoon.  They also had their bi-annual Pre-Departure orientation for all students participating in a winter break and spring study abroad program. 73 students will be abroad next winter break and spring, along with 20 students on a FLiP program to Costa Rica!
  • OEA is promoting FLiP through direct marketing classroom presentations. Staff completed 9 presentations this week and have 6 next week while the marketeers completed 7 student club presentations. Deadlines for most spring listed faculty led programs are December 1st.

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

 Marketing Services   Working in collaboration with our colleagues at Admissions, the Marketing team developed a three-panel folder for use as part of their admit package. The folder includes a vibrant photo on the front with the celebratory headline “You’re In!” The inside will include the Offer of Admission letter and additional material supplied by Admissions. The back includes I AM #NMSUbound in order to increase engagement with students via social media.

KRWG/SPU   NPR President Jarl Mohn visited the KRWG studios on Tuesday morning. The stop was part of his cross-country trip visiting NPR stations. He was able to spend some time with students chatting about the future of media and journalism.

(L-R) Rebekah Baca, Hunter Christmas, NPR Pres. Jarl Mohn, Gabrella Kral, Ryan Bermel

(L-R) Rebekah Baca, Hunter Christmas, NPR Pres. Jarl Mohn, Gabrella Kral, Ryan Bermel 

In collaboration with the Las Cruces Sun-News, KRWG produced a debate between the Congressional District 2 candidates. The discussion with incumbent Republican Steve Pearce and Democrat Merrie Lee Soules was provided statewide to the public television stations in Albuquerque and Portales.

News and Media Relations   Coverage of Saturday’s NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink events was well-received on social media channels this week. The news team posted 14 photos on the NMSU News Facebook page from the Emma Jean Cervantes Run/Walk and the NMSU Aggies football game, which reached almost 3,500 people. The game photos included shots of college football’s largest pink ribbon, which stretches across 100 yards.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

  • Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 – Investment and Pensions Oversight Committee, Capitol Rm 322

o   Oct. 31 -Proposed Legislation from the Education Retirement Board (ERB)

o   Nov. 1 – Public Pension Solvency

  • Oct. 31 – Radioactive Hazardous Materials Committee, Capitol Rm 311

o   Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center Update, Russell Hardy, NMSU

  • Nov 1-2 – Military & Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Capitol Rm 307

o   Nov. 2 – Report on Senate Bill 153 (2016): College Credit for Military Training, Harrison Rommel, HED

o   Nov. 2 – Consideration of Legislation for Endorsement

  • Nov. 9-10 – Economic and Rural Development Committee, Capitol Rm 322

o   Nov. 9 – NM Grown Fresh Fruits and Vegetable for School Meals

o   Nov. 9 – Double Up Food Bucks for Farmers Markets

o   Nov. 10 – NM First Town Hall Recommendations

o   Nov. 10 – Updates from the Workforce Solutions Department

o   Nov. 10 – Updates from the Economic Development Department

o   Nov. 10 – Updates on Capital Outlay for Broadband Infrastructure

o   Nov. 10 – Discussion of Proposed Committee-Endorsed Legislation

  • Nov. 14-15 – Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee

o   Nov. 14 – Need for High-Speed Internet (Broadband)

o   Nov. 14 – Proposed Legislation

  • Nov. 15-18 – Legislative Finance Committee, Capitol, Rm 307

o   Nov. 16. – Economic and Revenue Update

o   Nov. 16 – Update of Medicaid Cost-Containment

o   Nov. 16 – Potential 2016 Committee Sponsored Legislation

  • Nov. 15- NM Finance Authority Oversight Committee, Capitol, Rm 307

o   Report on Bonds and Governmental Gross Receipts Tax (GGRT)

o   Sweep of Flow-Through GGRT

o   Report on Economic Development and Infrastructure in the Border Region

  • Nov. 16 – 18, Legislative Education Study Committee, Capitol, Rm 307

o   No Time to Lose:  How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State

o   Potential Committee Sponsored Legislation

o   Senate Bill 153 Report:  Military Training and Experience for College Credit, Dr. Rommel, HED

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

  • We hosted the 4th Annual AGriculture Day. This was our biggest year yet. The agricultural community provided food samples and exhibits. Kids were able to ride in a barrel train, learn about watersheds, and interact with a variety of farm animals. This year, Ag Day partnered with the Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink promotion to help raise awareness for cancer research.
  • I attended the 25th Tri-National Agricultural Accord, being held in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Ontario served as a backdrop for discussions on agricultural market access and trade collaboration. Climate change, trade, and expanding our food processing sectors were the focus of the meeting. This meeting is an important forum to promote cooperation between our nations (United States, Canada, and Mexico) and to work together on shared priorities.

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  • Staff attended a Drought Outlook and Impacts Workshop hosted by USDA Southwest Climate Hub. The focus was directed at agricultural interests on rangeland and how to utilize various tools to prepare for drought.
  • Entomology staff participated in the New Mexico Pecan Grower’s annual conference in Las Cruces. Staff delivered presentations on the current status of the department’s pecan weevil eradication program, managed Continuing Education Credits for the conference, and organized the presentations.
  • NMDA coordinated a breakfast meeting between Chairman of House Agriculture, Congressman Conway, and the NM agricultural community to discuss current and forthcoming agricultural issues. Representative Conaway discussed the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill, economic issues affecting agricultural producers, and natural resource topics. After the breakfast was a tour that highlighted ACES research

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 50 police reports created, 36 supplements filed, and 17 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 28 items of evidence entered into the vault, 30 people were fingerprinted and 2 background checks were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   Emergency Dispatch Center handled 242 police calls for service, 2 of which were 911 calls, resulting in 150 police calls (21 of which were agency assist) and 9 warrant entries.  There were 17 fire calls (6 of which were mutual aid), 6 emergency medical calls, 2 standby, 2 fire alarms, and 1 natural gas leak.  There was also 1 animal control call.

Special Events   Special Events Staff worked a total of 668.5 hours and reviewed 2 events with Campus Activities.

Crime Prevention   Set up new vendors for pepper spray products and coordination meetings for Halloween Extravaganza.

Victim Services   Ongoing assistance to sexual assault victim.  Coordinated Police Report and worked with DA’s office regarding case resolution.

Meeting with BCOM to Discuss Clery   Chief Lopez and Command Harvey met with Vanessa Richardson, Compliance Officer at BCOM, to discuss Clery Compliance and interaction between NMSU Las Cruces and BCOM regarding emergency notifications, timely warnings, and crime statistics.

Discrimination Free Work Environment Training for Police Department   Lauri Millott, Director of OIE, conducted two training workshops for Police Department staff on discrimination in the workplace and avoiding pitfalls.  All staff in the Police Department were required to attend, and they were joined by staff from the NMSU Fire Department, Human Resources, and BCOM.

CSA Training for OIE   Chief Lopez taught a Campus Security Authority class for staff from the Office of Institutional Equity and the Burrell College of Osteopathic medicine.  Due to the nature of the jobs of the attendees, this course focused more on the interaction with Title IX than the basic CSA training normally does.  The efforts to get all remaining CSA’s identified and trained prior to the HLC visit in the Spring will continue through December.

2016 CART Disaster Exercise   The Central Administration Response Team gathered on Friday for the annual disaster tabletop exercise.  This year’s exercise centered on heavy rains and flooding, accompanied by the loss of utilities and damage to certain buildings.  There was excellent participation from the CART members, and President Gratton has requested a similar exercise for the Carlsbad Campus in the Spring.

Halloween Carnival   Several members of the department worked at the NMSU Family Housing Halloween Carnival, along with the NMSU Fire Department and Housing and Residential Life staff.  The department hosted a bean-bag toss, a shooting gallery (pictured, using Nerf guns), and meet-and-greet with motorcycle and canine officers.  There were approximately 200 people in attendance, and all seemed to have a fun time!

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

  • As part of our Quality Initiative to improve student disciplinary writing, we have been meeting with various groups across campus to share institution-level data about student writing. On Friday, 30 faculty from across campus gathered to review the data, consider implications, and make recommendations that would support improved student writing. In the coming weeks, we will be sorting through those recommendations and hosting additional opportunities for faculty to provide input on recommended actions.
  • To learn more about accreditation go to https://accreditation.nmsu.edu/.

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Sonography program honored   The NMSU Doña Ana Diagnostic Medical Sonography program has been named one of the top two-year programs in the country by the Community for Accredited Online Schools. The community college program ranks 35th in the nation for the 2016-2017 school year. http://dacc.nmsu.edu/in-the-media/2016/10/26/sonography-program-rated-nationally/

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

  • Interim Vice President for Student Success Kathy Fuller and President Ken Van Winkle attended the Community College of the Air Force graduation on Tuesday, October 25. The celebration was held at Holloman Air Force Base and highlighted the achievements of airmen and women who had completed their Associate Degrees, many of whom had taken classes at NMSU-A.
  • Marketing Representative Katie Pacelli-Klinger and President Van Winkle were featured morning guests Thursday, October 27 on Radio KHII in Alamogordo. The show emphasized the importance of passing Bond C for higher education and how helpful those funds would be to the Alamogordo campus.
  • The sub-committee on shared governance led by Kim Lopez-Gallagher and Wayne McGowan has been working diligently to restructure NMSU-A’s standing committees to align with the two new academic divisions. The committee met last week with faculty, staff and administration. The campus is involved in providing feedback over the next several weeks as the hard work of implementing the new structure will take place.
  • The NMSU-A Assurance Document writing team led by Greg Hillis completed the first draft of the assurance report to be presented to the Higher Learning Commission for the NMSU-A mid-term site visit in February. The draft is now available to faculty and staff for input and will be completed over the next several weeks.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Monday, October 24, NMSU Carlsbad convened its first “Coffee with the Executive Team.” All faculty and staff were invited to attend and have an open discussion over concerns or questions. The event was well-attended and our plans are to continue the activity in future months.
  • On Monday evening, October 24, NMSU Carlsbad and the Carlsbad Current Argus co-sponsored a Candidate Forum. Three Senatorial, two Representatives, the Eddy County Sherriff, the County Treasurer, and the Eddy County Commissioners attended and debated their positions related to the posed questions. The event attracted a large number of interested citizens from the community.
  • On Friday, October 28, NMSU Carlsbad convened its “Professional Development Reporting” initiative. Faculty and staff made presentations related to their completed professional development initiatives and the value received from these activities.
  • On Friday, October 28, NMSU Carlsbad convened its monthly meeting of the Steering Committee. An AQIP update was received and the Chairpersons of each Standing Committee delivered a report on the initiatives and activities of their respective committees.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Domestic Violence Awareness   On October 26, 2016, NMSU Grants partnered with Roberta’s Place to host an “Educate and Advocate about Domestic Violence” event  Roberta’s Place is a non-profit organization that provides services for victims and their children of domestic violence which include transportation for medical, counseling, shopping, emergency shelter, etc.  The awareness event began with attendees designing purple t-shirts, socializing, enjoying hot dogs, popcorn, and refreshments.  The event had a panel of local professionals and advocates that discussed the devastating impact that domestic violence can have on our families, children, community and larger society.  The Associated Student Government presented Sally Sanchez, Roberta’s Place director, with money raised from a bake sale the previous day.  The event was well received by community members, students, and NMSU Staff/Faculty. One particular comment received was: “Thank you for having this event…it is imperative to keep getting the voice out about this issue that affects so many in our communities and worldwide!” Attendees left with much greater understanding of the breadth and effects of domestic abuse and a commitment to break the silence upon which it feeds.  NMSU Grants looks forward to continue to “Educate and Advocate.”

Financial Literacy Workshop   NMSU Grants Student Services and Wells Fargo have teamed up to provide financial literacy to students, staff, and the public.  Sonya Sperling, a Personal Banker at Wells Fargo, kicked off the series on Friday, October21, discussing how to maintain a monthly budget plan and “what you should know about your credit”. Wells Fargo attends the NMSU Grants Fall and Spring Student Convocation, educating students about the local banking options.

Chamber of Commerce Meeting   NMSU Grants partnered with the Chamber of Commerce and hosted a Chamber Business Breakfast meeting, Wed. October19. The theme, “Economic Bright Spots” was a discussion among Cibola County Business owners about how to stay positive and thrive in challenging economic times.  Over 30 people were in attendance and were able to see the new “JJ’s Snack Shack” in Martinez Hall, which provided breakfast burritos.

Cross Country Meet   On Friday, October 21, NMSU Grants hosted over 200 cross country athletes from the local high schools for the Grants High School annual cross country invitational. Not only is NMSU Grants in a beautiful setting for the runners, the employees enjoyed seeing so many young people and families on campus.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • This Saturday, October 22nd, ASNMSU hosted a special Pink Tailgate before the football game in honor of Pink Week. “Croakies” were used as prizes for students who attended the tailgate to show that Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink!
  • Elections for  ASNMSU Senate were held from October 24-28, with polls closing at 5 pm. Election efforts were supplemented by mobile polling stations around campus, free t-shirt giveaways for students who voted, and through a social media campaign. We encouraged students to get out and vote for their college’s Senate nominees, and the results look promising for a potentially large increase in student voter turnout!
  • The ASNMSU Roadrunners held a game booth at the Las Cruces Night Market at The Downtown Plaza on October 26th from 6-9 pm. 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 Special Events Board continues to accept applications and hold interviews for students looking to get involved in ASNMSU’s concert series. For students interested in getting involved in the planning and execution of concerts for the student body, please send resumes to asnmsuse@nmsu.edu indicating your interest.
  • The Diversity Board of ASNSMU met to discuss how we Diversity Programming could be better supported to encourage diversity representation in the University.
  • The Snooze Salon is still 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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