Activity Report October 27 – November 2


Fulbright Scholar Sara Bonk (education) left for her fellowship in Spain. During the 2018-19 academic year Sara will be teaching English in Spain, building on her experiences as a volunteer English teacher in Poland and Spain. Sara received support through the Office of National Scholarships and International Education and Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar to prepare a competitive proposal and ultimately to win the Fulbright.

Advising Support   Next week students will begin to register for spring 2019 classes and the Crimson Scholars have first access to registration beginning on November 8. In order to ensure that students get helpful guidance about how to weave honors classes into their programs of study, Dean Miriam Chaiken, Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar, and Student Program Coordinator Abby Nayra held more than 40 hours of walk-in office hours in the week before registration to provide support.

Endowed Scholarship  Last Christmas, Dr. Roberto Gallegos received a most unusual present. His wife Anne, also a retired NMSU faculty member, and their children created the Roberto Gallegos Northern New Mexico Scholarship to honor Dr. Roberto’s lifetime of service to improving educational opportunities for young people in New Mexico, and surprised him with this gift at the holidays. Roberto grew up in an impoverished family in Cuba, New Mexico, and was the youngest of 8 children who lost their father at an early age. Roberto was the first in his family to finish high school and his oldest brother, who became the surrogate father, drove him to Albuquerque when he was 18 and told him that he must go to college. With no guidance or role models, Roberto persevered, and registered at UNM and found lodging in the basement of a funeral home, where he earned his keep by picking up deceased people for the business. He eventually graduated, and went on to earn graduate degrees including a doctorate, and spent much of his career at NMSU creating the field of bilingual education as we now know it. The scholarship named for him is to provide financial support to students who come from the northwest quadrant of the state where he originates, and who come from other families of modest means. The scholarship will ensure future “Robertos” will enjoy more financial support and will follow in his footsteps.

On Thursday we held a tea party reception to celebrate the new Roberto Gallegos scholarship, and members of the extended Gallegos family, as well as colleagues, and former students joined the family to celebrate the accomplishments of this remarkable man. Retired faculty members Hermán Garcia and Rudolfo Chavez-Chavez, who had also been students of Gallegos, spoke movingly about what this man had done for them, and the Gallegos children spoke about what a loving and supportive father he had been. Guests ranged in age from six months to way more than 60 years, and everyone was so pleased to be part of this special occasion.


News and Media Relations    The campus went all-out for Halloween this year, showing the amazing creativity of students, staff and faculty. News and Media Relations captured photos and a video of the costumes for the NMSU News Facebook page, which drew a combined audience of 4,534 and almost 1,000 clicks, reactions, comments and shares.

KRWG    KRWG staff acted as judges for the student participants in the Amazing Shake at Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy.  Students competed to demonstrate and sharpen their mastery of soft skills such job interviews, public speaking, customer service, etc.

NMSU Library was able to award Library student employees Elizabeth Gee, Adriana Ramirez, Jessica Flores, Nathan Aguirre, David Lee and Robbie Rivas to the Elizabeth Mckenney Titus Endowed Scholarships and Frances Williams Endowed Scholarships for the 2018-19 school year.

Aggie Scheduler Builder goes live    On November 1, NMSU launched Aggie Schedule Builder, a new course registration tool that allows students to easily create their class schedules. Students simply select the courses they want, specify the times that aren’t available for class (work, sports, clubs, study times, meals, etc.), and then let Schedule Builder generate all possible conflict-free schedules. Once students choose a schedule that works for them, they can they add it to the shopping cart and complete their registration.  This work was a collaborative effort by DACC, ICT, and Student Success.

Although registration hasn’t begun yet, students are able to use the tool, save their chosen schedule, and then submit it when registration opens up. Additional information about Aggie Scheduler builder is located at  Aggie Schedule Builder can be accessed from the student tab, under the registration option in

On Friday, October 26, the Office of Education Abroad students, five Study Abroad Ambassadors and four Exchange Students, participated in the Annual Fall Festival at Fairacres Elementary School.  This is the second year the group has helped with this event.  It has been a great opportunity to show our visiting Exchange Students a bit of American culture and for NMSU students to give back to the local community.

On Saturday, October 27,  the Office of Education Abroad hosted a Pre-Departure Orientation for 25 NMSU students who will be studying abroad for Winter Break and Spring Semester.  In total, NMSU will be sending 44 Aggies abroad to 16 countries for Spring 2019.  During the Winter Break, 25 Aggies will be studying Intensive Language or working on an Internship abroad in five countries!


The Army ROTC Cadets are training in various gun exercises to prepare for a leadership training at Ft. Bliss later this month. Good luck too all the Cadets!

Last week the College of Arts and Science at #NMSU hosted three Google employees for two days full of workshops, talks, and technical sessions. Tasha Nesiba, a software engineer, graduated from NMSU with her B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science. Rob Sanchez, a hardware operations manager, is originally from Española, NM and Diego Donizeth is a program manager and part of the staffing team in San Francisco, CA. The Googlers spent a total of 17 hours on campus, hosted 15 sessions, workshops, and social events. They connected with over 85 NMSU students studying computer science, engineering, mathematics, anthropology, and other subjects. Twelve teams participated in the Google scavenger hunt which took them all over NMSU campus, most participants got in over 10,000 steps! The winning team received Google swag and bragging rights. #google

Congratulations to Dr. Mary Alice Scott, Associate Professor in Anthropology. She received funding from the National Institute of Health through the Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research. Her research interests include health care and policy along the US-Mexico Border.

Congratulations to Zaira Martin, a sophomore a double major in Government and Criminal Justice.

Zaira was selected to participate with her poster at the annual Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium organized by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), held in Alexandria, Virginia, on October 28-29, 2018. Zaira was able to explain the goals, methods and findings of her research on how undocumented migrants are processed in groups through the criminal court system and the weaknesses in the protection of their rights to due process. The research was conducted in the summer of 2018 as part of a group project with Kely Cortes (UC Berkeley) and Miriam Lopez (Univ Arizona) within the framework of a National Science Foundation (NSF) REU Site Program to study the nature and impacts of immigration policy on migrants and border communities. This program is run by Dr. Neil Harvey, Department Head for the Government Department at NMSU and Dr. Jeremy Slack at UTEP in collaboration with a variety of community partners. Zaira’s participation was made possible by support from the NSF REU grant, the Department of Government, the Honors College travel grant program, and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). Thank you for your support.

The Postdoctoral M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology degree program at NMSU, directed by training director, Dr. Casey McDougall, received a 3-year renewal of its “RxP Designation” status by the American Psychological Association.  The curriculum in the NMSU psychopharmacology program (RxP) allows practicing psychologists to meet all requirements for licensure in the state of New Mexico as prescribing psychologists.  New Mexico State University is one of only four RxP programs in existence. Dr. McDougall is actively exploring avenues to expand the Program; and ultimately will be successful with the support of the College of Education and President’s Office.  He wishes to thank the CEP Dept. support staff, tireless Graduate Assistants, Advisory Board, and various consultants.  The Program continues to remain the premier Psychopharmacology Training and Education in the Nation.”

Dr. Barbara Gormley, professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology has been appointed to the American Psychological Association’s Task Force for Revising the Professional Practice Guidelines for Working with Sexual Minority Clients.  This task force will be revising the guidelines for professional practice with LGB clients.


On Friday, October 26, NMSU Alamogordo’s Social Science Club invited the local community to the 5th Annual Trunk or Treat event. It was truly exciting, fun, and engaging for all. Faculty, staff, and student organizations came out to show the youngsters of our community and their families a great, spooky, and sugar-filled time. It is estimated that the crowd was in excess of 1000 people. It was great to see so many people visit the campus for this fun event.

Over 1000 community members visited the NMSU Alamogordo campus for Trunk or Treat.

On Tuesday, October 30, NMSU Alamogordo held Admissions Night with the purpose of encouraging and orienting potential new students to enroll at NMSU-A. It was a fun-filled evening, with a welcome by NMSU-A President Dr. Ken Van Winkle, informational presentations, and Q&A sessions presented by Student Success staff. Faculty from various degree and career programs here at NMSU-A were available to answer questions. The topics discussed by the Student Success staff included information on the admissions process, the financial aid process and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) academic advising and how to register for courses, scholarships, and accessibility services. Ten new students began the admissions and financial aid process in order to start next Spring 2019.

NMSU Alamogordo advisor Elma Hernandez talks to prospective students about NMSU-A admissions policy.

The NMSU Alamogordo LULAC student organization held a Dia de Los Muertos event on Thursday, November 1. Club advisor, Dr. Juan Garcia gave a welcome to those who are not LULAC members and a short history of how LULAC came to be. He then went on to give instructions on how to set up your own Dia de Los Muertos altar and the significance of each item on the altar. After the presentation, traditional food was served. Everyone had a great time. We thank the members of LULAC for sharing this cultural event with us.

LULAC members Roxanne Rosales and Alan Holguin during the Dia de Los Muertos celebration.

On Tuesday, October 30, KRWG-TV continued its Election 2018 programming in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Greater Las Cruces.  This week’s forum included the candidates for New Mexico Public Lands Commissioner and Dona Ana County Sheriff.  The program broadcast schedule was Thursday, Nov. 1, on KRWG-TV and the forum will also be available at and on the KRWG News YouTube channel.

The Las Cruces Home Builders Association invested $10,000 to support an endowed scholarship for NMSU students. Leslie Cervantes, associate vice president for alumni and donor relations, and Patrick Knapp, interim associate vice president for development, attended the LCHBA annual dinner to receive the gift in person.

The NMSU Foundation worked with the PRIDE of New Mexico Marching Band to launch a crowdfunding project on Make A STATEment, NMSU’s official crowdfunding platform. The band is currently at 203 members, doubling their membership from the previous year, and is only going to continue growing. To help support this growth, you can donate to ensure every member has meals, instruments, and uniforms for every one of its 85 performances annually. Make your gift at

The NMSU Foundation officially launched its awareness campaign this week for NMSU’s #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, November 27. With lots of matching money available from generous donors, the fourth year of this event hopes to draw in gifts of any amount both online and in person at #GivingTuesday headquarters in Corbett Center. To learn more, visit

An alumni and former President’s Associates Scholar, along with their spouse, documented a $40,000 estate gift that will someday establish a President’s Associate’s scholarship for the benefit of students in the College of ACES. The family is being welcomed into the NMSU Foundation’s 1888 Society as a result of this documented gift.

ASNMSU hosted an event with Senator Udall that featured a guided discussion on Udall’s policies and open questions from the student audience.

The ASNMSU Community Outreach department participated in Halloween Howl. Their Roadrunner interns had three activities to give out candy to children in the community that attended.

ASNMSU hosted the last football tailgate of the year.

On Monday, October 29, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a meeting with representatives from Chevron.  Chevron and NMSU Carlsbad are working together to establish oil and gas programs of study including a natural gas compression certificate and Associate in Applied Science.

On Tuesday, October 30, NMSU Carlsbad hosted its annual Halloween Treat or Treating activities.  Campus offices decorated and wore costumes as the college welcomed trick or treaters from the Carlsbad community.  In the evening, the Carlsbad Associated Students conducted the annual Halloween Carnival.  Both the afternoon trick or treating and the carnival attracted a large number of participants from the community.

On Wednesday, October 31, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met with representatives from New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs.  The two institutions are developing a MOU which will stipulate the collaboration between NMSU Carlsbad and NMJC in meeting the rapidly increasing workforce development needs of Southeastern New Mexico.

On Thursday, November 1, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met with representatives from across the NMSU System to discuss tuition proposals for NMSU Online.  The session was very positive with great input received from all participants.

NMDA Staff traveled to Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico to present data on Tritrichomonas foetus. hose in attendance included representatives for the Mexican federal government, representatives from the Sonora governor’s office, which included the Sonora Secretary of Agriculture and his staff and the State Veterinarian, representatives for the Veterinary University in Hermosillo, Laboratory personnel, along with representatives from the cattle industry. The meeting was successful and plans are being made for a return trip to begin a T. foetus surveillance program.

Local 365, a new promotional campaign featuring a different logo program member every day, had its soft launch on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter on November 1. The next two months will heavily feature specialty food producers for the holiday and gifting season.

Jeff Witte, NMDA Director and Secretary, attended the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) Annual Meeting. Met with USDEC leadership and marketing staff to discuss the potential of a NMDA membership in 2019 and the possibility of acquisition/utilization/leverage of USDA MAP/ATP funding and USDEC global assets for the NM dairy industry and the department. Additionally, marketing staff networked with marketing leads from top NM/US cheese and ingredient manufacturers/exporters to discuss challenges and opportunities in the current global marketplace and the benefit of NMDA’s role in their perspective marketing plans.

Jeff Witte, NMDA Director and Secretary, traveled to Paris, France as a Project Lead for the 2018 WUSATA Pavilion at the SIAL Paris Tradeshow. SIAL Paris is a five-day WUSATA Legacy Show, occurring every other year, and is the second largest 2018 tradeshow. It attracts exhibitors and buyers from almost every corner of the world. Twenty-four companies from the Western US exhibited. A majority of the WUSATA Pavilion was US dried fruit and tree nut suppliers, followed closely by suppliers of various consumer ready shelf stable goods. SIAL was reported to be of significant value/importance to their own perspective marketing plans, providing an opportunity to maintain visibility with exhibiting clientele while also prospecting for new customers. Beyond the day-to-day needs of the WUSATA exhibitors, staff was invited to the US Ambassador to France’s residence and had the opportunity to network with US and French government officials and dignitaries. Further, staff took every opportunity possible during the tradeshow to seek out potential importers of goods produced and/or processed in NM.

NMSU athletics hosted a tailgate party on Saturday afternoon prior to the football game vs Texas State in San Marcos, Texas. Over 150 donors and alum attended the tailgate. The group was highlighted by former NM State golfer and three-time PGA Tour winner Rich Beem who was in attendance. In addition former football alum Grant Foster hosted a cocktail party at his home on Friday night before the game.


Volleyball hosted it’s Pack the Pan Am sellout match against UT Rio Grande Valley where tickets were $1. Seventy businesses accounted for $10,415 in single game ticket sales, an all-time program record. NM State is currently just 1/2 game out of first place in the Western Athletic Conference.

Through a partnership with the City of Las Cruces, NM State men’s basketball and NM State women’s basketball hosted the Halloween Hoops Meet & Treat event on Tuesday afternoon at the Pan American Center. NMSU groups sponsored tables including the Swim and Dive program, Softball and the NMSU Human Resource department to name a few. Children were able to trick or treat on the concourse. Also the men’s basketball team had an open practice and both the men’s and women’s teams autographed posters for the kids.

NM State Sports Properties hosted the CenturyLink “Aggie for a Day” VIP event on Friday evening at the Pan Am Center. The event included an on-court meet and greet with the NM State basketball team and coaches, interactive activities including team drills and skills contest followed by dinner and drinks at the Barbara Hubbard Room. In addition, strength and conditioning head coach Don Decker did a Leadership Talk to the group. Mayor Ken Miyagishima was in attendance.

The STEM Outreach Center serves 2,922 students in local school districts including the LCPS, GISD, and HVPS districts through the 21st CCLC grant with high quality Out-Of-School-Time programs including fun and engaging family nights and adult learning sessions such as Keep the Lights On events, Bullying and Self-Defense Workshops, Quilting for a Cause Workshops, CPR Trainings, 21st CCLC Family 5K, and Student Showcases.  Learn more about the center and their initiatives at

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