Activity Report October 4-10

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • School Violence: It is most unfortunate but a reality that universities and schools are continually challenged with threatened and/or actual acts of violence.  Such was the case with last week’s bomb scare.  The device was rudimentary but we had to close down a portion of the campus to investigate and to sweep for explosives.  Class time was lost and much cost was incurred.  The events at Texas Southern and Northern Arizona, where students lost their lives last week, was devastating to those families and universities.  We are a “caring community.”  If we see something out of the ordinary, report it.  Being a “caring community” also means we take care of our community and that we are sensitive to any member that might need a friend, confidant, and/or assistance.  This should be a joyous place to be, and we can help make it so.
  • Los Luceros: I visited last week with Secretary Veronica Gonzales of the Department of Cultural Affairs, discussing the possibility of transferring the ownership of the Los Luceros farm in northern New Mexico from their agency to NMSU.  It is a 148-acre irrigated farm with some historic buildings and some infrastructure developed in the last 10 years as a small conference center and movie screening building.  We are very comfortable with taking over the farming operation in that Los Luceros is very near our Alcalde Experiment Station and can be operated from that base.  It is a little more problematic about how we can protect the historical hacienda and fully utilize the conference/screening building. The Creative Media Institute has expressed an interest in using the conference center/screening building.  NMSU operating this farm has much local appeal and has the support of both the legislature and Governor’s office.
  • Visit from the Legislative Finance Committee: Several folks around here met with staff members from the Legislative Finance Committee who are interested in improving four-year graduation rates and retention issues.  What surprised me was there interest in NMSU recruiting more out-of-state students to the campus.  We discussed expanding our graduate enrollment, which means more money for graduate assistantships, and offering the Western Undergraduate Exchange tuition offer to students in Chihuahua, an adjoining state to New Mexico.  We currently offer in state-tuition for students in the Exchange, while UTEP apparently offers Chihuahua students in state-tuition.  They seemed interested in our proposal so we exploring how to implement this new rate and increase our participation from Mexico.
  • Ribbon Cutting: I attended the ribbon cutting for the therapeutic riding arena and shelter.  Senator Mary Kay Papen sponsored an appropriation of $150,000 to build the shelter.  They have 22 riders per week who take advantage of this fantastic program.  It is NMSU as a community engaged university at its best.  The demonstration of the program featured a young female adult who suffered a brain injury in a crash and who was not expected to live, much less walk or talk.  The young woman can now walk, albeit slowly and with some difficulty, and talks very well.  Her father gave the program much credit for her recovery to date.  You should get acquainted with this terrific NMSU program.
  • Student Shadow: ASNMSU President Dustin Chavez shadowed me on Friday as I went through my paces.  Some of our executive team members are offering opportunities for students to follow us through our day and allow us to do what we love – mentor students.
  • 2016 Domenici Conference: The Domenici Institute Advisory group is recommending that we have another conference next year.  Every year I think this is the last and then we have the conference, it turns out to be one of our best, and we commit to another year.  Having the conference again does require the Senator’s blessing, which I hope to get this week.  We had 1034 registrants this year.
  • Think New Mexico: In the way of disclosure, I am a charter member of the Board of Think New Mexico – a think tank based in Santa Fe that does thorough research on a single policy issue facing the state and then attempts to get appropriate legislation to implement new policies.  They were successful in lobbying for full-day kindergarten in New Mexico and busting up the old Public Regulation Commission, just to name a couple of winners.  This year they are looking into the capital outlay process used by the State government, seeking some serious streamlining and using merit to establish priorities for major projects.  They have not approved this as an issue but I think it is a necessary change if we are to continue to build and improve major buildings at NMSU.

 

Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • Variety of meetings: Last week was a typically busy, middle of the semester week, with meetings devoted to
    • Discussions of dual credit;
    • Accommodating 300 students from Mexico for English language training, as well as training in technological innovation and commercialization;
    • An NSF LTER site review;
    • STEM support and outreach efforts.
  • Legislative Finance Committee Auditors: I spent a particularly large block of time with Drs. Jon Courtney and Travis McIntyre of the Legislative Finance Committee.  They are in the process of auditing the state’s universities with a special focus on the retention efforts of institutions of higher education.  They noted that NMSU is already the most successful university in the state with regard to meeting retention and graduation expectations.  Nevertheless, the state expects even more of NMSU, a position with which I agree.  After a full day of presentations from offices and individuals that are engaged with innovative and successful retention efforts, I believe Dr. Courtney and Dr. McIntyre were impressed with our commitment to student success and our efforts to improve graduation rates.  Thanks to everyone who met with Dr. Courtney and Dr. McIntyre.  Your presentations were excellent.

 

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Christa Slaton

  • Department Head Training: Jeff Brown held a scholarship and creative activities training session for five new department heads in Arts and Sciences. 
  • Art Department News: Julia Barello (Art) is creating three commissioned wall pieces for permanent display in Atlanta that will be completed in November 2015.  Margaret Goehring (Art)’s manuscript “Painted Ambitions: The Masonic Murals in the Elisha Gilbert House” has been accepted for publication in the Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism.
  • Aggie Experience: The College of Arts and Sciences, led by Associate Deans Anne Hubbell and Enrico Pontelli, hosted more than 600 potential students and family members at the Aggie Experience. After a welcome of all students in the Pan American Center, potential new Arts and Sciences students were taken on a campus tour by the college’s Student Ambassadors and Advisors and met in Atkinson Hall for a program featuring department heads and award-winning faculty. Students then met with departments of their choice. It was a very successful day!
  • Teaching Academic Presentation: I made a Teaching Academy presentation to 40 faculty members on the “Nuts and Bolts of Civic Engagement.” There are many exceptional civic engagement activities happening at New Mexico State University. I shared resources, which included Journals and Professional Organizations that feature and support Civic Engagement in universities.
  • Faculty Listening Lunch: Beth Pollack, Anne Hubbell, and I conducted a Listening Lunch for faculty in Arts and Sciences. We learned how much more information new faculty need to have about resources within the college and university. It was a very worthwhile discussion.

 

Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Entrepreneurship Initiatives: Robert Macy and I met with Jim Libbin, Interim Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences as part of our ongoing effort to meet with all college deans to discuss entrepreneurship initiatives.
  • Guest Speaker: Accounting Alum, Doug Nordquist visited students in the Accounting and Information Systems department on Tuesday.  Nordquist currently works with Sandia National Laboratories as a Senior Project Manager.  He advised students to get involved in giving back the community and the importance of interpersonal skills.
  • Institutional Review Board Process: Luis Vasquez, Vice President for Research Integrity, met with our faculty about the IRB process and software available (Maestro- which has some recent interface changes).  This session was particularly helpful to graduate students and faculty who are working with human subjects for research purposes and created a better understanding of the IRB process. 
  • Aggie Experience: I attended the college’s Aggie Experience presentation on Saturday.  Aggie Experience is a special event held for high school students and their families.  It was a great opportunity to show these prospective students all that the college has to offer.
  • College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.

 

Dean, College of Education, Dr. Donald Pope-Davis

  • Educational Leadership Degree: The Educational Leadership undergraduate major was given a due pass from Faculty Senate and has now been sent to President Carruthers for consideration.
  • Book Reading and Signing: Azadeh Osanloo has been invited to read from her edited book Students, Teachers, and Leaders Addressing Bullying in Schools on Wednesday October 28 at 4 pm. The event is hosted by Barnes & Noble and a book signing will follow.

Curriculum & Instruction Department

  • NMSU University Research Council Fair Presentations: NMSU student and DACC instructor, Melinda Wilson and Dr. Julia Parra co-presented at the New Mexico State University Research Council’s 15th Annual Research & Creative Activities Fair on October 2, 2015. The poster presentation was titled “Finding the Melody in Course Design: The Impact of Learning to Teach Online on a Musician’s Teaching and Career Path.” The purpose of this presentation was to share the lived experiences of a professional musician and private music teacher who returned to college after a 30-year career to learn how to teach online.

 

Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve StochajNew Student Organization

  • New Student Organization: Students following the pre-med track through the chemical engineering curriculum have chartered a student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society on the NMSU campus. The organization was started by junior Jesus Au and senior Elijah Wade.  Fall elections led to junior Travis Le-Doux being selected as the first elected president of the organization. https://chme.nmsu.edu/chme-pre-med-track-students-establish-biomedical-engineering-society-on-campus/.
  • Student Research Conference: The New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation held its annual Student Research Conference on October 2. The conference provides an opportunity for students to present their research and gain presentation experience, to serve as role models for other students, and to participate in workshops and panels that help them plan their academic and professional careers. The event also serves as a vehicle for student and faculty networking and as a forum for STEM students, instructors, and industry professionals to share information, ideas, experiences and advice.Robotics Preparation
  • Robotics Preparation: On Saturday October 3, teams gathered at the Mesilla Valley Mall to test out their robots on the game field in preparation for the Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Robotics Competition, set for Saturday, October 10, at the NMSU’s James B. Delamater Activity Center. This year, more than 400 students representing teams from across New Mexico, Arizona and El Paso will gather to compete with robots that they designed and built are involved in the competition.

 

Dean, College of Health and Social Services, Dr. Donna Wagner

  • Aggie Experience: The College participated in NMSU Admission’s Aggie Experience on Saturday, October 10.  The academic highlight session began with a presentation given by Dean Wagner followed by our scholarship coordinator Sarah Baker.  Those in attendance were taken on a tour of the HSS building by our Student Ambassadors.  During the tour, students learned about each of our academic units and even had a chance to interact with the simulation mannequins in our nursing labs.  The tour concluded with an academic advising open forum in the Memorial Lounge. Over 150 students and family members interested in our college and programs were in attendance. Advisors from each of our academic units and Student Ambassadors also participated in the Discovery Fair at Corbett Center later that afternoon.
    Aggie Experience 1Aggie Experience 2

School of Nursing

  • Collaboration: Faculty and staff from the School of Nursing visited Arrowhead Early College High School this week to discuss collaboration between the high school and pre-nursing students on NMSU’s main campus. 

Department of Public Health Sciences

  • Award Recipient: Masters of Public Health Sciences student, Thea Kavanaugh, received the American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s 2015 “Frank Basile Clinician of the Year” award in recognition of her creative and innovative programming in a school setting. The award was presented to her at their annual conference where she was a presenter.Girl Talk
  • Girl Talk: Lei Lana Nava, an undergraduate Public Health Sciences student and breast cancer survivor, was guest speaker this week at campus event, “Girl Talk”.  She shared her story to raise awareness for other students, and explained the importance of breast cancer self-exams and early screenings.

 

Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • NMSU Teaching Academy: I attended a very interesting and informative workshop at the Teaching Academy on ways to improve success and engagement for Chicano/Latino/Hispanic students. The panel included Cynthia Bejarano, Laura Gutierrez Spencer and Freddie Marquez, and they provided very helpful and concrete strategies as well as insights to provide a more nuanced understanding of our students. It was one of the better events I’ve attended at the Teaching Academy and a great way to start the week.
  • Building Security: The end of the week was not as delightful as we dealt with the scare associated with the suspicious package that had been left in proximity to our building. We had recently made decisions to improve security for our building and steps are underway to do so, and this incident made the need for such upgrades all the more poignant and timely, unfortunately.
  • Guest Speaker: On a more positive note, we were able to secure all the funding needed to bring Laurie Garrett to campus for our spring speaker series. Garrett has won both Pulitzer and Peabody awards for her science writing, including her acclaimed book The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases and a World Out of Balance and Ebola: Story of an Outbreak. She will be on campus on April 5, 2016 and there will be a host of events in association with her visit.
  • Pre-Theater Dinner: We have finalized our plans and are excited about sponsoring an event in November for the preview night of the play “Frankenstein”. The Honors College will be hosting a pre-theater dinner for students who are PA Scholars, Conroy Scholars, or members of the NM Leadership Academy, and the play’s Director Tom Smith will give a presentation about the significance of the play. After dinner we’ll all stroll next door and enjoy the play.

 

Associate Provost, International and Border Program, Dr. Cornell Menking

  • Visitors: IBP received visitors from Vietnam following a visit to Vietnam by Son Tran from Computer Science.  Ms. Le Thi Nam Phuong, Chairwoman and CEO of Sky-Line Educational System, which has three high schools in Vietnam.  Accompanying her was Dr. Mai Huu Tin, Chairman and CEO of U&I Investment Corporation (UNIGROUP) in Vietnam.  Dr. Tin also serves as a member of the National Assembly of Vietnam, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Youth Foundation, Chairman of the Binkduong Business Federation, and President of the Vietnam Chapter of the Eisenhower Fellowships.  Ms. Phuong and Dr. Tin met with various members of the IBP staff, as well as members of other offices and faculty, to discuss the possibility of creating incentives for more Vietnamese students to come to NMSU.
  • Center for English Language Programs (CELP): CELP Fall 1 Session ended on Friday, Fall 2 Session begins on October 12, with 15 new students; 45 students will continue in CELP through the semester. This puts CELP enrollment at 60 independent students for Fall 2. 
    • CELP participated in the IBP Cultural Bizarre; we talked with community members about CELP and made important community connections for our students.
    • New CELP testing procedures have been discussed and integrated into the English placement test. We are planning a CELP “Chalk Regents Row” event for out students later in the month (details to come).

 

Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • NMSU Golf Course:  The NMSU Golf Course hosted the Doña Ana Community College Scholarship Golf Tournament, October 2 with 33 teams participating; and the NMSU Women’s Invitational, October 5-7 with 14 teams participating. Jason White, Head Golf Professional, along with two student employees participated in The Sun Country PGA Apprentice education seminars. Jason taught seminars on Junior Golf Programming and How to Teach and Develop Programming for Women Golfers. The student employees attended seminars on merchandising and career development.
  • ICT’s Pete’s Place Computer Lab Moving Soon to its New Digs: Pete’s Place computer lab will be moving the week of October 11-17 to its brand new and recently renovated location inside the Corbett Center Student Union building, 2nd  During that time, students who use Pete’s will be directed to the first floor of Corbett Center, Hardman-Jacobs ULC, Williams Hall, Vista Del Monte, and Knox Hall computer labs.  ICT expects that Pete’s will reopen sometime during the week of October 18-24.   
  • Barnes & Noble (B&N) Bookstore: Super Smash Brothers video game tournament was held on Saturday for approximately 200 participants, and Delta Sigma Phi worked with the Bookstore to provide this fun and free event for the students. B&N staff is preparing for the upcoming Grad Fair to be held at the bookstore. For more information go to http://commencement.nmsu.edu/graduation-fair/.

 

Vice President Student Affairs / Enrollment Management, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

  • SAEM Advisory Team: Bernadette Montoya met with the SAEM Advisory Team on Monday, October 5. This team is comprised of employeesPeek of Las Cruces from across the division in order to discuss current issues and concerns, and provide recommendations and advice to the Vice President’s Office.
  • Peek of Las Cruces: The Second Annual Peek of Las Cruces was held on Thursday, October 8. Sixty vendors, including food trucks, restaurants, and retailers, participated and over 2000 people from the university and the community attended the event. 
  • Aggie Experience: Aggie Experience was held on Saturday, October 10. Over 1000 high school students and family members attended the event to learn more about New Mexico State University and joining the Aggie Community.
    SAEM Aggie Experience
  • Early Alert: The Early Alert program has tripled in referrals (715) compared to this time last year. All 50 volunteer responders are connecting with students who were referred for lack of attendance or other academic concerns. The reporting of 6-week grades prompted the increase in referrals.
  • Chase Scholars Luncheon: On October 7, the Chase Scholars Luncheon was held in Corbett Center. Staff who coordinate the Chase Scholarship, along with Dr. Bernadette Montoya, spent some time with our students from the Artesia area. In addition, Carol Sullivan, who has served as the University Retention Coordinator since 2010, announced she will retire in November. The Retention Coordinator works with the Office of Student Engagement and provides weekly mentoring to all first year Scholars. Carol will be missed! Jennifer Urban, named by the Foundation as the incoming Coordinator, also attended the luncheon to meet with NMSU Scholars. 

 

Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • NM Fast Partnership Program: The NM FAST Partnership Program—funded through the U.S. Small Business Assistance Administration Federal and State Technology (FAST) Technology Partnership Program—at Arrowhead Center spoke at Change Labs 2015, an event aimed at growing strong Native American communities through creative business in Gallup, New Mexico. FAST is designed to stimulate economic development with outreach and technical assistance to science and technology-driven small businesses, with a particular emphasis on socially and economically disadvantaged firms, helping them to compete in federally-funded research and development through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.
  • Studio-G Startup Hour: Studio-G hosted a Startup Hour networking event and information session on Friday with 17 people in attendance. The discussion focused on how to define your business’s core, competitive positioning, and path to reaching customers.

 

Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Campus Visitors: Vimal Chaitanya welcomed visiting program officials from the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and thanked the water research participants from across the campus to kick off a two-day workshop designed to define the diverse capabilities of water researchers at NMSU that match with the current and future research needs of the Bureau. The workshop was designed and organized by Sam Fernald as PI of the cooperative agreement between BOR and NMSU.
  • Collaboration: Vimal Chaitanya met with Tristan Fiedler, Associate VP for Research at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) a partner institution of FAA funded NMSU’s center of excellence in Space Commercialization to discuss other partnering opportunities with FIT in the aerospace arena such as unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
  • Proposal: OGC successfully coordinated submission of a multi-college research Proposal to the National Institute of Health, Department of Health and Human Services (NIH-DHHS) in the amount of $1,825,000.00 on behalf of the College of Business – Management Department (D. Boje and G. Rosile), College of Health & Social Sciences – School of Social Work (W. Whittlesey-Jerome), College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences – Family & Consumer Sciences Department (M. Marin and K. Vaillancourt) and the College of Arts & Sciences – Communication Studies Department (K. Hacker and J. Flora).
  • Maestro: The VPR is happy to announce the October 1 release of a new version of Maestro, the research compliance application now being used for human subject research review applications.  Maestro was developed by a close collaboration between staff from Research IT and the Research Integrity and Ethics group.  The application has been updated to improve the user interface and data security, and to be more readily adaptable to use with other research compliance functions, such as animal subject research or biosafety. 
  • RePete: Research IT announces the NMSU system-wide release of RePete, NMSU’s Property and Supplies Marketplace.  RePete, managed by the Purchasing and Materials Management unit, encourages and facilitates the reuse within the university community of unused equipment and supplies.   The application was originally developed by Research IT and deployed for use within Anderson Hall; the update allows NMSU users to list unused property and supplies as available for transfer within the NMSU system and to readily seek and find those available items in which they might be interested. This release is expected to make compliance with the Federal Uniform Guidance requirement easy to apply.

 

Interim Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Dr. Andrea Tawney

  • New endowed scholarship: B. “Bud” Waters, a 1973 Civil Engineering graduate, created the J.B. Waters Endowed Scholarship in the Department of Civil Engineering with a $235,000 gift. The scholarship is for a CE major from southern New Mexico.
  • NMSU Advancement and College of Business: Hosted a donor from Wisconsin for a visit, after which he provided a $15,000 check toward his family’s scholarship in the College of Business.
  • Business commitment: President Carruthers and Andrea Tawney received a commitment from a local business for $15,000 for the GradNation Summit to be held April 1, 2016, in partnership with AT&T and the student success center led by Tony Marin.
  • Dove Hall Open House: The Advancement team held an Open House on Friday. Faculty and staff from across campus and our system came by to hear about new team additions to the Advancement team and learned about organizational updates and the resources available to the campus community. Special thanks to Deans Titus, Stochaj, Hoffman, VP Kevin Boberg and President Carruthers for dropping by in addition to many campus partners.  

 

Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • Meet and Greet: I visited and spoke with the Director of Athletics, Coaches and Administrators at Las Cruces High School, Centennial and Mayfield as a meet and greet as well as improving relationships with our high schools and NM State.
  • Keynote Speaker: I was the keynote speaker at the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA)/New Mexico Athletic Directors Association (NMADA) Fall Leadership Conference. I spoke to over 200 New Mexico high school Director of Athletics and administrators on the topic of Building a Culture.
  • Sun Belt Conference: I attended the Sun Belt Conference Director of Athletics Fall meeting in New Orleans, LA. We discussed general conference topics.
  • NMSU Cost of Attendance: Traveled to Santa Fe, NM, to present before the Department of Higher Education on NM State’s request for Cost of Attendance which is the gap between the true full cost to attend NM State and the value of our athletic scholarship.
  • Football: Traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, for our football game against Ole Miss. I met and interacted with several donors and alum during a pre-game tailgate that we sponsored along with the Alumni Association.

 

Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • KRWG: High school students from the local area took center stage in the KRWG TV studios this week. We conducted interviews with Top Teens, which is a collaboration with the Mayor’s office that highlights talents and accomplishments of promising teenagers in the community. The segments will air during the next seven months as part of NewsMakers and between other programs.
  • News: University Communications made a pitch Wednesday to Ben Gruber, science reporter for Reuters. The story idea was about a new underwater stimulation system (a fish backpack) created by professors Graciela Unguez and Wei Tang to assist in studying the connection between electricity and tissue regeneration in certain species of fish. Ben is interested in the idea and asked for additional stories about NMSU research.
  • Sports Information: Athletics Media Relations assisted women’s golf in hosting the 2015 Aggie Invitational at the New Mexico State University Golf Course, where NM State had the individual champion, senior Viviana Macias. The Aggies placed second at the tournament and broke the school record for lowest team score with an 864. We also provided coverage on several events away from campus, including the six-game winning streak of Aggie Volleyball, which leads the WAC at 5-0 and has a 15-5 overall record.

 

Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • Oct 22 – Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee
    • 11:00 am – Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC), Russel Hardy, Director, CEMRC
    • 27 – 30 Legislative Finance Committee, Capitol
    • 28 –10:30 — Capital Outlay — Linda Kehoe, Principal Analyst, Legislative Finance Committee; Sonya Snyder, Fiscal Analyst, Legislative Finance Committee
    • 29- 1:30 – Education- New Mexico Department of Agriculture (954) – Dulany, New Mexico Small Business Development Center — Dulany  Cooperative Extension Service/Agricultural Experiment Station—Dulany

 

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

  • Farm Credit System:  I met with the agribusiness managers of the Farm Credit System to discuss the agriculture industry in New Mexico and national issues impacting agriculture. This group is responsible for large loans within the Farm Credit System and were visiting NM from across the nation.
  • Ag Leadership Classroom Visit:  I spoke to Centennial High School students during their Ag Leadership Class and answered questions regarding leadership in the Agriculture Industry.
  • New Mexico Taste the Tradition:  The Country Store along with exhibitors showcasing New Mexico Taste the Tradition were at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair in Roswell, NM.  Staff held a tasting to showcase New Mexico grown watermelons.
  • 2015 Water Resources Research Institute’s Annual Conference:  Staff attended the 2015 Water Resources Research Institute’s Annual Conference. The Conference included a tour and agenda items included water supply resiliency, groundwater availability, basin-scale water issues, an update from State Engineer, regional topics, balancing agricultural use of surface and sub-surface water along the Rio Grande, importance of digital cartography, watershed restoration issues, climate change resiliency, the California drought, and a scientific poster session.

Interim President, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, Dr. Ken Van Winkle

  • Diversity and Inclusion Information Fair:  Students, faculty and staff participated in the Diversity and Inclusion Information Fair on Thursday, October 8.  Local and campus organizations such as the Small Business Development Center, NM Department of Health, Otero County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Vocational Rehab and the VA/Financial Aid Officer, and more than 15 others, engaged with attendees.  Once attendees visited with at least three organizations they received free pizza, ice cream and popcorn. The whole event was designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Mental Health week.
  • Community Flea Market:  The Social Science Club hosted a community flea market, Saturday, October 10.  There were over 20 local participants selling their items and contributing monies to the social science club’s coffers.  The money raised will help the club support other community efforts such as the upcoming campus Veterans Day celebration and a kids fun run which occurs prior to the upcoming Alamogordo half-marathon.
  • Raytheon Flight Missile Experience: Six NMSU-Alamogordo STEM students had the unique opportunity of participating in the Raytheon Flight Missile Experience, held on Friday, October 9. The students viewed a video about the Patriot and Hawk missiles, which guided students through the launch process, so that they would have an understanding of they would see during the two missile tests. Then, the group had the opportunity to watch the testing of two Hawk missiles and one Patriot missile.  Throughout the day, the students interacted with engineers from Raytheon, the Japanese Air Force and Mitsubishi. They also learned about the various employment, educational and leadership opportunities available at Raytheon, as well as the importance of developing both personally and professionally. 

 

President, New Mexico State University -Carlsbad, Dr. John Gratton

  • WIPP Leadership Academy: NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton welcomed the sixth cohort of the WIPP Leadership Academy to the NMSU Carlsbad campus on Monday, October 5.  This cohort will be on campus for four weeks with their graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday, October 30.
  • Higher Learning Commission Academic Quality Improvement Program (HLC AQIP): The NMSU Carlsbad President and seven other NMSU Carlsbad faculty and staff participated in a HLC AQIP Strategy Forum which was held in Oak Brook, Illinois from Tuesday, October 6 through Friday, October 9. During this intensive session, the college reported on its most successful action project from the previous year and delved into plans for the upcoming eight-year AQIP accreditation cycle.  The session was very productive and the NMSU Carlsbad team returned with a sound series of accreditation initiatives which will begin immediately.
  • Breast Cancer Awareness: The NMSU Carlsbad President and the NMSU Carlsbad campus continued its “Breast Cancer Awareness” initiative with the wearing of “Think Pink for a Cure” T-shirts on Monday, October 12.

 

President, New Mexico State University -Dona Ana, Dr. Renay Scott

  • La Cella Bella concert: La Cella Bella entertained 150 concert goers at the East Mesa Campus auditorium on Friday, October 9. The concert is part of ongoing efforts to engage the community at East Mesa.
  • Emergency Preparedness Drill: On Wednesday, October 7, a drill representing an active shooter on campus was held for members of the DACC Administrative Council. The drill allowed for active communication on decision making under duress and policy measures in place.5th Annual Haunted House
  • 5th annual Haunted House: Ghosts and ghouls await. This haunted house event is free and kid-friendly. The fright night will begin on Saturday, October 17 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm in room 123 of the DACC Workforce Center, 2345 Nevada Avenue in Las Cruces. Last year’s “frighttivities” drew more than 1,200 children and parents. But as the hobgoblins say, “We will always make room for more.” Our hosts await you.

 

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • Debate:  The ASNMSU Department of Governmental Affairs hosted a City of Las Cruces Councilor and Mayoral Debate on Tuesday, October 13.  E-mail asnmsuga@nmsu.edu with questions. 
  • Senate Elections: Senate Elections are taking place this week.  Students can vote until 5:00 pm on Friday at vote.nmsu.edu. 
  • Keep State Great: Keep State Great is this Saturday, October 17 at 9:00 am. For more information: http://asnmsu.nmsu.edu/ksg/.
  • Homecoming 2015: Door/Office Decorating Entry Forms and Parade Entry Forms for 2015 Homecoming are due in the ASNMSU Office by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 14.  Homecoming Information and Entry forms can be found at http://asnmsu.nmsu.edu/get-involved/homecoming/.

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