Activity Report October 7 – October 13

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

The Council of University Presidents (CUP) met to consider upcoming legislative initiatives and to receive our annual report from EPSCoR.  The two issues of concern to CUP are modifications to the Lottery Scholarship program and the funding of dual credit courses.  Ricardo Rel and team reported on their committee work to include a recommendation to decouple the lottery scholarship from tuition.  Each sector would have a calculated semester scholarship value (approximately $1410 for science university students, $960 for comprehensives, and $355 for community colleges).  There was some discussion of performance based (not much enthusiasm) and merit based approaches (worth some consideration) as well. The dual credit discussion and further discussion of the lottery scholarship will continue at a CUP meeting in December.  Stan Rounds, head of the Superintendents Association, signaled they would join CUP in a discussion of new dual credit financing arrangements.  CUP members also voted to send a letter to the Public Education Department, requesting the Next Generation Science Standards not be modified as PED has proposed.

After much discussion in the Domenici Institute Advisory Council, it was determined there would be a 2018 Domenici Conference.  As I indicated in a previous message, after the passing of the Senator and the announced retirement of member(s) of the Advisory Council, some had suggested it was best to go out on a very high note.  But the planning of the Conference starts now and, by the time I retire, the program should be set, student panelists named, and fund raising started.  It will be up to the next Chancellor to determine the future of the Conference and perhaps the Institute.  Keep in mind, next year is a national election year so the program is a bit easier to fashion in that we will ask our two Governors candidates to participate (not in a debate but give each one hour) and we will follow our tradition of having two national political pundits (Carville and Anderson from last time are good choices) discuss what may be a historic national election.

I visited NMSU Carlsbad this past week, engaging in conversation with community leaders, the Carlsbad Rotary Club, and faculty/staff of NMSU C.  I did remind all of the very good things that are happening at NMSU, to include an over 11 percent increase in Freshmen enrollment, plus improving retention and graduation rates.  Of particular interest to our community college colleagues are the Pathway program and NMSU Online, both directed at a much higher level of integration of our academic programs.  The Pathways program was initiated following the NMSU main campus increasing admission standards two years ago.  The initial Pathways program had 286 students, mostly at NMSU Dona Ana.  This year there were 753 students enrolled, to include 18 at NMSU C.  I anticipate 1000 students in the Pathway program next fall.  Advantages to a student – lower cost, smaller classes, mentoring, guaranteed admission to main campus, and/or program completion through NMSU Online.  I will be visiting NMSU Grants this week.

The groundbreaking for the Courtyard by Marriott on Friday signals a new era in public private partnerships at NMSU.  In addition to providing a source of revenue for our University, Prakash Sundaram, the hotelier developing this property, is excited about the synergy with our HRTM program. He has committed to employing students from the program at the hotel and, after their work experience, possibly finding employment in his other 8-10 hotels, mostly located in New Mexico.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

At a Tuesday meeting with the community college presidents, the Chancellor, and others, we discussed the December System summit.  Among the topics that will be covered at the summit is dual credit. Perhaps the most pressing issue surrounding dual credit is how to fund it. The NM legislature is now paying serious attention to this matter.

I spent the last three days of the week at a CASE Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona designed to help leaders in higher education become more effective fundraisers.  The conference presentations were excellent. I cannot say that I heard anything new, but it was good to be reminded of best practices, to be engaged in problem-solving, and to meet administrators and development officers from around the country.

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

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences was excited to host 32 high-school students from the Canutillo Career and Technical Education program in El Paso. Coordinated by Dr. Sharon Bartley, students toured the laboratories including Aces Foods, which provides students with opportunities to apply principles of food science and technology and Sam Steel Café, which provides students experience in a retail operation. They also observed students in the clothing construction lab and learned about the five majors available in the department.  Later, with the help of ACES Ambassadors, they toured the campus.

The ground breaking for the Courtyard by Marriott hotel to be built on property leased from the university was held on October 13.  The event was attended by over 100 people, including representatives from NMSU administration, the Board of Regents, the College of ACES, Las Cruces and Dona Ana County officials, and hospitality industry partners.  In addition to the lease agreement, there is a separate agreement outlining the relationship between the hotel and the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. The property will provide job, internship, and management training opportunities for HRTM students. The company’s managers and partners will guest speak in classes. Students will be able to enroll in a special topic elective course to learn all aspects of a hotel opening. Total Management System Area Manager Stephen Smith will serve on HRTM’s Board of Advisors and coordinate the learning opportunities for the students in the hotel.

During a yearlong beef heifer production project, eight youth in Valencia County are learning the science behind raising cattle. From selecting a heifer to raising and breeding it, to organizing and marketing a sale. The youth receive college level instruction from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences faculty regarding nutrition, genetics, and reproduction of cattle. “The intent of this project is to use the experience with the heifers as a tool to educate the youth about the beef industry as a whole,” said Newt McCarty, agricultural agent with the NMSU-ACES Cooperative Extension Service in Valencia County.

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli



The College of Arts and Sciences Student Ambassadors met with students from across the state for the NM Alliance for Minority Participation Student Research Conference on October 13.



Interference + Interaction” exhibit to open at University Art Gallery at NMSU   The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will feature works by Nabil Gonzalez, Daisy Quezada, Laura Turón and the Jellyfish Colectivo in a group show titled “Interference + Interaction,” which begins with an opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 12 and runs through Friday, November 17.  The artists in “Interference + Interaction” mediate everyday noise, communication and social predicaments within personal and political spheres, negotiating the boundaries of the complex and multilayered issues that arise due to the current relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. By way of mark making, sculpture, installation, murals and culturally conscious beautification projects, each artist in this exhibition confronts miscommunications, misperceptions, cliché images, and outdated dialogues that exist with current border region representations.


The College of Arts and Sciences kicked-off their Global Connections series with a presentation from Professors Elvira Masson, History and Meg Goehring, Art History where they discussed their FLIP trip to Gansu Province in China.  Our next Global Connections will be on November 8 in the CHSS Auditorium at 5 pm with LTC. Jeremiah Klomp discussing Nepal.




Biology Alumna Kellie Jurado was one of five women recognized as L’Oréal’s Women In Science Fellows.  She’ll be receiving a $60,000 grant for her research on Zika.



Dean Enrico Pontelli of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of Development Patrick Knapp hosted a dinner for NMSU Computer Science Alumni on October 5, at Z’Tejas Restaurant in Austin, Texas. In the picture below are from left to right: Hanny Salem-`88, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Nathan Rakoff-`94, CS, Dean Enrico Pontelli, Patrick Knapp, and Fadi Salem- `88, CS. Mr. Salem was instrumental in planning the dinner. Dean Pontelli made a presentation to the group on NMSU and Computer Science department updates and a solicitation for the Hue and Pat McCoy Endowed Professorship in Computer Science.


The New Mexico State University Department of Music will host its 49th annual Jazz Festival and Jump Start with a supporting grant of over $5000 from the New Mexico Arts organization. This is the first time the NMSU festival, which runs November 15-16, has received support from New Mexico Arts, a division of the state’s Department of Cultural Affairs.


College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

Dean Jim Hoffman and Director of Development Anthony Casaus met with Heads Up Landscape CEO, Gary Mallory of Albuquerque on Monday, October 9.  Mallory spoke to Dean Hoffman’s Finance 490 Business Creation and Valuation class in the Business Complex.  While on his visit to campus, Mallory met with Heads Up Landscape scholarship recipient and COB senior student, Emilio Baca.

Photo by Anthony Casaus: Gary Mallory, Heads Up Landscape CEO, and Emilio Baca, scholarship recipient

Dean Jim Hoffman and Director of Development Anthony Casaus met with College of Business alumnus, Jeff Wilson (`72) Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors October 12, as he spoke to the College of Business Ambassadors about career and professional development.

Photo by Anthony Casaus: Jeff Wilson (’72) speaks to College of Business Student Ambassadors.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

Engineering New Mexico Resource Network staff members, Chris Campbell and Jalal Rastegary, and graduate student, Amirreza Barin conducted an Environmental Energy and Economic (E3) assessment at the TEWA LLC business facility in Vinton, Texas. The goal of E3 is to assess a company’s environmental and energy performance in order to improve its economic outcomes.  This locally-owned company, with 29 employees, manufactures wood molding and trim for home supply distributors nationwide. The NMSU team, along with the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center spent the day presenting lean manufacturing and green elements, inspecting their woodworking operations and collecting data for recommendations.

The College of Engineering hosted more than 40 students from the Mercer School for a campus visit. Mercer School is a private home school run by Dr. Ann Mercer. During their visit, students had the opportunity to explore engineering through hands-on activities in the Aggie Innovation Space and the Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering Lego Lab.

McDowell Signal Processing and Colin McDowell, McDSP founder and chief technology officer and New Mexico State University electrical engineering alumnus, will receive an Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development. The 69th Engineering Emmy awards will be presented at a ceremony on October 25 at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel. McDSP was recognized for its SA-2 Dialog Processor, which helps to improve the overall sound of recorded speech on television shows such as “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld” on HBO, “Sense8” on Netflix, “The Good Fight” on ABC, “Criminal Minds Beyond Borders” on CBS, “The Swap” on Disney, “Halt” and “Catch Fire” on AMC and movies such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Hateful Eight,” “Insurgent,” “Mr. Holmes” and the upcoming “A Star is Born” re-make with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

Two mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate students, Ahmed Kanaan and Dmytro Kuksenko, received best presentation awards at the 29th Rio Grande Symposium on Advanced Materials. Ahmed Kanaan received the award for his poster and Dmytro Kuksenko for his oral presentation. They both competed with students from Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of New Mexico, and New Mexico Tech. Professors Igor Sevostianov and Borys Drach are their advisers.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Last week, the HSS Student Ambassadors were awarded a Homecoming Parade Supply grant funded by ASNMSU in efforts to help offset the cost of their Homecoming float.  Claire Maher, HSS ambassador and chairperson for 2017 Homecoming events, initiated the funding.  The group was extremely pleased to receive the financial assistance and are excited for all Homecoming events. Pictured below is HSS Student Ambassador Priscilla Loya, with their $250 Home Depot gift card.

Dean Wagner and Dr. Doig, director of the School of Nursing, had the pleasure of visiting with a new donor to the School this week.  Janelda (Jan) Hogan, of Las Cruces, recently donated to the School of Nursing’s Smith Family Nursing Legacy Wall, by purchasing a plaque in honour of her daughter, Duranda.  Duranga earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from NMSU, and after earning Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, went to the University of Colorado to become a Family Nurse Practitioner in the early 1980s. Duranda was thrilled to be honoured among many of the original faculty featured on our Nursing Wall of Excellence and also among a number the individuals honoured on the Smith Family Nursing Legacy Wall.  Pictured below are Jan Hogan, ADN (right), Duranda Hogan, MS, APRN (center), Dean Wagner and Dr. Doig.

Dr. Cindy Kratzke, Department of Public Health Sciences, assisted the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium at the Trinity Site, in Tularosa, New Mexico last week.  The site is home to the first atomic bomb detonation. The consortium’s efforts address public health concerns, environmental issues, and health advocacy initiatives and to raise public awareness about the 2017 Radiation Exposure Compensation Act amendment co-sponsored by Senator Tom Udall through bipartisan legislation. The site is open to the public only twice a year, in April and October, where the consortium holds peaceful protests to educate residents and draw awareness to the struggles which the Downwinders faced.

The Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research (SWIHDR), directed by Dr. Jill McDonald, initiated a series of Border Health Breakfast Hour faculty forums, which will occur over the 2017 – 2018 academic year. The inaugural session took place on September 14, and will be followed by monthly forums, each of which will be organized by a different NMSU college. The purpose of the forums are to stimulate new interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration focused on health disparities in the border region. The October 19 session will feature HSS nursing research and the next session on November 16 will be led by the College of Business.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

R-Squared Branson Roof Recoating Project   Facilities roofing crew has been hard a work starting this past week to power wash the Branson Library roof in sections and to prepare the roof for application of two layers of roof coating that will protect the roof from New Mexico elements. The project completion date is anticipated for December 5.  We are excited to have an overhaul of the Branson roof to take us into the next decade!

El Paso’s KFOX evening anchor Robert Holguin visited the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections Department Wednesday to prepare a story on the department’s historical collections and its involvement in this weekend’s Border Archives Bazaar. Holguin interviewed Department Head Dennis Daily, as well as Doña Ana County Clerk Scott Krahling, about the importance of archives in preserving and disseminating community history. The report is scheduled to air on Thursday, October 12, during the 9 pm broadcast. The Border Archives Bazaar is a free public event that brings together amazing historical materials from the archives of 16 cultural heritage organizations located in the border region – El Paso, Las Cruces, and surrounding areas. The event provides the community with an intimate, face-to-face encounter with the primary documents of our region’s history and culture.

EBSCO Renewal & Upgrade   The NMSU Library increased the research content it provides to researchers and students through its membership with the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries (NMCAL). NMSU Library and other NMCAL members voted to upgrade to a new EBSCO Publishing Package, effective July 3, 2017.

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Every year we award scholarships to fund students to do research internationally. This fund has been in existence for 10 years, and the first recipient, Kellie Jurado, was a biochemistry major who was transformed by her experience working with NMSU Regents Professor Wenda Trevathan and in Germany with Dr. Virginia Vitzthum. She continued her path of success recently graduating from Harvard with a Ph.D. in Virology and is a world-renowned expert on the Zika virus. This week we learned that Kellie is one of five women scientists selected by the L’Oreal Corporation for an award honoring women who are conducting cutting-edge scientific research. We couldn’t be more proud of Dr. Kellie Jurado.

Ms. Lindsey Redman, another of our alumna success stories, is currently a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University. She has so impressed her professors that the university has enlisted her to help recruit other talented students from under-represented groups to the STEM and Medical programs at Vanderbilt. On Friday, she presented a workshop for interested students about how to apply for competitive opportunities at Vanderbilt. We are so grateful to Lindsey for her loyalty to her alma mater and concern for other Aggies.


The Honors College was well represented in recruiting and informational events in Las Cruces High schools this week. On Wednesday, staff members, Kayla Myers and Abby Nayra; Conroy Scholar Haley Stewart; and Ambassadors Norah Alshadadi and Damin Kendrick visited Las Cruces and Oñate to provide information about opportunities. Then on Friday, Dean Miriam Chaiken and Ambassador Lupita Ochoa gave two informational sessions at the Arrowhead Early College High School for students and their parents—including Regent Margie Vela and her son! All of the events were well received by students.

Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar participated in the Study Abroad event on campus to help encourage students to participate in international opportunities and to get the word out about the International Research Scholarship. The competition for this scholarship will open in the spring semester, and many students are already thinking about projects they can use as the foundation for their proposal.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

Chamisa Village Hosts Dia de los Muertos   Chamisa Village Apartments hosted an event titled “The Meaning of Dia de los Muertos.” Students enjoyed a riveting discussion with Dr. Laura Gutierrez-Spencer and Dr. Graciela Unguez about the history and symbolism associated with the Dia de los Muertos holiday, rich in cultural traditions relevant to our local community. Residents had the opportunity to sample elotes (a Mexican corn-on-the cob dish) and hot chocolate while they interacted with charismatic and engaging members of the faculty and staff community.

Campus Beautification   Grounds shop personnel continue with beautification tasks on campus.  During this week, they completed planter box maintenance in the center of campus and winter pruning around Cervantes Village.  It is coming to the end of the growing season and the focus will be landscaping projects and enhancements during the coming weeks.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services awarded the first 596 scholarships to the incoming class of Fall 2018! The prospective freshmen should receive their award letters, in the mail, by next week. The awarding of institutional scholarships is contingent upon prospective students applying for admission, being admitted and submitting their high school transcripts and test scores. Financial Aid advisors conducted a FAFSA night at Chaparral High School and assisted 49 students with their families, and presented student aid information to high school seniors at Onate and Mayfield. The numbers for the week in the financial aid office are as follows:

  • Students assisted at the front window – 262
  • Students assisted on the main phone line – 205
  • Voicemails received and returned from the main phone line – 8
  • Students assisted on the general email address – 108
  • Students assisted at CAASS – 21

Undergraduate Admissions, in collaboration with Colleges and other campus partners, hosted approximately 800 prospective students and their families at the second Aggie Experience of the 17/18 year. The programming is targeted, primarily, to prospective freshmen planning to attend NMSU starting Fall 2018 or Fall 2019. Aggie Experience is an excellent opportunity for students and families to explore the campus and hear from financial aid, housing, College representatives and academic advisors. The next, and final, Aggie Experience of the 17/18 year will be held Monday, February 19.



Lori McKee, executive director of Aggie Health & Wellness Center, hosted masters level student, Stella Otoo, for an observation assignment for her ELA 540- Management of Student Services in Higher Education class.  Stella attended a KRUX radio interview, staff meeting, and doctoral student project meeting with McKee.  Otoo, is from Ghana, West Africa and is scheduled to graduate in spring 2018.  Experiential learning is supported in Health & Wellness with internships and practicum experience in nursing, pharmacy, counseling, public health and education.




Outdoor Recreation took eight students to Hueco Tanks State Park on October 7-8, for two days of camping and climbing at one of the most premier climbing spots in the country! Led by Outdoor Leadership Program facilitators, this trip covered basic climbing tips and techniques, and introduced NMSU students to bouldering and the state park.



The Student Success Center hosted a workshop titled Exploring the NMSU Community and Motivation: Finding Your Why.  The workshop was a collaborative event for Daniels Fund Scholars, Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholars, and Chase Scholars. Daniels Fund Alumni Scholars were in attendance along with the senior relations officer from the Daniels Fund, Camila Lara.  The workshop provided students with important information about engaging in the NMSU community through a presentation by the ASNMSU Community Outreach director, Adrian Llanez. Diana O’Brien, student program coordinator in the Student Success Center, provided an interactive workshop that focused around exploring one’s purpose and passion by engaging in motivational strategies that support academic success.

Career services provided several classroom presentations for ANSC402, University 150, and ECED 245.  In addition, the Career Services office also conducted a workshop entitled “Building Your Professional Portfolio” for the Preparing Future Faculty program.  Career Services also conducted a Career Exploration presentation to five senior classes from Centennial High School.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Entrepreneur Encounters   On Monday, Arrowhead Center hosted its monthly Entrepreneur Encounters event, its second such event in the lobby of Bank of the West on Main Street in downtown Las Cruces.  This month’s featured speaker was Arif Khan, owner of ThaIndia restaurant and long-time business consultant.  Mr. Khan gave a fascinating talk on how resistance (you know, the third of Sir Issac Newton’s laws of physics) fuels entrepreneurial development. More than 30 community members, including City Councilors and State Representatives, attended, learning from the presentation, about Arrowhead, and the experiences of other local entrepreneurs.

Studio G Networking Hours   On Wednesday, Studio G held its weekly networking hour, considering how your customers acquire your product. Studio G holds weekly networking hour events providing students and local entrepreneurs the opportunity learn about business strategies and principles of entrepreneurship, as well as a chance to connect with other aspiring and successful entrepreneurs. Each session is broadcast on Facebook live. Check out the following link to see the video and learn about upcoming events

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

Staff at the NM WRRI are busy preparing for the Community Stakeholder Meeting to be held at the Las Cruces Convention Center on Tuesday, October 24. The meeting is associated with the New Mexico State University-Bureau of Reclamation cooperative agreement on the use and development of alternative water supplies. Community members are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide feedback to NMSU researchers who are funded through the agreement, and who are striving to meet the water demands of the people in the Mesilla Basin and elsewhere. NMSU students are encouraged to present posters of their water related research at the meeting. Those interested should RSVP at or call NM WRRI at 646-1813.

The PSL Flight Test Site manager attended the semiannual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Flight Test Site Managers meeting in Blacksburg, Virginia. The NMSU UAS Flight Test Site is one of seven FAA approved Flight Test Sites in the United States. Presentations were given on the work conducted at the site and discussions were held on current and future interactions among the sites and with the FAA.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney


Alumni Association Chile Roasts   This week, the NMSU Alumni Association wrapped up its fall chile roasts with an event in Denver. The NMSU Alumni Chapters hosted four chile roasts across the country to bring the taste of New Mexico to distant alumni and friends. With the help of NMDA and local chile growers, more than 200 cases and 4,730 pounds of chile were distributed from Washington, D.C. to San Diego, California.




Marketing Team Recognition   The Advancement and MarComm office held its quarterly all-hands meeting, where leadership recognized the hard work of the Marketing team. The new advertising campaign developed and executed by the team has already demonstrated impressive results in improving our numbers for applications and enrollment. The team received NMSU polo shirts as a nod to their work in Igniting Aggie Discovery.


Estate Gift   An estate gift of more than $36,000 has come to fruition, thanks to the generosity and planning of a distinguished Aggie alumnus and former NMSU Foundation Board member.

REDW Accounting Scholarship   REDW has given $12,500 that will be matched by Giving Tuesday donor funds to create a new $25,000 endowed scholarship in the College of Business for students in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

On Sunday afternoon, the NM State women’s soccer team defeated Grand Canyon University (GCU) 2-1 in double-overtime in front of 728 fans, the second largest crowd of the season. Prior to the match, we held a free kids soccer clinic where we had 164 kids that registered and participated.

I was invited to be the guest speaker at the Las Cruces Rio Grande Rotary Club on Tuesday, October 10, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. I gave an update on Aggie athletics including academics, athletics highlights, the Aggie Athletic Club (AAC) as well as how our student-athletes are giving back to the community.

NM State women’s golf hosted 10 teams at the NMSU Golf Course for the Aggie Invitational. After winning the first two tournaments, the Aggies finished in sixth place in the three-day tournament.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

ISSS helped organize and co-host the Branigan Cultural Bazaar, an annual event sponsored by the Branigan Museum to celebrate diversity in Las Cruces.  Approximately eight international student groups had tables at the event and interacted with several hundred visitors to talk about their cultures.  In additional, there was entertainment and music, which made the event a festive affair.  We were happy that the Confucius Institute also had a table and was able to answer questions about their role at the university and in New Mexico.  Attached are some pictures from the event.

On Saturday, October 7, the Confucius Institute joined with IBP to celebrate Las Cruces Branigan Cultural Center’s International Festival. We shared Chinese calligraphy, and provided two performances; an authentic Chinse lion dance led by Professor Jun Xue and performed in conjunction with the Blue Dragon Dojo of Las Cruces, and a traditional Chinese dance performed by former Chinese teacher and current GA Tingting Yang.

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

News and Media Relations   News of the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the new hotel west of the Las Cruces Convention Center drew a strong social media response. Combined audience for the NMSU President and NMSU News Facebook pages was more than 45,000, with almost 4,600 clicks, comments and shares.

KRWG/SPU   The League of Women Voters and KRWG are, once again, partnering to introduce municipal candidates to voters. The programs air on Thursday evenings until election day on November 7. Las Cruces City Council District 3 with Beverly Courtney and Gabe Vasquez was taped on October 11.

KRWG’s Fred Martino, left, and LWV’s Erika Gruf-Webster prepare for a discussion with District 3 candidates Beverly Courtney and Gabriel Vasquez.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

Upcoming Legislative Meetings

NM Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro

  • October 24-27, 2017, Legislative Finance Committee

Santa Fe, State Capitol, Room 307

Agenda Highlights:

October 24

8:30 am — Program Evaluation: Cost Drivers in Higher Education and Efforts to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Duplication — Dr. Jon Courtney, Program Evaluation Manager, Legislative Finance Committee; Dr. Barbara Damron, Secretary, Higher Education Department

2:30 pm — LFC 60th Anniversary

3:30 pm — Perspective of Officials and Former Legislators — Garrey Carruthers, Chancellor; New Mexico State University; Sue Wilson Beffort; Henry “Kiki” Saavedra; Bill Fulginiti; James Jimenez; Brian Moore; Patrick Lyons, Commissioner, Public Regulation Commission; Raymond Sanchez

October 26 – Staff Reports: Cooperative Extension Service/Agricultural Experiment Station; New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

  • October 24-26, 2017, Legislative Education Study Committee

Included on Agenda:

2:30 (4) Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Task Force Strategic Plan. Kelsey Rader, Natural Resources Policy Director, New Mexico First; Kate Greenberg, Western Program Director, National Young Farmers Coalition; and NMSU staff (invited)

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


2017 Rounders Award   New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte (far left) presented The Rounders Award to (left to right) Curtis Fort, Rosemary Wilkie and Jim Harris in Santa Fe today. The award is named for The Rounders, a classic western novel by Max Evans (far right).



Outbound Angus Heifers   Staff facilitated the crossing of fifty bred Angus heifers into Mexico. The heifers will be held at a ranch owned and operated by the Union Ganadera of Chihuahua. At the request of other cattlemen, the heifers will be on display for a few days before heading up to the importer’s ranch. Many producers from Chihuahua will visit the ranch to view the cattle as they are interested in these genetics.



Inbound Wine, Craft Beer, and Spirits Mission   Staff completed an inbound mission through the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association. This project was in conjunction with the State of Colorado and focused on wine, craft beer, and spirits. The mission was a complete success as orders were immediately placed with several New Mexico breweries and several in the negotiation stage.



Agribusiness Forum   I addressed the Farm Credit Agribusiness Forum in Albuquerque. This was a knowledge-sharing event for Farm Credit employees from several states.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

I am happy to announce that on Saturday, October 14, we submitted NMSU’s Assurance Argument for HLC reaffirmation of accreditation. The final document is available on the Provost’s website by clicking the link “Read the Assurance Argument for HLC Accreditation.” The NMSU Branch Campus Report for NMSU Grants is also available on the website. Many thanks to all of the individuals across our campuses who have contributed to writing the Argument—it was definitely a collaborative effort! Now, we move our attention to preparing for the review team’s visit to our campus on November 13-14.

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Professional Development Day   NMSU Dona Ana Faculty participated in professional development day on October 13. After welcoming remarks from President Scott and Vice President Torres, more than 120 full- and part-time faculty participated in 32 breakout sessions designed to assist in teaching. Topics included technology in the classroom, theoretical approaches to learning, resources available to faculty and many other subjects. Several round table discussions were held including one on teaching to students with different learning styles.

ARC Hosts Open Houses   The Academic Readiness Centers on each campus and learning center held open houses over the past two weeks to help familiarize students and faculty on the one-stop-shop for resources available to help students in their studies. Tutors, faculty in residence, workshops and other resources were highlighted. An iPad from Barnes and Noble will be awarded next week to one lucky participant.

Arrowhead Hosts Competition for Students   Arrowhead Center provided an opportunity for NMSU Doña Ana students to win $1,000 in prize money for their business ideas. Open to students from NMSU Doña Ana campuses or centers, students will submit their video application by October 15, with the in-person competition scheduled for 9 to 11 am on October 20.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Monday, President Van Winkle met with former Provost Jan Twomey (1997-1998) and her husband John. They were both pleased with the advancements of the campus and had a wonderful time catching up with faculty, staff, and local NMSU-A alumni.

On Friday, NMSU-A’s Division of Career and Technology hosted the first meeting of a new advisory board for Electronics Technology and Biomedical Equipment Technology. The membership of the board is comprised of community, industry, and academic experts who will help guide program curriculum and connect faculty, students, and industry in developing workforce-ready job skills.

NMSU-A has a new eatery and a new vendor, Hitch-n-Post on the Hill, which will provide breakfast and lunch to the NMSU-A campus community and Alamogordo residents. The kitchen in the Student Center has gone through a complete remodel and now has new equipment to host, serve, and cater meals on and off campus.

NMSU-A’s Cindy Holder with Heather, Becky, and Dottie of the Hitch-n-Post on the Hill.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Tuesday, October 10, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly UAC and Presidents’ meetings in Las Cruces.  Updates were given by Chancellor Carruthers and Provost Howard and discussion was held as to the status of NMSU initiatives.

On Wednesday, October 11, NMSU Carlsbad hosted Chancellor Carruthers and other NMSU visitors.  Sessions were set up with the local newspaper, business and industry representatives, and faculty and staff.  In addition, Chancellor Carruthers gave a great program to the Carlsbad Rotary Club during their lunch time meeting.

On Thursday, October 12, NMSU Carlsbad continued its WIPP Leadership Academy program with sessions being hosted in the morning and afternoon.  This most recent Academy will graduate from the four-week initiative in late October.  Also on Thursday, NMSU Carlsbad hosted an applicant for the open Vice President of Student Services position.

On Friday, October 13, NMSU Carlsbad conducted the monthly meeting of the Stakeholder and Community Relations Committee.  Updates were received on a number of initiatives and very sound input was granted by the business and industry and educational representatives who serve on the committee.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

The NMSU Grants Library hosted a talk by Dr. Lee Francis IV, CEO of Native Realities Press. Attendees included NMSU students, staff, faculty, and Grants High School students and faculty.

Dr. Francis discussed the development of Indigenous comic books and graphic novels, writing for graphic novels and comics, graphic illustration, story line creation, publication, and video game creation.  The presentation emphasized the origins of comics and the lack of Indigenous characters as heroes within the genre and offered encouragement for budding novelists to allow their own life experiences to serve as a basis for the storyline creation process. He also discussed the creation of characters for the comic books Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers and Tribal Force and encouraged attendees to build their personal portfolios of personal works.


NMSU Grants recently sponsored a local Studio G Business Pitch competition.  Community members and students attended the campus event where five judges diligently questioned participants (can you say “Shark Tank?”) about the unique business idea they pitched.  NMSU Grants students who competed were Anthony Bazemore, Michael Webb, Scott Peters, and Dana Eicher.  Each student was allowed fifteen minutes to “sell their idea” and answer judge’s questions.  Dana Eicher was the overall winner of the pitch competition and was awarded $1,000 toward the start-up of her business.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto

President Prieto visited Albuquerque on Monday, October 9, and represented NMSU as a student voice for Council of University Presidents.

Quiz Cab ran from October 9 to October 13. Students could get a ride to their class as well as answer questions and learn more about ASNMSU and NMSU.

Student Fee Review Board applications for the student at large position opened on October 12. Anyone who is interested should submit an application that can be found on the ASNMSU website. Applications are due October 30.

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