Activity Report October 8 – October 14

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • The big issue of the week was how to handle the new Federal Labor Standards Act regulations. The challenge has been to (1) determine if this directive is to be implemented per the Presidential order of December 1 as there are two law cases filed in Federal Court in Texas to stay this order and/or to ascertain Constitutionality and (2) provide some relief for our employees when the lagged pay happens.  After a good meeting with employees, sponsored by the Employee Council, the Administration has attempted to mitigate hardships by providing both a 40-hour annual leave buy out option as well as an interest free loan program.  You will have received an email announcing these developments as well as a notification on how to determine the specifics of each option.  It is the best we can do, given our somewhat strained financial condition.
  • I was shadowed by Allison Valdez, a business student, for one day. I do enjoy an opportunity to show our students the day in the life of the chancellor.
  • I traveled to NMSU Carlsbad to visit with administrators, faculty and staff, and to report per policy the results of the three-year review of Dr. John Gratton. I appreciate the attendance by faculty and staff and their willingness to share their views regarding Dr. Gratton’s leadership and management.  John is doing well.  I also was invited to speak to the Carlsbad Rotary Club.  I covered our transforming NMSU project, as well as real estate development activities.
  • The Domenici Advisory Council performed their review of the recent Domenici Conference and pronounced it the best of all. Everyone was particularly pleased with the mental health segment and recommended we continue to have issues that are national, regional, and local like mental health.  The Council is seeking recommendations for next year’s conference.  We like to have the program set by the first of the year as scheduling speakers is a major challenge, requiring an early start for us to secure commitments from the caliber of speakers the conference is known for.
  • I will be attending an Association of Governing Boards President’s Council meeting in Washington, D.C. on Monday. There will also be a Board of Regents meeting on Wednesday.
  • Kudos to the Employee Council for another successful Employee Picnic. The turnout was pretty darn good with approximately 2100 employees enjoying good food and conversation.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • On Monday, Chancellor Carruthers, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance Throneberry, and I attended an Employee Council Open Forum to discuss the implementation of the new Federal Labor Standards Act requirements. The major concern of employees was the pay gap that would be experienced by employees moving from exempt to non-exempt.  Although NMSU will provide no-interest loans to help employees bridge this pay gap, some employees feel that more and better options should be developed.  We agreed to meet with the Executive Committee of the Employee Council and work together to develop a plan with more options.
  • Later in the day, I attended a promotion and tenure question and answer session at the Teaching Academy. In my presentation prior to opening the floor to questions, I emphasized the importance of:
    • A concise and well-organized promotion and tenure file
    • Presenting multiple forms of evidence regarding teaching effectiveness
    • Helping reviewers understand the significance of research and/or creative activities
    • Demonstrating good departmental citizenship and positive contributions to local and professional communities
  • At the end of the week, I welcomed the College of Health and Social Services donors at their annual scholarship reception. It was a pleasure to thank donors for their generosity and to acknowledge the importance of scholarships in the success of our students.  Financial concerns top the list of reasons that students leave NMSU, and strong scholarship programs, such as the one found in the College of Health and Social Services, provide badly needed assistance to very worthy students.

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

Agricultural Experiment Station   Dr. Steven Loring, associate director—AES, spoke at the Digital Measures User Group 2016 Conference on October 10 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. More than 100 colleges and universities were represented at this conference. Using examples from the College of ACES, he demonstrated how NMSU is using Digital Measures Activity Insight to record and present community engagement activities and impacts, and how these can be shared with various stakeholders as part of public accountability, supporting NMSU’s good work.

Cooperative Extension Service   Extension Plant Sciences and the Bernalillo County Extension Office, faculty from the Extension Plant Sciences Department and the Bernalillo County Extension Office interacted with over 2,000 people at Plant Clinics in Albuquerque on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 – 9. Plant Clinics were conducted at the Downtown Growers’ Market and at the Local Food Festival and Field Day held at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House. These events offer a great opportunity to introduce people to the Cooperative Extension Service and gives them an opportunity to ask questions and learn about plants and pests.


Media Productions/Learning Games Lab   Media Productions’ Learning Games Lab has released a mobile version of its popular Virtual Labs series. Eight interactive modules explore laboratory techniques and concepts important in food science. Media Productions originally developed these multimedia tools in collaboration with South Dakota State University and North Dakota State University, with funding from USDA NIFA; web versions of the tools have been played more than 1 million times. Available for iPad at the Apple Store for $0.99-$1.99 each or $4.99 for the package. The eight modules:

Controlling Water Activity in Food, Understanding Water Activity, Testing and Adjusting pH, The pH Scale & Meter Calibration, Using the Microscope, Gram Staining, Bacteria Sampling, Testing for Corn Mold.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • The College of Arts & Sciences is supporting the Kiss Away Cancer Poster competition – which will culminate in a display of the posters during the Tough Enough to Wear Pink luncheon.


  • The NMSU Museum has launched its Fall 2016 workshops and lectures series. The first event took place on October 15 with a workshop titled “Learn to make leather bags with Juan Rojelio.”


  • The College offered the second presentation of the Global Connections talks – with a presentation titled “Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres: Monuments to Medieval Faith” by Associate Professor Roger Mellen (Journalism and Mass Communications).
  • Interim Dean Pontelli participated in a meeting at the HENAAC Conference in Anaheim, California, as part of the initial steps of the university’s engagement in a multi-institution alliance funded by the NSF INCLUDES program.
  • The Department of Music provided its Second Annual Autumn Overture Concert, featuring premiere NMSU ensembles.


College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • NMSU alumn, Ross McCallister (’76) was a guest speaker in my business consulting course on Monday, October 10.
  • I met with representatives from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for a review of the MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership program.
  • Regents Professor Jim Peach, made a presentation on economic base studies and New Mexico’s economic base to the Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee of the New Mexico legislature on October 13.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis


College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

Four industrial engineering students traveled to San Antonio, Texas, to attend the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Conference. HACU provides students a chance to develop their professional skills while meeting with corporate, federal and nonprofit employers along with colleges and universities.

engIn August, NMSU’s WiSTEM (Women in STEM) members attended a private tour of Virgin Galactic’s hangar at Spaceport America. The tour included a walkthrough of the hangar with a discussion on current and future improvements that Virgin Galactic has planned in order to become operational.  As a result, the group was selected to participate in Spaceport America’s open house October 1. WiSTEM displayed an interactive exhibit that explained the goal of the organization and setup a fun scientific experiment for children, while also explaining to the public the benefits that the spaceport brings to the region.  The WiSTEM organization was started by electrical and computer engineering students.

eng2Catherine Brewer, assistant professor, chemical engineering, received a three-year, $373K grant from NASA for “Absorption of N-Nitrosodimethylamine” and a one-year, $50K grant from NSF for “Small-Scale Low-Temperature Multiple-Effect Distillation for Brackish Ground Water Using Heat from Biomass Pyrolysis.” For more information, visit

The Aggie Innovation Space kicked off the first in a series of Freaky Friday STEM activities for elementary-age students. Students focused on designing and testing an egg drop activity where they explored Newton’s First Law of Motion.

The Aggie Innovation Space hosted the first Design Challenge of the semester with 23 students from various engineering majors working to design a new wind turbine. The challenge also required teams of students to imbed electronic monitoring for data collection.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean

  • The College of Health and Social Services welcomes Associate Dean Karen Kopera-Frye. Dr. Frye comes from the University of Louisiana-Monroe where she was the Joseph A. Biedenharn Chair in Gerontology and program director in the College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Gerontology. Dr. Frye’s research interests include health promotion with ethnically diverse elders, diabetes and obesity research with Latino and Native American populations. She will perform academic and research associate dean duties for the College.
  • HSS held a successful “Aggie Experience” event on Saturday, October 8. Over 45 prospective students and parents attended to learn about nursing, social work and public health professions.  Associate Dean, Dr. Karen Frye spoke on behalf of the College, advisors held brief information forums and the HSS Student Ambassadors gave our guests tours of our building which included the Memorial Lounge, the Memorial Tower, and the School of Nursing Simulation Labs.

School of Social Work

  • The School of Social Work continues to offer the Child Welfare Scholars program which provides stipends to students as incentive for BSW and MSW graduates to serve children and families of Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) throughout the state of New Mexico. This year the School of Social Work has 14 scholars who are receiving a total of $129,000 in stipends. This is a fine example of the strong community partnerships existing between the School of Social Work, the College of Health and Social Services and the local and state agencies which serve the citizens of our state.

Department of Public Health

  • Currently, the Department of Public Health is applying a program, Root Causes Tree, as is part of the Advocacy at Work curriculum currently being implemented by NMSU public health undergraduate students in the Las Cruces High School classrooms, reaching out to over 250 high school students and funded by the Con Alma Foundation. The project principal investigators are Drs. Satya Rao and Cynthia Kratzke. This initiative serves as a way to introduce public health as a major and justify its relevance to young folks attending the events.
  • The Department of Public Health Sciences is promoting an initiative throughout the month of October titled, “Exercise is Medicine on Campus” as part of the campaign reaching nearly 100 campuses across our nation. This initiative engages students, faculty, and staff to improve and increase awareness of health and wellness through efforts of physical activity, Walking Works! NMSU is the first university in New Mexico receiving recognition in this year’s campaign for enhancing our campus as a culture of wellness.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

Early voting for the Library GO Bond B began on October 11 and will be on the November 8 ballot. NMSU Library encourages everyone to vote on GO Bonds B and C which support higher education. The New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries (NMCAL) has announced the potential allocations for publicly funded New Mexico Libraries. If passed, NMSU Libraries will receive an estimated $507,718 to be distributed in the following way:

  • NMSU Main Campus: $396,001
  • Dona Ana Community College: $80,333
  • NMSU Alamogordo: $15,056
  • NMSU Carlsbad: $10,951
  • NMSU Grants: $5,377

To view the complete projected NM Academic Libraries GO Bond distributions, visit

A collaborative team representing the NMSU Library, UNM Library and New Mexico State Library met in Albuquerque and are initiating a plan for the distribution of collections for the shared regional repository of federal documents in the state of New Mexico. Team members are Michael Gutierrez (NMSU Library), Luci Ortiz (NMSU Library), Stephanie Carter (NMSU Library), Lori Thorton (NM State Library), Bradley Carrington (NM State Library), Monica Jean Dorame (UNM Library), Daniel Barkley (UNM Library), Bing-Shan Fazio (UNM Library), Sever Bordeianu (UNM Library) and Susanne Clement (UNM Library).

The NMSU Library is pleased to announce that a contract has just been awarded to ExLibris to purchase new library technology platforms Alma and Primo. The details of this contract are currently being finalized and once complete, more information will be shared on timetables and implementation plans.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Fulbright Submissions   Dr. Tim Ketelaar successfully shepherded half a dozen students to the finish line and the Fulbright applications were all submitted by the 3 pm Tuesday deadline. We have a very strong group of applicants this year, and we are hopeful that we will see several winners. Fulbright awards support both research and programs for teaching English (ETA) internationally, and we have both research and ETA applicants in this group. After burning the midnight oil for several days as he worked with students who submitted multiple drafts for review, he celebrated the 3 pm deadline with a well-earned nap. Wednesday, on to the next program, as he works with several students applying for the Soros Fellowships that supports graduate studies for new Americans.

Candace Gingrich Visit   Dean Chaiken enjoyed attending the Out-tober event that hosted Human Rights and LGTB activist Candace Gingrich. Candace was a student in Chaiken’s Anthropology of Gender course many, many moons ago at a university in Pennsylvania, and they had a warm reunion after her evening lecture. Students who are interested in internships with Gingrich’s organization, the Human Rights Campaign can contact Dr. Chaiken for information.

New Mexico Leadership Academy   Deans Chaiken and Ketelaar had a fruitful set of meetings with representatives of the New Mexico Leadership Academy (based in Santa Fe), and NMSU faculty and staff who have been involved in supporting the NMLI Scholars currently attending NMSU. We discussed the possibility of transferring the administration of this program from the College of Education to the Honors College.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

Snooze Saloon   The new Snooze Saloon, in partnership with ASNMSU and Corbett Center, is now open.  The Snooze Saloon is a place for students to rest and nap while listening to soothing music in relaxing lighting. See more at

Open House Halloween Extravaganza   Facilities Operations, NMSU Fire and Police Departments, Housing and Residential Life, Sodexo, and the Dean of Students are planning an “Open House Halloween Extravaganza” at the fire station on October 28 from 6 pm – 9 pm. El Paso Electric will be presenting electrical safety to the children that reside in family housing, and the Fire Department will showcase the Doña Ana County Fire Safety trailer.  The event will include fun activities for all the youth in our campus community.

Sunday Brunch   Sodexo is now offering a weekly Sunday Brunch in the Taos Restaurant from 10 am to 2 pm for the NMSU and Las Cruces communities.

Parking Made Easier   The Parking Office is pleased to announce that the parking meters now accept credit cards and coins.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Undergraduate Admissions Hosts Aggie Experience   Over 500 prospective students and their families were in attendance during Aggie Experience, the open house was a great success! While on campus, students had the opportunity to visit with academic departments, listen to presentations from financial aid, housing, and visit with clubs and organizations while touring our beautiful campus. During the event, students were able to apply for admission to NMSU. If all the required documents were present, students received an offer of admission on the same day! New to this year, Undergraduate Admissions along with the campus community will be hosting additional Aggie Experience dates to give students flexibility. Our next Aggie Experience will take place on October 29, 2016. There is also an Aggie Experience scheduled for the Spring 2017 semester. For more information and to register for the event visit


Campus Health Center provides Free Clinical Breast Exams   The Campus Health Center provided a Free Clinical Breast Exam event to the NMSU Campus community on Wednesday, October 12 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In addition to the free clinical breast exams offered, patients were provided breast health information and giveaways emphasizing the importance of prevention and early detection through awareness, healthy lifestyles, and regular (clinical and self) breast exams.  Student interns from the College of Health & Social Services and public health sciences program used the event as an evaluation site visit from their professor Dr. Sue Forster-Cox.  The Campus Health Center has been a student intern site for eight years giving hands-on experience in the field of health education and promotion.


Feed Las Cruces Food Drive   Student Affairs and Enrollment Management with organizing support from Lorraine Ortega, Undergraduate Admissions, joined the effort of “Feed Las Cruces Food Drive.” The effort was promoted and organized by William Gould from the College of Business.  Student Affairs and Enrollment Management placed boxes for non-perishable food items in the Educational Services Building lobby. Food was collected all week and donated items were delivered on Saturday to support Casa de Peregrinos.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Entrepreneur Encounter   On Monday, Arrowhead Center hosted its monthly Entrepreneur Encounters speaker session at Corbett Center.  This month’s featured speaker was Emily Calhoun, owner and founder of Floriography, an Albuquerque based ethical, sustainable, and locally-sourced floral design company.  Emily shared the story of how she started her business, lessons learned, and practical advice to a large crowd of aspiring entrepreneurs and community members. The event can be viewed at

Studio G Networking Hour   On Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly networking hour event that was attended by 16 students.  This week’s topic focused on the Disciplined Entrepreneur, and its discussion of how to target customers. Studio G Networking Hours provide practical startup information to students as well as the opportunity for aspiring student entrepreneurs to meet their peers, make connections, and form partnerships. The discussion can be viewed at

State I-Corps Program National Meeting   Arrowhead Center Program Director Dr. Kramer Winingham attended a meeting in Washington, DC about State I-Corps programs. About 50 attendees were brought from 12 states to learn about new economic development models to utilizing I-Corps to support businesses at the state level.

X2nSat Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that X2NSAT, Inc., a wireless and satellite communications company, will expand operations to Las Cruces and create up to 45 new high-tech jobs over the next several years. X2nSat Inc. is a 20-year-old corporation that operates in California and Georgia, with their newest expansion coming to New Mexico. X2NSAT provides wireless network and satellite communication solutions to various industries including Enterprise, IT, Rural Telephony, Maritime, Utilities and other mission-critical applications.  At the event announcing the agreement, Arrowhead was recognized for its contribution to the community-wide effort to realize the development.

Vice President for Research, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Endowed Management Scholarship   An alumnus of the College of Business has committed to establishing a $100,000 endowed scholarship in management.

ACES Gift   The College of ACES received a $6,000 gift from the J. Frank Schmidt Foundation to support the work of Dr. Rolston St. Hilaire, a plant scientist in the college.

CMI Gift   Creative Media Institute received a $10,000 gift from the Mill Foundation. Added to a previous gift received from the Foundation, there’s now more than $21,000 available to support students.

ROTC Scholarship   Two alumni of the Government Department and the ROTC program teamed up to create a $25,000 endowed scholarship for Air Force and Army ROTC students, with a preference for government majors.

Planned Gift   An 1888 Society member family used the Charitable IRA Rollover to make a $30,000 gift to an existing endowed memorial scholarship that they sponsor in the Department of Athletics.

Classic Aggie   The Advancement team has raised more than $14,000 toward the matching fund for Giving Tuesday through sales of our exclusive Classic Aggie pins and bolo ties. Members of our Alumni and Accounting teams have gotten in on the action, too, proving that we are all in the business of fundraising.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Attended the Naming Committee meeting and the UAC meeting where one of the specific items on the agenda was the naming of the renovated football locker room, the Allen Family Locker Room. Larry, Diane and their family have been tremendous supporters to New Mexico State University and Athletics for over 30 years. Larry also serves on the NMSU Foundation Board.
  • The New Mexico State men’s basketball program and the 6th Man Club hosted the annual Aggie Tip-off Dinner on Tuesday night at the Pan Am Center. This is the major fundraiser for the program and the unofficial start of the men’s basketball season. All proceeds from the live and silent auctions benefit the student-athletes.


  • Traveled to Denver, Colorado, for Western Athletic Conference (WAC) meetings and media day with women’s basketball Head Coach Mark Trakh and men’s basketball Head Coach Paul Weir. Every school’s administrators and coaches in the WAC attended the RPI Symposium conducted by RPI guru Jim Sukup.

International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

University Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Glen Cerny

KRWG/SPU   KRWG-FM aired a report about the Bond C vote in the November election, and how it would benefit NMSU by providing funds for a new art building.  This story included interviews with Elena Mars, a senior Museum Conservation student at NMSU, and Julia Barello, academic department head for the Department of Art at NMSU.

The Special Production Unit produced their final volleyball telecast on Thursday. The Aggies played the University of Missouri-Kansas City in a Western Athletic Conference match.

News and Media Relations   A news release about Ana Lopez, a doctoral student in the Special Education and Communication Disorders Department in New Mexico State University’s College of Education, generated strong social media numbers in just one day. The release describes how Lopez will attend a prestigious leadership conference October 27-28 in San Antonio alongside her mentor, SPED/CD Professor Loretta Salas. After one day, the post on the NMSU News Facebook page was seen by more than 1,500 people and had generated more than 300 clicks, reactions, comments and shares. Read the story here:

Web Communications   Web Communications was invited to the Teaching Academy to present a Let’s Talk Online Teaching session with faculty and staff this week to discuss strategies and best practices to ensure compliance with federal web accessibility guidelines when using complex images (photographs, illustrations, diagrams, maps, etc.) in online course content and webpages.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

Upcoming Events

  • October 17 – 19, Indian Affairs Committee, San Juan Chapter House, Sheep Springs
    • Chapter House, Henderson Fine Arts Center
  • October 20 – Public School Capital Outlay Oversight Task Force, Capitol,
  • October 20 – 21, Science, Tech & Telecommunications Committee, Capitol, room 317
  • October 24 – Jobs Council
  • October 25 – 28, Legislative Health & Human Services Committee, Capitol, room 307
  • October 26 – Water & Natural Resources Committee,
    • Lower Rio Grande Alternative Administration & Groundwater Management-Clayton Bradley, Director of Real Estate & Water Development, NMSU
  • October 26- 28, Legislative Finance Committee, State Capitol, room 322
    • Staff Reports-Thursday- Cooperative Extension Service/Agriculture Experiment Station, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
  • October 27 – 28, Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee, State Capitol

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

  • Marketing staff attended the Produce Marketing Association Exposition (PMA). Five New Mexico produce companies attended this year’s expo. This is the largest produce show in the United States and gives companies an opportunity to meet with existing customers as well as meet new buyers and expand their market share. They will also be meeting with retailers to discuss future promotional opportunities for New Mexico produce. Staff also attended the International Baking Ingredient Tradeshow where two New Mexico companies participated in the tradeshow, showcasing pecans as a baking ingredient.
  • ENI staff hosted the 2016 Western Horticultural Inspector Society meeting. Approximately 30 plant health inspectors attended from western states. The meeting provided a wide venue for nursery and horticultural inspectors that included presentations, field training, and discussions on regional topics pertaining to plant health.
  • I, along with Western author and the original “Rounder,” Max Evans, presented the 2016 Rounders Award to Ollie Reed and Rod Taylor. Ollie Reed has written extensively about Western history and popular culture – especially the history and cowboy culture of New Mexico. Rod Taylor has been playing music for more than 30 years, He is a cowboy and has been in movies, TV shows, music videos, television commercials, and PBS documentaries. The Rounders Award was created in 1990 to honor those who “live, promote, and articulate the western way of life.”
Director Jeff Witte, Ollie Reed Jr., Max Evans, and Rod Taylor

Director Jeff Witte, Ollie Reed Jr., Max Evans, and Rod Taylor

  • I also attended the 50th anniversary celebration of K-Bob’s restaurant in Ruidoso.  NMDA has been assisting the restaurant with menu upgrades and featuring NM grown products.


I am pictured with Ed Tinsley and Sid Strebeck, with K-Bobs

I am pictured with Ed Tinsley and Sid Strebeck, with K-Bobs

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 45 police reports created, 24 supplements filed, and 37 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 61 items of evidence entered into the vault, 25 people were fingerprinted and 4 background checks were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   Emergency Dispatch Center handled 272 police calls for service, 9 of which were 911 calls, resulting in 183 police calls (22 of which were agency assist) and 6 warrant entries.  There were 15 fire calls (6 of which were mutual aid), 6 fire alarms, 1 structure fire, and 2 emergency medical calls.  There was also 1 animal control call.

Special Events   Special Events staff worked a total of 17.75 hours and reviewed 2 events with Campus Activities.

Crime Prevention   Meeting for planning on Halloween Extravaganza and coordinated Pepper Spray class.

policeTraffic Enforcement   The electric motorcycle in use by the department now has graphics (thanks to the fine people at the F&S Print Shop!), and continues to patrol around campus as scheduling allows.  As a reminder to the community, driving on sidewalks and across landscaping in a motor vehicle is prohibited unless you have specific authorization.  For bicyclists, remember to stop at all stop signs when riding, and ride slow and in control when on walkways/sidewalks.  These are some of the violations that the traffic unit will be focusing on in the coming weeks.

Victim Services   Extensive assistance with OIE and restraining order issues.

Presentations and Workshops   Chief Lopez taught Campus Safety Authority training to the staff of Housing and Residential Life on October 11.  Over 60 staff were present, and are now up-to-date with the training required by the federal Clery Act.  In addition, the Housing staff participated in an Active Killer workshop, where they learned how to help prevent, as well as respond to, an active killer incident.  On October 14, Sergeant Ryan Beck and Chief Lopez provided training to community members on the proper use of Pepper Spray.  The attendees were learned the legal parameters for use, as well as how to actually spray an attacker.  The class wrapped up with the participants spraying each other (using training units) in simulated situations.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

iPad Initiative   XCITE, the iPad initiative at NMSU-Doña Ana is being piloted with encouraging results. Students have grown up using social media, iPads, iPods, the Internet, apps and other technology. Using that technology in an educational environment helps them learn in a way that is natural to them. Pictured, Automotive Technology students work with iPads in class.


New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Saturday, October 15, NMSU Alamogordo faculty and staff volunteered and participated in “Thanks Team Holloman” in an effort to show support and appreciation for the men and women who serve at Holloman Air Force Base.

President Van Winkle met with Katie Pacelli-Klinger, the chair of the “Take Back the Night Alamogordo” committee, to discuss plans for the 11th Annual March and Rally that initiates from the Tays Center on the NMSU-A campus.

NMSU-A held a rattlesnake safety and awareness training by Kimberly Paws from the Island of Misfit Morphs in Alamogordo. A large group of students, faculty, staff, and members of the community joined the campus in the commons area for the informational presentation. No petting was allowed!

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Monday, October 10, NMSU Carlsbad convened its monthly Town Hall meeting which is open to all faculty and staff. Reports were heard from several entities and updates on the state budget issues and the Fair Labor Standards Act were provided.
  • On Tuesday, October 11, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly University Administrative Council and Community Colleges Presidents meetings in Las Cruces. Extensive discussion related to the state budget and system wide initiatives was held.
  • On Wednesday, October 12, NMSU Carlsbad hosted Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and other NMSU personnel. The day’s activities included a meeting with NMSU Carlsbad administrators and the advisory committee, a campus tour, and a meeting with all faculty and staff.  At lunch, Chancellor Carruthers delivered a superb presentation to the Carlsbad Rotary Club.
  • On Thursday, October 13, the NMSU Carlsbad Executive Team met for an intensive discussion on measures to address the announced cuts in state funding. The institution has been able to address the cuts with its hiring freeze initiatives and with cut backs on various budgetary items.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

ASNMSU is preparing for the upcoming Pink week later this month, on October 16-22. ASNMSU plans to support Breast Cancer Awareness efforts and the Cowboys for Cancer organization through a Silent Auction! Come out and support a great cause while having a chance to buy incredible items at low prices.

On October 22, ASNMSU will be hosting a special Pink Tailgate before the football game! We will be giving out free Pink “Croakies” and other prizes to students in attendance. Come play field games with us and win awesome prizes!

The ASNMSU Community Outreach Department is seeking volunteers to help with commencement. Student organizations that volunteer will be eligible to receive Community Service Hours for participating. Those hours can be claimed when requesting funding from ASNMSU.

Join the Special Events Board to help plan concerts for the rest of the academic year! If you are interested in the music industry, and would like to help coordinate upcoming concerts, submit a resume to and indicate your interest.

Elections for Senate are coming up! Voting starts the week of October 24. We encourage students to get out and vote for their representatives! The chief elections officer has been rigorously preparing and we are excited to see the results!

Lastly, the Snooze Saloon is finally open. Come to Corbett Center and find a quiet, comfy place to nap on the 2nd floor. ASNMSU is providing free eye masks for the first 100 students who use the Snooze Saloon. Learn more at the information desk or by going by the Snooze Saloon to learn how to snooze!

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