Activity Report September 17 – September 23

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • The ongoing saga of the Fair Labor Standards Act executive order now includes court action. Twenty one states, including New Mexico, have filed a Texas Federal court request to stay the implementation of the order and to declare it unconstitutional.  I don’t know how much time the court will review this complaint.  I have been advised by one attorney that all should plan on a December 1, 2016, implementation date in spite of the pending court action.  I will keep you posted but we are slowing down our process for the moment until we find out how and if the court will render an early ruling.
  • The rumors around the possible Special Session of the Legislature continue to swirl. Speculation is higher education will be cut from 2.5 percent to 7 percent, which is a wide range. The House is talking from 5-7 percent and the Senate more in the 2.5 percent range.  No real news on the timing of the session because “no deal” has been struck between the legislature and Governor.
  • I visited with the Legislative Oversight Committee for the New Mexico Finance Authority. They were interested in our organizational redesign and how we managed our recent reductions in expenditures.
  • The Governor dropped by for a press conference where she outlined some of NMSU’s accomplishments. She commented on our fiscal status and applauded the Regents because we were the only university to not raise tuition last year.
  • This week is Homecoming so gear up. I am looking forward to seeing all of the alums and adding a much needed victory in football.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • I chaired the meeting of the Statewide General Education Steering Committee on Tuesday, September 20, in Albuquerque. At the meeting we discussed learning outcomes for five essential skills and six content areas.  We agreed that most of the learning outcomes are ready for posting on the Steering Committee Website and for review by faculty members from across the state.
  • The following day, the Chancellor and I participated in the Governor’s higher education press conference at NMSU. The Chancellor discussed a variety of initiatives underway at NMSU, including Transforming NMSU and the implementation of meta-majors.  I discussed general education reform and the number of degree programs at NMSU that have moved to a 120 credit hour requirement.
  • On Thursday morning, I welcomed the Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee to NMSU. During the course of my remarks, I briefly described the administrative re-structuring of NMSU, statewide general education reform, meta-major implementation, and the Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate.  I then focused on major grants awarded to NMSU in the course of the previous week.  After my prepared remarks the committee questioned me about the impact of potential state budget cuts to NMSU, research collaborations with the University of New Mexico, and the importance of the Solar Observatory to the region and the nation.  It was a good exchange and I very much appreciated the clear goodwill of the committee toward NMSU.
  • On Friday, I traveled with a contingent of NMSU administrators to Albuquerque to attend the Governor’s Summit on Higher Education. At the summit, we discussed degree attainment in the state, the potential for greater centralization of New Mexico’s system of higher education, and the importance of higher education to the economic development of the state.  The summit closed with break-out sessions designed to identify the strategic goals of the New Mexico Higher Education Department over the course of the next several years.

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

Plant and Environmental Sciences   Eighty-five students from Sierra Middle School Science Magnet in Las Cruces participated in the NM Climate Center’s WeatherFest held at Skeen Hall on September 9. This annual event was started in 2013 by State Climatologist Dave DuBois and involves students and staff working at the Climate Center and the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. During their visit the middle school students take part in experiments, demonstrations, and discussions about the weather. Outreach at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences included a table promoting research and degree opportunities at the Las Cruces Farmer’s Market on September 3, participating in Aggie Fest on September 7, and the ACES Welcome Back Street Festival on September 8.


Media Productions Learning Games Lab   Understanding Western Soils ( is a new online resource for agricultural producers, Certified Crop Advisers, master gardeners, Extension agents, and other professionals who work in potentially saline, high-pH soils that require irrigation. Fifteen videos and animations demonstrate basic soil sampling strategies, appropriate laboratory tests for Western soils, and water movement into and through soil. The project was coordinated by Robert Flynn, extension agronomist in the Extension Plant Sciences Department and Professor April Ulery in Plant and Environmental Sciences, and was produced by NMSU Media Productions. Collaborators include the University of Arizona, Washington State University, and New Mexico NRCS. Funding was provided by a professional development grant from USDA Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Extension Program (WSARE).

Family and Consumer Sciences   Middle School Recruitment Event – Food Science and Technology faculty and students in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences hosted 70 students from Sierra Middle School on September 21.  The students tasted gelato and sorbet from Sam Steel Café, watched the extrusion of a new snack food made from cottonseed meal, talked with graduate students about their research projects, and learned about career possibilities in food science.  Dr. Nancy Flores organized the event.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences   Karim Martinez, Family and Consumer Sciences agent and county director for Dona Ana County, received the Distinguished Service Award at the annual meeting of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in Big Sky, Montana on September 15.  This award is given to Extension faculty who have been members for at least 10 years for their leadership, outstanding programs, and personal and professional growth.  Cydney Martin, Family and Consumer Sciences agent for Santa Fe County, received two regional awards – one for photography and one for radio podcasts.


College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • Patti Wojahn (IDS) is part of a team of researchers that was awarded a $300K grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), titled “Exploring the Relationships Among Metacognition-based Study Practices, Student Learning and Retention in an Undergraduate Engineering Program.” The team also includes Dr. Guynn from Psychology.
  • The Government Graduate Student Association (GGSA) hosted a Constitution Day table in Corbett Center on Friday, September 16. Constitution Day (September 17) celebrates the ratification of the US Constitution by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA in 1787. The GGSA passed out copies of the Constitution in pamphlet form and administered several hundred two-question Constitution ‘pop quizzes’ to those passing by in Corbett Center. Government Department Acting Head Christina Medina and the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office participated in the planning of the event. Pamphlet copies of the Constitution were also made available to the Domenici Conference for distribution to attendees.
  • Ismael Torres, student in the College of Arts & Sciences, was recognized by the Dominican University of California for his participation in the College Debate 2016 as a student delegate.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • On September 19, Faculty Advisory Mary Jo Billiot and the NMSU Beta Alpha Psi chapter held Meet the Firms, an event allowing accounting students to meet employers and set up interviews for internships and full-time employment. They had a great turnout of about 80 professionals from 20 employers, as well as more than 65 students and many members of the accounting faculty.
  • Deans Reddi, Pontelli and I met for lunch on September 20 to discuss an interdisciplinary data science opportunity.
  • Aggie Saltman, representing the Governmental Affairs office, visited our College Execute Committee meeting on September 21 to provide information regarding the coming General Obligation Bond C vote.
  • I joined Andrea Tawney and Leslie Cervantes on September 21 to attend the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and New Mexico Associate of Commerce and Industry’s (ACI) Fall 2016 FOCUS Tour held at the Double Eagle. The tour was held to meet and hear from the business community about concerns individually and collectively.  Local input and feedback will contribute to the ACI’s policy agenda for the upcoming legislative session and to the area focus of the Chamber.
  • Preparations continue for our annual homecoming week activities. I invite you all to attend the scholarship luncheon at 11:30 at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and the Distinguished Alumnus reception, honoring Loren Cook and James F. Cole recipient, Dino Camuñez, at 3:00 p.m. on the Trader’s Plaza.  Both events will be held Friday, September 30.  Please RSVP to
  • 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


Career Expo engineering day draws students/employers   More than 80 employers were seeking engineering students for internships, co-ops and full-time employment Wednesday at Career Expo. Approximately 1,000 engineering students took advantage of the event. Career readiness events were offered by the college before Career Expo, including employer reviews of resumes, mock interviews, a dress for success seminar and other events. A number of employer information sessions are currently being presented, hosted by engineering student organizations and Engineering Ambassadors. Engineering Career Expo and career-related outreach events are offered by the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network.

Gift allows NMSU chemical engineering students to benefit from new brew lab   The College of Engineering will expand a popular field of study with a gift to support the brew lab in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. Frank (ChE ’82) and Jennifer Seidel are giving $45,500 in support of equipment, operational funds, furnishings and related expenses for the brew lab located in the newly renovated Jett Hall. Chemical and materials engineering has been teaching the brewing science and technology course for about a decade to nearly 100 students each semester.

eng-2Industrial engineering receives U.S./Mexico lean manufacturing grant   The Departments of Industrial Engineering and Food Safety and Technology along with The Autonomous University of Baja California, and The Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez were awarded a grant by the Education Secretary through the Professional Development Program for Faculty of Mexico. The grant will support a research project that involves companies located on the border between U.S. and Mexico, and how they manage their process improvements. The results of the assessments, excluding any personal identification data, will be managed at NMSU by Industrial Engineering Professor Delia Valles-Rosales for corresponding statistical analysis. The project involves 15 students and 7 faculty members.

Civil engineering faculty receive grants

  • Professor Peter Martin was awarded a research grant by the New Mexico Department of Transportation for the project, “Law Enforcement Agency Crash Data Linkage” in the amount of $74,000.
  • Professor Zohrab Samani and Associate Professor Salim Bawazir were awarded a water resources Research Institute-US Geological Survey grant for the project entitled, “ET/Remote Sensing Research Project Related to Transboundary Groundwater Aquifer Studies” in the amount of $36,440.


Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan addresses legislative committee   Associate Dean of Outreach and Public Service participated in collaborative NMSU STEM and Economic Development presentations before the New Mexico Legislative Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee on September 22 at the NMSU Golf Course Club House. Sullivan provided an update on College of Engineering outreach activities.

Engineering students from the Aggie Innovation Space were joined by students from NM MESA, NM PREP Academy, MathSnacks and Women in computing to demonstrate STEM activities to members of the New Mexico Legislative Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee.


College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner 

Dean’s Office   Staff member Patrick Mendoza was part of a team of peer educators that instructed over 200 Las Cruces High School students in the Advocacy at Work program.  The project, by Public Health Sciences faculty members Cynthia Kratzke and Satya Rao, develops community health projects that integrate health and advocacy.

School of Nursing   A number of level 3 students from the School of Nursing attended the Domenici Conference last week as a learning tool for their required mental health advocacy project. The group obtained important information about policy and advocacy, and how it could be applied to their project, while also gaining valuable information as students in the nursing profession.


School of Social Work   Dr. Erika Gergerich has recently joined the faculty at Memorial Medical Family Center to help train students from various backgrounds to function inter-professionally in a medical setting. Social work was introduced to the patient care team last year for the first time. This year, two first-year NMSU social work students will be trained alongside medical residents, nursing and medical anthropology students to obtain a better understanding of this important interdisciplinary work.

Department of Public Health   This week the College and Department of Public Health Sciences co-sponsored two events intended to increase awareness of health-related governmental policies.  Events included a keynote address and day-long workshop for county and city employees.  Primary event organizers were Jamie Michael from the Doña Ana County Department of Health and Human Services and Joe Tomaka from the Department of Public Health Sciences, both who are board members for the Doña Ana County Wellness Institute. Dean Wagner provided closing remarks for the keynote address.

Drs. Cynthia Kratzke and Satya Rao led over 200 students in Las Cruces High School classes last week as they participated in the Advocacy at Work program. Ten trained undergraduate Public Health Science students acted as peer educators for the high school training and are integrating health and advocacy into communities by developing community health projects.


University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

Patent and Trademark Resource Center Grand Opening   The NMSU Library hosted a free public seminar “Patents & Trademarks: Get the Information You Need to Protect Your Intellectual Property” on September 21 in Milton Hall. Neil Massong and Tom Turner, librarians from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, led the day-long training and seminar.

Banned Books Week Events   In recognition of Banned Books Week, the NMSU Library will host a brown bag “Mystery Date with a Banned Book Lunch” event on Friday, September 30, 2016. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Zuhl Library, Room 225. In preparation for the event, NMSU Library faculty and staff selected books from the library’s collection that have been banned or challenged over the years. Participants are encouraged to visit Branson or Zuhl Library circulation desks through September 26 and based on clues, check out their “Mystery Date” book to read (while supplies last.) On September 30, participants can bring their book, a brown bag lunch and join members of the NMSU Library and community to discuss their Mystery Date book, intellectual freedom, censorship, and the First Amendment. There will also be a Banned Books Reading, scheduled for Thursday, September 28 from 6-7 p.m. at Taos Restaurant in Corbett Center.

All Staff Celebration   The library hosted the annual All Staff Celebration where departments were able to share their accomplishments and introduce new faculty and staff.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

  • Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar met with the committee of the Senate that is reviewing a curriculum proposal to modify the requirements for the Crimson Scholar designation. We are pleased the committee recommended “do pass” as this policy revision will permit students who are transfers to NMSU to have the same recognition for their excellence as those who spend all four years as Aggies.
  • Ketelaar also hosted Ken Chavez, who is the new Diplomat in Residence for the western states. This is a program of the U.S. State Department, and Mr. Chavez gave an informational workshop for interested students who might be considering internships or careers in foreign service or for international opportunities.
  • We ended the week by holding a workshop on strategies for applying to graduate school. Dean Miriam Chaiken presented information on strategies for success for students considering applying to grad school in the coming year.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

At the Golf Course   The NMSU Golf Course hosted the PGA of America’s Playing Ability Test (PAT) for PGA Golf Management students.  Management students and apprentices are required to pass a playing ability test as part of the requirements to becoming a PGA Member.adminfinance-golf

Historical Story Tree Lives On   The Story Tree once stood in a tiny park located between the Las Cruces lateral and the Seed Barn, the oldest building on campus. The CedarLebanon tree provided a canopy of shade and shelter from the wind and the State College Story League, a literary group, would gather to read literature aloud in the 1920s.


When it came time to remove the Story Tree, due to old age and deterioration, FS Grounds Services Manager Bud Jones held onto the wood with the intention of using it to build benches. A backless bench has been crafted. With donor support, more will be built and placed around campus. From a preservation, sustainability and historical standpoint, this creative thinking and reuse of materials from the Story Tree into future usage pays homage to a piece of NMSU historic landscape.


Contact University Advancement, 575-646-1613, if you are interested in providing donor support to build the benches. 

Britton Young Memorial Golf Tournament   The Britton Young Memorial Golf Tournament was held September 17, and there were an estimated 150 players and volunteers in attendance. Britton Young is the son of Lori Paulsen. Lori, who lost her battle with cancer, was beloved by many and very involved in our Athletics Program. Jason White, director of the golf course, stated that it was an honor and a privilege to be able to be a part of the event and help a family that has been through a lot.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

32nd Annual Career Expo   The 32nd Annual Career Expo was held on September 20-21 on the NMSU campus. There were 121 employers and over 1300 students seeking internships/cooperative education and permanent employment opportunities.  A list of the employers can be found at


Next Generation of Outdoor Leadership Program Training   On September 10-11, 2016, the Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP) held an orientation trip for its new and existing members at Aguirre Springs campground in Las Cruces, New Mexico. OLP students participated in geocaching and other team building activities while becoming familiar with the OLP structure, policies, and procedures. The OLP accepted 16 new applicants this fall semester.

Exploring the Outdoors    On September 12, 2016, Outdoor Recreation held a free clinic titled “Be Prepared: 10 Essentials for Exploring the Outdoors” as part of their special clinic series this Fall semester. Students received basic tips from Search and Rescue teams about how to prepare for adventure and the necessities of traveling safety in the backcountry.


Meet the Vice President   Bernadette Montoya, VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management welcomed 15 new staff and graduate students to SAEM. The meet and greet was a great way for the staff to get to know Dr. Montoya and collaborate with other SAEM departmental colleagues.


Tutor-Coordinator Recognized for Accomplishments   Trese Collins, tutor-coordinator for the New Mexico State University TRIO Student Support Services Program, was selected to represent New Mexico State University and TRIO New Mexico in the Regional (SWASAP) Emerging Leader’s Institute for 2016-2017.  Each state selects two representatives for the institute.  The Emerging Leaders Institute prepares TRIO leaders for the State and Regional Association leadership and advocacy positions.

TRIO Student Services   TRIO Student Support Services, program and peer staff are currently working with participants to submit the TRIO Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) scholarship applications which are due October 1, 2016.  Each TRIO program can submit five applications from program participants.  TRIO Regional (SWASAP) Association and the State Association (TRIO New Mexico), award TRIO participants’ scholarships each year. The Walter O. Mason is the top regional scholarship ($500).  Named after Walter O. Mason a true TRIO Legacy who was responsible for writing the legislation for the first Upward Bound program. The 10 regional scholarship awardees are selected from the southwest region and are very competitive.

The top state scholarship is the Javier Alcantar Scholarship.  Javier, was a former NMSU TRIO Student Support Services Director and he was also active in the region and Past President of SWASAP.  The 2015 Javier Alcantar Scholarship was awarded to Natalie Padilla from NMSU TRIO Student Support Services Program.  We are honored to have this scholarship named after Mr. Alcantar and even more honored when received by a New Mexico State University TRIO participant. In 2015 New Mexico State University TRIO Student Support Services Program received 3 of the 10 scholarships awarded by the state.

The pre-collegiate TRIO New Mexico (state) Scholarships for 2016 have been awarded and New Mexico State TRIO Upward Bound Program will receive two of the five scholarships awarded.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

TEDxABQ Audience Engagement   Arrowhead Center was invited to participate in the Audience Engagement portion of TEDxABQ.  Arrowhead encouraged audience engagement and supported the idea of viral thinking by hosting activities that inspired “Entrepreneurship in Action.”  Participants were encouraged to share their “Million Dollar Idea” and take photos with Mark the Aggie Shark Tank mascot. The event provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with the community and share information about how Arrowhead and NMSU support and inspire entrepreneurs.


Studio G Start Up Showcase   Studio G held its fall Start Up Showcase at Corbett Center on Wednesday.  Studio G clients and startup businesses were featured at tabling positions throughout Corbett Center. This event provided the opportunity for Studio G’s startup companies to present their businesses to the campus community, make connects with students, and also offered students the chance to learn how Studio G can help make their start up business dreams a reality.

NM FAST Workshop   The New Mexico Federal and State Technology Partnership program (NM FAST) at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center hosted a workshop on Thursday, focused on Department of Defense SBIR programs. The workshop featured guest speakers from the Department of Defense, including DoD Program Manager Paula Taylor, and PTAP Specialist Karen Medina.  This workshop was attended by 17 people from the local entrepreneurial community.

Studio G Networking Hour   On Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly networking hour event that was attended by 21 students.  This week’s topic focused on market research. 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.

Vice President for Research, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya

  • The office of VPR, Physical Science Lab (PSL) and Government Relations hosted a visit of Mr. Robert Heilman and Ms. Patti Lucero. As Department of Defense (DoD) representatives, they were here to discuss NMSU’s engagement with advancing science and technology for testing and evaluation of futuristic technologies. They also discussed the role of NMSU as a Hispanic-serving institution, in creating a pipeline for future DoD workforce through STEM engagement. A number of faculty and staff researchers from PSL, Engineering, A&S and Education participated.
  • Vimal Chaitanya attended the New Mexico Collaborative Research and Development Council (NMCRDC) cluster workshop on High Performance Computing, Big Data and Cybersecurity in Albuquerque. The meeting facilitated by the U.S. senators staff and organized by LANL/NMSU included a number of faculty researchers from NMSU and stakeholders from across the state including LANL, UNM, NMT, SNL and WSMR. Various strengths across the state in above areas of expertise were identified with opportunity for collaboration.
  • Vimal Chaitanya and Sam Fernald visited Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) at University of Arizona where Sam delivered a brown bag luncheon talk. Vimal talked about opportunities for collaboration and expressed support for such joint activities in his discussion with Dr. Sharon Megdal, director of WRRC at UA, Tucson. Vimal also met with UA VPR, Dr. Kimberly Espy and discussed partnership opportunities on a national scale. He later met with Dr. Nadya Bliss, director of Global Security Institute at ASU in Phoenix to discuss collaborative opportunities in the area of National Defense and Security. At present, ASU is leading an effort to establish a DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Center of Excellence in Quantitative Analysis. NMSU is a partner institution in the proposed effort.
  • New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) brought together faculty and staff from NMSU, New Mexico Tech, and Tetra Tech, Inc. to discuss a proposal for future funding associated with the Energize New Mexico EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program. The effort will focus on energy and water and will look at issues involved in transforming New Mexico to new largely renewable energy exports without impacting long-term sustainability of existing agriculture and water resources. NMSU faculty members involved in this meeting were KC Carroll, Sarada Kuravi, Catherine Brewer, Hongmei Luo, Zohrab Samani, Pei Xu, and NM WRRI Director, Sam Fernald.
  • Several NMSU research faculty and the biosafety manager participated in a community educational event, “Building with Biology,” at the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Dr. Kathryn Hanley and Dr. Jiannong Xu spoke on “Engineering the Mosquito” and Dr. JoAnne Dupre from VPR office presented a display of “Oversight of Synthetic Biology at Research Institutions.” The Las Cruces Museum System is a host site, along with 200 science museums nationwide, for the “Building with Biology” public outreach activities. The forums are intended to promote discussions between scientists and the community about the emerging field of synthetic biology and ethical considerations.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

School of Nursing Scholarship   Through several generous donors and faculty, the College of Health and Social Services recently endowed a school of nursing scholarship at $10,500.  The scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student in 2017. Preference will be given to a nursing student of Native American ethnicity who is committed to serving the health and well-being of a Native American population.

President’s Associates Video Featured   Our President’s Associates Scholarship Thank You video was selected as one of the Top 15 to be considered for Video of the Year at the 13th Annual Association of Donor Related Professionals International Conference. Videos under consideration were produced by advancement professionals worldwide. To view the video, visit:

College of Arts and Sciences Gift   An alum from the College of Arts and Sciences has made a $30,000 gift in memory of her late spouse, and another $20,000 gift to support programs to be determined.

Alumni Association at Career Fair   The NMSU Alumni Association tabled at the NMSU Career Fair and spoke to over 75 alumni who were recruiting students.

Campus Visit   Corporate and Foundation Relations hosted four representatives from Rio Grande, A Berkshire Hathaway company (located in Albuquerque) on campus. Marketing director Arien Gessner, creative director Jamie Gros, education coordinator Mark Nelson, and jewelry technician Gregg Burgard met with faculty from the Department of Art and many of their students and toured campus.

Zuhl Museum Gift   The NMSU Foundation recently received a $600,000 pledge for the expansion of the Zuhl Museum.

Eat For Pete   The Alumni Association has partnered with local restaurants to host an Eat for Pete fundraising night. All funds raised through Eat for Pete will support student scholarships and the Aggie Cupboard. Eat for Pete begins on Monday, September 26 at Buffalo Wild Wings. The event continues on Tuesday, September 27 at Jason’s Deli and Wednesday, September 28 at Chili’s. On Thursday, September 29, La Posta de Mesilla is offering a 20 percent discount to those who show the flyer, and will donate a portion of the day’s sales to the NMSU Foundation. Participants must show the correct flyer for a portion of their bill to be donated to NMSU. To download the Eat for Pete flyers, visit the alumni website at or contact the alumni office at

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Hosted a group of donors and supporters on the trip to Lexington, Kentucky for the football game. The trip included a tour of WinStar Farm and Buffalo Trace Distillery. We also had a pregame event for other alums from the area.
  • Attended the Division 1 Athletic Directors’ Association Annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. Approximately 85 of the 128 athletic directors were in attendance. I represented the Sun Belt Conference on the executive committee where many current topics in intercollegiate athletics were discussed including academic performance as relates to NCAA, monetary distributions, lobbying efforts with college athletic directors and legislatures in Washington, DC as well as several pending lawsuits that the NCAA is involved in.
  • Spoke with and thanked the “PRIDE” of New Mexico Marching on Wednesday afternoon and thanked the band for their efforts as well as congratulating them on their trip to play at the San Diego Chargers NFL game on Sunday.


International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

University Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Glen Cerny

KRWG/SPU   The Special Production Unit aired the first AggieVision telecast of the volleyball season. Seattle University was in the Pan Am Center for the Western Athletic Conference opening game.

KRWG FM kicks off the on-air portion of the Fall Membership Drive on Monday morning. Pre-drive activities have netted 50 percent of the $85,000 goal. Pledges to support programming costs may be made by calling 888-922-5794 or at

Marketing Services   The latest edition of the Estimate of Graduates was recently completed. Marketing Services worked with Career Services to produce an informational brochure about NMSU’s upcoming graduates. This piece is given to employers who attend career fairs, giving them a glimpse of the pool of potential applicants from NMSU.



News and Media Relations   The News and Media Relations group is working with Government Relations to finalize the D.W. Williams Hall special edition Arts and Sciences digital magazine. We are also finalizing news media tour details of D.W. Williams Hall for October 5.

The News and Media Relations group is working with Honors College Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar to prepare for a national experts panel, providing facial analysis of candidates in Monday’s presidential debate.

The News and Media Relations group invited area news media to attend NMSU’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadshow for local eighth-grade students, September 26 at Aggie Memorial Stadium. An important student recruitment opportunity, the 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. event will teach about 500 Las Cruces Public Schools students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The event is a collaboration between the Physical Science Laboratory, PSL’s Flight Test Center and the STEM Outreach Center in the College of Education.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

  • September 26, – Tobacco Settlement Revenue Oversight Committee, Inn of the Mountain Gods- CANCELLED
  • September 27 – 28, Indian Affairs Committee, Mescalero, NM – CANCELLED
  • September 27, Legislative Finance Sunset/Sunrise Subcommittee, Capitol, Rm 322
  • September 28 – 30, Legislative Finance Committee, Capitol, Rm 322
    • State Agencies are beginning to testify before the committee on FY 18 budget requestsSeptember
  • 29 – 30, Water & Natural Resources Committee, NM Inst. Of Mining & Technology, Socorro- CANCELLED
    • Lower Rio Grande Alternative Administration & Ground Water Mgt. Scott Eschenbrenner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aggie Development Inc., NMSU

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

  • I attended the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) 2016 Annual meeting. This meeting celebrated NASDA’s 100th There was a renewed commitment to a robust role for states in federal policymaking in the next administration and Congress and discussions on the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill, focusing on the importance of a viable safety net for farmers and ranchers, as well as the challenges and opportunities the legislation can address.
  • Social Media Update – the Taste the Tradition Facebook page gained more than 200 new followers over the course of the New Mexico State Fair. Two of the cooking videos have gone viral again, pushing views over 100,000 on each. Visit com/tastenewmexico to see new ways to use green chile.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity   There were 52 police reports created, 38 supplements filed, and 17 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 23 items of evidence entered into the vault, 18 people were fingerprinted and 9 background checks were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   Emergency Dispatch Center handled 337 police calls for service (5 of which were 911 calls) resulting in 258 police calls (28 of which were agency assist) and 3 warrant entries.  There were 30 fire calls (15 of which were mutual aid), 3 fire alarms, 7 emergency medical, 2 standby, and 3 natural gas odor calls.  There were also 3 animal control calls.

Presidential Ambassador Campus Tour    On September 21, Chief Lopez gave a campus tour for 12 Presidential Ambassadors.

Clery Act Compliance   A number of people in the Police Department continue to work on Clery Act compliance in preparation for meeting the September 30 deadline for publication of the annual campus safety and security report.  Assistance is also being provided to the community colleges in the NMSU system.

Timely Warning Update   A timely warning update was issued on September 23 regarding the two attempted robberies and the attempted criminal sexual contact case from last week.  As of this time, the suspects have not been identified, but there have not been any subsequent reports of similar crimes on campus since last Friday.  If you witnessed any of the incidents, please call NMSU Police at (575) 646-3311 and ask to speak with an investigator, so we can document what you saw or heard.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall


New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

DACC VR Students to Benefit   DACC CMT program is partnering with VR First, an International Virtual Reality Initiative. VR First has now formed partnerships with 26 colleges and universities throughout the world. DACC will initiate a VR First Lab on campus, giving students access to the latest VR development tools and guidance from business and technology leaders. Thousands of dollars of VR hardware, software and programs will be available to DACC students.


Roundup Held at East Mesa   The annual Community Colleges Roundup gathered at DACC for workshops, presentations, speakers and shared solutions to educational challenges in the classroom. “Coming Together to Make a Difference” was the theme of the event which kicked off on Friday, September 23 with remarks from Dr. Mónica Torres, the vice president for academic affairs.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

  • New Mexico State University Alamogordo Alumnus and Mayor Richard Boss toured the NMSU-A campus on Tuesday, September 20. The mayor visited the technology classrooms, academic units, and support services during the tour. He was impressed with the number and variety of programs offered at NMSU-A.
  • NMSU-A faculty and staff participated in the Community College Roundup hosted by Doña Ana Community College this past weekend. NMSU-A also participated in the Governor’s Summit on Higher Education Friday, September 23 in Albuquerque.
  • Katie and Rob Pacelli-Klinger represented NMSU-A at the White Sands Balloon Festival on Saturday, September l7. Katie is the marketing representative for NMSU-A and her husband Rob is an Associate Professor teaching Astronomy.


New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton 

  • On Monday, September 19, NMSU Carlsbad representatives met with the visiting Veterans Committee who was meeting in Carlsbad. The visiting senators and representatives were welcomed to Carlsbad and information was shared on the campus’s veteran initiatives. Also on Monday, September 19, NMSU history faculty member Ms. Kenda Josselet convened the annual celebration of Constitution Day. The events were well-attended as a video on the forming of the constitution was observed.
  • On Tuesday, September 20, NMSU Carlsbad hosted Mr. David Trujillo who was conducting the annual performance review of the institution’s Title V activities.
  • On Wednesday, September 21, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a follow-up meeting on the Fair Labor Standards Act and its stipulations. All supervisors and impacted personnel were invited to attend and pose any questions that arose after last week’s presentations.
  • On Friday, September 23, President John Gratton traveled to Middlesburg, Virginia, in order to attend the five state Blue Cross – Blue Shield Affiliate Boards meeting.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Constitution Day   NMSU Grants acknowledged Constitution Day on September 20 this year by offering students an opportunity to test their knowledge of the Constitution, have lunch together, and speculate about the reasoning behind the introduction of quirky amendments over the years.  Proposed amendments included changing the name of the country to The United States of Earth, outlawing divorce, and the Ludlow Amendment which required that any decisions to go to war had to be supported by popular vote.  If the proposal was affirmed and you voted “yes” then you had to go to war.  The group of students, staff and faculty then tried to guess what year these (and other) amendments were proposed and explore the historical context within which these occurred. All participants came away knowing more than they arrived with and got a free lunch to boot sponsored by the Associated Student Government.

Breakfast with Socrates   The NMSU Grants faculty, staff, and students who attended Breakfast with Socrates in the Writing Center on the morning of September 21 were, quite simply, treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Upon arriving, the attendees enjoyed coffee and a delightful assortment of muffins prepared by Melody Simpson, co-facilitator of the event, then settled back for an informative presentation delivered by the other co-facilitator, Steve Foggatt.

The presentation was designed to introduce the audience to the origin and structure of the Socratic Method, a teaching technique intended to challenge students’ existing assumptions of complex topics through repeated probing questions that force the participants to consider a subject from a variety of different intellectual perspectives.  The presenter covered the basics of this technique and provided numerous examples, setting the stage for the undisputed highlight of the morning – a stunning guest appearance by Socrates himself!

To the amazement of all, Socrates (aka Dr. Bill Serban), despite his untimely death almost two and a half millennia ago, miraculously entered the Writing Center and held the assembled crowd spellbound, elucidating at length on the Socratic Method and conducting a brief Socratic discussion with the facilitators in order to drive home his main points of emphasis.  Resplendent in traditional Greek garb (see attached picture), he delivered an eloquent soliloquy that will not soon be forgotten by those fortunate enough to witness this supernatural event.

In short, Breakfast with Socrates proved to be an iconic ninety minutes that very well may transform higher education in America as we know it.  One of those in attendance, NMSU student Gail Clemons, was asked to put her lasting impression into words as she exited the Writing Center that morning.  According to Gail, “I’ve never seen anything like that before, and I don’t expect to see anything like that ever again.”  This telling statement serves as a fitting summary of the occasion, which is clearly destined to live on in NMSU Grants lore for generations to come.


NMSU Grants competes in NM Game Jam 2016!   Congratulations to the game development team of New Mexico State University Grants for accepting the challenge to participate in the New Mexico Game Jam 2016! The Game Jam is held annually, however this was the first time for Grants to participate! The opening ceremonies started a 6:00 pm on Friday, September 9 and the challenged continued until 6:00 pm on Sunday, September 11!  Upon receipt of the offer to participate, six gaming students in the Computer Science / Creative Media Technology (Karen Henry, program director) programs accepted and dedicated their weekend to teamwork, game design, learning new skills and fun! The team was directed by Zac Smith (CS College Instructor) and included:

  • Michael Webb, Lead Game Designer
  • Harlan Webb, Lead Artist
  • AJ Jaramillo, Development and mechanics
  • Samuel Clemons, Development and mechanics
  • Ryan Marez, Development and UI/HUD
  • Scott Peters, Development and UI/HUD

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • Homecoming elections are underway! Vote for the student body Homecoming King and Queen at Voting ends September 30.
  • ASNMSU held its bimonthly Senate meeting on September 22 in the Corbett Senate Gallery. Thirteen bills were passed to help financially support students and student organizations representing New Mexico State University through community service projects, presenting research, and attending conferences.
  • Homecoming is upon us! ASNMSU staff prepared for the upcoming events to engage the student body and build up excitement for the game with a different event every day. Come out and show your NMSU spirit with ASNMSU! The following is a list of events for Homecoming Week.


  • Finally, to kick off our Homecoming Week, ASNMSU prepared for Keep State Great, where 1200 students registered to come out and volunteer to beautify the campus. Thank you to all the students and organizations who registered to volunteer!


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