Activity Report September 2 – September 8

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

Our ROTC Cadets remembered the 911 attack on our nation with a very respectful salute this morning.  The Cadets gathered very early this morning, stood at attention, and fired their cannon at the times of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  Thank you so much ROTC.

Several NMSU officials will dine tonight with the new leadership of Sandia Laboratory.  Sandia is now operated by Honeywell Corporation on behalf of the Department of Energy.  The Director, Deputy Director and several colleagues are here to strengthen the long standing relationship between NMSU and Sandia.  They have been particularly interested in cooperating on a cybersecurity academic program.

It is never too early to begin work with New Mexico legislative leaders so I broke bread with Senate Majority Leader Senator Peter Wirth and Speaker of the House Brian Egolf during a trip to Santa Fe.  Topics included funding of higher education (they indicated that there was only 25 million new dollars so I asked for $10 million for higher education to be allocated using the formula), the Lottery Scholarship to include changes to the present program and perhaps new funding streams, and dual credit funding.  The dual credit issue is the public schools get paid for dual credit students but the money is not shared with higher education.  We cannot charge tuition or partial tuition for dual credit.  It has become too expensive for us to provide dual credit courses unless we get some financial assistance.  They seemed sympathetic to our plight.

The Aggie/Lobo tailgate and football game was well attended by alums and NMSU fans.  It was an exciting game and great outcome with over 32,000 in attendance.   I hope winning encourages all of our fans to come out for the Troy game and subsequent games.  The Aggies played very well in the first two games so let’s all give our student athletes the support they deserve.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

On Wednesday, September 6, I met with a large group of faculty and staff to discuss the management of the Sunspot Observatory. This is an important initiative for NMSU and for our Department of Astronomy. Nevertheless, various concerns were raised that will need to be resolved through negotiations with the National Science Foundation before management of the facility is turned over to NMSU.

The following Thursday, I, along with Michael Ray, the Director of NMSU’s American Indian Program, welcomed the legislature’s Indian Affairs Committee to New Mexico State University.  What was scheduled as a 15 minute welcome turned into two hours of lively discussion about student success initiatives at NMSU and our efforts to better serve the American Indian population of the state.

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

New Mexico State University’s Dietetic Internship Program received a three-year grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to increase the number of qualified registered dietitians/nutritionists in the region and improve the health of area residents. The primary objective of the grant is to ensure additional qualified registered dieticians are available for jobs in the region so area residents can benefit from their expertise and lead to an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption and a reduction of sedentary lifestyles, said Gaby Phillips, Dietetic Internship Program director. The program is housed in NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Students in the program collaborate with Cooperative Extension Service professionals in county and state offices to implement nutrition intervention. Students conduct a community needs assessment for every county in New Mexico, and develop community nutrition programs that can be used statewide. The Dietetic Internship Program at NMSU is the only one in the region.

How is the Cooperative Extension Service in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences contributing to the safety of New Mexico children? Nationally each year, on average, 12,175 children 0-19 years of age die from unintentional injury. While 9.2 million children annually visited emergency departments for unintentional injury. A series of local accidental deaths and accidents resulting in severe injuries to youth of eastern New Mexico brought these statistics to the forefront. Safety days are held for all 3rd graders across the eleven counties of Eastern New Mexico. The one-day events teach children safety lessons that can keep them and others safe while at home or on a farm or ranch. The safety days not only increase student’s awareness of safety procedures, they enhance the safety awareness of the community as well. All of the programs are conducted by cooperative extension agents funded partially by Smith-Lever funds.

 

The Corona Range and Livestock Research Center (CRLRC) partnered with the Otero County Cooperative Extension Service to kick off the first Let’s Talk! Breakfast in Town roundtable discussion in range livestock production. This new series of outreach programs follows four Let’s Talk! Breakfast at the Ranch events hosted at the Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability. Sixteen participants gathered on September 6 for breakfast before joining in a client driven discussion about concerns for livestock producers in the area. Scientists associated with research activities at the CRLRC from the Departments of Animal and Range Science and Extension Animal Science and Natural Resources addressed the issues and questions of the day.  This series is currently being scheduled in other towns. More information available at www.corona.nmsu.edu.

NMSU in Mexico: showcased as an example of ‘the American Land-Grant’ university   USDA invited NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) to represent the Land-Grant universities during a binational workshop in Mexico City. The ACES Office of Global Agricultural Initiatives director, Rod McSherry, addressed the Mexican audience with an overview of the cooperative contribution of federal, state and local entities in our university-based extension system.  Dr. Robert Flynn, Extension agronomist from the Agricultural Science Center at Artesia, laid out how research-based information is delivered to New Mexico communities.  The Aggies joined a team led by USDA that is working with the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture and which goal is to learn best practices from the U.S. agricultural extension model.  Shared learning and similar extension models are great examples of how to improve mutual understanding, accelerate common use of advanced technology in managing shared natural resources, and improve lives and livelihoods in New Mexico and the Borderlands region.

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli

The Department of Languages and Linguistics has been awarded a grant from the Tournées program of the FACE Foundation, in conjunction with the French American Cultural Exchange, to show a series of six French films. The films, consisting of “La noire de” (“Black Girl”); “A peine j’ouvre mes yeux” (“As I Open My Eyes”); “Phantom boy”; “Louise en hiver” (“Louise by the Shore”); “Fatima”; and “La Cour de Babel” (“School of Babel”), are by filmmakers from France, Tunisia, Belgium, and Senegal. The films will be shown during the week of October 30 through November 7 in the CMI Theatre and are free.

The College will host Guy Phillips as part of the Alumni Connections program. Mr. Phillips is a broadcast communications alumnus (`74) and will provide a general presentation open to the public on the evolution of media communication on September 14, at 4 pm, in Gerald Thomas Hall room 209.

The Creative Media Institute, in collaboration with the NMSU chapter of SIGRAPH, hosted a New Mexico Game Jam on Friday, September 8. The Jam is a 48-hour game development challenge, open to students, hobbyists and community members.

Bruce Berman, faculty member in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been selected to make a presentation at TEDxElPaso.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

 

Stem Outreach   Through the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, STEM Outreach Center is able to provide high quality, innovative after school programs to local school districts. This week, roughly 200 after school programs started at 19 elementary schools in the Gadsden and Las Cruces area. During the after school hour, students receive a snack, homework help and/or recreation time, and the opportunity to participate in an enrichment STEM-based program of their choosing.

 

Higher Learning Commission   Dr. Henrietta Pichon was invited to become a member of the Peer Corps as a reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). HLC relies upon the work of peer reviewers for its accrediting activities. These volunteers generously share their knowledge and experience to assure and advance institutional quality. HLC maintains a Peer Corps of approximately 1,600 faculty and administrators. The peer reviewers play an incredibly important role in all stages of the accreditation process. They are responsible for assuring that an institution is complying with the accreditation criteria as well as for helping an institution advance within the context of its own mission.

Student Awarded Dean’s Parking Space   The first student parking pass has been awarded for this semester, to Sabrina Jamison! Sabrina Jamison is a junior majoring in Secondary Education: Science. She is from Minnesota and chose to attend NMSU after visiting many western universities. Sabrina exemplifies the core values of the College of Education in many ways. She is a natural leader and has served as the President for Educators Rising for the past year and also serves on the College Council. She is innovative in the way she approaches her studies and her work. As a key member of the SOAR Lab, she is able to solve problems and develop solutions for many of our research projects. She has completed her CITI training and understands the importance of data management. Sabrina is also very transparent in the way she works with her fellow students and coworkers. I have observed her interactions with others and, as they say, what you see it what you get. She is a joy to be around and she is uplifting to all those she encounters. She excels in many areas and she does it with kindness and humility. She truly is an example of excellence, integrity, diversity, transparency, leadership and innovation.

Student Panelists – Domenici Conference at NMSU   Ana Lopez, College of Education doctoral student is serving as a panelist this year. She was also selected as a Domenici Scholar. She will be representing the College of Education and Special Education. Ana Lopez said her involvement as a student panelist has been a valuable learning experience.

“Having the opportunity to work closely with excellent faculty members and scholars from all over New Mexico has been enlightening,” Lopez said. “Because of the nature of this conference, we had the opportunity to have multiple dialogues as we were building up our research and drafting the questions. As different viewpoints emerged, we strengthened our abilities to value ideas that are different than ours and work together towards a common goal.”

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12668/student-panelists-prepare-for-domenici-conference-at-nmsu.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Dr. Alexa Doig, School of Nursing director, and several nursing faculty testified last week in front of the Behavioral Health Legislative Subcommittee of the State Health and Human Services Committee about the shortage of mental health practitioners in New Mexico.  Faculty also provided an update on the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program and the role of these providers play in addressing this shortage.  The three-year doctoral degree program trains Registered Nurses to become independent healthcare providers who can diagnose and treat mental illness and behavioral health issues.

The Southern Area Health Education Center’s grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) was renewed and awarded for the next five years in the amount of over half a million dollars. This is a big win for SoAHEC, since the HRSA grant as this has been the center’s main source of funding for over 15 years and will continue to support health educators facilitate training and growth of a diverse inter-professional healthcare work force. SoAHEC supports 13 counties in southern New Mexico assisting underserved populations and rural communities.

Additionally, SoAHEC was awarded the Intergenerational mentoring Health Information Pathways 2 (I’M HIP2) grant through the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico for the second consecutive year.  The I’M HIP2 grant supports education for parents, children and either a grandparent or other family member regarding the importance of health and wellness for families. The project also has a particular focus on the well-being and home environment for intergenerational families.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

A new exhibit is on display at the NMSU Branson Library in celebration of Constitution Day. The holiday occurs on September 17, and commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia.  Selected materials from the library’s government documents collection relating to the development and signing of the Constitution are highlighted. Complimentary pocket Constitutions can also be picked up in the government documents unit. The exhibit can be viewed throughout the month of September on the first floor of Branson Library in the lobby.

Dennis Daily who is the Archives and Special Collections department head at NMSU Library is part of a team championing the creation of a Border Regional Archives Group. Mark your calendar and plan on attending their first sponsored event, a Border Archives Bazaar to be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 11 am to 4 pm ant the NM Farm and Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces, New Mexico. For more information contact Dennis Daily at (575) 646-4756.

 

Congratulations to NMSU Library Special Collections Librarian Sarah Allison on receiving the New Mexico Library Foundation Brooke E. Sheldon Professional Development Grant to attend the Nevada Library Association-Mountain Plains Library Association joint conference in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

 

Throughout the day on Tuesday, September 5, Sodexo staff celebrated the official opening of the Zuhl Fuel Cafe located on the 1st floor of Zuhl Library. In front of Zuhl Library there was music, festive balloons and food samples for students walking by to enjoy and learn about the new cafe. At 1 p.m. there was an official ribbon cutting. NMSU is all about Discovery. We invite everyone to discover the NMSU Library and also discover the Zuhl Fuel Cafe. Try a Shaken Lemonade Passion Iced Tea Drink—It is delicious!

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

The Honors College is home to three national honorary society, including Phi Eta Sigma. We just learned that NMSU’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the National Honor Society for Freshmen, was one of 20 National Chapters presented with a Chapter Excellence Award.  Chapters earn this distinction by meeting specified requirements in new member inductions, appropriate communication with the national office, proper reporting of activities, and participation in the national scholarship program. This success is a reflection of the great mentoring from the Honors College’s Tim Ketelaar and Valerie Torres, as well as the great cadre of students who are Phi Eta Sigma members.

Graduate School Workshop   On Wednesday, Dean Chaiken led a workshop for students who wanted to learn more about strategies for successful graduate school applications. A dozen students attended and represented majors as diverse as art preservation to genetics to government. We had a good discussion about their concerns and fears, and they are all clearly so talented that they will surely be accepted into the schools they aspire to attend for a grad degree.

International Research Scholarship Winners   This summer, we were able to award four students with scholarships to support international research, possible in part because of the wonderful support of Aggies Go Global and Dr. Gary Lowe. We are in the process of trying to make videos of each of these students, so they can share their experiences with students who may apply for these awards in the future. The first video, featuring top award winner Clara Hansen (Biology major) talks about her experiences studying bird communication in Uruguay, check out her fascinating story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNb9bYb-dXo&feature=youtu.be

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

Assisting Students in the Classroom   ICT’s Student Technology and Planning group is providing support to the two sections of the Math Department’s AS 103 Quantitative Foundations. Twice a week, ICT student staffers setup as many as 110 Chromebooks in Hardman Jacobs Learning Center. In less than fifteen minutes, the students move the Chromebooks from storage in three mobile Computer-On-Wheels’ carts to the classroom. They setup each Chromebook in a preassigned location and make them ready for use. Once the class is finished, the Chromebooks are returned to the carts for charging and storage in preparation for the next class.

Facilities and Services School Spirit   The Grounds staff and representatives from ASNMSU worked together to prepare for the “Burn the Lobo” event on Thursday, September 7, starting at 8 pm.  Grounds personnel set the Lobo frame in place and provided support to build the bonfire pile of pallets.  The NMSU Fire Department will be on scene during the event and after the fire is extinguished, Operations personnel will perform the clean up.  Go Aggies!

 

At the Golf Course   The NMSU Golf Course has been busy with a hub of activities, having played host to fundraising golf tournaments:  The Spence Asset Management Hearts for Autism and the 6th Annual Cowboys for Cancer Research Golf Tournament.  PGA Golf Management Tournaments, Men’s and Women’s Golf Team Practices and Qualifiers and teaching beginning golf have also started.  Taco Tuesday and Fiesta Friday are back on the schedule in the Player’s Grill Restaurant—a great opportunity for students, faculty, staff and our community to unwind after a long day of class or work.

Residence Hall Association (RHA) Game Room Grand Opening   The RHA held a Grand Opening for the new Game Room in the Garcia West Lobby last Friday.  The game room was co-produced with funds from the RHA and Housing & Residential Life in order to provide another social outlet to residential students.  The room features new furniture, 6 -50 inch plasma screen TVs, 3 PlayStation 4 and 3 Xbox One gaming units. It wasn’t long after the ribbon cutting, that the students really got engrossed in gaming.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

WAVE attended the Chicano Welcome Back Programming-Prescription Drug Awareness Tabling, August 31 & September 6. Students received information on prescription drug disposal and abuse through a giant crossword puzzle as well as a giant pill bottle filled with scenario prompts in regards to prescription drug facts.

WAVE also attended the ACES Street Festival-Alcohol Awareness Tabling, September 5. Students filled out “a minion waysto deal…” with the stressors of life instead of coping with excessive alcohol consumption. Some of the students, suggestions included: “cooking,” “going for a hike,” and “hanging out with friends.”

WAVE hosted Aggies for Hope on September 7 & 8. The event focused on Suicide Awareness & Prevention, students had a chance to raise their awareness about suicide and to show their support for the cause while learning helpful prevention skills. Event activities included a photobooth, plinko featuring questions on resources on warning signs and ways to help, and a pledge.

 

The Office of the Dean of Students will be using new educational modules for violations to the alcohol and drug standards through software provided by 3rd Millennium. The modules are evidence based to help aid changes in behavior. The new modules will allow NMSU to see aggregate data on the students who take either of the two modules.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

On Friday, Arrowhead hosted an NM FAST Workshop in Las Vegas, New Mexico on the New Mexico Highlands University Campus. The workshop provided an overview of how the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs can help fund innovative research. Students, faculty, and local small businesses were in attendance at the workshop and learned more about the SBIR and STTR programs, and how they can serve as great vehicles to fund innovative ideas, or move technology from a research institution to the commercial market.

More information about the NM FAST Partnership Program can be found at http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/nmfast/

Studio G Networking Hours   On Wednesday, Studio G held its weekly networking hour which focused on market research. The presentation explored several strategies on how to understand your customers and competition, and improve your business. Studio G holds weekly networking hour events the provide 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 https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu/

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

New Mexico Space Grant Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship applications are now available online at nmspacegrant.com. Dr. Hynes will be a guest speaker on the Dr. Space nationally broadcast radio show on Friday, September 8 to discuss the upcoming International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight.

The Office of Grants & Contracts submitted a proposal on behalf of Dr. Jennifer Randall of the Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Sciences Department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences for approximately $678,000 to the National Science Foundation (NSF).  This is a multi-institutional submission which includes an international university.

This week, NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald gave presentations at two state legislative interim committee meetings. Speaking before the Water and Natural Resources Committee on September 5 and the Indian Affairs Committee on September 7, Dr. Fernald described the institute’s Research and Public Service Projects (RPSP) activities and the Statewide Water Assessment, an ongoing effort that will be used for water planning and management in New Mexico.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Eloy Torrez Family Learning Communities in Engineering Thanks to a generous gift of $315,000, the Eloy Torrez Family Learning Communities in Engineering has added additional student services since the initiative launched in spring 2017. The initiative offers tutoring to all engineering students and has 14 junior and senior peer learning facilitators who mentor and tutor all engineering students. During the first 10 days of opening this fall, 175 engineering students received support services.

Risk Management Scholarship   An alumni couple has pledged $25,000 to establish an endowed scholarship in the Department of Risk Management and Insurance Studies.

Engineering Scholarship   An engineering alumnus has pledged $25,000 to establish an endowed scholarship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Theatre Arts Academy Funding   The William H. and Mattie Wattis Harris Foundation of Las Vegas, Nev., gave $6,000 to launch the Theatre Arts Academy in summer 2018, in the Department of Theatre in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

 

Beginning with the 2018 football season, NM State will be playing an independent schedule. Other independent football programs include: Notre Dame, Army, BYU, UMASS and Liberty University. With the assistance of Dave Brown, CEO of Gridiron, and Deputy AD Braun Cartwright, we feel we have put together a regionally based competitive football schedule.

 

Danny Bowen was hired as our Head Women’s golf coach. Danny had assisted Jackie Booth who recently retired to great success. Our women’s golf program has won the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship four consecutive years and made four straight NCAA appearances.

 

The Athletic programs ticket sales promotion Stuff the Stadium II for the NM State Football vs Troy is in full swing. As of Friday, September 8 we have sold over 5600 tickets and have already reached our budgeted goal for individual game ticket sales. Kickoff is Saturday, September 16 at 6 p.m. in Aggie Memorial Stadium.

 

 

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

 News and Media Relations/Marketing Services and Web Communications   News coverage of the upcoming Domenici Public Policy Conference began in February with a call for student panelists and has ramped up since late July with additional news stories and regular posts on the NMSU News Facebook page. So far, the conference social media messages – a team effort involving both the News and Marketing groups – have reached more than 29,000 people. In addition to news coverage, marketing efforts to spread the word about the conference have reached audiences through print advertisements as well as digital signage on campus.

Marketing Services and Web Communications   The Extension/Experiment Station Publications unit produces educational outreach publications for the Cooperative Extension Service and research publications for the Agricultural Experiment Station. You can find all current CES/AES publications at http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs.

Some of the publications produced over the last few months include:

Evaluation of Equine Hoof Care: Jason L. Turner

Nutrition Facts for Better Meals: Raquel Garzon

Starting a Food Business in New Mexico: Nancy Flores and Jay Lillywhite

Landscape Water Conservation: Principles of Xeriscape: Bernd Leinauer

Late-season Weed Management in Conventional Canola Using Sethoxydim and Clopyralid: Christopher A. Landau, Brian J. Schutte, Abdel O. Mesbah and Sangamesh V. Angadi

KRWG/SPU   KRWG’s community outreach efforts included a special radio Voice Of The Public program on Wednesday with Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima. The mayor fielded questions from listeners during the hour-long program including the City’s and University’s stance on the recent change in the “Dreamer’s Act” by President Trump.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

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

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Sergeant Promotion   Diana Renteria will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant effective Sunday, September 17, after the resignation of Sergeant Craig Ryan who took a position with the Georgetown Texas Police Department.  Diana has been with the Department since January 16, 2014, and graduated from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy on December 18, 2014.  Congratulations, Diana!

National Improvised Explosives Familiarization (NIEF) Class   The NMSU Police Department hosted a NIEF course on Friday, September 8.  Eight-six people attended from a variety of local, state, and federal public safety agencies, as well as from within the academic community.  The first three hours were spent in the classroom, and the final hour was spent detonating a variety of commercial, military, and improvised explosives at a secure location.  The program is taught by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for bomb technicians, first responders, and the chemical industry to educate them on the potential uses of common industrial and household chemicals in the manufacture of explosives.

Joint Terrorism Task Force   Chief Lopez traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the monthly FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force meeting on Wednesday, September 6.  The meeting confirmed that NMSU is using the most recent guidance on evaluating violent extremist threats.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

ARC to Hold Open House   The academic resource centers at each NMSU-Dona Ana campus and learning center will hold open houses in October to highlight their services to students and faculty at the community college. The ARCs are the one-stop shop for students seeking assistance in their educational pursuits. Tutoring, workshops, financial aid information and other study resources are available to credit students at East Mesa, Espina, Sunland Park and Gadsden campuses and centers throughout the semester.

NMSU-Dona Ana Students Support the Aggies   In partnership with NMSU and NMSU athletics and the NMSU-Doña Ana Student Government Association, full-time and part-time students taking classes for credit can now attend ticketed athletic events at NMSU for free.  Students will show their NMSU student id card and will attend any sporting event, be it football, soccer, volleyball, swimming, basketball, tennis or any other sport this semester.  Go Aggies.

Respiratory Program Awarded   Last week the NMSU-Doña Ana Respiratory program and the college received official communication from The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care that the program “has met or exceeded all currently set ‘thresholds’ for success on each of the required outcome measures.”  I want to thank and congratulate Virginia Durant and her faculty and staff for maintaining high quality and compliance on accreditation standards.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

NMSU-A’s Social Science Club had a very successful drive to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Students, faculty, and staff responded generously and over 400 items were collected and sent to the affected area.  NMSU-A has many caring individuals, and it is good to see that their concern for others extends beyond the Alamogordo area.

On Tuesday, a vaccination clinic was held in the NMSU-A Glass House.  Students, faculty, and staff were able to receive Flu, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Pneumonia, Whooping Cough, and Tetanus vaccinations.   The clinic was a success as it gave those who were in need of vaccinations the opportunity to receive them without leaving the NMSU-A campus.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Tuesday, September 5, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly meeting of the President’s Academic Council.  Topics of discussion included updated NMSU branding stipulations, NMSU website accessibility, and Human Resources and scholarship updates.

On Wednesday, September 6, NMSU Carlsbad conducted a registration overview session.  Representatives from financial aid, counseling, dual credit, and admissions attended the meeting at which time congratulations were offered to all registration personnel for the achieved registration results and a discussion was held as to several issues which had arisen during the registration processes.

On Thursday, September 7, the NMSU Carlsbad President attended the monthly meeting of the Carlsbad Department of Development Board of Directors meeting.  At this meeting, updates were given as to Carlsbad economic development initiatives and reports were heard from a number of local businesses and industries as to the changes in oil and gas activity in Eddy County.

On Friday, September 8, the NMSU Carlsbad President gave a presentation to the Friday Focus breakfast meeting.  The presentation included updates on NMSU Carlsbad and the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce initiatives and questions were answered regarding the state’s governance processes for higher education.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

The NMSU Grants Creative Media program and the Aggie Game Jamers student club hosted the first Game Night Tournament for the semester. About 40 competitors showed up to compete against young and old alike. Two brothers, Harlan and Michael Webb, worked their way through the double elimination bracket to face each other for the final round. Michael triumphed before the clock struck 10:00 pm in front of a large group of competitors and spectators.

Participants “game it out” at the recent NMSU Grants Aggie Game Jamers club game night completion

Hot dogs, popcorn and other food and drinks were provided. The next game night will take place on October 20, in the Fidel Activity Center at NMSU Grants.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto

Keep State Great packets were released on Tuesday, September 5. Keep State Great is our annual fall semester community service event that recruits students to clean up the NMSU campus and write thank you notes to donors. Don’t forget to pick up packets in the ASNMSU office or online.

Burning of the Lobo was held on September 7 in preparation for the Battle of I-25. Students prepared for the rivalry game by watching the lobo head made out of napkins burn.


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