I met with the Legislative Finance Committee in Truth or Consequences and their story is they may have $25 million new dollars (reported before) for the coming session and they are sticking to it. New revenue estimates are due in December. We should, at best, count on a flat appropriation for 2018-2019. Look for the Council of University Presidents to advance some ideas on how to deal with the decline in the value of lottery scholarships. It appears we may be advancing a decoupling bill, which separates the value of the scholarship from tuition—the three science universities would have one standard award, the comprehensives a similar but lower award, and a third and lower level for all community colleges. Shoring up the lottery scholarship with other funding seems out of the question this coming session.
Several NMSU officials met with the City Manager and colleagues, and New Mexico Department of Transportation engineers to discuss how to beautify the interstate highway off ramp areas and to add more prominent markers of NMSU entrances. City Manager Ed testified that in California and Arizona, the Departments of Transportation have much improved the appearance of the cities by appropriately landscaping and marking off ramps and highway bridges. The City has become a very good partner on a number of NMSU/City projects.
Dr. Hum Mandell and his wife made a generous ($100,000) gift to the Library in the name of his parents. It is to fund the collection of books and papers from the Casad Family, early pioneers in the Mesilla Valley. The Casads were a very large land holder/farmers. When Fabian Garcia was orphaned, they took him in, assisted with his education, and sent him to college. We owe the Casad Family for supporting and encouraging one of the greatest scientists to work at NMSU. Go by and see the exhibit. The Mesilla Valley in the early days!
Based upon the recommendation of Mario Moccia and many fans, I signed an extension of Coach Doug Martin’s contract. It extends his contract for three and one half years at the same salary. The coach had requested a one-year extension when I took this job, arguing that he was going to build a football program, not just a football team. Many believe he has done that hence the extension. There was a very nice turnout at the last game, which hopefully reflects a new enthusiasm for watching this team in action. Go Aggies!
On Wednesday, September 27, I met with members of the Statewide General Education Steering Committee to discuss the feedback we have been receiving on the general education curriculum model and the learning outcomes rubrics. We also discussed how the general education course certification process will work and the schedule for implementing the curriculum model. Given the realities of when course schedules are constructed, the earliest implementation will be fall of 2019, with the most likely scenario involving a gradual rollout of the new general education courses over three years. In other words, existing general education courses will have three years to be re-certified as general education, and during this period they will retain their “G” status.
On Thursday morning, I met with the members of Team 6 who visited Arizona State University the previous week. Our discussion focused on what we learned as a result of the visit, and which of the many changes in the academic enterprise made at Arizona State University would improve NMSU and could be successfully implemented here.
On Friday, I traveled with Regents Vela and Hicks, and Associate Vice President Ricardo Rel to Albuquerque for the Governor’s Third Annual Summit on higher education. The major take away message for me was the importance of understanding your own students and the particular problems they face in pursuing higher education when designing retention programs.
The Corona Range and Livestock Research Center (CRLRC) lead by Dr. Adam Summers is demonstrating the efficacy of transcervical artificial insemination for small goat operations in New Mexico. Thirty head were bred on September 7 and 19 through transcervical technique. The Corona goat program was implemented ten years ago to help address production questions in New Mexico as well as add a funding stream to the Corona program with an added value goat production enterprise. The Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability at the CRLRC hopes to develop producer workshops to train goat producers in transcervical artificial techniques to aid in applying genetic advances to small farm operations.
Bernalillo County 4-H Agent Brittany Sonntag, partnered with New Mexico Ag in the Classroom, ¡Explora!, Sandia Labs, Intel and other STEM groups in New Mexico to host the first program in a yearlong series around the importance of math. Each month a different field is chosen to inspire enthusiasm for learning, math, and the world around us. September was designated as “Growing Math Skills: The Mathematics of Agriculture,” which focused on math in the field of Agriculture. Events were held during the State Fair and 300 urban youth were engaged in math related activities and presentations around agriculture. Activities youth participated in included: estimating hatching percentages of chicken eggs, calculating a horse’s height measurement from hands to inches, determining how many socks can be made from the wool of one sheep, and watching a milking demonstration to learn about how raw milk becomes whole milk, 2 percent milk, and skim milk.
The ACES Chemical Analysis and Instrumentation Lab (CAIL) hosted three instrumentation development researchers from the Swiss Institute École Ploytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for a weeklong collaboration kick-off meeting. The NMSU/EPFL collaboration focuses on the implementation of stand-alone signal processing hardware interfaced to the lab’s Orbitrap Fusion mass spectrometer. These capabilities increase instrument performance and transform that instrument into the most powerful of its kind in the world.
The Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari hosted 150, 4th and 5th grade students from the Tucumcari Elementary School and two home-schooled youth for its annual Farm Day event. The students rotated among six presentations, which included Toss No Mas and Recycling (Sharayah Sisneros and Alyssa Reveles, City of Tucumcari), Good Bugs/Bad Bugs (Leonard Lauriault, NMSU ASC Tucumcari), Horses (Staci Stanbrough, Mesalands Community College and ACES Alum, shown in the picture with her horse), Soil Organic Matter (Murali Darapuneni, NMSU ASC Tucumcari), Weeds and Crops (Ashley Cunningham, NMSU ASC Tucumcari and ACES Alum), and 4-H Projects (Joyce Runyan, NMSU Quay County Cooperative Extension Service). Healthy snacks for the event were sponsored by local businesses.
On Thursday, September 21, the Theatre Arts Department hosted a gathering for students from Mayfield, Centennial, and Desert Springs Christian Academy high schools before the preview of EQUIVOCATION at 5:30 pm. Students were treated to pizza, a tour of the building and backstage, as well as Q&A sessions with faculty from the department.
American Southwest Theatre Company/NMSU Department of Theatre Arts opened its 2017–2018 season with an exciting and provocative new play EQUIVOCATION by Bill Cain at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts on Friday, September 22 at 7:30 pm. The play takes place in 1605 and concerns Shakespeare’s (or Shagspeare as he is referred to here) theatre company at the Globe Theatre.
The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to introduce our 2017-2018 Student Ambassadors. They promote the College of Arts and Sciences to the region, community and the greater NMSU campus through service. We will be featuring each student on our social media pages!
Joe Song from the Department of Computer Science recently received a National Science Foundation grant to develop automated methods to discover molecular patterns from human and mouse genomics data. Joe Song plans to implement these methods of data science to developmental biology. Song’s research will be funded by the $814,000 NSF grant, from the NSF’s Advances in Biological Informatics program through its Division of Biological Infrastructure, from July 1, 2017, for three years.
Clara Hansen (biology) received the New Mexico State University Honors College Scholarship for International Research. Hansen traveled to Uruguay, South America, to continue her research on wild monk parakeets after winning the scholarship. Her work is part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute program at NMSU.
NMSU alum, Thurman Case (`80), was a guest speaker at my Business Creation & Valuation course on Monday, September 25. Thurman earned his Bachelors of Economics and MBA at NMSU. He is a 10-year veteran Cirrus Logic Chief Financial Officer and Helen of Troy Board Member. He discussed a variety of public and private career paths available to students, ranging from regulatory and legal, to corporate governance and finance. Additionally, he addressed his own entrepreneurial/business journey, highlighting challenges encountered along the way and solutions for maximizing success in a highly competitive environment.
The Finance department hosted a demonstration of the Bloomberg Terminal on Tuesday, September 26. The Bloomberg Terminal, provided by Bloomberg L.P. allows users to monitor and analyze real-time financial market data and place trades on the electronic trading platform. Joshua De Costa, Bloomberg L.P. provided a demonstration on a variety of topics including the terminal’s access to financial markets, supply chain module, data for economics, accounting information, data feed and integration with MatLab, and information relevant for algorithmic trading.
NMSU Tech Center at College of Education On Wednesday, September 27, the STEM Outreach Center and the College of Education opened its doors to the new NMSU Tech Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Speakers for this ceremony included NMSU’s Chancellor Garrey Carruthers, College of Education Dean Don Pope-Davis, College of Engineering Dean Lakshmi Reddi, The STEM Outreach Center Director Susan Brown and White Sands Missile Range representatives. Students from Arrowhead Park Early College High School showed off their flying skills in front of a large crowd using high tech flight simulator software. NMSU in collaboration with White Sands Missile Range is proudly introducing a fun and engaging hands-on-experience for students to participate in through this Center.
Chemical engineering graduate student Kapil Nichani traveled to Germany this past summer. He spent the summer in Dresden and Berlin doing research in systems and computational biology at QuoData GmbH. He was awarded this internship and a travel scholarship to work at QuoData where he collaborated on projects with the U.S. FDA and Federal German Food Safety Agency (Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit). His research contributions in developing robust biosensors for hormonal detection finding applications in food and pharmaceutical industries resulted in being developed as a new product for the company. More details on which can be found on new-diagnostics.com.
Jose Carlos Murguia Davalos, industrial engineering graduate student, participated at the 5th New Mexico Legislative Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee on the NMSU campus. Murguia presented his Kool Armor LLC as a new generation entrepreneur and spoke about his experiences with Arrowhead Center and Studio G.
As part of National Pollution Prevention Week, Engineering New Mexico Resource Network staff and students were at the Las Cruces Farmers Market to share best practices for pollution prevention. The team attracted individuals of all ages and when the sun came out, were able to use the solar oven to bake cookies for visitors.
The College of Engineering hosted more than 100 industry and government agencies during the 2017 Career Expo. Engineering students were provided with one of the largest employment opportunities in the region. In preparation for the Career Expo, student were also provided resume review assistance from a number of industry partners including Cummins, Raytheon and Sandia National Laboratories. The college also hosted seven industry information sessions, which were heavily attended by engineering students.
The College of Engineering recently hosted its biannual Dean’s Advisory Council Meeting, attended by approximately 20 engineering alumni. They held discussions and heard reports regarding college research, department updates, Learning Communities and student organizations.
Office of the Dean Last week the College of Health and Social Services teamed with the Office of International and Border programs to support relief efforts in Mexico. Heading up the initiative for the College was Aida Lopez, Director of Finance, who put a call out to faculty and staff on Thursday, September 28 requesting donations. By noon on Friday, we had collected hundreds of items from the Office of the Dean and each of the three departments. Some of the canned goods even included sweet sentiments of hope written by the children of our accountant, Daniela Miranda.
As an incentive for the drive, Dean Wagner offered to host a pizza party for the department who donated the most items and the School of Nursing was the clear winner! All participants were excited to contribute to our southern border neighbors in need, and we thank Aida for leading the cause on behalf of HSS.
Southern Area Health Education Center The Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC) was busy in the community last week with a number of initiatives. In efforts to engage youth regarding health care awareness and community outreach, SoAHEC representatives and the HSS Student Ambassadors presented to 179 students at Centennial High School to educate the students on potential healthcare careers and mentoring activities. This initiative is a requirement for the center’s HRSA-AHEC grant, and is aimed at developing the Health Professionals Pipeline for Underserved Communities.
Southern Area Health Education Center In addition, SoAHEC hosted a “Cuidando con Respeto” workshop last week. “Cuidando con Respeto” is a Spanish language program organized by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter. SoAHEC received grant funding to support the workshop for the community held in Chaparral, NM. The workshop is intended to support those who provide care for family or loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
Over 50 guests joined in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the naming of The Humboldt Casad and Evangeline Smith Mandell Exhibit Gallery on Wednesday, September 27. Chancellor Garrey Carruthers briefly spoke at the event and shared stories of the Casad Family and their relationship with Fabian Garcia another prominent resident of Las Cruces and NMSU graduate and renown agriculturist. The Casad Family took Fabian into their home and encouraged he get an education at NMSU. Rick Hendricks, the State Historian for New Mexico, and author of a book on the Casad Family also attended. The guest of honor, Humboldt Casad Mandell and his wife Sally had recently established an endowment, which will support the processing of the Rio Grande Historical Collection housed in the NMSU Library’s Archives and Special Collections Department located in Branson Library. Through their generosity, the library’s archives will collect, process, preserve and make available to all the rich family histories of those who have settled in southern New Mexico.
Professor Susan Beck was an invited speaker at the Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference in Portland, Oregon in early Fall 2017. Over 125 attendees had the opportunity to hear her presentation on “Finding a Win-Win” in Service Delivery through Examining ILL Cancellations.” Feedback from attendees included comments such as, “Susan presented a challenge we all face on managing ILL and people. She used good data to shed light on the issue and solved some of the challenges based on the data.”
American Archives Month is in October. The NMSU Library’s Archives and Special Collections Department will be celebrating with 10 other historical repositories and hosting the Border Archives Bazaar on Saturday, October 14, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. Dennis Daily, associate professor and the Library’s Archives and Special Collections department head is providing leadership to the formation of a new organization, The Border Regional Archives Group. This group is sponsoring the Border Archives Bazaar event for the public to learn more about regional history, archives preservation, genealogy, photography, and oral history.
Nationwide Banned Books Week 2017 was celebrated by the American Library Association the week of September 24-September 30. “According to the American Library Association, 11,300 (represents) the number of books that have been challenged since 1982. The Banned Books Week campaign launched the same year (1982), in response to the surge in challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries across the country.”
Honors Living Learning Community The students who are residents of our living and learning community had a fun event in conjunction with the Confucius Institute and other Garcia Hall residents to mark Confucius Day. Students learned calligraphy, sampled Chinese tea and treats, and learned about the history of this important annual holiday. The success of this event is attributable to Dr. Ketelaar our associate dean and professors, Winnie Lee and Elvira Masson, for bringing China to Las Cruces.
Support for Professional Travel The Honors College was happy to give good news to 20 students who are receiving funding to participate in professional meetings. Most of the students are presenting research papers or posters and are traveling across the nation to talk about their work, to do networking with professionals in their field, and to participate in debate competitions. They make us very proud.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month ICT’s Information Security Group would like to share some tips with the university community on how to keep information and access to computer systems protected. Avoid common passwords that would be easy to guess and do not create passwords that are difficult to remember. Be vigilant, watch for email scams; if you didn’t expect it, then reject it. Remember, if in a public place with public wireless access point, personal information transmitted wirelessly may be intercepted by others. The Information Security Group will be holding Cyber Security presentations on campus throughout the month of October.
Taos Confidential Taos Confidential was presented by Housing & Residential Life in collaboration with Sodexo Dining Services on Wednesday, September 27. Its development was in direct response to the posting of early alert grades of the 100 and 200 level classes. Residential Life staff (Resident Assistants and Resident Directors) as well as Faculty Fellows staffed five stations to assist students with concerns regarding academic and social issues during their first six weeks.
Campus Beautification Grounds personnel have been focusing on beautifying Arrowhead Drive. This week the crew has been trimming trees and bushes in the median, weed removal, and applying pre-emergent herbicide to help minimize weed maintenance in the future. The team is dedicated to improving the appearance of campus.
The Registrar’s Office oversaw the system functionality for faculty reporting of early performance grades for all 100- and 200-level courses throughout the system. The day after early performance grading on Tuesday, members of the University Registrar’s Office and University Financial and Scholarship Services participated in the Pistol Pete’s Academic Success Fair. This event, sponsored by Student Engagement, is an effort to inform students on locating their early performance grades, what they mean, and how to utilize campus resources if academic or social support is needed. Over 250 Important Dates and Star Degree Audit flyers were distributed, and the staff enjoyed interacting with the numerous student attendees.
Congratulations to both UTEP and NMSU for collecting the incredible amount of 1,023 units of life saving blood! And, congratulation to NMSU for winning this year by collecting 553 units! Thanks to each and every one of you who served on the NMSU blood drive committee!
The Student Success Center collaborated with the Graduate Schools, Preparing Future Faculty Program, and College of Education Faculty, Dr. Cecilia Hernandez to provide a workshop titled Instructional Alignment: Teaching for Enhanced Learning on Friday, September 22.
The workshop explored the importance of aligning course curriculum to learning outcomes while exploring various teaching methods and strategies to enhance student learning. Dr. Hernandez discussed the importance of integrating planning and assessment throughout learning activities to improve outcomes and desired learning results.
Financial Aid now has full-time representation, in the Centralized Academic Advising and Support Services Office (CAASS). This assignment is part of the effort to provide a one-stop shop for student advising needs. Individualized financial aid information is often critical to a student’s ability to register and maintain aid and scholarship eligibility over time.
The numbers for the week in the financial aid office are the following:
- In person student assistance: 367
- Calls received on main line: 261
- Voice mails on main line: 14
- Emails received on general email list: 125
- Students helped at CAASS: 5
Dr. Bernadette Montoya had the great pleasure of being invited to speak at the Greek Life New Member Presentation program on Wednesday evening. As you can see by the photo, the Atkinson Center Recital Hall was a full house. We are truly proud of our Greek students, and all that they do for our community, both on and off campus. Dr. Montoya’s address reminded the students how important their voice is to the campus community, how valuable their experience for leadership, networking and social skills are by being part of the Greek community, and most importantly, reiterated that it was up to each of them to define the positive reputation of Greek Life at NMSU.
Science, Technology, and Telecommunications Committee Presentation On Monday, Arrowhead students and staff gave presentations before the New Mexico Legislative Science, Technology, and Telecommunications Committee (STTC). Six NMSU student entrepreneurs met with state senators and representatives of the STTC, giving presentations of their business ventures, as well as discussing incentives for business and technology commercialization in New Mexico. The students shared ideas about how to help keep talented young people in New Mexico, with entrepreneurship being one important component.
NM FAST Workshop On Thursday, Arrowhead hosted a NM FAST Workshop at ABQid in Albuquerque. This workshop was run by Todd Bisio and had over 30 participants, who learned about how the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs can help move technology and business forward. The NM FAST program is supported by a grant from the U.S. SBA and is designed to provide support for businesses state-wide who are seeking funding for their innovations from federal SBIR and STTR programs.
More information about the NMFAST program can be found at http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/nmfast/.
(Women Entrepreneurs) WE Mean Business Conference On Friday, Arrowhead Center and WESST hosted the 2nd Annual WE Mean Business Conference at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum. The conference hosted a power-packed day of speakers and workshops designed to support women in entrepreneurship. The event, attended by over 140 people was a great success. Featured speakers included Nevena Christi, CEO of Rocketbuster Boots for the morning session, Lisa Mae Brunson, Las Cruces native and founder of Wonder Women Tech for the lunchtime keynote address, and Lisa Abeyta, founder of APPCityLife, with closing remarks for the day. Arrowhead announced at this event the launch of a women’s entrepreneurship-focused network to keep movement of the conference going for all participants. Arrowhead has also begun early stage discussions with many of the presenters for future collaborations.
Albuquerque Business First Arrowhead was featured in an article in Albuquerque Business First regarding the Future Agro Challenge. Building off the success of AgSprint, supported by a gift from the NM Gas Co., Arrowhead Center and the AgSprint accelerator were selected as the first US competition site to participate in the international Future Agro Challenge competition. In November, 10 Ag Businesses will come to Las Cruces to compete for 3 spots at the international Future Agro Challenge in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Office of Grants & Contracts (OGC) submitted a renewal proposal in the amount of approximately $1.2 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Health (DHHS-NIH) for the Bridges Program, on behalf of Dr. Barbara Lyons of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department in the College of Arts & Sciences. This is a multi-year project that involves multiple partners. The Office of Grants & Contracts (OGC) also received a Notice of Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) in the amount of approximately $503,000 on behalf of Felicia Frost of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA). The purpose of this program is to help rural farmers get a start in their agricultural endeavors and involves multiple partners.
PSL staff attended the dedication of the new TECH (Test & Evaluation Collaboration Hub) Center at the College of Education that is funded by OSD/TRMC. Discussions also occurred with the Department of Defense personnel regarding associated research activities in support of the TRMC mission.
UTEP vs. NMSU Alumni Tailgate The NMSU Alumni Association hosted 160 guests at an alumni and friends tailgate before the UTEP game on September 23. The tailgate featured Bosque’s Pistol Pete 1888 Ale. Athletic Director Mario Moccia fired up the crowd to help bring home an Aggie victory!
Alumnus Guest Speaker CFO of Cirrus Logic, Board Member of Helen of Troy, and NMSU Economics and MBA alum Thurman Case visited campus this week to speak to College of Business students and to provide career guidance.
College of Engineering Gift A generous donor has given $105,000 in support of the Learning Communities in the College of Engineering.
B.O.S.S. Scholarship A new $25,000 endowed scholarship has been established that will rotate between the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Business. The B.O.S.S. (an acronym for Bold, Original, Secure and Successful) Scholarship seeks to recognize and empower women who exhibit exceptional leadership, a unique passion and/or an entrepreneurial spirit during her college career, regardless of hardships or setbacks. Additionally, it is hoped this award will encourage and foster the spirit of a leadership, ownership and community involvement.
We played UTEP in football on Saturday, September 23. The Aggies had a 41-14 victory over the Miners in front of a great crowd. We recorded the highest number of walk-up sales for any game in the last 17 years. This marks the first time since 2002 that the Aggies beat both rivals, UTEP and UNM in the same season and the first time since 1976 where the Aggies beat the Lobos in Albuquerque and Miners in Las Cruces. The victory earned NM State rights to the two traveling trophies, the Silver Spade and the Brass Spittoon.
Attended the LEAD1 Association Annual meeting in Washington D.C. LEAD1 Association represents Division 1A athletic directors from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools. Pertinent issues in collegiate athletics were discussed. Of the 130 athletic directors, 97 were in attendance, I serve on the Board of Directors as the Sun Belt Conference representative. In addition to the meetings, I attended a reception where 52 members of congress who were former student-athletes were honored. While Congressmen Steve Pearce who played baseball for NM State was unable to attend, I had an opportunity to reconnect with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.
Our NM State baseball team hosted the annual fundraising golf tournament at Picacho Hills Country Club. There were 26 teams and 240 hole sponsors that participated.
News and Media Relations It was a busy week in social media, with traffic on the NMSU News Facebook page surpassing 29,000 people reached with 27 posts. The top item for the week was a story about NMSU School of Nursing alum Zack Wills who volunteered during his vacation to help Hurricane Harvey evacuees in Angleton, Texas. That post had a reach of more than 6,400 people.
Marketing Services and Web Communications In an effort to provide emphasis on the NMSU mission, we worked with the Provost’s office to develop two bookmarks that include the mission statement. Bookmarks will be distributed across campus for faculty, staff, and students.
KRWG/SPU KRWG and Good Samaritan Village hosted a preview of Poldark Season 3 Wednesday evening. Fifty guests watched the first episode of the PBS Masterpiece series that will air Sundays at 8 p.m. on KRWG TV. The Good Samaritan provided dessert and refreshment following the presentation.
K-9 Rio The Police Department’s first canine passed away on September 18, 2017 at the age of 16. Rio began her service on July 15, 2004 and retired on May 30, 2012. She lived out her retirement with the Bowen family, as Deputy Chief Andy Bowen was the first canine handler (and instructor) in the department, and Rio was his partner.
Supervisor and Leadership Training Several new supervisors in the Department went through a 40-hour class on First Line Supervision and Leadership that was taught by Deputy Chief Andy Bowen. DC Bowen has been teaching this course for several years, and it helps ensure that new supervisors understand their roles in the organization and have the necessary tools to be successful.
Crime Prevention Presentations Workshops on how to respond to major emergencies were presented to all of the freshman students in the College of ACES during the week. This 50-minute presentation is also available to any other colleges who might be interested.
I recently traveled to the NMSU-Grants campus to share information about our upcoming HLC accreditation visit, which will include a visit by HLC team members to the NMSU-Grants campus. As part of our accreditation review, we will submit a Multi-Campus report for the Grants campus, which is the only NMSU community college that is accredited with the Las Cruces campus. Lots of appreciation goes out to Marlene Chavez-Toivanen, and others at the Grants campus, for their continued efforts to provide information about the Grants campus and prepare for the site visit.
As part of the accreditation review, NMSU must submit a Federal Compliance report, which, including appendices, is 1700 pages long! Thanks to Gabrielle Martinez and Bernadette Montoya for their significant efforts in compiling and editing this report, and to the many individuals that provided information and ensured the accuracy of the report. The report is undergoing final revisions and polishing, in preparation for submission to the HLC.
We are also in our final stages of refining and reviewing all aspects of the Assurance Argument, including the over 700 source documents that are linked to the argument to provide supporting evidence for the claims made in the Argument. A special thanks goes out to Nicole Waltermire, Laura Grant, Jessica Greenamyer, Adam Cavotta and Kristen Andrews for their tireless work!
Last Friday we received word from the HLC that our Quality Initiative (QI) project and report was accepted by the HLC. This is a good first step for us in our reaffirmation of accreditation. Congrats to our QI team, and especially to those involved in the Writing-to-Learn efforts, which became the backbone of this initiative.
Ben Archer Offers Counseling Services Now is the time of year that some students have trouble with classes and experience disappointment in their educational or personal life. DACC has two counseling clinics supported by Ben Archer Health Services, one is located at the Espina campus and the other at East Mesa to help students. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these services.
Cybersecurity for children workshop October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The library VLIT group and the Computer Technology department De Bug Club are holding a workshop on “How to Protect Your Kids While They are On-Line.” The training will be held on October 5 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm in DAAR 203F inside the Library at the East Mesa Campus and is open to all NMSU Doña Ana faculty, students and staff.
Fall Theater Season at NMSU Dona Ana The Theatre Arts Club will produce the 7th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival November 29, 30, and December 1. The plays selected for production are Alchemy by Tanya Churchill, Diner Date by Edward Oquendo, Dreams Come True by Michelle Esqueda, ELLA by Ruth Miranda, and Clique Clique Boom by Cindy Aguilar. The company includes: Scott Bringe, Valeria Ramos, Heather Evans, Taylor Gibbs, Nicolas Trujillo, Rebecca-Paige George, Mike Barraza, Matrim Lloyd, Camille Gallus, Sean Gibbons, Alex Angel, Brittany Ramirez, Gabe Duran, and Jacqueline Butler. In addition Mariachi Girl, produced by NMSU and DACC, and directed by DACC Associate Professor, Layle Chambers kicks off October 20 and 21 at the Center for the Arts on the NMSU campus.
On Wednesday, NMSU-A Professor of History, Government, and Philosophy Kim Lopez-Gallagher, was a guest on the Up, Up, and Awake morning radio show along with two students from her History 201G class. They spoke with radio host Mike Durler about the recent Constitution Day Panel Discussion held at NMSU-A, about the differing theories of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, and about the role of government in the U.S. Constitution. Afterward, Marketing Representative Katie Pacelli-Klinger spoke with Mike about upcoming events in which the college will participate.
On Tuesday, NMSU-A Director of Online Quality Assurance and Professor of Business Sherrell Wheeler, was presented the award for this year’s Outstanding Impact by an Individual at the 9th annual Quality Matters (QM) Connect Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Sherrell was recognized and honored for her efforts to champion the QM process and enhance the quality of online and hybrid courses at NMSU-A. While at the conference, Sherrell was also a presenter, along with NMSU-A Adjunct Instructor, Karen May, and NMSU-A Assistant Professor of IT, Noel Romero.
On Tuesday, September 26, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a SET Civic Forum in Hobbs. The purpose of the forum was to gather input from attendees on their ideas on how New Mexico rural communities could work together to build stronger economies working together.
On Wednesday, September 27, the NMSU Carlsbad President traveled to Santa Fe as a part of the Executive Team of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. During the time spent in Santa Fe, the Carlsbad contingent met with the Bureau of Land Management, the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, the Department of Tourism, and the Secretary of Economic Development. The interaction was very positive as the agencies reported on initiatives for Carlsbad and Eddy County.
On Thursday, September 28, the NMSU Carlsbad President attended meetings with representatives from Leadership New Mexico. The Core and Connect programs were discussed as to the status of each program and future class options were suggested. NMSU Carlsbad currently has one individual, Dr. Andrew Nwanne, participating in the Leadership New Mexico Core Program.
On Friday, September 29, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the annual Governor’s Summit on Higher Education. This event included representatives from all of the state’s institutions of higher education and the program was very informative as to higher education issues and initiatives.