Activity Report September 24 – September 30

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • The legislature is still in session.   The Senate passed all of their bills on Day 1 and left town.  The Senate bill cuts five percent from Higher Education or just over $10,000,000 from the NMSU system.  The House has yet to act but the talk is they are looking at cutting Higher Education from 7-8 percent, which would be somewhat devastating for our system—$14-16 million.
  • The Board of Regents voted to award Honorary Doctorates to Louis and Pat Sisbarro (December commencement) and to Laree Perez and Kevin Johnson (spring commencement).  Laree is a former NMSU regent, financial expert, and donor to NMSU.  Kevin Johnson is an NMSU graduate in business, donor, and after serving as president of one of the Microsoft companies and later Juniper Systems, is now a COO for Starbucks.
  • We will interview two candidates for the open associate vice president for Marketing and Communications, Maureen Howard’s position.  Justin Bannister’s interview is Monday and Jessica Gortner will interview on Friday.  Jessica currently works for the University of Illinois and Justin currently is in UCOMM.
  • Homecoming was once again special plus we won the football game.  If you ever wondered what I do during this great celebration check out the following:
    • Honors College picnic
    • Foundation Board meeting
    • Student/Alumni Happy Hour (no booze allowed, just networking)
    • Classes of 1956 and 1966 breakfast
    • ACES breakfast
    • Alumni International Board of Directors
    • College of Business Scholarship luncheon and the unveiling of my portrait
    • Board of Regents meeting
    • Distinguished Alumni dinner
    • Traditions ceremony for Aggie military heros
    • Parade
    • Golden A’s luncheon
    • Two tailgates
    • Football game
  • Have a great week!

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • In a Monday meeting with academic department heads we discussed summer teaching and how to better incentivize it. At the meeting, I noted that about a decade ago central administration of NMSU transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars to the colleges to cover the cost of teaching summer school courses because colleges wanted to have more control over summer course scheduling.  Through time, changes in college leadership, and commingling of funds, the transfers have largely been forgotten, and colleges wonder why they are being asked to cover the cost of summer courses when the tuition dollars are used as a revenue source for the university’s overall budget.  Recognizing the need to reinvigorate summer school teaching, the university established a new incentive program last fall; however, many of the department heads were unaware of the incentives.  Angela Throneberry and I will meet with a small group of department heads in the coming weeks to discuss our current incentive program and the incentive ideas of the heads.  A robust summer teaching program is in the best interests of our students and NMSU as we try to help students complete their studies in as short of a time period as possible.
  • On Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of joining Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli, on a tour the News22 newsroom and production facility, as well as watch a live newscast. This is a student production from top to bottom, with expert mentoring and advising by News Director Nick Miller, and his team.  The students did a very professional job of getting the news on the air, even with the added pressure of the Dean and the Provost looking over their shoulders.  My thanks and gratitude to the students for allowing me to gain a better understanding of what they do to produce a news broadcast three days a week.  Thanks also to Associate Professor Roger Mellen, Professor Hwiman Chung, and Interim Associate Vice President Glen Cerny for hosting our visit.

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

ACES Homecoming Recognition Breakfast

  • Alumni, Donors, faculty and staff gathered together for ACES Homecoming Recognition Breakfast. ACES Ambassadors Jacqueline Cook, Savannah Graves and Shelby Herrera talked about their scholarships and what it has meant for them. They thanked their donors for the gift of education they give to the students. ACES honored Mr. Arthur Butch Blazer for receiving the NMSU 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for the College.  Butch graduated in 1975 with a BS in Range Science.  He has served on the NMSU Foundation Board of Directors and the Alumni International Board of Directors. Butch is a member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe. He served 27 years in the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, and served as USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment. In 2003 Governor Bill Richardson appointed Butch as State Forester of NM, the first Native American to hold that position.
  • ACES eight academic departments recognized an alumni from each unit.
    • Goerge R. Dawson, AEAB
    • John C. Cloran, AXED
    • Andy Nunez, ANRS
    • Richard Arnold EPPWS
    • Lois McKinley Melton, FCS
    • Jim Bates, FWCE
    • Libby Hamilton, PES
    • Antonio Roybal-Mac, HRTM 

Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center and Quay County Extension Service

  • On September 22, the Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari hosted a Kid’s, Kows, and More program co-sponsored by the Quay County Cooperative Extension Service and Southwest Dairy Farmers. Two hundred and thirty-six 4th & 5th grade students and teachers from four area school systems learned about Soil Nutrients in Plant Health; Who Lives in the Rumen; Kids, Kows, and Kuds: How Ruminants Utilize Forage; More Than a Cow; and Mobile Dairy Classroom. In addition to those presenting, there were 11 volunteers for a total of 253 participants.


Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Student Community Service   About 40 students enrolled in Family and Consumer Science Education classes with Dr. Sharon Bartley assisted judges of baked goods at the Southern New Mexico State Fair.  Students learned about the responsibilities of Family and Consumer Sciences county agents and the organizational skills required for conducting events.
  • Outstanding Alumni   Lois McKinley Melton was honored as the Outstanding Alumni in Family and Consumer Sciences at the Homecoming Recognition Breakfast sponsored by the College of ACES.  Mrs. Melton taught at Las Cruces High School for many years and won awards for teaching.  She spoke with students in a Family and Consumer Sciences Education class about her experiences as a teacher.  A scholarship in her name was recently endowed to support students in the department.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • The college hosted the 2016 Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Stephen Hanzely and his wife Brigitta; Dr. Hanzely visited the Department of Physics, where he gave a nice presentation about his career in Physics, and participated in a reception in his honors.


  • Peter Kopp (History) presented his new book “Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley” at the Barnes & Nobles bookstore on 9/28
  • Susan DeMar (Geography) was recognized as the 2016 Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award recipient for exemplary service to the University
  • The College of Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the NMSU Health Center and the Tough Enough To Wear Pink NMSU Committee, is launching the Kiss Away Cancer campaign, which will challenge departments and student organizations in the preparation of posters to be displayed during the annual TETWP luncheon.

NMSU's campus health center and the College of Arts and sciences are teaming up to "kiss away cancer" as part of their Pink Panther Campaign. SEP16

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • I attended lunch with my fellow deans on Sept. 27 hosted by the College of Engineering.
  • I attended the Foundation Board student and alumni networking event at Club 27 on Sept. 29.
  • Our homecoming festivities kept us all very busy this week. The annual scholarship luncheon was held Friday and we welcomed nearly 300 guests.  This was an excellent opportunity for our scholarship recipients to connect with our donors.  We also unveiled the Garrey Carruthers Dean portrait that will join our wall of dean portraits in Business Complex that spans the 50-year history of the College of Business.
  • Congratulations to our Distinguished Alumnus, Loren Cook and James F. Cole Award for Service Recipient, Dino Camuñez. Both were honored at a reception hosted by the college on Friday afternoon outside of Business Complex and a dinner Friday evening hosted by the NMSU Alumni Association.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

STEM Outreach Center

The UAS Roadshow took place in the Pan American Center on Monday, September 26, 2016, involved 500 eighth grade students from the Las Cruces Public Schools. The STEM Outreach Center worked in collaboration with the Physical Science Laboratory (PSL’s Flight Test Center) to put on this event. Multiple stations were set up for the students to have hands-on experiences in Science and Engineering fields.

Nicole Delgado and Heidi Sanchez will be traveling to Farmington Public sschools to distribute tubs with educational supplies for COUNT and DiMA after school programs. Also, the programs have been facilitating PD (Professional Development) series for seven afterschool programs in southern New Mexico, enriching afterschool programs across the state which include LCPS, GISD, and Farmington ranging from 202 teachers participating in the afterschool programs. Programs have begun in 23 schools between LCPS and GISD. With two programs in each school there is about 120 students participating in STEM Outreach Center after school programs at each school this semester. Kassi Simpson is also doing a STEM Up PD series to help enrich afterschool programs across the state.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

eng-1The NMSU student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers was once again named as an outstanding chapter by the national office. This recognition is given annually to chapters that “show an exceptional level of participation, enthusiasm, program quality, professionalism, and involvement in the university and community.” This is the NMSU chapter’s fourth such recognition, having previously been named an Outstanding Chapter for three consecutive years between 2009 and 2011.

eng-2On Friday, Sept. 30, the College of Engineering hosted its 24th Annual Scholarship Breakfast honoring some 300 guests comprising scholarship donors and recipients. Luis Barrera, mechanical engineering and engineering physics major, along with Alexandra Valdez, chemical engineering major, addressed the group, relating how scholarships made a difference in their lives. In the afternoon, the Engineer’s Council hosted a cookout for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Distinguished Alum Colin Cahoon, BS Chemical Engineering ’83, was recognized and gave a short address.

eng-3Industrial engineering Associate Professor Delia Julietta Valles-Rosales and students traveled to University of Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico. Their trip included a short research visit, workshop, and other academic activities such as meetings with deans, professors and students. The final objective of the visit is to continue collaborating between the two research groups for the project “Process Improvement Utilizing Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Tools for Companies Located Along U.S./Mexico Border.” Students and faculty will analyze the data collected, and will have the opportunity to present their own research to the academic community in Ensenada. Universidad Autonoma de Cd. Juarez also participates in this project which has been funded by the PRODEP Agency, Secretary of Education in Mexico. This UABC received $5M pesos to work on this project.

Water resources Ph.D. candidate Aldo Pinon-Villarreal, in the civil engineering department, was awarded a National Science Foundation-sponsored ASSIST Travel Grant (includes lodging, registration, airfare, per diem and incidentals) to attend the Engineering Early-Faculty Career Development Symposium at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation Conference in October. The award targets traditionally underserved early-career and promising faculty in engineering and is provided through MAES – Latinos in Science and Engineering in partnership with Great Minds in STEM (GMiS).  Villarreal’s adviser is civil engineering Associate Professor Salim Bawazir.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Office of the Dean

  • John Scarbrough, former faculty member in the School of Nursing, was honored as the College of Health and Social Services Distinguished Alumni last week. John received his Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from NMSU in 2010, and is currently leading the Western New Mexico University Nursing Program into as Associate Dean.  Aggie nurses on the move!


  • Jessica Cook, HSS Student Ambassador and School of Nursing student, spoke to high school students in two Mexican schools about what HSS has to offer. The students in the audience hope to attend NMSU, and Jessica’s recruitment efforts were appreciated.  She is from Juarez herself, and felt strongly about the impact she has on high school students there.  Hats off to Jessica for her leadership initiatives!

School of Social Work

  • Master of Social Work students Krystyna Gonzalez and Alejandra Quintana were recognized for their work as graduate assistants by the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) for their involvement in creative research activities influencing national behavioral health policy, eliminating disparities, improving access to services, and improving the quality of treatment outcomes for Latino populations. Krystyna was also honored with the Merit-based Enhancement Award from the NMSU Graduate School for her excellent work engaged in the mission of the university.
  • The School of Social Work, along with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Health Professionals Training Project continues to foster collaborative partnerships in our communities in New Mexico. Currently, Jemez Nation Tribal Court staff and St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, who serves the homeless population in Albuquerque have been the latest recipient on this training program. Since the inception of this project 88 community agencies have received this public health approach that uses community settings as opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

  • The highlight of our week was our Crimson Scholar Picnic, held annually on the lawn of the Conroy Honors Center. Well over 100 students came by between 11:30-1:30 to enjoy lunch in the shade and a chance to chat with fellow Crimson Scholars. We had a visit from Chancellor Carruthers who delighted the group by “tweeting” from the picnic, selfies with students included. The weather was ideal and everyone had a lovely time.
  • On Friday, when the weather was less ideal, we hosted a meeting of our Circle for Excellence, the advisory board that assists us with advancement activities. The best part of our meeting was a chance to hear from two of the three recipients of the Honors College International Scholarship recipients. Anastasia Hale described her work as a child advocate for Syrian refugee children in a camp in Greece, and Arielle Gonzalez discussed her work on improving communication between flight paramedics, patients, and their families in situations of crisis. Arielle is a flight paramedic and she worked in Haiti for part of the summer trying to develop tools to improved communication and efficacy of care in emergencies where there is a multilingual community. Clearly both young women found these international experiences truly transformative.


Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

  • af-1Student Collaboration–Keep State Great!   Grounds personnel and 700 NMSU students actively participated in the 2016 Keep State Great Community Service Event on September 24, 2016. This annual collaborative effort helps beautify the main campus. The teams were tasked with cleaning backyards in vacant family housing units, and cleaning campus roads.  Grounds staff were appreciative of the energy and enthusiasm displayed by the students.  The teams picked and disposed of approximately 2,000 pounds of pine needles from the landscaping on the north side of Skeen Hall parking lot.  Teams assigned to clean the backyards in family housing disposed of 4,000 pounds of debris from their hard work in clearing grass, weeds and trash. Thank you Aggies!
  • Distribution of DSL Modems   ICT Technology Support Center in collaboration with Housing and Residential Life distributed over 300 DSL modems to south campus housing students. The ICT Helpdesk prepared the DSL packets and worked extended hours to deliver them and provide installation support. All involved departments successfully worked together to better serve the students.
  • Utility Plant Tours   Facilities and Services Utilities Operations was busy this month conducting Utility Plant Tours for various internal and external entities.  The six tour groups included NMSU Engineering students, Facilities and Services Projects personnel and the New Mexico Science, Technology and Telecommunications legislative committee members.  The purpose of the tours is to openly share with the community some of the behind the scenes utility operations that occur every day on our campus.  In addition, it provides an opportunity to describe operational efficiency improvements that have reduced average electrical energy consumptions to an eight year low.


Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Aggie Activities Council creates Awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Aggies Activities Council and Delta Sigma Phi joined together in the month of September to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease. The two organizations raised over $600 to donate to the cause. They also participated in the annual walk. The Walk to ALZ provided the two organizations with a great way to end their fundraising efforts and to meet the people it benefits.


Keep State Great

  • The 2016 Keep State Great event was a huge success. Over 1,100 students participated in the event. This annual service event helps our campus by completing projects such as cleaning, painting and picking up trash.

SAEM Homecoming

  • Student Affairs and Enrollment Management used homecoming as a time to collaborate with colleagues. SAEM staff met for their annual homecoming picnic on Friday, September 30.  There were three recipients for the SAEM Employee Recognition Award, Mariana Ortega, Aggie Welcome and Orientation, Lorraine Arvizu, ASNMU, and Bill Mendoza, Campus Health Center.



In addition to our annual homecoming picnic, SAEM staff got in the Aggie Spirit with the ASNMU door and office decoration contest.


ASNMSU Homecoming   

ASNMSU were busy this week planning and implementing many campus wide activities. The events included a car smash, silent auction, bonfire, pep rally, and concert. All proceeding for the Silent Auction benefited Cowboys for Cancer Research.

Bringing Young Achiever’s to NMSU   

Dr. Bernadette Montoya met with the Young Achievers planning committee on Monday, September 26 to discuss further planning for the large event planned for February of 2017. The planning committee is led by Dr. Tony Marin and Dr. Michelle Saenz-Adames. In attendance, there were three superintendents from local middle schools. The Young Achiever’s event will host several hundred middle school attendees. The event will be used to get these students to campus to discuss college preparation.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Arrowhead Innovation Network Reception   On Wednesday, Arrowhead Center held a reception for their Enterprise Advisors and held a student showcase featuring businesses started out of Studio G. The event provided an opportunity for the Enterprise Advisors to learn about new initiatives at Arrowhead and have a chance to network with the students they advise. President Carruthers was in attendance and had a chance to meet Arrowhead’s Mark the Shark.


Studio G Networking Hours   On Wednesday Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour. This week’s topic focused on chapter 2 of the Disciplined Entrepreneur, What can you do for your customer? The presentation can be viewed at the following link, com/studiognmsu/videos/1769082360037434/.

Information Session   On Thursday Zetdi Sloan, director of the Arrowhead Technology Incubator, hosted an information session on Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food at Arrowhead Center.   Beyond Las Cruces and immediate vicinity, the fifteen attendees traveled from as far as Albuquerque and Cloudcroft.

NM FAST Panel Session   The New Mexico Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program, housed at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, will host a Small Business Innovation Research Best Practices Panel session in Albuquerque. This provides an opportunity for small businesses to engage with successful SBIR  More details about the panel session and the FAST program can be found at

Vice President for Research, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya

  • Alisha Giron, OGC, provided Principal Investigator (PI) Training to approximately 35 researchers and staff from the NMSU system.  The training is intended to provide assistance to researchers and other personnel involved with support efforts for Proposal preparation, processing, submission, and administration of externally-funded Grants and Contracts.
  • Patricia Hynes attended the 67th International Astronomical Congresses. There she met with Dr. William Gerstenmaier,  NASA Associated Administrator for Human Exploration and Operation; John Elbon, Senior Vice President Boeing Space Systems and Exploration; Rob Meyerson, President Blue Origin: Clayton Mowry, Senior Vice President for Business Development Blue Origin; Jason Dunn, Chief Technology Officer of Made in Space; Dr. Barbara Cembella, Innovation Manager Space Bremin Germany; Richard Dalbello, Vice President of Business Development Virgin Galactic; Philippe Hazane, Executive Director Institute for Space Physiology Medicine; Dr. George Nield, Associated Administrator FAA : Koichi Yonemoto Kuyshu Institute of Technology Japan. Dr. Hynes also attended Elon Musk’s talk on Making Humans a Multi Planetary Species. Most of the people listed here will be attending or speaking at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight in Las Cruces.
  • This week, the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute announced award recipients associated with its 2016 Student Water Research Grant program. Of the fifteen grants awarded statewide, eight were made to NMSU students. The grants of up to $6,000 help students initiate or supplement existing water research and management projects. Students work under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Congratulations to Befekadu Habteyes, doctoral student, Water Science and Management (Dr. Frank Ward); undergraduate Garrett Gibson, Civil Engineering (Dr. Salim Bawazir); master’s student Manuel Lopez, Geography (Dr. Daniel Dugas); undergraduate Nhat Nguyen, Chemistry (Dr. Antonio Lara); undergraduate Stephanie Richins, Chemical and Materials Engineering (Dr. Hongmai Luo); master’s student Jeremy Schallner, Animal and Range Sciences (Dr. Amy Ganguli); master’s student Tyler Wallin, Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Dr. Colleen Caldwell); and doctoral student William Weaver, Civil Engineering (Dr. Lambis Papelis). First row from left: Garrett Gibson, Befekadu Habteyes, Manuel Lopez, William Weaver; second row from left: Tyler Wallin, Jeremy Schallner, Stephanie Richins, and Nhat Nguyen.
  • In a collaborative effort, the Office of Research Integrity and Ethics, College of Education, College of Engineering, Honors College and the Office of Student Services hosted Dr. Jodie M. Jawor, NSF Program Director, Behavior Systems Cluster, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems/Directorate for Biological Sciences to present on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Dr. Karen Trujillo from NMSU, College of Education, and past recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, shared her experiences as a Graduate Fellow at NMSU.   The event was well attended and the audience asked many questions.  NMSU was commended for having a history of NSF Fellows over the years.
  • Vimal Chaitanya hosted DoD (Department of Defense) – TRMC (Testing Resources Management Center) officials on September 29 to discuss contributions NMSU can make towards providing STEM pipeline of future DoD employees and assist with advancing the science and technology of testing and evaluation of futuristic technology. The event was organized with assistance from the office of Government relations, and Physical Science Lab. Researchers from the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences and PSL participated. WSMR and public schools officials attended the event as well.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Endowed finance scholarship   The College of Business has an alumnus who has committed to establishing a $25,000 endowed scholarship in finance.

Homecoming week   The NMSU Alumni Association welcomed hundreds of alumni and friends to more than 10 events during Homecoming week. Alumni ranged from the class of 1952 to 2016. During the week, Presidential Ambassadors met with the 2016 James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service Recipient, Dino Camunez ’81 to discuss college life and philanthropy. Six 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients were honored at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday including: Arthur “Butch” Blazer ’75, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Steve Hanzely ’67, ’69, College of Arts & Sciences; Loren Cook ’86, ’91, College of Business; Amy Heil ’97, ’08, College of Education; Colin Cahoon ’83, College of Engineering; and John Scarbrough ’11, College of Health and Social Services.

Keep State Great   As part of the annual student-based community service event, Keep State Great, the office of University Advancement guided over 200 Aggies as they wrote personal thank you notes to 2,000 NMSU donors.  Students learned about the value of philanthropy to NMSU and how our vast base of donor support helps Keep State Great.

Estate gift   An alum and spouse have placed NMSU in their estate plans with a documented bequest currently valued at over $344,000 that will support a scholarship in the Department of Astronomy. As a result, the couple has been welcomed into the NMSU Foundation’s 1888 Society.

KRWG Gift   An El Paso radio listener left a very generous bequest of $10,000 restricted specifically for the use of KRWG Radio.

Alumni Association’s general fund gift   A friend of the University and long-time avid Aggie football fan left a bequest of $10,000 for the NMSU Alumni Association’s general fund. The estate personal representative and friends of the family held an estate sale to help make this gift possible.

International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

Confucius Institute

  • The Confucius Institute hosted renowned author and translator Bill Porter, a.k.a. Red Pine, one of the foremost interpreters of traditional Chinese poetry, Daoist and Buddhist sutras. Bill has published 20 books, 3 of which were then translated into Chinese and these have sold > .25 million copies there. He spoke about the Hermit Tradition in China at the Rubin Center Auditorium at UTEP on Monday, and at NMSU’s HSS Auditorium on Tuesday with approximately 100 attendees each night. Bill also attended Elvira Masson’s Honors College class on Chinese Literature in Translation to speak with students more in depth about Chinese poetry and its cultural value in the 21st century.
  • Classes are continuing well at all venues and teachers are settling into their routines. Taiji classes at NMSU are engaging many students and staff. This week we began Chinese classes for the Las Cruces Public Schools Language Academy, an after-school program for students grades 3-12 accompanied by an adult.
  • Our posting for a .5 Project Manager went up on the web yesterday and we are hoping for a strong response.

Office of Education Abroad

  • OEA took 10 students to Tucson for the first Lessons From Abroad returning study abroad conference. It was an amazing opportunity for NMSU Education Abroad alumni.
  • OEA is currently working on 22 faculty led programs for the 2017 year. We have 11 approved, 6 on Dean’s desks, and 5 in the proposal creation phase. We are already looking at SU 2018 FLiP programs, and have two appointments set up for initial planning.
  • OEA has completed 44 classroom presentations and 4 events to date for the semester. Advertising on Canvas is also reaching many students who are signing up for programs (especially distant and online students). Marketeers are beginning campus club presentations next week.
  • 62 students have signed up for Spring 2017 semesters abroad. OEA has also co-hosted 3 FLIP information sessions for programs going Summer 2017. These include HRTM in Florence, Art History & Restoration in Brazil, and Belize field school.
  • Work began to plan for International Education Week in November, including organizing presentations for past and future FLIP leaders.
  • OEA gave two presentations in partnership with the Honors College on the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which offers Pell Grant recipients up to $5000 for a semester of study abroad. We are currently editing essays as a student support service.
  • A study abroad pizza information session was held in partnership with Global Semesters and the University of Nicosia in Cyprus.
  • OEA presented at the New Mexico AMP meeting about research opportunities abroad for AMP students. NM AMP offers a grant to students who participate in research abroad.
  • Presentations were made at Advisor Professional Development Day in the Corbett Center to discuss opportunities for students, faculty and staff to participate in OEA programs and work together in supporting students in the best possible way.

Center for English Language Programs

  • In addition to its standard 8 week programs, CELP is increasing promotion of the following courses:
    • English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
    • Conversational English (4-8 weeks)
    • Academic English Refresher Courses (4 weeks)
    • STEM English (4 weeks)
    • Hospitality English (4-8 weeks)
    • TOEFL Prep Program (4-8 weeks)
    • Professional Development for Teachers in EFL/ESOL/BIL/Dual Lang (2-4 weeks)
    • TESOL Certificate (4 weeks/100 hrs)
    • English for Engineers in Maquiladoras

International Student and Scholar Services

  • ISSS participated in the Pathway toward Degree Completion Sessions hosted by Dean Reyes to discuss with department chairs issues affecting graduate students, such as admissions deadlines, enrollment requirements, recruitment, assistantships, and late arrivals.  In addition, Michael Schmelzle attended Registration Training for the upcoming NAFSA Region II Conference to be held in Santa Fe in late October.
  • ISSS participated in the Advisor Professional Development Day event hosted by the Academic Advising Council of Friday, 23 Sep.  I talked about IBP and ISSS’s role in IBP, touching on topics of cultural sensitivity, of impressions from international students of the US and impressions from advisors about working with international students, the importance as viewing international students as NMSU students, and various immigration matters (maintaining status, registration issues, travel, and employment).
  • IBP paired up with DJ Garfield the host of Imported Beats,where the students play their favorite music from their home countries . They also debunk items on the internet that visitors to their countries post on random websites.  This week we had an exchange student from Australia who was the featured guest.
  • A “Global Coffee Hour” was held at Nason House on October 30 where an exchange student, Jenna Graham, from Central Queensland University, presented on Australia to about 20 people. She was interviewed on KRUX beforehand (photo).


  • A homecoming tent was shared between Study Abroad Ambassadors, IBP, Black Programs and the Confucius Institute on October 1 before the football game (photo). About 75 people stopped by for food, dancing, and some tag football.


University Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Glen Cerny


The Special Production Unit completed the October edition of Aggie Profiles. This month’s show features Sasha-Lee Thompson from the volleyball team plus soccer players Dominque Rivera and Tuti Triado. The program will air on Altitude Network, Fox Arizona and KRWG.

The KRWG FM Fall pledge drive continues to be strong. Coming into the last three days 85 percent of the goal has been achieved. Just $12,000 is needed to reach the goal of $85,000. To support programming costs, pledges may be made at 888-922-5794 or at

Marketing Services

In collaboration with Undergraduate Admissions, Marketing Services produced the Aggie Experience poster and brochure highlighting the three event dates – Oct. 8 and 29 and Feb. 20. The poster’s dual purpose is informational and eye-catching – the poster is die cut in the shape of the Organ Mountains. The brochure highlights seven reasons why choosing NMSU is the right choice and points students to Aggie Experience to learn more reasons why they would love NMSU.


News and Media Relations

We coordinated meetings for Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and Department Head for Art Julia Barello with editors and the publisher of the Las Cruces Sun-News and the Las Cruces Bulletin to discuss the upcoming GO Bond. We coordinated appearances of Government Professor Neal Rosendorf and Psychology Professor Tim Ketelaar on the News 7 Xtra program Sunday night.

We coordinated participation of Professor Ketelaar on a panel of national experts whose analysis of the Presidential debate was shared with reporters across the country. We also coordinated Julia Barello’s appearance on KVIA to talk about the GO Bond.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

All legislative meetings for the week of October 3 – October 7 2016 have been cancelled due to the Special legislative session which starts on September 30, 2016.

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

  • I greeted freshmen and other ACES students, faculty, and staff at the ACES 2016 Sam Steel Branding Ceremony. The NMDA food trailer was there with hotdogs and hamburgers for the event.
  • Staff co-hosted the Pesticide Regulatory Education Program (PREP) along with counterparts from Washington State University Extension. The course focused on regulatory and policy changes as well as emerging science and technology issues. The two main topics emphasized were understanding the Certification and Training rule proposal and how the changes impact state programs. The second objective was taking a closer look at key areas that surround the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and grantee relationship through the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Cooperative Agreements.


NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

  • Police Activity   There were 39 police reports created, 31 supplements filed, and 38 traffic citations issued.   The Records & Evidence Office processed 21 items of evidence entered into the vault, 19 people were fingerprinted and 3 background checks were conducted.
  • Emergency Dispatch Center   Emergency Dispatch Center handled 303 police calls for service resulting in 221 police calls (25 of which were agency assist) and 3 warrant entries.  There were 20 fire calls (7 of which were mutual aid), 3 fire alarms, 7 emergency medical calls, 1 standby, 1 carbon monoxide alarm, and 1 natural gas odor.  There were also 2 animal control calls.
  • Special Events   Special Events Staff worked a total of 90.75 hours and reviewed 6 events with Campus Activities.  Crime Prevention   Staff provided a presentation on resources and students on campus.  Victim Services – Provided follow-up for victim and family resources, assistance with filing of violation of order of protection, and ongoing assistance for Domestic Violence victim.  Found text book for victim and helped with follow up pics.
  • Active Killer Presentation and Blank Firing Exercise/Carlsbad Campus   On September 29th, Chief Lopez traveled to the Carlsbad Campus to conduct an Active Killer Presentation and Blank Firing Exercise.  The Blank Firing Exercise is designed to let the participants know what actual gunshots sound like inside a building. There were approximately two dozen participants who attended the workshop, with a number of others participating in the exercise.
  • Homecoming Parade and Football Game   Staff and officers of the Department assisted with the execution of the NMSU Homecoming parade and provided security at the football game that took place on October 1st.  Homecoming week is traditionally a busy time for the department, and this week was no exception.  Most events were conducted without incident, though there were 2 traffic crashes on Saturday and 5 people who had to be ejected from the football game due to disorderly conduct.
  • Homecoming Alumni Campus Tours (9/29 and 9/30)   Chief Lopez conducted two campus tours for alumni visiting during Homecoming Week.  An open tour was conducted on Thursday for anyone wanting to participate, and the second tour was conducted on Friday just for members of the Classes of 1956 and 1966.  The tour participants were happy to discuss how campus looked when they attended NM A&M/NMSU 50 and 60 years ago, and some of the activities that took place on campus.  (NOTE:  The statute of limitations has tolled on all of the pranks that were admitted to during the tour.)
  • 2016 Annual Safety and Security and Annual Fire Reports   The 2016 reports for campuses in the NMSU system were made available to all students and staff to ensure awareness of the various safety and security programs, policies, procedures, statistics, statutes, and other informative information.  A large number of individuals and departments from throughout the NMSU system contributed to the writing and release of these reports.
  • Criminal Investigations Training   Three investigators from the Department attended a four-day Criminal Investigations Training program in order to enhance their skills during complex crime investigations.  The Criminal Investigations Section is responsible for investigating all felonies that take place on NMSU campuses in Doña Ana County, as well as a large number of misdemeanors.

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Distinguished Alumni Honored: Doña Ana Community College celebrated the accomplishments of the 2016 Class of Distinguished Alumni including Ashley Burkos, Andrew Paul Montoya, Mike C. Pérez, Greg D. Powe and Christy Lynn Trevino. The alumni were nominated from different divisions. The annual luncheon drew a crowd of 80 supporters, friends and families of the awardees.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

NMSU-A Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Cal, Vice President for Business and Finance Tony Salinas, and President Ken Van Winkle attended the Governor’s Summit on Higher Education in Albuquerque Friday, September 23.

18 NMSU-A faculty and staff attended the 2016 Community College Roundup hosted by Doña Ana Community College On Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24. Sherrell Wheeler, Kim Lopez-Gallagher, Rob Klinger, and Sharon Jenkins from NMSU-A presented sessions during the two-day event.

NMSU-A held its annual fall “Eat and Complete,” on Wednesday, September 28. The luncheon celebrated students who were at the beginning of their college career, it offered support to those who are in the middle of their journey, and recognized those who were completing. 98 students accepted challenge coins in a promise to complete their certificates, degrees, or transfer plans. The event was co-sponsored by Student Government and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and NMSU-A Student Services.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • On Tuesday, September 27, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly NMSU Community Engagement meeting. During this meeting, reports on community engagement initiatives were heard and a presentation was made on digital measures and the updated community engagement web pages.
  • On Wednesday, September 28, NMSU Carlsbad hosted NMSU police Chief Stephen Lopez who made an excellent presentation on Active Shooter Emergency Procedures. As part of the presentation, Chief Lopez fired blanks from various types of weapons so that NMSU Carlsbad personnel could distinguish between the sounds made by the various weapons.
  • On Wednesday, September 28, NMSU Carlsbad received the official word that the institution has been awarded a five-year Title III STEM Grant for Hispanic serving institutions. The grant is in the amount of $4,369,536 and the monies will be employed to strengthen our programs and completion rates in sciences, engineering, mathematics, and technology.
  • On Friday, September 30, NMSU Carlsbad conducted the monthly meeting of the Steering Committee. Committee reports were received from each of the Standing Committee Chairpersons and an update was presented on the NMSU Carlsbad AQIP Systems Portfolio processes.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Student Undergraduate Research Conference – NMSU Grants faculty member and Institutional Coordinator, David Bishop along with his student Andrew Ruvalcaba participated in the Alliance for Minority Participation Student Research Conference hosted by NMSU on September 29 – October 1.  During the conference both Bishop and Ruvalcaba attended workshops focusing on research skills, internships, and transfer.  Andrew was the community college winner of a Kindle Fire and plans to transfer to NMSU Las Cruces in January.

Farewell Celebration – A campus wide potluck and celebration was held on Friday September 30 to recognize the contribution and hard work of all employees who worked with the Title V Cooperative Grant. The focus of the Title V Cooperative grant was online course quality and game design.  Through the efforts of the grant, summer dual enrollment academies were offered, an online course quality protocol was designed and implemented, and a gaming certificate was created.  The five year grant ended this past Friday, September 30.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • Homecoming week was a blast for the student body and ended with a win for the Aggie Football Team! There truly is no place like home. ASNMSU would like to thank all of the students who came out and supported the team through the events throughout the week and at the game.
  • ASNMSU is holding its bimonthly Senate meeting on October 6 in the Corbett Senate Gallery. The senate will be considering bills to help financially support students and student organizations representing New Mexico State University through community service projects, presenting research, and attending conferences.
  • Homecoming results for King and Queen are in! ASNMSU is proud to announce the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen, Kenneth Williams and Mikaela Haley!
  • Throughout Homecoming week, ASNMSU raised an estimated $1000 for Cowboys for Cancer. ASNMSU will continue to raise funds throughout the month of October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Finally, ASNMSU is kicking off our newest initiative with Corbett Center Student Union, the Snooze Saloon! Come into Corbett Center 2nd floor, between classes, and take a snooze at the Snooze Saloon. ASNMSU will be providing free eye masks for the first 100 students who use the Snooze Saloon.

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