Activity Report September 27-October 3

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Under the Weather: It was a very short week for me as I had to take a little sick leave to overcome bronchitis.  Feeling much better now, but it did slow me down a bit.
  • NMSU Grants President: Felicia Casados has announced her retirement from NMSU Grants.  She will be leaving at the end of October but will be available in Grants for another 30 days as she utilizes some surplus annual leave.  Dr. Casados has served as President of NMSU Grants for ten years.  Thanks Felicia for your outstanding leadership and service.
  • Policy Manual Update: The General Counsel’s Office is launching a major program to streamline our policy and procedures manual.  They will separate Regents Policy from procedures and processes, ending up with a much slimmer Policy Manual.  It is not about changing policy but setting up a system where all policy is approved by the Regents but procedures can be modified as needed, without Regent’s approval.  Former President, Dr. Pacheco lectured us many times on the need to do this.
  • Athletics Transition Team: I met with the Athletics Transition Team members (from my early days as President) to review progress and chat about conference alignment.  I am one, if asking for advice, tries to get back to advisors as to action taken.  


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • Trip to Cuidad Chihuahua: I spent the week in Ciudad Chihuahua with the Legislative Finance Committee. The goal of the visit was to explore joint economic development opportunities as well as joint educational and research opportunities with the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (UACH).  Chihuahua is a lovely city and it was a pleasure to learn more about its people, its industries, and its aspirations.  One interesting surprise was the large number of Aggies we met during the course of the trip, a reminder that Mexico has long been the most important international partner of NMSU and that NMSU has a wonderful reputation in Mexico.  From my perspective, the highlight of the trip was our visit to UACH, and my discussions with the Rector of the university, Enrique Séañez Sáenz.  Rector Sáenz clearly values a strong relationship with NMSU and we both agreed on the importance of developing more dual degree programs as well as joint research programs.  We will continue these discussions later this month, when Rector Sáenz visits NMSU with a delegation from UACH. 
  • Panel Discussion at Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua: While visiting UACH, I was on a panel that discussed internationalization efforts at UACH, NMSU, and Western New Mexico University.  I focused some of my comments on the need for legislation that would allow us to treat students from adjoining states in Mexico the same way we treat domestic students from western states.  That is, we charge Western Undergraduate Exchange students 1.5 times the tuition we charge in-state students, about $11,000 a year.  This tuition rate would allow us to compete more effectively for students from Chihuahua, and would be fair to domestic students.  I also noted the important role that international students play in helping to globalize New Mexico campuses and in helping us effectively train students to compete in a global economy.  


Interim Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,

Dr. Jim Libbin

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • ACES Wildlife Museum Education Booth: Over 1,500 people stopped by the ACES Wildlife Museum educational booth set up at the Las Cruces Farmer’s Market on Saturday, September 26, for National Hunting and Fishing Day. National Hunting and Fishing Day was established by a resolution of the US Congress in 1972 to “urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations.”  Our booth helped focus attention on the importance of hunting and fishing in restoring populations of fish and wildlife for the use and enjoyment by all Americans. Jennifer Frey, Museum Curator, and three students ran the booth at the Farmer’s Market.

ACES Ambassadors

  • Recruitment: ACES’ 30 ambassadors, in teams of 3, are in high gear with recruiting efforts this week. They are visiting high schools in New Mexico, California, and Arizona sharing all the cool things NMSU has to offer.
  • Providing Assistance: The Ambassadors were at the NM State Fair last week; they will be at the Southern New Mexico Fair this week and the Eastern NM fair next week.  They assist the livestock board with showing of animals and any other events that the Livestock Board needs them for.  These students also represent ACES and help with recruiting efforts for NMSU during fair season.


Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Christa Slaton

  • Art Display: Jessika Edgar (Art) is exhibiting ceramics work in a two-person show with Leonard Suryajaya on October 3-31, at Roy G Biv Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.   In conjunction with the exhibition, she will give a lecture on her work at Roy G Biv on October 31.  She also has two ceramic sculptures selected for inclusion in the IV Biennial Ciudad Juárez-El Paso Biennial 2015 that will be on view from October 11, 2015, through January 24, 2016, at the El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez.
  • Award: Jeffrey Amato (Geological Sciences) received a $10,000 supplement from the Bureau of Land Management for his prehistoric trackways project.
  • Coffee with the Deans: The English Department hosted Coffee with the Deans. Faculty, staff, and graduate students from across the college gathered for informal conversations, including several new faculty and graduate students.
  • Classics Concert Season Opener: The Las Cruces Symphony at New Mexico State University opened its Classics Concert season featuring Tchaikovsky and a guest performance from Cellist Allison Eldredge. The artists received several standing ovations for an extraordinary performance.
  • Mathematical Summit: Associate Dean Beth Pollack and Mathematical Sciences Department Head Joe Lakey attended the Mathematical Summit in Santa Fe New Mexico to learn more about best practices and challenges in Math education.


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Ethics Town Hall: The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative and NMSU’s chapter of Student Center for the Public Trust cohosted the Ethics Town Hall, which featured the screening of “All the Queen’s Horses” about a multi-million dollar municipal fraud, a question-and-answer session with the film-maker who is a professor of accounting from DePaul University, a presentation on the SCPT by NASBA Center for the Public Trust President Alfonzo Alexander, and a student panel session.  In attendance were 65 students; Dona Ana County government employees; the Associate Dean of Social Sciences from New Mexico Military Institute; and faculty from the Colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, and Business – Drs. Erickson, Flinchbaugh, and Smith, as well as host Winnie Lee and Master of Ceremonies Bruce Huhmann.  This was a great event and thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen.
  • American Statistical Association Webinar Series: The NMSU student chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and EASIB hosted a seminar series with Ron Wasserstein, the Executive Director of the ASA.  Over 120 people attended Dr. Wasserstein’s seminar “The p-value:  the misunderstood, misused, and maligned statistic” on Tuesday evening.  On Wednesday morning, Dr. Wasserstein spoke on “What probability and Forrest Gump teach us about the New Mexico lottery.” The two-day event was organized by ASA student chapter president Adam Sayre, vice president Elmira Torabzadehkhorasani, and faculty advisor Charlotte Gard.  
  • Guest Speaker: Josh Lyon, recent graduate of the College of Business and co-owner of Insta-Copy Imaging in Las Cruces spoke with the ambassadors on Wednesday.  He spoke about his role as co-owner, customer service and customer interaction. 
  • Renovation: Kathy Brook and Yolanda Sanchez met with Nivia Franco of Facilities and Services Project Design to discuss the timing of the planned renovation of two additional restrooms on the classroom side of Guthrie Hall.
  • College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at


Dean, College of Education, Dr. Donald Pope-Davis

  • Shirk Scholar Luncheon: Dean Pope Davis and the Advancement Office hosted the Shirk Scholar Luncheon with 20 recipients in attendance.  The Elizabeth Ann Shirk Scholarship for 2015-16 awarded over $70,000 in scholarships to students in Communication Disorders, Kinesiology, Education and Dance.

Shirk Scholar Luncheon

Curriculum & Instruction Department

  • Harvard Presentation: Megan Lockard, a graduate student in the Curriculum and Instruction department presented a paper at Harvard’s conference, “The 21st Century Academic Forum at Harvard”. This year’s theme was Facilitating, Fostering, and Harnessing Innovation to Meet Key Challenges of the 21st Century.” Her presentation was titled, “Audience Is Everything: Rewriting Composition Classrooms to Incite Democratic Participation, Social Activism, and Public Discourse.”  The session was well attended and she is planning to publish the paper from the presentation.

Harvard Presentation

Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve Stochaj

  • Professional Development: The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network hosted a Refresher Short Course for engineering professionals preparing to sit for the Professional Engineer Power Option exam.  The course is part of the College of Engineering’s efforts to expand workforce capabilities in the state through professional development short course and workshop offerings.  The course was taught by Howard Smolleck, an emeritus faculty member from the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.WiSTEM
  • New Student Organization: WiSTEM (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), a new student organization held its first meeting this past Thursday. The organization’s mission is to improve female retention in engineering and other technical fields through camaraderie, tutoring and networking. The students’ current project is programming a scoreboard and creating a stand for the upcoming BEST Robotics competition.
  • Admission to Osteopathic School of Medicine: Chemical and Materials Engineering Department Head David Rockstraw and George Mychaskiw, Dean of Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine have negotiated minimum performance criteria for NMSU chemical and materials engineering graduates from the pre-med track to guarantee admission to the med school.  They established the following minimum criteria:
  • Overall GPA of 3.3
  • Science GPA of 3.0 (chemistry, physics, biology)
  • MCAT of 495

These performance levels were established recognizing the high degree of rigor required to complete the pre-med track with a bachelor’s degree in chemical and materials engineering


Dean, College of Health and Social Services, Dr. Donna Wagner

  • Guest Blogger: Donna Wagner, Dean and expert on family caregiving, was a guest blogger for the Boston College Aging and Work Center.  Please follow the link below to view her blog post
  • Wall Street Journal: Dean Wagner was quoted this week in the Wall Street Journal in a story about support services for the elderly aging at home,

School of Social Work

  • ASNMSU Senator: Student Rufus “Gil” Gilford, was officially appointed as an ASNMSU Senator on Tuesday for the fall semester of 2015.  The CHSS Student Council members are confident that as a senator, Rufus will be both an advocate and a positive representative for the College of Health and Social Services.

Department of Public Health Sciences

  • Good Neighbor Environmental Board Meeting: Rebecca Palacios, Associate Professor,Good Neighbor Environmental Board Meeting attended the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB) meeting in Los Angeles, CA on September 17 and 18.  The GNEB is the Environmental Protection Agency’s advisory board that reports to the President and Congress. The purpose of the GNEB is to advise the President on the implementation of projects aimed at helping people who reside along the U.S.-Mexico border improve their quality of life. Dr. Palacios will co-chair the committee that will write the health portion of the annual report for the President.
  • Cancer Awareness Outreach: The Outreach Core of the U54 NMSU-FHCRC Partnership to Advance Cancer Research welcomed Karoline Sondgeroth, MPH, MSW, as their new Health Education Program Specialist this week.  Sondgeroth will coordinate cancer prevention efforts for the project and will perform community outreach and education using the Colossal Inflatable Colon (CIC) at health fairs and other events. To schedule a visit from the inflatable colon, please contact Karoline at 575-646-4309 or 

Cancer Awareness Outreach

Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Scholarship Applications: Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar worked with senior Lindsay Redman to complete her application for the Rhodes Scholarship and with Adam Sayre, who is applying for the Schwartzman Scholarship. While the Rhodes Scholarship is well known as one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world that supports students to study at Oxford University in the UK, the Schwartzman is a new program intended to be the Rhodes for China. Both students are strong candidates, have very powerful experiences both through their academic studies and co-curricular experiences, and we are hopeful that they will  be strong contenders for these important awards.
  • Fulbright Applications: Ketelaar also set up interviews for all of the students who are preparing Fulbright applications. The six applicants are proposing very diverse projects, from teaching English in Senegal to forensic anthropology research in Poland to working in finance and public policy in New Zealand. The interviews are intended to help students finalize and strengthen their applications, which are due in a few weeks.
  • Classroom Visits: Dean Miriam Chaiken is a member of the Community Engagement Council, and as part of that team, she presented information about community engagement opportunities to two sections of UNIV 150 classes. We know that students who are involved with community engagement events and participate in campus groups have a greater sense of belonging and purpose than students who do not, and thus it is an important strategy to enhance retention. Students in UNIV 150 are all freshmen, and the course is intended to help them adjust to campus life.
  • Student Success Navigators: On Tuesday afternoon Miriam Chaiken made a presentation to all of the new Navigators, who are working with freshmen to help promote student retention. We had a lively dialog about how the Honors College presents unique opportunities for students and how encouraging participation in the opportunities the College presents can enhance students’ experiences and ultimately retention.


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • NMSU Library Strategic Targets Celebration: NMSU Library faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of goals and objectives tied to the Library’s strategic targets in the last academic year. The forum allowed for faculty and staff to share the positive work being done and learn about what colleagues in other departments have recently accomplished.
  • NMSU Library Student Advocacy and Advisory Council Meeting: The first meeting of the 2015/16 NMSU Library Student Advocacy and Advisory Council MeetingNMSU Library Student Advocacy & Advisory Council (LSAAC) was held on Friday. LSAAC is comprised of seven undergraduate and graduate student representatives appointed by the President of ASNMSU and the President of the Graduate Student Council, who also serve as members.  LSAAC members provide recommendations to the Library on the expenditure of funds allocated by the NMSU Student Fee Review Board, with funds designated this year to support the acquisition of library materials and library student employees working after midnight at Zuhl. The Council met with Associate Dean, Norice Lee, and Acquisitions Librarian, John Sandstrom, to review the Council’s charge and procedures, the library’s materials budget, and a proposal for the for initial expenditure on monographs, which was approved. Pictured L-R:  Matt Bose, Elizabeth Leatherman, Manuel Ordoque, Tara Young, Adam Amador.  Not pictured:  Dustin Chavez, Alexander Vanhoudt.

Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • NMSU Fire Safety Training 1NMSU Fire Safety Training: The Fire Department completed a full day of fire safety training on NMSU’s main campus on September 28. Starting at Myrna’s Children Village, firefighters practiced STOP, DROP and ROLL with the approximately 75 children between the ages of 4 and 5. They moved outdoors and practiced Exit Drills in the Home or E.D.I.T.H., as it is commonly referred to.  The next stop was at Preciado Park where they relocated the Doña Ana County Fire Prevention Safety Trailer to attract interest from our students in family housing.  The final stop was at Chamisa Apartments where guests Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos captivated the crowd of approximately 400 students. They told their story about the Seton Hall University fire that occurred on January 2000, where three students lost their lives and 58 students were injured due to a prank. Students were inspired by the documentary movie, “After the Fire:  A True Story of Heroes and Cowards.
    NMSU Fire Safety Training 2
  • Campus Engagement: Clifford, The Big Red Dog, visited the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Friday for story time and pictures with the children. Sodexo will feature its first wine dinner, Diner de Vin, at the Fulton Center 3rd Floor Bistro. For upcoming events, go to:
  • National Fire Prevention Week: The Fire Department wants to remind everyone that Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10. This year’s theme is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep.” Most deadly fires occur when people are sleeping, so it’s a good idea to have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Visit our website at for more information and safety tips!
    National Fire Prevention Week
  • Housing Landscaping Improvements: The Grounds Shop contracted Wasser and Wasser to Xeriscape the turf area at the intersection of Gregg and Poe streets.  The new Xeriscaping is part of the campus beautification efforts for Housing areas this year.  There are three more restoration projects planned for Gregg Street and they will be completed prior to March 1, 2016.
    Housing Landscape Improvements
  • Sold Out: The Special Events team hosted Jason Aldean in the Pan Am for a sold out concert attended by over 8,000 fans.  Concert attendees also enjoyed Tyler Farr and Cole Swindell.  After the concert, 150 students and staff were able to turn the Pan Am from concert configuration to volleyball setting overnight, just in time for Coach Mike Jordan and the Aggie Volleyball Team to host and defeat UT Rio Grande. 
  • Tour of Central Utility Plant by Early College High School: The 10th Grade Engineering Class, taught by Mr. Woodward, at Early College High School toured the Central Utility Plant. Woodward attended a tour of the Central Utility Plant when he was an engineering student at NMSU.  The tour coincided with the classroom material on alternate energy and electricity production.


Vice President Student Affairs / Enrollment Management, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

  • New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Student Research Conference: Bernadette Montoya welcomed over 200 attendees at the annual New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Student Research Conference on Friday, October 2. Students from high schools, community colleges, and universities from all over the state were in attendance.
  • Panhellenic Council: Montoya spoke at the NMSU Panhellenic Council New Member Presentation on Wednesday, September 30, to welcome new students who were inducted into NMSU Greek Life.
  • Lottery Summit: Dacia Sedillo, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, represented NMSU at a Lottery Summit held by the Associated Students of UNM on Friday, October 2. Ms. Sedillo and Dr. Terry Babbitt, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at UNM, sat on a panel discussion and responded to questions related to the rising tuition costs, administration of federal and state student aid, and the effectiveness of the Legislative Lottery Scholarship in providing higher education access to citizens of New Mexico.
  • Backpacking 101: Outdoor Recreation took 16 participants on the Backpacking 101 Backpacking 101trip to the White Mountain Wilderness in Lincoln National Forest on September 25-27. Participants learned essential backpacking skills like purifying water, reading maps, and how to follow Leave No Trace ethics in the backcountry. Outdoor Rec is a key component to the activities and services offered to students through the Recreational Sports program at the Activity Center.
  • Breast Cancer Screening: The Campus Health Center (CHC) is collaborating with the NMSU Employee Council to expand breast cancer screening opportunities for NMSU employees this October. In the past, the CHC offered a one-day clinical breast exam screening that often left faculty and staff waiting in lines to receive the important health check. This year, the CHC will offer appointments the entire month of October for employees to schedule a time for the screening. Through a collaboration with Employee Council, health education will be offered to encourage supervisors to engage with employees in promoting this worthwhile event. 


Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • EPSCoR State committee: The New Mexico NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) state committee meeting occurred in Albuquerque on September 30. The agenda included Science component updates for three of the five projects in the current NSF Track I EPSCoR funding. Planning for the selection of next cycle’s topic will be accomplished through visits to the three research university campuses. NM EPSCoR team will visit NMSU in this connection on Thursday, November 19from 1 to 3 pm. Thematic planning sessions are scheduled for August of 2016 followed by development of 15-page white paper by November and AAAS and State Committee review by the end of 2016. There was some discussion about possible topics with strong argument to maintain focus on energy center. The expected submission to NSF is between June-August 2017.
  • URC Fair: The largest University Research Council (URC) faculty fair in the history of NMSU took place in the Las Cruces Convention Center on October 2 with 66 presentations. The fair is held every year in conjunction with the AMP annual event making it easy for school students to learn about ongoing NMSU research projects and interact with NMSU faculty and graduate students. A record number of NMSU faculty, staff researchers and graduate students participated in the event. Exhibited posters and displays represented almost all research disciplines of NMSU. Faculty judges evaluated all presentations and winners will be announced after the results are tallied.
  • ISPCS 2015: New Mexico Space Grant received the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit award of the month on September 29. International Symposium of Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) 2015 will now proceed with its full complement of 41 speakers as government shut down has been avoided. Over 300 people are registered for the ISPCS 2015 and the Community Partnership Luncheon to be held on October 6-8 at the Farm and Ranch Museum.
  • Grants and Contracts Activity: The Office of Grants & Contracts has remained significantly busy this semester submitting proposals and negotiating and processing award documents. For the FY 2016 to date $75,736,953 worth of proposals have been submitted with ACES leading the charge with nearly $28 million followed by Engineering with $21 million. This FY to date awards worth $37,160,185 have been received again with ACES and PSL sharing the top spot with $8 million each closely followed by Engineering with $7 million.


Interim Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Dr. Andrea Tawney

  • Endowment match: NMSU has received $1.25 million in faculty endowment match requests from the state’s Higher Education Endowment Fund. With the match, we will be adding $2.5M to our permanent endowment, which will have a tremendous impact for our university, research and ultimately our students. These funds will support endowed professorships and chairs in engineering, water quality and reclamation research, environmental and water sciences, and actuarial science.
  • #GivingTuesday: At our quarterly all-Advancement meeting, the team received an update on the progress of our campaign, as well as an introduction to our inaugural #GivingTuesday event on December 1.  Development officers and others will begin sharing information across campus, creating a grassroots buzz before more formal announcements are made. Our Foundation Board has already committed $407,500 in gifts and employer matches for #GivingTuesday, and we have 76% of the Board participating already.
  • Schmidt Foundation funding: NMSU has received $10,000 from the J. Frank Schmidt Foundation for Rolston St. Hilaire’s work in Plant and Environmental Sciences in the College of ACES. It’s the third year in a row his work has received this funding.
  • Therapeutic Riding Program: Three new horses are being gifted to the Therapeutic Riding Program. Additionally, a ribbon-cutting event is planned at 9:30 a.m. on Friday for the new covered Therapeutic Riding Center, which will provide a cool, shaded area for the individuals with disabilities who participate in the program.
  • I-25 Rivalry: The Alumni Association Executive Council held a meeting in Albuquerque with members joining from Las Cruces, San Jose, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., and hosted a well-attended Alumni tailgate before the game against UNM. Several new alumni donors made gifts after the event.

Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • Athletics Forum: I presented at the Athletics Forum sponsored by NMSU Employee Council. I talked about NM State’s recent accomplishments, academically and athletically, I talked about the importance of building relationships in Santa Fe, building external relationships and strengthening our on campus relationships. I also shared my vision and encouraged faculty and staff to help brand NMSU Athletics. 
  • UNM/NMSU Football Game: Traveled to Albuquerque for the NMSU/UNM football game. I met with Paul Krebs, Director of Athletics at UNM and talked about several topics including Cost of Attendance. I also met with and golfed with current and potential donors.

Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • KRWGKRWG: Through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with 90 friends and guests, KRWG hosted an Education Champions recognition banquet at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum on September 30. The affair is part of the national public television campaign, American Graduate. Fourteen area educators were recognized for their outstanding effort to increase graduation rates. Among those honored was former NMSU Dean of Engineering, Dr. Ricardo Jacquez (pictured with KRWG’s Fred Martino). KRWG participated in the national telecast on Saturday, October 3.
  • Social Media: This week a campus photo by Justin Bannister on the University Communications’ Facebook page attracted a great deal of attention and comments from Facebook friends: more than 18,000 views, more than 850 likes, 40 shares and 20 comments from students, alumni and others. “I truly believe we have the most beautiful campus!” said one.  Check out the photo at
  • Sports Information: Athletics Media Relations was busy this week with the annual Rio Grande Rivalry football game against the University of New Mexico. We supported six home events that saw the Aggies stretch their volleyball winning streak to four (and beat UNM), equestrian win its season opener over SMU and soccer split games in WAC play. Volleyball leads the WAC at 3-0, while soccer is one point out of the WAC lead at 2-1-0.


Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • 5  Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Subcommittee, Capitol, Rm, 307
    • 11:00 am – NMSU College of Eng. – 1. The Future of Roads in NM- Challenges & Opportunities; 2. Maintaining the Dept. of Transportation as the “Best Engineering Crew” in the Southwest- Attracting Engineering Graduates to Public Work-
      • David V. Jauregui, Ph.D., P.E., Department Head of Civil Engineering, NMSU
      • Patricia Sullivan, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Engineering, NMSU
      • Douglas Cortes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Civil
  • Oct 22 – Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee
    • 11:00 am – Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC), Russel Hardy, Director, CEMRC


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

  • Dairy Promotion: I met with the Dairy Max Board of Directors at their annual meeting. Dairy Max is a great organization which promotes dairies throughout the nation and will be a part of Ag Day 2015 at the end of October.
  • Annual National Latino Farmer and Rancher Conference: I also attended and spoke at the 10th Annual National Latino Farmer and Rancher Conference in Albuquerque.
  • National Latino Farmer and Rancher Trade Association: Staff participated in a panel discussion on “Protecting Traditional Farming and Ranching in New Mexico and the West” as part of the National Latino Farmer and Rancher Trade Association annual conference on September 30.
  • Agritourism Month: October has been announced as Agritourism Month in New Mexico.  Click here for the press release and proclamation issued by the Governor’s Office.
  • Agricultural Experiment Station: The AES Division Meeting was held in Ruidoso, NM. Topics included the Gold King Mine incident and the responses and responsibilities of NMDA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grant received by the division, individual projects, and other updates affecting the division.
  • Intertribal Agriculture Council’s 1st Annual Southwest Conference: Staff attended Intertribal Agriculture Council’s 1st Annual Southwest conference in Albuquerque, and met with many tribal members from throughout the state, as well as Arizona. Presentations were given on topics including United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Services conservation program and irrigation rule changes; History of Pueblo Farming, Self Sufficiency through Agriculture; Tribal conservation and Land Use Planning; and many more. Many attendees expressed the concern of the youth no longer wanting to partake in farming and ranching, the attendance of ranch camps was emphasized.


Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Police Activity: There were 61 police reports created, 30 supplements filed, and 29 traffic citations issued.  The Records & Evidence Office processed 63 items of evidence and fingerprinted ten people.  Emergency Dispatch Center handled 378 calls for service (seven of which were 911 calls), resulting in 224 police calls (34 of which were agency assist) and 11 warrant entries.  There were 37 fire calls (seven of which were mutual aid) 13 emergency medical calls, one vehicle fire, three unknown fires, one dumpster fire, eight fire alarms, three public assist, and one welfare check.  There were four animal control calls.  Special Events Staff worked a total of 12.75 hours and reviewed two events for safety and security concerns.
  • Victim Services: Staff provided additional assistance with OSU, assistance with Financial Aid with El Paso crime victim, assisted victim with safety plan and financial references, notification of release from detention center, and continued assistance with financial aid coordination.
  • Mental Health Transports to Hospital – A coordination meeting was held with Dr. Karen Schaefer (Counseling Center) and Dr. Michael Jasek (Dean of Students) to develop a protocol for transporting individuals from the Counseling Center to Memorial Medical Center in the event that a patient was deemed an immediate danger to self or others, but who wanted to voluntarily go to the hospital (as opposed to being placed in protective custody).  The protocol was established and circulated to Police Department staff and is now in effect.
  • Vehicle Repair – Chief Lopez and two student interns replaced the bumper on a pickup truck that had been damaged when the power steering failed on the vehicle.  While the Chief did it on “extra hours” above his normal 40+ for the week, it is still amazing to realize that the pay rates for all involved (combined) are still less than the standard shop rate for a mechanic in town.  Best of all, the student interns gained some mechanical experience.


Interim President, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, Dr. Ken Van Winkle

  • Adult Education, College Connection Presentation: College Connection is a program which helps students make the transition from high school to college. On Tuesday, September 29, students currently enrolled in the Adult Education program received information on courses and degrees available at NMSU-A, financial aid options, and how the advisor and career center can help students focus on their future interests.
  • Thanks Team Holloman:  Every year the community of Alamogordo hosts a large outdoor gathering to say thanks to members of the Holloman Air Force Base community.  Members of the NMSU-Alamogordo faculty and staff were on-hand to support this event Friday night.  Holloman AFB active duty members, families and retirees comprise more than 50% of the Alamogordo population, and many attend NMSU-A to further their career goals and job opportunities.
  • Community College Round-Up in Grants:  The NMSU-A president and members of the faculty attended the annual New Mexico Community College Round-up, hosted this year in Grants, New Mexico.  NMSU-A faculty presented multiple seminars on best practices and lessons learned, including “Statistics on Trial: Critical Thinking in Action,” “Retain Students Through Pre-Orientation Screening,” “Creating a Culture of Quality in Online Classes,” “Mango Languages,” “Oscar Goes to ‘Capstone Films’,” “Increased Engagement in Your Online Classes” and “Explain Everything: iPads in the Classroom.”


President, New Mexico State University -Carlsbad, Dr. John Gratton

  • New Mexico Association of Community Colleges: NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton participated in a NMACC Board meeting in Santa Fe on Tuesday.  Presentations were received from HED, Senator John Sapien, and the G7 formula funding task force. Additionally, discussions were held regarding the Phi Theta Kappa academic awards and upcoming meetings which included a presentation to the Senate Finance Committee in December.
  • Academic Quality Improvement Program: The NMSU Carlsbad President and other NMSU Carlsbad employees completed their final meeting of the AQIP strategy Forum team on Wednesday.  The eight-person committee collaborated on the final response to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and travel plans for the Chicago meetings were finalized.
  • Breast Cancer Awareness: The NMSU Carlsbad President and the NMSU Carlsbad campus initiated its “Breast Cancer Awareness” initiative on Thursday, October 1.  Many employees purchased “Think Pink for a Cure” T-shirts and these shirts will be worn by NMSU Carlsbad employees on Thursday, October 1 and on each successive Monday in October.
  • Community College Round Up: The NMSU Carlsbad President and many NMSU Carlsbad faculty and staff attended the Community College Round Up hosted by the NMSU Grants campus on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3.  The Grants campus did an outstanding job of developing the Round Up program and they are to be commended for a job well-done.


President, New Mexico State University -Dona Ana, Dr. Renay Scott

  • Golf Tourney Held: The 13th Annual DACC golf tourney was held Golf TourneyFriday, October 2 at the NMSU Golf Course. A record number of DACC students helped out and a record number of 33 teams participated with many local businesses, several DACC and a Chancellor’s NMSU team anchored by Regent Chairman Mike Cheney and NMSU Marketing Professor Pat Gavin. More than $7,750 was awarded for scholarships and programs. Students from the culinary arts program provided breakfast for the golfers.
  • LFC meeting: The New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee will meet with NMSU DACC to discuss retention and graduation initiatives at the community college on Thursday, October 8.


President, New Mexico State University -Grants, Dr. Felicia Casados

  • Fall Round Up: NMSU Grants hosted the two-day Fall Round Up of all NMSU community colleges Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2.  Greg Fant, Associate Provost provided the opening keynote address to the 112 attendees from all four NMSU community colleges.  Opportunities for discipline/departmental meetings across our four community colleges were scheduled to enhance collaboration.  Excellent presentations by staff and faculty rounded out the two-day training sessions.  Sky City Casino/Hotel in Acoma hosted the Friday evening dinner with entertainment by Acoma Pueblo Deer and Butterfly Dancers.  Many local Cibola County vendors provided prizes for participants.  Dona Ana Community College’s John Walker was the recipient of the most coveted prize, a new HP laptop, donated by local Village of Milan business CJ Feed & Supply (owned by Catherine Habiger, daughter of Betty Habiger, an NMSU Grants emeritus faculty).  Near noon on Saturday, NMSU Grants VP Academic Affairs, Dr. Harry Sheski passed on the ‘torch’ for next year’s Round Up hosting to Dona Ana Community College, accepting for DACC was Dr. Monica Torres, VP Academic Affairs.  


Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • Lottery Summit: ASNMSU President Dustin Chavez and Director of Governmental Affairs Bryce Smith attended the Lottery Summit over the weekend to collaborate with other universities and legislators on the lottery scholarship. 
  • Pete’s Pick Up Service: The Pete’s Pick Up Service is now up and running for the year.  Students can get a free and safe ride anywhere on campus Sunday-Thursday from 6:30 pm-12:30 am.
  • ASNMSU Fall Elections: ASNMSU Fall Senate Elections will be next week, October 12-16.
  • Keep State Great Event: Keep State Great is October 17 at 9:00 am.  Staff and Faculty are encouraged to sign up. For more information and to register:

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