Activity Report September 3 – September 9

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • The big event of the week was a visit from Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture Jose Calzada, (an MBA graduate of NMSU). He joined Undersecretary of the United States Department of Agriculture Ed Avalos, (also an NSMU graduate), and Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Jeff Witte, (and, yes, you guessed it, also a graduate of NMSU) for numerous meetings and one television taping at KRWG. The outcome was a very strong commitment from Secretary Calzada and NMSU to strengthen our research and educational relationships with Mexico and to focus on issues such as climate change, animal and plant breeding, irrigation systems, and international trade.  Secretary Calzada also signed a joint agreement with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities President Peter McPherson, which will advance collaboration between United States and Mexican universities.  Takeaways for me were:
    1. This was a very substantive discussion with a very successful alum who is being touted as a possible candidate to be the next President of Mexico.
    2. The Secretaries invited a number of NMSU alums from Mexico and their attachment to and appreciation for NMSU was remarkable. We are considering setting up alumni associations in Mexico.
    3. The Secretaries are already working on a number of initiatives but all believe that feeding the world in the next 50 years will be, in large part, driven by the joint efforts of the U.S. and Mexico.
    4. 80 percent of the avocados are produced in Mexico.
    5. Secretary Calzada and Secretary Witte are very interested in attracting more young people to agricultural enterprises. Secretary Calzada speaks of the social responsibility of agriculturists.
  • I spoke to both the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA) and the Las Cruces Rotary Club regarding our Transforming NMSU project and our real estate development prospects. Both groups seemed most appreciative, which suggests to me I need to get out more often to update the community on NMSU initiatives.
  • The Borderplex Alliance has selected former New Mexico Secretary of Economic Development Jon Barela as its next President/CEO. Jon was born and raised in Las Cruces, has family here, and his daughter was a member of the NMSU cross country team.  Welcome home, Jon.
  • I especially enjoyed joining the Provost at his new faculty reception. Each introduced themselves and mentioned their department and background.  It was interesting to note that they stayed on after the introductions and continued to network.  I wish we could create a “New Faculty Club” so recent hires could do this on a regular basis.  Several years ago two faculty members attempted to do this but not much traction. Good idea?  Any recommendations?
  • Well wasn’t that one fantastic football game. It is always great to outscore a rival.  The mood on the part of both UNM and NMSU fans was excellent.  Tailgating was at capacity.  The joint meeting with the UNM Regents was substantive.  Just one heck of a good weekend.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  • The Chancellor and I welcomed new faculty members to NMSU at a reception at the University Residence on Wednesday evening. A torrential downpour did not dampen the spirit of this group, who come to us from across the country with strong commitments to their scholarship and teaching.  It was a pleasure to learn more about each of them and to spend some time providing our perspective on the NMSU experience.
  • On Friday, NMSU hosted the agriculture secretary of Mexico and NMSU alum, Jose Calzada, as well as the President of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Peter McPherson. The talks with Calzada centered on areas of potential collaboration between Mexico and NMSU.  Five areas were identified:
    • Water and irrigation
    • Organic food production
    • Cattle (meat, milk, and genetics)
    • Climate change
    • Extension
  • Afternoon discussions with Peter McPherson centered on NMSU’s effort to train Mexican universities in the area of extension, research challenges that must be met by NMSU, and the APLU initiative on ensuring global food security by 2050. The latter initiative is one in which I would like to see greater involvement by NMSU, and I will work with Dean Flores to see that NMSU has a place at the table.

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

 Agricultural Experiment Station   Dean Rolando Flores; Dr. David Thompson, associate dean and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System; and Dr. Steven Loring, associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System, joined more than 55 people for a field day at the Agricultural Science Centers at Artesia. The field day is a chance for the public to attend and learn what our researchers and Extension faculty are doing and how that benefits the producers and consumers of New Mexico.

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology   As a result of a consortium to address conservation of western continental golden eagle populations, convened by Dr. Gary Roemer (NMSU Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology), Dr. James Cain (USGS New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the first-ever federal permit was issued allowing researchers to share golden eagle feather and tissue samples for scientific research. This has resulted in genetic and stable isotope research, which will increase our understanding of the movement ecology and genetic structure of the continental golden eagle population and contribute to mitigating anthropogenic mortality factors such as deaths due to electrocution and wind turbine collisions.

College of Arts & Sciences, Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli

  • Dr. Arterburn received a collaborative grant from the National Institute of Health (R01 – the most competitive class of awards), for a project titled “Molecular Mechanisms and Applications of Novel ER/GPER-selective Ligands”
  • Dr. Pollack visited, along with a NMSU team, institutions and collaborators in Mexico City to explore recruitment and academic collaborations
  • On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, Dr. Merj Hemp spoke about “complicated conversations” and various issues affecting veterans today. The talk will be in the Health College Auditorium (HSS 101A) at 3:30 pm. Dr. Hemp is a Communication Studies alum and a professional public speaker. She is also the author of the book, “Beyond the Shadow of 3,000 Pair of Shoes: A Story of Hopelessness, Persistence, and Survival.”


  • On Sept 8th, the University Art Gallery opened its Fall 2016 exhibition entitled: “GEOMAGIC: Art, Science, and the Muhl Collection”. This exhibit, sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, has been in development for 2 years, and includes the work of ten internationally recognized artists. Congratulations to the University Art Gallery (UGA) Director, Marisa Sage, and the UGA staff, and Art Department Head Julia Barello, for creating and offering this exhibition for us all to enjoy and learn from.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • On Wednesday, September 7, I attended the Provost’s reception at the University Center & Residence welcoming new faculty to campus.
  • We held a hooding ceremony in Albuquerque for recent graduates from our remote site Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories MBA program. It was an excellent opportunity to recognize the achievements of our students.
  • Andrea Fletcher and I attended a meeting at UNM discussing the sustainability of the MBA in Education Leadership programs in New Mexico.
  • I attended the NMSU Alumni Association tailgate on Saturday. Congratulations to the Aggies on their win against the UNM Lobos!
  • The Domenici Institute sponsored a forum at KRWG on September 9. Featured as guests were three Aggie alums including Mexico’s agriculture secretary, Jose Calzada Rovirosa.  Calzada is a former governor of the state of Queretaro and a graduate of the NMSU MBA program.  There was considerable discussion of trade, especially agricultural trade, between Mexico and the U.S. and New Mexico.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

Twater-drophe National Science Foundation is recommending funding of the Engineering Research Center for Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure Research Experience for Undergraduates proposal equal to $400K for three years starting summer 2017. The award will be shared among the partner institutions—Stanford University, New Mexico State University, Colorado School of Mines and University of California, Berkeley. NMSU’s award amounts to approximately $35K per year for five students per year and six Summer Community College Opportunity for Research Experience students per year for the Alliance for Minority Participation program. ReNUWIt funding of $436,000 has also been transferred from Stanford to NMSU for 2016-2017.  NSF also awarded a Food-Energy-Water supplement of $75,250 to NMSU for 2016-2017. Nirmala Khandan, civil engineering professor, is the campus PI of the grant for NMSU and leads the Engineered Systems Thrust for the center. Current ReNUWIt researchers at NMSU include Salim Bawazir, Pei Xu and Lambis Papelis, all of civil engineering, along with new faculty member Yanyan Zhang.

Three New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Undergraduate Research Scholars will present posters at the University of Texas at El Paso, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Student Research Conference on Friday, September 16.

  • Jesus Au, chemical engineering and engineering physics, will present a poster entitled, “High Modulus, High-Ionic conductivity Polymer Electrolyte Membranes,” on research he conducted in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Minnesota.
  • Rachel Ridgeway, physics, will present a poster entitled, “Developing Methodologies for the Quantization of Atmospheric Gasses in Water via Raman Spectroscopy,” on research she conducts with Jacob Urquidi, associate professor of Physics, NMSU.
  • Cyrena Ridgeway, mechanical engineering major, will present research she worked on this past summer in an Exchange URS Internship with University of New Mexico faculty member, Jose M. Cerrato, assistant professor of civil engineering. Her poster is entitled, “The Effects of Trace Metals Associated with Wildfire Ash on Water Chemistry.”

rezaReza Foudazi, chemical and materials engineering, has been invited to give the keynote speech at the 2016 South African Society of Rheology, Sept. 19-21 in Pretoria. Foudazi’s talk will be entitled, “Polymerized High Internal Phase Emulsions.” These substances can be used can be designed for different applications, such as membranes, hydrogels, and scaffolds for tissue engineering.

PIs Young Park, mechanical engineering, and Delia J. Valles-Rosales, industrial engineering have been working on the USDA I-Discover program to transform the traditional curricula of the advanced teaching laboratory courses of science and engineering by integrating problem-based teaching methods focused in solving the time critical research problems addressed by the USDA. Along with the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas at San Antonio, NMSU conducted teaching and research labs in collaboration with USDA research scientists using telepresence technology. During 2015-2016, the program involved 18 advanced undergraduate students and 6 graduate students in areas such as chemistry, microbiology, environmental science, interdisciplinary science and engineering, industrial engineering and mechanical engineering.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

School of Nursing   The fall semester is in full swing for the School of Nursing. Nursing students have been officially cleared to start clinical rotations at hospitals and clinics.  The school has 397 undergraduate students currently in the program and we are proud of our students and faculty in the community.  Aggie Nurses are on the Move!

School of Social Work   La Clinica De Familia will be awarding stipends worth $3000 each this year to 20 Masters of Social Work students who will be completing their field experience at the agency. In addition, Doña Ana County Health and Human Services has decided to collaborate in this effort by contributing an additional $2000 for each of the 20 MSW students in effort to build clinical practice capacity in the community.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

  • Coinciding with the 2016 Domenici Public Policy Conference, the New Mexico State University Library will be featuring a new exhibit of images and documents from Senator Pete V. Domenici’s papers, housed in the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections Department. The 2016 exhibit focuses on Senator Domenici’s work with mental health, his involvement with the USS Albuquerque, and images from Domenici on the campaign trail. The exhibit, located on the 2nd floor of NMSU’s Branson Library, will be viewable until May of 2017.
  • Cataloging has recently been completed of approximately 4,000 items in the dime novel collection.  The project, which took two years to complete, consisted of the Special Collections Librarian, Sarah Allison, processing the collection and working with the cataloging unit to make the collection accessible. Those involved in the project included Liz Miller, project lead, Jo Anne Vincenti, Linda Baldwin, Stu Peale and Lisa Mendoza.

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

  • This was a week for workshops at the Honors College. Dr. Tim Ketelaar, associate dean, hosted Lily Lopez-McGee, who shared information with interested students about the Rangel Fellowships. The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. We hope to have some students win this prestigious fellowship and launch their careers in international diplomacy.
  • A second workshop was presented by Dr. Denise Esquibel of the Graduate School. She gave a presentation about the Masters Accelerated Program that is being implemented this semester. This program will allow high achieving juniors and seniors to begin taking graduate level classes that will satisfy requirements for their undergraduate degree, and also roll over to the Masters level following graduation. This program permits students to jump start their graduate training, and will help “Keep Aggies, Aggies.” There were a number of students who were interested in this possibility and will apply for this unique program.
  • On Wednesday, Dean Chaiken spent the day at the Arrowhead Early College High School, where she made presentations about the opportunities available to students if they come to NMSU following their high school graduation. The AECHS students currently enroll in college-level classes, primarily at DACC, and we discussed the advantages of coming to the four year campus when they graduate, and the opportunities available to them through the Honors College.
  • On Friday, we had a lovely visit from former NMSU President Bill Conroy, and his guests, Liz and Chet Burrell. The Burrells are the parents of Dan Burrell, the founder of the new medical school that opened this fall, and Mrs. Burrell is a cousin of Bill Conroy. This was a chance for the family to see Bill Conroy’s legacy, the Honors College named for him, and learn about some of the amazing things that our students are doing.
  • Friday evening was the Salon Discovery event, always a special experience. This salon focused on engineering and music, with talks by members of the Civil Engineering program, and musical performances by the La Catrina Quartet. The Salon Discovery events were Dr. Ketelaar’s brainchild and have come to be some of the most enjoyable events of the academic year.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

The Cyber Infrastructure (CI) Architect lays the foundation for improvement   Dr. Diana Dugas, the recently-hired CI Architect, developed a new $500K cyber infrastructure grant proposal in partnership with over 20 research faculty and IT professionals. The grant proposal, titled “Building a Stepping Stone to External HPC/HTC (e.g. Research Computing) Solutions for Researchers at NMSU,” was submitted to the National Science Foundation on August 23. Dr. Norma Grijalva, NMSU Chief Information Officer, stated, “We are already seeing how the CI Architect will help improve the IT infrastructure at NMSU.”

Aggie Bike Expo   Over a hundred student, staff and faculty visitors attended the Aggie Bike Expo on September 1, 2016 at the NMSU Activity Center. The event was sponsored by the NMSU Outdoor Recreation Program and Velo Cruces (local bicycle club).  Other groups involved included the Las Cruces Optimist Club, NMSU Police, NMSU Environmental Health & Safety, NMSU Office of Sustainability and City of Las Cruces Bus Service. There were bike parts and clothing swap, bike registration, security tips; ‘Look For Me’ safety glow vests give away, bike safety literature; bike route maps, and information on bike and bus transportation options for sustainability.  

Corbett Center Student Union – Chalkboard Paint Coffee Mugs   This project has become a popular event.  Students claimed the 50 available mugs within the first 10 minutes of check-in.  The entire album can be found at:

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Recruitment for Fall 2017   All Undergraduate Admissions Advisors are on the road, actively recruiting new students for the Fall 2017 semester. The NM College Days schedule extends through September 30, and recruiters will be on the road informing prospective students, families, high school counselors and teachers of the benefits of attending NMSU. They are collecting admission applications and contact information so NMSU can continue to engage with those students over the next eleven months. In the past two weeks, the nine staff members have attended College Fairs in Silver City, Deming, Las Vegas, Raton, Clayton, Truth or Consequences, Socorro, Tucumcari, Santa Rosa, Portales, and have been at all four major LCPS high schools and three GISD high schools. Next week, they will be in Grants, Ramah, Gallup, Shiprock, Farmington, Dulce, Taos, Espanola, Los Alamos and Santa Fe.

Campus Health Center Participates in Aggie Fest   The Campus Health Center joined offices, programs, and services throughout campus at the Annual Aggie Fest event.  Health educators and interns had the opportunity to interact with over 200 students distributing information on health services, events, and prevention.  The health education event focused on the Zika virus passing out mints with info tabs “Get a Mint, Take a Hint” which listed the two top insect repellents to keep mosquitos and Zika at bay.  The health education team will be out and about campus September 12-15, with Health Aggie Week events scheduled daily.


Recreational Sports hosts Climbing Clinic   One of the most popular facets of the activity center is the indoor climbing wall. On September 8, Outdoor Rec sponsored the first of many training opportunities for students to learn new skills and hobbies in recreation with a climbing clinic.  The clinic, led by professional and student staff members, covered a variety of general conditioning exercises for improving physical and mental strength for climbing.  These clinics prepare students to participate in the scheduled Outdoor Rec trips that are planned throughout the year at various local and regional sites.  For more information on scheduled trips visit the website at



Counseling Center Student Resources   Counseling Center begin group therapy with four groups. This year, the center is trying a new approach by offering three skills classes (open groups). The classes allow students to attend the ones they are interested in the content. The three Skills Classes focus on developing better sleep habits, mindfulness/stress reduction and anxiety reduction. Accommodating with student schedules we have also scheduled multiple sessions.

New Staff in Financial Aid and Registrar   This week, Enrollment Management welcomed two new employees. Director of University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Dr. Vandeen McKenzie, joins us from NMSU-A, where she served most recently as Interim VP for Student Services and previously as Deputy Chief of Student Affairs and Director of Financial Aid. Prior to moving to New Mexico, she spent eight years in the Financial Aid Office at University of South Florida and has been employed as an independent financial aid evaluator. Associate Registrar, Ms. Trudy Grantsen, joins us from Leech Lake Tribal College in Minnesota where she served as the Dean of Students. Prior to that, she worked in both public and higher education in the four corners area and at Arizona State University. Trudy will be overseeing transfer credit evaluation, academic scheduling, the AdAstra system, and STAR degree audit.

Recreational Sports Continues Crimson Kick-off with many events   The Recreational Sports Department was in full-gear this week with activities and events.  The Outdoor Leadership Program accepted 19 applicants into the 2016-17 cohort with 15 freshmen, 2 sophomores, 1 senior and 1 graduate student joining.  Intramurals host two days of sport’s official training clinics with over 50 students hired to begin the Intramural season on September 6.   Outdoor Recreation host the first Climbing Competition of the semester and held the Aggie Bike Expo which included workshops on anti-theft, fixing, flats, bike commuting, and bike swap.  This was a collaborative event sponsored with Velo Cruces, NMSU Police Department, and the NMSU Office of Sustainability.  The week will end with the first outdoor trip of the semester with a Canoeing trip to Caballo Lake on September 3.


Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

  • Arrowhead Awarded Organization of the Year   The Rio Grande Council of Governments (RGCOG), awarded recognition to Arrowhead Center as the “Organization of the year” during RGCOG annual’s meeting on Friday September 9. Annette Gutierrez, RGCOD Executive Director, stated that Arrowhead has been vital to the success of the economic development program in their region. The award was given in recognition of Arrowhead staff, their effort, and commitment to improving the quality of life of individuals and the surrounding communities.
  • Studio G Networking Hour   This week Studio G kicked off its Networking Hours for this semester. Networking Hours presents an opportunity for aspiring student entrepreneurs to learn best practices in start-up methodology and forge relationships with other student entrepreneurs and industry experts. This week’s discussion topic focused on Idea Generation and was attended by 27 students.  Networking Hours are held every Wednesday at 2pm in the Studio G bullpen.

Vice President for Research, Vice President Vimal Chaitanya

New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) Director Sam Fernald attended a site visit in Albuquerque for the Energize New Mexico EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program. Along with University of New Mexico co-investigator Dr. Janie Chermak, Sam updated attendees on activities by the social and natural science nexus team. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and supports key research into ways to make New Mexico an energy sufficient state. New Mexico State University and the NM WRRI are among several statewide participating institutions working to develop the state’s potential for sustainable energy development.

The Office of Grants & Contracts (OGC) is reviewing to execute a new Award in the amount of approximately $700K from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (DHHS, FDA) on behalf of Dr. Bonnie Rabe of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA).  This is a five-year project with a total projected budget of $4.9M. The project aims to achieve enhancement of produce safety in New Mexico by implementation of the FDA Produce Safety Rule to identify and evaluate the landscape of covered farms and entities in New Mexico, determine legislative authorities, and develop the infrastructure for a sustainable, effective program which includes leveraging of resources with and cooperation among local, state and federal entities, stakeholders and the regulated industry.

The Office of Research Development (ORD) participated in the limited submission review of submissions for the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation as part of the ongoing collaboration with NMSU Advancement. ORD also reviewed and provided feedback on two proposals to faculty in the Colleges of ACES and Engineering:  (1) Molecular Imaging and Modeling of Emerging Water Contaminant Carbocatalytic Oxidation being submitted to Army Research Laboratory/Army Research Office and (2) Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics Program to design, optimize, and fabricate a bio-inspired aeroelastic energy harvester to operate self-powered sensors to the National Science Foundation.

The Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) of New Mexico State University (NMSU) is preparing to host an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Road show on Monday, September 26 at the Aggie Memorial Stadium from 9 am to 2:30 pm.  The focus of this UAS Road show Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) event will be to educate the next generation on the exciting possibilities with UAS. Students participating in the event are 8th grade middle school students from the Las Cruces area. Coordination for school and student engagement is being arranged by Susan Brown and Nicole Delgado in the NMSU College of Education. The event will include basic UAS education. The PSL-NMSU aircrafts will include small, medium, and large vehicles and demonstrate fixed wing, helicopter, and quad-copter types of UAV’s.  Selected students will get a chance to try flying a small UAS in front of their class mates.  The event will finish with a discussion on flight safety, how the FAA is interfacing with UAS, and technical careers in related fields. The event is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the FAA Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

College of Education Gift   A generous and long-time donor and former golf coach gave $25,000 to a scholarship endowment in the College of Education in memory of his wife, who was a graduate and educator.
College of HSS Support   Friends of the College of HSS have expanded their commitment to current and future student success by updating their estate plan. The update will provide $150,000 to the College of HSS to support existing student scholarships and other critical programs.
Estate Gift   The passing of an 1888 Society member (since 2008), left an estate gift of $62,500 to support an existing endowed scholarship in memory of the donor’s child in the College of ACES Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology.
Arts and Sciences Planned Gift   A planned gift totaling $450,000 will continue funding a current agreement in Astronomy; strengthening one of NMSU’s 2020 Vision goals in that it will help recruit and retain more graduate students, as well as support high standards within graduate programs.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • Go Aggies! Athletics sponsored an Aggie Fan Bus trip to El Paso on Saturday, September 3. Thirty fans loaded a bus to cheer on the Aggies as they faced the UTEP Miners.  Fans were provided a round trip bus ride, game ticket, and had seats in the Aggie section of the Sun Bowl.
  • Appeared on ABC-7 Xtra with UTEP Director of Athletics, Bob Stull, to discuss the Battle of I-10 rivalry game and pertinent athletic issues.
  • Athletics invited Aggie fans ages 12 and under to join the Junior Aggie Club on Tuesday afternoon. First Light Federal Credit Union is the official sponsor of this new initiative. Membership is  $25 and includes a $20 savings certificate with First Light Federal Credit Union, Junior Aggie club t-shirt, Junior Aggie drawstring backpack in addition to other items. Fans were also treated to ice cream donated by Price’s Creameries.
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  • Athletics hosted our final football season ticket sales event at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine on Wednesday afternoon. Hospital administrators and doctors attended the event. Gave a general update on the athletics department and made an ask to purchase season tickets.
  • Head coach Doug Martin was the featured speaker for the Coaches Luncheon hosted at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club, 3rd Floor Fulton Center. Coach Martin discussed the upcoming rivalry game as NMSU hosts UNM on Saturday, September 10.There was a good showing of fans and supporters.

International and Border Program, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

University Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Glen Cerny 

Marketing Services   In collaboration with NMSU Advancement and Alumni, the Marketing Services and Web Communications teams are developing a series of digital billboards aimed at generating Aggie pride to be displayed at the El Paso airport. This campaign began over the summer, and this week the team released the second billboard design. It highlights NMSU’s cancer research activities, directing viewers to a landing page that further details NMSU researchers’ accomplishments in this field. The landing page has links that prompt people to apply, join the NMSU Alumni Association or give to Advancement. More billboards will be released throughout the school year.

KRWG   KRWG FM/TV was honored by the Dona Ana Arts Council with the 2016 Public Service To The Arts Award. The stations were recognized during a ceremony at the Hotel Encanto.  Pictured below are Dr. Rama Devasthali, KRWG General Manager Glen Cerny and Award Sponsor Steve Newby.


In conjunction with the Domenici Conference, KRWG taped a special program on Mexican/American agriculture and trade. The hour-long program was hosted by Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and featured Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos and New Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. As is the tradition of the Domenici Conference, students were offered the opportunity to ask questions. The program will air on KRWG TV this Thursday at 8 p.m.

News   In the area of media relations, the News Group made arrangements for Honors College Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar to be interviewed on the KVIA-TV noon show to promote Salon Discovery, September 9, and worked with regional reporters regarding coverage of the visit and MOU signing September 9 of José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, a New Mexico State University graduate and minister of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food in Mexico. A photo of the MOU signing with NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers, left, Peter McPherson, center, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and Secretary Calzada Rovirosa, right, is below.


Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

  • September 12 – 13, Jobs Council, Carpenters Local Union Hall, Alb,
  • September 13- Workforce Needs & Solutions, Educational & Workforce Development Programs- Dr. Barbara Damron, Sec. HED
  • September 12 -13, Courts, Corrections & Justice Committee, Capitol, rm 322
  • September 14 – 16, Legislative Education Study Committee, Capitol, rm 307
    • Overview of NM Dual Credit Program, Dr. Daniel Howard, Provost, NMSU; Dr. Renay Scott, President, DACC
  • September 14 – 15, Revenue Stabilization & Tax Policy Committee, UNM, The Rotunda
  • September 20 – 21, New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee, NMSU- Golf Course
    • Local Greetings, Chancellor Carruthers, NMSU
  • September 27, Legislative Finance Sunset/Sunrise Subcommittee, Capitol, rm 322
  • September 28 – 30, Legislative Finance Committee, Capitol, rm 322
    • State Agencies are beginning to testify before the committee on FY 18 budget requests

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

  • I joined Calzada Rovirosa, the minister of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food for Mexico and Edward Avalos, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the United States Department of Agriculture, to speak with NMSU students during a Domenici Institute Forum. I also attended the lunch and staff and I attend the reception.
  • I spoke about the current challenges and issues in agriculture in New Mexico at the Packers and Stockyards Program’s regional meeting in Santa Fe.
  • Staff participated in the ‘Herbicide Glyphosate Joint Workgroup Committee Meeting’ held in Taos. The work group was formed to discuss and address concerns related to the use of glyphosate for weed control in Taos County and the city proper. Staff provided an overview of the regulation of pesticides in the state and discussed actions which could be taken including changes to the city and county’s weed management strategies as examples to the citizens, community education resources to encourage proper choices in pesticide purchase or use, point of sale information about proper pesticide use, and web based information and training.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

The NMSU Police Department had a very busy week, starting with preparations for the UNM vs. NMSU football game, and extending to an unattended death investigation, support for the funeral of fallen Alamogordo Officer Clint Corvinus, the Board of Regents meeting, and the actual football game (and associated tailgate activities).  Below are some of the highlights.

Police Activity   There were 39 police reports created, 23 supplements filed, and 15 traffic citations issued.  The Records & Evidence Office processed 21 items of evidence entered into the vault, 31 people were fingerprinted and 2 background checks were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center   Emergency Dispatch Center handled 288 police calls for service (2 of which were 911 calls) resulting in 169 police calls (21 of which were agency assist) and 5 warrant entries.  There were 16 fire calls (7 of which were mutual aid), 5 emergency medical, 1 brush fire, 1 fire alarm and 4 animal control calls.

The Police Department deployed its first-ever electric motorcycle on Friday, just in time to help with preparations for the UNM vs. NMSU football game.  The motorcycle is capable of high-speed pursuits both on roads and off.  It’s quiet performance also will allow for patrols through the inner campus without disturbing pedestrians or classes.  The motorcycle will initially be used by Sgt. Kevin Renn (pictured), and other officers will also be trained to maximize its use.


Special Events   The UNM vs. NMSU football game was a huge success, both on the field and off.  There were dozens of people outside the stadium who were found to have over-consumed alcohol, many of whom had to be treated medically or transported to local hospitals, but very few incidents inside the stadium.

Preparation for Football   One of the key preparations for this event was the hiring of a contract security company to assist with bag searches and crowd management, as well as the training of NMSU security officers and supervisors.  In addition, the Police and Fire departments worked together to get an off-site unified command location set up and equipped to handle major incident coordination and response.

Victim Services   The victim services unit assisted the family of a DACC student who was found deceased in family housing on Saturday afternoon.  Victim services helped in providing on-scene support, as well as finding long-term care for the young child of the student.  (NOTE:  The initial autopsy indicates that the cause of death was medical in nature.)

Assistance with Funeral for Officer Clint Corvinus   Several members of the NMSU Police Department assisted with and attended the funeral for Officer Corvinus on Saturday, September 10 in Alamogordo at the Tays Event Center.  Every seat in the Tays Center was filled, with standing room only.  There was a tremendous outpouring of support, with agencies sending representatives from around the entire State of New Mexico, as well as Texas and Arizona.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Dental Program Earns National Accreditation   The National Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) informed the college that the Doña Ana Community College (DACC) dental hygiene program has retained national accreditation.

Drafting & Design Earns National Accreditation   ADDA International presented a certificate to the DACC Drafting and Design Technologies program as evidence of their national accreditation.

DACC named Leader College   Achieving the Dream re-designated DACC as a “Leader College,” a national honor awarded to institutions in their network that have shown three years of steady improvement in student success outcomes. “Leader College status represents a sustained, successful effort to build a student-centered culture,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Colleges that stay focused on the hard work of transformation deserve to be recognized when they make measurable progress.”

Options for Hatch Center to be Explored   The DACC Advisory Board approved a resolution to begin exploring rental options with the Hatch Valley Schools for the Hatch Learning Center.  Should we find that the Hatch Valley Schools can better utilize the facility we may enter into a lease agreement with them for the Hatch Learning Center.  This does not mean we would abandon our commitment to Hatch with respect to our mission of providing training.  We would continue to offer courses and trainings when identified; however, we would offer those in a reduced amount of space.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

  • Chancellor Carruthers visited on Thursday the 8th and met with hospital administration at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, then came to our campus and met with the faculty and staff in the Rohovec Theater.  He spoke in an open forum about the importance of working together as a system and turning to the community to serve their needs.  Afterward, he spent time answering questions from faculty and staff.
  • The Rohovec Theater performed six short comical scripts written by local playwrights called “the Funny Zone” under the direction of Connie Breding this past weekend.  As part of this performance, there was also a silent auction, where the theater raised money which will be used for scholarships and special projects.
  • A candlelight vigil was held for Officer Clint Corvinus at the Otero County Fairgrounds on Tuesday the 6, and a memorial service was held at the Tays Special Events Center on Campus on the 10.  Hundreds were in attendance, and a live feed of the service was broadcast over the internet.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton 

  • On Tuesday morning, September 6, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly PAC meeting via ITV.  Discussions included an update on transforming, a marketing message and a GO Bond update.   On Tuesday, September 6 in the afternoon, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a visit by NMSU Engineering Dean Reddi, Regent Debra Hicks, and CEMRC Director Russell Hardy. Dean Reddi was very complimentary of the NMSU Carlsbad engineering program initiatives.
  • On Wednesday, September 7, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a dual-credit meeting with representatives of the Loving Municipal School District. Dual-credit course offerings were discussed and further discussion was held regarding Loving joining the NMSU Carlsbad taxing district, an initiative which will require legislative action. The attendees also discussed the possible waiving of some fees and the paperwork required in order to register for dual-credit courses.
  • On Thursday, September 8, AQIP writing teams continued their work on the upcoming AQIP Systems Portfolio.  Writing assignments have been made and the six teams have begun their investigations of the assigned criteria.
  • On Friday, September 9, the NMSU Carlsbad Assessment Committee continued their planning session for next Friday’s “assessment day” activities.  Lunch for this event will be provided to faculty and staff who participate in the activities.

New Mexico State University – Grants, Interim President Harry Sheski

Associated Students of New Mexico State University



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