Activity Report September 30 – October 6

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

The Board of Regents, at their meeting on October 5, approved the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan for the coming year.  It was extremely important this happen as we are approaching our Higher Learning Commission (HLC) onsite visit.  This is often a requirement of accrediting agencies. The new approved plan has fewer key performance indicators (KPIs) and does not specify the strategies to achieve the KPIs but leaves those to the managers and employees of each unit.  The committee will now begin their efforts to ensure the strategic plans of the major units of NMSU align with Vision 2020.    In addition, as the search process unfolds, this will give interested candidates a good idea of grassroots thinking and planning at NMSU.

The Council of University Presidents will be issuing a letter opposing the recent Public Education Department changes to the Next Generation Science Standards.  It is not clear why they were modified.  Apparently, PED elected to edit out those standards they did not agree with.

The Domenici Conference Advisory Committee will meet this week to ponder the fate of the Domenici Institute and the Domenici Conference.  The Conference has been a remarkable success with outstanding speakers, great student and community participation, and a breakeven budget.  One would ask – why not continue?  Problem is—our great Senator (who was so instrumental in the success of the Conference) has passed away and other members of the team are departing within the next eight to nine months.  Give me your thoughts on continuation at

I will be visiting NMSU Carlsbad and NMSU Grants in the next two weeks.  I will enjoy a visit with community leaders, legislators, and faculty/staff.  I am looking forward to promoting the Aggie Pathway to a Bachelor’s degree as a great option for the communities we serve.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

I spent the beginning of the week on the road with Melody Munson-McGee, seeking input from faculty across the state on the changes to general education proposed by the Statewide General Education Steering Committee. The input sessions took place at San Juan Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Santa Fe Community College, and the University of New Mexico (a combined meeting with UNM and Central New Mexico Community College faculty). The discussions were cordial and helpful. In general, faculty supported a more purposeful general education with a strong focus on essential skills. Many of the concerns that were voiced focused on assessment and the learning outcomes rubrics. It will be important for the steering committee to provide clear advice on how to use the rubrics, and on assessment expectations.

At the end of the week, I attended the Chief Academic Officer meeting of the Higher Education Department. At the meeting, I presented the proposed curriculum model for general education and the timeline for instituting the model. The response from the CAOs was very positive, with most of the concerns centering on transfer of general education courses and the means by which we might certify that a student has completed his/her general education requirements. The meeting also addressed the state-wide work to develop a common course numbering system, progress on creating meta majors, efforts to improved outcomes for students needing remediation, and future directions for dual credit.

On Friday evening, I had the honor of providing a few introductory remarks at the opening of Tratando Pasos Ajenos, an exhibit on Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands at the Branigan Cultural Center.  The exhibit was prepared by Dr. Dulcinea Lara, Dr. Nicholas Natividad, and Daniel Aguilar and opens an insightful window into the peoples of the borderland, past and present injustices, and the importance of building an inclusive society where all people are valued and all are fully empowered to achieve their potential.

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

NMSU-ACES Extension Family and Consumer Sciences faculty members traveled to Albuquerque to present at the “THRIVE!” First Annual Cooperative Extension Service Northern District Wellness Conference, which was open to the public. The day was devoted to providing useful information to assist the attendees with creating and sustaining a healthier and happier lifestyle. Dr. Bryce Jorgensen, Extension Family Resource Management specialist was one of the speakers. The previous day, the faculty provided in-service training for County Agents from the Northern District.


The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences hosted the 2nd annual First-Generation Pizza Party.  More than 30 students attended the event from across ACES.  Dean Flores welcomed the students and shared his own story about being a first-generation student.  Many faculty and staff also participated in the event. The success stories from each student, and many of the faculty, provided greater insight into the diverse backgrounds that comprise ACES.  Events such as these are to recognize the students and to make certain that they are continually provided the “tools” to be successful at NMSU.  Discovering avenues to connect with the ACES student body is very important for the ACES leadership, faculty, and staff.


Dr. Michael Patrick from the NMSU-ACES Extension Economics unit, in collaboration with the state USDA RD office, assisted in the formation of two new Stronger Economies Together (SET) regions – the Mid-Central Rural Corridor region (Bernalillo, Sandoval and Los Alamos counties) and the Southeastern region (Curry, Roosevelt, Chaves, Lea and Eddy counties).  Civic Engagement Forums were held in August and September in the regions to facilitate citizen participation in identifying strengths, challenges, and opportunities for promoting regional economic development.

The Rodeo Team has had multiple team wins this season as well as 13 individual event wins. At the first home rodeo at the Southern New Mexico State Fair, Tyler Muth, a junior, won the steer wrestling competition. Karly Deforrest, a senior, won not only the goat tying, but the all-around title as well. Jace Cooley, a senior, won the saddle bronc riding and Derek Runyan, a sophmore, won the tie-down roping. The women’s team was third and men’s team first. The men’s team is regionally ranked in 2nd place and the women’s team in 3rd place with one fall rodeo to go.


College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli



NM College Days   The College of Arts and Sciences was out and about recruiting for the NM College Days this week where we met with hundreds of students at Western NM University, Deming High School, and the all the Las Cruces High Schools.


Aggie Experience   The College of Arts and Sciences met with future Aggies on Saturday, September 30, for Aggie Experience.  Students had the opportunity to meet and greet with our dean, faculty, department heads and student ambassadors from the college.


Global Connections set for October 11   Two New Mexico State University professors will give a talk about their joint Faculty-Led International Programs (FLIP) trip to the Gansu Province of China in March 2017.  Elvira Masson, college professor in the History Department, and Margaret Goehring, associate professor in the Department of Art, took 10 NMSU students and 10 NMSU faculty and Las Cruces community members on the trip. The lecture kicks off the College of Arts and Sciences’ fall 2017 “Global Connections” series from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11 at the College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium, Room 101A.  The purpose of the “Global Connections” lecture series is to provide an opportunity for members of the campus and surrounding community to listen and ask questions of NMSU professors about the kind of global first-hand experience they might otherwise never encounter.

NMSU Army ROTC preparing for grueling competition   The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program is currently training for the 25th Annual Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition, which is being held on the NMSU campus for the first time.  The Ranger Competition pits the Army ROTC programs of NMSU, the University of New Mexico, the University of Texas – El Paso, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona, and Texas Tech against each other.  “The teams of 11 cadets get tested on problem-solving and military skills,” said Lt. Col. Blanca Reyes, professor of military science at NMSU.

The Ranger Competition is held in three-successive levels, the first of which, taking place at NMSU, is called the taskforce level. The school that wins at this level will then compete at the brigade level in San Antonio, Texas. The winner will then compete in a final level called the Sandhurst Competition hosted at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.

Computer Science professor on NMSU-UCLA team working on augmented reality, new networks   A New Mexico State University professor is working with researchers from UCLA to integrate augmented reality into new wireless edge networks thanks to a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation and Intel Corporation.  THE ICN-Enabled Secure Edge Networking with Augmented Reality project builds on seven years of research from the NSF-funded Named Data Networking (NDN) project.

Satyajayant Misra, associate professor of computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences and a co-principal investigator, explained the project aims to develop augmented reality applications using Named Data Networking as a foundation. NDN is a new Internet architecture, under development by a multi-campus research team led by UCLA, with the potential to address the limitations in performance, scalability and availability of the current TCP/IP architecture, currently the basic communication language of the Internet. The project aims to enable wireless networks at the edge of the Internet to support futuristic augmented reality applications to be used by the public on a larger scale.

OMDP resource management plan – research award   Co-Principal Investigators from the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Geography, Geological Sciences, and Animal and Range Sciences at NMSU have been awarded a grant for Resource Management Planning Support for the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks(OMDP) and Prehistoric Trackways (PT) National Monuments from the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The goal of the five-year partnership is to develop a geospatial database based on the synthesis, collection, and analysis of new field and remotely sensed data that will contain information about human and environmental resources drawn from the fields of archaeology, botany, geography, geology, paleontology, and zoology. BLM Resource Managers will use the geospatial database to monitor the condition of resources and answer key questions about biodiversity, ecology, long-term environmental change, and human impacts to promote the resilience and sustainability of management practices. The database will supply information needed for citizen science and public engagement and will guide the development of the BLM’s resource management plan for the OMDP and PT National Monuments.

Associate Dean for Academics Beth Pollack was a facilitator at the 2017 College Council of Arts and Sciences Seminar for department chairs in San Diego, California, October 1-3.

College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

I had a productive meeting with Enrico Pontelli, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and a few of their department representatives on October 3.  We discussed collaboration with at least three of their programs potentially utilizing our entrepreneurship minor.

I had a great lunch meeting with Bill Sheriff on October 4, who in 2013 established the Bill and Sharon Sheriff Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, as well as endowed scholarships in the college.  We had an excellent discussion about our entrepreneurship program.

We welcome you to join us for our Homecoming Week events below.

Scholarship Luncheon: Friday, October 27th 11:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m.

Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road

Distinguished Alumni Reception honoring Del Esparza (’91): Friday, October 27th 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Traders Plaza on the south side of Business Complex

Please RSVP by October 20 • or 575-646-4083

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Professional Development – STEM Outreach   On September 30, the College of Education’s STEM Outreach Center sent its staff to Farmington, New Mexico, to provide the local teachers a professional development training to prepare them for their after school programs. Each school was offered four programs. DiMA (Digital Media Academy) Photography, DiMA Stop Motion Animation, COUNT (Creating Opportunities Using Numeric Thinking) Art, and COUNT Origami. STEM Outreach center members, Nicole Delgado, Heidi Sanchez, Kelsey Moore, and Marlene Flores, delivered all supplies and materials and discussed best practices for these programs. These curriculum are specific to 4th and 5th graders and are filled with STEM based, hands on projects.

Student Awarded Dean’s Parking Space  We would like to congratulate Adan Contreras for winning the October Core Values Dean’s parking spot award. Adan was nominated for the award by exemplifying one or more of the Core Values of the College of Education. Adan joined the MC2 team as a work-study and is a Kinesiology major. This young man exudes the college’s Core Values in many ways. He always seeks ways to support the intense work of the team when planning and preparing, which may be challenging at times. Adan seeks the well-being of the staff and all the teachers who will benefit and displays responsibility, a positive attitude, and quality in his work. He is proper, respectful to others, attentive and inviting. He has also worked videotaping in classrooms with very young students of different backgrounds and skill levels. Being able to do this, he contributes to the work we do in diverse populations. Adan is proactive about his school work and his duties as a work-study. In addition, he serves as a role model for the young students whose classrooms he works in and can be an influence to future NMSU students!

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

The weekend of October 30, Seven American Institute of Chemical Engineers ladies representing Chemical and Materials Engineering went to Bernalillo, New Mexico to perform science demonstrations at the G.I.R.L. Extravaganza put on by the Girl Scouts. With demonstrations by the names of ooblek, slime and burning money, the demos were an absolute hit. The girls learned about lab safety with gloves and safety glasses, and about all the fun you can have with science. There were fascinated girls and parents asking for more information about non-newtonian fluids, mixing properties and the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department at NMSU. When asked about the event, attendees responded with, “We can’t wait for the G.I.R.L. Extravaganza next year!”

Engineering New Mexico Resource Network staff members Chris Campbell and Jalal Rastegary presented E3 (Engineering Efficiency and Economics) processes and collected data at PMT, Inc. a plastic molding injector in El Paso with more than 140 employees. They manufacture small, precision-engineered, injection-molded components used in a wide array of applications in diverse industries, including automotive, electronics, medical, consumer appliance, and recreational vehicles and boating.  PMT, Inc. has implemented many of the original recommendations made by the NMSU team during a 2011 E3 assessment, the recent E3 review was an important opportunity to revisit them, review their improved operations and collect current data for additional recommendations.

Civil Engineering Department Head David Jauregui, Professor Nirmala Khandan, Associate Professor Pei Xu and Associate Dean of Engineering Research Phillip DeLeon travelled to the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility for the 10th anniversary celebration and conference.  NMSU’s pilot-scale equipment was featured and Xu, whose research focuses on water quality and quantity, energy demand, and their impacts on people and the environment, gave a talk. The facility is a focal point for developing technologies for the desalination of brackish and impaired groundwater found in the inland states and is funded by the U.S. Department of Reclamation. Located in Alamogordo BGNDRF brings together researchers from other federal government agencies, universities, the private sector, research organizations, and state and local agencies to work collaboratively and in partnership.

College of Engineering faculty members have been awarded nearly $1.5 million in research contracts thus far this fiscal year.  Most notable among them are:

  • David Voelz, Electrical and Computer Engineering, S. Dept. of Defense Novel Characterization Measurements, DOD/ONR
  • Muhammad Dawood, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Exploring the Relationships Among Metacongnition-based Study Practices, Student Learning and Retention in an Undergraduate Engineering Program, NSF
  • Borys Drach, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of New Hampshire, Univ. of NH/NSF
  • Ruey Hung Chen, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Study of Evatporation, Micro Explosion and Combustion of Nanofluid Fuel Droplets, NSF
  • David Mitchell, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Collaborative Research on CCSS Coding for 5G and Beyond Limits and Efficient Algorithms

The College of Engineering recruiting arm spent another week on the road participating in a statewide five-week recruiting trip hosted by the New Mexico Educational Consortium.  To date, College staff have visited schools in the northwestern, central and southeastern regions of the state.  Staff also spent time visiting with teachers and counselors about degree options and career opportunities available for students pursuing engineering at NMSU.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

Dr. Karen Kopera-Frye, was recently elected to the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)’s Executive Committee as a Member-At-Large.  Dr. Kopera-Frye looks forward to her new position as a way to help advance and promote gerontology in higher education nationwide.  The AGHE is an organization of colleges and universities which offer education, training, and research programs in the field of aging, with more than 160 institutional members throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. The purpose of AGHE is to foster the commitment of higher education to the field of aging through education, research, and public service. New Mexico State University is an AGHE member institution, and Dean Wagner has been a long-term member of the AGHE Executive Council, just recently completing her term as Past President.

Dr. Alexa Doig, director for the School of Nursing, presented to members of Las Cruces Rotary Club last week regarding education programs, community outreach activities, and current fundraising priorities. Four HSS Student Ambassadors (Lehani Clark Rodriguez, Priscilla Loya, Caroline Kenning, and Caitlin Brotan) attended the event and had the opportunity to speak about their background, goals, and the life-changing opportunities the nursing discipline has given them.  The members of the Rotary Club were impressed with the students’ passion for and commitment to their career in nursing.

Dr. Doig also attended the Border Health Breakfast last week with faculty members Dr. Morales, Dr. Saiki, Dr. Greenwald, and the School of Nursing’s community health student clinical group.  The speaker for the event was Jamie Micheal from the Dona Ana Health and Human Services Department, who reported on The Stepping Up Initiative, which is aimed at reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails.

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

The New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections is featuring an exhibit of rare documents and photographs that highlight one of the pioneering families of the Mesilla Valley. “Enduring Legacy: Thomas and Sarah Casad in the Mesilla Valley” showcases the influence the Casad family had on social and agricultural development in the valley during the late 19th century. The Casads once owned more than 10,000 acres in and around Mesilla where they managed vineyards and orchards, introducing many new varieties of fruit trees to southern New Mexico, cultivated alfalfa, ran a flour mill, and raised sheep and goats. Thomas Casad also published one of the area’s earliest newspapers, the Mesilla Valley Independent, during the 1870s. The exhibit is on display in the Humboldt Casad and Evangaline Smith Mandell Gallery, 4th floor, Branson Library.

Entrepreneurs, innovators, and any others interested in intellectual property will have a unique opportunity October 17 when patent and trademark experts deliver a comprehensive public learning session at New Mexico State University. NMSU Library is the PTRC Resource Center for New Mexico. Representatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Dallas will hold a 3-hour open public learning session in coordination with NMSU’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room 185 J in Milton Hall, on NMSU’s main campus at Las Cruces. USPTO experts will discuss resources available for start-ups and entrepreneurs, and provide an introduction to various kinds of intellectual property. Patent applicants and trademark registrants will enjoy a Q&A session with the experts near the end of the session.

Registration is not required, but space is limited so please follow this link ( to hold your place in the public event. Affiliation with NMSU is not required to attend.

For questions or further information, please contact Reference and Research Services Librarian David Irvin at or (575) 646-6925.



Professor Susan Beck, NMSU Library’s Access Services department head was awarded First place and “Best in Show” at the Southern New Mexico Fair photography competition. The photograph was taken in Mexico City. Kudos to Professor Beck on receiving recognition for her creative work in photography.



Pre-Order your copy of the 2018 NMSU Library Calendar for $8.00! Place your order to or call the Library administration office at 575-646-1508. Offer ends October 31, 2017. This year’s calendar features specimens photos from Mr. Herb and Joan Zuhl geological collection. The collection is displayed in the NMSU Library, Zuhl Museum, Gardiner Hall, and other locations on the NMSU campus.



Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Fulbright Applicants   Dr. Tim Ketelaar was happy to see Friday at 5 pm arrive as this was the deadline for the submission of applications from students seeking the prestigious Fulbright Fellowships. This year four students are applying to work in Korea, Peru, the Netherlands, and Spain. After reviewing many drafts of their applications, each student participated in a final interview and debrief on their draft applications with input from Dr. Ketelaar, Dean Miriam Chaiken, and former Dean Bill Eamon. The final drafts that students submitted were far stronger than their starting drafts and we are hopeful that the record of 33 percent success that we enjoyed this year will be replicated in this round of competition.

Aggie Experience   Along with many other colleges and departments, we staffed a table on Saturday, September 30, at the Aggie Experience event that hosts high school students who are looking into NMSU as a possible place for their future studies. This year we were ably assisted by two of our Honors College Ambassadors who shared their experiences as a student in the College with their prospective peers.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

Golfing at the Stadium   The NMSU Golf Course, in conjunction with the Sun Country PGA and area golf professionals, conducted free golf lessons during the first two home football games. The hitting bay was located at the northeast entrance of the stadium. The program was a huge hit, and the Golf Course management is working out the details to continue this program at the remaining home football games.

New Rock Displays at the Alumni Visitor Center   The Structural Maintenance shop worked with Mr. Zuhl to install new rock displays in the new addition of the Alumni Visitor Center.   The crew fabricated and installed special hangars to support the pieces.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Undergraduate Admissions, in collaboration with Colleges and other campus partners, hosted approximately 400 prospective students and their families at the first Aggie Experience of the 17/18 year. The programming is targeted, primarily, to prospective freshmen planning to attend NMSU Fall 2018 or Fall 2019. Aggie Experience is an excellent opportunity for students and families to explore the campus and hear from financial aid, housing, College representative and academic advisors.

In addition to preparing for Aggie Experience, and conducting interviews for three vacant positions, all six Admission Advisors were on the road visiting with high school seniors, juniors, counselors, and community college students interested in completing their four-year degrees throughout New Mexico, El Paso, Arizona and Colorado this week. Fall is the heaviest recruitment period for the next academic year and beyond, so the formation of those relationships and bonds being formed right now will be vital to NMSU’s new student enrollment in the coming years.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services is pleased to report that the official NMSU system-wide three-year federal student loan default rate was released and is 18.5 percent. That is a 1.1 percent decrease from last year’s rate and 1.7 percent below the rate two years ago. Next year’s rate is tracking to be lower, and we are excited that internal efforts and our partnership with the Inceptia default prevention servicers is making a difference. The national default rate for four-year public universities is 11.5 percent, an increase of 0.2 percent from last year. Keep in mind that NMSU’s rate is a blend of the four-year public campus and all four two-year public community colleges in the NMSU system.

Outdoor Recreation took students on two trips this past weekend, September 30-October 1. One trip traveled to Elephant Butte State Park where students had the unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals of sailing. Students camped, sailed, and wake boarded for the duration of the weekend. The other trip traveled to Snow Lake located in the Gila National Forest. Students were able to camp, fish, and canoe. Both trips were led by Outdoor Leadership facilitators, for more information on the Outdoor Leadership program visit:


On October 5, Student Life hosted the 4th Annual Peek of Las Cruces. A committee of nine staff members from within the division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management coordinated the event. Peek of Las Cruces is intended to introduce our new students to what the city of Las Cruces has to offer. It is a Street Festival with food, crafts, businesses and music. Locust, between Steward and Wells, was lined with 37 vendors including two food trucks, and a snow cone truck, the student radio station, provided the entertainment by holding a live remote and sponsoring the band “Fundraisers”. Sixty-eight volunteers gave a total of 118 hours. Kappa Delta Chi, Dance Sport, and Model United Nation were the top three student organizations to volunteer. Over 800 individuals attended the event.

Both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the NMSU ScholarDollar$ application opened October 1, for the 2018/19 academic year. In preparation for the earlier opening of FAFSA, Financial Aid advisors have been visiting local high schools over the past month for “FAFSA Nights.” These events are free to all prospective and continuing students, and their families. The Financial Aid staff provide guidance for completing the FAFSA, regardless of what university or college the student is planning to attend.

In addition to individual advisors’ email and phone interactions, University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services served:

  • Students assisted at the front office: 269
  • Phone calls received on main line: 252
  • Voicemails received on main line: 16
  • Emails received at general address: 95
  • Students assisted at CAASS (Center for Academic Advising and Student Support): 11

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Alumni Campus Visit   On Thursday, Arrowhead hosted a visit from NMSU alumnus and successful businessman Bill Sheriff. Mr. Sheriff joined Arrowhead staff and Studio G student entrepreneurs for a round table lunch. Students shared information about their business ventures and asked Mr. Sheriff about best business practices and lessons he has learned about entrepreneurship through experience. Arrowhead staff also provided Mr. Sheriff with an overview of new programs at Arrowhead.

CraftBox Design Hours   On Thursday, Arrowhead hosted its monthly CraftBox Design Hour, an event where design entrepreneurs share lessons learned about the professional intersection of art, design, business, and entrepreneurship. This month’s speaker was Michael Ponce, professor at DACC and successful artist. Michael conducted a round table discussion with students and local designers, focusing on lessons learned throughout his career as a painter. Particular attention was given to finding a work/life balance, setting goals and schedules to help grow an artist’s body of work, and developing strategies to grow the art and design entrepreneurship communities in Las Cruces. More information about CraftBox Design can be found at

Studio G Networking Hours   On Wednesday, Studio G held its weekly networking hour, this week focusing on Startup Finance. Discussion covered various forms of funding and financial structures entrepreneurs can use for their startup business. Studio G Networking Hour provides students and local entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about business strategies and principles of entrepreneurship, as well as a chance to connect with other aspiring and successful entrepreneurs on a weekly basis. Each session is broadcast on Facebook live. Check out the following link to see the video and learn about upcoming events

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

On Tuesday, October 2, NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald attended the Joint Pacific Regional Meeting of the Sea Grant Program and the Water Resources Research Institutes (WRRI), held in Portland, Oregon. The meeting’s goal was to explore connectivity, synergy, and leveraging among Pacific region programs of the Sea Grant College Program and the WRRI. Dr. Fernald is the current President of the National Institutes for Water Resources; a Water Resources Research Institute is located in each state, the District of Colombia, and the U.S. Territories of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam, a total of 54 institutes, of which 35 are part of the Sea Grant Program.

The fifth meeting of the formation group for the Space Flight Life Sciences Institute took place at the Arrowhead Center on August 25.  The group is exploring common interests in space related research areas that include life sciences, human space exploration related investigations of an interdisciplinary nature. Virgin Galactic’s chief medical officer, Spaceport America’s CEO, Jacobs NASA White Sands Test Facility, Arrowhead, BorderPlex Alliance, Baylor College of Medicine, Burrell College, UTH Health, University of Texas and faculty from NMSU have been meeting to examine resources, skills, and capabilities in our region. There will be one final resource assessment meeting in September, then the group will determine their direction and focus. The recently released Growing the Future of NM’s bioscience industry will inform their direction. On Tuesday, October 3, the director of New Mexico Space Grant spoke at the MVEAD Business on the Border meeting regarding Space Week in Las Cruces. Highlighted events were the Leonard R. Sugerman Community Partnership Luncheon and the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation technical meeting on October 10 at the Farm & Ranch Museum and Hotel Encanto, respectively. The International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight will convene at the Farm and Ranch Museum on October 11 & 12.  Leaders in the commercial space industry from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Space X, Orbital ATK, NASA, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and 250 other members will join us during this week.

The Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC) submitted a large, complex proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Simons Foundation in the amount of approximately $10 million on behalf of Dr. Paul Tian and Dr. Brad Shuster of the Mathematical Sciences and Biology Departments in the College of Arts & Sciences.  The proposed project will be jointly funded by the NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems (MathBioSys) program; it includes two (2) subcontractors and is for a period of five (5) years.

Research IT continued collaborative work with ICT leadership on the CUI (controlled but unclassified information) program.  They also completed the UAS-TAAC (Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technical Analysis and Applications Center) presentation upload application for the upcoming TAAC conference, and updated TAAC and PSL related web content.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Educational Leadership and Administration Scholarship   A new $25,000 endowed scholarship in Educational Leadership and Administration in the College of Education creates a lasting legacy that honors the dedication and leadership of Deborah A. Detorie. A highly regarded leader in New Mexico education, Dr. Detorie has devoted her career to transforming the lives of students both in the classroom and by mentoring faculty and administrators for over three decades.

Giving Tuesday Endowed Scholarships   Giving Tuesday matching dollars will help two different first-time scholarship creators establish $25,000 endowed scholarships in the College of Education and in the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences. Another gift from an Aggie alumni family has been matched to create a new $25,000 endowed scholarship for engineering students with financial need.

Memorial Scholarship Gift   A generous donor has made gift totaling $200,000 in support of four new student scholarships in memory of his late brother. The gift, which includes $50,000 in matching funds for Giving Tuesday, will be celebrated with a check presentation at Giving Tuesday headquarters at Corbett Center Student Union at 9 a.m. on November 28.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

In accordance with the new NCAA mandated Title IX training a majority of our teams attended a session led by Lauri Millot, executive director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator. Over 95 percent of our full-time staff as well as our 400 student-athletes have completed the required training.

Braun Cartwright, Deputy AD and I had a lunch meeting with Las Cruces Public Schools Director of Athletics Ernie Viramontes to discuss logistics of the addition of the Oñate-Centennial High School football game. The game will be played at Aggie Memorial Stadium on Thursday, November 2, a day before the Las Cruces-Mayfield High School Rivalry football game.

Athletics released the 2017/18 men’s basketball schedule. The schedule has many high level opponents such as Saint Mary’s, Colorado State and Illinois in addition to playing in the ESPN Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii over the Christmas break.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

This week has been especially busy for the Confucius Institute at NMSU as we participated in the Aggie Express (talking with future Aggies and their parents about opportunities to learn Chinese language and to study in China with NMSU), did a Chinese Culture presentation for RGH students (serving Chinese tea and teaching martial arts), and then celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival at White Sands National Monument with staff, family and students. The Confucius Institute was also featured in this month’s “Confucius Institute” magazine (see p.31)   Photos:  The Confucius Institute staff, Tom Burnham, XueJun, Confucius Institute Co-Director Professor Masson, Confucius Institute Co-Director Professor ChenYan, Wang Qi and Ting Ting tending a table.


International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) participated in the 7th Annual Cultural Bazaar on Saturday, October 7. The Cultural Bazaar is sponsored by the Branigan Cultural Center and NMSU International Student Organizations. The Cultural Bazaar features dance, art and clothing of more than a dozen cultures. The event was attended by several hundred people.  ISSS staff also attended the retreat hosted by the Admissions Department on October 5–6.  This was an excellent opportunity for the ISSS staff to get to know their counterparts and exchange information about procedures and best practices.

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

Ana Henke and Frank Sholedice of the Extension/Experiment Station Publications unit traveled to Albuquerque on September 24, to present a workshop on social media and marketing at the annual conference of The Wildlife Society, a professional organization for the fields of wildlife science, management and conservation. More than 30 participants learned about best practices for using the three most popular social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—to communicate with their target audiences, as well as marketing and advertising on these platforms. Frank also gave a short presentation on writing about scientific topics for lay audiences. Ana and Frank answered numerous participant questions throughout the four-hour workshop.

KRWG’s Leora Zietlin has been recognized by the National Federation of Press Women with her second national award in three years. Her interview with New York-based Adrienne Danrich and local music director Doug Weeks garnered the recognition. The award winning interview is available at:

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

Upcoming Legislative Meetings:

  • October 12-13, Water and Natural Resources Committee

NM Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro

  • October 24-27, 2017, Legislative Finance Committee

Santa Fe, State Capitol, Room 307

Agenda Highlights:

October 24

8:30 am — Program Evaluation: Cost Drivers in Higher Education and Efforts to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Duplication — Dr. Jon Courtney, Program Evaluation Manager, Legislative Finance Committee; Dr. Barbara Damron, Secretary, Higher Education Department

2:30 pm — LFC 60th Anniversary

3:30 pm — Perspective of Officials and Former Legislators — Garrey Carruthers, Chancellor; New Mexico State University; Sue Wilson Beffort; Henry “Kiki” Saavedra; Bill Fulginiti; James Jimenez; Brian Moore; Patrick Lyons, Commissioner, Public Regulation Commission; Raymond Sanchez

October 26 – Staff Reports: Cooperative Extension Service/Agricultural Experiment Station; New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

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


USA Beef    Staff joined Governor Martinez to announce the opening of USA Beef in Roswell. This is the state’s only meatpacking plant and it has great potential to support local dairy and cattle growers, enabling them to get their products to market more efficiently.



New Mexico Cattle Genetics  Staff led representatives from the New Mexico livestock industry to Chihuahua, Mexico, to participate in the 2017 ExpoGan Chihuahua. This was a networking event to connect those who are actively seeking export sales of NM beef genetics to Mexico.


Food Industry and Service Informational Seminar   Staff joined the New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED) and NMSU CES to present on food handler safety, FSMA, food permits, and food retail to potential food processors, manufacturers, and growers in Taos.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Cub Scout Presentations   Investigators Gabriela Graham and Sakarias Ottersland conducted a presentation for Pack 179 Bears (Cub Scouts) on October 2.  This included demonstrations on fingerprinting and on how dogs are used to find evidence using an explosive K9.  There were 17 kids in attendance.  On October 6, Chief Stephen Lopez conducted a tour of the Police Department and conducted safety training for Pack 316 Cub Scouts.

Narcan Training   Deputy Chief Andy Bowen and Emergency Dispatch Supervisor Karena Pirtle taught police officers and security personnel how to use Narcan to reverse the effects of a narcotic overdose.  They also handed out free Narcan that will be carried by every NMSU police officer, in compliance with recently passed legislation in New Mexico.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

DACC Students Support the Aggies   Final numbers totaled 356 NMSU Dona Ana students watched the NMSU Aggies prevail over the UTEP Miners in football action in late September. Go Aggies

Successful Golf Tourney Held   The NMSU Golf Course hosted the NMSU Dona Ana 15th annual golf tournament. A full field of teams hit the links to support student scholarships and donor development. Thirty-one teams and many sponsors made the day one of the best ever for the golf tournament. In addition, 15 students received scholarships to commemorate the anniversary. DACC students helped the golfers through the round with water stations and support and the Culinary Arts students provided breakfast treats for the linksters.

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

The newly renovated NMSU-A Student Center now has a restaurant offering wonderful food options not only to students, faculty, and staff, but also to members of the Alamogordo and surrounding communities. The “Hitch-n-Post on the Hill” celebrated a soft opening this week, and at some point, most likely in November, we will have an official ribbon cutting and formal celebration for the opening of the new eatery.

The “Lady of the Mountain Run” Committee and First National Bank Alamogordo have committed the proceeds from the race over the next year or two to not only student support by way of scholarships, but also to direct some of the revenue into an account that will be endowed. This is a wonderful advancement for the race and means that scholarships will be generated for NMSU-A in perpetuity as interest from the principle of the endowment. The “Lady of the Mountain Run” will direct $12,500 to the effort over the next several years, and the NMSU Foundation will match that amount dollar for dollar for a $25,000 endowment. This is a fantastic opportunity for NMSU-A. Thank you to Dr. Juan Garcia for working on this project and for writing the agreement.

Last year’s Lady of the Mountain Marathon Runners. Photo Courtesy of Tara Melton, Alamogordo Daily News.

Anne Ricksecker has been appointed interim vice president for Student Success at NMSU-A. Anne is the former Director of Institutional Effectiveness and still retains her faculty status as Assistant Professor of Education/Early Childhood Education. Anne brings with her more than 30 years experience in teaching at all levels. A search for a permanent appointment to the position will be conducted in the spring.

NMSU-A Interim VPSS Anne Ricksecker.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Monday, October 2, the NMSU Carlsbad Phi Theta Kappa honorary society hosted a commitment forum for all students.  The students were invited to attend the session and sign their commitment that they would dedicate themselves to completing their degree aspirations in an appropriate length of time.  The session was very well attended and NMSU Carlsbad plans to continue this initiative in future semesters.

On Thursday, October 5, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly meeting of the Carlsbad Department of Development Board. Economic updates were given to the Board by the Executive Team and plans were made for upcoming events including the Mayor’s Oil and Gas Summit.

On Friday, October 6, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a Zoom meeting which was conducted by the New Mexico Higher Education Department.  Cabinet Secretary Barbara Damron and other HED representatives presented updates on statewide initiatives including the implementation of a common course numbering system, general education, meta-majors, remediation, and dual credit.

On Friday, October 6, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its first Town Hall meeting of the fall semester. All campus employees were invited to attend this session at which time statewide and campus initiatives were discussed.  The session was well attended and the discussion was very positive.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

As part of the Native American Leadership Club initiative “work as ambassadors to support NMSU Grants and work to support Native youth in high schools to gain access to post-secondary education,” Melody Simpson, NMSU Grants Testing Coordinator  and Advisor to the NMSU Grants Native American Leadership Club and Jarvis Chavez, Club Member and NMSU Grants A.A.S. Welding Technology student, travelled to Santa Fe Indian School to recruit and inform the high school students about NMSU Grants.  Interested students completed follow-up forms for campus Advisors/Admissions Staff and Program Managers to conduct outreach and establish ongoing communications.  As a welcoming gesture, Jarvis Chavez greeted students in their native language. Information about Native American opportunities was provided with emphasis on the Native American Political Leadership Program and the Native American Congressional Internship program based in Washington, D.C.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto

On Saturday, September 29, ASNMSU Roadrunners hosted a table at Aggie Experience. It was a great opportunity to engage with high school students and talk to them about what ASNMSU is and what we do.

An informational meeting was held on Monday, October 2, for those students who were interested in running for ASNMSU senate. Senate election packets are available online or in the ASNMSU office for anyone who is interested in running.

Chief of Staff Carley Casey and Adrian LLanez, director of community outreach, gave a presentation on ASNMSU to the NMSU Faculty Senate on Thursday, October 5. They provided information on what ASNMSU is and how we function within the NMSU campus.

The ASNMSU Senate met on October 3, in the Senate Chambers. This meeting included a presentation from the ICT Department, a visit from Student Regent Margie Vela, the introduction of 10 bills for first readings, passed, 12 pieces of legislation, and the adoption of the Governmental Affairs legislative priorities.

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