Activity Report September 9 – September 15

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

The Domenici Conference, attendance about 1020, was another hit.  This is an NMSU community engagement activity that draws top reviews from all over the region.  The Conference focused on two topics—foreign policy and workforce/education issues and solutions.  Former Senator Lugar, a longtime friend and colleague of Senator Domenici, moved us from great sorrow from losing a statesman and friend to the celebration of life for Senator Domenici. The Student Panelists once again were stars, reflecting they had successfully completed their homework and were exceptionally well prepared to ask excellent questions of the speakers.  The big question for NMSU is to do or not to do another Conference, in that our main man is no longer with us.  Please send me your view – yes or no?

I meet regularly with the Presidents of our four community colleges.  This week we were planning for our strategic planning meeting on December 13.  We have elected to spend the majority of the day discussing how we can develop NMSU ONLINE, utilizing the resources of the community colleges and the central campus.  Greg Fant is leading a task force, which has four subcommittees, charged with coming up with a new model for online education that compliments what we currently do, engages the entire system, and will provide a much improved revenue stream for NMSU.

I participated in the ribbon cutting for the Allen Family Football Locker Room (which definitely needed some help).  Improvements were financed by the Allens along with providing for an HVAC system for the Coca Cola workout building.  The Allens have been supporting NMSU for over 30 years in a number of ways.  They provide movie theatre passes to their movie houses to all football athletes as well.  Improvements in the University will always be partially dependent on the generosity of friends. In the past four years, we have raised over $5.2 million for much needed improvements to our athletic facilities.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

On Monday, September 11, I joined the Chancellor, the Vice President for Research, and the Vice President for Advancement at a dinner welcoming visitors from Sandia National Laboratory. During the course of the dinner we discussed partnership opportunities, including ways in which we might work together on cyber security issues.

On Tuesday, I met with the Leadership Team of the Regents Student Success Committee.  Among the issues we discussed during a two hour meeting were: movement of degree programs to 120 credit hours; meta majors and their implementation; experiential learning at NMSU; graduation rates;  implementation of centralized advising and predictive analytics: and, the research enterprise at NMSU.

Later that day, I met with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.  During the course of this meeting we discussed the important role of extension at NMSU and the need to make extension more visible; concerns about faculty hiring; and, concerns about covering courses and access to faculty salary pool funds.  I appreciated the frankness of the discussions and the clear commitment of the faculty to the mission of NMSU.

I spent most of Wednesday and Thursday at the Domenici Conference.  The sadness of the Senator’s death a short time before the beginning of the conference on Wednesday did not dampen the spirit of the speakers, who were all excellent, or the incisive questions of the students.  The students always do a good job of questioning the speakers, but the questions at this conference were especially thoughtful and well-researched.  Congratulations to everyone responsible for a wonderful conference, particularly Janet Green, for whom no detail was too small, and Kevin Boberg, who knows how to inspire students to do their best work.

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

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) and Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) together with the College of Chemistry at the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua (UACH), organized the 1st Symposium for Research and Outreach Partnership-Chihuahua-Desert Region. Eight participants from UACH and ten from NMSU, got together to explore opportunities for collaboration.  Resulting efforts include:  The development of a dual degree in Food Science and Technology at the undergrad and graduate level; Dr. Delgado and Dr. Munson-McGee will be responsible for coordinating this activity; A two-week intensive course on Chemistry of Natural Products for students and faculty from UACH, hosted by FCS and PES fall 2017 and spring 2018; The invitation of Dr. Flores, Dr. Delgado, and Dr. Raul Rivera to participate in a Research Symposium in October 2017 at UACH; and Faculty from both universities meeting weekly to work on the agreements from this 1st symposium.


Dr. Hatim Geli, who joined NMSU in September 2016 as an assistant professor of Landscape Hydrology and faculty affiliate with the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI), has received a prestigious National Science Foundation award through the Innovations in the Food, Energy, and Water Systems program. The expected award is about $1.55 million for a three-year performance period. Dr. Geli as PI will lead a team of researchers and collaborators from NMSU including Drs. Cibils, Fernald, Peach, and Steele; National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; NASA Marshal Space Flight Center; and University of New Mexico. The proposed research will address New Mexico’s critical need to resiliently manage its food, energy, and water resources while considering impacts from drought and socioeconomic shocks. The proposed research abstract is available here.

The Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA) conferred its 2017 Award of Excellence on ACES’s Media Research and Extension Department (formerly Media Productions). The award recognizes a 20-person, interdisciplinary team including research faculty, programmers, artists and animators, video professionals, writers, and technical support staff. The team conducts research into the educational needs of target groups then develops educational games, mobile apps, animations, streaming videos, and online learning tools that reflect collaborations between research, teaching and Extension programs. WEDA’s Awards of Excellence recognize Extension outreach education programming in the 13 Western states and the USA’s Pacific Island Territories. Jeanne Gleason, professor and department head, presented a brief seminar after the award presentation at the WEDA meeting in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Bernd Leinauer, professor and Extension turfgrass specialist at New Mexico State University, was nominated and awarded by the American Society of Agronomy as a 2017 Fellow, the highest acknowledgement given in this field. Associates of the group search for and appoint collaborators who hold high standards of achievements and praiseworthy service that benefit the society as a whole. During his career, Leinauer has published 70 peer-reviewed publications, including a book chapter, and is co-editor of the book “Turfgrass Water Conservation.” Documented as an expert in strategies dealing with water management and reducing potable water usage on turfgrass, he holds leadership positions at the state, national and international levels. Leinauer also conducts research projects on cold and salt tolerant turfgrasses, irrigation system efficiency, and the use of subsurface irrigation for both recreational and landscape turfgrass areas. Leinauer will be awarded as an ASA Fellow at a ceremony held in Tampa, Florida, October 25.

College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli


The college of Arts & Sciences hosted Mr. Guy Phillips as part of its Alumni Connections program. Mr. Phillips is a radio personality in St. Louis and a graduate of the Journalism and Mass Communication Department. Mr. Phillips met with students and faculty and delivered a presentation open to the NMSU and Las Cruces community.




The Department of Astronomy in the College of Arts & Sciences contributed a large part to a recently released book, which is the first completely dedicated to examining the history and science of dust devils on Earth and on Mars.



Lynn Neakrase is a senior research scientist in NMSU’s astronomy department / NASA Planetary Data System Astmospheres Node and co-author of four chapters of “Dust Devils.” Co-authors of other chapters include Jim Murphy, astronomy professor and interim associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, Kathryn Steakley, astronomy Ph.D. student, Melinda Kahre, a space scientist at NASA Ames Research Center who received her doctorate in astronomy at NMSU, and Martina Klose, a visiting scientist from Germany who spent the last two years working on a different project at the Jornada Experimental Range.



The College of Arts and Sciences is on Snapchat!




The Constitution Day event occurred on September 14. The Graduate Government Student Organization (GGSO) hosted an event at Corbett Center from 11 am – 1 pm. During the event, they distributed approximately 350 pocket-sized copies of the U.S. constitution provided by the College of A&S, and administered Constitution pop-quizzes to passersby as they entered Corbett Center.


College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

Dean Jim Hoffman and Director of Development Anthony Casaus met with College of Business alumna, Julie Dill (`81) BA – finance.  Previously, chief communications officer for Spectra Energy in Houston, Julie spoke to College of Business finance students and faculty over lunch and to student organizations, Financial Management Association, GAMMA IOTA SIGMA Organization and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting.  Dill attended the business advisory council meetings on September 14-15 as well.

Photo by Anthony Casaus: Julie Dill speaking to finance students and faculty during lunch

Photo by Anthony Casaus: Julie Dill speaking to finance students and faculty during lunch

College of Business alumnus, Dale Maxwell (`87) BA – accountancy, president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services spoke to Dr. Sherry Mills accounting 460 Fraud Examination and Mary Jo Billiot’s accounting 456 Non Profit classes on September 13-14.  Maxwell attended the Domenici Public Policy Conference both days and introduced speaker, Senator Richard G. Lugar, U.S. Senate 1977-2013 on the conference’s first day.

Photo by Anthony Casaus: Dale Maxwell speaking to students in Dr. Sherry Mills accounting 460 Fraud Examination class

We hosted our fall Business Advisory Council meeting on Thursday and Friday.  Activities included a golf clinic at the NMSU Golf Course with our own PGA Golf Management students and a speed networking session with our student ambassadors to establish mentoring opportunities.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis

The Counseling & Educational Psychology Department now has a new degree program! We are now offering a postdoctoral M.S. degree in Clinical Psycho-pharmacology. This degree allows licensed practicing psychologists to prescribe medication; this is one of only three programs offered in the United States.

Please visit our website for more information:

Dr. Ana Lopez, Co-PI of Training Grant   Please join me in congratulating Dr. Anna Lopez, who was the co-PI on a grant that will bring in almost half a million dollars. The grant contributes to CEP endeavors by providing financial support to MA Counseling students while they work in the community as interns. The grant was received in partnership with Social Work, as announced by the College of Health and Social Services below:

Ivan de la Rosa, Social Work Interim Chair, received the good news that he and his colleagues were successful in their application for funding of a training grant.  Dr. de la Rosa is the PI and Anna Lopez (CEP) is the Co-PI.  The application was developed in partnership with CEP, Ben Archer, Mountainview Hospital, Memorial Medical, La Clinica de Familia, Department of Health and the three Area Health Education Centers in New Mexico.  The grant ($480,000) will support 29 Master level students in MSW and CEP programs to receive training and practical experience in integrated behavioral health.

Curriculum and Instruction Department – Early Childhood   Dr. Michelle Salazar Perez and Dr. Betsy Cahill, early childhood education professors, have been invited by the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare to attend a national roundtable discussion on policy, research and best practices surrounding the protection of children of immigrants and implications for the child welfare system on November 6.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi

New Mexico State University’s Eloy Torrez Family Learning Communities in Engineering is providing assistance to students beyond the engineering basics. Thanks to a generous gift from Eloy Torrez, electrical engineering alumnus, of $315,000 to support a new endeavor in the college, the Eloy Torrez Family Learning Communities in Engineering has added additional student services since the initiative launched in spring 2017. The initiative offers tutoring to all engineering students and has 14 junior and senior peer learning facilitators who mentor and tutor all engineering students. During the first 10 days of opening this fall, 175 engineering students received support services.


The Chemical and Materials engineering has announced its first international brewery/distillery studies course. The course will be held in England and Ireland this coming summer. It is listed as CHME 491 for three-credit hours. Students will learn about beer styles, brewing and distilling technologies and the English and Irish brewing culture. It will be led by faculty members Catherine Brewer and Stephen Taylor.



The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network hosted the BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) Robotic Kick Off event on Saturday, September 9. More than 350 students and teachers from New Mexico and El Paso attended.  This event gave students and teachers a glimpse into this year’s game challenge. Each team received a kit equipped with all the necessary parts needed to build a robot to run a course and perform specified tasks. The robot must be built within a six-week time frame. Game Day is set for Saturday, October 21 at the NMSU Activity Center. This year’s theme is titled “Crossfire,” and is based on firefighting tactics.

The New Mexico Engineering Resource Network recently hosted the annual New Mexico Project Lead the Way State Conference at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort on the Santa Ana Pueblo. Approximately 60 teachers, school administrators and counselors attended. PLTW is the nation’s leading science, technology, engineering and math solution for more than 8,000 schools across America. The program offers both world-class curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development in the STEM fields. As the New Mexico PLTW state affiliate university, NMSU provides training for PLTW.  Conference attendees heard from a variety of speakers about STEM curricula and workforce needs, including regional PLTW Vice President Susan Castillo and New Mexico Public Education Career and Readiness Bureau Director Elaine Perea.

College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

NMSU School of Nursing alumni and former HSS Student Ambassador, Zack Wills, recently spent nine days volunteering at the Brazoria County Shelter outside of Houston, TX, as part of relief efforts to support evacuee’s after Hurricane Harvey destroyed the area.  Upon his return, Zack expressed although he felt he did his best to make a difference for the victim’s immediate health, it was painful for him emotionally to see the sheer damage and vulnerability natural disasters often cause people.  We are very proud of Zack at the College of Health and Social Services, and commend his efforts.  Aggie nurses on the move!


Nursing students at NMSU-Grants campus were recently given the opportunity to work with the personnel at Cibola General Hospital to provide flu shots for the Grants community.  NMSU enjoys the chance to engage in community service with such a worthy project.

Dr. Ivan de la Rosa, Interim Chair for the Department of Social Work, received word last week regarding the successful submission of a $480,000 grant proposal aimed to support 29 Master level students in Master of Social Work and Counseling and Educational Psychology (CEP) programs.  Students will receive training and practical experience in integrated behavioral health.  Dr. de la Rosa will serve as the P.I. on the grant and will team up with Dr. Anna Lopez, Assistant Professor for the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology who will serve as the Co-P.I. The application was developed in partnership with CEP, Ben Archer, Mountainview Hospital, Memorial Medical Hospital, La Clinica de Familia, the Department of Health and three Area Health Education Centers in New Mexico.  Congratulations!

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

The NMSU Library would like to express its heartfelt condolences to the family of Senator Pete V. Domenici on the moment of his passing.

Senator Domenici had a 42-year record of public service to New Mexico and its people, including a 36-year career representing New Mexico in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2008.  During his time in Washington, Domenici made a number of important contributions to the country, including serving as an advocate for issues related to mental health, tireless work on the United States’ budget deficit that eventually resulted in the passage of a balanced federal budget, and working to ensure our national security through his participation in the Nunn-Lugar-Domenici non-proliferation agreement with Russia.

Senator Domenici was a constant advocate for New Mexico and its people, and he was proud of his legacy of service to the state.  The NMSU Library is proud of its role in furthering this legacy through the Senator Pete V. Domenici Papers, which are available to researchers in the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections located in Branson Library.

The membership of the New Mexico Library Association has just elected John Sandstrom as their vice-president/president elect. John is an associate professor and acquisitions librarian in the Technical Services Department of NMSU Library.  In addition, Dr. Michael Gutierrez, associate professor, Reference, and Research Services department head in the NMSU Library was voted on by the NMLA membership to be the new NMLA Association’s treasurer. NMLA represents and is an advocate for public, school, academic and tribal libraries across the State of New Mexico.

Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

Recruiting Top Students   Beginning in spring 2017 we began partnering more closely with University Admissions to try to recruit students with strong academic profiles directly to the Honors College and NMSU. Last spring a week of visits to top high schools in Arizona appears to be gaining some traction, as we now have our first applicant (who would matriculate next fall) from the BASIS Tucson North Charter School—the Number 2 ranked high school in the entire nation.

Conroy Scholars and Building Solidarity   We try to hold events periodically to bring all of the Conroy Scholars together, to help build solidarity and have a little fun. We had a reception earlier in the semester and on Friday, September 15 we went to cheer on our Women’s Soccer Team in their victorious match against Northern Arizona University.

Domenici Conference   Deans Chaiken and Ketelaar enjoyed attending the 10th annual Domenici Conference, and Dean Ketelaar was part of the steering committee organizing the conference and selecting the student panelists. Additionally he hosted Dr. Pedro Noguera during the Conference.   Dr. Noguera is a Distinguished Professor of Education at UCLA and he spoke about “Equity in Education.” The students who asked questions of the illustrious guests were largely students in the Honors College, and we were very proud of their professionalism and insightful questions.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

Housing & Residential Life   The Housing & Residential Life apartment staff continue to encourage our residents to engage in student life and campus resources.  The Resident Assistant staff of Chamisa Village hosted the Chill-Out event on September 7 where approximately 70 residents discussed campus resources, enjoyed snacks and then participated in a spontaneous kick-ball game.  The staff of Student Family Housing organized the Diversity & Us event in the Cervantes Community Center that gathered residents and their families to foster dialogue about culture.  About 20 students, with their families, shared stories about who they were and brought in food with cultural significance to their heritage and background.

Debug Club’s Computer Clinic 2017   NMSU’s ICT Student Technology and Planning team hosted the DACC’s DEBUG Club Computer Clinic. Through this partnership, DEBUG has been able to provide a much needed personal computer service for faculty, staff, and students at the Las Cruces campus. It also provides the DACC students an opportunity to expand their customer service and technical skills. The Computer Clinic offers system scans and diagnostics, virus removal, malware removal, performance enhancement, LCD replacement and more. Held in the last week of August, the DEBUG Club took in 32 computers.

2017 Facilities and Services (FS) Maintenance Safety Blitz   Environmental Health & Safety along with NMSU Police and NMSU Fire department instructors presented the 2017 FS Maintenance Safety Blitz.  The three-day training covered 10 safety topics including Distracted Driving, Utility Cart Safety, Asbestos Refresher, Heavy Equip Safety, Storm Water Management, Ladders Safety, Fall Protection, Hazardous Waste Refresher, Hot Works Procedure and Equipment Fueling.  Approximately 125 skilled maintenance employees from NMSU and DACC Facilities Services attended.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya


The Student Success Center presented a motivation and goalsetting workshop at Vista Middle School on Friday, September 8. Student program coordinator, Diana O’Brien, and learning skills facilitator, Joel Ferguson, presented to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and provided information about the many wonderful facets of NMSU and how attending college can help them to have a positive impact on the world. The workshop helped students to identify ways they can form a caring community and increased students’ understanding of the importance of grit in working to achieve their goals. Student Success Center staff encouraged students to support each other and build one another up as they work to follow their dreams.

Phoebe Goh, from DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) met with faculty in Physics, Geophysics and Electrical Engineering, and conducted an information session at 5:00 pm for interested students (5 attended) and held on-campus interviews for 10 students.  DUG is an innovative geosciences company with a diverse range of capabilities, providing services (mainly in seismic processing) and software products to oil companies.  They are based at Perth, and other offices are located at Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Houston and London.

Career Services staff met with members of Sandia National Labs to learn how to better help students be prepared for employment with Sandia and understand the different employment opportunities.

Five members of Goldman Sachs, headed by Aaron Eddy, were on campus on September 12, to host a breakfast information session at the Honors College for students; participated in Resume AggieMania and hosted an informational evening session in the College of Business.  Goldman Sachs offers meaningful opportunities, best-in-class training and a wide variety of career paths for talented people from all academic backgrounds. Candidates have access to important clients and projects and have the chance to make an impact with global significance.


On September 9-10, the Outdoor Leadership Program held its annual Orientation Trip for its Fall 2017 cohort. The program accepted 10 applicants this year growing the program up to a total of 30 student leaders. We are excited to see what type of opportunities these students will have.



Health Aggie Week was held September. 11-15 and featured a different healthy event daily.  The Aggie Health & Wellness Center reached approximately 2,000 students through the programming this week.  Events included:  Melanoma Monday, Tour de Health Tuesday, Get Yourself Tested Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, and ended with Feel Good Friday!  Healthy Aggie Week is an annual event that introduces students to everything health and wellness has to offer.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

Entrepreneur Encounters   On Monday, Arrowhead hosted the first Entrepreneur Encounters event of the semester at its new location at the Bank of the West building on Main Street downtown. This month’s event featured Troy Scoughton, Sr. of the Las Cruces based film company PRC Productions ( Entrepreneur Encounters provides an opportunity to bring together community members and students to learn about an entrepreneur’s business journey, and build networks that support local businesses.  Hosting this event downtown was a great success with 40 community members in attendance, including city and state representatives.

Studio G Networking Hours   On Wednesday, Studio G held its weekly networking hour, which focused on market research. The presentation explored how to understand who your customer is, as presented by Bill Aulet’s The Disciplined Entrepreneur. Studio G holds weekly networking hour events that provide 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. Each session is broadcasted 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

Recently, New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute staff member, Jesslyn Ratliff, also the Water Science & Management (WSM) student program coordinator, and a few WSM students participated in the “Welcome Home, Aggies Street Fest” that was hosted by the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. The WSM group provided a booth with program information and spoke with 15 or so undergraduates about WSM graduate program opportunities. Also, the booth provided a fun game of darts for those who wanted to participate. October 1 is the deadline for applications to the WSM program for the Spring 2018 semester.

University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney


UNM Game Day Tailgate   The NMSU Alumni Association hosted a tailgate before the NMSU at UNM football game on Saturday, September 9. Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and Athletics Director Mario Moccia were there to rally the 250 alumni and friends in attendance.



Alumnus Guest Speaker   College of Business alumnus Dale Maxwell `87, president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, spoke to two accounting classes during a visit September 13 and 14. Maxwell attended the Domenici Public Policy Conference both days and introduced a speaker, former U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar, on the conference’s first day.


Sandia National Labs Visit   Sandia Labs visited the NMSU campus this week. Four of the lab managers had dinner with Vice President for Advancement Andrea Tawney, Chancellor Garrey Carruthers, interim Vice President for Research Luis Vazquez and Provost Dan Howard. The next day they had a breakfast meeting with the team at Arrowhead Center, then met with deans Enrico Pontelli and Lakshmi Reddi about the new cybersecurity program at NMSU. Finally, they met with Pontelli and Tony Marin and Roseanne Bensley of Career Services to discuss internships.

Bryce Bowerman Memorial Scholarship   College of ACES has received more than $4,500 for the Bryce Bowerman Memorial Scholarship from supporters all over the country.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

I participated in the pregame Alumni Association tailgate. The Aggies won in Albuquerque 30-28 beating the Lobos for the second consecutive year. The football game was streamed live on Facebook and had over 1.3 million viewers, the largest Facebook broadcast to date.

I promoted the Stuff the Stadium II promotion on Bravo Mic and Adams Radio Group stations to promote our football game vs. Troy University. As of Friday morning, Athletic administration has sold over 7500 tickets to our home opening game.


Athletics had a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday afternoon to recognize the Allen Family for their generous gift to the Aggie football locker room. Members of the Allen Family, Head Coach Doug Martin, community members and university staff attended the ceremony.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister


News and Media Relations   News that NMSU had again achieved national Top Tier university status in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges for 2018 national universities ranking drew a big response on social media. The announcement on the NMSU News Facebook page reached an audience so far of about 25,000 people who shared this important news 146 times and liked it more than 740 times.



Marketing Services and Web Communications   NMSU is continuing to take over the Mesilla Valley Mall. The NMSU Marketing team recently released new creative – standees that tout some of NMSU’s recent rankings and banners that line the mall from end to end.



KRWG/SPU   New22 returned to the KRWG TV airwaves this week! The student produced half-hour local newscasts air Tuesday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m. during the semester.

Floor Director Evelyn Loya, right, preps News22 anchors Javier Gutierrez and Celina Quintana before Tuesday’s telecast.

Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

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

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Aggie Football   The Police Department provided traffic control, security, and police services in support of the Troy University vs. NMSU football game at Aggie Memorial Stadium.  Attendance was not as high as hoped, but it was a good game and a clear improvement for the Aggies over past years’ performances.  The police/security team is now working hard to prepare for the rivalry of the year against UTEP this weekend.


Active Killer Presentation  Chief Lopez presented an Active Killer Training for the Alamogordo Campus on September 15, and discussed with President Van Winkle the possibility of increasing training and equipment so the security team at the Alamogordo Campus can be armed. 

Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Investigation Course   The NMSU Police Department hosted a training course for traffic crash reconstruction officers that covered how to reconstruct vehicle vs. pedestrian and vehicle vs. bicycle traffic crashes.  A short slow-motion video is available online ( that shows what happens in a 35 mph crash with a pedestrian.  As always, both drivers and pedestrians need to watch out for each other and avoid distracted driving and walking.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Sunday, the NMSU-A Theater Guild presented Music for Meals, a fundraiser for the NMSU-A Aggie Cupboard.  Musician Ed Dittmer played and sang contemporary tunes, Rudy Wood, Julia Cozby, and Mark Bollinger played Texas Style Country songs, and Kathy Barnes and Scott Handcock sang Celtic tunes.  The Guild also arranged for a raffle of donated artwork and other items. Music for Meals was an overwhelming success and thanks to generous donations, over $1400 was raised to support the Cupboard.

NMSU-A instructor Connie Breeding (on the left) with an NMSU-A Theater Guild president, Carla Kerr (on the right) displaying raffle items for the Music for Meals raffle.

NMSU-A financial aid and scholarship advisor, Doris Valdespino, was recognized by NMSU for awarding 97 percent of donor scholarships received for NMSU-A students before the August 1st deadline.  The goal set for this area was 80 percent. Doris’ hard work and dedication to NMSU-A students is to be commended.

NMSU-A Financial Aid and Scholarship Advisor Doris Valdespino (on the left) with Anne Ricksecker, Interim Vice President for Student Success.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Monday, September 11, NMSU Carlsbad representatives traveled to Las Cruces and attended meetings with NMSU Facilities Services.  The status of ongoing capital projects was discussed and plans were made as to how best to use the monies remaining from several completed projects.

On Tuesday, September 12, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended the monthly meetings of the University Administrative Council and the Presidents meetings. Updates were presented by Chancellor Carruthers and Provost Howard and a variety of topics were discussed including university travel policies, granting of honorary degrees, and NMSU brand updates.

On Wednesday, September 13, the NMSU Carlsbad President attended the monthly meeting of the Christmas on the Pecos Council of the Chamber of Commerce.  This initiative is in its 26th year and more of the home owners on the River are seeking adopters to assist in decorating their homes for the month-long experience. The Chamber Board will assist in finding companies who might assist in adopting a home. NMSU Carlsbad has adopted a home for the past four years.

On Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15, the NMSU Carlsbad President served as a facilitator for the Leadership Eddy County program of activities.  This initiative kicked off with an overnight stay at Camp Washington Ranch and the class of eighteen individuals includes four NMSU Carlsbad employees.  The Leadership program will continue monthly with a graduation ceremony scheduled for June 2018.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

The NMSU Grants Library hosted its inaugural Open Poetry Night on September 8, 2017. The NMSU Grants Writing Center in conjunction with the Library invited students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to join in an evening of readings. Participants read poetry, prose, and song lyrics which were significant to them.  Several NMSU Grants students recited their original poetry.  In an effort to increase student engagement and community outreach, the NMSU Grants Library seeks to host monthly events and is currently designing an annual activity schedule.

NMSU Grants Inaugural Open Poetry Night

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto

President Prieto introduced Senator Domenici’s letter at the annual Domenici Public Policy Conference on September 12. It was with a heavy heart that we received the news of the Senator’s passing prior to the conferences start. Our hearts are with his family during this time.

Chief of Staff Carley Casey presented to a UNIV 150 course on Thursday, September 13. The first-year NMSU students learned about ASNMSU and its function on the NMSU campus.

Fall Senate election packets were released on September 15. Any students interested in running for senate for their college can pick up a packet in the ASNMSU office in the Corbett Center. Any questions regarding ASNMSU elections can be sent to

Quiz Cab ran the entire week to help students get to class. Students were offered a ride and asked questions regarding ASNMSU and NMSU. They were able to win prizes, as well as save a few extra steps on their way to class.

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