Another exciting week

By Chancellor Dan E. Arvizu | Published November 30, 2018

I want to begin this week by thanking everyone who participated in this year’s Giving Tuesday events for NMSU. These efforts resulted in more than $2.1 million being raised to help our students and improve our programs across the NMSU system. It’s important to realize these funds make a world of difference to the success of our students and it would not be possible without our amazing NMSU alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students who give back. Thanks again.

I also want to say congratulations to Coach Jordan and our NMSU women’s volleyball team on a successful and exciting season. Last weekend, they won the WAC Tournament and earned a trip to Oregon this week to play the University of Oregon in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Despite a gritty effort and taking a set from the 15th-ranked Ducks last night, the Aggies lost. Still, this year’s team was excellent and made us proud. I’m confident we’ll see even more success from them next year. Congratulations again to Coach Jordan and our outstanding women athletes.

Earlier this week I had an opportunity to speak during an important workshop in Albuquerque titled New Mexico’s Clean Energy Future: Finding Common Ground. This was a chance to share information with New Mexico legislators and agencies about substantial changes in the clean energy markets. This was also an opportunity to connect with former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, with whom I’ve worked in the past decade, to help promote clean energy and policy deployment in New Mexico.

Then yesterday, the NMSU Board of Regents approved regulations by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to permit industrial hemp production in New Mexico. This has the potential to be an important driver for our state’s economy going forward and it is another opportunity for NMSU to lead the way, especially in developing value-added products to contribute to our state’s economic development. NMSU has expert researchers in every field needed to help with this emerging industry and President Floros and I are looking forward to establishing a research center to work with those involved to ensure its success, which will benefit the entire state.