Things are moving quickly

By Chancellor Dan E. Arvizu | Published: July 6, 2018

TO: NMSU Faculty and Staff -


It’s already the first week of July and even in the middle of summer, a lot of things are moving quickly at the university. I want to officially welcome President John Floros to campus. Going forward, he and I will share in preparing this weekly communication with campus. Here is what John wanted to send along regarding his reflections on his first week:

“I’m honored to be NMSU’s new president and I’m thrilled to be here. I realize this is an important job I have before me. Between Chancellor Arvizu and myself, I know we can move this great university forward. The one thing I’d like to convey is the trust we have in the people of NMSU. We are fortunate to have so many good, quality faculty and staff members here. I’ve seen time and again the dedication they have and the thirst for moving things forward. With the right approach, I’m confident we can do something very special here.”

This week, I want to congratulate NMSU Regents Professor Elba Serrano, who was among 27 individuals across the country named to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. I know others on this list and this is a very prestigious honor. The award recognizes the critical roles mentors play in developing the future STEM workforce.

I also want to make sure we celebrate the continued success of our student athletes. The New Mexico State swimming and diving team was named to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s Scholar All-America team once again for the spring semester by posting a collective GPA above 3.0. The team has been honored each semester since the program was introduced in 2010. Team members Alix Knagg and Hannah McGowan were also selected for the CSCAA’s Scholar All-America team after posting GPAs above 3.5 for the semester. The success of these athletes in the classroom is something we can all be proud of.

Additionally, I want to thank everyone who worked to bring the Las Cruces 4th of July Celebration back to campus after a nearly 20-year absence. By all estimates, several thousand people were at Sisbarro Park, and surrounding areas of campus, to enjoy the festivities. This is an outstanding opportunity for us to connect with the community and we could not have done it without the hard work of so many people, including Glen Haubold, Ophelia Watkins, Bud Jones, Tim Dobson, Stephen Lopez, Johnny Carrillo, Louis Huber, Scott Field, Polly Wagner, Steve Bettner and others. Thank you, everyone, for your outstanding work.

Have a great weekend.