It’s starting to feel like fall. The weather and the leaves are turning toward winter, which makes this a good time to pause and reflect for a moment. Several events next week provide us with appropriate opportunities to do just that.
Starting with Monday, October 14: The NMSU community is invited to attend the State of the University address at 3 p.m. in Yates Auditorium in Pete V. Domenici Hall. Chancellor Arvizu and I are pleased to discuss our first year at NMSU and the year ahead. We will take questions at the end. A reception in the Domenici Hall atrium will follow. We encourage you to attend in person, but we will also be streaming online.
Also on Monday: For the first time, the state of New Mexico and NMSU are recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This day acknowledges the history and culture we share with the Indigenous Peoples of our region. As part of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, students from several Native American student organizations will be at Corbett Center Student Union to dialogue about Native Americans. This day is particularly meaningful to NMSU as a land-grant university, with a mission to serve the diverse population of NMSU. The NMSU Faculty Senate and ASNMSU are to be commended for their leadership in adding Indigenous Peoples’ Day to the academic calendar.
Many universities have adopted statements recognizing the significance of Indigenous Peoples to their campuses. I thank Michael Ray of the American Indian Program for sharing a statement that was drafted for NMSU: “New Mexico State University and its system recognize the Native American communities that predate the establishment of our university and that governed the land we now know as New Mexico. As New Mexico´s Land-Grant University, we acknowledge and respect the Indigenous communities that are our neighbors. NMSU has grown over the 130 plus years we have been an institution. We strive to have a meaningful and respectful relationship with our tribal communities as we grow for the next 130 years.” It is my hope to finalize a formal statement from NMSU in the months to come, so watch for that announcement.
The final opportunity for reflection will reach your email inboxes on Tuesday, Oct. 15. On that day, Human Resource Services will launch a comprehensive Climate Survey. This is your opportunity to help us improve NMSU as a university system and as a place to work. We will use the data to establish a baseline and to point to priority areas for our continuous improvement efforts. Our goal is for the NMSU System to be the employer of choice in our region and for faculty and staff in the NMSU system to be empowered – to want to contribute – and to do their best work, every day.
Please send your thoughts to President.Floros@nmsu.edu.