Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard
- Spring Semester Convocation: The most important activity of the week for me was Spring Semester Convocation. Convocation provides the Chancellor and me with an opportunity to speak to the NMSU community and set the tone for the upcoming semester, but more importantly, it allows us to recognize and congratulate faculty, staff, and students for extraordinary achievement. My comments were brief and focused on thanking faculty and staff for their strong support of the new retention initiatives that were put in place in the fall 2015 semester. Reporting of grades six weeks into the semester for 100 and 200 level courses exceeded 90%, QuickConnect referrals of students showing signs of distress went from 252 in Spring of 2015 to 998 in fall of 2015, and many faculty members actively intervened with students who were not doing well in class. It is this kind of support for our students that truly makes NMSU a “A Caring Community Transforming Lives Through Discovery.”
- Spring Convocation Award Winners: Simply listing award winners recognized at Spring Semester Convocation does not do justice to them and to their many accomplishments, but space limitation prohibits me from doing more. Congratulations to
- Donald C. Roush Award Winners: Geno Picchioni, William Corbett, Michèle Shuster, Carlos Santos, Henrietta Williams Pichon, Sukumar Brahma, Maria Gurrola, James Gallagher, Yaxi Zhao, Susan Pinkerton, and Kathleen O’Connor;
- Community Engagement Award Winners: Denise Rodriguez-Strawn, Lois Stanford, Courtney Gavin, and Kristen Sprouse;
- Presidential Medallion Winners: James Bullock and Gerald Burke;
- Regents Professorship Winners: David Boje, Martha Desmond, Thomas Dormody, and Tom Smith.
Interim Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,
Dr. Jim Libbin
Cooperative Extension Service
- Cotton: Cotton production accounts for about $37 million in the economy of New Mexico. Cooperative Extension Service has been providing constant support to help cotton producers in the State achieve economic sustainability. The New Mexico Cotton Growers Conference was held at the Ruidoso Convention Center, Ruidoso, NM on January 13th, 2016, to address various production and economic related issues that growers should expect during the 2016 season. The conference attracted growers and stakeholders in cotton industry both within and outside New Mexico. The conference featured presentations on cotton economic prospects for 2016, cotton variety performance in New Mexico, salinity management, weed control, insect pest control, ginning research update and research on glandless cotton being performed at New Mexico State University.
- Memorial Middle School: The Enchanted Life Foundation (ELF) is funding $30,000 over three years ($10,000 per year) for Dr. Peter Skelton’s agriculture/science outreach program at Memorial Middle School in Las Vegas. The funding will help expand the program to include a weather station and hydroponics, and provide some iPad Mini tablets for the classrooms. University Advancement was instrumental in making this funding happen.
- CES and NMDA Working Together: Southern New Mexico found itself in the midst of an equine neurotropic EHV-1 outbreak at Sunland Race Track last Friday afternoon, January 22. State Police blocked the area to keep animals from coming and going, and the task at hand was to roll the lips and read the tattoos. By about 1:00 in the morning on Saturday, around 600 horses were inventoried from Sunland proper in the surrounding facilities so the horses in the Sunland barns could be read later. A few hundred more were processed on Saturday. NMDA and Cooperative Extension Service personnel helped ALIRT veterinarians read the tattoos Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning and then again all day Saturday. NMDA and Extension were assisting the Livestock Board and State Veterinarian under an incident command structure. Kelly Hamilton, Katie Goetz, Dr. Tim Hanosh, Marcy Ward, Eva Madrid, Makayla Richardson, Teresa Dean and Tom Dean, working with the ALIRT vets helped to surround the problem quickly, potentially saving an industry in New Mexico and across the United States. It is still too early to see how this is going to spread across the U.S., but there can be no doubt that we are in way better shape because of NMSU Extension, NMDA and these individuals.
Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman
- Spring 2016 Convocation: Congratulations to the numerous faculty who were recognized this week during the University and College convocations as well as an NMSU basketball game.
- David Boje, Regents Professorship
- Carlos Santos, Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching
- Rick Adkisson, Hari Sankaran, Mike Hyman, and Robert Macy – endowed chair holders
- Steve Elias, Research Discovery Award
- Presidential Medallion: Special congratulations to Jim Bullock, professor and department head emeritus in Accounting and Information systems, who received the inaugural Presidential Medallion. The medallions recognize the outstanding service given to the university beyond their time as employees.
- MBA Orientation: We hosted an orientation session for students to the Master of Business Administration program on Tuesday. The session provided an overview of the program, sequencing of courses, and an opportunity for students to meet with faculty, department heads, and deans.
- Economics Assistant Professor Interviews: On Friday I met with Mallika Garg, the first of three candidates for an assistant professor position in Economics. Interviews will continue next week.
- College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.
Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve Stochaj
- Corporate Connections: The College of Engineering hosted a team of senior management from Aerospace Corporation to discuss opportunities for collaboration in research with faculty from engineering, computer science, and psychology as well as PSL. Additional discussions focused on expanding employment opportunities for NMSU graduates, as well as internships and co-ops. The group was provided an in-depth overview of relevant space and aerospace and associated capabilities across NMSU. The visit culminated in specific areas for follow-up in spring 2016.
- Quality Concrete: The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network held the 52nd Annual Quality Concrete School on January 8-9. More than 100 individuals from across NM, west Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico, were on campus to learn about advances in concrete overlays, new equipment, sampling and testing, polishing, and concrete mix design. Professor Craig Netwson from the Department of Civil Engineering served as the lead for this highly regarded program and works closely with the New Mexico Aggregate Association.
- Generous Gift: The College of Engineering will receive a generous estate gift of more than $330,000 from two NMSU electrical engineering alums.
- Kudos to Faculty and Staff: The College of Engineering recognized two of its members with the Foreman Excellence. Acknowledging the importance of positive attitudes in an organization’s success, Ed Foreman, civil engineering alum and motivational speaker, made a gift to recognize faculty and staff within the College of Engineering who demonstrate his philosophy of positive thinking. Receiving the Foreman Award for Faculty Excellence is Industrial Engineering Department Head Edward Pines. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Pines teaches a full load of courses, serves as a faculty advisor for a large number of graduate students, and is co-lead for several National Science Foundation innovation and research programs. Grants and Contracts Administrator Linda Schauer received the Foreman Award for Staff Excellence. Schauer is devoted and ready to lend a helping hand to faculty and staff with their day to day questions and concerns.
Dean, College of Health and Social Services, Dr. Donna Wagner
- Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award: The College of Health and Social Services, along with the School of Social Work, is proud to announce that Associate Professor Maria Gurrola was among eleven faculty members honored with the “Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching” award. The award was presented to Dr. Gurrola at NMSU’s inaugural “Presidential Medallions and Community Engagement Awards” during the 2016 spring convocation.
School of Nursing
- White Coat Ceremony: The School of Nursing welcomed students back to classes on Tuesday, January 19, and honored 56 new, level 1 nursing students with the traditional “White Coat” ceremony.
- Santa Fe and Grants: Faculty members also traveled to the Santa Fe Community College campus (where the SON has an extension program) and to the Grants, NM to attend level 3 and level 4 student “White Coat” ceremonies last week as well.
Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken
- Fulbright Finalists: Two of our NMSU Fulbright Applicants were notified by their US selection panels that they are finalists for the Fulbright Fellowship. Their applications will now be forwarded to the host country/region for final determination. We are so pleased that these two were able to be competitive and rise to the top, as Fulbright reviews over 10,000 applicants from students annually.
- First Day Excitement: Every term is exciting on the first days, as we welcome back students to campus. We have robust enrollments in all our Honors classes, and a wide range of topics – from agriculture, to gender studies, to cross-cultural variation, to Dean Emeritus Bill Eamon’s wildly popular class on Magic and Witchcraft in the Renaissance.
- URCAS Design Competition: Every year we sponsor the Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium (URCAS), which is a venue for undergrads to showcase their amazing original research, performances, and artistic expressions. As has been in the case in past years, the students in Gatis Cirulis’ graphic design class compete and pitch design ideas for the conference logos, programs, advertising posters, and t-shirts. Members of the Honors College staff met with students in Professor Cirulis’ class on the first day to give them their charge as their clients to come up with a concept for the next URCAS designs. It is always impressive to see the creativity of our students.
Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus
- Sharing and Preserving Your Family History Presentation: The NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections librarian Caitlin Wells presented at the Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla Historic Site as a part of their “Sharing and Preserving Your Family History” program. Wells, the Rio Grande Historical Collections Archivist, addressed general questions about preserving different materials and what sort of items the NMSU Library stores in its Archives.
- Library Visitor: Pistol Pete came to the NMSU Library this past week to explore why the NMSU Library is the Destination for Discovery at NMSU. We’ll be sharing more of Pete’s visit to the library in the coming semester.
Associate Provost, International and Border Program, Dr. Cornell Menking
- Tecnológico Nacional de Mexico First Cohort: International and Border Programs, in collaboration with the Graduate School, welcomed the first cohort of 25 students from the Tecnológico Nacional de Mexico (TecNM). The students, which are all studying engineering, will complete their TecNM final year at NMSU and then matriculate into NMSU engineering Masters programs.
- International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Student Count: International Student and Scholar Services reports that as of January 25, the total number of new, enrolled students is 123 undergraduates and 31 graduates. NMSU (all campuses) received complete applications for, and admitted, 232 international undergraduates (123 checked in), and 112 graduates (31 checked in).
- Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Office of Education Abroad will host the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) annual meeting on the NMSU main campus on February 16-20. Local participation is welcome. Visit http://www.aaplac.org/conference/ for more information.
- Study Abroad and Exchange Studensts: Office of Education Abroad (OEA) welcomed 49 new in-bound exchange students, and currently has an anticipated 148 out-bound study abroad students for Spring 2016.
- Intensive English Program Participation: The Center for English Language Programs estimates over 60 students will enroll in its normal intensive English programs for the eight week session that is just beginning.
Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry
- Piñon Hall Goes Wireless: Wireless network access is now available at Piñon Hall as a result of funding provided by Student Tech Fee. The ICT Networking Department completed the upgrade in a record four weeks, making wireless access available for the start of the spring 2016 semester. The project included the installation of 107 dual band high capacity switches that allows over 300 students wireless access.
- Sisbarro Park Project: Landscaping and Grounds Services are stockpiling soil for the Sisbarro Park project. The project will commence late Spring 2016. Irrigation is to be installed and seeded with New Mex-Sahara Bermuda seed which was developed by the late Arden Baltensperger, emeritus professor for NMSU.
- Need help finding dining on campus?: The Sodexo marketing team is setting up a table in a different location each day during the first weeks of class offering free hot chocolate and water, campus dining maps with hours of operation, and answering questions about NMSU meal plans.
- Taos Restaurant and Student Programming: The annual Happy New Year NMSU dinner celebration occurred on Thursday, January 21, 2016 featuring décor, music and traditional New Year foods from across the globe.
Vice President Student Affairs / Enrollment Management, Dr. Bernadette Montoya
- Financial Aid and Scholarship Disbursement: During the first week of the Spring 2016 semester, University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services disbursed over $53M in federal, state, institutional and private student aid to more than 12,000 students attending all five campuses in the NMSU system. About one-quarter of the funds were grant aid, one-third loans, and the remainder scholarship funds.
- 4-H State Ambassador Judge: On January 22, Dr. Bernadette Montoya attended and judged the 4-H State Ambassador & Diplomat Selection in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 4-H members seeking leadership positions within the organization attended this conference.
- Keynote Speaker and Community Engagement: Bernadette Montoya was the selected keynote speaker for the, Girl Power! Dream It, Be It, Conference. The International Soroptimist Organization sponsors this annual conference. The Soroptimist organization strives to improve the lives of women and girls in the local communities and around the world. Junior & senior high school young women attend this yearly conference, held in Las Cruces.
- Diversity Programs Collaborate for Marketing Initiative: The NMSU Diversity Programs collaborated in the fall 2015 with University Communications to create marketing pieces for use in recruiting and retention on campus. More than 20 students from NMSU’s community participated in the photo shoot in front of Corbett Center representing ethnic programs, LGBT, international students, veterans, and accessibility services. The result of the photo shoot was a marketing billboard located in front of the James B. Delamater Activity Center, which is a key stop on all campus visit tours. These photographs will be used in program brochures, event promotion, and recruitment materials.
- Health & Wellness Launch Healthy U Challenge: A seven-week “Healthy U Challenge” will begin on January 25. The challenge is a new year health initiative sponsored by the Campus Health Center and the AggieFit Program which will feature weekly weigh-ins, educational tips, bi-weekly workshops on how to gain lifestyle skills to become a healthier you. Participants will receive incentives and prizes for challenge successes. The program is free for AggieFit members and $20 for non-members. For more information, rules and application forms on the Healthy U Challenge, visit nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2907.
Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg
- Commercial Space Industry and Student Collaboration: The OVPED, working in collaboration with Pat Hynes (Director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium), and Bill Smith (Associate Professor, College of Business) brought together students and a New Mexico-based commercial space entrepreneur to conduct a market assessment for an emerging space technology. Hynes asked Rich Glover, CEO of ACME Advanced Materials, Inc., to work with NMSU as a resource for conducting a market assessment on microgravity materials his company produces. Microgravity allows for us to increase the speed of innovation in materials processing. Dr. Smith found assistance for Mr. Glover through the College of Business’s MBA capstone class, in which 3 students have been assigned to develop a market assessment for Mr. Glover. This experience, over the course of the semester, will provide work-based learning for students. The NMSU team will describe how this innovative process impacts improvement of a basic material processing and how we accelerate the materials processing innovation curve and its acceptance into the market place.
- Intellectual Property Scout Visit: Arrowhead Center hosted a visit from Dr. Waneta Tuttle of Southwest Medical Ventures. Southwest Medical Ventures, based in Albuquerque, has invested in and helped found many businesses throughout the state grounded in medical technology. Dr. Tuttle met with Arrowhead CEO Kathy Hansen, Arrowhead Technology Incubator Director Zetdi Sloan, and Terry Lombard, Arrowhead’s Directory of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. The Arrowhead team provided a briefing to Dr. Waneta about Arrowhead Center’s practices and life sciences intellectual property that may be of interest to Southwest Medical Ventures.
- Studio G Member Launches RocketEd company: Studio G member and NMSU Engineering Alum Sam Pedrotty launched his company RocketEd. Mr. Pedrotty worked with the Aggie Innovation Space to design his product and Studio G helped him develop his product into a business. RocketEd is a curriculum developed by Mr. Pedrotty for teaching the scientific method using 3D Printed model rockets. STEM Educators can buy his RocketBox at com. Mr. Pedrotty currently works for NASA at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.
- SBIR workshop in Albuquerque: As part of the FAST grant, Arrowhead Center’s Dana Catron and Todd Bisio, an Albuquerque based entrepreneur, hosted a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) workshop in Albuquerque on Tuesday. The workshop featured Jim Greenwood, founder of the Greenwood Consultant Group which provides training in SBIR and STTR grant writing across the United States.
Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya
- NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: New Mexico Space Grant will be submitting the one submission allowed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) from the State of New Mexico. The proposer is Dr. Krishna Kota from the NMSU College of Engineering. All three research universities in New Mexico are eligible to apply. Three to five $750,000 awards will be competitively made from among the 25 jurisdictions with a three-year period of performance.
- Use of Produced Water: On January 13, an NMSU team visited a facility that treats water produced during oil and gas extraction. The visit was part of a new NM WRRI project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the New Mexico Environment Department to provide public water systems and communities in Lea and Eddy counties information that could potentially improve the sustainability of water supplies by understanding the available volumes of water produced during oil and gas extraction. Commonly referred to as produced water, these waters can offset the use of freshwater. In addition to the benefits to the communities, this project also provides funding for four NMSU graduate students. The team included (left to right) NM WRRI Research Specialist Bob Sabie; NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald; Kwabena Sarpong, Naima Khan, and Aracely Tellez, graduate research assistants, NMSU Water Science and Management; and Guanyu Ma, graduate research assistant, civil engineering. The research team met on Monday, January 18 to develop a work schedule for the coming months.
Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,
Dr. Andrea Tawney
- Charitable IRA Distribution: A $10,000 charitable IRA distribution was donated by a student athlete alum and 1888 Society member to benefit NMSU football scholarships.
- KRWG Gift: KRWG TV benefited from a $7,947 donor’s estate (IRA) gift.
- President’s Associate Gala: Planning is well underway for the President’s Associate Gala scheduled for Friday, April 22. An external planning committee made up of eight community leaders has been formed to help secure sponsorships and get the word out about this exciting event. The external planning committee will meet bi-weekly.
- Student and Parent Outreach: The Alumni Relations office, Student Philanthropy and Parent Programs participated in the Spring Aggie Welcome and Orientation. As we welcomed incoming freshmen, transfer students and families to campus, we shared information on the Official NMSU Ring, parent programs and development of a student/alumni association to the 200 students involved.
Athletics Director, Mario Moccia
- Athletics Update: I spoke at the Rio Grande Rotary Club at the Las Cruces Convention Center to give a general athletic department update and promote the NM State Aggies women’s basketball sell out game.
- Career Day: Attended Career Day at East Picacho Elementary. I talked to four separate classrooms of third graders on the topic of how NMSU Athletics impacts Las Cruces and Dona Ana County.
- Dinner with Donors: I attended the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce dinner as a guest of the CEO of West Star Bank and interacted with many NMSU Athletic donors.
- Aggie Women’s Basketball Attendance: Saturday’s women’s basketball game against Cal State Bakersfield broke the all-time regular season attendance record with 5034 fans. The previous record was set on February 23, 1988 with 4427 fans.
Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard
- KRWG: On Thursday, our staff visited Alamogordo for the station’s first “coffee visit” of 2016. These informal gatherings in various coffee shops within the KRWG coverage area allow for community engagement and member development. This is part of our commitment to outreach activities and helps us to gain feedback from listeners and viewers.
- Sports Information: Athletic Media Relations covered a very strong week for the Aggies in winter competition. The men’s basketball teams moved to 5-1 in the Western Athletic Conference (13-8 overall) with two wins including an exciting buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Ian Baker in double overtime to beat CSU Bakersfield 68-67 on the road. The women’s basketball Aggies remained a perfect 6-0 in WAC play (17-3 overall) with their two wins at home, and the women’s indoor track team swept the field at Northern Arizona’s Friday Night Duals.
- Convocation: This week UCOMM news writers, photographer and marketing services staff supported Convocation with faculty stories for the program, printed award listings, photography and news releases. The news stories chronicled the employee and student community engagement awards, the Presidential Medallion honorees, the four new Regents Professors and an overview story that captured all of the activity on January 19.
- Marketing Services: We are launching an ad campaign to reinforce the message that NMSU plays an important role in improving the lives of New Mexicans. Below are the first two ads. These will be followed by recognition ads celebrating the accomplishments of our new Regents Professors.
Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel
- We are attending the 2016 Legislative Session in Santa Fe, NM, through February 18, 2016. Stay updated on current news regarding the legislative session by visiting our website http://govrelations.nmsu.edu/.
Director/Secretary New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Jeff M. Witte
- 2016 Legislative Session: The NM Legislature kicked off this week. I met with many legislators about the issues confronting agriculture and the state’s tight budget. This session will be extremely challenging; balancing the need for new initiatives and preserving existing ones, given the budget forecasts. I also met with the leadership of the agriculture groups as they prioritized legislation to address important policy issues. This will be an action packed and fast paced session.
- Association of American Feed Control Officials Mid-Year Meeting: Staff attended the Association of American Feed Control Officials Mid-Year meeting. They are members of the following AAFCO Committees: Pet Food, Enforcement Issues, Nominating, Current Issues and Outreach, Education and Training, Feed Labeling, and Model Bills and Regulations.
- Snow Storm Recovery: Continued tracking recovery efforts related to a catastrophic snow storm which crippled the dairy and livestock industry in eastern NM. Worked with industry on mortality levels and facilitated between industry and federal partners on disaster assistance issues.
- Santa Teresa Pens/Animal Movement Protocols Meeting: I attended the Santa Teresa Pens/Animal Movement Protocols Meeting. Livestock industry members from New Mexico, Texas, and Union Ganadera of Chihuahua met to discuss cattle movement protocols, trade, and other issues.
- Veterinary Diagnostics Services: Veterinary Diagnostics Services (VDS) confirmed Neuropathic Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV1) and results were reported to the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) for regulatory action.
President, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, Dr. Ken Van Winkle
- First Impressions: On Wednesday and Thursday, January 20-21, faculty and staff were stationed throughout the campus to welcome the students back to school and to provide help to new students navigating the campus for the first time. First Impressions/Discover Positivity is the first of many events scheduled for this semester to help us connect with the students.
- Spring Convocation: NMSU-A held spring convocation on Friday, January 22 at the Rohovec Theater. Faculty and staff received updates from the Learning Signature Task Force, the shared governance team and the Vice President for Budget and Finance. President Van Winkle provided a state of the campus address, as well as presented the background on future goals and initiatives. Additionally numerous faculty and staff award recipients were recognized.
- Primetime Business Expo: NMSU-A faculty and staff attended the local Primetime Business Expo, hosted by the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce on Friday, January 22. This event was free to the community and provided local businesses the opportunity to engage with local community members, answer questions and provide information to interested parties. Hundreds of people came by the NMSU-A booth and received information on classes, degree options and the dual credit program.
President, New Mexico State University -Carlsbad, Dr. John Gratton
- NMSU Carlsbad Improvement Projects: President Gratton met with NMSU representatives and construction personnel on Tuesday, January 19 for a kick off meeting related to the upcoming renovation projects on the NMSU Carlsbad campus that include a boiler replacement and an IT redesign.
- Education Collaboration Discussions: President Gratton and the NMSU Carlsbad campus hosted a visit from College of Education’s Dean Pope Davis, Enedina Vasquez, and Kelley Coffeen on Wednesday, January 20. The conversation was very positive as the discussion revolved around education programs and possible collaborative initiatives.
- Various Meetings: On Thursday, January 21, President Gratton, who serves as the Chairperson of the Carlsbad Medical Center Board, attended a meeting with hospital personnel to discuss a new state initiative related to rural physicians. President Gratton also presided at the monthly Hospital Board meeting in the evening of January 21.
President, New Mexico State University -Dona Ana, Dr. Renay Scott
- Convocation: Programs were held for both part-time and full-time faculty. Presentations for part-time instructors included several new resources for students and faculty including the student conduct officer, the new Center for Career and Student Services and the Student Accessibility and Resource Center. The full-time faculty explored the use of statistics in decision making during a Star Wars themed presentation.
Interim President, New Mexico State University -Grants, Dr. Harry Sheski
- All-State Academic Community College Team: Chelsea Gifford and Jacob Alford will represent NMSU Grants Campus as members of the All-State Academic Community College Team next week in Santa Fe. Chelsea is working toward a degree in Nursing and Jacob is pursuing a double major in Engineering and Mathematics. The students were nominated by their instructors and worked with Dr. Joan Erben, Phi Theta Kappa advisor, to complete and submit their application to Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters.
- Student Recognition: A New Mexico State University Grants Campus Dual Credit student has not only earned college credits but has also earned entry into Columbia University. Tse’ Yi’ Gai High School Senior and class valedictorian, Cecily Werito, was accepted into Columbia University via the Quest Bridge Scholarship program. The program is a national non-profit organization based in California. Their mission is to connect exceptional students with leading institutions of higher education and increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and also assist them in their careers. Cecily is currently enrolled in the dual credit program at NMSU Grants and is taking College Algebra.
- Welcome Back Mixer: Students at NMSU Grants Campus were told to “Chill Out” during the welcome back mixer hosted by Student Services. Students were welcomed by Interim President Dr. Harry Sheski and then visited with faculty and staff to complete a bingo scavenger hunt. Student received flash drive and a NMSU Grants t-shirt for participating in the scavenger hunt. All attendees were served chile/chili complimentary of different NMSU staff and faculty. The winner of the chile cook off was Math specialist, Connie Lyons.