President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.
- Back at it: I have been on the DL (disabled list) for the past week due to some minor surgery that became a little more complex. All is well now, and I appreciate the sentiments of those who inquired and expressed support.
- Legislative Appropriations: From all of your reading and my reading plus intelligence from Santa Fe, it appears NMSU will be fortunate to get out of this legislative session with the same appropriation we received last year. The major decline in the price of oil (recently below $30 when months ago they budgeted for $50 plus) and falling gross receipts taxes has moved the then potential new money surplus of $284 million six months ago to about $32 million and declining. Medicaid alone is seeking $81 million in new money; hence, the legislature may have to draw down reserves. It is safe to say we will need to continue to tighten our belts.
- Visitor: Our good friend Waded Cruzado dropped by for a visit. It is always great to see our former colleague and outstanding President of Montana State University. She indicated things are going very well there; even the money situation is reasonable good. Waded was here to speak to the Teaching Academy, a speech which was warmly received.
- Legislative Session: I will be going to Santa Fe for a couple of days to check out the appropriation process but specifically to touch base with our network of supporters in the legislature and state government.
- Diversity Council: The Provost and I visited with the Diversity Council regarding our proposal to establish a Center for Diversity and Inclusion, which will report to the Provost Office. Many Universities have such Centers and many believe expand the reach of the university to include not only students but also faculty and staff. The Council has provided some feedback and is eager to continue the dialogue which we hope will result in a recommendation to the President’s Advisory Council and others by the end of April.
Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard
- HLC Liaison Visit: On Thursday, January 28, Linnea Stenson, Vice President for Accreditation Relations and AQIP Director for the Higher Learning Commission, visited NMSU to meet with the team members writing our Assurance Report and to conduct two open forums intended to help members of the NMSU community understand our upcoming Assurance Review. All her sessions were well attended and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to better acquaint Dr. Stenson with NMSU prior to our assurance visit in November of 2017.
- General Education Taskforce: On Friday, the General Education Taskforce met to discuss and identify the skills that every graduate of NMSU should possess. During the course of a thorough discussion, the following skills were identified:
- Communication skills (oral, written)
- Cultural awareness (diversity)(multicultural literacy)(global awareness)
- Ethical reasoning (social responsibility) (ethical literacy)
- Critical thinking/logical reasoning/problem solving/scientific method / creativity
- Team based learning, Collaborative skills
- Information and digital literacy/Research skills
- Quantitative skills/numerical competence (numerical literacy)
- Interdisciplinary skills, ability to see connections between different areas of knowledge
- Qualitative Skills
Members of the taskforce were encouraged to discuss this list of skills with faculty members in their departments and colleges. At our next monthly meeting, the taskforce will discuss feedback received, revise the list on the basis of the feedback, and discuss the question of what content (or subject matter) should be mastered by all NMSU graduates.
- Santa Fe Alumni Reception: On Friday evening, I had the pleasure of spending time with a wonderful group of alumni at the Eldorado Hotel. Andrea Tawney, Leslie Cervantes, Tina Byford, Terra Winter, and the rest of the Dream Team at the NMSU Foundation put together a great program highlighted by terrific food and drink, and great Aggie spirit.
Interim Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,
Dr. Jim Libbin
Family and Consumer Sciences
- Recruitment Event: Roselyn Smitley and Dr. Melinda Chavez, Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising faculty members, met with 40 students and two teachers from Hanks and Bel Air High Schools on January 28. Dr. Chavez and her CTFM 476 students presented their fashion design projects. Dr. Smitley spoke on fashion merchandising and textiles, and then took students to view sheep at the NMSU barn to learn more about wool.
Cooperative Extension Service
- National Western Round-up: New Mexico 4-H teams from Chaves, Dona Ana, San Juan, and Santa Fe Counties competed at the national level at the National Western Round-up in Denver last month. The Chaves County Home Ec Bowl Team placed second overall and had the first and fifth high-point individuals. Dona Ana County won Reserve Champion as a team in the Parliamentary Procedure contest. The San Juan County Family and Consumer Science Skillathon Team placed third overall, third place in the Life Skills Assessment, and had the fifth high-point overall individual. The San Juan County Hippology Judging Team placed third overall, and had the second and seventh high-point individuals. Santa Fe County’s Consumer Decision Making Team placed fifth overall and had the second high-point individual. The NMSU- CES County Extension Agents work tirelessly to help the teams prepare for these contests.
Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman
- Student Recognition: Congratulations to College of Business Linsey Tabor, who has been selected by the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices as the J.H. Blades Scholar for 2016 and awarded a three-week, all-expenses paid internship in London this summer. Tabor is a senior from El Paso, Texas, majoring in finance and human resource management with minors in banking and risk management and insurance.
- Guest Speaker: Dolores Connor (former City Councilor; Mayor ProTem, City of Las Cruces; business owner) spoke to our College of Business Student Ambassadors on Wednesday. She spoke to the students about her background in small business, banking and city politics. Connor recently established the Dolores and William Connor Success Current Use Scholarship. This scholarship is for transfer students from DACC-Business to NMSU-College of Business and is for business students in their last semester at DACC and first semester at NMSU.
- Woodrow Wilson Foundation Visitors: We were visited by representatives from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to discuss our MBA Fellowship in Leadership Education program.
- 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
- Bridge Inspection Training: The Department of Civil Engineering held the two-week Comprehensive Bridge Inspection Training Course from January 4-15. The National Bridge Inspection Standards requires bridge inspectors to complete a Federal Highway Administration approved comprehensive training course. Led by Civil Engineering Department Head David Jauregui, the course offered at NMSU is a New Mexico FHWA-approved course for bridge inspectors, consulting engineers, managers, federal, state, and local highway agencies and DOT professionals. Students include NMSU undergraduate co-op students, engineers from NM DOT, Wyoming DOT, Nevada DOT, USDA Forest Service, Department of Reclamation, Bureau of Indian Affairs and private engineering companies.
- Innovation Leadership: Engineering New Mexico Resource Network held a successful leadership and team building training for current and potential Aggie Innovators employed as co-op students within the Aggie Innovation Space. Led by engineering technology Assistant Professor Luke Nogales, the students were introduced to different ways to foster innovation and collaboration through the understanding of knowledge, imagination, attitude, resources, habitats and culture. This highly interactive leadership and team building session was part of an ongoing collaboration with Intel to expand innovation and entrepreneurship at NMSU. The students were joined by the AIS faculty advisory committee over a lunch presentation by Professor John Loveland from the College of Business, who spoke about quality leadership.
Dean, College of Health and Social Services, Dr. Donna Wagner
School of Social Work
- Collaboration: Ivan de la Rosa, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and adjunct faculty in the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program (Memorial Medical Center), is working with a research team to explore social factors that impact health issues and needs of individuals.
Department of Public Health Sciences
- Public Health Day: Wednesday, January 27, was “Public Health Day” at the New Mexico Legislature. This is an opportunity to educate the public and policymakers about the importance of public health to the overall wellbeing of New Mexicans. Sue Forster-Cox, Associate Professor, represented the Department of Public Health Sciences at the event.
Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus
- Library Tour: Dean Elizabeth Titus gave a tour of the libraries to the Interim University Architect Heather Watenpaugh as part of Watenpaugh’s orientation to the NMSU campus buildings.
- Library Legislative Day: Associate Dean Norice Lee represented the NMSU Library in Santa Fe at the Library Legislative Day on Thursday, January 28, in order to support the promotion of the GO Bond.
- Chile Note Cards: The New NMSU Library Chile note cards are now for sale at the NMSU Library for $10.
Associate Provost, International and Border Program, Dr. Cornell Menking
- Global Coffee Hour: On Friday, January 29, the first “Global Coffee Hour” was held in the Faculty Senate Chambers in Garcia Annex. The theme was Bangladesh and students from that country made a presentation on their country as well as had delicious native food on hand for sampling. Global Coffee Hours are an occasion for international students to share their home cultures with the NMSU community. The next one is Trinidad and Tobago theme, on February 26 from 4-5 pm. Pictured: Bangladeshi doctoral students Mohammad Qayum, Mohammad Ziaur Khan, and Z. Saifullah with Rose Vidal and Marisa Ekegren.
- Study Abroad Fairs: The Office of Education Abroad is busy preparing for two study abroad fairs next week. The DACC Study Abroad Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, February 2, from 10-2 pm in the Student Resource Building and NMSU Main Campus Fair will be on Wednesday, February 3, from 1-2 pm in Corbett Center (first floor). The Study Abroad Fairs are an excellent opportunity for students and faculty to meet directly with a variety of study abroad program providers as well direct exchange partners. Anyone interested in international study (semester/academic year), language immersion, internships, community service or research programs abroad should definitely attend.
- International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Director: The search for the ISSS Director is underway with the second round of interviews scheduled for Monday, February 1. An on-campus interview will follow shortly for finalists.
- International Transcript Evaluator: The posting for an International Transcript Evaluator has closed and review of the candidates will begin immediately.
- Visitors: On January 20 a delegation from Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango visited NMSU and met with various officials at NMSU, including IBP. The delegation was facilitated by Delia J. Valles-Rosales in the Department of Industrial Engineering.
Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry
- Corbett Center Student Union Renovation Update: Two more areas within the building that have been completed as part of the on-going CCSU renovation project. The Corbett Fitness Center and Game Room are now open on the east side of the second floor. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visitors from Australia: When people come to NMSU what do they do? They visit with our researchers and step on our turf. This week Malcom Caddies, Grounds Manager at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, and Matt Roche from Australian Sports Turf Consultants, visited with Dr. Bern Leinauer, NMSU assistant professor of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Matteo Serna, NMSU assistant researcher, Elana Sevostianove, NMSU Turfgrass research associate, and the Grounds staff. They toured the Aggie Memorial Stadium, Lot 34, Baseball complex, West Football practice field, Soccer Athletic Complex, and the Softball field. They compared environments, economy, budgets, staffing, and equipment challenges.
Vice President Student Affairs / Enrollment Management, Dr. Bernadette Montoya
- Military and Veterans Program: At a Farewell Reception on January 28, Jacobo Varela, Director of Military Veteran Program was presented with an award for his service by Warren Johnson, President of the Las Cruces Shrine Club and Fred Madrid from Las Cruces DAV Chapter 38. After a total of fifteen years as a student and employee at NMSU, Jacobo is leaving at the end of the month to direct the TRIO Veteran Upward Bound Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo. The Military and Veterans Program is currently conducting a national search for Director of the program.
- Counseling and Student Development: In an effort to assist the NMSU community, the Aggie Cupboard has moved to Regents Row room B114. The Aggie Cupboard is a resource to provide free emergency food assistance to the NMSU community, including Las Cruces and DACC students, faculty, and staff. For more information on the Aggie Cupboard and ways you can get involved visit their website at http://aggiecupboard.nmsu.edu/about/.
- Higher Learning Commission Planning: On Thursday, January 28, Dr. Bernadette Montoya participated in the various planning sessions for the upcoming reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
- Campus Activities: During the first week of classes, the Aggie Activities Council screened the movie Goosebumps to a full house at the Aggie Lounge in Corbett Center. For a list of events occurring at the Aggie Activity Council visit: http://aggieactivities.nmsu.edu/upcoming-events/.
Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg
- NSF I-Corps Sites program grant: This week NMSU was awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Sites program. Kramer Winingham, director of Arrowhead’s student business incubator, Studio G, will serve as the PI, and is joined by Drs. Paul Furth (Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering), Hongmei Luo (Chemical Engineering), Luoyu R. Xu (Mechanical Engineering), and Geoffrey B. Smith (Biology) as co-PIs. I-Corps is a public-private partnership developing and nurturing a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. Sites are funded at academic institutions having already existing innovation or entrepreneurial units, enabling them to:
- Nurture students and, or faculty who are engaged in projects having the potential to be transitioned into the marketplace. The I-Corps Site at NMSU will provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace.
- Develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.
- Space Race: On Monday, Dr. Kramer Winingham, director of Arrowhead’s student business incubator, Studio G, represented NMSU at a press conference kicking off the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation Space Race, an inverted business plan competition in which multidisciplinary teams develop viable business plans for existing NASA technology. MCA is teamed with the Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) to launch Space Race, a Paso del Norte (PDN) Innovation Challenge designed to spur regional economic growth by launching new startups to advance and commercialize NASA’s commercially viable inventions. Later that week, Arrowhead Center hosted an information session about the Space Race, attended by more than 30 participants. For more information on the Space Race, check out their website http://www.space-race.org/.
- Studio G Networking Hour: On Wednesday, Studio G hosted its first Networking Hour event of the semester. Networking Hour is a weekly event providing students the chance to meet others who are or are interested in starting businesses. This week’s topic focused on idea generation and evaluation and was attended by 23 people.
Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,
Dr. Andrea Tawney
- Aggie Honored: Lori Paulson, joined by her husband Brandon Young and son Jeremiah, was honored at a standing room only ceremony and reception on January 28 for her support of NMSU and the NMSU football team. A 2002 and ’04 graduate of the College of Business, Paulson has served as honorary team captain, becoming a friend and confidante to players and coaches. During that time, she has also been battling a rare type of pancreatic cancer. Paulson and her family have made a $100,000 gift to the NMSU Foundation to establish the Lori J. Paulson Football Excellence Fund, which will directly support players, providing for needs including uniforms, equipment and nutrition. https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11666/nmsu-celebrates-the-many-contributions-of-aggie-football-captain-lori-paulson
- Foundation Gift: The Enchanted Life Foundation will fund $30,000 ($10,000 per year for three years) for the Memorial Middle School Agricultural Extension and Education Center in Las Vegas. This is an extension (ACES) project led by Peter Skelton.
- GivingTuesday: As a result of GivingTuesday, a Foundation Board member and his wife have established a $125,000 scholarship to be split between the College of Business and Athletics for first generation college students.
- President’s Associates Gala: Planning for the 2016 President’s Associates Gala on April 22 is well underway, and we are happy to report that we have received several sponsorships to include; US Bank, Helen of Troy, Enchanted Occasions Event Rentals, Gutierrez Landscaping, Ashley Furniture and Adolopho Telles.
- College of Business Gifts: The college received $88,000 in gifts from four new endowed scholarships in accounting, finance, general business, research, and a current use scholarship in insurance and risk management.
- CASE Scholarship: Adrian Bautista, assistant director for annual giving, received a CASE District IV Dallas Conference scholarship for 2016. The competitive scholarship covers registration fees for the New Professionals in Advancement Workshop and the Annual District Conference being held in Dallas.
Athletics Director, Mario Moccia
- Dona Ana County Commissioners Meeting: I attended the Dona Ana County Commissioners meeting where they declared January 26, 2016 as Lou Henson Day. I spoke briefly and thanked them for the recognition.
- Athletic Facilities Master Plan: Interviewed two architectural firms for selection of an Athletic Facilities Master Plan in conjunction with Facilities & Services personnel and Heather Watenpaugh, University Architect.
- Lori J Paulson Team Meeting Room: Dedicated the naming of the football team meeting room in the Hall of Legends Building as the Lori J Paulson Team Meeting Room. Many attended the dedication including Lori’s family and friends, the NM State Aggie football student-athletes and coaches and Athletic staff. There was significant media coverage at the event.
- National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Mid-Winter Meeting: Attended the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Mid-Winter Meeting in Marco Island, FL. The meeting is made up of all the affiliate presidents and officers of the organizations under the umbrella of NACDA. We discussed National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) policies. I met with several sponsors including Under Armour, Coca-Cola and Learfield Sports. I presented on Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) and attended industry educational sessions.
Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard
- KRWG: The StoryCorps project came to an end last week. Participants along with fans and KRWG staff met on Thursday evening to celebrate the Airstream studio visit to Las Cruces. More than thirty participants gathered at the Las Cruces Branigan Cultural Center to share experiences and say thanks to the StoryCorps staff.
- Sports Information: Athletic Media Relations continued its push of the Aggies through the first half of the WAC season with both the men and women at the top of the league standings. Sophomore Pascal Siakam continues to lead the nation in double-doubles with 19 (in 22 games), and is among the national leaders in rebounding and scoring with his 22.2 points and 11.9 rebounds a game. The Aggie men are 6-1 after the first round of WAC play, tied with Grand Canyon and face GCU on Thursday at the Pan American Center. The Aggie women are 7-0, two games in front. The team also reported the starts of the spring season for men’s and women’s tennis and men’s golf.
- News: This week our news team worked with the NPR blog, Goats & Soda, which covers health, culture and other life issues around the world, to help organize an interview with Dr. Immo Hansen on his mosquito repellent research in the context of the recent outbreak of the Zika virus. Along with graduate assistant Stacey Rodriguez, Dr. Hansen authored a study published in the Journal of Insect Science that included a surprising finding. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume acts as a good mosquito repellent.
Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel
- 2016 Legislative Session: 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
- New Mexico and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Round Table Discussion: Joined the New Mexico and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Round Table Discussion to discuss highlights of the current Legislative Session, issues for New Mexico’s farming, ranching and food system, and how the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will affect agriculture in New Mexico.
- New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association Board of Directors: Spoke with the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association Board of Directors regarding current pending legislation.
- New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau’s Legislative Breakfast: Talked about the importance of New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers at New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau’s Legislative Breakfast.
- Ag Fest: Assisted with efforts related to the NMDA booth at Ag Fest, including booth set-up and tear-down, food service, discussion with legislators, staff, and industry.
- EHV-1 Taskforce: Staff continued to monitor and assist the EHV-1 Taskforce.
Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez
- Police Activity: There were 42 police reports created, 28 supplements filed, and 34 traffic citations issued. The Records & Evidence Office processed 45 items of evidence entered into the vault, 26 people were fingerprinted, and 10 background investigations were conducted. Emergency Dispatch Center handled 265 calls for service (one of which was a 911 call) resulting in 172 police calls (21 of which were agency assist) and 9 warrant entries. There were 17 fire calls (eight of which were mutual aid), three emergency medical calls, two fire alarms, two standby by, one structure, and one natural gas odor. There was also one animal control call.
- Training: Emergency Dispatcher, Philip Rey, attended a CTO (Communications Training Officer) class in Los Lunas, NM. He will now be able to provide field training for new emergency services dispatchers when they are hired.
- National Sports Safety Training: Commander Harvey and Special Events Coordinator, Amanda Bowen, attended the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Summit January 26 thru January 28, 2016 in Gulf Port, Mississippi. They both serve on the committee that has established the Best Practices guide that is published by NCS4, which will be coming out with a new guide in just a few months.
- Completion of Field Training: Emergency Dispatcher, Deborah Lopez, completed Field Training and is now able to work in a solo capacity.
Executive Director, Accreditation, Dr. Shelly Stovall
- Higher Learning Commission Open Forums: NMSU welcomed Linnea Stenson from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) who presented several open forums for our Las Cruces and Grants campuses. Both campuses will undergo a joint reaffirmation of accreditation with the HLC that culminates with an on-campus site visit by a peer review team on November 13-14, 2017. Writing teams also met with Dr. Stenson, and are currently drafting NMSU’s Assurance Argument that addresses the five criteria for accreditation.
- Collaborations: As part of our institutional efforts to ensure successful reaffirmation of accreditation, representatives from the registrar offices on each of our NMSU-system campuses are collaborating to ensure information and language is consistent across all of our student catalogs.
- Get Involved: If you would like to learn more about accreditation, visit http://accreditation.nmsu.edu. To become more involved in our accreditation efforts, click on the link “Get Involved.”
President, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, Dr. Ken Van Winkle
- Safe Campus Day: On Tuesday, January 26, NMSU-A held the spring semester “Safe Campus Day.” Students, faculty and staff had a chance to talk with law enforcement representatives about how local, state and federal organizations would support the campus during an emergency situation and ask questions about requirements for employment. The following organizations supported this event: the New Mexico State Police, Otero County Sheriff’s Office, the Alamogordo Department of Public Safety and the United States Border Patrol.
- HLC Visit: On January 29, the NMSU-A Higher Learning Commission Liaison visited the campus to discuss how the faculty and staff should prepare for the upcoming comprehensive visit in February 2017. The liaison was first given a tour of the campus. Then, the HLC liaison gave the faculty and staff a presentation of the Standard Pathway, which included information on the new requirements for accreditation. Throughout the day other discussions occurred covering topics such as faculty credentialing and online programs.
President, New Mexico State University -Carlsbad, Dr. John Gratton
- Trauma Symposium Debriefing: President Gratton met with Claudia Estrada, Katrina Doolittle, and Katrina’s staff to conduct a debriefing regarding the trauma symposium hosted on the NMSU Carlsbad campus. The great success of the initiative was commended and plans were made for variations in future events.
- Senate Finance Committee Hearing: President John Gratton traveled to Santa Fe on Tuesday, January 26, in order to attend the Senate Finance Committee Hearing that afternoon. HED and each of the universities and community colleges expressed their budget need for FY17 but the revenue forecasts for FY17 are quite low.
- House Appropriations Committee Hearing: On Wednesday, January 27, John Gratton attended the House Appropriations Committee Hearing. Revised revenue projections were discussed and the amount of new money available has dropped substantially.
- Governor’s Prayer Breakfast: On Thursday, January 28, John Gratton attended the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. The event was very well-attended and the keynote speaker, Air Force Major Dan Rooney, made a great presentation which included information about his Folds of Honor Foundation which provides scholarships to the children of deceased or disabled veterans.
Interim President, New Mexico State University -Grants, Dr. Harry Sheski
- Workforce Development Collaboration: In an effort to engage in workforce development and training in Cibola County, Interim President, Dr. Harry Sheski, held a work session with Dr. Michael Patrick, NMSU Community Resource and Economic Development Specialist, and Eileen Yarborough, Cibola Communities Economic Foundation Executive Director. The trio discussed how they could collaborate with the intention of helping the Grants Campus develop programs related to workforce training to better meet the needs of Cibola County.
- Award Recognition: Kathleen O’Connor, Assistant Professor and Education Program Manager, was honored with the Donald C. Roush Teaching Excellence Award. This award recognizes Ms. O’Connor’s for her exemplary teaching in both face-to-face and online classes, as well as her vision for the teacher education program at NMSU Grants. She was instrumental in helping pass the recent general obligation bond election which will provide the funds for a new Teacher Education Development and Health Sciences Center on the NMSU Grants Campus. Congratulations, Kati!