January 31 – February 6, 2016



Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

  • The news from Santa Fe hasn’t changed much in the past week. The House Appropriations and Finance Committee recommendation for higher education passed the House of Representatives without change and went winging on the way to the Senate Finance Committee. The House passed recommendation sans $968,000 from last year’s NMSU system base budget. Main campus I&G budget was sanded $469,554; NMSU Alamogordo lost $100,730, NMSU Dona Ana is down $121,085, and the Agricultural Experiment Station ($60,333) and Cooperative Extension Service ($55,026) were among the larger reductions from the base. The Senate Finance has, in the past, altered the HAFC budget but without new money, I do not expect any recovery and can only hope we do not lose more ground.
  • From Judy Bosland, it appears that our retention, fall to spring, at the main campus has edged up from 85.8 percent for the 2014 cohort to 86.2 percent for the 2015 cohort. We are hopeful that the navigators program and other modifications, such as reporting pre-mid semester grades, will help us move this number into the early 90s soon. Thanks to all who are practicing our caring community attitude to all but especially our new students. Keep up the good work.
  • I spoke to the Army ROTC Alumni dinner, where our soon to be commissioned cadets were honored along with some alums who have contributed greatly to the support of the ROTC Alumni Association and the military in general. It is such a pleasure to be around the leadership developed over the years from both of our ROTC units. It is my desire to grow each Corps to 100 or more students.
  • As a follow up, this year’s Founders Day will honor 100 years of ROTC in this country. Land- grant universities were founded to teach agriculture, mechanical arts, and military science (in 1882), so I was somewhat surprised that Army ROTC had only been around a measly 100 years. We are working with the Employee Council and LTC McCoy of AROTC to make this a special occasion.
  • I had an enjoyable part of an afternoon with the NMSU softball team at their Dining on the Diamond I am the official bat boy for the softball team and am committed once again to provide that service to the team when they go to the NCAA. The Coach is rightfully very proud of her team. If you want to see energy in action, catch an NMSU softball game.
  • I will be attending the legislature for a couple of days to ensure that our capital outlay requests are moving through the process and to do what one must do and keep up contacts with the lawmakers. Other than the driver’s license issue, it has been a rather calm and uneventful session to date.


Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

Las Cruces Day Business Brunch: At the Las Cruces Day Business Brunch in Santa Fe on Sunday, Jan. 31, I discussed NMSU’s student success initiatives, noting the importance of early interventions when students are not attending class or struggling with their coursework. It was a great pleasure, during the course of my presentation, to acknowledge the good work of the NMSU faculty with regard to QuickConnect referrals, which quadrupled between the Spring 2015 semester and the Fall 2015 semester, as well as the high level of participation (more than 90 percent) in the reporting of six week grades for 100- and 200-level courses.

Diversity Council: On Monday, February 1, the President and I met with the Diversity Council to discuss the establishment of an Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The response to our current plans were generally favorable, although concerns were expressed about too much centralization of diversity and inclusion efforts and loss of visibility for currently existing offices. After further consultation with other stakeholders, our plan is to present our plans for the new office to the Regents by the Summer Strategic Planning Retreat.

Aggie Pathway Implementation Group: The Aggie Pathway Implementation Group met on Wednesday to discuss recruitment efforts and fees. NMSU Doña Ana is now actively recruiting students into the program and the number of applicants for the program now stands at 36. Given that it is early in the recruitment season for community colleges, this is a strong start, and bodes well for the prospect of having a critical mass of students in the first cohort of the program in the fall of 2016. With regard to fees, there was further clarification during the meeting that students in the program would not be charged activity fees to participate in required programming on the Las Cruces campus.

General Education Statewide Steering Committee: The first meeting of the Statewide General Education Steering Committee took place on Thursday in Albuquerque. The meeting began with an overview of the general education reform effort in the state and the role of the Statewide Steering Committee. After clarification of our ambitious schedule and the framework for making progress on identifying essential skills and content, and designing a curriculum that will achieve desired learning objectives, the committee had a good discussion that touched on essential skills, respect for academic freedom and unique missions, and the importance of communication with our home institutions. Over the course of the next month, smaller groups will assemble to identify essential skills. Each group will report its recommendations to the larger committee at our next meeting.


College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Interim Dean Jim Libbin

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Valencia County– NMSU’s Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service office participated in the Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Matanza. The 25-member team consisting of Extension agents, Master Gardeners, 4-H members, clientele, local business owners and additional volunteers competed against 20 teams in cooking traditional New Mexican pork dishes. The team took first place in the Iron Pig competition where they had an hour to create a dish from five ingredients without prior knowledge of the ingredients, and second place in the chicharrones category. The food was sampled by approximately 8,000 people attending the event held in Belen. In the two years the Valencia CES team has participated, it has placed in all five of the competition dishes. The Matanza provided 36 Valencia County youth with college scholarships last year and event organizers estimate the number will be even higher this year.

Depts. of Plant and Environmental Sciences and Extension Plant Sciences

  • New Mexico Chile Conference: The 39th annual conference, chaired and co-chaired by Paul Bosland and Stephanie Walker, was held on February 2 at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces. A diverse group of farmers, processors, researchers and other supporters of New Mexico’s signature crop convened to share information and learn the latest chile research results. More than 200 individuals participated, with some coming as far as South Korea and Israel to attend. Technology took center stage as information in using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for monitoring field health, and the latest advancements in mechanical harvest and destemming were presented. Other topics ranged from marketing, food safety, and pest and disease management to organic production of chile.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is the national governing board for nutrition and dietetic education in the United States. The ACEND voted NMSU Dietetic Internship a seven-year term with full accreditation status, ending our candidacy status; Dr. Wanda Eastman was elected chair-elect of the ACEND. This election is a high honor, and we are proud Dr. Eastman is part of ACES.
  • Gabby Phillips and Dr. Wanda Eastman took the dietetic interns from the class of 2015-2017 to Santa Fe for Legislative Day sponsored by the New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The interns were able to experience the legislative process, visit representatives and senators as well as meet President Carruthers.


College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

  • As a reminder, registration for the 5th Annual Economic Outlook Conference on Feb 18 at the Las Cruces Convention Center is open at http://business.nmsu.edu/events through Feb 12. Eugenio Alemán (Wells Fargo) and Jim Peach (NMSU) will present their economic forecasts for 2016.
  • Blas Piña, Director of Fuels Trading for Constellation Energy Gas Choice Inc., and College of Business alumnus, spoke to the Financial Management Association student organization on January 28. He spoke about his work as a fuels trader and provided them with insights for interviewing and networking.
  • I attended the AACSB Dean’s Conference on Monday and Tuesday. It was an excellent opportunity to meet with other deans and discuss the many topics of accreditation and other issues business schools face.
  • The Management Department hosted a reception on Friday in recognition of David Boje’s Regents Professorship.
  • The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.


College of Engineering, Interim Dean Steve Stochaj

Engineering Talent Wanted: The College of Engineering, in partnership with Career Services, held Career Connections on February 2-3, with Engineering Day on the 3rd. Some 50 plus employers were in attendance to recruit engineering students for full-time employment, internships and co-ops. Information sessions were held by Raytheon, NAVAIR, Aerospace Corp., MIT Lincoln Labs, Cummins and General Motors Technology Group.

Design Contest Ramps Up: Twenty teams are set to compete at the NMSU WERC 26th Annual International Design Contest on April 3-6 at the Farm & Ranch Museum. The teams represent 10 different universities: California Polytechnic State University; San Luis Obispo; Louisiana State University; Northern Arizona University, Ohio University; University of Arkansas; University of California, Riverside; University of Idaho; University of New Hampshire; University of New Mexico; and University of Waterloo.

1Engineering Students Reach Out: Industrial engineering students conducted several outreach programs recently. They led engineering activities with students from Hillrise Elementary School activities with the 5th grade girls and their mothers through the Generaciones Program organized by the NMSU Chicano Program. Also on Jan. 23, they attended the Expanding Your Horizons Conference.

Chemical and Materials Engineering Adds Minors: The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering will convert the pre-med and pre-law trackways into minors of study open to other majors at NMSU. These minor programs were approved by the College of Engineering department heads in January and will be included in the Fall 2016 catalog.  Details of these two new minors can be found on the CHME website under /Academics/Minors of Study/ or through these links:


College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

The NMSU chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society (Pi Omega chapter) and the Wheeler Family Grant sponsored the SON’s annual Professional Opportunities in Nursing Evening Social on Monday, February 1.  The event was highlighted by a presentation from Frieda Adams, MSN, RN, from the Department of Health who spoke on the vital role nurses play in the community. In addition, BSN students from the School of Nursing were given pointers on developing a winning resume and how to prepare for an interview. Other speakers were Ruth Burkhart, Associate Professor, and Ruthie Villegas, a representative from Mountain View Regional Medical Center.

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University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus

  • April Anaya, Director of Development, and Cassie McClure, Communications Specialist, represented the NMSU Library at the Chile Conference at Hotel Encanto. They showed off the digitization of the over 3,000 NMSU Ag Extension publications online. The NMSU community is encouraged to look take a look as well at: http://contentdm.nmsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/ACES_Hist1


  • The NMSU Library now has a Nursing Parent room for parents who need a place to feed their child or pump breastmilk. The location of the room in on the first floor of Zuhl Library and the key can be checked out at the Service Desk. The room cannot be reserved and is to be used on a first-come, first-served basis. It includes a chair, sink, antibacterial countertop, and higher outlets to be used with a pump.


Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

  • We have spent a great deal of time preparing for the visit of the next cohort of Conroy Scholars. These are students who have qualified for this prestigious award by being designated as a National Merit or National Hispanic Merit scholars. They will visit this campus next week and meet with deans and professors in their prospective majors.
  • We are working closely with the NMSU foundation to recruit the high achieving students who are Presidents Associates. We sent an award letter and an informational packet to the students who are the winners of this scholarship package.
  • Budget — we had a series of staff meetings to discuss the budget issues as we reach the midpoint in the fiscal year. We are trying to ensure we have the most positive impact possible given our limited resources.


Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry

  • 6NMSU Student Firefighter Excels:  On January 13, Layne Southard received his NM Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate (EMT-I) license.  This certification qualifies Layne to administer a higher level of medical care. He has also obtained his Driver Operator certification which qualifies him to drive NMSU’s fire engine and aerial apparatus. Layne is a Sophomore and pursuing a degree in Biology and plans on becoming a licensed Paramedic. Congratulations Layne!
  • 7McFie Circle-Phase 1: Smith & Aguirre Construction is currently working on Phase I of McFie Circle.  It will be repaved and include a side-by-side lighted pedestrian path and bikeway.  The long-term plan, is to provide direct access to the East entrance of Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, as well as, create an area for outdoor activities.  It is expected that Phase I will be completed at end of March 2016.
  • 8NMSU 2015 OSHA 300 log: The Environmental Health & Safety annual summary of employee injuries and illnesses is posted on the NMSU safety website. This log lists summary information on cases and lost work days or days with restricted work because of a reportable injury or illness by NMSU employees in 2015. The chart shows a continued trend of less injury and illness cases over the recent five year period. Under New Mexico law the annual OSHA summary log must be posted from February 1 through April 30.
  • Social Media Contest: Corbett Center Student Union programming staff conducted a Facebook “Like” competition among the Program Assistants. The goal was to increase the student following on the NMSU Corbett Center Student Union Facebook. “Likes” on the Facebook page increased from 52 to over 300 in one week.
  • 9Crafts at Corbett: During the month of January, the Corbett Center Student Union programming staff sponsored a Crafts at Corbett activity. Participants enjoyed the very popular chalkboard paint coffee mug craft. The entire photo album can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/nmsu.ccsu/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums
  • Auxiliary Services: NMSU Conference Services and Flavours by Sodexo participated in the annual Las Cruces Bridal & Special Events Showcase on January 31 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.  Information on event coordination services and catering options available at NMSU were provided to over 300 participants.


Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

  • Chicano Programs Welcome Event: On Wednesday, February 3, Chicano Programs held a Welcome Back event. The event was held to inform students about the services offered by Chicano Programs, NMSU and community offices. The NMSU student organization, Hispanic Council, also attended this event.
  • Educational Extension: On Tuesday, February 2, the Immigrant Student Issues Committee of NMSU sponsored training on Higher Education Access for Undocumented and DACA students as well as U.S citizens who graduate from a foreign high school.  The training was presented to approximately 80 high school counselors from the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS).  Gustavo Guzmán of Admissions and Cyrena Alfaro of Financial Aid presented to the counselors via Skype, while Laura Gutiérrez Spencer of Chicano Programs was at the APS conference room.   Students from the Albuquerque area DREAM Team joined the presentation. These students provided valuable information and testimony regarding the many challenges experienced by undocumented students, as well as the many achievements that are possible with further education.
  • Commencement: The Commencement Office attended the Annual Conference for National Association for Commencement Officers (NAACO). The NAACO association is composed over 300 educational institutions. Marisela Marquez and Gabrielle Martinez, from the SAEM office, hosted a tabled discussion regarding the planning of a successful Doctorial Hooding Ceremony. Giving tips to those universities that will be planning a Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.


Vice President for Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Arrowhead Podcasts: This week, Arrowhead started a weekly series of podcasts sharing information on student and regional businesses that have been developed with the assistance of Arrowhead Center. The first podcast featured Big Top Beard Company. Founded by two NMSU graduates, Big Top Beard Company produces and sells organic beard oils and balms. Working with Arrowhead Center to start the business, the company accelerated from research to sales in less than 3 months. Click the link below to view the podcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVHxbMDgREU&feature=youtu.be.
  • Craftbox Design Hours: On Friday, Arrowhead held its monthly Craftbox Design Hour hosting guest speaker Myron King who gave an inspired talk on design and freelance work. Mr. King is a graphic designer for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists as well as a solopreneur art director at MKmojay Design, in Albuquerque. The event was attended by 30 local graphic designers.
  • New Mexico FAST Partnership Program Workshop: This week Arrowhead Center hosted a Small Business Innovation Research Program/Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase 1 Proposal Development Workshop with an emphasis on the National Science Foundation. Arrowhead Center is the state representative for the FAST program. Jim Greenwood and NSF representative Peter Atherton spoke at the workshop, which provided an overview of the SBIR/STTR programs, including those available at the National Science Foundation. A four-step process was resented on how to develop a competitive Phase 1 proposal.
  • Studio G Networking Hour: On Wednesday, Studio G hosted its weekly Networking Hour. This week kicked off a series of presentation on the Disciplined Entrepreneur, a 24 step entrepreneurship model designed by Bill Aulet of MIT. Networking Hour is a weekly event providing students the chance to meet others who are or are interested in starting businesses, and this week was attended by 22 people.


Vice President for Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • VPR Office Hosts DARPA Program Manager. The Vice President for Research Office hosted Dr. Stefanie Tompkins, Director of Defense Sciences Office (DSO) of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) on February 2. The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is one of six technical offices at the agency. DSO identifies and pursues high-risk, high-payoff fundamental research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines including materials science, computing and autonomy, engineering design and manufacturing, physics, chemistry, mathematics and social science. Dr. Tompkins met and discussed opportunities with researchers from Departments of Computer Science, Psychology, and Physics, College of Engineering and Physical Science Lab.
  • Core University Research Resources Laboratory (CURRL). The Microscopic Imaging Core Suite (MICS) facility hosted 7th grade students from Mesilla Middle School for a hands-on live demonstration of the microscopes.
  • Space Race Innovation Challenge. The New Mexico Space Grant supported the Arrowhead Center in hosting the NASA Space Race Innovation Challenge on Friday, January 29, at the Arrowhead Center in partnership with the Medical Center of Americas (MCA).
  • EPSCoR Track 2 Proposal Support. Three staff members from the Office of Research Development provided a month-long support for the development of a $6 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 2 proposal.  Led by Dr. Khandan, Professor in Civil Engineering, this proposed project focused on the nexus of food, energy, and water and included researchers from the NMSU Colleges of Engineering and Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, as well as from the University of Nevada-Reno, and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
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    NM WRRI staff on the steps of the New Mexico Roundhouse. First row from left, Jesslyn Ratliff, Catherine Ortega Clett, Patrick Natoni; second row from left, Ian Hewitt, Sam Fernald, Fernando Herrera, and Blane Sanchez.

    WRRI at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. NM WRRI staff visited the Roundhouse in Santa Fe during the 2016 New Mexico Legislative Session to support House Bill 78, which was introduced by local legislator Representative Bill McCamley. The bill was heard before the House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee on January 27 and passed with unanimous support. The bill would appropriate funds to the institute to support: 1) water research throughout the state through faculty and student grants; 2) development of the Statewide Water Assessment, an effort begun two years ago that will provide a powerful planning tool for managing New Mexico’s water resources.; and 3) measurement of depletions and withdrawals simultaneously in irrigated landscapes to provide technical information for improved water management.





University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Annual ROTC Reunion: Nearly 90 guests attended a happy hour mixer at La Posta Friday and a Recognition Dinner Banquet Saturday at the NMSU Golf Course.  Generous donations allowed 20 cadets to attend, and additional donations were added to a fund used to purchase uniforms for cadets.  During the events, Gary Cataldo was honored as the outgoing chapter leader and Matt Mossburg was welcomed as the incoming leader.

College of Business Gift: The College received a $10,000 gift for a new endowed scholarship in general business from an Aggie family.  The gift is part of a $50,000 pledge over five years.

Design Challenge Gift: Corporate and Foundation relations received $15,000 from Freeport-McMoRan Foundation for College of Engineering’s International Environmental Design Challenge. The contest is in April.

Career Fair Connection: The Alumni Association joined over 100 employers at the Career Connections Fair Tuesday and Wednesday to share information about alumni events and giving with alumni and students.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

  • National Signing Day was Wednesday, February 3. There was a press conference announcing the 2016 signing class as well as a free reception held at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club located on the 3rd floor of the Stan Fulton Center. The reception was very well attended by donors, supporters and fans. I gave a program update; Coach Martin introduced his staff and showed video of the recruits.

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  • Held an Aggie Athletic Club Board meeting with the invited guests Scott Creagan from Graphic Connection and Leland Gould of Western Refining, Inc. who are officers of the Lobo Athletic Club to discuss the boards makeup, expectations and strategies.
  • Hosted our 2nd Annual Baseball Alumni weekend with over 60 alums returning. The weekends activities included a golf outing and a gathering at The Game Sports Bar on Friday. I provided an update regarding the baseball program as well as solicited funds to assist with the baseball infield turf project. Saturday’s events included a meet and greet with the current team, as well as a facilities tour. A social event at Head Coach Brian Green’s home rounded out a successful weekend.
  • Attended the Dining at the Diamond annual softball fundraising event. There event was attended by donors and supporters and raised funds for the softball program.

Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • Sports Information: Athletics Media Relations continued coverage of the WAC leading men’s and women’s basketball teams. Aggie sophomore Pascal Siakam was named one of the final 10 for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday. The list will be trimmed to five in March and the award will be presented in April.
  • Marketing Services: We developed a series of print ads to recognize the four new Regents professors. Each ad features their accomplishments and contributions to the community.


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Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel 

2016 Legislative Session:  We are attending the 2016 Legislative Session in Santa Fe, NM, through February 18. 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

  • Attended the winter policy meeting of the National Association of State Department of Agriculture (NASDA). Representatives from 47 states were there to discuss issues affecting American agriculture and celebrate NASDA’s 100th anniversary. I serve as NASDA Secretary Treasurer and Chair the Audit Committee. I also attended the business meeting of the Western United States Agriculture Trade Association (WUSATA), where I serve as the Vice President. We discussed upcoming trade missions which will involve New Mexico agriculture companies.
  • Staff continues to work with the New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC), the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB), and Sunland Park management on the EHV 1 outbreak at Sunland Park Race Track. To date 48 horses have be diagnosed with the infection. Of those diagnosed as positive, 6 have been euthanized due to progressive neurological signs. Staff presented information at two EHV 1 information meetings held at Sunland Park. The meetings were attended by horse owners, trainers, grooms, Sunland Park personnel, New Mexico Livestock Bureau (NMLB) and the New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC). The meetings were held in English and Spanish.
  • Deputy Director Anthony Parra presented at the 4th Annual New Mexico Food & Farms Day in Santa Fe. This event gives us all a chance to share in the relationships between the health of our communities and the many ways agriculture contributes to the health and economic vitality of New Mexicans.
  • Staff attended the 2016 Arizona – New Mexico Stampede sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This meeting was held to discuss accomplishments and projected activities on invasive pest issues.
  • NMDA was represented at the 11th Annual Milk Lovers Ball. Discussed issues with members of the dairy industry.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez

Police Activity – There were 39 police reports created, 30 supplements filed, and 25 traffic citations issued.

Records and Evidence Office – The Records & Evidence Office processed 24 items of evidence entered into the vault, 46 people were fingerprinted, and 5 background investigations were conducted.

Emergency Dispatch Center – Emergency Dispatch Center handled 260 calls for service (4 of which was a 911 calls) resulting in 242 police calls (32 of which were agency assist) and 2 warrant entries.  There were 21 fire calls (6 of which were mutual aid), 1 public assist, 4 emergency medical calls, 4 fire alarms, 3 standby by, 1 structure fire, 1 gas leak, and 1 unknown type fire.  There were also 3 animal control calls.

Special Events – Special Events staff worked 203.25 hours and reviewed 2 events.

Victim Services – Victim Services staff provided assistance with 4 cases:  court accompaniment on Restraining Order; assistance with information and ban from campus; assisted with reporting to HIS and NMSU and with resources for victim compensation; assisted with Restraining Order, request for ban from campus, and case information.

Training – Officer Dianna Renteria completed drug trafficking interdiction Training held in Albuquerque, NM.  This training focused on how to recognize situations where drug trafficking might be taking place, and how to properly handle them.

JTTF Task Force Meeting – Chief Lopez and Investigator Gabriela Graham attended a Joint Terrorism Task Force Meeting in Albuquerque, NM on February 3.

Meeting with District Attorney – Chief Lopez met with the District Attorney on Thursday, February 4, along with other chiefs from throughout the County.  There was discussion about interagency investigations and upcoming opportunities for interaction and cooperation.

Computer System Security Improvements – Members of the Police Department and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) conducted a kickoff meeting on how to improve physical and data security on computers within the Police Department.  This will be an ongoing effort over the course of the next year.  The initial meeting included identification of strategies for secure connections to the new Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority (MVRDA) building that is currently under construction, as both MVRDA and the NMSU Police Department share the same computer-aided dispatching and record management systems.  Prioritization for other projects and identification of ways to re-cycle older equipment to minimize expenses were also completed at this meeting.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

NMSU-Las Cruces received our Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Multi-Location Visit Report from our Fall 2015 multi-location site visit that included programs offered by the Las Cruces campus in Albuquerque and Alamogordo. This is a new regularized review that will occur every five years. The report found that no additional review or monitoring is necessary. This is a good step forward as we look toward our comprehensive reaffirmation of accreditation review and site visit that will occur November 13-14, 2017.

Other preparations for our upcoming reaffirmation of accreditation include collaborating with various offices across campus and systemwide to streamline and improve processes and provide consistent and efficient access to information.

In addition, our first cohort of Writing to Learn mini-grant award winners reconvened this week to check in on their progress and provide feedback for future cohorts. Cohort 2 began Fall 2015 and will continue to meet regularly over the spring semester.

To learn more about accreditation go to https://accreditation.nmsu.edu/. To become more involved in our accreditation efforts, click on the link “Get Involved.”


New Mexico State University-Dona Ana, President Renay Scott

17PTK Scholars: NMSU-Doña Ana students Kenneth Agbita and Jared Pollard were named to the New Mexico All USA Academic Team for their outstanding academic accomplishments and community service by PTK the honor society for community colleges. The awards and PTK medals were presented at the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe as part of Community College day at the Legislature. The students received scholarships and chose to attend NMSU. Pollard and Agbita are pictured with PTK advisor Robert Doyle and VPAA Dr. Monica Torres.

18Global Game Jam: The Global Game Jam is a world-wide event where participants create a game from scratch over 48 hours. Over 36,000 jammers across 93 countries created almost 6800 games this year, making it the biggest Global Game Jam yet.

DACC is one of just three community colleges to participate nationwide, and had a great event with 35 registered jammers, and 10 games produced over the weekend. This is a pretty high ratio of games to jammers, so the site organizer Ian Snyder did a great job of encouraging smaller groups to produce more games. Here are the games that were produced at NMSU-Dona Ana: http://globalgamejam.org/2016/jam-sites/do%C3%B1a-ana-community-college/games Pictured below the jammers at work


New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

NM All-State Academic Team Representatives: John Frye and Tiantian Trimble were named to the New Mexico All-State Academic Team sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  The award ceremony took place in Santa Fe on Thurs, Feb 4, and was held in the state capital building with legislators and the Secretary of Higher Education in attendance.  Dr. James Gallagher and Sonja DeVargas nominated John and Tiantian to receive the honors.

Student Organization Day:  On Wednesday, February 3, NMSU-A held the spring student organization day. All the different student organizations were present with club information to let students know all they have to offer on campus including events they sponsor, fundraising activities and leadership development opportunities.


Superbowl Tailgate:  Faculty, staff and students gathered on Friday, February 5, at a lunchtime tailgate and chili cook-off in the NMSU-A Glass House.  Not only did the crowd get to sample a variety of chilies, they also enjoyed traditional tailgate food such as hotdogs, cheese dip and nachos.  Additionally, we collected food and monetary contributions for the Aggie Cupboard Alamogordo, which services NMSU-A faculty and students in need.


New Mexico State University-Carlsbad, President John Gratton

  • President John Gratton attended meetings with Cabinet Secretaries and Governor Martinez as part of Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce “Bat Brigade” visits to Santa Fe on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday night, John attended a reception for all legislators hosted by the Artesia and Carlsbad Chambers of Commerce.
  • President John Gratton traveled to Roswell on Thursday, February 4 in order to make a presentation on the “Structure and Concerns of Higher Education in New Mexico” to the Leadership New Mexico Connect class.
  • On Thursday, February 4, John Gratton attended a legislative dinner hosted by the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges. All legislators were invited to attend and the event was a great success as the legislators were thanked for all of their efforts.
  • On Friday, February 5, John Gratton returned to Carlsbad and spent the afternoon working with the NMSU Carlsbad Executive Team in preparation for the Regent’s Budget Committee Meeting and completing promotion and tenure processes.