November 15-21

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities: We were very pleased that NMSU was the recipient of an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University designation by a division of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities at their recent meeting in Indianapolis.  Congratulations to Dr. Boberg, Kathy Hansen and the crew at Arrowhead for being the inspiration for another national recognition for NMSU and our programs.
  • NMSU Grants Retirement: A delegation from Las Cruces (NMSU folks including Bernadette Montoya, Sharon Jones, Renay Scott, Alton Looney, and myself) attended the going away/retirement party for former NMSU Grants President Felicia Casados.  We took the opportunity to have a nice chat with the faculty and staff about the future on NMSU Grants, their strategic plan, and how they were going to reach out to the community to develop new programs and garner new students for NMSU Grants.  Community colleges are designed principally to serve their communities; hence, it is necessary that faculty and staff be ever present in the service area to ascertain community needs that can be met with certificate programs, short courses, and college prep.  Harry Sheski will serve as the interim President of NMSU Grants. 
  • Legislative Session 2016: The Council of University Presidents met to plot for the upcoming legislative session.  Increasing faculty and staff compensation and full funding to the original funding formula are priorities.  The Legislative Finance Committee will hear higher education request next week.  Dan Lopez from New Mexico Tech will present this and the remainder of our CUP agenda.  Word has it that revenues continue to decline and requests continue to increase so don’t hold your breath that this will be a big year for higher education or any other public entities.
  • ROTC 100th Anniversary: The Department of the Army has written to ask NMSU to participate in some way in the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the ROTC program.  In visiting with Lt. Col. McCoy, we have decided to ask the Employee Council to join us in making this the theme of next spring’s Founders Day event.  The reasoning is simple – the Morrill Act specifies that land-grant universities focus on agriculture, the mechanical arts, and military science.  Our ROTC program has a long and rich history with many highly decorated officers.  We hope to find uniforms from several decades so our current corps can wear them and represent the transition of the program overtime.
  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion: The Provost and I have initiated meetings with several groups, seeking recommendations on how we can establish a Center for Diversity and Inclusion at the Provost level to continue to enhance the diverse and inclusive environment of our campus.  It is anticipated our Community Colleges may wish to be included in the Center.  More on this as the project unfolds, but I would hope we can establish such a Center by sometime in the Spring 2016. 
  • NMSU Alamogordo President: I visited with the faculty and staff at NMSU Alamogordo regarding their recommendations on a search for the NMSU President position.  They have agreed to survey the faculty regarding their desires and to report to me next week.  The original search, which failed, has not been canceled and may serve as the vehicle to move forward. 


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • APLU Annual Meeting: I spent the first part of the week at the APLU Annual Meeting.  A major topic of discussion at the conference was the importance of nurturing a welcoming environment on university campuses and making cultural competence training available to all faculty, staff, and students.  These and other issues related to diversity and inclusion on the NMSU campus will be the focus of the “Power of Not Yet” group that will meet in February of 2016.
  • Faculty Senate: The faculty senate met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss Rule 1.10, which attempts to bring some order to the protocols by which NMSU System policies and administrative rules and procedures are reviewed and adopted. Faculty senators expressed concerns about the pathways and timing of the review process under the proposed rule.  Faculty Senate Chair, Dr. Stuart Munson-McGee, will work with a small group of senators to revise the current draft of the rule to alleviate his concerns and those expressed by other senators.  As I noted at the end of the meeting, it is important to understand that rule 1.10 is designed to provide processes by which policies, procedures, and rules developed outside the faculty senate can be considered by the faculty senate and other policy-making bodies.  It will not change the processes of the faculty senate with regard to the development of policies that originate within the faculty senate.
  • Provosts Meeting with Secretary Barbara Damron: On Wednesday, the provosts of New Mexico’s universities met with Higher Education Secretary Barbara Damron to discuss changing the state’s general education curriculum.  Secretary Damron agreed with the provosts that the current general education curriculum has too great a focus on content and needs to be revamped so that there is a greater emphasis on the acquisition of transferable skills that are critical for lifelong learning.  Secretary Damron also noted the need for the development of metamajors at our universities and community colleges, and the importance of fulfilling the legislative call for common course numbering among the state’s universities.  We are planning a mid-January summit of all institutions of higher education in the state to discuss, and act on, all three needs.
  • The College Basketball Hall of Fame: At the end of the week, my wife, Jenifer, and I took some time off to travel to Kansas City, MO, to celebrate Coach Lou Henson’s induction into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.  Although all the inductees were worthy, the cheers for Coach Henson were by far the loudest and longest—a  fitting tribute to a legendary coach.  Lou and his wife, Mary, are true icons in New Mexico.  It was wonderful to share this special moment with them, their family, and their many friends.


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

Dr. Jim Libbin

  • National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association 2015 Scholar American recipients: The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) announced the 2015 Scholar American recipients. The honor is bestowed on NIRA members that have earned points at a 2014-2015 NIRA sanctioned rodeo, been in college for more than one term, earned a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, and have been nominated by their rodeo coach.  The recipients from NMSU are Zoe Billings, Josh Davison, Makayla Jacobs, Lucas Mackenzie, Channing Moore, Russell Van Soelen. We congratulate theses students for bringing recognition to NMSU because of their national achievements.

Extension Plant Sciences

  • Annual Southwest Turfgrass Conference: The annual Southwest Turfgrass Conference was held in Ruidoso from November 3 to 5. Approximately 200 participants from the turf and landscape industry in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and Arizona attended the conference and listened to presentations on pest identification and control, irrigation water management, and golf course maintenance. The event was co-organized and co-sponsored by the Southwest Turfgrass Association and the Cooperative Extension Service. During the conference, the Association provided scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students at NMSU. This year’s recipients were Guillermo Alvarez (graduate student) and Steven Jarrett (undergraduate student) from the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences.

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • Wildlife Museum Tour: On Friday, November 6, approximately 75 students and 15 adults from El Paso’s Carlos Rivera Elementary School, visited the NMSU Wildlife Museum.  As part of the Wildlife Museum tour, undergraduate students from the NMSU Chapter of the American Fisheries Society demonstrated using seines to capture fish in the Knox Hall pond.  The elementary school group also visited the NMSU Arthropod Museum and the Zuhl Library.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Recruiting Efforts: The department held two recruiting efforts. Students in the Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising major held a fashion show at Barnes and Nobles during Homecoming.  They modeled clothing and accessories from Barnes and Noble, adding their own individual style and fashion sense.  Dr. Roselyn Smitley helped produce the show. Dr. Efren Delgado and Dr. Nancy Flores presented on research in food science to 300 middle school students who were members of MESA chapters around the state. Both recruiting efforts teach students and the public the diverse careers NMSU has to offer.


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Classroom Visits: Along with some of our Ambassadors, I visited several classes in an effort to recruit students to participate in our CoB Student Ambassador program.  In addition to the leadership and network opportunities, students will benefit from mentorship from Business Advisory Council members.
  • NMSU/PGA Accreditation: NMSU and our PGA Golf Management Program received the official letter of reaccreditation from PGA of America.  This reaccreditation process is conducted every five years.  Thank you goes out to all faculty and staff who were a part of this process.  
  • Breakfast: Our professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi hosted a faculty breakfast on November 17.
  • Lunch with Alumnus: Anthony Casaus and I had a lunch meeting with Mayor Ken Miyagishima on Nov. 24.  Mayor Miyagishima is a 1985 graduate of the College of Business.
  • College of Business Weekly Activity Report: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at


Dean, College of Education, Dr. Donald Pope-Davis

  • Faculty Success: Judith Flores Carmona’s book, Crafting Critical Stories: Toward Pedagogies and Methodologies of Collaboration, Inclusion, and Voice, was nominated for the American Educational Studies Association’s Critics Choice Award. The book was co-authored with Kristen V. Luschen.
  • Faculty Nominations: Anita Hernandez, the Don and Sarrah Kidd Endowed Chair in Literacy, has been elected to the Elementary Section Nominating Committee of the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE).
  • Early Childhood Curriculum Conference: The Early Childhood Curriculum Conference centering on “Exploring the Developmental Interaction Approach as a Curriculum Framework” was held November 6 and 7 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The conference reached full capacity with 175 early childhood educators and teacher educators from across the state. The conference was spearheaded by Dr. Betsy Cahill, Director of the Early Childhood Education program within the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Sponsors included NMSU, New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department, and the New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • Graduation Inspiration Days: On October 20 and 21 faculty members across the College of Education participated in Graduation Inspiration Days. Faculty members, many of whom came dressed in regalia, spoke with students about taking committed actions toward achieving their graduation goals. Students were encouraged to meet with their advisors to ensure they are on track to degree completion. Xeturah Woodley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, brought the idea to the COE from her previous campus.


Dean, College of Health and Social Services, Dr. Donna Wagner

  • Featured Alum: Nursing alumna Rachel Dickens, BSN, RN,Pictured is nurse Rachel Dickens with a patient aboard the Africa Mercy hospital ship. Dickens, a registered nurse who formerly worked at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho, is one of hundreds of volunteers currently aboard the Africa Mercy, a hospital ship that offers free surgery and medical care during 10-month stays in African port cities through the nonprofit group Mercy Ships. The ship landed in Madagascar in August 2015, where it will stay through June 2016 before sailing to the next destination, yet to be determined. Photo courtesy of Mercy Ships. Photo Credit: Ruben Plomp. 2015 Mercy Ships, Photo Credit Ruben Plomp Rachel DICKENS (USA) Nurse Tue Nov 24 18:04:29 -0700 2015 1448413455 FILENAME: 203187.jpghas begun a two-year volunteer commitment aboard the Africa Mercy, a hospital ship that offers free medical care during 10-month stays in African port cities. Dickens current works with children undergoing corrective plastic and orthopedic surgeries. To read more about Dickens visit the online story in the Albuquerque Journal:  Rachel Dickens, pictured right, walks with a recovering orthopedic patient aboard the Africa Mercy. Dickens is a registered nurse who left her job at Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho to volunteer for two years on the hospital ship, which is currently docked in Madagascar. (Ruben Plomp/Mercy Ships, in Katy Barnitz, New Mexico nurse on a mission of mercy, Albuquerque Journal Saturday, November 28th, 2015, at 12:05 am)

School of Social Work

  • Collaboration: The School of Social Work and community infant mental healthcare providers have been meeting regularly since the spring of 2015 in a collaborative effort to improve infant mental health in the community. The initiative supports social work students by helping them develop their competence regarding infant mental health.  Recently, a training session titled, “Collective Impact for Infant Mental Health” was held for community stakeholders.
  • Featured Faculty: Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome’s work in the area of equine-assisted psychotherapy was recently featured by the Las Cruces Sun News. Whittlesey-Jerome has dedicated her academic career to establish and promote scientific standards for gathering evidence-based research regarding the effectiveness of horses assisting people’s mental and behavioral health issues. To read more, go to: .

Department of Public Health Sciences

  • Publication: Faculty members and advisors from the Department of Public Health Sciences collaborated with instructors from DACC to write a manuscript that has been accepted for publication in the Pedagogy in Health Promotion. The article, Public Health Program Articulation in New Mexico: making it work for students, faculty, and the profession, is coauthored by Sue Forster-Cox, Becky Corran, Amy Collins, Letty Gallegos, and Satya Rao.
  • Teaching Academy Workshop: Satya Rao and Elizabeth England-Kennedy presented a Teaching Academy workshop on Friday, November 13, Preventing Student Suicide: you can make the difference”. The workshop was the first to be presented on this topic at the Teaching Academy, and is part of ongoing collaborative effort between Rao and England-Kennedy.


Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Dinner and a Show: Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar organized a fun and innovative opportunity for students coinciding with the preview night of the play “Frankenstein.” The students who were in the Conroy Scholars, Presidential Associates Scholars and NM Leadership Academy cohorts were invited to share dinner in the Honors College before going to the play next door in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. Professor Tom Smith who directed the play gave a fascinating talk about the process of moving the play from script to stage which gave us all insights into nuances in the staging. The event was well attended, and we enjoyed hosting a few guests, including the Provost and an El Paso high school student who is a prospective Conroy Scholar.
  • Academic Program Review: Dean Miriam Chaiken participated in the academic program review for the Department of Geological Sciences, as the campus representative to the team. Three senior professors (including two department heads) from peer universities in Washington, Oregon, and Wyoming travelled to NMSU to conduct this review. This intensive 2.5 day process included meetings with senior administrators, department faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and a tour of the facilities. The group was very favorably impressed with the department, and the productivity of all of the faculty and students. A final report summarizing the findings will be forthcoming.
  • End of Semester Activities: This is crunch time for students preparing for graduation, and applying for graduate programs. We met with a number of students who are in the process of finalizing their senior capstone projects in advance of graduation, and Dean Chaiken worked on graduate school references for half a dozen very talented students.


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • Support for Mexican Graduate Students: Dean Titus met with representatives of Tecnológico Nacional de México (TecNM) for dinner to discuss library support for Mexican graduate students.
  • Library U: The NMSU Library’s Library U held a presentation on True Colors, a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament to improve personal and workplace relationships and communications. Library U is a program for professional development for library employees created in-house by the NMSU Library faculty and staff. 

Library U

Associate Provost, International and Border Program, Dr. Cornell Menking

  • International Education Week: NMSU celebrated International Education Week from November 16 through November 20. The week was set up with activities to showcase different events on campus demonstrating NMSU’s high degree of internationalization and diversity.  Highlights included a tabling event where nine internationally oriented groups held tables, and many students participated in other activities, including an extenstive “chalk-the-walk” event. Read more about the event here.
  • Enrollment Collaboration: The General Director and ten other high-ranking officials from the Tecnológico Nacional de México (TecNM) visited NMSU on November 16-17.  The visit is part of plans to enroll 300 TecNM students in NMSU Masters programs next fall, and 1,000 by 2018.  Read more about the TecNM visit here.
  • International Visitor: The Office of Education Abroad hosted Tamara Mihalap of Accademia Italiana, a prestigious fashion, art and design school in Italy. She met with Dr. Melinda Chavez and Dr. Esther Devall of CTFM about her programs, and presented in several CTFM courses. She also met with Julia Barello and Motoko Furuhashi of the Art Department to discuss metalsmithing and photography programs in Italy, and spoke with students in a metalsmithing course.
  • Staff Farewell: Mary Jaspers, Director of International Student and Scholar Services, retired at the end of October. Mary was an invaluable resource to the University and to our growing number of international students. She will be greatly missed by all. In the interim, Kristian Chervenock, Director for the Office of Education Abroad, will serve as acting Director during the search for a replacement, which will begin immediately. 
  • Spring 2016 International Enrollment: International Student and Scholar Services staff are busy with Spring Semester 2016 admissions. At this time, it is anticipated that about 200 new international students will enroll at NMSU for Spring Semester with a majority of those students coming from Kuwait. 
  • Website Update: International Student and Scholar Services staff revised the ISSS website to include new information for Visiting J1 Scholars. The site is a work in progress feedback from the campus community is welcome. 


Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • Lynne McClure Flores receives the James L. McDonough We C.A.R.E. Award: On November 18, Angela Throneberry, NMSU Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance (AF), presented Lynne McClure-Flores, Systems Analyst 1-Support, with the James L. McDonough We C.A.R.E.    This annual award is given to an AF employee providing great customer service and demonstrating excellence in job performance.  In her nomination form, Lynne was recognized for the dedicated and excellent work she has provided in her position with Accounting and Finance (Financial Information Processing).  The nominator wrote, “Lynne is highly responsive and supportive as an agent of customer service, going above and beyond on a daily basis to help customers with their needs even if they have accidentally contacted the wrong department.”   For more information, go to
  • 3rd Annual Hungry Games Tournament: The 3rd annual Hungry Games Tournament, a contest for student organizations, had four teams of ten student participants who donated 586 cans of food for the Aggie Cupboard and Casa de Peregrinos.  Prizes for the most food donated went to Delta Sigma Phi and Delta Gamma.   Games were won by:  1st Place – Kappa Sigma, 2nd Place – Delta Gamma, 3rd Place – Kappa Sigma team 2, 4th Place – Delta Sigma Phi.
    Hungry Games
  • Strickland Utility Plant Dedication: On Saturday, November 14, a building naming ceremony was held to honor Charles Strickland Jr.   Chancellor Carruthers, NMSU personnel, and 12 members of the Strickland family were present at the event renaming the plant to the Charles Strickland Central Plant.
    Strickland Utility Plant
  • Student Organization Support: Facilities Operations has filled the Sam Steel retention pond to provide a concrete canoe race practice area for the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE student organization.  The students will be practicing through December 12.


Vice President Student Affairs / Enrollment Management, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

  • Accreditation Visit: The Campus Health Center hosted a surveyor from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) on November 16-17.  The CHC has been accredited with the national healthcare organization since 1996 and has participated in voluntary accreditations since 1988. The CHC had a positive review with emphasis being placed on the physical facility, quality improvement, peer review, and risk management processes. The final report should be back in 6-8 weeks with maximum accreditation being 3 years. NMSU is the only accredited college health center in the State of New Mexico.
  • University Registrar Interviews: The interviews for University Registrar concluded this week, with four candidates being considered. Attendance at the various sessions is appreciated and feedback from the campus community will carry heavy weight in the hiring decision. We hope to make an offer and announce the new Registrar before 2015 ends.
  • Super Hero Parent Conference: On Saturday, November 14, Chicano Programs was part of the “Super Hero Parent Conference,” a bilingual conference at the Las Cruces Convention Center offered to parents in our local area. The conference was sponsored by NGAGE, a local non-profit. Laura Gutierrez Spencer, Director of Chicano Programs, and Lucía Carmona, Community Engagement Coordinator for NGAGE, presented a workshop entitled “Preparing for College Since Elementary School and Navigating the School System.”
  • Outdoor Recreation: Outdoor Recreation took students to Ft. Bayard for a day of mountain biking. Led by Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP) facilitators, students were able to explore the Ft. Bayard trails, the historic town, and visit the second largest juniper tree in the nation! The OLP is in its second year of developing student leaders to plan, implement and lead outdoor recreation activities for the NMSU program. The OLP equips its students with practical leadership experiences to complement their academic degrees and give them the edge in the job market after graduation.
    Outdoor Recreation
  • Regional Flag Football Tournament: NMSU took two intramural teams to the Regional Flag Football Tournament hosted this past weekend at UCLA. The Co-Ed team, Iron Outlaws, placed 2nd overall, while the men’s team, #Verified, placed in the top 4. Collegiate intramural sports tournaments are held regionally and nationally allowing students from all parts of the country to support their colleges and universities while promoting recreational competition and sportsmanship.

Flag Football

Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Startup Hour: Studio G hosted its weekly Startup Hour on Friday, with 18 student attendees. This week’s topic focused on Value Proposition Design. The discussion helped students learn about designing businesses and value proposition that delight potential customers. Startup hours provide students the opportunity to network with other aspiring entrepreneurs and to learn best practices for startup.


Interim Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Dr. Andrea Tawney

  • Matching Gifts: University Advancement received the following commitments for GivingTuesday.
    • Received a $250,000 commitment from a Foundation Board member for a scholarship endowment. After the match, half a million dollars will go into our scholarship endowment.
    • Received a commitment from a President’s Associate Board member for $50,000 to be matched for a total of $100,000.
    • Received a $25,000 commitment from an Alumni Association International Board of Directors member for a leadership scholarship to be matched for a total of $50 thousand.
  • College of Engineering Gift: Received a $25,000 gift from a College of Engineering alum from California for scholarships in response to the stewardship he received from the leadership team.
  • College of Education Gift: A donor made a gift of $10,000 to the Carleene Wimberly Endowed Scholarship in the College of Education.
  • Carlsbad Awareness Event: Annual Giving hosted a NMSU – Carlsbad Crimson Colleagues Awareness Event at their campus on November 19. Over 30 employees attended to learn about the faculty and staff campaign. President Gratton issued a challenge to match $5.00 of every faculty and staff gift.
  • NMSU-Alamogordo: NMSU-Alamogordo retirees raised $13,300 for the GivingTuesday


Athletics Director, Mario Moccia

  • NMSU Men’s Basketball Guests: Athletics hosted several local legislators; Sens. Bill Soules, Joseph Cervantes, Mary Kay Papen, Reps. John Zimmerman and Doreen Gallegos at the Barbara Hubbard Hospitality room for the NMSU-UNM men’s basketball game. 
  • Advertising Aggie Cupboard: NM State Athletics promoted the Aggie Cupboard Aggie Cupboardand asked fans to donate food items during two home men’s basketball games (November 18 vs Tennessee Tech & November 21 vs Mississippi Valley State). This was our most successful food drive in the last three years.    
  • Guest Speaker: I was invited to be the guest speaker at the NMSU Pioneers Fall Luncheon held at the Columbus Center. I gave an update on athletics and talked about my vision for the department.
  • National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: I attended the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction of Lou Henson in Kansas City. There was a Red Carpet Arrival followed by the VIP Reception and the Induction Ceremony. Family and friends from all over attended the ceremony.
  • Personal Aggie Story: NMSU quarter back Andrew Allen appeared on the Doug Gottlieb radio show to tell his story on the loss of his Father. Follow his story by clicking on the following link


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • News: Our team’s news release about mosquito repellent research by biology Associate Professor Immo Hansen and graduate student Stacy Rodriguez generated massive media coverage across the country and internationally on outlets such as CBS News, USA Today, Science Daily, Smithsonian Magazine and even MTV News and the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom. If you haven’t heard, researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences discovered that Victoria Secret’s Bombshell perfume repels mosquitoes better than some commercial repellents. 
  • KRWG: StoryCorps, which is an NPR program designed to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives, is planning to visit Las Cruces in January, 2016. The StoryCorps staff traveled here in November to prepare for their January trip. A well-attended community meeting provided input and helped bring diverse voices into this NPR project.
  • Marketing Services: Working closely with the Office of Institutional Analysis, our team completed the Quick Facts 2015-2016 brochure. Printed copies are available from OIA.

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  • Sports Information: Athletics Media Relations had a busy week, hosting a women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader on Tuesday, the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic women’s basketball tournament, the Arkansas State football game on Saturday and covering the men’s basketball game at Air Force on Saturday. Looking ahead, the Aggies host I-10 Rival UTEP in men’s play on Wednesday and in women’s play on Saturday.


Director/Secretary New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Jeff M. Witte

  • 2nd Annual HomeGrown Market: New Mexico Department of Agriculture Homegrown Marketpartnered with the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and the state’s growers for the 2nd Annual HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market. There were approximately 50 vendors offering great products to buy, samples, book signings, and more. NMDA’s food demonstration trailer was parked in the Museum’s Courtyard and free samples of New Mexico specialties were offered. Food items offered for sampling and purchasing included award-winning salsas, pies, cookies, sauces, honey, fresh produce, jerky, candy, cheese, beans, pistachios, wine, and much more. New Mexico crafts were also part of the event,  Pictured, NMDA Employees Juan Sanchez and Sarah Hacker at the 2nd Annual HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market.
  • Annual Convention of the NM Farm and Livestock Bureau Remarks: I provided opening remarks to the annual convention of the NM Farm and Livestock Bureau.  Several other staff members attended and participated in the meeting. The conference was action packed and they also asked that I judge the FFA discussion meet finals.  This contest puts some of the brightest youth on stage to discuss timely topics.  Again, I have to say, our future looks bright when we look at these kids and listen to their dreams and thoughts.
  • Jobs Council Interim Committee Hearing: I attended the Jobs Council Interim Committee hearing in Santa Fe. Moderated and assisted with the coordination of the Growing the Agricultural Sector: The Impact of Agriculture on New Mexico’s Economy presentation. The panel consisted of industry and local farmers and dairymen. Topics including right to farm, land management, agriculture’s effect on the economy, and challenges of running an operation.
  • NMSU Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS): VDS successfully completed the Chronic Wasting Disease and Scrapie Immunohistochemistry proficiency.  VDS is now allowed to run in house diagnostics for CWD and Scrapie.
  • Pasteurizer Operator Training: Staff presented Pasteurizer Operator Training classes at Southwest Cheese.  48 individuals were trained on the components, operations, and legal requirements of a milk pasteurizer.  Plans are being made to present this class to other milk plants across the state.
  • Leadership New Mexico: I also had an opportunity to speak to the Leadership New Mexico class about agriculture in New Mexico.  It was a great group of thought provoking participants.  I had a great time interacting with leaders from all disciplines across NM.


Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Police Activity: There were 21 police reports created, 15 supplements filed, and 21 traffic citations issued during Thanksgiving week.  It was a little slower than a normal week, but certainly not quiet.
  • Records and Evidence Office: The Records & Evidence Office processed 20 items of evidence, 13 people were fingerprinted, and six background investigations were conducted.
  • Emergency Dispatch Center:  The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 191 calls for service (one of which was a 911 call), resulting in 125 police calls (19 of which were agency assist) and 11 warrant entries.  There were 20 fire calls (11 of which were mutual aid), six fire alarms, two standby, and one visible smoke.  There were also three animal control calls. 
  • Active Shooter/Killer Presentations: Chief Lopez presented two Active Shooter/Killer Presentations on campus.  One was for the College of Education faculty and staff on November 12, and the other was for faculty, staff, and students throughout campus on November 18.  There were a little over 200 attendees at the presentation on the 18.  The workshops covered not only what to do if such an incident takes place on campus, but what you can do if it happens anywhere you happen to be.  The program has evolved since it was initially introduced in 2006, and it includes the latest guidance based on research and actual incidents around the world.  Additional presentations have already been scheduled for other departments and groups around campus, and another presentation for all campus is being scheduled.
  • Active Killer Training for Police Department Personnel: The department took advantage of fewer people being on campus during Thanksgiving week and held refresher training for police officers on how to respond to an active shooter/killer incident.  Thanks to the staff at Corbett Center and DACC Central Campus, officers were able to conduct hands-on practice in the actual environments they might encounter should such an event ever take place here.  Each training session lasted 11 hours and involved a variety of scenarios.  There were at least five role players acting out the roles of students, faculty, and staff (as well as the roles of shooters) each day, and their assistance made the scenarios much more realistic.


Interim President, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, Dr. Ken Van Winkle

  • Learning Signature Task Force Workshop: On November 16 Tara Gray and Michelle Jackson traveled from the Teaching Academy at NMSU in Las Cruces to conduct a presentation on “11 Easy Ways to Engage Your Students.” Numerous faculty attended the workshop, which was sponsored by the Learning Signature Task Force and the VPAA office. 
  • Great American Smokeout: Numerous students, faculty and staff took the Great American Smokeout pledge on Thursday, November 19–they either pledged to give up smoking for the day or pledged to maintain their smoke-free home. Also available were “quit kits” for those who wanted to kick the habit for good. The booth was manned by persons from the organization Children in Need of Services (CHINS) in Alamogordo and the event was sponsored by the NMSU-A Social Science Club.
  • Trail Task Force: Faculty and staff gathered as part of a Task Force to learn how we can develop a trail system on the east side of the campus.  Representatives from the Forest Service were on hand to talk about the process of designing and building trails, including the tools required to build and maintain a trail system.  Students will also help to build the trail system as part of their service learning requirements in certain classes.  Once complete, the trails will be open to all community members.


President, New Mexico State University -Carlsbad, Dr. John Gratton

  • Various Activities: President Gratton met with NMSU representatives and design specialists on Tuesday, November 17 to discuss the status of current construction projects and to plan for future projects that will begin in the spring. Additionally, President Gratton and seven other NMSU Carlsbad faculty and staff joined WIPP for a dinner to celebrate the success of the WIPP leadership Academy program.
  • Dual Credit: President Gratton and other NMSU Carlsbad staff met with the college’s dual credit partners on Wednesday, November 18 to discuss Task Stream training and midterm and final grade reporting. Loving Schools was recognized for their selection as one of the 41 nationwide schools pursuing innovative strategies.
  • Take a Break: On Thursday, November 19, the NMSU Carlsbad campus hosted a “Take a Break” presentation by the NMSU foundation.  The attendees were introduced to the December 1 GivingTuesday campaign and the matching dollars initiative was unveiled.
  • Collaboration: On Friday, November 20, President Gratton met with Carlsbad Assistant Superintendent Kelli Barta. NMSU Carlsbad and the Carlsbad School District will work together to develop and implement a one credit hour course that can be employed by individuals wishing to pursue an administrative role in the school system.  The basic framework of the initiative was solidified and implementation processes will begin for the Spring 2016 semester.


President, New Mexico State University -Dona Ana, Dr. Renay Scott

  • BootCamp/Job Expo: A boot camp to teach job seekers how to prepare for job interviews will be held on December 2 at the southernmost learning center, Sunland Park. In the afternoon a job expo will be held with area employers looking to hire students and community members to work. Community partners Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA), the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and New Mexico Workforce Solutions are helping sponsor the event.
  • Barrick Honored: NMSU Art Professor Ken Barrick was honored for his mural at DACC completed in 1984. A commemorative plaque was hung under his art work at the Central Campus while his daughter and several former students looked on.
    Barrick Honored
  • 5th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival: The NMSU-Doña Ana Theatre Arts Club will feature five works by students written in the short play format that is becoming a popular entertainment genre. The student written and directed plays represent a wide variety of styles and reflect our diverse community. Student directors bring their unique vision to each play, and student performers bring it to life. The plays will be presented at 5:30 p.m. on December 2, 3, and 4 on the East Mesa Campus in the commons area of Dona Ana Student Resources Building. Student Government will provide food for theatre goers preceding the plays at 5:15 p.m.
  • Job Training/Job Fair: A boot camp to teach job seekers how to prepare for job interviews was held on December 2 at the southernmost NMSU-Doña Ana learning center, Sunland Park. In the afternoon a job expo was held with area employers looking to hire students and community members to work. Community partners Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA), the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and New Mexico Workforce Solutions helped sponsor the event.


Associated Students of New Mexico State University

  • Noche de Luminarias: Noche de Luminarias is scheduled for December 6 at 6:00 pm.  Corbett Center will be filled with live music, an indoor ice skating rink, arts and crafts, and holiday cookies!  ASNMSU, Campus Activities and Aggies Activities Council are partnering to provide this annual event to the NMSU and Las Cruces Community.   
  • Legislative Session 2016: Our Governmental Affairs department is preparing with the Student Advocacy Board for the start of the legislative session in Santa Fe. 

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