November 29-December 5

President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.

  • Alamogordo Campus Visit: I visited the NMSU Alamogordo campus to meet with all faculty and staff regarding the current environment on the campus and seek their recommendations on naming a president for that campus.  The campus community is very upbeat and supportive of the direction now provided by the interim leadership.  
  • Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP): The Committee for Tough Enough to Wear Pink had a debriefing session.  This is the first year that NMSU had assumed greater responsibilities for the TETWP campaign.  Takeaways from the meeting included it was one of the best ever for events; student participation was exceptional; we should separate TETWP football game from the Homecoming game (too much going on); and we need to identify a new TETWP Champion from NMSU, to replace yours truly.  Great meeting.
  • GivingTuesday: When one thinks of events that wildly exceed expectation, think of the GivingTuesday event orchestrated by the vice president of University Advancement Office and a big group of volunteers.  I will let Andrea Tawney report the amount of money raised for scholarships in her section, but I was equally impressed by the energy in the GivingTuesday event room in Corbett Center.  Fantastic enthusiasm and support.  Great job Andrea and gang and donors.  We are very proud Aggies!
  • Speaking Events:
    • 66th Annual Civic Club Luncheon: I was the invited speaker at Roswell’s 66th Annual Civic Club luncheon, where all of the Civic Clubs in Roswell are recognized for their contributions to the community.  It was very impressive.  There were 31 clubs included in the ceremony.  I had a great opportunity to describe why NMSU has been designated as a Carnegie Engagement University (one of 350 in the U.S.) by describing a variety of activities and events sponsored by our colleges and units that touch most if not all of our communities in New Mexico.
    • Albuquerque Economic Forum: I also journeyed to Albuquerque (middle of Lobo land) to speak to the Economic Forum, a group of leading business and professional folks in that town.  Great turnout.  Many Aggies in attendance as I discussed how we are transforming NMSU into a sustainable 21st Century University through restructuring our organization, improving our processes in Finance, ICT, and Procurement, plus the projects either in planning or implementation to increase our income through the proper development of our land and water resources.  NMSU is held in high regard by this group.
  • NMSU Ring Ceremony: One of the newer and growing traditions in Aggie land is the Ring Ceremony, held in the Business Complex/Memorial Tower/Traders Plaza where graduating seniors receive their official Aggie ring, with instructions on how to properly wear it after graduation.  This was the biggest ring ceremony ever for the fall semester.  Great job by the Alumni Association and Leslie Cervantes in putting this event on.  Pistol Pete, another tradition, rode in on his trusty horse to deliver the rings.


Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard

  • Regents Professor Chris Burnham: On Monday, Regents Professor Chris Burnham met with me to discuss how NMSU might do a better job of engaging its retired faculty members.  Most of our retirees stay in the area and continue to lead active lives of the mind.  They represent a wonderful resource for the university; it is time for a robust discussion of ways in which they can continue to contribute meaningfully to the university.
  • GivingTuesday: Congratulations to Andrea Tawney and her team at the University Foundation for a very successful GivingTuesday.  Not only did they raise a lot of money for scholarships by tapping into the generosity and goodwill of alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of NMSU…they reminded all of us of how important it is to give back to institutions, such as NMSU, that strive to improve lives.
  • Black Programs Fall 2015 Graduation Reception: There are few things that are more satisfying to a Provost than celebrating the achievements of talented and dedicated students.  Thus, without question, the highlight of my day on Wednesday was attending the Black Programs Graduation Reception.  Congratulations to all the graduates for their accomplishments and to the organizers, especially Dr. Festus Addo-Yobo, for ensuring that our students are recognized for their achievements. 
  • Faculty Senate Meeting: Changes to the Viewing a Wider World requirement at NMSU was voted down at the Faculty Senate Meeting on Thursday afternoon.  The discussion was substantive and cordial.  Many of the senators opposed to the change noted that the General Education Taskforce is currently re-considering general education at NMSU and expressed concerns about dismantling our general education curriculum in a piecemeal fashion, while we are in the midst of pursuing a more global overhaul.
  • Chief Academic Officers Meeting: The week concluded with a meeting in Albuquerque of chief academic officers of New Mexico’s institutions of higher education.  The purpose of the meeting, which was called by HED Secretary Barbara Damron, was to review the higher education initiatives of the governor and the Higher Education Department.  Among the initiatives are meta-majors and transfer modules, common course numbering, and co-requisite remediation.  We also discussed the reform of the General Education Core Curriculum, an initiative of the provosts of the four-year institutions in the state and one that is being led by NMSU.  At the meeting, the CAOs agreed to begin the statewide discussion of General Education at a summit to be held on January 13 in Albuquerque.

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

Dr. Jim Libbin

  • National FFA Convention: Frank Hodnett, Dr. Carlos Rosencrans, Kristy Mason, Shannon from both the Academic Programs office and the department of Agricultural and Extension Education attended the National FFA Convention October 27-31 in Louisville, KY.  There were 10 students who represented the College of ACES Ambassadors and NMSU Collegiate FFA.  Each of the students competed at the Alpha Tau Alpha Conclave.  The College of ACES set up a recruitment booth at the National FFA Expo where participants could explore career and educational opportunities from over 450 exhibitors.  This year’s convention brought in just over 66,000 FFA members, advisors and guests.  Caleb Gustin, a junior in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, was one of six National Officers to host the event, concluded his year as the Western Region Vice-President.

Media Productions/Learning Games Lab

  • Collaboration: NMSU’s Media Productions is collaborating with UNM Cancer Center to craft a decision aid for physicians that clarifies the risks and benefits of screening for lung cancer using Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT).LDCT scans are the most accurate screening method available for detecting lung cancer, but introduce significant risks. The interactive infographic, produced by NMSU Media Productions/Learning Games Lab, is designed to help care providers know when LDCT is right for patients, and how to communicate the risks. The tool is presently undergoing testing with physicians. 

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Student Clubs Make Community Donations: The Association of Family and Consumer Sciences collected clothing, toys, and over $300 in cash for Jardin de los Niños, a childcare program for homeless children and their families.  Dr. Sharon Bartley serves as club advisor.  The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics collected canned goods and non-perishable food items for Casa de Peregrinos, a local food bank that provides free groceries to individuals and families at risk of hunger in Doña Ana County.  Dr. Devon Golem, Dr. Ann Bock, and Dr. Wanda Eastman serve as club advisors.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Brindle Foundation Grant: The Southwest Region National Child Protection Center (SW-NCPC), led by Shelly Bucher, received a $10,000 grant from the New Mexico Brindle Foundation to support efforts in becoming a fully chartered state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. The SW-NCPC promotes the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) to prepare future professionals in preventing and intervening in cases of child maltreatment, and provides ongoing training to current child protection professionals in the field.


Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman

  • Guest Speaker: Bobby Lutz, 2014 Distinguished Alumni recipient and Business Advisory Council member, was a guest speaker at my Small Business Consulting class on Monday.  He shared his business experience with the students.
  • GivingTuesday: I had the pleasure of meeting numerous donors at the inaugural GivingTuesday event at the Corbett Center Aggie Lounge.  It was great to see all the participation, and we look forward to seeing the scholarship contributions put to great use.
  • Phi Kappa Phi: Congratulations to the students in the College of Business who were eligible and accepted induction to Phi Kappa Phi.  They are Iran Acosta-Telles, Hannah Fort, Augusta Archuleta, William Mayes, Sue Powell, and Jose Aranda.  Congratulations as well to College of Business alumna and NMSU staff member, Michelle Gavin, who was also inducted at the ceremony.
  • College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at


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

Curriculum and Instruction Department

  • 2015 La Cosecha Dual Language Conference: The 2015 La Cosecha Dual Language Conference was held November 4-7 in Albuquerque. The Department of Curriculum & Instruction was well represented by doctoral students and professors presenting their work. Doctoral student, Ignocencia Campos, presented “Integrated Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary.” Doctoral student, Johanna Esquivel, and Drs. Anita Hernandez and Jose Montelongo presented the following papers: “Digging Deeper in Reading: Using Bilingual and Multicultural Children’s Literature” and “English-Spanish Cognates and Multicultural Read-Alouds for Teaching Cognate Recognition Strategies.” Juan Freire presented his research study, “Implementando una enseñanza culturalmente relevante en la educación de doble inmersión.” Dr. Anita Hernandez was invited to participate on a higher education panel titled, “Preparing Dual Language Education Teachers.”


Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve Stochaj

  • Generous Gift: The College of Engineering received a gift of $100,000 from Ed Foreman to establish a new scholarship in civil engineering.  The gift was made under the GivingTuesday campaign and will be matched 1:1 by the NMSU Foundation totaling $200,000.
  • Scholarship Awarded: Jose Ruiz, a student in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was one of 209 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society Scholarship recipients selected from over 540 individuals who applied. Selected students are majoring in electrical engineering, are high achievers with strong GPAs with distinctive extracurricular commitments and are committed to exploring the power and energy field. These scholarships are made possible due to the generous donations of individuals and corporations to the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Fund of the IEEE Foundation.
  • Start-Up Weekend Winners: Ali Amiri, who is a last-year Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering, led the winning team of entrepreneurs during the recent Start-Up Weekend hosted by Arrowhead Center. The team, which included fellow chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate Sahar Qavi, a University Innovation Fellow, and freshmen chemical engineering students David Vessel and Trevan Humphrey, pitched an idea that would turn brine from desalinization projects into a useful material that could store thermal energy.  Their proposal was focused on an efficient and green technique to use the discharged brine from desalination for energy storage.  This technique may directly benefit solar power plants, coolant companies, clothing industries, and building construction industries,
    Start-up weekend winners 1Start-up weekend winners 2
  • Engineering Launch: Engineering students from the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering participated in a successful launch at Spaceport America. The launch took with it a scientific payload, designed under the direction of NMSU Mechanical and Aerospace Professor Ou Ma, and accompanied at the Spaceport launch by Dr. Andres Gross. The payload was designed to test an algorithm in both near-zero gravity  and  zero gravity environments that will advance technology development that allows spacecraft to determine inertia distribution while flying and working in orbit, including the ability to perform challenging robotic missions.


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

  • GivingTuesday: HSS’s faculty, staff and alumni participated in GivingTuesday last week.  The initiative positively impacted scholarship funds for our students, and also included donations toward our emergency funds.  We feel the day was very successful and we were pleased with the results and participation.

School of Social Work

  • Change AGEnt Leadership Conference: Fran Nedjat-Haiem, Associate Professor, attended a Change AGEnt leadership conference sponsored by the Hartford Foundation from December 1-3 in Philadelphia, PA.  The conference brought leaders in geriatrics and gerontology together from various disciplines, all who are working in a range of academic, clinical, and community settings to improve the care of older adults and their families. The goals of this conference included the identification of strategic opportunities for collaborative action that accelerates efforts to improve care, expansion of networks and the development of new connections and relationships that lead to action, and the improvement of skills critical to practice and policy change efforts.

Department of Public Health Sciences

  • Stress Busters: Several students from the Department of Public Health Science (Dylan Pell, Lei Lani Nava, Vanessa Urbina, Karen Rodriguez, and Ruben Marquez) and student athletes (Cassandra Rupp, Mikaela Haley, and Karysta Donithorpe) organized a “Stress Busters” event for athletes at the Stan Fulton Center on December 2. The event included education about binge drinking and smart decision making when drinking alcohol and also included games, activities and prizes. Over eighty student-athletes attended the event, which was part of the Aggies Winning Choices (AWC) project that has been funded for three years through the NCAA Choices grant (June 2015-June 2018). The grant provides educational and smart decision-making messages about binge-drinking to undergraduate students across the campus through events, media, and public service announcements.


Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken

  • Giving Tuesday: We were happy to be able to participate in NMSU’s GivingTuesday, including recruiting Crimson Scholars as first time donors to support scholarships to enhance opportunities for all students. This is very gratifying and we are excited to be able to create new opportunities for Crimson Scholars.
  • Retirement Reception: We celebrated Yvonne Pena Flores’ 32 years of service to NMSU. She has been the coordinator of the Crimson Scholar program and over the past decade has helped thousands and thousands of students navigate the bureaucracy of NMSU and succeed. Many students, faculty, and staff came to wish her well and thank her for her service to the university.
  • Phi Kappa Phi: All of the deans were happy to participate in the induction of new members for Phi Kappa Phi, the most prestigious national honorary society we have on our campus. It is always gratifying to see the outstanding accomplishments of our students.


Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus

  • Honor with Books: The NMSU Library has continued their Honor with Books program, highlighting the achievements of its graduating student employees with electronic nameplates.
  • Zuhl Library Renovation: Dean Titus and Associate Dean Norice Lee met with the architect to view the preliminary concept designs for the space study in Zuhl Library.
  • NMSU Library Free Coffee During Finals: The NMSU Alumni Association has generously sponsored snacks for the NMSU Library Free Coffee During Finals initiative. New this year, ongoing with the coffee, is a coloring station for students to sit and color (and have a chance to win a Pistol Pete USB stick).

Free Coffee during finals

Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry

  • ICT blocks over a quarter billion potentially harmful email messages in 30 days: From November 4 to December 4, ICT’s automated threat blocking technologies, along with department security and server administration staff, blocked 279,000,000 email messages that were identified as harmful — containing viruses/SPAM/other potentially malicious content or originating from untrusted sources.   In the same time period, more than nine million messages deemed “legitimate” were passed through the NMSU email system.  For more information about email and data security, visit
  • Annual Light Walk: Representatives from ASNMSU, Auxiliary Services, Fire Department, and Facilities and Services participated in the annual campus light walk.  On December 3 the team toured campus to analyze the night time lighting.  They identified areas where the relamping was required and potential areas where additional lighting would improve the safety of our campus community. 
  • Plant Operations Outreach: Plant Operations Supervisor, Mark Blachford, conducted a tour of the Strickland Utility Plant for Engineering Technology Green Building class.  The class was provided with a 30-minute presentation on operations then they toured the facility.  The students enjoyed the tour and are still talking about it which prompted the instructor, Kenny Stevens, to consider making this an annual event.  Plant Operations has agreed to the annual event and enjoy educating others on their operation.
  • Sodexo Dining Services: The Stress Buster Celebration dinner on Tuesday, December 1 and provided stress reduction tips, fun décor, prizes, and tons of comfort food. On Saturday, December 5, Sodexo hosted its second Diner de Vin at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club.  This expertly crafted six-course dinner featured a specially paired wine selection alongside one of the best views in Las Cruces!
  • De-Stress Fest: Barnes and Noble at NMSU hosted a De-Stress FestDe-stress fest for students. Campus partner, Aggie Fit, shared information with students about staying physically active during stressful times. B & N provided calming coloring stations and video game areas for students.   Cloud K9 Therapy Dogs visited the store providing a cheerful experience for students and local guests while studying and shopping.
  • Student Supporting Students: The Bookstore served as a drop off location for a drive sponsored by Chaparral High School to collect toiletries, shoes, and personal care items for their students. NMSU students participated and dropped off bags of supplies.
  • NCAA Volleyball Selection Show: On Sunday, November 29 the Players Grill hosted the NCAA Volleyball Selection show. It was well attended and enjoyed by all.


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

  • GivingTuesday: Bernadette Montoya spent time on Tuesday, December 1 participating in University Advancement’s Event, GivingTuesday. She spent the morning thanking those within NMSU and the community that have donated money to NMSU Scholarships in the form of handwritten notes and phone calls.
  • Accreditation: The Counseling Center’s doctoral training program has received a three-year accreditation from APA. This accomplishment has taken two years of collaboration and work. Additionally, the Counseling Center received its continued accreditation from the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. for an additional year. These accomplishments mark the high standards and level of work from our Counseling Center staff.
  • Guest Speaker: On December 3, Dr. Bernadette Montoya presented to the Elephant Butte Irrigation District Farmer Services Annual Conference. The topic discussed was “Dealing with Conflict in the Workplace.”
  • Fall 2015 Commencement: The Commencement Committee met this week to finalize the planning of the Fall 2015 Commencement Ceremony and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. During the Commencement Ceremony, the committee expects over 1,000 graduates to walk across the stage on Saturday. The Commencement committee is excited to have a larger collaborative effort from the entire NMSU Community in the production of the Commencement Ceremony,  Pictured, recent graduate Tarran Johnson.

2015 Fall Commencement

Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg

  • Studio G Networking Hour: On Friday, Studio G hosted 19 students for its weekly Networking Hour event. Studio G Networking Hours are held every Friday from 2 to 3pm and are designed to help aggie students and recent alumni who are starting or interested in starting a business meet one another and explore best practices in startup business development. Check Studio G Networking Hours on Facebook for more information
  • Craftbox Design Hour: Arrowhead Center hosted its monthly Craftbox Design Hour on Friday with 17 student participants.  This month’s featured speaker was Evelio Mattos, creative director at Design Packaging, Inc., who discussed elements of packaging design, ways to kick-off a career in this industry and shared stories about his personal experience and work he has done with some very notable clients. Craftbox Design Hours is a monthly event designed to help design students network with their peers and professionals, learn about best practices related to marketing, branding, and graphic design startup companies.
  • NM Federal and State Technology (FAST): FAST program team members from Arrowhead Center (Dana Catron, Zetdi Sloan, and Todd Bisio) attended the Defense Energy Innovation Summit & Showcase / SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit, held December 1-3 in Austin, Texas. Also, NM FAST sponsored three New Mexico based companies to attend the conference.


Vice President Research, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya

  • Annual Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Meeting: Vimal Chaitanya attended the APLU annual meeting in Indianapolis. As executive committee member on the Council of Research (COR), he contributed to the future topics of interest to research community that can be presented at the COR Summer Workshop and next annual APLU meeting. The primary topics of interest covered at this meeting included Laboratory Safety; Metrics for University Research, Technology, and Economic Development; Research Promotion and Advocacy; Trans-Disciplinary Research Methods and Future Research Workforce.
  • Army Research Lab (ARL) Visit: Physical Science Lab (PSL) hosted the visit of Survivability Lethality Analysis Directorate (SLAD) Director Dr. Patrick Baker from the ARL. PSL has a long history of funding from SLAD and is currently funded for Systems of Systems research. Dr. Baker met with PSL leadership and Vimal Chaitanya and discussed expansion of research collaboration between ARL and NMSU.
  • New Mexico Water eNews: The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) released the November 2015 issue of the “New Mexico Water e” This online newsletter highlighted two newly released reports including the New Mexico Universities Working Group final report on the state’s water supply vulnerabilities. Researchers and students from across the state participated in the study and included both water and social scientists. NMSU was represented by Professor J. Phillip King, NMSU John Clark Distinguished Professor in the Civil Engineering Department. The report can be viewed on the NM WRRI website and by clicking here. Also included in this month’s online newsletter was an NM WRRI final report prepared by NMSU faculty and students, Geno Picchioni, Triston Hooks, Brian Schutte, and David Daniel. The report, Drought, Salinity, and Invasive Plants: A New Model for Sustainable Water Management is available on the NM WRRI website and by clicking here.
  • Statewide Water Assessment: The seven New Mexico Statewide Water Assessment (SWA) project groups came together on Thursday, December 3 at New Mexico Tech to provide updates on their ongoing projects. Project investigators also provided their database and funding needs for future activities in order to make the Assessment operational. The SWA, in its second year, is a major initiative coordinated through the NM WRRI.


Interim Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,

 Dr. Andrea Tawney

  • GivingTuesday: To date, one day of giving elicited $642,343 in gifts, 100% participation from the Foundation Board and commitments totaling an additional $881,950, 100% participation from our Board of Regents, and with the match, over $4.5 million in gifts, most of it to our scholarship program. There were 2,008 donors and 561 of those were new donors.
  • Planned Gift: An alum made a bequest presently worth $40,000 that will establish an endowment that supports an existing NMSU ACES Research Center.
  • New Scholarship: A family of alums established two new $25,000 endowed scholarships in both the College of Health and Social Services and College Engineering in memory of their parents.
  • Physics Department Gift: A retired couple gave $21,000 as part of their $100,000 pledge to their existing endowment that supports graduate student excellence in the Physics Department.
  • Official Ring Ceremony: On December 2, 51 NMSU official rings were delivered by Pistol Pete on horseback and presented in a ceremony congratulating each student on their accomplishment.  Our very own AVP Leslie Cervantes was one of the recipients joining a long list Aggies who proudly wear the NMSU Official Class Ring. Alumni Student Delegates joined in building the pride and tradition of the Official Ring by spending the night with the rings in the Memorial Tower the night prior to the ceremony. 
  • Hubbard Foundation: Two proposals to the Hubbard Foundation have resulted in gifts to NMSU-Alamogordo, $8,300 for its allied health program, and NMSU-Carlsbad, $8,300 for its surgical tech program.


Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard

  • News: University Communications’ Amanda Bradford worked with the Advancement team last week to support the success of GivingTuesday. Amanda updated social media throughout the day, posting more than 30 photos, videos and links. Additionally, she wrote and distributed a news release and addressed media needs for local news photographers and reporters. Both the Las Cruces Sun-News and Albuquerque Journal published an op-ed piece from Andrea Tawney, NMSU interim vice president for university advancement, that Amanda assisted with as part of the overall communications plan.
  • Special Production Unit/Aggie Vision: Worked with the Western Athletic Conference last week to develop plans for the Game of the Week on the WAC Digital Network. Next step is to finalize dates that will feature an NMSU Women’s and Men’s basketball game.
  • Sports Information: The Athletics Media Relations team covered the outstanding play of men’s basketball sophomore Pascal Siakam who is fourth nationally in scoring and rebounding with his 24.9 points per game and his 13.1 rebounds a contest. Siakam’s 24-point, 23-rebound game against UTEP was the first Aggie 20-20 game in 13 years and was the second-best rebounding performance by an Aggie in Pan American Center history.


Assistant Vice President Government Relations, Ricardo Rel

  • 7 – 11- Legislative Finance Committee- Capitol
    • 7th– 9:00 am – FY 14 & FY15 General Fund Revenue Projections- Tom Clifford, Secretary, Department of Finance and Administration; Demesia Padilla, Secretary, Taxation and Revenue Department; David Abbey, Director, Legislative Finance Committee
      • Severance Tax Bond and General Obligation Bond Capacity — Tom Clifford, Secretary, Department of Finance and Administration.
    • 8th–  9:00 am – Higher Education Institutions- Dr. Barbara Damron, Sec. of Higher Education Dept.; Dr. Daniel Lopez, President, Council of University Presidents; Dr. Becky Rowley, President, NM Independent Community Colleges; Dr. Clayton Alred, President, NM Association of Community Colleges; Dr. Sam Minner, President, NM Highland University
      • FY 17 Instruction & General Funding Formula Request
      • Research & Public Services Projects & Review Process Chancellor for Research, UNM Health Science Center
      • 3:30 — Higher Education Department (950) — Dr. Barbara Damron, Secretary, Higher Education Department
      • Legislative Lottery Scholarship Update
  • 11th– 8:00 am –Capital Outlay — Linda Kehoe, Principal Analyst; Brandee Pacheco, Fiscal Analyst, LFC
    • Review of 2016 Capital Outlay Staff Framework
    • Other Capital Outlay Issues
  • 15-16- Revenue Stabilization & Tax Policy Committee- Capitol
    • 15th– 2:00 pm- Revenue Forecast- David Abbey, Director LFC, Tom Clifford, Secretary- DFA, Demesia Padilla, Secretary- Taxation & Revenue Department
    • 16th– Legislative Education Study Committee
        Dr. Tom Clifford, Secretary Department of Finance and Administration, Demesia Padilla, Secretary (invited) Taxation and Revenue Department

        David Abbey, Director
      • 1:00 pm- NM Business Roundtable  2016 Legislative Priorities, Larry Langley, President/CEO, NM Business Roundtable
  • 18 – 8:30 am – Potential LESC- Endorsed Legislation: Bill Drafts & Committee Review


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

  • Joint Stockmen’s Convention: Attended and participated in the 2015 Joint Stockmen’s Convention.  This annual convention brings together the memberships of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA), the New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc. (NMWGI), Dairy Producers of New Mexico (DPNM), the New Mexico Federal Lands Council (NMFLC), the New Mexico CowBelles (NMCB), and others involved in agriculture to collaborate on issues and policy.  NMDA Marketing Specialists hosted cattle buyers from Mexico at the Joint Stockmen’s Convention. Specialist were on hand to assist ranchers and the buyers with translation and information about exporting.  More information is available here.
  • New Mexico Beef Council Board Meeting: Staff attended the board meeting of the New Mexico Beef Council to discuss upcoming events such as the 2016 AgriFuture Conference and thank them for supporting Ag Day at the NMSU football game.
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS): VDS staff led a conference call regarding the development of a Tritrichomonas foetus proficiency test.  Representatives from several labs around the country participated in the call.  The goal is to have a proficiency test ready for distribution by the end of April 2016.
  • Agricultural Programs and Resources (APR): APR staff conducted a presentation entitled “Leaf Surfaces and the Effects of Adjuvants” at the 6th Annual Valencia County Forage Production Workshop.  The event was well attended with approximately 100 local agricultural producers present.
  • Explore Exporting: I welcomed attendees to the “Explore Exporting” Workshop held in Las Cruces. This workshop was co-hosted by NMDA and the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA). Food and agriculture companies of all sizes from across New Mexico attended to learn how to build their business by exporting.
  • Bud Eppers Contract Award: Les Owen, Natural Resource Program Manager, received the Bud Eppers Contract Award from New Mexico Federal Lands Council at the 2015 New Mexico Joint Stockmen’s Convention. He was honored for his work determining how regulatory proposals at the state and federal levels could impact New Mexico agriculture and its rural economy. Les has helped NMDA build new relationships with ag policy teams across the Western U.S. He started his career with NMDA in 2006 as a Range Resource and GIS Specialist.  He was promoted to Program Manager in 2013. Les, pictured, with Mike Casabonne and Bebo Lee of the New Mexico Federal Lands Council, as well as his wife Ceci and two of his three daughters: Caidyn and Cairyn.

Bud Eppers Contract Award

Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez

  • Weekly Activity: The Records & Evidence Office processed 41 items of evidence entered into the vault, 30 people were fingerprinted, and eight background investigations were conducted.  The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 285 calls for service (11 of which were 911 calls), resulting in 229 police calls (19 of which were agency assist) and nine warrant entries.  There were 25 fire calls (14 of which were mutual aid), seven emergency medical calls, one fire alarm, two standby, and one dumpster fire.  There was also one animal control call.  Special Events staff worked a total of 105.75 hours and reviewed three events including set up for basketball and arrangements for bag searches.  Reviews for safety and security included the following events:  Noche de Luminarias at the Main Campus; Guadalupe Pilgrimage at A Mountain; and the TIWA Tribe Religious Ritual at A Mountain. 
  • Victim Services:  Provided assistance to Police Department regarding an on-campus incident and assisted with an All Agency report – FBI/UPD/EPSD.
  • Deputy Chief Completes Master’s Degree: Deputy Chief Andy Bowen has completed the requirements for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management degree from Sam Houston State University.  Deputy Chief Bowen had to complete the degree on his own time and without compromising his work responsibilities, and as a result worked well into the night and weekends for several grueling years.  He is now one of four individuals in the department with a Master degree.
  • Active Killer Presentation – On December 1, Chief Lopez provided an Active Killer Presentation for the SVP of Administration and Finance’s Directors Meeting. 
  • Traffic Enforcement Operation – The Police Department conducted a Traffic Enforcement Operation aimed at calming traffic as students and faculty prepared for finals week.  This operations resulted in 28 drivers and six bicyclists receiving citations.  15 were issued for stop sign violations, five for seat belt violations, and five for no proof of insurance.  Additional citations were issued for suspended driver license, illegal stopping in roadway, unsafe vehicle, turn signal violation, texting while driving, failure to yield to pedestrians, speeding, driving the wrong way, and no driver license.


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

  • Annual Fall Student Art Show: Hundreds of faculty, staff, students, family members and community guests attended the NMSU-A’s Annual Fall Student Art Show on Thursday, December 3. The students are part of NMSU-A’s digital and fine arts program. The Art Show featured student work from ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, graphic design and various digital media. Additionally, the Art Society, a student art organization, also held their student art sale during the show and offered paintings, drawings, ceramics, digital art and photographic artwork for sale.
    Annual Fall student art show
  • Allied Health Program Receives Foundation Gift: Recently, NMSU-A’s Allied Health program was awarded $8,300 from the R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation.  We’ll use these funds to purchase patient vital signs and cardiac monitoring equipment.  The equipment will allow students to practice real-life scenarios and skills with the same or similar equipment utilized in most acute care, long-term care, and physician offices.
  • NMSU-A Retirees Donate on GivingTuesday: NMSU-A retirees pooled their resources and donated $13,750 on GivingTuesday which, when matched by the NMSU Foundation, will endow a $27,500 scholarship in the name of our (NMSU-A) retirees. The scholarship is specifically for NMSU-A students.


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

  • Various Meetings: President Gratton met with Patricia Sullivan and other NMSU representatives on Monday, November 30 to discuss the possibilities of reinvigorating the Project Lead the Way initiative in Eddy County.  Also, on Monday, November 30, John met with United Way Director Linda Dodd to discuss the United Way campaign at NMSU Carlsbad.
  • Carlsbad Community Development Board Meeting: President Gratton attended the monthly Carlsbad Community Development Board meeting on Thursday, December 3.  Reports were heard regarding upcoming economic development initiatives in Carlsbad and Eddy County.
  • Economics Discussion: On Thursday, December 3, President Gratton and PR and Marketing Director Khushroo Ghadiali met with NMSU representatives Dr. Michael Patrick to discuss the development of an economic landscape portrayal for Eddy County. Upon conclusion of the meeting, development of the document was initiated.
  • NMSU-C Town Hall Meeting: On Friday, December 4, President Gratton hosted the monthly Town Hall meeting for the NMSU Carlsbad campus. Reports were presented regarding assessment and accreditation initiatives and a detailed report of campus security initiatives was discussed with the attendees.


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

  • PTK Scholars Nominated: Two NMSU-Dona Ana students have been nominated for the New Mexico All USA Academic Team for their outstanding academic accomplishments and community service. Kenneth Agbita and Jarred Pollard both plan to enroll at NMSU. Agbita will earn an associate of science and will pursue a baccalaureate in electrical engineering. Pollard is pursuing an associate of Science in Creative Media Technology and will earn a bachelor degree in Individualized Studies. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an honor society for two year institutions sponsors the awards. The Alpha Omega Tau chapter at DACC nominated the students.
  • 5th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival: The NMSU-Doña Ana Theatre Arts Club featured five works by students written in the short play format that was viewed by hundreds of students faculty and staff. The plays ran December 2, 3 and 4.


Interim President, New Mexico State University – Grants, Dr. Harry Sheski

  • Campus Visitor: New Mexico State University-Grants received a welcomed surprise from Lucy Ma, a former NMSU Grants employee. The Lucy Ma Endowed Scholarship fund received $33,044 from the trust of Irene Stokes, Lucy Ma’s mother.  The Lucy Ma Endowed Scholarship was set up by Ma and her husband Jonathan in memory of her mother Irene Stokes in 1986. Lucy Ma began her career at NMSU Grants as an office clerk. The position began a 16-year career for Lucy. She worked with Dr. Westbrook, Warren Noland, Donaciano “Donnie” Gonzalez and Dr. William E. Sailer during her career.  During her time at NMSU Grants, she dedicated her time, spirit, and determination to contributing to the success of the college. She went from clerk to Administrative Secretary, to English instructor, to coordinator for the Community Service Continuing Education Program. The Ma’s lived in Grants until 1992 and retired in Tucson Ariz. in 2007. Lucy Ma passed away shortly before her 90th birthday.
  • 4th Annual Gates Millennium Scholarship Workshop: On December 1, NMSU Grants Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions Program and Dual Credit Program collaborated for the 4th Annual Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) Workshop held on campus. The December 1, 2015 GMS Workshop was one of two workshops held this year; the first being held on November 3, 2015. The December 1st GMS Workshop attracted 16 participants that included high school seniors, parents and school counselors. The December 1st GMS Workshop involved three components: 1) Application Follow-up and FAFSA Forecast Presentation; 2) Essay Writing Presentation by Beth Humphreys and Gene Romero, NMSU Grants English Faculty; 3) Guided Writing Workshop. Altogether, the 4th Annual GMS Workshops held by NMSU Grants served 46 participants.
  • Second Annual Turquoise Mountain Youth Benefit Powwow: NMSU Grants, in collaboration with the Grants/Cibola County Schools Indian Parent Advisory Committee, was a co-sponsor for the Second Annual Turquoise Mountain Youth Benefit Powwow on November 20-21 The Powwow was held on at NMSU-Grants Campus’ Fidel Gymnasium.  There were Gourd Dances, Grand Entry dances and Art and Craft vendors both days of the event. The Master of Ceremonies was Emerson Tully, the Head Man was Terry Lazero, and the Head Lady was Terrie Tsosie Hohenstein. There was also a Spirit Run/Walk on Saturday morning along the NMSU-Grants Cross County Course.

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