President Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.
- Board of Regents Meeting: The Board of Regents convened in, an unusual for them, Wednesday meeting. They continue to express concerns about enrollment. Bernadette Montoya did a good job of explaining all of the activities underway to remedy the situation. The Regents also approved a policy amendment which will allow the General Counsel’s Office to more effectively separate policy from procedure in the current Policy Manual and establish two separate references. This will eliminate having Regents approve procedures, which frequently change. The Regents also approved a lease of land near Pan Am Plaza to the Aggie Development Corporation so they can develop plans on using this property to generate a revenue stream for NMSU.
- Secretary for the Department of Higher Education Barbara Damron: Barbara Damron, Secretary for the Department of Higher Education, spent two days on the campus attending Tough Enough to Wear Pink events, including delivering an outstanding presentation on the relationship of cancer occurrence and the effects on behavioral health. The Secretary is an Advanced Care Nurse with a Ph.D. in Psychology who most recently worked in the Oncology Unit of UNM’s Medical School. Secretary Damron rode in the Homecoming Parade with me and seemed to enjoy NMSU campus life and energy. She had time to meet with a number of our colleagues on various programs and issues, which made the trip very productive for NMSU.
- Homecoming and Tough Enough To Wear Pink 2015: This week was all about Tough Enough To Wear Pink and Homecoming. We decided to have both events in the same week this year. We will assess the pros and cons of doing so very soon but for the most part, all events went very well. I was particularly pleased to speak to all of the alumni groups and events and to learn from our alums how proud they are of NMSU, the beauty of the campus, and our engagement in the community. I really enjoyed the Golden-Agers (classes who graduated over 50 years ago and I am one) as we told stories about the good old days at New Mexico A & M.
- Student Visit: I enjoyed a chat with Kayli Farmer, an NMSU student who graduated from Aztec High School and recently qualified for the Junior Olympics in Canada. It is such a joy to talk to a student (in this case a student athlete) who is so proud of NMSU and her representing our University on the big stage. I am a little biased because I, too, graduated from Aztec High.
Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dan Howard
- Open Pathway Training: I spent the majority of last week at the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Standard and Open Pathways Training for Peer Reviewers. I needed the training because the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) pathway, for which I was trained as a reviewer six years ago, no longer exists. All institutions of higher education accredited by HLC are now on one of three pathways: Standard, Open, or Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). NMSU is on the Open pathway. Over the course of three days, we went over standards of conduct, the criteria for accreditation, federal compliance, the central role of evidence in demonstrating that an institution has met the criteria for accreditation, and how to write good evidentiary statements. Among the discussion items at the training sessions were the following:
- Institutions of higher education have different missions—understand and respect those missions
- Shared governance and the proper roles of the faculty, the administration, and the governing board
- Program quality and the importance of it being consistent, whether delivered online, face-to-face, or at remote locations
- The role of general education in imparting the broad knowledge and skills that are the hallmark of a college educated individual
- Faculty qualifications, quality, and evaluations
- The role of learning assessment in continuous improvement
- Allocation of resources and its alignment with mission and priorities.
Interim Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,
Dr. Jim Libbin
- Homecoming Recognition Breakfast: ACES annual Homecoming Recognition Breakfast was held on October 23 honoring alumni, donors and scholarship recipients. Alfred Ernest Porter, Jr. was honored as the ACES Distinguished Alumni for NMSU. Also honored during the ceremony was Morgan Nelson for receiving the James F. Cole award and Dr. John Hal Hopson for receiving the Spirit of Service Award from NMSU Foundation. These individuals have been extremely supportive of NMSU. Eight departmental alumni were recognized from each of our academic units for their successful positions, and community involvement after graduating from NMSU-ACES:
- Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business-Dr. John Lee
- Agricultural and Extension Education-Johnny Ogden
- Animal and Range Science-Rick R. Tafoya
- Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science-Dr. James Robert Hagler
- Family and Consumer Sciences-Alfredo Maynez
- Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology-Sonya Najera
- Plant and Environmental Sciences- Dr. Brenda Buck
- School and Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management- Jessica Vick
Cooperation Extension Service
- Plant Clinics: Pest management specialists and county extension agents from several NM counties recently completed a series of Plant Clinics at New Mexico Farmer’s Markets. Plant Clinics are designed to provide an opportunity for people to discuss gardening and pest management issues and get “on-the-spot” answers to their questions. Plant Clinics are a great way to introduce people to the Cooperative Extension Service. This fall, over 1,500 people visited with faculty at clinics held in Portales, Clovis, Farmington, Lordsburg, Mimbres Valley, Belen, Los Ranchos, and Albuquerque.
Family and Consumer Sciences
- Faculty Awards: Wanda Eastman, Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences faculty member, was honored as the Professional of the Year by the New Mexico Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. This award is given to members in recognition of their involvement, participation, and contributions to their community, state, and profession. Dr. Sonja Koukel, Extension Community and Environmental Health Specialist, was honored as the Extension Leader of the year by the New Mexico Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. This award is given to recognize extension faculty who use innovative methods, techniques, and activities to provide educational programming to the citizens of New Mexico.
Animal and Range Science
- All American Quarter Horse Congress: The NMSU Horse Judging Team traveled to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the All American Quarter Horse Congress on October 14. The team is comprised of Katie Creager, sophomore Agriculture Economics major from Hobbs, NM; Molly Elliott, senior Animal Science major from Hobbs, NM; Lane Hand, junior Agriculture and Extension Education major from Clovis, NM; Larisa Estrada, junior Animal Science major from Reserve, NM; Tiffany Fowler, junior Animal Science major from Silver City, NM; and Haylee Lavoie, junior Animal Science major from Riverton, WY. The team placed 6th in Halter, 10th in Performance, 7th in Reasons and placed 7th overall out of over 20 teams from across the country. Katie Creager was 9th in Halter and Molly Elliott placed 10th in Reasons individually. The team is coached by graduate assistant Kayla Wells and animal science assistant professor Laura White. The team will compete at the Quarter Horse World Show in Oklahoma City on November 18, 2015.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Christa Slaton
- Budget Discussions: I met with the College Planning and Budget Committee to discuss permanent budget cuts and the continuation of the grants for Grants Program initiated by them last year. The committee will assess the program that provides resources to encourage the writing of grants. Each recipient of the college grant is partnered with a faculty mentor and completes a grant application during the time of their support from the college.
- Coffee with the Deans: Coffee with the Deans was sponsored by the Art Department in the Art Gallery. All the postcards designed by artists for the fundraiser for Williams Hall Renovation were on display in the Art Gallery, along with the works of art that faculty created for the art auction, which brought in approximately $30,000 for the renovation.
- Visit from Higher Education Secretary: Higher Education Secretary, Barbara Damron toured Williams Hall with several faculty, alumni, and Facilities staff. She got a thorough look at the building and the need for better facilities for faculty, staff, and students.
- Distinguished Alumni: The college honored four Distinguished Alumni at a reception the day before Homecoming: Colonel Mike Milam (Languages and Linguistics); Dr. Nicole Lamartine (Music); Dr. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, International and Border Programs Distinguished Alumni, (Chemistry and Biochemistry); and Mr. Louis A. Vega (Government).
- National Ranking: The Department of Sociology’s Distance Education Program was ranked 10th in the nation.
Dean, College of Business, Dr. James Hoffman
- Entrepreneurship Initiatives: Robert Macy and I met with Steven Stochaj, Dean of the College of Engineering and Christa Slaton, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, as part of our ongoing effort to meet with all college deans to discuss entrepreneurship initiatives.
- Homecoming 2015: Homecoming Week activities kept us all very busy. On Friday we held our annual Scholarship Luncheon where were able to connect our donors with our scholarship recipients. We also held our Distinguished Alumnus reception that afternoon where we honored Jerry Smith. Anthony Casaus and I later accompanied Jerry Smith to the Distinguished Alumni dinner. Thank you to all who attended and the staff and Ambassadors who helped make our events successful.
- Student Shadow: I participated in an administrator shadow program where ASNMSU appointed a student to shadow me for a day. Isaac Marble, a General Business senior, joined me at all meetings and events that day. It was a great opportunity for him to experience the college from a different perspective.
- College of Business Weekly Activity Reports: The College of Business weekly activity reports are available in their entirety at http://business.nmsu.edu/news/activity-reports/.
Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Steve Stochaj
- Missile Flight Experience: A group of electrical and computer engineering students recently participated in the Missile Flight Experience at White Sands Missile Range. The Missile Flight Experience gives engineering students of all disciplines the opportunity to see real world engineering. Jesse Wells, principal quality support engineer at White Sands hosted the students and said, “We are proud to give NMSU Engineering Students the chance to see all the different opportunities a student has to make a real difference in the world.” The students witnessed a Patriot Missile Flight Test and spoke with engineers working with Raytheon and the U.S. Government. The saw the interaction of disciplines and the importance of interdependencies of these disciplines.
- New Innovation Fellows: Five NMSU students have just completed training to join Epicenter’s University Innovation Fellows program: Taylor Burgett, graduate student, electrical engineering; Joel Cazares, industrial engineering; CJ Gershon, finance; Ryan Giblin, graduate student, industrial engineering; and Sahar Qavi, graduate student, chemical and materials engineering, completed their training as University Innovation Fellows and were recognized for their work. The program is run by Epicenter, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell. The new fellows are supported by faculty sponsors Industrial Engineering Department Head Ed Pines and Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan to create new experiences for students at NMSU.
- Students Present to Udall: Following a tour of the White Sands Test Facility on Thursday, Tom Udall, D-N.M., met with College of Engineering Interim Dean Steven Stochaj and Associate Dean Patricia Sullivan, as well as two students who presented projects. They went on to discuss a new partnership to advance innovative green technology the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is developing with NMSU engineers. Udall pledged to do everything he can to promote job creation and aerospace industry initiatives being explored and developed at White Sands Test Facility, just east and north of Las Cruces. Udall was also told about educational opportunities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics students.
- Engineering Sharks: Two engineering students made presentations during Arrowhead Center’s Aggie Shark Tank. Taylor Burgett who will begin his Ph.D. in electrical engineering presented Smart Refract, a smartphone app for the wine industry. Jorge Banda, mechanical engineering student, developed a concept for capturing waste heat energy from vehicles to power the vehicles’ auxiliary systems.
- New NM AMP Director: Phillip King has been appointed as the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Project Director. The appointment was made by Provost Dan Howard, New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation PI, and National Science Foundation Program Officer A. James Hicks. King is the John Clark Professor and Associate Department Head of Civil Engineering specializing in water resources and agricultural engineering. King has experience with the NSF, including his service as PI of the Reaching the Pinnacle program for students with disabilities in STEM fields. New Mexico AMP, funded by the NSF and the State of New Mexico, was established in 1993. Ricardo Jacquez, former dean of the College of Engineering and Founding Director of New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation, retired from NMSU this past July.
Dean, College of Health and Social Services, Dr. Donna Wagner
- 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award: Sharon Huerta, Social Work ’95, was selected as the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. She was honored at the College’s annual scholarship reception in September and was recognized during the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Dinner and during halftime at the Homecoming football game. Sharon is currently employed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM). She joined BCBSNM in May 2013 as Vice President of New Mexico Medicaid Operations. In this role, she serves as the Medicaid program Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for overall operations of the New Mexico Medicaid Division. Sharon embodies what it is to be an Aggie as evidenced by her support of the NMSU School of Social Work; this includes participating in key events, contributing to the annual CHSS Magazine, Vitality, and garnering financial support of important behavioral health scholarships as well as the corporate sponsorships of community events. Our vital relationship with BCBSNM is firmly established due to Sharon’s commitment to our students and their futures in behavioral health.
- Student Group Winners: CHSS student groups were big winners at homecoming events this weekend. Our ambassadors took first place in their category in the Door and Office Supply contest, and placed first in category two for Overall Homecoming Winners. The CHSS Student Council also had an impressive 3rd place win in their category for the Door and Office Supply contest, 5th place in the parade, and 3rd We are very proud of our students!
- Farewell: The College said goodbye to Courtney Merhege, Community and Alumni Relations Coordinator. She left NMSU for the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico where she will serve as assistant director of development and communications. During her tenure in the College, Courtney fostered alumni engagement, promoted a spirit of philanthropy, and managed events and programs such as the annual scholarship reception, student events, emergency scholarship funds, and the student ambassadors. Dean Wagner shared, “Courtney created the foundation for an alumni engagement program where none existed. She demonstrated a strong Aggie spirit, and we will miss her dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm.” We wish Courtney much success in the future.
School of Nursing
- Aggie Nursing Students: Community health nursing students were busy this week assisting Amanda Gallivan, Assistant Director of Health and Wellness, during National Depression Screening Day, Students helped by providing information, promoting mental health screenings, and educated volunteers regarding services on campus. In addition, students helped Ms. Gallivan during Tough Enough To Wear Pink activities. Aggie nursing students are on the move!
- Ethical Practices Conference: Joe Tomaka, Associate Dean, social work graduate student Candace Stoughton, and the Southern Area Health Education Center hosted a conference on ethical practices for non-profit businesses and social services organizations. Approximately 100 representatives from various community agencies attended the event which was sponsored by the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation, the College of Health and Social Services, and the NMSU Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. For more information about the conference, please visit http://soahec.nmsu.edu/2015-ethics-conference/.
Dean, Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken
- Circle for Excellence Luncheon: Miriam Chaiken and Tim Ketelaar hosted a lunch meeting of the Circle for Excellence, the group of supporters for the Honors College. We were joined by Cindy Nicholson of the Advancement Office to learn more about Giving Tuesday, the plans for scholarship fundraising in early December. The highlight of the meeting was a presentation by Kira Turnham, the most recent recipient of the Honors College International Research Scholarship who talked about her marine biology research in the Philippines. Her work was supported by the scholarship that was initiated by the Circle members, so it was great to learn more about the impact of this good work.
- Honorspalooza 2015: On Thursday at noon, we hosted Honorspalooza, a picnic on the lawn in front of the Conroy Honors Center, for all of the students who were Crimson Scholars. We had hundreds of students drop by for fun and food and conversations. This year we invited representatives from a number of offices on campus (Counseling Center, Career Services, Chicano Programs, ASNMSU, and the Student Success Center) to meet with students and talk about the services that they can provide. We were very relieved that the massive rain and hail storm of the previous day did not make a repeat visit while we enjoyed the picnic.
- DACC Campus Visit: Miriam Chaiken spent part of Wednesday on the DACC East Mesa Campus, where she met with students who are planning to transfer to main campus in coming semesters. She helped the Crimson Scholars learn about the opportunities that await them in the Honors College.
- Building Security: Miriam and Tim also met with faculty in music, theater, and staff of the Center for the Arts to discuss strategies to improve security in the vicinity of our buildings, in the wake of the bomb scare we experienced a couple weeks ago. We are preparing proposals to address these issues.
Dean, University Library, Dr. Elizabeth Titus
- 2015 New Mexico Library Association Annual Conference: The New Mexico State University Library had ten faculty members present at the 2015 New Mexico Library Association Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 21 to 23. Presentations included how to use assessment to make data-driven decisions for libraries, to using technology to support dyslexic students in a library, among others.
- The History of Pistol Pete: Digging into the vaults of NMSU photo archives and into the old lockers of our Pistol Pete, NMSU Library exhibited a display titled “The History of Pistol Pete” for the 2015 Homecoming Golden A’s Luncheon on Saturday, October 24. The display also included photographs from Oklahoma State University of Frank Eaton, the original inspiration for the Pistol Pete mascot, and the famous mascot head that was previously used for the NMSU Pistol Pete in the past.
Senior Vice President Administration and Finance, Angela Throneberry
- Wounded Soldier Tournament: The De La Vega’s Wounded Soldier Tournament was held on October 17 at the golf course. It was a fundraising event for the Folds of Honor Foundation which provides scholarships to dependents of soldiers killed or wounded in the military. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1488276474817430/.
- Pete’s Place Computer Lab-Update: ICT’s Pete’s Place computer lab is now open at its new location inside the Corbett Center Student Union building across from the second floor information desk. The newly remodeled Pete’s offers access to 49 computers, three WEPA printers, a Pharos printer, and a number of areas for semi-private study or small group gatherings. Pete’s is open from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm, Monday thru Sunday.
- Pink Dinner: As part of TETWP/Homecoming Week, Sodexo, ASNMSU, and the Campus Health Center jointly hosted a Pink Dinner on October 20 which featured a silent auction, a photo booth with costumes, décor and naturally delicious (and pink) food.
- Herb Wimberly Invitational: The Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate Men’s Golf Team Invitational took place October 18-20 with the NMSU Golf Course hosting 14 university teams from around the country. UTEP finished in 1st place with the NMSU team coming in 6th. NMSU sports link: http://nmstatesports.com/news/2015/10/20/MGOLF_1020153113.aspx.
- Spirit Remix Fashion Show: This event was held in collaboration with the NMSU Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising. The October 22 show debuted the Vault Collection (vintage NMSU graphics) with 75-100 guests in attendance.
Vice President Student Affairs / Enrollment Management, Dr. Bernadette Montoya
- Annual SAEM Staff Picnic: The Annual SAEM Staff Picnic was held on Friday, October 23 to celebrate NMSU’s homecoming. Sodexo catered hamburgers and hot dogs, while employees enjoyed spending time with one another. The annual SAEM Staff Recognition award was given to Lorraine Ortega from Admissions, Sookie Cordero from Employee Health Services, and Mani Chinnasami from Student Information Management.
- Arrowhead Early College High School Picnic: The Arrowhead Early College High School Picnic was held on Thursday, October 22. Dr. Montoya welcomed 170 guests to the picnic where students and their families were able to meet with DACC Admissions, NMSU Admissions, the DACC Dual Credit office, and the NMSU Financial Aid office.
- NMSU Graduation Fair: The NMSU Graduation Fair was held October 13 and 14 at the NMSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Over the course of two days, 580 graduating students participated in the event. Students were given the opportunity to purchase their announcements, regalia, photos, and reserve their seat for Commencement.
- Watermelon Bust: On Saturday, October 17, Lambda Chi hosted their Annual Watermelon Bust, a philanthropy event to support Feeding America. The chapter raised over 1,172 pounds of food and had nearly 100 fellow students participate.
Vice President Economic Development, Dr. Kevin Boberg
- Aggie Shark Tank: Friday, Arrowhead Center hosted the Aggie Shark Tank, a business pitch competition, in which five NMSU student/alum entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas before five sharks: Lou Sisbarro, Dino Cervantes, Royal Jones, Mickey Clute and Andy Rice. Two entrepreneurs received offers of investment, Jorge Banda (Energy Solutions) and Rajaa Shindi (BrainSTEM). In addition, a Shark Favorite ($2,500 cash prize) and Crowd Favorite ($1,000 cash prize) were selected, both awards going to Rajaa Shindi. After the competition a networking reception was held.
- NSF I-Corps Regional Training: Last week Jason Koenig and Terry Lombard attended an NSF I-Corps Regional Training workshop at the University of Michigan. Mr. Koenig and Ms. Lombard serve as mentors for two I-Corps teams from NMSU that are working to transition faculty research into marketable technology. NMSU’s teams are focusing on exploring market opportunities of non-weighted Digital Signal Processing (DSP) circuits on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) systems for low-power intelligent sensors and developing a prototype device, and developing Zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) as a promising materials for carbon capture and gas separation applications. I-Corps provides a framework and curriculum to guide teams through the process of moving research discoveries to marketable technology.
- Visit with BBVA Compass Bank: Representatives of BBVA visited Arrowhead Center this week to learn about its various programs and ways in which BBVA can support Arrowhead. A roundtable discussion and luncheon was held, with student entrepreneurs, Arrowhead student employees and staff members.
- Visit with Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ): President Duarte, Deans of Engineering & Technology and Social Sciences & Administration, and outreach directors visited with Arrowhead to explore how we might train them in and help launch their incubators and technology commercialization program. While this is immediate, President Duarte broadly outlined the prospect in the future of UACJ and NMSU collaboratively addressing the challenges of maquiladoras through student teams mentored by faculty.
Interim Vice President University Advancement / Foundation Executive Director,
Dr. Andrea Tawney
- Charitable Gift Annuity: An alum and 1888 Society member from the College of Education has donated a $150,000 Charitable Gift Annuity for future benefit of scholarships through the office of Financial Aid.
- IRA Distribution: An 1888 Society member has made an IRA distribution of $60,000 to benefit an existing endowed scholarship fund in NMSU Athletics.
- Grand Opening: The grand opening of Club 27 has already proven to be successful in its primary purpose of use to cultivate and steward donors. We received gift commitments totaling $70,000, plus more to come.
- Scholarship Endowment: Two new scholarship endowment commitments of $25,000 each for the accounting department have been received.
Athletics Director, Mario Moccia
- Women’s Soccer: Our women’s soccer hosted their last home match of the season against Missouri-Kansas City. Four seniors, Cindy Buraczyk, Morgan Campbell, Mikaela Haley and Katelyn Smith were honored after the match.
- Annual Herb Wimberly Golf Tournament: The men’s golf program hosted the annual Herb Wimberly Golf tournament at the NM State Golf Course. The tournament, named in honor of NM State Hall of Fame Coach Herb Wimberly hosted 13 other teams.
- Various Meetings:
- I met with Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association.
- Braun Cartwright and I met with Denten Park, Chief Executive Officer Mountain View Regional Medical Center on a potential partnership with NM State.
- Tough Enough to Wear Pink: Athletics hosted several donors at the athletic table for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Fashion Show luncheon. We also attended the presentation by Secretary Dr. Barbara Damron on the Effects of Cancer on Mental Health after the luncheon.
- Homecoming 2015:
- Saturday was a busy fun filled day for me. I spoke at the Swim & Dive Alumni meet as well as the Baseball Parents Day and Alumni Tailgate. I was a guest speaker at the Homecoming Tailgate hosted by the Alumni Relations Office.
- I hosted 100 guests including our game sponsor El Paso Electric, our Distinguished alumni and several other donors at the AD Patio Party for the NM State Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink game versus Troy.
Associate Vice President University Communications, Maureen Howard
- KRWG: NMSU student Mark Alarcon met PBS program producer John Valadez during a viewing of Valadez’s documentary Head of Joaquin Murrieta at the Corbett Center Auditorium on Tuesday. This event was a collaboration with the NMSU Chicano Programs and KRWG. A discussion followed the viewing when students and guests asked Valadez questions about the production. The show will air on KRWG this spring.
- News: The fall 2015 edition of Panorama, NMSU’s alumni and friends magazine, arrived in mailboxes last week. Twice a year, University Communications helps plan, write, design and edit the magazine. The latest issue has a new and updated look and the electronic version of the magazine can be found at http://panorama.nmsu.edu. Work on the Spring 2016 edition is underway.
- Marketing Services: The Marketing Services team has completed several new recruitment pieces. Below are cover designs.
- Web Communications: This week we conducted focus groups with current marketing students to gain feedback on Ad Words Copy, Facebook ads, and NMSU Homepage Videos. We gathered a lot of great data and will be working next week to analyze and make a final report. At a quick glance, we learned that students prefer videos with action that highlight all of the things they can do on campus.
Director/Secretary New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Jeff M. Witte
- Association of Commerce and Industry Ag Committees: I spoke to the Association of Commerce and Industry Ag Committees regarding the state of agriculture and upcoming legislative issues.
- New Mexico Pecan Growers Annual Conference: Staff participated in the New Mexico Pecan Growers annual conference in Las Cruces. The conference was attended by approximately 100 growers with NMDA staff contributing to the organization of the meeting and provided updates on federal and state pesticide regulatory topics.
- 2015 Rounders Award: NMDA hosted the 2015 Rounders Award. This year’s recipient was painter/rancher Gary Morton. 100 people attended, including Max & Pat Evans, several state officials, and 4H and FFA officer teams. The Rounders Award honors those who “live, promote, and articulate the western way of life.” The award was created in 1990 by former New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Frank DuBois. It was named after The Rounders, a classic western novel written by New Mexican Max Evans.
- Branding Ceremony: The Leadership Team welcomed members of the freshman class in NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) during the college’s “branding” ceremony. They grilled and served hotdogs and hamburgers for the freshmen and seniors. NMDA deputy director Anthony Parra welcomed members of the freshman class in NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) during the college’s branding ceremony.
- American College of Veterinary Pathologists Annual Conference: Staff attended the American College of Veterinary Pathologists Annual Conference and
- Presented a poster entitled “Mast cell – rich Epitheliotropic Cutaneous Lymphoma in a Cat”
- Presented a poster entitled “Parvoviral Myocarditis in a Litter of Puppies”
- Chaired the group that judged poster presentations for the Young Investigator Award in Diagnostic Pathology.
Chief, NMSU Police, Stephen Lopez
- Police Activity: There were 34 police reports created, 14 supplements filed, and 41 traffic citations issued. The Records & Evidence Office processed 25 items of evidence and fingerprinted 23 people. The Emergency Dispatch Center handled 340 calls for service (eight of which were 911 calls), resulting in 210 police calls (25 of which were agency assist) and 13 warrant entries. There were 23 fire calls (ten of which were mutual aid), ten emergency medical calls, five fire alarms, and one standby. There were three animal control calls.
- Young Americans for Liberty Group: Chief Lopez met with the Young Americans for Liberty student organization for a question and answer session regarding how they can protect and exercise their rights when dealing with police on the streets. The presentation was well received, and the students seemed happy to learn that the State of New Mexico provides greater protection to the citizenry than is available under federal laws and rules.
- Wildfire Tabletop Exercise: Chief Lopez represented the university as a participant in the Doña Ana County/City of Las Cruces Office of Emergency Management Wildfire Tabletop Exercise on Thursday. The scenario involved a lightning-strike fire starting on the College Ranch north of Las Cruces and spreading toward housing to the southeast. The exercise was very successful, and a number of participants indicated they learned a lot about the resources that NMSU Police and NMDA (particularly as it relates to sheltering of livestock and animals) could bring to bear to assist in the event of such an incident.
- Homecoming Parade and Game: The Homecoming Parade went well with no major incidents, and it started close to the scheduled time (an improvement from past years). There were also no major incidents at the Homecoming Bonfire or the football game. Coupling all of these events with the Tough Enough to Wear Pink event strained resources, but everything came together in the end.
Interim President, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, Dr. Ken Van Winkle
- Principals and Counselors Luncheon Meeting: Principals and counselors from Alamogordo, Tularosa and Cloudcroft High Schools attended a meeting and luncheon on the NMSU-A campus on Friday, October 23. At the meeting they received the latest information on Aggie Pathways, the matriculation of credits from NMSU-A to NMSU Las Cruces and financial aid opportunities and requirements. They also received a tour of the Professional Technology Department. The goal of the event was to update/educate the principals and counselors on the higher education opportunities available through NMSU-A.
- Support to Mescalero High School STEM Day: NMSU-A faculty and students participated in the Mescalero Apache Schools Science, Technology, Engineering and Math day last week. They provided demonstrations to the Mescalero students and their parents in the areas of biology and robotics. Participants had the opportunity to view life in a drop of water, extract DNA from their cheeks and then view it in micro-centrifuge tubes containing glycerol and learn about the programming and operation of robotic arms the students recently built in class.
- Blood Drive: Faculty, staff and students participated in a blood drive on campus, Tuesday, October 20. The drive was sponsored by the NMSU- A Social Science Club and United Blood Services. Everyone who donated also w as eligible for a free cholesterol test upon request.
President, New Mexico State University -Carlsbad, Dr. John Gratton
- AQIP Peer Evaluator Training: NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton was on annual leave for the week of October 19 – 23 and spent the week in Sedona, Arizona. However, during the week the NMSU Carlsbad President completed his required online AQIP Peer Evaluator update training.
- WIPP Leadership Academy Training Program: The NMSU Carlsbad campus continued its WIPP Leadership Academy Training Program with the graduation ceremonies scheduled for Friday, October 30.
- Continuing Education Program: The NMSU Carlsbad Continuing Education Program offered a Customer Service program for Intrepid Potash employees. The two-day program included presentations on the use of Excel, Myers-Briggs assessments, communication strategies, and Stephen Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”
- Pathways Peer Evaluator Training: Institutional Analyst Bill Finley traveled to Chicago over the week as he completed his required Pathways Peer Evaluator training.
President, New Mexico State University -Dona Ana, Dr. Renay Scott
- Lerdo Exchange: 18 students and 6 faculty from technical school CBTis 4 of Ciudad Lerdo, Durango, Mexico, will arrive for the annual cultural exchange with NMSU-Doña Ana. Opening ceremonies on Thursday will include a special performance by Grammy Award winning La Catrina Quartet with two NMSU music students Ceara Caisido and Andrea Gonzalez.
- Urban Agriculture and Service Learning: NMSU-Dona Ana Health students Jasmine Franzoy and Alyssa Berrington are working with La Semilla Food Center tending to the care of 58 pots containing vegetables and flowers on the Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. They are also marketing for sponsors of the pots and have designed a map identifying which vegetables and herbs are in which pot. They both will graduate and plan to enroll and earn a baccalaureate degree in Health at NMSU.