Welcome and Bienvenidos!

Today is Move-In Day at NMSU. It is an exciting time of year, and I know you all join me in welcoming our new students and their families to our beautiful campus. I am especially happy that today we open Juniper Hall, our newest residence. Thanks to a heroic effort from our staff, Juniper Hall is ready to house over 250 students and about a dozen Living–Learning Communities.

As I walked around campus today, I realized that Move-In Day is a very impressive event. NMSU’s Housing and Residential Life orchestrates the arrival of several thousand students. Hundreds of staff and volunteers are on hand to assist students as they unload vehicles and move into their new homes. What an amazing way to welcome new students into the Aggie community, the Aggie Way!

This week we also held an orientation for about 100 new international students: we offer these students a special welcome. Diversity is a core value at NMSU, and students from around the globe add a special element to the already rich cultural tapestry that is Southern New Mexico and the Borderlands.

We also have a large group of new faculty starting their careers at NMSU. To the more than 75 new faculty members: Welcome! We are counting on your fresh ideas and new perspectives to further our land-grant mission of education, research, outreach, extension, and service.

At the start of each academic year, many people also return to campus. Whether you are coming back after a summer away, a semester abroad, or a year-long sabbatical, our community benefits from the learning and experiences that you bring back from all over the globe.

All the newcomers will be forming their first impressions of what it means to be an Aggie during the next few weeks. Let’s show them that Aggies are among the most friendly people in the world. As you walk around campus, please ask if you can help students who look lost and offer a greeting to those who do not.  Introduce yourself to new colleagues and talk to them about your favorite parts of NMSU or Las Cruces. This year, please be especially welcoming: recent violence close to home and across the nation will continue to affect people, and we need to ensure that NMSU is a welcoming and sheltering community that takes care of its own.  Aggies take care of Aggies.

Let’s have another great year! Welcome to all, and Let’s Go Aggies!

As usual, comments are welcome at President.Floros@nmsu.edu.

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