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NMSU TRiO Students win Regional Scholarships

The New Mexico State University TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Program congratulates Shaun Aki, Ricardo Serrano, and Jessica Chrisman, recipients of the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) and StudentAccess scholarship awards. SWASAP financially supports and honors students who embrace post-secondary education and demonstrate leadership potential at school and within their communities. Winners, Shaun Aki and Ricardo Serrano embody these characteristics and proved themselves “TRiO Strong.” Continue reading »

Activity Report, October 24

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Attended the pre-accreditation site visit on Wednesday, October 22 for the new Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. SAEM will have some of the responsibilities for these new students that we do for NMSU students.

Met with Stacie Allen, CEO and President of Bridge of Southern New Mexico, and J.B. Pruett, Board Member of the Bridge, on October 22 to discuss ways to enhance services to Early College High School students who enroll at NMSU.

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Backpacking 101: Trip to White Mountain Wilderness

backpacking101Kenny Coppedge and Sasha Garcia, NMSU Outdoor Recreation, traveled to the Three Rivers Area of the White Mountain Wilderness with 14 students in early October for Backpacking 101, a backpacking trip geared towards beginners. Participants included several students from the Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP), the PE 263 Backpacking class, and other students who signed up to learn and have fun. Continue reading »

NMASFAA Fall Training

IMG_1389Joseph Molina, Financial Aid Advisor, delivered a half-day training session at the New Mexico Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Fall Training in Albuquerque. The three and a half hour training presented several topics, including using the estimated family contribution (EFC) as a customer service tool and the consequences of the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act). The training was attended by approximately 45 financial aid professionals from across the state.

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Activity Report, October 17, 2014

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Bernadette Montoya is “branded” at the ACES Freshmen Branding Ceremony.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya is “branded” at the ACES Freshmen Branding Ceremony.

Attended the ACES Freshmen Branding Ceremony to celebrate freshman initiation into the College. The event included paint branding, refreshments, and the Aggie Fight Song, which was led by President Carruthers.

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Military and Veterans Programs featured in Military Advanced Education

mvparticleThe Office of Military and Veterans Programs and the College of Engineering were recognized in the October issue of Military Advanced Education. NMSU was one of four schools highlighted in the issue, which highlights the importance of STEM education and potential careers for service members and veterans. The article also discusses the support Military and Veterans Programs offers to veteran and military students pursuing an engineering career. An additional sidebar item written by Ruben Arauz details his personal experience with the NMSU engineering program and the Office of Military and Veterans Programs. Ruben worked for Military and Veterans Programs for five years and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering.

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Chartering Organizations and the New Aggie Activity Council

New AAC members Prisma Pantoja, Director of Entertainment and Travel, and Priscilla Artalejo, Director of Traditional Events show their support at the Pink Football Game.

New AAC members Prisma Pantoja, Director of Entertainment and Travel, and Priscilla Artalejo, Director of Traditional Events, show their support at the Pink Football Game.

Recently, thirteen new ways for student to become involved with the campus community were  chartered at New Mexico State University. Thirteen organizations — each of which provides a unique opportunity for engagement — worked with Morgan Busch, Coordinator for Campus Activities, to earn their charter. These new organizations include Creative Minds (the art club), Music Business Students, National Society of Professional Engineers, and ADJUST: Advocates for Justice. Continue reading »

Activity Report, October 10, 2014

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Presented the Fall 2014 Enrollment Update to the Board of Regents on Friday, October 10 at the NMSU Grants Campus. SAEM is addressing drops in enrollment in recent years by ramping up campus visitation programs and more outreach to applicants. Retention is a crucial part of enrollment and is part of everybody’s role at NMSU. Continue reading »

Aggie Experience

High school students and their families check-in at Aggie Experience in front of the Pan American Center.

High school students and their families check-in at Aggie Experience in front of the Pan American Center.

Aggie Experience, the largest recruitment event hosted by University Admissions, was held on Saturday, October 4, 2014. About 675 high school seniors and their families experienced a day in the life of an Aggie. Students were encouraged to apply for admission during the program, and by the end of the day, University Admissions received 226 applications for admission. Continue reading »

Fall 2014 Enrollment Update

Below is the presentation Dr.  Montoya gave on Fall 2014 enrollment at the NMSU Grants campus on Friday, October 10, 2014.

Annual Employee Recognition Awards

Marilyn Alejo (left photo) and Monica Dunivan (right photo), 2013 recipients of the SAEM Staff Recognition Awards.

Marilyn Alejo (left photo) and Monica Dunivan (right photo), 2013 recipients of the SAEM Staff Recognition Awards.

The Executive Leadership Team of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is seeking nominations to recognize individual staff members who exhibit exceptional performance above and beyond their normal job duties. Exceptional performance could be a major accomplishment, excellent work ethic and/or outstanding customer service which significantly contributed to the goals of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The winning staff members will receive a one-time cash payment of $500 in recognition of their contributions.

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NMSU Registrar staff met with HED

On September 30, 2014, Registrar staff from universities across the state met with the Higher Education Department (HED) at NMSU’s Albuquerque Center. Denise Esquibel and Kim Eiland represented New Mexico State University at the meeting.

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Activity Report, October 3, 2014

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

On Monday, September 29, attended a reception for the members of the Legislative Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee. The reception welcomed legislators to NMSU’s campus.

On Wednesday, October 1, met with Fred Heinrich, Director of Development in Athletics to discuss options to better support NMSU’s cheer team. In collaboration with Lori McKee from University Health and Wellness, solutions were reached.

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Health and Wellness Reaches Out to the Community

Climbers participate in the climbing competition at NMSU’s Activity Center.

Climbers participate in the climbing competition at NMSU’s Activity Center.

NMSU Outdoor Recreation hosted the First Annual Las Cruces Climbing Festival September 25-28th, 2014.  The four-day event kicked off with a gear demo and slideshow presentations by professional climbers Nick Duttle, NMSU Alumni, and Sam Davis, doctorate student. On Friday, hundreds gathered downtown for a street festival full of fun, food, and local, regional, and national conservation and climbing organizations. The evening was highlighted by the New Mexico premiere of the musical group, Valley Uprising.

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Remodel and student staff help Financial Aid

A financial aid staff member advises a student on her financial aid.

A financial aid staff member advises a student on her financial aid at the newly remodeled front desk area.

Data from NMSU Financial Aid and Scholarship indicates that each Financial Aid Advisor is responsible for approximately 2,900 students at the Las Cruces Campus. In 2012, the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators reported that schools have, on average, 4 full-time employees (FTE) for every 1,000 students. NMSU has about 2.1 FTE in the Las Cruces Financial Aid Office for every 1,000 students at the Las Cruces campus.

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Academic Advisors and SAEM staff received tips on dealing with difficult and disruptive behavior.

Academic Advisors and SAEM staff received tips on dealing with difficult and disruptive behavior.

On Tuesday, September 23, Dr. Montoya facilitated a leadership retreat for International and Border Programs. The training was based on the Five Exemplary Practices from the Leadership Challenge. Participants discussed the importance of teamwork regarding organizational change. Continue reading »

Financial Aid Outreach and Retention

2014-09-26 12.10.18Claire Cortner Montoya, who joined the Financial Aid Office in January 2014 as Outreach Advisor, was hired to reach out to students and to work to boost recruitment and retention.

By providing additional financial aid support beyond the traditional advising, Claire is working to increase student retention and success while promoting student self-advocacy. She works directly with students and parents, both on and off campus, with community groups, public schools, and various other organizations to provide information and the necessary tools to educate the public about federal, state, and institutional financial aid.

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Disabled American Veterans Work with NMSU students

Photo By: Kelly Schott

Photo By: Kelly Schott

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 38, from Mesilla, is again making weekly visits to NMSU’s MVP (Military Veterans Program) to work with the students as they apply for disability benefits, according to Jacobo Varela, MVP director. Representatives Warren Johnson and Fred Madrid visit the MVP office once a week to assist student veterans in filling out disability claims.  The disability application process can be difficult, but these veterans share their experience in negotiating through the bureaucracy.

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Webinar: Handling Difficult and Disruptive Behaviors

September 23, 2014
Attendees: Advisors, SAEM Staff, Graduate School Staff

Attendees discuss the benefits of the webinar training.
Attendees discuss the benefits of the webinar training.

The webinar discussed techniques on providing excellent customer service to students and visitors, as well as steps on handling student problems.

1. Create a warm and friendly office environment.

  • Remove clutter and make sure areas are clean.
  • Offer refreshments if possible.
  • Remove overhead lighting if possible and opt for warmer light sources.
  • Familiarize students with staff in the office using name tags or photos in the waiting area.
  • Have a positive attitude and be friendly to students.
  • Little things make a big difference to students.

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Recruiters from GAINSCO Auto Insurance brought the company race car to last week’s Career Fair at Corbett Center to draw student traffic.

Recruiters from GAINSCO Auto Insurance brought the company race car to last week’s Career Fair at Corbett Center to draw student traffic.

On Monday, September 15, Dr. Montoya attended the Guaranteed Pathway Summit. SAEM offices of Admissions and Student Engagement will be part of this effort. Meeting participants were charged with identifying a clear path for students who start at a community college to earn a baccalaureate from New Mexico State University.

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