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Activity Report, December 12, 2014

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Commencement staff share breakfast before Saturday's ceremony.

Commencement staff share breakfast before Saturday’s ceremony.

SAEM Events Staff brought together over 100 members of the NMSU community who signed up to work at the Fall 2014 Commencement. Friday’s Pre-Commencement meeting allowed staff to review important procedures such as how to get over 1,000 students into the Pan Am in a timely manner. As usual, Facilities and Services was strongly represented among Commencement staff, as was staff from various Colleges and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management offices. For the first time, Faculty Marshalls were recruited from each college to lead their students into the Pan Am.

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HACU/MSI/Walmart Foundation Student Success Symposium

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St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas

This program is a grant-funded collaboration of 6 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, 6 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and 6 Tribal Colleges. It is a peer professional to professional mentoring program.

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How Successful People Stay Calm

Students disconnect during finals week.

Students disconnect during finals week.

This time of year can be very stressful in the workplace. As the semester comes to an end, Dr. Dario Silva, Director, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), offers these tips on how successful people stay calm.  To view the full article, visit Work Place Tips by Dr. Travis Bradberry on the EAP’s website.

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Importance of Updated Student Contact Information

aggiefest-crowdTo check end-of-term grades, students now go through a screen that requests that they update their contact information. This screen was tested and implemented by ICT in a project that was supported by a wide range of NMSU offices.

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College Reading and Learning Association

College Reading and Learning Association

St. Paul, Minnesota

November 5 – 8

 

Low Literacy Expectations: College Football Student-Athletes’ Perceptions of The Literacy Expectations of Professors and Coaches

Pamela Segal, Towson University

Pamela Segal presented her doctoral research examining the literacy expectations that college football student-athletes experience, both in reality and perception.

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Activity Report, December 5

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Campus Activities moved to new offices in Phase I of the Corbett Center Student Union renovation.

Campus Activities moved to new offices in Phase I of the Corbett Center Student Union renovation.

Attended the Ring Ceremony on Wednesday and American Indian Program’s Fall Student Recognition Banquet Thursday, December 4 and the Advancing Leaders Mentors Luncheon on Friday, December 5.

Interviewed with KFOX Thursday, which was prompted by the new Stay Safe at NMSU website.

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Stress Buster Days

Students take a break from studying to play with Bumper the therapy dog.

Students take a break from studying to play with Bumper the therapy dog.

NMSU Counseling and Student Development sponsored Stress Buster Days this year to help students relax before finals. The Stress Buster Days began Tuesday, December 2 with relaxation stations, massages, yoga demonstrations, and mindfulness exercises outside Garcia Annex. Continue reading »

Commuter Students 2015: Next & Best Practices

2009/04/22: Students walk on the International Mall (photo by Darren Phillips)Commuter Students 2015: Next & Best Practices, An Update Webinar
October 14, 2015
Barbara Jacoby, Leadership & Community Service Learning, University of Maryland
Take-Aways
Best Practices were presented with recommendations to improve commuter student experiences.

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Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge helps students cross the finish line

Cross-campus adviser Marissa Macias meets with Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge students one-on-one.

Cross-campus adviser Marissa Macias meets with Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge students one-on-one.

In spring 2014, New Mexico State University launched a new program to help seniors who left without graduating return to complete their degrees.

Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge, or ACGC, is geared toward students who have completed 94 credit hours or more and haven’t attended classes for at least one semester.

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Activity Report, November 21, 2014

Dr. Montoya and Dr. Cassandra Lachica-Chavez, the new University Registrar, at Friday’s Meet & Greet.

Dr. Montoya and Dr. Cassandra Lachica-Chavez, the new University Registrar, at Friday’s Meet & Greet.

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

On Tuesday, November 18, Dr. Montoya participated in the interviews for the candidates for the Athletic Director.

The SAEM Executive Team toured Corbett Center this week to view Phase 1 construction.

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Aggie Tree for 4-H

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Carla Villareal (left) and Rikki Marrujo (right)

This year, Cibola County 4-H will have an Aggie Tree in their Holiday Auction, scheduled for early December.

Carla Villareal and Rikki Marrujo decorated the small tree with an Aggie theme, using materials donated from staff in the Vice President’s Office. The tree features cowbells and mustaches along with glitter-covered letters spelling Aggies and crimson and silver decorations. The tree will be among those auctioned off as part of 4-H’s annual fundraiser. Continue reading »

NASPA Regional Conference

The 2014 NASPA Regional Conference was held in Old Town, Albuquerque.

The 2014 NASPA Regional Conference was held in Old Town, Albuquerque.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Precious Porras & Cody Charles – University of Kansas

Sizeism is the mistreatment or discrimination against people based on their perceived (or self-perceived) body size of shape. Continue reading »

Activity Report, November 14, 2014

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Damon Beasley, Technology Support Technician for SAEM, and Lydia Quintana, Accountant at ASNMSU, received this year’s SAEM Staff Recognition Awards.

Damon Beasley, Technology Support Technician for SAEM, and Lydia Quintana, Accountant at ASNMSU, received this year’s SAEM Staff Recognition Awards.

The Annual SAEM Homecoming Staff Picnic was held on Friday, November 7. Damon Beasley, Technology Support Technician for SAEM, and Lydia Quintana, Accountant at ASNMSU, received this year’s SAEM Staff Recognition Awards.

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Campus Health Center Conducts Training for Contagious Diseases

Employees at the Campus Health Center prepare to treat infectious diseases such as Ebola.

Employees at the Campus Health Center prepare to treat infectious diseases such as Ebola.

The Campus Health Center has been conducting weekly trainings on donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE) in practice for actual use in a communicable illness situation.  The CHC will conduct an emergency drill in late November that will simulate a communicable disease exposure to the health care system. NMSU has a comprehensive disease response plan in place that is posted, along with links to the latest CDC information, at chc.nmsu.edu.

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2014 SAEM Staff Picnic Slideshow

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Activity Report, November 7, 2014

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Attended the APLU Annual Meeting from November 1–4 in Orlando, Florida and was inaugurated as the Co-Chair for the Council on Student Affairs Executive Committee. Dr. Melissa Exum, Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, was also inaugurated Co-Chair.

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Aggie Gear Winners from Homecoming!

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Winners of Aggie Gear (listed below) can  pick up your prize in Suite 401 of the Educational Services Building or leave a comment below that includes what you want (as supplies and sizes last) and where we can deliver your prize. Please respond before Thursday, November 13, end of the day!

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Annual Strategic Planning Update

This year's strategic plan is available at http://studentaffairs.nmsu.edu/plan/

This year’s strategic plan is available at http://studentaffairs.nmsu.edu/plan/

The 2013-14 Strategic Planning Update is now available and will be distributed at the SAEM Homecoming Barbecue (Friday, November 7, 11-1, south of the Educational Services Building). In the update, each area of SAEM reports on progress toward goals from earlier strategic plans. Continue reading »

SAEM Homecoming BBQ, November 7

SAEM staff and student employees at our annual picnic.

SAEM staff and student employees at the annual picnic.

To celebrate NMSU’s Homecoming, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management will close out the week with our annual SAEM staff barbecue on Friday, November 7.  Rudy’s BBQ will be serving our meal between 11am and 1 pm so that everybody will have a chance to enjoy a meal as well as to ensure that our offices stay open to serve our students. Continue reading »

Trends & Issues in Outdoor Experiential Learning Programs

Association of Experiential Education
7th Annual Trends and Issues in Outdoor Experiential Programs Panel Discussion
October 23-26th, 2014
Chattanooga, TN
Panelists: Betsy Lindley: Utah Valley University & Tom Holman: Southeast Missouri State University

Ben Gabriel, Kenny Coppedge, and Sasha Garcia attended the 7th Annual Trends and Issues in Outdoor Experiential Programs panel to discuss issues currently facing OAE programs in North America. Current field instructors, program managers and scholars shared their perspectives and those of others in the field. Participants came ready to engage and share from their experience as participants discussed trends and issues, brainstormed strategies to assist programs, and identified best practices. Topics included challenges in adventure therapy, risk management and legalism, adventure education and sustainability, collaborative partnerships, and research and evaluation.

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