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Activity Report, January 31- February 6, 2016

  • Chicano Programs Welcome Event: On Wednesday, February 3, Chicano Programs held a Welcome Back event. The event was held to inform students about the services offered by Chicano Programs, NMSU and community offices. The NMSU student organization, Hispanic Council, also attended this event.
  • Educational Extension: On Tuesday, February 2, the Immigrant Student Issues Committee of NMSU sponsored training on Higher Education Access for Undocumented and DACA students as well as U.S citizens who graduate from a foreign high school.  The training was presented to approximately 80 high school counselors from the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS).  Gustavo Guzmán of Admissions and Cyrena Alfaro of Financial Aid presented to the counselors via Skype, while Laura Gutiérrez Spencer of Chicano Programs was at the APS conference room.   Students from the Albuquerque area DREAM Team joined the presentation. These students provided valuable information and testimony regarding the many challenges experienced by undocumented students, as well as the many achievements that are possible with further education.

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Activity Report, January 24-30, 2016

MVP Director, Jacobo Varela accepting service award from Warren Johnson and Fred Madrid.

MVP Director, Jacobo Varela accepting service award from Warren Johnson and Fred Madrid.

  • Military and Veterans Program: At a Farewell Reception on January 28th Jacobo Varela, Director of Military Veteran Program was presented with an award for his service by Warren Johnson, President of the Las Cruces Shrine Club and Fred Madrid from Las Cruces DAV Chapter 38.  After a total of fifteen years as a student and employee at NMSU, Jacobo is leaving at the end of the month to direct the TRIO Veteran Upward Bound Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo.   The Military and Veterans Program is currently conducting a national search for Director of the program.
  • Counseling and Student Development: In an effort to assist the NMSU community, the Aggie Cupboard has moved to Regents Row room B114. The Aggie Cupboard is a resource to provide free emergency food assistance to the NMSU community, including Las Cruces and DACC students, faculty, and staff. For more information on the Aggie Cupboard and ways you can get involved visit their website at http://aggiecupboard.nmsu.edu/about/.
  • Higher Learning Commission Planning: On Thursday, January 28th Bernadette Montoya participated in the various planning sessions for the upcoming reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Activity Report, January 17-23, 2016

During the first week of the Spring 2016 semester, University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services disbursed over $53M in federal, state, institutional and private student aid to more than 12,000 students attending all five campuses in the NMSU system. About one-quarter of the funds were grant aid, one-third loans, and the remainder scholarship funds.

Campus Marketing

Diversity Programs student marketing displayed in front of James B. Delamater Activity Center.

 

The NMSU Diversity Programs collaborated in the fall 2015 with University Communications to create marketing pieces for use in recruiting and retention on campus.  More than 20 students from NMSU’s community participated in the photo shoot in front of Corbett Center representing ethnic programs, LGBT, international students, veterans, and accessibility services.  The result of the photo shoot was a marketing billboard located in front of the James B. Delamater Activity Center, which is a key stop on all campus visit tours.  These photographs will be used in program brochures, event promotion, and recruitment materials.

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Activity Report, January 10-16, 2016

The Student Information Management (SIM), division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, invited University of New Mexico Provost and Associate Vice Provost to discuss currently developed Student Technology. The UNM representatives were impressed with the technology developed by the SIM team. The SIM team shared the design of the Student Success Navigators Application and Scholar Dollars Application. Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is looking forward to a continual sharing of knowledge to best serve our students and increase our degree completion.

The University Registrar’s Office is busy serving our registering and graduating student population. The Registrar’s Office has processed over 2,100 official transcripts within the last two months. At the conclusion of the Fall 2015 semester, NMSU awarded 1,273 degrees. The diplomas for all Fall 2015 degree candidates have been ordered and shipped. Continue reading »

Activity Report, January 3 – January 9

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Weekly Report
January 3-9, 2016

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Military and Veterans Program Director and students during an outreach Speech.

National Association of Veterans Program Administrators Board Election: Monica Dunivan, from Military and Veterans Program, was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators. The NAVPA organization helps our Military and Veterans Program to provide the best and most accurate service to our student veterans.

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Activity Report, December 6-19, 2015

The Campus Health Center has received notification of a full re-accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

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The Campus Health Center Staff, with Pistol Pete mustaches, celebrating the re accreditation.

AAAHC accreditation means that theorganization participates in on-going self-evaluation, peer review and education. These processes are used to continuously improve upon the care and services offered.  The CHC participated in an on-site survey on November 16-17, 2015 conducted by surveyors who are themselves college health professionals.   Full accreditation signifies that the organization has demonstrated substantial compliance with AAAHC standards.  The NMSU Campus Health Center is the only accredited college health service in the State of New Mexico joining over 1,200 other college health services in the nation.

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Activity Report, November 29-December 5, 2015

 

 

Commencement Graduate

Graduate Tarran Johnson at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony.

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. The press release for Commencement can be found at https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11589/1-000-graduates-expected-at-nmsu-fall-commencement .

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Activity Report, November 15-21, 2015

Students explored biking trails during their trip to Ft. Bayard.

Students explored biking trails during their trip to Ft. Bayard.

The Campus Health Center hosted a surveyor from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) on November 16-17.  The CHC has been accredited with the national healthcare organization since 1996 and has participated in voluntary accreditations since 1988. The CHC had a positive review with emphasis being placed on the physical facility, quality improvement, peer review, and risk management processes. The final report should be back in 6-8 weeks with maximum accreditation being 3 years. NMSU is the only accredited college health center in the State of New Mexico.

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Activity Report, November 8-14, 2015

Dr. Montoya received an award for her service as Co-Chair for the APLU Council on Student Affairs at the Annual APLU Meeting in Indianapolis.

Dr. Montoya received an award for her service as Co-Chair for the APLU Council on Student Affairs at the Annual APLU Meeting in Indianapolis.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya traveled to Indianapolis for the 2015 Annual APLU Meeting held November 15-17. While at the conference, Dr. Montoya participated in a panel discussion with two other provosts and a vice president colleague from Ohio State University to discuss campus climate and issues related to civility and safety among the student population. This was Dr. Montoya’s last meeting serving as Co-Chair for the Council on Student Affairs. She will move into ex-officio status for the council in the coming year.

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Activity Report, November 1-7, 2015

Many students discovered a new passion for a native southwest outdoor activity! 

Many students discovered a new passion for a native southwest outdoor activity!

Dacia Sedillo, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, led a contingent to the 25th Annual American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Strategic Enrollment Management Conference, with the intent of building a common understanding and language around strategic enrollment at NMSU. The team of six have agreed to serve as representatives of the NMSU academic and student support services community. The team members include Greg Fant, Deputy Provost, Don Pope-Davis, Dean of the College of Education, Stuart Munson-McGee, Faculty Senate Chair, Norma Palomino, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and Anton Magallanez, Undergraduate Admissions Assistant Director. The team will continue to meet on campus and create opportunities to engage colleagues in enrollment management conversations, planning, and goal setting.

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Activity Report, October 25-31, 2015

Dr. Bernadette Montoya was the key note speaker for the NM Cooperative Program Annual Conference on Monday, October 26. Participants in the event included county, municipality and state employees from public education.

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Activity Report, October 18-24, 2015

 

Winners of the 2015 SAEM Staff Recognition Award were Lorraine Ortega (top), Sookie Cordero (bottom left), and Mani Chinnasami (bottom right).

Winners of the 2015 SAEM Staff Recognition Award were Lorraine Ortega (top), Sookie Cordero (bottom left), and Mani Chinnasami (bottom right).

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.

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Activity Report, October 11-17, 2015

Delia De Leon, Director of University Admissions, speaks to attendees at the Gadsden School District Admissions Dinner.

Delia De Leon, Director of University Admissions, speaks to attendees at the Gadsden School District Admissions Dinner.

On Tuesday, October 13, Katie Deaven, Vice President for ASNMSU, shadowed Dr. Bernadette Montoya for a project supporting leadership development. Dr. Montoya enjoyed her day with Katie and is looking forward to continued shadowing opportunities with students.

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Activity Report, October 4-10, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya 

Peek of Las Cruces staff members prepare for the street fair on October 8.

Peek of Las Cruces staff members prepare for the street fair on October 8.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya met with the SAEM Advisory Team on Monday, October 5. This team is comprised of employees from across the division in order to discuss current issues and concerns, and provide recommendations and advice to the Vice President’s Office.

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Activity Report, September 27-October 3, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Outdoor Rec is a key component to the activities and services offered to students through the Recreational Sports program at the Activity Center.

Outdoor Rec is a key component to the activities and services offered to students through the Recreational Sports program at the Activity Center.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya welcomed over 200 attendees at the annual New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Student Research Conference on Friday, October 2. Students from high schools, community colleges, and universities from all over the state were in attendance.

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Activity Report, September 20-26, 2015

Karl Rysted serves as the Student Legal Services Attorney at ASNMSU, helping students with legal issues.

Karl Rysted serves as the Student Legal Services Attorney at ASNMSU, helping students with legal issues.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya, Dacia Sedillo, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Jerry Martinez, Director of Financial Aid, met with our partners from Inceptia to get updates on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) School Portfolio Report. According to the report, 7,663 students across the NMSU system took the online financial literacy modules and completed 20,869 courses. Pre-test scores showed a literacy score of 66% while post-test scores showed a literacy score of 88%.

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Activity Report, September 13-19, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Sixteen new SAEM employees attended the Meet & Greet to meet each other and talk with Dr. Montoya.

Sixteen new SAEM employees attended the Meet & Greet to meet each other and talk with Dr. Montoya.

The Office of Student Engagement and College of Engineering were awarded a TRIO Student Support Services STEMH Program ($1,100,000) from the

President Carruthers joined the students at the Beach Bash for a quick race on the carts!  

President Carruthers joined the students at the Beach Bash for a quick race on the carts!

U.S.Department of Education. This five-year grant will provide support for low-income, first generation, or students with disabilities who have declared STEMH majors. The Proposal Team included Ricardo Jacquez, Michelle Auzenne,

Students participated in Sunset Yoga during Healthy Aggie Week as a way to distress.

Students participated in Sunset Yoga during Healthy Aggie Week as a way to distress.

Bernadette Montoya, and Terry Cook. Dr. J. Phil King, Associate Professor and Associate Department Head in Civil Engineering, will lead the project as Principal Investigator.

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Activity Report, September 6-12, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Jacobo Varela was recognized for his hard work at the Military and Veterans Programs office during an Aggie volleyball game.

Jacobo Varela was recognized for his hard work at the Military and Veterans Programs office during an Aggie volleyball game.

On Saturday September 12, several members of the SAEM Admissions and Financial Aid offices participated in a day-long conference in collaboration with the Bridge of Southern New Mexico, and teachers and counselors from our regional school districts. We enjoyed some excellent dialogue on how we need to work together to strengthen our partnerships with the schools regarding student access to NMSU and NMSU DACC. Dacia Sedillo and Dr. Bernadette Montoya served as members of the planning committee.

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Call for Nominations – SAEM Employee Recognition Award

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 the 2014 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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