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Activity Report, March 20, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

The hashtag, #nmsugrads, is available for students to use to document their graduation journey through social media.

The hashtag, #nmsugrads, is available for students to use to document their graduation journey through social media.

Dr. Montoya met with the accreditation team for the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine on Tuesday, March 17 to provide information on Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Three finalists have been announced for the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management: Helen Albertson, Stephen Robinson, and Daryle Hendry. We encourage open participation at the campus open forums. Itineraries and resumes can be found here.

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Activity Report, March 13, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya presented Spring 2015 Enrollment data at the Board of Regents meeting on Monday, March 9. She shared predictions on Fall 2015 enrollment and was joined by Dr. Tony Marin to present information on the many facets of Career Services.

Met with Dr. Tania Arana, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine on Monday, March 9. Dr. Arana and Dr. Montoya discussed issues that will affect students enrolled at both NMSU and BCOM.

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Activity Report, March 6, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Students from the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque visited the NMSU campus and learned about transferring to a four year college after receiving an associate degree.

Students from the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque visited the NMSU campus and learned about transferring to a four year college after receiving an associate degree.

Dr. Montoya met with a representative from Inceptia on Thursday, March 5 to discuss NMSU’s loan default rates. Our loan default rate continues to be a challenge that we take very seriously.

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Activity Report, February 27, 2015

 Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Students in the Outdoor Leadership Program will graduate NMSU with leadership and facilitation experience, a Leave No Trace Trainer certification, and Wilderness and Remote First Aid certification.

Students in the Outdoor Leadership Program will graduate NMSU with leadership and facilitation experience, a Leave No Trace Trainer certification, and Wilderness and Remote First Aid certification.

Dr. Montoya attended the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference on Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27 in Albuquerque.

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Activity Report, February 20, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya met with the Commencement Team, Marisela Marquez and Gabrielle Martinez, and other campus stakeholders on Wednesday, February 18 to discuss details in planning the evening doctoral hooding ceremony on May 8.

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Council of College and Military Educators Conference

January 27-29, 2015

Anaheim, California

Attendees: Candice Gilbert, Military and Veterans Programs, Terry L. Cook, Student Engagement

This conference brings together approximately 1000 higher education professionals and representatives of governmental agencies serving military and veteran students to address transition and completion challenges. Guiding the practices of colleges and universities are The Principles of Excellence (POE) as set forth in President Obama’s Executive Order 13607. Institutions sign a Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU), that outlines practice related to recruitment, funding and support of military and veterans students. Schools may be selected for Third Party Review to ensure compliance with the DOD memorandum. Dawn Bilodeau, Chief, Voluntary Education Programs and DoD Liaison provided an update on requirements and compliance. Her presentation may be found at here.

Learning Outcomes

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Activity Report, February 13, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Outdoor Recreation students explored Carlsbad Caverns on their own and through a guided tour.

Outdoor Recreation students explored Carlsbad Caverns on their own and through a guided tour.

Dr. Montoya hosted the quarterly Meet and Greet for new employees on Monday, February 9. It is always a pleasure to personally welcome employees new to SAEM.

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Activity Report, February 6, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Bernadette Montoya, along with Janie Merchant, Director of University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, and Dacia Sedillo, Interim Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, met with Mr. Jeb Dickey, an NMSU alum and representative from the Daniels Fund. The discussion focused on increasing partnership opportunities and increasing the number of Daniels Scholars who choose to attend NMSU. The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually-renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities. Every year, Daniels Scholars are selected from a four-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Daniels Scholars currently attend more than 200 colleges and universities in 44 states.

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Activity Report, January 30, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Members of the Aggie Activities Council take a photo with Clint Nohr, Dan Weeks, and Matt Baca after the Best of Laughs Comedy Tour.

Members of the Aggie Activities Council take a photo with Clint Nohr, Dan Weeks, and Matt Baca after the Best of Laughs Comedy Tour.

On Tuesday, January 27, Dr. Montoya met with a group of graduate students from the School of Public Affairs at UCLA. The students interviewed Dr. Montoya for a study they are conducting that will help the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and outer communities provide better assistance to students from immigrant backgrounds at NMSU and the southern New Mexico area.

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Appreciative Advising Institute

July 27-30, 2014

Louisville, Kentucky

Attendees: Marissa Macias, Cross Campus Advisor & Lin Mendoza, Learning Specialist

MarissaAndLinWhat is Appreciative Advising?

Appreciative Advising harnesses the power of the organizational development theory of Appreciative Inquiry and the positive psychology literature to provide a framework for increasing adviser and student success. Appreciative Advising is the intentional collaborative practice of asking positive, open-ended questions that help students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals, and potentials. It is perhaps the best example of a fully student-centered approach to student development.

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Activity Report, January 23, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya and Carla Villareal, Student Aid for SAEM, enjoyed their time at the Hispano Roundtable Dinner.

Dr. Montoya and Carla Villareal, Student Aid for SAEM, enjoyed their time at the Hispano Roundtable Dinner.

The Hispano Roundtable Dinner was held Wednesday, January 21 in Santa Fe. Attendees included Dr. Bernadette Montoya, Carla Villareal, Wesley Jackson, Allison Valdez, and Janet Green.

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Activity Report, January 16, 2015

New members of Lambda Chi Alpha spent Sunday, January 11 collecting non-perishable food items for the local food bank at Wal-Mart.

New members of Lambda Chi Alpha spent Sunday, January 11 collecting non-perishable food items for the local food bank at Wal-Mart.

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

The SAEM Leadership Team met on Thursday, January 15. We are pleased to welcome the Diversity Program directors to the team.

Met with ASNMSU students and the Office of Government Relations on Friday, January 16 to discuss issues related to the Lottery Success Scholarship. SAEM is happy to have involved and determined students to aid in the success of the Lottery Scholarship.

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SWASFAA Conference

Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator’s Conference

November 4-7, 2014

New Orleans, Louisiana

Attendees: Josh Taylor and Travis Juszkiewicz

 

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo attributed to Daniel X. O'Neil.

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo attributed to Daniel X. O’Neil

Verification Seminar by DoED Trainer, Kevin Campbell

As a processor, the most helpful presentation was the Verification Seminar. Mr. Campbell noted that although the selection of verified students is random, the selection process is “skewed heavily” towards Pell fund recipients. For example, if a student/parent is a non-tax filer, we are required to request any W-2(s).

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Hobsons University Conference

Hobsons University Conference

July 21 -24 2014

Attendees: Anton Magallanez, Norma Palomino and Felipe Parra.

Norma and Felipe presented on NMSU’s successful implementation of Hobsons Apply Yourself and how University Admissions consolidated the institution’s application with all the graduate program applications. Many institutions use Apply Yourself for one College or department and we are a good example of an institution that uses dynamic sections, for the entire graduate population.

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Activity Report, January 9, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

NMSU's Co-Rec Flag Football team pauses for a photo during the NIRSA National Flag Football Tournament.

NMSU’s Co-Rec Flag Football team pauses for a photo during the NIRSA National Flag Football Tournament.

On Thursday, January 8, met with the Academic Advising Council. Members of the Council made solid recommendations on tools they would like to have to help support retention of our students.

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Graduates wait to walk across the stage.

Graduates wait to walk across the stage.

Over 900 students attended the successful Fall 2014 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 13. The Pan American Center was at capacity with family and friends celebrating the achievements of our students. Continue reading »

FAFSA Articles for Students

finaidwindowThe Department of Education has written timely advice for students regarding the FAFSA. The articles below are great resources to send to students who need to fill out the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year.

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Check out the Storify post about Fall 2014 Commencement!

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

stmarysuniversityMonday, December 8, 2014
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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