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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!

2014-11-10 09.22.58Thanks to all who attended the 2014 SAEM Homecoming Barbecue!

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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Activity Report, October 31, 2014

ASNMSU sponsored Keep State Great last weekend, an annual community service event in which students pitch in to beautify campus.

ASNMSU sponsored Keep State Great last weekend, an annual community service event in which students pitch in to beautify campus.

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Attended the QuickConnect lunch on Wednesday, October 29 to thank responders for their services. Responders talked about ways to make the system more efficient and how to serve more faculty and students. NMSU has had 319 referrals for Quick Connect so far this semester.

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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 »