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Activity Report, October 4

Office of the Vice President

Dr. Montoya represented NMSU at the 3rd Biennial Policy Summit on Latino Higher Education in Albuquerque, presented by The Sereno Alliance for Higher Education and the University of New Mexico. The goal of the summit was to bring together Hispanic/Latino leaders, educators, elected officials, and others from around the country to discuss the challenges facing Latinos in higher education.

Dr. Montoya reviewed presentations and poster proposals for the 2014 conference for NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). NASPA is a leader for the administration, policy, and practice of student affairs nationwide.

Melody Munson-McGee, Planning Officer, was elected co-chair of the NMSU OAC-CAO (the Outcomes Assessment Committee for Co-curriculum, Administration and Operations) along with Teresa Burgin, Director of the Center for Learning and Professional Development. The OAC-CAO mission is to support different areas in their assessments of enhancing students’ life-learning experiences.

University Admissions

Recruiters attended undergraduate college fairs in Albuquerque, eastern New Mexico, western Arizona, and southern Colorado this week plus graduate college programs at UNM, NMSU, UTEP, and at the Society for the Advancement of Hispanic/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science national conference.

Over 150 11th and 12th graders from Socorro Independent School District in El Paso were on campus for group visit.  In addition to touring the campus, students heard presentations from University Admissions and the Financial Aid.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services

Valeria Olsson, with the Financial Aid Fiscal Team, submitted NMSU’s FISAP (Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate) to the Department of Education before the October 1 deadline. The FISAP is the annual institutional application that allows NMSU to provide federal financial aid.

NMSU Financial Aid Fiscal Team also submitted the DEAR (Data Editing and Reporting) file to New Mexico’s HED. This file reconciles funds students receive from grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study and requires collaboration with Institutional Analysis, University Accounts Receivable, Athletics, Sponsored Projects Accounting, and Accounting and Financial Reporting.

The Scholar Dollar$ System opens on October 15, 2013 for scholarship applications for the 2014–15 academic year. In preparation, the NMSU Foundation is organizing scholarship selection committees for the President’s Associates, Regents Success, High Achievers, and Honors Excel scholarships, which are all decided according to merit. The application closes on March 3, 2014 for most scholarships but on December 3, 2013 for the previously named scholarships. Approximately 8,900 students used the system for the 2013–14 application cycle.

The Financial Aid Office, Student Information Management and student loan consultant Inceptia are collaborating on student data for the most recently released student-loan default rate. This data will be validated before it is mined for information on students who default on loans.

Student Engagement

At this week’s Graduate & Professional School Fair, 64 representatives from graduate and professional schools showcased programs to about 500 students. The event was a collaboration between Career Services and the Graduate School.

Health and Wellness

Aggie Fit is now offering Insanity, the newest fitness craze. Insanity is max interval training, keeping the body working to maximum capacity through the entire workout. The class (above) meets M,W,F from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Aggie Fit is now offering Insanity, the newest fitness craze. Insanity is max interval training, keeping the body working to maximum capacity through the entire workout. The class (above) meets M,W,F from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Amanda Gallivan, health education specialist, collaborated with Sue Forster-Cox and Susan Wilson from the NMSU Department of Public Health Sciences on a poster for the annual URC Research & Creative Fair. The poster, titled “Depression, Anxiety, Stress & Academic Achievement at NMSU” was derived from a needs assessment by the Campus Health Center and Department of Public Health Sciences in fall 2011.

Office of Student Diversity and Outreach

On October 1, Justin McHorse met with Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage and gave her a tour of the American Indian Student Center.

On October 1, Justin McHorse met with Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage and gave her a tour of the American Indian Student Center.

On September 28, Michael Ray represented the American Indian Program at Albuquerque Public Schools’ Indian Education Department Third Annual College Connection Day for Native American Students.

Hispanic Heritage Month concluded with a workshop by Dr. Jennie Luna, Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies on October 2, titled “Spirituality and Resistance through Danza Azteca.” This presentation outlined the history of Danza Azteca.

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