Office of the Vice President
Last week and this week, Dr. Bernadette Montoya has been lauding our new graduates, who will be part of the largest commencement ceremony in NMSU history with over 1,000 graduates expected to participate. Dr. Montoya attended the Black Programs’ Graduation Dinner on December 10, the Hispanic Faculty Staff Caucus’s Graduation and Leadership Stoles Ceremony on December 11, and the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Graduate Awards Luncheon on December 13.
On December 13, Dr. Montoya updated the Board of Regents on enrollment. Consistent with national trends, our enrollment is down and the entire campus has been invited to participate in a campaign to contact students about registration.
Brenda McCafferty of Inceptia visited with SAEM and Financial Aid staff on December 13 about their analysis of our institutional loan default rate. They gave us in-depth information on students with loans and students who default on their loans. Freshmen who leave before completing their degree have the highest default rates.
Dr. Montoya met again with RoundUp staff on ways to improve circulation and increase value to readers.
University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services
Janie Merchant; Timothy Smith and Jennifer Smith, Financial Aid Advisors; and Lydia Ponce, Business Operation Specialist, attended the Federal Student Aid annual training conference December 3–6 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference updated Financial Aid Administrators on recent changes.
Office of Student Diversity and Outreach
On December 5, the American Indian Program recognized graduating students at its Fall Banquet. On December 10, Black Programs hosted its first Fall Banquet Center. On December 11, Chicano Programs and the Hispanic Faculty/Staff Caucus held their Fall Graduating Stole Ceremony at Corbett Center.
Outreach activities for the week took Mike Ray, Student Program Coordinator of the American Indian Program to the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) Transition Fair in Albuquerque, NM. On December 9, Chicano Programs’ Dr. Laura Spencer, Director, and Mr. Adam Delval, Student Program Coordinator, presented “Preparing for College” in Spanish to the community center in Chaparral.