Activity Report, January 10

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

SAEM is finalizing the update to our strategic plan. The update will be aligned with Vision 2020.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya met with NMSU staff and students to assess changes that will be proposed to the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship Lottery during the upcoming legislative session. ASNMSU is working with student governments from around the state on a proposal that will have the support of students from many colleges and universities.

SAEM staff discussed the current Lottery proposal with Legislative Finance Committee staff via a conference call. We gave our input to the proposal and gained a better understand of how their proposal will affect our students.

SAEM is gearing up to implement the student portion of the Campus SaVE Act, which states that all postsecondary institution must have sexual violence education programs in place by fall 2014. Details about the education will be required for our Annual Security Report.

Dr. Montoya and the Doña Ana Community College Presidential Search Committee will begin reviewing applicants for the DACC President on January 24.

Dr. Montoya and SAEM staff met with Judy Bosland of Institutional Analysis to discuss student retention and the effective use of scholarship funds for financial aid.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant

The front desk area after remodel.

The front desk area after remodel.

To improve student communications and service, the front area of University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services will be remodeled, with work starting in February. The remodel will add two service windows, and the phone room will be enlarged to accommodate more staff and telephones. These changes will increase student access to staff and decrease student wait time. This remodel should be completed by April.

University Financial Aid is now fully staffed after hiring two new front desk staff. Additionally, the office just finished hiring an Outreach Advisor. This person will work closely with Student Engagement and Admissions to increase the efficacy of financial aid outreach on campus and in the community.

The Financial Aid Office is currently on ‘blackout’ status for January, which is designed to limit staff absences to medical and urgent or emergent situations only. More staff is also available for walk-in appointments and problem solving.

Office of Student Diversity and Outreach, Ms. Christina Chavez Kelley

The American Indian Program will receive a 2013–14 Native American Preparatory Scholars (NAPS) Fund grant, an initiative of the New Mexico Community Foundation. The grant is $10,000 each year for two years and will be used to support American Indian student recruitment, persistence, and degree completion.

On December 11, Michael Ray of the American Indian Program met with San Juan College staff to explore opportunities for San Juan College students to transfer to NMSU.

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