Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya
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. The Ceremony would not be possible without the experienced Commencement staff, which includes faculty, staff, and volunteers from the entire NMSU community. Commencement staff for Fall 2014 included 103 members and represented 32 different campus departments.
The Post-Commencement Meeting was held on Tuesday, December 16 to debrief after the ceremony and to start planning for the next one. The Commencement ceremony is a collaborative effort of many offices and includes the Police Department, Special Events, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Marketing Services, ASNMSU, the President’s Office, Facilities and Services, Parking and Transportation Services, and Alumni Affairs. During the meeting, the Post-Commencement Team discussed improvements for future ceremonies to increase efficiency.
Dr. Montoya attended the System Summit meeting on December 15 and 16. She presented on Financial Aid and system-wide default rates, as well as student fee options and strategies to recruit as a system
SAEM’s Holiday Reception was held on Friday, December 19. Staff enjoyed breakfast and hot chocolate while celebrating the end of the semester.
At the December meeting, the Assessment Team reviewed the progress they had made over the year. SAEM assessment capacity was expanded through reviews of assessment literature; recruiting new members from Admissions and Health and Wellness; and holding the first SAEM Assessment Conference last May. Team members presented their work at NMHEAR and the Community College Round Up. Participation by Dr. Shelly Stovall, NMSU Assessment Director, at Assessment Team meetings increased our awareness of the role assessment has institutionally. The result of this effort is a greater focus on assessing student learning in addition to assessing program outcomes.
Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook
Dedicated volunteers have been calling every continuing student at NMSU who has not yet registered for Spring 2015, and by the end of last week, these volunteers had attempted to reach every student in the database. Since late November, the 41 volunteers had placed nearly 3,600 calls! This campaign is a great opportunity to talk with our students, and it is especially important to help our freshman negotiate the advising and registration process. A second round of calls will start after the holiday break.
Chicano Programs is making calls to out of state applicants to NMSU and gathering reports on fall activities.