Activity Report, February 13, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Outdoor Recreation students explored Carlsbad Caverns on their own and through a guided tour.

Outdoor Recreation students explored Carlsbad Caverns on their own and through a guided tour.

Dr. Montoya hosted the quarterly Meet and Greet for new employees on Monday, February 9. It is always a pleasure to personally welcome employees new to SAEM.

Attended the APLU Council on Student Affairs monthly conference call on February 12. Dr. Montoya currently serves as Co-Chair of the Council.

Interim Associate VP for Enrollment Management, Dacia Sedillo, spent the week in Phoenix finalizing her Leadership Academy practicum experience and graduating from the Foundations Program.

University Admissions, Ms. Delia De Leon

The Admissions recruiters facilitated a phone calling campaign in partnership with the College of Education Ambassadors. Over 500 calls were made to prospective students who had an interest in pursuing a major within the College of Education.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant

Joseph Molina, Financial Aid Advisor, attended the first board meeting of the year in Albuquerque for the New Mexico Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NMASFAA). Joseph represents NMSU as the new Treasurer-Elect for the state association that seeks to assist financial aid administrators across the state by providing a place to share knowledge and resources. The board met to discuss reports from the legislative, finance, conference planning and various other committees. The board is hard at work planning the 2015 NMASFAA Conference that will take place at Hotel Albuquerque during the first week of April.

Health and Wellness, Ms. Lori McKee

Outdoor Recreation took 11 students to Carlsbad Caverns for their very first time through the caves on February 7, 2015. Participants were lead by two Outdoor Leadership Program facilitators on a 1.5-hour ranger-guided tour through Kings Palace.

The NMSU Activity Center implemented electronic management software to improve the business functionality of the Rec Sports operations. The new software will improve the management of the AggieFit membership database, track scheduling, billing, and resources from one integrated source. The software will have the capability to publish online and connect Rec Sports services to any web-enabled device or smart phone while automating the facility with technology and support.

The Campus Health Center wrapped up two weeks of screening student and faculty for elevated blood metabolic levels that are key risk factors for heart disease. The screening provided over 250 participants with the reduced cost testing, and information on cholesterol, glucose, electrolytes, triglycerides, and heart/liver/kidney functions. Each year the event grows with Aggies marking the calendar for the annual event.

Diversity Programs

On Monday, February 9, Dr. Spencer attended a professional development workshop for the development of management skills entitled “Leadership Training and Coaching Skills.” The workshop provided valuable information on how to maximize the potential of employees in any setting.

Hispanic Council met on February 10 and voted in “Trio Scholars” as the newest student organization to join Hispanic Council. The students also conducted interviews for two finalists for the Chicano Programs Coordinator position.

Chicano Programs finalized eight scholarship disbursements for the Hispanic Faculty Staff Caucus scholarship, the Danny Villanueva Scholarships, the Jose Garcia Scholarships, and the Chicano Programs Scholarship.

Chicano Programs is sending out a letter to the family members of Hispanic students who are enrolled for fall 2015. This letter contains information on how family members can help students reach crucial deadlines to be well prepared for the fall semester.

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