Activity Report, February 20, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya met with the Commencement Team, Marisela Marquez and Gabrielle Martinez, and other campus stakeholders on Wednesday, February 18 to discuss details in planning the evening doctoral hooding ceremony on May 8.

Met with Wesley Jackson, ASNMSU President, on Tuesday, February 17 to discuss issues related to the Lottery Scholarship. It continues to be a pleasure to work with Wesley and members of his Executive Team on the Lottery Scholarship, especially through the legislative session.

University Admissions, Ms. Delia De Leon

University Admissions met with counselors and administration from the Gadsden Independent School District, in collaboration with the UNM/NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy Program to explain how the Pharmacy program works. The counselors and administrators were encouraged to share this information with their students.

University Admissions facilitated a calling campaign with a group of student volunteers led by Valarie Valencia, a graduate assistant with the College of Business. Calls were made to encourage prospective Business majors to attend NMSU. The callers provided scholarship reminders and informed the future Aggies about resources and student support services available at the University and within the College of Business.

University Admissions participated in the interview process for applicants to the New Mexico Leadership Institute. Over 30 high school juniors were asked why they were interested in the Institute and in attending NMSU, and were informed of the steps they need to take to become an Aggie.

Centennial High School will be airing an interview given by Anton Magallanez, senior recruiter in charge of admissions communications, explaining why NMSU is a great college choice and how to apply for admission.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

The Aggie Welcome and Orientation Office is preparing for 14 scheduled Orientation Programs that welcome first-time and transfer students to NMSU. We are currently recruiting Orientation Leaders who help facilitate orientation activities throughout the late spring and summer. A total of 247 new freshmen and transfer students have registered for the orientations so far, and many more are expected to register throughout the semester and into the summer.

Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek

A day-long Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) training was held on Thursday, February 12 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Dr. Jenna Ermold from the CDP provided the training funded by President’s Performance Funds, the Dean of Students office and Counseling & Student Development. The training focused on serving student veterans and service members on campus. Information was provided on military culture, identifying ways NMSU might respond to assist service members during pre-deployment, the experiences service members might have during deployment, and how to provide support post-deployment challenges. A total of 79 registrants, including staff from several departments within SAEM and White Sands Missile Range and Ft. Bliss, were in attendance.

Trudy Luken, Director of Student Accessibility Services, attended the Governor’s Commission on Disability meeting in Santa Fe. She was appointed Commissioner in 2012.

The first Student Leadership Programs advisory committee meeting was hosted by Mark Baccei, Assistant Dean of Students. The committee will help to guide the development of leadership programs within Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The intent is to bridge gaps where leadership development is not occurring and to find ways to partner with various offices to prevent duplications.

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