Activity Report, February 6, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Bernadette Montoya, along with Janie Merchant, Director of University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, and Dacia Sedillo, Interim Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, met with Mr. Jeb Dickey, an NMSU alum and representative from the Daniels Fund. The discussion focused on increasing partnership opportunities and increasing the number of Daniels Scholars who choose to attend NMSU. The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually-renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities. Every year, Daniels Scholars are selected from a four-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Daniels Scholars currently attend more than 200 colleges and universities in 44 states.

Attended the NMSU Foundation Business meeting on Friday, February 6 as an ex-officio board member.

University Admissions, Ms. Delia De Leon

Invitations to visit our campus this spring were sent out to 15,000 prospective high school seniors in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona.

Ms. Sylvia Castillo, a University Admissions recruiter, represented NMSU at Las Cruces Days in Santa Fe on Monday, February 2.  She joined a contingent of NMSU administrators, alumnus and community supporters.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

Terry Cook, Associate Vice President, and Candice Gilbert, Military Veterans Program Coordinator, attended the annual Council of College and Military Educators Conference held January 26-29 in Anaheim, California. Seventy conference sessions were offered on credentialing, the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding, state licensure, technology use, veteran student initiatives and information, and student success.

Ricardo Jacquez, Dean of the Engineering College, and Dr. Terry Cook submitted a TRIO Student Support Services proposal to the U.S. Department of Education for $1,100,000 to serve low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities who are majoring in STEM & Health Sciences majors.

Dr. Anthony Marin, Student Affairs Director, submitted the TRiO SSS Regular grant to the US Department of Education for $1,952,315.00.  If successful, the grant will continue to serve 350 participants who meet the eligibility criterion (first-generation, low-income, and students with a disability).

Career Connections was conducted on February 3 and 4 with 93 employers recruiting on the Las Cruces campus.  Approximately 1,100 students participated in the event.

The Student Success Center hosted a Textbook Reading: Strategies for Success workshop for NMSU Las Cruces students.

Diversity Programs

On February 4, Laura Gutiérrez Spencer participated in her first meeting as part of the Doña Ana Success Partnership, a collaborative body of institutions and agencies across Dona Ana County that have been organized by New Mexico NGAGE, a local non-profit organization. The purpose of the group is to ensure that all of the 16,000 children under age 5 in Doña Ana County are given the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop.

Chicano Programs is following up with students who signed up with Chicano Programs during New Student Registration events in 2014 to determine which students are succeeding academically and which students may be in need of more outreach and support.

Chicano Programs is conducting interviews for the coordinator position with the help of Ms. Ann Nieto of Admissions..

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