Activity Report, January 30, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Members of the Aggie Activities Council take a photo with Clint Nohr, Dan Weeks, and Matt Baca after the Best of Laughs Comedy Tour.

Members of the Aggie Activities Council take a photo with Clint Nohr, Dan Weeks, and Matt Baca after the Best of Laughs Comedy Tour.

On Tuesday, January 27, Dr. Montoya met with a group of graduate students from the School of Public Affairs at UCLA. The students interviewed Dr. Montoya for a study they are conducting that will help the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and outer communities provide better assistance to students from immigrant backgrounds at NMSU and the southern New Mexico area.

Presented a brief update at the Board of Regents meeting on Friday, January 30 on spring and fall 2015 enrollment.

Attended the Alumni Reception in Santa Fe on Friday, January 30.

Met with Student Coordinators, Senghuan Defibaugh-Chavez and Zooey Sophia Pook, from SGDRC on Wednesday, January 28 to discuss efforts toward finding gender-neutral restroom space on campus.

Thanks to Ermelinda Quintela, Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Administration, and Ophelia Watkins with Transportation and Parking Services, Dacia Sedillo, Interim Associate VP for Enrollment Management, finalized plans to designate 10 parking spots in front of Educational Services for future Aggies who visit the NMSU campus for the first time. Research indicates a campus visit is the single greatest determining factor considered when selecting a college. These parking spaces will make that experience even more memorable as the spots will be marked with “reserved” signage that can be personalized to welcome prospective students, when we know they are coming to campus. This is just one of many collaborative efforts SAEM and Auxiliary Services are planning to partner on.

In an effort to promote a culture of transfer within the NMSU system, Delia DeLeon, Interim Director of Admissions, and Dacia Sedillo met with UCOMM staff to begin development of a system-wide recruitment brochure. The brochure will indicate which Associate’s degree programs at the community colleges transfer directly into a Bachelor’s degree at the main campus. It will also provide an overview of the Aggie Pathways program and provide information to students on the benefits of the college readiness and transfer program, which will be piloted with the Fall 2016 entering class.

Dacia Sedillo led a meeting of Enrollment Management staff, Arts and Sciences academic advisors and Dr. Jim Maupin, Department Head of Creative Media to discuss efforts that could be made to ensure recruiters are providing accurate information to prospective high school and undergraduate transfer students on the program expectations and standards. Enrollment Management will be reaching out to other departments and College leadership over the next few months. Our goal is to develop mutually beneficial relationships and personalized recruitment communication plans for every department/major on the NMSU main campus.

University Admissions, Ms. Delia De Leon

916 letters were printed and prepared for mailing on behalf of the Honors College to inform admitted applicants of the Fall 2015 entering class that they have attained meritorious Crimson Scholar status and indicate the benefits of that designation.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant

In collaboration with Student Information Management, Scholarship Services has almost finished coding the changes in Banner to disburse additional aid to over 2,000 main campus students who received the Lottery Scholarship for spring 2015. The additional aid payment is NMSU’s effort to cover the difference between the recalculated Lottery Scholarship amount for spring 2015 and NMSU’s tuition rate.

University Registrar, Dr. Cassandra Lachica-Chavez

1,442 students took advantage of wait listing in 262 sections for spring 2015. Of those students, 424 received notification that a seat was opened in the class and were able to register.

During the first three weeks of the spring semester, 2,149 transcript requests were processed for delivery of a total of 2,641 transcripts.

The summer 2015 course schedule will be available for viewing on Friday, February 13, and the fall 2015 course schedule will be available on Friday, March 27.

Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek

On Saturday, January 24, Aggies Activities Council (AAC) hosted the Best of Laughs Comedy Tour in the new Corbett Student Union Aggie Lounge. The event offered three comedians, free food, and free laughs. AAC welcomed 70 attendees, including students and individuals from the community, into the event. Of the three comedians, Clint Nohr hails from South Carolina, Dan Weeks from Florida, and Matt Baca from right here in Las Cruces. All three were featured on the Best of Laughs Comedy show on FOX. The comedians saw 60 people at the end of the show for poster signings.

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