Activity Report, March 6, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Students from the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque visited the NMSU campus and learned about transferring to a four year college after receiving an associate degree.

Students from the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque visited the NMSU campus and learned about transferring to a four year college after receiving an associate degree.

Dr. Montoya met with a representative from Inceptia on Thursday, March 5 to discuss NMSU’s loan default rates. Our loan default rate continues to be a challenge that we take very seriously.

Met with Justin McHorse and Michael Ray from the American Indian Program on Friday, March 6 to learn more about the peer-mentoring program for our American Indian students.

Conducted a workshop on Friday, March 6 for the Advancing Leaders Cohort of the Teaching Academy entitled “Responding to Organizational Change”.

University Admissions, Ms. Delia De Leon

The University Admissions Aggie Student Ambassadors facilitated a day of campus tours for over 900 students who were here for the NM MESA Conference and manned an information table throughout the day.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant

Janie Merchant, Financial Aid Director, hosted the annual system-wide Financial Aid Spring Training. Over 60 financial aid staff members from all five NMSU campuses participated. Police Chief Lopez presented on campus security, a representative from NMSU’s student loan default prevention vendor, Inceptia, presented on loan repayment options, and various staff presented policy and process updates.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

Dr. Terry Cook met with Gena Bermudez, Aggie Family Outreach, and Nigel Holman and Darlene Nelson, from University Advancement, to discuss establishing an NMSU Family Association and other programs to help engage families with the NMSU community.

Family Outreach Coordinator Gena Bermudez, met with Athletic Director Mario Moccia, Dr. Andrea Tawney, and Dr. Kelley Coffeen to discuss Aggie Family Weekend for fall 2015. Programming and events to introduce families of new students to the NMSU campus are being planned. The Aggie Family Outreach office has been established to develop relationships and provide support to families throughout their students’ college experience. The office will serve as a centralized resource and a liaison from the university to families, with a focus on communication, events and partnerships.

The Red to Green Money Management Workshop “College is Going to Cost Me How Much?” was held on March 3 in Pete V. Domenici Hall. The workshop taught students how to find grants and scholarships offered through NMSU and other external funding sources, and how to responsibly take out loans.

The Student Success Center, in collaboration with the NMSU Foundation, was awarded a $40,000.00 grant for the Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship program. Elaine Stachera and Tony Marin are the co-principal investigators for the grant.

In collaboration with the College of Business staff, Student Success Center staff presented at the 2015 New Mexico Academic Advisors Association conference. The presentation entitled “College of Business and Student Success Center: Building an Online Academic Workshop” was presented by Debra Cardinali, David Melendez, and Michelle Adames.

Diversity Programs

Chicano Programs supported the student leaders in this year’s Latino Week events, funded by ASNMSU. This year’s events were proposed and arranged by the CAMP Student Council and Mexican American Engineers and Scientists.

On Thursday, March 5, Justin McHorse and Michael Ray gave a presentation on NMSU and the American Indian Program at the American Indian Student Center to seven students and two staff members from the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) located in Albuquerque.


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