Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya
Dr. Montoya met with the accreditation team for the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine on Tuesday, March 17 to provide information on Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
Three finalists have been announced for the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management: Helen Albertson, Stephen Robinson, and Daryle Hendry. We encourage open participation at the campus open forums. Itineraries and resumes can be found here.
Over 900 students visited the Graduation Fair at Barnes and Noble Bookstore on March 17 and 18. The soon-to-be graduates were able to take care of all their graduation needs including purchasing a cap and gown, reserving a seat at commencement, and getting announcements ordered. A professional photographer was also available and students had the chance to record a thank you shout out video to be played on the Jumbotron before the ceremony.
University Admissions, Ms. Delia De Leon
Danielle Staley, Assistant Director of University Transfer, and Dacia Sedillo, Interim Associate VP for Enrollment Management, attended the Academic Advisors Council to provide preliminary information about the Aggie Pathway program. Aggie Pathways is an initiative of the Provost’s Office, intended to provide prospective students who fail to meet the increased admissions standards with another opportunity to gain admittance to a four-year degree program within the NMSU system.
The University Admissions office facilitated a calling campaign on Friday, March 20 for the College of Business Ambassadors to encourage prospective Business major students to attend NMSU.
University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant
As part of our student loan default initiative, 1,920 letters were mailed to students who are delinquent on their student loan payments. The letter was designed to communicate the many different repayment options available, as well as provide information about the free financial literacy services available through NMSU’s partnership with the non-profit default prevention organization, Inceptia.
As part of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management’s efforts to collaborate with departments here on campus, University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services has invited several groups to attend weekly staff meetings and participate in the financial aid appeal committee. Departments that have participated include Study Abroad, Title IV TRIO programs, Student Success Center, Tutoring Services and academic advisors from the College of Arts and Sciences. The goal is to communicate with these groups in order to improve our processes and provide stronger support to students. The results, to date, include important changes to our appeal form, academic stipulation plan and loan acceptance form. The long-term expectation is that, by serving our students better and more consistently, we will increase retention and graduation rates.
Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek
The Big Event was a big success! This year, 1,473 students participated, the number rising from last year. A total of 102 different organizations, along with individuals and groups of friends participated. The Big Event served a variety of non-profits, local charities, food banks, animal shelter, retirement homes, and various Keep Las Cruces Beautiful sites. We hope to continue to expand the number of students who participate annually, and also hope to expand the places we get to serve in Las Cruces.
The Aggie Carnival was held on Saturday, March 7 to raise funds to support Colleges Against Cancer. Greek Affairs partnered with Athletics, Housing, Aggies Activities Council, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, and multiple student groups.
The Greek Olympics was held on Sunday, March 8 at the Aggie Memorial Stadium. It was the first time this event was held thanks to a partnership with Athletics.
Greek students completed nearly 600 hours of service over three days for the Greek Week Days of Service throughout the NMSU and Las Cruces community. Leaders of the Greek community also continued the tradition of painting the A on A-Mountain.
Hundreds of NMSU students, parents, and local community members came to see Greek chapters perform and compete at Greek Sing held at the Pan American Center. Kappa Sigma fraternity and Delta Gamma sorority were the respective winners.
Aggies Activities Council (AAC) hosted Poet, Odd?Rod and Magician/Comedian, Lee Terbosic at two separate and successful events. Odd?Rod shared stories from his life through a mixture of story telling and poems. He got the students talking, asking questions, and even sharing poems they had written themselves. Lee Terbosic shared his illusions with the crowd through humor and audience participation. Over 150 students came to watch Lee Terbosic, the largest crowd at an AAC event so far.
On Tuesday, March 17, Justin McHorse and Mike Ray represented NMSU and the American Indian Program at the NMSU Grants Transfer Fair. They met with students who are interested in transferring to a four-year institution upon completion of their associate’s degree. They also met with middle school students from Los Alamitos who were exploring options following their completion of high school.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 17, Justin McHorse gave a presentation on NMSU and the American Indian Program at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Conference held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. AIHEC is a consortium of the tribal colleges located throughout the nation.
On Wednesday, March 18, Justin McHorse and Mike Ray represented NMSU and the American Indian Program at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) College and Career Fair held at the SIPI Gymnasium in Albuquerque. At the fair, they ran into new NMSU alumnus April Abeyta ’14 who was present representing AMERIND Management Corporation.
On Wednesday, March 18, Justin McHorse and Mike Ray met with Mr. Anthony Riley, Director of the Pueblo of Laguna’s Partners For Success program. They were updated on the Pueblo of Laguna’s new scholarship awarding process.