Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya
The first of two candidates for the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management position visited campus Thursday, April 16 for an interview and open forum.
Dr. Montoya met with Ricardo Rel on Wednesday, April 15 for a debriefing on the latest Legislative Session. Our focus continues to be on the Lottery Scholarship, and work will continue to be done to improve the scholarship for our students.
Met with Gabrielle Martinez and Marisela Marquez on Friday, April 17 to discuss commencement updates. Commencement is a few short weeks away and the Commencement Team is working hard to get ready for the ceremony.
SAEM Professional Development and Tech Teams hosted an IT Security Workshop on Friday, April 17 and will host another on Wednesday, April 22. The workshop will help staff become better informed about security in their workplace and personal digital lives.
A contingent of Enrollment Management staff attended the annual Ellucian Conference in New Orleans for the purpose of exploring enterprise-computing solutions related to recruitment and retention initiatives at NMSU.
University Admissions, Ms. Delia De Leon
Delia De Leon, Interim Director of University Admissions, attended a meeting of all Admissions Directors from four institutions of higher education in New Mexico (UNM, Eastern, Highlands, New Mexico Tech, and Northern New Mexico College). The meeting was convened for the purpose of collaboration and discussion of issues affecting New Mexico students and our institutions.
University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant
Tim Smith, Joseph Molina, and Will Waller attended the New Mexico Association of Financial Aid Administrators Conference in Albuquerque. They attended sessions on Return of Title IV funds, federal and state regulatory updates, cost of attendance and customer service. Joseph presented a session on customer service with a colleague from NMSU-Doña Ana, Michelle Lukesh.
Austin Gentry, Financial Aid Outreach Advisor, hosted one of many FAFSA completion nights. An average of 15 students have attended each session. Austin and a work-study student also hosted a table at the Financial Literacy Fair hosted by Career Services on April 15. They spoke to about 40 students regarding general financial aid issues, documentation requirements, and expected award levels.
Successfully packaged 2015/16 financial aid awards for all students who have been admitted to NMSU and have finalized their FAFSA. A total of $33,791,781 in aid has been packaged system-wide so far. Aid will continue to be packaged as students are admitted and FAFSAs are completed.
Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook
On Wednesday, April 15, Terry Cook, Associate Vice President of Student Engagement, met with Dr. Tara Gray and members of the University Teaching Council to discuss collaboration on Provost Howard’s forthcoming intrusive advising/mentoring retention initiatives.
The Aggie Manners Etiquette Lunch and Dinner was held on Thursday, April 9 with 59 students attending the lunch and 88 students attending the dinner. The Aggie Manners Etiquette Lunch was added this year in addition to the dinner due to the high demand of seats.
The Financial Literacy Fair was conducted on Wednesday, April 15 in Corbett Center Student Union. The goal of the fair was to introduce programs and services from a variety of resources to NMSU students to provide financial literacy education. Private, government, and university constituencies were invited to participate. Social media was utilized to promote the fair and provide tips to students to help them be better educated on topics including managing their finances, recognizing identity theft, developing a budget, recognizing the effects of gambling, utilizing community resources, and reducing student loan debt.
A total of 816 students enrolled in Spring 2015 UNIV mid-semester courses. UNIV 117 Diversity of the University and UNIV 118 Career Exploration are two new courses that were instructed for the first time this semester.
Military and Veterans Program staff met with Associate Vice Presidents Cook and Chris Kincaid, Masters of Public Administration Intern, to review outcomes of a study with feedback regarding programs and services offered by the program and to develop a mission, vision, and goals for the MVP office. Information was gathered from 27 different stakeholders both internal and external to NMSU, including President Carruthers and Provost Howard, in order to guide the process. This work is continuing and will be part of the development of our strategic plan.
Military and Veterans Program staff provided outreach, support, and recruitment at the annual Veteran Information Fair, held at the Las Cruces Convention Center on Thursday, April 16.
Health and Wellness, Ms. Lori McKee
On Wednesday, April 15, the Campus Health Center partnered with the NM Department of Health to host the 4th annual GYT: Get Yourself Tested Campaign. The event provided free STD testing and education to over 300 students. The statistics for STD’s are high in the college age population with 1 in 2 sexually active persons by the age of 25 being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. GYT is a national event that is sponsored by many colleges and universities. Due to the huge success and importance of this event, the Get Yourself Tested Campaign will be repeated annually.
The Rec Sports Climbing Competition completed its 6th event of the year with prizes awarded to the highest scoring competitors. Thirty-five students participated in the event that spanned both semesters ending with the final climb of the season.