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NAACO Western Regional Conference (M. Marquez and S. Ponce)

University of California, Davis is famous for their egghead statues. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheasphotos/2061899550/

North American Association of Commencement Officers Regional Conference

Monday, October 1, 2012

University of California, Davis

Attendees: Marisela Marquez and Shelaine Ponce

Look, Feel, & Sound of the Ceremony and Campus
Presented by Rob Shelton

Rob Shelton, a Sales Manager for BP Productions, has over ten years of experience in the event industry. He has coordinated political, entertainment, and non-profit events. In his presentation, he talked about fire and building codes as well as ADA regulations that must be followed when hosting an event much like commencement. Also included in his presentation were suggestions for staging and roofing structures and how to get the best audio and video for your venue.

Social Media

This session was helpful in providing tactics to make the NMSU Facebook page attractive and effective. Ineffective strategies for other universities were discussed. There was information regarding other social sites including Pinterest, Twitter, and Linked-In.

People Moving

Discussed in this session were tactics on how to keep people moving. For both graduates and attendees for the ceremony, it is important to keep them moving, keep the area uncongested, follow fire regulations, and have an escape route. Additional information included how to keep people moving in the parking lots before and after the ceremony. 

Commencement Councils

This session was beneficial because NMSU’s Commencement Committee is currently undergoing changes due to hiring new personnel. Communication is vital to keeping an event organized. Communication tactics such as video conferencing or monthly meetings were recommended to ensure that everyone on the committee is updated on Commencement. Currently, the NMSU Commencement Committee includes members of Alumni, Presidential Events, Special Events, Bookstore, ASNMSU, Police, Marketing Services, Enrollment Management, OFS, and the Registrar’s Office.

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NMSU Food Pantry

NMSU Social Work Services, under the direction of Lori Haussamen, created a food pantry this fall to address a need common to many college campuses across the nation. The NMSU Food Pantry distributes nonperishable food to students, staff, and faculty in need of emergency assistance. This service is free and confidential.

To make food donations, drop by items at the Counseling Center (Room 100, Garcia Annex). To make a monetary donation, please see the NMSU foundation website at foundation.nmsu.edu and specify that the donation is to go to the NMSU Food Pantry. For more information, contact Lori Haussamen at mlori@nmsu.edu.

This program is in partnership with Christian Challenge, which is hosting the food pantry and helping with volunteer support.

2012 SAEM BBQ Picnic

Thanks to all who made our Annual SAEM BBQ great!

SAS Director appointed to Governor's Commission on Disability

Trudy Luken, Director of Student Accessibility Service, was appointed in October to serve on Governor Susana Martinez’ Commission on Disability.

The Commission’s purpose is to help New Mexicans with all types of disability, physical or mental, by addressing the issues they face in different areas of their lives from economic to political. The commission also stresses the importance of these individules having equal opportunities in employment, education, and housing, among other things. According to the Governor’s Commission on Disability website, “GCD works to improve the quality of life of New Mexicans with disabilities through progressive systems advocacy.”

Disabled-world.com reported that in 2010, there were around 300,000 from ages 5 and up with disabilities in the state. An estimated 60,000 people have problems completing simple task such as walking or getting dressed.

Luken said, “As a daughter, sister and mother of family members with various disabilities along with over thirty years of employment as a special education teacher and disabilities service provider at a community college and university, it is indeed a great honor to be nominated and appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Disability.” She adds, “One of my goals is to “advance access” that would ultimately improve the quality of life for all disability groups in the State of New Mexico.”

Congratulations to outstanding students in Rec Sports!

These students were recognized on October 25, 2012 by the Recreational Sports for their outstanding leadership as student employees .

From left to right: Teddy Atkins received the award for Vaughn Corley Excellence in Intramural Sports; Megan McCravey received the award for Jack Welch Excellence in Aquatics; and Benjamin Dove received the award for Paul LaPorte Excellence in Rec Sports.

NMASFAA Training and Conference (Financial Aid Staff)

Friday, October 19, 2012
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Attendees: Associate Directors Virginia Tucker and Will Waller, Loan Coordinator Cathy Salcido, Advisor Jennifer Smith, Processor Gabriel Méndez

Direct Loan Program

Major updates to the Direct Loan program include improving reconciliation practices, lowering cohort default rates, implementing new default aversion processes, and the introduction of more loan repayment options.  NMSU’s reconciliation practices have been upgraded with the addition of new staff, management and the reorganization of the fiscal team. Cohort default rates are being reviewed and aversion processes now include mandatory exit counseling for students withdrawing officially or unofficially. Finally, loan repayment options are now more accessible than ever with more options available to borrowers.

Verification Updates

Kevin Campbell, Department of Education

Campbell covered the 2012-2013 verification process, as well as two new verification requirements. The change with the heaviest impact on students will be updates to the verification process.  Verification this year will now be customized, by being split into five categories. Each category corresponds to specific items in the student’s file that will be verified.  The newest items are high school completion status and a statement of identification and educational purpose, which will be included in category five.

New Mexico Higher Education Department

HED spoke about the lottery scholarship and state loan repayment. They updated issues surrounding Lottery Scholarship Fund solvency, program disbursement dates, loan for service repayment stipulations and stressed the importance of the State’s 529 college savings plan.  For more information on these updates contact the NMSU Financial Aid Office.

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Congratulations and thanks!

Thanks to everyone who helped to make this SAEM Staff BBQ such a successful event!  A special thanks to Ann Nieto, Dacia Sedillo, Phillip Johnson, Ann Landmark, Melody Munson-McGee, and to our Enrollment Management student staff members for their work on all the details involved in the planning, implementation and clean up! We especially appreciate Tarran Trotter’s help with the graphic design for the picnic.

The wind held off and we had beautiful weather!  It was a real pleasure for me to have some time to visit with so many of you.  It is something we don’t often have the opportunity to do, so this makes it for an even more special event.

Also, congratulations to Brandon Wise and Loretta Campolla for being the first recipients of the SAEM Staff Awards. Loretta and Brandon were nominated by their colleagues in recognition of exceptional performance above and beyond their normal job duties. The initial request for nominations for this award stated that “Exceptional performance could be a major accomplishment, excellent work ethic and/or outstanding customer service which significantly contributed to the goals of an organizational unit within SAEM.”

Nominations are open all year; awards are given annually at the SAEM BBQ. The call for nominations for this award is here: http://studentaffairs.nmsu.edu/blog/2012/07/saem-staff-award-nominations-being-sought/

Winners for the Slogan and Values entries are:

  • Amanda Gallivan, Campus Health
  • Sharna Horn, SGDRC
  • Angela Arvizo, Student Judicial Services
  • Nancy Laney, ASNMSU
  • Kenna Carriere, Financial Aid
  • Megan Schuller, Admissions
  • Tarran Trotter, VP Office
  • Teresa Cardenas, Admissions
  • Hannah Farbo, Admissions
  • Eddie Bernaldez, VP Office
  • Sulema Chavez, Career Services
  • Collette Brunhoeber, Campus Health Center
  • Patricia Chavana, Campus Health Center
  • Diane Kruis, Campus Health Center
  • Diane Natividad, Campus Health Center

A special thanks to the Office of Admissions and Recreational Sports for the prizes for each of our winners.

SAEM Staff BBQ, October 26

All SAEM staff are invited to drop by the Fall 2012 Staff BBQ on Friday, October 26 between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm on the west side of the Educational Services Building. The food will be provided by Dickey’s BBQ and should be as delicious as last year!

SAEM has about 250 regular staff, and the annual BBQ is a great opportunity to spend time with colleagues on what will hopefully be a beautiful day right before Homecoming Weekend.

Watch the website. Next week we will announce details on a challenge for slogan ideas for SAEM.

Please work with your colleagues to ensure that everybody can enjoy this event while we still keep offices open to serve students.

Southern New Mexico Employment Law Update (E. Ortega & K. Andrew)

Friday, September 28, 2012
Las Cruces Convention Center
Attendees: Elizabeth Ortega & Kevin D. Andrew

This conference provided excellent employment information that will be used to assist students with general employment questions before or during their Cooperative Education and Internship work assignments.  The information is also important for advising students who are preparing to enter the workforce after completion of their degree.

This seminar was presented in conjunction with the law firm of Kemp Smith, LLP.  A venue to discuss current issues and best practices on employment law was presented in laymen’s terms.

Social Media:  Best Practices

Gilbert L. Sanchez, Attorney

Social networking websites were defined, how they are used by many and especially employers. The question posed was “Should social networking sites be completely banned from the workplace?”  Attorney Sanchez indicated that this was a tough question because of the significant role that they play in our daily lives. Should these sites be used to screen job candidates? Issues of provocative photographs, content about drinking or drug use, bad-mouthing previous employers, etc. were listed as examples of how not to use networking sites.

What Your Attorney Wants to Know to Properly Defend You

Michael McQueen, Attorney

This session dealt with legally assisting employers in an alleged unlawful termination case. Issues covered were those regarding tenure, good work record, recent evaluations and pay raises, were company’s policies followed, and how simple is the story.

FMLA and USERRA Case Law Update

Clara B. Burns, Attorney

Various cases were discussed regarding how FMLA and USERRA were addressed by employers.

Health Care Reform:  An Update

Abe Howard-Gonzalez, Attorney

Invaluable information was reviewed regarding this reform. Topics which were covered included:  1) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; 2) How the Supreme Court ruled; 3) Prohibited Items; 4) Premium Tax Credit; 5) What programs are no longer covered; 6) Automatic Enrollment; 7) Employer Penalty; 8 ) W-2 Reporting; 9) FSA Limit; etc.

Case Law & EEOC Update

Charles C. High, Jr., Attorney

Topics included Supreme Court Alert of What is a “supervisor”; what is a workweek; Employee Handbooks-Mandatory Grievance Procedures; the Federal Enclave Doctrine; ADA – Reasonable Accommodations; Hostile Work Environment; EEOC Update – Transgendered Workers; EEC Update – Arrest and Conviction Records.

This year was especially special because a special segment was dedicated to the re-employment of our veterans!

Contributed by Elizabeth Ortega & Kevin D. Andrew

NMSU hosting Muskie Scholars

New Mexico State University will again host international scholars from the Muskie Program. Gurban Karimbayli, from Azerbaijan, will study Public Administration, and Mykola Novak from Ukraine, will study Business Administration. Both will be graduate students and will stay at NMSU for two years.

The U.S. Department of State’s Edmund S. Muskie Program, in its 12th year, selects promising young leaders from the 12 countries of the former Soviet Union. The purpose of the Muskie program is to form mutual understanding, build democracy, and teach the transition to market economies in Eurasia and Central Asia. These goals are accomplished through academic study and professional training. Those who are accepted into the program gain professional experience through an internship in their field of study, as well as community service. The Muskie Program is extremely competitive, accepting only 4% of those who apply.

Dallas Mania Fitness 2012 (J. Trembly & T. Gutierrez)

Event: Dallas Mania Fitness Symposium
Dates: Aug 24-26
AggieFit Instructors: Jessica Trembly and Tammy Gutierrez. Both instructors are veterans with AggieFit and have conducted 2+ years of instruction for the program.

Jessica Trembly and Tammy Gutierrez

Jessica’s Feedback:
Workshop/class formats attended: Zumba Toning, Masala Bahangra, Barefoot Bosu, Chi-Lates, PiYo

I love attending Dallas Mania. There is nothing like being surrounded by hundreds of like-minded people who are just as excited as I am to be gaining knowledge and trying new things. I have used something from all of my classes in the last few weeks. Zumba Toning gaze me new ideas for cardio routines with weights. Masala Bahangra spiced up my cardio dance choreography and barefoot Bosu gave me some ideas for the Bosu that can work with shoes on or off. The Chi-Lattes class gave some interesting ideas for incorporating complex upper body work (from Tai Chi) into Pilates. PiYo is a vigorous yoga workout and helped me add a few different flow sequences into my yoga class.

Tammy’s Feedback:
Workshop/class formats attended: Tabata Bootcamp, Dynamax Medicine Ball Training, BOSU Strong and Stretched, High Voltage Cardio, Bootcamp, Training Transformation, Women and Metabolism, Core Camp, Myofacial Compression Techniques

My experience at Dallas Mania was amazing, a complete adrenalin rush from start to finish! Being in the room with some of the most accomplished fitness professionals receiving the highest quality education to improve my fitness training has brought more to my classes and training sessions. I feel rejuvenated and ready to introduce a new and better way of fitness to both a class setting and personal training session. One of my favorite workshop style is Boot camp (Tabata, High Voltage). Boot camp style worksouts (cardio combos, body blast) provide a total body workout with high intensity interval training. I especially like 20 second hard work with a 10 second recovery. This style of class will for sure to push you outside your comfort zone bringing the results you desire. I also learned through lecture what happens to your body when you go from your couch to becoming an exercise enthusiast, for example what changes in your muscles, how to train, the importance of fitness a a healthy eating pattern, as well as the results of over training and finding the correct balance. Overall, I was able to learn practical information my classes and clients will be sure to benefit from!

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Zia Pueblo recognized on Centennial Game Day

From left to right: Barbara Couture – NMSU President, Justin McHorse – Director of American Indian Program, Wilfred Shije – Governor of Zia Pueblo, LaToya Johnson – Miss Native American NMSU 2012-2013, and Peter Pino – Zia Pueblo Tribal Administrator. Photo by Mike Jones

On Saturday, September 22, 2012, between the third and fourth quarters of the NMSU vs. UNM football game, Zia Pueblo was recognized for its Sun symbol and given credit for its presence on the New Mexico State Flag. Representing Zia Pueblo were Mr. Wilfred Shije, Governor and Mr. Peter Pino, Tribal Administrator.

The invitation to participate in the game came from Ginny Van Doren, graduate student and Intern with the Pan Am Center. Justin McHorse, Director of the American Indian Program, recommended that Zia Pueblo be recognized during the celebration because Zia Pueblo’s symbol was incorporated into the State’s flag. With the support of the President’s Office, Special Events, Athletics, and the American Indian Program, the recommendation came to fruition.

Mr. Pino described the meaning of the Zia Sun Symbol in the following quote from the Spring 2012 issue of El Palacio Magazine:

“For the people of Zia, the rays have very structured and layered meanings, and they are traditionally viewed counterclockwise. The four rays at the top (north) are the world’s directions: north, west, south, and east. The rays to the left (west) are about time: spring, summer, fall, winter. Those at the bottom (south) are about the stages of a person’s lifetime: child, adolescent, adult, and elder. Those to the right (east) are about a person’s being: heart, mind, body, and spirit.”

Contributed by Justin McHorse, M.S.
Director, American Indian Program

Swim America Workshop (S. Garcia)

2012 ASCA World Clinic: 9/5/2012: Las Vegas, NV
Swim America Workshop
Presenters: Dave Dubois, John Coutts and Richard Calahan from Carlile Swim School in Sydney, Australia

The Carlile Swim School in Sydney, Australia is known to be one of the most successful swim schools in the world. One of the key points made during their presentation was the importance of a curriculum. When they first started, Carlile Swim School adopted the American Red Cross Water Safety curriculum that many swim schools around the US use. For the last fifty years, however, they have adapted, researched, and written their own curriculum and manuals outlining their teaching methodology and philosophy.
Carlile Swim School encourages that the curriculum fit the learn-to-swim program and maintains that each program is unique and should adapt teaching principles based on the mission of the program. In hand with creating and updating a curriculum, Carlile Swim School heavily emphasized the importance of a quality instructor training program. Similar to student teaching experiences required by many public schools, potential Carlile instructors observe and aid in over forty classes before they are assigned their own. Through an extensive training process, Carlile swim school is able to hire dedicated and trained professionals committed to the longevity of the program and its participants.
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NMSU adopts a classroom

A class of third grade students at John R. Good Elementary in Irving, Texas (near Dallas) was ecstatic when they opened up their package of shirts and banners they received from New Mexico State University.

Karina Fernandez, a third grade bilingual teacher at the school, and her class adopted NMSU as their classroom sponsor.  Each classroom at John R. Good adopts a university to promote the idea that a college education is possible. Fernandez picked NMSU as her adoption school because some of her relatives are NMSU alumni.

“John R. Good Elementary is a Title 1 school with socially economically disadvantaged students. So many of our students have never thought beyond high school as an option,” Fernandez said in a letter to NMSU University Admissions Director Valerie Pickett. “Many of my students have not been outside of Irving, much less to a college campus, so we are trying to do our part at the elementary level to really introduce our students to the amazing futures that they can all have.”

“We’ve been in contact with her (Fernandez) for 3 years now,” Pickett said. “We like the work she’s doing. I think she’s on the right path.”

The Registrar's Office is Tough Enough to Wear Pink

Have pictures of your office? Send them to ebernald@nmsu.edu.

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University Admissions to be honored at the NMSU-UNM football game.

The NMSU Pride Band forms an A at during the season opener against Sacramento State, August 30, 2012.

Staff from University Admissions will watch this weekend’s game against UNM from the sidelines to acknowledge their contribution to the team. Valerie Pickett, Director, Megan Schuller, Senior Advisor, and Minerva Galaz, Associate Director, will be Guest Coaches at this Saturday’s football game!

The Guest Coaches Program honors those who work hard behind the scenes for the school’s student-athletes. This year’s game has been named “Admission’s Night” in honor of the Guest Coaches. These three Guest Coaches have helped student-athletes get admitted to and settled in to NMSU.

Guest Coaches are invited to attend the football team’s practice a week before the game and the Training Table meal. They are also given a sideline pass to stay right next to the team during the game. Valerie Pickett, Megan Schuller, and Minerva Galaz will be introduced to the crowd during the third quarter and awarded for their hard work.

This effort is sponsored by the Academic Support Programs and Services Center.

SAEM group rate for NMSU v. UNM football tickets

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management has another 20 tickets for staff for the NMSU-UNM football game at 6:00 pm, September 22! SAEM staff can request up to 2 tickets on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like more tickets, you can buy them through our office with the group rate of $10 a ticket. Leave a comment below if you want tickets (note if you want 1 or 2), OR if you want us to order you a ticket at the group rate of $10/ticket.

The tickets are for general admission.

Go Aggies!!

SAEM Strategic Planning and Implementation Process

With the semester now up and running, we are turning part of our attention back to Strategic Planning. We are submitting how we will develop a plan to the Provost: below is how we are describing our process and progress for this purpose.

Dr. Divan and Joyce Cohorn, both from Campus Health, review comments at SAEM's Big Meetings in July, as Justin McHorse of AIP looks on.

The SAEM Strategic Planning and Implementation process began in March 2012. The Plan has been shaped by the idea that our strategic priorities should enjoy the support of the staff who will be charged with implementing those priorities. Toward this end, all SAEM staff have been invited to contribute to strategic planning efforts, and constituencies outside SAEM will be invited to contribute to future priorities.

Our final document will contain plans from each unit and will be coordinated overall from the Vice President’s Office. This will be a living document: results from the previous year will be reported in our Annual Report, and each unit will update their plan annually.

For the upcoming year, we are working toward the following:

  • Creating an environment that supports the needs of staff in serving students. this will result in an immediate focus on collaboration and communication among staff.
  • Coordinating efforts across SAEM that have been requested by staff. This includes technology use, professional development, and quality initiatives.
  • Soliciting and incorporating feedback from internal and external constituencies in our planning processes.
  • Developing an infrastructure that will facilitate deliberation and reflection as we identify areas and methods for improvement and measure our efforts.

Jeanelle Chavez receives the Above and Beyond award!

Jeanelle Chavez receiving her award (third from the right).

The Board of Regents presented their August 2012 Above & Beyond Award to Jeanelle Chavez, program coordinator for the Indian Resource Development Program. The Above & Beyond Award recognizes full-time employees who go the extra distance in service to any and all aspects of the NMSU system. Individuals are recognized for performance that goes “above and beyond” their regular responsibilities and for demonstrating a positive attitude that inspires others.

In making the nomination, Joe Graham, director of the IRD Program said, “She has provided crucial direction and vision to our American Indian students and part-time student employees. She engages tribal constituents and the general public in a liaison role between tribal entities and NMSU to help our program fulfill its state-mandated goals and objectives.”

Chavez does an outstanding job with the annual DreamMakers Program held at NMSU. This program is open to seventh- and eighth-graders from New Mexico Pueblos, Apache Tribes and the Navajo Nation. She also was NMSU’s sole representative on the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Planning Committee that brought the NIEA National Conference to Albuquerque in October 2011. She played a key leadership role on the committee and is well regarded nationally by her tribal education colleagues.

A list of past winners is at http://www.nmsu.edu/president/award-winners.html

Kick off the new football season with dinner before the first game

For the start of the new semester, SAEM staff are invited to celebrate at the first home football game next Thursday, August 30.

The game starts at 6, and SAEM staff can get free tickets by leaving a comment below stating why you love Aggie Football and the number of tickets you need (limit 4)! We have a block of 50 tickets for SAEM staff and guests.  [Update: All tickets have been claimed as of Thursday morning. We are still taking picnic reservations and Aggie enthusiasm!]

The evening will start at 5:00, when SAEM staff and guests attending the game are invited to picnic outside the Ed Services Building with NMSU’s international students. After a quick bite, we can accompany SAEM’s very own Admissions staff as they escort the international students to Aggie Memorial Stadium. There, we will welcome the entering Class of 2016, who will be storming the field with the NMSU Pride Band. Then you can sit back and enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars as our NMSU Aggies take on Sacramento State in the first game of the 2012 season! Kickoff is set for 6:00.

To ensure enough food is ordered, please email Ann Landmark (llandmar@nmsu.edu) by Friday, August 24 if you and your family plan to attend the picnic before the game.

Join your SAEM colleagues in cheering on the Aggies! See you at the game!