Happy Valentine’s Day! I want to thank all of you for the wonderful work you do each day. It is truly appreciated. Today you wil receive a bag of caramel corn from Crazy Maizy’s as a small token of my appreciation.
I hope you notice that on the back of each bag is a quote. My personal favorite quote is by Helen Keller, “The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, by also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.” Please take a moment to share your quote with a fellow colleague today and take some time to celebrate your service and this day.
As we move further into the spring semester we are enjoying several celebrations, milestones and events, some of which include Black History Month, several Aggie men’s basketball team wins, good enrollment, and hopes for the early arrival of spring as predicted by the famous groundhog! We are also experiencing many changes within our University system, and I appreciate all of you who so eagerly help to support the many change efforts. Regardless of all that is happening around us, one thing remains constant: Students are at the heart of or work. Let’s all strive to keep that in mind as we serve in our own unique roles on this University campus. Let us be mindful that our decisions, actions and behavior all affect student success. Each of us holds a unique responsibility to support students in several important aspects throughout their academic journey.
I will leave you with a quote from Ella Fitzgerald, and great vocalist who’s song and performance I deeply admire: “It isn’t where you come from, it’s where you’re going that matters.” Let’s keep student’s at the heart of our work, and help them focus on where they are going.
I hope that each of you enjoyed the much deserved break over the holidays! I truly enjoyed my time off and am now looking forward to an exciting spring semester and year ahead. Over the break I was able to spend some time reflecting on 2012, and the many accomplishments that we celebrated as a team. I feel good about our accomplishments, and I hope you do as well. I also used some of my time to re-charge professionally by reading some new leadership material and setting my own personal and professional goals for the new year.
Since our return to campus last week, several things have transpired. First, we welcome a new area to join SAEM. The Albuquerque Center is now a new part of our unit, and we welcome four new staff members (Veronica Chavez-Neuman, Mike Vaughn, Lonetta Gallegos, and Erin Worth). We look forward to our new opportunities in Albuquerque! Second, we are in a transition phase with our International Student Services office. This office (Mary Jaspers, Naomi Philhower, Liliana Barraza, and Diane Gobrick) will be relocating to Garcia Annex to join the International and Border Programs Office to provide student support to our International student population. We wish them well in their new location and reporting line.
Our final version of the Strategic Plan is now completed, and you will each be receiving your own copy. I hope that you will use this document to help guide your daily work and service. As stated on page 3 of our plan, “Strategic planning is all about the future, and we are working to make ours better, smarter, and more transparent”.
Let’s all look forward to continued success in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in the year ahead! Thank you for your continued and much valued support!
On December 14, Dr. Terry Cook, Vice President for Student Engagement, was awarded the Board of Regent’s Above and Beyond Award.
Terry Cook, left, was awarded the Above and Beyond Award at the December Board of Regents meeting.
Terry has worked at NMSU since 1993, and has served in roles of progressive responsibility. In her current role as Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement, she is known for her enthusiasm, wisdom, and dedication, both as a manager and as an expert in student retention and graduation. Her energy is legendary, and she is an extraordinary collaborator: she works with Housing and Residential Life on Aggie Welcome and Orientation; University Admissions on New Student Registration Events; and Colleges and Departments on Campus Tutoring. She has also collaborated on, among other things, financial literacy programming, grants, workshops, Foundations of Excellence, University Assessment, and programming for parents and families.
In addition, she does all this while keeping up with best practices in student success, retention, and graduation and sharing those best practices with her staff.
Terry Cook joins Jeanelle Chavez as the second Aboveand Beyond Winner from SAEM for this year.
New Mexico State University has been selected as an inaugural recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
“New Mexico State University has many unique diversity programs and initiatives in place that either met or exceeded the standards by which we measured the HEED award applicants,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity. “As a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, their commitment to diversity and inclusion among their students, faculty and staff is very evident.”
The HEED award was created to recognize the diversity and inclusion efforts of U.S. colleges and universities of all types. Important for consideration for this award were initiatives related to gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community.
Contributed by University Communications
Bernadette Montoya with Chris Jonas and Erin Hudson from Littleglobe Films in Santa Fe at screening of Centennial Class: The Time is Now. The film follows six students as they complete their senior year of high school and prepare for college. Four of the six students currently attend NMSU. The film portrays the story of Vicki Garza, a freshman social work major from Deming, New Mexico who also attended the screening.
Information about the film can be found at: http://littleglobe.org/TurntheLens
Michelle Saenz-Adames was named the Associate Director of Academic Success on November 1, 2012. Michelle will provide leadership and oversight of UNIV courses, Student Success Center-Hardman’s outreach and internal academic support services, and provide support to grant writing initiatives.
Michelle is a native of New Mexico. She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from NMSU, and is currently completing her Dissertation study to receive a Ph.D. in Bilingual Special Education. She started her professional career in the public schools as a high school English teacher. During her tenure, she also supervised students in the development of the school’s yearbook and newspaper publications. She has taught with the NMSU Upward Bound TRiO program and UNIV 150 courses. She serves as a mentor to students in the ENLACE and Upward Bound Bridge programs.
More recently, Michelle has served as the Program Specialist for the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education since 2007. In this role, she coordinated outreach and extension initiatives and served as a liaison to K-12 partners and community agencies in the state of New Mexico. As the Alliance Program Specialist, she implemented a series of initiatives that have not only impacted NMSU but also the State of New Mexico. Michelle continues to serve on several committees that focus on community, public school and higher education partnerships, with the goal of enhancing the educational experience of students and families in New Mexico.
Contributed by Anthony Marin
According to Gerald Nevarez, NMSU Executive Director, Office of Institutional Equity:
Title IX requires an educational institution to promptly, effectively and impartially address sex discrimination/sexual harassment. This obligation occurs after a “responsible employee” has received actual or constructive notice of the alleged harassment.
A “responsible employee” is any employee who:
- Has the authority to take action to redress the harassment,
- Has the duty to report harassment or other types of misconduct to appropriate officials, or
- Is someone a student could reasonably believe has the authority or responsibility to redress or report such situations.
Because of our work with students, we need to understand what our obligations are under Title IX. Every SAEM employee should plan to attend Title IX training from NMSU’s Center for Learning and Professional Development. If you have not yet attended a training, please sign up for one of the sessions below.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 – 10:00AM to 11:00AM – Corbett Center, Colfax Room 210
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 – 1:30PM to 2:30PM – Corbett Center, Senate Chambers Room 302
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 – 10:00AM to 11:00AM – Corbett Center, Senate Chambers Room 302
Thursday, January 24, 2013 – 2:00PM to 3:00PM – Corbett Center, Otero Room 126
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – 9:00AM to 10:00AM – Corbett Center, Senate Chambers Room 302
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – 2:00PM to 3:00PM – Corbett Center, Colfax Room 210
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – 9:30AM to 10:30AM – Corbett Center, Senate Chambers Room 302
This year SAEM distributed our first Annual Reports at the Staff BBQ!
We can all use these to better understand what our colleagues do in SAEM and and to help the rest of the NMSU community understand the depth and breadth of the services we offer. In support of this, consider having a couple copies available for visitors to your areas to review. If you need more copies, please leave a comment below.
I would also like to hear from anybody who has ideas about the Annual Report. In the comment section below, please leave any feedback you have about the current report and suggestions for future ones. Next year’s report will be based on priorities for strategic planning that we set last summer.
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.”
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.