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What is a mission statement?

A mission statement is a summary of the goals and values of a business, organization, or an individual.

Questions our mission statement should answer:

  • What do we do?
  • How do we do it?
  • Who do we do it for?
  • What distinguishes us from the rest of NMSU?
  • How do we add value?

Examples of mission statements

New Mexico State University Mission Statement: New Mexico State University is the state’s land-grant university, serving the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension education, and public service.

Colorado State University Student Affairs Mission Statement: The Division of Student Affairs fosters a campus community that supports students in the development of their unique potential, inspiring them to be active learners, successful graduates, and engaged global citizens.

Assessment Mission Statements
The mission of Planning and Assessment is to encourage and promote a culture of assessment that is embraced by the entire community and includes faculty, staff, administration, and students. http://assess.byu.edu/content/mission-statement

The Office of Assessment is dedicated to the improvement of educational practice through the assessment of teaching and learning by supporting educational programs and services with evaluations. http://www.framingham.edu/office-of-assessment/


Developing Effective Mission and Vision Statements

Five Tips on Developing and Effective Mission Statement

Four Steps to Developing an Effective Mission Statement



What is a vision statement?

A vision statement is a short review of what a business or organization wants to look like in the future.

Questions our vision statement should answer:

  • Where do we hope to be?
  • Imagine SAEM Assessment in 3 to 5 years. During that time, we have worked to improve our service, workplace, practices, and expertise. What do you see? Specifically describe what is different from now.

How does a vision statement differ from a mission statement?

A vision statement summarizes where an organization wants to be in the future. A mission statement summarizes how that organization will get where it wants to be. Both are important in outlining and achieving the goals of an organization.

A complete comparison chart can be found here: http://www.diffen.com/difference/Mission_Statement_vs_Vision_Statement

Examples of vision statements

DACC Vision Statement: DACC will be a premier learning college that is grounded in academic excellence and committed to fostering lifelong learning and active, responsible citizenship within the community.

Colorado State University Health Network Vision Statement: The CSU Health Network vision is to lead the university community toward a healthy campus that promotes student success by providing multidisciplinary healthcare to enhance all aspects of student well being.

Assessment vision statement

We envision the University of Florida as an institution where all units and academic programs contribute to the fulfillment of the university mission by establishing goals and outcomes, regularly assessing these with valid, reliable measures, analyzing and interpreting the data collected, and using the results for continuous improvement. http://assessment.aa.ufl.edu/vision-mission

Links to look at:

Vision Statements in Strategy Development

What is a Vision Statement?


Creating a mission and vision for SAEM

I am excited to announce the next phase of development for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at NMSU. To address who we are and where we are seeking to go, this fall, every member of SAEM will have the opportunity to contribute to crafting mission and vision statements for SAEM.

Our process will start formally on September 11, when the Advisory Team will meet to begin drafting the statements. We will start by brainstorming:

  • What do we do?
  • How do we do it?
  • Who do we do it for?
  • What distinguishes us from the rest of NMSU?
  • How do we add value?

For the vision statement, we will also discuss where we hope to be in 3 to 5 years.

For the rest of September, the Advisory Team will be seeking staff input on the mission and vision statements drafts. Your input will be considered for the final revisions. Those final revisions will be available at the annual staff barbeque on October 25.

Additional reading is available regarding on mission and vision statements.

Please leave your comments on what you think should be in a mission or vision statement below.



National Orientation Directors Association Regional Conference

National Orientation Directors Association (NODA)

February 8-9, 2013

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Attendees: Clarissa Maldonado and Lisa Kirby

UNM hosted with schools attending from Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. The conference was titled “Values-Driven Leadership” and focused on the programming possibilities by student driven new student orientations. The conference was populated mostly by students who were orientation leaders from their respective universities. Many universities and colleges incorporate student leaders into their orientation programming and the majority of the sessions focused on the use of orientation leaders and the impact of their leadership. We learned about programs that have not only freshman orientation, but incorporate separate and different orientations (both face-to-face and online) for transfer and non-traditional students. Assessment of programming and measuring outcomes that moved beyond just customer satisfaction were discussed. Numerous regional contacts were made and we look forward to continued discussions with our regional colleagues.

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Activity Report, August 30

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

  • Dr. Montoya presented a proposal, created by a group of NMSU faculty, staff, and students, to President Carruthers to address solvency of the Legislative Lottery Fund. She and ASNMSU Legislative Affairs Director Jeremy Witte will present the proposal to the Lottery Working Group created by HED Secretary Garcia at a September 6 meeting in Albuquerque.
  • With just one week before Census Day, NMSU-LC is down 5% in student headcount and 3.5% in credit hours compared to last year. Undergraduate headcount is down 5% and graduate is down 6%.
  • System enrollment is also down 5% in headcount compared to last year and 4% in credit hours. Registration practices implemented for this semester have helped to sort students back to their primary campus, which allows all campuses to develop a stronger focus on serving the educational needs of their communities.

    Admissions Recruiter Jackie Soto visits Albuquerque Academy.

    Admissions Recruiter Jackie Soto visits Albuquerque Academy.

University Admissions, Ms. Valerie Pickett

  • Undergraduate recruiters were on the road this week visiting with high school counselors all over the state. In just three days, they visited over 50 schools and made sure that the counselors had our newest materials for next year’s incoming freshmen class.  Our new recruiter, Jackie Soto, is seen here at Albuquerque Academy.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant

  • The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship Services began testing card swipe software developed by Damon Beasley in the SAEM office. This software will track student visits to the Financial Aid Office, including number, time and length of interaction plus the employee that worked with the student. After the software is tested, an implementation plan will be determined.
  • During the week of August 19–23, the Financial Aid Office handled a traffic increase at the front window, main email address, and primary phone line of nearly 40% compared to previous week. Staff worked together to get students to appropriate department, which reduced time spent in line. We will to use this information to develop a plan to improve customer service, efficiency, and communication.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • On Friday, August 23, 44 exempt, non-exempt and student employees in our unit attended “IT Compliance at NMSU and Best Computing and Data Safety Practices” presented by Carlos S. Lobato, IT Compliance Officer.
  • Dr. Cook attended NIH funded, NMSU RISE to the Post-doctorate Program Advisory Board Meeting. This meeting included an overview by co-principal investigators Dr. Elba Serrano, Dr. Graciela Unguez, and Dr. Shelly Lusetti of grant activities, and an outline of responsibilities of Board Members for oversight of fiscal and program activities.
  • The Student Engagement coordinators of Aggie Welcome Orientation, Clarissa Maldonado and Lisa Kirby, completed a successful week of events welcoming new students and providing numerous activities to ease the transition in to college. As part of this transition, volunteer advisors assisted with last minute advising during Move-In Day, which also featured a well-attended kick-off barbeque that night. On Monday, students were challenged by the President to complete their degrees at a formal convocation in the Pan American Center with Faculty, Deans, and other university officials present. Tuesday featured University Diversity on the I-Mall, where participants left their handprint on our Diversity wall, and a WAVE presentation about misuse of alcohol and behaviors. Wednesday’s AggieFest introduced approximately 1,000 students to clubs, organizations, student services, and academic departments in a festive environment. Volunteers helped with wayfinding on the first days of class at six “Ask Me! Where’s My Class?” tables throughout campus. AWO also helped sponsor evening social activities throughout the week.
  • Campus Tutoring Service will open for the semester on the first floor of Corbett Center on September 3. Lisa Kirby has been preparing the new tutors to assist NMSUstudents with their academic
    Chadryn Pedraza and Rosario Sessions from TRIO Student Support Services.

    Chadryn Pedraza and Rosario Sessions from TRIO Student Support Services.


  • QuickConnect Early Alert responders started receiving referrals from faculty with concerns for their students last week. Doña Ana Community College will participate in QuickConnect this semester, and Student Information Management (SIM) has assisted in getting the system ready for the semester for all NMSU campuses.
  • Student Success Center and TRIO Student Support Services hosted a Welcome Back table outside of the Student Success Center in Hardman Hall
    Student Tanveer Bhullar visits SSC, with Administrative Assistant Lorena Diaz and Learning Skills Facilitator Rodrigo Contraras.

    Student Tanveer Bhullar visits SSC, with Administrative Assistant Lorena Diaz and Learning Skills Facilitator Rodrigo Contraras.

    on August 21 and 22. Students stopped by for refreshments and information about services and programs.

Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek

  • Student Leadership Programs & Greek Affairs hosted Meet the Greeks on Thursday, August 22. Students were encouraged to come and meet members of fraternities and sororities at the Aggie Forest. The event featured music and green chili chicken enchiladas from Andele’s.
  • The fraternities of Intra-Fraternity Council held their recruitment activities this week. Male students interested in the Greek system can meet the various fraternities through social activities such as bowling, sports, and shared meals.
  • Campus Activities hosted their first CRAP (Chill, Relax and Party) Hour on Wednesday. This will be a weekly event from 12:00–1:00 on the second floor of the Student Union and will feature food, music, and games. It is intended to create a true student union environment for the students to enjoy.
  • ASNMSU: The Senate held its orientation on Saturday, August 24, 2013. The event included ASNMSU financial procedures and a bill-writing workshop.
  • The Counseling Center held its annual fall staff retreat last week.

Office of Student Diversity and Outreach, Ms. Christina Chavez Kelley

  • At AggieFest on August 21, more than 100 students completed interest forms or signed up for the ListServ for the American Indian Program, Black Programs, Chicano Programs, and the Sexual & Gender Diversity Resource Center.
  • On August 28, the American Indian Program hosted its Welcome Back Reception and New Student Orientation in the Senate Gallery in Corbett Center. More than 60 students attended the reception, as well as several faculty and professional staff presenters. Vice President Montoya welcomed all of the students to NMSU.
  • On August 28, Terry Ramirez, NM MESA Southwest Regional Coordinator, hosted about 15 science and math teachers at the Fabian Garcia Service Center to train them on NM MESA’s programs for the upcoming academic year.
  • The Hispanic Faculty/Staff Caucus, Chicano Programs, and the Office of Student Diversity sponsored a performance by Latin Grammy award-winning La Catrina String Quartet on August 30 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Net proceeds from this event benefit the HFSC Scholarship Endowment Fund.
  • Mary Hubbell-Ansera, Gates Millennium Scholars Program Campus Engagement Manager, Terry Cook, Assistant Vice President of Student Engagement, and Justin McHorse, Director of the American Indian Program, are collaborating to create an on-campus support group and other programming for NMSU’s Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients.

Staff Highlights

  • The Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center hired Lucas Allen, Assistant Coordinator. Lucas is obtaining his Master’s degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology at NMSU.
  • Catherine Salcido retired this week after 25 years of service in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. She served in various roles in the Office, and she ended her career as the Loan Coordinator. Her extensive knowledge base will be missed.

Take a look at the Storify post about Aggie Welcome Week!

New Mexico State University students posting about the first week of Fall 2013.

Activity Report, August 23

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

The incoming class of freshmen at Tuesday's  Student Convocation.

The incoming class of freshmen at Tuesday’s
Student Convocation.

  • From Move-in Day to Ask Me Tables, staff from all areas of SAEM welcomed students back to campus during Aggie Welcome and Orientation. Highlights of our week included Student Convocation and AggieFest. The goal of these events is for students to build community among their colleagues and to understand the services that we offer to help them succeed in the NMSU community.
  • Bernadette Montoya was the Master of Ceremonies for Student Convocation on Tuesday, August 20. This event was held at the Pan American Center; the location is significant because students are challenged to return in four years for graduation. Students mingled with faculty and NMSU administrators after Convocation at a reception on the main floor.
  • With about two weeks until the end of the drop–add period, enrollment on the Las Cruces campus lags behind last year, by 5% in headcount and 3% in credit hours.
  • Enrollment for the NMSU System is down nearly 6 percent in headcount compared to last year and 4% in credit hours.

University Admissions, Ms. Valerie Pickett

Two lucky students won iPad minis at the  Transfer Orientation.

Two lucky students won iPad minis at the
Transfer Orientation.

  • Over 70 students attended a Transfer Orientation event for new students hosted by University Admissions this week. The event gave students a chance to meet other transfer students; presentations covered the student support services, benefits of being a Las Cruces campus student, and the resources available at the Transfer Center.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant

  • Financial Aid staff fielded about 5,000 calls, visits, and emails last week from students through the front window, main phone line, and email. They have disbursed nearly $56 million to help students pay for college in the form of scholarships, loans, and grants to student’s system-wide. The Financial Aid staff do not take annual leave this time of year and avoid scheduling any other time out of the office.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • Assistant Vice President Terry Cook attended Career Services Fall Staff Retreat, “Rev Up for the Fall” on August 16. The agenda included Jennifer Gabel, Training Specialist for Learning and Professional Development and a session on financial planning from Theresa Winter, Financial Planner from Wells Fargo.
  • Dr. Cook also provided training for Peer Mentors for the College of Engineering Integrated Learning Communities. In Fall 2013, Mentors will work with 30 students who are co-enrolled in English
    Phillip Johnson of SAEM at the University Diversity display.

    Phillip Johnson of SAEM at the University Diversity display.

    111 (focused on STEM), EE 109 (The Engineering of How Things Work), and Math 120 or 121. The training agenda included an overview of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management support services.

  • Aggie Welcome & Orientation Program Staff facilitated The Business of Going to College; New Student Convocation; University Diversity: We Are U; and AggieFest.  Program events and information for new students are at your.nmsu.edu.
  • Dr. Cook welcomed Peer Educators for UNIV 150 with an overview of The Freshman Year Experience and Peer Education Component at NMSU. This fall, junior and seniors will co-facilitate 15 sections of UNIV 150 with an instructor from faculty or staff.

Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek

NMSU student Amanda Schwiebert and service dog Merlin at a 2012 soccer game. Amanda blogs at doggoestocollege.com

NMSU student Amanda Schwiebert and service dog Merlin at a 2012 soccer game. Amanda blogs at doggoestocollege.com

  • Trudy Luken, Director of Student Accessibility Services (SAS), gave a presentation to the NMSU Military and Veterans Programs’ Veteran Student Orientation.
  • Student Accessibility Services (SAS) did some outreach to the NMSU community this week regarding service animals on campus. More information is at http://www.nmsu.edu/~ssd/animals.html.
  • Student Leadership Programs & Greek Affairs hosted the first Aggie Leadership Retreat August 15–17. Eighteen students attended the retreat in Cloudcroft; topics addressed included Using StrengthQuest in Leadership, True Colors, Mentoring and Values, Situational Leadership, and Ethical Leadership. The students also participated in a case study and a high ropes course. The program was created and coordinated by Tinsley Hembree.
  • Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council held their training on August 20, 2013. Goals were for the coming year were set.
  • Campus Activities hosted the National Student Exchange for the students attending NMSU from across the country this semester.
  • Student Media: The Round Up Survival Guide was printed and ready for distribution on Monday.

    Students at the First Aggie Leadership Retreat, August 15–17.

    Students at the First Aggie Leadership Retreat, August 15–17.

Health and Wellness, Ms. Lori McKee

  • The Health & Wellness Centers conducted annual employee safety training on August 16. This training is OSHA required and includes blood-borne pathogens, Hazcom, disaster and evacuation drills, skills checks, and equipment review. Student training was held the week of Aug. 19–23 and included customer service, CPR, and re-certification for lifeguards.
  • Ecuadorian Official Visits Campus Health Center: Health & Wellness Center staff met with Dr. Geannine Alvarado Romero, an Ecuadorian official from the GoTeacher program for discussions about pre-arrival medical evaluation, insurance coverage, patient advocacy and education. The Campus Health Center has had 645 patient visits since the first cohort (40 scholars) came to campus in January 2013. The second cohort has 69 scholars.
  • International Student Clinics Held: The Campus Health Center was busy with international student immunization clinics on August 17 and 21. A total of 221 students received tuberculosis testing or chest x-rays, which expedites their medical clearance for enrollment.
  • NMSU–UTEP I-10 Challenge starts September 9: The Campus Health Center and the Athletics Department are spearheading the annual NMSU–UTEP blood drive the week of the rivalry football game between NMSU and UTEP. At the game, the school with the most donations is recognized. NMSU won last year by donating 630 units! NMSU is a major donation location for southern New Mexico and Texas.

Office of Student Diversity and Outreach, Ms. Christina Chavez Kelley

Bernadette Montoya and Pistol Pete at  Move-in Day.

Bernadette Montoya and Pistol Pete at
Move-in Day.

  • Dr. Laura Gutierrez Spencer was interviewed by Bill Varoula on KSNM-AM radio regarding Chicano Program’s role at NMSU. She also conducted outreach with the Counseling Center and at the Housing Info Fair.
  • Dr. Spencer made a presentation on “Small Talk and Intercultural Communication” at the orientation for NMSU International Students.
  • Jessica Spohn of the Sexual & Gender Diversity Resource Center provided Safe Zone Training to 71 Community Assistants for Housing & Residential Life and 16 Counseling Center Staff.
  • Jessica Spohn, Ryan Garcia, and Derek Beckford became authorized Voter Registration Agents for the NMSU community on August 20, 2013.
  • New websites for American Indian Program, Chicano Programs, and the SGDRC are now live.

Activity Report, August 16

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

SAEM staff enjoy coffee and donuts after power was restored.

SAEM staff enjoy coffee and donuts after power was restored.

  • Recognizing that power outages would not eliminate our need for caffeine, we hastily arranged coffee and donuts for SAEM staff during last week’s power outage. The coffee arrived about the same time power was restored, but SAEM colleagues still took the opportunity for some collegial conversation.
  • Dr. Montoya presented a StrengthsQuest workshop to about 20 students who took part in the first annual Fall Aggie Leadership Retreat on
    Dr. Montoya speaks to students about using their strengths as student leaders.

    Dr. Montoya speaks to students about using their strengths as student leaders.

    August 15–17. Dr. Montoya’s workshop taught students how to discover, develop, and apply their personal strengths in every aspect of their lives.

  • Student headcount at NMSU-Las Cruces is down 5.4% compared to this time last year, and credit hours are down 3.2%. While still down for the year, these numbers have improved since the beginning of the month. Undergraduate headcount is down 4.9% and graduate headcount is down 7.9%.
  • System-wide, enrollment is down 6.6% and student credit hours are down 5.5%.

University Admissions

  • University Admissions has been busy with last-minute additions to NMSU’s incoming class. Since the beginning of the month, nearly 450 new freshmen, 100 transfers, and 225 new graduate students have enrolled at NMSU. Graduate and transfer students often enroll shortly before the semester starts.

    Students registered for classes at the orientation for the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program in Albuquerque.

    Students registered for classes at the orientation for the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program in Albuquerque.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services

  • With the start of the new academic year next week, we have seen a huge increase in student queries about Financial Aid. For the week ending August 16, we fielded over 3,000 student contacts via phone calls to the main Financial Aid line (54%), student visits (38%), and email to the general email address (8%). These counts do not include direct contacts between students and their financial aid advisors.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • This week, the Associate Deans Advisory Council approved the addition of a representative from the Office of Student Engagement to serve as an Ex-Officio member.  Terry Cook will represent Student Engagement to ADAC.


Admissions, tutoring, and food pantry have changed locations

As the fall semester approaches, some of our offices will be changing locations.

University Admissions has moved from Suite 301 to Suite 805 in the Educational Services Building. This new space gives students and families more privacy when speaking with Admissions Advisors and staff members.

The Aggie Cupboard, NMSU’s food pantry, has moved from the Christian Challenge building off University Avenue to Garcia Annex Room 134. Moving the Aggie Cupboard  to campus allows students easier access to the services provided.

Campus Tutoring Service will be moving to the west end of the first floor of Corbett Center Student Union (in the space formerly occupied by the bookstore). This location will be more convenient to access when services resume the second week of classes.

Activity Report, August 9

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

  • On August 8, open enrollment for campuses began for Fall 2013. Students can now enroll in classes on any campus, provided they are eligible to enroll in that class. We are recommending that students meet with an academic and financial aid advisor to discuss how enrolling on another campus may affect financial aid.
  • We communicated with faculty and staff this week that starting this fall, NMSU will disburse first-time loans for freshman borrowers 30 days after the start of the semester. This will allow Financial Aid to adjust loan amounts before funds are disbursed in response to enrollment changes. We anticipate that this change will reduce debt for our students and lower our institutional default rates as well as promote better financial management.
  • Dr. Bernadette Montoya attended the National Finance Center Luncheon on August 8, which was hosted by Career Services. The discussion centered around career opportunities at the National
    John White (center) and Calvin Turner (third from right) of the US Department of Agriculture with Student Engagement staff.

    John White (center) and Calvin Turner (third from right) of the US Department of Agriculture with Student Engagement staff.

    Finance Center in New Orleans, which is part of the US Department of Agriculture. The Center is looking to recruit minorities for a wide range of jobs.

  • Dr. Montoya toured the Activity Center and Aquatic Center. Their programs, including Outdoor Recreation, allow students to engage with others beyond academics. Students and staff can use the climbing wall, indoor track, basketball and volleyball courts, an indoor and outdoor pool, outdoor track, and racquetball courts; they can also check out outdoor gear like tents and kayaks for a small fee. The Centers offer wonderful opportunities using limited resources.
  • Student headcount at NMSU-Las Cruces is down 6% compared to this time last year; credit hours are down 3% for undergraduates. Graduate headcount and credit hours are down 8%.
  • System-wide, enrollment continues to be down 8% and credit hours are down 7% compared to this time last year. However, for all campuses, students are increasingly enrolling at their primary campuses. This helps our community colleges meet the educational needs of their service areas.

University Admissions, Ms. Valerie Pickett

  • University Admissions kicked off the Fall 2014 recruitment cycle this week at the 14th Annual Oak Ridge Associated Universities Graduate Student Recruitment Fair at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Over 250 students from across the country presented posters of their research at Oak Ridge on Thursday, August 8. Participants had the opportunity to learn about graduate education opportunities at the recruitment fair during the event.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant

  • This year, we collected about 2,300 thank-you letters from scholarship recipients to donors through the Scholar Dollar$ Scholarship Management system (SD$). Our office recently distributed the letters to donors, and we received very positive responses from both donors and students.
  • We are now routinely collecting information from donors who give external scholarships to NMSU students (from civic, professional, and service groups, for example). This will allow us to maintain accurate contact information for outreach and to manage student financial aid more efficiently..
  • To help students maintain their scholarship eligibility, the Scholarship Department is contacting students proactively with potential enrollment issues. We are also identifying students who have not enrolled and reminding them that there is still time to enroll for the fall.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • Campus Tutoring Service will be located of the first floor of Corbett Center Student Union (in the space formerly occupied by the Bookstore) this fall. They will start offering tutoring the second week of classes. This central location should make tutoring services more convenient for students to access.
  • Doña Ana Community College has identified administrators and faculty who will serve as QuickConnect Responders beginning in Fall 2013. Lisa Kirby will train the responders before the start of the new semester.

Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek

  •  Counseling Center staff participated in the Ropes Course  outside  Garcia Annex so they could know what takes place and also understand what participants experience.

    Counseling Center staff learn about the Ropes Course.

    Counseling Center staff learn about the Ropes Course.

  • Angela Arvizo of Student Judicial Services participated in the two-day workshop by Livingworks on suicide prevention. This will allow her to facilitate presentations on the topic.
  • Angela Arvizo was selected by the Association of Student Conduct Administrators national conference planning team to be a reviewer for program proposals.

Office of Student Diversity and Outreach, Ms. Christina Chavez Kelley

  • NMSU’s Campus Pride Index improved this year from 3 stars to 4 (out of 5 possible). This index is based on a five-star rating of LGBT-friendly policies, programs, and practices in categories such as support and institutional commitment, academic and student life, housing, and campus safety. NMSU is the only university from New Mexico to be listed on the index, which is at http://www.campusprideindex.org. Jessica Spohn, Coordinator of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center, was key to this effort.
  • It is the time of year when students return to (or start at) NMSU. Our last item is a compilation of NMSU mentions in social media from Wednesday and Thursday expressing some of their excitement.

Upcoming assessment workshops

Assessment 201: Creation of Measuring Tools

Wednesday, August 14 1:30-3:00 pm

Friday, September 6 8:30-10:00 am

Assessment 301: Analysis of Data

Wednesday, May 14 1:30-3:00 pm

Monday, May 26 10:30-12:00 pm

Friday, June 6 8:30-10:00 am

Assessment 401: Using the Data

Friday June 13 8:30-10:00 am

Monday, June 16 1:30-3:00 pm

Wednesday June 25 10:30-12:00pm


All of these sessions are in the Faculty Senate Chambers in Garcia Annex.

RSVP to Melody Munson-McGee at mmunsonm@nmsu.edu.

Fundraising in Student Affairs

These are the final notes from VP Montoya’s trip to APLU in Wisconsin. This year, the focus was on 5 main topics: Persistence, Progress and Programs; Lessons Learned from Penn State; Technology and Student Development; Fundraising in Student Affairs; and Federal Legislation Impacting Student Affairs.

Fundraising in Student Affairs

Several institutions are finding good private funding opportunities by supporting parent engagement. Institutions such as Clemson University are finding that parents have a strong “giving muscle”, perhaps more than many of our alumni. Since Student Affairs personnel and parents are natural partners, it makes sense to provide more opportunities to get parents involved. While many of our students are from families who may not be able to give money, many others who do not get into Ivy League Schools choose our land-grant institutions. We just need to involve them, and ask them to consider giving. Some parents’ employers may also provide a match for funds given to the institution. Engaging parents is critical in this effort. What information do we even know about our parents? The presenters suggested convening a small team dedicated to working with parents that would engender a spirit of collaboration. This group could focus on how we could enhance the experience of current students attending our institution by involving those parents.


There was discussion about some of our current federal legislation related to Veteran students and the Immigration Reform bill that would have impact on tuition waivers, earning of advanced degrees to receive citizenship, and other issues that may be passed by congress that will change the way we work with our students.

Lastly, I was nominated to serve as Co-Chair of the Executive Board of CSA along with my colleague from Purdue. The voting will take place in November at the Annual Meeting. During that meeting I will also be facilitating a panel discussion with University Presidents on the role of student affairs in institutional strategic planning.

Activity Report, August 2

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

New Aggies at the Albuquerque Senior Send-off.

New Aggies at the Albuquerque Senior Send-off.

  • Bernadette Montoya welcomed new Aggies and their families from the Albuquerque area at last weekend’s Senior Send-off at NMSU’s Albuquerque Center. New students left with door prizes of dorm-sized refrigerators, Aggie gear, and school supplies.
  • Dr. Montoya and two students from ASNMSU attended the first meeting of the Lottery Solvency Committee at the Albuquerque Center. This group will meet throughout the fall semester to have a proposal to the Legislature by December 1.
  • System enrollment still lags behind last year, with 8% fewer students than this time last year; credit hours are still 7% below last year. First-time freshmen enrollment for the Las Cruces campus should improve next week because of this year’s additional NSR (see below).

University Admissions, Ms. Valerie Pickett

Nearly 300 new Aggies attended the last two New Student Registration Programs last week.

Nearly 300 new Aggies attended the last two New Student Registration Programs last week.

  • The final New Student Registration programs of the summer were held on August 1 and 2. Over 275 students signed up for the NSR. Students needing to register for classes at this point should contact Colleges directly to set up an advising appointment.
  • University Admissions has relocated to Educational Services, Suite 801.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • Terry Cook was an invited speaker on the topic of Learning Center Management and Student Engagement at the New Mexico College Reading & Learning Association State Conference on July 25, 2013, in Albuquerque.
  • Career Services partnered with the NMSU Learning and Professional Development Center to train 52 administrative support staff on student employment transition from SES Ventana to AggieCareer Manager. Information about August training dates is available through NMSU Center for Learning and Professional Development.
  • Lisa Kirby presented the QuickConnect Program to Dona Ana Community College
    Pistol Pete moved with the Admissions Office to Suite 801 in Educational Services.

    Pistol Pete moved with the Admissions Office to Suite 801 in Educational Services.

    administration including Ike Ledesma, Vice President, Student Services and Monica Torres, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. DACC will begin using the Early Alert & Warning system in Fall 2013.

Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek

  • Michael Jasek, Dean of Students, met with Dr. Carruthers, Chief of Police Stephen Lopez, and Assistant Vice-President for Human Resources Andrew Pena to discuss the actions of the CARE (Conduct Assessment/Response and Education) Committee. Issues of how the committee receives reports of behavior of concern, follow-ups and final reporting were discussed.
  • Trudy Lukens, Director of Student Accessibility Services worked at the NMSU SAS table during the ADA Celebration (23rd anniversary of the ADA) at the Doña Ana County Building on July 26. NMSU Admissions was an event sponsor.
  • The Counseling Center and Student Accessibility Services are both moving confidential student files off the main NMSU servers to servers with more security. This will improve compliance in both areas.

Staff Highlights

  • The Registrar’s Office welcomed Kameron Peterson to the STAR Degree Audit team.
  • Terry Ramirez is the new Southwest Regional Coordinator for NM-MESA. She has taught at Gadsden Middle School, worked for the New Mexico Community Foundation at Gadsden High School, and served as principal of Davinci School for Science and the Arts located in El Paso, Texas.

Technology and student development

Here are more notes from VP Montoya’s trip to APLU in Wisconsin. This year, the focus was on 5 main topics: Persistence, Progress and Programs; Lessons Learned from Penn State; Technology and Student Development; Fundraising in Student Affairs; and Federal Legislation Impacting Student Affairs. Next week we will publish the last installment in this series.

Technology and student development

This session focused on the notion that technology is not the end goal, but rather that it provides access tools and skill for our students. According to the presenter, Educause recently noted that there has been a 5,545% increase in the use of smart phone technology since 2004. This incredible change causes us to ask ourselves whether we are listening to our students in terms of how they wish to be communicated with. Most of us are struggling with getting students to use the assigned university email account. Also noted in a recent survey of employers who participated in a virtual career fair was that 67% of  employers rescinded job offers to students based on the student’s online presence in social media! Our work with helping students to understand the consequences on their online behavior is important. All in all, it remains critical that we embrace the use of mobile technology, and to help students develop the skills set they need to be successful in our tech world.

College Board’s Native American Student Advocacy Institute 2013

University of Montana-Missoula and Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, MT
May 30 and 31, 2013
Attendees: Justin McHorse and Michael Ray of the American Indian Program

NASAI is a product of American Indian higher education professionals and leaders who desired an organization with the purpose of supporting, advancing, and empowering Native Americans in higher education. As pockets of Native American higher education professionals were gathering in subgroups at organizations such as the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) – Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, these individuals determined that Native American higher education professionals needed their own organization in order to progress in their efforts to improve access, support, and representation of Native Americans in higher education. NASAI is the outcome of this effort.

Attendance at NASAI was an excellent opportunity for us to network, share experiences, and learn of the challenges and successes that peer colleges and universities experience in serving Native American students. Moreover, we had the opportunity to meet and hear from some of the authors of Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education. This book shares experiences of Native American students, professional staff, faculty, and administrators in higher education.

The Payne Family Native American Center at the University of Montana houses the university’s American Indian Student Services and Native American Studies. Built in 2010, the Center received LEED Platinum Certification in 2011 and is a great example of what institutional support can produce. The Center is prominently located on the “oval” that houses the Main Administration Building, which includes the President’s Office, the Provost’s Office, and other executive officers of the institution, and many academic buildings.

In talking with our counterparts, we were amazed with the level of support they receive when it comes to the number of staff they have to serve their students. These institutions are able to dedicate more time to their students and help increase student success. Some of the institutions have 25 Native American faculty members and 40 Native American staff members. It is easy to understand why students feel welcome at an institution that supports them not only as students, but as Native American People.

The following points summarize what was shared at NASAI:

1. There is a direct correlation between the number of Native American staff, faculty, and administrators at an institution with Native American student enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates. By seeing more Native American staff and faculty, Native American students have a better sense of belonging at the institution.

2. Institutions that have Native American recruiters in their Admissions Office are more effective at recruiting Native American students because they have a better understanding of tribal community life and culture.

3. Institutional acknowledgement of tribal nations as sovereign governments based on their legal treaty rights and government-to-government relationship with the state fosters greater Native American student enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates.

4. Arizona State University has a Special Advisor to the President for American Indian Affairs, an American Indian Student Support Services Office, an American Indian Studies Program, and an American Indian Policy Institute.

5. Northern Arizona University has a Special Advisor to the President on Native American Affairs, a Native American Student Services Office (NASS), a Native American Cultural Center with a Program Coordinator separate from the NASS staff, and offers a minor in Native American Studies.

6. The University of Arizona has an Assistant Vice President for Tribal Relations, a Native American Student Affairs Office, an American Indian Studies Department, and a Native Nations Institute.

7. The University of New Mexico has a Special Assistant to the President for American Indian Affairs, an American Indian Student Services Office, a Native Americans in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (NA-STEM) Program, and a Native American Studies Department. Their American Indian Student Services Office has seven full-time professional employees and numerous student employees. The Native American Studies Department includes seven full-time faculty members from Cochiti Pueblo, Diné, Kiowa, Lakota, Santa Clara Pueblo, Tlingit, and Zuni Pueblo, plus two full-          time staff who are Cheyenne Arapaho and Diné.

8. By comparison, NMSU has an American Indian Program (3 full-time employees) and the Indian Resource Development Program (2 full-time employees). NMSU offers a minor in Native American Studies in our Anthropology Department with one American Indian faculty member. NMSU does not have any Native American employees in our Admissions or Financial Aid Offices, which are understaffed.

In conclusion, NASAI provided an environment for acknowledgement and encouragement to Native American professionals working in higher education. Karen Francis-Begay,

Assistant Vice President for Tribal Relations in the President’s Office at UofA, emphasized that institutional commitment, funding, and resources to advance Native Americans in higher education must occur at the top of the organization.


SAEM Executive Team retreat

SAEM Leadership team on the 2013 retreat.

SAEM Leadership team on the 2013 retreat.

For the third year in a row, the SAEM Executive Team met for a one-and-a-half day leadership retreat. The focus this year was on the 5 Principals of Exemplary Leadership as described in The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. The retreat was grounded in the work we did the past two years on Strengths-Based Leadership and in the DiSC Work Style Inventory. Our retreat was facilitated by Pam Bergerone from Lansing, Michigan.

The purpose for our retreat is to continue strengthening our executive leadership team in leadership development and team building. The Executive Team members that were in attendance actively engaged in the retreat, and I am pleased with the energy and initiative displayed by each.

Below is a brief re-cap of the practices, and I encourage others to pick up a copy of the book from the library, borrow one from your executive team leader, or purchase your own copy. Any edition will be helpful if you are interested in learning more to become an exemplary leader in SAEM! I also encourage you to visit with those in attendance about what they valued most about the retreat and their learning. At the bottom of this post are the quotes that we did an activity around. I hope that you find one or two that resonate with you.

The book is in its 5th edition, and Kouzes and Posner have conducted over 30 years of research on exemplary leadership. Two well-known quotes from the book that resonated with me are:

In the best organizations, everyone, regardless of title or position, is encouraged to act like a leader. Titles are granted, but it’s your behavior that earns you respect.

Leadership is not about who you are; it’s about what you do. Leader’s deeds are far more important than their words when constituents want to determine how serious leaders really are about what they say. Words and deeds must be consistent.

The 5 principles of exemplary leadership are each described below.

Model the Way

Leaders must be clear about their own guiding principles. Leaders must clarify their values by finding their voice. Our values constitute our personal bottom line. “Before you can be a leader of others, you need to know clearly who you are and what your core values are.” As a leader, you also must affirm the shared values of the group. To model the way, we must set the example, we must do what we say we will do, and we must live the values. Leaders give people reasons to care, not simply orders to follow.

Inspire a Shared Vision

Leaders can’t command commitment: they have to inspire it. Leaders look forward to the future. They have a sense of what is uniquely possible if everyone works together for a common purpose. The best leaders understand that it’s not their personal idiosyncratic view of the future that’s important; it’s the aspirations of all their constituents that matter most. Leaders breathe life into the vision.

Challenge the Process

Leaders are pioneers, willing to step out into the unknown. We are constantly learning from our error and failures, we try new things, and incrementally move projects forward. The best leaders are the best learners. No leader has ever gotten anything extraordinary done by working solo. We must foster collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships. The sense of teamwork extends far beyond a few direct reports or confidants. We have to engage everyone. Great leaders don’t have to change history, but have to change “business as usual”. We have to be proactive, inviting and creating new initiatives. To challenge the process, we must search for opportunities by seizing the initiative and look outward for innovative ways to improve. “Be restless! Don’t let routines become ruts!” Look at things through fresh eyes, and accept the small wins. Remember, “the turtle won the race!”

Enable Others to Act

A grand dream doesn’t become a significant reality through the actions of a single person. It requires a team effort, solid trust and strong relationships, competence and cool confidence. It requires group collaboration and individual accountability. Exemplary leaders put the best interest of the institution ahead of their own, and ensure that everyone understands how they are inter-dependent on one another. Leaders accept and act on the paradox of power: you become more powerful when you give your own power away. The success of every organization is a shared responsibility. When people take personal responsibility and are held accountable for their actions, their colleagues are much more inclined to want to work with them and are more motivated to cooperate in general. Individual accountability is a critical element of every collaborative effort. Everyone has to do his or her part for a group to function effectively.

Encourage the Heart

Recognition is the most powerful currency we have, and it costs you nothing. Part of our responsibility as leaders is to show appreciation for people’s contributions and to create a culture of celebrating the values and victories by creating a spirit of community. The best leaders bring out the best in their constituents. If the potential exists within someone, exemplary leaders always find a way to release it. Exemplary leaders recognize and reward what individuals do to contribute to the vision and values of the organization. Critical components of this are to ensure that everyone knows what is expected of them, to maintain high expectations, and to create an environment that makes it comfortable to receive and give feedback. Don’t take anyone for granted! Make sure our workplace isn’t regarded as the place where “fun goes to die!”

Some quotes from the Retreat

“Never ask people to do anything you’re not willing to do yourself.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“DWYSYD (do what you say you’ll do)” -Anonymous

“It’s not about personality, it’s about behavior.” -Kouses & Posner

” …to commit to having pride in what we do, performing at the highest level and always promoting the enterprise and not ourselves.” -Garrey Carruthers

“You do big things by doing a lot of small things.” -Unattributed

“We need to focus on our students. They are our core business and without their academic success, we don’t have success as a university.” -Garrey Carruthers


Please leave your thoughts below. I especially encourage members of the Executive Leadership Team to leave your comments on what you took away from the retreat.

Activity Report, July 26

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

  • Dr. Montoya and ASNMSU representatives Lydia Hammond and Collin King attended the first meeting of the Legislative Lottery Scholarship Work Group by the New Mexico Higher Education Department onJuly 25.
  • Dr. Montoya attended a table-top emergency preparedness exercise on Monday, July 22, 2013. The scenario was a case of salmonella that infected students, employees, and the 4-H Conference on campus. The mock drill included individuals from various departments on campus and off-campus agencies that would respond to such an incident. The evaluation demonstrated that we seem to understand the protocols for an emergency; evidence of this include our monitoring of social media and our communication up and down the chain of command.
  • Enrollment at NMSU-Las Cruces campus remains 7% below where it was this time last year; student headcount is down 4% compared to last year. Graduate enrollment is 7.5% below last year, and undergraduate enrollment is 6.6% below last year.
  • System enrollment remains 8% below where it was this time last year; student credit hours are down 7% compared to last year.
  • SAEM was fairly quiet this week: We have had a slow but steady stream of visitors in our offices, and staff have been preparing for the upcoming semester. For the convenience of visiting families, offices in Educational Services will be open from 9-3 on Sunday, August 18 for Move-in Day.

University Admissions, Ms. Valerie Pickett

  • Four staff members are attending the Hobson’s User Conference to learn about the new functions in the Hobson’s Apply Yourself and Connect programs. These programs comprise the main software packages for undergraduate and graduate recruitment and applications.
  • Currently, over 250 incoming freshmen have registered to attend the two upcoming New Student Registration programs on August 1 and 2.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant

  • We recently implemented a tracking system for student interactions that will allow us to anticipate traffic flows, manage staff, and provide training to better serve our students’ needs. According to this data, last week, which was comparatively slow, the office handled over 900 student visits, phone calls, and emails.
  • Four staff members from the Financial Aid office attended the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators from July 13–17 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They attended sessions on new regulations, collaborative efforts, and office practices. One session of interest was on a phone and email system that allowed staff to increase their call completion rate and turnaround time on email contacts. We plan to incorporate learning from this conference in goals and projects to work on this academic year.
  • The Financial Aid office reorganized advisors to improve customer service and to facilitate the compliance with reporting requirements. One Advisor, Jill Hall, will work exclusively on student reports; other Financial Aid Advisors will serve students according to the last two digits of the Aggie ID as follows: Jennifer Smith, 00–24; Veronica Llanez, 24–49; Cyrena Alfaro, 50–74; Tim Smith, 75–99.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • Results from last Fall’s QuickConnect Early Alert and Intervention Program efforts demonstrated the benefit of this program for our students. There is evidence that indicates students who are contacted are more likely to pass the course than students who are not contacted. For the upcoming semester, QuickConnect will collaborate more closely with Housing and the Colleges. These results, which were based on a study by Institutional Analysis, are posted at http://ssc.nmsu.edu/zuhl/quickconnect/index.html.

Health and Wellness, Ms. Lori McKee

  • Heavy weekend programming  for Activity and Aquatic Center: The Activity and Aquatics Centers hosted the New Mexico Swimming Long Course Championships and the campushealthcenterNMSU Volleyball Camp for high school teams last weekend. Hundreds of athletes from around the state participated in these events.
  • CHC serves as film set for CMI students: The Campus Health Center was a film set on July 25 for a Creative Media Institute student project. The CHC has been featured in many student film projects as the location is an excellent backdrop for scenarios involving medical care. Thursday’s shooting included 10 actors and crew members.

Office of Student Diversity and Outreach, Ms. Christina Chavez Kelley

  • In partnership with University Admissions and Financial Aid, the American Indian Program hosted 50 ninth to eleventh graders at the American Indian Student Center last week.
  • OSD offices are planning assessment efforts for the upcoming year. The American Indian Program is conducting a longitudinal study of their Peer Mentor Program. Black Programs will survey African American students to learn how we can better assist them with their academic programs.
  • This semester, Black Programs is starting a Community Mentor Program that will match successful African American men who are business owners or faculty members as mentors for African American men students at NMSU.
  • Joe Graham presented “Steps Forward—Tribal-Institutional Engagement” to 60 faculty, staff, students, and community members at the RISE 2013 Health Disparities Symposium.

Staff Highlights

  • Rahman Anjourn, Academic Advisor for student athletes, accepted a position with the National Football League (Kansas City Chiefs). We wish him well in his new position!
  • The Campus Health Center has hired three nursing staff personnel due to recent vacancies. In addition, Joyce Jameson Cohorn, administrative assistant, will retire effective September 1, 2013 after 25 years of service. This position will be posted internally on campus.

Lessons from Penn State at APLU

Hera are more notes from VP Montoya’s trip to APLU in Wisconsin. This year, the focus was on 5 main topics: Persistence, Progress and Programs; Lessons Learned from Penn State; Technology and Student Development; Fundraising in Student Affairs; and Federal Legislation Impacting Student Affairs. Watch the website over the next few weeks for more from this conference.

Lessons learned from Penn State

Attributed to Jim, the Photographer on Flickr

Attributed to Jim, the Photographer on Flickr

If one word summed up this entire 2-hour lecture, it is compliance! The VP for Student Affairs from Penn State shared his experience during the challenging scandal that recently rocked the Penn State campus. He shared lessons learned about the importance of being able to separate what is in the best interest of the institution and what we regard as personal friendships/relationships. Being “professionally courageous” and having the will to have open and honest conversations with colleagues was of utmost importance. He said that we must always be candid with students and their families, and that we have to work to develop legitimacy and earn the credibility to speak to others by fostering good relationships. He encouraged us to rely on our professional instincts, and never sit silently when we know there is a concern. As he plainly put it, “don’t hunker in your bunker”. Don’t panic, and be courageous.

We were reminded that emergency plans don’t always prepare us for crises. It was suggested that as institutions, we aren’t always as attentive as we should be to compliance issues. Clery Act compliance was one example. We often have inadequate programs, particularly as it relates to programs for children and their protection. He gave an example of retiree programs that lend themselves to too many “loose opportunities” to engage with others on campus. Lastly, he suggested that we look closely where we might fall short in the areas of compliance, and although we have to take a long view of certain situations, we need to react to immediate needs. He reminded us that while we may have to deal with crises situations, we also have jobs to do as VP’s for Student Affairs.

Activity Report, July 19

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

SAEM Leadership team on the 2013 retreat.

SAEM Leadership team on the 2013 retreat.

  • Bernadette Montoya and Jeremy Witte, Governmental Affairs Director for ASNMSU, were appointed to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship Work Group by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. This group is looking into long-term solvency issues with the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship and will have their first meeting next week at NMSU’s Albuquerque Center.
  • The Executive Team of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management attended a 2-day retreat to work on team-building and leadership development, based on the five principles of the Leadership Challenge, by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. This is the third year for this event.
  • Enrollment for the Las Cruces campus continues to be down about 5% in headcount compared to last year and 2% in credit hours. Graduate students are down about 7%, and undergraduates are down 5%. These numbers have remained steady since early July.
  • All campuses continue to show a greater drop in headcount than in credit hours as students take more courses at their home campuses. System-wide, we are down 7.3% in headcount and 6.5% in credit hours. These numbers show a slight improvement since early July.

University Admissions, Ms. Valerie Pickett

Incoming Aggies at the annual Aggie Send Off in Phoenix.

Incoming Aggies at the annual Aggie Send Off in Phoenix.

  • In partnership with the NMSU Alumni — Phoenix Chapter, University Admissions hosted a Summer Send Off for incoming students from Arizona. Over 20 students and their families joined us at an Arizona Diamondbacks game on July 13. Representatives from the NMSU Foundation, College of Education, and College of Health and Social Services also attended.
  • The Albuquerque Summer Send Off will be held July 27, 2013 at the NMSU Albuquerque Center.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant

  • University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services Office announced this week that they will pay loans for freshman, first-time borrowers 30 days after the semester starts. This will help us ensure that the financial aid students receive accurately reflects the financial aid students are eligible for. Communications to the campus community about this change will be distributed next week.
  • When the waiting list for work-study awards opened this week, staff were greeted by a line of ambitious students when the office opened at 8 am. Work study is awarded for students according to their financial need, and students who are not awarded the funds could apply starting July 15. Students earned nearly $2.4 million in work-study funds for the 2012–13 academic year. Of that, 73% went to students on the Las Cruces campus; 15% to Doña Ana, 7% to Alamogordo, 3% to Carlsbad, and 2% to Grants.

Student Engagement, Dr. Terry Cook

  • Terry Cook was named Co-Chair of the NMSU Academic Advising Council. The Council, comprised of faculty and staff academic advisors, reviews and recommends policy changes related to advising to university leadership.
  • Staff from Student Support Services, Student Success Center, and Career Services are completing the Inceptia Certified Financial Manager Program modules. These staff members will be providing one-on-one instruction with students in TRiO programs, Red to Green Financial Literacy Program, and UNIV courses.
  • Career Services: Kevin Andrew and Roseanne Bensley attended The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Management Leadership Institute Professionals in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Student Success Center: Anthony Marin attended a Pearson Publishing sponsored Student Success Lab Technology Institute, in Boston, Massachusetts. This institute provides training related to resources utilized in The Freshman Year Experience Course (UNIV 150) and an opportunity to give feedback for curriculum development.

Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek

  • Counseling Center and Student Development: To improve compliance with state laws, ethical codes, and HIPPA, the Counseling Center upgraded software for scheduling and client records this week, and they are working with ICT to have a separate server for schedules and records.
  • Michael Jasek is collaborating with Tomas Aguirre, the new Dean of Students at University of New Mexico, to build connections between the two offices regarding programs and services.

Office of Student Diversity and Outreach, Ms. Christina Chavez Kelley

NMSU's Justin McHorse (left) and Michael Ray (right) meet with Chief Sisk.

NMSU’s Justin McHorse (left) and Michael Ray (right) meet with Chief Sisk.

  • “Defeating Violence against Women One Step at a Time,” an article by Jessica Spohn, Coordinator of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center, was published by One Student and is posted at http://onestudent.org/defeating-violence-against-women-one-step-at-a-time/
  • OSDO staff hosted students and teachers from La Academia Dolores Huerta; a youth group from Anthony, New Mexico; Samantha Romero from Teach for America; and Chief Caleen Sisk, who was the keynote speaker at the RISE 2013 Health Disparities Symposium.

Albuquerque Center, Ms. Veronica Chavez Neuman

  • The Albuquerque Center completed the first use of its new Mondopad for content delivery for an Advanced Standing Social Work class this week. This technology will allow the Center to received content via portable 55” interactive television (ITV) system.

Staff Highlights

  • Two new recruiters started at NMSU this week. Jackie Soto came to NMSU following work in law enforcement and Gustavo Guzman joined Admissions from University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.

Update on Strategic Planning and Annual Report

 Last year we published our first Annual Report, which covered the 11-12 academic year. We also published a Strategic Implementation PAnnualReportlan.

SAEM leadership is currently updating these documents, and we expect an update to be available in mid to late September.

This year’s, however, we plan to merge these two documents into one. In this single document, we will report on our progress on the plan for previous year and update our goals for the future. In this way, we are seeking to make our plan functional and operational — a guiding document that we refer to regularly.

NMSU President promised at his first Board of Regents meeting in June to move quickly to introduce Vision 2020, a strategic plan that is built on the foundation of earlier work.  Our plan aligns with the goals in this plan, and we particularly align with the goals of Graduation, Diversity, Resource Stewardship, and Community. Our primary function at NMSU is to assist all of our students achieve their educational goals. We seek to make sure each student feels welcome, valued, and encouraged to achieve at his or her fullest potential. We help them overcome obstacles to their studies, and we help them form the ties to the NMSU community that can help students persist to their degrees.