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SAEM Values


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Last summer, we started talking about values at the Open Forums, then through a discussion post that we were all asked to comment on.  From that, a wordle was created.  Since then, our SAEM Advisory Team has done some work around this.  This fall, they grouped similar ideas and  worked on definitions for our values. What you see to your left is the result of our work, and what our SAEM values look like in our daily practices of serving the NMSU community.

Thanks to all members of SAEM who contributed to this. We heard from many of you at last year’s Open Forums and in the discussion post that this type of document is important in defining who we are and what we believe. You also told us that the process is important in giving staff a voice in our direction as a unit.

You still have that voice. Share with us what you think by providing your comment below.

SAEM Values (pdf)


Dates for Staff Recognition, Open Forums, and Presidential Visits

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April 12, 2013
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Educational Services Building Lobby
Drop by anytime between 2:30 and 4:30 to recognize the service and educational milestones of your SAEM colleagues. 

Presidential Visits
April 22-May 3, 2013
Times and places will be announced
Candidates for the NMSU President will hold forums open to all staff.

SAEM Open Forum
May 16, 2013
10:30 am and 1:30 pm,  Doña Ana Room, Corbett Center Student Union 3rd floor
Vice President Montoya will update staff on NMSU and SAEM news. Employees can attend one of the two sessions.




Board of Regents Meeting

Dr. Montoya’s presentation from the March BOR meeting.

Win Aggie basketball tickets!

Come out and support your Aggie men’s basketball team by winning some free tickets! The SAEM Vice President’s Office is giving away a total of 100 free tickets! 50 tickets will be available to the basketball game on March 7 against Louisiana Tech and 50 tickets to the game on March 9 against UT Arlington.

To win free tickets, leave a comment stating how many you want (limit 4 free tickets) and which game you want to attend. Tickets will be given out on a first-come-first served basis. If you want more than 4, you can get extra tickets at the group rate of $5 per ticket at the Ticket Office. Just ask for the SAEM group rate. (You must be an employee of SAEM to recieve the group rate or win tickets.)

Seats will be located in the upper bowl (Section 222), and SAEM will be recognized on the scoreboard, and a shout-out to SAEM from the announcer at each game.

Come out and enjoy a great game and cheer on the Aggies!



Association of Student Conduct Administration (Jasek)

February 6-10, 2013
St. Pete Beach, Florida

This conference had three featured presentations:

Men and Masculinities by Shaun Harper

  • Harper spoke about the socialization of men to be rough and tumbled. We reward behavior which causes males to be tough and not show emotions. However, our code of conducts penalizes such behavior. Harper talked about ways of working with men to begin to change the rough aspects of masculinity into male citizens, which positively contribute to our institutions. Harper also shared information on recent research he has conducted which focuses on males in institutions of higher education that exemplify what are considered good/outstanding quality. Shaun Harper is co-author of College Men and Masculinities: Theory, Research, and Implications for Practice (2010)

Legislative Updates by John Lowery

  • Lowery spoke of the matters looked at by the 112th and 113th Congress and discussed how these bills/acts may impact higher education
    • Violence Against Women Act – this act did not pass in the 112th congress. However, it will be reintroduced in the 113th. If passed, the revisions may impact the reporting areas of the Cleary Act. The measures would add domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as areas to report. Campuses will need to have written explanations of the rights and options for victims of these crimes as well as sexual assault. The Senate passed their version of the Violence Against Women Act on February 12, 2013
  • Cleary Act: Fines for violations on the reporting of Cleary can move up from $27,500 to $35,000 for each violation. There is discussion of having different amounts depending on the size of a campus.
  • Concealed Handgun Laws: Currently there are two states which allow concealed handguns to be carried on campus (Mississippi and Wisconsin). In 2013, eight states have initiated such laws in their state legislatures. Currently, New Mexico does not have such a law. However, Texas is one of the eight in the process.

Case Law Updates by Bill Fischer, W. Scott Lewis, and Saundra K. Schuster

  • A teacher who makes accommodations in the classroom for a student with a disability only sets the precedence for that specific class. The institution is not required to provide the same accommodation campus wide.
  • Due process, as set by an institution, must be followed. Small mistakes may not be reason for finding in favor of the student. However, a series of small mistakes can add up to be enough to consider a violation of student rights.

Behavioral Intervention Teams

  • Set the mission statement of the BIT
  • Create procedures for the ways the BIT will respond to issues
  • Conduct a yearly retreat for the BIT to
    • Review procedures
    • Review cases
    • Review FERPA and FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)
    • Develop a marketing plan so others know and understand the BIT
    • Read The Handbook for Campus Threat Assessment & Management Teams by Deisinger, G., Randazzo, M. O’Neill, D. & Savage, J.

Side note

Attending ASCA reminded me about the importance of continuing our education as professionals. When we stop going to conferences or reading books, articles, or journals we stop growing. We end up doing the same thing year after year. Eventually, our services become outdated. This hurts us as professionals and our students. The students at NMSU deserve the best. Attending conferences is a great way to learn current best practices and to connect with colleagues across the nation. It also allows us to gauge where we are as an institution. This past conference let me know we are doing some things better than other institutions (or maybe the first) and there are areas we need to improve. Finally, conferences can rejuvenate us in our jobs and creates a refocus of our energies.

Contributed by Michael Jasek, Dean of Students


Employee Council Chair-Elect

Congratulations to Monica Dunivan of Military and Veterans Programs on her election to Chair-Elect of NMSU’s Employee Council. The Chair-Elect position starts a 3-year leadership cycle which  includes being the next Chair and then Past Chair. As Chair-Elect, Monica will fill in for the Chair when necessary at Employee Council, Admin Council and Board of Regents meetings.

The purpose of the Employee Council is to:

  • Investigate matters involving the policies and procedures of the administration of the university.
  • Make recommendations based on such investigations to the president of the university.
  • Establish and maintain an organization of the university staff

a. To provide communication between the staff and the administration of the university.
b. To provide communication among the several parts of the university staff.

Please take a moment to congratulate Monica!

Microsoft Excel Basics & Beyond Basics Seminars (Career Services staff)

Event: Microsoft Excel Basics & Beyond the Basics 2007/2010 Seminars
Dates: November 8 – 9, 2012
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Instructor: Rodney Mohammad, Microsoft Office Specialist
Attendees: Chuck Morgan, Donna Heath, Lorena Diaz, Marilyn Alejo

In the Microsoft Excel seminars, we learned new techniques and shortcuts to help us work more efficiently and be more productive.  Some of the information which was covered in each session is as follows:

Microsoft® Excel® 2007/2010 Basics

(Beginning to Intermediate Users)

  • Design and organize professional looking worksheets
  • Formulas and functions
  • Charts and graphs
  • Copy, move, delete, insert or replace anything in a worksheet with ease
  • Solve common printing problems
  • Create and use simple macros to automate repetitive tasks
  • Sorted, organized, calculated, and analyzed spreadsheets
  • Group and Filter Data

Excel® 2007/2010: Beyond the Basics

  • Create, manage, and modify Pivot Tables
  • Power tips and surprising shortcuts
  • Adding eye-catching graphics to charts, graphs, tables and reports
  • Data Filtering, Querying, and Analyzing data
  • Sharing Excel Across Workgroups
  • Using Lookup and Database Functions
  • Exploring Custom Views and Formatting

Some of our many A-ha moments:





















Three Career Services staff earn certification

Congratulations to NMSU Career Services staff members Elizabeth Ortega, Coordinator for Employer Relations, Roseanne Bensley, Associate Director and Yvonne Franco, Career Resource Coordinator! They were recently certified as Global Career Development Facilitators (GCDF) through the GCDF Training Program. The curriculum addresses major career development areas and provides up-to-date resources providing relevant skills and knowledge to assist others in planning careers and advising clients on the procedures to obtain meaningful work.

The GCDF credential was developed to provide standardized competencies, training specifications and credentialing for career providers.

Federal Student Aid Conference 2012

On November 27–November 30, 2012, Marlene Melendez, Valeria Olsson, and Irma Chavarria attended the FSA (Federal Student Aid) Conference, given by the office of the U.S. Department of Education in Orlando, Florida. People attending this conference included Financial Aid Administrators, Admissions Officers, Foreign School Administrators, and Private Auditors and Accountants.

Leveraging Social Media to Drive Awareness and Increase Engagement with Students

Attendee: Marlene Melendez

Social media is becoming a part of our culture and another mode of communication. If done successfully, it can be a very productive way to take customer service to the next level.  The Department of Education has done its work in the way of engaging students through social media.  After two years of listening to constituents and using sites like Board Reader and Social Mention, the Department of Education has several new social networking sites that are available to everyone at FacebookTwitterYouTubeStorify , and Visual.ly.

The Department of Education has also revamped its own website, combining 5  sites into a student friendly, visually appealing website, StudentAid.gov.

The presenter also gave some great resources on starting to use social media. A unit that is considering using social media should begin with a plan and begin by identifying key words. Set up a search and be prepared to hear the good with the bad.  Once you have gathered information, create relevant content and identify key customer issues.  Remember that visuals, imaging and pictures can make a difference.

Federal Updates

Attendee: Valeria Olsson

Below are details about a few of the changes we will be dealing with in our work area.

  • Maximum Pell award for Academic Year 2013-2014 will increase from $5,550 to $5,635 for students with an EFC of zero. Total Pell grant recipients have increased by 50% since 2008, and simplification of FAFSA has increased the number of applications by 30% since 2009.
  • The maximum duration of a student’s eligibility to receive a Pell grant is 600% or 12 semesters, effective AY 2012-2013. The Common Origination and Disbursement Website is the official website to determine Pell lifetime eligibility, but only Financial Aid personnel have access. Pell current 30-day disbursement reporting date will change to 15-day reporting time frame in the near future.
  • Federal government is working on different ways to help students manage their debt. Under the Income Based Repayment Plan (IBR), the cap repayment of loans will decrease from 15% to 10% of monthly income, and the loan forgiveness program will be reduced from 25 to 20 years effective July 1, 2014.
  • Subsidized loans will not accrue interest during the grace period if the borrowing time frame is between 07/01/12 and 07/01/14. In addition, if students exceed the 150% Academic Program allowance, any subsidized loans disbursed after 07/01/2013 will lose their subsidy.

In addition, Financial Aid will be:

  • Promoting the use of College Score Cards and Financial Aid Shopping Sheet to better educate students about Cost of Attendance, Net Price calculator, grants, loan options, graduation rates, default rates and student loan debt facts.
  • Increasing the social media interaction by combining different federal student aid websites into a single website: studentaid.gov.



Verification changes for 2012-2014 

Attendee: Irma Chavarria

Verified files will retain all items verified in 2012-2013 year with an addition of two new items which are

  1. High school completion status
  2. Identity/Statement of Education Purpose

Documentation of high school completion status or recognized equivalent of a high school diploma

  1. General Educational  Development (GED) Certificate
  2. State certificate received by a student after the student has passed a state-authorized examination that the state recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma
  3. Academic transcript of a student who has successfully completed at least a 2 year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree, or
  4. For a student who is seeking enrollment in an educational program that leads to at least an associate degree and has not completed high school, documentation from the high school that the student excelled academically in high school.

Documentation of home school completion status

  1. Home schooled- Transcript or the equivalent, signed by the parent or guardian that lists the secondary school courses completed by the applicant and documents  the successful completion of a secondary school education or
  2. A secondary school completion credential for home school provided for under State Law

Documentation of identity and statement of educational purpose

  1. Applicant must submit a documentation of identity in person, with a valid government issued ID (driver’s license, non-driver’s license or passport) and
  2. A signed statement of educational purpose

If unable to appear in person then a copy of government issued ID and original notarized statement of educational purpose signed by the applicant.



Applicants will be placed into one of the following tracking groups by Department of Ed:

V1. Selected based on standard verification criteria like 12-13, with 2 new items Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP- Food Stamps) and Child support paid.

V2. SNAP only

V3. Child support paid

V4. High school completion status, Identity/statement of educational purpose, SNAP, child support paid

V5. Standard verification criteria, high school completion status, Identity/statement of educational purpose

  1. For tax filers same as Group V1
  2. For non- tax filers same as Group V1

*Institution may select additional applicant or verify additional items for an applicant.


AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability) Management Institutes 2013 (Luken)

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January 31 – February 2, 2013
Westin at Long Beach, California
Submitted by: Trudy M Luken, Director, Student Accessibility Services

AHEAD sponsored the following four institutes on January 31 and February 1, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Institute #1:  The Institute for New and Newer Disability Services Managers.
  • Institute #2:  Creating the Future:  Tools and Techniques to Strategically Lead and Enhance Disability Services.
  • Institute #3:  Disability Services in the Community College:  Key Issues and Best Practices.

Institute #4:  “Writing to Win!  Grant Proposal Writing and Program Planning.”

Presenter:  Stephan Hamlin-Smith, executive director of AHEAD.  He directs the overall operations, staff, public engagement, member services, funding, and external relations of the organization that currently serves over 2,700 institutional and individual members in 17 countries. In addition to a long history of his own successful writing and planning work, Stephan became certified by the Grantsmanship Center, and has taught corporate, higher education, and non-profit professionals strategic grant writing and program planning since 1992. He often serves as an expert reviewer for foundation and governmental grant competitions.

This intensive interactive course focused on three major areas:

  • Essential elements and processes of program planning. Developing an understanding that “it’s all about the program” was stressed. Instead of addressing program development and evaluation as separate from the writing of a proposal, the instruction focused on building the crucial relationship between overall program planning and grant writing.
  • Funding and support research. This included the essential elements of foundation, corporation, and government grant research. As research was identified as an integrated part of the grant seeking process,  we were taught how to use research as a crucial component of the strategic grant acquisition effort.
  • Professional quality grant composition. In addition to addressing the basic components of a grant proposal, the instruction infused expert principles in the formation of mastering the process. Strategies resulted in an integrated, multi-dimensional, and dynamic endeavor.


AHEAD Plenary Session, “Disability in the News:  A Review of Important Cases, Letters, and Guidance that Impact Your Work.”

Presenter:  Paul Grossman, University of California, Hastings College of Law

The legal landscape post-ADA AA continues to be active in employment, facilities, and education settings. Higher education administrators need to pay attention to current regulations and recent legal cases and developments in order to make informed decisions for their campuses. This review presented what has taken place in the Federal Courts and the Office for Civil Rights over the past year, and how the court cases impact our individual institutional missions and students. Highlighted content included guidance about fundamental alterations and academic requirements.

Submitted by: Trudy M Luken, Director, Student Accessibility Services

Student Veterans of America National Conference (SVA) 2012

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January 3rd through 6th, 2012
Florida Hotel & Conference Center, Orlando, Florida
“National Network – Local Impact”

Key Learning:

  1. More clear data must be gathered to accurately track the graduation rates of veterans.  This starts with the individual universities.
    1. Drop out rates according to the 2010 Survey of Veterans
    2. i.     68% completed programs with the VA Benefits
    3. ii.     60% of all veterans have some sort of college education (and/or degree) or higher
  1. Many resources for university/colleges to help model successful veteran programs
    1. Framework for Success
    2. Pat Tillman Foundation
    3. Operation College Promise
  2. Access to information
    1. Extremely beneficial for schools to ask, “have you ever served or currently serve in the Armed Forces?”
    2. Creates self-disclosure of status
    3. Able to legally share information on students that are veterans with SVA of that school
  3. Veterans need to network
    1. Resource for vetarans is a book entitled“Networking for Veterans”
  4. Need to create and implement a more effective means of letting veterans know of their benefits
    1.  Only 58% of post 9/11 veterans know they have Education benefits
  5. Many corporate partners are available to the veteran for a job after they graduate.  Also, many mentorship, scholarship, and support companies are available to the student veterans.  They want veterans…. Veterans are disciplined, detailed orientated, loyal, team player, problem solver
  6. Media Portrayals of veterans – What the media wants to report about veterans rather than the facts
  7.  “SERV” (Serving Every Returning Veteran) – UNLV developed a 50-minute training that tackles the subjects of veterans; realities of PTSD, transitions, misperceptions, etc. Faculty and administrators are required to attend it. “COGNITO” – 30 min/online course.  Currently a pilot program from The Richard Stockton College, but willing to share with other schools.  Subject matter same as “SERV”.
  8. Several schools highlighted their success and challenges with veteran programs.

10. What is it to be a leader in school and a future community leader after graduation?


Michael Dakduk – SVA Executive Director

Honorable Eric K. Shinseki – Secretary of Veteran Affairs

George W Casey, Jr., General, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army (Ret) – SVA Honorary Board of Advisors.

Jacob Wood – President & Co-Founder, Team Rubicon

Dr. Eric J. Barron – President, Florida State University

Kevin L. Preston, COL (ret) – Director of Veterans Affairs, Walt Disney Company/ESPN

Rodrigo Garcia – Chairman of SVA Board of Directors

Dr. David DaRamio – Auburn University

Dr. Jennifer Steele – RAND Corporation

David Pullmen – National Student Clearing House

Libby Sander – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Leo Shane – Stars and Stripes

Ross D. Bryant – UNLV Enrollment & Student Services

Tom O’Donnell – The Richard Stockton College

Tommy Davis – The George Washington University

Glen Ziga – DeVry Military Resource Club

Darren Phelps – Chief of Staff: Veteran Campaign Program Assistant: Center for Second Service

Teresa C. Becker – Deloitte

Brian Hawthorne – Reingold Group

Jim McMahon – Travelers

Mark Eberlin – Edward Jones

David Smith – Bank of America

Erin Militello – VA Health Care

Duane Hardesty – Northrop Grumman

James Schmeling, J.D. – Institute for Veterans and Military Families (Syracuse University)

Lisa Stern – Wounded Warrior Project

Creating Change Conference 2013 (Horn)

Creating Change Conference
January 22-27, 2013
Atlanta, Georgia
Submitted by: Sharna Horn, Coordinator, Sexual Gender Diversity Resource Center

A Conversation About Student Athletes

Presenters and their affiliation: Lea Robinson (Columbia University) and Justin Adkins (Williams College)

This presentation highlighted how GLBTQ campus centers can engage student athletes, break down barriers for GLBTQ student athletes, and provide resources for Athletics coaches and administration. I learned about the importance of cross collaboration in meeting the diverse needs of our GLBTQ student population. For example, I am working with Athletics to create a safe and supportive discussion group at the SGDRC after hours for collaborating our GLBTQ student athletes on campus. This would provide our students a place to gather and meet others like them on campus. A university on the east coast has been doing this for a few years and they have had great success.

Thank your for your service!


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.


Students are at the heart of our work

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.

Welcome to the Spring 2013 Semester!

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!

Terry Cook goes Above and Beyond!

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.

Come by the Holiday Reception on December 20th!

Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs Conference (Hicks)

Jackson Square, New Orleans, by Wally Gobetz from Flickr

Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP)
41st Annual Conference
November 24-28, 2012
Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana 

General Session I
Speakers:  Dr. Evelyn Rivera-Torres, Chair Council for Opportunity in Education Board of Directors
Austin Badon, Louisiana State Representative
Wesley T. Bishop, Louisiana State Representative, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs – Southern University at New Orleans

The SWASAP Conference opened with a welcome from New Orleans State Representative Austin Badon.  He brought a welcome from the Mayor of Louisiana as well as a Proclamation from Louisiana State Representatives declaring November 24-26 to be SWASAP Annual Conference days.

Dr. Evelyn Rivera-Torres brought a welcome from the Council of Opportunity in Education.  She relayed her story of growing up a first generation, low-income student trying to pursue a college degree.  She spoke about the hurdles she encountered and not knowing how to apply for college and lacking knowledge of financial aid.  She discussed how she overcame the barriers and stressed these are the same barriers that TRIO students face on a daily basis – not knowing or having any guidance.  Perseverance was her friend in helping her to overcome the barriers.  She did not have the TRIO Programs.  Dr. Torres challenged the TRIO Community to continue aiding first generation, low-income students.


General Session II
Speaker:   Dr. Arnold Mitchem, President Council for Opportunity in Education

Dr. Mitchem is the “Father” of the TRiO movement.  He is retiring this year. Dr. Mitchem updated the TRiO community on the effect of the Financial Clift will have on TRiO Programs.  Basically, Trio programs may incur an 8.2% cut in funding (per program).  Dr. Mitchem also enlightened attendees on the political climate in Washington.


TRiO Achievers Luncheon
Arkansas:             Bridgette Bass – Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC)
Louisiana:            Judge Jolivette Brown, United States District Court Judge – Upward Bound
Oklahoma:           Chris Hicks – Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC)
New Mexico:        Father James McGowan – Student Support Services (SSS)
Texas:                    Paola Bonham – Educational Talent Search Program (ETS)


Concurrent Workshop – Track 2 Program Development/Evaluation
Creating and Updating your Policy and Procedures Manual
Presenter – Kimberly Caruso, Assistant Director Math Science Upward Bound/LA

  • Provided a tool to create a Policy and Procedures Manual for TRiO Programs.
  • This will be a manual of operation and will include training materials for TRiO staff.


General Session III
Speaker:  Patrick M. Dobard, Deputy Superintendent of Community and Policy, Recovery School District

  • Discussed the state of education and the role of a University President.
  • The life of a university president is 6 years.  A university president starts and pushes an agenda, based on the demands of the university community they serve.


Concurrent Workshop – Track 2 Program Development/Evaluation
Preparing Now for SSS Data Collection
Presenter – Elizabeth Retamozo, Executive Director of the NOSOTROS Education Center

  • Prepared the TRIO Student Support Services Community for the upcoming Annual Performance Report and the development of information for the next RFP for Student Support Services Grants.


Concurrent Workshop – Track 2 Program Development/Evaluation
Using SSS Grants as a Teaching and Learning Tool
Presenter – Don Barker, Director Student Support Services, Northwestern State

  • Mr. Barker showed strategies for using Student Support Services grant in the Academic Colleges.
  • Talked about some of the advantages which would enhance the colleges’ services by assisting students with services based on what can be offered by the grant (tutoring, mentoring, graduate school applications).


Concurrent Workshop – Track 2 Program Development/Evaluation
Keeping it real:  Implementing a Realistic and Effective Evaluation Plan
Presenter – Elizabeth Retamozo, Executive Director of the NOSOTROS Education Center

  • The presenter discussed the information each program should collect to evaluate the effectiveness of program services.
  • Also discussed were methods to analyze data collected.

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Speaker: Linda Byrd Johnson – Senior Director of Student Services, US. Department of Education – Virtual Presentation

  • Department worked this year to strategically align TRiO programs to focus on postsecondary completion by:
  1. Turning around persistently low achieving schools
  2. Enabling more data-based decision making
  3. Improving productivity
  • The Department of Education is interested in best practices used to achieve the aforementioned objectives.
  • Presented the annual funding information: the number of funded TRiO programs
  • Upward Bound: 826 awards totaling $268,136,305
  • Upward Bound Math Science: 166 awards totaling $44,141,410
  • Veterans Upward Bound: 51 awards totaling $14,392,377
  • Ronald McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement: 158 awards totaling $37,270,374
  • Educational Opportunity Centers: 126 awards totaling $45,901,792
  • Student Support Services: 1,028 awards totaling $290,325,810
  • Talent Search: 454 awards totaling $135,968,652


Submitted by: Carol B. Hicks, Director TRIO Student Support Services Program







NMSU receives national diversity award

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

Screening of The Time is Now

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