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Activity Report, December 6

Office of the Vice President

Dr. Bernadette Montoya celebrated the accomplishments of our students at the Lavender Graduation Dinner on December 6. American Indian Program also celebrated Fall Graduating Students on December 5.

We continue to wait on HED to provide updated information on Lottery percentages for the spring semester.  At this time, NMSU remains committed to funding 60% of tuition regardless of HED’s final decision.  Students on major academic scholarships will remain funded at 100%.

The Vice President’s Office is finalizing the strategic plan.  It will be released to the campus community in early January.

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Activity Report, November 22

Office of the Vice President

Lydia Hammond (left), Jermy Witte (center), and Sage Peterson (right) attended a Legislative Lottery Scholarship meeting in Santa Fe.

Lydia Hammond (left), Jeremy Witte (center), and Sage Peterson (right) attended a Legislative Lottery Scholarship meeting in Santa Fe.

Last week, stories of the Legislative Lottery Scholarship appeared in newspapers coast to coast and included local media in Las Cruces, Silver City, Alamogordo, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque; plus national media in Lexington, Kentucky; Miami; Kansas City; San Francisco; Connecticut; Olympia, Washington; plus Higher Education News.

On November 21, Dr. Bernadette Montoya and Dr. Dan Howard met with state legislators at NMSU’s Albuquerque Center to discuss the Legislative Lottery Scholarship. Students Jeremy Witte, Sage Peterson, and Lydia Hammond, who have all been strong advocates for the Lottery program, also attended. They also discussed the Lottery Scholarship with the Legislative Education Study Committee and the Legislative Finance Committee in Santa Fe.

On November 22, Dr. Montoya participated in a phone conference by the New Mexico Higher Education Department to discuss the Legislative Lottery Scholarship in regards to the upcoming spring 2014 semester. HED plans to issue a communication to New Mexico institutions next week.

Dr. Montoya attended the NMSU Multicultural Greek Council Charter Reception on November 19; it was a pleasure to meet with enthusiastic members of the campus’ Greek community.

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October Update to Board of Regents

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Activity Report, November 15

Office of the Vice President

Dr. Bernadette Montoya (left) and President Garrey Carruthers (right) at the 2013 APLU Annual Meeting.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya (left) and President Garrey Carruthers (right) at the 2013 APLU Annual Meeting.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya attended the 2013 Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Annual Meeting from November 10–12 along with 500 other higher education professionals. The APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing 219 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and related organizations.

Dr. Montoya moderated a presidential panel on strategic planning at the APLU Annual Meeting, and President Garrey Carruthers was a member. They wowed the crowd with their rendition of Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” at the end of the panel.

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Activity Report, November 8

Office of the Vice President

Dr. Montoya speaks at this year’s Student Leadership Conference.

Dr. Montoya speaks at this year’s Student Leadership Conference.

SAEM staff voted on a new mission statement at the SAEM staff picnic on October 25. The new mission statement is: SAEM empowers students by engaging them in all aspects of the student experience. We encourage students to learn through discovery of self, others, and their world to become effective members of their community. This aligns most closely with NMSU’s Vision 2020 goals of graduation and diversity.

Dr. Montoya and President Garrey Carruthers collaborated on their preparation for a presidential panel on strategic planning at 2013 Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Annual Meeting. Dr. Carruthers will be a panelist and Dr. Montoya will be a moderator.

SAEM colleagues were able to win a lunch with the Vice President at our Homecoming event, and on November 5, Dr. Montoya enjoyed a lunch with Tey Price of the Counseling Center. Tey started working at NMSU as a student employee in Athletics in 2008; he moved to SAEM in 2011 as a graduate assistant and has been with us since then.

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