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Activity Report, January 23, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya and Carla Villareal, Student Aid for SAEM, enjoyed their time at the Hispano Roundtable Dinner.

Dr. Montoya and Carla Villareal, Student Aid for SAEM, enjoyed their time at the Hispano Roundtable Dinner.

The Hispano Roundtable Dinner was held Wednesday, January 21 in Santa Fe. Attendees included Dr. Bernadette Montoya, Carla Villareal, Wesley Jackson, Allison Valdez, and Janet Green.

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Activity Report, January 16, 2015

New members of Lambda Chi Alpha spent Sunday, January 11 collecting non-perishable food items for the local food bank at Wal-Mart.

New members of Lambda Chi Alpha spent Sunday, January 11 collecting non-perishable food items for the local food bank at Wal-Mart.

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

The SAEM Leadership Team met on Thursday, January 15. We are pleased to welcome the Diversity Program directors to the team.

Met with ASNMSU students and the Office of Government Relations on Friday, January 16 to discuss issues related to the Lottery Success Scholarship. SAEM is happy to have involved and determined students to aid in the success of the Lottery Scholarship.

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SWASFAA Conference

Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator’s Conference

November 4-7, 2014

New Orleans, Louisiana

Attendees: Josh Taylor and Travis Juszkiewicz

 

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo attributed to Daniel X. O'Neil.

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo attributed to Daniel X. O’Neil

Verification Seminar by DoED Trainer, Kevin Campbell

As a processor, the most helpful presentation was the Verification Seminar. Mr. Campbell noted that although the selection of verified students is random, the selection process is “skewed heavily” towards Pell fund recipients. For example, if a student/parent is a non-tax filer, we are required to request any W-2(s).

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Hobsons University Conference

Hobsons University Conference

July 21 -24 2014

Attendees: Anton Magallanez, Norma Palomino and Felipe Parra.

Norma and Felipe presented on NMSU’s successful implementation of Hobsons Apply Yourself and how University Admissions consolidated the institution’s application with all the graduate program applications. Many institutions use Apply Yourself for one College or department and we are a good example of an institution that uses dynamic sections, for the entire graduate population.

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Activity Report, January 9, 2015

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

NMSU's Co-Rec Flag Football team pauses for a photo during the NIRSA National Flag Football Tournament.

NMSU’s Co-Rec Flag Football team pauses for a photo during the NIRSA National Flag Football Tournament.

On Thursday, January 8, met with the Academic Advising Council. Members of the Council made solid recommendations on tools they would like to have to help support retention of our students.

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Graduates wait to walk across the stage.

Graduates wait to walk across the stage.

Over 900 students attended the successful Fall 2014 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 13. The Pan American Center was at capacity with family and friends celebrating the achievements of our students. Continue reading »

FAFSA Articles for Students

finaidwindowThe Department of Education has written timely advice for students regarding the FAFSA. The articles below are great resources to send to students who need to fill out the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year.

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Check out the Storify post about Fall 2014 Commencement!

Activity Report, December 12, 2014

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Commencement staff share breakfast before Saturday's ceremony.

Commencement staff share breakfast before Saturday’s ceremony.

SAEM Events Staff brought together over 100 members of the NMSU community who signed up to work at the Fall 2014 Commencement. Friday’s Pre-Commencement meeting allowed staff to review important procedures such as how to get over 1,000 students into the Pan Am in a timely manner. As usual, Facilities and Services was strongly represented among Commencement staff, as was staff from various Colleges and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management offices. For the first time, Faculty Marshalls were recruited from each college to lead their students into the Pan Am.

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HACU/MSI/Walmart Foundation Student Success Symposium

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St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas

This program is a grant-funded collaboration of 6 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, 6 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and 6 Tribal Colleges. It is a peer professional to professional mentoring program.

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How Successful People Stay Calm

Students disconnect during finals week.

Students disconnect during finals week.

This time of year can be very stressful in the workplace. As the semester comes to an end, Dr. Dario Silva, Director, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), offers these tips on how successful people stay calm.  To view the full article, visit Work Place Tips by Dr. Travis Bradberry on the EAP’s website.

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Importance of Updated Student Contact Information

aggiefest-crowdTo check end-of-term grades, students now go through a screen that requests that they update their contact information. This screen was tested and implemented by ICT in a project that was supported by a wide range of NMSU offices.

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College Reading and Learning Association

College Reading and Learning Association

St. Paul, Minnesota

November 5 – 8

 

Low Literacy Expectations: College Football Student-Athletes’ Perceptions of The Literacy Expectations of Professors and Coaches

Pamela Segal, Towson University

Pamela Segal presented her doctoral research examining the literacy expectations that college football student-athletes experience, both in reality and perception.

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Activity Report, December 5

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Campus Activities moved to new offices in Phase I of the Corbett Center Student Union renovation.

Campus Activities moved to new offices in Phase I of the Corbett Center Student Union renovation.

Attended the Ring Ceremony on Wednesday and American Indian Program’s Fall Student Recognition Banquet Thursday, December 4 and the Advancing Leaders Mentors Luncheon on Friday, December 5.

Interviewed with KFOX Thursday, which was prompted by the new Stay Safe at NMSU website.

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Stress Buster Days

Students take a break from studying to play with Bumper the therapy dog.

Students take a break from studying to play with Bumper the therapy dog.

NMSU Counseling and Student Development sponsored Stress Buster Days this year to help students relax before finals. The Stress Buster Days began Tuesday, December 2 with relaxation stations, massages, yoga demonstrations, and mindfulness exercises outside Garcia Annex. Continue reading »

Commuter Students 2015: Next & Best Practices

2009/04/22: Students walk on the International Mall (photo by Darren Phillips)Commuter Students 2015: Next & Best Practices, An Update Webinar
October 14, 2015
Barbara Jacoby, Leadership & Community Service Learning, University of Maryland
Take-Aways
Best Practices were presented with recommendations to improve commuter student experiences.

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Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge helps students cross the finish line

Cross-campus adviser Marissa Macias meets with Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge students one-on-one.

Cross-campus adviser Marissa Macias meets with Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge students one-on-one.

In spring 2014, New Mexico State University launched a new program to help seniors who left without graduating return to complete their degrees.

Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge, or ACGC, is geared toward students who have completed 94 credit hours or more and haven’t attended classes for at least one semester.

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Activity Report, November 21, 2014

Dr. Montoya and Dr. Cassandra Lachica-Chavez, the new University Registrar, at Friday’s Meet & Greet.

Dr. Montoya and Dr. Cassandra Lachica-Chavez, the new University Registrar, at Friday’s Meet & Greet.

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

On Tuesday, November 18, Dr. Montoya participated in the interviews for the candidates for the Athletic Director.

The SAEM Executive Team toured Corbett Center this week to view Phase 1 construction.

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Aggie Tree for 4-H

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Carla Villareal (left) and Rikki Marrujo (right)

This year, Cibola County 4-H will have an Aggie Tree in their Holiday Auction, scheduled for early December.

Carla Villareal and Rikki Marrujo decorated the small tree with an Aggie theme, using materials donated from staff in the Vice President’s Office. The tree features cowbells and mustaches along with glitter-covered letters spelling Aggies and crimson and silver decorations. The tree will be among those auctioned off as part of 4-H’s annual fundraiser. Continue reading »

NASPA Regional Conference

The 2014 NASPA Regional Conference was held in Old Town, Albuquerque.

The 2014 NASPA Regional Conference was held in Old Town, Albuquerque.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Precious Porras & Cody Charles – University of Kansas

Sizeism is the mistreatment or discrimination against people based on their perceived (or self-perceived) body size of shape. Continue reading »