Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya
Dr. Montoya delivered the opening address for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Art Gallery opening on October 14. The event was attended by Jill Conley, a breast cancer survivor and TETWP guest speaker, and her husband. Dr. Montoya concluded her address by singing from “Fight Like a Girl”.
- Dr. Montoya served on a panel with student affairs vice presidents from around the state at last week’s New Mexico Association of Student
Affairs Professionals Symposium at UNM. She also delivered the closing keynote address on retaining and graduation students.
- Sodexo created two Aggie-themed green chile pecan pies for Dr. Montoya to donate to the Cibola County 4-H Pie Auction and BBQ Luau on October 18 in Grants. The Pie Auction is the primary fundraiser for this group and is run by the senior 4-H students. The pies and some Aggies gear raised nearly $400 for the group!
University Admissions, Ms. Valerie Pickett
- The University Admissions Office hosted Aggie Experience on Saturday, October 19, which was attended by over 900 students and family members. President Carruthers welcomed the visitors to campus, and students learned about NMSU life by meeting with academic departments, student service offices, and student organizations and clubs.
- Undergraduate recruiters attended undergraduate college fairs in Arizona, Colorado, and California. Transfer recruiters met with students at Central New Mexico Community College and El Paso Community College during transfer day events. Graduate recruiters represented NMSU at graduate fairs at UC-Berkeley, UC-Santa Cruz, and UC-East Bay.
Student Life, Dr. Michael Jasek
- The Counseling & Student Development Center’s accreditation was renewed by the International Association of Counseling Services Board of Accreditation (IACS). The Board cited suicide prevention and crisis management efforts, an enhanced group program, and a positive relationship with the Dean of Students and the Vice President of Student Affairs as key factors in their re-accreditation.
Health and Wellness, Ms. Lori McKee
Office of Student Diversity and Outreach, Ms. Christina Chavez Kelley
- On October 11, the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center hosted events for National Coming Out Day, including a bake and craft sale by Stonewall QSA, a Safe Zone Training, speaker Brigadier General Tammy Smith, Coming Out Dinner sponsored in the Taos Cafeteria, and Story Sharing. All events were well attended.
- On October 14, Laura Gutierrez Spencer, Director of Chicano Programs, presented “Fulfilling the Land Grant Mission at NMSU” to Professor Marieka Brown’s Speech 233 class for international students who are preparing to become TA’s or lab instructors at NMSU.
- On October 15, Senator Benny Shendo, Jr. toured the American Indian Student Center with his son, Ben Shendo, a graduate of NMSU.
- For the second time in a row, NMSU has been selected as a recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The HEED award recognizes initiatives related to gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community.
- On October 16, the Immigrant Student Issues Committee presented “Higher Ed and School Educators, Educational Counselors and Staff, Students and Community Members” to faculty, students, staff, and educators from NMSU-Alamogordo, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, and the New America School. Representatives from Financial Aid, Admissions, and Chicano Programs answered questions regarding the services, financial support, and access to higher education for students of various varying immigration status.
- On October 17, Black Programs hosted a luncheon for NMSU’s new African-American faculty and staff in the Corbett Center Student Union.