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Meet Karl Rysted

HeadshotKarl Rysted is the new Student Legal Aid Attorney on NMSU’s Las Cruces campus.  In his role as Student Legal Aid Attorney, he advises ASNMSU in areas such as contract review and works with students individually in areas such as landlord tenant questions, domestic relations, sexual assault, domestic violence, DWI, personal injury, debts, and  consumer law.  

Karl received his J.D. from Oklahoma City University (OCU) in 1992 and has both private practice and public service experience.  He served as an Adjunct Professor at the OCU School of Law teaching Consumer Bankruptcy and Consumer Law for the last two years.

Maxient Database for Student Conduct

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStarting this semester, the Dean of Students office will be using Maxient, a new database that will allow the university to create and track conduct cases as well as other handle other information needs. This system will let us thoroughly track reporting for the Clery Act and Title IX cases, and provide accurate information to the public.

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Charley Johnson, NMSU football icon, attended an NSR this summer with his son and granddaughter.

Charley Johnson, NMSU football icon, attended an NSR this summer with his son and granddaughter.

Members of the SAEM Enrollment Management Strike Force attended a webinar on Wednesday, September 10 on key findings from the 2014 E-Expectations Report by Noel-Levitz. This annual report highlighted the importance that electronic communications – including email contact and websites – be functional on mobile devices and emphasized the importance of contact with recruiters even after a student is admitted to the school. More findings are on studentaffairs.nmsu.edu. Continue reading »

Webinar: 2014 E-Expectations Report by Noel-Levitz

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 8.09.43 AMNoel-Levitz publishes a study annually based on a survey of college-bound high school seniors and parents regarding their expectations about college recruiting.  The full report is at noellevitz.com (free, but requires registration). When this study was completed in March and April of 2014, many seniors had not yet applied to college and were still looking. Noel-Levitz and The Chronicle of Higher Education sponsored a webinar on this report on September 10, 2014.

Some key findings

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Improved TB Screening Program conducted at Campus Health Center

campushealthcenterEach semester the Campus Health Center (CHC) screens incoming international NMSU students (system-wide) and program participants for tuberculosis (TB). The traditional TB skin testing the Campus Health Center has used in the past is now being replaced by a TB blood test called QuantiFERON-Gold. Continue reading »

Student Leadership Training

The annual Student Leadership Training was held on September 3, 2014 for NMSU Diversity Programs’ student leaders. Chicano Programs, American Indian Programs, Black Programs and the Sexual Gender Diversity Resource Center hosted 33 students at the event held in the Health and Social Services Annex.

This training is an important collaboration between these programs and it begins our yearly cycle of leadership development work with undergraduates. Through this training, student leaders become acquainted with student government, its elected officials, and the processes of getting involved in elected positions. Leaders also learn about ways to obtain funding, and how to effectively plan, advertise and implement a successful event.

Student Success Summit 2014 at UNM

NMSU was represented by (left to right): Hector Sanchez (Registrar’s Office), Jeff Hackney and Adelina Rodriguez (College of Education), Anita Reinhardt (Health and Social Services), Bernadette Montoya (SAEM), Kathy Brook (College of Business), Sonya Cooper (College of Engineering), Jennifer Hodges (College of Arts and Sciences), and Provost Howard.

NMSU was represented by (left to right): Hector Sanchez (Registrar’s Office), Jeff Hackney and Adelina Rodriguez (College of Education), Anita Reinhardt (Health and Social Services), Bernadette Montoya (SAEM), Kathy Brook (College of Business), Sonya Cooper (College of Engineering), Jennifer Hodges (College of Arts and Sciences), and Provost Howard.

On September 3, Dr. Bernadette Montoya, with Provost Howard, addressed NMSU’s contributions to student access and success at the 2014 Student Success Summit in Albuquerque. The Student Success Summit was attended by representatives from New Mexico’s research universities, who came to share and identify issues and effective practices at their institutions.

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NMSU’s Annual I-10 Coalition Blood Drive

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Visit the United Blood Services bus outside of Corbett Center to make a donation!

This year’s Battle of I-10 Blood Drive now until September 12 at Corbett Center from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm daily.  You may donate outside in the United Blood Service bus or in Corbett Center on the 2nd floor in the Art Gallery.  The Blood Bank is in vital need of all blood type donations. In the Las Cruces/El Paso area alone, approximately 175 units of blood are used. Continue reading »

Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya attended a lunch arranged by Ricardo Rel of NMSU’s Office of Government Relations with Representative Jason Harper and student leaders from ASNMSU. Representative Harper has been instrumental in working toward solutions to the Lottery Scholarship solvency issue and plans to keep working on this issue in the future.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Ms. Janie Merchant

Recruitment season is in full swing at University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. Earlier this week Financial Aid Outreach Advisor Claire Montoya joined dozens of other campus departments at the Study Abroad Fair in Corbett Center. Montoya was excited to report that she spoke to at least 100 students regarding study abroad and its effects on financial aid. Continue reading »

Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Morgan Busch, Lorraine Arvizu, Candice Gilbert, Bernadette Montoya, and Jennifer Pelletier (left to right) at a new staff Meet and Greet for SAEM.

Morgan Busch, Lorraine Arvizu, Candice Gilbert, Bernadette Montoya, and Jennifer Pelletier (left to right) at a new staff Meet and Greet for SAEM.

Dr. Montoya held a Meet & Greet with new staff on Wednesday, August 27. Morgan Busch of Campus Activities, Lorraine Arvizu of ASNMSU, Candice Gilbert of Military and Veteran’s Program, and Jennifer Pelletier of the Admissions Office were in attendance.

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Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Admissions hosted a Transfer and Transition Reception for new transfer students.  Over 75 students and their families were in attendance.

Admissions hosted a Transfer and Transition Reception for new transfer students. Over 75 students and their families were in attendance.

Dr. Montoya welcomed incoming transfer students and their families at the Fall 2014 Transfer Reception this week. The number of incoming transfer students is up by 6% from this time last year.

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya discusses strengths-based leadership with students who participated in the Student Leadership Retreat.

Dr. Montoya discusses strengths-based leadership with students who participated in the Student Leadership Retreat.

On August 14, Dr. Montoya led a workshop on strengths-based leadership before students left for the three-day Student Leadership Retreat. Based on Strengths Finder, she worked with students on identifying and applying their strengths in all aspects of their lives.

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National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

June 29 – July 3, 2014

Nashville, TN

dacianashvillePresentation: Getting a Seat at the Table

This presentation addressed how to be included in discussions that don’t typically include financial aid staff. This message is relevant to many areas of SAEM.

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

SAEM Leadership team spent two days working on leadership skills and bringing creativity to our work, based on the books A Whole New Mind, by Daniel Pink, and The Leadership Challenge, by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. The team also worked on leadership theories featured in our earlier studies and reinforced our understanding of work style behaviors using the DiSC, Strengths-Based leadership, and the five exemplary practices of leadership. We were pleased to again enlist the services of a great facilitator, Pam Bergeron.  Each year we have strengthened leadership and cohesion among members of the SAEM team so that we may better serve the needs of NMSU.

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WACUBO: Lean Process Improvement

April 22-23, 2014
Salt Lake City, Utah

The park in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The park in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I’ve seen process maps and have always been impressed by the pictorial depiction. It’s simple, concise and clear. By mapping a process, a person or workgroup automatically begins to question the value of each step. Questions that may not arise during the day to day act of completing the process became readily apparent when committed to paper in such a way that anyone can take a quick glance and see potential inefficiencies, also known as non-value added steps. It is the process of thoughtfully reviewing the map of a current process and revising the process that is called “lean”. Continue reading »

Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

The search committee for University Registrar announced finalists this week, candidate résumés and interview schedules are available at http://studentaffairs.nmsu.edu/registrar-search/.

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Feedback from participants on their strengths-based leadership workshop created this word cloud.

Feedback from participants on their strengths-based leadership workshop created this word cloud.

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

On Tuesday, Dr. Montoya led a workshop on strengths-based leadership for SAEM’s SWAT (Strategic, Wise, Accounting Technicians) Team at the NMSU Golf Course. The team of 22 fiscal and administrative staff, from all 13 Student Affairs and Enrollment Management departments, learned the value of working to their strengths and collaborating with colleagues. We can achieve greater goals collectively than individually!

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Last week SAEM staff and Provost Howard discussed the Provost’s vision for updating our communications to prospective students. We are striving to describe how NMSU offers excellence in education in a tone that is both exciting and welcoming. We anticipate partnering with University Marketing and Communications on this in the future.

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

openforum2014On Thursday, SAEM held our annual Open Forum. For the third year in a row, Dr. Montoya briefed staff on news such as changes to the Lottery Scholarship and NMSU policy changes that affect staff and our students. In addition, this year we had an Idea Exchange where staff learned about other areas of SAEM and contributed ideas for collaboration.

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Open Forum Follow-up

Below are links to documents that were discussed at the Open Forum on June 26:

2014-15 Tuition Poster

Lottery Scholarship Poster

SAEM Values and How we created the SAEM Values

University Accounts Receivable Refund Policy

Vision 2020