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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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Activity Report

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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Activity Report

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

Activity Report

University Admissions, Ms. Valerie Pickett

This week’s calling campaign targeted the 400 students who are scheduled to be on campus for New Student Registration June 21 and 22. Our campus visits are now including high school sophomores and juniors who are starting their college search process. We welcomed visitors from Taos, Albuquerque, and El Paso to campus this week.

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Idea Exchange continues…

Missed your chance to get a snazzy polo shirt at the Open Forum? Contribute to the Idea Exchange through the comments below and a polo shirt can be yours (until we run out)!

The 2014 Open Forum included an opportunity to talk with colleagues about our shared work in promoting student retention and success. If you missed the Open Forum, you can still share your great ideas. Continue reading »

2014 Open Forum Presentation

Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Bernadette Montoya attended the Legislative Finance Committee Reception and Dinner on June 12. Visits by members of the Legislative Finance Committee are a welcome opportunity to demonstrate that NMSU is a valuable access point to higher education NMSU for the citizens of New Mexico and for our region.

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Webinar: College Completion Rates

AACRAO Webinar
Douglas Shapiro, Executive Research Director
National Clearinghouse Research Center

Dr. Shapiro based his discussion on the recent publication Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates – Fall 2007 Cohort.

Graduation rates that are reported nationally count students who change institutions as drop outs, but NCES data suggests that students often go on to complete degrees at other universities. Put another way, about 25% of student success is counted as institutional failure.

National Student Clearinghouse data shows that one in 6 students who are retained in college from their first to second fall change colleges.  Screenshot from an AACRAO webinar on college completion rate.

National Student Clearinghouse data shows that one in 6 students who are retained in college from their first to second fall change colleges.
Screenshot from an AACRAO webinar on college completion rate.

NCES tracks students as they switch universities, so can assess graduation rates regardless of where a students is enrolled. Continue reading »

American College Health Association

sanantonioriverAmerican College Health Association
May 27th -May 30th in San Antonio, TX
Envisioning, Building, Achieving

The Education-Health Connection: Fostering Student Success by Reducing Health-Risk Behaviors

The University of Maryland presented findings on their updated Lifestyle Study that has been going since 2003. This session included topics addressing excessive drinking, illicit and nonmedical drug use and mental health problems among college students. Continue reading »

Open Forum is coming on June 26!

DSCN1943This year’s Open Forum will be June 26, in the Doña Ana Room of the Corbett Center Student Union.  This event will have 2 parts: the first will feature Bernadette’s address to SAEM, as before, and the second part will be new — the SAEM Idea Exchange. This exchange will provide an opportunity for staff to learn about other SAEM offices and how we can collaborate to improve student recruitment, retention and success. And as before, refreshments will be served. Continue reading »

Get to know the new NSR Program Specialist for Student Engagement!

marianaortegaMariana Ortega is the new NSR program specialist for the Department of Student Engagement, and she is very excited to be working in her area of passion in Student Affairs! Continue reading »

Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

During lunch, participants in SAEM’s first Assessment Day discuss how to better interact with students.

During lunch, participants in SAEM’s first Assessment Day discuss how to better interact with students.

On May 19, Dr. Bernadette Montoya and Janie Merchant, Director, University Financial Aid, attended a hearing in Santa Fe at the Higher Education Department regarding upcoming changes to the NewMexico Administrative Code for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship. The Administrative Code for the scholarship was re-written to align with legislation passed during this year’s legislative session.

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