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Military and Veterans Programs featured in Military Advanced Education

mvparticleThe Office of Military and Veterans Programs and the College of Engineering were recognized in the October issue of Military Advanced Education. NMSU was one of four schools highlighted in the issue, which highlights the importance of STEM education and potential careers for service members and veterans. The article also discusses the support Military and Veterans Programs offers to veteran and military students pursuing an engineering career. An additional sidebar item written by Ruben Arauz details his personal experience with the NMSU engineering program and the Office of Military and Veterans Programs. Ruben worked for Military and Veterans Programs for five years and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering.

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Chartering Organizations and the New Aggie Activity Council

New AAC members Prisma Pantoja, Director of Entertainment and Travel, and Priscilla Artalejo, Director of Traditional Events show their support at the Pink Football Game.

New AAC members Prisma Pantoja, Director of Entertainment and Travel, and Priscilla Artalejo, Director of Traditional Events, show their support at the Pink Football Game.

Recently, thirteen new ways for student to become involved with the campus community were  chartered at New Mexico State University. Thirteen organizations — each of which provides a unique opportunity for engagement — worked with Morgan Busch, Coordinator for Campus Activities, to earn their charter. These new organizations include Creative Minds (the art club), Music Business Students, National Society of Professional Engineers, and ADJUST: Advocates for Justice. Continue reading »

Activity Report, October 10, 2014

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Presented the Fall 2014 Enrollment Update to the Board of Regents on Friday, October 10 at the NMSU Grants Campus. SAEM is addressing drops in enrollment in recent years by ramping up campus visitation programs and more outreach to applicants. Retention is a crucial part of enrollment and is part of everybody’s role at NMSU. Continue reading »

Aggie Experience

High school students and their families check-in at Aggie Experience in front of the Pan American Center.

High school students and their families check-in at Aggie Experience in front of the Pan American Center.

Aggie Experience, the largest recruitment event hosted by University Admissions, was held on Saturday, October 4, 2014. About 675 high school seniors and their families experienced a day in the life of an Aggie. Students were encouraged to apply for admission during the program, and by the end of the day, University Admissions received 226 applications for admission. Continue reading »

Fall 2014 Enrollment Update

Below is the presentation Dr.  Montoya gave on Fall 2014 enrollment at the NMSU Grants campus on Friday, October 10, 2014.

Annual Employee Recognition Awards

Marilyn Alejo (left photo) and Monica Dunivan (right photo), 2013 recipients of the SAEM Staff Recognition Awards.

Marilyn Alejo (left photo) and Monica Dunivan (right photo), 2013 recipients of the SAEM Staff Recognition Awards.

The Executive Leadership Team of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is seeking nominations to recognize individual staff members who exhibit exceptional performance above and beyond their normal job duties. Exceptional performance could be a major accomplishment, excellent work ethic and/or outstanding customer service which significantly contributed to the goals of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The winning staff members will receive a one-time cash payment of $500 in recognition of their contributions.

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NMSU Registrar staff met with HED

On September 30, 2014, Registrar staff from universities across the state met with the Higher Education Department (HED) at NMSU’s Albuquerque Center. Denise Esquibel and Kim Eiland represented New Mexico State University at the meeting.

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Activity Report, October 3, 2014

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

On Monday, September 29, attended a reception for the members of the Legislative Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee. The reception welcomed legislators to NMSU’s campus.

On Wednesday, October 1, met with Fred Heinrich, Director of Development in Athletics to discuss options to better support NMSU’s cheer team. In collaboration with Lori McKee from University Health and Wellness, solutions were reached.

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Health and Wellness Reaches Out to the Community

Climbers participate in the climbing competition at NMSU’s Activity Center.

Climbers participate in the climbing competition at NMSU’s Activity Center.

NMSU Outdoor Recreation hosted the First Annual Las Cruces Climbing Festival September 25-28th, 2014.  The four-day event kicked off with a gear demo and slideshow presentations by professional climbers Nick Duttle, NMSU Alumni, and Sam Davis, doctorate student. On Friday, hundreds gathered downtown for a street festival full of fun, food, and local, regional, and national conservation and climbing organizations. The evening was highlighted by the New Mexico premiere of the musical group, Valley Uprising.

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Remodel and student staff help Financial Aid

A financial aid staff member advises a student on her financial aid.

A financial aid staff member advises a student on her financial aid at the newly remodeled front desk area.

Data from NMSU Financial Aid and Scholarship indicates that each Financial Aid Advisor is responsible for approximately 2,900 students at the Las Cruces Campus. In 2012, the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators reported that schools have, on average, 4 full-time employees (FTE) for every 1,000 students. NMSU has about 2.1 FTE in the Las Cruces Financial Aid Office for every 1,000 students at the Las Cruces campus.

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Academic Advisors and SAEM staff received tips on dealing with difficult and disruptive behavior.

Academic Advisors and SAEM staff received tips on dealing with difficult and disruptive behavior.

On Tuesday, September 23, Dr. Montoya facilitated a leadership retreat for International and Border Programs. The training was based on the Five Exemplary Practices from the Leadership Challenge. Participants discussed the importance of teamwork regarding organizational change. Continue reading »

Financial Aid Outreach and Retention

2014-09-26 12.10.18Claire Cortner Montoya, who joined the Financial Aid Office in January 2014 as Outreach Advisor, was hired to reach out to students and to work to boost recruitment and retention.

By providing additional financial aid support beyond the traditional advising, Claire is working to increase student retention and success while promoting student self-advocacy. She works directly with students and parents, both on and off campus, with community groups, public schools, and various other organizations to provide information and the necessary tools to educate the public about federal, state, and institutional financial aid.

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Disabled American Veterans Work with NMSU students

Photo By: Kelly Schott

Photo By: Kelly Schott

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 38, from Mesilla, is again making weekly visits to NMSU’s MVP (Military Veterans Program) to work with the students as they apply for disability benefits, according to Jacobo Varela, MVP director. Representatives Warren Johnson and Fred Madrid visit the MVP office once a week to assist student veterans in filling out disability claims.  The disability application process can be difficult, but these veterans share their experience in negotiating through the bureaucracy.

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Webinar: Handling Difficult and Disruptive Behaviors

September 23, 2014
Attendees: Advisors, SAEM Staff, Graduate School Staff

Attendees discuss the benefits of the webinar training.
Attendees discuss the benefits of the webinar training.

The webinar discussed techniques on providing excellent customer service to students and visitors, as well as steps on handling student problems.

1. Create a warm and friendly office environment.

  • Remove clutter and make sure areas are clean.
  • Offer refreshments if possible.
  • Remove overhead lighting if possible and opt for warmer light sources.
  • Familiarize students with staff in the office using name tags or photos in the waiting area.
  • Have a positive attitude and be friendly to students.
  • Little things make a big difference to students.

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Recruiters from GAINSCO Auto Insurance brought the company race car to last week’s Career Fair at Corbett Center to draw student traffic.

Recruiters from GAINSCO Auto Insurance brought the company race car to last week’s Career Fair at Corbett Center to draw student traffic.

On Monday, September 15, Dr. Montoya attended the Guaranteed Pathway Summit. SAEM offices of Admissions and Student Engagement will be part of this effort. Meeting participants were charged with identifying a clear path for students who start at a community college to earn a baccalaureate from New Mexico State University.

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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 »