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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 »

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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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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