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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 »