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Students have lunch with the NMSU President

Kaylene Womack, Guadalupe Saldivar, DeMeshanique Jefferson, Xavior Pedraza have lunch with Dr. Carruthers.

Kaylene Womack, Guadalupe Saldivar, DeMeshanique Jefferson, Xavior Pedraza have lunch with President Carruthers.

Four students from Student Engagement had lunch with President Carruthers on January 15, 2014.

During the 2013 Tough Enough to Wear Pink week auction held on campus, Dr. Terry Cook bid the highest on the “Lunch with the NMSU President” voucher. With the voucher, Dr. Cook was able to give four students the opportunity to have lunch with President Carruthers.

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Activity Report, January 10

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

SAEM is finalizing the update to our strategic plan. The update will be aligned with Vision 2020.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya met with NMSU staff and students to assess changes that will be proposed to the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship Lottery during the upcoming legislative session. ASNMSU is working with student governments from around the state on a proposal that will have the support of students from many colleges and universities.

SAEM staff discussed the current Lottery proposal with Legislative Finance Committee staff via a conference call. We gave our input to the proposal and gained a better understand of how their proposal will affect our students.

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Welcome to the Spring 2014 Semester!

Pete and mugsThe Spring 2014 semester is here!

I hope each and every one of you enjoyed a wonderful holiday break and were able to recharge for the exciting year ahead.  It was good to be able to visit with many of you during our annual SAEM Holiday Reception. Everyone who came to the reception received a coffee mug.  If you were unable to attend the reception, you can get your mug from my office in the Educational Services Building, Suite 401.

This year is already in full swing as we prepare for the Legislative Session, relocate offices for building renovations, continue with the Calling Campaign, hire new staff, and much more. The Executive Team has been asked to provide me a list of major initiatives for the year ahead.  I know we have much to do, and thought it would be helpful to have that information available so that everyone can see a glimpse of the many things we are doing.  While it is not all inclusive, it helps us to realize the scope of our work, and the service we provide to the University community.  You will be receiving that information soon.

We also have a few dates that you can pencil in for team building and staff gathering opportunities.  More details will become available as we near each event.

  • Staff Recognition,  April 15
  • Open Forums,  June 19
  • Annual SAEM Picnic on the Friday of Homecoming Week, around the end of October.

Please visit our website to keep up with the latest updates at studentaffairs.nmsu.edu

I look forward to our continuing success in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in the year ahead. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication.  Know that you truly make a positive difference in the lives of our students!

Activity Report, December 20

Office of the Vice President

Staff enjoy themselves as they mingle at the 2013 Holiday Reception.

Staff enjoy themselves as they mingle at the 2013 Holiday Reception.

Before the holiday break, Dr. Montoya met with all community college presidents to discuss loan default management and financial aid disbursement.

The week before the holiday, Dr. Montoya enjoyed a lot of opportunities to interact with various offices for holiday celebrations.

SAEM hosted their annual Winter Break Employee Reception for all SAEM employees on the Friday before the holiday.
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Activity Report, December 13

Office of the Vice President

Ryan Garcia (center) of the Sexual & Gender Diversity Resource Center is the Outstanding Graduate for the College of Health and Social Services. SGDRC also recognized Alma Gross (left) and Ethan Williams (right) at its Recognition Banquet

Ryan Garcia (center) of the Sexual & Gender Diversity Resource Center is the Outstanding Graduate for the College of Health and Social Services. SGDRC also recognized Alma Gross (left) and Ethan Williams (right) at its Recognition Banquet

Last week and this week, Dr. Bernadette Montoya has been lauding our new graduates, who will be part of the largest commencement ceremony in NMSU history with over 1,000 graduates expected to participate. Dr. Montoya attended the Black Programs’ Graduation Dinner on December 10, the Hispanic Faculty Staff Caucus’s Graduation and Leadership Stoles Ceremony on December 11, and the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Graduate Awards Luncheon on December 13.

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Accessing Higher Ground Conference (Accessible Media, Web & Technology)

Westminster, Colorado
November 6-8, 2013

Sunrise in Westminster, Colorado. Photo by Wally Gobetz via Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/5004984215/in/photolist-8CgRri-fGqyhw-hASDHt-hAU6MZ-bCPhBW-9omGFA-9oiFSF-9oiAh8-9oixSr-heTQYi-a1U64C-a1U6HA-a1RdwT-a1RedF-a1RdJF-aj3Kru-85Xj6r-85XgDV-85XhPV-861so9-861r5Q-85Xgci-861twd-85XgQn-861qXY-861tVy-85XgKx-85Xif8-85Xi5a-861rHs-85Xhec-861scq-85Xh2k-861tTb-861r9L-85Xicr-85XgiM-861tsy-861rPy-85Xi9a/

Sunrise in Westminster, Colorado. Photo by Wally Gobetz via Flickr.

The theme of this year’s Assessing Higher Ground conference was Integrating University Design Content into University Curriculum. In addition to two plenary lunches, there were many excellent workshops presented related to accessibility as well as exhibitor tables and presentations of different products. The opportunity to meet and network with individuals from other universities was also valuable and informative.

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Activity Report, December 6

Office of the Vice President

Dr. Bernadette Montoya celebrated the accomplishments of our students at the Lavender Graduation Dinner on December 6. American Indian Program also celebrated Fall Graduating Students on December 5.

We continue to wait on HED to provide updated information on Lottery percentages for the spring semester.  At this time, NMSU remains committed to funding 60% of tuition regardless of HED’s final decision.  Students on major academic scholarships will remain funded at 100%.

The Vice President’s Office is finalizing the strategic plan.  It will be released to the campus community in early January.

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Activity Report, November 22

Office of the Vice President

Lydia Hammond (left), Jermy Witte (center), and Sage Peterson (right) attended a Legislative Lottery Scholarship meeting in Santa Fe.

Lydia Hammond (left), Jeremy Witte (center), and Sage Peterson (right) attended a Legislative Lottery Scholarship meeting in Santa Fe.

Last week, stories of the Legislative Lottery Scholarship appeared in newspapers coast to coast and included local media in Las Cruces, Silver City, Alamogordo, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque; plus national media in Lexington, Kentucky; Miami; Kansas City; San Francisco; Connecticut; Olympia, Washington; plus Higher Education News.

On November 21, Dr. Bernadette Montoya and Dr. Dan Howard met with state legislators at NMSU’s Albuquerque Center to discuss the Legislative Lottery Scholarship. Students Jeremy Witte, Sage Peterson, and Lydia Hammond, who have all been strong advocates for the Lottery program, also attended. They also discussed the Lottery Scholarship with the Legislative Education Study Committee and the Legislative Finance Committee in Santa Fe.

On November 22, Dr. Montoya participated in a phone conference by the New Mexico Higher Education Department to discuss the Legislative Lottery Scholarship in regards to the upcoming spring 2014 semester. HED plans to issue a communication to New Mexico institutions next week.

Dr. Montoya attended the NMSU Multicultural Greek Council Charter Reception on November 19; it was a pleasure to meet with enthusiastic members of the campus’ Greek community.

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October Update to Board of Regents

Activity Report, November 15

Office of the Vice President

Dr. Bernadette Montoya (left) and President Garrey Carruthers (right) at the 2013 APLU Annual Meeting.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya (left) and President Garrey Carruthers (right) at the 2013 APLU Annual Meeting.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya attended the 2013 Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Annual Meeting from November 10–12 along with 500 other higher education professionals. The APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing 219 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and related organizations.

Dr. Montoya moderated a presidential panel on strategic planning at the APLU Annual Meeting, and President Garrey Carruthers was a member. They wowed the crowd with their rendition of Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” at the end of the panel.

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Activity Report, November 8

Office of the Vice President

Dr. Montoya speaks at this year’s Student Leadership Conference.

Dr. Montoya speaks at this year’s Student Leadership Conference.

SAEM staff voted on a new mission statement at the SAEM staff picnic on October 25. The new mission statement is: SAEM empowers students by engaging them in all aspects of the student experience. We encourage students to learn through discovery of self, others, and their world to become effective members of their community. This aligns most closely with NMSU’s Vision 2020 goals of graduation and diversity.

Dr. Montoya and President Garrey Carruthers collaborated on their preparation for a presidential panel on strategic planning at 2013 Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Annual Meeting. Dr. Carruthers will be a panelist and Dr. Montoya will be a moderator.

SAEM colleagues were able to win a lunch with the Vice President at our Homecoming event, and on November 5, Dr. Montoya enjoyed a lunch with Tey Price of the Counseling Center. Tey started working at NMSU as a student employee in Athletics in 2008; he moved to SAEM in 2011 as a graduate assistant and has been with us since then.

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Hispanic Association of Colleges and University (HACU)

October 26-28, 2013
Chicago, Illinois
Attendees: Laura Gutierrez Spencer

“Becoming an Undocumented Student Ally” from Northeastern Illinois University

Tribune Tower, Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Dan Perry via Flickr.

Tribune Tower, Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Dan Perry via Flickr.

The session discussed forming a committee and trainings that were modeled after LGBT SafeZone trainings. The all-day training for university staff was called “Undocumented Student Ally Training.” Staff in some departments were told by their supervisors that the training was mandatory. After the training, they gave out decals and signs that workshop participants could put on their doors or office windows that say “undocumented student ally.” These signs helped students seeking allies, but also helped recruit faculty and staff allies. Buttons were made for the staff to wear at high school college fairs and orientations. A resource book is available with more information containing the names of allies.

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Homecoming and SAEM

Homecoming Candidates including Queen Lupe Saldivar and King Ryan Garcia, as well as candidate, Chris Lombardo.

SAEM students were well represented in the Homecoming Court. Lupe Saldivar, this year’s Homecoming Queen, is a TRiO student, president 0f TRiO Scholars, President  of The Society of Human Resource Management, a Peer Educator for University 150, and a work-study at the Office of Assessment.

Homecoming King was Ryan Garcia, an employee at the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center and member of the Stonewall QSA. He ran with Chris Lombardo, also an active in Stonewall QSA. They were sponsored by the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center at NMSU. Ryan and Chris ran for homecoming with the slogan, “Add some diversity to your royalty!” and are highly involved advocates for human equality for all.

 

Department Door Display Contest

Second place – Student Success Center – Hardman Hall

Department Office Display Contest
First place – Campus Activities
Second place – Registrar’s Office
Fourth place – Career Services

 

Activity Report, November 1

Office of the Vice President

The Lottery Scholarship Work Group finalized letters to go to students regarding the status of the Lottery Scholarship for Spring 2014. New Mexico Higher Education Department has not yet determined how much of the scholarship will be funded, and this work group, under Dr. Montoya’s direction, is working to ensure the best possible outcome for our students system-wide.

Dr. Montoya gave the welcome address at the Student Leadership Conference on November 2. Students from across campus and throughout the system spent a day focusing on developing their own leadership skills.

Assistant Registrar Hector Sanchez hosted a demonstration of U-Direct, academic planning software which provides students options for completing a degree. This system-wide project will begin in February 2014 and be completed by 2015.

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Activity Report, October 25

Office of the Vice President

SAEM staff and student employees at our annual picnic.

SAEM staff and student employees at our annual picnic.

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.

Dr. Montoya updated the Board of Regents on October 21 about enrollment. Although enrollment is down, this is consistent with nationwide trend of decreasing enrollment.

Dr. Montoya held the first meeting of the Legislative Lottery Scholarship work group tasked with creating NMSU’s response to upcoming changes to the Lottery Scholarship. The taskforce has representatives from finance, academics, governmental affairs, ASNMSU, and student affairs.

At the staff picnic on October 25, SAEM staff voted on a new mission and vision statement and enjoyed wonderful barbeque from Rudy’s.

Marilyn Alejo from Career Services and Monica Dunivan from Military and Veteran’s Programs received the SAEM Staff Recognition Award, which recognizes staff members who exhibit exceptional performance above and beyond their normal job duties. The winners each received a $500 award.

Dr. Montoya attended the Aggies for Kids luncheon as an Advisory Board member and to support the Myrna’s Children’s Village.

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SAEM Staff Picnic

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SAEM Mission and Vision

Voting

Thanks to the almost 250 people voted who for the SAEM mission and vision statements at today’s staff picnic. The winners:

SAEM empowers students by engaging them in all aspects of the student experience. We encourage students to learn through discovery of self, others, and their world to become effective members of their community. (106 votes)

SAEM is a valued team of student affairs professionals who support our students’ academic journey toward the successful completion of their goals. (100 votes)

Thanks to everybody who voted and who otherwise contributed to this process!

Winners from the BBQ!

Congratulations! Winners of the giveaways from picnic are:

  • LineAggie Gear: Rene Samaniego (Health and Wellness); Barbara Shen (University Registrar); Carylee Summers (Health and Wellness); Rainy Estrada (Student Life)
  • Rec Sports packs: Catherine Antony (Student Information Management); Nisha Todi (Student Life); Anton Magallanez (University Admissions); Mary Chavez (University Admissions)
  • Lunch with Bernadette: Montevis Price (Counseling Center)
  • University Admissions won the Office Coffee Break (to be scheduled at a later date)!

Your prizes will be delivered Monday (except for the coffee break)!

Thanks to Rec Sports and University Admissions for donating the prizes.

Congratulations to Marilyn and Monica!

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MACHeckCongratulations to Marilyn Alejo (left photo) and Monica Dunivan (right photo), winners of this year’s SAEM Staff Recognition Awards!

Marilyn Alejo, Administrative Assistant in Career Services, was nominated by colleagues Elizabeth Ortega, Kevin Andrew, and Tony Marin. They cited her professionalism, work ethic, and outstanding contributions to the office, explaining that Marilyn takes initiative in learning new features of AggieCareer Manager, that she advises students from the heart, and that she is well known for her extraordinary customer service. A Valero Energy representative and former NMSU student who participated in the Co-Op program mentioned how much he valued Marilyn’s guidance. His company is now recruiting at NMSU for the first time!

Monica Dunivan was nominated by Jacobo Varela, Director of Military and Veterans Programs. Jacobo described Monica as a respected advocate in her work with veterans, active duty military, and their dependents in addition to her work with Employee Council. Monica’s positive approach to students helps make MVP a trusted resource for students. Due to staff turnover this fall, Monica was suddenly called on to accomplish work normally done by two people. Her dedication in completing the work on time meant that students faced no delay in benefit payments for their education.

This is the second year SAEM Staff Recognition Awards have been a part of our Annual Picnic.

 

Activity Report, October 18

Office of the Vice President

Dr. Montoya at the TETWP art gallery opening.

Dr. Montoya at the TETWP art gallery opening.


A panel of vice presidents of student affairs from around New Mexico discussed higher education administration at the NMASAP Symposium at UNM.

A panel of vice presidents of student affairs from around New Mexico discussed higher education administration at the NMASAP Symposium at UNM.

Dr. Montoya delivered the opening address for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Art Gallery opening on October 14. The event was attended by Jill Conley, a breast cancer survivor and TETWP guest speaker, and her husband. Dr. Montoya concluded her address by singing from “Fight Like a Girl”.

Dr. Montoya served on a panel with student affairs vice presidents from around the state at last week’s New Mexico Association of Student Affairs Professionals Symposium at UNM. She also delivered the closing keynote address on retaining and graduation students.

Sodexo created two Aggie-themed green chile pecan pies for Dr. Montoya to donate to the Cibola County 4-H Pie Auction and BBQ Luau on October 18 in Grants. The Pie Auction is the primary fundraiser for this group and is run by the senior 4-H students. The pies and some Aggies gear raised nearly $400 for the group!

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