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…
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Health and Wellness Reaches Out to the Community

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…
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Remodel and student staff help Financial Aid

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…
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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya 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.

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Financial Aid Outreach and Retention

Claire 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…
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Disabled American Veterans Work with NMSU students

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…
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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. 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….
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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya 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…
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Meet Karl Rysted

Karl 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….
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Maxient Database for Student Conduct

  Starting 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 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…
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Webinar: 2014 E-Expectations Report by Noel-Levitz

Noel-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….
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Improved TB Screening Program conducted at Campus Health Center

Each 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.

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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…
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Student Success Summit 2014 at UNM

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. Below is the Prezi…
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NMSU’s Annual I-10 Coalition Blood Drive

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…
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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…
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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya 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 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 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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