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!
Congratulations! Winners of the giveaways from picnic are:
- Aggie 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 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.
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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.
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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SAEM staff attended Darby Roberts’s workshop on building a culture of evidence.
Dr. Montoya attended the Senate Memorial 101 Lottery Work Group on October 11 in Santa Fe with representatives of ASNMSU. Our students have played a leading role in working toward a new model for the Lottery scholarship by setting an excellent example of cooperation with other student governments and in creating creative and sustainable solutions. We recognize the work of David Maestas, Jeremy Witte, Lydia Hammond, Daniel Sonntag, and Sage Peterson in this endeavor.
The SAEM Assessment team hosted Dr. Darby Roberts, editor of Learning is not a Sprint, on October 11. Darby Roberts is the associate director of student life studies at Texas A&M; she worked with the SAEM Leadership team and the Assessment Team on next steps in creating a culture of evidence.
Dr. Montoya met with Alexandra Von Wolff, Executive Director of the RoundUp, to discuss strategies that will allow the student paper to enhance circulation and revenue streams.
SAEM social media presences have a fairly wide reach in the NMSU community. Last Thursday, a flash mob in Corbett Center ended in a (successful) marriage proposal. The event was recorded by a number of people and we posted and shared two of the videos on Facebook. In less than 24 hours the event was liked more than 800 times, shared over 90 times, generated more than 60 comments, and was seen by more than 45,000 people. That one event generated about four times the engagement we see for all our posts in a typical week. The video is at (http://www.facebook.com/newmexicostateuniversity). These outlets can be of great use for communicating with current and prospective students.