National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

June 29 – July 3, 2014 Nashville, TN Presentation: 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…
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WACUBO: Lean Process Improvement

April 22-23, 2014 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…
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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya The search committee for University Registrar announced finalists this week, candidate résumés and interview schedules are available at http://studentaffairs.nmsu.edu/registrar-search/.

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya On Tuesday, Dr. Montoya led a workshop on strengths-based leadership for SAEM’s SWAT (Strategic, Wise, Accounting Technicians) Team at the NMSU Golf Course. The team of 22 fiscal and administrative staff, from all 13 Student Affairs and Enrollment Management departments, learned the value of working to their…
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Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya Last week SAEM staff and Provost Howard discussed the Provost’s vision for updating our communications to prospective students. We are striving to describe how NMSU offers excellence in education in a tone that is both exciting and welcoming. We anticipate partnering with University Marketing and Communications on…
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Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya On Thursday, SAEM held our annual Open Forum. For the third year in a row, Dr. Montoya briefed staff on news such as changes to the Lottery Scholarship and NMSU policy changes that affect staff and our students. In addition, this year we had an Idea Exchange…
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Open Forum Follow-up

Below are links to documents that were discussed at the Open Forum on June 26: 2014-15 Tuition Poster Lottery Scholarship Poster SAEM Values and How we created the SAEM Values University Accounts Receivable Refund Policy Vision 2020

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Activity Report

University Admissions, Ms. Valerie Pickett This week’s calling campaign targeted the 400 students who are scheduled to be on campus for New Student Registration June 21 and 22. Our campus visits are now including high school sophomores and juniors who are starting their college search process. We welcomed visitors from Taos, Albuquerque, and El Paso to…
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Idea Exchange continues…

Missed your chance to get a snazzy polo shirt at the Open Forum? Contribute to the Idea Exchange through the comments below and a polo shirt can be yours (until we run out)! The 2014 Open Forum included an opportunity to talk with colleagues about our shared work in promoting student retention and success. If…
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2014 Open Forum Presentation

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya Dr. Bernadette Montoya attended the Legislative Finance Committee Reception and Dinner on June 12. Visits by members of the Legislative Finance Committee are a welcome opportunity to demonstrate that NMSU is a valuable access point to higher education NMSU for the citizens of New Mexico and for…
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Webinar: College Completion Rates

AACRAO Webinar Douglas Shapiro, Executive Research Director National Clearinghouse Research Center Dr. Shapiro based his discussion on the recent publication Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates – Fall 2007 Cohort. Graduation rates that are reported nationally count students who change institutions as drop outs, but NCES data suggests that students often go…
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American College Health Association

American College Health Association May 27th -May 30th in San Antonio, TX Envisioning, Building, Achieving The Education-Health Connection: Fostering Student Success by Reducing Health-Risk Behaviors The University of Maryland presented findings on their updated Lifestyle Study that has been going since 2003. This session included topics addressing excessive drinking, illicit and nonmedical drug use and…
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Open Forum is coming on June 26!

This year’s Open Forum will be June 26, in the Doña Ana Room of the Corbett Center Student Union.  This event will have 2 parts: the first will feature Bernadette’s address to SAEM, as before, and the second part will be new — the SAEM Idea Exchange. This exchange will provide an opportunity for staff…
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Get to know the new NSR Program Specialist for Student Engagement!

Mariana Ortega is the new NSR program specialist for the Department of Student Engagement, and she is very excited to be working in her area of passion in Student Affairs!

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya On May 19, Dr. Bernadette Montoya and Janie Merchant, Director, University Financial Aid, attended a hearing in Santa Fe at the Higher Education Department regarding upcoming changes to the NewMexico Administrative Code for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship. The Administrative Code for the scholarship was re-written to align…
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The Marvelous Millennials: Keynote from Dr. Terry Cook

Dr. Terry Cook’s keynote presentation on Millennial students started the day with good discussion about meeting the needs of our students.

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SAEM Assessment Day

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya This week Dr. Montoya and the Commencement Committee debriefed following the Spring 2014 Commencement ceremonies. This semester’s ceremonies ran smoothly, and staff had a lot of ideas to implement for the future ceremonies. The Enrollment Strike Force met this week. Recently, staff have been working on revisions…
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