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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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