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Activity Report, October 25

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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

SAEM Mission and Vision


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!


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.