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Activity Report, October 18

Office of the Vice President

Dr. Montoya at the TETWP art gallery opening.

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.

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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Activity Report, October 11

Office of the Vice President

SAEM staff attended Darby Roberts’s workshop on building a culture of evidence.

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.

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Activity Report, October 4

Office of the Vice President

Dr. Montoya represented NMSU at the 3rd Biennial Policy Summit on Latino Higher Education in Albuquerque, presented by The Sereno Alliance for Higher Education and the University of New Mexico. The goal of the summit was to bring together Hispanic/Latino leaders, educators, elected officials, and others from around the country to discuss the challenges facing Latinos in higher education.

Dr. Montoya reviewed presentations and poster proposals for the 2014 conference for NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). NASPA is a leader for the administration, policy, and practice of student affairs nationwide.

Melody Munson-McGee, Planning Officer, was elected co-chair of the NMSU OAC-CAO (the Outcomes Assessment Committee for Co-curriculum, Administration and Operations) along with Teresa Burgin, Director of the Center for Learning and Professional Development. The OAC-CAO mission is to support different areas in their assessments of enhancing students’ life-learning experiences.

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Save the Dates!

October 11, 2013 – Darby Roberts Meet and Greet plus Workshop, CCSU Colfax Room

The SAEM Assessment Team will host Darby Roberts for a full day of assessment activities in the Colfax room at Corbett Center Student Union on Friday, October 11. Dr. Roberts is the co-editor of Learning is not a Sprint and is an experienced practitioner in student learning in co-curricular areas. Join us at:

  • 9:00 am, for a Meet and Greet
  • 1:00 pm, Workshop: Getting Started

Refreshments will be served.

October 18, 2013 - Annual Employee Appreciation Picnic

The Annual Employee Appreciation Picnic will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the NMSU Horseshoe. Chicken BBQ sandwiches and vegan entrees will be served. There will also be a shuttle running to the Horseshoe for those who cannot walk or drive.

October 21, 2013 – Board of Regents meeting

The Board of Regents meeting will be held at 8:00 am in the auditorium at DACC East Mesa Campus. The meeting will be available online at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/bor/.

Staff enjoying BBQ at the 2012 SAEM Picnic.

Staff enjoying BBQ at the 2012 SAEM Picnic.

October 25, 2013 - SAEM Staff Picnic

The SAEM Staff Picnic will be held on the grass on the west side of the Educational Services Building from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Barbecue including brisket, turkey, and sausage will be served from Rudy’s, as well as potato salad, three bean salad, and beans. Dessert options include peach cobbler and rice krispies. The SAEM Staff Picnic is a great time to mingle with coworkers and learn about different areas of SAEM.

Activity Report, September 27

Office of the Vice President

Before an audience of about 300, Dr. Montoya welcomed new members of the Greek Community with an address about the importance of involvement in campus life.  She encouraged students to set a good example for others through the work in their communities.

Dr. Montoya welcomed about 400 prospective students and their families at the Aggie Experience program on Saturday.  University Admissions hosts this event each year.

This was a busy week for interviews: On Monday, Dr. Montoya was interviewed for the News 22 broadcast about enrollment, and on Wednesday, she discussed financial aid with Lindsey Anderson for an upcoming article in the Las Cruces Sun News.

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