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General Education News at NMSU

The New Mexico State University General Education Taskforce has largely finished its work, which over the past few months has concentrated on bringing NMSU’s general education curriculum in line with the new state requirements scheduled to go into effect in the fall of 2019. The curriculum model that will be recommended to the Faculty Senate…
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Activity Report for Week of April 7 – April 13

On Monday morning, April 9, I met with a team of senior administrators and the Chancellor to discuss progress on projects we are trying to complete before June 30th of this year. During this meeting I discussed the work of Team 6, the outcome of the Vice President for Research search, and progress on the…
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Writing to Think

When I arrived at my undergraduate institution more than 40 years ago, choosing a major was easy for me. I was fascinated by biology, thanks in no small part to Mr. Bailey, a wonderful teacher at my small high school, and I was fairly certain that as a science major I would not be asked…
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Activity Report for Week of March 31 – April 6

The most important event of last week for me was the meeting of the Board of Regents. The meeting began with a discussion of the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support (CAASS) and University 150 courses. Eventually, we moved on to a presentation of the university’s budget for fiscal year 2019. Among the topics…
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Spring in Las Cruces

As I walked with my two dogs through the fields and pecan orchards of Mesilla on Spring Holiday Friday, with the magnificent Organ Mountains in the background, I could not help but reflect on the wonderful quality of life we enjoy in the Las Cruces area. Part of the charm is the environment. Although not…
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Activity Report for Week of March 24 – March 29

At the NMSU General Education Taskforce meeting on Monday, March 26, we continued the discussion of how NMSU would respond to the new General Education guidelines from the state of New Mexico. At an earlier meeting, we had agreed that we would add a third communication course to the new state requirement for only two….
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If It’s March, My Office is Full of Boxes

Last Friday, I finished reading the last of 77 promotion and tenure files sent to me by the colleges and branch campuses of NMSU. Although it is always a relief to move the last box of files from my office to the office of Melody Munson-McGee, I do not begrudge the time I spend poring…
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Activity Report for Week of March 10 – March 16

On Tuesday, March 13, I had the pleasure of meeting our University Speaker, Luis Urrea, and his wife, Cindy. They are a delightful couple, and Luis gave a wonderfully engaging talk about the characters in his book, “Into the Beautiful North”, later in the evening. The book is the Big Read for NMSU this spring…
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NMSU San Luis Potosi

At the Board of Regents Meeting on March 6, the Board agreed to sign a letter of intent with a group of investors in Mexico to explore the possibility of opening an NMSU branch campus in San Luis Potosi City. As the Mexico economy continues to strengthen and Mexico emerges as a global economic force,…
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Activity Report for Week of March 3 – March 9

The Regents meeting on March 6th was most notable for the number of people who signed up for public comment and expressed their concerns about the proposal to transfer $1.1 million from the instruction and general budget to the Athletic Department. After listening patiently for 45 minutes, the Regents voted not to transfer the money,…
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