Activity Report for the Week of August 21 – August 27

  • On Sunday, August 21, I attended the funeral of Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez, who was gunned down during a traffic stop.  It was a moving funeral for a good man, and NMSU student, whose lifelong ambition had been to serve the public as a police officer.  Thousands attended the funeral, in a very powerful show of support for Officer Chavez, his family, and our police.  Donations to help support his family can be made to Wells Fargo Hatch Police Officer Jose Ismael Chavez Memorial Account#5955877427.
  • The Kitchen Kabinet had its first meeting of the semester at the University Center and Residence.  This meeting was more informal than most and focused on the good work that occurs at NMSU every day and the importance of telling the NMSU story more effectively.
  • This academic year marks the beginning of our Osteopathic Medicine Pathway program.  Seven first-year students are living together in a learning community, where they will work with supportive advisors and mentors, and participate in programming relevant for future physicians.  These students have a spot reserved for them at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine when they graduate, as long as they participate fully in the program and achieve GPA and MCAT standards set by the program.  Pre-health Advisor Jeremy Taulbee has done a marvelous job of nurturing and planning this program, and Professor Joe Berning has stepped up to help with the academic aspects of the program.  We expect significant growth in the program in the coming years and believe it will help NMSU become a desired destination for students interested in medical careers.  On Wednesday, I met with Jeremy and Joe to discuss this year’s program and our recruitment plans for the coming year.
  • Later on Wednesday, I attended the COMEXUS graduation ceremony.  This is a professional development program for Mexican teachers run by our Center for English Language Programs.  The students had clearly been charmed by NMSU and embraced their identities as Aggies.  In my remarks to the students, I recounted events from the life of Fabian Garcia, one of the most important faculty members ever to teach at NMSU, but one who is not as well-known as he should be.

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