On Wednesday, September 6, I met with a large group of faculty and staff to discuss the management of the Sunspot Observatory. This is an important initiative for NMSU and for our Department of Astronomy. Nevertheless, various concerns were raised that will need to be resolved through negotiations with the National Science Foundation before management of the facility is turned over to NMSU.
The following Thursday, I, along with Michael Ray, the Director of NMSU’s American Indian Program, welcomed the legislature’s Indian Affairs Committee to New Mexico State University. What was scheduled as a 15 minute welcome turned into two hours of lively discussion about student success initiatives at NMSU and our efforts to better serve the American Indian population of the state.