The week’s events were dominated by the visit of the HLC review team, which was on campus November 13 and 14. The review team was led by Dr. Patricia Dolly of Oakland University, who has been an HLC reviewer for 20 years. In the exit interview, Dr. Dolly praised NMSU for the quality of the Assurance Argument, for the wonderful hospitality, and for the good work and commitment of the faculty and staff. I want to thank Shelly Stovall for leading the writing teams, for hosting our visitors, and for representing NMSU so effectively. Thanks also to Melody Munson-McGee for transporting the team to various venues and for ensuring that their needs were met. A final note of thanks to everyone who met with members of the review team in individual meetings or in open sessions. The team clearly appreciated the strong participation and frank discussions.
Although it is difficult to upstage an HLC review team visit, Michael Ray may have accomplished this when he received the Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award, and followed his graceful and moving acceptance speech by getting on a knee and asking Ernestine Chaco to marry him. Happily for Michael, she accepted. I wish them a long and happy marriage, and I wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving.