Author Archives: Daniel J. Howard

Welcome to the Fall 2017 Semester

Yesterday, students in the largest first-year class since 2012 began their NMSU journey on the Las Cruces campus. It is a journey that will be similar, in many respects, to the journeys of past classes, but with some distinctive differences this year. More of these students will be living on campus, due to the implementation…
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Activity Report for Week of May 6 – May 14

On Monday, May 8, Team 6 met to learn about the College of Health and Social Services from Dean Donna Wagner and about the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences from Dean Rolando Flores.  During the course of the meeting, the committee agreed to continue meeting over the summer. On Tuesday, the Administrative Council…
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The Generosity of Aggies

Last Saturday, I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the 2017 Sandra M. and Denton V. Holmes Endowed Scholarship Dinner, an annual fundraiser for the scholarship, which supports students in the MSN program in the School of Nursing at NMSU.  Denton Holmes established the scholarship in memory of his wife, Sandy, who…
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Activity Report for Week of April 29 – May 5

On Saturday, April 29, I had the pleasure of hosting a dinner for the first group of Osteopathic Medicine Pathway Students at NMSU. This is a group of first-year students who have been assured of admission to the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, as long as they maintain a prescribed GPA, and participate fully in…
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Transforming Lives

A question I have been asked for almost 30 years is, “What sets NMSU apart from other universities?”  During this period of time, my answer has not wavered.  NMSU has a faculty of world-class researchers that cares about undergraduate teaching and is committed to involving students in cutting edge research programs.  There are few other…
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Activity Report for Week of April 22 – April 28

I spent Wednesday in Salt Lake City, attending an Executive Committee meeting of the Western Academic Leadership Forum. At the meeting, we discussed the challenges facing higher education and the importance of taking better control of the messaging surrounding higher education.  It is especially important to help the general public understand the value of higher…
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An Ode to Southern New Mexico and Efren Yturralde

As I eat my first salad of the season with greens exclusively from the garden at my home, I cannot help but reflect on the things I like best about living in southern New Mexico. Near the top of the list, of course, is the weather.  The wind blows hard every now and then, but…
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Activity Report for Week of April 15 – April 21

On Wednesday, I spoke at the Academy for Learning in Retirement Reception held at the Fulton Center. My talk centered on funding for higher education in the state of New Mexico and the impact of the governor’s veto of the budget for higher education on the state’s colleges and universities.  I then discussed the development…
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Faculty Fellows Program

An important component of our ongoing efforts to improve the undergraduate experience at NMSU is our Faculty Fellows Program within the Housing and Residential Life unit.  Currently, we still have openings for many of the 29 Faculty Fellows.  I am writing to alert you to these openings and encourage faculty members to consider becoming a…
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Activity Report for Week of April 8 – April 14

The week began with fundraising training for deans and department heads. I provided a welcome, noting that our alumni are increasingly interested in supporting programs rather than bricks and mortar.  Deans and department heads play a critical role in fundraising, helping donors peek under the hood of the university and providing them with insight into…
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