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Activity Report for Week of February 3 – February 9

On Monday, I met with incoming Regent Chris Saucedo. We had a good conversation about the challenges and opportunities NMSU will encounter in the coming years. Regent Saucedo is a graduate of NMSU who values the education he received here and is committed to the mission of NMSU. Much of our conversation focused on the…
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Activity Report for Week of January 27 – February 2

I spent the beginning of the week in Santa Fe, representing NMSU at Las Cruces Days. The highlight of the festivities was a very moving memorial in the New Mexico Senate recognizing Chancellor Carruthers for his many years of public service. Both Democratic and Republican Senators spoke at length about his leadership, bipartisanship, and his…
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Activity Report for Week of January 20 – January 26

The Statewide General Education Steering Committee, which has been meeting for the past two years to revamp and revitalize general education in New Mexico, met for the last time on January 24th. At the meeting we discussed the certification process for general education courses under the new curriculum model and we gave final approval to…
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Activity Report for Week of January 13 – January 19

The Chancellor and I participated in our last Spring Convocation on Tuesday morning, January 16. As always, it was a happy affair and it was a great honor for both of us to recognize this year’s award winners for excellence in assessment, teaching, service to the university, and lifetime achievement. My congratulations to all of…
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Activity Report for Week of December 2 – December 9

On Monday, December 4, I hosted the Westhafer Reception, which honored this year’s recipient of the Westhafer Award, Professor Kenny Stevens. This reception was especially appropriate because Professor Stevens had not been available to receive his award at convocation this year, because he was with a group of students from NMSU building a bridge in…
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Activity Report for Week of November 25 – December 1

At the Monday, November 27, meeting of the Regents Financial Strategic Performance and Budget Committee we discussed differential tuition for students taking nurse courses and raising tuition for out of state students who take six or fewer credits during any academic semester. The discussions about differential tuition for our nursing students centered on implementation and…
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Activity Report for Week of November 11 – November 17

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…
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Activity Report for Week of November 4 – November 10

On Monday, November 6, I attended a meeting of the Statewide Higher Education Master Plan Committee.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss governance recommendations for higher education from the Governance Subcommittee.  In short, after careful consideration of a variety of governance models the subcommittee recommended that we retain our current governance structure, but…
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Activity Report for Week of October 28 – November 3

I spent Monday at the New Mexico Statewide Higher Education Master Plan Governance Sub-Committee meeting. At the meeting we considered a variety of possible governance structures for New Mexico higher education. After a thorough discussion, the overwhelming sentiment of the subcommittee was that we should retain our current governance structure, but enhance the authority of…
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Activity Report for Week of October 21 – October 27

On Saturday, October 21, I had the honor of speaking at the Dr. James B. Williams Memorial Concert held in the auditorium of the Corbett Center Student Union. Dr. Williams was an extraordinary person: a Tuskegee Airman; a surgeon who, with his brothers and mother, opened the first medical clinic designed to serve the African…
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