Category Archives: Provost’s Post

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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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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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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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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A Thanks to the Faculty of NMSU

I have now reviewed all 77 promotion and tenure files submitted this year by the faculty in the NMSU system.  As has been true every year since I became Provost, I come to the end of this process with a keen appreciation for the good work of our faculty and deep gratitude for their dedication…
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NMSU’s Quality Initiative

Every university on the Higher Learning Commission’s Open Pathway must plan and implement a Quality Initiative.  NMSU’s Quality Initiative is “Expert Insider Prose: Developing Students’ Disciplinary Expertise in Writing” or more simply “Writing Within the Discipline”, a comprehensive effort to improve student writing.  One focus of the initiative, which has been underway for several years,…
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HLC Review Team Visit November 13-14, 2017

New Mexico State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is on the Open Pathway, a pathway reserved for the strongest institutions of higher education in the United States.  As part of its reaffirmation of accreditation, NMSU will be visited by an HLC Review Team on November 13-14 of this year.  Prior to…
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Proposed Reductions in Science Funding

A singular success of American science is the partnership between the federal government and research universities.  It is a hard-won partnership that was generations in the making.  The federal government has been a major player in the funding of agricultural research at universities since the Morrill Act of 1862.  However, federal funding for research in…
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Centralized Advising Update

Progress on centralized advising has been swift since the last time I covered it in my Provost’s Post, so an update to the NMSU community seems timely.    Leadership for the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support is in good hands with the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Hodges as Interim Director and Ms. Marissa…
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Marketing NMSU

NMSU has a long tradition of reaching out to high school juniors and seniors in our region, who have demonstrated an interest in going to college by taking the ACT or SAT, and sending them information about the university via mail and email. However, it is only over the course of the past three years…
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