Category Archives: Activity Report

Activity Report for Week of April 28 – May 4

On Monday, April 30, I attended the Teaching Academy Gala. As always, it was a delightful event that recognizes faculty and staff members who have gone above and beyond to become better teachers or to support others as they have worked to become better teachers. In my comments at the beginning of the event, I…
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Activity Report for Week of April 21 – April 27

I spent most of the week at my last meeting of the Western Academic Leadership Forum. The keynote speaker for the conference was Claude Steele, a prominent social psychologist and administrator who has done seminal work on stereotype threat. Dr. Steele did a marvelous job of summarizing many years of research on stereotype threat and…
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Activity Report for Week of April 14 – April 20

On Thursday, April 19, I gave my last talk at the Teaching Academy. It has been a special honor to give many talks at the Academy over the years, and I am very grateful to Dr. Tara Gray and her staff for their good work in helping our faculty succeed in the classroom and beyond….
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Activity Report for Week of April 7 – April 13

On Monday morning, April 9, I met with a team of senior administrators and the Chancellor to discuss progress on projects we are trying to complete before June 30th of this year. During this meeting I discussed the work of Team 6, the outcome of the Vice President for Research search, and progress on the…
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Activity Report for Week of March 31 – April 6

The most important event of last week for me was the meeting of the Board of Regents. The meeting began with a discussion of the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support (CAASS) and University 150 courses. Eventually, we moved on to a presentation of the university’s budget for fiscal year 2019. Among the topics…
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Activity Report for Week of March 24 – March 29

At the NMSU General Education Taskforce meeting on Monday, March 26, we continued the discussion of how NMSU would respond to the new General Education guidelines from the state of New Mexico. At an earlier meeting, we had agreed that we would add a third communication course to the new state requirement for only two….
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Activity Report for Week of March 10 – March 16

On Tuesday, March 13, I had the pleasure of meeting our University Speaker, Luis Urrea, and his wife, Cindy. They are a delightful couple, and Luis gave a wonderfully engaging talk about the characters in his book, “Into the Beautiful North”, later in the evening. The book is the Big Read for NMSU this spring…
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Activity Report for Week of March 3 – March 9

The Regents meeting on March 6th was most notable for the number of people who signed up for public comment and expressed their concerns about the proposal to transfer $1.1 million from the instruction and general budget to the Athletic Department. After listening patiently for 45 minutes, the Regents voted not to transfer the money,…
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Activity Report for Week of February 24 – March 2

On Monday, February 26, I met with the NMSU General Education Taskforce to discuss the implementation of the new general education curriculum that will go into effect in New Mexico in the Fall of 2019. A lot of discussion focused on the nine flexible credits and how to organize these at NMSU. The decision was…
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Activity Report for Week of February 17 – February 23

I began the week on Monday by welcoming potential Conroy Scholars to NMSU. The Conroy Scholars Program is an initiative of the Honors College designed to attract National Merit Semi-Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars to NMSU. The program has been growing every year since it was initiated three years ago, a testament to the efforts…
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