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NMSU Professor Named Among Top Emerging AI Researchers

William Yeoh, a New Mexico State University assistant professor of computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named to IEEE Intelligent Systems’ 2015 list of “AI’s 10 to Watch,” which acknowledges 10 outstanding researchers in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

The list features young scientists from all over the world, who have completed their doctoral work in the past five years and have made notable contributions to AI research. IEEE Intelligent Systems publishes the list every two years. Yeoh is featured in the magazine’s January-February 2016 issue.

“I am tremendously honored to be selected to be part of the 2015 cohort,” Yeoh said. “It is very humbling to be included together with all the other outstanding researchers.”

The 2015 list recognizes scientists from institutions such as the University of New South Wales, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, as well as Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Purdue universities.

“NMSU has a long history of internationally recognized research in the field of AI, and William is the newest star,” said Enrico Pontelli, an NMSU Regents Professor of computer science and interim associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. “Not only is his research work of the highest quality, but in just a short period he has contributed to reinvigorating the research atmosphere in the computer science department through his innovative ideas, his enthusiasm and his caring attitude toward students.”

The focus of Yeoh’s research at NMSU is on distributed constraint optimization (DCOP), which is used to model multiple “agents” in large, complex problems. Agents, Yeoh said, can range from humans, to hardware agents – like robots – and software agents, like the software in smart phones.

Yeoh’s group is currently investigating the use of this DCOP framework to represent certain smart grid-related problems.

The traditional power grid, Yeoh explained, is a complex system that delivers energy from a power plant to our homes and offices. The smart grid is the next-generation power grid, where two-way communication between the power producers and consumers is used to improve the overall efficiency and reliability of the grid.

“For example, through the use of smart meters, which capture a variety of power-related information, power producers can better estimate the amount of power that will be consumed in the future, which will lead to more optimized and sustainable power generation,” Yeoh said.

Yeoh’s work is part of a larger smart grid research center at NMSU, called iCREDITS, which Pontelli is co-director of. The center houses an interdisciplinary group of researchers to work collectively to advance the current state of smart grids.

“I am very fortunate to have a very good group of collaborators, both students and faculty members,” Yeoh said. “As such, I would like to thank and acknowledge all my research collaborators, especially those at NMSU. This recognition is as much, if not more, of a recognition of their effort as it is of mine.”

To view the IEEE Intelligent Systems article, visit For more information about iCREDITS, visit

Author: Dana Beasley – NMSU

NMSU celebrates Black History Month in February

New Mexico State University will celebrate Black History Month with 11 events on campus throughout the month of February.

Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs at NMSU, said that history, culture and identity are important reasons to host Black History Month events.

“African Americans have contributed greatly, not only to this nation, but to the world,” Addo-Yobo said. “Having the faith to do good and bring people together and having a sense of belonging is very important.

“Unfortunately, our contributions are sometimes rare in the annals of American history, so I think it’s important for people of all cultures to know about our contributions, and above all, what our ancestors believed what we could become.”

Addo-Yobo also expressed the importance of civil rights.

“Civil rights make us more aware of where we’ve been, where we are today and what can become of tomorrow,” he said. “Seeking understanding for what has passed makes you aware of what you can contribute in the future.”

The celebration begins Wednesday, Feb. 3, with a town-hall style discussion among NMSU faculty, students and staff about race, culture and identity in contemporary America. The event will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Corbett Center Student Union auditorium.

Chris Love, president of the NMSU Black Students Association, took part in planning most of the activities scheduled for February. One addition this year is an interactive wax museum held in conjunction with a fashion show.

“The fashion show will feature children from the community of different backgrounds and cultures,” Love said. “And during that event, faculty and students are going to dress up as historical African, Afro-Caribbean or African-American figures and leaders. Audience members will have the chance to engage each historical leader, who will tell a little bit about who they are and provide a little bit of a background of that figure.”

The fashion show, interactive wax museum and social justice discussion will be part of the Afro Heritage and Culture Celebration Thursday, Feb. 4, from 7-9 p.m., which will also be held in the Corbett Center auditorium.

Two events will be held Friday, Feb. 12. The Embracing Social Differences in Educational Practice workshop led by Prudence Carter begins at9:30 a.m. in Room 50 of Milton Hall. A Valentine’s Day dance – Ebony Soul Valentine’s Night – will take place from 7-10 p.m. in the Corbett Center Aggie Lounge.

The celebration continues Wednesday, Feb. 17, with a continuation of Embracing Social Differences in Educational Practice. This is a follow-up workshop and discussion with Mary Prentice and Monica Torres. The event is 2:30-4:30 p.m. and will also take place in Room 50 of Milton Hall.

Attendees can unwind at Step for a Cause: Step Show and Comedy Night Friday, Feb. 19, in the Atkinson Recital Hall from 7-10 p.m. In its fifth year, this event features step teams from various fraternities and sororities, as well as a performance by All Def Digital Comedy.

Three events will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24. An in-depth discussion, titled Partial Visions, Multiple Perspectives: Views on Diversity from Around the Nation, will take place from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Held in Room 50 of Milton Hall, the discussion will focus on the implications of diversity at the institutional level.

The day will also feature an Afro-Cuban dance workshop and concert with world-renowned Cuban musical artist Danay Suarez. Suarez will perform and discuss the history of Afro-Cuban culture in terms of identity within the black and Latino communities at the workshop, which is 1-3 p.m. in the Corbett Center auditorium. A concert will follow from 7-10 p.m. in the Corbett Center ballrooms.

For more dancing, community members may attend Moriba West African Drumming and Dance Thursday, Feb. 25. Led by Soriba Fofana, master drummer from Guinea, West Africa, the event will be from 7-10 p.m. in the Corbett Center ballrooms.

The month-long celebration will conclude with the Black History Month Appreciation Dinner Friday, Feb. 26, in the Corbett Center ballrooms. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and features keynote speaker Timothy Nelson, a graduate of NMSU who recently earned his doctorate from the University of Texas at El Paso.

“As a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity at NMSU, Tim was really a liaison between Black Programs and the community,” Addo-Yobo said.

In his 10 years at the helm of Black Programs, Addo-Yobo has brought in several significant guests and speakers as part of Black History Month.

“I’ve brought in people who have been icons in terms of literature and understanding of blackness within America,” Addo-Yobo said. “I think there are a lot of people who really don’t understand the aspect, not only of affirmative action and protocol, but understanding the contributions and how we can move forward. If we don’t really understand the history of people and what they have contributed, that means we are taking our society for granted.”

He added that people of all cultures and races must work together.

“We have to work together in terms of utilizing resources, as there are unique contributions that we all bring to the table; not only black people, but Hispanics, whites, Native Americans and others,” he said.

Love, who is a senior studying special education, said it is important to have the month-long celebration on campus.

“It’s extremely important, especially at a university like this where there’s not a large African-American or African population in the community,” Love said. “Black history is American history, so by having these celebrations, it provides an opportunity for people who are of African descent, and people who aren’t of this descent, to learn about our history and to make it universal.”

While all of the events are free, attendees must pre-register for the Embracing Social Differences in Educational Practice workshops on Feb. 12 and Feb. 17.

For more information, please call Black Programs at NMSU at 575-646-4208.

Author:  Kristie Garcia – NMSU

NMSU celebrates contributions of Aggie football captain Lori Paulson

In a poignant ceremony and reception Thursday, New Mexico State University celebrated the life and gifts of its most passionate Aggie football fan, Lori Paulson.

A 2002 and ’04 graduate of the College of Business, Paulson has served an important and meaningful role the past two seasons as honorary team captain, becoming a friend and confidante to players and coaches. During that time, she has also been battling a rare type of pancreatic cancer, and her toughness and character have served as an inspiration to the team.

Paulson and her family have made a $100,000 gift to the NMSU Foundation to establish the Lori J. Paulson Football Excellence Fund, which will directly support players, providing for needs including uniforms, equipment and nutrition. Paulson said she and husband Brandon Young hope the community will continue to build the fund.

Aggie Head Coach Doug Martin said the most valuable gifts Paulson has given the team over the past two years are her love, friendship and unwavering support.

“It’s been a great celebration of a friendship. We started this thinking this would be a great way to motivate Lori, to inspire her, to give her something to fight for through this fight, and it was just the opposite – she inspired us,” Martin said. “She gave us something to fight for.”

Martin related how Paulson would come to practice no matter how bad she felt, and if players were on the sidelines with a bad hamstring or shoulder, they’d hop right back into play.

“They’ll see her coming down that ramp – back out on that field,” he said. “No way they’re standing there like that when she’s coming.”

Martin officially named Paulson and Young’s son, Jeremiah, the team’s new honorary captain. Asked what he’d like to say, Jeremiah shouted: “Beat UTEP!”

Athletics Director Mario Moccia joined others in thanking Paulson and Young for their gift, and gave Paulson her own key to Aggie Memorial Stadium – a place she likes to reflect and enjoy quiet moments.

Through tears, Moccia recalled seeing Paulson on the football field still wearing her hospital bracelet. “Even in the most serious of health issues,” he said, “she’s remained the most positive person I know.”

To honor Paulson’s impact on the football program, the NMSU Board of Regents voted Wednesday to name the team’s meeting room in the Hall of Legends at Aggie Memorial Stadium for Paulson.

Young thanked the team and Aggie family for the impact that their friendship has had on Paulson and their family.

“It gives us something to look forward to,” Young said. “It’s enlarged our family.”

Senior Aggie wide receiver Josh Bowen spoke to Paulson on behalf of the football team.

“Miss Lori, you’ve meant so much to everyone here over the years that you can’t even begin to imagine,” Bowen said. “No words can express what you mean to every player on this team. You just epitomize what strength and courage is all about. You set an example and a standard for everyone in this room to follow.”

Full of jokes and laughter, Paulson told a standing-room-only crowd of gathered friends, players and Aggie family that she had three pieces of advice for her son about being the team captain.

“No. 1: Give more high-fives and more hugs than criticism,” she said. “No. 2: When you think the team doesn’t need you – when they’ve just won, or it’s a bye week – that’s when they need you the most. And No. 3: Remember that when times are tough, that tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”

Paulson has used her blog, The Big C in LC, to share her journey from her diagnosis in early 2014 to her decision in December to forgo further treatment and enter hospice care. That same openness and candor was always there for the players she counseled through difficult times.

In a video message, former Aggies center Valerian Ume-Ezeoke shared his reflections with the team members who filled the meeting roomThursday.

“Never has there been a greater fan with her kind of love for you: never based on wins, losses or stats, but based on love and faith in you – and who you are, and who you’ll become,” he said. “Just every so often, God allows us to cross paths with a truly exceptional person who’ll forever change the way we love, think, give and live our lives. You and I have the honor and blessing of calling Lori Paulson that exceptional person.”

To make a gift to the Lori J. Paulson Football Excellence Fund, visit To read more about Paulson’s cancer battle, visit

Author: Amanda Bradford – NMSU

NMSU researcher, Arrowhead Center, local company test mosquito repellent wristband

A New Mexico State University professor is collaborating with a New Mexico company and Arrowhead Center through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program to test the efficacy of a mosquito repellent wristband that promises to be more effective than other commercially available repellents. The BugBling™ band has different active ingredients compared to other mosquito repellent bands on the market.

Through the NMSBA program, Immo Hansen, an associate professor of biology in NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been the subject matter expert working with Bob Hockaday, president of Energy Related Devices/eQSolaris to test the BugBling™ band.

10/30/2015: NMSU biology professor Immo Hansen, left, and research assistant Stacy Rodriguez demonstrate how they test mosquito repellent effectiveness using a Y-shaped tube. The study looks at how mosquitos react to different household products including repellents made from natural materials and everyday perfumes. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)
10/30/2015: NMSU biology professor Immo Hansen, left, and research assistant Stacy Rodriguez demonstrate how they test mosquito repellent effectiveness using a Y-shaped tube. The study looks at how mosquitos react to different household products including repellents made from natural materials and everyday perfumes. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Energy Related Devices/eQSolaris is also a client of the Arrowhead Technology Incubator at Arrowhead Center.

Hansen and his research assistant Stacy Rodriguez tested the product with two experimental setups. Two band prototypes – one containing citronella and DEET, and the other containing oil of lemon eucalyptus and DEET – were tested using a Y tube and a taxis cage setup. The second test used a wind tunnel at NMSU to standardize airflow.

Hansen said both prototypes were highly effective at reducing mosquito attraction.

The efficacy of both prototypes of the BugBling™ band were compared to two commercially available products – Invisiband and OFF ClipOn. The result: the effect of both BugBling™ bands were stronger than the two other products.

“The BugBling™ band strongly repels mosquitoes and proved to be superior compared to the other devices we tested,” Hansen said. “In fact, it was the only device that had a significant effect in our tests.”

Hockaday said the test results helped the BugBling™ band become “real” to the business world.

“With an independent test of our unique mosquito repellent technology it makes a spectacular difference in our credibility,” Hockaday said. “For a little company that creates a disruptive product that far out-performs against commercial products, it is hard to be taken seriously. The NMSBA assistance was able to engage independent testing in a unique New Mexico laboratory to scientifically confirm our product was several times better.”

Griselda Martinez, the NMSBA program manager at NMSU, said the mission of the NMSBA program “is all about support small businesses in the state of New Mexico to continue their growth. Seeing the development of this product and the potential to capture such a big market is of great excitement to our organization as we continue to work to develop our region.”

Hansen’s mosquito research recently attracted worldwide attention after discovering mosquitoes are strongly repelled by Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume.

Hockaday said that the results and information received through this NMSBA assistance have allowed him to continue with the process of registering the BugBling™ band with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Author: Adriana M. Chavez, NMSU

NMSU Chemical, Materials Engineering Department Head earns Fellow recognition

David A. Rockstraw, New Mexico State University’s Chemical and Materials Engineering Department Head, was selected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, which is the organization’s highest level of membership.

“I was honored and awed. The directory of Fellows on the AICHE website includes a number of my mentors who I admire and who continue to guide me when I need it,” Rockstraw said. “Being included in a list with the likes of Jeffery Harwell, Phillip Wankat, Nien-Hwa Wang and Nicholas Peppas is humbling. It puts pressure on me to perform at an even higher level to be worthy of this recognition as these individuals have accomplished so much more than I in their careers.”

This honor is awarded to less than three percent of its membership. Fellows are elected for service to the profession and meaningful professional achievement. Following their appointment, fellows are expected to increase volunteer service.

An NMSU faculty member since 1995, Rockstraw is a Robert Davis Distinguished Professor and NMSU Distinguished Achievement Professor. Additionally, he holds three patents.

Rockstraw is a registered professional engineer in the state of New Mexico and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Rockstraw also is in high demand as an expert witness in litigations involving chemical engineering processes and phenomena, testifying in state and federal court on four occasions in 2015 from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, California.

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Author:  Tiffany Acosta, NMSU

Aggies sweep Miners in 20-point win at the Don

On a night that would see one team win their first game in the past four attempts; the rivalry that is the Battle of I-10 added another page to the chapter, one UTEP would prefer to forget, falling to NM State 73 to 53 at the Don Haskins Center.

The Aggies jumped to 14-0 lead before the Miners made their first shot after going 0 for 7 from the field.

“We got ourselves in a hell of a hole by turning the ball over four straight times, I like the way we tried to fight back. We played some box, it helped us get back in it,” UTEP head coach, Tim Floyd said. “We got some spirited play from Omega Harris off the bench.”

The Aggies would maintain a double-digit lead for the majority of the first half, until the Miners went on a 16-5 run and take their first leadNMSU at UTEP-24 of the game, 31-29, with 57 seconds left in the half off a three-point shot from Harris.

It was Harris’ first game of the season making a positive contribution off the bench, scoring 23 of the team’s 39 bench points.

UTEP head coach, Tim Floyd said Harris will eventually be a starter, but it was the lone bright spot on the night.

Lee Moore and Terry Winn struggled to find any rhythm throughout the game shooting a combined 3 of 20 from the field for seven points.

Floyd was asked if Moore’s play would hinder his status as a starter going forward, ‘playing his way out’ of the lineup.

NMSU at UTEP-4“We’re learning something about our guys every night out. You’re asking me what I think. Do I think this guy can play his way out?” Floyd said. “I don’t know, I don’t know who this guy is right now, we’re going to find out. This is where you suck them up, you play hard, you play with confidence…if you miss a few shots, get in the gym and spend an extra hour in the gym shooting. That’s all I know to do.”

UTEP led the Aggies 17 to 14 in rebounding in the first half, but ended the night losing the battle 38 to 27; getting out-muscled on the defensive end.

“My entire career we’ve been able to take a really good player out of the game on the perimeter, we have not been able to do that since we played (Gian) Clavell from Colorado State,” Floyd said. “We’re going to have to get back to it, if it truly is important then we’re going to have to get back to finding somebody, not necessarily changing what we’re doing, but finding somebody that can that’s on our roster, come in and do that. Our guys are simply not making enough shots offensively.”

The Aggies would regain the lead by one before the half, but the Miners managed to erase the 14-0 lead their rival had to begin the game.

UTEP’s bench play was vital in the surging comeback, outscoring NMSU’s bench 28-1 in the first half. But the comeback win would never happen as the Aggies kept pulling away as the second had winded down.

“This is basketball, it’s a game of runs. We knew they were going to go on a run. They went on a pretty good one and cut it to one,” AggiesNMSU at UTEP-45 guard, Ian Baker said. “At half time, he (coach Mavin Menzies) just told us to keep doing what we’re doing and they’ll break eventually.”

What was once a one-point lead turned into a 20-point advantage for the Aggies downing the Miners 73-53 and ending their three-game losing streak while the Miners lose their fourth-consecutive game.

Baker led all scorers with 26 points going six of seven from behind the three-point line.

“Honestly the thing that had me going was my mother came in from D.C. She was at the game tonight. I just wanted to give her something to remember while she was there, that was kind of in the back of my mind the whole game,” Baker said. “At the same time, I wanted to get the second win against UTEP, I want to at least split with our rivalry game.”

Both programs entered the night with three-game losing streaks: NMSU’s last win was against the Miners on Dec. 2 which also was UTEP’s first loss of the season after beginning the season with six consecutive victories.

The win for the Aggies is also their first non-conference road win since Dec. 17 2013. NMSU improves to 6-5 while dropping the Miners to 6-4.

UTEP has a quick turnaround as they host the Sun Bowl invitational and take on Norfolk State on Monday, while the Aggies also have two days to prepare for Oral Roberts.

NMSU researchers gaining national attention for grocery shopping research

Two New Mexico State University professors are gaining national exposure for their research into how to help consumers eat more healthfully.

Collin Payne and Mihai Niculescu, both College of Business marketing professors and co-directors of NMSU’s Consumer Behavior Laboratory, recently joined the Arrowhead Technology Incubator at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center to explore opportunities to transfer their research to nutritionally vulnerable communities.

Payne said they have had initial conversations with a health center working with a grocery store in Massachusetts and are exploring community-based opportunities in New Mexico and Texas. Payne and Niculescu’s research was recently profiled on Fox News.

“We’d like to transfer the knowledge gained from our university research to benefit consumers and retailers,” Payne said. “We draw from the knowledge base of behavioral economics to help consumers switch from lower-margin less healthy products to higher-margin healthier products without increasing consumer budgets.”

Payne and Niculescu recently received a large five-year grant from the USDA to create in-store marketing tools to help participants in the Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, purchase healthier foods.

Much of the grant activities will occur in the NMSU College of Business Consumer Behavior Lab, or CoBe Lab. Niculescu said one example of the grant activities in the CoBe Lab includes creating sales circulars, based on behavioral economics principles, that will help WIC and SNAP participants know what and how much fruit and vegetables to purchase. The test circulars will be distributed in Lubbock, Texas.

“When people go into the grocery store, they’re making decisions that will affect their health and their family’s health, but have to contend with choosing from tens of thousands of products in a space as big as a football field with expertly crafted in-store marketing,” Payne said. “We provide them with easy-to-use decision aides regarding what and how much produce to purchase without increasing their budgets.”

Other in-store decision aides Payne and Niculescu have used include placing placards in shopping carts promoting fruits and vegetables as well as strategically placed arrows on the grocery store floor. Consumers in the study ended up significantly increasing their produce purchases without increasing their budgets or decreasing supermarket profits.

Payne and Niculescu originally received a grant from the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation in El Paso to test these and other ideas.

To view the Fox News interview, visit
Author:  Adriana M. Chavez – NMSU

NMSU faculty, staff honored for work in developing top online courses

New Mexico State University faculty and staff were recognized at the Instructional Innovation and Quality awards celebration Nov. 12 for their achievements during 2015 in professional development for online courses and improvements in online course design.

The IIQ unit ( supports all facets of distance education and includes Academic Technology, Distance Education, Instructional Media Services and the Online Course Improvement Program. The unit is supported in part by the Student Technology Advisory Committee and the Course Delivery Fee.

Services include training and guidance for NMSU faculty in the improvement of the quality of online teaching and learning. OCIP ( incorporates the Quality Matters standards, a service that provides research-based online course design expectations.

IIQ Director Susan Bussmann said faculty report their redesigned blended and online courses are making a positive difference for students. Keeping current with the constantly evolving technology and research-based strategies underscores the importance of continuous improvement in online education.

Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza was honored with the Leading the Way award for 2015 for her advocacy, collaboration and online service. MacGregor-Mendoza is a professor of Spanish and linguistics.

The following faculty and staff also were recognized:

One Year Plus Fellows
Amneh Al-Rawashdeh, Lynette Bagwell, Michael DeAntonio, Conni DeBlieck, Bobbie Green, Cheryl Lombardi, Stephanie Lynch, Sara Melendrez, Tracey Miller-Tomlinson, Shelly Noe, Robert Paz, Katya Reka, Linda Summers

New2Online Participants
Najah Al-shanableh, Felicita Arzu Carmichael, Mark Clark, Erika Gergerich, James Herndon, Laura Madson, Nancy Oretskin, Lida Uribe-Florez, Yuliana Zaikman, Kristynia Robinson

Quality Matters Peer Reviewers
Chuck Boehmer, Susan Bussmann, Conni DeBlieck, Kefaya Diab, Marija Dimitrijevic, Tami Ford, Michelle Lebsock, Cheryl Lombardi, Justin MacDonald, Julia Parra, Robert Paz, Henrietta Pichon, Katya Reka, Susan Wilson

Quality Matters Master Reviewers
Stephen Anderson, Kerry Forsythe, Miley Grandjean, Sandy Johnson, Sharon Lalla, Elise Sautter, Betsy Stringam, Kourtney Vaillancourt

Quality Matters Nationally Recognized Courses
Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza – SPAN 540, LING 302/502
Chuck Boehmer – EE 461
Susie Bussmann – EDLT 592
Maria Dimitrijevic – CJ 454
Jennifer Kreie – BCIS 485/560
Justin MacDonald – PSY 340
Julia Parra – EDLT 581
Henrietta Pichon – EMD 540
Robert Paz – EE 551

Instructional Media Services Student Appreciation
Christina Griego, Sage Jurado, Kathleen Silva, Francisco Vidal

Author:   Darrell J. Pehr – NMSU

NMSU Freshman may be required to live on campus starting Fall 2017

During their meeting Friday, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved a resolution for the university to develop a plan to possibly require freshmen to live on campus.

Certain exclusions will be developed for students to opt-out of the requirement, including provisions for students who already live near campus and U.S. service members, among other groups. The target date for implementation is the fall 2017 semester.

According to NMSU President Garrey Carruthers, students who live on campus tend to be more academically successful, more engaged in the campus community and more likely to graduate. Living on campus also places students closer to support services and typically leads to increased retention rates.

“There will be exceptions to the rule; not all freshmen would be required to live on campus,” Carruthers said. “Going forward, we will develop a plan to outline the criteria surrounding this policy. We will look at what other universities are doing in this area.”

Regents also approved the demolition of Monagle Hall, a three-story residence hall near Corbett Center that has been unoccupied for the past two and a half years.

The Regents Above and Beyond Award was presented to NMSU’s University Advancement Office, led by Interim Vice President for University Advancement Andrea Tawney. Her group recently completed its first-ever Giving Tuesday event, Dec. 1. The 24-hour marathon fundraising effort was an overwhelming success, raising a grand total of more than $4.5 million, including matching funds, for various student scholarships across the university.

The Regents approved the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department’s request to change the concentration in counseling to a major titled Clinical Mental Health Counseling. They also approved a new undergraduate major in Educational Leadership under the Bachelor’s of Science in Education degree.

Carruthers detailed the university’s priorities heading into the state’s legislative session. Those include increased compensation for faculty and staff and capital outlay requests. He also stated it may be difficult for the state to fill these requests because state revenue estimates are down due to slumping oil prices.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard provided an update on the university’s effort to move from 128 to 120 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree. Currently 60 percent of programs at the university have moved to 120 credit hours.

Author:   Justin Bannister – NMSU

1,000 graduates expected at NMSU fall commencement

About 1,000 students are projected to participate in the fall 2015 commencement ceremony at New Mexico State University, set for 10 a.m.Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Pan American Center.

The colorful hoods of the academic regalia signify where the wearers received their masters or doctorate degrees. New Mexico State University will hold a special hooding ceremony for the 96 doctoral candidates at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Pan American Center. (Courtesy Photo) NOV15
The colorful hoods of the academic regalia signify where the wearers received their masters or doctorate degrees. New Mexico State University will hold a special hooding ceremony for the 96 doctoral candidates at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Pan American Center. (Courtesy Photo) NOV15

Commencement activities will begin Friday, Dec. 11, with a doctoral hooding ceremony at 7 p.m. at Pan American Center. NMSU will recognize Dan E. Arvizu, recently retired director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, with an honorary degree during the ceremony. He will speak to the doctoral degree candidates following his hooding.

Of the 1,450 students who are degree candidates on the Las Cruces campus, 15 are associate degrees, 1,056 are bachelor’s degrees, 314 are master’s degrees and 65 are doctoral degrees.

Additionally, 537 associate degrees will be conferred to students graduating from NMSU Dona Ana Community College, NMSU Alamogordo, NMSU Carlsbad and NMSU Grants this fall. Summer graduates from main campus who did not participate in the spring commencement ceremony are invited to attend this fall ceremony.

Tickets are not required. The Pan American Center will open one hour prior to the ceremony. Candidates should check in east of the Pan American Center in Lot 32.

Arrowhead Drive between Triviz Drive and Stewart Street will be closed for commencement. Parking will be available for degree candidates and the public in the lots to the north and east of the Pan Am, with handicapped parking to the north and northeast of the building.

Media covering the event should pick up a media pass in the coordinating center tent in Lot 32, east of the Pan American Center.

Author: Jane Moorman – NMSU

Battle of I-10 Part 1: Aggies beat Miners 73-59

Pascal Siakam collected 24 points and 23 rebounds, and NM State built a big lead early in the first half en route to a 73-59 win over UTEP on Wednesday at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies (5-2) scored the game’s first 10 points and led 20-4 seven minutes into the game.  The Miners cut it to four twice late in the first half and trailed 36-28 at the break.

UTEP, which lost for the first time in seven games, fell behind by 10 points (38-28) early in the second half.  The Miners mounted another rally, pulling within four (51-47) on a three-pointer by Earvin Morris with 10:51 to play.  But the Aggies scored eight of the next 10 points and were in control the rest of the night.

Utep at NMSU-53“The Aggies were a better team tonight than we were in all areas of the game,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “We have had our rebounding woes.  We got dominated last Saturday [against Colorado State] and were able to win a ball game.  It didn’t quite work like that tonight.  Siakam had 23 boards and our team had 27.  Until that mentality changes with our team, including our guards who need to go back and rebound the ball to help us, we’re going to continue to have these kinds of struggles.”

Ian Baker scored 22 points for NMSU and made five of the Aggies’ six three-point field goals.

Dominic Artis led UTEP with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.  Lee Moore scored 12 points and Morris added 11, although they were a combined 7-for-24 from the field.

“I thought our shot selection was very questionable, even early in the game to late in the game,” Floyd said.  “We only had three turnovers at the half and I thought, ‘Maybe we have a chance.’  But when we cut it to four a couple of times we came down and turned it over on back-to-back trips, and then we took back-to-back bad shots which are like turnovers.  I credit the Aggies for putting us in those situations.  They were more dominant than us inside tonight.  I thought that they played through their bigs and really did a great job.”

The Miners were outrebounded 50-27, including 18-4 on the offensive glass.  The Aggies outscored UTEP 32-10 in the paint and 17-1 on second chance points.

Matt Taylor had a near double-double for NMSU with nine points and nine boards.  The Aggies shot 43.3 percent to UTEP’s 40.7.

Utep at NMSU-99“The first possession of the game we came out and we were going to go double off of Taylor,” Floyd said.  “We had Taylor take the shot, the guy we wanted to take the shot, and they went back and rebounded over the top of us and put it in.  It was like that throughout the entire game.  Very frustrating.  Credit to the Aggies, who I think have got an NBA player in Siakam.  I was in that league for eight years and he looks the part.  We recognized that going into the game, the problem was we couldn’t do anything about it.”

The rematch is on Dec. 19 at the Don Haskins Center.

The Miners will host a UT Arlington team that has won at Ohio State and Memphis, and lost in overtime at Texas, on Saturday.  Tip-off is 7:05 p.m.

Author: UTEP Athletics

NM EDGE director named chair of National Certified Public Manager Consortium

New Mexico State University’s director of New Mexico EDGE is now serving as chair of the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.

Mary DeLorenzo has served three years in various leadership roles with the NCPMC, which is the accrediting organization for New Mexico Certified Public Manager program.

“It is an honor for NMSU and New Mexico for Mary to serve as chair of the national consortium,” said Jon Boren, director of New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, which administers the program.

DeLorenzo has been the program director at NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector, for five years.

“NMSU is very fortunate to have her experience in working with public entities,” Boren said. “Through her efforts, the program continues to grow as it demonstrates the land-grant university mission of providing research-based information to the residents of the state.”

NM EDGE evolved from a County College program developed in 2003 between NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service and New Mexico Association of Counties.

DeLorenzo has been involved with the program from its inception, having worked at NMAC for 20 years.

Since arriving at NMSU in 2007, DeLorenzo worked with a variety of strategic partners to expand the program offerings to municipal, county and state personnel.

NM EDGE CPM earned its initial accreditation through NCPMC in 2011, and program standards are reviewed every five years for continuing accreditation. NM EDGE offers a three-tiered program with certification as public official, public supervisor and public manager.

NM EDGE is a professional development training program with the motto “Better government through education.” Since its expansion, 282 public official have graduated with a variety of designations, including county commissioner, county clerk, treasury official, public assessment officer, public purchasing professional, jail specialist, GIS specialist, cooperative extension professional and advocate in public ethics.

Incorporated in 1980, NCPMC establishes and preserves standards for the certified public management designation. It was founded on the principle that the quality and efficiency of management in government has a major impact on the lives of residents and the orderly functioning of society, and that systematic training programs are essential to maintain and improve the effectiveness and professionalism of government managers.

Author: Jane Moorman NMSU

NMSU selected as a top military-friendly university

New Mexico State University has been named as a top military-friendly school for 2016 by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.

This is the seventh consecutive year NMSU has been listed as a top institution in the country that supports military students, which will be featured in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazine.

“NMSU is proud to be recognized as a military-friendly school for military and veteran students,” said Jacobo Varela, Military and Veterans Programs director at NMSU. “Over the last few years we have worked hard to live up to that title and improve our services and programs for our military and veteran students. The office of Military and Veterans Programs values our veterans, service members and their families.”

According to Victory Media, “the Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.”

For a complete list of the rankings visit

“Military and Veterans Programs looks to enhance and support our students throughout their academic career,” Varela said. “Military and Veterans Programs has developed new mission and vision statements, as well as a new strategic plan to help guide us for the next few years and will allow us to continue to improve how NMSU serves this important population.”

In October, Military and Veterans Programs received a resolution from the Board of Regents honoring the upcoming first-ever Military and Veterans Appreciation week along with the programs’ staff, students and new strategic plan.

NMSU’s Military and Veterans Appreciation week will be held Nov. 7-13 to honor students, faculty and staff who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces.

Many of the events are open to the public including the Armed Forces 5K End Zone Dash on Sunday, Nov. 8. The Air Force and Army ROTC will host the obstacle course run at 7:30 a.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Online registration is available at

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, Military and Veterans Programs will host its annual Veterans Day Picnic and Information Fair from 12-3 p.m. at the Garcia Annex Courtyard. NMSU has invited local service organizations to have tables and meet university students.

On Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, a free screening of “Fort Bliss” will be held at 5:45 p.m. at Domenici Hall. A reception and discussion along with a question and answer session with the director, Claudia Myers, will follow the screening.

The weeklong celebration includes many events and a detailed list can be found at

Author:  Tiffany Acosta – NMSU

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