Communications

Updates and reflections

Over the past week, President Floros and I have continued our efforts to advance NMSU’s strategic initiatives as we engage with important stakeholders across the region. This included a recent trip to Santa Fe to visit with lawmakers and other important players in state government. It also included visiting with the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance; Antonia Novello, the first woman and the first Hispanic U.S. Surgeon General as she attended an event hosted by ...
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Condolences and unity

This week’s communication was initially intended to address the recent sexual assaults on campus. I wanted to write about how our community takes these grave assaults seriously, and how students, faculty and staff are collaborating on outreach and messaging to unite our community. My primary message was going to be that our best weapon against sexual assaults is to change our culture into a culture of mutual respect, where we watch out for, help and ...
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Welcome Dr. April Mason, Interim Provost

Dear Colleagues, On Thursday, November 1, Dr. April Mason will join the NMSU Community as our Interim Provost.  I am certain all of you, the Aggie community, will welcome Dr. Mason just as you did a few months ago when the Chancellor and I arrived on campus. Since the October 23rd announcement of Dr. Mason’s appointment as Interim Provost, I have received an overwhelming amount of support for the choice, but also a few comments/questions ...
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An Inspiring Week

It’s been another busy yet inspiring week in the NMSU Chancellor’s Office. I had an opportunity to visit Sandia National Labs with a team from NMSU, including Vice President for Research Luis Cifuentes, Dean Lakshmi Reddi, Assoc. Dean Jim Murphy, and Chief of Staff Lenny Martinez. We toured Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility – a project I led 40 years ago. The facility was developed as a research tool to test the viability of ...
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Interim Provost

I am pleased to announce that Dr. April Mason has agreed to serve as Interim Provost at New Mexico State University. She will begin this position on November 1 and has agreed to serve until mid-May. Dr. Mason’s experience as an academic leader makes her an ideal candidate for this position. She served as the Provost and Senior Vice President of Kansas State University from January 2010 until June 2018.  As the University's Chief Academic Officer, ...
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Vote at Corbett Center

On Saturday October 20 at 11:00 am, the Otero Room on the first floor of the Corbett Center Student Union will open for early voting for voters registered in Doña Ana County. In recognition of the importance of voting, the Associated Students of NMSU (ASNMSU) invites eligible voters to cast their ballots on Tuesday, October 23 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Anybody who misses that event can still vote at Corbett Center at the ...
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GO Bond

Early voting in New Mexico is already underway and I would like to encourage everyone to become fully informed about General Obligation Bond D and its tremendous benefit to the New Mexico State University system and the entire state. If passed by voters, GO Bond D would provide $31.2 million to important NMSU renovation and construction projects in and around Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Carlsbad and Grants. Plus, if passed, it will not increase taxes.  For the Las ...
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A Touch of Fall in the Air

It’s been an intense yet exciting week and a half for New Mexico State University. It started Oct. 3 when President Floros and I were able to outline our strategic direction and performance metrics during the Board of Regents meeting. That was followed by a Foundation Board meeting and all of our events related to Homecoming. Then, we capped it off with a celebration of NMSU Alamogordo’s 60th anniversary just yesterday. I came away from ...
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First Draft for Strategic Directions

Strategic Directions for New Mexico State University were discussed at the Board of Regents meeting on Wednesday, October 3, and Chancellor Arvizu and I provided thoughts on how we can address those strategic objectives to improve student success, elevate research and creativity, and amplify outreach and economic development. Building on the current Vision 2020 Strategic Plan, we organized this proposal around the following eight categories by which we will measure the success of our administration ...
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Safe campus

Over the past two weeks, three incidents of sexual assault against students have been reported on our campus. This message addresses those assaults and reaffirms that NMSU will not tolerate sexual assault on any of our campuses. Being a member of the Aggie Community comes with privileges but also responsibilities. All members of the Aggie Community are expected to understand that:
  • When it comes to sexual activity, “No” means “NO!” Consent should never be assumed or inferred, and consent can be withdrawn at any time.
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