Communications

Fall 2018 Commencement

This week, about 1,250 of our students completed their degree requirements, and most of them will attend Commencement tomorrow along with family, friends, supporters, and other loved ones. This is an important milestone. The Commencement ceremony marks the conclusion of a degree program, but the word “Commencement” denotes a beginning. If we had a commemorative coin for Commencement, one face would represent the past: the values and skills our students arrive here with and the ...
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Another exciting week

I want to begin this week by thanking everyone who participated in this year’s Giving Tuesday events for NMSU. These efforts resulted in more than $2.1 million being raised to help our students and improve our programs across the NMSU system. It’s important to realize these funds make a world of difference to the success of our students and it would not be possible without our amazing NMSU alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students who ...
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Stay Safe

As New Mexico’s land-grant research university and a Hispanic-serving institution, New Mexico State University serves a multi-cultural population of faculty, staff and students. The welfare of the campus community is a top priority and a shared responsibility that works best when we are all committed to ensuring the safety of one another. We take this responsibility very seriously because safe living, learning and working environments are more productive. We work to maintain the safety and ...
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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an opportunity for each of us to pause, to spend time with those we care about and to give thanks for what we have. This week, it only seems fitting to give thanks to the people who work hard each day to make NMSU a better university. We want to thank all of our employees, from those who clean our classrooms and mow the lawns, to those who advise our students and man ...
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Our promise: We stand with you

Before New Mexico State University existed, Tortugas Mountain – also known as A Mountain – was a sacred place for the people of the Tortugas Pueblo. At yesterday’s Inauguration of Chancellor Arvizu and myself, Patrick Navaez, Cacique of Tortugas Pueblo, affirmed the long-standing foundation of friendship, mutual respect and assistance between the Pueblo and NMSU as he expressed his optimism for the future. It was a fitting way to set the tone for the wonderful ...
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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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