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Donna Cook earned a Master of Arts in English at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. At Sul Ross she was the coordinator of the Writing Center, taught a freshman composition course, and worked closely with faculty to provide professional development workshops and Blackboard support. The Title III grant project hired her to provide support and facilitate required documentation and in-house budgets for the three activities and directors of the grant. She worked closely with the Vice President and Controllers offices and provided administrative support to the Title III Project Director. It was at this time she sought to complete a MA.
She came to Alamogordo by way of the NMSU Carlsbad campus where she held the positions of Activity Director and Project Director of a Title V grant. She was hired in March 2005 at NMSU-A to fill the newly developed Associate Campus Academic Officer position, which has since been redesigned and renamed Associate Vice President of Extended Programs.
Several areas fall under her oversight, including Community Education, Contract Training, Professional Development. Some programs were returned to the state in 2010, but other areas are being added to Extended Programs in 2011. A major focus is to identify external funding, write and submit proposals through a competitive process, most of which are federal funding through the Department of Education, Department of Labor, or Department of Health and Human Services. Other smaller projects that fit campus needs will be identified throughout the fiscal year and funding will be sought through the Extended Programs office.
In the summer, 2010, Ms. Cook was one of twenty chosen by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities to attend the 2010 DHHS-HACU Professions Capacity Building Program. The four-part training included an online course, and workshops in San Antonio, Texas and Bethesda, Maryland with two days at the National Institutes of Health.
Other development opportunities have included: EDUCAUSE workshops in Quality Online Courses; Noel-Levitz Symposium on Title III/V management; Ramona Munsell & Associates Title III/V Start-Up Management workshops; NMHEAR workshop with Hunter Boylen; NISOD workshop with Vincent Tinto.