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John B. Adams – Professor of Art, director of the Graphic Design program and respected faculty member at NMSU-A since Fall 2003.
John received his Associates Degree in Commercial Art at Solano Community College in Northern California and acquired his BFA degree in Advertising and Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He was the creative director of Adams & Associates, a successful graphic design and advertising business in the San Francisco East Bay for over 20 years before moving to New Mexico. John currently teaches the majority of the graphic design courses at NMSU-A, and is also an accomplished public artist, photographer and sculptor who has shown throughout the US.
Cathy Aguilar-Morgan – Associate Professor of Math, is serving as interim Division Head for MESH Division. She co-presented “Critical Thinking in Intermediate Algebra,” at the NMHEAR conference in Albuquerque in 2011 and presented “COMPASS-Beyond the Cut Score-Better Placement Practices” at the NMHEAR conference in Albuquerque in 2012. She will also be co-presenting at the NISOD conference in Austin, Texas on “Critical Thinking.” She is a member of the Alamogordo Public Schools Strategic Plan Steering Committee and is on the Board of Directors for COPE. She attended her son’s winging ceremony for the United States Air Force in Pensacola, Florida; her older daughter is attending law school in Albany, NY and the younger daughter in at NMSU majoring in Civil Engineering. Last year Cathy was promoted to Associate Professor.
Tanya Allred – Assistant Professor of English, has earned her ABD (all but dissertation) in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from NMSU, 2012. She is serving as the chief writer of NMSU-A’s self-study document and will be traveling to Chicago in April, 2012 to attend a conference to help her in that task. This year she has enjoyed designing a pilot for a reading-writing combined class at the developmental level. She continues to organize out of her office, collections of food and clothing for the Matthew 25 ministries which are sent to Juarez orphanages. This summer Tanya will be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky where she was accepted into the AP summer reading program as grader.
Rhonda Alterson – Assistant Professor of Nursing Assistant, completed the “New Mexico Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Training for Adults and Pediatrics”. She is now certified in this Nursing specialty.
Steve Atkinson – Instructor of Emergency Medical Services, will earn his Associate of Arts degree in Para-medicine at the end of spring semester. He presented, “How to handle stress as a rural EMT” at the NM EMT Conference in Socorro, NM 2011. He attended the Instructor Coordinator Conference in Ruidoso, 2012, learning simulated learning techniques. He is preparing courses on Pediatric Assessment for EMTs. He recently suffered a house fire, and he says “yes, you are in good hands with Allstate”.
Ernestine Baca – Professor of Physical Education received recertification in nonviolent crisis intervention by the Certified Prevention Institute held in Albuquerque in 2012. She also co-presented at the Grants Community College Roundup on Nonviolent Crisis intervention programs. She attended the American Council of Exercise Conference in San Diego in 2011 and the Diversity Conference in Las Cruces in 2012. In 2011 she became a ZUMBA Certified Instructor.
Carrie Baldwin – Associate Professor of Economics, is the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee and serves as substituted for the Chair of the Faculty Assembly at the Academic Council meetings. She is working on Lab Manual for Micro and Macro-Economic classes and is Teaching Math 121 College Algebra for first time.
Kerry Bolin – part-time Instructor of Nursing, has been Board certified for Medical Surgery.
Connie Breding – Associate Professor of Theater Arts, directed of “In our Own Voices” performed at the Rohovec Theater in 2012
Stan Carlson – Associate Professor of Natural Sciences, has recently become the HSI STEM director and received special Grant training through Ramona Munsell in Arkansas. He co-authored the grant proposal. He has also served as co-chair of the self-study committee (criterion 4). In addition, he served as Team-Leader for the NMHEAA summer retreat program at Ruidoso in 2011, for the project, “Online instruction observation tool” and was co-presenter at NMHEAR, 2011, Poster Presentation on the reorganization of our Teaching and Learning Committee.
Susan Cook – College Professor of Business and Business Office Technology, is serving as Assistant Division Head for the Pro-Tech division and is developing an online mentor program for Canvas for the part-time faculty she is supervising. Susan is also serving as co-chair of the self-study committee and she traveled to Chicago for the Higher Learning Conference. Last year, Susan was promoted to College Professor
Jenna Deinert – Instructor of Reading, co-presented “Accountability and Quality at the Program Level: One Course at a Time” at the NMHEAR conference in Albuquerque in 2011. She also presented at the TLC Mini-Conference reporting on her experiences at the ALP conference that she attended in Baltimore. Jenna also serves as a faculty advisor to ACE.
Sonja de Vargas – Associate College Professor of German, serves as co-chair of the All-USA Academic Team Nominating Committee and attended the SWCOLT Conference in Phoenix, Arizona in 2012. She teaches German conversation classes for NMSU-A Community Education and takes dance classes at Community Education (fox-trot and cha-cha). Sonja also performs as a member of the Alamogordo German Choir “Gospelchor”
Pete Eidenbach – Part-time Temporary College Professor of Anthropology, is working on his “Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps” which is at the final text edit stage (next stage composing and layout). At the Tularosa Basin Conference he will be presenting “Deities and Non-Coms: The Earliest Missile Programs at White Sands Proving Grounds”. He’s working on developing a hybrid face-to-face, second life, and synchronous lecture course for his Introduction to Heritage Interpretation course. He is also working on developing a special topics course in “History of Mapping in New Mexico”. He has also finished writing “Dust of the Drag,” a history of the Oliver Lee Ranch. His granddaughter has turned one; his daughter Kristine is involved in a number of ACLU actions protecting prisoner’s rights in Arizona and his daughter Samantha is finishing her Master of Arts degree in Education in Finland. During spring semester 2012, Pete is using the outdoor classroom at night; come by and see for yourself.
Rita Eisele – Assistant Professor of Mathematics, presented a number of times the past year: At Grants Community College Roundup, Oct 2011”Cat’s Cradle: Making Cultural Connections in the Mathematics Classroom”; at NMHEAR, Albuquerque, 2012, “Using Multiple Teaching Strategies in a Fast-Track Developmental Math Course”, at AMATYC, Austin, TX, “Addressing Multiple Learning Styles in a Fast-Track Developmental Math Class, Nov, 2011, and co-presented: “Critical Thinking in Intermediate Algebra”, at NMHEAR, Albuquerque, 2011. She also is proud of her work developing and teaching a fast-track developmental math class through Title V, fall semester, 2011. Rita also was published in the NMMATYC News, October. Her article was named “What is Golden about the Regular Pentagon?” and you can see the work in progress on the white board in her office.
Glenda Elser – Assistant Professor of Computer Science, serves as Chair of the General Education Committee. She is also serving as co-chair of the self-study resource room and attended the HLC conference in Chicago. She presented at the LTC Mini-Conference on “Critical Thinking”. She has enjoyed teaching Excel and Google Apps for NMSU Community Education. She is playing piano with the Flickinger Jazz Band.
Mike Eydenberg – Professor of Physics, serves as Chair of Promotion and Tenure Committee. He invites others to visit his private physics lab in the Reidlinger Building. Recently his shark demonstration model blew up.
Kay Flowers – Part-time Instructor of Communication, is teaching for the first time “Communication Theory” this spring semester. She attended NMHEAR, 2012 and CISSY Conferences, 2011 in Albuquerque. This past year she revamped the Orientation Program for first-year students and the Career Center as part of her duties as Retention Coordinator.
Ann French – Assistant Professor of Reading and Developmental Studies, enjoyed attending a month long post-doctoral study at the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University on developmental education. Her research topic is “An Examination of the Relationship between Reading Ability and Metacognitive Strategy Use in Developmental Readers.” She also attended the Southwest Association of Developmental Education Conference in Albuquerque, NM in the fall of 2011 where she presented “Accelerated Learning: Findings and Implications”. In October 2011 she again presented her research findings on accelerated learning at NMSU- Grants Community College Roundup, Oct. 2011 and co-presented “Assessment Strategies in College 101”, at the NMHEAR Conference in Albuquerque, 2011. At the LTC Mini-Conference in the fall of 2011 the title of her informative presentation was “Informal Classroom Assessment Strategies.” She is serving her third term as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the City of Alamogordo where she has been elected vice chairperson for the second time.
Claire Forsmann – part-time Instructor of Psychology, has for the last 6 years she been teaching online psychology and sociology courses for NMSU-Alamogordo from Germany. In fall 2012, she will be teaching again in the classroom as she is moving back to Alamogordo. So she is currently preparing material to teach f2f again—and also prepping a new course: Introduction to Research. In September 2011 in Munich, she ran a women’s 5k and was the fastest American. In February 2012, her ski/snowboard club held its annual race and she placed 1st in the snowboard. Her family (Tomas and) placed 5th out of 20 teams. Finally, Claire would call herself semi-fluent in German.
James Gallagher – Professor of Communication, serves as Chair of the Faculty Assembly, Division Curriculum Committee, the Literacy Council of Otero County and is co-Faculty Advisor of PTK and the Journalism Club. He presented “Storyboarding and Film as Small Group Project,” at the Western States Communication Association conference in Monterey, California; “Faculty and Student Strength-Training with Seligman (This is not a PE class or Info-Commercial)”, at the NMSU Grants Community College Roundup; and “Exposing and Integrating Critical Thinking into Assignments” at the Teaching and Learning Mini-Conference in Alamogordo, all in 2011. He also conducted workshops at the Student Government Leadership Conference, in August 2011 and a series of workshops on Digital Measures for the campus at large. This past year he developed and taught for the first time on this campus, Philosophy 211G: Informal Logic
Jose Gonzalez-Gonzalez – Associate Professor of Spanish, is the host of a radio show on KURP 91.7 Alamogordo, and KHII 88.1 Cloudcroft. Wednesday at 4:30-6:30 PM, “Espacio Latino” — Music, culture and entertainment in Spanish. He attended to HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities) Conference held in San Antonio, TX, October, 2011, and the Southwest Conference on Great Teaching in Taos, NM, 2011. He is a member of the Awards Committee and the Professional Development Committee.
Beth Grundhoffer – Instructor of English, was on a number of committees, TYCA, Development Discussion Day, CCDE Assessment Team, Social Media Task Force, and Career Technology Expo. Last year she was chair of Teaching and Learning committee in 2011. In 2012, she attended the Higher Learning Conference in Chicago as Back-up writer for the self-study report and the 4Cs Conference in St. Louis (pre-conference on basic writing instruction).
Joyce Hill – Associate Professor of Education, serves as Division Head for the HSSE Division. She is also serving as the NMSU-A representative on the System-wide Online Task Force. Joyce co-presented “Assessment: One Size Does Not Fit All” at the NMSU- Grants Community College Roundup, Oct. 2011; “College 101: The Saga Continues NMSU-Grants Community College Roundup, Oct. 2011; “Assessment Strategies in College” 101, at the NMHEAR conference in Albuquerque in 2011; “Accountability and Quality at the Program Level: One Course at a Time”, at the NMHEAR conference in Albuquerque in 2011; and “Assessing Critical Thinking”, at the NMHEAR conference in Albuquerque in 2012. She will also be co-presenting on “Critical Thinking” at the NISOD conference in Texas in 2012. Last year Joyce was awarded Tenure and promoted to Associate Professor
Cindy Holder – Temporary Part-time College Assistant Professor of Business and Communication Studies, accepted a position as Director of Academic Support with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She’s also been accepted into ERAU’s Master of Aeronautical Science program. She is active in Alamogordo Theatre, serving as president on the board of directors; co-director of the successful production Cinderella this past summer; and costumer for other productions. She will be showing her photography at the Flickinger Theater in May.
Steve Holmes – College Professor Electronic Technologies, serves as Assistant Division Head of the Pro-Tech division, and is in charge of 17 labs. He played an important role in writing the Title V and STEM grants. He is proud of the partnership with a large Bio-Medical firm that includes internships for our students (Steve encourages all to come see the Bio-Medical lab in TE-132). Steve has also worked on developing programs in Automotive (hybrid); Alternated energy, and electrician apprenticeship.
Sara Irving – College Professor of Art, and director of the Photography Technology program, has taught photography, digital video, art history, and other classes in the visual arts at NMSU-A since 1999. Sara received her BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and her MFA in photography from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. Sara’s photographic work is in documentary landscape photography. Here is a link to her photographic work at the Center for Land Use Interpretation: http://clui.org/node/893
Mary Ellen Keith – Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies, is serving as Assistant Division Head for the HSSE division. She is serving as co-chair of the self-study committee and as Chair of the Library Director Search Committee. At the NMSU-Grants Community College Roundup she presented, “Student Scenarios: A Key to Teaching Critical Thinking” and is traveling to the NISOD convention in May, 2012 as co-presenter of “Critical Thinking.”
Denise King – Part-time Temporary Assistant College Professor for Health Science, has passed Comprehensive exams and will receive Masters in Public Health from NMSU. She worked on the Natural Science Program Review and she enjoys spending Stem money.
Stefanie Ledesma – part-time Instructor of Sociology, was the NISOD awardee for 2012.
Bill Lockhart – Professor of Sociology, received the prestigious Rousch Excellence in Teaching Award for the year 2012. He was also awarded in June, 2011, the Gallagher-Knipp Award for “Continued Significant Contributions” to the National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors – articles published in the Association journal – The Milk Route. A highlight for this year was Bill performing in “In Our Own Voices,” at the Rohovec Theater in February, 2012. He also serves as the Social Science Club Faculty-Advisor. During fall 2011, Bill was on Sabbatical and updated 3 of his books and wrote a new chapter for his Bottle research Opus. Links to Bill Lockhart’s publications: http://www.sha.org/bottle/References.htm. Hardcopies of the books are also in our library. Here is a list of Bill’s publications during the 2011-2012 academic year:
Vince Lombrana – Professor of Biology, is spending most of his time on his duties as Assistant Division Head for MESH. He attended New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation in Sciences Annual Statewide Student Research Conference held in Las Cruces at the NMSU campus in 2011. He is currently Teaching Anatomy and Physiology. Last semester he took ET 183 lecture and lab (Direct Current) and is currently taking ET 184 lecture and ET 184 lab (Alternating Current Circuits) up at Pro-Tech.
Kim Lopez-Gallagher – Assistant Professor of History, Philosophy and Government, presented at the NMSU-Grants Community College Roundup in October, 2011, “The Faculty Role in Promoting Student Engagement in Campus Life: A Roundtable Discussion,” and at the NMSU-A Teaching and Learning Professional Development Mini Conference, April 2011, “Don’t Pontificate, Simulate!” She also organized and presented with students in GOVT 100G: American National Government class NMSU-A’s annual Consitutiuon Day event, “Parade of Freedom” which included recitations and artistic interpretations of key amendments of the United States Constitution. Moreover she serves as Faculty Co-Advisor to the NMSU-A Student Government. Kim ran (with Professor Kathy Roark-Diehl) in the El Paso Half Marathon in February, 2012. She also finished second in her age group in the CHINS Fun Run 5k in February, 2012 in Alamogordo. In March, 2012, Kim introduced UNM Professor of History Richard Melzer and local historian Michael Shinaberry for the Alamogordo Speaker Series annual event, “Enchantment: The First 100 Years” held at the Flickinger Center. Last year, Kim was awarded Tenure.
Wayne McGowan – Associate Professor of Chemistry, serves as Vice-Chair of Faculty Assembly and he also served as Chair of the NMNEC Sub-Committee. He is busy writing a Lab Manual for Chemistry 110G.
Ron McNeel – Professor of English, is serving as Faculty Senator. He was published in the Literary New Mexico Program. His contribution was entitled: “T’was Fire brought me to New Mexico.” He is also having great fun teaching and fine-tuning his Creative Writing class (English 220)
Ray Najeres – College Assistant Professor Nursing, served as the Faculty Assembly Chair 2010-2011 and now is in the midst of writing a science-fiction novel.
Erin O’Neill – Assistant Professor of Developmental English, presented at the NMHEAR conference in Albuquerque in 2011 on “The Multiplication Principle”: Improving Developmental Completion Rates.” She also wrote Book Reviews for American Library Association’s “Choices.” This past year she has been Coordinator of Title V Accelerated Reading and Writing Pilot Study and for Development Day, 2012. Erin also earned her Yoga certificate in 2011 and has taught for credit through NMSU-A and through NMSU-A Community Education.
Cynthia Osborne – College Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, was a featured speaker at the Second EMS Instructor Conference in Ruidoso, 2012, and she enjoys the challenge of teaching nursing classes in Advanced Cardio life science and Pediatrics Nursing. She has received two honors this past year: she was chosen as Elite American Educator by Elite American Educator, Inc. and Who’s Who Cambridge V.I.P.
Matt Placencio – Instructor of Engineering Technology, serves as PTK Faculty Advisor and received two awards from PTK, Horizon Awards for PTK Advisors active in the New Mexico Region. He also tutors Main campus students in field and has started teaching new Networking classes, ET 273 and ET 277.
Karen Reid – Assistant Professor of Psychology/Counseling and Education Psychology, serves as Assistant Division Head of the HSSE Division. She has co-presented at a number of conferences: “Assessment: One Size Does Not Fit All” NMSU-Grants Community College” Roundup, Oct. 2011; “College 101: The Saga Continues” NMSU-Grants Community College Roundup, Oct. 2011; “Assessing Critical Thinking,” NMHEAR, 2012; “Assessment Strategies in College 101” , NMHEAR 2011; “Accountability and Quality at the Program Level: One Course at a Time,” NMHEAR 2011; and “Excellence in Online Instruction”, NISOD, 2011. She has presented at the NMSU-A clambake, “Assessment: Did our Assessment Method really work?” and is the SVAA student group faculty advisor. Karen was the NISOD awardee recipient for 2012
Rosa-Rico Fernandez – Associate College Professor of Spanish developed and is teaching a new Spanish Class the spring semester, Conversational Spanish 101. She attended the Diversity Conference in Las Cruces, March, 2012, the NMHEAR Conference, Albuquerque, March 2012, and the HLC Conference in Chicago, April 2012. She co-presented on Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Program at the NMSU-Grants Community College Roundup, Oct. 2011. She was chosen “Sweetheart” by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and is taking Art (mostly watercolor) and Dance classes at NMSU-A Community Education.
Kathy Roark-Diehl – Professor of English, had a banner year in 2011. She was awarded the Rousch Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011, and was chosen to be one of the Alamogordo Women of Merit by the Alamogordo Daily News for 2011. She was also honored to make a presentation at Holloman Air Force Base on, “Mary Wollencraft: Revolution and the Feminist Dilemma.” Moreover, Kathy ran an Half-marathon in El Paso, Texas in 2012 and paid a Professional Pilgrimage to St. Hildegarde’s convent in Germany
Jary Rupe – Professor of Computer Science, has been kept busy being the grant manager and director of the Title V/HIS Stem Grant supporting accelerated learning projects. He has traveled to Washington DC and Rodgers, Arkansas for grant management training. He serves as the Chair of Professional development committee This last year Jary was promoted to Professor
James Schamack – Instructor of 3-D Animation, is developing internships with Team Kaizen Games for his students. Meanwhile he has created a promotional video for game “Burst! (Beta)” located on the Play Store (Android Marketplace) and nearly completed with a tech demo for “Shattered Soul” for Team Kaizen Games.
Jan Starr – Director of Nursing, received 8 year accreditation in 2011 from National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.; now working on writing the second self-study for New Mexico State Board of Nursing and redoing student and faculty handbooks as well as orientation handbook. Updated certification credentials as Advanced Holistic Practitioner. Is the NMSUA representative on the State wide NMNEC meetings to create a state-wide nursing curriculum; participates in NMNEC state-wide program evaluation committee and two sub-committees on professional program development. Participated by phone during the Oregon State Wide Nursing symposium on curriculum development. Orchestrated and supervised a team of Faculty and Nursing & EMS students ( 61 total) who volunteered for nearly 22 hours to participate as additional medical support for the Bataan Memorial Death March- March 25, 2012. Designed a mentorship plan and implemented core activities to all of the NMSUA Nursing Faculty as well as to the new Director of Nursing at NMSU- Carlsbad.
Judie Strawderman – full time GED Math instructor and ELL instructor at Adult Education, earned her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Educational Technology, 2011
Jennifer Smith – College Assistant Professor of Biology, wrote and received two grants, one from T&E and the other Sigma Xi, to research a threatened species of aquatic turtle and it’s habitat as part of her dissertation for a PhD in Plant and Environmental Science at NMSU. She also placed 12 students in local natural resource internships with the goal that they gain hands-on experience and develop long term employment in these fields. This was made possible through a cooperative grant with NMSU-Las Cruces. She was also awarded Outstanding Division Member of the Year in the Math, Engineering, Science and Health division… and has kept two boys in college as a single parent without loans! This past year, Jennifer was promoted to College Assistant Professor
Charles Turpin – part-time instructor of Criminal Justice, earned his Masters degree in Criminal Justice in 2011.
Sylvia Walker – College Instructor of Mathematics, is now a full time faculty member after seven years as an adjunct instructor and one year as an emergency hire. She has been attending NMMATYC for the past several years and co-presented at the 2010 NMMATYC. Sylvia recently attended the NMHEAR conference and will be attending the Kellogg Institute for Developmental Education in Boone, NC this summer. She was accepted into Graduate School at New Mexico State University where she is working on her Master of Arts in Teaching degree with an emphasis in Math.
Wanda Wakkinen – Assistant Professor of Communication, presented “The Role Game Used Two Ways,” at the Western States Communication Association Conference in Monterey, California, in Feb, 2011. She contributed at the Teaching and Learning Committee’s Mini Professional Development Conference in April, 2011 with Communication Studies colleagues, Dr. Jim Gallagher and Ms. Kay Flowers on “Listening.” In February, 2012, she performed at the Rohovec Theater in “In our Own Voices.” She also attended the NMSU-Grants Campus Roundup and is kept busy being the recording secretaries of Take Back the Night and Faculty Assembly. Wanda continues serving as the Social Science Club student group Faculty Co-Advisor. She co-presented a Book Discussion for the One City One Book event in Oct, 2011 (for the third year) at the Townsend Library, and co-presented with the other authors of Sharing Moments Over Tea at the Otero County Association of Educational Retirees in Nov, 2011. Ms. Wakkinen received a 5-year Service Award and pin from NMSU-Alamogordo on Jan 20, 2012 (full-time service). She prepared for and taught a WS 201G, Introduction to Women’s Studies, class in Spring, 2012.
Lynette Wedig – College Instructor of Math, spent most of the last year as interim director the Academic Support Center and Adult Education. She attended a 1 week course at the Technology for Developmental Education and attended an Accelerated Learning Pre-Conference Workshop. She Produced and Directed benefit concert at Flickinger Center “Music, Music, Music” and is Producing CD “Songs of Southern New Mexico,” for Centennial (15 local artists). She also became a Grandmother for first time.
Andy Weiss – Part-time Temporary College Assistant Professor of Occupational Education Computer Science, teaches classes introducing students to computers, teaching introductory web page design and introducing students to internet applications and protecting computers from threats. In his full-time job he manages the office providing for the IT needs for a government organization. He has been doing webpage work since 1996 and is the volunteer webmaster for ShroudNM.com, the web version of the Shroud Museum and Exhibit in the mall in Alamogordo, which he designed and published in 2009. Finally, he is testing the limits of smartphone technology, attempting to use primarily his phone in a deaconate program for his church.
Sherrell Wheeler – Assistant Professor of Business/Computer Science/BOT, conducted a Webinar for the National Business Professionals of America (BPA) faculty advisors on how to develop a successful chapter. Sherrell conducted a leadership training conference in July in Columbus, Ohio for national BPA student leaders across the nation. In October, her paper was presented at the Communication Association of Texas conference in Dallas, Texas “Can ‘America’s Grandmother’ and America’s ‘Mom-in-Chief’ Present the Feminist Persona?: A Rhetorical Analysis of Commencement Addresses by Barbara Bush and Michelle Obama” Sherrell is proud that her two daughters graduated recently; one receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and the other her BS degree in Interior Design and Pre-architecture.