Baltimore, October 1, 2014—Quality Matters, a leader in quality assurance representing over 800 colleges and universities, K-12 schools and systems, government agencies, corporations and other and academic institutions gathered in Baltimore for its 6th Annual Conference. With several pre-conference workshops, 100+ sessions, 13 posters, and more than 150 presenters, this event convened more than 500 online educators to advance K-12 and higher education’s capacity to design quality online courses.
Institution Award Recipients: Outstanding Impact by an Organization is New Mexico State University Alamogordo. New Mexico State University is recognized for implementing QM standards as part of the New Mexico State system, providing quality online courses for all students.
From left to right: (l to r) Christine Voelker, Melissa Poole, Dr. Ryan Carstens, Sherrell Wheeler, Kathy Roark-Diehl, Dr. Christine Trapp, Gary Bond
David Brooks, student at NMSU-Alamogordo, is presented the Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans Scholarship awarded by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Educational Foundation. Presenting the certificate is Sheri Dropinski, NMSU-Alamogordo Electronics Instructor. David is in his second year at the university, majoring in Applied Science in Electronics Technology. Driven by his thirst to learn, David has proven himself an ambitious and responsible student. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was honorably discharged after combined service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve.
The AFCEA Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational incentives, opportunities, and assistance for people engaged in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. AFCEA awards over
$2 million in scholarships and grants annually to deserving students and teachers.
Congratulations, David, for recognition of your academic excellence!
A group of professors from the Humanities, Social Science, & Education (HSSE) Division pose for a photo which announces their winning the “Pennies for Pink” campaign during NMSU-A’s Pink Week. During Pink Week, donation jars were placed in several areas/offices around campus with the challenge – “Which area will collect the most for breast cancer research?” The HSSE Division won an ice cream party for having collected the most donations for the cause, $79.08.
NMSU-A’s “Pennies for Pink” campaign collected a total of $186.25. This will be donated to NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink, a Las Cruces based group that works to raise breast cancer awareness and to fund “Cowboys for Cancer Research,” a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The donation stays in New Mexico funding research at NMSU and UNM Cancer Center. If you wish to read the blog with the exact wording, here is the link:
The NMSU-A Student Government election results are in. The new student government officers/senators are:
Katrina Eberling, Senator for Student Veterans of America-Alamogordo
Barry Miller, Senator for Social Science Club (SSC)
Winsome Nembhard, Senator for Advocates for Children and Education (ACE)
Eddie Kemp, Senator for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Tommy Balderrama, Senator for Student Media Solutions (SMS)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2014
Udall, Heinrich Announce Nearly $15 Million for New Mexico Community Colleges
Funding will enable institutions, partners to train New Mexicans for high-wage health care careers
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that 11 community colleges in New Mexico will receive $14,999,863 in federal funding to provide innovative training programs, in partnership with local businesses, to help New Mexican adults advance into high-wage careers. The funding, provided under Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, will allow these community colleges to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that will help job seekers get the skills they need for in-demand jobs in New Mexico’s health care industry.
“Our community colleges provide quality training and education to more than 80,000 New Mexicans each year, and this funding will help them better prepare veterans and those whose jobs were affected by foreign trade develop the skills for high wage jobs in health care,” Udall said. “This investment in our community college system will ensure that New Mexican workers have the training they need to succeed in these in-demand career opportunities. With more New Mexicans requiring access to quality health care and health promotion services, New Mexico needs health professionals to address this growing demand. Programs like the New Mexico Skill UP Network will go a long way in helping increase the number and skills of these health experts.”
“This funding will allow colleges across New Mexico to provide workers with quality job training to help fill New Mexico’s expanding health care and technology workforce needs,” Heinrich said. “Investments in education and job training will have a significant and lasting impact on our economy and ensure all New Mexicans have the skills they need to compete for quality jobs.”
The TAACCT competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education, has provided $23 million to New Mexico institutions in the past four years. Today’s funding will benefit the New Mexico Skill UP Network, which will work with 23 employer partners and 17 industry representatives expand and improve the delivery of health care career pathways; increase attainment of degrees, certifications and industry recognized credentials; and align education and workforce systems to improve employment outcomes. The consortium is led by Santa Fe Community College, which will receive $5,682,738. Other recipients are:
· Central New Mexico Community College: $1,983,779
· San Juan Community College: $1,366,921
· Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell: $1,145,445
· Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso: $576,767
· New Mexico State University, Alamagordo: $807,012
· University of New Mexico, Taos: $688,983
· University of New Mexico, Valencia: $788,029
· University of New Mexico, Los Alamos: $579,961
· University of New Mexico, Gallup: $866,967
· Mesalands Community College: $553,623
Monday, September 29 through Thursday, October 2 is “Pink Week” at NMSU-A. During “Pink Week” we celebrate those who have survived breast cancer, show our support for those currently fighting the disease, and remember those who lost their battle. Thursday, OCT 2 is “Pink on the Patio”. We will have a tribute table set up to remember those we’ve lost. If you have lost a loved one or friend to breast cancer, bring a photo of her/him to place on the ‘table of remembrance’. We also will have various cancer organizations present to provide information. Free soda, popcorn, ice cream, and give-aways from noon to 1:00 pm.
Penny Challenge: Collection jars – “Pennies for Pink” will be placed about campus to collect donations for the fight against breast cancer. The jars will be collected Friday, October 3. The area with the most pennies wins an ice cream party! The areas are: Science Center, Academic Support Center, Business Office, Student Union, Bookstore, Student Services, Library, Physical Plant, and Protech. Let’s see which area is the victor!
So be “Pink Proud” all week and wear pink every day to show your support of this important cause.
Your vote is important. Are you registered? October 7th is the voter registration deadline. Here are voting dates to remember:
* November 4th – General Election
* October 7 – November 3 – Absentee Voting
* October 18 – November 1 – Early Voting
If Education Bond C passes, higher education institutions across the state will receive much needed funding to renovate & upgrade aging infrastructure. G O Bond C helps our students compete in today’s global economy and contributes to the State’s overall economy when students graduate by adding approximately 1,400 new jobs.
The passage of G O Bond C means NO TAX increase since other bonds are retiring. Therefore, there is no property tax increase.
Dr. Ryan Carstens, Vice President for Academic Affairs, New Mexico State University Alamogordo has been selected by a national review panel as one of only 30 community college leaders to attend the prestigious Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College. The 30 participants hold senior-level leadership positions in community colleges throughout the United States.
Gerardo E. de los Santos, president and CEO of the League for Innovation, said, “The review panel was extremely impressed with the quality of the applicants, which speaks well for the future vitality of the community college.”
The institute, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona, December 7-12, 2014, provides an opportunity for potential community college presidents or those in transition to review their abilities and interests, to refine their skills, and to participate in discussions on leadership with an outstanding array of faculty drawn from among nationally and internationally recognized community college leaders. These include community college chief executive officers, experts in leadership development, community college trustees, presidential search consultants, members of the League for Innovation board of directors, and other prominent figures.
This is the Executive Leadership Institute’s twenty-sixth year preparing senior-level community college administrators to successfully fill the presidential role.
The League is an international association dedicated since 1968 to catalyzing the community college movement. The League hosts conferences and institutes, develops web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in a continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities.
Townsend Library invites you to attend and participate in the annual Banned Book Readout. Banned and challenged books will be available.
When: Tuesday, September 23 @ 12:15 to 12:45
Where: Patio (weather permitting!)
Who: Students, Staff, Faculty, yes even administrators!!!!!!!
What: Read a passage from a banned or challenged book and say why the challenge was made.
Why: Because you believe in the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech is important to you – AAANNNDDDDD, you support the Townsend Library!!!