Archive for March, 2012

Town Hall Chat and BBQ! April 11, 2012

admin | March 28, 2012

The next Town Hall chat, will take place on Wednesday April 11 from 11am – 1pm on the patio! There will be a free barbecue for everyone who attends. Guest speakers will include Marty McFarland and Bobi McDonald. This free event is Co-Sponsored PTK and Student Government and will be held in conjunction with the Community Resource Fair.

We will have more information about this event soon, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Rotary Scholarships Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2012

admin | March 27, 2012

There are three (3) Rotary Scholarships available for NMSU-A students with a deadline of Monday, April 2, 2012.

Please see NMSU-A Financial Aid Department for applications and criteria.

Note: The Financial Aid Department also has information about many other scholarship opportunities. Please go to the Financial Aid Office or to their web page: You can also like them on Facebook on the NMSU Alamogordo Financial Aid Office.

Rotary Club of Alamogordo: Billie Holder Memorial Scholarship
Amount: $500

  • Be a resident of Otero County
  • Be enrolled as a full time student at NMSU-A or NMSU
  • Have completed scholastic standing evidenced by a 2.5 GPA or better
  • An unofficail transcript MUST be attached to this application
  • Complete this application correctly, completely and legibly
  • Do not attach/include any documents except unofficail transcript

Application Location: NMSU-Alamogordo Financial Aid Office
Deadline: Must be received no later than Monday, April 2, 2012

Rotary Club of Alamogordo: Medical Careers Scholarship

  • Be a resident of Otero County
  • Be enrolled in degree/certificate program at NMSU-A/NMSU/Dona Ana Branch
  • Have earned a GPA of at least 2.5
  • Complete this application correctly, completely and legibly
  • An unofficial transcript MUST be attached to this application
  • Do no attach/include any documents execpt unofficial transcript

Application Location: NMSU-Alamogordo Financial Aid Office
Deadline: Must be received no later than Monday, April 2, 2012

Rotary Club of Alamogordo: Shelby Miller Memorial Business Scholarship

  • Be a resident of Otero County
  • Have completed (or will be completing) the Freshman year of study
  • Have acceptable scholastic standing evidenced by a 2.5 GPA or better
  • Be enrolled as a full time student at NMSU-A
  • Complete this application correctly, legibly and completely-all questions must be answered

Application Location: NMSU-Alamogordo Financial Aid Office
Deadline: Must be received no later than Monday, April 2, 2012

SVAA Collects Over $400 During Fundraising Barbeque

admin | March 26, 2012

The NMSU-A chapter of the Student Veterans Association of America (SVAA) held its fundraising barbeque Tuesday, March 13, on the campus patio. According to chapter President, Doug Sabo, the fundraiser was a huge success, collecting over $400 in donations. Monies collected from this fundraising activity go to support the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Fort Bliss.

SVAA membership is open to veterans, active duty, and their families with the motto of “still serving”. This group provides support to the same, their community, and fellow students and works diligently to assist with specific needs, as well as provide support with daily issues.

Last semester, the SVAA barbeque, along with other donations, totaled $500. The money was presented to the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Fort Bliss on December 16th at the annual Christmas party. This donation made it possible for several WWB soldiers to go home for Christmas.

At the recent fundraising, Congressman Pearce, his Aid, Joe Martinez, and Representative Herrell accepted SVAA President Sabo’s invitation to visit during the event.

NMSU-A’s PTK Chapter Wins Awards

admin | March 19, 2012

On March 2nd and 3rd, PTK members Matt Skinner, Krystal Morales, Bonnie Rodgers, Phyllis Methot and Faculty Advisor Matthew Placencio traveled to Los Lunas, New Mexico for the New Mexico PTK Regional Conference. At the conference, our chapter of PTK, Alpha Nu Beta, received two prestigious awards: The 4-stars Chapter Level Award, and the Rising Star Award in recognition of demonstrating excellence and by making a difference in regional programs.

Pictured left to right: Mark Dyche, Student Government Senator for PTK; Ben Placencio, Treasurer; Bonnie Rodgers, Vice-President of Service; Matt Skinner, President; Matt Placencio, Faculty Advisor; Krystal Morales, Secretary

Blood Needed! March 31 blood drive at the Mall

admin | March 19, 2012

Due to technical difficulties with the blood mobile, very little blood could be collected at the blood drive sponsored by the National Student Nurses Association on March 15 on the campus.

There is still an opportunity to give! The United Blood Services will be at the White Sands Mall on Saturday, March 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Blood can only be stored for 42 days so new donations are continually needed. Adequate blood supplies can make the difference between life and death.

Give blood and renew life this spring.

2012 Summer & Fall Class Schedule Now Available!

admin | March 15, 2012

The 2012 Summer & Fall Class Schedule is now available online. Print copies are also now available around campus and the region.

For more information, please see our Classes page.

NMSU-A NISOD Excellence Awards Recipients

admin | March 15, 2012

Since its inception in 1978, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has been dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators, and staff; and to the continued improvement of teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of student success. More than 700 community colleges around the world are NISOD members, including almost every large community college district, the majority of urban and technical colleges in the United States and Canada, and more than 200 small, rural colleges around the world.

The annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence is held in Austin, Texas (this year over Memorial Day weekend) and is a celebration of community colleges’ best and the innovations of their members and partners.

NMSU Alamogordo proudly announces their recipients of the NISOD Excellence Awards for this year, Dr. Karen Reid and Ms. Stefanie Ledesma.

Academic Support Center Spring Break Hours

admin | March 14, 2012

The Academic Support Center (ASC) will be open for TESTING ONLY during Spring Break. No tutoring services will be available between close of business on Saturday, March 17 and Monday, March 26. Testing Center hours will be 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday of Spring Break. The ASC will be closed on Saturday, March 24.

NMSU-A Blood Drive

admin | March 13, 2012

Spring is the season when life is renewed. One important way to help renew life is to give blood. Giving blood during springtime can become a great tradition, like spring cleaning. In the event of an accident, serious illness or surgery, an adequate blood supply can make the difference between life and death. Blood can be stored for only 42 days, so new donations are continually needed. And every blood type must be kept on hand.

NMSU-A Blood Drive
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Mobile unit will be parked in the Administration parking lot from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Contact 575-439-3716 to make an appointment.

Registered donors can go to

Matthew Skinner and Robin Lyn Named to the All-New Mexico Academic Team

admin | March 13, 2012

NMSU-Alamogordo students Robin Lyn and Matthew Skinner have been selected as members of the All-New Mexico State Academic Team for two-year colleges for the year 2012. Team selections were based on excellence in academics, campus and community service, and leadership abilities.

Accompanied by their families and NMSU-Alamogordo President Cheri Jimeno, Robin and Matthew were honored by the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges and the New Mexico Phi Theta Kappa at a ceremony held at the Round House in Santa Fe on February 1. In addition, Robin and Matthew were officially recognized on the House floor by District 51 State Representative Yvette Harrell.

As winners of the award, both received medallions, proclamations of their achievement by the New Mexico State House and Senate, a signed letter from Governor Martinez, and a two-year tuition scholarship to any four-year state university in New Mexico.

The road to the awards began last October, when NMSU-Alamogordo faculty nominated students. Those nominated were given access to the Phi Theta Kappa website where they completed an application that included biographical materials and essays. From those applications, the nominating committee of James Gallagher, Professor of Communication, and Sonja de Vargas, College Associate Professor of German, selected Robin and Matt as the two nominees and Vanessa Welch as first alternative. Then Robin and Matt worked on fine-tuning their applications and included two letters of recommendation. In December, they submitted their applications for state and national recognition.

Robin is a single-mother of six children, two of whom are still in middle-school, who in her life has worked as an RV salesperson, owned an ambulance service, and currently is a photographer. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a Crimson Scholar, on the Dean’s List, and boasts a GPA of 4.0. She serves as a Senator-at-Large in the NMSU-A Student Government and was the Public Relation Officer of the Public-Relations Committee. She is founding editor of the campus student newsletters, News on the Hill and The Crimson Gazette. She works as a tutor at the Academic Support Center and will major in English at NMSU.

Matt is former military and worked as a civilian as an underwater welder. An occupational injury motivated Matt to come back to school after 20 years. He serves as President of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; is Student Government Senator for the Veteran’s student group; Chair of the Student Government’s Finance Committee; and is President of the Advocates for Children and Education student group. He is a Crimson Scholar and is on the Dean’s list with a 3.8 GPA. He interns with the New Mexico Juvenile Probation Office and intends to become a lawyer. During last year’s graduation ceremony, he served as the Student Marshall. He was instrumental in the institution of the Town Hall Chats and the Commitment Wall.

Congratulations to Robin and Matt!