Archive for August, 2012
This year there is a tie for the Outstanding Exempt Staff Award. The two winners are Linda Beavers and Charles Turpin. Linda wears many hats at NMSU-A. She completes room scheduling and helps produce the class schedule and course catalog. She also is responsible for curriculum processing and handles the final review and certification of NMSU-A degrees on behalf of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Charles Turpin is no stranger to NMSU-A. As a student, he always went beyond the call of duty to support the progress of this campus through his service to student organizations and his outstanding representation of NMSU-A to a variety of venues. He excelled as a student and later earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from NMSU. After completing his degrees, he returned to our campus, working diligently in the Financial Aid office. Soon after, he became the veterans Financial Aid Advisor, making great strides in support of our veteran students. He has spearheaded special seminars and was instrumental in helping NMSU-A attain the “Military Friendly” designation for 3 consecutive years.
The Outstanding Non-Exempt Award this year goes to Doug Quam. Doug arrives early and stays late. He works with his crew through extreme heat and cold to make the outdoor areas of this campus look great. If the weather prevents him from working outside, he finds something to do inside. He is always busy, always willing to help with a project, and yes, almost always smiling! So put your hands together for these outstanding and deserving NMSU-A staff!
The first two days of our fall semester classes saw a return of an effort begun several years ago, but this time it returned on a much larger scale. Four information booths were set up across campus on both days and were manned from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm by approximately 30 staff, volunteering for one or more 2-hour shifts both days. The purpose of the event was to welcome students (new and returning) and provide information, directions to classrooms, etc.
Spearheading the effort was Dr. Juan García, new VP of Student Success. “The booths are meant to help welcome students, ease stress, and promote integration into the community. Retention increases when a student feels part of the campus, and this is what we are trying to do.”
James P. Flores, a Biomedical Technology student at NMSU-A, is the recipient of the HACU Conference Scholar Award which pays for travel, accommodations, and recreational activities to the HACU Conference in Washington, D.C., October 20-22. In addition, James will attend leadership and career training workshops and meet with Washington D.C. industry professionals and politicians. James is the first NMSU-A student to win this award.
James is currently pursuing his Associate Degree in Biomedical Technology, another in Information Technology, and a third in Electronics Technology. After earning his degrees, he would like to work in a hospital, preferably here in Alamogordo.
On Tuesday, August 28, we had a campus evacuation. The evacuation was requested by the Alamogordo Police Department due to an air missile that was found at an apartment complex close to the campus. The missile was not on our campus.
Please update your emergency contact information @ https://myaccount.nmsu.edu/etm/index.php
If yes, its time to file for your degree application. The deadline is August 30
and the fee is $25. After this date, late fees apply. Applications are available through your MyNMSU. Login at https://ssb.nmsu.edu/pban/nmsugraduation.p_appdeg
To celebrate the beginning of the Fall semester ,NMSU-A will be hosting a 1st Impressions Event for new and returning students. There will be stations around campus to assist students in locating their new classes, as well as welcome booths, information, snacks, and surprises! Alamogordo Live will be doing a broadcast from NMSU-A and Voter Registration will also be available. Swing by New Mexico State University Alamogordo and join the fun!
August 23rd: 1st Impressions event for fall semester students - WELCOME BOOTHS set up in 4 locations on campus to provide campus maps, information, treats, and surprises. Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
August 27th: 1st Impressions event for fall semester students - WELCOME BOOTHS set up in 4 locations on campus to provide campus maps, information, treats, and surprises. Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
On Tuesday, August 7th, staff from Student Services came together for an informational session about Dual Credit in the Student Services Building on the NMSUA campus. Students and their parents were invited to attend a brief session to answer any questions they have about the Dual Credit program and what it means to a high school student pursuing college credits. In addition, local high school counselors and key NMSUA personnel attended, bringing to the meeting important information about the approved classes students can take at NMSU-A.
The evening began with Dr. Juan Garcia, Vice President of Student Services, opening the meeting with words of encouragement about the program. He then turned over the reigns to Rose Pena, Dual Credit Advisor, and Jeremy Patton, Recruitment Coordinator, who gave short presentations about Dual Credit. Afterwards, the floor was opened to questions from parents and students. Several NMSUA officials were present to answer questions, including division heads Dr. Joyce Hill, Ms. Cathy Aguilar-Morgan and Mr. Bryan Yancey.