Archive for August, 2013
PNM has awarded the NMSU-A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program a $10,000 PNM 30th Anniversary Grant to help fund a Native Plant Demonstration Area at the City of Alamogordo Library. The project is part of an HSI-STEM grant that is working via the Outreach & Transfer Coordinator, Christina S. Stroud, to provide more internships and community service-learning opportunities for students in the STEM fields. The grant is overseen by an evaluation team consisting of Dr. Mark Cal, Gary Bond, Dr. Juan Garcia, Greg Hillis, Jary Rupe, Bryan Yancey, Donna Cook, Director Jeffrey Bacon, and Cathy Aguilar-Morgan.
Dr. Gloria Villaverde, Assistant Division Head of Math, Engineering, Science and Health has agreed to take the lead in the project. Under her direction, NMSU-A, the City of Alamogordo, Alamogordo High School, and the local chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico plan to promote water conservation through xeric landscaping while beautifying the grounds fronting the Alamogordo Public Library. The plan at the library involves designing and constructing a Native Plant Demonstration Garden; providing materials that promote xeric landscapes and water conservation; and improving the appearance of the Alamogordo Public Library. Dr. Villaverde’s Environmental Science classes at NMSU-A will coordinate with Mrs. Stroud’s NMSU-A STEM Club Student Members and Alamogordo High School’s Environmental Science classes to research native, xeric plants and their benefits. The area will demonstrate that native plants can be used attractively as natural habitats for native butterflies and hummingbirds.
The City of Alamogordo will provide the land for the garden and provide construction assistance. NMSU-A and AHS students will contribute to the garden’s construction and maintenance. Dr. Villaverde views the project “as an environmental stewardship demonstration. As a positive impact to the environment, we’ll be demonstrating water conservation, benefits to wildlife, and the attractive use of recycling materials.”
The Summer 2013 diplomas have been ordered. To check on the status of your diploma please see the Diplomas Status link at http://nmsu.edu/~registra/commencement.html or Go To: https://www.michaelsutter.com/nmsu.
The manufacturer will send an email notification to your NMSU email account once your diploma has been mailed out.
Students needing books can use their student bookstore charge account to get books. They must be registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours and it takes about 48 hours to process the request. I have attached the information sheets which include directions and one with the screen shot of the book charge account application. Every student should be able to get their books within the first week of school.
More information at:
- Purchasing Textbooks Directions Bookstore Charge_Account (PDF)
- Barnes and Noble Student Charge Account – Fall (PDF)
- On Facebook
August 13, 2013 Press Release — NMSU-A working to replace Associate Degree in Nursing program with allied health degree
New Mexico State University Alamogordo is working to replace its Associate Degree in Nursing program with a potential Associate Degree in Allied Health. The new degree could eventually produce workforce-ready students interested in pursuing health careers. It also would provide a foundation for students seeking a bachelor’s in nursing.
“We recognize the local need for nurses in communities around the state and will continue to help students seeking that career path,” said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. “We also want to reassure our current students at NMSU Alamogordo that this change will not affect them in any way.”
The program change is meant to ease the difficulty encountered by rural community colleges to recruit and retain qualified nursing faculty for ADN programs. The proposal must still go through the NMSU’s academic approval process, but the university hopes to have it in place for students by fall 2014.
As part of the process, NMSU and NMSU Alamogordo are working closely together to initiate the new program. If approved, it will provide a 2+2 option for a defined number of students to enter into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered by NMSU’s Las Cruces campus. The 2+2 option means students would study for two years at NMSU Alamogordo to receive their associate degree, and then participate in distance education classes from NMSU in Las Cruces for another two years to receive their bachelor’s degree. A similar program is already in effect at NMSU Grants.
“The change in the nursing program in Alamogordo follows a national trend toward recognizing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as the entry-level degree into the nursing profession,” said Cheri Jimeno, president of NMSU Alamogordo. “We want to make sure we give our students the best opportunity for success once they graduate.”
She said that 2+2 programs in nursing provide the foundation for many community college programs throughout the U.S. The plan for NMSU Alamogordo is to offer a concentration in nursing in the Associate Degree in Allied Health and certificates of completion in defined allied health care fields. There are significant workforce needs in the areas of disability support service, Alzheimer/dementia care and health care assistants. Students who achieve these certificates of completion will be prepared for these fields. This change will not affect the nursing cohorts in their third and fourth semesters at NMSU Alamogordo. These two cohorts are already enrolled and will continue the program, without disruption.
The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Alamogordo is nationally accredited by ACEN (formerly NLNAC) and is approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing through August 2014. Since the program change will not occur until fall 2014, students who are currently enrolled in the ADN program will graduate from an accredited nursing program.
This announcement is also available at newscenter.nmsu.edu.
Does NMSU-A offer the course you need this fall semester, but NMSU-A is not your primary campus? Beginning August 8th, you do not have to give registration preference to your primary campus! You can register with NMSU-A provided space is available and you meet the prerequisites! Classes begin August 22nd, so GO TO: nmsua.edu to register!
Please mark your calendars for Friday, August 23 for the Fall Faculty and Staff meeting and “Celebration of Accreditation.”
There will be light refreshments for the morning meeting. Tia Lupe’s will be catering lunch.
8:00 a.m. Refreshments
8:30 a.m. Welcome; Introductions
8:45 a.m. United Way Presentation
9:00 a.m. Updates
12:00 p.m. Networking and Lunch; “Celebration of Accreditation”
1:00 p.m. Presentation of Awards and State of the Campus Address
Fall Faculty and Staff meeting and “Celebration of Accreditation.”These events will be held at the Tays Center. All faculty, staff and students are invited and welcome. Attached is a detailed Agenda.
Classes for the 2013 Fall Semester and 1st 8-week session at NMSU-A begin August 22nd. If you haven’t registered for classes yet, there’s still time, but don’t wait until the class you need/want fills! Go to the nmsua.edu homepage and click on “How to Register.” This information will lead you step by step in the online registration process. The fall class schedule is also online. Click on “Class Schedule” which is the link immediately above the “How to Register” link.
If you need to apply for admissions, you must do so before you can register. Visit with an Academic Advisor to set the wheels in motion.
Success is waiting for you!