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Nursing is Alive & Well at NMSU Alamogordo!

audra | June 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is coming to NMSU-A!  A celebration of the new partnership between the NMSU School of Nursing and NMSU Alamogordo’s Allied Health Pre-Nursing will be marked with the signing of the memorandum of understanding on Monday, June 23rd at 3:30 PM at the NMSU-A Science Center Atrium. Bringing the BSN program to Alamogordo is a giant leap forward for local & area students.  Students will earn the first two years of nursing credits at NMSU-A and be able to complete the second two years of study at the NMSU-A campus, online, or other distance education platforms, earning their BSN from NMSU without having to leave Alamogordo!  Even the clinicals will be within Otero & Lincoln counties.  The public is cordially invited to attend the celebration.  Light refreshments will be served.

Student Offices Reduce Hours on June 5 & 6

audra | June 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Please note that the Student Success/Student Services staff will be in training on Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6. Office hours for June 5 and June 6 will be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Regular hours resume on Monday, June 9.

Tuition Refund Schedule has changed.

audra | May 28, 2014

Tuition Refund Schedule has changed. Partial refunds are no longer available.

Last day for 100% refunds

  • 10 week session: June 5
  • 1st 5 week session: through May 29
  • 2nd 5 week session: through July 6

Zamora Moves Forward With Dual-Credit Program

audra | May 28, 2014

Joseph Seth Zamora, a graduate this year from Tularosa High School, is the son of Nickie and Kevin Zamora.
Zamora, 16, has been taking college courses through NMSU-A’s dual-credit program since 2012. This May he graduated from high school having earned 33 college credit hours at NMSU-A with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.
In addition to his collegiate activities, Zamora recently won first prize in the Food Sciences category at this year’s New Mexico statewide FFA competition in Las Cruces. He will compete at the National FFA convention in October in Kentucky for the second year in a row.
Three years ago, he began studying piano with Jonnie Jo Haley, a former adjunct instructor at NMSU-A. He is now studying with Dr. Ezekiel Meza at the El Paso Conservatory of Music. In January, Zamora won first place in the annual El Paso Youth Symphony Concerto Competition. He performed the last movement of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra on March 30 of this year.
He has been awarded two scholarships to attend New Mexico State University in Las Cruces this fall. One of these is a substantial award to study piano with Dr. Laura Spitzer.
He has also won a scholarship to study with Dr. Andrew Cooperstock at the prestigious Rocky Ridge Music Camp in Estes Park, Colorado, this summer.
At the recent NMSU-A Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, Dr. Cheri Jimeno, President of NMSU-A, recognized Seth, congratulating him for his scholastic achievements and commending him for his utilization of the dual-credit program.

Discovery Fair on June 20th

audra | May 28, 2014

Discover what you can do tomorrow! NMSU Alamogordo is sponsoring the first annual Discovery Fair, Friday, June 20th from 4PM-8PM at the Willie Estrada Memorial Civic Center. Discover the HSSE Village, and engage in quality hands-on experiences that include car checks from the Automotive Program, interactive demonstrations from the Allied Health Programs, Renewable Energies Departments, and so much more! The Discovery Fair is free and open to everyone. For more information on the NMSU-A Discovery Fair, call 575-439-3737 or visit nmsua.edu. Light refreshments will be served.

New Proposed Health Programs at NMSU-A

audra | May 27, 2014

We want to update the community that NMSU-A’s Department of Nursing, EMS and Allied Health is diligently working to establish potential associate degree programs and certificates that will produce workforce-ready students interested in pursuing health careers.

Three New Degrees Pending Approval
Since last August, three associate degree programs have passed through the internal NMSU System approval process and are on their way for external final approval through the Higher Education Department and the Higher Learning Commission.  Once final approval has been received, the three programs will be offered on the NMSU-A Campus.  The three programs are:  Associate Degree in Allied Health, Associate Degree in Public Health, and Associate Applied Science EMS – Intermediate. 

More information..

Nurses Capping & Pinning Ceremony

audra | May 20, 2014

Thursday evening, May 8th, at the Tays Center, the final group of graduates of NMSU-A’s Nursing Program were celebrated with the traditional “Capping & Pinning” ceremony. A large audience of family, friends, and well wishers were present to pay honor to the 16 graduates, acknowledging their long hours of study, preparation, and success.

The feature of the celebration was the graduates being pinned (see photos) by special family members and receiving their cap (women) or band (men) from registered nurses. These 16 graduates are now ready to enter the nursing profession.

Keynote speaker was Dr. Vincent Lombraña who spoke of the characteristics of a good nurse. The keynote speech was followed by Ms. Lindsey Cox and Ms. Marian Coca presenting the history of the cap and pin. Dr. Ray Nejeres presented the graduates as the pinning and capping ceremony proceeded. Ms. Katherine Price-Ashley presented the history of the lamp as the solemn lighting of the lamps took place.

The celebration closed with the graduates reciting the “Nightingale Pledge” which is an adaptation of the Physician’s Hippocratic Oath. (Excerpt) “I solemnly pledge…I will be active in assisting others in safeguarding and promoting the health and happiness of mankind.” The pledge in its entirety exemplifies the dedication and honor of those reciting it to their chosen profession.

Wedig and Carlson Retire

audra | May 20, 2014

“Do you remember having purple hands? I do.” Lynette Wedig recalls a vivid memory from her public school teaching days. She retired from Texas public schools after teaching math for 23 years. NMSU-A snatched her from this interim retirement to first work as a Writing Center tutor, but her service here grew exponentially as she was recruited as a Workforce Trainer, GED instructor, Math Lab instructor, Title V Academic Program Specialist, Adjunct instructor (math, English, & Education), Interim Director of ASC and AE programs while also working as a college instructor. All the while, in her “spare” moments, Lynette served on more committees than we can count! Her thoughts now are of reading more books, playing more music, and visiting grandchildren.

Stan Carlson came to NMSU-A in 2008 when he was hired as the Division Head for MSBT/MESH, a position he held for 3.5 years. His prior experience included several years with the Grants campus where he helped write a Title V grant that was funded in 2002, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006, served two years as Interim Campus Academic Officer, and won the 2008 Roush teaching award. Before moving to New Mexico, he spent eight years with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a Biological Statistician. (He moved to New Mexico to thaw!) While at NMSU-A, he co-authored the STEM Grant proposal and served one year as the Grant Director. He earned Professor rank in 2012 and then served 1.5 years as a regular faculty member until his recent retirement.

All of us at NMSU-A wish you both much happiness in your retirement!

New Mexico State University Alamogordo Thirty-Seventh Annual Graduation Ceremony May 9, 2014

audra | May 16, 2014

NMSU-A’s New VP for Academic Affairs.

NMSU-A Web Developer | May 12, 2014

NMSU-A welcomes the new VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ryan Carstens. Dr. Carstens comes to us from Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT and brings to the position 30 years of experience in leadership and administration in higher education in various campus environments – multi-campus, single campus, rural, suburban, ethnically diverse downtown campuses, and colleges in larger (and smaller) cities.

“I learned of the VP position at NMSU-A through the Chronicle of Higher Education and other sources that list these types of job opportunities. The opportunities here in Alamogordo appealed to both my wife and me. I’ve found over the years that I enjoy the community connection in a smaller place; it’s the quality of life and quality of job, too. Community colleges play a very important role in rural America, and Alamogordo, New Mexico was attractive.”

“Most of my career, I’ve worked in ‘systems’ like the NMSU system so I’m familiar with the ins and outs of working at a college that is part of a system. I like the smaller size institution and come to you thinking of the different opportunities we have to move forward. People know each other; it’s more personal, more like a family, providing a circle we can work with a lot.”

Dr. Carstens’ vision for NMSU-A is somewhat abstract (his word) at this point but focuses on building a culture that improves our ability to meet students’ expectations and their ability to succeed. “My hope is that we will be able to work with faculty to articulate where our next horizon is.”