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.
“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!
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.”
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is sponsoring photography services for graduation, please see the attached flyer!
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NMSU Alamogordo’s Outstanding Graduates for 2014 are: Lindsey Cox from the MESH (Math, Engineering, Sciences, & Health) Division, Bill Hanna from the HSSE (Humanities, Social Sciences, Education) Division, and Alaric Kimmel from the ProTech (Professional Occupations & Technologies) Division.
Lindsey is a Nursing major and graduates from NMSU-A this Friday as a Crimson Scholar, Dean’s List, and Meritorious Graduate. She has been an active member of PTK and the Student Nursing Association Senator to Student Government. She is also active with volunteer work like the Bataan Memorial Death March, organizing campus blood drives, and community health events.
Bill has been extremely active with many student organizations like Student Government, SVA, PTK, ACE, and the Social Science Club and is the “go to” man for organizing student events, including fund raisers. He is currently working on re-writing the Student Government constitution.
Alaric’s academic accomplishments are incredible. This Friday, he will have earned Associate Degrees in Biomedical Equipment Technology, Electronics Technology, Information Technology, and Science. A member of PTK, he is also on the Dean’s List, a Crimson Scholar, and a Gold Cord Graduate.
The Community Colleges of New Mexico State University Round Up “Home Grown New Mexico” will be held Sept. 12-13 at New Mexico State University Alamogordo. All NMSU staff and faculty are invited to submit proposals for presentations, panel discussions, and demonstration workshops clustered around the conference theme of “Home Grown,” celebrating what we do in pedagogy, assessment, recruitment and retention, research and shared governance.
Presentation proposal forms are available at the Roundup Webpage http://nmsua.edu/roundup/. If your proposal is accepted, you must register for the conference. Proposals are due by Friday, Aug. 1. Review of submissions begins July 1. Submitters will be notified by email of the committee’s decision by Aug. 7.
The following performance was done to benefit a scholarship program. The event took place at the Rohovec Theater at NMSU Alamogordo
Special thanks to the following individuals,
For more information about AngelOrGhost please see the following archived posting: http://nmsua.edu/theater/2013/03/06/concert-on-the-hill-march-9th-730-pm-and-10th-200-pm/
New Mexico State University Alamogordo will hold the Thirty-Seventh Annual Graduation Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the NMSU Alamogordo Tays Center, 2400 N. Scenic Drive, Alamogordo, New Mexico. Graduates from summer 2013, fall 2013, and candidates for spring 2014 are invited to participate in the event. Graduation ceremonies are open to the public.
Dr. George Straface, Superintendent of Alamogordo Public Schools and City Commissioner for District 6 will be the Commencement Speaker. Dr. Gregory Fant, Associate Vice President and Deputy Provost, New Mexico State University, will confer the degrees.
There are 210 individuals receiving 237 degrees and certificates. The graduates attending the ceremony will be receiving degrees in 3D Computer Animation, Arts, Automotive and Hybrid Technology, Biomedical Electronics Technology, Business Office Technology, Criminal Justice, Digital Graphic Technology, Early Childhood Education, Education, Electronics Technology, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Information Technology, Nursing, Occupational Business, Paralegal Studies, Pre-Business, Science, and Social Services.
Graduates, who are receiving their Bachelor of Science Degrees in Elementary Education, through the Distance Learning program at New Mexico State University, and four certificate recipients (Graphic Design, Paralegal Studies, Photographic Trades) will also be participating in this year’s graduation ceremony.