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.
1. ARRIVAL: Please report to the lobby of the NMSU-A Tays Center with your cap and gown on, and your tassel hanging over the right side of your cap, no later than 6:30 pm on Friday, May 9, 2014. Certificate Recipients: Please also have your cap and gown on when you check in at 6:30 pm. We ask that you arrive at this time to allow sufficient time to check in and line up in proper order. There will be no rehearsal.
Tickets are not required. Please invite family and friends. If you have family and guests coming, please encourage them to arrive before 6:45 pm. Staff members will direct them when they arrive. Please have family members or guests hold your purse or other valuables.
2. CHECK-IN: Once you enter the building, you need to go immediately to the check-in table. You will check in alphabetically: A-L and M-Z. There you will receive an index card showing your name as it
will be announced during the program. If you are receiving more than one degree or certificate, this card will list all degrees you are receiving. Once you check-in, please do not leave the area.
3. LINE-UP: You will be directed to the Music Room to line up. Once in the correct line, please check the lower right hand corner of your index card for your number which indicates your order in line. Staff members will be available to help if you have questions.
4. PROCESSIONAL: Please follow the person in front of you. The student marshal (wearing a red gown/red honor stole) will lead graduates in. You will then be directed to your row. Continue down the row to your seat. Do not leave an empty chair beside you. Remain standing. You will be instructed when to be seated.
5. TASSEL: Everyone will be asked to switch the tassel from the right side of the cap to the left side when your degree is conferred.
6. RECEIVING YOUR DIPLOMA: You will follow the student marshal (dressed in red/red honor stole) to the stage stairs facing you. There you will step up the stairs, hand your index card to the announcer,
and wait until your name is called before you start to walk across the stage to shake hands, etc. After you have received your “diploma”, exit down the next set of stage stairs, and go back to your chair and sit down.
7. RECESSIONAL: When the ceremony is over, the student marshal will lead the last row out first. All other rows will follow the row in front of them. Please do not stop until you are completely out of the gym.
8. GOLD CORD GRADUATES/BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION HONOR GRADS: All Gold Cord and Honor Graduates please come to the check-in table to receive your certificate after the ceremony.
The official diplomas will be mailed from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. Spring 2014 graduates should receive their diplomas no later than July 1, 2014.
Tales of Trickery, exotic Indonesian masked theatre suitable for all ages, will be presented at the Rohovec Theatre on May 2, 3 & 4. The show starts at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and the Sunday matinee starts at 2 pm. Admission for adults is $8 and admission for children is $3. For more information, call 439-3670.
Earth Day is Monday, April 22! Come celebrate the 2nd Annual Earth Day on the Hill. Be part of this worldwide event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It will be held on the CB Patio from 11:30-1:00 pm.
- Free food!
- Information on “Living Green” What’s good for you AND the planet?
- What’s your carbon footprint?
- Green Video Contest (see attached flyer for contest rules)
- Plastic Repurposing Contest (see attached flyer for contest rules)
- Prize and “bragging rights” awarded to students who win these two contests
Quality MattersTM is a nationally known and respected program that is directly based on best practices and focuses on course design. As part of this national initiative, online courses are going through a rigorous peer review based on QM Standards. NMSU-A is working diligently to become an institution known for quality online instruction.
The following NMSU-A courses have gone through both the internal and external review process, have met the QM Standards, and are official QM Recognized Courses:
- ASTR 105G – Rob Klinger
- BUSA 111 – Sherrell Wheeler
- ECON 251G – Carrie Baldwin
- ENG 111G – Kathy Roark-Diehl
- HLS 150G/NURS 150G – Christine Trapp
- ART 101G – John Adams
- BA 104/BMGT 110 – Susan Cook
- BIOL 101G – Jennifer Smith
- CMT 115 – Sara Irving
- ECED 115 – Hayley Lehoski
- LING 200G – Julia Jorgenson
Courses having completed the internal review process and met QM Standards will soon go through external review to become QM Recognized. These NMSU-A courses are:
We applaud all of you! This milestone represents significant effort and professional commitment.
For a full list of QM Recognized courses go to the QM Recognized Courses Page.
As part of the All-USA Community College Academic Team, Sharlene and Sandy were placed in competition to be named to the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. From over 1,700 applications this year, Sharlene and Sandy were selected based on their scores earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team.
Of the 50 Gold Scholars selected, Sharlene was awarded the GOLD SCHOLAR and presented with a gold medallion and a check for $1,500. Of the 50 Silver Scholars selected, Sandy was awarded the SILVER SCHOLAR and presented with a silver medallion and a check for $1,250.
We congratulate you both for your outstanding academic achievement and leadership accomplishments which have earned you this recognition.
The Take Back the Night Alamogordo annual march and rally, co-sponsored by SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners), SART (Sexual Assault Response Team), SNMWA (Southern New Mexico Wellness Alliance), and NMSU Alamogordo, will be held on April 11th, 2014 from 7 to 9 pm at the NMSUA Tays Center, which is located on the corner of Scenic Drive and Indian Wells.
Everyone is invited to come out in support of the community, take a stand against sexual assault and domestic violence, and share in an evening of education and entertainment. The first 300 participants will receive free T- shirts. In addition, there will be the chance to win terrific door prizes and to watch Zumba and Tai Kwando demonstrations. Community agencies will be displaying information on the services they provide to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence, to be sure that perpetrators of these crimes are prosecuted, and to support victims in the healing process.
Together, we can foster awareness of the needless suffering caused by domestic violence and sexual abuse in our community. For more information, call event co-chair Fran Johnston at 575-434-3519 or email her at email@example.com.
As a unique commemoration of National Library Week (April 13-19), students from NMSU-A’s communications classes (led by professors Wakkinen and Gallagher) have recorded readings from Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace” and Saki’s “Open Window”. The student readings will be broadcast as a serialized radio drama on KALH 95.1 FM in Tularosa. Station owner and manager, Ken Bass, is excited about these presentations and will interview our Library Director, Sharon Jenkins, about the project and other upcoming library events.
This year the data closet for our network access has been relocated to the newly constructed room in our Business Office. In order that this upgrade meet codes, all new wiring is taking place in the Community Education Office, Business Office, and all of the Administration Offices.
Hats off to Rusty Jaskolowski, David Sanders, and Chris Sisneros from NMSU-A’s Computer Support Services for taking on this necessary project!