From the Desk of the President
To continue our discussion of the responses I have received via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and given that many of us are in the process of conducting annual evaluations, I thought I would respond to a question regarding the review of academic administrators:
Question: Do supervisors or department heads ever get evaluated by those they supervise?
Essentially, the administrative review process is a regular part of reviewing the performance of an academic employee who serves as an administrator. While these employees (associate deans, department heads and their equivalents) participate in the regular evaluation process in which all employees participate, they also are to be given a second level of review by their dean or community college executive director. Details are in Section 5.06 of the New Mexico State University Policy Manual. read more...
April is upon us and that means New Mexico State spring football! For the Aggies, spring football is a time for the team to come together and begin preparation for the upcoming season. NM State will hold 15 practices in the month of April, beginning April 2 and ending with the annual spring game April 30. read more...
Around the State
Apache Point Observatory recently had an invasion - but not of the alien variety.
The New Mexico State University-operated facility hosted more than 90 members of the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey team, part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, for the group's annual meeting.
During the three-day visit, March 24-26, the team met to discuss current and future science to explore using Apache Point, and also toured the observatory. This is the third annual meting of BOSS. Previous meetings have been held in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Paris. read more...
The second annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Awareness Week will educate the New Mexico State University campus about diversity issues through various events through April 16.
"The ultimate goal of the event is to create awareness at NMSU on GLBTQ issues," said Sharna Horn, coordinator for the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center at NMSU. "We also want GLBTQ students to know they have a place to go on campus." read more...
The medical director of New Mexico State University clinics provides an inside look into what he terms a strange and colorful journey - living with bipolar disease - in his book, "Closing the Chasm: Letters From a Bipolar Physician to His Son."
Benjamin Diven describes bipolar disease in the introduction of his book as "a mental illness that includes euphoric highs and boundless energy and confidence - an illness that allows you to live on little or no sleep while you concoct and carry out grandiose and elaborate schemes." read more...
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