From the Desk of the President
The Feb. 1-4 storm and the aftermath of the snow and intense cold showed the resourcefulness and deep dedication of many of our staff members. While all faculty and staff were concerned about the university, some of our colleagues really went above and beyond to protect our buildings and facilities during the days the campus was closed, and I would like to extend my thanks to them for their great work. It was doubly impressive to see their dedication when they were simultaneously facing similar challenges with electricity, gas and water at their own homes.
Despite the protracted cold temperatures, damage to campus buildings was relatively light, with the main concern being frozen pipes. Hit especially hard were the Pinon and Chamisa dorms, where pipes broken by the force of freezing water were quickly repaired. read more...
In 2008, New Mexico State University Human Resource Services' Employee and Management Services began piloting a new exempt employee evaluation form. Form testing and feedback surveying continued into 2009, and a Microsoft Word version of the form was released in time for the 2010 annual evaluation period. Use of the form was optional; however, at a minimum, departments choosing not to use this form were required to introduce the new evaluation form to employees.read more...
Around the State
Former Alamogordo resident Michael Furphy has been selected to lead NMSU Alamogordo's new Automotive Technology program. Furphy was an instructor at the College of Southern Nevada for the past six years.
"We are delighted that Michael has accepted our offer, and we believe he is the perfect choice to provide area students with the expertise to compete for skilled employment in the field of automotive technology," said Bryan Yancey, ProTech division head.
In April 2008, 71 percent of Otero County taxpayers passed a GO Bond to create Phase I of the Advanced Technology Center. Phase I, completed in November 2010, is home of the automotive and renewable energy programs. read more...
Black History Month is an important part of American culture. It lets us reflect on the past and allows us to focus on the future of coming together in equality. "It also promotes an awareness of culture which is a necessity for bridging gaps within our society, especially in reference to race, racism and equality," said Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs.
The remaining events that will take place this month are to educate and honor the civil rights movement that was such a big part of American history. read more...
David Thompson's enthusiasm is contagious. The recently appointed College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences' associate dean and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station system wants to enhance the cooperation he has found at New Mexico State University during his own research as an entomologist during his 23 years at NMSU.
"The vast majority of my work here has been in research. There are so many issues out there to work on. There is always someone who wants you to investigate something. And people, both other researchers and our stakeholders, are willing to work with you," he said. read more...
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