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2007 Ag E-News Archives

No. 12 - December 18, 2007

Registration open for legislative priorities focus groups

College faculty and staff can participate in discussions in January concerning the college's funding priorities for the 2009 legislative session. There will be18 focus-group sessions, two hosted by each College Visioning Team member. Each session will last approximately one and one-half hours, including an update from the Visioning Team member who is facilitating the session. Each on-campus group will be limited to 20 people, including those who attend electronically. If demand warrants, more sessions will be added.

Feedback from sessions will be compiled and shared with faculty and staff in an open forum. Then priorities will be drafted under supervision of the Visioning Team for submission to the college administration by April. To register for your focus-group session, go to: http://cahefocus.nmsu.edu

The CAHE Promotion and Tenure Action Team is nearing the end of its charge to develop a College P&T criteria document in compliance with the new University P&T policy. Please read the draft CAHE P&T document at http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum under Promotion and Tenure Action Team (marked "New") and submit comments to ptforum@nmsu.edu through January 25, 2008.

During the spring semester, all College departments must review their departmental (identified as 'principle unit' or PU) criteria relative to the new university and CAHE policies, and submit their reviewed/revised criteria no later than May 1, 2008 to the P&T Action Team. The Action Team will review each PU's criteria and forward it to the Dean for final approval. The new university, college, and PU criteria go into effect at the beginning of fall semester, 2008. The University P&T Policy is at: http://www.nmsu.edu/~fsenate/ptp.

The team recommends readingÊ Promotion, Tenure, and Faculty Review Committees: A Faculty Guide by Robert M. Diamond. The team members look forward to your comments.

Proposed college name to be forwarded to the university

The "College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences" is the clear choice for the proposed new name of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, according to the latest on-line survey. The survey closed at 5 p.m. on Dec. 10 with a total of 960 votes cast from college faculty, staff, students, alumni and stakeholders. The preferred name garnered 65% of the vote or 625 votes. The name "College of Agricultural, Human and Environmental Sciences" received 335 votes or 35% of votes cast. On Dec. 18, the college's Department Heads' Council supported forwarding the winning name to the university process for approval as the new name of the college. The first stop in the university approval process is the Academic Deans' Council. The proposed name is the result of a year-long process that included three on-line surveys.

Highlights from the Dec. 13 President and Provost CAHE Forum

President Michael Martin and Provost Waded Cruzado visited the College of Agriculture and Home Economics for an open forum in Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium on Dec. 13 to offer an update before the legislative session and take questions. The following are highlights from the forum.

  • Legislative requests - The Council of University Presidents requested a 5% faculty and staff increase, plus 5% increase in funding for contributions to the retirement system. The Higher Education Department requested 5% for faculty, 4% for staff and was silent on the retirement system. The University will seek to maintain a zero tuition credit, recharge the endowment match, get a higher proportion of the building replacement and renewal formula and work toward changing the overall funding formula for NMSU. Getting on the G.O. Bond issue for the first phase of the University Arts Center for $36 million and for phase IV of the East Mesa DACC project is a top priority.
  • Positions in the College - Using growth dollars, the university asked for strategic hiring requests from colleges for a two-year strategic hiring plan. The College of Agriculture and Home Economics was granted all positions it requested. The latest position approved was 100% I&G funded. The red, yellow, green light system was used to set a baseline for realignment, but does not comprise all criteria for filling positions. The President noted that prior to realignment, two of the college's departments generated 46% of the SCH with only 23% of the resources.
  • Faculty salaries - To get salaries to a competitive level, faculty cannot rely on the legislature alone. Conversations need to be opened on methods for converting 12-month appointments to nine-month appointments in a way that can legally allow faculty to enhance salaries with grants. He says it is also important to right-size staff through attrition to meet goals.
  • Title changes - Two-year campus CEOs are being renamed presidents. The NMSU President is renamed Chancellor, reflecting system-wide responsibilities. The Provost is being renamed Vice Chancellor and Provost. It is likely that there will be a Vice Chancellor for University Engagement and it is likely that Paul Gutierrez will fill that position.
  • Master plan - The Regents are approved the lease for the new hotel at the corner of University and Union. The President thinks it is unlikely that the NMDA Building will be built at Espina and Frenger streets before 2012. He hopes to get planning money this session and he said he will work with the college to accommodate needs for teaching close by and improve facilities for research and teaching. The university is exploring more lands for agriculture-related use close to campus.
  • Credit for teaching across departments - When informed that SCH follow course prefixes rather than the department of the teacher, the President agreed that they should follow the teacher. The Provost said this is the way it is done in the Honors College and it sets a model to follow.
  • Banner - The President said the Banner system should serve the faculty, not drive the faculty, and if it cannot do so after a concerted effort to change it, it should go.

Live distance course offered to high schools through new lab

The college will embark on a new dual enrollment course project next month that unites NMSU, Clovis Community College and a high school distance education consortium. Tim Ross, department head of Animal and Range Sciences, will teach Animal Science 100 on live interactive TV from a newly outfitted lab in GTH 169. The transmission will go to Clovis Community College, which regularly feeds dual enrollment courses to the high school consortium. The collaboration grew out of suggestions by Harding County Extension agent Blair Clavel. Associate Dean Wes Holley says that the college will offer four to six courses on a rotating basis through Clovis Community College. He emphasizes that the college will not receive SCH from the courses, but is investing in the future. The university gave the funding to create a new distance teaching lab in the college complex.

Raul Valdez featured at international conference

Raul Valdez, department head of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences, was a featured presenter at the Second International Congress on the Genus Capra in Granada, Spain last month. Invited as the world authority on wild sheep and goats, Valdez gave an overview on the diversity of wild sheep and goats in the world and the economic, ecological and cultural value that warrants conservation of the animals. Valdez, founder of the International Wildlife Ranching Symposium, said the congress was attended by not only scientists, but public officials and business people. For more information, go to: http://www.congresocapra.org

David Richman featured in ational Geographic News

David Richman, curator of the Arthopod Museum at NMSU was featured in ational Geographic News on the subject of parasites and their ÒzombieÓ hosts. To read the article go to: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/12/071206-roach-zombie.htmlÊÊ

Tribal Voices Working Group will aid Indian initiatives

Joe Graham, director of the Indian Resource Development Program, invites university faculty and staff to bring tribal-related initiatives to the Tribal Voices Working Group to help smooth the way for their programs. The group that meets on the first Tuesday of each month can help prevent missteps that are often made in working with tribal communities, Graham said. Those interested in working with the group can call Graham at 646-1347.

Graham also announces an elder exhange program between tribal communities in Chihuahua and Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. He says that by exchanging visits by elders of the communities will enable student exchanges in the future.

Iraqi agriculture officials visit NMSU for Cooperative Extension training

Iraqi Agricultural Extension officials visited New Mexico during November to learn how the United States' land-grant university Cooperative Extension Service programs operate.

"They came to develop an understanding of our Extension system. The two systems are total opposites, but they want to see how our system is implemented," said Egyptian native Hamdy Oushy, NMSU Extension specialist and Iraq Agricultural Extension training program coordinator, who helped write and presented the methodology curriculum by delivering it in Arabic to the participants.

The visitors began their training by visiting the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Services offices at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. http://www.nmsu.edu/~ucomm/Releases/2007/december/iraq_extention.htm

College Calendar items on line

Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

  • Jan. 16-17 - Southwest Beef Symposium in Roswell
  • Jan. 17-19 - Cheese-making workshop on campus
  • Feb. 21 - eXtension Public Launch Celebration on-line
  • Feb. 26-28 - 4-H in-service training in Albuquerque
  • April 7-11 - Extension in-service training in Las Cruces

Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.


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  • No. 11 - November 29, 2007

    Focus groups initiated to define legislative priorities

    The College Visioning Team members will host 18 focus-group sessions in January for college faculty and staff with the aim of defining legislative priorities to be forwarded to the College Budget Committee for submission to the university for 2009 legislative session. In the near future, faculty and staff will be asked to register online one of the sessions. An on-line registration site URL will be emailed to all faculty and staff. The results of focus-group feedback will be shared in an open meeting in February, 2008. Priorities will be drafted for submission to the College Budget Committee by the end of March 2008. A year ago, focus groups identified major issues of concern that led to the establishment of several action teams and subsequent recommendations.

    President and Provost host college forum Dec. 13

    An open forum for College of Agriculture and Home Economics faculty will be hosted next month by President Michael Martin and Executive Vice President and Provost Waded Cruzado. It will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 in Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium.

    Plan shared to move Office of Academic Programs

    At an open forum on Nov. 21, Dean Lowell Catlett shared preliminary ideas for making the entrance to Gerald Thomas Hall (GTH) student friendly. He said the east wall of the lobby was the only reasonably priced structural option for opening an access off the foyer to a student services center. The dean said it is best for the entire Office of Academic Programs to move downstairs in the current AXED departmental space, but he left the door open to other possibilities. He suggested creating a student lounge with comfortable furniture in the foyer and possibly putting a reception desk in the foyer.

    Dean Catlett said it would be his intention to provide upgrade space for the AXED department. Faculty, staff and students at the forum suggested extending the building and/or seating and wireless connectivity in front of the existing building. Also suggested were ideas to assure numerous power outlets in the foyer, renumbering offices in GTH, and having a useable directory in the building. The dean welcomes more ideas as he works with the university architect's office to move forward with plans.

    4-H Hall of Fame induction is on Dec. 6

    A new class of New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame members will be inducted in a ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. in Gerald Thomas Hall auditorium. The ceremony will be carried on Centra. For more information contact Amy Zemler at 646-5204

    Department Heads Council meeting yields decisions and information

    The following items were shared at the department heads' meeting Nov. 20

    • New cell phone policy to be implemented: Effective Jan. 1 employees will be given a taxable allowance added to the pay check based on the amount of cell phone usage required by the job. Employees will have 60 days to make the transition to personal accounts from current university paid accounts. As a result, no accounting of calls will be required.
    • AEAB major renaming supported: The Department Heads Council supported the renaming the undergraduate agricultural economics and agricultural business major to two majors in food and agribusiness, and natural resource economics and policy.
    • Request forwarded to move salaries to academic year: Tim Nesbitt reported that a request has been forwarded to the university's executive administration to allow movement of annual salaries in the college to an academic-year basis in a way that would be in compliance with federal regulations. He said the academic year salaries would have to be less than 100% of annual salaries, but, with approval, grants and contracts may be able to be used to supplement salaries for academic-year faculty.
    • "Christmas in the Hall" celebration cancelled: There will not be a college "Christmas in the Hall" celebration this year. The annual food-in-the-hall event, which usually took place in early December, may be revisited for next year.
    • Building commences on HRTM facilities: Construction has begun on locker rooms and bathroom facilities across the hall from Cafe 100 and its kitchen in west Gerald Thomas Hall.
    • Family Resource Center building completed: Construction of the Family Resource Center in Cervantes Village on campus is completed. Support for NMSU students' families will be offered in the new facilities under direction of Family and Consumer Sciences. An open house will be scheduled soon.
    • ACAP representation to change: Tim Nesbitt reported that union-represented staff will no longer be represented on the Advisory Council for Administrative Policy, since the union is designated as the sole representative for those employees.
    • Union employees polled: Union employees in county extension offices were polled recently via a Zoomerang survey regarding their preferences between university and county holidays, in an effort to meet their wishes regarding conflicting holiday schedules, while maintaining compliance with the union contract.
    • Support from Office of Strategic Initiatives: Sudha Murthy offered support for large proposal efforts including outreach proposals from her office, which was established July 1, 2007.
    • Internal Awards offered: Vice President Vimal Chaitanya encouraged researchers to apply for internal matching funds for interdisciplinary, graduate and undergraduate research grants from his office.
    • VPR plans: VP Chaitanya reported taking steps to be involved in strategic hiring of faculty in colleges, to hire faculty with overhead funds and place faculty in centers, hire cluster leaders who will be paid a stipend and report to him, develop a showcase research building, and co-locate a second electronic microscope with the one in Skeen Hall.

    Outstanding students honored

    Students will be honored at the Sam Steel Ceremony on Dec. 14 in the Music Recital Hall. They are:

    • Roxanne Kidd, Alumni Outstanding Senior and Outstanding Student in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
    • Christine Ross, Outstanding Student in Family and Consumer Science
    • Christopher Teske Outstanding Student in Agriculture
    • Ashleigh Goynes, Dean's Award of Leadership Excellence
    • Jennifer Simonsen and Justin Waggoner, Dean's Award of Excellence for Graduate Students;
    • Dean's Award of Excellence for Undergraduates Shelda Autry, Joshua Miller, Katrina Funk, Amber Groves, Neal Morgan, Gwen Dominguez, and Angela Zagone.

      Extension Update features kudos for John White and Tom Dean

      Tom Dean and John White are congratulated for National Association of County Agricultural Agents awards in the Nov. 21 edition of Extension Update. To read the archive, go to: http://extension.nmsu.edu/employees

      Name change survey open until Dec. 10

      Approximately 900 votes are in to determine which of two prospective names for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics will be forwarded to the university for approval. Voters have until 5 p.m. MST on Dec. 10 to register their preferences for College of Agricultural, Human and Environmental Sciences or College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. To vote, go to: http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB2275Y8MTZJW

      College Calendar items on line

      Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

      • Now - Dec. 16 - Chile Pepper Plant Sale in GTH 265
      • Dec. 13 - President/Provost Forum in Gerald Thomas Hall
      • Dec. 14 - AEAB graduation reception on campus
      • Dec. 14 - Sam Steel Ceremony at the Music Recital Hall
      • Jan. 16-17 - Southwest Beef Symposium in Roswell
      • Jan. 17-19 - Cheese-making workshop on campus
      • April 7-11 - Extension in-service training in Las Cruces

      Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.


    • Personnel updates
      http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html
    • College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Web site
      http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu
    • CAHE Forum
      http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html
    • Ag E-news archives
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    No. 10 - November 14, 2007

    One more vote for college name will have a Dec. 10 deadline

    Dean Lowell Catlett has directed an on-line vote between the top two prospective names for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, which arose from previous polling of stakeholders. The same stakeholders will be asked to choose between the names "The College of Agricultural, Human and Environmental Sciences" and "The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences." The dean said if a clear winner emerges from the vote, that name will be forwarded to the university. If not, the college administrative team, composed of the dean, associate deans and department heads, will select between the two names to forward to the university. The poll will be emailed out as soon as possible and votes will be due by 5 p.m. MST on Dec. 10.

    Open meeting on relocation of student services to be held Nov. 21

    A meeting to discuss a proposal to move some or all of College of Agriculture and Home Economics' academic programs offices to the first floor of Gerald Thomas Hall will be hosted by Dean Lowell Catlett on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall foyer. Coffee will be served.

    Lab committee formed, met and reported

    A committee selected by Dean Lowell Catlett sent recommendations to him Nov. 7 regarding apportionment and use of laboratory space in the wake of the designation to the college complex of the Racehorse Testing Laboratory component of the Southwest Center for Animal Health, Food Safety and Bio-security. The recommendations offered alternative scenarios, while suggesting that college faculty from Skeen, Knox and Gerald Thomas halls consider Skeen Hall teaching labs for their use. Members of the committee are Mary O'Connell (chair), Scott Bundy, Maurice Craig, Dennis Hallford, Clint Loest, Curtis Monger and Steve Thomas.

    Forum addressing P&T questions can be reviewed on line

    Numerous questions about the proposed college P&T policy were posed by faculty at the open forum on the subject in Gerald Thomas Hall on Nov. 2. The session is archived on Centra at http://eplace.nmsu.edu/main/index.jhtml?default=true under "past" programs. A synopsis of questions and answers is posted on the CAHE Forum page at http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html

    President and Provost host college forum Dec. 13

    An open forum for College of Agriculture and Home Economics faculty will be hosted next month by President Michael Martin and Executive Vice President and Provost Waded Cruzado. It will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 in Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium.

    Provost talk to Senate recounted

    Senior Faculty Senator Tracy Sterling reports on the Nov. 1 Faculty Senate meeting on her Web site. At the meeting, Executive Vice President and Provost Waded Cruzado discussed allocation of resources and plans for working with Santa Fe. To read a synopsis, go to http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/facultysenate/

    Faculty rep sought for Civility Task Force

    Any faculty member interested in serving on a task force charged with developing a university civility policy should contact Faculty Senate Chair Wanda Eastman as soon as possible at wmorgan@nmsu.edu

    Distance education group newest standing academic programs committee

    The Distance Education Committee is the latest of five standing committees organized by the Office of Academic Programs. The group was formed recently to lay out plans for growing the distance education offerings from the college. Associate Dean Wes Holley said he would like distance education suggestions to be vetted through the committee. Members are: Elizabeth Albin, Ann Bock, Tom Dormody, Jennifer Frey, Natalie Goldberg, Ereney Hajigeorgalis, John Harrington, Clint Loest, Clay Mathis, Rolston St. Hilaire, and Tracy Sterling. Their next meeting is Nov. 14.

    Las Cruces Town Hall Meeting completes state-wide rounds

    Approximately 90 individuals were on hand in Las Cruces for the last of six college town hall meetings. Comments included calls to reinforce traditional service to agriculture, improve public relations, and serve health needs of the community. Minutes are posted on the CAHE Forum page.

    Torres award featured in Nov. 13 Extension Update

    Patrick Torres, county extension director and agriculture agent in Santa Fe County, was recently presented the 2007 County-Based Water Programming Award by the Southern Regional Water Program. Read more in the Nov. 13 edition of Extension Update at http://extension.nmsu.edu/employees

    PES alumni newsletter available online

    The Plant and Environmental Science fall 2007 issue of the alumni newsletterÊis now available at http://cahe.nmsu.edu/academics/pes/alumni-newsletter.html.

    Institute head to address forest restoration

    Ken Smith, director of the recently established New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute at Highlands University, will give a presentation entitled: "Forest Restoration in New Mexico: Catchy marketing concept or long-term solution?" at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in 105 Wooton Hall. He will provide the institute's overview, goals, current projects, and what the term "restoration" means to the institute.ÊSmith wishes to explore opportunities to collaborate with NMSU Faculty, so there will be ample time for NMSU faculty to ask questions and visit following his presentation.

    Standing committees address teaching mission

    In addition to the Distance Education Committee, four other standing committees address teaching mission issues. The Advisement Committee members are April Ulery (chair), Greg Blanch, Scott Bundy, Andres Cibils, Uma Krishnan, Jay Lilywhite, Gary Roemer, and Carlos Rosencrans. The Curriculum Committee includes Mark Andersen, Priscilla Bloomquist, Andres Cibils, Brian Hurd, Uma Krishnan, Ian Ray, Brenda Seevers, and Dave Thompson. The Recruitment and Careers Committee is Melinda Chavez, David Cowley, Rebecca Creamer, Janet Green, Jerry Hawkes, and Rolston St. Hilaire. The Scholarship Committee is composed of Chris Cramer, Martha Desmond, Tom Dormody, Lee Ann Evans, Jerry Hawkes, Marcel Montanez, and Dave Thompson.

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • Nov. 14-15 - Vegetable physiologist candidate seminars on campus
    • Nov. 15 - Floral Team Thanksgiving centerpiece fundraiser
    • Nov. 16 - Rolston St. Hilaire seminar on campus
    • Nov. 27 - Ken Smith forest restoration seminar in Wooton Hall
    • Dec. 11 - WSARE alternative crop workshop in Santa Fe
    • Dec. 13 - President/Provost Forum in Gerald Thomas Hall
    • Dec. 14 - AEAB graduation reception on campus
    • Dec. 14 - Sam Steel Ceremony at the Music Recital Hall
    • Jan. 17-19 - Cheese-making workshop on campus
    • April 7-11 - Extension in-service training in Las Cruces

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.


  • Personnel updates
    http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html
  • College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Web site
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu
  • Extension Update archives
    http://extension.nmsu.edu/employees
  • Ag E-news archives
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ag_e_news
  • No. 9 - October 29, 2007

    P&T open forum is on Friday, Nov. 2

    An open forum on the college promotion and tenure policy and guidelines will be held in Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 2 from 2 to 4:15 p.m. All county-extension and science-center Centra accounts will be enrolled for the forum. Dean Lowell Catlett will host the forum, where faculty can discuss how the college P&T Action Team proposes that the college react to the new university P&T document. The P&T process must be ready for implementation by fall 2008. Features of the proposed process include a single college-level P&T committee, whereas there are now three. A newly revised P&T process chart, adopted Oct. 19 by the action team is posted on the CAHE Forum page at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html

    Costume contest in GT auditorium on Halloween

    Prizes for the scariest, funniest, and most original costumes will be given at a college Halloween costume contest in Gerald Thomas Hall auditorium at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The contest is sponsored by the College Fun Committee.

    Research chef's grant to usher in new curriculum

    A new grant will invest $110,000 in the food science laboratory on the third floor of Gerald Thomas Hall, build relationships with El Paso and Central New Mexico community colleges, and develop and new curriculum that combines food science and culinary arts. The project, written by Priscilla Bloomquist, professor of hotel, restaurant, and tourism management, is aimed at producing research chefs who work in research and development for commercial enterprises, such as food processors. Culinary arts students will be recruited from the community colleges to complete their degrees at NMSU. The three-year project will develop a cross-disciplinary program for a major in culinology and seek approval for it in 2008. To read a description of the project, go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/academics/shrtm/documents/07hsifinal1.pdf

    Memorial Middle School program featured on provost's tour

    Executive VP and Provost Waded Cruzado visits Las Vegas, NM this week to view the progress on the state-funded Memorial Middle School Agricultural Science Center. Project head Peter Skelton has overseen development of a large greenhouse and gardens to create youth leadership opportunities through projects related to flood irrigation, acequia construction, wind and solar energy, and variety trials. Shirley Marlow, a bilingual elementary school teacher, was hired Oct. 1 to a second one-year term as College of Education extension 4-H science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) specialist. She will work with county extension agents and other NMSU faculty to recruit, train, and support volunteer leaders and develop STEM curriculum materials. For more information on the project, go to: http://mmsasc.nmsu.edu/

    Committee to be formed to configure lab space

    A committee representing college departments will be formed to develop recommendations for making optimal use of laboratory facilities in the college complex. The committee was recommended as a result of an Oct. 5 faculty forum in Skeen Hall to discuss laboratory space related to the Center for Animal Health, Food Safety, and Bio-security.

    Bookkeepers' meetings address business practices

    The first in a regular series of college bookkeepers' meetings was held on Oct. 25 to improve communications between departmental bookkeepers and the college's Office of Business and Resource Planning (OBRP). The meetings will continue monthly for six months, then convene quarterly. Future meetings will be accessible via Centra for field offices. Bookkeepers are encouraged to submit agenda items for future meetings. Assistant Dean Tim Nesbitt offered an overview of accounts and resources for bookkeepers. Discussions included the idea of veteran bookkeepers mentoring new bookkeepers. OBRP (pronounced "OH-burp") will post updates on rates, regulations and practices on its Web site. The meetings are part of OBRP's response to concerns about business practices expressed during the college visioning process and the Business Practices Improvement Action Team report. The OBRP web site is at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/

    Recurring funds from 2007 legislature identified

    Appropriations from the 2007 New Mexico legislative session of $1.112 million in recurring funds and $170,000 in one-time funds were confirmed this month for programs related to the College of Agriculture and Home Economics and NMSU Extension as follows:

    Recurring
    $362,000Chile harvesting R&D (NMDA)
    $272,000Clovis ASC enhancements
    $145,0004-H programming
    $ 97,000Tribal extension centers
    $ 75,000Youth development in Las Vegas City Schools
    $ 57,000Family wellness program (College of Health and Social Services)
    $ 64,000Extension small-scale sustainable agriculture
    $ 40,000Chaves and Eddy counties 4-H
    $ 35,000Dairy extension and research at Clovis ASC
    One-time
    $ 50,000ANRS animal judging
    $ 50,000Fabian Garcia garden manager
    $ 50,000NMSU/UNM health extension rural offices
    $ 20,000FFA outreach

    College ambassador wins National Beef Ambassador Award

    Leticia Varelas, a CAHE Ambassador from Hope, NM, was selected one of five National Beef Ambassadors on Oct. 20 at the National Beef Ambassadors Competition in New Orleans for her presentation entitled ÒAn Agri-Carol: The Past, Present, and Future of the Beef Industry.Ó The sophomore in agricultural economics and agricultural business took third place, taking home $1,300 in cash and scholarships provided by Tyson Foods, Inc.

    Faculty senator reports on Nov. 2 meeting

    Three new propositions will be considered at Thursday's (Nov. 1) Faculty Senate meeting. For details, go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/facultysenate/

    Proposed student services relocation to be discussed in open meeting

    An open meeting will be scheduled for later in the fall semester to discuss a proposal to move all or part of the Office of Academic Programs from the second floor to the first floor of Gerald Thomas Hall. The proposal seeks to place student services off the Gerald Thomas Hall foyer. A date for the meeting will be published in the next Ag E-news.

    Town meeting held Thursday

    The last of six Town Hall Meetings hosted by the dean and associate deans of the college will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 1 at the University Golf Club House. Lunch will be served. If you plan to attend, please contact Elizabeth Crabb at elcrabb@nmsu.edu

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • Nov. 1 - Town Hall Meeting in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 2-4 - NM Small Farm Conference in Moriarity
    • Nov. 8 - Water Lecture Series in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 8 - Hoop House Construction Workshop in Albuquerque
    • Nov. 10-11 - NM 4-H Leader Forum in Albuquerque
    • Dec. 14 - Ag Econ and Ag Business graduation reception on campus

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.


  • Personnel updates
    http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html
  • CAHE Forum Page
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html
  • Extension Update archives
    http://extension.nmsu.edu/employees
  • Ag E-news archives
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ag_e_news
  • No. 8 - October 16, 2007

    P&T Action Team sets open forum for Nov. 2 on new P&T process

    The Promotion and Tenure Action Team met Oct. 3 and scheduled an open forum in Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium on Friday Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. Dean Lowell Catlett will host the forum where faculty can discuss how the college team proposes that the college react to the new university P&T document. The P&T process must be ready for implementation by fall 2008. Features of the proposed process include a single college-level P&T committee, whereas there are now three. The next action team meeting is Oct. 17. More information on the progress of the team and its membership is on the CAHE Forum page at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html

    Committee outlines recommendations for Small Farm Institute

    Spurred by a one-time 2007 legislative appropriations of $169,000, a committee appointed by Dean Lowell Catlett submitted recommendations to him last month for a Small Farm Institute in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. The 12-person committee recommended that a 40- to 50-acre Sustainable Agriculture Research Education Center with a student-involved garden be established near campus. The objectives of the Institute would be to: 1) Conduct ecologically and systems-based agricultural research; 2) offer site-based distance education in organic and sustainable agriculture for high school through graduate school; and 3) disseminate practical information for Southwest small-scale agriculture. For the full report go to the CAHE Forum page at the link above.

    Team forwards final recommendations for college name

    Greg Mullins, chair of the College Name Review Action Team, submitted the team's final recommendations regarding prospective names of the college on Oct. 8 to Dean Lowell Catlett. For the full report go to the CAHE Forum page.

    Business practices concerns addressed

    In a Sept. 26 memo to the Business Practices Improvement Action Team, Assistant Dean Tim Nesbitt outlined actions taken regarding issues raised by the team. In a follow-up interview he said top priority was given to making sure that budgets were loaded and overhead funds were distributed in the first quarter of this fiscal year. He said both were accomplished. This month, he said he will initiate a training and tip-sheet program by calling a feedback meeting with college bookkeepers. Nesbitt's office is now initiating funding-award communications with all listed parties to a grant or contract, rather than depend on others to pass on information. Several other recommendations were forwarded to appropriate authorities. Nesbitt asked the Business Practices Improvement Action Team to review his report and set priorities for the next actions to be taken. For a complete report, go to the CAHE Forum page.

    Committee to be formed to configure lab space

    A committee representing college departments will be formed to develop recommendations for making optimal use of laboratory facilities in the college complex. The committee was recommended as a result of an Oct. 5 faculty forum in Skeen Hall to discuss laboratory space related to the Center for Animal Health, Food Safety, and Bio-security.

    Faculty senator reports on Oct. 4 and Nov. 1 Faculty Senate meetings

    Tracy Sterling, senior faculty senator for the college, reports that faculty-load and bioinformatics' propositions passed Oct. 4. Three new propositions will be considered at the Nov. 1 Faculty Senate meeting. For details go to http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/facultysenate/.

    Three alumni to be honored at Homecoming breakfast

    Three alumni will be honored at the Oct. 19 College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Homecoming Alumni/Donor Breakfast at 8 a.m. outside Gerald Thomas Hall. John Bradley Houston (B.S. 1951 and M.S.1957) vice president of Price's Producers, Inc., will be on hand to accept the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Co-awardee Craig Wood (M.S. 1984 and Ph.D. 1985) a professor at the University of Kentucky, will not be able to attend. Abelardo Escobar Prieto (M.S. 1968), minister for the Mexican National Register for Agrarian Reform will accept the NMSU Distinguished International Alumnus Award.

    2007 New Mexico Small Farm Conference in Moriarty next month

    The NMSU Small Farm Task Force will host the New Mexico Small Farm Conference Nov. 2-4 at the Conference Center in Moriarty. The conference will offer an educational program tailored to small-scale agricultural producers. The program includes talks, demonstrations, workshops, posters, commercial displays, and a trade show. Those who would like to have posters of research or extension programs relevant to the small-farm audience contact rjeanine@nmsu.edu For more information on the conference, contact Del Jimenez (505) 852-2668.

    Cell phone policy still under review

    The Advisory Council for Administrative Policy resolved at its Oct. 12 meeting that a new draft policy for university cell phone use be reviewed to assure compliance with the tax code. The next meeting of ACAP is Nov. 8.

    Final Town Hall Meeting set for Nov. 1

    The last of six town hall meetings hosted by Dean Lowell Catlett and the associate deans is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the NMSU Golf Club. Lunch will be served, so please email rjeanine@nmsu.edu if you intend to attend. Minutes from the previous five town hall meetings are posted on the CAHE Forum page.

    Personnel changes reported

    A new northwest counties' information technology road warrior is on board as is a new 4-H agent in Roosevelt County. The Valencia County agriculture agent has left and Grant County has a new administrative secretary, while a long-time secretary left Family and Consumer Sciences. These and other changes are at the personnel update archives at http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • Oct. 19 - Homecoming Alumni/Donor Breakfast in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 19 - College Homecoming dance
    • Oct. 23-25 - Ag and Food Vulnerability Assessment Class in Albuquerque
    • Nov. 1 - Town Hall Meeting in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 2-4 - NM Small Farm Conference in Moriarity
    • Nov. 8 - Water Lecture Series in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 10-11 - NM 4-H Leader Forum in Albuquerque

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.

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  • No. 7 - September 28, 2007

    Name review team forwards college name choices to the dean

    The College Name-Review Team met Sept. 26 to review results of 1,110 completed on-line surveys, collected between Aug. 22 and Sept. 24, regarding prospective names for the college. Team chairman Greg Mullins said he will draft a formal response to the dean offering information gathered from many people in an open process and recounting concerns related to prospective names. The summary of survey results can be read at http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/docs/summary.pdf

    Fishery and Wildlife Sciences gets nod for name change

    At the Sept. 18 Department Heads Council meeting, Fishery and Wildlife Sciences department head Raul Valdez requested that his department be renamed Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology. He cited unanimous departmental faculty support, plus support of the extension wildlife specialist and the Cooperative Research Unit. Department heads approved the proposal and Dean Lowell Catlett will forward the request for university-level approval.

    Horse-testing lab to be in PGEL Building

    A proposed race-horse testing lab is now slated for the PGEL Building on Knox Street. The lab, which will be operated by NMDA, requires security of a free-standing building, according to a consultant. The PSL microbiology laboratory, now in that building, will move to W-147 Skeen Hall, which has been a computer lab in space that is built for wet lab use. The microbiology lab tests food security methodologies. Dean Lowell Catlett said accommodating the two labs in the college complex will result in collaboration and synergy that will benefit research and teaching in the college. Movement of the labs will take place over the next several months.

    Employee cell phone policy under review

    The university's Advisory Council on Administrative Policy will review a draft employee cell phone policy on Oct. 12, after concerns were raised by ACAP membership at a recent ACAP meeting.ÊYou may offer input to college representatives Tim Nesbitt, Teri Giron or Woods Houghton. Before responding, it may be instructive to review Internal Revenue Service policy related to employee cell phones and "listed property." Go to http://www.irs.gov/govt/fslg/article/0,,id=167154,00.html

    Associate of Science in Agriculture enrolls 300

    NMSU-Alamogordo instituted a new associate's of science degree in agriculture this fall and it has enrolled 300 students saidÊ Wes Holley, the College of Agriculture and Home Economics' associate dean for academic programs. Holley said he has worked with two-year campuses to provide feeder programs for the college's four-year degree majors. The associate's degree program will soon be adopted at other two-year NMSU campuses, including the Do–a Ana Community College's Hatch campus.

    New university hospitality service roles adopted and considered for HRTM

    The Office of Presidential Events (OPE) moved from University Advancement to The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) on Sept. 1. Housed in space vacated by the defunct Rural Economic Development through Tourism Project, the office coordinates major university ceremonies and VIP events. Already HRTM interns have worked on the Mayor's Ball and a legislative reception through the office, which was formed two and one-half years ago. The OPE director is Jolie Tixier, an HRTM grad, and the administrative assistant is Lupe Dominguez Flores.

    HRTM and the Professional Golf Management (PGM) Program are studying the feasibility of their students managing and operating the University Golf Club, with PGM students running golf enterprises and HRTM students running food and beverage enterprises. If deemed feasible, the arrangement would start in the fall of 2008.

    Visioning Team assesses next steps

    The College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Visioning Team met Sept. 21 to review the next steps for the group. Among items under consideration were: Aligning annual evaluations to support collaborative work by faculty; establishing a timeline for an open process to determine legislative priorities; prioritizing additional improvement objectives for business practices; and encouraging development of distance education and international programs. The team's next meeting is Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. More information on the Visioning Team is at http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/

    P&T Team continues meetings

    P&T Action Team meetings are set for Oct. 3 and 17, 3-5 p.m. in 297 Gerald Thomas Hall to continue work on College P&T processes and criteria. Minutes from the Sept. 19 meeting of the group are posted at http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/

    Faculty Senator Web site allows you to stay up to date

    The college's senior senator, Tracy Sterling, has Faculty Senate news on a new Web site at http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/facultysenate/

    Good News for Regents ideas welcome

    Individuals who have good news to report to the NMSU Board of Regents, but would like help formatting the submissions can send their ideas to Wendy Hamilton at whamilto@nmsu.edu so she can work on a final write-up with you.

    County College offers on-line Internet Technologies course

    Those wondering if they need to know more about emerging Internet technologies, such as RSS feeds, blogging and podcasting, can find out more from the associate director of the national eXtension Initiative in a new on-line course offered through NMSU's County College. On-line sessions will be conducted by Kevin Gamble on Oct. 22 and 29 from 10-11:30 a.m. Advanced registration is necessary to assure your site is prepared for the sessions. Register at the link below or call Kim Hand for more information at 646-5096. http://cahe.nmsu.edu/registration/countycollege/fall2007/registrationinternet.php

    Clayton and Roswell town hall meetings bring new concerns to light

    Constituents voiced support for higher base budgets for college units and higher salaries for extension agents at college town hall meetings in Clayton and Roswell on Sept. 27 and 28, respectively. Other concerns included anxiety over a prospective college name change, the lack of vocational agriculture teachers coming out of NMSU, and the need for more degree program opportunities in rural areas. The dean and associate deans hosted attendees at the two sites. Minutes of the meetings will be posted on the CAHE Forum page by Oct. 2. The final Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for Las Cruces on Nov. 1.

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • Oct. 19 - Homecoming Alumni/Donor Breakfast in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 19 - Homecoming Alumni/Donor Breakfast in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 19 - College Homecoming dance
    • Oct. 23-25 - Ag and Food Vulnerability Assessment Class in Albuquerque
    • Nov. 1 - Town Hall Meeting in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 2-4 - NM Small Farm Conference in Moriarity
    • Nov. 8 - Water Lecture Series in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 10-11 - NM 4-H Leader Forum in Albuquerque

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.

    New newsletters available

    No. 6 - September 13, 2007

    College sets unofficial undergraduate headcount record

    The College of Agriculture and Home Economics set an unofficial undergraduate headcount record this semester with a 10% increase over last year's headcount, which itself had eclipsed an almost three-decade-old enrollment record. Higher Education Department reporting only gives headcount numbers at the campus level, not the college level. Official numbers show CAHE at the Las Cruces campus had a 2.8% increase in undergraduate student credit hours (SCH) over last year, with a 9.2% increase in lower-division SCH. Including the two-year campuses, college lower-division SCH are up 15.8%. Graduate-level SCH for the college are down 13%.

    Teaching load policy and a proposed master's degree are on Faculty Senate docket

    The Faculty Senate is considering a new policy on faculty teaching load and a proposed master's degree in bioinformatics. The college's senior senator, Tracy Sterling, has copies of the proposals on a new Web site that helps you stay up to date with Faculty Senate happenings at http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/facultysenate/

    P&T Action Team clarifying college policy and definitions

    After holding several small-group meetings, the three P & T sub-committees (Criteria, Guiding Principles, and Policies) presented their work for comment to the entire P & T Action Team on Sept. 5. Issues raised that require further work include: 1) Determining whether the College P & T document will be a separate document from the university P & T document or combined with the university document; 2) clarifying the definition of college-track faculty; 3) examining a new reporting-system outline for use by faculty and colleges across NMSU; 4) clarifying the composition of the new college P & T committee, theÊ election process, and terms of service; and 5) developing a process for establishing P&T committees for departments or principle units without adequate numbers of tenured professors.

    An open college P & T forum will be held prior to charging departments or other principle units to develop P & T criteria. The next P & T action team meetings are Sept. 19th, Oct. 3, and Oct 17. P & T action team members are listed at the forum website at http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum

    Please visit with members if you have input or have questions.

    Farmington and Albuquerque town hall meetings air public concerns

    Town hall meetings were held in Farmington on Aug. 29 and in Albuquerque on Aug. 31. Public comments in Farmington largely revolved around the need for NMSU and the college to offer for-credit degree programs to the 128,000 people in San Juan County. The college and NMSU were urged to cooperate with other higher ed institutions and invest in teaching locally. In Albuquerque, there was a call to expand much of what the college is already doing in the areas of organic agriculture, home horticulture, master gardening, and nutrition programs. The college was urged to be more entertaining in 4-H educational programs and to set aside land on campus for organic agriculture. Minutes of the meetings are posted at http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum

    The next two town hall meetings are set for Clayton and Roswell from 1-3 p.m. on Sept 27 and 28, respectively.

    College-name follow-up survey draws more than a thousand responses

    Approximately 1,060 completed college-name follow-up survey responses are collected with almost two weeks to go before the survey site is shut down. On Aug. 22, Dean Lowell Catlett invited faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, and stakeholders to give their opinion on three prospective names for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. These names were suggested by the College Name Review Team after reviewing last spring's college-name survey results. The follow-up survey site will remain open until 5 p.m. MDT on Sept. 24. The review team, chaired by Greg Mullins, will meet shortly thereafter to review data and submit a recommendation to Dean Catlett. A final name must be approved through a process outlined in the university's policy manual. If you have not responded to the survey, go to http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB226QFG5KS5Q

    Weed scientist candidates give seminars this month

    Candidates for the open weed science specialist position will be giving open seminars later this month. Sarah Lancaster will give a seminar at 9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 24 in GTH 297. Jamshid Asigh will present a seminar at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26 in GTH 297. For more information, contact Natalie Goldberg, interim head of Extension Plant Sciences.

    Volunteer wanted for VWW committee

    A second volunteer from the college is wanted for a university ad hoc committee to discuss the Viewing a Wider World program and develop a proposal that clarifies its mission and guidelines to be submitted to the Faculty Senate. William Lindemann volunteered from the college. Anyone interested in serving should contact the committee chair, Jeffery Amato at 646-3017.

    Seevers' book available in second edition

    The second edition of Education through Cooperative Extension is now available. Brenda Seevers, professor of Agricultural and Extension Communications, is the first author, along with Donna Graham and Nikki Conklin. Billed as the only complete book on the topic, the book is published by Ohio State University's Curriculum Materials Service. It can be ordered by email at cms@osu.edu , from their Web site at http://cms.osu.edu , or by phone at 1-800-292-4919.

    Davies selected as Afterschool Alliance ambassador

    Cindy Davies, Bernalillo County extension associate, was selected as ambassador for the New Mexico Afterschool Alliance, based on her outstanding 4-H after-school programs. She will build awareness of the need for after-school programs on behalf of a broad range of partners in the alliance. This and other information is covered in the latest Extension Update. You can read archives at http://extension.nmsu.edu/employees

    Two new assistant professors on board

    Merlinda Chavez and Kourtney Vaillancourt joined Family and Consumer Sciences as assistant professors last month. These and other transactions are featured in personnel updates at http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html

    Fall Ag Econ and Ag Business newsletter out

    The September/October 2007 newsletter from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business is on line for your reading pleasure at http://cahe.nmsu.edu/academics/aeab/documents/ag-econ-becon-sept-oct.pdf

    Email etiquette tips # 5

    Ask yourself before sending a message to "all" if this is what you really want to do. Watch out for the auto-complete function when addressing your email. It may cause you to send the message to the wrong person. These and other tips are part of a Centra session on email etiquette that was given on Aug. 22. You can view an archive on the college Web site. Go to http://eplace.nmsu.edu/main/index.jhtml?default=true and look for the presentation on the "Past" presentations list. If you need help finding the session, call the help desk at 646-3305.

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • Sept. 13 - Water Lecture Series in Las Cruces
    • Sept. 26 - Chile Field Day in Pearce, Ariz.
    • Sept. 27 - Town Hall Meeting in Clayton
    • Sept. 28 - Town Hall Meeting in Roswell
    • Oct. 11 - Water Lecture Series in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 19 - Homecoming Alumni/Donor Breakfast in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 23-25 - Ag and Food Vulnerability Assessment Class in Albuquerque
    • Nov. 1 - Town Hall Meeting in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 2-4 - NM Small Farm Conference in Moriarity
    • Nov. 8 - Water Lecture Series in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 10-11 - NM 4-H Leader Forum in Albuquerque

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.

    Wanted: Good news for regents

    If you have any good news items you wish to share with the Regents, please send them to Pam Miller pjmiller@nmsu.edu. The submission deadline to Pam is 4:00 pm, Sept. 26. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Pam at 646-5848. If you are preparing the items be sure that items are typed, in brief paragraph form, double spaced, appropriate for President Martin to present to the Regents. Please avoid too much detail and the use of acronyms.

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    No. 5 - August 24, 2007

    Ross selected Animal and Range Sciences interim department head

    Tim Ross, professor of animal and range sciences and assistant department head, was approved as interim head of his department on Aug. 20. A departmental selection committee forwarded a recommendation to Dean Lowell Catlett that Ross be approved as interim head for one year. The department will review the position once again at that point.

    Center for Animal Health, Food Safety, and Biosecurity moving forward

    After considering input from across the college and engaging other units in the university, Dean Catlett decided to move ahead to implement the Center for Animal Health, Food Safety, and Biosecurity under the directorship of Ron Byford. The center is moving to coordinate laboratory functions from the college, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and the Physical Sciences Laboratory. Dean Lowell Catlett said PSL's Food Microbiology Laboratory on Knox Street, which tests methodologies for the Food and Drug Administration, is becoming part of the center. A new NMDA grant-funded race horse drug testing facility will be incorporated into the center and locate in Skeen Hall.

    Space reallocated after departures

    This month's transfer of publications staff to Regents Row and the closing of the Rural Economic Development through Tourism (REDTT) program resulted in reallocation of space on the first floor of Gerald Thomas Hall. The School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management is occupying GTH 132-138, vacated by REDTT.

    CAHE Information Technology is occupying GTH 164-174 except for Room 173 (the UPS drop-off is now in GTH 164). The NMSU Learning Games Laboratory is vacating Knox 148 and 149 to occupy GTH 173. The uses of the Knox Hall rooms are to be determined. The College Space Committee is composed of representatives from each of the associate dean's offices, the assistant dean, the dean's administrative assistant, and the building monitor.

    P&T Action Team to meet Aug. 7

    The College Promotion and Tenure Action Team will meet to continue its work Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. in GTH 297. For updates and a listing of members of the team go to: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html

    First town meeting yields community suggestions

    The first college town hall meetings in Silver City yielded several calls for college and university involvement in local communities. Attended by several officials from southwestern New Mexico counties, leaders asked for hospitality training for businesses, life skills training for youngsters, evaluation research for health council projects, health care training, and agricultural industry related assistance in several areas. For more details, go to: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html

    The next town hall meetings are in Farmington on Aug. 29 and Albuquerque on Aug. 31. See the College Calendar for details.

    P&T Action Team continues work

    The Promotion and Tenure Action Team met Aug. 16 with Dean Catlett to discuss college implementation plans of the university P&T policy. A proposed P&T flow chart was adopted with the dean's concurrence (see link below). The dean offered his perspective that the department or unit level is the recommending entity and that peers at that level define scholarship for P&T. He said Extension agents should recommend agents for P&T and should define scholarship for agents. The College P&T Committee, he said, should proportionally represent all groups in the college and should exist to assure protocols are followed properly. The team met again Aug. 20 to review subcommittee work on guiding principles, criteria and policies. Meetings are set for Sept. 5 and Sept. 19 from 3-5 p.m. in GTH 297. The college must finalize its P&T policy by the end of this semester and departments must finalize their P&T guidelines by the end of the spring 2008 semester. For more information go to: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html

    Legislative priorities will take a new tack

    At the request of Gov. Bill Richardson, the college will package its legislative priorities with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. Ricardo Gonzales, special assistant to NMDA director I. Miley Gonzalez, will develop, track and represent the package to the legislature. This month Ricardo Rel and his secretary Monica Davis vacated Gerald Thomas Hall to relocate to the offices of the Vice President for Research, where university government relations positions are reporting.

    Dean Lowell Catlett said he is anxious to involve faculty and staff in developing future requests. He will ask for a review of legislative requests directly after the 2008 legislative session and solicit requests to the College Budget Committee. The College budget Committee is composed of representatives from each academic department, an Extension staff member, the dean, associate deans, and assistant dean.

    Requests approved by that group are forwarded to the University Budget Committee. It is composed of the president, executive vice president and provost, vice president for business and finance, university budget officer, assistant vice president of research for government relations, institutional research and planning director, and representatives of the Faculty Senate, student government, and Administrative Council on Administrative Policy.

    Chamberlin honored at University Convocation

    Barbara Chamberlin, assistant professor of Extension, was honored with the University Research Council's Award for Exceptional Achievement in Scholarly Activity at the Aug. 21 University Convocation. Her nomination cited work in the first four years of her faculty career including founding of the NMSU Learning Games Lab with the Learning Games Think Tank, her key role in 15 funded projects, book chapters, published journal articles, and her unmatched reputation among peers for innovative media products.

    Wise joins elite group

    Barbara Wise, college gifts officer, recently earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation, a designation held by approximately 5,000 fund raising professionals world-wide.Ê The designation acknowledges standards met in education, tenure in the profession, achievement, commitment to service, and passing of a rigorous written exam.

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • Aug. 28 - ICAN Regional Meeting in Albuquerque
    • Aug. 29 - College Town Hall Meeting in Farmington
    • Aug. 29 - ICAN Regional Meeting in Clovis
    • Aug. 30 - ICAN Regional Meeting in Las Cruces
    • Aug. 31 - College Town Hall Meeting in Albuquerque
    • Sept. 5 - Peanut Field Day in Clovis
    • Sept. 6 - Emeritus Picnic in Las Cruces
    • Sept. 13 - Water Lecture Series in Las Cruces
    • Sept. 27 - Town Hall Meeting in Clayton
    • Sept. 28 - Town Hall Meeting in Roswell
    • Oct. 11 - Water Lecture Series in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 19 - Homecoming Alumni/Donor Breakfast in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 23-25 - Ag and Food Vulnerability Assessment Class in Albuquerque
    • Nov. 1 - Town Hall Meeting in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 2-4 - NM Small Farm Conference in Moriarity
    • Nov. 8 - Water Lecture Series in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 10-11 - NM 4-H Leader Forum in Albuquerque

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.

    Email etiquette tip #4

    Email without a subject line begs to be ignored and, if not ignored, lost in email folders. Putting a good subject line on an email is one of several items on the email checklist offered by Purdue University via the link below. Check it out. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/pw/p_emailett.html

    Wanted: Good news for regents

    If you have any good news items you wish to share with the Regents, please send them to Pam Miller pjmiller@nmsu.edu. The submission deadline to Pam is 4:00 pm, Sept. 26. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Pam at 646-5848. If you are preparing the items be sure that items are typed, in brief paragraph form, double spaced, appropriate for President Martin to present to the Regents. Please avoid too much detail and the use of acronyms.

    Partnership surveys requested

    To garner support for a base budget increase for Extension and Experiment Station budgets faculty are asked to respond to a survey reporting agencies and organizations they work with as NMSU employees. After compiling a listing of agencies and organizations, Associate Dean Paul Gutierrez will provide these groups with base adjustment information. Please respond to the Zoomerang surveyÊ by Sept 10th. Go to: http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB226QB8UH7JL

    College name review follow-up survey released

    College faculty, staff, students, alumni and stakeholders have until 5 p.m., Sept. 24 to register their opinions on the College Name Review Action Team's follow-up survey on potential names of the college. A link to the Zoomerang survey was emailed to mailing lists. Opinions regarding three new names are solicited in the survey. It is important to read the introduction before completing the survey. Accommodations for comments were made as well.

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    No. 4 - August 9, 2007

    Doors shut on REDTT program Aug. 17

    After almost 15 years of service to New Mexico, the Rural Economic Development through Tourism program will shut its doors on the first floor of Gerald Thomas Hall Aug. 17. The program was born through earmarked funds initiated by Congressman Joe Skeen in 1992 and was since supported by New Mexico's Congressional delegation. Funds were interrupted by elimination of Congressional earmarks for this federal fiscal year and the unit has operated on carryover funds until now. A request to revive the program is part of the university's legislative priorities. To look back on some of REDTT's work, go to:

    http://www.redtt.org/
    Fall 2003 Resources Magazine/REDTT (pdf)

    P&T Action Team to adapt university document for college

    The Promotion and Tenure Action Team met Aug. 7 and assigned work to be done prior to an Aug. 16 meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. That day, the team will spend an hour with Dean Catlett and an hour reporting work on draft adaptations for the college of the university P&T document's guiding principles, P&T criteria, and policies. Team meetings are set for Aug. 20, Sept. 5 and Sept. 19 from 3-5 p.m. in GTH 297. For more information go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html

    Five college undergrads get research initiative grants

    Five undergraduates from the College of Agriculture and Home Economics earned Undergraduate Research Initiative Grants to encourage mentored research and aspirations toward graduate-level research and study. They are: Valerie Greif in Fishery and Wildlife Sciences; Neil Jesko and Carol Lange in Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science; and Shawna McLain and Angel Romero in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business. For more information check page 4 at: http://research.nmsu.edu/nl/ovprgi_newsletter_aug2007.pdf

    Bosland elected ASHS Fellow

    Paul W. Bosland, professor of plant and environmental science, was inducted into the American Society for Horticultural Science Fellows class of 2007 at the ASHS annual meeting last month in Scottsdale, Ariz. Election as a fellow of the society is the highest honor that ASHS can bestow on its members, in recognition of truly outstanding contributions to horticulture and the society. He is recognized as the foremost expert on chile peppers in the world. He leads the chile breeding and genetic research program at NMSU and is co-founder and director of the Chile Pepper Institute, the world's only research-based resource center for chile pepper information.

    Associate dean fosters ties with Armenian university

    Wes Holley, associate dean for academic programs, worked this summer with a team including representatives of Texas A&M and University of Georgia to help the State Agrarian University of Armenia to align the school's curricula with European and western institutions. The effort could lead to exchange programs that bring graduate students to NMSU, Holley says. USDA has funded programs for the school to begin exchanges that should soon bring administrators from Armenia to New Mexico and Texas, where they will review curricula and credit systems of the universities and community colleges. Those interested in knowing more should contact Holley in the college's Academic Programs Office.

    Distance ed for American Indians explored at conference

    American Indian communities registered their needs for distance education at the 2007 Digital Pathways Conference Aug. 6 and 7 at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque. The conference was convened by NMSU's College of Extended Learning and included representatives from NMSU's programs in criminal justice; hotel, restaurant and tourism management; and health and social services. The director of Digital Pathways is Sam Suina, who also is associate director of Native American community development for Extension. For more information on Digital Pathways, go to: http://distance.nmsu.edu/digital_pathways/index.html

    Building Extension's Public Value workshop on Aug. 21 and 23

    Extension faculty members are invited to participate in two two-hour cyber sessions to learn how to communicate the value of extension programs to stakeholders. The live sessions are from 9 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 21 and 23. An institutional registration has been arranged and contact information on how to log on to the sessions is available through the college calendar.

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • Aug. 14-15 - Food Preservation Workshop in Santa Fe
    • Aug. 15 - Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas Field Day
    • Aug. 21 - Opening Day Programs for 2007-2008 Academic Year
    • Aug. 21 - Opening Day Programs for 2007-2008 Academic Year in Las Cruces
    • Aug. 21-22ÑGrant-writing Workshops in Albuquerque
    • Aug. 22 - College Town Hall Meeting in Silver City
    • Aug. 29 - College Town Hall Meeting in Farmington
    • Aug. 31 - College Town Hall Meeting in Albuquerque
    • Sept. 5 - Peanut Field Day in Clovis
    • Sept. 6 - Emeritus Picnic in Las Cruces
    • Sept. 13 - Water Lecture Series in Las Cruces
    • Sept. 27 - Town Hall Meeting in Clayton
    • Sept. 28 - Town Hall Meeting in Roswell
    • Oct. 11 - Water Lecture Series in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 19 - Homecoming Alumni/Donor Breakfast in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 23-25 - Ag and Food Vulnerability Assessment Class in Albuquerque
    • Nov. 1 - Town Hall Meeting in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 2-4 - NM Small Farm Conference in Moriarity

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.

    Academic department newsletters available on line

    The following college academic departments have on-line newsletters on their departmental Web sites: Agricultural and Extension Education; Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business; Animal and Range Sciences; Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Plant and Environmental Science. Find departmental links at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/academics

    Personnel Updates

    Imelda Garcia's retirement, new agents in three counties and new community development faculty members are part of the news in personnel updates. For more information, go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html

    Email etiquette tip # 3

    A great aggravation cited by the College Network Planning Team is the resending of email messages that results in email recipients receiving the same email message multiple times. Be mindful of overlapping email lists. Don't allow the ease of forwarding email to put you in the position of being considered in the same company with spammers.

    'For Employees' Web page offers help

    The college 'For Employees' page is a great place to find what you need. There, you'll find a source for college, university and external awards for faculty, staff, students and friends of the college. Updates on college action teams, including the P&T Action Team are on the "CAHE Forum" link. College-specific forms and documents are there, as are links to the Office of Business and Resource Planning, Extension and Research Support Council and instructional design support. Go to: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/

    Extension Update archives

    http://extension.nmsu.edu/employees

    Ag E-news archives

    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ag_e_news/

    No. 3 - July 24, 2007

    Legislative recommendations adopted by Regents

    At a special July 23 meeting in Las Cruces, the NMSU Board of Regents adopted four funding requests for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics and two joint requests with the College of Business for FY 2008-2009 legislative priorities. Approved was a base adjustment to the Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station budgets for a total of $1 million; $500,000 for tribal extension programs; $250,000 for a Range Improvement Task Force vegetation monitoring program with New Mexico Highlands University; $331,000 for Rural Economic Development through Tourism; $250,000 for the ProStart Partnership in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management; and $155,000 for the doctorate in economic development in conjunction with the College of Business.

    In June, the College Budget Committee forwarded the base budget request. Dean Lowell Catlett forwarded an additional list of six legislator-initiated requests for NMSU funding to Ricardo Rel, assistant vice president for research and planning, to be shared with the University Budget Committee. Two of those requests - the Tourism Research Center and the Rural Health Initiative - were not forwarded to the Regents.

    Follow-up college-name survey to be released

    A follow-up survey will be released on Aug. 22 by the College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Name Review Team. It will go to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and stakeholders. The team used the results of the first survey, distributed last spring, to narrow alternatives for the prospective name of the college. After reviewing the results, the team concluded that there is a strong desire to: 1) Change the name of the college; 2) maintain the term "agriculture" or "agricultural" in the name; and 3) find terminology other than "home economics" to represent other aspects of the college. Dean Lowell Catlett suggested that the name strive to be inclusive of all aspects of the college. Survey responses will be due by 5 p.m. MDT, Sept. 24.

    Minimum wage increased

    The minimum wage increased to $5.85 per hour on July 24. Additional increases will be forthcoming on July 24, 2008 and July 24, 2009. For informational posters on the wage hikes, go to: http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/compliance/posters/flsa.htm

    P&T Action Team to meet Aug. 7

    The College Promotion and Tenure Action Team will meet to continue its work Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. in GTH 297. For updates and a listing of members of the team go to: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html

    Podcast Plunge Workshop explores podcasting for educational delivery

    Off-campus extension faculty will have travel expenses covered if they travel to campus for a two-part Extension Podcast Plunge workshop on Aug. 9 and 10. Participants will learn how to reach new audiences with regular podcasts and get hands-on experience recording and editing. Contact Sonja Serna by Aug. 3 to register.

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • Aug. 6 - Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari Field Day
    • Aug. 7 - Agricultural Science Center at Clovis Field Day
    • Aug. 9 - Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde Field Day
    • Aug. 9-10 - Extension Podcast Plunge Workshop
    • Aug. 15 - Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas Field Day
    • Aug. 21 - Opening Day Programs for 2007-2008 Academic Year
    • Aug. 22 - College Town Hall Meeting in Silver City
    • Aug. 29 - College Town Hall Meeting in Farmington
    • Aug. 31 - College Town Hall Meeting in Albuquerque
    • Sept. 5 - Peanut Field Day in Clovis
    • Sept. 6 - Emeritus Picnic in Las Cruces
    • Sept. 13 - Water Lecture Series in Las Cruces
    • Sept. 27 - Town Hall Meeting in Clayton
    • Sept. 28 - Town Hall Meeting in Roswell
    • Oct. 11 - Water Lecture Series in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 19 - Homecoming Alumni/Donor Breakfast in Las Cruces

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.

    Email etiquette tip #2

    To promote good communication in the college we are passing along another tip from the new book Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe (Alfred A. Knopf, N.Y., 2007).

    Another rule the book offers is: Never forward anything without permission and assume everything you write will be forwarded.

    PES offers newsletter archives on line

    Two twice-yearly newsletters are archived on line from the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences for those interested.

    The Plant and Environmental Sciences Alumni Newsletter and The New Mexico Climate Newsletter are archived on the departmental Web site. Go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/academics/pes/index.html and click "Newsletters" on the left side of the page.

    Extension Update archives available on line

    Paul Gutierrez updates extension faculty and staff members frequently through his emailed Extension Update newsletter. You can see archives from the latest newsletter back to the beginning of 2007 at http://extension.nmsu.edu/employees and click under Extension Update.

    Ag E-news archived on line

    If you want to double check items you read in Ag E-news, go to the archives at http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ and click Ag E-news. Also, at the same site, you will find archives of the Visioning Team newsletters, which predated Ag E-news.

    Got items for Ag E-news?

    Send your items for Ag E-news to: ag_enews@nmsu.edu

    No. 2 - July 11, 2007

    P&T Action Team continues review

    The Promotion and Tenure Action Team met July 10 to continue its work of developing guidelines for college promotion and tenure processes consistent with new university guidelines. It reviewed documents used across campus and will investigate processes and documents in other universities before its next meeting. A faculty forum, yet to be scheduled, will be co-hosted by Dean Catlett and Tracy Sterling.

    The team emphasized that under new university guidelines, principal units, such as departments, will be required to develop and post their criteria (Section 5.903.2) and that current tenure-track faculty will have the option of grandfathering in their current P&T document. Action team meetings are scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 7, Aug. 20, Sept. 5 and Sept. 19 (locations to be determined).

    To see a list of team members, meeting notes, the policy adopted by the Faculty Senate, a flow chart of current college P&T processes, plus two draft flow charts (to be posted July 12) go to: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum and look under Promotion and Tenure Action Team.

    Pre-press and Print Portal Services Move to Regents Row

    The pre-press portion of Media Productions will relocate in August from the first floor of Gerald Thomas Hall to Regents Row between the Frenger Food Court and the Student Health Center. Ana Henke, Jerry Downs, Amy Smith, Chris Galaz, Susan Portillo, Tama Garski and their students will move into the newly renovated offices for University Communications and Marketing Services. Everyone's phone numbers and email will remain the same and they will continue to offer the same services to the Cooperative Extension Service and the Agricultural Experiment Station.

    The Print Shop will remain in Tejada Hall on Knox Street, however, all orders campus wide must be initiated through the easy-to-use ordering and tracking site - http://print.nmsu.edu. The safety officer has insisted that there be no walk-ins in the Print Shop. If you need help, contact Tama at 646-4211 regarding print orders or Ana at 646-1174 about publications.

    The office will continue to pursue its print-on-demand program for numbered publications. Small archives of numbered publications are being maintained and a historical archive is maintained by the NMSU Library. Other existing inventories of numbered publications are being moved to originating subject-matter units.

    Business Office procedures changing

    The college's Office of Business and Resource Planning is transitioning to a centralized university pre-award grant process, officially initiated June 15. Tim Nesbitt, assistant dean, says they will attempt to make the transition as seamless as possible. The office will reassign staff time toward enhanced post-award services and other business processes.

    For the full text of Tim Nesbitt's June 5 response to the Business Process Improvement Action Team's report, go to: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/

    College Budget Committee sets legislative priority requests

    Base budget increases of $500,000 each for the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service were the FY 2008-2009 legislative priority requests of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics Budget Committee and were forwarded to the University Budget Committee on June 20.

    Dean Lowell Catlett forwarded an additional list of legislator-initiated requests for NMSU funding to Ricardo Rel, assistant vice president for research, to be shared with the University Budget Committee. These included:

    Tourism Research Center$500,000
    Pro-Start Partnership$250,000
    Range Improvement Task Force vegetation monitoring$250,000
    Tribal Extension$500,000
    Rural Health Initiative$600,000
    Rural Economic Development through Tourism$330,739

    College Town Hall Meeting dates set

    Six regional town hall meetings will be held between Aug. 22 and Nov. 1 to give Dean Catlett and the associate deans the opportunity to receive input from the public on ways the college can better serve New Mexico communities through all of its mission areas. Jointly sponsored by the Extension and Research Support Council, the meetings will be in Silver City, Farmington, Albuquerque, Clayton, Roswell, and Las Cruces. See the College Calendar for details.

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College calendar for contact information for these and other events at http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    Visioning Team completes division SWOT reviews

    The College Visioning Team completed its strength, weakness, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis reviews of the three college divisions on July 6 in a four-hour meeting with Paul Gutierrez, associate dean and director of extension and vice provost for university outreach services. The analyses of the three divisions by the associate deans and directors will be reviewed at a future meeting with Dean Lowell Catlett, before recommendations are made to him. Contact Visioning Team members with any concerns. They are: Greg Blanch, Ann Bock, Brooke Boren, Cheryl Butterfield, Dennis Hallford, Wendy Hamilton, Jim Libbin, John Mexal, and Roberta Rios.

    Desmond selected as de la Garza Fellow

    Martha Desmond, associate professor of fishery and wildlife sciences recently was recognized as a E. Kika de la Garza Fellow by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. She became part of the 10th annual class of fellows through a competitive process and will work on a project with USDA scientists for two to six weeks, expenses paid. The goal of the program is to advance USDA's relationship with Hispanic-serving institutions and enhance the fellows' professional growth.

    Personnel updates

    A new agriculture agent comes to Quay County as Chaves County and Extension Plant Sciences have faculty departures. For more information go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/ and click Personnel transactions.

    Team promotes email etiquette

    The Network Planning Action Team said in its report to the dean that over use and poor use of email is getting in the way of good communication in the college. It asked that Ag E-news promote email etiquette and sound use of email. A new book does just that.

    Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe (Alfred A. Knopf, N.Y., 2007) notes that we haven't learned to use this young medium well, yet. One rule it promotes: "If you wouldn't stop by a colleague's office every 10 minutes for a chat, you probably don't want to email him frivolously thirty times a day."

    No. 1 - June 26, 2007

    Department Head Changes

    Dr. Grant Kinzer retired from being the Head of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science on June 1, 2007 after more than 21 years in the role. Dr. David Thompson was selected to be the head of EPPWS for a four-year term. Dr. Ron Byford, Head of Extension Plant Sciences, likewise retired from his administrative role on June 1, 2007. Dr. Natalie Goldberg will assume the role of interim head of EPS. Dr. Mark Wise retires from the duties of department head for the Animal and Range Sciences on June 30, 2007. The Animal and Range Sciences faculty are in the process of determining both the process for selecting a new head and for selecting potential individuals who might serve as either head of the department or as interim head. All three of the retiring department heads will remain active employees for the college. Please thank them for their past leadership because together they represent more than 40 years of combined administrative experience for our college. Dr. Raul Valdez has been appointed as Head of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences effective July 1, 2007.Dr. Valdez was interim head for the past year.

    New Center Concept

    Dr. Ron Byford is leading an effort to develop a center for the college that will address many animal health issues across many scientific disciplines and will do so via our college's tri- fold mission involving teaching, research, and extension and outreach activities. One of the proposed roles for the center is to combine scientific expertise and laboratory equipment that exists within the college, the Physical Science Laboratory and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture so that a critical mass can be developed that will give the entire university better capacity and greater opportunities to attract grants and contracts. Not all of the details for the structure and function of the center have been worked out. If you have comments or suggestions or want more information, please let Dean Catlett know.

    Promotion and Tenure Action Team named

    Dean Lowell Catlett has appointed a Promotion and Tenure Action Team charged with forwarding a college-wide P&T implementation plan to the dean by Sept. 15. The plan will offer guidelines to departments, which are required to update P&T guidelines in the spring so they are consistent with new university policy. The team will host a forum in July or August to solicit feedback from faculty. The team met June 13 and plans to meet again on July 10. The team is led by members of the university P&T Policy Task Force ? Chris Allison, Jeff Bader and Tracy Sterling. The College Visioning Team liaison is Wendy Hamilton. For more information and a listing of team membership, go to the CAHE Forum Web site at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ and click "CAHE Forum."

    College Name Review Team suggests second survey

    The College Name Review Team met June 6 to solicit input on ways to best reflect nonagricultural aspects of the college in the college name. Departments with nonagricultural programs and representatives of the county home economists were represented. The terms "environmental sciences" and "family" had favor with the representatives. A recommendation is going to the dean to forward three possible names to the stakeholders in an on-line survey and ask respondents to designate each as "acceptable" or "unacceptable."

    Business practices team briefed on university-wide index-number meeting

    The Business Practices Improvement Team was briefed by Tim Nesbitt on a recent university-wide meeting sponsored by the Council on Research Centers regarding difficulties related to establishing index numbers for restricted grants and contracts. Business managers from all colleges attended along with research associate deans. It was established that this was a university-wide problems and possible remedies were discussed by Vice President Jennifer Taylor.

    Ag E-news a result of College Network Planning Team recommendations

    The College Network Planning Team submitted recommendations to Dean Catlett and the first implementation of recommendations is through this newsletter, which will be published twice per month. The newsletter will seek to consolidate news from the college and foster the creation of social and work-related interest groups. In an effort to reduce email overload, the college also is converting distribution lists to listservs that can only be accessed through NMSU email addresses.

    College Calendar accepting submissions

    A feature of the Ag E-news will be upcoming events, with a link to the College Calendar. You can review upcoming events and submit new events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/ You'll see that the Emeritus Picnic has been moved to September and that August will feature several science center field days.

    Department Heads Council schedule released

    Fall semester All-Department-Heads Council meeting dates are set. Faculty and staff are invited to attend at 10:30 a.m. in GTH 297 on Sept. 18, Oct. 23, Nov. 20, and Dec. 18.

    Newsletters can be linked to Ag E-news

    Want the latest edition of your departmental or program newsletter highlighted and linked to Ag E-news? Contact Ag E-news at ag_enews@nmsu.edu and let us know when new issues are out and where your issues are archived for access.

    Want to start a group?

    Want to find other people in the college who share your recreational or professional interests? Ag E-news will help college faculty and staff gather around common interests. Contact Ag E-news at ag_enews@nmsu.edu with your group idea, whether it is a lunch-time walking group or some niche of interest. Ag E-news will promote it.