August 1, 2014

Academic Programs

  • A group of ACES representatives met with Central New Mexico College and the Laguna Development Corporation (LDC) in Albuquerque to continue to build a long-term strategy for student completion of a Bachelor of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management for current CNM students and current members of LDC's Management Capacity Program. LDC now owns three casinos, two hotels and many restaurants. They are looking to expand the management expertise of Native Americans who have been identified to have the necessary characteristics to become managers in their operations. The HRTM proposal builds upon continuing to improve and expand the 2+2 agreement with CNM and is expected to allow CNM graduates to complete a baccalaureate degree by distance education.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • The NMSU Family Resource Center (FRC) was the recipient of a $700 gift from the Aggie DanceSport Club. The club held a fundraiser dance in the spring in support of the FRC's Back-to-School Backpack program. Each July, the FRC offers free backpacks, filled with school supplies, to children of NMSU students. The Aggie DanceSport Club's generous gift covered the cost of 100 of the backpacks that were distributed to families on July 28, 2014.

Media Productions/Ag Communications

  • A game produced at NMSU has been named "Best of Show" at the recent International Serious Play Conference. "Gate" was developed by Media Productions' Learning Games Lab, with partners in the College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences. As part of the Math Snacks suite of materials, "Gate" was designed to help students feel more confident in their math learning. The game guides students in lowering intimidation about large numbers and decimals, understanding the meaning of place value and realizing that the same mathematical concepts that apply to the "easy" integers apply to every order of magnitude. The game, along with other games, animations, videos and teaching tools, is available in English and Spanish at Math Snacks.