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A blend of time

While it’s hard to see time as it’s ticking second by second, one New Mexico State University student has discovered a passion for creating some of the most beautiful illustrations of time happening on campus and around the state. Her name is Jamie Jaramillo, a senior nursing student, whose work finds inspiration through pure appreciation for her hometown roots in New Mexico.

What inspired this project? Is it for fun or part of a class?

Jaramillo: This project is entirely for fun. Growing up in Las Cruces, I have always been interested in the history of this town and the surrounding area. As a student at NMSU, I became fascinated with the history of the university as well. I started to go through yearbooks, learning stories that I had never heard before and seeing faces that had walked the very same paths that I had going to class. When I saw a similarly blended photo, but of a place in a foreign country, I thought, I could probably learn to do that with pictures of my own community. So, I asked my uncle Jesse to show me how to use Photoshop, and I started retaking the old photos that I had grown to love and enjoy. 

What’s the exact process behind each photo?

Jaramillo: Once I find an older picture, I go out and retake the photos to the best of my ability. Then, I open all of the photos I took in Photoshop, eliminating the ones that are completely the wrong angle or focus. Oftentimes, none of the photos I took are at the right angle, so I have to go back and retake them. My goal when I’m editing is to show enough of today that it can relate with people who have been to that specific place, but show enough of the past in the older photo so that it’s obvious that the place has aged and changed. Occasionally, there is a little bit of information available on the photo, which allows me to teach people about the history of the community.

What do you hope visitors get or feel when they visit your "A Blend of Time" pages?

Jaramillo: I want my photos to show what a person at that time would have seen. I want my visitors to be able to look through someone else’s eyes from the past to see how they experienced the world. My hope is that people can gain an enjoyment of history.

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"Young Hall" 1927-1928
was built in 1928 by Trost & Trost architects and was originally the campus library. The Trost brothers ran an architect firm in El Paso, Texas, which was well-known for the beautiful buildings they designed.

"Fish Pond"- 1942-2018
This photo shows a pond near Dove Hall, also known as a “fish pond” – not because there were fish in them but because freshmen (or fish) were often thrown in.

Posted by grel in Fall 2018

Faculty Successes

Bloomquist inducted into New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame


The New Mexico Hospitality Association inducted New Mexico State University’s Priscilla Bloomquist into the state’s Tourism Hall of Fame in May at the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism. She is the interim department head for the Family and Consumer Sciences and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Departments at NMSU and is a professor in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.

“This award illustrates the important role NMSU plays in developing programs to meet the needs of the state,” says Bloomquist. “It is an incredible honor to be selected for this recognition and to join the many past recipients who I have long admired and respected.”

Bloomquist played a crucial part in the early success of the School of HRTM. She came to NMSU in 1988 to help start the program, which now offers the state’s only bachelor’s degree in the field of hospitality and tourism. 

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ROTC Commander named Military Science Professor of the Year

Lt. Col. Blanca Reyes, NMSU’s first female and first Hispanic professor of military science, was selected as the 2018 Professor of Military Science for U.S. Army Cadet Command out of 275 programs nationwide.

“It’s very humbling,” Reyes says. “I never expected it. We do our jobs day in, day out, not because we want to be recognized but because we love what we’re doing. We take our job very seriously that we’re molding future leaders.”

Under Reyes’ command the last two years, NMSU’s Army ROTC increased the number of cadets in the program and, for the first time, the cadre hosted the grueling 25th annual Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition.

Reyes was deployed to Afghanistan as a military intelligence officer prior to coming to NMSU and was sent to a new assignment in summer 2018 to San Antonio, Texas, where she will be the Brigade Executive Officer at 5th Brigade Senior Army ROTC.

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Serrano received presidential award

NMSU Regents Professor Elba Serrano is among 27 individuals across the country named in June 2018 to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

The PAESMEM award recognizes the critical roles mentors play outside the traditional classroom in the academic and professional development of the future STEM workforce. The National Science Foundation administers the program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Serrano’s biomedical research has two components, including a focus on the brain’s glial cells that help maintain brain health and can also cause many brain cancers, and on neurosensory disorders of hearing and balance. She has brought in more than $15 million in external research funding to the university, taught more than 2,500 students and mentored around 120 student researchers in her lab. 

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Faculty members around the globe

Houston takes on Japan

From Mexico to the Maldives and many countries in between, numerous New Mexico State University faculty members have traveled to dozens of countries as Fulbright Faculty Fellowship award recipients in the last four decades. Through a United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program, NMSU faculty members have participated in an international educational exchange program designed to increase mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and other countries. 

“We are very proud of our NMSU faculty members who inspire students here and around the world as outstanding instructors and cutting-edge researchers,” Chancellor Dan Arvizu says. “We have tasked our faculty and students to help with confronting global challenges and traveling to international locations that help our faculty create solutions.” 

Currently, Jessica Houston, Chemical and Materials Engineering associate professor, is spending the fall semester in Japan at Saitama University in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering after receiving an award of about $43,000. 

“Dr. Houston is well deserving of the Fulbright Faculty Fellowship,” says Lakshmi Reddi, College of Engineering dean. “She established her value as a faculty member early on with a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and continues to be one of our strongest faculty members. She contributes heavily to the college and her department as a teacher, instructor and leader.”

Houston is working alongside Professor Miho Suzuki, a biochemist. The pair has collaborated for several years. 

“My work involves going into Miho’s laboratory, working with her students, learning about their research projects, writing research papers and planning future collaborative grants and projects,” Houston says.  

Houston made the trip a family affair with her husband, Kevin Houston, an NMSU chemistry and biochemistry associate professor, and their three children, Joaquin, Kaleb and Kyraluna, who are accompanying her.  

“I believe this is truly an opportunity of a lifetime,” Houston says. “So far, it has been an amazing experience for the whole family. We have toured around all of the popular Tokyo attractions and have learned a lot about the culture of respect and patience here in Japan.”

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Jessica Houston is working with Fulbright host Professor Miho Suzuki (front left) and her students.

A Fulbright Faculty Fellowship awardee, NMSU Chemical and Materials Engineering Associate Professor Jessica Houston (front right) is spending the fall semester at Saitama University in Japan.

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NMSU-Grants celebrates historic milestone

New Mexico State University-Grants is marking its 50th year of providing quality education to the diverse communities of Cibola County and rural northwest New Mexico in 2018. 

“I am learning more and more from our communities that NMSU-Grants is widely recognized for quality adult education, career and technical education and transfer coursework for those students who wish to pursue a four-year degree,” says Mickey D. Best, who was named president of NMSU-Grants in early 2017.

In 1968, thanks to the cooperative efforts of NMSU and Grants Municipal Schools, NMSU-Grants was established as a branch of the university. During its first year of existence, classes were held in the evening in public school facilities.

The following year, the college moved to its present site at the location of the former Job Corps vocational buildings and gymnasium. Renovation of a main building in 1977 resulted in a functional space to house classrooms, a student lounge, the campus bookstore, a library and faculty and administrative offices. Over the years, NMSU-Grants has expanded to include additional classrooms and offices. 

In 1987, the campus’ main building was dedicated as the Walter K. Martinez Memorial Hall, in memory of the former state representative and New Mexico Speaker of the House. During Martinez’s tenure, the Grants campus received significant appropriations for capital improvements to plan, remodel and construct the NMSU-Grants physical plant. He also helped establish the Severance Tax Permanent Fund through which a revenue source was created to fund higher education and other state capital outlay projects.

The campus gymnasium was dedicated as the Joseph A. Fidel Activities Center in October 1993 in recognition of the New Mexico state senator who was a friend and mentor of NMSU- Grants, helping form the college while serving on the Grants-Cibola County School Board.

Five years later, the remaining Job Corps building on campus was named in honor of Francis (Frank) W.McClure in recognition of his crucial role in the campus’ successful beginning.

Today, the mission of NMSU-Grants is to provide an accessible, quality education through innovative teaching and learning that promotes respect and service for its diverse students and community.

“We have solid standards that drive our strategic planning,” Best says. “The institution is embarking on a formal enrollment and retention plan that will serve our service communities and students very well. Our certificate and associate degrees prepare students for success.”

Adriana M. Chávez

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Aggie Milestones

125 years

The New Mexico Collegian, the college’s first paper began publication in February 1893. The Round Up replaced the paper 14 years later in 1907. 

120 years

The NMSU Alumni Association was founded in 1898. It is one of the oldest organizations on campus. The group was formed to provide a means of continuing communication between graduates of the institution and the formulation of social events.  

50 years

The Pan American Center opened Nov. 30, 1968. It is home to the Aggie men’s basketball, women’s basketball and volleyball teams. The arena has hosted the NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional, state high school basketball tournaments and hundreds of concerts featuring some of the top entertainers in America, including George Strait, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam, Notorious B.I.G. and Carrie Underwood. 

45 years

Pistol Pete became the NMSU mascot in 1973, and he made his first public appearance at an NMSU home football game against Utah State University. The pistol-toting cowboy is named after Francis “Frank” Boardman Eaton, who avenged his father’s murder in 1881 in Albuquerque. Eaton earned his nickname "Pistol Pete" for his quick draw. 

40 years

The President’s Associates Scholars program was created in 1978 and is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the state. Former NMSU President Gerald Thomas, former Vice President for Development Steele Jones and local business and community leaders established the scholarship, which is awarded to New Mexico high school students who exhibit a combination of outstanding academics, leadership skills and a commitment to community service.  

The Pan American Center.

Pistol Pete.

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KRWG takes home regional awards

The vital partnership between KRWG Public Media and New Mexico State University started when the NMSU Board of Regents licensed the station in 1965. Since then, the alliance between the two has proven beneficial for both parties in many ways. 

Take for example, the nationally televised, 13-episode series, “Field Trip!” produced in partnership with the NMSU Cooperative Extension, which focused on the farm-to-table aspect of agriculture in southern New Mexico.

“This program brought accolades to KRWG, raised the profile of NMSU Cooperative Extension and highlighted various economic drivers in southern New Mexico,” says KRWG General Manager Adrian Velarde. “KRWG Public Media helps fulfill NMSU’s land-grant mission of education by serving our listening and viewing areas in southwest New Mexico and far west Texas with relevant, thought-provoking and educational programming.”

That programming has not gone unnoticed. KRWG received two first-place awards from the Colorado chapter’s Society of Professional Journalists “Top of the Rockies” contest in April 2018 and five awards from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association’s 2018 Excellence in Broadcasting awards in June 2018. “Top of the Rockies” is a regional, multi-platform contest for reporters and news organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. 

KRWG News Director Anthony Moreno and KRWG Director of Content Fred Martino were part of a statewide team in the Solutions Journalism Network’s State of Change project. The project received first place in the Public Service Journalism medium market category and first place in the Business Enterprise Journalism medium market category. 

“This award recognizes the impact of in-depth journalism produced by public media and the other partners across the state,” Martino says. 

KRWG-FM received four awards from the NMBA. Martino received the award for best website, and reporter Michael Hernandez’s story, “Shattered Lives,” received the award for best feature news. The Best Social Media Integration award went to Edmundo Resendez, operations manager, and Jacob Lockwood, engineer, for the “Red or Green Confidential.” Resendez also received the award for best station promotional announcement for the KRWG Testimonials. 

KRWG-TV received the award for best local programming for its documentary project titled, “Our Stories: Vietnam Part 3.” The award went to the KRWG production department, Ralph Escandon, Christian Valle and Joe Widmer, producers/videographers, and Glen Cerny, former KRWG general manager. 

“This is a reminder that great things come from hard work, organization and a commitment to professional development,” Martino says. 

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KRWG Public Media collected multiple awards in 2018, including several from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association. (Left to right: seated) Fred Martino, Edmundo Resendez, (standing) Ralph Escandon, Joe Widmer and Jacob Lockwood were among the honorees.

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Aggie Bragging Rights

NMSU ranks as a national top tier university

New Mexico State University has been recognized as a top tier university for the sixth time in the last seven years according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for 2019 National Universities rankings. These rankings are based on seven factors: assessment of excellence, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and the number of alumni who give back to NMSU.

College of Education earns accreditation

The NMSU College of Education has received accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation for its educator preparation programs, the first college in the state to earn accreditation from CAEP. 

The accreditation, which lasts seven years and was granted with no stipulations, was given based on rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation, according to CAEP officials.

Forbes ranks NMSU as one of America’s Top Colleges in 2018

Forbes has recognized NMSU as one of America’s Top Colleges. On the 2018 list, NMSU ranked 195th in America’s Best Value Colleges, 648th in top colleges and 118th in the West. Additionally, NMSU ranked 251st in public colleges and 258th in research universities. 

Forbes used multiple sources to formulate its rankings including the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, U.S. Department of Education and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System along with privately-owned websites such as PayScale and Niche. 

Center for World University Rankings recognizes NMSU

According to the 2018-19 Center for World University Rankings, NMSU has been ranked in the top 4.3 percent of institutions of higher education worldwide. With 18,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide evaluated, NMSU ranked 770th and earned a national rank of 184th this year. 

The Center for World University Rankings distributes the only global university performance tables that gauge both the quality of education and training of students along with prestige of faculty members and the quality of their research without the use of surveys and university data submissions. 

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NMSU helps WIC shoppers at Lowe’s Markets in Las Cruces

With the assistance of NMSU’s College of Business’ Consumer Behavior Lab, Lowe’s Market grocery store chain has developed a new point-of-sale system that has quadrupled healthy food sales. Those participating in New Mexico’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children can now maximize use of their cash-value benefits for authorized fruits and vegetables.

The NMSU study found that WIC participants and cashiers previously could not see the remaining balance on the WIC card until the purchase was complete, causing many WIC families to regret and miss the opportunity to purchase more fruits and vegetables.

Working with New Mexico’s WIC agency, Lowe’s Market redesigned its computerized system to inform cashiers of how much remains on a family’s WIC card before the sales transaction is completed. The store has fresh fruits and vegetables available in each checkout stand for the WIC participants to seamlessly purchase if remaining credit is available.

Jane Moorman

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C-SPAN visits Las Cruces, NMSU faculty interviewed

A number of NMSU faculty and staff members shared their expertise with C-SPAN producers in summer 2018 as part of the network’s 2018 Cities Tour. 

Their trip included visiting various literary and historic sites and interviewing historians and authors, including NMSU’s own Martha Shipman Andrews, Paul Bosland, Blanca Araujo, Jon Hunner and Dennis Daily.

Local segments recorded during the first week of June 2018 aired on Book TV on
C-SPAN2 and American History TV on C-SPAN3 in mid-August 2018 during a special Las Cruces weekend.

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Doctorate student awarded NSF research fellowship

Samantha Ceballes, a doctorate student at NMSU, has received the 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program award. She began her doctorate studies in mechanical engineering in January 2018. The fellowship has a stipend of $34,000 per year for three years and an additional $12,000 per year for university tuition and fees. 

Ceballes earned a bachelor’s degree in both aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics in December 2017. An Alamogordo, New Mexico, native, Ceballes says she was thrilled to receive the award, which allows her to focus full-time on her studies and research. 

Tiffany Acosta

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