See also NMSU News Release.
A big congratulations to NMSU’s Office of Education Abroad for their work in helping NMSU rank #9 in the U.S. for total number of Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipients this year!
Top U.S. universities for Gilman recipients:
- University of California, Berkeley—27
- San Francisco State University—22
- University of California, Irvine, University of Texas at Austin—16
- University of California, San Diego—14
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst—13
- San Diego State University, University of California, Santa Barbara—12
- Syracuse University, University of North Carolina, Greensboro—11
- University of California, Davis, University of Illinois, Chicago—10
- American University, College of Saint Benedict, New Mexico State University, Main Campus, Northwestern University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Oklahoma—8
- Portland State University, State University of New York, New Paltz, University of Denver, University of Kansas—7
- University of Oregon, Arizona State University, California State University Monterey Bay, George Washington University, Loyola University, Chicago, Northern Arizona University, Texas A&M University, College Station, University of Arizona, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of Washington—6
The list of students is available here.
On June 5, 2015 Cornell H. Menking, Associate Provost for International and Border Programs, presented an overview of the Office of International and Border Programs’ strategic plan to the NMSU community, including the President and Provost. The meeting was part of a series of open meetings President Carruthers is having with colleges and departments on the Vision 2020 strategic plan.
Menking’s presentation can be viewed here: Prezi Presentation on IBP’s Strategic Plan, with reports.
On April 28 and 29, a delegation from NMSU including Associate Provost for International and Border Programs Cornell H. Menking, Liaison for Latin American and Mexican Affairs Dr. Imelda Olague, and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies Dr. Iñigo Garcia-Bryce, traveled to Chihuahua City to lay the groundwork for collaborative opportunities for NMSU. While in Chihuahua, the delegation was received in the Chihuahua congressional building by the leader of the PRI party majority, Diputado Rodrigo de la Rosa. The group also met with the Rector of Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Chihuahua, Enrique Seáñez Sáenz, as well as with the leadership from various Institutos Tecnologicos and the Instituto Nacional de Historia y Antropologia.
Please click here for a report of the 2014 Center for English Language Programs (CELP) enrollment data.
NMSU is happy to continue receiving Ecuadorian students as part of the “Go Teacher” program. In January 2015 NMSU’s Center for English Language Programs received its fourth cohort of Ecuadorians. Today, 54 students from all over Ecuador are part of this ongoing project.
In April, Kansas State University, the primary awardee for this project (NMSU is a sub awar) released a video entitled, “Vale La Pena”. This video is an overview of the project and makes mention of NMSU’s involvement. It is a good introduction to the program and the power of international language education to transform a nation.
On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, IBP held its 2014-15 Globalization Awards ceremony. This year the event was held in the new Domenici building’s atrium and a heightened effort was made to attract nominees. It was successful, as 13 nominations were made. The IBP Advisory Council helped choose the winner, Dr. Winnie Lee. Dr. Lee received a trophy and a $1,000 travel voucher from IBP. The nominees are listed below.
Three areas also took the opportunity to offer first-ever globalization awards for their areas. Those areas and winners are also listed below.
Nominees for the 2014-15 NMSU Globalization Award
- (Winner) Dr. Yu-Feng “Winnie” Lee – Associate Professor International Business, College of Business
- Christopher P. Brown, Associate Professor and Department Head, Geography
- Sonya Cooper – Associate Dean, College of Engineering
- Sandra Deshors – Assistant Professor Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences
- Nancy Flores – Food Technology Specialist, College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences
- Juan Garcia – Vice President for Student Services, NMSU-A
- Jose Gonzales-Gonzales – Associate Professor Spanish, NMSU-A
- Ilana Lapid – Assistant Professor Creative Media Institute, College of Arts & Sciences
- Jill McDonald – Professor Public Health Sciences, College of Health & Social Services
- Brook Milligan – Professor Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
- Michael K. (Mick) O’Neill – Professor, Agricultural Science Center
- Brenda Seevers – Distinguished Professor, College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences
- Kenny Stevens – Professor, College of Engineering
Three other areas also presented awards recognizing international engagement:
College of Arts And Sciences – Presented by Christa Slaton, Dean
- Rani Alexander, Anthropology
- Jeff Longwell, Language and Linguistics
College of Education – Presented by Bob Wood for Dean Michael Morehead
- Candace Kaye, Curriculum & Instruction
- Frank “Paco” Gilpin, Kinesiology and Dance
- Marlene Salas-Provance, Special Education and Communication Disorders
Office of the Vice President for Research – Presented by Vimal Chaitanya, Vice President for Research
- Ross Staffeld, Mathematical Sciences
- James McAteer, Astronomy
The NMSU student paper, “The Round Up”, recently published two articles about international activities at NMSU.
The first article is a piece written by Associate Provost Menking that overviews the activities and functions of the office of International and Border Programs.
The second article is a nice piece about our budding partnership with a the National University of Ireland Maynooth.
Click on the images below for the articles.
Below are weekly activity reports submitted to the President’s Office.
|DATE||SUBMITTED ACTIVITY REPORT|
|March 9, 2015||Office of International and Border Programs · Cornell Menking and Imelda Olaque attended the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 11th International Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico.· Dr. Menking recently gave two interviews. One to Hispanic Outlook magazine for a feature piece on the “Go Yachay” project that trained 14 Ecuadorians in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, and the other a feature piece by the Sun News on the reconstituted Las Cruces International Festival. The Sun News piece is scheduled to be in the March 20 edition, the day before the event itself on March 21.
· The March 21 International Festival preparations are nearly final. This year’s event is the first truly be co-organized with community members. More info here: http://ibp.nmsu.edu/2015-las-cruces-international-festival/
· A representative from Terra Dotta, a software company specializing in addressing the data management needs of international higher education offices, met with a large group of IBP staff as well as NMSU staff involved in ICT, Banner and institutional analysis. IBP is working to consolidate all of its data management using this provider, which will result in highly more efficient and accurate data management.
Center for English Language Programs
· In a major milestone, CELP submitted its Application for Eligibility to the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). Over the past two years CELP has completely redesigned its curriculum and added numerous staff and faculty. If accredited, NMSU will be the only intensive ESL program in New Mexico.
· Spring Session 1 ended on Friday, March 6th. All students completed final exams.
· “Go Teacher” scholars had their March team building seminar with Guadalupe.
· On March 28 the 54 “Go Teacher” participants visited Mesilla, and on March 8 they attended “Cowboy Days” at the NM Farm and Ranch Museum.
International Student and Scholar Services
· The first and second “Thursday Global Meet-Ups” were held in the Faculty Senate Chambers in Garcia Annex. Every Thursday at 11:30-1:30 a brown bag event will be held to offer international and domestic students a chance to interact, have fun, and make friends.
Office of Education Abroad
· The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship supports underrepresented Pell eligible students in education abroad. As an HSI, NMSU takes advantage of this award and this spring boasts 8 recipients (15 applicants, >50% success rate) garnering $32,500 in funds. OEA just completed applications for the Summer, Fall and AY 2015. Thanks to workshops, the utilization of returning Gilman scholars, and outreach efforts, 36 students are in this session’s Gilman scholarship pool, more than any other previous group. OEA will also be matching ASNMSU funds designated to assist students with studying abroad with those of the Department of State and the Institute of International Education.
· The Office of Education Abroad met this week with Clayton Harrington, Director of University Relations for International Student Exchange Programs, or ISEP, to discuss ways to innovate and expand our partnership, which has existed for over 30 years.
· On March 5 representatives from OEA attended the Study In Mexico (Si Mexico) Fair at UTEP to meet with more than a dozen universities from Mexico that are interested in more actively engaging with US universities. The event is part of a national initiative to attract Americans back to Mexico. It was hosted by UTEP in collaboration with the Consul General of Mexico in El Paso and the Consul General of the United States in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
The Confucius Institute
· The Confucius Institute hosted its first CI Chinese Language at NMSU New Year celebration at Domenici Hall on February 26. The event was open to public and attended by over 100 people.
· The NMSU Chinese Students and Scholars Chinese hosted its own New Year celebration at Atkinson Hall on February 28.
· The institute’s Co-Director, staff and teachers volunteered to help with interpretation for two events last week. They translated for for Mandarin-speaking parents and students at parent-teacher meetings at University Hills Elementary School, and also for a NM Department of Ag – sponsored Chinese delegation at the Western Pecan Growers Association annual meeting at Hotel Encanto (also toured pecan orchards, dined, etc.).
· CI staff met with the new Asian Studies Director at UTEP, Pratyusha Basu, to discuss and explain our satellite relationship with the CI at NMSU and its Chinese language program in El Paso.
|2/23/15||· On behalf of IBP, Dr. Menking presented David Klement and the NMSU Choir with a check for $500 at a fundraiser held at the Fountain Theater. The choir is working to raise money to tour Germany and the Czech Republic. Another fundraising performance will be held on 730 pm on March 12 at Atkinson Recital Hall. Call (575) 646-1420 for tickets.· Engineers from the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez visited with representatives from NMSU’s College of Engineering. Collaborative research and training programs are being developed.Office of Education Abroad
Center for English Language Programs
· Colin Large, Director of CELP, was elected Vice President of the New Mexico Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NM TESOL) Association. He will represent the association at the 2015 International TESOL Conference in Toronto, Canada in March.
· Dr. Ashley Ryan attended the Association for Teacher Educator annual national/international conference in Phoenix Arizona from 2/13-2/16. The focus of the conference was on Advocating for the Silenced: The Teacher’s Vocation.
International Student and Scholar Services
· Thursday, February 19, 2015 was the first meeting of the new weekly event, the Thursday Global Meetup. From now on, every single Thursday of regular semesters this new event will be open to all community members and its purpose is to provide opportunities for interaction between international and local students. The events are held from 11:30 to 1:30 pm in the Faculty Senate Chambers in Garcia Annex.
· IBP will also be resuming its “Global Coffee Hour” series and have scheduled the following presentations:
o February 27, 2015 – Vietnam (4-5 pm in Garcia Annex Faculty Senate Chambers).
o March 31, 2015 – Saudi Arabia
o April 17, 2015 – Ecuador.
|Feb 16 2015||Confucius Institute · The CI will sponsor film-maker Adam Smith to present “Land of Many Palaces”, a film about Chinese ghost cities on Feb. 19 (7:30, O’Donnell, Rm. 111).· Cathedral HS had its Chinese Language Honors Society induction ceremony 13 Feb – becoming part of the Chinese Language Teachers’ Assoc. national organization.
· The CI has been assisting LCPS with translation of important documents into Mandarin Chinese for students and parents.
· Exciting plans have been made for Chinese New Year celebrations (Feb. 19 and 26 and 27 – at all sites).
Center for English Language Programs
· Go Teacher participants from Ecuador have begun doing observations at DACC (ESL), NMSU (SPCD 111G), Alma D’ Arte, and Mesilla Elem. School.
· Meetings were held with a delegation visiting from the Tecnologico de Monterrey’s Chihuahua campus to discuss collaborative programs and contracts.
International Student and Scholar Services
· We are introducing the “Thursday Global Meetup” – a new weekly event co-sponsored by ISSS, OEA and CELP to bring international and domestic students together to make friends, practice English, and generally feel at home and welcome on our campus. Light refreshments will be served and students are also welcome to bring lunch. There will be guest speakers, presentations and contests designed to boost morale for our international students. Location is Garcia Annex Faculty Senate Chambers from 11:30 am-1:30 pm every Thursday throughout the semester.
· There are also three Global Coffee Hours scheduled for Spring 2015. On February 27th we will showcase Vietnam, followed by Saudi Arabia on March 31 (tentative), and Ecuador on April 17. Location for February and April events is Garcia Annex Faculty Senate Chambers. March is TBA.
· Final Spring semester international enrollment is a total of 1194 students. This includes 567 graduate students, 515 undergraduates and 112 non-degree students from 85 countries. There are 1115 international students studying on the Main Campus, 42 at DACC, and 37 at the Alamogordo Branch.
· On February 4, 2015, 150 degree-seeking, exchange, and CELP students came to a beginning-of-the-semester lunch hosted by ISSS.
Office of Education Abroad
· Four FLiP (faculty led international programs) are going out this May: Speech Pathology to Peru, History to Mexico, Animal Science to Mexico and HRTM to Italy. With safeguards in place to ensure all programmatic details are addressed before FLiP programs depart, OEA staff have been conducting pre-departure and website orientations for each group. The History course to Mexico City is an NMSU-Alamogordo course—the first of its kind from one of our community colleges. Hats off to President Cheri Jimeno, VP for Student Succcess, Dr. Juan Garcia, and Professor Jose Gonzalez for all their efforts in ensuring this program came to fruition.
· OEA continues discussions with three other faculty members interested in counducting the following: Theater in France/Italy, Film in Hungary and French in France for summer 2016. We are pleased, that despite losing both Faculty-led Coordinators, to see our FLiP program continuing to grow.
· Greeks Go Global is a new initiative that will encourage fraternity and sorority members to go abroad to learn Spanish and volunteer. OEA hopes to make this an annual event/competition to support Greek Life.
· A new winter break program to either Peru or Ecuador will be added for native Spanish speakers who will earn both Spanish and Internship credit during a short two week program. We are hoping to include community members with this program to help provide scholarships and community interaction with our students. Community members can be at any level of Spanish and will have the opportunity to volunteer while abroad.
· OEA presented to the ASNMSU Student Fee Review Board to request a continuation of funding from ASNMSU ($2 per student per semester) to support, through scholarships, NMSU students going abroad. Two students, Ms. Ember Krech and Ms. Robyn Howzell joined Director Kristian Chervenock during the presentation and recounted stories of their transformative experiences while abroad.
|Feb 9 2015||Our legislative lobby event for Senate Bill 64 (“UNM & NMSU Student Global Competitiveness”) that took place on February 3rd and 4th in Santa Fe was a big success with delegations from NMSU, UNM, Western, NMSU Carlsbad and NMMI in attendance. Dr. Cornell Menking and Dr. Mary Anne Saunders of UNM presented on behalf of Senate Bill 64 to the Senate Education Committee. Two NMSU students also joined the lobbying effort.
While in Santa Fe, Dr. Menking and the NMSU delegation presented Mary Kay Papen, President pro tempore of the NM Senate, with a framed banner of the Aggie fight song.
In collaboration with the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, the Office of Education Abroad organized an information session to raise awareness of the Baku Summer Energy School Program. The event was well attended and a number of students indicated that they will be signing for the two-week certificate program in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The Office of Education Abroad completed surveys for Generation Study Abroad that reaffirmed NMSU’s commitment to send 600 students a year abroad by 2019.
|Feb 2 2015||· A delegation visited Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez on Friday, January 30. UACJ’s Dean of Engineering sponsored a luncheon and many department heads were present to participate in department-specific working groups. Joining the group was Dr. Menking, Dr. Peter Martin, Dr. Dave Thompson, Dr. Ian Leslie, Dr. Delia Valles, Dr. Imelda Olague, and Jaime Ramirez Angulo. More info here: http://ibp.nmsu.edu/delegation-visits-juarez-university/
· The CI is working on scheduling 3 levels of Chinese language instruction on NMSU’s main campus, 2 levels off site at Cottonwood Preparatory Academy, ABQ, and 4 levels at UTEP. Other activities include planning for Chinese New Year celebrations, follow-up after last week’s professional development day, and planning two exciting film screenings in the spring.
Office of Education Abroad (OEA)
· OEA, in collaboration with the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering (CHME), are busy promoting the Baku Summer Energy School program to interested CHME graduate students. The program offers students a complete two-week certificate program through the Caspian Center for Energy and Environment (CCEE) in association with ADA University and the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). World-renowned scholars, academicians and policy makers teach in the program to examine and gain a better understanding of global energy and environment issues and their practical application.
· Last week OEA hosted its bi-annual Study Abroad Fairs at DACC and Main Campus. The fairs were incredibly successful, with almost 30 vendors attending from across the globe. Over one hundred students signed up to begin their study abroad experiences over the course of both fairs.
· OEA has added three new programs to its portfolio of study abroad offerings: Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain; John Cabott University, Rome, Italy; and Global Semesters: Athens, Greece; Barcelona, Spain; Beijing, China; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Itlay; Hyderabad, India; London, England; Nicosia, Cyprus; Paris, France and Shanghai, China.
· Representatives from NMSU’S International and Border Programs and OEA will join their peers from across the state in Santa Fe on February 3rd and 4th to raise awareness and garner support for Senate Bill 64 that requests $500,000 to support international study, internship, service and research to qualified students from New Mexico’s 28 public 2-year, 4-year and tribal colleges.
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
· ISSS reported over 200 students participated in New International Student Orientation on January 12, 2015. Attendees included degree-seeking students as well as students from the Center for English Language Programs and exchange programs.
· Current Spring enrollment data will be available next week after census. As of 1/26/15 the total Spring international student enrollment is 1176 students representing 81 countries. This includes 554 graduate students, 512 undergraduates, and 110 non-degrees. There are 104 new degree-seeking students this semester.
Center for English Language Programs (CELP)
· NMSU has received its 4th cohort of Ecuadorian “Go Teachers”. The Go Teacher program is an initiative of the Ecuadorian government that aims to increase the country’s English speaking capacity (more information at http://celp.nmsu.edu/special-programs/gt/). This year’s cohort consists of 54 students.
· On Jan 22 and 23 Dr. Socorro Herrera, nationally recognized expert on bilingual and multicultural education, gave a workshop for CELP faculty teaching in the Go Teacher program. Dr. Herrera is a Professor of Education at Kansas State University, and Executive Director of the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy.
|Jan 20 2015||President Carruthers signed an agreement with Association of the Friends of Azerbaijan on January 9, 2015. The agreement creates six elite scholarships for students to participate in a summer school symposium in Azerbaijan this summer. More information available here: http://ibp.nmsu.edu/nmsu-signs-affiliation-agreement-with-azerbaijan-organization/
Some preliminary start-of-the-semester numbers are available:
Center for English Language Programs
CELP has approximately 100 new students enrolling this Spring. 73 are new and 27 are continuing students. Countries represented include Ecuador, Mexico, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Libya, China, Argentina.
Office of Education Abroad
127 students will study abroad this Spring Semester (including Fall/Spring Academic Year, Winter Break, Spring Break, and short May programs). Some details about this group:
· 56 female, 47 male
· 22 Fall/Spring Academic; 22 Winter Break; 59 Spring
· 61 students on established, bilateral exchange agreements (including consortiums)
· 38 are Hispanic
· 24 FLiP’s (Faculty Led International Programs) – 8 Spring Break, 16 May
International Student and Scholar Service
The ISSS Office reports exact numbers are not yet available, but approximately 100 new degree-seeking students have been registered. For the second semester, orientation was combined with other IBP units to increase effectiveness and reduce duplication of efforts. Highlights of the first week include a presentation by Deputy Provost Greg Fant regarding academic honesty, a visit by Sodexo team, led by Shelly Duran.
|12/15/14||· On December 9 IBP’s Center for English Language Programs and ACES’ Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, celebrated the conclusion of the “Go Yachay” joint project. The event was held at the Farm and Ranch Museum and was followed by a buffet dinner. A special visitor from Ecuador, Juan Carlos Moreno, Advisor to the General Manage of Yachay Public Company, addressed the 14 participants and their families in a live stream to the participants’ families back in Ecuador. NMSU’s IT Department helped arrange the uplink. Provost Daniel J. Howard, Mr. Moreno, Daren Bloomquist, and Cornell H. Menking participated in the presentation of the certificates reflecting their six months of intensive English and two months of hospitality and tourism training. Their program included shadow training at seven area hotels and restaurants and the audience included representatives of those businesses, as well as friends the participants had made in the community. For more about the Go Yachay program visit this link.· On Tuesday Juan Carlos Moreno from Ecuador met with multiple deans as well as made a special greeting to the Academic Deans.· Dean Loui Reyes, Dr. Menking and Kristian Chervenock met with Prof. Winnie Lee to help prepare her to represent NMSU at two universities in Taiwan over the winter holiday.
|12/6/14||· Cornell Menking met with Noreen Lehmann, Werner Lehmann and Hale Huber, members of the Las Cruces Sister Cities organization. A very productive outcome was that these individuals will play an important part in helping IBP organize this year’s International Festival on March 21 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. IBP is working to make the festival a major community event.· In partial fulfillment of agreements in the Partners in the Americas project between the University of La Salle and NMSU, a team from Plant and Environmental Sciences went to Colombia for two weeks of classes and cultural exchange programs at La Salle’s campuses in Yopal and Bogotá. The team, led by Mick O’Neill, included irrigation scientists Blair Stringam and Dan Smeal, as well as grad student James Fulton, and undergrad students Jimmy Maynes, Sativa Cruz, and Megan Stovall. The NMSU team participated in classes covering Colombian culture and agriculture and visited crop production fields managed/cultivated by students in the Utopia project at the Yopal Campus. The 200+ Utopia project students at Yopal are selected through a highly competitive process (only about 1 in 100 applicants are selected) from resource-poor families throughout the country who have been significantly traumatized by the 20-30 years of drug wars. NMSU faculty taught classes about New Mexico agriculture, irrigation, water harvesting, meteorological data acquisition, and climate-based irrigation scheduling. In April 2015, a similar size group from La Salle will visit NMSU. A final wrap-up of the two-week exchange was given to the La Salle President, Brother Carlos Gómez, International Affairs Office staff, and representatives of the US Embassy and the Partners in the Americas project. Sufficient enthusiasm was demonstrated by the USAID and Partners representatives to warrant development of a larger project proposal.|
|Nov 21||It was a busy week as IBP helped NMSU observe International Education Week for the third year in a row. Activities this year included:· Information tables on Peace Corps, study abroad, the Center for Latin American and Border Studies.
· Dr. Menking gave his annual State of internationalization presentation (PowerPoint available http://ibp.nmsu.edu/2014-annual-state-of-internationalization-presentation/ ).
· Dr. Phil Lewis premiered his film, Painting My Miracle: The story and conservation of the NMSU Retablo collection.
· The Confucius Institute, in collaboration with Taos and Sodexo, hosted Taste of China Day. Chinese food was complemented with a dance by a dance by Ting Ting, a Confucius Institute teacher working at Vado Elementary School.
· The Center for Latin American border studies hosted Dr. Tamara Falicov, an Assoc Professor from the University of Kansas, who presented at two events: The showing of “Maestra”, a film about the eradication of a literacy in Cuba, and a talk about how international film festivals shape and circulate Latin American cinema.
· The US State Department presented on careers in the foreign and civil service, Iliana look Peed presented as part of her global connection series documentary filmmaking in 1 million village in Belize.
· Dr Festus Addo-Yobo of black programs collaborated with IBP to bring the week’s featured speaker, Dr. Alphine Jefferson, professor of history and director of black studies at Randolph Macon College. He presented on Diversity in Leadership: global education’s role in preparing the next generation.
During the week Menking, Dr. Imelda Olague from Engineering, met with the region’s Diplomat in Residence from the US State Department, Ms. Anne Callaghan, and Ms. Jennifer Archibeque, Customer Service Manager at the Bureau of Consular Affairs in El Paso, TX. Over lunch they discussed ways to strengthen international internship and career options at NMSU. Another outcome was a commitment by IBP to open a passport office in Garcia Annex. The general public will then be able to come on campus and apply for passports.
This week NMSU also hosted visitors from the Hebei Bureau of Science and Technology in China. They came on an investigative visit that complements continued efforts to develop deeper ties between institutions in Hebei Province and NMSU. Provost Howard, Dean Lowell Catlett, Associate Deans Jim Libbin and Dave Thompson, Steve Loring, Confucius Institute Co-Directors Elvira Hammond and Qiang Ren, and Dr. Jinfa Zhang all met with the visitors, which included Mr. Wang, Director of International Cooperation Division of Hebei Bureau of Science & Technology, as well as other important administrators and researchers interested in collaborating in agricultural sciences.
On November 20 Dr. Menking received a Research Achievement Award at the Millionaire Researchers event hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The award recognizes IBP’s success in bringing external funding in excess of $1 million to the university.
|Nov 14, 2014||It was a quiet week in IBP, except for lots of proposal writing and a visit from Chris Lawlor to promote summer study programs at one of NMSU’s new partner institutions, National University of Ireland Maynooth.Don’t forget that next week is International Education Week. There are lots of interesting activities. Visit this link for full details: http://ibp.nmsu.edu/international-education-week-2014/
|Nov 7 2014||· Dr. Menking and Joshua Vanderhoof, IBP’s new international recruiter, travelled to Washington DC for meetings with various cultural missions and education offices. Among the countries visited were Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Indonesia.· The Center for English Language Programs (CELP) has was selected to participate in Proyecta 100,000, a program that aims to bring 100,000 Mexican students to the U.S. as part of a renewed spirit of cooperation between the governments of Mexico and the United States of America, under the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBES/I). As part of this, 30 students from Veracruz, Mexico have arrived to participate in 4 weeks of intensive English study during the last 4 weeks of the fall semester.· Dr. Ashley Ryan, CELP Academic Coordinator and IBP/College of Education Liaison, travelled to Ecuador as part of a follow-up observation phase of the “Go Teacher” that has brought over 200 Ecuadorians to NMSU over the past two years. Dr. Ryan observed in schools around the Quito, Ibarra, and Uyumbicho areas of Ecuador. While in Ecuador, Dr. Ryan represented NMSU at the Yachay Tech Inauguration & Convocation. Yachay Tech, in Urcuqui Ecuador, is a newly created university founded on innovation in technology and science. NMSU’s Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Department and CELP have partnered with Yachay Tech in recent months. Dr. Ryan was able to tour the campus, meet professors and the new class of Yachay Tech students.
· On Nov. 5-6 the Confucius Institute collaborated with David Klement, NMSU Vocal Professor, Music Dept., on hosting the Orchid Ensemble, a trio of musicians who combine traditional Chinese instruments with modern musical sensibilities. The performed and interacted with about 20 students that came to campus from Alma d’Arte Charter School, and then the trio went down to Vado Elementary School to perform for the Pre-K-2nd graders plus members of the local community. The Confucius Institute also helped underwrite promotion costs for their primary concert at NMSU on the 6th. (see photo attached)
|DACC and its Lerdo Student Exchange Club held a welcome event and dinner for 25 students visiting from Lerdo, Mexico. The students will be here for a week engaging in various types of academic and cultural events. Incredibly, this is the 31st year of this partnership with El Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico industrial y de servicios No. 4 (CBTis4). A number of officials offered welcomes, including DACC President Renay Scott, Mayor Miyagashima, Dr. Tim Chappell, Peter Ibarbo from Congressman Pierce’s office, and Dr. Menking. It was a remarkable evening with the Gadsden High School band playing and an award winning singer from Lerdo offering traditional Mexican songs.Office of Education Abroad
A Study Abroad Pathways meeting was held with Dr. Peter Martin, Department Head, Civil Engineering.
In collaboration with Liliana Barraza, designed and presented to the Pathways Towards Degree Completion (PDC) group on best practices on international recruiting. During last month’s PDC, Liliana and Kristian Chervenock presented on best practices in international admissions.
OEA presented to UAR/AMP program regarding opportunities for study abroad for NM AMP students. Continuing dialog with College of Engineering and NM AMP coordinator of the importance of collaboration with OEA.
|Oct 16||(SENT WITH BRANIGAN GROUP PHOTO ATTACHED)· The 4th Annual Cultural Bazaar was held on Saturday, Oct. 11 in front of the Branigan Cultural Center during the weekly farmer’s market. Co-organized by IBP and the Cultural Center, the event was very well attended, with tables by student organizations from Indonesia, Belize, Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, Jordan, and Sri Lanka.· On Oct. 8 International Student and Scholar Services hosted its annual International Picnic to welcome international students to NMSU. 150 were served.
· IBP received a visit by Andres Venegas Beltran, Director General of the Instituto de Capacitación para el Trabajo del Estado de Chihuahua, which was organized by Eduardo Medina. The state of Chihuahua is seeking professional training in various areas and Dr. Menking is working with ACES to accommodate their needs.
· IBP received a visit by Rubén I. Zamora, Ambassador Permanent Representative to Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations. Mr. Zamora, guided by ACES’ Paul Gutierrez, is seeking technical assistance in agricultural sector in the country of El Salvador.
· Dr. Menking, Colin Large and Ashley Ryan had a video meeting with Capitán Álvaro Pinzón García, coordinator of international relations for the Colombian National Police. They are interested in large-scale training in both English and technical police training. Discussions will continue and will hopefully bear fruit.
· Dr. Menking attended the 20th annual Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) meeting held in Tucson, AZ. Networking about many avenues for expanded collaboration with Mexican partners occurred.
|Oct 7||· IBP had the honor of hosting the first New Mexico Global Education Consortium Summit at the Farm and Ranch Museum on October 1-2. Eight New Mexico colleges and universities were represented, along with numerous individuals from NMSU. Talks about the importance of the internationalization of higher education were given by President pro tempore of the Senate Mary Kay Papen, NM Senator Cisco McSorley, President Carruthers, Provost Howard, Associate Provost Menking, Jerry Pacheco of the NM International Business Accelerator, Vice President for Economic Development Boberg, VP for Advancement Cheryl Harrelson, Nigel Holman, and Deborah Widger. Lots of discussion by the delegates from around the state resulted in a commitment to NM working together to improve student access to global education.· IBP hosted a visit by Giovanni Anzola Pardo, Director of the Office of International and Institutional Relations at Universidad de La Salle in Bogota Colombia. Meetings with numerous faculty and administrators were held to discuss upcoming projects and the execution of the Partners in the America grant that NMSU won with that university.
International Student and Scholar Services
· Fall 14 enrollment is 1217 international students, including 572 graduate students, 552 undergraduate students and 93 non-degrees
· 1140 students are enrolled in programs on the Main Campus and 77 at the Branch Campuses
· International students this semester are from 83 countries
· The top five countries represented are Mexico (209 students), Kuwait (146), China (124), Saudi Arabia (121) and India (113)
· Two recruiters represented NMSU at a student recruitment fair in Juarez on October 1.
|September 26, 2014||International and Border Programs· On Sept 5 a meeting was held at IBP among various faculty and administrators to discuss a strategy for utilizing graduate assistant funds recently earmarked to support and expand the Peace Corps Masters International and Fellowship programs at NMSU.· Cornell Menking attended the European Association of International Education conference in Prague, Czech Republic from Sept. 15-19. For the first time, NMSU had a booth where Menking met with existing partners and developed new collaborative possibilities for NMSU.
· From Sept 8-12 Menking also was part of a delegation led by Provost Howard to the Agriculture University of Hebei where possible collaborations were discussed and a general MOU signed.
· Last week IBP units hosted visitors from Hebei Normal University in China and discussed opportunities to develop deeper collaborations between NMSU and HNU leading to an increased number of HNU students at NMSU studying Spanish, English, Education and ESL.
Office of Education Abroad
· OEA will conduct, for the first time, a presentation on leading Faculty Led International Programs (“FLiP’s”) at DACC’s All-faculty Professional Development Day. This comes on the heels of the hugely successfully first Study Abroad Fair held at DACC earlier this month.
· Presented to all University advisors (9/19) during the University Advisors Symposium.
· Conducted a Gilman Scholarship Workshop in coordination with the Honors College (9/23)
· Presented to the Pathways Towards Degree Completion (PDC) Committee on Best Practices in International Admissions (9/25 and 9/26).
Center for English Language Programs
· A new 8 week session begins October 10 and over 60 continuing students, and about 20 new students, are registered.
International Student and Scholar Services
· The Fall welcome picnic was postponed because of rain and will be held Wednesday October 8th east lawn at Garcia Annex, 11:30am -1:00 pm
· The Cultural Bazaar co-sponsored by IBP and the Las Cruces Branigan Museum will be held Saturday October 11th from 10:00am -1:00pm outside of the Branigan Museum.
· Two recruiters represented NMSU at a student recruitment fair in Chihuahua City on September 18th. They will also attend at a student recruitment fair in Ciudad Juarez on October 1st.
· The CI celebrated Confucius Week and its 7th year on the NMSU campus. On September 25 its annual board meeting was held and fun cultural events for the community were held outside of Corbett Auditorium. A formal ceremony was also held in the Faculty Senate Chamber. Attending were representatives of the CI Chinese partner university, Shijiazhuang Institute of Science and Technology, President Liu Guiyun and Chairman Wu, and Deputy Provost Greg Fant.
|August 29, 2014||For the first time, IBP combined the orientation of the different international students arriving on campus simultaneously – exchange students (59 new), international students (212 new), and intensive English students (60 new). Despite their different needs, it proved to be a more efficient way to orient them, as well as an exciting opportunity for the students from 49 different countries to meet one another. It was a dramatic sight to see the standing-room-only crowd in Corbett Auditorium.International Student and Scholar Services
· ISSS completed arrival paperwork for 212 new students – 116 graduates and 96 undergraduates. This is down slightly from a final count of 226 last year.
· Of notable mention:
o Over 50 Brazilians now study at NMSU as part of a non-degree undergraduate program known as the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program.
o One new Fulbright scholar – Manzamasso Hodjo from Togo, W. Africa, a Masters student studying Ag Economics.
o Two new Organization of American States scholars – Martin Pertab from Guyana, a Masters student studying Economics, and Beverly Supersaad, from Student. Kitts and Nevis, a Masters student in Education.
Office of Education Abroad
· OEA welcomed a record number 59 new exchange students.
· With the enthusiastic commitment of new DACC President Renay Scott, OEA will host its first Study Abroad Fair at DACC on Tuesday, September 2. The event will be at the East campus, Student Resource Center from 10:00 to 2:00 pm and will include lunch.
· OEA will also host its regular Fall Study Abroad Fair at the NMSU Corbett Center Student Union on Wednesday, September 3 from 10:00 to 2:00 pm.
· OEA hosted its first ever “Welcome Back” event for students returning to NMSU after having studied abroad last year. Multiple students, faculty members, and international clubs made presentations, including an excellent reverse culture shock presentation by Dr. Eric Morgan.
· The Confucius Institute received three additional teachers this week. Classes begin in Albuquerque next week, including the institute’s first off-campus dual enrollment program with Cottonwood Preparatory Academy.
Center for English Language Programs
· Current total CELP enrollment is 157 – 89 of them studying intensive English (60 new students from 8 countries, and 29 returning students) and 68 of them enrolled in SPCD 110/470, which includes some Brazilians and exchange students. Note that SPCD 110/470 is the only for-credit course CELP continues to teach.
· CELP tested 60 new students from 8 countries for placement into its intensive English program on August 19th. An additional 49 admitted students were tested for placement into for-credit courses — SPCD 110 or SPCD 111G (undergraduate) and SPCD 110 or SPCD 470 (graduate).
· Thanks to the Athletics Department for donating 14 tickets to participants in the Go Yachay Program (Ecuador) to Thursday’s opening football game. This was their first experience with American football, and they were very excited to join in the fun.
|Aug 18||· On August 6 Cornell Menking presented at “Ecuador Day” at Kansas State University. Present at the event was Ecuadorian Ambassador to the U.S. Nathalie Cely, KSU Provost April Mason, members of the KSU Board of Regents, and two hundred other guests. The title of Menking’s presentation was “The Ecuadorian Go Teacher Project and Its Contributions to Comprehensive Internationalization at NMSU”.· NMSU hosted Dr. Zhaohu Li, Vice Presdient for Research at China Agriculture University in Beijing from August 11-15, 2014. During his visit he had extensive visits with faculty and deans from ACES, Arts and Science, as well high level NMSU officials. On August 12 Provost Howard hosted a large, well-attended reception for Dr. Li at his home. It is hoped that numerous joint research and degree programs will result from the visit.· On August 12 IBP and the Center for English Language Programs graduated 63 participants from its third cohort of the Ecuadorian “Go Teacher” project. NMSU has a proposal to continue the project and will hopefully host another group beginning in January, 2015.
· Cornell Menking met with Kevin Boberg, Cecilia Levine, Lucinda Vargas regarding “El Punto” project in Juarez. The project centers on the construction of a 62,000 square meter “church without walls” in El Chamizal. Designed by world-renowned architects Herzog y De Meuron, the space will be a place to bring together religious, musical, artistic and cultural activities. Further meetings will be held to gauge the NMSU community’s interest in contributing to the project.
|July 31||IBP· The date for the annual Rotary International Student Picnic has been set for Sunday, September 28, 4-6 pm, at Preciado Park.
· Welcomed the first (of four) new Chinese language and culture teachers and immediately put her to work at Alma d’Arte Charter High School (which began classes 30 July) teaching 2 sections of Chinese 1 and 1 section of Chinese 3.
· Planning continues for Confucius Day celebrations during the week of Sept. 22nd. Mark your calendars!
Center for English Language Programs
· The Graduate Dean from New Mexico Tech met with Associate Provost Menking, Dean Reyes, and Colin Large, Director of NMSU’s Center for English Language Programs (CELP), to finalize an agreement for NMSU to provide intensive English training for NM Tech applicants that need supplemental English training.
|July 25||· Cornell H. Menking and Vimal Chaitanya attended a joint meeting of the APLU Commission on International Initiatives (CII) and the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education (CRPGE) on July 14-17. Both delivered presentations at the conference. A result of the event is a renewed commitment on the part of the VPR’s Office and the Office of International and Border Programs to work more closely to advance NMSU’s international research agenda.· Pam Herron, a member of the NMSU Confucius Institute staff, is currently chaperoning students from Cathedral High School in El Paso, TX as part of the Hanban Chinese Bridge program.|
|July 7-11||· Elvira Hammond, co-Director of NMSU’s Confucius Institute, was part of a celebration of 35 Years of China-US Scholarly Exchange at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. The event celebrated some of the earliest and most important contributors to U.S.-Chinese exchange projects. Speakers included internet entrepreneur Robin Li Yanhong, founder of Baidu the most widely used search engine in China and the first Chinese company to be listed on the NASDAQ-100 Index. The delegation was hosted by the 100,000 Strong Foundation, a Ford Foundation funded initiative of the Obama administration to send 100,000 American students to China to study between 2010 and 2014. The meeting was concurrent with a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary John Lew, and Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen. Sec. Kerry, US Ambassador Max Baucus, China State Councilor Madame Liu Yandong, and basketball star Yao Ming joined them for a group photo afterwards (photo unavailable).· The Office of Education Abroad deepened its thorough integration into departmental goals by continuing with meetings with department heads across campus, and developing a new marketing strategy (complete with multimedia) for AY 14/15.
· The Center for English Language Programs said goodbye to 54 Colombians and welcomed nearly a dozen new students from new partner institution Universidad Uniminuto in Bogota, Colombia, as well as the first faculty that are part of an agreement with Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez.
· NMSU received a visit by Dr. Marie Lummerzheim, International Relations Director of LaSalle Institut Polytechnic Beauvais in France. Her visit included extensive meetings with faculty and administrators in ACES where promising possibilities and a future MOU were discussed. She was treated to an elegant luncheon served by Chef Maurice Zeck at the Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine, and given a tour of ACES facilities.
· NMSU was host to a visiting faculty from SOMEXAA (Sociedad Mexicana de Administracioin Agropecuaria, AC). He was the guest of Dr. Terry Crawford and had meetings with ACES officials, Eduardo Medina, and Cornell Menking to discuss possibilities and a future MOU.
|July 7, 2014||No report|
|June 30, 2014||· The Office of International and Border Programs was host to Dr. Carlos Gabriel Gómez Restrepo, the President of Universidad de La Salle in Bogota, Colombia from June 22-25. Better known as “Brother Carlos”, Gomez had visits with the President, Provost, and numerous ACES faculty. His visit was a follow-up on the recent Partners of the Americas grant won by NMSU and his university, as well as a chance to visit with 54 Universidad de La Salle students and faculty who are on campus this summer as part of NMSU’s intensive English program. He also delivered an inspiring talk to a full room about the role of education in the development of a post-conflict Colombia.· Visiting Colombian and Ecuadorian students had World Cup fever and enjoyed some rowdy viewings of their teams’ soccer games in Corbett Student Center.
|June 16, 2014||· The Office of Education Abroad is proud to announce six new recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship of study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduate students. We congratulate the following students: Anais Gomez (South Korea), Maia Porras (Spain), Desiree Gomez (Japan), Rebecca Urquidi (Morocco), Christina Solaequi (Korea), Maya Guillen (France). For more about these wonderful students visit this link: http://ibp.nmsu.edu/nmsu-boasts-six-gilman-recipients/· 53 students arrived from Bogota, Colombia for a four week intensive English program. This is a special project with NMSU’s partner, Universidad de La Salle.· The first “CELP Summer Academy” began. This new enrichment program serves all individuals studying intensive English at NMSU. It’s a combination of tutoring, daily study labs, evening activities (yoga, games, pool parties, cultural events), and social programs. The program will culminate in an Olympic style team-building exercise in the second week of July.
· The Confucius Institute reports that Co-Director Ken Hammond and Provost Dan Howard have concluded a series of productive meetings in Beijing and Shijiazhuang, China which should lead to several beneficial exchanges between NMSU and Hebei Normal University, Hebei Agricultural University, and the National Agricultural University. More details to come upon their return to campus Monday, June 16.
· The Confucius Institute took delivery of some 2,000 textbooks to use in classrooms next year, provided by the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban).
· Dr. Hugo Vilchis completed a special academic writing workshop for 25 faculty from Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez. The course was very well received and further spin-off courses are expected.
|June 9, 2014||· No Report|
|June 2, 2014||· On May 27, 2014 in San Diego at the first 100,000 Strong in the Americas capacity building workshop, the Department of State, Partners of the Americas and NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced nine new winners of 100,000 Strong in the Americas innovation grant. Winners included partner universities Universidad de La Salle in Bogotá Columbia and New Mexico State University. The award will help students from both universities work on a joint irrigation project in Colombia. This is a very prestigious and high-profile competition, and a key victory for the Office of international and Border Programs.· Five International and Border Programs staff also attended the largest international education conference in the world, the NASA annual meeting, in San Diego California last week. While there, two staff, Kristian Chervenock and Clint Hourigan, won the TEAN NAFSA Fun Charity 5k race and gave New Mexico State Aggies yet one more thing to be proud of!· Cornell H. Menking is in Turkey and Azerbaijan traveling with four New Mexico State Senators this week. The delegation is working with universities and governments to explore collaborative possibilities for both the state and the University.
|May 26, 2014||· In a recent review of travel authorization requests it was noted that NMSU had 769 requests filed in 2013. 231 students (81 undergraduate, 116 graduate, 34 unidentified) and 538 non-students (faculty, staff, researchers). Combine this with 344 for-credit study abroad students this year and we had over 1,100 Aggies go abroad in 2013!· Three NMSU faculty were invited to be summer guest lecturers at Universidad de La Salle in Bogota, Colombia. This is the second year NMSU has participated. This year’s participants include Azadeh Osanloo, College of Education; and Sean Rogers, College of Business; Jeffrey Query, College of Business. Each will deliver a 20 hour workshop on a special topic in their areas.
|May 19, 2014||· The Confucius Institute received electronic Chinese Cultural Experience equipment for 3 schools, including a two large LED touch screen systems, computers, and printers. These will be used by Confucius Classroom teachers to teach about Chinese culture.· The Confucius Institute also reached agreements to add more sections of Chinese language at NMSU, UTEP, Cathedral High School, and Las Cruces High School.
|May 12, 2014||· The Office of Education Abroad hosted a consultant from St. Olaf college, Helene McCallum, to review NMSU’s risk management policies and procedures as they relate to education abroad. The visit was extremely productive with many concrete ideas for improvement.· Cornell H. Menking travelled to Mexico City to participate in the Foro Bilateral sobre Educación Superior, innovación e investigación (FOBESSI)held at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico) Tlatelolco. The themes of this gathering were Language Acquisition and academic mobility. This was the fourth in a series of forums to foster deeper collaboration between Mexico and the U.S. in order to achieve the goals set by Presidents Obama and Nieto to attract 100,000 Mexicans into U.S. universities, and send 50,000 U.S. students to Mexico. Currently only 14,000 Mexicans study in the U.S. – 9% of which study at UTEP alone.
|May 5, 2014||· On Tuesday, May 29, a newly reconstituted International and Border Programs Advisory Council met. The Provost issued the groups new charge, and a draft of a new 2014-2020 Internationalization Strategic Plan was presented and discussed. A web page was established to inform the community about internationalization efforts at NMSU, including membership and activities of the advisory council, as well as international reports http://ibp.nmsu.edu/internationalization/|
|April 25, 2014||· On Thursday, April 24, fourteen “Vamos Yachay” participants arrived at NMSU. For all of them it was their first ride in an airplane, and their first time outside of Ecuador. They are part of NMSU’s involvement in the Ecuadorian “Yachay: Ciudad de Conocimiento” (City of Knowledge) project. The participants will receive 8 months of intensive English as well as training from the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.· NMSU’s Confucius Institute is now an official HSK (Chinese Language Proficiency Test) site. A recent implementation of the test showed that of the 40 college and high school students who took the last exam, 95% passed, and 10% received the highest marks.· The Confucius Institute has enrolled 20 high school juniors and seniors from Albuquerque’s Cottonwood Preparatory Academy in a Chinese language class taught by NMSU Confucius Institute faculty for dual credit with NMSU next fall.
|April 14, 2014 (not sent)||IBP held two special meetings with all students sponsored by a foreign government (Kuwaitis and Saudis) to thank them for choosing NMSU, inform them of upcoming changes, and discuss issues surrounding academic citations.
Cornell H. Menking attended the AIEA Thematic Forum: Developing Institutional Strategies for Growing Global Research hosted at the University of South Florida.
On Thursday Education Abroad “Marketeers” conducted a “flash mob” outside of Corbett Center to promote study abroad. The students sported Australian and Canadian spandex “morph suits” and pantomimed to a song encouraged getting to know the world around us.
|APRIL 6, 2014||15 undergraduates arrived as part of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Participants will study English through the summer and then enroll as visiting students in STEM courses for the 2014-15 academic year. Such cohorts of students will continue into the future as part of the program to send 100,000 Brazilians to the US.IBP hosted two officials from the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman/Cultural Division. They met with Deans Jacquez, Brook and Reyes, as well as Julie Weber from housing. They were extremely pleased with the experience their first students have had this semester in the Center for English Language Programs and expect to begin sending significant numbers of Business and Engineering undergraduate students next year.
|MARCH 25, 2014||The Office of International and Border Programs (IBP) hosted its annual International Festival off campus for the first time at the Las Cruces Convention Center on Saturday, March 22. It also co-hosted for the first time with the City of Las Cruces. The Mayor Pro Tem, Senator Mary Kay Papen, and Provost Dan Howard were in attendance, along with 650 people from the community. IBP will continue to grow the festival and expects even greater community participation next year.|