From the President’s Activity Report (October 29-November 4)

Office of the Dean

  • The College of Health and Social Services is pleased to report that Dr. Joe Tomaka, Department of Public Health Services, has received the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Public Health Research. Tomaka directs the Crimson Research Center and teaches in the Public Health Science Department.

School of Nursing

  • The School of Nursing recently sponsored an event titled, iPad Symposium: Apps for Champs. Over 60 students participated in the symposium which was aimed to showcase various apps such as Evernote, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, Canvas, and the NCLEX RN Mastery which may help students in various aspects of their academic life. This was the first year the symposium focused exclusively on students, and the School hopes to continue to hold the event each semester in the future.

School of Social Work

  • Maria Gurrola, Associate Professor, and Olga Cabada, College Associate Professor, recently represented the School of Social Work at the fall meeting of the New Mexico Social Work Educators Collaborative meeting hosted by Western New Mexico State University in Silver City. Attendees discussed the importance of compliance with credentialing requirements of the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education. The collaborative was initiated by the New Mexico State University School of Social Work in 2014 in order to address mutual concerns among the accredited social work education programs in the state.

Department of Public Health

  • The NMSU Exercise is Medicine on Campus student-led national campaign ended with a little trivia for fans at the Aggie football game on October 22. Since the initiative was geared toward promoting walking for wellness, attendees were encouraged participate in a drawing to estimate how many steps Pistol Pete took at the football game. Surprisingly, Pistol Pete took nearly 10,000 steps, and the winner of the drawing was a student in the College of Engineering.
  • The NMSU/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center U54 Partnership recently funded research proposals by community health agencies to address health disparities in the U.S. Mexico border region. Each community agency who submitted a proposal was required to work with an NMSU academic partner to design and conduct their research study. This year’s Community-Academic Partnership Grants were awarded to Kari Bachman from Doña Ana Communities United (DACU) in collaboration with Dr. Julie Rice (NMSU), and to Claudia Lozano and Alexandro Simental from the City of El Paso’s Department of Health (CEPDOH) in collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Palacios and Karoline Sondgeroth (NMSU).  DACU will examine the effects of time bank participation on the health status of adults with limited income in Las Cruces NM.  CEPDOH will evaluate the effectiveness of a phone app called happy El Paso, which is designed to promote colorectal cancer screening in Hispanics.

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