From the President’s Activity Report (October 8-14)

Office of the Dean

  • The College of Health and Social Services welcomes Associate Dean Karen Kopera-Frye. Dr. Frye comes from the University of Louisiana-Monroe where she was the Joseph A. Biedenharn Chair in Gerontology and program director in the College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Gerontology. Dr. Frye’s research interests include health promotion with ethnically diverse elders, diabetes and obesity research with Latino and Native American populations. She will perform academic and research associate dean duties for the College.
  • HSS held a successful “Aggie Experience” event on Saturday, October 8. Over 45 prospective students and parents attended to learn about nursing, social work and public health professions.  Associate Dean, Dr. Karen Frye spoke on behalf of the College, advisors held brief information forums and the HSS Student Ambassadors gave our guests tours of our building which included the Memorial Lounge, the Memorial Tower, and the School of Nursing Simulation Labs.

School of Social Work

  • The School of Social Work continues to offer the Child Welfare Scholars program which provides stipends to students as incentive for BSW and MSW graduates to serve children and families of Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) throughout the state of New Mexico. This year the School of Social Work has 14 scholars who are receiving a total of $129,000 in stipends. This is a fine example of the strong community partnerships existing between the School of Social Work, the College of Health and Social Services and the local and state agencies which serve the citizens of our state.

Department of Public Health

  • Currently, the Department of Public Health is applying a program, Root Causes Tree, as is part of the Advocacy at Work curriculum currently being implemented by NMSU public health undergraduate students in the Las Cruces High School classrooms, reaching out to over 250 high school students and funded by the Con Alma Foundation. The project principal investigators are Drs. Satya Rao and Cynthia Kratzke. This initiative serves as a way to introduce public health as a major and justify its relevance to young folks attending the events.
  • The Department of Public Health Sciences is promoting an initiative throughout the month of October titled, “Exercise is Medicine on Campus” as part of the campaign reaching nearly 100 campuses across our nation. This initiative engages students, faculty, and staff to improve and increase awareness of health and wellness through efforts of physical activity, Walking Works! NMSU is the first university in New Mexico receiving recognition in this year’s campaign for enhancing our campus as a culture of wellness.

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