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Regents Report: Construction, Enrollment, More

SOCORRO, N.M. September 15, 2014 – The New Mexico Tech Board of Regents met Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Socorro, covering routine business and updates.

President Dr. Daniel H. Lopez said the university has been authorized to seek $15 million to construct a new building for the Chemistry Department. The funding will be put to voters in the November general election as part of the statewide G.O. Bond.

Melissa Jaramillo-Fleming, Vice President of Student and University Relations, reported that new student enrollment is almost even with last year. The fall 2014 student population includes 401 freshmen and transfers, compared with 414 in 2013.

Lopez reported that the New Mexico Tech Research Foundation is being reorganized. The former director Alex Thyssen retired recently. The Foundation, along with the Advancement Office, has hired two new people to work on fundraising and administration. The organization, which is a private, non-profit group, is forming a committee to review patent requests from professors and researchers on campus. Lopez also said that Foundation board is adding Tech professor Dr. Peter Anselmo, Tech graduate Dr. Raul Deju and Regent Jerry Armijo.

Lopez said this year’s President’s Golf Tourney has already raised $153,000 for the two-day event on September 18 and 19.

The Regents heard that Dr. David Burleigh of the Materials Engineering Department will be taking sabbatical in 2015.

Tech scientists have submitted a proposal for participating in a study of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, along with other federal and state agencies.

Lopez reported that Tech recently hosted a workshop on induced seismicity. The event was well-attended and deemed a success. 

Representing the Faculty Senate, Dr. Dave Raymond reported that plans are under way to create a university-wide committee with representation from both faculty and staff, in order to strengthen Tech’s shared governance.

The Regents heard that the university awarded four bachelor’s, 13 master’s degrees and one doctorate in July and August.

The Regents approved the university’s Research and Public Service Project requests, which will be presented to the state Higher Education Department. A new addition to the list is $200,000 for the support of the the aerospace engineering program.

The next board of Regents meeting will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. The time reflects a change from the typical afternoon start time.

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