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NMSU Regents approve financial report

At a regular meeting Friday, Dec. 9, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the university's audited financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.


A group photo of the NMSU Board of Regents presenting a resolution to Tom Bagwell, deputy director/secretary of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.
Tom Bagwell, deputy director/secretary of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, was honored by the New Mexico State University Board of Regents for his service to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. At the presentation are, from left, Regent Christopher Dulany, Regent Mike Cheney, Executive Vice President and Provost Wendy Wilkins, President Barbara Couture, Bagwell, Regent Laura Conniff, Denise Bagwell and Regent Isaac Pino. (NMSU Photo by Darren Phillips)

Angela Throneberry, interim senior vice president for administration and finance, presented the audited annual financial statements, which include the report of the independent audit firm of Moss Adams LLP reflecting a clean or "unqualified" opinion.

In other business, the Regents heard annual updates on research from Vimal Chaitanya, vice president for research, and auxiliary services from Throneberry and Tammy Anthony, assistant vice president for auxiliary services.

Chaitanya gave a summary of NMSU's major areas of research emphasis including renewable energy such as biofuels; water, ecology and environment; astronomy; power distribution including smart grid; biomedical sciences; and STEM education. He also indicated that the economic impact of NMSU's research operation in 2010 was about $288 million, which was computed using IMPLAN PRO, an economic assessment software.

Anthony highlighted some of the significant activities that have occurred in the last year in the auxiliary services area including the opening of the new Barnes & Noble Bookstore, as well as efforts to expand textbook options for students. She also highlighted the renovation of the Corbett Center Auditorium, an expanded relationship between the NMSU PGA Program and the NMSU Golf Course, a student employee recognition program in Special Events, a reduction program of the NMSU fleet of vehicles, and food service enhancements. In Housing and Residential Life, Anthony highlighted the on-going Chamisa II construction project, which will provide an additional 282 beds in apartment-style units. In family housing, a curbside recycling program was started and a new playground was opened.

The board also presented the Above & Beyond Award to Sue Forster-Cox, associate professor of health sciences, and a resolution to Tom Bagwell, deputy director/secretary of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

The Above & Beyond Award recognizes full-time employees who go the extra distance in service to any and all aspects of the NMSU system. Individuals are recognized for performance that goes "above and beyond" their regular responsibilities and for demonstrating a positive attitude that inspires others.

In addition to teaching her classes, Forster-Cox oversees the important field experience for both undergraduates and master's students in community health education. She also serves as an adviser or committee member for students who choose the thesis route for their Master of Public Health degree.

Forster-Cox's strength in the department is the fact that she gets things done and she doesn't say no to any request. Some examples of Forster-Cox 'going the extra distance' are serving as undergraduate coordinator for more than 100 majors; serving as the Master of Public Health/Master of Social Work departmental liaison; and serving as the faculty advisor for the Returned Peace Corp Volunteer, many of which are Master of Public Health students. She also has taken on the responsibilities of the college's online coordinator, traveling regularly to Albuquerque to meet with current and prospective students.

Bagwell was honored by the Regents for his service to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, as well as his leadership at national and international levels for increased growth and expansion of New Mexico's agriculture and protection of natural resources and the environment.