Shine On

The motto of our college is “Shine On!” We celebrated our first college Shine On event in April 2011, a multi-media event produced by our Tony Award- winning playwright Mark Medoff and the talented faculty and staff of the Creative Media Institute. The event celebrated some our star faculty from the past and present and featured our Music students and student ambassadors who represent our future. Please view the videos of our featured faculty and learn how they overcame doubt and hardships; how they found their way to New Mexico State University; and how their personal struggles and adventures have helped them become better teachers, who understand the struggles of students, who know the value of great mentoring, and who genuinely love teaching and learning.

  • Mark Medoff is a playwright, screenwriter, film and theatre director, actor, and professor. His play Children of a Lesser God received both the Tony Award and the Olivier Award. He was nominated for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Award for the film script of Children of a Lesser God and for a Cable ACE Award for his HBO Premiere movie, Apology.

  • Timothy Cleveland received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins, 1986 and joined the Department of Philosophy at NMSU in 1987. in 2002, he was presented the Donald C. Roush award for teaching.

  • Anne P. Hubbell came to NMSU in 2000 with a Ph.D. in Communication from Michigan State University. Her teaching and research are in the areas of Health and Organizational Communication.

  • Pancho Romero comes from a family where his father, brother, grandfather, 2 uncles, and 7 cousins are involved in Music Education within the state of New Mexico. Pancho is principal trumpet in the Las Cruces Symphony and performs with the El Paso Symphony and the El Paso Opera.

  • Connie Voisine is director of Creative Writing at NMSU and of La Sociedad para las Artes, a creative writing outreach organization. Her last book, Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award

  • Dave Finston's professional interests include algebra and affine geometry and enhancing opportunities in science for members of under served communities. He is married to Professor Joan Staniswalis and they have son, Luis Alberto.

  • Neil Harvey joined NMSU in 1994. His areas of interest include Latin American politics, indigenous people and human rights. His published work includes the book, The Chiapas Rebellion: the Struggle for Land and Democracy and the co-authored book, Governing Latin America (with Joe Foweraker and Todd Landman).

  • Nancy McMillan grew up in Los Alamos and graduated from NMSU in 1979 with degrees in Geology and Russian. She earned her Ph.D. in Geology at SMU in 1986 and returned to NMSU to teach in 1989.

  • Ken Hammond specializes in the political cultural history of early modern China. He lived in Beijing 1982-87, went to Harvard for his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages, and has taught at NMSU since 1994. He is co-director of the Confucius Institute at NMSU and editor of the journal Ming Studies.

  • Jonathan Cook is an associate professor whose interests are in understanding program behavior, mechanisms for observing program behavior, and high performance computing. He came to NMSU in 1997.

  • Sam Muir is a veteran educator. She is a professional actor and director, and advocates for the creation and maintenance of New Mexican jobs in film and digital media industries.

  • Carlos Posadas is involved in research concerning immigration, U.S. - Mexico border issues, and juvenile justice. He completed his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice at NMSU and earned a doctorate in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. He received the Donald C. Roush Award for teaching excellence in 2011.

  • Sean McCleneghan has taught at NMSU for 29 years. He has earned four teaching excellence awards, published more than 80 scholarly journal articles, and is the first recipient of the 2009 Provost's Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.

  • Jon Holtzman is involved in a variety of instrument and science work with the Hubble Space Telescope. He is the Instrument Scientist for the 3.5m telescope at Apache Point Observatory and is working on a project to refurbish NMSU's 24-inch telescope on "A" Mountain.

  • Mark Medoff is a playwright, screenwriter, film and theatre director, actor, and professor. His play Children of a Lesser God received both the Tony Award and the Olivier Award. He was nominated for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Award for the film script of Children of a Lesser God and for a Cable ACE Award for his HBO Premiere movie, Apology.

  • Laura Madson has taught over 8,000 students since joining the faculty at NSMU in 1996. Her PH.D.in Social Psychology was earned from Iowa State University.

  • Mary A. Benanti is a mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, editor, writer, assistant professor of Women's Studies and still not sure what she wants to be when she grows up.

  • Michele "Nish" Nishiguchi was Department Head of Biology, and an evolutionary biologist with a love of things from the sea. Her work involves understanding relationships between bacteria and their animal hosts.

  • Jack Wright is a cultural geographer and conservationist who has taught at NMSU for 21 years. His work focuses on how cultures perceive and conserve the land. This work has taken him to over 60 countries including such exotic locales as Sri Lanka, Jordan, and Mesilla.

  • Christa Slaton received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and came to NMSU after serving as Associate Dean for External Affairs and Graduate Studies at Auburn University.

  • Miriam S. Chaiken focuses on health and food security in Africa and Asia, most recently in collaboration with Save the Children’s programs in Mozambique. Among recent publications: “No Heads, No Feet, No Monkeys, No Dogs: The Evolution of My Personal Food Taboos.”

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