Deborah Gouldsmith

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Deborah Gouldsmith

Academic Advisor

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I am not a Las Cruces native but I have lived in New Mexico more than half of my life. I earned my Bachelors in 1980 from UNM. Afterwards, I married a man in the U.S. Navy and have lived all over the U.S. as well as in Japan. During the years before NMSU, I have worked and volunteered in several fields –medical, various churches, United Blood Services (UBS), Boy Scouts of America, a multiple school volunteer including being a Parent Liaison for two school districts (California and New York), Navy Relief Society, Navy Wife Ombudsman, office manager in a local mass media office as well as City Government, just to name a few! When I moved to Las Cruces in the summer of 1996, my goal was to complete my Teaching Certificate but I was distracted with earning a living. My association with NMSU started in November 1999 when I started working as a Secretary at the National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC). NPSC is a Graduate Fellowship program for Physical Science majors that rented space at the Genesis Center here at NMSU. When it shut its doors here at NMSU, I then moved over to the Graduate School as an Admissions Representative in 2002. In 2003, little did I know that my life would completely change when I moved to the College of Education! I started as one of the team members of the Learning Resource Center (LRC), but in 2005, I moved from a Classified to a Professional position when I was hired as an Academic Adviser in the College of Education Undergraduate Advisement Center. This is my passion—guiding students through their educational career! As an Academic Adviser for the last 12 years, I have been involved in the New Mexico Academic Advising Association (NMAAA), serving as the V.P. of Communications and Secretary. Through this Association I have had the honor to work with many Advisers from all over New Mexico in both two and four year institutions. Just after I started my career in the Advisement Center, I then began working on my Masters in Educational Management and Development (EMD), now the Educational Leadership and Administration (ELA) Department. Through all the support from my College, as well as family and friends, I am proud to say that I completed my degree in May 2009 and graduated with my youngest son, who also earned his Bachelor’s degree from NMSU. I am excited to be a part of the new endeavor of NMSU: the Center for Academic Advising & Student Support. I feel that I have found a home here at NMSU and I am proud to be an AGGIE!