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NMSU Hotline — June 7, 2016

NMSU professor explores bond between men and dogs


About 13 years ago, Chris Blazina lost his best friend, Kelsey, his dog and trustworthy companion who had experienced life?s ups and downs alongside him. Although Blazina, a psychologist and professor at the New Mexico State University College of Education?s Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, grieved Kelsey?s death, he began thinking about the strong connection between men and dogs, who are commonly referred to as ?man?s best friend.?

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Campus Announcements

Climate change and health webinar offered today at Environmental Education Center

In the third webinar of the "Climate Changes Health" series, participants will discover how transportation and healthy community design can ease the clinical impacts of climate change. The webinar will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 7 at the Environmental Education Center, Regents Row A116.

This webinar series investigates the health impacts of climate change and explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health: allergies and asthma, health risks in children, mental health, and transportation and healthy community design as a mitigation approach.

For more information, contact joni newcomer at newcomer@nmsu.edu.

Retirement reception for Associate Dean Jeff Brown is June 10

The College of Arts and Sciences will hold a retirement reception for Jeff Brown, associate dean for research, who will retire June 30. The reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 10, in the Stan Fulton Center, 3rd Floor Bistro.

Brown earned his Ph.D. in United States history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979. He taught at the University of Northern Iowa and Lake Forest College before coming to the Department of History at NMSU in 1984. He taught early United States history and directed the graduate Public History Program from 1984 to 1991, achieving tenure in 1990. Brown served as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1991 to 2002 and 2003 to 2004, and as interim dean from 2002 to 2003. He has served as acting coordinator of the geography division in the Department of Earth Sciences from 1991 to 1992, as head of the Department of History from 2005 to 2009, and as interim head of the Department of Art in 2010.

To RSVP for the retirement reception, contact Ashley Jurado at ajurado@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5886.

Last chance to apply for mini-grant

NMSU is offering mini-grants for faculty who participate in the Writing-to-Learn program. In this program, faculty will learn to incorporate informal writing as a tool to enhance undergraduate student knowledge about and understanding of course content. Up to six mini-grants will be awarded in the amount of $3,000 each.

Applications will be accepted from full- and part-time faculty teaching undergraduate courses at the NMSU-Las Cruces and/or Grants campuses. Mini-grants are part the Las Cruces & Grants campus' Quality Initiative project for re-affirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, and therefore only faculty from the Las Cruces and Grants campuses are eligible to receive these grants.

Deadline to apply is Monday, June 13. Application and detailed information are available at https://assessment.nmsu.edu/quality-initiatives/writing-to-learn-mini-grants/.

For more information, contact Shelly Stovall at 575-646-5095 or at sstovall@nmsu.edu.

Architecture Discovery Camp at DACC will be held June 20 to July 1

The architecture program at DACC will offer the seventh annual Architecture Discovery Camp from June 20 to July 1 at the East Mesa Campus. This two-week program is designed for middle and high school students interested in architecture and related fields. Student eligibility includes those having completed sixth grade through recent high school graduates.

The second week primarily consists of applying the lessons to a design competition involving historic New Mexico sites and Rapid Transit proposals between Las Cruces and El Paso. These projects culminate with formal presentations, judging and prizes.

Cost of the event is $175 and includes most supplies, field trip transportation and overnight trip costs. The American Institute of Architects recently announced their sponsorship of several partial scholarships. The AIA and other local professionals will also serve as mentors, presenters and hosts to various activities of this event.

To view a video of previous years' events, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9zM9Py2SkU.
For registration, visit https://adc-2016.eventbrite.com.

For more information, contact the DACC Architecture program at 575-527-7747, 575-528-7310, luirios@nmsu.edu, or marhernandez@dacc.nmsu.edu.

It's time to renew parking placards

NMSU departmental business that includes loading and/or unloading, as well as departmental visitors to campus, can request a special placard for $40 that will allow parking in specified areas. Current placards expire Thursday, June 30. Departmental placards do not automatically renew. The request form must be printed and signed by hand in order to be valid. Submission details are provided on the form.

Visit http://park.nmsu.edu/placard for details and to download the request form or contact 575-646-1839 or placard@nmsu.edu for additional information. The PDF request form is best viewed with Internet Explorer or by selecting ?Open With Different Viewer? at the upper right-hand corner of Firefox. Chrome users may need to log on to chrome://plugins, disable Chrome PDF Viewer, and select ?Always allowed? on Adobe Reader.

Three campus restaurants will open on Independence Day

While most campus eateries will close Monday, July 4, for Independence Day, three will remain open for your convenience. The Player?s Grill will offer its full menu from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse. Taos Restaurant will open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on the first floor of Corbett Center Student Union. Panda Express will open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is located next door to Barnes & Noble at NMSU.

For a complete list of summer dining hours, visit http://dining.nmsu.edu/hours/ or click the Links A-F tab on the NMSU INSIDER mobile app available free of charge for Apple & Android devices. Please contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for more information.

NMSU Library wins awards for calendar and note card designs

The New Mexico State University Library is proud to announce that the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network has awarded the library "Excellence for Stewardship Materials" and "Best in Show" for its 2016 library calendar and note cards.

April Anaya, director of development, accepted the awards on behalf of the NMSU Library at the ALADN conference in Boston on June 4.

For anyone interested the award-winning 2016 NMSU Library calendar, themed ?Chiles: Red or Green?? or the chile note cards, visit Zuhl Library, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or place an order at cmcclure@nmsu.edu. Calendars are half price at $5 and note cards are $10.