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NMSU Hotline — July 8, 2016

Former NMSU dean remembered for leadership in College of Arts and Sciences

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New Mexico State University is remembering the accomplishments of former Dean E. Rene Casillas, who passed away July 5. Casillas was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1992-2002. He retired in 2002. ?Rene was a fine academic and a special Aggie,? said NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers. ?Dean Casillas had a major impact on the college and this campus,? said Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard. ?During his time as dean the college experienced steady growth. He was always accessible to faculty.?

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Campus Announcements

RMRoffice FSA-RMR Office information session to be held July 21

The FSA Records Management and Retention office will conduct an information session from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 21, in the Senate Chamber Room 302, in Corbett Center. Learn about NMSU records, the new retention requirements and FSA-RMR Procedures, and more. A video conference of the meeting will be offered at the same time as the live session. If you need assistance for the webcast, contact RMR at 575-646-8324.

For more information or to register, visit http://rmr.nmsu.edu/training.

Red to Green Money management hosts meet-up, workshop next week

The Red to Green Money Management Meet-Up will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 12, inside Corbett Center. Look for the table and pick up some great resources on budgeting and financial aid. You can also find more information on workshops or schedule a one-on-one appointment.

The workshop "Budgets Aren?t Just for Your Parents!" will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, in Garcia Annex, Room 207. Do you like the idea of budgeting, but just can?t seem to stick to one? Come check out Red to Green Money Management?s workshop on how to create, maintain, and succeed at your budgeting endeavors!

All students, faculty and staff are welcome at both events. To schedule an appointment with a peer financial literacy coach, contact Career Services at finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631, or go to http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request/.

For more information, go to careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green or follow on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

Nominations sought for Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award

Nominations are currently being sought for the Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award. This year, the award will be presented to a non-exempt employee who meets the criteria listed below.

Eligibility criteria: Nominees may not be faculty members, nor can they be a member of either the Administrative Council or the Academic Dean?s Council. Nominees must have five or more consecutive years of service with the university. Depending on the award cycle, the selection criteria alternates between non-exempt staff or exempt staff. For 2016, the Roberts Award will honor a non-exempt employee.

In addition to the requirements above, employees can be nominated based on the following traits:
? A highly motivated person who is a self-starter.
? A person who exhibits dedication to the university.
? A person who will remain at the university after receiving the award and serve to influence others through behavior that exemplifies sincerity, motivation and dedication.
? A person who not only performs a specific job, but who also serves the university and community as a responsible citizen.

The nomination form, with no more than five pages of supporting information, should be received by the Center for Learning & Professional Development by email at gsmart@nmsu.edu or at mail code MSC 3TD no later than Aug. 12.

Download the nomination form at http://training.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2016/07/Nomination-form-rev-062513.pdf.

HLC reaffirms continued accreditation for DACC

The Higher Learning Commission, the regional accrediting body for Dona Ana Community College, informed President Renay Scott that on July 1, HLC ??affirmed that the institution has demonstrated sufficient evidence that it has addressed specific concerns? arising from a 2014 Report of Comprehensive Evaluation Visit. This action by the HLC reaffirms continued accreditation for DACC.

?This is great news for our college and the community we serve,? said Scott. ?The work by faculty and staff that went into preparing for this visit was outstanding. It is vital to have an accrediting body examine and provide suggestions to the college to ensure we are doing the best job possible."

A three-member team of HLC consultant-evaluators visited DACC March 21 and 22. The team visited with students, faculty, staff, the DACC Board of Advisors and senior leaders at the community college and university.

The visit was prompted by a request to clarify shared governance between DACC and NMSU, clarify federal financial aid compliance reporting and detail the implementation of a new program review process.

The next visit by the accrediting agency is scheduled for February 2018. For more information, contact Eddie Binder 575-528-7070.

NMSU Board of Regents approves requirement, exemptions for students living on campus

New Mexico State University will require first-time, full-time undergraduate students admitted to NMSU?s Las Cruces campus to live in a university-operated residence hall for their first academic year, or two semesters. The requirement begins in the fall 2017 semester and is aimed at improving student retention.

?I think this is the right thing to do for our students,? said NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers.
?We have evidence that living on campus contributes to greater success in college. Students who live on campus are more likely to be academically successful, graduate within four years, use campus resources, interact with faculty outside the classroom, have a positive experience as a student and engage as an alumnus.?


NMSU to host food safety training and certification courses in Albuquerque

New Mexico State University will host two food safety training and certification courses in Albuquerque next month to help food manufacturers meet federal requirements.

The course, ?Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods Only,? will take place from Aug. 8-9 at the South Valley Economic Development Center, 318 Isleta Boulevard S.W. The course satisfies the training requirement specified by FDA regulations for Acidified Foods, and is designed to provide information on critical issues that affect acidified foods production.

The Better Process Control Schools certify supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification and container closure evaluation programs for acidified canned foods. Each processor of acidified foods must operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing.


NMSU STEM Outreach Center receives nearly $12 million grant

New Mexico State University?s STEM Outreach Center, housed in the College of Education, recently received a nearly $12 million grant to fund after school STEM programs in the Las Cruces, Hatch and Gadsden school districts.

The grant was awarded by the New Mexico Public Education Department?s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program to implement programs in schools in the Gadsden Independent School District, Hatch Valley Public Schools and Las Cruces Public Schools. The grant provides $2.6 million to NMSU annually for the next four years, allowing the STEM Outreach Center to provide its programming to qualifying elementary schools in each district.

Hatch Valley Public Schools received a $433,147 sub-award from NMPED, of which $125,000 will go to the STEM Outreach Center to pay for after school programs in Hatch. The Hatch Boys and Girls Club will receive $82,000, and the district will retain $226,000 for teacher stipends, transportation and data management.