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NMSU Hotline — August 19, 2016

NMSU convocation honors eight faculty members for excellence in teaching, research


New Mexico State University honored its faculty and staff at the 2016 fall convocation ceremony Aug. 16 at NMSU?s Atkinson Recital Hall. Every fall and spring, convocation is held to celebrate the start of a new semester.

Eight faculty members were recognized during the ceremony for their excellence in teaching and research, and service to the university.

?Convocation provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the wonderful work of our faculty and staff in helping students achieve their educational goals,? said Provost Dan Howard. ?The quality of a New Mexico State University education is second to none, and it is a singular honor to recognize some of the individuals who make this institution such a special place.?


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Campus Announcements

Applications for the Online Course Improvement Program now being accepted

Applications are now being taken for the One-Year-Plus Fellowship. This is a 16-month fellowship that assists faculty in improving the quality of their online course(s) following Quality Matters best practices and by participating in self-selected professional development. Accepted faculty members are notified in late August and the program starts in early September.

Applications are also being taken for the New2Online Program. This is a 10-month program that assists faculty who want to move their current face-to-face course to a blended or online format. The New2Online cohort of participants will learn how to use Canvas as their learning management system, design a blended or online course following Quality Matters best practices, establish content on Canvas, and participate in self-selected professional development. Accepted faculty members are notified in late August and the program starts in early September.

For more information and access to the applications for either program, visit the Online Course Improvement Program website at https://ocip.nmsu.edu. The application deadline is Aug. 23.

For more information, contact Miley Grandjean at mgrandje@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5492.

Plant and Environmental Sciences student group hosts plant sale Wednesday

The Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Organization will host its biannual plant sale beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the Gerald Thomas Hall lobby. They will be selling a variety of cole crops, including broccoli, cabbage, bok choi, cauliflower, romanesco, kale, spinach and swiss chard. The price of the plants will be $3 per four-pack. Plant supply is limited, so come early.

For more information, contact Subhankar Mandal at mandals@nmsu.edu.

Facilities and Services seeks input on master plan

NMSU Facilities and Services is seeking input on a master plan for the next decade that is currently in development.

Presentations about the plans are available at the master plan website, http://masterplan.nmsu.edu

A participation page is available for your feedback at http://masterplan.nmsu.edu/participate-list, and an idea wall for each plan is at http://masterplan.nmsu.edu/campus-master-plan-idea-wall.

NMSU College of Education student wins national scholarship

An undergraduate student at New Mexico State University?s College of Education has been awarded a scholarship by the American Speech and Hearing Association.

Lauren Renken, a Communication Sciences student who will graduate from NMSU in the spring, is a recipient of the 2016 Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers Award. The goal of the award is to foster students? interest in careers in academia.

Renken will attend the 2016 ASHA convention in Philadelphia in November, and a reception exclusively for ASHA?s research education program awardees, participants and faculty. During the convention, Renken will also present her research on hearing development in children.


NMSU alumna recognized with first Family and Consumer Sciences teacher award

When Cheryl Hinrichs was in the eighth grade, she took a home economics class, which is now known as family and consumer sciences. The class teaches students basic life lessons such as cooking, nutrition, personal finance and consumer economics. She immediately thought she found her calling.

Recently, Hinrichs was recognized as the 2016 Outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, an award presented by New Mexico State University?s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Hinrichs, a librarian and culinary arts and family and consumer sciences teacher at Melrose High School in Melrose, N.M., has also received a number of national accolades that have proven her love of teaching and mentoring.

Hinrichs graduated from NMSU in 1984. She met her husband, Bruce Hinrichs, while attending the university. Bruce Hinrichs is the associate director of the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, and their daughter, Kayla Hinrichs, works for Lea County Cooperative Extension Service. The couple?s other daughter, Chelsea Hinrichs, is studying early childhood education at Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University.


Gift allows NMSU chemical engineering students to benefit from new brew lab

The College of Engineering will expand a popular field of study for New Mexico State University students with a gift to support the brew lab in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering.

Frank and Jennifer Seidel are giving $45,500 in support of equipment, operational funds, furnishings and related expenses for the brew lab located in the newly renovated Jett Hall.

?I only made it through school because of the support and opportunities I received at NMSU,? said Frank Seidel, a 1982 chemical engineering graduate. Prior to the brew lab gift, the couple created an endowment that provides scholarships to engineering students. ?Because I wouldn?t be in the position I?m in right now without the help I received as a student, I want to give back so even more students have a chance to succeed.?