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NMSU Hotline — September 6, 2016

NMSU engineering students design cow camera to assist researchers

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Imagine what you could learn if a rangeland cow wore a GoPro camera. What does the cow eat? How much does it eat? How often does it eat? And how much land does it cover in one day?

Four New Mexico State University electrical engineering students are designing a camera prototype that may provide the answers. Seniors Zach Abbott, Christian De La Pena, German Montes and Adrian Palos are in the process of developing a camera that can be affixed to a harness around a cow?s neck.

The students are part of the two-semester-long senior capstone design class advised by Laura Boucheron, assistant professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. They?re all seniors and expect to conclude their design project in December.

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Campus Announcements

Cashier hours at University Accounts Receivable have changed

Effective Sept. 1, the cashier?s office within University Accounts Receivable will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. University Accounts Receivable will remain open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please direct any questions or concerns by email to uar@nmsu.edu or by phone to 575-646-3927.

Red to Green Money Management workshops set

The Red to Green Money Management workshop "Important Documents to Protect Your Assets" will be held today from 4 to 5 p.m. at Domenici Hall, Room 102.

What is a will? What does a Power of Attorney do? What is a Prenuptial Agreement? What are my options for life insurance? We will answer all of these questions and more. You will learn on how to protect your assets and avoiding minimum stress for your loved ones with managing them.

"Budgets Aren?t Just for Your Parents!" will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Domenici Hall, Room 005.

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.

"Student Loans: Ins and Outs" will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Domenici Hall, Room 005.

Taking out student loans is the easy part. It?s paying them back that?s tricky. This workshop can help you with your options. Come check out Red to Green Money Management?s workshop on the ins and outs of student loans.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, go to careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green/. Also, follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook for weekly updates and financial tips.

If you can?t make these event, no need to worry. Schedule an appointment with a peer financial wellness coach by contacting Red to Green Money Management at finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631. You can also go to http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request/ to submit a request online.

'College Survival: Basic Training for Students' to be held Wednesday

"College Survival: Basic Training for Students" will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Zuhl Library Conference Room (225 second floor).

New to the whole college scene? Not so new, but unsure what it takes to be a successful student? Come and learn valuable information about transitioning to college life. Become aware and avoid common pitfalls college students face.

NMSU hosts veterans talk Wednesday by author, alum

New Mexico State University alumna Merj Hemp will give a talk about ?complicated conversations? and various issues affecting veterans at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7 in the College of Health and Social Services Auditorium. Hemp, who was a graduate student in communication studies and received her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction, is the author of the book, "Beyond the Shadow of 3,000 Pair of Shoes: A Story of Hopelessness, Persistence, and Survival." She is known for skydiving events across the country that bring attention to veterans? concerns called ?Jump for Vets.?

Geological Sciences Colloquium to be held Wednesday

New Mexico State University Department of Geological Sciences will host a colloquium featuring Emily Finzel from the University of Iowa's Department of Earth & Environment Sciences. Her talk, ?Long-term forearc basin evolution in response to changing subduction styles in southern Alaska,? will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Gardiner Hall, Room 230.

Aggie Cupboard announces fall hours, new volunteer training this week, upcoming events

The Aggie Cupboard will begin fall food distribution hours from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays this week. Bring your NMSU ID to Regents Row Room B114 for a free bag of nonperishable food. This service is available to NMSU and DACC students, staff and faculty.

A mandatory two-hour training for new volunteers will be held at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. Volunteers are needed to sort and prepare food to be distributed, assist with distribution, help organize food drives, and work on outreach projects and special events. To sign up, email your name and contact information to aggiecupboard@nmsu.edu.

The Newman Center will host Lunch Bunch for a Cause to benefit the Aggie Cupboard on Sept. 12 and 26. Enjoy lunch for $2 when you come to 2515 S. Solano Drive between 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Bring a friend.

Student groups: Sign up to compete in the first Aggie Cupboard Challenge. The competition will take place during the PEEK of Las Cruces Street Fair on Thursday, Oct. 6. There will be awards in three categories: People?s choice, Judge?s Pick, and Most Food Items collected by a student group. For more details, go to: http://peekoflc.nmsu.edu/.

Property inventory scanner annual upgrade at Corbett Center set for Wednesday

Financial Systems Administration will hold the annual inventory scanner upgrade session Wednesday, Sept. 7. All faculty/staff who have a scanner used for the Property Inventory System are asked to attend this session with their scanners so they can be upgraded and prepared for the next inventory cycle. Visit Corbett Center Room 302 on Wednesday to upgrade your scanner, or bring your scanner with you to the training session.

Employee Council announces September meeting, membership

The Employee Council will hold its regular monthly meeting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Milton Hall Room 85. All employees are welcome to attend. The meeting is also broadcast live on Adobe Connect. Employees can watch and participate via Adobe Connect at http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/employeecouncil2015.

As they begin the new semester, NMSU Employee Council also would like to introduce the NMSU community to our membership.

Members serving their three-year term:
Julie Correa (ACES HRTM), Adam Cavotta (EVP and Provost), Monica Dunivan (SAEM Military and Veterans Affairs), Samantha Lish (A&F University Accounts Receivable), Bertha Gomez (Carlsbad), Tammy Chaffee (DACC Radiologic Technology Program), Sam Smallidge (ACES Extension Animal Resources), Kim Allbright (NMDA), Katherine Landers (CES McKinley County)

Alternates serving their three-year term:
Tamara Gantzler (DACC Education), Igor Dolgov (A&S Psychology), Robert Macy (Business Management), Lynn Lewis (DACC Education), Miley Grandjean (Instructional Innovation & Quality), Tim Darden (NMDA), Craig Ryan (NMSU Police), Claudia Estrada (Carlsbad)

Continuing regular members of the council with one or two years remaining in their terms:
Keith Mandabach (ACES HRTM), Hiranya Roychowdhury (DACC Health Occupations), Caitlin Wells (Library), Katrinka Espinosa (Education), Greg Block (A&F Housing and Residential Life), Rosa de la Torre-Burmeister (DACC Career Services), Teresa Diaz (ACES AES), Bill Harty (A&F Procurement Services), Monica Lopez (Engineering), David Schoep (A&F Environmental Health & Safety), Dario Silva (Employee Health Services), Gina Franks (NMSU Police), Linda Beavers (Alamogordo)

Continuing alternates of the council with one or two years remaining in their terms:
Sonja Koukel (ACES CES), Roseanne Bensley (SAEM Career Services), Jeffrey Harvey (NMSU Police), Rose Peņa (Alamogordo), Karen Reid (Alamogordo), Naveen Puppala (ACES AES Clovis).

HRTM announces first Gerald Thomas Chair Community presentation event

The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management is proud to announce its first Gerald Thomas Chair Community presentation event to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine, Gerald Thomas Hall.

Rum, mescal, tequila and bourbon are the original distilled spirits of the Americas. Learn their importance throughout history to the modern day cocktail culture. Discover how to taste their distinctive differences in "New World Spirits."

Presenter Sir Adam Carmer, Ed.D., is an adjunct professor of beverages, cost control and leadership at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is owner of the Whisky Attic, with a collection of more than 1,800 bottles and developer of Freakin? Lightning Spirit Whisky, and CSTEM, the Carmer Spirits Tasting Enhancement Method. He was knighted by the members of the Grand Council as a Knight of La Chevalerie du Fourquet des Brasseurs (the Knighthood of the Brewers? Mash Staff) in 2014.

The cost is $15 per person and includes tastes of six spirits and light appetizers. Contact Stella Lucero at stcordov@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7324 to make your reservations. Cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards are accepted for all presentations; however, the office cannot accept credit card numbers over the phone or by email.

NMSU Arrowhead Center, WESST host first women?s business conference

A dynamic group of women entrepreneurs are scheduled to speak at the first WE (Women Entrepreneurs) Mean Business conference, which will take place Saturday at the New Mexico State University Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces.

The conference promises to unite innovators and change-makers to share personal strategies, stories and transformational wisdom. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Tickets are $35.

?Start-ups are one of the most powerful drivers of economic growth and professional success, and yet women still lag significantly behind men in launching new business ventures,? said Zetdi Sloan, director of Arrowhead Technology Incubator. ?WE Mean Business is an opportunity for them to learn from one another and to build critical connections that have been found to be so important to women?s success as aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners.?


DACC re-designated as 'Leader College'

Achieving the Dream re-designated Dona Ana Community College as a ?Leader College,? a national honor awarded to institutions in their network that have shown three years of steady improvement in student success outcomes.

?Leader College status represents a sustained, successful effort to build a student-centered culture,? said Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. ?Colleges that stay focused on the hard work of transformation deserve to be recognized when they make measurable progress.?

DACC has demonstrated progress by developing and implementing a number of initiatives across the college.

1. Focusing on new practices and strategies to help students enter and successfully complete critical first-year courses in a timely fashion.
2. Focusing on improving retention, transfer and award rates by more clearly articulating degree pathways, piloting academic block scheduling at several campuses, and establishing a program review process.
3. Achieving changes in new, mandatory student orientations, dedicated student registration and mid-term calling campaigns by faculty and staff, and the institutionalization of the Quick Connect early intervention process.
4. Repurposing a former career success group into a more comprehensive Center for Career and Student Success to assist students in realizing their full potential by connecting them to a support network that allows them to overcome financial and personal barriers to stay in school, and find a career.

This year, ATD designated four institutions as Leader Colleges for the first time and re-certified 17 Leader Colleges. For more information, contact Susan Wood 575-527-7711.

Campus Tutoring is available

The Campus Tutoring Center, located in Corbett Center, Room 206, is poised to assist any NMSU student who could benefit from a peer tutor?s perspective on course content with which they are challenged. Tutoring center services are recognized by a national certification association and the tutors participate in ongoing training throughout their employ. Please encourage your students to seek out one of our tutors. Schedules are available on the web page and questions or concerns can be directed to 575-646-6050. For more information, visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu/services/campus-tutoring-service/.

DACC Customized Training class offered

"Forklift Certification" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, or Friday, Oct. 21. OSHA training in powered industrial truck operation (no experience required) includes classroom lecture, instructor demonstrations, hands-on performance evaluation, written examination, permit card and certificate of completions for those who successfully pass the course, which costs $129.

For questions or more information, contact Customized Training Program at 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education course available

"Fiction Writing: Workshopping Your Book" is intended for those who are writing fiction or have completed fiction work. Work closely with the instructor and fellow authors to discuss and creatively critique a 30-page portion of your manuscript. The focus will be on characterization, dialogue, setting and overall storyline. The course is from 9 to 10 a.m Saturdays, Sept. 10 to Oct. 15, and it costs $47.

For more information or to sign up for this DACC Community Education course, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527. Online registration is easy at http://dacc.augusoft.net.