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NMSU Hotline — September 8, 2016

NMSU Conroy Scholars begin first semester, meet William B. Conroy


In just its second year of existence, the Conroy Scholars Program in the New Mexico State University Honors College welcomed six new members.

This year?s freshmen Conroy Scholars include Joshua Barrera, Dominick Cordova, Lauren Fierro, Analyssa Martinez, Arianna Martinez and Sienna Mata.

?The Honors College is heavily involved in recruiting students and helping them discover what great opportunities are available to them when they come to NMSU,? NMSU Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken said. ?These scholarships recognize the talents of the best and brightest students in the state and the region, and we are so pleased that they chose NMSU.?

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Campus Announcements

Field Day at NMSU?s Artesia Science Center provides updates on insects, cotton, cover crops

The latest research activity related to glandless cotton, cover crops and jujube fruit trees, as well as an insect safari for children and other activities, will be the focus of the Field Day today, at New Mexico State University?s Agricultural Science Center.

The Field Day will start with registration at 4 p.m. Supper, provided by the Yucca Cowbelles, will be at 5. The science center is south of Artesia, at 67 E. Four Dinkus Road.

After a welcome and introductions at 5:30, barn talks will be presented by Chance Mitchell, District 5 FFA president, and NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando Flores. Other topics will include weed and plant identification and ?Know Your Crops.?


Mexican agriculture secretary to visit NMSU, sign agreement with APLU

Josť Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, a New Mexico State University graduate and minister of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, will visit the NMSU campus Sept. 9.

During his visit, Calzada Rovirosa and Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, will sign a memorandum of understanding committing to strengthening communication; promoting scientific research, knowledge transfer and technological innovation; and collaborating with Latin America, the Caribbean and other countries on research, extension, training and assessment.

The signing will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 9 in Hadley Hall, Room 130. The public is invited to attend.


Aggie fans invited to tailgate with Chancellor Carruthers

Join NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers, class of 1964, and cheer on the Aggies at the NMSU vs. UNM rivalry football game tailgate from 4 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 10, near the northeast entrance to Aggie Memorial Stadium. The tailgate area is in the east grassy lot between the football coaches' offices and the locker rooms. Tickets are $10 per person and include food and drinks. RSVP by contacting the Alumni Relations Office at 575-646-3616 or alumni@nmsu.edu.

'Pops Under the Stars' to be held Friday

The Las Cruces Symphony Association presents "Pops Under the Stars - Outdoor Concert" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Picacho Brewing Co. at The Grapevine Plaza, 3900 W Picacho Ave. The concert will feature the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, NMSU Concert Choir and Diane Penning, guest soloist. There will be food, beer and wine with a fireworks spectacular show. Patriotic music, including a salute to our veterans, popular Broadway tunes and a grand finale of Tchaikovsky?s ?1812 Overture? will be highlighted.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. General admission is $15. For tickets or more information, call 575-646-3709.

NMSU Astronomy Department to host open house Friday

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an observatory open house at the NMSU campus observatory at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Astronomy personnel on hand will be Chris Churchill and graduate assistants Xander Thelen, Trevor Picard and Jacob Vander Vliet.

Guests can view Mars and Saturn together in the evening sky in the constellation of Scorpio. Telescopes will also have the center of the Milky Way Galaxy in view, and in this region there are many beautiful star clusters and globular clusters (tight groups of millions of stars). High in the sky, viewers will see the constellation Vega with its double-double star system and the famous ring nebula, which is the remnants of a dying star much like our own sun. The moon will be in the phase called first quarter and will make a wonderful sight.

Contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 575-646-4438 with questions. Everyone is welcome to come and spend an evening of stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend.

Crimson Mass for faculty and staff to be held Sunday

NMSU Catholic Campus Ministry at St. Albert the Great Newman Center is hosting the first-ever Crimson Mass. Similar to a Blue Mass which recognizes police, fire and emergency services personnel, the Crimson Mass will recognize and bless all NMSU and DACC faculty and staff, and is expected to become an annual event.

The Crimson Mass will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at St. Albert the Great Newman Center, 2615 S. Solano Drive. Contact Mona Chip at nmsucatholiccampusministry@gmail.com or 575-522-6202 with any questions.

Register now for the 2016 Domenici Public Policy Conference, Sept. 14 and 15

Some of the nation?s most talked-about headlines will fuel the discussion at the 2016 Domenici Public Policy Conference, including police-community relations and the public trust; the state of mental health care and the criminal justice system; national security; and the coming presidential election.

Among the thought leaders and policymakers scheduled to appear at the event, set for Sept. 14 and 15 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, will be former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Congressman and mental health advocate Patrick Kennedy, political strategist James Carville, pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry. New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education, Barbara Damron, will discuss strategic priorities for higher education in the state.

The two-day conference costs $75 to attend. The event is free to university students. View the full agenda and register now at www.domenici.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2066 for more information. Registrations are accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12.

Author of 'Coyote America,' Dan Flores, to speak in Las Cruces

The Southwest Environmental Center is proud to bring author and environmental historian Dan Flores to Las Cruces for one night only. Flores will give a talk titled "Coyote: Biography of an American Original" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Rio Grande Theater in downtown Las Cruces.

His latest book, "Coyote America," has been widely praised as both an environmental and a deep natural history of a true American original, the coyote. It traces the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the ?wolf? in our backyards, as well as its cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse, with a pioneering hero whose career holds up an uncanny mirror to the successes and failures of American expansionism.

Co-sponsors of his Las Cruces talk reflect the broad appeal of Flores? scholarship to diverse audiences. They include Foundation for Las Cruces Museums; Dona Ana Arts Council; Rio Grande Theater; Southern New Mexico Group of the Sierra Club; New Mexico Wilderness Alliance; NMSU Department of Biology; NMSU Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology; NMSU Public History Program; Jornada Veterinary Clinic; El Paso Zoo Conservation Fund; and Hotel Encanto.

Flores? talk is free and open to the public. He will be available to sign copies of his books immediately after the talk.
The Rio Grande Theater is located at 211 N. Main St. in Las Cruces. For more information, call 575-522-5552 or email Kallie@wildmesquite.org.

Retirement presentation offered Sept. 13

?Retirement 101? will be presented by the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board and NMSU Benefit Services from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the DACC East Mesa Auditorium. Representatives from the NM ERB and NMSU Benefit Services will present information about retirement eligibility, process and timelines. NMSU Benefit Services will also provide information about NMSU retiree benefits. NMSU employees interested in retirement, either in the near or distant future, are encouraged to attend.

Parking permits are not required at DACC East Mesa. If you cannot attend in person, a link to the Adobe Connect session will be available shortly before 10 a.m. on Sept. 13 at http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/ret101. A recording of the presentation will be posted on the Benefits website following the presentation for those employees not able to attend the live session.

For information about your benefits, contact Benefit Services at benefits@nmsu.edu or 575-646-8000.

Global Connections talk takes us to Thailand

Interested in hearing a local?s take on the Phuket beaches, ancient Ayutthaya Kingdom and traditional Thai culture?

Son Tran, a professor of computer science at New Mexico State University will discuss his time spent in Thailand this summer during the first talk of the College of Arts and Sciences? ?Global Connections? series at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the College of Health and Social Services annex building.

Originally from Vietnam, Tran moved to Thailand to attend the Asian Institute of Technology. Though he only spent four years during college there, Thailand feels like home to Tran. This ?homecoming? was long overdue after a 20-year hiatus in the United States. Tran visited his alma mater, Asian Institute of Technology, for a conference during the summer.


NMSU biomedical research seminar series kicks off Sept. 16

Patrick Sung, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University School of Medicine, will kick off a fall seminar series with a lecture titled ?Role of the BRCA2-DSS1 Complex in DNA Double-strand Break Repair? at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in Room 109 of Domenici Hall on the NMSU campus. Refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.

Sung's lecture is the first of fall for the popular Friday afternoon seminars broadly focused on biomedical research. All lectures are free and open to everyone. The series will be held on Fridays during the semester and will feature nationally recognized scientists, as well as a spotlight talk by NMSU faculty. The full schedule can be found athttp://events.research.nmsu.edu.

Sung?s lecture will focus on how the acidic protein DSS1 assists the tumor suppressor BRCA2 in nucleating the recombinase RAD51 onto processed DNA lesions to initiate their removal. A complete abstract of the talk can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu/sites/rescore/files/images/BMRS_Sung_speaker_announcement.pdf.

For more information, to request to meet with the speaker, or to recommend future speakers, contact Shelley Lusetti at slusetti@nmsu.edu.

Faculty mentoring available through the Teaching Academy

The NMSU Teaching Academy offers two mentoring programs for faculty: The Team Mentoring Program, which is recommended to first-year main campus faculty, and the One-on-One Mentoring Program, which is open to all faculty at NMSU and DACC.

The Team Mentoring Program is a year-long program designed to help new faculty reduce isolation by building a true cohort of proteges and helping them connect with some of the most supportive faculty across campus. By the end of the fall semester, each protege will invite one faculty member to serve as a mentor. During the spring, this mentoring relationship will include five meetings after exchanges of syllabi, classroom visits, research papers, as well as CVs and annual performance evaluations.

The One-on-One Faculty Mentoring Program is designed to help build a climate in which faculty receive support and encouragement at various stages in their careers and in a number of areas, including achieving tenure, promotion and transitioning into leadership roles at NMSU. The program uses a self-directed model in which mentoring pairs determine their own meeting schedules and topics, as well as the length of their mentoring relationship. Workshops and informal mixers are scheduled throughout the year to address career concerns and provide networking opportunities. Mentor matches are based on a questionnaire submitted by prospective participants. Mentees are paired with mentors within their college but outside of their departments.

For more information about mentoring through the Teaching Academy, contact Shawn Werner at swerner@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2583.

CPLD now accepting applications for the 2017 Aggie Leadership Training Academy

Aggie Leadership Training Academy is a staff leadership certification program for NMSU personnel currently in supervisory and higher level management positions. The goal of the program is to build knowledge and skills needed to develop critical leadership competencies required for higher level leadership positions at NMSU. By utilizing a blend of presentations from renowned experts, interaction with university executive leaders and faculty leadership, select reading and reflection, group projects, and interaction with cohort members, the program provides a well-rounded learning and development experience.

The 2017 Aggie Leadership Training Academy begins January 2017 with monthly sessions through October 2017. Staff interested in being considered for the Aggie Leadership Training Academy must complete and submit an application packet. Application packets for the 2017 Aggie Leadership Training Academy will be accepted beginning today and ending Sunday, Oct. 9. For more information and to apply, visit http://training.nmsu.edu/alta/.

For questions or additional information related to the Aggie Leadership Training Academy, contact the Center for Learning & Professional Development at 575-646-7444 or by email at training@nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education courses available

Most common household cleaners often contain harsh chemicals. Using green cleaners and cleansers may leave your house, car and RV smelling and looking cleaner. In "Green Cleaners & Cleansers with Essential Oils," learn safety and precautionary measures. Make two to four cleaner/cleansers using 7-10 basic ingredients with melaleuca (tea tree) and lemon essential oils in PET approved containers to take home with you. The course is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, and it costs $26.

In "Introduction to Genealogy," learn how to archive photos, journal, create family charts and other ways of preserving your present for future generations. Start online using free and comprehensive web sites. Using your family information, search for your family history. This class is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 21 to Oct. 21, and it costs $33.

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

DACC Customized Training class offered

The ability to create charts and graphs in Excel is a visual aid. Charts make it easier to spot trends, highlight important changes and compare individual figures. Using charts in reports and presentations displays numbers in a format that is easy to understand. This specialized course, "Excel Enhancer: Charts & Graphs," will demonstrate how you create, format and manipulate charts. The course is from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 21, and it costs $79.

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