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NMSU Hotline — September 22, 2016

NMSU student creates 3-D animation of 150 years of Jornada Basin landscape changes


If you see photos of the Jornada Basin from the early 1900s, the vegetation is quite different than it is now. But explaining the story of how and why the vegetation changed on the land northeast of Las Cruces is difficult with just words and pictures.

Debra Peters, Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research Principal Investigator and a research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, reached out to the New Mexico State University Creative Media Institute to help bring the landscape history to life.

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Author details the life of a local actress

Radio, stage, TV and the silver screen, Mesilla Park?s Abby Lewis conquered them all. With decades of credits to her name, including appearances in high profile soap operas, learn about her incredible journey when author Paula Moore reads excerpts from her book, ?Matinee and Evening: The Story of Abby Lewis and John Seymour? at 10 a.m. today at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces. Copies of her book will be available for purchase, which Moore will gladly sign. Please select going or interested at https://www.facebook.com/events/1257862284253348/ to receive a Facebook reminder or add the following event to your Google-enabled calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=cnBoNGpsNjdwYmI4czl0bDNpbWZkazVvNzQgaW5zaWRlci5ubXN1QG0&ctz=America/Denver.

Barnes & Noble at NMSU is open to the public at 1400 E. University Ave. with free public parking in designated spaces. Please call 575-646-4431 for more information.

Asian Cuisine Buffet offered today

Take a break from your busy week with the Asian Cuisine Buffet from 11 a.m. ? 2 p.m. today at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. This all-you-care-to-eat buffet will feature Asian barbecue pork, sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, sesame roasted carrots and broccoli, Asian salad, almond cookies and fortune cookies. For just $11.99 plus tax you receive a non-alcoholic beverage and unlimited entry to this buffet. Select "going" or "interested" at https://www.facebook.com/events/1052796614818442/ to receive a Facebook reminder or add the following event to your Google-enabled calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=YTg2azAwdTdhM3FsZnU2bHJpMWVxZGVoNzAgaW5zaWRlci5ubXN1QG0&ctz=America/Denver.

The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club is located in the Stan Fulton Athletic Center, right next to Aggie Memorial Stadium. Call 575-646-4763 for reservations or visit http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com for more information.

'Textbook Reading: Strategies for Success' to be held Friday

"Textbook Reading: Strategies for Success" will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Zuhl Library Conference Room (225, second floor).

What you remember is far more important than what you read. Assigned reading can be intimidating and hard to get through. In this workshop, you?ll learn strategies for recalling what you read and finding important ideas in your textbooks.

For more information contact the Student Success Center in Room 128 in Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center or 575-646-3136. Like us on Facebook at NMSU Student Success Center.

'NEOMAGIC: 2016 Zuhl Student Exhibition' opens at the Zuhl Museum

Spirituality, technology and the natural environment from a student perspective will be revealed at ?NEOMAGIC: 2016 Zuhl Student Exhibition? at the Zuhl Museum at New Mexico State University from Friday, Sept. 23, through Wednesday, Dec. 21.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Zuhl Museum.

?NEOMAGIC? is a student show running in conjunction with the ?GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection? exhibition, which will be on display through Dec. 21 at the University Art Gallery. Both exhibitions are supported by a $15,000 Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Flower, plant sale to be held Wednesday

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, students from the Horticulture 488 greenhouse management class, in conjunction with the NMSU floral team, will have a fall plant sale in the lobby of Gerald Thomas Hall between the hours of 9 and 11:30 a.m. The Hort 488 students have grown several specialty crops for fall patio color, to include marigolds, coleus and mixed hanging baskets of blooming plants.

For further information or inquiries, email Sabine Green at swhitley@nmsu.edu.

Fall 2016 principal investigator training to be held Sept. 27

The Office of Grants & Contracts (OGC) and Sponsored Projects Accounting will be providing Principal Investigator Training, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the large conference room at Anderson Hall. The training is intended to provide assistance to all NMSU researchers and/or other personnel involved with support efforts for proposal preparation, processing, submission and administration of externally-sponsored grants and contracts. The training is offered only twice per year, and is strongly encouraged for all prospective and current Principal Investigators who have yet to attend.

Pursuant to Chapter 5, Section 5.94.40, of the NMSU Policy Manual, the principal investigator is the individual responsible for the intellectual direction of a research project and the training of graduate students. This responsibility includes the conduct of the project, fiscal and administrative accountability, and adherence to the requirements of all relevant laws, regulations, policies, procedures and agreements. If a project has multiple investigators (lead principal investigator and co-principal investigators), they shall share the responsibility and accountability for leading and directing the project, both intellectually and logistically.

Please register online through the Center for Learning & Professional Development, the link has been provided below.


For questions, please call Vicki Morgan, OGC administrative assistant, at 575-646-1590.

New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Student Research Conference set for Sept. 30

The New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Student Research Conference will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, which is located adjacent to NMSU. Students and faculty from NMSU and from statewide alliance partner university and community college institutions will attend the conference. There will be speakers, relevant student workshops, and the opportunity for the students to present their research in poster format. The University Research Council (URC) Poster Presentations will be held concurrently, which will give attendees of the New Mexico AMP Conference an opportunity to learn about faculty research and to meet the faculty presenters. New Mexico MESA and PREP high school students will also attend the conference and benefit from workshops targeted to their interests and needs. In addition, participants from the Summer Community College Opportunity from Research Experience (SCCORE) program, the ReNUWIt Young Scholars program, and the PREP program will present research from their summer experiences.

Keith Urban Homecoming ticket contest

Want to win free tickets to see one of the biggest names in country music? It?s easy. Simply select "going" or "interested" on the Keith Urban ?ripCORD World Tour 2016? Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1775470882677687/ and you?ll automatically be registered to win a pair of tickets. We will give away two tickets from those accounts identified as going and two more from those accounts identified as interested. So, if you want to sit next to your best friends, be sure to share the page with them so that they?ll have a chance to win, as well. Drawings will be held on Friday, Sept. 30. Good luck.

See site for official rules and contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for more information.

Annual open enrollment for benefits available in October

Open enrollment for medical, dental and vision will be available from Oct. 3 through Oct. 27 via the open enrollment website. Employees who do not wish to make any changes for 2017 do not need to do anything. All changes submitted will be effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Flexible Spending Account and Aflac Critical Illness open enrollment for 2017 is also taking place from Oct. 3 through Oct. 27. Enrollment will take place via a paper enrollment form that will be available on the Benefits Services website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/enrollment/open/. Enrollment forms not received by the deadline will not be processed. Critical Illness forms received after the deadline will be subject to late enrollment restrictions.

Information regarding changes, deadlines and options are available on the Benefit Services website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/enrollment/open/.

Questions regarding open enrollment can be sent to benefits@nmsu.edu or you may call Benefit Services at 575-646-8000.

Suspension of chemical waste pickups for disposal starts Oct. 6

Suspension of chemical pickups for disposal will start Thursday, Oct. 6, due to our quarterly shipment of hazardous waste. Chemical pickups will resume on Monday, Nov. 7, after the scheduled shipment.

In the interim, please follow the ?NMSU Waste Accumulation Point Checklist? procedures. A copy of these procedures can be found at http://safety.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/72/2015/10/Waste-Accumulation-Checklist.docx.

Please call EH&S at 575-646-3327 to schedule free pickups before or after these dates.

Chris Young Homecoming prices for NMSU students, faculty and staff

In celebration of Homecoming, a limited supply of special $25 tickets (regularly priced at $39.50) are now available for purchase at the Pan American Center Ticket Office and online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/chris-young-las-cruces-new-mexico-10-07-2016/event/0C00509DDF3C57AE?artistid=1111980&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=2?camefrom=CFC_ NEWMEXICOSU with offer code: AGGIES.

Fees still apply. The Ticket Office is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Don?t miss this limited time offer to see Chris Young, Dan + Shay and Cassadee Pope live in concert Friday, Oct. 7, at NMSU?s Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Select "going" or "interested" at https://www.facebook.com/events/1733481203602799/ to receive a Facebook reminder or add the following event to your Google-enabled calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=bmhkdDJsaDU1MGYzdXA3MDZnM25qODA5ZWcgbm1zdXBhbmFtQG0&ctz=America/Denver.

Please call 575-646-1420 for more information.

Communication studies talk to be held Oct. 12

New Mexico State University assistant professor of communication studies Danielle Halliwell will give a talk ?Snapchat, FaceTime, and Blogs, Oh My! Communicating and Coping in Online Contexts" from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 225. Halliwell will discuss how people in relationships communicate about and cope with difficult experiences, particularly during times of transition. Emphasis will be placed on the role technology plays in maintaining interpersonal relationships, as well as the ways individuals communicate on online forums to make sense of challenging relational events. The general public is welcome.

GMAT Examination Fee Waiver Code Program now available

The New Mexico State University Student Success Center and College of Business, in collaboration with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), are proud to announce the university?s participation in the GMAT Examination Fee Waiver Code Program to assist eligible students and alumni interested in pursuing graduate studies in business. Eligible students and alumni may apply to receive a GMAT Examination Fee Waiver that will be administered through the NMSU Student Success Center. The eligibility criteria and electronic application can be accessed by visiting http://ssc.nmsu.edu/gmat-examination-fee-waiver-code-program/.

For additional information regarding the GMAT Examination Fee Waiver Code Program please contact Michelle Adames at micsaenz@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3136.

DACC Customized Training class offered

The updated SHRM Essentials of HR Management will address the complex ... vital ... real-world ... practical ... and legal issues you face daily. Developed by leading HR experts and legal counsel, the up-to-date, easy-to-understand content of SHRM Essentials covers a wide range of introductory HR topics in a condensed, straightforward format. Cover the six bodies of knowledge necessary to master HR concepts and apply them to everyday situations and issues. On the third day, an exam will be administered to test knowledge and gain a certificate.

Ideal for those who are just starting out in the human resources profession, or those who are looking for an effective way to boost their employee management skills. The course is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Oct. 27 and Nov. 10 and it costs $495. Discounts available for National SHRM members.

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

DACC Community Education courses available

Self -Defense for Women is a girl?s and women?s self-defense program to teach easy and practical techniques. Learn additional skills that include awareness of your surroundings, area, drawing attention, etc. The objectives are to enhance one?s instincts as a first line of defense and the practice of easy and retainable techniques.

Learn one of music?s mysteries ? how to play songs without relying on sheet music in How to Play Piano by Ear. Free yourself from sheet music dependence. A practical presentation of music theory that includes: predicting chord progressions, learning from recordings, and transposing ? in everyday language. An ideal follow-up to the Instant Piano course. Open to anyone with a basic understanding of chords on any instrument. The course is from 12:15 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and it costs $35.

Guitar lessons anyone? Learn enough about playing the guitar to provide years of musical enjoyment ? no private lessons necessary in Instant Guitar for Busy Adults and Teens. Learn basic chords and favorite songs during the course. The class is from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and it costs $35.

Piano lessons anyone? If you can find middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this course. In Instant Piano for Busy Adults and Teens, learn enough about playing the piano in this popular DACC Community Education course to have years of musical enjoyment. The course is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and it costs $35.

In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment in Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People. Piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. Learn all the chords you?ll need to play any song in this one session. Any song, any style, any key. If you can find middle C, and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you are ready for this workshop. Total beginners can print out a free pamphlet on the treble clef online at http://justonceclasses.com/info/images/fastpresence/class_notes_for_piano.pdf. The course is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and it costs $35.

Did you know teaching hearing babies basic sign language can help spur communication and verbal development? In Baby Sign Language learn simple sign language that can develop a natural expression in infants known as gestures. Learn in an interactive class format basic signs and how to incorporate them in everything from nap to singing time. Not just for parents - excellent for caregivers and grandparents too. The course is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, to 25 and it costs $33.

Essential Oils for Your Pets is a fun and informational class about pets (mainly dogs) and essential oils. Learn the what, how and why of using essential oils with your pet. Includes safety and precautionary measures and recipes. Make a small item that is pet friendly to take home with materials and supplies that are provided. The course is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, and it costs $19.

Working with Adobe isn?t as hard as you would think. Just knowing the basics can keep the beginner on track. In Building with Earth Blocks, complete a small project while discussing footing designs, block laying techniques and finishes to complete the job. Learn the basic tools needed to work with earth. The last class will focus on working with earth and laying Adobes in a simple wall project. The course is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, and Wednesday, Oct. 5, and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and it costs $77.

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