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NMSU Hotline — October 3, 2016

NMSU program paves way for medical students to attend Burrell College

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The first group of students enrolled in a special program at New Mexico State University are taking their initial steps on the path to becoming a doctor of osteopathic medicine. Those steps are intended to lead to more doctors to serve people in underserved areas, especially the Southwest U.S.

?NMSU has major research, educational and outreach programs in the health sciences,? said NMSU Provost Dan Howard. ?This program is a welcome addition to our efforts to improve the health and wellness of the people of New Mexico.?

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Campus Announcements

Finalists named for NMSU Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications

NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers has announced the finalists for the position of Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications. They are Justin Bannister, assistant director of news at New Mexico State University, and Jessica Gortner, director of marketing and communications at the University of Illinois Foundation. Open forums for the candidates will be Monday, Oct. 3 (Bannister), and Friday, Oct. 7 (Gortner). See more about the candidates at https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/avpmarketing-and-communications/.

Graduate School Preparation to be held Wednesday

Graduate School Preparation will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Zuhl Library Conference Room (225, second floor).

Students who are preparing for the graduate school application process will be exposed to exercises and examples that will assist them in researching graduate programs, applying to graduate programs and understanding the components of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

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

Get a check-up from the neck up on Depression Screening Day, Wednesday

The Campus Health Center will be hosting an interactive tabling event featuring educational materials on depression. Students/staff/faculty will be provided the opportunity to take a free and anonymous online mental health screening on-site at the table and/or will be provided the link to complete on their own time. This event will take place at Corbett Center Student Union and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Can?t make the event? No problem. Follow this link to take your free and anonymous mental health screening today at http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/choices.

For more information or questions on Wednesday?s event, please contact Kirsta Bezenek at kbezenek@ad.nmsu.edu or 575-646-5239.

Peek of Las Cruces Street Fair set for Thursday

The third annual Peek of Las Cruces will be a vibrant pedestrian street fair on the NMSU campus, highlighting artists, entertainers, food vendors, jewelry, snacks and sweets unique to Southern New Mexico from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, on the NMSU campus along Locust Street between Stewart Street and Wells Avenue (east of the intramural fields). Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Naray and The Chris Baker Band.

Peek of Las Cruces will also be the site of the Aggie Cupboard Challenge, a food drive competition for student groups to see who can collect the most nonperishable food items and construct the best food work-of-art. Food collected will benefit NMSU?s Aggie Cupboard food pantry.

Admission to Peek of Las Cruces is free and open to the entire NMSU Community.

For more information, visit http://peekoflc.nmsu.edu, on Facebook at http://nmsu.life/peekoflc, or call 575-646-3200.

Join the Pink Panther campaign

Pinky the Pink Panther is on a mission to take away the mystery of breast cancer. Be on the lookout for Pinky as he prowls around campus until Oct. 14 for your chance to win tickets to see Keith Urban at the Pan American Center on Tuesday, Oct. 18. When you find Pinky, pledge to the ta-ta?s and snap a picture for your Facebook or Instagram page. Tag the Campus Health Center @NMSU.HC or #NMSUHC and share with your friends. The photo with the most ?likes? by Oct. 14 wins.

Tickets provided as a courtesy donation of the Pan American Center?s Office of Special Events. For more information or questions on contest participation, please contact Kirsta Bezenek at kbezenek@ad.nmsu.edu or 575-646-5239.

Annual open enrollment for benefits available in October

Open enrollment for medical, dental and vision will be available today 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 today 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.

Feed Las Cruces Food Drive

The main objective of the Feed Las Cruces Food Drive is to provide canned and dry goods to Casa de Peregrinos for local distribution to those in need. Student organizations from New Mexico State University, including service and social fraternities and sororities will be going door-to-door asking for donations from households.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Donations can be made from your home or can be dropped off on the north side parking lot of the Pan Am Center at NMSU. Trophy Country has generously donated plaques for awards for most items collected and most items per person. Pepsi Bottling Company has generously donated refreshments for participants. The success of the food drive depends on participation from student organizations, so please contact William Gould with information about your organization and an estimate of how many individuals will participate. This year?s goal is to collect over 3,000 canned and dry goods.

For more information contact William Gould, Bank of America professor, College of Business, at 575-646-3986 or wgould@nmsu.edu.

34th annual jewelry sale to be held Oct. 31

The NMSU Department of Art?s Jewelry and Metalsmithing students will host their jewelry sale from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. The sale will be located in the lobby of the D.W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University next to Barnes & Noble. Parking on campus will be free after 4:30 p.m. All the pieces are unique, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry created in our Metalsmithing and Jewelry studio. We invite you to support the NMSU Jewelry and Metalsmithing program and find amazing jewelry for friends, family and yourself. The profits from this sale will be used to support the activities of the students in the jewelry and metalsmithing area. For more information, call Motoko Furuhashi at 575-646-1238 or go to our Facebook page at

DACC Customized Training class offered

Learn when CPR is needed, how to give CPR to an adult, child and infant, and how to use an AED in CPR with Heartsaver First Aid. CPR consists of pushing on the chest (compressions) and giving breaths. First Aid is the immediate care that you give someone with an illness or injury before someone with more advanced training arrives and takes over. A two-year certification from the American Heart Association will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. The class is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Cost is $50.

DACC Community Education course available

Thinking about getting on eBay? Learn to create titles that get noticed, craft advertising copy that sells items quickly and for top dollar, and how to create and upload photos of the items you are selling in Learn to Buy and Sell on eBay. Learn to safely conduct financial transactions and how to accept credit card payments and pack and ship any item hassle-free. Valuable for both sellers and buyers. To sign up, or for more information about this popular DACC Community Education online course, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527. Online registration is easy at dacc.augusoft.net. The course costs $99.