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NMSU Hotline — October 7, 2016

NMSU faculty share climate change, food security knowledge in Colombia


Two New Mexico State University faculty members in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have recently returned from Colombia, where they shared their knowledge of climate change and the ramifications of climate change on food security.

Mick O?Neill, a professor in the Plant and Environmental Sciences department, and David DuBois, New Mexico State Climatologist and an NMSU associate professor also in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, joined a group of international faculty at the University of La Salle in Bogotá, Colombia, to teach at the university?s Summer Academy.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar Series continues today

William Gerwick, distinguished professor of Oceanography and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California San Diego, will present a talk titled ?The Search for Drugs from the Sea, a Highly Interdisciplinary Undertaking? at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 109 of Domenici Hall on the NMSU campus. Refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.

The lecture is part of a series of Friday afternoon seminars that are broadly focused on biomedical research that is open to the NMSU community and the public. 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 at http://events.research.nmsu.edu.

Gerwick?s lecture will discuss several success stories in developing new medicines from marine life, and then focus on efforts in the Gerwick laboratory to use a combination of analytical chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, pharmacology and molecular biology in the investigation of marine cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) for their useful products. A complete abstract of the talk can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu/sites/rescore/files/images/BMRS_Gerwick_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.

The Adjustment Project hosts happy hour today

TAP (The Adjustment Project) presents Russian Pecan Pie and music by The Two of Us from 5 to 7 p.m. today in 100 West Café at Gerald Thomas Hall (corner of Knox and College). We will offer complimentary appetizers with your drink purchase. Drinks are priced from $3 to $5. We look forward to having you join us for fun, music, food and good times here at Gerald Thomas Hall. You must be 21 years old in order to attend. We gladly accept credit/debit cards (Sorry no AMEX). The proceeds from this event will benefit HRTM student clubs. We look forward to seeing you there.

NMSU Dance Program presents 'Harvest of Dance'

The NMSU Dance program, under the direction of Ann Gavit, will be opening the fall performance season with their annual ?Harvest of Dance.? This diverse program features performances by all three undergraduate dance companies: Contemporary Dance Theater, DanceSport and Sol y Arena, and the newly formed graduate company, Traveling Airs.

?Harvest of Dance? will be presented at the ASNMSU Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. today and at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased from any dance program student, from the KindD office in Room 204 in the NMSU Activity Center (575-646-4067), by email nmsu_dance@nmsu.edu or at the door.

USDA certified organic student-grown pumpkins for sale

Come support the Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Organization in their pumpkin sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Farmers' and Crafts Market of Las Cruces. Two ornamental (Casper and Jack-Be-Little) and two pie (New England and Cinderella) pumpkin varieties will be available. Prices are $3 (Casper), $1 (Jack-Be-Little), $3 (New England) and $5 (Cinderella). All pumpkins were grown by NMSU graduate students and are USDA certified organic. All proceeds from this sale help fund conferences and other endeavors for PES/EPPWS graduate students.

For more information, contact Kimberly Rodriguez at kyknrod@nmsu.edu or Subhankar Mandal at mandals@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Employee Council to host open forum on FLSA Monday

All NMSU employees are invited to attend an open forum on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the Corbett Center Auditorium.

FLSA is a federal law that establishes minimum wage, overtime pay eligibility, recordkeeping and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in federal, state and local governments. In May, the federal government made rule changes that involve which employees can be exempted from overtime regulations. This affects workers across the country, including more than 800 here at NMSU.

Come to the open forum to learn more about these changes and ask questions.

If you can?t attend on campus, a live broadcast will be available at the following address:

Online participants can submit their questions during the forum to empcouncil@nmsu.edu. The forum will also be recorded and a recording link will be available on the Employee Council website at the conclusion of the forum. Please contact empcouncil@nmsu.edu if you have questions about this event.

Entrepreneur Encounters to be held Monday

Join us for an engaging encounter with Emily Calhoun, successful entrepreneur and owner of Albuquerque-based Floriography ? an ethical, sustainable and locally sourced floral design company.

Floriography specializes in flowers from southern New Mexico. The company?s team travels across the country designing for high-end weddings and events using top quality flowers, including native plants, desert botanicals and heirloom blooms grown on their boutique flower farm. Their designs have been published internationally in wedding and style blogs and in print via Martha Stewart Weddings and Rocky Mountain Bride.

Join us at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at the Aggie Lounge ? Corbett Center Student Union. We have pizza for the hungry.
For more information visit http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/event/entrepreneur-encounters-october-10-11am/.

Retention webinar to be held Oct. 11

The Academic Advising Council will host a webinar on effective student retention initiatives and student persistence. Please join us for Retention: Assessing Why Students Stay & Why They Leave Tuesday, Oct. 11. Webinar starts at 1 p.m. in the Business Complex Room 134.

Red to Green Money Management Workshop to be held Tuesday

Keys to Saving and Investing will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Domenci Hall, Room 005.

What?s the difference between saving and investing? Why should I save? How can I invest? We?ll answer all these questions and more. Learn what you can do now to help your future self by saving and investing wisely.

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 this event, no need to worry. Schedule an appointment with a Peer Financial Wellness Coach by contacting us 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.

Second annual Autumn Overture Concert Series features premiere ensembles at NMSU

New Mexico State University?s Music Department will host its second annual Autumn Overture concert series featuring premiere student ensembles the second week of October.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present a colorful and eclectic program titled, ?Picturesque Pastiche.? This will be the first concert with the bands are under the direction of interim Director of Bands Ingrid Larragoity-Martin and interim Associate Director of Bands Cheldon Williams.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, the NMSU Choirs, under the direction of John Flannery, will be featured in a program titled, ?The Travelers Heart.? This program will include the University Singers, Women?s Chorale, Statesmen and Masterworks Chorus.

The final concert of the series will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and will feature the NMSU Jazz Ensembles under the direction of Pancho Romero. The jazz groups will fill the hall with a swinging program of classic jazz standards and contemporary jazz favorites in a program titled, ?Vintage and Progressive.?

All concerts will be held on the NMSU campus in the Music Center?s Atkinson Recital Hall. This annual series is offered free to the public. Each concert will conclude with a reception. Please mark your calendar to attend one or all of these excellent concerts.

Aggie Shark Tank set for Oct. 19

Arrowhead Center will host Aggie Shark Tank on Oct. 19, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Aggie Shark Tank provides an opportunity for NMSU student entrepreneurs to pitch their business idea to local sharks. Participants will have five minutes to present their idea, followed by 15 minutes of a question and answer session from the sharks, with the chance to gain investment or other types of assistance from the local sharks to help the student?s business grow.

The main event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. and is followed by a reception. Register to receive your free ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aggie-shark-tank-fall-2016-tickets-27395588944?aff=ehomecard

For more information contact Kristin Morehead at kmorehea@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5575.

Instructional Innovation and Quality recognition to be held Oct. 20

The third annual Instructional Innovation and Quality (IIQ) Wine and Cheese Recognition will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Player?s Grill at the NMSU Golf Course. This event recognizes individuals and their efforts in improving online education here at NMSU.

Entomology, Plant Pathology & Weed Science to host double feature Oct. 21

Entomology, Plant Pathology & Weed Science's fourth annual Fright Night has a double movie feature "Mimic" and "The Body Snatchers." The event will be held Friday, Oct. 21, at NMSU's Gerald Thomas Auditorium, Room 194. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free with free popcorn, candy, sodas/water, prizes and more.

For more information call 575-646-3225.

Gene's Gesters Toastmaster Club meetings held on Tuesdays

Every Tuesday from 7 to 8 a.m., the Gene's Gesters Toastmaster Club meets at the Dońa Ana Community College (DACC) Workforce Center, 2345 Nevada Ave. If you are interested in improving your public speaking and leadership skills, you are cordially invited to attend a meeting to experience a given day at Gene's Gesters Toastmasters Club and to learn how this organization can benefit you.

For more information, contact clobato@nmsu.edu, or visit the Toastmasters International website at http://www.toastmasters.org/.

Conference poster development available

Conference posters continue to be one of the most popular methods of sharing information about research and programs with colleagues in a variety of disciplines. Consequently, designing an attractive, well-organized and informative conference poster is a necessary skill in the academic and professional worlds. With advances in technology, the way we create posters has changed significantly. This workshop will give you technical, design and content tips specific to posters, thereby allowing you to develop effective, high-quality posters and enhance your next poster presentation. For more information contact ahenke@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1174.

NMSU Extension to host USDA-approved produce safety rule training

ALBUQUERQUE ? If you grow, pack, process or sell fresh produce, the new federal produce safety rule may apply to you.

The produce safety rule is part of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act that establishes science-based minimum standards for safe production and harvesting of fresh fruit and vegetables. These rules were added to FSMA in November 2015. Growers are to be in compliance with these guidelines beginning in 2018.