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NMSU Hotline — October 14, 2016

NMSU receives USDA grant to expand agricultural education program to 18 pueblos


ALCALDE ? New Mexico State University?s beginning farmers and ranchers program that helps Native American farmers and ranchers succeed in agriculture has been extended three more years and expanded to include both the eight northern and 10 southern pueblos.

NMSU?s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences was among 37 projects receiving the 2016 funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. NMSU received $598,030 of the $17.8 million awarded.

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Campus Announcements

Early voting underway for Nov. 8 election

Absentee and early voting is underway for the Nov. 8 election. Among items on the ballot are General Obligation Bond C for higher education and GO Bond B for eligible academic libraries.

GO Bond C will not raise taxes and would provide more than $27 million for the New Mexico State University system. If approved by voters in November, $22.5 million is planned for a new visual arts facility at the Las Cruces campus to replace D.W. Williams Hall, a 78-year-old former gymnasium, which currently houses NMSU?s Department of Art and University Art Gallery. GO Bond C also includes a total of $5 million in infrastructure upgrades, renovations and construction for Dona Ana Community College, NMSU Alamogordo, NMSU Carlsbad and NMSU Grants.

GO Bond B includes $3.25 million for libraries across the state, including the NMSU campus libraries in Las Cruces and each community college. Early voting is open at the Dona Ana County Government Center at 846 N. Motel Blvd through Nov 5. Alternate early voting locations will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday starting Saturday, Oct. 22.

For more information, visit: http://gobond.nmsu.edu



Employee Appreciation Picnic to be held today

The Employee Council will host a special picnic just for NMSU staff from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, on the NMSU Horseshoe. We know that you've been working hard so come and enjoy lunch on us. Come relax over lunch with your friends or make some new ones.

Facilities & Services is pleased to provide the open air trolley to shuttle employees to/from the Employee Appreciation Picnic. The trolley will begin picking up employees from the fire department and Facilities & Services at the corner of Wells and Research at 10:45 a.m. and will make continual stops at Academic Research Building C/Environmental Health and Safety/Facilities and Services/Computer Center on Standley, Activities Center/Corbett Center Student Union/Breland Hall on Stewart, PSL/Anderson Hall on Stewart, and NMDA/DACC at Espina and Gregg before making its last trip from north Horseshoe at 1 p.m.

View trolley route map at http://bit.ly/1C1B2An.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Question about the Employee Picnic should be directed to empcouncil@nmsu.edu.

100 West Cafe serves up Creole food

Join us for a week of Creole style food in 100 West Café the week of Tuesday, Oct. 11, through Friday, Oct. 14. These meals are prepared by our HRTM 363 students under the direction of chef John Hartley.

Enjoy an a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature chicken and sausage gumbo, spinach salad with apple vinaigrette or Louisiana sunburst salad. The main entrée choices are apricot and bourbon grilled chicken, oven-fried pecan catfish with a vegetarian option of oven-fried zucchini, Cajun-grilled trout with apple salsa or pasta with sausage and peppers or a vegetarian option of sautéed vegetables with your pasta. The sides for this week are cheese grits and sugar snap peas. You dessert choices are bread pudding with bourbon sauce, sweet potato pie or strawberries romanoff. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience. We look forward to having you for lunch and appreciate your support.

The HRTM 363 students are looking forward to serving you.

Loadable gift cards are available for sale in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 138 in $10 increments.

For more information, please visit our website at http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call our office at 575-646-5995.

NM State soccer hosts crucial WAC matches this weekend

Aggie soccer looks to make its move in the WAC standings as the Aggies host the back-to-back WAC Regular Season Champion, Seattle U, and 2015 WAC Tournament Champion, Utah Valley, this weekend at the New Mexico State Soccer Complex. The Aggies defeated Chicago State last week before going on the road to force a draw with UMKC. NM State is currently in second place in the WAC.

At 3 p.m. today the Aggies hosts Seattle U in the Pink Game. The first 250 fans get free T-shirts. At 11 a.m Sunday, Oct. 16, the Aggies play Utah Valley. It's Junior Aggie Day and post game autographs will be available.

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.

The final concert of the series will be 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.?

The concert will be held on the NMSU campus in the Music Center?s Atkinson Recital Hall. This annual series is offered free to the public. The concert will conclude with a reception.

NM State football visits Idaho Saturday, hosts Georgia Southern Oct. 22

New Mexico State football travels to Idaho to face the Vandals in Sun Belt Conference play at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Fans in Las Cruces can view the game on TV this weekend by tuning in to the following channels:

Over the air ? 7.2
Time Warner: 13
Comcast: 14
DirecTV: 8
Dish: 17
AT&T U-Verse: 19

Aggie Nation can also catch the game online on ESPN 3 or listen live on the Aggies? flagship station 99.5 FM Zia Country.

NM State takes on Georgia Southern at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, for Ag Day and Tough Enough To Wear Pink. All fans attending the game are encouraged to wear pink. Fans can come out before the game and check out the Ag Day tailgate area featuring farm animals, games and prizes, and samples of local food all in one at a completely free pre-game event. At halftime, the largest ribbon in college football will unfurled on to the field to celebrate the 10th annual Tough Enough To Wear Pink game. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Pan American Center Ticket Office at 575-646-1420 or visit Ticketmaster.com.

NMSU Dance presents the ninth season of Look Who's Dancing

Come cheer your favorite local celebrity to victory at the ninth season of Look Who's Dancing. Celebrities Marco Carmona, Sherry Franzoy, Debra Hicks, Allen Jurney, Bibi Philippou, Joshua Rex, Rico Smith and Donna Volz - will vie for the first place mirror ball in this year's ballroom competition. This friendly competition raises money for the NMSU dance program. This year's production will include performances from all four of the NMSU dance companies and a performance by the team from Franklin High School in El Paso. The show is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Pan American Center.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 students/seniors, $5 children 12 and under. For information or advanced tickets, call 575-646-2070 or at the Pan American Center ticket office.

Annual open enrollment for benefits now available

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

Participants needed for a hearing study

New Mexico State University?s Special Education and Communication Disorders Department is now offering an exciting hearing research opportunity for adults (18-30 years) with normal hearing. Come take part in a study that seeks to advance the understanding of how the ear and hearing system work. You will receive a free hearing test and you will be compensated $30 (gift cards) for completing the study.

Please email efichera@nmsu.edu or call at 575-646-1865 if you wish to know more or to schedule an appointment.

Desert Dash fundraiser for Asombro Institute for Science Education set for Nov. 12

The Desert Dash Trail Race is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Asombro Institute for Science Education. The Asombro Institute is housed on the NMSU campus and works closely with many NMSU professors to provide K-12 outreach to local students. All proceeds will be used for education programs. Enjoy expansive views of the desert, including three rugged mountain ranges, as you run or walk the beautiful 5K, 10K or half marathon trail courses. Bring the little ones to compete in the children's 1-mile trail race (guardian should accompany child). All levels welcome.

The race will be held Nov. 12 at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, 56501 N. Jornada Rd. Race start times are 8:15 a.m. for the half marathon, 8:30 a.m. children's 1 mile, 9 a.m. 10K and 9:15 a.m. 5K.

For registration and more information visit www.asombro.org/dash.

Like us on Facebook for updates and more information at https://www.facebook.com/DesertDashTrailRace.

For more information contact Stephanie Haan-Amato at 575-524-3334 or s.haan-amato@asombro.org.

NMSU?s ?Tough Enough to Wear Pink? week set for Oct. 17-22

With October comes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and New Mexico State University is ready for its annual ?Tough Enough to Wear Pink Week,? festivities scheduled Oct. 17 to 22. The effort promotes cancer awareness and raises money to fund cancer research at the university.

One of the events taking place on the NMSU campus will be a luminaria remembrance ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17, at Sisbarro Community Park. Luminarias will be sold at the Pan American Center Ticket Office and Corbett Center and cost $2 each or $5 for three luminarias.

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, ASNMSU will host a student dinner at Taos Restaurant. The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. with ASNMSU hosting a silent auction.

The TETWP Shop for the Cure and the Fashion Show Luncheon will take place Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Pan American Center. Admission to the shopping event is free, but tickets must be purchased for the fashion show. For more information, contact 575-521-2213.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Emma Jean Cervantes 5k/10k Run and Walk is scheduled. Registration is available online at www.pinkaggie.com or www.active.com. Race fees are $10 per person and $5 per NMSU student. Reporting time is at 7 a.m. outside of Hadley Hall and the event will begin at 8 a.m. That evening, the NMSU football team will take on Georgia Southern at 6 p.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

NMSU public health students promote Exercise is Medicine on Campus campaign

Walking is a simple form of exercise, and public health sciences undergraduate students at New Mexico State University are encouraging the campus to get moving through Exercise is Medicine on Campus, a national initiative.

To celebrate Exercise is Medicine on Campus, the students will host the President?s Walk at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, with President Garrey Carruthers leading a walk from Hadley Hall to Corbett Center Student Union.


Oct. 22 pre-game event combines farm animals, local food, fun

It?s the family-friendly event to beat all others in Las Cruces: on Oct. 22 you?ll find farm animals, games and prizes, and samples of local food all in one at a completely free event.

The fourth annual Agriculture Day street fair happens on the campus of New Mexico State University from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, before the NMSU Aggies play a home game against the Georgia Southern Eagles. In the parking lot between Aggie Memorial Stadium and the Pan American Center, you?ll find dozens of groups representing almost every facet of New Mexico?s diverse agricultural community.


NMSU to host annual one-of-a-kind jewelry sale on Halloween

New Mexico State University?s Department of Art will host its annual jewelry sale from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, in the lobby of the D.W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University Ave., next to Barnes & Noble.

?These students have worked hard, and all have great talent. Each piece has it?s own character produced by the individual student,? said Motoko Furuhashi, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.


Arrowhead Center at NMSU accepting applications for LAUNCH program

Are you looking to accelerate your idea and move your technology to the market? The LAUNCH program at New Mexico State University?s Arrowhead Center is now accepting applications from local innovators looking to gain valuable advice and guidance before entering the market.

LAUNCH is in its sixth year. The deadline to apply is Nov. 9.

NMSU inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for LAUNCH. This year, the program has expanded its marketing, so students, faculty, staff and alumni from NMSU community colleges and branch campuses are highly encouraged to submit applications. Businesses and industry partners are eligible to apply in a team with at least one NMSU student, faculty, staff or alumni member.