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NMSU Hotline — October 24, 2016

What?s next for National Park Service? Expert says no easy answers

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An environmental historian with more than 30 years of experience will talk about the challenges facing the U.S. National Park Service as part of a lecture series at New Mexico State University.

William C. Tweed was a ranger-naturalist, public affairs specialist and park manager among other jobs. His last decade was spent at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California as the parks' chief naturalist. His talk titled ?Facing the Future: The Fate of Our National Parks in the Twenty-First Century? will be from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at O?Donnell Hall, Room 111, on the NMSU campus.

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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 Dona Ana Community College Workforce Center, 2345 Nevada Ave., Las Cruces. If you are interested in improving your overall communication, 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/.

Red to Green Money Management workshops to be held Tuesday

Red to Green Money Management Meet-Up! will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, outside Guthrie Hall.

We know Garcia Annex seems so far away, so we?re coming to you. Look for our table and grab some great resources on budgeting and financial aid. You can also find more information on workshops or schedule a one-on-one appointment.

Don?t Let Your Identity Get Stolen! will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Domenici Hall, Room 005.

What is the fastest growing crime in America? Identity theft. Join the Red to Green Money Management program to gain the knowledge to plan, prevent and protect your identity.

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.

To schedule an appointment with a Peer Financial Wellness Coach, contact us at finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631, or go to http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request/.

CHSS Council hosts fundraiser at Jason's Deli Tuesday

The NMSU College of Health and Social Services Council is having a fundraiser at Jason's Deli from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. Jason's Deli will donate 15 percent of sales during the event. RSVP at http://www.groupraise.com/events/15684.

Casting call for 'Labels' set for Wednesday

NMSU students and Professor David Boje started this Theater for Social Change project in Management 375 Sustainability class. We work with veterans and homeless to put on plays based on real stories. This year's play is "Labels," because you label someone homeless, hard to get work and housing. The play needs actors to work with homeless and veterans to tell their story, set people, sound and music, etc., everyone who wants to join is welcome. We rehearse from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday at Camp Hope. Contact Boje at dboje@nmsu.edu for more information. The play will be held Dec. 16 at Alma d'Artes Charter School. For more information visit http://veteranstheater.com.

iPad Symposium Apps for Champs in Nursing to be held Thursday

An iPad Symposium, Apps for Champs in Nursing, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the College of Health and Social Services, Room 218 and 226. Lunch will be provided.

This event is only open to NMSU nursing students, faculty and staff and is being sponsored by Barnes & Noble Aggie Tech Corner. Pre-register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ipad-symposium-tickets-27628209719.

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.

Faculty gather to craft institutional recommendations to improve student writing

Join your colleagues to strategize about how NMSU can best support improved student writing. Recommendations coming out of this working session will be put forward as a proposed action plan for improving student writing. In the session we will review institutional data collected over the last three years, discuss implications of the data and formulate strategic recommendations for institutional priority action items.

Session is from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in Milton Hall, Room 50. Coffee, juice and light breakfast will be served.

To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000010133.

For more information, contact Shelly Stovall, executive director of Accreditation, at sstovall@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5095.

Student success presentation by Tim Renick to be held Friday

On Friday, Oct. 28, Tim Renick, vice provost and vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Success at Georgia State University and renowned expert in student retention and closing the achievement gap, will speak at New Mexico State University on the role of faculty and staff in student engagement and retention. Renick led Georgia State University?s retention efforts, which have increased graduation rates dramatically for all students and have closed the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students. After Renick?s talk, there will be an opportunity for feedback and discussion about what this work means for NMSU.

This presentation will be in the Yates Theatre in Domenici Hall. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation starts at noon. Because seating is limited, please reserve your spot at http://provost.nmsu.edu/rsvp/ by Tuesday, Oct. 25. For more information, please contact Natalie Kellner at 575-646-5997 or nkellner@nmsu.edu.

To read more about Renick's work, visit http://www.academicimpressions.com/news/how-georgia-state-university-plans-use-predictive-analytics-address-national-achievement-gap.

34th annual Jewelry Sale by NMSU art students to be held on Halloween

NMSU art students are hosting the 34th annual Jewelry Sale on Halloween from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at D.W. Williams Hall, Department of Art main lobby.

All the pieces are made by students and alumni from the art department. This year we have range of materials including silver, copper, powder coating, enameling, wood, acrylic, glass, tin toy, ceramic and much more.

For more information, please contact Motoko Furuhashi at motoko@nmsu.edu and visit our website at https://www.facebook.com/NMSUjewelrysale/.

Military and Veterans Programs and Student Veteran Organization sponsor donation drive

Military and Veterans Programs, partnered with the NMSU Student Veteran Organization, are collecting donations for Camp Hope. Donations (tents, tools, batteries, nonperishable foods, etc.) will be accepted now until Veterans Day, Nov. 11, as part of our Military and Veteran Appreciation Week. Donation boxes can be found at Military and Veterans Programs located in Corbett Center, Room 244, the Activity Center and the Business College. We appreciate your support. Contact mvp@nmsu.edu or 575-646-4524 for any questions.

NMSU Aggie fans raise an 'L for Lori'

New Mexico State University football fans are quick to get their ?Guns Up? to support the Aggies. But a different version of that salute during halftime of Saturday?s game honored a special person the football program lost earlier this year.

No one loved New Mexico State University?s football team more than Las Crucen Lori Paulson, who passed away March 16, 2016, at age 35 after battling pancreatic cancer. Although a passionate and avid supporter of NMSU athletics, the Aggie football team truly captured her heart.


NMSU alums raise thousands for Aggie Cupboard food pantry during Homecoming

A food pantry that provides needed support to students and employees at New Mexico State University and Dona Ana Community College received an infusion of cash at a crucial time, thanks to a Homecoming week partnership between the university?s Alumni Association and several Las Cruces restaurants.

During the inaugural week-long ?Eat for Pete? fundraiser, Aggie alumni and friends brought in an easy-to-print voucher to Buffalo Wild Wings, Jason?s Deli, Chili?s and La Posta restaurants on designated days, and the restaurants donated a portion of the proceeds of those meals to Aggie Cupboard food pantry. In all, the community partnership brought in $2,200 to the pantry, allowing organizers to purchase necessities like peanut butter, rice and canned veggies. The pantry can stretch each dollar into one full meal, so the gift will buy about 2,200 meals.


New Mexico State Rodeo team to host Cowboy Reunion

The New Mexico State University Rodeo Team and longtime rodeo team supporter Frank DuBois will host the second Cowboy Reunion Oct. 28 and 29, for all past and present rodeo team members.

The first Cowboy Reunion was held in April 2015 in conjunction with the NMSU Rodeo. DuBois said he was approached by several former classmates, all within several months, with the idea of having a reunion. DuBois said that with a push and shove from them, they put together the first reunion and 109 people attended.


NMSU?s College of Engineering new research dean plans to focus on attracting outside funding

New Mexico State University?s College of Engineering has a new associate dean of research and doctoral studies.

Phillip De Leon, a professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NMSU, received two bachelor?s in electrical engineering and mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and received his master?s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


NMSU faculty, students represented at Innovate NM

Innovate New Mexico brought together the best and brightest researchers, scientists and startups in a daylong technology showcase at Albuquerque?s Sandia Golf Club.

The event featured research coming out of New Mexico?s six leading technology-transfer organizations: the three federal laboratories ? Air Force Research Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories ? and the state?s three research institutions ? New Mexico State University (via Arrowhead Center), New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and the University of New Mexico (via STC.UNM).