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NMSU Hotline — October 25, 2016

NMSU engineering students work to accelerate technology


A team of engineering students at New Mexico State University, working as Aggie Innovators, are actively engaged in promoting technology acceleration across campus. And it?s paying off, with projects receiving more than $367,000 in funding over the past five years.

This accomplishment is, in large part, due to a partnership comprising the College of Engineering Aggie Innovation Space Presented by Intel, NMSU?s Arrowhead Center and the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

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Campus Announcements

Pacific Rim food offered at 100 West Café

Join us for a week of Pacific Rim food in 100 West Café the week of Tuesday, Oct. 25, through Friday, Oct. 28. These meals are prepared by our HRTM 363 students under the direction of chef John Hartley.

Enjoy four days of a la carte lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature spicy beef and snow pea soup, cucumber salad with Daikon, onion and tomato, Thai vegetable salad with edamame, kale and cashews. The main entrée choices are sesame ginger chicken, grilled teriyaki salmon, vegetable egg rolls, or Char Siu (Chinese barbecue pork). The sides for this week are rice and steamed vegetables. Your dessert choices are mango pudding, green tea ice cream or steamed Thai pumpkin cake. 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.

Speech anxiety workshop to be held today

The graduate students of the Communication Studies Department will be conducting workshops in the Center for Communication Development this academic year. Today will be the first one. It is focused on overcoming speech anxiety. The workshop will be held at 4 p.m. in the Speech Building, Room 327. All are welcome.

Victims of Seton Hall University fire bring their inspirational story of survival to NMSU tonight

Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons narrowly escaped an arson fire in their Seton Hall University residence hall. While Simons sustained burns to 16 percent of his body, Llanos had it even worse at 56 percent. Three fellow classmates perished that night, while another 56 students and firefighters were injured; all the result of a drunken prank.

While their story is inspirational, Llanos and Simons also have some important tips to share that may have prevented many of their injuries.

NMSU Housing & Residential Life, Greek Life and the NMSU Fire Department invite students, faculty and staff in welcoming Llanos and Simons to campus to share their incredible story. The documentary, ?After the Fire: A True Story of Heroes & Cowards,? which depicts the tragic events of that day, will also be screened free of charge.

Don?t miss this opportunity to take part in what the New York Times calls ?a powerful exploration into truth and humanity? tonight at 7 p.m. in the Corbett Center Student Union third floor ballrooms. Campus residents are encouraged to attend. Visit www.alvaroandshawn.com for more information. Select going or interested at https://www.facebook.com/events/1143344479064032/ to receive a Facebook reminder and add the following event to your Google-enabled calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=dW5oZ2JycTFtMTgxaWwwbHN0ajRnOGNuaWcgaW5zaWRlci5ubXN1QG0&ctz=America/Denver.

Red to Green Money Management Workshops offered across campus

Don?t Let Your Identity Get Stolen! will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today 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.

Student Loans: Ins and Outs will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Domenici Hall, Room 005.

Taking out student loans is the easy part. It?s paying them back that?s tricky. We can help you with your options. Come check out Red to Green Money Management?s workshop on the ins and outs of student loans.

Red to Green Money Management Meet-Up! will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Gerald Thomas 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.

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 these events, 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.

Student loans and scholarships workshops held in October

Find out how student loans work. The workshop covers borrowing to repayment. Scholarships can help fund your education costs. Find out about internal and external scholarship opportunities.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m. DACC Sunland Park Room 120
Thursday, Oct. 27, 12:30 p.m. DACC Central Campus ARC Lab

For questions contact Outreach Adviser Melanie Tellez at melaniet@nmsu.edu or 575-528-7296.

Steaks, football, music and more coming to The Player?s Grill

The Player?s Grill is excited to announce a variety of new events and menu items, as well as a change to a regular feature.

Thursday, Oct. 27, will be the last Taco Thursday before moving to Tuesdays. Enjoy 60¢ tacos with a beverage purchase from 3 to 7 p.m. each week during the fall months.

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 3, Taco Thursdays will be replaced with our new ?Steak, Spud and a Bud? football parties. Watch Thursday Night Football while enjoying an 8 oz. Angus steak, an Idaho potato and a Bud Light Draft for just $10.99 plus tax until halftime.

Enjoy a special treat on Wednesday, Oct. 26, as Tiffany Christopher performs live from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Drink specials will be available throughout the night. Hear a sample of her music at http://tiffanychristopher.com/.

The Player?s Grill is open to the public inside the NMSU Golf Course Club House with free parking at 3000 Herb Wimberly Dr. in Las Cruces. Please call 575-646-2457 or visit https://golf.nmsu.edu/grill/ for more information.

Technologists/small businesses can learn about securing $300,000 for technical assistance with national labs

Learn how you can partner with the national labs and receive up to $300,000 in technical assistance. Attend an Arrowhead Center-hosted workshop from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, for an overview of Small Business Vouchers Pilot Program. Launched by the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the SBV Pilot will match selected small businesses with experts from the national labs ? and give them business vouchers valued from $50,000 to $300,000 that they can exchange for national lab technical assistance. Applications for this assistance close Nov. 10. Learn more about SBV at https://www.sbv.org. To register for the workshop, visit http://bit.ly/SmallBusinessVouchersPilot.

Chemistry and biochemistry talk to be held Monday

Have you ever wondered why dogs come in so many different shapes and sizes? Bridgett vonHoldt, Princeton University, will give an NMSU-HHMI sponsored seminar talk from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Building, Room 153. The talk, ?The molecular structure of domestication: A case study of canines,? focuses on how advances in genome technology have facilitated a new understanding of the historical and molecular processes crucial to rapid phenotypic evolution under domestication. VonHoldt will address her genome-wide survey to identify regions under selection in the dog, supporting the hypothesis that the evolution of modern dog breeds seems to have been an iterative process that drew on a limited genetic toolkit to create remarkable phenotypic diversity.

Online Course Improvement Program to host upcoming events

Join the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) for a few upcoming events, and start thinking about your online/blended courses for next semester (or this summer). We can help.

- Creating Whiteboard Videos in Your Online Course, Nov. 9, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
- Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR), Nov. 11, 8 to 4 p.m.
- *Recorded Webinar: How Can I Make My Course Content More Accessible?, Nov. 15, 10 to 11 a.m.
- Let's Talk Online Teaching: The Dyslexic Student - Assisting At-Risk Populations with Technology, Nov. 15, 12 to 1 p.m. (lunch served)

* This is a hybrid event. If you want to attend this event from off-site, please email Miley Grandjean at mgrandje@nmsu.edu for login information.

To register, go to teaching.nmsu.edu/events.

NMSU Library announces 2017 Calendar, 'Visions of New Mexico'

The New Mexico State University Library is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 calendar, ?Visions of New Mexico.? The calendar?s theme showcases archival and contemporary photographs of various landscapes from the Land of Enchantment. This year?s calendar theme is unique in that traditional archival photographs from the library?s Archives and Special Collections Department are still featured, while contemporary photographs featured were submitted and donated by community members.

By placing a call to community members to submit their favorite photographs of New Mexico, the library was able to add more recent contemporary photos to the archives, and community members were able have their work featured in the calendar. Many members of the Dona Ana Photography Club sent in submissions, with Lisa Mandelkern?s photo ?Night in New Mexico? chosen as the cover photograph. Dona Ana Photography Club President Erik Winter also contributed to writing the calendar?s forward.

Calendars are currently being sold for $8 to NMSU faculty and staff and $10 to the general public, and are available on the second floor of Zuhl Library, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or in the Caroline E. Straus Research Room on the fourth floor of Branson Library. For more information or to place an order, please contact Erica Bautista at 575-646-1508 or aerica@nmsu.edu.

NMSU?s ICT promotes cyber security awareness

October coincides with National Cyber Security Awareness Month and New Mexico State University?s Information & Communication Technologies Department is doing its part to spread awareness of safe internet practices.

?What we?re trying to do is every October have some presentations for staff and faculty so we can inform them of new security threats and what they can do, safe practices that don?t require a lot of technical expertise,? said Araceli Hernandez, ICT manager of student technology and planning.


Documentary featuring NMSU experts wins 2016 Rocky Mountain Emmy

A documentary that focuses on child abuse and neglect in New Mexico and features two experts from New Mexico State University recently won a 2016 Rocky Mountain Emmy Award.

?Everyone?s Business: Protecting Our Children,? which was produced by Chris Schueler and Christopher Productions, won the award for Best Public/Current/Community Affairs ? Program Special. The documentary features Esther Devall, head of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; and Shelly Bucher, who heads the Southwest Region National Child Protection Training Center at NMSU.


NMSU ranks in top 50 best value online colleges for 2017

New Mexico State University has been ranked 35th on the Top 50 Best Value Online Colleges for 2017 by Value Colleges, an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate education.

?We?ve long known about both the quality education and the affordability we offer our students,? NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers said. ?This ranking is just the latest to recognize the work we are doing at our great university.?

The Value Colleges rankings are based on three factors: cost, reputability and return on investment.


NMSU to host sustainable agriculture conference preparing for climate change

LOS LUNAS, N.M. ? Solar radiation, temperature and precipitation are the main drivers of crop growth and yield. As a result, agriculture has always been highly dependent on climate patterns and variations.

Scientific consensus has shown that the effects of climate change are already occurring in New Mexico and may become substantial in the near future. The cycle of droughts in the southwestern United States has increased over the past decades and a recent study is indicating that the Southwest may have already transitioned to a drier climate.


NMSU Arrowhead Center?s Aggie Shark Tank event continues to grow

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University hosted its third Aggie Shark Tank event Wednesday at the Las Cruces Convention Center, and while the ?shark? investors may have chosen not to bite on any of the business opportunities that were offered up by student and alumni entrepreneurs, they did share an ocean of advice on how they might take their ideas to the next level, along with an offer to try out one product, which may prove more valuable than an investment.

Aggie Shark Tank is based on the popular ?Shark Tank? television show, and offers entrepreneurs working with Arrowhead Center?s student business incubator, Studio G, a chance to pitch their ideas for businesses or technology commercialization opportunities to local business leaders for possible investment.