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NMSU Hotline — October 27, 2016

NMSU Plant Diagnostic Clinic receives national accreditation


The next time a plant in your yard is infested or infected, it may end up at one of just four laboratories in the nation with accreditation status.

The New Mexico State University Plant Diagnostic Clinic has been accredited by the National Plant Diagnostic Network. The only other labs with this designation are at Cornell University, the University of Florida and the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

NMSU?s five-year accreditation term began Sept. 1, 2016, and ends Aug. 31, 2021.

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Campus Announcements

Flavors of Fall Buffet today

Indulge in seasonal favorites during the Flavors of Fall Buffet today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. This all-you-care-to-eat buffet will feature fall spiced chicken, spicy marinated pork chops, roasted Brussels sprouts, freshly baked rolls with butter, crisp house salad and pumpkin pie. For just $11.99 plus tax you receive a non-alcoholic beverage and unlimited entry to this buffet. Select going or interested at https://www.facebook.com/events/1734610503530228/ to receive a Facebook reminder or copy the following event to your Google-enabled calendar at https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=ZGEzMXA4NXJua3VxNW8zNmtvdGwwY2hwNDAgaW5zaWRlci5ubXN1QG0&ctz=America/Denver.

The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club is located in the Stan Fulton Athletic Center, right next to Aggie Memorial Stadium. Call 575-646-4763 for reservations or visit http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com for more information.

Guest low brass recital today

Benjamin Pierce, professor of music at the University of Arkansas, will perform a recital of works for euphonium and tuba at New Mexico State University at 7:30 p.m. today in the Atkinson Recital Hall, accompanied by pianist Tomoko Kashiwagi. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature works by Fritz Kreisler, J.S. Bach, and Johannes Brahms among others, all arranged or transcribed by Pierce. In addition, Pierce will perform original concert works by David Gillingham, Anthony Plog and noted film composer Bruce Broughton.

Pierce has been the winner of some dozen international tuba and euphonium artist competitions held in the United States, Japan, Germany, Finland, South Korea, England and Italy. He is frequently a soloist at home and abroad, performing recitals and concerti with such ensembles as the premier United States military bands, top American brass bands and such orchestras as the Tokyo Symphony, Oulu Symphony (Finland) and Vogtland Philharmonie (Germany).

Enjoying a varied ensemble career, Pierce has performed with the Detroit Symphony, the Detroit Chamber Brass, the Toledo Symphony, the Flint Symphony and the Tulsa Symphony. He has served as principal tubist of the Ann Arbor Symphony and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. He is a member of the acclaimed Brass Band of Battle Creek, which features many of the world?s greatest brass players. With the BBBC, he has performed on three different instruments.

Pierce can be heard on four solo CDs available from major online retailers. He is a clinician for Miraphone, eG, performing on the 5050 Ambassador euphonium and the 481 Elektra tuba, and his appearance in Las Cruces is sponsored in part by the Miraphone company.

For more information, contact Jim Shearer at the NMSU Department of Music, at 575-646-2601 or visit the departmental website at http://music.nmsu.edu.

Annual open enrollment for benefits ends today

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

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.

Red to Green Money Management Workshops offered across campus

Student Loans: Ins and Outs will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. today at Domenici Hall, Room 006.

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.

Keys to Saving and Investing will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, Domenici 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 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.

Freaky Friday to feature ghoulish fun

This week?s NMSU Aggie Innovation Space Freaky Fridays program will present Fright Night from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. Oct. 28, to students in grades third through fifth. Come out for a Halloween themed night of mad science and ghoulish creations?if you dare. Join us in making monster slime and so much more. Costumes are encouraged. The workshops will be held on the NMSU Las Cruces campus in the Ed and Harold Foreman Engineering Complex, Room 306, and are free. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freaky-fridays-week-3-fright-night-tickets-28818786767. At the Nov. 11 Freaky Friday, students will learn about volcanoes and build a miniature model.

Freaky Fridays is a series of STEM outreach after-school programs sponsored by the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network to provide a fun after-school program for students to get involved at NMSU as well as in the Aggie Innovation Space. This gives these students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and start getting introduced to different engineering disciplines, as well as to other STEM-related skills. All of the Freaky Friday activities are hands-on and allow the students to engage in an immersive and educational experience. Information about future Freaky Friday workshops can be found at https://innovate.nmsu.edu/freaky-fridays/.

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.

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.

Win tickets to Harlem Globetrotters before you can buy them

Stuff your kids? stockings and Christmas cards with tickets to the perfect family event. The Original Harlem Globetrotters return to the NMSU Pan American Center in Las Cruces at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Pan Am Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/harlem-globetrotters-las-cruces-new-mexico-01-07-2017/event/0C00514E84C9281D?artistid=806223&majorcatid=10003&minorcatid=55.

However, a dozen lucky fans will see them for free. Select going or interested at https://www.facebook.com/events/200338867043043/ and you?ll automatically be registered to win a family four-pack of passes to be drawn on Friday, Nov. 4. One winner will be randomly drawn from all Facebook accounts identified as going and a second winner will be randomly drawn from all Facebook accounts identified as interested. Be sure to invite all of your Facebook friends as a third winner will also be randomly drawn from all Facebook accounts identified as invited. See site for official rules or contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for more information. Good luck.

DACC architecture students offer 'Architecture Film Night' and fundraiser

As part of this year's "Architecture Film Series" and fundraising efforts, the American Institute of Architecture Students of DACC will be showing "The Land of Many Palaces" at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Fountain Theater in Mesilla. Tickets are on sale in advance and on the day of the event. Purchase of admission ticket automatically enters buyer in door prize drawings, and the student organization will also be having a 50/50 raffle during the event. Costs are $3 for students, $5 for members of the local AIA (American Institute of Architects) and $7 for the general public.

This one-hour documentary is about recent and ongoing efforts by the Chinese government to relocate 250 million people over the next 20 years; a feat of not only monumental architectural and engineering challenges, but of concern for social and economic consequences. For more information on the film, visit http://www.thelandofmanypalaces.com/.

This event will not only serve to raise funds for this year's AIAS events, including attendance to workshops and conferences, but will help bring together the architectural community and the general public for a fun event.

To purchase tickets in advance, contact Luis Rios, professor and adviser, at luirios@nmsu.edu or 575-527-7747. Students will be glad to deliver tickets.

Wedge Fitting Day is Nov. 13

Get fit for new golf wedges from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the NMSU Golf Course. While you?re there, enjoy 20 percent off all wedges. Reserve your space now at 302-332-5495 or lynchlinks1@hotmail.com.

To receive a reminder, select going or interested at https://www.facebook.com/events/1797731830483892/ or copy the following event to your Google-enabled calendar at https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=c3Z0cWF1MDY1cXRjbTlmdXAwZGNuZzlkYTggZ29sZm5tc3VAbQ&ctz=America/Denver.

Open enrollment presentation recordings now available

Recordings of the Open Enrollment informational meetings held on Oct. 5-6 are now available to view at https://benefits.nmsu.edu/enrollment/open/. Representatives from the medical/prescription, dental, and vision carriers presented information on their respective plans for the 2017 plan year. Employees wishing to make changes to their benefits through Open Enrollment are encouraged to view the presentations. For information about NMSU benefits, please contact NMSU Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

Cancer Research internships for undergraduates and graduates

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, in collaboration with NMSU, will sponsor cancer research summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students.

The paid nine-week programs will be Monday, June 12, through Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Students must be able to commit to this entire period in order to participate.

For the undergraduate internship program, eligible students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident currently enrolled in a U.S. university or college, entering the summer before the final year (or semester or quarter) of undergraduate studies, and must have a strong background in the sciences or related areas of interest. The deadline for all undergraduate applications is Jan. 13. To apply, submit an application at http://www.fredhutch.org/en/education-training/undergraduate-students.html. For more information, visit http://www.fredhutch.org/en/labs/science-projects/pacr/interships-training/undergraduate.html or contact Michele Shuster at mshuster@nmsu.edu or Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.

For the graduate internship program, students interested in diverse aspects of cancer research in human populations and are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at NMSU are encouraged to apply. Accepted students are required to participate in a one-week Data Analysis Workshop to be held at NMSU the last week of May 2017. Eligible students must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The deadline for all graduate applications is Friday, Feb 3. To apply, submit an application at http://www.fredhutch.org/en/labs/science-projects/pacr/interships-training/graduate-students.html. For more information please contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu.

NMSU study on cancer education for Hispanic mothers needs participants

Researchers in the Department of Public Health Sciences in New Mexico State University?s College of Health and Social Services have launched a study to examine the impact of cancer on Hispanic family dynamics and help the development of cancer education programs that serve Hispanic women diagnosed with cancer.

In the first phase of their study, Rebecca Palacios, associate professor, and Karoline Sondgeroth, health education specialist, are looking for participants. Participants must be a Hispanic mother, diagnosed with cancer in the past two years and have at least one child who was between the ages of 5 to 12 at the time of the cancer diagnosis. Participants can live in the Dona Ana County, New Mexico, or El Paso, Texas, region.