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NMSU Hotline — October 28, 2016

NMSU, BLM partnership combines resource management, research opportunities

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New Mexico State University is partnering with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to create opportunities for faculty and student research at the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

President Barack Obama designated the nearly 500,000 acres of federal land in southern New Mexico as a national monument in 2014 to protect its natural beauty for future generations.

In April this year, the university signed a memorandum of understanding with the Las Cruces district of the BLM that offers NMSU the opportunity to engage in a variety of scientific research in the picturesque desert mountain area. The first project to support the development of a vegetation map of the monument has recently gotten underway with the signing of a contract between NMSU and the Las Cruces office of the BLM.

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Campus Announcements

Student Success Presentation by Tim Renick available on Panopto

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 today at 12 p.m. on the role of faculty and staff in student engagement and success. 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.

Renick?s presentation will be available through Panopto live stream at noon at

For more information, please contact Natalie Kellner at 575-646-5997 or nkellner@nmsu.edu.

Don?t miss this Sunday?s decadent brunch at Taos Restaurant

Everyone?s talking about the all-you-care-to-eat Sunday Brunch at Taos Restaurant. This Sunday, NMSU's campus dining hall will continue to host the weekly Sunday Brunch with menu items such as prime rib with jus and horseradish sauce, made-to-order omelets, oatmeal and waffle bars, a kids station and assorted breakfast pastries featuring freshly made doughnuts.

Event information, including the full menu, can be found at the Facebook event page at http://bit.ly/2elgzpy. Admission, including buffet and beverage access, is $9.75 plus tax or one meal plan swipe. Children from ages 3 to 12 pay $8.50, and children under 3 eat for free. As always, Taos Restaurant is open to the public. Full menu available while supplies last. Call 575-646-1749 for more information.

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.

Halloween dinner in Taos Restaurant set for Monday

Before going out for tricks and treats, drop by Taos Restaurant for a special Halloween Dinner. From 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, Taos Restaurant, NMSU?s dining hall, will serve mummy meatloaf, bloody finger dogs, finger breadsticks and an assortment of Halloween desserts. Admission is just one meal plan swipe or $8.75 plus tax. Full menu available while supplies last.

Discover hours, full menus and more for NMSU Sodexo Restaurants with the free Bite app. Search ?Bite by Sodexo? in the App Store or Google Play and enter menu code P2AJ9.

Sustainability Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday

The next Sustainability Council meeting will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Milton Hall, Room 85. Sustainability Council meetings are open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Anyone may join the council at anytime; no previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Join us as we discuss the topic ?Styrofoam Bans are Sweeping Across the Nation.?

The meeting will be available online at https://zoom.us/j/973677801 for those who cannot be there in person, but would like to participate.

If you would like to be added to the Sustainability Council email list, contact sumolina@nmsu.edu.

Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series to be held next week

Please join the Department of Art for a rare opportunity to attend an engaging talk and/or participate in a workshop held by writer and curator Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic, a renowned online publication created in response to the changes in the distribution of art news. Also a photographer and avid collector of photographs, Vartanian is committed to serious, playful and radical storytelling that pushes the boundaries of writing. This program, the second installment of the 2016-17 Visiting Artist series, is sponsored by the Lilian Steinman Visiting Artist Fund.

Vartanian will speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the HSS Auditorium, Room 101. Admission is free. The workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at D.W. Williams Hall, Room 219.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration in Taos Restaurant set for Wednesday

Sodexo chef Mike Guerra is cooking up a special lunch to celebrate Dia de los Muertos this Wednesday, Nov. 2. Drop by Taos Restaurant, NMSU?s dining hall, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for authentic celebratory cuisine including taco or torta al pastor or carne asada, papas asadas, elote, pozole verde con chile serrano, frijoles a la hoya and jalapenos toreados. Admission is just one meal plan swipe or $8.50 plus tax. Full menu available while supplies last.

Discover hours, full menus and more for NMSU Sodexo Restaurants with the free Bite app. Search ?Bite by Sodexo? in the App Store or Google Play and enter menu code P2AJ9.

Memorial for Laurie Abbott to be held Nov. 5

Laurie Abbott, Associate Professor Emeritus, passed away following a hard fought battle with leukemia. Abbott's husband, Wayne, and son, Skyler, invite you to join them in remembering her starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at their house at 2225 Wildwind Rd., Las Cruces (575-541-1782).

Abbott was on the faculty of the Animal and Range Sciences Department at New Mexico State University for 15 years. She was the first woman to join the NMSU Range Program as a faculty member and one of the first female faculty members in the department to achieve tenure. Her commitment to and excellence in teaching led to several awards, including the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award in 2010, the Range Science Education Council (RSEC) Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2014 and the Society for Range Management (SRM) Fellow Award in 2016.
Throughout her career Abbott provided outstanding service and leadership in the Society for Range Management and throughout the university.

Abbott was a consummate educator. She loved learning new and improved teaching methods, and she absolutely loved sharing those new approaches with others. Most of all, she loved teaching and mentoring students, and it is evident that her students loved and respected her in return. Descriptions of Abbott from students include: contagious enthusiasm, demanding, inspiring, dedicated and remarkable. She touched and inspired many lives in the classroom and in the field; one of her greatest legacies will be the cadre of successful rangeland professionals who she taught and mentored.

Abbott's family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her honor to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington:

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave N
P.O. Box 19024
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
Main Phone: 206-667-5000
Email: communications@fredhutch.org

Runway for Change Fashion Show to be held Nov. 5

Do you love fashion and want to support the Las Cruces community? Please join us in celebrating local artists, businesses and NMSU students at our Runway for Change fashion show from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Las Cruces Plaza Downtown.

It will feature original clothing and accessories designs by online boutique NoRu, Adaline Avery, TINGTING Designs, The Barricade Culture Shop, Logan Howard and much more. They will be auctioning off their pieces and donating a portion of the proceeds to their chosen charities including La Casa, Jardin de los Ninos and International Justice Mission. Invite family and friends for a fun day out. We hope to see you all there!

Check out our Facebook page for more info at Facebook.com/RunwayforChange.

Purchase tickets online or at the door for $7. Seating is first come, first served. Advance tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/runway-for-change-tickets-27854473480.

Post Graduate Immigration Options & Election Ramifications Workshop set for Nov. 11

NMSU invites you to attend the Post Graduate Immigration Options & Election Ramifications Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Business Complex, Room 102 and 103.

To register for this workshop visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000009723.

ICT warns of illegal downloading

NMSU takes illegal downloading of copyrighted material seriously. Offenders may have network access revoked, or worse. Visit http://infosec.nmsu.edu for more information.

Student Technology, an investment in your future, https://studenttech.nmsu.edu/.

Passport Acceptance Facility at NMSU open to campus, public

New Mexico State University?s Office of International and Border Programs has a Passport Acceptance Facility on campus to serve the university community and the general public. The facility is located in Room 233A of the Garcia Annex building, located next to Breland Hall. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The facility at NMSU is a one-stop shop for those applying for passports. Customers will be able to have their passport and visa photos taken on site, and can also get information on the types of passports available.

For more information about the Passport Acceptance Facility at NMSU, please call 575-646-4528 or visit https://ibp.nmsu.edu/nmsu-passport/.

Save money on outgoing USPS mail postage

NMSU Mail Services has activated a ?company mail permit? for NMSU that will provide cost savings for outgoing United States Postal Service mail postage. Before ordering preprinted envelopes that include the mail permit information, please contact Melissa Vick in Mail Services at 575-646-7333 or mailservices@nmsu.edu for the new permit information. Departments that have preprinted envelopes on hand with the current bulk mail permit should continue using those envelopes until Dec. 30, 2016. After that date, the current bulk mail permit will expire. Please contact Melissa Vick at 575-646-7333 or mailservices@nmsu.edu with questions.

NMSU Master of Arts in higher education administration now accepting applications

The Department of Educational Leadership and Administration at New Mexico State University is now accepting applications to its Master of Arts in Educational Administration program. The degree focuses on community college and university administration. This program offers online course instruction (both asynchronous and synchronous modalities). Application materials must be received by the deadline of Nov. 15.

Anyone interested in obtaining information and/or applying to the program can visit the webpage for the Community College and University Administration at https://ela.nmsu.edu/index/academics/mainhied/ and/or email Denise Rodriguez-Strawn, ELA programs coordinator, at harley@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Educational Leadership Doctoral Program now accepting applications

The Department of Educational Leadership and Administration at New Mexico State University is now accepting applications to its Educational Leadership Doctoral Program until Jan. 17, 2017. The program offers both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees. The program uses a hybrid delivery method, combining face-to-face and distance education instruction to each admitted cohort. Social justice and border education issues are the program?s focus.

Anyone interested in obtaining information and/or applying to the ELDP program can visit the webpage for the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at https://ela.nmsu.edu/index/academics/docpage/ and https://ela.nmsu.edu/index/academics/docpage/eldp-application-portfolio-submission-instructions/ for submission instructions and/or email Denise Rodriguez-Strawn, ELA programs coordinator, at harley@nmsu.edu.