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NMSU Hotline — November 16, 2016

Staff Spotlight: Jacki Beacham, Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science

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Jacki Beacham has been an agricultural research scientist in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science for the past 17 years, working primarily with plant parasitic nematodes associated with agricultural cropping systems in the region. The average day for Beacham may include establishing, monitoring or harvesting a field or greenhouse experiment, spending time in the greenhouse maintaining cultures, or identifying, quantifying and photo-documenting nematode samples at the microscope. She also interacts with growers, crop consultants and homeowners to identify and address their nematode issues. The nematology program that she manages often collaborates with other research programs on campus and has been involved in soil nematode inventories of local natural ecosystems occurring at White Sands National Monument, the Jornada Experimental Range and the Otero Mesa. Beacham earned bachelor?s degrees in biology and agronomy and a master?s degree in agricultural biology from NMSU.

Campus Announcements

Veterans Awareness Day Picnic is today

Today, information tables from the different military branches will be available at the Garcia Annex Courtyard for the ROTC/National Guard/Local Recruiters Day. The event will kick off at 10 a.m. with a Rock Wall, local Veteran Service Organizations, information booths, local recruiters, National Guard and the ROTC.

The annual Veterans Day Picnic will also be held at the Garcia Annex Courtyard from 12 to 2 p.m. Come meet local veteran service groups while enjoying free food in honor of all NMSU and DACC students, faculty and staff military/veterans and their families.

For more information on the week?s events or if you would like to become a sponsor visit http://mvp.nmsu.edu/military-and-veterans-appreciation-week.

Fall menu in 100 West Café

Join us for a week of delicious fall-style food in 100 West Café the week of Tuesday, Nov. 15 through Friday, Nov. 18. 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 creamy potato soup, mixed greens with pears, candied pecans and maple-balsamic dressing or sprout and carrot slaw with apples, raisins and sunflower seeds. The main entrée choices are northwest roasted halibut with mixed berry coulis, country braised chicken, grilled mixed vegetables with maple dressing or creamy pulled pork pasta with caramelized onions, mushrooms and arugula. The sides for this week are au gratin potatoes and glazed carrots. Your dessert choices are praline pumpkin custard pie, apple crisp a la mode or old fashioned gingerbread cake with almond cream. 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.

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.

Colloquium to be held in the Department of Geological Sciences today

A Department of Geological Sciences colloquium by Masako Tominaga from Texas A&M will be held at 4 p.m. today in Gardiner Hall, Room 230. The talk is titled "The Origin of the Jurassic Magnetic Quiet Zone and the Evolution of Deep Submergence Magnetometry." Coffee and light snacks will be served at 3:45 p.m.

Please call 575-646-2708 for more information.

Arrowhead Center to co-host first NMBio southern division meeting today

Arrowhead Center, in conjunction with the New Mexico Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (NMBio), will co-host the first meeting of NMBio?s southern division from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the 3rd Floor Bistro at New Mexico State University?s Fulton Center. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public.

The theme for the event is collaborative research opportunities between New Mexico health focused institutions, with a focus on our research anchors of New Mexico State University and the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as our startup community and other health-tech cluster members. Presentations will be made by Dr. Joseph Benoit, director of research at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine; Dr. Steve Young, director of research and clinical trials at TriCore Reference Laboratories; and Rick Van Ness, a director within TriCore?s product development team.

In addition, Estela Hernandez, an Enterprise Adviser at the Arrowhead Center and fund manager of the Arrowhead Innovation Fund, will provide a brief overview of the fund as a potential source of early stage seed/gap funding for commercializing new technologies. Greg Byrnes, executive director of NMBio, will provide an overview of the association?s plans for 2017 as well as provide details on the association?s cost savings programs with FedEx, VWR, Office Depot, Nikon Instruments and many others.

Networking and a cocktail reception will immediately follow the presentations. For more information, contact Wayne Savage at waynes@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2596.

Gamma Iota Sigma meeting to be held today

Have you ever wondered how emerging technologies, like drones and autonomous vehicles, will impact the risk of companies? Are you curious to know how companies can insure against those risks and other unusual risks? If so, you should consider attending Gamma Iota Sigma?s meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. today in Domenici Hall, Room 223. We will be hosting the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA) who will be giving an exciting presentation to address these issues and many more other issues facing not only the insurance industry, but the world. Please contact Mike McGonigle at mikemc@nmsu.edu if you have any questions.

Health Insurance Workshop set for today

Social Work Services will sponsor a Health Insurance Workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today. The workshop will be located in Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 225.

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty will be presenting, and will cover topics such as:

· Can I get free or low-cost insurance?
· How do I enroll for Medicaid or the Health Insurance ?Marketplace??
· Who is required to get health insurance- and what kind of penalty is there for staying uninsured?

Questions, contact Lori Martinez at mlori@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2731.

'A Christmas Carol' preview set for Thursday

At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, Scrooge will enter the door of the ASNMSU Center For The Arts for a preview performance of "A Christmas Carol." If like Scrooge you like to save money, get the special 2-for-1 preview price for faculty and students. Reserve early by showing your ID at the Pan Am Ticket Office for this special rate or the Center for the Arts box office in the lobby will open an hour before showtime. Tickets to previews are free for high school students and $10 general admission for others.

Stay after the preview for a casual chat with the cast and creative team.

James L. 'Jim' McDonough obituary, former senior VP for business and finance

James L. ?Jim? McDonough, age 75 of Dacula, Georgia, died suddenly Friday, Nov. 11. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. today at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers the family request contributions be made to United Way Gwinnett Re-entry Program (GRIP) at www.unitedwayatlanta.org/program/grip.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy McDonough, and brothers, Kevin McDonough and Johnny McDonough. He is survived by his children, Michelle Knight and husband, Michael, Lawrenceville, Georgia, Pat McDonough and wife, Jeanne, Dacula, Georgia, Scott McDonough and wife, Maureen, New York; grandchildren, Dylan Knight, Emma Knight, Jackson McDonough, Belle McDonough, Julia McDonough, Sullivan McDonough, Finn McDonough; brothers, Mark McDonough and wife, Carol, New York, Paul McDonough and wife, Patty, New York; sister, Ann Elwood and husband, Tony, New York. McDonough was born in Binghamton, New York, and had lived in Dacula the past 10 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a Certified Public Accountant and was vice president of business and finance at New Mexico State University. Contact the Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel at 770-945-6924. Share memories of McDonough at http://www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

Hydrogeologist to speak on cross-boundary water issues Nov. 30

John Hawley will speak on the New Mexico State University campus Nov. 30 to present his paper "Groundwater Resource Development and Sustainability in the Binational Mesilla Basin Region?A Hydrogeologic Perspective." Hawley?s talk is brought to the university community as a part of the Water Science and Management Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Wednesday Brunch series and will be held in the Corbett Center Senate Gallery from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Brunch will be served, and students, faculty and staff from all departments on campus are invited to attend.

Hawley attended graduate school at the University of Illinois, receiving a Ph.D. degree in geology in 1962. From 1962 to 1977, he led USDA-SCS Soil-Geomorphology projects in New Mexico and West Texas. He then joined the New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources staff at New Mexico Tech in 1977, where he developed and coordinated Environmental & Engineering Geology programs for the Office of the State Geologist.

On ?retirement? in 1997, Hawley formed HAWLEY GEOMATTERS, which specializes in the environmental and groundwater geology of the New Mexico region, and includes pro bono hydrogeologic investigations for the Indian Health Service and several Pueblo Tribes. He continues to serve NM Tech as an Emeritus Senior Geologist and an Earth Sciences faculty adjunct. He also has adjunct staff appointments at the NM Water Resources Research Institute at NMSU and NM Museum of Natural History & Science.

For more information, see our website at http://wsm.research.nmsu.edu/JohnHawley , or contact WSAM-GSO President Sarah Sayles at slsayles@nmsu.edu or Befekady Habteyes at befekadu@nmsu.edu.

Help fight food insecurity within the NMSU community

Aggie Cupboard is a donor-funded food pantry that helps fight food insecurity on the NMSU Las Cruces and Dona Ana Community College campuses.

The food pantry?s mission is to make sure that no student at NMSU has to decide between staying in school and having enough food to eat. When you donate, Aggie Cupboard will provide nonperishable food assistance that can be accessed by those in the local NMSU community every week. A gift of any amount, even $10, will help the Aggie Cupboard support student success.
Visit https://makeastatement.nmsu.edu/project/2816 to make your gift today.

Syllabi Resources now available

With just over a month left in the fall semester and preparations beginning for the spring 2017 semester, a new tool is available to faculty for building course syllabi.

The Syllabi Resources page provides required syllabi language and allows faculty to generate syllabi with just a few simple steps. Visit http://provost.nmsu.edu/syllabus-resources/ and select the ?Start my Syllabus? button to access the tool.

The website can be used in three ways:
1. To obtain current information and standard language for required syllabi content about academic misconduct and ADA.
2. To obtain standard language on course-specific content (General Education & Viewing a Wider World).
3. To create a customized syllabus that includes the information above.

The site also includes detailed information about syllabi content, and links to additional syllabi resources.

NMSU College of Arts and Sciences seeks nominations for ?A Starry Night? honors

For the last three years, New Mexico State University?s College of Arts and Sciences has hosted a gala event to honor business and community leaders for their contributions to the college and the university. This year, the college is asking the community to submit nominations for these awards, which will be presented at ?A Starry Night? fundraiser next spring on Friday, Feb. 3.

?In the past this was a decision made internally,? said Enrico Pontelli, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. ?We want to open it up to the greater community and we encourage anyone in the region to submit a nomination. Once received, the nominations will be reviewed by a committee within the dean?s council, who will select the recipients.?