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NMSU Hotline — November 17, 2016

NMSU?s annual Giving Tuesday event Nov. 29 will benefit students, programs across the state

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Joseph and Bridget Salopek, both alumni of New Mexico State University, believe strongly that everyone deserves an education, regardless of their economic situation. In order to make that a reality for students, the Salopeks made a $25,000 gift pledged over five years to establish a permanent endowed scholarship during last year?s Giving Tuesday event at NMSU.

Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving powered by social media and collaboration, can have a significant impact locally by providing for scholarships and programs across the entire New Mexico State University system, from the Las Cruces campus to its community college campuses, satellite learning center, and extension, research and science centers across the state.

The entire community is invited to celebrate Giving Tuesday again this year from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at NMSU?s Giving Tuesday headquarters in Corbett Center Student Union?s Aggie Lounge on the Las Cruces campus. A special kickoff celebration is planned at 9 a.m. with NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and other guests, and a closing celebration will start at 5 p.m.

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Campus Announcements

Taos Restaurant serves Thanksgiving Feast today

Indulge in favorite Thanksgiving foods early during the Thanksgiving Feast this week at Taos Restaurant. From 5 to 8 p.m. today, NMSU?s dining hall will serve carved roasted turkey breast, smoked pit ham, roasted butternut squash with wild rice, mashed potatoes with gravy, candied yams, green bean casserole, fresh dinner rolls and assorted holiday pies. Dinner admission is just one meal plan swipe or $8.75 plus tax. Full menu available while supplies last. Select going or interested at https://www.facebook.com/events/1814321522159737/ to receive a Facebook reminder or add the following event to your Google-enabled calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=dWZtbGc3NzM4Nmc4MnZiaTZlbWdubWFqbTggaW5zaWRlci5ubXN1QG0&ctz=America/Denver.

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.

'A Christmas Carol' preview set for today

At 5:30 p.m. today, 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. For a glimpse of the show visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxYyvIB7ea8.

NMSU Jazz Ensembles announces 48th annual Jazz Festival and Jazz Jump Start

New Mexico State University Jazz Ensembles proudly announces its 48th annual Jazz Festival and Jazz Jump Start. This festival will feature guest artists Michael Anthony, Andy Poling and Hillary Smith.

High school and middle school jazz ensembles of any size and instrumentation will have the opportunity to receive hands-on clinics by master teachers in music education. Each participating school will receive a one-hour clinic and be allowed to participate in the general clinics on ?jazz improvisation,? ?the role of the rhythm section,? selecting the appropriate material for your jazz ensemble (reading clinic) and vocal jazz.

The two-day festival will include an intimate club concert by our guests at Pastaggio?s Italian Resturant at 3000 Harrelson St., Las Cruces, with a cover charge of $10 from 8 to 10 p.m. today. The festival will culminate with a free festival concert featuring our guest artists at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the Atkinson Auditorium. Tickets are available at the NMSU Band Office.

For information, please contact Trista Pior at 575-646-2304 or rplc505@nmsu.edu or Frank ?Pancho? Romero at 575-646-5341 or pancho@nmsu.edu.

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.

NMSU Geography speaker series set for Friday

The NMSU Geography Department celebrates Geography Week by hosting guest speaker Joseph Kerski from ESRI Inc. at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Breland Hall, Room 194.

Kerski is an education manager at ESRI. He was the president of the National Council for Geographic Education in 2011. Kerski?s talk will highlight Geo awareness, Geo enablement, Geo-technologies, storytelling, and citizen science: Geography on the world stage.

Contact Michael DeMers if you have any questions at mdemers@nmsu.edu or 575-646-6494.

Closure notices for The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club

The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club will close Nov. 19-27 for Thanksgiving Week and will close again on Friday, Dec. 9, due to graduation events. For alternative dining options during Thanksgiving Week, please visit https://dining.nmsu.edu/holiday/.

The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club is located in the Stan Fulton Athletic Center overlooking Aggie Memorial Stadium. The restaurant is normally open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 575-646-4763 for reservations or visit http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com for more information.

Norma Noel selected as Administration and Finance University Controller

It is our pleasure to announce Norma Noel has agreed to serve as the University Controller effective Jan. 1, 2017. As University Controller, she will oversee the areas of Accounting and Finance and Sponsored Projects Accounting. Additional organizational changes related to the Transforming NMSU Into a 21st Century University project are also expected to affect the position?s oversight responsibility in the near future.

Noel has 30 years of professional experience and extensive institutional knowledge. Since joining NMSU in 1992, she has held a series of positions within Administration and Finance including her current position of Business Services Officer, as well as Associate Controller of Sponsored Projects Accounting and Director of Auxiliary Business Support. Prior to her employment with NMSU, she worked for the El Paso Electric Company. She holds a bachelor's of accountancy and a master's of business administration from NMSU.

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Noel into her new role.

NMSU Golf Course sundown rate now begins at noon

As darkness falls over Las Cruces much earlier in the evening, the NMSU Golf Course has changed the time of its sundown rate. Enjoy a round of golf with a cart for just $21 beginning at noon daily. Discounts available for NMSU students, faculty and staff. Book your tee time now at https://new-mexico-state-university-golf-course.play.teeitup.com/ or from the ?Links G-Z? tab on the NMSU INSIDER mobile app available free of charge in the App Store and Google Play Store. Please contact jlynch1@nmsu.edu for more information.

College of Arts and Sciences now accepting 'A Starry Night' nominations

The College of Arts and Sciences is seeking nominations for the ?A Starry Night? fundraiser on Feb. 3, 2017. The Stars of Arts and Sciences recognizes living individuals who have achieved state, national or international distinction by their accomplishments and leadership, all while supporting their community and the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences is seeking nominations for four awards (referred to as the Stars of Arts and Sciences): the Town and Gown award, the Star of the Arts award, the Star of the Sciences award and the Star of the College of Arts and Sciences award.

Nomination forms must be submitted to the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Dean?s Office prior to Nov. 30. Nomination forms must be complete and thorough. This information will be used as the basis for the evaluation and selection of the Starry Night Committee.

You can either print the nomination form or submit the form online through the website at http://artsci.nmsu.edu/en/starry-night.

Please contact Ashley Jurado if you have any questions at ajurado@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5886.

Finals Late Night Breakfast returns with food, games, prizes, music and more

Another semester is quickly coming to a close, which means added stress for Finals Week. To help get you over that hump, NMSU students, faculty and staff are invited to take part in the Finals Late Night Breakfast from 9 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Corbett Center Student Union's Taos Restaurant. Enjoy pancakes with chocolate chips, fruit toppings and whipped cream, egg scrambles, hot chocolate and other delectable delights, while listening to student disc jockey DJ Naray broadcasting your favorite party tunes. Once you are fully energized, get out of your seat and dance to the beat. You may even win a prize. Plus, a variety of games will be available to play both inside Taos Restaurant and outside on the patio.

Admission is just one meal plan swipe, $2 with a canned food donation to Aggie Cupboard or $8.75 plus tax. Taos will close from 7 to 9 p.m. that evening to prepare. Select going or interested at https://www.facebook.com/events/240149943065935/ to receive a Facebook reminder or add the following event to your Google-enabled calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/event?eid=bHJldmxtNTlpbWp1a3NsN3UwM2lhYmdyMXMgaW5zaWRlci5ubXN1QG0&ctz=America/Denver.

Please contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for more information.

Retirement reception for Sharon Suhr to be held Dec. 7

Financial Systems Administration will host a reception in honor of Sharon Suhr?s retirement after 27˝ years of dedicated service. Please join us for refreshments and a send-off of good wishes from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Academic Research Complex - Bldg. A, FSA Conference Room 101D.

If you have any questions, please contact Gerald Etcitty at 575-646-6727 or Ada Uribe at 575-646-4389.

Annual compliance training deadline nears

New Mexico State University is committed to providing a safe and fair workplace for its employees. To this end, NMSU seeks to ensure that all employees are aware of their compliance related responsibilities. We are one month into the 2016 Compliance Training period and to date 42 percent of NMSU employees have completed the compliance training. This is a great start but we can do better. If you have not already completed your compliance training for 2016, be sure to complete it before your deadline. Employees hired prior to Oct. 15, 2016, have until Dec. 14 to complete the training. Employees hired after Oct. 15, have 60 days from the date of enrollment to complete the modules. More information about the compliance training program can be found at https://training.nmsu.edu/annual-compliance-training. For questions or further assistance, please contact the Center for Learning & Professional Development by email at trainingcentral@nmsu.edu or by phone at 575-646-7444.

NMSU selects Vázquez as interim vice president for research

Longtime New Mexico State University administrator and Regents Professor Luis A. Vázquez has been selected to serve as interim vice president for research.

?Dr. Vázquez has the institutional knowledge, collaborative spirit and research expertise to effectively lead our research efforts while a search is conducted for the permanent vice president for research,? said NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard. ?Dr. Vázquez has a deep understanding of NMSU and our research enterprise. I expect him to use that knowledge to vigorously guide and strengthen our research efforts in the coming months.?

The change will be effective Jan. 1, 2017. The search for a new vice president for research will begin soon, Howard said, with the new vice president for research in place ideally by July 1, 2017.


NMSU receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation support to improve New Mexico?s education

New Mexico State University has received two grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that will help improve educational outcomes for children in New Mexico.

NMSU?s College of Education will receive a $252,000 planning grant to begin the process of transforming the college. Currently, the college consists of five academic departments. The funds will be used, in part, to gather experts from around the region and the country to make recommendations.