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NMSU Hotline — November 21, 2016

NMSU family and consumer science agent Cindy Davies receives Distinguished County Agent Award


Cindy Davies has worn many hats during her career, but the one she feels is her calling in life is that of family and consumer science agent with New Mexico State University.

Davies? 11-year career with the Cooperative Extension Service has covered the gamut from urban 4-H agent to home economist, now called a family and consumer science agent, and finally as program director of the Bernalillo County Extension office.

This year, Davies received the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Distinguished County Agent Award recognizing the work she has done for the university?s outreach mission. She joins Karim Martinez, program director for Dona Ana County, as the FCS women to receive this award.

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Applications now open for faculty and staff Community Engagement Awards

Faculty and staff at all New Mexico State University campuses throughout the state are encouraged to apply for the annual Community Engagement Awards, which were established to recognize individuals and groups across the NMSU system who have rendered exceptional engagement to the broader local, regional, state, national or global community.

During a recent self-study for NMSU?s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application, many stories of the exceptional work faculty and staff conduct in our community came to light. To recognize this work, the NMSU Foundation, in collaboration with NMSU?s Community Engagement Council, has established individual awards recognizing the work of faculty and staff throughout the NMSU system.

The Community Engagement Awards are conferred annually at Spring Convocation, with a prize of $500 to the winning staff application and $500 to the winning faculty application, funded by the NMSU Foundation.

Applications are being accepted now through Wednesday, Nov. 23, and more details about the criteria can be found at https://engagement.nmsu.edu/faculty-and-staff-community-engagement-award/.

The 2016 Community Engagement Faculty Award went to Lois Stanford, an associate professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the 2016 Community Engagement Staff Award was awarded to Denise Rodriguez-Strawn, director of Service Learning for Educational Distinction, or SLED, in the College of Education.

The winner of the faculty Distinguished Community Engagement Award will be considered to represent NMSU for the C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award, a national award presented by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

NMSU is one of 361 colleges and universities nationwide ? and the only one in New Mexico ? to carry the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, and one of 47 public institutions receiving it for the first time in 2015.

GivingTuesday returns next week with more gift-matching opportunities

New Mexico State University will hold its second-annual #GivingTuesday event on Nov. 29, 2016, to raise funds for scholarships and programs across the entire NMSU system. Last year's GivingTuesday event, part of the national day of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, added millions to scholarship funds at all NMSU campuses around the state.

Join the NMSU community on Nov. 29 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at GivingTuesday headquarters in Corbett Center Student Union?s Aggie Lounge or visit advancing.nmsu.edu/givingtuesday to make a gift on Nov. 29. A special kickoff celebration is planned at 9 a.m. with NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and other guests, and closing celebration will start at 5 p.m. Free parking will be available in designated areas between Corbett Center and Milton Hall.

This year's event features select fund-matching opportunities, given by donors to boost some of the scholarships and causes they care about. For example, if 250 of last year?s first-time GivingTuesday donors make a contribution during GivingTuesday 2016, then a $10,000 gift will be made to the general fund by Carruthers and his wife, Kathy, along with the Alumni Association.

Additionally, El Paso Electric will match the first 300 scholarship contributions made on GivingTuesday, up to $250 per household. This excludes pledge payments.

Many campus leaders are also planning to match gifts from their employees. To see what your dean or department head has pledged, visit https://advancing.nmsu.edu/internal-giving-challenges.

For more information on additional matching gift opportunities for your #GivingTuesday contribution, visit advancing.nmsu.edu/givingtuesday.

Fourth annual Companion Animal Behavior and Training Poster Symposium

Once again students in ANSC 311 (Companion Animal Behavior and Training) have worked all semester long with clients to help them modify their dog?s or cat?s unwanted behavior. The students will be presenting their results at the fourth annual Companion Animal Behavior and Training Poster Symposium. Local companion animal organizations will also be there this year to showcase the great work they do in our community.

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Tejada Building, NMSU Las Cruces campus (southeast corner of Frenger and Knox Streets).

The event is free and everyone is welcome including the public, NMSU students, staff, and faculty, family and friends.
We are working on having a few door prizes this year.

'Transforming NMSU into a 21st Century University' forum to be held Dec. 5

NMSU Employee Council is sponsoring an open forum about the ?Transforming NMSU into a 21st Century University? project. NMSU administration will provide an update regarding the activities of the project teams and take questions from NMSU Employees.

The open forum will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Corbett Center Auditorium.

The event will also be broadcast live and recorded. Visit http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu/transforming-forum to view the live broadcast.

Employees who choose to participate online may ask questions by sending an email to empcouncil@nmsu.edu.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact us at empcouncil@nmsu.edu.

School of Social Work hosts Holiday Angel Tree

NMSU School of Social Work, Family and Child Welfare Training Project is hosting our annual Holiday Angel Tree. We are partnering with Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) to make the holidays brighter for local children who receive services from CYFD.

We are looking for Angels to donate gifts to children, ages 0-18.

Individuals interested in purchasing a gift for a child or adolescent can choose an angel tag from the angel tree or request a tag online at https://socialwork.nmsu.edu/fcwtp/holiday-angel-tree/.

The Holiday Angel Tree is located in the Health and Social Services building, Suite 210. Gifts should be returned ? with the angel tag attached to an age-appropriate unwrapped gift bag ? to HSS Suite 210 by Monday, Dec. 12. Gifts will be distributed to the children the week before Christmas.

For inquiries please contact Gloria Nuņez at 575-646-4874 or glnunez@nmsu.edu.

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine offering MCAT prep course

The Department of Biomedical Sciences at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) is offering a one-semester MCAT prep course for individuals interested in going to medical school. This course is designed to help strengthen MCAT scores and train pre-medical students to become competitive when applying for medical school admission. The 15-week course meets two evenings per week and provides a strong learning environment designed to improve interview skills and teach students how to create a strong application packet. Participating students are expected to approach this unique experience with a commitment to scholarship and excellence. There are 50 seats available and there is no registration or course fee.

The BCOM MCAT prep course spring 2017 will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Jan. 18 to April 28. The application deadline is Jan. 10.

For more information and to register visit https://bcomnm.org/academics/bcom-mcat-prep-course/.

Support NMSU students building homes for homeless veterans

Formerly known as Engineering without Boundaries, Aggies Without Limits is currently asking for support as they build homes for homeless veterans. Through a partnership with Foxhole Homes, the students of Aggies Without Limits have partnered with members of the local community to make a lasting impact through infrastructure projects.

Your gift of any amount, even $25, will empower the students of Aggies Without Limits to make a difference in the local community.

Visit https://makeastatement.nmsu.edu/project/3049 to make your gift today.

DACC Theatre Arts hosts Ten Minute Play Festival

Four original productions will highlight the sixth annual DACC Ten Minute Play Festival.

The plays will be performed by the DACC Theatre Arts Club. The plays represent a wide variety of styles and the diverse community at DACC.

Ten minute play festivals are increasingly popular for a number of reasons. The genre is fast-moving, and audiences enjoy several unique plays, all in one sitting.

The DACC 2016 plays include:
· "Your Server Hates You" written by Margaret Adams and directed by Simeon Funk
· "Good Cop/Bad Cop" written by David Martin and directed by Jared Pollard
· "Thoughts We Keep" written by Rebecca Paige George and directed by Teddy Aspen-Sanchez
· "He Said She Said" written by Jazmine Aguilera and directed by Jessica Jimenez

The cast and crew include Mike Barraza, William Bell, Rob Bustamante, Trey King, Josh Galarza, Randy Garcia, Taylor Gibbs, Johnna Nunn, Christina Solis and Chris Urioste.

All four plays will be performed on Tuesday, Nov. 29, Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 1, at the DASR Student Resources Building commons area on the East Mesa Campus at 2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd. with the show beginning at 5:30 p.m.

There is no charge for students, faculty, staff or the general public. For more information contact adviser Layle Chambers at lchambers@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-528-7048.