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NMSU Hotline — November 23, 2016

Safety Tip: Holiday Lights


With the holiday season just around the corner, you might be getting ready to decorate your home with an indoor tree or outdoor lights. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) data estimates 240 home fires each year involve Christmas trees and another 150 home fires are caused by holiday lights and other decorative lighting. Together, these fires result in 21 deaths and $25.2 million in direct property damage.

The New Mexico State University Fire Department has some tips on how to make sure holiday lights are used properly and safely.

? If you choose a cut tree to decorate with electric lights, make sure it is fresh and not dry. Dry trees catch fire easily.
? Make sure to check new or used strings of lights for frayed wired, cracked bulbs, open sockets, and excessive kinks.
? Do not use tacks, screws or nails to hang lights. Avoid metal-to-metal contact.
? Only use lights outdoors that are rated for outdoor use.
? Do not over exert an outlet or power strip.
? Do not leave the lights on when you are not home.
? Use caution when using ladders to string your lights.

Be fire safe this holiday season!

Campus Announcements

Applications for faculty and staff Community Engagement Awards due today

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 through today, 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.

Have you selected the NMSU program you want to support on GivingTuesday?

New Mexico State University?s second-annual #GivingTuesday event is less than a week away, with a goal 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 Tuesday 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 the 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 the NMSU Foundation receives 250 online gifts on GivingTuesday, a generous Aggie donor will give $3,500 to the general scholarship fund.

Additionally, if 100 students stop by the GivingTuesday Headquarters to make a gift and take an #UnSelfie at the Student Foundation table, a generous Aggie donor will give $2,000 to the Student Foundation.

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

School of Social Work to host Holiday Angel Tree

NMSU's 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 Nuñez at 575-646-4874 or glnunez@nmsu.edu.

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 27½ 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.

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.

Syllabi Resources now available

With less than 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 students to present animal behavior, training posters

Does your dog jump on people? Does your cat dart out the front door as soon as it?s opened?

If so, you may want to attend the New Mexico State University Companion Animal Behavior and Training Class poster display from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. The event is free to the public and will be held in the Tejada Building, located at 3005 Knox Street, southwest of Gerald Thomas Hall.

Students have been working all semester on helping community members correct their dogs? and cats? behavioral problems.


NMSU?s Arrowhead Center seeks applications to assist growth-oriented entrepreneurs

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University is now accepting applications for its U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center for Regional Commercialization, which provides a mix of business assistance services designed to help foster economic development within New Mexico?s commercialization ecosystem.

Venture research, impact studies and entrepreneurial training are available through University Center to startups, expanding businesses and governmental organizations in New Mexico. Zetdi Sloan, director of University Center, said the center offers targeted, market intelligence and financial intelligence services to aid entrepreneurs in making faster and more well-informed decisions.