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NMSU Hotline — November 29, 2016

NMSU saves big on energy contract

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New Mexico State University is expected to save more than $1.3 million annually thanks to an energy performance contract between NMSU and energy services company Ameresco.

The contract, which was completed in December 2015, has allowed NMSU to generate 51 percent of its own power during the 2016 fiscal year, meaning the university has produced more power than it has purchased from El Paso Electric. NMSU has also reduced electricity and natural gas consumption, and reduced the production of 24.9 million pounds of carbon dioxide. The project included upgrades of more than 39,000 lamps to reduce electricity consumption and decrease cooling requirements created by heat dissipated by older light fixtures, and upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

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Campus Announcements

Today?s the day! Stop by GivingTuesday headquarters today to make your gift

New Mexico State University?s second-annual #GivingTuesday event is underway now, 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 at GivingTuesday headquarters today in Corbett Center Student Union?s Aggie Lounge or make your gift online, through midnight tonight, at advancing.nmsu.edu/givingtuesday. A closing celebration will start at 5 p.m. today, and free parking will be available in designated areas between Corbett Center and Milton Hall.

Live remote broadcasts from Zia Country and 101 Gold will take place outside Corbett Center, and special guests will be on-hand at GivingTuesday Headquarters all day. Stop by to take an #UnSelfie at the photo booth when you make your gift. The first 100 students who drop by Aggie Lounge and make a gift ? even if it?s just five bucks ? will get a free ticket to hang out at the Club 27 Football Skybox with Aggie men?s basketball coach Paul Weir and Chancellor Garrey Carruthers during a special student donor party.

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


Preparation for Finals Week: Staying Focused and on Course to be held today

Preparation for Finals Week: Staying Focused and on Course will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the Zuhl Library Conference Room (225 Second Floor). Relax, focus and prepare for finals week.

For more information contact the Student Success Center in Room 128 in Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center or call 575-646-3136. Like us on Facebook @NMSU Student Success Center.

Red to Green Money Management Workshop to be held today

Basic Financial Wellness Workshop will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. today in Domenici Hall, Room 005.

Have you ever felt burdened by your finances? Red to Green Money Management is conducting a workshop that will unlock the key components to budgeting, credit cards, identity theft and financial aid, allowing you to gain financial freedom.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, go to careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green/.

If you can?t make this event, no need to worry. Schedule an appointment with a Peer Financial Wellness Coach by contacting us at finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631. You can also go to http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request/ to submit a request online.


Calling All Aggies to contact students about spring 2017

As students are experiencing the final push, we are calling on our university community to encourage and assist students to register for their spring 2017 courses. This is a huge effort and requires a community wide undertaking to assist all NMSU students in staying the course and completing enrollment for the spring 2017 semester. Emails are currently being generated by the Student Information Management (SIM) team and being sent to all students eligible to enroll for spring 2017. The Calling All Aggies platform provides contact information for all students eligible to enroll. All departments and academic colleges are encouraged to begin calling. A script and instructions are provided in the campaign link below.

Training is encouraged so we can be consistent in our message to students. Please plan to attend today at 4 p.m. at the Zuhl Library Conference Room 225 or from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Zuhl Library Conference Room 225.

If you are not currently approved to assist in our campaign, please send your Aggie ID to sim@nmsu.edu requesting a link to access Calling All Aggies. Once you are approved, you are given a PDF information packet to download step-by-step procedures. For those of you already approved, your link to the campaign is at https://enrollmentcampaign.nmsu.edu.

Calls from the NMSU community to our students make a difference and the Calling All Aggies initiative thanks you very much.

For questions, contact Lisa Kirby at 575-646-1342 or lkirby@nmsu.edu.

Poinsettia sale at Gerald Thomas Wednesday

The NMSU Horticulture students and the NMSU Floral Team are having a poinsettia sale just in time for the holidays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Gerald Thomas Hall lobby. Come by and pick out a holiday favorite and support your fellow Aggies. All plants were grown by the NMSU Horticulture students and all proceeds are to help support future NMSU horticulture student projects. Supplies are limited so make sure to stop by early. Prices and sizes are four-inch pots for $5, and eight-inch pots for $12 or three for $30.

'Polish your Personal Statement' workshop to be held Wednesday

As part of the U54 Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research, Graciela Unguez, professor in biology, will present the ?Polish your Personal Statement? workshop from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 297. We will provide pizzas and beverages. This session will be very valuable for undergraduate and graduate students who are applying for internships, graduate school or other research experiences. Please contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu if you have any questions.

Free HIV screening event set for Thursday

Did you know there are more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States? Find out your status on World AIDS Day Thursday, Dec. 1. The Campus Health Center and Alianza of New Mexico will be providing free HIV screenings to the NMSU community from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Campus Health Center. HIV/AIDS and sexual health information will be provided and free swag will be available while supplies last.

For questions regarding this event, please contact Health Education Specialist Kirsta Bezenek at kbezenek@ad.nmsu.edu or 575-646-5239.

Special Note: the event entrance will be on the south side (campus health center parking lot) of the health center, not through the front lobby.

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar Series to be held Friday

John Spiro, deputy scientific director at the Simons Foundation, will present a talk titled ?The landscape of research in Autism Spectrum Disorder? at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in Room 109 of Domenici Hall on the NMSU campus. Refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.

The lecture is part of a series of Friday afternoon seminars that are broadly focused on biomedical research that is open to the NMSU community and the public. The series will be held on Fridays during the semester and will feature nationally recognized scientists, as well as a spotlight talk by NMSU faculty. The full schedule can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu.

Spiro?s lecture will highlight research efforts aimed at understanding biological mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders and the implications for improving diagnosis and treatment. A complete abstract of the talk can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu/sites/rescore/files/images/BMRS_Spiro_speaker_announcement.pdf.

For more information, to request to meet with the speaker, or to recommend future speakers, contact Shelley Lusetti at slusetti@nmsu.edu.

Cancer Research internships for undergraduates and graduates

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, in collaboration with NMSU, will sponsor cancer research summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students.

The paid nine-week programs will be Monday, June 12, through Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Students must be able to commit to this entire period in order to participate.

For the undergraduate internship program, eligible students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident currently enrolled in a U.S. university or college, entering the summer before the final year (or semester or quarter) of undergraduate studies, and must have a strong background in the sciences or related areas of interest. The deadline for all undergraduate applications is Jan. 13. To apply, submit an application at http://www.fredhutch.org/en/education-training/undergraduate-students.html. For more information, visit http://www.fredhutch.org/en/labs/science-projects/pacr/interships-training/undergraduate.html or contact Michele Shuster at mshuster@nmsu.edu or Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.

For the graduate internship program, students interested in diverse aspects of cancer research in human populations and are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at NMSU are encouraged to apply. Accepted students are required to participate in a one-week Data Analysis Workshop to be held at NMSU the last week of May 2017. Eligible students must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The deadline for all graduate applications is Friday, Feb 3. To apply, submit an application at http://www.fredhutch.org/en/labs/science-projects/pacr/interships-training/graduate-students.html. For more information please contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu.