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NMSU Hotline — January 6, 2017

NMSU plans to partner with service dog organization

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The New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is in the process of establishing a partnership with Paws and Stripes, a nonprofit organization in Albuquerque that provides service dogs to wounded military veterans.

Gaylene Fasenko, associate professor in the NMSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences, first learned about Paws and Stripes when she arrived at the university in 2010, the same year the nonprofit opened its doors.

The organization, which only takes dogs from local rescues, specifically provides service dogs for wounded military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Paws and Stripes integrates service dog training and education with mental health support.


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Campus Announcements

Counseling Center closed today

The Counseling Center will be closed for staff development today. Students needing assistance may call the Dean of Students office at 575-646-1722. The Counseling Center will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9.

NM State women's basketball to host Chicago State Saturday

Come out to the Pan American Center at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, and watch the back-to-back Western Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champion Aggie women?s basketball team take on Chicago State. Stick around postgame and get autographs from the team. Tickets start at only $6. Students get in with their NMSU ID card and kids 12 and under get in free. For tickets, call 575-646-1420 or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com.


Play SCRABBLE! Promote Literacy! Sunday

Literacy Volunteers of Doņa Ana County (LVDAC) announces that its monthly Play SCRABBLE! Promote Literacy! will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 W. Picacho Ave. in Las Cruces. The $3 donation to play gets you at least one, but probably more games of SCRABBLE and it all goes to LVDAC to buy supplies for their students. Players of all skill and competitive levels are welcome. For more info please contact Mark at mpendleton@las-cruces.org or 575-528-4001 (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or mpndltn@gmail.com or 575-635-8711 (evenings/weekends).

?Disney?s Beauty and the Beast? slates three performances at Center for the Arts

Scaffolding Theatre Company and the New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts present ?Disney?s Beauty and the Beast? at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. Based on the animated Disney film, the musical includes music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton.

?Many critics? main complaint about the very successful Broadway production was that it didn?t invite the imagination,? said co-director Megan McQueen, a faculty member in the Department of Theatre Arts. ?We don?t hide that we don?t have the resources to create 10 incredible matching fork costumes, and we think choreographing actual tap dancing forks is a fun spin on how the show has always been approached.?

The cast includes NMSU students and graduates, as well as community members, featuring Veronica Bissell as Belle, Mario Ragazzone as the Beast, Brandon Brown as Gaston, Algernon D?Ammassa as Lumiere, Cameron Lang as Cogsworth, and Amanda Bradford as Mrs. Potts. Rounding out the ensemble are Daniela Castorena, Brianna Chavez Chacon, Harmony Schlesinger and Xodia Choate.

Following the performances at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, the show will be part of New Mexico Tech?s Performing Arts Series in Socorro, N.M., on Jan. 28, and at El Paso?s Philanthropy Theatre on Feb. 11 and 12.

Tickets range from $10 to $20 and ticket information is available at 575-646-5952 or at www.scaffoldingtheatrecompany.com.

Alcohol training classes available

Planning an event with alcohol on campus this year? We have scheduled a training class for you to attend from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 140. If you cannot attend this class, the Alcohol Training Class is also available online through Central Training. All registration is done through Central Training at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000010659.

You can also go to the HRTM website link at http://aces.nmsu.edu/academics/shrtm/index.html, Alcohol Forms which takes you to the Alcohol Training Class information to register for a web-based training class. Our website also offers the University Alcohol Permit Request Guidelines and the application form for your upcoming events on campus. Please go to the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management website to get connected. If you need more information please contact Irene at 575-646-5752 or irfierro@nmsu.edu.

Sunday Brunch at Taos Restaurant cancelled

The Sunday Brunch at Taos Restaurant, NMSU dining hall, has been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Although Taos Restaurant is closed for Winter Break, the restaurant always welcomes both NMSU and Las Cruces guests when in operation.

Visit http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com for winter break hours and announcements about upcoming Sodexo campus dining events.


Syllabi Resources now available

With the spring 2017 semester just over a week away, 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.

Film Crew Training Class offered at DACC this spring

A Film Crew Training Class will be offered at DACC this spring, starting in January. CMT 126 FILM CREW TRAINING I will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays with instructor Dan Williams, IATSE 480 Union Member.

If you're in southern New Mexico and you're interested in working on film crews from the smallest independent documentary shoots all the way up to big-budget features, the best place to start is the CMT 126 course at Dona Ana Community College. You'll get your state law-required, IATSE Local 480-required safety card, you'll get other valuable certifications and you'll gain valuable skills and insights into the industry via hands-on practice with equipment, the watching of films and analyzing what others have done in the technical arenas and the best exposure to others' experience through guest presenters going today. If you're interested call DACC's Creative Media Technology program at 575-528-7310 today.

DACC student club constructs shelters for Community of Hope

The DACC Construction Industries Student Club is building shelters to shield the homeless from extreme weather at the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.

The single person shelters are constructed at the DACC Workforce Center and then installed at Camp Hope, a tent city located at the Community of Hope. The student club and DACC classes construct the structures with 20 students participating each semester.

?Our students are committed to giving back to the community,? said Kevin Gall, director of the DACC Construction Trades program. ?These shelters allow students to learn a trade, get hands-on experience and give back to their community.?

The three-sided 8 by 10 foot buildings are built to city and state code and will withstand all types of weather including cold, heat, wind, rain and snow. So far, four structures have been installed, two will be installed this spring and eventually 35 structures will help keep residents protected from the desert climate.

?We are grateful to the DACC student club and instructor Kevin Gall,? said Nicole Martinez, director of the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope. ?These structures help protect our clients and prolong the tents in which people reside.?

The materials for construction of these shelters come from donations to the Community of Hope.

The Mesilla Valley Community of Hope supports the homeless and near homeless. They offer different services to assist clients in getting back on their feet and off the streets. For more information contact Gall at 575-528-7443.