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NMSU Hotline — January 10, 2017

NMSU computer science degree earns accreditation, faculty get nearly $2 million in NSF grants

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Big data, cyber-human systems and flash drive technology are among the projects receiving more than $1.89 million in National Science Foundation awards to computer science faculty at New Mexico State University.

In addition to the research grants, which range from two to three years long, NMSU?s computer science department in the College of Arts and Sciences has another reason to be proud. The department recently received initial accreditation for NMSU?s bachelor of science in computer science degree from the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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Memorial service for Dennis 'Doc' Hallford to be held Saturday at 1 p.m.

Dennis "Doc" Hallford, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, after a lengthy illness. A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at St. Paul?s United Methodist Church (corner of Alameda and Griggs), Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Hallford was born Feb. 11, 1948, in Abilene, Texas, to the late Tommy L. and Tiny Hallford. He was a graduate of Abilene Cooper High School and Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Texas), where he earned his B.S. degree in general agriculture. After teaching one year at Tarleton, he married his college sweetheart, Marilyn Williams, and earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in animal science at Oklahoma State University.

In 1975, he embarked on an illustrious career at New Mexico State University in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. He retired in June 2016 after 41 years of teaching, research and service at NMSU. He served as supervisor of the West Sheep Unit and the Endocrinology Lab, was chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for 25 years and member and chair of the Radiation Safety Committee for 32 years, as well as on numerous departmental, college, university and professional committees. He served as adviser to 62 graduate students and was author or co-author of more than 600 refereed journal articles, proceedings and abstracts on endocrine influences on reproductive functions in domestic animals, particularly sheep. Among his numerous honors were being named Regents Professor and Distinguished Achievement Professor.

He received the NMSU Cardinal Key Honor Society's "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" in only his second year at the university. Other recognitions include College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Teaching, Distinguished Research and Distinguished Service awards, Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, Robert L. Westhafer Award for Excellence in Teaching, Donald C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching, Gamma Sigma Delta's Distinguished Graduate Teaching Advisement Award, Western Section, American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) Distinguished Teaching Award and WSASAS Service Award. He was also awarded both the NMSU University Research Council's Outstanding Researcher honor and Award for Exceptional Achievement in Creative Scholarly Activity.

Hallford was named Outstanding Alumni from the College of Agriculture at Tarleton State University and the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Sciences Advanced Degree Graduate of Distinction. He served as faculty adviser of the Aggie Rodeo Association, Block and Bridle Club, Animal and Range Sciences Graduate Student Association and Pre-Vet Club. Students named him "Outstanding Club Advisor," while NM Wool Growers presented him with their Amigo Award and the NMSU Environmental Health and Safety Office their "Friend of Safety" award. Hallford was also named one of Top 20 animal science professors in the country and Who's Who Among American Teachers. He was a member of the American Society of Animal Science, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Brian Kord, and granddaughters, Shelby and Sophie, all of Las Cruces. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the "Dr. Dennis (Doc) and Marilyn Hallford Endowed Fund" in care of NMSU Foundation, MSC 3590, Las Cruces, NM 88003. See more at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lcsun-news/obituary.aspx?n=dennis-hallford-doc&pid=183110906#sthash.iN4DdGkf.dpuf.

Indoor pool has re-opened

The indoor pool has been fixed and is open. For more information please call 575-646-3518.

January Employee Council meeting to be held Thursday

The Employee Council will hold its regular monthly meeting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Milton Hall, Room 85. All employees are welcome to attend. The meeting is also broadcast live on Adobe Connect. Employees can watch and participate via Adobe Connect at http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/employee-council/.

Academic Technology workshops available

New to NMSU and Canvas? Want to connect with your online students synchronously? Want a way to make sure your students are understanding the content presented in your lecture?

Academic Technology may have the workshop to help. Academic Technology is part of Instructional Innovation and Quality (IIQ) and provides support and workshops for the New Mexico State University community. We offer instructor-led training for faculty on Instructure Canvas, Adobe Connect, EvaluationKIT, i>Clicker, Panopto, and Respondus LockDown Browser. Please see our upcoming workshops page at https://learning.nmsu.edu/upcoming-workshops/ to register for events.

Funding opportunity for NMSU faculty

A question and answer session will take place from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute.

NMSU faculty are invited to submit proposals for funding associated with the Cooperative Agreement Project between NMSU and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The 2017 RFP on Research for the Development and Use of Alternative Water Supplies has a closing date of Feb. 22. Awards are scheduled to be effective May 1.

NM WRRI plans to fund several projects with awards of up to a maximum of $150,000 for two year projects. The goal of the Cooperative Agreement is to fund and conduct research to reduce the cost and environmental impact of treating and utilizing brackish, impaired and other waters that are not ready for use. To view the RFP visit, https://nmwrri.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/Research/BOR-RFP2017/2017RFP-NMSU-Reclamation.pdf.

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. 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 (ELDP) 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.

The ELA Doctoral Program has been rated the seventh best online doctoral program in the country. Please see the link at https://education.nmsu.edu/eldp/.

WWE announces new matches for the 'Road to WrestleMania' Feb. 11 in Las Cruces

This is one WWE Live show fans won?t want to miss as Superstar John Cena takes on WWE Champion AJ Styles in what could be one of the most explosive WWE Championship Matches to hit New Mexico. Also on tap is an Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Match between Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, Kalisto and Baron Corbin. Also tentatively scheduled to appear are James Ellsworth, Randy Orton, Alexa Bliss, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin and many more of your favorite WWE Superstars yet to be determined. As the card is subject to change, please select going or interested at https://www.facebook.com/events/218654978587381/ to receive notifications whenever a new update is confirmed with WWE.

Some seating areas are either already sold out or are close to selling out, so make sure you purchase your tickets soon. Tickets start at just $15 plus fees and are available at the Pan American Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0C00518199A72DD4?clickid=Ux7VxQ0Yi17C1HGV%253AiXFE0uPUkkSqTy20yKkwc0&camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_253158&impradid=253158&REFERRAL_ID=tmfeedbuyat253158&wt.mc_id=aff_BUYAT_253158&utm_source=253158-Facebook-+TM&impradname=Facebook-+TM&utm_medium=affiliate&irgwc=1#efeat4211. Please call 575-646-1420 for more information.