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NMSU Hotline — January 13, 2017

NMSU College of Engineering staff helps small businesses with energy efficiency

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A team from New Mexico State University has spent the past year providing technical assistance to two small businesses in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Funded under a two-year grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, the work has focused on encouraging pollution prevention, and economic and energy efficient practices among rural hospitality-based businesses in the southern portion of the state.

Through the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network in the College of Engineering, Chris Campbell, senior program manager, and Jalal Rastegary, research scientist, along with Amirreza Barin, a computer sciences graduate student, worked with the R & C Sumthins Ice Cream Shop and Desert View Inn to assess and recommend pollution prevention and energy efficiency best practices.

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Campus Announcements

See giant petrified pine slab at Zuhl Museum Saturday

Did you know? NMSU is home to the largest petrified pine slab ever to have been sliced and polished. It is 8 feet across. Check it out at the Zuhl Museum. In addition to its regular weekly schedule, the Zuhl Museum is open this week from 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. It is free, open to the public and located inside the NMSU Alumni Visitor?s Center, 775 College Dr.

Step back in time and surround yourself with exotic beauty that is millions, even billions, of years old. This is a wonderful place for the family to discover fantastic fossils and have some fun.

To learn more about the Zuhl Museum visit http://bit.ly/NMSUZuhlMuseum.

Spring Convocation to be held Jan. 17

All faculty and staff are invited to Spring 2017 Convocation at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Atkinson Recital Hall. Come early and visit with colleagues: there will be coffee and refreshments beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the Atkinson Recital Hall lobby. Spring Convocation will recognize new Regents Professors and the winner of the Presidential Medallion. We will also recognize Roush Award winners, outstanding Community Engagement, and Excellence in Assessment for Co-Curriculum, Administration and Operations.

Convocation will also be available via webcast at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/convocation/. For more information contact the Executive Vice President and Provost Office at 575-646-2127.

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 the 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.

Las Cruces Young Professionals coffee meet up to be held Tuesday

Grab some coffee with fellow young professionals every third Tuesday of the month. Every month a young professional in our community is selected to give a quick presentation about their business or organization. Please join us at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Beck's Coffee for Caffeinated Conversations. This month's speaker is Griselda Martinez of the Arrowhead Center, who will be speaking about Arrowhead's New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program.

Learn more and RSVP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lascrucesyp/.


Syllabi Resources now available

With the spring 2017 semester just days 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.

Department of Astronomy will host an observatory open house Jan. 20

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an Observatory Open House at the NMSU campus observatory at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. Astronomy personnel on hand will be Rene Walterbos and graduate assistants Nigel Mathes, Gavin Mathes and Rebecca O?Sha.

Objects we will look at may include the planets Venus and Mars, the Pleiades star cluster, the Andromeda Galaxy and many more celestial objects.

Please contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 575-646-4438 with questions. Everyone is welcome to come and spend an evening of stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend.

Join Online Course Improvement Program for course mapping

Join the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) for Course Mapping from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25, in Milton Hall, Room 81. In this workshop, the presenters will share how course mapping is a key strategy in the planning phase of course development. The workshop will clarify the definition of course mapping, provide models of completed course maps, and assist participants in beginning their course map for their identified course. Participants are encouraged to bring course syllabi and/or a list of course learning objectives to the workshop for the hands-on portion.

The workshop will also be offered (and recorded) virtually using Adobe Connect. If you wish to attend virtually, please register for the event, then email Miley Grandjean for url and instructions.

To register visit https://teaching.nmsu.edu. For questions, please email or call Grandjean at mgrandje@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5492. Follow us on Twitter at @NMSUOCIP.

College of Arts and Sciences to host fourth annual fundraiser, A Starry Night

The College of Arts and Sciences will host its annual fundraiser, A Starry Night, Feb. 3. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. This year the college will honor four outstanding community members: Connie Hines, Patrick Lamb, Maryce Jacobs and R. Nick Franklin along with our 26 Department Stars that include alumni, faculty, staff and students.

The Stars of Arts and Sciences recognizes living individuals who have achieved state, national or international distinction by their accomplishments and leadership, all while supporting their community and the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences.

To reserve your seat at this year?s A Starry Night please contact Ashley at 575-646-5886 or ajurado@nmsu.edu or visit our website for more info at artsci.nmsu.edu/en/starry-night.

Academic Technology workshops offered

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 to register for events at https://learning.nmsu.edu/upcoming-workshops/.


Diane Madrid to serve as interim business services officer

Diane Madrid will be serving as the interim business services officer, previously held by Norma Noel. Madrid will oversee Payroll/HRIS Services, Procurement Services, Accounts Payable, PCard and Financial Systems Administration. You may contact her through email at edmadrid@nmsu.edu or by calling 575-646-2432.

Please join us in welcoming Madrid to her new Administration and Finance role.



New cardholder security rule approved

Rule No. 2.36 ? Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) was approved by the University Administrative Council. Chief Information Security Officer John Roberts and IT Compliance Officer Carlos Lobato presented the rule for second reading and it was approved unanimously. This new rule offers stringent guidelines that provide protection for the cardholder's data and comply with data security standards. For more information, visit www.pcidss.edu or email the committee at pci-team@nmsu.edu.

For more information contact Lobato at clobato@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5902.

NMSU Masterworks Chorus to hold auditions

The NMSU Choral Activities Department will be holding auditions for the Masterworks Chorus for the 2017 spring semester. The auditions will take place in the NMSU Music Building Room 106 by appointment. Singers are asked to prepare a short song and if they don't have one a familiar hymn tune or carol will provided for them. An accompanist will be provided as well. The NMSU Masterworks Chorus combines campus and community singers coming together to perform larger choral repertoire consisting primarily of major choral works and shorter extended works with and without orchestra. The ensemble meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 103 of the Music Building on campus. For more information or to set up an audition time, please contact John Flanery, director of Choral Activities, at 575-646-1306 or jflanery@nmsu.edu.