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NMSU Hotline — January 17, 2017 (Supplemental)

NMSU Aggie Play program studies, promotes physical activity for girls in Southern New Mexico

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While most children in the U.S. between the ages of 6 and 15 don?t meet the physical activity guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, girls are at particular risk. Two researchers at New Mexico State University, however, are trying to change that with their study involving elementary school girls and NMSU athletes.

The program, Aggie Play, was developed by principal investigator Phillip Post, an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Dance at NMSU?s College of Education, and co-principal investigator Rebecca Palacios, an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Services at NMSU?s College of Health and Social Services.

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Campus Announcements

South Horseshoe lane closed until 6 p.m. today

The left lane of South Horseshoe will be closed until 6 p.m. today.

The purpose of the closure is to allow RCI Power & Lighting, Inc. to dig a trench to the underground utility tunnel for power and communication conduits for the new Verizon Wireless Small Cell Antenna. Through traffic will not be interrupted around the top of the Horseshoe. Traffic cones will be used.

The contractor?s traffic control plan may be viewed at: http://facilities.nmsu.edu/road-closures/.

Syllabi resources now available

With the spring semester beginning tomorrow, 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.

Travelers beware of hotel booking scam

NMSU has discovered that conference speakers and attendees for various upcoming conferences have been targeted by a fraudulent travel and hotel booking scam. The group has lists of registrants and is calling or emailing them claiming there is some kind of problem with their hotel reservation and they need a credit card number. Please be aware that this is a scam designed to obtain your credit card information and/or make fraudulent charges to your credit card. NMSU Police have heard that some who have been caught in this scheme have incurred substantial credit card charges, hotel reservations were cancelled and attendees left without accommodations for the conference. Some organizations have lost thousands of dollars recently to these scammers.

Please use extreme caution when providing credit card information and make sure to follow NMSU guidelines for university business related travel at http://travel.nmsu.edu/. Make sure you only book conference hotel accommodations through the official conference web links or verified official affiliates. If you have been the victim of a scam, please contact NMSU Police.

NMSU Employee Council elections begin today

The NMSU Employee Council is seeking assistance in the annual election to fill vacant positions.

The Employee Council is an advisory body to the Chancellor for matters affecting NMSU employees and works closely with the university administration to promote and support the mission and vision of NMSU. Members participate in a number of university standing committees focused on the administration of university policies, initiatives and incentives. Serving on the Employee Council is an excellent way to learn more about NMSU and how it operates, and become more involved in initiatives that benefit NMSU employees. The Council is heavily involved in events to inform employees about university operations, and in events honoring NMSU employees. The Council is led by a chair and other officers who also serve on university executive-level administrative and policy-making councils and boards. To learn more about Employee Council, please visit http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu/.

Eligible to vote (and to belong to the council) are regular NMSU employees who are not represented by a bargaining unit. Representatives within Doņa Ana County are elected from the following employment groups: faculty, exempt staff and non-exempt staff. Representatives outside of Doņa Ana County are elected from faculty and staff of the community colleges outside of Doņa Ana County (Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Grants), and from all other NMSU employees outside these four groups (Cooperative Extension, Agricultural Experiment Stations, Albuquerque Center, etc.).

The number of current positions available for 2017-18 include:
? 3 Faculty Employee
? 6 Exempt Employees
? 4 Non-Exempt Employees
? 3 Community College Employees Not in Las Cruces

Employees are eligible to vote for candidates from their respective group only. Please note that an employee can vote up to the number of positions available within his or her classification group. For example, if an employee is a faculty member, he or she can make three selections from the list. If an employee is an exempt, he or she can make six selections from the list, etc. The ballot may only be accessed once at https://hrs-apps.nmsu.edu/hrp/faces/ecouncil/vote.xhtml.

Three-year terms of service will begin at the February Employee Council meeting. Please make selections and vote now. Voting begins today and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 31.

Taos Restaurant offers Taco Tuesday, Mike?s Magnificent Meals

Taco Tuesday is back by popular demand. Taos Restaurant, NMSU?s dining hall in Corbett Center, will serve made-to-order tacos and taco salads, including a full toppings bar, on Tuesdays for lunch and dinner. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs one Meal Plan swipe or $8.50 plus tax. Dinner is served from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs one Meal Plan swipe or $8.75 plus tax.

Mike?s Magnificent Meals returns to Taos Restaurant with a menu highlighting savory steaks and fresh shrimp. Sodexo Chef Mike Guerra will serve this mouthwatering meal Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The full menu will feature grilled flat iron steaks, shrimp scampi, fried ravioli, local Hatch green chile, herbed mashed potatoes, sautéed mushrooms and fresh asparagus. Admission is just one Meal Plan swipe or $8.50 plus tax. The full menu is available while supplies last.

Discover hours, full menus and more for NMSU Sodexo Restaurants with the free Bite app. Search ?Bite by Sodexo? in the App Store or Google Play and enter menu code P2AJ9. Subscribe to our Events page at https://www.facebook.com/NMSUi/events/ to receive Facebook notifications of upcoming themed campus meals. Save $$ on all meals at Taos Restaurant, including Mike?s Magnificent Meals! Meal plans are available to students, faculty and staff. Visit dining.nmsu.edu for details and to sign up online.

KRWG-TV to broadcast NM True TV program featuring Las Cruces area Jan. 21

KRWG-TV (channel 22 on DirecTV and Dish; cable channel 2 on Comcast) will air NM True TV at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

Originally aired on Jan. 14, the weekly half-hour PBS program will feature the Organ Mountains, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and Chala?s Wood Fire Grill. Digital subscribers without cable can watch via KFOX-TV 14.1

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.

March 1 is deadline for two NMSU Women?s Club Scholarships

The NMSU Women?s Club Scholarship application is due March 1. The NMSU Women?s Club is committed to supporting returning female undergraduate students in attaining their educational goals. The Club?s Scholarship Committee annually recommends one or two candidates for the NMSU Women?s Club scholarship. Each candidate is awarded a $500 scholarship and invited to attend the Club?s spring luncheon.

The NMSU Women?s Club Scholarships are open to any female NMSU undergraduate student at the main campus or branch campuses who is returning to school after a break in her education (either after high school or after starting college). These scholarships have been set up specifically for returning students because students immediately out of high school have other opportunities, such as the lottery scholarship, available to them. Candidates must have completed at least 45 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship application is also due March 1. The NMSU Women?s Club is committed to supporting single mothers with dependent children in attaining their educational goals. This scholarship is sponsored by Susan DeMar in honor of her late mother. The Club?s Scholarship Committee will recommend one candidate for the Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship. The winner is awarded $250 and invited to attend the Club?s spring luncheon.

The Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship is open to female NMSU undergraduate students at the main Las Cruces campus only. Each candidate must be a single or widowed mother with dependent children who reside with her and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Below are links to the respective scholarship applications. Instructions for completion and where to submit are included in the application.

https://womensclub.nmsu.edu/files/2013/11/2016-17-WC-Scholarship-Application.pdf

https://womensclub.nmsu.edu/files/2013/11/2016-17-Ruth-Mary-Webber-Scholarship-Application.pdf

For more information, contact the NMSU Women?s Club President, Susan DeMar, at sdemar@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3509. For more information, visit https://womensclub.nmsu.edu/scholarships/.

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.