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NMSU Hotline — January 18, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Debi Morton, College of Education

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As administrative assistant for the NMSU College of Education Advisement Center, Debi Morton is often the first face undergraduate students see when they enter the college. ?I deal with the public, I answer the phones and I answer questions from students, staff and faculty,? Morton said. Morton often has her hands full assisting the Advisement Center?s three advisers and pulling and filing files. ?I love the people I work with, and I like the students and their enthusiasm.?

Campus Announcements

Regents Professor Elba Serrano to make presentation Friday

At 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, Regents Professor Elba Serrano will make a presentation ?Why NMSU's Research Funding & Student Success Depend on Minority (Hispanic) Serving Institution Status" at Domenici Hall, Room 102.

NMSU?s track record for student success and its Carnegie research classification are institutional points of pride that are due, in large part, to the benefits and opportunities conferred by our minority (Hispanic) serving institution status (MSI/HSI). In this presentation Serrano will demonstrate how our present and future stature as a well-funded research university are dependent on student success and the ability to compete for MSI/HSI funds.

Serrano will use grant awards data to show how NMSU?s designated HSI/MSI status confers advantages when we compete for funds for research and education. She will also illustrate how these grants provide resources for all students, staff and faculty through the disbursement process for indirect costs. The historical origins and four-decade history of NMSU?s NIH-funded minority programs will be summarized as an example of how HSI/MSI federal funds have strengthened our institutional mission by furthering faculty research capacity and providing experiential learning opportunities that have empowered student success. Finally, an analysis of graduate doctoral applications for 2016 will provide a framework for discussing why NMSU has not achieved leadership status in the conferral of doctoral degrees to underrepresented minorities.

The presentation will conclude with a discussion of current faculty and student demographic trends and an open conversation with the audience about the opportunities and responsibilities that arise from HSI/MSI standing.

Free literacy tutor training set for Saturday

Literacy Volunteers of Doņa Ana County is looking for volunteers to assist adults to read and write, learn basic math, or English as a second language, on a one-to-one basis. We are on campus at DACC. This free workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at DACC central campus includes an introduction to our program, and hands-on practice, and knowledge about helping adults become literate and empowered to pursue their interests and education. Your commitment afterward is to tutor one adult twice per week, at a time and place convenient to both of you. Call 575-527-7641 or 575-496-0207 for more info and to register. The life you change may be your own.

American Southwest Theatre Company presents guest screen actors Jane Sibbett and Eric Lutes

American Southwest Theatre Company presents ?Inside Hollywood? with guest artists Eric Lutes and Jane Sibbett for a public presentation in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Both are professional screen actors but Lutes is also a noted painter, and Sibbett has also been a producer of documentaries and a theatre director in Hawaii with original work.

The presentation will include some video clips of their work, stories of show business, and an open question and answer session with the audience. They will also attend a question and answer session in the Theatre Workshop class (same location) from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, and all are invited. Tickets for admission are not required, but donations are appreciated (suggested donation $10); NMSU students are free. We hope you can join us.

The American Southwest Theatre Company is a non-profit organization that benefits the NMSU Theatre Arts students.

For more information contact Managing Director Wil Kilroy at wkilroy@nmsu.edu or 575-646-6000.

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar Series begins Jan. 27

Andrew Spakowitz, associate professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University, will present a talk titled ?Multi-scale Modeling of Chromosomal DNA in Living Cells? at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 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 and are open to the NMSU community and the public. The series will be held most Fridays during the semester and will feature nationally recognized scientists as well as a spotlight talk by NMSU faculty.

The complete spring schedule:
Jan. 27: Multi-scale Modeling of Chromosomal DNA in Living Cells by Andrew Spakowitz
Feb. 10: Modeling Collective Cell Motion in Biology by Phillip Maini
Feb. 24: Replication Fork Repair by Susan Lovett
March 10: Helicobacter Pylori and Stomach Cancer: How Does a Bacteria Cause Cancer? by Nina Salama
March 31: Cecilia Moens
April 7: NMSU Faculty Spotlight, Ryan Ashley
April 28: Manuel Amieva

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

What to do if you smell natural gas

It?s hard to image since we have been experiencing relativity warm weather this winter but we are still experiencing cold mornings and many gas furnaces are still in use. NMSU and Facilities and Services would like you to be aware of ?What To Do If You Smell Natural Gas.?

This information is provided on the Facilities and Services website at http://facilities.nmsu.edu/facilities_operations/ under the Operations tab. Please share with everyone.

New 2017 parking map available

The NMSU parking map for the Las Cruces campus has been updated for 2017 with new permit requirements for the Stan Fulton Athletics Center. Free parking is reserved for guests of The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club, visitors to the Stan Fulton Athletics Center and student athletes in rehabilitation. However, if you have a valid NMSU Parking Permit displayed in your vehicle, you will need to park in the Orange (all permits) parking area. View the map at https://hr.nmsu.edu/parking/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/01/Map-2017-and-Building-Guide.pdf and please call 575-646-1839 or email parking@nmsu.edu for more information.

NMSU honors faculty, retired staff member during convocation ceremony

New Mexico State University faculty and staff were welcomed back to campus on Tuesday, Jan. 17, during the spring 2017 convocation ceremony at NMSU?s Atkinson Recital Hall. Every fall and spring, convocation is held to honor excellence on campus.

?Convocation provides all of us with the opportunity to re-connect with friends and colleagues and to recognize outstanding achievement among our faculty, staff, students and friends of the university,? said NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard. ?It is a wonderful tradition and a great way to start the spring semester,?

Two Regents Professorships were announced, and 13 faculty and staff members, one student and one department were recognized for their excellence in teaching and service to the university and community.


'Impermanent Topography' open at NMSU?s University Art Gallery

Eleven artists from New Mexico State University will showcase their work in an exhibition titled ?Impermanent Topography? at the University Art Gallery. The artists are faculty and staff from the Department of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences. The show will run from Tuesday, Jan. 17, through Thursday, Feb. 9, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.

?Impermanent Topography? was curated by the gallery?s interim director Michelle Lanteri and includes artwork by professor and department head Julia Barello, college assistant professor Tauna Cole-Dorn, associate professor Craig Cully, assistant professor Jessika Edgar, assistant professor Motoko Furuhashi, college assistant professor Richard Hesketh, assistant professor Wes Kline, manager of chemical safety Adam Labe, adjunct faculty member Bree Lamb, visiting assistant professor Jacob Muņoz and professor Rachel Stevens.


Film festival to unveil 2017 official poster at public event

The Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF), presented by New Mexico State University, is set for March 8-12 but film lovers can get preview when festival organizers unveil the 2017 festival poster at a special event from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Cutter Gallery at 2640 El Paseo.

Tickets for the unveiling are $25 and include food, beverages and an official poster signed by the artist, Jud Wright, an accomplished illustrator, painter and graphic artist. Wright and his wife, Anna Perez-Wright, have owned and operated Del Valle Design and Imaging as well as Justus Wright Galeria for more than 30 years.


NMSU College of Engineering to partner on regional transportation research center

New Mexico State University is a member of a consortium of universities that have received a U.S. Department of Transportation grant to establish a regional transportation research center. NMSU?s Civil Engineering Department is a member of the Transportation Consortium of South-Central States, or Tran-SET, which is led by Louisiana State University.

The emphasis for Tran-SET is to improve transportation infrastructure through innovative materials and technology. Tran-SET has been awarded a five-year grant and nearly $2.5 million for the fiscal year from the Transportation Department?s University Transportation Centers, or UTCs, program. Craig Newtson, civil engineering professor, is NMSU?s principal investigator. The Tran-SET announcement marks the third research center consortium for NMSU civil engineering.