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NMSU Hotline — January 20, 2017

NMSU dean completes statewide tour of university?s Extension, research centers


As 2016 came to a close, a statewide tour that began in August, covered thousands of miles and included dozens of meetings, also came to a close. New Mexico State University?s Rolando Flores, the new dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, completed visits to all of the college?s Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station research and science center sites across the state.

With Extension offices in all 33 New Mexico counties and 12 research and science centers as far as 400-plus miles away from the university?s Las Cruces campus, the five-month project was time intensive and a logistical challenge, especially considering the countless on-campus responsibilities Flores also has as dean of a large college at NMSU.

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Campus Announcements

News22 orientation to be held Jan. 24

Learn to be a television reporter, anchor, producer, sportscaster and weathercaster in a real world atmosphere. News22 is a live, student-produced, television newscast that airs on KRWG-TV, the Las Cruces PBS affiliate. The News22 orientation will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the News22 newsroom, Milton Hall, Room 112.

We'll explain how to get involved and what you can expect. Pizza will be served. Contact professor Nick Miller at 575-646-7349 or nickmil@nmsu.edu for more information.

The role of faculty in student success presentation set for Jan. 25

The Office of the Provost is hosting a presentation by Nina Lyon-Bennett, of the Education Advisory Board, on Defining the Role of Faculty in Student Success, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Yates Auditorium, Domenici Hall. Lyon-Bennett will discuss how to remove curricular barriers to completion, redesign academic policies, support evolving advising models, enhance the learning experience, flag signs of student risk and mentor rising-risk student groups. Refreshments will be served at 3.

Lyon-Bennett was a faculty member at Clark Atlanta University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for nearly 25 years. She joined the Education Advisory Board in November and now researches and delivers relevant and thought-provoking seminars on issues relating to best practices in higher education.

For more information, please call 575-646-2127.

STEM Day for Girls to be held Jan. 28

NMSU Computer Science offers an Expanding Your Horizons program via STEM Day for Girls from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 28, in Science Hall for $5. The ultimate goal for this conference is to motivate young women to meet 21st century challenges in STEM and to inspire them to be creative and innovative thinkers. STEM Day for Girls, via Expanding Your Horizons, is a conference for girls in grades sixth to eighth. Young women will have a chance to connect with STEM role models and near-peers, and learn more about careers in computing, science, technology, engineering and math. Online registration is open and will be available until 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Register soon at http://www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/LasCruces/. Spots are filling up. For direct questions contact Rebecca Galves at rgalves@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1901.

School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management prepares for spring events

The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management welcomes everyone back for the new semester. We have another great series of meals and events planned for this semester. Our 100 West Cafe lunches will start the week of Feb. 14. We will have five International Dinners starting with a Brazilian Steakhouse on Feb. 9. Reservations and payment for the dinners must be made through the HRTM office, starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27. We also have five amazing guest beverage speakers as part of our Gerald Thomas Chair Beverage education series.

To find out details of all our meals and events and download our brochures, please go to our website at http://aces.nmsu.edu/100west/index.html or stop by our office in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 138, anytime.

Happy birthday Fabian Garcia sale

In celebration of Fabian Garcia?s birthday we are offering all frozen New Mexico green chile for 25 percent off.

The Chile Pepper Institute has frozen green NuMex Heritage 6-4, NuMex Heritage Big Jim and NuMex Sandia Select chile available for sale. The chile has been roasted, peeled, packaged and frozen. The roasted and peeled green chile comes from a unique line of Chile Pepper Institute cultivars. All three of the aforementioned varieties are improved varieties from the original varieties with five and six times more flavor. The NuMex Sandia Select is a new and improved variety of NuMex Sandia with thicker walls, high heat and more flavor that's perfect for chile rellenos.

We also have NuMex Big Jim Relleno packs with 12 chiles ready to be stuffed for chiles rellenos.

For more information, call the Chile Pepper Institute at 575-646-3028.

Win free WWE Live tickets for Valentine?s Day

Surprise the WWE fans in your life with an early Valentine?s Day gift. Simply select going or interested at https://www.facebook.com/events/218654978587381/ and you?ll automatically be registered to win a family four-pack of tickets to WWE Live: Road to WrestleMania at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the NMSU Pan American Center in Las Cruces. We?re giving away four tickets to Facebook accounts identified as going and another four for those identified as interested, so eight total tickets are up for grabs. Plus, you can help your valentines win tickets themselves by inviting them to the Facebook event as two more tickets will be awarded to a random invitee. All three winners will be announced on Friday, Jan. 27. See site for official rules or contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for more information.

With more than half of the arena already sold out, don?t miss this exciting opportunity to see your favorite WWE Superstars for free, including John Cena, Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, James Ellsworth, Randy Orton, Alexa Bliss, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, Kalisto, and many more yet to be announced. Good luck.

Call for nominations for the Ralph B. Crouch Memorial Award

Friends and relatives of the late Ralph B. Crouch, professor of Mathematics, head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and associate dean of the Graduate School, have established an endowment providing an annual cash award to honor a current or living former employee of NMSU for outstanding contributions to the life of the university community.

Nominations are solicited for the categories of faculty, non-exempt and exempt staff. Outstanding contributions of the nominees may include all kinds of activities within the university and may range from one event to a lifetime career.

For details, including the criteria and guidelines for selection of the award and to download the nomination form, please visit http://training.nmsu.edu/ralphbcrouch.html.

Deadline to submit nominations is March 10.

If you have any questions please contact Greg Smart at the Center for Learning and Professional Development at gsmart@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7444.

Women in STEM program at NMSU now accepting applications

On Feb. 17-19, Engineering New Mexico Resource Network will be hosting a Discovering Diversity in Engineering: Women in STEM weekend getaway for female 11th and 12th grade students to learn about college life and engineering careers.

The three-day, residential weekend getaway is hosted by the New Mexico State University College of Engineering and funded in part by the Halliburton Foundation. Students will gain skills in communication, decision analysis, team building, leadership and design thinking by working with female engineering faculty members. In addition, attendees will learn more about career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.


NMSU Media Productions develops outreach materials on water management, irrigation techniques

New Mexico State University?s Media Productions is part of a prestigious integrated USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture project to explore the safe use of nontraditional irrigation water on food crops.

Maintaining agricultural water security is critically important to the continued sustainable production of our nation?s food supply. In support of this goal, farmers may choose to conserve their groundwater by the safe use of nontraditional irrigation water. At the same time, the recent Food Safety Modernization Act has increased the focus on preventing foodborne contamination. To meet stricter guidelines for the quality of irrigation water used on food crops, producers need up-to-date information and transformative on-farm solutions.