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NMSU Hotline — February 10, 2017

Rotary Club of Las Cruces makes gift to NMSU?s College of Engineering


The Rotary Club of Las Cruces has given the New Mexico State University Foundation a gift of nearly $128,000 to benefit the Alec and Margaret Hood Memorial Scholarship in the College of Engineering. Rotary Club members were inspired by GivingTuesday, which resulted in more than $2 million for scholarships and programs at NMSU.

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Campus Announcements

Free blood pressure screenings today

The Campus Health Center continues Heart Month?s Mobile Blood Pressure Clinic today. The Student Nurses Association will be providing the screenings today and will be in the Aggie Lounge from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is open to all students, staff and faculty; no I.D. required. It?s never too early or too late to check up on your heart health; don?t miss out on a chance to know your numbers this month.

For the full Mobile Blood Pressure Clinic schedule, visit the Campus Health Center?s Facebook page @nmsu.hc. For additional questions, please feel free to contact Kirsta Bezenek at kbezenek@ad.nmsu.edu.

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar Series today

Philip Maini, professor and director of the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology, at the University of Oxford, will present a talk titled ?Modelling collective cell motion in biology? at 3:30 p.m. today 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 full schedule can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu.

Maini is a major figure in the field of math biology, and considered to be a top 5 applied mathematician in the world. He will discuss how they use mathematical models to help understand the mechanisms underpinning collective cell motion. A complete abstract of the talk can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu/sites/rescore/files/images/Maini_Feb.10.2017.pdf.

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

Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar to be held today

Derek Barchenger, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, will present a Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar, ?Implementing a universal host differential as a basis for anticipatory breeding for Phytophthora capsici resistance in Capsicum? at 3:30 p.m. today in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. Everyone is welcome. For more information about the broadcast link for this seminar, contact Colby Brungard at cbrung@nmsu.edu.

Registration deadline for Economic Outlook Conference is today

Top national and state economists will discuss economic forecasts for 2017 during the sixth annual Economic Outlook Conference on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

New Mexico State University Regents Professor Jim Peach and Senior Economist Eugenio Alemán will look at state and national economic trends and how they play a part in New Mexico?s future.

The Economic Outlook Conference began in 2012 to help area residents and business professionals gain a better understanding of the region?s economic climate. The NMSU College of Business hosts the conference in partnership with Wells Fargo Bank.

The free conference kicks off with a reception at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 16, followed by the economists? presentations from 10 a.m. to noon, all at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Registration ends today and can be completed online at http://business.nmsu.edu/cob-events or by phone at 575-646-5817.

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 eight 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, Feb. 11. 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.

Entrepreneur Encounters set for Monday

Entrepreneur Encounters, sponsored by Seidel Technologies, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Aggie Lounge in the Corbett Center Student Union. Hear from some amazing student entrepreneurs, how they got started, lessons they learned and what the future holds.

The guest panel includes James Owen, Serial Entrepreneur/Super Trikes, Lucero Rubio, NoRu, Mariel Vargas, Timer Glove, and Alex Gorsuch, FieldMMAK. We will have pizza for the hungry.

For more information visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/events.

100 West Cafe is back with Italian cuisine

Join us for our first week of lunches for the spring semester Feb. 14, 15, and 17. We are sorry for any inconvenience but we will not be open for lunch on Thursday, Feb. 16, so our students may attend the Career Fair at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Our theme for this week is Italian where you can enjoy meals prepared by our HRTM 363 students under the direction of chef John Hartley.

Enjoy three days of a la carte lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature Pasta Fagioli, Zuppa Toscana or an Italian leafy green salad. The main entrée choices are chicken Milano, Tuscan grilled trout, spinach lasagna or pasta with pepper and Romano. The sides for this week are creamy polenta and Italian green beans. Your dessert choices are Italian ricotta cheesecake, mascarpone and peaches or Italian flourless chocolate cake. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience. We look forward to having you for lunch and appreciate your support.

The HRTM 363 students are looking forward to serving you. We hope to see you for our first week of lunches.

Gift cards are available for sale in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 138 in $10 increments. They are a great idea for any occasion and do not expire until 2020.

For more information, please visit our website at http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call our office at 575-646-5995.

Red to Green Financial Wellness: Confessions of a Shopaholic Feb. 15

Red to Green Money Management "Confessions of a Shopaholic" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Corbett auditorium.

Do you know how to manage your credit cards? Do you know what is APR? Did you know that credit cards have one of the highest interest rates out there? If you answered no to any of these questions you should come to the ?Confessions of a Shopaholic? movie night with Aggie Activity Council. We?re making this as fun as possible for you and want to help you gain a better understanding of your credit cards. It could be helpful to watch the movie and watch someone who also understands the thrill of swiping a credit card to get free stuff. Don?t be scared, it?s good to learn on how credit cards work and how to be responsible with one.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, go to careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green/. Also, follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook for weekly updates and financial tips.

If you can?t make this event, no need to worry. Schedule an appointment with a Peer Financial Wellness Coach by contacting us at finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631. You can also go to http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request/ to submit a request online.

Nominations, applications accepted for the Social Justice award

The Social Justice Award is intended to recognize and honor a member of the student body, staff or faculty at New Mexico State University who has volunteered to help create a more just society. Forms of social justice activism might include efforts to eliminate disparities in economic conditions, to facilitate political involvement, to work against inequality and prejudice, to promote peace and non-violence, or in some other fashion strive to make the community a better place for all. Previous recipients have engaged in such activities as community organizing, the advancement of tolerance, and the protection of free speech. Regardless of the contribution made, it must reflect a commitment of time, passion and energy beyond one?s employment or general activities as a student, staff or faculty member of NMSU.

Applicants or nominators must describe in no more than one typed page how they or the person being nominated has impacted the local community through the promotion of social justice. The letter must describe, with concrete examples, the work done and how it has contributed to fostering a more just place to live. Letters of application and nomination are to be submitted to the Social Justice Award Committee, Department of Government, Breland Hall, Room 337, by no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Letters may be sent through campus mail, MSC 3BN, but must be received by the deadline. The person submitting the letter should provide appropriate contact information, including a current phone number. In addition, a copy of a resume or CV should be submitted if the person applying or being nominated is a member of the faculty or staff. Applications and nominations may also be sent by email to Neil Harvey at nharvey@nmsu.edu.

Applications and nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee composed mostly of individuals outside the Department of Government. The recipient will receive an award of $300, subject to university policies and procedures. As a condition of being selected, the recipient must attend the award ceremony, to be held at the inauguration of the J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium at the NMSU-Las Cruces campus at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, and will help in the promotion of the Social Justice Award in the future. For more information about the Social Justice Award, contact Neil Harvey at 575-646-4935.

Honors College Fulbright Workshop to be held Feb. 23

The Honors College invites students to attend a workshop on ?How to Apply for the Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship? from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 23, in the Conroy Honors Center lobby.

A Fulbright student fellowship provides research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries. Two Fulbright selection panelists will be on hand, along with a NMSU student Fulbright winner, with tips on how to submit a competitive proposal.

Interested students can enjoy refreshments and learn about how to apply for this exciting opportunity. A current student who is a Fulbright winner and Honors College staff will be available to answer your questions about how to apply.

For more information visit https://honors.nmsu.edu/onsie-1/honors-college-scholarship-2/. Contact Tim Ketelaar at Ketelaar@nmsu.edu or 575-405-3729 with questions.

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.

Faculty Led International Program offered in Germany

Earn three credits in 10 days with the Europe?s Migration Crisis ? Germany Service Learning course, GOVT 411/517. This inter-disciplinary, service-learning study-abroad course examines the current migration crisis in Europe, which has fundamentally affected and transformed the European continent. In particular Germany has emerged as the political core of the crisis. This study-abroad trip to southern Germany/Munich will engage students with the immediate social complexity of the integration of migrants in Germany.

The service-learning component of this study-abroad course will allow students to actively participate in current integration processes in the field. Students will shadow and assist local non-profit groups/state agencies in their efforts to guide migrants and refugees through the various stages of the integration process. Additionally, students will attend seminars and workshops to engage with local think tanks, state and non-state agencies to learn about the historical, political and philosophical context and framework, surrounding Europe?s struggle with multi-culturalism and migration. Additionally, students will visit civic groups, migrant communities, engaging with newly incoming migrants/refugees and first generation migrant populations.

The course will be held July 18-28 and the application deadline is March 15. For more information on the program, please contact Sabine Hirschauer, professor of Government, at shirscha@nmsu.edu or Angel Palumbo, international education advisor, in Garcia Annex, Room 238, or apalumbo@ad.nmsu.edu.