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NMSU Hotline — February 14, 2017

Beating the odds: NMSU?s geology researchers receive scarce NSF earth sciences funding

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Two-thirds of New Mexico State University?s geological sciences faculty has been awarded National Science Foundation grants in the last year and a half, totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars.

?We challenged ourselves to increase our research productivity and just looking at NSF funding right now, four of our six faculty members have Division of Earth Sciences NSF grants,? said Nancy McMillan, NMSU Regents Professor and geology department head in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?The typical success rate for NSF geology awards is about 15 percent so we?ve been quite successful in securing these grants. Every member of the geology faculty is actively involved in national or international research.?

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Campus Announcements

Equate Tuesdays with tacos

Everyone knows that you can?t fully enjoy Tuesday without a taco. We?re here to help at Taos Restaurant, NMSU?s dining hall in Corbett Center, by serving made-to-order tacos and taco salads, including a full toppings bar, on Tuesdays for lunch. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs one meal plan swipe or $8.50 plus tax. To accommodate high demand and to minimize lines, Taco Tuesday will be served at both the 360 Grill and New Mexico Fresh Stations.

Save money on all meals at Taos Restaurant, including Taco Tuesdays. Meal plans are available to students, faculty and staff. Visit http://dining.nmsu.edu for details and to sign up online.


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.

National Condom Day event to be held today

The Campus Health Center, WAVE and the Department of Health is hosting a free interactive health event at Corbett Center in recognition of National Sexual Week and National Condom Day today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sexual health educational information and activities will be available and free condoms will be provided to promote Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention.

For questions contact Health Education Specialist Kirsta Bezenek at kbezenek@ad.nmsu.edu.

Time is limited: Elegant Valentine?s dinner

Valentine?s Day is today. Make sure to reserve your table for an exquisite Valentine?s dinner, featuring the best view in Las Cruces. Join us for dinner today at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club, located in the NMSU Stan Fulton Athletics Center, for fine dining featuring grilled kobe-style wagyu beef top sirloin steak with sage rosemary compounds butter, as well as Frenched breast of chicken with apples and cider cream sauce.

Aggie Dining Dollars will be accepted. Call 575-646-4802 to reserve your table today or visit http://bit.ly/2jVQkFA for full menu and details.


Global chef at NMSU Wednesday

You?re invited. Swedish Global Chef Edis Dautovic will visit NMSU this week to cook and serve authentic cuisine from his homeland. Don?t miss this unique experience to be hosted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Taos Restaurant, NMSU?s dining hall. Admission is just one meal plan swipe or $8.50 plus tax. Full menu available while supplies last.

Save money on all meals at Taos Restaurant, including Mike?s Magnificent Meals. Meal plans are available to students, faculty and staff. Visit http://dining.nmsu.edu for details and to sign up online.


Environmental Education Center hosts sustainability webinar Wednesday

The Environmental Education Center, located at Regents Row A116, will host a webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, titled "Developing Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Strategies Through Student Research." Student groups at the University of Houston and University of Michigan have developed strategies for energy efficiency and water conservation on campus through research. At the University of Michigan, a team of six graduate students worked closely with Johnson Controls, Inc. and campus stakeholders to establish a baseline for energy consumption at the university, and to identify key areas for improvement. At the University of Houston, a student group made it their mission to investigate areas of high on-campus water consumption, discover practical conservation methods and map out implementation strategies.

Speakers are Brittany Szczepanik, University of Michigan, and Joanne Ma and Itay Porat, University of Houston (winners of 2016 Campus Sustainability Research Award). Join us to see what students at other institutions are doing and their award-winning presentations. For more information, contact joni newcomer at 575-646-7563 or newcomer@nmsu.edu.

Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium to be held Wednesday

New Mexico State University Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium featuring Jascha Coddington, geological sciences graduate student, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Gardiner Hall, Room 230. The talk is titled "Kinematics of Faults and Folds in the Jumgal Basin, Kyrgyz Tien Shan."

Red to Green Money Management events held this week

Red to Green Financial Wellness Meet-Up will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Corbett Center first floor. We know Garcia Annex seems so far away, so we?re coming to you. Look for our table and grab some great resources on budgeting and financial aid. You can also find more information on workshops or schedule a one-on-one appointment.

Red to Green Money Management "Confessions of a Shopaholic" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Corbett auditorium. Do you know how to manage your credit cards? Do you know what APR is? 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 how credit cards work and how to be responsible with one.

Student Loans: Ins and Outs will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Domenici Hall, Room 006. Taking out student loans is the easy part. It?s paying them back that?s tricky. We can help you with your options. Come check out Red to Green Money Management?s workshop on the ins and outs of student loans.

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 these events, 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.

This week?s Bistro Buffet: Hawaiian luau

Treat yourself to a mini-vacation for lunch during this week's Bistro Buffet lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. This all-you-care-to-eat buffet will feature kalua pork, shoyu chicken, macaroni salad, ohana green beans, fresh fruit salad, steamed jasmine rice and coconut cream pie. For just $11.99 plus tax you receive a non-alcoholic beverage and unlimited entry to this buffet.


Prepare yourself for the Garth Brooks ticket rush

For those of you with a boss generous enough to allow you to spend a portion of your 10 a.m. hour trying to get tickets to Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood this Friday, Feb. 17, here are some tips to help you get in and out of www.ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks quickly and back to work at http://www.ticketmaster.com/insidertips?ac_link=garthbrooks2014_artist_mod_insidertips.

All tickets to the April 8 show at the Pan American Center are $74.98, including fees, and will only be available at www.ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or via Ticketmaster Express at 1-866-448-7849 or 1-800-745-3000. No sales will be available at the Pan Am Center Ticket Office or any other Ticketmaster outlets on Feb. 17. No venue presales will be available for this event. Tickets are assigned and will be sold as ?Best Available.? There is an eight-ticket limit per transaction.

Please call 575-646-1420 for more information and invite your ?Friends in Low Places? to join you at the show at https://www.facebook.com/events/630531927156254/.



Webinar 'How Can I Make the Activities in My Course More Accessible?' set for Feb. 21

A recorded webinar "How Can I Make the Activities in My Course More Accessible?" will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 21, at Milton Hall, Room 85. This one-hour recorded webinar will feature Beth Harrison?s practical tips on making your course activities accessible to all students, and give you a space to share your own classroom practices with colleagues. For more details contact Beth Apodaca at OCIP at bapodaca@nmsu.edu or 575-646-4476. Hope to see you there.

Sustainability Survey now open through Feb. 24

The Facilities and Services Office of Sustainability is doing a short survey on what you think about our sustainability efforts and what you?d like to see us focus on in the future. We want your opinion on what we could do better or already do well in regard to environmental education, outreach and the 10 sustainability initiatives. This survey is for all NMSU students, faculty and staff and will be open until Feb. 24. It is completely anonymous. Please click the link to do the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y8ZSDD3.

The sustainability manager, joni newcomer, would like to personally thank you for taking time to share your thoughts and ideas so we can work more thoughtfully toward your environmental interests.

Swing into specials at The Player?s Grill

The Player?s Grill public restaurant located inside the NMSU Golf Course Club House features brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday with mimosa and bloody Mary drink specials.

On Thursdays, enjoy ?Steak, Spud and a Bud? featuring an 8 oz. Angus steak, Idaho Potato and a domestic draft for just $10.99 plus tax from 3 to 7 p.m.

Tee off with 60¢ tacos with a beverage purchase on Taco Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

Happy Hour is celebrated every Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. with $1 off drafts and $3 wells.

Visit us today at 3000 Herb Wimberly Dr. in Las Cruces. Call 575-646-2457 or visit https://golf.nmsu.edu/grill/ for more information.


Faculty Led International Program offered in Thailand

#EngageNM Service Learning to Thailand is designed to immerse participants in Thai culture and the issues faced by Thai citizens and minority groups. Working in a rural community, it will provide participants with the opportunity to experience the operational activities and structure of effective development projects in a range of fields, including English teaching and reforestation and enable individuals to contribute actively to real initiatives making a real difference.

The course is from July 24 through Aug. 9 and the costs is $2,906, which includes in-country airport transfer, 16 nights accommodation in guesthouse facilities with three meals per day, project donations and all activities as per itinerary. It does not include airfare or spending money. A $500 non-refundable deposit will billed to your spring student account, with the rest billed to your fall student account. The application deadline is March 15. For more information on the program, please contact Brenda Seevers at bseevers@ad.nmsu.edu or Angel Palumbo, international education adviser, at Garcia Annex, Room 238, or apalumbo@ad.nmsu.edu.


NMSU Alumni Association seeks nominations for distinguished alums and service award

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association is now seeking nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni awards and the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service.

The Distinguished Alumni award will be presented to one recipient each from the colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; and Health and Social Services; and one James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service will be given during the 2017 Homecoming celebration.

The Distinguished Alumni awards, established in 1956, recognize living NMSU alumni who have achieved national or international distinction through their accomplishments and leadership. To be considered, nominees must be a graduate of NMSU and available to attend Homecoming events during the fall of 2017. In addition to achieving distinction in their business or professional lives, nominees must have performed specific, meritorious service that reflects the quality and advancement of NMSU.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12350/nmsu-alumni-association-seeks-nominations-for-distinguished-alums-and-service-award