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NMSU Hotline — March 30, 2017

Clients benefit from NMSU Therapeutic Riding Program


When 3-year-old Caleb Casaus arrived for his therapeutic riding lesson at New Mexico State University on a crisp spring morning, he looked a little uncertain. Jorge Cardona, an occupational therapist with MECA Therapies, lifted Caleb onto Frankie, a large brown Appaloosa horse with a white face.

It didn?t take long for Caleb to start to smile, speak and even high-five Cardona.

Caleb is one of several clients in the NMSU Therapeutic Riding Program, which is part of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. His unquestionable comfort level with Frankie is one reason his therapy sessions are successful.

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Campus Announcements

All NMSU system employees can enter to win one of five free pairs of Garth Brooks tickets!

As a way to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication that all NMSU system employees provide, five pairs of tickets will be given away to five lucky employees for the Garth Brooks show at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the Pan American Center. All NMSU system employees are eligible to enter.

Registration will run until 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 5. To enter, visit https://advancing.nmsu.edu/alumni/alumni-forms/constituent-contact-information or call 575-646-3616 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Unit leaders are encouraged to print and disseminate copies of this message for those staff members who may not access their email or computers frequently.

NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers will draw the winners? names live on Facebook at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 6. To watch the live drawing, visit https://www.facebook.com/nmsupresident/.

NMSU sets dates for Homecoming 2017, game vs. Arkansas State

New Mexico State University will celebrate Homecoming 2017 with a week of events highlighting Aggie traditions beginning Oct. 23 and culminating in the Homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 28, against Arkansas State University?s Red Wolves.

Homecoming activities will include reunions for the classes of 1957 and 1967, along with the Homecoming game day parade, the Celebration of Traditions Memorial Ceremony event honoring Aggie military veterans, a bonfire and pep rally, the Golden A?s luncheon, and the Alumni Association Homecoming Tailgate.


Developmental biologist to talk about issues from artificial embryos to Zika today

The NMSU-Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research (PACR) program is hosting Cecilia Moens, a developmental biologist from the Basic Science Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. Moens will present the seminar ?Developmental Biology Literacy: Understanding the Issues From Artificial Embryos to Zika" at 6:30 p.m. today in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 194 (auditorium) on the NMSU campus.

The popular media is full of confusing, intriguing and often alarming news about discoveries and diseases that have the potential to impact human embryo development, but which we are poorly equipped to understand. In this lecture Moens will demystify some of these current issues from the perspective of a developmental biologist. This presentation is free and open to the public. Moens will be available for questions after the seminar. For more information, contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.

Standing with Our Students teach-in to be held today

Standing With Our Students (SOS) is a nonpartisan group of faculty, responding to student concerns and questions about our country's new political climate. Our goal is to inform and support members of the campus community. SOS is sponsoring a series of teach-ins on topics related to current events. Teach-ins combine a faculty roundtable with a classroom atmosphere; they emphasize discussion and questions from the audience.

Today, 7-8:30 p.m.: Immigration: History, Policy, Practice
(Hardman/Jacobs Hall, Room 210)
Professors Jamie Bronstein, Sabine Hirschauer, and Spencer Herrera, along with Vicki Gaubeca, director of the ACLU-NM Regional Center for Border Rights, will discuss different aspects of immigration history and policy, as well as how recent changes have affected our border and its residents.

Wednesday, April 5, 12-1:30 p.m.: Is Everything Fake News? The Internet, Critical Thinking, And Staying Informed
(Hardman/Jacobs, Room 125)
Las Cruces Sun-News columnist and longtime local journalist Damien Willis will join Professors Andrea Orzoff and Mark Walker to discuss how to bring critical thought to bear on today's media and the Internet.

Wednesday, April 26, 12 -1:30 p.m.: Free Speech, Hate Speech, Protest
(Hardman/Jacobs, Room 125)
Campus police chief Stephen Lopez, local lawyer Peter Goodman, NMSU and DACC faculty who helped craft NMSU's new free-speech policy, and government professor emerita Nancy Baker will discuss the First Amendment, our campus free-speech policy, hate speech and protest.

For more information, contact Andrea Orzoff at aorzoff@nmsu.edu.

Memory and Concentration workshop set for Friday

Memory and Concentration will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 31, at the Zuhl Library Conference Room 225. How do you rate your memory? Discuss how you can improve your memory while learning techniques that aid information retention.

Contact the Student Success Center in Room 128 in Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center or call 575-646-3136 for more information. Like us on Facebook @NMSU Student Success Center.

Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar to be held Friday

Plant and Environmental Sciences Ph.D. candidates Abdelraheem Abdelraheem, ?Genome wide association mapping for Verticillium Wilt resistance in the U.S. Upland cotton,? and Marisa Potter, ?Impacts of exogenous applications of plant growth regulators on return bloom and relative expression of flowering genes in pecans,? will present a PES Graduate Seminar at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, 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.

Red to Green Financial Wellness Workshops set for next week

A Red to Green Financial Wellness Workshop ? College is going to Cost Me How Much? ? will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 3, in Domenici Hall, Room 005.

Coming up short to pay for school? Red to Green Money Management will help you learn how to find grants and scholarships through our school and on your own. Still coming up short? Discover when and how to responsibly take out loans.

Don?t Let Your Identity Get Stolen! will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in Domenici Hall, Room 005.

What is the fastest growing crime in America? Identity theft. Join the Red to Green Money Management program to gain the knowledge to plan, prevent, and protect your identity.

Red to Green Financial Wellness Workshop Auto Buying 101 will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in Domenici Hall, Room 006.

Buying a car can be rough. Do you want more info from an expert? A local dealership general manager will be on campus to provide information on Auto Buying 101. Come check it out.

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.

2017 Space Survey Training offered next week

Facilities Space Planning will be providing the Annual Space Training to aid with the new electronic space survey implementation. To register, click on one of the sessions listed below. Please forward or share with anyone else in your departments that may need to attend.

April 5
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hardman & Jacobs, Room 210

April 6
2:30-4 p.m.
Hardman & Jacobs, Room 210

April 7
10:30 a.m.?12 p.m.
Academic Research Building C, Room 110

Annual Chile Pepper Institute plant sale begins April 10

The Chile Pepper Institute will be having their annual plant sale the week of April 10.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and starts Monday, April 10, until all plants are gone, usually by Wednesday, at the Fabian Garcia Science Center 113 W. University Ave.

Plants will be sold on a first come first serve basis and are $4 per plant.

We will have the following varieties:

NM Chile Types: Heritage Big Jim | Heritage 6-4 | Joe Parker | Sandia Select
Jalapeņos: Early Jalapeno | Primavera | Piņata | Jalmundo | Orange Spice | Lemon Spice
Bell Peppers/Sweet Peppers: Jupiter | Yellow Bell
Other Types: Shishito | Orange Habanero | Serrano | Poblano | Padron | Trick-or-Treat | Twilight | Centennial
Super Hots: Bhut Jolokia | Moruga Scorpion
Tomatoes: Celebrity | La Roma III | Bush Early Girl | Better Boy | Black from Tula | Bush Beefsteak | Beefmaster | Sprite | Sweet Chelsea |Cuban Yellow Grape | Copia | Black Krim | Black Zebra
Eggplants: Black Beauty | Amethyst | Fairy Tale
Herbs: Italian Sweet Basil | Red Basil | Parsley | Cilantro | Sorrel | Peppermint | Chives | Oregano | Sage Thyme

PGA Golf Management alumni reunion, Gage Gavin Endowment raised funds for scholarships

This past weekend NMSU hosted an alumni reunion for our PGA Golf Management alumni. They participated in three separate events which included current students as well. The weekend concluded on March 26, when the alumni, current students and local individuals participated in the Gage Gavin Memorial Endowed Scholarship tournament. The entire weekend was a huge success and many alumni had not been back to campus since leaving in the mid-1990s.

With the money raised this weekend, The Gage Gavin Endowment climbed to a balance of more than $235,000. This endowment pays out scholarships for our PGA Golf Management students. For the coming year, we anticipate awarding eight to 10 scholarships at $1,000 each. This endowment has only been active for 20 months. Pat Gavin would like to thank everyone who not only participated in this weekend?s event, but for all the support over the past 20 months.

Pecan weevil affects residential pecan trees

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture recognizes that a small number of residential pecan trees are being affected by pecan weevil in five eastern New Mexico cities. Pecan weevil is a significant insect pest of pecan and is not recognized as being established in New Mexico commercial orchards.

New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service recognize the economic importance of the pecan industry to the region and the negative impact that pecan weevil will have on the industry. Over the past 10 years, both organizations have cooperated on annual surveys and outreach programs as part of an early detection and eradication approach to prevent pecan weevil establishment in the western region.

Recently pecan weevil has been identified in residential trees in Clovis, Roswell and Lovington. Additional pecan trees were identified with pecan weevil in Artesia and Hobbs.

As a result of the recent pecan weevil findings, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture has extended the original 60 day quarantine adding an additional 90 days. To limit the spread of pecan weevil from infested residential trees to commercial orchards, movement of pecans produced within the city limits of Clovis, Roswell, Hobbs, Artesia and Lovington are restricted. This restriction requires a certificate from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture stating specific pecans meet one or more of the following requirements:

· Pecans that are sold, traded or gifted in a manner that meet the phytosanitary requirements of the receiving location and are transported in a department approved manner;
· Pecans treated at 0 degrees for 168 continuous hours, or other department approved treatment methods;
· The inspection of a pecan sample in which no pecans exhibit signs of the pecan weevil or exhibit the presence of the weevil; and/or,
· Pecans originating in the quarantined area but believed, by the department not to have the presence of the pecan weevil.

Specifics regarding the certification of pecan nuts can be found within the quarantine rule at http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/21.17.36-NMAC-3.27.2017-AMENDED.pdf. Information is also available at the affected area?s County Cooperative Extension Offices. Residential and commercial pecan tree owners should be on the lookout for pecans with round, BB-sized holes in the shells, or legless, white grubs inside the pecan nut.

If you suspect you have pecan weevil in your residential pecan trees, contact your local County Cooperative Extension Office. Chaves County residents may contact Sandra Barraza at 575-622-3210. Lea County residents should contact Wayne Cox at 575-396-2819. Residents in Eddy County should contact Woods Houghton at 575-887-6595. Curry County residents should contact the Cooperative Extension Office at 575-763-6505. Lovington residents should contact the Lea County Cooperative Extension Office at 575-396-2819.

New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service will continue to work with city elected officials and residents of affected areas on education and eradication efforts.

NMSU lecture series about challenges facing democracy adds new speakers

New Mexico State University?s Department of Government added two events to its colloquium series titled ?Democracy in Question?? The series that reflects on local, national and global implications of recent political events, began in February and will continue with four more presentations on Tuesdays through May 2, adding two new speakers on April 11 and 18.

?We had such a great response to the first lectures in the colloquium on this topic, we have organized additional speakers,? said Neil Harvey, NMSU government professor and department head in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?We are fortunate to have Ambassador Vasil Sikharulidze from Georgia on campus thanks to a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program and we have added a presentation by Nancy Baker, government professor emerita, who has published extensively on the U.S. Attorney General, the Presidency and American politics. She will talk about the checks and balances at work in the Trump presidency.?

Speaking April 11 will be Ambassador Vasil Sikharulidze, who has held a number of high-ranking positions in Georgia, a country bordered by Russia, Turkey and Armenia. He is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar with the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Sikharulidze will give a presentation titled ?Modern Times, Old Transatlantic Statecraft Quests: Security, Democracy and Economic Development."


NMSU Extension to host wildlife damage management workshop in Los Lunas

LOS LUNAS ? Wildlife, including many species of rodents, can be responsible for a wide range of damage, both indoors and outdoors. From pantries to flower beds and agriculture fields, managing these critters presents a real challenge.

New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service in Valencia County is presenting a workshop on Wednesday, April 12, in Los Lunas and Thursday, April 13, in Isleta Pueblo to provide integrated wildlife damage management techniques for those who are battling the rodents in their home, landscape or farm environments.

The free workshop will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at NMSU?s Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas, 1036 Miller Road, on Wednesday, and at the Isleta Pueblo Recreation Center, Tribal Road 40, on Thursday.


Tucumcari Bull Sale at NMSU facility an all-around success

TUCUMCARI ? The annual Tucumcari Bull Sale was a triple winner for the animals, producers and victims of recent Western Plains wildfires.

The animals? feed-to-weight gain was excellent, sale prices were high and funds were donated to the wildfire relief fund.

The Tucumcari Feed Efficiency Test held at New Mexico State University?s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari had the largest bull test in its 56 years of existence.

Of the 155 bulls starting the test, 126 were selected by the 16 participating producers to participate in the bull sale. Only the top 100 performing bulls reached the sale.


NMSU hosts educators? job fair; non-education majors welcome

New Mexico State University Career Services will hold its 43rd annual Educators? Job Fair from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, at the Corbett Center Student Union on the third floor.

The event will provide the following candidates with an opportunity to visit with multiple school districts located throughout the United States:

- Student teachers
- Experienced educators
- Experienced administrators
- Principals
- Nurses
- School counselors
- Social workers

A new feature of this year?s job fair is that non-education majors are invited to attend. Non-education majors interested in licensure programs are welcome to discuss career options and employment opportunities with school district representatives.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register online by April 11. To register, visit http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-fairs/educators-job-fair. For more information, please call 575-646-1631 or email proemp@nmsu.edu.