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NMSU Hotline — April 19, 2017

Safety tip: Which way is out?


The New Mexico State University Fire Department wants you to be safe in places of public assembly. It is important to know your way out of any building where there is a large crowd. When you enter a restaurant or theater, take a moment to look around and familiarize yourself with the environment.

- Identify the entrances and exits to the building.
- Notice which are closer and which are farther away.
- How wide are the exits? Can the exits accommodate a rush of people leaving the assembly? If not, look for other exits.
- You may not always be able to use the main exits if they are overcrowded in an emergency. It?s important to identify other exits that you may use as alternative routes for safety reasons.
- What is outside of the doors you will be exiting? Make sure the area outside the exit is clear.
- The path from an exit door should never be blocked by boxes or other objects. If you identify a blocked exit, report the violation to management immediately.

Always have a communication plan and include others in the conversation when you are with a group.

In case of emergency, you will need to contact someone or call 911. If you are with a group of people, pick a meeting place. Your friends and family can gather at this location to make sure everyone is safe.

After your assessment of the public area, ask yourself if you feel safe in the environment. Does the building appear to be overcrowded? Perhaps there are heat sources such as a fire or other hazards that make you feel uneasy. If you have concerns, make sure to address them with management. If you do not feel safe, leave immediately.

The NMSU Fire Department wants you to be safe in public places. One way to do that is to know your surroundings.

Campus Announcements

ARCA Space will display its new single-stage rocket today at Arrowhead Center

ARCA Space will display its new single-stage rocket at Arrowhead Center on the NMSU Las Cruces campus from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. today.

Dumitru Popescu, president of ARCA, said the new rocket is unique in that the single-stage design and advanced composite material construction, along with an engine that is about 30 percent more fuel efficient than current rocket engines, will lower the cost of putting a payload into low-Earth orbit to roughly $1 million per flight.

The new rocket, which will be built entirely in Las Cruces, is currently undergoing the FAA licensing process. Developers are collaborating with NASA?s Kennedy, Ames, Wallops, Marshall, Stennis and Johnson Space Centers as part of the Cooperative Opportunity Program, aiming to increase the flight readiness of the vehicle. The first flight is scheduled to launch from Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia?s eastern shore in 2018.

Popescu is also beginning discussions with Spaceport America regarding the possibility of launching the Haas 2CA from New Mexico, an arrangement that Popescu and Spaceport America officials say would bring the state's aerospace industry full-circle with concept, design, production, testing and launch all taking place in southern New Mexico.

Arrowhead Center, NMSU?s technology commercialization and economic development engine, is located at 3655 Research Road on the NMSU campus.

Networking Hour set for today

Join us at this week?s Networking Hour for a lively discussion on entrepreneurship and free lunch from 2 to 3 p.m. today at Studio G, Academic Research A, 1620 Standley Dr. Networking Hour is a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. Networking Hour is a function of the Studio G Business Accelerator at NMSU. Studio G helps Aggies start businesses.

Contact 575-646-1859 or cdunn25@ad.nmsu.edu for more information.

Aggie T-shirt sale offered now

Buy one NMSU T-shirt at full price, get a second T-shirt of equal or lesser value 50 percent off now through Thursday, April 20, at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU bookstores and online at www.nmsubookstore.com. Exclusions may apply. While supplies last. See store for details or call 575-646-4413 for more information.

Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar to be held Friday

Plant & Environmental Sciences master's candidates Srijana Dura, ?Screening of U.S mini core of peanut for resistance against Sclerotinia blight caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum,? and Lovepreet Singh, ?Impact of Phenotypic Selection on the Frequencies of SSR-defined Genomic Regions Affiliated with Drought Resilience in Alfalfa,? will present a PES Graduate Seminar at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, 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.

Just a few days left to bid during the PA Virtual Ball auction to support scholarships

The President?s Associates Virtual Ball auction closes this Friday. Bid on dozens of items at http://advancing.nmsu.edu/pavirtualball. Auction items that are available for bidding include a VIP party package at the Las Cruces Country Music Festival, golf getaways and beautiful original art, among many others. New items are being added throughout the auction, so check back frequently to see what has appeared.

The PA Virtual Ball supports the President?s Associates Scholarship, which was established by late NMSU President Emeritus Gerald Thomas in 1978 as the university?s first leadership giving program, and is awarded to select freshmen enrolling from high schools in New Mexico who have demonstrated their academic excellence and community service.

Tickets are still available for two remaining mini-dinners being hosted here in Las Cruces this week in support of the scholarship, and are priced at $125 each or $200 per couple.

April 20: Salud! de Mesilla, 1800 Avenida de Mesilla, hosted by Brett and Diana Seward
April 21: St. Clair Winery & Bistro, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, hosted by Rama and Ammu Devasthali

For more information about mini-dinner tickets, contact Cindy Nicholson at 575-646-4665 or visit https://advancing.nmsu.edu/pa-mini-dinners.

Award for Aspirations in Computing celebration scheduled for Friday

As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in computing and technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and New Mexico State University and the Department of Computer Science will recognize 15 high school young women for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology at the Hilton Garden Inn from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 21.

The young women are winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, which recognizes high school young women for their computing-related achievements and interests. This award was created to encourage the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women?s participation in technology fields. Winners are acknowledged for their outstanding aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education.

For more information, visit http://ywic.nmsu.edu or contact Rebecca Galves at rgalves@cs.nmsu.edu or 575-646-1901.

NM Celebration of Women in Computing conference held this weekend

NMSU is honored to be selected as host for the Association for Computing Machinery - NM Celebration of Women in Computing (ACM NMCWiC) conference being held this weekend, April 21-22. This event is free and open to the public, however sessions that include meals require an RSVP.

This celebration supports NMSU's commitment to enhancing the ability of all educators to engage underrepresented groups in programming that will encourage young people in New Mexico to pursue careers in computing, science, technology, engineering and math (C-STEM). We invite university faculty, administrators and teachers, C-STEM program managers, guidance counselors, business partners, technical professionals, defense contractor reps, members of professional organizations and higher education administrators to join us.

For more information, visit https://wic.nmsu.edu/, or contact Rebecca Galves at rgalves@cs.nmsu.edu or 575-646-1901.

Join us April 28 as we kick off NMSU?s $125 million comprehensive campaign

Join the New Mexico State University Foundation and the entire NMSU system as we launch our $125 million comprehensive campaign with a special kickoff celebration on Friday, April 28. The program begins promptly at 4 p.m. in the Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre in the Associated Students of NMSU Center for the Arts, with the reveal of the campaign?s theme, the announcement of a transformational gift to the university and a performance from Las Cruces? own country music star, Bri Bagwell.

The campaign launch is free to attend, and the public is invited to join the NMSU system in the celebration. A reception outside the theatre will follow the short program.

To RSVP for the public campaign launch celebration on April 28, please call Nohemi Perez at 575-646-1106.

On campus biometric screenings for employees, spouses, domestic partners offered in May

The State of New Mexico Risk Management Division, the plan administrators for the state medical plan that NMSU employees participate in, is introducing a new Stay Well Wellness Program for 2017. The program offers online tools, as well as health coaches and opportunities to improve your health.

The Stay Well program will be offering employees and their spouses/domestic partners who have medical coverage (Presbyterian or BCBS) with the State?s Group Benefits Plan free biometric screenings on the NMSU campus May 2-4. Other locations around the state are also available.

Please visit the Benefits Website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/insurance/medical/ for details.

Aggie Cupboard volunteer training is May 5

The next Aggie Cupboard volunteer training is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 5, in Regents Row, Room B114.

The Aggie Cupboard will provide training for those who are interested in volunteering regularly. We are primarily looking for people who can give hours during the summer from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and during office hours. There are other opportunities available during different days and hours for those who are able to help with coordinating food drives and outreach efforts.

Register at http://aggiecupboard.nmsu.edu/volunteer/ if you are interested in being trained as a volunteer. Questions, email aggiecupboard@nmsu.edu.

Open Forum on Vision 2020 and budget recording available

The recording of the Vision 2020 and Budget Open Forum held on April 13 is now available to view at the following address at http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu/vision2020-forum.

Questions regarding the content of the presentations may be sent to empcouncil@nmsu.edu.

NMSU to host second Feminist Border Arts Film Festival

Live-action narratives, animation and documentaries exploring a range of social issues by filmmakers from the United States and all over the world will be presented at New Mexico State University?s second annual Feminist Border Arts Film Festival.

This year?s festival, hosted by the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies in collaboration with the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Creative Media Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Digital Media Theater in NMSU?s Milton Hall, Room 171.

The Feminist Border Arts film festival is free and open to the public. Parking for the Digital Media Theater at Milton Hall is located in front of Corbett Center Student Union. For more information about the festival, visit http://genders.nmsu.edu.


NMSU?s AgSprint accelerator selects first participants

Six promising startup companies that are developing technology in all areas of agriculture have been selected for a new accelerator program at New Mexico State University?s Arrowhead Center.

The AgSprint accelerator, part of the Arrowhead Technology Incubator, is a five-month venture-builder program designed to support innovation in agriculture by connecting agricultural entrepreneurs to financing, demonstration and validation partners, academic faculty, corporate partners and more.


NMSU Arrowhead Center TechMatch program matches entrepreneurs with technology

Have you ever had an interest in becoming an entrepreneur, but didn?t have an invention or business idea already formulated? Through its TechMatch program, an initiative funded by a U.S. Economic Development Administration i6 grant, Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University is working to match aspiring entrepreneurs with technologies and creative works that are available to take to market. There are close to 500 technologies available, waiting for the right person to build businesses around or commercialize these innovations.

The industry-defined technology categories include Agriculture, Biotechnology, Health/Devices, Information Technology, Engineering, Energy and Water Technology. Innovations developed from NMSU intellectual property, as well as technologies from partners such as national labs, can be found on the Technologies Available for Licensing page. Arrowhead is also working with the NMSU Learning Games Lab and Creative Media Institute to bring creative works into TechMatch for licensing and sales. Though creative works are not yet available, look for developments on the project in the coming months. Anyone can browse available technologies, located at arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/technologies with no obligation or commitment.