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NMSU Hotline — May 2, 2017

NMSU's Arrowhead Center receives $2.5 million gift from Hunt Family Foundation


The New Mexico State University system launched the public phase of its $125 million comprehensive campaign, ?Ignite Aggie Discovery,? by announcing a transformative gift from the Hunt Family Foundation to benefit Arrowhead Center, NMSU?s entrepreneurship and innovation hub.

The El Paso-based Hunt Family Foundation has committed $2.5 million over six years to support Arrowhead Center?s work in commercializing discoveries and innovations, encouraging entrepreneurship, launching and developing new businesses, and creating lasting partnerships in the Borderplex region, which includes New Mexico, west Texas and Ciudad Juarez. With the funds, Arrowhead Center has created new programming through the Hunt Center for Entrepreneurship, with the purpose of promoting economic development in the region.

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Campus Announcements

Preparation for Finals Week: Staying Focused and on Course workshop to be held today

Preparation for Finals Week: Staying Focused and on Course will be held today from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Zuhl Library Conference Room, 225. Relax, focus and prepare for finals week.

University Accounts Receivable closes early today

University Accounts Receivable will be closing at 3 p.m. today. In order for payments and deposits to be processed on today?s business day, they will need to be delivered to our office by 2 p.m.

For any questions, please contact Samantha Lish at 575-646-6035 or slish@nmsu.edu.

Easy Aggie Eats finals week nutrition event Wednesday

Join the Campus Health Center, Corbett Center, Sodexo, SANDs and RHA for a free and interactive Easy Aggie Eats finals week nutrition event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Corbett Center. Participants will learn about good nutrition basics and how easy it can be to put together a dorm-friendly meal that won?t break the bank. There will also be free food samples to the first 50 participants. For questions, contact Kirsta Bezenek at kbezenek@ad.nmsu.edu.

Donation Fundrive through May 16

Got stuff you?ve been meaning to get rid of? The American Southwest Theatre Company is accepting donations for their Savers Fundrive to help raise money so clean out that drawer or closet you?ve been meaning to make room in and help us reach our goal of 400 bags.

Items in good, clean, sellable condition can be dropped off with an ASTC Board Member at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts box office (located on the first floor) at the corner of University Avenue and Espina Street on the NMSU campus between 1 to 5 p.m. daily starting Monday, May 8, through Friday, May 12, and Monday, May 15. If you can?t make it to the theatre during those times, call the main office and a board member will coordinate a drop off/pickup time with you. Items accepted include clothing, accessories, shoes, linens, books and small household items. For more information, call 575-646-4517.

Nesting hawks are back at Rentfrow Hall

The Swainson?s Hawks that have nested in the trees near Rentfrow Hall for the last few years are back again. Recently, the hawks have swooped down on pedestrians at Rentfrow, Regents Row and near the Speech Building. If you must walk through the area between Rentfrow and Breland Halls, you are advised to wear a sturdy hat or carry an umbrella. Please report any injury to the Campus Health Center. If you have any questions, please contact Facilities and Services at 575-646-7114.

CotÚ selected as DACC honorary degree recipient

DACC has announced the Honorable Nathan P. CotÚ is the 2017 Honorary Degree Recipient at the DACC graduation. He will receive an associate of arts degree during commencement on Thursday, May 11.

The NMSU Board of Regents conferred the degree for the many contributions he has made to education and Do˝a Ana County. CotÚ has dedicated his life to public service, education and community advocacy.

He was elected to the NM House of Representatives in 2006 and served three terms. As a legislator he sponsored bills to help New Mexicans and his constituents in Do˝a Ana and Otero counties. While serving, he developed ethics training for newly elected legislators.

CotÚ spent much of his career as a civilian human resources manager with the U.S. Air Force in Europe and Asia. He negotiated several management?labor agreements and set up alternative dispute resolution plans at three major Air Force installations. After retiring from civil service he became an academic director and assistant professor for the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

A Navy veteran, CotÚ served on the aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga. As a former commander of the Disabled American Veterans Mesilla Valley No. 10, he was instrumental in establishing the Manuel Tapia Memorial Scholarship. CotÚ is a graduate of the Air War College and has several other graduate degrees including a doctorate.

More than 1,600 DACC students are expected to graduate with associate degrees or certificates. Approximately 750 students will participate in graduation ceremonies this year. Contact Kristi Martin at 575-528-7059 for more information.

Groundbreaking for NMSU Heritage Farm trail set for Thursday

Be one of the first to see the future Heritage Farm Interpretive Trail at a groundbreaking ceremony from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4. The trail is part of New Mexico State University?s larger plan for the Heritage Farm development west of the campus.

The site is located off College Avenue, southwest of the Las Cruces Convention Center and just west of East Union Avenue.

The purpose of the Heritage Farm is to showcase NMSU?s agricultural roots and to advance current research. It also aims to support private and public economic initiatives and to create a park-like gateway to campus. And students from area schools will have the opportunity to take field trips to the Heritage Farm to learn about agriculture and New Mexico crops.


NMSU students lend a hand, make friends in Las Cruces community

From raking leaves to picking up trash to painting, more than 700 New Mexico State University students helped more than 50 local organizations and businesses, including trails, parks, El Caldito Soup Kitchen and Habitat for Humanity, as part of The Big Event.

The Associated Students of NMSU ? the student government association ? has organized The Big Event for over 10 years. Part of a national campaign, this annual community service project matches student groups and individuals with various local non-profit organizations and businesses in an effort to beautify the city.

The NMSU Student Nursing Association joined other groups to beautify the Do˝a Ana Cemetery. Students with NMSU Cru helped beautify Young Park. And students with NMSU Women in STEM volunteered at the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, where they spent about three hours sweeping, mopping and bagging dog food and cat food to distribute to homeless clients.


NMSU works to build a culture of student philanthropy

When Alexandra Tovar, a New Mexico State University senior studying Spanish, walked into NMSU?s Corbett Center Student Union on Nov. 29 and made her first Giving Tuesday donation, she was already part of a growing number of NMSU students who are learning that they can make a difference in the lives of future Aggies before they have crossed the graduation stage themselves.

Two new initiatives at NMSU are focused on building a culture of philanthropy that starts in college, but will last beyond graduation. It?s a two-pronged approach: reaching out to students online through social media and crowdfunding, and creating a student philanthropy group that?s open to students across the NMSU system.