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NMSU Hotline — May 4, 2017

NMSU donors? gifts of time and caring have tremendous impact


When Jag and Linda Cheema needed a family in their new hometown, New Mexico State University answered the call. When NMSU students needed a home away from home, the Cheemas dialed in. Now, the Jag and Linda Cheema Endowed Scholarship will create a way for student athletes to be their best, not only on the playing fields and courts but in the classroom as well.

?When we first moved here, we didn?t know anyone,? Linda Cheema said about their arrival in Las Cruces in 1988. ?Jag said to me ? the very weekend we were moving in ? everyone around here already has their friends. They don?t need us ? we need them.?

Jag Cheema, a tennis player, picked up the phone and called NMSU to ask for a tennis partner.

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Campus Announcements

100 West Cafe serves up Italian menu for last week

Join us for some great Italian food prepared by our HRTM 363 students under the direction of Chef John Hartley through Friday, May 5. The menu for the week will be your choice of cream of red bell pepper soup, salad Caprese or Italian green salad. The main entrée choices are white fish Pomodoro, Roman chicken sautee, eggplant parmesan or Fusille Arrabiata. The sides will be roasted new potatoes and broccolini. Your dessert choices are cannoli, limoncello zabaglione or mascarpone and peaches. 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. See you in the fall after the Labor Day holiday.

The HRTM 363 students are looking forward to serving you. 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.

Aggie Cupboard is moving, new volunteer training Friday

The Aggie Cupboard will be moving from its current location in Regents Row to 906 Gregg Street in the Student Family Housing area. Starting on May 25, the Aggie Cupboard will serve NMSU, DACC and BCOM from the new location.

Join us from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, for an open house and check presentation from Eat for Pete. The check presentation will take place at 4 p.m. at the new location.

Would you like to volunteer with Aggie Cupboard over the summer? Come to our volunteer training from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 5. We will have a work session immediately following the training to prepare the new space for the move.

Questions, email aggiecupboard@nmsu.edu.

Department of Astronomy will host an observatory open house Friday

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an Observatory Open House at the NMSU campus observatories located on 3415 Williams Avenue at 9 p.m. Friday, May 5. Astronomy personnel on hand will be Jon Holtzman and graduate assistants Nigel Mathes and Ethan Dederick.

The objects that will be observed are the moon, the planet Jupiter and the beehive star cluster M44 primarily as these are the easiest to observe. Many other celestial objects will also be observed, time permitting.

Please contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 575-646-4438 with questions. Everyone is welcome to come and spend an evening of stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend.

Social Security Representative to present at NMSU Friday

A representative from the El Paso Social Security office will be presenting information on Social Security retirement benefits on the NMSU campus Friday, May 5. Information regarding the location/time of the presentation is on the Benefit Services website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retire/process/#social. Employees not able to attend the presentation will be able to view a recorded version of the presentation on the same website above approximately one week after the presentation.

Questions regarding this event should be directed to Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

Cinco de Mayo specials at The Player?s Grill

It?s Fiesta Friday May 5 as The Player?s Grill celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Happy Hour and appetizer specials all day long. Start your weekend early with your favorite imported beers inside the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse at 3000 Herb Wimberly Dr. Open to the public. Please call 575-646-2457 for more information. Invite your friends at https://www.facebook.com/events/1220064008092537/.

'URINETOWN' performances continue this weekend

In "URINETOWN," you have to pay to pee, but at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, it's free. The hit satirical musical is playing this weekend, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts on the corner of University and Main. Tickets are available by calling the Pan American Center Ticket Office at 575-646-1640 or at the Center For The Arts one hour before every show. On Saturday after the 2 p.m. show, there will be a panel discussion on water conservation in the Southwest. Don't miss it.

Faculty, staff, students can help NMSU?s accreditation efforts

Faculty, staff and students are invited to provide feedback on NMSU?s Assurance Argument beginning today, by going to provost.nmsu.edu/aa-feedback/ and downloading the first section ready for review ? Criterion 4. Because sections are stand-alone, additional sections will be posted as they are ready for review.

Instructions for providing feedback and additional supporting evidence are on the website. You may also access the draft document through the Provost?s webpage (http://provost.nmsu.edu/) by clicking on ?Review HLC Assurance Argument? link.

The Assurance Argument (formerly called the self-study) provides evidence that NMSU meets the criteria for re-affirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), our regional accrediting body.

The Assurance Argument applies to the Las Cruces and Grants campuses only, as the Alamogordo, Carlsbad and Doña Ana community colleges are each independently accredited by HLC.

Starbucks coffee now available at Zuhl Library

Starbucks coffee and espresso drinks, sandwiches and salads can now be found in the heart of campus. Visit Zuhl Fuel, located on the first floor of Zuhl Library for a caffeine boost and quick snack. Zuhl Fuel accepts Aggie Dining Dollars and Aggie Cash.
Zuhl Fuel is open from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Call 575-646-1749 for more details.

Zuhl Fuel to stay open until 1 a.m. during finals

The new Zuhl Fuel Cafe on the first floor of the Zuhl Library will have extended hours next Monday-Wednesday, May 8-10, staying open until 1 a.m. those days.

New HIPPA rule established at NMSU

NMSU adopted a new rule 15.50 for HIPAA Compliance on April 11, 2017, which can be found on the NMSU policies and procedures manual. The new Rule designates the IT Compliance Officer as NMSU?s HIPAA Privacy Officer and the Chief Information Security Officer as the HIPAA Security Officer. Both officers will be working on establishing a HIPAA compliance program for the whole NMSU system and will be working with a Steering Committee with representatives from the Campus Health Center, Human Resources, Legal, Audit and Research. The IT Compliance Officer will be working on identifying the various NMSU locations where health information is handled and performing an initial privacy and security risk assessment as well as creating a HIPAA website. If you are handling, suspect or are unsure if your department is handling ?health information? please do not hesitate to let us know. For more information you can contact the IT Compliance Officer at 575-646-5902 or send an email to hipaa@nmsu.edu.

Mother?s Day Brunch at NMSU

Treat someone special to an elegant Mother's Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. Gaze upon the Organ Mountains and Aggie Memorial Stadium as you savor a full fine dining experience. Guests receive full buffet access featuring breakfast and lunch menu items, a made-to-order entrée of your choice, and access to our bloody Mary and mimosa bar for just $29.50 plus tax per person.

By reservation only. Call 575-646-4802 to reserve your table today. Go to http://bit.ly/2oFBg1j for additional details, including the full menu.

Innoventure?s student entrepreneurs focus on helping those with disabilities

If you could create a new device or product that helps someone with a disability navigate their life with greater ease, what would it be? A group of middle and high school students from around New Mexico contemplated that question and came up with some unexpected solutions as they participated in the Innoventure competition through New Mexico State University?s Arrowhead Center.

Those teams ? 45 of them from all over the state ? will participate in the annual Innoventure competition at Corbett Center Student Union on the Las Cruces campus from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 5. The public is encouraged to attend a student invention showcase from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Friday on the first floor of Corbett Center.

For more information about the Innoventure program, visit http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/innoventure or contact Marie Borchert at mhaaland@nmsu.edu.


NMSU exhibit highlights J. Paul Taylor?s private collection

Textile traditions from around the world will be on display at New Mexico State University when the University Museum hosts an exhibit of rare fabrics, weaving and embroidered cloth from the private collection of J. Paul Taylor. The opening reception for the show titled ?Travel The World Through Textiles ? A J. Paul Taylor Collection? will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the museum in NMSU?s Kent Hall at the corner of Solano and University.

At 96 years old, Taylor, a well-known educator, legislator and community leader, has spent a lifetime collecting Spanish Colonial, Mexican and New Mexican art and artifacts as well as antiques and collectables that range from ancient metates to vintage toys, rugs, furniture, pottery and textiles from multiple cultures and several geographic regions.


Arrowhead Innovation Fund receives investment from state's Catalyst Fund

The Arrowhead Innovation Fund at New Mexico State University?s Arrowhead Center is one of three organizations to receive investment from the state?s Catalyst Fund, a $20 million ?fund of funds? to support New Mexico companies, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday in Albuquerque. The Catalyst Fund is expected to support more than 50 companies in New Mexico and will focus on aiding technology startups.

?New Mexico has the potential to be the next tech-startup capital of the United States,? Martinez said in announcing the investment. ?Through this fund, we?re going to help these companies get off the ground to become the next Apple or Microsoft. And by doing so, all of New Mexico will reap the benefits, because we will diversify our economy and create more jobs.?

The Arrowhead Innovation Fund will receive a total investment of $800,000 from the Catalyst Fund, which, combined with investments from the NMSU Foundation and other private investors, will put the Arrowhead Innovation Fund close to its funding goal of $2 million.

New Mexico-based companies wishing to identify venture capital funds that have received Catalyst Fund investment will be able to find a list on the New Mexico Economic Development Department?s website, www.gonm.biz.

For more information about the Arrowhead Innovation Fund, visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/aif.