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NMSU Hotline — May 5, 2017

Legacy gift to NMSU honors a nephew?s work in ag education

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Anne and Kent McIntosh wanted their legacy after a lifelong farming career to help sustain agricultural education in New Mexico through an endowed scholarship in honor of their nephew.

When the McIntoshes decided to retire after 45 years of farming in Kentucky, they found a new home in Las Cruces. Anne, who grew up in the nearby community of Tularosa, suggested Las Cruces because Holloman Air Force Base had been home to Kent in the 1960s. They loved the climate, with the chance to play golf almost every day of the year.

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Campus Announcements

Professor Cindy Murrell's retirement party to be held today

Professor Cindy Murrell will be retiring from the English department after 29 extraordinary years of teaching and service. Please join us today at Clara Bell Williams Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate our graduating students and Murrell. Food and drinks will be provided.

Chemical & Materials Engineering Graduate Seminar set for today

The Chemical & Materials Engineering Department Graduate Seminar ends the semester with guest speaker Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez, associate professor for the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A &M University. She will be giving a talk about Biomedical Applications of Emulsion Templating today from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. in Guthrie Hall, Room 201. Anyone interested is welcome to come.

Architecture Student Showcase today

The Architecture program at DACC invites the public to its 11th annual Architecture Student Showcase from 5 to 7 p.m. today in the DASR Commons Area of the DACC East Mesa campus. Students will exhibit designs, models, drawings and architectural digital models. Refreshments will be served.This year, the focus of student works was on service learning, which included working on conceptual plans for affordable housing, streetscape improvements, commuter rail stations and similar projects.

Also, local architects and preservationists will conduct four, 10-minute presentations on the following topics:

"The Design Process," my master's project at Tulane: Ruben Contreras

"Design & Construction of a Spiritual Center in South America:" Carl Ewing

"SALT ATTACK on adobe, and adobe reconstruction:" Eric Liefeld

"The Design Process - a local urban design project:" Joseph Feumeller

For more information contact the Architecture Program office at 575-527-7677 or email luirios@nmsu.edu or jkirton@nmsu.edu.

Talk water conservation, policy after 'URINETOWN' Saturday afternoon

Wondering about water supplies? Saturday, May 6 immediately after the 2 p.m. performance of "URINETOWN," join Brian Hurd, professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, Erin Ward, senior program manager, New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute and Director, U.S.-Mexico Border Outreach and Project Coordination, Office of Vice Provost for Research, Rhonda K. Diaz, water conservation program coordinator, Las Cruces Utilities, Regulatory Environmental Services & Technical Support, and "URINETOWN's" director, Wil Kilroy, for a conversation about water conservation and policy.

Learn about current trends, policies, innovations and problems specific to our border region. The talk will take place at ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., right after the performance. If you come just for the talk, please plan to arrive around 4 p.m. Feel free to contact Larissa Lury at llury@nmsu.edu with any questions.

"URINETOWN" also has shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7. Tickets are available by calling the Pan American Center Ticket Office at 575-646-1640 or at the ASNMSU Center For The Arts one hour before every show.

Play SCRABBLE Sunday

Usually the monthly Play SCRABBLE! Promote Literacy! fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Dońa Ana County part of DACC?s Adult Basic Education Program is on the second Sunday of the month. May?s second Sunday, however, is Mother's Day. So, to avoid any potential conflict and anyone having to decide between doing something for Mother's Day and playing SCRABBLE with us, we?ve moved the SCRABBLE forward a week. So, now we?ll be playing Sunday, May 7. Play begins at 1:30 p.m. and continues until 4:30 p.m. We meet at Branigan Library in Las Cruces. The $3 suggested donation to play all goes to LVDAC to help buy classroom supplies for their students. Players of all competitive and skill levels are always welcome. For more information please contact Mark at mpendleton@las-cruces.org or 575-528-4001 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or mpndltn@gmail.com or 575-635-8711 on evenings and weekends. We hope to see many of you there.

Zuhl Fuel extended Finals Week hours set

Zuhl Fuel, offering Starbucks coffee and specialty beverages, sandwiches and salads, will have extended hours for Finals Week. The café will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, May 8, Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10. It will be open regular hours for Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12.

Zuhl Fuel is located on the first floor of Zuhl Library and accepts Aggie Dining Dollars and Aggie Cash. Its normal business hours for the school year are from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Contact 575-646-1749 with any questions.

Deadline extended for Writing Across the Curriculum seminar

There are still spaces left to participate in the Writing Across the Curriculum seminar, May 15-19. The deadline for applications has been extended to Monday, May 8.

Please join us if you've ever wondered about how you could better facilitate and deepen your students' understanding of your course material through low-stakes writing activities, incorporate meaningful writing assignments without adding an unmanageable grading burden, or help students better understand the expectations of writing, reading or research in your discipline.

We are also encouraging people to apply in 'teams' in order to share ideas and support with others within your department. We will provide $200 honoraria for seminar participants who are not on 12-month contracts. Anyone who teaches is eligible to apply.

Application and more information are available at https://accreditation.nmsu.edu/students-write/ or by contacting Kelly Whitney at kwhit@nmsu.edu, Marieka Brown at mariebro@nmsu.edu or Kefaya Diab at kefaya@nmsu.edu.

Innovation celebration, info session for New Mexico Small Business Assistance program slated for Tuesday

This event is an opportunity to recognize small businesses throughout the state participating in the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program, led by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. The NMSBA Innovation Celebration will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 at Arrowhead Center, Genesis Building C.

One of Arrowhead Center?s entrepreneurs, Mariel Vargas with Timer Glove, will be awarded as one of the 10 success stories among 300-plus businesses helped during 2016. We will also have a panel to share their story on how NMSBA has helped them on growing their business and how you or any other small business in the state can take advantage of this awesome and free of cost assistance to the business program.

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in attending or learning more about the NMSBA program. To RSVP, please contact Sharon Evans at 505-845-9671 or sfevans@sandia.gov today.

'Light Vision' student photojournalists exhibition to be held Tuesday

"Light Vision" an exhibition by student photojournalists will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 in the Milton Hallway Gallery. The event will include photography, movies, darkroom tours and food and honor the graduating seniors.

Time to renew departmental parking placards

NMSU departmental business that includes loading and/or unloading, as well as departmental visitors to campus, can request a special placard for $40 that will allow parking in specified areas. Current placards expire Friday, June 30. Departmental Placards do not automatically renew. The request form must be printed and signed by hand in order to be valid. Submission details are provided on the form. Please visit http://park.nmsu.edu/placard/ for details and to download the request form or contact 575-646-1839 or placard@nmsu.edu for additional information.

Physics Summer Camp offered in July

The NMSU Physics Department will be holding its third annual summer physics camp July 10-14. It is open to all high school students. The camp is free to participants and lunch and snacks will be provided. For more information and to apply please visit our site at https://sps.nmsu.edu/2017-physics-summer-camp/ .

You can also contact Alexandra Hartman at hartman2@nmsu.edu for more information.

Finalists selected for NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Dean

Three finalists have been selected for the position of dean of the New Mexico State University College of Arts and Sciences. A 26-member search committee chaired by Donald Pope-Davis, dean of NMSU?s College of Education, made the selection. The position was posted in February and the review of applicants started in mid-March.

The finalists include Enrico Pontelli, currently interim dean of NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences; Nancy McMillian, NMSU professor and department head in geological sciences; and Michael Kruger, professor of physics and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

The finalists will interview on campus May 9-11. Finalists' resumes and interview schedules are posted online at https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/finalists-8/ .

Qualifications for the position include a terminal degree in a discipline typically associated with the College of Arts and Sciences and scholarly achievements that would merit appointment at a tenured full professor level with five years related experience.

Other posted qualifications include the proven ability to innovate and apply leadership and management skills to problem solving. Applicants are expected to have direct knowledge of higher education practices and trends, including but not limited to curriculum and instruction, shared governance, faculty evaluation, budgeting, fundraising and strategic planning. Candidates must demonstrate effectiveness in program development, review and revision as well as the ability to communicate orally and in writing with diverse constituencies.

The ideal candidate will provide leadership to the college?s diverse faculty, staff, students and colleagues in the areas of teaching/learning, research, scholarly activities, service and outreach.

School of HRTM brings happy hour to NMSU

New Mexico State University?s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management will be hosting a happy hour as part of The Adjustment Project series.

Friday, May 5, at 100 West Café, the School of HRTM will serve specialty cocktails, beers, wines and non-alcoholic beverages at modest prices. They will also feature specialty cocktails created by students from Director of the School of HRTM Jean Hertzman?s HRTM-450 course.


NMSU?s Design Build Fly student team climbs to record finish

In its eighth year competing in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics? Cessna/Raytheon Missile Systems Student Design Build Fly competition, the New Mexico State University flight crew recorded a program-best 42nd-place finish. The competition included 95 national and international teams and was held in Tucson, Arizona, April 20-23.

In this competition, teams must design, manufacture and exhibit the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric-powered, radio-controlled aircraft. The two-semester project began in the fall. For only the second year, teams are required to submit a proposal by October, and of the 135 submitted proposals 104 teams qualified to proceed. In February a 60-page design report was required and then 95 teams were selected for the April competition. Last year, NMSU didn?t advance through the proposal stage.