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NMSU Hotline — May 11, 2017

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, former NMSU Regent Laree Perez to receive honorary degrees

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Because of their inspirational examples of successful careers, their commitment to service and their generosity to New Mexico State University, Kevin Johnson, chief executive officer of Starbucks, and Laree Estes Perez, former NMSU Regent, will receive honorary degrees at NMSU commencement Saturday, May 13, at the Pan American Center. Johnson will be honored at the 9 a.m. ceremony, and Perez will be honored at the 2 p.m. ceremony.

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Finalists interviews for NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Dean conclude today

The three finalists for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences were on campus for interviews this week. You are invited to attend an open forum and presentation with each candidate. Michael Kruger will present from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today at CCSU: Senate Chambers & Gallery, Room 302.

Finalists' resumes and interview schedules are posted online at https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/finalists-8/. For more information, please email leslies@nmsu.edu or call our office at 575-646-2498.

NMSU alumni's idea needs votes to win USA Today grant

A group of NMSU alumni are hoping to win a $100,000 grant from USA Today through its ?A Community Thrives? project to create a community space with tools people in the region can use for creative projects. USA Today?s "A Community Thrives"(ACT) program enables community members to act on ideas that improve the people, organizations, government and businesses around them by equipping them with the resources they need to thrive. Lea Wise-Surguy, NMSU alum and executive director of Cruces Creatives, wants the grant to create a ?Makerspace" in Las Cruces. The ?Makerspace" would provide access to tools like 3-D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, top-notch software, a wood shop, metal working tools and more.

?Makerspaces are like gyms for tools, where members can come in to use the tools, learn skills and share in a community of making,? Wise-Surguy said. The funds will allow the group to purchases the tools, secure space and hire instructors to serve the community. Voting for USA Today?s ?A Community Thrives? grant will run through Friday, May 12. To vote for the project, visit http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60451604/. To learn more about Cruces Creatives, go to their website at https://crucescreatives.org/ or follow them on Facebook where they have more tools and demos in conjunction with the USA Today ?A Community Thrives? grant. For more information contact Lea Wise-Surguy at crucescreatives@gmail.com.

Win a Barnes & Noble Gift Card Saturday

Discover NMSU Zuhl Museum?s vast collection of petrified wood, fossils, rocks and minerals on Saturday, May 13. While you?re there you could win a Barnes & Noble gift card in the Zuhl scavenger hunt. Doors open at noon and close at 5 p.m.

It is free, open to the public and located inside the NMSU Alumni Visitor?s Center, 775 College Dr.

Go to http://bit.ly/NMSUZuhlMuseum for more information.

Donation Fundrive through Tuesday

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 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.

NMSU physics summer camp for Las Cruces 9-12th graders

New Mexico State University?s Society of Physics Students is organizing its annual summer camp to run from July 10-14.

?Camps like NMSU's physics summer camp give students a chance to explore specific fields at the college level,? said Tegan Fuqua, NMSU physics graduate student who is organizing the camp. ?This not only exposes students to a subject to let them decide if they want to pursue it, but also lets them experience what studying at the college level will be like.?

The group has not yet determined specific topics, but workshops will cover the fundamentals of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, the properties of light and how it interacts with matter, and relativity and quantum mechanics.

The deadline to register for NMSU?s physics summer camp is June 30. Applications are available online at http://nmsu.life/17. If a student needs parental accompaniment due to a disability, parents should contact Trudy Luken, Director of Student Accessibility Services at 575-646-6840 or sas@nmsu.edu.


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.

NMSU students to fill the Pan Am Center for commencement ceremonies this weekend

New Mexico State University commencement weekend kicks off with a hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates at the Pan American Center at 6 p.m. Friday, May 12.

Students receiving their bachelor?s or master?s degrees will be honored during two ceremonies Saturday, May 13. At the 9 a.m. ceremony, degree candidates from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Health and Social Services will be recognized. Then at 2 p.m., degree candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education will be honored.

Over 40 doctoral candidates are expected to attend Friday?s hooding ceremony, and over 1,700 bachelor?s and master?s degree candidates are expected to attend Saturday?s ceremonies.


NMSU?s Doņa Ana County Cooperative Extension Service hosts new workshop

New Mexico State University?s Doņa Ana County Cooperative Extension Service in conjunction with the NMSU-Fred Hutchinson Cancer Outreach Program is hosting a series of workshops dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of cancer survivors.

The Cancer Thriving and Surviving/Chronic Disease Self-Management Program will be a six-week workshop focusing on building skills, sharing experiences and providing mutual support. Topics include pain management, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions and communicating with doctors.

?Unfortunately, cancer education and services in the border region are relatively scarce. The Cancer Thriving and Surviving workshop will be offered for the first time in Las Cruces by the NMSU/Fred Hutch Cancer Outreach Program staff,? said Rebecca Palacios of NMSU?s Public Health Sciences department.

Weekly sessions will begin Monday, May 22, from 1-3:30 p.m. with the following sessions taking place each Monday through June 26. Sessions will be held at the Southern Area Health Education Center located at 4003 Geothermal Drive. Family, friends and caregivers are also welcome to attend.

To register for the workshop or for more information, call 505-850-0176 or the Doņa Ana County Cooperative Extension Service at 575-525-6649.


NMSU ROTC faculty and staff to receive tuition benefit

For the first time, New Mexico State University?s Army and Air Force ROTC faculty and staff will be eligible for the university?s tuition remission program, allowing them to take classes at NMSU as part of their compensation package.

Unlike other NMSU faculty, ROTC faculty and staff were previously ineligible for this NMSU benefit because as affiliate faculty and staff, the salaries of these employees are paid for by the military.

For more information about the ROTC tuition remission program, contact NMSU?s financial aid office at financialaid@nmsu.edu.


NMSU business students compete in Daniels Fund Ethics case competition

Undergraduate business students from New Mexico State University?s College of Business delivered impressive presentations during the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative?s sixth annual Case Competition in Denver April 27-28.

?The team and I were very proud of our team?s exceptional performance,? said Bruce Huhmann, NMSU professor of marketing and director of NMSU?s Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. ?Their presentation was professional, polished and showed a clear understanding of principle-based ethics.?

NMSU was among 10 teams of four-to-six students that participated in the unique competition, designed exclusively for universities that are members of the Daniels Fund Ethnics Consortium from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.