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NMSU Hotline — May 12, 2017

New NMSU scholarship helps veterans transition to civilian life

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A basic military tenet is to leave no one behind. Now, a group of Raytheon employees has come together and established a new scholarship at New Mexico State University to make sure that the final educational mission for student veterans comes to fruition.

The RAYVETS Degree Completion Current Use Scholarship at NMSU helps student veterans who have exhausted their GI Bill benefits if their bachelor?s or graduate degree is at risk due to their inability to fund their remaining classes.

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Campus Announcements

Kathleen Huttlinger?s retirement party to be held today

Kathleen Huttlinger, professor and interim director of the School of Nursing, will be retiring after 10 plus years of teaching and service. Please join us today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate her retirement. Food and drinks will be provided.


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 at 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 Doņa Ana community colleges are each independently accredited by HLC.


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.

May is Bike Month in Las Cruces and at NMSU

May is Bike Month and the Bicycle Friendly University Task Force notes the following upcoming local events.Saturday, May 13, is the Velo Cruces Bike Swap, 8 a.m. to noon at Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market. For more details visit http://bikes.nmsu.edu/2017/05/10/velo-cruces-bike-swap-may-13-farmer-market/. Sunday, May 14, is the Cyclofemme Ride at 2 p.m. starting at the Mesilla Visitor Center. For more information visit http://bikes.nmsu.edu/2017/05/11/cyclofemme-bicycle-ride/.

Next week is the NMSU Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19. The big competition for Bike Month at NMSU is the Bike to Work week. This year this event occurs from May 15 to 19, During the week, across the nation, thousands of individuals will ride to work and many are logging the miles of their commute. At NMSU we are starting a competition to determine which college or division has the highest numbers of riders and by mileage to and from work on May 19. Visit the NMSU Bike to Work day Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1709381079075776/.

Will you be part of the excitement by pedaling to work? If you do, stop at Hadley Hall on May 19 for a refreshment and to sign-in to compete. The ride to work will help make a positive impact on your health and the environment. We?ll see you at Hadley Hall on May 19.

Register for summer 2017 RISE-STARTUP workshops

Register now for the summer 2017 RISE-STARTUP Workshops. Classes scheduled throughout the summer months will cover experimental design strategies to meet rigor and reproducibility standards set forth by the NIH; qualitative and quantitative data analysis with software tools that include R, NVIVO, and JMP Genomics; informative lectures that cover protein purification, x-ray crystallography, and fluorescence microscopy; and an intensive Tissue Culture Laboratory Techniques course (prerequisites required). Space is limited and workshops are expected to fill, so reserve your seat now by taking the survey at the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/startup2017rise.

Please contact Bleu Knight at bleu@nmsu.edu or visit the RISE Events page at https://rise.nmsu.edu/rise-events/ for additional information.


Employee Council seeking nominations for insurance, benefits committees

The Employee Council Fringe Benefits and Insurance Committees are seeking to fill vacancies for several open seats. All regular non-bargaining unit employees are eligible to serve on these committees. You do not need to be a member of Employee Council to be eligible and self-nomination is permitted. Terms for the seats on the Insurance and Fringe Committees are staggered, so we are seeking to fill seats for variable term lengths from one to three years.

Nominations are open until the end of the day on May 25.

Please visit https://empcouncil.nmsu.edu/committee-nominations/ for additional details and to submit a nomination.



Aggie Cupboard food pantry celebrates ?Eat for Pete? donation at new location

It was a passing of the torch of sorts this week when the New Mexico State University community gathered to celebrate the success of its second ?Eat for Pete? campaign to fight food insecurity on campus.

Aggie Cupboard, a food pantry that provides bags of non-perishable food items to students and employees at several NMSU campuses, received a check for $800 contributed by four Las Cruces restaurants. The NMSU Alumni Association teamed up with Chick-fil-A on University, Dublin?s Street Pub and Grill, Lorenzo?s Italian Restaurant and El Sombrero Patio Café, each of which donated a portion of their proceeds on special ?Eat for Pete? days in April and May.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12516/aggie-cupboard-food-pantry-celebrates-eat-for-pete-donation-at-new-location

Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarships help non-traditional NMSU students

After spending eight years in the U.S. Army, Danielle Bustos wasn?t sure what the next step in her life would be. With a little help from a local survey engineer in her hometown, the 29-year-old discovered a profession.

Following her military service that included a 2010 deployment, Bustos returned home to Chimayo, New Mexico, and attended classes at Northern New Mexico College. She arrived at New Mexico State University in spring 2016.

?I was a combat engineer, so when I came back from Afghanistan I really didn?t know what I wanted to do. I needed some time to decompress. I found surveying or I should say surveying found me,? Bustos said.

As a non-traditional student, Bustos said adjusting to university life was a challenge. The survey engineering junior was encouraged in spring 2017 when she was awarded a Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship. After an initial grant in 2015, NMSU recently received a $45,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to provide Boundless Opportunity Scholarships to non-traditional students, which will fund scholarships for 20 students for two years.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12514/daniels-fund-boundless-opportunity-scholarships-help-non-traditional-nmsu-students

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 Klomp at jklomp@nmsu.edu.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12511/nmsu-rotc-faculty-and-staff-to-receive-tuition-benefit