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NMSU Hotline — June 13, 2017

NMSU faculty, staff member selected for prestigious USDA fellowship


The United States Department of Agriculture has selected a faculty member and a staff member from New Mexico State University to participate in its E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program, which offers faculty and staff from Hispanic-serving institutions the opportunity to work collaboratively with the USDA to gain insight and understanding of the federal government.

Efren Delgado, an assistant food science and technology professor at NMSU?s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences in the Family and Consumer Sciences department, was selected to participate in the program?s science fellowship. Anthony Marin, director of student affairs, was selected for the program?s education fellowship. Of the 17 fellows selected nationally, NMSU is the only institution with two participants. The program will begin June 17 in Washington, D.C.

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Every Aggie Counts event slated to boost Aggie Finish Line scholarship

As part of its $125 million Ignite Aggie Discovery fundraising campaign, New Mexico State University is promoting a special mini-campaign for the month of June to emphasize that ?Every Aggie Counts? when it comes to making an impact on student success.

For those alumni who have not yet found the program or scholarship they want to support at NMSU, there?s an extra incentive to make a first-time gift during Every Aggie Counts: a dollar-for-dollar match is available for gifts to the Aggie Finish Line Degree Completion Scholarship from alumni who are making their first gift to NMSU.

To honor every Aggie wishing to give back, the NMSU Foundation will host a special event for El Paso-area alumni from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Whole Foods, 100 Pitt St. on El Paso?s west side, for a chance to win gift cards from Whole Foods and other giveaways.

The event, which features a live radio broadcast and other fun, will drive the momentum for Every Aggie Counts and give Las Cruces alumni a chance to meet students and support a new scholarship in time to make a difference for the fall semester.

Students at NMSU who are a semester or two away from graduation now have an additional source of support to help them bridge that financial gap and cross the finish line to receive their degree. The Aggie Finish Line Degree Completion Scholarship will support one or more undergraduate students with an award that covers the tuition gap when other financial support has been exhausted. Students must be in good academic standing at NMSU and must be within one or two semesters of completing a bachelor?s degree.

Every Aggie Counts comes in the midst of the NMSU system?s Ignite Aggie Discovery campaign, which extends through 2019. The fundraising effort, which launched its public phase in April, is the largest cash campaign in the university?s history, with a goal of adding $50 million in scholarship endowments to support student success. To learn how you can be part of Every Aggie Counts, visit ignite.nmsu.edu/everyaggiecounts or call 575-646-1613.

Chile Pepper Institute sale happening now

The Chile Pepper Institute has frozen green chile on sale ? NuMex Heritage 6-4 (mild); NuMex Heritage Big Jim (medium); NuMex Sandia Select (hot). Bags are $5 with about 10 chiles per bag.

We also have an assortment of ornamental chile plants for sale at the Chile Pepper Institute. All 4? plants are $2. We also have some NuMex Centennial and NuMex Twilight 6? plants for $4.

Located in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265, the Chile Pepper Institute is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For questions please call 575-646-3028.

Bonnie M. Rabe?s retirement reception to be held Friday

Bonnie M. Rabe is retiring as the director for the Agricultural and Environmental Services Division of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. As AES director, she oversaw the regulatory activities for the pesticide compliance, plant industries, the feed, seed and fertilizer program, as well as the supporting AES laboratory section. She has also led the efforts for the recent addition and ongoing implementation of produce safety outreach and inspection responsibilities under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act. Rabe started as a pesticide inspector with the pesticide compliance section of the division and has just completed 27.5 years with the department. She is a graduate of NMSU with a bachelor's degree in entomology and a master's degree in agricultural extension education.

Please join us on Friday, June 16, to celebrate Rabe?s 27.5 years of service to the NMDA. Her retirement reception will be held at NMDA?s main conference room from 3 to 5 p.m. All NMSU departments are invited.

'Calling All Aggies' contacting students about fall 2017

NMSU?s ?Calling All Aggies? enrollment campaign is moving toward completion of the first rounds of calling and/or emailing students who have not yet enrolled in the fall 2017 semester. Total number of calls and/or emails made as of June 12 are 2,199. Thank you so much for your efforts.

An automated email blast was sent on June 6 to remaining undergraduate students who have yet to enroll, encouraging them to seek resources for completion of their enrollment. The email included links to financial aid, accounts receivable, all academic colleges, as well as Calling All Aggies contacts. The Graduate School is also active in contacting students who have yet to enroll. Overall we still have 1,275 students to contact and assist with enrollment.

All efforts to contact these students is absolutely needed and appreciated. If you and/or your department hasn?t jumped on board yet, the ability to do so is simple. Student Information Management has provided the electronic tool for all faculty and staff to help with the calling. If you are not already approved to call, please request access to the link by sending your Aggie ID to sim@nmsu.edu. Once you are approved, you are given a PDF information packet to download providing step-by-step procedures.

If you are already approved, please take the time to contact some students and offer up some assistance. Calling All Aggies platform link is below at https://enrollmentcampaign.nmsu.edu/eclist.php?Campus=MA&Class=&College=HS&Holds=&Major=&Search=Search.

We can all be part of making a difference for our students. CAA thanks you for your efforts and thanks you in advance for participating. For questions, contact Lisa Kirby at 575-646-1342 or lkirby@nmsu.edu.

NMDA to hold public rule hearings across New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will hold public hearings in four locations across the state to discuss the adoption and amendment of two rules.

The hearings will be held to propose the repeal and adoption of 21.15.1 NMAC ? ?Organic Agriculture,? and amendments to 21.34.3 NMAC ?Pasteurized Milk Ordinance,? and receive public comment on each proposal.

The hearings will be as follows:
? In Las Cruces at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, on Wednesday, July 5, from 1?2 p.m. and 2:30?3:30 p.m.

? In Portales at the Roosevelt County Extension Office on Thursday, July 6, from 2?3 p.m. and 3:30?4:30 p.m.

? In Santa Fe at the State Capitol building in Room 326, on Friday, July 7, from 8?9 a.m. and 9:30?10:30 a.m.

? In Albuquerque at the Bernalillo County Extension Office, on Friday, July 7, from 1?2 p.m. and 2:30?3:30 p.m.

During the Organic Agriculture hearings, the new fee structure for the Department?s Organic Program will be proposed. During the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance hearings amendments will be proposed. These amendments add a reference to additional documents that are used to regulate milk and milk products in New Mexico.

The Organic rule hearings will be held first at each location, with the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance rule hearings to follow.
A copy of the proposed rule is available on the webpage at www.nmda.nmsu.edu, or at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture located at 3190 S. Espina, Las Cruces, NM 88003.

2017 NMSU Community College Roundup now accepting proposal submissions

The 2017 Community College Roundup has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30, at New Mexico State University?s Carlsbad campus. The conference is an interdisciplinary forum for exchange of knowledge on the latest techniques and advances in education within the NMSU System. The 2017 theme is ?Down to Earth: Adapting to New Challenges.? The conference is currently seeking speakers with diverse expertise to stimulate discussions and promote collaboration between the four community colleges at Carlsbad, Alamogordo, Grants and Dona Ana.

Proposal submissions are due by July 15. Early bird registration ends July 15.

The conference website is located at http://roundup2017.nmsu.edu. For more information contact Teri Dodson at 575-234-9256.