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NMSU Hotline — June 14, 2017

Safety Tip: Field Trips

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Summer activities may include field trips in the natural environment (http://recsports.nmsu.edu/outdoor-trips/) or the broader community, which are often away from the normal support networks of the university. These activities require quality planning in advance to ensure safety in field locations that are inherently higher risk by the nature of the environment itself.

The following guidance will help you prepare for a safe field experience.

- Complete the Activity Registration Form at http://campusactivities.nmsu.edu/activity-registration-form/ for activities that fall outside the scope of the department?s normal day-to-day operations and for all events that are sponsored by student organizations.
- Field activities are to be led by experienced and qualified personnel.
- Ensure an adequate number of personnel have first aid training (http://fire.nmsu.edu/) and appropriate resources if the activity is not in near proximity to emergency medical services.
- Create a field safety plan, itinerary, participant list and emergency response plan.
- Plan for adverse weather, adequate food and water, appropriate shoes and apparel and heat illness prevention (http://safety.nmsu.edu/2017/06/heat-illness-prevention/).
- Ensure field participants are briefed in advance on the physical fitness requirements, field trip behavior rules, safety information, any specific hazards and the emergency response plan including what to do if separated from the group.
- Participants should be prompted to disclose medical information that may impact their safety or health while engaging in field activities and fill out an informed consent form.
- Maintain accountability of the group members as a number one priority.
- Mobile communications equipment (cell phones, satellite phones, GPS tracking devices, radios) must be tested and available at all times.
- Transportation must use experienced and properly licensed/permitted drivers (http://safety.nmsu.edu/campus-safety/vehicle-and-cart-drivers/) and vehicles that are authorized, insured and properly maintained.

Campus Announcements

Career Pathway Workshops for graduate students offered this week

NMSU graduate alumni who have succeeded in earning faculty positions return to NMSU in this second workshop series hosted by RISE STARTUP.

Alumni speakers will provide practical advice about how to navigate the career pathway to a postdoc and a faculty job. Olivia George (University of Hawaii) and Will Soto (College of William and Mary) will speak this week on Navigating Postdoctoral Positions (today), Securing a Professorship (Thursday, June 15) and Job Talks and Interviews (Friday, June 16).

Workshops combine a formal presentation with informal question and answer session and networking opportunities. All workshops are at 11:30 a.m. in Foster Hall, Room 231 with light refreshments served after the presentations. RSVP to help us plan at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/georgesoto2017.

Sponsored by the NMSU RISE Program (NIH NIGMS R25GM061222). For more information contact Elba Serrano at serrano@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Dance Program's 'Look Who's Dancing' is open for applications

Have you watched every season of "Dancing With the Starts?" Do you practice your best dance moves with your broom? Apply to compete in the 10th season of "Look Who's Dancing." No dance experience required. You will receive instruction from one of our talented students. This is a fundraiser that supports the NMSU dance program. The money helps fund student travel, scholarships and performances. For more information email agavit@nmsu.edu Deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 20.

Retirement vendor on campus June 21-22

A representative from TIAA-CREF will be available by appointment for Tax Sheltered Annuity counseling with NMSU employees on Wednesday, June 21, and Thursday, June 22. Meetings will be held in Corbett Center, Quay Room 329.

You may schedule an appointment by clicking on the link below.

To register for TIAA Financial Counseling - NMSU June 21 visit https://publictools.tiaa-cref.org/public/publictools/events/eventswelcome?eventId=1-5SCEO3X.

To register for TIAA Financial Counseling - NMSU June 22 visit https://publictools.tiaa-cref.org/public/publictools/events/eventswelcome?eventId=1-5SCEOKA.

NMSU Board of Regents to hold special meeting June 16

The Board of Regents of New Mexico State University will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Friday, June 16, in the Regents Room of the Educational Services Building on the NMSU Las Cruces Campus.

In compliance with the Open Meetings Act, copies of the agenda will be made available at NMSU?s Zuhl Library on the Las Cruces campus at least 72 hours prior to the meeting and accessible on the public university website at https://regents.nmsu.edu/agenda/. The meeting will be available by webcast at https://panopto.nmsu.edu/bor/.


NMSU-based NM FAST sends companies to national small business conference

The New Mexico Federal and State Technology Partnership Program recently sent two New Mexico companies to the National Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Conference held May 15-17 in Washington, D.C.

NM FAST is based at New Mexico State University?s Arrowhead Center.

The conference, which was once again co-located with the TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo and the National Innovation Summit & Showcase, provided opportunities to connect with representatives from 11 federal agencies. The conference also exposed the New Mexico attendees, who were not planning to attend prior to hearing about NM FAST funding, to the latest innovative technologies and placed the companies in front of representatives and program managers from SBIR/STTR funding agencies, industry leaders and veteran SBIR/STTR awardees.