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NMSU Hotline — July 17, 2017

NMSU astronomy professor studies unusual galaxy in distant universe


An assistant professor in New Mexico State University?s College of Arts and Sciences? Astronomy Department recently coauthored a paper detailing the shape and motions of stars within a distant galaxy.

Moire Prescott?s contribution to the research was published in the scientific research journal Nature on June 22.

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Campus Announcements

'Calling All Aggies' campaign needs your help

The fall 2017 calling campaign, which focuses on all NMSU main campus students not yet enrolled for the fall semester, has reached out to more than 1,900 students since late April. Calls are made by faculty and staff who either talk directly to a student, leave a message and/or send an email offering assistance for enrollment. These efforts need to continue as we still have a large number of students not enrolled for the fall 2017 semester. This is an important task and requires a community wide effort to assist all NMSU students in staying the course and completing enrollment for the fall 2017 semester. Emails offering assistance and resources are currently being generated by the Student Information Management (SIM) team and being sent to all students eligible to enroll for fall 2017. Calls from the NMSU community to our students make a difference and the "Calling All Aggies" initiative thanks you very much.

If you are not currently approved to assist in our campaign, please send your Aggie ID to sim@nmsu.edu requesting a link to access "Calling All Aggies." Once you are approved, you are given a PDF information packet to download step-by-step procedures. For those of you already approved, your link to the campaign is at https://enrollmentcampaign.nmsu.edu.

For questions, contact Lisa Kirby at 575-646-1342 or lkirby@nmsu.edu.

Sick Leave Bank program enrollment open through July 31

Enrollment for the NMSU Sick Leave Bank Program is now open through July 31. The program is available to regular employees with at least two years of regular service by June 30 who are enrolled in the long-term disability plan and earn sick leave. Eligible employees must submit a completed Sick Leave Bank Enrollment Authorization form to NMSU Benefit Services by 5 p.m. July 31.

Presale code for Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis has been America?s favorite holiday tradition for more than 30 years. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Davis' groundbreaking Fresh Aire series, which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. The program celebrates the group?s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard?s Seasonal Charts every year.

Tickets for the Dec. 5 concert at NMSU Pan American Center will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, July 21, at the Pan Am Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at https://www1.ticketmaster.com/mannheim-steamroller-christmas-las-cruces-new-mexico-12-05-2017/event/0C0052A5062544CB?artistid=944139&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=50.

A Christmas in July presale will take place Thursday, July 20. Use code SNOW from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ticketmaster link above or from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pan Am Ticket Office.

Please call 575-646-1420 for more information and select interested or going at https://facebook.com/events/223511438147106/ for concert updates.

New course, Strategies for Teaching Online, offered in August

Strategies for Teaching Online will introduce you to best practices in online teaching and learning. You will explore ways to increase teacher presence and student engagement. Your participation in this training will not only orient you to online teaching, but it will also simulate the student experience where you will participate as the online student in the online course. You will have the opportunity to use the discussion board, submit assignments and collaborate with your peers.

To register for the Aug. 1-15 class, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=virtc000000000002471.

Trouble registering? Please call the Teaching Academy at 575-646-2204.

Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods offered in August

A Better Process Control School?Acidified Food only course will be held at New Mexico State University, Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 303. This two-day course will be presented in English at NMSU on Tuesday, Aug. 8, and Wednesday, Aug. 9. This is a certification course for managers and supervisors of food processing operations of thermal procession systems, acidification and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified canned foods. The school satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations for acidified foods only.

Course cost for the early fee of $400 includes textbook, instruction and testing and certificate. Lodging, meals and travel are not included. Books will be issued on first day. Late fee of $50 added if registration is received after July 31. Limited seating available. For registration and more details visit http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/better-process-control-s.html.

This two-day course will be presented in Spanish at NMSU Thursday, Aug. 10, and Friday, Aug. 11. The cost is early fee of $500, late fee $550 if received after Aug. 1. For registration and more details visit http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/better-process-control-s.html.

Faculty, staff dining option users should use remaining meals by Aug. 31

Current NMSU faculty, staff, affiliates and retirees who had purchased a Faculty/Staff Dining Option after Sept. 1, 2016, must use their remaining meals before the plan expires on Aug. 31, 2017.

Dining Options for 2017-2018 will be available for purchase beginning Sept. 1. Details and cost-saving information is available at https://idcard.nmsu.edu/facultystaff-meal-plans/.

Please contact the ID Card Services Office at 575-646-4835 or idsvs@nmsu.edu for more information.

16th Annual Mesilla Valley Amateur Golf Invitational Sept. 2-3

The NMSU Golf Course is proud to once again host the 16th Annual Mesilla Valley Amateur. As always, your entry fee will cover all activities, including tournament fee, cart fees, tee gift, daily skins game entries, closest to the pin/par 3 challenge contests, and two meals. This year, 80 percent of each player?s handicap will be used and the field will be limited to approximately 200 players. Sign up early at https://hr.nmsu.edu/golf/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2017/07/Mesilla-Valley-Am-Entry-Form-2017.pdf to avoid being shut out.

Please call 575-646-3219 for more information.

NMSU PREP Academy awards engineering scholarships to New Mexico students

The New Mexico State University Engineering New Mexico Resource Network hosted the 2017 NM PREP High School Academy June 18-30. The NM PREP program provides diverse, high-achieving middle and high school students the opportunity to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.

Participants in this two-week residential program are exposed to the engineering design process, applied use of engineering software and advanced manufacturing using 3-D printers, and receive experience implementing their newly learned engineering skills on real-world projects. Students lived in the NMSU campus dorms, participated in a variety of social and leadership activities and field trips.


NMSU professor?s book on criminal gangs sparks new study in borderland

A New Mexico State University criminal justice professor recently published a book detailing criminal gang activities in San Antonio, Texas, for the past 100 years.

Mike Tapia, an assistant professor in NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences, first became involved in criminal gangs after graduating from St. Mary?s University in San Antonio. He took a job as a caseworker for gang intervention. His interest in the topic of criminal gangs, specifically juvenile delinquency, compelled him to go back to school, eventually earning his doctorate in sociology.


Butler Named DACC Division Dean

DACC Vice President Monica Torres has appointed Joe Butler as the dean of the recently created Science, Engineering and Mathematics Division at DACC.

Butler has more than 27 years of experience teaching mathematics at Texas community colleges and universities including Baylor University, University of North Texas, Collin College, Cisco College and Panola College.

?Joe is a great addition to DACC,? Torres said. ?He brings a wealth of experience in instruction and administration which will serve our students well and contribute to the success of this new division.? Torres also noted, ?David Burleson has worked tirelessly as the interim head of this division since its creation and we thank him for his service.?

Butler earned a bachelor's and master's in mathematics from the University of North Texas.

He has presented at conferences on a variety of subjects including dual credit, distance learning, accreditation and university partnerships. His community service ranges from helping at food banks, to building homes with Habitat for Humanity and community beautification efforts.

The new SEM division includes several departments including engineering and manufacturing technology, sciences and mathematics.

?With more jobs in New Mexico calling for certificates in these disciplines, these departments are helping move the Doņa Ana County workforce forward,? said Butler. ?I look forward to working with our faculty, students and staff at DACC and working with New Mexico State University to build more pathways and 2 plus 2 programs for our students.?

For more information contact Eddie Binder at 575-528-7070.