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NMSU Hotline — August 6, 2014

RISE program at NMSU aims to expand minority participation in STEM fields

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Women don?t belong in science. That?s what Lydia Villa-Komaroff was told growing up. She didn?t listen. Villa-Komaroff, who grew up in Santa Fe, was among the first Mexican-American women to complete a doctorate in cell biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She?s also a scientist who made critical breakthroughs in diabetes research. This month, she joined other well-known researchers to encourage hundreds of students at New Mexico State University to pursue careers in STEM fields.

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Campus Announcements

Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System on NMSU campus to be tested today

If you hear a siren on the New Mexico State University campus Wednesday at noon, don't be alarmed. The university?s Outdoor Severe Weather Warning Systems are activated for one-minute blasts on the first Wednesday of each month as a test to ensure they are functioning properly. Two pole-mounted sirens, which sound the severe weather warnings, are located on the eastern and western ends of campus. The Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System is part of the university's emergency system and will be used to communicate weather-related emergencies for individuals who are located outside a building.

In a weather-related emergency, the weather warning sirens will be engaged for two minutes or longer and will alert members of the campus and surrounding community to immediately seek shelter and once they are safe to check the NMSU website or local news for additional information.

Employees registered with the Emergency Notification System may choose to receive emergency information via email, voicemail or text messaging service. Sign up for emergency alerts at: https://myaccount.nmsu.edu/accounts/etm/index.php.

Farewell reception to be held today for ICT manager

A farewell reception for Shawna L. Arroyo, a longtime and much-valued ICT family member, will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the NMSU Golf Course Banquet Room. Light refreshments will be served.

Arroyo is the manager for student technology and planning at Information and Communication Technologies at New Mexico State University. She has been part of the ICT team since she started as a college student in 1998. She graduated from NMSU with a bachelor?s of business administration in management and a master's in curriculum and instruction. She started as a student assistant with ICT, advanced to a co-op student position and became an ICT manager in 2008.

Projects associated with her position as a manager include managing the student technology fee, computer labs, general use stations and printing on campus. In addition, Arroyo works on strategic planning, information technology summits, and statewide educational conferences. Arroyo also serves as the chair for NMSU?s Employee Council, voting member for the Sustainability Council, chair of Employee Recognition Committee, ex-officio member of the Faculty Advisory Committee on Technology, and board member of the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP).

She is leaving NMSU for a position at Texas A&M University, San Antonio.

For more information, contact christine@nmsu.edu.

Employee Council meeting to be held Thursday

The next Employee Council meeting will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, in Milton Hall Room 85. If you are unable to attend in person, visit the webcast at https://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/_a769301336/employeecouncil2014.

The Employee Council is an advisory body to the president for all matters affecting NMSU employees and works closely with the university administration to promote and support the mission and vision of NMSU.

For more information visit http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu/.

Volunteers needed for table during Aggie Welcome and Orientation Week

As a part of Aggie Welcome and Orientation Week, there will be "Ask Me! Where's My Class?" tables at six different locations across campus from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, and Friday, Aug. 22 (broken down into one-hour shifts). Volunteers are needed to help guide new Aggies in the right direction. Two people per shift are needed to staff the tables. Faculty, staff and student employees are encouraged to volunteer.

Supplies will be provided by the Aggie Welcome and Orientation program. Volunteer Here!

For more information, contact Clarissa Maldonado at cmaldo02@nmsu.edu or 575-646-8038.

NMSU music business program begins concert series with 'Back to School' event

The NMSU Music Business degree program will begin hosting various events this fall that will give students hands-on experience in entertainment and production management. The fall ?Back to School? event will feature local groups Dusty Low and the Hard Road Trio, and will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. This event is the first of several planned for the school year, which will include a Latin jazz group, Korean folk dance troupe, a piano soloist and others.

Admission for the Aug. 29 show is $10 general admission and $5 for students. Tickets are currently on sale at Hubbard?s Music, Valley Pro Music, and the Music Department Main Office. All ticket proceeds will benefit the music business program.

Each event is designed to give students an opportunity to develop skills through various aspects of an event from contracts, lights and sound to hospitality and marketing. Students within the program learn many of the functions of the music industry in the classroom, and will now have the opportunity to put those skills to work and gain real experience.

For more information, contact Michael Armendariz at armendar@nmsu.edu.

Search committee seeks nominees for graduate school dean position

New Mexico State University is in the process of searching for the Dean of the Graduate School. As members of the university community, they are seeking your help. The members of the search committee are asking that you assist them in identifying potential candidates for this position. Forward the name, email address and phone number of your nominee to mmorehea@nmsu.edu.

If you would like to forward the information to the candidate, the position description and the ad for the position can be found on the NMSU web page at Administrative Searches and how to apply can be found on the NMSU Human Resources website at https://jobs.nmsu.edu/ Posting # 1400529S.

For more information, contact iquinone@ad.nmsu.edu.

Pre-Health Professions Advising website unveiled

The College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center recently unveiled a comprehensive online resource for NMSU Pre-Health students. The new webpage can be found at http://artsci.nmsu.edu/en/nmsu-pre-health-professions-advising.

The Pre-Health Professions Advising Office, which opened in December 2013, seeks to empower and support students interested in healthcare professions as they engage in a process of exploring, preparing and applying to healthcare professional programs. The resource was designed and created to provide current and prospective NMSU students, alumni, NMSU faculty and staff, and the NMSU community with important information about pursuing a career in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy and other related healthcare fields.

For more information, contact Jeremy ?JT? Taulbee at 575-646-3142 or via email at jtaulbee@ad.nmsu.edu.

Responders needed for QuickConnect Program

The QuickConnect Program, an early alert and intervention program, is seeking volunteer responders. The program is dedicated to offering assistance to all NMSU faculty and students. Its purpose is to connect with students who may be experiencing difficulties early and late in the semester. Responders are volunteer staff and faculty who want to make a difference in the success of students. Commitment as a responder is minimal and enriching.

For more information or to volunteer as a QC responder, contact at lkirby@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-1342.

NMSU, NMDA to host organic farm walking tours

A great way to learn about farming techniques is to visit successful operations. With the increased interest in organic farming, an opportunity is being afforded for new and transitioning organic growers to visit farms and observe some of the ways they manage pests and encourage beneficial insects.

New Mexico State University?s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture?s Organic Program are presenting a series of four farm tours hosted by organic growers throughout New Mexico who produce a variety of crops.

?These on-farm workshops provide an opportunity to view both pest and beneficial insects on a variety of crops, and to discuss approaches to their management within organic cropping systems,? said Tessa Grasswitz, NMSU's integrated pest management specialist.