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NMSU Hotline — August 18, 2014

NMSU works to elevate online courses

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With more and more college courses transitioning into online formats, New Mexico State University is working to ensure the quality of its online classes matches the quality of those delivered inside the classroom.

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Campus Announcements

School of HRTM hosts mini open house today

The New Mexico State University School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management invites students to a mini open house going on until 3 p.m. today in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 138. Meet the HRTM faculty and staff, learn about the program and take a tour of the facilities, including the Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine and 100 West Cafe.

The school will also host a welcome back barbecue with burgers and hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 4. HRTM students and those considering the program are welcome to attend.

For more information on both events, call 575-646-5995.

Barnes & Noble at NMSU hosts back-to-school events

The Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Cafe in Las Cruces will hold a number of back-to school events in the coming weeks. From now through Sept. 17, the first 50 people to purchase a Macbook will receive either a backpack, case or Apple AirPort item to be determined by a spinning wheel game, while the first 50 people to purchase an iPad will win either a backpack, case or Apple AirPort Express to be determined in the same fashion.

From 5 to 9 p.m. today, stop by for an exclusive new student VIP shopping event. Get one-to-one help with your textbooks, a tour of the store, 25 percent off one NMSU-logoed apparel item, play games, enjoy sandwiches, giveaways, games, cafe samples, Poptastic manicures, Old Navy, a live DJ and more.

Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. and offers free parking in designated spaces. Call 575-646-4431 for more information or view their special Rush Week hours at aux.nmsu.edu/rush.

Students on the hunt for new parking mascot Aggie P. Magee

Students will gather in Corbett Center Student Union?s third floor Ballrooms at 3 p.m. today for the Great Aggie SCVNGR Hunt, where they?ll begin a trek around campus gathering resources from dozens of NMSU departments and offices, meet new friends, and collect some great prizes. Along the way, they?ll meet the new mascot of Transportation & Parking Services, Aggie P. Magee. A direct descendant of the world?s first parking meter, Park-O-Meter No. 1, which was patented by Carl C. Magee (a former New Mexican) in 1935, Aggie P. Magee is a fierce defender of ?Cowboy Ethics? and has been known to ride with Pistol Pete?s posse from time to time. Aggie P. Magee?s mood can change in the blink of a red LED eye, so care must be taken never to offer foreign coins or metal slugs in exchange for parking minutes. No one knows what the initial ?P? stands for ? it could be Pete, Parker or even Pistol. We may never know for sure. See a selfie of Mr. Magee at park.nmsu.edu/magee and visit bit.ly/1vOM6TS for possible updates to the SCVNGR Hunt.

Knox Street closure extended through today

Knox Street between College Drive and University Avenue will be interrupted until 5 p.m. today. The purpose of closure is for the replacement of the 8-inch diameter sanitary sewer line for Skeen Hall, which will required a connection to the man hole on the west side of Knox Street.

The road will be closed to through traffic on Knox Street between College Drive and University Avenue. Access to facilities and parking lots will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be rerouted as needed. This work is being scheduled to be completed prior to the start of the fall semester.

For more information, see the contractor?s traffic control plan at http://facilities.nmsu.edu/outage-notifications/.

Fall 2014 Faculty/Staff Convocation to be held Tuesday

The Fall 2014 Faculty/Staff Convocation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the Atkinson Music Recital Hall. The Excellence in Academic Advising, University Research Early Career, Research Distinguished Career, Patricia Christmore Faculty Teaching and Westhafer awards will be presented at convocation. There will be refreshments in the lobby of the music recital hall beginning at 8:15 a.m. There will be a link on the NMSU homepage for those who wish to join convocation via webcast.

For more information, contact the provost's office at 575-646-2127.

Office of Institutional Analysis closed Wednesday for staff development

The Office of Institutional Analysis will be closed for staff development from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. Please leave a voice mail at 575-646-1720 should you need anything, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. The Daily Enrollment Report will be distributed that day prior to 8 a.m.

Online Course Improvement Program application deadline is Friday

Apply now for the Online Course Improvement Program's New2Online Program or One Year Plus Fellowship.

The New2Online Program (N2O) program is a 16-month program that assists faculty in moving their current face-to-face course to a blended or online format. The N2O cohort of participants will learn how to use Canvas as their learning management system, design a blended or online course following Quality Matters best practices, establish content on Canvas, and participate in self-selected professional development. The N2O program includes a $1,000 stipend, and accepted faculty members will be notified in late August. The program starts in early September.

The One Year Plus Fellowship (1Yr+) is a 16-month program that assists faculty in improving the quality of their online course by following Quality Matters best practices and by participating in self-selected professional development. The 1Yr+ Fellowship includes a $2,000 stipend, and accepted faculty members will be notified in late August. The program starts in early September.

The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 22.

For more information and the application, visit the Online Course Improvement Program website at ocip.nmsu.edu. You may also contact Susie Bussmann at suceppbi@nmsu.edu or Sandy Johnson at srjohnso@nmsu.edu , or call 575-646-1650.

DACC Community Education offers online courses

Interested in American history? Looking for the basics on how to use the internet or using your digital camera or photo editing? How about exploring unsolved mysteries and the unexplained? These and other topics are available in the fall 2014 DACC Community College online course offerings. Many new courses are available for the first time this semester, as well as some tried-and-true favorites. All course descriptions are available at dacc.nmsu.edu/comed. To sign up, or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

Fall hours now posted for NMSU restaurants, convenience stores and bookstore

To view the fall hours for all NMSU restaurants, convenience stores and the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Cafe, visit dining.nmsu.edu/hours. This page contains a mobile-friendly listing as well as a printable version that also features a location map. You can also access this dining page in the ?Links? section of the NMSU INSIDER mobile app, available free of charge on iTunes, the Google Play Store, Amazon, and nmsuinsider.conduitapps.com. Contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for more information.

Educational Retirement Board member handbook updated

The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board has updated the NMERB member handbook. Participants can print a copy from the NMERB website at nmerb.org/handbook.html. Questions regarding the handbook can be directed to ERB-memberhelp@state.nm.us.