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NMSU Hotline — August 19, 2014

NMSU Aggies gear up for football, look to fans for successful season


The game of football is a team sport, eleven men on each side of the ball battling in the trenches. Although the players on the field and the coaches on the side line are important, it?s the diehard fans in the stands that make college football one of the most exciting events in the country Saturday?s during the fall. The New Mexico State football team started gearing up for the season Aug. 1, with the beginning of fall camp and head coach Doug Martin and the team, expect this to be a special season for the Las Cruces community.

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Campus Announcements

Student employment fair to be held Aug. 27

NMSU departments that have student employment or work study positions available for the fall 2014 semester, Career Services invites you to participate in the student employment fair. The student employment fair offers an excellent opportunity for on-campus departments to talk to and recruit our many talented students for part-time positions within their department.

This event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in Corbett Center, Second Floor. Departments that are interested in participating in the student employment fair can register at careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-fairs/student-employment-fair/ or email careers@nmsu.edu before Wednesday, Aug. 20.

For more information, contact Yvonne Franco at 575-646-1631 or yrel@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 jobs.nmsu.edu/ Posting #1400529S.

For more information, contact iquinone@nmsu.edu.

Social Security representative to present at NMSU

A representative from the El Paso Social Security office will present information on social security retirement benefits on the NMSU campus Aug. 29. Information regarding the location/time of the presentation is on the Benefit Services website at benefits.nmsu.edu/retirement/preparing/. Employees not able to attend the presentation will be able to view a recorded version of the presentation on the same website above approximately one week after the presentation.

For more information regarding this event, contact 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

NM Lottery Scholarship eligibility change begins fall 2014

Beginning with the fall 2014 semester, incoming students who meet other eligibility requirements will need to successfully complete 15 credit hours with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher to earn the NM Lottery Scholarship. To maintain eligibility, students will need to complete 15 graded credit hours each semester and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Students can earn the scholarship for up to seven semesters. See http://fa.nmsu.edu/scholarships/freshmen/legislative-lottery-scholarship-nmrf/ for more information.

Students who have received the scholarship for at least three semesters (including spring 2014) are considered legacy students and must complete 12 credit hours each semester and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or greater to continue to be eligible for the NM Lottery Scholarship. Legacy students can hold this scholarship for up to eight semesters.

A significant discount is available to all students who take 15 or more student credit hours per semester. When you take more credits per semester, you save money on your college degree and graduate faster. See
http://hr.nmsu.edu/uar/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2014/04/2014-2015-FAL_TF.pdf.pdf for more information.

VALIC offers mutual fund investment options on 403b, 457b plans

A new website with information regarding the mutual fund investment options being offered by VALIC is now available. The website will provide information as well as the link to create the new mutual fund account, either under the 403b or the 457b. Employees will be able to access the site from the Benefit Services website at benefits.nmsu.edu/retirement/for-employees/retire-plans/. The link will be available by clicking on the name VALIC under the "Vendor Options" list toward the bottom of the page.

All new enrollments will have the mutual fund investment options only. All current and past participants in VALIC?s plans through NMSU will have the following options: convert all existing assets to the mutual funds as well as any future contributions, leave all current assets in the annuity contract and send future contributions to the mutual fund platform or leave everything under the annuity investment platform.

Once the decision has been made to change contributions to the new mutual fund investments, participants will not be able to contribute to the annuity platform in the future.

Questions can be directed to Benefit Services at benefits@nmsu.edu or to the local VALIC representative, Phillip Bennett, at Philip.Bennett@valic.com.

Pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers reminded to be careful on campus

Environmental Health & Safety reminds members of the campus community to slow down and observe their surroundings. Raise your awareness as a walking pedestrian, or a bicyclist and especially as a driver. At times, the campus and the streets can become a busy flurry of activities and people everywhere.

Be especially careful in your attention to driving, this includes driving of all types of vehicles even utility vehicles, golf carts and bicycles. NMSU cart drivers are required to follow the rules of the road and give the pedestrian the right of way at all times. Similarly, bicyclists are consider vehicles when on the street and can be cited for failing to follow traffic laws. Read this quick guide on best practices for safe campus driving safety.nmsu.edu/news/updates/bestpracticecampusdriver.html and require those who work for you to do so as well.

Environmental Health & Safety has developed a one hour refresher training on distracted driving that is a free class available to anyone in our NMSU community. For a refresher, sign up for training on the NMSU Safety website for the next Campus Driving Safety class offered at 9 a.m. Oct. 24, at Environmental Health & Safety Training room.

Actions such as sending or receiving phone calls, text or email messages are prohibited and the only exception allowed is for hands free communication devices and for emergency communication by police or emergency personnel.

Annual Rivalry Game Football Reunion to be held in September

Aggie Athletic Club will host the annual Rivalry Game Football Reunion Sept. 18 to 20. All football alumni-athletes are welcome to join for a weekend full of events and activities, including touring the new weight room and stadium, a team dinner, golf and pre-game reception just before the big rivalry game.

For more information or to register, visit www.AggieAthleticClub.com/fbreunion or call 575-646-5151.

Event to promote awareness for the blind to be held Oct. 15

DACC's Student Accessibility and Resource Center will host a free event to promote awareness for the blind. The event is sponsored by Blinded Veterans Association Rio Grande Regional Group on the 50th anniversary of National White Cane Safety Day. The purpose of the event is to provide resources and information regarding vision loss. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at DACC East Mesa Campus, 2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.

There will be many activities for DACC students and the general public such as a Veterans Mobile Center exhibition, meeting companion dogs, blindfolded golf, blindfolded walk, goal ball, experience dining in the dark, multiple health screening booths and many other free activities for all ages. American Sign Language interpreting will be available on-site.

For more information, call 575-323-4611 or visit www.facebook.com/white.cane.event.