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NMSU Hotline — August 21, 2014

NMSU and Memorial Medical Center to offer public health courses to medical residents


Beginning in fall 2014, the Department of Public Health Sciences in the New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services and the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program at Memorial Medical Center will offer residents the opportunity to take courses in public health.

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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.

Roads, parking lot to be closed for water line installation

Several streets and parking areas will be closed or interrupted in the next two weeks for the installation of 24-inch diameter domestic water line from Well #10 to Well #17.

Wells Street at Sam Steel Way will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. Aug. 21 until 5 p.m. Aug. 22. Access to facilities and parking lots will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be routed as needed.

The entrances to lot 70 at Dona Ana Branch Community College along Sam Steel Way will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25. Access to facilities and parking lot will be maintained via the north entrance to lot 70. Pedestrian traffic will be routed as needed.

Gregg Street at Sam Steel Way will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. Sept. 1 until 5 p.m. Sept. 5. Access to facilities and parking lots will be maintained. Pedestrian traffic will be routed as needed.

For more information, view the contractor's traffic control plan at facilities.nmsu.edu/outage-notifications.

New Mexico Program Group meeting to be held Aug. 28

At this month's New Mexico Program Group meeting, Taylor Burgett will discuss his success with the monetization of applications his company ByteWare has created. Some of these include NoThrow to report illegal dumping, and Smart Refractometer, which is used for brix measurements in wine. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Arrowhead Technology Incubator, 3655 Research Road, Genesis Center Building C. There is not a fee to attend, but registration is required.

NMPG meetings are designed to provide information that is of practical benefit to the audience of any level of knowledge, from novice to expert. Each meeting is structured with discussion on technology in the news, a guest speaker, and a technical question and answer session.

For more information or to RSVP, contact ati@nmsu.edu.

American Southwest Theatre Company hosts first open house

American Southwest Theatre Company will host its first open house to welcome the community back to a new season and school year. The open house will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Center for the Arts.

There will be food, a backstage theatre tour, and a film screening of the classic film "Night of the Living Dead." Come as you are or dressed as a zombie for a special treat. Donations are appreciated.

The next movie event will feature "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on Nov. 1.

For more information, call 575-646-4517 or visit www.nmsutheatre.com.

Instructors reminded to publish Canvas courses

Instructional Innovation & Quality reminds faculty that they will need to publish their Canvas courses in order for students to see them. Instructors can also use the new Draft State tools to publish and unpublish certain content in their courses.

For more information on Draft State, visit s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/product-preview/Canvas_Draft_State.pdf.

How do I publish my Canvas course?: http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/57126-how-do-i-publish-my-course
1. Open your course and view the Course Home Page.
2. At the top of the course Home Page, you will see THIS COURSE IS UNPUBLISHED.
3. In the sidebar, click the Publish button.
4. When publishing is complete, you will then see the course was successfully updated message at the top of the screen.

For more information, contact Instructional Innovation & Quality at learning@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5125.

Retirement celebration for Christina Chavez Kelley is today

The retirement celebration for Christina Chavez Kelley will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today, Aug. 21, at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club on the third floor of the Stan Fulton Center. There will be a mix and mingle from 4 to 4:30 p.m. and then the program will start promptly at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call Chicano Programs at 575-646-4206.

Strengthening Families Initiative kicks off Family Wellness Program fall series

NMSU?s Strengthening Families Initiative will kick off the Family Wellness Program fall series throughout Doņa Ana County starting in August. The class series will take place at community settings such as schools, churches and community centers. Join them in creating fun family memories while learning practical skills and strengthening your family. Topics include parents as leaders and models, dealing with change, communication, family dynamics, signs of health and unhealthy relationships, commitment, conflict resolution and much more. All classes are free. A light meal, program materials and children?s program are provided. Classes are available in both English and Spanish.

For more information and to enroll, call Terry Evaro at 575-646-4360.

Scantron Computer TestScoring is available

ICT/UCC Scantron TestScore comes with a seven-section output report of student scores, classroom statistics, item analysis and raw data scanned. They will ?Scan it, Score it & Ship it? the same day.

The scantrons have up to 184 multiple choice questions and are reusable (up to 184 questions). The software is capable of grading up to three separate exams on same scantron and same report.

Free scantrons for students are available at ASNMSU on the second floor of Corbett Center.

For more information, visit ucc.nmsu.edu/test-score or contact Rey David Madueno at rmadueno@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2032.

Relaxation Room to open Monday

The Relaxation Room in Branson Library, Room 127, will open Monday, Aug. 25. The room is brought to all NMSU students, faculty and staff by the Counseling Center, WAVE and Branson Library for free. The hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Enjoy two massage chairs, relaxing music and sounds, biofeedback and a calm space to de-stress.

For more information, contact Angella Anderson at psych82@nmsu.edu.

International Food and Wine class is available

The HRTM 414 International Food and Wine class still has some seats open for those that are interested in learning as much as possible about food and wine pairing. This class meets Fridays and is offered at two different times, 3 to 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m. You must be 21 years old to be in the class.

For more information, email Ed Linderman at wineprof@nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course "Spanish for Beginners 1," get the basics of Spanish so you can communicate in everyday situations with a Spanish speaker. Learn how to meet and greet people, ask for directions, handle simple business transactions, and order meals. the class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 to Oct. 8. The cost is $63.

In the DACC Community Education course "Fluid Movement Tai Chi," complemented with dynamic stretching techniques that align the total body, this short, four-minute Tai Chi form is easy to learn and therefore an excellent form for the beginner. Balanced with deep, rhythmic breathing, you will experience an increase in energy, focused mindfulness, and a calmness of spirit. The class will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 to Nov. 24. The cost is $93.

For more information or to sign up, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

NMSU Athletics Director McKinley Boston?s contract extended until end of 2014

The employment agreement for New Mexico State University Athletics Director McKinley Boston has been extended until Dec. 31, when he will step down from his post. Meanwhile, Boston will continue to work with NMSU President Garrey Carruthers on a number of issues facing the Athletics Department, including conference realignment, athletic finances and the day-to-day operation of the department.

?Dr. Boston has done a fine job in leading our athletics department over the past 10 years,? Carruthers said. ?I am most pleased with his attention to academics and the development of support groups for our student athletes during his time at NMSU.?

This emphasis in academics has resulted in a 73-percent graduation rate of NMSU?s student athletes as well as an improvement in the university?s academic progress rate, or APR. APR is the measure used by the NCAA to chart the academic success of NMSU student athletes and it has risen over the past few years.

NMSU works to examine, improve student writing in disciplines

The difference between learning to write and writing to learn is at the core of a new initiative at New Mexico State University.

While the first emphasizes the mechanics of writing and the second relates to how the act of writing itself helps us learn a subject, both are critically important to student success. Traditional educational processes often separate and focus on the mechanics of writing, but the NMSU initiative is bringing new attention to the power of writing to learn.

The NMSU initiative, called ?Expert Insider Prose: Developing Students? Disciplinary Expertise in Writing,? is linked to the university?s process of maintaining its accreditation.