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NMSU Hotline — September 3, 2014

NMSU education faculty partner with community to launch parent library at Central Elementary


For Central Elementary School parents, taking their children to school each morning now includes the chance to grab a book or magazine from a new Parent Library Zone launched this year.

The idea for the new literacy opportunity was presented to the school by New Mexico State University College of Education faculty Mary Fahrenbruck and David Rutledge, based on a national initiative called the Little Free Library.

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Campus Announcements

'The Odd Way Home' premieres today at the White Sands Film Festival

A Creative Media Institute faculty member's film, "The Odd Way Home," will premiere at 6:30 p.m. today at the White Sands Film Festival at the Cineport 10. The film was produced in New Mexico with local investors and students from CMI. The film stars Rumer Willis and Chris Marquette, and was directed by Rajeev Nirmalakhandan. He co-wrote it with former CMI instructor Jason Ronstadt. The screening will benefit Hearts for Autism, an organization based here in Las Cruces. The film's trailer can be seen at www.TheOddWayHome.com.

NMSU salutes workers during National Payroll Week

National Payroll Week is a public awareness campaign that pays tribute to more than 156 million people who work in the United States. National Payroll Week highlights the payroll professionals who support the American system by not only processing wages, but also reporting earnings and withholding employment taxes, which keep the country running smoothly.

New Mexico State University joins in the salute to the American worker and payroll professionals by participating in National Payroll Week, which coincides with the nation's Labor Day celebration. At NMSU, a staff of 17 employees process semi-monthly payroll and compliance reporting for up to 8,200 faculty, staff and student employees each pay period.

Discounted Project Discovery tickets available

NMSU?s inaugural Project Discovery event will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Atkinson Recital Hall. The event will feature NMSU Professor Paul Bosland being interviewed live by KRWG?s Fred Martino about the science behind the world?s hottest chile pepper. There also will be performances by NMSU?s DanceSport team with special musical guests, a flamenco dance performance, the World?s Greatest Salsa Bar, chile tastings, ACES in the Hole sorbet and gelato sampling and an after-party on the Horseshoe featuring free food and beverages.

Tickets are $10 for faculty and staff, but for seven days will be available 2-for-1: two tickets for only $10. Call 575-646-1420 or 575-646-4515 for tickets, or stop by the Pan-Am or Center for the Arts box office.

WAVE program seeking volunteers

NMSU's Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education program is seeking new volunteers for the Crisis Assistance Listening Line, as well as any interested students, faculty or staff who have not completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.

The Crisis Assistance Listening Line (CALL) is a confidential hotline serving NMSU and the greater Southern New Mexico community. Students interested in the opportunity can also register for the CALL as a course (CEP 499, Debra Darmata). For more information, contact Debra Darmata at 575-646-5673.

The CALL training is a total of 40 hours during weekends and evenings scheduled Sept. 6-14. To apply for the training, visit http://thecall.nmsu.edu/volunteer_application.php.

The final weekend, Sept. 13-14, will be the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).
For students, faculty or staff only interested in the ASIST, registration can be found at www.nmsu.edu/~wave/asist-form.php.

For more information, visit http://www.nmsu.edu/~wave/index.php.

DACC Community Education courses cover Celtic knot earings, calligraphy

The Celtic knot wire design earring is elegant and easy to make. Basic instruction in this DACC Community Education course covers wire choices and types, use of tools and wire wrapping techniques. Tools will be provided (for use in classroom only) or students may bring their own. Class is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at ACC East Mesa DAEM, RM 107. Cost is $15.

Explore the ancient art of beautiful writing. In this popular DACC Community Education course, learn to write with a broad-edged pen and create attractive cards, envelopes and quotes. Study the shapes and stroke sequences of the italic alphabet, and train your eye and hand to work together to create beautiful letters and flourishes. Classes are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 18 to Oct. 9 at DACC Central DACL, RM 114M. Cost is $51.

To sign up, or for more information on either of these courses, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

NMSU Environmental Health and Safety announces fall safety courses

Environmental Health and Safety is pleased to provide the 2014 Fall Safety Training Schedule via the monthly calendars at safety.nmsu.edu/training/calendar/ehs_cal_go.htm. During the fall semester, EHS expects to provide more than 100 safety-related classes to approximately 1,500 NMSU individuals as part of its ongoing loss prevention effort to prevent injury, provide risk management and comply with OSHA and EPA requirements.

All new regular, temporary, part-time, staff, faculty, post-doc, graduate and student employees at the Las Cruces campus should observe the minimum safety training via the Employee Safety Class. The Employee Safety class is free and is presented every other week at the training facility. The class is required under NMSU policy and covers safety policy, emergency procedures, cautions on disposal of chemicals and, if appropriate, EPA and OSHA obligations for chemical use and employee protection.

A number of staff, researchers, faculty, post-docs, graduate assistants and undergraduate employees work with hazardous materials or equipment, infectious materials, and/or animals,and have additional training requirements beyond the Employee Safety class. Further details on training obligations for those that work in NMSU research, lab, shop or agricultural settings is covered in the class and a guide is available on the safety website at safety.nmsu.edu/training/docs&train_chklst_labs.htm.

EHS will provide several evening and special safety topics classes this fall and in the spring for busy NMSU individuals unable to attend during regular business hours. Currently there are scheduled special fall evening classes for Employee Safety and HazCom Safety on Sept. 5 and for Laboratory Safety on Sept. 19. Individuals can register or review details via the safety class calendar at safety.nmsu.edu/training/calendar/ehs_cal_go.htm.

On Sept. 10, 11 and 12, EHS will provide five 4-hour-long refresher training sessions on maintenance safety for affected employees in Facilities and Services, Housing, Special Events, Physical Science Laboratory, Corbett, DACC and ARS/agriculture, as well as other NMSU departments or locations with maintenance activities. Each session will include four one-hour classes on the following topics: Asbestos and Environmental Awareness; Carts, Campus Driving & Controlled Access; Hands-only CPR; and Personal Protective Equipment. Further details and a training matrix for maintenance workers is provided on the safety website under training.

In October, several laboratory safety refresher classes will be offered for the sciences and affected engineering and agriculture groups. These refresher classes are to help ensure NMSU researchers comply with regulatory requirements for annual Lab Standard and Hazardous Waste training.

Please note that the refresher classes will only count as annual refresher training for those who have completed the regular Laboratory Standard and Hazardous Waste Management Safety classes. The refresher classes will not meet the initial requirements for training on those topics.

In addition, Defensive Driving and Campus Driving refresher classes are provided monthly by EHS instructors. Distracted driving continues to gain wide attention and a review of best practices for campus driving is at safety.nmsu.edu/news/updates/bestpracticecampusdriver.html.

A complete listing of these courses is available at safety.nmsu.edu/news/updates/2014-fall-safety-classes.html.

Biad's chile available at NMSU's Chile Pepper Institute

The Chile Pepper Institute has Biad?s frozen, roasted and chopped green chile available in the NuMex 6-4 variety. The cost is $5 per 13.5-ounce tub. Visit the Chile Pepper Institute in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 265 Monday through Friday from 8-5. Call 575-646-3028 with any questions.

Students share their summer adventures in Arts and Sciences photo contest

Visiting a Buddhist temple in Shanghai. Learning a new language. Riding a camel. Fighting forest fires. Saving lives. These may sound like items on someone?s bucket list but they are just a few of the experiences students in New Mexico State University?s College of Arts and Sciences had over the last couple of months.

For the second year, the college sponsored ?How I?m Spending My Summer Vacation,? a contest challenging students to share pictures and details about what they?d be doing their summer break and how it relates to their education.

The result was more than 20 entries from students across the college?s diverse departments. Some students stayed close to home while others traveled around the U.S. or to far-flung locations around the globe.