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NMSU Hotline — September 4, 2014

NMSU Police Department to celebrate K-9 with retirement ceremony

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The New Mexico State University Police Department is hosting a retirement ceremony at 3:30 p.m. today at the department?s headquarters to honor K-9 officer Raven. She is one of three K-9?s with NMSUPD to specialize in explosive detection. A Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd cross, Raven has worked with the NMSUPD for three years, and she inspected buildings and venues across campus including Aggie Memorial Stadium and Pan American Center. She also has been a regional asset and assisted with bomb threats in Dona Ana County.

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Campus Announcements

Faculty Senate to meet today

The NMSU Faculty Senate will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. today, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 336. Legislation that will be introduced at this meeting includes:

-A proposition to change the department name from ?Human Performance Dance and Recreation? to ?Kinesiology and Dance.?
-A proposition to allow dependent tuition reduction for graduate courses by modifying policy 7.05Ed.
-A proposition to modify the duties of the faculty senate Leadership Committee as defined in the Faculty Senate Constitution.
-A proposition to establish a graduate certificate program in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
-A Jack Monagle memorial

Documentation, including the agenda, can be accessed from the Faculty Senate webpage at facultysenate.nmsu.edu/09-04-2014-senate-supporting-documents/. All interested parties are invited to attend.

School of HRTM hosts welcome back barbecue today

The NMSU School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management will host a welcome back barbecue with burgers and hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today on the lawn outside of Gerald Thomas Hall on campus. HRTM students and those considering the program are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 575-646-5995.

Plant and Environmental Sciences faculty seminar to be held Friday

A Plant and Environmental Sciences faculty seminar by Professor Champa Sengupta-Gopalan, titled ?Genetic engineering to improve nitrogen use efficiency ? the second green revolution!? will be held from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. The seminar is open to everyone.

For more information call 575-646-3405.

Lachica-Chavez to interview for university registrar Sept. 5

Cassandra Lachica-Chavez, director of admissions and residency official and interim registrar at University of Texas at El Paso, will interview on campus Friday, Sept. 5, for the position of university registrar.

An open forum is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. in the Educational Services Building, Room 1.

Faculty, staff, students and other members of the university community are encouraged to attend and provide feedback.

More information on the university registrar search can be found at studentaffairs.nmsu.edu/registrar-search.

?Studio G Networking Hour' to be held this Friday

"Studio G Networking Hour" will highlight MIT?s Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Studio G, located at 1620 Standley Drive, Academic Research Building A. Studio G Networking Hour is a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. This week kicks off the Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series, MIT?s 24-step curriculum for starting a business. This Friday?s presentation covers Steps 1-3, teaching how to determine your company?s target market, first niche and your ideal customer. Studio G helps Aggies start businesses.

For information, visit studiog.nmsu.edu or contact Kramer Winingham at jkramer@nmsu.edu.

NMSU-UTEP Blood Drive kickoff with Twilight movie marathon

Kick off the annual I-10 Rivalry Week with the NMSU-UTEP blood drive Sept. 8 to 12. This year?s event will feature a free "Twilight" movie marathon Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7. Each movie attendance will register you for a Spirit Pack to include two T-shirts and two tickets to the big game at UTEP on Sept. 13. There will be refreshments and giveaways.

For more information about the event, call the CHC Health Education Department at 575-646-4045.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series to be held Sept. 9

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series featuring "Half Cut Tea: Matt Glass and Jordan Wayne Long" will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in HSS 101 College of Health and Social Services Auditorium.

Matt Glass and Jordan Wayne Long make up the two-person team of Half Cut Tea. Half Cut Tea travels the country to tell artists? stories through documentary series. Half Cut Tea has been featured on MSNBC, the Huffington Post and NPR. Matt Glass is a filmmaker and musician who has directed several short films and music videos. Jordan Wayne Long is a performance artist who has shown both nationally and internationally. Matt Glass and Jordan Wayne Long present their work with Half Cut Tea as part of the Fall 2014 Visiting Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by the NMSU Department of Art, the University Gallery and the Lilian Steinman Visiting Artist Funds. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit artdepartment.nmsu.edu.

Red to Green Money Management upcoming workshops

"Budgets Aren?t Just for Your Parents!" workshop will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Zuhl Library Conference Room 225. Do you like the idea of budgeting, but just can?t seem to stick to one? Come check out Red to Green Money Management?s workshop on how to create, maintain and succeed at your budgeting endeavors.

"Don?t Let Your Identity Get Stolen!" workshop will be held form 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in Zuhl Library 123. What is the fastest growing crime in America? Identity theft! Join the Red to Green Money Management program to gain the knowledge to plan, prevent and protect your identity.

To schedule a free appointment with one of their Peer Financial Literacy Coaches, email finlit@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-1631.

For more information, go to careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green. Also signup for their social media in Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook to receive weekly updates.

Aggie Experience 2014 is Oct. 4

University Admissions will host Aggie Experience Saturday, Oct. 4. This program invites more than 1,000 high school seniors to come experience the life of an Aggie. The students will discover NMSU through campus tours, academic highlights, financial aid presentations, a demo class and more.

An information fair will showcase academic departments, student services, organizations, clubs and campus resources so that seniors can learn about all the great opportunities at NMSU. Information tables will be set up in the Pan American Center from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4.

Visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1f6vZz4y6VkAfZr2OqvYEqr-Aujdg50RV1Cd5y-mGORc/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link to secure your table by Sept. 15. You will receive a confirmation email with further details no later than Sept. 20.

For more information, contact Jacque Kennedy at jacquek@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5544.

The New Horizons Symphony seeking musicians

The New Horizons Symphony at New Mexico State University is seeking new musicians. Especially needed are percussionists, timpanists and all string players. If you have played in the past and would like to get started again, join this progressive, fun group. Rekindle your passion for playing orchestral music. Instruments may be available if you need one.

Rehearsals are from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays in the NMSU Music Center Band Room 110.

For more information, contact conductor Marianna Gabbi at 575-522-1498 or kenmar@q.com or visit nhsocruces.com.

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.

4-H Livestock Record app is available

Youth working on 4-H livestock projects must organize data on individual project animals and track participation in events, meetings, shows and contests. A new iOS app, 4-H Livestock Record, helps out providing tools to monitor animal weight, feed and health information, track project income, expenses and assets and generate financial statements.

Developed by the the NMSU Learning Games Lab and sponsored by National 4-H Council with support from Tractor Supply Company, 4-H Livestock Record is freely available from iTunes (http://apps.nmsu.edu/4h_livestock/index.html).

NMSU reinstates National Merit, Hispanic Scholar program

New Mexico State University has reinstated the National Merit Scholarship and Hispanic Scholars Award program after it was discontinued four years ago as part of budgetary cuts associated with the Great Recession.

?Re-establishing the program sends the clear message that NMSU is for all students, including the most accomplished,? said Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard. ?Too many of the best students in New Mexico are leaving the state, not to attend elite, private colleges or universities, but to attend state universities with stronger merit scholarship programs. We want to let these students know that NMSU?s academic programs are second to none and we want them to build their futures in New Mexico.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10584/nmsu-reinstates-national-merit-hispanic-scholar-program

NMSU ranks among best colleges on Washington Monthly 2014 National Universities list

New Mexico State University continues to be listed among the best colleges in the country according to the Washington Monthly National Universities rankings.

NMSU is the highest-rated institution in the state and is listed at 104 in the national rankings for 2014.

?New Mexico State University is a caring community transforming lives through discovery,? said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. ?This ranking reflects our efforts to provide our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel, long after graduation. This is where our students find themselves ? who they are and what they want to be.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10586/nmsu-ranks-among-best-colleges-on-washington-monthly-2014-national-universities-list