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NMSU Hotline — September 10, 2014

NASA EPSCoR to fund planetary seismology research at NMSU


New Mexico NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has awarded a grant of $749,893 to New Mexico State University astronomers for research to be conducted over the next three years.

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Campus Announcements

Air Force, Army ROTC to commemorate 9/11

New Mexico State University?s Air Force and Army ROTC units are inviting the NMSU and Las Cruces community to join them in events honoring the victims of 9/11.

The commemoration will include a memorial run beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. NMSU police will escort ROTC cadets participating in the run, which will begin at Young Hall and head west on the Horseshoe to Espina Street, south onto Wells Street, left (north) at Locust Street, on to Stewart Street, and back toward the Horseshoe ending at Young Hall.

?It?s important that we never forget the sacrifices made by so many on Sept. 11, 2001, and the sacrifices made since then in the name of freedom,? said Lt. Col. Ira Cline, NMSU Air Force ROTC commander and professor of Aerospace Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?America has long been the beacon of freedom for the rest of the world and, regardless of what our enemies want to achieve, they?ll fail. They?ll fail because the hope and promise of freedom can?t ever be destroyed by terrorist ideology or acts. So for that reason, we?ll run. It?s a sign of our commitment to freedom and it?s a huge ?thank you? to all who?ve served and will serve.?


Campus Health Center will close early Thursday

The Campus Health Center will close at 11:30 a.m. Thursday , Sept. 11, for staff training and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12.

For more information, call 575-646-1512.

Student Success Center Workshop to be held Sept. 11

The Student Success Center workshop "Listening, Note Taking and Participation: Classroom Success," will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in Zuhl Library Conference Room 225 second floor. Taking good notes can be the key to effective studying and ultimately to college success. Learn how to find the main point, how to listen, read the signs instructors send, and organize your notes.

For more information, contact David Melendez at himitsu@nmsu.edu or 575-646 1020, or visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu.

The NMSU Community College Roundup to be held Sept. 12-13

NMSU Alamogordo will host the NMSU Community College Roundup 2014 Friday, Sept. 12, and Saturday, Sept. 13. There are 35 presentations and more than 50 presenters representing all five campuses. Roundup is a great professional development opportunity and a venue for meeting others in your discipline. Check in/registration begins at 9 a.m. in the Rohovec Fine Arts Building.

For more information about the conference, visit

Astronomy open house set for Saturday

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an open house at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the NMSU observatory. Everyone is welcome to come and spend an evening stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend.

Astronomy personnel on hand will be Chris Churchill and graduate assistants Candace Gray, Sam Schonfeld and Nick Ule. Objects that may be observed induce the M57 Ring Nebula in the Nebula constellation of Lyra, M13 Great Globular Cluster in Hercules (the gem of the sky), Saturn (Saturn sets early), Uranus and Mars (near Saturn, also sets early), Albiero-double cluster (one looks red, the other looks blue), M11- the Wild Duck star cluster and many more.

Fore more information, call 575-646-4438.

Faculty seminar on plant genetics to be held Friday

A Plant and Environmental Sciences faculty seminar by biology Professor Donovan Bailey, titled "Gene family evolution among Brassicaceae HD-ZIP I genes and the origin of reduced complexity (RCO)" will be held from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. The seminar is open to everyone.

For more information, call 575-646-3405.

Faculty Grievance Review Board seeking nominations

The NMSU Faculty Grievance Review Board is seeking nominations to fill several open positions. Nominees must be tenured, tenure track, or college faculty who do not hold an administrative position. Appointments will vary in length from 2 to 3 years. Based on NMSU policy, no more than one board member can come from any department and no more than three can come from any college. Nominations will be accepted until these criteria have been filled or when nominations close at the end of business Sept. 15.

If you are interested in serving on the board or have questions, send an email that includes a short biographical sketch to be used in the ballots to Stuart Munson-McGee, chair of the NMSU Faculty Senate at smunsonm@nmsu.edu.

NMSU to hold grand opening for the Pete V. Domenici Archives

New Mexico State University will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, to celebrate the opening of the Pete V. Domenici Archives as part of the Political Papers Archive at the University Library. The newly renovated space houses his collection, which spans 3,000 linear feet.

The ceremony will take place in the first floor lobby of Branson Library and will feature remarks from Elizabeth Titus, dean of the library; Larry Creider, department head of archives and special collections, NMSU President Garrey Carruthers and retired U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici.

The library staff will host tours of the archives following the ceremony. The collection includes unique artifacts and memorabilia from Domenici?s extensive career in New Mexico. A photo exhibit will also highlight the Senator?s work in Washington, D.C.


Nursing dissertation defense to be held Sept. 16

The School of Nursing will hold the dissertation defense of Vicki Denson, titled ?Volunteer Health Care Providers? Recommendations and Practices for Cervical Cancer Screening in Faith-Based Clinics Serving Low-Income Hispanic Women? at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the CHSS, Dean?s Conference Room, third floor.

For more information, contact kpech@ad.nmsu.edu.

Retirement presentation to be held at NMSU by NMERB and NMSU Benefit Services

Representatives from the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board and NMSU Benefit Services will present information on the NMERB defined benefit retirement plan and the NMSU retiree benefits Sept. 23. Information regarding the location and time of the presentations is located on the Benefit Services website, at benefits.nmsu.edu/retirement/preparing/. Employees not able to attend the presentations will be able to view a recorded version of the presentation on the same website above approximately one week after the presentation.

Vendors from ING, VALIC, Horace Mann, TIAA CREF and Waddell and Reed will be available from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. to answer questions regarding the voluntary retirement plans (403(b) and 457(b)) outside the Corbett Center Auditorium. Voluntary retirement plan information is available on the Benefit Services website at benefits.nmsu.edu/retirement/for-employees/retire-plans/.

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

New issue of 4-H Leaderline newsletter is now online

The October?November?December 2014 issue of the New Mexico 4-H Leaderline newsletter is now online. To read the new issue of Leaderline, go to aces.nmsu.edu/4h/documents/leaderline_oct-nov-dec-2014_color_copy.pdf. To read past issues, visit aces.nmsu.edu/4h/newsletters.html and select a newsletter.

For more information about the New Mexico 4-H Youth Development Program, including how to join, call the County Extension Office in your area. Contact information is available at aces.nmsu.edu/county/.

GMAT Examination Fee Waiver is available

The New Mexico State University Student Success Center and College of Business, in collaboration with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), are proud to announce the university?s participation in the GMAT Examination Fee Waiver Code Program to assist eligible students and alumni interested in pursuing graduate studies in business. Eligible students and alumni may apply to receive a GMAT examination fee waiver that will be administered through the NMSU Student Success Center. The eligibility criteria and electronic application can be accessed by visiting http://ssc.nmsu.edu/gmat-examination-fee-waiver-code-program/.

For more information regarding the GMAT Examination Fee Waiver Code Program, contact the NMSU Student Success Center at 575-646-3136.

NMSU Tombaugh Scholar contributes to first-generation star research

New Mexico State University researcher Young Sun Lee is among a group of collaborators that has discovered a star that may have formed just after the very first generation of stars in the universe. The research is documented in ?A chemical signature of first-generation very massive stars,? an article published in the Aug. 22 issue of the prestigious publication, ?Science? magazine.

The international team of researchers discovered a metal-poor, low-mass star, dubbed SDSS J0018-0939, which has chemical abundance ratios linked to nucleosynthesis of first-generation stars.

First generation stars, which formed about 100 million years after the Big Bang, are estimated to have formed with masses more than a hundred times the sun.


NMSU Regents Professor Luis Vazquez addresses multicultural issues in counseling

Having an open dialogue about multicultural issues such as ethnicity, language, color, gender and minority status is important for the American people according to Luis Vazquez, New Mexico State University Regents Professor and Associate Vice President for Research Integrity.

?We in America have an issue with race, language, ethnicity, gender, and we need to have a frank discussion about what we are doing to ourselves as the demographics are changing in this country, and how we are going to learn to work together,? he said. ?Issues in society and across the U.S. are related to how people develop their own biases from perceptions learned throughout their life history, and how they use these biases toward race, language, ethnicity, gender and color.?

An expert in diversity and multicultural issues, Vazquez, a discussant on a panel with psychoanalytic therapists presenting issues regarding women of color, was approached by the panelists at the American Psychological Association convention in August 2013, about writing an article evaluating the multicultural issues in three case studies.