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NMSU Hotline — September 12, 2014

Student panelists prepare for important role at Domenici Public Policy Conference


Specially selected students from across New Mexico have spent the recent months preparing for their opportunity to learn from and question national and international policymakers and experts as part of the 2014 Domenici Public Policy Conference, hosted by New Mexico State University on Sept. 17 and 18 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

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Campus Announcements

Audio industry entrepreneur to give lecture today

NMSU?s College of Engineering welcomes Colin McDowell, CEO and founder of McDSP, an audio software company, as the first speaker in the fall Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship. His presentation titled "Starting the Start Up" will be held at 4 p.m. today, in Thomas and Brown Hall Room 104. The lecture is free and open to all.

McDowell has spent nearly two decades in the audio industry and even longer as a signal processing engineer. McDowell graduated with honors from New Mexico State University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering, along with minors in mathematics and economics. Before founding McDSP in 1998, McDowell was employed at IBM, Digidesign and Dolby.

For more information, contact Spyros Angelis at 575-646-2975 or loky@nmsu.edu.

?Studio G Networking Hour: Sales Techniques' to be held today

"Studio G Networking Hour" will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today 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's presentation covers sales techniques. In a startup, you are constantly selling to attract partners, investors, and to win over your first customers. Learn about the best techniques in the industry. Studio G helps Aggies start businesses.

For information, visit studiog.nmsu.edu.

Center for Learning and Professional Development classes offered

The Center for Learning and Professional Development course "Annual Inventory Training" will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at the Academic Research Complex C, Room 110. Ensure you have the most up to date knowledge of the inventory system and process to successfully complete your annual property inventory. Additional trainings will be offered Sept. 16-18, including an online training on Sept. 16.

To sign up for one of the inventory trainings, visit http://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu and click on "Find Training," then "Policies & Procedures."

"Check it Out! Perceptions, Rumors, and Credibility" will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24, at the Corbett Center Student Union, New Mexico Room 324. This free informational workshop will help individuals understand how perceptions, assumptions and rumors get started; how they impact our credibility at work; and how to deal with them. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005610.

Many other training opportunities are available through CLPD. The schedule for the next 30 days of training is available at http://training.nmsu.edu/CLPD/training-calendar.php.

For more information or for assistance in registering for any of these courses, contact the CLPD at 575-646-7444, or by email at training@nmsu.edu.

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Student Success Center Workshop to be held Sept. 15

The workshop "Time Management: Making Minutes Matter" will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the Zuhl Library Conference Room, 225 second floor. Meet deadlines, remember important dates, optimize your study time, complete assignments at a comfortable pace and still have time to have fun.

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

FootGolf comes to Las Cruces

The NMSU Golf Course is kicking off an all-new sport that?s new to the area. Replacing a golf ball with a soccer ball and using your foot as a club, FootGolf has been growing in popularity around the world since its inception less than a decade ago.

FootGolf will make its debut at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15. There will be no cost for this inaugural event, however golf carts can be rented at just $6.50 per rider. Players will play nine holes of golf on the front nine, while regular golfers will begin their 18-hole play on the back nine.

Following Monday?s event, FootGolf fans will be able to compete in 9-hole play Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. for just $10. Students with a valid Aggie ID can play for $8.

For more information call 575-646-3219 to sign up and view a FootGolf demonstration video at http://youtu.be/QdSjECexZZY.

Aggie Cupboard new hours for fall semester

The Aggie Cupboard provides free nonperishable (not refrigerated) food to NMSU students (including DACC students), faculty and staff. To receive assistance, bring your current NMSU ID to Room 132 of Garcia Annex during open hours.

The hours for the fall semester are 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, and from 10 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Those who wish to contribute to the Aggie Cupboard may do so by donating food or by donating financially. The Cupboard is always in need of high-protein items such as canned chicken, tuna, peanut butter and beans. Donations may be dropped off at the Counseling Center, Room 100 in Garcia Annex, or to make a financial donation, visit http://giving.nmsu.edu and specify that your gift is for the Aggie Cupboard.

For more information contact Lori Haussamen at mlori@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2731.

Advanced Sky Warn class offered at Dona Ana County Extension office

When severe weather occurs, having qualified weather spotters to identify and report the conditions to the NOAA?s National Weather Service is critical.

Interested volunteers who have completed the basic class and have a station number are eligible to take the Advanced Sky Warn class. The training will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at New Mexico State University?s Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service office, 530 N. Church St.

For those individuals who have previously taken the advanced class, changes have occurred and taking the class would be beneficial.


NMSU's Dance Society to hold event Sept. 18 and 21

Motion Studies 101 will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in Rentfrow Gym. A contemporary dance performance featuring choreographic works in progress, the NMSU Contemporary Dance Theater will be featured, performing works by faculty and student choreographers. Tickets can be purchased in the NMSU dance program office, Rentfrow #105, by phone, or at the door. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.

For more information contact 575-646-2070 oragavit@nmsu.edu.

NMSU?s Project Discovery inaugural event explores the science and flavor of chile

Everyone is invited to NMSU?s inaugural Project Discovery event that will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in the Atkinson Recital Hall. ?Project Discovery: An evening of music, dance and the science behind the world's hottest chile pepper,? will feature a conversation with Paul Bosland, the world?s foremost authority on chile peppers. You will also enjoy performances by NMSU?s award-winning DanceSport Company 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.

Faculty and staff can buy one ticket for $10 and get one free at the Pan Am box office, the Center for the Arts box office or by calling 575-646-1420 or 575-646-4515.

'A Peek of Las Cruces' to be held Sept. 18

The first-ever ?A Peek of Las Cruces? street fair will happen from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the NMSU campus on Locust Street, east of the Activity Center and Intramural Field. The purpose of this exciting new event is to bring a little of Las Cruces to campus with food, arts and crafts, and music from local eateries and artists.

All NMSU students, faculty and staff are invited to attend and get a taste of the local food, visit with craft vendors, hear some great music, and learn more about what the Las Cruces community has to offer. This is a family-friendly event with fun activities planned for kids as well.

The event is sponsored by NMSU Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.

For more information, check the Facebook at facebook.com/newmexicostateuniversity or call 575-646-1722.

New 'Battle of I-10' and 'Tough Enough to Wear Pink' shirts in stock

Help support New Mexico State?s defeat of the UTEP Miners with the brand new ?Battle of I-10? shirt available now for $18.98 plus tax at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces. While you?re there, you can also show your support for the ?NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink? campaign by purchasing an all new pink breast cancer awareness T-shirt. Both men?s and women?s shirts are available for $12 plus tax with $8 of the purchase benefitting Cowboys for Cancer Research. Photos of both designs are available at http://aux.nmsu.edu/bookstores/.

Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. and is open 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, with free public parking in designated spaces.

For more information, call 575-646-4431 and remember that ?Pink Week? begins Sunday, Sept. 28.

Workshops on proposal development are available

The NMSU Office of Research Development will offer three workshops for faculty and staff in proposal development, including ?Strategies for Developing Competitive Proposals,? ?Strategies for Developing Competitive NSF Proposals,? and ?Strategies for Developing Competitive Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Proposals.? For more information or to register for a workshop, visit http://grid.research.nmsu.edu/workshops_list.php.

For more information, contact jmcshann@nmsu.edu.

Faculty Grievance Review Board seeks 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.

Forbes ranks NMSU as one of America?s Top Colleges

Forbes has recognized New Mexico State University as one of America?s Top Colleges in 2014.

On the list of 650 institutions, NMSU ranked 442 overall, 104 in the South, 135 in best public research and 165 in best national research.

For the seventh year, Forbes and Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity joined to create a return on investment-focused ranking structure. Forbes and CCAP utilized five weighted categories to calculate the rankings: student satisfaction (25 percent), post-graduate success (32.5 percent), student debt (25 percent), graduation rate (7.5 percent) and academic success (10 percent). For more details on ranking methodology, visit http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinehoward/2014/07/30/americas-top-colleges-2014/.


NMSU scientists study kit foxes, coyotes at White Sands National Monument

Take a stroll through the unique gypsum dunes of White Sands National Monument and you might come across paw prints belonging to a kit fox or coyote.

These two predators coexist in an extreme form of competition called intraguild predation. When two predators compete for the same prey, the larger often kills and may even consume the smaller predator. This is a phenomenon familiar with sharks, spiders, hyenas and many other animals. In this case, the coyote is the predator of the kit fox.

Aware of this relationship and concern for the impact it could have on the kit foxes, the National Park Service sought the help of New Mexico State University Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology Professor Gary Roemer to implement a study on the animals? behavior.