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NMSU Hotline — September 29, 2014

NMSU Physical Science Lab tests small unmanned aircraft in dusk, night conditions


The New Mexico State University Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Test Center and the NMSU Department of Psychology just completed a series of three, week-long, experimental tests to evaluate the safety of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operations in the day, at dusk and at night. The NASA-funded experiments used AeroVironment Raven B and Puma sUAS for the study and used NMSU?s chase plane to simulate an encroaching aircraft.

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Campus Announcements

Foster the People concert to be held Tuesday

Tickets are available for $25 plus fees for Tuesday, Sept. 30?s Foster the People, Fitz and the Tantrums and SoKo concert, taking place at the Pan American Center. They can be purchased at the Pan Am Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/98676/. For more information, call 575-646-1420 or visit http://panam.nmsu.edu/foster/.

For more events, visit http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10646/new-mexico-state-university-events-sept-27-oct-3.

NMSU hosts New Mexico Global Education Consortium 2014 Summit

As the global marketplace for higher education continues to expand, new demands are facing universities worldwide. New Mexico universities formed a consortium to begin looking at these issues 15 years ago. They will meet in Las Cruces Oct. 1 and 2 to further their efforts to help the state produce a globally competent workforce.

"The New Mexico Global Education Consortium 2014 Summit is a significant milestone in framing NMSU?s commitment to preparing global citizens for the 21st century," said Cornell Menking, NMSU?s associate provost for international and border programs, who organized the summit.

The six universities who originally formed the consortium in 1999 include NMSU, Eastern New Mexico University, Western New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and the University of New Mexico. Now all four-year, two-year and tribal universities and colleges across the state make up the consortium.


100 West Cafe to serve country-style cooking and Taste of Italy menus this week

100 West Cafe will serve country-style cooking and "A Taste of Italy" menus this week for lunch and dinner Wednesday evening. Hours of operation for lunch are from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Buffet menu Tuesday at lunch and Wednesday evening is cole slaw, potato salad, BBQ beef brisket, mashed potatoes, ranch beans and apple pie a la mode for dessert. Buffet lunches are $8. The a la carte menu for Wednesday and Friday lunches will be pasta fagioli, Sicilian tomato and onion salad, chicken Milano, pasta a la vodka and your choice of chocolate cake or mascarpone and peaches for dessert. A la carte lunches are $10. The food lab will not be able to provide to-go lunches anymore.

100 West Cafe will accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards. For more information, visit http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5995.

NMSU to host talk on Hispanic poetry

New Mexico State University?s Center for Latin American and Border Studies will host a talk on current trends in Hispanic poetry at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

Jose Kozer, winner of the 2013 Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, will present ?Lectura comentada de poesia neobarroca.? His talk will be in Spanish with English translation. Following the presentation, a reception will be held at 5 p.m. Additionally, Kozer will have a bilingual poetry reading and question and answer session at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the College of Health and Social Services Auditorium Room 101A.

Originally from Cuba, Kozer was a professor at Queens College from 1965-97. His discussion will focus on the two main lines of Hispanic poetry, the linear and the Neo-Baroque. Kozer will use examples of his own Neo-Baroque poems to substantiate this more dense and difficult mode of expression in poetry.


Pan American Dance Institute seeks board members

The board of the Pan American Dance Institute is looking for members to support the NMSU Dance Program and your local dance community with your time and talents. The first organizational meeting of the year will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Human Performance, Dance and Recreation Deptartment Conference Room, second floor of the Activity Center; AC204.

The Pan American Dance Institute (PADI) of New Mexico State University seeks to help the dance community thrive. It is a great way to get involved and stay connected, not only within the local arts community, but with an ever-broadening global community. PADI members help challenge students to develop a commitment to community service through teaching and performing.

PADI?s vision includes creating communities that will support self-expression, human development, scholarly inquiry and artistic creativity. Members also take part in activities, such as planning and coordinating receptions and other social events associated with the NMSU Dance Program.

For more information, contact Ann Gavit at 575-644-2070 or agavit@nmsu.edu.

Upcoming training sessions offered through CLPD

"Communication Breakthrough" will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 2, in Milton Hall Room 50. This workshop will present specific techniques that, when practiced, can prepare you for difficult communication situations. You'll learn what words to use to dismantle defensiveness and practice two scripts to help you be more direct and assertive. You'll be challenged to practice and improve your listening skills. Finally, you'll practice a format for responding to hostile or demanding communications. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006030.

"Preventing Harassment in the Academic and Workplace Setting - Supervisor Focus" will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in ARC C Room 110. This interactive course, facilitated by the Office of Institutional Equity, is designed to provide supervisors with the necessary information to promote and maintain a harassment-free academic and work environment. The course will focus on supervisor responsibilities related to NMSU policies and procedures along with federal and state laws relating to discriminatory practices and harassment. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005771.

"WEAVE Online Assessment System" will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in ARC B Room 101. Learn about how to use the WEAVE Online assessment system to enter goals, objectives and outcomes as part of the yearly assessment process. Participants will also learn about other resources that are available to help aid in the process of creating reports and managing documents. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005957. If you are not able to attend this training, another training is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 2, in ARC B Room 101. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005958.

These are just a few of the upcoming training offerings for faculty and staff. Throughout the year, the Center for Learning and Professional Development hosts a wide range of courses in business systems, employee development, leadership development and communication. 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 training@nmsu.edu.

'Where the Wild Things Are' story time to be held Oct. 4 and 5

The Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces will give kids two chances to meet one of the beloved ?Wild Things? with free public costumed story times at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 and at noon Sunday, Oct. 5, in the second floor children?s living room area. Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. next to Panda Express. All campus parking is free on the weekends.

For more information, call 575-646-4431.

Cervantes Family 5k and 10k registration is now open

The NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink Cervantes Family 5k and 10k registration is now open. The fun run and walk will be held Oct. 4, with events kicking off at 8 a.m.

For a full schedule of the week?s events, visit www.PinkAggie.com.

To register, visit http://www.active.com/las-cruces-nm/running/races/cervantes-family-5k-and-10k-2014?int=.

For more information, contact Courtney Spivak at cspivak2@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2582.

'Taste of Thailand' to be held Oct. 8

Enjoy Thai music, facts, decorations, and an incredible cuisine of Thai barbecue chicken, Vietnamese fried rice, long beans in garlic, vegetarian pho noodle soup, cucumber salad, and sweet mangoes in sticky rice 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Corbett Center Student Union?s Taos Restaurant. In addition to the themed cuisine, many of the regular Taos buffet items will also be available.

Take part in this special all-you-care-to-eat buffet for one meal plan swipe or $7.89 plus tax. Learn more about the campus meal plans at http://bit.ly/1lCt8vf. Contact Sodexo Campus Dining at NMSU at 575-646-4801, or visit their Web site and access their social networks at http://bit.ly/1ojrrP9.

?Join? the Facebook event page at http://on.fb.me/1ysUbPj to receive reminders and updates of all of this school year?s ?taste of? lunches.

Webinar on best practices for commuter students to be held Oct. 14

"Commuter Student 2015: An Update" will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Corbett Center, Senate Gallery, Room 304. The webinar is presented by Barbara Jacoby, the nationally recognized thought leader in commuter student issues. Jacoby currently serves as Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union ? Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The webinar objectives include
? Work with commuter students to compose their own definition of success and develop a plan to achieve it.
? Apply what you know about high-impact educational practices to enhance commuter student success on your campus.
? Empower commuter students to be the most effective advocates on their own behalf.
? Find the right balance between online efficiency and personal engagement in your work with commuter students.
? Help commuter students form and find the affinity groups that work best for them.
? Form student affairs-academic affairs partnerships to enhance commuter student success.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Carla Anaya at canaya@nmsu.edu.

Graduation Fair Fall 2014 to be held Oct. 15-16

Graduation Fair Fall 2014, in partnership with the NMSU Alumni Relations, NMSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore, NMSU Career Services, and NMSU Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, is your one-stop shop for students and faculty. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 and 16, at the NMSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

- Reserve your seat for commencement.
- Order your cap, gown and tassel and receive a 10 percent discount both days.
- Purchase announcements
- Purchase the NMSU official ring (purchase of ring includes an invitation to the NMSU Alumni Association Official Ring Ceremony).
- Professional portraits by GradImages
- Purchase your diplomat frame
- Take your photo with Pistol Pete
- Register for prizes

To assist in processing, make sure your payment for any purchases is in the form of all cash, all check or all credit card. (no split payments)

If you are not able to attend the graduation fair, you can purchase your cap, gown and tassel through the NMSU Bookstore by calling 575-646-4700. Cap and gown can be purchased up to graduation with advance order.

For more information, contact NMSU Alumni Relations at 575-646-3616 or email alumni@nmsu.edu.

UNIV mid-semester courses begin Oct. 15

The Student Success Center offers a variety of UNIV mid-semester courses for students interested in building upon their academic skill-set. UNIV mid-semester courses are designed to help students explore and improve their learning and study skills. UNIV mid-semester classes begin Oct. 15.

For more information, visit the Student Success Center in Corbett Center Student Union, Room 148, call 575-646-3136 or visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu/mid-semester-and-univ-courses/.

6th Man Club to host "It's A Bling Thing" for the seventh annual Tip-Off Dinner

The Aggie men?s basketball team and the 6th Man Club will host ?It?s a Bling Thing? Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Pan American Center. The seventh annual Tip-Off Dinner, sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings, begins at 6 p.m. with a champagne trip down memory lane. Fans can relive each of NM State?s five WAC Championships of the Marvin Menzies era (2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014) with players and coaches.

The trip down memory lane will include former coaches and players from different eras as well. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the program, including the 2014 WAC Championship Ring Ceremony, will follow. Live and silent auctions will include trips, memorabilia and exclusive experiences.

After dinner, Allen Theatres presents the ?Billy Townes Jazz Group featuring Paul Russo.? Russo, a tenor, alto and soprano saxophonist from Los Angeles, has released five CDs, including three that have been in the Top 10 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 575-646-1447. Individual tickets are $100 and reserved tables of eight are $1,000. Don?t delay, the past Tip-Off events have sold out.

Red to Green Money Management is here to help

How often do I need to update my budget? When am I charged interest rates on my credit cards? Can my credit card information really be stolen when walking down the street? Where can I find ways to pay for school without taking out loans? Can anybody help!?

Come receive answers to these and many more questions from the NMSU Red to Green Money Management Program?s free one-on-one appointments with one of their peer financial literacy coaches.

For more information, visit careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green/. If you would like to schedule an appointment, email finlit@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-1631.

NMSU rodeo reigns on competition during season opener

The New Mexico State University rodeo team began this season with a bang, providing many wins and taking the top men?s spot at Dine? College in Tsaile, Arizona.

Freshman Lucas McKenzie was awarded with the men?s All-Around honor, taking an impressive lead in tie-down and team roping with partner Sheldon Church.

?The men?s team dominated the competition, a huge accomplishment coming off last year?s undefeated season,? NMSU rodeo coach Jim Brown said.

Among the first place winners were 2014 Reserve National Champion of the Southwest Tyke Kipp in steer wrestling and Courtney Campbell in barrel racing. Josh Davison took the lead in bull riding and Garrett Hendrix in tie-down.