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NMSU Hotline — September 30, 2014

NMSU?s Model U.N. team hosts Salvadoran ambassador

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El Salvador?s ambassador to the United Nations, Ruben Zamora, will be a special guest of New Mexico State University?s Model U.N. team from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Breland Hall Room 179, 1525 Stewart St., on the NMSU campus.

Zamora will come to Las Cruces fresh from attending the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly, which runs through Oct. 1. He will give a public talk, discuss his role in the U.N. and take questions from the audience.

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Free dance lessons offered tonight with NMSU DanceSport

New Mexico State University?s College of Education DanceSport Company offers free dance lessons every Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m. Classes are held at Rentfrow Gymnasium.

Beginning classes in salsa, foxtrot, cha-cha, waltz, East Coast swing, tango and Viennese waltz will be taught. Experience isn?t necessary and a partner is not required. Advanced classes are offered at 8:15 p.m. for $5 per session. The lessons conclude Dec. 2 with a dance party.

Lessons are taught by NMSU DanceSport Company members and act as a practicum for professional development. These classes help foster a thriving regional dance community while offering partner dance as a healthy lifestyle alternative.

For more information, email dancesport@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5704.


Employee Council seeks nominees for 'A' Mountain staff award

Is there someone in your office or in another department that represents qualities of integrity, dedication, skill, endurance, resilience, determination and passion in performance of their duties? If so, nominate them for Employee Council?s ?A? Mountain staff award. Nominations are now being accepted for all full-time, regular NMSU staff employees. Employee Council is looking for nominees who demonstrate the following traits:
? Innovation: Exceptional efforts to improve the university?s effectiveness through enhanced systems or processes.
? Responsiveness: Resourceful, effective behaviors and actions demonstrated in reaction to an unforeseen circumstance or extraordinary situation; timeliness.
? Service: Exceptional efforts to provide superior service to all ?customers.?
? Spirit: Positive outlook; supportive of NMSU?s initiatives and goals.
? Teamwork: Ability to work with others in another department or division toward a shared goal; ability to recognize diverse strengths.
? Above and beyond: Demonstrated service or support that is not normally expected as part of their everyday job responsibilities.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations by visiting the Employee Council ?A? Mountain Award webpage at http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu/awards/a-mountain-staff-award/. Submit your nomination by midnight Oct. 6. This award will be presented at the NMSU Employee Picnic on Oct. 17. Awardee receives a commemorative NMSU plaque.

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 today 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.

Students hold plant sale Wednesday in Gerald Thomas Hall

Students involved in the floriculture academic programs greenhouse management course have been growing several types of potted plants since the fall semester began. The red and purple verbena, in 6-inch pots, culinary herb baskets, and NMSU Spirit Baskets planted with crimson and white plants, will be available at a flower sale from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Gerald Thomas Hall lobby.

Stop by and support academic programs in floriculture.

For more information, contact Sabine Green at 575-646-3662.

DACC small business workshops available

The Small Business Development Center at the DACC Workforce Center will offer the following free workshops:
"How to get a Business Loan," from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, teaches you what requirements bankers look for, including key components to requesting credit, and the basic elements of business loan structure.
"Steps to Starting a Small Business," from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, teaches you how to set up a business legally, safely and profitably. The workshop covers the basics of licenses and registrations, taxes and record-keeping, and finding and getting customers.
"Basics of Recordkeeping," from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, will cover the general principles of bookkeeping such as what records a business should keep for tax purposes as well as tax implications for business entities such as sole proprietors, partners, and LLC/corporations.
"Gross Receipts Tax Overview," from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, covers how to file CRS-1 reports and pay gross receipts taxes properly to avoid penalties. The instructor will also discuss the purpose of non-taxable transaction certificates as well as how to request and issue the certificate.

For more information or to register, visit http://dabcc-www.nmsu.edu/sbdc/ or http://www.nmsbdc.org/lascruces/ or call 575-527-7676.

Career Services hosts workshops for job seekers

Career Services will host a LinkedIn workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the classroom at Branson Library to help students learn how to use the social media networking site to its fullest potential. The workshop can help students achieve career goals by learning how to network, connect to employers, organizations, and conduct advanced job searches.

Another workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, will focus on preparing for an interview, including types of interview questions and what questions to ask. The presentation by Jacob McMillan, recruitment specialist at the Sherwin Williams Company, will take place in Zuhl Library conference room 225.

For more information on either workshop, contact Career Services at 575-646-1631 or careers@nmsu.edu.

Faculty Senate to meet Thursday

The NMSU Faculty Senate will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Domenici Hall Room 106.

Legislation that will be introduced at this meeting includes:
- A memorial requesting/demanding a change in policy regarding graduate assistant pay schedule
- A resolution changing the number of credit hours required for full-time status of graduate students for tuition calculation
- A proposition to modify ?Article VII ? Committees? of the Faculty Senate constitution to remove the duties of the committees to the by-laws
- A proposition to modify ?Section C ? Job Descriptions? of the Faculty Senate by-laws
- A proposition to modify the Faculty Senate constitution to include nontenure-track faculty representation on the Senate Leadership Committee
- A proposition to modify Section C. 1. of the Faculty Senate by-laws to create a sub-committee on government affairs under the Senate Leadership Committee
- A proposition to modify ?Article VII ? Committees? Section B.3. of the Faculty Senate constitution to remove the Government Affairs Committee
- A proposition to establish an Associate of Science in allied health

Documentation, including the agenda, can be accessed from the Faculty Senate webpage at http://facultysenate.nmsu.edu/10-02-2014-senate-supporting-documents/. All interested parties are invited to attend.

Information meeting for Costa Rica FLiP course is Thursday

Luis Rios is leading an NMSU "FLiP" course to Costa Rica in May 2015, titled "Historical Preservation and Sustainability in Architecture." Find out more at a free information session at 5:30 Thursday, Oct. 2, in Corbett Center's Colfax Room.

The three-credit, spring-listed course is open to all majors and community members. During the information session Thursday, we'll review the exciting itinerary and explain how you can sign up for the course. During the 12-day course, May 12-23, students will learn what makes Costa Rica one of the most sustainable countries in the world with respect to its historical, social, political and economic structures. Special attention will be paid to how its stable government and strong, private humanitarian organizations have enabled Costa Rica to become a global leader in sustainability in general, and to preserve its history, as evidenced in its architecture, both urban and rural.

Rios and FLiP Coordinator Kristi Drexler will lead the information session and answer any of your questions. Contact Rios at luirios@nmsu.edu or Drexler at kdrexler@nmsu.edu for more information.

"FLiP" courses are short-term accredited, faculty-led classes abroad. FLiPs are designed and instructed by NMSU faculty. To find out more about FLiP, visit studyabroad.nmsu.edu and click "Faculty-Led."

NMSU-Alamogordo celebrates Pink Week

Monday, Sept. 29, through Thursday, Oct. 2, is ?Pink Week? at NMSU-Alamogordo. During Pink Week, we celebrate those who have survived breast cancer, show our support for those currently fighting the disease, and remember those who lost their battle. Thursday, Oct. 2, is ?Pink on the Patio.? We will have a tribute table set up to remember those we?ve lost and support those in battle. Bring a photo of your loved one to place on the "tribute table." We also will have various cancer organizations present to provide information. Free soda, popcorn, ice cream and giveaways from noon to 1 p.m.

Collection jars labeled ?Pennies for Pink? will be placed about campus to collect donations for the fight against breast cancer. The pennies will be collected, exchanged for a check, and delivered to NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink, a Las Cruces-based group that works to raise breast cancer awareness and to fund "Cowboys For Cancer Research," a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit corporation.

King's Feast: Renaissance Madrigal Dinner to be performed

The NMSU Music Department and the University Singers will host the ?The Kings Feast? at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4, at the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse. Enjoy a lively evening replete with multi-course dinner surrounded by Renaissance vocal and instrumental music, dancing, singing, the Royal Court, a jester and much more.

Tickets for this special fundraising event are $40 and may be purchased by contacting Suzanne Dueno in the NMSU Music Department office at 575-646-2067. Group tickets for tables of 8 or 10 may be purchased for a discounted rate and enjoy prime seating.

All proceeds from this event support the NMSU Choirs Spring 2015 European Tour.

For more information contact dklement2@gmail.com.

NMSU football opens conference play at home against Georgia Southern

Come out to Aggie Memorial Stadium this Saturday, Oct. 4, as your NM State Aggies take on Georgia Southern in their Sun Belt Conference home opener. It?s Tough Enough To Wear Pink Night, so make sure to wear pink to the game. Aggie Walk starts at 3:15 p.m. and the game kicks off at 6 p.m. Help the Aggies #WinTheBelt. Tickets start at $10 and kids' tickets are $5. Tickets are available at the Pan American Center Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, all local Pic Quik locations and GrabItSite.com.

NMSU Board of Regents to meet Oct. 10 in Grants, N.M.

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents will hold a regular meeting at 9 a.m. Oct. 10 in the Martinez Hall Library Classroom on the NMSU Grants campus, 1500 N. 3rd St., Grants, N.M. The meeting will be webcast at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/bor/.

A closed executive session will be held at 8 a.m. in Martinez Hall Conference Room 3 at the NMSU Grants campus to discuss personnel, real estate and legal matters in accordance with sections 10-15-1 H (2), (7), and (8) of the New Mexico Open Meetings Act.

NMSU hosts second annual Vendor Resource EXPO

Purchasing and Materials Services will host the second annual Vendor Resource EXPO from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at the NMSU Golf Course. This event will highlight some of our vendors who have pricing agreements, as well as some of our very own internal vendors. The event is free and open to all university faculty and staff. Come for a chance to win vendor sponsored prizes and enjoy some good food. Transportation will be provided from Hadley Hall and the Corbett Center Student Union every 30 minutes.

Some of our featured vendors include Fisher Scientific, VWR, Ferguson Enterprises, Johnston?s True Value, Sam?s Club, the Mix, Big O Tires, Office Max, NMSU Athletics, Aggie Fit, Center for Learning and Professional Development and more.

For more information, visit http://purchasing.nmsu.edu/

College student loan default rates released, NMSU sees slight increase

The U.S. Department of Education released the college student loans default rates Sept. 25, and New Mexico State University?s systemwide three-year default rate is about 20 percent, showing a slight increase from last year.

?We are taking steps to address our default rate, but there is a three-year time lag between our actions and when we can hope to see any effect,? said Bernadette Montoya, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. ?Nonetheless, this issue has our full attention. We want students to understand the responsibility they take on when they receive a loan.?

Defaulting on student loans is much more common for students who attended college, but do not graduate. NMSU graduates had a default rate of 6 percent for the 2010 three-year cohort rate, which is only a third of the rate for the institution in general. Last year, the national default rate increased from 13.4 percent to 14.7 percent.

Zuhl Museum plans 10th anniversary celebration

Step back in time and surround yourself with exotic beauty that is millions, even billions, of years old at the Zuhl Museum at New Mexico State University. The museum, which houses a vast collection of petrified wood, fossils, rocks and minerals, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with special events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Zuhl Museum inside the NMSU Alumni Visitor?s Center, 775 College Dr.

The collection was donated to the university by Herb and Joan Zuhl to put on display for the public. During the 10th anniversary celebration, families can enjoy activities including face-painting, photos in the Mesozoic sea, a dino walk through geologic time to win prizes along with origami dino folding, match the gem to the color toss game and a dig a dinosaur sand pit.

The event is free and open to the public. For more about the Zuhl Museum and the collection on display around the NMSU campus, visit https://www.facebook.com/ZuhlMuseum.