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NMSU Hotline — October 2, 2014

NMSU Bridge Inspection Program works to ensure public safety

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The nation?s aging infrastructure may not be a concern for most until an accident happens, but faculty, staff and students in the New Mexico State University Bridge Inspection Program are working to prevent tragedies and keep citizens safe. NMSU?s Bridge Inspection Program, which is in the Civil Engineering Department of the College of Engineering, handles a large number of inspections for the New Mexico Department of Transportation. David Jauregui, NMSU?s Wells-Hatch Professor of Civil Engineering, directs the program. He was honored at NMSU?s Scholarly Excellence Rally Friday, Sept. 26.


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Campus Announcements

URC Research and Creative Activities Fair to be held Friday

The University Research Council will hold the 14th annual URC Research and Creative Activities Fair in conjunction with the annual New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (New Mexico AMP) Undergraduate Student Research Conference Friday, Oct. 3, in the Las Cruces Convention Center. The fair will include a poster session displaying research and creative activities by NMSU faculty members and professional staff. A representative will be present at each poster from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. to answer questions related to individual posters.

This will be a great opportunity for NMSU faculty and professional staff members to display their research/creative activities to the NMSU family and to showcase interdisciplinary research. The URC feels that this activity will serve as a forum for educating NMSU faculty, staff and students about the different research/creative activities occurring at NMSU, serve as a catalyst for increasing collaborative efforts on campus, and provide a recruitment opportunity for faculty as they interact with students from the New Mexico AMP conference.

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

Graduate Seminar to be held Friday

The NMSU chemical and materials engineering department will continue their Fall 2014 Graduate Seminar series by hosting guest speaker Tina M. Nenoff, Ph.D., from Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque and Livermore, California, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Jett Hall Room 283. Anyone is welcome to attend. Nenoff speak about "Efficient Light Gas Separations with MOFs via Predictive Modeling and Tuned Synthesis."

For more information, call 575-646-1214.

?Studio G Networking Hour: Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series' to be held this Friday

"Studio G Networking Hour" will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 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 continues the Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series based on MIT?s 24-step model for starting businesses. This Friday?s presentation teaches how to articulate your product offering, quantify your value proposition, and develop an expansion plan.

Studio G helps Aggies start businesses. For information, visit studiog.nmsu.edu.

Aggie Athletic Club events to be held in October

Aggie Athletic Club would like to invite you to the swim team's Crimson and White swim meet, which will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the NM State Natatorium. The coaches and student-athletes will take time to meet and greet members and fans, answer questions and give demonstrations.

Join the Pride Band, Sundancers and cheerleaders as they lead the football team in the traditional Aggie Walk. The team will walk from the north side of the Pan American Center and down Arrowhead to their locker room at 3:15 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 before the big football game.

The New Mexico State women?s basketball team will kick off the 2014-15 season by hosting the Aggie women?s basketball annual Tip-Off Banquet Tuesday, Oct. 7, inside the Corbett Center Ballroom West. All donations go directly to the women?s basketball team in helping the team achieve success both on and off the court and build a sense of community and a connection between the fans and the team. The evening will begin with a reception and auction at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner and program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Anyone wanting to attend the banquet must RSVP by contacting assistant coach Cecilia Russell-Nava at 575-646-2419 or russellc@ad.nmsu.edu. All faculty and staff get the discounted price of only $15.

For more information, email kherna17@ad.nmsu.edu.

New production ?West Highland Way? premieres at NMSU Center for the Arts

Finding your way in the world and figuring out who you want to be are two of the main themes explored in ?West Highland Way,? a new play directed by Larissa Lury. The production is presented by the American Southwest Theatre Company at New Mexico State University and will run through Oct. 12 at the NMSU Center for the Arts.

Written by Meredith Friedman, ?West Highland Way? tells the story of Jane, a young woman who, recovering from a broken engagement, ventures on a 95-mile walking trail in Scotland accompanied by her father. A chance encounter with a stranger forces her to reevaluate her life and choose between the life she knows and new experiences.

There will be a series of special events complementary to the production including:

? Post-show discussion with the cast, director and lighting designer at 3:40 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in the Medoff Theatre at the Center for the Arts

? Reception and conversation with playwright Meredith Friedman immediately following the 7:30 performance, Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Center for the Arts Rehearsal Room

? The Search for Identity: An Elusive Quest (workshop with Yosef Lapid, political science; Jamie Bronstein, history; and Ilana Lapid, Creative Media Institute; moderated by director Larissa Lury) at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in the Center for the Arts Rehearsal Room.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10656/new-production-west-highland-way-premieres-at-nmsu-center-for-the-arts

NMSU Women's Club Luncheon to be held Oct. 11

The NMSU Women?s Club invites all faculty and staff to its annual fall meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The guest speaker will be cookbook author Kelley Coffeen, who will give a brief talk and do a cooking demonstration. Some of her cookbooks will be available for purchase and autographing.

Tickets are $25 (which includes lunch and a donation to the scholarship fund) and can be paid at the door with cash or check. For more information or to RSVP, contact club president Esther Devall at edevall@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3936 by Oct. 3.

The NMSU Women?s Club is open to all individuals associated with New Mexico State University (faculty/staff, spouse of faculty/staff, parent of current or former student). The organization offers opportunities for members to socialize, welcome new members of the university community, and award scholarships for returning female students. The club offers a variety of interest groups such as bridge, books, hiking, movies and plays, and gourmet dinners.

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

Free clinical breast exams to be offered Oct. 15

The Campus Health Center will offer free clinical breast exams from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15. A clinical breast exam is an examination of your breasts by a health professional and an opportunity for women to learn how to examine their own breasts on a monthly basis to check for changes and abnormalities.

This event is open to all NMSU students, faculty and staff. Use the east entrance of the building by the wellness garden where the fountain is located. Free goodie bags also will be available for participants. Exams typically take about 15 minutes and no appointments are necessary.

For more information, contact Amanda Gallivan at agalliva@nmsu.edu.

Faculty and administrators work to improve teaching and learning at NMSU

Annual Academic Program Assessment reports on outcomes assessment for student learning are due in the Office of Assessment Oct. 15. In this annual process, departments investigate both graduate and undergraduate learning in their programs.

Fall 2014 reports share insights gleaned from learning assessments completed in 2013-14 that ultimately lead to increased opportunities to improve learning and help our students achieve their highest academic potential. Provost Dan Howard?s personal commitment to our students, their learning, and our faculty development in this area is demonstrated through his rigorous review and feedback provided to many departments regarding continued improvement in teaching and learning.

As part of NMSU?s multi-year Quality Initiative project to improve student writing, outcomes assessment of student learning in the coming year will focus on student writing in academic disciplines. For more information on annual Academic Program Assessment activities and processes, or to access the APA of Student Learning Fall 2014 Report Template and/or the Fall 2014 APA of Student Learning Feedback Rubric, go to http://assessment.nmsu.edu/committees/university-outcomes-assessment-council-uoac/academic-programs/.

For more information, contact Shelly Stovall at sstovall@nmsu.edu

Presentation about adobe preservation projects slated for Oct. 16

Sonya Cooper, associate dean in the New Mexico State University College of Engineering and professor of engineering technology, will speak about adobe preservation project in New Mexico from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. This presentation will focus on selected adobe preservation projects in New Mexico along with an explanation of research currently underway at the College of Engineering.

This presentation is part of the Engineering for Southern New Mexicans series sponsored by the College of Engineering and will be held at the Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main St.

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

Employee appreciation picnic to be held Oct. 17

All faculty and staff are invited to an employee appreciation picnic, sponsored by Employee Council, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, on the Horseshoe. The picnic will feature good food, music and the presentation of the ?A? Mountain Award.

The ?A? Mountain Award, an initiative of Employee Council, recognizes a member of the staff who serves as an inspiration to others. Recipients are chosen, from among those nominated by faculty and staff, based on five criteria: innovation, responsiveness, service, spirit and teamwork. The employee appreciation picnic provides an opportunity for everyone to get together, socialize with colleagues, and applaud our newest ?A? Mountain Award winner.

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

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.

Open enrollment underway for medical, dental and vision plan

Open enrollment for medical, dental and vision plans is available from Oct. 1 to 27. Enrollment will take place online at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/enrollment/annual/. Information regarding rates, plan options and changes for 2015 are also available on the website. All changes made through open enrollment will be effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Employees who do not wish to make any changes to their current benefits do not need to take any action.

Questions regarding the open enrollment process should be directed to Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

Native American students needed for study

Native American students are invited to participate in a health needs assessment which is being conducted by Rebecca Palacios in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Students will participate in focus group discussions and complete a brief survey assessing their health behaviors (eating and physical activity), stress levels and coping mechanisms, as well as health care access. Native American students who participate will receive a $25 gift card and a meal during the study.

The ultimate goal of the study is to obtain information that will help guide the development of programs to improve the health and academic outcomes of Native American students at NMSU.

For more information or to learn more about this study, call 575-646-4309 or email eugena@nmsu.edu.

Retirement income strategies webinar available

The Valic retirement webinar ?Retirement Income Strategies" is now available on the NMSU Benefits website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retirement/for-employees/retire-plans/ under the Vendor Options list on that page.

For more information about NMSU benefits, contact benefits@nmsu.edu or 575-646-8000.

Report gifts of equipment or property to Accounting and Financial Reporting Department

The Accounting and Financial Reporting Department reminds the University community that gifts of equipment and donations or receipt of government property to NMSU, even if temporary, must be reported to AFR no later than the date of receipt and when necessary to also notify the Environmental Safety and Health Office in accordance with section 1C.05.15 of the Business Procedures Manual. Notification earlier than the receipt date is preferred.

The Office of the Vice President for University Advancement must be notified when gifts of equipment or other assets are made by an individual or a business enterprise. Notification should be made to AFR_Property@nmsu.edu or by calling 575-646-1514.

For a complete listing of services, visit the AFR web page at http://www.nmsu.edu/~afr/.