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NMSU Hotline — October 3, 2014

NMSU?s NM EDGE program celebrates graduation of 13 municipal public officials


Thirteen municipal public officials have graduated from the nationally accredited New Mexico Certified Public Manager educational program through NM EDGE, administered by New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service. Most of the NM EDGE program?s 219 graduates so far have been county officials. EDGE stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector.

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Campus Announcements

Upcoming training sessions offered through CLPD

"Hiring Temporary Exempt and Temporary Non-exempt Employees Using EPAF" will be held from 8 to noon Tuesday, Oct. 7, at ARC B Room 106 F. Learn how to hire temporary employees using the Banner EPAF system in this hands-on training session. This session is intended for department personnel who originate and/or approve temporary employee hiring actions. After completing this training learners will be able to perform hiring actions for temporary non-exempt and temporary exempt employees, including hiring existing exempt employees for additional temporary positions using the supplemental compensation hiring action. To register for this training, click to register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005533.

"New Employee Orientation" will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at the Corbett Center Senate Gallery Room 304. Your first few days at work are always apprehensive and confusing. Come to New Employee Orientation and get started on the right foot. Learn about NMSU, our community, procedures, policies and benefits. Following a morning informational session, employees and their spouses or domestic partners will have an opportunity to attend an afternoon benefits workshop to learn more about NMSU Benefits and get assistance with completing benefits paperwork from a Benefits staff member. You are encouraged to bring all documentation needed for enrollment purposes, including supporting documents for eligible dependents. If you are interested in this session, click to register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005515

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 administrative systems and processes, employee development, supervisor and leadership development, policies and procedures, and institutional compliance. 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.

New Mexico AMP holds annual Regional Student Research Conference today

The New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation will hold its annual Regional Student Research Conference during which more than 300 hundred students from throughout the state are registered to present their research projects. The conference provides a forum for promising undergraduate researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to present their research in poster format and to provide networking opportunities for community college, university students and for students in the New Mexico MESA Program. The conference will be held until 5:30 p.m. today, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Visitors are welcome.

The New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (New Mexico AMP) is designed to increase the enrollment and graduation rate of historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Begun in 1993, New Mexico AMP is a partnership representing the state's public two-year postsecondary institutions, including two federally funded institutions serving American Indian students, and the state-supported four-year universities.

For more information, contact the New Mexico AMP Office at 575-646-1847 or visit the conference website at http://www.nmsu.edu/~nmamp/conference/index.htm.

HRTM offers cooking demonstration as part of Saturday's Aggie Experience

Chef John Hartley of the NMSU School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management will offer a bananas Foster cooking demonstration from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the newly opened Pete V. Domenici Hall on campus as part of the "Aggie Experience," which invites more than 1,000 high school seniors to come experience the life of an Aggie. The students will discover NMSU through campus tours, academic highlights, financial aid presentations and more.

For more information on the cooking demonstration, email cfletch@nmsu.edu.

A total eclipse of the moon to be seen Wednesday

There will be a total eclipse of the Moon in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 8. Weather permitting, this should provide an eerily impressive show with totality lasting about 55 minutes. No telescopes or binoculars are needed to observe this fairly spectacular event, but the eclipse is best observed away from the glare of city lights. Lunar eclipses occur when the full moon passes into the shadow of the Earth.

This eclipse will begin at 2:17 a.m. when the moon first enters the penumbral shadow of the Earth. In this stage of the eclipse the Earth, as seen from the moon, blocks out only a portion of the Sun?s light. This will be hardly noticeable to Earthbound observers; appearing as a slow dimming of the moon?s brightness. The main (?partial?) phase of the eclipse begins as the Moon first enters the Earth?s umbral shadow at 3:18 a.m. as the sharp edge of this darker shadow begins to move across the face of the moon. The umbra is that part of the Earth?s shadow within which an astronaut on the shadowed part of the moon would see the Earth completely covering the Sun. The eclipse becomes total, with all of the Moon in the umbral shadow, at 4:27 a.m. and totality will last until 5:22 a.m. From 5:22 to 6:32 a.m. the moon moves out of umbra during a second partial phase of the eclipse. At this point the moon will be low on the western horizon. The moon sets at 7:16 a.m. so the end of the penumbral part of the eclipse at 7:32 a.m., will be missed.

Eclipses occur at roughly six-month intervals. This eclipse is unusual in that it is the second in a sequence of four consecutive total lunar eclipses. The next two will occur on 8 April 2015 and 28 September 2015. Finally, lunar and solar eclipses often occur in pairs, separated by about two weeks. In fact, a partial solar eclipse visible from Las Cruces will follow on Thursday Oct. 23.

For more information, contact Kurt S. J. Anderson, professor of astronomy, Emeritus, at kurt@nmsu.edu.

Talk at the Center for Latin American and Border Studies to be held Oct. 9

Jessica Mulligan, of Providence College, will give a talk titled ?Unmanageable Care: An Ethnography of Health Care Privatization in Puerto Rico? at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Nason House.

The privatization of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in Puerto Rico radically transformed the health system on the island. In the 1990s and early 2000s, insular policymakers sold off most of the island?s public health facilities and enrolled the poor, elderly and disabled into for-profit managed care insurance plans. Proponents of privatization promised more rational and efficient care management, expanded access to pharmaceuticals and specialists, and a new emphasis on self-care practices that would ultimately make the population healthier. Few of these promises were realized.

Instead, privatization was accompanied by a number of failures including care rationing by physicians and health plans, stagnating and in some cases worsening health outcomes, care coordination that never quite worked, and beneficiaries who did not make the ?right? choices. In this talk, anthropologist Jessica Mulligan describes what it was like to go to work at an HMO and shares some of the ethnographic findings from her new book that argues that privatization made the health system ?unmanageable? in Puerto Rico.

For more information, call 575-646-6814.

FSA-RMR Office information session and PCard receipt destruction training is Oct. 14

The FSA Records Management and Retention office will conduct an information session from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Senate Chamber Room 302, in Corbett Center. Learn about NMSU records, retention requirements, PCard receipt destruction and more. A GoToMeeting webinar for out-of-town users who are unable to attend the session at main campus, will be offered at the same time as the live session. If you need assistance for the GoToMeeting webinar, contact RMR at 575-646-8324.

For more information or to register, visit http://rmr.nmsu.edu/training.

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/.

Etsy co-founder to speak at Las Cruces? second annual Startup Weekend

Do you have an idea for an app, service or product that you want to explore? Get a chance to pitch the next big thing to top entrepreneurs and hear from the co-founder of one of the Internet?s most successful online marketplaces at the second annual Startup Weekend Las Cruces event Oct. 24 to 26 at New Mexico State University.

Jared Tarbell, co-founder of the online store Etsy and a New Mexico State University graduate, will be the featured speaker for the Startup Weekend event, which will take place at the university?s Arrowhead Park and will be sponsored by Arrowhead Center, Arrowhead Development Corporation, the city of Las Cruces, General Genetics Corporation, Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, the New Mexico Economic Development Department, and many contributing sponsors.

A New Mexico native, Tarbell received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from NMSU and co-founded Etsy, an online marketplace to buy and sell handmade goods, in 2005. Located in New York, Etsy was named one of the most valuable startups in 2013 by Business Insider. The company raised $40 million to expand its international reach in 2012, and was valued at $700 million. Etsy has more than a million sellers who made $895 million on goods last year, according to Business Insider.


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.

NMSU food technology program offer courses in October

NMSU Extension food technology will offer two courses in Spanish for food processors that intend to sell commercial food products.

"Better Process Control School ? Acidified Foods Only" will be presented in Spanish in Las Cruces Oct. 27 to 28, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 330. This school satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations for acidified foods only. This course is intended for managers and supervisors of food processing operations. It is designed to provide additional information and focus on critical issues that affect acidified foods production. The cost is $575. Fee includes textbook, instruction and testing. Lodging, meals and travel are not included. Online registration will be available soon.

Weblink for BPCS Course offered in Spanish at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/documents/bpcs-span-oct-2014.pdf.

"Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points for New Mexico Food Processors" will be presented in Spanish Oct. 29 to 30, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 330. Materials will be provided. Limited seating available. Food processors including restaurant operators, dairy, juice and any suppliers, regulators wishing to understand the HACCP system in food processing facilities should attend. The workshop is hands-on training to implement a HACCP program in food processing facilities. The cost is $100 per person.Online registration will be available soon.

HACCP Course offered in Spanish at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/documents/haccp-span-brochure-oct-2014.pdf.

For more information or registration, call 575 646-2198 or send an email to glorhern@nmsu.edu.

Desert Dash Half Marathon to be held Nov. 8

Desert Dash Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Children's 1-Mile Trail Race will be held Nov. 8, at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. The half marathon starts at 8:30 a.m., the 10K starts at 8:45 a.m., the 5K starts at 9 a.m. and the Children's 1 mile starts at 9:15 a.m.

The Desert Dash Trail Race is a fundraiser for the non-profit Asombro Institute for Science Education. They reach more than 19,000 local K-12 students every year with our mission of increasing scientific literacy by fostering an understanding of the Chihuahuan Desert. All proceeds will be used for education programs. Enjoy expansive views of the desert, including three rugged mountain ranges, as you run or walk the beautiful 5K, 10K, or half marathon trail courses. Bring the little ones to compete in the children's 1-mile trail race (guardian should accompany child). All levels welcome.
Registration and information can be found at www.asombro.org/dash.

The Asombro Institute is a local non-profit, housed on the NMSU campus, that works closely with many NMSU professors to provide K-12 outreach to local students.

For more information contact 575-524-3334 or s.haan-amato@asombro.org or like them at Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DesertDashTrailRace.

Live Your Dream Award application due Nov. 15

Undergraduate female students who are the primary source of financial support for their families (including children, spouse, siblings, and/or parents) are encouraged to apply for the Live Your Dream Award given by Soroptimist International of Las Cruces. The $800 award can be used for tuition, books, transportation, child care or any other expense associated with attaining an undergraduate degree. The local winner will then be eligible for awards of $5,000 at the district level and $10,000 at the national level.

Applications are available at http://www.soroptimist.org/awards/live-your-dream-awards.html. The application form and two reference forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Completed applications can be dropped off at Gerald Thomas Hall Room 308 on the NMSU campus (not open on weekends) or submitted as an attachment by email to edevall@nmsu.edu. Applications can also be mailed to:
SI of Las Cruces
PO Box 714
Las Cruces, NM 88004

For more information, contact Esther Devall at 575-646-1161.

Graduation planning should include checking with financial aid services

As part of your graduation planning, report your graduation date to University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. In addition, verify your student loan amounts on my.nmsu.edu, as these may have been adjusted in expectation of your graduation. If you owe a balance to the university, contact your financial aid advisor to understand your options.

For more information, visit http://fa.nmsu.edu, call 575-646-4105, email financialaid@nmsu.edu or visit suite 600 in the Educational Services Building.

State risk management offers free clinics

Employees and their covered spouses or domestic partners enrolled in the state medical plans through NMSU will have access to free onsite wellness exams. Information regarding dates of the clinics and the process to schedule an appointment can be found on the Benefit Services website at benefits.nmsu.edu/insurance/medical.

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

DACC Customized Training class offered

"Introduction to MS Outlook 2010" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. The cost is $139. Learn how to manage your email and work with contacts and contact groups in this interactive workshop. Practice the task management tool. Set up and manage meetings. Create and send appointments. A must for any business professional.

For more information, contact 575-527 7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.