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NMSU Hotline — October 6, 2014

NMSU alumni create new line of soap using goat?s milk


New Mexico State University alumni are raising the bar when it comes to the products they develop through Studio G, the student business incubator at Arrowhead Center, by creating a new line of handmade soaps using goat?s milk. Chico Farm, a livestock farm located in Mesquite, N.M., was started by NMSU civil engineering graduate Daniel Hartell and anthropology graduate student Norma Hartell. The name ?Chico? comes from one of the dogs that the couple owns.

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Campus Announcements

Cassandra Lachica-Chavez selected as NMSU registrar

Cassandra Lachica-Chavez has been selected as the registrar for New Mexico State University.

Lachica-Chavez, who currently serves as the director of admissions and the registrar for the University of Texas-El Paso, will begin her NMSU duties this November as the fifth Registrar since 1924.

Lachica-Chavez began her higher education career as an admissions counselor at UTEP in 2001. She earned increasing levels of responsibility: she became the director of admissions in March of 2013 and the interim registrar just four months later.

?In those positions, she gained extensive experience with student records, transcript evaluation, grading, registration, records reporting, and regulatory compliance,? said Bernadette Montoya, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. ?She has worked with systems critical to NMSU?s mission, and has experience in developing and implementing policy regarding data security, privacy, training and information infrastructure. Her demonstrated skills in systems integration and process management will be of great benefit to the NMSU system.?


'Choosing the Right Entity for Your Start-Up' to be held today

Arrowhead Center will host "Choosing the Right Entity for Your Startup" at 4 p.m. today, at the Arrowhead Technology Incubator, 3655 Research Dr., Genesis Center Building C.

In creating a start-up, it is important to form the business as the type of legal entity that best suits its needs and goals. Because there are numerous forms of entities to choose from, each with their advantages and disadvantages, choice of entity can be, absent expertise, a daunting task.

Join them for this speaker series as James Ortiz and Bobbi Kay Nelson from REDW, LLC walk you through the pros and cons of different entities and the tax considerations of each.

There is not fee to attend but registration is required. RSVP to ati@nmsu.edu.

Road work scheduled for Wells Street at Arrowhead Drive

The intersection Wells Street and Arrowhead Drive will be interrupted from now until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. The purpose of the closure is to allow Robert Cohen Co., LLC to cut a section of the roadway on Wells Street to allow trenching and the installation of a storm water sewer. East and west bound traffic will be detoured north and south at the intersection of Wells Street and Arrowhead Drive.

Traffic control is scheduled prior to start of classes to minimize on the impact of increased student traffic. The contractor will begin the road closure the Monday following the Oct. 4 home football game to minimize on the impact of increased traffic.

For more information visit http://facilities.nmsu.edu/outage-notifications/.

Learn to dance every Tuesday night

Free dance lessons with NMSU DanceSport will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 7, in Rentfrow Gymnasium. Free "Level 1 Cha Cha" will be held at 7 p.m. and at 8:15 p.m. learn "Level 2 Foxtrot" for $5. Proceeds benefits NMSU DanceSport. No partner is necessary and all levels are welcome.

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

For more information contact dancesport@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5704.

Sustainability Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday

The next Sustainability Council meeting will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Milton Hall Room 85. This month?s speaker is Dave White with New Mexico National Resources Conservation Services. He will start off with the state of New Mexico soils and tie that into climate change and how it impacts soil resources. Sustainability Council meetings are open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Anyone may join the council at anytime; no previous knowledge or experience is necessary.

The meeting will be available online at http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/sustainabilitycouncil2014/ for those who cannot be there in person, but would like to participate.

If you would like to be added to the Sustainability Council email list, contact sumolina@nmsu.edu.

Taos 'Taste of Thailand' to be held Oct. 8

Corbett Center Student Union?s Taos Restaurant will host a ?Taste of Thailand? event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8. The event will include Thai music, facts, decorations and Thai cuisine staples such as Thai barbecue chicken, Vietnamese fried rice, long beans in garlic, vegetarian pho noodle soup, cucumber salad and sweet mangoes in sticky rice. Many of the regular Taos buffet items will also be available.

The event will cost one meal plan swipe or $7.89 plus tax. To learn more about campus meal plans, visit http://bit.ly/1lCt8vf. For more information, contact Sodexo Campus Dining at NMSU at 575-646-4801 or visit http://bit.ly/1ojrrP9. Join the Facebook even page at http://on.fb.me/1ysUbPj to receive reminders and updates on the year?s ?Taste of? lunches.

For more events visit http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10664/new-mexico-state-university-events-oct-4-10.

Global Connections Lecture Series to be held Oct. 8

The College of Arts and Sciences will host their "Global Connections" lecture series at 6 p.m. Oct. 8, in Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium Room 194. This lecture series will be "A Spring Break in Ruins: The Sundt Honors Scholars in Yucatan, 2014." Rani Alexander, professor and department head in anthropology will talk about his experience studying the "Archaeology of Sustainability in Yucatan, Mexico." The lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information contact kvanwink@ad.nmsu.edu or 575-646-7441.

Free confidential and anonymous screenings are available

In recognition of National Depression Screening Day, Oct. 10, the Campus Health Center will offer free online mental health screenings that can be taken at any time. Take a few minutes out of your day to help yourself tackle the stressors of college.

The CHC will be at Corbett Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9, to answer questions about the screenings and give guidance on the process.

The free screening can be found at: http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/choices.

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

Last day to appeal for financial aid is Oct. 16

Be aware that the last day to submit a financial aid appeal for fall 2014 is Thursday, Oct. 16. All appeals must include relevant documentation and must be date stamped by University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services or postmarked by this deadline to be considered.

If the Financial Aid Office receives an appeal after this semester?s deadline, the appeal will be considered for the next term of enrollment.

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.

Online tuition waiver submission information is available

The online tuition waiver submission process for Fall 2014 is currently available through Nov. 1.

Haven?t submitted your form but need to? Follow these instructions:
1. Log in into MyNMSU at my.nmsu.edu
2. Select the Employee tab from the menu.
3. In the Banner Self Services window in the center of the page, click the Employee hyperlink.
4. On the Employee page, click they hyperlink for the waiver you would like to submit.
a. Select Tuition Waiver ? Employee/Spouse to submit a waiver for yourself or your spouse/domestic partner?s classes; or
b. Select Tuition Waiver ? Dependents to submit a waiver for your child.

For FAQs and additional information regarding tuition waivers, visit benefits.nmsu.edu/educational/empl-and-spouse. Find student tuition and fee rates at uar.nmsu.edu/tuition-rates. Waivers for non-resident employees/dependents are available at benefits.nmsu.edu/educational/empl-and-spouse.

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

Strengthening Families Initiative kicks off Family Wellness Program fall series

NMSU?s Strengthening Families Initiative kicked off the Family Wellness Program fall series throughout Dona Ana County in August. The class series will take place at community settings such as schools, churches and community centers. Join them in creating fun family memories while learning practical skills and strengthening your family. Topics include parents as leaders and models, dealing with change, communication, family dynamics, signs of health and unhealthy relationships, commitment, conflict resolution and much more. All classes are free. A light meal, program materials and children?s program are provided. Classes are available in both English and Spanish.

For more information and to enroll, call Terry Evaro at 575-646-4360.

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.

Educational Retirement Board member handbook updated

The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board has updated the NMERB member handbook. Participants can print a copy from the NMERB website at nmerb.org/handbook.html. Questions regarding the handbook can be directed to ERB-memberhelp@state.nm.us.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Spanish for Beginners II, continue developing your skills in the Spanish language. Learn how to speak Spanish on the telephone, converse with customers or clients, travel in Spanish speaking countries, order Mexican food, or handle an emergency if Spanish is needed. Conjugate in past and future tenses. The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 - Nov. 19. The cost is $63.

In the DACC Community Education course, Personal Fitness Trainer, come join this fun profession and be a part of what Fortune Magazine and ABCNEWS.com states as the fourth hottest job in the U.S. at a national average of $34 an hour. This challenging course is taught over a five-week period for better retention and skill competency. The national exam is held on the sixth week. Registration is easy at http://www.witseducation.com/certifications/ptcert-nmdacc.html. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 - Dec. 6. No class Nov. 29. The cost is $628.

In the DACC Community Education course, Fabulous Faux: Classic, Tuscan, Metallics, save thousands, and learn a faster, easier way for beginners to use a patterned basecoat tool to replicate old world, classic, romantic or stone-like looks on your walls. Learn how to make and add the pizazz of metallic glazes, perfect edges, and rescue your wall with a wash or glaze, tricks of the trade, and money-saving tips for mouth-dropping walls or niches. The class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25. The cost is $33.

In the DACC Community Education course, Fabulous Faux: Suede, Rustic and Modern, using this ulcer-free process, learn how to achieve a soft blend of colors on your walls with a special roller, paint and glaze. You can quickly transform walls into your own personal statement. The class will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The cost is $33.

For more information or to sign up email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

NMSU graduate awarded competitive Fulbright grant to teach in Colombia

New Mexico State University graduate Sarah Casson, of Albuquerque, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for an English teaching assistantship in Colombia.

Casson graduated with Distinction in University Honors from NMSU in December 2013, earning two bachelor?s degrees in government and Spanish, with minors in public administration and business administration while maintaining a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average.

She?s one of more than 1,800 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2014-2015 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.