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NMSU Hotline — October 10, 2014

Fore! NMSU Golf adds a kick to the course with FootGolf


Looking for a hobby where no prior athletic skill is required? FootGolf joins the New Mexico State University Golf Course as a fun alternative to the ever popular sport of golf. Utilizing the existing course layout, FootGolf is played much like golf, but in half the time. 21-inch holes and special tee boxes were added to accommodate the sport. The teeing area is somewhat up in the fairway and the FootGolf holes are anywhere from 60-80, 160-220 and 260-320 yards.

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Campus Announcements

2014 Annual Lab Safety Refresher classes are available

NMSU Environmental Health and Safety will provide the following lab safety refresher classes on Laboratory Standard and Hazardous Waste Management. Classes will only count as annual safety training for registered individuals that have completed the initial Lab Standard or Hazardous Waste Management classes.

EH&S will present the following 60-minute plus lab safety refresher classes:

Engineering Safety Seminar at 1:30 p.m. today, in Jett Hall Room 283
Seminar for ACES from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in Gerald Thomas 194 Auditorium
Chemistry seminar at noon Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Chemistry Building Auditorium CB153
Biology Seminar (limited seating, biology only) at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Foster Hall Room 23

Pre-registration is required. Those in science lab groups not listed are welcome to attend class 1, 2 or 3 above. Additional details and registration are on the EH&S website at http:\\safety.nmsu.edu.

For more information call David Shearer at 575-646-3327.

Military invited to save $5 on Alabama tickets

One of country?s biggest names, Alabama, brings their ?All American Tour 2014? to NMSU?s Pan American Center in Las Cruces for a one-night-only performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

Tickets are $30.50, $40.50, and $50.50 plus applicable fees and will be available beginning 10 a.m. today, at the Pan Am Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at http://bit.ly/1pNyO1I. Military can save $5 on a single ticket at any Ticketmaster outlet, including the Pan Am Ticket Office, simply buy presenting their military ID. Offer is NOT valid at Ticketmaster.com.

With 43 No. 1 singles, two Grammys, eight Entertainer of the Year awards, ACM?s Artist of the Decade, and well over 100 other credits to their name, this is one concert not to be missed.

For more information call 575-646-1420 or visit http://panam.nmsu.edu/alabama/. ?Join? the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/579556448836517/ to be alerted when Alabama announces the supporting act for November?s concert.

Global Chef to visit NMSU for lunch Oct. 14

A world renowned chef will visit New Mexico State University as part of Sodexo Campus Dining?s Global Chef Program. Chef Vigean Suparamaniam will cook authentic Malaysian cuisine at Taos Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14.

The menu will feature fried mackerel in a tangy chile sauce, Malaysian chestnut fried rice, authentic oxtail soup, rice flour ball coated with coconut milk and brown sugar and many other Malaysian dishes.

More information, including the full menu, can be found online at http://on.fb.me/ZtqHkt. Entry to this cultural event and all-inclusive meal is $7.89 plus tax or one meal swipe for NMSU guests with a meal plan. The event is open to all NMSU students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public.

Sodexo Campus Dining at New Mexico State University can be reached at 575-646-4801, online at http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.net or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ NMSUDining.

Upcoming training sessions offered through CLPD

WordPress for Administrators, Need to create a Website for your department? will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14,at Academic Research Building, Building B Room 106 F. Learn the basics of creating websites using NMSU Enterprise WordPress. Learn some basic page editing skills and how to customize site settings. To register for this session click https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005586.

WEAVE Online Assessment System will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Academic Research Building 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. To register for this event click https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005960.

Preventing Harassment in the Academic and Workplace Setting - Supervisor Focus will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Domenici Hall Room 121. 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/or work environment. If you are interested in this scheduled event, click https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006210.

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.

Dual dining events to be held Oct. 15

Two public dining events will take place Wednesday, Oct. 15. First, Stan Fulton Athletics Center?s 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club will host ?Oktoberfest!? from 11 a.m. ? 2 p.m. complete with Sauerbraten (German pot roast), Bavarian green beans with sour cream, beer ?n brats, German potato salad, apple strudel and black forest cake for just $10.99+tax.

Then from 5-7:30 p.m. that same night, Corbett Center Student Union?s Taos Restaurant will host a BBQ Blues Swipe+ event. Add $7.50 to your admission and upgrade your meal with incredible BBQ offerings, including full sides and your choice of smoked beef brisket, St. Louis BBQ ribs, Carolina BBQ pulled pork or garlic black pepper rotisserie chicken (a full of a chicken). Taos regular admission for dinner is just one Meal Plan swipe or $8.09+tax.

Both restaurants accept Aggie Cash and Aggie Dining Dollars. ?Join? the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/292651980937316 for a list of all of this school year?s Bistro Buffets or ?join? https://www.facebook.com/events/784212131636619/ for the Taos Swipe+ events.

For more information contact 575-646-1749.

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.

App Up for Faculty! workshop to be held Oct. 17

App Up for Faculty! will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17, in Milton Hall Room 50. In this hands-on session, participants will explore different ways that they can use apps to integrate their tablet into teaching, learning and research. The workshop will cover select apps for productivity, presentation, content creation, collaboration and resource curation.

To participate, attendees will need to have either an Apple or Android tablet.

To register for the event, visit http://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005577.

For more information contact Susana Venegas at sruiz@nmsu.edu.

Startup Weekend Las Cruces to be held Oct. 24

Startup Weekend Las Cruces will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 24, at Arrowhead Research Park 4605 Research Park Circle. Startup Weekend Las Cruces is an intense 54-hour event where local entrepreneurs, developers, designers, engineers, startup enthusiasts and anyone interested in building a business will come together to share ideas, form teams and launch a startup.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business modeling and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend culminates in Sunday night demos and presentations.

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekend Las Cruces is the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

For more information visit http://lascruces.startupweekend.org/ or contact mla23@nmsu.edu.

Open enrollment underway for medical, dental and vision plan

Open enrollment for medical, dental and vision plans is available from Oct. 1-27. 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.

NMSU to host 2014 Turfgrass conference and expo in Albuquerque

New Mexico State University is hosting the 2014 Southwest Turfgrass Association conference where participants will learn how to keep their landscape and turf areas healthy in the dry Southwest climate. The event will be held Oct. 27-29 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque.

?At this year?s conference, we will show landscape and turf managers and golf course superintendents how to maintain their turf and how to address problems that can occur not only on turf but also on trees and shrubs,? said Bernd Leinauer, NMSU professor and turfgrass specialist. ?With the conference in Albuquerque, we particularly focus on the role and benefits of green spaces in urban areas and selected speakers and topics that are going to show participants the various aspects on how to keep their turf and all other landscape plants healthy.?

A highlight of this year?s conference will be the keynote presentation of Panayiotis Nektarios, from the Agricultural University in Athens, Greece. He will talk about urban green spaces in arid climates and will discuss if it makes sense to plant and maintain such areas when water is a precious resource. As one of the world?s leading experts on green roofs for arid environments, Nektarios will also talk about about plant selection, design and maintenance of green roofs.


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.

Let's Do the Time Warp Again!

American Southwest Theatre Company will present a film screening of the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre, NMSU Center for the Arts Building. Admission is $10 plus prop bag or balcony for $5. Tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the show starting at 5:30 p.m.

For parking and directions, visit http://www.nmsutheatre.com/directionsparking.php.

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/353908731431316/.

NMHEAR Call for Proposals

The CFP for New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention (NMHEAR) 2015 annual conference is now open. Consider submitting a proposal if you have information to share with your colleagues around the state on issues of retention and/or assessment.

Proposal submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 21. NMHEAR 2015 keynote speaker is Linda Suskie, an internationally recognized consultant, speaker, write and workshop facilitator on a broad variety of higher education assessment and accreditation topics.

The second edition of her book Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide (Jossey-Bass) is one of the best-selling books on assessment in higher education. With more than 35 years of experience in higher education administration, Suskie understands how colleges work and is ready to share what she knows with New Mexico educators.

Conference homepage is available at http://nmhear.nmsu.edu/ or the direct link to CFP is http://nmhear.nmsu.edu/cfp.php.

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

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.

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.