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NMSU Hotline — October 14, 2014

Zuhl Museum adds kid-friendly features for decade celebration

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It?s a blast from the past, sending you on a trip back to the prehistoric times where dinosaurs roamed the earth and plants reached the skies. Decade of the Zuhl Museum, an event celebrating New Mexico State University Zuhl Collection?s tenth anniversary will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 18, 775 College Drive, near the northwest entrance of campus.

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Campus Announcements

Chile pepper plant sale ends this week

The Chile Pepper Institute has beautiful ornamental chile pepper plants on sale. Many of the bright and fall colored ornamentals are now available for $5 per 6-inch pot and $2 per 4-inch pot. The ornamentals are the perfect way to decorate your office or home for the fall weather coming our way.

The Chile Pepper Institute is located in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 265 and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 575-646-3028 or email ericacpi@nmsu.edu.

Basketball hosts an open practice for NMSU faculty and staff

Faculty and staff are invited to the Pan American Center from 4 to 6 p.m. today, as the men?s basketball team hosts an open practice. Come get your first look at the 2014-15 Aggies and find out information about how the team is committed to academics, serving the Las Cruces community and winning on the basketball court. Come out to the event and look at season tickets for the upcoming season. Faculty and staff receive up to 50 precent off season tickets. Season tickets start as low as $25 for NMSU faculty and staff.

For more information, call 575-646-1420.

100 West menu for this week is available

The buffet lunch from noon to 1 p.m. today and from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, will be marinated tomatoes, tossed salad, fried chicken, biscuits with gravy, green beans and flan for dessert. Buffet lunches are $8. The Ala Carte Menu for Wednesday, Oct. 15, and Friday, Oct. 17, lunches is tomato and blue cheese soup, mixed salad with citrus vinaigrette, grilled trout with tomato butter sauce, pasta tricolore, and your choice of puff pastry feuilletees and chocolate mousse. Ala Carte lunches are $10.

The food lab will not be able to provide to-go lunches anymore. They will accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience.

For more information, visit http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5995.

NMSU to host event for former students interested in completing degree

New Mexico State University?s Cross Campus Advising office will host a ?Come Back and Complete? information session at 6 p.m. today at Corbett Center Colfax Room 210.

The event will help former students learn how many credits they need to complete their bachelor?s degree, what they need to do to re-enroll at NMSU and options for possible financial assistance.

Marissa Macias, cross-campus adviser, is leading a team that will help participants determine the number of courses they have completed and provide information on NMSU programs. As a two-time Aggie graduate, Macias said she enjoys helping students return to NMSU and leave with a diploma.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10685/nmsu-to-host-event-for-former-students-interested-in-completing-degree

DACC Academic Readiness Center to hold workshops

"Priorities in Action Workshop" will focus on organizational and time management skills necessary for college success. The workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the DACC Las Cruces Central Campus, Room 116.

"Scholar Dollars Scholarship Workshop" will focus on the scholarship application process, including how to write an application letter. The workshop will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the DACC Las Cruces Central Campus, Room 116.

"Thesis Statement Workshop" will focus on developing effective thesis statements for writing assignments. The workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the DACC Las Cruces Central Campus, Room 116.

For more information, contact Mike Teitsworth at 575-528-7016 or email MiTeitsworth@dacc.nmsu.edu.

NMSU Library presents Folklife Festival Exhibition

The New Mexico State University Library will host a selected portion of the ?Lore of the Archives: Dr. Andrew Wiget and the New Mexico Folklife Festival? print collection for public viewing from Oct. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015, in Branson Library?s Milton Gallery.

The collection, located on the fourth floor, will feature approximately 20 to 25 images from the Wiget collection, known for showcasing the colorful diversity of New Mexico.

Andrew Wiget was a former English professor and director of NMSU?s New Mexico Heritage Center. He defined folk life as the skills, crafts and forms of knowledge and customs learned orally or by imitation.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10688/nmsu-library-presents-folklife-festival-exhibition

NMSU speaker to discuss Latina/os WWII soldiering experiences

New Mexico State University?s Center for Latin American and Border Studies will present a talk by Ben Olguin, associate professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The event will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

Olguin, who is also the assistant director for National Scholarships and Fellowships at UTSA?s Honors College, will discuss ?Latina/os and World War II.?

Along with Maggie Rivas Rodriguez, Olguin is co-editor of ?Latina/os and WWII: Mobility, Agency and Ideology,? the first book-length study of Latina and Latino experiences in World War II, which includes a wide spectrum from Cuban Americans, Spanish Americans, Mexican Americans and the Afro-Latino experience.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10687/nmsu-speaker-to-discuss-latina-os-wwii-soldiering-experiences

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.

"Let's talk online teaching" to be held Oct. 16

Faculty who are interested in finding out what other NMSU faculty are doing to improve the quality of their online courses can attend a "Let's talk online teaching" lunch that will be held at noon Oct. 16.

Sharon Lalla will facilitate a discussion about learning how to use a rubric to improve online course design, conducting peer reviews, and national course recognition using Quality Matters resources.

You must register to reserve a spot. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006019.

For more information, contact slalla@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.

Evaluate the Inflatable Colon Tour seeking participants

The Inflatable Colon is an educational tool utilized to inform communities about colon cancer and ways to reduce their risk of developing the disease. This study will consist of focus groups and a brief survey assessing the Inflatable Colon tour. Participation in this study will take approximately two hours. Your responses will assist researchers in developing better educational tools and educational programs that will help reduce the rates of colon cancer among New Mexicans.

Participants must be NMSU staff, Hispanic, 50+ years of age and bilingual or Spanish dominant.

As a participant in this study, you would be asked to tour the inflatable colon, complete a questionnaire and participate in group discussion about the tour and the questionnaire items. Participants will receive free food, free information on colorectal cancer and a free $20 gift card.

For more information about the study or to volunteer, contact Janet Sanchez at 575-646-5065 or janets@nmsu.edu by Oct. 24.

Weekly Free Workshop Series to be held every Wednesday

The Student Accessibility and Resource Center will present the Fall 2014 Weekly Free Workshop Series which aims to provide students the opportunity to learn a variety of essential skills so they will feel more at ease and be better prepared to meet the challenges college brings.

These workshops are being presented at both East Mesa and Central campuses every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., alternating between campuses every week. Workshops may also be delivered to individual classrooms by faculty request.

This week?s workshop will address ?Elements of Successful Relationships,? and everyone is invited.

For more information, contact Martha Trujillo at mtrujillo@dacc.nmsu.edu or 575-527-7616, or the SARC Office at 575-527-7548.

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.

NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences announces fall 2014 Graduate Travel Awards

Dean Christa Slaton and New Mexico State University?s College of Arts and Sciences have provided $5,891 in travel grants for 12 graduate students for the period September 2014 through January 2015 to ease the financial burden of conference costs.

The recipients, chosen by the college?s Graduate Affairs Committee, are as follows:

Kenza Arraki, Diane Feuillet and Michael Hayden, astronomy doctoral students, each received a $500 award. Arraki attended the 11th Potsdam ThinkShop: Satellite Galaxies and Dwarfs in Potsdam, Germany with an oral presentation titled ?Comparing Evolving Properties of Satellite and Isolated Dwarf Galaxies.? Feuillet and Hayden will attend the American Astronomical Society conference in Seattle, Washington. Both will present orally, with Feuillet talking about ?The Abundance History of the Solar Neighborhood? and Hayden examining ?Chemical Cartography APOGEE.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10684/nmsu-s-college-of-arts-and-sciences-announces-fall-2014-graduate-travel-awards