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NMSU Hotline — October 15, 2014

NMSU shares do's and don?ts of cyber security with students, employees

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Have you ever Googled yourself to see how much of your personal information is online? You might not like what you see. New Mexico State University is helping its students, faculty and staff to get a better handle on how their digital footprint could become a security risk by offering presentations and information all month long on how to stay safe online.

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Campus Announcements

Free clinical breast exams to be offered today

The Campus Health Center will offer free clinical breast exams from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. 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.

NMSU hosts second annual Vendor Resource EXPO

Purchasing and Materials Services will host the second annual Vendor Resource EXPO from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the NMSU Golf Course. This event will highlight some of our vendors who have pricing agreements, as well as some of our very own internal vendors. The event is free and open to all university faculty and staff. Come for a chance to win vendor sponsored prizes and enjoy some good food. Transportation will be provided from Hadley Hall and the Corbett Center Student Union every 30 minutes. The shuttle will begin at 9:30 at Hadley.

Some of our featured vendors include Fisher Scientific, VWR, Ferguson Enterprises, Johnston?s True Value, Sam?s Club, the Mix, Big O Tires, Office Max, NMSU Athletics, Aggie Fit, Center for Learning and Professional Development and more.

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

NMSU and DACC Dual Credit staff available area at high schools

In partnership with area school districts, the New Mexico State University and Dona Ana Community College Dual Credit staff will visit high schools in the region in October and November to assist students with the dual credit application and course selection process for the 2015 Spring semester.

NMSU-Las Cruces and DACC Dual Credit staff will visit Las Cruces Public Schools on the following dates:

Tuesday, Oct. 21: DACC at Las Montaņas High School
Friday, Oct. 24: DACC at Mayfield High School
Monday, Oct. 27: DACC at Oņate High School
Tuesday, Oct. 28: NMSU and DACC at Las Cruces High School
Wednesday, Oct. 29: DACC at Centennial High School
Thursday, Oct. 30: NMSU and DACC at Mayfield High School
Friday, Oct. 31: NMSU and DACC at Centennial High School
Monday, Nov. 3: NMSU and DACC at Las Cruces High School
Wednesday, Nov. 5: NMSU and DACC at Oņate High School
Thursday, Nov. 6: DACC at Rio Grande Preparatory Institute

DACC Dual Credit staff will be at high schools in the Gadsden Independent School District, Hatch Valley School District and the T. or C. Municipal Schools District on the following dates:

Monday, Oct. 20: Chaparral High School
Tuesday, Oct. 21: Santa Teresa High School
Wednesday, Oct. 22: Gadsden High School
Thursday, Oct. 24: Gadsden High School (morning)
Thursday, Oct. 24: Desert Pride High School (afternoon)
Monday, Nov.17: Hot Springs High School
Tuesday, Nov. 18: Hatch Valley High School

For information about the NMSU-Las Cruces campus dual credit program, visit http://prospective.nmsu.edu/dual-credit/index.html or contact Rebecca Chavez, dual credit coordinator, at 575-646-1055. For information about the DACC Dual Credit Program, visit http://dacc.nmsu.edu/DualCredit/ or contact the East Mesa office at 575-528-7256.

Drama classes for first through sixth graders begin next week

The American Southwest Children's Theatre Company Classes will begin Oct. 20. The classes explore stories using drama, as children learn how to take on characters and to work as an ensemble, drawing from their imaginations and building their tools for self-expression.

"Rootabaga," for first- to third-graders, will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 20 through Nov. 17. Come live inside a world where spiders weave toboggans that can take you to the moon, where people buy things with fleems instead of money, and clothes turn into popcorn. For five weeks, they will use drama to take on the unique characters, and dive into the silly, fun and surprisingly poignant universe of Carl Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories."

"Shapeshifters," for fourth- to sixth-graders, will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 22 through Nov. 19.

Leshies. Werewolves. Selkies. Kitsune. Encantados. What do these creatures have in common? They are shapeshifters: Sometimes human, sometimes animal, theirs are the stories of transformation and of moving between worlds. Transform yourselves as actors to take on these creatures and to bring their stories to life.

The cost of the classes is $25/student for the full five-week session. To register, visit: http://www.nmsutheatre.com/asctc.php

For more information, contact Larissa at llury@nmsu.edu.

NMSU?s Branson Library to undergo asbestos abatement

New Mexico State University?s Branson Library began undergoing asbestos abatement Oct. 14 on the first, third and fourth floors. The abatement is scheduled to end Oct. 24, and areas impacted by the process will be contained and constantly monitored for air quality.

During the asbestos abatement, staff will be temporarily relocated. In addition, the Rio Grande Historical Collection, which includes the Amador Trade Catalogs, Amador Family Papers, Mary Daniels Taylor Durango Microfilm Collections, Rio Grande Historical Collection manuscripts, oral history collections and photographic materials, will be unavailable for on-demand access.


No-cost flu vaccinations offered in Las Cruces for adults and children

A flu vaccination event on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces will offer no-cost flu shots and flu mist to members of the public from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or while supplies last. Drive through and walk-in service will be provided for adults. Families with children under 18 will be required to park and enter the MMC West Annex Building. Enter the north side of the MMC?s parking lot from Terrace Drive between Telshor and Don Roser.

Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season, especially people who are in high risk groups such as the elderly, women and children from six months to four years old. Anyone attending the flu vaccination event can complete their consent forms ahead of time by visiting www.mmclc.org/fluclinic, and present their completed forms at the time of service.

The flu vaccination event is created in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health, Memorial Medical Center, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, the City of Las Cruces, Dona Ana County Government, Las Cruces Public Schools and South Central Regional Transport.

South Central Regional Transport will also be offering transportation to Memorial Medical Center the day of the event from outlying regions of the county, including Hatch, Anthony and Chaparral. For more information on pick up times and locations, contact South Central Regional Transport at 575-644-6006.

For more information on the no-charge flu vaccination event, call 575-528-5197.

Flexible Spending Account open enrollment continues through Oct. 27

Benefit eligible employees interested in participating in the Flexible Spending Account(s) for 2015 must enroll during the open enrollment. Open enrollment is currently underway through Oct. 27. The enrollment will be via paper form located at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/insurance/fsa/.

For more information or questions regarding the open enrollment process or the Flexible Spending Accounts, contact Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

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.

Mix and Mingle networking event to be held Oct. 30

Career Services will presents "Mix and Mingle: The Art of Professional Networking" from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Corbett Center, 3rd Floor, Ballrooms. Check-in time is at 5 p.m. The guest speaker will be David Quintana, lead recruiter for Techtronic Industries and NMSU alumnus. Learn and practice the fine art of professional networking. Appetizers will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, call 575-646-1631 or email careers@nmsu.edu.

NMSU?s Corona Center hosts symposium on mineral nutrition for cattle

Experts will help ranchers consider the importance of mineral nutrition for their cattle herds at a special one-day symposium ? ?Minerals and their Role in Ranch Sustainability? ? set for Nov. 20 at New Mexico State University?s Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability at the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center.

?Mineral nutrition can be confusing and is often neglected in our cow herds,? said Eric Scholljegerdes, NMSU beef cattle nutritionist. ?The purpose of this symposium is to provide basic information on why certain minerals are important, identifying deficiencies and talking about successes and failures experienced with different mineral programs.?

Cost of the symposium is $10, which is due at the door. Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 50 participants. The $10 fee will go toward printing costs.


VALIC offers mutual fund investment options on 403b, 457b plans

A new website with information regarding the mutual fund investment options being offered by VALIC is now available. The website will provide information as well as the link to create the new mutual fund account, either under the 403b or the 457b. Employees will be able to access the site from the Benefit Services website at benefits.nmsu.edu/retirement/for-employees/retire-plans/. The link will be available by clicking on the name VALIC under the "Vendor Options" list toward the bottom of the page.

All new enrollments will have the mutual fund investment options only. All current and past participants in VALIC?s plans through NMSU will have the following options: convert all existing assets to the mutual funds as well as any future contributions, leave all current assets in the annuity contract and send future contributions to the mutual fund platform or leave everything under the annuity investment platform.

Once the decision has been made to change contributions to the new mutual fund investments, participants will not be able to contribute to the annuity platform in the future.

Questions can be directed to Benefit Services at benefits@nmsu.edu or to the local VALIC representative, Phillip Bennett, at Philip.Bennett@valic.com.