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NMSU Hotline — October 16, 2014

Employee Council supports NMSU staff, hosts annual picnic Friday

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With the leaves changing color and the temperatures dropping, New Mexico State University employees have the opportunity to enjoy a picnic lunch on the Horseshoe. Employee Council is hosting the annual Employee Appreciation Picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17.

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NMSU Dance Program presents Harvest of Dance Oct. 17-19

NMSU Dance Program will present Harvest of Dance at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 19, at NMSU?s Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave. This performance will feature all three of NMSU?s dance companies ? Contemporary Dance Theater, NMSU DanceSport, and Sol Y Arena Flamenco Company. In addition to choreography created by the faculty of the NMSU dance program, "Sarabande," a work by internationally recognized choreographer William Evans will be shown.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in the Dance Program office, Rentfrow Gym Room 105, or at the door.

For more information, call 575-646-2070.

Scrabble for Literacy to be held held Oct. 19

Literacy Volunteers of Doņa Ana County ? part of DACC Adult Basic Education ? will host its monthly Scrabble fundraiser at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in the Roadrunner Room of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave. There is a $3 donation, which goes to LVDAC to buy classroom supplies for their students. The fee gets you at least one game, but if play is fast, more than that. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

For more information, contact Mark Pendleton at mpendleton@las-cruces.org or 575-528-4001 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday or mpndltn@gmail.com or 575-635-8711 on evenings and weekends.

'Managing Anxiety and Stress' workshop to be held Oct. 20

NMSU Counseling and Student Development Office will present a free workshop titled "Managing Anxiety and Stress" from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Zuhl Library Room 225. The managing anxiety workshop will define healthy versus unhealthy worrying and common experiences of anxiety. They will discuss the various causes of anxiety, which can help identify individualized treatment options. Lastly, they will provide tips and activities to help treat anxiety for the mind, body and soul. This workshop is open to all NMSU and DACC students, faculty and staff.

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

Retirement planning webinar to be offered

?There?s no bad time to save for retirement? will be presented by Jim Hawk, local representative for the Horace Mann Companies, from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, via Adobe Connect. The webinar will provide information about the benefits of investing in a 403(b) plan to save for retirement, as well as the opportunity to ask questions online during the live presentation.

A link to the Adobe Connect session will be available the day of the webinar at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retirement/for-employees/retire-plans/. A recording of the presentation will be posted on that site following the presentation for those employees not able to join the live webinar.

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

Evaluate the Inflatable Colon Tour seeking participants

The Inflatable Colon is an educational tool used 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.

NMSU?s annual Plant Clinic set for Oct. 27

The community will have the chance to get free plant diagnostics from 16 students in the Diagnosing Plant Disorder class, assisted by four New Mexico State University experts.

Soum Sanogo, professor of fungal plant pathology and course instructor, along with Carol Sutherland, Extension entomologist, Jason French, plant diagnostic clinician and pesticide program coordinator, and Geno Picchioni, professor of horticulture with expertise in plant mineral nutrition, will help determine problems caused by diseases, insects, nutritional deficiency or the environment, among others.

?Diagnosing plant disorders is challenging because plants do not talk or make any gestures unlike humans or animals,? Sanogo said. ?In order to tackle this challenge, students are not taught what to think, but how to think critically.?

The event will take place at the NMSU Pan American Center parking Lot 30, from 1 to 5:20 p.m. Oct. 27.


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.

Annual jewelry sale to be held Oct. 27

The NMSU Department of Art?s jewelry and metalsmithing students will host their jewelry sale from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the lobby of the D.W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University Ave., next to Barnes & Noble. Parking on campus will be free after 4:30 p.m.

All the pieces are unique, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry created in the metalsmithing and jewelry studio. They invite you to support the NMSU jewelry and metalsmithing program and find amazing jewelry for friends, family and yourself. The profits from this sale will be used to support the activities of the students in the jewelry and metalsmithing area.

For more information, call Motoko Furuhashi at 575-646-1238 or visit facebook.com/NMSUjewelrysale.

Second annual Fright Night to be held Oct. 29

The New Mexico State University Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science Department will host its second annual Fright Night starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Gerald Thomas Auditorium Room 194. The will be a free double movie feature that includes "Eight Legged Freaks" and "Arachnophobia." There will be free refreshments and a chance to win door prizes.

For more information, call 575-646-1145.

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.

NMSU educational leadership doctoral, master's programs now accepting applications

The Department of Educational Leadership and Administration at New Mexico State University is now accepting applications to its educational leadership doctoral program until Jan. 15. The program offers both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees. The program uses a hybrid distance-education and face-to-face instruction model and focuses on social justice and border education issues.

Anyone interested in obtaining information and/or applying to the program can visit http://emd.education.nmsu.edu/index/academics/docpage/

Applications are also being accepted for the Master of Arts program in educational administration. The degree focuses on community college and university administration. This program offers online course instruction (both asynchronous and synchronous modalities). Application materials must be received by the deadline of Dec. 1.

To apply for the master's program, visit http://emd.education.nmsu.edu/index/academics/mainhied/

For more information on either program, e-mail Norma Martinez Arrieta, ELA Student Program Coordinator, at narrieta@nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education offers bird-watching course

In the DACC Community Education course "Introduction to Bird Watching," learn how to identify birds found locally, how to attract birds to your yard, and what to consider when buying binoculars. Discover what printed and online resources are available. Experience the diverse birds of our region on three Saturday field trips to nearby bird watching hot spots. The class will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 28 to Nov. 11. The cost is $43.

The Fall 2014 DACC Community College online course offerings are also available. Many new courses are available for the first time this semester, as well as some tried-and-true favorites. All course descriptions are available at http://dacc.nmsu.edu/.

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

DACC Customized Training offers MS Word course

Introduction to MS Word 2010 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. The cost is $139. In this hands-on workshop, you?ll learn how to add, move through, and edit text. Learn to work on two or more documents simultaneously and how to change text size, appearance and margins. Practice using spell checker, saving, retrieving and printing your documents. This is just the start. You will learn much more with the step-by-step lessons and activities so that you can use Word confidently, at home or on the job.

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

NMSU rodeo steals the spotlight in last rodeo of the season

The men?s and women?s rodeo teams of New Mexico State University rose to the challenge, taking top spots at the Mesalands College rodeo in Tucumcari, New Mexico, Oct. 10-11.

The women?s team finished in first place, while men?s took second.

?I am very proud of the teams, they competed well and finished the fall season off on top,? NMSU rodeo coach Jim Brown said.

Cody Mirabal was the recipient of the men?s All-Around award.


Max Evans to receive NMSU honorary doctorate at fall commencement

New Mexico State University is recognizing Max Evans with an honorary doctorate during the fall 2014 commencement ceremony Dec. 13.

Evans, an author and painter, was selected as an honorary doctorate for his prominent contributions to the arts. A pair of his books published in the 1960s, ?The Rounders? and ?The Hi Lo Country,? also became feature films.

?Max is one of the most engaging honorary doctorate candidates I have had the pleasure of talking to,? said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. ?He is a wonderful storyteller and has been extremely generous to New Mexico State University.?

The Texas-born Evans has spent the majority of his life in New Mexico in Lea County, Lamy, Des Moines, Hillsboro and Taos. He and his wife, Pat, have lived in Albuquerque since 1968. Evans was a founding member of the New Mexico Film Commission and helped create the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.