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NMSU Hotline — October 17, 2014

NMSU professor among scientists worldwide testing miniaturized genome sequencer

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It fits in the palm of your hand but might someday match the performance of genetic testing instruments hundreds of times its size. A New Mexico State University professor is one of a limited group of scientists around the world now beta testing a handheld genome sequencer. ?NMSU is lucky to have the opportunity,? said Brook Milligan, biology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?This is the cutting edge, the frontier.?

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Campus Announcements

Free open air trolley available for today's Employee Appreciation Picnic

NMSU Transportation and Parking Services and Facilities and Services will provide the Open Air Trolley to shuttle employees to and from the Employee Appreciation Picnic today. The trolley will begin picking up employees from the Fire Department and Facilities and Services at the corner of Wells and Research at 10:45 a.m. and will make continual stops at ARC/EH&S/FSA/CPO on Standley, AC/CCSU/Breland Hall on Stewart, PSL/Anderson Hall on Stewart, and NMDA/DACC at Espina and Gregg before making its last trip from North Horseshoe at 1 p.m.

View the map at http://bit.ly/1C1B2An, or call 575-646-7111 or email transport@nmsu.edu for more information.

NMSU Employee Satisfaction Survey opens today

President Carruthers, the Employee Council and the Diversity Council want to hear from you regarding life as an employee at New Mexico State University. Complete the Employee Satisfaction Survey to have your opinion count.

For the English version, visit http://new.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_beaGFWWnhxjwLjv.

For the Spanish version, visit http://new.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKCO8dSPlWEsgkd.

The survey is anonymous; your responses will not be traced back to you. To encourage you to complete the survey, you can participate in up to two random drawings. Ten names will be drawn for individual lunches with President Carruthers and Executive Vice President and Provost Howard, and four names will be selected for iPad Minis. The survey will be open from today through Nov. 10.

Contact the Office of Institutional Analysis at 575-646-1720 if you would prefer a paper version of the survey, or if you have any questions.

?Studio G Networking Hour: Disciplined Entrepreneurs hip Series' to be held today

"Studio G Networking Hour" will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today, at Studio G, located at 1620 Standley Drive, Academic Research Building A. Studio G Networking Hour is a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. This week's presentation covers how to articulate your business?s core focus, chart your competitive position and determine your customer?s decision making unit (DMU).

Studio G helps Aggies start businesses.

For information visit studiog.nmsu.edu.

NMSU campus bicycle ride will be held Oct. 18

A short promotional bicycle ride around the NMSU campus will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Corbett. The ride is open to the whole community and will start and end at the bicycle Fix-It station at the west side of Corbett Center.

This short ride around campus is to display and promote safe bike riding practices. They expect all riders to ride on the right, stop at traffic signs, use hand signals and wear a helmet.

More information is provided on the NMSU Bicycling Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/NMSU-Bicycling-Community/608399355942458 and the NMSU Bike Safety website at http://bikes.nmsu.edu/nmsu-bicycle-safety.html#2014_1018-CampusBikeRide.

Upcoming Training Sessions offered through the Center for Learning & Professional Development

New Employee Orientation will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the Corbett Center Student Union, Senate Gallery, Room 304. Following a morning informational session, employees and their spouses or domestic partners will have an opportunity to attend an afternoon Benefits Workshop to learn more about NMSU Benefits and get assistance with completing benefits paperwork from a Benefits staff member. To register for this session click https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005516.

Manager's Day Conference: Improving Employee Accountability will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Milton Hall, Room 50. Learn how to create a happier, better motivated workforce; develop a culture that encourages honesty and personal responsibility; eliminate problems between employees by eliminating finger pointing and the blame game; and handle employees who are reluctant to take responsibility. If you are interested in registering for this free session, click https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005923.

WEAVE Online Assessment System will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Academic Research Complex, 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. If you are interested in this session, click https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005961.

NMSU Student and Faculty VISA Issues will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the Business Complex (BC) Room 102. The seminar is a free educational seminar on Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visas that allow individuals to work and study in the United States. This seminar, presented by attorneys from the Immigration Attorney firm Maney Gordon, will answer a number of questions related to the H-1B Program, and EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 eligibility and filing. The seminar is open to all faculty, foreign students, and administrators. Attorneys and associates will be available following the seminar for individual one-on-one consultation. If you are interested in this session, click https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006151.

Title IX and Campus SaVE Act on Campus will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Domenici Hall, Room 006. Upon completion of this course, you are taking an important step toward understanding your rights and responsibilities as an NMSU employee. If you are interested in this session, click https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006190.

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.

Barnes & Noble at NMSU to host a trio of author readings, signings

The Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces will host three separate author readings and signings within the coming month. First, Meyer Stahl unlocks the book of Revelation with ?World War 3 Coming Soon! The GoodNews of the Prince of Peace is Coming? from 11 a.m. ? 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Retired Las Cruces Police Officer J.R. Lonsway returns for a second reading and signing of his collection of police stories, ?Twenty,? from 11 a.m. ? 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Then, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, CB McKenzie presents his debut southwestern-themed mystery (and winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize), ?Bad Country.?

All events are free and open to the public. Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. All campus parking is free on the weekends.

For more information call 575-646-4431 or ?join? the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1494407004174866/ for updates and reminders for each of the three events.

NMSU-A raises awareness of disabilities at information fair Oct. 22

An information fair on the NMSU-A patio will be held from 10 - 11:45 a.m. Oct. 22, to raise awareness of Disabilities. Followed from noon to 1 p.m. is a workshop on Autism and ASD in the glass house.

For more information contact 575-439-3729.

Hunger Banquet to be held Oct. 22

NMSU?s Meal Plan program assures students, and their parents, that they will be guaranteed healthy meals each and every day while living on campus. But for too many, daily meals are hard to come by. To bring attention to this problem, Sodexo Campus Dining, in cooperation with NMSU Housing & Campus Life, will host a Hunger Banquet from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. There will be no lectures here. Student, faculty, and staff participants, free of charge, will be randomly chosen to enjoy a meal that proportionally reflects the real life circumstances for billions of people across the earth, both the affluent and the impoverished.

To take part in this special hunger awareness initiative, contact 575-646-1749. This event will be hosted in the outdoor patio next to Taos Restaurant. Taos Restaurant is located on the first floor of Corbett Center Student Union near the east entrance.

Student Meal Plan information is available at http://idcard.nmsu.edu/student-meal-plans/, while all new faculty/staff/retiree dining options are available at http://hr.nmsu.edu/idsvs/?p=64.

Please consider helping those in need with a nonperishable food donation to the Aggie Cupboard which is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. in Garcia Annex Room 132.

Transfer Center to host Tranfers Day and visit NMSU-Grants

The NMSU Transfer Center will host a DACC to NMSU Transfer Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the commons area on the DACC East Mesa Campus. All students currently enrolled at Dona Ana Community College are invited to attend. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor?s degree can meet with academic advisers, financial aid and scholarship representatives and the transfer center to find out how they may continue their education at NMSU.

The NMSU Transfer Center will visit the NMSU-Grants campus from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20. All students currently enrolled at the NMSU-Grants campus are invited to attend. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor?s degree can receive information about how they may continue their education at NMSU.

For more information, contact the Transfer Center at 575-646-8011 or transfer@nmsu.edu.

Startup Weekend Las Cruces currently offering half price for students

Startup Weekend Las Cruces is currently offering half price for students. Everyone else, discounted early registration ends soon. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 24, at the 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 or to register visit http://lascruces.startupweekend.org/. Enter student discount code: NMSUStudent.

Win free tickets to November?s Alabama/Jamie Lynn Spears concert at Pan Am Center

?Join? the ?Alabama ?All American Tour 2014? with Jamie Lynn Spears? Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/579556448836517/ so that your own Facebook account identifies you as ?going? and you?ll automatically be registered to win a family four-pack of tickets to their Nov. 15 concert at NMSU?s Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Also, without hurting your own chances of winning, you can ?invite? your Facebook friends to the page and they?ll have their own separate chance of winning a family four-pack of tickets.

One winner will be randomly selected from all accounts identified as ?going,? while the second winner will be randomly selected from all accounts identified as ?invited.? See site for official rules or contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for more information.

Employee Council to recognize several alternate members

Employee Council would like to recognize several alternate members who have recently become voting members as a result of retirement or staff leaving the university. Here are the new voting members:

Bill Harty from the Research Support Services Department
Katrinka Espinosa from the Special Education & Communication Disorders Department
David Schoep ? Environmental Safety Office

If you happen to see any of these individuals, congratulate them and thank them for representing employees on Employee Council.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Program Evaluation for Non Profits, enhance your understanding of program evaluation within the nonprofit context. Find out how to improve your evaluation planning, data collection, data analysis, and data use. Special attention will be paid to the real-world challenges that organizations may face when conducting evaluations, including staff time, and costs incurred in reporting evaluation results to funders. By the close of the course, you will have a complete program logic model and evaluation plan ready for implementation. The class will be held Nov. 3 - 28. The cost is $248.

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

Voting underway on GO Bond C to improve, renovate NMSU?s aging infrastructure

More than $25 million in capital outlay projects are on the ballot for New Mexico State University campuses as part of the $169 million in proposed general obligation bonds that help pay for major projects across the state, including renovating university facilities.

There is no tax increase associated with GO Bond C.

If GO Bond C is approved in November, the funding will allow $19.2 million in facilities upgrades for Jett Hall, Jett Annex and Rentfrow Gym, which were built in the 1950s. The funds would be used for renovations and improvements to student labs and classrooms in these buildings.

?We?re not constructing new buildings,? NMSU President Garrey Carruthers said. ?These funds are designated to repair and refurbish the buildings we already have. The Jett buildings, and Rentfrow Hall, were constructed in the 1950s and if you?ve been inside them, you know they are in serious need of renovations to improve the learning experience for our students.?