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NMSU Hotline — October 20, 2014

NMSU honors Los Lunas employee with ?A? Mountain staff award

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Kathy Valadez, fiscal assistant at New Mexico State University?s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas, was recognized by the NMSU Employee Council with the ?A? Mountain staff award at the annual Employee Appreciation Picnic Oct. 17. Valadez was presented with a commemorative plaque by NMSU President Garrey Carruthers.

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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

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.

'Discover Financial Freedom' workshop to be held Wednesday

"Discover Financial Freedom," presented by Career Services, will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Zuhl Conference Room 225. Red to Green Money Management is conducting a workshop that will unlock the key components to budgeting, credit cards, identity theft and financial aid, allowing you to gain financial freedom.

To schedule a free appointment with a peer financial literacy coach, contact Red to Green Money Management at finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631. Brought to you by Career Services.

For more information, visit careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green or find Career Services on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook to receive weekly updates.

Dona Ana Community College offers financial education workshop Wednesday

Dona Ana Community College's Student Accessibility and Resource Center will offer a financial education workshop at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Doņa Ana Community College, Central Campus, DAHL #280. Are you digging a financial hole while you are in college that you may not be able to climb out from? What can you do to stay faithful to your college student budget? Is it even possible? This week?s workshop will address these questions and providing helpful tips to work within your budget.

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

OASIS Fall Film Series to be held Wednesday

NMSU?s OASIS Club will host a screening of ?Weight of the Nation: Part 2 ? Choices,? at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. The event is co-presented by NMSU?s Human Nutrition and Food Science Association and will feature a speech on World Food Day.

There will be a food drive for World Food Day at the showing. Those attending should consider bringing nonperishable food items and dry goods.

The film is 74 minutes in length and explores America?s obesity epidemic, examining how food and lifestyle changes can positively impact health.

For more information, visit http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10711/new-mexico-state-university-events-oct-18-24.

Partial solar eclipse event to be held Thursday

The New Mexico State University Department of Astronomy and the Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science present a viewing party for the partial solar eclipse from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Mesilla Valley Mall's southwest parking lot.

The maximum eclipse will be at 4:46 p.m. Safely watch the moon cover part of the sun. Join them for this rare and spectacular event, visible in Las Cruces. Free public viewing with solar telescopes and free handouts and activities for the whole family.

For more information, visit astronomy.nmsu.edu/eclipse.

Lab safety refresher course to be held Thursday

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Environmental Health and Safety Office of New Mexico State University will hold a mandatory lab safety refresher for the fall semester at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 23, in CB Room 153. Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk. Refreshments will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact mawiggs@nmsu.edu.

Retirement planning webinar to be offered Friday

?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.

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.

Retirement gathering for Leland Kiehne will be held Oct. 28

After many years of contributions to NMSU and exceptional service, Leland Kiehne will retire Oct. 31. A celebration is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the NMSU Golf Course Bar and Patio.

Kiehne has been a part of the NMSU community from student to professional. In 1984, he began his career as an accountant in Accounts Receivable. In 1988, he had a brief absence from NMSU, but returned in 1989 to assume the position of director for University Accounts Receivable. In 2005, he accepted a position as assistant registrar-NMSU, but once again he returned to University Accounts Receivable in 2009 as director. In October 2013, he accepted the position of business services officer.

For more information, contact Anne M. Comeau-Phillips at 575-646-2431.

Workshop on wells and water management offered Nov. 1

The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network at New Mexico State University and the Civil Engineering Department will present a workshop on "Wells, Pumps, Etc.," Saturday, Nov. 1, to help improve water management during the ongoing drought in southern New Mexico. The seminar will provide technical information on water management and on design and operation of wells and pumping systems. The seminar is for farmers, water managers and people who are involved in developing and operating water systems.

The seminar offers eight professional development credit hours for professional engineers. It is set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, on the NMSU campus in Hernandez Hall, Room 103. The cost of the seminar is $100; $30 for students.

For more information, contact Zohrab Samani, zsamani@nmsu.edu, 575-646-2904. To register, visit http://nmsuwellspumps.eventbrite.com.

NMSU student and faculty visa issues seminar to be held Nov. 7

"Maintaining Immigration Status & Planning for the Future: Visas, Green Cards and More," presented by NMSU?s immigration counsel, Maney & Gordon, P.A., will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday Nov. 7, at the Business Complex, Room 102. NMSU?s foreign national staff, faculty, students, family members and those who work with our international community are invited to attend an invaluable informative presentation surveying visa options, permanent residence and maintaining one?s immigration status.

The NMSU student and faculty visa issues seminar is a free, four-hour educational seminar on non-immigrant and immigrant visas that allow individuals to work and study in the United States. This seminar is offered only two times per year, so if you feel you will benefit from this free seminar and are interested in registering, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006151

Complimentary private consultations will be offered with attorneys immediately after the presentation.

For more information or for assistance in registering for this seminar, contact CLPD at 575- 646-7444, or by email at training@nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education jewelry course available

In the DACC Community Education course "Roman Bangle Bracelet," create a unique style bracelet that is two-tone, with sterling silver and 14 karat gold-filled wire. Learn basic wire types, tools and techniques. Wear your bracelet home from this DACC Community Education course. The class will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4. The cost is $27.

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

NMSU President Carruthers provides update on measures to reduce budget expenses

New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers updated the Las Cruces campus Friday afternoon on measures NMSU is taking to reduce budget expenses following a decrease in fall enrollment. A decline in enrollment has a direct impact on NMSU?s finances, as revenue collected from tuition and fees supports the university?s I&G (Instruction and General) budget.

As a result of that decline in enrollment, university leaders spent the last few weeks meeting with stakeholders from colleges and units across campus to identify about $4.8 million in reduced expenditures to make up for the reduced revenue, which amounts to about 2.5 percent of NMSU?s unrestricted I&G budget.

During this process, Carruthers asked each dean and vice president to propose budget reductions specific to their colleges and units at 1 percent, 3 percent and 5 percent levels.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10707/nmsu-president-carruthers-provides-update-on-measures-to-reduce-budget-expenses

AT&T continues support of NMSU?s Innoventure program with $10,000 grant

New Mexico State University?s Innoventure program has again received a $10,000 contribution from AT&T to support its ongoing efforts to encourage middle- and high-school students to use science, technology, engineering and math to solve everyday problems and create a business around the solutions.

Innoventure is part of Arrowhead Center, NMSU?s economic development arm. The student participants, who come from around New Mexico, spend about seven months developing technology to address a specific theme and building a business plan to turn their idea into a marketable product.

The challenge this year is to create an innovative product using materials that are recyclable ? a theme selected by the students in the program last year. Past themes have included timely topics like water conservation. Marie Borchert, education specialist at Arrowhead Center who oversees Innoventure, said more than 200 students in 60 teams are registered to participate this year.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10708/at-t-continues-support-of-nmsu-s-innoventure-program-with-10-000-grant

Rio Arriba County Extension to host workshops during family horse event

Everything you ever wanted to know about horses but were too afraid to ask will be addressed at the Family Fall Horse Event, hosted by New Mexico State University?s Rio Arriba County Cooperative Extension Service office on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Rio Arriba Rural Event Center, State Road 554, House 122A, Abiquiu.

?This will be an opportunity for families to gain information about the care of their horses,? said Donald Martinez, NMSU Rio Arriba County Extension agricultural agent. ?I was approached by local families wanting equine programs. This event is set up to bring our horse folks to a central location to network and learn. We are excited to be using our indoor barn for this event, plus seeing our local neighbor Liz Banks doing a reining demonstration will be fun.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10710/rio-arriba-county-extension-to-host-workshops-during-family-horse-event