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NMSU Hotline — October 21, 2014

NMSU?s Branson Library hosts Domenici Photo Exhibit

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New Mexico State University?s Branson Library will host the Domenici Photo Exhibit until the beginning of the fall 2015 semester. The collection features more than 30 images and is available for public viewing on the second floor of Branson Library. The exhibit features images from Sen. Pete V. Domenici?s time in Washington, accomplishments during his 36-year career in the U.S. Senate, and some lighter, unique moments captured on film during his tenure as New Mexico?s senior senator.

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Campus Announcements

Have a question about the Employee Satisfaction Survey?

If you are an employee of New Mexico State University, you are encouraged to take the Employee Satisfaction Survey. Two questions are being asked by many employees.

Is this survey really anonymous? Yes. All responses go into a database at Noel-Levitz, a highly regarded higher education firm contracted with NMSU to do this survey. NMSU?s Office of Institutional Analysis (OIA) will receive only the survey responses; any possible identifiers (such as IP addresses) will be removed before the data are sent to NMSU.

How can it be anonymous if I sign up for the incentive? Noel-Levitz will separate the incentive information from the response data before sending the incentive data to NMSU. Only OIA will access the incentive data to randomly select the ten employees who will get lunch with the President and the Provost, and the four employees who will win the iPad Minis.

This data will then be destroyed. OIA will maintain the highest level of confidentiality with all data received through this survey.

For more information, visit http://oia.nmsu.edu/ess or call OIA at 575-646-1720.

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. 22, will be macaroni salad, green salad, meatloaf, mashed potatoes and assorted desserts. Buffet lunches are $8. The a la carte menu for Wednesday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 24, lunches is Manhattan clam chowder, fall salad with mustard dressing, roasted herbed pork loin, pasta carbonara, and your choice of pumpkin pie or baked custard with allspice. A la carte lunches are $10.

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

For more information, visit hrtm.nmsu.edu or call the HRTM office at 575-646-5995.

Doctoral dissertation defense to be held Wednesday

The College of Health and Social Services School of Nursing will hold the Ph.D. dissertation defense of Martha Morales, MSN, titled "Exploring Perceptions of Obesity Prevention Among Hispanics Along the U.S./Mexico Border," from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Room 318 CHHS building. The public is invited for presentation and opening questions and comments

For more information, email kpech@ad.nmsu.edu.

Student Success Center workshop to be held Wednesday

"Speed Reading: On your mark, get set, READ!" will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Zuhl Library Conference Room, 225 second floor. Read faster and retain information. Examine, learn and discuss information, tools and activities to help improve vocabulary, reading comprehension and reading rate.

For more information, contact David Melendez at himitsu@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1020 or visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu.

Community college hosts APA style workshop Thursday

Dona Ana Community College's Academic Readiness Center will host an APA Style workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the DACC Las Cruces Central Campus, Room 116. This workshop will cover the basics of American Psychological Association publication formatting.

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

Study participants sought to evaluate the Inflatable Colon Tour

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 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.

Open enrollment underway for medical, dental and vision plan

Open enrollment for medical, dental and vision plans is available from Oct. 1 to 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.

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.

Scholarship receipt status may be checked at my.nmsu.edu

Go to the Financial Aid Tab on my.nmsu.edu to see if you received a Lottery Scholarship, Regents Success Scholarship, Honors Excel Scholarship, High Achiever Leadership Scholarship or President?s Associates Excellence Scholarship for the Fall 2014 semester.

Make sure any issues you have with your scholarship are worked out by Nov. 1, to avoid delays with your spring scholarship.

For more information, contact University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services at 575-646-4597 or email scholarships@nmsu.edu.

DACC Dental Clinic to hold free children?s clinic

A free children?s dental clinic will be held Saturday Nov. 1. The Doņa Ana Community College Dental Clinic will provide dental services to children ages 2 to 17 who can receive oral exams, x-rays, dental cleanings and sealants at no cost. A parent or guardian must provide approval for the child to be seen at the clinic.

To help generate good habits, the clinic will host a Halloween candy trade-in. Children who bring at least part of their Halloween candy will receive a free gift bag. The clinic will be held at DACC Central Campus, 3400 S. Espina St., DAMA Building, Room. 80.

Appointments must be made by calling 575-528-7019.

For more information, contact lmoss@dacc.nmsu.edu or Mmcaslin@dacc.nmsu.edu.

2015 NM Academic Advising Association state conference to be held in March

Proposals are being solicited for the 2015 annual conference of the New Mexico Academic Advising Association, which will be hosted at Dona Ana Community College?s East Mesa Campus March 5 and 6, 2015. The theme of the conference will be ?Academic Advising: Embracing Partnerships? Conference breakout sessions will occur Friday, March 6, and will last one hour (50 minute session is ideal to provide transition time), and all formats are welcome, addressing any subject related to the theme. Faculty advisers, professional advisers, administrators and all related associates are encouraged to submit a proposal. The deadline for proposals is Nov. 14.

If you have questions about the proposal process, or would just like to attend the conference, contact either Brad Mazdra at 575-527-7519 or via email at bmazdra@dacc.nmsu.edu or Devonna James at 575-257-3007 or via email at devonna.james@enmu.edu.

For more information, visit nmaaa.org/annual-conference.html.

Central Purchasing Newsletter is now available

New Mexico State University Central Purchasing Office October Newsletter is available at http://hr.nmsu.edu/purchase/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2014/10/CPO-October2014.pdf.

Important information, helpful hints and more are available to assist you with your purchasing needs.

If you have missed an issue, past newsletters are available at http://purchasing.nmsu.edu/newsletters/.