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NMSU Hotline — October 22, 2014

NMSU Rio Arriba County Extension to host beef emporium

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4-H and FFA members will have an opportunity to purchase the calf that could be next year?s fair champion at the Top of the River Prospective Beef Emporium on Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Rio Arriba County Fairgrounds, State Road 554, House 122A, Abiquiu. New Mexico State University?s Rio Arriba County Cooperative Extension Service has organized the event to give cattle producers an opportunity to network with 4-H and FFA members interested in market beef and cattle breeding projects.


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ASNMSU to host vigil tonight in remembrance of student

The Associated Students of New Mexico State University will host a memorial at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the student memorial site on the east side of Corbett Center, honoring the NMSU student who died and other students injured from Thursday?s crash.

?We are hoping to come together to share our thoughts, prayers and love in remembrance of Jo Anna Aurora Rincon and the students injured,? said Mark Baccei, assistant dean of students.

Provost Dan Howard and ASNMSU President Wesley Jackson will be in attendance at the candlelit vigil.

In case the weather does not permit this outdoor event, the first floor of Corbett Center has been reserved.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10721/asnmsu-to-host-vigil-in-remembrance-of-student

NMSU ?Hunger Banquet? highlights food insecurity across the globe

When you sit down to dinner tonight, what will be on your plate? A mound of spaghetti with a rich sauce? Roasted chicken with a heaping side of vegetables?

While many of us take for granted that our plate will be filled each day with nutritious food, the reality is quite different for billions of people around the world ? and for thousands right here in Las Cruces.

To bring attention to the problem of global food insecurity, Sodexo Campus Dining at New Mexico State University, in cooperation with NMSU Housing and Campus Life, will host a ?Hunger Banquet? from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Students, faculty and staff who participate in the banquet will be randomly chosen to enjoy a meal that reflects the real circumstances for billions of people across the globe, both the affluent and the impoverished.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10718/nmsu-hunger-banquet-highlights-food-insecurity-across-the-globe

Gallery talk and free workshop to be held at the University Art Gallery

Nathan Green is one of the contemporary artists featured in the current exhibition at the University Art Gallery, titled "Off the Wall." Green will be at the UAG for a gallery talk from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, and also will lead a free workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the gallery.

Green?s workshop will explore "expansive painting." During this workshop, Green will work with students to create a site-specific, large-scale modular painting, built of interchangeable parts created by students. Students will gain experience in working collectively while creating works in an unorthodox method. Drawing inspiration from the social and aesthetic qualities of quilt-making, the workshop will explore new possibilities in painting and picture-making. Green will elucidate on a few of his different modes of working and encourage students to experiment and collaborate.

The NMSU University Art Gallery is located in D.W. Williams Hall, at the intersection of University Avenue and Solano Drive. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Parking on the NMSU campus is free on weekends and after 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, or to arrange a group visit, contact Valerie Amendola at 575-646-2545 or artglry@nmsu.edu.

NMSU jewelry students craft one-of-a-kind pieces for annual sale

The New Mexico State University?s Department of Art?s jewelry and metalsmithing students will host their jewelry sale from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, in the lobby of the D.W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University Ave., next to Barnes & Noble.

?We invite everyone to come out and shop at our 32nd annual jewelry sale,? said Motoko Furuhashi, assistant professor of art in the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences. ?This is a great chance to purchase special, unique pieces just in time for the holidays, and support our program at the same time.?

Items available for purchase include earrings, necklaces and rings. Materials used to craft the jewelry include the traditional ? silver, copper, bronze ? as well as the non-traditional ? wood, plants, fabric and plastic.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10719/nmsu-jewelry-students-craft-one-of-a-kind-for-annual-sale

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." Enjoy refreshments and a chance to win door prizes.

For more information, call 575-646-1145.

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.

Strengthening Families Initiative kicks off Family Wellness Program fall series

NMSU?s Strengthening Families Initiative kicked off the Family Wellness Program fall series throughout Dona Ana County in August. The class series will take place at community settings such as schools, churches and community centers. Join them in creating fun family memories while learning practical skills and strengthening your family. Topics include parents as leaders and models, dealing with change, communication, family dynamics, signs of health and unhealthy relationships, commitment, conflict resolution and much more. All classes are free. A light meal, program materials and children?s program are provided. Classes are available in both English and Spanish.

For more information and to enroll, call Terry Evaro at 575-646-4360.

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.

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.