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NMSU Hotline — October 23, 2014

NMSU rally celebrates professor?s achievements, graduate training program

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New Mexico State University Regents Professor Elba Serrano takes great pride in training leaders. Since 2000, more than 320 students have participated in NMSU?s Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE), with the program yielding a degree completion rate of more than 90 percent ? 60 NMSU RISE students have already earned their doctoral degrees.

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Campus Announcements

Flu vaccination available at Campus Health Center

The seasonal flu shot is available at the NMSU Campus Health Center for eligible students, faculty and staff. Medical conditions such as asthma, reactive airway disease, diabetes and other chronic health conditions increase your risk of complications from the flu.

You may walk-in or schedule an appointment from Monday through Friday 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30p.m. The cost for the vaccination is $20.

For more information, call 575-646-1512.

Plant and Environmental Sciences seminar to be held Friday

A Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar by Danny Itkin, visiting Ph.D. candidate in the Archaeological Division at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel, titled "Nari in the Levant ? Dialogs with Dan H. Yaalon on the Geological Aspects of Soils," will be held from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. This seminar is open to everyone.

For more information, call 575-646-3405.

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.

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 insurance studies program names Risk Manager in Residence

Gerrie Santos, vice president of corporate risk management for Parsons Corporation, will be on the NMSU campus as this year's "Risk Manager in Residence." The Risk Management and Insurance Studies program at NMSU received a grant from the Spencer Educational Foundation to bring Santos to campus.

Santos has also worked in engineering and risk management roles for such organizations as the U.S. Navy, Walt Disney Imagineering and Universal Studios-Orlando. The NMSU community is invited to attend her presentation beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 in Room 103 of the Business Complex.

For more information about the Risk Manager in Residence or the Risk Management and Insurance Studies program at NMSU, contact Tim Query at tquery@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5253.

Mix and Mingle to be held Oct. 30

Career Services will present "Mix and Mingle: The Art of Professional Networking" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Corbett Center's third floor ballrooms. Check-in time is at 5 p.m. The guest speaker will be David Quintana, lead recruiter for Techtronic Industries and an NMSU alumnus. Learn and practice the fine art of professional networking. Appetizers will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, call 575-646-1631 or email careers@nmsu.edu.

Alumni athlete reunions to be held Homecoming Weekend

The men's tennis reunion and the NM State cheer reunion will be held Homecoming Weekend, Nov. 6 to 8. The host hotel is Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. For tennis, the room block is NM State Men's Tennis Reunion. For cheer, the room block is NM State Cheerleading Reunion. Register by Nov. 5.

For more information or to register for the tennis reunion, visit www.aggieathleticclub.com/tnreunion or call 575-646-5151.

For more information or to register for the cheer reunion, visit www.aggieathleticclub.com/cheerreunion.

NMSU?s yearbooks now available online

The New Mexico State University Library has completed the digital archiving of 85 years of yearbook editions, which can be viewed online via the NMSU Library webpage.

The online collection includes full text and images dating back to 1907. Its digitization allows for indexed searches of past NMSU students, faculty and staff.

?The NMSU Yearbooks digital collection is a treasure trove of university history,? digital projects librarian Nathan Brown said. ?Alumni will especially love this as the library receives many requests for yearbook material. This will allow for much easier access. The name of the yearbook also carries a unique and interesting history and we are excited to provide digital access to this very important collection.?


Fall Paper Clover event supplies funding to local 4-H clubs

The 2014 Paper Clover is a nationwide fundraising event sponsored in part by the National 4-H Council, Tractor Supply Company and Del?s Farm and Feed Supply Store.

From October 8 to 19, TSC and Del?s offered customers the opportunity to donate one dollar or more to help improve quality youth development activities in the 4-H program.

All proceeds directly benefit 4-H, with 70 percent going back to the state and county levels, while 30 percent is donated to the National 4-H Council to be used for sponsorships and scholarships, among other things.


NMSU interim dean appointed to Institute of Medicine committee to study family caregiving

In the United States today, the oldest-old population ? 85 years and older ? is the fastest growing age group. This also is the age group that is most likely at risk for cognitive and physical health problems.

For many older Americans, the majority of their long-term care needs are taken care of by a family member or friend. As many as 40 percent of American families are providing ongoing care to an older family member.

Recognizing the importance of family caregiving, the Institute of Medicine has begun a new study to address the myriad issues involved. Donna L. Wagner, interim dean of the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University, has been selected to serve as a member of the Institute of Medicine?s Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults.