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NMSU Hotline — November 10, 2014

NMSU professor experiments growing plants in highly saline water

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As drought continues to plague New Mexico, alternatives such as using wastewater have been tested and used for agriculture and urban irrigation. In the quest to conserve potable water and still maintain agricultural practices, Manoj Shukla, NMSU professor of soil physics, is trying to research the use of highly saline water. Since 2013, he has been experimenting with water from the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, researching the uses and impact of desalination in the environment, particularly if used in agriculture.

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Campus Announcements

Natural Resources Conservation Service to present workshops today

The Natural Resources Career Development Program will provide students with guidance on goal setting, career planning, and building self-confidence while they learn about the fascinating careers with USDA?s Natural Resources Conservation Service in two sessions today, in Corbett Center Student Union, Senate Gallery Room 304.

A presentation on Natural Resources Conservation Service career fields and Pathways Internship Program will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and repeated from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Learn about the many career opportunities available with NRCS and how to apply for student internship positions through USAJOBS. Discover the required coursework to be eligible for the program.

"Resume Building and How to Apply through USAJOBS," a hands-on workshop to learn the process of applying for federal employment, will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and repeated from 2 to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Career Services at 575-646-1631 or HireNMSU@nmsu.edu.

DACC Academic Readiness Center financial aid workshop to be held today

Dona Ana Community College's Academic Readiness Center will conduct a scholarship workshop for students interested in learning how to submit a successful essay/personal statement for scholarship applications from 4 to 5 p.m. today, at the DACC East Mesa Campus Library, DAAR 203F. The workshop also will cover the Scholar Dollar$ application so student can become familiar with electronic completion and submission.

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

Colloquium today explores behavioral flexibility in songbirds

The Arts and Sciences Colloquium Series will host a seminar by University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill biology professor Keith Sockman from 4 to 5:15 p.m. today, in the Elbert Walker and Carol Walker Room, Science Hall 107.

In a seminar titled ?Behavioral Flexibility During Social Transitions: A Lesson From Songbirds,? Sockman will discuss his work investigating how animals use flexible behavior to cope with unpredictable physical, ecological and social environments. This work is aimed at understanding fundamental properties of animal ecology, behavior and neurobiology. It has broad implications for many organisms, including humans.

For more information, contact Heather Throop at 575-646-5970 or throop@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Mail Services and USPS closures for November

Corbett Center Student Union?s USPS Post Office will close Tuesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. NMSU Mail Services will remain open and will perform its normal routes. However, all outgoing mail will need to be received by noon today or it will not go out until noon Wednesday.

The USPS Post Office will also be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, for Thanksgiving Day, while NMSU Mail Services will be closed both Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28. All outgoing mail for the weekend will need to be received by noon Wednesday, Nov. 26.

For more information, call 575-646-7333 or email mailservices@nmsu.edu.

Student biochemistry seminar to be held Tuesday

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will hold a student seminar titled "Shedding Light on Progesterone Resistance in Edometriosis by Evaluating the PI3K/AKT/mTOR Pathway and the Endometrial Stromal/Epithelial Cell Paracrine Interactions After Treatment with Metformin" by Elizabeth Herring-Lusk at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in CB Room 153. This seminar is for BCHE 540.

For more information, email mawiggs@nmsu.edu.

Campus Health Center to delay opening Tuesday

The Campus Health Center will open its doors at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, for a scheduled fire alarm inspection. Regular hours will resume after the inspection has been complete.

For more information, call 575-646-1512.

Workshop offers help on managing chronic disease

A free six-part workshop on managing chronic disease will meet from 5:30 to 8 pm Wednesdays, Nov. 12 through Dec. 17, in O'Donnell Hall on the New Mexico State University campus.

The Manage Your Chronic Disease (MyCD) Program is for people with a chronic condition such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, high blood pressure or anxiety. Participants will learn how to manage their chronic illness through self-care and leading a healthy lifestyle. Examples of topics the program will cover are pain management, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, the importance of medications and how to improve communication with doctors, family and friends. Build new relationships and learn new skills to help you live a healthier life! Appropriate for adults with disabilities. Family members and caregivers are also welcome to attend.

The workshop is sponsored by New Mexico Department of Health and NMSU Southern Area Health Education Center.

Space is limited. To sign up, contact Alma Gross at 575-646-2121 or algross@nmsu.edu.

Maynooth University Information Session to be held Nov. 12

The Maynooth University International Summer School information meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Faculty Senate Chambers located in Corbett Center. Refreshments will be provided.

Maynooth University, located 30 minutes from Dublin city center, will be on campus to visit with NMSU students who are interested in study abroad to Ireland. Join Chris Lawlor, the director of Maynooth University?s International Summer School as well as the staff from the Office of Education Abroad to learn more about this wonderful opportunity.

For more information, contact Caitlin Dugas at 575-646-5107.

Upcoming training sessions offered through CLPD

Open Lab - Web-based Training Help Session will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 14, at Academic Research Complex, Building B, Room 101. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006262.

New Employee Orientation will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at Corbett Center Student Union - Senate Gallery - Room 304. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005518.

Title IX and Campus SaVE Act on Campus will be held from 3:30 to 5.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Domenici Hall, Room 006. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006191.

Communication Breakthrough will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Milton Hall, Room 50. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006170.

WEAVE Online Assessment System will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Academic Research Complex, Building B, Room 101. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005965.

Throughout the year, the Center for Learning and Professional Development hosts a wide range of courses in administrative systems and processes, employee development, supervisor and leadership development, policies and procedures, and institutional compliance. 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.

Scholarship Workshop opportunity is available

The Las Cruces Public Schools? Institute for Parent Engagement, in partnership with New Mexico State University, will host a scholarship workshop for juniors and seniors at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the LCPS Professional Development Center, 505 S. Main St. Suite 400, next to the Motor Vehicle Department.

Cecilia M. Hernandez of the NMSU Department of Curriculum and Instruction will lead a one-hour workshop for high school upperclassmen focused on the scholarship application process. Hernandez, a Gates Millennium Scholar, has served on several scholarship committees including that of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and will be providing information on the importance of every component of a scholarship application with a special focus on the scholarship essay.

Attendance is limited to the first 30 students who register. Parents must attend with their child.

To sign up call 527-6012 or RSVP via email at ipe@lcps.k12.nm.us.

NMSU Extension workshop examines weed, brush management in Southwest

Controlling weeds and brush can make a big difference when it comes to successful farm and ranch management across the Southwest. Experts will gather Nov. 24 for the Southwest Weed & Brush Management Workshop to discuss the latest in herbicides, brush control, noxious weed identification and other topics.

?This workshop will fit both large and small land owners alike,? said Tom Dominguez, program director and agricultural agent at NMSU?s Otero County Cooperative Extension Service. ?It is important that property owners be good stewards of their land. Noxious weeds and brush compete with native vegetation by robbing water resources and crowding out those native populations beneficial to livestock and wildlife.?

The Southwest Weed & Brush Management Workshop is set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the Otero County Fairgrounds in Alamogordo. Cost will be $30 per person.