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NMSU Hotline — November 17, 2014

NMSU student joins 2014-2015 National Officer FFA Team

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Among 42 candidates from across the country, New Mexico State University student Caleb Gustin became one of just six chosen to serve on the 2014-2015 National FFA Officer Team. Gustin was elected to national office after interviewing one-on-one, delivering extemporaneous speeches, and leading workshops, as well as demonstrating his writing skills and his knowledge of agriculture, FFA, and education. Serving as the western region vice president, Gustin will be traveling the United States, speaking, putting on workshops and spending time with fellow FFA members, building relationships with agricultural industry leaders and sponsors.

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Campus Announcements

Computer Science colloquium to be held today

Salvador Abreu will present ?Towards a Parallel Hierarchical Adaptive Solver Tool? at 2:45 p.m. today, in Thomas and Brown Room 304. In this talk, Abreu will discuss how constraint satisfaction and combinatorial optimization problems, even when modeled with efficient metaheurisics such as local search, remain computationally very intensive. Solvers stand to benefit significantly from execution on parallel systems, which are increasingly available.

For more information contact 575-646-3723.

Athletic director finalists to interview this week at NMSU

This week, NMSU President Garrey Carruthers will interview four finalists for NMSU?s athletic director position. The finalists were presented to Carruthers by a 15-member search committee. They include Rory Hickock, deputy athletics director at the University of Nevada-Reno; Gerard Koloskie, former deputy director of athletics/senior associate athletics director at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas; Mario Moccia, director of athletics for Southern Illinois University; and Ronald Prettyman, athletics director for Indiana State University.

Upcoming training sessions offered through CLPD

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

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

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

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.

Arrowhead Center at NMSU celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

Arrowhead Center, New Mexico State University?s economic development accelerator, will be part of a series of events this week in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

An OpenCoffee-style informal meet-and-greet will take place at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Beck's Coffee, 130 N. Mesquite St., for entrepreneurs, technologists, investors and others interested in entrepreneurship and commercializing technology to enjoy some fresh roasted coffee and begin getting to know each other. Participants will network over coffee or tea and discuss startup news, opportunities and ideas. One or two startups may give a 5-minute lightning pitch ? no slides ? to test their message.

Arrowhead Center is among the sponsors of the Las Cruces Business Fiesta from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Community Enterprise Center, 125 N. Downtown Mall. The Las Cruces Business Fiesta is a free day-long workshop designed to connect small business owners with local business resources and successful entrepreneurs. Breakfast and lunch are provided, and participants can learn how to avoid common pitfalls in running a business, build partnerships within the community and better-understand legal and financial requirements for a business. For more information or to register, visit http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/event/las-cruces-business-fiesta or contact Arthur Gomez at 575-525-1600.

From 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Arrowhead Center, 3655 Research Road, Academic Research A, learn about strategies for designing differentiating business models. Discussion will include ?Blue Ocean Strategy? ? the idea that companies can succeed not by battling competitors, but rather by creating ?blue oceans? of uncontested market space. For more information, contact Kramer Winingham at jkramer@ad.nmsu.edu.

For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week events in Las Cruces, visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu.

59th annual New Mexico Water Conference to be held Nov. 18-19 in Santa Fe

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute will host its 59th annual New Mexico Water Conference, "New Mexico?s Water Future: Connecting Stakeholder Needs to Water Information," Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 18 and 19, at La Fonda Restaurant in Santa Fe. More than 300 participants are registered for the day-and-a-half conference. This year?s conference will feature 54 posters presented by students, faculty, agency staff and others who are involved in water-related research statewide. The conference also will feature this year?s Albert E. Utton Memorial Water Lecture, given by NM WRRI colleague John W. Hawley.

The program and more information on what has been called the ?state?s premier water conference? is available at http://2014.wrri.nmsu.edu/.

Workshops designed to help apply for Medicaid or other health insurance coverage

Workshops will be held Nov. 19 and 20 that will help students apply for Medicaid or other health insurance coverage. The workshop and enrollment event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101A. Immediately following the presentation, health care guides will be available to help students apply for Medicaid or coverage on the Health Insurance Exchange. Under the new rules, many students are likely eligible for free or low-cost health coverage.

To make enrollment faster, each person wanting to get enrolled may want to bring the following: proof of citizenship or immigration status (such as social security number, birth certificate, etc.), picture ID, proof of residency, proof of income, proof of household size, and/or last 3 months of unpaid medical bills (if any).

For more information, call 575-646-2731 or email Lori Haussamen at mlori@nmsu.edu.

CLABS talk to be held Nov. 20

The Center for Latin American and Border Studies will host a talk at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Nason House. University of Kansas department chair of Film and Media Studies Tamara Falicov will present ?On Co-Production and Collaboration: How International Film Festivals Help Shape and Circulate Latin American Cinema.? This talk will discuss how European film festivals are providing opportunities for Latin American filmmakers.

For more information, visit http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10768/new-mexico-state-university-events-nov-15-21.

Jean Conway?s retirement party to be held Dec. 11

The Teaching Academy will hold a retirement reception for Jean Conway from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11, at the Teaching Academy, Room 50, Milton Hall. A "roast and toast" will be held at 4 p.m. Conway has worked tirelessly at NMSU for almost 25 years, helping host 150 events a year at the Teaching Academy for the last ten years or so. Jean will be sorely missed by the Teaching Academy and the NMSU community.

The theme of the party for this avid cyclist is "Ride On." The invitation can be found at http://goo.gl/CyBoR9. The party is interactive and they want to involve you soon so they need a very early RSVP by Friday, Nov. 21. You can RSVP to teaching@nmsu.edu.

For more information, contact Tara Gray at tgray@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1013.

NMSU's United Way 2014 campaign is now underway

The United Way of Southwest New Mexico is the primary resource for giving, volunteering and advocating for our community and works to provide the most effective venue for consolidating our collective resources. NMSU has participated in United Way for more than 50 years; help us continue NMSU?s long tradition of support.

Giving to the United Way of Southern New Mexico has its perks. You can become a part of our LIVE UNITED League, helping those in need. The LIVE UNITED League recognizes the outstanding generosity and commitment from our donors and serves as a thank-you for contributing to the Community Impact Fund, to those whose annual contribution is $130 or more. For more information, visit the United Way of NMSU website for each recognition level and the associated thank-you gift.

Participation at any level makes an amazing difference. Giving $10 a week provides more than 300 deliveries of Meals on Wheels to elderly people so they can remain in their homes. Giving $5 a week provides food, shelter and clothing for one victim of a disaster, such as a home fire, or a box of food for a family of four. Giving $1 a week provides snacks for children in safe after-school programs.

You can donate by visiting: http://accounts.nmsu.edu/uw/.

For more information, contact Megan S. Shannon at unitedway@nmsu.edu or 575-646-4396.

Cancer Research Center has internships for undergraduates and graduates

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, in collaboration with NMSU, will sponsor cancer research summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students.

The paid nine-week programs will be Monday, June 15, through Friday, Aug. 14. Students must be able to commit to this entire period in order to participate.

For the undergraduate internship program, eligible students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident currently enrolled in a U.S. university or college, entering the summer before the final year (or semester or quarter) of undergraduate studies, and must have a strong background in the sciences or related areas of interest. The deadline for all undergraduate applications is Jan. 16. To apply, submit an application at http://www.fhcrc.org/en/education-training/undergraduate-students.html.

For more information, visit http://www.fhcrc.org/en/labs/science-projects/pacr/interships-training/undergraduate.html or contact Michele Shuster at mshuster@nmsu.edu, or Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.

For the graduate internship program, students interested in diverse aspects of cancer research in human populations and are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at NMSU are encouraged to apply. Accepted students are required to participate in a one-week Data Analysis Workshop to be held at NMSU from May 26-29. Eligible students must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

The deadline for all graduate applications is Friday, Feb 6. To apply, submit an application at: http://www.fhcrc.org/mph.

For more information visit the website http://www.fhcrc.org/mph or contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu.

Red to Green Money Management's Financial Literacy Program is available

How often do I need to update my budget? When am I charged interest rates on my credit cards? Can my credit card information really be stolen when walking down the street? Where can I find ways to pay for school without taking out loans? Can anybody help?

Receive answers to these and many more questions from the NMSU Red to Green Money Management Program?s free one-on-one appointments with one of their Peer Financial Literacy Coaches.

For more information, visit careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green/ or email finlit@nmsu.edu.