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NMSU Hotline — November 24, 2014

NMSU professor ventures to Alaska to collect geological samples for research

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You might not think snow-covered Alaska and the desert Southwest have much in common. But New Mexico State University professor Brian Hampton says Alaska?s tectonic processes share similarities to those in the Southwest and make it a an ideal natural laboratory to explore. ?In addition to Alaska being the Last Frontier, it is also a geologic frontier and is one of the most tectonically active areas on Earth,? said Hampton, geological sciences assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at NMSU. ?We?re really interested in studying sedimentary rocks and the stratigraphic record to inform us about the timing and mechanisms that drive mountain-building processes today and in the geologic past.?

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Campus Announcements

NMSU to announce new athletics director this afternoon

NMSU President Garrey Carruthers invites the campus community to come and meet the university?s new athletics director during a news conference at 2 p.m. today in the Barbara Hubbard Room at the Pan American Center.

Aggie men's basketball plays two Thanksgiving week games

The NMSU men?s basketball team will take on Stetson at 7 p.m. today, and Florida A&M at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26. Season tickets start at $50. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Pan American Center Ticket Office at 575-646-1420 or visit NMStateSports.com. Tickets are also available on Ticketmaster.com.

For more events, visit http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10782/new-mexico-state-university-events-nov-22-28.

'De-stress Before Finals' sessions planned

NMSU Counseling and Student Development will hold "De-stress Before Finals" seasons Dec. 2, outside in Front of Garcia Annex and Breland Hall, Dec. 3, on the International Mall near Guthrie Hall, and Dec. 4, outside Zuhl Library near Frenger Food Court. Sessions will include free massages, yoga lessons, relaxation stations, mindfulness exercises, aromatherapy, an appearance by NMSU's Striking the Wonder Dog, and acupuncture (Wednesday and Thursday only).

For more information, call 575-646-2731.

Open forum on Legislative priorities to be held Dec. 3

Employee Council will hold an open forum with Ricardo Rel, who will be outlining and informing the campus community about the upcoming direction of New Mexico State University for the spring 2015 New Mexico Legislative session. Rel will discuss and present the institution?s goals and the administration?s directions for this upcoming session.

Rel serves as the assistant vice president for government relations in the NMSU Government Affairs Office. The open forum will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the large auditorium of PeteV. Domenici Hall. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and participate in this informative session to better understand our legislative priorities for 2015.

For more information, call 575-646-4460.

Kathleen Chinn retirement reception to be held Dec. 15

The College of Education will hold a retirement reception for Kathleen Chinn from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 15, in the O?Donnell Hall Atrium. Chinn is a tenured associate professor of special education and program director of deaf education in the Special Education/Communication Disorders department. She has taught nationally and internationally preparing educators of the deaf, audiologists and speech-language pathologists in the field of communication disorders and deafness. After 16 years with NMSU, she will be retiring in December 2014 and continuing her career at her alma mater.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Ida Quinones at iquinone@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5858.

NMSU EAP holiday stress tips: Practice gratitude

Once again we are at the time of the year where it can get a little crazy and stressful at work and at home. According to research, here is an exercise that just might energize you: Practice exercising gratitude. Expressing appreciation benefits our physical health as well as our emotional well-being. Expressing gratitude may just be one of the simplest ways to feel better. At the least, expressing thanks helps others feel valued and improves relationships. A few suggestions: Write a thank-you note, keep a gratitude journal, and or just plainly thank someone verbally and or even mentally.

For more on the practice of gratitude, visit http://chc.nmsu.edu/eap/wpt/ and read the article from the Harvard Mental Health Letter.

Spring 2015 Calling Campaign volunteers needed

Faculty and staff who wish to assist as volunteer callers for the Spring 2015 Calling Campaign can receive more information by sending an email to Gena Bermudez at genaberm@nmsu.edu or by sending an email to sim@nmsu.edu.

Volunteers contact students who have not yet enrolled to offer assistance and referral information.