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NMSU Hotline — November 25, 2014

NMSU names Moccia as new athletics director

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Mario Moccia (MO?-cha) has been appointed New Mexico State University?s new Director of Athletics. Moccia, an NMSU graduate, has served as Director of Athletics at Southern Illinois University since 2006. ?I?m delighted to welcome Mario Moccia back to New Mexico State University,? NMSU President Garrey Carruthers said. ?He has a tremendous amount of leadership experience in university athletics and is skilled in working with the NCAA. Importantly, he?s a talented fundraiser and clearly a person who knows how to build sponsorships. He?s also an NMSU Aggie.? Moccia graduated from NMSU in 1989. He was captain of the Aggie baseball team and went on to play in the Detroit Tigers minor league system. Moccia was inducted into the NMSU Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Campus Announcements

Poinsettia sale to be held Dec. 3

The Horticulture 488 (Greenhouse Management) students and the NMSU floral team will sell poinsettias which have been grown by the Horticulture 488 class as a lab project since August. The sale will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Gerald Thomas Hall lobby, and run to approximately 1:30 p.m., depending on how long the supplies last. Come early for best selection. Plants are available in red color and pot sizes include 4-inch for $5 and 6-inch for $8, 8-inch for $12, and large hanging baskets for $25. Funds generated from this sale will be used for future horticulture teaching projects.

For more information, contact Sabine Green at swhitley@nmsu.edu.

Rivers of Mercy Children?s Home Angel Tree needs gift sponsors

NMSU School of Social Work's Graduate Student Social Work Association needs your help in sponsoring Christmas gifts for the children of the Rivers of Mercy Children?s Home, a Christ-center orphanage in the colonia of Anapra in Juarez, Mexico.

Individuals interested can choose an angel card in the Health and Social Services Building, Suite 210. Gifts should be returned with the attached angel card by Dec. 5.

For more information, contact Fabian Banuelos, president of GSSWA, at 575-646-2143 or fahvee@nmsu.edu.

Free HIV testing to be held Dec. 1

The Campus Health Center will have free HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1. This event is in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health, FYI and Alianza of New Mexico.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions then the time to test is now. 1) Are you a man that has sex with men? 2) Have you had 5 or more sex partners in the last 12 months? 3) Do you use IV drugs?

For more information, contact agalliva@nmsu.edu or 646-4045.

Holiday Angel Tree will benefit children served by CYFD

NMSU School of Social Work's Family and Child Welfare Training Project will host its annual Holiday Angel Tree. The group is partnering with Children, Youth, and Families Department to make the holidays brighter for local children who receive services from CYFD. They are looking for angels to donate gifts to children, ages 0-18.

Individuals interested in purchasing a gift for a child or adolescent can choose an angel tag from the angel tree in the Health and Social Services Building, Suite 210. Gifts should be returned with the attached angel tag to an age-appropriate unwrapped gift in a gift bag by Friday, Dec. 12. Gifts will be distributed to the children the week before Christmas.

For more information, contact Gloria Nuez at 575-646-4874 or glnunez@nmsu.edu.

Student employment fair to be held Jan. 21

NMSU Career Services has scheduled a student employment fair for the upcoming spring semester. This fair is designed for new and returning NMSU students who are seeking a part-time student job on campus. The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 21, on the first floor of Corbett Center.

Career Services would like to invite you to participate in this event if you have student employment and/or work-study positions available for the spring semester. The student employment fair offers an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about the variety of student and work-study jobs available on NMSU campus.

If you are interested in participating in the student employment fair, register by clicking on the following link http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-fairs/student-employment-fair/student-employment-registration/.

For more information, call Career Services at 575-646-1631 or email careers@nmsu.edu.

Aggie Athletic Club planning upcoming events

Aggie Athletic Club is gearing up to begin planning for their two signature events, Aggies in Paradise, May 22, and the ninth annual Lujan Dinner, June 6. These two events support New Mexico State student-athletes in all 17 intercollegiate sports.

For more information or to join the planning committee, contact Coordinator for Special Events Kassie Ckodre at 575-646-8050 or kherna17@nmsu.edu.

NMSU engineering students named University Innovation Fellows by NSF-funded Epicenter

New Mexico State University engineering students Brendan Sullivan and Ember Krech are part of a cohort of 58 students from 26 higher education institutions across the United States recently named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools.

Brendan Sullivan, an industrial engineering graduate student, and Ember Krech, a mechanical engineering senior, recently completed an intensive six-week course under the Innovation Fellows program. Sullivan and Krech join Mauricio Garcia, an industrial engineering senior, who was named the first Innovation Fellow at NMSU in March.

The fellows are a national community of students in engineering and related fields who work to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future. To accomplish this, the fellows advocate for lasting institutional change and create opportunities for students to engage with entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, design thinking and venture creation at their schools.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10778/nmsu-engineering-students-named-university-innovation-fellows-by-nsf-funded-epicenter

NMSU raises the bar for student engagement with peer learning assistants

If a college student takes the same course twice, it?s usually because he or she didn?t do well the first time. But a new program at New Mexico State University is promoting dj vu in the classroom to help students succeed.

?My job is to help the students understand the material by explaining it in a way that they can understand,? said Sarah Medina, one of the first 26 students in NMSU?s Peer Learning Assistants Program. ?Sometimes they just need it broken down for them by someone who can put the material in simpler terms. I spend hours and hours with students so they get one-on-one experience and explanations.?

NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences recruited its first group of peer learning assistants in the fall 2014 semester. Twenty-six students who have already completed a particular course are working alongside new students in 18 different courses. They are serving as mentors for those students taking the class for the first time. The courses they are involved in this semester range from art, philosophy and anthropology to biology, computer science, math and physics.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10787/nmsu-raises-the-bar-for-student-engagement-with-peer-learning-assistants