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NMSU Hotline — December 1, 2014

NMSU College of Education and La Clinica de Familia partner to provide holistic health services in Dona Ana County

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The New Mexico State University College of Education is partnering with La Clinica de Familia to provide mental health care to underserved patients and training future psychologists in the process. Counseling and Educational Psychology graduate students get the opportunity to work in clinics across Dona Ana County to focus, not just on mental health, but also primary care psychology, said Daubney Harper, a college assistant professor. She is one of two faculty members who have a split appointment between NMSU and La Clinica as part of the partnership.

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Campus Announcements

Student Success Center Workshop to be held Wednesday

The workshop "Preparation for Finals Week: Staying Focused and on Course" will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Zuhl Library Conference Room 225, on the second floor.

For more information, contact David Melendez at himitsu@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1020, or visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu.

Geological sciences colloquium set for Wednesday

The Department of Geological Sciences will hold a colloquium by Donna Whitney, University of Minnesota Association of Women Geologists Distinguished Lecturer, titled "Mantle to surface dynamics during the transition from subduction to collision to tectonic escape (an example from Turkey)" from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Gardiner Hall Room 230.

For more information, email lhubbard@nmsu.edu.

Dance program performances to be held in December

NMSU Dance classes will present an informal performance showcasing what they have accomplished this semester. "Taste of Dance" will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Activity Center, Back Gym. The Choreography 1 and 2 classes will showcase their works in progress. "Dance Works" will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Activity Center, Back Gym. Admission to either performance is $2.

For more information, call 575-646-2070.

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.

VALIC offers mutual fund investment options on 403b, 457b plans

A new website with information regarding the mutual fund investment options being offered by VALIC is now available. The website will provide information as well as the link to create the new mutual fund account, either under the 403b or the 457b. Employees will be able to access the site from the Benefit Services website at benefits.nmsu.edu/retirement/for-employees/retire-plans/. The link will be available by clicking on the name VALIC under the "Vendor Options" list toward the bottom of the page.

All new enrollments will have the mutual fund investment options only. All current and past participants in VALIC?s plans through NMSU will have the following options: convert all existing assets to the mutual funds as well as any future contributions, leave all current assets in the annuity contract and send future contributions to the mutual fund platform or leave everything under the annuity investment platform.

Once the decision has been made to change contributions to the new mutual fund investments, participants will not be able to contribute to the annuity platform in the future.

Questions can be directed to Benefit Services at benefits@nmsu.edu or to the local VALIC representative, Phillip Bennett, at Philip.Bennett@valic.com.

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 athttp://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 athloest@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.

NMSU praises employees who worked on long-term NASA balloon contract

The upcoming end to a long-term contract between New Mexico State University and NASA is a time to reflect on the important contributions of many dedicated employees throughout the term of the almost three-decade-long contract.

NASA recently announced that it has awarded the next high-altitude scientific balloon contract to Orbital Sciences Corp.

?The decision was based on a lower proposed and lower probable cost than the New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory proposal as was stated in the letter from NASA procurement,? said Steve Hottman, PSL director. ?Orbital will begin to transition into its new contract responsibilities on Dec. 1 and will take over operation on Feb. 1, 2015.?

In support of NMSU?s role as manager and operator of NASA?s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, NMSU employees have provided research, engineering and operational expertise for more than 2,000 launches in areas as diverse as New Mexico, Texas, Hawaii and Antarctica. During the NASA balloon contract, the NMSU team achieved outstanding performance reviews.