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NMSU Hotline — December 22, 2014

NMSU students partner with local hotel to help the homeless community


Students in New Mexico State University?s Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program have been learning that success in their business is measured in more than profits, and giving back to their community makes sense in more ways than one. The students have partnered with the Las Cruces Hampton Inn & Suites to help turn useful hotel items that might otherwise be discarded into valuable donations to the Gospel Rescue Mission, which provides shelter services to homeless and near-homeless individuals in Las Cruces.

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DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Meditation ? Connecting with Your Guardian Angels, practice connecting with our Guardian Angels through meditation, discovering who they are, and feeling the beautiful energy of these benevolent beings. Guardian Angels are divine beings whose mission is to protect and guide us. They are simply waiting for us to call upon them so that they may manifest themselves. The class will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 - Feb. 28. The cost is $53.

In the DACC Community Education course, Hebrew Reading, learn to read Hebrew, or improve your reading level, using various handouts that will be provided, which include selections from the book of Psalms. The class will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 - Feb. 24. The cost is $63.

For more information or to register email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

Spring 2015 Customized Training brochure now available

The spring 2015 Customized Training brochure is now available. Looking to brush up on your business Spanish? Want to learn the basics of computers, MS Excel, Word, or Outlook, or about your iPad? Need help dealing with difficult co-workers or customers or dealing with office issues?

These courses and many more are available in spring 2015 through the One Stop Training Shop at DACC Customized Training. All courses can be viewed at http://dacc.nmsu.edu/ctp/. There are lots of new offerings this semester.

For more information, call 575-527 7776 or email ctp@nmsu.edu.

Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge helps students cross the finish line

In spring 2014, New Mexico State University launched a new program to help seniors who left without graduating return to complete their degrees.

Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge, or ACGC, is geared toward students who have completed 94 credit hours or more and haven?t attended classes for at least one semester.

?I think reaching out to students who have attended NMSU and are not enrolled, especially at the senior level, speaks to the commitment we have for our students? success,? said Terry Cook, assistant vice president for student engagement. ?These students have invested in NMSU and have, for a variety of reasons, been unable to cross the finish line and complete their degree. I think this goes to President Carruthers? idea of a caring community. We want to find out what has stopped our students from achieving their goals and, if possible, help them re-enter and achieve their personal and career goals.?


Is effluent water the future? NMSU scientists invited to discuss issue in Rome

In June, Bernd Leinauer, New Mexico State University professor and extension turfgrass specialist, and Elena Sevostianova, post-doctoral research associate, were approached by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and travelled to Rome, Italy, after their research on effluent water was published and garnered the attention of the scientific community worldwide.

?We published a paper about tailored treated effluent water. Our suggestion was that it could be one of the main water sources in the future when it comes to irrigating the landscape or producing agriculture. The paper hypothesizes whether or not it poses a risk to the environment,? Leinauer said. ?Of course our background is on turfgrass and therefore we use it as our model crop. Our approach is to leave the nitrogen in the water for plants to use it.?

Their research states that ?using such tailored water to irrigate turf areas would reduce or eliminate the need for additional mineral fertilizers if concentrations of nitrate in the water were raised during the growing season to meet the annual nitrogen requirement of the crop or plant.?


NMSU receives $853,815 grant for integrated behavioral health training

The New Mexico State University School of Social Work in the College of Health and Social Services has received a three-year Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Health Professionals Training grant, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

SBIRT is an evidence-based practice used to recognize, decrease and avoid problematic use, abuse and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. The $853,815 grant will train graduate and undergraduate students in social work, counseling and nursing programs. Tina Hancock, director of the School of Social Work and principal investigator of the project, is working with the School of Nursing and the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology on the project?s integration.

?The idea of the grant is to teach students the SBIRT model. Ultimately we will increase the number of professionals in New Mexico who are able to identify and address substance abuse issues in an early intervention stage,? said Dawn Iglesias, senior program specialist for the grant. ?It really targets those professions that people are most likely to see."