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NMSU Hotline — January 14, 2015

NMSU honors faculty at 2015 spring convocation

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New Mexico State University honored its faculty at the 2015 spring convocation ceremony Jan. 13 at NMSU?s Atkinson Recital Hall. Every fall and spring, convocation is held to honor excellence on campus. At the beginning of the ceremony, Provost Dan Howard noted, ?To be successful, everyone associated with a university ? faculty, staff and students ? must be committed to the mission of the university and no one appreciates the good work of the staff, or the dedication of the students of New Mexico State University more than the president and me. Yet, the heart of a land-grant university is its teaching, research and service mission and it is the faculty that leads this effort. The faculty is a special part of every university and it is a great honor for me as provost, and Garrey Carruthers as president, to work with them to advance the university.?

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Campus Announcements

Research colloquium to be held Thursday

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Colloquium by toxicology faculty position candidate Amanda Ashley, of the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University, will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Chemistry Building, Room 153. The title of the lecture is "DNA Repair Modulates the Cellular Toxicity of Chemotherapeutics."

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Retirement reception to be held Jan. 21

The College of Education will host a retirement reception for Marylou (Lulu) Dominguez Carrillo from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the O?Donnell Hall atrium. Shortly after starting at the university in 1996, Lulu was placed at O?Donnell Hall and has been with the college ever since. After 19 years with NMSU, Lulu is retiring at the end of January 2015.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Crystal at crychave@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2498.

Childbirth preparation classes offered by School of Nursing

Childbirth preparation classes are being offered to women who are 7 to 8 months pregnant or 24 weeks to 32 weeks pregnant by the first class in the series. The first set of six classes begins Jan. 28 and ends March 4. The second set of six classes starts March 11 and ends April 22 with no class held March 25 during spring break. Classes are held every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the College of Health and Social Services, School of Nursing.

Women interested in attending Lamaze classes must register by calling 575-646-8089 or emailing Martha Morales at moralest@nmsu.edu. A support person is welcome.

Poster presentations sought for NMSU?s first conference on assessment

NMSU?s first conference on assessment will be held Friday, March 13, and will feature nationally recognized speakers, local experts, and sessions that will showcase the variety and quality of outcomes assessment efforts across our university. Among other programs, the conference will highlight NMSU?s Quality Initiative project to improve student writing in the disciplines and baccalaureate experience learning objectives.

The University Outcomes and Assessment Council invites poster presentation submissions on all aspects of assessment, including those that relate to the Quality Initiative. Faculty, staff, and students involved in assessment who are interested in sharing their unique project and/or activities are encouraged to submit a proposal.

The UOAC will evaluate all proposals submitted by the deadline of Feb. 13. Proposals will be evaluated in two ways:
? Merit and clarity of the 200-word submission; and
? Innovation of the assessment or Quality Initiative project.

Individuals with proposals chosen for inclusion will be notified in February 2015. To submit a proposal, fill out the form at http://assessment.nmsu.edu/submit-a-poster-proposal-for-the-conference-on-assessment.

For more information, contact Norice Lee at nlee@nmsu.edu or Mardi Mahaffy at mmahaffy@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Estate Planning Conference for Women to be held in Feburary

NMSU Advancement will offer its the eighth annual "NMSU Estate Planning Conference for Women" in Las Cruces. The conference begins Wednesday, Feb. 4, and continues each Wednesday morning from 8:15 to 11 a.m. through Feb. 25. This special program is offered as a community service for area women (only) with support from the NMSU Alumni Association, NMSU Advancement, and Scott Hulse, PC.

The four-part series is held on campus and is led by prominent financial planners. The curriculum offers the fundamentals of financial and estate planning, including wills and trusts, asset protection, taxes, charitable giving, elder law, money management and much more.

There is no charge, but space is limited. Early registration is encouraged, and participants are asked to attend all four sessions. The final day will include a fun graduation celebration luncheon.

For more information, call or e-mail Robert Peterson, NMSU Advancement, Gift Planning Director and Conference Facilitator, at 575-646-4358 or peterson@nmsu.edu.

To inquire about registration, contact Nohemi Perez, NMSU Advancement Special Events Coordinator, at 575-646-1106 or nohemip@nmsu.edu.

NMDA interdepartmental vehicle sale is now underway

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has the following vehicles available for interdepartmental vehicle sale.

1. 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500, 96K, $8,475.00
2. 2007 Ford F-150, 95K, $7,335.00
3. 2007 Ford F-150, 101K, $7,065.00
4. 2008 Ford F-150, 97K, $7,679.00
5. 2007 Ford F-150, 95K, $7,335.00
6. 2007 Ford Explorer, 2 wheel drive , 101K, $7335.00
7. 2007 Jeep Liberty, 2 wheel drive, 75K, $8,000.00
8. 2009 Dodge Avenger, 90K, $8,245.00
9. 2009 Dodge Avenger, 90K, $8,245.00

Note that mileage is approximate as these vehicles are currently still in use.

For more information, contact Jon Webster at 575-646-8002 or jwebster@nmda.nmsu.edu.

Campus Band course to be held in the spring

Register today for Campus Band, MUS 181 and MUS 381. The class will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays during the spring semester. Non-music majors are welcome and music majors can have a chance to practice a secondary instrument.

For more information, contact lizandro@nmsu.edu

Holiday Angel Tree a success

The School of Social Work, Family and Child Welfare Training Project would like to extend many heartfelt thanks and appreciation to ICT, Transportation Services and the NMSU Community faculty, staff and students who donated Christmas gifts to the Children, Youth and Families Department through the Holiday Angel Tree. Through your generous donations, they were able to deliver more than 252 gifts for these children and youth. The overwhelming response was invaluable, and appreciated. Your generosity ensured a brighter Christmas holiday for all.

A webpage with pictures of all the gifts received and sorted is available at http://socialwork.nmsu.edu/fcwtp/holiday-angel-tree/.

DACC Community Education course offers Tai Chi

In the DACC Community Education course "Fluid Movement Tai Chi," balanced with deep, rhythmic breathing, you will experience an increase in energy, focused mindfulness and a calmness of spirit. Complemented with dynamic stretching techniques that align the total body, this short, four-minute Tai Chi form is easy to learn, and therefore an excellent form for the beginner. The class will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 - April 20. No class on March 23. The cost is $93.

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

DACC Customized Training class explores ways to have fun at work

"Fifty Ways to Have Fun at Work" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3. The cost is $139. Fun at work may be the single most important trait of a highly effective and successful organization. There is a direct link between fun at work and employee creativity, productivity, morale, satisfaction and retention, as well as customer service and many other factors that determine business success.

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