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NMSU Hotline — January 23, 2015

NMSU celebrates Spiritual Center opening

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With the ceremonial cutting of a ribbon, New Mexico State University officially opened its new Spiritual Center on Jan. 16. Following months of construction, the facility is now available for weddings, memorial services and as a location for peaceful meditation, regardless of faith.

?Besides providing a campus facility for significant celebrations and memorials, Brynn and I were hoping to help achieve a charming, accessible and inviting facility that would provide a peaceful place for reflection and restoration from the daily demands and challenges of academic life,? NMSU alumnus Jim Wetherbe said. Construction of the Spiritual Center was made possible by a $625,000 gift by Wetherbe and his wife, Brynn.

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Campus Announcements

Open forum for graduate school dean finalist rescheduled for today

The open forum for the second finalist for dean of the graduate school at New Mexico State University, Craig Ogilvie, has been rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 23. The open forum will be held from 2 to p.m. in O?Donnell Hall, Room 111.

The open forums are open to all faculty, students, staff and community members. After each presentation, there will be time for questions, followed by a reception for the candidate. The search committee encourages everyone to attend.

The candidate feedback link is available at http://provost.nmsu.edu/candidate-feedback.

'Studio G Networking Hour' today covers idea-generation

"Studio G Networking Hour" will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Studio G, located at 1620 Standley Drive, Academic Research Building A. Studio G Networking Hour is a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. This week's talk will cover idea generation, evaluating business ideas and building a team to start a business. Find out how to generate business ideas, determine if the idea is worth pursuing and how to put together a team for your venture.

For more information, visit http://studiog.nmsu.edu.

Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate student seminar is today

A Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar by visiting student Nakarin Jeeatid from Khon Kaen University in Thailand, titled "Growth, Yield and Pungency Responses of Capsicum Chinense Cultivars to Different Levels of Light Intensity," will be held from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. This is part of a series of current research discussions presented by students in the PES master's and doctoral program or faculty from this field. This seminar is open to everyone.

For more information, contact moconnel@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5172.

Welcome reception for Mario Moccia set for today

The New Mexico State University campus community is invited to a welcome reception for NMSU Director of Athletics Mario Moccia. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Fulton Center, 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. The reception is an opportunity to meet the university's new athletics director. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Jolie Tixier at jolie@nmsu.edu.

NMSU hosts International Conference for Taekwondo Jan. 23-24

New Mexico State University?s College of Education will host the International Academic Conference for Taekwondo Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23 and 24, on the NMSU campus in Las Cruces. The event is taking place in collaboration with local taekwondo schools, Maximum Martial Arts and Gold Medal Taekwondo. The theme is ?Taekwondo as a Martial Art and Martial Sport in 2015: A Collaboration of Physical Training and Academic Discourse for All.?

?Our purpose is to celebrate both the contribution of our taekwondo community to excellence in education and taekwondo?s significant impact on children and families here in the Southwest,? said Ron Dziwenka, program manager for assessment in the College of Education. Dziwenka taught and studied for 12 years at Yonsei University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and earned his first master?s degree there. In taekwondo, he is Kukkiwon ? certified a seventh-degree black belt.


Research colloquium to be held Monday

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Colloquium by toxicology faculty position candidate Harkewal Singh, of Sigma Aldrich Life Sciences Research And Development, Saint Louis, Missouri, will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, January 26, in the Chemistry Building, Room 111. The title of the lecture is "Molecular Basis of Substrate Channeling in a Proline Catabolic Pathway."

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

AggieFit offers New Year's weight-loss challenge

The AggieFit program is having offering a 12-week weight-loss challenge beginning Monday, Jan. 26. The weight-loss challenge is open to AggieFit members at no additional charge, as well as non-AggieFit members for a fee of $15. Those wishing to sign up can do so at the AggieFit office.

For a copy of the rules or to answer any questions, please call the AggieFit Office at 575-646-2907 or by email at aggiefit@nmsu.edu.

Road closure scheduled for Sam Steel Way

East- and west-bound lanes on Sam Steel Way will be intermittently closed from 7:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, through 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, to allow for installation of a new curb and gutter. At times, traffic will be reduced from two lanes to one. Directional signs will be placed notifying drivers of lane closures and a worker will direct traffic using flags.

For more information, visit http://facilities.nmsu.edu/outage-notifications/.

NMSU Library to offer tours of Zuhl, Branson libraries

The NMSU Library will host 40-minute tours of both Zuhl Library and Branson Library. Advanced registration is not required. Tours will highlight some of the services and resources the library provides. Tours will begin at Zuhl Library Reference Desk, on the first floor, on the following dates and times:
? 12:30 to 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28
? 11 to 11:40 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29
? 11:30 a.m to 12:10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30
? 1 to 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3
? 10:30 to 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4
? 9:30 to 10:10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13

A Spanish language tour is scheduled for 3 to 3:40 p.m Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Branson Library Service Desk.

Individual tours can also be arranged. Students can get a certificate of attendance that instructors may count toward extra credit. For more information, call the Library Information Desk at 575-646-5792 or visit http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/tours.shtml.

DACC Community Education course covers faux paint techniques

In the DACC Community Education course "Fabulous Faux: Suede, Rustic, Modern," you can learn to achieve a soft blend of colors on your walls. For rustic Western, warm Southwestern to sleek or modern ? even children?s rooms ? there is an easier, ?ulcer-free? way. Learn this ?two colors at the same time? approach that is much easier than ragging or sponging. Make false raised bricks from sheetrock mud for an added rustic feature. All the money-savings tips will save you much more than the price of the course and the kit. The class will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. The cost is $33, plus a materials fee of $29 for a course-specific kit payable to instructor at class. Bring a paint shirt.

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

Customized training course covers leadership in the workplace

Especially for Gen Y ? those born from 1980 to 1999 ? the three-course series "Leadership in the Workplace" addresses the development of Generation Y leadership. Find out what it takes to become an effective leader. Discover your style of leadership. Discuss task completion, building relationships with your subordinates, becoming socially perceptive to changes in the workplace, utilizing your emotions in a positive and effective manner, and addressing challenging goals.

The courses are "Leadership Principles," "Leadership Skills" and "Developing Professional Career." For questions or more information, contact the Customized Training Program at 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.

Faculty fellowship to Israel seeks applicants

Applications are currently being sought for the seventh annual Jewish National Fund Faculty Fellowship program to be held in Israel, May 24 to June 4, 2015.

Jewish National Fund, together with Media Watch International, Face of Israel and Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are offering full-time academics at a recognized university or learning institution a fully paid intensive program in Israel.

Each participant is introduced to or paired with Israeli counterparts in their field of study. Academic partners include Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University, Haifa University, The Technion, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Weizmann Institute, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Sapir College, Sderot, Arava Institute of Environmental Studies and Achva College.

There will be extensive touring and visits to historical sites in Israel, as well as exposing the participants to Israel?s technological and scientific advancements, industry, culture and life.

For more information or to apply, visit www.ff2israel.org, contact Rene Reinhard at rreinhard@jnf.org, Eileen Wedeen at ewedeen@mwio.org, or call 212-439-7855.

NMSU?s Military and Veteran Programs launches a new training for faculty and staff

NMSU continues to see an increase in the number of student veterans attending classes both on campus and online. We are all committed to understanding the value student veterans bring to our campus, and the unique challenges they face in their transition to academic life.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in a 30-minute online simulation that will help them better understand the student veteran community. The training is flexible and will allow you to complete a portion and return to finish at a later time.

To take the course, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=dowbt000000000001640. Click ?Launch? and log in with your NMSU ID and password, then follow the on-screen instructions.

For more information, contact Jacobo Varela at 575-646-4524 or mvp@nmsu.edu.

Spring Tuition Waiver deadline is April 1

The online Tuition Waiver submission process for Spring 2015 is currently available through April 1.

Haven?t submitted your form but need to? Follow these instructions:
1. Login into MyNMSU at https://my.nmsu.edu/
2. Select the Employee tab from the menu.
3. In the Banner Self Services window in the center of the page, click the Employee hyperlink.
4. On the Employee page click the hyperlink for the waiver you would like to submit.
a. Select Tuition Waiver ? Employee/Spouse to submit a waiver for yourself or your spouse/domestic partner?s classes; or
b. Select Tuition Waiver ? Dependents to submit a waiver for your child.

Find student tuition and fee rates at http://uar.nmsu.edu/tuition-rates. Employees/Dependents are at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/educational/empl-and-spouse.

For more information, contact Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.