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NMSU Hotline — January 27, 2015

NMSU experts say New Mexico will become hot spot for salt cedar beetles

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Researchers at New Mexico State University confirm different populations of salt cedar beetles, coming from Texas, Colorado and Arizona are converging in New Mexico. Over the last six years, four species of salt cedar beetles in the U.S. have entered New Mexico, the first state in the nation to make that claim.

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Campus Announcements

Geological Sciences colloquium to be held Wednesday

Department of Geological Sciences will hold a colloquium by Karl Karlstrom of the University of New Mexico, titled "A Paleocanyon Solution for the 140-year-long Debate About the Age of Grand Canyon," from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Gardiner Hall, Room 230.

For more information, call 575-646-2708.

Retirement happy hour to be held Thursday

Wynne Bierck, from University Accounts Receivable, will retire effective Feb. 1, after 25 years of service at NMSU. Join the department in wishing him well at happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the NMSU Golf Course Club House.

For more information, contact Samantha Lish at 575-646-6035.

Employee Council seeking nominations through Friday

Employee Council is seeking several nominations to fill member and alternate positions for 3-year terms beginning February 2015.

The Employee Council is an advisory body to the president for matters affecting NMSU employees and works closely with the university administration to promote and support the mission and vision of NMSU. Members participate in a number of university standing committees focused on the administration of university policies, initiatives and incentives. Serving on the Employee Council is an excellent way to learn more about NMSU and how it operates, and become more involved in initiatives that benefit NMSU employees. The Council is led by a chair and chair-elect who also serve on university executive-level administrative and policy making councils and boards. To learn more about Employee Council, please visit http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu/.

Members, chosen from exempt staff, faculty and non-exempt staff not represented by a bargaining unit, are nominated and elected by their peers. Membership is distributed to ensure that equitable representation is afforded to faculty and staff at all university units and locations. Members may serve consecutive terms.

Nominations for the council are open through Friday, Jan. 30. Employees may nominate themselves or other employees for the Employee Council. The nomination form can be accessed at https://hrs-apps.nmsu.edu/hrp/faces/nominate.xhtml.

ASTC Fashion Show fundraiser to be held Saturday

Take a walk through the 1960s in costume and music at the American Southwest Theatre Company fashion show fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, featuring a musical performance directed by theater faculty member Megan McQueen. Come as you are or in your favorite '60s costume.

Get tickets at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts box office from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are $15.

For more information, visit www.nmsutheatre.com.

Music Business Program hosts pianist Julian Lawrence Gargiulo in concert

The NMSU Music Business Program will hold a concert by Julian Gargiulo, pianist, composer and comedian, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall. Gargiulo brings a comedic twist to his performance "Roll Over Beethoven." Gargiulo breaks the standard role of the classical pianist by taking a distinctive route and engaging the audience in appropriate bits of stand up comedy along with his superb playing.

Tickets are on sale at the Pan American Center and all Ticketmaster outlets at $15 for general admission and $10 for students. The performance is generously sponsored by the American Collegiate Talent Showcase and ASNMSU, with all proceeds benefiting the NMSU Music Business students.

For more information, visit www.nmsumusicbusiness.com or Gargiulo?s website at www.juliangargiulo.com.

Join the Peer Review Network and document your teaching effectiveness

The Peer Review Network is an opportunity for faculty and instructors to reflect on their teaching and engage in meaningful peer review of teaching practices as a means of demonstrating teaching effectiveness. Past participants report spending 3 to 8 hours total, writing a reflective memo about their teaching and reviewing a peer?s memo on the same. Documents generated from participation can be used in Digital Measures and annual P&T Performance Reviews as evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 9.

Register at http://assessment.nmsu.edu/peer-review-network/.

For more information, contact Tauna Cole-Dorn at taucole@nmsu.edu, Maria Gurrola at gurrola@nmsu.edu, or Samantha Rich at snrich@nmsu.edu.

Center for Deployment Psychology training to be held Feb. 12

NMSU Counseling and Student Development, in cooperation with the NMSU Dean of Students Office and the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department, will offer a day-long training Thursday, Feb. 12, for NMSU faculty and staff who work with student veterans. While the training focuses primarily on mental health concerns, all who work with student veterans are invited to attend. The morning session will address veterans experience on-campus which is relevant for all faculty and staff. The afternoon session will specifically address mental health issues. Faculty in mental health fields are invited to attend the entire day.

The Center for Deployment Psychology presenters are Diana Sermanian, Psy.D., and Paula Domenici, Ph.D. There is no fee for NMSU faculty and staff only to attend the training. A box lunch will be provided at noon.

The training will cover the following topics:

? Culture and Experience of Service Members and Veterans on Campus
? The Deployment Cycle and its Impact on Students
? Reintegration on Campus
? Culturally Informed Assessment and Interventions with Student Veterans

To sign up for the training, visit www.deploymentpsych.org/training/uc4-new-mexico-state-university-nm-12-feb-2015. The deadline for signing up is Feb. 5.

For more information, call 575-646-2731.

STEM Fest 2015 call for presenters

STEM Outreach and the Community of Las Cruces will be celebrating the many innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics Saturday, March 28, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Join them for a full day of great STEM-based hands-on activities for the whole family.

They are looking for dynamic presenters who can provide quick hands-on activities to the public. If you are interested, submit a proposal, with a list of supplies, by Feb. 15. Selections will be made by March 1 and you will be notified thereafter. This event is open to the public, so activities will need to cater to the constant flux of attendees.

To submit a proposal, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BRYVN93.

NMSU QuickConnect intervention program helps students in need

NMSU?s Early Alert and Intervention program, QuickConnect, provides all faculty who may be concerned about a student?s poor class attendance, performance or other issues an ability to refer a student in their course to the QuickConnect program. If, after an attempt by the instructor to make contact results in no response, a referral may be made via the following link on the faculty tab of myNMSU: http://www2.nmsu.edu/~sim/QuickConnect/login.php.

They do their best to provide one-to-one intervention to connect students with resources pertinent to their needs. Volunteer responders attempt contact with the student and report their results back to the initiating instructor.

The success of the QC system relies wholly on communication from faculty and the volunteer responders at NMSU. Responders are always needed from every department and academic college.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or have questions, contact Lisa Kirby at lkirby@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1342.

Campus Tutoring Service is here to help

NMSU?s Campus Tutoring Service, located in Room 126 of Corbett Center, is open for business. Undergraduate tutors are trained in the tutoring process and are prepared to assist students in their learning. The tutoring schedule and days of operation can be found at http://ssc.nmsu.edu/campus-tutoring-service/. Their service is free and there is no appointment necessary.

For more information contact lkirby@nmsu.edu or the Tutoring Service at 575-646-6050.

College of Education gives Green Award for 2015

The second annual Green Award was presented by the College of Education to recognize an individual with a long-standing record for demonstrating best practices in sustainability. Chosen from a most impressive group of nominees, Gary Ivory was selected as the 2015 Green Award honoree and received the Green Award traveling trophy.

Having served NMSU for more than 19 years, Ivory currently serves as associate professor in Educational Leadership and Administration (ELA) and is widely recognized for his efforts to recycle, promote resource conservation and reduce waste. In particular, he is known for his ongoing efforts to infuse sustainability mindedness into his classroom practices as well as his work and home life. In addition, he is frequently seen in the ELA department gathering organic material to be added to his three-stage composting system.

For more information, contact gdenecoc@ad.nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course "Get Ready to Write Your First Book," learn techniques for getting in touch with your book idea and getting it out onto the hand-written page or computer screen. The class will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 to March 9. The cost is $39.

In the DACC Community Education course "Wrap Any Stone," using only two wires, learn how to wire wrap any odd-shaped, tumbled stone into a beautiful pendant. Your pendant will be completed within the timeframe of the course and you can wear it home. The class will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3. The cost is $27.

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