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NMSU Hotline — January 28, 2015

NMSU professor shares experience on USDA organic certification process

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In October, the Student Research and Education Gardens at New Mexico State University were awarded an Organic Transitions grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The process took researchers including, Mark Uchanski, NMSU professor of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, three years. Uchanski shares the lessons learned as well as the future benefits.

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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 Christopher So with the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Thomas Jefferson University, will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Chemistry Building, Room 153. The title of the lecture is "Novel G Protein Coupled Receptor Kinase- Mediated Signaling Pathways."

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

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.

Plant and Environmental Sciences faculty seminar to be held Friday

A Plant and Environmental Sciences faculty seminar by Curtis Monger, distinguished achievement professor of Pedology and Environmental Science, will be held from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. The title is ?Agricultural Geologists and Other Fun Things to Think About.? The seminar is open to everyone.

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

Television and radio opportunities at NMSU

The NMSU Broadcasters Club will hold a meetingat 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Milton Hall, Room 155. Learn about television and radio opportunities in the broadcasting field and here on campus, and share food and conversation with other students interested in television and radio.

For more information, contact Roger Mellen, club adviser, at rpmellen@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Estate Planning Conference for Women to be held in February

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 email 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.

Academic advising conference to be held in March

The 2015 New Mexico Academic Advising Association Conference is right around the corner. This year, it is being hosted at Dona Ana Community College?s East Mesa Campus March 5 and 6. This is a golden opportunity for members of the NMSU Advising Community (both faculty and professional advisers) to participate in a relatively inexpensive and highly informative event right in our own backyard.

Information about the conference, including the registration form, conference agenda, list of concurrent sessions and promotional flyer, can be found at the NMAAA website, http://nmaaa.org/conference-registration.html.

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.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course "Switch to Linux with Zorin-OS," you don?t need to buy a new computer ? learn how to migrate easily to Linux. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP. Without new patches and updates, your computer will become increasingly vulnerable to malware. The class will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 to March 30. The cost is $51.

In "Continue to Write Your First Book: Adding More Elements to Your Story," learn that your first book consists of more than just your idea, characters and what they say to each other. You also need to add descriptions, create a plot, develop scenes, decide the viewpoint, and add lots of conflict. Learn about working with these elements and much more. The class will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 to March 10. The cost is $39.

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

DACC Customized Training class covers business research

In the course "Business Research Certificate," discover the specific knowledge needed to succeed in researching and utilizing the best and most appropriate data for decision-making for your work organization. Get the skills needed to effectively communicate research results to a specific audience for maximum impact and effective decision-making. The Certificate includes the courses of "Introduction to Business Research," "Business Statistics" and "Qualitative Business Research."

Courses begin Feb. 2 and run for one month each. The certificate is bundle priced at $495 for 48 hours of instruction (4.8 CEUs/ILUs). Courses may also be purchased individually.

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