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NMSU Hotline — January 30, 2015

NMSU commemorates Black History Month with several events


New Mexico State University will celebrate Black History Month with a number of events scheduled throughout the month of February. ?It is essential to celebrate Black History Month because it is important to celebrate civil rights, which actually is human rights for all people,? director of Black Programs, Festus Addo-Yobo said. ?It is the reminder of our history from the past, present and what we envision for the future. America must know or acknowledge the contributions of Black America by increasing the appreciation of African-American heritage and history.? The NMSU series of events celebrating Black History Month includes guest speakers, a fashion show and dance competitions, an open mic show and more. All events during the celebration will be free.

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Campus Announcements

Studio G Networking Hour continues Disciplined Entrepreneurship Speaker Series today

Studio G Networking Hour will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today, Jan. 30, 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 continues the Disciplined Entrepreneurship Speakers Series and will cover how to calculate the potential of your business, determine who will use your product or service, and how they will use it.

Studio G helps Aggies start businesses. For information, visit studiog.nmsu.edu.

Upcoming training sessions offered through CLPD

The Center for Learning and Professional Development will host the following training opportunities.

"WordPress: Using GravityForms:" In this hands-on training session, you will learn about how to create Web forms for your WordPress Website using Gravity Forms. Session will be held Feb. 4. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006412.

"New Employee Orientation: Welcome to NMSU!" will held Feb. 9. Learn about NMSU, our community, procedures, policies and benefits. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006494.

"Monthly Budget Reconciliation and e~Print Overview:" Do you have enough money left in your budget to purchase that fancy new piece of equipment or go to that convention? Course will be held Feb. 10. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005572.

"Title IX and Campus SaVE Act on Campus:" New Mexico State University is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination and harassment. Course will be held Feb. 10. Upon completion of this course, you are taking an important step toward understanding your rights and responsibilities as an NMSU employee. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006652.

"Navigating PeopleAdmin 7:" The upgrade to PeopleAdmin 7 brings a new user interface, advanced features and functionality. Course will be held Feb. 11. This 4-hour training will be demonstration with hands-on practice to help develop key navigation and functional skills. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005581.

"Introduction to Business Reporting Using IBM Cognos" will be held Feb. 12. This 3-hour course is designed to introduce Cognos, its functionality, and the access of NMSU Budget, Employee, Finance and Instruction standard developed reports. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005557.

For more training opportunities and related information, visit http://training.nmsu.edu.

Workshop on finding investors set for Feb. 5

"What Investors Look For," a workshop with John Chavez, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at Arrowhead Center, 3655 Research Drive. Chavez is president of New Mexico Angels, a New Mexico investment group committed to accelerating early-stage companies.

Chavez will provide an overview of what investors look for in startup businesses, especially in the Southwest region. He will also touch on how investment groups can take your innovation and accelerate it into a profitable business. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to listen to one of New Mexico's top investment groups, and learn what NM Angels can do for your startup.

For more information or to RSVP, email ati@nmsu.edu.

Call for nominations for the Ralph B. Crouch Memorial Award

Friends and relatives of the late Ralph B. Crouch, professor of mathematics, head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and associate dean of the Graduate School, have established an endowment providing an annual cash award to honor a current or living former employee of NMSU for outstanding contributions to the life of the university community.

Nominations are solicited for the category of exempt staff. Outstanding contributions of the nominees may include all kinds of activities within the university and may range from one event to a lifetime career.

For details, including the criteria and guidelines for selection of the award and to download the nomination form, visit http://training.nmsu.edu/awards/ralphcrouch.

Deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 15.

For more information, call 575-646-7444.

Golf tournament to benefit NMSU engineering students

Golf enthusiasts can hit the links and support New Mexico State University engineering students at the same time by participating in the fifth annual Volt Information Sciences Slide Rule Golf Classic. The tournament is set for 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the NMSU Golf Course.

Registration is now open for this event that will benefit engineering scholarships. Fees are $100 for individual players and $400 per team. The tournament will conclude with an awards ceremony and a reception at 5 p.m. If you are unable to attend the golf outing, you can still attend the awards ceremony and reception. Register online at https://sliderulegolf2015.eventbrite.com.


Call for applications for the $5,000 Honors College Scholarships for International Research

The William Conroy Honors College recently announced a call for applications for the $5,000 Honors College Scholarships for International Research.

The Honors College Scholarship provides an NMSU student with an exciting and unique opportunity for a self-designed international travel and research experience. In addition to being named the 2015 Honors College Scholar, the scholarship recipient will receive $5,000, paid during the student?s junior year or during the summer prior to the junior year (depending on class standing), to cover the student?s expenses for the special travel/research experience designated in the student?s proposal.

All sophomore and junior Crimson Scholars (min. cumulative GPA of 3.5) are eligible to apply. Students at the community colleges may apply but must enroll at the main NMSU campus by the time of the award. This scholarship is open to any main campus undergraduate who is a Crimson Scholar (3.5 GPA or higher) and supports summer travel to a research site (typically in the student?s Junior year).

Faculty can refer interested students to Tim Ketelaar, associate dean, at ketelaar@nmsu.edu or 575-405-3729 for further information.

The school psychology program's specialist in education degree is accepting applications

The NMSU school psychology program's specialist in education (ED.S.) degree is accepting applications for admission through Feb. 28 for the 2015-2016 academic year. The school psychology program trains professionals to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. To train future school psychologists who provide the highest quality educational and mental health services for children and families, the NMSU program has been accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists.

The field of school psychology is one of the specialties with the best job prospects in the nation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 16,400 new school psychologist jobs will be added between 2012 and 2022.

For more information, visit http://cep.education.nmsu.edu/academic-programs/school-psychology-ed-s/admission-requirements/.

DACC Community Education course provides basics of 3D graphics

In the DACC Community Education course "3D Graphics for Everyone," learn the basics of 3D graphics using SketchUp. SketchUp is a free 3D design software that is used by architects, set designers, engineers and builders. It is powerful enough to be used in the creation of sets for "Avatar" and other movies, but easy enough to use at home. The class will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 to April 2. The cost is $51.

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

DACC Customized Training class explores starting a job search

"Getting Your Job Search Started" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. The cost is $139. While looking for work can be an exciting time, it can also involve fear and discomfort about change and the unknown. Whether you are already in the midst of a job search or just thinking about it, this one-day workshop will help you to determine what your skill set is made up of, the kind of work that is important and realistic to include in your search, and how to get started. Where to go, who to talk to, and the opportunities that are available will help to shift you from someone who dreams about having a job, to someone who has the job they always wanted.

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

NMSU to fill gap in Lottery Scholarship aid for students

New Mexico State University announced Thursday that it will make up the difference between tuition costs for the spring 2015 semester and the amount covered by the state?s Legislative Lottery Scholarships for all eligible students at NMSU?s Las Cruces campus.

Due to recent changes at the state-level, NMSU Las Cruces students eligible for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship now receive just 95 percent of the average tuition for 4-year comprehensive universities in New Mexico. That means students attending NMSU Las Cruces would have had to pay as much as $128.80 out of their own pocket, or through other means of student aid.

?Due to the uncertainty in Lottery Scholarship funding and mid-year changes in the funds allotted by the state, many students were left owing money for their classes at the beginning of the semester,? said Bernadette Montoya, NMSU?s vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. ?We wanted to make sure we did what we could for these students.?