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NMSU Hotline — February 4, 2015

Lincoln County 4-H Youth named reserve national horse judging champions

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The Lincoln County 4-H Horse Judging Team won the title of reserve national horse judging champions at the 95th annual Western National Roundup held Jan. 8-11 in Denver. Team members are Shayna Gallacher, Kristie Gallacher, Bryanna Parker and Gracie Hooten. More than 900 4-H and FFA youth from more than 30 states along with Alberta, Canada, attended the event. The team qualified for the event by winning the horse judging contest at the State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces in July 2014.

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Campus Announcements

Geological Sciences colloquium to be held today

The New Mexico State University Department of Geological Sciences will hold a colloquium by Lindsay Worthington of the University of New Mexico, titled "Precambrian Controls on Laramide Deformation in Northern Wyoming," from 4 to 5 p.m. today in Gardiner Hall Room 230.

For more information, call 575-646-2708.

Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System to be tested today at noon

If you hear a siren on the New Mexico State University campus today at noon, don't be alarmed. The university?s Outdoor Severe Weather Warning Systems are activated for one-minute blasts on the first Wednesday of each month as a test to ensure they are functioning properly. Two pole-mounted sirens, which sound the severe weather warnings, are located on the eastern and western ends of campus. The Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System is part of the university's emergency system and will be used to communicate weather-related emergencies for individuals who are located outside a building.

In a weather-related emergency, the weather warning sirens will be engaged for two minutes or longer and will alert members of the campus and surrounding community to immediately seek shelter and once they are safe to check the NMSU website or local news for additional information.

Employees registered with the Emergency Notification System may choose to receive emergency information via email, voicemail or text messaging service. Sign up for emergency alerts at: https://myaccount.nmsu.edu/accounts/etm/index.php.

Softball to hosts Hotel Encanto Tournament this weekend

The Aggies will host the Hotel Encanto Tournament starting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, against Montana. The Aggies also will take on Texas Tech at 6 p.m. Thursday evening. The tournament also will feature Colorado State, Texas-San Antonio and #18 ranked Nebraska team and run from Thursday through Sunday.

For more information about the tournament or softball season tickets, call the ticket office at 575-646-1420 or visit NMStateSports.com.

Workshop on finding investors set for Thursday

"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.

Student Success Center Workshop to be held Friday

"Textbook Reading: Strategies for Success" will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in the Zuhl Library Conference room, 225 second floor. What you remember is far more important than what you read. Assigned reading can be intimidating and hard to get through. In this workshop, you?ll learn strategies for recalling what you read and finding important ideas in your textbooks.

For more information, contact David Melendez at himitsu@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1020, or visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu.

Vote now to fill vacancies on NMSU Employee Council

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.

Eligible to vote (and to belong to the council) are regular NMSU employees who are not represented by a bargaining unit. Representatives within Doņa Ana County are elected from the following employment groups: faculty, exempt staff, and non-exempt staff. Representatives outside of Doņa Ana County are elected from faculty and staff of the community colleges outside of Doņa Ana County (Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Grants), and from all other NMSU employees outside these four groups (Cooperative Extension, Agricultural Experiment Stations, Albuquerque Center, etc.).

The number of current positions (voting members and alternates) available for 2015-16 include:
? 2 faculty employees within Doņa Ana County
? 2 exempt employees within Doņa Ana County
? 6 non-exempt employees within Doņa Ana County not represented by a bargaining unit; only two eligible persons were nominated
? No faculty or staff employees outside Doņa Ana County (all positions are currently filled)
? 1 Non-branch employee outside of these groups not represented by a bargaining unit

You are eligible to vote for candidates from your respective group only. Note that you can vote up to the number of positions available within your classification group. You will only be able to access the ballot once at https://hrs-apps.nmsu.edu/hrp/faces/ecouncil/vote.xhtml.

Three-year terms of service will begin at this month?s Employee Council meeting. Make your selections now and submit your vote. Voting opened Feb. 2 and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Feb. 10.

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

Workshop on growing startups internationally to be held Feb. 11

"Business Without Borders: A Startup's Guide to Exporting," a workshop hosted by Jerry Pacheco, executive director of the International Business Accelerator, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Arrowhead Center, 3655 Research Drive. The workshop focuses on walking a startup through key processes startups will experience when looking to grow internationally. This includes determining where to export, how to find buyers and connections in foreign markets, financing solutions and navigating the regulations related to entering a new market.

The International Business Accelerator is a one-stop shop of resources for New Mexico businesses and individuals wishing to introduce their product or service into the global market.

If you are a visitor to Arrowhead Center between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., obtain a visitors parking pass at https://ict-iisweb.nmsu.edu/auxadmin/ParkingForms/ePermit.aspx.

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

Fourth finalist for dean of graduate school on campus Feb. 16-17

The fourth finalist for dean of the graduate school at New Mexico State University, Loui Reyes, will interview Feb. 16 and 17. Reyes is currently the interim dean of the graduate school here at NMSU. An open forum is scheduled from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, in O?Donnell Hall Room 111, where the candidate will present his vision for graduate education.

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.

'Other Desert Cities' to be performed in February

The 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist drama ?Other Desert Cities? will come to the Medoff Theatre in the Center for The Arts on the NMSU campus in February. This explosive, finely tuned family drama is directed by Josh Chenard, with set and lighting by Jim Billings and costumes by Megan Thompson. Cast members include NMSU faculty member Claudia Billings, community members Deborah Storm and Jeff Peckham, and NMSU Theatre Arts students Rachel Adams and Nico Holguin.

In Jon Robin Baitz's ?Other Desert Cities,? Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history ? a wound they don't want reopened.

Dates for ?Other Desert Cities? are February 20 to March 8. Tickets are $10 to 17 and are available from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Arts Box office or by calling 575-646-4515 or 575-646-1420. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Following the opening night performance Feb. 20, there will be a reception sponsored by NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences. This production contains adult content.

For more information, contact bles46@nmsu.edu.

USDA search engine PubAg available through NMSU website

The National Agricultural Library has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly, no cost search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists. NAL is part of USDA's Agricultural Research Service.

PubAg can be found at http://lib.nmsu.edu/article.shtml in the article indexes list on the NMSU Library website.
Phase I of PubAg provides access for searches of 340,000 peer-reviewed agriculturally related scientific literature, mostly from 2002 to 2012, each entry offering a citation, abstract and a link to the article if available from the publisher. This initial group of highly relevant, high-quality literature was taken from the four million bibliographic citations in NAL's database.

Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL's significant bibliographic records.

PubAg has been specifically designed to be easy to use and to serve a number of diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and students. For more information about PubAg, contact Cindy Watkins at cwatkins@ad.nmsu.edu or Felipe Castillo at fcastil@lib.nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the, DACC Community Education course "Individual Defensive Instincts," learn how to enhance your instincts as a first line of defense and the practice of easy retainable techniques. This is a self-defense training to program developed for women of all ages and abilities. No previous experience required to join this important. The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 17 and 19. The cost is $49.

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

DACC Customized Training class offered

"Spanish Conversation Table 2" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 24 to March 31. The cost is $99. Examine the culture of Spanish speaking people throughout the world, while you work to improve your speaking ability with the newest teaching techniques. Gain new vocabulary to create dialogue on topics of interest to you. You will be able to speak proper Spanish in a way that you have never imagined.

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

NMSU entomologist finds new aphid pest in Albuquerque area

A New Mexico State University entomologist based at the NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas has found a new aphid pest in the Albuquerque area The aphid targets grasses and small grains.

?The pest, Sipha maydis, is widely distributed in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and parts of Africa, but in North America has previously only been intercepted in California in 2007, in a glasshouse in Georgia in 2012, and in Florida on produce from California in 2011 and 2012,? said Tessa Grasswitz, NMSU entomologist.

Feeding by this aphid results in yellowing, rolling and desiccation of leaves, which subsequently reduces yields of cereal crops.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10890/nmsu-entomologist-finds-new-aphid-pest-in-albuquerque-area