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NMSU Hotline — February 6, 2015

NMSU partners with Wells Fargo to present economic forecast for 2015


While the falling price of oil means more money in the pockets of New Mexico?s consumers, it also means less oil and gas revenue in the coffers of the state?s government. Meanwhile the state continues to lag behind the rest of the nation in job growth and recovery from the recession that began in late 2007. So what can we expect from New Mexico?s economy over the coming year?

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Campus Announcements

Studio G Networking Hour discusses business model innovation today

Studio G Networking Hour will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today, 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 topic is "Business Model Innovation." Innovative business models are a great way to differentiate in competitive markets. Blue Ocean Strategy will be discussed, as well as new ways to capture value for your business. Join them to learn about strategies for designing differentiating business models.

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

Learn more about becoming an actuary at event Monday

A recent CareerCast.com list of the best jobs in America ranked the actuarial profession #1. The Insurance and Financial Services Center will host three actuaries on campus from Scottsdale (Nationwide) Insurance, Amerisk and Mountain States Insurance Group to talk about career opportunities in actuarial science. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, in Domenici Hall, Room 121.

This event is open to the public, but students with an interest and aptitude for mathematics and statistics are especially encouraged to attend. Food and drinks will be provided.

For more information, contact Mike McGonigle at mikemc@nmsu.edu or 575-646-4091.

Support DanceSport student project at free performance Monday morning

"An Impromptu Performance Just for You!" will be held at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at Rentfrow Gym. They should be done by 9 a.m. if not earlier, so you can still be on time to work. The event is free. Bring your coffee and come see what NMSU DanceSport is up to. No need to RSVP, just arrive before 8:15 a.m.

This week, the NMSU DanceSport students have been working on a one-week choreography project based on different emotions that they randomly drew. They also will be dancing with partners that were randomly chosen. They have had one week to put their piece together and having an audience will make the experience even more spectacular.

For more information, contact hcole@nmsu.edu.

Upcoming training sessions offered through the Center for Learning & Professional Development

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

"Title IX and Campus SaVE Act on Campus" will be held Feb. 10. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006652.

"Introduction to Business Reporting Using IBM Cognos" will be held Feb. 12. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005557.

(Spanish only session) "Title IX and Campus SaVE Act on Campus" will be held Feb. 17. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006697.

"WordPress for Administrators" will be held Feb. 17. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005590.

"FSA-RMR Information Session" will be held Feb. 19. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006761.

"WEAVE Online Assessment System" will be held Feb. 19. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006414.

For more information, visit http://training.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.

The Academy for Learning in Retirement lecture series to be held in February

The Academy for Learning in Retirement lecture series will present James E. Shearer for the February lecture series. Shearer is a Regents Professor in music at New Mexico State University and will present a four-part lecture series on the ?Formal Structure in Classical Music (and Why You Shouldn?t Fear it!)" and ?The Overlooked World of Black Classical Composers.?

The first series, Feb. 16 and 18 will focus on the instrumental music of the classical period (roughly 1750 to 1825) and feature the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The second series, Feb. 23 and 25, will explore the music of Will Marion Cook, Scott Joplin, William Grant Still, James P. Johnson and Edward Kennedy ?Duke? Ellington.

The lectures will be presented Feb. 16, 18, 23 and 25, in the Good Samaritan Society, Las Cruces Village Auditorium, 3011 Buena Vida Circle. Lectures will begin at 10:30 a.m. and are open to the public. There is a nominal fee of $5 for non-members and $4 for members for each lecture and no advance registration is required. Complimentary refreshments are available.

Plan to arrive in sufficient time to avoid a last-minute overload at check-in.

For more information, contact ALR board member Peggy Swoveland at 575-541-5955 or visit www.dacc.nmsu.edu/comed/ALR.

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. He 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. on 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.

Student participants needed for national case study on sustainable habits of college students

The Office of Sustainability is participating in a research study focusing on waste reduction. PeopleTowels is conducting a nationwide research study with college and university students to determine the adoption cycle of an eco-habit, specifically switching from paper towels to reusable hand towels. Sustainability needs 50 student participants to be a part of the study. Each student will be given two PeopleTowels (organic cotton, made in the U.S.) to use instead of paper towels (which end up in the landfills). Study is slated to begin early March.

If you or your students are interested in being a part of the study contact joni newcomer, NMSU Sustainability Manager, at newcomer@nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education online courses available

The spring 2015 DACC Community College online course offerings are available. Many new courses are available for the first time this semester, as well as some tried-and-true favorites. All course descriptions are available at http://dacc.nmsu.edu/comed/.

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

NMSU to host first Albuquerque conference on emergency preparedness in the home

The Boy Scout and Girl Scout motto is ?Be Prepared.? But how many of us are truly prepared for an emergency? Could you evacuate your home at a moment?s notice? Or stay isolated in your home without electrical power for several days? Do you know what emergencies are likely to occur in our area?

New Mexico State University?s Southwest Border Food Protection & Emergency Preparedness Center and Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service will present a free emergency preparedness in the home fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd.

?The purpose of the fair is to help people to be prepared in their homes and neighborhoods for emergencies that might happen,? said Cindy Davies, NMSU Bernalillo County Extension director. ?There will be workshops and informational tables for them to gather information on how to be prepared for an emergency that lasts a short period of time or continues for a long period of time.?


NMSU astronomers contribute to massive star database, APO impacts regional economy

Scientists in January announced a final data release for the third phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey that includes information to allow researchers to construct a three-dimensional chemical map of the Milky Way galaxy. While this concludes a chapter in the survey, another one began last summer.

For the last six years, New Mexico State University astronomers, along with collaborators from member institutions around the world, have been using the 2.5-meter telescope at the Apache Point Observatory to complete a suite of experiments that includes studies of Milky Way stars to unlock the history of our galaxy, a study of cosmic structure traced by galaxies and intergalactic hydrogen to characterize the expansion of the universe, and a study of 3,000 nearby stars to search for the presence of unseen planets around them.


Cotton Hall of Fame inducts cotton industry, NMSU alum

Everyone calls Morgan Nelson Mr. Cotton. The 1941 New Mexico State University alum is a legend in the New Mexico cotton business, and in January, was inducted into the newly formed Cotton Research and Promotion Program Hall of Fame in St. Petersburg, Florida, during the group?s annual meeting.

Nelson, along with his father and NMSU professor G.N. Stroman, worked on developing the Acala 1517 variety, which put New Mexico?s cotton industry on the map.

?I remember when they developed the 1517 cotton. It made such a difference in the market,? Nelson said. ?I really think the most exciting thing was going to lobby in Washington, D.C. We had to convince the farmers that it was to their advantage. I was, and I am most proud of New Mexico growers because we stood together and supported agricultural research.?