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NMSU Hotline — February 11, 2015

NMSU DanceSport team competes in top amateur ballroom dance competition


The New Mexico State University DanceSport Company started off 2015 with a top performance at the country?s largest all-amateur dance competition, the Manhattan Amateur Classic, Jan. 16 to 18 in Secaucus, New Jersey. NMSU?s official team of 17 ballroom, Latin and swing partner dancers earned five first-place awards, six second-place awards, two third-place awards and seven event Finalists. Overall, team members qualified in 27 competitive events for the 2015 National DanceSport Championships, marking the first time in DanceSport Company history that every single member earned a bid for Nationals.

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Feedback sought on proposed updated freedom of expression policy

Last fall, the president appointed a committee known as the ?Free Speech Task Force? to study peer policies relating to free speech and to propose revisions to the university?s current freedom of expression policy. The task force consisted of representatives from the following constituencies: students, community colleges, Office of the Dean of Students, Faculty Senate, administration, faculty, ASNMSU, NMSU Police Department, members from the general public, attorneys who represent students who have exercised their First Amendment rights on campus, and Office of General Counsel. The group met regularly throughout the fall semester, including hosting an open forum the evening of Oct. 16 to gather feedback from the university community and the public at large.

The proposed revision expands the areas identified as traditional public forums to include some indoor areas; it also defines the distinct types of forums and the corresponding content-neutral time, place and manner limitations which may be placed on expression within each type of forum. When free speech is restricted, it must generally be limited to what is necessary and appropriate to the particular place and the nature of the university?s activities in that location. It also anticipates the future issuance of procedural guidelines, to assist with implementation and application of the policy.

The task force invites you to comment on the proposed revision, which also replaces Policy 3.86, Political Activity, and may be accessed at http://philos.nmsu.edu/nmsu-free-speech-policy-draft-feb-2015/. Please submit comments to freespeech@nmsu.edu on or before Friday, Feb. 20.

Once the feedback has been reviewed and incorporated or noted, the draft will follow the university?s protocols for formal policy review and comment from ASNMSU, the Associate Deans Academic Council, Academic Deans Council, Faculty Senate, and the University Administrative Council, with the goal being to submit to the Board of Regents for consideration and approval later in the year.

Center for Deployment Psychology training to be held Thursday

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.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the presenters who were originally announced are unable to come, and the presenter will be Jenna Ermold, Ph.D.

The deadline to register online has passed, but registrations will be accepted at the door.

For more information, call 575-646-2731.

Career Services meetup to be held Friday

A Career Services meetup will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Barnes and Noble, in the second floor living room area. The meetup is an opportunity for students to meet one-on-one with a Career Services staff member at different locations across campus for information on resume writing, job search, interviewing tips, cooperative education and internship opportunities, on-campus recruiting and interviewing, student employment positions, and for any other career-related topics to discuss. Bring your resume and/or your questions.

For more information, contact Career Services at 575-646-1631 or email careers@nmsu.edu.

Crimson Creations to sell brownies for Valentine's Day

Crimson Creations is now selling brownies for $1.50. The shop will offer a Valentine's special on Friday, Feb. 13, only: a pint of gelato or sorbet and two brownies for $10.

In addition to delicious sweets, Crimson Creations will have the floral cooler stocked and loaded with plenty of arrangements for your significant other.

Get a slice of pecan pie for $3.50 or make it a la mode (add a scoop of gelato to your pie) for $5. You can also pick up an apron for $15 to $20 depending on size, a 1/2 gallon of gelato for $18.99, and re-loadable gift cards in amounts from $5 to $500.

Popcorn will be served right outside Crimson Creations at 2 p.m. Friday.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list, email crimsoncreations@nmsu.edu. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/CrimsonCreationsNMSU or http://instagram.com/crimsoncreations_/.

NMSU?s Taos Restaurant to host a quartet of themed meals

Corbett Center Student Union?s Taos Restaurant will host four themed meals in the coming week. First, enjoy a ?Taste of France? from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, with coq au vin (braised chicken in wine with winter vegetables), grilled Provencal vegetable sandwich with French potato salad, mushroom garlic French bread pizza, French market soup, French onion soup, French green bean and carrot medley, parsley potatoes and fruit tartes.

Return to Taos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, for delicious Valentine-themed desserts and cookies.

Once Valentine?s Day is behind you, it?s time to set your sights on Mardi Gras. Enjoy Cajun baked chicken breast, caldo gallego, spicy gumbo, French bread fried okra, bayou red beans and rice, bayou king cake and mocktails from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Each lunch costs $7.89 plus tax or one meal plan swipe.

Taos Restaurant will also serve up Bodacious Burgers from 5 to 8 p.m. (or while supplies last) Tuesday, Feb. 17. What makes these burgers so bodacious? Blue ribbon Angus beef stacked with enticing toppers, served with your choice of crispy waffle fries or beer battered onion rings. Bodacious Burgers is a premium ?Swipe+? event at Taos Restaurant and is available for one meal plan swipe plus $5 (plus tax) or $13.09 plus tax for those without a meal plan.

For more information, call 575-646-4801 or visit https://www.facebook.com/NMSUi/events to invite your friends to any of these meals.

Softball to host Troy Cox Classic this weekend

The softball team will take on Kansas, Bradley and Weber State this weekend in the Troy Cox Classic. The complete tournament schedule is available online at NMStateSports.com. Season tickets for NM State softball start at $50 (only $25 for faculty and staff) and single game tickets are $5.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Pan American Center Ticket Office at 575-646-1420.

50 percent off clearance sale is Feb. 19 at Barnes & Noble

For one day only, Thursday, Feb. 19, save an additional 50 percent on all clearance merchandise at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces. Barnes & Noble is located at 1400 E. University Ave. and provides free parking in designated spaces.

For more information, call 575-646-4431.

NMSU Contemporary Dance Theater presents Dance Factory Feb. 20-21

The New Mexico State University Contemporary Dance Theater will present ?Dance Factory? at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21, at Rentfrow Gym, 3165 Williams St.

?Dance Factory? will present pieces from the NMSU dance program, as well as pieces from local studios and high schools. It is a fun event that raises funds for the Contemporary Dance Theater, which will be traveling to the American College Dance Association?s conference in Lubbock, where Contemporary Dance Theater will present two pieces of student work for adjudication.

Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 575-646-4067.

NMSU viticulturist to give grape-pruning demonstration Feb. 21

Bernd Maier, NMSU viticulturist, will give a demonstration on how to prune grape vines at 9 a.m. Feb. 21 at Fabian Garcia Science Center. If you would like practical experience pruning, bring your favorite pair of hand-pruning shears. A few plants will be available to prune for those who would like to try their hand at pruning. Discuss the proper tools for pruning and which tools to use. Maier will also touch on the trellis systems being used in the vineyard and go over planting grapevines, from new plants to transplanting older plants.

Brought to you by NMSU's Extension Plant Sciences Viticulture Program.

For more information, call 505-929-3942 or email goodrich@nmsu.edu.

Annual Administrative Professionals Conference to be held April 21

The third annual Administrative Professionals Conference will be held from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the DACC Workforce Center. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will be an exciting keynote and capstone speaker, numerous breakout sessions and networking opportunities

Registration begins March 1 at http://dacc.augusoft.net.

Virtual workshop explores building quality in online courses

Faculty who are interested in learning how to build quality in their online course design would benefit from this 20-hour virtual workshop offered by Instructional Innovation & Quality from March 2 to 16. The workshop runs through a two-week period and it opens opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and improve peer review skills.

Register for "OCIP: Applying the QM Rubric" at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=virtc000000000001726

You can also go to teaching.nmsu.edu to register.

For more information, contact Sharon Lalla at 575-646-5968.

Congressman Pearce?s office seeks student interns

Congressman Steve Pearce?s office is seeking interns to work in its Las Cruces office during the spring semester. The internships are unpaid but could be arranged to earn credit. Congressional internship opportunities offer valuable work experience and exposure to the legislative process and how a Congressional office assists its constituents.

Interested students should send a letter and resume to aggie@nmsu.edu.

Student Success Center offers study skills presentations

The Student Success Center, currently located in Corbett Center 148, offers a variety of services that assist students to become both effective and efficient college learners. SSC is a centralized, university-wide academic support service for students from all disciplines and all levels of academic standing. All services provided by SSC are free to the student population.

The Student Success Center offers group study skills presentations to the NMSU community. Presentation topics include time management, combating procrastination, combating test anxiety, effective presentations, dealing with stress, critical thinking, speed reading, and other principles related to the college experience. Presentations can be tailored to meet any needs, both in content and time (15 minutes - 1 hour).

To schedule a presentation, contact David Melendez at 575-646-1020 or himitsu@nmsu.edu or request a workshop online at http://ssc.nmsu.edu/services/learning-and-stud/.

DACC Customized Training class offered

"Crucial Conversations" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. The cost is $139. This course will give participants a framework for having those difficult, yet crucial, conversations with co-workers, supervisors, employees, friends and family. Topics include offering constructive feedback, tactfully suggesting better hygiene, dealing with an angry customer, apologizing to a superior, discussing funeral arrangements with family members and more.

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