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NMSU Hotline — February 16, 2015

NMSU announces 2015 Las Cruces International Festival

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New Mexico State University?s Office of International and Border Programs and various groups from the city will host the International Festival 2015 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The festival offers the NMSU campus and local community an opportunity to experience different cultures from across the globe. Currently, NMSU has more than 1,300 international students from 75 countries on campus.

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Campus Announcements

Workshop today offers budgeting tips for students

A Red to Green Money Management workshop, "Budgets Aren?t Just for Your Parents!" will be offered from 4 to 5 p.m. today, Feb. 16 in Pete V. Domenici Hall, Room 018

Do you like the idea of budgeting, but just can?t seem to stick to one? Come check out this workshop on how to create, maintain and succeed at your budgeting endeavors.

For more information, visit careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green/. Also, sign up for Career Services on social media to receive weekly updates on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

To schedule a free appointment with a peer financial literacy coach, email finlit@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-1631.

100 West Cafe offers Southwest cuisine this week

100 West Cafe welcomes you to the opening of student-run lunches this week featuring a variety of American Southwest cuisine. The buffet lunch for Tuesdays and Thursdays is from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for Feb. 17 and 19 will be ensalada Mexicana, guacamole and tostadas, red or green enchiladas, pork tamales, refried beans and sopapillas with honey butter for dessert. All lunches are $10 and patrons will be allowed one return trip through the line.

A la carte lunch for Wednesdays and Fridays is also from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for Feb. 18 and 20 will be caldo tlalpeņo, Southwest salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette, red chile-rubbed chicken, tequila-lime pork ribs, green chile fettuccine alfredo and the sides will include black beans and rice with your choice of mocha mousse or arroz con leche for dessert. A la carte lunches are $10.

The food lab no longer provides to-go lunches, but does accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience.

For more information, visit http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5995.

Water discoloration may occur this week due to construction on campus

Portions of campus in the area of Arrowhead Drive and Triviz Drive may experience discolored water today through Feb. 27 as contractors work to relocate a 12-inch water main crossing under the new Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine building. Water service will not be disrupted during this time, but water may become discolored.

For more information, contact Ralph S. Lucero with Facilities and Services at 575-646-6821

Final graduate school dean candidate to interview Wednesday and Thursday

The fifth and final candidate for dean of the graduate school at New Mexico State University, Jamboor Vishwanatha, will interview Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 18 and 19 on campus. He is currently the special assistant to the provost at the Center for Diversity and International Programs for the University of North Texas. An open forum is scheduled from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday 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.

Learn results of 2014 Employee Satisfaction Survey at open forum Wednesday

Recently, many New Mexico State University employees participated in the Fall 2014 Employee Satisfaction Survey. Join Judy Bosland of the Office of Institutional Analysis at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, for an open forum to review of the results of this survey. Employee Council is sponsoring this open forum in coordination with Bosland, the Diversity Council and the President?s Office to share insight into the climate and satisfaction in a variety of areas by NMSU employees throughout the university.

The forum will be held in the Senate Gallery of the Corbett Center Student Union. This event also will be offered online for employees who are unable to attend in person. To view the webcast, visit http://panopto.nmsu.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=b2bbc21b-0524-47a9-8d72-289588288d68.

For more information, contact Greg Block at gblock@ad.nmsu.edu.

Talk Thursday explores recruitment and sustainability at NMSU

"Evening of Testimonio: Calling for a Paradigm Shift at NMSU" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Domenici Hall Auditorium, Room 109. Come listen as distinguished NMSU community members, students, staff, faculty and administrators share their experiences at NMSU and make recommendations for a healthier, more inclusive and effective institution. Dialogue will be encouraged.

For more information, contact Spencer Herrera at spencer@nmsu.edu.

ASTC at NMSU presents award winning play, 'Other Desert Cities'

In Jon Robin Baitz's play, "Other Desert Cities," a family gathers to celebrate Christmas, but soon realizes things are about to change forever. Brooke (Rachel Edwards) is about to expose a decades-old family secret by publishing of a memoir, but even she doesn?t know everything. The New York Post says ?spending time with these messed-up complicated people is a genuine pleasure.?

"Other Desert Cities" is directed by NMSU Theatre Arts faculty member Josh Chenard.

?As a director, I?ve loved working on this piece, because there is nowhere to hide," Chenard said. "There are no special effects, musical numbers or gimmicks ? just a family grieving for what was and tiptoeing around what is. I think people will enjoy the fresh dialogue, the contemporary storyline and the dramatic elements contained in this beautifully written play."

"Other Desert Cities" features NMSU faculty member Claudia Billings as Silda Grauman, theatre arts students Rachel Edwards as Brooke Wyeth and Nico Holguin as Trip Wyeth, and community members Deborah Storm as Polly Wyeth and Jeff Peckham as Lyman Wyeth.

Performances are Feb. 20 to March 8. Tickets are $10 to $17 and are available at the Center for the Arts Box office Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. 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 on Feb. 20, there will be a reception sponsored by NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences. This production contains adult content.

Engineering Without Boundaries hosts fundraising banquet March 14

Engineering Without Boundaries will host its fifth annual banquet from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Picacho Hills Country Club. The banquet will feature a talk by Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima. Tickets are $35 and proceeds will benefit the organization in building a bridge in Oyanca, Nicaragua, this summer. For more information or to purchase tickets, email ewb@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5499.

Conference at NMSU-A explores developmental education and college success

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo will host its fifth annual Developmental Discussion Day Conference from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 10 on the campus of NMSU-A. This year?s theme is "Developmental Education: Opening Doors to College Success." The keynote speaker will be NMSU Associate Vice President and Deputy Provost Greg Fant, followed by a variety of breakout sessions pertinent to developmental education. The call for proposals to present is now open. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. Register online http://nmsua.edu/d-day. For questions or additional information, contact Anne Ricksecker at 575-439-3740.

Food Technology Program offers food processing certification course

The Food Technology Program at New Mexico State University will offer the certification course ?Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods Only? May 13 to 15 in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 303, the NMSU campus. This course satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations for acidified foods only and is intended for managers and supervisors of food processing operations. It is designed to provide additional information and focus on critical issues that affect acidified foods production. Instructors have vast experience and knowledge of food regulations, processing and safety. They are recognized processing authorities who educate and assist food entrepreneurs and food companies as part of NMSU's land grant mission.

For more information on cost, agenda and registration, visit http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/better-process-control-s.html#anchor_13033, send an email to glorhern@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2198.

NMSU honors biology professor?s mosquito research at Scholarly Excellence Rally

New Mexico State University Associate Professor Jiannong Xu has received a $1.2 million SCORE grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health, to study ?Bacterial Colonization and Immunogenicity in Mosquito Gut Ecosystem.?

?Dr. Xu?s lab is a testimony of the integration between research and teaching,? said Greg Fant, associate vice president and deputy provost, at an NMSU Scholarly Excellence Rally honoring Xu.

Xu was recently promoted to associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences? biology department. He is studying how bacteria inhabit the gut and how they affect mosquito immunity. Mosquitoes can transmit infectious diseases such as malaria, Dengue fever and West Nile virus.


Center for Learning & Professional Development offers training courses

The Center for Learning & Professional Development will host the following training opportunities this week. For additional training opportunities and related information, visit http://training.nmsu.edu/.

"Title IX and Campus SaVE Act on Campus," a Spanish-only session is offered Feb. 17. New Mexico State University is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination and harassment. 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=class000000000006697

A FSA-RMR Information Session on Feb. 19 will help answer questions like "What is a record?," "What is a retention schedule?" and "What is the process for disposing of records when a retention schedule is met?" This course is a requirement for all personnel requesting access to electronic journal vouchers or requesting a procurement card and is a prerequisite for PCard and journal voucher process-specific RMR supplements. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006761

Learn how to use the WEAVE Online Assessment System to enter goals, objectives and outcomes as part of the yearly assessment process during a Feb. 19 training. Participants will also learn about other resources that are available to help aid in the process of creating reports and managing documents. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006414

"New Employee Orientation" will be offered Feb. 23. Your first few days at work are always apprehensive and confusing. Come to new employee orientation and get started on the right foot. Learn about NMSU, our community, procedures, policies and benefits. Following a morning informational session, employees and their spouses or domestic partners will have an opportunity to attend an afternoon benefits workshop to learn more about NMSU benefits and get assistance from a staff member with completing benefits paperwork. You are encouraged to bring all documentation needed for enrollment purposes, including supporting documents for eligible dependents. Please remember there are strict deadlines for submitting new employee benefit enrollment forms. Information regarding benefits can be found on the HRS website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/. Register for the orientation at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006495

Open Lab on Feb. 23 features a web-based training help session for employees who need help completing the online NMSU Respects (Title IX and Campus SaVE Act on Campus) training or other online training. Drop by the lab and get help from training specialists. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006425

"Understanding Student Data Reports - II (Cognos)," offered Feb. 24, is a second-level training to focus on what data is used and how to interpret the data. Participants will learn how to navigate Cognos connection; gain an understanding of the data in reports; determine when to run a report; the importance of prompts; using the Student Report Inventory, glossary and abbreviations; and running, exporting and scheduling reports. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005543

DACC Community Education course available

In the Dona Ana Community College Community Education course "Energy Tools to Clear and Protect Your Aura Field," learn to clear and protect your aura/energy field, take back what has been lost or given away, release what is not yours and prevent energy drains or leaks from happening in the first place. This is a great class for healers and anyone with energy sensitivities to get to know their aura space more intimately. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 28. The cost is $21.

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