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NMSU Hotline — February 17, 2015

NMSU environmental monitoring research center protects citizens in southeastern New Mexico

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Established in 1991, the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center has operated an independent environmental monitoring program for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant to detect for exposure to radioactive materials. Russell Hardy, director of CEMRC, an entity of the New Mexico State University College of Engineering, was honored at NMSU?s Scholarly Excellence Rally Friday, Feb. 13.

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Campus Announcements

Linkedin workshop to be held today

A Linkedin workshop will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. today, in Branson Library, classroom 125. Come learn how to utilize Linkedin to its fullest potential. This workshop will help you achieve your career goals by learning how to network, connect to employers, organizations, and conduct advanced job searches.

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

Information meeting planned today for students interested working with AggieVision

AggieVision will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. today, in Milton Hall, Studio B, for students who are interested in working in live sports television production. Food will be provided.

For more information, contact Vincent Conway at 575-646-7736.

Ash Wednesday Masses hosted by Newman Catholic Students and the Newman Center

The Newman Catholic Students and St. Albert the Great Newman Center will offer Ash Wednesday Masses for all students, faculty, staff and community members. Masses on campus will take place at 12:10 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Corbett Center Auditorium. All are welcome.

For more information about the Ash Wednesday services or Newman Catholic Students, email Mona Chip at mona@stalbertnewmancenter.org.

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.

Information and updates on the 2015 Legislative Session available online

Faculty and staff can find regular updates on legislative activities that impact NMSU during the New Mexico legislative session in Santa Fe. Visit NMSU?s Office of Government Relations website for regular legislative updates, information and a list of bills that NMSU is tracking because they would impact higher education and/or NMSU. The website is available at http://govrelations.nmsu.edu/.

For questions, contact Aggie Saltman at aggie@nmsu.edu.

Apply now for the Child Advocacy Studies undergraduate minor

Undergraduate students interested in an interdisciplinary minor in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) should submit their applications now. CAST gives students the latest theory, research and practice in the area of child maltreatment and teaches skills to prevent, investigate and intervene in cases of child abuse and neglect. The minor consists of three core courses and three elective courses from an approved list.

To apply to the minor, students should submit a packet containing their resume, unofficial transcripts, two letters of reference from professors or employers, a personal statement outlining their interest in the minor, and the CAST minor application form. Applications should be submitted to the School of Social Work, located in room 210 in the College of Health and Social Services.

For more information and a copy of the application form, visit the website at http://socialwork.nmsu.edu/degrees-programs/bachelor-of-social-work/cast/ or contact Monica Montoya at monicamo@nmsu.edu or 575-646-6342.

NMSU High School Dance Day set for Feb. 21

NMSU's Dance Program will host its annual High School Dance Day on Saturday, Feb. 21. A full day of dance classes includes ballet, ballroom, classical Spanish, flamenco, hip-hop, jazz, Latin, modern, swing and tap. The cost is $25 per student. Groups of 10 or more are $20 per student. Teachers accompanied by students are free. Check in will begin at 8 a.m. and classes are from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Audition to be an NMSU dance major or minor or just have a great day of dancing.

To pre-register, email agavit@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2070.

FERPA training sessions with U.S. Dept. of Education

As part of its compliance obligation, NMSU is offering 1.5-hour-long, face-to-face FERPA trainings to be presented by the U.S. Department of Education Wednesday, Feb. 25. There will be a morning and an afternoon session to accommodate varying schedules, as well as a live webcast and a recorded webcast for those unable attend in person.

The morning session will be held from 8:15 to 9:45 and the afternoon session will be held from 1:15 to 2:45. Both will take place in Wooten Hall, room 105.

The session is called FERPA 101 and will provide an overview of FERPA regulatory requirements for faculty and staff at NMSU. The session will count as NMSU FERPA training. Visit http://acans.nmsu.edu/ferpa-dept-of-ed/.

For more information, contact Carlos Lobato, NMSU?s IT Compliance Officer, at 575-646-5902 or via email at clobato@nmsu.edu.

Open house reception planned for new medical school

Members of the New Mexico State University community and the public are invited to an open house reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5, to meet the leadership team of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at NMSU. The reception at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club in the 3rd Floor Bistro at Fulton Center will feature an opportunity to learn more about BCOM's mission, timeline, curriculum and clinical training. A brief presentation at 4:30 p.m. will be accompanied by hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

An RSVP is requested at mmreyes@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7415.

The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University is a freestanding, privately funded, separately licensed and independently operated entity, and is not part of NMSU.

NMSU?s first Conference on Assessment is March 13

New Mexico State University will hold its first Conference on Assessment Friday, March 13. This is a one-day event that will feature nationally recognized speakers, local experts and sessions throughout the day that will showcase the variety and quality of outcomes assessment efforts across our university.

There will be a total of 25 breakout sessions throughout the day, with various tracks geared toward faculty, staff, administrators and students. NMSU?s Quality Initiative project to improve student writing in the disciplines and baccalaureate experience learning objectives, will be highlighted.

One special track will include WEAVE representative Amber Malinovsky, who will host four breakout sessions on WEAVEonline, NMSU?s recently acquired assessment reporting software. The opening session will be on the New York Times in the classroom; the lunchtime plenary speaker will be Robert Graves, expert on writing across the curriculum from the University of Alberta; and the closing plenary speaker is NMSU Provost Dan Howard.

Faculty, administrators, staff and students are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Please go to the NMSU Assessment website for more information and to register for the conference or pre-conference. Participants may register for morning, afternoon, or full day. Lunch will be provided for full-day registrants. Registration for the conference is free.

For more information, contact Norice Lee at nlee@nmsu.edu or Mardi Mahaffy at mmhaffy@nmsu.edu.

Duke University professor brings message of racial inequality in talk March 13 at NMSU

Duke University Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department Eduardo Bonilla-Silva will present ?Why We Cannot Just Get Along: Race Matters in the Color-Blind Racial Movement? from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 13 on the New Mexico State University campus.

The event is being presented by NMSU Associate Professor Azadeh Osanloo, who holds the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education in the College of Education?s Department of Educational Leadership and Administration. Bonilla-Silva?s presentation will be in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, Hershel Zohn Rehearsal Hall, second floor.

?In a climate rife with racial angst and complex racial relationships, Dr. Bonilla-Silva?s scholarship demonstrates that a deeper, contemporary understanding of race relations in the U.S. is needed to promote a more unified, democratic and informed citizenry,? Osanloo said.


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.

DACC Community Education course lets you make a charm bracelet

In the DACC Community Education course "Simple Slide Charm Bracelet," make a sterling silver charm bracelet with a unique slide closure that is flexible and fun to make and wear home. Learn basic instruction on professional charm wrapping. The class will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. The cost is $15.

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

New State 4-H agent at NMSU to focus on agriculture, natural resources

Chosen to head the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent position for the State 4-H office in the Cooperative Extension Service at New Mexico State University, Craig Painter arrives with 16 years of experience as a county agent from San Juan County.

?I have enjoyed working as a youth agriculture educator,? Painter said. ?I hope to continue to provide quality statewide events as well as be a resource for county agents and volunteer leaders.?

Painter spent 19 years in Aztec, New Mexico, of which three years was spent working as a vocational agriculture teacher. He trained various teams for state and national competitions. He served as the agriculture teacher in Corona, New Mexico, for two years and taught at Bartow High School in Polk County, Florida. prior to that.