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NMSU Hotline — February 18, 2015

NMSU Ag student is sparking online conversation about agriculture


Lauren Schlothauer, even in high school as an active member of Future Farmers of America, had clear goals. Now a sophomore at New Mexico State University, she has earned numerous accolades, and she is receiving notoriety for sparking up an honest conversation about ethical agriculture, while a continuing to network and find a path that excites her. The agricultural communications and livestock major recently earned second place along with a $2,500 scholarship during the sixth annual Animal Agriculture Alliance competition, a national program where college students share agriculture?s story and become passionate spokespeople on behalf of the food and fiber industries.

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Campus Announcements

Learn results of 2014 Employee Satisfaction Survey at open forum today

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. today 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.

Geological Sciences coloquium to be held today

A Geological Sciences colloquium with Patrick Fulton, UCSC, IODP Distinguished Lecturer, titled "Twenty-Five Thousand Feet Under the Sea: Taking the Temperature of the 2011 Mw9.0 Tohoku-oki Earthquake Fault," will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. today, in Gardiner Hall, room 230.

For more information, email lhubbard@ad.nmsu.edu.

Final candidate for dean of graduate school on campus today and Thursday

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

Red to Green Money Management Meetup to be held today

Red to Green Money Management Meetup will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. today, in Guthrie Hall, first floor. Look for their table in Guthrie and grab some great resources on budgeting and financial aid. You can also find more information on workshops or schedule a one-on-one appointment!

To schedule a free appointment with a Peer Financial Literacy Coach, contact finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631.

For more information, go to careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green. Also, sign-up for their social media to receive weekly updates.

'Indian Cuisine' Bistro Buffet to be held today

The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club will serve up an ?Indian Cuisine? buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, featuring tandoori chicken, vegetable biryani (rice dish loaded with chopped vegetables, spices and dried fruits), beef curry, fish curry, potato and pea samosas, cucumber raita (refreshing cucumber salad), masoor dal (red lentils), naan, gulab jamun (sweet dough in syrup with spices) and a non-alcoholic beverage for $10.99 plus tax. Aggie Cash and Aggie Dining Dollars are accepted.

The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club is located in the Stan Fulton Athletics Center, directly overlooking Aggie Memorial Stadium, at the corner of Arrowhead Drive and Wells Street.

For more information about this event, contact John Rivers from Sodexo Campus Dining at 575-646-1749 or find Sodexo online at http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com or follow them on Facebook or Twitter at NMSUDining.

NMSU Spiritual Center open to the campus

The NMSU Spiritual Center will be open to the campus community Thursday, Feb. 19. When events are not scheduled, the center is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. as an accessible space for faculty, staff and students to use for reflection.

Campus organizations can schedule up to 30 days in advance for regularly occurring meetings or services, with no more than one event per week. Individuals interested in scheduling weddings and other special events can book the center up to a year in advance.

Those interested in scheduling events at the Spiritual Center can do so by contacting NMSU Conference Services at 575-646-4805 or by filling out a Request for Use Form at http://conference.nmsu.edu/facility-request-form/. More information about the Spiritual Center will be available soon at http://conference.nmsu.edu/.

Qualitative grant-writing seminar presentations are Feb 19 and 20

Two qualitative grant-writing seminars will be presented next week. Mary Alice Scott, Michelle Salazar Perez and Anna Lopez will present their research topics and proposal ideas from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Physical Science Lab. Senior research scientist Cathleen Willging from the Behavioral Research Center of the Southwest, will present her work in the area of health disparities and mental health from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in O'Donnell Hall, room 111.

Willging's qualitative work, available online at http://www.pire.org/detail2.asp?core=37966&cms=95, has been funded through numerous programs with the NIH.

Because the Thursday session is in the Physical Science Lab, an RSVP to Robert Wood at bobwood@nmsu.edu is required for that session. The Friday session does not require an RSVP.

Student Success Center workshop to be held Feb. 19

A Student Success Center workshop, "Test Anxiety: Above All, Do Not Panic!" will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Zuhl Library Conference Room 225. Even when students are well prepared, at least 25 percent experience anxiety when taking tests. Students report forgetfulness, panic, fear of failure, and more at the thought of a test. This workshop will help you learn to prepare for tests effectively and to combat test anxiety.

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

NMSU?s Confucius Institute screens film about China?s ?Ghost City?

New Mexico State University?s Confucius Institute will host a screening of the documentary ?Land of Many Palaces: China?s Ghost City is Awakened,? from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in O?Donnell Hall room 111.

The film explores the process by which the Chinese government plans to relocate 250,000 farmers to cities over the next 20 years. Producer Adam Smith follows the path of a farmer in one of the last remaining villages in the region who is pressured to move to the city of Ordos, one of the first cities built specifically to house relocated farmers.

Smith will introduce the film and be on hand to answer questions after the screening.


Equestrian hosts West Texas A&M and Alabama this weekend

The equestrian team will host West Texas A&M and Alabama this weekend. The Aggies will play host to the Buffs at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20. They will turn around and host Alabama at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. The match against Alabama will feature Hunter Seat only.

The event is completely free to the public. The equestrian complex is located at the corner of Union Avenue and Sam Steel Way.

For more information, visit NMStateSports.com.

Feedback sought on proposed updated Freedom of Expression Policy 3.63

Last fall, NMSU President Garrey Carruthers 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, the 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 can 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.

Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar to be held Friday

A Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar by Yizhi Zhao, master?s degree candidate, titled "Windblown Dust Assessment Along the International Border of Southern New Mexico,? will be held from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in Gerald Thomas Hall, room 200. This seminar is open to everyone.

For more information, email lmeyer@ad.nmsu.edu.

NMSU experts will offer information on farm, ranch topics at annual Ag Expo Feb. 20-21

Farmers and ranchers will find information about everything from raising cattle and growing succulents to setting up a water-harvesting system at the 23rd annual New Mexico Ag Expo.

The expo will be Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. New Mexico State University is sponsoring the event, along with local businesses and the Portales/Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce.

?The Ag Expo is in its 23rd year of providing quality information to producers,? said Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County agriculture agent for NMSU?s Cooperative Extension Service and chairman of New Mexico Ag Expo. ?This is a great opportunity to take a look at new ideas and visit with companies directly servicing the ag industry.?


'Berlin to Broadway' performances are Feb. 21-22

Dona Ana Lyric Opera presents ?Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill? at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 3 p.m. Feb. 22, in the NMSU Music Center's Atkinson Recital Hall. This revue-style show explores Weill?s musical output covering 20 years from his first successful collaboration with Berthold Brecht in 1928 to the world of Broadway musical theater of the 1940s.

During that timespan, Weill?s style developed from the brutal, dissonant sound of Berlin to the razzle-dazzle, jazzy world of Broadway. Students from the departments of Music and Theater Arts are working together on this production. Theater Arts faculty member Megan McQueen directs; Music faculty member John Carlo Pierce leads the band.

Andrea Orzoff and Richard Rundell will offer a brief lecture on Kurt Weill 30 minutes before each performance. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and are available through the Pan American Center box office or at the door.

For more information, call 575-646-2067.

Open house reception planned for new medical school March 5

New Mexico State University faculty and staff 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.