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NMSU Hotline — February 20, 2015

NMSU experts provide guidance at Western Pecan Growers conference, trade show


An update on the proposed pecan marketing order, tips for success in doing business in China and a look at mechanical pruning techniques will be among the presentations at the annual Western Pecan Growers Association conference and trade show March 1-3 in Las Cruces. ?Pecans are very important, especially to Dona Ana County,? said John White, director of the association. ?The western pecan is a superior pecan to others sold in the international markets. We need to continue to build those international markets and it is important that our growers are knowledgeable on these marketing practices.?

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Campus Announcements

Computer Science colloquium to be held today

Wen Xu will present ?Data Mining in Social Networks? at 3 p.m. today in Science Hall, room 124. Social networks, which consist of social actors and relationships between them, are now popular communication platforms for the public. The talk will introduce important properties about social networks, such as six degrees of separation, three degrees of social influence and others.

For more information, call 575-646-3723.

NM Network for Women in Science and Engineering to meet Saturday

NMSU and the Department of Computer Science will host the NM Network for Women in Science and Engineering from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 21, in Science Hall, Room 124. The network is a group of women scientists, mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists, educators, managers, community leaders and parents who live and work in New Mexico.

Members in local chapters around the state are dedicated to encouraging young women to enter STEM-based fields and to providing supportive activities for women professionals in non-traditional careers. Members get together to share common interests, to celebrate our successes, and learn about each other?s work. This is an open board meeting; anyone interested in learning more about the network can visit www.nmnwse.org.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Rebecca Galves at rgalves@cs.nmsu.edu or 575-646-4451.

Finalists named for dean of NMSU?s College of Education

After a national search, four candidates have been named finalists to serve as the next dean of New Mexico State University?s College of Education. Michael A. Morehead, who has served as the college?s dean since 2009 and associate dean since 1992, will retire July 31, 2015.

?The 20 faculty, staff, students and community volunteers who have participated in this search process have been extremely dedicated and serious about selecting the best candidates for the position of dean, and they are to be commended,? said Miriam Chaiken, dean of the Honors College. ?Our final pool represents four individuals with extremely strong profiles, each of whom have diverse talents and experiences.?


NMSU Choirs European Tour movie fundraiser to be held Saturday

The NMSU Choirs will hold a special showing of the 2004 French movie ?Les Choristes? at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Fountain Theatre, located at 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door.

All sales will help support University Singers as they travel to Germany and Czech Republic in May. Guests also will be treated to a brief choral concert and silent auction prior to the showing of the movie.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 575-646-2067.

Boeing VP John Mulholland to give Bromilow Lecture

The Boeing Company's vice president and program manager, John Mulholland, will present the College of Engineering annual Bromilow Lecture from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Thomas and Brown Hall Room 104. The lecture, which honors the late College of Engineering Dean Frank Bromilow, is free and open to all.

For more information, visit http://engr.nmsu.edu/boeing-vp-john-mullholland-to-give-bromilow-lecture/.

Career Services offers resume review sessions Feb. 25 to March 2

Career Services staff members will be available to review resumes on different days in different buildings around campus on the following dates:

Wednesday, Feb. 25: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Business Complex Lobby
Thursday, Feb. 26: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the College of Engineering, Foreman Complex III
Friday, Feb. 27: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Science Hall Lobby
Monday, March 2: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in O?Donnell Hall Atrium
Tuesday, March 3: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Gerald Thomas Lobby.

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

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.

NMSU to host weed symposium in Four Corners region

Fighting invasive rangeland weeds takes a community effort. One rancher can only eliminate the unwanted plants from their land, but if a neighbor?s property is infested, it is a losing battle because of windblown seeds.

To help farmers and ranchers in the Four Corners area to come together in the battle, New Mexico State University?s San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service office will host the 22nd annual Four Corners Weed Symposium on Invasive Rangeland Weeds, Tuesday, March 3, at McGee Park, 41 County Road 5568, in Farmington.

?This event is designed to help a variety of people to receive the most up-to-date information from experts in the Rocky Mountain Region,? said Bonnie Hopkins, San Juan County Extension agricultural agent. ?We would like landowners, oil and gas personnel, environmental consultants, weed spraying consultants, and regulators with weed control responsibilities to attend.?


ASTC host interactive 'Mean Girls' screening Wednesday, so wear pink

American Southwest Theatre Company presents an interactive film event featuring Tina Fey?s "Mean Girls" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre, ASNMSU Center for the Arts Building. Tickets are $6 for admission or $5 if you come dressed in pink, and will be available at the door on the day of the show starting at 6 p.m.

Visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/895921920459812/?context=create&previousaction=create&source=49&sid_create=112146141.

For parking and directions, visit http://www.nmsutheatre.com/directionsparking.php.

Registration underway for the first NMSU Conference on Assessment

The NMSU Conference on Assessment 2015, ?Putting the Pieces Together: The Quality Initiative and the Baccalaureate Experience,? is a free, one-day event that will be held Friday, March 13. Faculty, administrators, staff and students are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

Visit the conference website for more information on pre-conference workshops, Thursday, March 12, programs, speakers/presenters, and half- or full-day registration at http://assessment.nmsu.edu/nmsus-first-annual-conference-on-assessment/.

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

Writing competition deadline is March 20

In support of NMSU?s Quality Initiative ASNMSU, the New York Times and the NMSU Office of Assessment have teamed up to reward student writing. All NMSU students are invited to participate in this writing competition by writing a letter to the editor of the New York Times.

First-place prize is a $500 cash award; second- and third-place winners will receive $100 gift cards. The deadline to submit an entry is Friday, March 20. Winners will be announced Monday, April 13. Additional information and instructions for submitting an entry are available at http://assessment.nmsu.edu/for-students/student-writing-competition.

More information about the Quality Initiative can be found at http://assessment.nmsu.edu/quality-initiatives.

For more information, contact Shelly Stovall at sstovall@nmsu.edu.

4-H names 2015 class of state ambassadors, diplomats

The 2015 4-H ambassadors and diplomats for New Mexico were inducted into office during the 4-H Senior Leadership Retreat in Albuquerque in January.

The ambassador team is Nicky Litherland, of Las Vegas; Bobbie Woodall and Elisa Davidson, both of Las Cruces; and Kara Burton, of Springer.

Members of the diplomat team are Carli Allbright, of Las Cruces; Madison Sutliff, of Gallup; Lilly McCarty, of Belen; and Tanah Lowe, of Silver City.

The senior 4-H members will share the ambassador and diplomat responsibilities, which include assisting with livestock shows at the New Mexico State Fair, planning and conducting the 2015 senior leadership retreat and assisting with the State 4-H Conference.


NMSU hosts viewing party for TEDxMahattan Food Talk

Why does organic food cost more? How can we change the food system? What will it take to end hunger in the United States?

TEDxManhattan 2015 brings together the food experts and innovators for a one-day event in New York City to raise public awareness about the critical issues facing the food system while fostering collaboration within the food movement.

New Mexico State University is joining the spirit of TED Talks by hosting a viewing party for the fifth annual TEDxManhattan ?Changing the Way We Eat? webcast. See a list of all the speakers for TEDxManhattan "Changing the Way We Eat" at tedxmanhattan.org/event.


DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course "Meditation ? Connecting with Your Guardian Angels," practice connecting with your guardian angels through meditation, discovering who they are, and feeling the beautiful energy of these benevolent beings.
The class will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7 to May 2. No class on March 28 and April 4. The cost is $53.

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

DACC Customized Training class covers speaking under pressure

"Speaking Under Pressure" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 11. The cost is $139. Speaking under pressure, or thinking on your feet, is based on being able to quickly organize your thoughts and ideas, and then conveying them meaningfully to your audience to modify their attitudes or behavior. It applies to formal speeches as well as everyday business situations. Learn to improve your skills and new techniques which will give you the persuasive edge when you are making a presentation, fielding difficult questions, or presenting complex information.

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