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NMSU Hotline — February 23, 2015

ASNMSU Center for the Arts gets national attention


The Associated Students of New Mexico State University Center for the Arts building was featured in the January issue of College Planning and Management magazine.

The article highlights the architecture, design and overall inspiration of one of NMSU?s most prominent buildings.

?In years past, the university was designed with an inward focus toward the Horseshoe and other green spaces, effectively turning its back to University Avenue and the community beyond,? University Architect and Campus Planning Officer Greg Walke said. In 2006, when the new master plan was developed, the university made the conscious decision to turn its face to University Avenue and to engage the city of Las Cruces.

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Free dance lessons offered every Tuesday through DanceSport

Learn to dance the best ballroom, Latin, swing and nightclub dances every Tuesday night with lessons from NMSU DanceSport Company members.

This week at 7 p.m., a level one cha-cha lesson is available for free, and at 8:15 p.m., a level one country western two-step lesson is $5. No partner necessary and all levels are welcome. Classes are held in Rentfrow Gymnasium, at the southeast corner of Stewart and Williams streets.

Lessons are taught by NMSU DanceSport Company members and act as a practicum for professional development. These classes help to further the group's mission to foster a thriving regional dance community while offering partner dance as a healthy lifestyle alternative.

For more information, email dancesport@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5704.

Help offered Thursday for completing and filing FAFSA forms

Students are encouraged to join the New Mexico State University Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Zuhl Library, classroom 123, for help filling out and filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The workshop is free of charge and each FAFSA should only take about 30 minutes to complete.

Students will need to bring their Social Security Numbers and those of their parents; their parents? dates of birth; the student?s driver?s license; the student?s Alien Registration or Permanent Resident Card if applicable; the student?s and parents? 2014 IRS W-2 Forms; their and their parents? 2014 IRS 1099 Forms, their and their parents? 2014 Federal Tax Returns, student's and parents' 2014 untaxed income records (such as VA Non-Educational Benefits, child support or worker?s compensation); and the student's and parents? current assets records: savings, checking, cash, net worth of investments, net worth of current business and/or investment farms.

For questions or more information, email financialaid@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-4105.

Judges and volunteers still needed for Southwest NM Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The College of Engineering is seeking judges and volunteers for the 2015 Southwest New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7.

The fair is affiliated with the Intel State and International Science and Engineering Fairs. Eligible students will advance to the state and international fairs and compete against more than 1,000 International Fair contestants. They are seeking judges in all categories and levels for Saturday, March 7, and volunteers to help with setup, registration, judging and the awards ceremony Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7.

For more information and forms, visit http://scifair.nmsu.edu/.

CLPD offers training opportunities every week

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

"Understanding Student Data Reports II (Cognos)": This is a second-level training offered Feb. 24, 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; along with running, exporting and scheduling reports. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005543

"Check it Out! Perceptions, Rumors and Credibility": Are you getting accurate information from colleagues? This informational workshop March 5 will help individuals understand how perceptions, assumptions and rumors get started; how they impact our credibility at work; and how to deal with them. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005611

"New Employee Orientation": Welcome to NMSU! 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. The next session is March 9. 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 with completing benefits paperwork from a benefits staff member. You are encouraged to bring all documentation needed for enrollment purposes, including supporting documents for eligible dependents. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006721

"Banner Finance Procurement": This eight-hour course on March 10 and 11 will familiarize participants with the Banner Finance module used to create purchase requisitions and electronically receive ordered product. The training will also familiarize participants with additional Banner forms that may be used to copy, cancel, delete, and query a requisition. The course is taught in two four-hour classes that run on consecutive days to allow for optimal retention of knowledge and skills. This training is a demonstration with hands-on practice and exercise to help develop key skills. Participants will create purchase requisitions and electronically receive an order in a training environment. If Banner is not used in the performance of their daily duties, participants should review the Banner Navigation Tutorial or Banner Navigation User Manual prior to training to receive the full benefit of the training. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005603

"Progressive Discipline Process": Taking a proactive approach to improving employee performance and behavior is a key element of successful performance management. This interactive two-hour course March 11, facilitated by Employee and Labor Relations, looks at the university's progressive disciplinary process and the supervisor's related responsibilities. It examines proactive approaches toward improving performance and behavior, reprimands and, as a last resort, terminations and the appeal process. Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006658

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 a.m. and the afternoon session will be held from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. 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.

Employment Extravaganza career fair is March 11

Career Services will host its 12th annual Employment Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 11 in Corbett Center on the first floor. Employment Extravaganza is a venture to unite the students of New Mexico State University with employers in the state of New Mexico and regionally.

This is the last general career fair of the academic year. Students can distribute resumes and learn about career opportunities for current and future positions. Freshmen through alumni are invited to participate.

For more information, contact Yvonne Franco at yrel@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-1631.

NMSU student?s short film qualifies for Academy Award through festival selection

A short film made by New Mexico State University?s Creative Media Institute will be shown at a prestigious international film festival next month, qualifying it for an Academy Award.

?Princess,? a 7-minute film written by NMSU CMI student Mary Grace Hill and directed by CMI assistant professor Ross Marks was chosen to be part of the official competition at the 39th annual Cleveland International Film Festival scheduled March 18-29.

It is one of 180 films selected from more than 4,000 submissions.


Fruit tree pruning workshop at NMSU Alcalde Center on March 4

ALCALDE, N.M. ? The groundhog may have said six more weeks until spring, but it is time to prune fruit trees to get ready for the new growth.

New Mexico State University?s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde will host its annual fruit tree pruning workshop from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. The center is located at 371 County Road 40 in Alcalde.

The workshop will include presentations on pruning basics, common training systems and some new development for each species. There will be a hands-on session in the field after the presentations.


NMSU specialist participate in specialty crop symposium in Four Corners region

A specialty crop symposium will be held in the Four Corners region Tuesday, March 10, at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center in Arriola, Colorado.

The event is co-sponsored by Cooperative Extension Service at New Mexico State University and Colorado State University, and Fort Lewis College.

?This is a symposium for existing and potential producers of specialty crops, such as small acreage managers, greenhouse producers and market vendors,? said Bonnie Hopkins, NMSU San Juan County Extension agricultural agent. ?A wide variety of topics will be covered from both local experts and Extension specialists.?


DACC Community Education course teaches how to make wire rings

In the DACC Community Education course "Three Beaded and Friendship Wire Rings," learn the basics of making a ring using a ring mandrel. Use sterling silver wire and semi-precious beads for the three beaded ring. The friendship ring is a mixture of sterling silver and 14 carat gold-filled wire. Wear them home! The class will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, for $21.

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