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NMSU Hotline — March 5, 2015

NMSU researcher?s patented tech could significantly cut CO2 emissions

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A new provisionally patented technology from a New Mexico State University researcher could revolutionize carbon dioxide capture and have a significant impact on reducing pollution worldwide. The Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office at NMSU?s Arrowhead Center is working to protect and commercialize the technology, which was developed by chemical and materials engineering doctoral candidate Nasser Khazeni.

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Campus Announcements

Corbett Center food court and bathrooms unavailable tonight

Due to a planned water outage in conjunction with the Corbett Center Student Union renovation, the CCSU Food Court will close at 9 p.m. today and the bathrooms will be unavailable after 10 p.m. Both the food court and bathrooms will be in full operation Friday, March 6.

For more information, contact Housing & Campus Life at hsgandcl@nmsu.edu.

Crimson Creations to sell sugar scrub

Crimson Creations will sell all-natural homemade sugar scrub made by their very own Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics. Melt away stress and say goodbye to that dry, winter skin. The scrubs come in five different scents ? lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint and eucalyptus.

Jars will be $10 each. Your purchase will help send the students to the annual New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics conference in Albuquerque, April 23 and 24.

The sugar scrub will only be here for a limited time, so get yours while supplies last.

For more information or to be added to their mailing list contact crimsoncreations@nmsu.edu. Also visit http://www.facebook.com/CrimsonCreationsNMSU or http://instagram.com/crimsoncreations_/.

100 West Cafe features Southern comfort foods this week

100 West Café will serve a variety of Southern comfort foods this week. The buffet lunch is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The menu for March 3 and 5 will be tossed salad, grilled calf's liver with bacon and onions and brown gravy, pan-glazed roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, buttered corn and apple cobbler with whipped cream for dessert. All lunches are $10, and patrons will be allowed one return trip through the line.

A la carte lunch is from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The menu for March 4 and 6 will be spicy black-eyed pea soup, old fashioned sweet and sour coleslaw, Southern grilled BBQ ribs, Buffalo roasted chicken, restaurant-style mac and cheese, with cheesy grits and collard greens for your sides and your choice of rhubarb pie or peach cobbler for dessert. A la carte lunches are $10.

The food lab is unable to provide to-go lunches. They gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience.

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

Registration deadline March 6 for the NMSU Conference on Assessment 2015

The registration deadline for the NMSU Conference on Assessment 2015, ?Putting the Pieces Together: The Quality Initiative and the Baccalaureate Experience,? is Friday, March 6. This is a free, one-day event that will be held Friday, March 13. This first-time NMSU assessment conference will include 25 breakout sessions with various tracks geared toward faculty, staff, administrators and students.

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.

Invited poster sessions will highlight some of the excellent assessment work being done at NMSU. Attendees may attend all or part of the event. Lunch will be provided for full-day registrants. Visit http://tinyurl.com/nmsucoa for more information and to register for the conference or pre-conference that will be held the day before, March 12.

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

Computer science colloquium to be held March 6

Amiangshu Bosu will present ?Contemporary Code Review Practices: Characteristics and Benefits? at 3 p.m. Friday, March 6, in Science Hall, room 124. In this talk, Peer code review is the process of analyzing code written by a teammate to judge whether it is of sufficient quality to be integrated into the main project codebase. Both Open Source Software (OSS) and commercial software projects have rapidly adopted contemporary peer code review practices as a quality control gateway.

For more information, call 575-646-3723.

College of Engineering welcomes entrepreneur as first lecturer in Verge Series

NMSU?s College of Engineering welcomes Rodney Rance, entrepreneur, as the first speaker in the spring Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship. His presentation titled ?Do You Want to Be Successful or Just a Millionaire?? will be held in Thomas and Brown Halr, room 104, at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 6. The lecture is free and open to all. For more information, visit http://engr.nmsu.edu/event/college-of-engineering-welcomes-entrepreneur-as-first-lecturer-in-verge-series/?instance_id=58.

Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar to be held Friday

A Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar by Ella McKinney, master?s degree candidate, tilted ?Microbial Biomineralization of Calcium Carbonate in the Jornada and Tularosa Basins,? will be held from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, March 6, in Gerald Thomas Hall, room 200. This seminar is open to everyone.

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

Scrabble for Literacy to be held Sunday

Literacy Volunteers of Dona Ana County, part of Dona Ana Community College?s Adult Basic Education Program, presents its monthly Scrabble fundraiser at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library. There is a $3 fee to play, which all goes to LVDAC to help buy classroom supplies for students. Participants are guaranteed at least one game, but probably more, depending on time and how many show up, and a good time. Plus, you get the great feeling of knowing you?ve helped to spread literacy. Players of all skill levels are welcome.

For more information, contact Mark Pendleton at mpendleton@las-cruces.org or 575-528-4001 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or mpndltn@gmail.com or 575-635-8711 evenings and weekends.

UNIV mid-semester courses begin March 11

The Student Success Center offers a variety of UNIV mid-semester courses for students interested in building upon their academic skill-set. UNIV mid-semester courses are designed to assist students to explore and improve their learning and study skills. Classes begin March 11.

For more information, visit the Student Success Center in Corbett Center Student Union, room 148, or call 575-646-3136 or visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu/mid-semester-and-univ-courses/.

'Come Back and Complete' event to be held March 12

The office of Cross Campus Advising will host the second annual "Come Back and Complete" information session from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Educational Services Building, room 7. Participants can find out how many credits they have left to complete their bachelor?s degree, what they need to do to be readmitted to the university and options for possible financial assistance.

For more information, contact Marissa Macias, Cross Campus Advisor, at marimaci@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3468.

Call for nominations for 'A' Mountain staff Award

Is there someone in your office or in another department that represents qualities of integrity, dedication, skill, endurance, resilience, determination and passion in performance of their duties? If so, nominate them for Employee Council?s ?A? Mountain staff award. Nominations are now being accepted for regular NMSU staff employees. Employee Council is looking for nominees who demonstrate the following traits:

? Innovation: Exceptional efforts to improve the university?s effectiveness through enhanced systems or processes.
? Responsiveness: Resourceful, effective behaviors and actions demonstrated in reaction to an unforeseen circumstance or extraordinary situation; timeliness.
? Service: Exceptional efforts to provide superior service to all customers.
? Spirit: Positive outlook; supportive of NMSU?s initiatives and goals.
? Teamwork: Ability to work with others in another department/division toward a shared goal; ability to recognize diverse strengths.
? Above and beyond: Demonstrated service or support that is not normally expected as part of their everyday job responsibilities.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations by completing the attached form and email it to empcouncil@nmsu.edu. Submit nominations by 5 p.m. March 20. Nominations will be reviewed by Employee Council. This award will be presented at the NMSU Founder?s Day celebration on April 10. Awardee receives a commemorative NMSU plaque.

Employee Council wants to hear from you. Tell us who you think should be the next ?A? Mountain Award Recipient.

Employee Council meetings are open to all; the next meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. March 12, in Milton Hall Room 85. Come to the Employee Open Forum on health insurance benefits at 3 p.m. March 17, in Domenici Hall Room 109. Both meetings will also be webcast; links will be found at http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu.

Campus invited to ribbon cutting for Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park

The New Mexico State University campus community is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park at 1:30 p.m. March 16 at the corner of Wells Street and Arrowhead Drive.

The park recognizes the continued generosity of Pat and Lou Sisbarro, as well as their commitment to NMSU and the Las Cruces community. Located east of Aggie Memorial Stadium, the park features a running trail and exercise stations. The university has also planted dozens of trees and made other improvements to make the area more welcoming to the community.

For more information, contact Jolie Tixier at jolie@nmsu.edu

DACC Community Education courses are available

In the DACC Community Education course "Celtic Earrings," learn basic instruction on wire choices and types, use of tools and wire wrapping techniques. This Celtic knot wire design earring is elegant and easy to make. Wear your earrings home. The class will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. The cost is $15.

In the DACC Community Education course "Individual Defensive Instincts," learn how to enhance your instincts as a first line of defense and the practice of easy retainable techniques. A self-defense training to program developed for women of all ages and abilities. No previous experience required. The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 17 and 19, April 7 and 9 or April 14 and 16. The cost for each class is $49.

In the DACC Community Education course "Introduction to Woodworking," join this fun and popular woodworking course to learn how to safely and properly use all sorts of woodworking equipment while making different types of joints and finishing techniques. Select from several pre-determined projects and bring the required supplies to the first class meeting so that you can complete your project during the course. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21 to 28. The cost is $51.

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

DACC Customized Training class covers workplace safety

A "Safety in the Workplace" course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. The cost is $139. Workplace accidents and injuries cost corporations millions of dollars and thousands of lost work hours each year. They also have a profound, often lifelong, impact on workers. Introducing a safety culture into your organization, where safety is valued as an integral part of the business operation, not only saves the business time and money, it also builds a committed, loyal, healthy workforce. Topics include: defining a safety culture, identifying and resolving hazards, taking proactive measures, writing a safety plan, and incident management.

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

NMSU to host 54th Tucumcari Performance Bull Test and Sale

New Mexico?s statewide cow herd decreased during recent years due to severe drought conditions. As weather conditions improve, cattle producers are now investing in the future as they rebuild their cow herds with higher-quality genetics from regionally adapted registered cow herds.

One place to find that genetic stock is at the 54th annual Tucumcari Performance Bull Test and Sale. The sale will Saturday, March 14, at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari. The live auction will begin at 1 p.m. following a lunch at 11:30 a.m.

?We have had some outstanding bulls participate in the performance test,? said Marcy Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist. ?The cattle in this year?s test have out-preformed other bull tests across the country. The top 85 percent preforming bulls will be sold on March 14. This is a great opportunity for a producer to improve their herd?s genetics.?