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NMSU Hotline — March 10, 2015

NMSU history professor to share experience at NM History Museum with students

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Longtime New Mexico historian and expert on the Atomic West Jon Hunner is a modern-day time traveler, sharing the past to help college students build their futures. For the better part of the past year he took on another duty in service to the state, as interim director of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors Historic Landmark in Santa Fe.

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Campus Announcements

Financial literacy workshop to be held Wednesday

The Red to Green Money Management Workshop "Discover Financial Freedom" will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Pete V. Domenici Hall, room 102. Have you ever felt burdened by your finances? Red to Green Money Management is conducting a workshop that will unlock the key components to budgeting, credit cards, identity theft and financial aid, allowing you to gain financial freedom.

To schedule an appointment with a peer financial literacy coach, contact finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631.

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

Geological sciences colloquium set for Wednesday

A New Mexico State University Department of Geological Sciences colloquium by Eldon Gath, Earth Consultants: GSA Jahns Distinguished Lecturer, titled "The Santa Ana Mountains: Indenter Tectonics and the Earthquake Hazards of Orange County" will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Gardiner Hall, room 230.

For more information, email lhubbard@nmsu.edu.

Computer science colloquium planned Wednesday

Mai Zheng will present ?Torturing Storage Systems for Fun and Profit? at 3 p.m. March 11, in Science Hall, room 107. Storage system failures are extremely damaging ? if your browser crashes, you sigh, but when your family photos disappear, you cry. So we need highly reliable storage systems that can keep data safe even under failures.

For more information, call 575-646-3723.

Sustainability Council meeting to be held Wednesday

The next Sustainability Council meeting will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Milton Hall, room 85. Sustainability Council meetings are open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Anyone may join the council at any time; no previous knowledge or experience is necessary.

The meeting will be available webcast at http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/sustainabilitycouncil2015 for those who cannot be there in person, but would like to participate. Please note the regular meeting time has changed from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

If you would like to be added to the Sustainability Council email list, contact sumolina@nmsu.edu.

Campus Health Center will close early Thursday for staff training

The Campus Health Center will close at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 12, for staff training and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 13.

For more information, call 575-646-1512.

NMSU University Singers present 'Auf Deutsch' concert Thursday

The NMSU University Singers will present a choral concert titled "Auf Deutsch" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Atkinson Recital Hall. Much of the music for their exciting spring choir tour to Germany and the Czech Republic will be presented. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and may be purchased from the Pan Am Ticket center or at the door.

For more information, call 575-646-2607.

Nominees sought 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.

NMSU Library to host Midterm Madness event

The New Mexico State University Library, your destination for discovery, will host the first ever Midterm Madness event, presented by Firstlight Federal Credit Union. The event will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 12, on the first floor of Zuhl Library.

Free food, a live DJ, giveaways, door prizes and a photo booth will be available to those in attendance. A Twitter and Instagram campaign also will be held where the person with the most popular photo will win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card. Pistol Pete will be on hand from 8 to 10 p.m. to take photos with attendees.

Midterm Madness is an event targeted specifically for students to build awareness for Zuhl Library?s extended hours and new student spaces. Zuhl Library is now open until 2 a.m. Monday through Friday due to support from student fees. New technology-enabled student study areas on the 2nd floor of Zuhl Library will also be unveiled and tours of the spaces will be available for those who wish to learn more about these new spaces available for students.

For more information about the Midterm Madness event or the NMSU Library?s services, contact Norice Lee at nlee@nmsu.edu.

CAMP Student Council enchilada sale to be held March 14

The CAMP Student Council's annual Sammy GurulÚ Scholarship fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in 100 West Cafe in the Gerald Thomas Building. They will serve traditional green or red enchilada plates with rice and beans for $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the CAMP office in Milton Hall, room 16. Proceeds will go to the Sammy GurulÚ Scholarship fund.

For more information, contact JosÚ Montoya at montojp@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7341.

Delegates from Mongolia visit NMSU to learn about education and democracy

Five delegates from Mongolia National University of Education will visit New Mexico State University for a continuing collaboration, discussing different scholarly activities from March 16 to 21.

NMSU is the only U.S. university MNUE has connected with at this level for four years with an agreement signed by both universities. Candace Kaye, from NMSU?s College of Education, has been the ongoing liaison between the two universities. She was a Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar from 2010-2011 in Mongolia.

?I am always excited for these meetings,? Kaye said. ?It is interesting that as a post-Soviet Bloc nation, Mongolia was the only nation to choose a democratic form of government. It is exciting to help support their development of democracy in their young country through educational reform.?


Music Business program continues to produce cultural shows at NMSU

The NMSU Music Business Program continues its culturally diverse concert series, welcoming Trio Valinor to the Music Department at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 16. Trio Valinor includes musical director and guitarist Slava Tolstoy, violinist Jakub Trasak and bassist Greg Feingold, and has honed an expansive repertoire from far-flung lands. Employing their instruments as passports, the adventurous triumvirate encompasses an array of styles including gypsy swing, traditional Irish reels, celebratory klezmer, passionate tango, graceful French musette, and burning bluegrass.

Tickets for the evening performance are $15 for general admission, $10 for students, and are available at the Pan American Center ticket office and at all Ticketmaster Outlets. All proceeds benefit the Music Business Student Organization.

The NMSU Music Business Program has been producing culturally diverse shows that aim to be as educational as entertaining. The students in the group help promote the concert, and receive hands-on training during the show process. Most members of the group have experience in performing as musicians, but are able to expand their knowledge of live music through these shows. Because these shows are student-run, all proceeds from ticket sales and donations benefit the students.

For more information, call Michael Armendariz at 575-646-4877, or visit www.nmsumusicbusiness.com.

'Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods Only' training to be held May 13-15

The Food Technology Program at NMSU will offer the ?Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods Only? May 13 to 15. This certification course will be presented in Gerald Thomas Hall, room. 303. This school satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations for acidified foods only. This course is intended for managers and supervisors of food processing operations.

It is designed to provide additional information and focus on critical issues that affect acidified foods production. Instructors have vast experience and knowledge of food regulations, processing and safety. They are recognized processing authorities who educate and assist food entrepreneurs and food companies as part of New Mexico State University's land-grant mission.

For more information on cost, agenda and registration, visit the web site at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/better-process-control-s.html#anchor_13033 or send an email to glorhern@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2198.

NMSU Regents approve projects to renovate Jett Hall, Rentfrow Hall, construct skybox

During its regular meeting March 9, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved renovations to Jett Hall, including Jett Annex, and Rentfrow Hall using funding from the General Obligation Bond approved by voters last fall. Regents also gave the go-ahead to construction of a new skybox for Aggie Memorial Stadium, funded through a private donation.

Jett Hall and Jett Annex house different departments in NMSU?s College of Engineering. The buildings were constructed in the 1950s, with additions in the 1960s, but haven?t seen any substantial renovations since that time. The approved renovations will cost approximately $17 million.

Rentfrow Hall is the university?s old gymnasium and also was constructed in the 1950s. It houses NMSU?s growing Department of Human Performance and Dance. The project to renovate that facility will cost approximately $2 million.


Anchor investment from NMSU Foundation helps launch Aggie Innovation Fund

In the past year, New Mexico State University has introduced new technologies and products in areas as wide-ranging as dyes that will help identify and treat cancer, organic pesticides, voice authentication security software, and shrimp that can be grown in the desert.

The common thread between these innovative ideas is the need for funding to get them off the ground and into the market. To help address this gap, NMSU and Arrowhead Center have created the Aggie Innovation Fund, with an anchor investment of up to $500,000 committed by the NMSU Foundation.

?This is a game-changer for NMSU and the inventors and researchers who work here,? said Kathy Hansen, Arrowhead Center?s director and CEO. ?It?s critical investment in the future of innovation and entrepreneurship.?


NMSU Physical Science Lab tests new unmanned aircraft system with Vanilla Aircraft

Under the New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory Unmanned Aircraft Flight Test Center?s Certificate of Authorization, Vanilla Aircraft LLC successfully completed the first flight Feb. 25 of the VA001 Unmanned Aircraft System, a 36-foot wingspan Ultra-Long Endurance aircraft designed to fly missions of up to 10 days.

The aircraft (N240HR) launched carrying an 18-pound simulated payload and sufficient fuel for a 24-hour flight. Powered by an efficient heavy-fuel engine, the UAS flew autonomously in Las Cruces national airspace at altitudes up to 6,000 feet mean sea level, meeting all test objectives prior to landing.

?The team?s hard work really paid off ? the airplane flew beautifully and showed all the performance we expected. This maiden flight test provided validation of the VA001 design and its remarkable capabilities,? said Neil Boertlein, co-founder and chief engineer for the VA001.