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NMSU Hotline — March 13, 2015

Former NMSU FFA State President reaches final four in national competition

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Making a first in New Mexico history, Klayton Bearup, a New Mexico State University Collegiate Farm Bureau member and treasurer, advanced to the final four of the National Collegiate Discussion Meet held during the American Farm Bureau Federation?s 2015 FUSION conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Bearup beat out more than 40 students of the nation?s top competitors, proceeding to the top 16, then final four alongside students from California, Florida and Nebraska. The competition was held Feb. 13-16 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

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Campus Announcements

Computer science colloquium to be held today

Venera Arnaoudova will present ?Lexicon Quality in Software Evolution? at 3 p.m. today in Science Hall, room 124. Program comprehension is a key activity during software evolution and maintenance. It is an extremely challenging activity and frequently performed by developers ? more often than code writing.

For more information, call 575-646-3723.

NMSU graduate, Ph.D. students to compete in ?Three-Minute Thesis? presentations

Graduate students pour hours of energy, dedication and research into preparing their theses. As a result, a typical 80,000-word thesis would likely take nine hours to present.

New Mexico State University students will have three minutes.

For the fourth year, the College of Arts and Sciences will present the ?Three-Minute Thesis Competition,? at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at Corbett Center Auditorium.

The competition requires Ph.D. candidates to consolidate their ideas and crystallize their research discoveries and defend their thesis for a panel of judges in three minutes or less. The competition supports the development of research candidates' capacity to communicate their ideas effectively to a wide range of non-specialist audiences as well as to the community.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10985/nmsu-graduate-ph-d-students-to-compete-in-three-minute-thesis-presentations

CAMP Student Council enchilada sale to be held March 14

The CAMP Student Council's annual Sammy Gurule Scholarship fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in 100 West Cafe in Gerald Thomas Hall. 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 Gurule Scholarship fund.

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

Presentation and open forum to be held Monday

A presentation and open forum with Robert Spina, finalist for the position of dean of the College of Education, will be held 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, in Domenici Hall, room 109. The titled of the presentation is ?A Vision for the NMSU College of Education,? and it's open to all.

Spina is currently the associate dean for undergraduate education and assessment at Old Dominion University, where he has also served as a faculty member and chair of the Department of Human Movement Sciences. Spina holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Science degree from Queens College CUNY. Following his presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers with the candidate.

For more information, call 575-646-6233.

Researcher to speak on obesity prevention

The Paso Del Norte Institute for Healthy Living is bringing a renowned researcher in the fields of obesity, nutrition and diabetes to the region. She will speak on ?Obesity Prevention: The Current State of the Science? from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. Monday, March 16, in at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Health Sciences/School of Nursing, room 211, with a live video conference in Las Cruces at New Mexico State University's Health and Social Services Annex, room 202.

Mechanical and aerospace engineering to schedule advising appointments

Mechanical and aerospace engineering majors may start signing up Monday, March 16, for advising appointments, which will be held from March 30 through April 6. Students should come to Jett Hall and sign up outside the MAE office, where information and advising documents will be available.

Chemistry and Biochemistry research colloquium to be held Tuesday

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry research colloquium by NMSU graduate Heather Whitley, with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Chemistry Building, room 153. The title of the lecture is ?Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Structure and Transport in Plasmas.?

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

DACC JobEXPO 2015 to be held March 18

Dona Ana Community College JobEXPO 2015 will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the East Mesa campus Student Resources Building. The DACC JobEXPO 2015 is open to all interested students, community members and guests. The JobEXPO gives you the opportunity to meet local and regional employers from the business and information industries. Business attire and resumes are encouraged for a professional presence. Learn about current full-time, part-time, summer, co-op or internship employment opportunities.

For more information, contact DACC Career Services at 575-527-7538.

NMSU Department of Music hosts 46th annual Jazz Festival

A Grammy nominated jazz vocalist, arranger and trombonist will perform at the 46th annual NMSU Jazz Festival. Pete McGuinness, 2015 Grammy nominated composer/arranger will perform with the New Mexico State University Jazz Ensemble I and the Border Jazz Orchestra Friday, March 20. This is part of a two-day Jazz Festival event in which high school students from throughout the region participate in performances and clinics.

The NMSU Jazz Ensemble will be performing with Candice Reyes, followed by the Candice Reyes Quintet on Thursday, March 19.

Both concerts will be presented at the Atkinson Recital Hall on the NMSU campus. The concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $7 adults $5 students and may be purchased in the Music Office in the NMSU Music Center.

For more information, contact Music Department band administrative assistant Debbie Peel at 575-646-2304.

International and Border Programs Event to be held April 7

The Office of International and Border Programs will host an event to recognize the international engagement of NMSU faculty and staff at 5 p.m. April 7, in the foyer of the new Dominici Hall. The event will include light hors d?oeuvres and a few brief comments from NMSU Provost Dan Howard and other university officials. The entire community is welcome, but a simple RSVP is requested. During the event, Howard will announce two winners of this year?s Globalization Awards ? one faculty winner, and another staff winner ? each will receive a $1,000 prize (international travel credit).

They are now accepting nominations for this Globalization Award. Nominations should include a letter, or letters, of recommendation, and contact information for both the nominator and nominee. Any additional supporting information is welcome.

Those wishing to make nominations are asked to submit a nomination via email or by regular mail to the Office of International and Border Programs, Garcia Annex, Room. 246. Nominations are due March 30.

For more information, visit ibp.nmsu.edu.

Speaker Series with Estela Hartley will be held March 31

"Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Essential Insights to Win More Business," with Estela Hartley, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Arrowhead Center, 3655 Research Road, Genesis Center Building C.

Interviewing is a foundational user research tool that people assume they already possess. Everyone can ask questions, right? Unfortunately, that?s not the case. Come gain an actionable guide to learning what your users want and how they make decisions. They will discuss how to uncover essential market insights and test assumptions to develop meaningful products and services and align your marketing strategies to win more business.

Join them for this month?s Speaker Series. Each session brings the experiences of successful entrepreneurs and executives to you so you can learn valuable lessons for your venture. Speaker Series will always conclude with a Q&A, providing you the opportunity to get your pressing startup questions answered by the pros.

For more information or to RSVP, email ati@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Property Accounting Assistant Director Robert Valdez will retire April 1

Robert Valdez started his career at NMSU in February 1990 as an accountant. He worked first in the Athletics Department and soon after was transferred to the Financial Reporting Office, which ultimately became the Accounting and Financial Reporting Department, where Robert has stayed assisting the department with the preparation of the university financial statements, fiscal monitoring of construction projects and equipment acquisitions. He also served as the audit liaison, and in 2003, was promoted to assistant director in charge of plant fund accounting. After 25 years of service, Robert will retire on April 1.

For more information, email ldoyle@nmsu.edu.

First Southern NM STEM Fest to be held April 4

The STEM Outreach Center will host the first Southern NM STEM Fest from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 4 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The STEM Outreach Center at New Mexico State University and the city of Las Cruces will celebrate the many innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a full day of STEM-based hands-on activities for the whole family. Activities include many fun ways to learn about science, technology, engineering and math.

There will be 30 interactive booths for children and adults. The first 300 families receive a goodie bag filled with STEM activities for the whole family. Booths will be set up with activities that cover STEM including a planetarium, 3-D printing, virtual reality with Oculus Rift, Makey Makey, robotics, reading and literacy, math exploration, and fun with science.

For more information, call 575-646-7649.

DACC Customized Training classes offered

"Learn to Manage Conflict" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 1. The cost is $139. There are two major myths about conflict: that it always involves anger and that it's always negative. Conflict can actually be a positive tool for growth if you know how to manage it properly. Learn to identify the stages of conflict, use the LECSR tool to resolve conflict, listening skills, confrontational facilitation and how to develop the personal skills necessary to resolve conflict.

"Certificate of SHRM Essentials of HR Management" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 2 to 16. The cost is $495. The course is a comprehensive overview of human resource roles and responsibilities. Learn critical knowledge to help reduce potentially costly lawsuits and improve your ability to handle challenging HR issues ? ideal for those who are just starting out in the human resources profession, or those who are looking for an effective way to boost their employee management skills.

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