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NMSU Hotline — March 26, 2015

NMSU student?s short film sweeps festival awards


A short film made by New Mexico State University?s Creative Media Institute, which qualified for the Academy Awards last month, swept top honors at the recent Southern Arizona Independent Film Festival.

?Princess,? a 7-minute film written by NMSU CMI student Mary Grace Hill and directed by CMI assistant professor Ross Marks, was among only 20 films selected to be part of the screening on Saturday, March 21, in Wilcox, Arizona.

The film won in six categories, including Best Short Film, Best Production, Best Director, Best Sound, Best of Fest and Audience Favorite.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU?s Frenger Food Court announces adjusted spring break hours

For the last two days of spring break, Chihuahuas will open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, and Dick?s Café/Smokey Dick?s BBQ will open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Please note that there will only be one Frenger Food Court restaurant open on each of these two days. Visit http://dining.nmsu.edu/hours to view the hours for all other campus restaurants, or contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for more information.

Aggie softball takes on Utah Valley this weekend

Support the Aggie softball team this weekend as it takes on Utah Valley in the WAC home opener at the NMSU Softball Complex. The Aggies start the series on Friday at 6 p.m. and continue on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.

Friday will be Softball Bingo Night. Come out to the park, watch the game and you might win a great Aggie prize. On Saturday, bring your furry friend to the game for the Bark in the Park promotion.

Tickets start at $5 and kids 12 and under get in free. Students can use their NMSU ID for entrance into the game. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 575-646-1420.

Potential NMSU Board of Regents quorum to meet Monday

Members of New Mexico State University?s Board of Regents, potentially constituting a quorum, will meet during a new regent orientation session at 1 p.m. Monday, March 30, at NMSU?s Hadley Hall Room 130.

The meeting?s purpose is to acquaint new members of the board with the duties and responsibilities of their position. Regents also will review NMSU?s strategic plan, Vision 2020, NMSU?s overall budget structure, and SharePoint, NMSU?s electronic bulletin board used to share documents. No university policy will be formulated. No votes or official actions will be taken.

Nursing doctoral candidate to present defense Tuesday

Doctorate of Nursing Practice candidate Rosa Zamora, RN, BSN, will defend her scholarly project, "Fall Risk in an Inpatient Ger-Psychiatric Unit: Can it Be Predicted?" at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the second floor dean's deference room in the College of Health and Social Services.

For more information, contact Shelly Noe at shnoe@nmsu.edu.

Geological Sciences hosts two talks Wednesday

David M. Weinberg of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists will make two presentations on Wednesday, April 1.

The first presentation, titled "Geoscience and the Hydrofracking Debate," is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Gardiner Hall, Room 116, and is targeted toward people who might be considering geoscience as a career.

The second talk, "Bent & Broken: Confessions of a Structural Geologist," is set for 4 p.m. in Gardiner Hall, Room 230, and uses a series of field and laboratory examples to demonstrate how simple theory can provide insight into interpreting our Earth.

For more information, contact Lee Hubbard at lbhubbard@nmsu.edu.

Chemical waste disposal pickups to be temporarily suspended

Due to the regular quarterly shipment of hazardous waste, NMSU Environmental Health & Safety will suspend pickup of chemical pickups for disposal beginning Thursday, April 9. Chemical pickups will resume Monday, May 4, after the scheduled shipment.

In the interim, follow the "NMSU Waste Accumulation Point Checklist? procedures. A copy of these procedures can be found at http://www.nmsu.edu/~safety/programs/haz_wst/app_checklist_waste_accum_point.htm.

For more information or to schedule free pickups before or after these dates, contact EH&S at 575-646-3327.

NMSU student and faculty visa issues seminar rescheduled to April 10

"Maintaining Immigration Status & Planning For The Future: Visas, Green Cards and More" has been moved to 1 to 5 p.m. Friday April 10, in Business Complex, Room 102. The course was originally scheduled for March 27. The NMSU student and faculty visa issues seminar is a free educational seminar on non-immigrant and immigrant visas that allow individuals to work and study in the United States. This seminar, presented by NMSU?s Immigration Counsel, Maney & Gordon, P.A., will answer a number of questions related to the H-1B Program, and EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 eligibility and filing. The seminar is open to all faculty, foreign students and administrators.

Attorneys and associates will be available following the seminar for individual consultations.

If you're employed at NMSU as student, grad student or faculty, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006741. If you are not employed at NMSU, send an email to training@nmsu.edu and indicate your interest in attending. Mention "Visa Seminar" in the subject line and include your first and last name and your @nmsu email address.

For more information, visit http://training.nmsu.edu/visa-seminar.

March of Dimes NMSU/DACC TeamDiscovery to walk on April 25

Students, faculty and staff of NMSU and DACC are banding together to form ?TeamDiscovery? to walk at the 2015 March of Dimes March for Babies on Saturday, April 25, at Albert Johnson Park near Branigan Library in Las Cruces. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. and participants will walk five miles around Las Cruces to raise awareness and funds for research to unlock the mysteries behind prematurity and birth defects in newborns. To join the team, visit www.marchforbabies.org/team/NMSUDACC.

For more information, contact Brad Mazdra at bmazdra@dacc.nmsu.edu or 575-527-7519; or Aggie Saltman at aggie@nmsu.edu or 575-646-9323.

Honor a nurse with a plaque on the Nursing Recognition Wall

Do you know a nurse you?d like to honor? Thanks to a special initiative in the College of Health and Social Services, you now have the unique opportunity to join alumni, faculty, staff and community members in purchasing a beautifully inscribed Baltic birch plaque that will hang on the Nursing Recognition Wall in the Health and Social Services building.

Your plaque will include the special nurse?s name, a short quote and a photo. In addition, a booklet will be created that includes longer narratives for those featured on the wall, so individuals can learn more about each nurse?s legacy. Plaques with photos are $1,000 and those without are $500. All proceeds will go to a nursing scholarship fund. Space is limited.

For more information or to purchase a plaque, contact Jennifer Cervantes at 575-646-5985 or by email jcervant@nmsu.edu.

Lou and Mary Henson, Herb Torres to be honored by NMSU?s College of Education

New Mexico State University?s College of Education will honor Lou and Mary Henson and Herb Torres with Aggie Cornerstone Awards at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

Established in 2012, the Aggie Cornerstone Award celebrates excellence in education and recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on children and families in New Mexico.

Lou and Mary Henson have had a deep and long-term impact on education at NMSU, going back to their attendance at the university in the 1950s. As head coach of the NMSU men?s basketball team and later as head coach at the University of Illinois, Henson took teams from both universities to the NCAA Final Four, one of only 12 coaches in college basketball history to accomplish the feat. He also served as athletic director at NMSU from 1968-1975.