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NMSU Hotline — April 1, 2015

NMSU hosts Colombian students through 100,000 Strong Innovation Fund Grant

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From the jungles of Colombia to the fields of southern New Mexico, agriculture students who were once victims of the drug trade will visit New Mexico State University April 7 to 22 as part of its Partners of the Americas and the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Grant. ?This project Utopia is a rural campus designed for youth who have been adversely affected by the drug industry,? said Cornell Menking, NMSU associate provost for International and Border Programs. ?We took our team down there for two weeks, as part of the grant they bring their team up here for two weeks.


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Campus Announcements

Campus weather warning system to be tested at noon today

If you hear a siren on the New Mexico State University campus at noon today, don't be alarmed. The university?s Outdoor Severe Weather Warning Systems are activated for one-minute blasts on the first Wednesday of each month as a test to ensure they are functioning properly. Two pole-mounted sirens, which sound the severe weather warnings, are located on the eastern and western ends of campus. The Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System is part of the university's emergency system and will be used to communicate weather-related emergencies for individuals who are located outside a building.

In a weather-related emergency, the weather warning sirens will be engaged for two minutes or longer and will alert members of the campus and surrounding community to immediately seek shelter and once they are safe to check the NMSU website or local news for additional information.

Employees registered with the Emergency Notification System may choose to receive emergency information via email, voicemail or text messaging service. Sign up for emergency alerts at: https://myaccount.nmsu.edu/accounts/etm/index.php.

Brooks selected as DACC chief financial officer

Dona Ana Community College President Renay Scott announced Kelly Brooks as the new DACC vice president of business and finance. Brooks, who has served as the interim vice president begins her new role today. She will serve as the chief financial officer for the college. Brooks has been on-loan from NMS, where she served as executive director of facilities administration. In that position, she oversaw business and administrative affairs for facilities and services at the university.

For 10 years, beginning in 1999, Brooks was the business director at DACC. In that position, she assisted the vice president in all financial operations, including operating a budget of more than $30 million. Brooks has also been an instructor in accounting at DACC. She taught business law and auditing.

Originally from El Paso, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in accounting from NMSU in 1993. Her husband of 25 years is Marty Brooks, and they have three children: Chase, Tyler and Bailey.

For more information, contact Eddie Binder at 575-528-7070 or abinder@dacc.nmsu.edu.

Red to Green Money Management Meetup to be held today

Red to Green Money Management Meetup will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. today in the O?Donnell Hall lobby. Look for the table inside O?Donnell and grab some great resources on budgeting and financial aid. You can also find more information on workshops or schedule a one-on-one appointment.

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

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

Wednesdays are the best days to dine on campus

Bounce back from spring break with a tantalizing Italian spring bistro buffet, complete with short ribs braised in wine, lemon-herbed chicken in a red pepper Chardonnay sauce, farfalle pasta with pistachio pesto, savory grilled eggplant, yellow squash and zucchini, vegetarian antipasto (spring mix salad with artichokes, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and olives tossed in Italian dressing), bread sticks served with marinara sauce, bite-sized cannoli and refreshing gelato for $10.99 plus tax from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Stan Fulton Athletics Center?s 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club.

Free public parking is available. Aggie Cash and Aggie Dining Dollars are accepted. Call 575-646-4763 for more information or ?join? the Facebook event page at http://on.fb.me/1vb3Cvx for updates and reminders.

The following Wednesday, April 8, indulge in a ?Taste of Saudi Arabia? from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Corbett Center Student Union?s Taos Restaurant, featuring Shorobat Il (beef and bulgur wheat soup), Kabsah (rice with chicken), Ful Madammas (fava beans), vegetable Arabian stew and Arabian couscous with raisins Gorayba (cardamom shortbread cookies). In addition to the themed cuisine, many of the regular Taos buffet items will also be available. Take part in this special all-you-care-to-eat buffet for one meal plan swipe or $7.89 plus tax.

Learn more about the campus meal plans at http://idcard.nmsu.edu/student-meal-plans and ?join? the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/345414865634692/ to receive a reminder of this semester?s final ?Taste of? event.


Barnes & Noble at NMSU continues to make reading fun for local children

Parents are invited to bring their kids to two upcoming Story Time readings at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Cafe in Las Cruces.

It wouldn?t be Easter without a visit from Peter Rabbit. The costumed character will make a special appearance at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, as kids gather to hear his tale. The store will close for the holiday Sunday, April 5.

On Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m., author Paul E. Garcia will introduce kids to ?The Adventures of Rocky Bear.? After the reading, he?ll sign copies of the book for his young fans.

?Join? the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/455571181258490/ to receive updates and reminders. Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave., next to Panda Express. All campus parking is free on the weekends.

For more information, call 575-646-4431.

Nursing doctoral defense to be held Monday

The College of Health and Human Services School of Nursing has announced the doctoral defense of Monique Vallabhan, a public viewing, from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 6, in CHSS Room 232. The title of the defense is ?Program Evaluation of a Motivational Interviewing Intervention With Adolescents to Prevent Obesity.? The chair is Kathleen Huttlinger, Ph.D.

For more information, call 575-646-4387.

Seventh annual CAMP poster expo to be held April 8

The College Assistance Migrant Program will present its seventh annual poster expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8, in Milton Hall, room 16. They will highlight CAMP student experiences in research, study abroad and internships. Posters will be on display and students will illustrate their posters individually or as a group.

For more information, contact Sarah Gallegos at 575-646-5079 or sarahgal@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.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11008/lou-and-mary-henson-herb-torres-to-be-honored-by-nmsu-s-college-of-education

2015 Faculty/Staff Campaign launches at Founders Day

Founders Day is just around the corner. Don?t miss this commemoration of NMSU?s heritage and the contributions that have fostered our university?s founding and growth since 1888. We invite you to continue the legacy of generosity by considering a gift to the 2015 Faculty/Staff campaign.

We were established when NMSU?s founder, Hiram Hadley, proposed a new college in the Mesilla Valley. The citizens of Las Cruces donated $7,200 and an additional 120 acres of land to establish this great land-grant university. The legacy that began with one selfless act connects all of us today.

Did you know that one in 10 NMSU donors is an employee? Last year, you and your colleagues contributed nearly $340,000 to programs that help our students.

Make your 2015 contribution by making a secure online gift (one-time or recurring) today by visiting http://giving.nmsu.edu/FacultyStaff2015.html.

Mark your calendar and spread the word. We hope to see you for Founders Day on April 10.

Conference at NMSU-A explores developmental education and college success

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo will host its fifth annual Developmental Discussion Day Conference from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 10 on the campus of NMSU-A. This year?s theme is "Developmental Education: Opening Doors to College Success." The keynote speaker will be NMSU Associate Vice President and Deputy Provost Greg Fant, followed by a variety of breakout sessions pertinent to developmental education. The call for proposals to present is now open. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. Register online http://nmsua.edu/d-day.

For questions or additional information, contact Anne Ricksecker at 575-439-3740.

Immigration status and planning seminar to be held April 10

International students and faculty can join the Center for Learning and Professional Development for a very helpful seminar, offered only twice a year. "Maintaining Immigration Status & Planning For The Future: Visas, Green Cards and More" will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 10, in the Business Complex, room 102.

The NMSU student and faculty visa Iissues 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 one-on-one consultations.

If you're employed at NMSU (student, grad student, faculty), visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007050 to register. 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.

Clean out your closets and and freshen up your professional wardrobe at clothing swap

Donations of professional clothing are now being accepted at the Corbett Center Information Desk through April 15. The second annual clothing swap will be in the Corbett Center Aggie Lounge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16. Come freshen up your professional wardrobe for free. Clothing or money donations welcomed. Limit five items per student with NMSU student ID.

For more information, contact Courtney Spivak at cspivak2@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2582.

Partial parking lot closure planned for April 15

Parking Lot 47, the Campus Health Center will have its north side closed to parking at 7:30 a.m. April 15, for a health education event. The south side of parking and all disability parking spaces in this lot will remain open for parking.

In addition to the Campus Health Center, the following buildings could or will experience a parking impact: Regents Row, Breland Hall, Aquatic Center & the Biology Annex. This list may not be totally inclusive of buildings experiencing an impact. View the map at http://bit.ly/1OV1BR8 for alternate parking locations.

Signs will be erected at lot 47 announcing its partial closure and warning of towing, which will continue to take place at and during closure until the event is complete. Once closed, do not park in this lot until parking staff has removed all closure signs.

If you have any concerns or questions, contact Jim Carroll, with Transportation & Parking Services, at 575-646-3669.

Coffee Pong Tournament to be held April 22

Teams of two are invited to register for the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Coffee Pong Tournament to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. Prizes will be given away for first, second and third Place. Register by Tuesday, April 21, at http://nmsubookstorecoffeepong.eventbrite.com/.

Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Free parking is available in designated spaces.

For more information, call 575-646-4431.

Aggie Athletic Club seeks silent auction items

Aggie Athletic Club is currently looking for silent auction items for their two signature events, Aggies In Paradise and the ninth annual Lujan Dinner. Aggies in Paradise is a luau-themed event held May 2 at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Lujan Dinner is held June 6 in Albuquerque. All proceeds benefit all 17 Sports at New Mexico State University.

To donate silent auction items, contact Coordinator for Special Events and Community Engagement Kassie Ckodre at 575-646-8050. For tickets to either event, contact Cathy Steele at 575-646-5151.