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NMSU Hotline — April 6, 2015

Doctoral student, Las Cruces native to serve as NMSU?s student regent

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Amanda Lopez Askin, a New Mexico State University doctoral student who already holds multiple NMSU degrees, has been appointed and confirmed as the university?s newest student regent. ?First and foremost, I am honored to be appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez as the NMSU student regent,? Lopez Askin said. ?As a graduate student in the College of Education, I am excited to bring this unique perspective to the board. Moreover, as a native Las Crucen, I am proud to be able to be part of this historically significant board, which includes four women.?

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Campus Announcements

NMSU?s annual American Indian Week highlights cultural traditions

The annual New Mexico State University American Indian Week, a celebration centered on a culture rooted in tradition, will take place April 6-11.

?This is an effort to show our students and the greater NMSU community that Native Americans are still living, still thriving, and engaged in the classroom just like all of our other students,? said Justin McHorse, director of the NMSU American Indian Program.

The events feature a parade, guest speaker, native food, music and dance. A pageant, arts and crafts and more are open to the NMSU community.

Kicking off the week is the opening ceremony and blessing by Governor Henry Torres, from 10:30-11 a.m. Monday, April 6, outside the east area of Hadley Hall. Following will be the Parade of Nations to Corbett Center Student Union. There, a Native American giveaway will take place near the CCSU Rotunda. From 6-8 p.m. the Miss Native American NMSU contestants will have a meet and greet reception at the Stan Fulton Center.


DACC Dual Credit staff available at high schools

In partnership with the Gadsden Independent School District, Hatch Valley School District and the Truth or Consequences Municipal Schools District, the DACC Dual Credit staff will be on high school campuses on the following dates:

Today, April 6: Gadsden High School
Tuesday, April 7: Gadsden High School
Wednesday, April: Chaparral High School
Thursday, April: Santa Teresa High School
Tuesday, April 14: Desert Pride (a.m.)
Tuesday, April 14: Anthony Charter School (p.m.)
Monday, April 20: Hatch Valley High School
Thursday, May 7: Hot Springs High School

Dual Credit advisers will assist students with the dual credit admission application and course selection process for the Fall 2015 semester.

For information about the DACC Dual Credit Program, visit http://dacc.nmsu.edu/DualCredit or email dualcredit@dacc.nmsu.edu, or contact the East Mesa office at 575-528-7256.

Chemistry and Biochemistry student seminar to be held Tuesday

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry student seminar for BCHE 540 will be presented by Roma Mukhopadhyay from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the Chemistry Building, room 153. The title of the thesis is "Role of Zinc in Aβ Clearance by Modulating ApoE-Aβ Complex in Alzheimer's Disease."

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

University Speakers Series presents Sherman Alexie

University Speakers Series will present Sherman Alexie, ?Without Reservations,? at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts Medoff Theatre. The audience will connect with the American-Indian experience through the eyes of the ?fast-talking, wisecracking, mediagenic American-Indian superstar? that is Sherman Alexie. Admission is free.

Sponsors include AISES, American Indian Program, ASNMSU, Honors College, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and UNAO.

For more information call 575-646-2005 or visit Honors.nmsu.edu/honors-events/speakers-series.

Catholic Mass at Spiritual Center to be held Tuesdays in April

Newman Catholic Students and St. Albert the Great Newman Center will offer Mass on campus for students, faculty and staff April 7, 14, 21 and 28. Mass will take place at 12:10 p.m. at the new Spiritual Center. All are welcome.

For more information about Newman Catholic Students, email Mona Chip at mona@stalbertnewmancenter.org.

Master's thesis defenses to be held April 8 and 9

Naima Khan will present her thesis research on ?Multiple Analysis Methods for Evaluating Geochemical Relationship and Variability of Produced Water from Unconventional Oil Production Zone in Permian Basin? at 10 a.m. April 8, in Stucky Hall (WRRI) Room 103.

Adam Dettmer will present his research on ?Oxidant Complexation for Oxidant Delivery to Enhance In-situ Chemical Oxidation of Groundwater Contaminants: a Laboratory-Scale? at 2 p.m. April 9, in Stucky Hall (WRRI) Room 103.

For more information, contact Desa Daniel at WSM@nmsu.edu.

NMSU students to honor local leaders in public health

New Mexico State University students in the Department of Public Health Sciences have created the first Public Health Heroes event, which will honor community leaders in public health.

The ceremony will be held during National Public Health Week at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Health and Social Services Building, Room 320. Mark Kittleson, public health sciences department head, will present the awards.

Undergraduate students in the Public Health Sciences, which is housed in the College of Health and Social Services, created the awards to honor local champions of public health during Public Health Week April 6-10, said Cindy Kratzke, public health sciences assistant professor.

?Our goal was to recognize our county?s unsung public health heroes with awards,? she said. ?We selected six nominees who integrate the value of health into the community. The undergraduate students in Methods of Community Health Education organized summaries, reviewed accomplishments and selected two awardees this year.?


Sustainability Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday

The next Sustainability Council meeting will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at 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.

This month?s speaker is Ben Greene, speaking about ?The Farmery,? an urban grower that grows and sells at the same site to provide a consistent and reliable supply of hydroponic and aquaponic food. He and a fellow student started the Farmery using a Kickstarter campaign. He will be speaking from the first Farmery in North Carolina on Adobe Connect. Learn more at http://www.thefarmery.com.

The meeting will be available online at http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/sustainabilitycouncil2015 for those who cannot be there in person, but would like to participate.

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

Upcoming training sessions offered through CLPD

The Center for Learning & Professional Development is hosting the following training opportunities.

"Open Lab - Web-based Training Help Session" will be held April 9. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007034.

"Maintaining Immigration Status & Planning For The Future" will be held April 10. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007050.

"Open Lab - Web-based Training Help Session" will be held April 13. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007035.

"Monthly Budget Reconciliation and e~Print Overview" will be held April 14. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005573.

"FSA-RMR Information Session" will be held April 14. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006768.

"Introduction to Business Reporting Using IBM Cognos" will be held April 15. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005558.

"WEAVE Online Assessment System" will be held April 16. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006416.

"Leave Policies" will be held April 17. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006972.

For additional training opportunities and related information, visit http://training.nmsu.edu.

National Student Employee Appreciation Week is April 12-18

New Mexico State University will honor student employees for their work during National Student Employment Week, April 12 to 18. The NMSU Financial Aid Office encourages campus departments to take time during the National Student Employment Week to let their student employees know how much their work is valued. Acknowledging their efforts inspires student employees while providing incentives for them to continue to be an asset to our departments and the local community.

Take this opportunity to reflect on the valuable contribution work-study and regular student employees make in the operation of New Mexico State University.

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.

'Calling All Aggies' retention initiative to begin April 27

Thank you to all who have volunteered in the past for the student enrollment calling campaigns. This year, the retention initiative program will be branded ? ?Calling All Aggies? will begin April 27.

The time has come to begin recruiting callers for the Fall 2015 semester. There will be two informational sessions scheduled for anyone interested in participating. The two sessions will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 13.

Faculty and staff who wish to assist as volunteer callers for the upcoming ?Calling All Aggies? retention initiative should attend one of these sessions to get important information and ask questions regarding the calling process.

Contact Gena Bermudez at genaberm@nmsu.edu and reserve your seat. Session locations will be determined depending on participation with the location update sent to all attendees by April 10.

NMSU Spiritual Center available to the campus

The NMSU Spiritual Center is open to the campus community for events and meetings. The center offers a private venue for students and departments in the heart of the campus.

Student groups can use the facility for $100 for two hours and university departments for $200 for two hours. There is no charge to use the Spiritual Center for campus religious services. Campus organizations can schedule up to 30 days in advance for regularly occurring meetings or services.

When events are not scheduled, the center is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. as an accessible space for faculty, staff and students to use for reflection.

The center also is available for private use by students, faculty and staff as well as the general public. Individuals interested in scheduling weddings and other special events can book the center up to a year in advance.

To schedule an event at the Spiritual Center, contact Conference Services at 575-646-4805 or fill out a Request for Use Form at http://conference.nmsu.edu/facility-request-form/.

More information about the Spiritual Center is available at http://conference.nmsu.edu.

Nominations sought for the Ralph B. Crouch Memorial Award

Friends and family of the late Ralph B. Crouch, professor of Mathematics, head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and associate dean of the Graduate School, have established an endowment providing for an annual award to honor a current or living, former employee of NMSU for outstanding contributions to the life of the university community. The award alternates annually between two categories: non-exempt staff and faculty and exempt staff. The recognition includes a cash award.

The 2015 award is for non-exempt staff. Nominations are solicited for outstanding non-exempt employees of New Mexico State University. Outstanding contribution(s) of the nominees, which may include any activities within the university and can range from one event to a lifetime career.

Each nomination should be submitted on the form or a copy thereof, along with no more than five pages of supporting information and no more than three letters of reference. The form is available at http://training.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2013/09/Crouch_Call_for_Noms_and_NomForm.pdf.

Faculty and staff giving campaign is underway

Fabian Garcia devoted five decades of his life to NMSU and its students. He should be remembered for establishing one of NMSU?s first scholarships and his estate gift that helped build Garcia Hall ? now Garcia Annex. He even provided rooms on his own farm to house poor NMSU students.

Today, as part of the 2015 Faculty/Staff Campaign, we can continue his legacy of generosity by contributing to scholarships or the programs we love. Payroll deduction makes this easy ? simply fill out the payroll deduction form.

In the spirit of Fabian Garcia?s dedication to excellence in education for all, you may want to consider a gift to the Teaching Academy through payroll deduction.

For more information, call Darlene Nelson at 575-646-2002.