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NMSU Hotline — April 9, 2015

Founders Day festivities set for Friday

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University employees are invited to the inaugural Founders Day luncheon Friday, April 10, at the Traders Plaza near the College of Business. The event will celebrate the founding of New Mexico State University and NMSU?s important heritage.

Friday?s festivities include ?President Hadley?s tour of campus,? beginning at 10 a.m. President Garrey Carruthers and his wife, Kathy, will dress as NMSU?s first president, Hiram Hadley, and his wife and tour campus on a horse-drawn carriage. Beginning at Hadley Hall, the tour will make stops at Gerald Thomas Hall, the Engineering Clock Tower, Branson Library, Breland Hall, Corbett Center and Guthrie Hall.

The employee picnic will begin at 11 a.m., provided by the NMSU Employee Council. It will be followed by awards to recognize outstanding NMSU employees.

More details are available at http://foundersday.nmsu.edu.

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Campus Announcements

Professor to discuss microgrids at Engineering for Southern New Mexicans

Microgrid research will be the topic of the Engineering for Southern New Mexicans lecture series, presented by Satish Ranade, professor and department head of Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University, at 5:30 p.m. today at the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main St.

Ranade will discuss research about how water is delivered to the consumer. The community is invited to join the discussion of how our water supply is being managed. The event is open to the public.

This talk is part of the Engineering for Southern New Mexicans series, sponsored by the NMSU College of Engineering.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11035/nmsu-college-of-engineering-professor-to-discuss-microgrids-at-engineering-for-southern-new-mexicans

Chemistry and Biochemistry research colloquium to be held today

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry research colloquium by Kristine Garza, of the Biological Sciences Department at UTEP, will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, in the Chemistry Building, room 153. The title of the lecture is ?Leptin Modulates Dendritic Cell Function.?

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate/faculty seminar to be held Friday

A special team Plant and Environmental Sciences seminar will be presented from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday for the Utopia Project group?s visit to NMSU, a reciprocal trip in partial fulfillment of their Partners in the Americas project with the University of La Salle-Bogotá. The title is "Utopia Project: NMSU Participation in Bogotá and Yopal, Colombia (Nov 2014)." The event will take place in Gerald Thomas Hall, room 200.

Presenters include Mick O?Neill, Dan Smeal and Blair Stringam; graduate student James Fulton; and undergraduate students Jimmy Maynes, Sativa Cruz and Megan Stovall. This seminar is open to everyone.

For more information, email lmeyer@ad.nmsu.edu.

NMSU Wellness Fair and Junior League KidFit to be held Saturday

The NMSU Wellness Fair and Junior League KidFit event will take place on campus to benefit NMSU students and families in the Las Cruces community from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, on the southeast corner of University Avenue and Jordan Road across from Barnes & Noble, near the Rhodes Garrett Hamiel dorms.

The goal of the NMSU Wellness Fair and Junior League KidFit event is to provide NMSU students and community members, specifically youth in the area, with fun activities and useful resources about staying healthy. On-campus programs, local businesses and nonprofit organizations with a health-related emphasis will give out information about their programs and services, conduct fun physical activities for children and give interactive sports demonstrations, such as kickboxing, yoga, dance and bicycle safety. Pistol Pete will join in the festivities, and Pablo Lopez of Outdoor Adventures will give a motivational presentation. The event will also include giveaways and prizes, including two kids? bikes. KRUX, the campus radio station, will do a live remote.

The event is sponsored by NMSU, Sodexo, the Junior League of Las Cruces, NMSU Social Work Services, NMSU Campus Health Center, the WAVE program, Las Cruces Sun-News and Bravo Mic Communications, LLC.

For more information, contact Lori Martinez with NMSU Social Work Services at 575-646-2731.

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 closets, freshen up professional wardrobe at clothing swap

Donations of professional clothing are now being accepted at the Corbett Center Information Desk through April 14. The second annual clothing swap will be in the Corbett Center Aggie Lounge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 15. 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.

AVP for enrollment management candidate visits campus April 16

The open forum for Helen Albertson, candidate for the position of associate vice president for enrollment management will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Corbett Center Senate Gallery, room 304. All members of the university community are strongly encouraged to attend and provide feedback.

Albertson served as vice president and associate dean of student affairs at Loyola Law School and holds an Ed.D from University of Pennsylvania in higher education management and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

Information on the candidate and the candidate feedback form can be accessed at http://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/associate-vice-president-for-enrollment-management/finalists.

NMSU Art Gallery hosts 2015 Master of Fine Arts show

The University Art Gallery will host its annual Master of Fine Arts exhibition, which features the semester?s graduating students from the MFA program in the Department of Art. The MFA degree is a program in which students are encouraged to create works that are both interdisciplinary and intercultural.

The opening reception for the MFA show ?In Between,? which is free and open to the public, will be held in the UAG from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 24. The exhibition will run from April 24 through May 9.

The NMSU University Art Gallery is located in D.W. Williams Hall, at the intersection of University Avenue and Solano Drive. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Designated gallery parking is available, and general parking on the NMSU campus is free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information, contact gallery administrator Jasmine Woodul at 575-646-2545 or at jasminew@nmsu.edu.

'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 Friday.

Domenici Institute accepting student panelist nominations through April 30

NMSU?s Domenici Institute for Public Policy invites faculty and administrators to nominate students for the opportunity to serve as panelists at the 2015 Domenici Public Policy Conference, Sept. 16-17, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Of the nominations received from universities across the state, just 20 students will be selected to form the panel and they are the only audience members allowed to question the conference?s array of world-class speakers.

The conference themes include aging U.S. infrastructure, regional economic development, and U.S. energy independence. As policy matters affect all citizens, students from any discipline are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Nominations must be made online via the Domenici Conference website, http://domenici.nmsu.edu/domenici-public-policy-conference-2015/student-panelists-program, where a short nomination form and a full description of the program can be found. In addition to the faculty/administrator nomination, students are encouraged to submit a brief letter of interest outlining why they?d like to participate as a panelist. Nominees who provide this additional insight into their conference goals will be given first consideration. Nominations and student letters must be received by April 30.

For more information regarding the program, contact Sara Patricolo, Domenici Institute program manager, at 575-646-2066 or spatrico@nmsu.edu.

WAVE offers student employment opportunity

The Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education Program is currently seeking peer educators for the new academic year. Peer educators are responsible for attending weekly meetings and for acquiring the skills needed to provide information on wellness, alcohol, violence and health education to fellow students.

Qualifications include the following:
- Commitment to student issues regarding wellness, alcohol, violence and health;
- Ability to work independently;
- Strong writing and verbal communication skills;
- Positive team player;
- Minimum 3 months experience in alcohol, violence or suicide prevention;
- 3.2 GPA and above preferred.

Interested students can apply now on AggieCAREER Manager (Job 43349: WAVE/Peer Educator).

For more information, contact Debra Darmata at ddarmata@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5673.

Parking lot partial closure planned during April

Facilities and Services personnel have identified repairs that need to be completed on the thermal storage tank on the south side of the Central Utility Plant. This 3,000,000-gallon chilled water storage tank is located underneath parking lot #59 and is used to store chilled water produced at night when electric rates are cheaper and used during the day when the cooling load is high.

This storage system contributes to the NMSU sustainability program and lowers our energy costs. As a result of these repairs, the south row of spaces on lot #59 will be closed to public parking from April 3 until approximately May 1. Handicapped parking spaces in this area will not be affected by this closure. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

For more information, contact Mark Blachford at 575-646-3192.

DACC Customized Training class covers Microsoft Excel

"Intermediate MS Excel 2010" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. The cost is $139. Learn advanced features and discover how this powerful program can boost your productivity. Practice creating macros that eliminate repetitive tasks and manipulate your data with the push of a button.

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

NMSU announces summer research opportunity recipients

NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences is giving two of its students the opportunity to spend the summer conducting biomedical research at top institutions through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Through a grant with NMSU, the HHMI supports scientific education on campus and invites the university to nominate up to two students for their Exceptional Summer Research Opportunities Program.

The selection of Alejandra Lerma, a dual major in animal science and biology, and Lindsay Redman, a biochemistry student, marks the first time both students nominated by NMSU have been accepted into the program.

?I am really looking forward for this experience, which I am sure is going to make me a more educated researcher,? Lerma said. ?I am very grateful to HHMI for opening up this opportunity and I am committed to making the most of it.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11028/nmsu-announces-summer-research-opportunity-recipients

NMSU professor to share travel adventures while studying parrots

For more than 25 years, New Mexico State University professor Timothy F. Wright has been traveling to the tropics to observe parrots in their natural environment. His work has taken him to Belize, Australia, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Wright, a biology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, will share his experiences as part of the college?s ?Global Connections? lecture series. His presentation, ?Life as a Tropical Biologist: How I become one and why I think it?s a good thing to be one,? is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium, Room 194.

?Costa Rica is like a second home to me, because of the ongoing research projects I?ve had there,? Wright said. ?It infused me with an excitement for research in the tropics that?s never really left.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11030/nmsu-professor-to-share-travel-adventures-while-studying-parrots