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NMSU Hotline — April 20, 2015

NMSU professor visited China to discuss water conservation, golf course maintenance

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In early March, Bernd Leinauer, New Mexico State University professor extension turfgrass specialist, travelled to Beijing and Xiamen, China, to speak at the Asian Golf Show on water conservation and teach students about golf course maintenance. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the Reed Guanghe Exhibitions and the Golf Institute at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University invited him to give a series of lectures.

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Campus Announcements

Student Success Center workshop on dealing with stress to be held today

A "Dealing with Stress" workshop will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. today, in the Zuhl Library Conference Room, room 225 second floor. Stay at the top of your game and turn in your peak performance. Learn stress management techniques, along with some learning strategies that will help you not just survive, but thrive. Good stress management techniques are a key component to being successful and staying healthy.

For more information, contact Michelle Adames at micsaenz@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3136, or visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu.

NMSU to host talk on issues of digital democracy and Internet useage

Author and sociologist Jan A.G.M. van Dijk will visit New Mexico State University to give a talk on ?Why the Digital Divide is not Getting Better,? at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Health and Social Services Auditorium, room 101A.

Van Dijk is a professor of sociology and communication science at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He has been investigating the social aspects of information and communication technology since 1984. His research specializes in social, cultural and political/policy of the digital media

In his talk, hosted by the Department of Communication Studies, van Dijk will be addressing issues of digital democracy, fallacies about Twitter revolutions and where political empowerment in Internet usage can actually be found.

?Professor van Dijk is a major world-known scholar on the digital divide,? said Kenneth Hacker, communication studies department head in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?Any scholar, school administrator or state official concerned about inequities in computer, the Internet and new media access and usage should be there to meet and talk to him.?


NMSU to host 19th annual Multicultural Research Symposium

An internationally known psychologist and academic, who is also the president-elect of the Association of Black Psychologists, will be the keynote speaker at this year?s Multicultural Research Symposium, hosted by the New Mexico State University College of Education?s Counseling and Educational Psychology Department.

The symposium, featuring Kevin Washington, will begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, with presentations by the department?s doctoral students. A reception and poster presentations will follow Washington?s speech, which begins at 6 p.m.

Washington has served as a behavioral consultant for Essence Magazine, Black Entertainment Television News and several national and international organizations. As a Fulbright-Hays scholar, Washington researched the impact of socializing institutions on the healing or restructuring of post-apartheid South Africa.


Upcoming training sessions offered through CLPD

The Center for Learning & Professional Development will host the following training opportunities.

"Open Lab - Web-based Training Help Session" will be held April 22. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007036.

"Banner 8 Student System" will be held April 22. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007120.

"Understanding Student Data Reports - II (Cognos)" will be held April 23. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005544.

"Open Lab - Web-based Training Help Session" will be held April 28. To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007038.

"Leave Policies" will be held May 1. 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/.

NMSU sponsors Aggie family spring biking event

After a successful first run, the New Mexico State University Environmental Health and Safety Department invites Aggies of all ages to cycle to campus for an all-day bicycle event. A bike ride from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and an informational, hands-on event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will take place Saturday, April 25, at the Aggie Express Community Center, on the corner of Stanley Drive and Williams Avenue.

The Aggies Family Biking Event, held in part by Eta Sigma Gamma, a public health student organization, promotes cycling safety and guidance with bike repair.

A bicycle route for children by the Safe Routes to School Program will cover about two blocks, while the student and adult slow ride will be approximately 6 miles. Maps of the routes are available on the NMSU Bicycle Facebook page.

?Cycling is healthy, fun and we want to help Aggie families enjoy themselves safely,? project coordinator Jamie Lakey said. ?It would be nice to see families participating with their children and teaching them the rules of the road.?


Free Manage Your Chronic Disease (MyCD) Program

A free, six-part workshop will begin April 29. The Manage Your Chronic Disease (MyCD) Program is for people with a chronic condition such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, high blood pressure or anxiety. Participants will learn how to manage their chronic illness through self-care and leading a healthy lifestyle. Examples of topics the program will cover are pain management, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, the importance of medications and how to improve communication with doctors, family and friends. Build new relationships and learn new skills to help you live a healthier life. Appropriate for adults with disabilities. Family members and caregivers are welcome to attend too.

Class will meet from noon to 2:30 p.m. April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27 and June 3, at the Southern Area Health Education Center NMSU. Sponsored by New Mexico Department of Health and NMSU Southern Area Health Education Center.

For more information or to sign up, call 575-646-3061 or email algross@nmsu.edu. Space is limited.

NMSU hosts second community forum on test-based evaluation issues

New Mexico State University will conduct another community meeting to discuss standardized testing. The event will include a film and a public forum from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at Clara Belle Williams Hall, room 229.

NMSU?s Borderlands Writing Project has joined with two other organizations ? NEA Las Cruces and Time to Learn and TNT: Teaching, Not Testing ? to host the event.

?We had such a successful turnout last time,? said Patti Wojahn, NMSU English professor and director of NMSU?s Borderlands Writing Project. ?We wanted to give our community another chance to learn more about this very important topic.?

NMSU?s talk last month with renowned education scholar Audrey Amrein-Beardsley had so many people come to hear the speaker and ask questions that the organizers were unable to complete the entire program.


NMSU Spiritual Center available for reflection

The NMSU Spiritual Center is open to the campus community from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. as an accessible space for faculty, staff and students to use for reflection. Special events and meetings also can be scheduled in the center.

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.

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 similar special events can book the center up to a year in advance.

To schedule an event at the Spiritual Center, contact Conference Services at 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.

Prior to May 15, submit all information to:
Greg Smart
Center for Learning & Professional Development
BOX 30001 MSC 3TD
Las Cruces, NM 88003

'Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods Only' training to be held May 13-15

The Food Technology Program at New Mexico State University will offer the ?Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods Only? May 13 to 15. This certification course will be presented in Gerald Thomas Hall, room 303. This school satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations for acidified foods only. This course is intended for managers and supervisors of food processing operations.

It is designed to provide additional information and focus on critical issues that affect acidified foods production. Instructors have vast experience and knowledge of food regulations, processing and safety. They are recognized processing authorities who educate and assist food entrepreneurs and food companies as part of NMSU's land-grant mission.

For more information on cost, agenda and registration, visit the web site at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/better-process-control-s.html#anchor_13033 or send an email to glorhern@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2198.

Visit the Relaxation Room at Branson Library

The Relaxation Room is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. It is located in Branson Library, room 127.

The Relaxation Room offers a range of free services, including biofeedback and massage equipment, to help you practice relaxation and stress reduction. The equipment uses feedback from your body to help you learn to control certain body responses, such as heart rate and muscle tension, and can help you respond to stressful situations more calmly.

For more information, contact NMSU?s Counseling Center in Garcia Annex, room 100, or at 575-646-2731.

Women?s basketball coach Mark Trakh honored as region?s top coach

New Mexico State University's women?s basketball head coach Mark Trakh is one of eight recipients of the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I Regional Coach of the Year award.

?I?m honored by this recognition, I?m honored to be placed in such an elite group of coaches,? Trakh said, ?but I owe this honor to my players and coaches who have really turned this program around. I think all the credit for my recognition belongs to my players for what they did on the court and turning the culture around here at NM State, and we?re looking for bright things ahead. I want to thank my players and my great coaching staff, who do an awesome job from recruiting to coaching.?

Trakh led the Aggies to one of the greatest seasons in program history, finishing with a 22-8 overall record, which is even more impressive considering the team started 0-5 but finished 22-3 over its last 25 games. For his efforts Trakh was honored as the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.