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NMSU Hotline — May 12, 2015

Arrowhead Center?s Launch program selects 2015 seed-funding winner

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Technology that could improve orientation control for spacecraft is the latest commercialization project to receive seed funding through the Launch program at New Mexico State University?s Arrowhead Center. The adaptive singularity-free control moment gyroscope technology was developed by Amit Sanyal, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NMSU, along with doctoral candidate Sasi Prabhakaran. Engineering master?s student Taylor Burgett, a client of Arrowhead?s student incubator, Studio G, is working to commercialize the technology for use in cube satellites.

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Campus Announcements

Discover your health

You can try a featured AggieFit class for free until May 15. Check out the featured class of the day by following the link at http://recsports.nmsu.edu/events/. AggieFit will be giving away one AggieFit T-shirt at each featured class to a new attendee.

Sustainability Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday

The next Sustainability Council meeting will be held from 1:30?2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at Milton Hall Room 85. Sustainability Council meetings are open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Anyone may join the council at anytime; no previous knowledge or experience is necessary. This month?s speaker is Mike Boyer from Ameresco. He will present updates on the current ESCO and be available for questions.

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 would like to remind all NMSU employees of the 2015 Compliance Training Certification. This required online training is due by Oct 1. Instructions and FAQ?s are available at http://training.nmsu.edu/2015-compliance-training/. Follow NMSU?s progress towards 100 percent compliance on http://training.nmsu.edu/2015-compliance-training-progress-report/.

In addition, they are hosting the following training opportunities.

Open Lab - Web-based Training Help Session will be held May 13. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007040.

Hiring Student Employees using the EPAF System will be held May 14. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007089.

Navigating PeopleAdmin 7 will be held May 15. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007051.

New Employee Orientation will be held May 18. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007023.

Communication Breakthrough will be held May 19. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007180.

FSA-RMR Information Session will be held May 19. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006773.

Open Lab - Web-based Training Help Session will be held May 19. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007041.

ADA - The Americans with Disabilities Act (What You Should Know) will be held May 20. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006970.

Procurement Card Policies and Procedures will be held May 21. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005568.

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

Campus Health Center to closed part of May 13

The Campus Health Center will close be closed from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, May 13 for staff training.

For more information, call 575-646-1512.

Feedback for dean search for College of Health and Social Services due before noon Thursday

Anybody wishing to provide input regarding the search for a dean for the College of Health and Social Services should do so before noon Thursday, May 14. The link to provide feedback is http://provost.nmsu.edu/candidate-feedback/college-of-health-social-services-dean-search-feedback/

Information on the finalists is at http://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/finalists-5/.

Studio G is hiring students interested in business and technology

Spend the summer working with real startup businesses and exciting technology and gain business skills and real world experience. Studio G is looking for passionate students excited about business and technology. Studio G has employment opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from all majors. What you want to learn is much more important to us than your previous experience. Opportunities are available for the summer and beyond in Studio G and the Office of Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer.

Studio G helps Aggies start businesses. Studio G currently assists more than 40 active student businesses. These student businesses have raised nearly $1,000,000 in investments, grants and contracts over the last two years. Studio G is a program offered by NMSU?s Arrowhead Center. Visit studiog.nmsu.edu and arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu for more info.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter about why you want to work at Studio G or the Technology Transfer Office to jkramer@nmsu.edu. The deadline to apply is May 18.

Update available for NMSU INSIDER mobile app

Android?s recent system update has caused the NMSU INSIDER mobile app to freeze on its home page and will not allow access to the rest of the app on some devices. If you haven?t yet installed the NMSU INSIDER app update which resolves this issue, it is available free of charge in the Google Play Store at http://bit.ly/1HcYimK. The app also can be installed on other devices at http://bit.ly/1zTi2sO. The app features various NMSU links, event calendars, social networks, photos and videos and provides Pan American Center concert presale information and ticket contests. It is managed by NMSU Auxiliary Services.

For more information contact auxservices@nmsu.edu.

CVB, Las Cruces Convention Center and NMSU partner to host ACE conference

More than 2,500 conference participants will visit Las Cruces May 23-28 as the Accelerated Christian Education organization hosts its International Student Convention at the Las Cruces Convention Center and on the campus of New Mexico State University.

?The ACE conference is a great opportunity for Las Cruces to showcase not only all the great things there is to see and do in the area, but to show off our first-class meeting facilities at the Las Cruces Convention Center,? said Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Phil San Filippo. ?With more than 2,500 attendees, 800 hotel room nights and a possible economic impact of more than $250,000, this event demonstrates our ability to host events that will have an impact on Las Cruces for years to come.?

In addition to families staying in local hotels, about 1,800 students will be staying on the NMSU campus in the residence halls and participating in events across campus and at the Convention Center.


Congratulations Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge spring 2015 graduates

The Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge program focuses on helping former NMSU seniors return to the university and graduate with their bachelor?s degree. They would like to congratulate the 10 spring 2015 graduates.

The following bachelor's degrees were earned in anthropology, English, history, journalism and mass communication, sociology, business administration, criminal justice, chemical engineering, kinesiology and social work.

For more information about the ACGC program please visit http://gradchallenge.nmsu.edu/ or contact Marissa Macias, marimaci@ad.nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Junior Drawing Down on the Farm Workshop, explore a farm and all the elements that are seen on a farm. Learn to draw a variety of animals that live and play on our farm. On the last day, combine all the pieces into one large farm scene. Use pencils, markers and colored pencils to complete drawings. The class is for ages 4 to 6. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday, June 8-11. The cost is $107.

For more information or to sign up email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

Retiring NMSU Astronomy professor wins prestigious science writing award

On the cusp of his retirement, Bernie McNamara, astronomy professor at New Mexico State University for 40 years, has won the top prize in this year?s Joan and Arnold Seidel Griffith Observer Science Writing Contest. It is the oldest and most prestigious writing contest in astronomy.

McNamara won first prize in the contest, which comes with a $1,000 award. His article, ?Tsien Hsue-shen and China?s First Satellite: A Collision between Politics and Technology,? will be published in the Griffith Observer in August. The contest is open to scientists, writers and members of the public to encourage writing about astronomy, astrophysics, and space science for the average reader.

As a longtime professor in the College of Arts and Sciences who once shared an office with Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto, McNamara has numerous scholarly publications to his credit. However, the Griffith Observer contest is about writing for a broader audience. His winning article is focused on Tsien Hsue-shen, the man who spearheaded China?s first satellite launch, who left the U.S. under threat of deportation because of his alleged Communist associations.