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NMSU Hotline — May 18, 2015

Transformational gift from Allen Theatres to fund NMSU football locker room renovation

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The locker room used by the New Mexico State University football team is about to undergo a massive renovation, thanks to a substantial donation from Las Cruces-based Allen Theatres Inc. The project will provide long-overdue improvements to the facility, a facelift to the amenities, and improved conditions for student athletes.

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Campus Announcements

Chemistry and Biochemistry Ph.D. defense to be held today

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Ph.D. defense by Lei Qian will be held at 2 p.m. today, in the Chemistry Building Room 201. The title of the thesis is "Grb7 and Hax1 May Colocalize Partially to Mitochondria in SKBR3 Cells Induced by EGF and Their Interaction May Affect Casp3 Cleavage of Hax1."

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Solar array to start construction today at Satellite Chiller Plant parking lot

Thanks to the ?Conservation and Modernization? project, Ameresco and Positive Energy Solar will begin construction of a 108 kW solar covered parking structure over two rows of parking in Lot 100 (between the natatorium and Rentfrow).

This green energy project will bring renewable energy to the main power grid of the campus and shade for vehicles. It also will cut the greenhouse gas emissions, a promise NMSU made in 2007 to the American College and University Presidents? Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). It?ll be easy to spot so take a walk around the tunnel construction fence and watch the structure go up. It should be complete mid-June. Parking will be open to anyone with a valid NMSU parking permit.

For more information contact newcomer@ad.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.

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.

Open Lab - Web-based Training Help Session will be held May 25. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007042.

Hiring Non Regular Faculty and Graduate Assistants using the EPAF System will be held May 27. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007091.

Hiring Non Regular Faculty and Graduate Assistants using the EPAF System will be held May 28. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007092.

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

The College of Education to honor Dean Michael Morehead

The College of Education will hold a reception in honor of Dean Michael Morehead at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Morehead is set to retire at the end of July 2015 and has served NMSU and the College of Education for 23 years. Follow the link to RSVP to this event or call 575-646-2498 for more information.


DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Speak with Confidence, learn to speak out effectively, take on leadership roles and get involved in issues that matter to you. Our community needs its young adults with and without disabilities to become stronger ? gain those skills in this course. The class will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9 to July 28. The cost is $51.

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

NMSU College of Engineering offers summer program for community college transfer students

New Mexico State University invites community college students who are transferring to the College of Engineering to participate in a summer program designed to help them transition to the engineering program.

?This will be a great opportunity to meet students before school starts, network, interact with faculty and participate in a Lean LaunchPad workshop,? said Sonya L. Cooper, College of Engineering associate dean of academics.

The Breaking New Ground program will introduce students to the method of discovery and exploration that is behind many of today?s successful technology businesses through the application of innovative engineering design processes. During the five-day session, students will define a problem based on customer needs and test alternative solutions. This innovative problem-solving approach will equip students with transferable skills that can be applied in studies as new transfer students and in the future as an engineering professional.


NMSU free well water testing continues through June

A popular program that provides Luna County property owners with free well water testing is being extended through June, said Jack Blandford, program director at New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service Office in Deming.

?If you haven?t done so, now is a good time to get your well tested,? Blandford said. ?We wrap up in June.?

The program, which began in February, is sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health as part of a student research project and coordinated through the state Water Resources Research Institute in Las Cruces and the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service.

Students from NMSU, studying public health, are assigned to collect water quality data in Luna County, analyzing the results and providing feedback to property owners on how to filter or treat tap water that fails to meet health standards.


NMSU to co-sponsor organic certification workshop in Abiquiu

If you are an agricultural producer in Rio Arriba County and northern New Mexico, converting your operation to organic certification may be a way to increase your income.

Statistics show the economic benefits for growers to raise organic produce can be 20 to 100 percent in price premiums, according to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture?s organic commodity adviser.

New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service in Rio Arriba County will host a workshop to introduce area farmers on the process of becoming organic certified. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Rio Arriba County Rural Event Center in Abiquiu, located on State Highway 554.

?A farmer has to look closely into organic certification,? said Donald Martinez, Rio Arriba County Extension agricultural agent. ?It?s not an easy process, but could be profitable for marketing their crops to a group of clientele wanting organic grown products.?