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NMSU Hotline — May 26, 2015

Retiring NMSU Astronomy professor wins 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.


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Campus Announcements

Ninth annual Lujan Dinner to be held June 6

The ninth annual Lujan Dinner will be held June 6 in Albuquerque. Hosted by Larry and Arlene Lujan, this dinner is going on its ninth year and has been integral in raising funds and awareness for New Mexico State student-athletes.

Tickets include dinner, drinks (including their famous margarita bar), dessert bar, entertainment, live and silent auction.

Meet coaches and athletes from all of the sports and hear from special guest speakers, President Garrey Carruthers and Director of Athletics Mario Moccia.

Buy tickets at www.aggieathleticclub.com/lujan or call 575-646-5151.

DACC Community Education courses available

Make your first 2-D video game in this one-of-a-kind course. Conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics and elements, music and sound, software and simple coding are just some of the concepts that will be explored in Make Your First Video Game from 9 a.m. to noon June 1-5. The course costs $109 For kids ages 8?14. Don?t miss the fun in this new DACC Community Education course. To sign up or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

In the course, Introduction to the Internet, students will cover the basics of the internet and what is trending online. Topics include the history of the internet, what domain names are and how they are used, what is website hosting, the birth of the search engine and its evolution, website design theory, YouTube, the social medial revolution, smart phone integration and so much more. The course is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 to July 1 and costs $139. For questions or more information, email ctp@nmsu.edu or call at 575-527-7776.

Center for Learning & Professional Development offers training courses

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, 2015. 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, the following training opportunities are available. For other training opportunities and related information, please visit our website at http://training.nmsu.edu/.

May 27, 2015-Hiring Non Regular Faculty and Graduate Assistants using the EPAF System: Learn how to process personnel actions such as faculty temporary hiring and graduate assistant hiring in the EPAF system. This hands-on training session provides a basic overview of the EPAF system and provides specific guidance for how to complete different types of personnel actions. Participants will have the opportunity to practice what they have learned by participating in hands-on activities using the EPAF system. This session is intended for employees that currently originate faculty temporary and graduate assistant hiring transactions, as well as employees that act to approve such actions at the Dean or VP level.
Register: https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007091

May 27, 2015-WEAVE Online Assessment System: Learn how to use the WEAVE Online assessment system to enter goals, objectives and outcomes as part of the yearly assessment process. Participants will also learn about other resources that are available to help aid in the process of creating reports and managing documents.
Register: https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007366

May 28, 2015-Hiring Non Regular Faculty and Graduate Assistants using the EPAF System:
Register: https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007092

June 1, 2015-WEAVE Online Assessment System:
Register: https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007367

June 1, 2015?New Employee Orientation: Welcome to NMSU. Your first few days at work are always apprehensive and confusing. Come to New Employee Orientation and get started on the right foot. Learn about NMSU, our community, procedures, policies and benefits. Following a morning informational session, employees and their spouses or domestic partners will have an opportunity to attend an afternoon Benefits Workshop to learn more about NMSU Benefits and get assistance with completing benefits paperwork from a Benefits staff member. You are encouraged to bring all documentation needed for enrollment purposes, including supporting documents for eligible dependents.
Register: https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007024

June 2, 2015?Open Lab-Web-based Training Help Session: Do you need help completing the online Compliance Training or other online training? Do you need access to a computer? Drop by our lab and use our computer and get help from our training specialists.
Register: https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007043

June 3, 2015?Fire Extinguisher Training: Students will learn how to classify a fire and select the appropriate fire extinguisher. Students will learn proper use of a portable fire extinguisher using P.A.S.S. technique. Students will become familiar with how and when to access the 9-1-1 system, and give appropriate information to the dispatcher. Students will be given the opportunity to get hands on experience with a Class A fire extinguisher on a small pit fire.
Register: https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006070

June 4, 2015-Preventing Harassment in the Academic and Workplace Setting: This interactive course, facilitated by the Office of Institutional Equity, is designed to provide students, staff and faculty with the necessary information to promote and maintain a harassment-free academic and/or work environment. The course will discuss NMSU policies and procedures along with Federal and State laws relating to discriminatory practices and harassment.
Register: https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006971

June 5, 2015?WordPress for Administrators: Need to create a website for your department? Learn the basics of creating websites using NMSU Enterprise WordPress. With NMSU Enterprise WordPress you can create and manage your department website using a powerful set of tools designed to enhance the user experience for both site editors and site visitors. In this session you will learn some basic page editing skills and how to customize site settings. In addition, you will learn how to use some of the various plugins available on NMSU Enterprise WordPress used to enhance the functionality of your site.
Register: https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007398

NMSU dance program to offer summer classes for kids

The New Mexico State University Dance Program will offer the following classes for children this summer:

Flamenco (ages 9-13) from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 8, 15 and 22; fee: $30
Flamenco (high school students) from 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 8, 15 and 22; fee: $42
Jazz/Modern Fusion (ages 13-17) from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, June 29, July 6, 13 and 20; fee: $72

All classes will be held in studio 228 at the James B. Delamater Activity Center on the NMSU campus, located at 1600 Stewart Street.

NMSU will also offer a Summer Dance Workshop & Performance July 27-Aug. 1. The workshop is 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, July 27?Friday, July 31, with performances Saturday, Aug. 1 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Medoff Theater in the NMSU Center for the Arts. The workshop is open to children 11 years and up, and the fee is $175. Students who register for a summer dance class may register for the Summer Dance Workshop & Performance at a discounted fee of $125. In addition to the workshop discount, Jazz/Modern Fusion students will also premier a piece of choreography in the workshop performance on Aug. 1.

To register, email kmgarcia@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2070 or 575-646-4067. Deadline to register is Monday, June 22.

Instructional Innovation and Quality Unit offers professional development and technology training opportunities

The Online Course Improvement Program Summer Institute is underway with 14 participants designing content for online delivery. Working with Instructional Innovation and Quality Unit, instructors are applying best practices in course design that adheres to the Quality Matters rubric. Institute Goals include developing a course that meets the Quality Matters Standards in an informal or formal review, applying online learning strategies to online course design, and utilizing Canvas and other appropriate tools and technologies for online course design.

Visit Instructional Innovation and Quality's webpage to find professional development and technology training opportunities. http://instruction.nmsu.edu/