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NMSU Hotline — June 3, 2015

NMSU College of Education student named Outstanding Graduate Assistant

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Armando Altamirano, a graduate student in the College of Education at New Mexico State University, was recently named Outstanding Graduate Assistant by NMSU?s Graduate School for his work in helping teachers from several Latin American countries. Altamirano said he was ?very happy? to receive the recognition.


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Astronomy to host free presentation by Marc Buie June 6

A free public presentation featuring Marc Buie titled "NASA's New Horizons Mission" hosted by NMSU's Department of Astronomy and the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Rio Grande Theater.

Buie will give a talk for the general public presenting a detailed view of the Pluto system and what scientists hope to learn from the New Horizons mission that will be flying by Pluto in July after a 10-year voyage into the outer solar system. He is a New Horizons co-investigator, currently working at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

The New Horizons mission will help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the Pluto system and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt ? a relic of solar system formation. New Horizons launched on Jan. 19, 2006; it swung past Jupiter for a gravity boost and scientific studies in February 2007, and began a six-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons in early 2015. Pluto's closest approach occurs on July 14, 2015. If NASA approves an extended mission, the spacecraft could head farther into the Kuiper Belt to examine one or two of the ancient, icy mini-worlds in that vast region, at least a billion miles beyond Neptune?s orbit.

For more information contact oruiz@nmsu.edu.

NMSU News launches social media campaign #NMSUSummerDiscovery

NMSU?s University Communications and Marketing Services has started a new summer initiative, #NMSUSummerDiscovery on the NMSU News social media sites. NMSU News wants to see how the NMSU community is spending the summer by posting photos and videos using #NMSUSummerDiscovery. NMSU News encourages departments and colleges to share the message on their social media sites. NMSU News can be found at the following pages:

https://www.facebook.com/NMSUNews

https://twitter.com/nmsunews

https://instagram.com/nmsunews/

FSA-RMR Office information session and PCard receipt destruction training to be held June 9

The FSA Records Management and Retention (RMR) office will conduct an information session from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, in the Senate Chamber Room 302 in Corbett Center. Learn about NMSU records, retention requirements, PCard receipt destruction and more. A Go-To Meeting for our out-of-town users, who are unable to attend our session at the Las Cruces campus, will be offered at the same time as our live session. If you need assistance for the Go-To Meeting, contact RMR at 575-646-8324.

For more information or to register visit http://rmr.nmsu.edu/training.

Family Wellness Program class series

The NMSU?s Strengthening Families Initiative is starting the Family Wellness Program class series throughout Dona Ana County. The class series will take place at community settings such as schools, churches and community centers starting in May 2015.

They invite you to create fun family memories while learning practical skills and strengthening your family. Topics range from parents as leaders and models, dealing with change, communication, family dynamics, signs of healthy/unhealthy relationships, commitment, conflict resolution and much more.

All classes are free and are provided with a light meal, a children?s program and are available in English or Spanish

For more information call 575-646-4360.

NMSU Library collaborates with Branigan Cultural Center for new Tombaugh exhibit

In collaboration with the Branigan Cultural Center, the New Mexico State University Library will be displaying originals and reproductions from its Clyde Tombaugh Collection at the Center?s new exhibit titled ?Beyond Pluto.? Famous for his discovery of Pluto at the at age of 24, Clyde Tombaugh?s entire career will be highlighted at the Branigan Cultural Center and the Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science.

A reception for the exhibit will be held at the Branigan Cultural Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 5, during the First Friday Downtown Arts Ramble. The exhibit will run until Saturday, July 25, and is timed to coincide with the exciting flyby of the New Horizons spacecraft, which will come within 6,200 miles of Pluto on July 14. Included in the exhibit from the NMSU Library?s Archives and Special Collections Department will be Tombaugh?s observation notes from the 1940s and his handwritten notes on his discoveries.

For more information on the Clyde Tombaugh Collection, please visit NMSU Library?s permanent online exhibit at http://lib.nmsu.edu/exhibits/tombaugh/ or contact the Archives and Special Collections Department at 575-646-3839.

DACC Customized Training class offered

A Minute Takers Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 18. The cost is $139. No matter who you are or what you do, whether at work or in the community, you are involved in meetings. To ensure meetings are productive and worth the expense involved, three ingredients are necessary?find out what those ingredients are at this interactive workshop. If people can?t remember or agree on what actually occurred at a meeting, how can the group effectively accomplish its objectives? After this one-day workshop you will understand your role as a minute taker and the best techniques for producing minutes that include all the essential information needed.

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