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NMSU Hotline — June 16, 2015

Van Winkle named interim president at NMSU Alamogordo

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Ken Van Winkle, associate dean of New Mexico State University?s College of Arts and Sciences, has been named interim president at NMSU Alamogordo, effective June 1. Garrey Carruthers, who serves as chancellor of the NMSU system, announced the appointment.

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Campus Announcements

Webinar to be held today

A webinar will be held at noon today, in Milton Hall, Room 85, titled ?Energy Savings for Non-Techies: Identifying and Understanding Opportunities to Reduce Costs for IT.? Second Nature http://www.secondnature.org/ and EPA/Energy STAR® are hosting this webinar.

They say it?s relatively easy to save up to $200 in energy costs for every computer in your organization, and that?s just one of many opportunities. This webinar will provide you with the info and resources you need to drive computer and office equipment energy savings in your own organization ? even if you don?t work in IT. We will review the biggest energy savings opportunities, explain them in layman?s terms, and provide practical tips for getting IT managers and other key decision makers on board. In addition to providing you with concrete next steps, we?ll tell you how to tap into free software and technical support from EPA?s Energy Star® program.

You also can watch the webinar online using Adobe Connect on your computer. The link is http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/energysavings/.

For more information and to RSVP contact joni newcomer at newcomer@nmsu.edu.

Business development workshop to be held June 17

A workshop led by Terry Jack, president of High Tech Consortium and president and CEO of Mesilla Valley BBQ, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at the Arrowhead Center, 3655 Research Drive, Genesis C.

Workshop content will discuss:

* Opportunity Identification and Development via a ?Three-Question Filter?
* Initial Screening (is it real and do we want to)
* Investigation (is it real, can we win and do we want to)
* Pursue (is it real, can we win and do we want to)
* Bid Decision (is it real, can we win and do we want to)
* Proposal Development and Submission

For more information or to RSVP contact ati@nmsu.edu.

Take a mini-vacation with Wednesday Hawaiian Luau buffet and Thursday happy hour

Treat yourself to a mini-vacation with two special events this week at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. On Wednesday, June 17, visit the Hawaiian Luau buffet from 11 a.m.?2 p.m. For a price of $10.99 plus tax, guests will enjoy a full buffet of shoyu chicken, kalua pork, fresh fruit salad, coconut cream pie and more. The buffet price also includes a non-alcoholic drink.

The following day, on Thursday, June 18 unwind after work with a special happy hour from 5?8 p.m. In addition to a uniquely gorgeous view of the Organ Mountains and Aggie Memorial Stadium, happy hour will feature $4.99 plus tax specialty mixed drinks and New Mexico-infused cuisine, including pollo asada skewers and sautéed shrimp.

The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club is located in the Stan Fulton Athletic Center, right next to Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Call 575-646-4763 for reservations or visit http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com for more information.

Author E.J. Runyon presents 'A House of Light & Stone'

The Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces will host a special presentation by author E.J. Runyon on her uncompromising book, ?A House of Light & Stone.? Follow determined 10-year-old Duffy Chavez on her journey as she overcomes some painful truths to find warmth in the coldest of places. Learn more about the author and her work at noon Saturday, June 20, on the 2nd floor.

All campus parking is free on the weekends. Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. next to Panda Express.

Call 575-646-4431 for more information or join the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/383654315168389/ for updates and reminders.

Reducing stormwater pollution at NMSU

New Mexico State University operates a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) that is permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency. The MS4 consists of the streets, drainage ditches and storm drain pipes that convey stormwater runoff through the campus. The permit requires NMSU to implement a program to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff to the maximum extent practicable. As citizens of NMSU, we all play a part in protecting our natural environment. For detailed information, please see http://safety.nmsu.edu/programs/environmental/SWMP-WhyReduceSW-Pollution.pdf

If you see evidence of stormwater pollution, contact the NMSU Storm Water Management Program at 575-646-3327 or online at http://www.nmsu.edu/safety/suggestions.htm

For more information, visit the NMSU Storm Water Management Plan home page at http://safety.nmsu.edu/programs/environmental/SWMP.htm

Time to renew parking placards

NMSU departmental business that includes loading and/or unloading, as well as departmental visitors to campus, can request a special placard for $40 that will allow parking in specified areas. Current placards expire Tuesday, June 30. Departmental Placards do not automatically renew. The request form must be printed and signed by hand in order to be valid. Submission details are provided on the form.

Visit http://park.nmsu.edu/placard/ for details and to download the request form or contact 575-646-1839 or placard@nmsu.edu for additional information. The PDF request form is best viewed with Internet Explorer or by selecting ?Open With Different Viewer? at the upper right-hand corner of Firefox. Chrome users may need to log on to chrome://plugins, disable Chrome PDF Viewer, and select ?Always allowed? on Adobe Reader.

Advancing Leaders Program application deadline is July 15

The Teaching Academy is seeking applications for participation in the 2015-2016 Advancing Leaders Program (ALP) cohort. Tenured faculty from any academic department who are currently in or seeking administrative or faculty leadership positions and wish to widen their networks and hone their leadership skills are encouraged to apply.

ALP participants must commit to the following during the 2015-2016 academic year: a two-day leadership retreat Aug. 14-15 in El Paso, meeting monthly with their mentor, participating in nine monthly workshops and discussion sessions from noon to 4 p.m. on the following Fridays, Sept. 11, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 15, Feb. 5, March 4 and April 1, and attending the ALP Recognition Luncheon Monday, May 2.

If interested, submit the following materials to Shawn Werner, associate director for Leadership and Mentoring, MSC 3TA: one copy of your CV, a letter clearly stating why you want to participate in the Advancing Leaders Program (two-page minimum), a letter from your department head (faculty) or dean (department heads) indicating that you will be permitted the time to participate in this program, and a list of three (colleague and/or supervisor) references with their contact information.

The deadline for applications is July 15. Notification of acceptance will be July 22.

For more information contact Shawn Werner at 575-646-2583 or swerner@nmsu.edu.

Chekhov summer intensive workshop to be held in July

The national Michael Chekhov Association will offering its annual summer actor training intensive for the first time in New Mexico, on campus at NMSU. The dates are July 6 -11, with an extra day if you register for the teacher track July 12.

They do have information to send you in advance so send an email on the chekhov.net site even if you enroll via NMSU, so they know you have joined them.

This is an opportunity to explore your acting technique through the active and imaginative techniques attributed to Michael Chekhov, utilized by current actors Johnny Depp and Anthony Hopkins, and Michael Chekhov's original students included such luminaries as Marilyn Monroe and Anthony Quinn. This organization originated with Michael Chekhov's estate executrix, Mala Powers.

Check out the site at chekhov.net and for additional information feel free to contact Wil Kilroy at wkilroy@nmsu.edu and/or the NMSU Theatre Arts office.

NMSU?s Loui Reyes selected as president of New Mexico Council of Graduate Deans

Loui Reyes, dean of the New Mexico State University Graduate School, was unanimously elected as president-elect of the New Mexico Council of Graduate Deans at a meeting recently.

The council serves as a recommending body for the state?s graduate education endeavors including graduate curriculum review for new graduate programs, graduate program review and any other items regarding statewide graduate education.

?I am excited to serve the Land of Enchantment,? Reyes said. ?Two immediate challenges for the NMCGD are strengthening its relationship with the Department of Higher Education and conjuring an inspiring statewide graduate vision that reflects a high standard of performance, appeals to shared values and addresses common problems.?

The council is composed of one member from each constitutionally created university in New Mexico offering graduate degrees and a representative from the New Mexico Higher Education Department (ex-officio, non-voting).


NMSU researchers demonstrate winter greens can be grown in New Mexico

The demand for safe, nutritious, affordable local food, particularly for fresh fruits and vegetables, is rising in New Mexico.

However, locally grown vegetables are scarce during the winter because the air and soil temperatures are not conducive to plant growth, but there are plenty of clear, sunny days.

?In New Mexico, 92 percent of the agricultural producers are small-acreage farmers,? said Del Jimenez, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service agricultural agent. ?They are looking for ways to make that limited acreage economically productive by extending the growing season.?

For many years, NMSU?s Extension agricultural agents have promoted extending the growing season by using economical, passively heated hoop houses. Since 2001, Jimenez has taught hundreds of growers how to build these structures during more than 240 construction workshops around the state and region. Because of this training, approximately 1,400 hoop houses have been built.


NMSU?s Arrowhead Center receives grant to boost support of small businesses

A new $100,000 federal grant will help New Mexico State University?s entrepreneurship incubator, Arrowhead Center, build greater participation in two federal programs that fund collaborative efforts between researchers and small companies working to take new technologies to market.

Arrowhead Center was one of just 20 universities and organizations nationwide to receive the grant this year from the U.S. Small Business Assistance Federal and State Technology, or FAST, Partnership Program. FAST improves participation of small businesses in federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses.

?The first step in creating a successful partnership is initial matchmaking,? said Kathy Hansen, Arrowhead Center?s director. ?We?ll be hosting events with partners around the state to bring together researchers and entrepreneurs who can collaborate through SBIR/STTR activities.?