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NMSU Hotline — June 18, 2015

Donna Wagner named dean of the NMSU College of Health and Social Services

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Donna L. Wagner has been named dean of the New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services. She served as the interim dean for the college since Aug. 1, 2014. ?Dr. Wagner is an accomplished teacher and scholar, who brings to the position a deep understanding of the college and the university,? said Daniel J. Howard, NMSU executive vice president and provost. ?She has done an admirable job of leading the college as interim dean and I look forward to working with her to further strengthen the college in the years ahead.?

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NMSU?s Arrowhead Center hosts info session on Creative Startups

Arrowhead Center, the economic development engine of New Mexico State University, will host an information session at 8 a.m. Monday, June 22, with Alice Loy, co-founder of Albuquerque-based Creative Startups, at Cafe de Mesilla, 2190 Avenida de Mesilla.

Creative Startups is the nation?s only startup accelerator specifically for businesses in the creative industries, and is accepting applications for the 2015 startup program.

Creative Startups accepts entrepreneurs whose startup concepts combine creative fields such as fashion, film, music, architecture or design with innovation and technology. Those who are accepted into the accelerator receive a wide array of benefits, including an entrepreneurship curriculum designed specifically for creatives, by creatives, made in partnership with Stanford entrepreneurship faculty. They will also have access to investors and to a national network of qualified and skilled mentors, and the opportunity to compete for $50,000 of no-interest loans for startup costs.


NMSU Theatre Arts co-produces 'Chicago'

Eleven students and six community members comprise the cast of Kander & Ebb's "Chicago" that will run from Friday, June 19-Sunday, June 28, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. Currently playing Broadway as the second-longest running show in its history, this jazzy musical was further popularized by the Academy Award winning film. This stage production puts a spin on the classic; it is being performed as if by a group of inmates in a women's prison.

Tickets are available at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts box office between noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information call 575-646-4515.

NMSU/DACC Dental Assisting program poster session

A poster session on topics relevant to dentistry by DACC Dental Assisting students will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 25, at DACC Central Campus, Common Area next to DACC Dental Clinic. This is an opportunity to support students and their education. Refreshments will be provided along with door prizes.

For more information contact Martha McCaslin, program director, at 575-527-7653 or Rocio Alfaro, clinical coordinator, at 575-527-7709.

DACC Customized Training class offered

PROFIT will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 and 28 and Aug. 4. The cost is $299. (Planned Reporting Organized Future Information Tactics) Project Management 101. Be inspired to engage management tools to sustain and increase efficiency in your projects. Learn to use Microsoft Project software for planning and reporting of new and existing projects on the first day. On the second and third days, set up your new or existing project in the software and get ready to achieve maximum results. Includes student manuals for MS Project 2010 Basic and Advanced.

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

NMSU College of Arts and Sciences names interim associate dean

Anne Hubbell, a communication studies professor, has been named interim associate dean in New Mexico State University?s College of Arts and Sciences. Hubbell was selected by Arts and Sciences Dean Christa Slaton to serve the college in place of Ken Van Winkle, who was recently named interim president at NMSU Alamogordo, effective June 1.

?Dr. Hubbell has excelled in every role she has assumed - teacher, researcher and administrator,? said Slaton. ?As the 2014 recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Achievement in Outreach, she was recognized for her wonderful talent in collaboration and community engagement. We look forward to her joining our leadership team in the college as an interim associate dean.?

Hubbell will act as interim associate dean for strategic initiatives and assessment in the arts and sciences college. Her responsibilities will also include serving as the director of the Arts and Sciences Student Ambassador Program and adviser to the Student Council, as well as advancing the college?s community engagement activities.


Twelve NMSU students receive summer, fall scholarships to study abroad

Twelve students at New Mexico State University have received a total of $38,000 in congressionally funded scholarships to study overseas this summer and fall, surpassing the number of students who received the same scholarship over the past three years.

NMSU is ranked among the top 10 U.S. universities for the number of recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

The program is congressionally funded and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. It is administered by the Institute of International Education in Houston.

In the summer and fall of last year, and in the summer and fall of 2012, eight NMSU students received the Gilman Scholarship. For summer and fall of 2013, five NMSU students received the scholarship.


NMSU adds new extension weed specialist to work at EPPWS department

Leslie Beck is the newest extension weed specialist and assistant professor in departments of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science and Extension Plant Sciences at New Mexico State University. She has been in her position for less than a month, but already has many plans and ideas to contribute with outreach activities.

?Dr. Beck is a talented and enthusiastic scientist,? said Gerald Sims, EPPWS department head. ?Her experience with turf and other managed systems complements her other expertise already on-board. This complementary skill set extends our reach as a department and expands the breadth of research questions that we can address.?

Beck hails from Stephenville in northern Texas, where she obtained her bachelor?s and master?s degrees at Tarleton State University in landscape and horticulture, specializing in golf course management.


NMSU freshman nursing student wins national undergraduate scholarship

A New Mexico State University nursing student is the recipient of a $6,000 competitive undergraduate scholarship from the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

Viridiana Arellano, a graduate of Gadsden High School in Anthony, N.M., is one of 64 members from across the United States who received a national scholarship through Phi Eta Sigma this year. Arellano is president of the honor society?s NMSU chapter.

?It felt surreal to compete at the national level and find out that I actually won,? Arellano said. ?I can?t thank those people that helped me enough, because I couldn?t have done it without them.?

Arellano said she plans to save the money to cover the cost of tuition once she is enrolled in nursing school. Currently, she is a level one nursing student at NMSU, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Phi Eta Sigma faculty adviser Tim Ketelaar said Arellano has encountered obstacles and challenges that most of her peers have never faced, and has surmounted those challenges with dignity and class.


New secretary of New Mexico Department of Veterans? Services reminisces about Army, NMSU

For 29 years, retired Brig. Gen. Jack Fox served in the U.S. Army ? from Alaska and the Arctic Circle to Germany during the days of the Soviet Union and Korea, making memories and lifelong friendships.

Born and raised in Roswell, he was selected by Gov. Susana Martinez to become the new secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans? Services.

Fox attended the New Mexico Military Institute before attending and graduating from New Mexico State University in 1969 with a bachelor?s degree in government.

?With my education at NMSU, as a government major, I became more aware of the responsibilities of citizens, and being an ROTC cadet prepared me for my military career,? he said. ?At NMSU the experience with the faculty and the students reminded me that we all have a responsibility to take care of each other, and to me that is what I remember about NMSU, that it is a caring community.?


Students, teachers learn new math skills with the help of NMSU?s MC2 Math Lab

About 80 students, along with 115 K-12 teachers, are deepening their math learning side by side during a unique summer camp on the New Mexico State University campus.

This year?s Mathematically Connected Communities, or MC2, Math Lab is taking place inside NMSU?s O?Donnell Hall, where the College of Education is located. During the week?s Math Lab, which culminated on June 5, students in the second, third and fifth grades and those taking Algebra I are rigorously working on math projects, from calculating areas of counties to understanding exponential functions to learning about the dangers of Ebola, said Sara Morales, the senior program manager and researcher for the MC2 Professional Development Program.

Morales said the students are learning from highly effective teacher leaders who are part of MC2. Meanwhile, teachers are watching live video of the lessons being given to students. Teachers then reflect upon exemplary math practice and discuss the impact on students? learning. In the afternoon, teachers participate in their own professional development based on the same core math concepts as the ones students are learning.