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NMSU Hotline — July 6, 2015

New NMSU Arthropod Museum curator will lead outreach activities, grow collection


Jennifer Shaughney, the new senior program specialist and curator of the New Mexico State University Arthropod Museum, is excited to begin interacting with the community and help them make positive connections with insects and arthropods.

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Campus Announcements

Chemistry and Biochemistry thesis defense to be held Wednesday

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Master of Science defense by Melody Handali will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, in the Chemistry Building, Room 201. The title of the thesis is, ?Characterization of AztC and AztD: Components of an Unusual Metal Import System."

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

RISE STARTUP symposia set for July 8 and 9

Six experts from around the nation will visit NMSU this month to discuss their research in vaccines and microscopy and imaging at this summer?s RISE STARTUP symposia.

"Challenges in the Development and Delivery of Vaccines" will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, in O?Donnell Hall Room 111. "Advances in Analytical Real-Time Microscopy and Imaging" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at the same location.

The speakers on Wednesday will be Susan Lederer, of the University of Wisconsin Medical School; Shannan Rossi, of the University of Texas Medical Branch; and Saad Omer, of Emory?s Rollins School of Public Health and the Center for AIDS Research. Thursday will be Jeffrey Price, of the Scintillon Institute and Vala Sciences; Emily Gibson, of the University of Colorado Denver; and Kevin Eliceiri, of the Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation at the University of Wisconsin.

There will be multiple coffee breaks throughout each symposium where guests can meet the speakers. For more information and to register, visit http://rise.nmsu.edu/rise-events/.

CLABS event to be held July 9

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Latin American and Border Studies will host Daria Herchner at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at the Nason House. The talk is titled The U.S.-Mexican Border: Can Three States in Two Nations form One Region?

This research provides insights to how people perceive the Paso del Norte region. In the last few years the social and economic situation in the PdN region changed. Things are possible which were not before. Institutions realized that there is a need for cross-border cooperation to develop the region further economically and socially.

Cross-border cooperation is still in the beginning phase but a lot has already been achieved. Economically, the region has a long way to go but the first steps have been made in the three states within the two nations to form one region: cooperation is the first step. Economy and culture are closely connected in this region. Therefore, this economic change might also change the perception of the people in the region. They might see the region and the ?other side? differently if the area were more attractive and economically stronger. This research shows how people understand the other side and their own region in order to shed light on cross-border cooperation in a better way.

The talk is free and open to the public. The Nason House is located at 1070 University Ave. across from FedEx Kinko?s.

For more information contact lydtorre@ad.nmsu.edu.

Sick Leave Bank program enrollment now open

Enrollment for the Sick Leave Bank program is now open through July 31. The program is available to regular employees with at least two years of regular service by June 30, 2015, who are enrolled in the long term disability plan and earn sick leave. Eligible employees must submit a completed Sick Leave Bank Enrollment Authorization form to NMSU Benefit Services by 5 p.m. July 31.

For more information, email benefits@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-8000.

West Coast Swing Workshop with DanceSport alumnus Derek Leyva

New Mexico State University alumnus, Derek Leyva is returning to Las Cruces for a fun-filled day of West Coast Swing Workshops Sunday, July 26, in the Activity Center, Room 229. Leyva's not coming alone either, with him is Demery Strickland Leyva. Demery is an All-Star West Coast Swing dancer from Jacksonville, Florida. He travels teaching workshops and working at dance events as Chief Judge. Together Derek and Demery teach the local West Coast Swing classes weekly in Jacksonville.

They are excited to be able to share their knowledge of West Coast Swing and be able to give back to the community that first ignited Derek?s love of dance. After the workshops Derek and Demery will not only play current music but classic West Coast Swing tunes as well for everyone to put what they learned to practice. No need to RSVP.

For more information contact dancesport@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Library archivist work on New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board's Regrant Program highlighted

The New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board?s (NMHRAB) Regrant Program has been selected to receive the inaugural Council of State Archivists-National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Award of Merit for its work strengthening and the condition and access to records within New Mexico in 2014.

The NHPRC, a branch of the National Archives and Records Administration, awards federal grants which target preservation of historical records. NMSU Library's Martha Andrews, university archivist, was appointed to the NMHRAB board by Governor Susana Martinez three years ago. The NMSU Library has received several of these grants for projects like the Round-Up digitization, where years of NMSU?s student paper is now accessible online: http://libcgi.nmsu.edu:8080/RoundUp/jsp/index.jsp

?I think a lot of people don't know about the NMHRAB re-grant program and the work we do to insure records preservation around the state,? said Andrews. ?The NMSU Archives and Special Collections Department has received several grants from NMHRAB for the Dean Jett Letters, the Frank Harary processing and the Esther Cano/Ralph Goddard digitization.?

?This award and recognition are testaments to the important work in managing, preserving, protecting and making available to the public the historical records of New Mexico,? said Melissa T. Salazar, director of the Archives and Historical Services Division of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives. The award will be presented at the NAGARA-CoSA Annual Meeting during the plenary breakfast on Thursday, July 23.

Share your departmental or organizational resources with our incoming students

Each year the Residential Life staff welcomes the incoming freshman students with a draw-string bag (compliments of Barnes & Noble Bookstore) that is full of campus and community resources. You can market your department or organization by providing 1,800 small promotional materials, tri-fold brochures or fliers smaller than 8 ½ by 11 inches before the Aug. 12 deadline.

If you are interested in utilizing this mechanism to welcome our students and introduce your resources, contact Amy Baccei at abaccei@nmsu.edu or 575-646-4257.

NMSU-A Faculty nominated to Quality Matters Hall of Excellence

Christine Trapp and Karen May of NMSU-Alamogordo have been nominated to the Quality Matters Hall of Excellence for Quality Matters Course Reviewers. "Quality Matters expects all reviewers to be professional and knowledgeable about the QM standards, the review process and be effective communicators," as well as support the course representative with helpful feedback and effective recommendations. The nomination recognizes an ability to go ?above and beyond the standard requirements of a course review by providing a superior review experience.? The nominees will be recognized at the Quality Matters National Conference in November and their names will be added to the Hall of Excellence at Quality Matters.

For more information, contact Sherrell Wheeler, Director of Online Quality Assurance at swheeler@nmsu.edu or visit http://qualitymatters.org.

DACC Customized Training classes offered

Ensure Team Effectiveness will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 14. The cost is $79. Whether the focus is on service, quality, cost, value, speed, efficiency, performance or other similar goals, teams are the central methodology of most organizations in the private, non-profit and government sectors. With teams at the core of the corporate strategy, your success as an organization can often depend on how well you and other team members operate together. Learn the value of working as a team, your team player style, and how to use it effectively within a team.

ABC?s of Supervision will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. The cost is $139. Designed to help you overcome many of the supervisory problems you will face as a new boss, whether you are a team leader, a project manager or a unit coordinator. Sometimes it isn?t easy, but it doesn?t have to lead to discouragement. Some of the topics include: clarifying roles and responsibilities, developing your skills in listening and communication, resolving conflict, giving feedback and more.

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

NMSU?s Arrowhead partners with Mexican institutions to foster entrepreneurship

A pioneering partnership that began last year between Arrowhead Center, Mexico City?s local government and several universities there is bringing innovative commercialization methods to participants.

Arrowhead Center, New Mexico State University?s economic development engine, was invited to help implement the unique, three-phase program, which is called ?Atrevete a Emprender,? or ?Dare to Be an Entrepreneur.?

The partnership included the Social Development Fund FONDESO, part of Mexico City?s local government, and five universities: Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Tecnologico Nacional de México and Universidad Autonoma de la Ciudad de Mexico.

Arrowhead served as the host for the first phase of the program, incorporating a business model program for participating teams composed of students, recent graduates, researchers and faculty members. To participate in the program, teams needed two to four participants with at least one student currently enrolled in one of the participating institutions.