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NMSU Hotline — July 9, 2015

Eschenbrenner to head NMSU?s Aggie Development

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Scott Eschenbrenner will serve as the new president and CEO of New Mexico State University?s Aggie Development Incorporated. NMSU President Garrey Carruthers selected Eschenbrenner for the position earlier this month. He will also serve as special assistant to the president and steps in to the role formerly held by Ben Woods, who retired June 30.

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Campus Announcements

Mix Pacific Rim to close remainder of the week

Frenger Food Court?s Mix Pacific Rim restaurant will continue to be closed for the remainder of the week, but will reopen on Monday, July 13.

Visit http://dining.nmsu.edu/hours/ for alternate campus dining choices and contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for additional information.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Ph.D. defense to be held Monday

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Ph.D. defense by Naveen Singh will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 13, in the Chemistry Building, Room 203. The title of the thesis is, ?Hypoxic regulation of Cytochrome P450 2S1 & its role in the metabolism of AQ4N for cancer therapy."

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

NMSU engineering to hold robotics camps

Two robotics summer camps will be held at New Mexico State University for students ages 10-17. Advanced Robotics Summer Camp will be held July 14-16 and Beginning Robotics Summer Camp will be held July 21-23. The camps are provided by the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, part of the College of Engineering.

The beginning camp provides an introduction to robotics using radio-controlled components and basic programming skills. The advanced camp provides a more in-depth look at these topics.

In both camps, participants will utilize the engineering design process as they build a robot with teammates. The robot will be used in a competition at the end of camp. The camp is a great way to prepare for the BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) robotics competition and the VEX Robotics Competition sponsored by NMSU?s College of Engineering. In addition to building a robot for competition, students will work in teams, write an engineering manual, learn basic tool skills and be exposed to a variety of engineering technologies. The camps offer a great opportunity for students to learn to work together with others, communicate ideas and develop leadership skills.


GMAT Examination Fee Waiver Code Program

The New Mexico State University Student Success Center and College of Business, in collaboration with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), are proud to announce the University?s participation in the GMAT Examination Fee Waiver Code Program to assist eligible students and alumni interested in pursuing graduate studies in business. Eligible students and alumni may apply to receive a GMAT Examination Fee Waiver Code through the NMSU Student Success Center. The eligibility criteria and electronic application can be accessed by visiting http://ssc.nmsu.edu/gmat-examination-fee-waiver-code-program/.

For more information regarding the GMAT Examination Fee Waiver Code Program contact David Melendez with the NMSU Student Success Center at 575-646-3136.

NMSU Library privileges for visiting scholars

Departments that have a visiting scholar from another institution this summer can get them on track with NMSU Library privileges. The department head or program director should send a letter or email to Linda Landez-Garcia at Branson Circulation (llinda@lib.nmsu.edu), providing her with the name of the faculty member and duration of stay on campus. They then processes a card for the visitor and add him or her to our circulation system. The visiting scholar has faculty-level borrowing privileges (150 day loans for books, 72 hours for bound journals and seven days for DVDs) at the library.

Once they get the card set up, the visiting professor can come over to Branson Library Service Desk to pick up his or her card or else they can send it via campus mail. As for database and electronic journal access, the visiting scholars will have access to their subscriptions while on campus.

For more information contact the Branson Library Circulation at 575-646-3101.

Graphic design classes for fall 2015

For students interested in graphic design, NMSU will offer several courses this fall including:

255 Intro to Graphic Design (meets once a week plus an online component): Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem-solving through the use of type, space, image and color. Learn how to create letterforms, identity marks and posters using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Introduction to the principles of visual communication using hands-on and digital media.

355 Special Topics in Graphic Design: Type and Layout: Learn more about typography on the screen and on the page. Intermediate graphic design class focusing on typography, grid and color to create a powerful message.

355 Special Topics in Graphic Design: Game Design: You have to play the game to understand the game. Work in collaboration with Computer Science students and learn to create physical and digital games using your own graphics and create packaging for your product. In addition to using Adobe Suite, you will use laser cutter and Blender and Unity game design softwares for the graphics aspect of game design.

455 Advanced Graphic Design Special Topics: Storytelling: A fairy tale, a place, a presentation ? anything has a story. The story is in the telling. Learn to apply art and design principles for the purpose of effective storytelling. You will use Adobe Software, video, photography, social medial and hands-on techniques to create a series of books, video and a social media campaign.

455 Advanced Graphic Design Special Topics: Illustration: A class about illustration here and now. Create graphic design and illustration for social causes using hands-on and digital techniques. Image making, contemporary illustration practices and portfolio creation will be covered in this class.

For more information email Katya Reka at reka@nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Make Your 1st 3-D Video Game, develop a game concept that goes well beyond the limitations of traditional 2-D game design. Learn the physics behind 3-D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling flow of gameplay and storytelling. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. For kids ages 8?14. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday, July 20-24. The cost is $109.

In the DACC Community Education course, Video Game Animation, take your game design to the next level by creating and animating your own character sprites, objects and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character?s personality, signature moves, special powers and a story line. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in future games. For kids ages 8-14. The class will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 20-24. The cost is $109.

For more information or to sign up, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

NMSU selected for inaugural UAS inspection of Elephant Butte Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation has selected New Mexico State University to be its lead unmanned aircraft system subject matter expert to perform the first Reclamation dam inspection. This proof of concept aeronautical research project will occur at Elephant Butte Dam in New Mexico later this summer.

The research flight will include working with the Reclamation dam site personnel to develop the concept of operations and addressing the safety requirements, selecting the sUAS and the correct sensors, validating the flight procedures and performing the inspection.

The purpose of this inaugural dam inspection flight is to determine the applicability of UAS as a tool for this type of infrastructure inspection. Multiple sensors including light detection and ranging, thermal, video and other cameras will be used to assess various mapping and structural aspects of the dam. The products of these sensors used for the follow-on analysis will include georeferenced 3-D model of the dam and spillway, an ortho-photography and digital surface model for photogrammetry processing. The ultimate goal of the project will be to determine potential issues with the dams? structure including concrete cracks, spalls and other subsurface defects including moisture where it should not be, and any erosion or other topographical changes to the dam and spillway.