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NMSU Hotline — July 20, 2015

NMSU professors, graduate explore tiny, complex brain of Old World monkey

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The brain hidden inside the oldest known Old World monkey skull has been visualized for the first time with the help of two professors and a graduate from New Mexico State University. The creature?s tiny but remarkably wrinkled brain supports the idea that brain complexity can evolve before brain size in the primate family tree.

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Campus Announcements

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.

NMSU modifies new financial aid disbursement schedule for fall 2015

As a result of concerns expressed by our students and faculty at New Mexico State University, NMSU?s Financial Aid and Scholarship Services has adjusted its new financial aid disbursement schedule for the fall 2015 semester. NMSU students who receive federal grant and/or loan refunds will receive the first disbursement, of 75 percent, on Aug. 19, the first day of instruction and the second disbursement of 25 percent, will be available on Sept. 9. Scholarship awards will be paid in full at the start of the semester.

In a multiple disbursement system, each disbursement will first credit a student?s university student account. After all charges to the student account have been paid including tuition and fees, students will receive any remaining refund of their federal grants and/or loans, if applicable. If students have a pending financial aid disbursement, they will not be charged late fees on the balance of their account that will be covered by financial aid or scholarship funds.

?We heard from a number of our students,? said Bernadette Montoya, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. ?Listening to their concerns, we worked with ASNMSU president Dustin Chavez to adjust the dates of disbursement.?


Upcoming training sessions offered through CLPD

The Center for Learning & Professional Development would like to remind all NMSU employees, including student employees, of the 2015 Compliance Training Program. This required online training is due by Oct 1. Instructions and FAQ?s are available at http://training.nmsu.edu/2015-compliance-training/. Follow NMSU?s progress towards 100 percent compliance on http://training.nmsu.edu/2015-compliance-training-progress-report/.

In addition, we are hosting the following training opportunities.

FSA-RMR Information Session will be held July 21. To register for instructor led visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007431.
To register for virtual visit

FSA-RMR Procurement Card Receipt Destruction Supplement will be held July 21. To register for instructor led visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007432.
To register for virtual visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=virtc000000000001928.

Provost's Supervisor and Department Head Training will be held July 23. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007361.

Hiring using the Post Job Completion EPAF will be held July 24. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007475.

New Employee Orientation: Welcome to NMSU will be held July 27. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007061.

Hiring Temporary Exempt and Temporary Non-exempt employees using EPAF will be held July 29. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007555.

Navigating PeopleAdmin 7 will be held July 30. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007579.

For other training opportunities and related information, visit http://training.nmsu.edu/.

ADA celebration honors those with disabilities

A community fair will feature artwork, deaf poetry, singing and entertainment from performers with disabilities. Speakers will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 23 at the Student Resources Building of Dona Ana Community College.

This is the fourth annual ADA celebration in Dona Ana County featuring people with disabilities and will include providers from private entities, state agencies, county agencies and educational institutions offering specific and general services to the disabled.

Jess Williams, Dona Ana County director of public information and special projects, will be the master of ceremonies for the event.

For more information contact Martha Trujillo at 575-527-7616.

Art classes are available in fall 2015

Intermediate Printmaking, ART 380 will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m Mondays and Wednesdays. The class is for undergraduates and the prerequisite is ART 280 or instructor consent.

Special Topics in Printmaking, ART 480 will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For the discerning printmaker with a knack for what they call ?conceptual approaches? to printmaking and a desire to develop what?s known as ?individual content.? You betcha. The prerequisite is six credits of ART 380. The instructor is Chris Bardey, MFA Painting New Mexico State University, 2010, BFA Printmaking University of Georgia, 1993, and co-founder and director: West End Art Depot. For more information visit www.we-ad.org.

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

Drawing I to be held in the fall

Art 150, Drawing I with professor Tauna Cole Dorn will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays (CRN 41626 Art 150, M01) or from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (CRN 41626 Art 150, M02).

In the Benefits of Art 150, Drawing for Non-Art Majors, learn to work with drawing materials such as graphite, charcoal and ink. Working from observation, learn techniques, concepts and methods of drawing that reflect traditional and contemporary practices in drawing. A chance to tap into the right side of the brain where creativity reigns, complementing the analytical left side of the brain.

For more information contact at taucole@nmsu.edu.