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NMSU Hotline — July 24, 2015

Air Force Research Lab pilots new entrepreneur program at NMSU?s Arrowhead Center

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The Air Force Research Laboratory has chosen New Mexico State University?s Arrowhead Center to pilot its Young Entrepreneur Program, aimed at helping student entrepreneurs commercialize technology that is important to the research lab. AFRL has awarded Arrowhead a $50,000 grant to start the program. In addition, AFRL scientists and engineers will mentor the students as they ready their technology for commercial use.

Arrowhead Center has selected two students ? Sasi Prabhakaran, a mechanical engineering doctoral student and Taylor Burgett, who is pursuing a master?s degree in electrical engineering ? to take part in the pilot program. The two are working together to commercialize technology developed by Prabhakaran and professor Amit Sanyal of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. The selected technology, an adaptive singularity-free control moment gyroscope, has the potential to be a cost-effective and power-saving solution to improve the precision movement of spacecraft.

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Campus Announcements

Hawks nesting on NMSU campus are back, should migrate soon

Last year, a family of Swainson?s hawks made New Mexico State University their school of choice, nesting near Rentfrow Gymnasium and stirring up concern as a potential threat to the campus. This year the hawks are back.

?The adults may be aggressive for a while during the nesting phase and even after the young have fledged and the nest is still the center of their activity, but after a while, all will calm down and the birds will migrate south,? said Gary Roemer, professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology.

As a raptor, hawks are notorious for being aggressive birds, but the level of aggressiveness is usually individual specific.


Retirement celebration for student media adviser Jeff Hand is today

The student media organization will host a retirement party for Jeff Hand, student media adviser, 3:30 to 6 p.m. today at the NMSU Golf Course. All are welcome.

NMSU Dance Program presents family-friendly dance concert Aug. 1

The New Mexico State University Dance Program will present "Vivaldi Four Seasons," a dance concert for the entire family, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the NMSU Center for the Arts. This concert is the culminating event of the NMSU Dance Program?s summer dance institute for students ages 11 to 18. The concert will include Vivaldi?s "Four Seasons" and an original creation called "The Toy Box," with choreography by Debra Knapp, Ann Gavit, dance alumni and current dance majors.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children under 12, can be purchased at the NMSU dance office in room 204 of the Delamater Activity Center, 1600 Stewart St., by phone, at 575-646-4079, or at the door.

'Calling All Aggies' initiative needs more callers

NMSU?s "Calling All Aggies" initiative has succeeded in calling more than 1,700 students who were enrolled in the spring 2015 semester but have not yet registered for fall 2015.

We still have work to do to complete the initiative?s task. Student Information Management has provided the electronic tool for all faculty and staff to help with the calling. If you are not already approved to call, please request access to the link by sending your Aggie ID to sim@nmsu.edu. Once you are approved, you are given a PDF information packet to download providing step-by-step procedures.

If you are already approved, please make efforts to complete contacting our unenrolled students. The calls and emails are making a difference and the "Calling All Aggies" initiative thanks you very much.

For questions, contact Lisa Kirby at 575-646-1342 or lkirby@nmsu.edu.

NMSU to undergo credit card security compliance review

New Mexico State University will undergo Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) training to ensure compliance with PCI-DSS regulations. NMSU?s PCI-DSS compliance team, which is comprised of staff from NMSU?s controller?s office, treasury department, and ICT, has contracted with a banking industry-approved Qualified Security Assessor to review NMSU?s PCI-DSS compliance efforts during the week of Aug. 3 to 7.

The assessor will review NMSU?s processes, procedures, policies, training practices, as well as the various physical, computing systems and network safeguards that are currently in place at the university. Once the review has taken place, the assessor will recommend improvements that will help NMSU reach full compliance with PCI-DSS, which is required in order for NMSU to take credit card payments.

For more information, contact Carlos Lobato, NMSU IT Compliance Officer, at clobato@ad.nmsu.edu.

New Desert Harmony Singers and NMSU Contemporary Dance Theater present concert Aug. 15

The New Desert Harmony Singers will present "An Encore of Great American Music," along with the New Mexico State University Contemporary Dance Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at Atkinson Recital Hall in the NMSU Music Center on campus.

Tickets, at $10 are available by calling 575-646-1705 or 575-373-1816. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Move-In Day info tables available for departments and organizations

If you are interested in having an informational table on Move-In Day, Aug. 16, please email Jenn Montes at jdmontes@nmsu.edu with your department or organizational name.