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NMSU Hotline — July 27, 2015

Cooper?s Hawk abundance gives NMSU researcher insight on other raptor biology

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Now fairly common in urban areas, the Cooper?s hawk has swooped in on Albuquerque and is capitalizing on the abundant dove population. Researchers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish close in on an active five-year study to gain insight on the biology of this raptor.

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Campus Announcements

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.

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

New Employee Orientation will be held Aug. 3. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007062.

Managing Your Performance Evaluation will be held Aug. 4. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007690.

Hiring using the Post Job Completion EPAF will be held Aug. 5. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007477.

Hiring Student Employees using the EPAF System will be held Aug. 5. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007554.

Fire Extinguisher Training will be held Aug. 5. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006072.

Student Data Reporting in Cognos will be held Aug. 5. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007078.

WordPress for Administrators will be held Aug. 6. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007393.

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

Retirement set for July 31

ICT is delighted and disheartened to announce the retirement of Scott and Elizabeth (Liz) Archer effective July 31. Scott and Liz have been an integral part of NMSU and ICT for the last 27 and 25 years respectively.

Liz's work in the ICT Data Center & Access Control department has been a vital component of the nightly processing of NMSU's most important data as well as playing an important role in making sure security access is processed quickly and accurately. Scott's work in the Systems Administration department has kept all the various incarnations of our central servers (from the mainframe to the current Banner servers and UC4) alive and healthy.

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

Kids Football Clinic and Aggie Fan Fest to be held Aug. 1

NMSU football will host a free kids football clinic Saturday, Aug. 1, at Aggie Memorial Stadium lead by Head Coach Doug Martin and his staff. Sign up kids grades from kindergarten to 8th grade online at http://www.nmstatesports.com/quest/Questionaire.dbml?&QID=318921&DB_OEM_ID=1900. Check-in for the clinic will begin at 8 a.m. The clinic will start promptly at 9 a.m. and will finish around 11 a.m.

Following the clinic will be a free Aggie fan fest. This is open to the general public and will feature inflatable jumping balloons, live music, carnival games and concessions. Additionally, fans can check out available season tickets at the same time.

For more information, call Athletic Marketing at 575-646-5348 or visit NMStateSports.com and click on the football tab.

NMSU to host annual pueblo, community agricultural conference

Beekeeping, spring vegetable production and basic organic certification will be the topics of presentations at the New Mexico Pueblo and Community Agriculture Conference on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the Route 66 Casino and Hotel west of Albuquerque on Interstate 40.

New Mexico State University?s Southern Pueblo Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program will host the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

?This conference includes a new array of workshops including a special presentation on beekeeping,? said Joseph Garcia, NMSU Extension agricultural agent. ?Producers will gain helpful information on the current programs provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service.?

Presentations will be made on basics of organic certification, fundamentals of beekeeping and extending seasons with hoop houses and spring vegetable productions. Updates will be made by the New Mexico Livestock Board and USDA agencies.

Educational booths from various agencies and programs will provide information.


NMSU-Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center partnership call for proposals

Funds are available for three levels of collaborative research: pre-pilot, pilot and full projects. The goal of the NMSU/FHCRC partnership is to continue to build upon increasing cancer research capacity at NMSU and to increase knowledge and attention to cancer-related health disparities at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Letter of Intent is due Dec. 1. Proposals are due Jan. 25 and the start date is September 2016.

Download RFA and proposal application forms at: http://cancer.nmsu.edu.

For more information contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.

NMHEAR 2016 will be held Feb. 25-26

The New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention 2016 Conference will be held Feb. 25-26, at the Hotel Albuquerque. The theme is ?Using Assessment Outcomes to Inform Campus Decisions.?

Mark Milliron will be the guest speaker/presenter. Milliron is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, an organization committed to helping students learn well and finish strong on education journeys. An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, he has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. In previous roles, Mark served as the founding chancellor of WGU Texas; Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Endowed Fellow and Director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS; and President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.

Conference: $85 (11:30 a.m. Feb. 25 through noon Feb. 27)
Pre-Conference: $60 (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25)
Post-Conference: $40 (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Feb. 26)

For more information contact Shelly Stovall at sstovall@nmsu.edu or at 646-5095.

QuickConnect Early Alert

QuickConnect (QC) Early Alert and Intervention is a faculty driven referral system that focuses mostly on new first year students. They are gearing up for an active fall semester and seeking volunteer Responders. The program relies solely on faculty and staff volunteers who take the time to contact students and then assist the student in utilizing the multiple resources available to promote their success. NMSU?s retention goal for our new incoming class is 80 percent. QC Early Alert is one of the retention initiatives in place to assist in meeting that goal. All volunteer Responders participate in a training focusing on FERPA rights, accessing student resources, and utilizing intervention strategies.

If you are interested in being a QuickConnect Responder, contact Lisa Kirby at lkirby@nmsu.edu or 646-1342.

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.

New Mexico 4-Hers Compete at National Competitions

Twenty-one 4-H?ers from across the state represented New Mexico at the 2015 4-H Shooting Sports National Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska, on June 21-26. Over 625 individuals from over 32 states competed.

The national competition encompasses a variety of disciplines, including archery, muzzle loading, air rifle, rifle, air pistol, pistol, shotgun, and hunting skills.

New Mexico was well represented. Individual and team winners were: Archery Compound team from San Juan County overall, 8th place: Bradley Canion, Clint Valerio, Douglas Hood, and Alec Budd. Bradley Canion was 12th high individual only 15 points behind first.

Hunting Skills team from Dona Ana County overall, 2nd: Dakota Tharp, Trevor Wax, Justin Butt, and Justus Brown. Trevor was 6th high individual, Justus was 7th high, Dakota was 11th high, and Justin was 13th.

Muzzleloading team from Taos County overall, 10th: Wade Roberts, Damian Romo, Antonio Romo, and Jacob Torres. Antonio was 16th high individual.

Small-bore Pistol team from Curry County overall, 13th: Garrett Baldock, Morgan Wade, and Halie Perkins.

Small-bore Rifle team from Valencia County overall, 3rd: Devlon Shaver, Emily Fitzgerald, and Michael Dietz. Emily was 8th high individual and Michael was 12th high individual.

Shotgun team from San Juan County overall, 15th: Rory Eavenson, Camron Martinez, and Racine Eavenson.

The goal of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program is youth development. Through participation in firearm safety training and shooting sports activities, young men and women are given the opportunity to learn responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and other qualities critical to the development of productive citizens.

4-H Shooting Sports is a national program with over 300,000 young people taking part, thus making it one of the largest shooting education programs in the United States. New Mexico 4-H Shooting Sports continues to grow in popularity with archery and rifle as the projects taken throughout the state.