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NMSU Hotline — July 29, 2015

NMSU invests in students, community-engagement programs


In the past year, New Mexico State University has invested $750,000 in various programs that focus on academics, research, community engagement and other goals outlined in Vision 2020, the university?s strategic plan. Since that time, those programs have not only met their objectives, but have also earned nearly $3 million in additional external funds.

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Campus Announcements

?Studio G Networking Hour: Competitive Advantage? to be held today

"Studio G Networking Hour" will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today, at Studio G, located at 1620 Standley Dr., Academic Research Building A. Studio G Networking Hour is a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. This week?s presentation is about strategies for building a competitive advantage for your business. A competitive advantage is the key to building a sustainable and profitable enterprise. Join them to learn more.

Studio G helps Aggies start businesses.

For more information visit studiog.nmsu.edu.

Roast beef, chicken and more featured at this week?s Bistro buffet

Enjoy a Brazilian BBQ Buffet featuring tender roast beef with chimichurri, Brazilian chicken in coconut milk, Rio de Janeiro rice pilaf, grilled vegetables with red peppers, tropical fruit salad, green salad with hearts of palm in mango vinaigrette, brigadeiro (chocolate sprinkled bon bons) and a non-alcoholic drink for just $10.99 plus tax 11 a.m.?2 p.m. today, at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. This public restaurant overlooks Aggie Memorial Stadium inside NMSU?s Stan Fulton Athletics Center located at the corner of Wells Street and Arrowhead Drive. Free public parking is available.

Call 575-646-4763 for reservations and join the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/838568949561596/ for a Facebook reminder.

Kid's Football Clinic and Aggie Fan Fest to be held Saturday

The NM State Athletic Department will host the inaugural Fan Fest, including a football kid?s clinic, on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Aggie Memorial Stadium. The event is free to the public.

The day will begin with a free Kid?s Clinic hosted by the NM State football coaching staff. The clinic is open to children ages 5-12 years old. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. and the clinic will be from 9-10:30 a.m. To register for the clinic, visit http://www.nmstatesports.com/quest/Questionaire.dbml?SPSID=9966&SPID=602&&QID=318921&DB_OEM_ID=1900.

The Fan Fest will begin at 11 a.m. and will include a Kid?s Zone with inflatable slides and a bounce house, free carnival games and an open concession stand. Fans will also be able to have their picture taken with any of with the seven WAC Championship Trophies, the Commissioner?s Cup and an inflatable helmet.

There will be free NM State football posters and select players will be available during the event to sign autographs. Additionally, the athletic department will be providing tours of NM State football facilities, and fans will also be allowed to play on the field at Aggie Memorial. Fans interested in season tickets will also have the opportunity to try out different seats in the stadium and visit with ticketing personnel.

For more information, visit NMStateSports.com or contact the athletics marketing department by calling 575-646-5348.

NMSU Dance Program to host performances of ?Vivaldi?s Four Seasons,? ?The Toy Box?

The New Mexico State University Dance Program will showcase the talent of its summer dance institute students during two performances this weekend at the NMSU Center for the Arts.

The program will present performances of ?Vivaldi?s Four Seasons? and an original creation, ?The Toy Box,? which features choreography by dance director Debra Knapp, Contemporary Dance Theater director Ann Gavit, dance alumni and current dance majors. Performances will be at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University.

The dance concert is the culminating event of the dance program?s summer dance institute for students ages 11-18, Knapp said.


NMSU to undergo credit card security compliance review

In order to ensure that NMSU is in compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) requirements, 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 and logical (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.

FSA-RMR office information session and PCard receipt destruction training to be held Aug. 11

The FSA Records Management and Retention (RMR) office will conduct an information session from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, in the Senate Chamber Room 302, in Corbett Center. Learn about NMSU records, retention requirements, PCard receipt destruction and more. A Go-To Meeting for our out-of-town users, who are unable to attend our session at the Las Cruces campus, will be offered at the same time as our live session. If you need assistance for the Go-To Meeting, contact RMR at 575-646-8324.

For more information or to register visit http://rmr.nmsu.edu/training.

NMSU TRiO Student Support Services Program receives nearly $2 million in funding

The U.S. Department of Education has recently awarded a five-year grant for $1,952,315 to the New Mexico State University TRiO Student Support Services Program.

NMSU first received funding for this program in 1971. The goals of Student Support Services are to increase the retention and graduation rates of first generation students, low-income students and students with a disability. NMSU TRiO SSS participants receive a variety of academic success and social support services to assist with the transition to the university. The program supports 350 participants every year.

?Adjustments to the academic rigor of a research university and to college life can be overwhelming,? said Tony Marin, director of Student Affairs and the principal investigator of the program. ?The uniqueness of this program includes mentoring and tutoring components centered on a peer model, which has proven to be effective in assisting program participants to persist and graduate from New Mexico State.?


NMSU to offer professional engineer exam review for electric power professionals

The New Mexico State University Engineering New Mexico Resource Network and the Electric Utility Management Program are presenting a professional engineer exam review to help electric power professionals prepare for the exam. The course is scheduled for Sept. 21-22 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The course will provide a detailed review of electric circuits and modeling fundamentals and the presentation of modern power-system analysis techniques, coupled with discussion and solution of a number of problems similar to those seen on past exams. The class also will offer an introduction to engineering ethics. This course is recommended for experienced engineers wishing to expand their knowledge of electric power system fundamentals, those who are planning to take the professional engineer exam and early career power engineers.