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NMSU Hotline — August 14, 2015

NMSU Innovation Fellow participates in White House Demo Day


The wide-ranging talents of innovators from across the country were showcased last week at the first-ever White House Demo Day. Innovators from around the country joined President Barak Obama to demo their individual success stories and show why every American should have the opportunity to pursue bold, game-changing ideas. Among those invited to participate in the event was New Mexico State University electrical engineering Ph.D. candidate Shanta Thoutam, also a University Innovation Fellow.

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Campus Announcements

Housing & Residential Life informational tabling space available

Tabling Spaces is still available for Move-In Day, Sunday, Aug. 16, for NMSU departments and organizations whose services have a direct impact on incoming housing students. Housing and Campus Life will provide one table, two chairs and a tent (if needed) for each unit. You must be able to commit to being present from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16.

Also, still in need of volunteers to help students move-in.

For more information contact Jenn Montes at jdmontes@nmsu.edu.

Students invited to VIP Block Party for fun and prizes

NMSU Auxiliary Services will host a Student VIP Block Party from 8 p.m. ? midnight Monday, Aug. 17, at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café parking lot in Las Cruces. The store will open until midnight with giveaways for the first 200 students. Contests for other items will take place throughout the night, including chances to win free NMSU ?Share Your Summer? T-shirts.

Other Auxiliary departments including Housing & Residential Life, Transportation & Parking Services, Pan American Center Special Events, Golf Course, Corbett Center Student Union, Conference Services and Sodexo Campus Dining will host activities in the parking lot. Activities include, but are not limited to, putting, giant Jenga, food-eating contests and Coca-Cola beverage samples. Country music line dancing will be hosted by NMSU?s student radio station, KRUX.

Join the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1636403143268908/ for updates and reminders and visit http://aux.nmsu.edu/ for more information regarding all of NMSU?s Auxiliary Services.

Volunteers needed for 'Ask Me! Where?s My Class?' tables during Aggie Welcome and Orientation Week

As a part of Aggie Welcome and Orientation Week, there will be "Ask Me! Where's My Class?" tables at six different locations across campus from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, and Thursday, Aug. 20 (broken down into one-hour shifts for both days). Volunteers are needed to help guide new Aggies in the right direction. Two individuals per shift are needed to staff the tables. Faculty, staff and student employees are encouraged to volunteer.

Supplies will be provided by the Aggie Welcome and Orientation program.

For more information, contact Angela Bates at aarvizo@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-1722.

Taco Thursdays return to The Player?s Grill

Beginning Aug. 20, 60-cent tacos return to The Player?s Grill public restaurant located inside the NMSU Golf Course Club House. Just purchase any beverage (water not included) and all of your tacos will be 60 cents each from 3-7 p.m. every Thursday. Drink specials will also be available during this time. The Player?s Grill is located at 3000 Herb Wimberly Dr. in Las Cruces.

Call 575-646-2457 or visit http://www.nmsugolf.com/barandgrill/ for more information and join the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/655267557941076/ for updates and reminders.

Deadline to switch Meal Plans is Aug. 28

NMSU Meal Plan subscribers interested in making changes to their plan may do so until Friday, Aug. 28. You may view your other options online at http://idcard.nmsu.edu/student-meal-plans/, however you will need to contact ID Card Services at chbarela@nmsu.edu or stop by ID Card Services Office on the first floor of Corbett Center Student Union between 8 a.m.?4:30 p.m. if you wish to make a change.

New NMSU Library homepage launches new website design

On Friday, Aug. 14, the NMSU Library will unveil its new website design. This is a soft roll out, with the main homepage having a great new look, as well some of the second level pages. Some interior pages will still have the old design, but these pages will be changed gradually over time, with much more to come in content and accessibility. The NMSU Library homepage will have a black feedback button and we welcome input and suggestions.

For more information contact Cassie McClure at cmcclure@nmsu.edu at 575-646-7492.

New Aggie items available at Barnes & Noble at NMSU

Time to freshen up your Aggie gear with all new NMSU football shirts, rivalry shirts, helmets and tailgate tents. Load up at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces and view a photo of some of these hot new items at https://instagram.com/p/6WEzFyJRhP/?taken-by=nmsuinsider. Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. and provides free parking in designated spaces.

For more information call 575-646-4431.

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 575-646-1342.

Fall 2015 Community Education course catalog now available

Have an interest in making pottery or Christmas tree earrings? How about social media, 3D graphics or genealogy? Tai chi, guitar or piano anyone? There are lots of new offerings this semester. These courses and many more are available in the fall 2015 DACC Community Education course catalog which can be viewed at http://dacc.nmsu.edu/comed/documents/ComEd-Catalog-Fall-2015.pdf.

For more information, contact 575-527-7527 or commed@dacc.nmsu.edu.

DACC Customized Training class offered

SHRM Learning System will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27-Nov. 19. The cost is $960. Are you ready for the NEW SHRM HR certification exams? If not, join this 12-week certification preparation course for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP examinations featuring the number one tool necessary to master the bodies of knowledge. The tool includes The SHRM Learning System, access to the Online Resource Center, more than 1,500 practice questions, electronic flashcards and two post-tests. Can?t make it to class? Join other professionals in this interactive and dynamic in-person classroom environment or via a synchronous online environment. Simulations, quizzes and more as you prepare to sit for the exam.

For more information, contact 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.

NMSU researchers examine adult day services in New Mexico

Donna Wagner, dean of the College of Health and Social Services and Joe Tomaka, associate dean and director of the New Mexico State University Survey Research and Program Evaluation Center, conducted a study of adult day services in New Mexico for the Aging and Long-Term Services Department of New Mexico. Their study found that many of the 27 licensed adult day programs in the state were begun in response to community demand and were providing important support for older adults in the community as a result.

Adult day services provide a critical piece of the long-term services and support available to adults in need of assistance because of physical or mental conditions. They are an important component to the array of home and community-based services that assist older adults to remain living in the community.

?The Department of Aging and Long-Term Services commissioned the study in order to examine options that would strengthen this important component of the home and community based services available to New Mexican elders,? Wagner said.