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NMSU Hotline — August 24, 2015

NMSU College of Engineering partner in new bio-inspired NSF Geotechnical Engineering Research Center


The New Mexico State University College of Engineering is one of four partner universities in a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center to pioneer advances in geotechnical engineering that promise solutions to some of world?s biggest infrastructure development and environmental challenges.

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Campus Announcements

Fall Tuition Waiver deadline

The online Tuition Waiver submission process for Fall 2015 is currently available through Nov. 1.

Haven?t submitted your form but need to? Follow these instructions:
1. Login into MyNMSU at https://my.nmsu.edu/
2. Select the Employee tab from the menu.
3. In the Banner Self Services window in the center of the page, click the Employee hyperlink.
4. On the Employee page click the hyperlink for the waiver you would like to submit.
a. Select Tuition Waiver ? Employee/Spouse to submit a waiver for yourself or your spouse/domestic partner?s classes; or
b. Select Tuition Waiver ? Dependents to submit a waiver for your child.
5. Whenever a change is made to the student schedule, the tuition waiver must be re-submitted online to re-calculate taxability. The previous credit will be removed from the student account and re-applied when the waiver is re-submitted, and approved (if applicable), by the deadline.

Tuition Taxability:
Visit our taxability website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/other/tuition-tax/ to determine if your enrollment situation is taxable. All taxes will be assessed on the employee?s paycheck that is issued on Nov. 30. You will need to plan ahead to ensure budget accordingly.

If you need further assistance with this process, contact Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

Salon Discovery to be held Sept. 18

Discover the rich history and continued accomplishments of the Department of Astronomy at Salon Discovery?s fall gala event, ?NMSU Astromony: Clyde Tombaugh and Beyond? at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18, in Atkinson Recital Hall.

NMSU professors Nancy Chanover and James McAteer pilot your educational and entertaining journey, taking you from the department?s origins under Tombaugh to the fascinating work of today?s faculty. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions to our astronomy experts, enjoy live dance performances by NMSU?s award-winning student dance programs and stargaze at the after-party on the Horseshoe. There will also be light refreshments and spectacular views of space on large screens.

Salon Discovery provides the Las Cruces community with a showcase of the amazing accomplishments and expertise of NMSU faculty, staff and students in areas as diverse as science, music and dance. Tickets are on sale now.

For more information, go to SalonDiscovery.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-1420.

Environmental Webinar 'Peace, Conflict, and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape' to be held Tuesday

The opening webinar (first in a series of five), sponsored by NMSU Environmental Education Center and brought to you by ASU Global Security Initiative, will examine the security implications of climate risk. This session will address climate risk and security on all fronts from the risk assessment perspective (impacts on governance, economic vitality, national, regional and international security) to potential solutions (risk management, policy and technical). There will be four more webinars in the series so stay tuned.

The webinar will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, in the Environmental Education Center at Regents Row Room A116. Brown-bag lunch if you desire.

For more information contact joni newcomer, sustainability manager, at 575-646-7563 or newcomer@nmsu.edu.

NEWS22 Orientation to be held Aug. 25

Students interested in learning the ins and outs of a real television station news operation are invited to the News22 Orientation at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, in Milton Hall 112 (the News22 newsroom). Learn to be a TV reporter, anchor, producer, photographer, editor, all aspects of television news production for our live award-winning, student produced newscast. No experience necessary. There will be free pizza.

For more information contact Nick Miller at nickmil@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7349/3030.

Upcoming training sessions offered through CLPD

The Center for Learning & Professional Development would like to remind all student employees, faculty and staff of the 2015 Compliance Training Program. This required online training is due by Oct. 1, 2015. 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/.

CLPD is hosting the following training opportunities.

NMSU WordPress Template 2.0 ? Open Lab will be held Aug. 25 and 26. Visit the training calendar for more information - http://training.nmsu.edu/CLPD/training-calendar.php.

WordPress for Administrators will be held Aug. 25. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007394.

WEAVE Online Assessment System will be held Aug. 26. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007648.

Understanding Student Data Reports ? II (Cognos) will be held Aug. 27. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007124.

WordPress: Using GravityForms will be held Aug. 27. To register visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007397.

For more information, visit the training schedule at http://training.nmsu.edu/CLPD/training-calendar.php.

Student Employment Fair to be held Aug. 26

Looking for a regular student employment or work-study position this fall semester? Attend the Student Employment Fair from 11 am. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, in Corbett Center, First Floor, Aggie Lounge. Meet directly with employers and explore the many job openings for the 2015-2016 academic year. Bring copies of your resume.

For more information contact Career Services at 575-646-1631 or rbensley@nmsu.edu.

?Between Here and There? opens at NMSU University Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University opens its doors for its fall exhibition opening, ?Between Here and There,? at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3.

In this two-person exhibition, nationally renowned artists Paul Turounet and Terri Warpinski confront the complexities surrounding borders as junctions that designate the present and future for many migrants in transition, as well as the effects of these built boundaries on existing communities in border regions.

?With our close geographic proximity to the U.S./Mexico border, understanding immigration issues is essential to gaining a broader understanding of our area and our neighbors,? said Marisa Sage, director of the gallery, which is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. ?This exhibition poses the question: Are the arts capable of answering important questions related to the border, sparking critical thinking and problem solving for border issues, and igniting critical conversation in this area??


Fiscal Year 2016 Student Water Research Grant Program Request for Proposals

Proposals are due Sept. 11. The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for the Fiscal Year 2016 NM WRRI Student Water Research Grant Program. Funding for this program was made available through the New Mexico State Legislature. Awards support the training of New Mexico?s future water experts through grants to university students throughout the state for their water-related research projects. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.

These grants are intended to help students initiate research projects or to supplement existing student research projects in water resources research. Budgets may include, but are not limited to, expenditures for student salaries, supplies, sample analysis costs, field equipment, travel to field sites and travel to present results at professional meetings. Funds will not be approved for faculty salaries.

NM WRRI intends to fund eight awards statewide with each award no greater than $6,000 for the project period from Oct. 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Proposals are due Sept. 11. Proposal guidelines are available at the NM WRRI website at: http://nmwrri.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/guidelines.pdf.

If you have any questions, contact Catherine Ortega Klett at 575-646-1195 or email at coklett@nmsu.edu.

Southern NM Valley Fever and Norovirus Conference to be held Sept. 12

The Southern NM Valley Fever & Norovirus Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium. Registration is $5. Pay online or at the door. There will be a continental breakfast. Students are welcome.

Speakers include Paul Dulin (retired), director of the Office of Border Health, NM Department of Health, on Valley Fever and Julianna Ferreira, RN, MSN, MPH, NM Department of Health, on Norovirus. The event is hosted by the NM Environmental Health Association and NM Cooperative Extension.

Register at http://www.nmeha.org/event-1949810.

NMSU Library Organ Mountain note cards available

Whether you?ve grown up and love the Las Cruces treasure of the Organ Mountains, or want to share the unique vista with those in different corners of the world, the New Mexico State University Library now offers a set of 13 note cards highlighting various Organ Mountain images.

For $9, enjoy 13 photo note cards of the Organ Mountains. Photos range from historic shots from various NMSU Library Archive Collections and contemporary color photos from University Communications and Marketing Services. Photo descriptions are on the back of the cards, with the inside left blank for your messages. Celebrate the natural beauty that surrounds Las Cruces and a lasting monument in our community.

Those interested in purchasing the set of Organ Mountain note cards can come to the NMSU Library Administration Office on the second floor of the Zuhl Library on the NMSU Campus or contact Cassie McClure at cmcclure@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7492.

For more information: http://lib.nmsu.edu/sites/libnews/organ-mountains-note-cards-for-sale-now/.

English Department summer writing camps a success

Members of the English Department kept busy over the summer by offering two camps related to writing. LCPS writing teachers Gail Wheeler, of the CrossRoads program, and Amy Simpson of Arrowhead Early College High School, worked with English Department graduate students to lead ?Ink Spilling,? an NMSU Borderlands Writing Project camp for young writers in grades 7 through 12.

The writing camp drew 30 students for a week of writing activities and workshops. From June 22-26, local playwrights, novelists, poets and teachers also offered insights about writing in multiple genres. The ?Girlhood Remixed Technology Camp,? held July 27-31, was led by Ph.D. graduate student Jen England with English Department graduate student and faculty volunteers. Fourteen girls completed several projects, including selfie music mapping, 'zines, women-positive advertisements, computer games and a group music video.

For more information contact pwojahn@nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education course available

You might remember a little bit of French from high school, university or from a visit to France, when you had the opportunity to listen to and speak this beautiful language. The goal in the 12-hour French Review Course is to practice and improve your listening and speaking skills, and to clarify pertinent grammar rules important to the structure of the language. The class will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9-Oct. 14. The cost is $63.

For more information or to sign up, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

DACC Customized Training class offered

Spanish for the Construction Industry will be held online, and the 16-hour course cost $129. Designed for construction workers, contractors, foremen and anyone who works with Spanish-speaking employees and co-workers in the construction industry. Topics include construction equipment, supplies and materials, hardware, hand tools, power tools, painting plumbing and electrical, clean up and much more.

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