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NMSU Hotline — August 25, 2015

NMSU professor works toward eliminating blackouts


Sukumar Brahma, a professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University, is developing methods to produce more reliable and resilient delivery of electric power to end users.

Electric power grids often experience disturbances that are managed, controlled or eliminated by built-in system protection measures that have been developed through engineering studies and years of operational experience. Although these measures are in place, power grid systems are still vulnerable to certain disturbances that will cause the power grid to black out.

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Campus Announcements

Singers wanted for The NMSU Masterworks Chorus

The NMSU Masterworks Chorus begins another year of great music making. If you love to sing, haven't sung in a while, or are just looking for a great opportunity, come and audition for this choir. The auditions will held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, in the NMSU Music Building Room 103 (choir room). Prepare two minutes to sing or else a carol or familiar hymn tune will be provided for you.

The choir is made up of both community members and students. You won't regret getting involved in a choir as the benefits to your health are immeasurable.

For more information or to schedule a time, contact John Flanery at jflanery@nmsu.edu or 601-434-1977.

'TAKE A BREAK!' to be held Aug. 27

All NMSU employees are invited to the International Mall at Guthrie for ice cream and a cold drink from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27. The event is hosted by University Advancement in support of the 2015-16 Crimson Colleagues Faculty and Staff Campaign.

When faculty and staff donate to NMSU, they are a Crimson Colleague. Crimson Colleagues are investing in students through scholarships and other programs such as the Aggie Cupboard, the Pioneer Book Scholarship, Myrna?s Children?s Village and the Teaching Academy.

The generosity of NMSU?s faculty and staff resulted in over 800 donors and $352,000 in support to programs you love during the 2014-15 Faculty and Staff Campaign. Employees have demonstrated that we are a caring community that is transforming lives, providing much-needed support for scholarships, student services, projects and a host of other areas that need additional resources. Click http://advancing.nmsu.edu/facultystaff-main to learn more about the Crimson Colleagues.

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

Fall plant sale to be held Sept. 2

The Plant Sciences Graduate Student Organization will hold a fall plant sale from 8 to 11 a.m. Sept. 2, in the lobby of Gerald Thomas Hall. They are selling four packs of ?Gonzales? and 'Cairo? Cabbage, 'Graffiti' and 'Candid Charm' cauliflower, ?PackMan? broccoli, ?Dwarf Siberian,? 'Red Russian,' and 'Lacinato' Kale, 'Bright Lights' Swiss Chard, and ?Joi Choi? bak (pac) choi Chinese cabbage. The cost is $2 per four pack of plants. The profits from these sales will go toward helping fund graduate student travel to professional meetings.

Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research 2015 Conference to be held Sept. 11

Register now for the Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research (SWIHDR) 2015 Conference: Academic-Community Partnerships to Address Health Disparities in the Border Region. Find the registration link, the most current conference agenda, and the breakout session details at their website http://health.nmsu.edu/swihdr/2015-swihdr-conference/

This conference will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in the Pete V. Domenici Hall, Yates Theater. This conference is free and open to the public and the entire NMSU community. They look forward to seeing you there.

For more information email Anna Martin at aemartin@nmsu.edu.

2015 NMSU Community College Round Up Oct. 2-3 at NMSU Grants

Submit a proposal and register now. Join colleagues in sharing your ?Best Practices? at the 2015 NMSU Community College Round Up Oct. 2-3 at NMSU Grants. The two days will be filled with presentations and break-out sessions, with time to enjoy fall colors, great food and local entertainment. Registration is $80 and includes a Friday evening dining experience at the Acoma Sky City Hotel and Conference Center.

For more information contact Harry Sheski at 505-287-6641 or hsheski@nmsu.edu. Details can be found at the following link: http://grants.nmsu.edu/?s=Round+Up.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Courage in the Face of Fear and Anxiety, students will learn how to break these cycles that allows them the possibility to move into higher awareness and enrich their life. Practical techniques for dissolving our fears and anxieties will be revealed and practiced. Tools for building our trust, courage and creativity will be disclosed. Fear, worry and anxiety are exhausting and unproductive. The class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 12. The cost is $21.

In the DACC Community Education course, Wrap Any Stone, using only two wires, learn how to wire wrap any odd-shaped, tumbled stone into a beautiful pendant. Your pendant will be completed within the time frame of the course?and you can wear it home. The class will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. The cost is $21.

Certificate in Non-Profit Administration: Non-profits today need to be run like a business in many respects. You have competition, a need to generate income and a surplus, and staff needs to be even more productive. Get the best training on revenue generation and program evaluation for non-profits, with our Certificate in Non-Profit Administration. You will come away with the latest and best information from instructors who train people in non-profits.

Reduced package price of $598 includes the two courses required for this certificate:
? Revenue Generation for Non?Profits and
? Program Evaluation for Non?Profit Professionals

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

#NMSUSummerDiscovery: NMSU Study Abroad program to host Instagram photo contest

New Mexico State University students can share photos of their summer experiences on Instagram this week and become eligible to win bookstore gift certificates.

NMSU?s Office of Education Abroad is hosting the contest, which began Friday, through the end of the month. The top five participants with the most likes will be eligible to win a $50 or $25 gift certificate to the Barnes & Noble NMSU bookstore.

?The Office of Education Abroad is delighted to be participating in the #NMSUSummerDiscovery hashtag campaign,? said Kristian Chervenock, director of NMSU?s Office of Education Abroad. ?Annually, more than 400 NMSU students participate in study, internship, research and community services programs abroad. The Instagram campaign is a natural way for our study abroad alumni, as well as those that are currently abroad, to share their experiences abroad with friends, family back home.?


NMSU joins state agencies in Four Corners emergency response to Gold King Mine spill

When three million gallons of mining sludge from the Gold King Mine site at Silverton, Colorado, flowed downriver in the Animas and San Juan rivers, area emergency response teams jumped into action.

As the plume worked its way through the Four Corners region of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico State Engineer?s office personnel addressed the short- and long-term impacts of heavy metal contamination of river water and soil along the contaminated rivers.

?There are three stages of an incident,? said Jeff Witte, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture. ?The incident, the emergency response and the recovery.?


New NMSU undergraduate center boasts newest technology, student-friendly areas

Gone are the days when students at New Mexico State University had to wait out in the sun, snow or rain for classes at Hardman Hall and Jacobs Hall, or made due without cellphone service and with a weak Wi-Fi signal once inside.

In place of both buildings stands the newly-renovated Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, which boasts classrooms outfitted with the latest learning technologies and high-speed Wi-Fi, and comfortable areas where students can wait for classes, study or work on projects.

Although construction inside and outside of the building is ongoing, the north side of building has a temporary certificate of occupancy that allowed for classes to begin on schedule Wednesday, the first day of the fall semester.

?Construction crews have been working steadily to make this happen, and they will continue to work in the building to complete the south portion where (Information & Communication Technologies) will be,? said Greg Walke, university architect and campus planning officer for NMSU. ?Exterior work will continue through the fall, especially in the area of McFie Circle on the east side of the building, where the first phase of a major new campus green space will be constructed.?