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NMSU Hotline — September 2, 2015

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Campus Announcements

Emergency notification system test to be conducted today

Today, Sept. 2, NMSU will conduct a test of the university's emergency notification system.

If you have registered to receive emergency notifications, an emergency test message will be sent to you. Depending on which notification method you selected, you will receive an emergency test text message, university email/personal email, and/or cell phone/standard telephone (land line) recorded message. No response to the test message is necessary. Simultaneously, NMSU will also be conducting a test of the Las Cruces Campus Outdoor Weather Warning Siren system, which is used in case of a severe weather emergency like a tornado or dangerous hail storm. In addition, several of the digital signs are now integrated with Emergency Notification System and will also be activated for this test.

Registering Your Emergency Notification Information

If you have not already registered to receive emergency notifications, please do so as soon as possible at http://emergency.nmsu.edu. With the exception of your university email address, which is automatically populated by NMSU central systems, you must enter all other contact information. Please do not list the same number in multiple fields, doing so can result in multiple notifications. Please select the campus or campuses for which you wish to receive notifications.

Updating and Verifying Your Emergency Notification Information

Please take a little time to update and verify your contact information prior to the test at http://emergency.nmsu.edu. Please do not list the same number in multiple fields, doing so can result in multiple notifications. Please select the campus or campuses for which you wish to receive notifications.

Things to keep in mind

1) After receiving an emergency test message, visit www.nmsu.edu. This is where more information will be provided in the event of an actual emergency and will also be activated for this test.

2) Please do not call 911 for additional information.

3) Do call 911 if you are reporting an emergency not related to the test.

4) Messages are purposefully brief so people can receive them via text message.

Questions or Comments

Contact Norma Grijalva at norma@nmsu.edu, if you have any questions or comments regarding this notice. You may also contact the Emergency Planning Committee with any questions, concerns or suggestions at emergencynotification@nmsu.edu.

Student Success Center workshop to be held today

College Survival: Basic Training for Students will be held at 2:30 p.m. today, in Zuhl Library Conference Room 225 second floor. New to the whole college scene? Not so new but unsure what it takes to be a successful student? Come and learn valuable information about transitioning to college life. Become aware and avoid common pitfalls college students face.

For more information contact David Melendez at himitsu@nmsu.edu, 575-646-1020 or visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu.

Welcome home Aggies event to be held Thursday

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management invite all Aggies to join them in welcoming all students to the fall 2015 semester for some fun, food, live entertainment and raffles from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, on the lawn at Gerald Thomas Hall. All participants are asked to bring a canned food item to support the Roadrunner Food Bank and receive your free ticket for the raffles taking place throughout the event. Food trucks will be offering a special $5 meal deal for this event. Student organizations will also host game booths. The live music begins at 6 p.m., with remarks by NMSU President Garrey Carruthers and other dignitaries taking place beforehand.

If you have any questions regarding this event, you may contact Daniel Smead at 575-646-6308 or Shannon Norris at 575-646-5852.

DACC Financial Literacy workshops to be held in September

DACC Financial Literacy Workshops for the month of September will be?Student Loans & Disbursement Refunds." Did you borrow more than you needed? What should you use your refund for? When do you need to start paying back your loans?

The workshops will be held:

Tuesday, Sept. 8: 11 a.m. Central Campus DAMA 114-ACR
Tuesday, Sept, 15: 11 a.m. East Mesa Campus DASR 232
Thursday, Sept. 17: 3 p.m. East Mesa Campus DASR 232
Thursday, Sept. 24: 11 a.m. Sunland Park Campus Room 120

For more information contact DACC Financial Aid Outreach Adviser Melanie at 575-528-7296 or melaniet@nmsu.edu.

Retirement planning webinars to be offered

?Tax Advantaged Strategies? will be presented by Micah Handell, a representative of AXA Advisors via Adobe Connect from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. This webinar provides tax-saving strategies through investing for retirement as well as the opportunity to ask questions online during the live presentation.

From 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, ?Cash Management? will be presented by Michael Lager, a representative of Valic via Adobe Connect. This webinar will demonstrate how to effectively manage your money to save for retirement and will give participants the opportunity to ask questions online during the live presentation.

The links for each Adobe Connect session will be available at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retire/voluntary/. A recording of both presentations will be posted on that site following the presentation for those employees not able to join the live webinar.

For questions about your benefits, contact Benefit Services at benefits@nmsu.edu or 575-646-8000. If you experience problems or need assistance attending a live broadcast, contact the Center for Learning & Professional Development at 575-646-5462 or training@nmsu.edu.

Instructional Innovation and Quality open house to be held Sept. 10

Faculty and staff are invited to the Instructional Innovation and Quality (IIQ) Open House from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in Milton Hall Rooms 59, 81 and 185. Stop by and find out who they are and what they do. Refreshments will be served.

For more information visit http://instruction.nmsu.edu.

Limited team registrations remain for Rootin? Tootin? Rib Cook-off benefiting the NMSU College of ACES

Don't miss your chance. Get your team together and sign up for this year?s Rootin? Tootin? Rib Cook-off. The event will be held Oct. 10, at the Mesilla Valley Maze in Las Cruces and benefits the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Team packets and registration forms are now available for download at www.mesillavalleymaze.com.

First NMSU Employee and Family tailgate to be held Sept. 12

All NMSU employees (from all campuses) and their families are invited to attend the tailgate from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, on the south side of the Educational Services Center (near the Duck Pond) for the football game with Georgia State. Employee Council and their sponsors have made game tickets available to those employees who do not currently have season tickets and wish to attend this game. Employees can secure up to four tickets by visiting the Employee Council website listed below and complete the request.


The tickets are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis. These tickets when requested through the website prior to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 will be distributed at the tailgate in a will call format with staff ID or driver?s license needed to pick up the tickets.

There will be activities for the kids, giveaways, music, light food, drinks and most importantly good times and conversations with fellow employees and their families at this family-centered event. Come join us, support your Aggies, and get your family out to the game. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs or pop up canopies, but we will have some seating and tables as well.

This event is sponsored by Employee Council, the President?s Office, University Advancement, Athletics, Provost?s Office, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, College of Education, College of Business, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering and the Honors College.

Fresh flower sales begin today

The NMSU Floral team and Hort 240 floral design students will have fresh flower sales each Wednesday of the fall semester, beginning today. Sales will be help from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the lobby of Gerald Thomas Hall. Customers can bring their own vase, or choose from a variety of pre-made arrangements. All proceeds benefit the NMSU Floral team.

For more information, contact Sabine Green AIFD at swhitley@nmsu.edu.

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.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Get Ready to Write Your First Book, you have ideas and you know you can put them on paper in such a way that readers will not want to put your book down. Except, when you sit down to write, all your ideas vanish. If you could use an easy tool that helps you to defeat writer's block or even a fear of that blank page, you would grab it with both hands. How about using writing prompts? This is an easy way of "warming your brain up" before you begin writing. Students can bring a personal laptop to class meetings. The class will be held from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14-Oct. 19. The cost is $39.

In the DACC Community Education course, Pearl Knotting, enjoy learning the history, value and types of pearls while creating an heirloom-quality, knotted pearl necklace using a simple method. Leave this course with your own set of pearls. The class will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. The cost is $21.

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

DACC Customized Training classes offered

Spanish for Firefighters is a 16-hour online course. The cost is $129. Designed for firefighters and emergency responders during a fire situation wanting to communicate with the Spanish-speaking public. Topics include firefighter vocabulary and phrases, firefighter questions, fire and life safety inspections, water emergencies, interview phrases and more.

Introduction to MS Outlook 2010 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. The cost is $139. Learn how to manage your email and work with contacts and contact groups in this interactive workshop. Practice the task management tool. Set up and manage meetings. Create and send appointments. A must for any business professional.

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

NMSU to conduct bag searches at Aggie Memorial Stadium, other events this fall

New Mexico State University will begin checking bags for prohibited items at all NMSU football games, as well as at other major events on the Las Cruces campus.

The bag checks will look for illegal items, to include explosives, firearms and other weapons. Other prohibited items found during the bag checks, including alcohol, will also be subject to confiscation.

Bag checks have become standard at event facilities across the United States during recent years as venue operators have worked to help ensure a safe environment for fans. NMSU will not go to the same extremes as some facilities, though. For example, some professional sports venues require individuals to place everything in a clear plastic bag. NMSU will still allow normal bags such as purses and diaper bags.


New department heads assume leadership roles in NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences

As New Mexico State University rings in the new academic year, the College of Arts and Sciences welcomes five fresh faces as department heads.

These academics will spearhead departmental initiatives from a variety of disciplines: theatre arts, history, creative media, criminal justice and interdisciplinary studies.

?I am confident this dynamic group of leaders will work with our outstanding faculty to continue our student-centered focus and build on our successes in the College of Arts and Sciences,? said Christa Slaton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.