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NMSU Hotline — September 21, 2015

NMSU College of Education professor part of research team in $55.5 million NSF grant

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Susan Brown, associate professor and director of the STEM Outreach Center at New Mexico State University?s College of Education, is a member of a leadership team that will research nature-inspired soil engineering as part of a $55.5 million National Science Foundation grant.

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Campus Announcements

Annual compliance training deadline is Oct. 1

As of last week, 57 percent of all NMSU employees have completed their annual compliance training. Good job, Aggies, but we have some more work to do.

This year?s mandated training covers aspects of your rights and responsibilities as an employee, including what constitutes a conflict of interest, your right to a drug-free workplace, preventing harassment, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), improving data security and more. All faculty and staff (including student employees) must complete all of the seven training modules (including FMLA). The deadline for completion is Oct. 1.

You can complete your training or check if your training is complete at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu.

Employee Council Forum set for Sept. 22 to cover Deloitte study

All employees at NMSU?s Las Cruces campus are invited to an Employee Council Forum at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Corbett Center Auditorium.

The forum will review the findings and recommendations of the recent Deloitte report, which was commissioned to analyze staffing levels and to provide recommendations for aligning resources with the university?s core mission and strategic plan, Vision 2020. During the forum, NMSU President Garrey Carruthers will present the results of the study, and review the next steps for the university.

Because the Corbett Center Auditorium has a capacity of 280, and leaders are unsure how many people to expect, an online registration form has been created at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000008129.

Employees who cannot attend in person are invited to join a webcast of the forum at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=57db72d5-dd99-4289-90ea-61f8f0a1cced. Webcast viewers will have the same opportunities to ask questions.

Football and wings Monday night at Corbett Center

The Corbett Center Student Union Aggie Lounge will show Monday Night Football once again on Sept. 21 on its giant quad-screen with discounted wings next door at CCSU Food Court?s Gila Grill. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m., so get your wings, grab and seat and get ready for some football.

For more information contact Kherna17@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2582.

Bodacious Burgers for a limited time at Taos Restaurant

Burgers with an attitude is all we serve, cooked to perfection, and crowned with your favorite toppings and sides. Bodacious Burgers are coming to Taos Restaurant from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. This special premium menu is available for one meal plan swipe plus $5; or $13.09 plus tax for guests without a meal plan. Aggie Dining Dollars are always accepted at Taos.

For more information on Bodacious Burgers at Taos Restaurant, visit http://on.fb.me/1iohRxV or call 575-646-1749.

Sodexo Campus Dining at New Mexico State University can be reached at 575-646-4801, online at http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.net or follow us on Facebook and Twitter at NMSUDining.

Free dance lessons with NMSU DanceSport

Learn to dance the best ballroom, Latin, swing and nightclub dances. Every Tuesday night beginging at 7p.m. at Arrowhead Park Early College High School, 3600 Arrowhead Dr. This week will include level one foxtrot lesson with Damon Harrison at 7 p.m. This class is free. Level two salsa lesson with Cindy Moreno will be held at 8:15 p.m. This class is only $5. No partner or dance experience is necessary. All levels and ages welcome. Bring friends and/or family to share the experience.

For more information contact dancesport@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5704 and like them on Facebook at NMSU DanceSport.

Southern Buffet to be served Wednesday

Treat yourself to sweet and savory Southern comfort food with the Southern Buffet, available for $11.99 plus tax from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. This special buffet will feature chicken strips and popcorn chicken, pork chops, mashed potatoes with gravy, classic mac ?n cheese and peach shortcake. Buffet price includes access to this all-you-care-to-eat buffet and a non-alcoholic beverage.

The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club is located in the Stan Fulton Athletic Center, right next to Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Call 575-646-4763 for reservations or visit http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com for more information.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium to be held Thursday

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium by William A. Maio will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, Room 153. This is a pre-tenure talk titled "Synthetic Adventures in the Maio Laboratory 2010-2015.? Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk. Coffee will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

2015 Graduate and Professional School Fair and Workshop Series set for next week

The 17th annual Graduate & Professional School Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Corbett Center Student Union, third floor ballrooms. It?s never too early to consider graduate school. More than 65 graduate and professional school programs will be visiting NMSU during the 17th annual Graduate & Professional School Fair. Meet and greet with recruiters from across the country and learn about their admissions requirements, programs and research opportunities.

In addition to the fair, a series of workshops will be offered to assist with all aspects of preparing for graduate or professional school: the application process, personal statements, CVs and much more. Join us to explore your options after your NMSU graduation. The Graduate & Professional School Workshop Series will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Corbett Center Student Union, Senate Chambers.

Preparing for Graduate School, Freshmen and Beyond presented by April Huddleston, recruitment specialist, Emporia State University Graduate School, will be held from 8 to 9 a.m.

Writing a Personal Statement presented by Karen Popp, graduate school student services coordinator, Portland State University, Office of Graduate Studies, will be held from 9 to 10 a.m.

Crafting a Graduate School Application presented Caiden Marcus, admissions counselor, National College of Natural Medicine, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m.

Creating a Curriculum Vitae presented by Christina Abreo, assistant director of graduate recruitment and diversity programs, University of Arkansas, Graduate School will be held from 1 to 2 p.m.

Choosing a Graduate School presented by Emmanuel Watkins, graduate recruiter II, University of Texas at San Antonio, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m.

Understanding the Application Process presented by Samuel Wheeler, university representative, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m.

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

Sunday Night Homework Help offered weekly

Sunday Night Homework Help will be held from 6 to 8 p.m every Sunday night, in La Vista Learning Center in Garcia Residence Hall. Come for lots of study time, and free coffee, tea and hot chocolate. This is not a tutoring session but a way for peers to assist each other on homework assignments and studying.

For more information contact Hannah Martin at 575-646-1505.

Do you have a cat or dog with behavioral issues?

Do you have cat causing chaos? A dog being destructive? Let us help you have a better bond with your four-legged family member. Students in the fall 2015 Animal Science 311 class (Companion Animal Behavior and Training) may be able to help. This class is held on the Las Cruces campus. Teams of four to five students will be working directly with a member of the NMSU community to assist them in modifying the undesirable behavior that their dog or cat displays.

They are particularly seeking cats with behavioral issues. NMSU community members who are interested in participating in this class as "clients" can get more information on the requirements/commitments to participate by emailing the course instructor Gaylene Fasenko at gfasenko@nmsu.edu.

Call for nominations for 'A' Mountain Staff Award

Is there someone in your office or in another department that represents qualities of integrity, dedication, skill, endurance, resilience, determination and passion in performance of their duties? If so, nominate them for Employee Council?s ?A? Mountain staff award. Nominations are now being accepted for regular NMSU staff employees. Employee Council is looking for nominees who demonstrate the following traits:

? Innovation: Exceptional efforts to improve the University?s effectiveness through enhanced systems or processes.
? Responsiveness: Resourceful, effective behaviors/actions demonstrated in reaction to an unforeseen circumstance or extraordinary situation; timeliness.
? Service: Exceptional efforts to provide superior service to all ?customers.?
? Spirit: Positive outlook; supportive of NMSU?s initiatives and goals.
? Teamwork: Ability to work with others in another department/division toward a shared goal; ability to recognize diverse strengths.
? Above and beyond: Demonstrated service or support that is not normally expected as part of their everyday job responsibilities.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations at empcouncil@research.nmsu.edu/AMountain. Please submit nominations by 5 p.m. Sept. 29. Nominations will be reviewed by Employee Council. This award will be presented at the NMSU Employee Picnic Oct. 16. Awardee receives a commemorative NMSU plaque.

Tell them who you think should be the next ?A? Mountain Award Recipient.

Employee Council meetings are open to all on the second Thursday each month; the next meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 8, in Milton Hall Room 85. The Council is also sponsoring two upcoming Employee Open Forums: on the staffing study at 10 a.m. Sept. 22, in the Corbett Center Auditorium and on athletics at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, in the Domenici Hall Yates Auditorium. Meetings and forums will also be webcast; links will be found at http://empcouncil.research.nmsu.edu/AMountain.

DACC Community Education course available

Online course: Introduction to Natural Health and Healing. Would you like to learn more about natural health but don't know where to start? If so, then this is the course for you. They will discuss the various stages of health and illness, and you will discover that true health means wholeness of the mind, body and spirit. You'll start a personal health journal to evaluate your current lifestyle and observe how your behaviors can affect your health. By the end of this course, you'll have begun taking charge of your own health and healing. The cost is $75.

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

DACC Customized Training classes offered

Spanish for Health Care is a self-paced, online occupational Spanish conversation course that seeks to bridge the communication gap between English-speaking health care professionals and Spanish-speaking patients. The cost is $129

Facebook in a Box will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. The cost is $69. Learn to build and maintain a Facebook page, including the ins and outs of using Facebook to promote your business. Discover how to set up events, market promotions, protect your site and much more.

For more information or to sign-up contact 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.