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NMSU Hotline — September 22, 2015

NMSU?s Physical Science Lab deputy director receives top NASA award


A New Mexico State University staff member was recognized for the exemplary work he did over the past two decades in support of NASA?s high-altitude balloon program. Henry Cathey, now interim deputy director of NMSU?s Physical Science Laboratory, received a NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal.

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Campus Announcements

Employee Council Forum set for today to cover Deloitte study

All employees at NMSU?s Las Cruces campus are invited to an Employee Council Forum at 10 a.m. this morning, at the Corbett Center Auditorium. Due to construction at Corbett Center, the best way to access the auditorium is at the back of the building, through the east entrance.

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.

100 West Café to server Creole/Cajun style cuisine this week

100 West Café has begun lunch service Tuesday through Friday each week throughout the semester and welcomes you to their student-run lunches. Join them for four days of a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for this week will feature Creole/Cajun style cuisine. Enjoy your choice of either chicken and sausage gumbo or spinach salad with apple vinaigrette, apricot and bourbon grilled chicken or pecan breaded catfish served with sides of cheese grits and sugar snap peas, or crawfish pasta. For dessert you have a choice of mouth-watering bread pudding with bourbon or sweet potato pie. All lunches are $10.

The food lab is unable to provide to-go lunches. They gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience. They look forward to having you for lunch and appreciate your support towards our program.

For more information, visit http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5995.

Campus Tutoring Open House to be held Sept. 23

The Campus Tutoring Service will host an Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23. They are permanently located now in Corbett Center, second floor, Room 206. They want to show off their new location and answer any questions you may have regarding their service. They will have brain teasers and challenges for all who wish to participate.

Encourage your students to stop by and become familiar with our center. Looking forward to seeing faculty, staff and students alike.

For more information contact contact lkirby@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Library event to be held Sept. 24

The New Mexico State University Library will host an event called ?The Stories Cookbooks Tell? Thursday, Sept. 24. The panel discussion will dive into an exploration of the stories that cookbooks tell, beyond the tastes they bring to the table. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the third floor of Zuhl Library on the NMSU campus.

The panel discussion will cover the changing nature of cookbooks, the research needed for culinary writing and the unique cookbook collection housed at the NMSU Library. Panelists for the program are Elizabeth Titus, NMSU Library dean; Dave DeWitt, author, food historian and one of the foremost authorities in the world on chile peppers; Kelly Urig, filmmaker and author; and Kelley Coffeen, local cookbook author and assistant dean for advancement at the NMSU College of Education.

The event will also mark the unveiling of the brand-new 2016 NMSU Library calendar ?Chiles: Red or Green?? Free parking will be available on the NMSU campus after 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact April Anaya at 575-646-1508.

NMSU Kinesiology and Dance presents Dance Factory

The NMSU Department of Kinesiology and Dance presents the NMSU Contemporary Dance Theatre and community dance groups from Las Cruces, El Paso and Alamogordo in Dance Factory, Thursday, Sept. 24 and Friday, Sept 25. Performances will be at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd. The performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. both evenings.

Tickets are $10 adults, $8 students and seniors and $5 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased from Contemporary dance theatre performers, by going to AC 204 (the KinD office) or by calling 575-646-4067.

Ethics Town Hall and Video Screening event to be held Sept. 29

All NMSU students, faculty and staff members are cordially invited to the Ethics Town Hall and Video Screening event that will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29, at NMSU Domenici Hall, Room 109. The event's purpose is to raise the public trust and ethics by showing and discussing the municipal fraud case of Rita Crundwell, a city worker at Dixon, Illinois. The documentary film that will be shown at the event is known as "All the Queen?s Horses."

Related event information is available in the YouTube trailer and link at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Rq1-77rZ5c. This event is co-sponsored by the NMSU Daniels Fund and College of Business.

For more information contact Winnie Lee at wlin@nmsu.edu or at 575-646-4662.

NMSU to host workshop, fruit tasting of Chinese dates at Alcalde

There?s another bumper crop of Chinese dates on the jujube trees at New Mexico State University?s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde. The trees haven?t missed a crop yet.

With the jujube harvest getting close, NMSU fruit specialist Shengrui Yao will host a free field tour and fruit-tasting session during a workshop on jujube flowering and fruiting from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Alcalde farm.

The workshop is limited to 30 participants. To register, call Augusta or Anna at 505-852-4241 or register online at rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/jubube-sept2015.


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 http://empcouncil.research.nmsu.edu/AMountain. 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.nmsu.edu.

Workshop to be held Nov. 13-14

The Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods certification course will be held at NMSU Nov. 13-14. This two-day certification course will be presented in English at Gerald Thomas Hall. This school is intended to certify managers and supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid or acidified canned foods. This school also satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulation for Acidified Foods Only. It is designed to provide additional information and focus on critical issues that affect acidified foods production.

To register on-line and for more information contact 575-646-2198 or visit the website: http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/better-process-control-s.html.

DACC Community Education course available

In today?s world, making a good impression is important. In the hustle and bustle of a busy daily life we sometimes forget to focus on etiquette. In the DACC Community Education course: Etiquette for Kids will reinforce must-do manners for situations from the classroom to the dining table. For kids ages 8-14. The class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. The cost is $40.

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

NMSU gathering baseline soil data after Gold King Mine river contamination

Kevin Lombard knows how his neighbors are feeling after the Gold King Mine spill in Silverton, Colorado.

He stood on the banks of the Animas River, 500 meters from his three-acre vegetable garden, and watched the plume of the spill turn the river water orange in August.

Lombard?s not your average San Juan County farmer ? he?s an associate professor of horticulture at New Mexico State University?s Agricultural Science Center at Farmington.

?When I saw the plume come through in the river, I wasn?t content on sitting by the river and crying about it,? Lombard said. ?The scientist kicked in and I said let?s grab some samples and take advantage of this event. This is historical.?