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NMSU Hotline — September 29, 2015

NMSU students encouraged to eat healthfully to avoid ?Freshman 15?


Tristen Turner, a sophomore at New Mexico State University, prefers to eat healthy, opting to make his meals at home rather than dine at restaurants.

But college life has made that a little difficult. Fortunately for Turner, there are a few dining options on campus that has made the ?Freshman 15? a little more difficult to achieve.

?I eat either here or at Chick-fil-A, and here there are some good options,? Turner said while eating a fish and vegetable stir-fry at Taos Restaurant, located inside Corbett Center on the NMSU campus. ?Here I eat whatever I want and the choices are pretty good.?

Providing NMSU students with healthy meals is a priority for Aida Samaniego, the executive chef for Sodexo at NMSU

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Campus Announcements

17th annual Graduate & Professional School Fair to be held today

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 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the Corbett Center Student Union, third floor ballrooms. 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.

Statistics seminar series to be held today and Wednesday

The NMSU Student Chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Department of Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business will host a seminar series featuring Ron Wasserstein, the Executive Director of the ASA.

Recently, a journal edited by faculty at New Mexico State University banned the use of p-values in articles in the journal. During our first seminar at 5 p.m. today in Domenici Hall Room 106, Wasserstein will share his insights regarding the ?p-value debate.? A social will follow.

At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 in Guthrie Hall Room 101, Wasserstein will present on ?What probability and Forrest Gump teach us about the New Mexico lottery.? During this seminar, Wasserstein will give attendees the opportunity to participate in a simulated lottery and will answer ?what are your chances of winning the big jackpot??

For more information, contact Charlotte Gard at cgard@nmsu.edu.

Plant sale at Corbett Center to be held Wednesday

The NMSU Floral Team will have a house plant and succulent sale from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Corbett Center first floor. Plants start at $3 each, four-inch pots and larger. For more information email Sabine Green at swhitley@nmsu.edu.

Sustainability webinar on green purchasing to be held Wednesday

There are tens of thousands of chemicals in commerce in the United States, many of which may have a range of negative impacts on health, the environment and the economy during their lifecycle. It should be a key part of any sustainable purchasing program to understand which of these chemicals could pose hazards in products and services procured, and how to find safer alternatives. This webinar will present steps that institutions can take to purchase products with safer chemistries, and will be held from noon?1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Environmental Education Center, A116 Regents Row. Brown bag lunch if you desire.

Athletics Department Open Forum sponsored by Employee Council is Wednesday

Please join your colleagues to listen, learn and become better informed concerning the Athletics department at New Mexico State University. Join Mario Moccia, Athletic Director, for a presentation on the recent accomplishments of Athletics, the upcoming plans for the new academic year and his vision for the future.

Moccia will present on a variety of issues as well as lead a discussion at the end of his presentation. This event will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Domenici Hall auditorium. This open forum is the second forum being sponsored by the NMSU Employee Council for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The event will also be offered on line for those who are unable to attend in person. http://panopto.nmsu.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=482bcb06-3f29-41a1-95d6-65008dde9e71

Player?s Grill to close at 5 p.m. Wednesday for private party

Please note that The Player?s Grill restaurant at the NMSU Golf Course Club House will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, for a private event. The restaurant will resume its regular hours on Thursday, Oct. 1. Please call 575-646-2457 or visit http://www.nmsugolf.com/barandgrill/ for more information.

100 West Café to serve Northeast American cuisine this week

Join 100 West Café for Northeast American cuisine from Sept. 29-Oct. 2 for some delicious food prepared by their students. Enjoy four days of a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature Manhattan clam chowder or mixed greens with mustard vinaigrette, herbed pork loin, grilled lemon-rosemary chicken served with sides of new potatoes with butter and parsley and green beans, or restaurant style mac and cheese. For dessert you have a choice of delicious apple pie or blueberry-peach cobbler.

All lunches are $10. They gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience. They look forward to having you for lunch and as always, we appreciate your support. Loadable gift cards are available for sale in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 119 in $10 increments and they make great incentive gifts. They are unable to provide to-go lunches and apologize for the inconvenience.

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

NMSU to host talk on mathematics in biology

The New Mexico State University Department of Biology will host a talk titled ?Some mathematical models in biology? at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in Foster Hall, Room 231.

This event, which is part of a weekly biology lecture series, features Jianjun Paul Tian of the NMSU Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Tian uses applied mathematics in his research to study biological problems. He uses stochastic processes to model genetic and evolution problems, as well as computational statistics to analyze biological data, and develops statistic methods for inverse problems in mathematical biology.


Deadline extended for 'A' Mountain Staff Award nominations

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. Please submit nominations by (the extended deadline of) 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. Employee Council?s Committee on Employee Engagement and Recognition will choose the recipient. This award will be presented at the NMSU Employee Picnic Oct. 16. Awardee receives a commemorative NMSU plaque.

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 an Employee Open Forum this week on athletics at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, in the Domenici Hall Auditorium. Meetings and forums will also be webcast; links will be found at http://empcouncil.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

Wood named associate vice president for assessment and accreditation at DACC

DACC VPAA Monica Torres announced that Susan Wood, is the new associate vice president for academic affairs for accreditation and assessment at the community college.

Wood has been an employee of DACC since 1996, most recently serving as chair of the English and Communication Department. She is a professor of English, assurance coordinator for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and assessment coordinator at the community college.

Her professional service includes director of the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention conference and is a past president. Wood is a peer reviewer and mentor for the HLC, and was the self-study editor for DACC for accreditation in 2008 and in 2014.

Wood has given numerous scholarly presentations at local, state and national meetings and has been published in academic publications. Wood has received college and national awards including the DACC Outstanding Faculty Award, the NMSU Roush award for Excellence in Teaching, the National Institute for Staff and Organization Development Award and the DACC Extra Mile Award.

Wood earned her bachelor's degree in Russian from the University of Utah in 1988, her master's degree in linguistics with a certificate in English as a second language from the University of Utah in 1990. In 2012, she attained her Ph.D. in rhetoric and professional communication from NMSU.

Wood begins in the position Oct. 16. For more information contact Eddie Binder at 575-528-7070.

NMSU staff employee appreciation picnic will be held Oct. 16

The Employee Council will host a special picnic for NMSU staff 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, on the NMSU Horseshoe. Help us spread the word. We know that you've been working hard so come and enjoy lunch on us. Come relax over lunch with your friends or make some new ones. Make it a truly relaxing experience by riding the shuttle bus to the Horseshoe.

DACC Customized Training classes offered

A great sales presentation does not demand you have all the bells and whistles to impress the client with your technical skills. Rather, try impressing your clients with your knowledge of the products and services you sell and your understanding of their problems and the solutions they need. Focus on the key elements of a quality proposal, perfect your first impression and feel more comfortable and professional in face-to-face presentations. The DACC Customized Training course Dynamite Sales Presentations 1 is offered from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 13 and cost $79.

Continue to build on your sales presentation skills in Dynamite Sales Presentations 2. Ensure a good understanding of the products and services you have to sell. Focus on your formal written proposal and in-persona presentation by practicing the skills learned in the first session. Dynamite Sales Presentation 1 is a class prerequisite. The course is from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 13 and cost $79.

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

DACC Community Education course available

Continue developing your skills in the Spanish language. Learn how to speak Spanish on the telephone, converse with customers or clients, travel in Spanish-speaking countries, order Mexican food or handle an emergency if Spanish is needed in Spanish for Beginners II. Conjugate in past and future tenses. The class is from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 13-Nov. 17 and cost $63.

To sign-up or for more information about this popular DACC Community Education course, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.