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NMSU Hotline — October 1, 2015

New student success navigators help NMSU freshmen adapt to college


First-year college students may experience roadblocks adjusting to their new environment, and New Mexico State University has a new program to help students maneuver around those challenges. This fall, NMSU launched a new retention initiative for the incoming freshmen class called the student success navigators. Every one of the 1,993 freshmen has been assigned a student success navigator.

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Campus Announcements

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.

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. Meetings will also be webcast and links will be found at http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu.

Dream Share Project to visit NMSU

The Dream Share Project is an inspirational documentary film that follows Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin, two recent college graduates, on a road trip across America, as they explore how successful people have chased their dreams. The Dream Share Project is a film that encourages people to live up to their fullest potential and reject societal pressure to play it safe. Each film showing is followed by an interactive workshop. Dream Share will be here Oct. 5. There are two showings but space is limited so sign-up today.

For more information visit http://aggieactivities.nmsu.edu/dream-share-project/.

Memory and Concentration workshop to be held Oct. 7

The Memory and Concentration workshop will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 7, in the Zuhl Library Conference Room 225 second floor. The presenter is Janita Randolph. How do you rate your memory? Discuss how you can improve your memory while learning techniques that aid information retention.

For more information contact at janitar@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3136.

PEEK of Las Cruces Street Fair to be held Oct. 8

Come discover what Las Cruces is all about as NMSU hosts the second PEEK of Las Cruces event from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, on Locust Street, between Stewart Street and Wells Avenue (east of the Intramural Field). It will be a family-friendly event and will feature local food vendors and live music from Las Cruces' own DAMN Union and Overcome of Las Cruces.

They will turn Locust Street on the New Mexico State University campus into an enormous street fair where students and the local community can come together to sample local food, experience local music and visit with arts and craft vendors. Non-profit programs will distribute information on services and volunteer opportunities. There will also be various children?s activities.

There will be a food drive to benefit the campus food pantry, the Aggie Cupboard. Attendees who bring a boxed or canned food item (nonperishable) will be entered into a prize drawing.

The event is hosted by the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at NMSU.

For more information, check out the Peek of Las Cruces website at http://peekoflc.nmsu.edu/.

NMSU Undergraduate Admissions is requesting volunteers for Aggie Experience

Aggie Experience is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. This is the largest recruitment event hosted by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. They are expecting about 1,000 visitors to be on campus that day. They are seeking volunteers to help them with setup, check-in, directing traffic and welcoming our visitors to campus.

If you are available, sign up online at https://eltnmsu-my.sharepoint.com/personal/dstaley_nmsu_edu/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=apzeSUoibGDwsS29cIBdSVDMxSuYISeDlMJtJGLUcJE%3d&docid=1c62b8e48d11846e8a1ec085e6c38b0c4.

For more information, contact Danielle Staley at dstaley@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1879.

FSA-RMR office information session and PCard receipt destruction training to be held Oct. 14

The FSA Records Management and Retention (RMR) office will conduct an information session from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Senate Chamber Room 302 in Corbett Center. Learn about NMSU records, retention requirements, PCard receipt destruction and more. A Go-To Meeting for our out-of-town users, who are unable to attend our session at the Las Cruces campus, will be offered at the same time as our live session. If you need assistance for the Go-To Meeting, contact RMR at 575-646-8324.

For more information or to register visit http://rmr.nmsu.edu/training.

Register now for the Emma Jean Cervantes Memorial 5k/10k Run & Walk

The annual ?NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink? campaign kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, with the Emma Jean Cervantes 5k/10k Run & Walk sponsored by Cervantes Enterprises. The event will take place at the top of the NMSU Horseshoe in front of Hadley Hall. Run, walk, skip or dance through pink colors in memory of your loved ones and survivors. Information and registration is available at http://www.newmexicosportsonline.com/events/details?id=29221.

Registration deadline is Oct. 16 either online or from 4-7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café during packet pick-up. Funds raised benefit Cowboys for Cancer Research. New ?Discover! The Cure? shirts are available now available at Barnes & Noble at NMSU located at 1400 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces.

For more information or to view the complete ?Pink? schedule of events visit http://www.pinkaggie.com/schedule.php.

NMSU Educational Leadership Doctoral program accepting applications

The Department of Educational Leadership and Administration (ELA) at New Mexico State University is now accepting applications to its Educational Leadership Doctoral Program from Oct. 1 until Jan. 15, 2016. The program offers both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees. The program uses a hybrid distance-education and face-to-face instruction model and focuses on social justice and border education issues.

Anyone interested in obtaining information and/or applying to the program can visit the website at http://emd.education.nmsu.edu/index/academics/docpage/ or e-mail Norma Martinez Arrieta, ELA student program coordinator, at narrieta@nmsu.edu.

Fall Tuition Waiver deadline is Nov. 1

The online Tuition Waiver submission process for fall 2015 is currently available through Nov. 1.

Haven?t submitted your form but need to? Follow these instructions:
1. Login into MyNMSU at https://my.nmsu.edu/
2. Select the Employee tab from the menu.
3. In the Banner Self Services window in the center of the page, click the Employee hyperlink.
4. On the Employee page click the hyperlink for the waiver you would like to submit.
a. Select Tuition Waiver ? Employee/Spouse to submit a waiver for yourself or your spouse/domestic partner?s classes; or
b. Select Tuition Waiver ? Dependents to submit a waiver for your child.
5. Whenever a change is made to the student schedule, the tuition waiver must be re-submitted online to re-calculate taxability. The previous credit will be removed from the student account and re-applied when the waiver is re-submitted, and approved (if applicable), by the deadline.

Tuition Taxability:
Visit our taxability website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/other/tuition-tax/ to determine if your enrollment situation is taxable. All taxes will be assessed on the employee?s paycheck that is issued on Nov. 30. You will need to plan ahead to ensure to budget accordingly.

If you need further assistance with this process, contact Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

DACC Customized Training classes offered

Intermediate MS Excel 2010 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. The cost is $139. Now that you are comfortable with the basics of Excel, you realize there is so much more you can do to facilitate the creation and maintenance of your spreadsheets. This intermediate class is perfect for the Excel users who want to upgrade their skill levels. Review charts and graphs, learn to use large worksheets, work with and manage multiple worksheets, learn about the paste special feature, use range names and much more.

Spanish for Business & Government 2 will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 to Nov. 19. The cost is $99. Continue to practice speaking Spanish related to business and government with an interactive learning experience tailored to your needs. Utilize the opportunity to practice speaking and enhancing your listening skills. Learn to conjugate appropriate Spanish verbs, proper sentence structure, correct grammar and formal Spanish. Learn past and future tenses, commands and how to use free internet programs to further your Spanish education.

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

NMSU graduate wins state TRiO award

Rose Perea, a graduate of New Mexico State University who is working on her doctorate in physics and astronomy at Vanderbuilt University, will be recognized with the 2015 TRiO New Mexico TRiO Achiever Award in November.

The award is given to those who successfully completed any TRiO program, including Upward Bound, Student Support Services and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccaulaureate Achievement Program.

Perea participated in Upward Bound while attending Mayfield High School in Las Cruces. She went on to earn bachelor?s degree and master?s degrees in physics from New Mexico State University, where she participated in Student Support Services.


NMSU Upward Bound alumna wins national award

Sarah Silvafierro Nolan, an alumna of the Upward Bound program at New Mexico State University and executive director of New Mexico Communities in Action and Faith, was recently named one of the winners of the 2015 National TRIO Achievers Award, which honors individuals of distinction who, as students, made the most of their TRIO participation.

The Council for Opportunity in Education, a national organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of postsecondary opportunities for low-income and first-generation students, hands out the award annually to several winners. Nearly 3,000 federal TRIO programs help low-income and first-generation students overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to enter college and graduate.