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NMSU Hotline — October 5, 2015

NMSU College of Education professor receives national award

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Deborah Rhein, an associate professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University?s College of Education, has been chosen to receive the 2015 Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Campus Announcements

Annual open enrollment for benefits is now available

Open enrollment for medical, dental and vision will be available from Oct. 5 through Oct. 26. Information regarding changes, deadlines and options are available on the Benefit Services website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/enrollment/open/. Employees who do not wish to make any changes for 2016 do not need to do anything. All changes submitted online will be effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Flexible Spending Account open enrollment for 2016 is also taking place from Oct. 5th through Oct. 26. Enrollment will take place via a paper enrollment form that will be available on the Benefits Services website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/insurance/fsa/. Enrollment forms not received by the deadline will not be processed.

Questions regarding open enrollment can be sent to benefits@nmsu.edu or you may call Benefit Services at 575-646-8000.

Backcountry Cooking Clinic to be held today

This free cooking clinic will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at the NMSU Activity Center Room 108. The clinic will teach you some techniques that you can use on your next camping trip. Just because you are in the woods doesn't mean you have to eat like an animal. They will share recipes for backpacking that you can take with you to try on your own. They also will bake brownies and cinnamon rolls during the clinic that they will share after they are done.

For more information contact http://recsports.nmsu.edu.

Casting call set for today

A casting call to work with the Veterans? Theater who will present "Early Christmas" will be held at 5:15 p.m. today at the Reader's Theater. They are auditioning music people to arrange the music they need, actors, set construction people to make a Wheel of Fortune and other sets, ushers, backers and marketers to work on the playbill. They also need help with marketing to fill the wonderful 422 theater seats at the Rio Grande Theater for the 7 p.m. Dec. 27 performance.

Be part of the gift giving and receiving happening to support our veterans and families, and the Veterans Theater ongoing work with the homeless of New Mexico.

For more information contact http://veteranstheater.com or email veteranstheater@gmail.com.

100 West Café to serve Southwestern cuisine this week

100 West Café will serve Southwestern cuisine from Tuesday, Oct. 6 to Friday, Oct. 9. Enjoy four days of a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature Southwestern salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette, Caldo Tlalpeño (chickpea soup), your choice of chile-rubbed chicken, Mexican-style pork ribs served with black beans and rice as your sides or green chile fettuccine alfredo ? no sides. For dessert you have a choice of mocha mousse or arroz con leche.

All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. They gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience. They look forward to having you for lunch and as always, they 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 575-646-5995.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium to be held Thursday

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium by Victor Davidson, from University of Central Florida, will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building Room 153. The talk is titled "Remote Enzyme Catalysis: Coupling Long Range Electron Transfer to Radical-mediated Chemistry." Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk, coffee will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

NMSU Staff Employee Appreciation Picnic to be held Oct. 16

The Employee Council is hosting a special picnic just for NMSU staff from 11 a.m. to 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 free open-air shuttle bus to the Horseshoe.

For more information go to http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu.

Free dance lessons with NMSU DanceSport

Learn to dance the best ballroom, Latin, swing and nightclub dances every Tuesday night beginning at 7 p.m. at Arrowhead Park Early College High School. No partner or dance experience is necessary. All levels and ages are welcome. Bring friends and/or family to share the experience.

This week level one cha-cha lesson with Brandon Romero will be held at 7 p.m. This class is free. Level two fox trot lesson with William Bohaty will be held at 8:15 p.m. The class is only $5.

For more information contact dancesport@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5704.

DACC Community Education course available

In the DACC Community Education course, Instant Guitar for Busy Adults and Teens, learn enough about playing the guitar to provide years of musical enjoyment ? no private lessons necessary. Learn basic chords and favorite songs during the course. The class will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The cost is $33.

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

DACC Customized Training class offered

Spanish for Manufacturing and Warehousing is a 16-hour online course. The cost is $129. Designed for managers, supervisors, team leaders or anyone who works with Spanish-speaking employees and co-workers in a manufacturing and/or warehousing setting. Topics include factory vocabulary, warehousing terms, equipment, supplies and materials, hardware, actions and commands, clean-up, hazardous materials, forklift parts, forklift phrases and more.

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

NMSU TRiO Student Support Services Program receives $1.1 million in funding

The U.S. Department of Education has recently awarded a five-year grant for $1.1 million to the New Mexico State University TRiO Student Support Services Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and STEM Health Services Program to serve 120 students each year.

The goals of the program are to increase the retention and graduation rates of first generation students, low-income students and students with a disability who have declared a STEMH major. NMSU TRiO SSS participants receive a variety of academic success and social support services to assist with the transition to the university.

?This grant from the Department of Education provides us the resources to specifically address the needs of low-income, first generation students who are pursuing degrees in the STEMH fields,? said J. Phil King, associate professor and associate department head in civil engineering. ?While STEMH careers tend to be well paying and address key societal needs, the academic preparation for them is notoriously rigorous and challenging. The added challenges of low-income, first generation students put them at even greater risk of not completing a STEMH degree. By offering a wide range of academic, social and personal support services, as well as opportunities to engage in professional development activities, our goal is to seed new family traditions of higher education in STEMH, which we hope will propagate from our students through future generations.?


NMSU extension faculty to host annual Extension Disaster Education Network meeting

About 70 representatives from the national Extension Disaster Education Network will meet in Las Cruces next week for their annual meeting Oct. 6-9 at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. The gathering will feature a tour of the New Mexico Border Authority Port in Santa Teresa.

?We won the bid two years ago to host this meeting,? said Sonja Koukel, NMSU faculty in the Cooperative Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences department and co-director of the Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center. ?The EDEN Annual Session is hosted by different states where the delegates visit areas that have either experienced disasters or are thinking about pending disasters in order to document them and be ready to respond at the national level.?