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NMSU Hotline — October 6, 2015

NMSU entomology professor Scott Bundy to appear on the Weather Channel

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How is a bug?s life affected by weather? New Mexico State University entomology professor Scott Bundy may answer this question on the Weather Channel?s ?Strangest Weather on Earth? program Sunday, Oct. 11. Three one-hour episodes begin at 5 p.m. Mountain time. Bundy also appeared on the Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 episodes.

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Campus Announcements

Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System on NMSU campus to be tested first Wednesday of the month

If you hear a siren on the New Mexico State University campus Wednesday at noon, don't be alarmed. The university?s Outdoor Severe Weather Warning Systems are activated for one-minute blasts on the first Wednesday of each month as a test to ensure they are functioning properly. Two pole-mounted sirens, which sound the severe weather warnings, are located on the eastern and western ends of campus. The Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System is part of the university's emergency system and will be used to communicate weather-related emergencies for individuals who are located outside a building.

In a weather-related emergency, the weather warning sirens will be engaged for two minutes or longer and will alert members of the campus and surrounding community to immediately seek shelter and once they are safe to check the NMSU website or local news for additional information.

Employees registered with the Emergency Notification System may choose to receive emergency information via email, voicemail or text messaging service. Sign up for emergency alerts at: https://myaccount.nmsu.edu/accounts/etm/index.php.

NMSU fire chief gives safety tips during Fire Prevention Week

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are lifesavers and should be installed in every home, said New Mexico State University Fire Chief Johnny Carrillo.

The NMSU Fire Department is one of several throughout the nation commemorating Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10. This year?s theme is, ?Hear the Beep Where You Sleep.?

?Most deadly fires occur when people are sleeping, so it?s a good idea to have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. They?re your first line of defense,? Carrillo said. ?There have been incidents on campus where smoke alarms have saved lives.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11416/nmsu-fire-chief-gives-safety-tips-ahead-of-fire-prevention-week

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.

DACC Financial Literacy Workshops to be held in October

DACC Financial Literacy Workshops ?Credit Reports & Credit Scores? will be held in October.

Tuesday, Oct. 6: 11 a.m. at Central Campus DAMA 075
Thursday, Oct. 8: 2 p.m. at East Mesa Campus DASR 232
Wednesday, Oct. 14: 1 p.m. at Central Campus DAMA 075
*Thursday, Oct. 15: 2 p.m. at Sunland Park Campus Room 120 (*Presentation Topic will be Understanding Your Financial Aid)
Tuesday, Oct. 20: 2 p.m. at East Mesa Campus DASR 232
Tuesday, Oct. 27: 2 p.m. at Gadsden Center Room 111

For more information contact Melanie at 575-528-7296 or melaniet@nmsu.edu.

Employee Council meeting to be held Oct. 8

The next meeting of the NMSU Employee Council will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Milton Hall Room 85. The agenda includes, among other business, a guest presentation by Chancellor Carruthers and final preparations for the Oct. 16 Employee Appreciation Picnic.

Meetings are always open to all employees in person or online via Adobe Connect at http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/employeecouncil2015.

Advancement open house to be held Oct. 9

The New Mexico State University Advancement team invites the campus community to an open house from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in the Dove Hall conference room. Enjoy some popcorn, soda and ice cream, meet new additions to the Advancement team and learn about organizational updates and the resources available to the campus community.

RSVP to Nohemi Perez at nohemip@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1106.

La Cella Bella to perform at DACC East Mesa

La Cella Bella performers Allison Reynolds and Alicia Dolan will perform in concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Dona Ana Community College East Mesa Auditorium. La Cella Bella perform on cellos, which are part of the violin family and are the second-largest bowed string instrument in modern symphony orchestra.

In concert, the group often plays music not usually composed for cello, a traditional chamber music instrument. They perform arrangements of popular and familiar music from different genres. Their repertoire extends from classical music to folk songs, jazz ballads, alternative rock and metal hits. Their concert playlists include music familiar to some and music that will be new and exciting for everyone.

The DACC Cultural Diversity Committee of the Faculty Council is hosting the concert. A pre-concert reception with light refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the plaza adjacent to the East Mesa Auditorium. There is no cost for the concert or the reception.

For more information contact Debasmita Roychowhurdy at 575-527-7626.

NMSU FCaMP ButterBraid fundraiser is underway

The annual ButterBraid fundraiser is underway, once again. These braids freeze well and are an easy and welcome treat during the busy holiday season, which is right around the corner. Visit http://fcamp.nmsu.edu to print an order form. This fundraiser will end Oct. 22 and the tentative delivery date for the braids is Thursday, Nov. 5. Thanks very much for your continued support of the NMSU Feral Cat Management Program.

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

EPPWS free movie night to be held Oct. 29

The Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science?s third annual Fright Night is underway featuring Jumanji. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 in Gerald Thomas Auditorium Room 194. There will be free movie admission, free popcorn, candy, sodas/water and a chance to win prizes.

For more information call 575-646-3225.

Registration is open for the third annual Startup Weekend Las Cruces event

Entrepreneurs, innovators, designers, programmers and business professionals are invited to register for the third annual Startup Weekend Las Cruces event scheduled for Nov. 13-15, at Arrowhead Place in Las Cruces. On Friday night participants are encouraged to pitch an idea for a startup. Teams are organized around those startup ideas that receive the most votes. Each team then has 54 hours to build a business demo that will be presented before a panel of judges on Sunday afternoon.

?Action?not talk? is the idea that informs the process. Participants gain insight into product design through a hands-on, experiential, team-based learning model. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are sharpened as teams collaborate to develop a minimum viable product. They conduct customer validation interviews and iterate, as necessary, as their design is tested with users.

Zetdi Sloan, director of the Arrowhead Incubator, stated that, from a participant?s perspective, ?you?re gaining exposure to the accelerated lean startup process. You?re getting to present in front of highly influential leaders who could affect your startup.? Benefits for participants include meal coverage, access to investors and business leaders, state and national press, business startup essentials, such as .co addresses, and other professional services prizes.

If you register before Oct. 30 you?ll be eligible for an ?Early Bird? ticket for $65. After that date, regular tickets are $75. Student tickets are $25.

To register, visit lascruces.startupweekend.org/.

For more information contact Zetdi Sloan at 575-646-7833.

Forbes ranks NMSU as one of America?s Top Colleges in 2015

New Mexico State University has been recognized as one of America?s Top Colleges in 2015 by Forbes.

On the list of 650 institutions, NMSU ranked 417th overall and 92nd in the South, which are improvements of 25 spots nationally and 12 spots regionally from a year ago.

For the eighth year, Forbes and Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity joined to create a return on investment-focused ranking structure. Forbes and CCAP utilized five weighted categories to calculate the rankings: student satisfaction (25 percent), post-graduate success (32.5 percent), student debt (25 percent), four-year graduation rate (7.5 percent) and academic success (10 percent). For more details on ranking methodology, visit http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11419/forbes-ranks-nmsu-as-one-of-america-s-top-colleges-in-2015

NM WRRI?s 60th annual water conference to look at how science can help us manage water

Despite the return of monsoon rainfall this summer, New Mexico continues to be immersed in a prolonged drought, and the state?s limited water resources will continue to be squeezed.

Water resource management throughout the West is facing dramatic challenges that go to the core of our cultural, economic and societal foundations.

This year?s New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute?s conference, ?Coloring Outside the Lines: Can Science Help Us Be Creative and Innovative in Managing Our Water?? is focused on managing the changes in water resource strategies ? technology, legal/institutional and social policy and whether science can help in determining new management strategies.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11420/nm-wrri-s-60th-annual-water-conference-to-look-at-how-science-can-help-us-manage-water