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NMSU Hotline — October 16, 2015

NMSU professor wins national award, inspires Hispanic, Native American students in science

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New Mexico State University Regents Professor Elba Serrano will be honored this month for ?showing unparalleled dedication to excellence in science, mentoring and teaching.? She is among four educators across the country selected to receive the 2015 Distinguished Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

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Campus Announcements

'Autumn Overture' concert series to be held Oct. 16-18

The Department of Music at New Mexico State University is pleased to announce a new annual concert series titled ?Autumn Overture? that will premier Oct. 16-18 and features three concerts that are free and open to the public. Tonight will be the inaugural concert for new Director of Choral Activities John Flanery, who joined the NMSU faculty this fall. The concert titled ?Beginnings? will feature the University Singers, Concert Choir and the community chorus, Masterworks. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall.

The second concert of the series, Saturday, Oct. 17, titled ?Firsts and Favorites? will include performances by the NMSU Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band and the Jazz Ensemble. Saturday?s concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall.

The final concert of the series will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 and is a collaborative production of the talented and distinguished music faculty at NMSU. The program titled ?Musical Mosaics? will include chamber works such as the Poulenc Trio for brass, Elvis Costello?s The Juliet Letters, featuring tenor John Carlo Pierce and the La Catrina String Quartet, and the world premiere of a new work by Lon W. Chaffin, Rondo Para Maņana bassoon and vibraphone written for faculty members Michael Armendariz and Katie Brennan on the occasion of their recent wedding.

For more information contact Lisa VanWinkle at 575-646-2523 or lvanwink@nmsu.edu.

Luminaria event to be held Oct. 20

The NMSU Tough Enough to Wear Pink Luminaria event will be held at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in front of the Pan American Center. If you wish to decorate a bag to be used in the luminaria, you can do so at no charge at the Corbett Information Desk, Chamisa Village Operations Center, Garcia Hall Operations Center, Greek/ROTC Operations Center or the South Campus Operations Center (located on Center Drive).

The bags will be available until 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. All students, staff and faculty are welcome to create a remembrance or message for the event.

For more information contact Justin Leibowitz at jleibow@nmsu.edu.

'TAKE A BREAK!' to be held Oct. 21

All NMSU employees are invited to the Hardman and Jacobs east patio for kettle corn and drinks from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. The event is hosted by University Advancement in support of the 2015-16 Crimson Colleagues Faculty and Staff Campaign.

When faculty and staff donate to NMSU, they are a Crimson Colleague. Crimson Colleagues are investing in students through scholarships and other programs such as the Aggie Cupboard, the Pioneer Book Scholarship, Myrna?s Children?s Village and the Teaching Academy.

The generosity of NMSU?s faculty and staff resulted in more than 800 donors and $365,000 in support to programs you love during the 2014-15 Faculty and Staff Campaign. Employees have demonstrated that we are a caring community that is transforming lives, providing much-needed support for scholarships, student services, projects and a host of other areas that need additional resources. To learn more about the Crimson Colleagues visit http://advancing.nmsu.edu/facultystaff-main.

Additional volunteers needed for 'Pink' luncheon

Organizers of the Oct. 22 ?NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink? Luncheon have requested additional volunteers to help with clean up after the event. Ten volunteers are need from 1:15-2:15 p.m. and another 10 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and 20 volunteers are also still needed to help set-up the event from 2-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. The luncheon will be held at the NMSU Pan American Center.

Contact Jenn Montes at 575-646-4466 or jdmontes@nmsu.edu if you are available to lend a helping hand. View https://www.facebook.com/events/103138910042532/ for a complete list of ?Pink Week? activities taking place on campus.

Spirit Remix Fashion Show to be held Oct. 22

NMSU Barnes & Noble in collaboration with Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising students present Spirit Remix Fashion Show Thursday Oct. 22, at the NMSU B&N bookstore. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Celebrate homecoming week by checking out the latest trends in Aggie apparel featuring custom styles and designs by CTFM students. Vote in their T-shirt design contest for the next trendy NMSU custom tee. Enjoy Starbucks and live music by Krux 91.5 FM. It's a fun and free event.

For more information contact Ricky Ruiz at 575-646-4431.

'Cancer?s Effects on Mental Illness? discussion part of TETWP week

The NMSU campus community is invited to a presentation by Barbara Damron, New Mexico?s Secretary of Higher Education, focusing on ?Cancer?s Effects on Mental Illness.? The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Barbara Hubbard Room at the Pan American Center as part of the NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign.

Damron is a former faculty member at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing and has served as the director of oncology nursing research and director of government and community advocacy at the UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center. She has an extensive background in both cancer treatment and in mental health issues.

For more information, visit www.pinkaggie.com/schedule.php.

Freaky Fridays to begin next week

The College of Engineering and the Aggie Innovation Space Presented by Intel will host Freaky Fridays every Friday from 4 to 6 p.m at the Aggie Innovation Space, Ed and Harold Foreman Complex Room 306. This program is free for K-12 students, based around engaging, exciting and innovative hands-on STEM activities.

Oct. 23 will be the first week; Mission H20 will cover water desalination. On Oct. 30, a Fright Night of mad science and ghoulish creations will be hosted. Costumes are encouraged. The following week, Nov. 6, Mission Mini Earth will feature a mini ecosystem experiment. On Nov. 13, Mission London Bridges will have the students conduct a Popsicle bridge experiment. Parents and teachers are welcome to observe. Small snacks will be provided.

Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/freaky-fridays-tickets-19083536371.

For more information call 575-646-2913.

Book about former NMSU leader Hugh Milton to debut at Homecoming

New Mexico State University engineering alumnus Walter G. Hines and Library Associate Professor and University Archivist Martha Shipman Andrews have collaborated on a book about Hugh Meglone Milton, one of NMSU?s most remarkable leaders. Milton?s achievements included military leadership, serving as major general and under secretary of the Army; as well as success in academia, holding positions as professor, dean and president of the institution now known as NMSU.

An introduction of the book, ?Hugh Meglone Milton: A Life Beyond Duty,? will be held as part of the College of Engineering Homecoming festivities on Friday, Oct. 23, 2-3 p.m., in Hernandez Hall Room 103. A Conversation with Hugh M. Milton, featuring Professor Emeritus Richard Rundell as General Milton, is free and open to all.

?Despite his remarkable accomplishments, Milton?s life has been somewhat forgotten. We hope the new book will illuminate and commemorate the remarkable contributions of a man who truly lived a life beyond duty,? said Hines, civil engineering, ?65 ?67.


NMSU Alumni Homecoming Tailgate to be held Oct. 24

The Alumni Homecoming Tailgate will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Pan American Center Practice Gym (south end). Bring the family and friends to get ready to cheer on the Aggies with the NMSU Alumni Association. Tickets are $10.

For more information contact alumni@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 featuring Jumanji will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Gerald Thomas Auditorium Room 194. Free movie admission, free popcorn, candy, sodas/water and a chance to win prizes.

For more information call 575-646-3225.

NMSU-Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center partnership call for proposals

Funds are available for three levels of collaborative research: pre-pilot, pilot and full projects. The goal of the NMSU/FHCRC partnership is to continue to build upon increasing cancer research capacity at NMSU and to increase knowledge and attention to cancer-related health disparities at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Letter of Intent is due Dec. 1. Proposals are due Jan. 25 and the start date is Sept. 2016

Download the revised RFA and proposal application forms at: http://cancer.nmsu.edu.

For more information contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.

Gage Gavin Memorial Endowment Golf Tournament to be held Nov. 7

The NMSU PGA Golf Management Program will host the Gage Gavin Memorial Endowment Golf Tournament. Gage Gavin is the son of Pat Gavin, director of the NMSU PGA Golf Management Program. The event is a four-person scramble Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Las Cruces Golf Club at Sonoma Ranch. Price is $100 per player and tee sponsorships are also available.

For more information contact pgavin@nmsu.edu or 575-649-8993.

DACC Customized Training classes offered

Excel Enhancer: Data Analysis Using Pivot Tables & MS Lists will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 27. The cost is $59. It is not possible to derive accurate analysis if data has been entered wrongly. Excel allows the user to validate or restrict certain types of data entry to limit the margin of error. Lists are used to validate the data entered. Learn to work with the Excel database, as well as create and revise pivot tables to summarize large amounts of data quickly and manipulate row and column headings to view the data in different ways.

Getting Your Job Search Started will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. The cost is $79. While looking for work can be an exciting time, it can also involve fear and discomfort about change and the unknown. Today?s job market is not the same as it was even five years ago. Knowing where to go, who to talk to, and the opportunities that are available will help to shift you from someone who dreams about having a job, to someone who has the job they always wanted.

New Certificate: SHRM Essentials of HR Management will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 to Nov. 13. The cost is $449. Developed by leading HR experts and legal counsel, the up-to-date, easy-to-understand content of SHRM Essentials covers a wide range of introductory HR topics in a condensed, straightforward format. In three days, cover the six bodies of knowledge necessary to master HR concepts and apply them to everyday situations and issues. On the third day, participants will test their knowledge to compete the certificate. Ideal for those who are just starting out in the human resources profession, or those who are looking for an effective way to boost their employee management skills.

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

Motorcyclists tour New Mexico to learn about NMSU?s far-reaching programs

New friends. Beautiful scenery. Learning about the impact of New Mexico State University across the state. Becoming aware of county 4-H youth development programs and their impact on young people.

These experiences are a few of the memories NMSU?s ?Motorcycle Gang? have taken home from the annual Ride for the 4-H Clover motorcycle rally.

For three years, cyclists from across New Mexico, El Paso and as far away as Dallas have gathered on the last weekend of August for a two-day ride through rural New Mexico. The pack has grown from 60 participants in 2013 to nearly 100 this August.


NMSU awarded $1.25 million in state matching funds for faculty chairs, professorships

New Mexico State University has been awarded $1.25 million from the New Mexico Higher Education Endowment Fund in support of endowed professorships and faculty chairs in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines in several colleges.

NMSU is required to match the funding with an additional $1.25 million from private donors, a goal that has already been met, adding a total of $2.5 million to the NMSU Foundation?s permanent endowment.

?This will have a tremendous impact on our university, our research and ? most importantly ? our students,? said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. ?Our university advancement team did outstanding work in securing the private funds to match these awards, which will help us continue to attract and retain exceptional faculty. I?m very proud of this accomplishment.?