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NMSU Hotline — October 22, 2015

Bridge Inspection Program links NM Department of Transportation, higher ed

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One of the highest bridges in the United States, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, has stood proudly for 50 years. As the bridge enters its 50th year, a group of New Mexico State University engineers and students through the Bridge Inspection Program conducted an inspection to determine the status of the welded and bolted connections as well as examine the steel for signs of corrosion for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

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Campus Announcements

Colloquium to be held in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium by Keith Pannell, from University of Texas at El Paso, will be held at 11:45 a.m. today in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building Room 153. The talk is titled ?Siloxymethylamines: Masked Aminomethylation (Mannich) Reagents Leading to New Labile Ligands and Their Molybdenum Complexes.? Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk, coffee will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club will be closed today and Friday

Due to Homecoming and Tough Enough to Wear Pink events, The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club will be closed today and Friday, Oct. 23.

The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club is normally open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information call 575-646-4763.

'Discover the Cure' door decorations at Corbett Center

While you are roaming campus during Homecoming, be sure to visit the second floor of Corbett Center Student Union. Not only has the building undergone some incredible renovations, many of the doors have been decorated by NMSU students and staff for Homecoming's "Discover the Cure" theme.

If you are unable to make it to the building, photos of the decorations are available in NMSU'S INSIDER's "NMSU Fall 2015" album at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.919594731441544.1073741837.135822796485412&type=3 and on the NMSU INSIDER free mobile app. The most recent photos are displayed at the bottom of the page.

NMSU students will answer plant problem questions at outreach event Oct. 26

Got plant problems? Area residents will have a chance to ask questions about problems or challenges with their plants at an upcoming outreach event Oct. 26.

Students in the fall 2015 Diagnosing Plant Disorders class will be holding a Community Outreach event for the Las Cruces area. The event is free and will be held from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at the Fabian Garcia Science Center (http://fabiangarciasc.nmsu.edu/map.html).

?This is a challenging opportunity for NMSU students in the course to engage with our community, and use the skills they have acquired to respond to the needs of the community,? said the students? instructor, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science Professor Soum Sanogo. ?The course epitomizes developing and enhancing the sense of community service in our students as they address the plant problems faced by the community.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11471/nmsu-students-will-answer-plant-problem-questions-at-outreach-event-oct-26

DNP scholarly project defense to be held Oct. 27

The School of Nursing will host Amy Weiss as she formally defends her scholarly project titled "A Quality Improvement Project for Implementing Primary Prevention Strategies for Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence: Assessing Readiness in a Primary Car Clinic" before a committee comprised of Kristynia Robinson (chair), Pamela Schultz, Shelly Noe and Sue Foster-Cox from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 27, in CHHS Annex 202. All are welcome

For more information contact kpech@ad.nmsu.edu.

FSA-RMR office information session and PCard receipt destruction training to be held Nov. 5

The FSA Records Management and Retention (RMR) office will conduct an information session from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 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.

Armed Forces 5K Endzone Dash to be held Nov. 8

The Armed Forces 5K Endzone Dash will be held Nov. 8. The run will take place to kickoff Military Appreciation Week, and will start at the Aggie Memorial Stadium parking lot, and finish in the endzone. Five obstacles will take place along the way, and will remain a secret until raceday.

Race start time is 7:30 a.m. with 6 a.m. registration and bib/T-shirt pickup. T-shirts for the first 250 runners, and trophies will be given to the top three male and female finishers. They will start the race with a cannon from Army ROTC. The event is sponsored by Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC and the Military and Veterans Programs/Student Veterans Organization on campus.

Registration is available at http://mvp.nmsu.edu/5k/

For more information contact Captain Michael Vetri at mvetri@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5468.

Dance performance raises funds for student trip to study in Spain

Come enjoy ?Viva Espaņa? a passionate evening of eclectic Flamenco and Spanish dance performed by Sol y Arena, the NMSU Dance Programs Flamenco and Spanish dance ensemble joined by Alma d?arte Flamenco. ?Viva Espaņa? will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 15, at Alma d?arte Charter High School, 402 West Court Ave. Tickets are $10 for students/seniors, $5 for children under 12 and $15 for adults. To purchase in advance call Maggie at 575-646-4067. The event is sponsored by the NMSU Department of Kinesiology & Dance.

Proceeds from this event help to sponsor students traveling to study in Spain for a month in the summer of 2016. This will be the third trip directed by Paco Antonio and Lucilene de Geus, co-directors of Sol y Arena and dance faculty at NMSU. This international study offers focused dance students an extremely rich experience in the classroom with celebrated international instructors, Theater and Tablao (nightclub setting) performances, daily walks through historic land marks and museums while bringing back inspiring choreographies with rich memories to be shared and motivate the next generation of voyagers.

For more information contact 575-646-4068 or pacton@nmsu.edu.

Student reading/benefit event to be held Nov. 13

Students in the Introduction to Creative Writing Class at Doņa Ana Community College will hold a public reading of their work Friday, Nov. 13. The reading also will serve as a food drive benefit for the Aggie Cupboard.

The reading will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble on the New Mexico State University campus. Light refreshments will be provided and the bookstore will offer coupons for purchases from the café.

Students reading include Tiffany Barron, David Ceballos, Rachael Dorton, Jordan Garcia, Jennifer Hagan, Brianna Johnson, Adrienne Leyva, Christopher Marshall, Victor Muniz, Casandra Muņoz, Ruby Paredes, Alexandra Ramirez and Michael Vallejos. Students will read fiction, creative non-fiction and poems created in class.

Audience members are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the college pantry, which provides emergency food assistance to students, staff and faculty at NMSU.

For more information, contact Gwendolyn Mintz at 575-527-7669.

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.

100 West Café to serve Greek cuisine this week

100 West Café will serve Greek cuisine Oct. 20?23. Enjoy four days of a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature Fasolatha (Greek white bean soup) or Greek salad, your choice of Sicilian chicken or broiled Greek fish served with Greek rice with feta and dill and asparagus as your sides, or pasta with tomatoes and white beans ? no sides. For dessert you have a choice of Baklava or Revani (a Greek semolina cake with orange syrup). All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. They gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience.

Loadable gift cards are available for sale in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 119 in $10 increments. We 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.

Local Toastmasters Club meetings to be held

If you are interested in improving your presentations, public speaking and leadership skills, the local Toastmasters clubs in Las Cruces cordially invite you to attend a meeting to experience a given day at a Local Toastmasters Club and to learn how Toastmasters can benefit you.

There are three local clubs in Las Cruces, which meet as follows:

7 a.m. Tuesday mornings: Gene?s Gesters Toastmasters meet at Dona Ana County Workforce (DACC College) at 2345 Nevada Ave.

7 p.m. Wednesday evenings: Las Cruces Toastmasters meet at Good Samaritan Village Community Center, Kiva Room at 3011 Buena Vida Circle.

Noon Thursdays: Los Chismosos Toastmasters meet at the NMSU Nason House, 1070 University Ave., across the street from Kinkos.

Communication skills are essential to thrive in today?s world.

For more information contact Deana Baucom, area director at dbaucom@nmsu.edu or call 575-680-0964 or visit the Toastmasters International website at http://www.toastmasters.org/.

Department of Educational Leadership and Administration now accepting applications

The Department of Educational Leadership and Administration 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 http://emd.education.nmsu.edu/index/academics/docpage/ or email Norma Martinez Arrieta, ELA student program coordinator, at narrieta@nmsu.edu.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Administration is also now accepting applications to its master of arts in Educational Administration program. The degree focuses on community college and university administration. This program offers online course instruction (both asynchronous and synchronous modalities). Application materials must be received by the deadline of Dec. 1.

For more information or to apply visit http://emd.education.nmsu.edu/index/academics/mainhied/ or email Norma Martinez Arrieta, ELA student program coordinator, at narrieta@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Regents approve ground lease for development north of University Avenue

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved a ground lease for Aggie Development Incorporated during their meeting Oct. 21 in Las Cruces. The lease involves two parcels of land north of University Avenue and east of the Pan Am Plaza.

Aggie Development was created by NMSU in 2014 to better manage and develop the university?s land and water assets. One of the parcels, located north of Wisconsin Avenue, is more than 12 acres and zoned for multi-family development. The second is almost seven acres located south of Wisconsin Avenue and zoned for commercial development.

?The desire of Aggie Development is to seek a third party to develop on these two parcels,? said Aggie Development President Scott Eschenbrenner. ?There have been multiple interested parties from the private sector for a multi-family development on the 12.68-acre parcel. Placing these two parcels under the direction of Aggie Development could lead to an immediate funding source for the university.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11475/nmsu-regents-approve-ground-lease-for-development-north-of-university-avenue

NMSU crop researcher becomes an onion whisperer

A new cultivar of onion from New Mexico State University?s Agricultural Experiment Station is now ready for seed industry commercialization with the assistance of Arrowhead Center.

NuMex Whisper is an open-pollinated, highly single-centered, late-maturing, intermediate-day, yellow-scaled onion cultivar and is sown in the fall in southern New Mexico and similar environments. The onion was released in 2013.

NMSU?s Christopher Cramer, a professor of horticulture in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the Jose Fernandez Memorial Chair in Crop Production, has worked on this project since 1978, after crossing numerous short-day and intermediate-day varieties in different ways. He?s worked toward developing an onion bulb that is firm, has dry, high-quality outer scale characteristics, and has a center-growing point. NuMex Whisper?s scale characteristics, such as bulb firmness and scale color, adherence, thickness and number, were important in the quality evaluations.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11473/nmsu-crop-researcher-becomes-an-onion-whisperer