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NMSU Hotline — November 4, 2015

NMSU mosquito nutrient transport research may lead to better, safer insecticides


Ever wonder why male mosquitoes don?t bite? ?They don?t have to make eggs,? explained Immo Hansen, associate professor of biology at New Mexico State University in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?But, the females need nutrient proteins, so they take up our blood.? It?s through this process that vector, or disease-causing, mosquitoes transmit malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever viruses and other illnesses.

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Campus Announcements

Red to Green Money Management Meet-Up to be held today

Red to Green Money Management Meet-Up will be held from 10 a.m. to noon today, at the O?Donnell Atrium. They know Garcia Annex seems so far away, so they are coming to you. Look for their table and grab some great resources on budgeting and financial aid. You can also find more information on workshops or schedule a one-on-one appointment.

To schedule an appointment with a Peer Financial Literacy Coach, contact finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1851, or go to http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request/.

For more information, go to careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green/. Also, sign-up for their social media to receive weekly updates. They are on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

NMSU Mail Services has a new location

NMSU Mail Services is now located at 3533 Locust St. inside the old Housing Warehouse. Operating hours and contact information remain the same and can be found at http://mailservices.nmsu.edu/.

Contact 575-646-7333 or mailservices@nmsu.edu for more information.

100 West Café to serve Southern style cuisine this week

100 West Café will serve Southern style cuisine Nov. 3-6. Enjoy four days of a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature field salad with blue cheese or potato chowder your choice of Alabama roasted chicken or fried catfish with remoulade sauce served with mashed potatoes and greens as your sides, or spicy tomato pasta. For dessert you have a choice of buttermilk pie or mixed fruit cobbler.

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. 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.

Webinar on climate policy today at the Environmental Education Center

?From Rio ?92 to Paris COP21: Challenges and Opportunities for Climate Policy? is the webinar that will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, in the Environmental Education Center, Regents Row Suite A116. It is brought to you by The Earth Charter, which is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. Former Dutch Minister for Environment, Jan Pronk, will speak about the past, present and future of climate change policy in the lead-up to the UN Paris climate conference.

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

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 today 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.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium to be held Nov. 5

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium by Marisa Kozlowsi, from the University of Pennsylvania, will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building Room 153. The talk is titled ?Adventures in Oxidative Bond Forming Reactions: Development and Applications in Natural Product Synthesis.? Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk, coffee will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Barnes & Noble at NMSU to host Lunch 'n Learn with XanEdu

All faculty are invited to a Lunch 'n Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU. This event will allow faculty and instructors to meet with Leah Johnson, from XanEdu Publishing, to explore options available for affordable custom textbook creation. This lunch event will assist faculty and instructors with the steps to publish original materials and design a custom textbook. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by email to bookstore@nmsu.edu by Friday, Nov. 6.

For more information or to RSVP, call 575-646-4431 or 575-646-4020.

NMSU ROTC to host community events for Military and Veterans Appreciation Week

New Mexico State University?s Air Force and Army ROTC will host several events, including a run, recruiting day and veteran?s dinner, as part of New Mexico State University?s first-ever Military and Veterans Appreciation Week, Nov. 7-13.

On Sunday, Nov. 8, NMSU ROTC will hold the Armed Forces 5K End Zone Dash. This obstacle course run begins at 7:30 a.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Day-of registration begins at 6 a.m., and online registration is available at http://mvp.nmsu.edu/5k/. Registration is $20 per person, and trophies will be awarded to the top three male and female participants.

On Friday, Nov. 13, the departments will host an ROTC recruiting day from 8-11:30 a.m. outside of Young Hall on the NMSU campus. The event will include displays, games, demonstrations from BMX stunt riders, a climbing wall and information tables.


Successful Strategies to Support Student Veterans and Active Duty to be held Nov. 12

As part of the Military and Veterans Appreciation Week series events, the Office of Military and Veterans Programs will host a Teaching Academy Event at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. The title of this panel presentation is called Successful Strategies to Support Student Veterans and Active Duty, and will help shed light on this unique group of NMSU students and how the NMSU community can better serve them. The panel is comprised of a mix of NMSU student veterans and NMSU faculty members who have conducted research on this topic. The panel presentation is open and recommended to faculty and staff that work or interact with students.

Register for this event at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000007822.

For more information about this panel contact Jacobo Varela, MVP Director, at 575-646-4524 or mvp@nmsu.edu.

Startup Weekend Las Cruces to be held Nov. 13-15

Startup Weekend Las Cruces will be held Nov. 13-15 at Arrowhead Park. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that brings together Las Cruces designers, developers, entrepreneurs and experts from all domains to do amazing things.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur and contribute to a more sustainable world, be part of Startup Weekend Las Cruces. Learn more at http://lascruces.startupweekend.org/. Students use the student discount code.

For more information contact lascruces@startupweekend.org.

NMSU to recognize outstanding community engagement from faculty, staff, students

The New Mexico State University Foundation has established new faculty and staff awards to recognize the work these employees do in programs and partnerships that benefit communities throughout New Mexico. Likewise, a new scholarship will recognize outstanding student community engagement.

The first Distinguished Community Engagement Award will be presented to one faculty member and one staff member in the amount of $500 each at the spring convocation ceremony on Jan. 18, 2016.

Faculty and staff who wish to apply for the first Distinguished Community Engagement Award can submit an application online at https://vped.nmsu.edu/nmsu-ce-award by Nov. 16, 2015. The application consists of a summary of an individual?s or group?s program, which should demonstrate outstanding achievement in and commitment to community outreach and engagement and have a record of sustained impact and achievement. The summary will include the significance of the partnership; the relationship between the university and the community; the impact on community and university partners; lessons learned and best practices; and the future plans of the project.

Applications are being accepted now, and more details about the summary guidelines can be found at https://vped.nmsu.edu/nmsu-ce-award.


NMSU symposium in Union County will focus on cattle reproduction

Healthy and reliable reproduction in beef cattle can make a big difference in whether a cattle operation is successful. With cattle and calf production generating more than $1.5 billion in revenue across New Mexico during 2014, success in the industry has a large impact on the state?s economy.

Livestock reproduction will be the topic of a symposium Nov. 17 at the Civic Center in Clayton. The event will be sponsored by New Mexico State University?s Union County Cooperative Extension Service.

?NMSU experts will provide the latest information of importance to ranchers,? said Whitney Brock, Union County agriculture agent and program manager. ?We will cover a wide range of topics, from nutrition to diseases, that can be very valuable for cattle producers.?


Relaxation Room is here to help

The Relaxation Room is open from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The Relaxation Room offers a range of free services to help you practice relaxation and feel more refreshed, including a massage chair and biofeedback (complementary mind-body medicine devices that use feedback from your body to help you learn to control certain involuntary body responses, such as heart rate and muscle tension).

For more information, contact the Counseling Center 575-646-2731.

NMSU DACC students participate in urban agriculture

NMSU-DACC students Jasmine Franzoy and Alyssa Berrington are working with La Semilla, Food Center to promote urban agriculture in the heart of Las Cruces.

For six hours a week they plant, prune, encourage growth and harvest food in 58 large pots throughout the Las Cruces downtown mall. They care for vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers. Franzoy and Berrington also have created a map of the area, encourage local businesses to adopt a pot, solicit donations and create signage.

The goal of the project is to show people how easy it is to grow their own vegetables and fruit. According to academic studies, people who grow their own food eat healthier.

La Semilla is building a food system, raising awareness and creating food programs for communities in Southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Krysten Aguilar from La Semilla supervises the two community college students and says the students help is invaluable.

This collaboration is part of a health class at DACC that matches students to non-profits for ?service learning? opportunities taught by Associate Professor Amy Collins. Assistant Professor Becky Corran says there is a need for community engagement for the non-profits and the students.

For more information contact Amy Collins at 575-528-7068 or Becky Corran at 575-528-7033