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NMSU Hotline — November 6, 2015

NMSU researchers work to solve infrastructure challenges, members of new Engineering Research Center


In August, New Mexico State University was announced as one of four universities in a new National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center to develop advances in geotechnical engineering that will provide solutions to some of the world?s biggest infrastructure development and environmental challenges.

NMSU?s College of Engineering joins a consortium of university, industry and government partners, led by Arizona State University. The $18.5 million NSF award establishes the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) to expand the emerging field of biogeotechnical engineering.

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NMSU PGA Golf Management Program honored

Pat Gavin, PGA Golf Management director, brought home two awards this week during the annual PGA Sun Country Section meeting and awards dinner. First, he won the Bill Strausbaugh Award, given for displaying outstanding integrity, commitment to mentoring, and making significant impact on the careers of PGA professionals. The second award was the Section?s highest honor, PGA Golf Professional of the Year. This award is given for continued commitment to the profession, service to his fellow professionals, and representing the association is a very positive light.

The NMSU PGA Golf Management team was victorious this week at the PGA Jones Cup, which is the national event for all 19 accredited PGA Golf Management universities. The NMSU team was comprised of five students (Redge Camacho, Anthony Del Dotto, Nate LeBlanc, Cole Lorenz and Brett Walker) and was coached by Program Specialist Josh Salmon. LeBlanc and Walker also brought home the Individual Medalist trophy, they tied at a score of -4 over 36 holes. Congratulations to LeBlanc, Walker the entire team and Salmon for his leadership.

Doctor of Nursing Practice scholarly project to be held Nov. 9

The School of Nursing DNP student Jennifer Dailey-Vail will formally defend her scholarly project titled "Optimization of referral management in a community health center: an electronic health record approach" before a committee comprised of Kristynia Robinson (chair), Teresa Keller, Conni DeBlieck and Son Tran at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the College of Health and Social Services Building Room 318. The event is open to the public. For more information contact kpech@nmsu.edu.

Risk Manager in Residence arrives at NMSU

The NMSU Risk Management and Insurance Studies Program has received a grant from the Spencer Educational Foundation to bring a "Risk Manager in Residence" (RMIR) to campus. This year's RMIR is Chris Mandel, senior vice president, strategic solutions for Sedgwick. Mandel was the 2004 Risk Manager of the Year and is widely recognized as an expert in the area of Enterprise Risk Management. He has risk management experience in such diverse organizations as USAA, Tricon Global Restaurants (now Yum Brands), and the American National Red Cross, among others. In addition to speaking to risk management and insurance classes at NMSU, Mandel will be giving a presentation 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in Domenici Hall Room 106. The NMSU community is invited to this evening event.

For additional information, contact Tim Query at 575-646-5253 or tquery@nmsu.edu.

Mix & Mingle Event-The Art of Professional Networking to be held Nov. 12

Are you confident in your professional social skills? Did you know that your future success may depend on them?

Business receptions are often less structured than more formal business events such as banquets or presentations. It's expected that you'll circulate around the room, introducing yourself to people and making small talk.

At Mix & Mingle Event-The Art of Professional Networking, you will learn business etiquette and practice the fine art of professional networking. David Quintana, lead recruiter for Techtronic Industries and NMSU alumnus, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, Nov. 12 event. Check-in begins at 5 p.m., and the event is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Corbett Center third floor west ballroom. Appetizers will be provided.

RSVP by Nov. 9 using one of these options: call 575-646-1631, email careers@nmsu.edu or through your AggieCAREER Manager Account in Career Fairs and Events - then Mix and Mingle - Click RSVP.

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.

Tuesday Talk at SWEC: Using Genetics to Stop the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Illicit international trade in wildlife is a $150 billion industry annually, second only to the trade in illegal drugs. Time is running out for many species but an NMSU biology professor is doing something about it. Brook Milligan will give a talk titled ?Conservation Genomics: Using Genetics to Stop the Illegal Wildlife Trade and Transform our Understanding of Biodiversity? on at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main.

Milligan is director of NMSU?s Conservation Genomics Laboratory, and spent a year as a Jefferson Science Fellow in the U.S. State Department studying how to apply emerging technologies in genetics to stop the illicit global trade in plants and animals. Milligan?s talk is free and open to the public. Call 575-522-5552 for more information.

Military and Veteran Appreciation banquet to be held Nov. 10

Are you a military veteran? If so, you are invited to join us for a free banquet in your honor.

As part of Military Appreciation week, the office of Military and Veterans Programs is hosting a free banquet in honor of all of our staff and faculty who have served. The banquet will be held at the Third Floor Bistro in the Stan Fulton Stadium, beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Formal invitations have been sent out, however, if you or a coworker did not receive one, please know that you are still invited. Space is limited so reserve your seat today. To RSVP contact us at crgilber@nmsu.edu or call at 646-2689.

NMSU to host talk on post-deployment family reintegration

For military service members, a safe return home may not always signal the end of physical and emotional stress. In fact, transitioning back to pre-deployment life may pose a set of unanticipated challenges for many military families.

To address these stressors associated with deployment and family reintegration, Jeanne Flora, associate professor of Communication Studies in New Mexico State University?s College of Arts and Sciences, will present a public talk titled ?Post-Deployment Family Reintegration: Military Family Communication Challenges and Strengths,? at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the College of Health and Social Services auditorium.

This interactive discussion is part of NMSU?s first-ever Military and Veterans Appreciation Week, happening Nov. 7-13. The talk will address avenues to support military families facing challenges with reintegration, while also inviting audience members to offer suggestions.

?Some military families have mixed emotions upon reunion as they struggle with how to carefully renegotiate family routines, share experiences that occurred while separated and begin a new chapter in family life,? Flora said. ?The NMSU Military Family Communication project is important because it explores innovative approaches to treating post-deployment stress and supporting military family reintegration.?

The goal of the Military Family Communication project is to offer military families practical, yet current and theory based, skills for decreasing stress and improving family communication. The team includes NMSU researchers, therapists, military officers, community members and veterans.

For more information, contact Kenneth Hacker, Head, Department of Communication Studies at khacker@nmsu.edu or 575-646-4937.


NMSU to host free ?Fort Bliss? movie showing, public discussion with director

The public is invited to attend a free showing of the movie ?Fort Bliss,? in New Mexico State University?s Domenici Hall S.P. and Estelle Yates Theater beginning at 5:45 p.m. Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. Following the presentation, the audience will have the opportunity to meet Claudia Myers, film director, writer and co-producer, during a public discussion and reception.

?This movie makes the hardship of deployment very visible,? said Kenneth Hacker, professor and head of the communication studies department, who coordinated Myers? visit. ?I am proud and honored to bring this talented filmmaker to NMSU to meet veterans and their families.?


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.

NMSU selected as a top military-friendly university

New Mexico State University has been named as a top military-friendly school for 2016 by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.

This is the seventh consecutive year NMSU has been listed as a top institution in the country that supports military students, which will be featured in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazine.


Community to curate artwork as part of NMSU University Art Gallery show

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will host an opening reception for their fall interactive exhibition, ?Points of Departure,? from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the University Art Gallery.

For this event, three concepts will be on display to form a multifaceted exchange: the Curatory, Laboratory and Points of Departure.

The Curatory is a community-curated space with both online and offline participants. Using social media, participants can select artwork by tagging ?NMSU Art Gallery? on Facebook, @NMSUArtGallery for Twitter, and @nmsuartgallery on Instagram.


The Exciting Side of Insurance? presentation to be held Nov. 12

What do amusement parks, sky rises, high profile celebrities and nightclubs have in common? They are all extremely difficult to insure. Discover the exciting side of the insurance and risk management industry. NMSU?s Gamma Iota Sigma Insurance and Risk Management Fraternity will hold a presentation titled The Exciting Side of Insurance? from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 12, in Domenici Hall Room 106.

They will host Temo Garcia with Risk Placement Services who will talk about the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA), the career opportunities within the Excess and Surplus lines segment of the industry, and how rewarding the insurance industry can be. The meeting is open to all.

For more information, contact adviser Mike McGonigle at mikemc@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 partners with six Rocky Mountain universities to establish food safety center

Six land-grant universities in the Rocky Mountain region, including New Mexico State University, have partnered as part of the recently funded Western Regional Food Safety Training Center at Oregon State University.

On Oct. 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the establishment of the $1.2 million center, which focuses on helping small and midsized farms and food processors in 13 western states to prevent foodborne illnesses.