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NMSU Hotline — November 13, 2015

NMSU?s Engineering Freshman Year Experience improves retention


After implementing the Freshman Year Experience program in the College of Engineering in fall 2014, New Mexico State University has dramatically increased the number of students retained as sophomores in the college.

The President?s Performance Fund has supported the initiative with $76,000 per year for up to three years. All engineering students are required to take ENGR 100, which is recommended to students in their first semester if they meet the math co-requisite, MATH 121. With the new program, NMSU has seen an increase of 78.5 percent of students retained to sophomore year compared to 63.9 percent before the program.

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Campus Announcements

Startup Hour to be held today

Startup Hour, brought to you by Studio G Business Accelerator, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today, at the Studio G located in Academic Research Building A. Startup Hour is a great chance to learn about how to start your own business. This week's presentation discusses determining the value of your customers and understanding your sales process. Join us to learn about improving your business.

Don't forget to check out their Facebook page where you can stay up to date with all of our events. Startup Hour is a function of the Studio G Business Accelerator at NMSU.

Colloquium Series lecture to be held Monday

The College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium Series lecture by Manal Hamzeh, associate professor, Women's Studies Program, NMSU, will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in Science Hall Room 107. Hamzeh talk is titled "An Egyptian Revolutionary Woman: From Life Imprisonment to Forced Exile."

For more information contact gwfetzer@nmsu.edu.

Papermaking Workshop with Katya Reka

Papermaking Workshop with Katya Reka will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the University Art Gallery at NMSU. Join Katya Reka, artist and NMSU assistant professor, for a workshop session focused on papermaking. Materials will be provided to all participants; art books from the University Art Gallery?s permanent collection will be on display. This is a free, community-wide event. Children are welcome.

For more information contact 575-646-2545 or artglry@nmsu.edu.

Aggie Cash & Aggie Dining Dollars not available on Sunday

Due to system maintenance, Aggie Cash & Aggie Dining Dollars will not be available Sunday, Nov. 15. The outage will only be for one day. All systems will resume Monday, Nov. 16. Thank you for your cooperation.

For more more information contact auxservices@nmsu.edu.

Effective Presentations to be held Nov. 17

Effective Presentations will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Zuhl Library Conference Room, 225 second floor. Make your class presentations stand out from the crowd. Become aware of the ?Do?s and Dont's? of presentations.

For more information contact the Student Success Center at 575-646-3136.

Careers Outside of Academia workshop to be held Tuesday

Careers Outside of Academia will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Domenici Hall Room 006. A variety of techniques and strategies facilitate job searching outside of academics. This workshop will provide tools to complete a self-assessment, identify careers and employers, recognize your transferable skills, and succeed at navigating the non-academic job search. Sponsored by Career Services.

For more information contact 575-646-1631 or careers@nmsu.edu.

Lettuce and radishes for sale in Sam Steel Cafe

Sam Steel Café has Butterhead lettuce and radishes for sale. Butterhead lettuce is $3 per package (not organic) and mini radishes for $1.50 per package (USDA certified organic). They are located right of the lobby in Gerald Thomas Hall and are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information call 575-646-2230.

100 West Café to serve Italian food this week

100 West Café will serve Italian food through Friday. Enjoy four days of a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature roasted red bell pepper soup, salad caprese and your choice of Roman chicken sautée or sea bass pomodoro served with roasted red potatoes and broccolini as your sides, or penne puttanesca. Dessert choices are Italian ricotta cheesecake or crème brulee. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. They gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards.

Loadable gift cards are available for sale in Gerald Thomas 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.

STEM Day for Girls to be held Jan. 23

STEM Day for Girls at NMSU is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. This incredible one-day event will include fun and creative hands-on STEM workshops for girls in 5th?10th grades, led by role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The mission for this day is to inspire girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in STEM. A critical component is bringing together workshop leaders and volunteers in our region from many STEM fields. If you have an idea or a workshop that you would like to host, submit your information here http://bit.ly/STEMforGirls2016.

For more information contact Rebecca Galves at rgalves@cs.nmsu.edu or 575-646-1901.

Water Science & Management Graduate Degree Program now accepting admissions applications

The Water Science and Management (WSM) Graduate Degree Program at New Mexico State University is now accepting applications for its master of science and doctor of philosophy in WSM until Feb. 15 for the fall 2016 semester. These are interdisciplinary graduate degree programs which provide graduate education for addressing state, national and international water issues and to train the next generation of water professionals needed to meet the challenges of scarce water resources. New Mexico faces serious challenges in water supply, development and quality, management and administration of water resources.

The WSM program offers five fields of study sponsored under the Colleges of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences, Arts & Sciences and Engineering.

NMSU undergraduate seniors who will be graduating in May 2016 or anyone who is interested in Water Science and Management may obtain information and/or apply to the program by visiting http://wsm.research.nmsu.edu, call 575-646-4198 or email Patrick Natoni, student program coordinator at wsm@nmsu.edu. Walk-ins or appointments are welcome. The WSM program is located on 3170 S. Espina St., Stucky Hall Room 111.

DACC Community Education course available

In the holiday DACC Community Education course, Christmas Tree Wire Pendant, light up your holiday season by trimming this Christmas tree wire pendant with emerald and ruby faceted beads. Use wire on wire techniques for adhering the beads. The class will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. The cost is $21.

For more information or to sign-up email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

DACC Customized Training classes offered

Spanish for Social Services is an online 16-hour course. The cost is $129. Designed for social workers, counselors, non-profit office staff and administrators, ministers, and anyone working with Spanish-speakers in an outreach capacity. Topics include people in trouble, interview phrases, specific questions, the social services visit, agency offerings, personal characteristics, feelings, more social services terms, family insurance vocabulary and more.

Practical Math for the Workplace will be held for four weeks. The cost is $148. For anyone interested in acquiring the skills needed to understand and perform common business activities such as payroll, banking, invoicing and purchasing. Business owners and managers will find this course particularly beneficial in providing a clear and understandable insight into the basic mathematical skills and processes needed to perform financial tasks required in the workplace.

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

NMSU named to the 50 most underrated colleges in America list for 2015

Hollywood loves the underdog ? the little guy who triumphs over adversity against all odds. Business Insider is now applying the same idea to universities with its 50 most underrated colleges in America list, and New Mexico State University ranks 42nd on the list.

?This is fantastic news,? said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. ?It?s not uncommon to be overlooked by some of the college ranking systems today, many of which turn out to be popularity contests. We?re glad to see that this organization looked at us and saw that we were doing a good job.?

To determine the most underrated colleges in the country, Business Insider compared U.S. News & World Report?s rankings of Best Colleges with PayScale?s 2015-16 College Salary Report, which ranked more than 1,000 institutions based on mid-career salaries of graduates. Essentially, Business Insider considered reputation and future earnings to develop its ranking.


Accidental discovery bubbles with promise from Arrowhead?s funding

A transition to hydrogen as a major fuel in the next 50 years could fundamentally transform the U.S. energy system, according to the National Research Council, and a surprise discovery at New Mexico State University may speed that transformation.

David Johnson was a doctoral candidate in 2007 working on lab experiments for his dissertation in molecular biology at NMSU when he unexpectedly identified a biopolymer that could result in safer hydrogen storage.

Johnson, who now has his doctorate and is working at the NMSU Institute for Energy and Environment, was working on a National Science Foundation-funded grant to find a unique hydrogen-producing microbial community when he noticed some unusual bubbles forming in the reactor.