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NMSU Hotline — November 24, 2015

Aggie Pride Call Center students learn valuable skills, create lifetime giving opportunities

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Sometimes a phone call from New Mexico State University might be just what alumni need to feel connected to their alma mater. With goals to build that connection, update demographic information and raise funds for NMSU, Aggie Pride Call Center student callers spend their time reaching hundreds of Aggies each week.

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GivingTuesday is next week ? gifts to scholarships matched dollar-for-dollar

GivingTuesday is almost here! Just one week remains before our day-long celebration of generous giving, which will help New Mexico State University grow its scholarship opportunities for students.

GivingTuesday is a university-wide initiative focused on philanthropy that has an impact on the lives of students at NMSU. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

To get NMSU faculty and staff in the spirit of this day of philanthropy, many campus leaders have pledged matching support for the contributions made by their employees. NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers will contribute $5 for every new payroll deduction gift made to any fund set up on GivingTuesday! Many vice presidents, deans and other leaders are on board with matching pledges.

Additional matching pledges are available for student ambassadors, alumni delegates and several campus departments. Are you eligible for one of them? Visit http://advancing.nmsu.edu/giving-tuesday-challenges to find out.
Giving Tuesday presents a unique opportunity to double the impact of scholarship giving at NMSU. Every gift made to a scholarship fund on Dec. 1 will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Are you a campus leader who wants to challenge your staff to get involved? Contact Andrea Tawney for more information at 575-646-1613 or atawney@nmsu.edu.

One day can make a difference! Learn more about #GivingTuesday at http://advancing.nmsu.edu/givingtuesday.

Harlem Globetrotters holiday discount

Now through Christmas Eve, save 40 percent on select tickets to see The Original Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary World Tour live at the NMSU Pan American Center in Las Cruces at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. This is the perfect opportunity to stuff your children?s stockings for Christmas, while planning a fun-filled family Valentine?s Day at the same time. Use code GIFT40 at the Pan Am Center Ticket Office or http://www.ticketmaster.com/harlem-globetrotters-las-cruces-new-mexico-02-14-2016/event/0C004F3395382BE3?artistid=806223&majorcatid=10003&minorcatid=55&tm_link=venue_msg-0_0C004F3395382BE3?camefrom=CFC_%20NEWMEXICOSU by 10 p.m. Dec. 24 to receive the discount.

Call 575-646-1420 or visit http://panam.nmsu.edu/globies/ for more information and view the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/404310196439028/ for trick-shot videos.

DACC Customized Training class offered

Leadership Skills for Women is a self-paced online course. The cost is $1,395. While the leadership landscape may be shifting in women's favor, women are nowhere near an equal presence in leadership roles when compared to men. Learn to be your own advocate when it comes to professional growth and advancement. Use tangible how-tos to navigate the workplace as a woman. Develop skills necessary for negotiating, networking and succeeding on and off the job, identify the characteristics of successful female leaders and learn many helpful tips for becoming a successful female in work and in life.

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

NMSU?s 52nd Quality Concrete School set for January

New Mexico State University?s Engineering New Mexico Resource Network will start off the New Year with its 52nd annual Samuel P. Maggard Quality Concrete School that includes workshops and lectures covering various concrete-related topics.

The Quality Concrete School will be held Jan. 8-9 for professional engineers and others involved in the construction industry to provide the latest technologies and information used in concrete applications. The workshops encompass a range of competency levels to accommodate those attending. Among the sessions offered will be pervious concrete, concrete overlays, new equipment, sampling and testing, polishing and concrete mix design.

The Quality Concrete School is a combined effort by NMSU and the New Mexico Ready Mix Concrete and Aggregates Association. NMSU civil engineering professors and the New Mexico Ready Mix Concrete and Aggregates Association will facilitate the lectures and workshops.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11560/nmsu-s-52nd-quality-concrete-school-set-for-january

NMSU biology professor publishes ?Parrots of the Wild? as part of mentor?s legacy

With their tight social relationships, long lives and big brains, New Mexico State University biology professor Tim Wright considers parrots to be the most human of all birds.

?There?s a reason that they can be such charming pets: they have a lot of characteristics that we think of as human,? Wright said. ?They?re particularly intelligent ? they have advanced cognitive abilities, they?re capable of learning vocalizations and of mimicking our vocalizations. They also tend to have very tight social bonds.?

These captivating qualities led Wright to spend the last 20 years studying this fascinating group of birds, and, more recently, to co-author ?Parrots of the Wild,? a book exploring the lives and history of wild parrots.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11561/nmsu-biology-professor-publishes-parrots-of-the-wild-as-part-of-mentor-s-legacy

NMSU researchers witness first accelerator-born neutrinos

One hundred billion ghostly subatomic particles pass unnoticed through the tip of your finger every second. Chances are you?ll never see a neutrino, unless you?re a physicist.

Last month, physicists from New Mexico State University were among scientists to see the first neutrinos in the MicroBooNE particle detector at the U.S. Department of Energy?s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago.

?The proton beam from Fermilab accelerator complex was switched on for MicroBooNE in mid-October, and we are very excited to see these first images from some of the clearest neutrino interactions in the detector,? said Stephen Pate, physics professor who, along with physics associate professor Vassili Papavassiliou, leads the NMSU High-Energy Nuclear Physics team in the College of Arts and Sciences.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11557/nmsu-researchers-witness-first-accelerator-born-neutrinos

NMSU weed expert Rick Arnold retires after 36 years with university

For 36 years, Rick Arnold has been the go-to guy regarding weed control in the Four Corners region.

Agricultural producers in the area have relied on the field trials he has conducted at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Farmington to help them buy herbicides that are proven to work in the region.

On Oct. 31, Arnold took on a new role ? retiree. While he might be retired from NMSU, the highly honored weed specialist says he?ll probably continue to help area producers as a consultant.

?I was born and raised in the Four Corners region and have worked here since 1975, when I returned home from attending NMSU,? said the Central High School Class of 1971 alum.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11555/nmsu-weed-expert-rick-arnold-retires-after-36-years-with-university