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NMSU Hotline — December 2, 2015

GivingTuesday brings NMSU more than $3.5M in new scholarship funds


With hours still to go in its first-ever 24-hour marathon GivingTuesday fundraising event, early estimates indicate New Mexico State University brought in more than $3.5 million in new scholarship funding Dec. 1. More than 900 donors contributed online or in-person gifts.

?This has already been a tremendous success, and we?re still counting gifts coming in all evening,? said NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers. ?I?m extremely proud, not only of the additional money to support deserving students throughout the NMSU system, but even more so of the level of participation we?ve seen today. NMSU truly is a caring community, and the waves of donors coming in to show their support are further evidence of that.?

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Campus Announcements

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 Wednesday 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.

Stress Buster Days to be held today

Counseling & Student Development will host Stress Buster Days to help students cope with the stress of getting ready for finals. They will be partnering with on and off campus organizations to provide students with fun, free activities in various locations on campus.

Local businesses will provide free chair massages, makeup and nail painting today, outside Zuhl Library. Sodexo Campus Dining will provide refreshments, Therapaws will be present with therapy dogs, and Counseling & Student Development will provide multiple relaxation stations with various activities.

For more information contact counsel@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2731.

Colloquium to be held in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium by Francisco Fernandez-Lima of Florida International University will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building Room 153. The talk is titled ?Unwinding the Biological Complexity: Mass Spectrometry-based Technologies for Surface Interrogation and Structural Assignment.? Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk. Coffee will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

100 West Café to serve comfort food this week

100 West Café will serve comfort food Dec. 1?4. Enjoy four days of a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature chicken noodle soup or old fashioned sweet and sour coleslaw, and your choice of garlic-roasted chicken or spicy honey-mustard glazed pork ribs or cheese ravioli with tomato basil cream. Dessert choices are chocolate brownies with ice cream or strawberry rhubarb puff pastry. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. They gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience.

This is the last week of lunches for the semester. The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management would like to thank you for your continued support. 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.

Yvonne P. Flores retirement reception to be held Dec. 4

With 32 years of dedicated service to NMSU, Yvonne P. Flores will be retiring from the Honors College Crimson Scholar Program. A retirement reception in her honor will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the William Conroy Honors Center Commons Area (first floor lobby).

For more information, contact 575-646-2005 or vatorres@nmsu.edu.

NMSU?s annual ?Noche de Luminarias? brightens campus for the 31st year

More than 7,100 luminarias will illuminate the campus of New Mexico State University from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, during the 31st annual ?Noche de Luminarias.?

One of the largest luminaria displays in New Mexico, the candle-lit paper bags will begin at the Educational Services Building, follow along the International Mall, surround Corbett Center Student Union, extend down to Barnes and Noble and continue to the University Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors can enjoy trolley rides provided by Frontier Adventures along the luminaria route, and free refreshments inside Corbett Center. Activities and entertainment will be held at various locations inside Corbett Center, including an indoor ice skating rink.


NMSU Holiday Spectacular to be held Dec. 4

The New Mexico State University Choral Department will present the Holiday Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church at 225 W. Griggs in Las Cruces. The program will feature the Concert Choir, Masterworks Chorus and University Singers performing K. Lee Scott's "Christmas Cantata" along with other holiday favorites. The choirs will be accompanied by a brass ensemble and percussion. Admission for the evening is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Tickets are available by calling 575-646-2067 or at the door.

NMSU Library hours during finals week

The NMSU Library will have extended hours to serve the needs of our patrons at both the Zuhl and Branson Libraries during finals week:

Zuhl Library
Friday, Dec. 4: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 7?Thursday, Dec. 11: regular hours

Branson Library
Friday, Dec. 4: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 7 ?Thursday, Dec. 11: regular hours

For more information, call the NMSU Library at 575-646-2932.

NMSU Board of Regents to meet Dec. 11

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents will hold a regular meeting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, in the Regents Room in the Educational Services Building on the university?s Las Cruces campus.

A closed executive session will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Barbara Hubbard Room in the Pan American Center on the Las Cruces campus to discuss personnel, real estate, water rights and threatened or pending litigation matters in accordance with sections 10-15-1 H (2), (7), and (8) of the New Mexico Open Meetings Act.

Copies of the agenda for this meeting will be available at NMSU?s Zuhl Library not less than 72 hours prior to the meeting and will also be posted on the university website at http://regents.nmsu.edu/agenda. This meeting of the Board of Regents will be available through webcast. You can access the link at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/bor/.


FSA-RMR Transition Training now offered

The FSA Records Management and Retention (RMR) Office is excited to announce the opening of its Transition Training. This training is intended for all users who have previously attended the FSA-RMR Information Session and will assist them in the transition from the old laws and procedures to the new laws and FSA-RMR Procedures. Plan to join them and get updated on these important changes. A Go-To Meeting for out-of-town users, who are unable to attend the sessions at the Las Cruces campus, will be offered at the same time as the live session.

For more information and to register visit http://rmr.nmsu.edu/training.

Calling All Aggies campaign has started

The Calling All Aggies campaign has begun in earnest. For students who are currently enrolled and have not yet registered for spring 2016 courses, an email was sent on Dec. 1 providing resources and contact information for advising, financial aid and accounts receivable. To continue to strive for 80 percent retention for this academic year, the Calling All Aggies team needs your participation. The more support we have assisting students and providing access to resources pertinent to their needs, the more successful our students will be.

Faculty and staff who wish to assist as volunteer callers for the ?Calling All Aggies? retention initiative can contact Lisa Kirby at lkirby@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1342.

Current and upcoming parking lot closures

As students leave for winter break, NMSU Transportation & Parking Services will utilize this time to service some of the campus parking lots. View the list at http://park.nmsu.edu/closure/ and contact 575-646-1839 or parking@nmsu.edu for more information. A map of alternative parking locations is available at the same web address.

Taco Thursdays to return in February as new restaurant hours begin

As daylight fades earlier in the evening, the NMSU Golf Course Player?s Grill has altered its hours accordingly. The full menu is now available from 10 a.m.?4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m.?4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Appetizers and drinks will be available until 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Taco Thursdays have concluded for the season and will return in February. The Player?s Grill is located in the Club House at 3000 Herb Wimberly Dr. in Las Cruces and will be closed Dec. 25.

For more information contact 575-646-2457.