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NMSU Hotline — December 17, 2015

NMSU alum Rod McSherry returns to College of ACES as Gerald Thomas Chair

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Traveling full circle is nothing new to New Mexico State University alum Rod McSherry. He has gone from Deming, New Mexico, and back to Deming, and from Washington, D.C., back to Washington.

He has come full circle once again.

McSherry received a master?s degree in international agriculture from NMSU in 1986 and has returned to the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences as the Gerald Thomas Chair for Global Agricultural Initiatives. His position is that of an endowed chair that honors former NMSU President Gerald W. Thomas.

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Campus Announcements

Campus Health Center to close early Dec. 18

The Campus Health Center will close at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18 for staff safety and CPR training. They will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

For more information, call 575-646-1512.

Santa?s visit at NMSU set for Saturday

The NMSU Fire Department is expecting Santa to visit the NMSU Las Cruces campus Student Family Housing Saturday, Dec. 19. Look for his sleigh to be escorted by the NMSU Fire Department. You will see the brightly lit fire engines and all the firefighters that cheerfully serve our community. Arrival will be shortly after sundown around 5:15 p.m. Santa?s elves will gladly accept any letters for Santa that the children have prepared. Join them in their holiday parade.

For more information call 575-646-2519.

Van Winkle named president of NMSU Alamogordo

New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers has named Ken Van Winkle as president of NMSU Alamogordo. Van Winkle had served as interim president of that campus since May. He?s been with NMSU for 30 years and was previously the associate dean for strategic initiatives and assessment in the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences.

?Ken Van Winkle is a fantastic leader,? Carruthers said. ?He grew up in Alamogordo and has already been working to engage the community and enhance connections with the campus. I?ve spoken with community leaders, local military leaders and the college?s faculty and staff and support for Ken to become the permanent president has been overwhelming. I?d like to thank the NMSU Board of Regents for their consideration in waiving the need for the continuation of a formal search for this position.?

During their regular meeting Dec. 11, NMSU regents waived Policy 5.96, which requires a formal search for the new president of NMSU Alamogordo. Earlier this year, a previous formal search concluded without a new permanent president being chosen. Carruthers requested permission to appoint Van Winkle after contacting the relevant stakeholders in Alamogordo.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11612/van-winkle-named-president-of-nmsu-alamogordo

NMSU students discover new skills through internship opportunities

A group of New Mexico State University students helped achieve significant contributions to innovations made in the world of unmanned aerial systems while discovering cutting edge skills.

The students worked as interns at Emerging Technology Ventures, Inc., or ETV, which is headquartered in Alamogordo. ETV and four other companies have been working with scientists from Sandia National Laboratories to create a battery measurement device to be used in unmanned aerial systems. The partnership between ETV and the four companies has been supported by New Mexico Small Business Assistance program?s Leveraged Projects funding.

Griselda Martinez, the NMSBA program director at NMSU?s Arrowhead Center, helped place the interns at ETV in collaboration with faculty from Computer Science and Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Two interns became full-time employees at ETV after graduating Saturday, Dec. 12. Martinez said ETV has asked for Arrowhead?s assistance in finding interns for next semester.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11610/nmsu-students-discover-new-skills-through-internship-opportunities

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.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11613/nmsu-s-52nd-quality-concrete-school-set-for-january

DACC Community Education course available

In the DACC Community Education course, Self Defense - Individual Defensive Instincts, learn how to enhance your instincts as a first line of defense and the practice of easy retainable techniques. No previous experience required to join. It is a self-defense training program developed for women of all ages and abilities. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 or Saturday, Feb. 20 or Saturday, March 5 or Saturday, April 16 or Saturday, May 7. The cost is $55.

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