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NMSU Hotline — January 20, 2016

NMSU convocation introduces Presidential Medallion, community engagement honors

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New Mexico State University awarded its inaugural Presidential Medallions and Community Engagement Awards during the 2016 spring convocation ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 19, at NMSU?s Atkinson Recital Hall. Every fall and spring, convocation is held to honor excellence on campus. In addition, four Regent Professorships were announced and 11 faculty members were honored for their excellence in teaching.

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Campus Announcements

Spring Swim School registration start today

NMSU Swim School registration begins today for AggieFit members and for non-AggieFit members registration begins Jan. 21. The lessons will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 6 to April 30.

For more information stop by the Aggie Fit office Room 103 in the Activity Center or contact Katie Gillis at 575-646-3347 or ktgillis@nmsu.edu. Lessons are for children three to 14.

'Purple Breasts: One Woman?s Journey Through Breast Cancer' to be held Jan. 22-23

The American Southwest Theatre Company in NMSU's Department of Theatre Arts will present an addition to the usual spring season of plays with "Purple Breasts: One Woman?s Journey Through Breast Cancer" for three showings only Jan. 22 and 23.

The play, directed by Theatre Arts Department Head Wil Kilroy, was written by Daryl Lindstrom (a close friend of Kilroy?s) and others. It?s based on her experiences after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Each of the three performances will be followed by an open talk-back with the audience and will include panelists from the medical community and breast cancer survivors.

Cast members include NMSU faculty member Amy Lanasa of the Creative Media Institute and Janet Beatty-Payne, president of the Las Cruces Community Theatre, as well as NMSU students Veronica Bissell as Zoe and Josh Horton as her husband David. Others from Zoe?s life are played by NMSU students.

Purple Breasts plays at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. All tickets are $15. Call the box office 575-646-4515 for tickets and more information.

Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar to be held Friday

Todd Sandrin, professor and director of the New College Undergraduate Inquiry and Research Experiences program at Arizona State University, will present a seminar "Mixing It Up: Rapid Characterization of Microalgae and Bacterial Mixtures using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS)? at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar, Gerald Thomas Hall Room 200. Everyone is welcome.

For more information contact Mary O?Connell at moconnel@nmsu.edu.

Start the New Year with the 'Healthy U Challenge'

A seven-week "Healthy U Challenge" will be held from Jan. 25 to March 9. There will be weekly weigh-ins, educational tips, bi-weekly workshops on how to gain lifestyle skills and incentives along the way to help you become a healthier you. Registration is open now and closes Jan. 22. Every participant will receive a free Healthy U T-shirt. There will be prizes for first, second and third place winners. It?s free for AggieFit members and $20 for non-members.

For more information, rules and application forms on the Healthy U Challenge, visit http://recsports.nmsu.edu/aggiefit or call 575-646-2907.

FSA-RMR office information session and PCard receipt destruction training to be held Jan. 28

The FSA Records Management and Retention (RMR) office will conduct an information session from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Senate Chamber Room 302, in Corbett Center. Learn about NMSU records, the new retention requirements and FSA-RMR Procedures, PCard receipt destruction and more. A Go-To Meeting for our out-of-town users, who are unable to attend our session at the Las Cruces campus, will be offered at the same time as our live session. If you need assistance for the Go-To Meeting contact RMR at 575-646-8324.

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

Writing teams work on accreditation report

The writing teams tasked with drafting New Mexico State University?s accreditation report have been identified and convened recently in preparation for our next comprehensive review by the Higher Learning Commission, the university?s regional accrediting agency. The teams participated in training and have already begun work on the two year-long process of writing the document, called the ?assurance argument." The site visit is scheduled for Nov. 13-14, 2017. The last reaffirmation of accreditation was completed in 2008.

Faculty and staff members can get updates about the accreditation process by going to http://accreditation.nmsu.edu and selecting the ?2017-18 HLC Accreditation? tab. Those interested in taking an active role in the accreditation process can complete a short contact information form that is available from the website by clicking on the link ?Get Involved."

Accreditation is a process that evaluates the quality of an institution?s academic programs, operations and support services. More information on accreditation at NMSU also can be found at http://accreditation.nmsu.edu.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center summer internship for graduates available

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, partnering with NMSU, will sponsor a cancer research summer internship for graduate students. The paid nine-week programs will be Monday, June 13, through Friday, Aug. 12. Students interested in diverse aspects of cancer research in human populations and are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at NMSU are encouraged to apply. Accepted students must be able to commit to this entire period and are required to participate in a one-week Data Analysis Workshop at NMSU from May 31-June 3. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The deadline is Feb. 5. Visit the following website for eligibility, applications and information at http://www.fredhutch.org/en/labs/science-projects/pacr/interships-training/graduate-students.html

For more information please contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu.

Holiday Angel Tree thank you

The School of Social Work, Family and Child Welfare Training Project would like to extend many heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the NMSU community, transportation services, faculty, staff and students whom donated Christmas gifts to children and youth in Children, Youth, and Families Department?Protective Services care through the Angel Tree Drive. Through your generous donations we were able to deliver more than 192 gifts for these children and youth. The overwhelming response was invaluable and appreciated. Your generosity ensured a brighter Christmas holiday for all.

They have created a webpage with pictures of all the gifts received and sorted by case worker. Click on the link to view https://socialwork.nmsu.edu/fcwtp/holiday-angel-tree/holiday-angel-tree-gifts/. All gifts were delivered to CYFD on Dec. 18.

DACC Customized Training class offered

Social Media for Business will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. The cost is $59. Do you know what the top seven social media sites for business are? Do you know the difference between Pinterest and Instagram? Are you interested in promoting your business on social media but don?t know how to get started? Come to this informative workshop and learn how to actively promote your business in these areas. Learn what the difference is between Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.

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

Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture regional meeting in Taos set for Feb. 11

New Mexico State University and New Mexico First are joining forces to help develop a strategic plan to maintain a resilient New Mexico food and agricultural system.

The Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture regional meeting will be held in Taos from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Juan I. Gonzales Memorial Taos County Agricultural Center, 202 Chamisa Rd. A free lunch will be served.

Ten additional regional meetings will be held around the state between December 2015 and March 2016.

?It takes a diverse network of farmers, ranchers, processors, distributors and market organizers to make a difference in the future of agriculture,? said Michael Patrick, NMSU?s Extension specialist and Arrowhead Center economic development coordinator. ?We?re encouraging anyone interested in this strategic plan to join us to discuss their best ideas for ensuring a robust food and agriculture system in New Mexico.?


NMSU honors Burke, Bullock with first-ever Presidential Medallions

Former New Mexico State University professors Jim Bullock and Gerald Burke are the inaugural awardees of NMSU?s Presidential Medallion. The medallions recognize the outstanding service each has given to the university beyond their time as employees. NMSU President Garrey Carruthers presented the awards earlier today during the university?s spring convocation ceremony.

?Jim Bullock and Gerald Burke served NMSU with distinction during their time as professors and administrators,? Carruthers said, ?and they continue to serve NMSU today in the areas of fundraising, GO Bond support and with other issues important to the university. Their dedication to improving the future for our students serves as an example to us all.?

Carruthers said the awards were the inspiration of Ben Woods, NMSU?s former senior adviser to the president. He believed there were people doing outstanding work for the university, but who were not being properly recognized by the awards we had available.


NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, NM Department of Health host cooking school for adults with diabetes

Adults in New Mexico who have been diagnosed with diabetes can learn how to prepare healthy and delicious meals by participating in the Kitchen Creations cooking school, sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health and offered by New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service.

The next Kitchen Creations session will be offered in Las Cruces from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Mayfield High School. The cooking school is free thanks to funding from the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.

?Participants really benefit from this class so I feel fortunate to offer it in Doņa Ana County,? said Karim Martinez, Doņa Ana County Extension home economist.