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NMSU Hotline — January 22, 2016

NMSU researcher collaborates with company, Arrowhead Center to test mosquito repellent wristband


A New Mexico State University professor is collaborating with a New Mexico company and Arrowhead Center through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program to test the efficacy of a mosquito repellent wristband that promises to be more effective than other commercially available repellents. The BugBling? band has different active ingredients compared to other mosquito repellent bands on the market.

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Campus Announcements

Observatory Open House to be held today

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an Observatory Open House at 7 p.m. today, at the NMSU campus observatory. Everyone is welcome to come and spend an evening of stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend.

Astronomy personnel on hand will be Rene Walterbos and graduate assistants Kenza Arraki, Diane Feuillet and Drew Chojnowski. They will be looking at the Orion Nebula, the Pleiades open star cluster, the moon and other star clusters.

For more information contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 575-646-1868.

Red to Green Money Management Meet-Up to be held Jan. 25

Red to Green Money Management Meet-Up! (Career Services) will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in the Domenici Hall lobby. They know Garcia Annex seems so far away, so they are coming to you. Look for their table and grab some great resources on budgeting and financial aid. You can also find more information on workshops or schedule a one-on-one appointment.

To schedule an appointment with a Peer Financial Literacy Coach, contact finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1851, or go to http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request/.

For more information, go to careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green/. Also, sign-up for their social media to receive weekly updates. They are on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

News22 orientation to be held Jan. 26

News22 orientation will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the News22 newsroom, Milton Hall Room 112. Learn to be a television reporter, anchor and producer along with sports and weather in a real world atmosphere. News22 is a live, student-produced, television newscast that airs on KRWG-TV, the Las Cruces PBS affiliate. They will explain how to get involved and what you can expect and pizza will be served.

For more information contact Nick Miller at 575-646-7349 or nickmil@nmsu.edu.

Campus Tutoring Service is here to help

NMSU?s Campus Tutoring Service is opening for business Monday, Feb. 1. The overarching hours are found on their website at http://ssc.nmsu.edu/services/campus-tutoring-service/.

They are located in Corbett Center Room 206. Tutor?s schedules will be viewable and will continue to be updated as the week goes on. Refer students to our website to determine specific tutor hours of availability. Tutoring is offered to all NMSU students free of charge and no appointment is necessary. Tutors are also available to visit your classroom to introduce themselves and their services.

Contact Lisa Kirby at lkirby@nmsu.edu if you would like someone to visit your classroom.

Spring Tuition Waiver deadline

The online Tuition Waiver submission process for spring 2016 is currently available through April 1, 2016.

Haven?t submitted your form but need to? Follow these instructions:
1. Login into MyNMSU at https://my.nmsu.edu/
2. Select the Employee tab from the menu.
3. In the Banner Self Services window in the center of the page, click the Employee hyperlink.
4. On the Employee page click the hyperlink for the waiver you would like to submit.
a. Select Tuition Waiver ? Employee/Spouse to submit a waiver for yourself or your spouse/domestic partner?s classes; or
b. Select Tuition Waiver ? Dependents to submit a waiver for your child.
5. Whenever a change is made to the student schedule, the tuition waiver must be re-submitted online to re-calculate taxability. The previous credit will be removed from the student account and re-applied when the waiver is re-submitted, and approved (if applicable), by the deadline.

Recently Added ? dependent children, under the age of 25 and unmarried, are now eligible to use the dependent tuition remission program as graduate students. Please note dependents (including spouses/domestic partners) who have a graduate assistantship with NMSU will not be eligible to use the tuition benefit.

Tuition Taxability: Visit our taxability website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/other/tuition-tax/ to determine if your enrollment situation is taxable. All taxes will be assessed on the employee?s paycheck that is issued on April 30, 2016. You will need to plan ahead to ensure your budget accordingly.

If you need further assistance with this process contact Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

Singers wanted for the NMSU Gospel Choir and the New Desert Harmony Singers

The NMSU Gospel Choir and the New Desert Harmony Singers (NDHS) are recruiting singers of all voice parts (SATB) for 2016. If you are looking for a way to expand your musical horizons and gain performance experience, while having fun and singing great music, one or both of these groups are for you.

The NMSU Gospel Choir sings fun, classical and contemporary gospel songs. The group consists of NMSU students and talented community members. The NMSU Gospel Choir meets on Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. in the NMSU Music Building Room 103. If you are a NMSU student and would like to receive credit for this class, you may sign up for the NMSU Gospel Choir under UNIV 361, M01 ? Crn 26984.

NDHS is a community based mixed chorus, made up of friendly singers from all walks of life and musical backgrounds. NDHS performs a wide variety of musical styles (Broadway, Gospel, Country, Rock, Soul, R&B) in four-part harmony (SATB). NDHS partners with other entertainers such as the NMSU contemporary dancers and NMSU Gospel Choir to ensure NDHS performances are unparalleled in the Southwest. NDHS meets on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul?s United Methodist Church.

For further information on the NMSU Gospel Choir contact Bobbie Green at bobbie@nmsu.edu. For further information on the New Desert Harmony Singers contact Lisa Brain at lmbrain@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Library offering tours

Do you know where to go for help with a research paper? Or how to get books from libraries all over the world? Or where to browse DVDs, CDs and current magazines? According to NMSU Library Reference Assistant Wendy Simpson, the NMSU Library is a complex place, and many people do not know about the many useful resources that are available.

All members of the campus community are invited to join the Library staff for a 40 minute tour of both NMSU Library buildings. It is not necessary to sign up in advance. In addition to seeing highlights of services and collections, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. They are once again offering one tour in Spanish.

Tours will begin at the information desk at Zuhl Library. Individual tours can also be arranged. Students can get a certificate of attendance that instructors may count toward extra credit.

For more information contact Simpson at 575-646-4129, the information desk at 575-646-5792 or visit http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/tours.shtml for dates and times.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Get Ready to Write Your First Book, learn how to use writing prompts, both as creative warm-ups and as a way of powering through mental roadblocks so you can get your words on the page. Learn about the different aspects of publishing: Query letters, ?trad? publishing and self-publishing. The class will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6-April 16. The cost is $61.

In the DACC Community Education course, Coaching Youth Baseball, new or experienced coaches will appreciate and continue to use the skills and drills taught in this DACC Community Education course. Help your team win games by increasing player development during practice. Focus on repetition of proper fundamentals and techniques of pitching, hitting, fielding, throwing and the drills associated with these skills. The class will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8-March 7. The cost is $47.

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

DACC Customized Training classes 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.

Effective Time Management will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. The cost is $49. Time is money, as the saying goes, and lots of it gets lost in disorganization and disruption. Learn to manage your priorities, organize and manage your life to have a better flow for everyday functions. Gain useful tools and tips to implement the next day.

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