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NMSU Hotline — February 2, 2016

NMSU celebrates Black History Month in February

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New Mexico State University will celebrate Black History Month with 11 events on campus throughout the month of February.

Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs at NMSU, said that history, culture and identity are important reasons to host Black History Month events.

?African Americans have contributed greatly, not only to this nation, but to the world,? Addo-Yobo said. ?Having the faith to do good and bring people together and having a sense of belonging is very important.

The celebration begins Wednesday, Feb. 3, with a town-hall style discussion among NMSU faculty, students and staff about race, culture and identity in contemporary America. The event will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Corbett Center Student Union auditorium.

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Campus Announcements

Spring Study Abroad Fair to be held Wednesday

NMSU's Office of Education Abroad will host its spring semester Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, Feb. 3, on the first floor of Corbett Center. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit https://oea.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5107.

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 Web site 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.

NMSU anthropology professor to speak about New Mexico vecinos

Kelly Jenks, an assistant professor in the anthropology department at New Mexico State University, will speak about building communities and constructing identities in the Spanish southwest next week at a free lecture.

The lecture, the first of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies Spring 2016 Speaker Series, will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Nason House, 1070 University Ave. The lecture is also hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jenks? lecture will focus on the centuries of interaction between Hispanic and indigenous populations in New Mexico and the complicated traditional racial and ethnic categories that prompted colonists to conceptualize themselves in new ways, said Iñigo García-Bryce, director of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies.

For more information, contact Megan S Shannon at mshannon@nmsu.edu.

Barnes & Noble to host an all new semester of Open Mic Nights

Join the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces each Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m. for Open Mic Nights sponsored by KRUX 91.5 FM. Enjoy free music, poetry and more or take the stage yourself. Visit NMSUBookstore on Facebook and Twitter for updates or visit their official website at www.nmsubookstore.com. Please call 575-646-4431 for more information.

Jeff Dunham and company return to NMSU?s Pan American Center for an all-new show

Jeff Dunham, the wildly popular and internationally acclaimed comic/ventriloquist, is loading up the bus along with his cast of characters and heading to the NMSU Pan American Center in Las Cruces at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2, on his ?Perfectly Unbalanced? international tour. Tickets are $34.50 and $44.50 plus fees and will be available at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, at www.jeffdunham.com, the Pan American Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, 800-745-3000 and ticketmaster.com.

Select tickets will be available for purchase during a special venue presale Thursday, Feb. 4, with password code WALTER. This offer will be available online from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/98676/?camefrom=CFC_%20NEWMEXICOSU and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pan Am Center Ticket Office only.

Please call 575-646-1420 or join the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1019176821488727/ for more info regarding Dunham's highly anticipated return to Las Cruces.

Watch the big game at NMSU Sunday

NMSU will host two Super Bowl 50 parties on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Beginning at 3 p.m., The Player?s Grill public restaurant will host its viewing party complete with an appetizer buffet, drink specials and prizes. Admission is $10. Reserve your spot at 575-646-2457. The Player?s Grill is located inside the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse at 3000 Herb Wimberly Drive in Las Cruces. View http://www.nmsugolf.com/contactus/directions/ for directions.

Corbett Center Student Union and ASNMSU will host a free viewing party for students inside the Aggie Lounge starting at 4 p.m. View the game on the giant quad-screen while enjoying free food and prizes, including free football tumblers for the first 30 people who arrive. The Aggie Lounge is located on the first floor at the far west end of the building. All campus parking is free on the weekend. Please contact Kassie Ckodre at 575-646-8050 or kherna17@nmsu.edu for more information.

NMSU-Alamogordo Continuing Education courses available

Are you managing your finances or are your finances managing you? If you are struggling with debt or just find you don?t have enough money at the end of each month, come learn how to manage your finances better. This class will include practical tips on budgeting and getting out of debt, practical ways to refocus how you spend your money, and tools to take control of your finances instead of letting them control you. Managing Your Finances will be held from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Feb. 9 and 16. This class is free.

Learn how to create, edit, save and print basic Excel Worksheets, including simple formulas, functions and charts in Beginning Excel. Intended for those with little or no experiences using Excel but who have some experience using Windows-based computers. The class will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 and 25 and March 1. The cost of this class is $50.

For more information or to sign up, visit http://nmsua.edu/continuing-ed/commed/, email alamocommed@nmsu.edu or call 575-439-3842.

Quality Matters workshop begins Feb. 22

Faculty interested in learning how to use the Quality Matters rubric to improve online courses: Research shows that applying the QM rubric to online courses also results in improvements to your face-to-face course design. A two-week course, Applying the QM Rubric, is flexible and online with a one hour face-to-face meeting to get started.

The class begins with a one-hour session from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 22 with a face-to-face meeting in the classroom or via Adobe Connect. Class then begins online and runs through March 7.

Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=virtc000000000002228

For more information, contact Sharon Lalla, Instructional Innovation and Quality/OCIP, at slalla@nmsu.edu.

Student success a priority with QuickConnect Program

The QuickConnect Program, an early alert and intervention program designed to improve student success, is dedicated to offering assistance to all NMSU faculty. The purpose of the program is to connect with students who may be experiencing difficulties early and late in the semester. Volunteer staff and faculty responders who want to make a difference in the success of students give of their time to contact students referred. You may access the website for more specific information on the QuickConnect program at https://quickconnect.nmsu.edu.

If you are interested in becoming part of the QuickConnect team, please contact Lisa Kirby, lkirby@nmsu.edu.

DACC Customized Training class offered

Learn when CPR is needed, how to give CPR to an adult, child and infant, and how to use an AED in CPR with Heartsaver First Aid. CPR consists of pushing on the chest (compressions) and giving breaths. First Aid is the immediate care that you give someone with an illness or injury before someone with more advanced training arrives and takes over. A two-year certification from the American Heart Association will be awarded for the course. The class costs $50 and is offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12, March 11, April 8 or May 13. For questions or more information, contact 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education course available

Do you have an interest in hummingbirds? Learn about the life of hummingbirds and how nature has adapted to make these creatures unique little flying machines. Explore information about types of hummingbirds and their habitats. The online course is $49 and runs from April 13 to May 13. To sign up, or for more information about this DACC Community Education online course, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.