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NMSU Hotline — February 12, 2016

NMSU associate dean travels across the western U.S. to help preserve national landmarks

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For many engineers, building things is a draw to the profession, but for Sonya Cooper, preserving structures is her passion. Cooper, associate dean of academics at New Mexico State University?s College of Engineering, spent the fall semester on sabbatical developing treatments to stabilize, preserve and restore landmarks for the United States National Park Service through the Vanishing Treasures program.

?Not many engineers have the opportunity to work on historic preservation projects. Engineers typically are drawn by nature to new construction, new projects. I love preservation because it?s more challenging I think,? said Cooper, a civil engineer.

According to the National Park Service, ?the Vanishing Treasures Program supports the preservation of traditionally-built architecture in the Western United States, facilitates the perpetuation of traditional skills, and promotes connections between culturally associated communities and places of their heritage.?

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Campus Announcements

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar talk today

Houra Merrikh, assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, will present a talk titled ?The multifaceted impact of replication-transcription encounters on the life of a bacterial cell? at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 109 of Domenici Hall on the NMSU campus. Refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.

The lecture is part of a new series of Friday afternoon seminars that are broadly focused on biomedical research that is open to the NMSU community and the public. The series will be held most Fridays during the semester and will feature nationally recognized scientists as well as a spotlight talk by NMSU faculty. The full schedule can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu.

Merrikh is the recipient of the 2016 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. The Vilcek Foundation focuses on U.S. immigrant contributions to art and science. For more information, visit http://www.vilcek.org/prizes/prize-recipients/2016.html#houra-merrikh. This Friday's lecture will focus on genetic mutation and bacterial evolution resulting from DNA replication and RNA transcription molecular collisions as an important aspect of antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacterial. A complete abstract of the talk can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu/sites/rescore/files/images/BMRS_21216-pic.pdf

For more information, to request to meet with the speaker, or to recommend future speakers, contact Shelley Lusetti at slusetti@nmsu.edu.

Chocolate covered strawberry fundraiser held this week

The National Society for Minorities in Hospitality will host a fundraiser featuring chocolate-covered strawberries hand-dipped by students in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. They are available in milk chocolate, white chocolate or mixed and are sold by a half-dozen for $10 or a dozen for $20. Orders are being taken at 575-646-5995 or jzumwalt@nmsu.edu and will be available for pick up from 1 to 5 p.m. today or from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 138. NSMH can accept cash, checks payable to NSMH or your credit card payment of Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

Free women's basketball kids' clinic Saturday

The New Mexico State women's basketball team will host a second free kids' clinic from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, for children ages 5 to 14.

Kids in attendance will get hands-on fundamental training from members of the NM State women's basketball team and staff. Attendees will also get free admission into the game against Chicago State following the clinic. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.

Check-in will begin at noon inside the Pan American Center Annex (southside) and walk-in registrations are welcome. For questions or concerns regarding the free clinic, please contact DJ Downs at ddowns@nmsu.edu.

Additional tickets for the game against Chicago State can be purchased at the Pan Am Center Box Office or by calling 575-646-1420. General admission tickets are $6 for adults and free for children ages 12 and below.

You can sign your kids up again by visiting the website and completing the registration through the link at http://admin.nmstatesports.com/sb_output.aspx?form=48.

Scrabble fundraiser slated for Sunday

Literacy Volunteers of Dona Ana County announces its monthly "Play Scrabble! Promote Literacy!" event scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library. There is a $3 suggested donation to play and all of it goes to Literacy Volunteers of Dona Ana County ? part of DACC?s Adult Basic Education program ? to buy classroom supplies for their students. For more information, contact Mark at mpendleton@las-cruces.org or 575-528-4001 (weekdays) or mpndltn@gmail.com or 575-635-8711 (evenings/weekends).

Entrepreneur Encounters sponsored by Seidel Technologies

Learn what Scott Maloney, Arrowhead Center's Innovator-in-Residence, has to say about recognizing business opportunities and how ideas, passion and inspiration come into play.

Maloney's talk is part of the Entrepreneur Encounters series sponsored by Seidel Technologies. The talk will be held at Hardman-Jacobs Hall Room 125 at noon Monday, Feb. 15. Food will be available.

Maloney is a successful innovator and entrepreneur, most recently serving as CEO and co-founder of Seed Worthy, the makers of BowTie, headquartered in Albuquerque.

One of his most notable ventures was LivingSocial, with executive responsibility for development of strategic direction, customer identification and product development.

Career Services events held next week

A Red to Green Money Management Meet-Up will be held from 10:30 a.m.?12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at the O?Donnell Atrium. Look for the 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.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, visit careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green or follow Career Services on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

To schedule an appointment with a peer financial literacy coach, contact Career Services at finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631, or visit http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request/\.

Stop by the Career Services table at the College of Health and Social Services from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, to receive information on job opportunities, on-campus interviews, resume and interview tips and much more. Free goodies will be provided.

Have writer's block? Unsure of how to sell yourself to an employer? Stop by the cover letter workshop from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Domenici Hall Room 006 to learn the basics of cover letter formatting, writing strategies and tailoring your past experience to the new position.

Looking for a job can be tough. Attend a job search workshop from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Domenici Hall Room 106 to learn strategies and resources to make your next job search just a little easier. This workshop is hands-on, so come prepared to jump into your next job search.

For more information on the workshops, call 575-646-1631.

Community resource expo to be held Feb. 17

The DACC Center for Career and Student Success will sponsor a community resource expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the commons area of the Student Resources building on the East Mesa Campus. At the expo, students can communicate directly with agencies that provide services that can make a difference in their lives.

CCSS is the result of a Kellogg Foundation grant to help students finish their coursework for a degree and find a career. Students experiencing difficulties in finances and personal barriers are referred to services in the community that can meet their needs. The CCSS is open to all DACC full or part-time students.

The center encompasses three programs for students:

? The ?Help4Students? program assists students to realize their full potential by connecting them to resources in the community.
? The ?Community INN? invites agencies to spend time on campus to communicate their services to students.
? The ?Job Squad? helps students explore careers and plan for the future. The program also provides workshops on how to apply for jobs, soft skills training and holds job fairs throughout Dona Ana County.

Contact Rosa De La Torre Burmeister with CCSS at help4students@nmsu.edu or 575-527-7538.

Teaching Academy workshop training covers 'Starting a School of Sustainability'

Join NMSU faculty, students, staff and administrators for Starting a School of Sustainability Teaching Academy from 2:35 to 3:50 p.m. Feb 18 at Milton Hall Room 50. Organizers are planning a retreat for May 7 to invite donors to get involved in getting a School of Sustainability off the ground at NMSU.

To sign up for the class, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000008570. For more information, contact David M. Boje, chair, Sustainability Council at NMSU, dboje@nmsu.edu or visit http://greening.nmsu.edu.

Last day to purchase spring textbooks is Feb. 22

The last day to purchase textbooks for the spring 2016 semester at Barnes & Noble at NMSU will be Feb. 22. After this date, your textbook team will begin to send unsold textbooks back to publishers to prepare for next semester?s courses. This means inventory will begin to deplete and the textbook you need may not be available. Please come by Barnes & Noble at NMSU prior to Feb. 22 if you have questions. Our textbook team is happy to help you.

Remember, Barnes & Noble at NMSU now price matches local and online competitors. Price-matched textbooks must be same type (new for new, used for used, etc.) and can only be price matched from Amazon, BN.com, Chegg and Campus Bookstore. Exclusions may apply ? see bookseller or call 575-646-4431 for details.

Plus, all textbooks purchased at Barnes & Noble at NMSU are tax-free. Stop by the bookstore for more information on these great textbook deals.

Accessible web content workshop to be held Feb. 23

When you create accessible web content, you broaden access to diverse learners. A two-hour hands-on workshop will show you how to create accessible web content in Canvas. The workshop will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Milton Hall Room 81.

Register at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000008839.

Contact Sharon Lalla of Instructional Innovation and Quality at slalla@nmsu.edu if you have any questions.

Nominations accepted for 2016 Globalization Award for international engagement

The Office of International and Border Programs is soliciting nominations for the 2016 Globalization Award. Awards will be presented at a ceremony at 5 p.m. April 1 in the foyer of Domenici Hall. At the event, NMSU Provost Daniel J. Howard will announce two winners - one for faculty and one for staff. Each winner will receive a trophy as well as a $1,000 international travel credit.

Cornell Menking, associate provost for International and Border Programs, explains that this tradition of attaching prize money for international travel has done a lot to increase the prestige and interest in the award. ?Anything that draws attention to our vast international work helps us fulfill our institutional commitment to global scholarship in teaching, research and service.?

The event will also feature the dean of the Colleges of Arts & Science and the vice president for research, both of whom will also present international awards (contact those colleges regarding their independent nomination procedures).

The event will include light hors d'oeuvres. The entire community is welcome, but an RSVP to Brenda Brown is requested. Please visit the NMSU Globalization Award webpage for complete nomination instructions. Nominations are due Feb. 25.


Office of University Advancement accepting honorary doctoral degree nominations

The NMSU Office of University Advancement is pleased to once again call for nominations for honorary doctoral candidates. This is the university's highest honor to award alumni and friends of NMSU who have made noteworthy contributions to the educational, business, scientific and cultural life of our state and nation. Selection of honorary doctoral degree recipients rests with the Board of Regents. First the first time, the advancement office is inviting nominations of individuals to be considered for conferral of an honorary doctorate for both the 2016 spring and fall commencements.

Nominations are being sought from the campus community, alumni and volunteers associated with the university. No current faculty member, administrator of the university, or any currently serving elected official should receive an honorary degree. However, with a majority vote of the Board of Regents, these prohibitions can be overruled.

Please submit your nomination by filling in the web form found at http://fndforms.nmsu.edu/honorarydegreenominationform.php.

The deadline for 2016 submissions is by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Questions may be directed to Jolie Tixier at 575-646-5567.

DACC Customized Training class offered

The setting of realistic goals is important in most all aspects of life. We all must have a direction, a result you want to strive for and a plan to get there. Learn what the differences are between goals and objectives in Setting Goals to Finish the Job. Get tips in setting goals and making them attainable to following through and closing the deal. The course meets from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and cost $59. For questions or more information, call 575-527-7776 or email ctp@nmsu.edu.

'Better process control school for acidified foods only' course offered in March

The two-day certification course "Better process control school for acidified foods only" is scheduled in Las Cruces March 14 and 15. The course will be presented in English at New Mexico State University, Gerald Thomas Hall Room 303. This school satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations for acidified foods only. This course is intended for managers and supervisors of food processing operations. It is designed to provide additional information and focus on critical issues that affect acidified foods production. Please see the website for registration and more details at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/better-process-control-s.html or call 575-646-2198.

Junior golfers can qualify for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at NMSU

The Masters Tournament, USGA and PGA of America partnered to create the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship prior to the Masters which airs on The Golf Channel. The next one will take place at the Augusta National Golf Club in April 2017. Parents of children ages 7 to 15 are encouraged to register their kids for a special qualifying event that will take place Wednesday, July 6, at the NMSU Golf Course. Registration is available at www.DriveChipandPutt.com. For more information, call 575-646-3219.