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NMSU Hotline — February 26, 2016

NMSU?s fall applications increase by double-digits for second consecutive year

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For the second straight year, New Mexico State University has received an increase in admission applications for the upcoming fall semester. Currently, NMSU is seeing a 10.9 percent rise in applications for fall 2016.

Dacia Sedillo, NMSU associate vice president for enrollment management, said she is encouraged by the spring reports and believes new recruitment efforts are resonating with prospective students.

?We?ve really changed the recruitment model and that was seen in the increase of almost seven percent in new first-time students for fall 2015,? she said. ?We?ve also changed our communication plan in an effort to engage with our students. Before, we had five standard communications and now we have a variety of communications that attempt to get personal and delve into each student?s interests and motivations.?


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Campus Announcements

'In the Time of the Butterflies' opens tonight

Tonight, NMSU Theatre Arts and American Southwest Theatre Company open "In the Time of the Butterflies," by Caridad Svich. Adapted from the novel by Julia Alvarez, it is based on the true story of the four Mirabal sisters (or "Las Mariposas") who opposed Trujillo in the Domican Republic. Directed by Larissa Lury, the cast includes five students and DACC theatre instructor Monika Mojica. For further information on the show, which runs through March 13, visit http://www.nmsutheatre.com/201516_in_the_time_of_the_butterflies.php.

For a glimpse of rehearsals for the production, view a brief video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_VnvopKw4U.


Women's locker room reopens in Activity Center

The Activity Center women?s locker room is officially open again. Lockers will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your own lock for your locker, as they will no longer be provided.

For more information, please call 575-646-2907 or email aggiefit@nmsu.edu.

100 West Cafe serves up Creole

Join 100 West Café for Creole style cuisine today and enjoy some delicious food prepared by students. Enjoy a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu will feature chicken and sausage gumbo or spinach salad with apple vinaigrette or a Louisiana sunburst salad and your choice of oven-fried pecan catfish, apricot and bourbon grilled chicken, pasta with sausage and peppers or crawfish pasta. Dessert choices are bread pudding with bourbon sauce, sweet potato pie or strawberries Romanoff. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card, including Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

Loadable gift cards are available for sale in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 138 in $10 increments.

For more information, visit http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5995.

Red to Green Money Management workshop set for Monday

Look for the Red to Green Money Management Meet-Up table in the Domenici Hall lobby from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, 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 NMSU Red to Green Money Management 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.

Juried Student Show opening in the University Art Gallery

The 2016 Juried Student Show will open in the University Art Gallery Thursday, March 10. This year's juror is artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda. His work can be found in collections such as the Goetz Collection, Kadist Collection, ASU Museum, Museo Del Barrio, Colección Jumex and Museo de Arte de Lima. Out of all the submissions we received from current NMSU students of all majors, Almanza Pereda will select a few to be displayed for this exhibition. In addition, the winners of the scholarships for the Department of Art will be announced at this exhibition opening.

The opening reception will take place March 10 in the University Art Gallery in D.W. Williams Hall and will begin at 5 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. For questions, contact the gallery at artglry@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.

New mechanical, aerospace engineering department head arrives at NMSU

As a young boy growing up in Taiwan, Reuy-Hung Chen watched his father, a mechanical engineer, design and build devices at home, and he was inspired to follow in those footsteps.

This semester, Chen joined the New Mexico State University College of Engineering faculty as the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department head. He said the department drew him to NMSU.

?I found the department has a relatively young and very energetic faculty that has a lot of potential of achievement in both teaching and research. The qualifications of the faculty members are excellent and they are engaged in intellectual pursuits,? he said.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11719/new-mechanical-aerospace-engineering-department-head-arrives-at-nmsu

NMSU College of Arts and Sciences to host Las Cruces International Film Festival

New Mexico State University?s College of Arts and Sciences is bringing independent film into focus with the first annual Las Cruces International Film Festival, March 2 to 6. Festival events will take place throughout the city, including the Allen Theatres Cineport 10, the Rio Grande Theatre, Hotel Encanto and venues across the NMSU campus.

The multifaceted festival will feature celebrities, workshops, after-parties and film screenings, showcasing more than 100 short and feature-length films, documentaries, student shorts and narratives of all genres from around the world.

?There?s a huge effort right now to grow film in Las Cruces,? said Ross Marks, LCIFF executive director and assistant professor with NMSU?s Creative Media Institute. ?Film in the state is gigantic ? it?s a $280 million business. I thought one of the ways we could grow the film industry in Las Cruces was by having this kind of showpiece for film.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11717/nmsu-college-of-arts-and-sciences-to-host-las-cruces-international-film-festival

Nepalese earthquake, diaspora topics of conference at NMSU

The Nepalese Students? Association at New Mexico State University will host its eighth annual international conference at the NMSU campus on March 12.

The conference, titled ?Role of Diaspora for Sustainable Homeland,? will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12 in Room 111 of O?Donnell Hall. The conference is free and open to the public.

Last year, Nepal was hit by a catastrophic earthquake, and the country has long suffered from continuous political instability and lack of good governance, conference organizers said. The conference will focus on these topics and seek views and ideas about how diaspora can contribute to Nepal to help make it sustainable. The conference also provides a platform for scholars to present their academic research, views and ideas.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11720/nepalese-earthquake-diaspora-topics-of-conference-at-nmsu

Spring tuition waiver deadline is April 1

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

Haven?t submitted your form but need to? Follow these instructions:
Login into MyNMSU at https://my.nmsu.edu
Select the Employee tab from the menu.
In the Banner Self Services window in the center of the page, click the Employee hyperlink.
On the Employee page, click the hyperlink for the waiver you would like to submit.
Select Tuition Waiver ? Employee/Spouse to submit a waiver for yourself or your spouse/domestic partner?s classes; or
Select Tuition Waiver ? Dependents to submit a waiver for your child.
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:
Please 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. You will need to plan ahead to ensure budget accordingly.

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

DACC Community Education courses available

Google+ has surpassed Twitter to become the second largest social network next to Facebook. Discover the best ways to use this social media platform to raise your online profile, and connect with current and potential new contacts. Learn the advantages of using Google+, how it can help your organization to engage existing users, and grow your base. The online course is April 4 to 29 and the cost is $195.

This Celtic knot wire design earring is elegant and easy to make during class time. In "Celtic Earrings, Basic instruction" will be taught on wire choices and types, use of tools and wire wrapping techniques. Wear your earrings home from this fun DACC Community Education course. The class is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 8 and the cost is $19.

To sign up, or for more information about DACC online Community Education courses, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

DACC Customized Training class offered

Learn how to manage your email and work with contacts and contact groups in the interactive workshop "Introduction to MS Outlook 2010." Practice the task management tool. Set up and manage meetings. Create and send appointments and master your calendar, a must for any business professional. The course is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9 and the cost is $139. For questions or more information, contact Customized Training at 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.