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NMSU Hotline — March 9, 2016

NMSU Extension specialists says chocolate selection says a lot about a person


You can tell a lot about a person by what they eat, and especially which chocolates they select.

An observant person can learn about someone?s background by the type of food they eat. Ethnicity, social class, religious practices, fashion and economic status influence food selection, according to a New Mexico State University Extension specialist

?Since everyone must eat, what we eat becomes a most powerful symbol of who we are,? said Sonja Koukel, New Mexico State University Extension Health Specialist.

That same logic can be applied to how a person interacts with chocolate.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU Town Hall set for this afternoon

All NMSU employees are invited to the Town Hall meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the Corbett Center Student Union ballrooms. The meeting will bring the campus community up-to-date on the budget results from the legislative session. All employees are encouraged to participate.

For those who plan to view the meeting online, please follow this link: https://nmsu.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=fce36448-a277-4027-add6-42c57f6f1463. Those not in attendance can still submit questions via email sent to president@nmsu.edu. Please put Town Hall in the subject line.

Employment Extravaganza going on now at Corbett Center

Career Services host its 12th annual Employment Extravaganza 2016 today, continuing until 3 p.m. on the lower level of Corbett Center. Employment Extravaganza is a venture to unite the students of New Mexico State University with employers in the state of New Mexico and regionally. Employers still addressing staffing requirements in the area of Internships, Cooperative Education, temporary summer work, or Professional Employment will be attending.

This is the last general career fair of the academic year. Students and community members can distribute résumés and learn about career opportunities for current and future positions. For more information, contact Career Services at 575-646-1631 or visit http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-fairs/employment-extravaganza.

Red to Green Money Management workshop to be held today

Have you ever felt burdened by your finances? Red to Green Money Management is conducting a workshop "Discover Financial Freedom," which will unlock the key components to budgeting, credit cards, identity theft and financial aid, allowing you to gain financial freedom.

The workshop takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in Domenici Hall Room 106.

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.

If you can?t make this event, no need to worry. Schedule an appointment with a peer financial literacy coach by contacting us at finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631. You can also visit http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request/ to submit a request online.

Employees encouraged to participate in survey about benefits

As part of administration's ongoing efforts to review and provide the best benefit package possible for our employees, NMSU employees are being asked to participate in a survey regarding the medical, dental and vision benefits plans. Your input is vital to helping the institution make the best decisions for our future.

The survey will be sent to all benefit-eligible, regular employees. All answers are confidential and will be handled by the NMSU Office of Institutional Analysis. A summary of the responses will be provided to NMSU administrators and Human Resource Services.

Participation in the survey is highly encouraged and greatly appreciated. Questions regarding the benefit programs can be directed to benefits@nmsu.edu. Questions regarding the actual survey can be sent to irpoa@nmsu.edu.

100 West Cafe serves Southern-style cuisine this week

Join 100 West Café this week for some delicious Southern-style cuisine prepared by students.

Enjoy a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature spicy black-eyed pea soup, old fashioned sweet and sour coleslaw or a mixed greens salad with pears, walnuts and bleu cheese. The entrées will feature Alabama-style roasted game hens, fried catfish with remoulade sauce, grilled barbecue pork ribs or restaurant-style macaroni and cheese. Dessert choices are buttermilk pie, rhubarb pie or peach cobbler. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. 100 West Café accepts Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience.

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.

Environmental Education Center hosts 'Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man' webinar Thursday

Have humans really tamed every inch of the world? Despite more than 100 years of stewardship and protection from agencies like the National Park Service, America?s wild places are still vulnerable to commercial and residential land development. In the Grand Canyon, uranium mining and increasing rates of tourism not only threaten land and air quality, they also undermine a social balance that Native Americans and other local groups have worked hard to maintain. Join Jason Mark, editor-in-chief of Sierra Magazine and author of "Satellites in the High Country," and Lucy Moore, environmental mediator and author of "Common Ground on Hostile Turf," as they discuss the importance of wild places in America and how stakeholders can work together to resolve their environmental disputes.

Join the sustainability manager at the Environmental Education Center, Regents Row A116, for this webinar from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Contact joni newcomer at 575-646-7563 or newcomer@nmsu.edu for more information.

Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar set for Friday

Master's candidate Kelly Laje will present a Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar, "Phytoene Accumulation in the Microalga Chlorococcum sp.? at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 200. Everyone is welcome. The seminar will be broadcast for off-campus participation. 

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

Aggie Cupboard has limited spring break hours

The Aggie Cupboard will have limited hours during spring break. The food pantry will be open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 14. If you are unable to come on Monday and need food, then please come today, March 9, between 3 to 6 p.m., or email aggiecupboard@nmsu.edu to schedule a pick up time for this week. Aggie Cupboard wishes all our students a safe and restful spring break!

For more information about the Aggie Cupboard, visit http://aggiecupboard.nmsu.edu.

NMSU Board of Regents to hold special meeting March 16

The Board of Regents of New Mexico State University will hold a special meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, in Hadley Hall Room 130 on the university?s Las Cruces campus. The Board of Regents will also still hold a previously announced regular meeting later that afternoon, at 3 p.m. in the Regents Room in the Educational Services Building.

Copies of the agenda for this meeting will be available at NMSU?s Zuhl Library not less than 72 hours prior to the meeting and will also be posted on the university website at http://regents.nmsu.edu/agenda.

This meeting of the Board of Regents will not be available through webcast.

Persons with disabilities who may need a reader, amplifier, qualified language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact the Office of the Board of Regents? Chief of Staff at 575-646-2227 at least three (3) days prior to the meeting or as soon as possible.

Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, will be made available in various accessible formats upon request. Please contact the Office of the Board of Regents at 575-646-2227 if a summary or other type of accessible format is needed.


Customized Training Program offers 'Fifty Ways to Have Fun at Work'

The Customized Training Program will offer "Fifty Ways to Have Fun at Work" from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. Fun at work may be the single most important trait of a highly effective and successful organization. There is a direct link between fun at work and employee creativity, productivity, morale, satisfaction and retention, as well as customer service and many other factors that determine business success. Join Customized Training for this informative and idea-filled day to help you deal with crisis, change and stress on the job.

Instructor Marina Atma is a certified senior professional in human resources and has been teaching for more than 20 years, including eight years with the Customized Training Program. She has a bachelor?s in business management from NMSU. Marina?s passion is helping people improve their work and professional skills. Cost of the training is $139.

For questions or more information, contact the Customized Training Program at 575-527 7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.

NMSU to host jujube fruit tree growing habits, pruning workshop in Los Lunas

LOS LUNAS ? Interest in raising the jujube as an alternative fruit crop continues to grow among New Mexicans because of crop reliability and its ability to adapt well to a wide range of soil pH levels and weather conditions.

To help home gardeners and potential commercial growers better understand this fruit-bearing tree of Chinese origin, Shengrui Yao, New Mexico State University Extension fruit specialist, will host a workshop on the growing habits of the tree, followed by a pruning demonstration.

The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 22, at NMSU?s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas. Register online at http://rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/jujubeworkshop2016, or call Debbie at 505-865-7340.


NMSU to host Northern Livestock Day in Santa Fe on April 1

SANTA FE ? Get up to date with the latest information on raising cattle, sheep, goats and horses at the Northern Livestock Day, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the Santa Fe County 4-H Building, 3229 Rodeo Road in Santa Fe.

?This educational program will provide information for livestock producers to improve their operation,? said Joseph Garcia, New Mexico State University agricultural agent of the inaugural event. ?Also, USDA agencies will present information about their current programs that can benefit producers.?

NMSU?s Northern New Mexico Outreach Project is hosting the event, which will feature presentations on bull selection using expected progeny differences, cow/calf maintenance, herd health and benefits of early weaning, as well as opportunities in sheep and goat production and general horse care.