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NMSU Hotline — March 11, 2016

NMSU students travel to Belize to study arthropods

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Students in the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will travel to Belize for 10 days in March to study arthropods.

The 10 students are enrolled in the tropical insect ecology course with Scott Bundy, who is an entomology professor in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science.

?The students will compare the diversity of arthropods in a different habitat,? Bundy said. ?I will also be teaching them how to sample insects in various habitats.?

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Campus Announcements

100 West Cafe serves Southern-style cuisine today

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

Enjoy a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu 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.

Chemical and Materials Engineering Graduate Seminar Series continues today

The Chemical and Materials Engineering Graduate Seminar Series continues from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. today, March 11, in Guthrie Hall Room 201 with guest speaker Chuck Coronella from the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Nevada-Reno. He will speak about hydrothermal carbonization for nutrient recovery. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Watch the WAC Tournament at Corbett Center

Watch the NMSU Aggies compete in the WAC Tournament on the giant quad-screen in the Corbett Center Student Union Aggie Lounge. Compete for prizes during the semi-finals, including a chance to win tailgate chairs, water bottles and autographed basketballs from our Aggie men and women. Games and prizes provided by Sodexo, Coca-Cola, NM State Athletics, Corbett Center Student Union and the NMSU Admissions Office. First round play is today, March 11. The Aggie women face off at 1 p.m., while the Aggie Men take the court at 7 p.m.

Contact Kassie Ckodre at 575-646-2582 or kherna17@nmsu.edu for more information.

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, March 13, 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).

Apply by Sunday for $2,000 Aggie I-Corps awards

Do you have an innovative idea for a business? Aggie I-Corps is for you. NMSU students, faculty and staff can apply. Participants will receive a $2,000 award and admittance into a five-week training program to test the viability of an innovative business idea.

For more information and to apply, visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/icorps.

Small businesses can learn about partnering with national labs for technical assistance

Learn how you can partner with the national labs and receive up to $300,000 in technical assistance. Attend an Arrowhead Center-hosted workshop from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, for an overview of Small Business Vouchers Pilot Program. Launched by the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the SBV Pilot will match selected small businesses with experts from the national labs ? and give them businesses vouchers valued at $50,000 to $300,000 that they can exchange for national lab technical assistance. Applications for this assistance are expected to open mid-March. Learn more about SBV at https://www.sbv.org.To register for the workshop, visit http://bit.ly/1LUjfpV.

Brief electrical outage planned March 19, affecting some housing on campus

An electrical outage is planned from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, affecting power, heating and cooling for Cervantes Village, Cole Village and Myrna?s Children?s Village. The outage will allow workers to safely replace cables between the buildings. For questions regarding the planned outage, contact Michael Luchau of Facilities and Services at 575-646-7070.

Red to Green Money Management Meet-Up planned March 21

Garcia Annex seems so far away, so Red to Green Money Management is coming to you. Look for the Red to Green Money Management meet-up table in the Guthrie Hall commons area from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 21, 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 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.

Critical thinking workshop offered March 23

How skilled are you as a thinker? Why do you think the way you do? Most employers list critical thinking as a desired skill in future employees. Discuss becoming a critical thinker in order to get more from your education during a workshop from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Zuhl Library's second-floor conference area, Room 225.

For more information please contact the Student Success Center at 575-646-3136.

Spring tuition waiver deadline is April 1

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:
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, 2016. You will need to plan ahead to ensure budget accordingly.

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

Customized Training offered OSHA credentials for forklift operators

The Customized Training Program offers an Occupational Safety and Health Administration training in powered industrial truck operation from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2. Cost is $129. The course Includes classroom lecture, instructor demonstrations, hands-on performance evaluation, written examination, permit card and certificate of completion for those who successfully pass the course. Instructor Curtis Thomas has 12 years of experience in operating a forklift in a large factory warehouse environment. Curtis is also an OSHA certified instructor. For 23 years, he has been teaching OSHA-approved forklift safety training to establish skill levels for safe and quality forklift operation.

For questions or more information, call at 575-527-7776 or email ctp@nmsu.edu.

Alumni Association seeks nominations for distinguished alums and service award

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association now seeking nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni awards and the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service.

One Distinguished Alumni award each will be presented to a recipient from the colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; and Health and Social Services; and one James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service will be given during the 2016 Homecoming celebration.

The Distinguished Alumni awards, established in 1956, recognize living NMSU alumni who have achieved national or international distinction through their accomplishments and leadership. To be considered, nominees must be a graduate of NMSU and available to attend Homecoming events during the fall of 2016. In addition to achieving distinction in their business or professional lives, nominees must have performed specific, meritorious service that reflects the quality and advancement of NMSU.

The James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service, established in 1966, recognizes those who have shown progressive support to NMSU, dedicated involvement with NMSU, impactful civic and humanitarian service at NMSU and within the communities around them, and notable professional service.

Nominations from the past two years will be considered; however, the nominator must resubmit their request through the new nomination form, which is available online at advancing.nmsu.edu/alumni-awardsandprograms.

Completed application and supporting documents can be emailed to alumni@nmsu.edu or mailed to NMSU Alumni Association, P.O. Box 3590 Las Cruces, NM 88003, prior to April 8.

For questions, contact Katherine Vandertulip at 575-646-7551 or kwvander@nmsu.edu.

NSF grant helps launch new cyber infrastructure support at NMSU

NMSU has received a $398,691 grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance cyber infrastructure support for research projects spanning many disciplines at NMSU. Research in science, technology, engineering and math education disciplines has become increasingly dependent on the availability of effective CI solutions related to software, high-performance computing, networking, big data storage, sensor networks, etc. NMSU will be using the NSF funding in conjunction with other institutional resources to establish new cyber infrastructure support function. In partnership with the provost's office, research faculty, the Faculty Advisory Committee on Technology and others, this new support function will be implemented by NMSU?s chief information officer. For more information, contact Brian Ormand, ICT project manager, at 575-646-0325.