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NMSU Hotline — March 15, 2016

NMSU choir to perform at Carnegie Hall Easter Sunday, to host local performance March 22


The New Mexico State University Singers have been invited to perform at New York City?s Carnegie Hall on Easter Sunday, March 27, as part of the Gotham SINGS! Collegiate Choral Showcase.

?Carnegie Hall is the most recognizable performance venue in the country ? performing there is an opportunity of a lifetime,? said John Flanery, director of choral studies at NMSU and University Singers conductor.

University Singers is comprised of NMSU?s top vocalists. The mixed group of 30 performs music from all time periods and genres, and has toured internationally to Spain, Germany, Austria, England and Italy.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU Library announces spring break hours

The NMSU Library has restricted hours during spring break. Both Zuhl Library and Branson Library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, March 18. Zuhl Library will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, and Branson Library will be open 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Both libraries will return to regular operating hours on Sunday, March 20, but will be closed for the spring holiday on Friday, March 25.

NMSU Police Department to hold active shooter workshop Wednesday

The NMSU Police Department will conduct a workshop on how to prevent and/or respond to an active killer/shooter incident Wednesday, March 16, in the Yates Auditorium Room 109 of Domenici Hall. The workshop will begin at 2:30 p.m. and last until 4:30 p.m. No advanced registration is required.

This workshop will cover not only what to do if such an incident takes place on campus, but what you can do if it happens anywhere you happen to be. The program has evolved since it was initially introduced in 2006, and it includes the latest guidance based on research and actual incidents around the world. While the Run, Hide, Fight video produced by Ready Houston will be used for part of the course, additional information that is either skipped over or not addressed in the video will also be presented.

This workshop is presented at campuses throughout the NMSU system, and the NMSU Police Department also teaches the program for individual colleges and departments in a customized format. Anyone interested in the customized training should call 575-646-3311 or email police@nmsu.edu for more information.

One lucky student can chill out with a new mini-fridge

March Madness is underway and Corbett Center Student Union, Sodexo Campus Dining and Coca-Cola have teamed up to give one lucky NMSU student a free Coke-branded mini-refrigerator. Submit an NCAA Tournament bracket and the student with the most accurate predictions at the end of the tournament wins. There are three ways to enter your bracket.

Pick up a blank form at the CCSU second floor Info Desk and complete it on the spot.
Print out the form at http://i.turner.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/external/printable-bracket/2016/bracket-ncaa.pdf (add your first and last name and email address) and either bring it to the CCSU Info Desk or scan it and email it to kherna17@nmsu.edu.
Log in and complete the online form at http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2016/en/group?groupID=1214652.

All submissions must be received before the first game begins. Please contact Kassie Ckodre at 575-646-2582 or kherna17@nmsu.edu for more information.

ACES in the Hole Foods to celebrate new facility with ribbon-cutting March 30

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Tejada Food Manufacturing Pilot Plant, 3005 Knox St. Building 245, at 2 p.m. March 30. The Tejada Food Manufacturing Pilot Plant is the new home of ACES in the Hole Foods, a student-run food manufacturing company. College of ACES Interim Dean James Libbin, NMSU President and Chancellor Garrey Garruthers, NMSU Provost Dan Howard and members of the NMSU Board of Regents are scheduled to attend. Family and Consumer Science Department Head Esther Devall, along with Food Science and Technology faculty and current and former students, will also be at the event to give updates. A reception will follow the ceremony at Sam Steel Cafe, Gerald Thomas Hall Room 150. RSVP to Family and Consumer Sciences at 575-646-3936.

WWE Live returns to Las Cruces May 7

NMSU?s Pan American Center broke its all-time WWE attendance record in 2015 and plans to do the same in 2016 when WWE Live returns to Las Cruces for one night only Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. WWE is the best value in entertainment with tickets starting at just $15 plus fees to see these currently scheduled superstars: Demon Kane, Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens, WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day, Alberto Del Rio, Rusev and the WWE debut of AJ Styles in Las Cruces. Tickets to see these and many more of your favorite WWE Superstars and Divas will be available at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 18, at the Pan Am Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/98676/?camefrom=CFC_%20NEWMEXICOSU. Card is subject to change. No laser pens or video cameras permitted. VIP information is available at http://panam.nmsu.edu/vip/.

Fans hoping to avoid the Friday rush may wish to take part in a ?Venue Pre-Sale? from 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, through 12:01 a.m. Friday morning, March 18. Select tickets will be available for purchase at this time at the Pan Am Center Ticket Office (open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/98676/?camefrom=CFC_%20NEWMEXICOSU only. Please use password code WWEFAN to access this exclusive Venue Pre-Sale. A 10-ticket limit will be in effect during the Venue Pre-Sale.

Please call 575-646-1420 for more information and join the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1322411044443128/ for Facebook notifications regarding card updates when they become available.

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, 2016. 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.

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.

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 March 23 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.

Couple takes dog smoothie business to the public with NMSU-based campaign

Ruby, Shannon Murray and Vic Villalobos? golden retriever, was having ongoing issues with reflux and inflammatory bowel disease when Murray decided to take matters into her own hands. She created the Power Fruit dog smoothie after Ruby had a seizure thought to be a reaction to one of her antibiotics.

?We immediately took her off the drugs and started researching what we could give Ruby?s sensitive belly so she could eat and keep her food in on both ends long enough to get the nutrients she needed,? said Murray. ?The Bow Wow Blends Power Fruit dog smoothie was born. We drizzle it over her food and her sisters? food, and sometimes freeze it for a frozen treat. It supports digestion and their urinary tract with pumpkin, blueberries, bananas, carrots and cranberry.?

Working with Rachel Schneider at Ol?Gringo Chile Products and Willis Fedio at the New Mexico State University Food Science Laboratory, Murray was able to create a shelf stable product that was developed at home and taste-tested using her own dogs. Murray and Villalobos? company, Bow Wow Blends, is one of four participating in this year?s CrucesKick, a partnership between Arrowhead Center and MVEDA. CrucesKick is a fast-moving crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise funds and awareness of local companies? products and offerings.


NM Shrimp Co. utilizing NMSU-based crowdfunding campaign to raise product awareness

Tracey Carrillo, assistant director for Campus Farm Operations at New Mexico State University and co-owner of New Mexico Shrimp Co., is participating in CrucesKick, a crowdfunding campaign sponsored by Arrowhead Center and Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA).

The NM Shrimp Co. has been making waves in southern New Mexico and is sought-after for their locally produced, farm-fresh shrimp. Their shrimp are grown without antibiotics, preservatives or chemicals, and provide a healthy alternative to imported, frozen shrimp.

Carrillo heard about CrucesKick through his involvement with Arrowhead Technology Incubator, where he is a client. CrucesKick, a partnership between Arrowhead Center and MVEDA, launched Feb. 29. This year, four companies are participating in CrucesKick, a fast-moving crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise funds and awareness of local companies? products and offerings.