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NMSU Hotline — March 17, 2016

NMSU Domenici Institute seeks student panelists for 2016 conference


New Mexico State University?s Domenici Institute for Public Policy is now accepting nominations from faculty and administrators of universities and community colleges across the state for student panelists to participate in the 2016 Domenici Public Policy Conference. The conference takes place Sept. 14 and 15 and nominations are due by April 28.

?The 20 students who are selected come from institutions all over New Mexico, and they get a rare opportunity to interact with our speakers,? said Garrey Carruthers, chancellor of the NMSU system and director of the Domenici Institute. ?We expect them to prepare well-researched and thoughtful questions that help expand the dialogue for the whole audience. I continue to be impressed every year by how well they deliver on that expectation.?

Thanks to conference sponsors, the Domenici Institute is able to provide each student panelist a two-night hotel stay in Las Cruces, a $250 Visa gift card, and a group dinner during the evening orientation on Sept. 13.

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Campus Announcements

12th annual J. Paul Taylor Symposium to discuss LGBTQ rights

Social justice for LGBTQ identities in the Borderlands is the focus of New Mexico State University?s 12th annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium beginning Saturday, March 19, followed by events on March 22-23.

This year?s theme recognizes that LGBTQ identities are made vulnerable through legislation and prejudice, explained symposium co-chairs Laura Anh Williams, director of NMSU?s Women?s Studies Program, and Catherine Jonet, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies in the Women?s Studies Program.

?LGBTQ populations still strive for civil rights, and these rights do not begin and end with marriage equality or military service,? Williams said.

Panel discussion at NMSU Wednesday highlights Sunshine Week

The NMSU Library, NMSU Department of Journalism & Mass Communications, and NMSU alumnus Tim Parker will present ?Sunshine in the Shade: Uncovering Outside Influence in Local Elections.? The event, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, on the third floor of Zuhl Library on the NMSU campus, will commemorate Sunshine Week, which celebrates the public?s access to information, open records and open government.

Panelists for the program are N.M. Sen. Joseph Cervantes, Las Cruces City Councilor Gill Sorg, Viki Harrison of Common Cause, Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation and Daniel Chand of the NMSU Government Department.

The panel will be moderated by writer, photographer and lawyer Peter Goodman. Panelists will discuss recent trends and transparency in local elections. The audience is welcome to participate with questions. Refreshments will be served.

Free parking will be available on the NMSU campus after 4:30 p.m. For questions or further information, contact Sunshine Week Program chair Cassie McClure at cmcclure@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7492.

State Risk Management offers free clinics

Employees and their covered spouses or domestic partners enrolled in the state medical plans through NMSU will have access to free onsite wellness exams. Information regarding dates of the clinics and the process to schedule an appointment can be found on the Benefit Services website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/insurance/medical. Questions regarding the information can be sent to Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Regents adopt resolution in support of modifying tuition for students from Mexico

During their regular meeting, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents adopted a resolution in support of examining a modified tuition for students from Mexico, in accordance with New Mexico Statute 21-22g-3. The move is designed to make NMSU?s tuition more competitive and to encourage more students from Mexico to attend NMSU.

The Regents? Above and Beyond Award was presented to Tina Patton, a graphic designer in the NMSU Facilities and Services Sign Shop. Those who nominated Patton said that she ?goes the extra mile on a daily basis and always has a positive attitude that inspires others.?

Most recently, Patton showed her dedication to NMSU in honoring Lori Paulson, who passed away Wednesday. It was important to honor Paulson as soon as possible, as she had a rare form of pancreatic cancer. The naming opportunity came quickly and Patton understood how much the signage would mean to Paulson and the recognition event, along with the signage, was a big hit. Patton shows dedication to NMSU and does everything she can to show the university in its best light.

4-H newsletter available online

The April-May-June 2016 issue of the New Mexico 4-H Leaderline newsletter is now online. To read the new issue of Leaderline, visit http://aces.nmsu.edu/4h/documents/april-may-june-2016-leaderline_color_copy.pdf .

To read past issues, visit http://aces.nmsu.edu/4h/newsletters.html and select a newsletter.

For more information about the New Mexico 4-H Youth Development Program, including how to join, find the County Extension Office in your area at http://aces.nmsu.edu/county/.

Customized Training Program offers course on MS Word

Learn hands-on how to add, move through and edit text in the Customized Training Program course "Introduction to MS Word 2010" from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30. Cost is $139. Practice working on two or more documents simultaneously and changing the size, appearance and margins. Use spell checker, saving, retrieving and printing your documents. Step-by-step lessons and hands-on activities so that you can use Word confidently, at home or on the job.

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

Customized Training Program offers social media marketing course

Are you interested in using videos to market your business? Do you know the value of video marketing? In the workshop "Marketing with Social Media 2," learn about the ins and outs of Google+ and YouTube and how to use and share videos to advertise your business and the value of video marketing. Course takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 31, and cost is $59.

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

Presentation covers immigration issues for faculty, staff, students

A workshop, "Maintaining Immigration Status & Planning for the Future: Visas, Green Card and More," will be presented from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 1, by NMSU?s immigration counsel, Maney, Gordon, Zeller, Pa, in rooms 102 and 103 of the Business Complex.

NMSU?s foreign national staff, faculty, students, family members and those who work with our international community are invited to attend an invaluable informative presentation surveying visa options, permanent residence and maintaining one?s immigration status.

Complimentary private consultation will be offered with attorneys immediately after the presentation.

Department of Computer Science hosts summer camps for mid- and high-school students

The Department of Computer Science will host five free, fun, creative and hands-on camps for middle and high school students this summer.

CS Adventures, June 6 to 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., targets all rising 9th- through 12th-graders, and project builds will include using Raspberry Pi's, Arduino microcontrollers and Ozobots. This camp is coordinated by the GK-12 DISSECT program and the CREST Center for Smart Grid Technologies. Applications are open at http://bit.ly/CSAdventures16.

The Young Women in Computing program is entering its 10th summer of hosting CS summer camps, and will offer a collection of sessions targeting new participants and challenging returning alumna.

June 13 to July 1: YWiC High School Alumna Camp, 12:30 to 4 p.m., for rising 9th- through 12th-grade young women who have previously participated in an extended YWiC educational program. YWiC alums will be challenged to create new builds integrating familiar CS concepts.

June 20 to July 1: YWiC Camp for New High School participants, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for rising 9th- through 12th-grade young women who have never participated in a YWiC camp or after-school program. Project builds will include Flora Arduino, game design and app development.

July 11 to 22: YWiC Camp for New Middle School participants, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for rising 6th- through 8th-grade young women who have never participated in a YWiC camp or after-school program. Projects will include Lego Mindstorm EV3 Robotics, SNAP game design and creating an app with AppInventor.

July 11 to 29: YWiC Middle School Alumna Camp, 12:30 to 4 p.m., for rising 6th- to 8th-grade young women who have previously participated in an extended YWiC educational program. YWiC alums will be challenged to create new builds integrating familiar CS concepts.
Apply at https://ywic.nmsu.edu.

If you have any questions regarding the Computer Science summer programs, contact Raena Cota at raenac@nmsu.edu, Rebecca Galves at rgalves@cs.nmsu.edu or 575-646-1901, or Daniela Miranda at dmiranda@cs.nmsu.edu, or visit http://www.cs.nmsu.edu/.