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NMSU Hotline — March 21, 2016

NMSU, DACC students and community volunteers join forces to nourish garden

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Katherine Mendoza, an early childhood education major at New Mexico State University, needed community services hours in order to be admitted into the Teacher Education Program, so she signed up for the Service Learning in Education Distinction (SLED) program in the College of Education.

She knew whatever community service project she completed would have an impact, but she didn?t expect that helping with the Know, Grow and Show Community Garden at University United Methodist Church, 2000 S. Locust, would make such a big difference in the lives of children and residents in the area.

?It?s amazing. It?s my community,? Mendoza said on a recent Saturday at the garden, where she joined more than 100 volunteers representing NMSU, Doņa Ana Community College, the church, a nearby school and the neighborhood. ?It has a really big impact on everybody. We?re really planting our own seed all together and one day we?ll see this garden all put together.?



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Campus Announcements

Employee Council to host open forum today

All NMSU employees are invited to the Employee Council Open Forum from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the Corbett Center Student Union ballrooms. The forum will provide a progress update from each team working on the initiative to transform NMSU into a 21st century university.

For those who plan to view the meeting online, please follow this link: https://nmsu.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=9da2a7ce-c687-4eb6-8cc4-f305766d6a9f

For replaying the forum, please use this link: https://panopto.nmsu.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=8864bf29-2440-46c0-b86a-ef4c0d192f58

The replay is expected to be available at 5 p.m. today.

Those not in attendance can still submit questions via email sent to empcouncil@nmsu.edu.

All employees are encouraged to participate.

Open forum for Military and Veterans Programs director candidates to be held Tuesday

Open forums for two candidates for director of Military and Veteran Programs will be held on Tuesday, March 22, in the Garcia Annex Faculty Senate Chambers. The first open forum will be at 10 a.m. with Juan Chavez and the second will be at 2 p.m. with Michael Ruybal. For more information, contact Military and Veterans Programs at mvp@nmsu.edu.

DACC Financial Literacy Workshop offered

A financial literacy workshop, ?Banking & Budgeting for College,? will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 at the Gadsden Center Conference Room. For more information, contact Melanie at 575-528-7296 or melaniet@nmsu.edu.

'Critical Thinking: Thinking about Thinking' workshop to be held Wednesday

"Critical Thinking: Thinking about Thinking" will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Zuhl Library Conference room (225 second floor). 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 employers. Discuss becoming a critical thinker in order to get more from your education.

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

Career Services presents 'Pathways Internship Program '

Career Services will host the Office of Personnel Management "Pathways Internship Program" workshops on March 24. The program will be offered in the morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and repeated from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Corbett Center Student Union Senate Chambers, Room 302. The sessions will cover recruiting and hiring students and recent graduates into federal careers and writing your federal resume.

Each session will explain and introduce students to the pathways programs,including internships, recent graduates and Presidential Management Fellows). The information presented covers what each program offers to the job seeker, the basic requirements and employment potential after each program is completed. "Writing Your Federal Resume" will explain the three-part process to assist applicants in writing their federal resume. Attendees will be shown a real Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA) and walked through reviewing the JOA to determine qualifications, interest and identifying the important requirements to tailor their resumes with that JOA. Lastly, it will provide a quick overview of the resume builder on https://www.usajobs.gov.

Salon Discovery talks set for Thursday

Hear dynamic discussions on science and culture from the expert minds of award-winning NMSU professors ? Michael Hout, Collin Payne and Mary O?Connell ? from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in Pete V. Domenici Hall's S.P. and Estelle Yates Theater. Question-and-answer sessions follow each 15-minute talk. Light refreshments provided. Admission is free. Topics include: ?Watching Your Eyes: How gaze-tracking technology lets us control gadgets, diagnose disease and much more,? ?46,000 Square Feet of Food Choices? and ?Sensory Properties of Crops in New Mexico: Capsicum, Cannabis and Lavendula.?

American Southwest Children?s Theatre Company presents after-school drama classes for kids

American Southwest Children?s Theatre Company will host after-school classes for children. The class for first- through third-graders is ?Amazing Friendships.? Animals, humans, aliens and creatures form unlikely friendships. These friends achieve remarkable things together. Come share and create their stories and explore their remarkable adventures. These classes are on Mondays 3:30 to 5 p.m. March 28 to April 25 at the Isabel M. Crouch Readers Theatre, located between the Speech and English buildings on the NMSU campus.

Fourth- through sixth-graders will explore ?Unexpected Heroes,? stories of all kinds of heroes in all kinds of situations. Step into their shoes and see what it?s like to find the courage and ability to help in extraordinary ways. Fourth to sixth grade classes are Wednesdays 4 to 5:30 p.m., March 30 to April 27 at the Readers Theatre.

The cost for the full five weeks of classes is $25 per child. For more information and to register for classes, visit www.nmsutheatre.com.

Campus community invited to Corbett Center Open House

Corbett Center Student Union will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Aggie Lounge. The event will celebrate the most recent renovation to the building, which started in February 2014. Tours and refreshments will be available throughout and an Unveiling Ceremony will start at 4:30 p.m.

Corbett Center is the center for student life on campus and committed to providing the campus community and guests with exceptional services, programs, facilities and resources. The student union is the place to dine, study, relax with friends, do your banking, exercise, check your mail and email, and utilize all your favorite portable electronic devices.

The most recent renovation created more space for students, including new technology-equipped study areas, roomier common spaces and a large lounge area.

For more information on the open house, call 575-646-4411.

'Maintaining Immigration Status' workshop to be held April 1

"Maintaining Immigration Status and Planning for the Future: Visas, Green Card and More," presented by NMSU?s Immigration Counsel, Maney, Gordon, Zeller, P.A., will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the Business Complex Room 102 and 103.

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.

NMSU campus farm research project, ?nutriponics,? attempts to convert waste

This spring, five New Mexico State University students in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, along with Tracey Carrillo, assistant director of campus farm operations at NMSU, have started a research project searching for a way to add value to waste products created in agricultural settings.

?The students have coined the name for this creation, ?nutriponics,? which is different than aquaponics and hydroponics. The students hope the coined name will become a household term as they continue to develop the research,? Carrillo said.

The students, Tim Clelland, Ethan Johnson, Kiah Lowe, Rey Lopez and Curt Pierce, would like to have a working model to demonstrate how to add value to various waste streams soon.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11770/nmsu-campus-farm-research-project-nutriponics-attempts-to-convert-waste

NMSU alumna working with Arrowhead to develop technology for senior citizens

For Tiara Grant, relocating from Albuquerque to Las Cruces for an intensive 12-week pre-incubation program at Arrowhead Technology Incubator (ATI) was an easy move.

?I knew that New Mexico State University had a strong engineering program,? said Grant. ?After researching numerous incubators, I decided ATI could best help me achieve my goals.?

Grant is a NMSU alumni and has worked in the information technology field since 2008, studying areas in information security, secure coding practices and object oriented programming languages, database and network design, IT project management and unified modeling language, or UML. While earning her master?s in computer science, Grant knew she wanted to develop a technology that would focus on senior care.

Her company, Omnius Technologies, will allow her to focus on the development of a technology that will help senior citizens stay independent at home through the use of a personal emergency alert system.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11771/nmsu-alumni-working-with-arrowhead-to-develop-technology-for-senior-citizens

DACC Customized Training class offered

In the notary public course, learn the legal duties and what the law allows and requires of a notary. Determine the steps for applying to become a New Mexico notary public and information you need to order your notary seal, as well as what to do with records when you are no longer a notary. For new and experienced notaries. Must be a New Mexico resident. Record Book of Notarial Acts included. The course is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 2 or 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 10 and the cost is $99.

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