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NMSU Hotline — March 30, 2016

Rainout shelters, long-term data at Jornada Experimental Range help predict climate change effects


Hundreds of rainout shelters on the Jornada Experimental Range are helping researchers predict what arid and semi-arid ecosystems will look like in the future. The rainout shelters serve as simulators of climate change, and they are just one part of a 20-year and ongoing Chihuahuan Desert study.

Osvaldo Sala, the Julie A. Wrigley professor at Arizona State University, has been a part of this project for more than 10 years. He said the key to determining the future of ecosystems is using four complementary approaches to reach scientific answers.

?The four legs of our research approach are observation, experimentation, modeling and long-term data analysis,? Sala said.

The Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research principal investigators live in various locations. Among others, Sala is working with lead principal investigator and New Mexico State University adjunct plant and environmental sciences faculty member Debra Peters and Northern Arizona University Professor of Environmental Science Laura Huenneke, who have been a part of the project for almost 20 years. The research team is in the process of writing manuscripts about all of its discoveries, and various groups of researchers convened on the NMSU campus in February to discuss their findings.

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Campus Announcements

'Studio G Networking Hour: Customer Interviews' to be held today

"Studio G Networking Hour: Customer Interviews" will be held today from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Studio G located in Academic Research Building A.

Join us to learn how to talk to customers and find out if they will buy your product or service. Networking Hour is a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. Networking Hour is a function of the Studio G Business Accelerator at NMSU, which helps Aggies start businesses.

For information, contact Kramer Winingham at studiog@nmsu.edu or http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/studiog.

CAMP Farmworker Awareness events to be held this week

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), along with the CAMP Student Council would like to invite the NMSU community to celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week.

Cesar Chavez Blood Drive Challenge: The CAMP Student Council will hold a blood drive in memory of Cesar Chavez. The blood drive is a national challenge among the CAMP programs nationwide, competing to get the most units of blood donated. This will be outside Corbett Center (where most blood drives are held). The blood drive will be held all week. The student organizers could potentially earn a $1,000 scholarship.

Cesar Chavez Movie: Today at 6:30 p.m., CMI Theatre in Milton Hall. Come celebrate and learn about the farmworker movement and civil rights advocate, Cesar Chavez.

Sammy Gurule Enchilada Sale: Saturday, April 2. 100 West Café (Gerald Thomas Hall) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the CAMP office: $5 for a plate of red or green enchiladas with beans/rice.

Red to Green Money Management workshop to be held Thursday

The workshop "Keys to Saving and Investing" will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in Domenici Hall, Room 106.

What?s the difference between saving and investing? Why should I save? How can I invest? This workshop will answer all these questions and more. Learn what you can do now to help your future self by saving and investing wisely.

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.

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

100 West Cafe offering Spanish cuisine this week

Join 100 West Cafe today through Friday for some delicious Spanish cuisine prepared by students.

Enjoy a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature Andalusian cucumber and tomato salad, avocado and pineapple salad or gazpacho, Andalusian chicken, Castilian fish fillets, pescado con fideos or pasta in chorizo and tomato sauce. Dessert choices are Brazo de Gitano (rolled sponge cake), Gato d?Ametlla (Majorcan almond cake) or flan de fresas. All lunches are $10, payable by cash, check or credit card, and Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards are accepted.

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 our office at 575-646-5995.

Spring tuition waiver deadline is Friday

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.

Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar to be held Friday

Zach Larson, master's candidate, will present a seminar, "Thrips and Verticillium Wilt Resistance in Glandless and Glanded Cotton? in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar Series at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, 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.

100 West Cafe offers happy hour

It?s not an April Fool?s Joke ? 100 West Café will host a Beer-n-Bites Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, in 100 West Café at Gerald Thomas Hall. The event will feature complimentary appetizers with your drink purchase. Drinks are priced from $3 to $5. Guests must be 21 years old in order to attend.

For more information, contact the School of HRTM at 575-646-5995 or via email at hrtm@nmsu.edu.

DACC student art exhibit slated for April

Student artists will present their work at the DACC student art exhibit from April 1 to April 29 in the ?The Artistic Earth? show.

The display is hosted by the Cottonwood Gallery located inside Southwest Environmental Center. An opening reception as part of the Downtown Arts Ramble will be held in honor of the artists at the gallery, 275 N. Main St. in downtown Las Cruces. The reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 1. Refreshments will be provided along with a musical performance by Ray ?RJ? Duran.

Student artists are part of the art, creative media technology and digital graphics technology programs at DACC.

The art program supports students who have a broad interest in the arts, offering students a multicultural examination of the principles and philosophies of art. In addition, the art program supports students seeking introductory skills in a range of studio classes including ceramics, printmaking, drawing and painting.

The CMT/DGT program trains specialists to design printed materials and websites, produce videos and films and participate in game design. Two options for students in this major include a two-year Associate of Science and a certificate program. The program brings together technologies, including print media, web design, multimedia, digital photography, animation and digital film.

Regular hours for the gallery are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact Abby Osborne at 575-527-7588 for more information.

'Starting a Borderlands Solidarity Economy' talk to be held Monday

Economic alternatives to capitalism are a valuable way to improve the well-being of individuals, communities and society by addressing economic challenges, building community, respecting other cultures and their lifeways and supporting environmental sustainability. If you are interested in learning more about economic alternatives to capitalism, and are interested in advancing these efforts by starting a borderlands solidarity economy, join Julie Steinkopf Rice at 3 p.m. Monday, April 4, in Science Hall 286A, the Sociology Department conference room).

The group's Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/econalternatives. Contact Steinkopf Rice at ja_rice@nmsu.edu or at 575-646-3448.

Steinkopf Rice takes a radical, decolonial anti-capitalist approach to economic alternatives. Her research has appeared in a variety of academic journals, including Critical Sociology, Sustainable Development and New Political Economy.

Sustainability Council meeting to be held Tuesday

The next Sustainability Council meeting will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Milton Hall Room 85. The meeting will be available online at https://zoom.us/j/973677801 for those who cannot be there in person, but would like to participate. Three guests on the agenda will discuss ways they can partner with our NMSU School of Sustainability.

Sustainability Council meetings are open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Anyone may join the council at any time; no previous knowledge or experience is necessary. If you would like to be added to the Sustainability Council email list, contact sumolina@nmsu.edu.

Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series continues April 6

The Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series continues with a talk from Cate White from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101.

White makes paintings, drawings, altered objects, books, sculpture and videos characterized by stylistic rawness and emotional honesty. White sources her content from a broad range of human experience: existential reckoning, portraits of friends, mundane observations, current events, personal narratives of trauma, endurance or transcendence, archetypal characters in universal struggle and paradoxical displays of power and vulnerability. White is currently a grantee at the Roswell Artist in Residence program in New Mexico. White presents her work as part of the 2016 Visiting Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by NMSU Department of Art, University Gallery and the Lilian Steinman Visiting Artist Funds. This event is free and open to the public.

'Motivation & Goal Setting: Achieving Success' to be held April 7

A workshop, "Motivation & Goal Setting: Achieving Success," will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. April 7 at the Zuhl Library second-floor conference room, Room 225. If you don't plan where you are going, you'll probably end up somewhere else. Feeling troubled, lost and confused about college life? Come learn about short- and long-term goal planning and how to gather the motivation to stay engaged in your classes.

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

NMSU programs listed on U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools 2017

New Mexico State University?s Doctor of Nursing Practice in the College of Health and Social Services has been recognized as one of the top 100 programs in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report?s Best Graduate Schools 2017.

The DNP program, which is tied for 92, offers four specialties ? psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontological nurse practitioner and community/public health nurse practitioner.

?Our DNP program was the first one in New Mexico,? said Pam Schultz, director of the School of Nursing and associate dean of the college. ?This degree fulfills a desperate need for primary care and psychiatric care of patients in New Mexico. The School of Nursing is proud to be able to offer this higher education to nurses. We are gratified to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report.?


NMSU grad students to present research during ?Three-Minute Thesis? competition

What can you do in three minutes? Boil an egg, greet your pet when you get home or perhaps watch an ultra-short TED Talk?

This weekend, 21 New Mexico State University students will have just three minutes to explain their research or creative theses to an audience for a chance to win cash prizes.

The College of Arts and Sciences will present the fifth annual ?Three-Minute Thesis? competition at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Corbett Center Auditorium.