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NMSU Hotline — April 5, 2016

Otero County Cooperative Extension office hires extension agent

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Marlee Runyan, a now second-year extension agent, has joined the Otero County Cooperative Extension Services? team as their 4-H and agricultural agent.

In Otero County there are currently eight 4-H clubs. It is Runyan?s job to oversee these clubs? projects and events such as rodeo, livestock and community service projects.

Runyan grew up as a member of the Eddy County 4-H program and the Artesia FFA Chapter. After graduating from Artesia High School, Runyan attended New Mexico State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, in Agriculture and Community Development Education, and her Master of Arts in Agricultural and Extension Education.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU Board of Regents votes not to increase tuition for 2016-2017

During its regular meeting Monday, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents voted not to increase tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year. The vote means the university will need to cut its budget by approximately $10.7 million for the next year.

During a March 9 town hall meeting, university leaders outlined how NMSU was facing a challenging financial situation stemming from several factors, including a decrease in state appropriations due to the struggling state economy and a decrease in student enrollment. Taken together, state funding and tuition represent about half the operating budget of the university.

?As we analyze budget reduction options, we must take a thoughtful approach to meeting these financial challenges, while planning for the future and avoiding more budget cuts in the short-term,? NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers said.


Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System on NMSU campus to be tested first Wednesday of the month

If you hear a siren on the New Mexico State University campus Wednesday at noon, don't be alarmed. The university?s Outdoor Severe Weather Warning Systems are activated for one-minute blasts on the first Wednesday of each month as a test to ensure they are functioning properly. Two pole-mounted sirens, which sound the severe weather warnings, are located on the eastern and western ends of campus. The Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System is part of the university's emergency system and will be used to communicate weather-related emergencies for individuals who are located outside a building.

In a weather-related emergency, the weather warning sirens will be engaged for two minutes or longer and will alert members of the campus and surrounding community to immediately seek shelter and, once they are safe, to check the NMSU Web site or local news for additional information.

Employees registered with the Emergency Notification System may choose to receive emergency information via email, voicemail or text messaging service. Sign up for emergency alerts at: https://myaccount.nmsu.edu/accounts/etm/index.php.

Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium to be held Wednesday

The New Mexico State University Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium will feature Ingrid Ukstins-Peate from the University of Iowa Earth & Environmental Sciences. Her talk titled "The largest Volcanic Eruptions on Earth" will be given from 4 to 5 pm. Wednesday, April 6, in Gardiner Hall Room 230.

100 West Cafe offers Greek food this week

Join us for some delicious Greek Food at 100 West Café the week of April 5-8, today through Friday for some delicious food prepared by our students.

Enjoy four days of a la carte lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature Fassolatha (white bean soup), Greek salad or watermelon salad and broiled Greek fish fillets, Greek Isle Chicken, orzo pasta and broccoli or Greek pasta with tomatoes and white beans. Your dessert choices are honey and pine nut tart, baklava or revani (a Greek semolina cake with orange syrup). All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience. We look forward to having you for lunch and as always, we appreciate your support.

Loadable gift cards are available for sale in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 138 in $10 increments.

For more information, please visit our website at http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call our office at 575-646-5995.

Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series set for Wednesday

The Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series featuring Cate White will be held 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 the 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 Thursday

"Motivation & Goal Setting: Achieving Success" will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Zuhl Library Conference Room (225 second floor). 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 please contact the Student Success Center at 575-646-3136.

Retirement planning webinar to be offered Thursday

From 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 7, ?The Starting Line: Why and How Retirement Savings Begins Now? will be presented by Donn Fitch, a representative of TIAA-CREF via Adobe Connect. This webinar will demonstrate how to begin saving money for retirement. There will be opportunities to ask questions online during the live presentation.

The link to the Adobe Connect session will be available the day of the webinar at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retire/voluntary.

For questions about your benefits, contact Benefit Services at benefits@nmsu.edu or 575-646-8000. If you experience problems or need assistance attending a live broadcast, please contact the Center for Learning & Professional Development at 575-646-5462 or training@nmsu.edu.

Hopi artwork exhibit opens at NMSU Museum

The New Mexico State University Museum will host an opening reception for its newest show, ?Itaa Katsi: Our Life,? an exhibition of Hopi artwork, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Kent Hall.

?In this exhibition, we are showing the continuum and diversity of Hopi artworks in examples mainly from the mid-to-late twentieth century to the present,? said Michelle J. Lanteri, exhibition curator and art history graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?While the objects reveal changes in materials and styles, the constant is the artist?s employment of visual motifs that reflect places of home: the Hopi villages on First, Second and Third Mesas in northeastern Arizona.?

The exhibition will feature around 80 works from the permanent collection, as well as new acquisitions from Hopi artists Spencer Nutima, Linda Lomahaftewa, Ramson Lomatewama and Jessica Lomatewama.


Students needed for focus groups

All currently enrolled NMSU-Las Cruces undergraduate students are welcome and encouraged to participate in focus groups to provide recommendations to NMSU about your university experiences. NMSU is continuously working to improve your undergraduate experience ? come and let your voice be heard.

All participants will receive a free T-shirt, and food will be provided from Chihuahua?s Mexican restaurant.

Focus groups are on Friday, April 8, and there are four different times to choose from:
ˇ 9 to 10:30 a.m.
ˇ 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
ˇ 1:30 to 3 p.m.
ˇ 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Register at https://assessment.nmsu.edu/for-students/.

For more information, contact Shelly Stovall at sstovall@nmsu.edu.

Campus Health Center to host Get Yourself Tested Campaign April 13

The Campus Health Center and the NM Department of Health will host the fifth annual GYT: Get Yourself Tested Campaign. The event will provide free STD testing from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Campus Health Center. The entrance will be located on the southwest corner of the building. Urine samples will be collected for gonorrhea and chlamydia. No physical exams will be given and testing is confidential.

Some STDs may be asymptomatic (show no symptoms), so it is important to be screened regularly if you are sexually active. GYT encourages testing as an act of pride, not shame, and promotes an open dialogue about STDs by encouraging people to get themselves tested.

For more information please contact agalliva@nmsu.edu or 575-646-4045.

NMSU Library announces Sen. Pete V. Domenici Papers opening of defense subseries

The New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Department announces that its Political Papers Unit has completed processing the Defense subseries of the Pete V. Domenici Senatorial Papers.

The 18 boxes are now open for use by researchers. The documents and materials in this part of the collection focus on legislation, reports and policies related to the United States Departments of Defense and Homeland Security on both a national and New Mexican level.

?Senator Domenici was a strong advocate for the Defense department in New Mexico, and this subseries details his efforts to support New Mexico?s role in the United States? national security structure,? said Adam Heien, Political Papers archivist. ?Of particular importance are the materials related to the annual defense appropriations, the Base Realignment and Closure cycles and their impact on New Mexican installations, and those materials directly related to Cannon, Kirtland and Holloman Air Force Bases, as well as White Sands Missile Range.?

A continually updated finding aid for the Pete V. Domenici Papers can be found at http://lib.nmsu.edu/domenici/DomeniciFindingAid.pdf. Researchers can access the papers by visiting the Caroline E. Stras Reading Room on the fourth floor of Branson Library or by contacting the department at archives@lib.nmsu.edu and by phone at 575-646-3839.

NMSU Office of Advancement announces date change for fundraising webinar

A web-based seminar for fundraising professionals being screened at New Mexico State University has been rescheduled for April 11.

NMSU?s Office of University Advancement is partnering with the Association of Fundraising Professionals New Mexico chapter to screen a series of web-based seminars for fundraising and development professionals in southern New Mexico.

The series? April screening, originally slated for April 4, will cover ?Successful Donor Visits,? and will now take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, at the NMSU Alumni and Visitor?s Center, at 755 College Drive on the Las Cruces Campus.


DACC Customized Training class offered

Thinking about writing a grant? Then this course is for you. Learn strategies to search for funding, the different types of grant funding available, and practical hints and tips to create a fundable proposal in Grant Writing ? Beginning. This is a hands-on class, so bring your program/project ideas that need funding. The course is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 19 and the cost is $109. For questions or more information, contact us at 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.

DACC Community Education course available

These playful, around-the-world, dangle earrings are fun and easy to make ? you can wear them home to start your fall fashion season off with a whirl. Don?t miss the fun in this DACC Community Education course, Around the World Wire Earrings. The course is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 12 and the cost is $19. To sign up, or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.