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NMSU Hotline — April 6, 2016

December snowstorm delayed New Mexico pecan harvest


The rare December snowstorm in southern New Mexico not only covered the area in five inches of snow but it also hindered this season?s pecan harvest. Fortunately for New Mexico producers, the unusual precipitation is not expected to have affected this year?s crop.

New Mexico State University extension pecan specialist Richard Heerema said both the harvest season and growing season were wetter than recent years due to the El Niño phenomenon.

?The precipitation has slowed down growers somewhat in their harvest,? Heerema said. ?In particular right after Christmas, there was a snowstorm and then followed by some rainstorms, and that created very wet orchard conditions. It made it impossible for producers to take their harvest equipment into their orchards without creating problems in the orchard floor as well as possibly getting equipment stuck in the mud.

?Growers welcome precipitation in the region, but at the same time it does make things a bit frustrating for harvest.?

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Campus Announcements

Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System on NMSU campus to be tested today

If you hear a siren on the New Mexico State University campus today 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.

Human Resources?Insurance Open Forum sponsored by Employee Council

Please plan to join us from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, for an open forum in which Human Resources will provide an update on the insurance benefits. The forum will be held at the Domenici Hall Room 109. We look forward to seeing you and starting a great conversation.

The webcast on April 7 will be available at https://panopto.nmsu.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=d87f7771-b732-4e10-bb72-8ce3895ee81d.

Chile Pepper Institute annual plant sale continues

The Chile Pepper Institute will host its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday, April 8, at the Fabian Garcia Science Center at 113 W. University Ave. in Las Cruces, while plants are available.

Call the Chile Pepper Institute at 575-646-3028 or email cpi@nmsu.edu for any questions regarding the plant sale.

A large variety of chiles, herbs, tomatoes and eggplants are available.

Plants available include:

Chile Peppers:
NuMex Centennial ? ornamental; NuMex Twilight ? ornamental; NuMex Easter ?ornamental; NuMex Joe E Parker ? Mild Green/Red Chile; NuMex Heritage Big Jim ? Hot Green/Red Chile; NuMex Heritage 6-4 ? Medium Green/Red Chile; NuMex Sandia Select ? Hot Green/Red Chile; NuMex Primavera ? Mild Jalapeno; NuMex Jalmundo ? Jumbo Hot Jalapeno; NuMex Orange Spice ? Very Hot Colored Jalapeno; NuMex Pumpkin Spice ?Hot Colored Jalapeno; NuMex Lemon Spice ?Hot Colored Jalapeno; NuMex Trick or Treat ?No Heat Orange Habanero; Early Jalapeno; Orange Habanero; Jupiter ? Large Bell Pepper; Hot Banana Pepper; Yellow Bell; Poblano; Serrano

Chocolate Cherry; Kimberly; Bush Beefsteak; Better Boy; Bush Early Girl; Copia; Black Krim; Golden Sweet; La Roma III; Sprite; Super Italian Paste; Brandywine; Patio F; Beefmaster; Super Sweet; Limmony; Red Currant

Black Beauty; Fairy Tale; Florida High Bush

Sage; Large Leaf Basil; Italian Basil; Regular Basil; Thyme; Parsley; Cilantro; Oregano

NMSU alumnus is keynote speaker at Founders Day Picnic April 15

Retired Brig. Gen. Jack R. Fox, NMSU alumnus and cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans? Services, will give the keynote speech at the Founders Day picnic April 15. The lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Traders Plaza, near the College of Business. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Fox served in the U.S. Army for 29 years, going from Alaska and the Artic Circle to Germany during the days of the Soviet Union and Korea. He graduated from NMSU in 1969 with a bachelor?s degree in government. In addition to commemorating NMSU?s heritage and recognizing staff, we are proud to honor the Army ROTC for its 100th anniversary. Naturally, this is a fitting celebration, as NMSU was founded as a land-grant institution based on agriculture, military science and mechanic arts studies.

Find out more at http://foundersday.nmsu.edu.

Boston University professor to speak at NMSU about Cuban immigration

A sociology professor and immigration expert from Boston University will speak at New Mexico State University this week about Cuban immigration.

Susan Eckstein?s lecture, titled ?Cuban Immigration Exceptionalism: How and Why??, will begin at 4 p.m. April 7 at Nason House, 1070 University Ave. The lecture, sponsored by NMSU?s Center for Latin American and Border Studies and the Department of Sociology, is free and open to the public.

Eckstein is a past-president of the Latin American Studies Association and a prominent scholar in Latin American Sociology with specializations in Mexico and Cuba, as well as immigration and social movements. She has published numerous books and articles including the award-winning book on Fidel Castro, ?Back From the Future: Cuba Under Castro.? Her most recent book, ?The Immigrant Divide,? focuses on different waves of Cuban migration and their involvement with their homeland.


Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar to be held Friday

Laura Johnson, master's candidate, will present a seminar, "Evaluation of organic fertilizers in the growth and yield of chile (Capsicum annuum L.)" in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 8 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.

School of Nursing to host DNP project final defense Thursday

NMSU's School of Nursing will host Melissa Torres' DNP project final defense at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at the CHSS Building Room 202-A. She will present "Evaluation of a Pre-Operative Nurse visit to Increase Communication & Patient Safety for the General Surgery Population" to a committee to include Stephanie Lynch, Shelly Noe, Conni DeBlieck and Peter Houde. The public is welcome to attend.

NMSU College of Engineering welcomes energy expert as first lecturer in spring Verge Series

New Mexico State University?s College of Engineering will welcome Phillip G. Harris, energy industry adviser, as the first speaker in the spring Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship. His presentation titled ?Key Convergences in the Global Electrical Industry? will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Thomas and Brown Hall Room 104.

Harris, a 30-year energy industry veteran, now serves as an energy industry adviser. For more than 15 years, Harris was the president and chief executive officer of PJM Interconnection and chairman of the PJM board. Originating from an agreement among eight utility companies, under Harris? leadership, PJM became the world?s largest competitive wholesale electricity market, which now ensures the reliability of the largest centrally dispatched grid in the world. PJM?s members total more than 450 and serve about 51 million people.


College of Business to induct new Hall of Fame members April 8

The New Mexico State University College of Business will induct two new Hall of Fame members ? Brenda Joy Baca Alvarez, co-owner of Las Cruces firm EMI Technologies and a 1981 graduate, and Jim Holder, senior vice president of sales for Cigna?s Mountain States Region in Denver, a 1990 graduate. In addition, the college will present the Traders Award to generous NMSU supporters Bill and Sharon Sheriff.

Established in 1997 by the College of Business, the Hall of Fame honors outstanding alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and supporters who have made an impact with their commitment to the college and NMSU. The ceremony and banquet will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.


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.

Reading to benefit Aggie Cupboard

New Mexico State University alumnus Gwendolyn Mintz will read from her newest chapbook, "Where I'll Be If I'm Not There" at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9. The reading will be held at Barnes and Noble College, 1400 E. University, and is a benefit for the Aggie Cupboard. Non-perishable food items will be accepted.

The chapbook was the winner of the 2015 short fiction competition sponsored by Winged City Chapbooks/Argus House Press. Copies will be available for purchase at the reading.

Mintz' work has appeared in various online and print journals as well as more than 40 anthologies, most recently in the Harvard Bookstore's Microchondria III. Her first chapbook, Mother Love, was published by Unlikely 2.0.

Mintz teaches at Dona Ana Community College where she is an assistant professor of English. She can be reached at 575-527-7669 (message).

Entrepreneur Encounters sponsored by Seidel Technologies slated for Monday

Hear great entrepreneur stories from NMSU Regent Jerean Camúñez Hutchinson and owner of La Posta. She will provide great advice for young entrepreneurs and startups in the area.

Hutchinson is a Las Cruces native who was appointed to the NMSU Board of Regents in early 2015 by Gov. Susana Martinez. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in business systems analysis at NMSU. She earned a Master of Science degree in information management from George Washington University.

Hutchinson is the owner and manager of the famous La Posta de Mesilla Restaurant in Mesilla, New Mexico, since returning to the area in 1996.

Join us at noon, Monday, April 11, at Hardman-Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 125. We will have pizza for the hungry. For more information visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/events.

Food donation drop-offs for Aggie Cupboard

The Aggie Cupboard now has regular drop-off hours for food donations. Any student groups or individuals who wish to donate food may do so from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, at room B115 in Regents Row. If you need a pick up, or if these hours do not work for you, please contact the Aggie Cupboard at aggiecupboard@nmsu.edu. Thank you for your generous support and for helping fuel Aggie Success. Questions? Call Lori at 575-646-2731.

NMSU offers DREAM Excellence trainings regarding access to higher education

If a young child was brought to the United States by his or her parents from another country, can that child later attend college in the U.S.? Is it possible for an undocumented student to receive state-funded scholarships to attend New Mexico State University? If a student has high school transcripts from another country, what are the options for higher education in the U.S.?

The Immigrant Student Issues Committee at NMSU and Dona Ana Community College has the answers.

Laura Gutierrez Spencer, committee chair, leads DREAM Excellence trainings to inform individuals about students? options.

Gutierrez Spencer, who is also the director of Chicano Programs at NMSU, said the goal is to inform and educate people about access to higher education for undocumented students, students with foreign transcripts and students with Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals status.


NMSU?s NM EDGE offers first-of-its-kind Extension professional training

One of New Mexico EDGE?s newest certification programs is designed to help New Mexico State University?s new Cooperative Extension Service specialists and agents to learn the organizational ropes of their new jobs.

NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector, provides county and state officials with professional programming.

?The training for newly elected officials has been so effective that the extension service leadership thought it would be good for their new employees,? said Mary DeLorenzo, NM EDGE program director.