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NMSU Hotline — April 7, 2016

NMSU researcher develops method for cloning pecan rootstock


A newly developed method for cloning pecan rootstock may result in more successful yields for growers in the future.

Jennifer Randall, a research associate professor in the New Mexico State University Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science, is thrilled with this breakthrough, as pecan can be challenging.

?Pecan can be difficult to work with, and before I started, I was told that pecan cloning was impossible,? Randall said. ?I?m excited, especially with the potential that it can mean to the industry and for research.?

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Campus Announcements

Retirement planning webinar to be offered today

From 1 to 2 p.m., today, ?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.

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:
· 9 to 10:30 a.m.
· 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
· 1:30 to 3 p.m.
· 3:30 to 5 p.m.

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

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

Contemporary Dance Theatre presents 'Motion Studies'

The NMSU Dance Program, the Department of Kinesiology and Dance (KIND) and the College of Education will present "Motion Studies," an evening of dance performed by the NMSU Contemporary Dance Theater (CDT). Under the direction of Ann Gavit, this diverse and compelling concert features faculty and student choreography. "Motion Studies," will be presented at the Las Cruces High School Performing Arts Lab at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9. The parking lot is located on Boutz, across from McDonalds. Advanced tickets are $10, and tickets at the door are $15. Advanced tickets are available for purchase at the KIND Office located in the Activity Center, Room 204. For more information, contact the KIND office at 575-646-4067.

NMSU Board of Regents to hold special meeting April 11

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents Chair Debra Hicks has called a special meeting for 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, in the Hadley Hall Conference Room 130. The meeting will be in open session and the agenda will include one action item.

Copies of the agenda for this meeting will be available at NMSU?s Zuhl Library on the Las Cruces campus not less than 72 hours prior to the meeting and will also be posted on the university website at http://regents.nmsu.edu/agenda.

Persons with disabilities who may need a reader, amplifier, qualified language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact the Office of the Board of Regents? Chief of Staff at 575-646-2227 at least three (3) days prior to the meeting or as soon as possible.


State Risk Management offers free clinics

Employees, and their covered spouses/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.

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.

FSA-RMR office information session and Bridge to BDMS & PCard receipt destruction training set for April 2016

The FSA Records Management and Retention (RMR) office will conduct an information session from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Senate Chamber Room 302, in Corbett Center. Learn about NMSU records, the new retention requirements and FSA-RMR Procedures.

The FSA-RMR Bridge to BDMS and PCard Receipt Destruction will be conducted on a separate day from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at O?Donnell Hall Room 300. Learn about the Banner Document Management Suite (BDMS) and PCard receipt destruction.

Go-To Meetings for our out-of-town users, who are unable to attend our sessions at the Las Cruces campus, will be offered at the same dates and times as our live sessions. If you need assistance for the Go-To Meeting please contact RMR at 575-646-8324. For more information or to register visit http://rmr.nmsu.edu/training.

Student media looking for a few good students

The student-run radio station and the student-run newspaper (magazine) are looking for a few good students.

Student Media is now accepting applications for general manager for KRUX 91.5 and executive director of The Round Up (Oncore). Positions pay $11 per hour for up to 20 hours a week. The postings for the two student leadership positions will close on April 15.

Please apply online at https://www.myinterfase.com/nmsu/Account/LogOn.

Earth Day Fair to be held on campus April 17

This year?s Earth Day Fair is from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 17, on the NMSU Horseshoe. The Earth Day Fair is hosted every year by NMSU student club Organization of Aggie Students Inspiring Sustainability (OASIS). There will be live music all day - Gabrielle Louise and Darryl Purpose are guest musicians, along with local musicians, environmental education booths, children?s activities, local vendors and local food trucks. Earth Day is celebrated each year to encourage a greater understanding of contemporary environmental issues and OASIS shares that idea with the Las Cruces community. The event is free. For more information contact joni newcomer at newcomer@nmsu.edu or http://sustainability.nmsu.edu/earth-day-fair-2/.

Social Security Representative to present at NMSU

A representative from the El Paso Social Security office will be presenting information on social security retirement benefits on the NMSU campus on April 19. Information regarding the location/time of the presentation is on the Benefit Services website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retire/process/#social. Employees not able to attend the presentation will be able to view a recorded version of the presentation on the same website above approximately one week after the presentation.

Questions regarding this event should be directed to Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

Aggie Shark Tank to be held April 22

Arrowhead Center will host Aggie Shark Tank on April 22, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Aggie Shark Tank provides an opportunity for NMSU student entrepreneurs to pitch their business idea to local Sharks. Participants will have five minutes to present their idea, followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers from the Sharks, with the chance to gain investment or other types of assistance from the local Sharks to help the student?s business grow.

The main event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Followed by a reception. Register to receive your free ticket at the link below.

'Viva España' dance performance to be held April 23-24

Come enjoy ?Viva España? a passionate evening of eclectic Flamenco and Spanish Dance performed by Sol y Arena, the Dance Programs Flamenco and Spanish Dance Ensemble. Proceeds from this event help to sponsor students traveling to study in Spain for a month in the summer of 2016. This will be the third trip directed by Paco Antonio and Lucilene de Geus, co-directors of Sol y Arena and Dance faculty at NMSU. This international study offers focused dance students an extremely rich experience in the classroom with celebrated international instructors, theater and tablao (nightclub setting) performances, daily walks through historic landmarks and museums while bringing back inspiring choreographies with rich memories to be shared and motivate the next generation of voyagers. ?Viva España," will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 23 and at 2:30 p.m. April 24, at the Rio Grande Theater, 211 N. Main St. in Las Cruces. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. Call 575-646-4067 for more information.

NMSU sets up private nursing parent rooms for mothers

Four special rooms have been set up on the Las Cruces campus of New Mexico State University to provide private spaces for mothers nursing babies.

?By providing nursing parent spaces, NMSU aligns work/life philosophy to support students, staff and faculty as they pursue the integration of classes, work and family/personal life,? said Gerard Nevarez, executive director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator. ?Additionally, the nursing spaces will ensure privacy of the user.?

A nursing parent room is on the east side of the first floor of Zuhl Library. All users will need to check out the room key at the Zuhl Service Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. A sign outside the room door provides information about obtaining the key.


NMSU experts to make presentations on cattle disease: trichomoniasis

Cattle experts from New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service will make presentations to ranchers and others April 26 on the cattle disease trichomoniasis.

Trichomoniasis, a highly transmittable disease, can result in early fetal death and infertility, resulting in extended calving intervals.

Dr. John Wenzel, Extension veterinarian, and Sidney ?Sid? Gordon, Extension agriculture agent in Otero County, will be joined by Dr. Warren Franklin of Ruidoso and other experts at a meeting of the Otero County Cattleman?s Association.


DACC Financial Literacy Workshops to be held in April

In the April ?Credit Reports & Credit Scores? workshops learn where to find your credit report and how to read it, what your credit score means and why does your credit report and credit score matter?

Today at 2 p.m. East Mesa Campus DASR 232
Tuesday, April 19, at 2 p.m. East Mesa Campus DASR 232
Tuesday, April 21, at 2 p.m. Central Campus DAMA 114 ACR
Wednesday, April 27, at 2 p.m. Gadsden Center Conference Room

For questions please contact Melanie at 575-528-7296 or melaniet@nmsu.edu.