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NMSU Hotline — May 6, 2016

NMSU?s criminal justice honor society wins top awards, scholarships at national competition

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Last year, New Mexico State University?s criminal justice honor society, Alpha Chi Alpha, won first place at the Alpha Phi Sigma National Conference for their analysis of a mock crime scene.

This year, they created their own. The grim display ? which featured an NMSU criminal justice alumnus playing dead on a cold, hotel bathroom floor ? was created for the Crime Scene Investigation portion of this year?s conference, held from March 29-April 2 in Denver.

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Campus Announcements

Your opinion wanted on NMSU?s athletic conference alignment

The NMSU football team has just two more seasons remaining as part of the Sun Belt Conference. The rest of our teams play in the Western Athletic Conference, which may not offer long-term stability. Because of these factors, the university is reviewing options regarding athletic conference alignment. NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers is asking for your feedback on this topic. All main campus and Dona Ana Campus regular employees received an email on May 4 with a link to follow to take the survey. If you didn?t receive a survey, please check your junk mail. You have until May 11 to respond.

100 West Café to serve Italian cuisine today

100 West Café will serve Italian cuisine from noon to 1 p.m. today. The menu features cream of red bell pepper soup, salad Caprese or Italian green salad. The main entrée choices are sea bass Pomodoro, Roman chicken sauté, eggplant parmesan or Fusille Arrabiata. The dessert choices are limoncello zabaglione, cannoli or mascarpone and peaches.

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.

The HRTM 363 students would like to thank all patrons for their continued support throughout the semester.

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

Margaritas and tapas available at happy hour to benefit HRTM student clubs

TAP (The Adjustment Project) presents margaritas and tapas from 5 to 7 p.m. today at 100 West Café in Gerald Thomas Hall, with proceeds to benefit student clubs in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Complimentary appetizers are available with your drink purchase. Drinks are priced from $3 to $5. You must be 21 years old in order to attend, and credit/debit cards are accepted.

Woods to be honored at DACC commencement

Dona Ana Community College President Renay Scott has announced that Benjamin Woods will be presented with an honorary business degree during the DACC commencement Thursday, May 12, at the Pan American Center.

Woods recently retired after 25 years of service to NMSU. The NMSU Board of Regents conferred the degree for his contributions to education, including at DACC.

Woods was born and raised in the Gulf Coast region of Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University and earned a master?s in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Woods? career at NMSU began in 1990 as the director of facilities. He served 11 presidents while at the university. His positions included vice president for facilities and services, VP for human and physical resources, senior VP for planning, physical resources and university relations, senior VP for external relations/chief of staff, and president of Aggie Development Inc. Woods had earned many honors during his career, including appointment to Leadership New Mexico, the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award, New Mexico Amigos and Energy Professional of the Year.

More than 1,600 DACC students will graduate this spring with associate degrees or certificates. Approximately 750 students are expected to participate in graduation ceremonies this year.

For more information, contact Kristi Martin at 575-528-7059.

Summer camp registration deadline extended to May 15

NMSU School for Young Children will host its third annual summer camp May 31 through July 29. Registration has been extended through May 15. There is a registration fee of $50 and a fee of $500 per month for full day campers and $340 per month for half day campers ages 2 to 5.

If interested, contact Christina Ruybal at 575-312-2581 or tinaruybal@gmail.com or Debbie Parks at 915-526-2420 or dparks@nmsu.edu.

NMSU?s Military and Veteran Programs offers 'Veterans On Campus' training for faculty and staff

NMSU continues to see an increase in the number of student veterans attending classes both on campus and online. The university community is committed to understanding the value student veterans bring to our campus, and the unique challenges they face in their transition to academic life.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to take a 30-minute online simulation to help better understand the student veteran community. The training is flexible and will allow participants to complete a portion of the training and return to finish at a later time.

To take the course, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=dowbt000000000001640 and click ?Launch,? then log in by using your NMSU ID and password and follow the on-screen instructions.

For more information, contact Military and Veterans Programs at mvp@nmsu.edu or 575-646-4524.

'Calling All Aggies' retention calling campaign has begun

Thank you to all who have volunteered in the past for the student enrollment calling campaigns. It is time once again to reach out to those students who are currently enrolled but have yet to register for fall 2016. To continue to strive for the 80 percent retention for this academic year, the "Calling All Aggies" team needs your participation. The more people we have assisting students and providing access to resources pertinent to their needs, the more successful our students will be.

Faculty and staff who wish to assist as volunteer callers for the ?Calling All Aggies? retention initiative can contact Lisa Kirby at lkirby@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1342.

DACC Community Education courses available

The DACC Community Education course "Basic Home Maintenance" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, or Wednesday, June 22. The cost is $19. Hole in the wall? Running toilet? Broken screen? Change the locks on your door? Safely hang pictures? Learn this and more to deal with the more common and basic home and apartment repairs. Gain confidence to make simple home repairs.

"Financial Planning/ABCs of Investing" will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. The cost is $19. Do you have a budget? Do you have credit cards? Buying a home one day? Learn tips and tricks on how to make the most of your financial budget that you can implement right after class.

For more information or to sign up, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

Valencia County Master Gardeners present four scholarships

Four Valencia County high school seniors are recipients of this year?s Valencia County Extension Master Gardeners Scholarship.

The volunteer organization expanded the number of scholarships from one in its inaugural awarding last year to four this year.

Funding for the scholarship is raised through plant sales and other fundraising activities by the Valencia County Master Gardeners, a program administered by New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service.

The recipients are graduating seniors who were enrolled in either 4-H or FFA in Valencia County. They will be pursuing a degree in an agricultural or horticultural field at a New Mexico college or university.


Get your NMSU license plate and support student scholarships

Show your Aggie pride and help support student success at New Mexico State University with a specialty Alumni Association license plate, available from New Mexico's Motor Vehicle Division. Each plate costs $37 initially and another $37 per renewal ? and each time, $25 of that fee goes to directly to scholarship funds for students at NMSU. Funds from the Alumni Association license plate program were recently used to match scholarship gifts during NMSU?s inaugural GivingTuesday event, which added a total of $5.7 million in new and matching funds to scholarships. To get your NMSU Alumni Association license plate, call 1-888-683-4636 to speak with a customer representative, or visit http://mvd.newmexico.gov/collegiate-plates.aspx ? scroll down and print out form MVD11322 and return to the address indicated.

Two NMSU-based teams qualify for national STEM competition

Two Deming school teams based at New Mexico State University will move on to a national competition after winning a statewide contest last month.

Student teams from Red Mountain Middle School and Deming High School will represent New Mexico after winning the New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) USA National Engineering Design Qualifying Competition, which took place April 22 at the New Mexico Military Institute campus. Both teams will participate in the national competition in June in Ogden, Utah, and compete against the winners from other state MESA programs.

Red Mountain Middle and Deming High are sponsored by the MESA Southwest Region Office, which is housed in the College of Education at NMSU. In all, four teams represented MESA Southwest at the state competition. Mayfield High and Deming Intermediate schools were the other participating teams. Last year, students from Red Mountain and Mayfield traveled to nationals, said Terry Ramirez, southwest regional coordinator of MESA.