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NMSU Hotline — May 12, 2016

NMSU Extension expert provides tips for mosquito-proofing your yard


Unfortunately, the dry New Mexico desert doesn?t protect the state from mosquitoes. These bloodsuckers emerge each year and, according to Jeff Anderson, the Agronomy and Horticulture Agent for New Mexico State University?s Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service, the state?s mosquitoes are especially active in July and August, once the monsoon season rains kick in.

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Campus Announcements

May Employee Council Meeting to be held today

The Employee Council will hold its regular monthly meeting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today at Milton Hall, Room 85. All employees are welcome to attend. The meeting will also be broadcast live on Adobe Connect. Provost Dan Howard and Angela Throneberry, senior VP for administration and finance, will speak.

Employees can watch and participate via Adobe Connect at http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/employeecouncil2015.

NMAHEAD Conference at NMSU-A

This year, the New Mexico Association on Higher Education And Disability Annual Conference will be May 19 and 20 at the NMSU Alamogordo Campus. The event will include presentations on ?Understanding the Student Veteran Space,? ?Accommodations in the Workforce,? ?Making Space Accessible,? ?Chair Yoga,? ?The Changes on NM Academic Curriculum? and ?Confusion to Comprehension to Confidence.? During lunch on Friday, the NMAHEAD will hold their business meeting for members and members-to-be.

The conference is free; however, space is limited, so register as soon as possible. To register, visit http://nmsua.edu/president/2016/04/15/nmahead-annual-conference-registration.

Retirement party to honor Dennis and Marilyn Hallford on June 4

Dennis Hallford of the Department of Animal and Range Sciences will be retiring June 1. Marilyn Hallford, who has also served the Department of Animal and Range Sciences, retired Dec. 24, 2015. We would like to honor these two individuals June 4 with a retirement party at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

There has been a scholarship fund established in honor of Doc and Marilyn. The official name of the fund is ?Dr. Dennis 'Doc' and Marilyn Hallford Endowed Fund." This fund is for graduate student travel and assistance for conferences. There is a link below that will direct to the NMSU Foundation gift website if you would like to contribute to this fund. The link is http://giving.nmsu.edu/dochallford.html.

A Facebook page (Dennis and Marilyn Hallford Retirement Party) has been established to help everyone keep up with the details. Feel free to contact Shanna Ivey at sivey@nmsu.edu or John Campbell at jwcamp@nmsu.edu with questions, comments, or suggestions. RSVP by May 20 to Shanna Ivey at sivey@nmsu.edu.

Architecture Discovery Camp at DACC will be held June 20 to July 1

The architecture program at DACC will offer the seventh annual Architecture Discovery Camp from June 20 to July 1, at the East Mesa Campus. This two-week program is designed for middle and high school students interested in architecture and related fields. Student eligibility includes those having completed sixth grade through recent high school graduates.

Instruction is a joint effort provided by DACC professors, Texas Tech University professors, local architects, and local government and business leaders. Through lectures and hands-on exercises, students will learn about architecture past and present, and gain skills in architectural drawing, computer and manual drafting, model crafting, 3-D modeling, design principles, structural principles, sustainable design and presentation techniques. Highlights of the program include two field trips.

The second week primarily consists of applying their lessons to a design competition involving film studio and backlot design, which will culminate with formal presentations, judging and prizes. This year's design theme is ?A Tribute to the National Park Service Centennial."

Cost of the event is $175 and includes overnight trip costs. Interested parents should register their child soon as this camp fills quickly. Complete program information, parental consent forms and registration link may be found at dacc.nmsu.edu/adc. Register at https://adc-2016.eventbrite.com

For more information, contact the DACC Architecture program at 575-528-7310, 575-527-7747 or luirios@nmsu.edu.

Aggie Camp will be held Aug. 11 to 14

Aggie Camp will serve any incoming freshman. Students who want to attend can register online. The camp is $200, which covers food, lodging, an Aggie shirt, early move in, and transportation.

Aggie Camp is a spirit camp that inspires our new students to uphold the Aggie traditions of New Mexico State University. Aggie Camp will last three days where students will participate in various outdoor activities. Students attending Aggie Camp will develop friendships, have fun, and learn Aggie culture, which will start them on their easy transition into their first year at New Mexico State University.

If you have questions or encounter new students or families with questions, contact Morgan Boone at 575-646-3200 or mlbusch@nmsu.edu The website also has FAQs and the (future) registration page. http://campusactivities.nmsu.edu/main/welcome-to-aggie-camp/.

Scholarship funds raised during Giving Tuesday help students achieve their goals

When Stephanie Esparza graduated from Santa Teresa High School in May 2013, she wasn?t planning to attend college. She said she doubted her ability to succeed and feared that a college education was too great a challenge for her.

She overcame that fear with the encouragement of her parents and the support of a scholarship from the Hunt Family Foundation, and will earn her associate degree on Thursday from Dona Ana Community College, with plans to pursue a bachelor?s degree at New Mexico State University in public health.

?The greatest challenge that I had to overcome was myself ? thinking I could not get this far in school,? Esparza said. ?I was the first woman in my family to attend college and had to figure out the ropes of college by making mistakes. Receiving the Hunt scholarship has shown me that I can make it through college and be great in school ? I think of the Hunt Family Foundation as another set of parents walking behind me, knowing I can finish school strong.?


NMSU?s Clovis Science Center reports on benefits of canola, cover crops

A winter crop in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas that is increasing in economic value ? canola ? will be the focus of a special field day May 10 at New Mexico State University?s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis.

?With declining irrigation resources and increasing climatic uncertainties, diversified cropping systems with better adapted, low water using crops offer many benefits,? said Sangu Angadi, a crop stress physiologist at the Clovis Science Center.

?Winter canola has become a more important crop in New Mexico over the past several years,? Angadi said. ?Farmers are using it as a winter crop and finding it to be well adapted to New Mexico weather and soils. It is efficient with water and the market for canola is growing.?


DACC Community Education courses available

The DACC Community Education course "Powder Puff Mechanic" will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, or Saturday, June 25. The cost is $19. Review basic maintenance procedures and how to prevent potential problems when driving your vehicle. Change a flat tire, check oil and tire pressure. Gain a better understanding of your car and how to address problems before getting stranded.

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