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NMSU Hotline — May 16, 2016

NMSU Board of Regents approves operating budget for 2016-2017


At a regular meeting May 13, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the university system?s operating budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The total budget for all campuses is $621 million, a decrease of about $30 million from the current year?s budget.

During the meeting, the Board of Regents recognized outgoing ASNMSU President Dustin Chavez for his service to the university during his time on campus. The Regents also recognized the NMSU men?s and women?s tennis teams, the women?s golf team and softball team for the completion of their successful seasons.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU budget update website now available

In an effort to keep the NMSU campus community informed about the university?s budget reduction and restructuring efforts currently underway, we have launched a new website ? http://budgetupdate.nmsu.edu.

The website provides a central location for memos, Employee Council forum videos and presentations associated with this process. The website also includes frequently asked questions and allows you to provide feedback on these efforts.

Portion of the International Mall to be closed for construction today through Wednesday

The International Mall from Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center and the College of Health and Social Services to the McFie Circle intersection will be closed today through 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, to allow contractors to pour concrete on the north side of the International Mall.

A backhoe will be used to take out old concrete via the west access from Horseshoe Loop. Both pedestrian and vehicle traffic will need to re-route. Traffic barrels, cones, fencing and signage will be used.

For more information, view the contractor?s traffic control plan at http://facilities.nmsu.edu/road-closures.

Farewell reception for Grace La Torra to be held Friday

Information and Communication Technologies will hold a retirement celebration for Grace La Torra, lead IT project manager, who will retire May 31. The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday in the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Wireless Lounge on the second floor. La Torra has been with NMSU since 1989. During her 26 years of employment, she has worked in a variety of departments, including PPD, IRP, OFS and ICT, affording her the opportunity to work with incredible people across the university. She will be moving to Seattle, Washington, where she has taken an IT director position with the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

For more information, contact Christine Quintana at 575-646-2026 or christine@nmsu.edu.

Two-week intensive acting for non-majors course begins this Friday

"Acting for Non-Majors" is a unique two-weekend intensive three-credit course offered Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, May 20 through 29. The course number is THTR 105, M20, CRN 24267. This is an introduction to acting with an emphasis on using theatre skills to enhance "performing" in everyday life. Build confidence, imagination and communication skills. The course, held in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, is appropriate for all levels and includes Saturday evening performance attendance. For more information, contact Professor Wil Kilroy at wkilroy@nmsu.edu or 575-646-6000.

Canvas will get a new look Friday

NMSU will turn on the new Canvas user interface Friday, May 20. This change is mainly an aesthetic change aimed at making Canvas more mobile friendly with limited changes to functionality.

For a video overview of the changes, visit https://community.canvaslms.com/videos/1682. For Canvas updates, visit https://learning.nmsu.edu.

For questions or concerns, contact Academic Technology at learning@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5125.

State Risk Management offers free clinics

Employees and their covered spouses or 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.

Customized training offers course on social media for business

Do you know what the top seven social media sites for business are? Do you know the difference between Pinterest and Instagram? Are you interested in promoting your business on social media but don?t know how to get started? In the informative workshop "Social Media for Business," learn how to actively promote your business in these areas. Learn what the differences are between Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.

The course meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 26, and cost is $79.

For questions or more information, contact the Customized Training Program at 575-527 7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.

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.

NMSU graduate plans to attend Harvard Medical School

As the spring semester comes to a close at New Mexico State University, so does graduate Tyler Chavez?s time at NMSU and his time at the Harvard Medical School begins.

Chavez graduated from NMSU with a bachelor?s degree in genetics and biotechnology, with minors in biology, biochemistry and molecular biology. This degree integrates advanced coursework in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and mathematics, making it one of the most rigorous of the undergraduate programs in the biological sciences department at NMSU. Yet, Chavez managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA throughout college.

?I was born and raised right here in Las Cruces, so it seems as if I was destined to be an Aggie since day one,? says Chavez.


NMSU?s distance MBA helps alumni, execs fit learning into their lives

For Benitez Jones, a bachelor?s degree just didn?t feel like enough. Though the Detroit native who now lives and works in Socorro, Texas, earned his marketing degree online from New Mexico State University?s College of Business last year, he wasn?t satisfied and wanted to learn more about his field.

?You can never have too much education,? said Jones, who works as a project engineer for Detroit-based construction company Walbridge. But his job takes him all over the United States, working on projects from a steel mill in Ohio to a nuclear plant in Georgia, so a classroom-based master?s program isn?t a good fit for the demands of his travel schedule.

Jones and many other alumni like him who work full-time and travel or live far from NMSU?s campus now have another option. And thanks to a new cohort-based distance MBA program, which is now wrapping up its first academic year, Jones is able to work toward the same accredited Master of Business Administration degree that?s offered on the Las Cruces campus.