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NMSU Hotline — May 18, 2016

NMSU Model U.N. team wins big at conference, gains real-world experience


For more than a decade, New Mexico State University?s Model United Nations team has received top tier awards at the annual National Model U.N. Conference in New York City. This year, the team continued its standard of excellence, receiving multiple individual awards and earning the Outstanding Delegation Award, the highest honor presented to a university team. ?It didn?t surprise me in the least,? said Neal Rosendorf, NMSU Model U.N. faculty adviser and assistant professor of government in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?It is an extraordinary privilege to be working with these students.?

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Campus Announcements

Italian Buffet to be held today

Classics of Italian cuisine will be served during the Italian Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. This all-you-care-to-eat buffet will feature Italian sausage lasagna, an antipasto platter, orzo pilaf with garlic and extra virgin olive oil, sauteed squash and zucchini, Caesar salad with shaved Parmesan and croutons, and Italian cream cake. For $11.99 plus tax, you receive a non-alcoholic beverage and unlimited entry to this buffet.

The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club is located in the Stan Fulton Athletic Center, right next to Aggie Memorial Stadium. Call 575-646-4763 for reservations, or visit http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com for more information.

Canvas will get a new look Friday

NMSU will turn on the new Canvas user interface on 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.

NMSU Library announces summer hours

The NMSU Library summer hours are as follows:

Zuhl Library Summer Hours:
Monday ? Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday ? Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Zuhl Reference Desk Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Branson Library Summer Hours:
Monday ? Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 30
Closed Independence Day, Monday, July 4

Government Documents (575-646-1286) and Archives and Special Collections (575-646-7455) are open by appointment only.

NMSU summer physics camp for high school students now accepting applications

The NMSU Society of Physics Students and the Department of Physics are now accepting applications for their week-long summer day camp for high school students, grade 9 through 12. The camp will be held from July 11 through 15 this year and there is no cost to participants, but they must have transportation to and from campus. Lunch will be provided at Taos restaurant.

Last year?s physics camp had 10 participants from three Las Cruces high schools. Their guests wrote that the camp was a lot of fun. Some pictures and a news article from last year can be found at https://sps.nmsu.edu/files/2016/02/Observer-SummerCamp.pdf.

More information about the camp is available at the Society of Physics Students website, http://sps.nmsu.edu. Interested participants should fill out an application form available on the web site and send it to Khadijih Mitchell at eleven11@nmsu.edu or bring it to the Physics Department, Room GN 221 Gardiner Hall.

Mini-grant applications now being accepted

NMSU is offering mini-grants for faculty who participate in the Writing-to-Learn program. In this program faculty will learn to incorporate informal writing as a tool to enhance undergraduate student knowledge about and understanding of course content. Up to 6 mini-grants will be awarded in the amount of $3,000 each.

Applications will be accepted from full and part-time faculty teaching undergraduate courses at the NMSU-Las Cruces and/or Grants campuses (mini-grants are part the Las Cruces & Grants campus' Quality Initiative project for re-affirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission; other campuses are independently accredited). Deadline to apply is Monday, June 13. Application and detailed information are available at https://assessment.nmsu.edu/quality-initiatives/writing-to-learn-mini-grants/.

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

DACC Community Education courses available

The course "App Adventures" will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 13 to 17. The cost is $109. Continue your quest to make the next viral app! Move past basic techniques and choose from a selection of different mobile app types to explore more in depth programming concepts. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. For kids age 12 to 14.

"Creative Engineering Workshop" will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 13 to 17. The cost is $149. Work with an advanced three-dimensional construction kit that is yours to keep and take home. Design and build simple or complex models of a vehicle, robot, or buildings. Use the 3-volt geared motor that is included to power up a moveable Radar Surveyor and learn different ways to make your motor run. Hands-on is the only way, so prepare to build from directions, and from your own imagination! For kids age 6 to 11.

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

DACC Customized Training class offered

"Computer Skills Certificate" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8 and 9. The cost is $299. Get your computing skills up to speed by becoming familiar with your computer. Learn to navigate and customized your settings and how to browse the internet. Then focus on an introduction to MS Office that include an overview of MS Office
2010 Word, Excel and Outlook. Offered at Sunland Park Center.

For more information, contact 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.

Diverse talents lead NMSU grad Charley Johnson to the top of multiple careers

Few people are as athletically and academically talented as New Mexico State University?s Charley Johnson. The NMSU graduate not only became an NFL star and an NMSU professor, he also served his country in the Army. Johnson received an honorary degree from the university on May 14 in recognition of these and other achievements throughout his life.

?NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers called me to tell me they were going to give me an honorary degree,? Johnson said. ?He and I joke around a lot, so I thought he was just pulling my leg. When he convinced me he wasn?t joking, I was stunned. It was kind of hard to believe.?

Growing up in Big Spring, Texas, Charley Johnson played high school football, basketball, baseball and golf. After graduation, he received a football scholarship to a private military school and junior college in Kerrville, Texas. The school eventually dropped football so Johnson began playing basketball. That?s when the Aggies noticed his talent.


NMSU?s Hidalgo County Extension receives grant to improve community garden

Hidalgo County residents will soon have access to more fresh food, flowers and nutrition education, thanks to funding from PNM Resources Foundation. The foundation awarded over $17,000 to New Mexico State University?s Hidalgo County Cooperative Extension Service for its youth community garden.

?This funding will definitely have a positive effect on the community,? Hidalgo County Cooperative Extension Service Program Director John Allen said. ?It will allow us to add innovative systems, and the garden will be an even greater hub of education.?

PNM Resources Foundation is dedicated to improving quality of life and seeks opportunities that focus on education, environmental awareness and education, economic vitality and employee engagement.