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NMSU Hotline — May 24, 2016

NMSU researchers identify top commercial products to repel mosquitoes

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As Congress haggles over how many millions or billions of dollars to spend to help stop the spread of the Zika virus in the U.S. before summer, researchers at New Mexico State University are already testing wearable mosquito repellent devices to determine which ones can best help us protect ourselves against these insects.

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Campus Announcements

Memorial Day hours

While most NMSU buildings, departments and vendors will be closed for Memorial Day Monday, May 30, Corbett Center Student Union will open 7 a.m. ? 7 p.m., Taos Restaurant will open 10 a.m. ? 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., and both Panda Express and the NMSU Golf Course will open regular hours. Barnes & Noble at NMSU will close May 29 and 30 and begin summer hours on May 31 along with the Aggie Express and Corbett Corner convenience stores.

Summer hours are available at http://dining.nmsu.edu/hours/ or click ?Dining, Catering & Meal Plans? on the Links A-F tab on the NMSU INSIDER mobile app available free of charge for Apple and Android. Contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for more information.

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.

Summer 2016 Tuition Waiver

The online Tuition Waiver submission process for Summer 2016 is currently available through Aug. 1, 2016.

Haven?t submitted your form but need to? Follow these instructions:
1. Login into MyNMSU at https://my.nmsu.edu/
2. Select the Employee tab from the menu.
3. In the Banner Self Services window in the center of the page, click the Employee hyperlink.
4. On the Employee page click they hyperlink for the waiver you would like to submit.
a. Select Tuition Waiver ? Employee/Spouse to submit a waiver for yourself or your spouse/domestic partner?s classes; or
b. Select Tuition Waiver ? Dependents to submit a waiver for your child.
5. Whenever a change is made to the student schedule, the tuition waiver must be re-submitted online to re-calculate taxability. The previous credit will be removed from the student account and re-applied when the waiver is re-submitted, and approved (if applicable), by the deadline.

Recently Added: Dependent children, under the age of 25 and unmarried, are now eligible to use the dependent tuition remission program as graduate students. Please note dependents (including spouses/domestic partners) who have a Graduate Assistantship with NMSU will not be eligible to use the tuition benefit.

Tuition Taxability: Please visit our taxability website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/other/tuition-tax/ to determine if your enrollment situation is taxable. All taxes will be assessed on the employee?s paycheck that is issued on August 31, 2016. You will need to plan ahead to budget accordingly.

If you need further assistance with this process, please contact Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

Aggie family pool passes now available

Aggie family pool passes are now available at the NMSU Aquatic Center. Available for faculty, staff and students with families. They are $120 for a family of four and $10 each additional family member. Individual adult passes are $75 and children's passes are $35. Children?s pass much be accompanied by an adult pass. Pass valid from May 16 through Aug. 14.

For more information, call 575-646-2885 or email aggiefit@nmsu.edu.

'Leading the Way' award nominations now being accepted

The Leading the Way award recognizes an NMSU Las Cruces campus faculty member, staff or administrator who "walks the talk" in terms of blended and online instruction by being an advocate and change agent in both word and action. Must be present to win at the Instruction Innovation and Quality Awards Ceremony and Celebration ? do not nominate yourself or anyone else who cannot promise to attend. The award winner will also be asked to serve on the Online Course Improvement Program Board for two years and to chair the award committee for one year.

Anyone is welcome to nominate themselves or another who meets these criteria. To read the full description and to nominate yourself or another person for this award, complete the nomination form, http://ocip.nmsu.edu/leading-the-way/. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 16.

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, grades 9 through 12. The camp will be from July 11-15 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 website and send it to Khadijih Mitchell at eleven11@nmsu.edu or bring it to the Physics Department, Room GN 221 Gardiner Hall.