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NMSU Hotline — May 31, 2016

NMSU dance company to host first performance, ?HOME?


The Traveling Airs Performance Company, a graduate dance company at New Mexico State University, will host a premiere production featuring both graduate students and College of Education faculty, along with local visual artists, singers and dancers.

Performances of the production, titled ?HOME,? will be at 7:30 p.m. June 3 and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 4 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.


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3rd Floor Bistro offers 'Southwestern Favorites' themed buffet Wednesday

Tempt your taste buds with regional favorite cuisine during the "Southwestern Favorites" buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. This all-you-care-to-eat buffet will feature beef and chicken fajitas with corn and flour tortillas, sautéed bell peppers, a full range of toppings, refried beans, Spanish rice, chips and queso, and fresh sopapillas with honey. 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 Athletics Center, right next to Aggie Memorial Stadium. Call 575-646-4763 for reservations or visit http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com for more information. Select ?going? or ?interested? at https://www.facebook.com/events/119244471827792/ to receive a Facebook reminder.

Webinar Thursday covers communicating about climate change

A webinar on ?Effectively Communicating Climate Change to the American Public? will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Environmental Education Center, Regents Row A116.

There is no one public response to climate change. One of the first rules of effective communication is ?know thy audience? ? including who they are, what they currently understand or misunderstand about climate change, their underlying values, attitudes and emotions, and whom they trust. This presentation will explore national public opinion about different dimensions of climate change, and will identify ?Six Americas,? an audience segmentation framework that has been widely used to develop effective education and communication tools focusing on climate change.

For more information, contact joni newcomer at 575-646-7563 or newcomer@nmsu.edu.

Sidewalk in front of Milton Hall to be temporarily closed

The sidewalk on the east side of Milton Hall will be closed from 6 a.m. Thursday, June 2, through 5 p.m. Thursday, June 16, for repairs to the underground utility tunnel system. The sidewalk will be removed to exposed the tunnel system and replaced once repairs are made. The section of sidewalk in front of the east entrance to the building will be fenced off and pedestrian traffic will be rerouted.

To view the contractor's traffic control plan, visit http://facilities.nmsu.edu/road-closures.

'Cosmos and Apps' event Friday benefits HRTM student clubs

TAP (The Adjustment Project) presents "Cosmos and Apps" from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, in 100 West Café at Gerald Thomas Hall. Complimentary appetizers are available with your drink purchase, and drinks are priced from $3 to $5. You must be 21 years old in order to attend. Credit and debit cards are accepted, and the proceeds from this event will benefit student clubs in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.

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 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.

Microsoft Edge browser not compatible with Canvas

Internet Explorer has been replaced by Microsoft Edge and is included with Windows 10. Because of the increased security settings of Edge, it is causing problems when used with Canvas.

It is recommended that you do not use Microsoft Edge with Canvas, but instead use the latest version of either Chrome (https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/) or Firefox (https://www.firefox.com).

Summer 2016 tuition waiver submissions now accepted

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 the 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 Aug. 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.

Scientists gather, share early findings of Gold King Mine spill monitoring

FARMINGTON ? Nine months after mining sludge from the Gold King Mine turned the Animas and San Juan rivers yellow, scientists and researchers gathered in Farmington to share what they have learned so far regarding the contamination of the rivers from the spill in August 2015.

?Immediately during and after the Gold King Mine spill, different groups started monitoring the river water, shores and irrigation systems,? said Sam Fernald, director of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, which is housed at New Mexico State University.