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NMSU Hotline — December 1, 2017

Retired NMSU chief of staff to receive honorary degree

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Sharon A. Jones, who retired as chief of staff for New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers in July, will be recognized for her many contributions to the university with an honorary professional degree in management during the fall commencement ceremony.

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Campus Announcements

Chemical & Materials Engineering Graduate Seminars Series concludes semester today

The Chemical & Materials Engineering Graduate Seminars Series ends the fall 2017 semester with guest speaker Anne Grillet, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in Engineering Sciences Division of the Sandia National Laboratories. She will be delivering a talk on “Mechanics of Battery Degradation: An Inside View.” The event will be held from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. today in Jett Hall, Room 259.

Anyone interested in the subject is welcome to attend.

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar today

Christopher Kemp, Divisions of Human Biology & Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will present a talk titled “Personalized cancer models for target discovery and precision oncology” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Room 109 of Domenici Hall on the NMSU campus. Refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.

The lecture is part of a series of Friday afternoon seminars that are broadly focused on biomedical research and are open to the NMSU community and the public. The series will be held most Fridays during the semester and will feature nationally recognized scientists as well as a spotlight talk by NMSU faculty. The full schedule can be found at http://www.nminbre.org/.

Kemp will discuss how they have developed a platform that combines genomic analysis with siRNA and drug profiling using tumor cells cultured directly from cancer patients to identify novel drug targets and effective cancer therapies. A complete abstract of the talk can be found at http://www.nminbre.org/files/Kemp_C.pdf.

For more information, to request to meet with the speaker, or to recommend future speakers, contact Shelley Lusetti at slusetti@nmsu.edu.

Plant & Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar to be held today

Plant & Environmental Sciences speaker Kaavya Polisetti, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, will present a Plant & Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar, “Evaluation of biomass productivity and nutrient removal by Scenedesmus Obliquus in Municipal Waste Water for biofuel production” at 3:30 p.m. today in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. Everyone is welcome. For more information about the broadcast link for this seminar, contact Colby Brungard at cbrung@nmsu.edu.

'Noche de Luminarias' to be held Sunday

More than 6,000 luminarias will illuminate the campus of New Mexico State University from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, during the 33rd annual “Noche de Luminarias." One of the largest luminaria displays in New Mexico, the candle-lit paper bags will begin at the Educational Services Building, follow along the International Mall, surround Corbett Center Student Union, extend down to Barnes and Noble and line McFie Circle. The Las Cruces High School band has been a part of the tradition for the last 19 years and will once again set up the display of luminarias. Visitors can enjoy free trolley rides provided by Frontier Adventures along the McFie Circle portion of the luminaria route. Activities and entertainment will be held at various locations inside Corbett Center on the west end first floor. Santa will be on site to welcome the children and his elves will be checking their list.

“Noche de Luminarias” is sponsored by Campus Activities, Associated Students of NMSU, Auxiliary Services, Corbett Center Student Union, and Barnes & Noble at NMSU. For more information, call Campus Activities at 575-646-3200.

NASA scientist Compton Tucker to present on understanding the earth using satellite observations

A leading NASA earth scientist will be visiting NMSU next week to meet with faculty and students and present two seminars on how satellite remote sensing can be used to measure and understand terrestrial ecosystems and climate. Compton J. Tucker, of NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, is originally from Carlsbad, New Mexico, and has been studying the earth from space for more than three decades. His seminars are:

“Primary Production and Biomass from Satellites - Believe It or Not!” at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, Wooton Hall conference room (South of Gerald Thomas), 2995 Knox St.

“Satellite Observations, Weather and Climate” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, Wooton Hall conference room (South of Gerald Thomas), 2995 Knox St.

For more information, contact Lara Prihodko at prihodko@nmsu.edu.

KRWG’s POWER HOUR, your pledge goes twice as far

As we close in on the end of 2017, KRWG is asking for your help to finish the year in a strong financial position. You can help with a simple phone call and your money will go twice as far.

On Tuesday morning, Dec. 5, during KRWG’s POWER HOUR, all gifts received will be matched dollar for dollar through the generosity of a Las Cruces donor who left a generous gift to KRWG in his estate.

When you call 888-922-5794 or donate online at krwg.org from 7:30 to 9 a.m., your $60 pledge becomes $120, your $120 pledge becomes $240, your $365 pledge become $730. If you’ve made a pledge to KRWG already this year, thank you…but we hope you consider an additional gift for an additional tax deduction in 2017. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a new member of KRWG, Tuesday morning is the perfect time to call because your money will be doubled.

Thanks for listening to KRWG, and we hope to thank you on air during the POWER HOUR Dec. 5, 7:30-9 a.m., for becoming a member of KRWG.

Sustainability Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday

The next Sustainability Council meeting will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Milton Hall, Room 85. Sustainability Council meetings are open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Anyone may join the council at anytime; no previous knowledge or experience is necessary. This month’s speaker will be Rolando Flores, dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences on “What ACES is Doing to Be Green." This meeting will include the end of the year White Elephant Gift Exchange.

The meeting will be available online at https://zoom.us/j/973677801 for those who cannot be there in person, but would like to participate.

If you would like to be added to the Sustainability Council email list, contact sumolina@nmsu.edu.

Choir members from four Las Cruces high schools to greet Mannheim Steamroller fans

When Mannheim Steamroller fans arrive at the NMSU Pan American Center on Tuesday night, Dec. 5, they will be treated to an early pre-concert on the concourse. Long-time Las Cruces choral director, Diane Schutz, has brought 20 talented student singers together from Las Cruces High School, Mayfield High School, Oñate High School and Alma d’ Arte Charter High School to perform Christmas classics as the doors open at 6:15 p.m. Centennial High School was also invited to participate, but had to decline due to a prior engagement. Accompanied by Doug Weeks, patrons are invited to sing along to their favorite holiday songs while shopping for Mannheim merchandise and concession items. Participating high school music directors include Geri Brink, Paul Halstead and Ryan Fellman.

Great seats are still available and can be purchased at the Pan American Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, 800-745-3000 and Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $34, $49 and $59 if purchased directly at the Ticket Office. Additional fees may apply if purchased elsewhere. A portion of the proceeds benefits Barbara “Mother” Hubbard’s ACTS scholarship program, designed to financially assist local students majoring in the arts.

“We’re continuing the educational process by giving local youth an opportunity to perform in front of large numbers of people,” states Hubbard. “I’m fortunate that the ACTS program has been able to create opportunities like this for area students, and will continue to do so in the years to come.”

Hubbard will distribute concert information and will be available for questions at this Saturday’s Christmas Tree Lighting beginning at 6 p.m. on the Plaza de Las Cruces. “I want to thank City of Las Cruces Director of Economic Development, Philip San Filippo, for allowing ACTS to take part in this weekend’s festivities. I may even have a couple of free tickets to give away at the event,” hinted Hubbard. For more information regarding the ACTS scholarship program, please visit https://panam.nmsu.edu/acts/.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy 30 years of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas magic, along with newly discovered talent from your own backyard. Perhaps, we’ll even discover a future Mannheim Steamroller among our local youth. Please call 575-646-1420 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/223511438147106/ for more information.

Attend the QM Pre-Review Workshop

Join the Online Course Improvement Program's QM Pre-Review workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in Milton Hall, Room 81. This session will provide a basic overview of Quality Matters. Information on the peer review process will be shared including the steps to submit a course for an internal review from an OCIP Quality Matters certified peer reviewer. For questions about the workshop, contact Sandy Johnson, the NMSU QM Coordinator. To register, visit ocip.nmsu.edu/events.

Internship, Co-op positions available

Jacobs Technology at the NASA White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces is seeking a student with the option of Human Resources Management for a part-time Cooperative Education job position. This is a great opportunity in the Human Resources Office. For the complete job description, qualifications and application instructions, please visit NMSU AggieCAREER Manager (www.careerservices.nmsu.edu) - JOB ID#55452. Deadline to apply is Dec. 2.

The Borderplex Alliance in El Paso is seeking an Analyst/Researcher/Client Service Intern with a current major in the following areas: business, accounting, government, policy, data analytics or similar for a paid, part-time internship position. For the complete job description, qualifications and application instructions, please visit NMSU AggieCAREER Manager (www.careerservices.nmsu.edu): JOB # 55540, https://www.myinterfase.com/nmsu/job_view.aspx?token=icr7BvZiA26EEMpf+A9GuQ%3d%3d. Deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 15.

Please contact coop@nmsu.edu or Career Services at 575-646-1631 for more information.

Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Blended Training course offered

New Mexico State University Extension Food Technology is pleased to offer Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Blended Training course. The Blended course consists of two parts. Part 1 is offered online by IFTPI for $198 and Part 2 is instructor-led face-to-face training, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 322.

Both parts must be completed in order to obtain the certificate.

The cost of the one-day course is $450, which includes the instruction, exercises to develop food safety plan, $50 certification fee, light refreshments and mid-day meal.

Important note, once you begin the process, you have up to six months to complete the Part 1: Online course. Upon completion, you have six months to complete a Part 2: Instructor-Led course. We recommend you have a Part 2: Instructor-Led course identified before enrolling in Part 1: Online.

Before you enroll for Part 1: Online course, please read the background information to help you understand how the course is structured and what options will work best for you.

Please see website for details and registration at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/haccp.html#anchor_4967 or contact the
instructor Nancy Flores at naflores@nmsu.edu.

Apply now for Online Course Improvement Program Spring 2018 Course Development Institute (CDI)

Apply now. Applications are being accepted for the for the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) Spring 2018 Course Development Institute (CDI). This five-month program is open to Las Cruces-campus faculty and staff developing an online course.

CDI is similar to the 1Yr+ Fellowship and New2Online Program that OCIP has offered for many years, but is a slightly shorter, cohort-based program with an emphasis on meeting the 6.55 Distance Education Rule. Still based largely on participating in professional development and one-on-one mentoring, CDI is here to help faculty design courses that will meet an Internal Quality Matters Review (NMSU-LC’s online course quality metric).

Participants with a course that meets an Internal QM Review by May 11 will receive a stipend.

For more information on the cohort days and times or to apply, please visit the OCIP website. The application opened Nov. 14 and closes at noon on Jan. 19. Participants will be notified by 5 p.m. on Jan. 19 of their acceptance.

Orientation for the Tuesday Cohort will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 23, and orientation for the Friday/Hybrid cohort will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jan. 26.

If you have any questions, please contact Miley Grandjean at mgrandje@nmsu.edu, or call 575-646-5492.

NMSU Career Services accepting employers for 13th annual career fair

Employers interested in attending the 13th annual Career Connections Fair Jan. 30-31 at New Mexico State University can register with NMSU’s Career Services. The two-day event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Corbett Center Student Union third floor ballrooms.

Career Connections is free and open to NMSU students, alumni and community members.

To register or for more information visit https://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-fairs/career-connections/.


U.S. Sen. Heinrich attends CAMP enchilada fundraiser for scholarships

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) in New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences recently held its 11th-annual fundraiser to create scholarships for its students.

The Sammy Gurulé Fundraiser is named after a CAMP student who was killed in a car accident 11 years ago.

“Through CAMP, he received a full-paid scholarship to NMSU,” said Edwin Gurulé, Sammy’s father. “He was just here a little bit over two months.”

Currently CAMP, which offers guidance to migrant students and the children of migrant students who enroll at NMSU, provides financial assistance only in a student’s freshman year, thanks to a federal grant, which was recently renewed, and are eligible for competitive book stipends, scholarships, and research opportunities through State RPSP funding. The fundraiser is meant to create additional scholarships to ease the financial burden on these students beyond their freshman year.