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NMSU Hotline — January 17, 2018

NMSU honors departments, faculty at 2018 spring convocation


New Mexico State University faculty and staff were welcomed back to campus on Tuesday, Jan. 16, during the spring 2018 convocation ceremony at NMSU’s Atkins Recital Hall. Every fall and spring, convocation is held to honor excellence on campus.

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Campus Announcements

Career Services to host Walk-In Wednesday, Back to School Info Table Thursday

Career Services will be hosting Walk-In Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., no appointment needed, to assist students with their upcoming semester and a Back to School Information Table from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Corbett Center Student Union Lobby Thursday, Jan. 18.

Our staff can assist students with career exploration, co-op/internship opportunities, resume, cover letter/personal statement, job search, on and off campus employment, interviewing skills, career fair readiness, networking skills and LinkedIn/social media presence. If you are unable to attend please contact Career Services to set up an appointment, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at careers@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631.

For more information please contact salinasm@nmsu.edu or Career Services at 575-646-1631.

Schedule announced for Vice President for Research candidates

Five candidates for Vice President for Research at NMSU have been announced. The candidates and their on-campus interview dates are:

Dr. Christian Fritsen, Jan. 17-18
Dr. Constantinos Tsatoulis, Jan. 22-23
Dr. Ajay Mahajan, Jan. 24-25
Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Feb. 5-6
Dr. Luis Vazquez, Feb. 8-9

An open forum for faculty and staff for the first candidate, Dr. Christian Fritsen, will be at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the CCSU Senate Gallery (304).

Taste of Venezuela in Taos Restaurant

Experience world cuisine during Taste of Venezuela at Taos Restaurant, NMSU’s dining hall in Corbett Center Student Union. This special lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, with a menu featuring asado negro, arepas, Venezuelan black beans and rice, Venezuelan eggplant with green beans, mondogo tripe soup and flan. Admission is just one meal plan swipe or $8.50 plus tax. Full menu available while supplies last.

Save money on all meals at Taos Restaurant, including our weekly "Taste of" Thursday lunches. Meal plans are available to students, faculty and staff. Visit http://dining.nmsu.edu for details and to sign up.

NM State men's basketball returns to the Pan American Center after 37 days

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team makes its return to the Pan American Center after 37 days without a home game. The Aggies have defeated Illinois, a top 10 ranked Miami squad, completed a sweep of their in-state rival New Mexico and two conference road wins over Grand Canyon and CSU Bakersfield. The Aggies are led by four-time WAC Player of the Week Zach Lofton.

This week’s matchups are NM State vs. Seattle U at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. First 1,000 fans receive a free Los Aggies hat, and NM State vs. Utah Valley at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Trophy available for pictures, commemorative Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Champions poster giveaway, recognition of New Mexico State football coaches and players and Geico alumni night.

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar to be held Friday

Renato Aguilera, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at University of Texas at El Paso, will present a talk titled “From the study of DNases to Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 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/.

Aguilera will discuss the discovery and cloning of a novel enzyme and the recent discovery of promising anti-cancer drugs. A complete abstract of the talk can be found at http://www.nminbre.org/files/Renato.Aguilera.pdf.

For more information, to request to meet with the speaker, or to recommend future speakers, contact Ryan Ashley at ryashley@nmsu.edu.

Just a few more days to apply to the OCIP Course Development Institute

Applications are being accepted for the for the Online Course Improvement Program 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 4.69 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 at https://ocip.nmsu.edu/cdi/. The application closes at noon Friday, Jan. 19. Participants will be notified by 5 p.m. Friday, 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 Dance Program presents 'Thresholds'

"Thresholds," a production of the NMSU Dance Program's senior class, will be presented at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students/seniors, $5 for children 12 and under. Pre-sale tickets ($5 discount on adults/students/seniors) available by calling 575-646-4067. The production includes pieces choreographed by undergraduate students from the Contemporary, DanceSport and Spanish Dance concentrations.

Downtown Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Championship celebration to be held Saturday

A celebration 57 years in the making. Make plans to join the NM State football team and the City of Las Cruces downtown at the Plaza de Las Cruces from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, for the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Championship Celebration. The celebration will begin with a procession from North Church Street before ending at the Plaza de Las Cruces. Festivities include the NMSU Pride Band, Sundancers and Aggie cheerleaders. There will be an autograph session following the main program and limited edition bowl championship posters available. Fans will also have the opportunity to take photos with the Arizona Bowl trophy, along with the sliver spade and brass spittoon.

Employee Council elections are open

Take part in Employee Council elections and vote for one of your colleagues/co-workers. The Employee Council is an advisory body to the chancellor for matters affecting NMSU employees and works closely with the university administration to promote and support the mission and vision of NMSU. Members participate in a number of university standing committees focused on the administration of university policies, initiatives and incentives. To learn more about Employee Council, please visit http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu/.

Elections will be open until Friday, Jan. 26. Depending on your position classification you will need to visit the designated link to participate in the elections. Faculty (https://vote.nmsu.edu), exempt staff (https://vote2.nmsu.edu) and non-exempt staff not represented by a bargaining unit (https://vote3.nmsu.edu).

Technology Day 2018 set for Feb. 1

Save the date. ICT will be hosting the Annual Technology Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1. Make sure to stop by Aggie Lounge for your chance to win hourly door prizes.

Marriage and Family Therapy Program accepting applications

NMSU’s Marriage and Family Therapy program is an intensive program that prepares graduate students to become eligible for mental health licensure. Students are trained in systems theories across the lifespan, receiving close supervision and mentorship from one of the faculty members, and graduate ready to take the national licensure exam and begin work as a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Applications are due Feb. 1. For more information, please see http://aces.nmsu.edu/academics/FCS/mft/index.html or email the program director Kourtney Vaillancourt at kvaillan@nmsu.edu.

Preventive Controls for Human Food workshop to be held Feb. 7-9

Preventive Controls for Human Food Full Course for Preventive Controls Qualified Individual will be held Feb. 7 to 9 at DACC, 2345 E. Nevada Ave. Online registration is available at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/fspca-preventive-control.html.

Out-of-state registration fee is $500 and in-state residents are $200. The cost includes break refreshments, lunch, manual with materials and AFDO certificate. Lodging, airfare and travel costs are not included. Space is limited, register early. FSPCA, FDA, IIT, IFSH Registered Instructors: Mauricio Castelo and Nancy Flores. For more information email naflores@nmsu.edu.

This training program was developed by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) for the food and beverage industry which handle and produce food that must comply with FDA FSMA requirements for training. This course for Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) meets the FDA FSMA training requirement and will receive a certificate issued by AFDO.

For more information on rules visit, Compliance Date Extensions and Clarifications for FSMA Final Rules at https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm517545.htm.

Call for proposals, International La Salle Summer Academy 2018

La Salle University (Colombia) is pleased to announce opportunities to teach through our International La Salle Summer Academy – 2018: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development, either in June or July 2018. The invitation is addressed to faculty members around the world interested in participating as visiting scholars for a period of two weeks.

Read more and apply at https://www.lasalle.edu.co/la-salle-internacional/la-salle-summer-academy/call-for-proposals.

Deadline for proposals is Feb. 16. Contact the Office of Education Abroad with questions at 575-646-5107.

NMSU to hold grapevine pruning workshops in Las Cruces, Belen

The techniques used to prune grapevines in a commercial setting can optimize the yield and berry composition of the plants.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is hosting two workshops to address tools and techniques of grapevine pruning.

The free workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Fabian Garcia Agricultural Science Center in Las Cruces, 113 W. University Ave., and Saturday, Feb. 3, at Jaramillo Vineyard in Belen, 300 Cam Nopales.

There are limited openings for each session. Participants must RSVP. Contact Daniel Goodrich, goodrich@nmsu.edu, 505-929-3942, for the Jan. 27 workshop, or Gill Giese, ggiese@nmsu.edu, 505-865-7340, to register.