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NMSU Hotline — January 19, 2018

Library endowment at NMSU celebrates a Mesilla Valley heritage

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With family roots in the Mesilla Valley that can be traced back to the 1870s, Humboldt Mandell Jr. was searching for a way to honor his parents, Humboldt Casad Mandell and Evangeline Smith Mandell, after their lifetimes.

“My family’s roots are in the Mesilla Valley. We are all descended from Thomas and Sarah (Sallie) Casad,” says Mandell. “For several years, I searched Mesilla bookshops and looked online for records on the family and was frustrated that there was little or no information.”

Mandell then approached New Mexico State University about penning a book about his family’s history that resulted in “The Casads: A Pioneer Family of the Mesilla Valley,” written by Rick Hendricks in 2012. The initial association has led to a new creation, the Humboldt Casad Mandell and Evangeline Smith Mandell Endowment to honor the couple, who are both NMSU alumni.

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Campus Announcements

Preparing for a career fair workshop to be held today

Career Services will be hosting a "Preparing For a Career Fair" Workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the Garcia Center, Room 207 for students in preparation of the upcoming Career Connections Fair scheduled Jan. 30-31. Looking for a job or internship at this year’s career fair? Join Career Services for this one-hour workshop to discover the best strategies for succeeding at the career fair. We will discuss resumes, interviews and recruiter networking tips. Don’t miss this opportunity to put your best foot forward at the fair. Your next big career opportunity could be one great handshake away.

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

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar to be held today

Renato Aguilera, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the 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. today 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.

'Aggie Bowl Victory Bus' offers free rides to celebration

The City of Las Cruces invites fans to use the free “Aggie Bowl Victory Bus” shuttle that will be taking fans to the Plaza de Las Cruces celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m Jan. 20. The service begins at 10:30 a.m., with the final shuttle leaving downtown at 3 p.m. Fans can use the shuttle by going to stops No. 10, No. 11 and No. 12 by the New Mexico State University campus. Rides are scheduled to arrive every 15 minutes.

Bowl victory festivities include the NMSU Pride Band, Sun Dancers, cheer squad and Pistol Pete, beginning with a procession from north Church Street to the downtown Plaza. “Spin to Win” select prizes including Aggies tickets at the City-sponsored prize wheel. Football players will be signing autographs for fans and limited-edition bowl championship posters will be available. Fans can also take photos with the Arizona Bowl Championship trophy, along with the Silver Spade and Brass Spittoon traveling trophies.

The Aggie Bowl Celebration is a collaboration between the City of Las Cruces and the New Mexico State athletic department to celebrate the Aggie football team’s thrilling 26-20 overtime victory over Utah State in the 2017 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Dec. 29.

For more information, contact Mandy Guss at 575-541-2286 or 575-541-2000. Visit the City of Las Cruces website at http://www.las-cruces.org/.

NMSU vice president for research candidates visit campus

Five candidates are finalists for vice president for research at New Mexico State University. The VPR is the chief research official at the university, plays a central role in all national and international activities related to research policy and provides leadership to the university in identifying emerging research opportunities.

“The members of the search committee have spent the last six months recruiting and identifying qualified candidates for the position of vice president for research,” said search committee chair Donna Wagner, dean of NMSU’s College of Health and Social Services. “This is a position of critical importance to the faculty and the university as NMSU moves forward in its mission of research, teaching and service as a land-grant institution. We are extremely pleased by the national interest in our open position and the quality of the applicants."

For more information, please see NMSU’s administrative search website at https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/.

Second Vice President for Research candidate on campus Jan. 22-23

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

Open forums for faculty and staff for each candidate will be in the Corbett Center Student Union Auditorium, Room 247.
For more information, please see the search website at https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/vice-president-for-research/.

National Institutes of Health/Clinical Trials Update

The NIH (National Institutes of Health) definition of a Clinical Trial for Human Subjects Research studies has broadened to include behavioral outcomes. For those researchers applying for NIH funding on/after Jan. 25, it is critical to correctly determine if your research meets the NIH definition of a clinical trial. These studies must be registered using the NMSU organizational account in the Clinical Trials Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS) on https://clinicaltrials.gov.

The NIH has detailed guidance, decision tools and FAQs on their website at https://grants.nih.gov/ct-decision/index.htm. NMSU has also added the “Good Clinical Practice (GCP) - Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research” training to our Institutional course offerings at CITI Program (https://about.citiprogram.org/). This online training is free for all NMSU researchers, and fulfills the NIH training requirements. Please contact the Office of Research Integrity & Ethics at ovpr@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7177 if you have any questions.

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.

HRTM events, lunches in 100 West Cafe

The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management has another great semester of meals and events planned. They start Tuesday, Feb. 6, with our Chef Artist Dinner and Silent Auction featuring Chef Andres Padilla, HRTM '03, Chef de Cuisine at Chicago's award-winning Topolobampo Restaurant. All proceeds benefit the HRTM Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund and Student Travel Fund.

This is followed by our TAP Happy Hour Feb. 9 "Olympic Openers," the 100 West Cafe Lunch series starting Feb. 13 with Italian cuisine, and our first International Dinner, "Tour de France" Feb. 15, and a Tequila Tasting and Mixology Community Presentation Feb. 27.

Please visit our website at http://aces.nmsu.edu/100west/index.html for information about all of meals and events or stop by our office, Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 138 to pick up a brochure, ask questions or make reservations for the dinners or presentations.


My Chronic Disease Self-Management Program now recruiting

The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with New Mexico Department of Health is providing a six-week Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop. This free workshop is valued at $350 per person. Participants will receive a resource book, a relaxation CD and an exercise CD. Funding to provide this workshop for free is provided through the NM Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management program starts Feb. 12 and will meet every Monday evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for six weeks. It will be held on campus at Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 322.

To receive more information or to register please call Gabe Calderon, program coordinator, at 575-646-6133 or Lucinda Banegas-Carreon, workshop facilitator, at 575-646-2034. MyCD workshop sessions are interactive. Activities help participants build confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The MyCD program does not conflict with an individuals’ existing health improvement program or treatment plan.

Fall sonography students ace national exams

For the first time, 100 percent of a graduating class of the DACC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program successfully passed three national certification board examinations.

The fall 2017 class passed at a rate much higher than the national average. National pass rates for testing in Physics, Abdomen and OB/GYN are 70 percent, 75 percent and 73 percent, respectfully.

“We are proud of these students who worked extremely hard,” DMS Director Darla Mathew said.

“This program is extremely challenging, but it prepared me for the exams and for work in the future,” said Breanna Lopez, a graduate of the program. “As a result of a successful internship, I am now employed and feel well prepared for the work. I appreciate our great faculty who really care about students.”

In sonography, students obtain images using high frequency sound waves used to diagnose, treat and follow-up on patients of all ages. The program provides students with academic coursework and clinical internship necessary to pass national examinations and provide excellent service. Graduates are employed in hospitals, medical imaging facilities and physician offices.

The DMS program is competitive and applicants to the program complete 36 credit hours of pre-requisites and meet other rigorous selection criteria including an admission exam and an interview.

“Our graduates experience a lot of success in the field as is illustrated by comments from our local employers who appreciate their professionalism and proficiency,” said Monica Torres, DACC Vice President for Academic Affairs

For more information, contact Mathew at 575-528-7047.

Writers, activists to kick off NMSU’s 2018 Pride Season

Pride Season at New Mexico State University kicks off Monday, Jan. 29, with a discussion by Che Gossett, a transgender writer and activist of color from Rutgers University, who will discuss gender, sexuality and race.

On Feb. 2 Kavi Ade, a transgender spoken word poet of color, will perform his work on the events of violence perpetuated against the black-trans-queer body.

For more information, contact the LGBT+ Programs at 575-646-7031

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