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NMSU Hotline — January 25, 2018

Raise a glass: Successful Aggie-owned brewing company launches Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale


The New Mexico State University Aggies kicked off a successful football season with the help of a celebratory drink developed by three former Aggies with a passion for entrepreneurship and beer.

Kevin Jameson and cousins Gabe Jensen and Jotham Michnoviz are the three founding owners of Bosque Brewing Co., which is based in Albuquerque but operates a taproom in Las Cruces, just across the street from NMSU. Michnoviz attended NMSU, while Jensen and Jameson both graduated from NMSU with bachelor’s degrees from the College of Business.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU vice president for research candidate open forum to be held today, streamed online

Ajay Mahajan, a finalist for the vice president for research position at New Mexico State University, will give a presentation open to the public from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. today in the Corbett Center Student Union Senate Gallery, Room 304. The forum will be available online at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/vpresearch.

He has been a professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering at the University of Akron since 2009. He served as associate vice president for innovation (a vice provost position) from 2014-2015 and special assistant to the president for innovation from 2013-2014. Mahajan was associate dean for research in the College of Engineering from 2009-2015. He has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Tulane University.

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

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop offered next month

In the month of February there are two choices to take the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop. The Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) workshop will introduce, apply the QM Rubric and demonstrate the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review.

The workshop will be offered in a two-week online course, Feb. 7-24. The offering will be in an eight-hour, face to face workshop, Feb. 9.

Choose your format (online for two weeks or face to face for eight hours) and register through the Online Course Improvement Program events page on their website found at https://ocip.nmsu.edu/events/.

Puerto Rico relief donation drive accepting items through February

The ASNMSU Department of Community Outreach and the NMSU School Psychology Graduate Student Organization (SPGSO) are partnering together to send relief to Puerto Rico. The island territory is dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Maria that hit the island in September 2017 and is still in desperate need of supplies.

The SPGSO and ASNMSU will be collecting supplies in the ASNMSU Office, Corbett Center, Room 205, and the Counseling and Educational Psychology office, O’Donnell Hall, Room 222. The following supplies are in high demand:

— Batteries (AA, AAA and D sizes)
— Water sanitization tablets
— Feminine hygiene products
— General hygiene products (deodorant, toothpaste, etc.)
— Baby products (diapers and wipes)
— Non-perishable food products

A full list of items can be found at http://a.co/elt8gKg, which is an Amazon wish list. Items purchased through this link will be sent directly to Puerto Rico. All collected items will be shipped off by the SPGSO to the island. Items will be collected through the end of February.

NMSU is a caring community and it is time we stand in solidarity to assist those in need. For more information, please contact SPGSO Co-Vice President Jessica Gibbs at chitty@nmsu.edu or jorrgibbs@gmail.com. You can also contact ASNMSU Director of Community Outreach Adrian Llañez at asnmsuco@nmsu.edu. Your help is greatly appreciated.

New Mexico State University Stormwater Management Program

New Mexico State University operates a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) that is permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency. The MS4 consists of the streets, drainage ditches and storm drain pipes that convey stormwater runoff through the campus. The permit requires NMSU to implement a program to reduce pollutants in storm water to the maximum extent practicable.

As citizens of NMSU, we all play a part in protecting our natural environment. One of the most significant, but often unrecognized, sources of water contaminants are stormwater pollutants. When it rains, storm water flows over yards, streets, highways, parking lots, parks and playgrounds, carrying everything in its path, including trash and pollutants. Unlike sanitary sewers that divert water directly from NMSU to a treatment plant, storm drains lead directly to open water bodies - such as the NMSU retention pond at Sam Steele Way and Union Avenue - without any type of treatment. All the trash and pollutants that were picked up by storm water runoff ultimately may end up in the Rio Grande.

We ask for your help in reducing the trash and pollutants by taking a few simple actions:

-Place all trash in appropriate collection containers, and recycle everything possible.
-Store materials that could pollute storm water indoors or in waterproof containers that will not rust.
-Do not dump any substances such as used oil, cleaning supplies or paint into the storm drain inlets, a drainage way or onto the ground.
-Take all your used oil, cleaning supplies, paint and other household hazardous waste to the Amador Avenue Recycling Center at 2825 W. Amador Avenue. Call 575-528-3800 for hours.
-If you see evidence of an illicit discharge or evidence of dumping, contact the NMSU Storm Water Management Program at 575-646-3327 or via email at ehs@nmsu.edu.

For more information, visit the NMSU Storm Water Management Plan home page at https://safety.nmsu.edu/environmental/swmp/.

Film festival to unveil 2018 official poster at public event Friday

The Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) presented by New Mexico State University is set for March 7-11 but film lovers can get a preview when festival organizers unveil the 2018 festival poster at a special event from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at the Cutter Gallery at 2640 El Paseo Road.

Tickets for the unveiling are $25 and include refreshments and an official poster signed by the artist and photographer Mike Groves and the opportunity to purchase $150 VIP tickets to the film festival at a reduced price. Groves is best known for his landscapes of the Organ Mountains, White Sands, and the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Poster party tickets are available at Visit Las Cruces at 211 Water Street or online at http://lascrucesfilmfest.com or call 575-646-6149.

For tickets, hotel packages and more information, visit http://www.lciffest.com/.


NMSU College of Business hosting economic outlook conference Feb. 8

National and state economists will present their economic forecasts for 2018 at the Economic Outlook Conference Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 East University Avenue, Las Cruces.

New Mexico State University’s College of Business and Wells Fargo & Company are hosting the seventh annual free event that will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Speakers will include Eugenio Aleman, senior economist with Wells Fargo & Company, and Jim Peach, NMSU Regents Professor of Economics and International Business.


Student summit to highlight NMSU’s Black History Month

New Mexico State University’s Black Student Association and Black Programs will celebrate Black History Month with 13 events throughout the month of February.

One of the biggest events being held during the month is the Black by Southwest Student Summit. The summit is Feb. 16-18 following the theme of “Yesterday’s Promise, Tomorrow’s Vision.”


Researcher, business and community leaders honored at NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences ‘A Starry Night’ awards

A New Mexico State University biology alumnus who recently won a $3 million prize for cutting-edge medical research; a Las Cruces couple, born and raised in the city, who both ran successful businesses for many years; and the visual and performing arts coordinator at Las Cruces Public Schools are the recipients of the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences 2018 “A Starry Night” awards.

The Star of the Sciences award will go to Don W. Cleveland, NMSU alumnus and field leading researcher in neurodegenerative diseases who recently was awarded the prestigious Breakthrough Prize, televised on the National Geographic Channel. The Star of the Arts award will go to John R. Schutz, NMSU alumnus and Coordinator for Visual and Performing Arts for the Las Cruces Public Schools. The Star of Town and Gown award will go to Mickey and Jan Clute. Mickey Clute is an NMSU alumnus who was president of Gencon Corp, a commercial construction company in Las Cruces for 35 years. His wife Jan is well known for her family’s donation of the Rio Grande Theatre to the Dona Ana Arts Council.

For information about tickets for “A Starry Night,” contact Ashley Jurado at ajurado@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5886. For more information about the fund, visit https://artsci.nmsu.edu/giving/sustaining-academic-progress/.