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NMSU Hotline — February 7, 2018

NMSU partnering with Colombia to help local farmers rebuild after years of conflict


New Mexico State University is helping post-conflict Colombia get back on its feet through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Farmer-to-Farmer program. The F2F program “promotes sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development worldwide,” according to their website.

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences was selected by Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance, a partner organization that works with USAID, to implement a one-year F2F project in August 2017 and sent their first volunteer to Colombia in January 2018. Each volunteer will go on an all-expenses-paid, two-week assignment with their partnering college, University of La Salle, and their host organization, Salva Terra, a Colombian Non-Governmental Organization that works with marginalized communities in post-conflict areas of that country.

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Campus Announcements

Employee Council to welcome new members Thursday

Please join NMSU Employee Council for our regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 2:30 p.m. in Milton Hall, Room 85 to welcome new members and alternates.

The meeting is also broadcast live and recorded. To participate online, visit http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/employee-council/.

Research seminar on quantum computers to be held Thursday

The College of Engineering Office of Engineering Research will host a Graduate Seminar given by Moinuddin Qureshi, from the Georgia Insititute of Technology. Qureshi’s talk is entitled “Microarchitecture and Memory System for Scalable Quantum Computers.” It will be held from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Hardman-Jacobs Learning Communities, Room 225.

In this, talk, Qureshi will discuss some of his recent work in addressing the design challenges for the control computer for scalable quantum computers. The lecture will be free and open to all.

College of Education search for TPAL Department Head/School Director

This week the College of Education will begin interviewing candidates for the Department Head/Director of its newly formed School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, Leadership (TPAL).

The Department Head/School Director will provide leadership to a unit that offers undergraduate and graduate programs (Master’s & Doctoral) in the areas of Curriculum & Instruction and Teacher Education, Educational Leadership (PK-20), and Special Education. Candidate information can be found at the following link: https://education.nmsu.edu/colloquium-schedule-for-new-school-director-candidates/

The next candidate colloquium will be Thursday, Feb. 8 (see below).

Angela Johnson, Ph.D.
Thursday, Feb. 8
2:30-3:30 PM
O’Donnell Hall, Room 300

Candice Carter, Ph.D.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
2:30-3:30 PM
O’Donnell Hall, Room 300

Faculty, Staff, Students and Community Guests are welcome.
For further information contact Henrietta Pichon, pichon@nmsu.edu, or Tim Ketelaar, ketelaar@nmsu.edu

Financial Wellness workshop to be offered Friday

The Student Success Center is offering a Basic Financial Wellness Workshop from 3-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Zuhl Library Conference Room, 225

This workshop covers basic financial wellness information including budgeting tips, credit card information, protecting one’s identity and capitalizing on financial aid resources.

For more information contact the Student Success Center at 575-646-3136 or finlit@nmsu.edu

PES Graduate Seminar Friday

Plant & Environmental Sciences speakers Leonard Lauriault, Superintendent and Forage Crop Management Scientist, Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center, “Relay Intercropping with Cover Crops Improves Fall Forage Potential of Sweet Corn Stover” and Dr. Sangu Angadi, Crop Stress Physiologist, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences and Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, NMSU “Dual Purpose Winter Canola for Crop Diversification in the High Plains” will be presenting from their own ASC via the web.

The broadcast will be live in the conference room. Seminar is held in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Everyone is welcome.

For more information about the broadcast link for this seminar, contact Colby Brungard at cbrung@nmsu.edu

Retirement reception for Jacquie Porter Friday

Join the staff of KRWG TV/FM in celebrating with Jacquie Porter on her retirement from NMSU. In Jacquie’s 13 years on campus, she has worked in the Dean’s offices for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of ACES. She transferred to Alumni before settling in at KRWG for the past five years. Please drop by our TV Studio B from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, to share in some refreshments and wish Jacquie the best for this new chapter in her life.

100 West Cafe Lunches to begin Feb. 13

Join us for our first week of lunches for the Spring semester which will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Our theme for the week is Italian. You can enjoy meals prepared by our HRTM 363 students under the direction of Chef John Hartley. We are located on the first floor, west end of Gerald Thomas Hall, 100 West Café. Enjoy a la carte lunch from 12 to 1 p.m., every week, Tuesday through Friday.

The menu for next week will be Pasta Fagioli, Zuppa Toscana, Italian leafy Green Salad. The main entrée choices are Chicken Milano, Tuscan Grilled Trout, Spinach lasagna, Eggplant Parmesan. The sides are Creamy Polenta & Italian Green Beans. Your dessert choices are Italian Ricotta Cheesecake, Mascarpone & Peaches & Italian Flourless Chocolate Cake, all served with dinner rolls and your choice of water or tea.

Also remember, if you can’t stay to enjoy the meal in our café you can always request a carry-out order to take with you. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience. We look forward to having you for lunch and appreciate your support and the HRTM 363 students are looking forward to serving you.

Gift cards for these lunches are also available for sale in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 138 in $10 increments. They are a great idea for any occasion and do not expire until 2020.

Note to NMSU Employees: Lunch purchases to 100 West Café are not allowed on the P-Card because they use the NMSU Cashnet for billing. Making a purchase to the 100 West Café is considered a P-Card misuse.

FSA Records Management and Retention information session next week

The FSA Records Management and Retention (RMR) office will conduct an information session from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the Senate Gallery Room 304 in Corbett Center.

Learn about NMSU records, the new retention requirements, and FSA-RMR Procedures. A Go-To Meeting for our out-of-town users, who are unable to attend our session at Main campus, will be offered at the same time as our live session. If you need assistance for the Go-To Meeting, please contact RMR at 575-646-8324.

For more information, or to register, visit http://rmr.nmsu.edu/training.

Submit proposals for Quality in Online Education Conference

Join Quality Matters Reviewers, educators, and administrators from New Mexico State University (Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Dona Ana, Grants and Las Cruces) to share, learn and connect concerning quality in online education.

One can gain insights on how Quality Matters supports meeting standards for accreditation and compliance, universal design for learning, interactions and more when you attend the Quality in Online Education Conference on March 2 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the Las Cruces campus.

Presentation sessions will be available in 45-minute formats, including a Q&A period. Topics of presentations include accreditation, assessment, best practices in online education, teaching online, and applying the Quality Matters Rubric.

You can submit proposals at https://goo.gl/forms/YKvedZdT1nBjQYT12.

The conference is an all-day event. Breakfast and lunch are included in your conference registration.

Please register to attend the Quality in Online Education Conference by visiting https://ocip.nmsu.edu/registration-quality-online-education-conference/.

If you have any difficulty with registration or have other questions, please contact Sandy Johnson (Las Cruces), srjohnso@nmsu.edu; Krista MacDonald (Dona Ana), kkozel@nmsu.edu; Sherrell Wheeler (Alamogordo), swheeler@nmsu.edu; or Megan Stoneking (Grants), stmegan@nmsu.edu.

NMSU joins 15 universities from across the globe for Invent for the Planet, 48-hour design challenge

On Feb. 16-18, New Mexico State University will join Texas A&M, Arizona State University and 11 other universities from around the globe in the first-ever Invent for the Planet design challenge.

Invent for the Planet is a 48-hour intensive design experience that engages student teams at different universities across the globe on a single weekend to solve high-impact, global problems. New groups will join the race to innovation as time travels across the globe. The local event is hosted by NMSU’s College of Engineering and Arrowhead Center and is open to all university students.

“Invent for the Planet is a great opportunity to showcase the distinctive, interdisciplinary talents of our students here at NMSU,” said Patricia Sullivan, associate dean for outreach and recruiting in the College of Engineering and member of Invent for the Planet steering committee. “In keeping with our land-grant mission of service, this event challenges students from across all disciplines on campus to come together to create, innovate and design ingenious ways to address a set of needs statements with environmental impact across the global.”


NMSU named 2017 Bicycle Friendly University by League of American Bicyclists

New Mexico State University has been named among 2017’s most bicycle-friendly universities by the League of American Bicyclists, a national organization that focuses on creating a bicycle-friendly America.

NMSU renewed its 2015 bronze-level designation from the League of American Bicyclists, which recognizes amenities such as good bike access to public transportation, arterial streets with bike lanes and bicycle skills classes, among other things.

The prestigious award is presented only to campuses with remarkable commitments to bicycling, and is awarded based on multiple factors, such as bicycle education, infrastructure improvements, ride encouragement programs, staffing and safety.

“NMSU is proud to receive this award, and encourages all students, staff and faculty to support NMSU’s commitment to being an active, healthy, and environmentally responsible campus by supporting bicycling,” said Jack Kirby, assistant director of Environmental Health and Safety at NMSU.