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NMSU Hotline — February 14, 2018

Staff spotlight: Diana O'Brien, Student Success Center

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Diana O'Brien joined New Mexico State University in January 2017 as a student program coordinator for the Student Success Center. Her responsibilities include teaching courses, leading workshops, participating in campus and community outreach and working one-on-one with students.

"What I am most grateful for is being able to help students see their potential and then encourage them to take action in accomplishing their dreams," she said. "Life can present us with obstacles, and I am so grateful to be here for students to provide them with support so that they know that they have it in them to keep going. I absolutely love the work we do and am so proud to be a part of the Student Success Center and the Aggie community."

Campus Announcements

Sociology Colloquium with Patricia Hoffman today

The Sociology Department at NMSU is proud to announce the next talk in its colloquium series for the year 2017-2018. Please come listen to Patricia Hoffman give a talk titled "The Climate Reality Project: Facts by Al Gore.” Hoffman’s colloquium talk is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. today in Science Hall, Room 286A.

Career Services hosts Walk-In Wednesday

Career Services will be hosting Walk-In Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, no appointment needed, to assist students with any of their immediate or long term needs. 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. We will be celebrating Valentine's Day so stop by for some sweet treats and coffee. If you are unable to attend please contact Career Services to set up an appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at careers@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631.

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

Taste of Europe in Taos Restaurant

Indulge in global cuisine during Taste of Europe at Taos Restaurant, NMSU’s dining hall in Corbett Center Student Union. This special lunch will focus on Greek cuisine and will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. The menu will feature kreatopita (beef pie with Mediterranean flavors), gigandes plaki (baked beans on toasted sourdough), fasolakia (tender green beans and potatoes), prassorizo (Greek leek risotto), avgolemono (chicken soup) and galaktoboureko (Greek custard pie). Admission is just one meal plan swipe or $8.50 plus tax. Full menu available while supplies last. Share with friends at https://www.facebook.com/events/429193120848671/.

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.

Public seminar, The Tropospheric Ozone Pollution Project, to be held Thursday

The Tropospheric Ozone Pollution Project (TOPP): Greatest Hits from Balloon Soundings of Ozone and Sulfur Dioxide, 2004 - 2017 will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Refreshments served at 3:45 p.m. The seminar will be held in Gardiner Hall, Room 230. Gary A. Morris from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, is the speaker, and Michael DeAntonio from the Department of Physics will host.

Engaging more than 100 students (mostly undergraduates) from more than 12 universities (including NMSU and UTEP) and assembling a database with nearly 1,000 atmospheric profiles, the Tropospheric Ozone Pollution Project has used weather balloons with special instruments to measure ozone to help identify sources of pollution: natural or anthropogenic, local or remote. With more than 600 soundings in Houston, Texas, TOPP has assembled the world's largest ozone profile database for an urban megacity. As part of a Fulbright study in Japan, TOPP augmented its suite of measurements developing an approach, using the same instrument, to measure profiles of sulfur dioxide from volcanic or anthropogenic sources as well. This talk provides an overview of TOPP and some of our favorite observations from more than a decade in the field.

'The Odyssey' previews Thursday, opens Friday

ASTC/NMSU Theatre Arts presents "THE ODYSSEY" adapted from the poem by Homer and the translation of "THE ODYSSEY" by Robert Fitzgerald, adapted and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman, and directed at NMSU by Larissa Lury. The timeless adventure story with cyclopses, sea-monsters, shipwrecks, gods and goddesses, makes thrilling, playful and new one of the most memorable epics of all time. Journey through foreign lands with characters constantly relying on the kindness of strangers, as they search for a way home. The show previews at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, and opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. The shows runs from Feb. 16-25 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. For tickets call 575-646-1420.

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar Friday

Amy Navratil, assistant professor in the Department of Zoology & Physiology at the University of Wyoming, will present a talk titled “Knockin’ on Fertility’s Door: Understanding Gonadotrope Function” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 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/.

Navratil will discuss how her work studies the cellular and molecular regulation of gonadotrope cells of the anterior pituitary gland and how these pathways affect fertility in vivo. A complete abstract of the talk can be found at http://www.nminbre.org/files/Amy.Navratil.pdf.

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

MBA information session to be held Feb. 20

Please join us for an information session to learn more about the MBA program at New Mexico State University from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Guthrie Hall, Room 109D. The session will present MBA admissions and program information, and give you the opportunity to ask questions of current students, faculty and the MBA program adviser.

Questions, call 575-646-8003 or email mbaprog@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Philharmonic concert in San Antonio set for Feb. 23

The New Mexico State University Philharmonic and Texas-based entertainment mariachi ensemble, Campanas de America, will present a collaborative concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Palo Alto College Performing Arts Center of San Antonio. Members of the Educator Ensemble of The Classical Music Institute will join NMSU Philharmonic for this unique concert in San Antonio. Maestro Simón Gollo will conduct the orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, and Bruch’s Romanze for Viola and Orchestra, with soloist Jorge Martinez-Rios, of La Catrina String Quartet.

Along with these works, the NMSU Philharmonic will join Campanas de America and their two-time Grammy winning director Juan Ortiz, to perform a selection of works representative of the Mexican-American sounds for which the enthusiastic Campanas has become well-known. This concert represents a milestone for the NMSU Philharmonic, who will be touring for the first time in recent history. The admission is free and open to the public.

iClicker workshops offered Feb. 27

Are you looking for a quick way to take attendance in your classroom? Do you want an easy solution to verify that students completed course reading before attending class? What about a fun way to keep your students engaged during lectures? iClicker may be the answer to all of these questions. Sign up for one or both workshop offerings to introduce you to or update on what iClicker can do for you and your face-to-face courses.

Intro to iClicker will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Milton Hall, Room 81. Patrick Fariss with iClicker will present. iClicker is an award-winning student response solution that allows you to easily transform your classroom into an active learning environment. This workshop will provide step-by-step instruction to start using iClicker in your class.

iClicker Q&A will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Milton Hall, Room 81. Patrick Fariss with iClicker will present. An open question and answer session is most geared for those who have been using iClicker but have more questions, want to talk about how things have been going in your classes, offer insight on how to incorporate the technology for best practices, and not just for the sake of using technology.

For more information please call 575-646-5125 or email learning@nmsu.edu.

To register sign up at https://learning.nmsu.edu/upcoming-workshops/.

Retirement reception for Doris Morgan set for March 2

The Department of Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Ecology along with the NM Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit will host an open house retirement reception honoring Doris Morgan for her distinguished 21 years of service to NMSU from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 330. Please drop by to share in some refreshments and wish her the best for this new chapter in her life.

NMSU researchers receive mini-grants for interdisciplinary projects

Eight wide-ranging interdisciplinary projects by New Mexico State University researchers were awarded with Interdisciplinary IMPACT Mini-Grants in December.

Funded through a partnership between NMSU’s Provost Dan Howard and Interim Vice President for Research Luis A. Vázquez, the Mini-Grants Program is designed to stimulate interdisciplinary research projects that will build a foundation of collaboration among NMSU researchers in addressing complex problems.


Campus Tutoring available to students

Campus Tutoring Service, Corbett Center Room 206, has assisted in more than 50 courses thus far. Students have, or are, experiencing their first returned quiz or test grades and may be realizing a need for assistance. Please encourage your students to utilize our services. We are a non-appointment based, free service providing peer tutoring for a variety of courses. Please see our schedule for courses, tutors and times of availability at http://campustutoring.nmsu.edu.

The tutors are open to corresponding with the faculty of courses they tutor in an effort to provide the best assistance to students. Feel free to be in touch. All tutors are outstanding undergraduate NMSU students and have taken the courses here at NMSU that they tutor. Our mission is to assist in the students’ learning. We do not just “give answers.”

For questions, comments, and/or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us at 575-646-6050, campustutors@nmsu.edu or Lisa Kirby at 575-646-1342 or lkirby@nmsu.edu.

QuickConnect responders help students find needed resources

The goal of the QuickConnect (QC) Early Alert Program is to identify students who are in need of support related to academic or non-academic issues. Addressing such issues early on will assist students to take steps to successfully complete their course(s) and persist to graduation. NMSU faculty are our front line in identifying students who could benefit from an early intervention.

NMSU is entering the fourth full week of the semester. Frequent class absence, failure to complete assignments, and missing or poor performance on early exams/quizzes are a few behaviors QC can proactively act upon. Trained Responders provide one-to-one intervention to connect students with resources pertinent to their needs. QuickConnect wants to remind you of the importance of your role in student retention by identifying students who may be exhibiting behavior not conducive to academic success.

Your myNMSU tab has a direct link to QuickConnect. Completion of the referral sets in motion notice to the student, QuickConnect admin and a dedicated responder. When a referral has been completed, QuickConnect alerts you through your email. A quick check into the QuickConnect platform under “view my referrals” gives you information in regard to your referral.

Thank you for your commitment to our student’s persistence. Any questions, comments, and/or concerns can be directed to Lisa Kirby at lkirby@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1342.

2018 AgriFuture Educational Institute set for May 15-17

The 2018 AgriFuture Educational Institute will be held May 15-17, in Albuquerque. This event is geared toward anyone 18 to 40 years of age interested in being part of the future of agriculture, but is open to current producers of any age. Veterans of the armed forces are also encouraged to attend.

The AgriFuture Educational Institute will include educational speakers, breakout sessions, networking, tours and dinner with agriculture industry mentors.

Registration can be found at https://agrifuture2018.eventbrite.com. Questions, call the New Mexico Department of Agriculture at 575-646-2804 or email krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu.