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NMSU Hotline — February 16, 2018

NMSU professor, grounds manager work together to reduce amount of wasted water on campus

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A New Mexico State University agriculture professor and a grounds manager are teaming up to drastically reduce the amount of water that goes to waste with traditional sprinklers at student housing by installing a subsurface drip irrigation system.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar today

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

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.

Ornametal chile plant sale at Chile Pepper Institute

We have an assortment of ornamental chile plants 50 percent off at the Chile Pepper Institute. Stop by and see what we have available.

Also, Holy Jolokia and NuMex sauces are on sale for $4 only today. We are located in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265. For more info call 575-646-3028 or email cpi@nmsu.edu.

Third annual Health & Wellness Fair at NMSU-Alamogordo set for Saturday

The third annual Health & Wellness Fair will be held at the NMSU-Alamogordo Tays Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. All are welcome to join in the fun of this free, family-friendly event. Dress to work out and participate in core muscle training, yoga and cross training workouts. Challenge your fitness in the OCR Obstacle Race, and compete in the co-ed volleyball tournament. Guest speakers from the Alamogordo community will provide education about nutrition, exercise injuries and diabetes, and free exams will be available for blood glucose, blood pressure, vision, back and spine, cholesterol and more.

For more information, call Ernestine Baca at 575-439-3857 or email ernebaca@nmsu.edu.

Barnes & Noble will close Sunday for inventory

Please be aware that the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces will close Sunday, Feb. 18, for inventory. Regular hours will resume Monday morning. Purchases can still be made 24/7 online at www.nmsubookstore.com and in the “Links A-F” section of the NMSU INSIDER mobile app available free of charge at https://aux.nmsu.edu/app/.

Please call 575-646-4431 for more information.

Computer Science Colloquium to be held Monday

Computer Science faculty candidate Daniel Kluver will talk about the preference information collected by recommender systems like Netflix and improving recommendations these systems give to users. The colloquium will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 in Science Hall, Room 107.

ICT Food Drive accepting items until Feb. 23

ICT’s Student Technology and Planning group, in cooperation with the Aggie Cupboard, is hosting a food drive in support of students at the Las Cruces Campus. From now until Feb. 23, donate a bag of lentils or two nonperishable food items that haven’t reached their expiration and you’ll get some handy Student Tech swag and be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of five $10 Wepa print cards.

Drop-off locations are as follow:
-Pete's Place Computer Lab
-Hardman & Jacobs Computer Lab.
-ICT main office, Computer Center, Room 201

Thank you for your support of NMSU students.

March 1 is deadline for two NMSU Women’s Club Scholarships

The NMSU Women’s Club Scholarship application is due March 1. The NMSU Women’s Club is committed to supporting returning female undergraduate students in attaining their educational goals. The Club’s Scholarship Committee annually recommends one or two candidates for the NMSU Women’s Club Scholarship. Each candidate is awarded a $500 scholarship and invited to attend the Club’s spring luncheon.

The NMSU Women’s Club Scholarships are open to any female NMSU undergraduate student at the Las Cruces campus or branch campuses who is returning to school after a break in her education (either after high school or after starting college). These scholarships have been set up specifically for returning students because students immediately out of high school have other opportunities, such as the lottery scholarship, available to them. Candidates must have completed at least 45 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship application is also due March 1. The NMSU Women’s Club is committed to supporting single mothers with dependent children in attaining their educational goals. This scholarship is sponsored by Susan DeMar in honor of her late mother, Ruth Mary Webber. The Club’s Scholarship Committee will recommend one candidate for the Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship. The winner is awarded $250 and invited to attend the Club’s spring luncheon.

The Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship is open to female NMSU undergraduate students at the Las Cruces campus only. Each candidate must be a single or widowed mother with dependent children under the age of 18 who reside with her and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Below are links to the respective scholarship applications. Instructions for completion and where to submit are included in the application at https://womensclub.nmsu.edu/scholarships/ and https://womensclub.nmsu.edu/files/2017/09/2018-Ruth-Mary-Webber-Scholarship-Application.pdf.

For more information, contact the NMSU Women’s Club President, Susan DeMar, at sdemar@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3509, or visit https://womensclub.nmsu.edu/.

URC Research and Creative Activities Fair set for April 4

NMSU will host the first-ever Research Week at NMSU April 2-6 to celebrate the research and creative endeavors of our students and faculty. As one of the organizers of Research Week, the University Research Council (URC) will host its annual URC Research and Creative Activities Fair Wednesday, April 4, in Domenici Hall. Events during the URC Fair will include keynote speakers and poster sessions/presentations displaying research and creative activities by NMSU faculty members and professional staff. The URC Fair will serve as a forum for educating NMSU faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community about the faculty/staff-led research and creative activities occurring at NMSU.

To learn more about Research Week contact Rebecca Palacios at rpalacio@nmsu.edu or 575-646-4309.

NMSU's PCI DSS Compliance Strategy

The NMSU’s Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Compliance Steering Committee has established an overall PCI DSS compliance strategy, which focuses on minimizing risk, simplifying compliance and better ensuring data security. The compliance strategy can be found at https://pcidss.nmsu.edu/files/2018/01/NMSU-PCI-DSS-Compliance-Strategy-01-26-18.pdf. All departments or programs desiring to take credit card payments as part of NMSU’s business must ensure to become familiar with the strategy and should contact the committee with any questions via email at pci-team@nmsu.edu.

For more information regarding NMSU’s PCI DSS Compliance Program refer to the program’s website at https://pcidss.nmsu.edu/ or you can also contact the Chair of the PCI team, Carlos S. Lobato at clobato@nmsu.edu or via phone at 575-646-5902.

‘Lord of the Rings’ star to appear at Las Cruces Film Festival in March

In offering a musical goodbye to Middle-earth, an epic journey spanning six films and well over a dozen years, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” filmmakers turned to Billy Boyd.

Best known to international audiences as Peregrin “Pippin” in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Boyd portrayed the cheerful and perpetually hungry cousin of Frodo Baggins who accompanies him on a quest to destroy the One Ring.

Boyd will perform on Saturday, March 10, at 4 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre as part of the Las Cruces International Film Festival presented by New Mexico State University March 7-11. Boyd will talk about his role in “The Lord of the Rings” and his career. He will also appear at the LCIFF Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Rio Grande Theatre where he will receive the LCIFF Outstanding Achievement in Drama & Music Award.