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NMSU Hotline — March 7, 2018

Safety Tip: Spring forward and check your batteries


Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11. Daylight savings time should remind you that it’s a perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

New Mexico State University Fire Department wants to remind you that it is important to check your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors every month to ensure they are in proper working condition. However, if you do not have smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors in your home off campus, we strongly advise you to invest in these items. They are available at your local home improvement store.

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are installed in all facilities on campus including family housing. They are simple detectors that are composed of two main parts (sensor/audible alarm) which allow the detector to notify the occupant that there is a hazardous smoke or carbon monoxide filled atmosphere. The sensor picks up tiny smoke particles in the air which then triggers the audible alarm which consists of loud beeping noises. These alarms normally operate off of 9 volt or AA batteries which are easily installed into the back of the alarm. Alarms normally come with instructions on the back of the detector, which tell you how it operates and what the different audible alarms mean. There is also a test button on the alarm, which can tell you whether the detector is functioning properly.

Always notify the fire department in case of emergency and when your smoke detector is activated.

Campus Announcements

Career Services events happening today

Career Services will be hosting Walk In Wednesday today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Career Services located in Room 224 in Garcia Center. Career Services staff will be onhand to assist students with resumes, cover letters, information on employment and co-op/internship opportunities and upcoming Spring Fairs to include Employment Extravaganza and Educators Job Fair. No appointment is needed.

Career Services will be hosting a Preparing for a Career Fair Workshop in Conference Room 300 at the Engineering Complex III today from 3 to 4 p.m. 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.

Cajun cuisine during Mike's Magnificent Meals

Add some zest to your week with Cajun cuisine during this week’s Mike’s Magnificent Meals at Taos Restaurant, NMSU’s dining hall in Corbett Center Student Union. This special lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. This week’s menu will feature fried catfish, shrimp and sausage gumbo, corn on the cob, fried okra, classic coleslaw, and jalapeño cheddar cornbread. Admission is just one meal plan swipe or $8.50 plus tax. Full menu available while supplies last. To accommodate high demand and to minimize lines, Mike’s Magnificent Meals will be served at both the 360 Grill and New Mexico Fresh Stations. Invite a friend at https://www.facebook.com/events/175518073085120/.

Save money on all meals at Taos Restaurant, including Mike’s Magnificent Meals. Meal plans are available to students, faculty and staff. Visit http://dining.nmsu.edu for details and to sign up.

Lunch at 100 West Cafe offers Southwestern/Mexican cuisine

Join us for lunch this week at 100 West Café, west end of Gerald Thomas Hall, first floor featuring Southwestern/Mexican cuisine from 12 to 1 p.m. today through Friday. Meals are prepared by HRTM 363 students under the direction of chef John Hartley.

The menu will be caldo tlalpeno, southwest salad with cilantro-lime vinaigrette, marinated jicama salad, red chile rubbed chicken, tequila braised Mexican pork ribs, tilapia veracruz, green chile asadero enchiladas, mocha mousse, arroz con leche, pastel tres leches. Sides will be black beans and rice, all served with dinner rolls and your choice of water or tea.

Enjoy the meal in our café or request a carry-out order. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards accepted for your convenience.

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

Note to NMSU Employees: P-Card purchases are not accepted due to NMSU Cashnet process used for billing. Reservations accepted only for parties of eight or more. Also, an index number can be used for journal voucher payments for parties of eight or more only if requested and approved a week in advance. Journal vouchers require a list of all attendees and the business purpose of the meal. It is essential that all pertinent information be provided to complete JV transactions. Please contact John Hartley at jhartley@nmsu.edu or Katrinka Espinosa at kespin@nmsu.edu for reservations.

Our HRTM 363 students look forward to serving you. Thank you.

Test Anxiety: Surviving and Thriving in Your Academics set for Thursday

Test Anxiety: Surviving and Thriving in Your Academic Success will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Zuhl Library Conference Room 225.

This workshop will help students gain confidence in their test preparation and test-taking skills. Taking control of test anxiety and minimizing its negative effects is possible. Develop a positive preparation plan, become a more effective test taker and learn the importance of practicing self-care and rewarding your academic effort.

Contact the Student Success Center in Room 128 in Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center or call 575-646-3136 for more information. Like us on Facebook @NMSU Student Success Center.

Bio-inspired all terrain robots subject of lecture offered Thursday

The second presentation in the College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Hardman Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 225. Hamid Marvi, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering from Arizona State University, will present a seminar titled, “Bio-inspired Interactions with Complex Terrains.” In this talk, Marvi will present his studies focused on the development of bio-inspired designs and control methods for effective all-terrain search and rescue and exploratory robots. His research is based on the results of a series of experiments that aid the understanding of the physics of animal interactions with dry and wet granular media, such as snakes and lizards. The lecture is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served prior to the lecture.

Award-winning NM short film ‘Yochi’ screens Friday in the Las Cruces International Film Festival

“Yochi,” an award winning short film, will be screened at 2:15 p.m. Friday, March 9 at the Cineport, as part of the Las Cruces International Film Festival this week (http://lascrucesfilmfest.com). "Yochi" was written and directed by filmmaker and NMSU Assistant Professor Ilana Lapid and produced by Kristi Drexler, a Ph.D. student in NMSU's Educational Leaders Doctoral Program.
“Yochi” is a U.S.-Belizean co-production made with many talented graduates of NMSU's Creative Media Institute. “Yochi” won Best Short at the 2016 Belize International Film Festival and has been officially selected for several festivals, including most recently Sedona Int'l Film Festival, Colorado Environmental Film Festival and soon the D.C. Environmental Film Festival.

“Yochi” is the story of a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy who guards a nest of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in Belize’s pine savannah. When his beloved older brother, Itza, returns from the city, Yochi learns that he’s in debt and has turned to poaching – setting the brothers on a collision course.

“Yochi” hopes to raise awareness about the illegal wildlife trade, changing people’s minds from poaching to wildlife conservation. To watch the trailer and learn more about the film, visit www.yochifilm.com.

Plant & Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar set for Friday

Plant & Environmental Sciences speaker, Koffi Djaman, assistant professor of Cropping systems, irrigation technology and water conservation, Agricultural Science Center, Farmington will present, “Deficit irrigation strategies for improving crop water use efficiency under semiarid dry climate” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. Everyone is welcome. For more information about the broadcast link for this seminar, contact Colby Brungard at cbrung@nmsu.edu.

Sol y Arena Flamenco Performance at Zuhl Museum Saturday

Sol y Arena, the NMSU Dance Program’s Flamenco and Spanish dance company, will perform at the newly expanded Zuhl Museum, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Surrounded by Zuhl’s stunning collection of petrified rocks, fossils and displays of petrified wood, NMSU students Brigitte Kearns and Blanca Martinez will interpret the traditional Sevillana, Fandango and Alegrias.

Performances will be followed up by a Sol y Arena dance program information session moderated by director Paco Antonio.

The Zuhl Museum is located at 775 College Dr. It is open 12 to 4 p.m. and free to the public. To learn more about the Sol y Arena performance, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/221333451774910/.

For more on Sol y Arena program, contact Paco Antonio at 575-646-4068. For more information on Zuhl Museum, contact Tiffany Santos at 575-646-4714.

FSA-RMR Office Information Session offered March 13

The FSA Records Management and Retention (RMR) office will conduct an information session from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 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 the Las Cruces 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.

Free screening of Nat Geo's 'One Strange Rock' March 13

National Geographic's new series, "One Strange Rock," will amaze you. Filmed in space and across 45 countries on six continents, the interplay between life and geology is illustrated in classic Nat Geo quality film. Narrated by Will Smith, this film will change the way you see our planet forever.

The screening is free at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 in Gardiner Hall, Room 230. Refreshments and geologic door prizes will be available.

University Speaker Series to be held March 13

University Speakers Series presents Luis Alberto Urrea, “Into the Beautiful North” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts Medoff Theatre. Admission is free. For more information call 575-646-2005 or visit https://honors.nmsu.edu. The event sponsors are ASNMSU, Honors College, and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

President's Associates Ball to be held April 21

The President's Associates Ball is set for Saturday, April 21. Support PA Scholars and enjoy an evening in "Old Aggie-wood," dancing to the sounds of a 20-piece band with an exciting live and silent auction. Seating is limited. Black tie preferred or dress in your favorite Hollywood attire.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Las Cruces Convention Center, Ballroom 680 E. University Ave. Make your table reservation by Friday, April 6, by calling 575-646-1106 or emailing nohemip@nmsu.edu.

Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods training course offered in May

NMSU will present a Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods (English) certification training course May 16–17 at Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 303.

The Better Process Control Schools (BPCS) certify supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification, and container closure evaluation programs for acidified canned foods. Each processor of acidified foods must operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing.

A Better Process Control School, has been approved by the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and co-sponsored by the Food Processors Institute (FPI), and sponsored by New Mexico State University. The FDA requires this course for food processors that process acidified and low acid foods. These courses provide a valuable service to the entire U.S. southwestern and border region.

For more information and registration details please see webpage at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/better-process-control-s.html or call 575-646-2198.

The 14th annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium focuses beyond walls, borders

"Indivisible Justice Beyond Walls & Borders” is the theme of the 2018 J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium. On Thursday, March 15, the symposium will include a full day of discussions, films and events at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University.

On Wednesday, March 14, the public is invited to a pre-symposium community workshop by Christina Marín, from Phoenix College, from 7:30–9 p.m. at the Isabella M. Crouch Theatre. Access to the theatre is available from the parking lot near Barnes and Noble.


Four athletes ride their way to the top at first college rodeo

Through cold nights, dusty winds and dirty faces, the New Mexico State University rodeo team competed aggressively at the first college rodeo of the spring 2018 season in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, March 3-4.

NMSU rodeo coach Logan Corbett said Fort Huachuca rodeo was good but not great but something to build on for the startup of the term.

“There is unlimited potential for our team this season,” Corbett said. There is no reason why we shouldn’t qualify a men’s and women’s team to the CNFR (College National Finals Rodeo).”