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NMSU Hotline — March 21, 2018

Safety tip: Don’t drive distracted

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Did you know that texting while driving takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds? That’s like driving an entire football field blindfolded.

Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

- Texting
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Grooming
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player

There are three main types of distraction:

1. Manual: taking your hands off the wheel.
2. Visual: taking your eyes off the road
3. Cognitive: taking your mind off driving

Because text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. A 2016 study by the Centers for Statistics and Analysis reports eight people are killed every day in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

NMSU urges you not to text while driving. To learn more about the impact of distraction driving go to www.distraction.gov for additional information. Be safe.

Campus Announcements

Spring plant sale to be held March 26-29

The Chile Pepper Institute will have a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 26-29 at the Fabian Garcia Horticulture Science Center, 113 W. University Ave. A large selection of chile, bell pepper, tomato, eggplant, squash and herb plants will be available for $4 per plant. For more information call 575-646-3028 or email cpi@nmsu.edu.

Volunteers needed for KRWG FM spring membership drive

KRWG is reaching out to the NMSU/DACC community of faculty, staff and students for volunteers to help with the KRWG FM 2018 Spring Membership Drive April 2-6. As a volunteer you may answer phones taking pledges, write thank you notes to donors or help with other needs. Please contact Dianne Frank, KRWG Membership Manager, at dlfrank@nmsu.edu for available times. Come and support KRWG FM and the important service they provide to southern New Mexico and far West Texas.

DACC Summer Academy: ACT Prep/STEM-H Summer Academy offered May 28-June 29

The Dona Ana Community College-Science, Engineering and Math division in collaboration with the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of New Mexico College Of Pharmacy, NMSU College Of Business-Department of Accounting and Information Systems, NMSU College of Education Outreach and NMSU Computer Science Department Outreach, NMSU Information & Communication Technologies invites all high school students to join us for a fun five weeks of ACT/STEM-H workshops. The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 28 to June 28. Participants will meet at DACC Central Campus on Espina Street.

DACC/BCOM/NMSU faculty and staff dependents will have the priority to join the summer academy. Apply online at http://bcomnm.org/academics/act-prep-course/. The deadline is April 4. Limited scholarship opportunities are available now.

In addition, the workshops will help students explore the STEM-H majors/careers, increase awareness on how to access college resources, and will be provided a certificate of participation and First Aid Training Certification. Also, a graduation ceremony will be held at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine June 29. For more information, please contact Rajaa Shindi at rshindi@nmsu.edu.

Drone workshop offered April 10

A workshop, "Using Drones in Research, Agriculture and Green Space Management," will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. April 10 at the Las Cruces Airport, 8990 Zia Blvd. The event will be held at the NMSU Physical Science Laboratory's UAS Test Hangar.

Office 365, How to use OneDrive for Business now available

Information & Communication Technologies is offering a new workshop on how to effectively Boost Productivity with Office 365. This training intends to understand how Office 365 works and the best way to utilize the product. Explore the Office 365 Apps. This is a hands-on workshop on how to use one drive for business. Please register at https://training.nmsu.edu/CLPD/training-calendar.php. for more information, please contact Rajaa Shindi at rshindi@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 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, 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.

NMSU chemistry alumna to give talk about using lasers to study materials

Heather D. Whitley, alumna of New Mexico State University’s Chemistry Department, will give a talk about how scientists use lasers to study materials at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Chemistry Building, Room 153.

The event is free and open to the public. Earlier that day, she will also spend time with students and faculty sharing her expertise as part of the College of Arts and Sciences “Alumni Connections” series.


NMSU AFROTC to host exhibition

The New Mexico State University Air Force ROTC detachment will host a military and law enforcement exhibition and recruiting event from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, on Pride Field.

The event is called A&M Day, reminiscent of when NMSU was known as New Mexico A&M with a focus on military training.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be two food trucks, La Ristra Express and Luchador, and music.


NMSU criminal justice honor society takes top awards at conference

New Mexico State University’s chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, a national criminal-justice honor society, won a number of awards at their national conference in New Orleans, Feb. 15-17.

Andrea Joseph, college professor in NMSU’s Criminal Justice Department, is the chapter’s faculty adviser.

“Alpha Phi Sigma has over 400 chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada,” Joseph said.

More information can be found from Joseph at ajoseph@nmsu.edu and on the NMSU chapter’s website at https://crimjust.nmsu.edu/degree-programs/aps-page/.


NMSU interim associate provost emphasizes globalization, international partnerships

Relationship-building, global perspectives and international engagement are just three of the goals Rod McSherry has in mind as interim associate provost for International and Border Programs at New Mexico State University.

Although McSherry has been on the NMSU staff since 2015, his loyalty to the university goes back to his undergrad days as an animal science major at NMSU.