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NMSU Hotline — July 11, 2018

Safety tip: how to avoid mosquitoes


The southwest monsoon season has begun and mosquito season is in full swing. While New Mexico has not had any cases of Zika virus in 2017 or 2018, 11 counties in southern New Mexico have mosquitoes capable of carrying the Zika virus and the City of El Paso Department of Public Health was recently notified that one of several mosquito pools collected, have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

NMSU actively monitors for mosquitoes on the Las Cruces campus and removes or treats areas to reduce breeding habitat for mosquitoes. We encourage you to “Tip and Toss” items outside your homes frequently, to prevent stagnant water, which could result in mosquito breeding. Be proactive against being bitten and follow these tips:

• DEET - Use insect repellents that contain DEET when outdoors.
• Dress - Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors.
• Dusk and dawn – Although mosquitoes associated with Zika can be active throughout the day, residents should take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours, from dusk to dawn, or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
• Drain – Drain standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes and birdbaths.

Find more tips about mosquitoes at https://mosquitotips.nmsu.edu/.

For more information check with the New Mexico Department of Health at https://nmhealth.org/about/erd/ideb/zdp/wnv/ or the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html.

Campus Announcements

Center for Academic Advising and Student Support hiring student employees

The Center for Academic Advising and Student Support is looking for NMSU students to join our team. Available positions and posting information listed below. All applications must be submitted via Aggie Career Manager.

Student Specialist/Front Desk Support (1 opening) - Closes July 15

Support CAASS by answering phones, scheduling student advising appointments, assist in computer labs during Aggie Welcome and Orientation, and assist with general office support. Work-study only, students who do not have work-study in the summer but do in the fall and spring semesters may apply. Monday through Friday, some Saturdays, 15 to 20 hours per week. $8.50 per hour, Aggie Career Manager Job ID: 57549.

Technical Support Assistant (1 opening) - Closes July 15

The position will work with the CAASS data analyst, providing technology support to the staff of the center. The role will require troubleshooting software and hardware problems for computers, printers, scanners and other related equipment, and conduct regular software and hardware maintenance under the direction of the data analyst. Work-study only, students who do not have work-study in the summer but do in the fall and spring semesters may apply. Monday through Friday, 20 hours per week, $9 per hour, prefer CS, ET, ICT, CIT and CMT majors, Aggie Career Manager Job ID: 57550.

For more information contact Marissa Fowler at marimaci@ad.nmsu.edu.

FSA-RMR office information session set for July 18

Did you know that state approval is required to destroy records? In addition, did you know that we are all responsible for maintaining university records? Come to the FSA Records Management and Retention (RMR) information session from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, in the Senate Gallery Room 304, at the Corbett Center to learn about NMSU records, their retention requirements, and the FSA-RMR Disposition Process. 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. For more information, or to register, visit http://rmr.nmsu.edu/training.

Because the retention requirements on records change, we recommend attending once a year.

Cole Mount thesis defense to be held July 19

New Mexico State University's Department of Geological Sciences will hold a thesis defense for Michael Cole Mount, geological sciences graduate student, at 9:30 a.m. July 19 in Gardiner Hall, Room 229. The presentation is titled "Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Analysis of Detrital Tourmaline as an Indicator of Sediment Provenance, Ross Orogen, Antarctica."

For more information contact Lee Hubbard at 575-646-2708.

Kimberly Rumford selected as chief budget officer

Administration and Finance would like to welcome Kimberly Rumford as the new chief budget officer. The CBO is responsible for managing the annual internal budget planning and development process for the NMSU system; preparing requests for tuition and fees, budget guidelines, operating budget, budget revisions, budgetary performance and severance tax bonds; revenue tax bonds accounting and recording; and reporting financial information in compliance with external agencies for the university’s operating budget requests, legislative priorities and annual Report of Actual results for all campuses.

Rumford is an NMSU graduate achieving a bachelor's degree of accountancy, bachelor's of business administration, master's degree of business administration and a doctorate of philosophy. Rumford has more than 24 years of professional experience, 22 of which has been with NMSU. Rumford will begin her new role Aug. 1.

Community health worker certificate program accepting students

A new 16-credit certificate program that earned national honors is accepting students for the 2018-2019 school year.

The DACC Community Health Worker certificate prepares individuals to gather and provide health information. After completion, students will have a basic understanding of key public health issues such as maternal and child health, chronic disease and environmental health.

The certificate is oriented to either progress in higher education or employment in the health field. All classes are applied toward the DACC associate degree of public health. In addition, the program is fully articulated in a 2 + 2 agreement allowing candidates to earn a New Mexico State University bachelor's degree of public health after completing their associate degree.

“This collaboration ensures students have the opportunity to receive the certificate, earn an associate degree and then finish their baccalaureate at NMSU,” said Health Professor Amy Collins.

In the course of study, students learn effective communication, interpersonal skills, health coaching, service coordination, capacity building, advocacy, community health outreach and community knowledge and assessment. Students will complete a four-credit service learning experience to complete the certificate.

“This learning experience allows students to work hand-in-hand with local health organizations to really make a difference in their community,” Humanities Department Director Becky Corran said.

In 2017, the proposed certificate program was honored by the League for Innovation in the Community College with the prestigious Riegleman Award for Excellence in Public Health and Health Navigation Education in community colleges.

For more information, contact Amy Collins at acollins@dacc.nmsu.edu or 575-528-7068.