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NMSU Hotline — January 11, 2019

NMSU Extension’s NM EDGE helps county commissioners get started


When the campaigning is over and the votes have been cast, many candidates find themselves in a new role as an elected official. Susan Flores, Otero County commissioner, remembers that first county commission meeting when she realized she didn’t have a clue what the position entailed.

“Two weeks later I went to the Better Informed Public Officials conference for newly elected officials where I took my first New Mexico EDGE class and realized there is a whole lot more to being a commissioner than I had thought,” Flores said of the conference she attended eight years ago. “You are never a private citizen once you take the oath of office. You have to be sure you are always acting as an elected official.”

NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector, is an umbrella organization operated by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service. It provides continuing education certification programs for elected officials and employees of counties, municipal entities and state agencies.

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Campus Announcements

Zuhl Museum to present Ice Age exhibit Saturday

Zuhl Museum, 775 College Drive, will present "Ice Age: The Original Winter Wonderland" from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. The exhibit will focus on the last Ice Age (Pleistocene Epoch 2.6 million years ago to 11,700 years ago) when ice covered 32 percent of land and mammoths roamed the Earth. Learn about the creatures that lived and the humans that hunted them.

Visit "Borealis," an Alaskan baby mammoth fossilized skeleton, and visit the kids corner to make your own mammoth. The exhibit is free and open the public. For more information, contact Tiffany Santos at 575-646-4714 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2319708811647235/.

Student Technology offering services to assist students

Student Technology is here to help students this semester. To learn more about equipment rentals, visit https://studenttech.nmsu.edu/equiprental/. For information about computer labs and hours, visit https://studenttech.nmsu.edu/labs/. For the ICT Help Desk, visit http://help.nmsu.edu. Student Technology also offers free Office 365, AggieAir Wi-Fi, free antivirus, printing, free scantrons and more.

For more information, visit https://studenttech.nmsu.edu, call 575-646-4857 or stop by Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 219.

NMSU gallery to host Friends party for Valentine’s Day

Pop-up speed dating, a kissing photo booth and much more will be on display for the fourth annual “I Heart Art” Valentine’s Day Party at the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University. The evening will include food and music to round out to the entertainment.

This year’s theme will highlight secret admirers at the event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the gallery, 1390 E. University Ave.


NMSU College of Education selects new Stan Fulton Chair, J. Paul Taylor Endowed Professor

Two associate professors with New Mexico State University’s College of Education have each been selected to positions that will help serve the educational needs of the region.

Blanca Araujo, director of the Office for Teacher Candidate Preparation, has been named the Stan Fulton Chair in Education for the Improvement of Border and Rural Schools, and Michelle Salazar Pérez, associate professor of Early Childhood Education, is the recipient of the J. Paul Taylor Endowed Professorship in Education. Araujo succeeds Azadeh Osanloo, while Pérez succeeds Betsy Cahill. Osanloo and Cahill are co-directors of the NMSU School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership, which is housed in the College of Education.

The Stan Fulton Chair was established in 2005 to enhance communication among NMSU faculty, staff and students and pre-kindergarten through 12th grade constituents to improve border and rural schools. The chair works to expand, improve and coordinate existing outreach programs and research activities, and is funded in part by an endowed gift from Stan Fulton, a benefactor to the university and owner of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino who died in January 2018.