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NMSU Hotline — January 18, 2019

Electronic, scooter-rental service to launch at NMSU

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The New Mexico State University community and visitors will have a new transportation option for navigating campus with the launch of an electronic, dock-less scooter sharing rental company. The Associated Students of NMSU spearheaded the effort to partner with Spin. A 60-day trial begins on campus today.

Owned by the Ford Motor Company, Spin’s launch will include 100 scooters that will be collected daily at 7 p.m. and replaced at 7 a.m. Riders must use the Spin app to rent the scooters, and the cost is $1 per ride plus $0.15 per minute. Daily scooter setup locations will include Corbett Center, residence halls and the Horseshoe. Riders can find scooter locations on the app. Riders should be aware of traffic laws and safety regulations.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU Student Foundation to host meeting Jan. 22

The NMSU Student Foundation is back and recruiting students interested in making a difference on campus and the community; volunteering and networking; fundraising for student groups; and teaching others about philanthropy. A kick-off meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Dove Hall, Room 214. Food will be provided. For more information, email stufoundation@nmsu.edu or call Renee Gonzalez at 575-646-2522.

Customer service training workshop scheduled for Jan. 23

A workshop on customer service training will be presented from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Academic Research Complex, Building C, Room 110. This informational and interactive workshop will explore the fundamentals of communication, the basics of customer service, and what it means to be a customer service ambassador for NMSU.

To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000013650. For more information, contact the Center for Learning and Professional Development at 575-646-7444 or training@nmsu.edu.

Workshop on motivating students planned for Jan. 28, Jan. 31

The NMSU Teaching Academy will present a workshop on motivating students from noon to 1:15 p.m. Jan. 28 and Jan. 31 in Milton Hall, Room 50. During this workshop, participants will discuss foundational theories of motivation that can help better understand student behaviors and strategies that can help motivate students to be active, engaged participants in their learning.

To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000013654 or https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000013655.

For more information, contact Morgan Iommi at miommi@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1788.

Learn how to create accessible documents on Word, PowerPoint

NMSU's Online Course Improvement Program will present "Coffee and Course Design — Using Word and PowerPoint to Create Accessible Documents for All Learners" from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in Milton Hall, Room 81. During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to create accessible documents that all learners can benefit from. OCIP will provide the computers and the coffee. Bring your own laptop if you prefer. Nancy Chartschlaa and Christina Schaub, of Instructional Innovation and Quality, will facilitate the workshop.

To register, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000013878. For more information, contact Chartschlaa at mnancyvc@nmsu.edu or Christina Schaub at cschaub@nmsu.edu.

Department of Biology to present seminar by faculty candidate Jan. 31

The Department of Biology will present a seminar, "Evolutionary drivers of functional diversity across biological scales," by Christian Cox of Georgia Southern University, from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in Foster Hall, Room 231. Cox is a candidate for a faculty position in the Physiology Department. His work aims to understand the evolutionary and functional mechanisms that generate physiological and functional diversity in animals. He incorporates genomics and ecological approaches using varied lizard populations in Northern and Central America.

A reception will immediately follow the seminar. For more information, Graciela A. Unguez at 575-646-7963 or gunguez@nmsu.edu.

Fiscal year 2019-2020 library materials cancellations process begins

Inflation rates for serials and databases are forecast to be six percent for the fiscal year 2019-2020. This percentage estimate is based on inflation forecasts from the library's major vendors. The New Mexico State University Library's Instruction & General base budget has continued to be flat for the past 20 years. Therefore, the loss of buying power results in serials and database cancellations on an annual basis.

Historically, the NMSU Library has established alternative revenue streams sources to support the materials budget. However, the rates of inflation have remained greater than all revenue sources combined (I&G and alternative revenues).

Alternative revenue sources used to support the Library's material budget include the following:

• Biennial GO Bond funding for New Mexico academic libraries
• 2.5 percent of IDC (research overhead)
• Student fee allocated by the Library Student Advocacy and Advisory Council
• Private donations

For your information, a spreadsheet of serial titles under consideration for cancellation in fiscal year 2019-2020 and the review process used can be found at https://nmsu.libguides.com/cancellations.

Your feedback and questions are appreciated. Please respond by Feb. 1 to the NMSU Library Collections Team at colldev@lib.nmsu.edu.

NMSU’s Military Family Communication Project seeks participants

The New Mexico State University Military Family Communication Project spanning the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business was formed in 2013. The project is currently focused on post deployment reintegration and aims to develop programs to support military family members trying to reconnect with each other and their communities.

The project is seeking non-active duty veterans and their families who were present before and after deployment to participate in three family sessions to talk about their experiences with deployment and the return of a family member.


NMSU to host beef cattle artificial insemination course in Quay County

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service will host a two-day course on artificial insemination for beef cattle next month in Quay County.

The Quay County AI School for beef producers will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27 at the Tucumcari Convention Center, 1500 W. Historic Route 66.

The course will be taught by Craig Gifford, NMSU beef cattle specialist, and Marcy Ward, NMSU livestock specialist. Gifford and Ward will teach artificial insemination techniques for beef production using the ABS Artificial Insemination handbook. It is not a certified course, and live cattle will not be used during the sessions.

Cost for the course is $75 per person, which includes two meals and the ABS handbook. Payment can be in cash or check when the course begins at the convention center.

Space is limited, and participants must preregister for the course by Feb. 22; those who register late will receive the ABS handbook by mail. To register, call the Quay County Extension Office at 575-461-0562.