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NMSU Hotline — July 22, 2019

NMSU to develop Center of Excellence on Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems


Treating inflammation in livestock by supplementing their diet with capsaicin-rich chile peppers. Using industrial hemp to suppress the growth of weeds and soil-borne pathogens. These are potential examples of value-added agriculture that may become a reality as the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University works to develop a Center of Excellence on Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems at NMSU.

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Campus Announcements

Honors College to celebrate retirement of Valerie Torres

After 29 years of service at NMSU, Valerie Torres will be retiring from her position as executive assistant of the Honors College at the end of July. Please join us in celebrating her legacy at 3 p.m. Monday, July 29, in the Honors College Commons Room. The Honors College is located on Espina Street across from Skeen Hall and between the ASNMSU Center for the Arts and the Music Building. For more information contact Miriam Chaiken at 575-646-2005.

Sick Leave Bank program enrollment now open

Enrollment for the Sick Leave Bank program is now open through July 31. The program is available to regular employees with at least two years of regular service by June 30, 2019, who are enrolled in the long term disability plan and earn sick leave. Eligible employees must submit a completed Sick Leave Bank Enrollment Authorization form to NMSU Benefit Services by 5 p.m. July 31.

For more information, email benefits@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-8000.

NMSU announces new joint Ph.D. program in geography

We are proud to announce the New Mexico Joint Doctoral Program in Geography. The program builds on NMSU and UNM’S successful master’s degree programs to offer a rigorous research-based Ph.D. program that recruits and trains the next generation of resource managers, policy thinkers, geospatial innovators, professional scientists and academic leaders. Applications accepted beginning January 2020 to start instruction in fall 2020. For more information, email geobird@nmsu.edu.

Aug. 7 deadline set to participate in 'Stuff the Halls'

NMSU Housing and Residential Life will be coordinating a “Stuff the Halls” event with campus resources for move-in. Campus departments that would like to participate should send 2,000 copies of their advertising material to the Housing and Residential Life office, Corbett Center Student Union, Suite 230, on or before Aug. 7. Call 575-646-3202 for more information.

Student move-in: expect traffic delays, volunteers needed

NMSU Housing and Residential Life is opening for the fall semester with a three-day student move-in process. First-year students will move into their residence halls Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17. Students living in on-campus apartments will move in Sunday, Aug. 18. In order to accommodate a positive move-in experience for students, traffic patterns and parking lots will be altered around housing facilities. Please expect traffic congestion around University Avenue, especially the Triviz and Jordan campus entrances. If you can use alternative routes into campus Aug. 16, please plan to do so.

If you would like to volunteer, individually or as a campus department, and be a part of the Aggie welcome celebration during those days, housing is accepting volunteers to help move students’ belongings to rooms, to help park cars and to direct traffic flow. The times for volunteers will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17.

For more information, call 575-646-2138.

Time to order parking permits for new school year

Faculty and staff who are purchasing their parking permit by payroll deduction are required to submit a new payroll deduction form online at https://park.nmsu.edu. Parking permits on payroll deduction do not automatically renew. You may elect to receive your permit by mail or may pick up your permit in the Parking and ID Card Services Office, located on the second floor of the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Please allow 96 hours for processing if payroll deduction submitted. If you have any questions, contact the Parking and ID Card Services office at 575-646-2306.

ICT: Keep your NMSU passphrase to yourself

Things you should never do with your passphrase:

• Leave it lying around on a piece of paper
• Send it through text or email
• Share it with anybody

NMSU will never ask for your passphrase or any other private information through email. Your passphrase is your passphrase. Keep it to yourself. For more information visit ICT Student Technology and Planning at https://stp.nmsu.edu.

NMSU receives national geomatics, surveying education grand prize

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying recently awarded the New Mexico State University Geomatics/Surveying Engineering program the grand prize for the 2019 NCEES Surveying Education Award. This annual award recognizes surveying programs that best reflect the organization’s mission to advance licensure for surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the public.

The honor brings a $25,000 grand prize to support the NMSU program’s continued efforts to promote the importance and value of surveying licensure. The award jury considered criteria such as student outcomes and involvement; outreach and recruitment; and the promotion of licensure. Surveying Engineering and Geomatics Associate Professor Ahmed Elaksher and Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering Department Head Ruinian Jiang will travel to Washington, D.C., in August to accept the award.

To read more, visit http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/13777/nmsu-receives-national-geomatics-surveying-education-grand-prize.

Hear cattle, strip-tillage, forage updates at NMSU’s Tucumcari Field Day Aug. 8

Northeast New Mexico is an agricultural engine for the state, with annual farm commodity sales surpassing $1 billion in recent years. The region leads the state in livestock production, generating more than $971 million in 2016.

To help keep producers at peak efficiency, researchers at New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari are investigating new and more efficient ways for farmers and ranchers to be successful. The NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences researchers will give updates on their projects during the annual field day Thursday, Aug. 8, at the science center.

To read more, visit http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/13779/hear-cattle-strip-tillage-forage-updates-at-nmsu-s-tucumcari-field-day-aug-8.