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NMSU Hotline — October 9, 2019

Staff Spotlight: Jasmine Herrera, NMSU Art Museum, College of Arts and Sciences


New Mexico native Jasmine Herrera is a New Mexico State University alumna who has worked in the NMSU system for more than six years. As the NMSU Art Museum coordinator, her job entails various duties ranging from overseeing student employees and mentoring students to overseeing the financial aspects and the logistics of the museum’s exhibitions. She coordinates shipping, tracking artwork, paying artists, bringing artists in and even hanging artwork in the museum herself. Another big part of her job, which she enjoys most, is writing grants that fund exhibitions.

“Being in this position is unique — I have the ability and autonomy to assist in bringing in any exhibition we feel will positively impact the campus/community," she said. "My ongoing goal is to continue to bring in funds through grant writing to support the UAM mission of making culturally relevant and conceptual practice accessible to the university and surrounding regional and border communities."

Campus Announcements

Flower sales every Wednesday in Gerald Thomas Hall lobby

Fresh flower and potted plant sales will happen each Wednesday morning for the remainder of the fall semester from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall lobby.

Students enrolled in HORT 240 Floral design and HORT 300 Advanced floral design host weekly flower sales as part of their curriculum requirements. Can't make it to the sales? Inquire about a weekly order delivered to your office.

For more information, contact instructor Sabine Green at swhitley@nmsu.edu.

Employee Council meeting set for Thursday

The Employee Council will hold its regular monthly meeting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in Milton Hall, Room 85. All employees are welcome to attend. The meeting is also broadcasted live on Adobe Connect. Employees can watch and participate via Adobe Connect at http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/employee-council/.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni invited to social mobility recognition photoshoot Friday

All NMSU faculty, staff, current students and alumni are invited to take part in a photoshoot scheduled for 10 a.m Friday, Oct. 11, on the Horseshoe. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear Aggie crimson for the photo, which will accompany a press release regarding recent national recognition. NMSU has been recognized, by CollegeNET, as a 2019 Social Mobility Innovator for current and future initiatives related to student success and social mobility. One of the goals of NMSU's strategic plan, NMSU LEADS 2025, is to enhance students’ social mobility, which is defined as improving economic status. This institution-wide recognition is due to NMSU’s talented students and graduates as well as the faculty and staff who work daily to foster student success both inside and outside of the classroom. For additional information, contact the Student Success Center at 575-646-3136.

Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate students to present seminar Friday

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate students Sarah Cerra (“Long-term reverse osmosis concentrate effects on soil characteristics and microbial habitat under Atriplex spp.") and Srijana Dura ("Factors contributing to the reduction of Phytophthora capsici blight in Jalapeno pepper") will present a PES Graduate Seminar at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. Everyone is welcome. For more information about the broadcast link for this seminar, contact Niall Hanan at nhanan@nmsu.edu.

Get a free pancake breakfast by donating canned goods Saturday

Bring your canned good donations to receive a pancake free breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the NMSU Fire Station, 1510 Wells St. All donations will be given to the Aggie Cupboard on campus. This event also will feature:

• Laser-driven fire extinguisher demonstrations
• Arts and crafts
• Pictures with Sparky the Dog Mascot
• Sitting in the driver’s seat of a fire truck
• Meeting the NMSU firefighters

Call 575-646-5369 for more information.

Volunteers needed for robotics competition at NMSU

New Mexico State University has served as the hub for the best robotics competition in New Mexico and El Paso since 2001. Every fall, teams of middle and high school students converge on the NMSU campus for the annual NM BEST Kick-off, where they receive a kit to design and build remote-controlled robots to accomplish a specific task. During the six-week competition, the teams work to design and build prototypes, participating in a mock competition during Mall Day, and then move on to a regional play-off and championship.

Dates and times for volunteers are as follows:

• Mall Day: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Volunteers will be needed for the following positions: judges, referees, consultants and safety.

• Game Day: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Volunteers will be needed for the following positions: registration, safety, point/clock keeper, photographer, referee and judges.

If you are interested or have any questions, contact Mario Garcia at 575-646-2555 or engr-nm@nmsu.edu.

Panel on military, veteran student experience at NMSU

This panel of military and veteran students will share their personal experiences transitioning to NMSU, including what has most helped and hindered their success here. This panel will be held from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Register at https://bit.ly/2lIh0iP. For questions, contact teaching@nmsu.edu.

NM State Women's Basketball Tip-Off Banquet set for Oct. 30

The New Mexico State Women's Basketball Tip-Off Banquet will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Pan American Center practice gym. A social hour/silent auction will start at 5:30 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new locker room will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will follow at 6:45 p.m., and the live auction will start at 7:30 p.m.

A table for eight guests (not including players or coaches) is $750. Individual tickets are $100. NMSU faculty and staff
are discounted at $30 each. RSVP by Oct. 19. For tickets and more information, call 575-646-1570 or email lisab@nmsu.edu.

Ornamental chile plants available at Chile Pepper Institute

The Chile Pepper Institute has a few ornamental chile plants available in the store. We'll have more available soon, so visit us in Gerald Thomas, Room 265, to pick up some fun gifts or treat yourself this Halloween to some colorful chile peppers.

Ornamental chile peppers come in an assortment of bright colors and diverse shapes and provide a multitude of uses: gifts; indoor decoration; accent plants in outdoor landscapes; or mixed planting containers. Ornamental chile peppers can even be used as borders and hedges.

All chile peppers are edible; however, ornamental chile peppers have been bred for color and appearance and are usually very hot and do not have a lot of flavor. Ornamental chile peppers can be used to simply add heat to any culinary dish.

Growing chile peppers indoors is a great project for those who do not have garden space or a yard. Ornamental chile peppers can be grown in any type of growing container, even in hanging baskets. They require good-quality sunshine and a little humidity. Chile plants that are grown in pots do not like to sit in water or have the soil surrounding their roots saturated, however letting the soil dry completely will kill a large portion of the roots and may cause death to the plant. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer.

Call 575-646-3028 for more information.

Potential quorum notice of NMSU regents for Oct. 14

A potential quorum of the New Mexico State University Board of Regents may occur as regents may attend the NMSU State of the University Address at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in Pete V. Domenici Hall, Room 109, 1305 Frenger St., on the Las Cruces campus.

No votes or other official actions will be taken by the NMSU Board of Regents.

Please contact the Office of the Board of Regents at 575-646-5997 for additional information.

NMSU Employee Council Appreciation Picnic to be held Oct. 25

New Mexico State University’s Employee Council will host the ninth annual Employee Appreciation Picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25, at Preciado Park on the NMSU campus. The park is adjacent to O’Donnell Hall at the corner of Gregg Street and Williams Avenue.

“The employee picnic is a great time for all NMSU employees to come together as a college family to eat, relax and meet others we may not see in our day-to-day work life. The picnic will also be a great time to visit and talk with our chancellor and our president. They will both be present at the picnic this year. We will be able to come together and talk, share and learn what is going on around campus. It is important to remember that we are all working towards the same goals, increasing employee morale and student success,” said Sonia A. White, chair of the NMSU Employee Council and multimedia specialist at DACC in the Library and Learning Technology Department.

Read more at http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/13895/nmsu-employee-council-appreciation-picnic-to-be-held-oct-25.

NMSU students hone research skills in internships at national cancer research center

Nine students from New Mexico State University traveled to Seattle this summer to join the research labs of award-winning scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The nine-week paid internship program is supported in part by the Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research, a federally funded partnership between NMSU and Fred Hutch. The partnership, which began in 2002, received a $12 million, five-year renewal in 2018 from the National Cancer Institute to continue its efforts to advance cancer research among underrepresented scientists.

The NMSU students, six undergraduates and three graduates, were part of a cohort of 34 students from around the nation to participate in the nine-week internship program and be placed in the labs of Fred Hutch scientists.

Read more at http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/13878/nmsu-students-hone-research-skills-in-internships-at-national-cancer-research-center.

Arrowhead Center AgAssembly: Agri-Food Innovation an Economic Linchpin for New Mexico

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum allows daily visitors to get a glimpse at New Mexico’s agricultural past, but for one day it also highlighted the emerging leaders in the agri-food industry who will carry the state into the future.

New Mexico State University Arrowhead Center’s event AgAssembly, Sept. 26, brought together aspiring entrepreneurs from the AgSprint startup accelerator program, interested members of the public and investors in the agriculture and food industry. All were ready to discuss the technology, the challenges and possible solutions related to the booming growth of the field.

Read more at http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/13892/arrowhead-center-agassembly-agri-food-innovation-an-economic-linchpin-for-new-mexico.