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NMSU Hotline — February 14, 2020

NMSU, Arrowhead Center moving ahead on Northern New Mexico AgriBusiness Accelerator pilot project

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LAS VEGAS, NM – The Northeast New Mexico AgriBusiness Accelerator is coming to life in Las Vegas and the surrounding area.

The economic development program, envisioned and supported by State Senator Pete Campos, D-District 8, has two main goals that will address on-the-ground food production challenges and entrepreneurial development in the region. The first phase of the pilot program, funded by New Mexico Legislative appropriation, is underway.

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Campus Announcements

HRTM students selling ice cream sundaes today

The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality will sell salted caramel, green chile ice cream sundaes with pecans for $3 each from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in 100 West Café in Gerald Thomas Hall. Proceeds will benefit the students' National Conference Travel Fund. Call 575-646-5918 for more information.

NM State baseball hosts Texas Southern for home opener today

Catch New Mexico State baseball all weekend long at Presley Askew Field. Bring your valentine with you to cheer on the Aggies as they take on Texas Southern at 3 p.m. today. Aggies will continue the series with a doubleheader beginning at noon Saturday, Feb. 15, and will wrap up the series at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Season tickets are on sale now for the 2020 NM State baseball season. NMSU faculty and staff receive a 50 percent discount on season tickets. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Pan American box office at 575-646-1420 or visit https://nmstatesports.com/schedule.aspx?path=baseball.

Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar set for today

UTEP professor Anthony J. Darrouzet-Nardi will present a seminar, “Into the Active Layer: Belowground Function and the Effects of Global Change on Arctic Tundra Plants and Soil,” at 3:30 p.m. today in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. Everyone is welcome. For more information about the broadcast link for this seminar, contact Rachel Gioannini at rachelgi@nmsu.edu. The seminar is part of the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences' Graduate Seminar series.


Demolition to begin Monday on Roberts Hall, Regents Row

NMSU Facilities and Services will begin demolition on Regents Row and Roberts Hall, starting Monday, Feb. 17. The project will take approximately four months to complete. The estimated completion date is June 17.

Roberts Hall and Regents Row were built in 1968 as dormitories with two-person suites. Regents Row was utilized as a dormitory until August 2003. Until spring 2017, the building was used as swing space during renovations of Jett and Dove halls. Roberts Hall housed NMSU’s Marketing and Communications department from 2007 to 2020.

If you’re in the area during the demolition, you will experience some rumbling, occasional noise, little-to-no dust and lots of equipment coming and going. After demolition work is finished, construction will begin to create a new green space with lighting, walking path and recreational area. If you should have any questions, contact project manager Jon Padilla at 575-646-7873.


Open forums for NMSU vice provost for Digital Learning Initiatives finalists next week

The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce that New Mexico State University has invited four finalists for the position of vice provost for Digital Learning Initiatives to campus for interviews. Each campus visit will include an open forum for faculty, staff and students to listen to a presentation from each candidate and have an opportunity to ask questions. The forums will be webcast at the links below:

• Sara Baber, 4 p.m. Feb. 17 in Domenici Hall, Room 109
Webcast link: https://nmsu.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=d4d1df82-59cd-4108-8081-ab5901157080

• Michael Bartlett, 4 p.m. Feb. 18 in Health and Social Services Auditorium
Webcast link: https://nmsu.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=93eace5f-533d-4d0a-94fa-ab5901158880

• Anthony Pina, 4 p.m. Feb. 19 in Domenici Hall, Room 109
Webcast link: https://nmsu.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=a76b4b21-d3b2-4cb5-a3f8-ab5901159be0

• Sherry Kollmann, 4 p.m. Feb. 21 in Domenici Hall, Room 109
Webcast link: https://nmsu.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=9a959ed2-194f-4ec3-96c7-ab590115ad67

Candidate information can be found at https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/vice-provost-digital-learning/vpdl-finalists/.

The posting and candidate feedback form can be found at the search website at https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/vice-provost-digital-learning/.


Workshop on 'Motivating Students to Increase Learning' set for Tuesday, Wednesday

During this workshop, we will discuss foundational theories of motivation that can help us better understand students’ behavior and strategies based on these principles that can help motivate students to be active, engaged participants in their learning. For questions, contact teaching@nmsu.edu. Sessions will be held:

• 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18; register at https://bit.ly/36A7fWh
• 9 to 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19; register at https://bit.ly/2RKRKGB


NASA Hubble Research Fellow to discuss photographing a black hole

NASA Hubble Research Fellow Andrew Chael will present a lecture, “The Event Horizon Telescope: Photographing a Black Hole,” from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 225. The event is free and open to all.

Chael, a native of Albuquerque, became fascinated by radio astronomy after a visit to the Very Large Array outside Socorro. In 2013, he received a bachelor's degree in physics from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. After college, he started graduate school at Harvard University, where he joined the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration and focused his thesis work on producing and understanding the first images of black holes at event horizon scales. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2019, where he also received the Eric Keto Prize in Theoretical Astrophysics for his dissertation. Chael is currently a NASA Hubble Fellowship Program post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University, where he is continuing his work on understanding what images of supermassive black holes from the EHT can tell us about black holes, hot plasma and their interactions.

For more information, or to read an abstract of Chael's seminar, visit https://engr.nmsu.edu/event/event-horizon-telescope-photographing-a-black-hole/?instance_id=770.

Last call for feedback on FY2021 library materials cancellations

Inflation rates for serials and databases are forecast to be six percent for fiscal year 2021. This percentage estimate is based on inflation forecasts from the library's major library 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 description of the process, a timeline, the rubric used to identify potential cancellations and a spreadsheet of serial titles under consideration for cancellations in fiscal year 2021 are available. To access these documents, visit https://nmsu.libguides.com/cancellations.

Your feedback and questions are appreciated. Please respond by Feb. 28 to the NMSU Library Collections Team at colldev@lib.nmsu.edu.


NMSU College of Engineering to celebrate National Engineers Week with free public events

National Engineers Week 2020 is scheduled for Feb. 16-22, and the New Mexico State University College of Engineering invites the community to learn more and celebrate the work of engineers. This year’s theme is “Engineers: Pioneers of Progress.” Like all pioneers, engineers use their knowledge, creativity and sense of adventure to cross frontiers. All events are free and open to the public.

Read more at http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/14086/nmsu-college-of-engineering-to-celebrate-national-engineers-week-with-free-public-events.

On-farm water conservation, irrigation efficiency workshop set for Feb. 22 at NMSU

The College of Engineering at New Mexico State University, in partnership with the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, will host a workshop Feb. 22 for farmers, civil engineers and others interested in improving irrigation and on-farm water management practices.

The full-day workshop will cover numerous topics to include crop irrigation needs and delivery optimization, irrigation techniques and technology, irrigation scheduling improvements and pump and well efficiencies. Instructors also will discuss the surface water supply forecast and EBID ordering tools. The workshop is appropriate for new and experienced farmers, agronomists, engineers and students.

Read more at http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/14087/on-farm-water-conservation-irrigation-efficiency-workshop-set-for-feb-22-at-nmsu.