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NMSU Hotline — May 22, 2020

NMSU ‘feels like home’ for Gates Scholarship recipient

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Ricardo Vasquez initially began his college experience at Boston University, more than 2,000 miles and a world away from his hometown of Vinton, Texas, a suburb of El Paso.

Vasquez had just received the Gates Scholarship and was among the scholarship’s first cohort. Boston University had a six-year doctor of physical therapy program where he could go straight from his undergraduate studies to pursuing his graduate degrees without applying. But despite that university’s prestige, Vasquez didn’t feel at home.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU System Shout-out: Ian Zellmer, Doña Ana Community College

“Ian helped me with a problem on my computer others were not able to diagnose and fix. He was terrific.” – Anthropology Department

Have you noticed a colleague who has really gone above and beyond to provide professional service and excellence during this challenging time? You can give them a shout-out in Hotline. This is your chance to recognize a New Mexico State University employee from anywhere in the NMSU system for their work to support our mission, our students and each other in a time of crisis.

Please visit https://nmsu.edu/coronavirus/ and click on the link to submit your NMSU System Shout-out, or go directly to the nomination form at http://nmsu.life/ShoutOut. For more information, contact NMSU Strategic Engagement Specialist Lauren Goldstein at poet@nmsu.edu.


President, special guests address questions at May 21 town hall webinar

In Thursday’s town hall session, President John Floros and other NMSU leaders and guests updated plans for the summer and fall semesters. NMSU Regents Professor and expert virologist Kathy Hanley provided an overview and history of the virus and how it spreads. NMSU Athletics Director Mario Moccia provided an update on plans for student-athletes for the summer and fall. A video archive of this and other town hall sessions, with transcript, is available at https://president.nmsu.edu/town-hall/. The next town hall sessions will be June 4 and July 9.

Key updates
• The New Mexico Department of Health tested 371 asymptomatic people Monday. About 14 of those 371 people tested positive, or 3.7 percent. In a population sample of that size, this is an expected rate of infection.
• NMSU has notified the contacts for the individuals who tested positive. Affected facilities have been closed and will be disinfected before reopening.
• Plans for fall sports depend on guidance from the NMDOH and the NCAA. Football players will be allowed to begin voluntary strength and conditioning workouts on campus in June. An NCAA ruling on other fall sports is expected in the next few weeks. Decisions regarding spectators at fall sports events are pending guidance from NMDOH and NCAA.
• An NMSU COVID-19 Rapid Response Team led by Ruth Johnston is being formed to review unit plans and compile a system-wide plan for bringing personnel back to campuses as needed in preparation for the fall semester.

Instructional and student updates
• The academic calendar for the fall is unchanged and is available at https://nmsu.edu/academic-calendars/2020-2021.html.
• Plans are currently being developed for student housing. The intent is for students to return to a residential experience, with adjustments to occupancy rates and with social distancing measures in place.
• Students attending in-person classes will need to stay home if they are feeling ill, so we are working to include the flexibility to attend courses remotely when needed.
• Scholarships and financial aid operations are on schedule and the award timeframe is unchanged.

Faculty and staff updates
• Planned raises for faculty and staff are still in the budget, but will not go into effect until after we know more about state funding following the special legislative session in June.
• Telework remains in effect for employees who can perform their duties this way.
• Current travel guidelines in New Mexico still require a 14-day self-quarantine for out-of-state travel. Travel to El Paso is strongly discouraged due to high infection rates.


Canvas workshops set for Wednesday

Do you need help getting your Canvas course ready for the summer? Need to learn how to efficiently and effectively use the Canvas Gradebook? Would you like to add audio or video files to your Canvas course? Join the Canvas Gradebook and Audio/Video workshops:

• Gradebook, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27
• Audio/Video, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 27

For details about these workshops, or to register, visit https://learning.nmsu.edu/upcoming-workshops/.

If you have other questions or needs, join us via our Zoom open lab at https://nmsu.zoom.us/my/nmsuacademictech.

If you need a one-on-one consultation, email learning@nmsu.edu. We will be doing all of our one-on-one consultations online only via Zoom. Our online open lab is usually open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For self-paced resources, visit https://learning.nmsu.edu/instructional-continuity-covid-19/.

For more information, contact Academic Technology at learning@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5125, or visit https://learning.nmsu.edu.

Campus Tutoring Services to provide online summer tutoring

Campus Tutoring Services will provide continued online tutoring services this summer starting Wednesday, May 27. Tutoring is available to all NMSU students and provides appointment-based peer tutoring as well as live drop-in tutoring for a variety of summer courses. For the list of current summer course offerings, visit https://campustutoring.nmsu.edu.

To further enhance services, Campus Tutoring Services is reaching out to faculty for the Embedded Online Summer Tutor Program. This program provides course content support for students by having the tutor virtually present in the Canvas course. In doing so, tutors get a full understanding of the content and expectations of the course and functions as a model for reinforcing successful academic strategies. Tutors provide supplemental individualized attention and assistance during class activities and facilitate student engagement in the online classroom setting. In addition, students are able to access tutors outside of class instruction via Zoom at NMSU.

For more information, contact Marci Salinas-Milam at salinasm@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1342.

Video series highlights strategies for online teaching

This series of short videos (averaging about five minutes) highlights key strategies for teaching online to help transition from emergency remote teaching to purposefully-designed courses.

View the series at https://ocip.nmsu.edu/videos/.

Videos include:

• Teaching Online: Five Things to Consider
• Getting Started Developing an Online Course
• Creating Engaging Online Discussions
• Motivating Students: Considerations for Online Learning
• Coming Soon: Starting the Semester Off Right
• Coming Soon: Instructor Presence
• Coming Soon: Interaction in an Online Course

Each short video is paired with additional resources to help instructors implement the strategies discussed in the video. This series is a collaboration between Instructional Innovation and Quality and the Teaching Academy.

For more information, contact the Online Course Improvement Program at ocip@nmsu.edu, Academic Technology at learning@nmsu.edu or the Teaching Academy at teaching@nmsu.edu.

Geography Department to offer class on global issues this fall

Professor Christopher Brown will be offering Geography 361v, Economic Geography, as a face-to-face class in the fall 2020 term. Brown offers this Viewing a Wider World class in a team-based learning model, and it has been very well received in past semesters. Many of the questions we examine deal with the impact of globalization on the world economy, and the exercises we do in class are very timely, given how globalization is impacting our world and the global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students do class discussions in groups in varied formats, and the class also has a modest writing requirement to give students a chance to improve their writing skills. A syllabus for the fall 2020 class is posted at https://geography.nmsu.edu/files/2020/05/Geog_361v_Syllabus_2020_draft.pdf.

Brown is available to answer questions on this over the summer, and he can be reached at brownchr@nmsu.edu or 575-642-1794.