Archive for 2013
In its development of a Renewable Energy program, NMSU-A is offering certificates of completion in the following areas: “Certificate in Photovoltaic (PV) Entry Level – Grid-Tie”; “Certificate in Advanced Photovoltaic Installation”. One of the goals of the STEM grant is to develop and institutionalize a Renewable Energy Program along with these certificates. NMSU-A key personnel and instructors have put together a program proposal and hope to see it move into NMSU-A’s Academic Council soon.
As NMSU-A moves forward with its Renewable Energy Program, PNM Resources Foundation (PNM) has provided the campus with a grid tie-in that will allow students to connect to the electrical grid when they are commissioning the solar photovoltaic (PV) systems they build.
The tie-in allows power to come directly from the grid to the Alternative Energy program’s newly constructed learning canopy, behind the NMSU-A campus’ Tays Center Renewable Energy lab. Students will learn how to connect the PV system to the grid in accordance with the National Electrical Code. The canopy, built with funds from the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) grant at NMSU-A, is a learning tool on which students can practice actual installation of photovoltaic systems, as they would on a home or other building.
NMSU-A is the only school in NM to have the ability to connect to the grid for training. Students participating in the Renewable Energy program will be able to actually see the PV system generating power onto the grid and watch the meter run backwards as it does so. “That is why we install PV systems – to reduce the amount of energy you have to pay for,” says instructor, Clay Blevins.
There are 4 specific courses being offered this spring: ET 125, TCEN 111, TCEN 112, & TCEN 121.
NMSU-A’s Fall Student Art Show was held Thursday evening, December 5th in the Pro Tech Building. Every hallway, nook, and cranny displayed amazing work done by our students! People began to fill the hallways by 4:30, and in a short time, the entire building was abuzz with oohs and ahhs.
Student work featured ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, digital graphics, and animation. A formal presentation of student artwork was in the Art Exhibition Lab adjacent to the Pro Tech lobby. Light refreshments were served and visitors were treated to live music by Al from Timberwolf.
Instrumental in pulling the event together were instructors Sarah Irving, John Adams, Brian Taylor, and Pro Tech Division Head, Bryan Yancey.
The second biannual Celebrating Scholarship, a campus wide poster symposium, will be held Thursday, December 5th in the Glasshouse and the Science Center Atrium of the Alamogordo campus. Posters will be in place the afternoon of December 4th through the morning of December 6th. Students will be present for questions and answers on December 5th from 12:15 to 1pm. Projects from math, philosophy, English, biology, environmental science, geology, health, and nursing will be presented. Come celebrate and encourage campus academics! Light snacks will be provided by the Teaching and Learning Committee. Please contact Sarah Cerra (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information.
NMSU-A’s Engineering Instructor, Sarah Williamson’s Engineering 100 students will be building Rube Goldberg machines for their final exam project. You may be asking “What’s a Rube Goldberg machine?” Well, we’ve all seen them – those complicated machines that make the simplest task seem like rocket science. They’re named after Reuben Garrett Lucius “Rube” Goldberg, an engineer known more for his political satire cartoons. Goldberg showed us that industry and corporations can’t replace common sense.
Volunteers from Holloman Air Force Base will be judging the competition on:
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Come out and support our NMSU-A future engineers: engineers with common sense.
Monday, November 11th, NMSU Alamogordo celebrated Veterans Day by recognizing NMSU-A faculty and staff who served in the United States Armed Forces. Master of Ceremonies was Mr. Paul “Chez” Sanchez, Senior Ride Captain of the Southeast New Mexico Patriot Guard Riders and retired MSgt. of the United States Air Force. The Holloman AFB Steel Talons Honor Guard presented the colors to open the ceremony.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Sanchez stressed the value and skills veterans bring to the workplace and that NMSU-A was fortunate to have its veteran employees. He also pointed out the differences between the holidays that honor veterans and that November 11th honors veterans still living.
Twenty-six NMSU-A employees self-identified as having served in one of the military branches and were recognized with Certificates of Appreciation from NMSU-A. Photos of those veterans attending can be viewed on NMSU-A’s Flickr at the bottom left of this page. Those present to receive their certificate were: Mike Padilla, Ron Frankinburger, Albert Borunda, Carlos Sanchez, Robert Androeli, Denise King, Jary Rupe, Chris Sisneros, Dr, Juan García, Rosa Rico-Fernandez, Dr. Karen Reid, Greg Hillis, David Sheehan, and accepting for Gary Bond was his wife Colleen, who is also a veteran.
The Student Services Building will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday (11/25) through Wednesday (11/27). All services will be available during this time period. The following will be the hours of operation for our building:
|Monday, November 25:||8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday, November 26:||8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, November 27:||8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.||Thursday:||CLOSED|
Library Holiday Hours Are:
|SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24TH||CLOSED|
|MONDAY 25TH THRU WEDNESDAY 27||8:00AM – 5:00 PM||THURSDAY 28TH THRU SUNDAY DECEMBER 1ST||CLOSED|
The ASC building will be OPEN from 9:00-5:00, Monday (11/25) through Wednesday (11/27). NO tutors will be present during this break. We will only be open to administer exams in the Testing Center. The breakdown of hours is as follows:
Please keep in mind that the final time for admission to testing will be 4:00 on these days. This will allow students an hour for examination prior to the building closing. Thus, students should plan accordingly to make sure they give themselves enough time to complete their various exams. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with comments, questions, or concerns.
NMSU-A will be sponsoring field trips to NMSU Las Cruces for campus and Transfer Center tours. Students who are planning to transfer soon and/or who are wanting to familiarize themselves with the Las Cruces campus are encouraged to participate. The first trip is scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2013. Students interested in traveling to Las Cruces are required to make reservations with Transfer Coordinator, Rose Peña, at 575-439-3725. Departure time will be at 9:00 a.m. from Student Services and will return by 4:00 p.m. Transportation will be provided.
On Thursday, December 5th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, NMSU-A will host its Annual Fall Student Art Show, featuring student work from ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, digital graphics, and animation. A formal presentation of student artwork will be shown in the Art Exhibition Lab located in the Pro Tech building next to the main lobby where the reception will be held. For more information, contact either John Adams at 439-3675 or Theresa Chavez at 439-3670.
Hope to see you there!