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A Student Guide to NMSU

Check-in and Check-up

thumbnail_Check-In/Check UpThe mid-semester is upon us, and with it comes the last day to withdraw from a class with a “W” which is on Tuesday, March 11th. Assess your progress in each of your classes and do the following steps of Checking-in and Checking-up.


With your instructors

  • Talk to your instructors and ask them about your progress in class.
  • Instructors have office hours specifically to meet with students.
  • Ask questions and voice any concerns you may have about assignments, projects or grades.
  • Don’t be shy or afraid. Your instructors want you to be an active participant in class.

With your academic advisor

  • Visit your academic advisor before you make any decisions about classes you will be taking or dropping.
  • Advisors help monitor your academic progress.
  • Advisors can help connect you with campus resources.
  • http://advising.nmsu.edu/

With your campus resources


On your grades

  • You can find grades on Canvas or ask your instructor for a list of grades.
  • Checking your grades often will help you determine how you are doing in each class. If you have concerns, talk to your instructor.

On your Degree Audit

  • Run a degree audit at least once per semester, ideally before you visit with your academic advisor.
  • You can find this on your myNMSU account under ‘Quick Links”.
  • http://nmsu.edu/~registra/STAR_audit.html

On academic deadlines

  • Know what the deadlines are so that you are not caught off-guard.
  • Find registration dates, withdrawal dates, and more on the University’s Academic Calendar.
  • http://academiccalendar.nmsu.edu/

Enhance Your Skills: Workshops That Work!


Posted  for the Check-in/Check-up Awareness Campaign.

Looking to better prepare yourself as a student? Do you need help with perfecting your Resume? Not sure how to create a budget for yourself? Then find a workshop that will help you with all of this! Student support programs at NMSU provide informative workshops to help you with your career, financial literacy and study skills. Here are a few of the workshops that are being offered around campus for the month of March. All students are welcome to attend!

Student Success Center

Test Anxiety: Above all, do NOT panic!
Tuesday, March 4  11:30am-12:30pm
Zuhl Library, Room 225

Memory & Concentration
Wednesday, March 12  11:00am-12:00pm
Zuhl Library, Room 225

Effective Presentations
Friday, March 21  8:30am-9:30am
Zuhl Library, Room 225

Public Speaking
Monday, March 31  3:00pm-4:00pm
Zuhl Library, Room 225

Financial Literacy

Don’t Let Your Identity Get Stolen!
Monday, March 10  3:30pm-4:30pm
Zuhl Library, Room 225

College Is Going To Cost Me How Much?
Tuesday, March 11  3:00pm-4:00pm
Zuhl Library, Room 225

Budgets Aren’t Just For Your Parents!
Thursday, March 20  3:00pm-4:00pm
Zuhl Library, Room 225

Career Services

Resume AggieMania
Tuesday, March 4  10:00am
Engineering Foreman Complex III

Resume AggieMania
Tuesday, March 5  10:00am
Science Hall

Do the Research, Land the Job
Friday, March 7  2:30pm-3:30pm
Zuhl Library, Room 123

So You Got an Interview..Now What?
Tuesday, March 11  1:30pm-2:30pm
Zuhl Library, Room 127

Conducting an Effective Job Search
Tuesday, March 18  2:30pm-3:30pm
Zuhl Library, Room 123

Be a Star Interviewer
Wednesday, March 19  11:30am-12:30pm
Zuhl Library, Room 225

Your Center of Support

04/19/2012: Students study together at Zuhl Library (photo by Darren Phillips)

Posted on behalf of David Melendez, Student Program Coordinator, Student Success Center for the Check-in/Check-up Awareness Campaign.

The Student Success Center (SSC), currently located in Corbett Center 148, offers a variety of services that assist students to become both effective and efficient college learners.  SSC is a centralized, university-wide academic support service for students from all disciplines and all levels of academic standing.  All services provided by SSC are free to the student population.

Study Skills presentations are for groups, classes, or organizations.  Presentation topics include time management, combating procrastination, combatting test anxiety, effective presentations, dealing with stress, critical thinking, speed reading, and other principles related to the college experience.  Presentations can be tailored to meet any needs, both in content and time (15 minutes – 1 hour).  Students may also walk-in or make an appointment to get one-on-one study skills counseling in Corbett Center 148 (575.646.3136).

In addition, SSC offers a variety of UNIV courses to improve student learning and study skills.  Mid-semester can be added to maintain full-time academic status if a student needs to drop another course to preserve their GPA.  Freshman Year Experience (FYE) UNIV 150 is a 03-credit elective course which provides an introduction to the university and its resources. In FYE students discover which methods help you learn most effectively, create new friendships, and learn all the resources NMSU has to offer. The Freshman Year Experience course emphasizes development of academic and personal skills that enable freshmen to become successful students at NMSU.

Assistance preparation for the professional/graduate exams is also available; such as the Dental Admission Test (DAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), and the New Mexico Teachers Assessment (NMTA).

For additional information on the Student Success Center and services provided please drop-by Corbett Center 148, or visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu/ or call 575.646.3136.

A Home Away From Home: TRiO Student Support Services

TRiO Day Celebration Spring 2014 -2Posted on behalf of Johana Bencomo, Academic Success Coordinator, TRiO Student Support Services for the Check-in/Check-up Awareness Campaign

The TRiO Student Support Services Program is a program funded by the United States Department of Education and is specifically designed for students who are:

  •  First generation college students, meaning neither parent has received a 4 year degree
  • Students who have a financial need, meaning they meet certain low income guidelines
  • And/or students who have a registered disability

Once a student is accepted into the program, we provide a variety of different support services to help students be successful at NMSU and beyond. TRiO provides mentoring, one-on-one tutoring, academic advising, and financial aid assistance. We have multiple TRiO scholarships and even offer opportunities for community service and leadership development.

The TRiO Program provides a supportive environment, a home away from home, and serves as a tool for student success. All our services are free, we accept freshman through juniors of all academic majors, and there is no GPA requirement. Once students become a participant they can receive services until they graduate. Students can apply to TRiO SSS at our office, which is located in the Student Success Center in Corbett Center Room 148. 

All TRiO participants are invited to attend the annual TRiO Day celebration on March 8, 2014 8am-2pm at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Academic Advisors Are Here to Help!

check_in_spring_expo_13_030513Posted on behalf of Marissa Macias, Cross Campus Advisor for the Check-in/Check-up Awareness Campaign.

Who is here to help you learn about degree programs and graduation requirements? Who is here to help you plan your course schedule and register for classes? Who is here to make sure you’re on track towards degree completion? Your Academic Advisor, of course!

Your academic advisor is one of your greatest resources at NMSU. They are here to provide guidance as well as make sure that you are meeting your ultimate goal of graduation. Each student should know who their academic advisor is, have their contact information, and meet with them each semester to plan your class schedule. Skipping the advising process can lead to students taking unnecessary or incorrect classes and add additional time towards degree completion. 

Advisors are also here if you should run into any issues with your classes.  Don’t wait until it is too late to seek assistance from an advisor or your instructors if you are struggling with your classes.  We can provide you with options and direct you to additional campus resources. We’re all here to help you!

Don’t know who your advisor is?

No problem! Go to http://advising.nmsu.edu/advising-directory/ to find contact information for your advisor. If you need help choosing a major, are seeking a connection within a college or need assistance navigating administrative procedures at the university contact the Cross Campus Advisor at http://ssc.nmsu.edu/cross-campus-advising/ .


Check-in/Check-up Spring 2014

Check-in Image It’s that time of the semester again! Check-in/Check-up is an awareness campaign that takes place in the middle of each Spring and Fall semester. Our goal is to help you to be aware of the helpful resources available here on campus and to remind you to check-in and check-up on yourself as a student. Daily articles on how you can be a better prepared student will be posted right here beginning on Thursday, February 27th.

Spring 2014 New Student Registration

housing_09_072312New students may start to register for classes on Monday, November 18, 2013 for the Spring 2014 semester. Once you have been admitted to NMSU, please contact an academic advisor for assistance with course selection and registration. See the Advising Directory to contact an academic advisor for your program.

Undecided students will be advised in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center located at Regents Row A200. Call 575-646-2941 for more information.

All first time NMSU undergraduate students are required to attend a New Student Registration program. New Student Registration Programs are designed to facilitate a smooth transition to NMSU. At the end of your New Student Registration you will have your class schedule, NMSU ID, new friends and a solid framework for success!

Students may sign up for new student registration online at:


If you are eligible to receive veteran’s benefits, please visit our website at http://mvp.nmsu.edu/

New Student Registration Agenda

For more details on the agenda click here.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Time Activity
9:30 AM Check-in
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Final Arrangement Activities
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Orientation/Lunch/Student Services Fair
By appointment starting at 2:00 PM (Appointments will be assigned at check-in) Academic Advising and Class Registration

Campus Tutoring Service

NMSU’s Campus Tutoring Service is now located on the first floor west end of Corbett Center.  Undergraduate tutors are available free of charge and with no appointment necessary.  Grab your books and bring your notes to us!  You must be prepared.  You can expect at least an hour one on one with a tutor who has accomplished the courses they tutor with a A or a B and possess strong content knowledge.  Tutors will not “teach”; they will support your learning and help you utilize the resources already available.  The goal of the Campus Tutoring Service is to help you become an independent learner.  You may access the tutoring schedule at the following link:


We hope your semester is off to a great start.  Don’t hesitate to stop by if course content is challenging you in any way.  Remember:  The more you Understand, the less you have to Remember!

Spring Holiday hours for various NMSU departments & vendors

Panda_Express_LogoPanda Express and The Player’s Grill will both open regular hours April 18-20, while Taos Restaurant will open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. all three days. All other NMSU restaurants will close for the holiday.

The Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café and both the Corbett Corner and Aggie Express convenience stores will close on Friday, April 18, and Sunday, April 20. Corbett Corner will be the only one of the three to close on Saturday, April 19.

Corbett Center Student Union will open 9 a.m. – midnight all three days.

The USPS Post Office inside CCSU will be open on Friday, April 18, however NMSU’s internal Mail Services Dept. will be closed.

The Pan American Center Ticket Office will open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, April 18, but will be closed April 19-20.

Please contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for more information or visit http://aux.nmsu.edu/ to access the official sites of all of the above departments and vendors.

Win two tickets to WWE LIVE and two more for a Facebook friend

Randy OrtonFor one week only, “join” the WWE Live Facebook event page so that your own Facebook account identifies you as “going” and you’ll automatically be registered to win two free tickets to the June 7 event at NMSU’s Pan American Center. Plus, when we draw the random winner on April 21, we’ll also draw an additional random winner from all of those Facebook accounts identified as “invited.” So, log into your Facebook account now, “join” the event, “invite” your friends, and you may win two tickets for yourself, and one of your friends may possibly win two tickets, as well. See site for official rules and contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for more information.

“Finals Pancake Supper” on Tues., May 6th at Taos Restaurant

Finals Pancake SupperIt’s that time of the semester again! The Finals Pancake Supper means pancakes with all the essential toppings, egg scrambles, breakfast pizza, a DJ, games and plentiful giveaways! Don’t miss out on this huge event on Tuesday, May 6th from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM in Corbett Center Student Union’s Taos Restaurant. The cost is one meal plan swipe or $2 and a canned food item.  All canned food will be donated to the Aggie Cupboard. Taos Restaurant will close from 7:00 PM to 9:00PM that evening in preparation for the event.

For more information, contact Sodexo Campus Dining at New Mexico State University at (575) 646-4801, online at www.nmsudining.com or follow us on Facebook @NMSUDining.

“Taste of Ecuador” at Taos for Lunch on April 15th

Taste of EcuadorCelebrate the culture and cuisine of Ecuador with Sopa de Quinoa Con Carne (Quinoa Soup with Beef), Patacones (Green Plantain Chips), Come y Bebe (Ecuadorian Fruit Drink), and more! Lunch will also feature live music, dance, and a cultural information table contributed by NMSU’s Ecuadorian guests from the “Go Teacher” Program. Taos Restaurant will host “Taste of Ecuador” from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Tuesday, April 15th. Entry is one meal swipe for those with a meal plan or $7.50 +tax for those without one.

Sodexo Campus Dining at New Mexico State University can be reached at (575) 646-4801, online at http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.net or follow us on Facebook & Twitter /NMSUDining.

WWE LIVE comes to Las Cruces June 7

KaneWWE LIVE will make a stop at the Las Cruces Pan American Center Saturday, June 7 at 7:30pm.  This will be your chance to see your favorite WWE Superstars including: Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, The Shield, Kane, the WWE Divas and much more. The lineup is subject to change, so please monitor http://www.wwe.com/events/wwepresents-live-lascruces for updates.

WWE offers the best value in entertainment, with tickets starting at $15Tickets to WWE LIVE at the Pan American Center go on sale to the general public this Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m. and will be available via http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/98676/, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000, other Ticketmaster locations, select Ticketmaster outlets, and the Pan American Center Ticket Office during normal business hours. Readers of this notice can take part in a special presale event. Use password WWEFAN between 10 a.m. April 9 and 10 p.m. April 11 at either the Pan Am Ticket Office or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/98676/ to get first dibs at tickets. Please note, there is a 10-ticket limit per transaction. Please call 575-646-1420 or visit http://panam.nmsu.edu/wwe/ for more information.

SEND UR MESSAGE National Contest

SEND UR MESSAGEDo your part for Planet Earth by winning one of four $2,500 donations made in your name to the environment-friendly or sustainability charity or organization of your choice. This is your chance to help out a group that is dedicated to protecting our natural resources. To enter, go to the contest page on our promotion website, www.sendurmessage.com. We will select our contest winners via random drawing from all entries received during the SEND UR MESSAGE promotion. Stay tuned to see if you will be the lucky winner to have a donation made in your name to your favorite environment-friendly organization. Good luck!

This campaign is run by Sodexo Campus Dining at New Mexico State University. We can be reached at (575) 646-4801, online at http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.net or follow us on Facebook & Twitter /NMSUDining.

Register now for the Barnes & Noble Coffee Pong Doubles Tournament

Coffee Pong Doubles TournamentGrab a friend or family member and sign up for the Coffee Pong Doubles Tournament to be held from 2-5 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces. Teams of two must register by Thursday, April 10, at the Barnes & Noble Café registers, the Barnes & Noble Marketplace registers, Corbett Corner, or Aggie Express. Prizes will be given out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Free parking is available in designated spaces. Please call 575-646-4431 for more information or “join” the Facebook event page for a reminder as the event draws nearer.

New Mexico Senator Dede Feldman to speak April 21 at Barnes & Noble at NMSU

Dede FeldmanNew Mexico Senator Dede Feldman will take you “Inside the New Mexico Senate” 4 p.m. April 21 at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in designated spaces. Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. Please join the Facebook event page for a reminder of this event as it draws closer. Please call 575-646-4431 for more information.

Get something for nothing with new coupons on the NMSU INSIDER free mobile app

NMSU INSIDER Free Mobile App

Check your NMSU INSIDER free mobile app for special $1 off coupons for NMSU’s Gila Grill and Mix Pacific Rim. Save $1 on the Fish Taco Combo next Friday, April 11, when you show the coupon and pay for your order with either Aggie Dining Dollars or Aggie Cash at Gila Grill in the Corbett Center Student Union Food Court. Frenger Food Court’s Mix Pacific Rim is offering $1 off your $5 purchase (before tax) every Friday. Download the app from http://nmsuinsider.conduitapps.com/ and start saving today. Please note, coupons may not be available on all devices.


For more information regarding Aggie Dining Dollars and Aggie Cash, please visit http://idcard.nmsu.edu/ and select “Aggie Cash” and “Dining & Meal Plans.” Aggie Dining Dollars will expire on May 9, 2014.


Changes to operating hours of NMSU vendors

Mix NMSU Frenger Food CourtMost NMSU food vendors will alter their hours for Spring Break. Some have also changed their hours permanently. For the most up-to-date info, please consult http://dining.nmsu.edu/ on a regular basis as changes to operating hours have become more frequent. Select “Mobile” for the holiday hours or “Printable” for the regular hours, which also includes a map of dining locations.