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Published 10:00 AM EDT Sep 27, 2018
Registration open to attend ’Aggie Shark Tank’ contest
LAS CRUCES – Aggie Shark Tank Fall 2018 — in which student entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, or “sharks” — is slated to take place Thursday, Oct. 4 on the New Mexico State University campus.
And anyone wanting to attend the competition can register online for free tickets at: sharktank.nmsu.edu.
The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., Las Cruces.
Attendees are advised to get a free visitor’s parking pass, available at https://auxadminforms.nmsu.edu/ParkingForms/ePermit.aspx .
“Aggie Shark Tank is an opportunity for NMSU student entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to local Sharks,” the contest’s website states. “Participants will have 5 minutes to present their idea, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A from the Sharks.”
Continues the website: “Participants can ask for a monetary investment or any other type of assistance or connections to help their business grow. All investment deals are negotiated directly between the Sharks and participants. The audience is not being solicited for investment of any kind.”
This year’s “sharks” include Lou Sisbarro, Sisbarro Dealerships; Royal Jones, Mesilla Valley Transportation; Dino Cervantes, Cervantes Enterprises; Mickey Clute, Real Estate Developer and Beto Pallares, CoWork Oasis.
The event is presented by NMSU’s Arrowhead Center and sponsored by the Hunt Center for Entrepreneurship.
Dental clinic offers free care to veterans for a day
LAS CRUCES – Gentle Care Dentistry will host a day of free dental cleanings for veterans and active-duty military on Oct. 11 in Las Cruces.
The dental practice, located at 2980 N. Main St., will offer free dental cleanings, free X-rays, free exams and treatment plans, free simple fillings and free simple extractions for veterans and active-duty military members.
There’s limited availability. Call 575-524-3722 to schedule an appointment.
For other Freedom Day USA events, visit www.FreedomDayUSA.org.
Taco Bell restaurants undergo renovations
LAS CRUCES – Two Taco Bell restaurants in Las Cruces underwent renovations recently.
The fast-food restaurants located at 1558 El Paseo Road and 2583 North Main St. had both their interiors and exteriors remodeled, according to Taco Bell media representatives.
The renovations started around the first part of September and had wrapped up by Sept. 16. During the work, the drive-throughs were open, but customers couldn’t walk into the store.
Both stores are now fully reopened.
Restaurants to aid NMSU food pantry
LAS CRUCES – Ten local restaurants — eight in Las Cruces and two in El Paso — will dedicate a portion of their sales to support the New Mexico State University Alumni Association’s third-annual “Eat for Pete” event.
Starting Monday, Sept. 24 and ending Friday, Oct. 5, each restaurant has named a special “Eat for Pete” day to challenge customers and reward their support of each business by donating 10 to 20 percent of all sales to the Aggie Cupboard, the NMSU system’s food pantry.
Aggie Cupboard, which has provided bags of nutritious, non-perishable food items to students and employees in need since 2012, continues to be in high demand. Unique client visits increased from 213 in the summer of 2017 to 512 in the spring of 2018 where the food pantry distributed more than 13,000 pounds of food.
Making sure that students have equal access to an education at NMSU is more than just providing scholarships,” said Leslie Cervantes, associate vice president of alumni relations, in a news release. “A large part of that also includes alleviating food insecurity that some of our students face along with paying tuition and balancing family responsibilities. We’re proud to partner with these outstanding businesses that also recognize this need and are willing to join us in addressing this demand from throughout the NMSU system.”
Below is a list of the participating restaurants and dates serving in the third-annual Eat for Pete cause:
- Thursday, Sept. 27 – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Buffalo Wild Wings in Las Cruces
- Friday, Sept. 28 – 4 to 9 p.m. – Jason’s Deli in Las Cruces
- Sunday, Sept. 30 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Hacienda de Mesilla
- Sunday, Sept. 30 – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. – La Posta de Mesilla
- Monday, Oct. 1 – 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Panda Express on University Avenue in Las Cruces
- Tuesday, Oct. 2 – 4 to 7 p.m. – Raising Cane’s in Las Cruces
- Wednesday, Oct. 3 – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Buffalo Wild Wings in Las Cruces
- Wednesday, Oct. 3 – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Salud! de Mesilla
- Wednesday, Oct. 3 – 4 to 9 p.m. – Boss Chicken and Custard in El Paso (Joe Battle Rd. and North Desert Boulevard locations)
- Thursday, Oct. 4 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Chick-fil-A on University Avenue in Las Cruces
- Thursday, Oct. 4 – 4 to 9 p.m. – Peter Piper Pizza in El Paso (Balboa and Airway/Montana locations)
- Friday, Oct. 5 – 4 to 9 p.m. – Jason’s Deli in Las Cruces
To participate, customers must place an order at a restaurant during their specified date and time and let the cashier know they are dining for “Eat for Pete.” Fliers to show cashiers are also available in the NMSU Alumni and Friends app, which is free to download in the Apple or Google Play stores.
For more information about the Aggie Cupboard, please visit http://aggiecupboard.nmsu.edu/.
United Blood Services to become ‘Vitalant’
ALBUQUERQUE - Blood Systems announced on Monday, Sept. 24 that its 10 blood center brands — including United Blood Services, which operates a blood donation center in Las Cruces — will unite as one cohesive brand under the new name: Vitalant.
Describing itself as “one of the nation’s oldest and largest comprehensive transfusion medicine organizations,” Vitalant serves local communities across 40 states including New Mexico. The group’s 127 nationwide donation centers and 30,000 mobile blood drives welcome more than 780,000 donors who supply 1.8 million donations per year.
“Our organization has grown to encompass blood donation centers and specialty services from coast to coast. As transfusion medicine leaders, we embrace this opportunity to combine our innovative capabilities,” said Vitalant President and CEO Dave Green in a news release. “We invite the public to join us in generating more vital donations to transform even more lives in communities across the United States.”
Unifying the combined capabilities and national presence of the organization’s many brands, Vitalant brings together the benefits of a cohesive centralized support structure and enhanced research opportunities to advance transfusion care and reach people most in need. It also reflects a commitment to donors to ensure a consistent and seamless experience across all centers and blood drives.
The blood-donation center in Las Cruces is located at 1200 Commerce Drive, east of Sam’s Club.
The 10 donation center brands that come together collectively under the name Vitalant are: Blood Centers of the Pacific, BloodSource, Bonfils Blood Center, Central Blood Bank, Community Blood Services, Inland Northwest Blood Center, Lifeblood, LifeShare, LifeSource and United Blood Services, in addition to the umbrella organization Blood Systems its research institute and specialty laboratory. Vitalant’s national headquarters is in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“United Blood Services has a 65-year history as New Mexico’s largest blood center,” said James Dugger, president of Vitalant operations in Texas and New Mexico in a news release. “We remain committed to the community with the same people and dedication to the mission that you’ve come to expect from us.”
Vitalant supports nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care entities throughout the United States, impacting millions of lives. In addition to blood products, Vitalant offers hospital partners transfusion services, medical consulting, quality guidance, ongoing education, research and more.
There is a constant need for blood — nearly 5,000 blood donations are needed each day to meet the needs of people throughout the country. At least 225 donations are needed each day to meet the needs of people throughout New Mexico. Statistics show that nearly 60 percent of blood donations come from people over 40, and nearly 45 percent come from people older than 50. Vitalant looks to inspire the next generation of blood donors, while building lasting relationships with people of all ages, according to the news release.
“Vitalant’s purpose is to help people realize their life-transforming potential,” said Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Ron Waeckerlin. “A name change does not change our commitment to the communities we serve in the New Mexico area, or to the many other people who count on us. In fact, our national presence allows us to effectively tap into our network to ensure donations reach the people who need it most.”
The name Vitalant (“Vye-TAL-ent”) embodies something vital and full of life, and is directly connected to the organization’s vision to create life-transforming outcomes for nationwide communities.
Vitalant will maintain the same community-based staff in every donation center, and donors will experience the personal, professional and comfortable level of service they have come to trust and expect. In New Mexico, Vitalant runs five donation centers, including in Las Cruces, and hosts up to 160 blood drives every month. Vitalant will continue to host blood drives throughout the region. Visit vitalant.org to find a location and donation time that is convenient to you.
In addition to blood products, Vitalant offers customers transfusion services, medical consulting, quality guidance, ongoing education, research and more. For more information and to schedule a donation, visit vitalant.org or call 877-258-4825 (877-25VITAL).
La Clinica de Familia transitions to cloud-based patient records system
WESTBOROUGH, Massachusetts – La Clinica de Familia, a medical clinic system in Doña Ana County, will transition to the eClinicalWorks cloud-centric, electronic health record system for its 155 health providers working across 19 locations.
La Clinica de Familia, a Federally Qualified Health Center, operates health clinics throughout Las Cruces and southern Doña Ana County, including five school-based health centers.
Use of the cloud-based technology will support care coordination between providers, staff and patients to enhance communication and improve the delivery of care, according to a Sept. 19 news release.
“LCDF seeks to systematically connect its primary care, dental care, behavioral health, and ancillary services to better meet all of the patient’s health needs,” said Virgil Medina, CEO of La Clinica de Familia in the news release. “eClinicalWorks provides the means to make that happen. No matter where the patient presents in our system, the personal health record is accessible for the providers and staff.”
Continued Medina: “We selected eClinicalWorks because of its proven success with community health centers and its commitment to providing evidence-based care to medically under-served populations. We look forward to working with eClinicalWorks to advance quality outcomes for the 34,000 patients that we serve annually, including 4,500 behavioral health patients.”
The eClinicalWorks V11 system will “provide LCDF with innovative tools to streamline and improve overall efficiency and communications and encourage preventive care for its patients,” according to the news release. “V11 will create cycles of care that help the organization better understand patient needs, accurately gauge risk, and promote more effective treatment and better outcomes.”
The cloud-centric electronic health record (EHR) system includes an Electronic Medical Record, Electronic Dental Record, and behavioral health services record — providing a fully integrated technology platform for each patient’s records.
“The solution will improve LCDF’s operational efficiencies and provide a high-quality, evidence-based care for its patient populations, regardless of the setting,” the news release states.
“eClinicalWorks is dedicated to assisting traditionally underserved communities,” said Girish Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “La Clinica de Familia will join the more than 800 health centers nationwide already utilizing eClinicalWorks technologies to deliver affordable, evidence-based care to effectively treat patients across settings.”
LCDF has served the community since 1978. The clinic provides health care through a system of seven medical clinics, seven dental clinics, five school-based clinics, behavioral health specialties, and family services, including Early Head Start and Healthy Start. LCDF’s programs are funded by grants, contracts and fee-for-service.
Meanwhile, eClinicalWorks is a privately held company focusing upon healthcare IT solutions, used by more than 130,000 physicians and nurse practitioners. Customers include ACOs, physician practices, hospitals, community health centers, departments of health, and convenient care clinics. The company is second largest in the country for e-prescribing. Based in Westborough, Massachusetts, eClinicalWorks has additional offices in Austin, New York City, Chicago, California, Georgia, London, India, and Dubai. For more information, visit www.eclinicalworks.com, Facebook, Twitter or call 866-888-6929.
Wells Fargo to donate $53K to NMSU
LAS CRUCES – Thanks to a new gift from the Wells Fargo Foundation, 10 programs throughout the New Mexico State University system will receive a total of $53,250 that supports outreach and scholarship efforts, according to a news release.
A handful of the awarded programs serve NMSU’s K-12 outreach mission, including Innoventure; the 2018 Girl’s Tech Camp - Girlhood: Remixed; and Young Women in Computing. All three programs, impacting nearly 1,300 students, focus on instilling young students with STEM and entrepreneurial skills, specifically those in underrepresented races, genders and socioeconomic backgrounds.
“The NMSU Foundation works with programs across the university system to find the necessary funding that expands their impact across New Mexico,” said Tina Byford, interim vice president of university advancement. “The Wells Fargo Foundation is a true partner in that cause. Their belief in NMSU’s strong K-12 outreach efforts, along with supporting current NMSU students, is the perfect model for vital business-education partnerships we look to create at NMSU.”
For current students, the Wells Fargo Foundation awarded nearly $7,000 to the President’s Associates Scholars — the NMSU Foundation’s premier scholarship program for New Mexico high school students. The organization also devoted a portion of its gift for scholarship matching funds to be used on NMSU’s Giving Tuesday set for Nov. 27.
Along with providing scholarship assistance, the Wells Fargo Foundation has a major interest in helping students manage their money. NMSU’s Red to Green Financial Wellness program, supported with $15,000 of the total gift, addresses the nationwide student debt of roughly $1.3 million and offers NMSU students the resources, workshops and financial literacy fairs that equip them for better financial planning. About 4,000 students each year, 60 percent of whom are Hispanic or Latino, access these resources or make appointments for confidential one-on-one financial coaching.
All of these gifts follow a history of investments from the Wells Fargo Foundation, totaling more than $354,000 since the start of the Ignite Aggie Discovery campaign — the largest cash campaign in university history.
“We are honored by our relationship with New Mexico State University, and it’s a privilege to support the university’s educational mission,” said Wells Fargo New Mexico Business Banking Manager Ryan McGrath in the news release.
NMSU to host graduate, professional fair
LAS CRUCES – New Mexico State University’s Career Services will host the 20th annual Graduate and Professional School Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Corbett Center Student Union, first floor.
Representatives from more than 60 graduate and professional schools are scheduled to participate. NMSU students, alumni and the general public are invited to meet and talk to representatives about admission requirements, financial aid and other school related information.
Graduate schools scheduled to attend include NMSU, University of New Mexico, Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Midwestern University, Texas A&M University, University of Denver, St. Mary’s University, Penn State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Missouri and Texas Tech University to name a few. Professional programs represented include law schools, medical schools, pharmacy schools, physical therapy schools, veterinary schools and other specialized areas of study.
A full list of participants is available at https://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-fairs/graduate-and-professional/. For more information call Amanda Madrid at 575-646-1631 or email [email protected]
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