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New Mexico State University Events Feb. 23 - March 5

NMSU ASTRONOMY DEPARTMENT TO HOST STARGAZING EVENT


ico State University's Department of Astronomy will hold an open house at the campus observatory starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

Weather permitting, participants will observe the moon, the planet Saturn, the Orion Nebula, Open Cluster M35, Galaxies M81 and M82, and other astronomical objects.

The Tombaugh Observatory on the NMSU campus is located east of Williams Avenue, near the running track. Admission is free and children are welcome.

For more information call (505) 646-4438.

AFRICAN AMERICAN FASHION SHOW TO BE HELD AT NMSU
New Mexico State University's Delta Zeta sorority will present an African American Fashion show at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Corbett Center.

Music by Karuna and the New World Drummers will be featured.

For more information call (505) 646-4208.

LA SOCIEDAD PARA LAS ARTES TO PRESENT WEEKEND POETRY EVENTS
Poet Thomas Sayers Ellis will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Hardman Hall Room 106 and head a writing workshop at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the same room. The events are sponsored by New Mexico State University's La Sociedad para Las Artes.

Fiction writer Evan Lavender-Smith will open for Ellis during the reading.

Ellis is a creative writing assistant professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., and a faculty member of the Lesley University low-residency Master of Fine Arts program in Cambridge, Mass.

Lavender-Smith is a fiction writer and editor of Noemi Press. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and NMSU.

For more information call (505) 646-2027.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OFFERING FAMILY WORKSHOPS ON WEEKENDS
African-inspired craft projects will be offered at 2 p.m. to 3:30 pm., Saturday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, March 3.

All workshops are open to the public. Families are welcome and registration is necessary. The workshops are free and all supplies are provided.

Call (505) 646-3739 for more information.

ART FACULTY EXHIBIT TO FINISH RUN AT NMSU GALLERY
The last day of the New Mexico State University 2007 Art Faculty exhibition will be Friday, Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the university Art Gallery in the D.W. Williams Art Center.

For more information call (505) 646-1705

NMSU TO HOST GOSPEL JAZZ NIGHT ON CAMPUS
Several New Mexico State University groups will perform gospel and jazz at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in the university's Music Recital Hall. The NMSU Gospel Choir, the House of Prayer Gospel Jazz Group and NMSU Jazz Ensemble will all perform to honor Black History Month.

Admission is free and open to the public.

SPEAKER TO PRESENT IMPORTANCE ON CHEMISTRY IN SECURITY
Gary Eiceman of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will present, "Chemical Measurements from the Valleys of New Mexico to the International Space Station," at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Room 107 of the New Mexico State University Science Hall.

Eiceman will discuss chemistry that helps lead to the detection of dangerous chemicals and ultimately, the security of those at risk. The chemistry Eiceman will discuss helps identify chemical warfare agents in battles, the screening of hydrazines (colorless liquids that are used as reducing agents and as jet propulsion fuels) on spacesuits aboard the U.S. space shuttle, and the monitoring of explosives in specialized venues.

This event is free and open to the public.

WOMEN'S HISTORY TO BEGIN WITH CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN SCIENCE
An opening reception and research poster session, "Celebrating Women of Science and Engineering at NMSU," will kick off Women's History Month from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 1, at the Aggie Underground in New Mexico State University's Corbett Center.

The event will be hosted by the Women's Studies Program and the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program at NMSU.

For more information call (505) 646-3448 or (505) 646-2583.

NMSU PROFESSOR TO SPEAK ABOUT IMPORTANT NEW MEXICAN ISSUE
New Mexico State University geography professor Christopher Brown will present "Contemporary Challenges Facing an Acequia in New Mexico: The Case of Alcalde," at 4 p.m., March 1 in the university's Nason House.

Brown is an associate professor and Director of the Spatial Applications and Research Center in the Department of Geography. He teaches US-Mexico border environment and development, including courses on US-Mexico Border Development, World Regional Geography and Spatial Analysis. His research interests include US-Mexico border water resource issues, border environmental management and Geographic Information Systems.

For more information call (505) 646-6814.

CANADIAN FOLK BAND TO PERFORM FOR ASNMSU CULTURAL SERIES
The Bills will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Rio Grande Theater, 211 N. Downtown Mall, as a part of the Associated Students of New Mexico State University Cultural Series.

The group is described as renowned among folk music fans for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements, exuberant live performances, evocative songwriting, and refreshingly innovative interpretations of traditional tunes from around the globe. The Bills' inspiration is drawn from a broad range of North American traditions, a mixture of European stylings, rhythms of Latin America, and melodies of wandering Romany peoples.

Tickets are $10 for students, faculty, and staff, and $12.50 general admission. For more information call (505) 646-1420.

NMSU MUSEUM TO HOST TWO AFRICAN EXHIBITS
Two exhibits that celebrate the diversity of African lives - the result of ancient traditions blending with the modern world - are on display in the New Mexico State University Museum galleries through Saturday, June 23.

The exhibits are "The Pasternack Collection of African Art" and "Africa: From Eritrea with Love, the Paintings of Betty LaDuke."

For more information call the (505) 646-3739.

NMSU MUSEUM OFFERS POTTERY EXHIBIT
"Pottery of the Americas" is a permanent exhibit of more than 600 prehistoric and historical Southwestern and Mesoamerican ceramic vessels at the New Mexico State University Museum.

Museum exhibits are free and open to the public. The museum also offers Saturday family workshops from 2 to 3:30 p.m. For more information call (505) 646-3739.