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New Mexico State University Events March 2-12

NMSU CHOIR TO PRESENT WORLD PREMIERE OF COMISSIONED PIECE


Mexico State University choirs, along with a Gadsden Independent School District children's choir, will present world premiere performances of a commissioned work at 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, at the Music Center Recital Hall.

Through a grant from New Mexico Arts, the choir department has commissioned an original work by David Dickau, director of choral activities at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Dickau will be on campus to present his piece and will be available to NMSU choir students so they may receive his help on their own compositions.

Seating is reserved and tickets are $10, $12 or $15.

For tickets call (505) 646-1420.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM TO HOLD CRAFTS WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES
African-inspired craft projects will be offered through the New Mexico State University Museum from 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 3 and March 10.

All workshops are free and open to the public. Families are welcome and no sign-up is necessary. Supplies are provided.

For more information call (505) 646-3739.

EVENTS CELEBRATING WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH SCHEDULED
To celebrate Women's History Month a book signing, short talk and reception will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, and a luncheon panel discussion will be held at noon Wednesday, March 7.

Author of "Calling This Place Home: Women on the Wisconsin Frontier, 1850-1925" Joan Jensen, will sign her book until 5:30 p.m. at the Conroy Honors Center on March 6.

The luncheon and discussion, "Constructing the Future: Women who Build," will occur from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Otero Room in Corbett Center on March 7. A reservation by March 2 is required to attend.

For more information on either of these events call Leslie Morrell at (505) 646-3448.

CANADIAN FOLK BAND TO PERFORM FOR ASNMSU CULTURAL SERIES
Canadian folk band 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.

FESTIVAL TO PRESENT FILM ABOUT EVOLUTION DEBATE
The 30th annual Margaret Mead Film Festival will showcase the film "Flock of Dodos" at 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the New Mexico State University Corbett Center Auditorium.

The film follows filmmaker Randy Olsen throughout the country while he asks "Who are the dodos in the debate over evolution versus intelligent design?"

The screenings, which are sponsored by the Union Program Council, are free and open to the public.

For more information call (505) 646-3200.

RURAL ISSUES IN ARGENTINA TO BE DISCUSSED ON CAMPUS
Andres Cibils, a department of animal and range sciences professor at New Mexico State University, will present "Rural Depopulation and Rangeland Management in Patagonia, Argentina" at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Nason House. His presentation is a part of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies Spring Speaker Series.

Cibils received his doctorate in rangeland ecosystem science from Colorado State University in 1999. He teaches courses in rangeland management and carries out research on animal-plant interactions, foraging behavior of domestic ungulates, and grassland habitats, with a focus on Patagonia, Argentina.

For more information call (505)646-6814.

NMSU THEATER TO SHOWCASE PLAY EXPLORING RELIGION AND SCIENCE
The New Mexico State University Theatre Arts, along with the High Desert New Play Program, will perform a new play, "The Nature of Mutation," Friday, March 9, through Saturday, March 17, at the Hershel Zohn Theatre.

The play, written by John Walsh, is set in a private high school and explores the complex interplay between faith and science in the 21st century.

Ticket prices vary from $10 to $15 depending on performance dates. Call the ASTC box office at (505) 646-4515 or 1-800-646-ASTC for details.

LA SOCIEDAD PARA LAS ARTES TO PRESENT LITERARY READING
Poet Mary Jo Bang, and New Mexico State University student, Allyn West, will read from their respective works at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, in Hardman Hall Room 106 on the NMSU Las Cruces campus.

Bang is the author of "Apology for Want," collection of poems that won the 1996 Bread Loaf Bakeless Prize; "The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans"; and "Louise in Love," a winner of the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award for a manuscript-in-progress.

West is a master of fine arts degree candidate in poetry.

For more information call (505) 646-2027.

PANEL TO DISCUSS OPEN GOVERNMENT AND FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
The New Mexico State University Society of Professional Journalists will co-sponsor the event "Is Open Government Closed for Business?" with the Government and History Departments from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the Corbett Center Auditorium.

Three speakers will present their experiences with open government and the federal Freedom of Information Act. A question and answer session will follow.

Bob Johnson, director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government; Nancy Baker, NMSU government professor; and Ray Sadler, NMSU history emeritus professor, will be the panel's participants.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (505) 646-1034.

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.