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New Mexico State University Events March 9-19

NMSU THEATER TO SHOWCASE PLAY EXPLORING RELIGION AND SCIENCE


Mexico State University Theatre Arts, along with the High Desert New Play Program, will present 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," a 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.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM TO HOLD WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES
An African-inspired craft project will be offered at the New Mexico State University Museum from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and a seasonal craft project will be offered from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

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.

NMSU SYMPHONIC WINDS TO HOST AREA HIGH SCHOOL BAND
The New Mexico State University Symphonic Winds will perform "Winds and Friends" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Music Center Recital Hall.

The Onate High School Symphonic Winds and Franklin High School Wind Symphony will be featured.

Tickets are $7 general admission, $6 for seniors and $4 for students.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (505) 646-1420.

NMSU ZUHL MUSEUM TO HOST "SECOND SUNDAYS"
New Mexico State University's Zuhl Museum, 775 College Drive, will be open every second Sunday of the month from 2 to 5 p.m. to showcase world-class fossils and fun activities for children beginning Sunday, March 11.

Second Sundays will feature various ancient artifacts. Zuhl museum is home to an Ichthyosaur, a highly specialized marine reptile from the time of the dinosaurs, five dinosaur leg bones, a portion of a backbone from a giant herbivore dinosaur, and the eggs of a duck-billed dinosaur.

The museum also showcases outstanding fossils of petrified wood of many colors, species, shapes and sizes; ammonites; turtles; a dragonfly; a bat; and beautiful minerals such as amethyst, rhodochrosite, garnet, and malachite.

Each Second Sunday will be free and open to the public. Children also may participate in a scavenger hunt and timeline activity hosted by museum staff.

For more information, call Museum Curator Marilyn Huff at (505) 650-1884.

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 emeritus history professor, will be the panel's participants.

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

EVENTS CELEBRATING WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH SCHEDULED
To celebrate Women's History Month events will be held March 13 through 15.

"Women, Healing and Medicinal Plants," a brown bag lunch and discussion, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Women's Studies Program office in Science Hall Room 286A.

A continental breakfast and exhibit showcase of "My Country is Alive: A Southern Tutchone Life, Marge Jackson, Yukon, Canada" will be held from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, in Science Hall Room 286A.

The workshop "Computer Careers: Games, Animation and the Web," will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Engineering Complex III Room 307.

Women's History Month has been celebrated across the nation since 1987, when Congress legally expanded Women's History Week to a month-long national holiday.

For more information, call Leslie Morrell at (505) 646-3448.

PROMINENT LATINA JOURNALIST TO SPEAK AT NMSU
Award-winning journalist and author Maria Hinojosa, managing editor and host of "Latino USA," will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at New Mexico State University's Corbett Center Ballrooms.

Hinojosa's presentation, "America at a Crossroads: Stories from the Frontlines of American Journalism in a Divided Country," is part of the University Speakers Series.

"Latino USA" is the only national, English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective distributed by National Public Radio and the Longhorn Radio Network of the University of Texas at Austin.

The NMSU Speakers Series is presented by the Honors College and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.
For more information call (505) 646-2005

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.