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Graduate Research and Arts Symposium highlights NMSU Graduate Week activities

LAS CRUCES - In celebration of New Mexico State University Graduate School's 50th Anniversary, the Graduate Student Council is hosting the Graduate Research and Arts Symposium among a week of activities.

Margie Huerta, Dona Ana Community College campus executive officer, will be the keynote speaker at the week's culminating banquet, 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Corbett Center's west ballroom.

"We invited Dr. Huerta because she started out at a community college and worked her way through bachelor's and master's degrees and got her doctorate and is now the director of the community college on our campus," said Esteban Torres, president of the Graduate Student Council. "We want DACC and NMSU students to know what graduate school is about and that it is a potential goal for them."

During the symposium, more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students will be delivering oral, poster, and creative arts presentations on Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Corbett Center. Readings of short stories and poetry by English department graduate students will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. each day at the Corbett Center auditorium. Each day refreshments will be served from noon to 1 p.m. in the ballroom lobby.

"The symposium is an opportunity for graduate students to share their research with the university community," said Roberto Montalvo, chair of GRAS. The event will begin with a breakfast and an opening ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Corbett Center's west ballroom. "This year we wanted to make the symposium even greater so we invited graduate students from other New Mexico universities, as well as exceptional NMSU undergraduates, to participate."

Graduate Week will begin on Monday, April 23, with a graduate student barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the International Mall walkway. At 7 p.m., a movie will be shown at Hardman Hall, Room 208. The film will relate to research and discussion about it will follow the showing.

Life as a graduate student will be reflected upon by cartoonist and owner of PhD Comics, Jorge Cham, during his presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Hardman Hall, Room 106.

"Jorge Cham, who holds a doctorate, has captured student life in general in his comics. He travels around the country reflecting on that life," Montalvo said.