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New Mexico State University events April 13-23

NMSU AND COMMUNITY GROUPS JOIN TO PRESENT POETRY


Mexico State University La Sociedad para las Artes, in conjunction with the English Department, the Southwest and Border Cultures Institute and the Las Cruces Organization for the Arts will present a literary reading at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Hardman Hall Room 106.

Poets showcased at the reading will be Patty Seyburn and NMSU graduate fiction writer Lillie Robertson.

Seyburn has published two books of poems, "Mechanical Cluster" and "Diasporadic," which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association's Notable Book Award for 2000. She is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at California State University at Long Beach.

Robertson will read from her fiction thesis.

For more information call (505) 646-2027.

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING JOURNALIST TO SPEAK
Sonia Nazario, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Enrique's Journey," the story of a Honduran boy who made a perilous journey to be reunited with his immigrant mother in America, will speak from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Corbett Center Auditorium.

Nazario told the story of Enrique and many other children like him, who risk their lives on treacherous trips to America, in a series of articles for the Los Angeles Times. The gripping tales and accompanying photos by Don Bartletti earned international praise and won Pulitzer Prizes for the writer and artist who took the perilous train rides and witnessed for themselves the dangerous journey.

Nazario's presentation highlights what author Isabel Allende called "a twenty-first century Odyssey" and one of the "darkest stories" of our time. A book signing will follow.

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM TO HOLD WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES
Arts and crafts workshops will be offered at the New Mexico State University Museum from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and Saturday, April 21.

On April 14, participants will create African-inspired dance masks. On April 21, participants will celebrate Earth Day by making pendants.

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

The museum also offers "Pottery of the Americas," a permanent exhibit of more than 600 prehistoric and historical Southwestern and Mesoamerican ceramic vessels.

For more information call (505) 646-3739.

NMSU ART GALERY TO HOLD GRADUATE STUDENT EXHIBITION
The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will open its "Master of Fine Arts Thesis" exhibition with a gallery reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 20.

Graduating seniors to participate in the exhibit include David Baker, Michael O'Neill, Gary Gossett, Bonnie Schetski and Jesse Reinhard. The exhibit will run through May 11.

The art gallery is located in the D.W. Williams Art Building, at University Avenue and Solano Drive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is open until 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. It is closed Sundays, Mondays and university holidays.

For more information call (505) 646-2545.

NMSU INVITIES COMMUNITY TO AGGIE DAY 2007
New Mexico State University invites students and the community to enjoy music, games and food at this year's Aggie Day celebration from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14, on the east side of Corbett Center Student Union.

The event will include about 70 booths from 1 to 6:30 p.m., plus games of flag football.

The main entertainment will be live music from 1 to 7 p.m. by the bands Kiss to Betray, Next 2 the Tracks, Heart Left Open and the headliner, Carolina Rain.

The annual Greek Sing, in which Greek organizations perform skits or songs that are judged, will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

For more information call (505) 646-3616.

FOLK MUSIC GROUP NIYAZ TO PERFORM
The folk and electronic music group Niyaz will play at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the New Mexico State University Music Recital Hall. It is the last performance of the Associated Students of NMSU Cultural Series.

Niyaz has been described as "folk music for the 21st century," incorporating the best of both traditional world music and electronic music.

Azam, a singer in the group, was born in Iran but largely raised in India. He sings in both Farsi (the Persian language) and Urdu, a language widely spoken in India and Pakistan.

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

NMSU MUSIC DEPARTMENT TO PRESENT APRIL PERFORMANCES
The New Mexico State University Music Department will host several performances during April in the Music Center Recital Hall:

* 38th Annual NMSU Jazz Festival featuring Mike Tomaro; Pancho Romero, coordinator, 8 p.m. Friday, April 13.
* NMSU Gospel Choir, Bobbie Green, coordinator, 8 p.m. Sunday, April 15.
* Saxophone Studio Recital, Rhonda Taylor, coordinator, 8 p.m. Monday, April 16.
* Percussion Ensemble, Fred Bugbee, director, 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.
* Trumpet Studio Recital, Pancho Romero, coordinator, 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18.
* Tuba Studio Recital, James Shearer, coordinator, 8 p.m. Friday, April 20.
* Aeron Flutes, Lisa Van Winkle, coordinator, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21.
* NMSU Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds "Season Finale," Ken Van Winkle, conductor, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22.

NMSU HISPANIC COUNCIL TO HOLD ANNUAL COMMUNITY EVENT
Fiestas Latinas, a yearly series of events that provide an opportunity for New Mexico State University's Hispanic student organizations to share their culture and to ensure social interaction among different ethnic, racial and cultural groups, will present activities April 11-22 on the NMSU main campus.

Formerly known as "Chicano Week," Fiestas Latinas is funded by the Associated Students of New Mexico State University and organized by various student groups in the Hispanic Council of NMSU. Events include:

* Saturday, April 14 - The Kappa Delta Chi Sorority will present a children's carnival from 12 to 3 p.m. at NMSU's Preciado Park. The carnival will feature face painting, a sack race, a maraca-making activity, goody bags, prizes, refreshments and more. Parents or legal guardians must accompany children and signed parental permission is required.
* Thursday, April 19 - The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers will present a screening of "The Milagro Beanfield War" from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Corbett Center outdoor stage. The movie is based on the best-selling John Nichols novel of the same name and is rated "R." Free popcorn, soft drinks and other snacks will be provided.
* Saturday, April 21 - The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and L.U.C.H.A. de M.E.Ch.A. will present a co-ed soccer tournament and barbecue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NMSU Activity Center fields. Players must be current, full-time students of NMSU or Dona Ana Community College (DACC). Games will begin at 10 a.m. Registration is open to the first eight teams who complete and turn in their paperwork. Refreshments will be served at 11 a.m. To register a team, contact Jesus Avitia at (505) 646-4920 or jeal0000@nmsu.edu.
* Saturday, April 21 - The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting will present a 5-K race traversing the NMSU campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting at the Frenger walkway south of Jett Hall near Espina Street. Runners must be current, full-time students of NMSU or DACC. Ipod MP3 players will be awarded to first-place male and female runners. Refreshments will be served to runners after the race. To register or for more information contact NMSU5Krace@gmail.com.
* Sunday, April 22 - The Omega Delta Phi fraternity will present a co-ed softball tournament starting at 9 a.m. at the NMSU Activity Center fields. Players must be current, full-time students of NMSU or DACC. Co-ed softball teams are required to have at least four female players per team. To register a team send an e-mail including the team captain's name, phone number and e-mail address, and a list of team members to odphi@nmsu.edu.

All events are free and open to the public. Active participation in some events is limited. For more information contact Laura Gutierrez Spencer, director of Chicano Programs at NMSU, at (505) 646-4205.

NMSU PHYSICAL EDUCATION OFFERS WALK-N-ROLL TENNIS LEAGUE
The New Mexico State University Adapted Physical Education program (APE) is sponsoring a Walk-n-Roll Tennis League on Sundays for players with or without disabilities at all levels of experience.

The league meets from 5 to 6 p.m. every Sunday through May 6 at the NMSU Tennis Center. Participation is free.

For more information visit http://education.nmsu.edu/nmsuape.

NMSU MUSEUM DISPLAYS CHIRICAHUA APACHE PHOTOS
Photographs detailing the history of the Chiricahua Apache from 1872 to the present will be housed in the New Mexico State University Museum lobby through Aug. 28.

The historical photographs feature Cochise and Naiche family descendants.

The museum is free and open to the public. Hours of operation are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information call (505) 646-3739.

NMSU MUSEUM PRESENTS 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."