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THE BIG READ PROMOTING LITERACY
New Mexico State University is partnering with local libraries and educational groups to present The Big Read, a reading festival that will be held throughout October.

Residents are encouraged to participate by reading "Bless Me, Ultima" by New Mexican author Rudolfo Anaya. The month-long event will include activities such as book discussions, readings, film showings, and music and dance performances related to the novel and the culture it describes.

The Big Read media availability will be held at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Court Youth Center in Las Cruces.

For more information and a complete list of events visit http://lib.nmsu.edu/bigread/ or call Mardi Mahaffy at (505) 646-6925.

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER TO SPEAK AT NMSU

Mountain climber Tonya Riggs will present "Live the Life You Dream: From Everest to Annapurna" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the New Mexico State University Corbett Center Auditorium.

After spending 12 years in a successful career in "corporate America" Riggs discovered a passion for mountain climbing and has since made climbing pilgrimages to the Peruvian Andes, the Dolomites of Northern Italy and the Central Alps of Europe. On May 18, 2006, Riggs reached the summit of Mount Everest, the universal symbol for mountain adventure.

"Riggs will discuss what she did to change her life and follow her dream to stand on top of the world," said Ben Gabriel, assistant director of recreational sports.

For more information call Ben Gabriel at (505) 646-4746.

HUMANITARIAN TO SPEAK AT NMSU AS PART OF UNIVERSITY SERIES

Humanitarian and physician David Walton will present "A Purpose Driven Life" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at New Mexico State University's Music Center Recital Hall.

Walton is a resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass., and has worked with Partners in Health, whose mission it is to bring health care and social justice to the poor of the world, since 1997.

The lecture is part of the University Speakers Series presented by the Honors College and Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

For more information call William Eamon at (505) 646-2005.

NMSU TO HOST BORDER WALKING CONFERENCE
New Mexico State University's College of Education will host the MECA Therapies Border Walking Conference Oct. 10-12 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

"We see it as a service to our community to bring in national leaders who focus on critical issues related to education in the border communities served by NMSU," said Anne Gallegos, a Regents Professor in the special education and communications disorders department.

Keynote speakers at the conference will include Leonard Baca, an expert in bilingual special education from the University of Colorado Boulder and Hart Kayser, a bilingual speech and communications disorders expert from St Louis University and a former NMSU faculty member.

For more information contact Michelle Saenz at (505) 646-1348 or bdrwalk@nmsu.edu.

WORKFORCE SUMMIT TO ADDRESS BUSINESS NEEDS
The Dona Ana Community College 2007 Workforce Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces.

The event will bring together those in the business, education and the service industries to share information, promote continuing dialogue and plan for the future.

The summit will feature panels that will address area business concerns and viable solutions. Keynote speaker will be Betty Sparrow Doris, secretary of Department of Workforce Solutions.

For more information call (505) 527-7776 or (888) 827-7776.

CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE CULTURAL CENTER GROUNDBREAKING
A groundbreaking ceremony for a Native American Cultural Center (NACC) will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the New Mexico State University Corbett Center Student Union outdoor stage.

In attendance will be Carmen Gonzales, vice president of Student Success; Roman Aldava, president of the United Native American Organization; Jerrod Begaye, president of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society; and Michael Ray, president of the Native American Student Business Association. Gov. Bill Richardson also has been invited to attend.

Yvette Aguilar, Miss Native American at New Mexico State University, will participate in the ceremony which also will feature dancers from the Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe and a closing prayer by Matt Runsabove, a member of the Lakota tribe.

For more information call (505) 646-4207.