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NMSU Museum's new director looks to raise funds

Edward Staski, a New Mexico State University professor of sociology and anthropology, has been named director of the University Museum. Staski served as the museum's interim director last year and has worked at NMSU for 16 years.

As director, Staski said one of his primary concerns is to help raise funds for the $450,000 Challenge Grant offered to NMSU by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will be used to implement the Southwest and Border Cultures Institute.

The museum will play a major role in establishing the institute which includes the museum, the NMSU Library and the departments of history, sociology and anthropology, languages and linguistics, and English. The institute will offer a broad, interdisciplinary focus on the cultures that have converged in the border Southwest.

Staski, who holds a doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona, also is working on the upcoming exhibits "Images of the Maya: Textiles and Photographs from Chiapas," an on-loan exhibit from the Florida Museum of Natural History, and "Cooperating for Their Lives," a display of additional Chiapas materials including live demonstrations of weaving, lectures and other events.

The exhibit "Carpinteros of the New Deal: Making Colonial Spanish Revival Furniture in Dona Ana County, 1930s" will remain on display until Sept. 1, 2000, in the Kent Hall Museum Lobby. The exhibit features Spanish revival furniture made by Dona Ana County New Deal workers.

The NMSU Museum is located in Kent Hall on the corner of University Avenue and Solano Drive. Museum hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.