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NMSU Hotline — November 8, 2016

Graduate appreciates research opportunities while a student at NMSU

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An international research project proved to be a highlight for a student who capped her undergraduate experience at New Mexico State University by being honored as a top student.

As the spring 2016 semester came to an end, Sativa Cruz was chosen as the Outstanding Senior from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, due to her outstanding involvement while a student at NMSU.

While pursuing a bachelor?s degree in environmental science, with a minor in sustainable development, Cruz was very passionate about her degree and being involved in many organizations and research projects.

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Campus Announcements

Corbett is Voting Convenience Center today

Corbett Center on the NMSU campus is a Voting Convenience Center on election day. Voters can fill out and turn in their ballots at any Voting Convenience Center even if it isn?t in their precinct. On the back of the ballot is an item that will have a direct impact on NMSU and DACC. General Obligation Bond C will provide funding to renovate and construct better learning spaces for students. Hardman Jacobs Hall and Jett Hall are examples of projects that were funded by previous GO Bonds. How the funding will be spent is written in law. GOB C would provide $22.5 million for renovation and construction of Williams Hall, which houses the Department of Art and University Gallery. Approximately $800,000 in private funding has already been raised for that project. Funding in GOB C would also go to replace the roof at the trades building at the DACC Espina campus, and it won?t raise taxes. For additional information go to http://gobond.nmsu.edu/.

100 West Café serves French food

Join us for a week of French food in 100 West Café the week of Tuesday, Nov. 8, through Friday, Nov. 11. These meals are prepared by our HRTM 363 students under the direction of chef John Hartley.

Enjoy four days of a la carte lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature cheddar-leek soup, tomato-blue-cheese soup or white salad with fennel and orange. The main entrée choices are poached chicken with tarragon cream, grilled trout with tomato butter sauce, pork Normande (seared pork loin with apples) or quiche Florentine. The sides for this week are rice pilaf and haricourt vert. Your dessert choices are puff pastry feuilletees with fresh berries, chocolate mousse or crème brulee. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience. We look forward to having you for lunch and appreciate your support.

The HRTM 363 students are looking forward to serving you.

Gift cards are available for sale in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 138 in $10 increments.

For more information, please visit our website at http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call our office at 575-646-5995.

Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium set for Wednesday

A New Mexico State University Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium will feature Steven Levesque, NMSU Department of Geological Sciences graduate student, from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Gardiner Hall, Room 230. His talk is titled "Geochemical Variations of the McCartys Flow, West-Central New Mexico: Evaluating the Magmatic Evolution of a Continental Tholeiitic Basalt."

November Employee Council meeting to be held Thursday

The Employee Council will hold its regular monthly meeting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Milton Hall Room 85. All employees are welcome to attend. The meeting is also broadcast live on Adobe Connect. Employees can watch and participate via Adobe Connect at http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/employeecouncil2015/.

Military and Veterans Appreciation Week begins Nov. 11

This year kicks off NMSU?s second annual tradition, Military and Veterans Appreciation Week, which focuses on enhancing and supporting NMSU?s military and veteran friendly community. Students, faculty and staff who have served, past and present, are extremely valuable to us and we thank them deeply for their sacrifice and service.

Join us in celebrating and recognizing this unique and important population:
Nov. 11 - Military & Veterans Week Kickoff, Veterans Day Parade and Paws & Stripes
Nov. 13 - Armed Forces 5K Run
Nov. 14 - Military & Family Panel Discussions, Remarks by Secretary BG (Ret.) Jack R. Fox
Nov. 15 - SVO & MVP Awareness Day
Nov. 16 - Annual Veterans Day Picnic and Local Recruiters Day
Nov. 18 - NMSU Faculty & Staff Military Veteran Banquet, space is limited, reserve today.
Nov. 19 - Military Appreciation Football Game

For more information on the week?s events or if you would like to become a sponsor visit http://mvp.nmsu.edu/military-and-veterans-appreciation-week.

NMSU's Philharmonic Orchestra fall concert under the direction of Maestro Simón Gollo set for Wednesday

New Mexico State University?s Philharmonic Orchestra, an all-student ensemble, will present its first concert of the fall semester under the direction of its new conductor, Simón Gollo. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Atkinson Recital Hall on the NMSU campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky?s Serenade for Strings, Boccherini?s Cello Concerto No. 6, featuring guest artist and faculty member Jorge Espinoza, and Beethoven?s Egmont Overture. The concert will also feature the Double Bass Quartet from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley as special guest artists.

Award-winning Swiss-Venezuelan violinist Simón Gollo has a recognized career as a chamber musician and as a soloist in prestigious scenarios such as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, 92Y- Kaufmann Concert Hall, Chamber Music Society of Detroit, National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), Bolivar Hall (London), Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas, Venezuela), Auditorio Blas Galindo, (Mexico City) and Teatro Mayor, (Bogota, Colombia). He has appeared as a soloist in Switzerland, the U.S., Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela collaborating with many prominent international conductors.

Maestro Gollo is in his first season of conducting the NMSU Philharmonic orchestra and also serves on the string faculty at NMSU. He is a member of the Latin Grammy Award winning La Catrina String Quartet. In addition he serves as the guest concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, and performs with the Las Cruces Symphony and the El Paso Symphony. Gollo is the founder and Artistic Director of the Nuevo Mundo Festival and Academy and the Aruba Symphony Festival. He is a faculty member at the Summit Music Festival in New York and is frequently invited to teach at the pre-college department of the Juilliard School of Music.

Diabetes Day screening event set for Thursday

In observance of National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Campus Health Center and the Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach program will be hosting a Diabetes Day tabling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Corbett Center. We will be offering free blood glucose screenings, blood pressure screenings and diabetes education to all interested students, staff and faculty. Don't miss out; stop by at your convenience.

For more information, contact Kirsta Bezenek at kbezenek@ad.nmsu.edu or at 575-646-5239.

NMSU's Arrowhead Center to host free design thinking workshop Nov. 14

NMSU's Arrowhead Center will be hosting a free design thinking introduction workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at Arrowhead's Academic Research Building A. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the design thinking process by tackling a product innovation challenge. Participants will be introduced to core design thinking concepts and pair them with an activity to practice relevant methods and approaches. Facilitated by innovation strategist Estela Hernandez.

To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/create-valuable-new-products-and-amazing-customer-experiences-tickets-28671031828.

For more information, contact Zetdi Sloan at zrunyan@ad.nmsu.edu or 575-646-7833.

Entrepreneur Encounters to be held Monday

Join us for an engaging encounter with Leah Messina, CEO of Sinuate Media, who will speak on lessons learned from her experience as a young business founder, and the importance of building and leveraging connections. Messina is the CEO of Sinuate Media, a digital marketing and publicity firm she founded in 2006. She has led extensive digital promotions for consumer product launches, ecommerce businesses, entertainment, professional services and research organizations. Her brand experience includes GEICO, The History Channel, American Express, Black & Decker, Tour de France, Ace Hardware and others. She has been involved with several startups, and has successful experience in acquiring and exiting businesses.

Join us for Entrepreneur Encounters sponsored by Seidel Technologies at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Aggie Lounge in Corbett Center Student Union. We have pizza for the hungry.

For more information visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/events.

NMSU Master of Arts in higher education administration now accepting applications

The Department of Educational Leadership and Administration (ELA) at New Mexico State University is now accepting applications to its Master of Arts in Educational Administration program. The degree focuses on community college and university administration. This program offers online course instruction (both asynchronous and synchronous modalities). Application materials must be received by the deadline of Nov. 15.

Anyone interested in obtaining information and/or applying to the program can visit the webpage for the Community College and University Administration (MA) at https://ela.nmsu.edu/index/academics/mainhied/ and/or email Denise Rodriguez-Strawn, ELA programs coordinator, at harley@nmsu.edu.

American Southwest Theatre Company/NMSU presents a holiday tradition 'A Christmas Carol'

The American Southwest Theatre Company and the NMSU Department of Theatre Arts will present the inspiring holiday masterpiece "A Christmas Carol." This song-filled adaptation of Dickens' classic tale reawakens the true spirit of Christmas in a heart-stirring Carol of beauty and redemption. It plays in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts theatre Nov. 17 through Dec. 4. This NMSU production of "A Christmas Carol" is adapted from the Charles Dickens novella by Tom Smith with original music by Roger Butterley.

With a heart locked up tighter than a cash box, Scrooge must encounter the visits of three spirits for the chance to open up his heart and relish in the joys and aspirations of his fellow man and the holiday season. The production is directed by NMSU Theatre Arts student Robby Sciortino, and assisted by Claudia Billings. Set design is by Jim Billings, costumes are coordinated by Xavier Gonzalez and assisted by Deb Brunson. Lighting and sound by Matt Reynolds. Musical Direction by Megan McQueen. The cast includes community member Shawn Whitty as Scrooge. NMSU students, area high school and grade school students make up the remainder of the cast.

Nov. 17 is the preview performance, which includes a post show chat with the cast and creative team. NMSU faulty and staff can receive 2-for-1 tickets, high school tickets are free and all others are $10 general admission for this performance only. Opening night is Nov. 18 and performances continue through Dec. 4. For reservations call 575-646-1420.

Applications now open for faculty and staff Community Engagement Awards

Faculty and staff at all New Mexico State University campuses throughout the state are encouraged to apply for the annual Community Engagement Awards, which were established to recognize individuals and groups across the NMSU system who have rendered exceptional engagement to the broader local, regional, state, national or global community.

During a recent self-study for NMSU?s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application, many stories of the exceptional work faculty and staff conduct in our community came to light. To recognize this work, the NMSU Foundation, in collaboration with NMSU?s Community Engagement Council, has established individual awards recognizing the work of faculty and staff throughout the NMSU system.

The Community Engagement Awards are conferred annually at Spring Convocation, with a prize of $500 to the winning staff application and $500 to the winning faculty application.

Applications are being accepted now through Wednesday, Nov. 23, and more details about the criteria can be found at https://engagement.nmsu.edu/faculty-and-staff-community-engagement-award/.

The 2016 Community Engagement Faculty Award went to Lois Stanford, an associate professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the 2016 Community Engagement Staff Award was awarded to Denise Rodriguez-Strawn, director of Service Learning for Educational Distinction, or SLED, in the College of Education.

The winner of the faculty Distinguished Community Engagement Award will be considered to represent NMSU for the C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award, a national award presented by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

NMSU is one of 361 colleges and universities nationwide ? and the only one in New Mexico ? to carry the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, and one of 47 public institutions receiving it for the first time in 2015.

Giving Tuesday returns Nov. 29 with more gift-matching opportunities

New Mexico State University will hold its second-annual #Giving Tuesday event on Nov. 29 to raise funds for scholarships and programs across the entire NMSU system. Last year's one-day Giving Tuesday event, part of the national giving event on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, added millions of dollars to scholarship funds at all NMSU campuses around the state.

Join the NMSU community on Nov. 29 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. at #GivingTuesday headquarters in Corbett Center Student Union's Aggie Lounge or visit advancing.nmsu.edu/givingtuesday to make a gift on Nov. 29.

This year's event features select fund-matching opportunities, chosen by donors to boost some of the scholarships and causes they support. For example, to encourage faculty and staff to contribute to a cause they care about, Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and his wife, Kathy, have pledged up to $1,000 to match any outright #GivingTuesday gift or Nov. 30 payroll deduction gift from a faculty or staff member throughout the NMSU system. Be sure to sign up for payroll deduction by Nov. 20 to make a Nov. 30 payroll gift.

Additionally, alumni who make their first contribution during #GivingTuesday 2016 will be matched by a generous Aggie donor, up to $250 per household.

For more information on additional matching gift opportunities for your #GivingTuesday contribution, including other faculty, staff and student matching pledges, visit advancing.nmsu.edu/givingtuesday.

Cancer Research internships for undergraduates and graduates available

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, in collaboration with NMSU, will sponsor cancer research summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students.

The paid nine-week programs will be Monday, June 12, through Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Students must be able to commit to this entire period in order to participate.

For the undergraduate internship program, eligible students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident currently enrolled in a U.S. university or college, entering the summer before the final year (or semester or quarter) of undergraduate studies, and must have a strong background in the sciences or related areas of interest. The deadline for all undergraduate applications is Jan. 13. To apply, submit an application at http://www.fredhutch.org/en/education-training/undergraduate-students.html. For more information, visit http://www.fredhutch.org/en/labs/science-projects/pacr/interships-training/undergraduate.html or contact Michele Shuster at mshuster@nmsu.edu or Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.

For the graduate internship program, students interested in diverse aspects of cancer research in human populations and who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at NMSU are encouraged to apply. Accepted students are required to participate in a one-week Data Analysis Workshop to be held at NMSU the last week of May 2017. Eligible students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The deadline for all graduate applications is Friday, Feb 3. To apply, submit an application at http://www.fredhutch.org/en/labs/science-projects/pacr/interships-training/graduate-students.html. For more information please contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu.

Robotics competition Bets the Farm at NMSU

Middle- and high-school teams from throughout the state and El Paso gathered for the NM BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics competition at New Mexico State University, Oct. 22. There?s no doubt that all 450 plus of them had fun at the raucous event. Whether they know it or not, they are learning skills that could someday lead to rewarding career fields.

Hosted by the New Mexico State University?s Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, the BEST competition exposes middle- and high-school students to concepts involved in engineering and technology through a robotics design challenge. Each year, student teams receive a kit of parts and electronics to design and build remote-controlled robots to accomplish a specific task. In six weeks, the teams design and build prototypes, stage mock competitions, prepare marketing presentations, maintain an engineering notebook, and compete against each other, with top teams advancing to regional playoffs and the championship competition.