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NMSU Hotline — December 5, 2016

NMSU journalism professor?s discovery reveals different view of slavery


An eight-year project has come to an end as New Mexico State University journalism associate professor Roger Mellen has published a scholarly article based off an accidental find in a few dusty pages of an 18th-century almanac.

His article is published in the fall edition of the scholarly journal ?Journalism History? and is titled ?Representations on Slaves in the Eighteenth-Century Virginia Press.?

History has shown that in 18th-century Virginia, slaves were treated as property, with very few legal rights. This article focuses on research that shows there were strong, divergent opinions that saw slaves as people with feelings, and to be treated humanely.

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Campus Announcements

'Transforming NMSU into a 21st Century University' forum to be held today

NMSU Employee Council is sponsoring an open forum about the ?Transforming NMSU into a 21st Century University? project. NMSU administration will provide an update regarding the activities of the project teams and take questions from NMSU Employees.

The open forum will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today at the Corbett Center Auditorium.

The event will also be broadcast live and recorded. Visit http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu/transforming-forum to view the live broadcast.

Employees who choose to participate online may ask questions by sending an email to empcouncil@nmsu.edu.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact us at empcouncil@nmsu.edu.

Calling All Aggies to contact students about spring 2017

The enrollment campaign, coordinated by Calling All Aggies, is diligently moving forward. Many calls and emails have already been sent and students are reaching out for assistance and getting enrolled. Thank you so much for your efforts. We are not close to finishing our campaign however as there are more than 4,000 students who have yet to enroll. This is a request for everyone to jump on board and lend an NMSU student some assistance. Calling is easy as the Student Information Management (SIM) team has already provided the platform for us to help our students stay the course and complete their enrollment for spring 2017.

Once again, if you are not currently approved to assist in the campaign, please send your Aggie ID to sim@nmsu.edu requesting a link to access ?Calling All Aggies.? Once approved, you will be given a PDF packet to download with step-by-step procedures. For those already approved, your link to the campaign is at https://enrollmentcampaign.nmsu.edu. One more training is being provided for those of you who are new to the campaign from 10 to 11 a.m. today in Zuhl Library Conference Room 225.

Students respond positively to an involved University community. Calling All Aggies is just one way of helping our students.

For questions, contact Lisa Kirby at 575-646-1342 or lkirby@nmsu.edu

Floral Design artist's reception and auction to be held Tuesday

The annual Floral Artist's reception and silent auction will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Skeen Hall rotunda. Students from Hort 240, the beginning floral evaluation and design class, as well as members of the NMSU Floral Team, will have their final designs on display, and for sale via a silent auction. Designs will be made from fresh cut flowers and foliage. Stop by and enjoy light refreshments, and support experiential learning and the NMSU Floral Team. For further information email instructor Sabine Green at swhitley@nmsu.edu.

Win free tickets, Aggie items, a mountain bike and more at the Finals Late Night Breakfast

No NMSU semester is complete without blowing off some steam at the Finals Late Night Breakfast. Take a break from the stress of Finals Week with an evening of music, dancing, contests, prizes, and everyone?s favorite ? pancakes! DJ Naray will keep the party going from 9 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Corbett Center Student Union?s Taos Restaurant. Admission is just one meal plan swipe, $2 with a canned food donation to Aggie Cupboard, or $8.75 plus tax. Your entry gives you unlimited access to the all-you-care-to-eat buffet, which will also feature egg scrambles, hot chocolate, and enough pancake toppings to keep you awake for a long night of studying.

But before you hit the books, join NMSU Cheer, the Roadrunner Revue Pep Band, Pistol Pete and Striking the Wonder Dog as we close out yet another semester and congratulate our fall graduates. While Taos closes from 7 to 9 p.m. to prepare for the event, the NMSU Police Department will hand out free bags of popcorn for Aggies waiting in line. Then, join the NMSU Fire Department and various campus administrators inside as we play giant Jenga, cornhole and compete in various contests to win a Pepsi Bike, Rockstar Energy Drink cooler and neon signs, Aggie items from Barnes & Noble, a snowboard and Harlem Globetrotters tickets for the Jan. 7 show at Pan American Center.

This semi-annual event is open to students, faculty and staff who want to wish each other well during the holidays. Share the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/240149943065935/ and contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for more information.

'Tamale Confidential' to air Thursday

It?s tamale season. Learn how to make delicious tamales this holiday season by tuning in from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, for the "Tamale Confidential" on Voice of the Public on 90.7 FM and http://krwg.org.

We?ll discuss the art of making and most important, eating delicious tamales this holiday season. You can call in with your tips or questions to our tamale expert, Juan Morales president of the Santa Fe Grill. He?ll share his grandmother?s tamale recipe and tips for making great tamales.

The show will be live-streamed on KRWG's Facebook page so you can see our tamale experts make the tamales live on the air. All calls and social media questions will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card courtesy of Lowe?s Pay and Save and Fiesta Foods to make your own tamales and a gift card from the Santa Fe Grill. The "Tamale Confidential" is brought to you by Lowe?s Supermarkets, full service grocery stores providing grocery needs for the entire family. It?s tamale season and 90.7 FM and http://krwg.org are here to help you make and eat the perfect tamale.

Newman Catholic students host Holy Day Mass on campus Thursday

Newman Catholic Students and St. Albert the Great Newman Center are offering Mass for the Holy Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary on Thursday, Dec. 8. Mass will be at 12:10 p.m. at the NMSU Spiritual Center. This will be in place of the Mass typically offered on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. Contact Mona Chip at mona@stalbertnewmancenter.org with any questions.

Department of Astronomy will host an observatory open house Friday

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an Observatory Open House at the NMSU campus observatory at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Astronomy personnel on hand will be Moire Prescott and graduate assistants Laura Mayorga, Sean Markert and Carlos Vargas.

Objects we will look at may include the moon, Mars, double star clusters M2 and M15, the Andromeda galaxy M31 and many more celestial objects.

Please contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 575-646-4438 with questions. Everyone is welcome to come and spend an evening of stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend.

International Quantum Storytelling Conference is Dec. 15-16

The Sixth Annual International Quantum Storytelling Conference is Thursday, Dec. 15, and Friday, Dec. 16, in the NMSU Corbett Center Student Union Aggie Lounge.

The event is free for students and community members who RSVP to garosile@nmsu.edu by today. The registration fee is $20 for full-time NMSU faculty. Registration may be paid on site but RSVP is required.

The event features the following indigenous scholars and topics:
Cora Voyageur, University of Calgary: Indigenous Women
Brian Calliou, Banff Centre Indigenous Leadership and Management: Ethics and Indigenous Leadership
Don Pepion and Joe Gladstone, NMSU: Blackfeet Leadership
Greg Cajete, University of New Mexico: Indigenous Community
Lisa Grayshield, NMSU: IWOK ? Seven Directions in Song

Other speakers include:
Monica Jojola (2016 Entrepreneurship Award 2016, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development)
Ron Solimon (Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning of the Institute of American Indian Arts)
NMSU?s Grace Ann Rosile, David M. Boje and Carma Claw Nez will present the ?Ensemble Leadership Theory?

For event details, contact Grace Ann Rosile at garosile@nmsu.edu or 575-532-1693.

Call for nominations for Faculty Grievance Review Board

The NMSU Faculty Senate is seeking nominations for three people to serve on the Faculty Grievance Review Board (FGRB). Given the importance of this committee in helping faculty advance grievances, and NMSU?s land-grant mission that promotes diversity, equity and social justice, we are interested in nominations from the broadest range of backgrounds and interests, with a special interest in faculty who self identify as persons of color, anti-racist and/or feminist.

As noted in the University's Administrative Rules and Procedure Manual, 4.50.50, Part 3, D., 1, a., p. 3), ?The at-large members shall not be a department head, associate dean, or dean on interim or permanent basis. The faculty shall elect the at-large member(s) from the complete list of nominees? As noted in the University's Administrative Rules and Procedure Manual, 4.50.50, Part 3, D., 1, e., p. 3, ?Elected members shall serve a three-year term and shall serve no more than two consecutive, 3-year elected terms.?

This call for nominations is open for two weeks from the date posted and will close on Monday, Dec. 19, after which we will forward nominations to ICT who will run the election via a web survey.

If you are interested in serving on the FGRB, please send an email that includes a short biographical sketch to be used in the ballots to Senate Chair, Christopher Brown (brownchr@nmsu.edu), and Senate Secretary, Britney Stout (dearbrit@nmsu.edu).

Employee Council nominations are open

Employee Council is seeking several nominations to fill member and alternate positions for three-year terms beginning February 2017.

The Employee Council is an advisory body to the president for matters affecting NMSU employees and works closely with the university administration to promote and support the mission and vision of NMSU. Members participate in a number of university standing committees focused on the administration of university policies, initiatives and incentives. Serving on the Employee Council is an excellent way to learn more about NMSU and how it operates, and become more involved in initiatives that benefit NMSU employees. The Council is led by a chair and other officers who also serve on university executive-level administrative and policy making councils and boards. To learn more about Employee Council, please visit http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu/.

Members, chosen from exempt staff, faculty, and non-exempt staff not represented by a bargaining unit, are nominated and elected by their peers. Membership is distributed to ensure that equitable representation is afforded to faculty and staff at all university units and locations. Members may serve consecutive terms.

Nominations for the Council are open through Dec. 22. Employees may nominate themselves or other employees for the Employee Council. The nomination form can be accessed at https://hrs-apps.nmsu.edu/hrp/faces/nominate.xhtml.

Post NMSU photos to Instagram

New Mexico State University, with its beautiful campus and fun activities, is among the top five most Instagrammed place in New Mexico, according to USA Today.

In hopes of making NMSU the top Instagrammed place in the state, NMSU Insider is challenging Aggies to post their favorite NMSU photos and/or share their photos.

To follow NMSU Insider, visit @nmsuinsider on Instagram. To view the complete list, visit http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/tech/2016/12/01/whats-most-instagrammed-place-every-state/94701900/

Cancer Research internships for undergraduates and graduates

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 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 U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 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.

NMSU professor collaborates on book about Tortugas Pueblo traditions

For more than a century, Tortugas Pueblo has hosted its vibrant Fiesta de Nuestra Seņora de Guadalupe each Dec. 10-12, when Roman Catholic and Native American rituals meld for a three-day event devoted to the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of the Americas.

This year, the Pueblo will also celebrate a book that details its history, enriched with personal stories and photography: ?Tortugas at 100: Steps in Time & Grace.? The book recognizes current participants and remembers the ?antepasados,? the ancestors who built the foundation for the fiesta and instilled a reverence for traditions carried out the entire year.

A collaborative effort by Los Indigenes de Nuestra Seņora de Guadalupe, the organization created in 1914 to protect Native American traditions, and NMSU journalism college professor Pamela Porter, the 150-page book contains 225 black-and-white photographs, several contributed by Pueblo member Jose Luis Nevarez.


NMSU Honors College to host graduation ceremony

Whether it?s writing a novel, designing a prototype glider model, producing a film or researching bovine digestion, New Mexico State University Honors students have accomplished some substantial goals through the years.

Five such students will be honored at the Honors College graduation ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. The ceremony will be in the Honors College Commons Room.

Students who earn 18 credits in honors courses are eligible to graduate with university honors. They also must complete a senior capstone project or thesis. If their grade point average is above 3.75, they graduate with university honors with distinction.


NMSU Learning Games Lab releases mobile version of Virtual Labs for iPad

Even when a school has no physical lab space, students can still learn standard lab techniques with Virtual Labs. The Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State University has released mobile versions of their popular Virtual Labs interactive series, available now for iPad.

Eight modules let students explore laboratory techniques and concepts important in many scientific disciplines, including food science, without the need for a physical laboratory. Each module functions as an electronic lab manual and/or an overview publication to help high school and college students better understand eight basic laboratory concepts.