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NMSU Hotline — January 9, 2017

NMSU ranks as a leading degree producer for minorities

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New Mexico State University has been honored as a top university for awarding degrees to minority students. In its annual ranking, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education publishes the Top 100 producers of associate, bachelor?s and graduate degrees issued to minority students.

NMSU ranks in the top 10 in bachelor?s degrees awarded to Hispanics for communications technologies/technicians and support services (seventh); agriculture, agriculture operations and related sciences (eighth); hospitality administration/management (ninth); engineering technologies and engineering-related fields (10th); and education (10th).

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?Disney?s Beauty and the Beast? slates three performances at Center for the Arts

Scaffolding Theatre Company and the New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts present ?Disney?s Beauty and the Beast? at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. Based on the animated Disney film, the musical includes music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton.

?Many critics? main complaint about the very successful Broadway production was that it didn?t invite the imagination,? said co-director Megan McQueen, a faculty member in the Department of Theatre Arts. ?We don?t hide that we don?t have the resources to create 10 incredible matching fork costumes, and we think choreographing actual tap dancing forks is a fun spin on how the show has always been approached.?

The cast includes NMSU students and graduates, as well as community members, featuring Veronica Bissell as Belle, Mario Ragazzone as the Beast, Brandon Brown as Gaston, Algernon D?Ammassa as Lumiere, Cameron Lang as Cogsworth and Amanda Bradford as Mrs. Potts. Rounding out the ensemble are Daniela Castorena, Brianna Chavez Chacon, Harmony Schlesinger and Xodia Choate.

Following the performances at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, the show will be part of New Mexico Tech?s Performing Arts Series in Socorro, N.M., on Jan. 28, and at El Paso?s Philanthropy Theatre on Feb. 11 and 12.

Tickets range from $10 to $20 and ticket information is available at 575-646-5952 or at www.scaffoldingtheatrecompany.com.

Syllabi Resources now available

With the spring 2017 semester just over a week away, a new tool is available to faculty for building course syllabi.

The Syllabi Resources page provides required syllabi language and allows faculty to generate syllabi with just a few simple steps. Visit http://provost.nmsu.edu/syllabus-resources/ and select the ?Start my Syllabus? button to access the tool.

The website can be used in three ways:
1. To obtain current information and standard language for required syllabi content about academic misconduct and ADA.
2. To obtain standard language on course-specific content (General Education & Viewing a Wider World).
3. To create a customized syllabus that includes the information above.

The site also includes detailed information about syllabi content, and links to additional syllabi resources.

Two College of Education students present posters at national convention

Two College of Education students, both communication disorders majors, presented posters at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. The convention was held in Philadelphia last November and more than 12,000 members attended (see http://www.asha.org/events/convention). Breana Romero, a graduate student in the communication disorders program, presented a poster titled "Social Media Utilization in the Autism Community." Poster abstract - Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States. The utilization pattern of social media by families where autism is present is currently unknown. This study explored the participation and usage of various social media platforms by people with ASD and their families.

Lauren Renken is an undergraduate student in the communication disorders program. She presented a poster titled, "Social Media Utilization of the Tinnitus Community." Poster abstract - Tinnitus, a perception of sound in the absence of an external source, is one of the most common health conditions in the United States. ?Ringing in the ears? affects more than 45 million people. This poster explores the currently unknown usage of social media platforms of people affected by tinnitus.

Both students were mentored by Moumita Choudhury. Choudhury is the director of Audiology and college assistant professor in the communication disorders program at NMSU.