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NMSU Hotline — April 21, 2017

Engineer poet leads NMSU?s College of Engineering

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Lakshmi Reddi?s childhood may not have been rich in the way of material things, but the New Mexico State University College of Engineering dean?s early years were enriched with two seemingly incongruent life-lasting passions. He is inspired by his first love of language as well as the field of engineering.

?There are commonalities between language and engineering,? said Reddi. ?A poet creates an expression of beauty with words, and an engineer does the same, creating a physical object, like a bridge or a building.?

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Campus Announcements

Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar to be held today

Plant & Environmental Sciences master's candidates Srijana Dura, ?Screening of U.S mini core of peanut for resistance against Sclerotinia blight caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum,? and Lovepreet Singh, ?Impact of Phenotypic Selection on the Frequencies of SSR-defined Genomic Regions Affiliated with Drought Resilience in Alfalfa,? will present a PES Graduate Seminar at 3:30 p.m. today in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. Everyone is welcome. For more information about the broadcast link for this seminar, contact Colby Brungard at cbrung@nmsu.edu.

Jazz ensemble concert to be held today

New Mexico State University Jazz Ensembles will be presenting their last concert of the semester ?Count Basie Meets Duke Ellington? at 7:30 p.m. today. The free concert will feature music played by the Count Basie and Duke Ellington orchestras through various stages of their development. Selections such as Basie Straight Ahead, Solitude, Caravan and Take the A Train will be among those played during the evening?s program. The concert will be performed in the Atkinson Recital Hall in the Music Center.

The Jazz Ensembles are releasing a new CD titled ?Patience.? The new CD is a compilation of several semesters? recording sessions produced at Gold Dust Recording Studio in Las Cruces. A CD release party is planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 2 in the courtyard of the Music Center. Those attending tonight's concert will receive a free CD at the release party.

Final day! Bid now in the PA Virtual Ball online auction to support scholarships

The President?s Associates Virtual Ball auction closes tonight. Bid on dozens of items at http://advancing.nmsu.edu/pavirtualball. Auction items that are available for bidding include spa getaways, vintage jewelry and pro sports ticket packages, among many others. Auction closes at 10 p.m.

The PA Virtual Ball supports the President?s Associates Scholarship, which was established by late NMSU President Emeritus Gerald Thomas in 1978 as the university?s first leadership giving program, and is awarded to select freshmen enrolling from high schools in New Mexico who have demonstrated their academic excellence and community service.

'Calling All Aggies' preparing for fall 2017 calling campaign

As part of the many efforts utilized to enhance student retention, the "Calling All Aggies" calling campaign plays a vital role. Spring 2017 "Calling All Aggies" reached out to more than 2,600 students who were enrolled in fall 2016 but had not enrolled for courses by Jan. 13. This is a huge effort and requires a community wide undertaking to assist all NMSU students in staying the course and completing enrollment for the fall 2017 semester. Emails will be generated by the Student Information Management (SIM) team and sent to all students eligible to enroll for fall 2017. The actual ?Calling All Aggies? portion will commence on Monday, April 24.

If you are not currently approved to assist in our campaign, please send your Aggie ID to sim@nmsu.edu requesting a link to access "Calling All Aggies." Once you are approved, you are given a PDF information packet to download step-by-step procedures. For those of you already approved, your link to the campaign is at https://enrollmentcampaign.nmsu.edu. Fall 2017 has not yet been uploaded.

Training will be provided for those of you wanting to learn about the process or need a refresher at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, and 11 a.m. Thursday, April 27, in the Zuhl Library Conference Room, 225. It is only necessary to attend one session.

Calls from the NMSU community to our students make a difference and the "Calling All Aggies" initiative thanks you very much.

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

Award-winning salsas available during Founders Day April 26

Past winners of the New Mexico State Fair?s ?Battle of the Salsas? will be available during Founders day Wednesday, April 26. Faculty, staff and students are invited to enjoy Black Market Salsa, Albuquerque (2016 winner), Ol? Gringo Chile Company?s Hot Salsa (2015 winner) and Andele Restaurante?s Traditional Salsa (2014 winner), among others.

NMSU?s third annual Founders Day will feature a picnic lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Traders Plaza, south of the College of Business. The open-air trolley will be available to shuttle employees to and from the event. Pick-up locations are available on the Founders Day website.

Join us in exploring the rich culinary and agricultural tradition of New Mexico chile. The day?s festivities also include the launch of the faculty and staff initiative of NMSU?s Comprehensive Campaign ? a system-wide effort to raise money and pledges to support students, faculty and staff excellence.

Lunch will be provided by Employee Council. The celebration is a collaboration between Employee Council and University Advancement.

Find out more at http://foundersday.nmsu.edu.

Arrowhead Center to host public reception for LAUNCH winners

Arrowhead Center, New Mexico State University?s entrepreneurship and innovation hub, will host a public reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the 3rd Floor Bistro inside Fulton Center at the corner of Arrowhead Drive and Wells Street, to announce the winners of its sixth LAUNCH competition. LAUNCH is a four-month proof of concept competition that accelerates technologies from NMSU to the market. By exploring a technology?s commercial potential very early in development, and receiving funding and resources for that work, LAUNCH participants stand a much better chance of moving a viable product to market.

Five finalists will present information about their technologies and what they learned through the LAUNCH competition process at the reception, and the seed-funding winner will be announced.

The reception is free and open to the NMSU community and the public. To RSVP for the reception, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/launch-reception-tickets-33915342703. For more information about LAUNCH, visit http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/launch.

Choral composer coming to NMSU for residency April 23-30

James Mulholland, one of the most published, performed and commissioned choral composer/arrangers of his generation, will spend a week in residency at New Mexico State University from April 23-30. The week of rehearsals and workshops will culminate in two major performances with the NMSU Choirs and full orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in Atkinson Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased from the NMSU Choral Activities office or by calling 575-646-1306.

Annual Juried Student Show opens April 28

The University Art Gallery at NMSU will be hosting the annual Juried Student Show, which will be unveiled at a public exhibition opening from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, in D.W. Williams Hall. The exhibition features a wide range of artworks created by both undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines and various majors across the NMSU main campus. The Juried Student Show presents a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate their talent and skills while engaging with the local Borderland community.

The Juried Student Show will be on view at the University Art Gallery at NMSU from April 28 through May 13. Admission to both the gallery and opening reception is free.

The University Art Gallery at NMSU is located at 1390 E. University Avenue in Las Cruces, in D.W. Williams Hall at the intersection of University Avenue and Solano Drive. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Designated gallery parking is available, and general parking on the NMSU campus is free on weekends and after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information, or to arrange a group visit, please visit the gallery website at http://uag.nmsu.edu or contact Gallery Manager Jasmine Woodul directly at 575-646-2545 or artglry@nmsu.edu.

NMSU-Alamogordo to Host Student Art Show on May 4

The NMSU-Alamogordo Digital and Fine Arts Program will host its annual Spring Student Art Show from 4 to 7 p.m. May 4 in the Pro Tech building at NMSU-A.

The Art Show features student work from ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, digital art, graphic design and digital video. There will also be a formal presentation of student artwork in the Art Exhibition Lab located in the Pro Tech building adjacent to the Arts and Sciences Division Lobby.

Bring your family and friends for a fun evening of viewing student artwork from our very talented students at NMSU-A, and meet faculty and friends of the college.

Live music will be provided. Light refreshments will be supplied.

For more information, contact Theresa Chavez at 575-439-3670. Text NMSUA to 24587 for the latest NMSU-A updates and information.

Aggie Safety Fair slated for May 6

Join us at the Aggie Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6, at the lower intramural field next to the NMSU Fire Station. Watch the helicopter land, see all the fire trucks, ambulance and police vehicles, learn hands-only CPR and much more. We will also have a bicycle rodeo so bring your bike to serviced, decorated and join in the Family Bike Ride through NMSU?s campus. Sign up for a car sitting fitting (www.fire.nmsu.edu/sign-up-form) ? did you know that four out of five car seats are improperly fitted? And grab a bite to eat at the concession stand. Come for plenty of food, fun and entertainment.

NMSU alumni's idea needs votes to win USA Today grant

A group of NMSU alumni are hoping to win a $100,000 grant from USA Today through its ?A Community Thrives? project to create a community space with tools people in the region can use for creative projects. USA Today?s "A Community Thrives"(ACT) program enables community members to act on ideas that improve the people, organizations, government and businesses around them by equipping them with the resources they need to thrive. Lea Wise-Surguy, NMSU alum and executive director of Cruces Creatives, wants the grant to create a ?Makerspace" in Las Cruces. The ?Makerspace" would provide access to tools like 3-D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, top-notch software, a wood shop, metal working tools and more.

?Makerspaces are like gyms for tools, where members can come in to use the tools, learn skills and share in a community of making,? Wise-Surguy said. The funds will allow the group to purchases the tools, secure space and hire instructors to serve the community. Voting for USA Today?s ?A Community Thrives? grant will run through May 12. To vote for the project, visit http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60451604/. To learn more about Cruces Creatives, go to their website at https://crucescreatives.org/ or follow them on Facebook where they have more tools and demos in conjunction with the USA Today ?A Community Thrives? grant. For more information contact Lea Wise-Surguy at crucescreatives@gmail.com.

Dissertation study participants needed

As a Filipino American, Chadrhyn Pedraza has worked to understand what it means to be Asian in the various social contexts in which she has lived. She is reaching out to fellow students at NMSU who identify as Asian American to share their experiences with her as she explores racial identity for her dissertation. She would like to share the stories in an effort to make heard their voices as race and identity continue to be part of the diversity discourse. If interested in joining Pedraza on this journey or have questions regarding eligibility to participate please contact her at chadrhyn@nmsu.edu or 360-561-4842 or click on the link for the information page and consent form at https://goo.gl/forms/1BBlOTgnD9YJF01o1.

NMSU Community College Roundup dates have been set

The 2017 NMSU Community College Roundup is Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30, at New Mexico State University?s Carlsbad Campus.

The conference is an interdisciplinary forum for exchange of knowledge on the latest techniques and advances in education within the NMSU System. The 2017 theme is ?Down to Earth: Adapting to New Challenges.?

The conference is seeking speakers with diverse expertise to stimulate discussions and promote collaboration between the four community colleges at Carlsbad, Alamogordo, Grants and Dona Ana.

Deadline for call for proposals is June 1. For more information, please contact Teri Dodson at 575-234-9256 or visit http://roundup2017.nmsu.edu.

NM FAST program to host small business workshop in Clovis

The New Mexico Federal and State Technology Partnership Program, housed at New Mexico State University?s Arrowhead Center, will host a workshop on how small businesses in New Mexico can fund their innovative ideas through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

The workshop will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Boulevard, Room 100. Tickets are free and are available at http://bit.ly/2lmy9wD.

The workshop will also be live-streamed for those unable to make it in person. To register for the live webinar, visit http://bit.ly/2neiLCS.

For more information, contact Dana Catron, program coordinator for the NM FAST program, at 505-358-4039 or dderego@ad.nmsu.edu.