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NMSU Hotline — June 16, 2017

NMSU Extension nutrition educator introduces Portales students to growing vegetables


PORTALES ? Elementary school students in Portales are not only learning to eat their vegetables, but also how to grow them.

Two programs designed to introduce children to healthy practices have combined to create a garden at James Elementary School.

Roosevelt County coordinators of the Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition program, conducted by New Mexico State University?s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; and Healthy Kids New Mexico, a project of the New Mexico Department of Health, are working together to show the children how to raise vegetables and the nutritious ways to eat them.

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Campus Announcements

Bonnie M. Rabe?s retirement reception to be held today

Bonnie M. Rabe is retiring as the director for the agricultural and environmental services division of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. As AES director, she oversaw the regulatory activities for the pesticide compliance, plant industries, the feed, seed, and fertilizer program, as well as the supporting AES laboratory section. She has also lead the efforts for the recent addition and on-going implementation of produce safety outreach and inspection responsibilities under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act. Rabe started as a pesticide inspector with the pesticide compliance section of the division and has just completed 27.5 years with the department. She is a graduate of NMSU with a bachelor's degree in entomology and a master's degree in agricultural extension education.

Please join us today to celebrate Rabe?s 27.5 years of service to the NMDA. Her retirement reception will be held at NMDA?s main conference room from 3 to 5 p.m. All NMSU departments are invited.

NM WRRI to host second annual conference on Gold King Mine spill

When more than three million gallons of mining wastewater tainted with iron, aluminum, lead, copper, arsenic and other heavy metals from the Gold King Mine site in Silverton Colorado flowed downriver in the Animas and San Juan rivers in August 2015, no one knew what to expect.

Since the spill, scientists from universities and state and federal agencies have studied the watershed of the two rivers for impacts of the spill. Their findings will be presented at the second annual conference on ?Environmental Conditions of the Animas and San Juan Watershed with Emphasis on Gold King Mine and Other Mine Water Issues.? The conference will take place at San Juan College in Farmington on June 20-22.

New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute will host the conference for the second year. Other sponsors include New Mexico Environment Department, NMSU, University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District, San Juan Watershed Group, San Juan County, City of Farmington and City of Aztec.

This year?s technical program will include oral and poster presentations. The Wednesday, June 21, afternoon session is free to the public and will include a panel on ?Making the Community Whole Again.?

There will also be an all-day educational field trip on Thursday, June 22, of the Animas and San Juan watersheds, including visiting the Silverton area. There is an additional fee for the field trip.

The conference registration fee is $50. The registration fee for students is $25. The fee includes lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. The field trip fee is $90 and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and transportation. Exhibitors are welcome at a fee of $75 for government agencies and $125 for commercial companies.

For more information about the conference including the program, speaker information and presentation abstracts, and to register, visit https://animas.nmwrri.nmsu.edu/2017/.

Contact Catherine Ortega Klett at 575-646-1195 or coklett@nmsu.edu for more information.

Retirement reception for Vicki Gonzales to be held Tuesday

After more than 25 years of service, Vicki Gonzales will be retiring from DACC. Please join us to celebrate her many years of dedicated service. The reception will be held at the DACC East Mesa Campus Main Building, Lower Level Commons Area from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20.

Retirement reception for Grace Martinez set for Wednesday

Please join us on Wednesday, June 21, to celebrate Grace Martinez?s retirement for 30 years of service with the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education. Her reception will be held in the atrium of O?Donnell Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Contact Claudia Solorzano at 575-646-2669 or csolo13@nmsu.edu for more information.

'OutsmART: Today's Kids/Tomorrow's Artists,' art children's workshop hosted at UAG

"OutsmART: Today's Kids/Tomorrow's Artists" is a series of four Saturday interactive children?s art workshops exploring the power of print and its effect on culture at the NMSU Art Gallery. The free event is open to members of the community and their children (all ages encouraged to attend however may be most beneficial for ages 5-15). Children and guardians are encouraged to come to one or all four Saturday events from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. June 24, July 1, 8, 15. Each Saturday will focus on a different art piece in the New Mexico State University Art Gallery?s exciting, new collection "New Acquisitions/Nuevas Adquisiciones.? Workshops will include art on propaganda, symmetry, print making and cultural stereotype. The workshop series will culminate in an art show hosted by UAG showcasing the finished works by the children.

Contact Michelle Lanteri, interim Gallery Director, at 575-646-2545 or mlanteri@nmsu.edu for more information.

The Facebook event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1527371023995122/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&pnref=story.

Nursing interim department head Kathleen Huttlinger?s retirement gathering set for June 28

Please join us for a retirement gathering for Kathleen Huttlinger. It will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. June 28. Brunch items and refreshments will be provided in the Memorial Tower Building, third floor, Room 317 to 319. Please access the Health and Social Services Building to enter the third floor Memorial Tower Room.

Huttlinger, who is a professor and interim director for the School of Nursing, will be retiring after 10 plus years of teaching and service.

NMSU receives $4.5 million in federal funding for Upward Bound Programs

The United States Department of Education has awarded New Mexico State University $4.5 million in federal grants for the Upward Bound Programs. NMSU received a five-year grant renewal for $396,004 per year to work with Las Cruces and Gadsden high schools, a program that has existed since 1989. For the first time, NMSU has also received two five-year grants for $257,500 each to create a partnership with Alamogordo and Hatch Valley high schools.