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NMSU Hotline — September 9, 2014

NMSU education faculty partner with community to launch parent library at Central Elementary


For Central Elementary School parents, taking their children to school each morning now includes the chance to grab a book or magazine from a new Parent Library Zone launched this year. The idea for the new literacy opportunity was presented to the school by New Mexico State University College of Education faculty Mary Fahrenbruck and David Rutledge, based on a national initiative called the Little Free Library.

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Campus Announcements

Weekly flower sales to resume this week

The NMSU Floral team will resume their weekly flower sales each Wednesday morning of the fall semester. Flower sales are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Gerald Thomas hall. Proceeds from sales provide students travel funding to regional floral design competitions.

For more information, contact coach Sabine Green at swhitley@nmsu.edu.

Aggie apparel on sale now at Barnes & Noble at NMSU

The Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces will host a number of apparel sales over the coming weeks.

From Tuesday, Sept. 9, through Thursday, Sept. 11, buy one cap, get another of equal or lesser value at 50 percent off. Offer excludes Under Armour. On Thursday, Sept. 18, save an additional 50 percent off clearance items.

Buy one, get one 50 percent off men?s and women?s League products Tuesday, Sept. 23 to Thursday, Sept. 25 only.

Pink Week is just around the corner and the new ?NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink? shirts are now available. Pick up yours today and help support Cowboys for Cancer Research.

Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave., next door to Panda Express. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a .m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free parking is available in designated spaces.

For more information, call 575-646-4431.

Computer Science Colloquium to be held Sept. 10

Dorian Arnold will present, ?Scalable Middleware and Tools for HPC? at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 10, in Science Hall Room 107. In this talk, the pursuit of unprecedented high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities, and the scientific and economic advances such capabilities will bring, U.S., Asian, European and even Indian governments have established initiatives to build and deploy extreme scale systems with exaflop (quintillion or 10^18 floating point operations per second) computational power.

For more information contact 575-646-3723.

NMSU sponsors fourth annual ?Global Connections? lecture series

For the fourth year, the New Mexico State University College of Arts and Sciences will sponsor ?Global Connections,? the lecture series featuring the globetrotting adventures of NMSU faculty.

The purpose is to provide an opportunity for members of the campus and surrounding community to listen and ask questions of NMSU professors about the kinds of experiences they might otherwise never encounter.

The first lecture of the semester will feature NMSU professors Elvira Hammond, history; Margaret Goehring, art history; and Ed Boles, environmental science, discussing ?Splendors of China: Expanding the FLiP Model into the Community.? The talk will recount their visit to China in March 2014 and will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium, Room 194.


Sustainability Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday

The next Sustainability Council meeting will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Milton Hall Room 85. Sustainability Council meetings are open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Anyone may join the council at any time; no previous knowledge or experience is necessary.

The meeting will be available online at http://nmsu.adobeconnect.com/sustainabilitycouncil2014/ for those who cannot be there in person, but would like to participate.

For more information or if you would like to be added to the Sustainability Council email list, contact sumolina@nmsu.edu.

Versatile PhD career resource training to be held Thursday

The Versatile PhD is a web-based career resource for graduate students who are considering non-academic careers. Learn how to utilize the site, and aid in preparation for employment in non-academic fields. The event will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in Educational Services Bldg, Room 7A. The event is provided by Career Services.

For more information, call 575-646-1631 or visit www.careerservices.nmsu.edu.

?Feeding a Hungry World? is theme at 2014 NMSU Artesia Science Center Field Day

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Agricultural Research Service, 133 billion pounds of available food went uneaten in 2010. New Mexico State University?s Agricultural Science Center at Artesia?s annual field day will bring awareness to this issue as well as to the efforts in New Mexico to diminish food waste and grow food with less water.

The field day will begin with registration at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the science center, and will feature presentations by NMSU experts.

The topics include a student-operated shrimp business. Tracey Carrillo, NMSU assistant director of Campus Farm Operations, and Nancy Flores, Extension food technology specialist, will talk about the efforts to find the best glandless cottonseed meal grown in New Mexico, which is fed to the farm-raised shrimp. This type of cottonseed is becoming a valuable product, helping meet the world?s protein requirements. Flavored glandless cottonseed oil and salad toppings will also be on display.


?Off the Wall,? NMSU University Art Gallery exhibit, engages community

If you don?t know who Sol LeWitt is and what he means to New Mexico State University, you will after seeing the ?Off the Wall? exhibit at the University Art Gallery.

Inspired by LeWitt, the exhibit begins with an opening reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the University Art Gallery at 1390 E. University Ave.

Combining performance and installation art, ?Off the Wall? will feature works by and inspired by LeWitt. It will also showcase the process of installing contemporary art works directly on the gallery walls with the help of the community.

?One of my goals is to make sure the community at NMSU and in Las Cruces becomes part of what we?re doing here at the gallery,? said newly hired University Art Gallery Director Marisa Sage. ?There are people who have been in Las Cruces their whole lives, but have not been in this gallery. It?s a huge goal for me to make sure those people come in here and see the work that?s on the wall.?


'Intro to iPads' workshop to be held Sept. 16

The Online Course Improvement Program will hold a workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 titled "Introduction to iPads." In this workshop, you will learn how to use your iPad by exploring the operating system, settings and built-in apps. You will get useful tips and tricks as well as be provided suggested apps for education.

For more information, email Kerry Forsythe at kerryf@nmsu.edu, or to register at trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000005710.

Center for Latin American and Border Studies talk set for Sept. 18

"The New Face of the Countryside: Export Agriculture, Farming Households, and Generational Livelihood Strategies in Rural Costa Rica," by Deborah Sick, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at University of Ottawa, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave. (across FedEx Kinko?s). Free and open to the public.

One of the most heavily traded commodities, coffee has dramatically altered the lives of small-scale farmers and rural economies worldwide. The weak position of small farmers and the volatile nature global commodity markets have been noted as factors contributing to increased cycle migration, the economic diversification of farming households, and the ?exit from agriculture? of many rural youth. Drawing on over 20 years of research among farming families in the canton of Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica, Sick examines generational livelihood strategies among rural households who are responding not just to the new conditions in ever-volatile global coffee markets, but to growing population pressures and land scarcity, as well as new regional opportunities ? both within and outside of agriculture. These strategies are in many ways complementary, leading to the revitalization of diversified small-scale farming in the region.

For more information, email anjah@nmsu.edu.

'Real Men Sing' event to be held Sept. 20

The NMSU Music Department Choral Area will host ?Real Men Sing: First Annual Men?s Day of Song" for men ages 10 to 100 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the NMSU music department, located on the corner of Horseshoe Drive and Espina Street. There is a participation fee of $10 for community men and $5 for middle- and high-school students.

On this day, singing men will have the opportunity to make music together, improve their singing skills, participate in fun workshops and ultimately share their musical endeavors in an informal concert at 4 p.m. The day-long event will be co-lead by Ryan Fellman, director of choirs at Ońate High School; Derek Gilbert, director of choirs at Mayfield High School; and David Klement, director of choral activities at NMSU.

Male singers are encourage to come to this fun day of music making, and pre-existing men?s singing groups (like barbershop quartets) are encouraged to come as a group and share their own music during the end-of-day performance. Men who attend this event will receive a free ?Real Men Sing? T-shirt, and lunch is provided.

Any solo male singers or groups wishing to attend are encouraged to get more information and pre-register by contacting Klement at dklement@nmsu.edu. Registrations are due by Sept. 15.

Barnes & Noble open mic nights continue Wednesdays

Barnes & Noble at NMSU will continue the popular Open Mic performances from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Open Mic is free of charge and open to the public. Free parking is available in designated spaces. Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. For more information, call 575-646-4431, or sign up to perform at bncafe@nmsu.edu.

For more events visit http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10594/new-mexico-state-university-events-sept-6-sept-12.

NMSU library to offer extended hours for upcoming academic year

New Mexico State University?s Zuhl and Branson libraries will offer extended hours to better serve students for the 2014-2015 academic year.

?The University Library is delighted to be able to extend the number of hours Zuhl Library is open to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters, said Library Dean Elizabeth Titus. ?The student library fee that was approved in spring 2014 provides the funding to make his possible. The fees that students pay are put directly to work for students at the library.?