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NMSU Hotline — September 17, 2014

NMSU professors use tablets to study technology, health behaviors


In the United States, chronic illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, pain, cancer or asthma are responsible for 75 percent of health care costs. New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services faculty members have partnered to study how mobile technology can improve health behaviors.

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Campus Announcements

Learn about international opportunities at two different events

Aggies Go Global will hold two important events to learn about international volunteer and service opportunities.

The first event ?Learn about International Volunteer Opportunities? will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. today, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Rm 297.

The second event ?Spring Break Service Learning Opportunity, an India Expedition? will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Conroy Honors Center, Honors College.

For more information about the program and/or the meeting, contact Dr. Gary Lowe at bhopal@nmsu.edu or cell phone/text 575-405-0425.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship to hold first meeting today

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship invites everyone who is interested in the Orthodox Christian faith to attend their first meeting for this academic year.

They will have their first meeting at 7 p.m. today at Santorini's Restaurant in the shops across the campus. They will share a supper and an introduction to Orthodoxy. All are welcome.

For more information contact faculty advisor Louiza Fouli at 575-646-2201.

Crimson Creations Farmers Market to be held today

Crimson Creations will have its first Farmers Market today. Tables will be set up with fresh produce form the Student Research Garden and floral arrangements from the Floral Judging Team. Join them from noon to 2 p.m. at Crimson Creations, Gerald Thomas Hall Lobby.

For more information, contact acesfood@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Library to host tour in Spanish

The New Mexico State University Library will host a Spanish tour of Zuhl and Branson libraries at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, beginning at the Branson Library Service Desk.

The 40-minute tour will be conducted entirely in Spanish and will feature highlights of the services and collections that Zuhl and Branson offer to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions during the tour.


NMSU?s Project Discovery inaugural event explores the science and flavor of chile

Everyone is invited to NMSU?s inaugural Project Discovery event that will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in the Atkinson Recital Hall. ?Project Discovery: An evening of music, dance and the science behind the world's hottest chile pepper,? will feature a conversation with Paul Bosland, the world?s foremost authority on chile peppers. You will also enjoy performances by NMSU?s award-winning DanceSport Company with special musical guests, a flamenco dance performance, the World?s Greatest Salsa Bar, chile tastings, ACES in the Hole sorbet and gelato sampling and an after-party on the Horseshoe featuring free food and beverages.

Faculty and staff can buy one ticket for $10 and get one free at the Pan Am box office, the Center for the Arts box office or by calling 575-646-1420 or 575-646-4515.

Deadline to apply for Writing-to-Learn mini-grant is Sept. 19

NMSU is offering mini-grants for faculty who participate in the new Writing-to-Learn program. In this program faculty will learn to incorporate informal writing as a tool to enhance undergraduate student knowledge and understanding of course content. Up to 6 mini-grants will be awarded in the amount of $3000 each. The goals of the program are to 1) use writing to increase student learning in the discipline, 2) increase the amount of short, informal writing students do, and 3) improve student writing in the disciplines.

The Writing-to-Learn program and provision of mini-grants are provided in support of NMSU?s Quality Initiative focus on student writing. Applications are due at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19.

For information and to download applications visit http://assessment.nmsu.edu/quality-initiatives/.

NMSU and UNM Board of Regents to hold special joint meeting Sept. 20

The New Mexico State University and University of New Mexico Board of Regents will hold a special joint meeting at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 in Domenici Hall on the NMSU Las Cruces campus to discuss current issues in higher education in New Mexico.

?This is a great opportunity to discuss issues that are critical to both NMSU and UNM. We are excited to welcome our colleagues to our beautiful campus, especially the new Domenici Hall that will have just celebrated its grand opening,? said NMSU Regents Chair Mike Cheney. ?This meeting also gives us the chance to review joint research initiatives.?

Planned agenda items for the joint meeting include a discussion led by NMSU President Garrey Carruthers on the higher education funding formula and the priorities of the Council of University Presidents for the 2015 Legislative Session.


NMSU to allow political campaigning during Aggie-Lobo football tailgate

Candidates for political office will be permitted to campaign at New Mexico State University during the tailgate activities ahead of the Aggie-Lobo football game Saturday, Sept. 20. NMSU President Garrey Carruthers spoke with the state Democratic chair and the local Republican chair about the idea earlier this month.

?It?s an election year,? Carruthers said. ?And I think it?s an opportunity for our students and for the people of New Mexico to speak directly with the candidates running for public office. That?s what we are here for as a university, to hear different points of view and to exchange ideas.?

NMSU is expecting several thousand people to attend the football game against the University of New Mexico, making it one of the largest events in southern New Mexico ahead of the November election.


Westhafer Award for Excellence in Research award ceremony to be held Sept. 22

The campus community is invited to the Westhafer Award for Excellence in Research award ceremony that will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22, at the NMSU Art Gallery. A reception will follow immediately after the program.

Mary O?Connell is this year?s recipient. O?Connell joined the NMSU faculty in 1985. She is a Regents Professor and distinguished achievement professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. For more than 29 years, she has created research programs on plant secondary products including extraction and analysis for drug discovery along with gene expression and regulation of complex pathways of plant metabolites with an emphasis on chile.

Recipients of the Westhafer Award are determined annually by a faculty committee of seven who receive nominations from faulty, administrators and students. The award is given either for excellence in teaching or excellence in research and creative activity.

For more information contact 575-646-2128.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series to be held Sept. 22

Visiting Artist Lecture Series with Christine Nguyen will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in HSS 101 College of Health and Social Services Auditorium.

Nguyen is an artist residing in Long Beach, California. She is a collector of shells, minerals, crystals, rocks and seaweed. She is a lover of plants, animals, nature, the cosmos and the mysterious unknown. She received her B.F.A from California State University, Long Beach and M.F.A from University of California, Irvine. Solo exhibitions of her work have been featured at the Hammer Museum (Project), Michael Kohn Gallery, Andrewshire Gallery in Los Angeles, Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, St. Augustine, Florida, and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany; Laguna Beach Art Museum, Laguna Beach; San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Sprueth Magers Projekte, Munich, Germany; Dancing Elephants Project, Bogota, Columbia and Churner and Churner, New York.

Christine Nguyen presents her work as part of the Fall 2014 Visiting Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by the NMSU Department of Art, the University Gallery and the Lilian Steinman Visiting Artist Funds. Tthis event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact artdepartment.nmsu.edu.

Homecoming Concert for Trumpeter to be held Sept. 23-24

Hugo Moreno, will return to the Southwest and will perform at the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall with Jarana Beat. The group is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, bringing a tradition of native Mexico and other Latin American countries, resulting in the creation of a unique blend of contagious charm and good vibes capable of getting any audience on its feet. In addition to their Tuesday evening show, Jarana Beat will present a master-class on their distinctive styles and roots at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. Both events will take place at the Atkinson Recital Hall at NMSU?s Music Center.

Tickets for the Sept. 23 performance will be available in early September. Admission is $15 General Admission, $10 for students and all proceeds will benefit the NMSU Music Business program.

Born and raised in Sunland Park, now living in Brooklyn, New York, Hugo Moreno enjoys freelancing with some of New York City's best ensembles. Versed in many styles, Moreno has been featured as a soloist with the Chelsea Symphony and Yale Philharmonia, performed at Marlboro and Spoleto USA and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Further downtown, Moreno plays with Jarana Beat - a group whose Mexican roots fuses elements of Mexico?s African and Amerindian traditions with other Latin American rhythms in a present-day take on folkloric music. Moreno is a graduate of New Mexico State University and Yale, where he studied cornetto and baroque trumpet with Allan Dean.

For more information, visit the group website at www.jaranabeat.com/calendar. Tickets are on sale at the Pan American Center, and all ticketmaster outlets.

Retirement planning webinar to be offered

A Valic financial advisor will present a webinar, ?Retirement Income Strategies,? from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, via Adobe Connect. The webinar will provide information to help you make informed choices about protecting your retirement income so you can live your retirement on your own terms.

A link to the Adobe Connect session will be available the day of the webinar at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retirement/for-employees/retire-plans/. A workbook for use during the webinar is currently available on that site. A recording of the presentation will be posted on that site following the presentation for those employees not able to join the live webinar.

For more information about your benefits, contact Benefit Services at benefits@nmsu.edu or 575-646-8000.

King's Feast: Renaissance Madrigal Dinner to be performed

The NMSU Music Department and the University Singers will host the ?The Kings Feast? at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4, at the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse. Enjoy a lively evening replete with multi-course dinner surrounded by Renaissance vocal and instrumental music, dancing, singing, the Royal Court, a jester and much more.

Tickets for this special event may be purchased by contacting Suzanne Dueno in the NMSU Music Department office at 575-646-2067. Group tickets for tables of 8 or 10 persons may be purchased for a discounted rate and enjoy prime seating.

All proceeds from this event support the NMSU Choirs Spring 2015 European Tour.

For more information contact dklement2@gmail.com.

Local educator selected to attend prestigious institute

Ryan Carstens, vice president for academic affairs, New Mexico State University Alamogordo has been selected by a national review panel as one of only 30 community college leaders to attend the prestigious Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College.

The institute, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona, Dec. 7-12, provides an opportunity for potential community college presidents or those in transition to review their abilities and interests, to refine their skills, and to participate in discussions on leadership with an outstanding array of faculty drawn from among nationally and internationally recognized community college leaders.

For more information call 575-439-3729.

NMSU fall 2014 enrollment down, incoming student enrollment stable

The systemwide enrollment for fall 2014 at New Mexico State University is 26,694 as of Sept. 5, the university?s census date. The numbers are down 5.5 percent from 2013. At the Las Cruces campus enrollment was 15,829, a decrease of 5.6 percent.

?We had several large incoming classes early in the economic downturn, and those students are now leaving NMSU with degrees. We had our largest incoming freshman class in 2009. Since then, the number of New Mexico high school graduates has declined and we have had smaller incoming classes,? said Bernadette Montoya, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.

The incoming class of freshmen and transfer students is about the same as last year, at just under 2,600 students. The incoming class of graduate students has increased 7 percent.