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NMSU Hotline — October 1, 2014

NMSU Extension introduces junk drawer robotics to 4-H students

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Have you ever tried to build an air-powered robotic arm that can pick an item up and place it somewhere else? Now imagine doing this task with re-purposed items found in a typical junk drawer or garage. New Mexico State University ?s Cooperative Extension Service teaches robotics camps for 4-H students across the state. In Albuquerque there was a new challenge ? turning piles of everyday stuff into robots.

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Campus Announcements

Career Services presents the 16th annual Graduate and Professional School Fair

More than 80 graduate and professional school programs will visit NMSU during the 16th annual Graduate and Professional School Fair. Meet and greet with recruiters from across the country and learn about their admissions requirements, programs, and research opportunities. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Corbett Center Student Union third Floor Ballrooms.

In addition to the fair, a series of workshops will be offered to assist with all aspects of preparing for graduate or professional school: the application process, personal statements, interviews and much more.

For more information, see the fair's webpage at http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-fairs/graduate-and-professional/ call 575-646-1631, or e-mail careers@nmsu.edu.

Chile Pepper Institute holds fall plant sale

The Chile Pepper Institute has beautiful ornamental chile pepper plants on sale. Many of the bright and fall colored ornamentals are now available for $5 per 6-inch pot and $2 per 4-inch pot.The ornamentals are the perfect way to decorate your office or home for the fall weather coming our way. The Chile Pepper Institute is located in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 265 and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 575-646-3028 or email ericacpi@nmsu.edu.

Astronomy department open house to be held Friday

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold its monthly open house Friday, Oct. 3. Learn how these celestial jewels shine and view hundreds of thousands of stars firsthand. The free event begins at 8 p.m. with a short presentation by Jason Jackiewicz. He will discuss how studying our own sun helps us better understand more distant stars. Public telescope viewing will follow, led by graduate students Laurel Farris, Sten Hasselquist and Meredith Rawls.

Expect to see a wide variety of stellar habitats from a densely packed globular cluster (M13), to a more modest open cluster (M11), to the far-flung "h and chi Persei" double cluster. You will also visit a ring-shaped stellar graveyard (M57) and our closest celestial neighbor, the gibbous moon. All ages are welcome.

For more information, call 575-646-4438.

NMSU Women's Club Luncheon to be held Oct. 11

The NMSU Women?s Club invites all faculty and staff to its annual fall meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The guest speaker will be cookbook author Kelley Coffeen, who will give a brief talk and do a cooking demonstration. Some of her cookbooks will be available for purchase and autographing.

Tickets are $25 (which includes lunch and a donation to the scholarship fund) and can be paid at the door with cash or heck. For more information or to RSVP, contact club president Esther Devall at edevall@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3936 by Oct. 3.

The NMSU Women?s Club is open to all individuals associated with New Mexico State University (faculty/staff, spouse of faculty/staff, parent of current or former student). The organization offers opportunities for members to socialize, welcome new members of the university community, and award scholarships for returning female students. The club offers a variety of interest groups such as bridge, books, hiking, movies and plays, and gourmet dinners.

For more information, visit http://womensclub.nmsu.edu.

Pan American Dance Institute seeks board members

The board of the Pan American Dance Institute is looking for members to support the NMSU Dance Program and your local dance community with your time and talents. The first organizational meeting of the year will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Human Performance, Dance and Recreation Department Conference Room, second floor of the Activity Center; AC204.

The Pan American Dance Institute (PADI) of New Mexico State University seeks to help the dance community thrive. It is a great way to get involved and stay connected, not only within the local arts community, but with an ever-broadening global community. PADI members help challenge students to develop a commitment to community service through teaching and performing.

PADI?s vision includes creating communities that will support self-expression, human development, scholarly inquiry and artistic creativity. Members also take part in activities, such as planning and coordinating receptions and other social events associated with the NMSU Dance Program.

For more information, contact Ann Gavit at 575-644-2070 or agavit@nmsu.edu.

Doctoral of Nursing Practice scholarly project to be held Friday

The School of Nursing will hold a presentation on the Doctoral of Nursing Practice scholarly project of Susan Brown. titled ?Screening for an Eating Disorder Using a Modified Version of the SCOFF Screening Tool? at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in the CHSS, Dean?s Conference Room, third floor.

For more information, contact Karen Pech kpech@ad.nmsu.edu.

Round-table discussion on the search for identity to be held Oct. 12

"The Search for Identity: An Elusive Quest (A Round-Table Discussion)" will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at the New Rehearsal Room at the New Mexico State University Center for the Arts. Join Yosef Lapid, professor of political science; Jamie Bronstein, professor of history; and Ilana Lapid, assistant professor of CMI, in a conversation moderated by Larissa Lury, assistant professor of theatre arts. Light refreshments will be served. The discussion is free and open to all.

With Scotland's vote for independence coming to a head during the rehearsals for American Southwest Theatre Company's production of "West Highland Way," and with questions of identity playing such a vital role in the current political climate, they decided to gather a group of people with knowledge on the topic from several different angles to put those questions up for discussion. Join in the topical and timeless conversation about who we are, how we figure that out, and what we do with it.

For more information or to RSVP, contact llury@nmsu.edu. If you'd like to stay after the discussion for the final performance of "West Highland Way," ticket information is available at http://www.nmsutheatre.com.

NMSU pecan production course set for Oct. 20-22

The in-class portion of the Western Pecan Production Short Course will take place at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum Oct. 20 and 21.

?The idea is to cover as much as possible, from start to finish. That means everything from how to select a pecan orchard site, which varieties to plant, and the best tree-planting arrangements all the way to hedge pruning mature trees and marketing nuts,? said Richard Heerema, New Mexico State University Extension plant specialist.

The cost per person is $300 and it includes lectures, a binder with lecture notes, three lunches as well as refreshments and field trip transportation.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10655/nmsu-pecan-production-course-set-for-oct-20-22

NMSU educational leadership doctoral program is now accepting applications

The Department of Educational Leadership and Administration at New Mexico State University is now accepting applications to its educational leadership doctoral program until Jan. 15. The program offers both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees. The program uses a hybrid distance-education and face-to-face instruction model and focuses on social justice and border education issues.

Anyone interested in obtaining information and/or applying to the program can visit http://education.nmsu.edu/emd/docpage.html or e-mail Norma Martinez Arrieta, ELA Student Program Coordinator: narrieta@nmsu.edu.

NMSU educational administration master's program accepting applications

The Department of Educational Leadership and Administration at New Mexico State University is now accepting applications to its Master of Arts program in educational administration. The degree focuses on community college and university administration. This program offers online course instruction (both asynchronous and synchronous modalities). Application materials must be received by the deadline of Dec. 1.

For more information or to apply, visit http://education.nmsu.edu/emd/mainhied.html or e-mail Norma Martinez Arrieta, ELA Student Program Coordinator, at narrieta@nmsu.edu.

Retirement income strategies webinar available

The Valic retirement webinar ?Retirement Income Strategies" is now available on the NMSU Benefits website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retirement/for-employees/retire-plans/ under the Vendor Options list on that page.

For more information about NMSU benefits, contact benefits@nmsu.edu or 575-646-8000.

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course "Simple Slide Charm Bracelet," make a sterling silver charm bracelet with a unique slide closure that is flexible and fun to make and wear home. Learn basic instruction on professional charm wrapping. The class will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7. The cost is $15.

In the DACC Community Education course "Improve Your Writing!" see how to punctuate correctly and avoid many mistakes spell checker won?t find. Writing mistakes are some of the first things employers notice on resumes. Good writing makes you look smarter, so learn the most common writing mistakes (and a trick or two). Use these helpful tips on resumes, term papers, personal ads and thank-you notes to Grandma. The class will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. The cost is $21.

In the DACC Community Education course "Energy QED (Quite Easily Done)," use the excitement, creativity and ease of this fundamental basic process of daily energy use. Special visiting instructor will be Sue Rinehart-Schulz. The class will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. The cost is $39.

In the DACC Community Education course "Wire Angel Earrings," wear these sparkly and beautiful earrings and feel like an angel on earth. Learn basic wire techniques and tool usage. The class will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. The cost is $15.

For more information or to sign up, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

DACC Customized Training class offered

"Tough Topics Series #3: Dealing with Clients, Customers and Vendors" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 14. The cost is $79. Learn how to deal with difficult situations that involve clients, customers and vendors. Practice refusing a client's request, dealing with an angry customer and pressing a customer to pay their bill. Other topics include apologizing to a client for your own mistake, complaining to a vendor about service, explaining a delay to a client, and much more.

For more information, contact 575-527 7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.

NMSU rodeo steadily holds second and third place at Cochise College

The men?s and women?s rodeo teams of New Mexico State University held a close lead Sept. 26-27 at Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, with the men?s team taking second and women?s taking third place.

?NMSU teams did well as a whole,? NMSU rodeo coach Jim Brown said. ?Though we did not win first, we did bring home top All-Around men?s honors and saddle bronc riding.?

Tyke Kipp tied for the men?s All-Around award, while junior Ryan McCauley placed first in saddle bronc riding.

?I really like everything about saddle bronc riding,? said McCauley. ?Nothing in particular comes to mind as far as liking a part more than the rest. With rodeo, I really like that it?s a competition but everyone still helps each other out and pulls for one another.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10654/nmsu-rodeo-steadily-holds-second-and-third-place-at-cochise-college