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NMSU Hotline — October 9, 2014

NMSU Physical Science Lab tests unmanned aircraft over active mine

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New Mexico State University?s Physical Science Laboratory Unmanned Aircraft Flight Test Center acquired a Certificate of Authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to perform aeronautical research on an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) over an active open pit mine in central Colorado. In conjunction with NewFields LLC, the team used the SenseFly eBee sUAS, a small flying wing weighing less than two pounds. The eBee UAS flew a total of 6.4 hours over three days.

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Campus Announcements

Guest speaker presentation to be held today

The Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research and the Biology Department will co-host guest speaker Erin Scherer who will give a presentation titled "Defining HPV Immunity" from 4-5 p.m., today, in Foster Hall Room 231. Scherer is a post-doctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and is visiting NMSU as a Cancer Teaching Fellow funded by the partnership program between the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and NMSU. Her research in Denise Galloway?s lab focuses on the immune response to HPV in response to natural infection and/or vaccination.

For more information, contact Michele Shuster at mshuster@nmsu.edu or Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.

NM State Philharmonic Orchestra concert Oct. 9

The NM State Philharmonic Orchestra will present its first concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. today, in Atkinson Recital Hall in the Music Center. All are welcome and admission is free.

Under the baton of Christopher Hughes, Director of Instrumental Studies at NMSU, the orchestra will present wonderful selections by Gustav Holst (1874-1934), George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Georges Bizet (1838-1975), and Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Featured soloist will be John Carlo Pierce. In addition, the La Catrina String Quartet will also perform several selections to begin the program.

For more information call 575-646-2304.

?Studio G Networking Hour: Pricing Strategies' to be held this Friday

"Studio G Networking Hour" will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Studio G, located at 1620 Standley Dr., Academic Research Building A. Studio G Networking Hour is a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. This week's presentation discusses strategies for pricing your business?s products and services. Join us to learn about pricing principles, best practices and industry examples.

Studio G helps Aggies start businesses.

For information visit studiog.nmsu.edu.

Student Success Center workshop to be held Friday

Memory and Concentration will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the Zuhl Library Conference Room 225, second floor. Discuss how you can improve your memory while learning techniques that aid information retention.

For more information contact David Melendez at himitsu@nmsu.edu, 575-646-1020 or visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu.

New production ?West Highland Way? premieres at NMSU Center for the Arts

Finding your way in the world and figuring out who you want to be are two of the main themes explored in ?West Highland Way,? a new play directed by Larissa Lury. The production is presented by the American Southwest Theatre Company at New Mexico State University and will run through Oct. 12 at the NMSU Center for the Arts.

Written by Meredith Friedman, ?West Highland Way? tells the story of Jane, a young woman who, recovering from a broken engagement, ventures on a 95-mile walking trail in Scotland accompanied by her father. A chance encounter with a stranger forces her to reevaluate her life and choose between the life she knows and new experiences.

There will be a series of special events complementary to the production including:

? Reception and conversation with playwright Meredith Friedman immediately following the 7:30 performance, Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Center for the Arts Rehearsal Room

? The Search for Identity: An Elusive Quest (workshop with Yosef Lapid, political science; Jamie Bronstein, history; and Ilana Lapid, Creative Media Institute; moderated by director Larissa Lury) at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in the Center for the Arts Rehearsal Room.


Construction on new streetlights to begin next week

As part of the Ameresco ?Conservation and Modernization? project they are replacing 90 streetlights with new poles and new LED light fixtures. The construction work will affect sidewalks and parking lots and will not create any road closures. The poles are 40? tall and the safety of our campus community is of utmost importance. Look for vehicle and pedestrian traffic control during construction - sidewalks will be closed around the area for safety and we ask that you avoid the construction area if possible.

They will make certain that handicap access is available by identifying and marking alternate routes if construction could block an accessible route. Construction will start at 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday, beginning Oct. 13 through the end of Dec. 2014.

For more information or questions regarding their latest energy savings project please call joni newcomer at 575-646-7563 or newcomer@nmsu.edu.

'Writing to Learn' brown bag discussion scheduled for Oct. 13

?Writing to Learn? is a distinct yet often overlooked aspect of writing in the university classroom. Writing to learn (as opposed to learning to write) emphasizes the use of short, informal writing activities to foster course-content learning and discipline thinking. Writing to learn will be the topic of the first in a series of "brown bag" discussions focused on improving student writing in the disciplines.

The event will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in the NMSU Teaching Academy, Milton Hall Room 50. Bring your own brown bag lunch. Drinks and snacks will be provided. To register, go to http://teaching.nmsu.edu/events.

For more information, contact Shelly Stovall at sstovall@nmsu.edu.

NMSU College of Arts and Sciences to kick off colloquium series

The new College of Arts and Sciences Fall 2014 Colloquium Series at New Mexico State University will begin Monday, Oct. 13, with a talk from Tim Ketelaar on ?William James and the Transition to a Modern Science of Psychology.? The colloquium is from 4-5:15 p.m. in Science Hall Room 107 on the NMSU campus.

Ketelaar will explore the influence of William James, author of ?Principles of Psychology.? James was somewhat of a paradox ? a doctor who never practiced medicine and a skeptical scientist who regularly attended sťances.

This year the colloquium series will feature topics relating to ?transitions.?


NMSU Counseling and Student Development Office to present workshop Oct. 14

A free workshop presented by the NMSU Counseling and Student Development Office will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 14, in the Domenici Hall Room 006, lower level. The Developing Healthy Relationships Workshop will help to strengthen your familial, collegial, romantic, social and working relationships. During the workshop, they will define the differences between healthy relationships versus unhealthy relationships. Additionally, they will discuss communication patterns and how to use effective communication skills in relationships.

This workshop is open to all NMSU and DACC students, faculty and staff.

For more information visit http://counselingcenter.nmsu.edu/.

Do you know a former Aggie who is interested in finishing their bachelor?s degree?

The office of Cross Campus Advising will host a "Come Back and Complete" information session from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Corbett Center Colfax Room 210. Participants can find out how many credits they have left to complete their bachelor?s degree, what they need to do to be readmitted to the university and options for possible financial assistance.

For more information contact Marissa Macias-Cross, a campus adviser, at marimaci@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3468.

Elements of Successful Relationships workshop to be held Oct. 15

DACC will conduct its Fall 2014 Weekly Free Workshops and would like to invite the DACC/NMSU Community to attend and participate. Elements of Successful Relationships is the topic to be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the East Mesa Campus.

A strong, healthy relationship can be one of the best supports in life. Good relationships improve all aspects of life, strengthening health, mind and interaction with others. On the other hand, unhealthy relationships can be harmful for health, mental and emotional well-being.

For more information contact mtrujillo@dacc.nmsu.edu.

Event to promote awareness for the blind to be held Oct. 15

DACC's Student Accessibility and Resource Center will host a free event to promote awareness for the blind. The event is sponsored by Blinded Veterans Association Rio Grande Regional Group on the 50th anniversary of National White Cane Safety Day. The purpose of the event is to provide resources and information regarding vision loss.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15, at DACC East Mesa Campus, 2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.

There will be many activities for DACC students and the general public such as a Veterans Mobile Center exhibition, meeting companion dogs, blindfolded golf, blindfolded walk, goal ball, experience dining in the dark, multiple health screening booths and many other free activities for all ages. American Sign Language interpreting will be available on-site.

For more information, call 575-323-4611 or visit www.facebook.com/white.cane.event.

2015 New Mexico Academic Advising Association State Conference to be held March 5-6

Proposals are being solicited for the 2015 Annual Conference of the New Mexico Academic Advising Association (NMAAA), which will be hosted at Dona Ana Community College?s East Mesa Campus March 5-6, 2015. The theme of the conference will be ?Academic Advising: Embracing Partnerships.? Conference breakout sessions will occur Friday, March 6 and will last one hour (50 minute session is ideal to provide transition time), and all formats are welcome, addressing any subject related to the theme. Faculty advisors, professional advisors, administrators and all related associates are encouraged to submit a proposal. The deadline for proposals is Nov. 14.

If you have questions about the proposal process, or would just like to attend the conference, contact either Brad Mazdra at 575-527-7519 or via email at bmazdra@dacc.nmsu.edu or Devonna James at 575-257-3007 or via email at devonna.james@enmu.edu.

For more information visit www.nmaaa.org/annual-conference.html.

NMSU ranks as a leading Hispanic degree producer

New Mexico State University has been honored as a top university for awarding degrees to Hispanic students for the fifth consecutive year.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education publishes annual rankings of the Top 100 producers of associate, bachelor?s and graduate degrees issued to minority students. The top 50 Hispanic bachelor?s and master?s degree awarding schools were featured in the Sept. 25 issue.

NMSU moved into the top 10 in bachelor?s degrees awarded in education to Hispanics, ranking seventh. Additionally, NMSU ranked 25th in bachelor?s degrees in engineering and 28th in bachelor?s in business management, marketing and related support services to Hispanics.


NMSU health, safety director encourages fitness through dance

Katrina Doolittle has worked in the environmental health and safety department at New Mexico State University since the mid 1990s. As its executive director, safety has been her passion for more than 20 years, but a second passion also was born at NMSU ? belly dancing.

?It was international dance week and they brought in a belly dancer to the activities center. I engaged in that class and I was hooked,? said Doolittle.

As a path to staying fit and healthy, Doolittle dances on a regular basis with a group called ?10-plus-ONE? which includes both dancers and percussion artists who also provide Other Novel Entertainment (ONE). They perform at the annual Renaissance Fair in Las Cruces, at various arts events such as the Downtown Ramble and the Love of Art Month at the Branigan Cultural Center.