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NMSU Hotline — November 13, 2014

NMSU alumnus, award winner manages spectacular wildlife refuge

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Imagine having a job that allows you to wake to the sight of tens of thousands of birds rising into the air against a natural tapestry of water, color and light. New Mexico State University alumnus Kevin Cobble doesn?t have to imagine it. He is the refuge manager at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro. Cobble, who graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Wildlife Science in 1978, is the recipient of this year?s Distinguished Alumni and James F. Cole Memorial Award, the NMSU Alumni Association?s highest honor.



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Campus Announcements

America Recycles Day celebration today at Corbett Center

ASNMSU and the Office of Sustainability will co-sponsor a celebration of the importance of recycling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, outside Corbett Center Rotunda. One table will offer free used clothing, shoes, and other items to honor the ?Reuse? part of the three arrows. Greening the Curriculum and other student groups will be there to teach us the importance of ?Reduce?Reuse?Recycle.? Sign the Green Pledge and receive a goodie for promising to be a Green Aggie.

For more information, call 575-646-7563.

Workshop for first-generation college students to be held today

A free workshop, "Being a First Generation College Student," presented by NMSU Counseling and Student Development Office, will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today, in the Zuhl Library Room 225.

This workshop is open to members of the campus community who identify as first-generation college students. It is designed to provide information about questions and challenges typically facing first-generation college students to help them navigate their college experience and thrive as university students. It will include open discussion about common factors affecting college success, ways to help transition to the university environment, and how to locate and utilize resources available to help meet their social, financial and academic goals.

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

Computer science colloquium to be held Friday

Abdullah Mueen will present ?Finding Repeated Structure in Time Series? at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in Thomas and Brown Hall, Room 304. Mueen will discuss repeated patterns in time series data, which are indicative to identical dynamics in the origin. Such patterns can be used to summarize, classify, compress, cluster and classify time series data.

For more information, call 575-646-3723.

NMSU Choirs perform this weekend

The New Mexico State University Choirs performance "Rhythmica!" will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Join the combined choirs of NMSU for a high-energy concert featuring Koshinski?s ?Concerto for Marimba and Choir? with faculty member and percussionist Michael Armendariz. Additional choral works by Arvo Pärt, Mozart And Fauré will include string orchestra.

A silent auction with great gifts for the holidays will be held at each performance. All proceeds support the NMSU Choir Tour to Germany and the Czech Republic in spring 2015. Come early to begin bidding. Cash, credit card and check accepted.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased in advance by calling the Pan Am box office at 575-646-1420.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services to be closed Friday

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services will be closed all day Friday, Nov. 14, for offsite professional development. Be sure to leave them a voice mail or email and they will respond as quickly as possible Monday, Nov. 17.

For more information, call 575-646-4105 or email financialaid@nmsu.edu.

'Smoke on the Mountain' to be performed Nov. 14-16 and 21-23

NMSU at Alamogordo Theatre on the Hill will present the family-friendly musical "Smoke on the Mountain," at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 15, and 21, 22 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 and 23, at the Rohovec Theatre.

Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus. Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe, the young and enthusiastic minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring his tiny congregation into "the modern world."

Between songs, each family member "witnesses" ? telling a story about an important event in their life. Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true ? and hilariously imperfect ? natures. By the evening's end, everyone in the Sanders family has endeared themselves to us by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs.

This is a delightful show that your entire family can enjoy. Bring your friends and neighbors and come and meet the Sanders family. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the Blue Stone or Books Revisited.

For more information, call Theresa at 575-439-3670.

KRWG celebrates 50 years of broadcasting with open house Saturday

Join KRWG in celebrating 50 years of discovery from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in the grass just north of Milton Hall. There will be cake and ice cream, step and repeat pictures, 50th anniversary gold coins and lots of giveaways. Station tours will be given in the radio and TV studios.

For more information, call 575-646-2222, email datafoya@nmsu.edu or visit krwg.org.

CLABS talk to be held Nov. 20

Tamara Falicov, an associate professor and department chair in Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, will give a talk titled ?On Co-Production and Collaboration: How International Film Festivals Help Shape and Circulate Latin American Cinema? at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Nason House.

This talk will discuss how European film festivals such as Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes and others are providing opportunities for Latin American filmmakers to receive further training in screenwriting, production funding, and post-production grants (editing, sound mixing, subtitling, etc.). Falicov's research looks at the positives and negatives in this exchange, and presents alternative vision for how these meetings/encounters might work more democratically between festivals of the North and filmmakers from the South.

For more information, contact 575-646-6814.

DACC small business workshops available

The Small Business Development Center at the DACC Workforce Center will offer the following free workshops.

"Gross Receipts Tax Overview" will be held at 2 and 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. This workshop covers how to file CRS-1 reports and pay gross receipts taxes properly to avoid penalties. The instructor will also discuss the purpose of non-taxable transaction certificates as well as how to request and issue the certificate.

"Marketing Your Business" will be held at 2 and 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. Whether the business is a startup or established, it can be difficult to determine where and how advertising dollars should be spend. Learn different marketing strategies that can help stretch the advertising budget.

For more information or to register, visit http://dabcc-www.nmsu.edu/sbdc/ or http://www.nmsbdc.org/lascruces/ or call 575-527-7676.

Study wildlife medicine and conservation in Belize during spring break

A program to study wildlife medicine and conservation in Belize during spring break is open to students, alumni, faculty and community members. Earn three credits in Belize, Central America, this spring break for ANSC 448/550: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation in the Tropics.

NMSU?s Companion Animal Professor Gaylene Fasenko in the Animal Science Department is offering this faculty-led course March 20-27. This course is open to students and non-students. Only five spaces are left and are expected to fill quickly. The deadline is Dec. 5.

Program cost is $2,086 for students, including all lodging, meals, tours, guides, transportation and health insurance. Not included is the international airfare, NMSU tuition, passport and personal expenses. Scholarships of $200 to $400 are available for the first 10 students to sign up. Community members will pay a slightly higher rate and fund NMSU student scholarships on this program.

The class will meet once per week during the spring semester and then spend eight days in Belize during spring break. You'll get hands-on clinical and field experience working alongside wildlife veterinarians at the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic. Some of the sites that will be visited include a black howler sanctuary, bird rescue center, the Belize Zoo, and iguana conservation project. This is your opportunity to get close-up, behind-the-scenes wildlife medicine experience.

For more information and to sign up, contact Celia Salinas at celiasal@nmsu.edu.