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NMSU Hotline — November 14, 2014

Why didn?t the chicken cross the road: NMSU researches decline of lesser prairie chickens

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The lesser prairie chicken was once abundant over Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and parts of Colorado; their population has declined about 90 percent. Their range has been reduced by about 80 percent. Today the total population is approximately 16,000 birds. Southeastern New Mexico is home to a declining population of lesser prairie chickens where they inhabit a vast landscape of shinnery oak, native grasses and sand dunes. New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Ecologist Scott Carleton is leading three research projects through New Mexico State University on various life history aspects of this species to benefit their management and conservation. He and his team of graduate and undergraduate students work with state, federal and private organizations to provide solutions in hopes of better understanding the biology of these birds in New Mexico.

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Campus Announcements

?Studio G Networking Hour: Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series' to be held today

Studio G Networking Hour will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today, at Studio G, located at 1620 Standley Drive, 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 covers frameworks for pricing your product, calculating customer lifetime value and designing a sales strategy. Join us to learn about making the economics of your business work.

For information, visit studiog.nmsu.edu.

Crimson Creations is now selling pecan pie

Crimson Creations is now selling pecan pie slices, whole pecan pie, pecan pie a la mode (pecan pie slice with vanilla gelato on top), hot chocolate and coffee. They are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in Gerald Thomas Hall lobby.

For more information, email CrimsonCreations@nmsu.edu.

Stewart Street to close Saturday for Cubmobile Derby

Stewart Street will be closed from South Locust Street to Breland Drive from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, for the annual Cub Scouts Cubmobile Derby. The Cubmobile Derby is a Soap Box Derby for Cub Scouts from 7 to 10 years old.

Last year, more than 100 Cub Scouts participated from multiple Packs in the region. Those attending the event should park in the lot east of Breland Hall. The crosswalk on Stewart Street that allows access to the Activity Center will remain open throughout the event.

Computer science colloquium to be held today

Abdullah Mueen will present ?Finding Repeated Structure in Time Series? at 2 p.m. today, 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.

Sky Safari to be held Saturday

The NMSU Department of Astronomy and the Southern New Mexico Natural History Foundation will host a Sky Safari from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the NMSU campus observatory. Graduate student assistants Jeremy Emmett, Ethan Dederick, Amber Hall, and Jacob Vander Vliet will be available for information at the event.

On Saturday evening, observe the Andromeda Galaxy as well as several impressive open and globular star clusters.

For more information call 575-646-4438.

'Bad Country' author reading and signing this Saturday

CB McKenzie will present his debut Southwestern-themed mystery (and winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize), ?Bad Country,? at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces. McKenzie will read passages from his work, followed by a book-signing.

The event is free and open to the public. Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. All campus parking is free on the weekends.

For more information call 575-646-4431 or ?join? the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1494407004174866/ for updates and reminders.

Alabama and Jamie Lynn Spears perform live this Saturday

One of country?s biggest names brings their ?All American Tour 2014? to NMSU?s Pan American Center in Las Cruces for a one-night-only performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

With 43 #1 singles, two Grammys, eight Entertainer of the Year awards, ACM?s Artist of the Decade, and well over 100 other credits to their name, this is one concert not to be missed. Joining the tour is actress turned singer, Jamie Lynn Spears, whose first single, ?How Could I Want More,? was named a Taste of Country Critic?s Pick.

Tickets are still available at $30.50, $40.50, and $50.50 plus applicable fees at the Pan Am Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at http://bit.ly/1pNyO1I. Military can save $5 on a single ticket at any Ticketmaster outlet, including the Pan Am Ticket Office, simply by presenting their military ID. Offer is not valid at Ticketmaster.com.

For more information, call 575-646-1420 or visit http://panam.nmsu.edu/alabama/ to view select videos. ?Join? the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/579556448836517/ for updates and reminders.

Student Success Center Workshop to be held Tuesday

Effective Presentations will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Zuhl Library Conference Room 225 on the second floor. Make your class presentations stand out from the crowd. Become aware of the ?Do?s and Don?ts? of presentations.

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

NMSU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert to be held Tuesday

The New Mexico State Department of Music will present the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band ?Battles and Strife? concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the NMSU Music Building Atkinson Recital Hall. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

The concert features special guest Ron Thielman conducting his composition, "Variations and Hymn." The selection of additional pieces includes "Esprit de Corps," by Robert E. Jager; "Irish Tune from County Derry," by Percy Grainger; "Chester Overture," by William Schuman; "The Good Soldier Schwelk Suite, Op. 22," by Robert Kurka; and "Symphony No. 4 for Symphonic Wind Ensemble," by David Maslanka.

For more information, call 575-646-2304.

Celebrate Thanksgiving early at two campus dining events

Sodexo Campus Dining has two Thanksgiving lunches planned before the holiday break. First, enjoy an ?Early Thanksgiving? Bistro Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Stan Fulton Athletic Center?s 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. Maple and sage roasted turkey, stone ground mustard and herb crusted pork loin, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole with buttermilk fried shallots, freshly baked pecan and pumpkin pies all for $10.99 plus tax. Aggie Cash and Aggie Dining Dollars are accepted. ?Join? the Facebook event page at http://on.fb.me/1vb3Cvx for updates and reminders for all of this year?s Bistro Buffets.

The celebration moves to Corbett Center Student Union?s Taos Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the following day, Thursday, Nov. 20. In addition to many of your Taos favorites, the buffet will also include carved roast turkey, carved ham, whipped potatoes, candied yams, green bean casserole, Waldorf salad, butternut squash soup, dinner rolls, and apple, pecan and pumpkin pies. Lunch is $7.89 plus tax or one meal plan swipe. Aggie Cash and Aggie Dining Dollars are accepted. View more upcoming Taos Cultural/Holiday Lunches at http://on.fb.me/Wgb51P.

For more information, call 575-646-4801.

Faculty Speaker Series to be held Nov. 20

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will hold a colloquium by Barbara Lyons titled "The Grb 7 Protein: Functional Form and Protein-protein Interactions" at 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Chemistry Building, room 111. Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk. Coffee will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact mawiggs@nmsu.edu.

Parking lot closures planned during Thanksgiving week to provide safer, more efficient lighting

In order to replace the current safety lighting system with a brighter, more efficient system, parking lots #15 and #16 off Jordan Street between Barnes & Noble at NMSU and the Speech Building will close at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, and will reopen Monday, Dec. 1.

This includes the orange all permit area, the bookstore parking section, Speech Clinic reserved parking and the crimson faculty/staff section near the trees east of the Speech Building. The faculty/staff crimson lot #14, located directly west of #15 & #16 next to Health & Social Services, will become a ?free lot? during this time and will be open to everyone.

The closure of these lots has been timed to take advantage of decreased traffic on campus. All lots in question are located at E-1 on the campus parking map at http://bit.ly/1zMYWD2.

For more information, contact the Parking Office at 575-646-1839 or parking@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Women?s Club Holiday Reception is Dec. 5

The NMSU Women?s Club will hold their annual Holiday Reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 330.

Audrey Hartley, director of Jardin de los Ninos, will speak about the local childcare facility whose mission is to support homeless children and their families. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped item to donate. They particularly need disposable diapers, baby wipes, pull ups for boys and girls, underwear for boys and girls size 2T to 5, baby bottles, and bibs.

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, movies and plays, antiquing, hiking and gourmet dinners.

For more information about this event, contact club president Esther Devall at edevall@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1161 or visit womensclub.nmsu.edu.

Startup Weekend winners develop more than just new business ideas

The winning team from a recent Startup Weekend event at New Mexico State University?s Arrowhead Center is working to make its project, an organizational mobile application, a reality ? but team leader Kenneth Jacobs said the value of Startup Weekend is about much more than any one business launch.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it?s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Jacobs has attended several Startup Weekend events, including the first to be held in Las Cruces last fall. He said he keeps attending because he finds the format ? getting people together and turning them loose to see what happens ? inspiring.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10767/startup-weekend-winners-develop-more-than-just-new-business-ideas