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NMSU Hotline — December 5, 2014

NMSU international hospitality pilot program concludes in December

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Since late April, New Mexico State University has hosted 14 high school graduates from Ecuador as part of a pilot project to teach the students English and the hospitality industry. The students arrived in Las Cruces following a January 2014 agreement between NMSU and the Ecuadorean government. Yachay: City of Knowledge, is located near Ibarra, the capital of a rural province called Imbabura. The project is part of a multi-billion dollar campaign in the country to build and improve public universities and K-12 schools.

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Studio G Networking Hour concludes its Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series 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 calculating cost of customer acquisition, identifying and testing key assumptions, defining a minimum viable business product, securing your first customers, and developing a product plan. This will be the last networking hour for the semester and the finale of the Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series. Studio G helps Aggies start businesses.

For information, visit studiog.nmsu.edu.

Noche de Luminarias to be held Sunday

More than 7,100 luminarias will illuminate the campus of New Mexico State University from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, during the 30th annual Noche de Luminarias. "Noche de Luminarias" or "Night of Lights" is a university tradition that began in 1984 as the President's Holiday Reception. It is a way for the university and community to kick off the holiday season with an evening of festivities and entertainment.

One of the largest luminaria displays in New Mexico, the candle-lit paper bags will begin at the Educational Services Building, follow along the International Mall, surround Corbett Center Student Union, extend down to Barnes and Noble and continue to the University Museum. The Las Cruces High School band will set up the display. Visitors can enjoy trolley rides provided by Frontier Adventures along the luminaria route and free refreshments, provided by Sodexo, inside Corbett Center. Refreshment will also be served the bookstore and museum.

"Noche de Luminarias" is sponsored by NMSU Campus Activities, ASNMSU, Housing and Campus Life, Auxiliary Services, the Barnes & Noble at NMSU, University Museum, Sodexo and Corbett Center Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call ASNMSU at 575-646-4415 or Campus Activities at 575-646-3200.

Opening reception for Navajo art exhibit at University Museum to be held Sunday

The University Museum will hold an opening reception for "Harmonious Beauty - Through the Eyes of Diné Artists" from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Kent Hall, at the corner of University Avenue and Solano Drive. This exhibition includes works by renowned artists including R.C. Gorman, Gerald Nailor and Harrison Begay. These works of art from the permanent collection will be on display to the public for the first time.

The works featured in this exhibit provide a unique opportunity to look into the world of the Diné (Navajo), as seen and created by Diné artists. The creative works in this exhibit exemplify "hozho," which embodies the Diné philosophy of striving to achieve balance and retain harmony, beauty and order in life.

The University Museum will host this reception in conjunction with Noche de Luminarias. Kent Hall will be illuminated with candlelight from hundreds of luminarias. Refreshments including hot chocolate, Navajo tea, cookies and tamales will be provided.

For more information, call 575-646-4056.

Finals Late Night Breakfast planned Tuesday

This semester?s Finals Late Night Breakfast will take place from 9 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Corbett Center Student Union?s Taos Restaurant. Taos will close from 7 to 9 p.m. in preparation for the event. Admission is one meal plan swipe or $2 and a canned food item. The event will include breakfast items throughout the night, including pancakes, breakfast pizza, egg scrambles, pastries and a full hot chocolate bar. There will be a DJ and the opportunity to win electronics and a mountain bike. For more information, contact cspivak2@nmsu.edu.

For more events, visit http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/10806/new-mexico-state-university-events-dec-6-12.

Reception to recognize McKinley Boston to be held Dec. 11

A reception to recognize McKinley Boston for 10 years of service will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club, 3rd Floor Fulton Athletics Center, 1815 Wells St.

During Boston?s tenure, NMSU student athletes have logged thousands of hours of community service each year. Under his watch, NMSU student athletes have won 16 WAC team championships and 33 WAC individual championships. Boston also guided NMSU through the transition of the Western Athletic Conference, which saw a dramatic change in both the face and the geographic footprint of the conference.

For more information, call 575-646-8050.

Holiday Angel Tree will benefit children served by CYFD

The New Mexico State University School of Social Work's Family and Child Welfare Training Project will host its annual Holiday Angel Tree. The group is partnering with Children, Youth, and Families Department to make the holidays brighter for local children who receive services from CYFD. They are looking for angels to donate gifts to children, ages 0-18.

Individuals interested in purchasing a gift for a child or adolescent can choose an angel tag from the angel tree in the Health and Social Services Building, Suite 210. Gifts should be returned with the attached angel tag to an age-appropriate unwrapped gift in a gift bag by Friday, Dec. 12. Gifts will be distributed to the children the week before Christmas.

For more information, contact Gloria Nuñez at 575-646-4874 or glnunez@nmsu.edu.

'Climate in the Real World' course is available

The spring 2015 3-credit course ?Climate in the Real World,? HON 421 M05/ES 451, will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, in Honors WCHC 205.

Examine elements of climate, environmental science, satellite technology, instrumentation, and policy in a practical setting. The goal is provide you experience in designing and executing field studies. Classroom discussions will be followed by hands-on activities related to monitoring the climate and air quality. Classroom sessions will be held to plan, analyze, and present data collected in the field. Students will explore ways to measure wind erosion, weather and air quality. No prior background in climate or instrumentation is assumed.

For more information, contact Dave DuBois at dwdubois@nmsu.edu.

Cancer Research Center has internships for undergraduates and graduates

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, in collaboration with NMSU, will sponsor cancer research summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students.

The paid nine-week programs will be Monday, June 15, through Friday, Aug. 14. Students must be able to commit to this entire period in order to participate.

For the undergraduate internship program, eligible students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident currently enrolled in a U.S. university or college, entering the summer before the final year (or semester or quarter) of undergraduate studies, and must have a strong background in the sciences or related areas of interest.

The deadline for all undergraduate applications is Jan. 16. To apply, submit an application athttp://www.fhcrc.org/en/education-training/undergraduate-students.html.

For more information, visit http://www.fhcrc.org/en/labs/science-projects/pacr/interships-training/undergraduate.html or contact Michele Shuster at mshuster@nmsu.edu, or Lene Loest athloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.

For the graduate internship program, students interested in diverse aspects of cancer research in human populations and are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at NMSU are encouraged to apply. Accepted students are required to participate in a one-week Data Analysis Workshop to be held at NMSU from May 26 to 29. Eligible students must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

The deadline for all graduate applications is Friday, Feb 6. To apply, submit an application at: http://www.fhcrc.org/mph.

For more information visit the website http://www.fhcrc.org/mph or contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu.