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NMSU Hotline — January 22, 2015

NMSU Las Cruces and Dona Ana campuses closed; delayed open Friday

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Due to continued deterioration of weather conditions, the NMSU Las Cruces and Dona Ana campuses are closing for regular business and classes effective immediately. In addition, the campuses will delay opening Friday until 10 a.m. Classes prior to 10 a.m. on Friday will not be held. Mission-essential personnel should check with their supervisors to determine if they are still needed, or if they need to report at a different time on Friday to assist in preparing for business.

Taos cafeteria will continue to be open throughout today to provide food service for campus residents. All emergency services remain fully operational.

For updates, visit www.nmsu.edu.

As you leave campus, please drive carefully. While NMSU roads are not iced over at this time, there is significant snow accumulation on some roads which greatly increases stopping distances. Use extreme caution when crossing over bridges, as they will tend to ice first and fastest in these types of conditions.

Campus Announcements

Open forum for graduate school dean finalist rescheduled for Friday

The open forum for the second finalist for dean of the graduate school at New Mexico State University, Craig Ogilvie, has been rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 23. The open forum will be held from 2 to p.m. in O?Donnell Hall, Room 111.

The open forums are open to all faculty, students, staff and community members. After each presentation, there will be time for questions, followed by a reception for the candidate. The search committee encourages everyone to attend.

The candidate feedback link is available at http://provost.nmsu.edu/candidate-feedback.

'Evening of Testimonio' talk postponed due to weather

The ?Evening of Testimonio: Calling for a Paradigm Shift at NMSU? scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22 has been postponed due to weather conditions. The forum will be rescheduled for another date. Contact Spencer Herrera at spencer@nmsu.edu for more information.

Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate student seminar is Friday

A Plant and Environmental Sciences graduate seminar by visiting student Nakarin Jeeatid from Khon Kaen University in Thailand, titled "Growth, Yield and Pungency Responses of Capsicum Chinense Cultivars to Different Levels of Light Intensity," will be held from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. This is part of a series of current research discussions presented by students in the PES master's and doctoral program or faculty from this field. This seminar is open to everyone.

For more information, contact moconnel@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5172.

Observatory open house set for Friday evening

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an observatory open house at the NMSU campus observatory at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23. Astronomy personnel on hand will be Rene Walterbos and graduate assistants Jacob VanderVliet, Kenza Arraki and Diane Feuillet.

Objects to observe include the planets Jupiter and Venus, the Orion nebula, the crescent moon, the comet Lovejoy, and many more celestial objects.

Contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 575-646-1868 with questions. Everyone is welcome to come and spends and evening of stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend!


Jazz orchestra debuts in Las Cruces

The Border Jazz Orchestra will give its premiere performance 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Atkinson Recital Hall on the New Mexico State University campus.

Pancho Romero, professor of trumpet and director of Jazz Ensembles at NMSU, directs the group, which consists of professional jazz musicians from throughout the Las Cruces and El Paso area.

Featured on the program will be vocalist Candice Reyes, pianist Dana Landry, Alan Kaplan on trombone and Romero on flugelhorn.

Members of the group have performed in numerous venues and with world renowned performers such as Elvis Presley, Bobby Vinton, The Four Tops, Diana Ross, and Frank Sinatra.

The concert is free and is part of the weekend?s activities for New Mexico Jazz All State.

Approximately 60 New Mexico high school jazz musicians were chosen by audition to perform in three jazz ensembles at the Jazz All State. Three days of rehearsals will culminate with a concert by the ensembles 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, in Atkinson Recital Hall.

Guest clinicians Dana Landry, University of Northern Colorado; Dona Schmidt, Desert Ridge Middle School, Albuquerque, and Pancho Romero will conduct the ensembles.

New Mexico Jazz All State is sponsored by New Mexico Jazz Educators and hosted by NMSU.

For more information, call Romero at 575-646-5341 or email pancho@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Theatre Arts presents 'One-derful! Song, Dance & Improv' Saturday

The NMSU Theatre Arts Department presents "One-derful! Song, Dance & Improv" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. the evening of one-act plays is directed by NMSU Theatre Arts faculty, with music, improvisation and fun.

Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple and are sold at the door. Tickets include the one-act play, music and improvisation performances, access to the silent auction, and a meet and mingle after the performance, complete with food.

All proceeds benefit student travel and activities such as the American College Theatre Festival, Strawhat Professional Auditions and the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

Support NMSU theatre students who are working hard to make their dreams come true. For more information, contact the theatre office at 575-646-5122 or tiffinir@nmsu.edu.

Pan American Dance Institute of NMSU presents 'Danzas Sin Fronteras'

The Pan American Dance Institute of NMSU presents "Danzas Sin Fronteras" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 in Rentfrow Gymnasium, 3165 Williams Ave. on the NMSU campus. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. "Danzas Sin Fronteras" is a collaborative performance of NMSU Sol Y Arena and Contemporary Dance Theater, EPCC Suspended Motion, UTEP Dance Program and Another River Interdisciplinary Ensemble. The performance will feature ensemble and solo work, including contemporary and flamenco styles.

For more information contact Ann Gavit at agavit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2070.

NMSU Estate Planning Conference for Women to be held in February

NMSU Advancement will offer its the eighth annual "NMSU Estate Planning Conference for Women" in Las Cruces. The conference begins Wednesday, Feb. 4, and continues each Wednesday morning from 8:15 to 11 a.m. through Feb. 25. This special program is offered as a community service for area women (only) with support from the NMSU Alumni Association, NMSU Advancement, and Scott Hulse, PC.

The four-part series is held on campus and is led by prominent financial planners. The curriculum offers the fundamentals of financial and estate planning, including wills and trusts, asset protection, taxes, charitable giving, elder law, money management and much more.

There is no charge, but space is limited. Early registration is encouraged, and participants are asked to attend all four sessions. The final day will include a fun graduation celebration luncheon.

For more information, call or email Robert Peterson, NMSU Advancement, Gift Planning Director and Conference Facilitator, at 575-646-4358 or peterson@nmsu.edu.

To inquire about registration, contact Nohemi Perez, NMSU Advancement Special Events Coordinator, at 575-646-1106 or nohemip@nmsu.edu.

NMSU team joins Colombian university and reports on Partners in the Americas Project

A team from New Mexico State University?s Plant and Environmental Sciences went to Colombia for two weeks of classes and cultural exchange programs at University of La Salle?s campuses in Yopal and Bogota last November in partial fulfillment of agreements in the Partners in the Americas Project. In April 2015, a group from La Salle is scheduled to visit NMSU. Read more about NMSU?s visit to Columbia at http://ibp.nmsu.edu/files/2014/12/PES-Newsletter-Colombia-Trip-MKON.pdf

Now accepting applications for Presidential Ambassadors

If you have any students who you believe would represent NMSU and the Office of the President positively and professionally, have them apply to be a Presidential Ambassador. Applications can be picked up from Gena Bermudez in Corbett Center, Room 230 A. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3.

For more information, contact Gena Bermudez at genaberm@nmsu.edu.