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NMSU Hotline — March 17, 2015

ASNMSU expands importance of higher education in elementary schools

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Spread across an alphabet carpet of a brightly decorated classroom, observant and curious little children patiently wait for Wesley Jackson, president of the Associated Students of New Mexico State University, to read the part about the dinosaur being, ?gone, gone, gone.? Through a new reading campaign, Jackson plans to visit each elementary school in the Las Cruces Public School District, in an effort to teach children the importance of reading and education.

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Campus Announcements

Insurance open forum sponsored by Employee Council

Join the Employee Council at 3 p.m. today in Pete V. Domenici Hall, room 109, when Human Resources will present on the topic of insurance. This event also will be offered online for employees who are unable to attend in person. The link is available at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=35d266a4-3dd5-40b1-ad37-8a608ab452e3.

For more information, call 575-646-4524.

100 West Cafe features Irish and East Coast cuisine this week

100 West Cafe will feature a variety of Irish and East Coast cuisine. The buffet lunch for Tuesdays and Thursdays is from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for March 17 and 19 will be potato salad, tossed salad, corned beef and cabbage with boiled potatoes and horseradish and apple cobbler for dessert. All lunches are $10 and patrons will be allowed one return trip through the line.

A la carte lunch for Wednesdays and Fridays is from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for March 18 and March 20 will be grilled lemon-rosemary chicken, herb-roasted rockfish and fusilli arrabiata pasta with a roasted red potato and green beans as your sides, along with your choice of apple pie or peach-blueberry cobbler for dessert. A la carte lunches are $10. The food lab is unable to provide to-go lunches.

They gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience.

For more information, visit http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5995.

Chemistry and Biochemistry research colloquium to be held Thursday

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry research colloquium by Elliott Stollar, of Eastern New Mexico University, will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Chemistry Building, room 153. The title of the lecture is "Probing the Conformational States Along an SH3 Domain-peptide Binding Pathway.?

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Education dean candidate presentation and open forum to be held Thursday

Donald Pope-Davis, finalist for the position of dean of the College of Education, will present his ?Vision for the NMSU College of Education? at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in Domenici Hall 109.

Pope-Davis has a doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford University and has served in various positions at Notre Dame University, including as director of the Multicultural Research Institute, dean of the graduate school, and vice president for research, and currently is a research professor of clinical psychology at De Paul University.

For more information, call 575-646-6233.

Softball takes on rival UTEP

To commemorate 40 years of softball, NMSU is giving away 40 backpacks, water bottles, T-shirts and cowbells when the Aggies take on I-10 rival UTEP at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. Students can use their NMSU IDs to get into the game. Fans can purchase single-game tickets for only $5.

For more information, call the Pan American Center Ticket Office at 575-646-1420.

Geological Sciences colloquium to be held Wednesday

The Department of Geological Sciences will hold a colloquium by Amy Weislogel, of West Virginia University, titled "Reconstructing Mesozoic Sediment Transport Pathways in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico" from 4 to 5 p.m. March 18, in Gardiner Hall, room 230.

For more information, contact lhubbard@nmsu.edu.

Class fundraiser at Sweet CeCe's March 18 benefits homeless veterans

Students in the Sustainable Development and Global Environment course will present a 10-minute, one-act, free performance at Sweet CeCe?s open mic event at 7 p.m. March 18, at Sweet CeCe's, 901 E. University Ave., Suite B. Ten percent of your sweet purchase goes to fund costumes and sets for the full theater production.

The class project uses fundraising events and crowdsourcing to help create economic sustainability for Las Cruces veterans experiencing homelessness in transitional living at Camp Hope and Oak Street to start their own business.

The "Veterans? Theater? business is putting on plays in university, public school and community theaters to paying customers.

To contribute to the crowdsource project, visit GoFundMe.com/mol1wc, where you can give $5 or reserve a front row seat for $25 for the full, five-act performance.

For more information, see http://peaceaware.com or contact Professor David M. Boje, of the NMSU College of Business Management Department at dboje@nmsu.edu or 575-936-9578.

Students can win $500 by entering the "Letter to the Editor" writing competition

In support of NMSU?s Quality Initiative ASNMSU, the New York Times and the NMSU Office of Assessment have teamed up to reward student writing. All NMSU students are invited to participate in this writing competition by writing a letter to the editor of the New York Times. First-place prize is a $500 cash award; second- and third-place winners will receive $100 gift cards. The deadline to submit an entry is Friday, March 20.

Winners will be announced Monday, April 13. Additional information and instructions for submitting an entry are available athttp://assessment.nmsu.edu/for-students/student-writing-competition.

More information about the Quality Initiative can be found at http://assessment.nmsu.edu/quality-initiatives.

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

World-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to speak

Daniel Libeskind will speak at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at Temple Mt. Sinai, 4408 N. Stanton, El Paso. The cost is $15 for students, $40 for faculty and $75 for general public. This talk is supported by the DACC Architecture program.

Libeskind is an international figure in architecture and urban design. His practice extends from building major cultural and commercial institutions to private homes and object design. Best know for designing iconic buildings such as the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Denver Art Museum, Libeskind is also the master-plan developer for the World Trade Center site in New York.

Libeskind believes that buildings are crafted with perceptible human energy, and that they communicate the greater cultural context in which they are built. His commitment to expanding the scope of architecture reflects his profound interest and involvement in philosophy, art, literature and music.

To learn more about Daniel Libeskind and his work, visit http://libeskind.com/.

For more information, contact luirios@nmsu.edu or Emmanuel Moreno at 915-831-2060 or emanuel23@epcc.edu.

'Introduction to Data Analysis and Visualization' hosted by RISE STARTUP

JMP is an easy to use, standalone statistics and graphics software. It includes comprehensive capabilities for every academic field and its point-and-click interface makes it ideal both for introductory statistics courses as well as more applied advanced courses and research needs.

Curt Hinrichs, senior manager of JMP Academic Programs, will introduce this software?s capabilities Tuesday, March 31, in a luncheon seminar from noon to 2 p.m. in Gerald Thomas, room 330, and a hands-on workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. in Skeen Hall, room W160.

To register, visit http://rise.nmsu.edu/rise-events/.

For more information, contact Kathryn Hanley at khanley@nmsu.edu or Bleu Knight at bleu@nmsu.edu.

Visit the Relaxation Room in Branson Library

Do tests and papers have you feeling stressed? Worried? Overwhelmed? The Relaxation Room offers a range of free services, including biofeedback and massage equipment, to help you practice relaxation and stress reduction. The equipment uses feedback from your body to help you respond to stressful situations more calmly.

The Relaxation Room is located Branson Library, room 127, and is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m Tuesday, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, contact NMSU?s Counseling Center in Garcia Annex, room 100, or at 575-646-2731.

Faculty invited to weigh in on student writing in short survey

NMSU faculty are invited to participate in a survey about student writing in undergraduate courses. The purpose of this survey is to better understand faculty perceptions and beliefs about assigning writing in their undergraduate courses. The survey is 18 questions long, and will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The survey is completely anonymous.

This survey is part of NMSU?s effort to improve student writing through our Quality Initiative project, "Expert Insider Prose: Developing Students? Disciplinary Expertise in Writing," as part of our institutional re-affirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.

Your participation in the survey is important, and will help us better understand factors that influence faculty intentions to assign writing in their undergraduate courses. Participation in this survey is voluntary, and participants will have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for two iPad mini?s and two Visa gift cards in the amount of $250 each. To take the survey, visit https://nmsuir.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0cR75QByxzkHTvv.

Any questions about the survey may be directed to either the Office of Assessment at 575-646-7621, or the Office of Institutional Analysis at 575-6 46-1720.

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, contact the NMSU Office of Research Compliance at 575-646-7177 or ovpr@nmsu.edu.

NMSU hosts grand opening for Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park

Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park at New Mexico State University is now officially open. On Monday, university and community leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new public space, which recognizes the continued generosity of Pat and Lou Sisbarro as well as their commitment to NMSU and the Las Cruces community.

Located east of Aggie Memorial Stadium, the park features a running trail and exercise stations. The university has also planted dozens of trees and made other improvements to make the area more welcoming to the community.

?This park is a fitting tribute, as Lou was one of the people who recommended creating a park to draw the community to campus more often,? said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. ?For years to come, as people visit NMSU, this park will serve as a reminder of the relationship Pat and Lou Sisbarro have with this community.?