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NMSU Hotline — April 15, 2015

Honors College Scholarship recipient to study bobtail squid in the Philippines


A New Mexico State University student will be able to take her study of light-emitting squid out of the lab and into the field with the help of a scholarship from the Honors College.

Kira Turnham, a junior from Edgewood, New Mexico, majoring in biology, has been working with Regents Professor Michele Nishiguchi to study how bobtail squid have evolved a form of camouflage that uses light to blend in with sunlight on the ocean?s surface, shielding them from aquatic predators below.

The Honors College will host a reception from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, to celebrate Turnham?s scholarship award and recognize all the applicants and their mentors at the Conroy Honors Center on the NMSU campus.

For more information about the NMSU Honors College, visit honors.nmsu.edu.

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Campus Announcements

Employee Council sponsors open forum on budget today

Employee Council invites all staff and faculty to participate in a council-sponsored open forum on the NMSU budget for 2015-16, to be held at 3 p.m. today in Domenici Hall, room 109. Chancellor Garrey Carruthers will be joined by Senior Vice President Angela Throneberry in a discussion of how enrollment trends, legislation from the recently concluded session, and actions at the recent regents? meeting have impacted the coming year?s instruction and general budget for the university.

Employees who cannot attend in person are invited to join a webcast of the forum at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=d7b4595d-55be-4325-b6e4-378f8038bf41; webcast attendees will have the same opportunities to ask questions as those personally present.

Campus Health Center to close early today

The Campus Health Center will close at 11:30 a.m. today for staff training and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 16.

For more information, call 575-646-1512.

Opera canceled April 16 and 17

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Doņa Ana Lyric Opera has elected to cancel its production of Handel?s "Xerxes," scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17, in the Atkinson Recital Hall.

Selections from "Xerxes" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today in the Atkinson Recital Hall. Danielle Turner, soprano, and Ejerson Balabas, baritone, will be accompanied by the New Mexico State University Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Christopher Hughes. Admission is free.

For more information, call 575-646-2067.

Chemistry and Biochemistry research colloquium to be held Thursday

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry research colloquium by Katja Michael of the Chemistry Department at University of Texas at El Paso, will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Chemistry Building, room 153. The title of the lecture is "Photochemical Synthesis of Peptides and Synthesis of Trypanosoma Cruzi Cell Surface Saccharides."

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

AVP for enrollment management candidate visits campus April 16

The open forum for Helen Albertson, candidate for the position of associate vice president for enrollment management will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Corbett Center Senate Gallery, room 304. All members of the university community are strongly encouraged to attend and provide feedback.

Albertson served as vice president and associate dean of student affairs at Loyola Law School and holds an Ed.D from University of Pennsylvania in higher education management and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

Information on the candidate and the candidate feedback form can be accessed at http://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/associate-vice-president-for-enrollment-management/finalists.

Student Success Center workshop on public speaking to be held April 17

A public speaking workshop will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 17, in Zuhl Library Conference Room, 225 on the second floor. Become aware of the ?Do?s and Don?ts ? of public speaking. Learn and discuss strategies and techniques to help you control anxiety and become a better public speaker.

For more information, contact Michelle Adames at micsaenz@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3136, or visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu.

NMSU to honor Mike and Judy Johnson before Friday?s baseball game

The Aggie baseball team begins a three-game series against Grand Canyon at 6 p.m. Friday at the newly renovated Presley Askew Field. Be on hand for the historic stadium dedication ceremony as NMSU recognizes Mike and Judy Johnson, who donated $1.4 million to renovate the stadium. Mike Johnson will throw out the first pitch before the game. Scott and Teri Bannister will also be recognized for their family?s generous gifts to the program. Come enjoy the game and help NMSU give a big Aggie thank-you to our supporters.

The series opener also features dollar concession items like hot dogs, cotton candy, small popcorn and small candy. Wear your favorite white Aggie T-shirt and get in for just $1. Join us in the last two games of the series, which includes the fan favorite ?Bark at the Park? promotion on Saturday at 6 p.m., where you can bring your furry friend on their favorite leash and enjoy an evening of Aggie baseball for just $5. Sunday?s series finale at noon will conclude with $1 ice cream, Pistol Pete?s Kid Zone and the MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competition for kids ages 7 to 13.

For more information, call 575-646-8052. NMSU students get in with their ID and kids 12 and under are free.

Earth Day celebration is April 19

Everyone is welcome to join the fun at the Earth Day celebration from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 19. Come to the NMSU Horseshoe for live music, dance, educational booths, local food, sustainable vendors, a solar-powered stage and the opportunity to learn more about what you can do to keep Mother Earth healthy. This fun-in-the-sun, family-friendly event is hosted by the Organization of Aggie Students Inspiring Sustainability (OASIS), in conjunction with KRUX and ASNMSU.

For more information, contact joni newcomer, co-adviser for OASIS, at 575-202-9989, or visit http://nmsuoasis.org/projects-and-events/earth-day/.

Children's Festival to be held April 25 at DACC

The Dona Ana Community College Education Club will hold a Children's Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 in the commons area on the central DACC Campus, 3400 S. Espina St. The festival offers activities, games and other fun for children of all ages, as well as live entertainment. Admission is free. Raffle tickets are available for a $1 donation.

For more information, call 575-528-7044.

Road closure scheduled for Wells Street and Arrowhead Drive

Westbound Wells Street and its sidewalk will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 to install a new cooling tower for Dona Ana Community College Building 341. One westbound street lane and the sidewalk on the north side of Wells Street will be closed. Barriers will be erected on both sides of South Espina Street to ensure proper traffic flow through the Wells and Espina intersection.

Arrowhead Drive will have interrupted access from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20. Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine contractor GenCon will excavate the center median to assess the existing domestic water line for the future building tie-in. This assessment will help the utilities contractor determine what materials need to be ordered for the future tie-in.

Inner north- and southbound lanes will be closed off; outer lanes will remain accessible for vehicular traffic. Pedestrian sidewalks will not be affected.

For more information, view the contractor?s traffic control plan at http://facilities.nmsu.edu/road-closures.

Student art show ?In Between? opens at NMSU gallery

The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University is hosting its annual exhibition, ?In Between,? which features the semester?s graduating students from the Master of Fine Arts program in the Department of Art. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the gallery.

The MFA degree is a program in which students are encouraged to create works that are both interdisciplinary and intercultural. Typically working within a three-year timespan, students of the MFA program communicate complex concepts through the exploration of a diverse range of media. Students work with materials ranging from the more traditional, such as acrylic paints, to new media, resulting in found object installations and two-dimensional works, all of which provide each student an opportunity to investigate new contexts for their practice.

This year?s MFA graduates are Aubrey de Cheubell, Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo and Kristopher Wilson.


Stressbusters returns April 29 and 30

Counseling and Student Development will host Stressbusters Days to help students cope with the stress of getting ready for finals. They will partner with on- and off-campus organizations to provide students with fun, free activities in various locations on campus.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 on the International Mall in front of Guthrie Hall and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 on the Frenger Mall in front of Zuhl Library.

Local businesses will provide free acupuncture, chair massage, yoga demonstrations and manicures. Therapy dogs from Therapaws will be present, along with Striking the Wonder Dog. Sodexo Campus Dining will provide iced tea and the Counseling Center will provide multiple relaxation stations with various activities.

There will be free drawings and door prizes throughout the event for Aggie gear and free passes to yoga. Aggie Athletics will host a free prize drawing for a chance to throw first pitch at the Aggie-Lobo baseball game May 5.

For more information, contact counsel@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2731.

NMSU program at Corona focuses on solar water pumping, off-grid lighting

In New Mexico, remote ranches may not have ready access to electricity but almost always have access to abundant solar energy. So, how do you get from a sunny day to a usable solar electric system?

Participants will be able to get answers about solar water pumping and off-grid lighting during the Wednesday, April 29, Beyond the Roundtable program at New Mexico State University?s Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability in Corona.

?Ranches and other agricultural operations need to be efficient in managing their costs however possible,? said Shad Cox, superintendent of NMSU?s Corona Range and Livestock Research Center. ?Experts at this program will give practical guidance on using solar energy as a power source ? from solar electric system design to available cost shares and grants for installation costs.?

The program will begin at 10 a.m. with a session on the basics of solar electric systems by Thomas Jenkins, professor of engineering technology with NMSU?s Engineering New Mexico Resources Network.


DACC Community Education course covers CPR for teens

In the DACC Community Education course "CPR for Teens," learn Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED. Learn when CPR is needed, how to give CPR to a child and infant, and how to use an AED. A two-year certification from the American Heart Association will be awarded for the course, designed for teens ages 12 to 18.

For more information or to sign up, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

NMSU students to analyze water quality in Luna County

As part of a research project conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health and the state Water Resources Research Institute, chemical engineering students from New Mexico State University, studying public health, are assigned to collect water quality data in Luna County, analyzing the results and providing feedback to property owners on how to filter or treat tap water that fails to meet health standards.

Luna County property owners are invited to stop by the Cooperative Extension Office and pick up a free water sampling kit Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The kit includes an instruction sheet explaining how to collect your sample for lab testing.

Water samples from private wells are currently being tested for the presence of coliform, fluoride, arsenic and other contaminants.