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NMSU Hotline — April 17, 2015

International Conference for Taekwondo puts NMSU in spotlight

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The New Mexico State University College of Education?s recent International Academic Conference for Taekwondo (iACT) has received international attention. The January event has already been covered by a global Taekwondo magazine, said event organizer Ron Dziwenka, program manager for assessment in the College of Education.

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College of Engineering welcomes assistant professor today as third lecturer in Verge Series

NMSU?s College of Engineering welcomes Luke Nogales, assistant professor at New Mexico State University and enterprise adviser at Arrowhead Center, as a speaker in the spring Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship. His presentation entitled ?Aggie Innovation Fellows Create Value on Campus? will be held at 4 p.m. today in Thomas and Brown Hall Room 104. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Nogales worked as an innovator at Procter & Gamble before securing a position at NMSU. At Procter & Gamble, he worked in the Disruptive Innovation Department and the New Business Creation Organization, both part of the baby care business unit. While in the New Business Creation organization, he developed products and helped pioneer new business models for rural consumers in Africa and eco-conscious affluent consumers in North America.

While working full-time at Procter & Gamble, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nogales went to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he received a master?s degree in production design and development. He received a bachelor?s in mechanical engineering technology from New Mexico State University.

For more information, contact Spyros Angelis at 575-646-2975 or loky@nmsu.edu.

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

The Aggie baseball team begins a three-game series against Grand Canyon at 6 p.m. today 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.

?Studio G Networking Hour: How to get customers' to be held Friday afternoon

"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 discusses lessons from the book ?Traction: A Startup Guide To Getting Customers.? The motto ?traction trumps everything? is great for startups; if you can get users, customers and activity, you demonstrate the value of your enterprise. Join them to learn about the 19 channels for getting customers, as discussed in ?Traction.?

Studio G helps Aggies start businesses. For information, visit studiog.nmsu.edu.

Food pantry opens at NMSU Alamogordo

NMSU Alamogordo has a newly established food pantry, Aggie Cupboard Alamogordo. The program will begin monthly food distribution from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. Food can be picked up at the kitchen located in the Tays Center. The program is open to any NMSU-A student or employee who has an NMSU ID. Donation boxes are available on campus in the Allied Health building, Academic Support Center, all division office areas, Glass House, Library and Student Center. Donations and volunteers are needed.

Future dates for distribution are from 4 to 6 p.m. April 22, May 26, May 27, June 23, June 24, July 21 and July 22.

NMSU-A student and employee identification cards are available in the Student Services Building.

For more information, contact Beth Hillis at 575-439-3878 or bhillis@nmsu.edu.

Communication Studies Department to host visit and speech

Professor Jan van Dijk will visit with faculty and students in the Communication Studies Department for the next few weeks. He and Kenneth Hacker are on working on their second book about new media and democracy, called "Democracy in a Network Society." Van Dijk is a communication scientist at the University of Twente in The Netherlands.

He is one of the most published authors in the world on the subject of the digital divide. He will deliver a speech concerning "Why the Digital Divide is Not Getting Better," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Health College Auditorium. You can learn more about Professor van Dijk at his website http://www.utwente.nl/bms/vandijk.

For more information contact, Kenneth Hacker, Communication Studies Department Head, at khacker@nmsu.edu or 575-646-4937.

Finalists selected in NMSU Alamogordo presidential search

The New Mexico State University Alamogordo Presidential Search Committee has extended invitations to three candidates for campus interviews and plans a community reception for each candidate to give Otero County residents and others an opportunity to interact with the finalists.

Selected as finalists were Steve Rook, vice president for academic and student affairs at Rich Mountain Community College, Mena, Arkansas; Lydia Tena, Northwest Campus dean and dean of instructional programs at El Paso Community College; and D. Ryan Carstens, vice president for academic affairs at NMSU Alamogordo.

?We were able to attract an excellent pool of candidates in this search and are looking forward to the campus interviews and community receptions,? said NMSU Associate Vice President and Deputy Provost Greg Fant, who is chairing the search committee. ?We are committed to selecting the best candidate to lead NMSU Alamogordo to the next level.?


NMSU Rodeo to be held April 24-26

NMSU Rodeo will be held at 5 p.m. April 24 and 25 and at 1 p.m. April 26, at the Aggie Tailgate Lot, off Interstate 25, at University Avenue Exit 1, in the Aggie Memorial Stadium parking lot. NMSU students get in free with ID. Admission is $5.

For more information, contact brownji@ad.nmsu.edu.

Aggies to host spring football game April 25

Aggie fans can get their first look at the NMSU Football team at 1p.m. April 25, during the spring football game. Don?t miss all the hard-hitting action. It will be fun for the whole family with a Kids Zone inside the stadium. It will also be your first chance to get one of the 2015 football posters. Plus, stick around for postgame autographs from all of your favorite Aggies. This event is free.

For more information, visit NMStateSports.com.

Free Manage Your Chronic Disease (MyCD) Program

A free, six-part workshop will begin April 29. The Manage Your Chronic Disease (MyCD) Program is for people with a chronic condition such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, high blood pressure or anxiety. Participants will learn how to manage their chronic illness through self-care and leading a healthy lifestyle. Examples of topics the program will cover are pain management, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, the importance of medications and how to improve communication with doctors, family and friends. Build new relationships and learn new skills to help you live a healthier life. Appropriate for adults with disabilities. Family members and caregivers are welcome to attend too.

Class will meet from noon to 2:30 p.m. April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27 and June 3, at the Southern Area Health Education Center NMSU. Sponsored by New Mexico Department of Health and NMSU Southern Area Health Education Center.

For more information or to sign up, call 575-646-3061 or email algross@nmsu.edu. Space is limited.

Free film acting workshop to be held April 29

Dona Ana Community College will hold a free film acting workshop, "Learn 5 Tricks To A Good Audition." Join New Mexico casting director Faith Hibbs-Clark, member of the Casting, Society of America, American Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and owner of Good Faith Casting, for a fun and informative seminar where you will learn five audition tricks that could take your one-liner to the next level, information about new trends in the industry that have a big impact on your career, plus you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the NM Film Foundation.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 29, at Dona Ana Community College East Mesa campus,
2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1375129079482274/.

Veterans theater performance set for April 30

A play about Las Cruces' Community of Hope will be presented at 5:15 p.m. April 30 at the Center for Performing Arts at New Mexico State University. The event will include storytelling by homeless veterans themselves, and representatives from the Veterans Administration will be there to listen and respond. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event starts at 5:15 p.m. Directed by David Boje of NMSU College of Business.

The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for students and $25 for front row. Tickets are available in each dean?s office on campus.

For more information, contact Adela at 575-646-1201 or Adela Galindo Castro at acastro@ad.nmsu.edu.

Updates available online for parking lot closures

Additional parking lot closures and updates for the NMSU campus have been added to the list at http://hr.nmsu.edu/parking/?p=343. These closures are temporary due to maintenance and various construction projects.

For more information contact Jim Carroll with Transportation and Parking Services at 575-646-3669.

Aggies in Paradise fundraising event is May 2

It?s almost time for Aggies In Paradise. Aggies in Paradise is an island-themed party at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, that supports your student-athletes here at New Mexico State University. Tickets for this one-of-a-kind event are $80 and include dinner, beer and wine, live and silent auction, and live entertainment.

For more information on how you can purchase tickets,call 575-646-5151 or visit aggieathleticclub.com/aip.

Cutting consumption: NMSU students help get on road to replacing paper towels

With Earth Day on the horizon, green activists and enthusiasts everywhere are urging communities to adopt sustainable habits, go green and embrace an efficient way of looking at energy. On the New Mexico State University campus, the Organization of Aggie Students Inspiring Sustainability is experimenting with the idea of replacing paper towels.

People Towels is a company promoting on-the-go cloth towels as an alternative to the conventional paper towel. They have engaged students in a study on habit forming and paper towel consumption.

After a week of analyzing the students? paper towel use, the company provides two cloth hand towels for students to use as an alternative.

A weekly survey for the span of one month tracks how often students use paper towels and whether People Towels have made an impact on their usage and behavior.


NMSU Valencia County Extension proving youth development program in Meadow Lake

Nestled against the Manzano Mountains south of Albuquerque is one of the poorest communities in Valencia County. With 47 percent of its 4,500 residents living below poverty level, Meadow Lake is struggling to maintain its identity as a community.

While things seem bleak in Meadow Lake, there are a handful of residents who believe the dream of a true community can be reached. This group has set its sights on the youth as it strives to provide them with a place they can find personal and community pride.

New Mexico State University?s Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service is helping to reach that goal with the development of Meadow Lake Kids Club.

Meadow Lake was originally a 1970s real estate vision of a community with a recreational lake, where every home would have a vista that was unbroken for miles.