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NMSU Hotline — April 29, 2015

NMSU included in three-state initiative to reduce childhood obesity along U.S.-Mexico border

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Childhood obesity is a problem in the United States and teams from three states including one from New Mexico State University have received a grant to try to curb the problem along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU offers help for students affected by earthquake in Nepal

New Mexico State University?s International Student & Scholar Services office and the NMSU Nepalese Student Association are offering assistance for students and families affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal.

The magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25. More than 4,000 people have been killed and at least 7,000 people were injured in the quake and the resulting aftershocks. Durga Prasad Sapkota, the father of NMSU doctoral student Rishi Sapkota, was one of those killed. Rishi Sapkota?s mother, Khina Devi Sapkota, was critically injured.

Students who may have been affected by the devastating earthquake can receive counseling assistance from the NMSU Counseling Center in Room 100 of the Garcia Annex. Students in need of immediate help also can contact the Crisis Assistance Listening Line of Southern New Mexico at 575-646-2255.


Burgers, ice cream, cupcakes and more at the annual Stress Buster Celebration

Before finals hit, join your fellow classmates, faculty and staff for the Taos Restaurant Stress Buster Celebration from 5-8 p.m. today. The all-you-care-to-eat buffet will include a burger bar, hot dog bar, nacho bar, French fry bar, buffalo-style chicken wings, pork egg rolls, potato skins, cupcake bar and ice cream bar. Admission is just one Meal Plan swipe or $8.09 plus tax. Cash, credit, debit, Aggie Cash and Aggie Dining Dollars are accepted. Remember that Aggie Dining Dollars expire May 8.

For more information regarding Meal Plans and Aggie Dining Dollars, visit http://idcard.nmsu.edu/student-meal-plans/ or ?join? the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1837840533107708/ for a reminder of Wednesday?s Stress Buster Celebration.

Last Colloquium to be held Wednesday

New Mexico State University Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium, COMPRES lecture, by Przemek Dera, University of Hawaii, titled ?High-pressure Adventures with Metastability and Subduction? will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. April 29, in Gardiner Hall Room 230.

For more information contact lhubbard@ad.nmsu.edu.

Stressbusters returns April 29 and 30

Counseling & Student Development will host Stressbusters Days to help students cope with the stress of getting ready for finals. They will be partnering 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 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 the first pitch at the Aggie-Lobo baseball game on May 5.

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

Talk to be held today

"Digital Democracy: Promises and Realities" by Jan van Dijk will be held at 3 p.m. today, in the College of Health and Social Services Auditorium. Professor van Dijk will discuss research conducted over the past 25 years on digital democracy, e-government, ?tele-democracy,? ?cyber-democracy? and effects of Internet usage on various forms of political participation.

He will describe his own studies of the use of digital media to improve in some cases and to impede democracy in others.
Professor van Dijk will talk about the many visions and promises of digital democracy made in over two decades, such as more and better information, increasing citizen debates about important issues and enhancing citizen input in to government decision making processes.

He also will discuss a number of pitfalls in understanding the effects of technologies in politics. This includes an examination of ideas like ?Twitter Revolution,? an ?Arab Spring? related to Facebook and arguments about technological fixes for problems in democracies such as low voting turnout, low political efficacy and low motivation.

He also will we available to speak to media before and after his talk.

For more information visit http://commstudies.nmsu.edu.

Chemistry and biochemistry research colloquium to be held Thursday

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry research colloquium by Martin Kirk of the Chemistry Department at the University of New Mexico will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in the Chemistry Building Room 153. The title of the lecture is ?Pyranopterin Mo Enzymes: Nature?s Earth Abundant Two-Electron Catalyst.?

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Jason Aldean presale code in time for graduation, Mother?s Day gifts

Having sold out NMSU?s Pan American Center in 2013, country music fans will want to take advantage of a special presale being made available from 10 a.m. ? 6 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at the Pan Am Center Ticket Office and 10 a.m. ? 10 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at http://bit.ly/1dm7fNG for Jason Aldean?s Sept. 25 return. The password code AGGIES will only be valid at these two locations. There is a four-ticket limit per person.

Joining the three-time ACM ?Male Vocalist of the Year? will be Cole Swindell (No. 1 ?Chillin? It?), Tyler Farr (No. 2 ?Redneck Crazy?) and Dee Jay Silver. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34.25 and $64.25 plus fees. After the presale ends at 10 p.m. on Thursday, tickets will then be made available to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 1 at the Pan Am Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at http://bit.ly/1dm7fNG. A seating chart will be available soon at http://panam.nmsu.edu/aldean/.

For more information call 575-646-1420 and ?join? the Facebook event page at http://on.fb.me/1Fk7Udi for concert updates.

Last Let's Talk Online Teaching of the semester to be held Thursday

The Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) would like to invite you to participate in the last Let?s Talk Online Teaching (LTOT) of the semester year. LTOTs are informal one-hour long lunchtime workshops (lunch is provided) facilitated by faculty from various colleges and departments. Each session covers a different topic related to online/blended teaching and learning. They are held in the Teaching Academy from noon to 1 p.m.

Join Laura Madson and Yuliana Zaikman (psychology) from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 30 as they talk about the implementation of team-based learning in an online course.

To register for the event, visit http://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000006841.

For more information visit teaching.nmsu.edu or email Miley Grandjea at mgrandje@nmsu.edu.

Veterans' Theater production to be held April 30

Tickets are available for the Veterans' Theater performance "Dead While Waiting for My VA Appointment!" from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at the ASNMSU Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $6 for students, $12 for adults and $25 for front row.

Order tickets online at CrowdSource Project: GoFundMe.com/mol1wc or call David Boje at 575-936-9578. Or, order tickets by mail: send check to David Boje, 4700 Dunn Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88011. Tickets can be mailed, or you can pick them up at the theater, 1000 E. University Ave. on the NMSU campus.

For more information, visit http://peaceaware.com.

Kevin Rudi Super Hero 5K cancer run to be held Saturday

The first Kevin Rudi Super Hero 5K cancer run will be held May 2, at the Greek Complex. All proceeds raised will go towards spindle cell sarcoma research.

The Kevin Rudi Foundation was co-founded by Mathew Duran and Jose Rodriquez. All men are NMSU graduates, Lambda Chi Alpha members, dear friends and are outstanding young men. Rudi was a proud member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity serving as treasurer for two years, graduated with an accounting degree, cheered and played rugby at NMSU.

Rudi started his career at Mega Corporation in Albuquerque when he was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma cancer in January 2013. He never gave up hope for a cure and fought a tough battle until Nov. 12, 2014. During his short 27 years, Rudi was very accomplished. He was able to start his own investment firm, White Bear. He bought his own home with over 20 percent cash. He loved all sports. He was a varsity cheering squad member, receiving the first NMSU cheering scholarship. He was a NMSU Homecoming candidate his first year. He was a rugby player with the nick name of Rha Rha Man. Through high school he was a varsity wrestler. Rudi was many things to many people. Most remember him as fun, caring and forever optimistic.

Rudi was our youngest of three wonderful boys. They have dreams of the Kevin Rudi Sarcoma Research Center at UNM. Only 1 percent of federal cancer research money is given towards sarcoma cancer research. However, sarcoma cancer makes up over 15 percent of childhood cancers, takes 5,000 lives every year and claims 15,000 new victims every year.

For more information contact 575-646-3836.

Mark Medoff play staged in El Paso May 3

The El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre winds down its first season with a staged reading of Time and Chance, a powerful drama by Tony Award®-winning playwright and director Mark Medoff.

Time and Chance will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3 in the Philanthropy Theatre at the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $16 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com (additional online charges may apply), 800-745-3000 and 915-546-0609.

Medoff describes Time and Chance as ?very dense,? with caustic humor and ?a very serious bite.? It alternates between two time periods, modern-day Santa Fe and World War II. It switches between four women forced together in New Mexico at Thanksgiving (a teenager abandoned by her mother, a woman grieving her mother?s death, a dying art gallery owner and her partner, a renowned painter) and three women at the Nazi?s Terezin concentration camp in the former Czechoslovakia.

For more information contact 915-533-4020 or epearson@epcf.org or 915-533-4020 or kberg@epcf.org.

Book launch to be held May 7

The official book launch of ?La Lucha ? The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico? will be held at 3:30 p.m. May 7, at the Nason House. Light refreshments will be served. The story is a non-fictional graphic novel depicting the lives and reality of human rights defenders in Mexico featuring Lucha Castro, director of Centro de Los Derechos Humanos de Las Mujeres (Center for Women?s Rights) in Chihuahua, Mexico.

For more information email Megan S. Shannon at mshannon@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Board of Regents to meet May 8

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents will meet at 9 a.m. May 8 in the Regents Room of the Educational Services Center on the Las Cruces campus. The meeting will be webcast at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/bor/.

A closed executive session will be held at 7:30 a.m. May 8 in the Educational Services Center Room 2 on the Las Cruces campus to discuss personnel, real estate, water rights and threatened or pending litigation matters in accordance with sections 10-15-1 H (2), (7), and (8) of the New Mexico Open Meetings Act.

Not less than 72 hours prior to the meeting, the agenda for the regular meeting will be posted on the university website at http://regents.nmsu.edu/agenda and will be available at NMSU, Zuhl Library, Las Cruces.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified language interpreter or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, contact the Office of the Board of Regents? Special Adviser at 575-646-2227 at least three days prior to the meeting or as soon as possible.


Treat a special person in your life with a Mother?s Day brunch

Show your mother how much you care by taking her to a special Mother?s Day brunch at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club (located in the Stan Fulton Athletic Center on 1815 Wells St.). Along with the restaurant?s spectacular view of the Organ Mountains and Aggie Memorial Stadium, guests will be treated to a complimentary mimosa, a full brunch buffet and a made-to-order entrée of her/his choice. To show our appreciation, mothers also will receive a seasonal flower and a voucher for a future lunch at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club.

Reserve your table today by calling Sodexo Campus Dining at 575-646-4801 (Monday?Friday, 8 a.m.?4 p.m.) The cost is $22.50 plus tax and a children?s option is available at $10 plus tax (children?s option is for buffet only).

For more information, including the full menu, visit http://on.fb.me/1b7s65A or http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com.

The College of Education to honor Dean Michael Morehead

The College of Education will hold a reception in honor of Dean Michael Morehead. The reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 21 at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club in the Stan Fulton Center. Morehead is set to retire at the end of July 2015 and has served NMSU and the College of Education for 23 years. Follow the link to RSVP to this event or call 575-646-2498 for more information. http://college.education.nmsu.edu/events/retirement-reception-in-honor-of-dr-michael-a-morehead/