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NMSU Hotline — May 1, 2015

NMSU biology professor?s projects examine regulation, mechanics of cell division

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New Mexico State University Associate Professor Brad Shuster is the recipient of two prestigious grants totaling more than $1.2 million. His accomplishments were recognized by the university at a Scholarly Excellence Rally held April 24. Shuster is an associate biology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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NMSU to host student veteran graduation cord ceremony

New Mexico State University?s Military and Veterans Programs will host a student veteran graduate cord ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Pete V. Domenici Hall.

Veterans and active-duty military members who are 2015 spring graduates will be presented red, white and blue cords to wear with their academic regalia at the NMSU commencement ceremonies May 9 at the Pan American Center.

This semester, NMSU has 79 military and veteran students graduating, including 53 undergraduate and 26 graduate students, who have posted an average GPA of 3.42. Approximately 30 percent are graduating from science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, while another 30 percent are in public service-related fields.

?Classified as ?non-traditional? students, the average age of our graduating students is 33,? said Jacobo Varela, director of Military and Veterans Programs. ?They are a diverse group of people who bring a high level of maturity and global perspective to the classroom. We are honoring our veterans by providing them with a red, white and blue cord to wear as regalia during the commencement ceremony.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11105/nmsu-to-host-student-veteran-graduation-cord-ceremony

Discover your health

From May 1to May 15 you can try a featured AggieFit Class for free. Check out the featured class of the day by following the link at http://recsports.nmsu.edu/events/. AggieFit will be giving away one AggieFit T-shirt at each featured class to a new attendee.

Architecture Student Showcase and sustainability lecture to be held today

The DACC Architecture program will hold the annual Architecture Student Showcase from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1 at the DACC East Mesa campus. The event consists of an exhibit of student work from 5-7 p.m. in the DASR Commons Area, followed by a lecture on Sustainability in Architecture by Olivia Tirado, of the architecture 2030 global initiative. The lecture will take place in the auditorium of the East Mesa campus.

Stop by and view this year's student design projects, listen to an interesting lecture and enjoy the refreshments.

For more information, contact the DACC Architecture Program at 575-528-7310.

Baseball game vs. UNM to be held May 5

The Aggies return home to Presley Askew Field at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 for the Battle of I-25 against the University of New Mexico. Come out to the ballpark and enjoy Hispanic Heritage Night complete with Mariachi?s, special concession items like corn in a cup, Frito pies and more. Celebrate Cinco De Mayo and enjoy fun promotions, great music, giveaways and a great night of Aggie baseball.

Tickets start at just $5, NMSU students get in with their student ID and kids 12 and under are always free. For tickets call 575-646-14120.

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/

The Teaching Academy celebrates teachers, bestows awards

The 12th-anniversary Teaching Academy Gala was held April 29 to celebrate 400 Teaching Academy members and 120 donors. Teaching Academy members participated in at least 10 hours of faculty development during 2014-2015. Provost Dan Howard and Deputy Provost Gregory Fant announced and presented awards.

The most distinguished graduate student and the most distinguished faculty member participated in the greatest number of hours of professional development. Conni DeBlieck, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, received the award for faculty and Kefaya Diab, a Ph.D. student of Rhetoric and Professional Communication in the Department of English won this award for a graduate student.

Diab also was honored with the Truly Innovative Teaching Award, which is presented each year to the individual who best applies learning at the Teaching Academy to their teaching. Kefaya won for her work with students to make short movies to express their identities, to promote ideas and to call for social change.

The Outstanding Mentor Award was won by Dean Martha Mitchell from the College of Engineering after being nominated by Jessica Houston and supported by seven protégés arguing on behalf of Dean Mitchell?s talents as a mentor.

The Outstanding Workshop Award was presented to the person who gave the workshop at the Teaching Academy that participants rated the highest among the 100 such workshops given last year. Laura Madson, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, won this award for her week-long workshop on team-based learning.

At the 2015 Gala, they also honored four new donors to the Teaching Academy whose generosity placed them in the highest level of donors: Greg Fant, deputy provost; Sue Forster-Cox, Health Sciences; Deb McCormick, DACC Adult Basic Education; and Mary Sletten, DACC Business Office Technology.

For more information contact Shawn Werner at 575-646-2583.

Sharon Lalla and Sandy Johnson nominated to Quality Matters Hall of Excellence

Sharon Lalla and Sandy Johnson, lead instructional consultants for Instructional Innovation and Quality, have been nominated to the Quality Matters Hall of Excellence for Quality Matters Course Reviewers. "Quality Matters expects all reviewers to be professional and knowledgeable about the QM standards, the review process and be effective communicators" as well as support the course representative with helpful feedback and effective recommendations. As master reviewers, their nomination included Lalla's and Johnson's ability to go ?above and beyond? in assisting course developers in meeting the expectations of a Quality Matters review.

The pair will be recognized at the Quality Matters National Conference in November. Their names will added to the Hall of Excellence at Quality Matters.

For more information, contact Quality Matters at http://qualitymatters.org.

Visit the Relaxation Room at Branson Library

The Relaxation Room is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. It is located in Branson Library Room 127.

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 learn to control certain body responses, such as heart rate and muscle tension, and can help you respond to stressful situations more calmly.

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

DACC Community Education courses available

In the DACC Community Education course, Continue to Write Your First Book: Adding More Elements to Your Story, learn about working with elements. Your first book consists of more than just your idea, characters and what they say to each other. You also need to add descriptions, create a plot, develop scenes, decide the viewpoint and add lots of conflict. The class will be held from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday, May 30 - July 11. No class July 4. The cost is $39.

In the DACC Community Education course, Elements of Fiction Writing, master the fundamentals of fiction writing by critiquing your work and that of your course-mates in an open, guided environment. Where do you get your ideas from? This is the most common question asked of published authors, but the more important question is, how did you develop your voice? The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30 - June 20. It also will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27 - Aug. 1. No class July 4. The cost is $63.

In the DACC Community Education course, Fluid Movement Tai Chi, complimented with dynamic stretching techniques that align the total body, this short, four-minute Tai Chi form is easy to learn and therefore, an excellent form for the beginner. Balanced with deep, rhythmic breathing, you will experience an increase in energy, focused mindfulness and a calmness of spirit. The class will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 1 - July 27. The cost is $73.

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

Nine of NMSU?s rodeo team qualify for College National Finals Rodeo

New Mexico State University?s rodeo team held a successful home rodeo April 24-26, taking first place in men?s and second place for the women?s team. Nine members from the team have qualified to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, June 14-20.

?The end of our regular season is a punctuation mark on all the success during the year,? NMSU rodeo coach Jim Brown said. ?The team and I hosted and produced a fantastic rodeo which earned ?Best Rodeo of the Year? for the tenth time, and competed at the top of their game all weekend. I am proud to say we had multiple event champs and finished our season with four regional event championships, one all-around championship and the men?s team championship.?

Nicole Sweazea received the women?s all-around honor during the weekend event.

First place riders include: Ryan McCauley in saddle bronc riding, Nicole Sweazea in breakaway, goat tying and team roping, Tyke Kipp in steer wrestling, NaLynn Cline in barrel racing and Garrett Hendrix in tie-down.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11106/nine-of-nmsu-s-rodeo-team-qualify-for-college-national-finals-rodeo