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NMSU Hotline — May 11, 2015

NMSU junior biology student awarded competitive Goldwater Scholarship

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New Mexico State University junior Chiann-Ling Cindy Yeh of Las Cruces has been awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a highly competitive award that supports outstanding students in the fields of math, science or engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields, and covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Yeh is one of just 260 students nationwide to receive the scholarship this year, and one of two from universities in New Mexico.

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Campus Announcements

Counseling & Student Development Center to be closed May 12

The Counseling & Student Development Center will be closed Tuesday, May 12, for staff development. If you are in crisis you may use The CALL, 575-646-2255 (1-866-314-6841), or the Dean of Students, 575-646-1722, Corbett Center Room 207.

For more information contact Karen Schaefer at kschaefe@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2731.

Retirement reception for Bernie McNamara to be held Monday

The Department of Astronomy will host a reception in honor of the retirement of Bernie McNamara, a Regents and Distinguished Achievement Professor of Astronomy, at 4 p.m. Monday, May 11, at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club in the Stan Fulton Center. McNamara will retire at the end of the semester and has served NMSU and the Department of Astronomy for 40 years.

For more information call 575-646-4438.

DACC Community Education courses available

Have you ever wondered how to make your own paper? In the hand papermaking course, you will create one-of-a-kind papers using recycled paper, junk mail, plants or used papers. You will create beautiful paper for invitations, journaling, stationery and artwork. Discover pulp preparation to sheet formation and drying, including three-dimensional creations in this fun DACC Community Education course. The class cost $39 and is designed for those eight and older. The course is from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 6 and 13. To sign up, or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

Join this fun and popular woodworking course, Introduction to Woodworking (Pocket Hole Joinery), to learn how to safely and properly use all sorts of woodworking equipment while using a pocket hole jig. If you have limited storage for a shop full of machinery, but enough for some hand-held power tools, then pocket hole joinery might be for you. Bring your project ideas and materials to the first course meeting so that you can complete it during the course. Tools will be provided in this DACC Community Education course. The class is from members 18 years and older and cost $51. The course is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 6 and 13. To sign up, or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

Build a robot with four built-in microphones to detect sound and move to it in the Follow Me Robot course. Learn about the different gears and sensors and then take it home at the end of the course. Use your robot in class for Sumo wrestling and obstacle course events. For kids ages 7 to 12. The course costs $146 and is from 9 a.m.-noon June 8-12. To sign up, or for more information about this fun DACC Community Education course, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

Combine Young Rembrandts innovative, hands-on teaching method with lighthearted subject matter to engage humor and vivid imagination in the Young Rembrandts Cartoon Drawing course. Using a quick pace, create drawings that tell a story and help kids to stay on task, learn from their mistakes, find new solutions to a problem and communicate ideas and concepts through pictures. These are skills with lifetime benefits. For kids ages 5-12. Don?t miss the fun in this popular DACC Community Education course. The class cost $49 and is from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 6-27. To sign up, or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

Player?s Grill to offer new expanded appetizer menu

The Player?s Grill public restaurant located inside the NMSU Golf Course Club House will begin offering an expanded appetizer menu on May 18. New items will include sliders, chile rellanos, fried cheese, jalapeño poppers and pretzel dogs. Chips with salsa or queso will continue to be available. While The Player?s Grill kitchen will close at 4 p.m. each day during the summer, the appetizer menu will be available each night until 7:30 p.m. The NMSU Golf Course Club House is located at 3000 Herb Wimberly Dr. in Las Cruces and offers free public parking. Call 575-646-2457 for more information.

University Art Gallery 2015 summer banner project

The University Art Gallery is excited to reveal the results of the biannual banner project, going up in conjunction with the summer 2015 exhibition "Re: Visioning the West." Twice a year, the University Art Gallery of NMSU invites applicants to submit original works of art to be displayed as banners around the Art Department building in conjunction with the exhibition on display. The project?s objective is to create an outdoor gallery experience, which echoes the exhibition within the UAG. The theme of this banner project asked artists of all levels, ages and locations to create pieces inspired by the re-examination of the cliché and nostalgic Old West in order to see it in a fresh light. The entries are in, and three artists?Beth Krensky, David Lash and Jodi Stuart?have been selected from a large number of applicants to have their original artworks on display in conjunction with the 2015 summer exhibition entitled, ?Re: Visioning the West.? For more information, email artglry@nmsu.edu.

Southwest and Border Cultures Institute has awarded $5,000 to the New Mexico State University Library

The Southwest and Border Cultures Institute has awarded a total of $5,000 to the New Mexico State University Library for two grants. The first grant, awarded $3,000, is titled ?Expand Library Collections in the History and Future of Native American Education in the Southwest Border Region.? This grant is designed to expand and maintain the NMSU Library?s research collections regarding the intersection of Native American education, anthropology, literature, along with other topics, and will continue NMSU?s history as a trainer of Native American educators in the border region. The principal investigators will be John Sandstrom, college associate professor and acquisitions librarian at the NMSU Library, and Dana Christman, associate professor in Educational Leadership and Administration.

The second grant, awarded $2,000, is titled ?Celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros 2016.? A workshop held at the NMSU Library for this national event for 2016 will focus on the readers of children?s literature who have a talent to make a story come alive for students, which can ignite a love of books and reading in children. The principal investigator will be Alisa Gonzalez, college associate professor and education/social science librarian at the NMSU Library. The workshop will be open to the community, reaching parents, teachers and future educators. The event will be held on or very near the next ?Día,? April 30, 2016. For more information, contact Cassie McClure, cmcclure@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Board of Regents approves operating budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year

At a regular meeting May 8, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the university system?s operating budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The total budget for all campuses is $652 million, a decrease of about $40 million from the current year?s budget.

In April, Regents approved funding for priority investments, including the final phase of a three-year faculty salary market equity plan for tenure/tenure-track faculty as well as a program for first-year student success navigators and additional funding for student scholarships.

Regents also approved the university?s five-year capital outlay plan. The plan is updated each year and submitted to the state Higher Education Department. It includes capital outlay requests for NMSU?s Las Cruces campus, including $25 million to renovate Williams Hall. The plan also outlines capital outlay requests for Dona Ana Community College and the university?s other community colleges in Alamogordo, Carlsbad and Grants.


Sustainable agriculture seminar set for May 14 at NMSU

Programs and activities related to sustainable agriculture research and education will be the topic during a seminar from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, in Room 297 at Gerald Thomas Hall on the New Mexico State University campus.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education is a national organization started in 1988, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

SARE provides grants and education programs to advance agricultural innovation, promote profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and improve quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities. SARE is divided into different regions to be able to effectively address sustainability issues in different parts of the United States. New Mexico falls under the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education region.

WSARE is dedicated to supporting innovative research and education in the western U.S. and the Pacific Islands on agriculture practices and systems that are profitable, ecologically sound, and good for communities and families.