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NMSU Hotline — May 22, 2015

NMSU student turns memories of great aunt into award-winning poetry

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New Mexico State University student Nicolás Cabrera won first and third place in the 2015 New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest this spring. Cabrera, a graduate student studying Spanish literature in the College of Arts and Sciences, won first place in the creative single verse poem category for his piece titled ?La yerbabuena,? which means mint. The poem, written in Spanish, recalls a beloved childhood memory of his great aunt and great grandmother. It is dedicated to Cabrera?s 92-year-old great aunt María Montiel de Trujillo, who is originally from High Rolls but moved to Albuquerque during the Great Depression.

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Campus Announcements

Ninth annual Lujan Dinner to be held June 6

The ninth annual Lujan Dinner will be held June 6 in Albuquerque. Hosted by Larry and Arlene Lujan, this dinner is going on its ninth year and has been integral in raising funds and awareness for NM State student-athletes.

Tickets include dinner, drinks (including their famous margarita bar), dessert bar, entertainment, live and silent auction.

Meet coaches and athletes from all of the sports and hear from special guest speakers, President Garrey Carruthers and Athletics Director Mario Moccia.

Buy tickets now, www.aggieathleticclub.com/lujan or call 575-646-5151.

Retirement Reception for Janie Merchant to be held June 18

The University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services office will host a reception in honor of Janie Merchant?s retirement from 2 to 4 p.m. June 18, at the Educational Services Building Room 7. Stop by to wish Janie well and to celebrate this special milestone in her career.

For more information call 575-646-7598.

DACC Respiratory Care Program receives national award

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care has notified Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Respiratory Care Program that they will receive the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success Award. In selecting programs for this award the Commission board recognizes the RRT credential as a measure of a program?s success in helping graduates receive the standard of professional achievement.

Objective criteria was used to select programs for recognition including: based on three or more years of outcome data, hold accreditation without a progress report, document RRT credentialing success of 90 percent or above, and meet or exceed established thresholds for credentialing success, attrition and positive job placement.

The award will be presented at the American Association of Respiratory Therapy summer forum on July 13.

The Respiratory Therapy program at DACC leads to an associate of applied science degree. Through classroom instruction and laboratory practice, students develop the knowledge needed to care for patients. They acquire additional hands-on experience in the clinical setting at surrounding hospitals. The curriculum and clinical content is based on the National Standard Curriculum from the American Association of Respiratory Therapy and the national accrediting body. Virginia Durant, MA, RRT, is the Program Director of the DACC program.

For more information contact Virginia Durant at 575-527-7607.

DACC Community Education courses are available

In the DACC Community Education course, Instant Piano for Busy Adults and Teens, learn enough about playing the piano in this course to have years of musical enjoyment. If you can fine middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this workshop. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 13. The cost is $33.

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

DACC Customized Training class offered

Want to be a Court Interpreter? will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 3 or from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18 or from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3. Each class is $25. Have you been thinking about a new and exciting career? Join us for this informative workshop and see what is required of court interpreters and the certification process. Topics include what is interpreting, what is translating, where interpreters work, listening and code switching, modes of interpreting and much more. A semester long court interpreter course will begin in fall 2015.

For more information, contact 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.

Valencia High senior receives first Valencia County Master Gardeners scholarship

Valencia High School senior Chelsea Romero is the recipient of the first scholarship from Valencia County Extension Master Gardeners.

The daughter of Nolbert and Janet Romero of Los Lunas plans to attend New Mexico State University to pursue a degree in physical therapy or pre-veterinary science.

?The Master Gardener program and Cooperative Extension Service are all about improving our community,? said Newt McCarty, NMSU Valencia County Extension agricultural agent. ?Youth are a significant part of that.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11125/valencia-high-senior-receives-first-valencia-county-master-gardeners-scholarship

NMSU to host subsurface irrigation workshop in Valencia County

Having a water-conserving landscape doesn?t necessarily mean you can?t include grass.

New Mexico State University turfgrass specialist Bernd Leinauer has developed a subsurface drip irrigation system that reduces water usage by watering grass at its roots.

?Subsurface drip irrigation can reduce water used for irrigation by 20 to 30 percent,? Leinauer said. ?This type of system waters right at the roots, which minimizes water loss to overhead evaporation, wind and overspray.?

Valencia County Cooperative Extension Service will host a hands-on workshop Saturday, June 13. Participants will help install a subsurface drip irrigation system during the workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11159/nmsu-to-host-subsurface-irrigation-workshop-in-valencia-county

NMSU to host regional 4-H livestock school in Santa Fe

An annual livestock school for 4-H members will be a regional event this year, and will be offered in a new location.

The Regional 4-H Livestock School will be held June 19 and 20 in Santa Fe.

Historically, the New Mexico 4-H Livestock School has been held at the New Mexico Expo grounds in Albuquerque, but a decrease in enrollment forced the cancellation of the week-long event last year. The school was hosted by New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program.

?Last year, we just didn?t have enough kids signed up to break even,? said Rick Richardson, interim department head for the program. ?It could have been the cost or scheduling; whatever the reason, we had to make a tough decision to cancel the school.?

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11160/nmsu-to-host-regional-4-h-livestock-school-in-santa-fe