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NMSU Hotline — June 24, 2015

NMSU Chemical Engineering student?s research helps provide clean water in Palomas, Mexico

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As a young boy, Joshua Gomez always dreamed of being a scientist. Watching programs on the Discovery Channel about Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison fueled his drive. As an undergraduate student, the El Paso, Texas, native is making that dream a reality at New Mexico State University.

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Campus Announcements

New buffet announced and cancellation of weekly Happy Hours at NMSU Bistro

Back by popular demand, The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club will host an Indian Cuisine Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 24. For a price of $10.99 plus tax, guests will enjoy a full buffet of tandoori chicken, beef curry, vegetable biryani, vanilla gelato with mango and more. The buffet price also includes a non-alcoholic drink.

Thursday Happy Hours have been canceled so that the restaurant can focus on other themed and holiday events. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club is located in the Stan Fulton Athletic Center, right next to Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Call 575-646-4763 for reservations or visit http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com for more information.

'Studio G Networking Hour' today covers idea generation

"Studio G Networking Hour" will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today, at Studio G, located at 1620 Standley Dr., 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 talk will cover idea generation, evaluating business ideas and building a team to start a business. Find out how to generate business ideas, determine if the idea is worth pursuing and how to put together a team for your venture.

Studio G helps Aggies start businesses.

For more information, visit http://studiog.nmsu.edu.

NMSU summer musical co-production gets nationwide attention

NMSU Theatre Arts co-production of Kander & Ebb's "Chicago" that continues Friday, June 26-Sunday, June 28, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts is receiving national press. This stage production puts a spin on the classic; it is being performed as if by a group of inmates in a women's prison.

Tickets are available at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts box office between noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Read the coverage here: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/a-daring-college-theatre-troupe-is-giving-chicago-an-orange-is-the-new-black-makeover-see-photos-here-351904

For more information call 575-646-5952.

NMSU alum part of National Commission on Hunger fact-finding tour

The National Commission on Hunger is listening to people in southern New Mexico and West Texas this week. A New Mexico State University alumnus is part of the group, which will hold a public hearing Friday, June. 26.

Daniel Valverde, who graduated from NMSU with a master?s degree in food studies and anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences, is on a team touring the region this week to learn more about hunger-related issues and residents? access to healthy food.

?This is one of the easiest and most direct ways to talk to the higher-ups,? said Valverde, a child hunger outreach specialist. ?It?s a great opportunity for people to come out and talk about their struggles with hunger.?


NMSU?s Alcalde center to host apricot workshop Friday

Apricots are many people?s favorite fruit, but they?re a very unreliable crop in northern New Mexico. The late frost and spring winds, historically prevent apricot blossoms from setting on fruit.

A researcher at New Mexico State University?s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde has found a way for apricot trees in this harsh climate zone to produce fruit.

During a workshop from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, June 26, at the Alcalde center, Shengrui Yao, NMSU Extension fruit specialist, will show growers and home gardeners interested in producing apricots how she overcame the climate issue.

?I have worked for four years to get an apricot crop,? Yao said. ?We finally found a way.?


Now accepting applications for the NMSU Aggie Leadership Training Academy

Are you a staff mid-level manager or above looking to develop your leadership competencies? Aggie Leadership Training Academy (ALTA) is a unique opportunity for you to discover your personal leadership abilities and develop them so you can fully support the university?s strategic priorities and diversity goals. Learn more about ALTA and apply at http://training.nmsu.edu/leadership/alta.

For questions or additional information related to the Aggie Leadership Training Academy contact the Center for Learning & Professional Development at 575-646-7444 or by email at training@nmsu.edu.

Leadership programming for faculty and academic department heads is offered through the NMSU Teaching Academy. For more information on the Advancing Leaders Program (ALP) and the Department Head Academy, visit http://teaching.nmsu.edu/ or contact Shawn Werner at 575-646-2583 or swerner@nmsu.edu.

Retirement reception for Carmen Kottong to be held July 1

Carmen Kottong, from the Executive Vice President and Provost Office, will retire effective July 1, after 25 years of service at NMSU. A reception will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Stan Fulton Center.

For more information contact Kim Altamirano at 575-646-2127.

DACC Community Education course available

In the DACC Community Education course, Chemical Magic, learn to make batteries from fruits or potatoes, invisible ink and be a chemical detective. Make a glob from glue, use paper chromatography to separate colors, and make dirty pennies clean and clean pennies green. At the end of the week, you will have a good understanding of chemical interactions, how they work and had lots of fun. For kids ages 6?11. The class will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 13-17. The cost is $146.

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

DACC Customized Training class offered

Selling Smarter will be held from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 7. The cost is $79. It?s no secret that selling has changed in recent years. We are all working harder with more responsibilities. High pressure selling is no longer effective. Customers want involvement. They want to be recognized and listened to. And they don?t want you to forget them once the sale is made. Join this course to learn how to feel more comfortable and gain skills in selling to your customers. Identify and address some of your customer service challenges.

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

NMSU SAFE grant fellows attend first training in San Marcos, Texas

Three graduate students from New Mexico State University?s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences recently attended their first training course as part of a grant to increase the number of Hispanics in food and agricultural sciences.

Students Denisse Lopez, Vanessa Martinez and Michael Canton are enrolled at NMSU as part of a grant titled, ?Southwest Agriculture and Food Security Education: Preparing Future Leaders for a Safe and Secure U.S. Food Supply System,? also known as SAFE. Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program awarded a nearly $1 million four-year grant to two agriculture professors at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Included in the grant is funding for 11 graduate students at Texas State and NMSU to study agriculture or a related science as the grant?s fellows. Also part of the grant is funding for travel and training, including a training course that took place May 18 and 19 at Texas State. It was the first training course for Lopez, Martinez and Canton as part of the grant.


NMSU Extension health specialist to chair national committee

A New Mexico State University community and environmental health specialist?s expertise in health literacy has put her in the national spotlight.

Sonja Koukel, NMSU faculty in the Cooperative Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences department and co-director of the Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center, will serve as chair of the Health Literacy Team for a nationwide effort by the Extension Service and its partners to improve health factors in the United States.

?I was honored to nominate Dr. Koukel to serve on the national Health Literacy Action Team, said Jon Boren, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences associate dean and director of the Extension service. ?Dr. Koukel has risen to become a state and national leader in building bridges between Cooperative Extension in the land-grand university and the health system, which includes many state agency and non-land-grant university partners.?


Wall of Excellence touts achievements in NMSU School of Nursing

The entrance to the New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services building received a new look in fall 2014 with the addition of the Nursing Wall of Excellence. The newly constructed 3-D wall features visual and audio historical accounts of the NMSU School of Nursing.

The Nursing Wall of Excellence inspired the Smith Family Nursing Recognition Wall, which will allow alumni and friends to honor a nurse who has touched their lives. To kick off this important initiative, the Nightingale Circle was established ? 25 friends of nursing have come together to create the first engraved wooden plaques for the wall, which will include the special nurse?s name, a short quote and a photo. NMSU President Garrey Carruthers and CHSS Dean Donna Wagner are among those honoring nurses special to them.