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NMSU Hotline — June 26, 2015

Chile-peddling NMSU business grads have farming roots that run deep


Chile is big business in New Mexico ? growers in the state produced 65,000 tons of chile in 2013, worth $49.5 million ? and nowhere is it bigger than the Hatch Valley, where some of the region?s longstanding farming families have been raising the crop for nearly a century.

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Campus Announcements

Second annual Grape Day to be held Aug. 1

The Viticulture Program along with the New Mexico Vine & Wine Society will host a field day, Grape Day, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1, at NMSU Fabian Garcia Science Center. There will be three tours of the vineyard at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. There will be no charge to the public for the tours.

There will be a grape vine sale where plants will be $5. They will be selling a variety of red and white wine grapes as well as a select variety of Table Grapes.

For more information contact 505-929-3942 or goodrich@nmsu.edu.

Performance to be held in July

Starlight Children's Theatre Co. of Las Cruces will perform Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe at 7 p.m. July 10, 11, 17 and 18, at the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall. A children's matinee will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 17. This is a delightful musical comedy about fairies and the men in British Parliament with whom they fall in love but not without the fairies creating a bit of mischief first.

Tickets are $7 at the door, Spirit Winds or Holdmyticket.com (plus a service fee).

For more information contact Denise Welsh-Pirtle at 575-642-2980.

New Mexico Agricultural Leadership program recruiting new group

Over the last 14 years the NM Ag Leadership (NMAL) program has served New Mexico by identifying and providing leadership development opportunities to more than 90 men and women in the food, agriculture and natural resource industries so they could become stronger and more effective in their industries and communities.

Be one of New Mexico?s strongest leaders by joining NMAL.They are presently recruiting participants for the 11th class scheduled to begin in November 2015. Download the application packet at http://aces.nmsu.edu/nmal/application.html and submit it via email or regular mail by Aug. 20.

Organ Mountains note cards for sale now

Whether you?ve grown up and love the Las Cruces treasure of the Organ Mountains, or want to share the unique vista with those in different corners of the world, the New Mexico State University Library now offers a set of 13 note cards highlighting various Organ Mountain images.

For $9, enjoy 13 photo note cards of the Organ Mountains. Photos range from historic shots from various NMSU Library Archive Collections and contemporary color photos from University Communications and Marketing Services. Photo descriptions are on the back of the cards with the inside left blank for your messages. Celebrate the natural beauty that surrounds Las Cruces and a lasting monument in our community.

Those interested in purchasing the set of Organ Mountain note cards can come to the NMSU Library Administration Office on the second floor of the Zuhl Library on the NMSU Campus or contact Cassie McClure at cmcclure@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7492.

For more information: http://lib.nmsu.edu/sites/libnews/organ-mountains-note-cards-for-sale-now/

DACC Community Education course available

In the DACC Community Education course, Victorian Earrings, learn how to fashion and design earrings using the component parts of sterling silver wire, bead, and findings with Swarovski crystals and wear them home. The class will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14. The cost is $21.

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

NMSU College of Business to offer new MBA fellowship with education focus

New Mexico Secretary of Education Hannah Skandera visited the New Mexico State University campus on June 4 to announce a new education leadership program designed to help provide the state?s principals, superintendents and other aspiring school leaders with the knowledge and skills to help close the state?s school achievement gap.

NMSU?s College of Business will partner with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to create the Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership Program, which will offer funding for school leaders to complete master?s of business administration courses with an emphasis on the education context. Offered through NMSU?s College of Business, the program is designed to prepare leaders who will expand the use of analytics and evidence-based practices, raise student performance and improve the quality of school systems and teaching over time.

?We all know how important it is to support our teachers ? to help them grow and develop professionally as they help our students learn to succeed in school and in life,? Skandera said at news conference on campus. ?Just as important, however, are our principals and other school leaders. They set the example for students and teachers alike, and leadership by example is critical to helping our students, teachers and schools continue to improve and excel.?


New NMSU Arthropod Museum curator will lead outreach activities, grow collection

Jennifer Shaughney, the new senior program specialist and curator of the New Mexico State University Arthropod Museum, is excited to begin interacting with the community and help them make positive connections with insects and arthropods.

?I?m very excited about leading outreach efforts for the Arthropod Museum,? Shaughney said. ?We have hundreds of beautiful insect and arthropod specimens showcasing biodiversity from around the world, a reference collection of arthropods from the southwestern U.S. and beyond, and a fantastic insect zoo with live arthropods such as walking sticks, hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, giant millipedes and more. I will be giving presentations to people in the community, giving tours of the museum and traveling around the region to talk to students about insects.?

Shaughney, who is originally from Annapolis, Maryland, is no stranger to outreach activities and engaging the community, which is one of the most important aspects of the museum since it has received more than 2,000 visitors since October.