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NMSU Hotline — September 30, 2015

NMSU graduate student wins national poetry award

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New Mexico State University student Nicolás Cabrera was awarded first place in the 2015 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest earlier this month.

Cabrera, a graduate student studying Spanish literature in the College of Arts and Sciences, won at the state level last spring, allowing him to compete nationally.

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Campus Announcements

Athletics Department Open Forum sponsored by Employee Council is today

Join your colleagues to listen, learn and become better informed concerning the Athletics department at New Mexico State University. Join Mario Moccia, Athletic Director, for a presentation on the recent accomplishments of Athletics, the upcoming plans for the new academic year and his vision for the future.

Moccia will present on a variety of issues as well as lead a discussion at the end of his presentation. This event will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today, in the Domenici Hall Auditorium.

This open forum is the second forum being sponsored by the NMSU Employee Council for the 2015-2016 academic year. The event will also be offered online for those who are unable to attend in person at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=482bcb06-3f29-41a1-95d6-65008dde9e71.

Caver Quest Simulation will be held today

The Caver Quest Simulation from the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project, presented by Steve Peerman, FSCSP director, will be held at 5:30 p.m. today, at the NMSU Outdoor Center. This event is free. Join them for a presentation about the ground breaking 3-D simulation of the Fort Stanton Cave from life-long caver and cave scientist, Steve Peerman. He will highlight recent discoveries made in the Fort Stanton Cave, the second longest cave in New Mexico, and review the exciting new way to explore caves without the claustrophobia. He will also be prepared to answer questions about recreational caving opportunities in New Mexico.

For more information contact coppedge@ad.nmsu.edu.

Open Mic Thursdays at Barnes & Noble at NMSU returns this week

Anyone can be a star when Open Mic returns to the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces Thursday nights at 6 p.m. Enjoy live music, slam poetry and stand-up comedy or take the stage yourself. This free weekly event is presented by KRUX 91.5 FM.

Barnes & Noble at NMSU is located at 1400 E. University Ave. next to Panda Express. All campus parking is free after 4:30 p.m.

For more information call 575-646-4431.

CLABS talk to be held Oct. 1

The College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Latin American and Border Studies, the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of Languages and Linguistics will hold a talk titled "(Re)Framing Raza: Language as a Lens for Examining Race and Skin Color Classification in the Dominican Republic" by Eva Wheeler at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Nason House.

Why are Dominicans reticent in defining themselves as negro and audacious in defining themselves as indio? This talk studies language to analyze Dominican race and skin color descriptors. It traces the way these terms correspond to local, socially-constructed norms and parameters of identity that have evolved in meaning over nearly six centuries. It examines popular understanding of what racial terms represent physically and socially, and explores the interaction between race and dominicanidad (?Dominican-ness?). With language as the lens, this project offers new methodologies for investigating race and proposes new frames for interpreting the results that contribute to ongoing conversations on race in the Dominican Republic, Latin America and the Western hemisphere.

The talk is free and open to the public. The Nason House is located at 1070 University Ave, across from FedEx Kinko?s.

The Confucius Institute to present performance Thursday

Join the Confucius Institute at NMSU and the Chinese students and Scholars in celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival and Confucius Institute Day with a sparking performance of traditional Chinese song and dance, ?A Glimpse of China? by the student performance troupe from Xianmen University, China, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Corbett Center Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale at the door and are $5.

For more information contact Elvira Hammond at ehammond@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2377.

Graduate/Faculty Seminar to be held Oct. 2

The Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate/Faculty Seminar by Randy Shaw, facility manager at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility, Alamogordo, will present a seminar on the research efforts at the facility at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 200.

For more information contact lmeyer@ad.nmsu.edu.

Fifteenth annual URC Research and Creative Activities Fair to be held Oct. 2

The University Research Council would like to announce that the 15th annual URC Research and Creative Activities Fair will be held in conjunction with the annual New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (New Mexico AMP) Undergraduate Student Research Conference Friday, Oct. 2, in the Las Cruces Convention Center. The fair will include poster presentations displaying research and creative activities by NMSU faculty members, professional staff and graduate students. A representative will be present at each poster from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. to answer questions related to the research or creative activity.

The URC believes that this activity will serve as a forum for educating NMSU faculty, staff and students about the different activities occurring at NMSU, serve as a catalyst for increasing collaborative efforts on campus, and provide a recruitment opportunity for faculty as they interact with students from the New Mexico AMP conference.

For more information contact maschuma@ad.nmsu.edu.

Idea Pitch Competition to be held Friday

The first ever Idea Pitch Competition at NMSU will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in Yates Theater, Domenici Hall. Watch the finalists pitch their business ideas for $1,500 in cash prizes.

Get your free tickets today at http://ideapitchcompetition.eventbrite.com.

'Borderlands as Negotiated Through the Arts' to be held Saturday

The University Art Gallery of NMSU will host a scholarly panel focused on the topic of visual and performance arts as creative catalysts that spark critical conversations among audiences about the complex, global issues of border governance Saturday, Oct. 3. Guest speakers for this event will include Terri Warpinski, Larissa Lury, Ilana Lapid and Kerry Doyle.

This panel serves as the final event held in conjunction with the UAG's current exhibition, "Between Here and There" featuring Terri Warpinski and Paul Turounet, an exhibition which grapples with the complexities and controversies surrounding the constructs of international borders as junctions that designate the present and future for many migrants in transition. Both Turounet and Warpinski encourage the viewer to look closely at border culture, an issue that is especially personal to residents of a border region.

As usual, this event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Gallery Administrator Jasmine Woodul at 575-646-2545.

Men's Basketball Tip-Off Dinner set for Oct. 13

The men's basketball program and The 6th Man Club will host the annual Aggie Tip-Off Dinner Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Pan American Center. The evening's activities for the carnival-themed program begin at 6 p.m. with the Midway Stroll and Silent Auction.

The Big Top Buffet opens for dinner at 7:15 p.m. with the program, including the presentation of the Aggies' 2015 WAC Championship Rings, to follow. During the evening, live and silent auctions will occur that include vacation trips, memorabilia and exclusive experiences with the Aggies.

The event, presented by Healing Source Chiropractic, is a major fundraiser for the men's program.

Tickets for the event are $100 for individuals or reserved tables of eight for $1000. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible as past tip-off events have sold out. Tickets can be purchased by calling Becky Veitch at 575-646-1447.

Maestro Review System Version 2.0 is here

The Maestro team has announced the release of Maestro Version 2.0. Version 2.0 has an all new look and loaded with features and improvements which include a new user interface, a user dashboard, advanced menu system, user account control, PI/Co-PI Collaboration tools, notification system, advanced comment and revision system, certificate replacement system and much more. Maestro can be accessed at http://compliance.research.nmsu.edu/IRB and follow the instructions for accessing the Maestro review system.

For more information and to see videos or read documentation visit the Maestro help website at http://maestrohelp.research.nmsu.edu/. If you have any questions, email care@research.nmsu.edu or call the Office of Research Compliance at 575-646-7177.

NMSU-Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center partnership call for proposals

Funds are available for three levels of collaborative research: pre-pilot, pilot and full projects. The goal of the NMSU/FHCRC partnership is to continue to build upon increasing cancer research capacity at NMSU and to increase knowledge and attention to cancer-related health disparities at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Letter of Intent is due Dec. 1. Proposals are due Jan. 25 and the start date is September 2016.

Download the revised RFA and proposal application forms at: http://cancer.nmsu.edu.

For more information contact Lene Loest at hloest@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5104.

DACC Community Education course available

In the DACC Community Education course, Personal Fitness Trainer, join this fun profession and be a part of what Fortune Magazine and ABC News.com states as the fourth hottest job in the U.S. at a national average of $34 an hour. Employers like 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness and Gold?s Gyms are just a few of the clubs that seek out our graduates. Whether a career move or for your own personal knowledge, get all the information you need to become a Certified Personal Trainer. This challenging course is taught over a five-week period for better retention and skill competency. The national exam is held on the sixth week. The class will be held from 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17-Nov. 21. The cost is $628.

For more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527. Registration is easy at http://www.witseducation.com/certifications/ptcert-nmdacc.html.

NMSU alumnus named ag agent, director of Sierra County Cooperative Extension Service

After years of rodeo competition, racing horses and teaching junior high and high school students, New Mexico State University alumnus Joshua Boyd has taken on his next challenge in life: serving as the agricultural agent and director of the Sierra County Cooperative Extension Service.

Part of the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, the extension office provides many outreach services to residents of Truth or Consequences and surrounding areas.

?We?re a livestock producing county, and we also have production agriculture,? Boyd said.

Since stepping into his new role Sept. 1, Boyd has been approached by community members with various concerns.


New NMSU Cooperative Extension Service agent returns home to serve Carlsbad

New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service office in Eddy County has a new home economist, who, as a native of Carlsbad, is eager to get people of all ages excited about various programs Extension has to offer.

Jennah McKinley joins a staff of three who provide Extension services to the county through 4-H youth programs, nutrition education programs and agriculture expertise. Her main focus for adults in the county will include diabetes awareness, nutrition and life skills.

With a population in the county of about 54,000, some 12.8 percent are below the poverty level. Low income levels often indicate low educational achievements. In Eddy County, 32 percent of all those 25 years of age and older have obtained less than a high school level of education, and over 7 percent have less than a ninth grade level of education. McKinley said these low income and low educational groups can improve their health through basic nutrition, food safety, food preparation and food resource management education.