NMSU branding

New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University

News Center

NMSU Hotline — October 15, 2015

NMSU studying optimal variety, field protocol for new mechanized chile harvester

Chuck Havlik.jpg

New Mexicans love green chile. As that love expands regionally and nationally, the New Mexico growers are faced with an increasing problem ? labor. Unlike red chile that is harvested mechanically, green chile benefits from the human touch, because broken fruits are undesirable.

?Green chile is a very labor-intensive crop,? said Stephanie Walker, New Mexico State University?s Extension vegetable specialist. ?At harvest time, picking crews usually go in at least once, usually twice to hand-pick the fruit.?

This workforce has decreased by 5 percent since 2002, according to New Mexico Chile Association President Dino Cervantes. ?We need more product; we can grow more product, but we can?t find the people to harvest it.?

During years when labor has been scarce, or when growers have not been able to get a large enough crew when the chile was at its peak, a field may go unpicked, which is a serious economic loss for the growers.

Mechanized harvests could eliminate this problem.

?As with other crops, moving to mechanization for the green chile is a challenge and something we are researching here at NMSU,? Walker said. ?The question is, can we get a machine, a variety of chile and field management all coming together to give us an efficient, clean mechanical harvest of green chile??

Read More

Campus Announcements

NMSU to host talk on mosquito and sand fly research

The New Mexico State University Department of Biology will host a talk titled ?Dipteran vector biology: mosquitoes and sand flies,? at 4 p.m. today in Foster Hall Room 231.

This event, which is part of a weekly biology lecture series, will feature Jiannong (John) Xu, associate professor of biology at NMSU. For this seminar, Xu will discuss his recent survey of mosquito knockdown resistance (kdr) genotypes in a malaria-carrying mosquito species, as well as sand fly ecology and RNA sequencing.

?Insecticides have been used for mosquito control since the 1940s,? Xu said. ?However, mosquitoes have evolved resistance to insecticides. Knockdown resistance (kdr) gene mutation is a major mechanism responsible for the resistance to DDT and pyrethroids.?


NMSU?s ?Tough Enough to Wear Pink? begins 2015 events

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month well under way, New Mexico State University?s annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign is kicking off.

A Girl Talk event will take place at 5 p.m. today in the Corbett Center Auditorium. It will feature NMSU student and breast cancer survivor Lei Lani Nava, who was diagnosed with the disease in February of this year at the age of 25 and is now in full remission. Certified nurse practitioner and women?s health care provider Patty Chavana will also speak during that time. The event is presented by NMSU?s Panhellenic Council and the Campus Health Center.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, the Emma Jean Cervantes Memorial 5K/10K Run & Walk will take place at 8 a.m. at Hadley Hall. During the annual event, participants will circle the campus and all proceeds will benefit the TETWP campaign. To register, visit www.newmexicosportsonline.com.


Lab Safety Refresher Class to be held today

An Environmental Health & Safety Office Refresher Class will be held at 11:45 a.m. today, in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building Room 153. Visit http://safety.nmsu.edu/training/offerings/current-offerings.htm to register.

For more information, call 575-646-3327.

NMSU Staff Employee Appreciation Picnic to be held Friday

The Employee Council is hosting a special picnic just for NMSU staff from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, on the NMSU Horseshoe. We know that you've been working hard so come and enjoy lunch on us. Come relax over lunch with your friends or make some new ones.

Transportation & Parking Services and Facilities & Services is pleased to provide the Open Air Trolley to shuttle employees to/from the Employee Appreciation Picnic on Oct. 16. The trolley will begin picking up employees from the fire department and Facilities & Services at the corner of Wells and Research at 10:45 a.m. and will make continual stops at Academic Research Building C/Environmental Health and Safety/Facilities and Services/Computer Center on Standley, Activities Center/Corbett Center Student Union/Breland Hall on Stewart, PSL/Anderson Hall on Stewart, and NMDA/DACC at Espina and Gregg before making its last trip from north Horseshoe at 1 p.m.

View the map at http://bit.ly/1C1B2An or contact 575-646-7111 or transport@nmsu.edu for more information.

Startup Hour to be held Friday

Startup Hour this Friday is brought to you by the Studio G Business Accelerator. Startup Hour is a chance for people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses to meet. This week they will be discussing how to make your business stand out among competitors over cookies and coffee.

Startup Hour, a function of the Studio G Business Accelerator at NMSU, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Studio G located in Academic Research Building A. Studio G helps Aggies start businesses.

Subscribe to their events at www.facebook.com/studiognmsu.

'Autumn Overture' concert series to be held Oct. 16-18

The Department of Music at New Mexico State University is pleased to announce a new annual concert series titled ?Autumn Overture? that will premier Oct. 16-18 and features three concerts that are free and open to the public. Friday, Oct. 16 will be the inaugural concert for new Director of Choral Activities John Flanery, who joined the NMSU faculty this fall. The concert titled ?Beginnings? will feature the University Singers, Concert Choir and the community chorus, Masterworks. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall.

The second concert of the series, Saturday, Oct. 17, titled ?Firsts and Favorites? will include performances by the NMSU Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band and the Jazz Ensemble. Saturday?s concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall.

The final concert of the series will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 and is a collaborative production of the talented and distinguished music faculty at NMSU. The program titled ?Musical Mosaics? will include chamber works such as the Poulenc Trio for brass, Elvis Costello?s The Juliet Letters, featuring tenor John Carlo Pierce and the La Catrina String Quartet, and the world premiere of a new work by Lon W. Chaffin, Rondo Para Maņana bassoon and vibraphone written for faculty members Michael Armendariz and Katie Brennan on the occasion of their recent wedding.

For more information contact Lisa VanWinkle at 575-646-2523 or lvanwink@nmsu.edu.

Pumpkin sale to be held Oct. 20

The Plant Sciences Graduate Student Organization will have a fall pumpkin sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20, on International Mall. They have large Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins for $8, medium Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins for $5, and Jack-be-little pumpkins for $1 each. The profits from these sales will go towards helping fund graduate student travel to professional meetings.

For more information call 575-646-3250.

'Pink Week' brings luminarias, themed meals, and a need for volunteers

Next week brings a host of ?NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink? events to campus. This year?s ?Discover the Cure? theme is tying in with Homecoming to make this year?s campaign bigger and better than ever. In order to accomplish this feat, we need your help. Volunteers are requested to fill two-hour shifts Oct. 21 to help setup the following day?s TETWP Luncheon at the NMSU Pan American Center. There is currently a need for six volunteers from 1-3 p.m., five between 12:30-2 p.m. and 20 from 2-4:30 p.m.

To volunteer, contact Jenn Montes at 575-646-4466 or jdmontes@nmsu.edu. Join the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/103138910042532/ for updates and reminders for all of the week?s TETWP campus-themed events.

Talk to be held Oct. 22

The talk "History, Memory, and Poetics of Being and Belonging in Konitsaaiigokiyaa, (Big Water Peoples' Country): What Nde' women and mother-daughter, rivering epistemologies teach us" by Margo Tamez, assistant professor in the Indigenous Studies Program, Community, Culture, and Global Studies Department at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 210. Reception will follow the lecture.

Co-sponsors include Interdisciplinary Studies Department, Women?s Studies Program, American Indian Program, Missing Women and Human Rights Students, MHAR, College of Arts and Sciences Stan Fulton Chair and CLABS.

For more information contact Megan S Shannon mshannon@nmsu.edu.

Entrepreneurial NMSU students jump into the ?Aggie Shark Tank?

They?re circling. Four greats of the Las Cruces business community are lurking on campus, ready to sink their teeth into promising entrepreneurial ideas from New Mexico State University students. And on Oct. 23, the university?s entrepreneurship engine, Arrowhead Center, will chum the waters with presentations from some of its top clients who are ready to take the plunge.

Cue the ?Jaws? theme: Duh-nuh.

It?s all part of ?Aggie Shark Tank,? a new initiative based on the popular ?Shark Tank? television series, in which aspiring entrepreneurs present their ideas to a panel of business experts for feedback and potential investment.

The current school of Las Cruces ?Sharks? includes chile farmer and agribusiness leader Dino Cervantes, real estate developer Mickey Clute, Mesilla Valley Transportation owner Royal Jones, and Sisbarro Dealerships owner Lou Sisbarro. Organizers have announced the addition of a visiting ?mystery shark? whose identity will be revealed at the event.


LULAC at NMSU-A co-hosting NAACP State Conference Oct. 23-24

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) student organization at NMSU-A and Alamogordo NAACP Chapter are co-hosting the State NAACP Conference. The event is at the NMSUA Tays Center from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24. The conference is open to all with informative breakout sessions. The Friday luncheon is $30 and the Saturday dinner reception is $40.

For more information call 575-439-3626.

Haunted America Suite encore concert to be held Oct. 29

Celeste and Jim Shearer, with UTEP faculty pianist Dena Kay Jones, will offer a special encore performance of ?The Haunted America Suite? for French horn, tuba and piano at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, in the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall, along with performances of two exciting new chamber music compositions. The concert will also feature UTEP tuba professor Steve Haddad. Works on the concert will include pieces commissioned by the Shearers, including ?The Haunted America Suite? by Justin Raines and ?Faraway, Nearby? by Lon W. Chaffin, along with two Southwest premiere performances, including ?Azure Dawn? by Frank Gulino and ?Requiem for Wounded Knee: for Tuba Duet, Narrator, and Piano? by noted Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum.

For more information about the concert, contact 575-646-2601 or jshearer@nmsu.edu. For more information about the ?Haunted America Suite? project can be found at the following link http://www.nmmagazine.com/article/?aid=93381#.Vh04XqQTCo0.

NMSU hosted the New Mexico AMP Student Research Conference

More than 340 attendees, including university and community college students and faculty, in addition to high school juniors, seniors and advisers from the New Mexico Math, Engineering, Science Achievement, Inc. (New Mexico MESA) program, were present for the 2015 New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (New Mexico AMP) Student Research Conference.

The statewide event took place on Oct. 2 at the Las Cruces Convention Center across from New Mexico State University. Saundra McGuire, the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired assistant vice chancellor and professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University, presented the breakfast keynote address, and New Mexico State Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Bernalillo County, District 15), gave the luncheon keynote address.

Student research presentations took place throughout the day, with 86 poster presentations presented by university, community college and high school students. Workshops on relevant topics rounded out the day. The University Research Council faculty poster presentation event was held concurrently with the New Mexico AMP Conference.

For more information call 575-646-5212.

New covered arena benefits therapeutic riding program at NMSU

In an emotional ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers helped the university?s therapeutic riding program celebrate its new covered arena at 750 Stewart St. on the Las Cruces campus.

The open-sided roof structure may have been simple metal and concrete, but it meant much more to the volunteers who provide equine therapy activities there and the clients who benefit from the program.

The therapeutic riding program helps individuals with disabilities meet a variety of therapy, education and recreation goals. Volunteer therapeutic riding instructor Deanna Duran became emotional as she described the program?s impact to the crowd that gathered for the ceremony.


NMSU student named to 2016 National Beef Ambassador Team

If you are not familiar with beef nutrition, New Mexico State University student Lauren Schlothauer may be the person to educate you.

Schlothauer was named to the 2016 National Beef Ambassador Team in September. Five young adults, ages 17 to 21, were selected based on their performance at the National Beef Ambassador competition in Denver.

?It?s quite a privilege, as there were 21 other contestants,? Schlothauer said. ?I met every one of the contestants, so to be selected is an honor.?

National team members were judged on four categories: consumer promotion, media interview, issues response pertaining to a news release about beef and an interview highlighting an educational presentation with youth. Schlothauer is joined by four other team members from Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska and Tennessee.