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NMSU Hotline — October 21, 2015

NMSU-La Salle project receives funding, partners with aWhere for irrigation project


Sativa Cruz, an environmental science major at New Mexico State University, recently received a grant to set up an irrigation system in Yopal, Colombia, early next year.

Cruz is one of several NMSU students and faculty members participating in an exchange program with the University of La Salle?s Utopia Project in Bogota, Colombia. The program began last year after students and faculty at La Salle asked NMSU to join them in developing a project proposal to submit to Partners of the Americas, a private sector organization which carries out multi-year projects in the Western Hemisphere. The proposal was developed as a faculty and student exchange program that incorporates an irrigation system design component for the Utopia satellite project in Yopal. The NMSU-La Salle consortium was awarded the project in June 2014.

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Campus Announcements

'TAKE A BREAK!' to be held today

All NMSU employees are invited to the Hardman and Jacobs east patio for kettle corn and drinks from 3-4 p.m. today. The event is hosted by University Advancement in support of the 2015-16 Crimson Colleagues Faculty and Staff Campaign.

When faculty and staff donate to NMSU, they are a Crimson Colleague. Crimson Colleagues are investing in students through scholarships and other programs such as the Aggie Cupboard, the Pioneer Book Scholarship, Myrna?s Children?s Village and the Teaching Academy.

The generosity of NMSU?s faculty and staff resulted in more than 800 donors and $365,000 in support to programs you love during the 2014-15 Faculty and Staff Campaign. Employees have demonstrated that we are a caring community that is transforming lives, providing much-needed support for scholarships, student services, projects and a host of other areas that need additional resources. To learn more about the Crimson Colleagues visit http://advancing.nmsu.edu/facultystaff-main.

University Museum to open exhibit on Native American beadwork

The University Museum at New Mexico State University will host an opening reception for their fall exhibition, ?Spirit Seeds: Celebrating Native American Beadwork,? from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.

This exhibition will feature approximately 60 works from the museum?s permanent collection, many of which will be on display for the first time. The selected items represent artistic traditions, ranging from ancient works of shell and stone, to contemporary beadwork created this year.

?Through clothing, ceremonial dress and everyday objects, beadwork reflects identity, spiritual significance and protection to the wearer,? said Anna Strankman, curator of the University Museum at NMSU. ?Beadwork remains a symbol of adaptive, resilient people, while still expressing the individual artist?s personal beliefs and experiences.?


Spirit Remix Fashion Show to be held Oct. 22

NMSU Barnes & Noble in collaboration with Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising students present the Spirit Remix Fashion Show Thursday Oct. 22, at the NMSU B&N bookstore. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Celebrate Homecoming week by checking out the latest trends in Aggie apparel featuring custom styles and designs by CTFM students. Vote in their T-shirt design contest for the next trendy NMSU custom tee. Enjoy Starbucks and live music by Krux 91.5 FM. It's a fun and free event.

For more information contact Ricky Ruiz at 575-646-4431.

NMSU?s Tough Enough to Wear Pink week to feature ?Cancer?s Effects on Mental Illness?

Unfortunately, cancer?s impact on one?s physical health is often plainly seen. What?s harder to notice is the effect a cancer diagnosis has on mental health as well, not just for the patient, but for everyone in their lives.

New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Barbara Damron will present ?Cancer?s Effects on Mental Illness? at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Barbara Hubbard Room inside NMSU?s Pan American Center. The event is part of the NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink breast cancer awareness campaign.

?This is an important, and often overlooked, topic when it comes to cancer,? said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. ?We?re fortunate to have someone with Secretary Damron?s training, background and expertise available to speak about this topic.?


Biology seminar to be held Oct. 22

The Department of Biology will host Jake Stout from the University of Manitoba (Canada) for a seminar titled ?Biochemical genomics in Cannabis sativa to elucidate the cannabinoid biosynthetic pathway? at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Foster Hall Room 231.

Stout studies how natural product biochemistry has evolved, and in doing so elucidates the genes and enzymes that produce medicinal compounds. He worked on the cannabis genome, which was used to determine how cannabis makes medicinal compounds such as THC and CBD. He now studies a number of systems including a plant family that produces an amazing array of alkaloids that possess chemotherapeutic and anti-addiction properties.

Colloquium to be held in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium by Keith Pannell, from University of Texas at El Paso, will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building Room 153. The talk is titled ?Siloxymethylamines: Masked Aminomethylation (Mannich) Reagents Leading to New Labile Ligands and Their Molybdenum Complexes.? Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk, coffee will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

100 West Café to serve Greek cuisine this week

100 West Café will serve Greek cuisine Oct. 20?23. Enjoy four days of a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature Fasolatha (Greek white bean soup) or Greek salad, your choice of Sicilian chicken or broiled Greek fish served with Greek rice with feta and dill and asparagus as your sides, or pasta with tomatoes and white beans ? no sides. For dessert you have a choice of Baklava or Revani (a Greek semolina cake with orange syrup). All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. They gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience.

Loadable gift cards are available for sale in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 119 in $10 increments. We are unable to provide to-go lunches and apologize for the inconvenience.

For more information, visit http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5995.

Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate/Faculty seminar to be held Friday

Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate/Faculty Seminar by Brenda Buck, professor, Geology, UNLV, PES Distinguished Alumni 2015 titled "Natural Occurring Asbestos: What you don't know CAN hurt you" will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 200. Everyone is welcome.

For more information call 575-646-3405.

33rd annual jewelry sale to be held Nov. 9

The NMSU Department of Art?s Jewelry and Metalsmithing students will host their jewelry sale from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in the lobby of the D.W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University next to Barnes & Noble. Parking on campus will be free after 4:30 p.m.

All the pieces are unique, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry created in our Metalsmithing and Jewelry studio. They invite you to support the NMSU Jewelry and Metalsmithing program and find amazing jewelry for friends, family and yourself. The profits from this sale will be used to support the activities of the students in the jewelry and metalsmithing area.

For more information, contact Motoko Furuhashi at motoko@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1238 or go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NMSUjewelrysale.

Workshop to be held Nov. 13-14

The Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods certification course will be held at NMSU Nov. 13-14. This two-day certification course will be presented in English at Gerald Thomas Hall. This school is intended to certify managers and supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid or acidified canned foods. This school also satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulation for Acidified Foods Only. It is designed to provide additional information and focus on critical issues that affect acidified foods production.

To register online and for more information contact 575-646-2198 or visit the website http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/better-process-control-s.html.

Chemical and Materials Engineering Department event to be held Nov. 17

The NMSU Chemical and Materials Engineering Department will hold an event titled "A Civil Conversation on the topic of Fracking & Fossil Fuel Energy in the U.S.A." at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Corbett Center Auditorium.

For more information visit https://chme.nmsu.edu/event/a-civil-conversation-on-the-topic-of-fracking-fossil-fuel-energy-in-the-u-s-a/.

National Diabetes Prevention Program looking for participants

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is now recruiting participants for their classes on campus and Las Cruces area. NDPP is a lifestyle change program developed by the CDC to help individuals with prediabetes.

The program is facilitated by a registered dietitian and trained lifestyle coach who offers topics based on better nutrition, an increase in physical activity and an overall approach to leading a healthy lifestyle. Each class runs for 16 weeks and meets once a week for one hour, follow up sessions are provided. Potential participants must meet the program guidelines for being diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Classes are free.

This is a partnership between the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and Molina Healthcare.

For more information or to register, contact Lucinda Banegas-Carreon at 575-646-2034 or email lubanega@ad.nmsu.edu.

Terra Winter selected as NMSU associate vice president for development

New Mexico State University has selected Terra V. Winter of Las Cruces as its new associate vice president for development in the Office of University Advancement.

Winter most recently served as assistant dean for donor development and alumni relations in NMSU?s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

?Terra has been a wonderful asset to the College of ACES during her tenure and has led tremendous growth in donor support for the college,? said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. ?We?re delighted to have her as part of our University Advancement leadership team, where she?s tasked with the important role of transforming the lives of students through impactful philanthropy.?


NMSU Arrowhead Center welcomes new economic development coordinator

New Mexico State University?s Arrowhead Center recently welcomed a new staff member who will help boost economic development and community engagement efforts.

Michael Patrick is the center?s new Extension Specialist and Economic Development Coordinator. Patrick has served as the director of NMSU?s Doctorate of Economic Development program for the past fours years, and as a Community Resource and Economic Development Specialist for NMSU?s Cooperative Extension Service since 2007. He has also served as a Western Rural Development Fellow since 2012, working to strengthen rural communities, and help them thrive economically and become self-sustaining. His interests are in Native American economic development activities as well as community, economic and business development throughout the region.


DACC Customized Training class offered

Business Writing that Works! will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. The cost is $139. For those who must write as part of their job, being able to write well is a real career boost. Learn how to capture your thoughts on paper so they are strong and persuasive, but at the same time clear, concise, complete and correct. Concentrate on the nitty-gritty details that writers have to contend with, and get practical advice on making the job less difficult. Discuss you writing problems and share solutions with others.

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