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NMSU Hotline — November 3, 2015

NMSU program strengthens research, confidence among undergraduates


Discovery is taking new forms at New Mexico State University as an undergraduate research program in the College of Arts and Sciences works to foster both academic achievement and personal growth.

?The Discovery Scholars program affords our undergraduates with an exceptional opportunity that is rarely afforded to younger students,? said Michael Hout, assistant professor of psychology. ?By encouraging our students to engage in active, semi-independent research, the program is really setting them up for success.?

Hout is faculty mentor to Garrett Bennett, an undergraduate psychology major and Discovery Scholar at NMSU. As a Discovery Scholar, Bennett was selected to conduct paid research alongside an NMSU faculty member.

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Campus Announcements

Gifts to scholarship gifts matched dollar-for-dollar on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a university-wide initiative focused on philanthropy that has an impact on the lives of students at New Mexico State University. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Giving Tuesday presents a unique opportunity to double the impact of scholarship giving at NMSU. Every gift made to a scholarship fund on Dec. 1 will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

To get NMSU faculty and staff in the spirit of Giving Tuesday, many campus leaders have pledged to match the contributions made by their employees. NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers will match $5 for every new payroll deduction gift made to any fund set up on Giving Tuesday! Many other leaders, including Vice President for Economic Development Kevin Boberg, NMSU Carlsbad President John Gratton and College of Business professors Bill Gould and Robert Steiner are on board with matching pledges. Is your boss one of them? Visit http://advancing.nmsu.edu/giving-tuesday-challenges to find out.

Are you a campus leader who wants to challenge your staff to get involved? Contact Andrea Tawney for more information at 575-646-1613 or atawney@nmsu.edu.

One day can make a difference. Learn more about #GivingTuesday at http://advancing.nmsu.edu/givingtuesday.

Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System on NMSU campus to be tested first Wednesday of the month

If you hear a siren on the New Mexico State University campus Wednesday at noon, don't be alarmed. The university?s Outdoor Severe Weather Warning Systems are activated for one-minute blasts on the first Wednesday of each month as a test to ensure they are functioning properly. Two pole-mounted sirens, which sound the severe weather warnings, are located on the eastern and western ends of campus. The Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System is part of the university's emergency system and will be used to communicate weather-related emergencies for individuals who are located outside a building.

In a weather-related emergency, the weather warning sirens will be engaged for two minutes or longer and will alert members of the campus and surrounding community to immediately seek shelter and once they are safe to check the NMSU website or local news for additional information.

Employees registered with the Emergency Notification System may choose to receive emergency information via email, voicemail or text messaging service. Sign up for emergency alerts at: https://myaccount.nmsu.edu/accounts/etm/index.php.

BBQ Blues on Tuesday at Taos Restaurant

Old-fashioned, slow roasted barbecue that will surely chase away your blues will be available from 5?7 p.m. today at Taos Restaurant. Menu highlights include smoked beef brisket, St. Louis barbecue ribs, Carolina barbecue pulled pork and garlic black pepper rotisserie chicken.

For the full menu, go to http://on.fb.me/1PT21th. This premium event is available for one meal swipe and $7.50 plus tax or $15.59 plus tax.

For more information about Sodexo Campus Dining, follow them on Facebook or Twitter @NMSUdining or go to http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com.

Outdoor recreation presentation to be held today

How Not to Get Lost (and how to get home if you do) will be held at 5:30 p.m. today, in the NMSU Outdoor Center Room 108 of the Activity Center. Local Search and Rescue team members will help you prepare for outings by highlighting a few of the most common mistakes seen on actual rescue missions. Leave this clinic with a list of essential items and skills to help you in all kinds of adventures.

For more information contact http://recsports.nmsu.edu.

100 West Café to serve Southern style cuisine this week

100 West Café will serve Southern style cuisine Nov. 3-6. Enjoy four days of a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature field salad with blue cheese or potato chowder your choice of Alabama roasted chicken or fried catfish with remoulade sauce served with mashed potatoes and greens as your sides, or spicy tomato pasta. For dessert you have a choice of buttermilk pie or mixed fruit cobbler.

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. They 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.

This Wednesday?s Bistro Buffet: Southern Classics

Dine at one of the most popular buffets: The Southern Classics Buffet, available for $11.99 plus tax from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. This special buffet will feature chicken strips, pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet corn, savory butter biscuits, classic mac and cheese and strawberry shortcake. Buffet price includes access to this all-you-care-to-eat buffet and a non-alcoholic beverage.

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.

Stop hunger with peanut butter and jelly

You can help stop hunger with the simple act of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Interested in volunteering? Just drop by the Aggie Lounge in Corbett Center Student Union between 10 a.m.?2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4. Sandwiches will be donated to those in need at El Caldito Soup Kitchen. If you have a peanut allergy, avoid the area during this event.

Sodexo Campus Dining is donating food and organizing this event. They can be reached at 575-646-1749 or go online to http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium to be held Nov. 5

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium by Marisa Kozlowsi, from the University of Pennsylvania, will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building Room 153. The talk is titled ?Adventures in Oxidative Bond Forming Reactions: Development and Applications in Natural Product Synthesis.? Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk, coffee will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Biology seminar to be held Nov. 5

The NMSU Department of Biology will host a talk by David Peabody from the University of New Mexico?s School of Medicine at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Foster Hall Room 231. Peabody studies RNA viruses of bacteria as model systems to understand gene regulation, but in recent years has focused on adapting the virus-like particles of these bacteriophages as platforms for vaccine development and targeted drug delivery. His seminar is titled ?Next Generation Vaccine Discovery on a Virus-Like Particle Platform.?

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

Native American Heritage dinner at Taos Restaurant

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Taos Restaurant will host a heritage dinner from 5?8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. The menu will feature Hopi corn stew with blue cornmeal dumplings, green chile fry, roasted acorn squash, pinto beans and white corn, pueblo bread and baked pumpkin cornmeal pudding with sweetened cream and pecans. The cost is one meal swipe or $8.09 plus tax for those without a meal plan.

For more information about Sodexo Campus Dining, follow them on Facebook or Twitter @NMSUdining or go to http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com.

Presale password for Carrie Underwood?s April Pan Am concert

Seven-time Grammy winner, Carrie Underwood, brings ?The Storyteller Tour ? Stories in the Round? to the NMSU Pan American Center in Las Cruces at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16. With the stage in the middle of the arena floor, the 360-degree setting will allow fans on all sides of the arena to get a very intimate concert experience with Underwood and her special guests, Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers.

Tickets are $46 and $76 plus applicable fees and will be available Friday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. at the Pan Am Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, 800-745-3000, or http://www.ticketmaster.com/carrie-underwood-las-cruces-new-mexico-04-16-2016/event/0C004F54F42F4023?artistid=1004122&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=2%3Fcamefrom%3DCFC_+NEWMEXICOSU. Select seats will be made available from 10 a.m.?10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, with local password STORY and will only be offered at the Pan Am Ticket Office and at the Ticketmaster link above. There is a six-ticket limit per transaction.

Visit http://panam.nmsu.edu/underwood/ or call 575-646-1420 for more information. Join the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1031560573562981/ for updates and reminders and follow the conversation with hashtag #CarrieUnderwoodNMSU.

Dealing with Stress: Stress 101 Workshop to be held Nov. 6

Dealing with Stress: Stress 101 Workshop will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the Zuhl Library Conference Room, 225 second floor. Stay at the top of your game and turn in your peak performance. Learn stress management techniques, along with some learning strategies that will help you not just survive, but thrive. Good stress management techniques are a key component to being successful and staying healthy.

For more information contact the Student Success Center at 575-646-3136.

NMSU Dancesport to host annual 'Look Who?s Dancing' event featuring local community members

The New Mexico State University DanceSport Company is gearing up for its annual ?Look Who?s Dancing!? fundraising event featuring guest dancers representing the Las Cruces community.

This year?s event takes place at 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Pan American Center. On Monday, Nov. 2, ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $6 for children 12 and younger.

Guest dancers are Janet Acosta of Haciendas at Grace Village; Janie Blue of Billy the Kid Salon; Lynn Derksen of Mary Kay; NMSU Regents Biology Professor Michelle Nishiguchi; Steve Chavira, CEO of the Las Cruces Home Builders Association; Oswaldo Luna of Bank of the West; Frank Paul Salopek of Pancho Salopek & Sons Pecan Farms; Sam Salopek of the New Mexico Pecan Company; and Joshua Silver, dean of students at Arrowhead Park Early College High School.


NMSU art students create one-of-a-kind jewelry for annual sale

Jewelry and metalsmithing students in the New Mexico State University Department of Art will host their 33rd annual jewelry sale from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, in the lobby of D.W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University, next to Barnes & Noble.

?We have been doing this sale for more than 30 years, and all the jewelry is one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces by our students,? said Motoko Furuhashi, assistant professor of art in the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences. ?The students have been learning metalsmithing and jewelry skills, as well as professional artist practices. It is a rewarding experience for them to sell their pieces with direct feedback from the audience.?

Items available for purchase include earrings, pins, necklaces and rings. Materials used to create the jewelry include the traditional ? silver, copper, bronze ? as well as the non-traditional ? wood, plants, fabric and plastic.


Armitage is new assistant dean for development in NMSU College of Engineering

New Mexico State University has selected Stephanie Armitage of Las Cruces as the College of Engineering?s new assistant dean of development and alumni.

Interim Engineering Dean Steven Stochaj said Armitage brings valuable skills to the important relationship-building role, in which she will lead fundraising, donor stewardship and alumni relations for the college.

?I?m very excited to have Stephanie join our team in the College of Engineering,? Stochaj said. ?We feel that her energy, charisma and close ties with the community make for a winning combination.?

Armitage said she?s happy to be working with the college and its partners to create more opportunities for student success and support for faculty, staff and programs.