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NMSU Hotline — November 11, 2015

Redesigned NMSU website wins international award

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With a renewed focus on external users, the redesigned New Mexico State University website provides a vivid view of the activities, programs and experiences NMSU has to offer. That new look also attracted the attention of judges in the international MarCom awards competition, who selected it as one of the gold award winners for 2015.

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Campus Announcements

Veterans Day ornamental peppers available from Chile Pepper Institute

In appreciation of our veterans, the Chile Pepper Institute will be giving out Veterans Day ornamental chile pepper plants to veterans. Veterans may stop by the Chile Pepper Institute, located in Gerald Thomas Hall room 265, today and receive a free ornamental plant while supplies last.

For more information, call the Chile Pepper Institute at 575-646-3028.

Chemistry colloquium to be held Thursday

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium by Jason Shearer, from University of Nevada, Reno, will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, room 153. The talk is titled "Reduction of Superoxide by NiSOD Metallopeptide Based Mimics: Is the Mechanism of the Metallopeptide the Same as the Mimic?" Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk. Coffee will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Campus Health Center to close early Thursday

The Campus Health Center will close at 11:30 Thursday, Nov. 12, for staff training and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13.

For more information, call 575-646-1512.

Identity theft workshop to be held Thursday

A workshop, "Don?t Let Your Identity Get Stolen!" will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Domenici Hall, room 006. What is the fastest-growing crime in America? Identity theft. Join the Red to Green Money Management program to gain the knowledge to plan, prevent and protect your identity.

To schedule an appointment with a peer financial literacy coach, contact finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1851, or go to http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request.

For more information, go to careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green. Follow social media accounts on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook to receive weekly updates.

Community-wide meeting on aging and long-term services to be held Friday

Myles Copeland, the cabinet secretary-designate for New Mexico?s Aging and Long-Term Services Department, will be convening a community-wide meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in Pete V. Domenici Hall, room 102, to unveil the newly completed New Mexico state plan for long-term caregivers. Donna Wagner, dean of the College of Health and Social Services, served as a task force member for the report, and welcomes community members and friends of the college to attend.

For more information, contact Sarah Baker at sjbaker@ad.nmsu.edu or 575-646-4691.

Ute beadwork artist to speak at NMSU University Museum

The University Museum at New Mexico State University will host a free public talk by Ute Mountain Ute beadwork artist Rebecca L. Hammond from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13.

?Rebecca L. Hammond will present a history of the Ute beadwork traditions,? said Anna Strankman, curator of the University Museum at NMSU. ?Her work is a treasured highlight of the new exhibition.?

This presentation is part of the museum?s fall exhibition, ?Spirit Seeds: Celebrating Native American Beadwork,? which features approximately 60 pieces, ranging from ancient works of shell and stone, as well as contemporary beadwork.

The talk and exhibition are funded through a grant from the Southwest and Border Cultures Institute of NMSU.


100 West Café to serve Italian food this week

100 West Café will serve Italian food through Thursday this week. Enjoy four days of ala carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature roasted red bell pepper soup, salad caprese and your choice of Roman chicken sautée or sea bass pomodoro served with roasted red potatoes and broccolini as your sides, or penne puttanesca. Dessert choices are Italian ricotta cheesecake or crème brulee. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. They gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards.

Loadable gift cards are available for sale in Gerald Thomas 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.

NMSU to host ?Languages and Cultures Day?

All area middle- and high-school students are invited to attend the third annual ?Languages and Cultures Day,? from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, on the first floor of New Mexico State University?s Breland Hall.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Languages and Linguistics, and features 18 interactive sessions and presentations relating to a variety of languages and cultures, including Japanese, Chinese, Apache, French, Portuguese, German and Spanish.

?This is a great opportunity for high school and middle school students to practice a language they already know, and to be exposed to some with which they are unfamiliar,? said Glenn Fetzer, head of the languages and linguistics department in the College of Arts and Sciences.


English Department to host visiting speaker Kyle Jensen

The Department of English will host Kyle Jensen as a visiting guest lecturer Monday, Nov. 16. In a talk titled "Kenneth Burke at the Center of the Universe," he will recount the pivotal three months of Burke's short-term faculty membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he ultimately decided to abandon the second half of "A Rhetoric of Motives" and where the U.S. was developing the first digital computer to calculate the equation for the hydrogen bomb.

Jensen is an associate professor of English at the University of North Texas, where he also serves as the writing program administrator and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric and writing studies.

For more information, contact 575-621-9854.

NMSU hosts panel discussion about WWII Japanese internment in New Mexico

People in Las Cruces will join other New Mexico cities this month to hear entries from a diary of Japanese Americans interned at the Lordsburg prison camp when a panel brings their life stories to New Mexico State University.

?Confinement in the Land of Enchantment: The Untold Story of a Prison Camp in New Mexico? is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Health and Social Services Auditorium on campus. The presentation will detail the imprisonment of the Japanese in U.S. prison camps during World War II and include a comparison of camps in Wyoming and New Mexico.

During WWII, the U.S. government forced 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, including men, women and children, into prison camps in remote locations. Four of these camps were located in New Mexico between 1942 and 1946 in Santa Fe, Fort Stanton, Raton and Lordsburg.


Training conference to be held Nov. 19-20

New Mexico Head Start Association, in collaboration with Doña Ana County Head Start and New Mexico State University College of Education, will host a training conference Nov. 19 and 20 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. Keynote speaker Lillian Hubler of Time To Sign, Inc., is the nation?s foremost sign language trainer of early childhood educators. Closing speakers are Curtis and Elle Zimmerman. Curtis is an inspirational speaker and author who delivers one of the most dynamic interactive and entertaining programs on America?s corporate lecture circuit today. Laugh, juggle and play Simon Says, but don?t be fooled by all the fun. Curtis? messages are substantive and far-reaching. Be prepared to be empowered, challenged and changed. Cost of the two-day training is $150.

For more information and to register, contact Donna Johnson 575-647-8733 x117 or donjohns@nmsu.edu, or visit https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/tab2.aspx?EventID=1758541.

Pre-order your pecan pie for Thanksgiving

Sam Steel Café will be selling pre-ordered pecan pies for Thanksgiving. Place your order by 4 p.m. Nov. 19. Be sure to bring your wallet, because supplies are limited so you must pay when you place your order. Pies are $15. Pick up your pie on either from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, or from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 24. Pecan pies can be frozen until you are ready to eat them on Turkey Day. Be sure to thaw in your refrigerator for 24 hours or can be refrigerated for up to seven days.

They are located right of the lobby in Gerald Thomas Hall and are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 575-646-2230.

Physics Department Head Stefan Zollner joins New Mexico Consortium's board of directors

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents unanimously approved the appointment of Stefan Zollner, head of NMSU's Department of Physics, to the New Mexico Consortium Board of Directors, during its Oct. 21 meeting.

The New Mexico Consortium is a non-profit corporation formed by the three New Mexico research universities, University of New Mexico, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and NMSU, to advance scientific research and education in New Mexico. NMC pursues joint initiatives with Los Alamos National Laboratory in advanced computing, plant biology, biomedical engineering and modeling and analysis. These initiatives leverage the technical strengths of the partnership to achieve technical advances in support of national priorities. NMC chooses technical areas where the partnership and collaboration have a unique competitive advantage.

"The National Security Education Center is delighted to welcome Professor Stefan Zollner of New Mexico State University Physics Department to the Board of the New Mexico Consortium," said Alan J. Hurd, acting director of the National Security Education Center at LANL. "Professor Zollner has a strong record of fostering collaborations with Los Alamos National Laboratory since his arrival in New Mexico in 2010. He advocated strongly to the NMSU administration to continue the LANSCE Professorship, a 'bridge position' involving a joint selection committee and encouraging endurable collaborations. He established and maintained a healthy presence of Los Alamos scientists on his department?s external advisory board, which consistently endorsed his activities in guiding and growing his department. And through his national-level presence in governance of the American Physical Society, Zollner has championed the inclusion of laboratory staff. Finally, through increasing involvement in the New Mexico Consortium, Zollner advances the mutual interests of the lab and his university."


New Horizons Band winter concert will be held Dec. 12

Las Cruces? New Horizons Band will hold its final concert of 2015 at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in Atkinson Recital Hall. Joining the band will be the Las Cruces Good Time Singers, who will perform a short holiday concert titled ?A Not So Silent Night,? and will lead a Christmas singalong. There is no charge to attend the concert.

New Horizons Band will perform ?Little Suite for Band,? by Clare Grundman; ?Blue Angels Overture,? by John Edmondson; ?The Best of Henry Mancini,? featuring ?The Pink Panther,? ?Baby Elephant Walk,? ?The Sweetheart Tree? and ?Peter Gunn?; ?And All the Bells Shall Ring,? by Rob Romeyn; and ?The Pine Rivers March,? by Barrie Gott.

In addition to the singalong, pieces to be performed by the Good Time Singers will include ?On A Silent Night,? by Jay Althouse and Sally K. Albrecht; ?I Wish You Christmas,? by John Rutter; and ?It?s the Holiday Season,? by Roger Emerson.

For more information, contact Nora at 575-649-1465 or ndyaryan68@gmail.com or visit www.la-tierra.net/nhband/ and http://newhorizonsmusic.org/new-horizons-groups/new-mexico-new-horizons/.

NMSU professor receives national humanities award to research music migration

The journey of music and musicians from Nazi-occupied Europe to Latin America is the subject of a new book in the works by New Mexico State University history professor Andrea Orzoff.

Thanks to an award from the American Council of Learned Societies and a grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, Orzoff will spend a year researching and writing her book, ?Music in Flight: Exiles, Refugees, Fugitives, and the Politics of Music in Latin America, 1933-1960.?

The idea for the book was sparked by the discovery of one man?s story: a classically-trained Jewish opera conductor from Vienna who founded the Peruvian National Symphony Orchestra in the 1930s. Orzoff suspected he was not alone, and found hundreds more European ?musical migrants? across Latin America between 1930 and 1960.