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NMSU Hotline — November 16, 2015

NMSU chemistry student seeks to revolutionize chocolate through research

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Danielle Peltier?s mom often tells her she didn?t send Peltier to New Mexico State University to become the next Willy Wonka. But, all on her own, Peltier has begun a research project that could change the way people with vegan and dairy-free diets enjoy chocolate, especially milk chocolates.

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Campus Announcements

Faculty, staff reminded to apply for award recognizing outstanding community engagement

The deadline is today to apply for two new faculty and staff awards, which will recognize the work that New Mexico State University employees do in programs and partnerships that benefit communities throughout New Mexico.

The first Distinguished Community Engagement Awards will be presented to one faculty member and one staff member in the amount of $500 each at the spring convocation ceremony on Jan. 18, 2016.

Faculty and staff who wish to apply for the first Distinguished Community Engagement Award can submit an application online at https://vped.nmsu.edu/nmsu-ce-award by Nov. 16, 2015. The application consists of a summary of an individual?s or group?s program, which should demonstrate outstanding achievement in and commitment to community outreach and engagement and have a record of sustained impact and achievement. The summary will include the significance of the partnership; the relationship between the university and the community; the impact on community and university partners; lessons learned and best practices; and the future plans of the project.

More details about the application process can be found at https://vped.nmsu.edu/nmsu-ce-award.

Presentation by guest speaker to be held Nov. 17

The Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research (PACR) will host guest speaker Laura Sycuro from 4 -5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 200. Sycuro is a post-doctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and is visiting NMSU as a Cancer Teaching Fellow funded by the partnership program between the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington and NMSU. Her research in David Fredrick?s lab aims to better understand the human vaginal microbial ecosystem and harness the microbiome for healthier pregnancies.

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

Red to Green Money Management workshop to be held Nov. 17

Red to Green Money Management workshop, The Ins and Ours of Student Loans, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Domenici Hall Room 006. Taking out student loans is the easy part. It?s paying them back that?s tricky. They can help you with your options. Come check out Red to Green Money Management?s workshop on the ins and outs of student loans.

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/. Also, sign-up for their social media to receive weekly updates. They are on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

Campus Health Center to close early Nov. 17

Due to an accreditation survey conducted by the American College Health Association, the Campus Health Center will be closed from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. The health center will reopen for normal business Wednesday, Nov. 18.

For more information, call 575-646-1512.

Taos Thanksgiving lunch to be held Tuesday

Taos Restaurant is pulling out all the stops with the Thanksgiving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. The extensive menu includes carved turkey breast, maple glazed smoked pit ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, herb breadcrumb stuffing, wild rice with apples and walnuts, sweet potato and pumpkin soup, pumpkin spice pudding, gooey pumpkin squares and more.

The event cost is one meal plan swipe or $7.89 plus tax.

For more information, follow them on Facebook or Twitter @NMSUdining or call 575-646-1749.

8th Annual CAMP Poster Expo to be held Nov. 18

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) will be presenting their 8th Annual Poster Expo. They will highlight CAMP student experiences in research, study abroad and internships. Posters will be on display and students will illustrate their posters individually or as a group. This event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18 in Corbett Aggie Lounge.

For more information contact Sarah Gallegos at 575-646-5079 or sarahgal@nmsu.edu.

Contribute to a Collaborative Mural to be held Nov. 18

Contribute to a Collaborative Mural will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the University Art Gallery. Make your mark on a collaborative mural. Join Gatis Cirulis, artist and NMSU visiting professor, and his students for a session focused on adding painted marks to a community mural. Materials will be provided to all participants. This is a free, community-wide event. Children are welcome.

For more information contact 575-646-2545 or artglry@nmsu.edu

Pre-party with the early Thanksgiving buffet

You deserve more than one fully stocked, mouthwatering Thanksgiving meal, and we?re giving it to you during the early Thanksgiving buffet, available for $11.99 plus tax from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. This special buffet will feature carved turkey, holiday ham, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, house made stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie and pecan pie. 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 Athletics Center, right next to Aggie Memorial Stadium. Call 575-646-4763 for reservations or visit http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com for more information.

Honor a loved one with a gift to the NMSU Spiritual Center Memorial Fund

Gifts to the Spiritual Center Memorial Fund support the New Mexico State University Spiritual Center, a quiet place on campus available for weddings, memorial services, peaceful meditation and student initiatives, regardless of faith. Donors can honor or memorialize a loved one with the purchase of individual markers displayed on the center?s tower for a donation of $250 or more. The first marker will be in memory of NMSU project manager Boyd Poirier.

For more information about the fundraising effort, contact Andrea Tawney at 575-646-1613 or make a secure online donation at https://advancing.nmsu.edu/memorial.

Peer tutors are wanted

TRIO Student Support Services is seeking motivated individuals who are passionate about their field of study, have excelled academically and are interested in student success. TRIO provides support for students who are first generation, have a financial need, and/or students with disabilities; they are looking for individuals who will strive to continue to provide guidance and support.

All fields encouraged to apply. Highly sought tutors in the following: undergrad levels of biology, chemistry, writing/English, math, engineering, physics and accounting/economics.

Applications are being accepted through Aggie Career Manager.

For more information call 575-646-1336.

New course is available

Theatre For Social Change focuses on utilizing theatre as a way to educate and influence an audience on challenging life situations. Students will learn active techniques with a final performance project based on a social issue of choice, with one focus on veterans and the military. The class is open to all. (Special Topics: Theatre for Social Change - 28252 - THTR 430 - M01)

NMSU's Sol Y Arena dance company teaches students artistic, spiritual values of flamenco

Cristina Segovia, a dance major at New Mexico State University, fell in love with flamenco dance when she first set eyes on it while performing with the NMSU Contemporary Dance Theater.

Flamenco's seductive style drew Segovia to the Sol Y Arena Spanish Dance Company at NMSU about a year ago, and since then Segovia has been making strides as a flamenco dancer, even though flamenco is not a very well known dance style in the Las Cruces area.

"The expression, the artistry, expanded the idea of what dance could be for me," Segovia said after a recent Sol Y Arena rehearsal. "The footwork and rhythms, it's just a whole different world and it's added a new dimension to my dancing."


Agreement paves way for NMSU students to attend Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

An agreement between New Mexico State University and the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine will give qualified students at NMSU guaranteed admission into the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine after their undergraduate degree is attained.

The Osteopathic Medicine Pathway Program will give students the opportunity to go directly from their baccalaureate program to a doctor of osteopathic medicine program, at the same time providing a supportive and enriched undergraduate learning environment through a Living Learning Community.

The program also will enhance the availability of medical degrees for students graduating from NMSU and increase the number of health care providers in New Mexico who are serving the health needs of the diverse population.


Otero County Extension Office welcomes new agriculture agent

A new agriculture agent has joined New Mexico State University?s Otero County Cooperative Extension Service Office to serve the county. Sidney (Sid) Gordon has plenty of experience in 4-H and animal health, but is excited for the new opportunity.

Gordon graduated from New Mexico State University in 1984, earning a bachelor?s degree in animal science. He then went to work as the 4-H agent in Lincoln County, where he served from 1985-1991, and got his master?s degree in agriculture and extension education in the process.

From 1991?1993 Gordon lived in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, and worked in the county extension office as their agriculture agent for a while.