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NMSU Hotline — November 30, 2015

First-ever Conroy Scholars pave the way for future honors students at NMSU

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Six freshmen are paving the way for future Conroy Scholars at New Mexico State University. In their first semester at NMSU, the scholarship recipients are meeting the challenges of honors courses, acclimating to a new environment and juggling the many responsibilities college students face.

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Campus Announcements

White elephant gift party at next Sustainability Council meeting

The Sustainability Council has three active teams working on Operations; Education and Research; and Planning Administration Engagement. Join in as they set goals and have their white elephant Christmas gift exchange from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 1, in Milton Hall Room 85. Wrap a gift of limited value (under $12). It can be something you made, or recycle gift you no longer want. Gifts should be wrapped and unmarked.

For more information contact dboje@nmsu.edu.

Companion Animal Poster Symposium will be held Dec. 1

Do you have a dog or cat whose behavior is driving you crazy? The third annual Companion Animal Behavior and Training Poster Symposium will help you learn how to positively modify your four-legged family member?s unwanted behavior. Student Teams from Animal Science 311 will present solutions to eight real life companion animal issues that NMSU staff, students and faculty wanted help with. The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the O?Donnell Hall foyer. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be served.

For more information call 575-646-3402 or email gfasenko@nmsu.edu. Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nmsucompanionanimals and check out the Companion Animal Website at http://companionanimals.nmsu.edu.

NMSU official ring ceremony to be held Dec. 2

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association will host its annual ring ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Trader?s Plaza near Aggie Memorial Tower. A reception will follow.

This year, 51 graduating students and past graduates who have met academic requirements established by NMSU will participate, including NMSU Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement and Participation Leslie Cervantes, a 1986 graduate.

The ceremony, steeped in tradition, celebrates the personal and academic accomplishments of each participating Aggie, which are signified in their ring. Each year, alumna Jo Lytle, owner of Hatch Chile Express, donates the small chile ristras that are tied to the rings and presented to the recipients. The rings were created to represent the land-grant mission of NMSU and, most importantly, the community in which every Aggie belongs while on their journey of discovery at NMSU.


Book Binding Workshop with Katya Reka to be held Dec. 5

Book Binding Workshop with Katya Reka will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the University Art Gallery. Join Katya Reka, artist and NMSU assistant professor, for a workshop session focused on creating book structures. Materials will be provided to all participants; art books from the University Art Gallery?s permanent collection will be on display. This is a free, community-wide event. Children are welcome.

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

Creative Media Institute creates exciting video for NMSU men's basketball team

The Creative Media Institute created a video introducing the players of the 2015-16 men?s basketball team. Inspired by the old spaghetti Westerns, the video sees the athletes and coach in the gym and also out in the desert in old West attire in an old fashioned Mexican standoff. To watch the video: The Magnificent Aggies (full-length promo) at https://vimeo.com/145237011.

This was a true CMI production as faculty members and CMI students were involved in the entire production of this video. Faculty members, Ross Marks (director), Mitch Fowler (director of photography) and Sherwin Lau (editor, sound designer) were the faculty members involved. Many CMI students were involved with the on-set production process of the project.

For more information contact Ross Marks at 575-528-9032 or rossm@nmsu.edu or Mitch Fowler at jmfowler@nmsu.edu or Sherwin Lau at 575-635-4372 or kslau8@nmsu.edu.

The business of education: Can an MBA program help close the school achievement gap?

On a fall morning in Las Cruces, Picacho Middle School Assistant Principal Toni Hull walks the building and chats with students as they wend their way to class. Some of these young people have never lacked the resources they need to be able to focus on learning. For others, there are many distractions ? an unstable home life, an empty fridge, a language barrier ? that make learning a challenge.

Hull sees these disparities play out in the classroom every day as the achievement gap grows between children living in poverty and those who are not. A 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress report shows that low-income eighth-grade students in New Mexico underperform their non-low-income classmates by 21 percent in reading and 23 percent in math. New Mexico has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country: 31 percent of children live at or below the federal poverty level, according to data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation?s Kids Count project.

Hull is one of a cohort of education leaders who are taking an unusual approach to helping their schools address that gap ? they?re learning how to lead differently, using business management training from New Mexico State University to help boost school achievement and student success.


NMSU?s College of ACES honors outstanding students for the Fall 2015 semester

The New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Awards Selection Committee has selected 17 students to receive awards for their efforts during the Fall 2015 semester.

?The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences has always felt that our students are a top priority to us,? said Interim Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs Gerald Hawkes, ?The students in ACES and their families have accomplished a great milestone upon graduation. Recognizing these students is our way of thanking them for allowing us to come alongside of them in their educational journey through NMSU.?

Hawkes said the College of ACES believes that many students work hard during their college careers, and for that they deserve to be recognized for their efforts.


NMSU hires eager new rodeo coach

New Mexico State University has hired a new rodeo coach, Logan Corbett, from Murray, Kentucky, set to start next semester.

Corbett graduated from Murray State University in 2013 with a bachelor?s degree in Animal Science. He competed on the collegiate rodeo team at MSU for four years in bareback riding, as well as some bull riding and team roping. Corbett competed at the College National Finals Rodeo in bareback riding in 2012 and 2013.

When he started school, Corbett knew that he wanted to ride bucking horses and that he needed a degree. While he was attending school and competing, Corbett decided that he wanted to spend the rest of his life investing in students? lives and teaching them; just like his rodeo coach did for their rodeo team.