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NMSU Hotline — February 4, 2016

NMSU Cooperative Extension Service aiming to revive master food preserver program

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After a 10-year absence, extension agents with New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service are reviving a program aimed at helping people become master food preservers.

Cindy Schlenker Davies, county program director with the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service, said the master food preservation program was once a strong program but it has not been around since 2006. Recently, New Mexico county home economists met in Las Cruces for three days of training, and participants wrapped up their training in Albuquerque.

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Campus Announcements

Faculty Senate election to close today at noon

The NMSU Faculty Senate is conducting the yearly election for Faculty Senate chair. The two selected nominees for chair are Gary D. Rayson and Christopher Brown.

To vote, log in at https://vote.nmsu.edu.

The election has been extended to close Thursday, Feb. 4, at noon. This election is open to all NMSU faculty. Faculty is defined as any individual who is tenured or holds a tenure-track or regular non-tenure-track position and is not retired.

Teaching Academy holds information session on the Peer Review Network Friday

The Teaching Academy will host a 50-minute information session at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, for faculty and graduate students interested in participating in the Peer Review Network.

The spring 2016 session of NMSU's Peer Review Network will provide faculty and graduate students an opportunity to engage in scholarly reflection and meaningful peer review of teaching practices as a means of demonstrating teaching effectiveness. This information session will be led by Tauna Cole-Dorn, a past participant of the PRN and committee chair of the Advocates of Scholarly Teaching committee. The session will provide an introduction to the PRN and demonstrate how participation in the network can be used to update participants' Digital Measures portfolios in regards to "Evaluation of Teaching." Registration for this event is available through the Teaching Academy at https://assessment.nmsu.edu/peer-review-network/.

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar Series begins Friday

Eric Prossnitz, professor of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico, will present a talk titled ?Estrogen: More than just a sex hormone? at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in Room 109 of Domenici Hall on the NMSU campus. Refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.

The lecture is the first in a new series of Friday afternoon seminars that are broadly focused on biomedical research and are open to the NMSU community and the public. The series will be held most Fridays during the semester and will feature nationally recognized scientists as well as a spotlight talk by NMSU faculty. The full schedule can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu.

Prossnitz?s lecture will focus on the role of estrogen receptors in cancer, cardiovascular function and metabolism, including obesity and diabetes. A complete abstract of the talk can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu/sites/rescore/files/images/BMRS_2516-pic.pdf.

For more information, to request to meet with the speaker, or to recommend future speakers, contact Shelley Lusetti at slusetti@nmsu.edu.

Chemical and Materials Engineering Department to host graduate seminar series

The Chemical and Materials Engineering Department continues its graduate seminar series with guest speaker Juanita Miller, NMSU safety specialist for the College of Engineering. She will be talking about inherently safe design and design for safety from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in Guthrie Hall 201. All that are interested in this subject are highly encouraged to attend.

Free four-week marriage prep group

All NMSU couples thinking about getting married are invited to take part in "Preparing for a Successful Marriage," a free four-week marriage prep group. Come join us to discuss topics such as communication, roles, finances, intimacy, expectations and more as you and your partner prepare for your lives together as a married couple.

The group will be held Tuesday nights from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for four weeks and will begin on Feb. 9 at the Family Resource Center, Cervantes Village C-100 (green doors), 4145 Sam Steel Way. Sessions will be facilitated by students of the Marriage and Family Therapy Progam.

Spaces are limited. Call or text Kendra Wood at 575-323-0665 to reserve your spot

Free dance lessons with NMSU DanceSport

Learn to dance the best ballroom, Latin, swing and nightclub dances every Tuesday night at Arrowhead Park Early College High School, 3600 Arrowhead Drive. At 7 p.m. Feb. 9, the level-one Merengue lesson with Irvin Zavala-Verdugo is free. At 8:15 p.m., the level-two samba lesson with Brandon Romero is only $5.

No partner or dance experience necessary. All levels and ages are welcome. Bring friends and/or family to share the experience. Lessons are taught by NMSU DanceSport Company members and act as a practicum for professional development. These classes help to further its mission to foster a thriving regional dance community while offering partner dance as a healthy lifestyle alternative.

For more information contact 575-646-5704 or dancesport@nmsu.edu.

Department of Art to host visiting artist and scholar lecture series

The Department of Art will host a visiting artist and scholar lecture series with Heather Cassils from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Health and Social Science Auditorium, Room 101. The Department of Art, Woman?s Studies and Lilian Steinman Fund are sponsoring the free event.

Listed by the Huffington Post as ?one of 10 transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art,? Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Featuring a series of bodies transformed by strict physical training regimes, Cassils? art offers shared experiences for contemplating histories of violence, representation, struggle and survival, often juxtaposing the immediacy, urgency and ephemerality of live performance against constructed acts for camera in order to challenge the ?documentarian truth factor? of images. Bashing through gendered binaries, Cassils performs transgender not as a crossing from one sex to another but rather as a continual process of becoming, a form of embodiment that works in a space of indeterminacy, spasm and slipperiness.

Recent solo exhibitions include MU Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Trinty Square Video, Toronto; and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York. Cassils? work has also been featured at Institute for Contemporary Art and The National Theatre, London; MUCA Roma, Mexico City; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City; ANTI Contemporary Performance Festival, Kuopio, Finland; Museo da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, Brazil; Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica; and Deutsches Historishes Museum, Berlin, Germany.

Cassils is the recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital Award. They have also received the inaugural ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, Rema Hort Mann Visual Arts Fellowship, California Community Foundation Grant, MOTHA (Museum of Transgender Hirstory) award, and Visual Artist Fellowship from the Canada Council of the Arts. Cassils? work has been featured in New York Times, Wired, The Guardian, TDR, Performance Research, Art Journal Vogue Brazil and was the subject of the monograph Cassils published by MU Eindhoven in 2015.

University Art Gallery calls for artwork

The University Art Gallery is gearing up for the 2016 Juried Student Show and is requesting art from all NMSU Las Cruces campus students (from any major). The juror for this year's show is artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda.

To apply, you must register for access to the UAG JSS Canvas site by emailing your full name and NMSU email address to artglry@nmsu.edu. The deadline to apply and upload your work to the Canvas site is Feb. 15. Please visit http://uag.nmsu.edu for full requirements or email artglry@nmsu.edu with any questions.

Office of University Advancement seeks honorary degree nominations

The NMSU Office of University Advancement is pleased to once again call for nominations for honorary doctoral candidates. This is the university's highest honor to award alumni and friends of NMSU who have made noteworthy contributions to the educational, business, scientific and cultural life of our state and nation. Selection of honorary doctoral degree recipients rests with the Board of Regents of New Mexico State University. First the first time, we are inviting nominations of individuals to be considered for conferral of an honorary doctorate for both the 2016 spring and fall commencements.

Nominations are being sought from the campus community, alumni and volunteers associated with the university. No current faculty member, administrator of the university, or any currently serving elected official should receive an honorary degree. However, with a majority vote of the Board of Regents, these prohibitions can be overruled.

Please submit your nomination by filling in the web form found at: http://fndforms.nmsu.edu/honorarydegreenominationform.php.

The deadline for 2016 submissions is by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Questions may be directed to Jolie Tixier at 575-646-5567.