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NMSU Hotline — February 15, 2016

NMSU College of Education, Black Programs host Black History Month performances

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The New Mexico State University College of Education and Black Programs will host several events this month recognizing Black History Month with cultural music performances.

The college?s Dance Program and Black Programs will sponsor a performance by Soriba Fofana, director of the MORIA West African Dance & Drum Ensemble in New Mexico. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Corbett Center Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 575-646-4067.

Fofana will host a dance workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 27 at the James B. Delamater Activity Center, 1600 Stewart Street, in Studio 229. He will also host a drumming workshop at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo Road. Cost of each workshop is $10 a person. The performance and both workshops are open to the public.

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Campus Announcements

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 today. Visit http://uag.nmsu.edu for full requirements or contact the gallery at artglry@nmsu.edu with any questions.

Amazing sizzling steaks for a limited time at Taos Restaurant

We?ve fired up the grill, and it?s prime time to experience the sizzle of your favorite steak. For dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 16, Taos Restaurant will have all the classic cuts including beef tenderloin, ribeye and sirloin steaks grilled to perfection with scrumptious sides. More info and pricing is available at http://on.fb.me/20QhC38.

For information regarding Sodexo Campus Dining at NMSU, visit www.nmsudining.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NMSUDining.

Southern Comfort Foods Buffet on Wednesday

Treat yourself during lunch this week with the Southern Comforts Buffet available for $11.99 plus tax on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. This buffet will feature herbed fried chicken, grilled pork chops, mashed potatoes with sausage gravy, homestyle mac n? cheese, Danny?s famous southern biscuits, green beans and sweet potato 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 Athletic Center, right next to Aggie Memorial Stadium. Call 575-646-4763 for reservations or visit http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com for more information. Join the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/600536293447087/ to receive Facebooks alerts about each week?s themed buffet.

Discover the Foundations of Flavor

Explore the worldwide origins of contemporary cuisine and gain a new understanding of the basic cooking methods that have sustained humanity since its beginnings. "Origins: The Foundations of Flavor" is a fun, tasty trip through the history of food and recipes. Taos Restaurant will host "Origins: The Foundations of Flavor" on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a menu featuring BBQ pot roast, barley rice pilaf, butter beans, east African sweet pea soup, and coconut pineapple rice pudding (kheer). Join the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/459411554250857/ for a Facebook reminder.

Entry is one meal plan swipe or $8.09 plus tax. Don't have a meal plan? Sign up today at http://dining.nmsu.edu.

NMSU, Wells Fargo present regional, national economic forecast Thursday

Economists will examine the reasons behind the lag in New Mexico?s economy and share their forecast for the coming year during the fifth annual Economic Outlook Conference, hosted by New Mexico State University and Wells Fargo on Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. Experts will also discuss national trends and how they might affect New Mexico?s economic future.

Eugenio Aleman, a director and senior economist at Wells Fargo, will discuss December?s decision by the Federal Reserve to raise rates for the first time in nine years, and how global economic news is affecting markets.

Jim Peach, NMSU Regents Professor of economics, will examine reasons that the job growth seen at the national level hasn?t translated to New Mexico.

The free conference kicks off with a reception at 9:30 a.m., followed by the economists? presentations from 10 to 11:30 a.m., all at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Event registration is available online at http://business.nmsu.edu/events or by phone at 575-521-6849.

Colloquium to be held in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Colloquium by Marat Talipov of Marquette University will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, Room 153. The talk is titled ?Development of Conceptual Understanding of Hole Transport in pi-Conjugated Molecular Wires for Photovoltaic Applications."

Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk. Coffee will be served at 11:30.

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Teaching Academy workshop training covers 'Starting a School of Sustainability'

Join NMSU faculty, students, staff and administrators for Starting a School of Sustainability Teaching Academy from 2:35 to 3:50 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at Milton Hall Room 50. Organizers are planning a retreat for May 7 to invite donors to get involved in getting a School of Sustainability off the ground at NMSU.

To sign up for the class, visit https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=class000000000008570. For more information, contact David M. Boje, chair, Sustainability Council at NMSU, dboje@nmsu.edu or visit http://greening.nmsu.edu.

Center for Latin American and Border Studies to host spring 2016 Speaker Series Thursday

William Breezily, professor at University of Arizona, will guest lecture this week. His talk is titled "Cerveza bien fria! Beer and Brewing in the Borderlands."

The lecture, the second of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies Spring 2016 Speaker Series, will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at College of Health and Social Services Auditorium Room 101A. The lecture is also hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Breezley?s lecture will focus on the history of the brewing industry and beers of the Southwest and along U.S./Mexico Border. Prohibition in the United States fueled the development of breweries along the border as beer became increasingly profitable business.

For more information, please contact Megan S. Shannon at mshannon@nmsu.edu.

Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series set for Thursday

Alejandro Almanza Pereda will be featured at the Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series Thursday, Feb. 18. The free event from 6 to 7 p.m. will be held at the College of Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101. The Department of Art, Women?s Studies and Lilian Steinman Fund are sponsoring the event.

Almanza Pereda is a current resident artist at Border Art Residency program in Anthony, New Mexico. He earned a bachelor of fine arts from University of Texas at El Paso in 2005, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004, and is a master of fine arts candidate at Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2015.

His installations are constructed from an assembly of mundane objects and materials. These are held together by specific, often tenuous, physical constructs, such as fragility and gravity to represent risk of possible danger. He has been a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, while his awards and honors include grants from the Harpo Foundation, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, and the National Fund for the Arts and Culture (FONCA) Programa Jovenes Creadores Mexico City (2005, 2007).

His work has been exhibited many places including Caminar la línea, Max Estrella, Madrid; Bienal de Curitiba, Brazil; Dublin Contemporary, Ireland; Fundación Magnolia, London; Magnan Metz Gallery, New York; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art; 20 Años del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico City; and Hecho en Casa, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico.

CPR class offered Saturday

Need to get CPR/AED/First Aid certified? Sign up to get certified at the Aquatic Center. Class is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Learn how to save a life and it is always a great skill to put on those summer job applications.

NM MESA event is in need of volunteers

NM MESA is hosting its annual MESA Day State competition on Feb. 22 in Corbett Center. Judges and event help are needed - you will receive ?off-campus? credit. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit http://www.nmmesa.org/nm-mesa-day-2016-volunteer-information/ or call Terry Ramirez at 575-646-1382.

Retirement celebration to be held for Betty Watson Feb. 24

After a total of 52 years of service with NMSU, 20 of those years have been working part time as NMSU?s ICT campus operator, Elizabeth ?Betty? Watson will be retiring Monday, Feb. 29. Please join ICT staff and students in celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Computer Center Room 148 to wish Betty a happy retirement. For more information, contact Kathy Rivera-Portillo at katriver@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5999.

DACC Community Education courses available

Meeting the right person is important, but knowing how to stay in love matters even more. Learn how to build a solid foundation for your relationship that will last far beyond "I do." Review the basic stages every relationship goes through, and learn the importance of balancing your needs as an individual with your needs as a couple in "Marriage and Relationships: Keys to Success." Take away strategies for maintaining your relationship and tips for "tune-ups" that help keep love alive. You won?t want to miss this important DACC Community Education course.

In "Playing Texas Hold ?Em," learn how to play the card game taking the world by storm. Get a basic overview of the game including how to deal with the two concealed cards and five community cards, the flop, turn and river. Review values for poker hands, use of a rotating dealer button, posting blind bets, and how to play structured and no-limit games. Join the fun in this new DACC Community Education course. The class is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3 through March 31, and cost is $47.

To sign up, or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

DACC Customized Training classes offered

Do you work with numbers or data? Even ?non-techie? beginners will find it easy to learn Excel in this fun, step-by-step course, "Introduction to MS Excel 2010." Learn the basic functions and features, including an introduction to terminology, components and the help system. Practice entering data and navigating in the spreadsheets while manipulating data using formulas. The course is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, and cost is $139.

In "Introduction to MS Access 2010," organize and utilize your information in a way that saves you time and helps you to analyze data and make better decisions. Begin with an introduction to database concepts, Access environment and help systems. Learn how to design and create databases. Then work with tables, fields and records; sort and filter data; and set field properties and data entry rules. Create queries, forms and reports. The course is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, and cost is $195.

For questions or more information, call 575-527-7776 or email ctp@nmsu.edu.

Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture regional meetings set for March

New Mexico State University and New Mexico First are joining forces to help develop a strategic plan to maintain a resilient New Mexico food and agricultural system.

The Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture regional meeting will be held in Farmington from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St. A regional meeting will be held in Crownpoint from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, at Navajo Technical University, Lowerpoint Road and State Hwy. 371, and in Shiprock from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, March 4, at Dine College, 1228 Yucca St. Lunch will be served prior to the meetings.

?It takes a diverse network of farmers, ranchers, processors, distributors and market organizers to make a difference in the future of agriculture,? said Michael Patrick, NMSU?s Extension specialist and Arrowhead Center economic development coordinator. ?We?re encouraging anyone interested in this strategic plan to join us to discuss their best ideas for ensuring a robust food and agriculture system in New Mexico.?

The information will be compiled into a background report on the state of agriculture in New Mexico, which will be used by a task force to develop the Resilience in New Mexico Food and Agriculture Strategic Plan.

?The plan will foster a food and agricultural system capable of withstanding new challenges,? Patrick said, ?while advancing a strong and growing export-oriented commodity agriculture sector and a robust local food system of small- to medium-sized family farms and ranches producing locally grown food to meet the growing consumer demand in the state for local food.?

The project will result in the formation of multi-stakeholder groups who are committed to implementing the plan in order to ensure the resiliency of the food and agriculture system in New Mexico.

There is no registration fee for the meeting, but space is limited and reservations are required. To register and learn more, visit nmfirst.org/events/resilience-in-new-mexico-agriculture. For additional information, call 505-225-2140 or email info@nmfirst.org.