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NMSU Hotline — February 22, 2016

NMSU graduate students awarded NASA fellowships for planetary astronomy research

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Two doctoral candidates at New Mexico State University are among 13 students in the country selected to receive NASA Harriett G. Jenkins graduate fellowships, providing each student with more than $50,000 in annual funding through the completion of their dissertations.

Kathryn Steakley and Alexander Thelen, both third-year doctoral candidates in the Department of Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences, were chosen for this graduate fellows program, which focuses on improving and diversifying NASA?s future Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

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NMSU College of Business celebrates first endowed chair in accounting

What started as a professorship established to honor an accounting educator and mentor has grown into a fully endowed chair in New Mexico State University?s College of Business.

The Lionel Haight Endowed Chair in Accounting is the first endowed chair for the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, and the sixth for the college. The College of Business announced the new chair at a reception Friday at Pete V. Domenici Hall on campus.

Department Head Kevin Melendrez said the availability of jobs in the private sector can make it challenging to draw accountants with doctoral degrees into academia, so having an endowed chair will help the College of Business continue to attract and retain outstanding faculty members.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11711/nmsu-college-of-business-celebrates-first-endowed-chair-in-accounting

NMSU unveils new locker room for swimming and diving student-athletes

The student-athletes of New Mexico State University?s swimming and diving team now have a private area to prepare for practices and meets, thanks to a substantial gift from a family with ties to the swim team?s early years.

The new locker room facility, which also features a lounge area where the athletes can study and office space for the coaching staff, was unveiled in a ribbon-cutting and naming ceremony Friday at the NMSU Aquatic Center.

The Wanda Glass Family Swimming and Diving Locker Room was made possible by a gift from Smoky Glass Torgerson and her husband, Alan. Smoky?s sister, Linda Glass Schroeder, was the first head coach of NMSU?s swim team in the 1970s. Smoky and Alan, along with other members of the Glass family, named the facility for Smoky and Linda?s mother, Wanda Glass.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11712/nmsu-unveils-new-locker-room-for-swimming-and-diving-student-athletes

Synthetic infield turf is latest upgrade to NMSU?s Presley Askew Field

When members of the Aggie baseball team take the field at home this season, they?ll have a little extra spring in their step. Lush, green synthetic turf that was recently installed on the infield will provide a smooth, even playing surface and a beautiful backdrop for their games.

New Mexico State University unveiled the new turf in a pregame ceremony Saturday, Feb. 20, at Presley Askew Field, 3315 S. Locust St.

The ceremony celebrated the donors who contributed to the turf project, including Scott and Teri Bannister, John and Charlotte Yates, Mike and Judy Johnson and NMSU President Garrey Carruthers and his wife, Kathy.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11710/synthetic-infield-turf-is-latest-upgrade-to-nmsu-s-presley-askew-field

Colloquium to be held in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry colloquium by Neeraj Kumar of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will be held at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, Room 153. The talk is titled ?Toward Computer-aided Optimization of Molecular Electrocatalysts: from Enzymatic Function to Functional Mimics."

Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk; coffee will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Celebrate African-American History Month at Taos Restaurant

In recognition of African-American History Month, Taos Restaurant will host a special heritage lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. The menu will showcase and educate about the diverse world heritage of African-American culture with dishes such as Caribbean jerk chicken breast, rice and black bean pilaf, okra and tomatoes, chicken and sausage gumbo, Ethiopian vegetable stew and peach cobbler. Join the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/949295525159790/ to receive a Facebook reminder.

Entry is one meal plan swipe or $7.89 plus tax. Don't have a meal plan? Sign up today at http://dining.nmsu.edu.

100 West Cafe serves up Creole

Join 100 West Café for Creole style cuisine this Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for some delicious food prepared by students. 100 West Café will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 25, so students may attend their Career Fair and will reopen for lunch Friday, Feb. 26.

Enjoy three days of a la carte lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature chicken and sausage gumbo or spinach salad with apple vinaigrette or a Louisiana sunburst salad and your choice of oven-fried pecan catfish, apricot and bourbon grilled chicken, pasta with sausage and peppers or crawfish pasta. Dessert choices are bread pudding with bourbon sauce, sweet potato pie or strawberries Romanoff. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card, including Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

Loadable gift cards are available for sale in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 138 in $10 increments.

For more information, visit http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5995.

Celebration of Sunshine Buffet offered Wednesday

Longer days and warmer weather call for celebration. Visit the Celebration of Sunshine Buffet to dine on light, crisp and healthful dishes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. For $11.99 plus tax, enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage and access to this all-you-care-to-eat buffet featuring lemon thyme chicken, orzo pilaf with wild mushrooms, vegetable skewers with tomatoes, fresh rolls with butter, spring mix salad and strawberry shortcake.

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 for weekly Facebook updates regarding each week?s themed buffet.

Free yoga available to AggieFit members and full-time students

The James B. Delamater Activity Center will host Aggie Yoga at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in Corbett Center Student Union?s first floor Otero Room. It is available to AggieFit members and full-time NMSU students. Preregister now for this free monthly class in Room 103 of the Activity Center. Participants will need to bring their own yoga mats.

Please contact Kassie Ckodre at 575-646-2582 or kherna17@nmsu.edu for more information. Join the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1692515801029705/ to receive Facebook reminders.

Campus stores to adjust hours for inventory

The Aggie Express & Corbett Corner convenience stores and the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces will open at 10 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, for inventory. All three stores will close entirely Sunday, Feb. 28, and will resume regular hours Monday, Feb. 29. Please call 575-646-4431 for more information.

2016 NMSU Library note cards now for sale

It?s our state question, and those in the know have the right answer. Now, answer the question yourself with note cards from NMSU Library: ?Chiles: Red or Green??

For $10, enjoy 13 note cards with photos taken from the 2016 NMSU Library Calendar ?Chiles: Red or Green.? The vivid photos are from a variety of sources such as photos from the Dave DeWitt Collection, shot by our own NMSU Librarian Cindy Watkins, and also supplied from the NMSU University Archives photo collection. Photo descriptions are on the back of the cards, with the inside left blank for your messages.

The note cards are available at the NMSU Library?s Administration Office, Room 224, Zuhl Library and at the Archives and Special Collections Department, Branson Library, fourth floor. Supplies are limited. Proceeds go to support the NMSU Library.

Metered parking can be found near Zuhl Library when turning onto Jordan Road from University Avenue. Parking on campus is free after 4:30 p.m. For more questions about the note cards or to order, please contact Cassie McClure at cmcclure@nmsu.edu or 575-646-7492. For more information visit http://lib.nmsu.edu/sites/libnews/2016nmsulibrarynotecards/.

Current NMSU housing residents can begin preparing for next year

If you are returning to NMSU for the 2016-17 academic year, it?s time to renew your space or choose a new one. Learn more about the Room Renewal Rodeo selection process at a fun interactive dining event at Corbett Center Student Union?s Taos Restaurant from 5 to 8 p.m. March 23. NMSU Housing & Residential Life staff will be on hand throughout the night to answer questions and provide tips.

Roommate selection begins on March 1 and will continue until March 27. From March 28 through April 4, you will have the opportunity to select a space. Each space is only available for renewal or reservation for a limited time, with current residents having first dibs over their own spaces in most cases. Please view the selection schedule at http://housing.nmsu.edu/room-rodeo/ to see when you qualify for your desired space. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so make your online submissions through MyHousing as early as possible during the time allotted. Join the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/410259759160339/ and we?ll send you Facebook reminders as the various selection times approach.

For more information regarding Room Renewal Rodeo, please contact 575-646-3202 or housing@nmsu.edu.

DACC artist instructors 'Inspiring Vision' art show highlights talents

Artist instructors from DACC will display their imaginative and unique art in the ?Inspiring Vision? art show at the El Paso Gallery inside the Rio Grande Theatre beginning on March 4 and running through March 31.

Both full- and part-time faculty are contributing to the show. The art represents several programs at the community college including the art, creative media technology and digital graphics programs.

The art program at DACC supports students who have a broad interest in the arts, offering students a multicultural examination of the principles and philosophies of art. The art program supports students seeking introductory skills in a range of studio classes including ceramics, printmaking, drawing and painting.

The CMT/DGT program trains specialists to design printed materials and web sites, produce videos and films and participate in game design. The two options for students include a two-year Associate of Science program and a certificate program. Both programs merge design and digital media. The program brings together technologies, including print media, web design, multimedia, digital photography, animation and digital film.

The El Paso Electric Gallery, 211 N. Main St. is located on the Las Cruces Downtown Mall Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. An opening reception in honor of the artists will be held as part of the first Friday downtown arts ramble from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 4. For more information, contact Abby Osborne at 575-527-7588.

Six course tequila dinner is next month

Reserve your table early for the six-course Tequila Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5. The menu will feature authentic cuisine celebrating the diverse locales and tastes of Mexico, all paired with unique and premium tequilas. Call 575-646-4802 for more details and to reserve your table for this special event at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. Join the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1652652868329857/ to receive a Facebook reminder.

Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture regional meeting in Tucumcari set for March 9

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 Tucumcari from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 9, at the Tucumcari Convention Center,1500 W. Historic Route 66. A free lunch will be served.

Ten additional regional meetings will be held around the state between December 2015 and March 2016.

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11706/resilience-in-new-mexico-agriculture-regional-meeting-in-tucumcari-set-for-march-9

Juried student show in the University Art Gallery to open next month

The 2016 Juried Student Show will open in the University Art Gallery Thursday, March 10. This year's juror is artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda. His work can be found in collections such as the Goetz Collection, Kadist Collection, ASU Museum, Museo Del Barrio, Colección Jumex and Museo de Arte de Lima. Out of all the submissions we received from current NMSU students of all majors, Almanza Pereda will select a few to be displayed for this exhibition. In addition, the winners of the scholarships for the Department of Art will be announced at this exhibition opening.

The opening reception will take place March 10 in the University Art Gallery at D.W. Williams Hall and will begin at 5 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. For questions, please contact artglry@nmsu.edu.