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NMSU Hotline — February 23, 2016

Former NMSU professor named a 2016 Japan Prize recipient

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Former New Mexico State University professor Steven D. Tanksley was awarded with the 2016 Japan Prize for his extensive contributions to agriculture.

Tanksley, Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor Emeritus of Cornell University and former NMSU Horticulture Department assistant professor, was awarded the 2016 Japan Prize to honor his contributions in the fields of biological production and biological environment.

After completing his studies at the University of California Davis in 1980, Tanksley was hired as an assistant professor in the Horticulture Department at NMSU. A significant part of his research time at NMSU was devoted to breeding chile peppers. The other part of his time was focused on developing the laboratory methods required for creating DNA-based genetic maps in crop plants.

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Campus Announcements

DACC Financial Literacy workshop to be held today

Dona Ana Community College will host ?Understanding Your Financial Aid? at 2 p.m. today at East Mesa Campus DASR 232. For more information, contact Melanie at 575-528-7296 or melaniet@nmsu.edu.

Red to Green Money Management Workshop to be held today

What is the fastest growing crime in America? Identity theft. Join the Red to Green Money Management program to gain the knowledge to plan and prevent theft and protect your identity at the "Don?t Let Your Identity Get Stolen" workshop from 5 to 6 p.m. today at Domenici Hall in Room 006.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, go to careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green/. Also, sign-up for their social media to receive weekly updates. They?re on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

Office of University Advancement accepting honorary doctoral 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. First the first time, the advancement office is 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.

100 West Cafe serves up Creole

Join 100 West Café for Creole style cuisine today, Wednesday and Friday and enjoy 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.

Retirement celebration to be held for Betty Watson Feb. 24

After a total of 52 years of service with NMSU, 20 of those years 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 her a happy retirement. For more information, contact Kathy Rivera-Portillo at katriver@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5999.

Studio G to host two events Wednesday

Join Studio G as it celebrates National Entrepreneurship Week by giving NMSU students and recent alumni who are enrolled in the Studio G business accelerator program a chance to showcase their startup businesses at the Studio G Startup Showcase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Corbett Center Student Union. All who are interested are welcome and encouraged to attend this event and support entrepreneurs from NMSU's business accelerator, Studio G. With this event, they hope to inspire innovation, promote entrepreneurship and assist growing NMSU startups.

Studio G also will host Networking Hour: Value Proposition Design from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Academic Research Building A. Join them to learn about designing businesses and value proposition that delight customers. Networking Hour is a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. Networking Hour is a function of the Studio G Business Accelerator at NMSU, which helps Aggies start businesses.

For information, contact Kramer Winingham at studiog@nmsu.edu or visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/studiog/.

'Textbook Reading: Strategies for Success' to be held Thursday

What you remember is far more important that what you read. Assigned reading can be intimidating and hard to get through. In the "Textbook Reading: Strategies for Success" workshop, you'll learn strategies for recalling what you read and finding important ideas in your textbooks. The workshop is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Zuhl Library Conference room (225 second floor). For more information, contact the Student Success Center at 575-646-3136.

DACC to host Scholar Dollar$ review session

Dona Ana Community College will host a Scholar Dollar$ review session at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at DACC East Mesa Campus DASR 232. The Scholar Dollar$ deadline is Tuesday, March 1. For more information, contact Melanie at 575-528-7296 or melaniet@nmsu.edu.

Pepper spray course scheduled for March 2

The NMSU Police Department will host its popular pepper spray course from 3 to 5 p.m. March 2. The course will provide instruction on the proper use and legal parameters of pepper spray. Courses are taught by certified police officers who will instruct using practical drills with inert spray. Topics covered include awareness tips, verbal commands and presence and how to deploy, as well as training drills.

Participants will have to purchase a can of pepper spray as well as a training module at a specified vendor. Email amfranci@nmsu.com to register for the next course.

Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series set for March 2

The next Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series with Laetitia Hussain will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. March 2 at the Health and Social Services Auditorium Room 101. The free event is sponsored by the Department of Art and Lilian Steinman Fund.

Laetitia Hussain was born in Marseille in 1976, and has lived in France, Syria, New York City and the Hudson Valley. Her works and installations are elaborations of emotional reactions to social and environmental issues. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a bachelor's of fine arts. She currently lives and maintains a studio in Hudson, New York.

Hussain works in many media, including drawing, installation, sculpture, painting, printmaking, video, sound and photography. Her projects often begin with a single abstract form. Her process requires a series of experimental contexts in which the form is placed and considered. Inevitably, an evolution takes place as the contexts function as a trial in which the form might take on or shed characteristics. She often focus on aspects of the form, abbreviations or sets of multiples to explore capabilities. At this point, a theme might emerge or something more complicated, akin to a narrative. Her own work sometimes leads to a new idea or method, which would not occur if her work was fabricated by someone else. Environmental issues, politics or the relevance of a specific geographical location often inform her work. Exhibition is always part of the process as she is deeply interested in witnessing the exchange between artwork and audience. It is where the artwork reaches completion and its meaning free to interpretation.

Important notice regarding Little Big Town?s appearance at Pan Am

Live Nation has announced that due to contractual/routing issues, Little Big Town will not appear on the Luke Bryan show coming March 8 to the NMSU Pan American Center in Las Cruces. The concert will still feature Luke Bryan with special guest Dustin Lynch. All ticket refunds will be available at their original point of purchase. If you purchased your tickets at the Pan Am Center Ticket Office, your refund will be available there, Ticketmaster.com purchases will be refunded at Ticketmaster.com, etc. Call 575-646-1420 for more information.

Free marriage and family therapy available

The Family Resource Center at NMSU provides free therapeutic services to main campus students and their families. Whether you are struggling in your relationships, coping with a loss, or are just feeling overwhelmed, anxious or down, the student therapists at the FRC can help. Sessions are conducted with individuals, couples or families.

Contact FRC to set up an appointment. Student therapists are supervised by licensed faculty members from the FCS Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Contact 575-646-2065 or frc@nmsu.edu for more information.

NMSU fruit tree pruning workshop at Alcalde on March 10

New Mexico State University?s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde will host its annual fruit-tree-pruning workshop from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 10. The center is located at 371 County Road 40 in Alcalde.

?We will have presentations on pruning basics, common training systems and some new development for each species,? said Shengrui Yao, NMSU Extension fruit specialist. ?After that, there will be a hands-on session in the field.?

The tree species will include apples, peaches, cherries, apricots, plums and blackberries.