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NMSU Hotline — February 25, 2016

NMSU research team emphasizes mindfulness to deal with stress, life challenges


Several years ago, New Mexico State University professor Eve Adams began feeling stressed and in need of something to improve her well-being.

?I was pretty much burnt out and feeling like I needed something to help replenish me,? Adams said.

Adams used her sabbatical leave to attend workshops on mindfulness, and a new idea for research on the subject was born.

?I felt like it made a huge difference in my life and it continues to help,? Adams said. ?I think it helps me be more creative in decision making, so it?s not just about stress reduction, it?s actually more about being able to really see the big picture even when we get constrained by difficult circumstances.?

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Campus Announcements

Colloquium to be held in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry colloquium by Aditya Savara of Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be held at 11:45 a.m. today in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, Room 153. The talk is titled ?Elucidation of Kinetics and Mechanisms on Surfaces: From Ultrahigh Vacuum Environments to Liquid Phase Environments."

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

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Red to Green Money Management workshop to be held today

Taking out student loans is the easy part. It?s paying them back that?s tricky. We can help you with your options. Come check out Red to Green Money Management?s workshop on the ins and outs of student loans from 3 to 4 p.m. today at Domenici Hall, Room 106.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, visit careerservices.nmsu.edu/red-to-green or follow on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

If you can?t make this event, no need to worry. Schedule an appointment with a Peer Financial Literacy Coach by contacting Career Services at finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631. You can also visit http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request to submit a request online.

Center for Latin American and Border Studies presents panel discussion today

The Center for Latin American and Border Studies presents a panel discussion with visiting professor Camilo Perez-Bustillos, Neil Harvey, Molly Molloy and Inigo Garcia-Bryce titled ?Pope Francis, Mexico, and the Legacies of the Liberation Theology and Camilo Torres.?

Presenters will comment on the Pope?s recent visit to Mexico (including Cuidad Juarez), on placing Pope Francis?s ideas in relation to the history of Liberation Theology in Latin America, and on one of the precursors of Liberation Theology, the revolutionary priest Camilo Torres, who died in combat in Colombia 50 years ago. The talk is at 4 p.m. today at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave. The discussion is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact Megan S. Shannon at mshannon@nmsu.edu.

Friday webinar at Environmental Education Center

The Paris Accord is the easy part of the Paris Accord. The hard part is maintaining the intent of the goals when the actions necessary are not binding. Join the Security and Sustainability Forum and Arizona State University?s School of Sustainability in its first webinar on next steps after COP 21. This session, "Climate Change - from Intent to Action After COP 21," examines the policy, legal and social justice challenges in the transition from intent to action and whether success can be gauged along the way from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the Environmental Education Center, Regents Row A116. Contact joni newcomer at 575-646-7563 or newcomer@nmsu.edu for more information.

Chemical and Materials Engineering Department Graduate Seminar Series set for Friday

The Chemical & Materials Engineering Department Graduate Seminar Series will host Mark M. Weislogel, senior scientist at IRPI LLC and professor of mechanical engineering at Portland State University. He will be speaking about "Drinking in Space?with Implications to Advances Fluids Systems Research Aboard Spacecraft" from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Guthrie Hall, Room 201. Anyone interested in this subject is welcome to attend.

Motivational break dancer set to speak at NMSU

The NMSU CAMP Student Council would like to cordially invite you to the keynote presentation during NMSU's Latino Week. Patrick "Pacman" Perez will be doing a motivational address, all while break dancing.

On March 2, nationally renowned speaker, author and dance artist Patrick ?Pac Man? Perez will encourage NMSU students to move and groove toward their goals. He combines dance, music and student interaction to help youth and young adults create better futures by making better choices. Since 2002, Perez has dedicated his life to providing students with the skills they want and advice they need to succeed in school and life. He speaks at leadership and Hispanic empowerment conferences across the country as well as National Guard Family and Youth Programs.

?My mission is to break through to youth so they can break through their challenges and break free from their excuses,? Perez said. ?I know life and academics can have ups and downs; my goal is to help students set goals and surround themselves with the right people who can help push them towards their goals. In essence, I want students to understand they don?t get what they wish for, but they get what they work for.?

The March 2 event will begin with a 6 p.m. reception followed by Perez's performance at 7 p.m. at the Corbett Center Auditorium.

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.

Eastman elected as chair-elect for national governing board for nutrition and dietetic education

Wanda Eastman, Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences professor and Dietetic Internship director, was recently elected as chair-elect for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND is the national governing board for nutrition and dietetic education in the U.S. She will serve a three-year term. Eastman is a Fullbright Scholar and served as chair of the NMSU Institutional Review Board in 2012. She was also chair of the NMSU Faculty Senate during the 2007-2008 academic year.

Quick dynamic teaching with eight award-winning professors

The Advocates for Scholarly Teaching Committee together with the Office of Assessment are inviting faculty and graduate students to engage with eight Roush Award-winning professors in teaching from across the NMSU Colleges and DACC campuses. They will be sharing their techniques, tools and tips used in the classroom in 10- to 12-minute roundtable sessions. This is a great opportunity to meet colleagues from different departments, share ideas in teaching and assessing, and walk away with a packet of ideas to implement in your own practice or tweek what you?re already doing in the classroom. To register for this free event, go to http://bit.ly/24nXUev. Because this is a catered event, the RSVP deadline for registration is 5 p.m. March 7.

Employee Council election results announced

Employee Council recently filled several vacancies in its membership. Congratulations to new council members Julie Correa (ACES HRTM), Adam Cavotta (EVP and Provost), Monica Dunivan (SAEM Military and Veterans Affairs), Samantha Lish (A&F University Accounts Receivable) and Bertha Gomez (Carlsbad), and to reelected members Tammy Chaffee (DACC Radiologic Technology Program), Sam Smallidge (ACES Extension Animal Resources), Kim Allbright (NMDA) and Katherine Landers (CES McKinley County). New council alternates include Tamara Gantzler (DACC Education), Igor Dolgov (A&S Psychology), Robert Macy (Business Management), Lynn Lewis (DACC Education), Miley Grandjean (Instructional Innovation & Quality), Tim Darden (NMDA), Craig Ryan (NMSU Police) and Claudia Estrada (Carlsbad). Each of them will serve a three-year term in their new role, and deserves our thanks for their interest and involvement on behalf of all university employees.

Continuing regular members of the council (with one or two years remaining in their terms) include Keith Mandabach (ACES HRTM), Hiranya Roychowdhury (DACC Health Occupations), Caitlin Wells (Library), Katrinka Espinosa (Education), Greg Block (A&F Housing and Residential Life), Rosa de la Torre-Burmeister (DACC Career Services), Teresa Diaz (ACES AES), Bill Harty (A&F Procurement Services), Monica Lopez (Engineering), David Schoep (A&F Environmental Health & Safety), Dario Silva (Employee Health Services), Jake Capraro (NMSU Police), Gina Franks (NMSU Police) and Linda Beavers (Alamogordo). Continuing alternates are Sonja Koukel (ACES CES), Roseanne Bensley (SAEM Career Services), Jeffrey Harvey (NMSU Police), Rose Peņa (Alamogordo), Karen Reid (Alamogordo) and Naveen Puppala (ACES AES Clovis).

The council thanks those members leaving our voting membership for their service over the past several years: Christopher Hughes (A&S Music), Tim Query (Business Finance), David Twitty (DACC Welding Technology), Nirmala Gunapala (Library), Julie Cadena (A&F ICT), Leslie Gascoigne (University Advancement), Maria Gover (A&F Accounting and Financial Reporting), Sonia White (DACC Learning Technology Center) and Jesse Haas (Carlsbad). We hope each of you will continue to be involved in council activities as you can.

DACC Community Education courses available

In "The Power of Oil Painting," improve and advance your painting skills quickly with accurate, precise results. This isn?t your mother?s old painting course. Paint any subject you choose and learn the methods and techniques many others will never tell you. You won?t want to miss the fun in this new DACC Community Education course. The class is 5 to 8 p.m. March 7 through May 2 and the cost is $149.

Working with adobe isn?t as hard as you would think. Just knowing the basics can keep the beginner on track. Complete a small project while discussing footing designs, block laying techniques and finishes to complete the job in "Building with Earth Blocks." Learn the basic tools needed to work with earth. The last class meeting will focus on working with earth and laying adobes in a simple wall project.

To sign up, or for more information about this DACC Community Education course, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

DACC Customized Training class offered

The ability to create charts and graphs in Excel is a helpful visual aid. Charts make it easier to spot trends, highlight important changes and compare individual figures. Using charts in reports and presentations helps display numbers in a format that is easy to understand. This specialized course, "Excel Enhancer: Charts & Graphs," will demonstrate how to create, format and manipulate charts. The course is from 9 a.m. to noon March 8 and the cost is $59. For questions or more information, contact Customized Training at 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.