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NMSU Hotline — March 1, 2016

NMSU ag researchers collaborate on addressing water management challenges

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In the water-scarce desert Southwest, the agricultural, urban and environmental sectors are constantly competing for limited water. So how do you handle the fact that each stakeholder within those sectors wants something different in a water management strategy, for now and for the future?

That?s the fundamental question that a team of New Mexico State University researchers is hoping to answer as they collaborate with research partners from several institutions, including the University of Texas El Paso and the University of New Mexico, on a five-year, $4.9 million study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

?Here?s the problem with water: There?s never enough of it,? said Frank Ward, an NMSU professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences who specializes in water resource management.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU considering football conference options following Sun Belt decision

New Mexico State University has received word that the Sun Belt Conference presidents and chancellors have decided to remain a 10-football team conference, beginning with the 2018 season. The NMSU Aggie football team will play football in the Sun Belt conference for the next two seasons but will need to consider options for the 2018 season and beyond.

?We?re disappointed with this outcome, but we respect the decision of the Sun Belt Conference,? said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. ?We appreciate being able to play football in the Sun Belt Conference for the past two years and look forward to continuing in the league for the next two years.?

NMSU remains a member of the Western Athletic Conference for its non-football sports. The university is currently evaluating all potential options in regard to football conference affiliation.

?It appears that the landscape of conference affiliation could see significant movement, especially as current television contracts are renegotiated,? Carruthers said.

NMSU was a full member of the Sun Belt from 2000-2005. It joined the Western Athletic Conference in 2005. In 2014, NMSU rejoined the Sun Belt as a football-only member.


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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday

The next Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series with Laetitia Hussain will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 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.

Wednesday webinar at Environmental Education Center

Over the past decades, few concepts have gained such prominence as resilience, the capacity of a system to deal with change and continue to develop. There has been an explosion of research into ways to promote or undermine the resilience of various systems, be it a landscape, a coastal area or a city. However, the multitude of suggested factors that enhance resilience has led to a somewhat dispersed and fragmented understanding of what is critical for building resilience and how an understanding of these factors can be applied.

This webinar, "Applying Resilience Thinking: Seven principles for building resilience in social-ecological systems," convenes authors of the publication with the same name to discuss seven principles that clarify how to apply resilience thinking and address the interactions among the underlying social and ecological systems. Join the sustainability manager at the Environmental Education Center at Regents Row A116 for this excellent webinar from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. Brown bag lunch if desired. Contact joni newcomer at 575-646-7563 or newcomer@nmsu.edu for more information.

Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium set for Wednesday

New Mexico State University's Department of Geological Sciences Colloquium will feature Chloe Bonamici, from New Mexico Tech Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Her talk is titled ?In Situ Geochemistry-a quest for better spatial and temporal resolution in geologic histories? and will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Gardiner Hall Room 230.

Student Success Navigator board game night to be held Thursday

On Thursday, March 3, all freshman students are invited to a night of fun, food, and board games. Enjoy free pizza and snacks while playing all your favorite board games from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Aggie Lounge, Corbett Center first floor. This is a great opportunity to hang out with friends and meet other freshman students. Every half hour we will be raffling off Barnes & Noble and Allen Theaters gift cards, free board games and Aggie Swag bags (must be present to win).

Employee Council announces discount tickets to Aggie basketball game Saturday

Employee Council would like to make you aware that Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. the Aggie women?s basketball team, who is having a great season, will be playing its last home game of the season and a special promotional price of $3 per ticket is being offered to faculty and staff which is a 50 percent discount over regular pricing. Faculty and staff can obtain tickets to this game for themselves and their family/guests for this game through the ticket office. Employee Council hopes that these lower priced tickets will allow you as an employee to take advantage of the great entertainment we have on this campus. The Aggie women are fun to watch, play great basketball and are having a great season on the court. We are regular season champs, 24-3 overall and 13-0 in the WAC trying to go undefeated in the WAC for the year. Come join the fun, get out for the afternoon and show your Aggie spirit. Go Aggies.

NMSU experts offer guidance at 50th annual pecan conference, trade show

With an update on the proposed pecan marketing order and the excitement of an ?on? year for pecan production, a big turnout is expected for the 50th annual Western Pecan Growers Association conference and trade show March 6-8 in Las Cruces.

?We have a lot of interest already,? said John White, director of the association. ?We are expecting up to 600 people.?

Registered conference attendees will have access to meals, a reception, the conference and the equipment show.


Enchilada plate fundraiser set for March 7

What is your preference ? red or green? The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Summer Study Abroad Florence students are having an enchilada plate fundraiser for $7 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 7. Your plates will come with your choice of red or green enchilada casserole, beans, rice and bread. It will be held in 100 West Café in Gerald Thomas Hall where you may pick up your order or have the students deliver it to you. You may call 575-646-7324 to place your pre-paid order. Checks made payable to HRTM, cash and/or credit cards will be accepted. We appreciate your support. Go Aggies!

Entrepreneur Encounters sponsored by Seidel Technologies slated for Monday

Hear from some amazing student entrepreneurs, how they got started, lessons they learned and what the future holds at Entrepreneur Encounters sponsored by Seidel Technologies at noon Monday, March 7 at Hardman-Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 125. Pizza is available for the hungry. The guest panel includes Angela Simmental, QEstyle, Luke Smith, EcoSeal and Robert Gilbert, B.O.S. Tech. For more information visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/events.

Space Race challenge information session to be held March 9

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium and The Center for Advancing Innovation will be holding an information session for Space Race 2016. Space Race is a competitive business and start-up challenge where you have the opportunity to launch one of NASA?s 10 new innovative technologies. Come learn more on Wednesday, March 9 at Corbett Center, Senate Chambers. Presentation will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the event will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information please contact Kristi Burden at 575-646-6414.

Longtime NMSU Extension agent Houghton honored for service to community

For more than three decades, Woods Houghton has been helping others in his role with New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service. Now, that dedication to others has been recognized with the Bruce and Alice King Memorial Service Award from the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association.

Houghton, longtime agriculture agent for the Eddy County Cooperative Extension Service, was honored recently at the Joint Stockmen?s Convention in Albuquerque.

?Woods? life has been defined by service ? to 4-H kids and their families, to agriculture, to those struggling with drug addiction ? and more,? said NMCGA President Pat Boone. ?He is a true friend, an invaluable source of information, and a staunch defender of private property rights and our way of life. We are glad to have this opportunity to recognize his service and say thank you.?


N.M. Space Grant Consortium awards NMSU students with research fellowships

The New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) has awarded a total of $30,000 in research fellowships to three New Mexico State University College of Arts and Sciences students for the 2016 calendar year.

Award recipients include Ethan Dederick, Sten Hasselquist and Lauren Kahre, all doctoral candidates in the Department of Astronomy.

?Our job here at Space Grant is to support ongoing efforts that meet NASA?s mission needs, or support development of capabilities on campus that can address NASA?s mission needs,? said Pat Hynes, director of NMSGC.


DACC Community Education course available

In Instant Italian, learn how to express yourself in Italian with practical, everyday words and phrases that will make your stay in Italy more enjoyable. Read, hear and practice dialogues based on typical situations that you're likely to encounter while staying in Italy in a wide variety of settings. You'll be surprised by how quickly and easily you can learn many useful expressions in Italian. The online course costs $99. For more information call 575-527-7527.

Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System on NMSU campus to be tested first Wednesday of the month

If you hear a siren on the New Mexico State University campus Wednesday at noon, don't be alarmed. The university?s Outdoor Severe Weather Warning Systems are activated for one-minute blasts on the first Wednesday of each month as a test to ensure they are functioning properly. Two pole-mounted sirens, which sound the severe weather warnings, are located on the eastern and western ends of campus. The Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System is part of the university's emergency system and will be used to communicate weather-related emergencies for individuals who are located outside a building.

In a weather-related emergency, the weather warning sirens will be engaged for two minutes or longer and will alert members of the campus and surrounding community to immediately seek shelter and, once they are safe, to check the NMSU Web site or local news for additional information.

Employees registered with the Emergency Notification System may choose to receive emergency information via email, voicemail or text messaging service. Sign up for emergency alerts at: https://myaccount.nmsu.edu/accounts/etm/index.php.