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NMSU Hotline — March 22, 2016

Food and fun awaits attendees of 2016 Las Cruces International Festival


This year?s Las Cruces International Festival, hosted by New Mexico State University?s Office of International and Border Programs, promises to be an even bigger hit than last year with activities and food representing cultures from across the globe.

The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2 at Pioneer Women?s Park, 500 W. Las Cruces Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Last year?s event attracted about 1,200 attendees, said Cornell H. Menking, associate provost for international and border programs at NMSU. The university currently has more than 1,300 international students from 80 countries.

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Countdown to Carnegie-University Singers to perform in New York City

The New Mexico State University Choral Activities department will present "Countdown to Carnegie!" at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Atkinson Recital Hall. The concert will feature the University Singers in a preview performance of their New York City Carnegie Hall concert. The Concert Choir women will also sing and we will unveil a brand new ensemble, The Statesmen. This new choir features 20 men in their debut performance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and any additional proceeds will go towards the upcoming New York City Trip for the University Singers.

The performance is a farewell concert for the University Singers at NMSU as they will leave in just a few days for New York City on a five-day tour. The University Singers will present a solo performance on Easter Sunday, March 27 at Carnegie Hall. The concert is in conjunction with the event "Gotham Sings" as presented by Sechrist Travel Company. The University Singers will be featured for 40 minutes in the United States' premier performance venue. The five-day trip to New York will include a performance at St. John the Divine Cathedral, a broadway show, the 9-11 Memorial and many other activities. It is indeed an honor for these students to have this amazing opportunity and unforgettable experience.

12th annual J. Paul Taylor Symposium to discuss LGBTQ rights

Social justice for LGBTQ identities in the Borderlands is the focus of New Mexico State University?s 12th annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium with events today and March 23.

This year?s theme recognizes that LGBTQ identities are made vulnerable through legislation and prejudice, explained symposium co-chairs Laura Anh Williams, director of NMSU?s Women?s Studies Program, and Catherine Jonet, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies in the Women?s Studies Program. The symposium, hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, will include films, artists, poets, panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions with human rights advocates.

The symposium is held each year to honor J. Paul Taylor for his lifelong commitment to the people of New Mexico as an educator, legislator and community leader.

The symposium will be available via Livestream at http://livestream.com/accounts/5020564/events/5033446.

For more information please visit our website: http://artsci.nmsu.edu/en/artsci.nmsu.edu/en/12th-annual-j-paul-taylor-2016.

100 West Cafe serves up French cuisine

Join us for some delicious French-style cuisine at 100 West Café the week of March 22-24, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for some delicious food prepared by our students.

Enjoy three days of a la carte lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature cheddar-leek or tomato-blue cheese soup, or white salad with fennel and orange. The entrées will feature poached chicken with tarragon cream, grilled trout with tomato butter sauce, pork Normande or penne tricolore. Dessert choices are puff pastry feuilletees with fresh berries, chocolate mousse or crème brulee. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience. We look forward to having you for lunch and as always, we appreciate your support.

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

For more information, please visit our website at http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call our office at 575-646-5995.

Delicious Mediterranean cuisine on Wednesday

Spice up your day with Mediterranean cuisine from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. This buffet will feature roasted salmon with a pistachio gremolata, Mediterranean grilled chicken, couscous pilaf, grilled Mediterranean vegetables, Greek salad, pita bread and baklava. For just 11.99 plus tax you receive a non-alcoholic beverage and unlimited entry to this buffet.

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.

Studio G Networking Hour: Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series to be held Wednesday

The next Studio G Networking Hour: Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series will be 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Studio G located in Academic Research Building A.

Join us to learn about designing a revenue model for your business. The Disciplined Entrepreneurship Series is based the Disciplined Entrepreneurship book written by Bill Aulet from MIT. 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. Studio G helps Aggies start businesses.

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

Room Renewal Rodeo Dinner at Taos Restaurant on Wednesday

Taos Restaurant, NMSU?s dining hall, is partnering with NMSU Housing and Residential Life to serve tasty barbecue during the annual Room Renewal Rodeo Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. Students will have the opportunity to renew early for NMSU Housing, and all guests will be able to enjoy a mechanical bull, student DJ and barbecue favorites including cowboy burgers, barbecue beef ribs, wrangler beans, hoedown corn cakes, ranch potatoes, funnel cake fries, cowboy cookies and apple cobbler.

Entry for dinner is one meal swipe for those with a meal plan or $8.09 plus tax for those without one. Go to http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com or visit NMSUdining on Facebook for more information about meal plans or visit http://housing.nmsu.edu/room-rodeo/ to learn more about Room Renewal Rodeo.

Campus Health Center to close early Thursday

The Campus Health Center will close at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 24, for staff training and will reopen at 7:30 am. Monday, March 28.

For more information, please call 575-646-1512.

University Art Gallery and Creative Media Institute to host free movie series

The University Art Gallery along with the Creative Media Institute are offering a free movie series this semester. We will be offering a total of four films, all of which honor the fallen stars of the movie industry. Our next film will be the 2003 film, ?Love,
Actually? in order to honor the fallen Alan Rickman. We will also be showing films to honor Philip Seymour-Hoffman and Wes Craven later this semester.

All of these films are open to the public, so come hang out with us and Rickman at the UAG (D.W. Williams Hall) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. Limited seating is available; bring a comfy seat if you want. There will be free popcorn. Call us at 575-646-2545 or email at artglry@nmsu.edu for more info. Check us out on Facebook.

Acting 1 mini-mester is open

Always wanted to act? Learn how to bring life to the stage of screen, whether you want to act yourself or need to know how to inspire remarkable performance from actors you work with. Course starts today and runs Tuesday and Thursday, 9-11:30 a.m. with professor Larissa Lury in CFTA 220 (Rehearsal Hall). For more info contact at llury@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5812.

NMSU Library to host exhibit on 1916 Columbus Raid

The New Mexico State University Library will be hosting a new exhibit from its Archives and Special Collections Department called ?Guerrillas and Guardsmen: Pancho Villa, the National Guard, and the 1916 Columbus Raid? starting Thursday, March 24.

The exhibit will contain documents and photographs from the NMSU Library?s Archives and Special Collections Department which related to Pancho Villa?s 1916 raid on Columbus, New Mexico, and the ensuing national and international events. This will include scans of local and campus newspapers; photographs of Villa and his troops, and the American army and National Guardsmen who pursued him; and letters and other documents describing the raid.

?The Columbus raid was an important event in southern New Mexico history,? said Caitlin Wells, archivist of the Rio Grande Historical Collections. She noted that the report of the raid appeared in the NMSU Roundup, which listed the death of a former student, will be on display in the exhibit.

A talk held by William Boehm, historian at the National Guard Bureau, will be on Monday, May 2, and will be called ?Passage to the American Century: Pancho Villa, The National Defense Act and National Guard Mexican Border Service.? More information to follow.

The exhibit is in the Milton Gallery on the fourth floor of Branson Library. Free parking is available on the NMSU campus after 4:30 p.m. For questions or further information, please contact Caitlin Wells at cwells@ad.nmsu.edu or 575-646-6323.

Call for nominations for 'A' Mountain staff award

Is there someone in your office or in another department that represents qualities of integrity, dedication, skill, endurance, resilience, determination and passion in performance of their duties? If so, nominate them for Employee Council?s ?A? Mountain staff award. Nominations are now being accepted for regular NMSU staff employees. Employee Council is looking for nominees who demonstrate the following traits:

? Innovation: Exceptional efforts to improve the University?s effectiveness through enhanced systems or processes.
? Responsiveness: Resourceful, effective behaviors/actions demonstrated in reaction to an unforeseen circumstance or extraordinary situation; timeliness.
? Service: Exceptional efforts to provide superior service to all ?customers.?
? Spirit: Positive outlook; supportive of NMSU?s initiatives and goals.
? Teamwork: Ability to work with others in another department/division toward a shared goal; ability to recognize diverse strengths.
? Above and beyond: Demonstrated service or support that is not normally expected as part of their everyday job responsibilities.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit nominations at http://empcouncil.research.nmsu.edu. Please submit nominations by 5 p.m. March 28. Nominations will be reviewed by Employee Council. This award will be presented at Founders? Day on April 15. Awardee receives a commemorative NMSU plaque.

Employee Council wants to hear from you. Tell us who you think should be the next ?A? Mountain Award Recipient.

Employee Council meetings are open to all on the second Thursday each month; the next meeting will be April 14 at 2:30 p.m. in Milton Hall Room 85. Meetings will also be webcast; links can be found at http://empcouncil.nmsu.edu. Go Aggies!

College of Business to induct new Hall of Fame members April 8

The New Mexico State University College of Business will induct two new Hall of Fame members ? Brenda Joy Baca Alvarez, co-owner of Las Cruces firm EMI Technologies and a 1981 graduate, and Jim Holder, senior vice president of sales for Cigna's Mountain States Region in Denver, a 1990 graduate. In addition, the college will present the Traders Award to generous NMSU supporters Bill and Sharon Sheriff.

Established in 1997 by the College of Business, the Hall of Fame honors outstanding alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and supporters who have made an impact with their commitment to the college and NMSU. The ceremony and banquet will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

Tickets are $100 and table sponsorships are $1,000. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://giving.nmsu.edu/COB or contact Anthony Casaus at 575-646-5817 or acasaus@nmsu.edu.

NMSU to host New Mexico Public Health Association annual conference in April

After more than a decade removed from Las Cruces, the New Mexico Public Health Association annual conference will return next month. New Mexico State University will host the conference titled ?Public Health Beyond Borders: History, Intersections and Solutions? April 11-13 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

?The NMPHA annual conference has a long history and is the only conference in the state that focuses on public health issues through a broad and inclusive perspective that draws professionals from various fields,? said Satya Rao, public health sciences professor and conference organizer. ?The conference is very significant for public health officials and all others engaged in working intersectionally on public health issues, social determinants, quality of life concerns, and integrating strategies that help improve the health and well-being of our communities and residents throughout the state and across the region.?

The preconference workshop will be April 11 and registration is available online at http://www.nmpha.org/Pre-Conference-Workshops-April-11-2016. The two-day conference, April 12-13, includes daily speakers, keynote presentations each morning, concurrent sessions during the morning and afternoon, poster session for students and professionals and an award luncheon. To register for the conference visit http://www.nmpha.org/event-2140490.


Domenici Institute seeks student panelist nominations for 2016 conference

The Domenici Institute for Public Policy is now accepting nominations from faculty and administrators of universities and community colleges across the state for student panelists to participate in the 2016 Domenici Public Policy Conference. The conference takes place Sept. 14 and 15 and nominations are due by April 28. For complete program details, including the online nomination form, visit http://domenici.nmsu.edu and click on the Domenici Conference page.

Why nominate a student? The 2015 conference panelists think you should. See below for what they had to say about their experiences.

Kristen Sullivan, Government, New Mexico State University: ?Being a student panelist helped build my self-confidence as well as my public speaking. Not only was speaking to such important people beneficial, but the conference gave me so many networking opportunities I would have missed had I not participated. I now know I am capable of so much more than I thought I was thanks to the student panelist program.?

Sarah Hodson, International Studies, University of New Mexico: ?Professors, if there is a special student who stands out to you, recommend them for this conference. The Domenici Public Policy Conference gives these special students a chance to ask hard questions to experts, in a formal conference setting. I can?t thank those who recommended me enough.?

Norma Ibarra, Forensic Chemistry and Spanish, Eastern New Mexico University: ?Being a student panelist for the Domenici Institute was an experience that allowed me to broaden my education outside of my major. Being able to work with students from other universities was something amazing; I learned a lot from the other panelists. Having the opportunity to question and speak with the former ambassador to Syria was a once in a lifetime experience.?

Questions regarding the program should be directed to Sara Patricolo, Domenici Institute program manager, at 575-646-2066 or spatrico@nmsu.edu.

DACC Customized Training class offered

People can face almost any problem except the problem of people. You can work long hours, face declining business, even the loss of a job, but it is challenging to deal with the difficult people in your life. Identify some of the ways you may be contributing to these problems and get strategies to can adopt at work and in your personal life in Dealing with Difficult People. The course is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 and the cost is $139.

For questions or more information, contact us at 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.