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NMSU Hotline — April 1, 2016

NMSU?s first all-female team to vie for checkered flag at Mini Baja competition in April


When the green flag waves at the SAE Collegiate Design Series competition this month in Tennessee a group of New Mexico State University students will make history.

For the first time, an all-female team, Pink Baja or T2 team, a new startup team will represent NMSU at Mini Baja SAE Tennessee Tech, April 14-17, in Cookeville, Tennessee. Pink Baja will be one of only two all-female teams in the 300-team field. The competition consists of designing, fabricating and racing an off-road vehicle.

NMSU has been involved with SAE Mini Baja for more than three decades. The T1 team also will compete this spring at SAE Mini Baja California, May 19-22, in Gorman, California.

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Campus Announcements

100 West Cafe Offering Spanish cuisine

Join 100 West Cafe today for some delicious Spanish cuisine prepared by students.

Enjoy a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature Andalusian cucumber and tomato salad, avocado and pineapple salad or gazpacho, Andalusian chicken, Castilian fish fillets, pescado con fideos or pasta in chorizo and tomato sauce. Dessert choices are Brazo de Gitano (rolled sponge cake), Gato d?Ametlla (Majorcan almond cake) or flan de fresas. All lunches are $10, payable by cash, check or credit card, and Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards are accepted.

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 our office at 575-646-5995.

Canvas help available

Need help with your Canvas course(s) or could use general directions and tips? Register for one of the two upcoming Canvas Lab sessions. This is a go-at-your-own-pace lab session in which staff from Academic Technology are available for questions and to provide tips.

Additionally, one of our more popular workshops at the end of the semester will also be provided on May 6 called ?Using the Canvas Gradebook.? This hands-on-workshop will demonstrate how the instructor can use the gradebook within Canvas, including how to use assignment groups as well as weighting grades by percentage.

Register at https://learning.nmsu.edu/upcoming-workshops/.

100 West Cafe offers happy hour

It?s not an April Fool?s Joke ? 100 West Café will host a Beer-n-Bites Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in 100 West Café at Gerald Thomas Hall. The event will feature complimentary appetizers with your drink purchase. Drinks are priced from $3 to $5. Guests must be 21 years old in order to attend.

For more information, contact the School of HRTM at 575-646-5995 or via email at hrtm@nmsu.edu.

Veteran educator, civil rights activist to speak at annual Kidd Literacy Conference

Two women, one a veteran educator and the other a civil rights activist, will be the keynote speakers at the seventh annual Don & Sarrah Kidd Literacy Conference, hosted by the College of Education?s Department of Curriculum & Instruction at New Mexico State University.

Vivian Maria Vazquez, professor of education at American University in Washington, D.C., and Sylvia Mendez, whose parents filed the landmark 1946 court case of Mendez v. Westminster, et. al. to ensure Mendez received an equal education, will speak at the conference, which will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m April 2 at NMSU?s Domenici Hall. The conference is free to NMSU and Dona Ana Community College students.


NMSU to host International Environmental Design Contest

New Mexico State University will host the 26th annual International Environmental Design Contest Sunday, April 3, to Wednesday, April 6, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

NMSU?s WERC, a Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development, will host the contest, which gives students the chance to feature their innovative designs to real-world problems.

The contest urges students to create technological solutions to environmental challenges, and merges government, private sector and academic interests. This year students can choose from four different tasks ? open task, haul truck tires, treatment of wastewater for reuse and environmental design-meet the Internet of things.


Scholarly Project Final Defense to be held Monday

The School of Nursing will host the scholarly project final defense for Valerie M. Kading. Her project, titled "Evaluation of a Nurse Practitioner Developed Toolkit on Health Care Provider Knowledge of Perinatal Depression," will be presented before a committee of Shelly Noe, Conni DeBlieck, Stephanie Lynch and Denise Esquibel at 10 a.m. Monday, April 4, at the CHSS Building, Room 202.

College of Arts and Sciences to continue Spring 2016 colloquium series April 4

The College of Arts and Sciences will continue its Spring 2016 colloquium series, ?Arts and Sciences in Popular Culture,? with a talk by Jesse Aleman, professor of American literary studies in University of New Mexico?s Department of English. The talk, "Days of the (un)dead: Vampires, zombies and other forms of Chicano/a horror in film,? will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the Elbert Walker and Carol Walker Room 107 in Science Hall.

Aleman is interested in understanding how the horror genre invites a form of social critique that is akin to Chicano/a politics. He notes that late author and film critic Robin Wood explains, for instance, ?that ?the true subject of the horror genre is the struggle for recognition of all that our civilisation [sic] represses or oppresses: its re-emergence dramatized ? as an object of horror, a matter for terror.? However, monstrous forms of Chicano/a identity are probably the most overlooked in this regard. Chicano/a horror in film draws on a double logic that balances cinematic art with Chicano/a cultural critique. On the one hand, it follows the traits and conventions of the horror flick, and on the other, it emerges out of the haunting history Chicano/as live and feel as a result of the social, national and personal pressures forged out of the fissures between the U.S. and Mexico.?

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeffrey Brown at jbrown@nmsu.edu.

Retirement planning webinar to be offered

From 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 7, ?The Starting Line: Why and How Retirement Savings Begins Now? will be presented by Donn Fitch, a representative of TIAA-CREF via Adobe Connect. This webinar will demonstrate how to begin saving money for retirement. There will be opportunities to ask questions online during the live presentation.

The link to the Adobe Connect session will be available the day of the webinar at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retire/voluntary.

For questions about your benefits, contact Benefit Services at benefits@nmsu.edu or 575-646-8000. If you experience problems or need assistance attending a live broadcast, please contact the Center for Learning & Professional Development at 575-646-5462 or training@nmsu.edu.

Students needed for focus groups

All currently enrolled NMSU-Las Cruces undergraduate students are welcome and encouraged to participate in focus groups to provide recommendations to NMSU about your university experiences. NMSU is continuously working to improve your undergraduate experience ? come and let your voice be heard.

All participants will receive a free T-shirt, and food will be provided from Chihuahua?s Mexican restaurant.

Focus groups are on Friday, April 8, and there are four different times to choose from:
ˇ 9 to 10:30 a.m.
ˇ 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
ˇ 1:30 to 3 p.m.
ˇ 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Register at https://assessment.nmsu.edu/for-students/.

For more information, contact Shelly Stovall at sstovall@nmsu.edu.

Student media looking for a few good students

The student-run radio station and the student-run newspaper (magazine) are looking for a few good students.

Student Media is now accepting applications for general manager for KRUX 91.5 and executive director of The Round Up (Oncore). Positions pay $11 per hour for up to 20 hours a week. The postings for the two student leadership positions will close on April 15.

Please apply online at https://www.myinterfase.com/nmsu/Account/LogOn.

NMSU student group to host juvenile justice conference

It?s called the school to prison pipeline and a group of New Mexico State University students is taking steps to try and disrupt it.

NMSU?s criminal justice national honor society Alpha Phi Sigma will host a juvenile justice rehabilitation conference from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. on April 15 at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces. The conference speakers will include juvenile offenders telling their personal stories as well as psychologists, public school counselors, juvenile justice workers and judicial system officials exploring solutions.

?There is an alarming trend across the country. Education and public safety policies are pushing young people out of the classroom and into the juvenile justice system, and a disproportionate number of those are minority students,? said Andrea Joseph, NMSU associate professor of criminal justice in the College of Arts and Sciences and APS faculty adviser. ?Our hope is to facilitate a discussion highlighting the work and programs that we have in our community that already help at risk youth and to identify ways to improve them.?


University Art Gallery to host '2016 MFA Exhibition: Subjects to Change' in late April

The NMSU University Art Gallery's current exhibition, 2016 Juried Student Show, will only be on display for one more week as it closes April 9. The next show will be the 2016 MFA Exhibition: Subjects to Change. This exhibition features artwork by three MFA candidates: Katy Stuckel, a sculptor of gypsum and rust; Cassandra Dixon, an illustrator who forms writhing textile body parts; and Andrea Luella Gohl, an installation artist who humorously warps the conventional uses of furniture and hosiery. The common thread between the artists in this exhibition is their exploration and use of unexpected media, which under their watch, becomes highly-charged fabric that evokes social commentary on diverse areas of modern-day life. Stuckel, Dixon and Gohl push the boundaries of their respective art practices to tackle controversial issues ? namely, environmentalism, self-image and intimacy.

The exhibition opening will be from 5 to 8 p.m. April 20, with a local Food Truck Fiesta, live music, art sales and more.

President's Pass In Review to be held April 28

New Mexico State University Departments of Aerospace Students and Military Science will host the 114th President's Pass In Review at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Aggie Pride Field. An award ceremony will follow from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 125. RSVP by April 13 to Diana Gomez at 575-646-2136 or Patti Alarcon 575-646-4030.

NMSU grads launch natural beard oil company with the help of Arrowhead?s Studio G

Two New Mexico State University graduates are trying to help their bearded brethren tame unruly facial hair with a line of all-natural beard oils.

C.J. Schero and Luke Dumke, who hold marketing (Schero) and sound engineering (Dumke) degrees from NMSU, began Big Top Beard Company in November 2015. Schero and Dumke took advantage of the services offered by Studio G at NMSU?s Arrowhead Center to define their target audience, and are now selling their product worldwide via their website, www.bigtopbeardcompany.com.

?I didn?t hear about Studio G until my last year but once we got involved, the cogs started moving,? Schero said. ?Luke and I were already in the product testing state once we were accepted, but Studio G helped define our audience and now we?re selling all over.?


High school students qualify for national conference after competing at NMSU

Forty-five students from across New Mexico have qualified for the national Educators Rising conference in Boston this summer after competing at the state conference, which took place at New Mexico State University.

About 100 high school students attended the first New Mexico Educators Rising State Student Conference, hosted by NMSU?s College of Education at the Corbett Center Student Union. Students participated in 11 competitions at the state conference, including Children?s Literature and Lesson Planning. Students who placed in the top five of each category qualified to attend the national conference June 24-27.

Karen Trujillo, director of K-12 Outreach for The Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at NMSU and one of the organizers of the state conference at NMSU, said she hopes at least 20 of the students who qualified to attend the national conference will be able to attend. The students who qualified are raising funds to pay for the trip.