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NMSU Hotline — April 4, 2016

NMSU announces dates for Homecoming events, game vs. UL-Lafayette

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New Mexico State University will celebrate Homecoming 2016 with a week of events steeped in Aggie tradition beginning Sept. 26 and culminating in the Homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 1, against the Ragin? Cajuns of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Activities will include reunions for the classes of 1956 and 1966, along with the Homecoming game day parade, the Celebration of Traditions event honoring Aggie military veterans, a bonfire and pep rally, the Golden Aggies luncheon and a Sunday brunch for recent graduates.

The Alumni Association will also hold its annual dinner Friday, Sept. 30, to honor its 2016 Distinguished Alumni and James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service recipients. The Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for these awards.

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American Indian Week 2016 starts today

American Indian Week 2016 kicks off today with the Opening Ceremony at 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., Hadley Hall, East Entrance Outside Area.

Come and experience the week?s events, which include Native American giveaway, Zumba Fitness Awareness, Apache Crown Dancers & Ysleta Del Sur School Dancers, Indian Taco Demo, screening of "More than Frybread," Miss Native American NMSU Pageant and Arts & Crafts Expo.

All events are free and open to the NMSU community. View the event schedule flyer at http://aip.nmsu.edu/aiw/.

For more information, contact American Indian Program at 575-646-4207.

NMSU celebrates National Public Health Week April 4-10

New Mexico State University?s Department of Public Health Sciences will begin the celebration of National Public Health Week, today with two on-campus activities. The weeklong event is set for April 4-10.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., undergraduate public health students in the Community Health Education class will host an information table to promote this year?s national theme of Healthiest Nation 2030 at Corbett Center Student Union. Students will have campus maps with the water bottle filling stations listed to encourage the NMSU community to fill up their bottles and drink less sugary drinks.

At 2 p.m., the Public Health Heroes Award celebration will recognize two outstanding local Public Health Heroes, Travis Leyva, New Mexico Department of Health, and La Clinica de Familia?Healthy Start, at the Health and Social Services Building Room 320. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall also will be honored as a co-sponsor of the 2016 National Public Health Week resolution. The students selected the honorees, and Joe Tomaka, interim department head, will present the awards.


'Starting a Borderlands Solidarity Economy' talk to be held today

Economic alternatives to capitalism are a valuable way to improve the well-being of individuals, communities and society by addressing economic challenges, building community, respecting other cultures and their lifeways, and supporting environmental sustainability. If you are interested in learning more about economic alternatives to capitalism, and are interested in advancing these efforts by starting a Borderlands Solidarity Economy, join Julie Steinkopf Rice at 3 p.m. today in Science Hall 286A, the Sociology Department?s conference room. A Facebook group can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/econalternatives/. You can also contact Rice at ja_rice@nmsu.edu or at 575-646-3448.

Steinkopf Rice takes a radical, decolonial anti-capitalist approach to economic alternatives. Her research has appeared in a variety of academic journals, including Critical Sociology, Sustainable Development and New Political Economy.

College of Arts and Sciences to continue Spring 2016 colloquium series today

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.

Chile Pepper Institute annual plant sale begins today

The Chile Pepper Institute will host its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday, April 8, at the Fabian Garcia Science Center at 113 W. University Ave. in Las Cruces, while plants are available.

Call the Chile Pepper Institute at 575-646-3028 or email cpi@nmsu.edu for any questions regarding the plant sale.

A large variety of chiles, herbs, tomatoes and eggplants are available.

Plants available include:

Chile Peppers:
NuMex Centennial ? ornamental; NuMex Twilight ? ornamental; NuMex Easter ?ornamental; NuMex Joe E Parker ? Mild Green/Red Chile; NuMex Heritage Big Jim ? Hot Green/Red Chile; NuMex Heritage 6-4 ? Medium Green/Red Chile; NuMex Sandia Select ? Hot Green/Red Chile; NuMex Primavera ? Mild Jalapeno; NuMex Jalmundo ? Jumbo Hot Jalapeno; NuMex Orange Spice ? Very Hot Colored Jalapeno; NuMex Pumpkin Spice ?Hot Colored Jalapeno; NuMex Lemon Spice ?Hot Colored Jalapeno; NuMex Trick or Treat ?No Heat Orange Habanero; Early Jalapeno; Orange Habanero; Jupiter ? Large Bell Pepper; Hot Banana Pepper; Yellow Bell; Poblano; Serrano

Chocolate Cherry; Kimberly; Bush Beefsteak; Better Boy; Bush Early Girl; Copia; Black Krim; Golden Sweet; La Roma III; Sprite; Super Italian Paste; Brandywine; Patio F; Beefmaster; Super Sweet; Limmony; Red Currant

Black Beauty; Fairy Tale; Florida High Bush

Sage; Large Leaf Basil; Italian Basil; Regular Basil; Thyme; Parsley; Cilantro; Oregano

Community garden needs votes in online grant competition

A community garden supported by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service needs your vote in a Seeds of Change grant competition. The competition includes an online vote that determines which projects advance to the next round.

Since 2011, the Hidalgo County Youth Community Garden in Lordsburg, New Mexico, has shown people in an isolated county with only one grocery store how food gets from seed to plate. Youths with Hidalgo County Cooperative Extension Service?s 4-H program annually care for soil, tend plants and harvest and cook produce. About 60 youths and adults attend monthly classes on growing and cooking produce. The garden has raised beds, a hoop house, fruit trees and a vegetable washing station.

A Seeds of Change grant would help Lordsburg by adding:
? A portable greenhouse to produce more food, a wider variety of food and extend our growing season.
? A composting worm bin to make mulch.
? Pomegranates, goji berries and other healthy fruits rarely grown or eaten here.

The garden helps Lordsburg by teaching people how to grow and prepare fresh food that improves their diets, providing produce for a food bank and teaching youths entrepreneurial skills when they sell produce at a farmers market.

You can vote for the project once per day through April 18 at https://www.seedsofchangegrant.com/GalleryDetail.aspx?id=1706.

Red to Green Money Management Workshops set for this week

Red to Green Money Management Meet-Up
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today
Engineering Complex

We know Garcia Annex seems so far away, so we?re coming to you. Look for our table and grab some great resources on budgeting and financial aid. You can also find more information on workshops or schedule a one-on-one appointment.

First Time Home Buyers
5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5
Garcia Annex Room 207

Home Buying is a big step. Come find out what you'll need to know as you prepare to make the jump, and hear what local industry professionals have to say about it.

Auto Buying 101
6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6
Garcia Annex Room 207

Buying a car can be rough. Do you want more info from an expert? A local dealership general manager will be on campus to provide information on Auto Buying 101. Come check it out.

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.

To schedule an appointment with a Peer Financial Literacy Coach, contact Career Services at finlit@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631, or go to http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-services-appointment-request/.

Environmental Design Contest set for this week

For the 26th year, WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development will host the International Environmental Design Contest. The public is encouraged to attend the free event at the Farm & Ranch Museum on from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.

This year, 19 student teams from universities across the U.S. will compete in several real-world engineering tasks, including one dealing with the reuse of used haul truck tires from open-pit mining and another dealing with the treatment of wastewater. The student teams design solutions and develop fully operational bench-scale solutions. They also prepare written, oral and poster presentations on their solutions. Panels of environmental professionals from organizations such as Freeport-McMoRan, GE Water, Intel Corporation and the state of New Mexico will judge the results. Real-world experience, and a chance to win cash prizes, bring the teams back year after year. WERC is a program within the Chemical & Materials Engineering Department.

Technology day set for Tuesday

NMSU students, faculty and staff can seek out all the technology resources offered throughout campus in one convenient location on this day. Come see a demonstration of robotics equipment, how to use both a 3-D printer and scanner, information about internet security, a showcase of 3-D pens and much more. Participants will be eligible to win a variety of prizes.

Technology day will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Corbett Center Student Union's Aggie Lounge.

For more information, contact Annette Candelaria at annettea@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3838.

Premium burgers at Taos Restaurant on Tuesday

Taos Restaurant will serve up Bodacious Burgers from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. What makes these burgers so bodacious? Blue Ribbon Angus Beef stacked with outrageously enticing toppers, served with your choice of crispy waffle fries or beer battered onion rings. Bodacious Burgers is a premium swipe plus event at Taos Restaurant and is available for one meal plan swipe plus $5 plus tax or $13.09 plus tax for those without a meal plan.

Go to http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com or visit NMSUdining on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for more information about premium events at Taos Restaurant.

Hawaiian cuisine on Wednesday

Power through the semester with tropical Hawaiian cuisine during this week?s Bistro Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. This all-you-care-to-eat buffet will feature kalua pork, shoyu chicken, macaroni salad, steamed Jasmine rice, fresh salad and mango pie. For $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.

Human Resource?Insurance Open Forum sponsored by Employee Council

Please plan to join us from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, for an open forum in which Human Resources will provide an update on the insurance benefits. The forum will be held at the Domenici Hall Room 109. We look forward to seeing you and starting a great conversation.

The webcast on April 7 will be available at https://panopto.nmsu.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=d87f7771-b732-4e10-bb72-8ce3895ee81d.

Do you know a former Aggie who is interested in finishing their bachelor?s degree?

The office of Cross Campus Advising will host its Spring 2016 "Come Back and Complete" information session from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Corbett Center's Otero Room, across from Einstein Bros. Participants can find out how many credits they have left to complete their bachelor?s degree, what they need to do to be readmitted to the university and options for possible financial assistance. Light refreshments provided.

For more information contact Marissa Macias, cross campus adviser, at marimaci@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3468.

New free app displays Sodexo Campus Dining hours and Taos Restaurant?s Menu

Introducing Bite, a free new app by Sodexo, NMSU?s campus dining partner. With this powerful tool, you can check the hours for all Sodexo restaurants at NMSU, know the full menu with nutritional information at Taos Restaurant, save favorite foods and even link to FitBit. To download, search ?Bite by Sodexo? in the App Store or Google Play and enter menu code P2AJ9.

We hope you find this app to be an easy and convenient part of your campus dining experience. If you have any questions or encounter any issues with the app, please email john.rivers@sodexo.com.

DACC Customized Training class offered

In the course "Effective Participation in Small Groups," enjoy a learning experience that is designed to enhance development of communication skills, interpersonal function and the understanding of group processes in the context of formal organizations. Through demonstrations, lectures, discussions and participation in skill development activities, gain effective group management and participation skills, whether as a leader or a participant. This course will be held from 8 a.m. to noon April 12 and 14 and the cost is $119.

For questions or more information, contact the Customized Training Program at 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.