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NMSU Hotline — April 26, 2016

NMSU Honors College hosts research and creative arts symposium


The New Mexico State University Honors College is hosting the 21st annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium Friday, April 29. Open to the public, URCAS is from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Corbett Center Student Union ballrooms on the third floor.

Undergraduate honors students will display their research projects on large poster exhibits and will also read from their written reports. The poster displays will include summaries of the students? data, research methods, analysis and results.

Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken said participation in URCAS is beneficial to students for several reasons. Not only does the symposium provide undergraduate students with valuable professional experience, but it recognizes their research and creative projects.


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Campus Announcements

Retirement planning webinar to be offered

The retirement planning webinar ?Get on the Road to Retirement Saving? will be presented by Jackie McGrail, a representative of Horace Mann from 10 to 11 a.m. today via Adobe Connect. This webinar addresses the benefits of investing in a 403(b) plan to save for retirement. There will be opportunities to ask questions online during the live presentation.

The link to the Adobe Connect session will be available 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.

College of Engineering Dean candidates to visit campus

The remaining two finalists for the dean position of the College of Engineering will visit campus today and Monday, May 2, to interact with faculty, staff and students and share the visions and interests in the position. You are invited to attend applicable portions of the visit throughout the day. All interested faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to attend the open forums at 1 p.m. to learn more about the candidates.

The remaining two itineraries have been revised and links to the webcast presentations at 1 p.m. are available at https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/dean-college-of-engineering/finalists-6. Please be sure to provide feedback on each candidate. All feedback is provided directly to the provost.

Lakshmi N. Reddi, Ph.D., PE, dean of the University Graduate School at Florida International University in Miami, will visit today, and Theodosios Alexander, Ph.D., director of Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations at Parks College of Engineering Aviation and Technology at St. Louis University, will visit Monday, May 2.

100 West Cafe offers Creole/Cajun cuisine this week

Join 100 West Café today through Friday for some delicious Creole and Cajun food prepared by students.

Enjoy a la carte lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for the week will feature corn chowder, mixed greens with honey mustard vinaigrette or a spinach, strawberry and walnut salad with strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. The main entrée choices are sautéed chicken in bourbon cream sauce, Cajun-grilled trout with apple salsa, Creole pork loin or shrimp pasta in Creole cream sauce. The dessert choices are bananas foster, sweet potato pone or whiskey balls. 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. Next week will be the last week for lunches until the fall semester.

For more information, visit http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-5995.

Campus dining offers many themed options this week

? Explore a great American city with 'Cityscapes: Boston'
Sample cuisine from a historic U.S. city during Taos Restaurant?s "Cityscapes: Boston" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. This culinary event will feature authentic cuisine from Bean Town including Irish beef stew, green bean casserole, Irish soda bread, lighthouse clam chowder and Boston cream pie. Entry for lunch is one meal swipe for those with a Meal Plan or $7.89 plus tax for those without one. Interested in saving money with a Meal Plan? Find information about Sodexo Campus Dining at NMSU events go to http://facebook.com/NMSUdining or http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com.

? Southern Comforts Buffet offered on Wednesday
Sodexo Campus Dining is offering classic American comfort foods to help you finish the semester strong. Visit the Southern Comforts Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. The buffet will feature corn bread stuffed pork chops, fried chicken, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, green beans, Mississippi mud bars and Southern biscuits. 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 Athletics Center, right next to Aggie Memorial Stadium. Call 575-646-4763 for reservations or visit http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com for more information.

? BBQ Fun Wednesday at Taos Restaurant
To celebrate the end of the school year, Taos Restaurant will host Sodexo?s annual BBQ Fun event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27. This dinner will feature quarter-pound bacon burgers and green chile cheeseburgers, bratwurst, pulled pork BBQ, BBQ Portobello mushroom sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, Southern coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans and freshly baked brownies. Entry for dinner is one meal swipe for those with a Meal Plan or $8.09 plus tax for those without one. For more information about Sodexo Campus Dining at NMSU events go to http://facebook.com/NMSUdining or http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com.

? Reserve your table by Wednesday for the elegant five-course Italian dinner with wine pairings
Indulge yourself with a gourmet five-course Italian dinner, served with expert-selected wine pairings and featuring one of the best views in Las Cruces. The 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club, overlooking Aggie Memorial Stadium and the Organ Mountains, will host this gourmet Diner de Vin dinner event at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30. A full menu, wine pairings, and other details can be found at http://bit.ly/23ibzpf. Space is limited and you must reserve your table by Wednesday, April 27, by calling 575-646-4802.

? Taste of China at Taos Restaurant Thursday
In partnership with the NMSU Confucius Institute, Taos Restaurant will host Taste of China from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. This lunch will feature Chinese cuisine including beef and broccoli, spicy garlic soy tofu, steamed Asian sesame veggies and lemon chicken. Entry for lunch is one meal swipe for those with a meal plan or $7.89 plus tax for those without one. For more information about Sodexo Campus Dining at NMSU events, go to http://facebook.com/NMSUdining or http://nmsudining.sodexomyway.com.

? Reserve your table for Mother?s Day Brunch at the Stan Fulton Athletics Center
Treat your mother to a luxurious brunch at a stylish venue during the Mother?s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, at the 3rd Floor Bistro at the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. Full menu and additional details can be found at http://bit.ly/1rarpB6. Space is limited, so reserve your table early by calling 575-646-4802.

Valic financial adviser on campus

A financial adviser from Valic will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in Corbett Center?s Rio Grande Room (228) to provide information to NMSU employees on retirement plans and tax sheltered annuities for retirement. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call Trinidad Parada at 915-226-2001.

DACC hosts art show Thursday

Three art displays will be featured Thursday at Dona Ana Community College. A suite of prints by Mihail Chemiakin on loan from the collection of Ron and Diana Johnson, ceramics by DACC faculty artist Glenn Schwaiger and DACC art students? printmaking will be shown.

The show will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday in DAEM building at the East Mesa Campus next to the DACC president?s office suite.

In 1967, Moscow-born Chemiakin founded the St. Petersburg Group that created iconic paintings. Chemiakin is shown worldwide and has been called the Pablo Picasso of modern times.

Schwaiger, artist and DACC instructor, returned from a three-month sabbatical to Jingdezhen, China. On display are several of Schwaiger?s works influenced by the materials and techniques of Jingdezhen, along with examples of contemporary Chinese porcelain.

Local artist and DACC art instructor Ouida Touchon will explain the tools and techniques used by her students to create the prints on display. Her students, Angela Beniche, Jeremiah Bryan, Elvira Castro, Sandra Cooper, Adrian Madrid and Tzabrina Rawinsky are featured.

Also on display in the building will be the DACC permanent art collection with more than 250 original artworks and limited edition prints donated by artists.

For more information, contact Kristi Martin 575-528-7059.

Social Security representative to present at NMSU

A representative from the El Paso Social Security office will present information on Social Security retirement benefits on the NMSU campus on Thursday. Information regarding the location/time of the presentation is on the Benefit Services website at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retire/process/#social. Employees not able to attend the presentation will be able to view a recorded version of the presentation on the same website above approximately one week after the presentation.

Questions regarding this event should be directed to Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or benefits@nmsu.edu.

ASTC/NMSU Department of Theatre Arts presents 'The Drowsy Chaperone'

For the final production of its 2015-2016 season, the American Southwest Theatre Company and the NMSU Department of Theatre Arts presents "The Drowsy Chaperone," with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, "The Drowsy Chaperone" is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song-and-dance number after another.

The ASTC/NMSU production is directed by Mike Wise, with musical direction by Megan McQueen, set and lighting design by Jim Billings and costume design by Megan Thompson. The cast includes NMSU students and local actors. For a video introduction to the cast, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5ApONYwtRE.

The play continues through May 8 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 to $17, and are available at the Center for the Arts Box office Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. or by calling 575-646-4515 or 575=646-1420. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit http://www.nmsutheatre.com/201516_the_drowsy_chaperone.php.

NMSU Choral Activities 'Mozart and More' concerts slated Friday and Saturday

The NMSU Choral Activities 2015-2016 season will conclude this weekend with a major works concert featuring three significant choral works. First, the Concert Choir will perform Romanian composer György Orban?s "Mass No. 2" for treble voices and piano. This short choral work for women?s voices is rhythmic, light and energetic. The University Singers with string chamber orchestra will follow with the haunting sounds of the "Berliner Messe" by living Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Pärt?s style is filled with difficult voice crossings, tight harmonic intervals and he refers to his compositional technique as "tintinnabulation." The evening will conclude with the Statesmen, the Masterworks Chorus and the University Singers combining with orchestra in a performance of the Mozart "Requiem." The Mozart will feature two NMSU voice faculty, Sarah Daughtrey and John Carlo Pierce, along with guest artists Kerrin Hightower and Taylor Hightower from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in Atkinson Recital Hall in the NMSU Music Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, call 575-646-2067.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of El Dia with free books

In partnership with Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, the NMSU Library will host two El día de los niños/El día de los libros events Saturday, April 30, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Día.

Cindy Williams, retired school librarian and teacher, will share her storytelling gift with a special free story session at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library from 10 a.m. to noon in the upstairs Roadrunner Room. A book giveaway for attending children will follow as supplies last.

In the afternoon, Williams will demonstrate how to make storytelling enthralling for all listeners with hands-on workshop at 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Zuhl Library, Room 123, on the NMSU campus. Parking is free and there will be a raffle of books for educators, such as ?Story Learning in Early Childhood,? ?Multicultural Literature for Latino Bilingual Children,? and ?Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories and Fingerplays.? Space is limited; register with John Sandstrom at jsand713@ad.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-8093.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration of children, families and reading on April 30 every year. It emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Día is an enhancement of Children?s Day, which began in 1925 and was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, acclaimed children?s book author and New Mexico native Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of children with literacy to found Día.

Engineering seminar explores grid energy storage

Imre Gyuk, program manager in Energy Storage Research with the U.S. Department of Energy, will present "Progress in U.S. Grid Energy Storage: Innovative Technologies and Novel Applications" from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 2, in Thomas and Brown Hall, Room 104.

With the increasing penetration of variable renewable generation, storage is now becoming one of the hottest topics in the utility industry. Following small-scale demonstration projects, markets are now rapidly taking shape. At the same time, changes in the regulatory framework result in more equitable valuation of storage benefits.

The presentation will discuss the DOE Energy Storage program?s multi-megawatt applications of a variety of energy storage technologies. Successful major storage facilities constructed in Texas, California, New Mexico and Pennsylvania under the ARRA stimulus program will be presented. As major players begin deploying increasingly more substantial storage projects, operators are recognizing the importance of stacking multiple benefit streams to achieve cost effectiveness. Value propositions are being explored for ancillary services, for integration of renewables through smoothing and ramping, and for demand charge reduction.

Refreshments will be served after the seminar.

Community Education course uses technology to develop English language skills

Designed for adult English language learners who are at the beginning and intermediate levels, "Discover English Through Technology" will help you develop speaking, reading, listening and writing skills using a provided online tool. Become familiar with grammar, sentence structure, idiomatic expressions and pronunciation while increasing your English language skills in this new DACC Community Education course. The course meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, May 26 to Aug. 4 at DACC Workforce, Room 106, with no class on May 30 and July 4. Cost is $185. To sign up for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

'Healthy Cooking for Kids' classes offered

In the Community Education course "Healthy Cooking for Kids," families will learn to prepare dishes from different parts of the world in a healthy way. Discover nutritious ingredients and fun ways to cook that will remain with them for their whole life. The course for kids ages 8 to 12 meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, June 4 to 22, at DACC Central DAHL, Room 184. Cost is $77. To sign up, or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.

Indigenous Healing and Botanical Medicine Conference and Workshop is May 5-8

The fourth annual IWOK: Indigenous Healing and Botanical Medicine Conference and Workshop ?7th Generation: Decolonizing Our Lives? will hosted by the Department of Counseling & Education Psychology and College of Education May 5 through 8. This event promotes indigenous healing and showcases ways to maintain optimal well-being through connection with nature, medicinal plans, and healing arts. This conference is a worthwhile experience for those students who are in the helping profession and would like to learn more about indigenous ways of healing.

The conference includes the following events:
Thursday May 5: Panel discussion on healing and being well
Friday May 6: Desert herb walk in Dripping Springs
Saturday May 7: Herb walk and camp in Kingston; Workshops for making medicine and ceremonial uses of plants
Sunday May 8: Honoring Mother Ceremony and Closing

Registration required. For more information, visit www.iwokresearch.com or contact Sibella Salazar at sibella7@nmsu.edu or Lisa Grayshield at llgray@nmsu.edu.

A free concert, art demonstrations and silent auction open to anyone will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Corbett Outdoor Stage, with special performances by Frank Waln & Micco Sampson and other local artists.

Presenters needed for SC2 Teacher Professional Development Summer Institute

Presenters are needed for the SC2 Teacher Professional Development Summer Institute, taking place from 9 to 3 p.m. daily from May 31 to June 2 at O'Donnell Hall. Organizers are looking to enhance elementary and secondary teachers? STEM knowledge this summer with content sessions on May 31. Sessions will be one hour long. Multiple sessions are preferred, since a large group of teachers will be in attendance. All STEM fields are welcome to submit a proposal.

Following this year?s theme, "Navigating the STREAM: Integrating Reading and Art into our STEM Practices," the conference will incorporate reading and art into the sessions scheduled. STREAM challenges students and teachers alike to be creative in their efforts toward STEM.

Proposal link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sc2summerinstituteproposal2016