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NMSU Hotline — April 27, 2016

Hopi-Choctaw artist to speak at NMSU University Museum


The New Mexico State University Museum will present a free public artist talk by Linda Lomahaftewa, a Santa Fe-based Hopi-Choctaw painter and printmaker, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 29. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.

Lomahaftewa is a participating artist in ?Itaa Katsi: Our Life,? the current exhibition of Hopi art at the NMSU University Museum. Her monotype print, ?Four Rivers No. 3,? visualizes a story about the Hopi migration path and is currently on display in the museum?s west gallery.

?This is a rare opportunity for the southern New Mexico community and those in surrounding cities to learn about Lomahaftewa?s art practice, as described by the artist herself,? said Michelle J. Lanteri, exhibition lead curator and art history graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences.


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Studio G Networking Hour today covers funding opportunities

Studio G Networking Hour will cover funding opportunities in a session from 2 to 3 p.m. today at Studio G, located in Academic Research Building A.

Learn about opportunities and strategies to fund your startup. Networking Hour is a chance to meet people who are interested in starting businesses and is a function of the Studio G Business Accelerator at NMSU, which helps Aggies start businesses.

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

DanceSport hosts info session today for interested dancers

Do you love to dance? Become an NMSU DanceSport Club or Company Member. Learn more about NMSU DanceSport at an info session and audition from 7 to 9 p.m. today in Room 229 at the Activity Center.

The New Mexico State University DanceSport Company is an athletic, creative and competitive ballroom, Latin and swing dance company in the Department of Kinesiology and Dance, in the college of Education. The ensemble group of dancers exist to promote DanceSport as a healthy lifestyle alternative in the community and the world through performance, competition and community service.

For more information, email dancesport@nmsu.edu.

NMSU climatologist to speak at community climate change event

Hot summers, strong winds, and potential freezes are common enough in Las Cruces, but will they become more frequent in the future? What does the community need to plan for so that our community continues to thrive?

Learn the answer to these questions and more at a public presentation titled "How will climate change impact Las Cruces?" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the City Hall Council Chambers, 700 N. Main St.

Climatologists Gregg Garfin of the University of Arizona, David DuBois of New Mexico State University and Karen MacClune from Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International will share climate modeling data specifically generated about Las Cruces and discuss how this information can impact city planning.

Although future forecasts may not always be what we want to hear, planning and preparation helps Las Cruces be ready for any change. Climate can impact health, building and landscaping decisions, agriculture and our children?s future.

This event is hosted by the City of Las Cruces Sustainability Office and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Social Security representative to present at NMSU Thursday

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.

Physical science presentation explores remote water-use mapping

A lunchtime presentation hosted by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Knox Hall, Room 142.

The presentation by Gabriel Senay is titled ?Satellite Based Evapotranspiration for Water Use Mapping and Drought Monitoring Applications.?

Senay is a research physical scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Center. Senay is co-located with the North Central Climate Science Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, and maintains an adjunct professor position with South Dakota State University, where he has taught a graduate course in remote sensing of water resources. He conducts applied research on water use and availability assessment and drought monitoring using satellite-derived data and hydrologic modeling. Senay is a licensed professional civil engineer and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural engineering from Alemaya University in Ethiopia, a Master of Science in hydrology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Columbus.

For more information, call Blane M. Sanchez at 575-646-4940.

Confucius Institute to hold open house Thursday

Confucius Institute Co-Directors Elvira Masson and Qiang Ren extend an invitation to attend an institute open house from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Breland Hall, Room 173A-B.

Founded at NMSU in 2007, in partnership with the Shijiazhuang Science and Technology Vocational College and Hebei Normal University, the Confucius Institute brings opportunities to learn about Chinese language and culture to students of all ages throughout the region. In addition to Chinese language classes, the Confucius Institute offers tutoring, free programs of films and speakers, celebrations of Chinese holidays for the community, and a resource room of materials for teachers to borrow.

For more information, contact Cindy Garrett at clgarret@nmsu.edu.

Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar to be held Friday

Master's candidate Gurjinder Baath will present a seminar, "Irrigation water salinity influences at various growth stages of Capsicum annuum" in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar Series at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. Everyone is welcome. The seminar will be broadcast for off-campus participation. 

For more information, contact Mary O?Connell at moconnel@nmsu.edu.

Jeff Dunham offers discount on select seats for NMSU students, faculty and staff

Show promoters, NMSU Special Events and ACTS have obtained permission from Jeff Dunham to provide select seats at a discounted cost for his May 2 "Perfectly Unbalanced" concert at NMSU's Pan American Center. These seats will be available at a $10 discount, making the final price $24.50 plus fees. To obtain the discount, simply show your Aggie ID at the Pan American Center Ticket Office between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Visit http://panam.nmsu.edu/dunham/ for more details and click "going" or "interested" at https://www.facebook.com/events/1019176821488727/ to view select videos from his television specials.

Call 575-646-1420 for more information.

Customized Training Program offers certificate in customer service

Whether it relates to retaining or serving your customers, or turning inquiries into sales, good customer service is a critical factor in organizational success. Improve your customer skills to enhance your career skill set, improve productivity and increase your organization?s success with this three-day certificate program, offered 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2 to 4. The course is offered at the Sunland Park Center and cost is $249. Courses include "Employee 101," "Critical Elements of Customer Service" and "Marketing and Sales."

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

Traditional Senior Walk takes place May 5

The Senior Walk, an Aggie tradition, will take place at 5 p.m. May 5. Seniors will meet at the horseshoe for opening remarks from NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and Dean of Students Michael Jasek.

Seniors will then take their Senior Walk through the Miller Gates and down the International Mall where they will meet fellow Aggies who will congratulate them on their accomplishments. The walk will end with food, music and entertainment.

For more information, contact Morgan Boone at 575-646-3200 or mlbusch@nmsu.edu.

Graduate student seeks respondents for survey on dogs and emotion

Do you think your dog has emotions? Do you think you can read your dog's emotions? If so, tell us about it by filling out an online research survey that is being conducted by a graduate student in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University. Those interested in participating can visit https://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0q8D1fUNpVVG7uB or email Christabel Castro at castroc@nmsu.edu for more information.

Refer a friend to AggieFit and receive a membership discount

Current AggieFit members: Refer a friend May 1 to 15 and receive a discount off your primary membership. Refer one friend and receive a 25 percent discount; refer two friends and receive 50 percent off your 2016-2017 membership. Referrals must be eligible for AggieFit membership. For eligibility info, visit http://recsports.nmsu.edu/aggiefit. Referrals must be payroll deduction eligible and discount is only applied to the primary membership. Discount will be applied over 24 or 18 pay periods, depending on employee status. Members who pay in full are eligible and will be given a discount at the register in the AggieFit office in Room 103 of the Activity Center.

For more information, call 575-646-2907 or email aggiefit@nmsu.edu.

NMSU staff member explores potential for taekwondo program, organizes successful international conference

Ron Dziwenka, program manager for assessment in the College of Education at New Mexico State University, recently organized an international taekwondo conference in San Francisco that could be yet another stepping stone toward establishing a taekwondo program at NMSU.

Dziwenka said there is a possibility that the next International Academic Conference for Taekwondo, or iACT, could take place at NMSU in 2017. The university hosted the first iACT conference in January 2015.

Like last year, this year?s conference attracted national and international attention. Seven scholar-researchers from the U.S., Germany and the Republic of Korea presented their views on the history of taekwondo. In particular, statements made by the presenters about the beginnings of taekwondo sparked debate among those reading about the conference in the Korea Times and Korea Daily.


Get your NMSU license plate and support student scholarships

Show your Aggie pride and help support student success at New Mexico State University with a specialty Alumni Association license plate, available from New Mexico's Motor Vehicle Division. Each plate costs $37 initially and another $37 per renewal ? and each time, $25 of that fee goes to directly to scholarship funds for students at NMSU. Funds from the Alumni Association license plate program were recently used to match scholarship gifts during NMSU?s inaugural GivingTuesday event, which added a total of $5.7 million in new and matching funds to scholarships. To get your NMSU Alumni Association license plate, call 1-888-683-4636 to speak with a customer representative, or visit http://mvd.newmexico.gov/collegiate-plates.aspx ? scroll down and print out form MVD11322 and return to the address indicated.

Community Education course covers basics of computer use

Learn how to use your computer, including the components of your computer and how to operate them, with a beginner's course covering the basics of email, the Internet and Microsoft Office. Students should bring a USB flash drive. The course is offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4 or June 11 at DACC Workforce Center, Room 106. Cost for either session is $33.

To sign up or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.