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NMSU Hotline — April 28, 2016

NMSU Master Food Preservation program is up and running


Many consumers have become concerned with chemical preservatives in processed foods. They are turning to locally grown food to alleviate their concerns. With the increase in the availability of locally grown food through growers? markets, many people are also returning to the tradition of canning.

New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service county family and consumer sciences agents offer opportunities for people to take research-based food preservation classes where they learn safe food preservation methods.

Cindy Davies, NMSU?s Bernalillo County program director, has had more than 2,000 participants in her food preservation classes over the past nine years.


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Campus Announcements

Valic financial adviser on campus today

A financial adviser from Valic will be on campus until 5 p.m. today 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.

College of ACES dean candidate visits campus

Nick Comerford, the first of four finalists for the dean position of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, will visit campus today and Friday to interact with faculty, staff, students and community partners. You are invited to attend applicable portions of the visit throughout the day. All are encouraged to participate in the open forum/webcast at 3 p.m. today to learn more about the candidate.

The complete itinerary and links to the webcast presentations at are available at https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/dean-and-chief-administrative-officer-college-of-agricultural-consumer-and-environmental-services/finalists-6.

Comerford currently serves as director of the North Florida Research and Education Center at the University of Florida and is a professor in the Soil and Water Science Department. He received his Ph.D. from State University of New York and Syracuse University.

100 West Cafe offers Creole/Cajun cuisine this week

Join 100 West Café today and 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.

NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar final talk of the semester is Friday

Cheryl Lyn Walker, director of the Institute of Biosciences and Technology at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center in Houston, will present a talk titled ?The (Secret) Cytoplasmic Life of Chromatin Remodelers? at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in Room 109 of Domenici Hall on the NMSU campus. Refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.

The lecture is the last Friday afternoon seminar of the semester. The seminars are broadly focused on biomedical research that is open to the NMSU community and the public. The series was held most Fridays during the spring semester and features nationally recognized scientists as well as a spotlight talk by NMSU faculty. The full schedule can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu.

Walker's lecture will focus on epigenetics, developmental reprogramming and cancer. A complete abstract of the talk can be found at http://events.research.nmsu.edu/sites/rescore/files/images/BMRS_42916.pdf.

For more information, to request to meet with the speaker, or to recommend future speakers, contact Shelley Lusetti at slusetti@nmsu.edu.

10th annual DACC Architecture Student Showcase is Friday

The DACC Architecture program invites the public to its annual Architecture Student Showcase from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the DASR Commons Area of the DACC East Mesa campus. This year, the focus of student works was on service learning, to include ?Tiny Homes? for the homeless; Missouri Avenue Streetscape; Community Garden Gateway; Downtown Improvements, and other similar projects. The event consists of an exhibit of student work from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by three 10-minute presentations by local architects and members of the American Institute of Architects. Students will exhibit designs, models, drawings and architectural digital models. Refreshments will be served.

For more information contact the Architecture Program office at 575-528-7310, luirios@nmsu.edu or jkirton@nmsu.edu.

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 and 3 p.m. Saturday 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.

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 Outdoor Center has end-of-semester sale

NMSU Outdoor Center is clearing out overstock and discontinued items and old gear at discounted prices. Everything except food is 20 percent off, and selected items are up to 50 percent off.

NMSU Outdoor Center is open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sale ends April 29.

Borderlands Solidarity Economy group to meet Monday

Interested in economic alternatives to capitalism? Join the Borderlands Solidarity Economy group at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, at Branigan Library, in the second-floor Roadrunner Room. The group will discuss various alternative economic activities that may benefit NMSU, Las Cruces, and other communities in the area. The group will then plan how to move forward on implementing these ideas. For more information, contact Julie Steinkopf Rice at ja_rice@nmsu.edu or at 575-646-3448. For more information, visit http://borderlandsolidarityeconomy.org or https://www.facebook.com/groups/econalternatives.

Retirement planning webinar recordings now available

Missed the live webinars? No worries, the recordings of each presentation are now available to view on the Benefit Services website. Michael Lager, a representative of Valic, presented ?Future: Helping Millennials Plan for a Brighter Tomorrow? and discussed how to begin preparing for retirement. Additionally, Jackie McGrail, a representative of Horace Mann, presented ?Get on the Road to Retirement Saving? which addressed the benefits of investing in a 403(b).

The links to the webinars are now available on the Benefit Services website, at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/retire/voluntary.

For questions about your benefits, please contact Benefit Services at benefits@nmsu.edu or 575-646-8000.

Pause to de-stress during finals week

Come relax and de-stress with therapy dogs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 in the Zuhl Library lobby as you prepare for finals. The even is hosted by NMSU Library and Counseling & Student Development.

Counseling & Student Development will host Stress Buster Days to help students cope with the stress of getting ready for finals. NMSU organizations and local businesses will be providing free activities and giveaways from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, and Thursday, May 5, at several locations throughout campus. Activities include chair massages, live music, therapy dogs, nail, hair and makeup stations, make your own self-care bag stations, craft and coloring stations and refreshments

For more information, email counsel@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2731.

NMSU Library announces finals week hours

Need to get some late night studying in for finals? Unsure of where to go? Come to the late night hours at the NMSU Library. Branson Library hours remain the same, but Zuhl Library hours are extended:

Friday, May 6: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 7: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, May 8: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Monday to Thursday, May 9 to 12: 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday, May 13: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more hours information about specific departments in the library, such as the Archives and Special Collections Department, please visit the website, at http://lib.nmsu.edu/hours.html.

Las Cruces students compete in world robotics championship

Middle- and high-school students from New Mexico were in Louisville, Kentucky, last week testing the mettle of robots that they designed and built in the 2016 VEX Worlds robotics competition. Six teams earned their place in the competition by taking top awards in the VEX State Championship this past February, hosted by the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network at New Mexico State University. Among them were four teams from Las Cruces.

VEX Worlds is a gathering of top robotics teams from around the world to celebrate their accomplishments and compete among the best of the best. The 2016 VEX Worlds will include nearly 1,000 teams from more than 400 VEX Robotics Competition tournaments happening in cities around the world from June 2015 to March 2016.

?Experiences such as the VEX robotics competitions are a great way to introduce students to the concepts of engineering and capture their imagination through open-ended, hands-on, student-centered learning,? said Associate Dean of Outreach and Public Service Patricia A. Sullivan.


Customized Training Program offers notary public course

Learn the legal duties and what the law allows and requires of a notary public through the Customized Training Program. The course meets 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 and cost is $99. Determine the steps for applying to become a New Mexico notary public and information you need to order your notary seal, as well as what to do with records when you are no longer a notary. For new and experienced notaries. Must be a New Mexico resident. Record Book of Notarial Acts included.

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

Community Education course covers fiction writing

The Community Education course "Fiction Writing: Workshopping Your Book" is intended for those who are writing fiction or have completed fiction work. Work closely with the instructor and fellow authors to discuss and creatively critique a 30-page portion of your manuscript. The focus will be on characterization, dialogue, setting and overall storyline.
Students should purchase "The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel" prior to start of class. Students can bring a personal laptop to class meetings.

The course meets from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Saturdays, June 4 through July 16, with no class on July 2, at the DACC Central Campus DAMA, Room 83. Cost is $47. To sign up or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.