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NMSU Hotline — April 29, 2016

NMSU LGBT+ Programs to host Rainbow Graduation Dinner

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New Mexico State University?s LGBT+ Programs will host the annual Rainbow Graduation Dinner from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the NMSU Golf Course Club House.

The ceremony will honor 10 LGBT+ and allied graduates, who will be presented with rainbow stoles. The event will feature keynote speaker and NMSU Department of English Associate Professor Elizabeth Schirmer.

Two Excellence in Service Awards will be presented ? one for a student and one for a staff or faculty member. Zooey Sophia Pook, coordinator of LGBT+ Programs at NMSU, said the award recipients are selected by the office staff.


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NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar final talk of the semester is today

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 today

The DACC Architecture program invites the public to its annual Architecture Student Showcase from 5 to 7 p.m. today 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 today 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. today 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.

100 West Cafe offers Creole/Cajun cuisine this week

Join 100 West Café today 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.

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.

Health & Wellness event to be held Tuesday at Corbett Center

The NMSU community is invited to a special NMSU Health & Wellness event from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the newly renovated Corbett Center Student Union Game Room & Fitness Center. Come see what the NMSU Aggie Fit membership is all about and get your free blood pressure screenings, and nutrition and exercise information. Gym equipment demos will be available throughout the night. Plus, you may even walk away with a free prize. The Game Room & Fitness Center is located near Corbett Center?s east entrance on the second floor. For more information, contact Kassie Ckodre at 575-646-2582 or kherna17@nmsu.edu and select ?going? or ?interested? at https://www.facebook.com/events/1763992680499116 to receive a Facebook reminder.

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 Employee Benefits Survey Open Forum sponsored by Employee Council

René Yoder, director of Benefits Services, will present a summary of results from the recent NMSU Employee Benefits Survey which was conducted in March 2016 in an open forum from 3 to 4:30 p.m. May 4 in Domenici Hall Room 109. The survey is part of New Mexico State University?s ongoing efforts to review and provide the best benefit package possible for our employees. There will be time for questions and answers. If you are interested in submitting questions before the forum please send them to empcouncil@nmsu.edu. All comments are welcomed and anonymous. If you are unable to attend the forum, it will be available via https://nmsu.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=003206b2-dc93-46e7-934e-3631b75c9728.

Students to gather for Transnational Solidarity Day May 4

Transnational Solidarity Day was established through a proclamation that supports social justice efforts that recognize femicide, sexual assaults and other atrocities, in hopes to eliminate gender-based violence around the World.

Students will represent an array of their work that focus on gender-based violence, human trafficking, migration and gender at the U.S.-Mexico border and sex slave trafficking. Their public work will be displayed and discussed, along with an artist showcase and light reception from 5 to 7 p.m. May 4 at the NMSU Nason House.

For more information or any questions, contact Samantha Woodward at samrae@nmsu.edu or 575-646-4361.

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.

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.

DACC to offer disabled veterans scholarship

The Mesilla Valley Chapter 10 of the New Mexico Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the NMSU Foundation have established a scholarship for disabled veteran students, their spouses, and dependents attending DACC.

The Manuel Tapia Memorial Current Use Scholarship will be available starting in the fall semester of 2016 at DACC. The scholarship will be matched with the Jon Wynne endowment from the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico to help veterans returning to college.

Private Tapia was an accomplished soldier who survived some of the most noted battles of World War II. He participated in the D-Day invasion at Normandy, the Ardennes Offensive, the Rhineland Offensive and Central Europe Campaign. His medals, ribbons and honors included the WWII Campaign Medal, American Theatre Campaign, European African Middle Eastern Campaign, the Victory ribbon and five Bronze Stars. Tapia was discharged from the Army as marksman, cannoneer and gunner.

The Mesilla Valley DAV Chapter 10 has been helping veterans including homeless veterans and their families in Las Cruces for decades. Chapter 10 is one of 1,300 chapters nationally. All money raised goes directly to helping veterans and their families who either live in our community or are traveling through such as helping veterans and their families with temporary lodging for example.

Working with other local veteran organizations the Mesilla Valley Chapter 10 DAV ensures veterans are recognized for their service and sacrifice to our country. For more information, contact Kristi Martin at 575-528-7059.

Employee Council members provide committee representation

NMSU Employee Council recently announced the 2016-2017 membership. Those members, in addition to planning events and assisting in communication between institutional administration and employees, also are representatives on institutional committees representing the faculty and staff on these committees. The following committees have employee council members representing you and want you to know these representatives, so faculty and staff can send comments or suggestions as needed through the employee representative. Please help us congratulate and thanks these employees for their volunteerism:

Fringe Benefits Committee: Cherri Lambeth
Insurance Committee: Bill Harty
Alcohol Use Committee: Dario Silva & Craig Ryan
Bookstore Advisory Committee: Kim Allbright
Athletics Council: Keith Manadabach
Building Naming Committee: Monica Dunivan
Campus Planning Committee: Katrinka Espinosa
Corbett Center Student Union Advisory Committee: Gina Franks
Faculty Senate Liaison: Tammy Chaffee
Food Service Advisory Committee: Julie Correa
Sustainability Council: Miley Grandjean
Transportation and Parking Services Steering Comm.: Caitlin Wells
University Budget Committee: Roseanne Bensley
Administrative Council: Monica Dunivan
Board of Regents: Monica Dunivan
Communicable Disease Preparedness Committee: David Schoep
University Discipline Committee: Caitlin Wells
Sick Leave Bank Committee: Hiranya Roychowdhury
Beverage and Pouring Committee: Dave Scheop
Compensation Committee: Inactive
Energy Conservation Task Force: Vacant
Human Resource Board: Claudia Estrada & Sam Smallidge
AF The Voice Committee: David Schoep

Students can win $100 gift card by completing emailed survey

NMSU's Office of Advancement has emailed a student philanthropy survey to 21,000 students in the NMSU system. The survey was approved by the NMSU Institutional Review Board, and was created to build a culture of philanthropy by understanding students' philanthropic priorities. Students who complete the survey will be entered to win one of four $100 gift certificates to the NMSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore. For more information, contact Adrian Bautista at 575-646-2552 or fadrianb@nmsu.edu.

NMSU ranks among Peace Corps? top volunteers list for Hispanic-serving universities

Peace Corps has ranked New Mexico State University as one of the top volunteer-producing Hispanic-serving institutions in the country. NMSU made the list for the first time in 2016 and ranked tied for 13th with seven alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps.

Since its creation in 1961, 270 NMSU alumni have traveled abroad to serve as Peace Corps volunteers.

?It is extremely exciting for NMSU, for the first time, to have ranked high among Hispanic-serving institutions that are developing Peace Corps volunteers,? said Sue Forster-Cox, public health sciences associate professor, adviser for the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Student Organization and coordinator of the Fellows and Master?s Internationals Programs for the College of Health and Social Services. ?This ranking indicates that many NMSU students are eager for the life-changing opportunity, afforded by Peace Corps service, to live in different parts of our world, and work with communities in various settings, such as agriculture, education and health. These alums are using many of the skill sets they learned at NMSU, to assist individuals in their host countries, and to strengthen their own communities.?