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NMSU Hotline — May 5, 2016

NMSU researchers investigate phenomenon crucial for solar flare production


Solar flares are large storms on the sun that can affect us here on Earth, interfering with cell phone service, radio and GPS navigation systems. Unlike other space weather events, radiation from solar flares travels at the speed of light. We get no warning that they?re coming.

In a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters in April, New Mexico State University astronomers? research about an electromagnetic phenomenon called a ?current sheet,? provides support for the computer models that may eventually be used to predict solar flares before our communications can be disrupted.

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Campus Announcements

'Calling All Aggies' retention calling campaign has begun

Thank you to all who have volunteered in the past for the student enrollment calling campaigns. It is time once again to reach out to those students who are currently enrolled but have yet to register for fall 2016. To continue to strive for the 80 percent retention for this academic year, the "Calling All Aggies" team needs your participation. The more people we have assisting students and providing access to resources pertinent to their needs, the more successful our students will be.

Faculty and staff who wish to assist as volunteer callers for the ?Calling All Aggies? retention initiative can contact Lisa Kirby at lkirby@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1342.

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

This is the final weekend for the American Southwest Theatre Company and the NMSU Department of Theatre Arts presentation of "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 Sunday, 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 today from noon to 4 p.m. or by calling 575-646-4515 or 575=646-1420. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.nmsutheatre.com/201516_the_drowsy_chaperone.php.

Cinco de Mayo at The Player?s Grill

The Player?s Grill public restaurant will celebrate its final Taco Thursday with a Cinco de Mayo party featuring 60-cent tacos and specials on all Mexican beer from 3 to 7 p.m. May 5. This will also mark the final Taco Thursday until next semester. Call 575-646-2457 for more information and select ?going? or ?interested? at https://www.facebook.com/events/175207242874373/ to receive a Facebook reminder.

Colloquium to be held today

A Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry colloquium by John Spence will be held at 11:45 a.m. today in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, Room 153. The talk is titled "Time-Resolved Molecular iImaging using X-ray Lasers." Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk; coffee will be served at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call 575-646-2505.

Your opinion wanted on NMSU?s athletic conference alignment

The NMSU football team has just two more seasons remaining as part of the Sun Belt Conference. The rest of our teams play in the Western Athletic Conference, which may not offer long-term stability. Because of these factors, the university is reviewing options regarding athletic conference alignment. NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers is asking for your feedback on this topic. All main campus and Dona Ana Campus regular employees received an email on May 4 with a link to follow to take the survey. If you didn?t receive a survey, please check your junk mail. You have until May 11 to respond.

Brown bag seminar to be held May 13

The brown bag seminar "Repeat Adolescent Births in the US-Mexico Border Region: Risk Factors and Outcomes" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 13, in CHSS 202 Annex Conference Room, on the second floor across the breezeway. The seminar will be presented by Elmira Torabzadehkhorasani, Master of Applied Statistics student.

Learn about Torabzadehkhorasani's thesis work on adolescent births in the U.S.-Mexico border region. She will also be presenting her work to prospective employers the following week; your feedback and encouragement are welcome.

For more information, contact Anna Martin at aemartin@nmsu.edu.

NMSU to award 2,000 bachelor?s, advanced degrees at May 14 commencement

New Mexico State University is expecting 2,000 students to earn bachelor?s and advanced degrees this spring.

University officials expect 1,600 students to walk across the stage at the spring 2016 commencement ceremonies at New Mexico State University Saturday, May 14, at the Pan American Center.

Activities will begin Friday, May 13, with the doctoral hooding ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Pan American Center. Sixty-five candidates who have earned doctorates are eligible to participate in the ceremony.

Charley Johnson will receive an honorary doctoral degree during the hooding ceremony. Johnson is being honored for his outstanding commitment to education, his remarkable football career, his commitment to his country and for his wonderful generosity to NMSU including the establishment of the Warren B. Woodson Endowment Fund in the athletic department.


Summer camp registration deadline extended to May 15

NMSU School for Young Children will be hosting its thirrd annual summer camp. The camp will run May 31 through July 29. There is a registration fee of $50 and a fee of $500 per month for full day campers and $340 per month for half day campers ages 2 to 5.

If interested, contact Christina Ruybal at 575-312-2581 or tinaruybal@gmail.com or Debbie Parks at 915-526-2420 or dparks@nmsu.edu.

Conference regarding conditions of the Animas, San Juan watersheds set for May 17-18

The environmental conditions of the Animas and San Juan watershed will be the focus of a two-day conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18, at San Juan College in Farmington. Presentations will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The conference, which will have an emphasis on the Gold King Mine spill and other mine water issues, is hosted by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, which is housed at New Mexico State University.

An estimated 100 participants will gather to bring a better understanding of impact of the Gold King Mine spill, which occurred during August 2015.

?This conference will facilitate the exchange of data and ideas among four states, three Environmental Protection Agency regions, two Native American tribes and numerous local and municipal agencies and public water systems,? said Sam Fernald, NMSU professor and director of the institute.


DACC student receives scholarship from international honor society

Breanna Garcia, a student at Doņa Ana Community College, has been awarded a scholarship from an international business honor society. She is the Region 6 awardee from Kappa Beta Delta.

Garcia has earned Crimson Scholar status for her academic achievements. She is a business major at the community college. She participates in community service projects and is part of a competitive dance studio. Garcia overcame bullying early in life and participates in dance to show the bullies how wrong they were about her. ?I wanted to show them I was capable of making something of myself and prove them wrong,? Garcia said.

Kappa Beta Delta is an international honor society that encourages and recognizes scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration pursuing associate degrees, according to Alison Roberts, Kappa Beta Delta staff liaison.

For more information, contact Susan Williams at 575-527-7721.

DACC Community Education courses available

The DACC Community Education course "Wrap Any Stone" will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, or Tuesday, July 12. The cost is $26. Using only two wires, learn how to wire wrap any odd-shaped, tumbled stone into a beautiful pendant. Your pendant will be completed within the timeframe of the course?and you can wear it home.

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

NMSU Rio Arriba County agent teaches Men Making Meals cooking classes

Many men are accomplished cooks, but others can?t make much beyond a grilled cheese sandwich. ?Men Making Meals? cooking program could help both types.

New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service in Rio Arriba County and the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo wellness center provided an opportunity for men to gain cooking knowledge or improve their skills during the four-week program.

?Through our diabetes program for our tribal members, I conduct cooking demonstrations,? said Sharon Gerena, the pueblo?s certified diabetes educator. ?One gentleman, a bachelor, said he would love to have a cooking class, so I asked Desaree Jimenez with NMSU?s Rio Arriba County office if she would teach it.?


Report to outline potential of NMSU Arrowhead Park health technology cluster

A report due in late May will outline the steps New Mexico State University?s Arrowhead Center and regional stakeholders can take to develop an industry cluster that will improve the region?s health care initiatives and boost economic development.

The report will be written by consultants from Tripp Umbach, a nationally recognized consulting firm with experience in economic development within the life sciences field. Paul Umbach, the firm?s founder and president, facilitated a recent roundtable discussion at the Arrowhead Park Medical Academy with nearly 40 attendees from Las Cruces and El Paso.