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NMSU Hotline — May 13, 2016

NMSU celebrates National Park Service centennial with classes, public events


For 100 years, the National Park Service has worked to preserve more than 400 of the nation?s most intriguing and historically significant locations.

In recognition of this centennial, New Mexico State University?s College of Arts and Sciences will present classes, public lectures and a blog series bringing the magnificence of national parks to the NMSU campus and Las Cruces community.

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Campus Announcements

Chile Pepper Institute to have graduation sale today

Stop by the Chile Pepper Institute today and receive 25 percent off the entire store (jewelry and clearance items excluded). The institute is located in Gerald Thomas, Room 265, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 575-646-3028.

Road closure scheduled for Frenger Street Mall

Frenger Street Mall will be closed from 8 a.m. Monday, May 16, to 5 p.m. May 25. This closure is for a truck to temporary access the Jett Hall site through Frenger Street Mall from Sweet Street. There will be no impact to the road. Frenger Street Mall will not be closed. There will be a few times per day for the truck to access the Frenger Street Mall. There will be flag men to help with the traffic.

For more information, visit http://facilities.nmsu.edu/road-closures/.

Canvas will get a new look May 20

NMSU will turn on the new Canvas user interface May 20. This change is mainly an aesthetic change aimed at making Canvas more mobile friendly with limited changes to functionality.

For a video overview of the changes, visit https://community.canvaslms.com/videos/1682. For Canvas updates, visit https://learning.nmsu.edu.

For questions or concerns, contact Academic Technology at learning@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5125.

Architecture Discovery Camp at DACC will be held June 20 to July 1

The architecture program at DACC will offer the seventh annual Architecture Discovery Camp from June 20 to July 1, at the East Mesa Campus. This two-week program is designed for middle and high school students interested in architecture and related fields. Student eligibility includes those having completed sixth grade through recent high school graduates. This year's design theme is ?A Tribute to the National Park Service Centennial."

Instruction is a joint effort provided by DACC professors, Texas Tech University professors, local architects, and local government and business leaders. Through lectures and hands-on exercises, students will learn about architecture past and present, and gain skills in architectural drawing, computer and manual drafting, model crafting, 3-D modeling, design principles, structural principles, sustainable design and presentation techniques. Highlights of the program include two field trips.

The second week primarily consists of applying their lessons to a design competition involving historic New Mexico sites, and Rapid Transit proposals between Las Cruces and El Paso. These projects culminate with formal presentations, judging and prizes.

Cost of the event is $175 and includes overnight trip costs. Interested parents should register their child soon, as this camp fills quickly. Register at https://adc-2016.eventbrite.com

For more information, contact the DACC Architecture program at 575-528-7310, 575-527-7747, luirios@nmsu.edu, or marhernandez@dacc.nmsu.edu.

NMSU geologists awarded NSF funding to research Cascade volcanoes

In 1980, an eruption of Mount St. Helens shook the Pacific Northwest in one of the most spectacular displays of volcanism in United States history.

Despite being one of the most well known volcanoes in the lower 48 states, Mount St. Helens is actually part of a chain of volcanoes that dot the west coast, from northern California through the southern coast of Canada. It?s a region called the Cascade Arc, and researchers in New Mexico State University?s Department of Geological Sciences have received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate it.

Specifically, the team is analyzing the chemical composition of erupted lavas from several sites along the southern Cascades, from northern California to central Oregon, in an effort to better understand the origins of the magma, or molten rock, gathering beneath the volcanoes.


NMSU alumna receives prestigious 2016 NSF award

As a teenager growing up in Grants, New Mexico, Kathryn Sanchez never thought she was good at STEM subjects. However, her father?s diagnosis with multiple sclerosis and a local science fair competition that led to an international fair changed her mind.

Now the New Mexico State University graduate is pursuing her Ph.D. at Georgetown University as a 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. The NSF Graduate Research Fellow Program (GRFP) provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period ($34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution).

?When my father was diagnosed with MS, he showed my sister and I literature about the disease and I saw the types of things that were done in a clinical setting,? said Sanchez. ?I knew I wanted to help people with this illness but I wasn?t sure how I could do that.?


DACC Community Education courses available

"How to Play Piano by Ear" will be held from 12:15 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, June 11. The cost is $35. Learn one of music?s mysteries ? how to play songs without relying on sheet music. Free yourself from sheet music dependence! A practical presentation of music theory that includes: predicting chord progressions, learning from recordings and transposing ? in everyday language. An ideal follow-up to the "Instant Piano" course. Open to anyone with a basic understanding of chords on any instrument.

"Instant Guitar for Busy Adults and Teens" will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30. The cost is $35. Learn enough about playing the guitar to provide years of musical enjoyment ? no private lessons necessary! Learn basic chords and favorite songs during the course.

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