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NMSU Hotline — May 17, 2016

Student volunteers collect food items from dorm residents during move-out

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Student volunteers with the Food Recovery Network at New Mexico State University collected 750 pounds of nonperishable food items from dormitory residents during the first Dorm Food Recovery food drive.

Volunteers visited dorm residents May 9 to 14 to collect food that otherwise would have been tossed as residents moved out. Volunteers also talked to students about fighting food waste. Among the food items collected were canned goods, ramen, snacks and boxed food items such as pasta.

Food Recovery Network at NMSU president Kayla Laywell said that volunteers recovered 1,544 pounds of food to be donated to the Casa de Peregrines Food bank.

?We?ve established ourselves as a chartered chapter at NMSU, and we?ve gained a bunch of new volunteers and connections,? Laywell said. ?I?d like to thank Lori Derr for her hard work in bringing Food Recovery Network to NMSU.?

Laywell also thanked faculty members who offered their students extra credit for donating food items to the cause, and Gregory Block, associate director of housing and auxiliary services, for helping the organization advertise their food collection efforts.

Campus Announcements

Facilities and Services to test and calibrate breakers this evening

Switching procedures will be done from 6 to 7 p.m. today to isolate the essential gear breakers to allow Emerson Electrical reliability to test and calibrate the 5KV breakers and relays. This is a maintenance requirement performed every three years. If all switching procedures are successful no buildings will see any outage.

For questions, contact Michael Luchau of Facilities and Services at 575-646-7113

Borderland Solidarity Economy group to meet Wednesday

The Borderland Solidarity Economy group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at International Delights Cafe. The group will be planning its Exchange Store/Really Really Free Market for kids that will occur on June 4, and discussing how to turn Las Cruces into a Fair Trade community. If you have any questions, contact Julie Rice at ja_rice@nmsu.edu or 575-646-6448. For more information about the group, visit http://borderlandsolidarityeconomy.org/ and follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/econalternatives.

NMSU summer writing camp now accepting applications for 7-12 graders

The Borderlands Writing Project in New Mexico State University?s College of Arts and Sciences is accepting applications for its summer writing camp and fall and spring workshops through Wednesday, May 18.

The Ink Spilling, STEAMily (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Young Writers Summer Camp, and its affiliated school year workshops, are designed for students in grades 7-12. The summer camp will be held June 20-24 on the NMSU campus.

The purpose of the camp and workshops is to increase the student?s ability to make connections between learning and the types of writing they encounter in and out of school.

Player?s Grill takes a swing at Taquito Thursdays

The Player?s Grill public restaurant will fill the void of the recently concluded Taco Thursdays with the all-new Taquito Thursdays. From 3 to7 p.m., enjoy three chicken or beef taquitos and 2 ounces of house-made queso for $2, or five chicken or beef taquitos and 4 ounces of house-made queso for $3. For larger crowds, go big with 20 chicken or beef taquitos, a domestic pitcher and a bowl of house-made queso for $19.50. Numerous drink specials will also be available throughout the night.

You don?t need to golf to enjoy The Player?s Grill, located inside the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse at 3000 Herb Wimberly Drive in Las Cruces. Call 575-646-2457 or visit http://golf.nmsu.edu/grill/ for more information and select ?going? or ?interested? at https://www.facebook.com/events/240010943021146/ to receive a Facebook reminder.

Free show at Barnes & Noble at NMSU

KRUX 91.5FM will host a free show featuring The Kangaroo Infant, Off To Sleep, Ehran Krauel and Mosaic Mountains beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Bookstore & Café in Las Cruces. Barnes & Noble at NMSU is open to the public at 1400 E. University Ave. and provides free parking in designated spaces. Call 575-646-4431 for more information and select ?going? or ?interested? at https://www.facebook.com/events/1244052842280534/ for a Facebook reminder.

Farewell reception for Grace La Torra to be held Friday

Information and Communication Technologies will hold a retirement celebration for Grace La Torra, lead IT project manager, who will retire May 31. The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 20, in the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Wireless Lounge on the second floor. La Torra has been with NMSU since 1989. During her 26 years of employment, she has worked in a variety of departments, including PPD, IRP, OFS and ICT, affording her the opportunity to work with incredible people across the university. She will be moving to Seattle, Washington, where she has taken an IT director position with the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

For more information, contact Christine Quintana at 575-646-2026 or christine@nmsu.edu.

Campus Tutoring Center opens for summer tutoring on May 25

The Campus Tutoring Center will open for summer tutoring on Wednesday, May 25. Hours will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The center is located in Corbett Center, Room 206. For more information, visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu/services/campus-tutoring-service. For questions, contact Lisa Kirby at lkirby@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1342.

New offerings for June from NMSU-A Continuing Education

Play it Safe at the White Sands
White Sands National Monument has 275 square miles of desert, creating the world?s largest gypsum dune field. Learn the following skills: how to use a compass; how to prepare for a desert environment; how to be safe hiking in the desert. Learn basic animal tracking skills and how to make your own animal tracks. Learn about a desert food web ? who eats what and when.
Age range: 3rd ? 6th Grade. Class date is June 2 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $15 per student. Please bring a sack lunch and at least 32 ounces of water. Please wear closed toe shoes. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are suggested as well.

Spanish Camp
Children learn Spanish by acting out stories, singing songs, drawing and playing games. Learn numbers, items of clothing, colors, foods and more! Adult parents are welcome to enroll and join in the fun as well.
Age Range: 8 to 12 years. Dates: June 6, 7, 8 and 9 (4 sessions). Class time is from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $40 per student.

Science Camp: Hands on Science
Explore the world around you and within you during this week-long science camp with instructor Dale Emmert. Learn about bacteria, the rock cycle, DNA, polygenic trait, and the strength of different shapes in nature.
Age Range: 8 to 12 years. Dates: June 12, 14, 15 and 16 (4 sessions). Class time is from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $40 per student.

Lizards of the White Sands
The lizards of the White Sands have changed their color and characteristics to adapt to the environment. Learn details about their life-cycles and other amazing attributes from doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Biologists from the University of California, Berkeley, have been conducting research at the White Sands for several years now. Now, with the benefit of a National Science Foundation grant, they are making this one-day class available for no charge.
Age Range: 5th to 8th grade. Class date: June 17. Class time is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: Free. Please go on line and register for this class ASAP as we have limited enrollment. Students are asked to bring a sack lunch and at least 32 ounces of water. It is suggested that the students wear sunglasses, sunscreen and hat.

June Art Camp: Drawing Workshop
A great adventure for children with the desire to strengthen their drawing skills! Create projects using a variety of media to include pencil sketching, charcoal, pastel, ink and marker-rending in four exciting sessions.
Age Range: 1st to 6th grade. Dates: June 20, 21, 22 and 23 (4 sessions). Class time is from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Cost of this course is $40 per child. A supply fee to be paid to the instructor the first day of class is $20. Please make sure your child has a painting shirt and a snack daily.

Take it Outside New Mexico!
For this camp, we have two great outdoor locations:
On June 27th we meet at the Trestle Recreations Area in Cloudcroft.
On June 28th we meet at the Three Rivers store/turnoff on Hwy 54, just north of Tularosa. Everyone will drive from there to the Three Rivers petroglyphs site.
The kids will participate in games and crafts while learning about the local environmental treasures that are in southern New Mexico. Parents are encouraged, but not required, to join us for the activities at both sites.
Age Range: 8 to 12 years. Dates: June 27 and 28 (2 sessions). Class time is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost of this course is $15 per child. Bring a sack lunch, water, and snacks, hat and other sun protection clothing and sunscreen.

Qi Gong
Qi Gong (?energy work?) the root of traditional Chinese medicine, coordinates gentle flowing movements with rhythmic breathing in a moving meditation. Regular practice of these eight Pieces of Brocade allows energy cultivation to strengthen the body, calm the mind, stabilize the emotions and facilitate healing.
Age Range: 18 and over. Dates: June 20, 27, July 5 and 12 (4 sessions). Class time is from 6 to 7 p.m. Cost of the course is $40.

Cardio Dance
A low-impact work out using dance styles and music from around the world. Sculpt your body and increase your heart rate while having a blast with easy to follow dance moves. All you need is a pair of smooth soled sneakers and a smile.
Age Range: 18 and over. Dates: June 7 to 28 (7 sessions, on Tuesdays and Thursdays). Class time 9 to 10 a.m. Cost of the seven-session course is $70.

Availability is limited, so register early at http://nmsua.edu/continuing-ed. For questions or more information, call 575-439-3842.

Elementary students experience hands-on learning at DACC Science Day

Elementary school students got their hands dirty performing different experiments and learning the anatomy and function of several different body systems during Science Day at Dona Ana Community College.

?It is never too early to get students involved and excited about science and work in the laboratory,? said event organizer Ratna Pankayastselvan. ?We want these young students to learn that science is fun, exciting and important.?

DACC full- and part-time science faculty and elementary science teachers from Clyde W. Tombaugh Elementary School worked with students and modeled proper laboratory procedures and laboratory safety while presenting hands-on activities. Students identified a mystery powder, identified the ethnicity and gender of human skulls, learned how lungs work and how to differentiate between healthy lungs and unhealthy ones, and most importantly learned how to make slime.

Pankayastselvan is the program director of DACC Health Occupations, which, while not a degree program, is a requirement for all allied health degrees. A variety of science classes are taught that allows students to become proficient in laboratory procedures and science knowledge, from courses such as anatomy, physiology, chemistry, human biology and microbiology.

Two groups of students attended ? 70 third and fourth graders in the morning and 80 fifth graders in the afternoon. Science Day was held at DACC for the fifth year in a row for the Clyde W. Tombaugh elementary students. For more information, contact Pankayastselvan at 575-527-7732.

NMSU Model U.N. team wins big at conference, gains real-world experience

For more than a decade, New Mexico State University?s Model United Nations team has received top tier awards at the annual National Model U.N. Conference in New York City. This year, the team continued its standard of excellence, receiving multiple individual awards and earning the Outstanding Delegation Award, the highest honor presented to a university team.

?It didn?t surprise me in the least,? said Neal Rosendorf, NMSU Model U.N. faculty adviser and assistant professor of government in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?It is an extraordinary privilege to be working with these students.?

In March, the group of 14 competed against more than 2,500 students from schools all around the world. The team, representing Ukraine, served on committees to address current global issues, including rural education, arms control, drug trafficking, forest management, organized crime and finance.


Community Education course explores transcendental questions

In the DACC Community Education course "Transcendental/Metaphysical Q & A with the Lightbody Tailor" find answers to what you consider too peculiar for normal discussion. The subjects covered in this Q&A session can be extremely profound and thought provoking! Come for support, guidance, and laughter as we all move into the higher realms of consciousness. Subjects may range from dreams, astral travel and viewing auras to receiving divine guidance. The course meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11, or July 9 at DACC Workforce Development Center and cost for either session is $19. To sign up for more information about this DACC Community Education course, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.