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NMSU Hotline — May 19, 2016

NMSU student wins Fulbright award to study parrot species in Uruguay


New Mexico State University biology graduate student Grace Smith Vidaurre will spend nine months in 2017 studying native populations of a parrot species in Uruguay as a result of being awarded the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Award. Uruguay awards only two research Fulbright grants each year.

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Campus Announcements

Road closure scheduled for Williams Avenue

The west lane of Williams Ave. will be interrupted from 6 a.m to 2 p.m. today to locate and verify the size of a water main. A large pavement cut will be required to excavate to the required depth. The excavation will be backfilled and compacted and the pavement will be restored afterward. Barricades, cones and signs will be used to direct traffic.

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

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 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.

NMSU FCaMP Spring Yardsale to be held Saturday

The NMSU FCaMP Spring Yardsale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at 950 Aliyah Road (in the North Valley area). Sale items include furniture, appliances, various housewares, appliances/electronics, some camping and exercise gear, seasonal items, books and media, and much, much more. No early birds will be allowed on the premises prior to 9 a.m. and the sale will start promptly at that time.

For more information contact usermdc@ad.nmsu.edu.

'An Ocean Trapped Behind a Wall' to open May 26

The digital arts exhibition "An Ocean Trapped Behind a Wall" will open from 5 to 7 p.m. May 26 and will run through July 16 at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery. Through experimentation with the architecture of storytelling, the artists in this powerful show perform existential inquiries about the notions of truth and experience as we advance further and further into the digital age. "An Ocean Trapped Behind a Wall" is a group exhibition guest curated by artists Jessica Hankey and Erin Colleen Johnson, and it features film and video works by emerging and established artists such as David Kelly, Jose Carlos Teixeira and Patty Chang, among others.

For more information, visit https://uag.nmsu.edu/an-ocean-trapped-behind-a-wall/.

2016 NMSU women?s club scholarship award recipients

The NMSU Women?s Club recently hosted their 2016 Spring Scholarship Awards Luncheon Saturday, April 16, at Josefina?s La Sala Banquet Room. Attendees included Noreen Lehmann, incoming vice president; Christina Bernal, Returning Student Scholarship Recipient; Andrea Sandoval, Carol Stathis, Ruth Blanch, and Virginia Jacquez Scholarship Recipient; Marisol Rodriguez, Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship Recipient; and Pamela Jeffries, treasurer. Back row, Bernal?s spouse; Sandoval?s spouse; Rodriguez?s mom; Susan DeMar, president; Dinah Jentgen, outgoing vice president; and Olga Conter, secretary.

The purpose of the NMSU Women's Club is to welcome newcomers to New Mexico State University, promote educational and social activities, and pursue special service projects that enrich the university community.

The NMSU Women?s Club is committed to identifying returning female undergraduate students who merit scholarship support to assist them in attaining their educational goals.

To learn more about the NMSU Women?s club and the scholarships offered, visit their website below.

Institute for Energy and the Environment's David Johnson carbon sequestration work mentioned

NMSU Institute for Energy and the Environment researcher David Johnson's work on carbon sequestration was mentioned in the May 17, 2016 Subcommittee Public Hearing: Impacts of Environmental Regulations & Voluntary Conservation Solutions by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

She is serving her second term representing New Mexico?s 1st Congressional District and discusses his work at approximately 15:30: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdwft48W3kw. Johnson has been working with farmers and ranchers in New Mexico to help improve the health of their soils. Minimal changes in land management, not only benefited farming and ranching operations, but also helped sequester large quantities of carbon into their soils. This conservation practice could help reduce greenhouse gases and help states meet carbon dioxide reduction requirements per the Clean Power Plan?s 111(d) Rule.

NMSU University Art Gallery receives NEA award for contemporary art, science exhibit

The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University will receive a $15,000 Art Works award from The National Endowment for the Arts for their interdisciplinary exhibition, ?GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection.?

?Viewers will see both actual fossil remains and an artists? interpretations of these fossils,? said Jeffrey Brown, associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?This collaborative project will bring together the best artistic and scientific practices in the College of Arts and Sciences.?

The gallery was selected from more than 1,700 applicants to receive funding as part of an $82 million grant from the NEA to fund local arts projects and partnerships nationwide.


4-H livestock school scheduled for two locations in June

The enthusiastic response to the 4-H Junior Livestock School offered regionally last year has prompted New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service to offer two schools this summer.

?To be more cost-effective, Extension agents on the Small Farm and Ranch Task Force held the first regional junior livestock school last year in Santa Fe,? said Craig Painter, state 4-H agriculture and natural resources agent. ?It was such a success, we?ve expanded to a second region this year.?

The two-day schools will be held in Abiquiu for the northern region on Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18, and Truth or Consequences for the southern region on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25. Registration deadline is June 1 for both locations.


NMSU alumna named Grant County Cooperative Extension Service agent

In a way, Jessica Swapp is back home. The Luna, New Mexico, native was recently named agriculture/4-H agent at New Mexico State University?s Grant County Cooperative Extension Service. Her office is located in Silver City, New Mexico, approximately 100 miles south of where she grew up.

?It?s all home for me,? Swapp said. ?I?m very excited to be here in this position at Grant County Extension. It?s taken me a long time, and it?s been a lot of hard work to get the education and the experience needed to get into the agricultural field.?

Swapp will oversee the 4-H program and will also work closely with the agricultural community.


DACC Community Education courses available

G2 ? The Girl Gamer?s Club will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday - Friday, June 13-17. The cost is $109.
Hang out with friends, have fun, and learn key STEM skills in this one of a kind course. Learn basic elements of 2D game design. Participate in tech challenges and learn about female stars of the tech world. Learn valuable skills by working in pairs and teams. For kids age 8 to 11.

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