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NMSU ‘Global Connections’ series to host back-to-back presentations Nov. 14

New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences continues the “Global Connections” public lecture series with a double header: “How World Travel Can Save Your Life” and a visit to the “Heart of China,” which provides the opportunity for representatives to share their global experiences around the world.


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New Mexico State University biology junior Luke Sanchez will give a “Global Connections” presentation “How World Travel Can Save Your Life: My Journey Across the Globe” Nov. 14. (Courtesy Photo)

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, both will be presented at the College of Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101 A.

The first presentation, “NMSU in the Heart of China,” will begin at 4:30 p.m. where Interim Associate Provost for International and Border Programs Rod McSherry, Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences Jianjun Paul Tian and undergraduate student Jiefei Liu will present. They will discuss their trip to China to participate in the biggest Higher Education Exhibition Fair and their experiences during the mission to to promote awareness of NMSU.

The second presentation, “How World Travel Can Save Your Life: My Journey Across the Globe,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. Luke Sanchez, NMSU junior biology major, will share how travel has impacted his life.

“It has been a personal dream of mine to visit all seven continents and since graduating high school, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to visit many places abroad including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Iceland, Thailand and now Indonesia in December,” said Sanchez.

Sanchez, who was abroad for seven weeks, remembered sitting at the airport waiting to board a 16-hour flight across the world and clearly seeing the words, “people don’t take trips. . . trips take people.” He said he feels his travels have shaped him in profound ways and hopes his talk will encourage people to take a trip.

This is the seventh year the College of Arts and Sciences has offered its “Global Connections” series, which features faculty members’ trips around the world. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for members of the campus and surrounding community to listen to and ask questions of NMSU professors and students who have the opportunity to travel to exotic locations.

Both talks are free and open to the public. Campus parking passes for visitors are available at http://auxadminforms.nmsu.edu/ParkingForms/ePermit.aspx.