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NMSU Hotline — January 30, 2018

NMSU professor uses autonomous vehicles to teach interdisciplinary engineering


Liang Sun, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department in the New Mexico State University College of Engineering, is bringing the interdisciplinary nature of real-world engineering to his students.

Sun’s teaching, research and projects are focused on autonomous unmanned systems, such as drones and robots, which rely on a number of engineering disciplines, as well as computer science. An NMSU faculty member for two and half years, Sun runs the Autonomous Systems Laboratory. He is currently leading research projects with the goal to make unmanned systems truly autonomous.

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Campus Announcements

Italian cuisine during Mike's Magnificent Meals

Treat yourself to an extra luxurious lunch during this week’s Mike’s Magnificent Meals at Taos Restaurant, NMSU’s dining hall in Corbett Center Student Union. This special lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, with a full menu featuring whole roasted chicken cacciatore, eggplant Parmesan, green chile marinara, spaghetti with garlic and olive oil, grilled zucchini and freshly baked garlic knots. Admission is just one meal plan swipe or $8.50 plus tax. Full menu available while supplies last. To accommodate high demand and to minimize lines, Mike’s Magnificent Meals will be served at both the 360 Grill and New Mexico Fresh Stations. Share with a friend at https://www.facebook.com/events/546815882349068/.
Save money on all meals at Taos Restaurant, including Mike’s Magnificent Meals. Meal plans are available to students, faculty and staff. Visit http://dining.nmsu.edu for details and to sign up.

NMSU Passport Fair set for Saturday

Need a passport? Need photos for a passport application, visa application or OPT? Then you are seriously in luck. International & Border Programs here at NMSU has a Passport Acceptance Office located in Breland Hall, Room 152. Whether you need a passport, or just need photos we can take care of that for you. Our office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and is available to anyone who needs this service whether part of the NMSU community or the community at large and surrounding areas.

Can’t make it during the week? Then you’ll want to come to our Saturday, Feb. 3, Passport Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Breland Hall, Room 152 to service your passport and passport/visa photo needs. We encourage you to take advantage of this special Saturday NMSU Passport Fair Feb. 3, if you are unable to visit us during the work week. Please visit https://ibp.nmsu.edu/nmsu-passport/ for information regarding what you will need to bring with you.

Campus Tutoring available to help students

The Campus Tutoring Service, second floor of Corbett Center, Room 206, is open and assisting students. We are looking forward to seeing many more. Please encourage your students to utilize our services. We are a non-appointment based, free service providing peer tutoring for a variety of courses. Students seeking assistance in math and writing need to resource the Math Success Center and Writing Center specifically. Please see our schedule for courses, tutors and times of availability at http://campustutoring.nmsu.edu.

The Campus Tutoring Service is certified by the National Center for Reading and Learning Association. This means that the tutors participate in ongoing training in the tutor process, professional ethics, communication and leadership skills. The tutors are open to corresponding with the faculty of courses they tutor in an effort to provide the best assistance to students. Feel free to be in touch. All tutors are outstanding undergraduate NMSU students and have taken the courses here at NMSU that they tutor. Our mission is to assist in the students’ learning. We do not just “give answers.”

For questions, comments and/or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Campus Tutoring at 575-646-6050, campustutors@nmsu.edu or Lisa Kirby at 575-646-1342 or lkirby@nmsu.edu.

My Chronic Disease Self-Management Program now recruiting

The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with New Mexico Department of Health is providing a six-week Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop. This free workshop is valued at $350 per person. Participants will receive a resource book, a relaxation CD and an exercise CD. Funding to provide this workshop for free is provided through the NM Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management program starts Feb. 12 and will meet every Monday evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for six weeks. It will be held on campus at Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 322. To receive more information or to register please call Gabe Calderon, program coordinator, at 575-646-6133 or Lucinda Banegas-Carreon, workshop facilitator, at 575-646-2034. MyCD workshop sessions are interactive. Activities help participants build confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The MyCD program does not conflict with an individuals’ existing health improvement program or treatment plan.

African Children's Choir to come to Las Cruces Feb. 13

The Watoto Children’s Choir, a group of 18 orphans from Uganda, will perform its new concert, “Signs and Wonders,” featuring worship songs that share the stories of the children. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe St. The concert is free and open to the public.

American Southwest Theatre Company at NMSU present 'The Odyssey,' 'Rent'

American Southwest Theatre Company and the New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts presents two exciting plays in the spring to conclude the 2017-2018 season. “The Odyssey”, a play by Homer and adapted by Mary Zimmerman, opens Feb. 16 and plays through Feb. 25. The mega-hit rock musical “Rent” opens April 27 and plays through May 6.

“The Odyssey,” directed by NMSU faculty member Larissa Lury, is a modern retelling of Odysseus’ seemingly impossible journey to reach home and the waiting arms of his wife and queen, Penelope. “The Odyssey,” an epic poem by Homer, is considered to be the second oldest extant work of western literature, but in this theatrical retelling it becomes accessible to a modern audience; playful and adventurous. Odysseus must face the sirens, the Cyclops and his own temptations. The cast includes NMSU students and community members.

“Rent”is a rock musical with music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village. NMSU’S production is directed by Theatre Arts Department Head Wil Kilroy and will feature singers and actors from NMSU and the community. According to Kilroy, NMSU has been wanting to do this musical for several years, but has been unable to get the production rights until now. “We jumped on it when the rights became available.” said Kilroy. “Our students are so excited to be able to sing and dance the songs they love and have grown up on.”

Both shows are live and presented at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts in the Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre. For more information, tickets and specific dates and times, go to http://www.nmsutheatre.com or call 575-646-1420.

Third annual New Mexico Jackpot Weight-Loss Challenge begins Feb. 16

New Mexico State University has partnered with HealthyWage to join in the third annual New Mexico Jackpot Weight-Loss Challenge. This challenge offers you the chance to win cash for losing weight in a fun, simple weight-loss challenge.

Last year’s jackpot was $5,100 and each winning team won $121, doubling their money. Last year there were only two organizations competing and this year there are four.

Join us and compete against University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and Farmington Public Schools in a fun, 12-week weight- loss challenge to win cash prizes and bragging rights in New Mexico. The more people that participate, the higher the jackpot.

As an added bonus, your friends and family are welcome to join the challenge. Teams of family members do extremely well.

Challenge dates are Feb. 16 to May 11.

For more information and how to register please visit https://recsports.nmsu.edu/programs/healthywage/.

NMSU Career Services to host 13th annual Career Connections today, Wednesday

With 88 employers registered, New Mexico State University students and alumni along with community members can attend the 13th annual Career Connections Fair Jan. 30-31. NMSU Career Services hosts the two-day event that will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Corbett Center Student Union third floor ballrooms.

Career Connections provides students the chance to meet and connect with potential employers and discover career information about summer or permanent full-time positions along with internships and co-ops.

For more information visit https://careerservices.nmsu.edu/career-fairs/career-connections/, call 575-646-1631 or email rbensley@nmsu.edu.

NMSU to host Young Achievers Forum, welcome sixth-graders, families to campus

For the second straight year, 500 sixth-grade students and their parents from across southern New Mexico will have the opportunity to experience New Mexico State University at the New Mexico Young Achievers Forum Feb. 10. Community en Accion, Linebarger Law Firm, and Bravo Chevrolet & Cadillac Dealerships of Las Cruces and El Paso are partners in this free event at NMSU.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Corbett Center Student Union. Bernadette Montoya, vice president of NMSU Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, will give opening remarks, and Josie Ortegon, KVIA news reporter and NMSU alumna, will be the keynote speaker. The day also will include presentations from local career professionals.

For more information, contact the NMSU Student Success Center at 575-646-3136.