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NMSU Hotline — February 9, 2018

NMSU professor to study mental health of Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico

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On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Puerto Rico, becoming one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit the U.S. territory. Not only did it destroy homes and infrastructure, it killed off most of the island’s agricultural industry and worsened its debt crisis.

Months later, about 36 percent of the island is still without electricity, and aid has been slow to reach its residents. Suicide rates, along with cases of depression, anxiety and PTSD, have increased, creating a large mental health crisis. Ivelisse Torres Fernandez, an assistant professor in the Counseling and Educational Psychology department at New Mexico State University’s College of Education, is a native of Puerto Rico and is helping relief efforts by raising money and collecting supplies to take back to the island, but is taking the extra step of creating a study to examine the mental health of aid workers who are not only helping residents cope with the devastating effects of the hurricane, but are themselves victims of the brutal storm.

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Campus Announcements

Final NMSU vice president for research candidate open forum to be held today

Luis A. Vazquez, a finalist for the vice president for research position at New Mexico State University, will give a presentation open to the public from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. today in the Corbett Center Student Union auditorium. The forum will be available online at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/vpresearch.

He is the current interim vice president for research at NMSU, serving since 2017. Vazquez has been associate vice president for research at NMSU since 2011. From 2007-2011, he was associate dean at the Graduate School at NMSU. He was selected as a Regents Professor in 2006 in counseling/educational psychology. Vazquez also has been a corporate diversity consultant since 2008 for Kochman Mavrelis Associates. He has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Iowa.

For more information, please see NMSU’s administrative search website at https://webcomm.nmsu.edu/hire/.

Retirement reception for Jacquie Porter today

Join the staff of KRWG TV/FM in celebrating with Jacquie Porter on her retirement from NMSU. In Porter's 13 years on campus, she has worked in the dean’s offices for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of ACES. She transferred to Alumni before settling in at KRWG for the past five years. Please drop by our TV Studio B from 3 to 5 p.m. today to share in some refreshments and wish her the best for this new chapter in her life.

Zuhl Museum open Saturday

Rhodochrosite, trilobites, ammonites, malachite, rutilized quartz and yes, invertebrate and vertebrate animals from all over the world. An exquisite preservation of bones and impressions of soft tissue. Prepare to be dazzled at the newly renovated and expanded Zuhl Museum open from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/177675842848710/.

University Art Gallery to host film screening Thursday

The University Art Gallery at NMSU will host a film screening of "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the NMSU CMI Theatre in Milton Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

MBA information session to be held Feb. 20

Please join us for an information session to learn more about the MBA program at New Mexico State University from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Guthrie Hall, Room 109D. The session will present MBA admissions and program information, and give you the opportunity to ask questions of current students, faculty and the MBA program adviser.

Questions, call 575-646-8003 or email mbaprog@nmsu.edu.

DACC hosts children's dental clinic

DACC Dental Program presents a new event to improve oral hygiene for children in the community who have limited resources and no dental insurance.

Children and adolescents ages 2 to 15 years old can schedule an appointment to receive a free dental cleaning, radiographs, fluoride and oral hygiene instruction.

“We have sponsored ‘Give Kids a Smile Day’ for several years, however, we will host our own stand-alone event for children in the community,” said Elmer Gonzalez, director of the Dental Hygiene Program. “The event is scheduled for two days where our students, under the guidance of dentists and dental professionals, will provide free preventive services to children in need.”

The Happy Smiles free dental clinic takes place at the DACC Espina Campus, Alex Sanchez Hall, Room 80, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22, 3400 South Espina St. This event is by appointment only. Call the DACC Dental Clinic at 575-528-7019 to reserve your appointment. No treatment will be provided if minors do not have a parent or legal guardian with them.

According to the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC), tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of children in the U.S. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning. CDC researchers have found evidence of plaque and tooth decay leading to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and premature, low-weight births.