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NMSU Hotline — February 20, 2018

NMSU's Arrowhead Center offers free classroom materials to elementary teachers in NM


Just in time for National Entrepreneurship Week, which takes place this week, a new resource is available to elementary school teachers throughout New Mexico who want a fun and free way to introduce concepts of entrepreneurship and teamwork into their classrooms.

Innoventure Jr. – part of the Innoventure suite of K-12 entrepreneurship education programs created by Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University – offers free online activity books, reusable workbooks and animated videos in English and Spanish that introduce elementary students to ideas like brainstorming, collaboration, problem-solving and goal-setting.

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Campus Announcements

Studio G Networking Hours: Startup Finance to be held Wednesday

Networking Hours: Startup Finance will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Studio G, Academic Research A, 1620 Standley Dr.

Enjoy some free food and share ideas at this week's networking hour. This week, we will discuss how to finance your new business.

Networking Hour is a chance to meet people who are starting businesses and interested in starting businesses. Networking Hour is a function of the Studio G Business Accelerator at NMSU. Studio G helps Aggies start businesses.

Contact 575-646-1859 or cdunn25@ad.nmsu.edu for more information.

Computer Science Colloquium to be held Wednesday

Computer Science faculty candidate Eddie Melcer explores the idea that cognition comes not just from the mind, but also through our bodies’ physical and social interaction with the world around us. Come learn about the benefits and drawbacks of an embodied approach to designing educational games. The colloquium will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 in Science Hall, Room 107.

NMSU student to participate in panel discussion Wednesday at Branigan Cultural Center

What do jaguars and private prisons have in common? Find out at a roundtable discussion titled "The Physical and Metaphorical Border Wall: How Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border Harms Our Communities, Wildlife and Environment." The event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St.

The panel will be moderated by Camilla Feibelman, director of the Rio Grande Chapter Sierra Club, and will include: Kevin Bixby, executive director of Southwest Environmental Center; Johana Bencomo, organizer for Comunidades en Accion y de Fe (CAFé); Cynthia Pompa, field organizer for the ACLU Regional Center for Border Rights; and Viviana Arciniega, CAFé leader and NMSU student. It is free and open to the public.

Artist Saba, of Las Cruces’ Barricade Culture Shop, will be at the event live-screen printing shirts with a design inspired by the discussion. Attendees can bring a blank shirt or canvas bag to be printed, or purchase one at the event.

Contact Sonya Kumpuckal at 575-522-5552 or sonya@wildmesquite.org for information.

Glen Cerny retirement reception set for Friday

Join the staff of KRWG Public Media in bidding a fond farewell to longtime General Manager Glen Cerny with a retirement reception in TV Studio A at Milton Hall. Cerny has served as Director of University Broadcasting for more than 11 years.

His first task at KRWG was uniting two disparate services, FM and TV, into one unit. Under his leadership, KRWG initiated several regional partnerships using PBS educational resources, twice brought StoryCorps to Las Cruces, expanded local programming and the broadcast area, and the station won several Emmy awards under his guidance.

Please drop by from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, to share in some cake and refreshments, and wish Cerny and his wife, Sue, the best for this new chapter in their lives.

Department of Geography Colloquium to be held Friday

The NMSU Department of Geography will host a colloquium featuring Sarah W. Bednarz, from Texas A&M University, at 3:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 in Breland Hall, Room 185. The reception begins at 3:30 p.m. Her talk is titled "Geography's Secret Powers to Save the World." Geographers engage two distinct but equally powerful ways of thinking: spatial thinking and geographic thinking. These are their secret powers. This talk will focus on specific and intentional ways that spatial and geographic thinking can effect positive change in individuals.

Questions, contact Michaela Buenemann at elabuen@nmsu.edu.

Department of Astronomy to host Observatory Open House Friday

The NMSU Department of Astronomy will hold an Observatory Open House at the NMSU campus observatories located at 3415 Williams Ave. at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Astronomy personnel on hand will be Moire Prescott and graduate assistants Agnar Hall, Emma Dahl and Kristen Luchsinger.

The objects that will be observed are the Orion Nebula, the moon, the star clusters Praesepe, M44 and M37, and many other celestial objects, time permitting.

Please contact the NMSU Astronomy Department at 575-646-4438 with questions. Everyone is welcome to come and spend an evening of stargazing. Admission is free and children are especially welcome to attend.

ICT accepting food donations until Friday

ICT’s Student Technology and Planning group, in cooperation with the Aggie Cupboard, is hosting a food drive in support of students at the Las Cruces Campus. From now until Friday, Feb. 23, donate a bag of lentils or two nonperishable food items that haven’t reached their expiration date and you’ll get some handy Student Tech swag and be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of five $10 Wepa print cards.

Drop-off locations are as follow:
-Pete's Place Computer Lab
-Hardman & Jacobs Computer Lab.
-ICT main office, Computer Center, Room 201

Thank you for your support of NMSU students.

Quality in Online Education Conference to be held March 2

How do you include science labs in an online course? What methods can be implemented to add student collaboration to your online course? What is the best way to develop content for online teaching and learning? What are the best strategies for teaching online?

Attend the second annual Quality in Online Education Conference from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 2, at Milton Hall on the Las Cruces campus to get these answers and more. Presentations and speakers from NMSU campuses – Dona Ana, Alamogordo and Las Cruces - will be discussing topics such as collaboration, instructor presence, teaching online and developing content for online delivery.

All students, faculty, staff, adjunct instructors and administrators are encouraged to attend. The option to attend face-to-face or virtually is available.

For the full agenda and registration information, please visit the Online Course Improvement Program website at https://ocip.nmsu.edu/quality-in-online-education-nmsu/.

If you have questions, contact Sandra Johnson, Quality Matters coordinator, at 575-646-4476 or srjohnso@nmsu.edu.

Call For Abstracts, SWIHDR 2018 Student Forum

“Innovative Ideas to Address Border Health Disparities in Changing Times” is open to all disciplines. Seeking innovative student abstracts. Explore the role of your discipline in achieving health equity in the border region. This is an opportunity for students to open avenues for collaboration, mentorship and employment by networking and sharing ideas with faculty, students and community members in the field.

For more information, please contact swihdr@nmsu.edu or visit https://swihdr.nmsu.edu/2017-2018-EVENTS/STUDENT-FORUM-2018/. Deadline for submission is March 16.

DACC scholar earns honors

DACC’s Maria Carmona-Montalvo was named to the 2018 New Mexico All-State Academic Team for outstanding academic accomplishments and community service.

Phi Theta Kappa honor society sponsored the award. She has earned an associate of science in engineering at DACC and beginning this semester, is continuing at NMSU majoring in engineering. Carmona-Montalvo is a first-generation college student motivated by both her mother and father to go to school.

Her mother was a single parent who raised four children. Having no formal education it was difficult for her to find work, eventually learning a trade and then reuniting the family. Carmona-Montalvo learned much from her mother’s hard work and sacrifice.

“When I was young my father had a saying, ‘si no me invitan, me invito yo,’ which means if I am not invited, I will invite myself,” Carmona-Montalvo said. By inviting herself she has had a successful life eliminating barriers, overcoming odds and proving those wrong who said she wouldn’t succeed.

“Recently, I have participated in recruitment fairs for students interested in STEM, and have showed young girls that you do not have to be the smartest girl to succeed in engineering, you just have to work the hardest,” she said.

Carmona-Montalvo was on the Dean’s List multiple times at the community college and also served as Secretary for the Women in Technology club at DACC.

The recognition was given as part of Community College Day in Santa Fe at the Legislature. For more information contact Robert Doyle 575-528-7215.

NMSU professors to hold forum on 'decolonizing education'

A criminal justice professor and an anthropology professor at New Mexico State University will host a series of public forums on “decolonizing education” and promoting ethnic studies in the NMSU and Las Cruces communities.

The first forum, “Decolonizing Education,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. today in NMSU’s O’Donnell Hall, Room 300. This will be preceded by a “ceremony of intention” to call for the decolonization of education, held in front of Corbett Center at 3 p.m.


NMSU experts to present on ag topics at High Plains Crop and Livestock Symposium

PORTALES – The Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service is partnering with area agricultural experts to present the first annual High Plains Crop and Livestock Symposium Thursday, Feb. 22.

This daylong event will feature scheduled educational classes for producers involved in beef cattle production and row crop farming. Several presentations will be made by experts from New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.