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NMSU Hotline — February 28, 2018

Staff Spotlight: Amanda Madrid, Career Services


As a New Mexico State University alumna and Las Cruces native, Amanda Madrid has worked in the NMSU system for 11 years. In September 2017, she became coordinator for Career Services’ Cooperative Education and Internship Program. Madrid’s focus is to assist students with finding and locating co-op/internship opportunities within their major. She also meets with students to review resumes, practices interviewing skills in preparation for applying to co-op/internship positions and assists with reporting required documentation and paperwork for co-op/internships through Career Services. Additionally, Madrid presents to classes and departments and connects with employers regarding Co-op/Internship opportunities to help them recruit NMSU students.

“My favorite aspect of my job is the student interaction and getting the word out about Career Services and the Cooperative Education and Internship Program,” she said. “It is great to hear when you have helped a student secure an internship/co-op and even greater when their experience leads to a permanent position.”

Campus Announcements

Computer Science colloquium today

Computer Science faculty candidate Bill Hamilton will talk about how live streaming is changing the way we learn and the way we engage with society. The colloquium will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. today, Feb. 28, in Science Hall, Room 107.

Career Services events today

Career Services will be hosting Walk-In Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Feb. 28. No appointment needed. Our staff can assist students with career exploration, co-op/internship opportunities, resume, cover letter/personal statement, job search, on and off campus employment, interviewing skills, career fair readiness, networking skills and LinkedIn/social media presence. If you are unable to attend please contact Career Services to set up an appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at careers@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1631.

Today Career Services will also be hosting Advice for a Slice from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Career Services, Garcia Center, Room 224. Join Career Services for some free pizza while we discuss strategies for identifying and selecting majors and careers. We will be assisting students with advice on how to pick a major, career exploration and job searches. Please register for this event through AggieCAREER Manager or RSVP by emailing salinasm@nmsu.edu or calling 575-646-1631.

For more information please contact salinasm@nmsu.edu or Career Services at 575-646-1631.

'Enchanted Eruptions' colloquium set for today

The Department of Geological Sciences will have a colloquium by Matt Zimmerer of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology entitled "Enchanted Eruptions: An age-based assessment of volcanic hazards in New Mexico" from 4-5 p.m. today, Feb. 28, in Gardiner Hall Room 230.

Challenges of an Immigration Practice along the U.S./Mexico Border panel Thursday

Nancy Oretskin will lead a Big Read panel discussion about the political and legal issues surrounding border security with panelists Molly Molloy, Jessica Miles and Brenda Villalpando. Oretskin is an attorney and has represented pro bono many individuals detained for crossing the border without documentation, and/or asylum seekers, and has extensive experience with the legal system, the immigration courts and the federal agencies charged with border security.

There will be a question and answer period following the presentations by the panelists. The discussion will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St. in Downtown Las Cruces.

For more information about The Big Read contact Dean Miriam Chaiken at 575-646-2005 or visit https://honors.nmsu.edu/the-big-read-comes-to-las-cruces/

For more information about the panel discussion, visit the Honor’s College Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/325524081269492/

NMSU Department of Music hosts free concert Thursday

The New Mexico State University Department of Music presents the New Mexico State Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Music Concert this Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Atkinson Recital Hall.

Members of the orchestra will be playing in different ensembles including duos, trios, quartets and a quintet. The Chamber Music program will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Arnold and Bruch. Admission is free and open to the public.

Visiting Artist Lecture with Cathy Lee Crane to be held Thursday

The Department of Art is pleased to announce a free, public lecture by artist/filmmaker Cathy Lee Crane, who is the current Border Artist in Residence in Anthony, New Mexico, for the year. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the College of Health and Social Services auditorium, Room 101.

Crane is a North American experimental film director and producer. She was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2013 and her films include Pasolini's Last Words, focusing on the death and legacy of filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Contact the NMSU Department of Art at 575-646-1705 or artdept@nmsu.edu for more information.

PES Graduate Seminar Friday

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Master's candidates, Jack McCoy, "Evaluation of Powdery Mildew Resistance in Capsicum species," and Alonso Garcia, "Evaluating guar genotypes under various irrigation regimes in southwestern New Mexico," will present a PES Graduate Seminar at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. Everyone is welcome. For more information about the broadcast link for this seminar, contact Colby Brungard at cbrung@nmsu.edu

Sociology professor from Colorado to give public lecture on Native American food challenges

Michele Companion, professor of sociology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, will give a lecture titled, "Taking Root: Confronting Urban Native American Food Challenges Through Empowerment and Community," at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the American Indian Student Center.

Companion will speak about the opportunities, constraints and challenges for local urban gardening programs. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lunch at 100 West Cafe

Join us for lunch this week at 100 West Café, west end of Gerald Thomas Hall, first floor featuring American cuisine Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 1 p.m. Meals are prepared by HRTM 363 students under the direction of Chef John Hartley.

The menu will be New England Clam Chowder, Iceberg Wedge w/Blue Cheese, Mixed Greens w/Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, Beef Pot Roast, Maryland Chicken, Herb-Crusted Pork Loin, Creamy Pulled Pork Pasta w/Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms, & Arugula (pork may be omitted), Apple Pie, NY Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, and Sides: Oven Fries & Green Beans, all served with dinner rolls and your choice of water or tea.

Enjoy the meal in our café or request a carry-out order. All lunches are $10 payable by cash, check or credit card. Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards accepted for your convenience. Gift cards for these lunches are also available in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 138 in $10 increments, a great idea for any occasion and do not expire until 2020.

Note to NMSU Employees: P-Card purchases are not accepted due to NMSU Cashnet process used for billing. Reservations accepted ONLY for parties of 8 or more. Also, an index number can be used for journal voucher payments for parties of 8 or more only if requested and approved a week in advance. Journal vouchers require a list of all attendees and the business purpose of the meal so it is essential that all pertinent information be provided to complete JV transactions. Please contact John Hartley @ jhartley@nmsu.edu or Katrinka Espinosa @ kespin@nmsu.edu for reservations.

Our HRTM 363 students look forward to serving you! Thank you.

Special TGIF Dinner in Taos Restaurant

End your week right during this week’s TGIF Dinner. This special dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, with a menu featuring Southern-style fried pork chops, sweet potato fries, honey sriracha tofu (vegetarian option) and fresh veggies. Admission is just one Meal Plan swipe or $8.75 plus tax. Tell a friend: https://www.facebook.com/events/2012494389076765/
Save money on all meals at Taos Restaurant, including our weekly TGIF Dinners. Meal Plans are available to students, faculty and staff. Visit http://dining.nmsu.edu for details and to sign up.

Register today for 2018 AgriFuture Educational Institute in Albuquerque

The 2018 AgriFuture Educational Institute will be held May 15-17 in Albuquerque. This event is geared toward anyone 18 to 40 years of age interested in being part of the future of agriculture, but is open to current producers of any age! Veterans of the armed forces are also encouraged to attend.

The AgriFuture Educational Institute will include educational speakers, breakout sessions, networking, tours and dinner with agriculture industry mentors.

Registration can be found at https://agrifuture2018.eventbrite.com

Questions? Call the New Mexico Department of Agriculture at 575-646-2804 or email krgarcia@nmda.nmsu.edu.

First ACT/STEM-H Summer Academy in Las Cruces accepting applications

The Dona Ana Community College (DACC) Science, Engineering and Math division in collaboration with the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, NMSU College Of Business Department of Accounting and Information Systems, NMSU College of Education Outreach and NMSU Computer Science Department Outreach invites all high school students to join us for a fun five weeks of ACT/STEM-H workshops. The workshops will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday from May 28-June 28. Participants will meet at DACC Central Campus on Espina Street.

DACC/NMSU faculty and staff dependents will have priority to join the summer academy.

Apply online at http://bcomnm.org/academics/act-prep-course/. Deadline is April 1.

In addition, the workshops will help students explore the STEM-H majors/careers, increase awareness on how to access college resources, and provide a certificate of participation and First Aid Training Certification. Also, a graduation ceremony will be held at the Burrell College of Medicine on June 29. For more information, please contact Rajaa Shindi at rshindi@nmsu.edu.

University Art Gallery seeks information about architectural installation

The University Art Gallery is seeking information about an installation completed for NMSU by world-renowned performance artist and architect Vito Acconci (1940-2017).

Acconci’s piece was a site-specific, architectural installation that was completed in 1986 and was located in the area outside of the Williams Hall Annex on the south east side. Department Head and Professor of Anthropology Rani Alexander describes the installation as having “resembled the exterior façade of a multistory Ancestral Puebloan structure laid on its side.”

The UAG is currently trying to compile a full account of Acconci’s time at NMSU and any information regarding the installation. To share any information, photographs and or personal reflections about the artist and his piece please contact UAG director, Marisa Sage at misage@nmsu.edu, 575-646-2545.

Installation details:

Artist: Vito Acconci
Title: House in the Ground
Year: 1986
Medium: Adobe Brick
Dimensions: 40” x 64” x 26”
Original location: Area outside present day Williams Hall Annex.

Participants needed for NMSU-based program for Hispanic mothers with cancer

Conexiones, a cancer education program based at New Mexico State University, is looking for Hispanic mothers recently diagnosed with cancer to participate in a study that will help evaluate the program’s effectiveness.

The program, originally called Enhancing Connections, was developed by Frances Marcus Lewis of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The program teaches diagnosed mothers self-care skills and parenting and communication skills to assist their children in coping with their mother’s cancer, and has been found to help reduce anxiety and depression in both mothers diagnosed with cancer and their children.

Over the past two years, Rebecca Palacios, the program’s co-principal investigator and associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, has been collaborating with Lewis to adapt the program for Hispanic mothers. In 2016, a preliminary study was conducted to see if there was a need for such a cancer education program in the border region.