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NMSU Hotline — March 8, 2018

NMSU looks at water conservation: Artificial turfgrass versus real grass

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As a turfgrass specialist, New Mexico State University professor Bernd Leinauer is asked a lot of questions relating to artificial grass and whether it actually is a water-conserving alternative to real grass since that’s how it is marketed and portrayed to the public. So, he sought out the help of a Ph.D. engineering student and his mentor to ask the question, is artificial turf actually saving water compared to real grass?

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Campus Announcements

Career Services hosting Resume AggieMania today

Career Services is hosting Resume AggieMania today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Corbett Center Student Union, First Floor, Room 104, located inside the Aggie Lounge. Career Services staff will be on hand to assist students with resumes, cover letters, information on employment and co-op/internship opportunities and upcoming Spring Fairs to include Employment Extravaganza and Educators Job Fair. No appointment is needed. Don't have one? No problem, swing by for free material on how to get started. Call 575-646-1631 to schedule an appointment if you are unable to attend.

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

Taste of Asia in Taos Restaurant

Treat yourself to delicious global cuisine during Taste of Asia at Taos Restaurant, NMSU’s dining hall in Corbett Center Student Union. This special lunch will feature cuisine from India and will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The menu will feature chicken curry, vegetable curry lentil soup, vegetable biriyani, curried cauliflower, Indian cucumber salad, grilled naan and kheer. Admission is just one meal plan swipe or $8.50 plus tax. Full menu available while supplies last. Tell a friend at https://www.facebook.com/events/2205451953015358/.

Save money on all meals at Taos Restaurant, including our weekly "Taste of" Thursday lunches. Meal plans are available to students, faculty and staff. Visit http://dining.nmsu.edu for details and to sign up.

Plant & Environmental Sciences Graduate Seminar set for Friday

Plant & Environmental Sciences speaker Koffi Djaman, assistant professor of cropping systems, irrigation technology and water conservation, Agricultural Science Center, Farmington, will present, “Deficit irrigation strategies for improving crop water use efficiency under semiarid dry climate” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, 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.

NMSU Department of Theatre Arts presents winners of New Play Festival

Two out-of-town playwrights will be in Las Cruces to workshop their original scripts for invited staged readings by NMSU students Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10. The High Desert Play Development workshops features playwrights Gregory S. Moss and Matthew Paul Olmos who will be at NMSU to collaborate with faculty directors on original scripts. The workshops culminate in public performance readings at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave.

Moss, a playwright and theatre professor from the University of New Mexico, will workshop his original script, “The Uses of Enchantment,” directed by NMSU Theatre Arts Professor Claudia Billings.

The storyline of Moss’s script is: “Jenny Stone is starting over, a new girl in a new school in a new town - but the past she’s trying to escape keeps coming back to haunt her in the strangest, most otherworldly ways … Part Grimm’s Fairytale, part coming-of-age story, 'The Uses of Enchantment' explores the ways in which our irrational imaginations can heal wounds that logic can’t touch.”

The play will be performed as an invited staged reading at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9.

Olmos, from New York City, will be workshopping his script, “Three Girls Never Learnt the Way Home,” directed by NMSU Theatre Arts Professor Larissa Lury.

Olmos describes the plot as, “Three high school girls are bused into a neighboring affluent town as part of a controversial school integration program; however a mysterious encounter sends a panic through the parents and students.”

A staged reading of the play will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10.

Both readings will be held in the main theater at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave. No reservations are required. For information, call 575-646-5122.

Sol y Arena Flamenco Performance at Zuhl Museum Saturday

Sol y Arena, the NMSU Dance Program’s Flamenco and Spanish dance company, will perform at the newly expanded Zuhl Museum, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Surrounded by Zuhl’s stunning collection of petrified rocks, fossils and displays of petrified wood, NMSU students Brigitte Kearns and Blanca Martinez will interpret the traditional Sevillana, Fandango and Alegrias.

Performances will be followed up by a Sol y Arena dance program information session moderated by director Paco Antonio.

The Zuhl Museum is located at 775 College Dr. It is open 12 to 4 p.m. and free to the public. To learn more about the Sol y Arena performance, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/221333451774910/.

For more on the Sol y Arena program, contact Paco Antonio at 575-646-4068. For more information on Zuhl Museum, contact Tiffany Santos at 575-646-4714.

Tips for Winning Scholarships Workshop offered Tuesday

The Student Success Center's Red to Green Financial Wellness is offering the Tips for Winning Scholarships Workshops from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, in Zuhl Library Conference Room 225.

In need of a scholarship? The Student Success Center's Red to Green Financial Wellness will be holding a Tips for Winning Scholarships workshop where you can gain tips to develop a road map to apply for scholarships. The key components of this workshop are to capitalize on your strengths and skills to put your best foot forward when applying for scholarships. In the end, you will gain the necessary skills to explore available scholarships and prepare a winning application.

For more information, contact the Student Success Center at 575-646-3136 or finlit@nmsu.edu.

Spring Graduation Fair set for March 13-14

The Graduation Fair Spring 2018, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 13 and 14 at the NMSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore, is your one-stop shop for students and faculty to prepare for Commencement.

At the Graduation Fair, you can:
-Reserve your seat for Commencement
-Purchase your personalized announcements and diploma frame
-Order your cap, gown and tassel and receive a 10 percent discount on Graduation Fair days only
-Order your Crimson Graduation Cord (for Crimson Scholars who have 75 NMSU credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above at time of applying for degree)
-Purchase your NMSU official ring and receive an invitation to the NMSU Alumni Association Official Ring Ceremony
-Take professional portraits
-Record your appreciation video shown on the Jumbotron at Commencement
-Enter a drawing to win graduation prizes

Border Health Breakfast Hour: College of Education set for March 15

Please join us for this month’s Border Health Breakfast Hour from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. March 15 in Corbett Center Senate Chambers, Room 302. Bob Wood will present "Aging and Functional Testing" and Susan Brown will present "The STEM Outreach Center Health Initiative." Learn about health research in the College of Education and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Writing to Think Conference offered April 6

You are invited to attend a free conference sponsored by NMSU Office of Assessment. The Writing to Think: How Writing Improves Learning Conference will be held on the Las Cruces campus from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 6, in the Pete Domenici building, first floor. Please join the day of professional development provided by NMSU's instructors and students discussing how writing can improve learning. Our hope is that you will take away easy-to-implement ideas and literacy strategies that will improve learning in any classroom.

Presentation sessions will be available in poster or 45-minute formats, including time for questions and answers. Suggested topics for presentations include accreditation, assessment and best practices in using writing to think and learn.

Register to attend at https://assessment.nmsu.edu/registration-for-the-assessment-conference/.

Submit a proposal for a presentation here due March 16, at https://assessment.nmsu.edu/assessment-conference-proposal/.

If you have questions, please contact Ryan Goss at ryangoss@nmsu.edu or Gabrielle Martinez at gdmart@ad.nmsus.edu.

Nominations accepted for distinguished alumni awards

The NMSU Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards and James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service.

One Distinguished Alumni award will be presented to a recipient from each of the following academic colleges - College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; College of Arts & Sciences; College of Business; College of Education; College of Engineering; and College of Health and Social Services - and one award will be presented to a James F. Cole Memorial Award recipient during Homecoming 2018 (date to be announced).

To learn more and to submit a nomination, please visit https://advancing.nmsu.edu/alumni-awardsandprograms.

Free NSF-focused Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Workshop

Are you a small business, inventor or entrepreneur looking for a way to fund your innovative idea or research? The NM FAST (Federal and State Technology Partnership) Program located at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center will be hosting a free workshop March 22. This workshop will explain how the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs can help move your innovation and business forward. Particular emphasis will be placed on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) SBIR program.

The workshop will cover:
-An overview of the SBIR and STTR programs
-An overview of the NM FAST program, and how we can help you submit a strong proposal
-Critical steps and tips to consider when preparing a strong proposal
-NSF solicitation open and closing dates
-NSF solicitation topic review

The workshop will take place at Arrowhead Center, located at Genesis C on NMSU's campus. The event will also be livestreamed at http://bit.ly/2BREzvL.

For more information on the workshop, visit our Eventbrite page at http://bit.ly/2Biq3N5. Contact Dana Catron at dderego@ad.nmsu.edu for more information.

2018 NMSU Community College Roundup dates have been set

The 2018 NMSU Community College Roundup is Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, at New Mexico State University’s Carlsbad campus.

The conference is an interdisciplinary forum for exchange of knowledge on the latest techniques and advances in education within the NMSU System. The 2018 theme is “Down to Earth: New Challenges and Changes.”

The conference is seeking speakers with diverse expertise to stimulate discussions and promote collaboration between the four community colleges at Carlsbad, Alamogordo, Grants and Dona Ana.

Deadline for call for proposals and early bird registration is July 15. For more information, please contact Teri Dodson at 575-234-9256 or visit https://roundup2018.nmsu.edu.

NMSU video art exhibit examines border zones, water insecurity and other issues

Twelve short video art pieces will be on display at the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University as part of the one-day exhibit “Border Zones and Liminal Bodies: A Video Art Exhibition.” The show will be presented from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday, March 12, at the University Art Gallery, 1390 E. University Avenue.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://genders.nmsu.edu/film-festival/.


NMSU PREP Academy accepting applications

The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University is accepting applications for the 2018 New Mexico PREP Academy.

The NM PREP Middle School Academy will be held June 3-14 and is open to students who are currently enrolled in grades six through eight.

The NM PREP High School Academy will be held June 17-29 and is open to students currently enrolled in grades nine through 11.

There is no charge to participate in the NM PREP Academies, but space is limited. Participants will be selected based on a review of submitted applications.

Applications are available online at https://engrstem.nmsu.edu/stem-home/nm-prep-middle-and-high-school-academy/. Interested students must apply by 5 p.m., Thursday, March 15.

For more information, contact Program Specialist Tony McClary at 575-646-2913 or email at engr-nm@nmsu.edu.


Time to apply for NMSU’s New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp

For six years teenagers have learned the science behind ranching at the New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp conducted by New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Now is the time for youth ages 15-19 to apply for a life-changing experience at the June 10-15 camp where they will be introduced to the many aspects of running a ranch, from financial statements and marketing strategies to producing quality beef and managing natural resources and wildlife.

Online registration deadline is April 15. Visit http://nmyrm.nmsu.edu for more information and to register. A total of 30 participants will be invited to this year’s camp with three of the openings reserved for out-of-state youth.