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NMSU Hotline — August 17, 2018

NMSU research on homemade mosquito repellents finds interesting alternatives


What do burning coffee, eating bananas and drinking gin and tonic have in common?

They are among the unconventional mosquito repellents people say they use.

Last summer, New Mexico State University professors in the College of Arts and Sciences: Immo Hansen, associate professor in biology and principle investigator of NMSU’s Hansen Lab, and Mary Alice Scott, associate professor of anthropology, released a survey seeking homemade mosquito repellent methods and strategies.

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Byford named Interim Vice President for University Advancement

Tina Byford has been named Interim Vice President for University Advancement. She has served as Chief Operating Officer for the NMSU Foundation since 2015.

'Rocky Horror Picture Show' interactive film screening to be held tonight

The American Southwest Theatre Company presents the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (the movie) beginning at 7:30 p.m. today, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, located at the corner of University Avenue and Espina Street, on the New Mexico State University campus. Prizes, costume contest and more.

Tickets are available at the door beginning at 5:30 p.m. the day of the show and are $10 for admission including a prop bag, or $5 for the balcony. Cash preferred, faster lines. Prop bags are not permitted in the lower or upper balcony. General admission, come early for the best seating. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The American Southwest Theatre Company is a non-profit organization that benefits the NMSU Theatre Arts Department.

For more information, call Denise Welsh at 575-642-2980.

C-SPAN features NMSU faculty, staff this weekend, watch on cable or online

C-SPAN made a stop in its “2018 Cities Tour” in Las Cruces, New Mexico, from June 2-8, to feature the history and literary life of the community. They interviewed a number of faculty and staff from New Mexico State University as they visited literary and historic sites and spoke to local historians, authors and civic leaders. These segments will air between Aug. 17-19 on various C-SPAN channels. History segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 (Comcast channel 105) and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on Book TV on C-SPAN2 (Comcast channel 18). C-SPAN is available in Las Cruces on Comcast channels 17 and 809.

Air dates:

Friday, Aug. 17 CSPAN (Comcast channels 17 and 809) 4:30 to 6 p.m. MDT
Saturday, Aug. 18 CSPAN-2 (Comcast channel 18) Book-TV 4 to 6 p.m. MDT

The clips are also available to watch online at:

On American History TV CSPAN-3 watch clips from the Las Cruces visit at:

New Mexico Chile Pepper Industry with Paul Bosland

New Mexico Senators Pete Domenici and Albert Fall with Dennis Daily

Education Across Borders with Blanca Araujo

J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Cold War and the Atomic West with Jon Hunner

Out of the Shadows (Women who settled the New Mexico frontier) with Martha Andrews

General Ashcroft: Attorney at War with author Nancy Baker

Book-TV in Las Cruces

Dairy Innovator Sue McCloskey to visit NMSU

On Sept. 6, Sue McCloskey will keynote AgAssembly, a one-day conference that brings together the most influential and forward-thinking minds in food and agriculture.

McCloskey is a mom of four, a dairy farmer and innovator. She was raised in New Jersey, and was an art and history student before being swept into the world of dairy cows when she met her husband, Mike McCloskey. They ran a successful dairy veterinary consulting practice in Southern California before moving to New Mexico to start a 5,000-cow dairy and commit to dairying full-time. There, they created Select Milk Producers, which is currently the fifth-largest milk co-op in the country.

In 1999, the couple moved to Indiana to create one of the largest dairy operations in the country. Together they run Fair Oaks Farms, a 37,000-cow operation that includes 12 family-run dairies, and is the country’s largest agritourism attraction. The farm and its co-op are working in partnership with Coca-Cola to produce the milk-based product FairLife. FairLife is a health and wellness dairy company that produces and markets premium-quality, value-added nutrition products.

Register and learn more at arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/agassembly.

Contact 575-646-7833 or zrunyan@ad.nmsu.edu for more information.

DACC celebrates 45th anniversary

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, DACC celebrated its 45th anniversary. In 1973, students picked from careers in radiological technology, building trades, nursing, welding, engineering technology and water utility operations, which are all options for students today.

Alex Sánchez was the first president. “Being the founding director was one of the hardest – and most fun jobs I ever had,” Sanchez said. “With legislatures cutting funding for community colleges, many have been eliminated. I believe such training is needed now more than ever. I am thrilled DACC continues to innovate and to respond to current and future workforce needs. Congratulations.”

As DACC starts the countdown for the 50th anniversary, several initiatives help students give back to the community, and prepare them for careers.

The DACC “Graduation for All” helps DACC student-parents to graduate and get jobs that pay a higher wage. The initiative is made possible by an $864,853 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Delta Dental of New Mexico and DACC established a mobile dental unit to take dental services into the community begining this fall. As a result of a $30,000 grant from Delta Dental, dental students will serve Lynn Middle School and the Amador Health Care Center.

Four new programs will begin: the associate of applied science degrees in building construction technology, cybersecurity, game development and medical assisting.

All of this is possible because of the dedicated faculty and staff DACC has now and had in the past. Contact Eddie Binder at 575-528-7070 for more information.

NMSU students among small group to spend semester at Google

As classes get underway at New Mexico State University this week, five NMSU computer science students ranging from sophomores to seniors are spending the fall semester at Google in San Francisco.

It’s the second year of a pilot program initiated by the tech giant. This year, they selected students from three Hispanic Serving Institutions to take classes at Google for a semester and benefit from the Google culture. Last year, the company invited students from Howard University, among the country’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to learn at the Google campus.


NMSU GALS program empowered teenage girls through backpacking trip

Girls from eighth through 12th grade spent five days backpacking through the Gila National Forest with four New Mexico State University graduate students in June through the Girls on Outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science program. The GALS program started in 2017 at Duke University, and this was NMSU’s first year hosting it. The program was directed by Wiebke Boeing, aquatic ecology professor at NMSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.