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NMSU Hotline — February 11, 2019

NMSU, Santa Ana Pueblo gathering water data for wine grapes grown in the Southwest


SANTA ANA PUEBLO – What is the optimal amount of water to raise quality wine grapes?

That is the question New Mexico State University’s viticulture specialist Gill Giese and Pueblo of Santa Ana’s Tamaya Vineyard manager Jim Peterson will investigate this summer when the pueblo’s 30-acre vineyard north of Albuquerque enters its third production year.

“Compared to other crops, such as corn and alfalfa, wine grapes can use less water. In many years they don’t use much more water per acre than cotton, and wine grapes have a greater potential economic return,” Giese said.

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Campus Announcements

Former US ambassador to Somalia to visit NMSU Wednesday

Stephen Schwartz, the former United States ambassador to Somalia, will visit NMSU Wednesday, Feb. 13. Schwartz will present a lecture, “Somalia and the US: Diplomatic Influence, the Global War on Terror, and the Complexity of Foreign Policy Choices,” at 6 p.m. in Breland Hall, Room 179. This visit has been organized by the NMSU Model United Nations Team and the Department of Government. Schwartz's lecture is open to the public.

NMSU students interested in foreign service, or careers in the State Department, including the United States Agency for International Development, will be able to have to pizza with Schwartz at noon Wednesday in the Honors College. Pizza and refreshments will be provided to students. For more information, call 575-646-4935.

Aggie Transfer Open House to be held March 8

Undergraduate and Admissions and Orientation will host its annual Aggie Transfer Open House Friday, March 8. This program invites transfer students to come experience a day in the life of an Aggie. Students will meet with academic departments, explore our student resources, tour campus and more. NMSU departments will have an opportunity to showcase their services to prospective transfer students during the Student Resource Fair from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Set up will be on the first floor of the Corbett Center Student Union and will begin at 9 a.m. To participate, fill out the online form by Friday, Feb 22. For more information, contact Danielle Staley at dstaley@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1879.

NMSU PREP Academy accepting applications

The College of Engineering at New Mexico State University is accepting applications for the 2019 NM PREP Academy, a free summer residential program designed to engage high-achieving middle and high school students in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities.

Selected students will gain insight on life as an undergraduate student by living in university dorms and participating in project-based learning activities led by engineering faculty to identify innovative solutions to real-world problems.

The NM PREP Middle School Academy, June 2-13, is open to students currently enrolled in grades sixth through eighth. Participating students will be immersed in a variety of hands-on engineering activities, live in the campus dorms, attend a variety of social and leadership activities, and participate in a field trip.


NMSU Student Success Center seeks volunteers for Young Achievers Forum

The NMSU Student Success Center is recruiting volunteers for its Young Achievers Forum.

The forum, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, brings students from surrounding school districts together to participate in a one-day event that exposes them to the possibilities of a career in the fields of STEM, health/medical sciences, business/finance and liberal arts.

YAF’s mission is to inspire and motivate students to think beyond high school, and open their minds to aspire toward post-secondary education.

The Student Success Center is recruiting for the following:

• Student guides (NMSU students) are invited to volunteer for this event to give back to the community and enhance the experience of local youth. Student guides will interact with students and provide information about college life.

• Team Leaders (NMSU/community/personnel) are invited to volunteer for this event to give back to the community and enhance the experience of local youth. Team leaders will oversee the transition of their own team throughout the event, while interacting with students who are attending the forum.

For additional information, contact the Student Success Center at 646-3136.