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NMSU Hotline — April 18, 2019

NMSU student’s exhibit showcases insects and their impact on art, culture


Spring has finally begun which means butterflies will be fluttering around, bees will be buzzing by and beetles will be scurrying around. But have you ever stopped to think about how they’ve impacted art and culture?

That’s what New Mexico State University anthropology master’s student Rachel Cover will be showcasing during her exhibition at the University Museum in Kent Hall, “Entomomania: Insects in Art and Culture.”

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Campus Announcements

U.S. Ambassador Delano Lewis to speak today

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa (1999-2001), Delano Lewis will share his reflections and personal experience in pursuing higher education, public service and political engagement at NMSU today. He will present and sign his two books, “It All Begins With Self” and his personal memoir “No Condition is Permanent.” Besides serving as U.S. ambassador to South Africa, Ambassador Lewis has provided leadership in many roles, including as president of National Public Radio and leadership positions in the Peace Corps, the Justice Department, the Office of Compliance of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in the private sector as CEO of Bell Atlantic. Ambassador Lewis also led the International Relations Institute at NMSU from 2007 to 2012. Copies of Ambassador Lewis’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

The book presentation and signing, "Passion, Power, Politics and Purpose: Lessons from a Life of Public Service," will be held from 4:40 to 5:50 p.m. in Breland Hall, Nick Franklin Government Seminar Room, Room 179. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Patricia Vargas at 575-646-4935 or iorpvargas@nmsu.edu.

'Eat for Pete' week to benefit Aggie Cupboard

"Eat for Pete" will be held the week of April 22-26. Dine at designated restaurants, mention "Eat for Pete" and a portion of your check will be donated to the Aggie Cupboard food pantry in support of NMSU students, faculty and staff.

• Matteo’s Mexican Food, 1001 E. University Ave. C-1, 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 22

• Buffalo Wild Wings, 2750 Mall Drive, No. 660, 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday, April 23 (must show flyer)

• Salud! de Mesilla, 1800 Avenida de Mesilla B, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 24

• Panda Express on campus, 1400 E. University Ave., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25 (must show flyer)

• Caliche’s Frozen Custard, 131 N. Roadrunner Parkway and 590 S. Valley Drive, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 26

Flyers can be found on the NMSU Alumni App or at http://support.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Panda-Flyer.pdf and http://support.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/EWRF-NMSU-Foundation-Inc.-4-23-19.pdf.

Academic Technology to host Turnitin workshops ahead of software release

The Department of Academic Technology would like to introduce Turnitin. Turnitin is an “originality checker” software that NMSU has recently partnered with. Turnitin is integrated into Canvas and will be made available system-wide May 15. Academic Technology is offering workshops for NMSU instructors and teaching assistants on the use of Turnitin for Canvas assignments.

What can I do with Turnitin? This software will help instructors teach students how to correctly attribute and cite information and make students aware that any unoriginal work will be identified.

How do I turn on Turnitin? Starting May 15, when you create an assignment or edit an existing assignment, under “Plagiarism Review," simply choose Turnitin.

Why is Turnitin a feature that I should use? Turnitin helps instructors encourage original work from students by checking submitted papers against 14 billion web pages, 150 million student papers and leading library databases and publications.

Turnitin workshops will be held on the following dates and times:

• 10-11 a.m. April 23
• 2-3 p.m. April 25
• 10-11 a.m. April 30
• 2-3 p.m. May 2

To register, visit Upcoming Workshops page, using this link https://learning.nmsu.edu/upcoming-workshops/.

For questions about Turnitin and these workshops, contact Academic Technology at 575-646-5125.

NMSU students sought for focus groups

We want to know about your students’ experiences with summer classes, online classes and classes taken at different NMSU campuses. Please encourage your students to sign up for a focus group by visiting https://accreditation.nmsu.edu and clicking on “Sign up for a Focus Group." Two sessions are open at 9 and 11 a.m. Friday, April 26. Focus groups are 90 minutes long, and space is limited. The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 24. Free breakfast will be included. For more information, contact Shelly Stovall at 575-646-5095 or sstovall@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Flamenco and Spanish Dance Company to host auditions April 29

The NMSU Dance Program will hold auditions for Sol y Arena, the Flamenco and Spanish dance performance ensemble, at 5 p.m. April 29 in Rentfrow Hall, 3161 Williams Ave. The audition is open to any person who is enrolled at NMSU, DACC or dual-credit. Those who audition are welcome to bring a piece to show at the end of the audition. Company members are required to enroll in DANC 206/306, which meets from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It is also recommended that company members sign up for one of the following Flamenco/Spanish dance classes:

• DANC 129: Flamenco I, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
• DANC 210/310: Classical Spanish II/III, 3 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
• DANC 229/329: Inter/Adv Flamenco Technique, 11:30 to 1:20 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

For information, contact Paco Antonio at pacton@nmsu.edu or the dance program at nmsu_dance@nmsu.edu.

DACC students to host screening of climate change documentary

The American Institute of Architects student club at DACC and the Global Issues and Sustainability class will host a special presention of a climate change documentary, “Paris to Pittsburgh” by National Geographic, following an Earth Day festival Saturday, April 20, at the plaza in downtown Las Cruces. The documentary will be screened from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla. The event is free and open to the general public. The architecture students will be there at 3:30 p.m. to share what they’ve learned about climate change and green buildings in the spring semester class. For more information, contact joni newcomer at newcomer@nmsu.edu.

NMSU Learning Games Lab to host summer sessions for middle- and high-schoolers

The Learning Games Lab at NMSU will host three sessions for middle-schoolers and one session for high-schoolers this summer. Lab consultants will participate in game design and multimedia activities, play games in development and give our developers feedback to improve design. Youth should sign up for a session that corresponds to the grade they will be entering in fall 2019.

Session dates are:
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 3–7 (grades 6–8)
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 8–12 (grades 6–8)
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 15–19 (grades 6–8)
1 to 4:30 p.m. July 29–Aug. 2 (grades 9–12)

More information about the sessions and the online application can be found at https://bit.ly/2UI2Yyr .

Contact Amanda with any questions via phone (575-646-1076) or email (aarmstr0@nmsu.edu).

New 'Strategies for Teaching Online' session begins June 17

The "Strategies for Teaching Online" workshop will introduce you to best practices in online teaching and learning. You will explore ways to increase teacher presence and student engagement. Your participation in this training will not only orient you to online teaching, but it will also simulate the student experience where you will participate as the online student in the online course. You will have the opportunity to use the discussion board, submit assignments, and collaborate with your peers. Open to all faculty and staff who are (or will be) teaching online.

To register, visit http://bit.ly/2DhwjVu. This session will be facilitated by Nancy Chartschlaa and Christina Schaub, from NMSU Las Cruces. For questions, contact Chartschlaa at 575-646-4317 or mnancyvc@nmsu.edu.

NMSU to host physics summer camp in July

The Department of Physics and Society of Physics Students will host a summer camp from July 15 to July 19 in Gardiner Hall. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Students will explore various physics topics and sciences, including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, as well as light, chemistry and astronomy. Exploration of these topics will include demonstrations of the principles involved as well as explanations on why and how these principals work the way they do. This program introduces students to what is involved in the physics and engineering physics programs at NMSU — a great thing to experience for any student interested in the sciences.

The camp is free to all participants and participants must have completed seventh grade and have not graduated from high school. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

All participants must fill out the application and email it to sps@elt.nmsu.edu, or mail it P.O. Box 30001 MSC 3D, Las Cruces, NM 88003.

The application can be found at https://sps.nmsu.edu/2019-physics-summer-camp/.