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NMSU Hosts Teaching Symposium

LAS CRUCES - "Teaching, It's Hot That's the theme for the 4th annual Western Regional Teaching Symposium for' university faculty which will be hosted Sept. 22-23 by New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences .

"We're proud-to be hosting this year's event because it allows us to show off our local teaching talent," said Lynn Robbins, associate dean and director of academic programs. "We also will be able to use NMSU's comparative advantages to instruct faculty from other land grant universities."

Eighty to 100 registrants are expected, including faculty from Native American land grant universities and a few Mexican universities.

NMSU faculty will present sessions on using case studies, active learning, humor in the classroom and using the Internet for classroom communications. A panel of international students will interact with faculty on providing for the special needs of foreign students.

H. Dean Sutphin, associate dean of academic programs at Cornell University, will attend as an observer from the Northeastern Region. "We hope to have some cross fertilization from other regions so we can improve programs in the West," Robbins said.

As part of the conference on Friday, attendees will actually plan a portion of the next day's session. Faculty from similar teaching fields will discuss problems they've encountered and present solutions during conference sessions on Saturday.

This part of the conference should be interesting because we always have a highly motivated group of teaching faculty attend these symposiums,O Robbins said.

For more information, contact Robbins at (505) 646-1807.