Almost 2,000 years ago, the Greek philosopher Epictetus said, “The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” Beginning Monday, Nov. 11, and extending through the week, our campus community has the opportunity to be uplifted, and our fellow faculty, students and staff to celebrate their research, scholarship and art during this year’s Research and Creativity Week (RCW).
The week’s events will be varied and include keynote addresses by NMSU’s first Molecular Biology Program graduate, Dr. Nancy Reichert; former student and former dean of the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico, Dr. Jennifer Ryder Fox; and our Chancellor, Dr. Dan Arvizu, also an NMSU alumnus, who will address “The Role of Technology for Energy Transformation.”
In addition to highlighted talks by Regents professors and recent University Research Council awardees, there will be posters, media installations, performances and musical events, film presentations, theatre, art exhibits, and professional development opportunities. We are excited that Dr. Daniel Sack, historian of American religion with a Ph.D. in religious studies from Princeton University and program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will offer a workshop and mock panel on Wednesday.
Things heat up in the evenings. Tuesday will feature the NMSU Philharmonic Orchestra. Wednesday includes an NEH mixer, followed by Dr. Pancho Romero and students from his studio. Thursday evening begins with an open-mic mixer, followed by Chi Zhang on the piano. The week’s event close Friday with an awards presentation mixer and the 51st Annual Jazz Festival. Mixers will be at Pete’s Patio. The performances will take place at Atkinson Hall.
We encourage you to take five minutes to peruse the list of more than 60 events taking place during RCW. Pick one, two or even more events that interest you and take the time out of your busy day to lift up your colleagues, students and co-workers. The week is not just for faculty and students: the list of events has something for everyone. Also, RCW is an excellent opportunity for staff colleagues to learn more about NMSU LEADS 2025 Goal 2: Elevate Research and Creativity.
A more contemporary philosopher, Oprah Winfrey, noted that “the more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” To paraphrase Oprah, the more we praise and celebrate our research and creativity, the more research and creativity we have to celebrate.
A final note: Some NMSU employees will be affected by upcoming changes that the federal government has mandated through the Federal Labor Standards Act. There are many decisions regarding how these changes will be implemented, and the administration will be communicating these to affected employees shortly. We assure you that the implementation decisions for this new rule are being made with the intent of having the lowest impact on our employees, business operations and budget, while remaining compliant with all federal regulations, NMSU Administrative Rules and Procedures and the AFSCME Agreement.
As always, please send comments to President.Floros@nmsu.edu.