Archive for November, 2012
The mission of New Mexico State University Alamogordo is to provide quality learning opportunities for individuals in the diverse communities we serve.
Please join the NMSU-A University Singers as they present An Evening of Christmas Joy this Friday, November 30, 7:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 1316 Scenic Drive. This program is directed by Stephen J. Martone and accompanied by Vicki Martone. A guest performance will be made by the German Gospel Choir under the direction of Don Thorp.
Stephen and Vickie are new to Alamogordo and to NMSU-A, so let’s show our support to both our students and them with our attendance on Friday. A $4 per individual or $10 per family donation is requested and will support the Lewis Jordan Scholarship fund.
Security Alert: Sent 11/26, 8:00pm-According to reports, there has been an attempted abduction on campus. Please use caution and be aware of your surroundings.
More info to come.
In celebration of Native American Heritage month, Native American dancers and singers will be performing on the NMSU-A campus on Thursday, November 29 at 12:00 noon on the Patio.
The Mountain Spirit Dancers also known as the Crown Dancers will be performing the “Mountain Spirit Dances.” The dancers and singers are comprised of a group of students that range in age from 8 years to 16 years old and are from the Mescalero school system.
All students, faculty and staff are invited.
If you are interested in building your experience in planning, organizing, team building, and time management – skills that all employers seek, you should join one or more of New Mexico State University’s Student Organizations. The NMSU-A campus proudly hosts the following organizations:
Alpha Nu Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)
Advocates for Children and Education (ACE)
Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF)
Latter-Day Saints Student Association
League of Latin American Citizens – Young Adult (LULAC-YA)
Social Science Club (SSC)
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Club (STEM)
Student Nurses Association (SNA)
Student Media Solutions (SMS)
Student Veterans Association (SVA)
NMSU-A also has a Student Government (NMSU-ASG) that represents the student body of NMSU-A for decisions impacting the quality of student life. All students are invited to attend the NMSU-ASG meetings on Fridays at 1:00 pm in the Student Center.
For more information, contact the office of the Vice President for Student Success at 575.439.3716
Advocates for Children and Education (ACE) will have a “Silent Auction” on November 28 and November 29. You will be able to view items and place your bids on both days from 11 am to 3 pm in the Glass House. All proceeds benefit the ACE Scholarship Fund.
Chekhov alleged that a gun seen in a play’s first act must go off before the curtain goes down. That said, the gun on the set of NMSU-A Theatre on the Hill’s upcoming production ‘Night, Mother at times becomes the “elephant in the room” as actresses, Jennifer Fountain as Jessie Cates and Joylyn Mercouris as her mother, Thelma Cates engage in alternating intense and casual conversation revealing the gravity of their situation in this 1983 Pulitzer Prize winning drama written by Marsha Norman.
“In graduate school, one of my areas of study was mother-daughter relationships in plays by contemporary American women playwrights,” said Director and NMSU-A Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, Connie Breding. “I chose ‘Night, Mother because it is a script I have wanted to direct ever since I first read it in 1983.”
According to Breding, ‘Night, Mother is difficult to produce because it requires accomplished performers of appropriate ages who can hold the audience’s attention for the 90 minute, one-act play. Breding did not hold auditions, but approached and cast just such actors–Fountain and Mercouris.
“I think Jenn and Joylyn, eat, breathe and sleep their roles!” said Breding. “They will get the audience invested in the play, wondering about the outcome, and thinking about family dynamics.”
Mercouris’ said her challenge in portraying Thelma is “keeping up the intensity, not letting the action or emotions flag from beginning to end”.
Mercouris, whose first role was Baby Jesus in a Christmas pageant well before her first birthday, has been in the limelight much of her life as performer, scriptwriter and choreographer as well as having worked on a professional props crew with the traveling production of The Music Man and as assistant director for In Our Own Voices. Mercouris has even appeared on television on a Detroit talk show and as a contestant on two nationally televised game shows. Cast in the second NMSU-A production of The Vagina Monologues, Mercouris said, “This is where I first met Jenn, the director and she was a delight to work with.”
“Joylyn has been one of the most impressive actors I’ve worked with,” said Fountain of costar, Mercouris. “Her energy, enthusiasm and openness are catching and make rehearsal a real joy and true exploration each day.”
Fountain’s first memory of acting is also a Christmas pageant, but she was “lost” in the craft at age 13, after landing a role in a Renaissance performing company, Scarborough Faire where she formed and directed a Gypsy Troupe.
“That was where I learned a lot about working with people and selling them on a ‘vision’, basically what you do when you direct a show,” said Fountain.
Returning to school after doing community and professional theatre in the Dallas area, Fountain was eventually accepted into a graduate program at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
“My understanding of myself, my acting and the professional theatre world exploded and I had the best two years of my life in that program,” said Fountain. “Mainly I was given the confidence of knowing I could be a professional in the theatre.”
In ‘Night Mother, Fountain was confronted with trying to truly understand Jessie, why she is the way she is and what makes her do the things she does.
“I respect her immensely and hope to do her words and ideas justice; this also refers to the author,” said Fountain.
Assistant Director/Stage Manager and NMSU-A student, Michael Carrillo is involved in ‘Night Mother as his assignment for the Running Crew class he is taking. He also played the role of The Dream Keeper in last spring’s children’s play, “The Dream Keeper.”
“He has good knowledge of theatrical and acting process, and this experience is allowing him to see, firsthand, what a director does,” said Breding. “He will serve as the stage manager once the play goes into production; in that capacity, he will make sure all props are set correctly, things are working properly, and give light/sound cues.”
NMSU-A Theatre on the Hill presents ‘Night, Mother, on Friday and Saturday, November 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 pm at the Rohovec Theatre. Admission is $8 and advance tickets are available at The Blue Stone and TLC Portraits. For more information, call Diana at 439-3670.
For information on this event: http://nmsua.edu/calendar/
Cast: Joylyn Mercouris as Thelma and Jennifer Hunt Fountain as Jessie
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Michael Carrillo
Scene and Lighting Designer: Will Bartlett
Scene shop technicians: Michael Carrillo, Chris Satterwhite, Daniel Henderson, Gavin Kainulainen
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The next “Town Hall Chat” hosted by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is scheduled on Wednesday, November 14 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on the Patio. Guest speakers will be Dr. Cheri Jimeno, Dr. Juan Garcia, Dr. Sharon Jenkins, and Lora Ross.
The Student Veterans of America-Alamogordo (SVAA) are sponsoring a barbeque and will be grilling hotdogs that day.
· Free hot dogs, sodas, and chips will be given away by Student Veterans of America-Alamogordo (SVAA)
· Free ice cream will be given away by The Latter-Day Saints Student Association (LDSSA)
· Free nachos from the Culinary Club
· Book sale fundraiser will be held by the Journalism Club on this day and the next
· Donations will be accepted for the Wounded Warrior program
NMSU-A has a “Green Thread.”
On Friday, October 26th, NMSU-A hosted a “Sustainability Day” under the canopy. Guest speakers, representing several community conservation efforts, provided information about the sustainability activities taking place in Otero County. NMSU-A also presented its commitment to achieve a healthier and sustainable society by illustrating the steps it has taken toward greater social responsibility.
Several years ago, NMSU-A formed the Sustainability Task Force which began a review of campus policies, practices, and educational opportunities that address environmental and sustainability activities. As part of its climate commitment, NMSU-A began a guaranteed energy savings program to reduce the campus’ energy use. As the campus infrastructure continues to expand, NMSU-A continues to pursue more ways to fulfill its commitment to energy conservation by increasing recycling efforts, reducing water usage (indoors and outdoors), transitioning from gas-powered vehicles to hybrid vehicles, ensuring new constructions meet or exceed new standards, and educating students, faculty, and staff about issues of sustainability.
NMSU-A is also reviewing its curricula for sustainability topics. The health sciences discuss the benefits of recycling and biohazardous waste disposal. Engineering has courses including Introduction to Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, and Wind Energy. A database that defines sustainability issues covered in curricula is updated yearly to insure NMSU-A students are introduced to sustainability principles.
The largest barrier to implementation of NMSU-A’s plan is financial resources. But as cost-saving strategies are implemented, NMSU-A has found ways to incorporate “Green” strategies without additional cost to the campus. Some solutions can be as simple as dressing for internal room temperatures or turning off lights and equipment when not in use. Other solutions (such as reducing our carbon footprint) will happen over time.
NMSU-A has chosen to prioritize energy conservation measures and will incorporate necessary changes on a multi-year basis. The majority of funding (85%) to implement defined changes will come from Capital Outlay funding by the legislature. The campus will also pursue a number of grant proposals to implement needed change.
The campus Sustainability Plan has a “Green Thread” that will weave issues of sustainability through the campus on a daily basis. It is the first step in the development and implementation of NMSU-A’s sustainability goals and vision.