Student News | Fall 2013

Kevin Culver selected as Outstanding Student os_culver_kevin_111913

Philosophy and sociology student Kevin Culver has been selected as outstanding student of New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

During his tenure at NMSU, Culver was involved in a number of activities, including working at campus newspaper The Round Up and serving as president of the Sophia philosophy club. He was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Kappa Delta, a sociology society. He also tutored in sociology and philosophy.

All the while, he underwent treatments for multiple sclerosis, a condition that affects the brain and spinal cord and can damage the immune system.      Read more

NMSU volleyball player’s Native American roots support athletic success

By Edward Morelos 

Bradley Nash, NMSU junior biochemistry major, is a popular NMSU volleyball player and a well-known role model for children in the Navajo Nation. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Bradley Nash, NMSU junior biochemistry major, is a popular NMSU volleyball player and a well-known role model for children in the Navajo Nation. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Some may think life is very different for people living on an Indian reservation, but New Mexico State University junior Bradley Nash believes the Native American lifestyle is very similar to most American families.

“Coming off the reservation wasn’t a big shock because growing up we traveled a lot,” Nash said. “I have never dealt with discrimination of any kind. I have always felt accepted anywhere I’ve gone.”

Nash, an outside hitter for the NMSU volleyball team, grew up in Kayenta, Ariz., which is part of the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Nation covers 27,425 square miles and occupies portions of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico. Nash’s mother spent her entire life there and her grandfather owned a trading post on the reservation.

Although she grew up in a town of just over 5,000 people, Nash played in front of thousands of people.

Her mother, Lucinda Nash, was the volleyball head coach for Monument Valley High School in northeast Arizona.

A biochemistry major in the College of Arts and Sciences, Nash helped her mom guide the Lady Mustangs to four state championships while also marking a 40-0 record in 2010. During that period, Bradley was a two-time 3A North Player of the Year, and named to the Arizona Republic All-State team. Read more

Aggie athlete shows off artistic talent

By Mike Lujan 

NMSU cross country team member Lizbeth Mata. (photo by Darren Phillips)

NMSU cross country team member Lizbeth Mata. (photo by Darren Phillips)

New Mexico State University senior and cross-country runner Lizbeth Mata was selected to show a piece of her artwork at The Story of the Creative Exhibition in New York City.

Mata’s drawing was unveiled July 25 and was on display at See.Me’s Long Island gallery until September.

The See.Me group hosts art shows for people submitting work on its website. The Story of the Creative Exhibition showcases less than one percent of its members, and this exhibition showcases hundreds of artists from 103 countries.

Mata has been involved in art her entire life, “My dad is an artist so there’s always been that interest. When you get that first college application, all I could think about was art, so that’s what I started on.”

Mata credits her father, Jesus Antonio Mata, with getting her interested in art and supporting her to pursue her passion.

“My dad is a sculptor and he’s always been a great influence on me. Just seeing him work with stone and carving it always amazed me, and it was always something that I wanted to do.”

Mata receives newsletters that have information on different art shows and decided to enter her art for the show through See.Me. Several weeks after she submitted her work she got word it had been accepted and would be shown in New York. Read more

NMSU students craft green jewelry for fundraiser

By Tonya Suther 

A necklace made from repurposed fabric adorns a woman’s neck. NMSU art student Hailey Garner crafted the piece for the Green Eileen Seattle Chop Challenge. (Photo by Motoko Furuhashi)

A necklace made from repurposed fabric adorns a woman’s neck. NMSU art student Hailey Garner crafted the piece for the Green Eileen Seattle Chop Challenge. (Photo by Motoko Furuhashi)

Metalsmithing and jewelry students at New Mexico State University have crafted one-of-a-kind fashion accessories in a fundraiser designed to help save the environment while supporting budding artists. The artists’ works were sold Sept. 19, at retailer Eileen Fisher in Seattle, Wash., and part of the proceeds will help support the NMSU art department.

“It’s important for my students to participate in this challenge because it gives them a broader idea for what’s outside of Las Cruces,” said Motoko Furuhashi, assistant professor of art in the College of Arts and Sciences. “A lot of ideas for art are limited in this area, so the chop challenge is one of the ways students get new ideas that extend from an educational setting.”

Eleven NMSU students are participating in the Green Eileen Seattle Chop Challenge, a fundraising activity aimed at stimulating conversation about repurposed clothing. The way it works is fashion designer Eileen Fisher supplies fabrics from her second-hand clothing store. Using the materials, the artists create up to five innovative items each, which are then shipped back for an in-store auction. Participants receive 70 percent of their sales and the remaining 30 percent goes to help support Coyote Central. Read more

NASA grant helps NMSU student’s search for microbial life

By Isabel A. Rodriguez 

Graduate student Kyle Uckert, left, and astronomy professer Nancy Chanover do field work together as part of their research. (submitted photo)

New Mexico State University student Kyle Uckert is working on the development of instrumentation to help identify signs of life on bodies of the solar system. He has been selected as one of 65 graduate students in the 2013 class of NASA Space Technology Research Fellows and will receive funding for his work for three years.

Uckert, who is a graduate student in the College of Arts and Science’s Astronomy Department, is developing a two-step laser time-of-flight mass spectrometer to isolate materials within rocks, and identify and characterize biosignatures within geological samples. Read more 

 NMSU jewelry students sell their creations at holiday sale

Crochet necklaces by student Aubrey Callas and other items will be available for sale at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Campus bookstore. (Submitted photo)

Earrings, rings bracelets and necklaces created by students at New Mexico State University were available for purchase at a one-day holiday sale at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU Campus bookstore.

“This year’s offerings  range from the traditional materials (silver, copper enamels, bronze) to the unexpected (resin, plastic, wood, cast bronze, textiles), unique contemporary jewelry,” said Motoko Furuhashi, assistant professor of art in the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences. “All the pieces are made by students.” Read more