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NMSU dance department shows students how to move to learn

Writer: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu They run up to her to give her hugs and high-fives. Some of them hold up their fists with their pinkies, index fingers and thumbs raised, the American sign language sign for “I love you,” as she walks by them in the hallways. If Knapp is in the building,…
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NMSU kinesiology student, Amanda Concha, wins Student Diversity Award!

Writer: Adriana M. Chavez, 575-646-1957, adchavez@nmsu.edu A 22-year-old kinesiology student in New Mexico State University’s College of Education has been named a recipient of the ASB Diversity Travel Award, which will allow her to present a research paper comparing the muscles used in two different styles of baseball pitching at a conference in Ohio. Amanda…
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Fairacres Elementary incorporates MILK program to engage students

This article appeared on the front page of Las Cruces Sun-News Wednesday, August 12, 2015. The College of Education’s Dance program’s collaboration with Fairacres Elementary.Fairacres Elementary School students, including Kayleigh Armijo, 8, Ella Castillo, 8, and Isaiah Talamantes in the foreground — recite a poem with their classmates using the Methods in Learning Kinesthetically, or…
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Kinesiology student recognized by White Sands Missile Range

Colonel Brian Michaelson, Garrison Commander of the White Sands Missile Range (R) is presenting Kinesiology intern Arielle Johnson with a Certificate of Appreciation for her commitment and contributions to the employee wellness program at White Sands Missile Range (WISMR). Kinesiology students spend their last semester interning in a variety of clinical and wellness settings. Many…
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Soaring success of NMSU DanceSport programs continues

In 2012, something extraordinary happened at New Mexico State University in the College of Education. A tenure-track faculty position was created to lead a degree-granting ballroom dance program. I traded my 20-year professional dance career in the private sector for a shot at creating one of only three such academic programs in the United States,…
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NMSU kinesiology student wins diversity award, will travel to biomechanics conference

A 22-year-old kinesiology student in New Mexico State University’s College of Education has been named a recipient of the ASB Diversity Travel Award, which will allow her to present a research paper comparing the muscles used in two different styles of baseball pitching at a conference in Ohio. Amanda Concha, a junior at NMSU, will…
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NMSU DanceSport Team Competes in Nation’s Premier Amateur Ballroom Dance Competition

LAS CRUCES, NM – The New Mexico State University (NMSU) DanceSport Company started off 2015 with a bang at the country’s largest all amateur dance competition, the prestigious Manhattan Amateur Classic (MAC), held January 16-18 in Secaucus, NJ. NMSU’s official team of 17 ballroom, Latin and swing partner dancers performed extremely well, earning five 1st…
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NMSU Human Performance, Dance and Recreation department has international reach

By Bob Wood, Ph.D. Guest columnist for the Sun News Our once tiny department of Human Performance, Dance, and Recreation in New Mexico State University’s College of Education is not so little anymore. With more than 500 majors in fields such as kinesiology, physical education, dance and athletic training, our department is quickly gaining a…
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