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.'11 - HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010 9 Engineering technology students harvest the sun's heat for energy and education By LORENA SANCHEZlNMSU In 1979, New Mexico State University constructed a solar- powered furnace to research al- ternative means of energy. With alternative energy now an up- and-coming focus of study at the Col- lege of Engineer- ing, the solar fur- nace, which had fallen into disuse and disrepair, was recently restored to its former glory. Along with the Physical Science Laboratory, the col- lege was able to en- list the help of stu- dents, faculty and staff for a successful restoration, which began two years ago and was completed in the fall of 2009. ,Thomas Jenkins, a professor of engineering technology, guided the restoration project, working closely with staff engi- neer Chris Wise and the retired PSL staff members who were in- volved in the construction of the furnace in 1979 to ensure the re- pairs were properly executed. "These gentlemen were very kind in helping us get materials for the solar furnace and discuss how we could restore and en- hance the capabilities of the so- lar furnace," Jenkins said. The energy produced from the furnace is different from what most people associate with solar energy. Rather than electricity, the furnace produces heat, a type of energy production known as solar thermal energy. "Solar ther- mal is taking sunlight and con- vening it into heat," Jenkins said. Miller Library honors Asian- Pacific American heritage By ABE VILLARREALIWNMU To honor Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the Miller Library at Western New Mbxi~zo University has built a 3,000-piece origami crane dis- play. Currently on exhibit in the library's main lobby, the origami installation honors the Asian cul- ture and celebrates a Nippon Foundation donation of more than 40 book titles covering the Japanese culture. "The cranes celebrate our new books and the rich culture they represent," said Esteban Cantu, Visiting Head of Public Services. Miller Library staff and stu- dent work-studies built the origami pieces by hand through- out the academic year. The cranes are connected through strings and suspend over library patrons in the main lobby area. In conjunction with the book donation and display, the Miller Library is hosting a movie screening of Yojimbo, a t961 pe- riod drama starring Japanese ac- tor Toshiro Mifune, on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees. are invited to browse the display of recently donated books and the origami exhibit. The movie screening is sponsored by the Miller Library, WNMU/Silver City International Film Society and the Associated Students of WNMU. Jenkins, who heads up the Renewable Energy Technologies program in the engineering tech~ nology and surveying engineer- ing department, made certain the restoration was used as a learn- ing opportunity for graduate and Under- graduate engineer- ing students. "It doesn't power anything. The concept of a solar furnace is mostly theoretical," Jenkins explained. "Most of its potential is in teaching, including not only theory but applied applica- tions. The engineer- ing technology de- partment is very hands on, very ap- plied-oriented." Graduate student Kyle Glenn and undergraduate Mike Dehmlow operate the furnace. They conduct demonstrations for visiting students to peak their interest in engineering and help them better understand how re- newable energy, such as a solar furnace, operates. "The solar furnace uses a large mirror array, called a heliostat,, to track the sun and di- rect its energy into a stationary concentrator. The concentrator is [similar] to a magnifying glass that directs the energy into a small focus," Glenn explained. Generating heat from sun- light using "the furnace produces 4,200 watts of energy, which is collected by a panel of 2,012 mir- rors. The solar furnace reaches temperatures of approximately 2,900 degrees Fahrenheit. "The concentrated solar en- ergy is very intense and gener- ates enough heat flux to distill water, generate electricity, melt metals for materials testing and produce hydrogen fuel," Glenn explained. it's because of students like Glenn and Dehmlow that the en- gineering technology and survey engineering department's spring 2007 renewable energy course became a successful area of study in the College of Engineering. That singl~ '~ ~ur,se ~'fias evolved into an aeade(fiic mi- nor-Renewable Energy Tech- nology. Students pursuiing the minor have the opportunity to learn about solar energy, wind and water energy, fuel cell technology and hydrogen technology. "The classes are continuing 'to evolve and change. We're get- ting feedback from students, so it's been a very successful thing not only for the department but for the College of Engineering in recruitment and retention of stu- dents," Jenkins said. AHS Drama presents "Mission Possible" The AHS Drama Students put on a magnificent performance onTuesday, April 27.The performance was held in the AHS auditorium and all of the community was invited to attend. People enjoyed a delicious, 3 course dinner of lemon chicken, seasoned potatoes, a roll, and garden salad before they sat down to watch the show.The performance was entitled "Mission Possible" and involved the hero, James Blond, a villain named Silverthumb, an inventor and his daughter, evil sidekicks, and plenty of spies all trying to solve the same case. The play was filled with action, funny punch lines, and fantastic drama. The evening, overall, was a huge success and the community seemed to be very pleased. The AHS Drama teacher is Mrs. Alysha Wagley. By ELIZABETH RICHINSIHidalgo County Herald "Walking the Path of Cultural Inclusion" workshop In New Mexico, most people have some awareness' of cultural differences. But how do we trans- 4ate awareness -into. behaviors ~that creates'inclusion and equity? Workshop participants will look at how culture affects perception, and how group membership and perception affect communication with others.. Through reflection, interaction, and practice, partici- pants will learn concrete ways to co-create a richer, more inclusive, and more broadly meaningful workplace and community. Susana Rinderle, M.A. is a teacher, trainer, writer, mediator, and interculturalist. She has ex- perience in social work, 'artistic performing, social and academic program management. She stud- ied at UNAM in Mexico City, worked in Guadalajara, and has -rpukllished. articles on Mexico and ' Latinos. In addition to being an independent consultant and trainer, she is an internal trainer, facilitator, consultant, and co- lead of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) initiative at UNM Hospitals. "Walking the Path of Cul- tural Inclusion" will run from 9 am to 4 pm on Friday, May 14th. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Refreshments and coffee will be served. Lunch will be catered; there is a fee of $10 for lunch (re- quired in advance). To register for either workshop call 575-534- 0665 ext 220 or email: well spring @ The workshop will take place at The Wellness Coalition, down- town Silver City on 409 N Bullard St. These workshops are being offered by The Wellness Coali- tion, TWC's Wellspring Center at no charge thanks to a generous Capacity-Building Grant from the Compassion Capital Fund. Priority registration will be given to staff and volunteers of non- profit and faith-based organiza- tions. A full list of nonprofit work- shops, offered by the Wellspring Center, is offered online at: http:/ / spring/ i Love, Morn XS X\e Angels Daycar LE ~h 3 Enchiladas ,Rice, Beans & Salad $5/Plate 213 E. 'B' Street (Lucy May's Residence) For Orders call 542-9439 or 534-5292 Pick tap or Deliveru | [MItY lUtIIlII1 of Road Forks Value of selected 500 Gram Repeater or | Reloadable Mort'ars with purchase of + tax Bo~us Ends May 31, 2010 You're Invited to an help the 6th Graders at Central Elementary School celebrate the culmination of the Art & Mental Health Awareness Program. They will display the art that they made during the program and talk about what they learned. Tuesday, May 11 6:00- 7:00 P.M. Central Elementary School 'Gym Everyone is invited! ' Refreshments will be served. Love you lots/ Krista, Logan & Kadie, Morn & Family Happy Mother's Day Thanks for being a wonderful mother to our grandchildren and wonderful daughters. One day your children will rise up and call you blessed. A woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. God Bless You!!! We love you, ~ro.verbs 3Iv28-30 Morn & Dad