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Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science department to hold 5th annual movie nightOn Friday, Oct. 20, the NMSU Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science will feature the film “I am Legend”.

  • By Ximena Tapia
  • 575-646-6233
  • Oct 20, 2017
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On Friday, Oct. 20, the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science at New Mexico State University will have a free movie night at 6 p.m., in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium, Room 194. The EPPWS department from the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, will be screening “I am Legend,” and will be providing candy, popcorn, and prizes. The movie night is free and open to the public.

Gerald Sims, the EPPW department head, said that the idea for the movie night came from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign’s “Insect Fear Film Festival.” He said that UIUC “succeeded in reaching the local community and beyond and promoting an interest in science.”

Sims said that Scott Bundy, professor of entomology at NMSU, is originally from Illinois, and it was his idea to do something similar. Sims moved to New Mexico from Illinois in 2012, so he was also familiar with UIUC’s film festival and supportive of Bundy’s idea.

NMSU’s movie showing will focus on more than just insects. It will feature entomology, plant pathology, and weed science, and show a movie that relates to all three of the department’s principles.

“Our marketing campaign for the movie achieves part of its goal just by making the community aware of who we are,” Sims said. “Even those who do not attend, but know we are showing the film, have been made more aware of our department and our desire to connect with them.”

This is the fifth year that the EPPW department shows a movie, and although they would like to have a large audience, their main goal is to promote the department to the community.