Phases Of The Moon Replaces Bob Weir With Second SCI Set, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

first_imgDue to the unfortunate cancellation of Bob Weir & RatDog’s tour, Phases of the Moon Festival has added Grace Potter & The Nocturnals to their lineup, and have also added a second set from String Cheese Incident. SCI will play on both September 11 and 12, and Grace Potter will perform on Friday September 12th as well.Since the festival has added two sets in lieu of Bob Weir, they have stated that they will not be refunding any tickets. They posted the following news announcement:We are all disappointed about the cancellation of Bob Weir and Ratdog’s scheduled appearance at Phases of the Moon and wish him the very best. In the meantime we want everyone to know that we are hard at work filling that slot on the schedule with a great artist. Stay tuned for the announcement coming soon.Phases of the Moon is proud to offer four days filled with music, art and great experiences for all in beautiful setting. With that in mind, there will be no refunds available as a result of the Bob Weir & Ratdog cancellation. #seeyouatphases!The festival lineup is filled with many L4LM-favorites, including Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Leon Russell, Galactic, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Kung Fu, and many more. The festival is held in Danville, IL, from September 11 – 14. Tickets are still available via the official Phases of the Moon website.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Gives Girl Surprise of a Lifetime

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreQuarterback superstar Aaron Rodgers surprised a young lady, who is a big Packers fan, bringing her onstage at The Pabst Theater in Milwaukee to produce some music. He also wanted to raise awareness for Independence First, an organization she works with  that is run by and for the benefit of people who have disabilities.Aaron and David Gruber host an online series of videos where they surprise guests and invest time into helping them achieve their goals and ambitions. You can find more of them at www.ItsAaron.com.  (WATCH the fun video below or READ the story from Wisconsin Free)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Port Arthur Greater Minority Chamber of Commerce moves into EDC building

first_img Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minority Chamber office will be closed to the public until further notice. “After the loss of our previous office due to Hurricane Harvey, we are excited about relocating our office downtown into the EDC building,” chamber President Ike Mills said.“Working with existing and new minority businesses, along with fostering entrepreneurial development efforts, will be the overall focus of the Minority Chamber. Industrial tax abatements, employment and minority contracting opportunities will continue to play a key role in the development/redevelopment of Port Arthur. We look forward to working on these issues with the city, county, state and other national entities to address the historical barriers that exist.” For more on the Minority Chamber, visit pagmcc.com or email Mills at imills@pagmcc.com.center_img The Port Arthur Greater Minority Chamber of Commerce has relocated to the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation building at 501 Procter St.The Minority Chamber was previously located on Anchor Drive.last_img read more

Soul Doctor’s Amber Iman on Her ‘Square’ Days as an AP Student & the Time She Really Disobeyed Her Mama

first_img View Comments What’s your favorite back to school item? Oooooh! I’m a little OCD when it comes to organization (and cuteness), so I am a Trapper Keeper Junkie! I looove buying the folders and dividers and paper and pencil/pen keepers that you can put in the front of your notebook. And sticky notes, and mini staplers, and highlighters (Lord, I had to have at least five different colors or I couldn’t study.) Can I go back to school now?!?! In school you would have been named “most likely to…” Middle School: be a goody-two-shoes. High School: be a performer. Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Brown. He taught 6th grade math and literature. Back then, I went to a very, very, very small private school—13 students total in grades 4 through 8. I loved him because he knew I was an advanced student and he made it his job to push me and challenge me and not allow me to rest on my laurels. But, unlike other teachers that publicly separated me from other students or drew attention to my “smarts,” he gave me extra work and projects very discreetly. We would work on my advanced material during class time (when I had finished the regular work), but nobody else knew. I wanted so badly to be popular and included and not ostracized, but still challenged, and this was the best of both worlds. I am forever grateful for his guidance and wisdom. Related Shows As kids all over America head back to school, Broadway.com decided to ask our favorite Broadway stars to look back at their own years in the classroom—and share a school picture! Newcomer Amber Iman is making one heck of a Broadway debut as soul singer Nina Simone in the new musical Soul Doctor, now running at Circle in the Square Theatre. Below, the actress recalls her jam-packed schedule and offers fabulous advice to her high-school self. Describe your school-age self in three words. Awkward, smart, square… lol What class did you dread and why? Oh boy—I hope my mother doesn’t read this (lol). High school senior year, my mom made me take advanced algebra/trigonometry. I was a math/arts magnet student and I was very smart—but I was BURNT OUT! For four years, I had taken every honors/advanced placement course, on top of getting on a bus everyday at 6:45 A.M. to get to school and staying late to rehearse for the musicals, and then doing extracurriculars (I had zero social life). By this point, I already had offers from several colleges (full and partial scholarships) and I wanted to just breathe through my simple schedule of AP literature, AP psychology, drama and mentorship (not so simple, actually). However, my mom was friends with the advanced algebra/trig teacher, so my fate was sealed. I.Hated.That.Class. I just couldn’t make myself care and I couldn’t focus. I knew I was going to school for theater and I knew that advanced alg/trig wouldn’t help me do crap in my life! So, I suffered through it for about three weeks. Before the add/drop period ended, I forged my mother’s name on a slip, allowing me to drop the class. Sometimes you gotta take matters into your own hands. Sorry, momma! lolcenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 13, 2013 Amber Iman What advice would you give to your school-age self? Boys are stupid—their opinions do not matter. One day, you will have a boyfriend —it will take a long time, but it will happen. You will grow into your height. The fake ones are not your friends—you don’t need them. You are not alone—there are others out there just like you—and you will find them, and they’ll become your forever friends—and they will understand you, embrace you, love you. It’s okay that you’re not “the popular one”—you are talented, gifted, beautiful, and different, and the payoff will be worth it! Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rock-Star Rabbi Star Files In which extracurricular activities did you participate? I participated in almost every extracurricular activity, except a sport (which I regret to this day because I probably wouldn’t still be struggling with these same stubborn 10 pounds! lol) Girl Scouts, ballet, tap, jazz, piano lessons, flute lessons (for about three weeks, then I hated it), Atlanta Public School Honor Chorus, Toastmasters International (I made a lot of speeches), cheerleading (but I was in 3rd grade and we wore green sweat pants & sweatshirts….and it was Catholic school…and we were the St. Anthony Saints…wow), debate team, and probably more. At church, I was an usher, president of the choir, finance committee member (I loved counting the money every Sunday—I felt very rich… lol), vice president of the youth group, and youth liaison. Wow. lol.last_img read more

Vermont ranks 6th in US in adding construction jobs

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont, with 16,400 workers, is among the leaders in adding construction jobs over the last year, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. New England overall had a good year, with Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire ranking second, third and fourth respectively. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between February 2015 and February 2016, while construction employment increased in 27 states between January and February, according to analysis of Labor Department data. Association officials said the pullback in energy prices and farm income appeared to be dampening demand for construction in some states while firms in other states continue to expand.PC Construction works on the new transit center in Burlington in March.”In most of the country, construction continues to outpace other industries in adding jobs,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. “Contractors remain upbeat about demand for many types of projects, but they are having difficulty finding enough qualified workers.” Simonson noted that job openings spiked in January, according to the latest survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.California added the most construction jobs (53,800 jobs, 7.6 percent) between February 2015 and February 2016. Other states adding a high number of new construction jobs for the past 12 months include Florida (25,800 jobs, 6.2 percent), New York (19,100 jobs, 5.5 percent) and Massachusetts (14,600 jobs, 11.0 percent). Hawaii added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year (19.1 percent, 6,300 jobs), followed by Rhode Island (14.6 percent, 2,400 jobs), Massachusetts, New Hampshire (10.2 percent, 2,400 jobs), Tennessee (8.8 percent, 10,200 jobs) and Vermont (7.9 percent, 1,200 jobs).North Dakota lost the highest percent and total number of construction jobs (-14.5 percent, -5,300 jobs). Other states that lost jobs for the year include Alaska (-8.2 percent, -1,500 jobs), Wyoming (-7.2 percent, -1,700 jobs), West Virginia (-6.9 percent, -2,300 jobs), Kansas (-6.5 percent, -4,000 jobs), Mississippi (-1.7 percent, -800 jobs) and Pennsylvania (-1.4 percent, -3,200 jobs).”The states with the steepest declines in construction jobs during the past 12 months have been hurt by the pullback in oil and gas drilling, coal mining and farm income,” Simonson noted. “A wide variety of influences boosted construction employment in other states, including weather that was more favorable this February than a year ago.”California added the most construction jobs between January and February (12,300 jobs, 1.6 percent). Other states adding a high number of construction jobs include Washington (5,500 jobs, 3.1 percent), New York (4,500 jobs, 1.2 percent), Michigan (3,900 jobs, 2.6 percent) and Minnesota (3,200 jobs, 2.7 percent). Washington added the highest percentage of construction jobs during the past month, followed by Kentucky (2.9 percent, 2,200 jobs), Minnesota and Michigan. Vermont was 12th (1.2 percent, 200 jobs), likely helped by the warmer weather allowing for more construction activity.Construction employment declined in 21 states and DC during the past month and held steady in Rhode Island and Tennessee. Texas shed more construction jobs than any other state (-5,300 jobs, -0.8 percent), followed by Louisiana (-4,700 jobs, -3.2 percent), Illinois (-2,400 jobs, -1.1 percent), Kansas (-1,900 jobs, -3.2 percent) and Florida (-1,800 jobs, -0.4 percent). Maine lost the highest percentage of construction jobs between January and February (-3.6 percent, -1,000 jobs), followed by Louisiana and Kansas.Association officials said the new hiring figures show contractors continue to be able to find and hire new workers despite widespread reports of labor shortages. But they cautioned that labor shortages may undermine overall employment levels in the sector in the near future.”Without additional programs to recruit and prepare new workers, especially at the high school level, firms may not be able to find new workers as demand for their services continues to expand,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.last_img read more

Mount Snow: Furloughs unrelated to EB-5 delays

first_imgMount Snow Resort,Resort officials say an unseasonably warm winter, rather than unforeseen delays in obtaining $52 million in foreign investor money, is the reason for a temporary lay off of an undisclosed number of employeesby Mike Faher/The Commons(link is external) A warm, unseasonable winter has forced an undisclosed number of layoffs at Mount Snow ski resort in Dover. But resort administrators expect to hire back those employees soon. And they say the furloughs aren’t related to a $52 million cash crunch in the resort’s EB-5 foreign investor program — a problem that has slowed new development at Mount Snow.“One has absolutely nothing to do with the other,” Mount Snow President Dick Deutsch said. “One is on the development side … and one is strictly operational.”Deutsch added that “just about every ski resort in New England had a sub-par season this year. So this [layoff] is not atypical of what people do in the ski resort business.”Mount Snow bills itself as “Vermont’s closest big mountain to the Northeast’s metropolitan areas.” But that wasn’t much help during a winter that featured historically warm temperatures and little natural snow.Resort spokesman Thad Quimby said Mount Snow was open for roughly a full season, though he acknowledged that a lack of snow in December 2015 made things difficult. He credited the resort’s staff for keeping the slopes open to the fullest extent possible.“From our perspective, it was a huge success in that we were able to rebound with our snowmaking,” Quimby said. He added that, throughout the winter of 2015-16, “we had all the events that we normally would have.”Quimby said he couldn’t release statistics detailing the warm winter’s impact at Mount Snow. But the resort’s parent, Missouri-based Peak Resorts, noted a 23-percent decline in skier and tuber visits companywide when releasing financial results for the quarter that ended Jan. 31.Timothy Boyd, Peak’s president and chief executive officer, said the 2015-16 ski season “got off to a late and very choppy start due to unseasonably warm weather in both our Northeast and Midwest regions.”As a result, Boyd said in March that he expected Peak’s fiscal year revenue to be down from last year because “the effect of the poor weather conditions was simply too much to overcome.”At Mount Snow, that has translated into furloughs that go above and beyond the normal springtime workforce reduction. Neither Quimby nor Deutsch would say how many employees were affected, but Deutsch characterized the positions as “seasonal, hourly” staffers.“Operationally, the impact is very minimal for us,” Quimby added. “We look forward to having all these employees back as we ramp up for the summer.”Deutsch said there is recent precedent for such reductions at Mount Snow. “In 2011-12, we had a subpar year. We did it then,” he said. “There are some ski resorts that do it every year.”He was adamant, though, that resort employment isn’t connected to EB-5 funding delays at Mount Snow.The federal EB-5 program, created by Congress in 1990, aims to stimulate the economy by allowing foreign investors to obtain visas if they contribute certain amounts to job-creating projects in the U.S. Generally, the minimum investment required is $1 million, but that is reduced to $500,000 in a “targeted employment area” like Mount Snow.The EB-5 program is under scrutiny after state and federal authorities earlier this month alleged a $200 million “Ponzi-like scheme” by developers in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The allegations include EB-5-funded activities at Jay Peak and Q Burke resort properties.Deutsch took pains to separate Mount Snow’s EB-5 projects from the recent headlines, stressing that his company has “no connection to Jay Peak.” He acknowledged, though, that he is concerned that the public’s perception of EB-5 will be negatively impacted by the legal drama unfolding a few hours to the north.“I’m very concerned. I’d be foolish not to be concerned,” he said. “But it’s important to know that we are in good standing with the state of Vermont.”That’s not to say EB-5 isn’t causing some headaches at Mount Snow. The resort’s first such project — consisting of the West Lake snow-making upgrade and the new Carinthia Ski Lodge — has slowed dramatically because $52 million in foreign investment funds are in escrow while Mount Snow awaits approvals from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).In reporting Peak Resorts’ quarterly earnings last month, Boyd noted that the company already had invested more than $12 million in the West Lake project, which is expected to give Mount Snow six times the water-storage capacity it currently has.“We will be reimbursed for that spending when the committed funds are released from escrow,” Boyd said. “Our advisers continue to indicate that there are no areas of concern in the USCIS approval process and attribute the delay to a growing review backlog at the USCIS.”He added, though, that the “slower-than-expected timeline for approval of our EB-5 project has resulted in cash balances that are lower than we had anticipated.”Deutsch said Mount Snow and Peak Resorts have enlisted congressional help to free up the EB-5 money. But he said “we’ve not been able to get a date certain.”“We are now in our 23rd month of waiting for the immigration service to approve our first investor and our project,” Deutsch said. “We think it’s because they’ve just been deluged with thousands of applications.”Federal documents confirm that is the case. The USCIS website shows that the current, estimated waiting time for approval of an I-526 petition — the kind submitted by foreign investors under the EB-5 program — is 16.6 months.A year-by-year list of I-526 petitions details the program’s rapid growth. The government received 3,805 petitions in fiscal year 2011; 6,346 petitions in fiscal 2013; and 14,373 petitions in fiscal 2015.Officials are approving or denying thousands of petitions each year, but it isn’t happening quickly enough to avoid long waits. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 alone, so-called “alien entrepreneurs” filed 6,277 new I-526 petitions, and nearly 22,000 applications were listed as pending overall.While not commenting specifically on Mount Snow’s case, a USCIS spokesperson said the agency “has taken many actions to improve overall efficiency.” Those include a greater focus on clearing “aging cases” and reducing processing times.The Immigrant Investor Program Office also is hiring more adjudicators and economists to try and address the backlog: The office has 125 full-time employees and is looking to reach 171 staffers by the end of 2016, the spokesperson said.Deutsch, who also serves as a Peak Resorts vice president, said he is hoping Mount Snow’s wait is over soon.“I think the future of Mount Snow is great. We have really been very satisfied with our investment at Mount Snow,” Deutsch said. “We have invested in our [West Lake] project to date. And we hope the EB-5 project continues for many years to come.”Originally published in The Commons issue #354 (Wednesday, April 27, 2016). www.commonsnews.org(link is external)last_img read more

New residential development plan submitted for old Leawood Country Club property

first_imgThree empty cul-de-sacs are all that’s been built so far on the old Leawood Country Club property.A new proposal to develop the former Leawood Country Club property with 24 single-family houses and eliminate recreational amenities contained in a previous plan has been submitted to the Leawood planning department.[pullquote]New Leawood housing proposal• Plan calls for building 24 single-family homes• Eliminates a clubhouse, pool and tennis courts that were part of previous plan• Site, which housed Leawood Country Club for decades, was acquired by developers in 2004• Public hearing set for 6 p.m. November 10 at Leawood Presbyterian[/pullquote]The Village of Leawood proposal, submitted by developer Mark Simpson, is scheduled for a public hearing before the Leawood Planning Commission on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. A neighborhood meeting has been scheduled for Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at Leawood Presbyterian Church, 2715 W. 83rd St.The new proposal will require rezoning because it eliminates the clubhouse, pool and tennis courts that were part of the previous Estates of Old Leawood plan approved by the City Council. That plan called for 23 homes to be developed on the 16-acre site.The new plan calls for building four houses on the part of the property where the clubhouse, pool and tennis courts would have gone, and spaces the 20 other houses around three cul-de-sacs that were built on the site previously.Richard Coleman, Leawood planning director, said planners will likely recommend that pedestrian access be provided through the project to an existing bridge that crosses a creek on its eastern boundary. That path would allow access to the nearby Ward Parkway shopping center.It’s been 14 years since the former Leawood Country Club property near 89th Street and Lee Boulevard was acquired by developers. The previous Estates of Old Leawood plan was approved in 2004 after a bitter rezoning battle. The property abuts a single-family neighborhood to the west.Simpson could not be reached for comment, but a search indicates he is co-owner of Ellis Associates LLC, a development firm. Together with Saul Ellis, Simpson has developed upscale residential projects that include Hallbrook Farms, Hunter’s Ridge, LionsGate and the Staley Farms Golf Community.last_img read more

Making an emotional connection

first_imgby. Megan MirandaSuccessful brands do more than provide value in terms of product benefits. They strike a chord with consumers. Finding a way to connect on an emotional level is one of the keys to creating breakthrough messaging.Is that to say that every product and every brand has to be laden with heavy, serious, heart-wrenching emotion? No. Human emotion is a many-feathered creature. In the course of any given day, consumers experience an incredibly wide range of emotions at a variety of intensities. Humor. Joy. Frustration. Excitement. Anxiety. Pride. And the list goes on. Some might be a good fit for your brand or product, others won’t be.Let’s say that you have an established brand identity already. You’ve also taken the time to identify the specific consumer segments or target audiences you want to engage with your brand or a specific product. How do you take the next step in creating an emotional connection between the two?Start by understanding these three things: relevance, relatability, and believability.Relevance. What role does your product or brand play in consumers’ lives? On the surface, your product probably does a few basic things. A mortgage, for instance, enables a consumer to purchase or refinance a home, which in turn gives them a place to live or improves their financial situation with an existing home. When you look below the surface, you start to find feelings you might want to tap into: pride, security, sense of well-being, love for family, happiness, personal satisfaction, sense of permanence, etc. Narrow these emotions down by identifying which emotions your specific audience is likely to feel. When your target consumer feels one of these emotions, he or she probably isn’t thinking of your mortgage product – but your product is relevant to their experience of the emotion, so you’ve got an opportunity to help them make that connection. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Keystone Announces New Director of Marketing Services

first_imgPOMONA, CA — Mary Kunz has been promoted to director of marketing services for Keystone Automotive Industries. Kunz has been with Keystone for 16 years and has led company-wide marketing communications for Keystone during its emergence as one of the leading companies in the collision repair industry. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Kunz most recently led Keystone’s re-branding efforts, implementing new brand messaging in advertisements, collateral material and websites. She has also greatly increased internal communications efforts among Keystone’s more than 3,700 team members and is well known within Keystone for providing continuous, high-quality support to all managers and their teams. Kunz grew up in Southern California and earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Cal Poly Pomona. She lives in Claremont, CA, with her husband and three sons. For more information about Keystone, go to: http://www.keystone-auto.com.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. last_img read more

2019 New Mexico Bowl: Central Michigan University & San Diego State University Face Off Dec. 21

first_imgSPORTS News:ALBUQUERQUE – During Selection Sunday today, the New Mexico Bowl announced that San Diego State University and Central Michigan University will face off Saturday, Dec. 21 in Albuquerque.The New Mexico Bowl will kick off the collegiate bowl season for the fourteenth year, airing on ESPN at noon MST (2 p.m. EST) live from Dreamstyle Stadium.‘We are very happy with another really good matchup in the New Mexico Bowl, two outstanding teams in the midst of excellent seasons,” said New Mexico Bowl Executive Director Jeff Siembieda. “San Diego State has one of the nation’s best defenses and is playing for double-digit wins for the fourth time in the past six seasons. Central Michigan is in the midst of a special season having gone from 1-11 to playing for the MAC championship with a high powered offense. This should be a great game and we look forward to New Mexicans along with San Diego State and Central Michigan fans descending on Dreamstyle Stadium in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico.”Central Michigan won the MAC West Division Championship, going 8-5 for the season after playing in the league championship game. Head Coach Jim McElwain is MAC Coach of the Year in his first season in Mount Pleasant having five players First All Team MAC and two players Second Team. Central Michigan was fourth in the MAC in scoring (31.9 ppg), third in the MAC in Scoring Defense (26.8 ppg allowed), won six of their last eight games, and averaged 41 points per game in those eight games.“Central Michigan is one of the best stories in college football this year and we are looking forward to hosting the Chippewas and their fans in the New Mexico Bowl,” Siembieda said. “The turnaround from a 1-11 season last year to the MAC Championship Game is remarkable. Jim McElwain and his staff have a really good, exciting football team in the midst of an exceptional season.”San Diego State had a 9-3 overall record going 5-3 in the Mountain West. The Aztecs are appearing in a bowl game for the tenth straight season, which is the first time in school history that has happened. SDSU has five players on the First Team All Mountain West Team and four players on Second Team. San Diego State defense ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense (12.8 points per game allowed), fifth nationally in total defense (288.7 yard per game allowed), third nationally in turnover margin (plus-15), second nationally in rushing defense (72.3 yards allowed rushing per game), and went 1-0 vs. Pac-12 this season beting UCLA for the first time in school history.“We are really excited to host San Diego State in the New Mexico Bowl for the first time,” Siembieda said. “The Aztecs have become a premier football program with a spectacular team and a passionate fan base. Congratulations to Coach Rocky Long and the entire program on another tremendous season.”Tickets, ranging from $25 to $40, are available at the University of New Mexico ticket office by calling 505.925.5626 or the New Mexico Bowl office at 505.925.5999. For more information regarding the New Mexico Bowl please visit newmexicobowl.com. For tickets and more information regarding the New Mexico Bowl, visit newmexicobowl.com. ESPN EventsESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 16 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts more than 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and Tampa, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.last_img read more