The Annual Banquet 2015

The Annual Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology Banquet was held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces. Various awards were presented to scholarship winners and honor students by FWCE Department Head Dr. Kathryn Stoner, Scholarship Committee Chair, Dr. Scott Carleton, and representatives of wildlife agencies who were among the more than 100 attendees. Guest Speaker was Gerald Maracchini, former Director of the NM Dept. of Game and Fish.

Graduating with Honors student Arthur Anaya, and, Jacob Naranjo, winner of the Deans Award of Excellence were in the field and unable to attend.

Image of Guests mingle before the big event.
Guests mingle before the big event.
Image of Hunter Falco and William Lubenau
Hunter Falco and William Lubenau combine ticket taking and sales of The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society T-shirts, caps and more.
Image of cap
A closer look of the cap.
Image of Unidentified guest is sure one of those raffle tickets heâs purchasing has got to be a winner.
Unidentified guest is sure one of those raffle tickets he’s purchasing has got to be a winner.
Image of Visitors checking out the lineup of door prizes.
Visitors checking out the lineup of door prizes.
Image of In the background Silent Auction items get close examination.
In the background Silent Auction items get close examination.
Image of Hungry undergrads wondering where are the vittles?
Hungry undergrads wondering where are the vittles?
Image of Pre-banquet chatter
Pre-banquet chatter finds COOP Research Unit Leader Dr. Colleen Caldwell (standing), with Dr. Scott Carleton, COOP Asst. Leader and Master of Ceremonies, and Dr. Wiebke Boeing, FWCE Professor on the right.
Image of Edauri Pérez and Funke Oyebamiji
Edauri Pérez and Funke Oyebamiji enjoy a few moments in the outdoors against the backdrop of the beautiful Organ Mountains before the festivities begin.
Image of Kailey Martinez, second from right, later received the Bill and Mary Huey Memorial Scholarship.
Kailey Martinez, second from right, later received the Bill and Mary Huey Memorial Scholarship.
Image of Speaker Gerald Maracchini presentation.
Speaker Gerald Maracchini presentation.
Image of Speaker Gerald Maracchini presentation.
Speaker Gerald Maracchini making a point.
Image of Sarah Grubel receives the William A. (Bill) Humphries Memorial Scholarship from NM Dept. of Game and Fish (NMDGF) representatives, Ray Aaltonen and Kevin Rodden.
Sarah Grubel receives the William A. (Bill) Humphries Memorial Scholarship from NM Dept. of Game and Fish (NMDGF) representatives, Ray Aaltonen and Kevin Rodden.
Image of Tyler Dallas is presented his William A. (Bill) Humphries Memorial Scholarship by Ray Aaltonen.
Tyler Dallas is presented his William A. (Bill) Humphries Memorial Scholarship by Ray Aaltonen.
Image of Ocie Gray Memorial Wildlife Scholarship winner is Miranda Butler-Valverde.
Ocie Gray Memorial Wildlife Scholarship winner is Miranda Butler-Valverde.
Image of Recipient Clay Morrow proudly displays his Ocie Gray Memorial Wildlife Scholarship award.
Recipient Clay Morrow proudly displays his Ocie Gray Memorial Wildlife Scholarship award.
Image of Winner of the Ladd S. Gordon Memorial Scholarship is grad student Jana Ashling.
Winner of the Ladd S. Gordon Memorial Scholarship is grad student Jana Ashling.
Image of Alan May
Alan May, State Director, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services gives the audience a little background on the Joe Skeen Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) which awards scholarships and summer internships.
Image of Returning SCEP award winner Alexa Martinez receives recognition from Alan May.
Returning SCEP award winner Alexa Martinez receives recognition from Alan May.
Image of Alexa displaying her award plaque for 2015.
Alexa Martinez displaying her award plaque for 2015.
Image of Shelbi Johnston, another returning SCEP award winner displays her 2015 award plaque.
Shelbi Johnston, another returning SCEP award winner displays her 2015 award plaque.
Image of Adam Baca, 3rd consecutive returning SCEP 2015 award winner.
Adam Baca, 3rd consecutive returning SCEP 2015 award winner.
Image of Alan May congratulates new SCEP award winner, Pedro Castillo.
Alan May congratulates new SCEP award winner, Pedro Castillo.
Image of V.W. Howard, Professor Emeritus and Chair of the Doña Ana County Associated Sportsmen (DACAS) presents the Hubert Estabrook Memorial Scholarship to returning winner Ashlie Moffitt.
V.W. Howard, Professor Emeritus and Chair of the Doña Ana County Associated Sportsmen (DACAS) presents the Hubert Estabrook Memorial Scholarship to returning winner Ashlie Moffitt.
Image of Official photographer for the banquet Justin Hebert lays down his camera to receive the second Hubert Estabrook scholarship award from Dr. Howard.
Official photographer for the banquet Justin Hebert lays down his camera to receive the second Hubert Estabrook scholarship award from Dr. Howard.
Image of Jeff Arterburn, Mesilla Valley Fly Fishers (MVFF) announced that the Norm Mabie Memorial Scholarship went to grad student Meredith Campbell who was in the field and unable to attend.
Jeff Arterburn, Mesilla Valley Fly Fishers (MVFF) announced that the Norm Mabie Memorial Scholarship went to grad student Meredith Campbell who was in the field and unable to attend.
Image of MC Dr. Scott Carleton prepares to introduce winners of FWCE scholarships.
MC Dr. Scott Carleton prepares to introduce winners of FWCE scholarships.
Image of Oops! Having left his notes at home, Dr. Carleton reads the descriptions from his cell phone.
Oops! Having left his notes at home, Dr. Carleton reads the descriptions from his cell phone.
Image of Department Head Kathryn Stoner presents the Claude Waner Memorial Scholarship to 2014-15 TWS President (and coordinator of the banquet) Dominique Lujan.
Department Head Kathryn Stoner presents the Claude Waner Memorial Scholarship to 2014-15 TWS President (and coordinator of the banquet) Dominique Lujan.
Image of Another Claude Waner Memorial Scholarship winner is Haley Smith.
Another Claude Waner Memorial Scholarship winner is Haley Smith.
Image of Trey Chancellor receives the Carol Gordon Memorial Scholarship.
Trey Chancellor receives the Carol Gordon Memorial Scholarship.
Image of Grad student Rachel Burke also receives the Carol Gordon Memorial Scholarship.
Grad student Rachel Burke also receives the Carol Gordon Memorial Scholarship.
Image of The Anthony J. Juliani Memorial Scholarship goes to William Lubenau.
The Anthony J. Juliani Memorial Scholarship goes to William Lubenau.
Image of Amy Buser displays the James Michael Gardiner Memorial Scholarship award.
Amy Buser displays the James Michael Gardiner Memorial Scholarship award.
Image of The Bill and Mary Huey Memorial Scholarship award goes to Rachel Bean.
The Bill and Mary Huey Memorial Scholarship award goes to Rachel Bean.
Image of The Bill and Mary Huey Memorial Scholarship to Hunter Falco, 2014-15 American Fisheries Society president
The Bill and Mary Huey Memorial Scholarship to Hunter Falco, 2014-15 American Fisheries Society president.
Image of Dominique Lujan receives her second scholarship of the evening, the Willis M. (Dub) Bird, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Dominique Lujan receives her second scholarship of the evening, the Willis M. (Dub) Bird, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Image of Grad student Christopher Coxen is a happy recipient of the John Wood Memorial Scholarship.
Grad student Christopher Coxen is a happy recipient of the John Wood Memorial Scholarship.
Image of schedule Applause rings out for Genevieve Tucker, Outstanding Student in FWCE.
Applause rings out for Genevieve Tucker, Outstanding Student in FWCE.
Image of The Atmar and Davis Memorial Scholarship goes to Cody Howard.
The Atmar and Davis Memorial Scholarship goes to Cody Howard.
Image of schedule Through an inadvertent glitch Trevor Nygren, winner of the Lloyd O. Haun Memorial Scholarship good-naturedly displays a pseudo certificate.
Through an inadvertent glitch Trevor Nygren, winner of the Lloyd O. Haun Memorial Scholarship good-naturedly displays a pseudo certificate.
Image of Alan May surrounded by the team of SCEP winners, left to right, Pedro Castillo, Shelbi Johnston, Alexa  Martinez and Adam Baca.
Alan May surrounded by the team of SCEP winners, left to right, Pedro Castillo, Shelbi Johnston, Alexa Martinez and Adam Baca.