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.
Guests mingle before the big event.
Hunter Falco and William Lubenau combine ticket taking and sales of The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society T-shirts, caps and more.
A closer look of the cap.
Unidentified guest is sure one of those raffle tickets heâ€™s purchasing has got to be a winner.
Visitors checking out the lineup of door prizes.
In the background Silent Auction items get close examination.
Hungry undergrads wondering where are the vittles?
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.
Edauri Pérez and Funke Oyebamiji enjoy a few moments in the outdoors against the backdrop of the beautiful Organ Mountains before the festivities begin.
Kailey Martinez, second from right, later received the Bill and Mary Huey Memorial Scholarship.
Speaker Gerald Maracchini presentation.
Speaker Gerald Maracchini making a point.
Sarah Grubel receives the William A. (Bill) Humphries Memorial Scholarship from NM Dept. of Game and Fish (NMDGF) representatives, Ray Aaltonen and Kevin Rodden.
Tyler Dallas is presented his William A. (Bill) Humphries Memorial Scholarship by Ray Aaltonen.
Ocie Gray Memorial Wildlife Scholarship winner is Miranda Butler-Valverde.
Recipient Clay Morrow proudly displays his Ocie Gray Memorial Wildlife Scholarship award.
Winner of the Ladd S. Gordon Memorial Scholarship is grad student Jana Ashling.
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.
Returning SCEP award winner Alexa Martinez receives recognition from Alan May.
Alexa Martinez displaying her award plaque for 2015.
Shelbi Johnston, another returning SCEP award winner displays her 2015 award plaque.
Adam Baca, 3rd consecutive returning SCEP 2015 award winner.
Alan May congratulates new SCEP award winner, Pedro Castillo.
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.
Official photographer for the banquet Justin Hebert lays down his camera to receive the second Hubert Estabrook scholarship award from Dr. Howard.
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.
MC Dr. Scott Carleton prepares to introduce winners of FWCE scholarships.
Oops! Having left his notes at home, Dr. Carleton reads the descriptions from his cell phone.
Department Head Kathryn Stoner presents the Claude Waner Memorial Scholarship to 2014-15 TWS President (and coordinator of the banquet) Dominique Lujan.
Another Claude Waner Memorial Scholarship winner is Haley Smith.
Trey Chancellor receives the Carol Gordon Memorial Scholarship.
Grad student Rachel Burke also receives the Carol Gordon Memorial Scholarship.
The Anthony J. Juliani Memorial Scholarship goes to William Lubenau.
Amy Buser displays the James Michael Gardiner Memorial Scholarship award.
The Bill and Mary Huey Memorial Scholarship award goes to Rachel Bean.
The Bill and Mary Huey Memorial Scholarship to Hunter Falco, 2014-15 American Fisheries Society president.
Dominique Lujan receives her second scholarship of the evening, the Willis M. (Dub) Bird, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Grad student Christopher Coxen is a happy recipient of the John Wood Memorial Scholarship.
Applause rings out for Genevieve Tucker, Outstanding Student in FWCE.
The Atmar and Davis Memorial Scholarship goes to Cody Howard.
Through an inadvertent glitch Trevor Nygren, winner of the Lloyd O. Haun Memorial Scholarship good-naturedly displays a pseudo certificate.
Alan May surrounded by the team of SCEP winners, left to right, Pedro Castillo, Shelbi Johnston, Alexa Martinez and Adam Baca.