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2008 Ag E-News Archives

No. 35 - December 15

"We're all ACES:" College name change endorsed by regents

The NMSU Board of Regents at its Dec. 12 meeting approved the change of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics' name to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The change was effective Dec. 12. Changing the name of the college has been contemplated and studied since the 1980s.

Dean's Open Forum and Spring Convocation open semester

The university will hold its Spring Convocation Jan. 13, where faculty and staff will be recognized for achievements. The following day, Jan. 14 - the first day of classes - will feature an open forum with Dean Lowell Catlett at 2:30 p.m. in Gerald Thomas Auditorium. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Extension director search continues

Review of applications for the Associate Dean and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service will begin January 5th by a search committee approved by Provost Robert Moulton. Members include: Chair Martha Archuleta, Bea Garrett, Elizabeth Crabb, Jeff Bader, Tracy Drummond, Shannon Wooten, Steve Lucero, Richard Heerema, Carolyn Vander Giesen, Leah Stevenson and outside representatives Martha Sayles, Dino Cervantes, and Dave Lowry. Archuleta said she hoped public interviews could begin after the legislative session, which ends in March.

College Strategic Planning Committee meets to start process

The College Strategic Planning Group (SPG) met for its initial meeting on Dec. 10 to hear its charge from Dean Lowell Catlett. The dean stated that the group was to 1) Develop a mission statement for the college and 2) Develop a five-year vision by April 1, 2009. He viewed the group as a sub-group of the College Visioning Team and that he wanted the Visioning Team to use the mission and vision of the SPG to develop resource plans. Furthermore, he saw the SPG as an on-going group that would have rotating members. The group will meet again Dec. 18 and then bi-weekly next semester.

SPG members are: Chris Allison, Tracy Carrillo, Blair Clavel, Martha Desmond, Tracy Drummond, Wanda Eastman, Connie Falk, Steve Hanson, Leonard Lauriault, Bill Lindemann, Steve Lucero, Brenda Seevers, Betsy Stringham, Carol Turner, Jason Turner, and Mindy Turner. The group is facilitated by Wendy Hamilton.

Focus-group sessions to be held in January

Next month, the College Visioning Team will conduct its third round of focus-group sessions with college faculty and staff members to get feedback to determine legislative priorities for the 2010 legislative session and discuss the basis for strategic planning. Members of the team will facilitate the sessions along with members of the College Strategic Planning Group, who will explore ideas on mission, values and vision for strategic planning. Sessions are expected to take 90 minutes. Faculty and staff members are invited to take part in any of the following sessions:

DateTimeLocationVT Facilitator
Jan. 99:00 a.m.GTH 253 Brooke Boren
Jan. 122:00 p.m.GTH 253 Brian Hurd
Jan. 157:30 a.m.GTH 297 John Mexal (Breakfast burritos)
Jan. 203:30 p.m.GTH 253 C.C. Chamberlin
Jan. 223:30 p.m.GTH 297 Ann Bock
Jan. 273:00 p.m.Albuquerque
(4-H in-service)
Cheryl Butterfield
Jan. 2910:30 a.m. Santa Fe
(NMAC)
Roberta Rios
Woods Houghton
Jan. 30 2:00 p.m.CentraWendy Hamilton

Participants are invited to review college legislative priority history at:
http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/visioningteam/ Sweets contest entries due Dec. 22The College Fun Committee is sponsoring a holiday sweets contest. A gift certificate will be awarded for the sweet that earns the most points by the judges in each of three categories: Candy (includes fudge), pie/pastries, and cookies. Contestants should bring enough for the three judges to sample to 100 Cafe West in Gerald Thomas Hall at 1 p.m. Dec. 22. Doors will be open to all college employees to sample these sweets for themselves at 2:30 p.m. and winners will be announced at 3 p.m.

College Calendar

Check the College Calendar for contact information regarding these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

  • January 27-30- 4-H In-service Training in Albuquerque
  • April 6-8 - Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO

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No 34 - November 24

Monsanto comes to College Dec. 2-4 to discuss research and student opportunities

Opportunities for faculty and students will be explored with representatives of Monsanto Corporation as they visit the college Dec. 2-4. All college students are invited to an information meeting and pizza party at the 100 West Café from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. Faculty members who want students to learn about employment opportunities at Monsanto may want to encourage students to attend. For more information on the event, contact wwaller@nmsu.edu

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to meet Monsanto representatives in GTH 297 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. Representatives will review Monsanto's research and development program and Co-op opportunities. For more information on this meeting contact rphillip@nmsu.edu to learn more about Monsanto corporation, go to http://www.monsanto.com

Those visiting include recruiters for breeding and breeding technologies programs and lead scientists for global trait integration and multiple season programs. they expressed interest in meeting faculty and students in agricultural biology, agronomy, horticulture, ag econ, general agriculture, AXED, biology, biochemistry, chemistry and chemical engineering.

4-H Hall of Fame Induction Dec. 9

The New Mexico State 4-H program will be inducting the newest inductees into the State 4-H Hall of Fame on Tuesday, December 9th at 2:00 pm in the Auditorium in Gerald Thomas Hall, with a reception to follow in Café 100 West. New inductees are: Larry Foster of Dona Ana County; Beatriz Gonzales, Mary Baca Olguin, and Gilbert Segura of Taos County; Nona Cottrell, Charlie Ortiz, and Laura Caffey of Bernalillo County; Clara Franklin and Johnny Ogden of Roosevelt County; Cecil and Lilly Joy Moon of Quay County; Daniel and Kelly Vallo of Sandoval County; Billy Jeff Kyle and LaHonda Fox of DeBaca County; and Jesse Fitzgerald of Cibola County.

100 West Cafe available for meetings -- food or not

Janet Green, director of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, invites college faculty and staff to reserve 100 West Cafe for meetings, even if no food is served. Green notes that the cafe has a screen and ceiling-mounted LCD projector. To reserve, call the school's office at: 646-5995.

Cameras available for departments and student clubs who want on YouTube

Media Productions is spearheading a drive to get college departments and student groups on YouTube. Contact Frank Torres at 646-1175 or fjtorres@nmsu.edu to find out how you can produce video to go on YouTube. Camera loans are available. To see NMSU's YouTube presence, go to: http://www.youtube.com/newmexicostateu

Faculty Senate addresses loads, room scheduling, grievance, and research faculty

Faculty Senator Mark Andersen, reported at the Nov. 18 department heads meeting that the Faculty Senate passed policies on faculty load and grievance policies and defeated a proposal on scheduling classrooms at the department level. Grievance policy proposal was tabled, however, until it is addressed by the Dean's Council. Andersen also reported that the Faculty Senate is looking into establishing a research faculty designation. For more information on Faculty Senate business go to: http://www.nmsu.edu/~fsenate/

College Calendar

Check the College Calendar for contact information regarding these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

  • December 9 - Western SARE Sustainable Ag Workshop in Las Cruces
  • January 27-30 - 4-H In-service Training in Albuquerque
  • April 6-8 - Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO

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No. 33 - November 10

Strategic Planning committee to meet next month

The College Strategic Planning Committee has been named and will meet Dec. 10 to get the charge from Dean Lowell Catlett and meet again on Dec. 18 to begin the internal college review. The members are: Chris Allison, Tracy Carrillo, Blair Clavel, Martha Desmond, Tracy Drummond, Wanda Eastman, Connie Falk, Steve Hanson, Jeanne Gleason, Leonard Lauriault, Bill Lindemann, Steve Lucero, Brenda Seevers, Betsy Stringham, Carol Turner, Mindy Turner, and Jason Turner. The committee will be facilitated by Wendy Hamilton.

Scholarship donors recognized

Scholarship donors were recognized at the College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Homecoming Recognition Breakfast on Oct. 31 for providing 226 scholarship funds. Those funds awarded scholarships to 513 of the college's students over the past year at a value of $476,365. The college was able to award scholarships to 95.5% of applicants

Homecoming awards won

College offices won two university-wide awards for Homecoming on Oct. 31 and several offices won college decorations awards. The Dean's Office won the Best Office Display and the State 4-H Office won the Best Door Award from the Associated Students of NMSU. Family and Consumer Sciences won the First Place Door Award from the college, for decorations made with agricultural products. Plant and Environmental Sciences won second place. The Strengthening Families Initiative won third place for a door that featured live cheerleaders.

The Scariest Pumpkin Award was won by the Office of Business and Resource Planning. The Funniest Pumpkin was from Family and Consumer Sciences. Most Original Pumpkin was won by Academic Programs and a Special Judges Award went to Extension Plant Sciences.

Personnel transactions

Professors Joe Ellington and Kirk McDaniel retire and a new agriculture agent joins San Juan County. For more personnel information, go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html

100 West Cafe open Tuesday through Friday

The 100 West Cafe at the west end of the first floor of Gerald Thomas Hall is open for lunch from Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday through Dec. 5. Customers can pay with cash or check in the restaurant at $8 per meal. The lunches are buffets on Tuesdays and Thursdays and ala carte on Wednesdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m., there is a buffet to eat in or take out. All menus are posted at the restaurant Web page at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/academics/shrtm/100-west-caf-menus.html

Any sessions that are sold out ahead of time will be posted on the web site as well.

Shearing school to be held on campus in December

NMSU's Extension Animal Science and Natural Resource Department will host its annual shearing school from noon Wednesday, Dec. 17, to noon Friday, Dec. 19, at the campus sheep barn. Cost is $20 per person. For more information and to register call (575) 646-3326.

4-H raffle funds foundation

The New Mexico 4-H Youth Development Foundation is accepting $10 raffle tickets to support 4-H programs. Two lucky winners will win a prize in a December drawing. The first person selected will have a choice between a 7-day Alaskan cruise and the Western themed bronze sculpture "Passing on the Legacy" by Curtis Fort. Tickets are available from Olga in Deans' Suite in Gerald Thomas Hall or in the State 4-H Office in Neale Hall.

Auditorium facelift input sought

The Gerald Thomas Hall auditorium will be repainted and lighting revamped after spring semester ends. Dean Lowell Catlett wants to know if the faculty, staff and students want to continue the international-flag motif in the auditorium or start a new tradition. Send your opinion to elcrabb@nmsu.edu

ACAP seeks nominees for five slots by Nov. 14

The Advisory Council on Administrative Policy seeks nominees for five slots for Las Cruces-based representatives. One faculty member, two exempt staff members and two non-exempt staff members. Nominations are due Nov. 14. For the nomination form link, go to:
http://www.nmsu.edu/~acap/

College Calendar

Check the College Calendar for contact information regarding these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

  • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders’ Forum
  • Nov. 19-21 - ICAN State Conference in Las Cruces
  • December 9 - Western SARE Sustainable Ag Workshop in Las Cruces
  • January 26-29 - 4-H In-service Training in Albuquerque
  • April 6-8 - Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO

Submit your own calendar items at the URL above

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No. 32 - October 22

New NMDA building not part of bond issue plans

NMSU will opt to refurbish and expand the current NMDA building rather than build a new facility should Bond Issue D pass on Nov. 4, said Ben Woods, NMSU senior vice president. Comments were made at a visit to the College of Agriculture and Home Economics on Oct. 21 by President Waded Cruzado and her senior vice presidents. Woods said he saw no problem with gaining financing through the bonds should their issue be enabled through the election.

In other matters, President Cruzado said 12-to-9-month conversions would be put on the back burner until equity increases were addressed. Jennifer Taylor said the hiring moratorium should be lifted in January. Robert Moulton said administrative positions would continue to require national searches, while encouraging internal candidates to apply. Woods said that financing for the new hotel at University and Union was successfully secured.

Fall student award nominations due Oct. 31

The college seeks nominations for fall awards for outstanding students in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and hotel, restaurant and tourism management; undergraduate and graduate Deans' Awards of Excellence; and Deans' Award of Leadership Excellence. The nominating deadline is Oct. 31. Send all student nominations to Kristy Mason in the academic Programs Office. For criteria and nominating forms, go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/awards/welcome.html#ag_students

Regents Professorships nominations due Oct. 31

Nominations for two new Regents professorships are due to the Office of Vice President and Provost by Oct. 31. The honor comes with a $12,500 annual stipend. Criteria and guidelines are at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/visioningteam/documents/2008-regents-professorships-guidelines.pdf

Roberts Award nominations sought by Nov. 7

Nominations are being sought for the Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award. This year the award will be presented to an exempt employee. Nominations are being accepted until Friday, November 7, 2008, no later than 5:00 p.m. For criteria and a nomination form, go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/visioningteam/awards

Ag Week King and Queen named

Lindsay Thomen and West Clayton were elected Queen and King during Ag Week Festivities. Oct. 13 -18. The pair will represent the college in the Homecoming Queen and King elections. Thomen is an AXED major and a college ambassador from Dona Ana County. Clayton is an animal science major and college ambassador from Tijeras.

  • Homecoming calendar busy Rockin' with Aggie Pride

    Put the following dates on your calendar to keep up with Homecoming activities:

    • Monday, Oct. 27 - Register door and pumpkin displays for college contest (Call 646-1806)
    • Tuesday, Oct. 28 - Pumpkin Pick-up at Dean's Suite 10 - 11 a.m.
    • Wednesday, Oct. 29 - Register door displays for ASNMSU Contest (Call 646-4415)
    • Thursday, Oct. 30 - Judges review door and pumpkin displays 2-4 p.m.
    • Friday, Oct. 31
      • 8 a.m.
        • Recognition Breakfast in the tent by windmill. (Departmental displays set up by 7:30)
        • Distinguished Alumna Award - Nancy Franklin Lewis
        • College Door and Pumpkin Awards
      • 10 a.m. - Alumni Flower Judging Contest in Skeen Hall
      • 2 p.m. - College Costume Contest GTH Auditorium
      • 8 p.m. - Homecoming Dance at NM Farm and Ranch Museum
    • Saturday, Nov. 1
  • 10 a.m. - Homecoming Parade on University Avenue
  • 5 p.m. - Aggies vs. Boise State football in Aggie Memorial Stadium

    HRTM celebrates 20 years with fundraising dinner

    The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management celebrates the 1988 founding of the Hospitality and Tourism Services program at NMSU with a fundraising dinner and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 in NMSU's Fulton Center. Tickets are $100 each and are going fast. To make reservations, call 646-5995. The event is being hosted by HRTM's special events class. For more information, contact the instructor Jolie Tixier at: jolie@nmsu.edu

    4-H raffle funds foundation

    The New Mexico 4-H Youth Development Foundation is accepting $10 raffle tickets to support 4-H programs. Two lucky winners will win a prize in a December drawing. The first person selected will have a choice between a 7-day Alaskan cruise and the Western themed bronze sculpture "Passing on the Legacy" by Curtis Fort. The sculpture is on display in the Deans' Suite in Gerald Thomas Hall, where tickets are available from Olga. Tickets also are available from the State 4-H Office in Neale Hall.Ê

    Irma Marshall recognized as Amazing Aggie

    Irma Marshall of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business was recognized as an amazing Aggie on Oct. 15. The salute to her was submitted by Jerry Hawkes. Submit your salutes to colleagues to: http://amazingaggies.nmsu.edu/

    NMSU and NAPI sign MOU for Navajo student scholarships

    Six NMSU students - two in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics ? will get full scholarships including tuition, fees, books and summer internships with the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI) under a new agreement. Joe Graham, Indian Resource Development director, announced Oct. 21 that a memorandum of understanding between NMSU and NAPI will lead to the scholarships, internships with housing and a direct pathway to jobs for participating Navajo students. For more information, contact Graham at: jgraham@nmsu.edu

    Auditorium facelift input sought

    The Gerald Thomas Hall auditorium will be repainted and lighting revamped after spring semester ends. Dean Lowell Catlett wants to know if the faculty, staff and students want to continue the international-flag motif in the auditorium or start a new tradition. Send your opinion to: elcrabb@nmsu.edu

    Homeland security education the focus of Nov. 3 visit

    Stan Supinski, director of partnership programs at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security, will visit NMSU on Monday, Nov. 3. Supinski will deliver a seminar on the state of homeland security education nationwide and discuss emerging educational programs at NMSU. The seminar will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Corbett Senate Chambers. Supinski contacted the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center to establish a partnership with NMSU. Those interested in homeland security or emergency management programming may be interested in joining one of two open round-table discussions with Supinski at 8 a.m. Nov. 3 in GTH 297 and at 2:45 p.m. that afternoon in the Corbett Senate Chambers. For more information, contact tcanup@nmsu.edu

    Medicinal herb workshop scheduled for December

    Specialty crop growers will have an opportunity to learn Asian medicinal herb production and marketing during a three-day workshop from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 3-5, at the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Auditorium in Albuquerque. The registration fee is $75, which includes lunch each day. For more information, contact Charles Martin at: cmartin@nmsu.edu

    ACAP seeks nominees for five slots by Nov. 14

    ÊThe Advisory Council on Administrative Policy seeks nominees for five slots for Las Cruces-based representatives. One faculty member, two exempt staff members and two non-exempt staff members. Nominations are due Nov. 14. For the nomination form, go to:http://www.nmsu.edu/~acap/

    College Calendar

    Check the College Calendar for contact information regarding these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

  • Oct. 24 and 25 - New Mexico Small Farm Conference and Trade Show in Moriarty
  • Oct. 30 - Water Lecture Series on campus
  • Oct. 30-31 - College Door and Pumpkin contests
  • Oct. 31 - College Halloween Costume Contest
  • Nov. 3 - First Detector Training workshop in Santa Fe
  • Nov. 3 - Homeland security education seminar on campus
  • Nov. 10 - First Detector Training workshop in Las Cruces
  • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum
  • Nov. 19-21 - ICAN State Conference in Las Cruces
  • December 9 - Western SARE Sustainable Ag Workshop in Albuquerque
  • January 26-29 - 4-H In-service Training in Albuquerque
  • April 6-8 - Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO
  • Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.


  • Personnel transactions
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  • Personnel transactions

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    No. 31 - October 8

    College's name-change proposition with Regents

    A proposition was passed unanimously and without discussion on Oct. 2 by the NMSU Faculty Senate to change the name of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The proposition has been forwarded for final approval to the NMSU Regents, who will consider it at their Dec. 12 meeting.

    Extension director position advertised

    The position of college's associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service was posted and advertised nationally last week. There is an application deadline of January 5, 2009. Martha Archuleta, chair of the search committee, said search committee membership is being finalized. She anticipates interviews for the position to be held in late March after the legislative session.

    Nancy Franklin Lewis to be honored as distinguished alumna

    A University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor and 1968 NMSU graduate will be honored this month as the College of Agriculture and Home Economics' 2008 Distinguished Alumna. Nancy Franklin Lewis is a professor of nutritional and health sciences and holds an appointment with the Agricultural Research Division at UNL. She is a prominent member of the American Dietetics Association, chairing its Nutrition Care Process/Standardized Language Committee, which was credited with leading fundamental changes in the practice of clinical dietetics. A Nebraska native, she came to NMSU to study dietetics on the advice of her Uncle Bill O'Donnell, for whom O'Donnell Hall is named. She will be honored at the College Recognition Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 near the college windmill.

    Homecoming events to draw alumni to campus

    The College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Alumni Chapter will host a Homecoming Dance at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 31. All alumni, friends and students are welcome. Tickets are $10 ($6 for students with an I.D.) For tickets call 646-1807.

    Outstanding alumni and donors will be honored at the College Recognition Breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31 in the tent near the windmill. Nearby in the Skeen Hall Rotunda at 10 a.m. the Alumni Flower Judging Contest will bring back former flower judging competitors to compete once again. For information on the flower judging contact Cindy Farmer at cindy@thegreenhouseinc.biz

    On Saturday, the college will have two cars in the Homecoming Parade on University Avenue from the Pan Am Center to Skeen Hall starting at 10 a.m. One car will feature the 2008 Outstanding Alumna Nancy Franklin Lewis and another will feature the college's alumni chapter. College students will pass out treats along the parade route.

    College Homecoming contests set for Oct. 30 and 31

    Door decorating, pumpkin-carving and costume contests are on again as part of Homecoming activities in the college. "Rockin' with Aggie Pride" is this year's theme. Those planning to compete in door and/or pumpkin-carving contests should call Olga at 6-1806 by Monday, Oct. 27 to register the location of their displays. Departments can pick up pumpkins in the deans' suite on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 10 to 11 a.m. Only one pumpkin per office will be distributed in that hour. Leftover pumpkins will be distributed afterwards, but no more than five per department. Judges will review door decorations and pumpkin carvings at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. First, second and third prizes for door decorations and prizes for the scariest, funniest, most original and honorable mention pumpkins will be awarded at the Homecoming Recognition Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 in the tent by the windmill. Those who want their doors to be considered by the ASNMSU judges on Oct. 29 should contact Amy Pilley at 646-4415.

    The college's annual college costume contest will be held on Friday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall auditorium. Contestants may register on site. First, second and third prizes will be awarded.

    Aggie Week events set for Oct. 13 -18

    ÊThe College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Council will host a week of competitions and fun for its member clubs. Monday night will be debate night; Tuesday, quiz bowl; Wednesday, talent and comedy acts; Thursday, scavenger hunt; and Saturday morning the famous Aggie Games. All events will be at Gerald Thomas Hall. Aggie King and Queen elections will be held during the week and the crowning will be at the Aggie Games and Barbeque. For more information, contact the Academic Programs Office at 646-1807.

    Outcomes assessment to be discussed at Academic Department Heads' Meeting

    Shelly Stovall of the Department of Music will be a guest at the college's Academic Department Heads' Meeting on Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. in GTH 253. She will discuss outcomes assessment.

    The next All Department Heads' Meeting will be Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m. in GTH 297.

    Visioning Team to solicit input on legislative priorities

    The Visioning Team met Oct. 6 and decided to solicit input on legislative priorities for 2010 via a Zoomerang survey. A draft instrument will be reviewed prior to the team's Oct. 21 meeting. The team's goal is to have priority recommendations forwarded to Dean Lowell Catlett by Dec. 15, 2008.

    The team voted to recommend expanding the Strategic Planning Committee by three members, beyond the 13 principle-unit representatives. They recommended that an additional representative for off-campus science and research facilities be added and that county extension faculty representatives be expanded from one representative to three ? one for each district.

    Chair Wendy Hamilton reported that Information and Computing Technology is considering adopting a faculty reporting system project for development, pilot-testing, and university-wide implementation.

    The team heard a report from Mark Petersen on the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center's capital improvement projects. The team has meetings set for Oct. 21 and Nov. 18. To consult the Visioning Team Web page, go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum

    Homeland security education the focus of Nov. 3 visit

    Stan Supinski, director of partnership programs at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security, will visit NMSU on Monday, Nov. 3. Supinski will deliver a seminar on the state of homeland security education nationwide and discuss emerging educational programs at NMSU. The seminar will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Corbett Senate Chambers. Supinski contacted the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center to establish a partnership with NMSU. For more information, contact Terry Canup at: tcanup@nmsu.edu

  • Personnel transactions

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  • College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • October 10 - Environmental Compliance Manager NASA seminar on campus

    • October 17 - Soil moisture graduate seminar on campus

    • October 20 - Extension Association of New Mexico Meeting in Tucumcari

    • Oct. 30-31 - College Door and Pumpkin contests
    • Oct. 31 - College Halloween Costume Contest
    • Oct. 22-23 SW Turfgrass Association Conference and Trade Show in Ruidoso
    • Oct. 24 and 25 New Mexico Small Farm Conference and Trade Show in Moriarty
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum
    • Nov. 19-21 - ICAN State Conference in Las Cruces
    • December 9 - Western SARE Sustainable Ag Workshop in Albuquerque
    • January 26-29 - 4-H In-service Training in Albuquerque
    • April 6-8 - Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.


  • Visioning Team Page
    http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/visioningteam

  • Personnel transactions
    http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html

  • College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Web site
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu

  • Ag E-news archives
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ag_e_news

  • Send news items for Ag E-news to: ag_enews@nmsu.edu

    No. 30 - September 26

    Visioning Team takes up new agenda and new Web page

    The College Visioning Team met Sept. 23 and heard a number of reports:

    Strategic Planning: Wendy Hamilton reported that Dean Lowell Catlett expected a College Strategic Plan draft by February 2009. The team recommended that a planning team be composed of a representative from each of the 13 principal units in the college and that the committee be charged with collecting input from all stakeholders.

    Annual Performance Evaluations: Wendy Hamilton reported that Jim Libbin would discuss with Dean Catlett the appointment of a college committee to develop uniform guidelines for annual performance evaluations. The initiative is mandated by the new university P&T process.

    Faculty and Staff Compensation: Tim Nesbitt and Brooke Boren reported on the status of the Mercer Study of NMSU compensation, noting that deadlines for employee profiles had been extended, but that study was still supposed to be the basis for equity adjustments by the end of the calendar year. Wendy Hamilton noted that Dean Catlett wanted new faculty to have the option of a nine-month appointment, and that he wanted the Visioning Team to lead efforts to develop a flexible compensation policy for college faculty after the Mercer Study is completed.

    Business Practices: Tim Nesbitt updated the Visioning Team on progress. He reported that nearly all recommendations from the Business Practices Action Team had been addressed. Training of departmental bookkeepers was progressing well, he said, and a November training was planned. Several issues were under consideration by university-level authorities, including electronic approval of journal entries and vouchers and email notification of bookkeepers for any pending actions they were expected to implement.

    Small Farm Institute: Greg Mullins updated the team. The initiative awaits approval to post a temporary coordinator, who will be charged with developing a long-range plan for the group. No land for the group has been secured.

    Distance Education: Ann Bock and Jim Libbin shared university data on distance education and updated the group on university and state policy. The Visioning Team charged the College Distance Education Committee with identifying where distance education would best extend service to new audiences.

    College Name Change: The team charged the College Fun Committee with developing a roll-out for the new name.

    Upcoming Meetings: The Visioning Team set upcoming meetings for Oct. 6, Oct. 21, and Nov. 18. At those meetings they will address legislative priorities, evaluation instruments and other unfinished business.

    The Visioning Team renamed their Web page "Visioning Team Page," which will include information on current initiatives and include archives of past initiatives that were on the CAHE Forum Page. To consult the page, go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum

    College's name-change proposition vote on Oct. 2

    A proposition was passed unanimously Sept. 11 by the NMSU Faculty Senate's Long-range Planning Committee to change the name of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The committee results will be heard at the Oct. 2 meeting of the Faculty Senate and a vote of the full Senate taken. The proposition will be forwarded to the NMSU Board of Regents following the vote.

    Homecoming contests set for Oct. 30 and 31

    Door decorating, pumpkin-carving and costume contests are on again as part of Homecoming activities in the college. Those planning to compete in door and/or pumpkin-carving contests should call Olga at 6-1806 by Monday, Oct. 27 to register the location of their displays. Departments can pick up pumpkins in the deans' suite on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 10 to 11 a.m. Only one pumpkin per office will be distributed in that hour. Leftover pumpkins will be distributed afterwards, but no more than five per department. Judges will review door decorations and pumpkin carvings at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. First, second and third prizes for door decorations and prizes for the scariest, funniest, most original and honorable mention pumpkins will be awarded at the Homecoming Recognition Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 in the tent by the windmill. The annual college costume contest will be held on Friday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall auditorium. Contestants may register on site. First, second and third prizes will be awarded.

    Two assistant professors on board

    Kevin Lombard, assistant professor of plant and environmental sciences has been at the Agricultural Science Center at Farmington since November 2007. He holds a doctorate in agronomy with a minor in Public Health from New Mexico State University. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps and has undertaken other horticultural-based contracts with ACDI/VOCA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. in east and southern Africa, respectively.
    Photo and vitae

    Francisco Govea-Contreras, assistant professor of plant and environmental sciences has been at the Agricultural Science Center at Artesia since March 2008. He holds a doctorate from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    Photo and vitae

    New assistant professors on board

    Jamshid Ashigh, extension weed specialist in Extension Plant Sciences and assistant professor of entomology, plant pathology and weed science, was introduced at the college convocation Aug. 26. At NMSU since April, he holds a doctorate in weed science from the University of Guelph. He will be developing integrated weed management systems.
    Photo and vita

    Ram Acharya, assistant professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business was introduced Aug. 26. He earned his doctorate in economics from Auburn University and is involved in food defense and food safety research projects.
    Photo and vita

    Undergraduates win foundation awards

    Two undergraduate student employees of the college's Water Task Force, Karen Coplin and Karina Reyes, recently received stipends supporting an internship with the National Environmental Education Foundation. The internship program, entitled 'Earth Gauge', is a collaborative effort with the American Meteorological Society designed to provide broadcast media meteorologists with environmental and climate information that relates to the 3-5 day weather forecasts. The interns will develop science-based statements and viewer tips for use on-air by weathercasters throughout U.S. media markets. The program currently serves over 90 cities nationwide including the The Weather Channel. For More Information, contact Craig Runyan at 646-1131. Ê

    Aggie Week dates set

    The College of Agriculture and Home Economics Council set the week of Oct. 13 for Aggie Week activities. The Council represents student organizations affiliated with the college. Details and schedule for the week are yet to be determined.

    Outcomes assessment discussed at Academic Department Heads' Meeting

    Shelly Stovall of the Department of Music will be a guest at the college's Academic Department Heads' Meeting on Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. in GTH 253. She will discuss outcomes assessment.

    The All Department Heads' Meeting for September was cancelled. The next All Department Heads' Meeting will be Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m. in GTH 297.

  • College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • October 20 - Extension Association of New Mexico Meeting in Tucumcari
    • Oct. 22-23 SW Turfgrass Association Conference and Trade Show in Ruidoso
    • Oct. 24 and 25 New Mexico Small Farm Conference and Trade Show in Moriarty
    • Oct. 30-31 ? College Door and Pumpkin contests
    • Oct. 31 ? College Halloween Costume Contest
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum
    • Nov. 19-21 - ICAN State Conference in Las Cruces
    • December 9 - Western SARE Sustainable Ag Workshop in Albuquerque
    • January 27-30 - 4-H In-service Training in Albuquerque
    • April 6-8 - Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO

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    No. 29 - September 8

    College census numbers up; HRTM sets headcount record

    The College of Agriculture and Home Economics' fall 2008 student-credit-hour numbers increased 4.1 %, according to census figures released by the university. This included a 6.7% upper division SCH increase and 4.7% graduate SCH increase. The college's undergraduate headcount is 1,691, up 2.86% over year-ago figures. The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management set a record enrollment of 409 undergraduates. Other departmental undergraduate headcount numbers are; Family and Consumer Sciences, 371; Animal and Range Sciences, 322; Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, 196; Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, 128; Plant and Environmental Sciences, 106; Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science, 62; and Agricultural and Extension Education (AXED), 55. AXED experienced a 23% increase in SCH.

    College's name-change proposition in Faculty Senate

    A proposition was heard Sept. 4 by the NMSU Faculty Senate to change the name of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The proposition was referred to the Faculty Senate's long-range planning committee and will be considered by that committee on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. in the Senate Chambers. The committee results will be heard at the Oct. 2 meeting of the Faculty Senate. The name change proposition came about after a committee conducted three on-line surveys of interested parties culminating in a 65% approval for the proposed name, which was later approved by the Department Heads' Council, Associate Deans' Academic Council and the Academic Deans' Council before going to the Faculty Senate. For more information, go to the college's senior faculty senator's report at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/facultysenate/

    Submission deadline for federal initiatives is Sept. 29

    Requests to New Mexico's congressional delegation are being formulated by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies and International Programs. Submissions to that office must be made by colleges, research units, clusters or faculty members by Sept. 29. For more information contact rrel@nmsu.edu

    Tuition remission procedures changed

    Faculty and staff seeking tuition remission support for classes can now apply through the college's Academic Programs Office. Wendy Hamilton's office will no longer process such requests for extension faculty and staff. An on-line form can be accessed at: http://hr.nmsu.edu/benefits/tuitionremission.html

    Fill out the form and fax it to the Academic Programs Office at: 575-646-5975

    New assistant professors on board

    Jamshid Ashigh, extension weed specialist in Extension Plant Sciences and assistant professor of entomology, plant pathology and weed science, was introduced at the college convocation Aug. 26. At NMSU since April, he holds a doctorate in weed science from the University of Guelph. He will be developing integrated weed management systems. His photo and vita are at: http://eppws.nmsu.edu/faculty.html#anchor_51279

    Ram Acharya, assistant professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business was introduced Aug. 26. He earned his doctorate in economics from Auburn University and is involved in food defense and food safety research projects. His photo and vita are at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/academics/aeab/faculty.html

    Visioning Team to meet Sept. 23

    The College Visioning Team will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. in GTH 297. Items for discussion will include federal initiatives, state legislative priority-setting, salary studies, strategic planning, the annual performance evaluation committee, an overview of "360 evaluations," an update on the Corona Ranch initiative, distance education, and an update from the Office of Business and Resource Planning.

    Department Heads to meet on Sept. 23

    The next college Department Heads' Council meeting is at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 in GTH 297. Anyone is welcome to attend, but must arrange to address the group.

    College Web sites ready for Ò575Ó changeover

    College Web pages and on-line directories were checked long ago for those that needed area-code changes in phone numbers, reports Connie Padilla, college Webmaster. On Oct. 5 New Mexico will have two area codes in force and the 505 area code will work only for a portion of the state. If you see a problem on the Web site contact Padilla at: agwebmaster@nmsu.edu

    Individuals should remember to check PDF documents they have posted to the Web that may be affected by the change.

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    • September 12ÑAmerican Institute of Floral Designers Symposium in Las Cruces
    • August 29 - Zoonotic Disease Table-top Exercise in Las Cruces
    • September 19-20 2008 Western Teaching Symposium in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 22-23 SW Turfgrass Association Conference and Trade Show in Ruidoso
    • Oct. 24 and 25 New Mexico Small Farm Conference and Trade Show in Moriarty
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum
    • Nov. 19-21 - ICAN State Conference in Las Cruces
    • December 9 - Western SARE Sustainable Ag Workshop in Albuquerque
    • January 26-29 - 4-H In-service Training in Albuquerque
    • April 6-8 - Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO

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    No 28. - August 27

    Hamilton to head planning group for west end of campus

    Dean Lowell Catlett this month asked Wendy Hamilton, chair of the College Visioning Team, to lead a faculty committee to develop plans for the development of the West end of campus. The dean met with the Master Plan contractors and Senior Vice President Ben Woods earlier this month and gained a commitment of planning money for use by the contractors and the faculty committee to plan animal; plant; and hotel, restaurant and tourism management facilities. Dean Catlett will work with department heads to fill out the faculty committee.

    Dean appoints annual performance evaluation committee

    Department Heads’ meeting

    August 26 Convocation

    Small Farm Institute concept taking shape

    A temporary Small Farm Institute coordinator will soon be selected to develop a long-term plan document for the institute. One-time funds from the legislature will fund the position and position the institute to develop a plan worthy of continuing funding. Goals for the institute were developed September 2007 by a committee of college faculty. Objectives included research, extension and academic programs for sustainable, small-scale agriculture.

    Programs based on and near campus, programs proposed in the south valley of Bernalillo County, and programs at science centers in Acalde and Los Lunas, and would be coordinated through the institute. Leader of the initiative, Greg Mullins, emphasizes that the institute will not be a separate departmental entity and that the institute will not focus solely on organic agriculture. To read the September report, go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/docs/SFIproposal07.pdf

    Disease response capability tested

    A simulation of an outbreak of an animal disease that is communicable to humans will take place on campus in the Safety Training Center on Aug. 29. The table-top exercise is being directed by the NMSU Communicable Disease Preparedness Committee with assistance from the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center. Seating is limited for this event to upper administration and those directly responsible for emergency response. Those in the college who would like to have a similar program for their faculty and staff, may contact Jeff Witte for more information at jwitte@nmsu.edu

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    College Calendar

    Check the College Calendar for contact information regarding these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • August 28 – ASC-Clovis Annual Field Day
    • August 29 – Zoonotic Disease Table-top Exercise in Las Cruces
    • September 19-20 – 2008 Western Teaching Symposium in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 24 and 25 – New Mexico Small Farm Conference in Moriarty
    • Nov. 15-16 – NM 4-H Leaders’ Forum

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above

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    CAHE Forum page http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html

    College of Agriculture and Home Economics’ Web site http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu

    Ag E-news archives http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ag_e_news/welcome.html

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    No. 27 - August 5

    Principle Units' P&T guidelines readied for fall launch

    Dean Lowell Catlett and Jim Libbin, associate dean for academic programs, have met with all but two departments regarding their promotion and tenure guidelines. New principle-unit and departmental guidelines take effect this month.

    A story on the university P & T system, launched Aug. 1 is at: http://www.nmsu.edu/~ucomm/Releases/2008/july/tenure_release.htm

    Old and new P & T documents are posted on the CAHE Forum Page at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/pt/welcome.html

    In the next step in the university's P & T transition process, a college committee on annual performance evaluations will be appointed by the dean. Its aim will be to develop standardized performance measures and documents for possible implementation in the fall of next year. On recommendation from the College Visioning Team, the dean seeks a department to begin piloting use of the Digital Measures software package right away. The package allows faculty to collect qualitative data for multiple uses, including annual performance evaluations.

    Facilities review process for west end of campus to begin

    NMSU Master Plan contractors will revisit plans for the west end of campus in a process agreed upon by Dean Lowell Catlett and Vice President Ben Woods. Dean Catlett said he would meet with the planners within a month to plan their interaction with a proposed committee composed of college faculty and members of key constituent groups. The major focus of the process will be planning for new and redesigned animal facilities.

    Place set for Aug. 15 Bookkeepers meeting

    Departmental bookkeepers will meet Friday, August 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in GTH 297 with the Office of Business and Resource Planning for their fourth training session since December. Anyone in the college with budget, accounting or business responsibilities from on or off campus is invited. Tim Nesbitt, assistant dean for business and resource planning, invites submission of topics for discussion. For more information, contact him at: tnesbitt@nmsu.edu

    Those wishing to participate via Polycomm should contact Sonja Serna at: sserna@nmsu.edu

    The future of animals on campus will be a major focus of the planning group.

    Departmental meetings, Convocations set for August 19 and 26

    Dean Lowell Catlett will address faculty and staff on the proposed mid-year equity pay increase and other items of interest at the College of Agriculture and Home EconomicsÕ new academic year convocation at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26 in Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium. New faculty will be introduced at the meeting.

    The first college department heads meeting of the new year will be at 10:30 a.m. in GTH 297 on Tuesday, Aug. 26. The University Convocation is set for 9 a.m. in the Music Recital Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Faculty should check with their departments regarding departmental meetings to open the year on or around Aug. 19.

    Western Region Teaching Symposium returns after 13 years

    The Western Region Teaching Symposium will be hosted by New Mexico State University next month for the first time since 1995. The September 19 and 20 symposium will attract more than 80 attendees from sister institutions in 12 western states and Pacific territories plus regional institutions to the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces under the theme "Crossroads: The Integration of Teaching and Scholarship."

    The Keynote speaker will be Brian Coppola, professor of chemistry at the University of Michigan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Coppola

    The symposium is sponsored by the Academic Programs Committee on Organization and Policy of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. Those wanting to participate in the poster session should contact Wiebke Boeing at wboeing@nmsu.edu

    There is an Aug. 8 deadline for poster abstracts. Those wanting general information on the symposium can contact Tom Dormody at tdormody@nmsu.edu

    College has two initiatives in NMSU Legislative priorities for 2009 session

    A request to increase base budgets for the Cooperative Extension Service and the Agricultural Experiment Station by $500,000 each has made it into the NMSU legislative priorities this summer for the next legislative session. A request for $120,000 in support of the Family Resource Center was also formally adopted as a university priority.Ê

    Tucumcari Field Day Thursday

    The Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari will hold its annual field day on Thursday. For information, go to: http://www.nmsu.edu/~ucomm/Releases/2008/july/tucumcari_fieldday.htm

  • Personnel transactions

    Gerald Chacon and Julie Basile retire after decades of service and new faculty in extension home economics; agricultural economics and agricultural business; and hotel, restaurant and tourism management join the ranks. For all of the July personnel transactions, go to:

    http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html

    College Calendar items on line

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    • August 7 - ASC-Tucumcari Annual Field Day
    • August 14 - ASC-Artesia field day
    • August 19 - Chile field day in Las Cruces
    • August 28 - ASC-Clovis Annual Field Day in Clovis
    • September 19-20 - 2008 Western Teaching Symposium in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 24 and 25 - New Mexico Small Farm Conference in Moriarty
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum

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    No. 26 - July 26

    Convocations set for August 19 and 26

    The University Convocation is set for 9 a.m. in the Music Recital Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 19. The College will hold its new academic year convocation at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26 in Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium. New faculty will be introduced and Dean Lowell Catlett will address those present on items of interest related to the college.

    Clary interim head of AXED

    Cynda Clary, professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business, who has spent the past five years as a special assistant to the provost, was appointed interim head of Agricultural Extension Education Department by Dean Lowell Catlett effective July 15. Tom Dormody will stay in the department as a full professor. See ClaryÕs vita at http://cahe.nmsu.edu/academics/aeab/documents/clary-vita-091605.pdf

    Picchioni wins national publication award

    Geno A. Picchioni, professor of horticulture, along with Wayne A. Mackay, of the University of Florida, and Mario Valenzuela-Vazquez, of the Universidad Aut—noma de Ciudad Juarez, won the American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Ornamental Horticulture Publications Award for 2008. Their article introduces a new and possibly controversial concept in cut flower physiology known as correlative control.

    "The floriculture profession has not looked at this process," Picchioni said, adding that to his knowledge, they are the first to publish anything in floriculture based on this concept. For more go to: http://www.nmsu.edu/~ucomm/Releases/2008/july/floriculture_release.htm

    Libbin takes over academic office

    Jim Libbin will be in place in the Academic Programs Office the week of July 29 as interim associate dean for academic programs.

    College major gifts officer moves to NMSU Foundation

    Barbara Wise, major gifts officer for the college, assumed a position with the NMSU Foundation effective July 15. Dean Lowell Catlett announced that the college would search for a replacement in the fall.

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    • August 5 - ASC-Alcalde Field Day
    • August 7 - ASC-Tucumcari Annual Field Day
    • August 14 - ASC-Artesia field day
    • August 19 - Chile field day in Las Cruces
    • August 28 - ASC-Clovis Annual Field Day in Clovis
    • September 19-20 - 2008 Western Teaching Symposium in Las Cruces
    • Oct. 24 and 25 - New Mexico Small Farm Conference in Moriarty
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum

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    No. 25 - July 11

    RAIPAP wins National Award for Diversity

    An NMSU Cooperative Extension Service program based in Alcalde was awarded the National Award for Diversity this month. The Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project (RAIPAP) will formally receive the award and a $5,000 cash prize at the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges' annual meeting in Chicago in November. The award is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service; the Extension Committee on Policy; and its National Committee on Diversity.

    RAIPAP started in 1991 as a Kellogg Foundation-funded program, with the mission of accelerating extension and research efforts for limited resource, small acreage Hispanic and Native American farmers and ranchers in northern New Mexico. The program later won regular state funding and has generated $6 million in grant funding in the past 10 years, while incorporating the Northern New Mexico Outreach Project.

    RAIPAP faculty and staff members are: Project Director Edmund Gomez, Augusta Archuleta, Del Jimenez, Pat Melendrez, Ursula Rosauer, Judy Finley, Joseph Garcia, Lucia Sanchez, Miguel Sanchez, and Keith Garcia. Ron Walser worked in the program prior to assuming the superintendent role at the Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center.

    Business office to request email alerts for bookkeepers

    NMSU employees receive email alerts to remind them to submit leave reports and to let them know that reimbursements have been transferred to their bank accounts. Email alerts are also sent to administrators when they need to address personnel transactions in process. What if departmental bookkeepers could get an email alerts when a requisitions are turned down or whenever financial transactions need attention at the departmental level? Assistant Dean Tim Nesbitt is requesting just such a service for college bookkeepers, with the aim of reducing financial transaction turn-around time. If you want to assure the person handling your financial transactions is included on the request for an email alert service, email that person's name and title to tnesbitt@nmsu.edu

    Archuleta heading search for extension associate dean

    Martha Archuleta, head of the Extension Home Economics and Family and Consumer Sciences, was selected this month by Dean Lowell Catlett to chair the search for the associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service. Archuleta said she is working with the extension department heads to finalize the position announcement. Her goal is to have the position posted and search committee named by Aug. 15, with an application deadline of mid- to late October and interviews conducted in December or January.

    Dean Catlett also appointed Bea Garrett, administrative assistant to the associate dean, to the committee and charged Archuleta with selecting eight more committee members, having forwarded nominations submitted to his office. Archuleta will also continue to accept nominations directly at maarchu@nmsu.edu or 646-3516.

    Wes Holley farewell reception on Wednesday

    Associate Dean Wes Holley will be bid farewell in a reception in the Social Living Center in Gerald Thomas Hall on Wednesday, July 16. Holley is leaving to head the Utah State University Uintah Basin campus. He is replaced as associate dean on an interim basis by Jim Libbin.

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    • July 11 - ASC-Farmington 2008 Field Day at Farmington
    • July 14-18 - State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces
    • July 17-18 - HACCP training for food processors in Albuquerque
    • July 18 - Triennial Research Field Day at the Corona Ranch
    • August 7 - ASC-Tucumcari Annual Field Day
    • August 14 - ASC-Artesia field day
    • August 19 - Chile field day in Las Cruces
    • August 28 - ASC-Clovis Annual Field Day in Clovis
    • September 19-20 - 2008 Western Teaching Symposium in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum

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    No. 24 - June 26

    NMSU Rodeo team wows them in College National Finals Rodeo

    Four NMSU rodeo athletes won individual championships and the NMSU women's team placed second in the nation at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming on June 22. Bailey Gow took top collegiate barrel racer honors. Wyatt Althoff won the all-around Cowboy Award. Megan Corey Albrecht tied for first in goat tying. Johnny Salvo won top honors in tie-down roping and was the second in the men's rookie standings. Gow was also fourth in All-Around Cowgirl standings. Rodeo coach Jim Dewey Brown, from the 4-H and Youth Development Department, said, "To have four students from NMSU win national titles in one year is a phenomenal experience."

    First dual enrollment agriculture course offered in August

    Students from San Jon, Roy and Des Moines school districts will participate in the first agriculture dual enrollment course in New Mexico in August. Jerry Hawkes will teach Agricultural Economics 236 - Agribusiness Management Principles - for both high school and college credit via interactive television. Students will be enrolled through Clovis Community College and will be able to apply credits toward degree work at NMSU. Tim Ross is scheduled to teach an introductory animal science course in spring 2009 through the same dual enrollment program. Ag E-news earlier had reported that he was to teach that course this previous school year through the program, but more time was needed to promote the course. For more, go to: http://www.nmsu.edu/~ucomm/Releases/2008/june/cahe_dual.htm

    College Visioning Team embarks on new agenda

    A five-year legislative priorities plan that is updated annually is a new goal of the College Visioning Team after its June 19 meeting. The five-year plan would be updated annually based on legislative outcomes. Details on how to keep faculty and staff engaged in the process will be discussed at the Team's July 17 meeting. The team also discussed a standardized faculty annual performance evaluation form that includes commonalities across departments and unique attributes for individual units. The team will review software tools related to the evaluation process. The Team will be asking faculty and staff members for their impressions of the state of business practices in the College as a follow up to concerns addressed in the first two years' of the Team's existence.

    County College registers record student numbers

    County College registered 209 students at the June New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) meeting, compared to 78 one year ago and 158 at the January 2008 meeting.Ê County College is a joint NMSU/NMAC program operated by the Cooperative Extension Service to achieve better government through continuing education of county officials and employees.Ê In the course of registering students for the June classes, County CollegeÊincreased the number of individuals who are enrolled as County College students from 68 to 237. Teacher evaluations showed high ratings for the dozen courses offered. College faculty and staff were among teachers, including Billy Dictson, Jeff Witte, Tim Nesbitt, Wendy Hamilton and Ron Gurley. More than 100 NMAC members completed surveys to guide County College program delivery.Ê

    County College staff members met with several NMAC affiliate groups, including Finance and Purchasing, Health, Assessors, and GIS. The affiliate members expressed interest in developing curricula for their specialties. County College already has a Core Curriculum Committee, which will meet again on July 9. There is also a functioning Treasurers' Affiliate Curriculum Committee. College faculty and staff members who would like to learn more about County College or become involved should contact countycollege@nmsu.edu or go to the Web site at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/ces/countycollege/

    Personnel transactions
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    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • June 17-18 - HACCP training for food processors in Albuquerque
    • July 10 - ASC-Farmington/BHP-Billiton picnic at Farmington
    • July 11 - ASC-Farmington 2008 Field Day at Farmington
    • July 14-18 - State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces
    • July 17-18 - HACCP training for food processors in Albuquerque
    • July 18 - Triennial Research Field Day at the Corona Ranch
    • August 7 - ASC-Tucumcari Annual Field Day
    • August 14 - ASC-Artesia field day
    • August 19 - Chile field day in Las Cruces
    • August 28 - ASC-Clovis Annual Field Day in Clovis
    • September 19-20 - 2008 Western Teaching Symposium in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum

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    No. 23 - June 5

    College legislative requests heard by University Budget Committee

    On June 2, the University Budget Committee heard the college's priority requests for: 1) $120,000 in recurring funding for the Family Resource Center, and 2) base budget enhancements for NMDA, AES and CES at recurring funding rates of $560,000, $500,000 and $500,000, respectively. The priorities were combined with NMDA's priorities as a unified package. They were prioritized within that package as follows:

    1. Base budget increases ($560,000 NMDA, $500,000 AES, and $500,000 CES)
    2. Animal testing lab ($560,000)
    3. Family Resource Center enhancement ($120,000)
    4. Emerging market development ($130,000)

    These priorities will be combined with those of other university units and prioritized within the greater list. Two initiatives identified in the College Visioning Team focus-group process-- 1) Infrastructure planning, and 2) the sustainable arid lands initiativeÑcan still be pursued as capital outlay requests.

    June 15 is the deadline for search committee nominations

    Those who wish to serve or nominate others to serve on search committees for the college's associate dean and director for academic programs, the associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service or the department head for Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business should submit names to Elizabeth Crabb by June 15 at elcrabb@nmsu.edu

    Provost Waded Cruzado said there will be national searches for all three positions. She said those serving in the interim roles can be candidates for the regular positions, if approved by the units involved.

    P & T Team comparing principal unit documents this month

    The College Promotion and Tenure Action Team is comparing P & T documents new and old from all 13 principal units (departments, County Agents, etc.)Ê in the college to ensure that criteria are fair and balanced across the college and consistent with the college P&T document. Subcommittees met June 4 and the entire team will meet on June 11.

    Bookkeepers to continue meetings quarterly

    Departmental bookkeepers met May 30 with the Office of Business and Resource Planning in the third training session since December. Participants reviewed a summary of audits of sponsored programs in universities across the country as part of training in proper procedures. They also reviewed challenges with procurement cards, the year-end closing schedule, and accounting of sales and internal service accounts. The group planned training for the coming year. The next training is scheduled for August 15, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (site to be determined). Anyone in the college with budget, accounting or business responsibilities from on or off campus is invited. Electronic connection accommodations will be made for those off campus. Tim Nesbitt, assistant dean for business and resource planning, invites submission of topics for discussion. For more information, contact him at: tnesbitt@nmsu.edu

    AAUW grants and fellowships available

    American Association of University Women's Educational Foundation offers a number of national and competitive grant, fellowship, and career development opportunities with deadlines in December of each year. Funds support aspiring scholars, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented. Programs include: American Fellowships for doctoral candidates and post-docs; Career Development Grants supporting women with bachelor's degrees; Community Action Grants for individual women, AAUW branches, AAUW state organizations and local community-based nonprofit organizations; International Fellowships for full-time graduate or postgraduate study or research; and Selected Professions Fellowships in designated degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low. For more information, go to: http://aauw.org/education/fga/

    Provost tours extension in southwestern New Mexico

    The third and final Provost Tour of extension programs was held the week of May 19 amid New Mexico's weather extremes (everything from high winds and temps to jacket weather and rain). Organizer Wendy Hamilton extends thanks to district department head Charlie Siepel and the many hosts who went above and beyond the call of duty to explain the intricacies of important programs and initiatives to Provost Waded Cruzado. The Provost experienced: a nutrition lesson in Spanish; a colonia tour with neighborhood moms; Cervantes Enterprises, a chile processing plant; satellite imaging of weather and water mapping; the process of windmill construction; fish preservation for lakes and streams; a viticulture tour and the excellent hospitality of Luna Rosa Vineyards; success stories from clientele and employees in the ÊNew Mexico Works program; and conversations with 4-H members, vegetable specialists, extension agents, Range Improvement Task Force leadership, the extension animal scientists, and the bio-security team. For the new story on the tour, go to: http://www.nmsu.edu/~ucomm/Releases/2008/may/provost_tour.htm

    Department heads to take part in emergency exercise in August

    A several-hour table-top exercise for college administrators simulating a livestock-related emergency is being tentatively planned for late August. Billy Dictson, director of the Office of Bio-security in the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center said that most administrators in the college would need to be involved because of student-related issues that would arise in a livestock disease outbreak or other related emergency.Ê

    Indian Resource Development Programs in full swing

    Twenty-eight Indian seventh- and eighth-grade students will be on the NMSU campus June 8-21 as part of the Dream Makers Program. The program is developed to encourage Indian youngsters to pursue college education. College departments are being asked by Indian Resource Development (IRD) to make presentations to expose the students to career opportunities in their disciplines.

    IRD, also recently conducted an elder exchange program between Laguna Pueblo and southern Chihuahuan Indian communities in which they took seven Laguna elders to Mexico. IRD is also working with Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business to develop tribal beef suppliers to the Hard Rock CafŽ chain, which is now owned by the Seminole Indian tribe.

    College reps explain Extension Service to salary-study group

    Tim Nesbitt, assistant dean and Jon Boren, interim associate dean for the Cooperative Extension Service last month discussed the Extension Service and its positions to the Mercer Equity Study Group, which will conduct a salary equity study for NMSU. The study will call upon a broad array of comparisons with a large number of universities to determine the state of salaries at NMSU.

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    • June 17-18 - HACCP training for food processors in Albuquerque
    • June 17 & 19 - County College on the Las Cruces campus
    • June 18-20 - NMAC Annual Meeting on the Las Cruces campus
    • July 10 - ASC-Farmington/BHP-Billiton picnic at Farmington
    • July 11 - ASC-Farmington 2008 Field Day at Farmington
    • July 14-18 - State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces
    • July 17-18 - HACCP training for food processors in Albuquerque
    • July 18 - Triennial Research Field Day at the Corona Ranch
    • August 7 - ASC-Tucumcari Annual Field Day
    • August 19 - Chile field day in Las Cruces
    • August 28 - ASC-Clovis Annual Field Day in Clovis
    • September 19-20 - 2008 Western Teaching Symposium in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum

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    No. 22 - May 22

    Dean's office accepting nominees for search committees

    Those who wish to serve or nominate others to serve on search committees for the college's associate dean and director for academic programs, the associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service, or the department head for Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, should submit names to Elizabeth Crabb by June 15 at elcrabb@nmsu.edu

    Provost Waded Cruzado said there will be national searches for all three positions. She said those serving in the interim roles can be candidates for the regular positions, if approved by the units involved.Ê

    Name change proposal accepted by Deans Council

    The proposal to rename the College of Agriculture and Home Economics was unanimously supported on May 13 by the Academic Deans' Council. The proposed name is College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The proposal must go to the Faculty Senate, which adjourned for the summer after its May 1 meeting. The proposal will be addressed by the Faculty Senate in September.

    Legislative priorities forwarded from college

    Legislative priorities were forwarded May 16 from Dean Lowell Catlett to the University Budget Committee for its consideration. The priorities grew out of the College Visioning Team's focus-group process and were refined in discussions with cooperators in the request process. Going forward as two official programmatic requests are: 1) $120,000 in recurring funding for the Family Resource Center, and 2) base budget enhancements for NMDA, AES and CES at recurring funding rates of $560,000, $500,000 and $500,000, respectively.

    Two initiatives identified in the focus-group process - 1) Infrastructure planning, and 2) the sustainable arid lands initiative - were recommended as capital outlay requests for $490,000 and $2 million, respectively. The other major priority identified - the health disparities programmatic initiative - was to be requested by Vice Provost Paul Gutierrez as a university-wide initiative.

    The Visioning Team will repeat the process for faculty and staff input for the next round of legislative priorities.

    New Visioning Team members meet, choose chair, review plans

    Three new members joined the College Visioning Team on May 16 at an orientation session involving members rotating off the team. Brian Hurd, John "C.C." Chamberlin and Woods Houghton joined the group for the first time and Ann Bock stayed on as a newly elected representative after serving the past two years as an appointed member. Bock and Hurd flipped a coin determining that Bock would take a three-year term and Hurd a two-year term. A policy for addressing unfinished terms was adopted. Wendy Hamilton was elected chair of the team for the coming year. Jim Libbin, Dennis Hallford and Greg Blanch rotated off the team.

    Dean Lowell Catlett reviewed the team's charge to engage faculty and staff members in decision-making and conveyed current fiscal challenges confronting the college. The first two-years' of work of the team were reviewed to determine unfinished business. A draft of an annual administrators' evaluation instrument was reviewed and will continue to be addressed. A report from Clay Mathis, chair of an extension committee on the 12- to 9-month appointment conversion issue, was heard and discussed. The team decided to solicit faculty input on the salary conversion process in the coming months. The team will meet monthly through the summer. The current team is as follows:

    • Yerms Expiring in May 2009
      Cheryl Butterfield - Staff
      Roberta Rios - Extension faculty
      John Mexal - Research/teaching faculty
    • Terms Expiring in May 2010
      Brooke Boren - Staff
      Wendy Hamilton, Chair - Extension faculty
      Brian Hurd ? Research/teaching faculty
    • Terms Expiring in May 2011
      John "C.C" Chamberlin - Staff
      Woods Houghton - Extension faculty
      Ann Bock - Research/teaching faculty

    Pass-along NMSU-labeled clothing wanted

    Dr. Peter Skelton, director of the Memorial Middle School Agricultural Science Center, and Provost Waded Cruzado, are collecting NMSU-labeled clothing to help encourage students at the Las Vegas, NM school to pursue higher education. If you have any NMSU-insignia clothing that you are ready to donate, take it to Wendy Hamilton's office at 295 Gerald Thomas Hall. She is collecting blouses, t-shirts, dress-shirts, caps, and any other NMSU labeled clothing to share with the future recruits. All sizes are appreciated.

    Agro-security, public management classes available to faculty and staff in June

    County College, a joint program of NMSU and the New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC), will host courses on the NMSU campus on June 17 and 19. College faculty and staff are invited to register for courses. Two emergency preparedness courses are offered on Tuesday, June 17 - Preparing communities for agro-terrorism (Gerald Thomas Hall auditorium, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Incident management for executives (GTH 337, 1:30 to 5 p.m.). These courses are free, but you must register. Those coming from out of town to attend these courses qualify for per diem and mileage reimbursement provided by Homeland Security funds.

    For-fee courses in support of the Certified Public Official and the nationally accredited Certified Public Manager program are offered on June 17 and 19. The June 17 course, The changing face of public management (GTH 330, 1:30- 5 p.m.), introduces the nationally accredited program and will offer applications for scholarship support for the 300-hour program.

    Those attending June 19 courses must be registered as NMAC Annual Meeting participants. The emergency preparedness course The role of GIS in agricultural security will be offered as part of the NMAC Extension Service affiliate meeting. For more information and to register, go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/ces/countycollege/. If you have questions, contact Terry Canup at tcanup@nmsu.edu or call 646-5424. The registration deadline is June 9.

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    • May 28 - Clovis Science Center wheat field day
    • June 2-4 - FFA State Convention on the Las Cruces campus
    • June 3 - First detector plant diagnostic training in Albuquerque
    • June 4 - First detector plant diagnostic training in Corrales
    • June 5 - First detector plant diagnostic training in Las Cruces
    • June 17 & 19 - County College on the Las Cruces campus
    • June 18-20 - NMAC Annual Meeting on the Las Cruces campus
    • July 14-18 - State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces
    • July 18 - Triennial Research Field Day at the Corona Ranch
    • August 7 - ASC-Tucumcari Annual Field Day
    • August 19 - Chile field day in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum

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    No. 21 - May 9

    Two more "interims" will help usher college into 2009

    Former NMSU president William Conroy was interim president enough times that he called himself "the epitome of interim-ity." Two more college faculty members join the interim-ity fraternity this summer. Jim Libbin, professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business assumes the post of interim associate dean of academic programs Aug. 1, as Wes Holley moves on to his new post at Utah State University. Libbin's vita is at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/academics/aeab/documents/jdl-resume-current-to-2006.pdf

    Terry Crawford, college associate professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business, assumes interim head of his department June 1, in the wake of Octavio Ramirez's move to the University of Georgia. See Crawford's vita at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/academics/aeab/documents/tlcvita_06.pdf

    They join Jon Boren, previously announced as assuming the position of interim associate dean for the Cooperative Extension Service. See http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ag_e_news/2008/040908.html

    National searches for all three positions will begin this summer.

    In non-interim news, Greg Mullins returns May 12 to department head duties in Plant and Environmental Sciences after an extended illness. Welcome back , Greg!

    Faculty Senate passes non-tenure-track faculty representation and name changes

    The Faculty Senate proposition to add six non-tenure-track (college rank) seats to Faculty Senate has passed. The proposition must be approved by a two-thirds vote of all tenured faculty members in the fall to take effect. If approved, non-tenured faculty will be nominated and elected to Senate Faculty in Spring 2009 with terms beginning in the Fall of 2009. The staggered terms will provide for two one-year terms, two two-year terms, and two three-year terms.

    The proposition to change the names of M.S. and Ph.D. majors in agronomy to majors in "plant and environmental sciences" was passed by the Faculty Senate at its May 1 meeting. To find out more about actions at the meeting, go to the College's Senior Faculty Senator's report at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/facultysenate/

    Hinojos honored by university

    Leopoldo Hinojos, farm supervisor at the Artesia Agricultural Science Center received the Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award at a Feb. 12 ceremony in Corbett Center. Hinojos received $1,000 with the award. He has been with the center more than 17 years and now oversees six staff members to operate the center's planting, irrigation, harvesting, weather reporting and other data gathering.

    Hathorn, Collins retire

    Gary Hathorn, county extension program director in San Juan County, and Charolette Collins Extension home economics specialist, retired April 30. For more personnel updates go to:

    College name change proposal to be heard May 13

    The proposal to rename the College of Agriculture and Home Economics will be heard on May 13 by the Academic Deans' Council. The proposed name is College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. After action by the ADC, the proposal must go to the Faculty Senate, which adjourned for the summer after its May 1 meeting. Consequently, the proposal cannot be addressed by the Faculty Senate before September.



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    No. 20 - April 29

    New Visioning Team members elected

    Three new members join the College Visioning Team on May 16 as a result of an on-line election, which closed April 11. They are: Woods Houghton, extension faculty member; Brian Hurd, research/teaching faculty member; and John "C.C." Chamberlin, staff member. Ann Bock, research/teaching faculty member whose appointment expires next month, was elected to a new term. Jim Libbin, Dennis Hallford and Greg Blanch will rotate off the team next month. The nine-member team and terms are as follows: Terms expiring in 2009-- Cheryl Butterfield, Roberta Rios, and John Mexal; terms expiring in 2010 -Brooke Boren, Wendy Hamilton, and either Ann Bock or Brian Hurd (who will draw for terms on May 16); and terms expiring in 2011 ? John "C.C." Chamberlin, Woods Houghton and either Ann Bock or Brian Hurd.

    Seevers wins research award

    renda Seevers, professor of Agricultural Extension and Education, received the 2008 Distinguished Research Award from the Western Region of the American Association for Agricultural Educators at its meeting in Park City, Utah on April 18. Seevers said she was nominated by peers in Arizona for her career accomplishments in research on Extension volunteering and other Extension-related research that contributed to her book Education through Cooperative Extension.

    Booky joins college honorees

    Bernadine Booky will be receiving the Dean's Award of Excellence for undergraduate students from Agricultural and Extension Education. Her name was omitted from the list of student awardees in the last issue of Ag E-news. The students will be honored at the May 9 Sam Steel initiation ceremony at 4 p.m. in the University Music Recital Hall.

    Two new distance-training facilities are in Gerald Thomas Hall

    Gerald Thomas Hall rooms 169 and 183 have undergone remodeling for distance teaching purposes. Room 183 is under construction and will be available for fall courses. It will have room for 22 students on site and offer live and recorded video instruction. The room will have full array of teaching technologies. Several courses are being developed for delivery, including an agricultural economics course, which will be offered as a concurrent high school course. Room 183 will be scheduled through the Academic Programs Office. Room 169 is available for teaching or meeting via videoconferencing, with seating for 10. It can be scheduled through the College help desk at 646-3305.

    AXED gets $50,000 to convert Master's to on-line delivery

    The Agricultural and Extension Education Department received $50,450 from the College of Distance Education and Extended Learning to convert its distance education Master of Arts degree program to a 100% on-line delivery mode. The DepartmentÕs newsletter said that once the degree is 100% on-line, it will be accessible to an even larger group of time- and place-bound professionals who need skills in teaching youths and adults; planning, delivering, and evaluating Extension and outreach programs; leadership and communications; research and measurement; and domestic and international development. Part-time faculty Dalene Hodnett with Ag in the Classroom, and Dr. Linda Schultz and Dr. Frank Hodnett with 4-H Youth Development in are part of this initiative.

    College name change proposal takes next step

    On April 14, the Academic Deans' Advisory Council, made up of associate deans for academic programs, narrowly passed the proposal to rename the College of Agriculture and Home Economics the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The proposal will now move to the May agenda of the Academic Deans' Council. After action by the ADC, the proposal must go to the Faculty Senate, which will adjourn for the summer after its May 1 meeting. Consequently, the proposal cannot be addressed by the Faculty Senate before September.

    Faculty Senate to vote on "plant and environmental sciences" names on May 1

    The proposal to change the names of M.S. and Ph.D. majors in agronomy to majors in "plant and environmental sciences" has been put on the May 1 Faculty Senate agenda. To find out results of Faculty Senate actions, go to the College's Senior Faculty Senator's report at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/facultysenate/

    Awards Day sets Web-link recordÊ

    College Awards Day on April 25 set a record for college live-event Web links, when 108 sites dialed in to the college event.

    Scholarship Banquet set for May 2; Sam Steel March 9

    College scholarship winners and donors will be honored at the College Scholarship Banquet at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces on Friday, May 2 at 6 p.m. The Sam Steel induction ceremony will be March 9 at 4 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

    NM Association of Counties to meet on campus

    The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) will meet on the NMSU campus June 17-20 for its 72nd Annual Meeting. Members of 21 affiliates including county elected officials, managers, employees of county departments and Extension Service personnel, will converge on the campus to attend business and educational sessions. Dean Lowell Catlett will be the featured speaker at the conference. County College, a partnership between the NMAC and NMSU, will offer 15 continuing education courses to members on June 17 and 19. Courses will include agro-terrorism preparedness courses and the introductory course for the new Certified Public Manager curriculum. For more information contact Terry Canup at: tcanup@nmsu.edu

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    No. 19 - April 9

    Jon Boren appointed interim extension director

    Jon Boren, professor and extension wildlife specialist, was introduced as the new interim associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service during the general session of the extension in-service training on April 8 in Las Cruces. Paul Gutierrez has moved to a full-time appointment as vice provost for university outreach. Boren has been a specialist at NMSU since 1996, with a part-time appointment with the Range Improvement Task Force. He earned his doctorate in range science from Oklahoma State University in 1995.

    Boren was selected by Dean Lowell Catlett from names submitted by the Extension Administrative Team. Dean Catlett said he would soon select a chair for a search committee for a permanent associate dean and director and he seeks input into possible search committee members. The dean said Boren would serve until at least July 1, 2009, when salary dollars would become available for the regular director position.

    The Visioning Team election continues until Friday at 5 p.m.

    Approximately 250 individuals have voted for Visioning Team representatives on the Zoomerang survey that closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11. Candidates include Woods Houghton, Bernd Leinauer, Ann Bock, Martha Desmond, Connie Falk, Brian Hurd, Charles Martin, Curtis Monger, and John "C.C." Chamberlin. To vote, go to: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB227LNF7T4FX

    All-College Conference date preference poll completed

    The votes on the Zoomerang survey to determine the best date for a winter All-College Conference were as follows: Dec. 16-17, 31 votes; Dec. 17-18, 27 votes; Jan. 8-9, 58 votes; and Jan. 12-13, 30 votes. There were 29 comments registered from voters to inform decisions on the proposed conference. The survey results were passed on from the Visioning Team to Dean Catlett for consideration.

    College name change still pursued

    Wes Holley, associate dean for academic programs, will move for an up or down vote by the Academic Deans Advisory Council (ADAC) on the proposed name change for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. Holley said he and LeRoy Daugherty, associate dean for the Agricultural Experiment Station, have met with departments in which faculty expressed concern about the proposed name. The associate deans asked concerned faculty for written comments, but received none. ADAC next meets on April 14. Dean Lowell Catlett said the vote is advisory and he will continue to press the proposal forward. The proposed name for the college is College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

    Faculty Senate to vote on names of majors and representation for college-rank faculty

    The proposal to change the names of M.S. and Ph.D. majors in agronomy to majors in "plant and environmental sciences" has been put on the May Faculty Senate agenda along with a proposal to change Faculty Senate by-laws to allow regular non-tenure-track faculty representation. On April 3, the Faculty Senate resolved to seek involvement in the bookstore outsourcing process, seek open access to a faculty listserv, and revise the NMSU peer institution list. The new list adds four institutions and removes seven from the current list.

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    Student awardees announced

    College of Agriculture and Home EconomicsÕ student awardees will be honored at the Friday, May 9 Sam Steel Society induction ceremony at 4 p.m. in the University Music Recital Hall. Student awardees are as follows:

    • NMSU Alumni Association Outstanding senior - Davena Norris, ANRS
    • Outstanding Student in Agriculture - Clint Roof, ANRS
    • Outstanding Student in Family & Consumer Sciences - Carl Bryce, FCS
    • Outstanding Student in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Mgmt - Natalie Hewett, HRTM
    • Dean's Award of Leadership Excellence - Stella Lucero, HRTM
    • Dean's Award of Excellence (Undergraduate) - Allyson Alexander; HRTM, Andrea Gonzales, EPPWS; Ashley Martin, FCS; Justin Mapula, FWLS; Chase Skaarer, ANRS
    • Dean's Award of Excellence (Graduate) - Terri Gutierrez, FCS;ÊDavid Langley, AXED; Joyce Parker, EPPWS

    Scholarship Banquet set for May 2

    College scholarship winners and donors will be honored at the College Scholarship Banquet at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces on Friday, May 2 at 6 p.m.

    Awards Day set for 25th

    RSVPs for attendance of invitees and a guest at the College Awards Day ceremony on Friday, April 25 are due April 18 by calling 646-5848. Length-of-service-award gifts are now available for pick up at the deans' suite in Room 220.

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    • April 22 - Range 101Class in silver city
    • April 25 - College Awards Day
    • April 28-30 - Agriculture and Food Vulnerability Training near Albuquerque
    • July 14-18 - State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces
    • July 18 - Triennial Research Field Day at the Corona Ranch
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    No. 18 - March 27

    Wes Holley to take over Utah State University regional campus

    Wes Holley, associate dean and director of academic programs for the college since 2003, will assume the position of dean and executive director of the Utah State University Uintah Basin Regional Campus on Sept. 1. The campus, with locations in Roosevelt and Vernal, Utah, awards associates', bachelors', masters' and doctoral degrees. He will be chief academic and administrative officer for the campus and will be a member of the university-wide Council of Deans. Holley has overseen all-time high enrollments and the development of several new programs and initiatives in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. For more information go to: http://www.usu.edu/ust/index.cfm?article=25895

    College Awards Day winners are...

    College Awards Selection Committee met on March 26 to select those who will receive college awards on April 25 at the University Golf Course Clubhouse. The winners are: Distinguished Service Award, Danise Coon; Distinguished Extension Award, Carol Sutherland; Distinguished Research Award, Rolston St. Hilaire; Distinguished Staff Award (on-campus), Don Rheay; Distinguished Staff Award (off campus), Monica Lury; Distinguished Teaching Award, Jay Lillywhite; NACTA Teaching Award, Andres Cibils; Team Award, Southwest Border Food Safety & Defense Center; FCS Outstanding Alum Award, Tiny Faye Jones; Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction, Arden Baltensperger; NM Outstanding Leadership Award, Billy Dictson; and the Fabian Garcia Founder Award, Bill Sauble.

    Other awards to be conferred at the April 25 ceremony include: the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Award, Joe Lloyd; Outstanding 4-H agent, Carlos Valdez; and Extension Specialist Association awards to Mark Petersen, Reynaldo Torres, Terrell Baker and Jane Moorman. Length of service awards also will be conferred at the ceremony.

    The Visioning Team nominees are...

    Nine faculty and staff members accepted nominations to stand for election for the Visioning Team. Faculty and staff members can vote for one of two Extension faculty representatives for a three-year term ? Woods Houghton or Bernd Leinauer.Ê Voters can select from six research/teaching faculty members ? Ann Bock, Martha Desmond, Connie Falk, Brian Hurd, Charles Martin, or Curtis Monger. The two top vote-getters will join the Team and draw for a two- or three-year term. John "C.C." Chamberlin is running unopposed to represent staff members for a three-year term.

    The Zoomerang ballot was released by Dean Catlett on March 25 to the college faculty and staff email list. In the first 24 hours, approximately 170 voters already registered their preferences. Voting will close at 5 p.m. on April 11.

    Nominations for student awards due at the end of the month

    Nominations for college student awards will be accepted by Kristy Mason in the Academic Programs Office through March 31. Awards nominations will be accepted for nine undergraduate Dean's Awards of Excellence, three graduate Dean's Awards of Excellence, the Dean's Award of Leadership Excellence, and three Outstanding Student Awards (for Agriculture; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management). For award criteria go to:

    Provost tour postponed until May

    Provost Waded Cruzado postponed a planned April 17 and 18 tour of college programs in southern New Mexico until May 22 and 23. For more information, contact Wendy Hamilton at whamilto@nmsu.edu

    P&T updates on the Web

    The College Promotion and Tenure Action Team posted its latest draft of the College P&T document on the CAHE Forum Web page last week. They continue to seek faculty input and encourage principle units and departments to develop their P&T guidelines. To review the draft, go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html

    During the spring semester, all College departments must review their departmental (identified as 'principle unit') criteria relative to the new university and CAHE policies, and submit their reviewed/revised criteria no later than May 1, 2008 to the P&T Action Team. The Action Team will review each principle unit's criteria and forward it to the Dean for final approval. The new university, college, and PU criteria go into effect at the beginning of fall semester, 2008. The University P&T Policy is at http://www.nmsu.edu/~fsenate/

    Five priorities to be forwarded to Dean Catlett

    On March 14, the Visioning Team hosted department heads for a working session to discuss 2009 legislative priority recommendations. At the conclusion of the session it was agreed that Visioning Team members would develop five recommendations involving base budgets enhancement, infrastructure planning for the college, and programmatic initiatives involving sustainable arid lands science, health disparities, and the Family Resource Center.

    All-College Conference date preference poll continues

    Almost 130 responses have been received from the Zoomerang survey distributed by the Visioning Team to determine the best date for a winter All-College Conference. The survey remains open through April 4. The All-College Conference is being revived to be a forum for arriving at legislative priorities and addressing longer-range planning for the college.

    Fulbright Scholar Program for U.S. Faculty and Professionals

    The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering 43 lecturing, research or combined lecturing/research awards in agriculture during the 2009-2010 academic year, including several with a particular focus on sustainable agriculture. U.S. Fulbright Scholars are in more than 130 countries around the world. Awards range from two months to an academic year.Ê Faculty and professionals in agriculture may apply for awards specifically in their field or for one of the many "All Discipline" awards open to any field. Grants are awarded to faculty of all academic ranks, including adjunct and emeritus. The application deadline for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants worldwide is August 1, 2008. U.S. citizenship is required.Ê For other eligibility requirements, detailed award descriptions, and an application, visit our website at http://www.cies.org

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • April 4 - Horse, Hays and Pastures Workshop in Tucumcari
    • April 7-11 - Extension in-service training in Las Cruces
    • April 22 - Range 101Class in silver city
    • April 25 - College Awards Day
    • April 28-30 - Agriculture and Food Vulnerability Training near Albuquerque
    • July 14-18 - State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces
    • July 18 - Triennial Research Field Day at the Corona Ranch
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.


  • College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Web site
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu
  • CAHE Forum
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html
  • Senior Faculty Senator updates
    http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/facultysenate/
  • Ag E-news archives
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ag_e_news
  • Send news items for Ag E-news to: ag_enews@nmsu.edu

    No. 17 - March 11

    Ag Econ leads $20 million Afghan project

    The U.S. Agency for International Development's mission in Afghanistan last week awarded $20 million to a consortium led by NMSU agricultural economists. The NMSU team includes Michael Patrick, Anil Rupasingha, Terry Crawford, Frank Ward, Hamdy Oushy, Roger Beck, Jim Libbin, Rich Phillips, William Gorman, Joel Diemer and Octavio Ramirez. The other universities in the consortium are Colorado State University, the University of Illinois and the University of Southern Illinois.

    The Afghanistan Water, Agriculture, and Technology Transfer Program is scheduled to start immediately. The consortium will partner with Afghan universities to provide assistance. With this program, NMSU has agricultural development projects in Afghanistan, Iraq and Jordan.

    The team thanks staff members Rita Parra, Vickie Galindo, Ann Blackburn and Diane Granados for their contributions toward preparing the proposal.

    New funding from 2008 legislative session tallied

    New funding for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics was signed into law from the 2008 legislative session, including more than $1 million in capital outlay, $500,000 in recurring base funding and more than $800,000 in other new funds listed below. In addition, several special project expansion items had funding renewed at between 80 and 100 percent of last year's funding. The new-funding list is below:

    • $1 million - Corona Ranch capital outlay
    • $250,000 - Cooperative Extension Service base budget increase (recurring)
    • $250,000 - Agricultural Experiment Station base budget increase (recurring)
    • $267,000 - Chile industry research
    • $140,000 - Agricultural leadership program
    • $135,000 - Tribal Cooperative Extension Centers
    • $ 99,300 - Range Improvement Task Force vegetation monitoring
    • $ 74,000 - Clovis ASC improvements
    • $ 42,400 - State-wide 4-H programs
    • $ 41,700 - Family wellness program
    • $ 40,000 - HRTM Pro-start program
    • $ 40,000 - HRTM capital outlay
    • $ 35,000 - FFA travel
    • $ 25,000 - Tucumcari ASC improvements
    • $ 25,000 - Bernalillo Extension
    • $ 25,000 - Las Vegas Schools' agricultural education
    • $Ê 4,000 - FFA in ChavesÊ County

    Nominations for student awards due at the end of the month

    Nominations for college student awards will be accepted by Kristy Mason in the Academic Programs Office through March 31. Awards nominations will be accepted for nine undergraduate Dean's Awards of Excellence, three graduate Dean's Awards of Excellence, the Dean's Award of Leadership Excellence, and three Outstanding Student Awards (for Agriculture; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management). For award criteria go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/awards/welcome.html#ag_students

    Department name change approved; other changes in process

    The name of the Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences is changed to the Department of Fishery, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology as a result of the NMSU Board of Regents action at its March 10 meeting.

    Meanwhile, the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences proposal to change the names of their M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agronomy to Òplant and environmental sciencesÓ passed at the March 11 meeting of the Academic Deans' Council. The proposal will be forwarded to the Faculty Senate.

    The proposed name change for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics remains tabled at the Associate Deans' Academic Council. The proposed name is College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

    New major proposal passes Faculty Senate vote

    A proposal to offer a new undergraduate major in natural resource economics and policy in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business passed the Faculty Senate at its March 6 meeting. It must be approved at a future Board of Regents' meeting.

    Senior Faculty Senator updates

    http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/facultysenate/

    USDA/World Bank veteran on adjunct faculty

    Paul O'Connell, a founder of the Sustainable Education and Research Agriculture program at USDA and former natural resources economic consultant in the World Bank, recently joined Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business as an adjunct faculty member. He will teach a graduate course in natural resource and environmental policy and teach in the new doctoral program in economic development.

    He was the initial director of USDA's Alternative Agricultural Research and Commercialization Center from 1992-95. He was the 1999 Miegunyah Distinguished Fellow at the University of Melbourne's Institute of Land and Food Resources.

    He helped develop the World Bank's rural action plan, coordinated the bank's six-year partnership with Walt Disney Company's working on EPCOT's Land exhibit and managed the bank's EXPO 2000 exhibit in Germany.

    Uchanski joins Plant and Environmental Sciences

    Mark Uchanski joined Plant and Environmental Sciences last month as an assistant professor of vegetable physiology. He earned his Ph.D. in horticulture last fall from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he taught five classes as a T.A. He plans to teach introductory plant science in the fall and focus research on chile and onion physiology addressing salinity issues, chile decline, nutrient use, alternative agricultural practices, mechanical harvesting facilitation, and more. He has focused on tissue culture, organics, and sustainable production in his work.

    Personnel updates

    http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html

    Department heads to work on legislative priorities

    On March 11, the Visioning Team sent a draft of legislative priorities to department heads based on focus-group comments, a follow-up open forum and additional on-line comments from faculty and staff. Department heads will participate in a working session with the Visioning Team on March 14 to further refine 2009 legislative priority recommendations. Faculty and staff are encouraged to offer feedback through their department heads as the process moves ahead.

    All-College Conference plus two new teams are part of vision plan

    Dean Lowell Catlett approved a proposal of the College Visioning Team to revive the All-College Conference as part of an annual cycle related to a legislative priorities and strategic planning. The conference will take place between the end of fall 2008 term and the beginning of spring 2009 term. Leading up to the conference, a College Infrastructure Assessment Team will study infrastructure needs of the college and report at the conference. Conferees will discuss implications for 2010 legislative priorities. Following the meeting, a College Strategic Planning Committee will be formed, which will help set direction for future legislative priority discussions at subsequent conferences. A Zoomerang survey will be sent out regarding dates for the All-College Conference.

    Visioning Team nominations wanted

    Dean Lowell Catlett seeks nominations for the College Visioning Team in all three membership categories-- staff members, extension faculty members and research/teaching faculty members. Submit names to elcrabb@nmsu.edu by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 21.

    A Zoomerang election ballot will be released on March 31 and remain open until April 11. New Visioning Team members will assume their positions in early May. On this year's ballot, an elected staff member and extension faculty member will serve three-year terms. Two elected research/teaching faculty members will draw for a two- and a three-year term.

    The Visioning Team is charged with bringing faculty into a participatory process to set direction for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics.

    Lead21 group meets monthly with dean

    Dean Lowell Catlett met March 7 with 20 college alumni of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges' leadership development program and asked them to meet with him on a monthly basis to explore the leadership and management strategies. The Lead21 program (formerly ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development Program) is designed to develop future leaders for the land-grant institutions. Dean Catlett plans to draw on Lead21 alumni's interests to encourage dialog about the college's future. For more information on the Lead21 Program go to: http://www.fanning.uga.edu/programs/LEAD21/

    Department heads' meeting cancelled

    Due to Spring Break, the March 25 Department Heads' Council meeting is cancelled.

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • April 4 - Horse, Hays and Pastures Workshop in Tucumcari
    • April 7-11 - Extension in-service training in Las Cruces
    • April 25 - College Awards Day
    • July 14-18 - State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces
    • April 28-30 - Agriculture and Food Vulnerability Training near Albuquerque
    • July 14-18 - State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.


  • College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Web site
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu
  • CAHE Forum
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html
  • Ag E-news archives
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ag_e_news
  • No. 16 - February 22

    One week to get in awards nominations for College Awards Day

    Nominations for College Awards Day are due at 5 p.m. on March 3. Awards include: Distinguished Awards for college faculty and staff in the categories of service, research, extension, teaching, and staff; the NACTA Teaching Award; Team Award; Fabian Garcia Founders' Award of Excellence; New Mexico Outstanding Leader Award; Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction Award; HRTM Industry Leadership Award; and the FCS Outstanding Alum Award. Faculty and staff members also will be honored for years of service. Awards Day is set for April 25 at 10 a.m. at the University golf course Club House. To find award criteria go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/awards

    Legislative priorities recommendations under development

    Approximately 50 faculty and staff members in Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium plus people on 10 Centra sites participated in the Feb. 18 open forum on the college's legislative priorities. The Visioning Team is taking comments from the session and from on-line submissions as they work on priorities. Team chair, Jim Libbin, said the Team will get a draft of recommendations to departments for discussion during the month of March. Meanwhile, he encourages continued input to Team members or through on-line submissions at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/registration/suggestion/cahefocus.php

    Those who wish to view the forum can go to http://eplace.nmsu.edu click on "past" and go to the bottom of the page. If you have any problems call 646-3305.

    New major proposal tabled

    A proposal to offer a new undergraduate major in natural resource economics and policy in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business was tabled at the Feb. 7 Faculty Senate meeting due to lack of time on the agenda. It will be considered at the March 6 meeting of the Faculty Senate.

    Senior Faculty Senator updates

    http://www.nmsu.edu/~fsenate/ptp/index.html

    A unique position that will combine research duties at the Agricultural Science Center at Farmington with plant science teaching duties at San Juan College was filled by Kevin Lombard in December. San Juan College is assuming 25% of Kevin Lombard's appointment so he can teach in the college's horticulture program. Lombard, who graduated with a doctorate from NMSU, will be researching, among other things, agro-forestry with a particular aim of reducing the carbon footprint in the region by growing poplars and using them for fueling power plants in a way that will reduce emissions. His teaching should offer area students the possibility of beginning their horticulture curriculum locally and possibly finishing it at NMSU.

    Visioning Team nominations wanted

    Dean Lowell Catlett seeks nominations for the College Visioning Team in all three membership categories - staff members, extension faculty members, and research/teaching faculty members. A Zoomerang election ballot will be released on March 31 and remain open until April 11. New Team members will assume their positions in early May.

    The election is part of process to transition the Visioning Team to nine elected members with three members each from the three membership categories. Four appointed research/teaching faculty members' terms expire in May - Jim Libbin, Ann Bock, Greg Blanch, and Dennis Hallford. Other members of the team include Cheryl Butterfield, John Mexal and Roberta Rios, whose terms expire in 2009 and Wendy Hamilton and Brooke Boren whose terms expire in 2010.

    On this year's ballot, an elected staff member and extension faculty member will serve three-year terms. Two elected research/teaching faculty members will draw for a two- and a three-year term.

    The Visioning Team is charged with bringing faculty into a participatory process to set direction for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics.

    Submit nominations to elcrabb@nmsu.edu by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 21.

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • Feb. 26-27 - NM Ag Expo in Portales
    • Feb. 26 - County emergency plans training in Roswell
    • Feb. 26-27 - New Mexico Ag Expo in Portales
    • Feb. 26-28 - 4-H in-service training in Albuquerque
    • Feb. 27 - Fruit growers workshop in Santa Fe
    • Feb. 27 - Floral Judging and Design Team flower sale in GTH lobby
    • Feb. 29 - March 1 - Southwest Regional Vine and Wine Conference in Albuquerque
    • Feb. 29 - March 1 - New Mexico Organic Farming Conference in Albuquerque
    • March 1 - CAHE Scholarship application deadlinev
    • March 2-4 - 42nd Annual Pecan Conference in Las Cruces
    • March 6-7 - High Plains Dairy Conference in Albuquerque
    • March 6 - Tree pruning workshop in Albuquerque
    • April 7-11 - Extension in-service training in Las Cruces
    • April 25 - College Awards Day
    • July 14-18 - State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.


  • Personnel updates
    http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html
  • College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Web site
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu
  • CAHE Forum
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html
  • Ag E-news archives
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ag_e_news
  • No. 15 - February 6

    Name changes in college facing process steps

    The proposed name change for the Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences will be up for a full Faculty Senate vote on Feb. 7. The proposal is to change the name to the Department of Fishery, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology.

    On Feb. 11 the proposed College of Agriculture and Home Economics' name change to College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences will be formally submitted to the Associate Deans' Academic Council. Informal discussions have surfaced concerns with the term "Environmental Sciences" from departments in the colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering Wes Holley, CAHE associate dean for academic programs, is scheduling meetings with those departments to address the issue.

    Meanwhile, the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences has submitted a proposal to change the names of their M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agronomy to "plant and environmental sciences." The college forwarded the proposal to the Graduate Council on Jan. 30, which next meets on Feb. 7.

    New major in natural resource economics and policy proposed to Senate

    A proposal to offer a new undergraduate major in natural resource economics and policy in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business will be considered at the Feb. 7 Faculty Senate meeting. The proposal is part of a plan to create two majors, where historically only one major in agricultural economics and agricultural business has been offered. The other undergraduate major would concentrate on food and agribusiness.

    For more Faculty Senate news go to the college's senior faculty senator report at:
    http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/facultysenate/

    Department head going to University of Georgia

    Octavio Ramirez, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business has accepted the position as head of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department at University of Georgia. He will be leaving NMSU in mid May. Ramirez has been a department head at NMSU for almost five years, coming here from a professorial position at Texas Tech.

    Legislative priorities to be mulled by departments and discussed at forum

    Approximately 140 faculty and staff members gave their opinions on legislative priorities for the college in the 2009 legislature via 18 focus groups and on-line comments from Jan. 11-24. The College Visioning Team will be distributing summaries to department heads by Feb. 11 so ideas can be mulled by department faculty and staff members before the college-wide forum on legislative priorities on Monday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium.

    Unique position filled at Farmington ASC

    A unique position that will combine research duties at the Agricultural Science Center at Farmington with plant science teaching duties at San Juan College was filled by Kevin Lombard in December. San Juan College is assuming 25% of Kevin Lombard's appointment so he can teach in the college's horticulture program. Lombard, who graduated with a doctorate from NMSU, will be researching, among other things, agro-forestry with a particular aim of reducing the carbon footprint in the region by growing poplars and using them for fueling power plants in a way that will reduce emissions. His teaching should offer area students the possibility of beginning their horticulture curriculum locally and possibly finishing it at NMSU.

    Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium centered in Clovis

    Students from eight universities, including NMSU, will be converging on Clovis, New Mexico for hands-on learning six-week summer program in the dairy industry, thanks in large part to the efforts of NMSU's faculty. The Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium was established to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding dairy industry in the Southern Great Plains. Students will receive classroom instruction at Clovis Community College, stay in a Clovis motel and learn modern dairy practices in 25 dairies within a 20-mile radius of Clovis representing a variety of housing and milking facilities. ÊStudents will have access to internships and on-the-job training opportunities at nearby dairies. The teaching consortium is a cost-effective means of pooling resources without sacrificing educational quality. ÊParticipating universities are: NMSU, University of Arizona, Texas A&M, Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University, West Texas A&M, Tarleton State University, and Abilene Christian University.

    P & T Action Team has new draft of policy

    A new draft of the College Promotion and Tenure Policy has been posted at http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.htmlÊ under "Promotion and Tenure Action Team" (marked "New"). The Promotion and Tenure Action Team is accepting further comments until Feb. 25 at ptforum@nmsu.edu

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • Feb. 21 & 22 - eXtension Public Launch Celebration on-line
    • Feb. 26-27 - NM Ag Expo in Portales
    • Feb. 26-28 - 4-H in-service training in Albuquerque
    • Feb. 29 ? March 1 - Southwest Regional Vine and Wine Conference in Albuquerque
    • Feb. 29 ? March 1 - New Mexico Organic Farming Conference in Albuquerque
    • April 7-11 - Extension in-service training in Las Cruces
    • April 25 - College Awards Day
    • July 14-18 - State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.


  • Senior Faculty Senator Web site
    http://www.nmsu.edu/~fsenate/ptp/index.html
  • Personnel updates
    http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html
  • College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Web site
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu
  • CAHE Forum
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html
  • Ag E-news archives
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ag_e_news
  • No. 14 - January 18

    Bloomquist and Torres honored at convocation

    Two college faculty members were honored at the university convocation on Jan. 15. Priscilla Bloomquist, associate professor of hotel, restaurant and tourism management, received the Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award, the latest of many teaching honors she has won. Patrick Torres, Santa Fe County Extension program director, won the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Achievement Award for exceptional service to clients. Last fall, Torres won the County-based Water Programming Award from the Southern Regional Water Program. For more information go to: http://www.nmsu.edu/~ucomm/Releases/2008/january/convo_group.htm

    College priorities carried to State Legislature

    Several college priorities will be introduced in legislation in Santa Fe at the 30-day session that began Jan. 15. The highest priority is for a base adjustment to the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) budgets to offset increases in operating costs. No operations-offset increase has been awarded to the agencies since 1989. Between 1990 and 2006 operations expenditures have increased annually by more than $4 million. NMSU requests a recurring $500,000 offset increase each for CES and AES. In addition, the following legislator-initiated requests have gone forward:

  • Tribal extension programs - $500,000
  • RITF vegetation monitoring - $250,000
  • REDTT - $331,000
  • ProStart Partnership - $250,000
  • Doctorate in economic development - $155,000
  • Faculty and staff are asked to coordinate any contact with legislators with NMSU Associate VP Ricardo Rel (rrel@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5909">) or NMSU government liaison Dennis Hazlett (dhazlett@nmsu.edu or 505-989-9961). Vice Provost Paul Gutierrez and NMDA Assistant Director Rico Gonzalez will also offer representation in Santa Fe.

    Response to college P&T document due Jan. 25

    The CAHE Promotion and Tenure Action Team members seek responses to the draft college P&T criteria document.

    To find the document, go to http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html and look under "Promotion and Tenure Action Team" (marked "New"). Submit comments to ptforum@nmsu.edu through January 25, 2008. The new university P&T policy, to which the college policy must conform, is at: http://www.nmsu.edu/~fsenate/ptp.

    Proposed college name begins approval journey

    The proposed new name of the college - College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences - will start its approval journey when it is formally introduced to on the agenda of the Feb. 11 Associate Deans' Academic Council meeting. If approved there, the next stop will be the Academic Deans' Council, then the Faculty Senate's Committee on Committees, which will assign the proposal to a Faculty Senate committee before a vote of the Senate. If approved at all these levels, the proposal will be placed on the NMSU Board of Regents' agenda.

    Focus-group results to be shared at Feb. 18 forum

    College faculty and staff are invited to a forum in Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium on Feb, 18 at 4 p.m. to review the results of faculty and staff focus-group sessions on legislative priorities for the 2009 legislative session. The meeting will be available via Centra for field offices. Focus-group sessions, hosted by members of the College Visioning Team, began Jan. 11. As of Jan. 18 approximately 130 faculty and staff had either participated in or registered for focus-group sessions. The sessions continue through Jan. 24. To register for one of the remaining sessions, go to: http://cahefocus.nmsu.edu

    Each session will last approximately one and one-half hours, including an update from the Visioning Team member who is facilitating the session. After the Feb. 18 session, priorities will be drafted under supervision of the Visioning Team for submission to the college administration by April.

    Faculty and staff can make on-line comments on legislative priorities by going to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/registration/suggestion/cahefocus.php

    Response to college P&T document due Jan. 25

    The CAHE Promotion and Tenure Action Team members seek responses to the draft college P&T criteria document.

    To find the document, go to http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum and look under "Promotion and Tenure Action Team" (marked "New"). Submit comments to ptforum@nmsu.edu Êthrough January 25, 2008. The new university P&T policy, to which the college policy must conform, is at: http://www.nmsu.edu/~fsenate/ptp/index.html.

    Gerald Thomas Chair nominees accepted until Feb. 29

    The search committee for the endowed Gerald Thomas Chair in Food Production and Natural Resources will accept nominees until 5 p.m. on Feb. 29. the appointment is for no more than three years. Eight copies of a packet including a vita of the nominee, a narrative on how the nominee would address food production or natural resource use in arid or semi-arid lands and a budget for spending a maximum of $80,000 per year should be sent to: Dr. LeRoy Daugherty, Chair of the Committee, Box 30003, MSC 3BF, Agricultural Experiment Station.

    College faculty and staff weigh in on University Strategic Planning

    Approximately 50 college faculty and staff attended the Jan. 9 University Strategic Planning session in Gerald Thomas Hall, while 19 field offices joined the meeting via Centra. Michael Hites, vice president for planning and information technology, took comments from the audience, outlined the university's planning process, and shared feedback on an on-line values survey completed by 114 college faculty and staff. The most frequently cited values by respondents were accessibility and education with 29% of respondents choosing them among their top-five values of the university. They were followed by:

    • service, 24%
    • traditionalism, 18%
    • diversity, 17%
    • making a difference, 15%
    • friendliness, 14%.
    • excellence, 13%
    • and knowledge and leadership,11%

    Growing County College has first graduating class

    Eighteen county employees received their Certified Public Officials designation Jan. 16, in a ceremony at the New Mexico Association of Counties Mid-winter Meeting in Santa Fe. The group made up the first graduating class of County College, a Êjoint program of the New Mexico Association of Counties and NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service. County College has grown dramatically over the past year. More than 400 individuals have taken County College courses since its inception, and 365 different individuals have participated since last April. There were 152 class participants at this year's Mid-winter meeting, compared to 78 at the 2007 Mid-winter meeting.

    Department Head meetings for the year announced

    Faculty and staff are welcome to attend the college Department Heads' Council meetings at 10:30 a.m. in GTH 297 on the following dates: Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 25, April 29, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec, 16. Presentations to and participation in the meetings by non-department heads must be pre-arranged.

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • Jan. 21-22 - Crop Production Association Meeting in Ruidoso
    • Feb. 21 - eXtension Public Launch Celebration on-line
    • Feb. 26-27 - NM Ag Expo in Portales
    • Feb. 26-28 - 4-H in-service training in Albuquerque
    • Feb. 29 Ã? March 1 - Southwest Regional Vine and Wine Conference in Albuquerque
    • Feb. 29 Ã? March 1 - New Mexico Organic Farming Conference in Albuquerque
    • April 7-11 - Extension in-service training in Las Cruces
    • April 25 - College Awards Day
    • July 14-18 - State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces
    • Nov. 15-16 - NM 4-H Leaders' Forum

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.


  • Personnel updates
    http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html
  • College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Web site
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu
  • CAHE Forum
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html
  • Ag E-news archives
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ag_e_news
  • Senior Faculty Senator Web site
    http://www.nmsu.edu/~fsenate/ptp/index.html
  • No. 13 - January 3

    Jan. 9 college forum opens new year

    Dean Lowell Catlett will host an all-college meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9 in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will feature Michael Hites, vice president for planning and information technology, who will share how college faculty and staff can become involved in the NMSU strategic planning process. Field offices are encouraged to participate via Centra.

    Legislative priorities focus groups begin Jan. 11

    College faculty and staff should register for one of 18 focus group discussions scheduled for Jan. 11 to 24 to develop college's legislative funding priorities for the 2009 session. A complete listing of scheduled focus-group sessions is at the registration site at http://cahefocus.nmsu.edu

    Each session will last approximately one and one-half hours, including an update from the Visioning Team member who is facilitating the session. Feedback from sessions will be compiled and shared with faculty and staff in a Feb. 18 open forum. Then priorities will be drafted under supervision of the Visioning Team for submission to the college administration by April.

    Response to college P&T document due Jan. 25

    The CAHE Promotion and Tenure Action Team members seek responses to the draft college P&T criteria document.

    To find the document, go to http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html and look under "Promotion and Tenure Action Team" (marked "New"). Submit comments to ptforum@nmsu.edu through January 25, 2008. The new university P&T policy, to which the college policy must conform, is at: http://www.nmsu.edu/~fsenate/ptp.

    Bookkeeper training sessions continue

    Training sessions are continuing for more than 60 audit/budget technicians in the college. Assistant Dean Tim Nesbitt said that he met with 15 bookkeepers at a Northern Extension District meeting in December in response to an extensive training agenda.

    "We learned that we need to redesign training to address basic Banner skills to track budget, process and track routine transactions, and re-educate bookkeepers about financial rules," Nesbitt said. His office will conduct two trainings per month for the next three months ? one for on-campus bookkeepers and one for field staffÑand then conduct trainings quarterly, thereafter.

    Nesbitt said that he received excellent feedback from those at the Northern Extension District meeting regarding training needs, but he would like to receive more feedback from other technicians. Any training topics can be sent to tnesbitt@nmsu.edu

    National Extension Web content portal officially launched Feb. 21

    eXtension, the national Extension Service Web content portal, will be launched officially to the public on Feb. 21. National committees have spent years developing common content for the portal, with the help of many NMSU Extension faculty members. Nine developed sites already are available through the portal at http://www.extension.org including, HorseQuest, Consumer Horticulture, DAIReXNET, Entrepreneurs and their Communities, Financial Security for All, Imported Fire Ants, Just in Time Parenting, Wildlife Damage Management, and Diversity across Higher Education.

    Eight more sites will be launched on Feb. 21: Beef Cattle, Corn and Soybean Production, Cotton, Extension Disaster Education Network, Family Caregiving, Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Centers, and Youth SET for Life. Three more sites are under development for later launch.

    The NMSU eXtension Institutional Team encourages Extension faculty to introduce constituents to sites meeting their needs and interests on or after Feb. 21. For more information onÊÊ eXtension, contact institutional team chair Terry Canup at tcanup@nmsu.edu For training on how to contribute content to eXtension, contact Kim Hand at khand@nmsu.edu

    College Calendar items on line

    Check the College Calendar for contact information for these and other events at: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/calendar/

    • Jan. 8-10 - Society for Range Management Meeting
    • Jan. 9 - College Forum on strategic Planning
    • Jan. 16-17 - Southwest Beef Symposium in Roswell
    • Jan. 17-19 - Cheese-making workshop on campus
    • Feb. 21 - eXtension Public Launch Celebration on-line
    • Feb. 26-28 - 4-H in-service training in Albuquerque
    • April 7-11 - Extension in-service training in Las Cruces
    • April 25 - College Awards Day

    Submit your own calendar items at the URL above.


  • Personnel updates
    http://cahe.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html
  • College of Agriculture and Home Economics' Web site
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu
  • CAHE Forum
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/forum/welcome.html
  • Ag E-news archives
    http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/ag_e_news
  • Senior Faculty Senator Web site
    http://www.nmsu.edu/~fsenate/ptp/index.html