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2009 Ag E-News Archives

No. 36 - January 6

Dean's Open Forum date changed to 15th; Spring Convocation opens semester

The university will hold its Spring Convocation Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Music Recital Hall, where faculty and staff will be recognized for achievements. Dean Lowell Catlett will host an open forum for College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences' faculty and staff at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 in Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium.

Focus-group sessions start this week The first College Visioning Team focus-group session of the year will be held Friday, Jan. 9 in Gerald Thomas Hall. Convened by members of the Visioning Team and the Strategic Planning Group, the sessions will solicit feedback from College faculty and staff members to determine legislative priorities for the 2010 legislative session and discuss the College mission for strategic planning. Sessions are expected to take 90 minutes. Please RSVP to whamilto@nmsu.edu for the Jan. 15 session, as breakfast burritos will be provided. To review recent history relating to legislative priorities, go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/visioningteam

The current College mission is at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/internal_docs/strategic.html as is the make up of the Strategic Planning group. Faculty and staff members are invited to take part in any of the following sessions:

DateTimeLocationVT FacilitatorsStrat Plan Facilitators
Jan. 9 9:00 a.m. GTH 253 Brooke BorenTracey Carrillo
Jan. 122:00 p.m.GTH 253Brian HurdC. Falk, J. Turner
Jan. 157:30 a.m.GTH 297John MexalSteve Hanson
Jan. 203:30 p.m.GTH 253C.C. ChamberlinMartha Desmond
Jan. 223:30 p.m.GTH 297Ann Bock Jim Libbin
Jan. 273:00 p.m.Albuquerque
(4-H in-service)
Cheryl ButterfieldSteve Lucero
Jan. 29 10:30 a.m.Santa Fe (NMAC)R. Rios, W. HoughtonTracy Drummond
Jan. 302:00 p.m. Centra Wendy HamiltonLeonard Lauriault

Personnel transactions

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

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
  • Jan. 27-30 - County College Day and NMAC Mid-winter Meeting in Santa Fe
  • February 8-12 - USDA/CSREES National Water Conference in St. Louis, Mo.
  • February 27-28 - 28th Annual Vine and Wine Conference in Albuquerque
  • March 15-20 - County College Week in Las Cruces
  • April 6-8 - Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO

Submit your own calendar items at the URL above

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. 37 - January 20

Equity increases to be discussed in Jan. 29 forum

There will be an informational Mercer Study Project status update meeting for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences on Jan. 29 in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. the forum will be broadcast live over Centra. The forum is hosted by the NMSU Business, Finance and Human Resources Office.

Faculty and staff can ask questions about the study and its implementation. Specific questions about any individual employee- adjustment will need to be addressed outside of this meeting and following the release of the results of the study.

Dean's Jan. 15 forum addressed pay increases and distance ed

Equity increases and distance education dominated the open forum hosted by Dean Lowell Catlett for ACES faculty and staff members on Thursday, Jan. 15 in Gerald Thomas Auditorium and to 16 off-site locations via Centra.

Equity increases: The dean noted that anyone with any percentage of a teaching appointment received notice of an equity increase for their entire appointment as a result of the Mercer Study process. The formula for awarding the increase was the study's target salary for the faculty rank minus the faculty member's salary multiplied by 0.229. College rank faculty were included in the same process but funded from another pool of money. Dean Catlett said that staff would be awarded equity increases by March. No staff making $50,000 or more would be eligible. $1 million is being set aside for the increase and half the funding will go to those represented by the bargaining unit and half to those not represented by the bargaining unit. Faculty members without teaching appointments are the subject of a survey now being conducted. Equity increases should be awarded to them by March. Equity increases for all three groups will be retroactive to Jan. 1. Only $26,000 in merit increase money came to the college. The dean agreed to bring the business office to the college to address questions regarding equity increases (see above). He noted that all faculty who have received their equity increase notice should check to assure that their rank is accurate. Any concerns should be taken up with the Business, Finance and Human Resources Office as the Dean's Office had no input into the process.

Distance education: In response to questions about distance education Interim Associate Dean Jim Libbin said he envisioned a distance education general agriculture bachelor's degree program that would spread the risk of the program across departments. He noted that the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management already had a distance education degree program. He said that he viewed distance education in the future being part of load. Also, he said funding mechanisms for concurrent high school/college programs was not conducive to NMSU or the college expanding or continuing involvement in such program.

Budget planning: Dean Catlett said that NMSU colleges were asked to develop contingencies for 2.5% and 5% budget reductions in the next fiscal year. He said budget rescissions for the current fiscal year were not out of the question.

Enrollment: Interim Associate Dean Libbin noted that preliminary data indicated a 6.6% increase in student credit hours over the same date last year. He said that ACES had the highest increase on the main campus. The census date for final SCH data is Jan. 30. Most importantly, he said, was that SCH were following the department of the teacher in the implementation of a new policy.

Jay Lillywhite wins Roush award

Jay Lillywhite, assistant professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business, was awarded the Donald C. Roush Excellence in Teaching Award at the NMSU's Spring Convocation on Jan. 13. He was awarded the college's 2008 Distinguished Teaching Award last spring.

College name changeover on College Web site continues

Some 7,000 references to the "College of Agriculture and Home Economics" were changed on the college Web site to read "College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences" during early January. The changeover was handled for information on Web templates and on text input through the content management system, however, downloaded PDF and Word documents on the Web site are unaffected and must be addressed by information providers, if necessary.

At some point in the coming month or so, the URL of the web site will change to "aces.nmsu.edu" however the old server name - cahe.nmsu.edu - will be kept. All hyperlinks, bookmarks and other references should continue to work. Ag webmaster Connie Padilla asks ACES faculty and staff members to alert her of any instances where the old name persists in Web copy. Contact her at: agwebmaster@nmsu.edu or 646-3216. The college Web site has the largest presence at NMSU, with more than 7,000 pages of material.

Focus-group sessions continue

The College Visioning Team focus-group sessions continue this month. Convened by members of the Visioning Team and the Strategic Planning Group, the sessions will solicit feedback from College faculty and staff members to determine legislative priorities for the 2010 legislative session and discuss the College mission for strategic planning. Sessions are expected to take 90 minutes. To review recent history relating to legislative priorities, go to: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/visioningteam/

The current College mission is at: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/employee/internal_docs/strategic.html as is the make up of the Strategic Planning group.

Faculty and staff members are invited to take part in any of the remaining sessions:

DateTimeLocationVT FacilitatorsStrat Plan Facilitators
Jan. 223:30 p.m.GTH 297Ann Bock Jim Libbin
Jan. 273:00 p.m.Albuquerque
(4-H in-service)
Cheryl ButterfieldSteve Lucero
Jan. 29 10:30 a.m.Santa Fe (NMAC)R. Rios, W. HoughtonTracy Drummond
Jan. 302:00 p.m. Centra Wendy HamiltonLeonard Lauriault

Personnel transactions

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

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

  • January 27-30 - 4-H In-service Training in Albuquerque
  • Jan. 27-29 - County College Day and NMAC Mid-winter Meeting in Santa Fe
  • February 8-12 - USDA/CSREES National Water Conference in St. Louis, Mo.
  • February 27-28 - 28th Annual Vine and Wine Conference in Albuquerque
  • February 26-28 - 2009 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference in Las Cruces
  • March 16-20 - County College Week in Las Cruces
  • April 6-8 - Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO

The following is an informal calendar of events for the next few months. Thanks to Woods Houghton for compiling these. Organizers are encouraged to register descriptions and contact data on the on-line calendar through the URL cited above.

January

  • 14-15 - Southwest Beef Symposium, Midland TX
  • 15 - Water dialog Meeting Albuquerque
  • 15-16 - NM Hay Conference Ruidoso NM
  • 22 - Wind Energy Conference, Carlsbad, NM
  • 23 - Pecos Valley Water users organization Artesia Ag Science Center
  • 27-29 - NM Association of Counties Winter conference Santa Fe
  • 28 - NM Cotton Conference Ruidoso
  • 26-27 - NM Crop Production meeting
  • 29-30 - Aerial Applicators conference
  • 29-30 - Think Trees Conference Albuquerque

February

  • 1 - Cotton Plow Down
  • 2-3 - New Mexico Chile Conference, Las Cruces NM
  • 8-12 - National Extension Water conference
  • 8-13 - Society for Range Management Annual Meeting in Albuquerque
  • 13-14 - Farmers' Market Conference in Santa Fe
  • 18 - Fruit Growers Conference in Santa Fe
  • 19 - Ag Fest in Santa Fe
  • 24-25 - Ag Expo in Portales NM
  • 26-28 - NM Organic farming Conference Las Cruces
  • 27-28 - NM Wine and Grape Conference, Albuquerque

March

  • 1-3 - NM Pecan Conference in Las Cruces,

April

  • 2-3 - Risk Management Education for Asian Medicinal Herb Production, Alcalde, NM.
  • 22 - Irrigation Workshop in Carlsbad

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Web site http://aces.nmsu.edu

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

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No. 38 - February 4

ACES posts campus-best 6.2% SCH increase

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences recorded a campus-best 6.2% increase in overall student credit hours (SCH) over last spring's census date figures. The college registered a 7% increase in lower-division SCH, 7.9% increase in upper-division SCH, and a 3.5% decrease in graduate SCH. The Las Cruces campus had an overall SCH increase of 2.9% and all campuses had a 5.2% increase.

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) paced the college with a total of 3,258 overall SCH. Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science had the best overall percentage increase with 14.4%, including a college-best 62.1% increase in graduate SCH. Agricultural and Extension Education had the highest percentage increase in lower-division SCH with 16.9%. FCS and Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management both realized an 11.1% increase in upper division SCH to pace the college.

Equity increases discussed at Jan. 29 forum

On Jan. 29, about 50 ACES faculty and staff gathered in Gerald Thomas Hall along with colleagues tuned in from 17 remote locations to hear an update by the NMSU Business, Finance and Human Resources Office on the status of Mercer Study Project to implement equity increases for faculty and staff. Highlights of information shared included the following:

  • Staff equity increases are expected to be first seen in the Feb. 13 paychecks.
  • Staff making less than $50,000 will be individually informed of the status of their equity adjustments shortly before that check.
  • $1 million in equity increase dollars will be split evenly between a bargaining-unit group and non-bargaining-unit group.
  • Bargaining-unit staff members include non-exempt staff members who do not supervise others or handle classified information. Whether or not they pay union dues is irrelevant.
  • Non-bargaining-unit staff members who will be eligible for an increase are those making under $50,000 and making below 50% of the market median for their position and longevity.
  • Increases will be figured on the difference between and individual's base salary and the market median times a percentage factor based on the available pool of funds for increase.
  • A study relating to college faculty who do not have I&G appointments and receive funding from Extension and/or Experiment Station sources will be completed by mid-February.
  • These faculty positions were compared to those at 16 peer land-grant institutions of similar size and scope.
  • Positions were compared, while accounting for tenure-track status and degree attained.
  • Non-I&G faculty will receive notice of equity increases this fiscal year.
  • All staff and faculty equity increases are expected to be retroactive to Jan.1, 2009.

For more information, go to http://salarystudy.nmsu.edu

Schroeder chosen as Academic Subject Matter Expert to EPA

Jill Schroeder, professor of entomology, plant pathology, and weed science, will serve as liaison between the academic weed science community and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after being selected as a subject matter expert by the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). Schroeder will spend one week per month in Washington D.C. for the next 18 months to learn the registration and re-registration processes at the EPA, become familiar with the agency's scientific committees and how they operate, and develop a basic understanding of how EPA Office of Pesticide Programs conducts risk assessments. She will provide critical input on topics such as the utility of label mitigations for herbicide use, spray drift management, invasive species management near endangered species, and the role of weed control in land management. Schroeder will also advise other appropriate federal and state personnel who are responsible for the control of invasive weeds on public lands when questions arise on herbicide labeling and use applications.

College Awards Day nominations due to Dean's Office on March 2

Nominations for College Awards Day are due to the Dean's Office by 5 p.m. Monday, March 2 (since the normal March 1 deadline falls on a Sunday). College Awards Day will be held on Friday, April 24 at the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse. Nominations are due for:

  • Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction
  • New Mexico Outstanding Leadership Award
  • HRTM Industry Leader Award
  • Fabian Garcia Founders' Award
  • Sam Steel Exemplar Award
  • Outstanding High School Agriculture Teacher Award
  • NACTA Teaching Award
  • Outstanding 4-H Agent Award
  • Team Award
  • Distinguished Awards for Teaching, Extension, Research, Service and Staff

To see criteria and forms for the awards, go to: http://aces.nmsu.edu/employee/awards/welcome.html

College Alumni Outstanding Graduate Award nomination due March 2

Nominations for the college's Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate for spring semester are due to Kristy Mason of the college's Academic Programs Office on Monday, March 2. For more information on criteria, go to: http://alum.nmsu.edu/s/422/index.aspx?sid=422&gid=1&pgid=364

Ambassador spearheads ACES "Coins for Cows" fundraiser to fight poverty

ACES ambassador Carol Lange is heading an effort within the college to raise funds to buy sustainable livestock units for needy families overseas. The "Coins for Cows" effort aims to raise $5,000 by April 12 to place livestock with families through Heifer International, a non-profit organization. Those interested in donating to the cause should go to: http://www.stalbertnewmancenter.org/Community_Outreach/coins_for_cows.html

Those interested in learning more about the Heifer International program can go to:
http://www.heifer.org.

Orders taken by Floral design team for Valentine's Day

The NMSU Floral Design Team is taking Valentine's Day flower orders. For a list of roses and the order form go to: http://aces.nmsu.edu/academics/pes/events.html

Prepayment is required. If you have any questions, contact Sabine Green at 646-3662 or email her at swhitley@nmsu.edu.

Human Resource workshops open to faculty and staff

NMSU Human Resource Services (HRS) offers university employees the following workshops this month at campus locations:

  • Performance Management Overview- February 6th
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)- February 10th
  • Dealing with Personnel Issues- February 11th
  • Evaluating Employee Performance- February 12th
  • Leave Policies- February 18th
  • Customer Service- February 20th
  • Workers' Compensation- February 25th
  • Creating a Civil and Responsible Workplace- February 27th

For descriptions of these workshops and all training workshops offered, and to register, please visit the HRS Training and Development web-page at: http://hr.nmsu.edu/hrs/training-registration.html and click on "NMSU TRAINING REGISTRATION SITE."

Direct questions to Mack Adams at 646-7603 or Dave Brockmeyer at 646-2170.

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

College Calendar

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

  • February 8-12 - USDA/CSREES National Water Conference in St. Louis, Mo.
  • February 25 - HAACP Workshop in Las Cruces
  • February 26 - Wine Marketing seminar in Albuquerque
  • February 27-28 - 28th Annual Vine and Wine Conference in Albuquerque
  • February 26-28 - 2009 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference in Las Cruces
  • March 23-27 - County College Week in Las Cruces
  • March 25-27 - Artisan Cheese Making Workshop in Taos
  • April 6-8 - Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO
  • April 24 - College Awards Day in Las Cruces

The following is an informal calendar of other spring events. Thanks to Woods Houghton for compiling these. Organizers are encouraged to register descriptions and contact data on the on-line calendar through the URL cited above.

February

  • 8-13 - Society for Range Management Annual Meeting in Albuquerque
  • 13-14 - Farmers' Market Conference in Santa Fe
  • 18 - Fruit Growers Conference in Santa Fe
  • 19 - Ag Fest in Santa Fe
  • 24-25 - Ag Expo in Portales NM

March

  • 1-3 - NM Pecan Conference in Las Cruces,

April

  • 2-3 - Risk Management Education for Asian Medicinal Herb Production, Alcalde, NM.
  • 22 - Irrigation Workshop in Carlsbad

College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences' Web site

http://aces.nmsu.edu

Ag E-news archives

http://aces.nmsu.edu/employee/ag_e_news/welcome.html

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No 39 - February 16

Look who's dancing - Coach Jim Dewey Brown

Rodeo coach Jim Dewey Brown is one of the local celebrities who will be competing in a local version of "Dancing with the Stars" at the Pan Am Center on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The local competition, called "Look who's Dancing," pairs celebrities with expert dancers from the NMSU Dance Sport Company. Each couple will compete in two dances - the American Fox Trot and a selection from a roster of dances for the second dance. Tickets are $10 and are available through Ticketmaster at the Pan Am Ticket Office. Proceeds go to the NMSU Dance Sport Company.

Human resource classes being arranged for field offices

By popular demand, some human resource classes being offered to campus personnel are being adapted for delivery to field offices. NMSU Human Resource Services is working with ACES' Brooke Boren and Sonja Serna to develop field office classes.

College Awards Day nominations due to Dean's Office on March 2

Nominations for College Awards Day are due to the Dean's Office by 5 p.m. Monday, March 2 (since the normal March 1 deadline falls on a Sunday). College Awards Day will be held on Friday, April 24 at the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse. Nominations are due for:

  • Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction
  • New Mexico Outstanding Leadership Award
  • HRTM Industry Leader Award
  • Fabian Garcia Founders' Award
  • Sam Steel Exemplar Award
  • Outstanding High School Agriculture Teacher Award
  • NACTA Teaching Award
  • Outstanding 4-H Agent Award
  • Team Award
  • Distinguished Awards for Teaching, Extension, Research, Service and Staff

  • To see criteria and forms for the awards, go to: http://aces.nmsu.edu/employee/awards/welcome.html

College Alumni Outstanding Graduate Award nomination due March 2

Nominations for the college's Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate for spring semester are due to Kristy Mason of the college's Academic Programs Office on Monday, March 2. For more information on criteria, go to: http://alum.nmsu.edu/s/422/index.aspx?sid=422&gid=1&pgid=364

Spring ACES student awards nominations due March 30

Nominations for spring honorees for ACES student awards are due Monday, March 30 to Kristy Mason of the college's Academic Program's Office. Awards include:

  • Outstanding Agriculture Student
  • Outstanding FCS Student
  • Outstanding HRTM Student
  • Dean's Award of Excellence (for nine undergraduates and three graduate students)
  • Dean's Award of Leadership Excellence

For more information go to: http://aces.nmsu.edu/employee/awards/welcome.html

Roberta Rios retires, Northern Extension District Department Head position advertised

Roberta Rios retires this month after a three-decade career with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service. Rios is department head of the Northern Extension District and a member of the College Visioning Team. She has been a county program director and county home economist, who developed curricula used system-wide. Her vacated position has been advertised and review of applications will begin Feb. 20.

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

College Calendar

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

  • February 25 - HAACP Workshop in Las Cruces
  • February 26 - Wine Marketing seminar in Albuquerque
  • February 27-28 - 28th Annual Vine and Wine Conference in Albuquerque
  • February 27-28 - 2009 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference in Las Cruces
  • March 23-27 - County College Week in Las Cruces
  • March 25-27 -- Artisan Cheese Making Workshop in Taos
  • April 6-8 - Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO
  • April 24 - College Awards Day in Las Cruces

The following is an informal calendar of other spring events. Thanks to Woods Houghton for compiling these. Organizers are encouraged to register descriptions and contact data on the on-line calendar through the URL cited above.

February

  • 18 - Fruit Growers Conference in Santa Fe
  • 19 - Ag Fest in Santa Fe
  • 24-25 - Ag Expo in Portales NM

March

  • 1-3 - NM Pecan Conference in Las Cruces,

April

  • 2-3 - Risk Management Education for Asian Medicinal Herb Production, Alcalde, NM.
  • 22 - Irrigation Workshop in Carlsbad

College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environment Sciences' Web site http://aces.nmsu.edu

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

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

No. 40 - March 3

Salary survey holds up Extension faculty adjustments

A salary survey of 19 Extension Service programs in other states yielded only three responses, slowing down efforts to arrive at equity adjustments for NMSU Extension faculty through the Mercer process. New efforts are underway to elicit more responses. Equity adjustments will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2009, once adjustments are determined.

Visioning Team addresses college priorities

The College Visioning Team will be addressing the college's highest priorities based on focus-group feedback. On March 17, the team will host college department heads and deans to put the finishing touches on legislative recommendations for the 2010 legislative session. The team and the college's Strategic Planning Group will tour the West end of campus with members of the architect's office on next week to address the master plan and the college.

Strategic Planning Team continues work on mission statement

The Strategic Planning Group will meet Thursday, March 5 to determine the next steps regarding the mission statement. An on-line survey on four possible mission statements closes on Tuesday, March 3. The group will evaluate the results. The group will also develop subtext for the mission statement and begin developing value statements for the college.

Nominations sought for four Visioning Team slots

The Office of the Dean will accept nominations for the Visioning Team. Terms expire for staff member Cheryl Butterfield, Extension faculty member Roberta Rios, and research/teaching faculty member John Mexal. In addition, staff member John C. Chamberlin resigned his membership this semester.

Nominations are due to the Dean's Office by 5 p.m. April 1. An on-line election will be conducted in April and elected members will assume their positions in May. Elected faculty members will assume three-year terms. The two elected staff members will draw for a three-year and a two-year term at the May meeting.

To nominate someone, please send an email to: elcrabb@nmsu.edu Please note in your email that the nominee has accepted your nomination. Members of the team continuing their service are: Staff member Brooke Boren, Extension faculty members Wendy Hamilton and Woods Houghton, and research/teaching faculty members Brian Hurd and Ann Bock.

ACES student awards nominations due March 30

Nominations for spring honorees for ACES student awards are due Monday, March 30 to Kristy Mason of the college's Academic Program's Office. Awards include:

  • Outstanding Agriculture Student
  • Outstanding FCS Student
  • Outstanding HRTM Student
  • Dean's Award of Excellence (for nine undergraduates and three graduate students)
  • Dean's Award of Leadership Excellence

For more information go to: http://aces.nmsu.edu/employee/awards/welcome.html

Certified Public Manager® program open to all public employees during spring break

Public employees in the Las Cruces area will have a great chance to make progress toward a Certified Public Manager' designation as continuing education classes will be offered in Gerald Thomas Hall March 23-27. NMSU is the sole provider of the CPM' program in New Mexico. CPM classes are being offered as part of County College Week hosted by the Cooperative Extension Service. County College is a program of CES and the New Mexico Association of Counties. NMSU's Department of Government joined the effort by providing the CPM® program. Offered initially to county employees, the program it is open to public employees of all levels of government to provide Better Government through Education. To learn more or register, go to: http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/countycollege/

More information is available from Terry Canup at tcanup@nmsu.edu or phone 575-646-5424.

Personnel transactions

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

College Calendar

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

  • March 23-27 - County College Week in Las Cruces
  • March 25-27 - Artisan Cheese Making Workshop in Taos
  • April 6-8 - Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO
  • April 24 - College Awards Day in Las Cruces

The following is an informal calendar of other spring events. Thanks to Woods Houghton for compiling these. Organizers are encouraged to register descriptions and contact data on the on-line calendar through the URL cited above.

April

  • 2-3 - Risk Management Education for Asian Medicinal Herb Production, Alcalde, NM.
  • 22 - Irrigation Workshop in Carlsbad

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences' Web site http://aces.nmsu.edu

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

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

No 41 - March 17

Nine ACES faculty and staff members honored as millionaires

Don't ask them for a loan, because these millionaires don't own their fortunes, but nine ACES faculty and staff members were given "atta boys" last month for attracting more than $1 million in grants and contracts in the past year. The nine were LeRoy Daugherty, Martha Archuleta, Barbara Chamberlin, Terry Crawford, Esther Devall, Robert Silver, Carolyn VanderGiesen, Mary O'Connell and Debra Peters. ACES paced the university in both the number of "millionaires" and total grants and contracts last year. Congratulations to those honored and all those who worked on the high-profile projects and proposals that made the recognition possible.

"Improving the lives of New Mexicans" recommended as mission

On March 5, the college's Strategic Planning Group (SPG) adopted the top vote-getter in an on-line poll as its recommendation for college mission statement. A poll of college faculty and staff on preferences of four proposed mission statements ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 and garnered 253 votes. The results are:

  • First with 43% (110 votes) and recommended mission statement

New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences: Improving the lives of New Mexicans, the nation, and the world through research, teaching and extension.

New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences: Meeting the diverse needs of New Mexicans, the nation, and the world through integrated research, teaching, and extension.

  • Third with 22% (55 votes)

Advancing knowledge in agricultural, consumer, and environmental systems through research, teaching, and extension.

  • Fourth with 6% (16 votes)

Advancing knowledge in agricultural, consumer, and environmental systems.

The SPG moved on to developing a value statement for the college before tackling a vision statement. The remaining meetings for the SPG are scheduled for March 19 and April 2, 16 and 30.

Associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service finalists seminars set

Open seminars for three candidates for Associate Dean and Director of the Cooperative Extension service will take place at 8:30 a.m. on the following dates:

April 9, GTH 200, Jon Boren, Interim Associate Dean & Director, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service;

April 16, GTH 200, Chris Allison, Department Head, Extension Animal Sciences & Natural Resources, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service;

April 17, GTH 190, William Hargrove, Director, Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment, Kansas State University, Research and Extension.

Nominations continue to be sought for four Visioning Team slots

The Office of the Dean will accept nominations for the Visioning Team. Terms expire for staff member Cheryl Butterfield, Extension faculty member Roberta Rios, and research/teaching faculty member John Mexal. In addition, staff member John C. Chamberlin resigned his membership this semester. Thus far, there a total of four nominations for all open positions and only one nomination for two staff positions.

Nominations are due to the Dean's Office by 5 p.m. April 1. An on-line election will be conducted in April and elected members will assume their positions in May. Elected faculty members will assume three-year terms. The two elected staff members will draw for a three-year and a two-year term at the May meeting.

To nominate someone, please send an email to: elcrabb@nmsu.edu Please note in your email that the nominee has accepted your nomination. Members of the team continuing their service are: staff member Brooke Boren, Extension faculty members Wendy Hamilton and Woods Houghton, and research/teaching faculty members Brian Hurd and Ann Bock.

ACES student awards nominations due March 30

Nominations for spring honorees for ACES student awards are due Monday, March 30 to Kristy Mason of the college's Academic Program's Office. Awards include:

  • Outstanding Agriculture Student
  • Outstanding FCS Student
  • Outstanding HRTM Student
  • Dean's Awards of Excellence
  • Dean's Award of Leadership Excellence

For more information go to: http://aces.nmsu.edu/employee/awards/welcome.html

Personnel transactions

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  • March 23-27 - County College Week in Las Cruces
  • March 25-27 - Artisan Cheese Making Workshop in Taos
  • April 6-8 - Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO
  • April 24- College Awards Day in Las Cruces

The following is an informal calendar of other spring events. Thanks to Woods Houghton for compiling these. Organizers are encouraged to register descriptions and contact data on the on-line calendar through the URL cited above.

April

  • 2-3 - Risk Management Education for Asian Medicinal Herb Production, Alcalde, NM.
  • 16 - Sustainable small-scale chile production workshop in Alcalde
  • 22 - Irrigation Workshop in Carlsbad

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No. 42 - April 3

Visioning Team to discuss west end with architects group; form action team

The ACES Visioning Team will meet April 13 with Senior Vice President Ben Woods and two members of the University Architect's office, to review options for the development of the west end of campus. University architect Michael Rickenbaker hosted a Visioning Team tour of the west end of campus last month. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to register concerns and ideas regarding the west end with Visioning Team members.

The Visioning Team will develop a West End Action Team to foster ACES interests in the development of the west end of campus. Several interests will be included on the team, including:

  • Equine Mgt/Teaching Farm
  • Fabian Garcia Teaching Farm
  • Livestock Teaching Labs
  • Student Garden
  • Small Farm Institute
  • Food Science Labs
  • Hotel
  • Museum Facilities
  • 4-H and FFA Facilities
  • Chile Pepper Institute
  • Meats Processing Teaching Lab

Voting underway for four Visioning Team slots

An on-line ballot for Visioning Team members has been distributed to ACES faculty and staff. Five research/teaching faculty members will vie for one open research/teaching position: Chris Cramer, Martha Desmond, Shanna Ivey, Charles Martin and John Mexal. Only one nomination for the open extension faculty slot was received and three nominations for the two open staff positions were received. They are Charlie Siepel, extension district department head; and staff members Cheryl Butterfield, Esther Ramirez and Leslie Rosenthal. Ballots are due at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Those who will continue their terms on the team are: staff member Brooke Boren, extension faculty members Wendy Hamilton and Woods Houghton, and research/teaching faculty members Brian Hurd and Ann Bock. To vote, go to: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB228ZUZXEBYM

Awards Day winners announced

Those who will be honored at the ACES Annual Awards Day on Friday, April 24 at10 a.m. The NMSU Golf Club House have been announced. They are:

Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction -- Caren Cowan

New Mexico Outstanding Leadership Award -- Gene Baca

HRTM Industry Leader Award -- Jim Bradbury and Al Lucero

FCS Outstanding Alumna -- Elaine Crnkovic

Outstanding Agriculture Teacher -- Jesus Trujillo

Distinguished Service Award -- Neil Burcham

Distinguished Staff Award -- Mary Acosta (on campus) and Jackie Clark (off campus)

Distinguished Extension Award -- Robert Flynn

Distinguished Research Award -- Kirk McDaniel

Distinguished Teaching Award -- Geno Picchioni

NACTA Teaching Award -- Manoj Shukla

Fabian Garcia Founders Award -- Steve Loring

Extension Specialist Association Awards -- Diana Del Campo, Shelly Porter, Tim Nesbitt, and Sam Smallidge

Team Award -- Fit Families Program -- Carol Turner, K'Dawn Jackson, Lourdes Olivas, Rosa Lopez, Stacey Carver, and Nidia Florez

Employees also will be honored for years of service at the ceremony.

Associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service finalists seminars set

Open seminars for three candidates for Associate Dean and Director of the Cooperative Extension service will take place at 8:30 a.m. on the following dates:

April 9, GTH 200, Jon Boren, Interim Associate Dean & Director, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service;

April 16, GTH 200, Chris Allison, Department Head, Extension Animal Sciences & Natural Resources, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service;

April 17 GTH 190, William Hargrove, Director, Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment, Kansas State University, Research and Extension.

Raffle supports Extension's YES Camp

Raffle tickets to support scholarships for the Youth Entrepreneurship Summer Camp conducted by the CES Community Resources & Economic Development program are on sale. The $5 tickets offer a chance to win a the photo print of Don Cotter's "Windmill Against the Sunset". The drawing will be held on April 30 and you need not be present to win. Get tickets from Roseanne Lehman in GTH 387 of the Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business offices. For more information contact Michael Patrick at jmpat@nmsu.edu.

National extension agent leaders hosted in New Mexico

Leaders of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents got a taste of New Mexico's agriculture tradition while holding their spring board meeting in Albuquerque on March 26-27. The New Mexico Association of County Agricultural Agents hosted the group of 13 Cooperative Extension Service agents and their spouses during a day tour of central New Mexico.

The New Mexican hosts, including Jon Boren, escorted the delegation to an Acoma Pueblo traditional sheep camp, historical Sky City and NMSU's Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center. At the science center Ron Walser, urban small farm extension specialist, and Tom Place, farm superintendent, gave the guests a tour of the 200-acre farm and told of the various research and work being conducted by NMSU and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service plant material center, which shares the facility.

Lab safety clinic set for April 15

A rotor safety clinic and safety inspection of rotors & centrifuges on the NMSU campus will be conducted by Thermo Fisher Scientific Laboratory Products Group April 15 at the Academic Research Unit C Room 110. If you have questions, call the Environmental Health and Safety office 646-3327.

IFMA Congress set for July

The International Farm Management Association Congress is set for Normal, Illinois, July 19-24. There are five weeks to go for early booking. For more information, go to: http://ifmaonline.org/pages/index.php?main_id=3

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April 3 -- Graduate enrichment seminar (PES) on campus

April 6-8 -- Southwest Marketing Network Annual Conference in Durango, CO

April 14-16 -- Agricultural terrorism preparedness course in Albuquerque

April 16 -- Small-scale chile production workshop in Alcalde

April 24 -- College Awards Day in Las Cruces

May 12-13 -- New Mexico Indian Livestock Days in McKinley County

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No. 43 - April 21

Election results determine Visioning Team make up

Four individuals were elected to the Visioning Team and will start their terms next month. Elected to three-year terms were Charles Siepel, extension faculty member, and John Mexal, research/teaching faculty member. Staff members elected are Cheryl Butterfield and Esther Ramirez. They will draw for one two-year term and one three-year term at the May meeting of the Visioning Team. The four newly elected members join incumbents Ann Bock, Brooke Boren, Wendy Hamilton, Woods Houghton and Brian Hurd.

Eat, drink and watch Cook-off on Friday, April 24

End the week with music and burger, while you watch Dean Lowell Catlett and other administrators face-off in a burger-grilling cook-off. The administrators will be paired with a professional in a Grilling with the Stars format, complete with a judging panel. The event will be 3 to 5 p.m. in the Wooton Hall Courtyard. Tickets are $10 per person and include a burger and beverage. Get your tickets in room 138 Gerald Thomas Hall at the Presidential Events Office.

Master Plan meeting set for Tuesday, April 28

Michael Rickenbaker, NMSUs university architect, will give an update on the legislative funding and an evaluation on how new funding impacts the Master Plan at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, at the Corbett Centers New Mexico Room 324. College faculty and staff and the public are invited. ACES is developing a West-end Action Team to develop structured input regarding the colleges facility needs on the west end of campus. The NMSU Master Plan, a guide we follow in thinking about facilities for our future, can be viewed at http://masterplan.nmsu.edu/MasterPlanFinal.pdf.

Awards Day to be carried on the Web

College Awards Day ceremonies on Friday April 24, will be carried on web video. Sonja Serna will email a link to all ACES email addresses for live video and audio from the NMSU Golf Club House starting at 10 a.m. No site preparation is required. Those being honored include:

Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction -- Caren Cowan

New Mexico Outstanding Leadership Award -- Gene Baca

HRTM Industry Leader Award -- Jim Bradbury and Al Lucero

FCS Outstanding Alumna -- Elaine Crnkovic

Outstanding Agriculture Teacher -- Jesus Trujillo

Distinguished Service Award -- Neil Burcham

Distinguished Staff Award -- Mary Acosta (on campus) and Jackie Clark (off campus)

Distinguished Extension Award -- Robert Flynn

Distinguished Research Award -- Kirk McDaniel

Distinguished Teaching Award -- Geno Picchioni

NACTA Teaching Award -- Manoj Shukla

Fabian Garcia Founders Award -- Steve Loring

4-H Foundation Award -- Teresa Dean

Team Award -- Fit Families Program -- Carol Turner, K'Dawn Jackson, Lourdes Olivas, Rosa Lopez, Stacey Carver, and Nidia Florez

Extension Specialist Association Awards -- Diana Del Campo, Shelly Porter, Tim Nesbitt, and Sam Smallidge

Employees also will be honored for years of service at the ceremony.

Raffle supports Extension's YES Camp

Raffle tickets to support scholarships for the Youth Entrepreneurship Summer Camp conducted by the CES Community Resources & Economic Development program are on sale. The $5 tickets offer a chance to win a the photo print of Don Cotter's "Windmill Against the Sunset". The drawing will be held on April 30 and you need not be present to win. Get tickets from Roseanne Lehman in GTH 387 of the Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business offices. For more information contact Michael Patrick at jmpat@nmsu.edu.

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April 24 -- College Awards Day in Las Cruces

April 25 -- Annual Cattle and Horse Sale in Las Cruces

May 11-15 -- Better Process Control School in Las Cruces

May 12-13 -- New Mexico Indian Livestock Days in McKinley County

June 1- July 7 -- YES Camp in Las Cruces

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No. 44 - May 8

Boren selected as associate dean and director

Jon Boren, professor and extension wildlife specialist, was announced today as the new associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service after a national search. He served as interim associate dean and director since April 2008. He earned his doctorate in 1995 from Oklahoma State University and took a position as extension wildlife specialist at NMSU in 1996. He has investigated wildlife/livestock interactions through scientific studies on rangelands and forests in New Mexico, explored methods of coping with wildlife damage, and developed teaching materials to be used in natural resource educational curriculum and conduct educational programs for youth in 4-H, FFA and the public school system.

Mexal withdraws from Visioning Team; Ivey takes slot

John Mexal is vacating the three-year term position for the research/teaching position on the college Visioning Team, after winning the position in an April election. Second-place vote-getter Shanna Ivey will assume the position at the May 27 Visioning Team meeting. She joins newly elected representatives Charles Siepel, Cheryl Butterfield and Esther Ramirez and returning members Ann Bock, Brooke Boren, Wendy Hamilton, Woods Houghton and Brian Hurd.

West-end Action Team taking shape

The majority of representatives to the West-end Action Team (WEAT) have been recommended to the Visioning Team. WEAT will be charged with working with the University Architect's Office to foster ACES interests in the development of the west end of campus. In addition to the interests mentioned in Ag E-news # 42 representatives of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, the student body and Cooperative Extension Service are being added.

Members will be asked to serve up to three years representing their unit's interest in conceptual plans for the west end and keeping constituents informed.

Dormody and Seevers win ag educators awards

Tom Dormody, professor of agricultural and extension education, won the Distinguished Research Award from the Western Region American Association of Agricultural Educators. Brenda Seevers, professor of agricultural and extension education won the Distinguished Service Award from the same group. These peer awards were awarded in Lake Tahoe at the annual Western Region AAAE conference on April 22, 2009.

ACES Students honored with spring awards

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences recently awarded 23 students for outstanding achievements. They are:

  • Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award for ACES -- Colleen Keri Boyd
  • Outstanding Agriculture Student -- Sara K. (Peterson) Marta
  • Outstanding FCS Student -- Molly Rose-Coss
  • Outstanding Student in HRTM -- Crista Mestas
  • Dean's Award of Leadership Excellence -- Tonya Marten

Dean's Award of Excellence for Undergrads

  • Phillip Lujan,
  • David B. Mitchell
  • Alida Elizabeth Burchettt
  • Michael Woodward, Jr.
  • Julie Bond
  • Nathan Henri
  • Shara Lynn Jordan
  • Allison Otis
  • Heath Tjaden
  • Amy Lamb
  • Samuel M. Nesbitt
  • Sherida Elkins
  • Angela Newton
  • Elena Ruiz

Dean's Award of Excellence for Grad Students

  • Jorge Achata Böttger
  • J. Aaron Sims
  • Anwar Anderson
  • Katie Inez Laney

Strategic Planning Group recommends college mission, values and vision The ACES Strategic Planning Group wrapped up several months of work in a joint meeting with Visioning Team on April 30. They finalized the proposed college mission, values and vision. The recommendations are as follows:

Our mission in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is: To improve the lives of New Mexicans, the nation, and the world through research, teaching and extension.

Our values in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences encompass the following:

We deliver EXCELLENCE through our commitment to:

  • Scholarship
  • Creativity
  • Resourcefulness
  • Comprehensiveness
  • Leadership

We are guided by a sense of INTEGRITY characterized by:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Ethics
  • Commitment
  • Accountability

Our relationships to people are governed by a belief in INCLUSIVENESS through:

  • Collaboration
  • Accessibility
  • Responsiveness
  • Communication
  • Respect
  • Diversity

Our relationship to resources and institutions is one of STEWARDSHIP that fosters:

  • Sustainability
  • Service
  • Conservation

Our Vision for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is: A college where people are engaged in the discovery and delivery of knowledge by preparing innovative leaders in a global society; promoting healthy ecosystems and wise environmental stewardship; fostering healthy communities, families and youth; and advancing productive, safe, and sustainable agriculture, tourism, and food systems, utilizing state-of-the-art resources. The State of New Mexico is our campus.

The Visioning Team will be expected to develop objectives and strategies for the college based on the mission, values and vision.

First Detector Continuing Education workshops scheduled for June 2 and 3

First Detector Training and First Detector Continuing Education workshop scheduled for June 2nd in Albuquerque and will be repeated June 3rd in Corrales. The morning workshop is part of the National Plant Diagnostic Network's education and training program for individuals not yet designated Certified First Detectors. It will take place from 8:30 to noon each day. This workshop will be taught by Dr. Natalie Goldberg and covers the Mission of National Plant Diagnostic Network, the art and science of diagnosis, quality sample submission, and high risk pathogens.

In the afternoon each day a continuing education course will be offered to Certified First Detectors from 1:00 pm to 3:00pm. This workshop will be taught by Dr. Carol Sutherland and Dr. Jamshid Ashigh who will present topics on high risk arthropods and high risk weeds.

For more information contact Jason French at: mailto: jfrench@nmsu.edu

NMDA officer and college alum nominated as USDA undersecretary

Edward M. Avalos, director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture's Marketing and Development Division was nominated this month for Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, United States Department of Agriculture. His career includes 29 years at NMDA. He is a native of the Mesilla Valley. Avalos earned his bachelors and masters degrees from NMSU.

Personnel transactions

Professor Mark Petersen retires from Animal and Range Sciences. Check this and other transactions at: http://aces.nmsu.edu/business/personnel-transactions.html

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May 11-15 - Better Process Control School in Las Cruces

May 12-13 - New Mexico Indian Livestock Days in McKinley County

June 1- July 7 - YES Camp in Las Cruces

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No. 45 - May 28

Mercer study process for CES and off-campus AES nears completion

Equity adjustments retroactive to January 2009 based on studies by the Mercer Group will soon be in the paychecks of faculty who do not have instruction appointments. Studies have been completed, comparables determined and both retroactive and on-going pay adjustments recommended. The NMSU administration is finishing the procedural aspects of the pay increases. This pay increases for the last group of faculty will be covered from college-level funds.

Budget for college reduced due to legislative cutbacks

Tim Nesbitt, assistant dean, said the college's budget has been reduced by an unspecified amount due to reduced funding to the university by the legislature. He said the reduction, plus the funding of the equity adjustments for CES and off-campus AES faculty members, creates a significant reduction in available revenues. There will be no expansion of programs, he said. Nesbitt said the college administration is working with central administration to replace lost funding.

New Mexico Works employees honored

Five NMSU Cooperative Extension Service New Mexico Works employees were honored for their service to the program during a recent state-wide New Mexico Works conference. Honored as Road Warriors for going the extra mile to help staff in New Mexico Works offices were: Amir Wadajo, coordinator of training statewide; Erica Huetter, Central Region job development program coordinator; Nancy Garcia, North Region career development specialist; and Jeanette Padilla, Central Region career development specialist. Evangelina Alivas, Southwest Region program coordinator, was recognized for the contributions she made as a new project developer. The New Mexico Works Program is administered by the Cooperative Extension Service and employs 150 employees across the state to help recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to enter the workforce.

Employee contributions to ERB go up in July

Employees may experience a loss in take-home pay starting with the new fiscal year, due to increases in employee contributions to the Educational Retirement Board mandated by the legislature. The employee contribution to ERB goes up from 7.9% to 9.4%. The same increase applies to those in the Alternative Retirement Plan. Also, effective July 1, 2009, those who have seven years in the alternative plan will be given 120 days to opt into the ERB plan. Finally, after July 1, 2010, lump sum payments (annual leave payouts) will not be used to calculate pension benefits. Questions can be directed to Benefit Services at 575-646-2047 or the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board at 505-827-8030. The ERB Web site is: http://www.nmerb.org/

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June 1- July 7 - YES Camp in Las Cruces

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No. 46 - June 9

Bader selected for Northern District Extension Department Head

Jeff Bader, program director for the Bernalillo County Extension Office, was announced June 5 as the new Northern District Extension department head, by CES director Jon Boren. The appointment is effective on June 22. Bader replaces Roberta Rios, who retired this past spring. Bader earned his B.S. and M.S. in animal science from NMSU in 1981 and 1984, respectively. He earned his doctorate in higher education administration from NMSU in 2004. He has been county program director in Bernalillo County since 2003. He was county program director and agriculture agent in Quay County from 1991 to 2003, 4-H and agriculture agent in Santa Fe County from 1987 to1991 and director of equine technology at El Reno Junior College in Oklahoma from 1984 to 1987.

Mexal Interim Head of PES; search to get underway

John Mexal took over this month as interim department head of Plant and Environmental Sciences as Greg Mullins went on medical disability. A national search is being organized for the department head position, for which Mexal said he chose not to be a candidate. Mexal said a committee composed of representatives of staff, science centers, major academic groups in the department, and stakeholders would convene this summer to begin the process. He hopes to keep the committee to about seven members. It is Mexal's hope to interview candidates during fall semester and have a new department head on board in the spring semester.

Bock chairs Visioning Team, new member added

Ann Bock was elected chair of the Visioning Team on May 27 at its first meeting since new members were elected. Staff representative Brooke Boren resigned and was replaced by Leslie Rosenthal, who was a candidate in the election. Members' terms are as follows: Expiring in 2010, Wendy Hamilton, Brian Hurd, and Leslie Rosenthal; expiring in 2011, Ann Bock, Woods Houghton and Cheryl Butterfield; and expiring in 2012, Charles Siepel, Shanna Ivey and Esther Ramirez. The next Visioning Team meeting will be June 19.

West-end Action Team membership finalized

The membership of the West-End Action Team (WEAT), charged with working to foster interests of ACES related to the development of the west end of campus and fulfilling related strategic objectives, has been finalized. Members and entities they represent are as follows:

  • Equine Mgt/Teaching Farm-- Jason Turner
  • Fabian Garcia Teaching Farm-- John Mexal
  • Livestock Teaching Labs -- Milt Thomas
  • Student Garden & Small Farm Institute -- Mark Uchanski
  • Ag Science Centers -- Leonard Lauriault
  • Food Science Labs -- Lisa McKee/Carol Turner
  • Museum Facilities (Range Plants, Arthropods, Wildlife) -- Scott Bundy
  • 4-H and FFA Facilities and Extension -- Frank Hodnett
  • Chile Pepper Institute -- Wendy Hamilton, Chair
  • Meats Processing Teaching Lab-- Jack Thomas
  • Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology-- Martha Desmond
  • Ad Hoc Member -- Tim Ross
  • Strengthening Families Program -- Esther Devall
  • Student Representative -- Kasey DeAtley

A representative for the hotel development has yet to be assigned.

Flex-time ideas being fielded

Dean Catlett invites ideas for flex-time scheduling during the summer for ACES offices with the aim of saving energy. Send any comments in this regard to loring@nmsu.edu. No changes in schedules for any academic, AES or CES offices are sanctioned at this time.

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June 1- July 7 - YES Camp in Las Cruces

August 6 - Los Lunas ASC Field Day in Los Lunas

September 14-18 - County College Week in Socorro

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No. 47 - June 30

Awnings installed over picnic tables

As a result of suggestions by staff members at a Jan. 29 Dean's Open Forum, awnings have been installed over picnic tables on the south side of Gerald Thomas Hall. Staff members expressed concern about bird droppings infecting the eating area. The shade comes at no extra cost.

Mercer Study notices go to non-I&G faculty

Notices of equity adjustments under the Mercer Study guidelines have been sent to non-I&G Faculty members. The group includes extension agents and research faculty at science centers. Their equity increases will be retroactive to January 1, 2009.

Chile Institute is on the map

The Chile Pepper Institute is one of a handful of stops identified in Rand McNally's 2010 Road Atlas' Best of the Road tour of New Mexico. For more information, see the full story at this link. http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/news/article/?action=show&id=4626

4-H'ers to invade campus

The 86th Annual State 4-H Conference will be held July 13-17 on the Las Cruces campus. For more information, go to: http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/news/article/?action=show&id=4622

Dairy consortium offers needed education to animal science students

Students from 10 Southern Great Plains Dairy consortium universities, including NMSU, are attending a six-week program of hands-on dairy education near Clovis. To read more about what the 22 students are doing, go to: http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/news/article/?action=show&id=4620

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August 6 - Tucumcari ASC Field Day

August 12 - Los Lunas ASC Field Day

August 18 - Clovis ASC Field Day

September 14-18 - County College Week in Socorro

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No. 48 - July 9

Interim Department Heads chosen for FCS

Jim Libbin will be interim head of Family and Consumer Sciences for academic programs and Jon Boren for extension functions of the department. The associate deans will take over upon the departure of Martha Archuleta this month, who is taking an associate dean post with Utah State University. A search for a regular department head for all functions of the department is underway.

Byford honored for lifetime achievement

Ronnie Byford, director of the Center for Animal Health, Food Safety, and Bio-security, received the Livestock Insect Workers' Conference Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Entomology at the 2009 LIWC conference last month in French Lick, Indiana. Byford has published more than 100 journal articles, received more than $12 in extramural funding, and graduated 18 M.S. and Ph. D. students. His research has focused on ectoparasites and has led to a patent application for the first long-term, sustained-release anti-biotic bolus for the control of vector-borne diseases in cattle. He also has done work on detection of insecticide resistance in pests and he developed the concept of insecticide impregnated ear tags for horn fly control.

Teachers wanted for County College

Faculty interested in conducting three-hour training sessions for public officials may find County College a rewarding experience. County officials are taught in seven major tracks, including management and leadership, communications, applied research, budgeting and public finance, government, and human resources. In addition, specialized classes are offered for specific public officials such as assessors, treasurers, and health care workers. Faculty may qualify for supplemental compensation and expenses are covered. Classes are offered in various locations across the state. To review class descriptions, go to:http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/countycollege/course-catalog.html and http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/countycollege/affiliate-courses.html

To express interest or ask questions, contact Terry Canup at: tcanup@nmsu.edu

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August 6 - Tucumcari ASC Field Day

August 12 - Los Lunas ASC Field Day

August 18 - Clovis ASC Field Day

September 14-18 - County College Week in Socorro

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N0. 49 - July 27

Greg Mullins succumbs to illness

Gregory Mullins, department head of Plant and Environmental Sciences from 2005 until this summer, died on Saturday, July 18 in Las Cruces. He saw the department through a name change, curriculum changes and the hiring of several new faculty members. He was an accomplished scientist at Virginia Tech and Auburn before coming to NMSU. He was interred in Christiansburg, Virginia on July 25. A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for August 14 in Las Cruces. In lieu of flowers make contributions to "The Greg and Iris Mullins Scholarship" with checks payable to "NMSU Foundation" with "Mullins Scholarship" in the memo line.

August 18 marks convocation, college forum and unveiling of memory wall

ACES will host an open college forum at 1:30 p.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall auditorium. Dean Lowell Catlett will offer an update followed by introductions of new faculty and staff. Immediately following the forum a reception will be held in GTH 297 to unveil the new Memory Hall of Friends, commemorating late members of the ACES community. Earlier in the day, the University Convocation will be held at 9 a.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

Shukla wins Patricia Christmore Teaching Award

Manoj Shukla, assistant professor of plant and environmental sciences, will be awarded the Patricia Christmore Faculty Teaching Award at the NMSU Fall Convocation on Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. at the NMSU Music Recital Hall. Shukla was awarded the National Association of College Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award in April at the ACES Awards Day. Colleagues credit him with single-handedly saving the soil physics program since joining the department in 2005. Upon his arrival he took the 400- and 500-level Soils Physics courses out of mothballs, where they had resided for four years. By 2007, SOILS 477 had its highest enrollment in 15 years and a majority of those students moved on to the previously thought to be untouchable 500-level soils class.

Ross wins New Mexico Wool Growers' Amigo award

Tim Ross, interim department head of Animal and Range Sciences, was presented the Amigo Award last month. The award was given at the New Mexico Wool Growers' Association, Inc. annual Meeting in Ruidoso on June 29. Ross was lauded for his service to the wool industry through his research and teaching and his passionate work on behalf of New Mexico sheep grower families. He has won five teaching awards in his career at NMSU.

Extension specialist is judge on Food Network show

Stephanie Walker, extension vegetable specialist, found herself judging chile cheeseburgers on "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" on the Food Network. For the full story, go to: http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/news/article/?action=show&id=4653

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August 6 - Tucumcari ASC Field Day

August 12 - Los Lunas ASC Field Day

August 18 - Clovis ASC Field Day

September 14-18 - County College Week in Socorro

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No. 50 - August 11

Heat up/cool down at the Fire and Ice Competition on Thursday

The ACES Fun Committee is sponsoring a Fire and Ice Competition, Thursday, August 13 in the 100 West Cafe in Gerald Thomas Hall. Those interested in submitting their own homemade salsa or ice cream for judging must bring their entries to 100 West Cafe by 1:30 p.m. Judging will take place at 2 p.m. Come and enjoy entries and the fun. Awards will be given for Best Hot Salsa, Best Not Hot Salsa, Crowd Favorite Salsa, Best Traditional Ice Cream, Best Nontraditional Ice Cream and Crowd Favorite Ice Cream.

Survey to ACES faculty will poll grants and contract services preferences

ACES faculty will be polled this week with an on-line survey to gauge their preferences related to grants and contracts services. Proposals to move pre-award and post-award offices out of the college to centralized university offices prompted development of the survey. The survey will allow faculty to indicate how they would like to engage grants and contract services.

August 18 marks convocation, college forum and unveiling of memory wall

ACES will host an open college forum at 1:30 p.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall auditorium. Dean Lowell Catlett will offer an update followed by introductions of new faculty and staff. Immediately following the forum, a reception will be held in GTH 297 to unveil the new Memory Hall of Friends, commemorating late members of the ACES community. Earlier in the day, the University Convocation will be held at 9 a.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

Senator Bingaman to talk at Clovis Field Day

Sen. Jeff Bingaman will be the luncheon speaker at the Agricultural Science Center at Clovis Field Day on August 18. Field tours start at 9:15 a.m. and the luncheon program begins at 11:45 a.m. at the science center.

Small Farm Institute up and running

Jeanine Chavez Castillo, coordinator of the Small Farm Institute, says funding from the 2007 session of the New Mexico Legislature has the institute up and running. The Legislature provided $64,000 for staffing of the program and $105,000 for capital outlay that will be used for such things as purchasing equipment, and constructing a greenhouse and drip irrigation system.

To get the program started, faculty who are involved in the institute are focusing on the Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Center and the Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas, as well as the Fabian Garcia Science Center and Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center at the Las Cruces campus.

"We're trying to build a corridor between us and Los Lunas, which has a higher elevation and a little smaller farm and a little more diverse land ownership." said John Mexal, interim department head of Plant and Environmental Sciences.

A long-term goal of the institute is to secure land at the Las Cruces campus to construct the Sustainable Agriculture Research-Education Center that could eventually be a place for students, working in conjunction with Dona Ana Community College, to earn a degree in sustainable agriculture. A student-run garden also will be a part of the center to give students hands-on experience in farm work. For more information, contact Jeanine Chavez Castillo at 575-646-2286.

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August 18 - Clovis ASC Field Day

September 14-18 - County College Week in Socorro

October 19-22 - ACES Door Decorating Contest

October 23 - Donor Recognition Breakfast

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No. 51 - August 25

Facelifts in Gerald Thomas Hall noticeable

A white, bright Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium certainly got the attention of attendees at the College Forum on Aug. 18. The notoriously dimly lit auditorium sported new hung lighting and freshly painted walls and ceilings. Dean Lowell Catlett announced that, in accordance with faculty and staff feedback, the international flags would return to the auditorium now that remodeling was over. A total of 75 flags, more than were there previously, will adorn the walls.

GTH 297 conference room has new carpeting and its decades-old curtains have been removed to make room for the Wall of Memories. Other work being done in Gerald Thomas Hall includes an updating of a Family and Consumer Sciences kitchen laboratory in GTH 331 and 332. The remodel will include four new hoods, new refrigerators and stoves. It is expected to be finished at the end of the semester. The clothing and textiles lab in GTH 301 is also being revamped.

Office space is being remodeled in GTH 288 for the food security personnel who are under direction of Bob Silver. That project should be done in a few weeks. The Chile Pepper Institute is being remodeled in GTH 265, forcing the temporary housing of the Institute in GTH 156. An on-going project is the replacement of old cast iron pipes in the plumbing chases of Gerald Thomas Hall with the support of Building Replacement and Renewal funds. A new roof on Gerald Thomas Hall will be another BR&R project in the offing.

Wall of Memories accepting tributes

Those who wish to honor and remember late members of the ACES community can submit photos and write-ups to the Office of the Dean for inclusion in the Wall of Memories in GTH 297. The Wall of Memories was developed in response to Emeritus Professor Morris Southward’s desire to pay tribute to the late Morris Finkner, former head of Experimental Statistics. The wall was officially unveiled on Aug. 18 with tributes to Finkner, Sylvia Evans, former departmental secretary and college historian and Robert Coppersmith, former extension economist. Dean Lowell Catlett said tributes to both late faculty and staff would be accepted.

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October 19-22 - ACES Door Decorating Contest

October 23 - Donor Recognition Breakfast

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No. 52 - October 2

College SCH up big

ACES student credit hours were up almost 8% over last fall according to census date figures, last month. Lower division SCH were up 5.2%; upper division 10%; and graduate-level 7.6% for a composite increase of 8.1% Only the College of Arts and Sciences registered a higher increase. The Las Cruces campus was up 6.8% and total NMSU increase was 8.1% for all campuses.

Sponsored awards at $35 million for FY '09

ACES was awarded $35,559,910 in sponsored funding in FY '09 as a result of proposals totaling $75,620,577. During the fiscal year, the college expended $43,171,055 in sponsored funding, placing it second only to PSL at NMSU.

West End Action Team meets twice this month

Members of the West End Action Team (WEAT) meet twice this month to develop plans for the west side of campus. On Oct. 15 WEAT members will share project plans that might have an impact on development plans for the west side of campus. On Oct. 26 WEAT members will meet with representatives of the NMSU Architects Office to review the University's Master Plan. For more information, contact your representative or Wendy Hamilton.

Witte honored by departments of agriculture association

Jeff Witte, director of bio-security for NMDA, was presented the James a. graham Award for Outstanding Service to Agriculture on Sept. 20 in Montgomery, Alabama by the National association of State Departments of Agriculture. He was honored for his work with the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center where he is co-director.

Seevers selected managing editor of JIAEE

Brenda severs, professor of agricultural and extension education, was selected last month to be managing editor of the Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education. She will manage the submission and review process for the journal of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education beginning in January.

Del Campo reappointed to state board

Dr. Robert Del Campo was reappointed last month to the Counseling and Therapy Practice Board by Gov. Bill Richardson. The board is involved in licensing counselors and therapists for the State of New Mexico under the auspices of the state's Liscensing and Regulation Department. Del Campo's term runs until June 30, 2013. Members sought for Nutrition and Dietetic Practice Board

The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department seeks members for the recently re-established Nutrition and Dietetic Practice Board. The board has responsibility for licensing nutritionist and dietitians, enforcing laws, rules and regulations and promoting public safety and a healthy business market. Those interested should contact Cynthia Graystone, administrator for the board at: New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, Boards and Commissions Division, Toney Anaya Building, 2550 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Ph. (505) 476-4935. For more information, go to: [http://www.rld.state.nm.us/nutrition/(http://www.rld.state.nm.us/nutrition/)

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October 19-22 - ACES Door Decorating Contest Las Cruces campus

October 21-22 Acequia Hydrology Symposium and Tour in Santa Fe

October 23 - Donor Recognition Breakfast Las Cruces campus

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No. 53 - October 13

Paul Bosland selected for NM Distinguished Public Service Award

Paul Bosland, professor of plant and environmental sciences, has been selected one of the 2009 New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award recipients. He will receive his award on Nov. 12 at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to public service and the improvement of government. Bosland won in the "state government and universities" category. The award program is co-chaired by Gov. Bill Richardson and Dan Lopez, president of New Mexico Tech.

Wanda Eastman appointed as CADE program reviewer

Wanda Eastman, professor of family and consumer sciences, has been appointed to a three-year term as a program reviewer and site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetics Association. As a reviewer, she will take part in two site visits and two program assessment reports annually.

Homecoming events rapidly approaching

Celebrating the Past and Unmasking the Future is the theme of this year's homecoming celebration. Those who wish to enter the door decoration contests need to call Olga at 6-1806 by Monday, Oct. 19 to register to vie for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards. Pumpkin carving contests to win scariest, funniest, most original and honorable mention awards will be held as well. Each office or department can pick up one pumpkin on Monday, Oct. 19 in the Dean's conference room at GTH 220 from 9 to 10 a.m. Judges will see doors and pumpkins on Thursday, Oct. 22 starting at 2 p.m.

The Homecoming Recognition Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 in the tent by the windmill. Award winners will be announced there. The ACES Alumni Homecoming Dance will be held at the Binn's Wiinery at 3900 W. Picacho Avenue on Friday, Oct. 23 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

NMSU Employee Council seeks nominees

Nominations for the NMSU Employee Council (formerly ACAP) are due Oct. 30. To nominate, go to:
https://hrs-apps.nmsu.edu:8443/hrp/faces/nominate.xhtml

Nominations are being accepted for the Alumni Association Outstanding Senior from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environment Sciences. Please send nominations to Kristy Mason in the Academic Deans Office by Wednesday, October 14. Applications and criteria can be obtained from the Dean's Office and Academic Programs.

West End Action Team meets twice this month

Members of the West End Action Team (WEAT) meet twice this month to develop plans for the west side of campus. On Oct. 15 WEAT members will share project plans that might have an impact on development plans for the west side of campus. On Oct. 26 WEAT members will meet with representatives of the NMSU Architects Office to review the University's Master Plan. For more information, contact your representative or Wendy Hamilton.

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October 19-22 - ACES Door Decorating Contest Las Cruces campus

October 21-22 - Acequia Hydrology Symposium and Tour in Santa Fe

October 23 - Donor Recognition Breakfast Las Cruces campus

October 23 - Homecoming Dance in Las Cruces

Nov. 10-11 - Safe process of beef jerky& HACCP for Spanish-speaking operators in Las Cruces

Nov. 10 - Forage management training for CES agents

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No. 54 - October 27

Faculty, staff and students invited to costume contest on Friday

The Fun Committee will be sponsoring the Annual ACES Halloween Costume Contest on Friday, October the 30th. Students, faculty and staff are invited to compete for the Scariest, Funniest and Most Original Costume awards. The Contest will be held in the Gerald Thomas Auditorium between 3 and 4 p.m. Participants should report to the auditorium by 2:45 p.m.

Dictson receives CSREES Partnership Award

Billy Dictson, director of bio-security for the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center accepted the 2009 Partnership Award this month from USDA. Dictson is a member of the Extension Disaster Education Network's (EDEN) leadership team, representing Agrosecurity. EDEN received the award from the USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service for effective and efficient use of resources in implementing education including the Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Planning grants in the past year.

ACES Homecoming a big success

More than 400 people enjoyed the ACES Homecoming Recognition Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 23, where winners of ACES Homecoming contests were announced. Plant and Environmental Sciences won both Best Door Decoration and Scariest Pumpkin awards. Judges deemed the scariest pumpkin also the ugliest. Agricultural and Extension Education took third in the Door Decoration and won Most Original Pumpkin. Agricultural Economics took second in Door Decoration, while the Office of Business and Resource Planning won the Funniest Pumpkin Award. Extension Home Economics won the Homecoming Spirit Pumpkin Award. At the Aggies football game, it was announced that the ACES Deans' Office Suite won the campus-wide ASNMSU Office Display Award for the third straight year.

Two ACES alums win recognition during Homecoming

J.B. Pruett and William "Bilo" Wallace are two ACES alums who were honored at the ACES Homecoming Recognition Breakfast on Oct. 23. Pruett, the 1962 Outstanding Graduate for the college as an animal husbandry major, was honored as the college's Distinguished Alumnus for 2009. He grew up on the T.O. Ranch near Raton. He worked from 1976 to 1998 with Wooten Construction Company and formed Northrise Corporation in 1998. He has been a strong supporter of the New Mexico Works program and president of the New Mexico State University President's Associates group. He was ACES Outstanding New Mexico Leader in 2003.

Bilo Wallace, from Rancho Corralitos near Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, was NMSU's Outstanding International Alumnus for 2009. He was enrolled in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences and graduated in the late 1960s. He served as the president of the Chihuahua Cattlemen's Association and as representative of Mexico to the international committee to eliminate bovine tuberculosis and mad cow disease.

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No. 55- November 16

Associate Dean of Academic Programs position open to internal candidates

Applicants for ACES Associate Dean of Academic Programs have until Nov. 30 to submit a vita, unofficial transcripts and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to search committee chair David Thompson. Applicants must be tenured full professors in ACES. The seven-person search committee includes five faculty members, one staff member, and one student. They are: David Thompson, Priscilla Bloomquist, Jerry Hawkes, Raul Valdez, Esther Devall, Janie Wagoner and J.T. Van Huss.

Those interested in viewing the position description can go to NMSU announcement # 2009011719.

Governor appoints Eastman to Dietetics Board

Wanda Eastman, professor of family and consumer sciences, was recently appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to the New Mexico Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Board. Her appointment began in October and will continue until June 2011. She is licensed as a dietitian in New Mexico and is a registered dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

ACES forum will be scheduled in December

An ACES open forum with Dean Lowell Catlett and the associate deans will be scheduled for December. A date has yet to be set.

Acronym is official

There is a proper way to refer to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Those who wish to use an acronym should refer to the college as ACES. The Dean's office sent out a clarifying email on Nov. 5.

Thanksgiving centerpieces for sale by Floral Team

The NMSU Floral Team is selling fresh-flower Thanksgiving centerpieces from $15 to $50 each. The order form is at http://aces.nmsu.edu/eforms/FloralJudging/order_form.php

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Nov. 19 - Food industry seminar in Las Cruces
Jan. 18-21 - County College Mid-winter in Santa Fe and Albuquerque
Jan. 19-20 - Better process control school in Las Cruces

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No. 56- December 3

Associate Dean of Academic Programs position applicants to be interviewed

There are three internal applicants for ACES Associate Dean of Academic Programs - Jim Libbin, Cynda Clary and Tom Dormody. The position closed on Nov. 30. Search committee chair David Thompson said the committee would not conduct interviews until after the start of the spring semester. They will forward their summaries after interviews to Dean Lowell Catlett. The seven-person search committee includes five faculty members, one staff member, and one student. They are: Thompson, Priscilla Bloomquist, Jerry Hawkes, Raul Valdez, Esther Devall, Janie Wagoner and J.T. Van Huss.

Hinrichs selected CES Associate Director

Bruce Hinrichs, Eastern District Department Head, was appointed Associate Director of the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) effective Nov. 25. In more than 20 years with NMSU CES, Hinrichs has been a 4-H Agent, County Director and Extension Department Head. He will continue serving as the Eastern District Department Head.

Agents, Specialists in Las Cruces Jan. 11-14

Cooperative Extension personnel will be in Las Cruces for in-service training Jan. 11-14 at the Hotel Encanto after a two-year hiatus due to budget constraints. After a Monday travel day, the meeting will convene with continental breakfast Tuesday morning and adjourn at Noon Thursday. Subject matter training and association meetings will make up the bulk of the sessions.

Gamma Sigma Delta recognizes students, faculty and staff

Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture, held its 31st annual banquet on Nov. 12, 2009 at the Las Cruces Hilton Garden Inn. Eleven students, three faculty members and one staff member were inducted into membership. These include Kelli Goodan, Mary Beth Shivers and John Allen (Agricultural and Extension Education); Brette Hadley (Agricultural Economics/Business); Alison Iroz, Leah Lankford, and Andres Cibils (Animal and Range Sciences), Rami Al-Khatib (Molecular Biology), and Pradip Adhikari, Ashraf El-Sadek, Amir Gonzalez, Ariadna Monroy, Blair Stringham, Mark Uchanski, and Sanjit Kumar (Plant and Environmental Sciences).

The Distinguished Graduate Student Award was presented to Dustin Yates, a Ph.D. candidate working with Dr. Tim Ross in Animal and Range Sciences, while the Distinguished Graduate Teaching/Advisement award went to Associate Professor, Dr. Clint Loest in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. Current officers of the organization are Shanna Ivey (President), Jerry Hawkes (President-Elect), Clint Loest (Past-President), Rebecca Creamer (Secretary), and Marilyn Hallford (Treasurer/Historian).

Graduation events scheduled

The Sam Steel Society induction ceremony will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11 in the NMSU Music Recital Hall. Leading up to that event, academic departments will host receptions for graduating seniors and guests as follows:

EPPWS - Noon, Dec. 10 at La Posta Restaurant
HRTM - 5:30 p.m., Dec. at 10 Café 100 West
AEAB - 1:30 p.m., Dec. 11 at GTH 297
AXED - 1:30 p.m., Dec. 11 Café 100 West
ARS - 2:30 p.m., Dec. 11 at Livestock Pavilion
FCS - 2 p.m., Dec. 11 at GTH 331
FWCE - 2:30 p.m., Dec. 11 at Knox 100 C
PES - 2:30 p.m., Dec. 11 at Skeen Rotunda

ACES Students recognized at end of the semester

Sixteen ACES students are being recognized at the end of the fall semester for their achievements. They are:

Outstanding Student in Family and Consumer Sciences:

  • Christina de Leon

Alumni Association Outstanding Student:

  • Morgan Nelson

Departmental Outstanding Students:

  • Rachael Lindsay Thomen, AXED
  • Kelsi Cureton, AEAB
  • Megan Coleson, ARS
  • Carole Lange, EPPWS
  • Paul Martinez, HRTM
  • Sheney Alonzo Leon, PES

Dean's Award of Leadership Excellence:

  • Shawna Mc Lain, AEAB

Dean's Award of Excellence for Undergraduates:

  • Kimberly Treat, HRTM
  • Kara Brooks, AEAB
  • Lindsey Zemanek, ARS
  • James Patrick Kilcrease, EPPWS
  • Russell Walter, AXED

Dean's Award of Excellence for Graduate Students:

  • Kassi Laney, AEAB
  • Bonnie M. Rabe, AXED

Academic departments to get hallway information screens

If you like checking out the menu for the Café 100 West in Gerald Thomas Hall on the video screen, you'll love the new ACES academic program information screens scheduled to go up in the college's three academic buildings after the first of the year. Four 46-inch, flat-screen monitors will be placed near academic departments, so students and other visitors can get information posted by academic departments. Plant and Environmental Sciences and Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Sciences will get a screen placed in the Skeen Rotunda. Animal and Range Sciences and Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology will share a screen in Knox Hall's lobby. Agricultural and Extension Education and Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management will share a screen on the first floor of Gerald Thomas Hall. Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Family and Consumer Sciences will share a monitor on the third floor of GTH. Departments will have total control of the content and the split-screen feature of the 46-inch units will allow sharing departments to use the monitors at the same time.

ACES forum postponed

An ACES open forum with Dean Lowell Catlett and the associate deans for December fell victim to scheduling conflicts and will not take place until next semester.

Diabetes wellness day draws 175

Cooperative Extension and Wanda Morgan of Family and consumer Sciences helped present the fifth annual Diabetes Wellness Day at the Court Youth Center in Las Cruces. The event attracted more than 175 people including health professionals. Morgan conducted training on nutrition management and the Dona Ana County Extension Office shared information on its Kitchen Creations program.

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Dec. 8 - Innovations in sustainability workshop in Socorro

Dec. 14-16 - NMSU sheep shearing school in

Jan. 11-14 - 2010 Extension in-service program

Jan. 18-21 - County College Mid-winter in Santa Fe and Albuquerque

Jan. 19-20 - Better process control school in Las Cruces

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