January 17, 2014

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • The department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) together with the Southwest Region National Child Protection Training Center is putting on the annual Children's Law Institute (CLI) in Albuquerque. The CLI is a statewide, multi-disciplinary conference addressing issues of importance in child welfare and juvenile justice. Over the last twenty years, it has grown from a small gathering of lawyers to an event attracting over 1,000 educators, child welfare workers, judges, lawyers, juvenile justice personnel, advocates, foster parents, young people, lawmakers, and others. The CLI has a well-earned reputation for providing New Mexico with the most up-to-date information on the law, best practices and changing trends locally and nationally as well as vital opportunities to network and share information.

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Dona Ana County Extension will be graduating thirteen Master Gardners. There will be a graduation ceremony at Trails West this week.
  • Mark Marsalis, Ian Ray, Leonard Lauriault, and NMSU Cooperative Extension Service along with the New Mexico Hay Association coordinated the Southwest Hay & Forage Conference January 16-17 in Ruidoso. During the conference a variety of educational classes were given for forage producers in the State of New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest. Alfalfa is New Mexico's number one cash crop and the purpose of the conference is to help forage growers enhance productivity and maintain sustainability in hay, pasture, and silage systems. Educators included NMSU faculty, industry representatives, and other governmental agency personnel. The annual, 2-day event typically draws over 150 participants and includes a trade show.

Experiment Station

  • David Thompson, Associate Dean and Director of Agricultural Experiment Station, attended the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center Advisory Committee meeting in Otero County on January 15.
  • On January 14, 2014, Steve Loring, Associate Director of Agricultural Experiment Station, along with others, gave a presentation to the Associate Deans Academic Council on a potential sustainability minor.

ACES College

  • Jim Libbin, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, held a meeting with the Academic Department Heads of ACES on January 14th.
  • Jim Libbin gave a 40 minute presentation on "Agriculture and Economic Development" at the Leadership New Mexico Core Program session in Las Cruces. He also gave suggestions on how participants can become more involved in their arena.
  • New Student Orientation began on January 14. Jim Libbin and his staff registered students and then took them to the various academic units in ACES for advising.

Agricultural Communications/Media Productions

  • The faculty unit of Agricultural Communications/Media Productions submitted a $300,000 grant proposal to the National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM learning in conjunction with faculty from the College of Education. The proposal, exploring the Impact of Informal Gameplay on Math Preparedness in Students Entering Sixth Grade, would research the impact that math learning games have on kids who use them outside of the classroom.

NMSU Rodeo

  • Jim D Brown, Rodeo Coach reported that his Rodeo Team member, Justin Tyke Kipp, is currently ranked second for steer wrestling and was named 2014 Rookie this week by the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association. This is a very prestigious ranking in the Rodeo world. Tyke is a student majoring in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business.

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • As Administrative Advisor, Dr. Steve Loring submitted the renewal proposal for the USDA Multistate Research Project Scaling Microirrigation Technologies to Address the Global Water Challenge. Dr. Manoj Shukla, department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, will continue to be an active participant with this long-standing project.