February 2, 2018
Cooperative Extension Service (CES)
- The College of ACES CES was the featured presenter at the NMSU Border Health Breakfast Hour. These monthly breakfasts are sponsored by the Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research and promote networking among colleagues from all colleges. The presentation was titled “Cooperative Extension: Partners in Creating Healthy Communities” and presenters included Karim Martinez, Doña Ana County Family & Consumer Sciences agent; Kelly Knight, Otero County Family & Consumer Sciences agent; Laynee Kuenstler, Luna County Family & Consumer Sciences agent; and Lucinda Banegas-Carreon, Extension Associate II, NDPP program coordinator. It was a great opportunity to share how Cooperative Extension Service improves the health of New Mexicans through a variety of research-based outreach programs.
Over 100 4-H members attended the legislative session in Santa Fe to celebrate 4-H Day at the Roundhouse. 4-H members ages 9 – 18 attended presentations by numerous legislators, Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte and lobbyists to learn how the New Mexico state government operates. Additionally, they watched as both the Senate and House passed a memorial proclaiming the day as State 4-H Day at the Roundhouse. One highlight of the program was when the State 4-H Leadership Team had the opportunity to sit down with Governor Martinez to discuss the importance of the New Mexico State University 4-H Youth Development Program which provides programs to over 40,000 youth each year.
New Mexico 4-H’s annual event, Senior Leadership Retreat, was held in Las Cruces at the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The event offered 249 youth, ages 14 – 18 an opportunity to experience various programs offered by the college of ACES. NMSU faculty and students exposed 4-H youth to various career opportunities through hands-on instructional activities. Additionally, 4-H youth participated in some Aggie Spirit as they cheered on the women’s basketball team during the Aggies’ victory over the Roos.
School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management (SHRTM)
- At the end of January, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce hosted Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe during the legislative session. The Hospitality Suite at the El Dorado Hotel was hosted by SHRTM via College Assistant Professor John Hartley. Chef Hartley assisted the Chamber in acquiring food donations, making travel arrangements, and cooked the food in Santa Fe as well as managing the hospitality suite. Almost 250 guests visited the suite. In response, SHRTM and ACES were listed as in-kind donors of the event. Chef Hartley was also able to attend the Las Cruces reception at the Governor’s Mansion. Response from participants was outstanding, and this was the first year the Chamber was able to offer hot foods in the hospitality suite. Chef Hartley has been invited to help again next year.