February 20, 2015

Cooperative Extension Service:

  • The State 4-H Officers, 4-H Ambassadors and Diplomat teams, CES Specialist and Advisors (Amy Zemler, Eva Madrid and Allison Leimer) met in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the State Leadership Team Planning Meeting. Officers presented their Youth Get Away (YGA) workshops to the ambassadors and diplomats in order to gain feedback on what worked well and things they could improve on before presenting their workshops to novice and junior 4-Hers at YGA in April.
  • The Cooperative Extension Service celebrated 4-H Day at the Roundhouse on February 17. The NM 4-H leadership team is present every year to represent the State 4-H program and visit with legislators and the Governor on issues concerning our youth. Youth attending are able to learn about the legislative process directly from Senators and Representatives who take time out to speak to the youth. More than 100 youth attended to represent 4-H. This year President Carruthers welcomed the group. He also spoke to the youth about the benefits of attending NMSU. Senator Munoz, Representative Ezell, and Secretary of Ag, Jeff Witte, all spent time with this group and stressed the importance of individuals across the state being involved in the legislative process.

Media Productions:

  • NMSU Media Productions/Learning Games Lab has produced an iPad tool for the University of Connecticut Department of Extension to assist in a study on childhood obesity prevention. The digital tool helps researchers gather and store data - and lets youth enter their own answers to questions - to assess impact and behavior changes related to community-based after-school programs. Customized for UConn's system, the tool improved research efficiency: administering the iPad-based survey takes only 10 to 15 minutes, whereas a paper-based version took 30 to 45 minutes. In addition, students who used the iPad platform were observed to be more curious, attentive, and cooperative during the process, as compared to paper-surveyed students.

ACES Ambassadors:

  • Kristy Mason, ACES Director of Student Services, and eight ACES Ambassadors traveled to Santa Fe to represent the University and the College of ACES at Ag Fest. The Ambassadors worked the ACES booth and were able to speak with various agriculture industry leaders, legislators and alumni. Ambassadors also attended a college fair at Hobbs High School to talk to prospective students and their families about the benefits of selecting NMSU to pursue a degree.