February 27, 2016

  • Agriculture Future of America (AFA) has selected ACES student Mason Moore as one of 10 Student Advisory Team members and 15 Campus Ambassadors for the 2016-17 year. These students represent 24 schools from 23 states. During their year of service, these students will interact with agribusiness leaders, campus faculty and fellow students as they represent AFA. All 25 students will fill the Campus Ambassador role at their respective schools by serving as a liaison between AFA and university faculty, staff and fellow students. Additionally, the ten Student Advisory Team members are responsible for representing AFA nationally as well as planning and facilitating the 2016 AFA Leaders Conference. Throughout the year, the Student Advisory Team will visit corporate partners and potential partners of AFA, as well as develop plans for the 2016 Conference.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Student Recruitment – Dr. Sharon Bartley, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and three members of the Association of Family and Consumer Sciences student club, had a booth at Aggie Experience on Feb. 15. They spoke to high school students who were interested in majoring in the department.

  • Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences meeting – Dr. Esther Devall, department head of Family and Consumer Sciences and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, hosted the annual meeting of the Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS) at the Hotel Encanto February 16-19. Thirty-five deans and department heads from around the United States attended. Their mission is to strengthen family and consumer sciences in higher education through the development of excellence in administration. Participants learned strategies for holding crucial conversations overcoming leadership challenges, understanding their leadership style, and working with difficult employees.

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Think Trees Conference – John Garlisch and Graeme Davis of Bernalillo County Extension Office played a big role in the organization and hosting of the annual Think Trees NM Conference held in Albuquerque on February 4 and 5. The conference on its 30th year anniversary drew in over 340 attendees from throughout the state to hone their skills on proper care and management of the urban forest. Care and management of the urban forest has multi-million dollar economic impact to the state.

  • In February the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners acknowledged the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service (CES) for its continuing work to improve the quality of life in their community. The Bernalillo CES has been a department of the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences since 1914. The mission of the Bernalillo County CES is to provide the people of Bernalillo County with practical, research-based knowledge and programs to improve their quality of life. Classes, workshops, numerous publications, videos and multimedia products are offered to the public in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, consumer and family issues, 4-H youth development and community economic development. Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition (ICAN) is free nutrition education and its goal is to reduce nutritional health disparities in New Mexico and to make a measurable, positive impact on the well-being of the community through a series of research-based, hands-on nutrition experiences with adults and youth. The Master Gardener and Master Composter organizations share information with interested citizens about the art, science, materials, and methods of home gardening and home composting and trains volunteers to teach classes to the public. In 2015, the Bernalillo County CES served over 65,000 Bernalillo County residents.