March 5, 2016

Cooperative Extension Service

  • New Mexico Organic Farming Conference - The annual New Mexico Organic Farming Conference held on February 19-20 in Albuquerque attracted over 800 participants once again. The conference was a collaborative effort done by representatives from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, and Farm to Table and the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Institute. This two day conference offered 36 educational sessions including: pest control, water harvesting, grazing management, vegetable production, and marketing of produce, fruit production, pollinators, soil fertility management and a few other topics. This year marked the 25th anniversary of New Mexico having a state organic certification program. Organic agriculture and food processing brings in close to $50 million to the state annually. Extension Family and Consumer Sciences - Newspaper interview - Dr. Sonja Koukel, Extension Health Specialist, was interviewed for an article in the Chicago Tribune about the safety and effectiveness of make-it-yourself cleaning products. Please see the Make-It-Yourself article.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Community outreach - Dr. Wanda Eastman, director of the Dietetic Internship program, and Gaby Phillips, co-director, hosted a meeting of the El Paso Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on February 23 in El Paso. Over 50 people attended. Gaby Phillips gave a presentation entitled "Dietary Guidelines 2015: What is New and Different." Many of those in attendance were NMSU alumni and/or preceptors for NMSU students.

Fish Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • Professor Emeritus Dr. Raul Valdez's recent book, "Ecology and Management of Wildlife in Mexico" won the Outstanding Book Publication Award from the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society in 2016. texas

School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

  • The School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management held a very successful Career Fair, February 24 - 26. It started on Wednesday night with a reception for the recruiters in the Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine hosted by the HRTM 443 Meetings, Conventions, and Events class. On Thursday, over 50 recruiters from 22 hotel, restaurant, spa, beverage, and other tourism businesses had booths at the Las Cruces Convention Center to discuss their job and internship opportunities. The recruiters were impressed with the professionalism of the students and being able to fill their interview schedules with such qualified candidates. Another highlight was seeing so many HRTM alumni return as corporate recruiters.