March 19, 2016

ACES 2016 Recognition of Service Ceremony
Interim Dean James D. Libbin began ACES Recognition Service by honoring the five to twenty year employees by calling them to the stage and having a group photo. A bio was read on each employee that has been with NMSU for 25 years to 41 years.

25 years of Service to NMSU-ACES

  • Shelly Hathorn, San Juan County Extension
  • Tony A. Valdez, Taos County

30 years of Service to NMSU-ACES

  • Richard Garcia, Los Lunas.
  • Gerald Moore, Extension Ag, Agent Tri-State Extension Program.
  • Tim Nesbitt, Assistant Dean & Director of Office of Business and Resources Planning
  • Dr. Mary O'Connell, Regents Professor, Distinguished Achievement Professor, Plant and Environmental Sciences.

35 years of Service to NMSU-ACES

  • Lester Boyse, Ag Research Assistant, Plant and Environmental Sciences.
  • Dr. Carol Sutherland, Extension Sr. Entomologist, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Sciences. State Entomologist with NMDA.
  • Dr. Steve Thomas, Distinguished Professor, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science.

40 years of Service to NMSU-ACES

  • Dr. Jeanne Gleason

Cooperative Extension Service

  • 2016 In-Service – Over 150 Cooperative Extension Service faculty from across the state attended the March 16-18, 2016 In-Serve at NMSU's main campus. Faculty received valuable information during the subject matter trainings, including Extension's role in emergency preparedness and response. Examples included the Gold King Mine spill, winter storm Goliath, and EHV-1 outbreak at Sunland Race Track. Subject matter trainings also included application of digital media and apps for Extension programming, the scientific facts pertaining to GMO's, and leadership in Extension. Discussions were held on the Master Gardener program, Master Food Preservation program, Ideas of Cooking and Nutrition program, and ACES recruiting/retention efforts. The 2016 Cooperative Extension Service In-Service also provided the opportunity for program planning, Extension association meetings, and an excellent opportunity for networking with friends and colleagues from around the state.

  • New Mexico Education Designed to Generate Excellence (NM EDGE) Certified Extension Professional Program. The New Mexico Certified Extension Professional Program was developed to fill the need to provide a meaningful new employee training. This unique program has received national attention. Through a curriculum of 24 classes, there is opportunity to hone skills needed for a successful extension career and to network with county elected officials from throughout New Mexico. Skills learned or improved upon include gaining a deeper understanding of the importance of stakeholders, improved time management, conducting more effective meetings, creating program evaluation tools, developing better presentations based on audience needs, being a professional in the workplace, and being a leader in their community. Last year Brittney Sontag, Bernalillo County Extension Office, and Sydney Martin, Santa Fe County Extension Office, were the first two Extension employees to graduate the program. During the 2016 ACES Recognition of Service, 4 new graduates were recognized for achieving the Certified Extension Professional designation. The new graduates included Ryan Craig, Roosevelt County Extension Office, Luther Dunlap, Curry County Extension Office, Richard Griffiths, San Juan County Extension Office, and Bonnie Hopkins, San Juan County Extension Office. Also pictured are Dr. James Libbin and Dr. Jon Boren.

Rodeo Team

  • New Mexico State Universities Men's and Women's Rodeo Teams both won second place last weekend at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The points won by both teams are keeping NMSU Rodeo's dream alive of qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo. Event champions were Colter Sellers in the tie-down roping, Lucas MacKenzie in the team roping, Justin Rockhill in the steer wrestling and Anna Barker in the Barrel Racing.