April 9, 2016
- NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences hosted a Hannah Farbo Memorial Blood Drive Monday, April 4 in honor of a recent NMSU student who passed away last November. Nearly 21 units of blood were donated.
- ACES hosted the New Mexico FFA State Career Development Events on April 6-8. More than 1,550 junior high and high school FFA members attended the conference where they competed in contests all designed to prepare students for careers in the food, fiber and natural resource industries. In addition to the contests, the College of ACES and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture hosted a BBQ lunch and street festival with NMSU clubs/organizations, departments, and other colleges across campus. Festivities included carnival-type events, such as, bobbing for produce, ultimate tic-tac-toe, gunny sack races, etc. Admission was $1 or a can of food to be donated to the Casa De Peregrinos Emergency Food Program, and nearly 400 cans of food and $550 were raised from the event.
Extension Plant Sciences
- The 2016 Western Pecan Growers Association Conference and Tradeshow was held at the Hotel Encanto in March. The popular Pecan Food Fantasy contest was coordinated by the Doña Ana County Extension Office, while the educational program was coordinated by NMSU Extension Pecan Specialist Richard Heerema (Extension Plant Sciences). Oral presentations were given by pecan industry representatives, as well as experts from the USDA, INIFAP (the Mexican agricultural research agency), and five universities. An important theme of the conference program again this year was the proposed Federal Marketing order for pecans. Other presentations covered Pecan Bacterial Leaf Scorch, Pecan Weevil Management, irrigation scheduling, plant growth regulators, and wind machines. The educational program concluded with a growers' panel discussion of salinity, an increasingly concerning management issue in southwestern pecan orchards. The 708 participants came from New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, California, Oklahoma, northern Mexico, and the southeastern U.S.
- As part of the National eXtension Conference professional development activities, Barbara Chamberlin and Jeanne Gleason of NMSU Media Productions mentored innovative grant recipients in the i-Three Issue Corps, with members from 31 states and 33 institutions in the national Extension system. Serving as key consultants in technology for the i-Three "design-a-thon," they helped grant recipients refine multimedia technology aspects of projects and experiments related to Food Systems and Climate Change.
Family and Consumer Sciences
- Child Abuse Awareness Week - Students enrolled in CAST 301V (Introduction to Child Advocacy), taught by Dr. Merranda Marin, sponsored several events the week of April 4-8 to highlight the importance of preventing child maltreatment. They handed out materials about child abuse on the International Mall and in Corbett Center, collected toys and clothing for Jardin de Los Niños and La Casa, and sponsored the showing of the "Tough Love" documentary followed by a discussion of community professionals.