April 21, 2017

School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

  • The New Mexico Wine Growers Association held its annual education conference on campus, March 29 - 31. College of ACES Dean, Dr. Rolando A. Flores, and other college representatives welcomed the 100 attendees at the opening meeting at the Corbett Student Union on Wednesday. Dr. Jean Hertzman arranged for that week's Gerald Thomas Chair beverage presenter, Mr. Tim Haughinberry from Back Bar USA in Las Vegas, to be the keynote speaker on beverage marketing and promotion. The School of HRTM hosted the group for a reception in the Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine and lunch in 100 West Cafe. Natalie Goldberg, department head for Extension Plant Sciences, and Viticulture Program Coordinators Daniel Goodrich and Elizabeth Smith helped arrange speakers and hosted the Friday activities at the Fabian Garcia Research Center. Being involved with the conference provided excellent opportunities for further collaboration between the School of HRTM, Extension Plant Sciences, and the Wine Growers.

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • During the annual Miss Native American NMSU Pageant on April 7, Wildlife Science Masters student Stephanie Muise (First Nations, Mi'k Maq) was crowned as Miss Native American NMSU. As part of the yearly American Indian Week activities, a pageant is held by the American Indian Program, AISES, UNAO, and NABSA to select an ambassador for the American Indian Program and associated student organizations. Miss Native American NMSU also acts as an ambassador for all Native American Students at the university to various Tribes, Pueblos, and Nations across the United States and Canada. Stephanie's platform included breaking down tribal misconceptions, as well as integrating traditional knowledge into modern science, which is a common thread in her graduate research. She will hold this role until the Miss Native American NMSU pageant in April of 2018.

Extension Plant Sciences

  • The 2017 Western Pecan Growers Association Conference and Tradeshow was held at the Hotel Encanto on March 5-7. The popular Pecan Food Fantasy contest (held Sunday, March 5) 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). The opening address was presented by New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte and oral presentations were given by pecan industry representatives, as well as experts from the USDA and five universities. These presentations covered important topics for the pecan industry such as pollination, pecan weevil management, pressurized irrigation systems, plant growth regulators, and health benefits of eating pecans. The educational program concluded with an excellent growers panel discussion on the topic of mechanical hedge pruning. Overall registration for the 2017 conference was 777 people (a 10% increase compared with the 2016 registration). In the educational program there were over 300 people in attendance--with standing room only! Attendees came from New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, California, Oklahoma, the southeastern US, northern Mexico, South Africa, and Australia.

Cooperative Extension

  • NMSU CES and the State Department of Homeland Security hosted a three-day Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness and Operations training on April 10-12 in Las Cruces and an advanced course on April 14 in Socorro. This training provided an opportunity for Emergency Rescue and Agriculture personnel to train together before an actual emergency. The course provided practical considerations, behavioral understanding, specialty equipment, techniques, methodologies, and tactics behind the safe extrication of a live large animal from entrapments (trailer wrecks, ditches, mud, barn fires) in local emergencies and disaster areas. Participants included: Firefighters from City of Las Cruces, Doña Ana County, Radium Springs, Sunland Park, Abeytas, Socorro County and Spring, Texas; Animal Control Officers from Doña Ana County, Las Cruces Police Department, Deming Police Department, Bernalillo County, and The Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque; County Extension Agents from Luna and Otero with Teresa Dean and John Allen hosting the event; NMSU CES Livestock Specialist, Marcy Ward; Veterinarians from Las Cruces, Magdalena, Albuquerque, Jemez Springs, and Edgewood; County Emergency Managers from Socorro and Luna County; Back Country Horsemen members from Edgewood, and NMSU students.