April 24, 2015

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Turfgrass experts, Dr. Elena Sevostianova and Dr. Bernd Leinauer, from the Extension Plant Sciences Department taught approximately 1300 third and fourth graders at the Las Cruces Water Festival about the water needs of artificial turf. They set up a patch of artificial turf next to natural grass at their station and let the kids measure heat build-up and heat dissipation from artificial turf. Both teachers and kids commented after the demonstration that the station was informative and interesting to learn that artificial grass needs to be watered in order to make it a safe and cool playing surface.
  • Peter Skelton, Associate Professor, Memorial Middle School Agricultural, Extension and Education Center, was selected to receive NMSU's Founders Day Award because of his inquiry-based learning and experiential education activities. His mission has been to develop a teaching and learning model of excellence for agriculture and natural resources science that complements in-class instruction by providing context to content through ands-on learning opportunities. He is engaged in non-formal education relevant to the agricultural and natural resource needs of the Las Vegas community in northeast New Mexico. Every student in Memorial Middle School has participated in some type of educational activity in the Las Vegas Science Center. Peter is one of those instructors that changes the lives of students and has become an excellent role model for children and the community.

NMSU Rodeo Team

  • Mesalands Community College Rodeo: The Rodeo teams attend the Mesalands Community College Rodeo last week. The Men's Team placed first and the Women's Team placed second. Students placed high in the following categories: Bareback, Breakaway, Tie-Down, Saddle Broncs, Steer Wrestling, Goat Tying, Barrel Racing, and Team Roping. We are proud of our University Rodeo Team members! Way to go rodeo Aggies!

ACES Deans Office

  • College Awards Day Ceremony took place on April 17. Faculty and staff were honored for their hard work and dedication to ACES and NMSU. Also honored were Friends of ACES who have made a significant contribution to Agriculture and the college.

New Mexico Outstanding Leadership Award - Dina Chacon-Reitzel

Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction - Stirling Spencer

Fabian Garcia Founders Award - Jeanne Gleason

Malone Farms Endowed Staff Award-Off Campus - Deborah Sandoval

Mobley Family Endowed Research Award - Alexander "Sam" Fernald

Charles Tharp Farms Distinguished Service Award - Soumaila Sanogo

Distinguished Staff Award-On Campus - Dana Wiebe

Kringle The Cat Distinguished Teaching Award - C. Scott Bundy

NACTA Teaching Award - Laura White

Distinguished Extension Award - Rossana Sallenave

Distinguished County Agent Award - Karim Martinez

Distinguished Professional Staff Award-On Campus - Jason French

Distinguished Professional Staff Award-Off Campus - Jason Box

Team Award - New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp

HRTM Industry Leader Award - Rebecca Bolton

Outstanding 4-H Agent Award - John Allen

FCS Industry Leader Award - Robert (Bob) DelCampo

Outstanding Agriculture Teacher - Tony Johnson

The awardees were given a framed certificate and medal.

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • On Thursday 16 April, the NMSU Wildlife Museum, under direction of Dr. Jennifer Frey, delivered educational programs on the importance of water to local wildlife at the fourth annual Las Cruces Water Festival. The event was attended by 1,300 third and fourth graders and 225 adults representing 13 different schools in the area.

Family and Consumer Sciences/Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Esther Devall, department head, and Shelly Bucher, senior operations director, were featured in a 30-minute documentary on preventing child abuse in New Mexico. Over 100 people attended the Las Cruces premiere of the documentary at the Domenici Center on April 17. Following the documentary, a panel of local experts in child well-being answered questions from the audience.
  • Efren Delgado and Dr. Nancy Flores, food science faculty, gave a talk on careers in food science and technology to 300 middle and high school students who are members of MESA clubs across the state. Whitney Biel provided samples of gelato made by food science and technology majors who work in Crimson Creations, the student-run store located in Gerald Thomas Hall.
  • Devon Golem, Dr. Merranda Marin, and Dr. Esther Devall are part of a 3-state initiative to reduce childhood obesity along the U.S.-Mexico border. The 5-year, $4.9 million dollar grant is funded by USDA, and is a collaboration between NMSU and Texas A & M. The grant targets families residing in colonias in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
  • Amanda Esquibel, graduate student and dietetic intern, Theme Meal prepared a theme meal for the grand opening of the Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts in Alamogordo. The theme meal was part of her hospital foodservice supervised practice rotation at Gerald Champion Hospital.