April 25, 2014

ACES

  • ACES is proud to announce that 24 ACES students have been selected to serve as our college Ambassadors. They come from a variety of areas in New Mexico as well as other states. They will serve a full academic year. The team will have Spring Retreat April 25 and 26 where they will do teambuilding exercises and a low ropes course.

Media Productions

  • Media Productions: NMSU media used in Northern Ireland national campaign - The Northern Ireland Food Standards Agency has announced that animations and educational media produced by Media Production's will be the central focus of their National Food Safety Week, June 16-22, 2014. In September, NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Doctors, ABC's The Chew, FOX network news, NPR's The Salt, Slate online magazine, and more than 500 regional TV stations and newspapers also featured Media Productions' "Don't Wash Your Chicken!" Media Productions produced video, fotonovelas and animations with grant funding from USDA in conjunction with Drexel University.

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Grant County Extension Programming Activities: Judy O'Loughlin, County Director and Home Economist, continues the Tufts University "Strong Women Stay Young Weights Program" every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the County Extension Office 9:30 - 10:40 am in Grants. Participation remains strong and continues to reach new attendees. Participants comments that were shared this week were, "My back is stronger, and my balance is so much better." I was able to balance on the ladder to paint my tall ceilings. I would never have been able to do that without this class". Ms. O'Loughlin was the key-note speaker for the State hospital auxiliary meeting held in Silver City. Her presentation, "You Only Get One Life in Which to do Everything You'll ever do-Act Accordingly" was built around health and health perceptions as we age. She shared simple weight bearing activities seniors could do while watching television or working the hospital desk area. Judy re-iterated the fact that "doing nothing was a greater threat than doing something physical every day". Grant County Extension was part of the annual "Teen Maze" held at the Grant County Conference Center. This activity is based on the game of LIFE, whereby students may spin or draw to determine which paths their lives may take them and the consequences of those choices. Booths included, club parties, drug, alcohol, teen pregnancy, law enforcement, etc. Home Economist planned, set up, and worked with the local NM Dept of Health educators to show school youth the amounts of sugar in selected beverages and the longer term consequences of over consumption. There was a home -made physical activity area (doing squats with gallons of water, climbing a step ladder, curl lifting cans of tomatoes ) which students had to make it through wearing extra 15 - 20 pounds in a backpack if they selected such sugary drinks as Route 44's, etc. They also spun a wheel to determine if they were a smoker or not; if so, they had to complete the obstacle course while breathing through a straw to simulate lessened lung capacity. Sam Lowry, 4-H Agent/Ag Agent, in Grant County conducted county shooting sports contests over the weekend of April 12 - 13 to determine team placing and qualifiers for the state 4-H shooting sports contest in Raton, NM. Grant County will be represented by 17 senior age 4-H members and 8 Volunteer Leaders at the NRA Whittington Center. The youth will compete in shooting sports events consisting of archery, shotgun, small bore rifle, and hunting skills. The 4-H youth will participate as teams and as individuals at this event.
    Sam and Judy participated with a booth at the annual McKeen "Ranch Days" event in Alma, NM, April 22 - 23. Sam presented the importance of insects in agriculture utilizing specimens from the NMSU Arthropod Museum. Judy had the kids churn butter from cream and pass it down to the Dutch oven cooks who serve it on fresh cooked hot biscuits. The hands on "immersion experience" nets between 400 - 500 students annually from southwestern NM counties and a few eastern AZ counties. Students experience a day in the life of a cow-calf operation. The Southwest Dairy Trailer is on site, and Cody Lightfoot shares the dairy cow and milking aspect. Other extension personnel contributing included: Tracy Drummond (Catron, branding demonstration), John Allen (Hidalgo, vermiculture), Sam Smallidge (State NMSU, wildlife) Larry Foster (retired Dutch Oven Cooking), and Doug Cram (Forestry and Fire Ecology). The state 4-H shooting sports trailer was also on site for youth to experience, as well as the archer program through NM Game and Fish. Margie McKeen does an excellent job setting this experience up every year.
  • Doña Ana County Extension Office held an event for the Smith Lever Centennial at the Doña Ana County Government Center on April 22nd, where Karim Martinez, County Program Director, did a 10 minute presentation for the county commission (which was televised) as well as signing of a proclamation. Agents were on hand with booths and information to hand out to the community. Over 200 clientele visited each booth throughout the event where they collected information on Food Safety, Diabetes, Healthy Recipes Pet care, 4-H programs and Gardening Information. Karim was also interviewed (in Spanish) by Univision-El Paso to talk about food safety.

Animal and Range Science

  • The NMSU Ranch Horse Team competed at the ASHA Collegiate Championship Show in Loveland, Colorado on April 9-13 with the team finishing 5th place overall. Jacquie Best won Reserve All Around in the Limited Non Pro division while Katy Kapp was 7th All Around in the Limited Non Pro division. Andie Allen won the Novice Reining. Other team members were Chelsea Reimholz, Mieke Canan, Rylan Walters, and Myrlon Mott with Joby Priest as Team Coach.
  • The NMSU Horse Judging Team participated in the Spring Horse Judging Contest in Dallas, Texas on April 10-16. The team finished 17th overall out of 28 teams. Violet Herrera was 2nd in halter and 9th overall while Kyia Lively was 13th in halter.
  • An alum of ACES, Animal and Range Science, Mike Casabonne received the "Sheepman of the Year Award" from the NM Wool Growers, Inc. This award was given to Mike for his involvement and insight in New Mexico ranching.

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • White Sands Missile Range awarded Dr. Jennifer Frey a $50,000 grant to conduct research for a small mammal survey and to train students in conducting research.

Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business

  • Dr. Saud Amer and Dr. Verne Schneider of United States Geological Survey visited faculty of AEAB and Water Resources Research Institute regarding ongoing NMSU research in the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan. Dr. Amer presented a seminar on the use of satellite scanning to locate new sources of water in Ethiopia.