April 3, 2015

Agricultural Experiment Station:

  • Western States Region Research & Extension Center Collaboration Meeting: Steve Loring, Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System, attended the Western States Region Research & Extension Center Collaboration Meeting, held March 24-25 at the University of California's Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Parlier, CA. Center directors and other administrators from California, Utah, Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico met to improve coordination and collaboration between western leaders of research and extension centers.

Family and Consumer Sciences:

  • Association for Marriage and Family Therapy National Leadership Symposium: Kourtney Vaillancourt, college associate professor, and Kendra Wood, graduate student in marriage and family therapy, attended a national leadership symposium for the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy from March 17-20 in Washington, DC. As president and student representative of the New Mexico division, they were there to network with division leadership from the U.S. and Canada, and to participate in leadership development workshops and strategic planning for the association.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Master Food Preserver Training: Carol Turner, Foods and Nutrition Specialist, Dr. Nancy Flores, Food Technology Specialist, and Cindy Davies, Bernalillo County Director and county home economist, provided a Master Food Preserver training to nine county home economists on March 26-27 in Las Cruces. The citizens of New Mexico have expressed a strong interest in canning, pressure canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting foods. After training in best practices and research-based food preservation, the county home economists will be able to train volunteers in their counties to assist them with providing educational programming to their county clientele.
  • National eXtension Webinar: Sonja Koukel, Community and Environmental Health Specialist, presented a national eXtension webinar entitled Extension for Health in New Mexico on March 30. Along with two other presenters from the University of New Mexico, she discussed Cooperative Extension's National Framework for Health and Wellness and the collaboration between NMSU and UNM to provide health information to the citizens of New Mexico. More than 70 people participated in the webinar.
  • Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop: Sonja Koukel, Community and Environmental Health Specialist, participated in a three-day Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop at NMSU on March 25-27. The workshop was the first activity involving members of the USDA Southwest Regional Hub for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change.
  • International Collaboration: Nancy Flores, Food Technology Specialist, hosted 18 students and faculty from the Institute of Technology (ITD) in Durango, Mexico from March 31-April 2. The purpose of the meeting is to foster international collaboration between NMSU and ITD for scholar and student exchanges, research internships, and dual credit programs and graduate certificates.

    Cooperative Extension Service

  • NM EDGE: The NM EDGE (Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector), a program of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, offered 60 classes to over 200 students last week during its Honing Your NM EDGE Week at the NMSU Albuquerque Center. NM EDGE students are employees, elected officials, and appointed officials from throughout New Mexico's governmental entities including counties, municipalities, and state agencies. Students in this young professional development program are working toward certifications offered through NM EDGE; the program is also working closely with the New Mexico State Purchasing Department to assist in meeting the legislatively mandated Chief Procurement Officer Certification requirements by offering classes that allow participants to earn a reciprocal designation. For more information on the NM EDGE and its programs visit our website at NM Edge.

  • Floyd Lions Club Citizen of the Year Award: Bruch Hinrichs, Floyd Lions Club Citizen of the Year Award Associate Director and Eastern District Director, was presented the Floyd Lions Club Citizen of the Year Award. Hinrichs was chosen for his passion for the Floyd community and the work he does to help local farmers, ranchers, and 4-H students.