August 8, 2014

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Almost 200 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to the children of NMSU students by the Family Resource Center, a program of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department. The mission of the Family Resource Center is to support student success by promoting family well-being. Students are often financially stressed in August when faced with the costs of tuition and books as well as the costs of school supplies for their children.

  • Dr. Marcel Montanez and Dr. Esther Devall completed a Emerging and New Administrators in Family and Consumer Sciences workshop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The workshop provided training in personnel and budget management, strategic planning, program reviews, and other important issues to 31 administrators from across the U.S. It was led by experienced provosts, deans, and department heads from the discipline.

  • The Food Science and Technology program was recently awarded a grant of $105,610 from the USDA in conjunction with Texas State University. The purpose of the grant is to prepare future leaders for a safe and secure food supply system in the U.S. The grant will support 4 Hispanic graduate students at NMSU. The students will be mentored in a research project, attend the USDA sponsored Career Preparation Institute, and complete internships with the USDA.

  • Fifteen food processors from across New Mexico attended a Better Process Control Workshop and a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) training led by Dr. Nancy Flores and Dr. Efren Delgado with the Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Program. Participants must pass a series of exams during the workshops which certify their knowledge of how to safely produce food items before selling them to the public.

Media Productions/Ag Communications

  • A chapter in a newly published book features an instructional design model developed at Media Production's Learning Games Lab. The chapter, "Bridging Research and Game Development: A Learning Games Design Model for Multi-Game Projects," was authored by Barbara Chamberlin with co-authors Jesus Trespalacios (Boise State University), and Rachel Gallagher (NMSU Media Productions) and was published in Educational Technology Use and Design for Improved Learning Opportunities (2014). The model, developed and refined over more than 20 years of game development in the department, was used most recently to create several highly successful math games during a four-year development cycle of the NSF-funded Math Snacks project.