September 18, 2015

The School of Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management

  • The School of Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) has been serving lunches each semester since 100 W Café opened in 2005, as well as hosting the International Dinners series. Students receive a hands-on restaurant management education while offering up tasty meals to the NMSU community and the general public. More than 50,000 meals have been served by students in our state-of-the-art commercial food production and service lab.

Plant and Environmental Sciences

  • Dr. Manoj K Shukla, Professor of Environmental Soil Physics and Nakayama Chair, was the key-note speaker during the 27th International Agronomy Week in Gomez Palacio, Durango, MX. Dr. Shukla’s key-note address was on the topic of “Water resource management for semi-arid areas: status, problems and opportunities”. This five day conference brings together faculty and students from across Mexico as well as international guests from Latin American countries and USA. The conference provides an opportunity for faculty of University of Durango to present their research related to agriculture, natural resources, and sustainable agriculture in arid/semi-arid areas and to share it with an international audience. The conference also provides an opportunity to learn from International and Invited speakers. More than 200 students of University of Durango participate in this conference, which provides exposure to the latest international research related to water, agriculture and natural resource sustainability, and food security.

Fish Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • The USDA Hispanic Serving Institutions program has awarded $2 Million for the Southwest Natural Resource Career Track (NRCT) program. This program is led by Martha Desmond of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology; co-PIs include David Hacker of New Mexico Highlands University, Berlinda Baca Sanchez with the USDA Forest Service, and Rick Tafoya with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The program mentors graduate and undergraduate students in natural resource fields across four-year institutions (New Mexico State University, New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College, and Sul Ross State University) and provides outreach in the form of student workshops and articulation agreements with eight community colleges in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. Annual programs for our students include USDA PATHWAYS workshops and on-site hiring events, summer internships, semester research experiences, local & international field courses, global experiences, travel to professional meetings, faculty and professional mentoring, and student outreach. The program aims to improve student recruitment, retention, academic performance and graduation rates, and to increase the number of students seeking graduate degrees and obtaining careers with federal agencies.

Agricultural Experiment Station

  • Dr. David Thompson, Associate Dean and Director, Dr. Brian Schutte, Assistant Professor, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science (EPPWS), and Dr. Amy Ganguli, Assistant Professor, Animal and Range Sciences (ANRS), are receiving the Partnership Award from the New Mexico State Parks Division. The partnership award recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution to the Division. Their contribution served to highlight the park in both conservation and education circles. The park is a beacon for learning about sustainable restoration due in large part to this partnership and the ongoing work and research they are conducting within the park boundaries. The partnership planted and recorded progress on 720 cottonwood trees and 120 desert willows on a 30+ acre plot. This research has provided the park and NMSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station vital information for the long-term sustainable restoration of riverside riparian in our area. The park is now a host site for visiting US and international professors and an ongoing study site for two Master’s Degree candidates, as well as a field trip site for various NMSU courses. The NMSU Departments of EPPWS and ANSC under the Agricultural Experiment Station provide valuable resources to the park including: supplying the plants for restoration, labor, site monitoring, expertise, and science-based information to support the parks long-term restoration goals.