October 13, 2017
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)
- The Department of FCS was excited to host 32 high-school students from the Canutillo Career and Technical Education program in El Paso. Coordinated by Dr. Sharon Bartley, students toured the laboratories including Aces Foods, which provides students with opportunities to apply principles of food science and technology and Sam Steel Café, which provides students experience in a retail operation. They also observed students in the clothing construction lab and learned about the five majors available in the department. Later, with the help of ACES Ambassadors, they toured the campus.
School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (SHRTM)
- The ground breaking for the Courtyard by Marriott hotel to be built on property leased from the university was held on October 13. The event was attended by over 100 people, including representatives from NMSU administration, the Board of Regents, the College of ACES, Las Cruces and Dona Ana County officials, and hospitality industry partners. In addition to the lease agreement, there is a separate agreement outlining the relationship between the hotel and SHRTM. The property will provide job, internship, and management training opportunities for HRTM students. The company's managers and partners will guest speak in classes. Students will be able to enroll in a special topic elective course to learn all aspects of a hotel opening. Total Management System Area Manager Stephen Smith will serve on HRTM's Board of Advisors and coordinate the learning opportunities for the students in the hotel.
Cooperative Extension Service (CES) - Valencia County
- During a yearlong beef heifer production project, eight youth in Valencia County are learning the science behind raising cattle. From selecting a heifer to raising and breeding it, to organizing and marketing a sale. The youth receive college level instruction from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences faculty regarding nutrition, genetics, and reproduction of cattle. "The intent of this project is to use the experience with the heifers as a tool to educate the youth about the beef industry as a whole," said Newt McCarty, agricultural agent with ACES-CES in Valencia County.