October 20, 2017

Southwest Natural Resource Career Track (NRCT)

  • Dr. Martha Desmond's NRCT Program was highlighted last week in the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Bulletin "Fresh from the Field." This publication showcases NIFA projects with transformative impacts and is sent to members of congress, agency leadership as well as other stakeholders. The NRCT Program is supported by a NIFA Hispanic-Serving Institution's grant, and this past year provided outreach in the form of pathways workshops, leadership classes and community programs that have resulted in 32 undergraduate summer internships and reached more than 1,500 high school and community college students at 14 recruiting events.  Although Dr. Desmond is based in the Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology department, the opportunities she provides are for any major focused on natural resources and she works with four, 4-yr institutions across the southwest.

Plant and Environmental Science Graduate Student Organization (PES GSO)

  • The PES GSO composed of PES and EPPWS graduate students held its annual Fall Pumpkin Sale. Pumpkins were direct seeded at the Student Research and Education Gardens located west of the Gerald Thomas building at the NMSU campus. On October 3, the graduate students harvested over 1,000 pounds of USDA-certified organic pumpkins. Pumpkins ranged in price (from $1 - $5) and in size, from fitting in the palm of your hand to a substantial 20 lb. baking and carving pumpkin. The sale helps raise funds for the organization. Profits fund graduate student activities as well as travel reimbursements for the members to attend scientific conferences.  In addition, the pumpkin sale provides hands-on experience in the production, management and marketing of a crop, allowing graduate students to put their knowledge into practice. For more information, contact PES GSO president, Jack McCoy at jemccoy@nmsu.edu.

Corona Range and Livestock Research Center (CRLRC ) and Guadalupe County CES

  • The CRLRC and Guadalupe County CES hosted a Let's Talk! breakfast roundtable discussion in Santa Rosa at the Blue Hole Convention Center. Employees from both CRLRC and Guadalupe CES prepared breakfast for 41 clients to enjoy while visiting with old friends and making new acquaintances. A client driven roundtable discussion on livestock production and management followed with a panel discussion by Dr. Eric Scholljegerdes, Dr. Marcy Ward, Leigh Ann Marez and Shad Cox. Discussion primarily revolved around ruminant nutrition and supplementation, heifer development, reproductive technologies, forage quality and quantification, marketing, and suggestions for future research. Nineteen clients enjoyed a working lunch while Dr. Ward led Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training in the afternoon for those who wanted new certification or continuing education credit for maintaining certification.

School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (SHRTM)

  • The SHRTM Board of Advisors met on October 19 and 20, in the Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine. The board was founded in 1988 when the original Hospitality and Tourism Services major was established. Members represent all major hospitality disciplines including hotels, restaurants, tourism, sales and marketing, beverages, food suppliers, education, and consulting. It meets once per semester to provide direction to HRTM on curriculum, industry relations, recruiting, research and extension, and fundraising. On Friday, the Board heard updates from College of ACES Dean Rolando Flores, the associate deans, and the HRTM director and faculty members. Tomilee Turner previewed the college's new marketing video series.  A panel of new HRTM students - Jacob Speller, Dominique Andler, Alyssa Adams, and Megan Gorman - shared their reasons for joining HRTM and initial experiences at NMSU.