October 24, 2015

  • Homecoming Recognition Breakfast: ACES annual Homecoming Recognition Breakfast was held on October 23 honoring alumni, donors and scholarship recipients. Alfred Ernest Porter, Jr. was honored as the ACES Distinguished Alumni for NMSU. Also honored during the ceremony was Morgan Nelson for receiving the James F. Cole award and Dr. John Hal Hopson for receiving the Spirit of Service Award from NMSU Foundation. These individuals have been extremely supportive of NMSU. Eight departmental alumni were recognized from each of our academic units for their successful positions, and community involvement after graduating from NMSU-ACES:

    • Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business-Dr. John Lee
    • Agricultural and Extension Education-Johnny Ogden
    • Animal and Range Science-Rick R. Tafoya
    • Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science-Dr. James Robert Hagler
    • Family and Consumer Sciences-Alfredo Maynez
    • Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology-Sonya Najera
    • Plant and Environmental Sciences- Dr. Brenda Buck
    • School and Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management- Jessica Vick

Cooperation Extension Service

  • Plant Clinics: Pest management specialists and county extension agents from several NM counties recently completed a series of Plant Clinics at New Mexico Farmer's Markets. Plant Clinics are designed to provide an opportunity for people to discuss gardening and pest management issues and get "on-the-spot" answers to their questions. Plant Clinics are a great way to introduce people to the Cooperative Extension Service. This fall, over 1,500 people visited with faculty at clinics held in Portales, Clovis, Farmington, Lordsburg, Mimbres Valley, Belen, Los Ranchos, and Albuquerque.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Faculty Awards: Wanda Eastman, Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences faculty member, was honored as the Professional of the Year by the New Mexico Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. This award is given to members in recognition of their involvement, participation, and contributions to their community, state, and profession. Dr. Sonja Koukel, Extension Community and Environmental Health Specialist, was honored as the Extension Leader of the year by the New Mexico Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. This award is given to recognize extension faculty who use innovative methods, techniques, and activities to provide educational programming to the citizens of New Mexico.

Animal and Range Science

  • All American Quarter Horse Congress: The NMSU Horse Judging Team traveled to Columbus, Ohio All American Quarter Horse contest to compete in the All American Quarter Horse Congress on October 14. The team is comprised of Katie Creager, sophomore Agriculture Economics major from Hobbs, NM; Molly Elliott, senior Animal Science major from Hobbs, NM; Lane Hand, junior Agriculture and Extension Education major from Clovis, NM; Larisa Estrada, junior Animal Science major from Reserve, NM; Tiffany Fowler, junior Animal Science major from Silver City, NM; and Haylee Lavoie, junior Animal Science major from Riverton, WY. The team placed 6th in Halter, 10th in Performance, 7th in Reasons and placed 7th overall out of over 20 teams from across the country. Katie Creager was 9th in Halter and Molly Elliott placed 10th in Reasons individually. The team is coached by graduate assistant Kayla Wells and animal science assistant professor Laura White. The team will compete at the Quarter Horse World Show in Oklahoma City on November 18, 2015.