October 29, 2016

Media Productions/Learning Games Lab

  • Financial literacy game Night of the Living Debt has won "Best Overall Digital Game" at Meaningful Play 2016, an international conference. Produced by NMSU Media Productions' Learning Games Lab, with University of Idaho Extension, this free iPad game immerses high schoolers in a zombie world where they navigate credit, debts, and choices about housing, education and transportation. This 2016 game previously won Gold at the International Serious Play Awards and is a finalist in the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge. Available at the iOS App Store: Night of the Living Debt.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • NMSU Night at the Market - Dr. Sonja Koukel, Extension Health Specialist, and Haley Nohl, graduate assistant, represented the Extension Health & Wellness program at the Downtown Las Cruces for Halloween Market, October 26. One hundred youths were reached through an interactive poster display focused on poison prevention, Identifying candy from harmful products, such as over-the-counter medications. The poster was a great activity for the children to learn the difference - sometimes it was even hard for them to tell which was the medicine.

Plant and Environmental Sciences/Extension Plant Sciences

  • On October 26, Elizabeth Smith of Extension Plant Sciences, the New Mexico Climate Center, and the Environmental Science Students Organization planned the NMSU Night Market event that included 21 university departments, clubs, and an appearance by Pistol Pete. Hundreds of people attended the event at the new Las Cruces city plaza while our university participants provided games, safe trick or treating, and numerous giveaways. Clear skies and mild weather provided a festive and educational evening to this year's night farmer's market finale. The NMSU Night at the Market event was a great opportunity for our community to meet with students, staff, and faculty to showcase their research, service, and educational activities that are happening at NMSU.