November 10, 2017

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Dr. Kelley Coffeen took her CTFM 474 Fashion Promotion class to visit with Matt Bleything at Matteo’s in Mesilla, New Mexico. He shared how he started his jewelry and art business at the age of 23 and has grown it over the past 40 years by serving customers from around the world. He shared information on personal selling, marketing, and management. The evening finished with a round table discussion at La Posta restaurant with Regent Jerean Hutchinson. She shared her career path and talked with each student, who are juniors and seniors, about preparing for graduation and their career paths.

Fabian Garcia and Leyendecker Science Centers

  • “Insects and Weeds!” were subjects for a morning workshop offered to nine of the field staff at Fabian Garcia and Leyendecker Science Centers. Daniel Goodrich, project coordinator for the Extension Viticulture Program, organized the event while Drs. Leslie Beck and Carol Sutherland briefly discussed weed identification and insect biology. A hands-on field trip to find and identify weeds and insects in nearby research plots followed the presentations. Training field staff members about potential crop pests and beneficial arthropods helps the staff to understand the importance of their efforts. They are involved in establishment and day-to-day maintenance of many plots for ACES researchers and students. The staff also may detect and report on various pests before they damage field plots. Submitting specimens of unfamiliar weeds and insects to the Plant Diagnostic Clinic was encouraged.

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES

  • ACES hosted students from the New Mexico MESA organization. More than 160 middle and high school students from across the state participated in the event. ACES has hosted “AG Day” for MESA each of the past four years. NM MESA is a year-round, multi-year, science, technology, engineering and math initiative that works with school districts and higher education institutions to improve New Mexico student STEM performance, increase New Mexico college STEM enrollment and provide hands-on STEM competitions. Students were able to participate in workshops that engaged them in genetics, range management, animal science, AG in the Classroom, Wildlife Museum, Arthropod Museum and the Southwest Border presentation. Each of these programs were developed and hosted by ACES faculty, staff and graduate students. The ACES ambassador and mentor teams also actively participated in the event.