December 5, 2014

Family and Consumer Sciences:

  • Cheryl Neeley, graduate student in Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences, was inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta on November 19. Gamma Sigma Delta is the honor society of agriculture and related sciences, and has been chartered at NMSU since 1979. To be invited for membership, graduate students must have at least a 3.5 GPA and show great potential for future leadership. Cheryl was nominated by Dr. Wanda Eastman.
  • Five faculty members from Extension Family and Consumer Sciences were honored at the 2014 Millionaire Researchers reception. The faculty members were Kari Bachman, Shelly Bucher, Esther Devall, Brooke Stanley Tou, and Carol Turner.

Academic Programs:

  • Caleb Gustin, an Agricultural Economics/Agricultural Business major, received the prestigious title of Western Region Vice President of the National FFA (Future Farmers of America). National officers commit to a year of service with the National FFA Organization. Each travels more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders, the general public and more. The team will lead personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members throughout the country and help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Media Production:

  • A food safety game produced by NMSU, Ninja Kitchen, has been accessed more than one million times since spring 2013 via the educational website GameUp (part of BrainPOP). Ninja Kitchen was collaboration between food safety scientists at Rutgers (The State University of New Jersey) and NMSU's Media Productions/Learning Games Lab. Set in a lunch counter staffed entirely by ninjas, the game addresses youth food-handling responsibilities and helps youth develop good habits about cooking and storing foods at the proper temperature and avoiding cross-contamination. A study by Rutgers researchers in 2011 demonstrated that the game is effective in improving food safety knowledge, attitudes and intentions among middle schoolers. BrainPOP distributes a number of NMSU learning products and is a popular choice with schools and districts for providing students quality educational games and multimedia.

Agricultural and Extension Education (AXED):

  • Lauren Schlolhauer, a sophomore in AXED, received 2nd place in the College Aggies Online Competition, organized by the Animal Ag Alliance, an organization based in Washington, DC, working on behalf of animal Agriculture. The competition is open to all college students with an interest in agriculture. There were more than 1,043 total participants in this year’s program, from 35 states and 58 colleges and universities. Lauren is one of three winners of a scholarship during this competition.