December 19, 2015
- 2015 Joint Stockmen's Convention: 35 faculty members of the college2015 Joint Stockmen's Convention attended the 2015 Joint Stockmen's Convention in Albuquerque, December 3-5, including both on-campus and off-campus faculty. The convention attracted more than 500 industry members from all across New Mexico, individuals who participated in one or more of the allied livestock and range associations including the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association, New Mexico Wool Growers, Dairy Producers of New Mexico, Cattlemen's College, New Mexico Federal Lands Council, Range Improvement Task Force, New Mexico Beef Council, and New Mexico CowBelles. NMSU faculty presented in every association's breakout sessions.
Cooperative Extension Service
- Bruce and Alice King Service Memorial Award: Woods Houghton, Eddy County Extension Agriculture Agent, was presented the Bruce and Alice King Service Memorial Award by the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association on December 6. This prestigious award is presented by NMCGA to one individual each year and has recently been awarded to such individuals as Frank DuBois, Linda Davis, Timothy Jennings, Andy Nunez and David Abbey. Woods has served NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences for over 35 years in several locations, including Las Cruces, Fort Sumner and Carlsbad.
- Sam Steel Society Induction Ceremony: ACES conducted its Fall 2015 Sam Steel Society induction ceremony on Friday afternoon, December 11. The Sam Steel Society commemorates Sam Steel, who should have been the first graduate of NMSU but was killed shortly before graduation. ACES inducts all its graduates in the Society as a way to recognize each graduate in a more personal way than commencement exercises can. Over 60 of our Fall 2015 graduates attended and were recognized. In addition, all alumni in the audience were inducted as well.
- Night of the Living Debt: NMSU Media Productions has been testing its new "Night of the Living Debt" financial literacy game with area high school students. Students visited the Learning Games Lab in Gerald Thomas Hall to play the game and give feedback November 11, December 10, and December 16, 2015. Anticipated release to the App Store is March 2016, and Media Productions personnel are enjoying seeing students learn about credit score, credit card debt, and other key financial concepts.
Animal and Range Science
- American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Contest: The Horse Judging Team competed at AQHA World Contest in Oklahoma City on November 14-19. The team was 5th in halter, 6th in performance, 7th in reasons, and 7th Molly Elliott was 6th high individual in performance. Other team members were Katie Creager, Tiffany Fowler, Larisa Estrada, and Haylee Lavoie, Team coaches are Laura White and Kayla Wells. Gamma Sigma Delta Annual Banquet: At the Gamma Sigma Delta, Gamma Sigma Delta Annual Banquet Honor Society of Agriculture, annual banquet Stacia Prosser and Allison Salazar were inducted as new members. The Distinguished Graduate Student Award at the Master's Level was awarded to Allison Salazar, while the Distinguished Graduate Teaching/Advising Award was presented to Shanna Ivey. Serving his second year as president of the organization is Eric Scholljegerdes.
Fish Wildlife and Conservation Ecology
- Student Research: Fish Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (FWCE) Grad Student Meredith Campbell conducted research on hundreds of endangered humpback chubs in the Grand Canyon for nearly two weeks in early Fall accompanied by her Advisor, Dr. Colleen A. Caldwell, Fisheries Biologist (USGS) and Affiliate Professor with FWCE, along with other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees. Campbell is attempting to develop a non-lethal tool for detecting the Asian tapeworm, an invasive parasite affecting many wild fishes in North America, and determine the percentage of the humpback chub population that is infected. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is very interested in Campbell's findings and to use her non-lethal method on captive populations currently in hatcheries, as the Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources & Recovery Center in Dexter, NM. Please see NMSU Grad Student Conducts Fish Research article.