Family and Consumer Sciences
Student Club Recruitment Event - The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) at NMSU staffed a table at the STEM Expo sponsored by Dona Ana Community College on March 3. Thirteen SAND members distributed materials about the Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences major at NMSU, and talked to over 150 prospective students. Asst. Professor Brigit Dooley gave a brief talk about careers in nutrition and dietetics.
State Competition - More than 500 Family and Consumer Sciences students and advisors participated in the state Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events competition in Albuquerque March 2-4. Family and Consumer Sciences Education students Aldemar Madrid, Tiffany Baugh, and Kinsey Fisher judged state and national events and participated in recruiting activities for NMSU. ACES Ambassadors led by Shannon Norris held an NMSU Signing Day for students and recruited throughout the event. Dr. Sharon Bartley awarded ACES scholarships to the state officers and made presentations to both students and teachers.
Connie Campos, an adjunct faculty member who teaches courses about child abuse (CAST 301V) and forensic interviewing of children in child abuse cases (CAST 302), has been nominated for the Oscars for Champions award. The award is given by Jardin de Los Ninos, a comprehensive program for young homeless children and their families. Connie was nominated for her many years of providing services for abused and neglected children. She works closely with child protection professionals, law enforcement, and other agencies to make sure that children who experience abuse are able to talk about their experiences and get the services they need.
Student Club Donations – The Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AFCS) student club presented Cowboys for Cancer with $1,320 to aid in cancer research. The AFCS students sold pink t-shirts in October for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink football game and activities. The Student Association of Fashion Merchandising and Marketing (SAFMM) student club also presented a donation of $100. The SAFMM students had a Tough Enough to Get Pied booth where members took whipped cream pies to the face to raise funds for cancer research.
Student Club Community Service Project – The Association of Family and Consumer Sciences student club (Dr. Haron Bartley, advisor) collected money and gifts to provide 42 children at Jardin De Los Nińnos with winter jackets, gloves, and toys for the holidays. Tiffany Baugh, a senior majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, chaired the community service project and is pictured delivering the gifts on December 16.
Military and Family Communication Panel - Dr. Merranda Marin presented on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as part of the Military and Family Communication Panel held on November 14. The panel discussion was one of the events held during Military and Veterans Appreciation Week at NMSU. Dr. Marin and the other panelists discussed ways to help military families cope with deployment and reintegration afterwards.
Campus Visit - Over 65 students from Chaparral Elementary School learned about careers in food science and technology on November 11. Dr. Stu Munson-McGee talked to the students about the science and history of chocolate. Dr. Damien Reyes and student Jesus De La Cruz demonstrated how to spray dry milk and how to make an extruded snack food from cottonseed meal.
New Honor Society – The Nu Alpha Theta chapter of the Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society for the Human Sciences was chartered on November 10 at NMSU. Kappa Omicron Nu is the leading honor society for students in the human sciences, and has 98 active chapters and 150,000 members in the U.S. Twenty-four outstanding students were initiated into the inaugural class of the honor society by the executive director, Lisa Wooten Booth. Dr. Sharon Bartley and Dr. Efren Delgado are the advisors.
Vanessa Martinez, graduating in December with a master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, has been selected as a 2017 USDA Graduate Fellow. Vanessa completed a thesis examining the prevalence of food insecurity among college students at NMSU. She was one of five NMSU graduate students selected to participate in a mentoring and scholarship program called SAFE ( Southwest Agriculture and Food Security Education: Preparing Future Leaders for a Safe and Secure U.S. Food Supply System) in conjunction with Texas State University.
Out of 400 degree programs in Family and Consumer Sciences, the department at NMSU was ranked #28 by Great Value Colleges. The ranking was created based on graduate degree opportunities, research opportunities, and internship and scholarship opportunities. Data was collected from the NCES College Navigator database, Payscale.com and school websites.
Student Community Service - About 40 students enrolled in Family and Consumer Science Education classes with Dr. Sharon Bartley assisted judges of baked goods at the Southern New Mexico State Fair. Students learned about the responsibilities of Family and Consumer Sciences county agents and the organizational skills required for conducting events.
Outstanding Alumni - Lois McKinley Melton was honored as the Outstanding Alumni in Family and Consumer Sciences at the Homecoming Recognition Breakfast sponsored by the College of ACES. Mrs. Melton taught at Las Cruces High School for many years and won awards for teaching. She spoke with students in a Family and Consumer Sciences Education class about her experiences as a teacher. A scholarship in her name was recently endowed to support students in the department.
Middle School Recruitment Event – Food Science and Technology faculty and students in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences hosted 70 students from Sierra Middle School on September 21. The students tasted gelato and sorbet from Sam Steel Café, watched the extrusion of a new snack food made from cottonseed meal, talked with graduate students about their research projects, and learned about career possibilities in food science. Dr. Nancy Flores organized the event.
The documentary Everyone's Business: Protecting Our Children was nominated for an Emmy award. The documentary highlighted NMSU's efforts to prevent child maltreatment. It featured Shelly Bucher and Esther Devall discussing the Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) minor at NMSU and the mock child abuse investigation house located on campus. The awards ceremony will take place on October 8 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Malnutrition Seminar for Students and Dietitians Gaby Phillips and Kathy Vineyard, directors of the combined Dietetic Internship/master’s program in Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences, hosted a seminar on September 1 for almost 40 students and dietitians in the community. The speaker demonstrated how to conduct a nutrition-focused physical exam to identify malnutrition in hospital, acute care, and nursing home patients. Many dietitians are not taught how to conduct physical exams, which is an important diagnostic tool. Malnutrition greatly increases the likelihood of patient falls and the development of pressure ulcers and surgical site infections.
As part of their final class project students, Juan Carrasco, Zachary Garcia, Alejandra Gonzalez, Isaac Lawrence, and Amanda Nicole held a fashion show to showcase the garments they created as part of their Apparel Design by Draping course. The 75 people who attended the event commented on the talent and creativity of the student designers. Melinda Chavez, Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising faculty member, is the course instructor.
Thirty students from Hatch Valley High School toured the Family and Consumer Sciences department and learned about majors and career opportunities in the department. They tasted gelato, observed the demonstration of a spray food dryer, and heard presentations from students and faculty members.
Wanda Eastman was appointed as the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Representative to the Council of Future Practice for the 2016-2017 Academy program year. Wanda's commitment to the Academy supports empowering members to be the food and nutrition leaders.
Academy successes are directly related to the contributions of member leaders like Dr. Eastman. It is a high honor to be appointed a representative on this council. We in ACES are proud of Dr. Eastman's success.
Stuart Munson-McGee, Food Science and Technology faculty member, received an award for outstanding service from the Faculty Senate in honor of his leadership as Chair.
Student Fashion Show - The original creations of Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising students Esther Flores, Tingting Laub, Savannah Ruden, Drisana De La Torre, and Brooke Stevens were featured in a fashion show at Barnes and Nobles on campus.
Over 200 people attended the student show that was produced under the direction of Dr. Roselyn Smitley and emceed by students Lauren Effle and Jonathan Mirabal.
Student Recruitment - Thirty students from Hatch Valley High School toured the department and learned about majors and career opportunities in Family and Consumer Sciences. They tasted gelato, observed the demonstration of a spray food dryer, and heard presentations from students Shannon Farkas, Aaron Espinosa, Kinsey Fisher, and Rebecca Mijares and faculty members Dr. Efren Delgado and Dr. Sharon Bartley.
Play Therapy Conference - Traci Laney, Ana Maestas, and Kendra Wood, graduate students in marriage and family therapy, attended the New Mexico Association for Play Therapy conference in Albuquerque along with Dr. Kourtney Vaillancourt, Family and Child Science faculty member.
Marriage and family therapy students provide play therapy to children and families at the NMSU Family Resource Center located in Cervantes Village. Play therapy uses toys and games to engage children and their families in their own language, that of play. Through play, children are able to express themselves and work through stress, anxiety, and even trauma in a safe and fun way.
Student Recruitment – Drs. Stu Munson-McGee, Efren Delgado, and Esther Devall visited the University of Chihuahua April 12 to recruit undergraduate and graduate students into the Food Science and Technology major at NMSU. They met with the dean and faculty members in Chemistry and gave a presentation at the international graduate school fair. In addition, they met with the dean and faculty members in Agriculture and Forestry Sciences in Delicias on April 13.
Child Abuse Awareness Week – Students enrolled in CAST 301V (Introduction to Child Advocacy) , taught by Dr. Merranda Marin, sponsored several events the week of April 4-8 to highlight the importance of preventing child maltreatment. They handed out materials about child abuse on the International Mall and in Corbett Center, collected toys and clothing for Jardin de Los Ninos and La Casa, and sponsored the showing of the “Tough Love” documentary followed by a discussion of community professionals.
Tejada Ribbon Cutting - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on March 30 for the "ACES in the Hole" food manufacturing pilot plant located in Tejada Hall (see attached photo). Over 70 people attended the event to hear faculty and students in Food Science and Technology (FSTE) talk about the program and demonstrate food products being made. Students in the FSTE major run "ACES in the Hole" and sell their products, including gelato and brownies, in the Sam Steel CafÃ© located in Gerald Thomas Hall 150.
Preceptor Appreciation Dinner - Dr. Wanda Eastman and Gaby Phillips, Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences, held an appreciation dinner for New Mexico preceptors of the dietetic internship at St. Claire's Winery on March 30. Over 20 people attended. Preceptors are nutrition professionals who supervise graduate students enrolled in the dietetic internship during their clinical, community, and food service rotations.
GradNation Keynote Speaker - Dr. Esther Devall, department head, was the luncheon keynote speaker for the GradNation Community Summit held on April 1 at Corbett Center. Over 150 people attended the summit, which had community and student tracks to discuss strategies for improving the high school graduation rate to 90 percent. Dr. Devall spoke on engaging family and community for student success.
Community outreach – Dr. Wanda Eastman, director of the Dietetic Internship program, and Gaby Phillips, co-director, hosted a meeting of the El Paso Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on February 23 in El Paso. Over 50 people attended. Gaby Phillips gave a presentation entitled “Dietary Guidelines 2015: What is New and Different.” Many of those in attendance were NMSU alumni and/or preceptors for NMSU students.
Student Recruitment – Dr. Sharon Bartley, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and three members of the Association of Family and Consumer Sciences student club, had a booth at Aggie Experience on Feb. 15. They spoke to high school students who were interested in majoring in the department.
Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences meeting – Dr. Esther Devall, department head of Family and Consumer Sciences and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, hosted the annual meeting of the Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS) at the Hotel Encanto February 16-19. Thirty-five deans and department heads from around the United States attended. Their mission is to strengthen family and consumer sciences in higher education through the development of excellence in administration. Participants learned strategies for holding crucial conversations overcoming leadership challenges, understanding their leadership style, and working with difficult employees.
History of Chocolate Dr. Stu Munson-McGee, Food Science and Technology, and his student researcher Danielle Peltier-Thompson were featured in a Youtube video on the History of Chocolate: https://youtu.be/QnkzSOe6suU. Dr. Munson- McGee teaches an Honors course entitled Journeys of Discovery that focuses on chocolate. An article appeared in the Sun News on Feb. 13
STAR events Dr. Sharon Bartley, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, hosted over 100 middle and high school students from 13 schools who are members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). The students were competing in regional Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events. Students and faculty in the department served as judges for events such as culinary arts, entrepreneurship, fashion design, interior design, and leadership. Winners of the event will compete in the state competition in Albuquerque.
Dietetic Internship accredited The Dietetic Internship, a graduate program in the Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences major, moved from candidacy status to full accreditation status with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Dr. Wanda Eastman is the director of the Dietetic Internship.
Nutrition and Dietetics Day at the State Legislature Six students in the Dietetics Internship program went to Santa Fe on February 3 for Nutrition and Dietetics Day at the Legislature. They were accompanied by Dr. Wanda Eastman, director, and Gabby Phillips, assistant director, of the Dietetic Internship. The students met with state representatives and senators and attended a session of the Senate. They enjoyed running into Chancellor Carruthers in the hallway at the Roundhouse.
National office Dr. Wanda Eastman, Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences, was elected as chair-elect for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). This is the national governing board for nutrition and dietetic education in the U.S. She will serve a three-year term.
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is the national governing board for nutrition and dietetic education in the United States. The ACEND voted NMSU Dietetic Internship a seven-year term with full accreditation status, ending our candidacy status; Dr. Wanda Eastman was elected chair-elect of the ACEND. This election is a high honor, and we are proud Dr. Eastman is part of ACES. Gabby Phillips and Dr. Wanda Eastman took the dietetic interns from the class of 2015-2017 to Santa Fe for Legislative Day sponsored by the New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The interns were able to experience the legislative process, visit representatives and senators as well as meet President Caruthers.
Student Conference Presentations - Six graduate students presented research posters, and one graduate student gave an oral research presentation, at the New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting in Santa Fe. They were accompanied by Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences faculty members Dr. Wanda Eastman, Gaby Phillips, and Brigit Dooley. Dr. Eastman also gave an oral presentation at the conference.
Recruitment Event - Roselyn Smitley and Dr. Melinda Chavez, Recruitment Event Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising faculty members, met with 40 students and two teachers from Hanks and Bel Air High Schools on January 28. Dr. Chavez and her CTFM 476 students presented their fashion design projects. Dr. Smitley spoke on fashion merchandising and textiles, and then took students to view sheep at the NMSU barn to learn more about wool.
Student Clubs Make Community Donations: The Association of Family and Consumer Sciences collected clothing, toys, and over $300 in cash for Jardin de los Niños, a childcare program for homeless children and their families. Dr. Sharon Bartley serves as club advisor. The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics collected canned goods and non-perishable food items for Casa de Peregrinos, a local food bank that provides free groceries to individuals and families at risk of hunger in Doña Ana County. Dr. Devon Golem, Dr. Ann Bock, and Dr. Wanda Eastman serve as club advisors.
Recruiting Efforts: The department held two recruiting efforts. Students in the Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising major held a fashion show at Barnes and Nobles during Homecoming. They modeled clothing and accessories from Barnes and Noble, adding their own individual style and fashion sense. Dr. Roselyn Smitley helped produce the show. Dr. Efren Delgado and Dr. Nancy Flores presented on research in food science to 300 middle school students who were members of MESA chapters around the state. Both recruiting efforts teach students and the public the diverse careers NMSU has to offer.
Cowboys for Cancer donation: The Association of Family and Consumer Sciences student club sold pink t-shirts in October to raise money for Cowboys for Cancer. They raised $1,850. Donations go to research efforts to help find a cure for cancer.
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.
Strategic Planning Retreat: The departments of Family and Consumer Sciences and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences held a strategic planning retreat for all faculty and staff. The retreat was led by Dr. Deborah Tippett, who is certified in Appreciative Inquiry. Appreciative Inquiry is a model for analysis, decision-making, and strategic change that was developed by faculty in the Department of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University. The results of the retreat will be used in writing the self-studies for the program review of each department. http://aces.nmsu.edu/academics/FCS/
100% National Exam Pass Rate: The dietetic interns from the class of 2012-2014 achieved a 100% pass rate within the first year after graduation on the national exam to become a registered dietitian. The pass rate is an important factor in maintaining the accreditation of the program. Dr. Wanda Eastman, professor in Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences, directs the dietetic internship which is also a master's program.
Patricia Christmore Award: Merranda Marin received the Patricia Christmore Award at Fall Convocation. This award recognizes junior faculty for excellence in teaching. Dr. Marin joined the faculty in 2012, and teaches courses in human development, parenting, and family therapy. Dr. Kourtney Vaillancourt and Dr. Merranda Marin were recently selected as Minority Fellowship Mentors for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. This is an initiative to increase the number of culturally competent family therapists who provide mental health services to underserved populations. They will provide academic, professional, and career development advice to a group of fellows.
Dr. Stu Munson-McGee spoke with more than 300 students from REL Washington Elementary School in El Paso, Texas about careers in food science. He provided chocolate samples to the students, and information about "good" and "bad" bugs in our food. After one of his presentations, a student came up to him and said he wanted to go to college and become a food scientist!
Five students recently graduated from the undergraduate program in Food Science and Technology (FSTE). This is the first group of students to graduate from the new major that started in 2001. All the graduates who sought employment have found a job in the field.
Dr. Merranda Marin was elected to serve on the Faculty Senate for the College of ACES. The Faculty Senate is the voice of the NMSU faculty and plays a critical role in the shared governance of the institution.
Members of the Association of Family and Consumer Sciences student club recently made 50 Surgi Dolls which will be given to children who are undergoing medical treatments and surgeries. Additionally, club members raised money to purchase socks and underwear for children and families served by a local domestic violence center. Dr. Sharon Bartley is the club's advisor.
Eloise Mena, graduate student and dietetic intern, prepared an Earth Day theme meal as part of her hospital foodservice supervised practice rotation at Providence Hospital in El Paso. Stuart Adams, another dietetic intern in the photo on the left, helped make nutritious smoothies. Pictured in the photo on the right are Debi Hicks, RD, Eloisa's preceptor at Providence Hospital and undergraduate dietetics alumnae, and Dr. Wanda Eastman, director of the Dietetic Internship program at NMSU.
Dr. Esther Devall, department head and state advisor for the Extension Association of New Mexico (EANM), attended district meetings in Silver City on April 21 and in Capitan on April 24. EANM works with county faculty to help extend adult education in family and consumer sciences throughout New Mexico.
Dr. Devon Golem, assistant professor in human nutrition and dietetic sciences, received the Student Association Advisor of the Year award on April 26 in Las Cruces. Dr. Golem was nominated by members of the Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics at NMSU.
Dr. Stu Munson-McGee and Dr. Efren Delgado hosted 30 culinary arts students and their teacher from Deming High School on April 29. Following a demonstration of techniques used to make food products, students enjoyed samples of gelato from Crimson Creations and learned more about the food science and technology major at NMSU.
Dr. Roselyn Smitley and students in clothing, textiles, and fashion merchandising held a fashion show at Barnes and Nobles on April 29. The show featured the works of 6 senior student designers and 3 alumni designers. The Round Up featured a front-page article about the fashion show and the student designers in their April 21 issue.
Dr. Devon Golem, assistant professor in human nutrition and dietetic sciences, received the Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year award from the New Mexico Association of Nutrition and Dietetics on April 24 in Albuquerque (see attached photo). Dr. Golem was nominated by nutrition faculty and students in the department.
Esther Devall, department head, and Shelly Bucher, senior operations director, were featured in a 30-minute documentary on preventing child abuse in New Mexico. Over 100 people attended the Las Cruces premiere of the documentary at the Domenici Center on April 17. Following the documentary, a panel of local experts in child well-being answered questions from the audience.
Efren Delgado and Dr. Nancy Flores, food science faculty, gave a talk on careers in food science and technology to 300 middle and high school students who are members of MESA clubs across the state. Whitney Biel provided samples of gelato made by food science and technology majors who work in Crimson Creations, the student-run store located in Gerald Thomas Hall.
Devon Golem, Dr. Merranda Marin, and Dr. Esther Devall are part of a 3-state initiative to reduce childhood obesity along the U.S.-Mexico border. The 5-year, $4.9 million dollar grant is funded by USDA, and is a collaboration between NMSU and Texas A & M. The grant targets families residing in colonias in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Amanda Esquibel, graduate student and dietetic intern, Theme Meal prepared a theme meal for the grand opening of the Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts in Alamogordo. The theme meal was part of her hospital foodservice supervised practice rotation at Gerald Champion Hospital.
Whitney Biel and Efren Delgado hosted 54 FFA students who participated in a statewide food science and career development competition at NMSU on April 8 and 9. The FFA students gave product development presentations as teams, and then had to pass a series of individual written and sensory evaluation tests. The first place team will move forward to the national competition.
Kourtney Vaillancourt was part of a national team who met in New York on April 10-12 to review and write items for the national licensing exam for marriage and family therapists. Dr. Vaillancourt is president of the New Mexico Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and has served as a national item writer for five years.
The Family Wellness program, directed by Esther Devall, Dr. Marcel Montanez, and Lisa Shields, was one of 12 programs in the nation featured in A Guide to Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs for Hispanic Couples and Families published by the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families in April. The guide is available at http://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015-16HispanicHealthyMarriageResponsibleFatherhood.pdf.
Extension Family and Consumer Sciences - Dr. Nancy Flores was one of 14 faculty at NMSU who were nominated for the Campus Globalization Award given by the Office of International and Border Programs on April 7. Dr. Flores was recognized for her work with 200 individuals from six counties to improve food safety, promote economic development, and create a trained work force in the food industry. Her work in bringing nine doctoral students from Durango, Mexico to NMSU for food science research fellowships was also recognized.
Association for Marriage and Family Therapy National Leadership Symposium: Kourtney Vaillancourt, college associate professor, and Kendra Wood, graduate student in marriage and family therapy, attended a national leadership symposium for the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy from March 17-20 in Washington, DC. As president and student representative of the New Mexico division, they were there to network with division leadership from the U.S. and Canada, and to participate in leadership development workshops and strategic planning for the association.
The Dietetic Internship program received their site visit for full accreditation from the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) on February 22-24. The Dietetic Internship is a master's degree program that started in 2011, and will have graduated 3 cohorts of students by May 2015. There is a shortage of dietitians in New Mexico, and due to the high incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the border region, more dietitians are needed. Dr. Wanda Eastman and Dr. Carol Turner direct the Dietetic Internship program.
Dr. Esther Devall, department head of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Dr. Kathy Stoner, department head of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology, presented a poster describing the College of ACES plan for assessing student writing at the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association in Albuquerque. They also presented their poster at the first NMSU Assessment Conference on March 13.
Dr. Esther Devall was elected as Vice President of the Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences at their annual meeting in Washington, DC. The organization provides professional development and leadership training for department heads and deans.
Dr. Carol Turner, foods and nutrition extension specialist, provided a workshop on cooking for people with food allergies and food intolerances to county home economists in Albuquerque. She also discussed how home economists can work with their clientele to partner with their health care providers. About 20% of people in the United States have food allergies/intolerances, and the percentage continues to increase each year.
Dr. Sonja Koukel, community and environmental health extension specialist, assisted in organizing the 5th Annual NM Food Protection Alliance Conference held in Albuquerque on March 5-6. Attendees numbered over 115 people from various food-related state agencies, as well as speakers from outside New Mexico. New Mexico is the only state in the U.S. to have county-based food protection alliances led by Extension agents.
Faculty Senate Chair: Stuart Munson-McGee, professor in Food Science and Technology, has been elected to another term as Chair of the Faculty Senate.
New Committee Members: Sonja Koukel, Extension Community and Environmental Health Specialist, has been named to the national Health Literacy Action Team for the Extension and Experiment Station Committees on Organization and Policy (ECOP and ESCOP). Dr. Carol Turner, Extension Foods and Nutrition Specialist, has been named to the national Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Review Team for the Extension and Experiment Station Committees on Organization and Policy (ECOP and ESCOP).
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.
The undergraduate program in Family and Child Science was recently approved by the National Council on Family Relations. Students graduating from the FCS program are now eligible to become Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE). Students are educated in 10 required areas including human development, interpersonal relationships, family dynamics, parent education, and public policy. The Family and Child Science program at NMSU joins 125 universities and colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada that offer CFLE approved degree programs.
Family and Consumer Sciences was awarded a grant with Michigan State University, USDA, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to assess the top behavioral health issues in Dona Ana County. They were one of 10 sites selected around the U.S. to participate. Dr. Esther Devall is the PI and Dr. Elsa Arroyos from the College of Education is the Co-PI.
At the recent meeting of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences held in Lexington, Kentucky, two county home economists received awards. Kelly Knight from Otero County received the Continued Excellence Award and Shannon Wooton from Chavez County received the Distinguished Service Award. Cindy Davies, home economist and county director from Bernalillo County, and Sonja Koukel, Health Specialist from Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, were recognized for their service on the national board of directors.
Shelly Bucher and Susie Samuel from the Extension Family and Consumer Sciences department recently hosted a 3-day training entitled From Crime Scene to Trial for 30 law enforcement officers, forensic investigators, prosecutors, and other child protection professionals. A crime scene depicting infant abuse was staged at a mock house located in Cervantes Village. The participants investigated the crime scene, met with actors who portrayed family members and witnesses, and prepared their opening statements for a mock trial. They commented that "...this training hit it out of the ballpark" and they were "impressed with the accuracy and reality of the exercises as well as the input from the various units represented at the training."
FCS has a subcontract proposal with Michigan State University that was recently funded. The proposal is related to behavioral health. Dona Ana County was one of 8 sites selected around the U.S. to participate. Dr. Esther Devall is the PI and Jon Schwartz from the College of Education is Co-PI.
Crimson Creations by ACES grand opening took place on August 20. The student-run store, managed by instructor Whitney Biel, brings together three classes and student groups who will sell their products in the store. Store hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in the lobby of Gerald Thomas Hall. It is open to the public as well as NMSU community. Student-made gelato, sorbet, brownie and corn bread mixes, fresh produce and floral arrangements will be featured. Prices for gelato and sorbet: $2 for a small scoop, $4 for medium, $6 large, pints $7-9, half gallons $25-30; cornbread and brownie mixes: $7.75; flowers: $7-13.50; succulents: $6, produce prices will vary. Please see News Release at the following web site.
Almost 200 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to the children of NMSU students by the Family Resource Center, a program of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department. The mission of the Family Resource Center is to support student success by promoting family well-being. Students are often financially stressed in August when faced with the costs of tuition and books as well as the costs of school supplies for their children.
Dr. Marcel Montanez and Dr. Esther Devall completed a Emerging and New Administrators in Family and Consumer Sciences workshop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The workshop provided training in personnel and budget management, strategic planning, program reviews, and other important issues to 31 administrators from across the U.S. It was led by experienced provosts, deans, and department heads from the discipline.
The Food Science and Technology program was recently awarded a grant of $105,610 from the USDA in conjunction with Texas State University. The purpose of the grant is to prepare future leaders for a safe and secure food supply system in the U.S. The grant will support 4 Hispanic graduate students at NMSU. The students will be mentored in a research project, attend the USDA sponsored Career Preparation Institute, and complete internships with the USDA.
Fifteen food processors from across New Mexico attended a Better Process Control Workshop and a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) training led by Dr. Nancy Flores and Dr. Efren Delgado with the Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Program. Participants must pass a series of exams during the workshops which certify their knowledge of how to safely produce food items before selling them to the public.
The NMSU Family Resource Center (FRC) was the recipient of a $700 gift from the Aggie DanceSport Club. The club held a fundraiser dance in the spring in support of the FRC's Back-to-School Backpack program. Each July, the FRC offers free backpacks, filled with school supplies, to children of NMSU students. The Aggie DanceSport Club's generous gift covered the cost of 100 of the backpacks that were distributed to families on July 28, 2014.
Kari Bachman was selected to receive the Mid-Career Professional Achievement Award by the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB). The award is presented to recognize an SNEB member in "mid-career" regarding his/her professional accomplishments in the field of nutrition education and for significant contribution to the mission of SNEB.
Dr. Esther Devall, Department Head of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Jon Schwartz, Associate Dean of Research in the College of Education, were featured on a special segment on KRWG related to mental illness. They spoke about the creation of the NMSU Community Mental Health and Wellness Center and how the university is trying to help meet the behavioral health needs of the region. Their interview can be viewed at KRWG News Fronteras 417: Click here.
Esther Devall, department head for Family and Consumer Sciences, conducted civil rights reviews in Grant, Sandoval, Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Socorro counties to ensure county extension offices reached out to underserved audiences and were in compliance with all federal laws.
The Southwest Region National Child Protection Training Center at NMSU, Family and Consumer Sciences, will be hosting an intensive training the week of May 12-16 on conducting forensic interviews with children who have been abused or neglected. Thirty professionals from New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, Virginia, Minnesota, and Mississippi have registered. The training will be conducted by 3 nationally recognized trainers.
Dr. Stuart Munson-McGee (Family and Consumer Sciences) was elected Chair of the Faculty Senate for 2014-2015. He served as Vice Chair in 2013-2014, and Chair in 2012-2013.
Fashion Merchandising - The Student Association of Fashion Merchandising and Marketing (SAFMM) held a fashion show in the art gallery in Williams Hall on Saturday, April 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. The students showcased the clothing they had made in the beginning clothing construction, advanced clothing construction, and flat pattern-making classes. Over 100 people attended. Dr. Melinda Chavez and Mrs. Christine Ashby from the Family and Consumer Sciences Department worked with the students to coordinate the show. * Josh Franco and Ernesto Carranza, seniors in Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, held a showing of their clothing lines on Friday, April 11 from 6:30-8:00 pm in Gerald Thomas Hall. Each student had designed and made 15 original items of clothing. Over 50 people attended the fashion show. Dr. Roselyn Smitley worked with the students to coordinate the show.
Dr. Carol Turner, Extension Nutrition Specialist, was honored last week with the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year award from the New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Marcel Montanez, associate professor in Family and Child Science, was selected to participate in the Family and Consumer Sciences Emerging and New Leaders Workshop in Tulsa, Oklahoma July 27-30. Dr. Kourtney Vaillancourt, college associate professor in Family and Child Science, was invited by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy to go to New York in June to help write items for the national licensure exam for marriage and family therapists. Maria Gomez, undergraduate student in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, was recently selected to attend the Family and Consumer Sciences Leadership Honors Boot Camp in Washington, DC May 18-23. Maria was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to help defray the cost of the boot camp.
UNM funded ACES Family and Consumer Sciences to work with 5 counties on the eastern side of the state to encourage people to get enrolled through the NM Health Insurance Exchange. This is part of collaboration with UNM on health related issues.
Dr. Esther Devall, Department Head of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Jonathan Schwartz, College of Education, submitted a proposal to Michigan State University. The departments were selected as one of the pilot communities for the Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation project. In this project they will learn how the health decision-makers in Dona Ana County obtain behavioral health data, help develop tool kits about sources of behavioral health information, and then pilot the tool kits.
Dr. Carol Turner, Family and Consumer Sciences Department, was appointed to Visioning Committee of the Standards Committee of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is serving as a nationally recognized expert on Graduate Education in Community Nutrition.
Dr. Wanda Eastman from the Family and Consumer Sciences Department took 7 master's students who are completing their dietetic internships to Santa Fe to learn about the legislative process and meet with state legislators. The students reported that they learned a great deal from the experience.
Dr. Marcel Montanez from the Family and Consumer Sciences Department and Jason Turner from Animal and Range Sciences Department presented a workshop for the Advancing Leaders program on February 7. Marcel used horses to teach qualities of successful leaders.
ACES hosted the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America conference on Saturday. The mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family members, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.
The department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) together with the Southwest Region National Child Protection Training Center is putting on the annual Children's Law Institute (CLI) in Albuquerque. The CLI is a statewide, multi-disciplinary conference addressing issues of importance in child welfare and juvenile justice. Over the last twenty years, it has grown from a small gathering of lawyers to an event attracting over 1,000 educators, child welfare workers, judges, lawyers, juvenile justice personnel, advocates, foster parents, young people, lawmakers, and others. The CLI has a well-earned reputation for providing New Mexico with the most up-to-date information on the law, best practices and changing trends locally and nationally as well as vital opportunities to network and share information.
Dr. Esther Devall, Department Head of Family and Consumer Sciences held a departmental retreat January 10. Fred Pryor Seminars provided a 6-hour training on Mastering the Art of Working with People to all faculty, staff, and adjunct faculty in the department.
Recruitment event - Student Conference Presentations – Six graduate students presented research posters, and one graduate student gave an oral research presentation, at the New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting in Santa Fe. They were accompanied by Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences faculty members Dr. Wanda Eastman, Gaby Phillips, and Brigit Dooley. Dr. Eastman also gave an oral presentation at the conference.