The Legacy of Sam Steel in ACES

Branding Ceremony

Sam Steel Brand

The ACES officially registered brand was inspired by the College's first intended graduate, Sam Steel.

We welcome our freshmen with a fun Sam Steel Paint-Brand Ceremony, launching them into their exciting and challenging college career.

  • Giving Tuesday Flyer
    The Sam Steel Society invites you to join us in supporting NMSU and the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES).

Image of student being paint branded


Image of Morgan Pinnell's induction into the Sam Steel Society upon graduation.
Upon graduation in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education (AXED) from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), Morgan Pinnell was inducted into the Sam Steel Society. Pictured with Pinnell are: retired ACES Dean, Lowell Catlett, AXED department head, Frank Hodnett and interim ACES Dean, James Libbin.

Sam Steel Society Induction

Upon graduation, seniors are inducted into the Sam Steel Society, as they join our college's graduates who, for more than 125 years, have used their knowledge and skills to change the world.

The society honors the memory of Sam Steel, who would have graduated in 1893 from the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, as our university was then called.