January 10, 2014

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

  • Dr. Kathryn Stoner is the new Department Head in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology. Kathryn comes to us from Texas A&M, Kingsville. She earned her BS in Zoology--Anthropology, an MA in Biological Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a PhD in Ecology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Her specialty is in tropical bats. She has extensive contacts in Mexico and Central America which will help with collaborations with other universities and also with recruiting students.

Research Center

  • Dr. Tracey Carrillo met with College faculty in an open forum to discuss research priorities at the Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center.

ACES College

  • President Carruthers and Executive Vice President/Provost Howard attended ACES "Recognition of Service" ceremony to honor our Faculty and Staff for their years of service and contributions to NMSU and the college.
  • An In-Service Reception was held on Monday evening, January 6th in the 100 West Cafe and the Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine, Gerald Thomas Hall.
  • Dr. Jim Libbin, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, conducted a Staff retreat to discuss and set goals for 2014.
  • Dr. Jon Boren, Associate Dean and Director of CES, along with Bruce Hinrichs, Mary DeLorenzo and Dr. Michael Patrick met with Dr. Kevin Boberg and Kathy Hansen regarding Community economic development.
  • Dean Lowell Catlett met with the College of Business Search Committee on January 9th to discuss and finalize the CoB Dean's job description. Kathy Agnew gave a presentation to the Search Committee on rules and conduct for search committee members.
  • Drs. David Thompson, Jim Libbin, and James Peach met to talk about how to assess the possibilities of NMSU partnering to help run the Los Lucero's property in Alcalde, NM.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • 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.

Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources

  • ACES department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources in collaboration with Texas A&M Agrilife and Kansas State University held a Southwest Beef Symposium January 9 and 10th in Clayton, NM. Leann Saunders, co-founder and president of Where Food Comes From, Inc. and chair-elect of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, opened the symposium with a discussion on the 'Effects of Global Meat Exports on U.S. Beef Producers.' Afternoon outlook sessions addressed the changes in agriculture lending policies, emerging beef sustainability issues by major beef purveyors and a short and long-term weather outlook. Cooperative Extension Service specialists and university faculty from Texas A&M AgriLife, Kansas State University and New Mexico State University provided strategies and considerations on rebuilding regional beef herds specifically focused on the economics of re-stocking, defining current pasture lease rates and effectively selecting and managing the nutrition and health programs for stocker calves and cows.

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Youth from across the state competed in the State 4-H Conference back in July, in a variety of contests. The winning teams will be moving on to compete in the Western National Roundup, January 9-12 in Denver, Colorado. Western National Roundup provides a place for youth to compete nationally while encouraging teamwork and self-confidence, and while focusing on the 4-H Mission Mandates: Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics, Healthy Living and Citizenship. Counties representing New Mexico for the different youth contests are: Dona Ana County -Parliamentary Procedure and Public Speaking; Lincoln County for Consumer Decision Making; Quay County for Home Economics Skill-a-thon; Catron County for Livestock Judging; Bernalillo County for Horse Judging; Curry County for Meats.
  • Cooperative Extension Service (CES) faculty from around the state came to the main campus of New Mexico State University, College of ACES Gerald Thomas Hall for an In-Service training this week. Extension In-Service provides an excellent opportunity not only for subject matter training but also the opportunity to network with colleagues and conduct association meetings. The trainings included:
    • "Extension 101-- The History and Philosophy of Extension" for all County Extension Agents and State Specialists.
    • Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Session for County Home Economists focused on characteristics of evidence-based programs; managing your chronic disease; strategies for dealing with junk mail; a new master volunteer program for FCS; research on canning red chile and gluten-free foods; and emergency preparedness.
    • Getting the Extension Message out using Radio, Newspapers, Publications, Social Media and the Web for County Agriculture Agents, 4-H Agriculture Agents and State Specialists.
    • Extension Plant Sciences Session for County Agriculture Agents and 4-H Agriculture Agents conducted several classes on Pest Diagnostics, Urban Horticulture and Agronomy and Soils.

NMSU Rodeo

  • Jim Brown, Rodeo Coach reported Fall 2013 NMSU Rodeo team cumulative GPA is a stellar 3.2! The following team members also received a grade of all "A" this semester: Elliot Romo, Kendra Stieneman, Olivia Train, Pacen Marez and Chantel I. Rice.