January 31, 2014

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Rick Richardson, Department Head of State 4-H reported that approximately 300 senior age 4-H members and leaders from 25 counties attended Senior Leadership Retreat. The retreat centers on increasing leadership, communication and team building skills. This year the state 4-H office collaborated with the College of Engineering to conduct a robotics workshop and with Innoventure from the Arrowhead Center on invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Six new 4-H ambassadors and diplomats were selected at Senior Leadership Retreat. Those individuals selected become part of the state 4-H leadership team and will represent 4-H at state and local functions. They will also conduct leadership training at state 4-H activities and events. The selected individuals are:
    • Kaitlyn Eldred, Bernalillo County-Ambassador
    • Molly Thomas, Bernalillo County-Ambassador
    • Ethan Grant, Bernalillo County-Ambassador
    • Kylie Hutchison, Lincoln County-Diplomat
    • Sean Owensby, Union County-Diplomat

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • 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.

Agricultural Economics

  • Jan. 29, 2014's Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 30 university students to attend USDA's 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, titled "The Changing Face of Agriculture," to be held Feb. 20- 21, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. Twenty university juniors and seniors were chosen on the basis of their essays on "Agriculture as a Career," and 10 graduate students were selected for their response to "The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture over the Next Five Years." Hector Luis Hernandez, majoring in Agricultural Economics in the college of ACES, was selected for this honor.