February 21, 2014

Cooperative Extension Service

  • The 22nd Annual Ag Expo was held on February 18-19 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales, NM. The Expo brings a wealth of information for area farmers and ranchers on topics ranging from cattle health, nutrition, urban tree care, stock dogs, herbicides, and creativity with paint, pallets and more. ACES cooperative Extension Service sponsored the event, along with local businesses and Dairy Farmers of America. The events were free and open to the public. On both days of the expo, there was an antique tractor parade, antique tractor games and information booths throughout the expo.
  • State 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification training for adult volunteers wishing to be state certified shooting sports instructors, took place on February 21 through 23rd. Leaders who have been screened first through their county will learn safety, risk management, liability and shooting techniques in archery, shotgun, air and .22 rifle, air and .22 pistol, hunting and muzzle loading. The workshop was held in Deming, New Mexico.
  • ACES 4-H Youth Development is working towards a goal on their Facebook page to reach 1,000 likes. Right now the page has 682 likes. This page shares club, county and state events, pictures, upcoming activities, community service projects, individual and club successes, and much more. The page is to show off what the states 4-H clubs and counties have done.
  • The New Mexico Senate and the House of Representatives gave certificates of congratulations to New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service for their 100th year anniversary. 2014 marks the Centennial of the signing of the Federal Smith-Lever Act, which established the CES, the nationwide education system operating through Land-Grant Universities in partnership with federal, state and local governments and the NM CES serves as the "front door" to NMSU through its presence in all thirty-three counties. The Smith-Lever Act expanded the vocational agricultural and home demonstration programs in rural America by bringing the research-based knowledge of the Land-Grant Universities to people where they live and work. The CES is a critical component of the Land-Grant University mission and works collaboratively with research, particularly the Agricultural Experiment Station System. The CES research-based education for farmers and ranchers helped establish the United States as a leading agricultural-producing Nation in the world. CES 's nationwide 4-H Youth Development Program has reached millions of youths and helped prepares them for responsible adulthood. CES engages with rural and urban learners through practical, community-based approaches, resulting in the acquisition of knowledge, skills and motivation to strengthen the profitability of animal and plant production systems. These community-based approaches also protect natural resources, help people make healthful lifestyle choices, ensure a safe and abundant food supply, encourage community vitality and engage the next generation of leaders.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • 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.

School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

  • The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) held a career fair on February 20th and 21st at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Recruiters attending the event were: Angel Fire, Darden Restaurants, Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Enchantment Resort, Enterprise, Heritage Hotels, Jason's Deli, Hyatt Regency Tamaya, Las Cruces Convention Center, Lodging Host Hotels, Marriott, National Distributing, Ocean Properties, Pappas Restaurants, Philmont Scout Ranch, Radisson Austin, Red Barn Restaurant, Signature Services, and the Club at Las Campanas, Sodexo and The Lodge at Cloudcroft. The recruiters handed out information to students about internships and conducted interviews with the students.
  • Dr. Janet Green, Department Head of the School of HRTM, met with Dr. David Boje, Distinguished Professor of Management, and Eric Norman of CATIE University in Costa Rica, CATIE was established in 1946 and is a regional research and education center in agriculture and natural resources. The School of HRTM has been collaborating with CATIE's Sustainability in Tourism Series for two years.
  • Morgan Stanly Financial Investment Services conducted a private administrator's dinner in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism's Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine on February 20th. They were overwhelmingly impressed by the students of HRTM and chef Zecks service and dedication to excellence throughout the evening's event.