February 27, 2015

Academic Programs:

  • ACES Ambassadors conducted a tour for the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) students from Ruidoso, NM on February 26th. They visited the Arthropod Museum, Genetics Lab, HRTM lab and the Shrimp Farm. The visit was to give them an overview of college life and the degrees of study available at NMSU.
  • On February 27th four Ambassadors helped to serve as judges for the 27th Annual MESA Day High School State Academic Competition. ACES Ambassadors help recruit students to NMSU.

Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business

  • NAMA (National Agri-Marketing Association) students hosted a fund raising Social Mixer with live music on February 27 at the NMSU Golf Course Club House. A silent auction was held during the event. The students held their annual scholarship golf tournament on February 28th. These events helped them raise scholarship money for NAMA students, and travel expenses for the students to attend the National Marketing Competition held in Kansas City in April 2015.

Cooperative Extension Service

  • Cooperative Extension Service, in collaboration with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture's Organic Program and Marketing Division and Farm to Table, a nonprofit organization out of Santa Fe, just finished conducting the annual New Mexico Organic Farming Conference. This conference, which is offered in February every year, has grown to attracting almost 800 participants annually, making it one of the largest conferences in the southwest. Participants come from as far as Alaska and Virginia. Educational information and idea sharing that took place in this conference will enable this industry, worth approximately $40 million within the state of New Mexico, continue to make necessary changes to keep up with growth. One trend worth noting is that participants at this conference are getting younger.

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (FWCE):

  • ACES student TWS (The Wildlife Society) and AFS (American Fishery Society) Team Victorious Once Again!! New Mexico State University, FWCE, hosted the 2015 Joint Annual Meeting of the New Mexico and Arizona Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society here in Las Cruces. The meeting was attended by 350 people from state, federal, private agencies and universities. Seven universities from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas were represented. The Department of FWCE was represented by 6 undergraduates, 6 graduates, 1 Ph.D., 2 Post-Docs, and 4 faculty. All gave scientific presentations. Dr. Scott Carleton participated as a plenary speaker on new technologies in fish and wildlife ecology. Dr. James Cain, out-going president of the New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society will soon be replaced by incoming president-elect Dr. Virginia Seamster, also located here in the Department of FWCE. Special kudos and congrats to our amazing team of undergraduates - Clay Morrow, Jacob Townsend, Isidro Barella and Hunter Falco for taking home the AZ/NM Quiz Bowl Trophy for the second year in a row! Hunter Falco also received the prestigious AZ/NM American Fisheries Society Miles McInnis Award.
  • Praise to The ACES Wildlife Society (TWS) Student Chapter Members in the Field! Bosque del Apache biologists sent this note to TWS Student Chapter President Dominique Lujan following a duck trapping weekend under the supervision of Advisor, Dr. Scott A. Carleton: "Please pass on my thanks to everyone that came up with you today. Without a doubt your group was the most help, most professional and most enjoyable I have had on a rocket shot and banding. Look forward to working with all of you at NMSU in the future.

Extension Plant Sciences Department

  • The NMSU Plant Diagnostic Laboratory, housed in the Extension Plant Sciences Department, hosted a National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) STAR-D (System for True, Accurate and Reliable Diagnostics) Auditor Training the week of February 23rd. The NPDN is a collective effort among Land Grant Universities, federal agencies, and state departments of agriculture, whose mission is to enhance agricultural security through the protection of plant health and productivity. The STAR-D program was designed to create and maintain a diagnostic laboratory accreditation process that enables the laboratories to follow similar requirements and standards striving to meet consistency, accuracy and timeliness of testing, documenting and reporting plant pests. The participants included the audit trainers (three NPDN STAR-D trainers and a professional International Standards Organization 17025 trainer) and ten auditor trainees from around the United States. The training consisted of three days of intensive classes and exercises for the trainees and a gap audit of the NMSU-Plant Diagnostic Laboratory. The gap audit serves as a preliminary review of the laboratory's quality management system which includes assessment of the facilities, equipment, personnel and procedures; and is the first step toward STAR-D accreditation.