May 9, 2014

Peace Corps

  • An informational event to highlight NMSU's Graduate Programs with Peace Corps : "Why Recruiting Peace Corps Volunteers Makes Dollars & Cents" was kicked off in April with a meeting of the coordinating committee made up of Drs. Mick O'Neill and John Mexal (Plant and Environmental Sciences) and Dr. Sue Forster-Cox (Public Health Sciences), invited speakers, and Peace Corps administrators with Dean Loui Reyes (Graduate School), Associate Provost Cornell Menking (International and Border Programs), and Provost Daniel Howard. Three sessions were held during the day to discuss the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program and the Master's International (MI) program at NMSU in order to generate interest for their expansion across the whole campus. There was enthusiastic participation with a total of 47 participants from university administration, all colleges, Returning Peace Corp Volunteer faculty, PC Fellows and MIs, University Communications, and even administrators from the University of Texas at El Paso. The committee was successful in informing the Provost, Deans, Associate Deans, and Department Heads of the two Peace Corps programs. The committee was charged by the Provost to develop a proposal for an expanded Peace Corps program across all NMSU colleges. A link to the University Communications write-up of the day's activities can be found at: Expanding Peace Corp.

Animal and Range Sciences

  • The 31st Annual NMSU Bull and Horse Sale was Saturday, April 26, at the NMSU Horse Farm. Twenty-seven bulls (Angus and Brangus) raised on the NMSU Ranches sold (average =$3500 each) and 18 horses (average $2100 each) sold on a very windy day. This was the highest average recorded for the bull sale. Attendees complimented the department on the professionalism of our students working the sale and also the quality of animals offered for sale. Students enrolled in at least 4 (more than 100 students) different courses participated in various elements of the sale, which provided excellent hands-on experience and also exposure to the beef and equine industries. We had buyers from Oregon to Chihuahua and Arizona to Texas.
  • ACES and the Department of Animal and Range Sciences co-sponsored the Mutt Show. This was the premier Animal Services Center of Mesilla Valley adoption activity. Events included a variety of fun-filled dog shows open to the public. This is the first time this event has been held on the NMSU campus.
  • Dr. Tim Ross and Alejandra Lerma (pre-vet student) attended the Las Cruces Mesilla Valley Rotary Club to talk about the Faculty-Led international Program (FLiP) course titled "Wildlife Medicine and Conservation in the Tropics: Belize". Kristi Drexler, FLiP Coordinator, made the course possible.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Dr. Stuart Munson-McGee (Family and Consumer Sciences) was elected Chair of the Faculty Senate for 2014-2015. He served as Vice Chair in 2013-2014, and Chair in 2012-2013.


  • ACES eight academic departments held their own receptions for graduating seniors and graduate students and their families on Thursday evening or Friday afternoon, May 8th and 9th.
  • ACES inducted 120 of its graduates into the Sam Steel Society at its 43rd induction ceremony on Friday afternoon May 9th. The Sam Steel Society was formed in 1992 to bond our College "family" more closely. The Sam Steel Ceremony honors each graduating class from the College of ACES in anticipation of the contributions they will make to society. It also recognizes family members who have supported them in their journey to and through our college. The Society is named for an outstanding young man who, except for a sudden tragedy, would have been the first college graduate in the New Mexico Territory. He is also recognized by Sam Steel Way, the road along the southern edge of campus.