May 15, 2015

Animal and Range Sciences:

  • Dr. Laura White, assistant professor of animal science (equine science) received the National North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Early Career Outstanding Teacher Award for 2015.

Cooperative Extension Service:

  • Sierra County's Annual Ag Day event was held at the Petersen Ranch above Winston, NM. Children from Arrey Elementary School, T or C Elementary School and Sierra Elementary Complex attended this year to learn about all aspects of Agriculture and its importance in our world. Stations included: Horseshoeing, Cowboy Gear, Milk Cows, Cowboy Days, Roping, Wildlife Services, Cowbelles, USDA Soil and Water Conservations Districts, Farm Service Agency, NRCS, Branding, State Farm Bureau, Horses, Steers, Sheep, and workshops by the Hot Springs FFA and Sierra County 4-H. 450 students attended this event. Cooperative Extension Service plants the NMSU seed in the minds of the students which is a great recruiting effort.
  • Sierra County 4-H Council held their inaugural "Fiesta Fun Run-A Kolorful 5K!"! The Color Fun Run Route started at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, lead participants along the Healing Waters Trail, the Historic District, as well as the Geronimo Springs Museum, ending up at Ralph Edwards Park in time for the Fiesta festivities there! The Fun Run benefits the Sierra County 4-H Program and the Sierra County Boys & Girls Club.
  • Otero County Agent, Thomas Dominguez, worked with the Mescalero Apache Reservation on a gardening project. A group of Americorp young adults, their coordinator and Thomas began a full scale garden. The purpose is to help supply healthy food to the Mescalero community. The high school students are involved by learning how to farm vegetables and create revenues of support to the community.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Dr. Stu Munson-McGee spoke with more than 300 students from REL Washington Elementary School in El Paso, Texas about careers in food science. He provided chocolate samples to the students, and information about "good" and "bad" bugs in our food. After one of his presentations, a student came up to him and said he wanted to go to college and become a food scientist!
  • Five students recently graduated from the undergraduate program in Food Science and Technology (FSTE). This is the first group of students to graduate from the new major that started in 2001. All the graduates who sought employment have found a job in the field.
  • Dr. Merranda Marin was elected to serve on the Faculty Senate for the College of ACES. The Faculty Senate is the voice of the NMSU faculty and plays a critical role in the shared governance of the institution.
  • Members of the Association of Family and Consumer Sciences student club recently made 50 Surgi Dolls which will be given to children who are undergoing medical treatments and surgeries. Additionally, club members raised money to purchase socks and underwear for children and families served by a local domestic violence center. Dr. Sharon Bartley is the club's advisor.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Dr. Esther Devall helped conduct a review of civil rights files in Hidalgo, Roosevelt, Curry, Quay, San Miguel, Mora, and Torrance counties. The files document the efforts of each county to include underrepresented groups in program planning, program delivery, and employment practices.
  • Dr. Nancy Flores and Dr. Efren Delgado conducted a 3-day course for 12 managers and supervisors of food processing operations. The course focused on critical issues that affect the production of acidified foods, and satisfied the requirements of FDA and USDA regulations.