October 19, 2018
Agricultural and Extension Education
Dean Miriam Chaiken and graduate assistants Yael Cano-Gonzalez and Ana Cardenas met with the faculty of the AXED Department to discuss ways to create an honors track for undergraduates in their program, which may include the Master’s Accelerated Program component. We are in the process of developing Honors and MAP tracks for majors across the university, and publicizing these to help students understand the range of options available to them.
New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute
The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute hosted its 63rd Annual New Mexico Water Conference on October 16 to October 18. The theme of this year’s conference was At the Tipping Point: Water Scarcity, Science, and Policy. Over 270 participants gathered at the Las Cruces Convention Center to hear water experts from around the region address issues such as drought, fire, climate change, and regional and state water planning. The conference started with a field trip to the Hatch and Mesilla Valley where NMSU PhD student Connie Maxwell and Elephant Butte Irrigation District Manager Gary Esslinger described current storm-water management projects in the watershed. A highlight of the conference was a poster session on Thursday where 62 poster were presented, many by NMSU students conducting water-related research. Vice President for Research Dr. Luis Cifuentes and ACES Dean Rolando Flores addressed conference participants during the two luncheons.
Animal and Range Sciences
A $50,000 estate gift, in memory of an alum’s mentor in the College of ACES, will be made to the Dr. and Mrs. Hallford Endowed Fund in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. This alum has been welcomed into the NMSU Foundation’s 1888 Society for this documented planned gift.