December 5, 2015

  • National FFA Convention: Frank Hodnett, Dr. Carlos Rosencrans, Kristy Mason, Shannon from both the Academic Programs office and the department of Agricultural and Extension Education attended the National FFA Convention October 27-31 in Louisville, KY. There were 10 students who represented the College of ACES Ambassadors and NMSU Collegiate FFA. Each of the students competed at the Alpha Tau Alpha Conclave. The College of ACES set up a recruitment booth at the National FFA Expo where participants could explore career and educational opportunities from over 450 exhibitors. This year's convention brought in just over 66,000 FFA members, advisors and guests. Caleb Gustin, a junior in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, was one of six National Officers to host the event, concluded his year as the Western Region Vice-President.

Media Productions/Learning Games Lab

  • Collaboration: NMSU's Media Productions is collaborating with UNM Cancer Center to craft a decision aid for physicians that clarifies the risks and benefits of screening for lung cancer using Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT).LDCT scans are the most accurate screening method available for detecting lung cancer, but introduce significant risks. The interactive infographic, produced by NMSU Media Productions/Learning Games Lab, is designed to help care providers know when LDCT is right for patients, and how to communicate the risks. The tool is presently undergoing testing with physicians.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Student Clubs Make Community Donations: The Association of Family and Consumer Sciences collected clothing, toys, and over $300 in cash for Jardin de los Niños, a childcare program for homeless children and their families. Dr. Sharon Bartley serves as club advisor. The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics collected canned goods and non-perishable food items for Casa de Peregrinos, a local food bank that provides free groceries to individuals and families at risk of hunger in Doña Ana County. Dr. Devon Golem, Dr. Ann Bock, and Dr. Wanda Eastman serve as club advisors.

Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Brindle Foundation Grant: The Southwest Region National Child Protection Center (SW-NCPC), led by Shelly Bucher, received a $10,000 grant from the New Mexico Brindle Foundation to support efforts in becoming a fully chartered state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. The SW-NCPC promotes the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) to prepare future professionals in preventing and intervening in cases of child maltreatment, and provides ongoing training to current child protection professionals in the field.