ACES College

Archived Reports from 2014 - 2018


Nov. 2

An alumni and former President’s Associates Scholar, along with their spouse, documented a $40,000 estate gift that will someday establish a President’s Associate’s scholarship for the benefit of students in the College of ACES. The family is being welcomed into the NMSU Foundation’s 1888 Society as a result of this documented gift.

Oct. 26

The NMSU Foundation's Make A STATEment - NMSU's official crowdfunding platform - launched a new project focused on fundraising for ACES 111 students. These students are joining together to create a $2,500 scholarship to be divided among three hardworking, exceptional students within the college. Not only are they donating what they can to support their idea, but they also hope the campus-wide community and beyond will support their project too. Learn more and donate at ACES 111 - Students helping students

NMDA and ACES partnered with the Las Cruces Country Music Festival to host the 6th Annual AG Day. There were over 50 booths representing numerous NMSU groups, as well as businesses and organizations from New Mexico's agriculture community. AG Day featured farm animals, educational exhibits, games, prizes, samples of New Mexico-made food.

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NMSU Athletic Director Mario Moccia presented a game ball to New Mexico Secretary of Ag Jeff Witte, NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Rolando Flores, New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau CEO Chad Smith and Farm Bureau Financial Services Regional Vice President Jim Dipoma during the Aggies vs. Georgia Southern Eagles game Saturday.

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Image of New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute 63rd Annual New Mexico Water Conference

Oct. 19.

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.

Oct. 12

News and Media Relations, with assistance from Marketing Services and Web Communications, completed the final edition of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Sam Steel Way newsletter. With a focus on student achievement, agricultural modernization and the upcoming General Obligation Bond D, college research and Extension efforts, the final edition was full of informative articles geared toward alumni and supporters of the college.

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Oct. 5

The NMSU Alumni Association recognized seven alumni during the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, October 5. Dr. Patty Lopez '80, '82, '89, a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, received the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service, and six other alumni were recognized as their academic college's Distinguished Alumni, including Rance Miles '80, College of ACES; Rebeccah L. Brown, MD '86, College of Arts and Sciences; Eric Powell '80, College of Business; Tara Jaramillo '93, '95, College of Education; Dion Messer '84, College of Engineering; and Tommy Sheppard '91, College of Health and Social Services.

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Sep. 7

AgAssembly Thursday marked the culminating event of Arrowhead’s 5 month AgSprint business accelerator program with a day long AgAssembly event. Each of the 6 participating teams gave their pitch presentation, and demonstrated the growth of their business through the accelerator program. The day’s events also features keynote speakers and panels that included, Steve Garguilo of Action Serge, Sue McCloskey of Select Milk and Fair Oaks Farms, and Secretary of NMDA Jeff Witte, among others. The event closed with a presentation of $20,000 to the AgSprint team Green AI from Alamogordo, NM. There were 130 people in attendance the event, including NMSU President Floros, ACES Dean Flores, returning participants from the 2017 AgSprint cohort, and representatives of agribusiness from across the southwest. This event was put on with the support of a gift from the New Mexico Gas Company, an Emera Company, the US EDA, and the NMSU college of ACES.

Aug. 24

An 1888 Society member's estate closed for $280,000 to support existing endowed research funds that the donor sponsored in the Colleges of Business and Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences (ACES) in 2004.

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Aug. 17

On August 13, the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) hosted the NMSU Water Networking Event at Corbett Center. Forty faculty involved in water-related research met to discuss their current research and learn about their colleagues’ research efforts. Deans Flores and Reddi, Associate Dean Murphy, and Vice President for Research Cifuentes made introductory remarks that emphasized the importance of cooperative, interdisciplinary water research across NMSU colleges. There was animated engaged conversation around the tables at the event, with many ideas for future collaborative water research. Follow-up meetings are being planned for the near future.

Apr. 20

The ACES' Open House, showcasing its teaching, research and Extension programs was a great success, attracting more than 400 community members to demonstrations, labs and events across the college’s six buildings. Dean Rolando A. Flores kicked off the day by welcoming a standing room only crowd in the auditorium. He provided an overview of ACES and encouraged guests to view more than 200 research posters and displays covering all of ACES outstanding programs. Many labs offered tours, such as the Arthropod Museum, Wildlife Museum, Learning Games Lab, Plant Diagnostic Clinic, and companion animal program’s F.I.D.O Lab. An event highlight was the student poster competition, with 93 students competing for Scholar Dollars. A Farm-to-Fork fundraising dinner, sponsored by the Farm and Livestock Bureau and the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM), benefitting Ag in the Classroom and HRTM scholarships concluded the day. See Open House photos of the event.

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Image of newly installed pictures at Gerald Thomas Hall, 2nd Floor

Apr. 13

The second floor of Gerald Thomas Hall has a new look, with 48 large photographs lining the hallway between the Dean’s office and student classrooms. Images express the Research, Extension and Academic missions of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and feature students, faculty, youth, 4-Hers and Extension clientele. The images were curated by Jeanne Gleason’s team in the department of Innovative Media Research and Extension in the ACES College.

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Mar. 29

The Southwest Natural Resources Career Track Program held its annual spring retreat this weekend at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Approximately 50 students attended including 30 from four ACES departments: Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology; Animal and Range Science; Plant and Environmental Sciences; Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science; along with 6 agency mentors from the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service and faculty mentors from the four partner institutions: New Mexico State University, Northern New Mexico College, New Mexico Highlands University and Sul Ross State University.

Image of a field where cover crops will be examined

Feb. 23

Cover crops provide many agroecosystem services, such as enhanced soil health, erosion prevention, carbon sequestration, nutrient provision and pest management. Nonetheless, in arid environments, benefits received from cover crops must be balanced with their water consumption. Growers in the Southwest USA desire the benefits of cover crops, but are concerned about the economics of the additional irrigation requirements. A team of faculty representing four ACES departments, led by Assistant Professor Erik Lehnhoff received an award from USDA-NIFA to study how to optimize the balance between irrigation needs and agroecosystem services associated with cover crops. Three cover crop species and five irrigation regimes will be examined for their impacts on economics, soil organic matter, aggregate stability, and nutrient availability, as well as beneficial, parasitic, and pathogenic soil microbiota.

Image of faculty and grad student at the National Cattlemans Beef Conference

Feb. 16

Faculty and graduate students attended the National Cattlemen’s Beef Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, to promote the programs at ACES. There were 7,000 attendees at the conference and NMSU representatives were able to visit with producers, build research collaborations, and recruit undergraduate and graduate students.


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Nov. 10

ACES hosted students from the New Mexico MESA organization. More than 160 middle and high school students from across the state participated in the event. ACES has hosted “AG Day” for MESA each of the past four years. NM MESA is a year-round, multi-year, science, technology, engineering and math initiative that works with school districts and higher education institutions to improve New Mexico student STEM performance, increase New Mexico college STEM enrollment and provide hands-on STEM competitions. Students were able to participate in workshops that engaged them in genetics, range management, animal science, AG in the Classroom, Wildlife Museum, Arthropod Museum and the Southwest Border presentation. Each of these programs were developed and hosted by ACES faculty, staff and graduate students. The ACES ambassador and mentor teams also actively participated in the event.

Image of solar panels where fifth graders learn about renewable energy

Oct. 27

This fall, 5th graders in all 80 elementary schools in the Anne Arundel Public Schools District in Annapolis, Maryland will be learning about renewable energy using NMSU's educational and Extension educational resources at These videos, produced through an NMSU collaborative video project between video producer Tomilee Turner, ACES Media Productions; and Tom Jenkins, head of Engineering Technology, College of Engineering, teach how natural light, heat, and wind energy can be used to replace or supplement more traditional energy sources.

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Oct. 6

ACES hosted the 2nd annual First-Generation Pizza Party. More than 30 students attended the event from across ACES. Dean Flores welcomed the students and shared his own story about being a first-generation student. Many faculty and staff also participated in the event. The success stories from each student, and many of the faculty, provided greater insight into the diverse backgrounds that comprise ACES. Events such as these are to recognize the students and to make certain that they are continually provided the “tools” to be successful at NMSU. Discovering avenues to connect with the ACES student body is very important for the ACES leadership, faculty, and staff.

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Sep. 8

Showcased as an example of ‘the American Land-Grant’ university and invited by USDA, NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) represented the Land-Grant universities during a binational workshop in Mexico City. The ACES Office of Global Agricultural Initiatives director, Rod McSherry, addressed the Mexican audience with an overview of the cooperative contribution of federal, state and local entities in our university-based extension system. Dr. Robert Flynn, Extension agronomist from the Agricultural Science Center at Artesia, laid out how research-based information is delivered to New Mexico communities. The Aggies joined a team led by USDA that is working with the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture and which goal is to learn best practices from the U.S. agricultural extension model. Shared learning and similar extension models are great examples of how to improve mutual understanding, accelerate common use of advanced technology in managing shared natural resources, and improve lives and livelihoods in New Mexico and the Borderlands region.

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Aug. 18

The College of ACES continued a strong tradition of welcoming new students on the night before classes officially began. The event dubbed “ACES Night Out” introduces current students to new students, faculty, staff, Pistol Pete, and Rolando A. Flores, ACES dean. Dean Flores welcomed all students, faculty and staff and then the games began. ACES Council members along with the ACES Ambassadors and the ACES Mentors, organized a fun-filled evening for everyone. A scavenger hunt began the festivities, then the students participated in three-legged races and cornhole games. The ACES event ended with everyone going through Miller Gates.

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Mar. 17

Eight NMSU students participated in a non-credit UBELONG Expedition to Portugal to investigate first-hand the ongoing effects of the economic crisis. The NMSU student participants were provided travel support from the AGGIES GO GLOBAL Program (College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences). While meeting with NGO representatives, newspaper reporters, and Portuguese officials, including members of Parliament, the participants engaged in “giving back” by assisting in a major food bank distribution center in Lisbon. The NMSU students were: Jessica “Abigail” Venegas, Maria Espinoza, Fernanda Teixeira, Carolina Bajo, Carlos Joloy, Cecilia Palacio, Coral Brito and Monica Lozano. Also joining the Expedition was Dr. Lucy Zollner from the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Language and Linguistics. UBELONG is an international volunteer/community service program with projects across the globe in eleven countries. Over the past eight years many NMSU students have joined UBELONG programs with travel support from AGGIES GO GLOBAL, Dr. Gary Lowe, Coordinator. Some of the students experience was captured on a you tube video.


Sep. 30

Alumni, Donors, faculty and staff gathered together for ACES Homecoming Recognition Breakfast. ACES Ambassadors Jacqueline Cook, Savannah Graves and Shelby Herrera talked about their scholarships and what it has meant for them. They thanked their donors for the gift of education they give to the students. ACES honored Mr. Arthur Butch Blazer for receiving the NMSU 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for the College. Butch graduated in 1975 with a BS in Range Science. He has served on the NMSU Foundation Board of Directors and the Alumni International Board of Directors. Butch is a member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe. He served 27 years in the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs, and served as USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment. In 2003 Governor Bill Richardson appointed Butch as State Forester of NM, the first Native American to hold that position.

ACES eight academic departments recognized an alumni from each unit.

  • Goerge R. Dawson, AEAB
  • John C. Cloran, AXED
  • Andy Nunez, ANRS
  • Richard Arnold EPPWS
  • Lois McKinley Melton, FCS
  • Jim Bates, FWCE
  • Libby Hamilton, PES
  • Antonio Roybal-Mac, HRTM

May 7

On March 22, the Teaching Academy hosted a panel to discuss Community Engagement, Outreach, and Extension. Panelists talked about what Community Engagement is, what makes good impact statements, why they are important, examples of impacts from various colleges, and how those impacts can be entered in Digital Measures. More than 30 participants attended the event and another 55 participants from across the state joined via the web. The panel consisted of Natalie Kellner (Provost’s Office), Karen Trujillo (College of Education), Mari Langford (College of Health and Social Services), Jon Boren (Cooperative Extension Service), and Steve Loring (Agricultural Experiment Station).

Apr. 30

The college Awards Day celebration took place on April 29 at the University Golf Course banquet rooms. Awardees were: Beverly Idsinga, Executive Director New Mexico Dairy Producers, received the New Mexico Outstanding Leadership Award, Ramon "Dosi" Alvarez, Organic Farmer, received the Philip J. Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction Award, and Andy Nunez, Mayor of Hatch and State Representative, received the Fabian Garcia Founders Award of Excellence.

  • Charles Tharp Farms Distinguished Service Award-Stuart Munson-McGee
  • Mobley Family Endowed Research Award-Steven Guldan
  • Malone Farms Endowed Staff Award for Off Campus - Patricia Cooksey
  • Kringle the Cat Distinguished Teaching Award - Ram Acharya
  • Outstanding 4-H Agent - Jack Blandford
  • Underdog Distinguished Extension Award - Stephanie Walker
  • Distinguished Staff Award on-Campus - Karen Montoya
  • Distinguished Professional Staff On-Campus - Jacqueline Beacham
  • Distinguished County Agent Award-Cindy Davies
  • NACTA Teaching Award - Ryan Ashley
  • Team Award-Media Production/Learning Games Lab

During the awards ceremony Woods Houghton, Eddy County Extension Agent, was honored for receiving the Bruce and Allice King Service Award given to him by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association; FCS Industry Leadership Award went to Kathy Treat, HRTM Industry Leadership Award went to Gene Roche, and the Outstanding Family & consumer Science Teacher Award went to Cheryle Hinrichs. The Extension Specialist Association awarded Leslie Beck with the New Specialist Award, Carol Sutherland with the Distinguished Service Award, and Connie Moyers for the County Faculty award.

Apr. 9

NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences hosted a Hannah Farbo Memorial Blood Drive Monday, April 4 in honor of a recent NMSU student who passed away last November. Nearly 21 units of blood were donated.

Mar. 19

ACES 2016 Recognition of Service Ceremony Interim Dean James D. Libbin began ACES Recognition Service by honoring the five to twenty year employees by calling them to the stage and having a group photo. A bio was read on each employee that has been with NMSU for 25 years to 41 years.

25 years of Service to NMSU-ACES

  • Shelly Hathorn, San Juan County Extension
  • Tony A. Valdez, Taos County

30 years of Service to NMSU-ACES

  • Richard Garcia, Los Lunas.
  • Gerald Moore, Extension Ag, Agent Tri-State Extension Program.
  • Tim Nesbitt, Assistant Dean & Director of Office of Business and Resources Planning
  • Dr. Mary O’Connell, Regents Professor, Distinguished Achievement Professor, Plant and Environmental Sciences.

35 years of Service to NMSU-ACES

  • Lester Boyse, Ag Research Assistant, Plant and Environmental Sciences.
  • Dr. Carol Sutherland, Extension Sr. Entomologist, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Sciences. State Entomologist with NMDA.
  • Dr. Steve Thomas, Distinguished Professor, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science.

40 years of Service to NMSU-ACES

  • Dr. Jeanne Gleason

Feb. 27

Agriculture Future of America (AFA) has selected ACES student Mason Moore as one of 10 Student Advisory Team members and 15 Campus Ambassadors for the 2016-17 year. These students represent 24 schools from 23 states. During their year of service, these students will interact with agribusiness leaders, campus faculty and fellow students as they represent AFA. All 25 students will fill the Campus Ambassador role at their respective schools by serving as a liaison between AFA and university faculty, staff and fellow students. Additionally, the ten Student Advisory Team members are responsible for representing AFA nationally as well as planning and facilitating the 2016 AFA Leaders Conference. Throughout the year, the Student Advisory Team will visit corporate partners and potential partners of AFA, as well as develop plans for the 2016 Conference.

Feb. 20

Ag Fest and Sam Steel Society Social Well over a thousand participants, including Provost Dan Howard and several New Mexico Legislators, visited the annual AgFest trade show in Santa Fe on January 26. The trade show featured booths from NMDA, NMSU CES, NMSU AES, the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium, Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center, ACES Academic Programs (including five of our Student Ambassadors), NMSU 4-H, New Mexico FFA, and many other industry groups filled the Santa Fe Convention Center. The NM Beef Council, NM Woolgrowers, NMDA, Dairy Producers of New Mexico, and the NM Crop Production Association fed the group. After AgFest wound down, a group of about 70 ACES alumni attended the first off-campus gathering of the newly re-energized ACES alumni group. All ACES alumni were inducted into the Sam Steel Society.

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Jan. 16

Grand Prize Winner: Dennis Garcia, Grand Prize Winner recent agricultural economics and agricultural business graduate (and a second generation ACES graduate), was recently honored by USDA's Farm Service Agency with its grand prize award for a video submission of All About That "Base." Dennis is currently an employee of FSA Glacier County, Montana and his father (also Dennis Garcia) is a former Deputy Commissioner of the New Mexico State Land Office. Dennis is pictured below between Associate Administrator for Operations and Management, Chris Beyerhelm and the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency, Val Dolcini.


2015 Joint Stockmenâs Convention

Dec. 19

2015 Joint Stockmen's Convention: 35 faculty members of the college2015 Joint Stockmen's Convention attended the 2015 Joint Stockmen's Convention in Albuquerque, December 3-5, including both on-campus and off-campus faculty. The convention attracted more than 500 industry members from all across New Mexico, individuals who participated in one or more of the allied livestock and range associations including the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association, New Mexico Wool Growers, Dairy Producers of New Mexico, Cattlemen's College, New Mexico Federal Lands Council, Range Improvement Task Force, New Mexico Beef Council, and New Mexico CowBelles. NMSU faculty presented in every association's breakout sessions.

Sam Steel Society Induction Ceremony: ACES conducted its Fall 2015 Sam Steel Society induction ceremony on Friday afternoon, December 11. The Sam Steel Society commemorates Sam Steel, who should have been the first graduate of NMSU but was killed shortly before graduation. ACES inducts all its graduates in the Society as a way to recognize each graduate in a more personal way than commencement exercises can. Over 60 of our Fall 2015 graduates attended and were recognized. In addition, all alumni in the audience were inducted as well.

Nov. 21

National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association 2015 Scholar American recipients: The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) announced the 2015 Scholar American recipients. The honor is bestowed on NIRA members that have earned points at a 2014-2015 NIRA sanctioned rodeo, been in college for more than one term, earned a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, and have been nominated by their rodeo coach. The recipients from NMSU are Zoe Billings, Josh Davison, Makayla Jacobs, Lucas Mackenzie, Channing Moore, Russell Van Soelen. We congratulate theses students for bringing recognition to NMSU because of their national achievements.

Nov. 14

AgriTourism Conference: More than 100 individuals attended the two-day AgriTourism Conference in Albuquerque on November 13 and 14. The conference participants learned how to develop and expand their agritourism businesses in eight plenary and 12 breakout sessions that covered aspects of agritourism. Agritourism includes bed and breakfast operations, holistic and guest ranching, niche marketing, guided hunts, special events at particular times of the year, lunches and dinners, dude ranches, opportunities to do real work alongside a farmer or rancher, winery tours, you-pick operations, ag education tours, and road-side stands among others. Aspects of niche marketing, direct marketing, income generation, and ways to associate with others were prime topics of the conference.

Santa Fe: A joint agricultural industry-NMDA-NMSU ACES task group testified before the New Mexico Jobs Council on November 16 in Santa Fe. The group talked to the Council about job growth opportunities in production agriculture, agricultural processing, and input suppliers, as well as the obstacles set up at national, state and local levels that limit or remove the incentive for entrepreneurs to maintain and / or increase production in New Mexico. Agricultural Production is New Mexico's third largest industry measured by total dollar impact while Food Processing is the state's 11th largest industry. When combined, they constitute New Mexico's largest industry.

Student Visitors: Approximately 300 MESA students visited NMSU ACES on Tuesday, November 10. These middle school and high school students rotated in groups of 30-40 to explore STEM careers and opportunities in agriculture and related areas ranging from food science to biotechnology at eight separate presenting stops.

Novembrew: About 300 community and university members attended the 2015 Novembrew sponsored by the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management on the Aggie Memorial Stadium turf November 14. Those who attended could choose samples from among 150 beers and 75 wines. All proceeds from the event support the National Distributing Scholarship in the School of HRTM. National Distributing donated all of the beer and wine in support of the event and scholarship.

Oct. 24

Homecoming Recognition Breakfast: ACES annual Homecoming Recognition Breakfast was held on October 23 honoring alumni, donors and scholarship recipients. Alfred Ernest Porter, Jr. was honored as the ACES Distinguished Alumni for NMSU. Also honored during the ceremony was Morgan Nelson for receiving the James F. Cole award and Dr. John Hal Hopson for receiving the Spirit of Service Award from NMSU Foundation. These individuals have been extremely supportive of NMSU. Eight departmental alumni were recognized from each of our academic units for their successful positions, and community involvement after graduating from NMSU-ACES:

  • Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business-Dr. John Lee
  • Agricultural and Extension Education-Johnny Ogden
  • Animal and Range Science-Rick R. Tafoya
  • Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science-Dr. James Robert Hagler
  • Family and Consumer Sciences-Alfredo Maynez
  • Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology-Sonya Najera
  • Plant and Environmental Sciences- Dr. Brenda Buck
  • School and Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management- Jessica Vick

Oct. 17

Top 40 Best College Farm in America: With nearly 95,000 acres devoted to the study of farming, ranching and forestry, New Mexico State University and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have been honored as one of the 40 best college farms in America, according to College Ranker. College Ranker is an online service based in Columbus, Ohio, geared toward prospective university students that develops rankings of various attributes of universities across the country. The rankings were determined using criteria such as hands-on experiences; student involvement; community outreach programs; workshops, classes and lectures; volunteering opportunities; and degree plan options, which includes agricultural economics and business, agronomy and animal science at NMSU. To view entire ranking, please visit the 40 Best College Farms.

Oct. 3

Top Agricultural Colleges

College Values Online recently published the names of the top 30 rated Agricultural Colleges in the Nation. NMSU College of ACES was ranked #6. We are very proud of our faculty, staff and students for helping put us in the top 10! Please see the 30 Best Value Agriculture Colleges.

ACES Ambassadors

Recruitment: ACES' 30 ambassadors, in teams of 3, are in high gear with recruiting efforts this week. They are visiting high schools in New Mexico, California, and Arizona sharing all the cool things NMSU has to offer.

Providing Assistance: The Ambassadors were at the NM State Fair last week; they will be at the Southern New Mexico Fair this week and the Eastern NM fair next week. They assist the livestock board with showing of animals and any other events that the Livestock Board needs them for. These students also represent ACES and help with recruiting efforts for NMSU during fair season.

Aug. 22

Gold King Mine Spill: NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station faculty have worked closely with New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and New Mexico Environment Department officials to coordinate the response and provide science-based information regarding the Gold King Mine spill affecting the Animas River in San Juan County. In particular, Bonnie Hopkins, County Extension Agriculture Agent, played a key role coordinating county and state agency responses to the spill. Drs. Kevin Lombard and Mick O'Neill of NMSU's Farmington Agricultural Science Center, along with Dr. April Ulery of the Plant and Environmental Sciences department, provided advice and baseline sampling of the river and irrigation ditches. Dr. John Wenzel, Extension Veterinarian, provided information regarding livestock health when exposed to heavy metals. Along with many other College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences staff and faculty, these faculty demonstrated the quick, nimble response and close working relationship NMSU has with NMDA to provide usable information to help the citizens of New Mexico.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Panel of Experts: Steven Loring, Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System, is a member of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Panel of Experts. The Panel met in June to review and recommend changes to the Plan of Work and other accountability systems used nationally. The recommended changes will have a significant impact in the way information is collected from NMSU and reported nationally, in conjunction with the National Impacts Database.

May 8

240 ACES students graduated this Spring. The following students received an award for their outstanding achievements during their college career. They were recognized at ACES Sam Steel Ceremony Friday, May 8.

  • NMSU Alumni Outstanding Senior- Jeremy Witte
  • Outstanding Student in AEAB- Julianna Wilbanks
  • Outstanding Student in ANSC- Joslyn Beard
  • Outstanding Student in AXED- Morgan Pinnell
  • Outstanding Student in EPPWS-Spencer James Golden
  • Outstanding Student in FCSC-Cara Lea Miller
  • Outstanding Student in HRTM-Susana Alcaraz Gonzalez
  • Outstanding Student in PEVS-Aiessa Wages
  • Dean's Award of Leadership Excellence
  • Jeremy Witte-Undergraduate
  • Brittany Johnson-Graduate
  • Dean's Award of Excellence for Undergraduates
  • Jessica Lucero-AEAB
  • Rhaela Staff-ANRS
  • Samantha Fisher-AXED
  • Marshall Zimmer-EPPWS
  • Kristen Griffith-FCSC
  • Jacob Naranjo-FWCE
  • Liliana Covington-HRTM
  • Audrey Smith-VEVS
  • Dean's Award of Excellence for Graduates
  • Whitney Stewart-ANRS
  • Kassandra Williams-FCSC
  • Dean's Award of Academic Achievement
  • Florence Davis-HRTM

Apr. 24

College Awards Day Ceremony took place on April 17. Faculty and staff were honored for their hard work and dedication to ACES and NMSU. Also honored were Friends of ACES who have made a significant contribution to Agriculture and the college.

New Mexico Outstanding Leadership Award - Dina Chacon-Reitzel

Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction - Stirling Spencer

Fabian Garcia Founders Award - Jeanne Gleason

Malone Farms Endowed Staff Award-Off Campus - Deborah Sandoval

Mobley Family Endowed Research Award - Alexander "Sam" Fernald

Charles Tharp Farms Distinguished Service Award - Soumaila Sanogo

Distinguished Staff Award-On Campus - Dana Wiebe

Kringle The Cat Distinguished Teaching Award - C. Scott Bundy

NACTA Teaching Award - Laura White

Distinguished Extension Award - Rossana Sallenave

Distinguished County Agent Award - Karim Martinez

Distinguished Professional Staff Award-On Campus - Jason French

Distinguished Professional Staff Award-Off Campus - Jason Box

Team Award - New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp

HRTM Industry Leader Award - Rebecca Bolton

Outstanding 4-H Agent Award - John Allen

FCS Industry Leader Award - Robert (Bob) DelCampo

Outstanding Agriculture Teacher - Tony Johnson

The awardees were given a framed certificate and medal.

Apr. 17

Western Rural Development Center Board of Directors Meeting: Jon Boren, Associate Dean and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service, and Dr. Steve Loring, Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System, attended the Western Rural Development Center Board of Directors Annual Meeting, held April 8-9 in Richland, WA. The Western Rural Development Center collaborates with western land-grant universities and public and private sector partners to promote excellence in research, education, and Extension for the prosperity of western rural communities.

Feb. 27

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.

Feb. 20

Kristy Mason, ACES Director of Student Services, and eight ACES Ambassadors traveled to Santa Fe to represent the University and the College of ACES at Ag Fest. The Ambassadors worked the ACES booth and were able to speak with various agriculture industry leaders, legislators and alumni. Ambassadors also attended a college fair at Hobbs High School to talk to prospective students and their families about the benefits of selecting NMSU to pursue a degree.

Jan. 9

Dr. Lowell Catlett, Dean, and Dr. Jon Boren, Associate Dean of CES, attended a New Mexico Ag Group dinner at Secretary Jeff Witte's home on Tuesday, December 16. The group consisted of members from NM Cattle Growers Association, Farm Credit, NM Chile Association, Wine Growers Association, Dairy Farmers of America, Dairy Producers of New Mexico, Cotton and Hay Growers, NM Crop Production and Pecos Valley Artesian Conservation District. The group met to discuss legislative priorities for Agriculture.


Nov. 14

On the 13th of November, Forty-six high school juniors and seniors visited ACES campus to learn about the different degrees we have to offer. They visited Dr Carroll's sub-surface contaminant remediation research lab, Dr. Grover's Guar specialty crop field. Guar is a member of the pea family and is also known as the cluster bean. The kids took a tour of the Animal and Range Science horse farm and visited the Arthropod museum. Dr. Tracey Carrillo gave them a tour of the Fabian Garcia student run shrimp farm. Dr. James Libbin gave an overview of the degrees that can be earned at NMSU-ACES and discussed college life for students.

Oct. 31

Five representatives from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Chinese Academy of Agricultural scientists visited the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences to learn what our faculty are doing with low carbon input agriculture. After meeting with several scientists from the departments of Plant and Environmental Sciences Extension Plant Sciences, and Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Sciences on campus, Drs. David Thompson, Associate Dean and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System, and Steven Loring, Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station System, escorted the delegation around the state to visit the Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center, Sandoval County Extension Office, Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, and the Farmington Agricultural Science Center. While at Farmington, they also visited the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI). Drs. Kevin Lombard and Mick O'Niell, Plant and Environmental Sciences faculty stationed at the Farmington Agricultural Science Center, accompanied the delegation to the Hoover Dam in Nevada, and to the University of California-Davis for further presentations.

Sep. 19

Lowell Catlett was the keynote speaker for the American Association of Bovine Practitioners annual conference general session in Albuquerque, NM. The conference registered 1,000 attendees which included veterinarians and veterinary students. The American Association of Bovine Practitioners is an international association of veterinarians serving society as leaders in cattle health, welfare and productivity.

Three ACES Departments held welcome back programs for new and returning students. Plant and Environmental Sciences offered ice cream sundaes outside Skeen Hall to all students, faculty and staff. Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management served hamburgers and hot dogs for all students as well as their very own student DJ for entertainment on the lawn outside the HRTM office area. Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science held a Courtyard Barbeque for students, faculty and staff at the Skeen Hall Courtyard. Students (as well as faculty and staff) always enjoy the free food and open discussions.

Mason Moore, a sophomore in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, has taken a leadership role as NMSU Ambassador for Agriculture Future of America (AFA). AFA exists as a catalyst in the preparation of a new generation of agricultural leaders. It is nationally recognized for its excellence in leader training and career development for college students and young professionals in the agriculture and food industry. We are proud of Mason for his accomplishment in this new role.

Aug. 1

A group of ACES representatives met with Central New Mexico College and the Laguna Development Corporation (LDC) in Albuquerque to continue to build a long-term strategy for student completion of a Bachelor of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management for current CNM students and current members of LDC's Management Capacity Program. LDC now owns three casinos, two hotels and many restaurants. They are looking to expand the management expertise of Native Americans who have been identified to have the necessary characteristics to become managers in their operations. The HRTM proposal builds upon continuing to improve and expand the 2+2 agreement with CNM and is expected to allow CNM graduates to complete a baccalaureate degree by distance education.

July 11

Leaders from International and Border Programs and Faculty from ACES met last week with the Director of International Programs a Faculty member from LaSalle Polytechnic Institute, Beauvais, France, and the Director of UTEP's Center for Environmental Resource Management to discuss a potential MOU between NMSU and LaSalle Beauvais. The MOU could extend to student exchanges at the undergraduate level, faculty exchanges, research collaboration, and joint graduate programs. Dr. Marie Lummerzheim and Dr. Romain Armand presented a program to a group of 12 NMSU representatives that described the role of LaSalle Beauvais in the French higher education system and discussed their interests in joint programs in plant breeding and cropping systems, animal science, human nutrition, food science, and culinary arts. Drs. Rich Pratt, Mark Uchanski, and Kulbushan Grover showed the French visitors and Dr. Bill Hargrove of UTEP the ACES Student Education and Research Gardens and the Fabian Garcia Agricultural Science Center, and discussed some of their current research efforts. UTEP currently has an MOU with LaSalle Beauvais in geology and hydrology. ACES will work with LaSalle Beauvais and UTEP to develop a three-way partnership to enhance international opportunities for students and faculty of all three universities.

May 30

Dr. Lowell Catlett, Dean, was invited by McDonalds Corporation to participate in a "Think Tank" conversation in Chicago this week. Sixty high profile individuals (Veterinarians and Animal Science) from around the world attended to discuss and consider safeguarding animal welfare and integrating cultural values such as humane treatment of animals.

May 23

College Report. The 2013 Annual Report of Accomplishments and Results and the 2015-2020 combined Plan of Work for Research and Extension have been approved and accepted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The Annual Report and Plan of Work are required by the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA).

The Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium- Teaching kicked off the 8th Advanced Dairy Herd Management Course in Clovis, NM, May 19. The first class was in 2008 with only 18 students. This year's enrollment was about 50 students representing 16 universities and 4 countries. The students spend 6 weeks learning the science of dairy management. The course is supported by the dairy industry and grants.

May 9

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

May 5

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences has given the following awards to graduating students. Awards are based on academic excellence and involvement in NMSU, College and Community. They will be recognized during the Sam Steel Ceremony on Friday, May 9th.

NMSU Alumni Outstanding Senior- Lyndi Owensby,

Outstanding Student in AEAB- Abigail Davidson,

Outstanding Student in AXED- Kyra Grant,

Outstanding Student in ANRS- Consuelo Gurule,

Outstanding Student in EPPWS- Grace Goeglein,

Outstanding Student in FCSC- Haley Nohl,

Outstanding Student in FWCE- Craig Townsend,

Outstanding Student in HRTM- Steven Hills,

Outstanding Student in PEVS- Anne Meyer-Miner,

Dean's Award of Excellence- Haley Montes (Undergraduate) Kendal Wilson (Graduate),

Deans Award of Leadership Excellence for undergrads- Megan Hartman (AEAB), Melissa Redman (HRTM), Lindsay Keller (PEVS), Lindsay Koby (PEVS), Matthew Crouse (ANRS), Taylor Calloway (ANRS), Blanca Placenco (FCSC),

Deans Award of Excellence for Graduates- Laura Conklin (FCSC), Phillip Lujan (EPPWS), Megan Coleson (ANRS), Hank Hargis (AXED),

Dean's Award of Academic Excellence- Jess Leeper (AEAB), Luisa Rojas (HRTM).

Apr. 25

ACES is proud to announce that 24 ACES students have been selected to serve as our college Ambassadors. They come from a variety of areas in New Mexico as well as other states. They will serve a full academic year. The team will have Spring Retreat April 25 and 26 where they will do teambuilding exercises and a low ropes course.

Apr. 11

ACES Awards Day was held on April 11. The ceremony took place in the banquet rooms of the University Golf Course. ACES honored faculty and staff for their exceptional contributions to our college. We also honored individuals that have made a contribution to agriculture. Awards went to the following individuals:

  • NM Outstanding Leadership Award- Julian Garcia; Leyendecker Agriculturist of Distinction Award-Jose "Buddy" Viramontes; Fabian Garcia Founders Award of Excellence-Jerry Hawkes; Charles Tharp Farms Distinguished Service Award-Leonard Lauriault; Mobley Family Endowed Distinguished Research Award-Brian Hurd; Malone Farms Endowed Distinguished Staff Off Campus Award-LaWanda Meeks; Kringle the Cat Distinguished Teaching Award-Gaylene Fasenko; Distinguished Staff Award On Campus-Kathy Bustos; Distinguished Professional Staff Award On Campus-CC Chamberlin; Distinguished Professional Staff Award Off Campus- Richard Dunlap; Distinguished Extension Award-R. Edmund Gomez; Distinguished County Agent Award- Blair Clavel; NACTA Teaching Award-Ryan Goss; Team Award-Wastewater Land Application Team; Outstanding 4H Agent Award-Jacqueline Baca; HRTM Industry Leadership Award-Connie Hines; FCS Industry Leadership Award-Jamie McClure; Outstanding Agriculture Teacher Award-Mark Daugherty

Jan. 17

Jim Libbin, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, held a meeting with the Academic Department Heads of ACES on January 14th.

Jim Libbin gave a 40 minute presentation on "Agriculture and Economic Development" at the Leadership New Mexico Core Program session in Las Cruces. He also gave suggestions on how participants can become more involved in their arena.

New Student Orientation began on January 14. Jim Libbin and his staff registered students and then took them to the various academic units in ACES for advising.

Jan. 10

President Carruthers and Executive Vice President/Provost Howard attended ACES "Recognition of Service" ceremony to honor our Faculty and Staff for their years of service and contributions to NMSU and the college.

An In-Service Reception was held on Monday evening, January 6th in the 100 West Cafe and the Bobby Lee Lawrence Academy of Wine, Gerald Thomas Hall.

Dr. Jim Libbin, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, conducted a Staff retreat to discuss and set goals for 2014.

Dr. Jon Boren, Associate Dean and Director of CES, along with Bruce Hinrichs, Mary DeLorenzo and Dr. Michael Patrick met with Dr. Kevin Boberg and Kathy Hansen regarding Community economic development.

Dean Lowell Catlett met with the College of Business Search Committee on January 9th to discuss and finalize the CoB Dean's job description. Kathy Agnew gave a presentation to the Search Committee on rules and conduct for search committee members.

Drs. David Thompson, Jim Libbin, and James Peach met to talk about how to assess the possibilities of NMSU partnering to help run the Los Lucero's property in Alcalde, NM.