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NMSU Receives Federal Grant to Promote Public Health Social Work Degree

New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services has established an innovative project focused on the recruitment of students who reflect the cultural/ethnic and geographic diversity of communities across New Mexico and the United States southern border region.

Social work and public health faculty members are collaborating on the Effective Move in Enhancing Leadership in Public Health Social Work Education project to improve the college’s dual master’s degree program.

NMSU has received a $300,000 federal grant from the Health Resource Service Administration program within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to implement the project.

“The joint program that provides students an opportunity to complete degrees in both public health and social work is one of our signature programs,” said CHSS Dean Donna Wagner. “Faculty open many doors for students through the integration of public health and social work.”

To date, 20 people have graduated with dual master’s degrees in public health and social work since its inception at NMSU in 2006. Currently, 13 people are enrolled in the program.

“This is a very rigorous graduate program, but the benefits of achieving the dual degree are great for both the graduate’s employability and their contribution to the organization where they are hired,” said Sue Forster-Cox, professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences.

In addition to the required course credits for each master’s degree, the student has over a thousand hours of boots-on-the-ground experience from their social work internship and public health practicum.

“The new funding will ensure that this innovative program continues to serve students in Las Cruces as well as Albuquerque – our satellite campus,” Wagner said. “Everyone benefits from the work of these faculty members and the students who will be completing the program and taking their knowledge and skills into a community with many needs.”

The grant money will be divided between student funding and curriculum development.

“This is a unique grant because almost half of the funds goes to help the individual students,” said Anna Nelson, NMSU assistant professor in the School of Social Work. “Members of the cohorts graduating in May 2018 and May 2019 will receive stipends and support for attending conferences.”

The remainder of the funding will be used to promote the public health social work profession at the local and national level.

“One of the challenges our students experience is that the dual degree program feels like two distinct programs, because the faculty may not understand how to integrate the course information effectively, or the internship or practicum placements are not integrated,” Nelson said.

A series of Lunch and Learn presentations are being planned to facilitate faculty development to include the standards and core competencies of the public health social work profession as its own field of practice.

The faculty are developing a capstone course for the dual graduate programs that will combine all aspects of the public health social work profession in an interactive class for the students.

“During the Enhancing Leadership in Public Health Social Work course students will actually have a place to truly integrate the skills they have learned during the dual program,” Nelson said. “We hope the course will produce a community impact project where the students will apply everything they have learned through their entire master’s degrees work.”

Communication about the dual degree program is not just an internal issue, Forster-Cox said. “There are 42 universities across the nation offering the public health social work degree, but there is little communications between the universities.”

Funding from the grant will support the creation of a National Learning Collaborative among the 42 institutions.

“There is a special section in the American Public Health Association where public health social work professionals meet every year at the national conference, but not everyone can afford to go to the conference,” Forster-Cox said. “We want to bring everybody together virtually to talk amongst ourselves, share lessons learned, discuss challenges.”

The grant funders indicated this project was one of the most exciting things they read in NMSU’s proposal.

“This will be a repository of best practices, lessons learned and, maybe, case studies provided by the various programs across the nation,” Nelson said. “We will also be taking a look at the existing public health social work compliances nationally to see if they are still relevant or if they need to be improved.”

Author: Jane Moorman – NMSU

NMSU Partnering with Colombia to Help Local Farmers Rebuild After Years of Conflict

New Mexico State University is helping post-conflict Colombia get back on its feet through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Farmer-to-Farmer program.

The F2F program “promotes sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development worldwide,” according to their website.

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences was selected by Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance, a partner organization that works with USAID, to implement a one-year F2F project in August 2017 and sent their first volunteer to Colombia in January 2018.

Each volunteer will go on an all-expenses-paid, two-week assignment with their partnering college, University of La Salle, and their host organization, Salva Terra, a Colombian Non-Governmental Organization that works with marginalized communities in post-conflict areas of that country.

The program is sending out 10 volunteers from now until June. Brenda Seevers, professor in the department of Agricultural and Extension Education, was the first NMSU volunteer in Colombia.

“Colombians are a warm and welcoming people. My knowledge has increased, my eyes have been opened and my heart touched,” she said.

The volunteers going to Colombia include professors, extension agents, one graduate student, and researchers who specialize in certain areas, such as water research.

“The F2F program hopes to help build stronger linkages between La Salle University, community groups such as Salva Terra and local producers,” Seevers said. “If successful, many Colombians will experience a stronger agriculture system and a higher quality of life.”

Luz Urquijo-Hawkes, the F2F program coordinator at NMSU, said volunteering is a “great way for people to offer their skills to make a positive impact on people in need.”

The program not only benefits the people of Colombia, but also offers professional and personal development for the volunteers. Rodrick McSherry, the F2F principal investigator and Director of Global Agricultural Initiatives in the college of ACES, says it is a personally enriching experience for the NMSU community as well.

“The volunteer comes back as a changed person. It’s an opportunity for them to see how their specializations can be used in a different setting,” he said. “It’s good for the individual, it’s good for our institution, and it’s good for New Mexico.”

Once the volunteers come back to Las Cruces, it is not the end of their journey. They will have many opportunities to talk about their experiences with others. NMSU’s Marketing and Communications will interview each of the volunteers when they come back. They will also have the chance to talk to other students and faculty about their time in Colombia.

The F2F program would like to send 10 volunteers to Colombia, and there are currently eight ready to go. They are still taking applications for two more candidates.

Anyone is welcome to apply, and they are especially looking for specialists in the areas of agronomy, water, climate, food safety or any related field. For more information or to apply, please visit their website.

Author: Ximena Tapia – NMSU

NMSU’s Domenici Conference Student Panelist Applications Now Open, Scholars Program Expands

New Mexico State University’s Domenici Institute for Public Policy is now accepting applications for the 20-person student cohort who are tasked with asking Domenici Public Policy Conference speakers inquisitive questions.

Applications are open to both undergraduate and graduate students from NMSU, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico Military Institute, University of New Mexico, Western New Mexico University, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine and the NMSU Community College campuses in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Dona Ana and Grants. Crossing the state line for the first time, the scholars program also will be accepting applications from NMSU’s I-10 neighbor, the University of Texas at El Paso.

Applications require both a nomination from a faculty member or school administrator and a one-page student letter of interest expressing why the student would like to be a panelist. All materials must be received by March 30.

Applicants will be notified via email of their selection status on or before April 11.

New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers greets Harris Ahmed, a student panelist at the 2017 Domenici Public Policy Conference and Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine student. (NMSU photo by Niki Rhynes) JAN18

“We continue to honor Sen. Domenici’s legacy with our scholars program,” said Garrey Carruthers, chancellor of the NMSU system and director of the Domenici Institute. “By opening the program to panelists from additional schools, we’re ensuring that even more students are allowed to show their academic skills by researching topics that are important to our state and nation.”

Panelists will participate in research initiatives during the summer to expand their understanding of the conference speakers and topics while learning to develop probing, concise questions. A Domenici Institute Advisory Council committee led by NMSU Vice President for Economic Development Kevin Boberg will select the panelists and mentor their work.

Panelists have the opportunity to extend their summer research into a fall semester course as a Domenici Student Scholar. In its third year, the Domenici Student Scholars program is expanding to include panelists from all of the eligible institutions.

Students interested in learning more about this option should contact the Domenici Institute for additional information.

Information sessions will be held at 9 a.m. February 7 and at 3 p.m. February 14 for students to learn more about the Domenici Institute student programs. The events will be held in Domenici Hall, Room 252, and streamed online. For online access contact Aaron Stoddard at stoddard@nmsu.edu.

Each selected panelist will receive a two-night hotel stay in Las Cruces, a $250 Visa gift card and a group dinner Sept. 11.

Since 2008, NMSU has hosted the Domenici Public Policy Conference, which is named for the late U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici. The annual event attracts more than 1,000 attendees and highlights current policy topics with national and local significance. Previous speakers have included current and former U.S. cabinet secretaries, career diplomats, members of the U.S. Congress, governors, political strategists, military commanders and business leaders.

Topics for the 2018 conference will be national defense, immigration and the changing political landscape in the state and nation. Speakers for this year’s conference will be announced at a later date.

The conference is set for September 12 and 13 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Panelist applications are due by March 30.

Application instructions to include the faculty/administrator nomination form and student letter details are available on the conference page of the Domenici Institute’s website.

For questions about the Domenici Student Panelist Program contact Kevin Boberg at 575-646-1334 or kboberg@nmsu.edu.

Author: Tiffany Acosta – NMSU

NMSU’s Arrowhead Center Selects Seven Companies for HealthSprint Accelerator Program

A diverse and visionary cohort of health industry entrepreneurs are about to begin the next phase of their startup journey in southern New Mexico.

HealthSprint – a new health technology accelerator program at Arrowhead Center, the entrepreneurship and innovation hub at New Mexico State University – has selected seven startup companies to participate in a five-month program that aims to support and grow promising startups in health tech.

The accelerator provides entrepreneurs access to financing, mentorship, industry partners such as the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, and NMSU academic faculty, as well as other facets of the robust entrepreneurial network of Arrowhead Center. One team will receive a $20,000 seed investment.

Teams did not need any prior NMSU affiliation to be considered, and can participate in the program’s curriculum and its weekly workshops virtually or in-person, making HealthSprint accessible entrepreneurs in even the most rural areas of New Mexico. Funding for HealthSprint is provided by the U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center program and New Mexico Gas Company.

The cohort of seven companies includes four woman-owned and one veteran-owned business. Those businesses are:

– BeneTrkr, which helps people such as the disabled, veterans or early retirees manage their income-limited benefits while working. The technology tracks earnings and hours worked, alerts the user when nearing limits, and helps them better understand work-incentive programs so they don’t lose benefits, or worse, have to pay them back.

– Care Companion accommodates an aging population through the use of assistive technology to help seniors live healthier, longer and more independent lives at home. The technology detects falls in a living environment and breaks the stigma of old, generic push-button technology.

– De Las Mías, a bilingual healthy lifestyle digital platform designed by Latinas for Latinas. The De Las Mías unique approach to healthy living is culturally connected, built on community, and evidence-based.

– RadPhysics, a comprehensive risk-reduction program that helps radiation oncology centers improve patient safety by minimizing errors, meeting quality measures and ensuring compliance.

– SANEsuite, a platform that empowers survivors of sexual and domestic violence by developing technology to help them heal.

– VisionQuest i-Rx, an automated solution for detecting diabetic eye disease, the leading cause of blindness in working-age population. The technology helps physicians and insurance companies increase compliance with required annual diabetic eye exams, which results in higher reimbursement, lower healthcare costs and blindness prevention.

– Zhennovate, a platform that helps organizations build more adaptive and engaging talents by scaling personalized interventions for constructive habit development in the contexts of mental well-being, career and leadership development.

The initial four-week customer discovery period of HealthSprint is modeled on the National Science Foundation I-Corps program. I-Corps is a NSF initiative to leverage university research to create new innovative businesses and increase the economic impact of inventions created at research institutions around the country.

Businesses who show promise will be invited to continue the program for the next four months and will have access to demonstration and validation partners, investment consideration for the Arrowhead Innovation Fund and NSF I-Corps lineage that enables them to apply for an additional $50,000 in federal funding.

Previous Arrowhead Accelerator cohorts include TechSprint, which focused on tech startups in New Mexico; AgSprint, which attracted agricultural technology businesses from across the Southwest; and BizSprint, which supported New Mexico-based startups that planned to sell their products and services outside the state.

HealthSprint will culminate with HealthAssembly, a demonstration day and conference on June 14 at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. HealthAssembly will provide a platform for entrepreneurs to connect with funders, partners and customers, and will foster discussion on cutting-edge industry trends.

Visit HealthSprint’s website for more information.

Author: Lauren Goldstein – NMSU

NMSU Rodeo Team Prepares for 2018 Season

Last Tuesday afternoon at New Mexico State University, a goat tying athlete practiced in the 40-degree weather, horses were exercised with steam roaring from their noses and athletes began pulling their trailers in after the break; all meaning that 2018 college rodeo season is about to heat up for a competitive year.

The athletes had a prosperous fall season and some great highlights. NMSU’s men’s team sits in second place overall and the women’s team is third in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Grand Canyon Region. Thirteen NMSU competitors currently qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo in June. A few contestants won the all-around champion title during the fall rodeos and athletes ran competitive times and held some high scores during the previous season.

NMSU rodeo coach Logan Corbett has the approaching season prearranged with practice, upcoming rodeos, jackpots, team meetings, community service and fundraisers.

“We have a lot of student athletes placing high overall but everything can change during the spring,” Corbett said. “There are more rodeos to come and the athletes and I plan to work harder than ever for a successful season.”

Corbett wants to organize rodeo jackpots for the team to have a chance to win cash and have some competitive preparation in the arena.

“We have scheduled jackpots early on that are cheap to enter and give the athletes a chance to get their mind frames set and have some timed rivalry against one another and members from the community,” Corbett said.

The team will meet every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Gerald Thomas Hall.

The season heats up in March, beginning with Fort Huachuca, Arizona, March 2-3. The second rodeo is March 10-11 in Florence, Arizona, followed by the University of Arizona’s rodeo in Tucson, Arizona, March 17.

The NMSU hometown rodeo is scheduled for March 31 and the regional finals is in Socorro, New Mexico, April 13-14.

Carly Billington, NMSU athlete, was elected as the 2017-2019 regional director of the Grand Canyon Region this last year. The regional director is similar to a student body president. She is responsible for watching every event and making sure everything runs smoothly and that rules are being followed. Regional directors are given the opportunity to participate in rodeo a fifth year while being an undergraduate.

“My expectations for this year are to help make the region appeal to student athletes and to grow the numbers,” Billington said. “My goal is to represent the region to the best of my ability.”

The Grand Canyon Region rodeo teams are selling raffle tickets to support the future of college rodeo. The tickets are $10 apiece and three winners will be drawn April 29. The prizes include: first, $2,000, second, $1,500, and third, $1,000. A ticket can be purchased from any student athlete in the region.

Corbett plans for the team to visit elementary schools and spread the word about rodeo and teach younger generations about the great sport itself.

For more information on the upcoming season, contact Corbett at lcorbett@nmsu.edu.

Author: Savannah Montero – NMSU

09/20/2017: New Mexico State University Rodeo team. (NMSU photo by Shelby Herrera)

NMSU’s Arrowhead Center to Send Competitive Entrepreneur to Global Summit

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University is sending one competitive entrepreneur to compete at the Global Agripreneurs Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in April 2018.

Arrowhead was selected as the only location in the United States to hold a competition as part of the Future Agro Challenge.

Summit participants will meet world-class investors and mentors, engage with potential customers, gain access to new market opportunities, and command media attention. Previous finalists have received investment from celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, while others have managed to secure up to $15 million within three years of the event.

Arrowhead’s exclusive hosting opportunity grew from its AgSprint accelerator program sponsored by the New Mexico Gas Company and U.S. Economic Development Administration.

AgSprint ventures received five months of customized support tailored to each entrepreneurial team’s unique path to business development and financial success. The program culminated in AgAssembly, a conference held at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in August 2017, which brought together an exceptional statewide coalition in agribusiness and local talent in agricultural entrepreneurship.

To capitalize on the momentum of the AgSprint accelerator and the visibility of AgAssembly, co-founders of Future Agro Challenge contacted AgSprint program director Zetdi Sloan to host a competition for entrepreneurs to compete at the global summit.

To select a summit participant, Arrowhead Center hosted a six-minute pitch contest between entrepreneur contestants from across the U.S., juried by a panel of investment and industry experts. Two competitors stood out among the crowd.

Runner-up Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch is a Denver-based startup that farms crickets and grubs, and produces cricket protein powder and other edible products. RMMR is a powerhouse in the alternative proteins movement, who previously participated in AgSprint and AgAssembly.

The winner of the competition, WISRAN, is a San José -based agtech company that provides action-based business and process intelligence to live farming. Coverage areas of WISRAN’s technology include heavy farm equipment, farm logistics optimization, connected farms, and farm management software.

All pitch contest applicants received Arrowhead support in the form of business model and pitch advising.

Arsalan Lodhi, founder of WISRAN, said the pitch experience at Arrowhead was valuable and that the panel asked “tough business questions that addressed our core value proposition for farmers, which is to improve net profit by reducing the run-time of equipment, labor and fuel in real-time operations.”

“I’m looking forward to competing in Turkey and meeting global leaders in the field,” Lodhi said. “I learned through the process that Turkey has a large farming market, so I’m also looking forward to receiving feedback there and exploring a potential market opportunity.”

According to Future Agro Challenge co-founder Carla Tanas, based in Greece, the summit is “an annual industry highlight that brings increasing interaction between industry experts and stakeholders such as farmers, agripreneurs, investors, corporations and the public to showcase the future of agriculture from around the world and to build awareness of the industry’s potential, introduce game-changing innovations, and attract the necessary talent that will revive the 40 percent of the workforce employed by agriculture.”

The 2018 Global Agripreneurs Summit and competition will attend to the hottest industry trends emerging in the field, such as blockchain, gene editing, transparency, personal nutrition, Big Data and AI, and more.

Arrowhead Center will cover hotel and flight costs and organize the logistics of sending the U.S. competitor to the global stage. WISRAN will compete in two rounds abroad before the third round of pitching at the summit.

For more information, visit Global Agripreneur Summit website, and for the latest on AgSprint, visit their website.

Author: Lauren Goldstein – NMSU

Writers, Activists to Kick Off NMSU’s 2018 Pride Season

Pride Season at New Mexico State University kicks off Monday, January 29, with a discussion by Che Gossett, a transgender writer and activist of color from Rutgers University, who will discuss gender, sexuality and race.

On Feb. 2 Kavi Ade, a transgender spoken word poet of color, will perform his work on the events of violence perpetuated against the black-trans-queer body.

“Che is a collaborative event with Gender and Sexuality Studies and marks an important move by our departments to bring matters of transgender identity into the classroom,” Zooey Pook, director of NMSU’s LGBT+ Programs said. “And Kavi is being cosponsored by the Black Student Association and Black Programs and will help kick off Black History Month. It’s hugely important that our departments are working together on this to show the intersections of our identities.”

Pook said the events being held during pride season are a great opportunity for members of the university and the community to learn more about the LGBT+ community and to participate in events that celebrate diversity.

“We have led a revolution at NMSU to celebrate and include our transgender students with initiatives like Preferred Name and Inclusive Housing. By bringing Kavi and Che, we continue to highlight the myriad of diversity in our transgender population,” Pook said. “These events are illustrating our commitment to the richness of our diverse community. All of our students, faculty and staff at NMSU should feel represented.”

Both events are free and will be held in the Corbett Center Auditorium. For more information, contact the LGBT+ Programs at 575-646-7031

Following is a list of all Pride Season events:

Tuesday, March 27 (7 p.m.)
Pride Season Drag Show
Corbett Ballroom

Wednesday, April 18 (1 p.m.)
Alianza of New Mexico
Free HIV testing and information session on safe sex
Corbett Center Aggie Underground

Tuesday, April 19 (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Pride season lunch
Free lunch by Sodexo and music by Mike Maven of the Young Pandas
Corbett Outdoor Patio

Friday, May 4 (6 to 8 p.m.)
Rainbow Graduation
NMSU Golf Club House
Please contact LGBT+ Program for information on tickets

Pride Season 2018 kicks off Monday Jan. 29 with a discussion by Che Gossett, a transgender writer and activist of color from Rutgers University, and concludes Friday May 4 with Rainbow Graduation. JAN18

Author: Melissa R. Rutter -NMSU

NMSU Honors Departments, Faculty at 2018 Spring Convocation

New Mexico State University faculty and staff were welcomed back to campus during the spring 2018 convocation ceremony at NMSU’s Atkins Recital Hall. Every fall and spring, convocation is held to honor excellence on campus.

“This has been a good year for NMSU on a number of fronts – the size of our first-year class experienced the largest increase since 2000; our four-, five-, and six-year graduation rates are increasing; and we successfully implemented a first-year residency requirement,” said Provost Dan Howard. “The foundation for all this good news is our faculty and staff, and spring convocation provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their fine work and accomplishments.”

Three faculty members received Regents Professorships during the convocation.

The recipients are Eve Adams, College of Education Counseling and Educational Psychology Department; Kathryn Hanley, College of Arts and Sciences Biology Department; and Bernd Leinauer, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Extension Plant Sciences Department.

The Regents Professorship, established in 2001 by the NMSU Board of Regents, recognizes faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the university’s mission and honors contributions in areas of education and research.

A panel of Regents Professors evaluates faculty-submitted nominations from throughout the university, and the committee meets to determine the awards. The recognition is accompanied by a $12,500 annual stipend.

Two departments and 11 faculty members also were recognized during the program Tuesday.

Eleven faculty members received the Donald C. Roush Award in recognition of their teaching excellence. The award is named for former NMSU Executive Vice President Roush in recognition of his 34 years of teaching improvement in New Mexico.

This year’’s recipients are Brian Schutte, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Dante De Blassie, College of Arts and Sciences; Gabriela E. Moreno, College of Arts and Sciences; Paula Jean Groves, College of Business; Judith Flores Carmona, College of Education; Krishna Kota, College of Engineering; Cheryl M. Lombardi, College of Health and Social Services; Jennifer Smith, NMSU Alamogordo; Jalal Hamedi, NMSU Carlsbad; Elizabeth Gamboa, NMSU Dona Ana; and Gail Burke, NMSU Grants.

The Department of Anthropology and Housing and Residential Life department received the Outcomes Assessment Committee for Co-Curriculum, Administration and Operations Excellence in Assessment Award.

This annual award recognizes outstanding assessment processes among co-curricular, administrative and operations units at NMSU.

In addition, Chancellor Garrey Carruthers presented the 2018 Presidential Medallion to Lou and Mary Henson.

Established in 2015, the Presidential Medallion recognizes retired faculty, staff, state officials or community members who have persistently, selflessly and superiorly served NMSU over a long period of time.

This year’s celebration was held on Tuesday, January 16.

Author:  Jane Moorman – NMSU

NMSU to Honor Lou and Mary Henson With Presidential Medallion Award

New Mexico State University will award the 2018 Presidential Medallion to Lou and Mary Henson during the spring convocation ceremony Tuesday, January 16, at the Atkinson Recital Hall.

The award recognizes outstanding service given to the university beyond an individual’s time as an employee.

“Lou and Mary Henson have done so much for our university and so much for our community,” NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers said. “In addition to his outstanding career, Coach Henson has helped with the Boys and Girls Club and has always been willing to help with other community efforts. Mary Henson played a key role in the NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. These two are outstanding members of our community and two of the most prominent individuals to ever walk our campus.”

Lou Henson, an NMSU alumni, is noted for his 779 career basketball victories, making him one of the most successful coaches in Division I history. During his career, which spanned more than four decades, he led two programs to the NCAA Final Four – NMSU in 1970 and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. His teams have made 19 NCAA appearances and four NIT appearances.

He is also one of only four NCAA coaches to have amassed at least 200 total wins at two institutions. Both NMSU and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have honored the coach by naming their basketball arena hardwood floors ‘Lou Henson Court.’

Henson was selected as a member of the National College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2005, Lou and Mary were awarded honorary doctorates from NMSU.

Mary Henson first met her husband during his student days at New Mexico State in the 1950s. Throughout their more than 60-year marriage, she has been his strongest supporter and cheerleader, experiencing the NCAA tournaments and Final Four appearances with him, often cheering from the sidelines with their children or grandchildren in tow.

Mary always involved herself in her husband’s career, including hosting pre-game receptions for alumni, boosters or new recruits, while engaging in various community activities.

While in Las Cruces, she served as an active board member for the NMSU President’s Associates, helping to raise money for student scholarships. One of her philanthropic efforts was to help complete projects for NMSU’s Children’s Village.

The Hensons, as a team, have been among NMSU’s most active supporters on and off the court. Their commitment to excellence in academics and athletics was demonstrated with the establishment of the Lou and Mary Henson Endowed Scholarship in honor of their late son, Lou Jr. The fund is designed to support deserving student-athletes at NMSU.

Coach Henson earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and his master’s in education administration, both from NMSU. He lettered in basketball for the New Mexico A&M Aggies from 1953-1955.

Prior to coaching at the college level, Henson coached at Las Cruces High School where he led his varsity teams to state championships in 1959, 1960 and 1961.

After four years at Hardin-Simmons University, Henson returned to his alma mater in 1966 to coach the Aggies for nine seasons. In 1975 he left New Mexico for the Illinois position, which he held until 1996.

In 1997, Henson returned to NMSU as interim head coach. He wanted to donate his time, but was told that state law didn’t allow him to coach for free. He finally accepted a nominal salary of $1 per month. After a successful season, he became the permanent coach until the 2004-2005 season when he retired.

The couple will be unable to attend the convocation ceremony due to Lou’s medical appointments out of state.

Author:  Jane Moorman – NMSU

NMSU Retiree Receives Lifetime Aeronautical Achievement Award

Erich Klein, former aerospace engineer and balloon engineer specialist for New Mexico State University’s Physical Science Laboratory, received the Otto C. Winzen Lifetime Achievement award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

He received this award for his outstanding contributions and achievements in the advancement of free flight balloon systems and related technologies.

Photo courtesy of Erich Klein

Klein designed and analyzed mechanical hardware for many balloon flight systems throughout his career, and some of his flight systems are still being used today.

“Many of the challenges he faced in his career have been difficult projects, complex projects, safety related projects, or all three. He took on the hard jobs, the messy jobs, and the very difficult jobs,” said Henry Cathey, deputy director for NMSU’s PSL.

“This award is a well-deserved recognition of his career.”

Klein said, “It is such a great feeling to receive this award after a long career. I was nominated by other great engineers and very intelligent people, so for them to select me was a great honor.”

Klein worked for the PSL for 28 years before retiring in 2015. He was the first person hired to work on the PSL balloon contract in 1987.

He also worked as a campaign manager for many balloon flight campaigns all over the world.

Author: Ximena Tapia – NMSU

NMSU’s Annual Chile Conference set for February 5-6

The 2018 New Mexico Chile Conference, hosted by New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute, returns with leading experts in the ‘red hot’ chile pepper industry.

Drawing attendees from all over the world, this year’s conference will discuss new updates in food modernization, the best agriculture practices and research solutions for diseases and pests.

Along with Hank Giclas from the Western Growers Association who will give an update on innovations in the fresh produce industry, the conference will also feature booths from companies that can assist New Mexico chile pepper growers sustain excellent and profitable yields.

“The New Mexico Chile conference is the biggest, most important conference on chile peppers. We give growers the latest information and let them know that NMSU is on the cutting edge of chile peppers research and discovery,” said Paul Bosland, co-founder and director of the Chile Pepper Institute. “One of the special guests we have this year is a Professor Dina St. Clair from UC Davis. She will be discussing high-throughput phenotyping, which is technology that allows for a quicker analysis of the traits of chile peppers in the field.”

Conference pre-registration for individuals is $130 and $475 for a vendor booth. After Jan. 31, individual prices are $145 and $500 for booths. For more information on the conference, contact the Chile Pepper Institute at 575-646-3028 or register online.

Author: Melissa R. Rutter – NMSU

Aggie Cupboard Fights Hunger with New Support from NMSU

A major resource to New Mexico State University, focused on battling food insecurities, collected a $9,000 gift to aid in the fight from the NMSU Foundation this week.

Aggie Cupboard, a food pantry that provides bags of nutritious, non-perishable food items to students and employees in need at NMSU and Dona Ana Community College, received this investment as a result of the University’s third-annual Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28.

With the help of alumni and friends, along with matching pledges from NMSU administrators, including Provost Daniel Howard and his wife Jennifer, several supporters raised more than $8,000 on Giving Tuesday. While presenting the check to Aggie Cupboard volunteers this week, Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and his wife Kathy announced they would make an additional $1,000 contribution on behalf of the entire NMSU system for its continued efforts in being a caring community.

This funding will help Aggie Cupboard continue to address a growing problem at NMSU. A 2011 study conducted by NMSU Social Work Services found that more than a third of students surveyed said they had to choose between paying bills or getting groceries at least once, and one in five students said that hunger regularly affected their grades or ability to concentrate.

“New Mexico is ranked high among other states when it comes to food insecurity,” said Meg Long, a program specialist for NMSU social services and Aggie Cupboard. “NMSU strives to ensure that all of our students enjoy equal access to an education and succeed on campus, and we believe Aggie Cupboard is one way of proving that mission. We’re grateful that our University community continues to show how passionate they are in ending this problem.”

Long said each dollar the pantry receives can be stretched into one full meal for a student or employee in need. This past Spring, volunteers served 185 clients with 355 bags of food, bringing impact totals since the pantry’s launch in 2012 to more than 3,500 bags that have helped ease food shortages.

NMSU Foundation President Andrea Tawney and other leaders in the fundraising office see Aggie Cupboard’s growing impact. On Giving Tuesday, Tawney alongside Associate Vice Presidents Leslie Cervantes and Justin Bannister and NMSU Foundation Chief Operating Officer Tina Byford, offered a personal pledge to match their staff’s contributions to the Aggie Cupboard on Giving Tuesday.

“We see our team work as one unit every single day to serve our students,” Tawney said. “We believe giving is an act we should not only talk about but also one we should do. We’re proud of the work they carried out on Giving Tuesday and appreciate their devotion to efforts like the Aggie Cupboard that make a significant difference in the lives of our NMSU family.”

In total, Giving Tuesday raised more than $2.5 million for the University system from 1,700 donors, including 583 NMSU system faculty and staff donors.

The Aggie Cupboard needs donations of food, funds and volunteer time all year. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays at 906 Gregg St. in Las Cruces. Tax-deductible monetary gifts can be made any time at giving.nmsu.edu by specifying Aggie Cupboard as the fund for the gift.

Aggie Cupboard will be closed during NMSU’s winter break, December 19 through January 1, and will reopen on January 2. Food is distributed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays or by appointment at 906 Gregg St. in Las Cruces.

Anyone with a current NMSU identification card may use this resource.

For more information about Aggie Cupboard, including volunteer opportunities, contact aggiecupboard@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-7636.

Author: Angel Mendez -NMSU

NMSU’s Arrowhead Center Helps Company Develop ‘Wild Horse Feeding Stations’

Roch Hart is a third-generation New Mexican with a deep, genuine appreciation for the land and its expansive mountains, desert and scrub, and the petroglyphs that adorn far reaches of the private, 20,000-acre ranch he manages.

Hart recognizes that preservation is the key to maintaining New Mexico’s land heritage.

As a retired police officer, former plant manager, tour guide operator and photographer, Hart maintains that he became a rancher almost by accident. It is through this position that he’s used entrepreneurial thinking to to identify a problem at his workplace, in this case a 20,000 acre ranch, and develop a solution for a costly situation.

There’s a wild horse problem in New Mexico, as well as all of the arid west, and the general public is in the dark about the issue. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Land Management spends an astonishing $80 million dollars per year on the capture and care of overpopulated wild horses, also known as feral horses.

Hart worries that the public won’t react until the more inhumane options of mass roundups and euthanasia become visible and routine.

His company, Wildlife Protection Management, developed an innovative, scalable and humane option. It is a feeding station for wild horses that is equipped with the capability for remote injection of contraceptives. This patent-pending method is conducted with remote delivery. After the horse has placed itself in the proper position, an operator nearly 300 miles away is able to dispatch the injection via video surveillance and controls.

Hart is a graduate of Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University’s AgSprint program, a five-month accelerator for innovation in agriculture, funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and New Mexico Gas Company.

Wild horses are merely startled, not hurt, and return almost immediately to graze at the feed station. In addition to the contraceptive, and in anticipation of Radio-Frequency Identification technology, the system has the capability to deliver a microchip so that horses can be monitored for health and behavior.

The system has been proven to fire at least two darts at once, which could include a combination of contraceptive, RFID chip and/or vaccination.

“The system has produced a ‘wow’ effect,” Hart said. “This is really game-changing and will form a new industry. No one in the world has tried to do this yet.”

Hart anticipates the next prototype, enhanced with solar power and other features, to be ready in April. Experts are supportive of WPM’s innovation prototype and its vast possibilities.

“The remote capability of the WPM device is an amazing tool in that it saves time and manpower. The ability to deliver vaccine or birth control in this method is far more humane than having to chase these feral horses, for capture and vaccination or individually darting from a distance,” said Dr. Ralph Zimmerman, New Mexico State Veterinarian. “To have the ability to maintain the needs of the horses(or other potential target species with minimal fear and stress to these animals is huge. The system could also be used to sedate adoptable animals for handling and adoption, providing another non-lethal method of population control. Obviously, in this case you could schedule appropriate staffing for safe horse handling.”

The innovation is also a species-specific target, which means that the technology used to humanely control wild horse populations can also be adapted to feral dogs, feral pigs, deer, and other wild animals.

Wildlife Protection Management is in the process of raising funds for another round of efficacy testing, focused in part on RFID delivery “a vital step toward attracting additional federal grants and private investment.” The company launched a crowdfunding campaign this month, and they aim to raise $50,000 to continue testing the humane and cost-saving solution.

Click on the highlighted text to support WPM’s crowdfunding campaign to preserve both New Mexico’s wild horse legacy as well as its enchanted land.

Author: : Lauren Goldstein – NMSU

NM State Aggie Football Wants Fans to Make a STATEment

After 57 years and a dose of déjà vu, the New Mexico State University Aggies will take on a familiar opponent in their first bowl game appearance since 1960.

A decades-old rematch against Utah State at the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl in Tucson in a couple weeks takes us back in time almost to the day on December 31, 1960, when the NM State Aggies captured a 20-13 win.

Since then, Aggie football carried on with only nine winning seasons. But despite the performance, tried and true Aggie fans remained, cheering in the stands and hoping for the day when the program would reemerge in victory.

“Finding the right coaches and the right student-athletes happens in part because of our fans,” said Mario Moccia, NMSU director of athletics. “When we recruit and hire, one major factor in selecting NMSU is that our seats are filled with passionate supporters. Through it all, our fans remained loyal, helping us bring in the right group of students and coaches who did nothing but focus on making history for this school and its fans.”

NM State Head Football Coach Doug Martin plans to leverage this national platform to bring young eyes and talent toward this program and keep it successful for years to come.

“When we have a spotlight this big, not only is there positive pressure to win for our fans and our team, but also for on looking, prospective recruits who will join us and continue our success,” Martin said. “Our players, especially our great group of seniors, will soon venture off into impressive careers, and we are actively working on finding equally incredible student-athletes.”

That’s why NM State senior quarterback Tyler Rogers alongside senior running back Larry Rose III joined up with Martin to start a crowdfunding campaign focused on raising money for the Football Success Fund that supports recruiting new talent and meeting team equipment and travel needs.

“Once an Aggie, always an Aggie,” Rogers said. “When we graduate, Larry and I want to make sure our team can still make fans in the future as proud as they are now. Contributing any amount helps our team find future Aggies to take our place and carry on this tradition and this program beyond our time in Aggie Memorial Stadium.”

The Make A STATEment crowdfunding campaign operates online. Once supporters make a contribution, they will receive regular, behind-the-scenes updates through this platform on the progress of the campaign from the players, coaches and other NM State athletics staff. Rogers, Rose and Martin hope to raise $30,000 to support the fund.

“We made history – fans included,” Martin said. “Now, we need to continue this momentum so that history becomes tradition, talented student-athletes make New Mexico State home and fans stay proud for years to come.”

Fans can order tickets to the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl set for Friday, Dec. 29, by stopping by the Pan American Center ticket office or calling 575-646-1420.

Alumni and friends are invited to attend pre-game celebrations the evening of Thursday, Dec. 28, and an Aggie Tailgate the morning of Friday, Dec. 29, both in Tucson. More information on these events are online.

Author: Angel Mendez –  NMSU

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Presents Second Annual gift to NMSU

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Co-Founder and President John L. Hummer and Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer George Mychaskiw, DO, presented a gift of $250,000 to New Mexico State University.

Receiving the gift were NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers and NMSU Foundation President Andrea Tawney. The gift will be used for the New Mexico College of Osteopathic Medicine Current Use Scholarship at NMSU, to be administered by the NMSU Foundation.

As a commitment to developing a pipeline of students pursuing medical and health careers to serve the region in the years to come, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine and the New Mexico State University Foundation, Inc. have established the New Mexico College of Osteopathic Medicine Current Use Scholarship at NMSU.

The funds are to be used to award undergraduate students pursuing a degree in science or a health-related discipline, with a preference given to students in pre-medicine.

“This is an outstanding investment, not just for our students, but for our entire region,” NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers said. “Far too many of our communities are medically underserved – there just aren’t enough medical professionals to provide the care our region needs. These scholarships will allow more students to earn degrees at NMSU, who will then be prepared to go on to medical school. These scholarships will mean so much for our students, and for the health and well-being of people across our region.”

“This annual scholarship gift is one of the most powerful and tangible testaments of our public/private partnership with NMSU and will yield generational benefits for New Mexicans,” Hummer said.

The annual gift increases each year of operation until full operation is achieved at four years where it will remain at $500,000 per year, increased for inflation, for the life of the affiliation agreement with NMSU.

“The BCOM-NMSU partnership is the first of its kind in U.S. higher education and is a model of disparate organizations working together for a common good. This scholarship gift represents our belief in and support of this partnership,” said Mychaskiw.

The presentation took place Monday, December 11th.

Author: Justin McHorse – NMSU

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