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NMSU Artesia Agricultural Science Center employee receives award

Leopoldo R. Hinojos, farm supervisor at New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Artesia (NMSU -ASC), has been selected to receive the 2007 Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award.

Leopoldo Hinojos received the Roberts Memorial Staff Award Feb. 12 in the Corbett Center Student Union Colfax Room. (Courtesy Photo)

Hinojos was presented with a plaque and a $1,000 award at a ceremony on Feb. 12 in the Corbett Center Student Union Colfax Room.

Hinojos has been employed at NMSU-ASC center for more than 17 years. He began as a temporary employee but was eventually hired as a full-time farm laborer and has since been promoted to farm supervisor. Among his responsibilities, Hinojos supervises three full-time employees and three to four temporary employees and serves as the center's weather reporter, reading and recording the weather daily. He also has performed duties such as irrigation, planting research plots, harvesting and collecting data.

"Leo has been a very dedicated and valuable employee to this organization," said Guadalupe Carrasco, superintendent of NMSU-ASC. "He is a huge piece of the puzzle that makes the NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Artesia."

"Mr. Hinojos is a highly motivated person who sees what needs to be done on the farm and does it," said Woods E. Houghton, Eddy County Cooperative Extension Service program director. "He makes sure all the equipment is well maintained and in running condition. He will have it ready to use before you ask him about it. He seems to be one step ahead."

The Roberts Memorial Staff Award is presented annually to a staff member who has made a contribution to university life and demonstrated dedication and outstanding service to the community.