NMSU branding

New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University

News Center




LAS CRUCES -- The graduates' faces tell the story. Profiling a typical student from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University isn't as straightforward as it was 40 years ago, when Pistol Pete

LAS CRUCES -- Nine New Mexico State University graduates from Las Cruces were inducted into New Mexico State University's Sam Steel Society on Dec. 13 by John Owens, dean and chief administrative officer of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics.


The society honors the memory of Sam Steel, who would have been the university's first graduate had he not been killed just months before his graduation in 1893.

Darryl Asher received a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and agricultural business and plans to find a job where he can work with people, preferably in agricultural sales.

Meredith Culbertson received a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and agricultural business. She interned in Washington D.C. and hopes to return there to work on agriculture and public policy issues. Eventually she wants to get a master's degree in agricultural communications. Culbertson received special recognition for her service as a college ambassador.

Ivan Hoff received his bacherlor's degree in hospitality and tourism services and completed an internship at South Lake Tahoe casino. He hopes to work in the gaming industry in Las Vegas and eventually become involved in property management, finance and marketing consulting.

Yvonne Jasso received her master's degree in home economics. She worked as a medical social worker at Memorial Hospital and at the Mesilla Valley Hospice full-time while getting her degree.

Diane Lopez received her bachelor's degree in wildlife science and completed an internship both with Genesis Chemical Lab and the New Mexico Game and Fish Department. She plans to work with wildlife for a state or federal agency.

Maria Martinez received her bachelor's degree in family, child and consumer science and completed an internship at La Casa Battered Women's Shelter in Las Cruces, teaching and working with women and children. She plans to find a job with a social service agency and become involved in parent education and counseling. Martinez eventually plans to pursue a master's degree.

Colin McVaugh received a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and agricultural business and completed two internships with Collingwood Grain in Oklahoma, where he worked as a crop consultant. He plans to own his own crop consulting business someday.

Jody Nordyke received her bachelor's degree in animal science and plans to get a master's degree at Colorado State University, with special emphasis in the beef industry. She hopes to combine her animal science education with her Japanese language training and work with beef exports to Japan. Nordyke received special recognition as an honors student.

Jennifer Jaylene Tharp received her bachelor's degree in family, child and consumer science and completed her practicum at the University Child Care Center. She will be working at Agapeland Child Day Care Center in Las Cruces, teaching two year olds. Tharp hopes eventually to teach in families programs in the public schools. She received special recognition for her service as a college ambassador.