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Avant Hired as Assistant No contact

LAS CRUCES -- Sandra Avant began work June 24 as an assistant editor with New Mexico State University's agricultural communications department.

Avant will write news and feature stories about events and research at NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences . She also will help produce and distribute the college's news statewide to newspapers, radio, and television stations.

Avant, a native of Senatobia, Miss., comes to NMSU from Texas A&M University, where she was a communications specialist. At A&M, she wrote news and video scripts about nutrition, 4-H, and family and consumer sciences. Her previous work experience also includes media positions with Louisiana State University's Cooperative Extension Service, and the office of public relations at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss.

She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi, with minors in radio/television news broadcasting and English. She also earned her master's degree from the University of Mississippi in radio/television news broadcasting.

Avant has completed courses in electronic field production from the Sony Institute and in children's writing from the Institute of Children's Literature. She also co-produced the video "4-H Gives You That Winning Look," which received a four-star rating from the Federal Extension Service.