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NMSU Staff Take Top National Awards

LAS CRUCES -- Agricultural communications staff at New Mexico State University won the top publication and audio awards from Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE). Another staff member was recognized with a national ACE award for promoting diversity.

ACE is an association of communication professionals from land grant colleges nationwide, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, international agriculture institutes and related institutions.

New Mexico Resources, a magazine published by NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences , took top honors in the four-color periodicals category. In addition, it was judged the best publication among 136 entries in all categories, earning the Outstanding Professional Skill Award. Editor Natalie Johnson will travel to Washington, D.C., to accept the awards July 23-26 during the 2000 Agricultural Communicators' Congress.

A "FoodStuff" audio CD of radio features from NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service won the Outstanding Professional Skill Award as the top entry in all audio categories. Producer D'Lyn Ford will accept the award.

Jeanne Gleason, Extension professor and executive producer, will receive the ACE Harmony Award for promoting acceptance and celebration of diversity and pluralism in society. Gleason's honor is based on her many multilingual and multicultural educational media projects addressing needs of Hispanic, Native American and Anglo audiences.

Six other agricultural communications entries took bronze awards from ACE, including Sam Steel Way, an alumni publication, in the newsletter class. Other bronze award winners were the Student Interview CD-ROM in the best innovative use of technology category; Agriculture Careers Touch-Screen Kiosk in the interactive media category; "Heat Up Your Life" video series in the marketing campaign of educational materials category; and a new "Bosque del Apache: Ancient Flyway on the Rio Grande" documentary in the video programs category.

Senior producer Patrick Holian won a bronze award from the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for the Bosque video last month.

Other agricultural communications staff contributing to the award winning entries include Terry Canup, Joanna Stith, Jerry Downs, Victor Espinoza, Ray Nieto, C.C. Chamberlin, Barbara Chamberlin, Pamela Martinez, Cathy Montes and Rena Larraņaga. Cynda Clary of the agricultural business and agricultural economics department was also a contributor.