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Society Honors NMSU Graduate Students, Professor

LAS CRUCES - Five New Mexico State University graduate students and a professor were recently honored by the Gamma Sigma Delta agricultural honor society.


The honor society celebrated its 20th anniversary at an annual initiation and awards banquet in December.

Four students were initiated into the society after being nominated by NMSU faculty. They were Danise Coon of Las Cruces, master's degree in agronomy and horticulture; David Denniston of Colorado Springs, Colo., doctorate in animal and range sciences; Sara Sue Torres of Las Cruces, master's degree in agricultural and extension education; and Desaree Whitfield of Las Cruces, master's degree in agricultural and extension education.

Kim Kane of Benson, Ariz., who completed a doctorate in animal and range sciences, received the outstanding graduate student award.

Paul Bosland,professor in the agronomy and horticulture department, received the outstanding graduate faculty award.

During the banquet, professor emeritus Arden Baltensperger, founder and first president of NMSU's chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, spoke about the society's past 20 years.

Gary Esslinger, of the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, was the guest speaker. He talked about water rights and issues.