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NMSU's Clary Wins Top Teaching Award; Graduate Students Third

LAS CRUCES - Cynda Clary, interim associate dean and associate director of academic programs for New Mexico State University's College of Agriculture and Home Economics, won the 2002 American Agricultural Economics Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for a faculty member with less than 10 years' experience.



The American Agricultural Economics Association presented its Distinguished Teaching Award for a faculty member with less than 10 years' experience to Cynda Clary, interim associate dean and associate director for academic programs with New Mexico State University's College of Agriculture and Home Economics. (09/26/2002) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

Three NMSU students in agricultural economics and agricultural business placed third in the graduate student case study competition, also held during the association's annual meeting in Long Beach, Calif.

Clary's distinguished teaching award, one of only three teaching awards given by the national association, recognizes outstanding ability and performance as a teacher of agricultural economics. Nominees are evaluated in five major areas: quality of teaching; academic advising, counseling and extracurricular activities with students; involvement in instructional, course and curricular improvement; professional improvement in teaching; and departmental, college and university teaching awards.

Clary, who joined the NMSU faculty in 1993, won a prestigious Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year. She received a 1998 Distinguished Teaching Award from NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics. Her teaching has also been recognized by the Western Agricultural Economics Association, which named her the region's outstanding instructor with less than 10 years' experience.

Clary is a former adviser to NMSU's National Agri-Marketing Association, which won national awards from its inception in 1994 to 2001, including outstanding chapter and innovative idea awards in chapter management. She coached a first-place team in the highly competitive national marketing competition and won the national award for outstanding adviser.

Graduate students Jeremy Kohler, Kristy Langley and Vonda Teel placed third in the case study competition during the meeting July 28-31. Contestants had three weeks to develop a strategy for global branding and create a 20-minute presentation for the conference. The competition was judged by a Zenica Corp. representative and two agricultural economics professors.

"It was a great learning experience because I was able to take all the knowledge I gained in my classes and put it to use in this case," said Langley, who is completing her master's degree in agribusiness. Teel is also working on a master's in agribusiness. Kohler is completing the joint agricultural economics and economics master's degree.