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NMSU Recruiter Honored for 45 Years of Service

LAS CRUCES?As a livestock judging coach, Jerry Hawkins made several trips to the winners podium at the Fort Worth Stock Show. This year, the New Mexico State University recruiter made another trip across the stage to accept a 45-year career achievement award.

Jerry Hawkins, recruiter for New Mexico State University's College of Agriculture and Home Economics, was honored at the Fort Worth Stock Show for contributions during his 45-year career. (NMSU Agricultural Communications photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

The award, given by the National Junior College Livestock Judging Coaches Association, recognizes Hawkins for his service and dedication to students, family, peers and community, and for serving as a role model to many.

Hawkins began recruiting students for NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics during the summer of 2003. He was present at more than 20 county fairs and the State Fair in 2004, and attends state 4-H and FFA activities, recruiting high school youth to attend NMSU. He also travels to junior colleges in Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma to recruit transfer students for NMSU's judging programs.

"I feel really fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to work with the students, parents and educators in New Mexico," he said.

Along with NMSU livestock coach Clay Elliott, Hawkins initiated New Mexico judging contests at the State Fair, Sierra County Fair, Grant County Fair, Eastern New Mexico State Fair, Southern New Mexico State Fair and Otero County Fair.

Among Hawkins' many accomplishments are winning the 2002 Texas FFA Blue and Gold Award, awarded once a year from 1,000 chapters in the state; a 2002 recognition award for belonging to the Texas Vocational Agriculture Association for 45 years; and a 2001 Texas Tech Distinguished Animal Science Alumnus award.

Prior to moving to NMSU, Hawkins spent 35 years teaching at Clarendon Junior College in Clarendon, Texas. He helped start the ranch and feedlot program and initiated the horse and meats judging programs.

Hawkins also coached a competitive college livestock team at Clarendon, winning titles in Phoenix, Shreveport, Fort Smith, Tulsa, Denver, Fort Worth and Houston. Before teaching and coaching for the college he spent 10 years teaching vocational agriculture in public schools.