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NMSU Hotline — December 23, 2014

NMSU?s Pat Gavin receives national education award from PGA

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Pat Gavin, head of the New Mexico State University PGA Golf Management program and department head for Marketing in the College of Business, is the recipient of the 2014 PGA National Horton Smith Award in recognition of his contributions to professional development and education within the golf industry. Gavin has received the award at the regional level for the Sun Country Section, which includes New Mexico and West Texas, more than a dozen times, but this is his first time receiving the national award.

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Hurd family property named to National Historic Register thanks to NMSU grad

A New Mexico State University graduate?s final project has succeeded on a national level. The property of artists Peter Hurd and his wife Henriette Wyeth-Hurd was listed at the national level of significance on the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 10.

The 40-acre property near Ruidoso was purchased in the 1930s and later expanded to more than 2,000 acres. The Hurd family home and studios were named to New Mexico?s State Register of Cultural Properties in October.

?The listing in the National Register recognizes the Hurds as important to American history, ? said Brittany Porter, anthropology graduate in the College of Arts and Sciences, who spent the last two years working on the nomination. ?It also shows that the hard work I put into the nomination is recognized.?


Extension Association of NM members participate in community service

Sometimes a friendly word of encouragement is the moment when a person?s life will change.

That encouragement is given in the form of action by members of the Sunshine ? Mid-Valley Extension Association of New Mexico club members when they interact with the residents of the Women?s Recovery Academy in Albuquerque?s South Valley during a variety of programs and events.

Recently, the club members delivered gift bags filled with toiletry items and a hand-made scarf and necklace to each of the 50 women currently at the Recovery Academy during a holiday candy-making activity.

?The Women?s Recovery Academy is one of the club?s service projects,? said Carolyn Chance, president of the Valencia County club. ?I think we?ve been put on this earth to serve. I feel both the club members and the women at the academy have gained from this interaction.?


NMSU?s 51st Quality Concrete School set for January

New Mexico State University?s Engineering New Mexico Resource Network will start off the New Year with its 51st Annual Samuel P. Maggard Quality Concrete School that includes workshops and lectures covering various concrete-related topics.

The Quality Concrete School will be held Jan. 9-10 for professional engineers and others involved in the construction industry to provide the latest technologies and information used in concrete applications. The workshops encompass a range of competency levels to accommodate those attending. Among the sessions offered will be precast/prestressed 101, basic properties, sampling and testing, polishing and concrete mix design. The course will be held on the NMSU main campus in Las Cruces, N.M.

The Quality Concrete School is a combined effort by NMSU and the New Mexico Ready Mix Concrete and Aggregates Association. NMSU civil engineering professors and the New Mexico Ready Mix Concrete and Aggregates Association will facilitate the lectures and workshops.


Annual beef symposium set for Jan. 14-15 in Amarillo

The Southwest Beef Symposium is set for Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 14-15, at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 3100 Interstate 40 West, in Amarillo, Texas.

The annual event is jointly hosted by the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

?Looking to the Future? is the theme of this year?s conference, said Mary Ward, NMSU Extension livestock specialist.

?After some very rough years of drought, we will address issues of concern to the industry at large, but also at the ranch level,? she said. ?Hopefully we have turned the corner and are beginning to stabilize the national cow inventory.?


Southwest Hay and Forage Conference to meet in Ruidoso Jan. 15

As water for irrigation becomes increasingly short, irrigation technology and water management must improve in forage systems. The 2015 Southwest Hay and Forage Conference will focus on just that ? how to get the most out of every drop.

In addition to ways to conserve water, presentations will be made on international marketing opportunities, novel forage traits and alternative hays.

?This conference provides an opportunity for producers to learn valuable and practical information that can be taken back home with them and utilized on their farms,? said Mark Marsalis, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service agronomist. ?There will be information for all types of forage growers.?