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NMSU Hotline — June 23, 2015

Doņa Ana County home economist wins award from NMSU College of ACES

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Karim Martinez, the home economist for Doņa Ana County, recently received the Distinguished County Agent Award from New Mexico State University?s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences in recognition of her work.

?Receiving this award was such an honor for me because I know how much great work is being done by county Extension agents around the state,? Martinez said.

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NMSU increases family focus during student orientation

For members of the class of 2015, in just a few months they went from wearing their high school caps and gowns to sporting crimson and white as freshmen at New Mexico State University. The change in geography effects more than just the students, and this summer NMSU is helping to prepare families for their new normal through the Aggie Welcome Orientation.

?At New Mexico State University, Aggie Welcome Orientation is our transition to the university for our incoming students,? said Gena Bermudez, Aggie family outreach coordinator.

In summer 2014, NMSU started requiring all new students, including incoming freshmen and transfer students, attend an orientation session. Orientation at NMSU exposes students to the programs, resources, campus, faculty and staff of the university. Students also meet with their advisers and register for classes at this event. Family members of the students attend a separate session.


Student Employment Fair to be held Aug. 26

Career Services will host a Student Employment Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, in Corbett Center, First Floor, Aggie Lounge. This fair is designed for new and current NMSU students who are seeking an on-campus, part-time student employment position.

If you have student employment or work study positions available for the fall 2015 semester, Career Services invites you to participate in this event. The Student Employment Fair offers an excellent opportunity for on-campus departments to talk to and recruit our many talented students for part-time positions within their department. Departments that are interested in participating in this event can register at http://careerservices.nmsu.edu/student-employment-registration/ or email careers@nmsu.edu before Wednesday, Aug. 19.

For more information contact Yvonne Franco at 575-646-1631.

DACC Customized Training class offered

Overcoming Objections to Nail the Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 7. The cost is $79. If you?re like most sales professionals, you are always looking for ways to overcome customer objections and close the sale. Learn how to plan, prepare and execute proposals and presentations that address customer concerns, reduce the number of objections you encounter and improve your batting average at closing the sale.

For more information, contact 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.

Shared Service Center to help NMSU researchers streamline grant processes

New Mexico State University researchers brought in more than $125 million in grants and contracts last year alone. These funds not only provide a robust research environment for the university but also support jobs in the community.

Managing these large grants requires NMSU professors to spend time away from their laboratories and classrooms to perform a variety of administrative tasks.

?The competition for external research funding is fierce,? said Jeffrey Arterburn, Regents professor in chemistry and biochemistry. Arterburn oversees a number of research grants and serves as director of the New Mexico IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence, which received renewed funding of more than $18 million over the next five years. ?It is critical to improve the efficiency of managing these hard-won grants and contracts so that we can continue to build high quality research programs at NMSU."


Historical marker at NMSU to honor Maria Gutierrez Spencer

Of the 536 historical markers in New Mexico, only five represent women.

This year, a historical sign will be placed honoring the legacy of Maria Gutierrez Spencer, a pioneer of bilingual and bicultural education and advocate of the indo-hispanic experience.

Located on Espina Street (NM Highway 38) between E. University Avenue and Stewart Street, a sign will be placed marking the life of one of the state?s boldest natives.

?She was one of the first teachers for Spanish for native speakers, now called Spanish for heritage speakers in the state of New Mexico, or really throughout the country,? her daughter, Laura Gutierrez-Spencer said. ?It was revolutionary in the 1950s.?


NMSU viticulture program and course students earn gold at New Mexico State Fair Wine Judging competition

At this year?s New Mexico State Fair Wine Judging competition, students from New Mexico State University earned several accolades, including one of only 11 gold medals awarded this year.

NMSU entered wines on behalf of the NMSU Viticulture Program, directed by Bernd Maier.

The competition had a total of 186 entries this year, which earned 11 gold, 73 silver and 65 bronze medals.

?We had six medal winning wines made here at NMSU that we entered into the judging,? Maier said. ?Two silvers and were awarded to Fabian Garcia?s Sweet Red and a port style wine. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Malbec, 2013 Durif and a Green Chile wine scored a bronze medal each.?

Lee and Maria Jones, former students of the Economics of Making and Marketing Wine course, received the gold medal.


NMSU camp teaches future ranchers many aspects of the business

After a week of learning about the many aspects of managing a ranch, the participants at the New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp presented their plans for combining a cattle operation with wildlife and forest management to make the Valles Caldera National Preserve a feasible business.

New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service and members of the beef industry of New Mexico sponsored the fourth annual ranch camp during the first week of June.

?We are proud to offer this one-of-a-kind program for the future cattle producers of our state,? said Jon Boren, NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service. ?The collaboration between our Extension specialists, county Extension agents and members of the ranching industry has provided an opportunity for the youth to see the many aspects of managing a ranch.?


NMSU works with small-acreage farmers to meet locally grown produce demands

Trending nationally, including here in New Mexico, is an increasing desire to eat local food, including locally grown fruits and vegetables. The change in consumer purchasing could be a windfall for small-acreage farmers around the state.

New Mexico State University is working with small-acreage farmers to help meet the demand.

?In the Albuquerque metropolitan area, 80 percent of the fresh fruits and vegetables eaten come from outside of New Mexico,? said Michael Patrick, economic development specialist with NMSU?s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Currently, the primary source of locally grown produce is farmers markets, according to research Patrick conducted with a New Mexico Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Grant.