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NMSU to offer classes at Fort Bliss this fall

Beginning in fall 2014, New Mexico State University will offer two courses at Fort Bliss. Both classes are in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and are eight-week mini-semesters.


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New Mexico State University Army ROTC Cadet Larry Baca studies for a course. Starting in fall 2014, NMSU will offer two courses at Fort Bliss. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The courses will run consecutively with the first mini-semester, Aug. 21 to Oct. 14, and the second mini-semester, Oct. 15 to Dec. 12.

“NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is excited about the opportunity to offer classes at Fort Bliss,” said Jim Libbin, associate dean and director of academic programs for the college. “We are proud of the young men and women who are serving our country at Fort Bliss and want to be a part of their educational development and their post-service careers. We hope that the two courses we offer this fall semester will be just the beginning of a broader set of offerings for NMSU in the very near future.”

NMSU’s Military and Veterans Programs has had an office at Fort Bliss since 2013, and the relationship with John Kirby, the Fort Bliss educational service officer, helped the idea become a reality.

The first mini-semester course is Introductory Animal Science (ANSC 100). The three-credit hour course is an orientation and survey of the livestock industry in the United States and introduction to feeding, breeding and management practices for producing farm animals and select companion animals. Colleen Richardson is teaching the course at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

The second mini-semester course is Introduction to Natural Resources Management (FWCE 110). The three-credit hour course is an introduction to managing natural resources with an emphasis on historical and current issues affecting the management of renewable natural resources. Matthew Zeigler is the instructor for the course at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Both courses will be taught on base in building 614 room 9.

Current NMSU students can register for the courses though http://my.nmsu.edu. For more information, contact Erika Zaragoza at 575-646-4524.