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NMSU Extension family, consumer science programs receive national awards

Three New Mexico State University Extension family and consumer science programs received national recognition during the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference held in Hershey, Penn., in October.


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New Mexico State University's family and consumer science agents in Bernalillo, Sandoval and Torrance counties were honored at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference for their monthly educational nutrition and health segments on KRQE-TV New Mexico Living show. Receiving the first place award from, second from left, Karen Munden, NEAFCS 2018-19 president; were, from left Cindy Davies, Dianne Christensen and Cydney Martin. (Courtesy photo)
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New Mexico State University's Laura Bittner, Extension family and consumer science agent in Valencia County, was recognized at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference for two innovative programs she has established in her community. NEAFCS 2018-2019 president Karen Muden, left, presented the awards. (Courtesy photo)

“I am proud to be part of a department of such dedicated professionals,” said Robert Moreno, NMSU professor and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences department head. “They are consistently recognized regionally and nationally for their excellence in programing and community engagement.”

“The commitment of these award recipients to meet the needs of individuals, families and community is exemplary,” said Karen Munden, NEAFCS 2018-2019 president.

A team of six agents received first place in the television/video communication category. This award recognizes excellence in an educational or promotional feature in a regular broadcast or special program.

Dianne Christensen, Cindy Davies, Nicole Jacobs, Cydney Martin, Lydia Montoya and Danielle, from Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Torrance counties, were honored for their monthly food and nutrition segment on KRQE-TV “New Mexico Living” program. The ongoing five-minute segment is aired live the fourth Monday of each month.

Laura Bittner received second place awards for two programs she conducts in Valencia County.

The Nutrition on Weekends Snack Program received the community partnership award, which recognizes NEAFCS members for outstanding community partnership efforts in meeting the needs of families through collaboration with group, agencies and consumers.

This program provides a snack pack to the 150-plus students at Los Lunas Schools’ Century High School each Thursday afternoon to help offset food insecurity in their homes. The project is a collaboration of community groups, local churches, and individuals.

Food Camp for Kids received the innovative youth development programming award, which recognizes a program that reaches a new audience or expands a current audience, a subject matter area, a new delivery methods or another creative approach.

Each summer youth, ages 9-14, learn where their food comes from in a six-day camp that combines field trips to agricultural operations in the county with cooking, nutrition, and food safety education.

Using computer tablets, the youth create a PowerPoint presentation about the week that they present to an audience of 40-50 family members and industry professionals the last day. Bittner and Newt McCarty, Valencia County Extension agricultural agent, conduct the camp.

The programs received first place honors at the state and Western Region prior to being submitted for the national award.