Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Three new employees will combine efforts to create a student recruitment and agricultural awareness promotion team for New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences .
The trio will share recruiting efforts and concentrate on their individual strengths to promote agriculture and home economics awareness.
"I think right now we have the strongest recruiting team that we've ever had because of the strengths of each and we are covering more areas," said Don Lindsey, the college's acting associate dean and academic programs director.
Gabe Jacquez, a 1998 NMSU graduate in agriculture and extension education, will coordinate recruiting efforts in New Mexico high schools, 4-H and FFA. He also will be working with the college's student ambassadors.
Before coming to the college's academic programs office, Jacquez served as executive director of the Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo.
Cynthia Garza Ramirez, a graduate of NMSU and Texas A & M, will concentrate her recruiting efforts in southern Doņa Ana County and El Paso County. She will spend 75 percent of her time as program coordinator of a joint project between the two counties funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The project is designed to increase awareness of agriculture and home economics among school children in the area.
Before joining the college, Ramirez worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb. and the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.
She received her bachelor's degree in animal science from NMSU in 1995 and her master's degree in agricultural development from Texas A & M University in 1997.
Desaree Whitfield, a 1993 graduate of NMSU, will manage and write grants for the college's academic programs office and Cooperative Extension Services and articulate agreements with other colleges and universities. She also will facilitate student internships. Her recruiting efforts will focus on community colleges and transfer students.
Before joining the team, Whitfield worked as a special assistant to I. Miley Gonzales, under secretary in the research, education and economics mission area for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
She plans to earn a master's degree in agricultural and extension education from NMSU in December.
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