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Outstanding Students, Faculty, Staff Named at NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

LAS CRUCES - Outstanding College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences students, faculty and staff were named during a 2000 Awards Day ceremony April 28 at New Mexico State University.


Jerry Schickedanz, the college's dean and chief administrative officer, announced the winners as NMSU's Executive Vice President John Owens presented them.

Joey Rae Sanchez, of Pecos, was named the college's outstanding student in home economics. Lucia Bond, of Las Cruces, was named the outstanding student in agriculture.

Sanchez will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management. She has maintained a 3.9 grade point average while being active in student organizations.

She has been involved in the Hospitality and Tourism Student Association and was a founding member of the NMSU student chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association. Sanchez is a College Ambassador.

In addition, Sanchez is a Crimson Scholar and is active in the Golden Key National Honor Society, Alpha Chi Honor and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She has been named to the Dean's List. Bond will be graduating from NMSU in May with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and agricultural business. She has maintained a 3.9 grade point average during her academic career.

Bond has been involved in Block and Bridle, the Wool Judging Team, the Range Club, National Agri-Marketing Association, and Collegiate Cowbelles. She also has been on the college's Agricultural and Home Economics' Council and has served as a College Ambassador.

Dean's Awards of Excellence also were presented to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in the college. Undergraduate awardees included Elizabeth Albin of Albuquerque, hotel, restaurant and tourism management; Karen Browne of Santa Fe, agronomy and horticulture; Laurie Burton of Deming, agricultural economics; Juan-gabriel Gallegos of Las Cruces, agricultural biology; Karim Martinez of Las Cruces, family and consumer sciences; Sabrina Measday Price of Deming, animal science; Laura Melton of Las Cruces, animal science; Carl Millegan of Espaņola, wildlife science; Hilda Rivera of El Paso, family and consumer science; C. Nathaniel Roybal of Mora, animal science; Jesus Trujillo of Loco Hills, agricultural and extension education; and Bari Williams of Las Cruces, agronomy and horticulture.

Graduate student awardees included Scott Bailey of Las Cruces, agricultural economics; David Denniston of Las Cruces, animal science; Peggy Register Garrison of El Paso, family and consumer sciences; Andrine Morrison of La Luz, agricultural biology; Sara Sue Torres of Las Cruces, agricultural and extension education; and Sabine Whitley of Las Cruces, agronomy and horticulture.

The following college faculty and staff members were honored: Craig Runyan, Distinguished Service Award; Rhonda Skaggs, Distinguished Research Award; Esther Devall, Distinguished Teaching Award; Rosalind Grizzell, Distinguished Classified Award; Sharon West, Distinguished Extension Award; Allen Torell, National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit.

As Extension water quality specialist, Runyan supervises several projects at a time, supports NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service activities across the state and helps producers improve management of animal waste, crop nutrients, wellhead protection and irrigation water.

Skaggs, an agricultural economics and agricultural business associate professor, has done extensive research about policy on food, agriculture and natural resources, especially issues and commodities important to New Mexico. Some of her research has covered livestock feed, beef consumption, the Conservation care Reserve program, the New Mexico pecan market and health needs.

Devall, a family and consumer sciences associate professor, teaches numerous courses, including preschool child development, parenting and child guidance, infant development and the family, the aging family, and family crisis and therapy. Devall is the cosponsor of the New Mexico State Student Section of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. In 1997, she received the Donald C. Roush Teaching Award.

Grizzell handles personnel, benefit and payroll records for more than 300 Extension employees. She is usually the first person new Extension employees see when hired and one of the last they meet with when retiring. Grizzell has been working for Extension for nearly 20 years.

West, the Doņa Ana County program director and 4-H home economist, has dedicated almost 30 years to Extension. She has worked in three counties, written nearly 20 publications, contributed to 13 professional organizations and served on nearly 40 state, county and regional committees.

Torell teaches econometrics and basic and advanced computer applications in agriculture. Students say he has the ability to organize difficult, complex and abstract concepts in a way that makes sense.

As a member of the Range Improvement Task Force, Torell's applied research has dealt with topics like grazing fees and the impact of the Endangered Species Act. He has received the college's Distinguished Research Award and the Fabian Garcia Founders' Award of Excellence.