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Outstanding Students, Faculty, Staff Honored at NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics

LAS CRUCES - Outstanding College of Agriculture and Home Economics students, faculty and staff were honored during a 2001 Awards Day ceremony April 19 at New Mexico State University. Jerry Schickedanz, the college's dean and chief administrative officer, presented the awards.

Christina Delgado of Las Cruces was named the college's outstanding student in home economics. Janelle Duffey of Roswell was named the outstanding student in agriculture.

Delgado, a college ambassador, will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in family and child science. She has maintained a 3.8 grade point average.

As a McNair Scholar, she is doing a research project on communication, conflict and stress among college student couples. In addition, Delgado is a Crimson Scholar and a member of Golden Key National Honor Society. She has been involved in the NMSU Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the New Mexico Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Delgado also volunteers at a local childcare program for homeless families and serves as a judge for the Math, Engineering and Science Association program. She plans to pursue a master's degree in marriage and family therapy.

Duffey will graduate in December with a bachelor's degree in animal science. She has maintained a 3.9 grade point average. She is a member of Ceres Women's fraternity, Collegiate 4-H, Dairy Science Club, Block and Bridle, and Agriculture and Home Economics Council. A college ambassador, she also is a member of Rho Lambda, Alpha Zeta and Gamma Sigma Alpha.

Last year, Duffey was picked by Phi Kappa Phi as the Gerald Thomas Outstanding Junior for the college. She also was chosen as the outstanding active member of Ceres for the 2000 spring semester. A Crimson Scholar every semester, Duffey was recognized by the American Society of Animal Science for scholarship and earned the American Farmer Degree from FFA.

Dean's awards of excellence were presented to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in the college. Undergraduate awardees included Alisa Frenzel of Los Lunas, animal science; Trevor Green of Los Lunas, hotel, restaurant and tourism management; Rebecca Hunt, of Las Cruces, wildlife science; Alisha Parada of Las Cruces, agricultural biology; Margery Paroissien of Las Cruces, horticulture; Stephen Simmons of Alamogordo, agricultural economics and agricultural business; Eva Telles of Las Cruces, family and child science; and Teresa Trujillo of Artesia, agricultural and extension education.

Graduate student awardees included Anthony Chaves of Las Cruces, agricultural and extension education; Henry Gatica of Las Cruces, agronomy and horticulture; Jennifer Hernandez of Roswell, animal science; Octavio Cesar Rosas-Rosas of San Manuel Puebla, Mexico, wildlife science; and Shacey Sullivan of Fruitland, agricultural economics and economics.

The following college faculty and staff members were honored: Janice Tomko, Distinguished Service Award; Roy Cantrell, Distinguished Research Award; Jack Thomas, Distinguished Teaching Award; Lisa Blan, Distinguished Classified Award; Jeanne Gleason, Distinguished Extension Award; Carlos Rosencrans, National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit; and Greg Phillips, Steve Thomas, Cindy Bullard and Donna Ebler, Fabian Garcia Founders Award of Excellence.

As a research technician at the Agricultural Science Center at Farmington, Tomko's work focuses on water use and irrigation efficiency for field crops in northwestern New Mexico. She has chaired the Farmington Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee since 1994, spearheading local events that help bring the agricultural and urban communities closer together. Tomko also is a key organizer of the San Juan County Farmers Market and the annual Farm-City week celebration.

Cantrell is only the fourth scientist to lead the cotton breeding program in NMSU history. He has a multidisciplinary research program that integrates applied breeding for lint yield, fiber quality and disease resistance, with DNA mapping of fiber quality and water use efficiency traits. Cantrell has published 24 scientific articles and released five cotton germplasms while at NMSU.

Thomas, an animal and range sciences associate professor, teaches basic and advanced meat science classes that prepare animal science students for productive careers. His research focuses on food safety. Thomas organized and started the NMSU chapter of FarmHouse fraternity. He also advises the NMSU chapter and serves on the fraternity's national board of directors. In addition, Thomas is the Ceres women's fraternity adviser.

Blan is the records technician with the Clayton Livestock Research Center. Along with her regular duties, she often helps with processing cattle. Blan is active in her church and in the Clayton community as a grade school girls basketball coach and junior high cheerleading sponsor.

Gleason, professor and executive producer with NMSU's agricultural communications department, is in her 26th year with Extension. She has been involved in more than $20 million in grants and contracts brought into the college. She also has traveled nationally and internationally for many award-winning multilingual and multicultural educational media projects.

Rosencrans teaches five undergraduate classes and two graduate courses related to teaching and learning. He also supervises student teachers and independent study courses. His students describe him as enthusiastic, patient, knowledgeable, flexible, stimulating and sensitive to students' needs. Rosencrans serves as adviser to about 30 undergraduates and 10 graduate students. He also is the primary adviser for the Agricultural and Extension Education club.

The Fabian Garcia Founders' Award of Excellence was awarded to the team of Greg Phillips, Steve Thomas, Cindy Bullard and Donna Ebler for their effort to make the move into NMSU's new Skeen Hall as smooth as possible. They gave extra hours of their time to oversee the transition of three departments, making sure all the teaching labs, offices and workstations were fully equipped and functioning for faculty and staff.

Phillips is a molecular biologist. His research looks for a genetic basis of physiological stress in diverse plants. He develops genetic engineering methods for onion, chile and other crops.

Thomas is a professor of entomology, plant pathology and weed science. His research focuses on helping producers reduce their losses from nematodes.

Bullard has been administrative secretary for the entomology, plant pathology and weed science department since March 1998. She has worked for NMSU since 1994 in various accounting and secretarial positions.

Ebler has been the accounting supervisor in the entomology, plant pathology and weed science department since August 1999. She has worked as an accountant at NMSU since 1997 in accounts payable and mathematical sciences.