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Jennifer Hopper Joins Valencia County Extension

LAS CRUCES - Jennifer Hopper will start work March 13 as the new home economist/4-H agent in Valencia County for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Hopper's duties will include conducting 4-H educational programs for youth and adult volunteer leaders.

A Santa Fe native, Hopper comes to Valencia County from Las Cruces, where she's served a graduate assistantship under Miley Gonzalez, assistant dean and deputy director of Extension. She completed a two-month internship last summer with Cornell University's Cooperative Extension service in Saratoga County, N.Y.

In fall 1994, Hopper taught an introductory course in agricultural and extension education (AXED) at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences .

Hopper holds a bachelor's degree in home economics and is completing a master's degree this spring in AXED, both from NMSU. She was named Outstanding Student in Home Economics for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences in May 1993.

As an undergraduate, Hopper served as president and secretary of the Agriculture and Home Economics Council and was a College Ambassador. She was a member of Alpha Zeta honor fraternity and Block and Bridle Club.