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NMSU’s College of ACES to showcase diverse programs during open house April 6

One of the largest colleges at New Mexico State University, the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will open its doors for the second year in a row to the public during its ACES Open House.


Beer being poured
A brewery tour and hops sensory demonstration will be performed by NMSBrew during the ACES Open House event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 at New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The open house will showcase the college’s many programs and exhibits to the public. (NMSU photo by Tiffany Acosta)
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The ACES Open House event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 at New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The open house will showcase the college's many programs and exhibits to the public, including the Fido Lab where students study behaviors in dogs. (NMSU photo)

The free and family-friendly event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at several of the college’s buildings, labs and auxiliary units. It will showcase all the diverse areas of focus within the college, such as wine and beer, fashion, bed bug prevention, turf research and the companion animal program known as the Fido Labs.

“The main thing we are focusing on is showing people what we do in the college because I don’t think people realize that the ACES college is doing research on such a wide variety of things including cancer prevention and other health-related research. We have the companion animal program and we do food safety and have a functional food program that enhances the food we have and makes it healthier and more nutritious,” said Natalie Goldberg, interim associate dean, and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at the College of ACES. “We want to really show people the impact of the college on their daily lives and how the work that we do is important to them.”

At the welcome center outside Gerald Thomas Hall, children and their parents will be able to pick up an exploration map. The exploration map will include a list of all 60 areas that can be visited along with an area to collect stamps from many of the places visited.

“When visitors are finished exploring the college, they can come back to the treasure chest rewards center in Gerald Thomas Hall lobby and if they’ve gone to a few different areas on the maps there will be a little prize from one of the departments waiting for them. If they collect half of the stamps, they will get a T-shirt (while supplies last) along with a smaller prize,” Goldberg said. “We’re hoping this map will help to move people to see the diverse research and education programs we have.”

More activities and twice as many labs and demonstrations will be available than at last year’s open house.

“NMSBrew, in the College of Engineering, in collaboration with ACES, will be open for a tour and hops demonstration. Our climate center will also be providing demonstrations. There will be refreshments and food samples in all the buildings, some will focus on New Mexico products. Southwest Dairy Farmers will be providing ice cream sandwiches,” Goldberg said. “Our Family and Consumer Sciences programs will be making pretzels and healthy tacos in Gerald Thomas Hall. The Arthropod Museum, the Wildlife Museum, and the fisheries and urban entomology labs will also be open. There’s going to be a lot of exciting activities.”

The event will begin to wrap up with an awards ceremony at 1:15 p.m. for students involved in the poster contests. Students who place in the undergraduate and graduate categories will receive a cash award.

For more information about the ACES Open House, call 575-646-3125 or visit aces.nmsu.edu/openhouse or http://bit.ly/NMSU-ACES-Open-House-2019