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Cooperative Extension Service to receive
New Mexico State Universitys Cooperative Extension Service will receive $1 million in federal funding for 4-H outreach to at-risk youth and strengthening 4-H clubs in New Mexico.
4-H, which stands for head, heart, hands and health, is the worlds largest youth organization, with 6.4 million members. It helps young people gain the life skills they need to become productive citizens, using a hands-on, learn by doing approach. New Mexico 4-H programs began in 1911.
U.S. Justice Department funding approved Feb. 1 for New Mexico includes about $750,000 for at-risk youth programs and nearly $300,000 for 4-H youth development program support.
The money will be used to hire six new 4-H agents for three years, said Jesse Holloway, 4-H department head. The program will target areas with at-risk youth populations and understaffed county extension offices, he said.
The new 4-H agents will spend three-quarters of their time in outreach to youth at-risk, to establish new clubs with those groups, he said. The other quarter of the agents time will be spent in working with the 4-H programs already in place.
Six counties will be selected for new staff based on proposals submitted to district extension directors. New agents are expected to begin work in the fall, Holloway said. The 4-H funding stems from a very supportive congressional delegation, he said.
This fits very well with one of the major goals were emphasizing, which is strengthening our 4-H club programs, Holloway said. Adding six new agents to work with new audiences and in areas where were not represented should certainly strengthen our overall 4-H program.
Currently, 50,200 youth in New Mexico participate in 4-H. About 7,600 are enrolled in traditional 4-H clubs, and the rest take part in school enrichment or special-interest programs, Holloway said.
This funding will provide additional 4-H opportunities
for youth from various communities and settings to experience hands-on
learning, said Linda Schultz, state 4-H specialist. Any
time we can help youth succeed and gain skills in the process, we
all win as a society.
In response to the growing number of full-time workers interested in obtaining a higher degree, New Mexico State University changed its master of business administration program to an entirely night schedule, said Wayne Headrick, director of the MBA program.
We saw that in the region there was a demand for an MBA program on the part of professionals who work full time and that, to provide a high-quality degree to both full- and part-time students, it would have to be a night program, he said.
Headrick said that, in making the change, the College of Business and Economics worked closely with its Business Advisory Council, composed of business and professional people from around the region. The aim was to make the MBA program available to a wider spectrum of students, while retaining the high quality of the existing program, he said.
All the courses are taught by professors with doctorates in the subject. Because of its high academic standards, the program is accredited by the International Association for Management Education, making its students eligible for the financial assistance programs offered by some private businesses, government and professional organizations, he said.
But, while maintaining a level of academic rigor in keeping with a university degree, the MBA programs reorganization makes it accessible to students juggling a full-time work load, he added.
Weve set up the program so that both full- and part-time students are studying in a night program. At the same time, weve scheduled the courses so that a full-time student can begin the program in a fall semester and complete it in one calendar year, he said.
We also have schedules for those who want to finish in two, three or even four years, with or without summer attendance, he added.
In the fall and spring, courses in the program are offered on a one-night-a-week schedule, starting at 6 p.m. During the summer, the courses will be scheduled for two nights a week, Headrick said.
Since the program was reorganized in the fall of 2000, he added, response to the change in schedule has been positive. The MBA program has been adding students to its roster as fast as the other students graduate. The program is maintaining its full-time population and attracting more and more part-time enrollees, he said.
Our enrollment is counter to the national trend, where enrollment in most MBA programs is tending downward, he said.
To be eligible for the program, students must have completed a core group of business and management courses, some of which can be replaced by business experience. They must be admitted into New Mexico States graduate school and pass the Graduate Management Admissions Test, he said.
Professor lays groundwork for anti-air pollution program
New Mexico State University economics professor Soumendra Ghosh is helping to lay the groundwork for a program that could provide incentives for controlling air pollution in the United States-Mexico border region.
Ghosh has received a $233,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct workshops and seminars along the border from California to Texas on a process known as emissions permit trading. Under an emissions trading program, businesses receive permits allowing them to emit a certain amount of polluting substances. If a business reduces the amount of a pollutant it emits, it can sell the remaining pollution credits granted in the permit to another entity.
By instituting emissions permit trading along the border, authorities could show polluters that it pays to reduce emissions, rather than threatening them with government sanctions, Ghosh said, adding that a cross-border emissions trading program will require intense negotiations between the United States and Mexico and is still years away.
General Dynamics opens new satellite center
General Dynamics Space Systems Services officially opened its new SpacePlex on the south side of the New Mexico State University campus in a ceremony this spring.
The new facility can provide satellite command and control services, network operations and ground-station support for up to 100 satellites.
The company had been operating from a smaller center at New Mexico States Genesis Center since late 1997. More than 20 students have worked at the center, getting hands-on experience in the fast-growing field of commercial space systems.
Mike Chandler, president of General Dynamics Worldwide Telecommunications Systems, said one of the reasons the company chose the university location was to be able to partner with a Space Grant university. He noted that New Mexico State has a Center for Space Telemetering and Telecommunications that is recognized as a center of excellence in the field.
The SpacePlex is located in the Arrowhead Research Park in the southeastern corner of the main campus.
Researchers creating self-monitoring bridge inspection system
New Mexico State University researchers are developing a new self-monitoring system to test and evaluate the safety of bridges, said Gabe Garcia, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
With a $225,000, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation,
Garcia and his research assistants
Currently, vibration-based methods used to test bridges require shutting a bridge down and exciting it with a machine called a shaker. The method is expensive and is not practical for bridges that have large amounts of traffic, Garcia said.
Under the proposed self-monitoring system, sensors placed on the bridge will be linked to a data acquisition system composed of an analog-to-digital signal converter and a small computer. The system will acquire data about the bridges condition at specified intervals and report the results of the tests to a central computer.
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