This category will combine all universities that are not in Silver City, i.e. not WNMU, into one category under Non-Local News Releases

When this category is created, we have NMSU and ENMU that send us notices. 

Learn more about onions at NMSU research workshop June 5. 2024

The sights and smells of fields full of onions are beginning to pepper New Mexico’s landscape, making it a prime time to learn more about one of the state’s premiere vegetable crops.
New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station is hosting its annual onion research workshop, formally known as onion field day, from 8 a.m. to noon June 5 at the Fabián García Research Center, 113 W. University Ave. in Las Cruces. Attendees will learn more about research in pest and disease management, breeding line advances, and other areas critical to optimum production. Free seed packets of heirloom onion cultivars will be provided to participants.
NMSU AES Associate Director Lara Prihodko will welcome attendees. Research presentations are as follows:

Brian Schutte, “Improving weed control programs for onions.”

John Idowu, “Perennial cover crops for rotation with onion.”

Suman Sharma, “Breeding for Fusarium basal rot resistance.”

Chris Cramer, “Onion leaf wax and thrips feeding preference,” “Cultivar evaluation for mechanical harvesting,” and “Seed regeneration of plant introduction accessions.”

Larry Blackwell and Esther Heerema, “Thrips management.” 

In 2022, 5,700 acres of onions were harvested in New Mexico. Those acres produced a total of 165,300 tons of onions with a farm-gate valve of $153 million. In terms of farm-gate value of agricultural crops grown in New Mexico, onions rank third behind alfalfa and pecans.
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NMSU film students premier showcase at Centennial Celebration of Gila Wilderness

New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness is the nation’s first designated wilderness area. This year, the United States Forest Service will celebrate the Gila’s 100th anniversary in early June in Silver City with help from more than a dozen New Mexico State University film students.

The Gila Film Showcase consisting of seven short documentary films will premiere June 1-2 as the centerpiece of a week of festivities hosted by the U.S. Forest Service for the Centennial Celebration of the Gila Wilderness. Visit the Gila Centennial Celebration calendar of events.

The Gila Film Showcase will have two screenings at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1 and 1 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at the Silco Theater in Silver City. Watch trailers for the films.

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Kevin Fite Appointed ENMU Director of Athletics

PORTALES, NM – May 16, 2024 – Kevin Fite will be the next director of athletics at Eastern New Mexico University. Fite comes to ENMU after serving as senior associate athletics director for compliance at Oklahoma State University. He will begin his duties on July 1.

"I am excited to accept the director of athletics position at Eastern New Mexico University and can't wait to get started,” said Kevin Fite, new ENMU Director of Athletics. “When this position became available, I was initially intrigued by the opportunity. My interest grew after learning more about the University and the characteristics President Johnston and the search committee sought in the next athletic director.”

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NMSU's Hunt Center, Startup Chihuahua to partner in angel investing training

The Hunt Center for Entrepreneurship, housed at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, and Startup Chihuahua are joining forces to host a series of training sessions on angel investing for members of the Borderplex and Chihuahua City region.

The Hunt Center for Entrepreneurship is committed to growing the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the region by empowering diverse groups of people to explore and practice entrepreneurship; educating and encouraging students to bring innovative products and services to commercial markets; and increasing access to early-stage investment.

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NMSU Library receives endowment gift in honor of university founder John R. McFie

New Mexico State University’s Library recently received a generous gift from the grandson of one of NMSU’s founders. The endowment gift from John Porter Bloom honors John R. McFie’s legacy at the university and will support the Archives and Special Collections department.  

“I am deeply gratified by the decision to accept this endowment recognizing the historic role of John R. McFie,” Bloom said. “My connection with Las Cruces and NMSU is through my mother, who was brought to Las Cruces as a 4-year-old child and grew up here, up to graduation from A&M College in 1903. The endowment here is in tribute to my mother, who was deeply unhappy that her father, after moving from Las Cruces to Santa Fe with his second appointment to the Territorial Supreme Court, was overlooked as a prime mover in establishing the A&M College.”  

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Phase 2 of NMSU professor's bird genome research reveals new methods

Phase 2 of NMSU professor’s bird genome research reveals new methods

Researchers estimate 76% of all known species on Earth died when an asteroid slammed into the waters off what is now the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s known as the CretaceousPaleogene extinction event, a mass extinction that wiped-out the dinosaurs and a majority of the world's other species. Fossil record suggests that the vast majority of the world’s modern birds and mammals first appeared in the wake of that event, but it has long been contested whether this is true.

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NMSU to award over 2,000 degrees at spring 2024 commencement ceremonies

New Mexico State University will award more than 2,000 degrees this week at commencement ceremonies honoring spring 2024 graduates.

NMSU will recognize students who completed graduate degrees in a ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Pan American Center. Then, it will recognize students who completed bachelor’s degrees in two separate ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, also at the Pan American Center. In total, NMSU will bestow 2,032 degrees.

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NMSU art professor’s work and life evolve through teaching

When Craig Cully started teaching at New Mexico State University, his work consisted of mostly meticulous, small-scale paintings of high realism. Galleries across the United States were exhibiting and selling his work. After earning tenure as an art professor at NMSU, he began to rethink his practice.

“I often ask myself ‘What is the best thing I can do for humanity?’ and, over time, I’ve learned that the answer is teaching art,” Cully said.

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