Faculty Successes

Bloomquist inducted into New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame


The New Mexico Hospitality Association inducted New Mexico State University’s Priscilla Bloomquist into the state’s Tourism Hall of Fame in May at the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism. She is the interim department head for the Family and Consumer Sciences and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Departments at NMSU and is a professor in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.

“This award illustrates the important role NMSU plays in developing programs to meet the needs of the state,” says Bloomquist. “It is an incredible honor to be selected for this recognition and to join the many past recipients who I have long admired and respected.”

Bloomquist played a crucial part in the early success of the School of HRTM. She came to NMSU in 1988 to help start the program, which now offers the state’s only bachelor’s degree in the field of hospitality and tourism. 

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ROTC Commander named Military Science Professor of the Year

Lt. Col. Blanca Reyes, NMSU’s first female and first Hispanic professor of military science, was selected as the 2018 Professor of Military Science for U.S. Army Cadet Command out of 275 programs nationwide.

“It’s very humbling,” Reyes says. “I never expected it. We do our jobs day in, day out, not because we want to be recognized but because we love what we’re doing. We take our job very seriously that we’re molding future leaders.”

Under Reyes’ command the last two years, NMSU’s Army ROTC increased the number of cadets in the program and, for the first time, the cadre hosted the grueling 25th annual Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition.

Reyes was deployed to Afghanistan as a military intelligence officer prior to coming to NMSU and was sent to a new assignment in summer 2018 to San Antonio, Texas, where she will be the Brigade Executive Officer at 5th Brigade Senior Army ROTC.

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Serrano received presidential award

NMSU Regents Professor Elba Serrano is among 27 individuals across the country named in June 2018 to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

The PAESMEM award recognizes the critical roles mentors play outside the traditional classroom in the academic and professional development of the future STEM workforce. The National Science Foundation administers the program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Serrano’s biomedical research has two components, including a focus on the brain’s glial cells that help maintain brain health and can also cause many brain cancers, and on neurosensory disorders of hearing and balance. She has brought in more than $15 million in external research funding to the university, taught more than 2,500 students and mentored around 120 student researchers in her lab. 

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