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Then & now

NMSU Rodeo 

A pair of Levi’s, $68 and a broken nose. That’s what the winner of NMSU’s first rodeo received. The College-Ranch Hands’ Rodeo, as it was known, was popular at NMSU. In 1942, a group of Aggies formed the New Mexico Aggie Rodeo Association. You can trace a line in the dirt from today’s team to the 1942 team through Frank DuBois, namesake of the scholarship and bronze award that goes to rodeo athletes at NMSU. In 2022, the NMSU rodeo team celebrated its 80th anniversary. 

Learn more about the team in the spring 2022 issue of the College of ACES magazine at

School of Nursing

As New Mexico grapples with a shortage of nurses, the NMSU School of Nursing is helping to fill the gap. Since 2019, the school’s enrollment has increased by 35 percent. In 2021, the school graduated 150 students. And in 2022, it’s working to boost the number of graduates from the bachelor’s degree program and grow enrollment in the graduate program. Also in 2022, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation that included $15 million for expanding enrollment in nursing programs and $30 million to endow nursing faculty positions.

To read more, view the debut edition of Pinnacle, the College of HEST’s magazine, at 

Chile Pepper Institute

In 2022, the Chile Pepper Institute celebrated in 30th anniversary as the only international, nonprofit organization devoted to education and research related to chile peppers. Established in 1992, the institute builds on the research of chile peppers since horticulturalist Fabían García began standardizing chile pepper varieties in 1888. The institute is located inside Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265.

To learn more about the Chile Pepper Institute including its online shop, visit