Student Clubs & Organizations

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More than 30 college-based clubs, organizations and competitive teams are available for students to become involved in within the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. Being involved in the college's clubs, organizations and teams allows students the opportunity to interact with faculty and students in a number of activities that often lead to future career choices and opportunities.

Aggie Rodeo Association


The mission of the Aggie Rodeo Association is to allow students who are involved in the sport of rodeo to continue pursuit of their rodeo goals while achieving sound academic goals. In supporting these students NMSU is able to retain students and provide them with leadership and teamwork skills. In achieving their educational and rodeo goals the students will bring positive recognition at the community, regional, and national level to themselves and New Mexico State University.

Goals and Strategies:

  1. To encourage rodeo athletes to remain in school and reach graduation. Recruit students who are interested in receiving a college education. Be knowledgeable to give sound academic advice to students. Emphasize the importance of a college education in meetings, day to day counseling, examples and practice. Emphasize the requirements of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Provide financial assistance.
  2. Provide skill development for students involved in rodeo activities. Use stock donated by stock contractors. Use minimal stock charges when a must to get practice stock.
  3. Bring positive attention to rodeo program to gain support of new students, university and community. Host successful NIRA rodeo both financially and in production. Use all of our physical facilities that enhance NMSU. Have high level student athletes competing for NMSU. Provide equal opportunities for students as other colleges and universities for skill development. Have programs that are beneficial for the community.
  4. To provide programs, services, and activities that enhance students learning, growth and development. Have students plan, coordinate, and produce such programs/events as our NIRA rodeo, special rodeo, clinics, and other events. Use committees assigned to certain events and elements within events. Conduct training sessions for committee chairpersons and other leaders.

Website: NMSU Rodeo

Advisor(s): Brice Baggarley;

Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow

Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at NMSU is committed to our mission to create a community that cultivates, connects and creates opportunities for agricultural communicators. We are future journalists, scientists, teachers, lawyers, entrepreneurs and marketers all with one goal to strengthen the agriculture industry through professional development and educational programs.

Meeting Times: The ACT chapter meets on the second Monday of each month.

President: Mackenzie Lightfoot;

Advisor(s): Lacey Roberts-Hill; (575) 646-3078;
Shannon Norris-Parish; (575) 646-1130;

Agricultural Economics Club


Ag Econ Club is a professional organization open to both graduate and undergraduate students interested in learning and researching agricultural and natural resource topics. Activities include agricultural ours, guest speakers, resume development, and attending Agricultural Economic conference. Conference participation includes membership as a “quiz bowl” team, or presenting research posters or paper based on the students interests.

Advisor(s): John Townsend;
Ram Acharya;

Alpha Gamma Rho

Alpha Gamma Rho is the fraternity sharing a common bond within a dynamic, global agriculture committed to fostering the highest values and providing each and every brother with superior lifelong personal development and professional success.


The Purpose of Alpha Gamma Rho is to Make Better Men, and through them a broader and better agriculture by surrounding our members with influences tending to encourage individual endeavor, resourcefulness and aggressive effort along lines making for the development of better mental, social, moral and physical qualities; to promote a wider acquaintance and a broader outlook on the part of agricultural men through fellowship in a national organization that stands for the best social, mental and moral development.

Website: Alpha Gamma Rho

President: Cael Alderete;

American Fisheries Society


The New Mexico Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society is an organization of undergraduate and graduate students interested in fisheries management, ecology, and conservation. We operate under the Arizona/New Mexico Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

The objectives of the American Fisheries Society are:

  • A. promote the conservation, development, and wise use of the fisheries;

  • B. promote and evaluate the development and advancement of all branches of fisheries science and practice;

  • C. gather and disseminate to Society members and the general public scientific, technical, and other information about fisheries science and practice through publications, meetings, and other forms of communication; and

  • D. encourage the teaching of fisheries science and practice in colleges and universities and the continuing education and development of fisheries professionals.

Advisor(s): Colleen Caldwell;
Zachary Klein;

Animal & Range Science Graduate Student Association


  1. To provide a means of assisting graduate student travel to professional meetings for promotion of professional development.
  2. To increase communication and understanding among graduate students and faculty.
  3. To provide a vehicle for graduate students to become better acquainted with fellow graduate students in the department.

Website: ANRS Graduate Student Organization

Advisor(s): Sergio Soto-Navarro;

Animal & Range Science Judging Teams


  1. To promote a higher scholastic standard and a more complete understanding of the principles surrounding livestock, horse, wool, and/or meat evaluation.
  2. To promote Animal Sciences through the development of a program of activities.
  3. To promote the College of Agriculture & Home Economics and New Mexico State University through nationally recognized judging competitions.

Advisor: John Campbell;

Association of Family & Consumer Sciences


  1. To provide professional and leadership development of Family and Consumer Sciences students at New Mexico State University.
  2. To promote the objectives of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and the New Mexico Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NMAFCS).
  3. To familiarize students with the history and foundation of the profession of Family and Consumer Sciences and AAFCS.
  4. To acquaint students with professional Family and Consumer Scientists who are active in the field, as well as career opportunities in Family and Consumer Sciences.
  5. To promote active membership in AAFCS/NMAFCS.
  6. To provide opportunities for developing Family and Consumer Sciences leadership among members.
  7. To provide experiences that increase awareness of all cultures and family structures through campus and community service projects.
  8. To participate in activities that create a well rounded collegiate experience for the members.
  9. To promote the organization through new student orientations, information fairs, etc., in order to increase our membership.

Website: AAFCS

Advisor: Jessica Azcarate;

Block & Bridle Club


To promote the improvement and increase the interest among the students of Animal Science and to bring about closer relationships among those pursuing some phase of Animal Science as a profession.

Advisor(s): John Campbell;

Collegiate 4-H


  1. To promote, exercise maintain and increase interest in 4-H, locally, statewide, nationally and internationally, whenever possible.
  2. To facilitate communication among and between clubs and states.
  3. To function as a service oriented organization.
  4. To serve as innovators in meeting the needs of 4-H members and implementing ideas in cooperation with leaders on all levels.

Advisor(s): Newt McCarty; (575) 646-3026;

Collegiate Farm & Livestock Bureau


  1. To create more interest in the agricultural industry as a profession.
  2. To make available to the students of agriculture at this institution the most current information on inventions, tests, practices, problems and legislation in agriculture.
  3. To foster a lasting relationship between students enrolled in agriculture at this institution and all agricultural allied industries including the producer, marketer, processor, merchandiser, and other segments of agriculture.
  4. To prepare New Mexico State University graduates to accept roles as leaders in developing the tremendous agricultural potential of America.

Meeting Times: Third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm

Advisor(s): Shannon Norris-Parish;

Collegiate FFA


  1. To promote premier leadership, personal growth, and career exploration in agricultural, Extension and technology education.
  2. To promote good fellowship and the spirit of cooperation among members and alumni.
  3. To promote agricultural, Extension, and technology education in the State of New Mexico.
  4. To cooperate with and assist local, state, and national organizations that are affiliated with agricultural, Extension, and technology education.

Meeting Times: Second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm in the Ag Institute

President: Sofia Uvina;

Advisor(s): Don Edgar;

Entomology Club


The Purpose of this association is to increase the entomological knowledge of students. Faculty and staff; to provide an environment where students can be introduced to prospective employers and provide exposure to potential schools for further educational opportunities, while promoting fellowship, service and understanding by sponsoring such things as lectures, information tables, service projects, discussions informal gatherings social activities and public meetings.

Advisor(s): Scott Bundy;

Environmental Science Student Organization


The purpose of this organization is the advancement of environmental knowledge and awareness of New Mexico State University and in this community.

Meeting Times: Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15 pm in Skeen Hall Room N120

Website: ESSO

Advisor(s): April Ulery;
Blair Stringham;

Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Ecology Graduate Student Organization


  1. To further the goals and professional development of graduate students within the Fisheries and Wildlife Department.
  2. To increase communication and understanding among graduate students and faculty.
  3. To foster fellowship among graduate students within the department.

Website: FWCE Student Organization

Advisor: Colleen Caldwell;

Horsemen's Association


  1. To provide competitive opportunities for students through the NMSU Ranch Horse Team and NMSU IHSA Equestrian Team.

Meeting Times: First & Third Thursday of the month at the Equine Education Center

Website: NMSU Horsemen's Association

Follow us on Facebook at NMSU Horsemen's

Advisor and Equestrian Team Coach: Hannah Bilovesky;

Ranch Horse Team Coach: Joby Priest;

Horticulture Forum


  1. To provide a forum for the discussion of Horticulture topics.
  2. To promote Horticulture within the University, the state of New Mexico, the United States of America and the world.
  3. To cooperate with and promote the department of Horticulture at New Mexico State University.

Advisor(s): Geno Picchioni; (575)-646-1820;

Rachel Gioannini; (575) 646-3638;

Intercollegiate Floriculture Team


  1. Provide extracurricular, active-learning activities not available in the traditional curriculum to all NMSU students interested in the floriculture industry (production, marketing, and utilization of fresh flower products).
  2. Allow students to have the opportunity to earn a spot on the Team, compete in floral judging and design at the national level, and represent NMSU in a professional manner.
  3. To promote floriculture as a growth industry within the NMSU community.

Advisor(s): Sabine Green;

National Agri-Marketing Association


A professional organization open to all majors, committed to the career development of its members focusing on careers in agri-business and marketing.

Website: NAMA

Advisor(s): Chadelle Robinson;

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality

NSMH is a student-run, nationally recognized organization of students and professionals representing an array of social and cultural backgrounds and a wealth of unique perspectives and ideas. NSMH is proud of its diversity and believes it provides a competitive advantage in the hospitality industry. Consequently, we work to make the industry aware of the benefits that a diverse workforce provides in a business that caters to the world.


  1. To aid in the recruitment, retention and support of minority students in hospitality education.
  2. To build and maintain a working relationship between hospitality professionals and students.
  3. To prepare minority students for advancement within the hospitality industry.

Follow us on Facebook: NMSU NSMH Aggies

Website: National Society of Minorities in Hospitality

Advisor(s): Miguel Vigil;

Pete Mitchell;

Environmental and Plant Sciences Graduate Student Organization


  1. The purpose is to further the educational, professional, and practical aims and goals of graduate students in Agronomy & Horticulture, Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Biology, and Soil Science. This organization will also voice concerns and problems encountered by graduate students and bring these issues to the attention of the Department of PES and EPPWS Departments
  2. To raise funds for projects concerning graduate students in the organization
  3. To provide a means of assisting graduate student travel to professional meetings for promotion of professional development.
  4. To provide a vehicle for graduate students to become better acquainted with fellow graduate students in the department.
  5. To increase communication and understanding among graduate students and faculty
  6. To represent PES and EPPWS graduate students to the New Mexico State University Graduate Student Council.

Website: Environmental and Plant Sciences GSO

Advisor(s): Ivette Guzman;

Pre-Veterinary Club


To promote interest in veterinary medicine and to provide information to students interested in veterinary medicine.

Meeting Times: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6 pm in Knox 238

Advisor(s): Adam Summers;

Range Club


To stimulate interest and activity in and to strengthen, improve, and perpetuate the profession of range management.

Meeting Times: 1st Thursday and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm in Knox 201

Website: NMSU Range Club

Advisor(s): Casey Spackman;

Sigma Alpha


Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural sorority that promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship among its members. The sorority was founded in 1978 at the Ohio State University by five women who wanted an alternative to the social Greek sorority system. Professional women of New Mexico State University come together to make the Alpha Sigma chapter. We have specific associations with the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the gentlemen of the Alpha Lambda chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho. While we are not part of the NMSU Panhellenic Council, we are still very active in our campus and community. We are also very invested in our philanthropy: Heifer International. Our purpose is to promote excellence in women pursuing professional careers.

Website: Sigma Alpha

President: Marissa Cereceres;

Advisor(s): Lacey Roberts-Hill;

Sportsman Fishing Club at New Mexico State University


  1. To inform the university and it's students about the sport of bass fishing.
  2. To provide opportunities for full-time students to engage in a bass fishing sports club.
  3. To provide an opportunity for students to participate in competitive bass fishing at a collegiate level.
  4. To promote bass fishing and cooperation with other organizations on campus.

Advisor(s): Colleen Caldwell;

Student Association of Fashion Merchandising & Marketing


  1. To provide for professional development of fashion merchandising and marketing.
  2. To increase awareness of Fashion Merchandising and its offerings outside classroom situations.
  3. To promote and explore different areas of Fashion Merchandising.
  4. To establish relationships with the business community.

Advisor(s): Kelley Coffeen;

Insook Ahn;

Student Association of Nutrition & Dietetics (SAND)


The objectives of this organization shall be to promote familiarity with the field of human nutrition and food science and related fields to organization members and the community of Las Cruces. The organization shall strive to inform members and citizens of the opportunities opening up in the fields of nutrition and food science, to provide sound information to the citizens of the community on these subjects, and to stimulate sound practices among peers.

Website: Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics

Advisor(s): : Karen Plawecki;
Shadai Marin;

Therapeutic Riding Association


  1. To encourage the growth of NMSU Therapeutic Riding program.
  2. To provide volunteers and community support for the NMSU Therapeutic Riding program.
  3. To promote the development of organized intercollegiate equine activities and public service opportunities.
  4. To provide educational experiences for NMSU students and community members.
  5. To encourage improvement of scholarship and develop competent leadership among student members.
  6. To support the NMSU Therapeutic Riding Association in its outreach to the community.

Website: Therapeutic Riding Program

Advisor(s): Hannah Bilovesky;

The Wildlife Society


  1. To encourage and advance all phases of wildlife management along sound biological lines.
  2. To help establish and maintain the highest possible professional standards.
  3. To improve public understanding and support of scientific management of wildlife and related resources.
  4. To recognize and commend outstanding work in the profession.
  5. To provide a common meeting ground for Wildlife workers.

Advisor(s): Jennifer K. Frey;

World Student Alliance of NMSU


  1. To organize and connect students who demand more opportunities for international education experiences.
  2. To increase international education program funding.
  3. To instigate a greater international focus.
  4. To create a positive environment for international discussion.
  5. Expanding networking with the campus's international population.

Aggies Go Global Website

Advisor: Manoj K Shukla;

Heber Lara;