Faculty Honors and Accomplishments

  • Dr. Lois Stanford earned national recognition from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities for her work with La Semilla.
  • Dr. Fumi Arakawa was promoted to Associate Professor of Anthropology with tenure.
  • Dr. Lois Stanford was awarded a College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award for Outreach (Spring 2016)
  • Dr. Fumi Arakawa was awarded a College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching (Spring 2016)
  • Dr. Lois Stanford was awarded the NMSU 2016 Community Engagement Faculty Award (Fall 2016)
  • Dr. Fumi Arakawa was awarded a College of Arts and Sciences Travel Grant Award (Fall 2015)
  • Dr. Kelly Jenks received a mini-grant from the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences to support her summer research (Fall 2015)
  • Ms. Barbara Burrell received the 2015 Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award (Fall 2015)
  • Dr. Mary Alice Scott received the 2015 Patricia Christmore Faculty Teaching Award (Fall 2015)
  • Ms. Anna Strankman was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Exempt Staff Award (Spring 2015)
  • Dr. Rani Alexander was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences International Engagement Award (Spring 2015)
  • Dr. Mary Alice Scott’s pilot ethnographic research on concepts and practices of “culture” in a family practice medical residency program was recently funded by two private donors. The project involves training 5 undergraduate students and one graduate student in ethnographic research methods. (Spring 2015)
  • Dr. Miriam Chaiken was selected as Dean of the Honors College at NMSU (Fall 2014)
  • Dr. Don Pepion received the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award for Teaching (video
  • Dr. Rani Alexander received the M. Eugene Sundt Honors Professorship for 2013-2015
  • Drs. Monte McCrossin and Bill Walker were awarded sabbatical leaves for the Fall 2012. Dr. McCrossin will visit a number of prominent museums in the U.S. to examine their collections for his ongoing research on primate evolution and his new interest in Native American cradle boards. Dr. Walker will use his sabbatical to work on a manuscript about ritual in prehistory.
  • Dr. Don Pepion joined religious leaders and elders from indigenous communities around the world to perform traditional events at the Jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II. Dr. Pepion and other Plains Indian leaders rode horses in traditional regalia for the celebration and enjoyed tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle.
    • Video of meeting Queen Elizabeth II (Dr. Pepion and fellow Native American performers begin at 17 seconds into video)
    • Photo of Dr. Pepion in regalia for Queen’s jubilee celebration: #1
  • Drs. Fumi Arakawa and Dr. Mary Alice Scott received mini-grants from the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences to support their summer research (Fall 2012)
  • Dr. Lois Stanford was elected to the Executive Board of the Society for Applied Anthropology (Spring 2012)
  • Dr. Miriam Chaiken received the first annual College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Department Head award (Spring 2012)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Don Pepion who has been promoted to Full College Professor (Spring 2012)
  • Dr. Miriam Chaiken received a university Distinguished Achievement Professor Award (Spring 2012)
  • Dr. Rani Alexander received a College of Arts and Sciences travel award to attend the Society for American Archaeology meetings (Spring 2012)
  • Dr. Bill Walker received a College of Arts and Sciences travel award to participate in a research symposium in England (Spring 2012)
  • NY Times article discusses Dr. Beth O’Leary’s work on preservation of moon artifacts (Spring 2012)
  • Dr. Lois Stanford received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Service Award for 2011
  • Emeritus faculty member Dr. Wenda Trevathan received the 2011 WW Howells Award for her latest book Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives: How Evolution Has Shaped Women’s Health (Oxford University Press) at the American Anthropological Association meetings in Montreal.
  • Dr. Don Pepion has been recognized for his research on Native American Student success (Fall 2011)