Military and Veterans Programs Honors Faculty and Staff
NMSU Military and Veterans Programs recently hosted its second annual faculty and staff banquet to honor all the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. During the banquet in November, two outstanding individuals were honored for making major contributions to the lives of military and veteran students at NMSU.
Kenneth Hacker was honored for his research relating to the military family and veterans. Hacker is a Distinguished Achievement Professor and department head of the College of Arts and Sciences Communication Studies Department.
Patti Alarcon was honored for her contributions in supporting both the ROTC Cadre and cadets for both the Air Force and Army. Alarcon is an administrative assistant and coordinates many of the special activities of both units. She also provides support by helping to shape the future U.S. Military Officers.
MILITARY AND VETERANS APPRECIATION WEEK, November, 2016:
The Comm Studies Military and Family Communication Project is working with state military health professionals to study stress and military life. This team presented a conference paper last year and will soon have a journal article in print in the publication Journal of Veterans Issues.
Here is a recent paper that the Military Family Communication Project (MFCP) recently presented at the 2015 National Communication Association annual conference:
We will be posting some talk announcements later about some discussions in the fall regarding families and deployment stress.
We now have a journal article about some of the research we have conducted. We will post the link once the article is in print.
WHAT WE DID LAST YEAR (2015)
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th
Written, Directed, and Produced by Claudia Myers
Staring: Michelle Monaghan, Ron Livingston, Manolo Cardona, Gbenga Aikinnagbe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Pablo Schreiber
A decorated Army medic and single mother (Michelle Monaghan) returns home from an extended tour in Afghanistan to discover that the bond with her five-year-old son has been shattered. In her absence, the boy has attached to his father (Ron Livingston) and his new girlfriend (Emmanuelle Chriqui). As she struggles to reclaim her son’s affection and reintegrate into civilian life, she meets a mechanic (Manolo Cardona) with whom she becomes romantically involved. Just as her life begins to stabilize and the bond with her son shows signs of healing, she gets news of another deployment. She must now find a way to reconcile her duties as a mother and her obligations as a soldier.
Our department is very proud honored to have screened the movie “Fort Bliss” on campus (Domenici Hall, 5:30 pm, Nov. 11, Veterans Day) and to introduce the movie authors, co-producer, and director, Claudia Myers, to the audience for an informal discussion when the film ends. A reception follows that.
Caution: Some scenes in the movie are not suitable for children.
This is a rare opportunity to meet someone who both a professor and successful movie director who has been called on the top 10 filmmakers to watch today.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12th
Informational Day Presentations:3:00-4:00 pm: ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES FOR WARRIORS AND THEIR FAMILIES Chair: Dr. Merranda Marin, Department of Family and Consumer Science and licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, NMSU.Speakers: Dr. Bernie Wazlavekek, Chief, Behavioral Health, McAfee Army Health Clinic, Dr. Corey Vas, NMSU, Maria Bagwell, Dr. Jacquelyn C. Williams, OEF/OIF/OND Program Manager, El Paso VA Healthcare SystemThese speakers will describe and assess various therapies used to treat post-deployment stress and adjusting processes.
BONDS OF BROTHERHOOD AND MATRIMONY: THE DUAL IDENTITIES OF AN AMERICAN WARRIOR
Speaker: Mr. Anthony Epperson, Dept of Communication Studies, NMSU; 2 LT US Army National Guard.
This presentation explores the idea that American Service members often face the prospect of managing their identity as a member of military unit in addition to their duties as a leader within their own family. Service members create strong bonds within their military unit and often refer to their comrades as their brothers and sisters. These strong bonds are necessary to accomplish missions, especially in times of combat. How does this affect service members when they return home to their own family? How do service members effectively transition to reassuming their role as a leader within their own family?
USING EQUINE AND NARRATIVE RE-STORYING TECHNIQUES FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR WARRIORS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Speakers: Drs. David Boje and Grace Rosile, Department of Management, NMSU. Dr. Wanda Jerome, School of Social Work, NMSU;
These speakers will explain how horses are used to relax people and help them learn life skills and how storying and re-storying can lower stress. All of these sessions are in the Health College Auditorium on Thursday, November 12, 2015.