November Professor of the Month | Anne Hubbell

Dr. Anne Hubbell smiling with a good book

Happy November Aggies! My name is Dr. Anne Hubbell. I have been teaching at NMSU for 17 years! I started in the summer of 2000 with a COMM 265G class. I grew up in Haslett, Michigan which is just outside the capital city of Lansing, Michigan. But, I have lived in the Detroit, Michigan area and Charleston, West Virginia as well. I love to go home to Michigan to see my family, go to the beaches and lakes, and see old friends. We go every year and it never seems like enough time. My areas of study are Organizational and Health Communication. In Organizational Communication I study deception and trust and in Health Communication I study agenda-setting and marginalized populations. Outside of NMSU, I really enjoy being with my family.

I am inspired by the community members and organizations who change the lives of others that is why two of my favorite organizations to work with are Jardin de los Ninos (day care center for homeless and near homeless children) and Casa de Peregrinos (food pantry for those in need). I also work with Sonoma Elementary, volunteering in the classroom(s) and helping with events. We are currently planning a STEAM (STEM with the Arts) night and a day where we will bring 5th graders to campus to see what it is like to be a college student.

I like books where you can’t anticipate the ending but you know that it will be a happy ending, so any book by Dean Koontz is a favorite. I have two favorite quotes. One is from Helen Keller who is one of my “heroes”: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” The other one is from Winnie the Pooh and I love to share it with students: “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.”

If I could change one thing about the Honors College it would be that I would be able to teach more classes in it. I love the students and it is one of the programs at NMSU that truly makes a difference in students’ lives. I will always want to be part of something like that. Dean Chaiken, Associate Dean Ketelaar, and the previous dean, Dean Eamon are people who dedicate themselves to helping students achieve their dreams. Some of the finest people with whom I have worked at NMSU. I highly recommend the Honors College. The professors who teach in the program are the finest at NMSU, in my opinion. The classes are smaller and the content can be a little more engaging because of the students and size of the class. Also, Deans Chaiken and Ketelaar will always make time for you to help you in any way and the staff at the College is OUTSTANDING. Kind, thoughtful people who really care and always have a smile. You can’t go into the office and see Valerie, for example, and not leave feeling better than you did when you went in. It is more than the outstanding education and opportunities, it is about being in a place where students matter and everyone there shares the right values and beliefs about putting students first. We need more of this here at NMSU.

My advice for students would be, don’t try to plan your whole life out at 18 years old. Have a general plan but realize that life happens and sometimes plans are not going to work out. If you are open to the journey you will find that you end up where you were meant to be and it will all be worthwhile. Too often students have an idea of who they are and what they want at 18 that is much different from when they are 40. I changed my career and went back for a Ph.D. at 30 years old, much to my father’s dismay, but here I am in the best job ever! Know what you think you would like to do and work toward it but be open to what happens along the way.

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