Professor of the Month: Christa Slaton | August 2018

Hello Aggies, 
My name is Christa Slaton. I have been at NMSU since 2010 and began teaching in 2017. I grew up in South Carolina, moved to Hawaii and lived there for nearly 20 years, taught at Auburn University in Alabama for many years before coming to Las Cruces. I went to undergrad school in Nashville, Tennessee and lived in San Diego and Tucson for short periods of time. My field of study is Political Science. Outside of NMSU I enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, white water rafting, and playing with my dogs. My favorite place to travel to is Finland! I am president of the Las Cruces Branch of the American Association of University Women and on the Board of Directors of the Borderland Film Festival. Some of my favorite books include: America’s Constitution: A Biography by Akhil Reed Amar, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore, The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America by James Wilson, Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog  by John Grogan. 
My advice to future students is to live life with zest and enthusiasm. Dream big and take action. There will be ups and downs in life; detours on your journey. Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”—is the advice I would give about how to prepare for the future and live life. I highly recommend Honors courses. Honors classes require engagement and critical thinking, which encourage students to immerse themselves in subjects, not skim the surface. One change I would like to make within the Honors College is for them to create an annual community engagement project. 
 “ Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou

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