GALLUP - Parking permits are on the way for faculty, staff and students at the University of New Mexico-Gallup.
"The permits are here and the registration cards have been ordered," said Interim Director of Student Services Zeke Garcia, adding that the new parking rules will be in place for the fall semester, which starts August 22.
The parking permits are just one phase of an effort by administration to provide better security on campus. They will facilitate citation enforcement for a variety of infractions, from parking in handicapped spaces to parking anywhere other than designated spaces.
The impetus behind the parking permits was the Clery Act, said Garcia. The Federal Government passed the act, also known as the Campus Security Act, in 1986 in response to the death of a student named Jeanne Clery in a college dorm. The act requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
"Part of complying with this legislation is regulating parking so that we know who's on campus," Garcia said.
The parking permit system was recommended by a 2009 study that projected campus growth and that also addressed issues of emergency and disaster planning.
Visitor parking spaces will be designated in certain areas of the parking lots, and visitors may obtain one-day passes.
For now, the parking permits will be free for university employees and students, although that may change next year.
GALLUP - The University of New Mexico-Gallup and the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project-Gallup are sponsoring a Spring Health Fair, which will include a health screening and diabetes education, as well as nutrition education on Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UNM-Gallup Gym.
Also on the schedule are a Zumba exercise at noon by Judy Starkovich and a 2-mile fun run at 1 p.m. on the UNMG track.
Incentives will be awarded, and all events are free. For more information call Cynthia or Judy at (505)863-7589, or Darlene at (505)905-1300.
GALLUP - A. Neal Mangham of Prescott, Ariz., has been named interim dean of instruction at the University of New Mexico-Gallup. He is a former president and chief executive officer of Prescott College in Prescott.
Mangham, who has a Ph.D. in history from Rice University, was one of four retired higher education administrators who interviewed for the position during a special two-day visit to the campus under the auspices of the Registry for College and University Presidents, an association of former presidents and high level administrators. The candidates participated in interviews with key campus personnel, toured the campus and even consulted with each other about who among them was likely the best candidate.
Mangham emerged not only as the Dean's Search Committee's first choice, but also the choice of the Registry members themselves.
"It was a very collegial process, where we tried to find the best fit for us, and where the candidates tried to find the best fit," said Sylvia Andrew, executive director. "At the end of the day, there seemed to be a consensus that Dr. Mangham was the right one for us."
Mangham will be taking over the reins on June 1 from another interim, Jeannie Monaghan, a long-time faculty member at UNMG who is retiring as of June 30. He will serve as interim for at least two years, and possibly as many as three. Prior to his departure, the college will launch another search for a permanent dean of instruction.
Most recently, Mangham has been a consultant for entities as disparate as the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Ministry of Power and Water in Afghanistan and New Mexico State University, as well as Native American governments and education institutions in New Mexico and Arizona. Prior to his work as a consultant, he was chief of party for the Afghanistan Higher Education Project, Academy for Educational Development, in Kabul, Afghanistan, and president of Al Ain Colleges of the Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE.
He also served as president of the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt., and executive director of University of Redlands, Redlands, Calif.
Further, he has served as a member of numerous research and professional boards both in the United States and abroad.
“Dr. Mangham is ready to accept the challenge,” Andrew said. “He wants to be here, and brings a wealth of experience with academic and vocational programs with him. We are looking forward to his arrival as we embark on numerous initiatives, including reorganization of our campus structure.”
“The University of New Mexico at Gallup is a community based institution that strives to meet the current and future needs of its diverse student body, the region it serves, and of the State of New Mexico,” Mangham said. “Playing a role in the next steps in the development of the institution is an opportunity to which I look forward. Gallup is a community I value in a region I love and it is an honor to be selected. I look forward to working with Dr. Andrew, the faculty and staff of the college, and especially with the students of UNM-Gallup.”
GALLUP - It was donated to the University of New Mexico-Gallup Construction Tech program in 1991, and through the years, the house at 500 S. First St. has served as the training ground for dozens of students learning the building trades. Now in its last days as a classroom, the house is undergoing the finishing touches that will make it market-ready.
Instructor Chris Chavez, who calls the 1800-square-foot house his "favorite classroom," has been teaching students the craft of building houses from the ground up at the First Street location for two decades. When he first started working on the 100-year-old house, donated to the program by Sunwest Bank, he discovered a foundation poured between some ancient narrow-gauge railroad rails and a structure in such bad shape that it was ready either to be demolished or remodeled. The first class to work on the house took it down to the studs.
Over the years, one class after another has had its turn at transforming the house. A new foundation was poured by the Foundation class. They were followed by the Layout and Reframing class, then the Interior and Exterior Finish class, the Rammed Earth Adobe class, the Plumbing class, the Electrical class, the Roofing and Siding class, the Block Construction class and the Concrete class.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house has been taped, textured and painted and has new kitchen cabinets built by a high school cabinet-making class. The floors have carpet throughout, with tile in the bathroom and laminate in the kitchen. There is new plumbing and electrical wiring. The house has stucco outside and adobe walls inside. In addition to the bedrooms, there is a small upstairs space suitable for an office.
It's essentially a brand new house, now waiting for an occupant.
GALLUP - The University of New Mexico-Gallup Collegiate Veterans Association will sponsor its Fourth Annual Supermarket of Veterans' Benefits on Friday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Calvin Hall Auditorium.
For more information call the New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services at 505.722.9621 and UNM-Gallup Collegiate Veterans Association at 505.409.6920.
High school and college students, as well as community members were all represented in the Entrepreneur Expo. Seven local entrepreneurs entered displays about their work and business ideas on March 25 during the Entrepreneur Expo. Jonathan Helf of Vanderwagen won first place prize of $1500 for his display illustrating his business making and selling recycled tire composters and sifters.
GALLUP - The first-ever Entrepreneur Expo at the University of New Mexico-Gallup appears to have created some buzz, with attendees as well as participants expressing enthusiasm for the way the event played out. But organizers, while pleased with both attendance and participation, say they'd like to get more buy-in from the local business community.
The Expo, held March 25 in Gurley Hall, featured seven displays (an eighth applicant signed up but was a no show), and attendance from UNMG students, local community members, representatives from local organizations and schools.
"They said, 'It's about time something like this happened,'" said Al Henderson, lecturer with the college's Entrepreneurship program and the organizer of the event, referring to the entrepreneurs as well as those in attendance.
Henderson had hoped for at least 25 displays when he began planning the Expo in late 2010, and had hoped a considerable number of those would be in high school and college. As it turned out, there were only three displays from high school and college students; the other four were non-students. Because of the numbers, Henderson's advisory team, the Rural Entrepreneur Institute, decided to divide the prize money among all the recipients.
First prize of $1500 went to Jonathan Helf of Vanderwagen, who displayed a homemade composter created from recycled tires, and a compost sifter set on top of a wheelbarrow. Second prize of $1000 went to Robin Lasiloo of Zuni, an instructor in graphic arts at UNMG, who with a partner owns DogWorld, a graphic arts firm. Third place prize of $700 went to Shaina Roanhorse, a welder, for her display of "Welding for a Green Economy."
The judges selected the winners on how well they understood and could articulate the story of their product. They also looked at how new the product or idea is.
"The judges did a one-on-one dialogue with each exhibitor," Henderson said. "It took them two hours to get through. They did a thorough job."
Henderson said one factor that may have led to fewer entries was fear that ideas might be stolen, explaining, "It's an uphill battle convincing entrepreneurs that the Expo is a safe way "to get moving, instead of just talking and thinking."
Henderson thinks one solution to overcoming exhibitor reticence might be educating them about the patenting process. In fact, one of the presenters, Dan Allen of Science and Technology Corporation of UNM, gave a presentation about obtaining patents information that could help potential exhibitors gain assurance that their ideas will be protected.
Key speakers at the Expo were John Freisinger, Technology Ventures Corp. of Albuquerque, a nonprofit corporation that helps start-up companies go into the commercial market in a variety of technology areas, and Penny Emerson, owner of Native Resource Development, which houses three different companies: one that transports patients to hospitals; a janitorial service company; and a home-care company.
Henderson said he hopes next year the local business community will show greater support for the Expo, and by doing so, encourage more entrepreneurs to participate. For more information on the Expo just passed, or for information on plans for the Expo next year, call Henderson at (505)863-7634 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALLUP - The deadline to apply for the "Roads to Achieving a Degree in Science" scholarship at the University of New Mexico-Gallup has been extended to May 6.
The branch campus received the RADS grant in the fall of last year. Funded for five years in the amount of $552,000, the grant is meant to increase the number of students entering UNMG with the intention of majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or the so-called STEM disciplines. It is also meant to increase the number of UNMG students transferring to STEM programs at four-year institutions.
Ten scholarships will be available for the fall semester to eligible STEM students. Ten scholarships will be awarded each year.
For more information, contact Chris Platero, assistant professor in Physics, Calvin Hall 226, 863-7536; or Kamala Sharma, associate professor in chemistry, Calvin Hall 271B, 863-7585.
GALLUP -The Four Corners Education Conference - a collaborative effort among several educational entities in this region - is planned for Friday, May 6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of New Mexico-Gallup campus.
Among those meeting to build partnerships, discuss issues and look for solutions to educational challenges in this region include the University of New Mexico, Arizona State University - Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Indian Education Division - New Mexico Public Education, Native American Community Academy and Teach for America.
Presenters include Quinton Roman Nose, president-elect of the National Indian Education Association and president of the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly; Deborah Jackson-Dennison, superintendent of Window Rock Unified School District; Richard Howell, dean, University of New Mexico, College of Education; Kara Bobroff, principal, Native American Community Academy; Robert Cook, managing director of Teach for America's Native Achievement Initiative; and Edmund Lano, program manager, New Mexico Indian Education Division.
UNM-Gallup's student drum group will open the session.
For more information, contact NateMorrison@teachforamerica.org.
GALLUP - A reception for a University of New Mexico-Gallup Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition will be held Wednesday, April 6, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Ingham Chapman Gallery.
The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact John Zimmerman, gallery manager, at (505) 863-7774.
New Local Board member Edwin Begay is sworn in by Judge Henrietta Soland on March 18.
GALLUP - Edwin Begay, elected Feb. 1 to the University of New Mexico-Gallup Local Board, was sworn in at his first board meeting on March 18 by Judge Henrietta Soland.
Theresa Dowling, Position 5, at-large for McKinley County, was re-elected to the board. Dowling was also elected chair at the March 18 meeting. This is her third four- year term.
Also re-elected was Virginia Chavez, Position 4, Zuni School District. She was also chosen as vice chair by her fellow board members.
Other members include June Shack, secretary, Position 3, Zuni; and Gloria Skeet de Cruz, Position 2, Gallup McKinley School District.
The board is composed of persons interested in higher education in McKinley County. Each member serves a four-year term. Terms are staggered so there is an election every two years.
The board acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Regents in all matters pertaining to the conduct of the Gallup campus. They also approve an annual budget for UNMG for recommendation to the Board of Regents.
Other duties include providing approval and certification for the tax levy, as required by state law, to the McKinley County Commission; calling election for tax levies for the Gallup Campus, after approval of the Board of Regents; and calling elections for board positions pursuant to the Branch Community College Act, Section 21-14-2.1, NMSA 1978.
GALLUP - The University of New Mexico-Gallup Student Senate is hosting the second annual International Cultural Festival in the Gurley Hall commons
Clubs are asked to pick a country of their choice to showcase at this festival. No country will be duplicated. Booths will have information, food samples or sales or demonstrations. Judges, picked by the Student Senate, will choose the top displays and prizes will be awarded.
Winners will be announced April 29 at 3 p.m. in Gurley Hall commons.
Prizes will be as follows: first, $500 allocation to the club; second, $300 allocation to the club; third, $200 allocation to the club.
The countries the Senate hopes will be represented are many of the native countries of the college's students: Mexico, Italy, German, Guatemala, Polynesia, Croatia, Russia, England, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Canada, China, Thailand, Palestine, Iraq, Spain and countries in Africa.
GALLUP - The University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management will be promoting its Bachelor of Business Administration program on the Gallup campus on Tuesday, May 3.The BBA prepares the graduate for careers in business, politics, and local, state and federal government agencies.
Theresa Torres, Student Services manager for UNM, will be on hand most of the day to talk about UNM's degree concentrations in Operational Management, Accounting, Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurial Studies. The schedule is as follows: 8:30-10; noon-2 p.m.; and 5-7 p.m. All sessions are to be hosted by Torres.
Locations will be announced. For more information or to RSVP, call 505.863.7554.
GALLUP - The schedule for the Summer 2011 Kids' College at the University of New Mexico-Gallup has been announced.
Payment for all classes is required for registration. There will be no refunds unless the class is canceled. All classes require a minimum of 12 enrollments for the class to make.
Computers. Ages 7 and up
Learn the basics of computers, keyboarding skills, Microsoft programs and creating a PowerPoint. June 13-16, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, Roosevelt Elementary Room 12, 400 E. Logan. Fee: $25; instructor: Esther Sanchez
Bugs and Frogs. Ages 5 and up
Follow Mother Nature and spring into action. You will study and create art for indoor and outdoor use. We will be making bug jars, magnifying glasses, flower pots, frog games, bug catchers and much more creature fun. June 13-16, Monday-Thursday, noon to 3 p.m., Roosevelt Elementary School Room 12, 400 E. Logan. Fee: $25; instructor: Esther Sanchez.
Burning/Wood burning. Ages 7 and up.
Learn how to use a wood burner, create patterns and pictures on wood while using your creativity and/or designing pictures using carbon paper. June 20-23, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon., Roosevelt Elementary School Room 12, 400 E. Logan. Fee: $25; instructor: Esther Sanchez.
Ceramics. Ages 5 and up.
It's an artful experience! Children of all ages are welcome. We provide stencils, sponges, tools, ideas, coaching and a lot of encouragement. It's creative fun to paint pottery! No experience needed; it's as easy as 1-2-3! Choose a ceramic piece, pick your design, select your colors, and create your masterpiece. June 20-23, Monday-Thursday, noon-3 p.m. Roosevelt Elementary Room 12, 400 E. Logan. Fee, $25; instructor: Esther Sanchez.
Arts and Crafts for Kids. Ages 5 and up
Do you like to make things with your hands? Then this class is for you. You'll spend time making magnets, origami, robots and lots of other fun crafts. June 20-23, Monday-Thursday, noon-3 p.m., Chief Manuelito Middle School Gym, 325 Rico Street. Fee: $25; instructor; Nancy Bruker.
Journey into the Solar System. Ages 5 and up
Explore the solar system while learning fascinating facts. Construct planets and other awesome art projects. June 27-30, 9 a.m.-noon., Roosevelt Elementary School Room 12, 400 E. Logan. Fee: $25; instructor: Esther Sanchez.
Pirates, Facts, Legends and Crafts. Ages 5 and up
Ahoy, Mates! Sail into this exciting class and design your own pirate coin, flag, compass and your very own pirate chest. Lots of hands-on projects are planned to go with this class. On the final day of class, students will come dressed as pirates and go on an actual treasure hunt. Arrr, don't miss this class; there is too much fun to be had! I'll be looking for you, Mate! June 27-30, Monday-Thursday. Noon-3 p.m. Roosevelt Elementary School Room 12, 400 E. Logan. Fee: $25; instructor, Lisa Blanco.
Sports Fun. Ages 5 and up
Students will learn the rules and have fun in non-competitive games such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, doge ball and many others. June 27-30, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon. Chief Manuelito Middle School Gym, 325 Rico St. Fee: $25; instructor: Nancy Bruker.
July 4-7- no classes. Independence Day holiday.
Castles and Knights. Ages 5 and up.
The class will have you stepping back into the days of dragons, castles and knights. Students will create their own castle, design a shield and even prepare some medieval food. Have you ever wondered what a knight's code is? Enroll in this class today and get the information to this and many other cool facts. July 11-14, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.- noon. Roosevelt Elementary Room 12, 400 E. Logan. Fee, $25; instructor: Lisa Blanco.
Fun with Old Jeans. Ages 5 and up.
Come and find ways to make new projects out of old jeans. This class will keep you busy designing purses, placemats and many other cool projects. Get ready to write down all your secrets in the denim diary you will make. Be sure and bring a few pictures that you can use to make denim magnets. This is a great hands-on class that will keep you busy from the minute you get there to the minute you leave. July 11-14, Monday-Thursday, noon-3 p.m. Roosevelt Elementary School Room 12, 400 E. Logan. Fee: $25; instructor: Lisa Blanco.
Painting for Kids. Ages 5 and up
Dip your brush into paint and let the creativity begin. Students will work with a variety of paint, such as watercolors, acrylic and even spray paint. Participants will learn how to mix paints to make new colors. They will paint on a variety of surfaces, such as paper, canvas, glass and fabric. July 11-14, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon., Chief Manuelito Middle School Gym, 325 Rico St. Fee: $25; instructor: Nancy Bruker.
Wild Wild West. Ages 5 and up
Saddle up and head out on the dusty trails of the Wild West. During this class students will make their own covered wagon, pan for gold, and cook a cowboy meal, as well as make cow chip cookies. Lots of hands-on projects for this class. Look forward to seeing you there, partner! July 18-21, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon., Roosevelt Elementary Room 12, 400 E. Logan. Fee, $25; instructor: Lisa Blanco.
Cooking for Kids. Ages 5 and up
Kids learn how to make fun and interesting breakfasts and lunches for themselves. July 18-July 21, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon., Chief Manuelito Middle School Gym, 325 Rico St. Fee: $25; instructor: Nancy Bruker.
DecoupageLayered Paper Art. Ages 5 and up
Decoupage is a fun way for kids to explore their creativity. Decoupage is simply covering of an object with paper cut-outs and sealing with a glue finish. Students will decoupage plates, a jewelry box, bulletin board, placemats and much more. Join us for this fun class and take home some cool projects. July 18-21, Monday-Thursday, noon to 3 p.m., Roosevelt Elementary Room 12, 400 E. Logan. Fee: $25; instructor: Lisa Blanco.
Science Projects. Ages 5 and up
Students will learn a variety of fun and interesting science facts including volcanoes, tornadoes and much more. July 25-28, Monday-Thursday, noon to 3 p.m., Chief Manuelito Middle School Gym, 325 Rico St. Fee: $25; instructors: Nancy Bruker.
Call Louise Lopez at (505)863-7743 or Denise Silva at (505)863-7738 for more information.
From left, students Jody Garcia, Shauntee Jim and Melanie Tahe work on a group project for “Education for a Sustainable Future.”
GALLUP -Recognizing that today’s college students relate well to the subject of sustainability, UNM-Gallup Assistant Professor Irene Den Bleyker of the Early Childhood and Multicultural Education Department is offering a spring course that weaves the topic into teaching theory.
Den Bleyker was inspired to pursue the sustainability theme after UNM President David Schmidly encouraged UNM employees to take part in the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment. Her first idea was to launch a storytelling contest for students with the topic of “Sustainability (Caring for the Earth).” Students wrote essays and gave oral presentations and winners were chosen and awarded prize money donated by the UNMG Student Senate.
This semester, many of the students who entered the contest are learning how to apply things they learned about the environment and sustainability into teaching theory. In this way, says Den Bleyker, they and other students enrolled in her “Education for a Sustainable Future Course” will have a better idea how to teach environmental topics to their own students some day.
“When I talked to high school students, I realized that they don’t get many environmental courses,” Den Bleyker said. “I looked at textbooks in elementary school, and saw that they provide three or four pages of information on the environment. Then in college, they can take environmental courses, but theories of educational pedagogy are not connected to them. Our students don’t understand the concept.”
Den Bleyker did a survey of her students, asking them to rate, on a scale of 1 to 5, what they knew about the environment. The only students who wrote above a 1 were those who had entered the fall Sustainability Storytelling contest. Everyone else said they knew next to nothing about the environment, except that recycling is important.
“That told me that there was a need for the course,” she said. What evolved was Education 293, an Education Topics course that serves as an elective for Education majors.
Den Bleyker also realized that knowing something about a topic doesn’t translate to knowing how to teach it.
In ECME, students study a number of teaching or learning theories: Piaget’s cognitive theory, is one well-known theory, but there are many others, including behaviorist, experiential, and group or social learning. For example, if students wanted to teach environmental topics through group or social learning, they might divide into groups and cooperate on projects on solar energy, ecological theory or using non-toxic materials in the home. For the latter, students might go home and make a study, and when they come together, report on how family and home influences learning.
“If you’re taught something, and you do something with it, you’ll have a better chance of retaining it,” Den Bleyker said.
Only a few weeks into the class, the students are finding it challenging to adapt the theories they’re learning to actually teaching a particular topic. They are, however, “engaged in the questions.” To stimulate discussion, Den Bleyker directed the class to think about the car. The questions that arise about cars, in relation to the environment, are: Should everyone who uses a car be taxed? Should the government regulate cars by determining if they should have low carbon emissions? What are the implications of such legislation for the class, and for society at large, and specifically, for the individual?
“These are new questions for them, and they are finding it fascinating,” she said.
Students in UNMG’s ECME program typically are studying for an AAS degree that will qualify them to be Teaching Assistants. They can then work while they go on to pursue Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education.
“Students engaged in ‘Education for a Sustainable Future’ grapple with environmental concerns and then determine how best to transmit essential environmental issues with early childhood pedagogy and theory. Ultimately this course equips students to be better prepared to teach in today’s ‘greening society,’” Den Bleyker said.
Photo credit: John Van't Land
GALLUP -The designers of the New Mexico Veterans’ Museum will hold a meeting Friday, March 11, at 10 a.m. for Gallup area veterans to discuss the proposed New Mexico Veterans’ Museum in Las Cruces. The meeting will be in Calvin Hall Center Auditorium at the University of New Mexico-Gallup.
The schedule is as follows:
10:30-11 a.m., UNM-Gallup Collegiate Veterans Association (introduction of officers and mission statement;
11-11:30 a.m., New Mexico Military Museum (media presentation);
Noon-12:30 p.m., Albuquerque Alzheimer’s Association (media presentation).
This is one of about 15 such visits being held throughout the state.
The 30,000-square foot building , designed by RMKM architects of Albuquerque, is planned as the cornerstone of a campus of veteran-oriented facilities, including an artifact management facility, a Veterans’ Services center, a military-style parade ground, a family picnic and playground area, walking trails, and eventually, a memorial park.
The museum’s focus will be to pay tribute to New Mexico’s veterans, and to educate the public about the service of New Mexicans worldwide while including information about military installations and activities within the state.
“Gallup area veterans are encouraged to be part of this important design process,” said Kimberly Longhair, secretary of the UNM-Gallup Collegiate Veterans Association.
GALLUP - The University of New Mexico-Gallup Student Senate and the clubs of UNM-G are hosting a spring break kick-off dance, set for Friday, March 11, from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The dance will be held in the Gurley Hall Commons. Admission is $3. Music will be provided by 505 Sounds Inc.
The event is open to the public. No drugs or alcohol will be permitted.
GALLUP - Advisors from University of New Mexico will be on the Gallup branch campus March 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a transfer fair. Advisors representing the Anderson School of Business, Nursing, College of Fine Arts, Engineering, Education, Arts and Sciences and other majors will be on hand. The event will be held in the canteen area.
Students may ask questions about financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Those attending should bring a copy of their most recent official transcripts.
Call Roxanne Trujillo, advisor for the Bachelor and Graduate programs for the Gallup branch, 505.863.7554, for more information.
GALLUP - The UNM-Gallup Construction Technology Department will offer CT 204, "Timber Frame," starting March 25, the second term of the spring semester.
Students will learn to harvest and process their own trees into finished homes or lumber.
For more information contact instructor Rick Krouth at 505.721.9398.
GALLUP - A reception for a University of New Mexico-Gallup Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition will be held Wednesday, April 6, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Ingham Chapman Gallery.
The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact John Zimmerman, gallery manager, at (505) 863-7774.
GALLUP - The University of New Mexico-Gallup has announced a 9.5 percent tuition increase to $60.60 per credit hour. Student fees will also be increased to $10.40 per credit hour for both residents and non-residents. Non-resident tuition will rise 15 percent to $160.60 per credit hour.
The total cost for residents will be $71 per credit hour, while non-residents will pay $171.
Initiated by the New Mexico State Legislature to help offset state cuts, the increase was passed by the UNM-Gallup Local Board on March 23 and reviewed by the UNM Board of Regents on March 28. The Legislature in February approved a budget calling for community colleges to pay for a higher percentage tuition increase next year than for students at four-year universities, to help offset state cuts.
The UNM Board of Regents will approve tuition and fees for all of UNM and the branches on April 12.
Had UNM-Gallup not raised its tuition, it would have lost the equivalent amount in state appropriations, according to Tony Major, Business Operations manager for UNMG.
Last year UNMG was the only branch not to initiate a 9 percent tuition hike. Rather, the college raised its tuition only 4.44 percent and took a hit of $150,000.
GALLUP - McKinley County voters last week narrowly approved retaining a mil levy that will continue to provide the University of New Mexico-Gallup with around $700,000 in operating expenses. The vote was recorded as 802 for and 488 against.
The tax was approved in 2005, and so approval will not mean a rise in taxes. Property owners will continue to pay approximately $10 a month per $100,000 of assessed value on their homes annually.
Operating expenses include such things as snow removal, replacing office or classroom furniture, paying utilities and the like.
During the same election, voters also chose representatives for three positions on the UNMG Local Board. Results were as follows:
Position 1 (Must live in GMCS District in McKinley County)
Max Perez Jr.(incumbent), 247
Peter Procopio, 301
Edwin J. Begay, 660
Position 4 (Must live in Zuni School District in McKinley County
Virginia Chavez, 80
Position 5 (Must live in McKinley County, at-large position)
Theresa Dowling, 1053
All positions are for four years. The newly elected board members will be given the oath of office at the March 23 meeting in the Director's Conference Room at 6 p.m.
GALLUP -The University of New Mexico - Gallup will host its first Entrepreneur Expo on Friday, March 25, 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Expo is sponsored by the Business Management and Technology Department, and the planning and implementation of the expo will be part of a class project by students enrolled in Management 195, Introduction to Entrepreneurship.
The Expo will serve as a showcase for entrepreneurs and inventors who want to display their pioneering work on products and services. The highlight of the event will be the announcement of exhibit winners in the high school, college and community categories.
The event will feature speakers and workshops about the important role entrepreneurship plays in improving individual and community life.
"The objective is to enlighten and educate the community being served by UNM-Gallup by supporting the entrepreneurial talents of our population," said Al Henderson, an instructor with UNMG's entrepreneurial program and the organizer of the event. "This event provides the platform needed for creativity which can lead to the overall improvement in the regional business climate.
Henderson said he is particularly interested in inspiring Native youth to consider a career in business ownership.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the best exhibits.
Contact Henderson at email@example.com, or 505/863-7634, or Andrea Begay at 505/863-7634.
GALLUP -The University of New Mexico's Bachelor and Graduate programs at UNM-Gallup is inviting the public to explore a Master's of Public Administration degree on Thursday, Feb. 17, during an open house.
Gene Henley, associate director of the School of Public Administration from UNM, will be on hand to talk about an MPA degree in Human Resources Management, Health Administration and Public Management. Dual degree options are available.
An MPA degree opens doors for careers in locals, state and federal government agencies, politics and lobbying, non-profit organizations, the health and medical industry and education.
Schedule is as follows:
8:30-10 a.m. with Gene Henley and Roxanne Trujillo, alumni; noon-2 p.m., Henley and Trujillo; and 5-7 p.m., also with Henley and Trujillo.
Locations of the sessions are to be determined. Call (505)863-7554 to RSVP.
GALLUP - The University of New Mexico-Gallup has released enrollment figures for Spring 2011.
The college recorded an official figure of 2,896 head count and 28,446 credit hours. This represents a 2.88 percent rise over Spring 2010 head count, and a 4.20 percent rise over Spring 2010 credit hours.
The figures were recorded on Feb. 4, the third Friday in the semester, and the day on which official enrollment is counted.
GALLUP -Kelly Schukar, clinical coordinator in the University of New Mexico-Gallup's Nursing program, and Michelle Kelleywood Yazzi, a half-time clinical instructor, have been accepted into a pilot Bachelor of Science in Nursing to PH.D. program at UNM's College of Nursing.
According to Marji Campbell, chair of the department, there are only four persons in the program, and two of them are at UNMG. The program is grant funded and will finance their education for a a year. After that, the
Michelle graduated from our program in May 2006 and since has gotten her BSN from UNM. She lives in Thoreau. She will do some part time skills and clinical education this semester. She really has a heart for education. She does work elsewhere. There is no kind of commitment or payback for this program. It is grant funded and will finance their education for a year; the CON is looking for funds to extend that. Michelle's email is : firstname.lastname@example.org, she would probably give you more details on employment than I am comfortable sharing.
I thought you might be interested to know that one of our full time faculty members and one part time have been accepted into a pilot BSN to PhD program at UNM's College of Nursing. There are only four in the program and two of them are right here. They are Kelley Schukar (full time clinical coordinator) and Michelle Kelleywood Yazzie who will soon be teaching clinical half-time
GALLUP -KGLP, Gallup's public radio station, has a new manager. Rachel Kaub joined the station in January, after eight years as operations manager at KUNM in Albuquerque.
Kaub brings some new ideas to the radio station, which broadcasts at 91.7 fm from the basement of Gurley Hall at University of New Mexico-Gallup. At the same time, she's appreciative of the diverse programming that already exists, courtesy of the station's loyal volunteers.
A veteran of radio theater from her home state of Kansas and from KUNM, Kaub says she'd like to launch this concept on KGLP. An experienced grant writer, she hopes to pursue some grants specifically to underwrite radio theater, as well as technical improvements, local news and public affairs.
Also high on her to-do list is reviving youth radio, an effort that partnered with UNM-Gallup's Communications program in the past.
She also believes the public radio station needs to be of better service to the Native American community in which it is located, and says she intends to explore ways of doing that, including better engagement with Native Youth.
Kaub has already turned her attention to public affairs programming on the station on Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m. by interviewing mayoral and city council candidates, and will continue to reserve this time for revolving hosts to conduct local interviews.
Some technical issues are currently at the fore, including the replacement of the emergency alert system, computers, and the upgrading of network decoders for the satellite system.
"Equipment wears out, as do people," Kaub said.
She says she would also like to resurrect the online streaming of KGLP programming, which was halted four years ago due to concerns over changes in music licensing for online distribution. Further, she's keen to experiment with podcasts and Smartphone listening.
GALLUP - The University of New Mexico-Gallup has announced its Spring 2011 list of Community Education, non-credit courses. Registration deadline for all classes is two weeks before classes start. All classes must be paid for one week in advance, and no one may register for classes online.
Introduction to Basic Microsoft Office Suite (2007): Word Access, Excel and PowerPoint. Looking to enhance your skills in Microsoft(R) (2007) Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access? This course will introduce students, working professionals and job seekers to beginner-level and some intermediate hands-on training in the Microsoft® Office Suite (2007) software application.
What you will learn:
Introduction to practical application usage
Creating, in PowerPoint by adding:
Pictures, music and sound and different introduction slide techniques
How to add tables from existing Word documents to Excel, plus:
Using formulas to automatically calculate various scenarios
Using Excel to enhance projects by adding pie, bar, and graph charts
Using Access to formulate a database by using the Wizard templates
Keep track and generate reports based on general search criteria
Learn how to create a customer and inventory database log
When: Tuesday evenings, Time: 6- 8 P.M.
February 1-March 22 Location: Lions Hall computer Lab
Instructor: Bud Tack Fee: $50
Enrollment is limited to 15 students
Basic Beginner Computer Class. Do your friends and relatives consider you ancient history because computers just don't like you? Join us for a peaceful exploration of computers at your own pace! Topics include: computer vocabulary, operation of programs, using email, and internet aid for online research, and creating your own documents.
This class is only for people who have no experience using computers.
When: Wednesday evenings Time: 6 - 8 P.M.
February 2 - March 23 Location: Lions Hall Computer
Instructor: Cynthia Poblano Fee: $50
/Enrollment is limited to 15 students
Computer Class for Parent and Child. Parents – Here is a great opportunity to come learn how to build a PowerPoint and upload pictures with your child. You will also learn how to construct a simple web page for you and your family to enjoy without the hassle of others having access to your personal information. There will also be basic instruction on using your computer.
When: Thursday evenings, Time: 6-8 P.M.
March 3-April 21
Location: Lions Hall Computer Lab
Instructor: Ester Sanchez Fee: $50
Enrollment is limited to 15 students
Beading. Come learn the art of beading and make your own jewelry. Bring the beads you want to work with, including turquoise, sea, mother of pearls, chip strands, etc. A supply list will be available for you when you register.
When: Monday evenings Time: 6 - 8 P.M.
April 4-April 25 Location: Lions Hall 103
Instructor: Marie Platero Fee: $50
Scrap Booking. Want to scrapbook? All you need is a desire to become the memory keeper of your special occasions and favorite everyday moments. We will be creating pages using acid free paper, stencils, stickers and your creativity. Bring your special pictures and book!
When: Tuesday evenings Time: 6-8 P.M.
April - April 26
Location: Lions Hall 103
Instructor: Ester Sanchez Fee: $50
Basic Crochet. Students will learn the basics of crochet: chain stitch, single crocket and slip stitch. You will have the choice of making kitchen towels, pot holders, scarf or blanket. Please bring a crochet hook G or larger and one rim of yard of your choice.
When: Wednesday evenings Time: 6-8 P.M.
April 6 - May 11
Location: Lions Hall 103
Instructor: Marie Platero Fee: $50
Graduation/Wedding Gift Basket & Bow Making. Learn how to put beautiful gift baskets together for all occasions; learn how to tie big, beautiful bows. A supply list will be available for you when you register.
When: Monday evenings Time: 6-8 P.M.
May 2 & 9 Location: Lions Hall 103
Instructor: Ara Green Fee: $25
For more information on classes and to register, call (505)863-7743 or (505)863-7738, or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALLUP -The University of New Mexico Gallup Community College District Election is set for February 1 and will decide, among other issues, the continuance of a 1 mil tax levy for UNMG that was approved in 2005. Also at stake are three positions on the UNM-Gallup Local Board.
Contrary to some reports, the mil levy is not a new tax, but a request from UNMG that voters continue a pre-existing mil levy that has been providing approximately $700,000 in operating expenses since 2005.
The mil levy, if passed, will continue a tax of approximately $10 per $100,000 of assessed value annually for local property owners. The funds are used for operating expenses that include a variety of functions and equipment.
The college is bracing for $1 million in budget cuts in the coming year, according to Sylvia Andrew, executive director. These cuts include an 8.2 percent reduction of state funds, totaling about $750,000, as well as $315,000 in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds that were used for utilities and will not be renewed.
"Although we have been managing prior cuts without layoffs, or without reduction of services to our students, the prospect of losing a significant percentage of our income is daunting," Andrew said. "Obviously, the outcome of the February 1 election is of great concern to UNM-G as we attempt to plan for the future."
Also to be voted on are three of the five positions for Local Board. Incumbent Max Perez, who currently holds a countywide position, is being challenged by Peter Porcopio and Edwin J. Begay. Incumbents Virginia Chavez, who is currently holding the Zuni position, and Theresa Dowling, who holds a countywide position, are both running unchallenged.
GALLUP - "The University of New Mexico-Gallup's Middle College High Charter School has been designated as one of 15 "Schools on the Rise" for 2010-2011. An award ceremony will be held to recognize these schools on March 20 in Santa Fe, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Capitol building. Each school will be recognized and receive a certificate, with a reception following the ceremony in the lobby of the Public Education Department across the street from the Capitol building.
The criteria for attaining this designation was that MCHS met and reached Adequate Yearly Progress and Annual measurable Objectives for reading and math, according to the New Mexico Public Education Department's rules.
"Smaller class size and required tutor time contributed to the success of Middle College High School students," said Connie Torres-Wier, instructor of Spanish and Service Learning.
MCHS was established in 2002 and has a limit of 60 high school students. The high school offers concurrent enrollment which means students attend two educational institutions at the same time provided certain criteria are met. They attend high schools as well as college at UNM-Gallup.
GALLUP - The University of New Mexico-Gallup's Nursing Education Department has received its certificate of approval from the New Mexico Board of Nursing.
According to the information on the certificate, UNMG "meets the requirement set by law and board rules and is granted the Certificate of Full Approval as evidence that its graduates will be eligible for admission to the Registered Nurse Licensing Examination in the State of New Mexico."
The representatives of the New Mexico Board of Nursing were present on the campus on Oct. 27 for a site visit. They spoke with students, faculty and administration and visited clinical sites. They also examined documentation about curriculum and other aspects of the program. On Dec. 9, the Board of Nursing gave the program five years full approval.
"The Nursing Department faculty, staff, students and clinical sites worked diligently together to prepare for the site visit and we are all pleased with the outcome," said Marji Campbell, chair of the department. "The site visitors noted, as faculty always does, that the students in this program are its greatest strength."