April 15, 2019
Congratulations to our UNM-Gallup SkillsUSA competitors who were at the New Mexico SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and Skills Competition April 3-6. These students have been preparing for months to compete in their programs of study and they performed very well. In making such a strong showing, the student competitors did not come home empty handed. They returned with 6 bronze medals, 13 silver medals and 5 gold medals. Please click below for the entire listing of participants and winners.
One group and 2 individual competitors have earned a berth at the National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and Skills Competition in Louisville, Kentucky June 24-28. Excellent job by one and all!
UNM-Gallup SkillsUSA competitors at New Mexico Skills USA Leadership Conference and Skills Competition.
Board of Regents Budget Summit/Meeting
Robert Griego and I attended the Board of Regents budget summit meeting last week as our local budget was presented for regents’ approval. Our UNM-Gallup budget was approved with compliments as to the value of branch campuses by Regent Sandra Begay. Upon the mandate of HED Secretary Kate O’Neill, UNM-Gallup pledges to fund 4% salary raises for all eligible faculty and staff as part of the 2019-2020 budget request. Please view the regent's agenda for further details. Click below to refer to the exact language expressed by Dr. O’Neill in support of compensation increases for all higher education employees.
Higher Education Department Meeting
At the invitation of HED Secretary Kate O’Neill, I joined presidents of colleges throughout the state on April 10th for discussions on priorities of dual credit, workforce and economic development and funding formula. It is helpful and meaningful that Secretary O’Neill is reaching out to leaders throughout the state to talk about the value of higher education in New Mexico. Please click below for the invitation and content of the meeting.
Center for Career and Technical Education Innovation Partnership with GMCS
We had the opportunity this week to meet with administrators from the Gallup McKinley County School District as well as project engineer Maria Probasco to talk about a partnership to design and construct a career and technical education innovation building as part of our larger UNM-G capital plan. Through these partnerships we are continuing to expand our ability to offer comprehensive and inclusive university education opportunities to all.
As part of this planning process, there has been a slight change to our five-year capital plan which now allocates $8 million for the career and technical education building. Phases 1 and 2 of the construction have been combined. The Lions Hall demolition project has been reallocated to another funding stream and as such has been removed from the plan. Please click below to see the agenda and revised five-year capital plan.
Summit with UNM College of Education
As organized by our branch liaison Dr. Jerry Dominguez, we were happy to host administrators from both the UNM College of Education as well as the Gallup McKinley County School District to discuss bringing select baccalaureate and completion degrees and master’s programs to Gallup in 2020. Hector Ochoa, dean of the College of Education and Mike Hyatt, superintendent of the school district joined us as we had open conversations about how we can improve our students’ abilities to stay closer to their families and careers while pursuing higher level degrees that will address the educator shortage in our area. Dr. Ochoa has been actively involved in these early planning sessions, and we appreciate his dedication to our students even as we congratulate him on his acceptance of an administrative position at San Diego State University. We look forward to moving forward with the planning and implementation of these important programs. Click below to see the entire agenda from this meeting.
As budget issues are addressed at every university level, we have been notified that the branch liaison position which has been so professionally held by Dr. Jerry Dominguez is being eliminated on June 30th. I cannot emphasize how effective and productive Dr. Dominguez has been for our campus. He has seen us through times of tough transition and successfully navigated changes in leadership. His dedication and commitment to UNM-Gallup has allowed us to successfully move forward while keeping tightly unified with our main campus. On behalf of the campus, and myself, I would like to express a huge debt of gratitude to Dr. Dominguez and wish him continued success in this newest chapter of his life.
Dr. Jeronimo Dominguez
Faculty assembly had their final meeting of the year and I want to congratulate them on a very successful and productive year. They have addressed issues of finance, student success, campus climate, curriculum, changing campus demographics and professional advancement and done so with mutual respect and universal collegiality both publicly and privately. I am honored to have a standard reporting slot on their monthly agendas and look forward to continued progress in all areas.
Many thanks to Cecilia Stafford, outgoing president and many welcomes to incoming president John Zimmerman. It is my honor to work with this fine group of professionals who are so engaged and dedicated to overall campus success. Please refer to the faculty assembly web page for all agendas and minutes, and click below for the most recent agenda.
Our newly re-organized staff senate will meet this week and I appreciate the opportunity to attend and update our dedicated staff members. It is very important that we have this reconstituted staff organization advising our campus. We rely heavily on the four advisory groups operating within the campus including faculty assembly, student senate, staff senate and our local advisory board. With a firm vision of supporting staff professional development and contributing to the campus and the community I encourage all of their efforts.
Open Office Hours
It was an honor to host Ann Jarvis, principal of the Center for Career and Technical Education at last week’s Open Office Hours. Ms. Jarvis introduced the leadership team to the SkillsUSA competitors and let us know the results of their recent state competition (see above). I am very proud of this group of students who are strongly committed to being successful within their programs of study and proudly representing UNM-Gallup.
Next week’s Open Office Hours will be on Friday, April 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Calvin Hall Center Geology Lab, Room 274. Please go to Open Office Hours registration site to sign if you would like to present to the leadership team.