Chancellor Weekly Brief

July 26, 2019

Board Election Deadline

The UNM-Gallup Local Advisory Board fulfills a very important role as a link between the campus and the community. The board acts as advisors to the UNM Board of Regents in matters regarding the Gallup campus, approves our annual budget, approves and calls for tax levies, and calls for board member elections as staggered terms expire.

As advisors, board members are also responsible for acting as community ambassadors and helping to spread the mission and values of UNM-Gallup. These elected citizens represent and serve the citizens of McKinley County and serve an important role in promoting the work of our campus.

Three positions on the UNM-Gallup Local Advisory Board will be up for election this fall. The positions which will appear on the November ballot are currently filled by Olin Kieyoomia, vice-chair, position 4; Gerald O’Hara, member, position 5; and Teri Lynn Garcia, member, position 3.

The deadline for election filing is August 27, 2019. For more information on advisory board functions and current members, please refer to the Local Advisory Board webpage.


Promotion and Tenure Celebration

The evening was beautiful and the celebratory tone was felt by all as we hosted a garden party in my yard on July 16th to pay tribute to those faculty who were honored with promotion and tenure designations. It was a wonderful way to share mutual respect and universal collegiality while honoring the work of our faculty.

Upon recommendation of local departments and confirmation by Interim Senior Vice Provost Barbara Rodrigues, faculty members recognized were:

  • John Zimmerman – promoted to Full Professor
  • Lewis Gambill – awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor
  • Matthew Mingus – awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor
  • Carmela Lanza – awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor
  • Carolyn Kuchera – awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor
  • Tracy Lassiter – awarded a 2nd probationary period and probationary period as Assistant Professor continued
  • Keri Stevenson – awarded a 2nd probationary period and probationary period as Assistant Professor continued
  • Arunachalam Muthaiyan – awarded a 2nd probationary period and probationary period as Assistant Professor continued
  • Aretha Matt – awarded a 2nd probationary period and probationary period as Assistant Professor continued
  • John Burke – awarded a 2nd probationary period and probationary period as Assistant Professor continued.
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Tenure Celebration Photo 1
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Tenure Celebration Photo 3

Fall Schedule of Classes

As the summer session winds down, we turn our eyes to the upcoming fall semester. On July 12, Dean Dan Primozic convened the academic chairs, the senior institutional researcher, the chief financial officer and student affairs representatives to look at registrar data.

More than 450 course selections have been available for student registration since April 15. More than 58% of enrollment projections are already registered with one month of registration left to go. All departments are working hard to ensure there are enough seats available for non-traditional student registration that often happens closer to the start of the term.

We are also opening up new sections for the 45 courses that are full and the 50 that are already at 75% capacity. Please click below to see the full registrar’s report.

Fall 2019 Registration


New Scholarship Funds for Aspiring Teachers

The New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced the availability of $10 million in funding for aspiring educational professionals, in particular, educational assistants. Through the governor’s signing of House Bill 275 Teacher Preparation Affordability Act, and House Bill 20 Grow Your Own Teachers Act, these funds are being made available to aspiring teachers and assistants throughout New Mexico. The Gallup McKinley County School District has a large number of educational assistants who could benefit from these new scholarships. Additionally, the UNM College of Education is working on extending their baccalaureate degree completion program with on-site upper division courses in Gallup.

Please click below for more information on these initiatives.

Teacher Scholarship


SBDC Cooperative Agreement

The UNM-Gallup Small Business Development Center signed their subcontracted service center cooperative agreement mid-July. This routine annual renewal reiterates the importance of the SBDC as a vital community outreach program for the greater Gallup community. I offer kudos to Cyndi Jarvison for her talented work with so many of our local small business owners.

The service agreement specifies deliverables for the center which include specific services provided, required professional development, and staff trainings. The work of the center is assessed by particular benchmarks and measurements such as client engagement, economic impacts and community outreach. Please visit the Small Business Development Center website to learn more about their work. You can click below to read the entire cooperative agreement.

SDBC Contract


STEM Grant Start-Up

Congratulations to Dr. Antoinette Abeyta as she has been working throughout the summer on her grant-funded STEM project. Dean Dan Primozic has even allowed for his conference room to be converted into a research lab to give Dr. Abeyta a dedicated space for her work. I applaud Dr. Abeyta’s skilled passion and dedication and thank Dr. Primozic for supporting and encouraging student learning and research.


NWNMCOG Annual Luncheon

It was my pleasure to attend the annual luncheon meeting of the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments on July 17th at the Farmington City Civic Center. New Executive Director Evan Williams led the meeting and will continue the work of the group in collaboratively bringing issues and resources together to address local issues.

SDBC Contract


The Providers

I was able to attend the Indie Lens Pop Up Screening of the Providers on July 18 at the El Morro Theater and Event Center. The panel discussion which followed shed meaningful light on the need to build the healthcare workforce in rural New Mexico. I was glad that our dean of instruction and members of our healthcare education faculty were able to join me to learn more about this issue.

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The Providers

Arlene High

I joined the Gallup community this week in celebrating the life of Arlene High who was a great benefactor and supporter of UNM-Gallup. Many of our student scholarships, especially in the health sciences area, are supported by endowments established by Arlene and her family. Please click below for the memorial program or visit Arlene's memorial web page.

SDBC Contract

GEDA Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Gallup Executive Directors Alliance was hosted by the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments on Thursday of this week. One important agenda item was a new Department of Labor grant to support non-traditional apprenticeships. Discussions are underway to determine how best UNM-Gallup can be involved in this incredibly worthwhile project. Both the GEDA agenda and the request for proposals for the DOL grant can be viewed below.

Arlene High

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