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Education

  • City Schools meeting set for Thursday

    Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    At recent monthly meetings, the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education continued to address its enrollment through school remodeling.

    At its September meeting, the board heard about efforts to improve facilities at Los Niños Elementary School.

  • New NMHU initiative addresses customer service

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands Unversity

    A new initiative at New Mexico Highlands University aims to provide exceptional customer service to students.

    Highlands launched its campuswide Power of Service program Sept. 28 with a “How May I Help You?” kickoff event and three-hour customer service training offered in two sessions.

  • A new dean of students

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Kimberly Blea knows firsthand how an education at New Mexico Highlands University can lift individuals out of poverty.

    Blea, a Las Vegas native, is the new permanent dean of students at Highlands.

  • NMHU professor gets national writing honor

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University Department of English professor is the winner of the prestigious 2017 Akron Poetry Prize.

    Tyler Mills’ poetry book, “Hawk Parable,” was selected from among 606 national entries for the award. The University of Akron Press will publish Mills’ book.

  • Cockrell is 2017 recipient of Marr scholarship

    Submitted to the Optic

    Matthew Preston Cockrell, a 2017 Robertson High School graduate, has been selected as the recipient of the 36th Annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship.

    The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Robertson High School student-athlete who has excelled academically and participated in the football program.

    An outstanding scholar-athlete, Cockrell graduated with a 3.9 cumulative grade point average.

  • Rio Mora refuge was site for ‘STEM Showdown’

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    High school students from Northern New Mexico experienced science disciplines firsthand at a national wildlife refuge, thanks to a partnership between Highlands University and the Denver Zoo.

    The STEM Showdown event took place at the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge, a 4,224-acre property on the Mora River 30 minutes north of Highlands’ main Las Vegas campus. The Denver Zoo co-manages the refuge with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Cowgirl and Cowboy Pride

    Many Highlands University teams, groups, clubs and organizations participated in the school’s Homecoming festivities, which ran from Sept. 8-17. Here are photos taken by Margaret McKinney of NMHU; look for Theresa Wesner’s photos in Sunday’s Optic.

  • Highlands sends team for hurricane relief

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is sending a 40-member team of faculty, students and staff to Texas to provide aid to the survivors of Hurricane Harvey, which experts are calling the largest natural disaster in U.S. history.

    Hurricane Harvey made landfall in south-central Texas late Aug. 25 as a category-four hurricane, the highest ranking, with winds topping 130 miles per hour. The hurricane brought heavy rains of up to 50 inches in some areas.

  • NMHU Distinguished Retired Staff: Darlene Chavez

    NOTE: This is part of a series of profiles of the eight 2017 Distinguished Alumni and others being honored this month by Highlands University as part of its Homecoming celebration.

    Darlene Chavez retired from Highlands in 2016 after 25 years of service in business-related management positions. For the last 15 years of her Highlands’ tenure, Chavez was the development finance officer in the Advancement Office, which includes the Foundation and Alumni Offices.

  • Highlands on list of ‘best bang for the buck’ institutions

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University is a leading college in the best bang for the buck category, according to Washington Monthly magazine.

    In a study published in August 2017, Washington Monthly ranked Highlands 74th in the Western United States for colleges that help non-wealthy students attain a marketable degree at affordable prices. Highlands earned the highest ranking of any public college or university in New Mexico in Washington Monthly’s “bang for the buck” category.