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Education

  • West Las Vegas Schools to celebrate homecoming

    Submitted to the Optic

    West Las Vegas High School homecoming week starts Monday. This year’s them is “West Las Vegas: Where Dreams Come True.”

    Dress up days are: Monday - Opposite Day; Tuesday - Generation Day, freshman 70s, sophomores 50s, juniors 60s, seniors 80s, and faculty 20s; Wednesday - Twisted Disney, Thursday - freshman Star Wars, sophomores, Pixar, juniors ESPN, seniors Marvel and staff, Old School Disney; Friday - Green and Gold Day.

    A pep rally is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the high school gymnasium.

  • Georgia students rally for teacher who talks about faith

    The Associated Press

    CANTON, Ga. — Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he’s standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom.

    Hundreds of students poured into hallways at Sequoyah High School Tuesday, holding signs and chanting in support of history teacher John Osborne.

  • English professor publishes eight essays this semester

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University English professor will publish eight essays this fall semester in top international and national literary journals.

    Visiting professor of creative writing Jill Talbot’s new essays appear in Brevity, Fifth Wednesday, Passages North, Carve, and more.

  • HU professor is keynote speaker at conference

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University biology professor will be the keynote speaker at a major biology conference in Mexico.

    Professor Jesús Rivas is a Venezuelan-born herpetologist – a biologist that studies reptilian and amphibian species. He is the world’s foremost expert on green anacondas, a nonvenomous tropical constrictor snake that can exceed 200 pounds.

  • HU grad wins photo contest

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University media arts graduate won first place in a global photography contest for the International Student Voice Magazine.  

    Shanea Strachan, a Bahamas native, garnered the international college student award from a pool of 119 photographers with a self-portrait she created for her Photography II class at Highlands. Her photograph was featured in the magazine in August.

  • HU’s Romero helps Native Americans with challenges

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    One of the biggest challenges Native American students face in college is keeping their cultural identity strong, said Highlands’ new Native American recruiter.

  • Schools to launch tech program

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Students at one Santa Fe elementary school will soon share about 250 iPads as the school district takes a first step toward launching a $55 million plan to provide each of its 14,000 students with a digital device over the next five years.

    The district is contracting with Apple Inc. and Pearson PLC, an educational services company that provides a curriculum on the devices. It’s also working with IT Connect Inc., a local company that will provide the hardware, software and other support.

  • Natives start pharmacy program

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas natives and cousins, Megan Martinez and Michael Padilla are part of the 69th pharmacy class at the University of New Mexico. They were formally welcomed into the program earlier this month at the 12th Annual White Coat ceremony held at Popejoy Hall on the UNM campus.

    They began their classes recently and are part of the 81 students selected for the program from more than 300 applicants.

  • $1.2M grant to boost math, science

    The Associated Press

    LAFAYETTE, La. — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has been awarded a nearly $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to recruit and develop math and science majors into highly-qualified middle and high school teachers.

  • HU’s Garza studies volcano in France

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University graduate student Daniel Garza is the first researcher to produce a detailed geologic map of the Puy de Dome in central France, discovering that the iconic volcanic landmark likely developed in two phases rather than one, as scientists thought.

    At a height of 1,465 meters, Puy de Dome is the largest of 80 extinct volcanoes in the Chaine de Puys mountains range. Previous geologic research of the dome was limited to aerial surveys.