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Education

  • In Brief - Education - May 25, 2012

    Optic and wire reports

    Pertussis cases confirmed locally
    Several confirmed cases of the pertussis, or whooping cough, have appeared at four Las Vegas City Schools.

    In a memo to parents dated May 18, Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez,  school nurse Cynthia Jaramillo and Christopher Novak of the state’s Department of Health notified parents and guardians of the situation.

    At that time, the district had confirmed one case of the bacterial respiratory infection.

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  • Couple heading to NYC

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two New Mexico Highlands University graduates are headed to New York City to pursue advanced degrees at Columbia University and Parsons School of Design.

    Ben Villarreal was accepted into the doctoral program in English education at Columbia, an Ivy League school founded in 1754.

    Veronica Black will pursue her MFA at Parsons, one of the premier design schools in the world.

    The two are married.

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  • Honoring parents’ dream

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A $10,000 scholarship to honor her parents has been established by Eloy Gutierrez and Rita M. Padilla-Gutierrez to assist students attending New Mexico Highlands University.

    “My parents, Placido and Crisanta Padilla, yearned to attend college,” Padilla-Gutierrez said.  “That dream was never realized, but through their children, the importance of education was demonstrated.”

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  • In Brief - Education - May 11, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    ‘No confidence’ vote for Skandera
    ALBUQUERQUE — Representatives of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation have unanimously voted “no confidence” in state Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera.

    Albuquerque Journal reports that union’s council of representatives approved recently a resolution that lists a dozen criticisms against Skandera, including her planned teacher evaluation system and her support for charter schools.

  • Students present research

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two New Mexico Highlands biology students presented their research in April at the largest annual biomedical conference in the world.

    Jose Maestas and Daniel Gutierrez presented in San Diego at the 2012 Experimental Biology Conference: Translating Science for Tomorrow’s Health.

    The conference attracts scholars and researchers from prestigious institutions like the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Santa Fe Opera Youth Nights

    Submitted to the Optic

    Each summer, the Santa Fe Opera provides complimentary tickets for groups of students to attend opera performances. Youth under 23 years can attend free. This year, free youth tickets are available for two operas.