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Education

  • 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.

  • HU receives MULE robot

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department received a Multifunction Utility Logistics Equipment (MULE) robot from Sandia National Laboratories. The robot was delivered April 13.

  • In Brief - Education - April 20, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Suarez hosts town hall
    ALBUQUERQUE — PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Ray Suarez visited Albuquerque for a teacher town hall on New Mexico’s high dropout rates just as the state’s largest teachers’ union vows to fight a new teacher evaluation proposal.

    Suarez hosted the town hall at the University of New Mexico on  Wednesday for an event sponsored by New Mexico PBS.