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Education

  • Students of the Month: West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School

    Here are the West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School students of the month for October 2017. In the front row, from the left, are kindergartner Ariela Saiz, third-grader Luciano Ortiz  first-grader Sophia Cannone, second-grader Julissa Acosta and fourth-grader Angel Gutierrez. In back are sixth-grader Kasey Lopez, eighth-grader Israel Ortega, seventh-grader Nicholas Gibbs and fifth-grader Aaliyah Cruz.

  • NMHU jazz ensemble concert slated

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents the university’s Jazz Ensemble in concert Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theater, 800 National Ave.

  • San Miguel del Vado student awarded scholarships

    Submittted to the Optic

    Congratulations are in order for Tiffany Encinas, who was recently announced as an annual scholarship winner.

    The El Valle Community Center in Villanueva announced Encinias as winner of $1,000 scholarships.

    The requirements include 15 hours of community service at the center, a one-page essay on both who inspired the recipient the most and to elaborate on her career choice.

    It also required two recommendation letters, official high school transcript and 2.5 high school GPA.

  • Three media arts students earn prestigious fellowships

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Three outstanding New Mexico Highlands University media arts students received $2,500 fellowships this academic year to develop independent projects, thanks to the Seabury Foundation.

    Elizabeth Lynch, Jamie García, and Brittany Hayes are the 2017 –18 Seabury Fellows.

  • NMHU professor publishes diversity study

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University Spanish professor published a study aimed at advancing higher education curriculums anchored in diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Dr. Norma Valenzuela co-authored the paper in the International Journal of Curriculum and Social Justice.

  • 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.