• Palabras Pintorescas: Ranch preparations for a long, cold winter

    Is it really almost December 1st as I write this? I will admit I don’t keep track of time vey well, and both September and October flew by rapidly, as in fast up here in the mountains this year.

    Back in the day, the ridgeline snowpack was already beginning to fill in, pack down and reflect the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountain sunrises that often are spectacular (as are the sunsets up here as well).

  • Small SweetHearts

    SweetHearts Cheer is a noncompetitive spirit group created by Andrea Southworth and Amber Wiese to bring community support to Highlands University, cheering at every weekend home basketball game in 2017-18.

    The group was created to support a good friend, Highlands mens basketball coach Craig Snow, with the hopes of boosting attendance.

  • Union Elementary September 2017 Students of the Month

    Here are the Union Elementary School Students of the Month for September 2017.

    They are Tony Apodaca, Audrina Montoya, Damian Avila, Aubriana Ortiz and Unique Gomez.

    Students of the month for October and November will be published, as space allows, once submitted.

  • SoloWorks program has its first graduates

    Submitted to the Optic

    Three SoloWorks Program students had the personal drive and motivation to complete 140 hours of customer service, business skills and career development training during the first SoloWorks Program training.

    “I’m so proud of these students. They have worked very hard in preparing themselves to work at home as customer service representatives. This is evidenced by the interviews they are getting from companies interested in hiring them, said SoloWorks Program Director, Marena Drlik.

  • Valley essay contest winners

    West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School recently recognized Cancer, Violence & Drug Prevention Awareness Month in October with an essay contest.

    The winners were Charlotte Gallegos, Ben Sandoval, Gabriella Salinas, Isaiah Ortiz and Ezekiel Gallegos.

  • Memorial Middle School Honor Roll, Nov. 6

    Seventh Graders

    Carrillo, Estrella E

    Gallegos, Isaiah Robert

    Harris, Kristalynn C

    Leger, Trey J

    Martinez, Alexia M

    Medina, Corazzon

    Mello, Eduardo William

    Montano, Tomas J

  • Looking for a ‘fair’ opportunity

     By Margaret McKinney/N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University hosted its Fall Career and Internship Fair Nov. 2 in the Student Union Ballroom.

    The Office of Career Services organizes the Career and Internship Fair each fall. More than 40 employers participated.

  • NMHU students network at Hispanic conference

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A contingent of four students from New Mexico Highlands University learned best practices for career building and networking at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ annual conference.

  • October — a month of many causes

    Here are some submitted photos taken at West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School during October, when Red Ribbon Week, Week With Out Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness Month were recognized.

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  • Disney musical is final season concert for NMHU’s music department

    The Highlands University HU Singers present Disney: Through Light and Dark Saturday, at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave

    The Disney extravaganza includes a two-act medley of songs from 15 Disney musical movies through the years ranging from Cinderella, Mary Poppins, and Sleeping Beauty to Aladdin, Little Mermaid, and Lion King.