• Lujan third in graduating class

    Submitted to the Optic

    Joshua Lujan was born in Albuquerque and is the son of Maj. William Lujan and Janet Lujan, both of Las Vegas.

    Joshua is currently ranked third in his graduating class and will be graduating with honors in June in San Antonio, Texas.

    He is the grandson of Mary Louise Lujan and the late Armando (Mande) Lujan and grandson of Marie Torres and the late Roman (Ray) Torres, all of Las Vegas.

  • Students of the month - May 18
  • Take risks, get spiritual medicine urges HU graduation speaker

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Take risks and gather your spiritual medicine for your life journey, Navajo Diné College President Maggie George told graduates at the Highlands University main campus commencement last Saturday.

    A record number of 952 students graduated from Highlands and its centers, with 438 earning their diplomas in Las Vegas. Of these graduates, 52 percent earned bachelor’s degrees and 48 percent completed master’s degrees.

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  • Dear Teacher - May 15

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

     Question: Our 2-year-old daughter leaves the neighborhood children her age in the dust. She is so much more advanced intellectually. Not only is her vocabulary far more sophisticated, she can do simple addition problems without any difficulty. What should we look for in a preschool for our child? — Very Advanced

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  • Roybal and Bentson to attend workshop

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College general science student Auritha Roybal and Lisa Bentson, a general biology instructor, will both be attending a Genomic Education Partnership Workshop at Washington University in St. Louis in June.

  • NMHU students help people experience ancient pueblos

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    Media arts students at Highlands University used a blend of technology and design to create an interactive exhibit that allows more people to experience Pueblo life circa AD 1300 at the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo.

    First excavated in the 1930s, the remains of the ancient ancestral village known as Kuaua is one of the first points of contact in New Mexico between Native American civilization and the Francisco Vasquez de Coronado expedition from Spain in 1540-1541.

  • Dear Teacher - May 8

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My son in 10th grade is doing well in school except when it comes to writing essays for his English class. He just doesn’t know how to choose a topic or to organize what he wants to say. His teacher certainly hasn’t been helpful. He has had about zero instruction in writing essays.

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