• Diné College visit
  • School supplies donation

    Submitted to the Optic

    The students and staff of Mike “Mateo” Sena Elementary in Sapello got a special treat last late month. The residents and guests of Pendaries RV Resort donated plenty of school supplies.

    In late August, several residents of the resort came to present hand-made backpacks, containing additional supplies, to the students.

  • Dear Teacher - Sept. 19

    By Margie Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler
    Special to the Optic
    Question: We’re back to the same old frantic rush every morning to get the children out the door in time for school. We make up morning schedules, but we never follow them for more than a few days. Is there any way we can make mornings more peaceful? — Rushing Around

  • Patron commits $7.5M to UWC

    By Jennifer Rowland

    UWC-USA patron Shelby M.C. Davis, one of the leading supporters of international education in the United States, is committing another $7.5 million to United World College, building on his past generosity as the school’s largest donor. Of this total, he will give $1 million a year for the next five years to increase his support of scholarships for Americans to attend UWC schools. The balance of Davis’ gift will support second year Davis-Mahindra International Scholars at each eligible UWC school.

  • Cowboys look for breakthrough

    NMHU is looking for its first win of the football season on Saturday when in-state rival Western New Mexico comes to town. The game will be at 1 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.

    To be fair, the first couple of games have been against stout opposition.

    Eastern New Mexico, which beat Highlands 44-21 in the season opener Sept. 6 at Perkins Stadium, is the defending co-champion of the Lone Star Conference.

  • Longtime prof to serve as parade marshal

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A longtime Highlands University biology professor who has dedicated her career to student success will be this year’s homecoming parade marshal.

    “I still relish the challenges of teaching students,” said Maureen Romine, whose tenure at Highlands has spanned 42 years.

    This year’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 20  and will run from Fifth Street and Friedman Avenue to the Plaza Park.

  • Homecoming at Highlands is more than just a game

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    There might be a few who say Homecoming is just another game.

    But to those who know otherwise, the combination of marching band music filling a crisp fall afternoon, the company of friends and the excitement leading up to the big match, Homecoming Week at New Mexico Highlands is a long-standing tradition.

    For generations, Highlands’ friends, alumni and their families have returned to the grounds to take part in a community celebration where their journey began.

  • Hilton Award honors Las Vegas couple

    By Sharon Vander Meer
    Highlands University

    The Hilton Award is given in recognition of individuals who support Highlands and the community. That defines Tito and Mary Chavez, who rarely say “no” when asked to donate an item to a silent auction or other fund-raising event. Tito also gives a substantial amount of time supporting causes he and Mary believe in,  including the Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance.

  • Mike Melton tapped for Homecoming Spirit Award

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Mike Melton, regional president for Southwest Capital Bank, never misses a chance to promote Highlands, talking about what his alma mater means to him and the Las Vegas community.

    Melton, B.A. finance, also serves on the bank’s Board of Directors. He was tapped for the homecoming Spirit Award.

    Homecoming week is Sept. 15-20, with a full schedule of the festivities online at http://www.nmhu.edu/homecoming/

  • Levin to give gallery art talk today

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Santa Fe Artist Eli Levin will give a gallery talk about the First Invitational New Mexico Painters Exhibition at 2:30 p.m. today (Friday) in the Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.