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Education

  • Why character counts

    My take on the Character Counts program is about developing a whole person. As an educator and adviser, it is my goal to empower people to develop character.

    Character is not something that happens by accident, rather it is a continual development. We must live the life oc character, no matter whether it is popular or liked ... it is never too late to do the right thing. Character becomes more possible when it is by modeled by others, perhaps all of us.

  • Hagood NMHUs new comptroller

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    Nesbitt Hagood joined New Mexico Highlands June 2 as the university’s new comptroller.

    Hagood brings 40 years of experience in public accounting to the university.

  • Armijo named to Phi Theta Kappa

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    Cindy Armijo, an instructor of criminal justice at Luna Community College, has been appointed Phi Theta Kappa interim coordinator for New Mexico, by Rod A. Risley, Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director.

  • Luna students receive awards

    The Luna Community College Business and Professional Studies Department along with the LCC Science, Math, Engineering and Technologies Department hosted the Third Annual Awards Ceremony recently.

    The theme of the evening was “Celebrating Student Success.”

    Several students were recognized for their academic achievement and perfect attendance. Faculty and staff from both departments were also recognized for their dedication and commitment to student success.

  • NMHU students join Oaxaca program

    Eighteen New Mexico Highlands students and teachers from across northern New Mexico will participate in the university’s fourth Oaxaca Study Abroad Program this month.

  • Chavez named bilingual leader

    New Mexico Highlands employee Rodolfo Chavez, Ph.D., will become the next president of the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education, or NMABE. He begins his tenure July 1.

    “We have a great opportunity to advocate and create the necessary national legislation to ensure that bilingual education will be at the forefront of the state and national agenda,” Chavez said. “It’s an exciting time.”

  • WLV yearbook recognized in Gallery of Excellence

    West Las Vegas High School yearbook staff was recently recognized for its 2008 yearbook into Walsworth Publishing Company’s Gallery of Excellence.

  • Reading program scheduled

    This year’s summer reading program will begin Wednesday, June 18. The program will meet 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday for six weeks, ending July 23.

    Special events planned for this year’s program include a visit from Miss New Mexico, the Las Vegas Fire Department, storyteller Andy Mason, a puppet show, Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee, and Zoo-to-You.

    Participants who complete their reading log are eligible for weekly prizes.

  • Local students win legal contest

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    The State Bar of New Mexico hosts an annual essay contest in which students write a legal brief based on a fictitious case with state laws and school policy procedures for students to incorporate into the essay.

    This year, the Bar received 107 essays from throughout the state. Jamie Lee Mathis, a West Las Vegas High School Senior, won third place (worth $250). In addition, Renee Alvino, a senior, Sarah Gallegos, Karla Gallegos, and Christopher Yee, juniors, placed in the top 25; Patrick Lopez, a junior, placed in the top seven.

  • HU teams with Ireland, France

    Environmental geology students and faculty at New Mexico Highlands University are collaborating with researchers from Ireland and France on geologic rifts thanks to a recent grant from the National Science Foundation.

    “To me, it’s important not just to teach the fundamentals of geology, but to have students learn how to communicate and work with people around the world,” said Highlands University environmental geology professor Jennifer Lindline.