• 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.

  • RHS grad receives scholarship

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nathan L’Esperance,  a 2014 Las Vegas Robertson High School graduate, has been selected as the recipient of the 33rd Annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship.

    The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Las Vegas Robertson High School student-athlete who has excelled academically and participated in the football program.  

    An outstanding scholar athlete L’Esperance was the starting quarterback and captain of the RHS Cardinal Football Team.

  • Psychiatrist will highlight confab

    Submitted to the Optic

    How do we foster brain development and create safe and healthy environments for children to thrive?

    Dr. Bruce Perry, a psychiatrist who has served as a consultant in the Columbine school shootings and other traumatic events, will present on “The Power of Early Childhood” at the annual First Born® Conference taking place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort at Santa Ana Pueblo. Sept. 12 is the deadline for registration.

  • West Las Vegas Schools to celebrate homecoming

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    West Las Vegas High School homecoming week starts Monday. This year’s them is “West Las Vegas: Where Dreams Come True.”

    Dress up days are: Monday - Opposite Day; Tuesday - Generation Day, freshman 70s, sophomores 50s, juniors 60s, seniors 80s, and faculty 20s; Wednesday - Twisted Disney, Thursday - freshman Star Wars, sophomores, Pixar, juniors ESPN, seniors Marvel and staff, Old School Disney; Friday - Green and Gold Day.

    A pep rally is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the high school gymnasium.

  • Georgia students rally for teacher who talks about faith

    The Associated Press

    CANTON, Ga. — Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he’s standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom.

    Hundreds of students poured into hallways at Sequoyah High School Tuesday, holding signs and chanting in support of history teacher John Osborne.

  • English professor publishes eight essays this semester

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University English professor will publish eight essays this fall semester in top international and national literary journals.

    Visiting professor of creative writing Jill Talbot’s new essays appear in Brevity, Fifth Wednesday, Passages North, Carve, and more.