• Hamann awarded internship in Paris

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University chemistry junior Katie Hamann will be conducting cutting-edge laser research at universities in Paris this summer through a National Science Foundation internship program.

    Hamann is one of 12 undergraduate chemistry students in the country selected for the Optics in the City of Lights Program, a partnership with the University of Michigan.  

  • Printmaking exhibit reception today

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents Print, Printed, Printing, an original fine art printmaking exhibit featuring contemporary national and international artists until Saturday. The public reception for the art exhibit is at 5 p.m. today (Friday) in the Burris Hall Gallery, 903 National Ave. The work of approximately 80 artists is represented in the exhibit.

    The program runs through Saturday.

  • Students of the Month - Feb. 21, 2014
  • LCC’s Martinez honored at State Capitol

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College’s Montana Martinez was among 40 students statewide who were honored at the State Capitol recently after earning a spot on the All-State Academic Team.

    Martinez, a 2011 West Las Vegas High graduate, earned a tuition scholarship to a four-year New Mexico University of her choice.

  • Students of the Month - Feb. 7, 2014
  • Scholarships available for FFA students

    Submitted to the Optic

    Following a successful initial campaign in 2013, Tractor Supply Company has announced the second annual Growing Scholars program in partnership with the National FFA Foundation.

    Last year, Tractor Supply customers donated $362,324, resulting in 284 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree.

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  • In Brief - Education - Jan. 24, 2014

    The Associated Press

    WNMU facing layoffs, cuts
    ALBUQUERQUE — Western New Mexico University is facing layoffs, higher tuition and consolidation of classes amid a budget crunch.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Silver City-based university plans to slash spending by 4 percent and eliminate less popular courses.

  • Cold temps force school closures

    The Associated Press

    DAYTON, Ohio — Ohio schools have canceled classes this week amid another round of extreme cold, pushing some past the number of days students are allowed to miss without having to attend makeup days at the end of the year.

    Like many other districts in Ohio, most schools in the Dayton region have reached their maximum number of five calamity days, the Dayton Daily News  reported. More than 15 schools in the region missed at least six days because of the weather.

  • Aguilar begins new position

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Teresita Aguilar is the new provost and vice president of academic affairs at New Mexico Highlands University.

    She replaces Gilbert Rivera, the university’s former vice president of academic affairs who retired in December 2013 after many years of service.

    Aguilar, a graduate dean in the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of New Mexico from 2002 to  2005, brings a wealth of academic and administrative higher education experience to her new position at Highlands.