• Dear Teacher - May 9

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Special to the Optic

    Question: My son flunked out of college last year after his freshman year. Admittedly, this probably happened because of too much partying. He has been home working at a very low paying job. Now he is getting serious about wanting to return to college. Can he get back into his previous school? Will another college admit him?
     — Flunked Out

  • Students present at conference

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University anthropology graduate students Will Marquardt and T’Shawna Span presented their novel bioarchaeology studies at the international conference for the Society of American Archeology in Austin, Texas, late last month.

    The annual conference is the largest gathering of archaeologists in the world, with more than 3,000 in attendance this year.

    Both students are graduate assistants for anthropology professor Warren Lail and he also advises them.

  • Schools face federal probe

    By Kimberly Hefling
    AP Education Writer
    WASHINGTON — Fifty-five colleges and universities — big and small, public and private — are being investigated over their handling of sexual abuse complaints, the Education Department revealed Thursday.
    The department’s release of the list is unprecedented and comes as the Obama administration seeks to shed greater light on the issue of sexual assault in higher education and how it is being handled.

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  • Perez to address graduates

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    New Mexico Highlands University distinguished alumnus Sylvester Perez, a San Antonio superintendent, will be the university’s commencement speaker May 10.
    Perez’ career as an educator and administrator has spanned 40 years. He is the superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District of more than 54,000 students in 91 schools.

  • Woods named HU student of the year

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    New Mexico Highlands University English/vocal performance junior Autumn Woods was named Student of the Year at the 16th Annual Student Leadership Recognition Banquet in early April.
    The Office of Campus Life coordinates the recognition event, and a committee of faculty, staff and students selected Woods from other nominees.
    The 20-year-old has earned a 3.85 GPA and is also a captain of the Cowgirl soccer team, starting as a midfielder and earning honors as an All-Conference player.

  • Device helps student communicate

    By Leah Todd
    The Casper Star-Tribune
    CASPER, Wyo. — Kelby Watson stood outside his apartment on a cold April morning, scanning the parking lot for his school bus.
    The 16-year-old’s mother, Teresa, walked outside to meet him. Kelby looked at her over his shoulder and reached for his voice, which lives inside a big black computer dangling from his neck.
    “Hi. Hello. I’m Kelby,” it said in a robotic monotone as Kelby tapped a glowing button on the computer’s touch-screen.

  • Honduras bound - Silent auction to raise funds for humanitarian mission

    Submitted to the Optic
    The New Mexico Highlands University International Humanitarian Delegation is hosting a silent auction from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday in Sala de Madrid on the corner of Eighth Street and University Avenue.
    All proceeds go toward this summer’s humanitarian mission to Honduras, where the delegation will be working with Habitat for Humanity.
    During the trip, the Highlands Humanitarian Delegation will repair  homes, dig trenches, stucco and add on to homes for indigenous families.  

  • Opera holding auditions for high school students

    Submitted to the Optic
    Young Voices, The Santa Fe Opera’s program for high school students, is holding auditions for the 2014-15 season.  An  opportunity for aspiring singers, there is no charge for Young Voices, but participants are asked to commit to a regular and rigorous training process.
    Auditions in Albuquerque are scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Center for the Arts at UNM.
    In Santa Fe, they will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 11 in The Santa Fe Opera Ranch Lounge.

  • 100-year-old woman receives her high school diploma

    The Associated Press
    HAYWARD, Calif. — A 100-year-old Northern California woman is getting her high school diploma some eight decades after she dropped out.
    Hayward High School in the San Francisco Bay Area awarded Mildred Principe her diploma during a ceremony at the school on Wednesday that included a limousine ride, orchestra music and a cake in her honor.