• Disney musical is final season concert for NMHU’s music department

    The Highlands University HU Singers present Disney: Through Light and Dark Saturday, at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave

    The Disney extravaganza includes a two-act medley of songs from 15 Disney musical movies through the years ranging from Cinderella, Mary Poppins, and Sleeping Beauty to Aladdin, Little Mermaid, and Lion King.

  • UWC staffer honored for fundraising career

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    During her 30-year career, Christie Baskett, vice president for advancement at the United World College-USA in Montezuma, has raised more than $136 million for nonprofits across the nation.

  • Students of the Month: Luis E. Armijo Elementary School

    Here are the Luis E. Armijo Elementary students of the month for October 2017: Andres Trujillo, Emily Herrera, Patrick Gurule, Savannah Souvannalath, Miles Cavanaugh, Noah Rivera, Kiana Garcia, Donovan Lujan and Jessie Dimas.

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  • Poet Lyla June Johnston to perform at NMHU

    By Margaret  McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents internationally known Native American performance poet and musician Lyla June Johnston on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, 800 National Ave.

  • New customer relations coordinator chosen

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands launched a one-stop-office for students to receive answers regarding student services like financial aid and registration

    Michelle Bencomo is the new customer relations coordinator.

  • Students of the Month: West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School

    Here are the West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School students of the month for October 2017. In the front row, from the left, are kindergartner Ariela Saiz, third-grader Luciano Ortiz  first-grader Sophia Cannone, second-grader Julissa Acosta and fourth-grader Angel Gutierrez. In back are sixth-grader Kasey Lopez, eighth-grader Israel Ortega, seventh-grader Nicholas Gibbs and fifth-grader Aaliyah Cruz.

  • NMHU jazz ensemble concert slated

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents the university’s Jazz Ensemble in concert Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theater, 800 National Ave.

  • San Miguel del Vado student awarded scholarships

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    Congratulations are in order for Tiffany Encinas, who was recently announced as an annual scholarship winner.

    The El Valle Community Center in Villanueva announced Encinias as winner of $1,000 scholarships.

    The requirements include 15 hours of community service at the center, a one-page essay on both who inspired the recipient the most and to elaborate on her career choice.

    It also required two recommendation letters, official high school transcript and 2.5 high school GPA.

  • Three media arts students earn prestigious fellowships

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Three outstanding New Mexico Highlands University media arts students received $2,500 fellowships this academic year to develop independent projects, thanks to the Seabury Foundation.

    Elizabeth Lynch, Jamie García, and Brittany Hayes are the 2017 –18 Seabury Fellows.

  • NMHU professor publishes diversity study

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University Spanish professor published a study aimed at advancing higher education curriculums anchored in diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Dr. Norma Valenzuela co-authored the paper in the International Journal of Curriculum and Social Justice.