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Education

  • 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.

  • In Brief - Education - Jan. 17, 2014

    The Associated Press
     

  • Award winners - Wagon Mound school custodians recognized

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Wagon Mound Public Schools custodians were recognized individually for maintaining their work orders, reports, schedule of inspections, and keeping their schools in clean and safe conditions. Each received a golden plaque that reads, “Your resourcefulness and dedication to the students and staff have yielded improved facilities and an enhanced learning environment.”

  • Rangerettes nab threepeat

    For the third time in as many seasons, the Mora Rangerettes are Northern Rio Grande Tournament champions.

    That’s a matter for historical perspective. For the here and now, it’s worth noting that the tournament victory represented Win No. 9, as in a 9-0 start to the season.

    “Our success has been due to good team play,” said Mora head coach Mark Cassidy. “All the girls are contributing with defense and rebounding.”

  • Prof talks about benefits of friendships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands health education professor Ruthy Watson spoke at the TEDxABQ Women 2013 event in early December about the important wellness benefits of women’s friendships.

    TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a nonprofit that formed in 1984 as a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers and speakers.

  • In Brief - Education - Jan. 3, 2014

    he Associated Press

    Work on new school set
    NEWTOWN, Conn.  — Newtown officials say demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School is finished and construction of a new school on the same site will begin in the late summer or early fall.
    Officials say the property where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed more than a year ago has been graded and stabilized for the winter.

  • NMHU students win top awards for robotic research

    Submitted to the Optic
    Two New Mexico Highlands University computer science students received top awards from the Santa Fe Institute for their cutting-edge three-dimensional robotic vision system research.

    Graduate student Miguel Maestas won first place for graduate research and senior Jared Leyba won first place for undergraduate research at the Santa Fe Institute’s Student Computational Thinking Symposium Dec. 7.

  • HU students awarded Bloomberg scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Three New Mexico Highlands University business students received scholarships from Bloomberg Businessweek for writing outstanding business case studies.

    The scholarships were funded through Bloomberg Businessweek’s B-School Connection Program, with a match this fall semester from the Highlands University Foundation.  

    Sam Roybal, a sophomore general business major from Pojoaque, won the $600 gold scholarship.