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

    Here are the August 2017 students of the month from West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School: kindergartner Rebeka Baza, first-grader Justin Sandoval, seventh-grader Bowen Hebel, second-grader Luvena Padilla, fourth-grader Angel Gutierre, third-grader Xavier Linker, fifth-grader Vespera Benavidez, sixth-grader Faith Lyon, seventh-graders Serenity Racicot and Alyssa Lucero and eighth-graders Mailynn Griego and Isis Lucero.

  • Highlands opens new Indigenous Center

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    A new program at New Mexico Highlands will use a community-based approach to help Native American students complete their college degrees.

    The Community Center for Indigeneity officially opened its doors Aug. 17 in Highlands’ Melody Residence Hall and will host presentations and workshops to help students adapt to college life.

  • Las Vegas part of 1960s storytelling project

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    If you have a story to tell about your involvement in the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, Highlands University wants to hear it.

    The New Mexico History Museum chose Las Vegas as one of five communities statewide to participate in the Turn On, Tune In Community Storytelling Project. Highlands is collaborating with the museum on the project.

  • Tony Serna Elem. Students of the Month, Aug. 2017

    Here are the Tony Serna Jr. Elementary School students of the month for August 2017.

  • Famed graffiti artist made stop at NMHU

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    Legendary New York City subway graffiti artist Al Díaz told media arts students at New Mexico Highlands to look within when creating art.

    “The most authentic art people create is art that reflects your own experiences and what you believe,” said Díaz, whose work is exhibited and collected internationally.

  • NMHU art show slated

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A 15-year-old violinist concentrates on his complex music in Nacho Jaramillo’s painting Virtuoso. Foreboding rust-colored clouds approach in Johanna Keenan’s painting Sand Dunes Before a Storm.

    A Brazilian educator and American linguist, both renowned philosophers, are depicted in Erin Currier’s painting Paolo Freire y Noam Chomsky. Golden aspens shimmer on a sunny day in Priscilla Wiggins’ painting Vances Autumn.

  • UWC graduate shares miraculous escape from death

    By Gwen Albers, special to the Optic

    Being a “rule-breaker” helped Chris Palm survive a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that leveled his Ecuador home with him inside.

    A 1992 United World College-USA graduate, Palm said when he attended the international high school, the castle on the Montezuma campus was closed because it needed extensive repairs.

  • NMHU to host workshop for counselors and advisers

    By Margaret McKinney, Highlands University

    New Mexico high school counselors, community college advisers, and tribal education leaders will learn more about what Highlands University has to offer at a free workshop Thursday.

    The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Highlands main campus in Las Vegas in the Student Center, 800 National Ave.

  • Minner says HU is poised to engineer new programs

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is poised to move forward to engineer exciting programs and services for its students, said the university’s president during an Aug. 10 welcome-back breakfast.

  • Dear Teacher - Aug. 13, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I’m off to college next month and am beginning to panic. What should I know about college before I get there? — Future Freshman

    Answer: Be aware that college is going to be a very new experience. This is a major life transition. It will be especially different if you’re going to be living away from your family for the first time. You are going to meet many different types of people who may not think of the world as you do.