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Education

  • Students earn fellowships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Three New Mexico Highlands University media arts students received $2,500 fellowships this academic year thanks to the Seabury Foundation and a full match from the university’s foundation.

    Gabriela Hernández, Craig Cassidy, and Analicia Casaus were tapped for the honor. They showcased their completed Seabury projects at an awards presentation and reception in early May.

  • Girls connect though head injury

    By Lindley Estes
    The Free Lance-Star
    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Katie Mueda’s life changed in an instant in 2011.

    One minute she was on the soccer field, and sports were her life.

    The next, a ball collided with her head, spelling the end of contact sports for the now 16-year-old Massaponax High School junior who sustained a severe concussion.

    The effects of the collision would plague her for years.

  • The study of anacondas

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Four New Mexico Highlands University students joined their biology professors on a two-week research expedition deep in the Venezuelan Llanos to study anacondas and other tropical wildlife.

    In April, biology professors Jesús Rivas and Sarah Corey-Rivas took Lisa McBride, Justin Saiz, Steven Salinas, and Rose Peralta on an unforgettable journey of scientific inquiry into the Llanos, a vast tropical grassland plain that floods seasonally, creating the second-largest wetland in the world.

  • 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.

  • West Las Vegas pride
  • 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.