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Education

  • 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.

  • Timofeeva named HU professor of the year

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    New Mexico Highlands chemistry professor Tatiana Timofeeva was named professor of the year for 2013-14 at the 16th Annual Student Leadership Recognition Banquet April 9.
    Several chemistry students and professors nominated Timofeeva for the honor. The Office of Campus Life coordinates the recognition event, and a committee of faculty, staff and students selected Timofeeva from other nominees.

  • High achievers
  • LCC’s Sena wins competition

    Santiago Sena, along with several other Luna Community College students, started the SkillsUSA journey months ago. And for Sena, the journey will continue to the national competition as he took first-place in the Action Skills competition earlier this month in Albuquerque.

    “It’s a good feeling, I didn’t think I was going to win it,” said Sena. “I have more confidence now. I really liked everything about SkillsUSA and I intend to come back next year.”

  • Dear Teacher - April 18

        Question: We are moving across country and will soon be looking for a new place to live. Naturally, finding a good school district will play a big role in our decision, as we have three children in elementary school. Do you have any suggestions for ways to learn more about schools in districts that the realtors suggest to us? - Searching

  • Medina accepted into program

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University graduate student Sebastian Medina was accepted into the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

    The 24-year-old native of rural Mora is a first-generation college student who completes his master’s in natural sciences in May, with an emphasis on environmental sciences and management.

  • FFA excellence