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  • Highlands University

    Originally a teachers college, Highlands University has evolved into a multifaceted institution of higher learning, a reflection of its own multi-cultural heritage. For alumni the real university, and the true story of Highlands was their experience in the classroom with faculty who inspired, nurtured and instilled the sense of curiosity critical to learning and living.

  • The first president of New Mexico Normal School was an Illinois farmer’s son whose love of learning led him far beyond the one-room schools where he started his education.

    Edgar Lee Hewett, born in 1865, attended local rural schools and graduated at the top of his class.

    He took a county teachers’ examination and qualified for a certificate with near perfect scores.

  • Highlands University

    It’s the quiet ones. Quietly raising money for scholarships that not only change individual students’ lives, but that of their families for generations to come.

    Carefully, thoughtfully, and conservatively investing monies to accumulate wealth in order to support the students and the university with special programs and projects.

    Seeking, shepherding and guiding donors who wish to leave a legacy so that future generations of New Mexico Highlands Students can obtain scholarships, grants and awards.

  • 1891
    29th New Mexico Legislative Assembly enacts the Public School Law of 1891, creating the territory’s first comprehensive public school system.

    Feb. 11, 1893
    Public School Law signed by Territorial Gov. L. Branford Prince, creating normal schools in Las Vegas and Silver City.

    Oct. 4, 1897
    Edgar Lee Hewett hired as the first president of the New Mexico Normal School in Las Vegas (which would later become New Mexico Highlands University); Hewett’s first day on the job was July 1, 1898.

  • The nickname “Cowboys” was adopted by the New Mexico Normal University faculty athletic committee and student council as the official name of the athletic teams in February 1930.

    Before then, the school used the name “Tigers.” Through the efforts of alumnus S. Omar Barker, the name was changed.

    Barker, a distinguished Western writer who lived in Las Vegas, asked, “Cannot the University contrive to discover some team name that would have the pungency of local and Southwestern significance, some name that would be unique?

  • Fifty years from now, Highlands students, faculty and staff will  dig up a time capsule set to be buried near the recently completed student center.

    The capsule is filled with mementos and memorabilia, everything from photos and videos to a recent Optic and a camera card with photos taken this week. Items from this weekend’s birthday celebration will also be added before it’s buried next week.

  • Submitted to the Optic
    Sept. 27, 2013, marks one year since the dedication of the Wind River Ranch as the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in Northern New Mexico. Last year former Secretary Salazar, established it as the 560th unit of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s refuge system.  

  • If you think that “The Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico is mostly about Santa Fe, think again.

    The entry on Las Vegas, for example, doesn’t just mention that it was founded more than 25 years before the other Las Vegas or that it is known for its Victorian architecture.  

    It delves into the fact that Las Vegas got its start in the 1820s as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail and that it prospered even more when the Santa Fe Railway came through in 1879.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    For the second year, the Las Vegas Plein Air Club will be hosting its annual Las Vegas Plein Air Paint Out.

    Rooted in 19th century Impressionist’s fascination with light and landscape, “En plein air” or “in the open air” refers to the practice of painting and sketching outdoors.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Pecos National Historical Park exists in part because of the generosity of the Academy Award-winning actress and her husband E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson. On Sunday, the monument will celebrate Greer Garson’s 109th birthday with a day of activities.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Fort Union National Monument announced its final First Fort and Arsenal Tours of 2013. The final tours for this year will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the monument located near Watrous.

    Join a ranger for guided programs at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 2 p.m. Visitors and park staff will meet at the Visitor Center 15 minutes prior to the program time, then caravan out to the First Fort site.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents “The Art of Observation” exhibit of paintings by Las Vegas artist Kimberly Reed-Deemer in Burris Hall Gallery, with the opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the gallery.

    Burris Hall is at 903 National Ave. The exhibit continues through Oct. 10.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents well-known poet and author Jimmy Santiago Baca from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today (Friday) in the theater of the university’s new Student Union Building.

    The free keynote talk is titled “Life Gives Me Too Much Laughter.” A book signing will follow, with a number of Baca’s books available for purchase.

    The student union is at the northwest corner of National Avenue and 8th Street.

  • Submitted to the Optic
    Santiago Valentin Aragon, a 2013 Robertson High School graduate, as been selected as the recipient of the 32nd annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship. The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Robertson High School student athlete who excelled academically and participated in the football program.

  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Alison Ladman is a recipe developer for the AP. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CrustAndCrumbCo

    By Alison Ladman
    The Associated Press
    Most people know challah — a Jewish egg bread — as a braided loaf. But truth is, it can take on a variety of shapes. And at Rosh Hashana it often is formed into a spiral, which is meant to symbolize the circle and continuity of the Jewish new year.

  • By Alison Ladman
    The Associated Press
    Like many Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashana — the Jewish new year — is rich with delicious, symbolic foods. Rounds of challah bread, for example, signify continuity, while apples and honey represent wishes for a sweet year to come. Of course, just as important is spending time with loved ones.
    So we created a dish to satisfy both the traditional food customs and the desire to spend time with family. Baked stuffed apples have the both the honey and the apples for the sweetness, yet take little effort to make.