• Highlands to help develop new early childhood assessment

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations at New Mexico Highlands University will play a lead role in developing a statewide early childhood learning needs assessment.

    The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership contracted with CESDP to help develop the State of New Mexico’s Early Learning Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan.

  • Venegas solidifies career path to social work policy

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Diana Venegas, the new student body president at New Mexico Highlands University, solidified her career path to develop social work policy during a new Legislative Fellowship program the university sponsored.

  • School of Education awarded more than $500K in scholarship funds

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University School of Education is offering $525,970 in teacher education scholarships, thanks to awards from two New Mexico Higher Education Department programs.

    In its 2019 session, the New Mexico State Legislature approved $10 million for the Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship Act, with Highlands receiving $479,853. Also in 2019, the legislature approved $510,000 for the new Grow Your Own Teacher Act, with Highlands receiving $46,117.

  • HU student wins grant for Rio Mora water research

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University geology graduate student Johnson Adio is researching water quality at the Rio Mora northeast of Las Vegas, New Mexico, thanks to a $6,500 grant from the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute.

    Adio’s thesis research focuses upon an 8-kilometer stretch of the Rio Mora at the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge.

  • NMHU grad inducted into Latin Grammy Association

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Reyes Montoya, who graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in music production from New Mexico Highlands University in May 2019, was inducted into the Latin Grammy Association in April.

    The 22-year-old native of the village of Sunshine, N.M., near Ribera, started a recording career with his first release in April, an album titled “Persiguiendo.”

    Montoya, a tenor singer-songwriter who plays electric guitar, bass and drums, has high aspirations.

  • Local siblings debut art exhibition

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Siblings Ali and Chris Romero, students in New Mexico Highlands University’s media arts and technology program, joined forces this month for an art exhibition at 2Ten Galeria in Las Vegas.

    In their artist statement, the two describes their “Lukewarm Mess” exhibition as absurd, playful and offbeat, focusing on the use of minimal but impactful color combinations as well as the way light affects these colors. The exhibition continues through July 7.

  • Alumni Art Exhibition continues through June 28

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University presents the second Highlands Alumni Art Exhibition through June 28 in the Kennedy Alumni Hall at 905 University Ave.

    “We received an excellent response in this second year of the Alumni Art Exhibition, with 23 artists submitting more than 60 works of painting and photography,” said Renee Buchanan, the Highlands Foundation art curator and archivist. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to showcase the fabulous work of our Highlands alumni.”

  • Red Wave Band makes a splash in Colorado

    The Red Wave Band earned first place in the concert band category and second in parade at a national competition In Canon City, Colo. Featured in the photo are August Baldy, Noah Aragon, Martin Sena, Carter Conkle Gallegos and Gabby Duran


  • Valley Schools May students of the month

    Here are the May students of the month from Valley Schools. Front: kindergartener Maddox Gonzales, first-grader Justine Tapia and second-grader Abrianna Gallegos. Middle: third-grader Luvena Padilla and fourth-grader Andreas Romero. Back: fifth-grader Jesus Tafoya, sixth-grader Marco Salinas and eighth-grader Deidrea Castro. Seventh-grader Serenity Racicot was absent for the picture.  


  • Two NMHU students awarded Seabury Fellowships

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Two Highlands University media arts and technology students have each received $2,500 fellowships to develop independent projects, thanks to the Seabury Foundation and the Highlands Foundation.

    Becca Sharp, an Albuquerque native and third-generation Highlands student, received the 2018-19 Seabury Fellowship, and Jamie García, a native of Las Vegas, received the 2017-18 fellowship.