• NMHU students join Oaxaca program

    Eighteen New Mexico Highlands students and teachers from across northern New Mexico will participate in the university’s fourth Oaxaca Study Abroad Program this month.

  • Chavez named bilingual leader

    New Mexico Highlands employee Rodolfo Chavez, Ph.D., will become the next president of the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education, or NMABE. He begins his tenure July 1.

    “We have a great opportunity to advocate and create the necessary national legislation to ensure that bilingual education will be at the forefront of the state and national agenda,” Chavez said. “It’s an exciting time.”

  • WLV yearbook recognized in Gallery of Excellence

    West Las Vegas High School yearbook staff was recently recognized for its 2008 yearbook into Walsworth Publishing Company’s Gallery of Excellence.

  • Reading program scheduled

    This year’s summer reading program will begin Wednesday, June 18. The program will meet 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday for six weeks, ending July 23.

    Special events planned for this year’s program include a visit from Miss New Mexico, the Las Vegas Fire Department, storyteller Andy Mason, a puppet show, Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee, and Zoo-to-You.

    Participants who complete their reading log are eligible for weekly prizes.

  • Local students win legal contest

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    The State Bar of New Mexico hosts an annual essay contest in which students write a legal brief based on a fictitious case with state laws and school policy procedures for students to incorporate into the essay.

    This year, the Bar received 107 essays from throughout the state. Jamie Lee Mathis, a West Las Vegas High School Senior, won third place (worth $250). In addition, Renee Alvino, a senior, Sarah Gallegos, Karla Gallegos, and Christopher Yee, juniors, placed in the top 25; Patrick Lopez, a junior, placed in the top seven.

  • HU teams with Ireland, France

    Environmental geology students and faculty at New Mexico Highlands University are collaborating with researchers from Ireland and France on geologic rifts thanks to a recent grant from the National Science Foundation.

    “To me, it’s important not just to teach the fundamentals of geology, but to have students learn how to communicate and work with people around the world,” said Highlands University environmental geology professor Jennifer Lindline.

  • WLV student sings at state event

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    Chantae “Tae” Bustamante, a West Las Vegas High School junior, was one of four varsity cheerleaders from New Mexico selected to sing the National Anthem at this year’s State Spirit Competition held at the Pit on the University of New Mexico campus recently.

    Bustamante, 16, was the featured vocalist for the commencement of Session 3 of this year’s competition.

  • Luna scholarships available

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    All eligible individuals are encouraged to apply for Luna Community College’s Roadrunner and Horizon Scholarships that are currently available for the 2008-09 school year.

    “We encourage all eligible students to apply and take advantage of the resources Luna Community College has to offer,” said LCC Financial Assistance Director Regina Madrid.

  • Students form service club

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    LAS VEGAS – As part of the global effort to promote peace and understanding, 14 New Mexico Highlands University students have joined with 12 Armand Hammer United World College students to form the first-ever local Rotaract Club.

    Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for women and men ages 18 to 30. It is one of Rotary International's most significant and fastest-growing service programs.

  • Luna College offers ESL classes

    The Adult Basic Education Department at Luna Community College offers an ESL class that is now in session. It is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Through the English as a Second Language class, ABE assists those seeking English proficiency to be able to communicate orally and in written form. This class is free. For more information, call 454-2531.