• N.M. native, author to speak at LCC graduation

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    Dr. Irene Isabel Blea, a New Mexico native with a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Luna Community College graduation.

  • Luna Community College: Computer certifications

    Jesse Gallegos/Luna Community College

    Luna Community College students Jeremy Baca, first photo, along with Brianna Sanchez, pictured below, with her mother, Angel, recently earned their certification with TestOut Desktop Pro.

  • NMHU issues annual awards

    Highlands University students, faculty and staff were honored for their leadership and other contributions to the university at the 21st Annual Student Leadership Recognition banquet in early April.

    The Office of Campus Life, directed by Margaret Gonzales, organizes the event each year.

    “The student leadership banquet is one of the most visible vehicles we have for recognizing exceptional leadership, academic ability, accomplishments and honors among our outstanding students and campus community,” Gonzales said.

  • Jazz ensemble concert set for Thursday evening at Plaza Hotel

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents the university’s Jazz Ensemble in concert Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Plaza Hotel Ballroom on the Las Vegas Plaza.

    Highlands University music professor Edward Harrington directs the Jazz Ensemble and plays bass and trombone for the ensemble.

    Music faculty member Kevin Zoernig is the pianist and co-director for the concert.

  • LCC: Writer contributors

    Luna Community College Humanities Director Dr. Anita Roybal, left, and developmental coordinator Nathan V. Baker, second from left, recently presented honorary certificates of completion to Luna students and journal contributors.

    Next to Baker are Dillian Lucero, Dominique Maes, Briana Sanchez, and Faith Flores at the reading and journal launch of “Puente Juntos,” a Luna literary magazine of student poetry and prose.

    Also presenting was Luna instructor and the co-editor of “Puente Juntos,” Justine Crespin.

  • Madrigal Choir concert set for Sunday at Ilfeld

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The Highlands University Madrigal Choir presents “Peace, Love and Joy” Sunday at 3 p.m. in Ilfeld Auditorium at 900 University Ave.

    The Madrigal Choir includes Highlands University students and Las Vegas community members.

  • UWC has new administrator

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mark Hodde, a United World College-USA alumnus from the class of 1989, has joined the school as chief advancement officer.

    Hodde will manage all aspects of giving, alumni, and communications as we work to fulfill the Davis Family Challenge Grant and build the foundation for a future capital campaign.

    The five-year grant from the family of Shelby M.C. Davis provides a match if the school raises $2 million a year for the Annual Fund.

  • Mora organizations educate students re: Earth Day

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Mora Chamber of Commerce and the Mora Arts and Culture Compound collaborated to make a special and educational Earth Day with Mora students.

    From kindergarten to eighth grade, the “clean-up” crew showed to the children of Mora how to take care of the earth in a very educational, fun way.
    At first, Trudy Herrera introduced the crew and summarized the order of performances.

  • Young local artists recognized in competition

    Las Vegas Optic Reports

    Last month, at the Golden Student Success Center in Eastern New Mexico University, six-year-old Arria Arenivar, born and raised in Las Vegas and currently a student at Melrose Elementary in Melrose N.M., placed second in the elementary school category at the tenth annual K through ENMU Juried Community Youth Art Exhibition in Portales.  

  • New career clothing closet for students

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The Highlands University Career Services Office has started a free career clothing closet to help the university’s students look their best at job interviews.

    “With their other college expenses, many students cannot afford professional outfits to wear to an interview or job,” said Jennifer Hooper of Career Services. “We are starting a career clothing closet at no charge to our students to help better prepare them for job seeking and the workplace.”