• Fiesta de la Hispanidad planning underway

    By Margaret McKinney


    Organizers for the 25th New Mexico Highlands University Fiesta de la Hispanidad on March 8, 2020, are asking the community to begin thinking about musicians, dancers, and other entertainers who want to participate.

    Fiesta de la Hispan-idad brings music and dance center stage to Ilfeld Auditorium and is a beloved community event that celebrates the local Hispanic culture and Spanish language.

  • Crimmin Scholarship helps Las Vegas students succeed

    By Sean Weaver


    With a gift of  $130,000 more than 30 years ago, Ken Crimmin has made it possible for generations of Highlands students from Las Vegas succeed in college.

    The Ken and Sue Crimmin Memorial Scholarship is typically awarded to six graduating seniors from Robertson High School and West Las Vegas High School, chosen by a five-member committee.

  • HU ranked among most diverse universities in Western U.S.

    “U.S. News & World Report” included New Mexico Highlands on its list of most diverse regional universities in the Western United States.

    The magazine released the Highlands and other rankings Sept. 9.

  • LCC enrollment increases this fall

    By Jesse Gallegos,  Luna Community College

    Enrollment is up at Luna Community College.

    Census Day for the fall 2019 semester was Friday, Sept. 6, and Luna has shown an increase in both the number of students attending and the number of credit hours they are taking, compared to the fall 2018 semester.

  • HU music prof. to be featured in concert

    New Mexico Highlands University music professor and tenor vocalist Andre García-Nuthmann will be a featured soloist in the “Zarzuela at the Plaza Ballroom” concert Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

    The Highlands department of music and the New Mexico Performing Arts Society (NMPAS) are co-sponsoring the Zarzuela concert. Franz Vote, artistic director for the NMPAS, is also the artistic director and pianist for the Zarzuela concert.

  • Hernandez honored as distinguished Highlands University alumnus

    Hector Hernández’ distinguished career with the United States Secret Service has spanned 28 years, including protecting three U.S. presidents and serving now as the special agent in charge of the protective detail for Vice President Mike Pence. 

    Hernández is the first Hispanic to hold this top position. In May 2019, he received the Aguila Award from the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association.

  • Jacqueline Porter joins staff at HU-CARES

    Jacqueline Porter is the is the new advocacy and education coordinator at the main Las Vegas campus for HU–CARES, the Center for Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support.

    Porter brings 17 years as a mental health professional and teacher to her position at HU–CARES.

  • Students give HU high marks for educational experience

    Eighty-nine percent of seniors and 83 percent of freshmen rated their entire educational experience at Highlands as excellent or good, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

    “This very high score for how our students rate their educational experience at Highlands speaks volumes for the work so many people are doing here to serve our students at the highest possible level,” said Sam Minner, Highlands University president.

  • Spanish professor leads free reading group on immigration

    An upcoming reading group at New Mexico Highlands University will explore immigration to the United States over the centuries as well as Indigenous sovereignty.

    The “No History is Illegal: A Multicultural American History” reading and discussion group begins Sept. 26. Norma Valenzuela, a Spanish professor in Highlands’ Languages and Culture Department, will lead the group.

  • LCC nursing students start school in new classroom