• Dear Teacher - July 23, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My kids are already getting bored with summer vacation, please send me some boredom busters. — Avoiding Boredom

    Answer: It doesn’t take too long for children to lament, “I’m bored.” Here are some ideas to put more fun into the long summer holidays and possibly more learning.

  • Dear Teacher - July 16, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My child will be going into third grade next year. He hesitates a lot and reads slowly. The teacher says he is not as fluent a reader as he should be. I’d like to help him improve this skill during the summer, and he is willing to work with me. What should I be doing to help him become a more fluent reader? — For Fluency

  • Johns Hopkins University grad
  • Dear Teacher - July 2, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Both my wife and I went to college, which led us to get good jobs in our chosen professions: teaching and accounting. Besides the ever-present articles on how college graduates make far more than those who are high school graduates, what are some other reasons for going to college? — Justifying College

  • Second mayor recall effort failed

    A second attempt to recall Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón has failed.

    City of Las Vegas Clerk Casandra Fresquez announced Wednesday that the deadline had passed to submit sufficient signed petitions to bring about a public election to recall Gurulé-Girón.

  • Highlands grad finds success in Vietnam

    Submitted to the Optic

    A Highlands University biology graduate returned to his homeland of Vietnam to work as a technical development project manager for a leading seafood company that is increasing food supplies for his country and internationally.

    Son Tran, B.S. biology 2015, joined Viet-UC Seafood in January 2016.

  • Students raise money for animals
  • Sensory room: A ‘wish come true’ for an 8-year-old girl

    By John Surratt
    The Vicksburg Post

    VICKSBURG, Miss.  — It’s a special room for a special girl.

    A sensory room is a place full of pleasant features — special sounds, light displays, pictures, pretty scents and other interesting items that lighted balls that change colors and chairs that bounce or vibrate.

  • Dear Teacher - June 25, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Last year in third grade, my great-granddaughter questioned me about this problem: “There are 35 computers in the lab. Five students each turn off an equal number of computers. How many computers does each student turn off? Label the unknown as m, then solve.”

  • Students volunteer to teach revolutionary device

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University students are volunteering in Namibia, Africa, this summer teaching medical students and others how to use a revolutionary hand-held portable diagnostic ultrasound device that has the power to save lives.

    Molly Enenbach, a 2016 Highlands biology graduate who begins medical school in August, and James Foster, a Highlands biology senior, are demonstrating how to use the low wattage device the size of a smartphone or computer tablet that is used to diagnose disease and trauma conditions.