• Charter schools: Why are they effective?

    By Ed Williams, Searchlight New Mexico

    Sara Tafoya never pictured herself as one of New Mexico’s at-risk students. She came from a supportive, college-educated family in Albuquerque, had once earned good grades, and entertained dreams of going to college and becoming a physical therapist.

  • BCBSNM provides school supplies to Vegas students

    Submitted to the Optic

    Employees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico have been providing school supplies to students through the Operation Back to School campaign for 28 years.

    This year, BCBSNM employees raised more than $13,000 to purchase school supplies for 11 schools around the state.

    BCBSNM made a delivery to the Las Vegas City Schools administration office on Aug. 22. The donations were for Mike Mateo Sena Elementary and the Early Childhood Center.

  • ‘Esports’ club to launch at NMHU during semester

    A new esports initiative at New Mexico Highlands aims to get students involved in competitive video gaming via a club at the university that will launch during the fall semester of 2018.

    The Esports Club will focus on League of Legends and Overwatch, two of the most popular video games with tens of millions of players worldwide.

  • School already?

    Students from Los Niños and Sierra Vista elementary schools enjoyed their first day of the new school year Monday.

  • Las Vegas native earns administrator of the year award

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Jim Abreu, a former School of Education dean at New Mexico Highlands, received the Administrator of the Year award from the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders.

    Abreu’s career as an educator spans 43 years, with 26 of those years spent on the Highlands faculty. For the last eight years, he has served as the executive director for the Northeast Regional Education Cooperative.

  • Students create online exhibits of Donnelly Library archives

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    History of the Las Vegas community and Highlands University come to life, thanks to a digital online special collections exhibits project the university’s media arts and technology students created for Donnelly Library.

  • Daughter of LV couple heading for arts school

    Carly Trujillo took a Park & Ride bus from Las Vegas to Santa Fe for the first two years of high school.

    Maybe that’s why the college freshman-to-be seems undaunted when it comes to attending school in Chicago.

  • Professor in Fine Arts wins sculpture award

    A New Mexico Highlands fine arts professor took home first place honors in a juried Rocky Mountain Region sculpture show.

    David Lobdell’s steel and iron piece, “Nesting Book #1,” was recognized at the Creede Sculpture Show in Creede, Colo., July 20.

    “My piece is a book made out of steel that has metal castings welded into it, featuring two iron nests that represent the empty nest we have in our home now that our two sons are 22 and 26,” Lobdell said.

  • Snow receives prodigious grant for research

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University biology professor received an American Heart Association grant for research aimed at shedding new light on the role the estrogen hormone plays in pulmonary hypertension.
    Jessica Snow’s two-year American Heart Association grant totals $155,000.

  • Stuart Gelzer’s Himalayan photography exhibit at 2 Ten Galeria

    A Highlands University media arts faculty member’s photography exhibition titled, Kumanoni: People of the Indian Himalayas, is in the 2 Ten Galeria on the Historic Las Vegas Plaza.

    Stuart Gelzer’s solo exhibition of portraits taken during five weeks in the mountains of India in spring 2018 continues through Aug. 8.

    Gelzer, who grew up in West Africa and India, said the theme of his photography exhibition is people in the context of their daily lives.