• 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.

  • Cowboy art exhibition in Ray Drew Gallery

    New Mexico Highlands Universitypresents a National Day of the Cowboy Art Exhibition in the university’s Ray Drew Gallery, which began on July 8 and ends Aug. 22.

    The exhibit features New Mexico artists who have lived the cowboy way. The artists reception will be Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the gallery, in Donnelly Library at 802 National Ave.

  • Highlights of recent higher-ed honors and degrees

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Here are some of the college honors recently sent to the Optic:

    Analisa Chavez, a Mora High School student and native of the Buena Vista area, made the Dean’s Honor Roll at Oklahoma State University for spring 2018 with a 3.5 grade-point average or higher.

    Joseph Fine of Las Vegas graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in history in May from Bryant University. He was one of 788 spring graduates from the school, located in Smithfield, R.I.

  • Perfect attendance

    Deaven Baca recently received a bicycle as a reward for perfect attendance throughout his fourth-grade year  at Rio Gallinas Charter School.

    Experts cite attendance as an important component of learning, especially in math and reading.

  • PTK Beta Mu Nu Chapter had impressive school year

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Luna Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Beta Mu Nu Chapter earned several state, regional and international individual and chapter awards for the recently completed school year.
    The following is a list of the awards.

    2018 New Mexico Regional Chapter Awards:

    • Most Distinguished Chapter – Highest Combined Score between the HIA Project and College Project

    • Most Distinguished College Project Award – Project Title, “LCC Leadership Academy”

  • Graduates, alumni give Highlands high marks in surveys

    New Mexico Highlands’ 2018 graduates gave the university high marks for quality of instruction and value of their education relative to cost, in a recent survey, meeting and exceeding 95 percent satisfaction on these and other measures.
    The Student Satisfaction Survey is a state-mandated survey distributed to graduating students. The Highlands Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research administered the state survey to Highlands students graduating in May 2018.

  • Highlands officially taken off probation by HLC

    Following a successful accreditation reaffirmation by the Higher Learning Commission, New Mexico Highlands announced a new initiative Tuesday.

    As expected, the Higher Learning Commission, the accrediting organization for a large number of colleges in the central U.S.,  notified Highlands on Monday that NMHU has met the identified criteria and is removed from probation.
    Highlands has been fully accredited since 1926 and remained accredited during the probation period.

  • Student Service Club helps after Guatemalan volcano eruption

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University students lent a hand sweeping and shoveling volcanic ash from the streets following the deadly Fuego volcano eruptions that started June 3 in Guatemala and continued for more than a week. The students also volunteered in a residential hospital for special needs children and adults.