• Las Vegas businessman praises college instructors

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    Cordy Tafoya is a non-traditional student. He is 40 years old and runs a successful business.

    Yet, in the fall of 2017, Tafoya looked at Luna to help solidify his business. Tafoya is a barbering major and is expected to finish his certificate in December.

  • Las Vegas artist donates sculpture to Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    An 11-foot-tall steel tree sculpture depicting the total solar eclipse of 2018 is planted firmly in the earth in front of New Mexico Highlands’ Burris Hall, thanks to a donation from a fine arts student.
    The university’s Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve Mary’s Miller’s Celestial Tree sculpture installation in front of the fine arts building.

  • Highlands graduate student lands social policy internship

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands social work graduate student landed an internship aimed at helping develop social policy in New Mexico through the lens of global social justice.

    Katrina Ortiz is a second-year Master of Social Work student at Highlands who will complete a fall 2018 and spring 2019 internship at the Santa Fe Council on International Relations.

  • We’re all ears

    It’s Homecoming week at Robertson High School.

    Freshmen Amanda Bustamante and Nevaeh Lujan had their Minnie Mouse ears on during “Disney and Nickelodeon Monday.”

    Other fun themes are scheduled throughout the week. Friday’s parade is set for 1:30 p.m. and will run from the RHS campus area through downtown Las Vegas.

    The Homecoming queen and king will be crowned at halftime of the Cardinals’ 7 p.m. game against Socorro.

    West Las Vegas High School is set to celebrate Homecoming next week.

  • STEM: Luna Community College

    Luna Community College STEM instructor Geno Castillo explains the fossilization of ripple marks on a piece of sandstone to Luna student Joshua Aragon. For information on STEM, e-mail Castillo at gcastillo@luna.edu.

  • Robertson High 2018 Homecoming events

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Here’s the Robertson High School 2018 Homecoming schedule. This year’s theme is “TV favs.”

    Sunday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m:

  • West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School Students of the Month

    Students of the Month from West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School show off their awards.

  • 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.