• 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.

  • Smaller school a selling point to some students

    Cozy, compassionate and committed.

    These three words may be overlooked in the English dictionary, but to Luna Community College student Jared Serrano they are words that he says best describe the school.

  • NMHU graduate helping one of state's most visible firms expand

    A Highlands University media arts and technology graduate is playing a key role in building new exhibits for Meow Wolf, a successful Santa Fe immersive and interactive art attraction that is expanding to two new cities.

    Dré Gallegos is the lead technical fabricator for Meow Wolf’s team of eight employees dedicated to installing the technical artwork components for the new Denver and Las Vegas, Nev., locations, all planned to open by 2020.

  • Mora High students learn about leadership at state level

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Girls and Boys State is a unique educational program for high school juniors. The program honors those who have brought us our freedom through helping young adults develop as future leaders.

    The students become knowledgeable on the operation of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the city, county and state levels.

    Boys State is sponsored by The American Legion Department of New Mexico and Girls State is sponsored by The state’s American Legion Auxiliary.