• 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.

  • 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.