• Highlands gets grant for water testing

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    New Mexico Highlands University received an $82,529 National Science Foundation Grant that will enable natural sciences students and faculty to use in-house instrumentation to conduct water quality research and analysis.

    One instrument is for field use in streams and lakes and measures real-time water quality parameters like temperature, conductivity, pH and dissolved oxygen.

  • Area sophomores gear up

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    More than 100 high school sophomores from Espaola, Pojoaque and Santa Fe attended a GEAR UP for College Camp at New Mexico Highlands University July 28-30.

    GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Highlands’ 10-year-old GEAR UP works to increase high school graduation rates and enrollment in college. Students are enrolled in the program from seventh grade through high school. Highlands has GEAR UP offices on the Highland’s campus and in Espaola.

  • Accepted to NMMI

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    Ryan Aragon has been accepted to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.

    He has attended West Las Vegas Schools from Head Start through 10th grade and maintains a 3.67 GPA and is ranked seventh in his class.

    His goals are to graduate from NMMI and attend the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He enjoys playing basketball and spending time with family and friends.

  • LCC awards scholarships

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    The following students have been awarded a $1,000 Horizon Scholarship: Bernadette Aragon, Brenda Calderon, Lila Fresquez, Bennie Gallegos, Amado Gonzales, Shannon Gonzales (Martinez), Justeen Griego, Shirley Griego, Britany Hamilton-Tatum and Elizabeth Herrera.

    Douglas Lopez, Felicia Lovato, Rebecca Morales, Amanda Padilla, Anna Padilla, Allison Sanchez, Barbara Travis, Jessica Travis, Thurston True, Vanessa Valencia, and Alexandra Vigil.

  • NMHU School of Education has new dean

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    Michael Anderson is the new dean of the New Mexico Highlands University School of Education.

    Anderson brings a wealth of academic experience to his new job at Highlands, including his most recent position as director of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, a position he held from 2006-08.

  • Why character counts

    My take on the Character Counts program is about developing a whole person. As an educator and adviser, it is my goal to empower people to develop character.

    Character is not something that happens by accident, rather it is a continual development. We must live the life oc character, no matter whether it is popular or liked ... it is never too late to do the right thing. Character becomes more possible when it is by modeled by others, perhaps all of us.

  • Hagood NMHUs new comptroller

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    Nesbitt Hagood joined New Mexico Highlands June 2 as the university’s new comptroller.

    Hagood brings 40 years of experience in public accounting to the university.

  • Armijo named to Phi Theta Kappa

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    Cindy Armijo, an instructor of criminal justice at Luna Community College, has been appointed Phi Theta Kappa interim coordinator for New Mexico, by Rod A. Risley, Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director.

  • Luna students receive awards

    The Luna Community College Business and Professional Studies Department along with the LCC Science, Math, Engineering and Technologies Department hosted the Third Annual Awards Ceremony recently.

    The theme of the evening was “Celebrating Student Success.”

    Several students were recognized for their academic achievement and perfect attendance. Faculty and staff from both departments were also recognized for their dedication and commitment to student success.

  • NMHU students join Oaxaca program

    Eighteen New Mexico Highlands students and teachers from across northern New Mexico will participate in the university’s fourth Oaxaca Study Abroad Program this month.