Monday, July 27, 2015

UNM-Gallup to Benefit from Local Grant



          The Northwest New Mexico Regional Solid Waste Authority was recently awarded a grant from the New Mexico Environment Department Solid Waste Bureau that will make it easier for the citizens of McKinley County to have a convenient location to drop off their recyclable materials.  As a result of the successfully funded grant application, UNM-Gallup will be a designated recycling station.  Grant funds will be used to purchase bins for all buildings on campus as well as other supplies, such as wheeled carts, that will allow for a greater commitment to sustainability efforts.

            Pamela Stovall, Associate Professor of Communications and Journalism at UNM-Gallup, wrote the grant proposal in her capacity as a team member of the NWNMRSWA team.  This collaborative effort resulted in the $17,500.00 award which will be used to purchase bins and recycling materials.  Stovall notes, “This is a strong community-wide effort to lead the way in recycling.  In the long term it is hoped that staff will be available to support and encourage recycling.  UNM-Gallup did a test study earlier in the year and the students were amazing.  Students took the extra steps to separate recyclable materials with the help of individual staff members and departments.  Having such a strong student response led to the local organization choosing UNM-Gallup as a location for placement of the bins.”

            The paperwork is still in progress to place the bins, but once situated, community members will be invited to utilize the drop off site for all recyclable materials.

Monday, July 20, 2015

UNM-Gallup Awarded Department of Education Grant



The University of New Mexico-Gallup is proud to announce its receipt of a Student Support Services Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  This award is for the TRIO Student Support Services program at UNM-Gallup and will be funded in the amount of $235,228.00 per year for a five year period for a total of $1,176,140.00 over the course of the grant cycle.

            The TRIO program provides customized support services to UNM-Gallup students who qualify based on income level, first generation status, or low academic preparedness.  Institutions of higher education are funded for Student Support Services programs to provide academic development opportunities and individualized assistance to students which is intended to motivate them towards successful completion of a certificate or degree program. 

            Jayme McMahon, Senior Program Manager for the UNM-Gallup Student Success Center and author of the TRIO grant proposal, received news of the award through a phone call from Senator Tom Udall’s office early this week.   Upon receipt of the award letter she stated, “We are very excited to have been awarded the TRIO/Student Support Services grant for the next five years, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue providing critical support services to students attending UNM-Gallup. This was a highly competitive grant cycle, and I am very proud that the submitted proposal, along with the proven record of success within the program, earned new funding for our institution. TRIO programs provide much needed support and services to first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities who are often underrepresented and most at-risk for achieving success in their postsecondary endeavors.”

            The objectives of the grant-funded program directly address the academic needs of students and propose strategies to help students maintain good academic standing through a robust host of institutional means including academic and financial aid advising, career counselling, tutoring, supplemental instruction, coaching, and mentoring.  The Department of Education strictly monitors institutions utilizing Student Support Services funding to insure that students are progressing and graduating from their programs. 
            UNM-Gallup has maintained a strong TRIO program since 2001. The most recent grant ends August 31 of this year so the fate of the program remained uncertain until the new grant was awarded. 
            Jeannie Baca, Director of Student Affairs at UNM-Gallup spoke as to the benefits of the grant for students.  “We are very excited to be named as a recipient of the TRIO Student Support Services grant and are extremely thankful to the U.S. Department of Education for their confidence and support.  UNM-Gallup provides opportunities for students to earn a credential, transfer to a four-year university or receive job training.  This grant will provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.  It will continue to enrich and strengthen the UNM-G community.”  

            Executive Director, Dr. Christopher Dyer, in adding his strong support of the TRIO program adds, “The TRIO program represents a critical part of services we provide to students by helping those who need additional support to achieve college success.  This program has had remarkable success in the past, and this present award is evidence of the excellent work done for our students who have academic needs.”

Monday, June 29, 2015

Early Campus Closure - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The UNM-Gallup campus will close at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30th, due to an all-campus water outage associated with the infrastructure construction project. The campus will be without water from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The campus will re-open for regular business hours on Wednesday, July 1. Any classes scheduled to begin at or after 3:00 p.m. are cancelled for Tuesday, June 30.


Thank you for  your understanding and cooperation with this necessary phase of the construction project.
 

Friday, June 19, 2015

SBDC new Director



The University of New Mexico - Gallup Campus is proud to and welcome Mrs. Cynthia M. Jarvison (Cyndi) as the Director of the UNM-G Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  The SBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New Mexico, Santa Fe Community College and UNM-Gallup.

In her new role, Cyndi will be responsible for management and operation of the SBDC which will include consulting with clients in the areas of strategic planning, business development, financial evaluation and marketing within McKinley County.

Cyndi is a member of the Navajo Nation with knowledge in federal, state and local procurement gained from her previous role as a Senior Procurement Specialist assigned to the Navajo Nation BIA Region.  She was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) satellite office of the Navajo Nation and was instrumental in creating the annual Navajo Nation Business Opportunity Day.

Cyndi has been working in business development and procurement for over ten years and has experience as a resource provider for government agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations of various sizes.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. 

“We are very happy to welcome Mrs. Jarvison to the UNM-Gallup community,” said Al Henderson who was the interim SBDC Director. 

Local entrepreneurs, prospective business owners and established businesses are encouraged to contact her to discuss business needs and opportunities.

Local Students Attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference


By Marilee Petranovich



Ten students representing the Center for Career and Technical Education (CCTE) at UNM-Gallup are in Louisville, Kentucky this week as delegates and competitors at the 51st National Leadership and Skills Conference sponsored by SkillsUSA.  The CCTE students are dually enrolled at UNM-Gallup and their individual high schools.  Participants competing at the national conference are:
  • Tyler Johnson (Miyamura High School), Devin Spencer (Miyamura High School) and Roman Thomas (Gallup High School) – Welding Fabrication.
  • Joelle Allen (Miyamura High School), David Moreno (Middle College High School), and Patric Soce (Miyamura High School) – Career Pathways Showcase.
  • Alec Baldwin (Miyamura High School) – Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Govinda Lingayat (Gallup High School) – Customer Service.
  • Leonard Tom (Gallup High School) – Job Skills Demonstration
  • Andres Escamilla (Miyamura High School) – Welding.
Accompanying the student competitors are their advisors and instructors, Ann Jarvis, Principal CCTE; Joe Sanchez, Welding Instructor; Robert Encinio, Construction Technology Instructor and Jeannie Baca, UNM-Gallup Director of Student Affairs.

During their stay, students participate as competitors or as voting delegates where they elect their national officers for the year and conduct the business of their organization. Students also meet with business and industry representatives and hear from government officials. And, they have fun, too.

Many students are participating as competitors in the SkillsUSA Championships, held on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25. More than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves technical, skilled and service occupation instructional programs in public high schools, career and technical centers and schools and two- and four-year colleges. SkillsUSA annually serves more than 320,000 student members annually, organized into more than 3,900 schools and 54 state and territorial associations (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands).

SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. Career and technical education is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. More than 11.5 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.

SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training program by the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information, go to http://www.skillsusa.org