Friday, May 15, 2015

Cellular One Scholarship Winner!

Sean Wallace
By Marilee Petranovich
Representatives from Cellular One were on campus last week to recognize UNM-Gallup nursing student Sean Wallace as the “#BeUNLIMITED Scholarship Challenge” winner.   Dominique Mayes and Dominic Vigil of Naked Mobile presented Sean with a check for $1,000, a new cell phone and free phone service for one year.  Sean’s winning entry included an essay and a text message that represent his philosophy on life and learning. 

Sean Wallace & Cellular one team
Sean’s text message reads “Easy is not an option.  Greatness is not a God-like feature, only the special among us will ever taste it; it truly exists in all of us.  Dreams don’t work unless you do.”  The goal of the Scholarship Challenge was to honor the hard work and perseverance of students.    In accepting the award, Sean very eloquently acknowledged the support of his family “I wish my mom and grandmother could be here on-campus to see me today.  They are my biggest supporters.  I hope my essay and text message influence people to keep going. “

Sean’s essay is below in its entirety.
Sean Wallace & UNM-G Nursing Staff
Sean Wallace & UNM-G Financial Aid Officers
“I would send the text message because I would want to inspire at least one person to get up and do what they want to do to better themselves.  The world we live in today is hard and education is the key to becoming successful.  Everyone wants the easy way, whether it’s being fit or good at something.  Well the text message is a statement that hard work is worth all the effort, if you just take the first step.  I want people in my community to read my message and realize it is possible and it’s not too late to change your life for the good.  Life is not easy, it’s hard and if it’s hard, go through it with hard work and don’t let someone’s words shape your image.  The most inspiring statement I ever heard and that is similar to my message is that, ‘the wealthiest place is the grave yard, we won’t know what inventions or great ideas that would’ve changed people’s lives.’  So how my message is similar is by telling people that it is possible.  You can go from bad to good; failure is what makes people smarter and stronger.  So I want whoever is going to read my message to not stop working towards whatever dream they have because you’re tired, but to stop when you earned it.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

UNM-Gallup staff & faculty raise funds for BB/BS

By Marilee Petranovich

Luana Lupos (Happy Lobos) 
Staff members:  Jayme McMahon, Suzette Wyaco, April Coonsis, Carmen Wellborn & Marilee Petranovich
Faculty members:  Matt Mingus, John Zimmerman, Kristian Simcox, Jim Sayers, and Kristi Wilson

This past Saturday,  members of the UNM-Gallup Staff and Faculty came together to raise funds for Big Brothers/Big Sisters Mountain Region.  Both teams had a bit of friendly competition in independently raising funds, but in the end, were happy to report that with a few last minute donations trickling in, approximately $1,000 was raised by the UNM-G Staff and $600 by the UNM-G Faculty for a total of nearly $1,600 for this cause.  Both teams bowled in the “Luau at the Lanes” where scores didn’t matter but the donations to help Big Brothers/Big Sisters certainly did matter.  According to Sarah Piano, BB/BS Regional Director, it costs approximately $1,200 to match a Big Brother/Sister with a Little Brother/Sister.  The UNM-Gallup Faculty and Staff are grateful to all who supported the fundraising efforts that will allow us to see at least one “Big” matched with a “Little” this year.