Wednesday, February 23, 2011

KGLP's New Manager Brings New Ideas for Connecting with Gallup Listeners

GALLUP - KGLP, Gallup's public radio station, has a new manager. Rachel Kaub joined the station in January, after eight years as operations manager at KUNM in Albuquerque.

Kaub brings some new ideas to the radio station, which broadcasts at 91.7 fm from the basement of Gurley Hall at University of New Mexico-Gallup. At the same time, she's appreciative of the diverse programming that already exists, courtesy of the station's loyal volunteers.

A veteran of radio theater from her home state of Kansas and from KUNM, Kaub says she'd like to launch this concept on KGLP. An experienced grant writer, she hopes to pursue some grants specifically to underwrite radio theater, as well as technical improvements, local news and public affairs.

Also high on her to-do list is reviving youth radio, an effort that partnered with UNM-Gallup's Communications program in the past.

She also believes the public radio station needs to be of better service to the Native American community in which it is located, and says she intends to explore ways of doing that, including better engagement with Native Youth.

Kaub has already turned her attention to public affairs programming on the station on Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m. by interviewing mayoral and city council candidates, and will continue to reserve this time for revolving hosts to conduct local interviews.

Some technical issues are currently at the fore, including the replacement of the emergency alert system, computers, and the upgrading of network decoders for the satellite system.

"Equipment wears out, as do people," Kaub said.

She says she would also like to resurrect the online streaming of KGLP programming, which was halted four years ago due to concerns over changes in music licensing for online distribution. Further, she's keen to experiment with podcasts and Smartphone listening.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Nursing Faculty Chosen for BSN to PhD Program

Kelley Schukar, clinical coordinator in the University of New Mexico-Gallup’s Nursing program, and Michelle Kellywood-Yazzie, a half-time clinical instructor, have been accepted into a pilot Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Ph.D. program at UNM’s College of Nursing.
    According to Marji Campbell, chair of the department, there are only three persons in the program, and two of them are at UNMG.
    Kellywood-Yazzie graduated from the UNMG nursing program with an Associate’s degree in May 2006 and in 2010 received her BSN from UNM. A member of the Navajo Nation, she lives in Thoreau. Her goals in education are twofold: to develop a team of nurses to create a policy and procedures for a program she calls the Native American School Health Initiative, which would be devoted to helping children in Bureau of Indian Education schools nationwide; and to teach Nursing either at UNMG or at UNM Albuquerque’s College of Nursing. She said she would also like to develop grants to help supplement the schools’ funding for a licensed nurse.
    “These goals are important to me not only as a Navajo/DinĂ© individual to help our Native American children,” she said. “It is also important to me as a community leader and nurse. It is my responsibility to create opportunities that will promote the health of our people and the communities we are living in.” As Kellywood-Yazzie pointed out, the care received in schools may be the only health care Native children receive.
    Schukar earned her B.S.N. from Seattle University, a private Jesuit University, in 1990. Her first job was at Providence Medical Center in downtown Seattle, on the post-surgical unit. She moved with her children to Gallup in 1992 to work at GIMC in orthopedics, medical/surgical, pediatrics and in the emergency room. From 1998-2006 she owned and operated “The Coffee House” in downtown Gallup.  In 2005, she was hired by UNM-G as a clinical instructor, and supervised third- and fourth-semester Nursing students on the med/surg and pediatric floors at GIMC. Discovering a love for teaching, Schukar applied for and was given her current job teaching at UNMG.
    “I am so honored to have been accepted into the B.S.N.-Ph.D. program, and hope to serve this community in Gallup, and UNM-G for many years to come,” Schukar said.
    Campbell said no commitment or payback is required to be in this program.  It is grant funded and will finance the students’ education for a year; the College of Nursing is looking for funds to extend beyond that year.

Monday, February 14, 2011

UNMG Releases Enrollment Figures

GALLUP -The University of New Mexico-Gallup has released enrollment figures for Spring 2011.

The college recorded an official figure of 2,896 head count and 28,446 credit hours. This represents a 2.88 percent rise over Spring 2010 head count, and a 4.20 percent rise over Spring 2010 credit hours.

The figures were recorded on Feb. 4, the third Friday in the semester, and the day on which official enrollment is counted.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Public Invited to Learn about Master's of Public Administration on UNMG Campus


FOR RELEASE: February 9, 2011

GALLUP - The University of New Mexico's Bachelor and Graduate programs at UNM-Gallup is inviting the public to explore a Master's of Public Administration degree on Thursday, Feb. 17, during an open house.
Gene Henley, associate director of the School of Public Administration from UNM, will be on hand to talk about an MPA degree in Human Resources Management, Health Administration and Public Management. Dual degree options are available.
An MPA degree opens doors for careers in locals, state and federal government agencies, politics and lobbying, non-profit organizations, the health and medical industry and education.
Schedule is as follows:
8:30-10 a.m. with Gene Henley and Roxanne Trujillo, alumni; noon-2 p.m., Henley and Trujillo; and 5-7 p.m., also with Henley and Trujillo.
Locations of the sessions are to be determined. Call (505)863-7554 to RSVP.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Entrepreneur Expo Planned at UNMG

GALLUP - The University of New Mexico - Gallup will host its first Entrepreneur Expo on Friday, March 25, 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Expo is sponsored by the Business Management and Technology Department, and the planning and implementation of the expo will be part of a class project by students enrolled in Management 195, Introduction to Entrepreneurship.
The Expo will serve as a showcase for entrepreneurs and inventors who want to display their pioneering work on products and services. The highlight of the event will be the announcement of exhibit winners in the high school, college and community categories.
The event will feature speakers and workshops about the important role entrepreneurship plays in improving individual and community life.
"The objective is to enlighten and educate the community being served by UNM-Gallup by supporting the entrepreneurial talents of our population," said Al Henderson, an instructor with UNMG's entrepreneurial program and the organizer of the event. "This event provides the platform needed for creativity which can lead to the overall improvement in the regional business climate.
Henderson said he is particularly interested in inspiring Native youth to consider a career in business ownership.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the best exhibits.
Contact Henderson at, or 505/863-7634, or Andrea Begay at 505/863-7634.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Voters Approve UNMG Mil Levy

GALLUP - McKinley County voters last week narrowly approved retaining a mil levy that will continue to provide the University of New Mexico-Gallup with around $700,000 in operating expenses. The vote was recorded as 802 for and 488 against.

The tax was approved in 2005, and so approval will not mean a rise in taxes. Property owners will continue to pay approximately $10 a month per $100,000 of assessed value on their homes annually.
Operating expenses include such things as snow removal, replacing office or classroom furniture, paying utilities and the like.

During the same election, voters also chose representatives for three positions on the UNMG Local Board. Results were as follows:

Position 1 (Must live in GMCS District in McKinley County)
Max Perez Jr.(incumbent), 247
Peter Procopio, 301
Edwin J. Begay, 660

Position 4 (Must live in Zuni School District in McKinley County
Virginia Chavez, 80

Position 5 (Must live in McKinley County, at-large position)
Theresa Dowling, 1053
All positions are for four years. The newly elected board members will be given the oath of office at the March 23 meeting in the Director's Conference Room at 6 p.m.