Wednesday, August 31, 2011

UNMG's Old-style Bookstore Gives Way to a More Spacious College Store

The University of New Mexico-Gallup opened the fall semester with a new, improved bookstore – or college store, as such spaces are increasingly being called in institutions of higher education.

“We’ve done a full, internal renovation,” said John Dillander, architectural associate with the University of New Mexico, and the staff member who led the project. “There is a redesign of how the space is laid out, designed according to the National Association of College Stores, with the help of Melanie Sparks of the main campus bookstore.”

As customers will note, the store looks much larger, although the square footage has remained the same. Creating a glass front with glass doors helped increase the sense of spaciousness, while providing for better security. The new tile and carpet provide for a less institutional atmosphere and make the store seem more like a retail space.

“It’s warmer and more inviting than it was before,” Dillander said. The slat-style wall replaces the old pegboard, which further boosts the retail appeal of the space.
Dillander called the layout of the former store “old style” and says the new version provides for a better flow of traffic, where shoppers can more easily see books and other merchandise they might need. The open floor “helps with visual perceptions,” he says, adding “That’s the trend for today’s college stores.”

Another trend is “to provide a sense of ownership, where students can sit and snack and hang out.” The new seating area, with drinks, snacks and tables, gives the store more of a cafĂ© ambience, and allows students to relax and visit.

The new thinking about college stores is that they are more than providers of textbooks to students.

“They serve a community,” Dillander said. Because of that, the stores offer items that appeal not only to students but to anyone who might be on campus, such as staff, faculty and commuters. For instance, the members of that on-campus community might be drawn to the college brand items, such as clothing, toys, mugs and the like. Or perhaps, they might be in the market for some office supplies or toothpaste or a headache remedy. These days, UNMG’s college store will have it all.
“The changes seem to be working really well,” said Lindsay Comer, receiving clerk. “It looks and feels more like a college store, and our sales are good. The clothing items are selling well. The snack bar area is being well received.”
The college has already conducted interviews for a permanent bookstore manager and administrators are hoping that a hire will be announced in the coming weeks.
Bookstore hours are currently 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 863-7505.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

UNM Has New Interim Gallery Manager

Alex Kraft has joined the University of New Mexico-Gallup as interim manager of the Ingham Chapman Gallery and visiting assistant professor of fine arts - ceramics. She has taken up the duties of John Zimmerman, art faculty and gallery manager, while he is away for an artist in residence program in Houston.
Kraft comes to UNMG from Roswell where she was an artist in residence during 2008-09. She taught art in the Arts Connect! Program for local public schools and taught community clay classes at the Roswell Museum and Art Center for two years after that.
Kraft, a native of Tucson, has an MFA from the University of Montana, and an undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University.
She has also been an artist in residence at the following institutions: Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mt., Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Clay Studio of Missoula, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine, and Red Lodge Clay Studio, Montana. She has also shown in her work in numerous juried shows and given lectures and workshops nationwide.
Kraft, who teaches three classes in ceramics and one in drawing, will have a show of her own work in spring at UNMG. She currently has an exhibition of her work at East Central College in Union, MO, called “A Conversation in Craft.”
As to her own work, Kraft employs “layered oxidation glaze firings from mid range temperatures through non-fired surfaces,” according to her artist’s statement. “I have developed a brightly colored, multi-surfaced glaze palette that unifies the formal qualities of my work with its content. Concepts relating to the internal are also evident in my two-dimensional and mixed media works.
“I am interested in using the viscera and bodily systems as a departure point for imagined life forms and their environments,” she also writes.
For more information about the gallery or the ceramics program at UNMG, contact Kraft at 863-7774.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Johnson Foundation Awarding $20K in Scholarships

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation has announced the award of $20,000 in scholarships for the University of New Mexico-Gallup’s Entrepreneurship program for the 2010/2011 academic year. The awards will be divided in half, with $10,000 to be awarded this fall and $10,000 in the spring.

Al Henderson, instructor of the Entrepreneurship program, said the funds will be available for scholarship applicants this fall even though the semester has already started.
The maximum amount to be awarded to each student will be limited to $2500 for the academic year. Funds are to be used to provide scholarships only for students pursuing certificates or degrees in Entrepreneurship, Business Administration or Management-related fields of study.

The scholarship funds provided under this program are available only to qualified Native American students with a grade point average of at least 2.0. No UNM-Gallup employees or employees of affiliated institutions will be entitled to receive awards.

Students wishing to inquire as to whether they are eligible for financial aid may contact the Financial Aid office at 863-7663. For information about how to apply for the Johnson Foundation scholarship, contact Al Henderson at 863-7634.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

UNMG's Literary Magazine, Red Mesa Review, Published

For release: August 25, 2011

GALLUP—The 15th volume of the University of New Mexico-Gallup’s literary magazine, Red Mesa Review, is now available on campus.

RMR is a 1999 and 2006 winner of awards from the national Community College Humanities Association. Stories and poems in the magazine have a mainly Southwestern focus.  

Cover design and layout were by UNMG student Hermanda Yazzie, while Design and Digital Media students Tiffany Charlie, Patricia Cachini and Amber Beach were co-designers. DDM Assistant Professor Chad Adelhardt was the art director.

Faculty contributors include Jocelyne Klasen, Jim Sayers, Joe Kee and Florentin Smarandache.  Students featured include Ric Laselute, Velmatonie Ruane, Victoria Charley, Joshua Yazzie-McLane, Jenny Hoffman and Layla Ismail.

Free copies are available in the Arts and Letters area, second floor Gurley Hall, in the Public Relations Office (Room 1107), and around campus. The deadline for the next issue will be in December of 2011.

For more information contact: Gloria Dyc, professor and chair of the Editorial Board, 863-7566.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Art Faculty Ken Roberts' Work on View

The exhibition "Ken Roberts, 1988 to 2011," which includes a range of work completed over the past 22 years in New Mexico, is on view through Sept. 29 at the Ingham Chapman Gallery at the University of New Mexico-Gallup. Roberts is a professor of art and art history at UNM-Gallup.

Roberts has a B.A. from Manchester Polytechnic UK, an M.A. from Birmingham Polytechnic UK and an MFA from the University of New Mexico. He has taught at UNM-Gallup since 1993. His other teaching experience includes positions as Lecturer at Southport College of Art and Design UK, Visiting Lecturer at the University of South Dakota, Visiting Professor and guest lecturer at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and N.E.A. artist-in-residence and director of Stone Lithography and Plate Lithography workshops for Albuquerque Public Schools.

He has had one-person exhibitions in a number of galleries, including the Grundy Public Art Gallery in Blackpool, Lancashire, England; the University of Arkansas; Conlon/Moreno gallery in Santa Fe; the Calnan Gallery in Albuquerque; Mesa State College Gallery in Grand Junction; and Crashing Thunder Art Gallery in Gallup. His work has been shown in many group shows, including, among others, the University of Liverpool; National Exhibition of Modern British Prints; Kimo Gallery, Albuquerque; Albuquerque Fine Arts Gallery; University of New Mexico Art Museum M.F.A. Centennial Show;  New Mexico State University; St. John's University, New York; Nicolet College, Wisc., and Bradley University, Illinois.

His work is included in many collections, including the University of Liverpool, and the private collections of Emmi Whitehorse and Dirk De Bruycker.

Among his awards and projects are the following: Fulbright Exchange Lecturer, 1983-84; NEA Artist in Residence to Albuquerque Public Schools and a project grant for "Co-teaching Art History and Language." He has also given a number of lectures and presentations at UNM-Gallup, Southport College, England; Institute of American Indian Arts; University of South Dakota; and various local galleries.

The artist will give a public lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Gurley Hall, UNM Gallup Campus. The public is invited. A reception will follow in the gallery.

The exhibition is open to the public. For more information, contact interim Gallery Manager Alex Kraft, 863-7774.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Flag Flown at Halfmast for Nursing Student

Faculty, staff and students were present for a brief ceremony early on Aug. 1 in front of Gurley Hall to honor Nursing student Christina Joe, killed in a traffic accident on I-40 on July 23.

Auto Tech Faculty Jeff Davis gave the invocation, while members of the UNM-Gallup Collegiate Veterans Association lowered the flag to fly at half mast for the day in honor of Joe, who was a member of the National Guard. Nick Brokeshoulder and Eddie Crank of the Cedar Lodge Singers sang the Honor Song.