Thursday, October 27, 2011

New World Border Exhibition Set at UNMG Gallery

FOR RELEASE -- October 27, 2011
UNM-Gallup’s Ingham Chapman Gallery will host a new show, “New World Border: Artists Respond to US/Mexico Border Wall” Nov. 14-Dec. 20.

The exhibition literature provides this statement about the purpose of the artwork:

“The wall, now being constructed across the length of the US/Mexico border, is like a knife cutting off neighbors, wildlife, indigenous people, and families. The wall is
inflaming hatred and contributing to an atmosphere of vigilantism and oppression. While the US walls itself off from the world in the name of ‘security’ what is it sacrificing? A group of artists respond to the wall with imagery from a variety of viewpoints. This is a touring exhibition that is being shown simultaneously at galleries, cultural centers, schools and other venues across the country. The artists represent a wide cross section of approaches to the printed image, from esteemed Latino Poster Movement artist Malaquias Montoya, to Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas, Kearny Street Workshop icon Nancy Hom, New York political illustrator Frances Jetter, co-founder of the California Indian Art Movement, Frank LaPena, as well as powerful work by many other artists.

“The wall is destroying and dividing families, communities, eco-systems, and indigenous lands. The wall is part of a national move towards increased militarization of all aspects
of society. The time to speak out against it is now.”

Artists represented are Scott Anderson, Adrian Avila, Christopher Beer, Kahlil Bendib,
Francisco Dominguez, Emory Douglas, The Roots Factory, Flor de Autodeterminación, Juan Fuentes, Ronnie Goodman, Art Hazelwood, Nancy Hom, Frances Jetter, Frank LaPena, John Leschak, Fernando Marti, Doug Minkler, Claude Moller, Malaquias Montoya, Nicholas Naughton, Mokhtar Paki, Patrick Piazza, Manuel Fernando Rios, Calixto Robles, Favianna Rodriguez, Jos Sances, Leon Sun, David Tomb and Luis M.
Contreras, Mark Vallen and  Imin Yeh.

A gallery reception will be held Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Gurley Hall Room 1232.

Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Alex Kraft, interim gallery manager, at 505.863.7774, or

Student Senate to Host Haunted House, Dance

FOR RELEASE -- Oct. 27, 2011
The University of New Mexico-Gallup Student Senate will host a Halloween carnival, haunted house and dance on Friday, October 28.

The carnival and haunted house will be in Gurley Hall Commons and the basement from 3 to 6 p.m. The public is invited. There will be a costume contest for kids at 3 p.m. The carnival will feature games and baked goods for sale.

The dance will be held in the Commons from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $3 without a costume, and free with a costume. There will be a costume contest during the dance.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Disability Awareness Month Presentation Set at UNMG

FOR RELEASE:  October 26, 2011

GALLUP— In recognition of October as Disability Awareness Month, UNM-Gallup’s Academic Advisement Department has scheduled three presentations for Friday, October 28, in Gurley Hall 1124.

The schedule is as follows:
9 a.m., San Juan Center for Independent Living;
10 a.m., New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
11 a.m., Presentation about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The public is invited.

For more information contact Zeke Garcia, director of Student Services, at 863.7508.

UNMG Student Services and Technology Center Open for Business

FOR RELEASE: October 26, 2011
Two hundred-plus visitors gathered in the bright October sunshine on the 21st to watch as a large red ribbon strung across the entrance was cut with enormous ceremonial scissors, signifying the official dedication of the UNM-Gallup Student Services and Technology Center.

Sylvia Andrew, executive director, welcomed visitors and introduced the speakers, which included Teresa Dowling, chair of the Local Board; Ken Easley, representing Flintco, the construction company that built the building; Patty Lundstrom, New Mexico state representative; Paul McCollum, one of the original founders of the college; and Mark Rohde of Rohde May Keller McNamara Architects of Albuquerque, who designed the building. After the ribbon cutting, visitors were taken on tours of the new facility conducted by Student Services personnel.

The building has been awarded a silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) award for its advanced environmental technology and features and is the first LEED-awarded building in Gallup-McKinley County.

Perhaps the most arresting architectural element of the structure is the extensive use of copper. Copper-clad walls, inside and out, provide a warm, earthy ambience that evokes the reddish hues of the nearby hills. Warm tones carried out in concrete panels on the interior walls and in a light hardwood floor also add to the restful atmosphere.

The building features smart classrooms, an outdoor amphitheater nestled in a microclimate created by concrete stairs and the glass front of the building, as well as environmentally controlled systems.

One of the most impressive design features is the extensive use of glass so that students and employees may feel the beneficial effects of the natural lighting. A steel mesh screen across the glass front of the building helps to mitigate the glare, as does a mesh screen constructed inside the glass.

The building also has a raised floor, with all registers and systems located beneath the floor for ease of maintenance.

Visitors were particularly impressed with the smart classroom with a 16-panel video screen that can show either 16 different images or one large one. On the day of the dedication, a trailer for the 3-D movie “Avatar” was showing in a continuous loop.

There are also several student lounge and study areas, as well as a long row of student computer stations, featuring both thin clients (reduced capacity computers that depend on a server to fulfill traditional computational roles), as well as stations for students to plug in. A gas fireplace on the lower level will be turned on during the winter months to enhance the comfort of the structure.

The Student Services and the Business Operations departments have already moved into the building; the Arts and Letters and Social Sciences faculty and some classes are due to relocate there in January.

Monday, October 17, 2011

UNM Extended U Plans Transfer Day Oct. 19

FOR RELEASE: October 17, 2011
The UNM Gallup Bachelor and Graduate Programs is hosting UNM Transfer Day on Wednesday, Oct. 19. in the Gurley Hall Commons area from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
“This is a great opportunity to meet the program advisors from main campus,” said Ken Van Brott, Extended University manager. Van Brott said students are encouraged to visit the various departments and to talk about careers and programs. The application fee is usually waived for students who submit their applications at the transfer fair. 
The following departments have confirmed their attendance:
Anderson School of Business
Engineering Student Services
Student Academic Choices
Air Force ROTC
Mechanical Engineering
Architecture and Planning
Arts and Sciences
Film and Digital Media
University College
American Indian Student Services
Communication and Journalism
University Studies
Physical Therapy
Accessibility Resources Center
National Security Studies
Career Services

Thursday, October 13, 2011

1st Navajo Woman Surgeon to Give Talk

FOR RELEASE -- Oct. 13, 2011
Lori Arviso Alvord, the first Navajo woman to be board certified as a surgeon, will present a brown bag lunch talk in the Calvin Hall Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Alvord’s book, The Scalpel and the Silver Bear, has been selected as one of the 2011 Lobo Reading Program texts. It is an account of her struggle to unite traditional Navajo views of healing with western medicine, and especially surgery.

Alvord is currently associate dean of Student and Multicultural Affairs at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire. A member of the Navajo Tribe, she was born to the Tsinnajinné clan (Ponderosa Pine), and born for the Ashihii' Diné (Salt People) clan.

Alvord, a native of Gallup, was trained as a surgeon at Stanford University. Upon returning to New Mexico to work among the Navajo, she says that “although I was a good surgeon, I was not always a good healer. I went back to the healers of my tribe to learn what a surgical residency could not teach me. From them I have heard a resounding message: Everything in life is connected. Learn to understand the bonds between humans, spirit and nature. Realize that our illness and our healing alike come from maintaining strong and healthy relationships in every aspect of our lives.”

Alvord learned through working with her Navajo patients that modern medicine could not restore the missing harmony. Diné healers use singing, symbols and ceremonies and work with family and neighbors in the healing. The ceremonies provide psychological and spiritual comfort that help prepare patients for experiences in modern medicine such as surgery or chemotherapy. Alvord believes the Native healing practices help promote recovery after these procedures.

Her book, published in 1999, was published by Bantam and is available in the UNM-Gallup Bookstore. The event is free and the public is invited.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Work of Ceramic Artist On View at Ingham Chapman

FOR RELEASE -- October 10, 2011
The work of ceramic artist Lindsay Oesterritter of Bowling Green, Ky.,  will be on display through Nov. 3 in a show called “Exaggerated Line” in the University of New Mexico-Gallup’s Ingham Chapman Gallery.

“The patterns and surfaces in my work directly relate to the characteristics of worn industrial materials and structures,” Oesterritter, an assistant professor of ceramics at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, says of her work.” My interest is not in the industrial objects themselves as much as it is in their mechanical patterning with the additional wearing through natural circumstance.”

She has an MFA from Utah State University in Logan, Utah, and a Master of Arts degree from University of Louisville, Ky.

She was the 2010 Visiting Artist at the Ohio University Wood Fire Symposium in Athens, and Visiting Artist at the University of Louisville, where she gave demonstrations and lectures and fired a man-bi-gama kiln.

“I fire a wood kiln, using the atmospheric firing as well as impressed texture on the form to explore the depth and variation that is derived from the qualities of erosion and wear found in the materials I look to for inspiration,” she says. “The varied dry, dark surface from this type of firing also connects to my personal sensibility. I enjoy the quiet nature of such a dry, dark surface, creating subtle variations that are not immediately noticed. I am a potter because I want to participate within these distinctive and fascinating details contributing to the routine subtle progression of the day.”

An artist’s reception is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Gurley Hall Room 1124.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information contact Alex Kraft, interim gallery manager, at 863-7774.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Dedication of UNMGs New Student Services & Technology Center Oct. 21

FOR RELEASE: Oct. 7, 2011
The University of New Mexico-Gallup will host a dedication of its new Student Services and Technology Center on Friday, October 21, at 2 p.m. in front of the building.

“We’re thrilled with this beautiful addition to the campus,” said Sylvia Andrew, executive director of UNMG. “The design is impressive, and unlike anything we’ve seen in Gallup till now. The fact that we are LEED certified and therefore adhering to sound environmental building principles only adds to the appeal of the structure. Additionally, the technology in the classrooms is state of the art and will greatly enhance the way we deliver instruction.”

Officials from UNM-Gallup, the University of New Mexico, Rohde May Keller McNamara architectural design, contractor Flintco of Tulsa, the Navajo Nation, the Pueblo of Zuni, the city, the county, and other friends of UNMG will be on hand for the brief ceremony and tours of the new building. The public is invited.

“We are grateful that the voters of this area approved the bond money to help us meet the needs of our students through this project,” Andrew said. “We hope the entire community will join us in celebrating the dedication of this stunning new facility.”

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Students Elect New Officers

FOR RELEASE: Oct. 5, 2011
The University of New Mexico-Gallup Student Senate has elected a new slate of officers for 2011-12.

Elected were: Brandon Leekela, president; Elvin Toddy, vice president; Shereen Begay, secretary; Sandra Begay, treasurer; LeArdian Begay, senator; Luis Vinson Fabela, senator; Felicia Begay, senator; Terrence Yazza Perry, senator; and John White, senator.

The Student Senate acts as a forum for student concerns and interfaces with staff, faculty and administration regarding these issues. The group also puts on student events, manages student body financial affairs and charters on-campus student groups.

Current clubs on campus are AISES (American Indian engineering society), Ancient Ceramics Club, Architecture Club, Auto Club, Cinema Club, Cosmetology and Barber Club, Friends of the Library, German Club, Graphic Arts Group, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Club, Literature Club, Student Nursing Club and UNMG Veterans Association.

UNMG Prof to Reveal Woman Behind Little Women

For many decades after Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was published in 1868, it and several successive Alcott novels were at the top of most young girls’ reading lists. Times have changed, however, and Alcott, though still read, is not as well known among young readers as she was even as late as the Sixties and Seventies.

Gloria Dyc, UNM Regents Professor in English and a professor at UNM-Gallup, is lending her support to a nationwide project to introduce Alcott to a new generation. She’s participating in a library outreach program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association and the Nancy Porter and Harriet Reisen for Filmmakers Collaborative that aims to acquaint the public with “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women. ” This program is being presented at 30 libraries nationwide, including  the Octavia Fellin Library in Gallup.

Dyc’s part as program scholar will be to play Alcott on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in the library.

“I’m going to do a Chatauqua,” said Dyc, referring to the famed Chatauqua Institution, a seasonal program from Chatauqua, N.Y., that offers a mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs and recreational activities. Dyc said she will dress in clothes approximating those worn by women in the Civil War era, and will  quote Alcott and give commentary as if she were the author.

“I hadn’t read Little Women for years, but I read it again along with Little Men,” she said. “I’m doing some research on women’s suffrage and human rights at the start of the Civil War period and the period that stretched beyond abolition of slavery.” Alcott was notable not only for her writing, but for her early support of women’s rights and abolition. Dyc also reread Henry David Thoreau’s Walden as well as the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Both writers were friends of Alcott’s famous father, Amos Bronson Alcott, a teacher, philosopher, writer and reformer, and were important in forming her education and her writing career.
“I hadn’t read Thoreau and Emerson since college, but I found I was still close to them in philosophy, and I’ll be working on some of their ideas,” Dyc said.

Dyc said in her talk she will not only be focusing on Alcott, but also the period she lived in.

The Octavia Fellin Public Library was one of 30 libraries nationwide selected to present the Alcott program, which will also include “Spend a Day in the 1860s,” on Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be Civil War re-enactors, games, candle making, music, quilting, period dress, discussion soiree, films, dance, refreshments, and a presentation on the Battle of Glorieta Pass. The library event is being presented in partnership with the Crownpoint Historical Commission, the Gallup Branch and the Zuni Tribal Library. There will also be programs presented in Navajo and Zuni.