Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Cell Phone Project

The UNM-Gallup Sustainability Committee and Battered Family Services have teamed together for  a new and very important partnership regarding the recycling of used cell phones.  Many people do not realize that cell phones, even when there is no service carrier, can be used for 911 emergency service calls. Discarded cell phones are also the source of toxic environmental pollution when thrown away.  UNM-G, therefore, will be collecting used cell phones (with chargers when possible) and donating them to our local Battered Family Services to be distributed to those who need them.

Cell phones can be placed in the designated box at the UNM-G Information Desk located in Gurley Hall during campus working hours.  Donated phones should be cleared of information including contacts, reminders, photos, etc. to protect donors’ privacy.  All students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to donate old cell phones towards this cause. 

The UNM-Gallup Sustainability Committee researches and works to bring awareness to the campus of ways to protect and sustain the environment through the use of eco-friendly practices.  They are currently preparing a list of the “10 top easiest ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint” and are always looking for ways to partner with local recycling efforts. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dr. Florentin Smarandache's award

Congratulations go to Dr. Florentin Smarandache,Full Professor of Mathematics at UNM-G, who recently received the New Mexico and Arizona Book Award in the Math and Science category for 2012.  This is the second consecutive year Dr. Smarandache has received this prestigious award which was presented November 16,2012 for his book DSm Super Vector Space of Refined Labels.  The book was co-authored by Professor W.B. Vasantha Kandasamy from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai, India and refers to the well-known Dezert-Smarandache Theory (DSmT) which has many applications in cybernetics, computers, aviation, military research, and medicine.  To date, over 100 papers have been written and a dozen Master’s Theses and PhD dissertations have been defended on the DSmT at various universities in France, USA, Romania, Canada, Algeria, Poland, Holland, Iran and Algeria.  For a complete listing of all winners refer to

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Native American Club To Sponsor Powwow Nov. 10

The University of New Mexico-Gallup’s Native American Club will host “Powwow 2012” on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Chief Manuelito Middle School, 1345 Rico Road and W. Highway 66.

Breakfast is scheduled at 8 a.m., followed by a gourd dance from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with grand entry planned for 1 and 7 p.m. The breakfast will be served by the Chief Manuelito Princess and family.

Specials include Women’s Traditional, with $500 winner take-all sponsored by Sharon Brokeshoulder and family; and Men’s Grass Special with $500 winner take-all, sponsored by NASC Student Club.

Staff is as follows: Emcee, Victor Bob of Gallup; Arena Director, Earl Sherman; Host Southern Drum, BucWild, Chinle; host Northern, Hail Creek of Taos; Head Gourd, Gerald Schrock of Gallup; Head Man, Nathan Largo of Brimhall; and Head Woman, Kami Boyd of Gallup.

For more information, contact Darlyn Owens, (505)620-9249.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Work of Ceramics Artist Miranda Howe on View at UNMG Gallery

The work of ceramics artist Miranda Howe is on view in the Ingham Chapman Gallery through Nov. 8 in a show titled “Lustrum.”

Howe, who begins a year-long Roswell Artist-in-Residence program in December, is from Capitan.  A graduate of Texas Tech’s BFA program, she has taught drawing, printmaking and mixed-media courses at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. She has also been an instructor in high schools as a visiting artist.

Howe participated in a study abroad program through the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts, based in Italy and Greece. She began her graduate work in printmaking at Montana State University, but returned to ceramics as her main emphasis of study, graduating with her MFA in 2001.

In her artist’s statement she writes:

“Stemming from an interest in architectural elements, I began studying the vast array of stone and brickwork employed in both contemporary and ancient cultures.  Whether along streets or as wall treatment, the range of interlocking surfaces that could be created was impressive…  Folded slabs of textured clay were formed into hollow ‘pillow tiles’ and gradually evolved into my current slab-constructed ‘box’ forms. …

“Travels abroad have influenced the decorative and ornamental qualities of my work.  I utilize patterns, textures, and colors reminiscent of crumbling walls, inlaid marble flooring, tightly woven textiles, and ornate mosaics.  Much of my work is saturated with repetitive designs that have no starting or ending points.  These decorative elements propagate a rhythm and cadence, lending themselves to meditative qualities. …

“My pieces are layered with geologic information and are rooted with a love for the natural environment.” 

There will be an artist’s reception and a lecture by Howe on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in the gallery.

Also on view at UNMG in the Gurley Hall display case is the work of the Painting II class, taught by Ken Roberts, UNMG professor of art.

'Renewable Energy on Tribal Lands' Workshop Planned

The University of New Mexico-Gallup will host a free workshop titled “Renewable Energy on Tribal Lands,” set for Wednesday,  Nov. 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Services and Technology Center, Room 200.

Guest speaker will be Sandra Begay Campbell of the Tribal Energy Programs, Sandia Labs.

Discussion will include such topics as wind, geothermal, solar and hydropower, renewable energy, zero emissions and hydrogen fuel.

For more information or to make reservations, call the Division of Applied Technology, (505)863-7523, or email

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thermal Imaging Workshops Scheduled For Oct 9 & 16

The University of New Mexico-Gallup is offering free workshops on “Thermal Imaging – Operation, Techniques and Practice” on Oct. 9 and 16, at 1:30 p.m. The workshops, which are being offered by the Applied Technology Department in relation to its Construction Technology program, will be held in the Student Services and Technology Center, Room 200.

Thermal imaging cameras can be used to track moisture, infiltration and other building-related issues. They show differences in temperature and the new cameras also take “normal” digital photos which help in analyzing the thermal images.

The workshop will cover the following: how thermal imagers can be used; camera theory and operation; how building issues can be discovered with these tools; and how to create reports with the cameras. Multiple cameras will be available at the sessions so that participants can practice taking images and interpreting them.

For more information call the Division of Applied Technology for reservations and details at (505)863-7523.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Student Senate Inducted October 2 In First-Ever Ceremony

UNM-Gallup's full Student Senate, from left, after the induction ceremony: Jared Wyaco, senator; Matthew Herrera, senator; Luis Cabela, senator; Denika Frank, senator; Jaywhon Herron, senator; Nancy Curley, secretary; LeAdrian Begay, president;Elroy Natachu, vice president; Ardell Watchman, senator; and Kevin Mahkee, senator.

Student Senators and UNM-Gallup Student Clubs officers participated in an induction ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Gurley Hall Commons. Officiating was Dougherty Tsalabutie, Student Life coordinator.  Wynn Goering, interim executive director, conferred medals on the Senate and club officers.