Friday, March 29, 2013

UNM Transfer Day

UNM Transfer Day
Gurley Hall common area
10am - 2pm, Wednesday, April 3

UNM Gallup Bachelor & GraduatePrograms invite you to meet in person with program advisors from UNM main campus departments. This is a great opportunity for students to bring their questions and learn about the many career and program choices available to them.

The application fee is usually waived for students who submit their applications to UNM at Transfer Day.

Questions? Call 863-7618  |  email:

Free Mini Workshops

The Business and Applied Technology Division will be having Free Mini Workshops throughout April, 2013 all being conducting in the new Student Services building in SSTC-200. This is a great time to ask questions on best practices in construction, weatherization and sustainability efforts.

April 1 - Weatherization for Homeowners, Contractors and Associated Parties, 
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

April 15 - LEED Process and Ways to Build and Remodel, 
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

April 22 -  Green Building Maintenance for Facility Managers, Engineers, and Interested Parties, 
 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

April 29 -  Green Building and Economic Development, 
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

For more information contact:
Lori Notah - Division of Business and Applied Technology - (505)863-7523  -

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Free Blood Typing

Event: Free Blood Typing.

Description:   In celebration of the National Laboratory Week (April 22-26, 2013), the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program will be holding a Free Blood Typing.
All interested minors must have a consent form signed by parent or guardian.

When: April 22nd-  10:00 A.M. - 2:00 PM

Where: Gurley Hall Lobby 

For more information, please contact
Medical Laboratory Technician Program 
Health Careers Center Room 133

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Communities that flourish retain local talent

Guest Column for Gallup Independent
Wynn Goering, Interim Executive Director, UNM-Gallup

My friend Sandra Begay Campbell – civil engineer at Sandia National Laboratory, former University of New Mexico Regent, and UNM-Gallup’s most famous alumna – recently told me that from her first enrollment at UNM-Gallup, her goal was ultimately to transfer into UNM’s engineering program in Albuquerque.  Today she gives back to her home community through her work as the head of Sandia’s Tribal Energy Program, a DOE sponsored project that fosters the development of renewable energy sources on tribal lands.

Erik Nourse, from Prewitt, was just looking for a way to make a living when he “stumbled upon” UNM-Gallup’s nursing program in the summer of 2010.  He already has a job waiting for him at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital when he graduates this May.

Fidel Cuevas needed something even more basic – a high school diploma.  He completed his GED at UNM-Gallup’s northside campus in 2009 and is now on his way to a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Psychology at UNM.

These stories – and hundreds more like them – are what’s really at stake in all the current buzz about UNM-Gallup’s potential “d-i-v-o-r-c-e” from the University of New Mexico.

Universities play distinctive and powerful roles in developing the human capital of the regions they serve.  Of course they must be the primary source of postsecondary “workforce training” needed by area businesses.  But equally important, they foster the educational possibility on which a thriving community and its citizens depend.

Consider this example.  When the “Taos Education Center” joined UNM in 1993, an average of 11 of its students transferred each year into a main campus baccalaureate degree program.  Last year, that number was 73.  About 25 Taos County high school graduates used to start their educational journeys at UNM as freshmen each fall; now that figure is 45 and includes a number of prestigious merit scholars. 

At UNM-Gallup, with a longer history and larger student body, 100 - 120 transfers and 70-80 students from McKinley County high schools enroll in a University of New Mexico baccalaureate program each year.  The latter include standouts like UNM Regent Heidi Overton, a member of the BAMD program and future Gallup physician.

That is the literal impact of a university presence in a rural New Mexico community.  The numbers are significant because students who remain in state to pursue higher education, are far more likely to stay there to live and work.  Conversely, communities that flourish are the ones that produce and retain local talent – to staff and run their businesses, provide their healthcare, and teach their students.  Those that end up providing most of the labor and importing most of the management, do not.  It’s that simple.

And that, finally, is what’s wrong with the current talk of institutional divorce and proposals regarding independence for UNM-Gallup.  They’re a bit like arguing about who should get the furniture, before any serious consideration has been given to what would be best for the family and the children.

I believe the most pressing issue facing UNM-Gallup today is not the feasibility of its independence.  Rather, it is this: how can we most efficiently and effectively prepare more Sandra Begay Campbells, Erik Nourses, Fidel Cuevases and Heidi Overtons, to serve the workforce and leadership needs of Gallup and its surrounding communities?  

If we, as a community, could come up with some good strategies for that question, then, maybe, we could ask ourselves who should own the buildings. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Veterans Resource Center visit

Event: Veterans Resource Center visit

Description: Mr. Joaquin Barela, Military Outreach Coordinator for UNM, will be visiting the UNM-G campus to present information to students, staff and faculty as well as to train a certifying officer for this campus.   Information presented will include how to best serve student veterans on our campus, how to negotiate the college system after serving in the military, and recognizing readjustment issues.

When: March 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Where: SSTC Room 200.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Scholar Awards in Gurley Hall

Event: Scholar Awards in Gurley Hall

Description: Scholarship recipients recognized and academic awards presented.

When: April 25th   -  02:00 P.M. 

Where: Gurley Hall.

Open House at UNM-Gallup

Event: Open House at UNM-Gallup

Description: During the Open House our Divisions will have classroom demonstrations; clubs will have booths; tour will be given; and lots of giveaway.

When: April 23 th  - 10:00 A.M. - 02:00 P.M.

Where: Gurley Hall

Disability Services Open House

Event: Disability Services Open House

Description: Disability Services will sponsor an Open House to discuss those services and accommodations available for students with disabilities.

When:  .April 19th    -  08:00 A.M. - 05:00 P.M

Where: Gurley Hall.

Reception for all alumni of the Anderson School

Event: Reception for all alumni of the Anderson School

Description: UNM-G, Bachelor and Graduate Programs, and Anderson School of Management are collaborating on a reception for all alumni of the Anderson School, 5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M for the reception, and tours of the campus will be given from 4:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. Refreshments provided by the CCTE culinary arts students. All Anderson School of Management alumni are invited.

When: - March 20th  -  05:30 P.M. - 07:00 P.M. 

Where: SSTC Room 200

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lobo Scholars honored

Event: Lobo Scholar honored.

Description:   400 area high school seniors who have a 2.5 GPA or higher will be recognized as Lobo Scholars.

When: March 19th-  06:00 P.M. 

Where: Calvin Hall Auditorium