Tuesday, March 29, 2011

UNMG Tuition to Rise 9.5 %

GALLUP - The University of New Mexico-Gallup has announced a 9.5 percent tuition increase to $60.60 per credit hour. Student fees will also be increased to $10.40 per credit hour for both residents and non-residents. Non-resident tuition will rise 15 percent to $160.60 per credit hour.

The total cost for residents will be $71 per credit hour, while non-residents will pay $171.

Initiated by the New Mexico State Legislature to help offset state cuts, the increase was passed by the UNM-Gallup Local Board on March 23 and reviewed by the UNM Board of Regents on March 28. The Legislature in February approved a budget calling for community colleges to pay for a higher percentage tuition increase next year than for students at four-year universities, to help offset state cuts.

The UNM Board of Regents will approve tuition and fees for all of UNM and the branches on April 12.

Had UNM-Gallup not raised its tuition, it would have lost the equivalent amount in state appropriations, according to Tony Major, Business Operations manager for UNMG.

Last year UNMG was the only branch not to initiate a 9 percent tuition hike. Rather, the college raised its tuition only 4.44 percent and took a hit of $150,000.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Reception for UNMG Faculty/Staff Art Exhibition Set for April 6

GALLUP - A reception for a University of New Mexico-Gallup Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition will be held Wednesday, April 6, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Ingham Chapman Gallery.

The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact John Zimmerman, gallery manager, at (505) 863-7774.

Friday, March 11, 2011

UNMG Construction Tech to Offer Timber Frame Class

FOR RELEASE: March 11, 2011

GALLUP - The UNM-Gallup Construction Technology Department will offer CT 204, "Timber Frame," starting March 25, the second term of the spring semester.

Students will learn to harvest and process their own trees into finished homes or lumber.

For more information contact instructor Rick Krouth at 505.721.9398.

UNM Transfer Fair Set for Gallup Branch March 29

FOR RELEASE: March 11, 2011

GALLUP - Advisors from University of New Mexico will be on the Gallup branch campus March 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a transfer fair. Advisors representing the Anderson School of Business, Nursing, College of Fine Arts, Engineering, Education, Arts and Sciences and other majors will be on hand. The event will be held in the canteen area.

Students may ask questions about financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Those attending should bring a copy of their most recent official transcripts.

Call Roxanne Trujillo, advisor for the Bachelor and Graduate programs for the Gallup branch, 505.863.7554, for more information.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

UNMG Students Hosting Spring Break Dance

FOR RELEASE: March 8, 2011

GALLUP - The University of New Mexico-Gallup Student Senate and the clubs of UNM-G are hosting a spring break kick-off dance, set for Friday, March 11, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The dance will be held in the Gurley Hall Commons. Admission is $3. Music will be provided by 505 Sounds Inc.

The event is open to the public. No drugs or alcohol will be permitted.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Local Vets Asked to Support Museum

GALLUP - The designers of the New Mexico Veterans’ Museum will hold a meeting Friday, March 11, at 10 a.m. for Gallup area veterans to discuss the proposed New Mexico Veterans’ Museum in Las Cruces. The meeting will be in Calvin Hall Center Auditorium at the University of New Mexico-Gallup.

The schedule is as follows:

10:30-11 a.m., UNM-Gallup Collegiate Veterans Association (introduction of officers and mission statement;

11-11:30 a.m., New Mexico Military Museum (media presentation);

Noon-12:30 p.m., Albuquerque Alzheimer’s Association (media presentation).

This is one of about 15 such visits being held throughout the state.

The 30,000-square foot building , designed by RMKM architects of Albuquerque, is planned as the cornerstone of a campus of veteran-oriented facilities, including an artifact management facility, a Veterans’ Services center, a military-style parade ground, a family picnic and playground area, walking trails, and eventually, a memorial park.

The museum’s focus will be to pay tribute to New Mexico’s veterans, and to educate the public about the service of New Mexicans worldwide while including information about military installations and activities within the state.

“Gallup area veterans are encouraged to be part of this important design process,” said Kimberly Longhair, secretary of the UNM-Gallup Collegiate Veterans Association.

UNMG Prof Weaves Sustainability into Teaching Theory

From left, students Jody Garcia, Shauntee Jim and Melanie Tahe work on a group project for “Education for a Sustainable Future.”

GALLUP - Recognizing that today’s college students relate well to the subject of sustainability, UNM-Gallup Assistant Professor Irene Den Bleyker of the Early Childhood and Multicultural Education Department is offering a spring course that weaves the topic into teaching theory.

Den Bleyker was inspired to pursue the sustainability theme after UNM President David Schmidly encouraged UNM employees to take part in the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment. Her first idea was to launch a storytelling contest for students with the topic of “Sustainability (Caring for the Earth).” Students wrote essays and gave oral presentations and winners were chosen and awarded prize money donated by the UNMG Student Senate.

This semester, many of the students who entered the contest are learning how to apply things they learned about the environment and sustainability into teaching theory. In this way, says Den Bleyker, they and other students enrolled in her “Education for a Sustainable Future Course” will have a better idea how to teach environmental topics to their own students some day.

“When I talked to high school students, I realized that they don’t get many environmental courses,” Den Bleyker said. “I looked at textbooks in elementary school, and saw that they provide three or four pages of information on the environment. Then in college, they can take environmental courses, but theories of educational pedagogy are not connected to them. Our students don’t understand the concept.”

Den Bleyker did a survey of her students, asking them to rate, on a scale of 1 to 5, what they knew about the environment. The only students who wrote above a 1 were those who had entered the fall Sustainability Storytelling contest. Everyone else said they knew next to nothing about the environment, except that recycling is important.

“That told me that there was a need for the course,” she said. What evolved was Education 293, an Education Topics course that serves as an elective for Education majors.

Den Bleyker also realized that knowing something about a topic doesn’t translate to knowing how to teach it.

In ECME, students study a number of teaching or learning theories: Piaget’s cognitive theory, is one well-known theory, but there are many others, including behaviorist, experiential, and group or social learning. For example, if students wanted to teach environmental topics through group or social learning, they might divide into groups and cooperate on projects on solar energy, ecological theory or using non-toxic materials in the home. For the latter, students might go home and make a study, and when they come together, report on how family and home influences learning.

“If you’re taught something, and you do something with it, you’ll have a better chance of retaining it,” Den Bleyker said.

Only a few weeks into the class, the students are finding it challenging to adapt the theories they’re learning to actually teaching a particular topic. They are, however, “engaged in the questions.” To stimulate discussion, Den Bleyker directed the class to think about the car. The questions that arise about cars, in relation to the environment, are: Should everyone who uses a car be taxed? Should the government regulate cars by determining if they should have low carbon emissions? What are the implications of such legislation for the class, and for society at large, and specifically, for the individual?

“These are new questions for them, and they are finding it fascinating,” she said.

Students in UNMG’s ECME program typically are studying for an AAS degree that will qualify them to be Teaching Assistants. They can then work while they go on to pursue Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education.

“Students engaged in ‘Education for a Sustainable Future’ grapple with environmental concerns and then determine how best to transmit essential environmental issues with early childhood pedagogy and theory. Ultimately this course equips students to be better prepared to teach in today’s ‘greening society,’” Den Bleyker said.

Photo credit: John Van't Land