Friday, May 27, 2011

UNMG Vets Group Plans 4th Annual Benefits Supermarket

GALLUP - The University of New Mexico-Gallup Collegiate Veterans Association will sponsor its Fourth Annual Supermarket of Veterans' Benefits on Friday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Calvin Hall Auditorium.

For more information call the New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services at 505.722.9621 and UNM-Gallup Collegiate Veterans Association at 505.409.6920.

Monday, May 23, 2011

500 S. 1st St., Construction Tech's Long-time 'Classroom,' For Sale

GALLUP - It was donated to the University of New Mexico-Gallup Construction Tech program in 1991, and through the years, the house at 500 S. First St. has served as the training ground for dozens of students learning the building trades. Now in its last days as a classroom, the house is undergoing the finishing touches that will make it market-ready.

Instructor Chris Chavez, who calls the 1800-square-foot house his "favorite classroom," has been teaching students the craft of building houses from the ground up at the First Street location for two decades. When he first started working on the 100-year-old house, donated to the program by Sunwest Bank, he discovered a foundation poured between some ancient narrow-gauge railroad rails and a structure in such bad shape that it was ready either to be demolished or remodeled. The first class to work on the house took it down to the studs.

Over the years, one class after another has had its turn at transforming the house. A new foundation was poured by the Foundation class. They were followed by the Layout and Reframing class, then the Interior and Exterior Finish class, the Rammed Earth Adobe class, the Plumbing class, the Electrical class, the Roofing and Siding class, the Block Construction class and the Concrete class.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house has been taped, textured and painted and has new kitchen cabinets built by a high school cabinet-making class. The floors have carpet throughout, with tile in the bathroom and laminate in the kitchen. There is new plumbing and electrical wiring. The house has stucco outside and adobe walls inside. In addition to the bedrooms, there is a small upstairs space suitable for an office.

It's essentially a brand new house, now waiting for an occupant.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A. Neal Mangham Named Dean at UNMG

GALLUP - A. Neal Mangham of Prescott, Ariz., has been named interim dean of instruction at the University of New Mexico-Gallup. He is a former president and chief executive officer of Prescott College in Prescott.

Mangham, who has a Ph.D. in history from Rice University, was one of four retired higher education administrators who interviewed for the position during a special two-day visit to the campus under the auspices of the Registry for College and University Presidents, an association of former presidents and high level administrators. The candidates participated in interviews with key campus personnel, toured the campus and even consulted with each other about who among them was likely the best candidate.

Mangham emerged not only as the Dean's Search Committee's first choice, but also the choice of the Registry members themselves.

"It was a very collegial process, where we tried to find the best fit for us, and where the candidates tried to find the best fit," said Sylvia Andrew, executive director. "At the end of the day, there seemed to be a consensus that Dr. Mangham was the right one for us."
Mangham will be taking over the reins on June 1 from another interim, Jeannie Monaghan, a long-time faculty member at UNMG who is retiring as of June 30. He will serve as interim for at least two years, and possibly as many as three. Prior to his departure, the college will launch another search for a permanent dean of instruction.

Most recently, Mangham has been a consultant for entities as disparate as the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Ministry of Power and Water in Afghanistan and New Mexico State University, as well as Native American governments and education institutions in New Mexico and Arizona. Prior to his work as a consultant, he was chief of party for the Afghanistan Higher Education Project, Academy for Educational Development, in Kabul, Afghanistan, and president of Al Ain Colleges of the Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE.

He also served as president of the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt., and executive director of University of Redlands, Redlands, Calif.

Further, he has served as a member of numerous research and professional boards both in the United States and abroad.

“Dr. Mangham is ready to accept the challenge,” Andrew said. “He wants to be here, and brings a wealth of experience with academic and vocational programs with him. We are looking forward to his arrival as we embark on numerous initiatives, including reorganization of our campus structure.”

“The University of New Mexico at Gallup is a community based institution that strives to meet the current and future needs of its diverse student body, the region it serves, and of the State of New Mexico,” Mangham said. “Playing a role in the next steps in the development of the institution is an opportunity to which I look forward. Gallup is a community I value in a region I love and it is an honor to be selected. I look forward to working with Dr. Andrew, the faculty and staff of the college, and especially with the students of UNM-Gallup.”

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

UNMG-Navajo Nation Diabetes Project Sponsor Spring Health Fair

GALLUP - The University of New Mexico-Gallup and the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project-Gallup are sponsoring a Spring Health Fair, which will include a health screening and diabetes education, as well as nutrition education on Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UNM-Gallup Gym.

Also on the schedule are a Zumba exercise at noon by Judy Starkovich and a 2-mile fun run at 1 p.m. on the UNMG track.

Incentives will be awarded, and all events are free. For more information call Cynthia or Judy at (505)863-7589, or Darlene at (505)905-1300.