Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Olympian Billy Mills Visits UNMG

Olympian Billy Mills on January 24 gave a motivational talk to students in the large smart classroom of the Student Services and Technology Center. Note the 16-panel screen in the background, which displays the presentation as it is being filmed. Mills, who is Oglala Sioux, was the second Native American to earn the gold in the Olympics. He competed in the 1964 Tokyo games, and was awarded his medal for his record-breaking feat in the 10,000-meter race.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Auto Tech Student Achieves Master Auto Tech

For Release: Jan. 20, 2012
Davlucas Jose, a fall graduate of the University of New Mexico-Gallup’s Auto Tech program, has achieved the status of Master Automobile Technician, awarded by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Jose, of Crownpoint, attained the designation after testing for and being awarded certification in eight categories of achievement: engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspensions and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning and engine performance.

Jose said it is common for those testing for the technician certification to take four tests one day and four another. He took and passed five tests one day, and three on a following day – an almost unheard of feat, according to his Auto Tech instructor, Jeff Davis.

“These are very hard tests,” Davis said.

Davis, who is also an ASE Master Automobile Technician, said that there are only about 90,000 master technicians in the United States, and in this area, only a handful.

Jose, who received an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology, is continuing with his education at the Gallup branch, studying for a Bachelor’s degree in organizational learning and instructional technology at UNM’s Bachelor and Graduate Program.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Zuni Program Manager Hired

FOR RELEASE: Jan. 13, 2012

GALLUP-- Bruce Klewer has joined the staff of the University of New Mexico-Gallup as the manager of the South Campus at Zuni.

Klewer was formerly the business manager for the Boyce Thompson Arboretum of the University of Arizona. In addition to his most recent employment, he was vice president for administrative services for Northland Pioneer Community College in Holbrook, Ariz., and dean for administrative services for Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash.

He has an MBA from Western International University in Phoenix and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business and a Bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona.

“He brings a wealth of experience in administration, financial management, strategic planning and support services for students that will be of great benefit to our South Campus at Zuni,” said Sylvia Andrew, executive director.

“I look forward to making a significant contribution to the South Campus,” Klewer said. “It’s an exciting challenge.”

Klewer started his new position on Jan. 11, working at the Gallup campus to familiarize himself with policies and procedures. He is scheduled to start at the South Campus on Jan. 17.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Gallery Manager's Work On View at Ingham Chapman

For Release: January 11, 2011

UNMG Gallery Manager’s Work on View at Ingham Chapman Gallery

GALLUP-- The work of Alex Kraft, interim manager of UNM-Gallup’s Ingham Chapman Gallery and visiting assistant professor of fine arts – ceramics, will be on view Jan. 17 through Feb. 16 at the gallery.  A reception for the artist will be held on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the gallery.

Kraft was an artist in residence in Roswell from 2008-09 where she taught art in the Arts Connect! Program for local public schools and taught community clay classes at the Roswell Museum and Art Center.

A native of Tucson, Kraft has an MFA from the University of Montana, and an undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University.

She has also been an artist in residence at the following institutions: Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mt., Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Clay Studio of Missoula, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine, and Red Lodge Clay Studio, Montana. She has also shown in her work in numerous juried shows and given lectures and workshops nationwide.

Kraft, who teaches ceramics and drawing, employs “layered oxidation glaze firings from mid-range temperatures through non-fired surfaces,” according to her artist’s statement. “I have developed a brightly colored, multi-surfaced glaze palette that unifies the formal qualities of my work with its content. Concepts relating to the internal are also evident in my two-dimensional and mixed media works.

“I am interested in using the viscera and bodily systems as a departure point for imagined life forms and their environments,” she also writes.

For more information about the gallery or the ceramics program at UNMG, contact Kraft at 863-7562.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Attention, Students

Announcement from UNMG Advisement

Ø  Spring 2012 classes begin on January 17th! There is still time to register if you have not done so already; please see your advisor today, and make sure you bring a printed copy of your LoboTrax degree audit (found in LoboWeb under the “records” section of your student tab), and have your proposed schedule of classes that you would like to register for. Advisement begins daily at 8:30a.m. and ends at 6:00p.m., with the last sign-in at 5:40p.m. Classes are filling up, so don’t delay enrolling!

Ø  JANUARY 6th, 2012, was financial disenrollment. If you did not have aid in place and you did not set up a payment plan you were DROPPED from your courses. Students must make satisfactory academic progress and follow-up on their financial aid status; you can check your progress and status by logging into My UNM, clicking on LoboWeb, and accessing your Financial Aid tab. Click on the “overall status of your financial aid”  link  to see if you have unsatisfied requirements.

Ø  Remember to check your schedule before classes begin for any course cancellations or changes, and to find out the correct room for your class; classes may be cancelled through the first week of the semester, and room assignments are subject to change at any time. You also need to check your UNM email regularly for updates from registration, advisement, financial aid, and faculty. If you don’t like the UNM webmail system you can change your preferred email address by signing into the UNM portal, My UNM, and clicking the “Manage My Information” link; this will forward all UNM messages to another email address.

Ø  All students are required to have a parking permit each semester. If you do not have a permit you will receive a parking ticket. Parking permits are issued by the Campus Police, located in Gurley Hall 1123 (next to the old Financial Aid office); you must have a valid driver’s license, current vehicle registration and insurance, and your class schedule. Permits must be renewed every semester, so if you had one from Fall you will need to get a new one for Spring.

We look forward to serving you this semester!

UNM Gallup Advisement

Radio TV Performance Course Offered

For Release -- January 9, 2012
The University of New Mexico-Gallup and KGLP 92.7 FM, Gallup Public Radio, have partnered for a spring semester course in Radio TV Performance, a 3-credit course set for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:15-4:30 p.m., with individual labs by appointment.

“We are often called to address friends or groups using audio gear, or to get in front of a camera for everything from social networking, demos for job applications, or even auditions and media performances for YouTube, education or even film,” writes Rachel Kaub, station manager and the instructor of the course. “Techniques in this class will focus on vocal performance, body language, being present for the camera, blocking, scripts and improvisation.”  Kaub said there may be discussion of the overlap between traditional radio and television broadcast technologies and media such as online streaming, mobile devices and social networks.

Grading will be based on a combination of participation in class exercises, lab practice and individual and /o0r group projects, such as demo tapes or presentations.

For more information, call 505.863.7626 or email To register, call 505.863.7524 for information on how to do so.