Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bookstore Reports Profit

From left, College Store manager Rose Adakai, and staff Lin Comer, Jack Askin and Angie Hood.
Nearly a year after former Borders bookstore manager Rose Adakai took over the University of New Mexico-Gallup’s bookstore, the store is reporting a profit of $111,000. Adakai, who was appointed manager in September 2011, attributes the profit to improved inventory procedures and more attention to receiving and invoicing. Adakai was hired a few months after a 2011 audit of the store revealed a large loss.

“When I went through the software training, it took a lot of time to figure out how the system works, but from that training I was able to determine steps that weren’t being taken. We needed to do a better job with receiving and invoicing, making sure everyone knows how to do paperwork correctly,” she said. “Most of the loss was because of human error, and that was from lack of training for the staff. Now they know how the system works. That, combined with my background knowledge of running a bookstore, has helped turn things around.”

A representative from Nebraska Book Company, an enterprise that offers contract services for college bookstores nationwide, provided training.

This year, the store closed the last week of June – the end of the fiscal year – so the staff could perform a thorough inventory.

“Usually the inventory was done in a couple of days, but we inventoried every item. Formerly, the staff did bulk counts, but after running my own store, I have learned you need to scan each item. Books come from different vendors, and you have to look at each book in a stack to make sure which ones are used and which are new. It really pays to take the extra time,” Adakai said.

She also watches the purchasing and inventory carefully. Sales and promotions each month have helped reduce inventory, while purchases have been planned to coincide with vendor promotions.
“For instance, you buy for fall at the beginning of the year, and in fall for next spring. The National Association of College Stores and the Albuquerque campus bookstore help us out with vendors, notifying us of vendors who will give us discounts. The challenge is also finding the right merchandise for our students and other customers,” she said.
The store was renovated last year, prior to Adakai’s hiring, and more diverse merchandise was added, as was a snack bar/refreshment area. These changes, along with the improved business practices and better training, have resulted in a more contented staff who, Adakai reports, are proud that things have turned around, and reflect that in improved customer service.

“The staff likes the changes,” Adakai says. “Our customers – the students and the customers who come here to order books and audiotapes – see it. They say the store is nice, the atmosphere welcoming, and comment on how customer service-oriented the staff is. It’s great to hear it.”

Adakai has also introduced more books for a general audience, and is evaluating what sells well as more locals learn that the UNMG store has more than textbooks. Children’s books, she says, sell particularly well.

“A lot of people don’t have access to the Internet and want to come here and order books and audio tapes. I plan to add bargain books for the holiday season this year. All of this money goes toward making a profit,” she said.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Something Different: Honors Classes

The University of New Mexico-Gallup University Honors program is offering three courses during the fall semester. The classes are:

Legacy of Ancient Medicine. 3 credit hours. Examines the history and development of medicine from the Paleolithic period through Mesopotamia and Egypt to Classical Greece and Rome to modern medicine today. Will examine midwifery, blood-letting, cupping, surgery and scarification.  Instructor: Glenda Friend. Thursdays, 6:40-9:20 p.m.

The Psychology of Woody Allen. 3 credit hours. Discussion seminar featuring Woody Allen’s movies and thoughts on relationships good and bad, morality, a universe that just happens, suicide and death.  Instructor: Ralph Casebolt. Mondays, 6:40-9:20 p.m.

The Fantastic in Literature. 3 credit hours. Explores convergences and divergences of fantasy and science fiction and how they affect our image of the world.  Students will examine how science fiction follows or predicts trends in science and how these fantasies evolve in utopian realms or devolve into dystopian worlds. Instructor: Robert Galin. Tuesdays, 6:40-9:20 p.m.

Honors classes meet the New Mexico Humanities Core Curriculum requirements and are transferable. They provide an opportunity for students and faculty to engage in seminar discussions on topics not available in other departments. Courses are interdisciplinary, bringing together questions and ideas from fine arts, literature, science, philosophy, religion, psychology, anthropology, history, law and others.

For more information, contact Ralph Casebolt, 863-7592, or

Monday, July 16, 2012

Andrade Nursing Scholarship Available

A new scholarship is now available to UNM-Gallup Nursing students in their last semester of study. Drs. Lawrence and Aedra Andrade started the scholarship in memory of their 2-year-old daughter, Santana Milagros Teresa Andrade, who died in 2011 as a result of numerous medical complications.

The scholarship was funded with donations from the community in memory of Santana, totaling $2937.20, with additional funding due from a golf tournament. It is available to Nursing students who meet the criteria for Fall 2012, and will provide $500 each semester. Preference will be shown for students stating an interest in pediatric nursing. Students may contact the Financial Aid Department at UNMG for more information, 505.863.7663.

Caption: From left; (back) Dr. Sylvia Andrew, executive director; Dr. Lawrence Andrade; Marji Campbell, director of the UNMG Nursing program; (front) Xavier and Iliana Andrade.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Lobo Academy Students Up Test Scores

Results of pre- and post-Compass test score averages are in, and it looks as if students who participated in UNM-Gallup’s intensive summer academic bridge program, Lobo Academy, are enjoying the benefits. The average scores for writing rose 18.23 percent and for reading, 19.41, percent after students completed the four-week program.

Lobo Academy was launched for the first time this summer to help remedial students move quickly into non-remedial coursework. A ceremony honoring the students and awarding them certificates was held June 27 in Gurley Hall, where the 17 enrollees were recognized. Along with the certificates they were given, they each earned their first college credits by successfully completing this three-hour course.

Lobo Academy is designed to give students confidence and a positive self-image by providing a smooth transition from high school to college. Most of the attendees were first generation college students from populations considered to be at risk as far as success in higher education. Presentations, workshops and activities were held in a relaxed, fun setting. Instruction was given on financial issues, along with information on critical thinking and goal setting and careers.

“Students learned writing skills, reading skills, career presentations, introduction to college-level expectations, life skills and coordinated use of computerized software applications to refresh and build upon their background knowledge in writing and comprehension training,” said Nick Brokeshoulder, College Learning Center tutor and Lobo Academy instructor, who with fellow instructor Elizabeth Lawrence took the students through the class work.

The students who participated in this pilot program will be monitored throughout their careers at UNM-Gallup and provided with intensive mentoring and advisement.
Future academies will be constructed based on this pilot program, and the program will also be offered in Zuni.