Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ceremonial Queen

UNM-Gallup is pleased to announce that one of our students was named as the 92nd Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen.  Cody Jansen was selected from a group of 7 candidates and was crowned as the Ceremonial Queen at Red Rock State Park during the final night of Ceremonial festivities.  Cody, also named “Miss Photogenic,” showcased both a modern talent and a traditional talent by showing clothing she hand-made and playing a song on the Native American flute.
As winner of the Ceremonial Queen contest, Cody will be the beneficiary of the Little Caesars “Future Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship.”  This scholarship was donated to UNM-Gallup by Little Caesars to honor the 2013 Ceremonial Queen.  Mark DeWit, Director of Operations for the parent company Pepperoni Brothers, LLC said “We would like to fully fund the $2,000 this year to make this opportunity a reality for the deserving recipient.”  The generous donation of Little Caesars was presented to UNM-Gallup by Lillian Worthen on behalf of the Ceremonial Queen competition planning committee.
Congratulations to Cody and many thanks to Little Caesars!

Welding program preparing for the Skills USA

During the Fall Semester 2013, the UNM Gallup Welding Program will be preparing students to participate in the Skills USA competition. The Skills USA is a nationally accredited organization that promotes leadership and team work to students in college who are studying technical careers. The 2014 Skills USA individual and team competitions will be in March.  National companies will be present looking for the most qualified students to be recruited.

For more information, contact Joe Sanchez at 505-863-7510 or

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Two UNM-G Nursing Instructors Named Certified Nurse Educators

Marjorie Campbell and June Eastridge

The UNM-Gallup Nursing Program is pleased to announce that Marjorie Campbell, Nursing Program Director, and June Eastridge, Associate Professor, have earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educators (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.

“The NLN’s Academic Nurse Educator Certification program has conferred new visibility and stature upon the academic nursing community that is long overdue,” said Dr. Beverly Malone, CEO of the NLN.  “Through the certification, we have made clear to the ranks of higher education that the role of nurse educator is an advanced professional practice discipline with a defined practice setting and demonstrable standards of excellence.”  In years to come, she added, it is hoped that certified nurse educators will command higher salaries and be first in line for promotions and tenure.

The newly certified nurse educators reflect the spectrum of their academic colleagues in the United States:  As of August, 2012, there were 3,415 certified nursing educators in the continental United States.  Many academic nursing programs in colleges and university settings have recognized the importance of the certification and encourage all eligible nursing faculty to become certified.

With nearly half (42.8%) of nursing faculty projected to retire within the next decade and nearly three-quarters (69.7%) within 15 years, replacing them is of grave concern to nursing and nursing education.

For questions regarding this article, please contact Marilee Petranovich at (505) 863-7770 or

UNM-Gallup Receives Grant from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation

The University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus has been awarded a grant in the amount of $25,000.00 from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation for entrepreneurship scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year.  This is the third consecutive year in which this grant has been awarded to UNM-Gallup.  Funds are available to qualified Native American students with a grade point average of at least 2.0 who are pursuing certificates or degrees in Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, or management related fields of study.

Individual scholarships may be awarded up to a maximum of $2,500.00 per year for full-time students maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0-3.4.  Individual scholarships may be awarded up to a maximum of $4,000.00 per year for full-time students maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above who have completed 12 semester credits in the preceding academic term.  Awards will be prorated for students with a part-time status.

For information on the Johnson Scholarship Foundation scholarships, please contact Al Henderson at (505) 863-7634 or <>.  For information on other scholarship opportunities at UNM-Gallup please visit the scholarship office or refer to the website at

For questions or further information regarding this article, please contact Marilee Petranovich at or (505) 863-7770.