Wednesday, October 30, 2013

TRiO - Winter Clothing Charity Drive

It’s getting cold outside... 
 and there are people in our community who are in desperate need of warm winter clothing. In the spirit of the holidays, TRiO/Student Support Services is collecting new or gently used coats or blankets for adults and children.

Drop Your Donations Off At:
· TRiO/SSS (Gurley Hall Basement)
 · The Information Desk (Gurley Hall)
· Veteran’s Center (SSTC)
 · Lobo Den 

Accepting Donations thru November 22, 2013


Thursday, October 17, 2013

UNM-Gallup North campus Fall Festival!

On Saturday, October 12, the Adult Education Staff at UNM-G North Campus hosted the first Annual Fall Festival. The event was designed to celebrate the collaboration between the Adult Education Program and a variety of community organizations and the ways they work together to assist students or simply strengthen a sense of neighborhood at the campus which is located on the corner of 7th and MaloneyABE staff estimate that over 500 people visited the Festival throughout the day!  The attached pictures attest to the good time had by all. 

Gallup Service Mart, which offers sewing classes at North Campus, invited a number of local women who create lovely handmade items including quilts, scarves, aprons, bags, and much more to sell their beautiful creations! 4th World Movement, whose members teach art at UNM-G North and South Adult Education Centers and in the UNM-G classroom at the Adult Detention Center on Boardman, provided children's activities at their Story Garden. Gallup Pride, which holds meetings and events at North Campus, had a very popular food booth selling some of the best Navajo Tacos in Gallup. Youth Conservation Corps, which coordinates a gardening project at North Campus with Washington Elementary School, also provided music. In addition Gallup Farmers Market, Gallup Food Pantry, and the Boys and Girls Club offered fresh produce from their gardens. Speaking of home grown, the ever-creative Barbara Babcock, former advisor at UNM-G, had a small booth selling AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS butters, dips, and soups from recipes she has developed using garlic from her garden in Blue Water! And what would a fall festival be without hay bales--donated by Navajo Feed--and gigantic pumpkins--donated by NAPI.

          Attracted by the delicious aromas of fry bread and chili, the sounds of harp music and children's laughter, and the bright colors of ribbons billowing from the trees or quilts unfolded between admiring women, our neighbors stopped by on their way to Wal-Mart or coming back from the flea market. Grandmothers sat at tables draped with autumn adorned cloths as they sipped coffee and ate cupcakes under the shade of the elegant tree in front of the building. Children ran excitedly to parents or aunties or uncles to proudly show off the autumn decorations they made at the crafts booth. Little boys tossed a football around in the gravel on the west side of the building. Groups of all sizes and ages posed happily at the "photo booth" constructed from bales of hay, pumpkins, and scarecrows on the east side of the building. Adult Education students met friends, bought and sold crafts, and delighted in an innocent, light hearted autumn afternoon. 

In addition to celebrating collaboration with community groups and savoring the season, the Adult Education Program hosted this event to open their doors to the North side neighborhood, offering children an enticing glimpse  at UNM-G, and to offer a friendly gathering that does not require alcohol or drugs to be fun and entertaining. 

Special thanks go to Rulon Ashcroft and his Physical Plant Staff (Tommy Alatorre and Larry Tyler) for assisting with preparation and clean-up for the event. Adult Education Staff Laura Jijon, Dina Dominguez, Loretta Yazzie, Barbra Telynor, and Dawn Martinez should be commended for the wonderful work they've done, not only to organize this successful event, but to reach out to our community and show that UNM-G is a good neighbor. 

If you did not have the opportunity to attend this year's Fall Festival, please plan to attend next year. The Adult Education Staff at North Campus wants to make this an annual event and keep an eye out for their Spring Fling!

(Written by Laura Jijon, Director, ABE Program and LD Lovett, Division Chair)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The rock slab display inside Calvin Hall

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The rock slab on display  comes from a quarry in the state of Espírito Santo, on the east coast of Brazil.  It is an example of a metamorphic rock – a rock that has been altered in mineralogy and texture by elevated temperatures and pressures within the Earth.  In particular, this rock is referred to as a gneiss (pronounced ‘nice’), characterized by segregation of the minerals into light and dark bands.  There are several types of gneisses, this one being a migmatite, a gneiss in which temperatures were high enough to melt parts of the rock.

Many of the interesting textures in this rock were produced by deep burial and compressional forces that occurred when the continents of South America and Africa collided.  The continental collision occurred over a long period of time, mostly between about 800 million to 400 million years ago, when tectonic activity slowly closed the Atlantic Ocean and sutured South America and Africa together, along with other land masses, to form a supercontinent called Gondwana.  Note that on the diagram below, the areas shaded in red identify rock involved in collisions that formed Gondwana, including in the present location of the state of Espírito Santo.  The gneiss in the slab is approximately half a billion years old, and so was impacted by the force of the continents colliding.  Since that time, of course, tectonic activity has reopened the Atlantic Ocean basin and again separated South America from Africa.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Regional Knowledge Ecosystems and Economic Development

Please join us for the first in a series of University lectures presented by UNM-Gallup
Dr. Kenneth Stokes will speak on
Regional Knowledge Ecosystems and Economic Development”
Wednesday October 9, 2013
7:00 PM
UNM-Gallup Campus
Student Services & Technology Center
Room 200

Dr. Kenneth Michael Stokes is currently the Chief International Affairs Officer and Executive Director for the Institute for International Innovation Management in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Stokes has also held positions as:
  • Senior Adviser for Global Business Development to the Asia-Pacific CEO Association
  • Adviser/Agent to Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico
  • Consultant, “Czech Innovation Investment Fund Planning Committee
  • Adviser to Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Academy of Sciences, & Ministry of Education, Republic Moldova

Dr. Stokes received his PhD (Social and Political Thought/International Political Economy), M.A. (Economics) and B.A. (Economics) from York University in Toronto.
Dr. Stokes is well-known for his work in International Relations, particularly his work with “Voices of the Global South” and his extensive research on global climate change.