Tuesday, December 23, 2014

UNM-Gallup 2014 Fall Commencement

2014 Fall Graduation

UNM-Gallup hosted its first Fall Commencement on Saturday, December 13th at the Hiroshi Miyamura High School Gymnasium.  Over 100 students attending classes at UNM-Gallup completed their requirements for graduation by the end of the fall semester, and 57 of those graduates and their families attended the commencement exercises. 

With over 1300 audience members in attendance, graduates processed into the gymnasium as the Miyamura High School Band performed “Pomp and Circumstance.”  The Gallup High School ROTC presented the colors and the National Anthem was performed by UNM-Gallup student Ian McLaughlin.  Welcome and opening remarks were given by Jeannie Baca, Director of Student Affairs, Edwin Begay, President of the UNM-G Local Advisory Board, and Executive Director Dr. Christopher Dyer. 

Bachelor and Graduate degrees were conferred by Dr. Monica Orozco Obando, Vice Provost for Extended Learning who attended the ceremony from the UNM main campus.  Associate Degrees were conferred by Dr. Dyer. 

UNM-Gallup has traditionally held one commencement exercise each year at the end of the spring semester.  In an effort to honor the achievements of fall graduates who may not return for the spring graduation and to make the ceremony smaller and more personal, UNM-Gallup administrators decided to pilot a fall commencement. 

Congratulations to the fall 2014 graduates of UNM-Gallup!

New Faces in the Business Community

Gallup Land Partners Entrepreneurship Program

Gallup, New Mexico-December 22, 2014.
Arlinda Fatty
The University of New Mexico-Gallup (UNM-G) and the Gallup Land Partners (GLP) have partnered together to introduce a new internship program which teams students with local businesses to give future entrepreneurs hands-on experience in real-world work settings.  During the fall 2014 semester, four students from the UNM-G business program were paired with participating business professionals to increase student awareness of community needs and to strengthen campus-community ties.  Students are able to develop resume-building experiences while developing skills in the areas of interviewing, negotiating, networking and other “soft skills” that help with the transition from school to work force. 

Robert Roche, President and CEO of GLP, believes very strongly in his vision to directly affect the business community by starting with students.  Roche explains that “where I am today has very little to do with where I started.  I wanted to give this same opportunity to these UNM-Gallup students and give them the support that I received when I was their age.  All of these students were chosen because of their excellent grades and work ethic.  I believe that excellence should be rewarded and the internships are our way of going about that.  I also want to contribute to Gallup and look forward to a long relationship with the community.  Starting in one place and finishing is another is the story of my life and will hopefully be the story of these students as well.”

Melody Natewa
The internship is offered to students who are in their second year of study, have a 3.2 grade point average and have expressed an interest in entrepreneurship.  This hands-on experience comes with a $1,000 scholarship per semester which is funded by GLP.  The interns receive up to 6 credit hours towards their degree by working 10-20 hours per week with their business partners.

This opportunity also provides businesses an excellent way to view and recruit new, energetic and skilled employees who bring new perspectives and fresh ideas.  It is hoped that student interns may seamlessly transition to full-time employees who will require little in the way of orientation and can be immediately productive.  GLP, who sponsors intern Anthony Tsosie, knows the benefit of allowing students direct experience in the work place.  According to Aaron Kowalski, GLP representative, “we are creating a synergistic relationship between upcoming entrepreneurs from all departments into the community.  This experience will help prepare these young entrepreneurs by showing them how successful businesses perform.” 

Intern Maryellen Tom is working at Adventure Gallup and Beyond and she is “enjoying the
Anthony Jacobe Tsosie
working environment and the groups of people are excellent.  I am working hard and dreaming big.”  The Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation is sponsoring Melody Natewa who feels that “the GGEDC helped me improve in greater lengths on how a business should be presented.  I am seeing how perfection is the key.”  The law offices of Mason and Isaacson, P.A. hosted intern Arlinda Fatty this past semester who had high praise for her experience in the legal field.  “This is an awesome and amazing program because I am becoming more well-rounded and excited about the future.”

GLP is scheduled to open their Gallup Energy Logistics Park next year which will be located northwest of Gallup.  Local businesses who would be interested in participating in the GLP Entrepreneurship Initiative are encouraged to contact Aaron Kowalski at (505) 879-9759 or Adam Wilkey at (435) 703-4829.