Wednesday, April 29, 2015

UNM-Gallup staff & faculty raise funds for BB/BS

By Marilee Petranovich

Luana Lupos (Happy Lobos) 
Staff members:  Jayme McMahon, Suzette Wyaco, April Coonsis, Carmen Wellborn & Marilee Petranovich
Faculty members:  Matt Mingus, John Zimmerman, Kristian Simcox, Jim Sayers, and Kristi Wilson

This past Saturday,  members of the UNM-Gallup Staff and Faculty came together to raise funds for Big Brothers/Big Sisters Mountain Region.  Both teams had a bit of friendly competition in independently raising funds, but in the end, were happy to report that with a few last minute donations trickling in, approximately $1,000 was raised by the UNM-G Staff and $600 by the UNM-G Faculty for a total of nearly $1,600 for this cause.  Both teams bowled in the “Luau at the Lanes” where scores didn’t matter but the donations to help Big Brothers/Big Sisters certainly did matter.  According to Sarah Piano, BB/BS Regional Director, it costs approximately $1,200 to match a Big Brother/Sister with a Little Brother/Sister.  The UNM-Gallup Faculty and Staff are grateful to all who supported the fundraising efforts that will allow us to see at least one “Big” matched with a “Little” this year.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Skills USA

By Marilee Petranovich

Nineteen of our CCTE students attended the New Mexico Skills USA statewide competition in Albuquerque in early April.  These students represent area high schools and are dually enrolled at UNM-Gallup in a variety of career technical classes where they learn a trade while receiving both high school and college credit.  This was the first year UNM-Gallup had a team at the state competition and the students walked away with six medals, qualifying the winners to travel to Louisville, Kentucky in June to participate in the National Skills USA competition.  The winners were as follows:

· Gold medal in Welding Fabrication; a three-person team from the CCTE Welding Technology Program fabricated a jack stand from specifications distributed earlier; students worked with drafting personnel to develop a blueprint, which was submitted to the judging staff; students created their project on Friday morning (about a 6 hour span); the team was comprised of Tyler Johnson, senior from Miyamura HS, Devin Spencer, senior from Miyamura HS, and Roman Thomas, senior from Gallup HS.

· Gold medal in Career Pathways Showcase/Human Services; a three-person team from the CCTE Fire Science Technology program of study created an eight-minute presentation about one aspect of their training area; the team selected ICS – Incident Command System; this was presented via a PowerPoint presentation, examples of the students’ ICS 100 and 200 FEMA certifications, ICS books, and a display of an ICS chain of command chart; the students shared their knowledge and information with a team of four       judges; the team members were Joelle Allen, senior from Miyamura HS, David Moreno, senior from Middle  College HS, and Patric Soce, senior from Miyamura HS.
· Gold medal in Extemporaneous Speaking; individual event during which contestants are given a topic and five minutes to prepare; Alec Baldwin, a senior from Miyamura HS who is enrolled in the CCTE Fire Science Technology Program, was the recipient of the top honor.
· Silver medal in Customer Service; Govinda Lingayat, a student in the CCTE Health Careers Program, participated in many different scenarios including how to best deal with angry/confused/irritates/multiple customers. Govinda is a senior from Gallup HS.

· Bronze medal in Job Skills Demonstration A; this contest has students demonstrate a skill related to his/her area of training; Leonard Tom, a senior from Gallup HS, is enrolled in the CCTE Fire Science Technology program of study.  He donned his PPE – personal protective equipment (fire gear), explaining the importance of each piece.

· Bronze medal in Welding; an individual event during which the participant takes a written test and demonstrates six different welding processes; Andres Escamilla, senior from Miyamura HS, was selected third in the state out of approximately 30 competitors.

Donor Reception

By Marilee Petranovich

The 2nd Annual UNM-Gallup Donor Reception was held on Thursday, March 5th at the newly opened Hilton Garden Inn.  The event gave scholarship donors the opportunity to meet the students they are funding, and gave scholarship recipients the chance to thank those helping them achieve their educational goals. 

In his opening remarks, Dr. Dyer said “I want to thank our scholarship donors.  You literally change lives when you support our students.  You allow our students to chase their dreams and open doors that might not otherwise be opened for them.”

Event participants enjoyed a saxophone performance as well as a documentary video spotlighting individual student scholarship beneficiaries.  Some of the struggles faced by students were illustrated in the video as well as the gratitude students feel towards their donors.

Event coordinator Ara Green was pleased with the evening and noted “The event was a great success.  We reached out to the community and connected students with their scholarship donors.  This is the first step in creating a new image for UNM-Gallup as a true community college.  We had overwhelming community support for the event.”

In closing, Dr. Dyer again noted the importance of scholarship donors.  “Students who are supported by your gifts go on to become community leaders, health care providers, teachers and vibrant members of our community.  Some go on to attain even greater educational accomplishments, but they never forget the beginning they had at UNM-Gallup.  They never forget the kindness of a donor who cared enough to help them overcome financial hardship in the quest to improve their lives.”

Workforce Development Summit

Dr. Barbar Damron
By Marilee Petranovich

UNM-Gallup hosted the 2nd Annual Workforce Development Summit March 10th & 11th .  The theme for the on-campus Summit was “Collaborating to form regional partnerships to improve the workforce, family lives and our economies.”  The goal was to explore how workforce development agencies can be more responsive to the needs of the community.  The event was sponsored by the division of Community Based Education and Workforce Development.

Keynote speakers for the event were Dr. Barbara Damron, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Higher Education Department,  and Carol Coen, Vice Chancellor of the Workforce, Economic and Resource Development Workforce Institute at San Jose City/Evergreen Community College District.  Both speakers emphasized the role of institutions of higher education in providing a trained workforce for local industries.  The need to be proactive in anticipating developing industry trends was discussed as well as the importance of close collaborative relationships between colleges as workforce training centers, and local workforce development agencies.

Breakout sessions were available to Summit participants in the areas of:
Carol Coen
· Health Issues in Rural Areas
· Hispanic Community Outreach
· Upcoming Healthcare/IT Certificate through SUNPATH Grant
· How to Become an Addiction Counselor in New Mexico
· Safety in Your Workplace
· Getting Veterans Back into the Workplace
· Online Training as a way of Meeting Rural Healthcare Needs
Local Human Resources specialists hosted a panel discussion titled “Why People Don’t Get Hired.”  Panel facilitators were Susan Macias, Human Resources Administrator at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services; Klo Abeita, Human Resources Administrator for the City of Gallup; Tammie Gerrard, Human Resources Administrator for the Zuni School District; and Sylvia Hunt, Human Resources Administrator for UNM-Gallup.

 A final panel discussion was hosted by members of the “Energizing the Workforce“ initiative.  Panel participants included Vickie Mora, CEO, Associated General Contractors; Adam Wilkey, Gallup Land Partnership; Michael Sage, Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation; Gary Schuster, Gallup McKinley County School District; and Dr. Christopher Dyer, Executive Director, UNM-Gallup.  Energizing the Workforce represents a collaborative effort by partnering institutions to identify opportunities to train, mentor, recruit and employ individuals for jobs that are already here as well as those that do not exist yet.  

Panel Discussion “Energizing the Workforce” Initiative

Tuition Increase at UNM-Gallup

By Marilee Petranovich

At the most recent meeting of the UNM-Gallup Local Advisory Board, a tuition increase of 7.1% was discussed and ultimately approved for the Fall, 2015 semester.  Tuition will increase from $60.60/credit hour to $64.90/credit hour.  In addition to tuition, students are charged mandatory fees that include a Technology fee ($4.20/credit hour), a Student Senate fee ($2.00/credit hour), and a Building Fee ($4.20/credit hour).  This brings the total charge per credit hour, including tuition and fees, from $71.00 to $75.30.  Please refer to the chart below for a summary of tuition only increases across the UNM branch campus system (not including fees).

New Mexico Residents
From $60.60 to $64.90
Per credit hour, up 7.10 percent
From $160.60 to $172.00
Per credit hour, up 7.10 percent
Los Alamos
From $69.25 to $74.00
Per credit hour, up 6.86 percent
From $199.00 to $205.00
Per credit hour, up 3.02 percent
From $72.00 to $75.00
Per credit hour, up 4.17 percent
From $187.00 to $195.00
Per credit hour, up 4.28 percent
From $61.30 to $65.75
Per credit hour, up 7.26 percent
From $170.50 to $184.25
Per credit hour, up 8.06 percent