Monday, June 29, 2015

Early Campus Closure - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The UNM-Gallup campus will close at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30th, due to an all-campus water outage associated with the infrastructure construction project. The campus will be without water from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The campus will re-open for regular business hours on Wednesday, July 1. Any classes scheduled to begin at or after 3:00 p.m. are cancelled for Tuesday, June 30.

Thank you for  your understanding and cooperation with this necessary phase of the construction project.

Friday, June 19, 2015

SBDC new Director

The University of New Mexico - Gallup Campus is proud to and welcome Mrs. Cynthia M. Jarvison (Cyndi) as the Director of the UNM-G Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  The SBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New Mexico, Santa Fe Community College and UNM-Gallup.

In her new role, Cyndi will be responsible for management and operation of the SBDC which will include consulting with clients in the areas of strategic planning, business development, financial evaluation and marketing within McKinley County.

Cyndi is a member of the Navajo Nation with knowledge in federal, state and local procurement gained from her previous role as a Senior Procurement Specialist assigned to the Navajo Nation BIA Region.  She was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) satellite office of the Navajo Nation and was instrumental in creating the annual Navajo Nation Business Opportunity Day.

Cyndi has been working in business development and procurement for over ten years and has experience as a resource provider for government agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations of various sizes.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. 

“We are very happy to welcome Mrs. Jarvison to the UNM-Gallup community,” said Al Henderson who was the interim SBDC Director. 

Local entrepreneurs, prospective business owners and established businesses are encouraged to contact her to discuss business needs and opportunities.

Local Students Attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

By Marilee Petranovich

Ten students representing the Center for Career and Technical Education (CCTE) at UNM-Gallup are in Louisville, Kentucky this week as delegates and competitors at the 51st National Leadership and Skills Conference sponsored by SkillsUSA.  The CCTE students are dually enrolled at UNM-Gallup and their individual high schools.  Participants competing at the national conference are:
  • Tyler Johnson (Miyamura High School), Devin Spencer (Miyamura High School) and Roman Thomas (Gallup High School) – Welding Fabrication.
  • Joelle Allen (Miyamura High School), David Moreno (Middle College High School), and Patric Soce (Miyamura High School) – Career Pathways Showcase.
  • Alec Baldwin (Miyamura High School) – Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Govinda Lingayat (Gallup High School) – Customer Service.
  • Leonard Tom (Gallup High School) – Job Skills Demonstration
  • Andres Escamilla (Miyamura High School) – Welding.
Accompanying the student competitors are their advisors and instructors, Ann Jarvis, Principal CCTE; Joe Sanchez, Welding Instructor; Robert Encinio, Construction Technology Instructor and Jeannie Baca, UNM-Gallup Director of Student Affairs.

During their stay, students participate as competitors or as voting delegates where they elect their national officers for the year and conduct the business of their organization. Students also meet with business and industry representatives and hear from government officials. And, they have fun, too.

Many students are participating as competitors in the SkillsUSA Championships, held on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25. More than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves technical, skilled and service occupation instructional programs in public high schools, career and technical centers and schools and two- and four-year colleges. SkillsUSA annually serves more than 320,000 student members annually, organized into more than 3,900 schools and 54 state and territorial associations (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands).

SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. Career and technical education is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. More than 11.5 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.

SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training program by the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information, go to

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Quick Tour of Economics

June 10, 2015

Gallup, New Mexico.  UNM-Gallup Rural Entrepreneur Institute (REI) completed its first College Prep Economics Course last summer.

This summer “we are doing it again” says Al Henderson, principle coordinator for REI.  The one week instruction will begin on Monday, June 22nd and ends Friday, June 26th. 

The college prep economics course is designed for the high school student who is planning on going onto college where he/she may have to take a required course in economics.  Known as the dismal science, “economics can be a difficult course to master” noted Al Henderson who teaches economics courses at the university.

Interested students or their parents need to contact Lorena Thompson or Mr. Henderson soon because we have the first come first serve policy.  The course is free of charge and lunch is free.  Students will need to provide their own transportation daily.

“I have noticed many students who have repeated this course two and even three times before they pass,” added Henderson.  So he designed the prep course to prepare high school students in advance to help reduce or eliminate repeating the course.

“It’s a costly proposition the student face by having them take the economics course over and over” said Henderson.  

The quick tour of economics is an intense and challenging course.  Students are introduced to the world of economics with concepts, analytical tools and skills economist use and supplemented with contemporary news to gain a better understanding about how our Nation’s economy works.

“By the end of the week, I expect each student to learn more about such topics as the stock market, GNP, consumer demand, opportunity cost, production of goods and services, inflation, unemployment, money and banking and how these topics feed into economic policies, growth and stability” added Henderson.

For more information contact:  Lorena Thompson at email, 505/863-7641; or Al Henderson at email, 505/863-7634.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Campus Utilities Infrastructure Project

By Marilee Petranovich

The UNM-Gallup campus will be receiving some much-needed infrastructure improvements during a nine month project that begins this week.  The first part of the construction will involve the installation of new water lines which will increase the volume and flow of water into and out of the campus, and will provide the additional water needed for the second phase of the project which involves the installation of fire sprinklers in several campus buildings.  The current utilities infrastructure has almost reach its water capacity and requires a pumping station to boost pressure within the campus.

The benefits of this project are far-reaching and will allow for anticipated campus growth.  As with any construction project, however, there may be some minor inconveniences that campus employees, students and visitors should be aware of.  There will need to be some digging and trenching to expose and replace existing water lines.  Safety will always be the top priority so as the pipe replacement occurs there may be instances of traffic re-routing or reduction to a single lane in some cases.  All construction areas will be clearly marked so please allow for slight delays as you enter and exit parts of the campus.   As with any utility project, there is always the slight chance that there may be water or power outages.  We will do our best to let everyone know with plenty of notice. 

Construction started this week in the area in front of Gurley Hall.  As early as next week, work will begin in the intersection between the gymnasium and Calvin Hall Center.   Again, please use caution and patience when approaching these areas and refer to signage and/or traffic officers in construction zones.  A few parking spaces in the Calvin Hall lot and the Nursing lot have been designated as staging areas for the construction trailers.

Once the water lines have all been replaced and capacity expanded, the second phase of sprinkler installation will begin in the following areas:

·         Calvin Hall Center addition

·         Zollinger Library

·         Early Childhood Family Center

·         Lions Hall

·         Gurley Hall – oldest section

·         Gymnasium

 Every effort will be taken to minimize the impact of this project on operating functions but there may be inevitable minor disturbances.  As the project progresses we will give regular updates and let you know in advance which sections will be impacted each week. 

Bike 4 Life

By Marilee Petranovich

Andy Martinez is a groundskeeper at UNM-Gallup who has a passion for making children happy.  Andy lives in a Gallup trailer park and noticed kids walking the neighborhood and wondered why they weren’t on bikes.  Andy fondly recalled his own youth where he always had a bicycle, although it was often a hand-me-down version requiring repairs.  When Andy realized that many of the neighborhood families could not afford to buy bikes for their children, he set out to collect used bicycles, renovate and repair them and distribute them around the neighborhood.  “I was one of five children in our family so if I wanted a bike of my own, it usually meant getting a broken one from a sibling and having to fix it,” Andy reminisced.   

Andy also recognizes the health benefits of being a bike owner.  “I’m interested in getting kids off the couch and putting them on a bike.  It’s like giving them back their childhood and also getting them to exercise.  All I was seeing were kids on their phones who didn’t even know what it meant to be on a bike.  I feel good about getting them riding and healthy.” 

Andy has been relying on donations and his own personal funds to finance his bike repair undertaking.  At a recent UNM-Gallup staff retreat, Andy shared his hobby with fellow employees and at the suggestion or Executive Director, Dr. Christopher Dyer, staff were asked to contribute whatever they could towards the Bike For Life program.  With a lead donation of $200.00 from Dr. Dyer, staff pitched in another $200.00.  Andy was able to purchase 5 new bikes, and restore 2 used ones which were presented to 7 local children at a campus event on Friday.  Andy maintains a Bike For Life Facebook page where families can apply for a bicycle.  Andy monitors the site and looks for children in need who cannot afford a bike and who express their desire to own, maintain and use a bicycle of their own. 

Andy sums up his passion for Bikes for Life simply.  “I’ve got a talent to fix bikes and it is worth it all when you see the smiles on the kids’ faces.” 

Visit for more information.  To make a donation of a gently used bike, a financial contribution or volunteer time to restore the bikes, contact Any directly through the Facebook page, or at (505) 290-1729.