Thursday, June 2, 2016

Relay For Life

UNM-Gallup “Team Wolfpack” is in full swing for the June 10th Relay for Life event.  Under the direction of co-captains Jody Sowers and Bobbi Campos, our team is 16 people strong and will be walking for colleague Debby Garcia and others of our campus who have been touched by cancer.  If you would like to support Team Wolfpack and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, there are several ways to help:
1)    Team Wolfpack is selling luminaria bags that can be dedicated to friends and/or family members touched by cancer.  Please contact team members Jody, Bobbi, April Coonsis, Marilee Petranovich, Ann Jarvis, Rae Ann Ruiz or Rose Adakai to purchase a bag for $5.00.  You can decorate the bag with pre-designed templates and dedicate it to someone who has been afflicted by cancer presently or in the past.
2)    Team Wolfpack is also hosting a GREAT raffle with FANTASTIC prizes!  Prizes include a Glamour basket courtesy of our Cosmetology Department, a handmade jewelry set, gift certificates to local eateries, a handmade blanket, UNM football helmet and other gifts.  Contact any team member (listed above) to purchase your tickets for $2.00/each or 3 for $5.00.00
3)    Contribute to Team Wolfpack through the online donation site:
4)    Come on down to the Courthouse square June 10th beginning at 4:00 p.m. and support your UNM-Gallup Relay for Life team.  Team members will be walking the trail continuously through the night to support this cause and would greatly appreciate encouragement from our campus community!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

UNM-Gallup Students and Instructor attend SNAG Conference

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Marilee Petranovich
(505) 863-7770

Gallup, NM – UNM-Gallup Visiting Assistant Professor Kristi Wilson and two of her students attended the annual Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference in Asheville, North Carolina and brought home a wealth of information, education and memories.  Wilson was accompanied by Sharmayne Arviso and Jade Hustito who were both students in her Small Metals Construction class.  The three participated in lectures, demonstrations, exhibits and social networking events in the field of contemporary jewelry making. 
            SNAG supports and advances the professional practice of jewelry designers, artists and metalsmiths.  The first SNAG conference was held in 1970 with the intent of creating an organization dedicated to professional jewelers and metal arts designers.  One of the keynote speakers at this year’s event was Gary Noffke of the University of Georgia who is a master metalsmith and instructor with over 30 years of experience in the field. 
Noffke’s presentation had a strong effect on Sharmayne who noted “It got me thinking that whatever choice I make as a first time jewelry maker, I can always have a way of expressing myself and that it is okay to create something of your own and be proud of it.”    Sharmayne, a sophomore studying Art Studio and Art History, was inspired by the conference and how it will affect her work, “You need to find your own voice to create your own ideas as a jeweler.  Whatever piece you make becomes a personal, wearable signature of your own.”
            Jade was also grateful for the opportunity to attend the conference, and although the cloudy and rainy weather was admittedly different from what she is used to in New Mexico, she stated, “My trip to Asheville can be summed up in one word – golden.  The passion from all the presenters in their field was invigorating.  Inspiration seemed to flow freely as well as knowledge.”   Already in possession of an associate’s degree in Design and Digital Media, Jade is pursuing a second degree in Information Technology, but hopes to continue gaining skills in small metals construction.
            Professor Wilson was impressed with the popularity of southwestern styles in jewelry-making.  “A lot of makers are influenced by the Southwest, so there was a strong interest in our institution.  It was a great feeling being a representative from UNM-Gallup and to promoting our programs and our students.” 
            The trip was sponsored by the UNM-Gallup Faculty Professional Development Committee as well as Student Senate.  According to Wilson, “This experience not only inspired me as an artist in my field but as an instructor who can’t wait to share my knowledge from the conference with my students in the upcoming semester.  It helps to keep ambition high and create a positive studio practice.”