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Message From New UNM President Garnett Stokes

on November 13, 2017 - 7:44am
By GARNETT S. STOKES
UNM President

A week ago my life changed when I was selected by The University of New Mexico to be its 22nd president and newest Lobo.
 
Let me say that since that time, I have been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm I have received from so many of you, as well as members of the New Mexico community. I am truly honored and excited to join you officially in March, when my husband, Jeff, and I make the Land of Enchantment our new home.

Throughout my career in public higher education as a student, educator, researcher and administrator - I have learned the

State Auditor Releases Audit Of UNM Athletics

on November 13, 2017 - 6:12am
 
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Athletics Department Friday and its related institutions including the UNM Foundation and the Lobo Club.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the audit in May after receiving multiple complaints from concerned citizens.

Leadership Los Alamos Welcomes Class Of 2018

on November 13, 2017 - 6:09am
Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017-18. Photo by Martha Katko
 
LLA News:
 
Question: What do you get when you mix together people from non-profits, Starbucks, LANL, UNM-LA, LA County, Bandelier, Zia and Del Norte Credit Unions, Project Y, the Family Y, TechSource, Zhennovate and the Methodist Church? Answer: This year’s emerging leaders in the Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) program.
 
Twenty-five individuals began their LLA journey in September with a workshop facilitated by Phil Bryson from On The Edge Productions.

TOTH Children’s Christmas Bazaar Dec. 2

on November 12, 2017 - 6:48am

Children shop for gifts for their parents and other family members at the annual Children's Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Church. Courtesy/TOTH

TOTH News:

Want to encourage children to be involved in selecting and giving their own gifts this Christmas? The Children’s Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 2 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, is a child friendly community event for students in kindergarten through 6th grade, where children shop and have their gifts wrapped.

Help is available for children who need a little assistance.

NNSA Awards $27.5 Million In Research Grants To Cornell And Notre Dame

on November 12, 2017 - 6:30am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has named Cornell University and the University of Notre Dame as two of the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Centers of Excellence program funding recipients for their work in High Energy Density Physics and Radiochemistry. 
 
“These grants insure a pipeline of the next generation of scientists in areas of relevance to the stockpile stewardship mission,” said Dr.

African Library Project Fundraiser Dec. 2

on November 12, 2017 - 6:13am

UT Regents Postpone Vote On LANL Contract Proposal

on November 11, 2017 - 4:56pm

University of Texas News:

University of Texas System Board of Regents has postponed until Nov. 27 a vote on whether to submit a proposal to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In September the Board voted to spend $4.5 million to pursue the contract and when the final request for proposals was published Oct. 26, Deputy Chancellor David E. Daniel issued a statement that the UT team was “deeply engaged in developing the most responsive thoughtful plan possible” for future management of the Lab.

UT representatives have

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Nov. 14

on November 11, 2017 - 7:17am
Melissa Mackey designs creative, hands-on activities for PEEC's Family Nights program on the second Tuesday of each month. Courtesy photo 
 
PEEC News:
 
Tuesday, Nov. 14 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey from 6-7 p.m. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.
 
Mark your calendars: the second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at the nature center. Each month is different with engaging activities crafted by the talented Melissa Mackey.
 

New Mexico Launches Network Of 500+ Teacher-Leaders Statewide

on November 10, 2017 - 5:50pm
NMTLN News:
 
SANTA FE  Thursday, Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski announced the launch of the second wave of the New Mexico Teacher Leader Network (NMTLN) – comprised of more than 500 teacher-leaders from districts and charters across the state.
 
These teachers-leaders are working together to elevate the profession, share best practices, create new communications channels, bring classroom teacher voice to the forefront of policy and program conversations, and leverage all available resources in an effort to bring our professional community together, improve the

Hilltopper Basketball Red Chile Powder Fundraiser

on November 10, 2017 - 11:23am

Sharon Lucero, left, and Jenny Gallegos are busy filling bags with a pound of red chile. Courtesy photo

Bags of red chile that volunteers have filled are ready for sale and awaiting pick up. Courtesy photo
 
HILLTOPPER News:
 
The Hilltopper Basketball red chile powder fundraiser is under way. Each Lady Basketball player, C team JV and Varsity player will be given 20 red chile bags to sell.
 
All proceeds from this fundraiser will help defray the cost of expenses within the basketball program.
 
The donation for each bag of chile would be a minimum of $12 for each 1-pound bag.

 

Native Hawks Host Fundraiser At Smith's

on November 10, 2017 - 7:44am

The Native Hawks including, from left, Keegan Medina-Torres, Cameron Medina-Torres and Isiah Harrison, from Los Alamos Middle School at Smith's Marketplace last week selling teal ribbons and scented pencils to raise money during Native American Heritage month. The teal ribbons show support for the Native students, especially during Rock your Mocs week, Nov. 13-17, in which students wear moccasins to share their culture. The fundraising goal is to provide a cuisine sampling event for fellow students before the end of the month. To learn more, email B.Lauritzen@laschools.net. Courtesy photo

LAPS Earns ‘A’ On District Report Card

on November 9, 2017 - 4:24pm

Courtesy/PED

LAPS News:

The New Mexico Public Education Department has released its annual list of district report cards and Los Alamos Public Schools earned an “A”.

District report cards provide a summary of:

  • Demographic profile
  • Accountability
    • Summaries of A-F School Grades
    • Cohort graduation rates (4, 5, and 6 year)
    • Status of non-graduates
    • Attendance
    • Growth for Q1 (lowest 25 percent) and Q3 (highest 75 percent) subgroups
  • Achievement
    • Proficiencies in reading, mathematics, and science
    • Participation in assessments
    • NAEP statewide summary for grades 4 and 8
  • School board member training
  • Budgeted

UNM-LA Instructor Receives Federal Grant

on November 9, 2017 - 6:53am
UNM-LA faculty member Kristy Nadler has received a grant to study reducing sexual violence on college campuses. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Kristy Nadler, adjunct faculty of psychology and of University Studies at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), was recently awarded a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice.

The OVW grant to “Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus” provides $300,000 over three years to organize effective sexual misconduct prevention, education, and response for the UNM-LA

UNM-LA Invites Community To Bitsui Poetry Reading

on November 9, 2017 - 6:27am
Navajo poet Sherwin Bitsui. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

Navajo poet Sherwin Bitsui will read his poetry at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 in the UNM-LA Library as part of the celebration of National Native American Heritage Month on campus.

A Diné (Navajo), Bitsui studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe and now teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing for the IAIA. His honors include the 2011 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Fellowship for Literature, a PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award.

UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board Meets Monday

on November 8, 2017 - 12:21pm

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13 in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 on the campus of UNM-LA at 4000 University Dr.

Agenda items include:

  • Update on statewide challenges facing higher education institutions;
  • UNM-LA strategic initiatives;
  • Fundraising ideas; and
  • Administrative reports on ongoing UNM-LA activities.

The meeting is open to the public.

LAPS: A Powerful Tribute For Veterans

on November 8, 2017 - 10:02am
Honoring Los Alamos Veterans. Courtesy/LAPS
 
By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Pubic Schools

Today and tomorrow at school, we are honoring the wartime service and sacrifice of men and women in the armed forces. Originally proclaimed Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate peace at the end of World War I, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include American veterans of all wars. In Los Alamos, we also honor everyone in our community working on national security.

America was founded on the principles of liberty, opportunity, and justice for all, and on Veterans Day we

Morgan Is New Cadet Leader For Civil Air Patrol

on November 8, 2017 - 8:18am

Los Alamos Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol LTC Hannah Morgan, left, is the new Deputy Commander for Cadets, pictured here with LTC Annette Peters, Vice Commander of the New Mexico Wing of the CAP and outgoing Deputy Commander for Cadets. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

CMSGT Bryce Gentile with his mother, Louise Foliot and Tim Duran following his promotion Monday evening at the Los Alamos Airport. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Civil Air Patrol Col.

NNMC Students Present Research At ABRCMS

on November 8, 2017 - 7:22am
Britney Martinez, Alondra Villalba, Naomi Lehman and Antonio Serrano last week at the ABRCMS conference in Phoenix. Courtesy photo
 
NNMC News:
 
Four students from Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) in Espanola presented their research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) last week in Phoenix, Ariz.
 
Naomi Lehman, Alondra Villalba, Britney Martinez and Antonio Serrano traveled to ABRCMS, the largest conference for undergraduate students in the United States, with Northern's Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Mario Izaguirre-Sierra.
 
In

Chamber Business Breakfast At UNM-LA Wednesday

on November 7, 2017 - 4:29pm

CHAMBER News:

The Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast is 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Building 2, Room 230 at UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr.

The speaker is Mandy Marksteiner, a local Direct Response Copywriter who will discuss a wide variety of marketing topics. She is an AWAI trained direct response copywriter who offers emails, sales letters, ebooks, blog posts and articles, case studies and white papers. 

 

Mandy Marksteiner

Marksteiner opened her copywriting business in 2008 and has a broad range of experience writing for several markets, including financial, health, fine art,

NJROTC Cadets Travel To Roswell For Drill Meet

on November 7, 2017 - 8:50am

Los Alamos High School NJROTC drill team cadets competing in the Nov. 4 New Mexico Military Institute Drill Meet in Roswell were, from right, C/PO1 Isaac Vasquez, C/LTJG Austin Estrada, C/SR Aria Schmierer, C/SN Caden Lim, C/SA Cameron Armstrong, C/LTJG Caden Cionek, C/SA Tanner Peterson, C/SR James Bourguet, C/LTJG Jacob Thompson, C/SR Ryan Salmon and C/LTJG Stephen Gulley. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos High School NJROTC cadets competing in the physical fitness portion of the Nov.

PEEC Volunteers Share Love Of The Skies

on November 6, 2017 - 3:16pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center volunteers Paul Arendt, left, and Galen Gisler at PEEC. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

Volunteering at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has brought Galen Gisler and Paul Arendt new discoveries and experiences.

 

Working at the PEEC’s planetarium is more than just an opportunity to gain new knowledge or keep busy. Gisler and Arendt see their volunteer positions as a chance give something to the community.

 

Arendt started working at PEEC in 2010. He

LAPD Sgt. Chris Ross Graduates From Northwestern University Center For Public Safety

on November 6, 2017 - 12:22pm

From left, Deputy Director of the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University Michelle Camden, LAPD Sgt. Chris Ross, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden and U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Fouratt. Sgt. Chris Ross recently graduated from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross recently graduated from the Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety, class #420 of the School of Police Staff and Command.

The School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) is an intensive 10-week program that prepares law

Inner Workings Of Sun; Explosive Universe At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on November 6, 2017 - 11:02am

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Dr. Joyce Guzik will reveal the inner workings of the Sun at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Then, the full-dome film Exploding Universe will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12. 

These planetarium programs are at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

During the Friday show, Guzik will explain how we know what is going on inside the Sun even though we cannot ‘see’ beyond its surface. She will discuss why the Sun shines and the possible fate of the Sun and Earth, and

Thanksgiving Lunches At Los Alamos Schools

on November 5, 2017 - 7:08am

LAPS food service employees to serve Thanksgiving meals to students and families. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools food service employees of Chartwells are ready to serve up Thanksgiving to students and families with a special luncheon at each school site during November.

Chartwells' menu includes roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, vegetarian gravy and pumpkin pie.

The prices are $5 for adults and $4 for students/children.

RSVPs can be submitted at each school.

Quorum Notice: LAPS School Board May Attend AdvancED Exit Conference

on November 5, 2017 - 6:53am

LAPS Quorum Notice:

Members of the Los Alamos School Board may attend the AdvancED Exit Conference at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the Administrative Offices, School Board Room at  2101 Trinity Dr., Suite V.

A Quorum may be present, however, no action will be taken.

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