Cindy Rooney, Alexandra Hehlen and Alan and Alex Kirk Join Great Conversations!


This is the final opportunity to register for Great Conversations an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. 

This is the 4th Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and takes place 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at Los Alamos High School. 

Cindy Rooney: Higher Education; Looking into the Future

Associate Dean and Chair of Business at UNM-Los Alamos, Dr. Cynthia Rooney, will discuss the outlook for higher education. With an increased interest in on-line education, including newer approaches such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Khan Academy,

Rooney will explore the changes in education delivery and what they mean for the goals of higher education, measurement of quality and more. She’ll discuss President Obama’s challenge to Congress to consider value, affordability, and student outcomes in making determinations about which colleges and universities receive access to Federal student aid. 

Both of Rooney’s daughters will be in college in the fall, so she approaches this topic both as an academic and as a parent.  

Alan & Alex Kirk Life of Hoops; Meet the Kirks

Alex Kirk, a graduate of Los Alamos High School and a basketball player for the UNM Lobos shares a view as the Coach’s kid, signing a national letter of intent to play for UNM and playing with and against some of the top basketball collegiate players in the country. 

His dad Alan shares his perspective as his son’s coach and father through Alex’s early years, the recruitment process and his years as a Hilltopper and Houston Hoops AAU basketball player. Alan, also a Hilltopper alumnus, began coaching high school basketball in the 90s, is the father of Alex and Erin, both are student athletes. Alex was named Academic All-American his freshmen and sophomore years.   

Alexandra Hehlen: Fashion Chat with the Fashion Maven

Whether you’re a fashionista or new to the topic, you will profit from a chat with Ms. Alexandra Hehlen. She will provide sample outfits for discussion and will address your fashion dilemmas.  

Need to sort out your style? The Fashion Maven and student columnist for the Los Alamos Monitor’s  “Teen Pulse” page, will demonstrate how to put together a variety of outfits with a few basic pieces. Did you always want to know how to balance color in an ensemble or how to accessorize to look classy, not trashy? Hehlen’s passion for fashion has made her a young, but effective voice for what to wear here on the hill and beyond. 

A complete list of the speakers and an overview of the 14 conversations is available at www. Call (505) 470-3734 or e-mail with questions.


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