Education

New UNM-LA CEO Seeks More Recruitment, Visibility

New UNM-LA CEO Wynn Goering speaks at Los Alamos Kiwanis Club. Courtesy photo
 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Wynn Goering, new chief executive officer for the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, told Kiwanis recently that he sees recruitment and recognition as vital opportunities for the branch—but he also recognizes the challenges that hinder success.

As a business, he said, UNM-LA must recognize that recruitment should emphasize the normal “college age” group. In Los Alamos County, however, the population has been stable at 18,000 for many years, and, as time


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UNM-LA Advisory Board Raises Tuition 6.3 Percent

In an effort to keep up with rising costs and falling state revenues, the UNM-LA Advisory Board voted unanimously Monday evening to raise the current $69.25 per credit hour tuition for New Mexico residents by 6.3 percent or $4.75. This tuition increase amounts to about $60 per semester for a full-time student. The UNM-LA Advisory Board includes, from left, Chair Stephen Boerigter, Micheline Devaurs, Michele Hall, Michael DiRosa and David Sutton. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
UNM-lA Advisory Board Chair Stephen Boerigter thanks outgoing Board member Linda Hull

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LAPS Board Votes To Submit Pre-Application For State Matching Funds To Build New School

Community members and teachers attend Tuesday’s Regular School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladialypost.com
 
Superintendent Gene Schmidt addresses the School Board. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladialypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Full details of the Los Alamos Public Schools 20-Year Facilities Plan were laid out at the Feb. 26 Work Session and reported in the Los Alamos Daily Post March 3 (http://www.ladailypost.com/content/twenty-year-facilities-study-unveiled-school-board-meeting).

The committee that developed the plan


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LAHS DECA Students Host Bake Sale At LANB Today

LAHS News:

Deca students from Los Alamos High School are hosting a bake sale 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank.

Proceeds from the sale go toward helping 13 LAHS Deca students compete in a national competition April 24-29 in Orlando, Fla.


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Los Alamos School Board Honors Award Winners

Dawn Brown was chosen for the School Board’s 2014 Excellence for Student Achievement Award. Brown organizers the LAPS Science Fair. She also is active with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. ‘There would not be a science fair without Dawn Brown,’ LAPS Curriculum Director Pam Miller said at Tuesday’s School Board meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Logan Capon from Chamisa Elementary honored at Tuesday’s School Board meeting for winning the poster contest for best poster for Youth Art Month. The poster is on display at Mesa Public Library.

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Changing Of The Guard On LAPS School Board

Bill Hargraves is sworn in Tuesday as a member of the Los Alamos School Board by Judge Alan Kirk. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Andrea Cunningham is congratulated by Judge Alan Kirk after her swearing in as a School Board Member. The board has elected her as its secretary. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Jenny McCumber takes her oath as a School Board Member. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The LAPS School Board elected Jim Hall, left, its new president and Matt Williams as vice president. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypos.com
 

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House Passes Legislation To Crack Down On Truancy

Sen. Craig Brandt

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed legislation today intended to crack down on truancy and keep teenagers in the classroom by taking away their driver’s licenses if they  habitually ditch class.

If the bill becomes law, a student who misses 10 or more classes will lose their driver’s license or learner’s permit. HB 117, which is sponsored by Rep. Jimmie Hall, R-Bernalillo, and Sen. Craig Brandt, R-Sandoval passed the House floor by a 36-32 vote.

“It is so important that our kids stay in school,” Hall said. “If students keep skipping class,


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Board Celebrates ‘Music In Our Schools’

Young violinists Sarah Crotzer, left, and Ashley Lestone entertain the LAPS School Board Tuesday night in honor of ‘Music In Our Schools’ month. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Members of the Los Alamos Middle School string quartet received a ‘superior’ at the state competition, as did the duo and the trio pictured above and below. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Middle School trio performs ‘Galactic Odyssey.’ Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Fourteen members of the Los Alamos High

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NMPED Congratulates LAHS Special Education Team

LAPS Coordinator of Students Services Karla Crane, Special Education contact person Carol Moore and Special Education teachers Shannon Dopke, Stephanie Meyer and Lori Elton gather for a celebration with Superintendent Gene Schmidt this morning at Starbucks. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The New Mexico Public Education Department sent a letter congratulating the Los Alamos High School Special Education Department on achieving 100 percent compliance with paperwork and protocols for students transitioning from high school to college and/or the work world.

In order to be compliant, Individualized


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CIR Presents: China In Africa March 14

Ambassador David Shinn
 
CIR News:
 
Santa Fe University of Art & Design presents lecture “China In Africa,” with Ambassador David Shinn.
 
Called “fragile,” “shackled” or the “dark” continent, Africa is far more complex and promising than our Eurocentric approach would have us believe.
 
Often treated as if it were merely one country, subjected to incompetent intervention of Western governments, torn by the battle between the tribal way of life and modernity, Africa is the continent from which human life

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Free Training Offered For Los Alamos History Tour Guides – Kickoff Meeting March 26

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:
 
The Los Alamos Historical Society is gearing up for tourist season by offering free training about the community’s history and historic district.
 
Those interested in the training should attend a kickoff meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in the Nambè Room of Fuller Lodge. It will be led by professional tour guide Georgia Strickfaden. 
 
Training is free and open to the public; registration is not required. Potential tour guides, museum docents and the public are encouraged to participate in nine training

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Friends Of Los Alamos County Libraries Seeks Scholarship Applicants

SCHOLARSHIP News:
The Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries will award up to four $2,500 scholarships again this year and also will administer the $2,500 June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
Any senior in good standing, who is enrolled at Los Alamos High School or in an approved home school program in Los Alamos County and plans to continue his or her education at a recognized institution by September of the year following graduation, may apply for the Friends’ scholarships. 
The June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship is only available to LAHS seniors. Ettinger was a long-time resident

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CANCELED: Explore Cerro Grande On PEEC Snowshoe Outing

Cerro Grande, Photo by Michael Altherr

Note: This event has been canceled due to lack of snow.

PEEC News:

Join hike leader Jan Studebaker on a fun snowshoe outing at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14.

The trip, organized by PEEC, is free to attend and open to all ages who are up for the 3-4 hour hike.

The Cerro Grande route winds its way up to the highest point in Bandelier with Cerro Grande Peak at 10,199 ft. The route is marked by yellow diamonds and is 2.3 miles each way (4.6 round trip) and is expected to take 3-4 hours. This is a moderate hike, with an elevation gain of approximately 1,200 ft. from the trailhead


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PEEC: Experience Southwestern Brazil Wildlife

Bob Walker
 
PEEC News:

Learn about the unique and exotic wildlife of southwestern Brazil from two photographers who made the trip last summer, in a free program at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12.

Bob Walker and Martin Cooper will share photos and stories about the wildlife they saw on their journey. Animals featured in their talk will be jaguars, caiman, giant river otters, capybara, giant anteaters, ocelot, Southern tamandua, and many species of birds.

Martin Cooper

In July 2014, Bob and Laurie Walker traveled with Martin and Bev Cooper to southwestern Brazil to photograph wildlife. The first


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SFI Presents Sandy Pentland’s ‘Ties That Bind: The Goodness of Social Networks’ March 11

Alex SandyPentland

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute is hosting a community lecture with Alex Sandy Pentland ― Ties That Bind: The Goodness of Social Networks at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe. (Note: There will be no pre-lecture reception)

Social networks have proven to be fertile ground for understanding human behavior. This fascinating exploration suggests that we’re much more motivated by social incentives that reward others than by economic self-interest alone. Pentland discusses how


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LAMS Principal Addresses Parent Concerns About PARCC Testing

Principal Rex Kilburn held a coffee and conversation opportunity Tuesday at Los Alamos Middle School to address parent concerns about the upcoming PARCC testing windows. District school staff is working to implement the required test, which will replace the former SBA testing, Kilburn said. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

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Mountain 5th Grade Students Experience Snowshoeing At Camp May

Photo by Tony Hinojosa

Photo by Tony Hinojosa

LAPS News:

Fifth grade students at Mountain Elementary School last Wednesday got to experience snowshoeing at Camp May. 

Led by their PE Teacher, Tony Hinojosa, the Mountain School Specials Team (Art, Music, Library, PE) all worked together to give their 5th grade students the opportunity to explore the beauty of Camp May, while learning how to utilize snowshoes and search for signs of wildlife.

In order to equip 75 students, teachers and volunteers with snowshoes, the school had to gather them from three different sources. Barranca Elementary,


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Letter to the Editor: An Open Letter To Our New LAPS Superintendent

By CHRISTY RUGPOR
Los Alamos

An open letter to our new LAPS Superintendent: 

Dr. (Kurt) Steinhaus, congratulations on your new position. As I parent of three elementary school children, I beg you to do something about the increasing state-mandated testing and harmful ‘education’ directives that are being inflicted on our wonderful public schools by the NM PED. 

PARCC testing is starting this week in the elementary schools, and my children are opting out. The system has become so problematic; we are past the point of idle threats that “lack of participation will jeopardize


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LANL Provides Shoes To LAPS Students

Amanda Martinez, on behalf of LANL’s Community Programs Office, presents 10 coupons for shoes to LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

LANL Community Programs continued its annual “LANL Laces” with a gift of 10 coupons for shoes for Los Alamos students. 

This marks the fourth year that Amanda Martinez on behalf of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs Office has been a part of the giving program. This year, 162 LANL Laces gift cards were distributed to needy students throughout northern New Mexico.

Funding for LANL Laces was made possible


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