UPDATES FROM THE CABINET SECRETARY OF HIGHER EDUCATION
GEAR UP New Mexico (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for
Spring Workshop 2010: Strengthening Relationships through Student Success
May 10, 2010
According to the traditional story of the Tamayame, their people were born much farther north of what is now
Santa Ana Pueblo. They were given instruction to find the place that best suited them- their place in the world.
After traveling far on their great journey, as far south as present day Socorro, the Tamayame eventually settled
in a place they believed was designated for them along the Rio Grande Valley. Tamaya, which means “dancing
place,” became their place in the world.
The GEAR UP New Mexico community was fortunate to have this majestic location as the setting for this
year’s annual Spring Workshop, bringing together more than 100 site team members, including principals,
counselors and parents, and nearly 60 GEAR UP students.
The workshop, held at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort, was highlighted by a welcome address from Santa Ana
Pueblo Lt. Gov. Myron Armijo and Cabinet Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Viola Florez. The event offered
breakout sessions on best practices presented by GEAR UP New Mexico site team members throughout the
state on topics ranging from student mentoring to college and career fair planning. The sessions highlighted
successes GEAR UP schools have had and how those successes might be spread to other New Mexico schools.
There were many success stories shared. As Melanie Romero, principal of Capital High School in Santa Fe,
shared about the school’s GEAR UP tutoring program, “Last year we reduced the number of student failures
by over 25 percent and we could not have done it without GEAR UP New Mexico.”
Presenting at Best Practices sessions were:
Ms. Pamela Nelson-Ray College/Career Fairs
Dr. Bruce Payette Credit Recovery
Mr. Ricky Serna GEAR UP NM Expansion Projects
Ms. Betty Souther Documenting Match for GEAR UP programs
Ms. Mary Spears Student Mentoring
Ms. Karen Walter In-class Tutoring
The focus of the workshop remained on the students. Two students from each of the 29 GEAR UP New Mexico
schools were selected to attend the event based on their leadership abilities and participation in the GEAR UP
program. Two days of intensive, yet creative, activities geared toward successful leadership skills and
empowerment culminated in a film produced by the students, with help from the nonprofit filmmakers
Littleglobe, about student-developed superheroes solving real-life issues.
“As a group, it showed how we can solve problems together – it doesn’t have to be the individual,” said one
GEAR UP student from Taos High School.
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The students also identified issues in their schools and brainstormed effective leadership plans to implement
next year as part of GEAR UP’s student leadership program, one of GEAR UP New Mexico’s newest
Through this leadership program, the students will design their own initiatives to improve student success. It
is GEAR UP New Mexico’s hope that through their own empowerment, students may find their place in the
world – much like the Tamayame people.
GEAR UP promotes early awareness of college options to middle and high school students. The program is
funded by the U.S. Department of Education for a six-year period from 2006-2012. For more information,
please contact me at 505.476.8411 or email@example.com.
Theresa L. Acker
Outreach Coordinator-GEAR UP New Mexico
2010 IMPORTANT DATES IN NEW MEXICO HIGHER EDUCATION
Date Event Location
May 11 Deadline for June NMHED Capital Projects Review Committee Mtg. Santa Fe
May 12 Adult Basic Education UNM-Gallup Site Evaluation Visit Gallup
May 13 NMHED Hosts Chief Academic Officers Meeting Albuquerque
May 13 NMHED Capital Projects Review Committee Meeting Santa Fe
May 17 NM Regional ABE Administrator Conference Calls
May 20-21 Adult Basic Education Gathering Albuquerque
May 21 Higher Education General Obligation Bond 2010 Kickoff Meeting
May 24-June 21 NMHED Evaluates I&G Space Submitted by Public Institutions
May 28 Deadline to Participate in New Mexico’s State Master Plan Survey
May 28 Notice! NMHED, most State of New Mexico Offices Closed (furlough)
May 31 State Offices Closed in Honor of Memorial Day
May 11: Deputy Secretary to Present Public Higher Education Funding Formula at NMSU
Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Higher Education Tino Pestalozzi will present an overview of the Higher
Education Funding Formula on Tuesday, May 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in O’Donnell Hall at New Mexico
State University in Las Cruces. The presentation includes a brief history of the higher education funding
formula for state-funded public colleges and universities; how it works; advantages and disadvantages of the
formula; and current issues and challenges with funding the instructional mission of universities and
community colleges. Participants are encouraged to ask questions throughout the presentation. For more
information, contact Tino Pestalozzi at 505.476.8418 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To download the Higher
Education Funding Formula presentation, visit www.hed.state.nm.us.
May 13: Chief Academic Officers Meeting to Address Race to the Top Issues
Cabinet Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Viola Florez will host a meeting of Chief Academic Officers of
public colleges and universities on Thursday, May 13, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the Mega classroom at New
Mexico State University Albuquerque Center, 4501 Indian School Rd. NE., Suite 100. The purpose of the
meeting is to discuss high school exit and college entrance requirements and the state’s intent to re-apply for
Race to the Top funding.
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The Public Education Department is requesting collaboration on these important issues. This involves matters
of cut scores for remedial and developmental courses and other admission concerns. Because funding for Race
to the Top requires assurances that involve higher education, Secretary Florez believes it is important for
higher education institutions to hear from Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica García and to participate in the
discussion. The deadline for submission of the Race to the Top is approaching, thus involvement from Chief
Academic Officers in this meeting is important. For those who wish to participate via Wimba, go to
http://220.127.116.11/launcher.cgi?room=NM_EACS_NMHED. For more information, contact NMHED’s
Executive Assistant to the Cabinet Secretary Carlotta Abeyta at 505.476.8404 or email@example.com.
May 13: Higher Education Capital Project Review and Approval Meeting
The Department will host a Higher Education Capital Projects Review and Approval Meeting on Thursday,
May 13, beginning at 9 a.m. at NMHED’s offices in the Animas Conference Room at 2048 Galisteo Road in
These projects are on the agenda:
New Mexico State University-Grants: $880,000 for Martinez Hall Renovations
New Mexico State University: $1,500,000 for Campus Health Center Addition and Renovation
New Mexico State University: $1,200,000 for Anderson Hall Fire Safety and ADA Upgrades
New Mexico State University: $50,000 for the Golf Course Clubhouse Storage Building
University of New Mexico: $2,000,000 to construct and equip the Nanotechnology and
University of New Mexico: $1,200,000 for the Clinical and Translational Science Center
University of New Mexico: $9,000,000 for Dental Residency Educational Facilities Statewide
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology: $ 1,033,356 for the Children’s Center
New Mexico School for the Deaf: $299,774 for Dillon Annex Improvements
Northern New Mexico College: $3,305,000 for SERPA: Solar Energy Research Park and Academy
For more information, contact NMHED’s Capital Projects Coordinator Camille Anaya at 505.476.8433 or
Deadline May 28: Take the Five-Minute Survey! State Master Plan for Higher Education
As a reminder, NMHED is developing a State Master Plan for higher education in New Mexico. Building New
Mexico’s Future: A Master Plan for Higher Education in New Mexico will serve as a roadmap for the strategic
planning efforts of our public and private postsecondary education institutions. We are interested in your
thoughts and ideas. To take the five-minute survey, click here: State Master Plan Survey, or visit
www.hed.state.nm.us. Thanks for your participation. For more information, contact NMHED’s Executive
Assistant to the Cabinet Secretary Carlotta Abeyta at 505.476.8404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder! June 8-9: Higher Education Campus Safety Training
Thanks to our colleague U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Protective Security Advisor Rudy Holm, the
New Mexico Higher Education Campus Safety Committee will offer free training on Campus Emergency
Response. The National Center for Biomedical Research and Training at Louisiana State University course for
New Mexico will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, June 8-9, at the New Mexico State University Albuquerque
Center, 4501 Indian School Road NE, http://abq.nmsu.edu/. Space is limited. For information and to register,
contact Rudy Holm at 505.239.8542 or email@example.com.
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June 14: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Adult Basic Education Fund Act
The Department will conduct a public hearing on Friday, June 14, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at NMHED’s office, 2048
Galisteo Street, Building B, in Santa Fe. The purpose of the public hearing will be to obtain input on the
Rule Number Rule Name Proposed Action
5.3.13 NMAC Allocation and Distribution of the Instructional Material Allocation and
Adult Basic Education Fund Act Performance-Based Funding Additions
Copies of the proposed rule changes may be obtained from the Department. Written comments and questions
concerning the rules identified with (5.3.13) should be submitted to NMHED’s State Director of Adult Basic
Education Dr. Pam Etre-Pérez, 2048 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505-2100, by facsimile at 505.476.8453, or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on June 11; however, submission of
written comments earlier is encouraged. Individuals with disabilities who require this information in an
alternative format or need any form of auxiliary aid to attend or participate in this meeting should contact the
Department at 505.476.8400 at least one week prior to the meeting, or as soon as possible.
Reminder! June 30 Deadline: Higher Education Capital Projects General Obligation Bond 2006
NMHED’s Capital Projects Coordinator Camille Anaya reminds public colleges and universities that all 2006
General Obligation Bond appropriations will expire on June 30, 2010. Institutions must be sure to have
expended this funding prior to June 30. Contact Camille at 505.476.8433 or email@example.com.
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May-June-July: Helping Those who Help Native American Youth: Free Professional Development Courses
The Expanding the Circle initiative at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will host two programs
especially for those who serve Native American youth – as a secondary education professional, college
professor, tribal college staff member, or in any other capacity. Both are free of charge.
A series of professional development workshops continues through July 22. An online tutor training course
will be offered twice: May 8 to June 12 and June 19 to July 24. Register online at www.iaiaetc.org. The
workshops on the IAIA campus focus on developing professional knowledge to further education programs
and services in New Mexico tribal communities. These include: Dealing with Difficult People (May 20),
Emotional Intelligence at Work (May 20), How to Write a Proposal (June 1), Diversity and Bias in the
Workplace (June 10), Improving Personal Productivity (June 10), How to Market to Youth (July 6) and
Building Mentoring Programs (July 22).
The online eMaster tutor training course was developed to improve tutoring skills for those with student
tutoring background and to provide new skills to those wishing to learn more about tutoring. The online
course combines web-based instruction supplemented by The Master Tutor: A Guidebook for More Effective
Tutoring by Dr. Ross B. MacDonald. Those taking the class will participate in a learning community that is
supported by an instructor facilitated forum where students respond to prompts and each others’ postings.
Students will leave with new knowledge around establishing goals and objectives, implementing a tutorial
plan, developing effective communication and listening skills, accessing educational resources available on the
internet and more. For more information about these opportunities, call 505.424.2341 or visit www.iaiaetc.org.
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Deadline May 26: Applications for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Academy
The NM Film Office will again host the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) for the
2010 Producers Academy this August in Santa Fe. The application deadline is Wednesday, May 26.
Sponsored by the NM Film Office, this residential training program provides filmmakers with the practical
skills and knowledge to accomplish their filmmaking goals through hands-on training at all stages of
professional development. There are two training tracks: Documentaries and Features. Documentaries in post-
production will have the opportunity to re-cut and score sequences with intensive mentoring on their rough
cuts. Feature projects with directors will work with crews and casts to rehearse, shoot, cut and score scenes
from their upcoming production. The Producers Academy dates are August 3-12 (Documentary Track) and
August 10-20 (Feature Track).
The program is highly selective and is open only to filmmakers with produced work on which they played a
key creative role. You do not need to be of Hispanic descent to apply. All accepted fellows are invited on full
scholarship with materials, lodging, meals and local transportation provided. For questions, contact LPA’s
Program Director Octavio Marin at 310.395.8880. To download the application, visit www.nmfilm.com.
Deadline June 1: PED Accepting Applications, Nominations for the Hispanic Education Advisory Council
The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) is accepting applications and nominations from
interested citizens to serve on the new Hispanic Education Advisory Council. The Hispanic Education Act, the
first of its kind in the nation, was passed by the Legislature and then signed by Governor Bill Richardson on
March 8. The Act requires that a Hispanic Education Advisory Council be formed.
The Council will be advisory to the Secretary of Education and will have 23 members from across the state
representing parents, community organizations, public schools, higher education, Hispanic cultural, business
organizations and others. It will provide the Secretary with input on improving public education for Hispanic
students, increasing parent involvement, and community engagement. The deadline for applications and
nominations is 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 1. Interested individuals may visit http://www.ped.state.nm.us/HEA/ or
contact PED’s Hispanic Education Liaison Michael Ogas at 505.827.9972 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 5-6: IS 200 Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will offer free training on IS
200 Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents on Saturday and Sunday, June
5-6, from 2 to 10 p.m., at the Permian Basin Regional Training Center, 5001 National Parks Highway in
Carlsbad. Higher Education Campus Safety personnel and other emergency response and management staff
are welcome to attend.
The course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the
Incident Command System (ICS) and focuses on the management of single resources. The course covers the
ICS organization appropriate to the complexity of the incident or event; the use of ICS to manage an incident;
leadership and management; delegation of authority and management by objectives; functional areas and
positions; briefings; organizational flexibility; transfer of command. Registration and Per Diem forms are at
http://www.nmdhsem.org. Contact Joel Arnwine at 575.628.5450, email@example.com or Ken Martinez at
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College Scholarship Covers Tuition Cost for Children of Troops Who Have Died in Line of Duty Since 9/11
New Mexico’s U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs is
taking applications for the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, signed into law last year.
The Fry Scholarship expands the New GI Bill education benefits to cover the full cost of a college education for
all of the children of service members who have died on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.
“This legislation honors the sacrifice of our military families who are truly the unsung heroes of our nation’s
defense. No one is more deserving of our nation’s support than children whose moms or dads have given their
life in military service to our nation,” said Rep. Heinrich
All children of members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty while on active duty on
or after September 11, 2001, are eligible for 36 months of tuition and fees up to the maximum in-state
tuition and as well as a monthly living stipend, and book allowance.
The VA began accepting applications for this benefit on May 1, 2010.
The benefit began August 1, 2009; the VA must begin making payments no later than August 1, 2010,
with retroactive payments for children enrolled in college from August 1, 2009 through July 31, 2010.
Surviving military children have 15 years to use their benefits, beginning on their 18th birthdays.
The VA estimates 1,500 military children will be eligible for the Fry Scholarship in 2010.
For more information, visit http://www.gibill.va.gov or call 1.888.GIBILL.1 (1.888.442.4551).
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Hispanic Outlook Magazine Recognizes New Mexico Colleges and Universities
The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine has published this year’s lists of the 100 four-year
colleges and universities in the United States that conferred the most bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees
on Hispanic students and cited other areas of achievement. Information cited is derived from the U.S.
Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) program from July 1,
2007, through June 30, 2008. Congratulations to these New Mexico’s institutions!
Top 100 Colleges Awarding Bachelor’s Degrees to Hispanics 2008
No. 19: the University of New Mexico (main campus)
No. 21: New Mexico State University (main campus)
No. 64: University of Phoenix (New Mexico campus)
Top 100 Colleges Awarding Master’s Degrees to Hispanics 2008
No. 21: New Mexico State University (main campus)
No. 23: The University of New Mexico (main campus)
No. 30: University of Phoenix (New Mexico campus)
No. 43: New Mexico Highlands University
Top 100 Colleges Awarding Doctorate Degrees to Hispanics 2008
No. 62: New Mexico State University (main campus)
The highest ranking NMSU’s Las Cruces campus received is in the category Graduate Schools for Engineering
Degrees. Coming in at No. 8 in the nation, the university has a 16 percent enrollment in Hispanics students
seeking graduate engineering degrees.
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“If we are to remain a power in the arena of science, space exploration and technology, we must increase the
number of minority graduates in math, science and engineering,” said Laura Gutierrez Spencer, NMSU
Chicano Programs director. “The success of our economy depends on development of the social and
intellectual capital of Hispanics in the United States.”
NMSU’s Las Cruces campus ranked in the nation’s top 25 in the category Graduate Schools Enrolling
Hispanics. Ranked No. 17, the university enrolls 27 percent (953) Hispanic graduate students - 330 men and
Doña Ana Community College was ranked No. 26 in the nation with employing 109 Hispanic of 451 (24
percent) total faculty members. Of the 109 faculty members, 60 are men and 49 are women. In addition, DACC
was ranked No. 24 in the nation in Colleges Awarding the Most Associate Degrees to Hispanics. DACC
awarded 61 percent of 744 total associate degrees to Hispanics.
At New Mexico Highlands University, 42 percent of the 331 students earning master’s degrees from Highlands
last year were Hispanic. Highlands beat out several larger regional universities such as the University of
Arizona, Texas A&M, and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
“These numbers reflect our historic standing as Northern New Mexico’s university,” said Highlands President
James Fries. “While other colleges and universities talk about diversity, New Mexico Highlands lives it.”
For more information, visit www.hispanicoutlook.com.
Secretary Salazar Lauds Winning Teams in 2010 Indian Education Renewable Energy Challenge
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced the winning college and high school teams that designed
and built the most efficient portable wind turbine systems as part of the 2010 Indian Education Renewable
Energy Challenge with the Argonne National Laboratory. At the college level, the first place award was shared
by the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) from Albuquerque, and the College of Menominee
Nation from Keshena, WI. Congratulations, SIPI!
“Finding unique and stimulating ways for students to translate classroom learning to the real world is a key to
developing our future scientists in Indian Country,” Secretary Salazar said. “In a few years, these students will
be leaders in developing renewable energy resources for their tribes and the reservation economies.”
“Innovation and creativity are skills that Indian Country needs to achieve energy and economic
sustainability,” said Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk. “This initiative will help develop
those skills by placing an emphasis on critical thinking and innovative design through science and
The focus of the contest was to promote renewable energy development for Indian Country among students
and teachers at the high school and college level. The contest is co-sponsored with the Bureau of Indian
Education, the Indian Affairs Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development and the U.S. Department of
Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. For more, visit http://www.dep.anl.gov/indianed_energychallenge/.
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Two Highlands’ Students Receive Scholarships to Attend National Leadership Conference
Two outstanding New Mexico Highlands University students will attend the National Conference for College
Women Student Leaders. Thanks to scholarships from the American Association of University Women New
Mexico, Yolie Elias and Crystal Montoya will participate in the leadership conference at the University of
Maryland, College Park, June 3 – 5. They are the only two students in the state that AAUW New Mexico
selected to receive the scholarship. The American Association of University Women sponsors the conference.
Elias, 21, graduates May 8 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in women’s studies. She will
begin graduate studies at Highlands University this fall in public affairs. Elias grew up in El Paso, is a first-
generation American and the first in her family to graduate from college. Montoya, 20, is a junior majoring in
sociology, with a minor in Native American and Hispano studies. She started taking the university’s dual
enrollment classes when she was a junior at nearby Mora High School. By the time she graduated and enrolled
at Highlands, she had enough college credits to be a sophomore. For more, visit www.nmhu.edu.
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The National Center for Education Statistics published its annual report, Digest of Education Statistics 2009,
which provides a compilation of statistical information covering American education from prekindergarten
through graduate school, data on the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates,
educational attainment, finances, federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons. The
report indicates that college enrollment in the U.S. increased from fall 2008 with fall 2009 projections of 19.6
million students. For more, visit www.nces.gov.
A new report from AED describes the obstacles Head Start teachers working in migrant and Native American
communities face in pursuing postsecondary and professional training. Improving the Skills and Credentials
of Migrant, Seasonal and American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Teachers: Building From Within provides
a brief history of the Head Start program before describing the challenges teachers in native and migrant
communities face, including a lack of access to two- and four-year colleges in remote communities, a lack of
year-round employment in teaching, and, in some cases, a lack of proficiency in English. The report
recommends that policymakers at the federal, state, and postsecondary levels address these obstacles by
conducting a baseline needs assessment of Head Start staff, encouraging collaboration between community
colleges and Head Start providers to deliver instruction and coursework in different ways like distance
education, and increasing cooperation among higher education systems across the country. The report further
recommends the design of social marketing, mentoring, and case management approaches that take the
challenges faced in migrant and native communities into account with the goal of showing teachers and
teaching assistants in those areas that postsecondary degrees and training are within their reach.
Issues of the e-newsletter Updates from the Cabinet Secretary of Higher Education are online. To download copies or sign
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