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									               NEW MEXICO HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT




UPDATES FROM THE CABINET SECRETARY OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Higher Ed “Film Boot Camp” Request for Proposals Announced
NMHED is strengthening ties between high school students and the state’s public
colleges and universities by providing a film and media grant for institutions to
conduct a Film Boot Camp for high school students. All New Mexico public and
tribal colleges and universities are eligible; preference will be shown for those
with existing film departments. The total amount of funding available is $200,000
and the maximum grant award will be $50,000 per institution.

“The film industry is an important economic engine in our state,” said Higher
Education Secretary Dr. Beverlee J. McClure. “Our colleges and universities play
an important role in providing well-trained employees for film and other
industries. Through this grant, our Department expands that role by inspiring
students to finish high school and complete their college education so they may
increase their opportunity of securing a good job in film right here in New
Mexico.”

The State of New Mexico continues to be recognized as a leader in innovative
approaches to the growing film and media industry. New Mexico colleges and
universities are a valuable partner and training ground for students to work in film
and media. The grant is intended to train high school students as the next
generation of filmmakers who will be pivotal in developing a sustainable film
industry in New Mexico. Funding will be allocated to expand and develop
partnerships with high school students and colleges and universities to train
filmmakers in every aspect of production.

The purpose of the grant is to help motivate high school students to graduate by
exposing them to film studies at the post-secondary level. The grant will provide
an environment that will help students transition into either college career
programs or film or media employment and will expose students to the growing
film and media industry. Additional benefits of the grant may include mentorship
programs for students interested in working in the film industry and workshops
with training in directing, screenwriting, production or animation.
Four grants up to a maximum of $50,000 will be awarded to four New Mexico
public post-secondary institutions or tribal colleges to host and coordinate media
training for high school juniors and seniors. Awards will be announced in
October. Funds will become available in January 2007. Applications must be
received by the New Mexico Higher Education Department by October 1, 2006.
For specifics on the grant, contact Brandon Trujillo, Special Assistant to the
Cabinet Secretary, at 505-476-6540 or brandon.trujillo@state.nm.us or visit
www.hed.state.nm.us.

Lieutenant Governor Denish’s Remarks to Governing Boards and
Presidents Online
The Department appreciates Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish’s participation in
the Governing Boards and Presidents Retreat earlier this month. Her inspiring
remarks are available online at www.hed.state.nm.us.

NMHED Public Hearing on Administrative Code Set for July 18
The Department will hold a public hearing to obtain input on revisions to New
Mexico Administrative Code for financial aid programs and concurrent enrollment
(to match that of the Public Education Department). Revisions will primarily be
made to change our name from Commission on Higher Education to New Mexico
Higher Education Department, to align code with recent statute amendments
(NMSA 21-1-4.6 and 21-22 thru 21-22E), and to create a new administrative
code for the College Affordability Act. The hearing will be held July 18 from 10
a.m. to noon, on the New Mexico School for the Deaf campus in the Kiva Room
at Cartwright Hall. The Department invites input on the following rules:

Rule Rule Name                                    Proposed Action
5.7.8 State Student Incentive Grant               Amend
5.7.9 New Mexico Scholars Program                 Amend
5.7.10       State Work Study Program                         Amend
5.7.11       Student Choice Program                     Amend
5.7.12       Minority Doctoral Assistance Program       Amend
5.7.13       Teacher Loan for Service Act Program       Amend
5.7.14       New Mexico Competitive Scholarship         Amend
5.7.15       Graduate Scholarship Program               Amend
5.7.16       Vietnam Veterans Scholarship Program       Amend
5.7.17       Teachers Loan-for-Service Program          Amend
5.7.18       Residency for Tuition Purposes             Amend
5.7.20       Lottery Success Scholarship Program        Amend
5.7.21       WICHE Loan for Service Program                   Amend
5.7.22       Legislative Endowment Scholarship                Amend
5.7.23       College Affordability Fund                 New Rule
5.55.2       Concurrent Enrollment                      Amend

Interested individuals may testify at the public hearing or submit written
comments to Matthew J. Martinez at matthewj.martinez@state.nm.us or fax 505-
476-6511. Written comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the date
of the hearing. However, the submission of written comments as soon as
possible is encouraged. Copies of the proposed rule on the College Affordability
Act may be accessed online at www.hed.state.nm.us or obtained from Anthony
Chavez, Administrative Assistant, 505-476-6500. 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 are asked to contact Matthew J. Martinez,
505-476-6512, as soon as possible.

Dr. Sheila Ortego Selected as Next SFCC President
Dr. Sheila Ortego, executive vice president of Santa Fe Community College, was
selected to become the college’s sixth president. The SFCC Governing Board
unanimously approved Dr. Ortego to replace retiring president James N.
McLaughlin. Governing Board Chair Carole Brito said the board is hopeful Dr.
Ortego will take over the president’s post before the fall semester begins on
August 19.

“Dr. Ortego has shown tremendous devotion and dedication to Santa Fe
Community College since it opened in 1983,” said Linda Siegle, who chaired the
presidential search committee and serves on the college’s governing board. “She
has great depth of experience, ability and integrity. She has and will continue to
do an excellent job serving SFCC.”

Ortego will lead approximately 350 faculty members, 310 employees and more
than 14,500 students who are enrolled in the college’s credit, noncredit and adult
basic education programs each year.

“I am honored to be given this opportunity,” Ortego said. “It’s been a pleasure to
work with President Jim McLaughlin, as he brought stability and vision to the
college. I am looking forward to building on our past achievements and helping
the college better serve the community through current and new educational
programs.”

As SFCC’s executive vice president, Ortego has led the college’s top
administrative staff, providing management and direction in institutional,
strategic, and master planning. She previously served in many of the college’s
academic leadership posts, including dean of instruction and division head in
various departments. She also served as the initial president of the GROW Santa
Fe Community College Foundation. Dr. Ortego has represented the college in
both local and national economic and educational communities, including her
work with Santa Fe Economic Development, Inc.’s Workforce Development
Alliance, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of
Colleges and Schools, and the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.

SFCC has had five presidents in its 23-year history. The school was established in 1983
and serves more than 14,500 students per year in its credit, noncredit and adult basic
education programs. Call SFCC’s Janet Wise, Marketing and Public Relations, 505-428-
1217 or visit www.sfccnm.edu.

Governor Bill Richardson Appoints Rosanna C. Vazquez as Highlands University
Regent
Governor Bill Richardson today announced the appointment of Rosanna C. Vazquez to
the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents.

“Rosanna Vazquez will be a strong, fair, and independent voice on the Highlands Board
of Regents,” said Governor Richardson. “Her long legal experience and extensive
service with Northern New Mexico nonprofit groups will make Rosanna Vazquez an
excellent regent.”

Vazquez is a graduate of the University of California at Davis and the University
of New Mexico School of Law. She is currently employed as an attorney in
private practice in Santa Fe focusing primarily on land use, real estate, and civil
litigation. She has worked as an attorney with the firms of Cassutt, Hays &
Friedman, and Miller, Stratvert, Torgerson & Schlenker. She has also served as
County Attorney for Sandoval County and Assistant County Attorney for Santa
Fe County.

Vazquez is a current member and former board member of the New Mexico
Hispanic Bar Association and a former member of the Community College
District Planning Committee and First Judicial District Teen Court Program. Her
nonprofit experience includes service as a board member of Hands Across
Cultures in Northern New Mexico, as well as work with the Homeless Advocacy
Project, and La Raza Centro Legal. Vazquez fills the vacancy created by the
resignation of Dr. Mari-Luci Jaramillo. Her term expires December 31, 2007.

National Endowment for the Arts Honors New Mexicans in the Folk and
Traditional Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) last week announced the 2006
recipients of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships, the country’s highest honor
in the folk and traditional arts. Eleven fellowships, which include a one-time
award of $20,000 each, are presented to honorees from nine states. These
awardees were chosen for their artistic excellence, cultural authenticity, and
contributions to their field. They represent a cross-section of ethnic cultures
including Hispanic, Hawaiian, Alaskan, and African-American artistic traditions
expressed through art forms ranging from hula dancing and cedar bark weaving
to blues piano and gospel singing. The 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowship
New Mexico recipients are Charles M. Carrillo, santero (carver and painter of
sacred figures) of Santa Fe, and Esther Martinez, Native American storyteller, of
Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo).

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia said, “In this 40th
anniversary year of the NEA, it is particularly appropriate that we honor these
master artists whose dedication and exceptional artistry have enriched our
nation’s cultural landscape.”
Fellowship recipients are nominated by the public, often by members of their own
communities, and then judged by a panel of experts in folk and traditional arts on
the basis of their continuing artistic accomplishments and contributions as
practitioners and teachers. This year a nine-member panel reviewed 217
nominations for the 11 fellowships. The ratio of winners to nominees indicates
the extraordinary level of competition for this national honor.

Having learned of the exceptional accomplishments of Esther Martinez, Governor
Richardson acknowledged appreciation of Esther Martinez by citing her
tremendous contributions to preserving Tewa language and culture, her lifelong
commitment to cultural education, and her outstanding example as a role model
for her family and community.

The 2006 awardees will come to Washington D.C. in September for a series of
events. The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the
arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing
leadership in arts education. Contact the NEA Office of Communications at 202-
682-5570 or visit the NEA Web site at www.arts.gov.

NMHU, University of Chihuahua Sign Agreement
The New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work recently signed a
memorandum of understanding with the University of Chihuahua School Of
Social Work that will allow students from both schools to complete an internship
through a student exchange program. The purpose of the program is to expose
students to social work practice with native Spanish-speaking social workers in
hopes of utilizing and enriching their own Spanish speaking skills in an academic
and community environment. Highlands is sending 15 bilingual/bicultural
master’s students and two faculty members to the University of Chihuahua in
June. The University of Chihuahua will send 15 undergraduate social work
students and two faculty members to Highlands from June to October. The 15
participating Highlands students will receive four credit hours, a $500 stipend,
and will live with host families in Mexico. University of Chihuahua students will
stay in Highlands’ dormitories.

“During the time the University of Chihuahua students will be here, they will be
doing internships at the Las Vegas Behavioral Health Center and the Family
Justice Center,” said Dr. Dolores Ortega, a social work professor and Director of
the Highlands bilingual/bicultural program. “During our stay in Chihuahua, we will
be doing real-life community practice work in 18 colonias and barrios.”

The bilingual/bicultural master’s program had an initial graduating class of ten
students this past year; currently 21 students are enrolled for the upcoming year.
“The program is the only social work program in the country to train social
workers in bilingual/bicultural clinical practice,” said NMHU Dean of School of
Social Work, Dr. Alfredo Garcia. “It is only appropriate that New Mexico, with its
rich language and cultural history, be the leader in training social workers
specifically with Spanish speaking families.” Contact Jesse Gallegos, 505 454-
3458 or jgallegos@nmhu.edu, or Dr. Dolores Ortega, 505-454-3567 or
ortegad@nmhu.edu.

ENMU-Roswell to Offer Nursing Assistant Refresher Course
ENMU-Roswell will offer a "refresher" Nursing Assistant course July 3-22. The
course is designed for Certified Nursing Assistants who have not worked for
several years and have allowed their certifications to expire. This state-certified
program covers the fundamentals of patient care, technical procedures, and
ethics. The course prepares the student to perform in hospitals, nursing homes,
boarding homes, or adult day care agencies in carrying out patient care
assignments. A GED or high school diploma is required for enrollment in the
program.

Nursing Assistants are part of the health care team whose purpose is to care for
people who are ill or have impaired self-care capabilities. All practical training will
be supervised by a registered nurse who possesses at least two years of nursing
experience, of which one year of experience is in the provision of long-term care.
All instructors are required to have completed a course in or have experience in
teaching adults or supervising nurse assistants. Contact John Johnson in the
Special Services Department at 505-624-7286, or visit www.roswell.enmu.edu.

Students with disabilities to learn about space stations
Thirty Las Cruces area high school students will participate in the RASEM-
Squared Summer Science Institute (RASSI 2006: Space Station Inc.) June 19-23
at New Mexico State University. The program gives high school students with
disabilities the opportunity to further their knowledge in science and mathematics.
The theme for this year is space stations and the focus is on the structure,
power, and life support systems within them.

“Students will use the International Space Station as a model and create their
own space stations using materials such as foam board, glue, straws, and
Popsicle sticks,” said Richard Turietta, program coordinator for RASEM-Squared.
In previous years students participating in RASSI have studied and constructed
robots, rockets, Web pages, hot-air balloons, and solar powered automobiles.
Contact Turietta at 505-646-2484 or rturiett@nmsu.edu or visit www.nmsu.edu.

NMSU Completes $1.2 M Program to Increase Native American Educational
Leaders
Twelve Native American teachers will complete master’s degrees in educational
administration at New Mexico State University this month, fulfilling a $1.2 million
grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The three-year grant, awarded in
2004, tasked the Department of Educational Management and Development in
NMSU’s College of Education with training individuals in Native American
communities as school administrators in an effort to improve education and
opportunities for American Indian students. A graduation celebration is scheduled
for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 23, in the NMSU Corbett Center West
Ballroom.

Teachers who have been participating in the Model of American Indian School
Administration project represented the Cheyenne River Sioux, the Navajo Nation,
the San Ildefonso Pueblo, and the Tesuque Pueblo.

“We hope that American Indian teachers and administrators will validate the
culture and use native customs to build successful schooling opportunities for
native students,” said Maria Luisa Gonzalez, a Regents Professor in the
Educational Management and Development Department.
“If we want to see any changes in American Indian education, we need to fill the
schools with American Indian role models.”

Gonzalez, co-director of the Center for Border and Indigenous Educational
Leadership, which coordinates the project, said there are only 19 American
Indian principals among more than 1,000 principals in New Mexico. She also said
there are some areas where the dropout rate for American Indian high school
students is as high as 50 to 65 percent.

“I have always felt that there were too few American Indian school administrators
to run our schools,” said student Brian Dixon of the Navajo Nation. “We need
people who have a vested interest in our communities to run our schools.”

The graduates will receive continued professional development from NMSU's
College of Education for one year after their graduation. For more, contact
NMSU’s Communications Office, 505-646-3221 or visit
www.nmsu.edu/news.html

UNM College of Pharmacy Student Is Counselor for American Indian
Physicians Program
Third-year University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy student and Kirtland
native Thaddus Wilkerson has been selected by the Association of American
Indian Physicians to serve as a program counselor for the ninth annual National
Native American Youth Initiative program, held this month in Washington D.C. As
a program counselor, Wilkerson will mentor high school students who are
interested in health careers. All Native American college students in health
programs across the nation were encouraged to apply for a counselor position.
Wilkerson was the only pharmacy student who was selected to be a counselor
this year.

“I am proud to represent our College of Pharmacy as a counselor,” said
Wilkerson. “This is a wonderful opportunity to share my enthusiasm for the health
sciences while promoting higher education to fellow Native students. I know our
college is well represented in cultural diversity and I feel this meets the objective
of outreach services to further recruit Native Americans to the profession of
pharmacy.”

Through its cooperative agreement with the Office of Minority Health, the
initiative is an intense academic enrichment and reinforcement program designed
to better prepare students to remain in the academic pipeline and pursue a
career in the health professions and/or biomedical research. The Association of
American Indian Physicians is dedicated to pursuing excellence in Native
American health care by promoting education in the medical disciplines, honoring
traditional healing practices, and restoring the balance of mind, body, and spirit.
For more information, contact Lauren Cruse, 505-272-3690 or visit
www.aaip.com.

Reminder: General Obligations Bonds Planning Meeting, June 20
The General Obligations (GO) Bonds Planning Committee will meet June 20, at
1:30 pm at Central New Mexico Community College’s (CNM) Workforce Training
Center, Room 103. Contact Dr. Gerald Burke, Chairman of Executive Committee,
at 505-639-2041.

Important Dates
June 20             Secretary McClure to speak at Santa Fe Chamber luncheon
June 20             General Obligation Bond meeting, CNM Workforce Training
                    Center
June 21-23          NMHED Data Verification: Eastern New Mexico University-
Roswell
June 24             NMHED Capital Project Requests for FY08 and Five-Year
Plans
June 24             New Mexico Assembly of Student Leaders meeting
June 26-28          NMHED Data Verification: Clovis Community College
June 27-29          ABE Clovis Community College evaluation site visit
June 28-30          NMHED Data Verification: Eastern New Mexico University-
Portales
July 1              Deadline to submit Loan-for-Service applications to NMHED
July 10-12          ABE National NRS Training for Western states
July 14                   General Obligation Bonds final payment due to GO Bond
Campaign
July 15               Changes to I&G Performance Measures for FY08 due to
NMHED
July 18             Public Hearing for NM Administrative Code higher ed
                    revisions
July 18                    New Mexico Higher Education Advisory Board meeting
July 23-27          WICHE Conference on Retention, Breckenridge, CO
August 9            General Obligation Bond meeting
August 9-11         Legislative Education Study Committee, NMHED to present,
Capitol
August 10           NMHED Institutional Budget and Capital Project meeting
August 10            Institutional Confirmation of Mil Levy Rates due to NMHED
August 18            Institutional I&G Equipment List due to NMHED
August 29            ABE The Gathering Place mini site visit
August 30-Sept 1 ABE Tepeyac site evaluation visit
September 7                  NMHED Institutional Budget and Capital Project
meeting, Silver City
September 7-8        ABE Fall Gathering
September 8          NMHED Institutional Budget and Capital Project meeting,
Clovis
September 12-14 Legislative Education Study Committee, Socorro
September 14                 NMHED Institutional Budget and Capital Project
meetings, Espanola
September 15                 NMHED Institutional Budget and Capital Project
meetings, Albuquerque
September 26-28        ABE NMSU-Alamogordo site evaluation visit
September 27-29 NM Technology in Education (K-20) Conference,
Albuquerque
October 18-20                Legislative Education Study Committee, Santa Fe
October 17-19                ABE Los Alamos site evaluation visit
October 18-20                Legislative Education Study Committee, Santa Fe

COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
Friday, June 23
    NMSU-Grants – Dr. Pam Etre-Perez, Statewide Director of Adult Basic
Education

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