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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Dolores Ortega, 505-454-3567 or email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Issues of the weekly e-newsletter Updates from the Cabinet Secretary of Higher Education are posted to our website at www.hed.state.nm.us. 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