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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
November 15, 2004
Volume 40, Number 4

Branch campus/state news

UNM-Valencia targets rural Hispanics

UNM Valencia and Los Alamos campuses will receive a federal grant from the Department of Education for a joint project to improve higher education opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students. The cooperative grant will be used to improve rural Hispanic student success through technology at both campuses.

Funding for the project is being awarded through the Department of Education's Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) program. Funding for the first year of this five-year grant totals $628,329.

The project has three components to improve student success. First, faculty will receive training on electronic technology in order to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. Second, students will be able to take advantage of advising via the Internet and other electronic means. Third, each campus will be improving its abilities to assess student progress and success through enhanced technology.

Success will be measured by the retention, graduation and transfer rates of Hispanic and low-income students at both campuses.

The UNM-Valencia/Los Alamos grant was one of four new awards that New Mexico colleges and universities received this year from the HSI program. U.S. Senator Pete Domenici had high praise for news of the grants.

"This is a very good program for ensuring that our colleges, universities and community colleges have added resources for tailoring their programs to ensure that Hispanic and low-income students stay in school until they have received a degree and join the workforce," Domenici said.



PNM awards grant for freshman program

The Public Service Company of New Mexico recently awarded UNM a $32,000 grant to help fund a new program called the Freshman Introductory Studies Community Program. The FISC program supports students both academically and socially through the construction of new learning communities and the addition of more traditional supplemental instruction, tutoring and mentoring support. “PNM is proud to support the Freshman Introductory Studies Program at UNM,” said Diane Ogawa, executive director, PNM Foundation. “We recognize the value of providing every opportunity to help students achieve the highest level in their education. This is a terrific initiative for individual students and for our community.”

The program, which recently got underway, offers an initial seven-credit block of courses to one cohort of 22 students. PNM is the first corporate partnership in University College, said Dean Peter White.



UNM Dental Services to train residents

By Angela Heisel

A three-year, $880,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Service Administration will build the dental residency program at the UNM Health Sciences Center.

Steven Beetstra, right, treats a patient at the UNM dental clinic. Photo by Greg Johnston.
“This is extremely important to the health of New Mexicans because there is a strong correlation between oral health and overall health,” said Stephen Beetstra, DDS, chief and assistant professor for the UNM Division of Dental Services. “Although there is not a dental school in New Mexico, creation of the residency program is an avenue to bring recent graduates to our state.” The grant will increase the capacity to see more patients at UNM dental clinics. The clinics care for underserved populations, including people with developmental disabilities and those who are medically compromised. The UNM dental clinic and dental hygiene program are located
in Novitski Hall on north campus.

Beetstra said the grant would also allow UNM to expand its dental residency to rural areas of the state, where the dentist shortage is most critical.



UNM named one of 25 most Entrepreneurial Campuses

By Karen Wentworth

"Hey, this is what I want to do."

That's what Anderson Schools of Management alumna Jennifer Sinsabaugh remembers thinking when she was allowed to create a solution for a small business as part of her study in the Technology Management Program. The program allows undergraduate and graduate students to tackle real world problems for small New Mexico businesses.

It's one of the reasons UNM was named 13th most entrepreneurial undergraduate campus in the United States by the Princeton Review and Forbes.com. Students work directly with professors who review their work before it is presented to the companies. ASM offers a concentration in entrepreneurial studies as part of the bachelor of business administration degree.

Sinsabaugh had already graduated from the School of Engineering, but she was drawn to management, and the excitement of solving business problems. The technology management classes were a revelation.

"It was a taste of the real world," she said. She was encouraged to apply for a job at the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program after its managers heard her give a class presentation.

Students in the entrepreneurship programs learn to write business plans, market, do the kind of research needed to develop markets, learn to forecast whether a particular technology has a strong future in the business world and think about how to apply what they learn to real problems.

Director of the Technology Entrepreneurship Program, Steve Walsh said, "We try to give our students a pathway to success."

In order to determine its rankings, the Review looked at a number of criteria including whether universities offer a degree or concentration in entrepreneurship or entrepreneurial studies, and whether the school has alumni who are prominent entrepreneurs.



UNM-Gallup professor authors book on political drama

Florentin Smarandache, associate professor of mathematics at UNM-Gallup, recently had a book published "A Trilogy in Paradoxism--An Avant-Garde Political Drama."

The book concerns three scenarios in which members of a repressive regime seek to control citizenry through propaganda, intimidation and the secret police.

Smarandache, who escaped from totalitarian Romania under the repressive Ceausescu regime, uses several forms of avant garde writing, mainly what he calls paradoxism, to express his subjects.

He is the author of a number of books and articles, primarily in the fields of avant garde and experimental fiction and mathematics.