Campus News - January 29, 2001

Branch campuses gear up for spring

By Michael Padilla

The spring semester is underway at the UNM branch campuses and they have several events and activities scheduled.
Just as main campus has experienced a construction boon, so too has construction been a major thrust at all branch campuses including Los Alamos, Gallup, Valencia and at the Taos Education Center.

UNM-Los Alamos recently celebrated the opening of its new Student Services Building and is already using the building for a variety of events. Additionally, UNM-Los Alamos celebrates 20 years as an official UNM branch next month. UNM-Los Alamos plans a “20 for 20” benefit campaign to raise funds for the Endowment Scholarships. A prime rib dinner is scheduled in the new Student Center on Friday, Feb. 16 from 6-9 p.m.

New UNM-Los Alamos programs include an associates and certificate programs in Early Childhood Muticultural Education and Hospitality Administration/Management. UNM-Los Alamos has also expanded its course offerings in Bernalillo.

UNM-Gallup is also operating in a hard hat zone. The new Zollinger Library is scheduled for completion this year. The new $1.7 million building will provide 6,500 square feet of space to library staff and patrons. The campus’s south campus in Zuni will be completed at the end of this year. Construction on a Health Career Building has begun.

UNM-Valencia opened its new childcare center on Jan. 16, providing care for children ages 3-5.

The third annual “Sister to Sister Conference” is set for Feb. 9 at UNM-Valencia. This event is co-sponsored by UNM-Valencia and the Valencia County Chapter of AAUW. This conference is anticipated to draw 100 6th-9th grade girls.

UNM-Valencia and the Belen Pilot Club are co-sponsoring the fourth annual Women’s Conference for Secretaries and Professional Women, scheduled for Thursday, April 26 in the Student-Community Center on campus. This conference also serves as a training session for several SU PARTE Welfare Reform Clients.

Smart boards, document cameras, projectors, and other types of state-of-the-art classroom presentation equipment are being installed in several campus computer labs and classrooms as part of the Dept. of Education Hispanic Serving Institutions Title V grant project. UNM-Valencia Campus is now in the second year of this grant project.

UNM-Taos, under new leadership by Wynn Goering, has received a $120,000 grant per year to support the UNM-Taos Child Development Center, which recently opened its doors. Space is available for 20 children. This year, Taos will graduate its largest class. Forty-five students have petitioned for graduation.

UNM-Taos Student Government has hired two students as shuttle drivers for transportation between campus locations.


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