CEO Weekly Brief
May 17, 2019
MLT Program Accreditation
We were notified this week by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences that our Medical Laboratory Technology program has received continued accreditation status for five years through April 30, 2024. Many congratulations to Corine Gonzales and her team for hosting the NAACLS evaluators and showcasing this excellent program. Accreditation represents the hallmark of our academic program quality and the resulting student success. Please click below to read the official award letter.
Corine Gonzales, program
Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Mingus who has been selected to participate in the 2019-2020 UNM Center for Teaching Excellence Fellows program. As a result of his selection, Dr. Mingus will be supported in his History 101 program by the CTE. Through participation in the program, all Fellows will attend a summer design institute to discuss and implement best practices for larger enrollment classes.
Dr. Matthew Mingus
UNM Minors on Campus Policy
In recognition of the importance of keeping our campus safe and protecting the well-being of all students and visitors who are minors, UNM-Gallup recently certified that our University programs are all compliant with the UNM Minors on Campus policy. We are also in the process of reviewing our contracts, agreements and MOU’s with our tenants, such as McKinley Academy and Middle College High School, to confirm in writing that they are in compliance with their respective programs. Please click below to see the letter from UNM Compliance Officers Francie Cordova and Robert Burford emphasizing the importance of strict adherence to this policy.
NM HED Capital Outlay Committee
On May 8, Director of Business Operations Robert Griego and I testified in front of the New Mexico Higher Education Department Capital Outlay Committee in Santa Fe. Our testimony to the committee was to ask for re-approval of our maintenance building proposal
Per the minutes published below, the request was reapproved. The next stop for this request is the State Finance Committee in the Governor’s office in June. We will be there to once again testify for this newest UNM-Gallup capital project.
Rainforest Panel Presentation
It was my privilege to attend the STC sponsored presentations and discussions last week at the beautiful Lobo Rainforest Building. I was able to join my counterparts from the other UNM branches as we shared entrepreneurial initiatives being undertaken on our respective campuses. I spoke to the work of our Small Business Development Center under the direction of Cyndi Jarvison as well as the relationship between Mark Lee of Rhino Health and UNM-Gallup. We also spoke to our relationship with the Rainforest EDA University Center including our involvement with the Rainforest spring seminar series.
New Mexico Small Business Assistance Events
UNM-Gallup was the site for this week’s New Mexico Small Business Assistance information session and recognition event. The information session was hosted jointly by Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories and provided access to the expertise and resources of these two economic development drivers in New Mexico.
During the recognition ceremony, Mark Lee of Rhino Health was honored as a Gallup small business that benefited from the assistance of the NMSBA program last year. UNM-Gallup is proud to be a workforce partner with Rhino Health as well as with New Mexico Workforce Solutions, New Mexico Higher Education Department, Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation and the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development.
Please click below to see the award event invitation.
State Representative and GGEDC Executive
Director Patty Lundstrom speaks at the NMSBA
Mark Lee, Rhino Health CEO, (2nd from left) and
NMSBA members from Sandia and Los Alamos
Upward Bound Awards Banquet
It was my pleasure to attend the TRIO Upward Bound end-of-the-year recognition banquet. It truly was an evening of magic as we celebrated and recognized the accomplishments of our young Upward Bound Mouseketeers with their host participants, families and program partners. Upward Bound staff went above and beyond to honor the students through an awards ceremony, senior recognition, activities and dinner.
Kudos to Program Director Brittany Tabor for building our Upward Bound program from the ground up, and to Jayme McMahon who supports Upward Bound in her roles as grant principal investigator and director of student affairs.
Upward Bound provides support to high school students to prepare for their entrance into college.
Brittany Tabor, program director,
TRIO Upward Bound Banquet
TRIO Upward Bound participants
Navajo Technical University Commencement Activities
I will be attending Friday’s commencement activities at Navajo Technical University as well as an honorary luncheon for Senator John Pinto who will be receiving an honorary Doctor of Public Service at Friday’s ceremonies. It is my honor to help celebrate the achievements of NTU’s students as well as offer congratulations to Dr. John Pinto who has a very long legacy of legislative and community service to the people of New Mexico.