Author Archive | Bill Knief

Accelerating success at UNM-Taos

The UNM-Taos Accelerate Program, which is funded by a grant from the Department of Energy, is one of the programs I like to check in on every once in a while, because it embodies many of the best practices we try to employ in all our program and course offerings. While Accelerate starts with students […]

Fall is just around the corner at UNM-Taos

It happens every year. Las Fiestas have come and gone. Summer is winding down. You can set your watch by the afternoon monsoon cloud cover. And people’s thoughts turn more and more to chamisa in bloom, golden leaves, cool nights, and school. It never fails. By the time the parade is over and the UNM-Taos […]

UNM-Taos at the half way point

Summer is always a busy time for the admissions office and related advising, financial aid and student affairs departments in Pueblo Hall on Klauer Campus. By the time this article comes out, UNM-Taos will have already enrolled over five hundred students for the Fall, 2015 semester despite dire predictions of a significant national downturn in […]

The healing arts at UNM-Taos

I sat down with Dr. Kirstie Segarra last week to talk about the Integrative Health and Medical Massage program at UNM-Taos. About four years ago Jim Gilroy and Dr. Marty Hewlett got together to reorganize Holistic Health and Healing Arts courses, and the outcome was an umbrella program that encompassed both medical massage and holistic […]

UNM-Taos: Opportunities to embrace

After commencement, UNM-Taos graduates hurried to the Sagebrush Inn patio for a reception. Graduation is a special time in Taos, coming as it does just as winter is turning to spring, new growth is replacing old, and students from Pre-K to the post-doctoral level pause to celebrate their success and contemplate their next move. This […]

UNM-Taos: Moving forward on Civic Plaza Drive

Think of education as being like the water in an acequia. First it sustains individuals, then it nourishes families, and then it supports whole communities as it spreads out across the landscape. When people commit to higher education they not only better themselves, they strengthen the local economy and make it possible for all citizens […]

Graduation: we all share in the success

Overall, UNM-Taos serves more than 700 students in its state-mandated Dual Credit Program, which makes it possible for high school students to take classes that count both for high school and college credit. Underscoring the value of this program, on May 8, two Questa High School students, Ariana Gallegos and Joaquin Romero, are going to […]

“Man, I should have stayed in school!”

Teaching is a noble profession. So is being a student. When everything is working right the symbiotic relationship between the two creates the ideal environment for the seeds of knowledge to grow. Jens Pursche is a UNM-Taos student who was just selected as one of 37 All-State Scholars in New Mexico. The four semesters of […]

UNM-Taos—Keeping up with the times

Taking into account the downward trend in college and university enrollment across the nation in the last couple of years, UNM-Taos still continues to hold its own. On January 30, the official last day of Spring Semester 2015 enrollment, we were showing a respectable 1,608 students taking more than 12,000 credit hours. Those figures are […]

Now’s the best time to enroll at UNM-Taos

The closer we get to the first day of class—and it’s early this year: January 12, barely a month away—the “zooier” it can become in the enrollment office, according to Patricia Gonzales, Director of Student Affairs. Those of you who have taken classes at UNM-Taos in the past and waited until the last minute to […]

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