By Bill Knief
Don’t be confused. Babar is the king of the elephants in the well known children’s story. BBER (pronounced bee-burr) is the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research. They are very different.
BBER has recently proposed to conduct an analysis of the supply and demand for housing in the Taos region. The upshot of the analysis will play a major role in determining “current conditions as well as potential impacts of a continued restructuring of the local economy toward more senior-oriented services. The study will offer analyses of alternative scenarios including low, baseline and high demand scenarios. Finally, the study will evaluate the feasibility of specific options available to UNM-Taos to provide short and long term housing for its faculty and students.” (Emphasis added.)
UNM-Taos Executive Director Dr. Kate O’Neill is quick to explain that this is only a preliminary analysis of need, not a firm commitment to providing student housing; it’s just a first step, in other words. But the Town and the College are co-funding the study, so it is another example of the collaborative, supportive relationship these two major entities have with one another. The outcome could be interesting.
The UNM-Taos Holiday Student Art Sale, according to Sabra Sowell, Arts Academy Program Coordinator, is a rare chance to find emerging artists before they are discovered by galleries. Put your money where your beliefs are: support local artists November 20-21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arts Building on Klauer Campus, and find one-of-a-kind visual and decorative arts at incredible prices.
Jeremy McDonnell is a new member of the UNM-Taos faculty, and an exhibition of his paintings, drawings and prints titled Render Visible will be on display in the Art Building November 20 through December 11. McDonnell holds an MFA from Ohio State, where he was awarded a full fellowship. He will be teaching courses in Art History, Painting and Digital Portfolio Development in the spring.
CASA Tutoring and a math hotline
Word is out about free tutoring at UNM-Taos, according to Kathy Spess, CASA Director. With a rise in enrollment to over 1,500 students at the community college, she has experienced a comparable increase in the number of students that need help with their college classes.
“We have seen a noticeable increase at all levels, but a huge influx in math students,” Spess said. “Calculus, physics, English particularly in writing skills—everybody needs help. We give a lot of one-on-one attention, but we have also implemented study groups of two or three students that work together with a tutor. In the summer this rises to 10 or 12.
“We are part of the CRLA which is the international tutoring association, so there are strict guidelines that we have to follow; we don’t just do students’ homework for them. Since the first day of class we have provided 354 hours of free tutoring to 111 students. This ranges from a brief visit about a particular problem to students making appointments all semester to get help with a problem class.
“We have also recently implemented a Math Hotline that is becoming popular. Call 741-1324 and students can talk to one of our math tutors live Mondays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon”