UNM-Taos audit goes into final phase

UNM-Taos audit goes into final phase

When William Cottrell, senior auditor for the Internal Audit Department of the University of New Mexico, left Taos last Friday afternoon after spending a good part of the past two months doing field work on an audit of UNM-Taos, his parting comment to Dennis Cruz, campus resource director, was that after auditing other UNM branch […]

The 2008 legislative session

The outcome of the legislative session is always up for grabs until the final gavel, but on the topic of support for UNM-Taos, the overall mood of Senator Carlos Cisneros, Representative Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales and UNM-Taos executive director Dr. Kate O’Neill could best be characterized as “cautiously optimistic.” One big step was taken Friday January […]

Can spring be far behind?

It wasn’t a very pretty day for new student orientation out at the Klauer campus June 9th. It was cold and grey with a nasty bite to the wind, and for a moment I felt a little sorry for the Flintco crew getting the roof decks on over the steel studs of the Child Development […]

The year in review

Thirteen year Taos resident Dr. Kate O’Neill came on board as acting director of UNM-Taos in 2006. On July 1, 2007, after a lengthy selection process, she took over as permanent executive director. I asked her to give a rundown of the year’s major events, and what she thought of the job so far. “It’s […]

A richer learning environment for everyone

One of UNM-Taos’s greatest strengths lies in the diversity and wide range of ages of its students. Not counting the four and five year olds about to be enrolled in the early childhood development program, a class can commonly accommodate students from eighteen years old to well into their eighties. We see young folks fresh […]

“The rest is just driving the truck”

Rumor had it that there were walls going up at the UNM-Taos Klauer campus on Monday, November 26, so the next day I braved the mud to go out and see what was going on. There I met Wes Klitzman, a soft spoken, affable man in a hard hat talking on his cell phone from […]

The Literacy Center

Literacy, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is a basic human right for children and adults, not a luxury reserved for those who can afford it. The Literacy Center (TLC) having just celebrated its new location on October 10 in the TCEDC complex on Salazar Road, aims to put this idea […]

A sustainable partnership

In an era of soaring energy prices, deteriorating environmental quality and rapidly vanishing resources, the need for clean, renewable energy is no longer a topic for serious debate; it’s a given. Nevertheless, it’s one thing to endorse the idea of renewable energy—and quite another to support it, fight for it and pay for it. That’s […]

Speaking of dreams

Thursday, October 11, on short notice, I was asked to go to a meeting for something called DREAM Act in the Taos High gym. I hadn’t planned to go, but the event was sponsored by UNM-Taos and a group called Somos Un Pueblo Unido, choreographed and produced by Taos High students themselves. It sounded interesting. […]

Building a community

It started with a vote of confidence. In 2001 the citizens of Taos County and the Enchanted Circle took an extraordinary step. They voted to tax themselves in order to support UNM-Taos and the expansion of Klauer campus. According to Campus Resource Director Dennis Cruz, it was the only tax of its kind in the […]