Happy CAMPers at UNM-Taos

Happy CAMPers at UNM-Taos

It’s decision time. The fall semester at UNM-Taos is right around the corner. The first day of classes is August 18, and there’s plenty to do. If you haven’t enrolled yet, and this is your first time to take classes at UNM-Taos, you’ll need your transcripts from high school or any higher education institutions you […]

Back to school: what a great time to do great things!

These days there is a discussion going on as to just how valuable a diploma, degree or certificate is in the real world. Once you graduate, will there be a job waiting for you? Can you afford the cost of higher education? Do you really have time to devote to furthering your education after the […]

Operation registration at UNM-Taos

“I feel like I don’t know what the heck I’m doing.” “I don’t know where I’m supposed to be.” “Everybody else looks like they know what’s going on. Why don’t I?” “I don’t belong here. This is not for me. This is too frustrating.” These are some of the reactions that Patricia Gonzales, UNM-Taos Director […]

UNM-Taos, preparing for the fall semester

This time of year the UNM-Taos campus is deceptively quiet. The summer session offers only about 60 courses serving a few hundred students. Parking, for once, is easy to find. Staff members try to get their annual leave in while there’s still time, knowing full well that within a month enrollment is going to go […]

Bragging rights at UNM-Taos

In light of 2013 being the 10th anniversary of the state legislature designating UNM-Taos a branch of the state’s flagship university, we have already seen some events worthy of celebration, or at least a little bragging. After several years of setting aside funds, resources are being applied to student amenities such as indoor social and […]

UNM-Taos graduation a community event

Graduation week is bittersweet, I think, for everyone — the graduates themselves, their families and friends, former teachers, college instructors, employers, onlookers, neighbors. It is one of those occasions when we become most acutely aware of change, and the passage of time. It’s supposed to be a winding down of the semester, but instead, each […]

Helping to trace the trajectory of a student’s career

Advising is a difficult occupation, and I admire those who practice it. To be successful, just for starters, you have to be a cross between a faculty member, an area coordinator, an advocate, a scholar, a coach, a friend, a banker, a therapist and a lion tamer. You have to be a good listener, but […]

Yes, we can, at UNM-Taos!

Last year, our 10th as a branch of New Mexico’s powerhouse university, was quite a year. We beat everybody in the state for enrollment growth and then came in as the 17th fastest growing community college of our size in the nation, in a field of over 350 institutions. It felt good to get some […]

UNM-Taos offers an opportunity to engage

At UNM-Taos, our mission goes far beyond the classroom, and one of our most important responsibilities is to model best practices in support of the local economy. We do this in many ways, both directly and indirectly. A majority of our students receive state and federal financial aid, which gets distributed throughout the county, and […]

Growing pains at UNM-Taos

Each year, UNM-Taos Executive Director Dr. Kate O’Neill spends the better part of January in the Roundhouse during the legislative session in Santa Fe, and I asked her to fill me in on some of this session’s highlights and comment on what to expect in the coming year. She felt that it went better this […]

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