By Bill Knief
Spring has come early this year on the UNM-Taos Klauer Campus. Ever since November 17, with winter fast approaching, the Enrollment Office has been busy registering students for the Spring, 2015 Semester.
If that seems a little premature, you’re right. In years past, the enrollment period didn’t even start until the Monday after Thanksgiving. But this year, thanks to changes at UNM main campus that determine our schedule, the first day of spring semester was moved forward almost two weeks. Normally, we would begin classes the day after the Martin Luther King holiday, around the 20th of January, but this year the first day will be January 12.
Adding to the excitement is the fact, as Student Success Director Patricia Gonzales explained, that there is major construction going on in order to complete the new Student Success Center addition to Padre Martinez Hall, one of the first buildings to be built at Klauer.
“I’m excited about it,” Gonzales said. “The addition is going to provide the one stop shop we’ve always wanted. We’ve done our best with what we have, but with increases in enrollment almost every semester, we are running out of space. The new facility will have space for advisement, financial aid, the business office and other departments, but it will also have open space for students to socialize, study, get on the computers we provide or plug in their own laptops. The change is going to be awesome.”
Despite worsening weather, the new construction is well under way. HB Construction has already poured footings, and the slab is scheduled to go in on or about December 10. There is plenty of frozen mud to go around, and the construction activity and noise add to the excitement on campus, but the Enrollment Office in Pueblo Hall (that’s the green stucco building at the top of the hill) has already enrolled hundreds of students for the spring.
“With two weeks less to register this year than last year, I would urge students to get in and get enrolled before December 23, when the college shuts down for winter break,” Gonzales said. “We’re open Monday through Friday, but in addition, we will be staying open until 7 pm every Tuesday through December 18 so people can come out to enroll after classes or at the end of their work day.
“I appreciate that this new schedule has taken people by surprise, but I want to emphasize the need to get started if you are going to join us for spring semester. People can review the class schedule and even enroll online at taos.unm.edu, or come see us in Pueblo Hall on the Klauer campus south of town. We ‘ll answer your questions if you’ll call the admissions office at 737-6215, and the print version of the schedule will be available after Thanksgiving, but the sooner you get started, the easier it will be to enroll.”
Since the college will be closed between December 24 and January 4, it’s a good idea to start the enrollment process right away, before the final rush.