Tag Archives | Jim Gilroy

Broadening the discussion

Anyone who still buys into the popular notion that our small, rural community is trapped in some quirky, fatalistic time warp paying perpetual lip service to the past is in for a big surprise. Thanks to a collaborative effort between the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, The Harwood Museum and UNM-Taos, Dr. Leroy […]

UNM-Taos: Here for the long haul

The desire to learn lies deep beneath the surface of our culture in the very bones and DNA of our species. It’s what makes us human. We can no more sacrifice education for short term savings than a subsistence community can stave off hunger by eating its seed corn. Their immediate problem might be solved, […]

Sustaining a Sustainable System

Last week we got a pleasant surprise. Kristine Rippel, our account representative at the Taos News, called up to say she was coming over with a check for $500 to present to The Literacy Center. It was the proceeds from the holiday Festival of Trees and Wreaths event, and since The Literacy Center is supported […]

Out of chaos, a new learning paradigm

The year 2009 was a time punctuated by the barely controlled chaos of academy heads, faculty, administration, advisors, tutors, business office and bookstore personnel, enrollment staff and more than 1,500 students trying simultaneously to get settled into their new digs on the UNM-Taos Klauer Campus. Add to the fun the culmination of a two year […]

Where we stand today

After 20 years as a classroom teacher in the Taos municipal school district, Jim Gilroy (AKA “Mr. Gilroy” to generations of students) has served for the past several years as the Dean of Instruction at UNM-Taos. In this time of transition, deepening budget cuts and increasing need for community college services, I asked him to […]

Last fall UNM-Taos showed an unprecedented 18 percent increase in student head count, and although the final tally won’t be in for several weeks, it looks like spring semester enrollment is going to be another record breaker. Jim Gilroy, Dean of Instruction for the college, feels that the dramatic upswing is the result of being […]

Changing the shape of education

Former New Mexico Governor Lew Wallace’s famous comment that, “Every calculation based on experience elsewhere fails in New Mexico” often seems eerily prescient and annoyingly accurate, particularly in Taos, more than a hundred years after he penned it. But an important exception to that rule is coming together right now in the shape of an […]