Tag Archives | Kate O’Neill

UNM-Taos: Moving forward on Civic Plaza Drive

Think of education as being like the water in an acequia. First it sustains individuals, then it nourishes families, and then it supports whole communities as it spreads out across the landscape. When people commit to higher education they not only better themselves, they strengthen the local economy and make it possible for all citizens […]

“Man, I should have stayed in school!”

Teaching is a noble profession. So is being a student. When everything is working right the symbiotic relationship between the two creates the ideal environment for the seeds of knowledge to grow. Jens Pursche is a UNM-Taos student who was just selected as one of 37 All-State Scholars in New Mexico. The four semesters of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

UNM-Taos: one of the fastest growing colleges in the nation

Each year the arrival of the Fastest Growing Community Colleges edition of Community College Week is cause for excitement. It uses the most current comparative statistics (Fall 2011-12) from IPEDS, the federal government’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, to analyze trends in two and four year college enrollment, and recognize those colleges that have experienced […]

The UNM-Taos model for education

You won’t find a “UNM-Taos Model for Education” written down anywhere. It’s an idea I came across in looking back on 2013 and pondering some of the successes and improvements we’ve seen in our community college in the past year. So I figured, after writing 150 articles in the Taos News about the events, the […]

UNM-Taos: looking forward, looking back

At the simultaneous beginning of a new year and the demise of the old one, it is traditional to look back at what happened in the past, try to figure out why and how it came to be, and reflect on how that might affect the coming year for either good or ill. The year […]

Setting the stage for the next ten years

On December 4, 2013, without fanfare or ceremony, UNM-Taos Executive Director Dr. Kate O’Neill and UNM-Taos Operations Director Mario Suazo stopped by the mayor’s office to get his signature on the lease/purchase option that clears the way for the community college to begin repurposing Rio Grande and Bataan Halls from a convention center facility to […]

Getting on board for spring semester at UNM-Taos

UNM-Taos Executive Director Dr. Kate O’Neill likes to say that our branch campus is the little college that could. She is referring to the 100 year old children’s folk classic, The Little Engine that Could, a story about a small railroad engine that pulls a heavy train over the mountains while all the bigger engines […]

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