Tag Archives | Kathy Falkenhagen

New leadership for the UNM-Taos Nursing Program

Melissa Offenhartz took over the UNM-Taos Nursing Program when Kathy Falkenhagen retired after bringing the program up to full national certification and having 100 percent of the first two cohorts pass their national board exams—something rarely achieved even in more established nursing programs. On a cold, bleak winter’s day last week I drove over to […]

UNM-Taos: the best we can be

Monday, August 20 marked the first day of Fall Semester at UNM-Taos, although students can still enroll for the sixteen weeks term through August 31. Last minute registration is not the best way to start the semester, however, and time is running out. Some classes have been dropped due to low enrollment while others have […]

Another UNM-Taos Nursing Program success

The UNM-Taos Nursing Program has done it again. Every one of its graduates just passed their national boards on the first try. Eighteen months ago, when one hundred percent of the first class passed their boards the first time out, Nancy Ridenouer, Dean of the UNM Nursing Program, said to the best of her knowledge […]

Two stories of success at UNM-Taos

Anita Bringas Compiling and then interpreting the core data that defines who we are and how we are fulfilling our mission to the students and communities in our service area is a year-round challenge. Anita Bringas, who just this spring got her associate’s degree in pre-business administration at UNM-Taos, has been charged with that task, […]

For the record

Amid the turmoil of a contentious legislative session and the uncertainty of a new funding formula being considered for higher education, UNM-Taos students are coming down the home stretch in record numbers to wrap up the spring semester, complete their finals and celebrate their successes in the 2011 commencement exercises March 13. Although UNM-Taos is […]

Excellence in a time of struggle

These days, nothing is easy. In recent weeks our community college has been challenged to justify and defend the very existence of community colleges in our state, while suffering major cuts in funding of essential programs such as dual credit for high school students and the developmental courses that are fundamental to student success. Some […]