Tag Archives | Patricia Gonzales

Fall is just around the corner at UNM-Taos

It happens every year. Las Fiestas have come and gone. Summer is winding down. You can set your watch by the afternoon monsoon cloud cover. And people’s thoughts turn more and more to chamisa in bloom, golden leaves, cool nights, and school. It never fails. By the time the parade is over and the UNM-Taos […]

Now’s the best time to enroll at UNM-Taos

The closer we get to the first day of class—and it’s early this year: January 12, barely a month away—the “zooier” it can become in the enrollment office, according to Patricia Gonzales, Director of Student Affairs. Those of you who have taken classes at UNM-Taos in the past and waited until the last minute to […]

Spring enrollment: a busy time at UNM-Taos

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Taking ownership over your education at UNM-Taos

Every year, once the fiestas have come and gone and the monsoons are in steady rotation each afternoon, it feels like we are already beginning the slow slide into fall. Our brains know it’s still summer, but even on the hottest afternoons, with the humming birds still buzzing around the feeders and the vultures cruising […]

UNM-Taos: Ahead of the curve

UNM-Taos is proud to be an HSI—a Hispanic Serving Institution. That is a federal designation that qualifies colleges and universities to apply for the Title V grants which are a major funding source for our community college. One of the main requirements for being accepted as a Hispanic Serving Institution is that your student enrollment […]

Wouldn’t you rather be online than on line?

Finally, with snow on the mountain, it really feels like winter in Taos. But that doesn’t mean that Spring—Spring Semester at UNM-Taos, that is—is far behind. In fact, by the time you read this we will have already enrolled close to half the Spring, 2013 student body. Why is that important? Because classes, as we […]

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