Katharine Graham Dahm
Katharine Graham Dahm named a Macey Scholar
On November 19, Katharine Graham Dahm, a graduate of Rio Rancho
High School who is now a senior majoring in environmental engineering
at New Mexico Tech, was named a Macey Scholar for the 2007-2008
academic year at the state-supported research university. New Mexico
Tech students named Macey Scholars are selected on the basis of
their demonstrated academic accomplishments, both in the classroom
and research lab, as well as their active participation in institutional
service and co-curricular activities.
In addition, Dahm also is a recipient of the prestigious Tau Beta
Pi Scholarship, sponsored by the national engineering honor society.
Dahm is the daughter of Clifford Dahm and Rhea Graham of Placitas.
She has participated in a summer internship program and maintains
a current part-time position with Golder Associates, Inc., an environmental
consulting firm in Albuquerque, in which her work has focused on
mine tailings top surface analysis by using heat dissipation sensors
to estimate moisture flux through the tailings pile.
“New Mexico Tech has set very high standards for its students,
and my experiences at Tech have pushed me to become a well-educated
and hard-working individual,” Dahm says. “New Mexico
Tech provides its students with excellent opportunities in every
field of study,” she adds, “and I am grateful to have
had the opportunity—as an undergraduate—to work closely
with faculty on projects that interest me.”
SMPC to be Placitas Library’s Architect
—ANNE FROST, LIBRARY CO-DIRECTOR
On November 16, the Sandoval County Commission approved the Selection
Committee’s choice of the Albuquerque architectural firm,
SMPC, as the architect for the Placitas Library project. Members
of the selection committee, Gail DellaPelle, chair, Robert Moraga,
Jim Medueña, and Frank Buethe from the Library, and Phil
Rios and Fred Marquez from Sandoval County, spent countless hours
studying proposals, visiting libraries, and interviewing the final
four firms. They did a thorough, fair, and professional job. Eleven
firms sent qualifying proposals and the choice among the final four
was difficult. The decision was based on the SMPC’s strength
in the areas of previous library design, green building design,
and openness to and experience with inclusive community input in
the design process. All of us at the Library are excited about working
with them to create a beautiful, affordable, functional, and green
library for Placitas.
Though the Library has raised almost $1 million for the building,
this will only pay for approximately half the space community surveys
and library standards have indicated Placitas needs. Consequently,
our Capital Campaign Committee is hard at work researching potential
corporate donors. If you have experience in this area and/or ideas
and contacts that might help, please contact the Library at 867-3355
Placitas’s own Night Sky expert, Charlie Christmann, will
speak at the Library on Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m. Charlie
will be discussing the Geminid meteor shower—including what
causes the Geminids and when to watch for them. He will also speak
about the Sun, solar storms, and related topics. So, bring your
binoculars to check out the falling stars and a new comet, too.
Our large print collection has many new titles, thanks to the efforts
of our used book maven, Mary Morell. These are all recent fiction
publications so please, stop by the Library or check our online
catalog to see what’s new.
Santa Fe Opera announces poster contest
Students throughout New Mexico are encouraged to enter The Santa
Fe Opera’s youth poster design contest. Entries are being
accepted until December 15.
Images featuring characters from the Youth Night operas (Verdi’s
Falstaff on June 23 and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro on
June 24), the opera house itself, or elements relating to opera
are of particular interest. Images selected will be used to publicize
the 2008 Youth Nights. Posters may be submitted in any medium and
the final work should be at least 8-1/2” x 11” and no
larger than 11” x 17.” Students may submit more than
At least five winners will be selected and all will receive a cash
prize and six tickets per performance to both Youth Night at the
Opera performances. If the artist’s work is selected for Opera
Shop merchandise, the artist receives $100 worth of merchandise
featuring his/her design.
Please print the artist’s full name, age, school, home address,
and phone number on the back of the artwork. Mail to: The Santa
Fe Youth Poster Design Contest, P. O. Box 2408, Santa Fe, NM 98504-2408.
All entries become the property of The Santa Fe Opera. For more
information, contact Andrea Walters at (505) 986-5928.
Rio Rancho library announces holiday events for
Was the Wolf really that Big and Bad? Inquiring minds want to know,
and the Rio Rancho Public Library has the answer!
The library’s Teen Advisory Group is producing a puppet show
for children that will take place on Monday, December 3 at 6:30
p.m. Adapting stories from Frankly Fractured Folktales by Anthony
D. Fredericks, the three-act puppet show will dissect the legend
of the Big Bad(?) Wolf. There is limited space, so this is a ticketed
event; tickets are available for free at the Youth Services Desk
at the Loma Colorado Main Library.
The Library will be putting on a “Paper Fun” craft
program for teenagers in early December. Local paper artist Geri
Michelli will show teens how to use easy-to-find materials such
as ribbon, wrapping paper, and beads to create paper ornaments and
decorations for the holiday season.
There will be two “Paper Fun” craft sessions. The first,
on Tuesday, December 4, will show how to use the star fold to create
decorations; the second, on Wednesday, December 5, will teach the
lotus fold, which will be used to make small book ornaments. Samples
of these paper crafts are on display in the Twilight Zone Teen Scene
at the Library.
Both sessions will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Children’s
Program Room at the Loma Colorado Main Library, located at 755 Loma
Colorado Drive NE. For more information, call the teen librarian
at 891-5013, ext. 3031.
Placitas Elementary 2006-07 yearbooks are coming
The long awaited 2006-07 school yearbooks should be arriving by
November 30. Cyndi Krattiger, the 2006-07 yearbook coordinator,
apologizes for the long delay. Apparently, the yearbook company
“lost” the Placitas Elementary School (PES) packet.
Fortunately, for 2007-08, the school has contracted with a different
Yearbooks will be available for pick-up at the PES office starting
December 5. Please call the school at 867-2488 to verify that the
books have arrived as scheduled. If you need more information, contact
Ms. Krattiger at 771-2577 or email@example.com. According to Karen
Hamilton, the 2007-08 yearbook coordinator, the anticipated delivery
date of the current school year’s book is May 23, 2008.
“Keeping the dream alive!”
On Monday, January 21, Grant Chapel AME Church presents its twelfth
annual breakfast commemorating the life and ideals of the Reverend
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program begins at 8:00 a.m. at the
Marriott Pyramid North Hotel, 5151 San Francisco Rd. NE, in the
Journal Center. This event is open to everyone in the community
to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and provide an opportunity
for us to rededicate ourselves to complete the work yet undone to
create a fair, equitable, and inclusive society.
Our theme is “A day on, not a day off!” The program
includes a speaker, recognition of community supporters, and scholarship
presentations. Reverend Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown, Associate Professor
of Homiletics at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University
in Atlanta, GA, will present the keynote address. Dr. Brown is a
civil rights activist and a prolific writer and speaker. She has
spoken at religious and secular seminars, educational conferences,
and other special events.
Generous corporations, organizations, and individuals throughout
the Albuquerque metropolitan area fund scholarships in amounts of
$500 or $1,000 that the Grant Chapel Lay Organization will award
to qualified young people at this breakfast. Scholarship applications
are available at the Grant Chapel website, www.grantameabq.org,
or the church office at 7920 Claremont Avenue NE in Albuquerque.
The application deadline is December 31, 2007. For further information
or assistance, please contact Mildred Smith or Pat Jerabek of the
Scholarship Committee through the church office at (505) 293-1300.
Breakfast tickets are now available. Donations are $20 for adults
and $12 for students with ID and youth eighteen years of age and
younger. Organizations and/or individuals may reserve a table by
purchasing ten tickets or more. Please contact Galvin Brown through
the church office at (505) 293-1300 for tickets. Frank Jerabek is
the Public Relations Chairperson at Grant Chapel AME Church. You
may contact him either through the church office or at (505) 263-7187.
Kids in Discovery educational booklet released
The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer (NMOSE) has released
a new educational booklet titled Discover the Waters of New Mexico:
Kids in Discovery Series (KIDS). The free booklet is aimed at students
eight to twelve years old, and is now available through the Office
of the State Engineer and its financial partners.
The goal of the booklet is to provide a complete picture of New
Mexico’s water. There are sections on water uses, water availability,
water law, the history and culture of water in New Mexico, water
distribution and treatment, nature’s need for water, and water
conservation. The booklet can be used in the classroom or sent home
with the students to share with their families.
The design approaches to each section are slightly varied to account
for multiple learning styles, as well as multiple subject matters.
For example, maps and graphs contribute to the logic and math skill
sets, water stories present content on history and social issues,
and various games address interpersonal or intrapersonal skills,
depending on the teachers’ needs. The final layout of the
booklet expands on the knowledge gained and sets the students on
a path of action through water conservation.
To order free copies of Discover the Waters of New Mexico: Kids
in Discovery Series (KIDS), please contact your local sponsor or
the Office of the State Engineer. The NMOSE orders can be placed
through 1-800-WATERNM or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your name, mailing address, phone number, and number
of booklets desired.
Native Couture: A history of Santa Fe style
Santa Fe style represents a state of mind held by those who live
in this town either as full-time or part-time residents. Santa Fe
style has influenced fashion and design worldwide. It is not just
jewelry and clothing but a feeling inside, a sense of place and
that total belief in the Navajo saying, “Walk in beauty.”
The spirit of Santa Fe style has inspired an exhibit with the same
name at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Native Couture opens
December 16, 2007 and runs through September 1, 2008. Drawing from
the museum’s incomparable collections, this exhibition showcases
both old and new jewelry—1880 to the present. The exhibition
will explore the history of Santa Fe style and what it incorporates.
The focus of Native Couture revolves around the Dicky Pfaelzer
Jewelry Collection, donated to the museum by her children in 2005.
Dicky, a style-setter, was known throughout town for creating a
statement with her beautiful jewelry and exquisite clothing, and
she was a fixture on the Santa Fe gallery scene for more than eighteen
years. She also drove a station wagon painted with lizards and other
Even today, in the spirit of Dicky Pfaelzer, vibrant individuals
celebrate local culture by adorning themselves in jewelry and fashions
influenced by Native American, Hispano, and Western Frontier aesthetic
traditions. Unique and eclectic, Santa Fe style is emblematic of
the American Southwest.
Santa Fe style, while focusing around Dicky Pfaelzer and her jewelry
collection, is the ever-changing story of jewelry and fashion in
the American Southwest, especially Santa Fe. Yet some elements remain
timeless, such as the imagery. Bears represent hunting and the prayers
associated with a successful hunt, along with the power of the animal.
The naja at the end of the squash blossom is a Moorish symbol with
hands encompassing good spirits, along with the squash blossoms
signifying a good harvest. The religious cross and sacred heart
symbols are used in the Catholic Church. The western tradition of
cows’ heads, stars, hearts, and badges is everywhere in the
iconic popular culture of the west.
Santa Fe style is a tradition of jewelry making by Native Americans,
Anglo Americans, and Spanish Americans alike that utilizes easily
attainable or local materials such as coins, copper, silver, and
turquoise, and traded materials such as precious and semi-precious
gems, coral, and shell. An example of this style evolution is seen
in the jewelry tradition of bow guards. Here the functionality of
protecting the wrists while using a bow and arrow in earlier times
developed into a purely aesthetic use of the longer 1950s bow guard
which has just as ornate silverwork, but the usefulness of the item
is less important than its beauty. Also on view at the exhibit will
be richly decorated concha belts, necklaces, earrings, bracelets,
hat bands, dresses, and jackets.
Functional items can also be fashionable. The bow-guards, purse,
hair combs and barrettes, buttons, and dress ornaments exhibited
are both beautiful and serve important daily functions. Over time,
the look of these functional yet fashionable items has changed,
as we see with the contemporary bracelet and necklace from the twenty-first
century, compared to similar items from the late-nineteenth and
Santa Fe style can be seen on individuals throughout the world
today, thanks to internationally-known contemporary designers such
as Ralph Lauren and local Native American designers such as Virgil
Ortiz, Patricia Michaels, and Pilar Agoyo.
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is located on Museum Hill,
on Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail. The museum is open Tuesday
through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. New Mexico residents
with a valid ID are admitted free of charge on Sundays. New Mexico
resident senior citizens (age 60+) with a valid ID are admitted
free of charge on Wednesdays. Admission is $8 for non-state residents
and $6 for New Mexico residents. Children sixteen and under are
admitted free of charge. For more information, call (505) 476-1269
or visit www.indianartsandculture.org.