Moreno honored at college
Joseph Moreno, son of Benny and Cordy Moreno of Bernalillo,
graduated from Colorado College in May with a bachelor’s
degree in liberal arts and sciences/Southwest studies. At
CC’s annual honors convocation, he was awarded the Joel
P. Benezet Academic Excellence Award for Southwest Studies.
Moreno also received the Student Faculty Collaborative Grant
and the Joel P. Benezet Research Grant to conduct research
for his thesis on the Matachines Dance of Bernalillo. While
at Colorado College, Moreno was cochair of SOMOS, the Hispanic
student union, and worked as an intern for the college admissions
office. Moreno graduated from Bernalillo High School in 2001.
Placitas charter school to conduct new demographic
In 2004, residents of Placitas responded to a survey about school
choice. They were asked about the need for additional educational
facilities in this area. The survey indicated a positive interest
in and a need for a middle school.
Following the original survey, a school planning group obtained
approval in November 2004 to open Village Academy Charter School,
serving kindergarten through eighth grade.
The school was unable to open this year due to problems in finding
However, the dream of a middle school will be closer to closer
to reality in 2006, with Village Academy’s revised plan to
serve grades six through eight. Charter school representatives are
exploring several new opportunities for locating Village Academy,
but need critical, updated demographic data for effective facilities
and operations planning. Therefore, the governance council will
conduct a formal survey in early October and compile responses by
mid-month, to be followed by a work session. Interested individuals
are encouraged to attend the charter school’s public meetings
to obtain information and offer their suggestions.
The regular public meeting will be held October 5 at San Antonio
Mission, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Work sessions, also open to the
public, are held, as needed, on alternate Wednesdays at the same
If you would like to receive information about student participation,
the academic program, and how VACS can address your child's needs,
write to Village Academy Charter School, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas,
NM 87043-1247 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carroll Elementary awarded $32,500 technology
The Beaumont Foundation of America recently announced Carroll
Elementary School will receive state-of-the-art wireless technology
equipment valued at approximately $32,500. The award is one of more
than 170 school grants made by BFA this year: a donation of more
than thirty-seven hundred Internet-enabled laptop computers valued
at more than $8 million. For more information, contact the Beaumont
Foundation of America at www.bmtfoundation.com
or (866) 546-2667.
UNM sophomore retention rate up
Nearly 76 percent of the students who enrolled as freshmen at
the University of New Mexico last fall returned this year. Retaining
students who initially enroll at UNM is one of the goals of President
This fall 3,095 freshmen are attending UNM, another record-breaking
The single largest feeder high school this year is Rio Rancho
High, in Sandoval County, with 213 freshmen at UNM.
Overall, the main-campus enrollment is stable. There are 26,280
students attending classes on the main campus this year, down just
.22 percent from fall 2004. Statewide, including the branch campuses,
32,915 students are attending classes at UNM this fall, a decline
of 1.05 percent.
The largest jump in enrollment numbers came at the UNM Taos branch
campus, which increased by 16.59 percent, while the Los Alamos branch
campus saw an enrollment decline of 17.46 percent.
The number of female students continues to grow more quickly than
the number of male students, with 10,730 female undergraduate students
on campus this fall, and 7,657 male students.
Detailed statistics on student enrollment at UNM
can be found at www.unm.edu/~unmreg/stats.html.
Volunteer English tutors needed
ReadWest needs volunteers to provide free English tutoring to
adults. Volunteers must commit two hours per week to tutoring individuals
or small groups.
Orientation and preregistration will be held Wednesday, October
26, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Two Saturday
training sessions—October 29 and November 5, 8:30 a.m. to
4:00 p.m.—are also required.
Training is provided by the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy
and is held at ReadWest, 2009 Grande Boulevard (across from Haynes
Park in the back of the Rio Rancho Jewish Center building), in Rio
For more information, call Susan Markin-Ryerson, at 892-1131 or
Kindergarten literacy program looking for
The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, along with Albuquerque
Public Schools, is kicking off a drive to find seven hundred volunteers
to teach Albuquerque kindergartners how to read.
The Albuquerque Reads program has shown impressive results. In
its second year, the program worked with three Title I APS elementary
schools. At the beginning of the last school year, only 3 percent
of students enrolled in the Albuquerque Reads program were reading
at or above grade level. Just nine months later, 72 percent were
reading at or above grade level, and 21 percent were reading almost
at grade level.
The Albuquerque Reads program begins October 3. Volunteers will
be asked to:
1) Attend a three-hour training session. A number of sessions
will be held from the end of August through September to best
fit the volunteers’ schedules. They will be trained in an
easy-to-follow curriculum, with preselected books and scheduled
activities. The elementary schools participating in the Albuquerque
Reads program are Atrisco Elementary, 1201 Atrisco Drive SW; Bel
Air Elementary, 4725 Candelaria NE (between San Mateo and Carlisle);
and Wherry Elementary, 25000 E. Kirtland Air Force Base (at the
corner of Louisiana and Gibson).
2) Undergo a current background check and fingerprinting, paid
for by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.
During the school year, volunteers will be asked to schedule a
little over an hour weekly—or a team of volunteers can join
together to split the duties.
For more information, call the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of
Commerce at 764-3733 or 764-3736 or log onto www.abqchamber.com
to download a volunteer-tutor registration brochure and enrollment
UNM-Los Alamos to hold Scholarship Golf Tournament
In celebration of twenty-five years of service to the communities
of Los Alamos, the Española Valley, and Sandoval County,
the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is throwing a golf tournament.
The Scholarship Golf Tournament to be held October 1, beginning
at 9:00 a.m., at the Towa Golf Resort, in Pojoaque, will benefit
the students of northern New Mexico. The event includes teams and
individuals, a four-person shamble, student discounts for UNM-LA
and LAPS students, goodie bags, personalized accessories, and door
prizes. For more information, go to www.la.unm.edu/golf_tournament
or contact Rick Goshorn, at email@example.com,
505-663-3416, or 1-800-894-5919.
United Way sets fund-raising goal at “sweet
“United Way of Central New Mexico volunteers will raise $16,161,616
from corporate and individual donors by February, 2006, to help
the most vulnerable people in central New Mexico,” said David
Weymouth, CEO of Talbot Financial Corporation and 2005 campaign
chair for UWCNM.
“United Way is the way a community takes care of itself
by helping the people living here who are least able to help themselves.
This is what we have done for the residents of New Mexico since
1934. With 490 people just recently relocated here from the Gulf
states disaster, the list of the most vulnerable people living in
central New Mexico just got longer.”
In times of disaster, UWCNM’s role is first to help emergency
organizations, like the local Red Cross and Roadrunner Food Bank,
whose work revolves around food, clothing, shelter, and emergency
medical needs of the victims.
United Way of Central New Mexico’s 15 percent administrative
cost is funded by Corporate Cornerstone Companies. Because of this
corporate support, all other donations by donors are sent, in their
entirety, where the donor wants them to go. Donors can give to any
nonprofit organization in the world or they can give to the Community
Fund, a fund specifically for local services helping the most vulnerable
people in central New Mexico.
Community Fund donations are distributed through an open, competitive
process available to human-service organizations in Bernalillo,
Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia counties.
UWCNM is a private, volunteer-driven, nonprofit local charity
that is governed by people who live here. The money raised by United
Way of Central New Mexico stays in central New Mexico, unless otherwise
directed by a donor.
For more information visit www.uwcnm
or call Joanne Fine, at 247-3671.
Celebration to honor Gary Dwyer
On Saturday October 8, a celebration will honor the life of the
late Dr. Gary Dwyer. The esteemed superintendent of Bernalillo Public
Schools died last spring. Elizabeth Dwyer, superintendent Barbara
Vigil Lowder, and the Bernalillo Public School Board of Education
ask friends, associates, and students to share memories of Dr. Dwyer.
The celebration will take place at the Bernalillo High School football
field at 9:00 a.m. Food will be provided, so the organizers ask
that those planning to attend contact Virginia Montoya or Eva Sisneros
by September 30, at 867-2317, firstname.lastname@example.org,
AG alerts New Mexicans to Internet “pharming”
On June 14 Attorney General Patricia Madrid cautioned New Mexico
consumers who regularly use the Internet about “pharming,”
a new technique identity thieves are using to steal personal information
from online users.
Madrid said, “Most people have become aware of the dangers
of ‘phishing,’ so-called because the scammer sends out
an e-mail to ‘lure’ you into giving up your personal
information. ‘Pharming,’ however, is a potentially more
dangerous and sinister technique scammers are using to collect your
private information because of the transparency of the scam. Whereas
a ‘phishing’ scam tries to trick the user, a ‘pharming’
scam tricks the computer. There are very few signs to indicate that
you are visiting a ‘pharmed’ Web site. Because of this,
it’s especially disconcerting for Internet users who regularly
bank or maintain their credit card accounts online.”
In a “pharming” scam, the user is surreptitiously
redirected from a legitimate Web site to a fraudulent Web site without
his or her knowledge. The fraudulent Web site, sometimes called
a “spoof site,” is often difficult to differentiate
from the legitimate site. This is especially problematic in the
case of fraudulent credit-card or bank sites, where users are asked
to enter identification and password information. The fraudulently
redirected Web site collects that information and allows the scammer
access to a user’s account information and, potentially, to
steal that person’s identity.
“The victim of a ‘pharming’ scam often has no
idea that he or she has just visited a fraudulent Web site and has
given private information to a con artist,” said Madrid. “
‘Pharming’ can be a nightmare for Internet users and
a dream come true for ID thieves. I urge New Mexicans to be on the
lookout for the subtle indications of a ‘pharming’ scam.”
Consumers should pay close attention to the following indications
• If a site is truly “secure,” users should
see a closed padlock icon in the corner of their Web browser.
• Click on the padlock icon. If the Web site is legitimate,
it should display a “security certificate.” If it’s
a phony Web site, the certificate will either not appear, or will
be owned by an entity other than that of the Web site.
• A legitimately secure Web site will also show “HTTPS”
in the browser’s address window. If the address window simply
shows “HTTP,” and the Web site claims it’s secure,
it could indicate that the Web site has been redirected or “pharmed.”
Some “pharming” attacks happen because of a virus
that is secretly downloaded onto a user’s computer. Attorney
General Madrid recommends Internet users install and keep updated
antivirus and anti-spyware software running on their computers.
Users of high-speed DSL or cable Internet connections are especially
vulnerable to this type of attack and should install a personal
firewall to prevent any viruses from being surreptitiously installed.
Madrid said, “It sounds ominous, but it’s my belief
that with so many sources that have access to your personal information,
you cannot be vigilant enough to protect yourself from becoming
a victim of identity theft. Please take these warnings seriously.
There is no one who can protect you from Internet scams more effectively
Portion distortion: supersizing ourselves
—CAROLINE J. CEDERQUIST, M.D.
Americans are eating out more and more, and leading researchers
say that’s a big part of why so many of us are overweight.
And the biggest part of that big part? Big portions.
When we eat out, we are usually getting a portion of food that
is double, or even three or four times the size of what is considered
a normal serving. Many restaurant meals contain upwards of a thousand
Grocery stores, bakeries, delis, everywhere, the portions are
simply ballooning. Researchers find we’re still eating the
whole thing—whatever the thing—without comprehending
the alarming increase in our daily caloric intake.
It’s not that restaurants and food producers are deliberately
trying to make us fat. They’re just trying to protect their
market share of your food dollars, and to do that, they look for
ways to improve value and appeal for their consumers.
Actual food ingredients are relatively cheap, compared to packaging,
labor, rent, research, marketing, lobbying, advertising, and all
the other expenses of bringing you that meal or snack. So from their
end, it’s good business to give you more and make you feel
like you’re getting a deal.
As we get used to seeing those big portions when we eat out, we
tend to recreate them in our home kitchens, so that even when we
do our own cooking, we again serve ourselves more than we need.
Our sense of appropriate servings has been distorted.
So, what to do? When you’re eating at home, fill the plates
from the stove and bring them to the table. Repeated studies have
shown that if the food is within arm’s reach, we’ll
eat it. But if we’ve got to go and get it, we are less likely
to take more.
And before you do go for seconds, sit a few moments and let your
body catch up. It takes about 30 minutes for the hormones that signal
satiety to get the message from the stomach to the brain.
When eating out, imagine that every meal you order has a notation
in the menu that says “serves two.” Decide how much
you want to eat at the beginning of the meal, and before you even
start, put the rest in that take-home container. When you’ve
had enough, stop. Being satisfied doesn’t mean feeling stuffed,
and enjoying a good meal shouldn’t leave you uncomfortable
Finally, whether you’re driving through, sitting inside,
or even ordering delivery, always resist the temptation to supersize.
It may seem like a great bargain at the moment, but in the long
run, you end up paying for the extra calories, not with those extra
few cents, but with your health.