students accepted by 2007 leadership program
Gage Davis, Sarah McPhee, and Clayton Richards, all students at
Bernalillo Middle School and Placitas residents, have been accepted
into the People to People World Leadership Forum. The three will
join a group of students in Washington, D.C., April 9 through 15,
2007, to earn school credits while studying leadership and exploring
some of the most prominent United States monuments and institutions.
From Capitol Hill to the Smithsonian Institute and from colonial
Williamsburg to the National Museum of American History, the students
will examine the characteristics of American leadership during times
of national challenge and prosperity. Forum delegates will also
participate in small group discussions and exercises to experience
firsthand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions,
build consensus, and foster change.
Nominations for the People to People World Leadership Forum are
based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement, and leadership
The program is coordinated by People to People Student Ambassador
Programs to fulfill the vision Dwight D. Eisenhower had for fostering
world citizenship when he founded People to People during his presidency
Making Lottery Success Scholarships sustainable
—Think New Mexico
The New Mexico Lottery exists to provide the maximum amount
of revenues for full-tuition scholarships at public colleges and
universities in New Mexico. These Lottery Success Scholarships have
sent over thirty-eight thousand of New Mexico's best students to
college. Unfortunately, for every dollar bet on the lottery, only
twenty-four cents goes to scholarships, while nearly twenty cents
goes to pay operating and administrative costs.
The Higher Education Department projects that the scholarship fund
will face an $18 million deficit in 2011, when the cost of the scholarships
will exceed lottery revenues and current cash reserves will be depleted.
When that occurs, the eligibility requirements for the scholarship
will have to be raised so that many deserving students will no longer
qualify for Success Scholarships, or the value of the scholarship
will have to be cut for all students, increasing the financial burden
on already stretched New Mexico families.
Think New Mexico proposes a different strategy for making Lottery
Success Scholarships sustainable: cut the disproportionately high
operating and administrative costs at the New Mexico Lottery and
reallocate those savings to scholarships. The New Mexico Lottery's
operating and administrative costs are very high even when compared
to other states that have low populations, rural populations, and
low ticket sales.
In September 2006 Think New Mexico released a policy report describing
its "30% solution" for making the scholarships sustainable:
require that the lottery return 30 percent of every dollar to the
scholarship fund, just as state law already requires 50 percent
be returned to players as prizes. Increasing the dollars to scholarships
can be achieved by renegotiating the state's overly expensive, sole-source
online-gaming contract with multinational corporation GTech, and
reducing the relatively high commissions paid to New Mexico's lottery
Ten other states have already successfully implemented this strategy,
and several other small lotteries delivered over 30 percent to their
beneficiaries in 2005, including North Dakota (33.5 percent), Washington
D.C. (30.4 percent), New Hampshire (30.2 percent), and West Virginia
(30 percent). Think New Mexico will be advocating for legislation
enacting this solution during the 2007 legislative session.
Think New Mexico's encourages public support for its effort to
ensure that college scholarships continue to be accessible to all
of New Mexico's deserving high-school graduates by reforming the
state lottery. Please call or write your state legislators and urge
them to support efforts to reduce the operating and administrative
costs of the New Mexico Lottery and dedicate 30 percent of the revenues
Vocal public support of proposals like making Lottery Success Scholarships
sustainable is crucial to achieving policy reform. Legislators are
attentive and responsive to letters to the editors from their constituents.
We encourage you to express your support for reforming New Mexico's
lottery through the media, as well as directly to your state senators
For more information, contact Think New Mexico, at 505 992-1315
Do you have trouble sleeping?
Sleep disturbances are often the first sign of trouble. An undetected
mood or anxiety disorder may be affecting your sleep. On October
5 you can take a free, anonymous NDSD Mental Health Screening (National
Depression Screening Day) at over fifteen hundred sites across the
country. For a list of participating sites in your area, go to the
NDSD Event Locator http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/locator/NDSDmap.aspx
and click on your state and city or town. (Please note that additional
sites will be added on a daily basis; check later for additional
sites in your area.) No appointment is necessary. In Albuquerque
the screening will be held on October 5, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.,
at The University of New Mexico Student Union Building, 1 University
of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Call 889-3632 for further information.
If you do not find a participating site located near you, a free
anonymous online screening will be posted on www.MentalHealthScreening.org
from September 25 through October 10. Military personnel and family
members can access an online screening especially for them, available
twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.MilitaryMentalHealth.org.
NDSD is an opportunity to learn if you or a family member may be
suffering from a mental-health disorder and what treatment resources
exist in your community. As part of the screening program on October
5, you will have the opportunity to fill out a brief questionnaire
and talk to a health professional about your results. Those who
score positive will be referred to local treatment resources.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, sleep disturbances
figure prominently in any psychiatric disorders. Of the estimated
thirty million Americans who have chronic insomnia, 30 percent also
have a psychiatric disorder, most often depression or anxiety. “For
those who are experiencing issues with sleep disorders, it is important
to talk to a health-care provider about the possible causes. By
taking a screening and talking to a health professional, individuals
can take the first step in figuring out whether their issues are
linked to underlying mental-health issues,” says Douglas G.
Jacobs, MD, president and CEO of Screening for Mental Health, the
organization that sponsors NDSD.
UNM, NMSU, CNM to collaborate on Rio Rancho campus
A nine-person working group, with representatives from the University
of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and Central New Mexico
Community College, will soon begin planning and negotiating for
higher-education offerings in Rio Rancho.
Harris will head up the working group, which was formed in part
during the joint meeting of the UNM and NMSU boards of regents in
Las Cruces on September 9. CNM officials were invited to participate
during a meeting with UNM regents and NMSU regent president Steven
Anaya on September 12.
Collaboration among the three institutions will focus on UNM’s
future full-service campus that will be located on 216 acres next
to the City Centre in Rio Rancho. The UNM acreage is the product
of a land-exchange agreement between UNM and the state land office
that will be finalized in early October.
“Now that the land is secured, the intention is to move
forward quickly,” said Harris. “The main focus will
be on extensive curriculum planning, but we will also be talking
about land use.”
Harris envisions that this working group will develop a template
for future collaborations among institutions and says that New Mexico
Secretary of Higher Education Beverlee McClure will be invited to
play a major role in the planning.
Joining Harris on the working group from UNM will be Regent Don
Chalmers and Reed Dasenbrock, provost and executive vice president
for academic affairs. NMSU representatives will be president Michael
Martin, executive vice president, Provost William Flores, and Regent
Bob Gallagher. CNM representatives will be President Michael Glennon,
Kathie Winograd, vice president for planning and budget, and Richard
Barr, chair of the CNM Governing Board.
The University of New Mexico is the state’s largest university,
serving more than thirty-two thousand students. UNM is home to the
state’s only schools of law, medicine, pharmacy, and architecture
and operates New Mexico’s only academic health center. UNM
is noted for comprehensive undergraduate programs and research that
benefits the state and the nation.
Child-development screening available
The Bernalillo Public Schools will conduct Child Find screenings
for children from ages two to five, at the locations listed below.
At no cost to parents, children will be screened for developmental
speech and language; gross, motor and fine-motor skills; and social,emotional,
and adaptive-behavior ability.
The district is also partnering with New MexiKids, a program for
no-cost or low-cost health coverage for kids. Assistance with sign-ups
for Medicaid will be available at all Child Find sites.
Bring children to one of the following sites: October 13—Cochiti
Elementary School; October 20—Santo Domingo Head Start; November
10—Roosevelt Elementary School; November 17—Algodones
Elementary School; March 2—Roosevelt Elementary School. For
further information about the program, you may call Linda McClain,
One Word, Two Words, or Hyphenated?—a sidebar,
by Greg Leichner