The Luna Light“The People’s College”Becoming The Premier Rural Community College in AmericaVolume 3 Issue 18April 26-May 2, 2010Gov. George Rivera to be guestspeaker at Luna CC graduationGeorge Rivera, the governor of thegaming compacts. With political battlesPueblo of Pojoaque, will be the guestwon, economic success followed. Afterspeaker at Luna Community College’sthe compacts came the realities of thegraduation which will be held at 10 a.m.gaming business.on Saturday, May 8.With the combined support of NewThe Pueblo of Pojoaque electedMexico and Washington D.C., theRivera as their governor in 2004. HePueblo built the Wellness Center, a Senserved as lieutenant governor fromior Center, a Boys and Girls Club, and a1992 to 2004. Gov. Rivera is a graduateregional septage facility. Pueblo tribal(BFA) of the California College of Artsmembers receive scholarships from K(CCAC) in Oakland, the Institute ofPh.D. for their educational pursuits.American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, andGov. Rivera was the mastermind behindthe Lacoste School of Arts in Lacoste,the 300 million Buffalo Thunder ReFrance. His work is displayed internasort & Casino, a 398 room internationaltionally and his 12 foot bronze “Buffalodestination resort. This resort is theDancer" sculpture is on display at theproduct of immaculate attention to deSmithsonian's National Institute of thetail. Gov. Rivera was responsible forAmerican Indian.approving, or demanding, that each andGov. Rivera returned to New Mexevery architectural and engineering deGov. George Riveraico from France with a vision to revitaltail be built according to his vision.ize traditional Pueblo arts and culture, not only for his ownHe and his wife, Felicia, his son, Paawee, and his daughPueblo, but for an extended Indian family as well. The result ter, Poqueen, welcomed a new addition to the family, Valenof his vision is the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum which tino, April 6, 2008.he created from its conceptual stages. This internationallyEven with his many responsibilities to his family andrenowned facility is a 5 million arts, education and museum people, Gov. Rivera found the time to train and to run lastfacility occupying 263,000 square feet within the Pueblo.year's Boston Marathon finishing with a time of 3:29.He was instrumental in negotiating the original 1995Three Luna CC softball players selected tocompete in Dominican Republic this summerLuna Community Collegesoftball players Jennifer Inocencio, Brandi Rodriguez andTomasita Smith have beenselected to play on America’sTeam that will compete in theDominic Republic this summer.Players are chosen onathletic ability, character andintegrity as they will be ambassadors for softball, the college,community and America.The trio along with other college athletes will tour and compete in Santo Domingo, Santiago and Cabarete from July 27to Aug. 5.Continued on Page 8InocencioRodriguezSmith

Theresa Romero says that she likes thefamily atmosphere at Luna CCName: Theresa Rofive years I would like tomerobe working towards myPosition: AdministraB.A. in business and gotive assistant for SBDCing on six years with theHow many years atSBDC.LCC (what year didWhat do you like bestyou start)? I started as aabout LCC? I like thework study in 2008 forfeeling of family withthe SBDC, then in 2009LCC. Everyone is sowas hired part-time. Infriendly and welcoming. IJuly, 2009 I started as aalso like the fact thatfull-time employee forLCC offers an affordablethe SBDC.higher education to manyFavorite food andwho may have not beenwhy? My favorite foodable to afford it otheris fresh beans, fresh torwise.tillas and green chiliWhat do you like leaststew. It’s a warm yourabout LCC and whatsoul type of meal.would you offer as aFavorite hobby andsolution? I think there iswhy? I like to do puza large gap in communizles; they challenge mycation at LCC. I think allTheresa Romero said that five years from now she would like to be workingmind and relieve stress. toward her business degree and continuing working for the Small Business staff and faculty shouldFavorite TV show and Development involved or at leastwhy? TAPS Ghost Huntforewarned when thereers-I have always been interested in ghosts and I like the TAPS method are major changes that affect everyone (i.e. closing the copy center).of searching for them.What is your greatest strength? My greatest strength is my friendliWhere would you like to see yourself five years from now? Inness. I try to always greet everyone with a smile.TheGuessingGameQuote ofthe Week“Challenges are what make life interesting;overcoming them is what makes life meaningful,”—Joshua J. Marine.Can you guess which LCC employee’s picturethis is? The first person to give the right answerwill get a free meal from the LCC Rough RiderGrill. You may enter the contest by e-mailingyour answer to [email protected] or callingextension 1200. One winner per month.LCC:“The People’s College”

Procedure for admission to theLuna CC Nursing ProgramBy Annette WeinkaufNursing is a very demanding profession that requires many skillsand the capacity to think critically. The rewards are the ability to makea difference in many lives throughout the lifespan. Because of theextensive knowledge base required for the profession, the nursing program is very rigorous. Nursing programs have admission criterion inorder to improve the chances of students being able to complete thecourse of study successfully, pass the National Council Licensure Examination, and have a rewarding career as nurses. Many classes mustbe completed before entering the program to provide foundationalknowledge and allow students to concentrate on core nursing coursesonce they are accepted.Admission to the nursing program at Luna Community College isbased on a point system that is explained to students when they firstreceive advisement. Points are measured in five areas, grade pointaverage (GPA), Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores, residency status, and work experience. In addition to accumulating points,students must also meet certain criteria. They must have a minimum2.7 GPA and a grade of C or above in five prerequisites: Anatomy andPhysiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Freshman Comp I, Introduction to Psychology, and Medical Terminology. The second criterion is a minimum score of 40th percentile rank by program in each ofthe sections of reading, math, science and English on the TEAS test.There are 110 possible points that are earned in several ways. TheGPA is calculated in the same classes listed above for a possible 50points. The GPA is divided by four and then multiplied by fifty todetermine the number of points, so for example a 4.0 GPA earns atotal of 50 points and a 3.0 earns 37.5 points. Forty possible points areearned by passing the TEAS exam. The percentiles are added in eachof the four sections and divided by 10. So someone with scores of 50in reading, 42 in math, 60 in science, and 75 in English would earn22.7 points toward their score. Students who have completed Nutrition and Developmental Life Span before they apply to the programearn two points, one point for each class. Five points are given tostudents in-state and five points for being considered in-district. Up toeight bonus points can be earned by working in a heath field that requires patient care. Two points are awarded for every three months ofdocumented employment.A score card looks something like this:Course #Course TitleA&P ICredithrs.4BIO 100BIO 102A&P IIENG 111GradeTeas ResultsRanking pointsAPoints16Reading404B12Math45Comp I3A12Science44PSYC 101Intro toPsych3B9English50BIO 103Med Term2A8Total 17.9Cumulative GPA 3.56 4 .8906 x 50% GPA 44.53 Teas 62.43Other Related CoursesCourse #Course TitleCreditGradeRanking PtsPSYC 242Life Span3C1BIO 210Nutrition3B1Total 2Bonus points for related work experience*3-6 months (2 pts) 6-9 months (4 pts) 9-12 months (6 pts) 12 months (8 pts)Continued on page 5Total 0

Procedure for admission.Continued from page 4ResidencyNew Mexico Residency (5 pts) X District Residency (5 pts) XAfter all the scores are calculated the students are ranked from thehighest to the lowest number of points earned. The number of available openings for fall admission is determined and the top ranked students fill those slots. For the past two years there have not beenenough applicants meeting the entire criterion to fill all the availableopenings. Those that meet all the requirements are accepted first andthe remaining slots are filled based on the number of points earned.Students that did not meet all the requirements are admitted provisionally.The number of students in the program is limited by the numberof faculty and the availability of clinical sites. The number of nursingprograms in the state of New Mexico has increased from 16 to 21 overthe past three years and there is intense competition for clinical sites.Total 10Total 74.43A nurse must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing in order to teach inthe clinical setting and in our area nurses with these credentials seemto be in short supply. The RN to BSN program at Highlands will increase the number of nurses with a bachelor’s degree in Las Vegas butit will take time. So although in 2006 we almost doubled the numberof students admitted every year, at this point in time we are at capacity.Every school of nursing has a different system for accepting students. Our system is number based which has the advantage of eliminating personal bias and nepotism. Unfortunately it cannot measuremotivation, caring, honestly, diligence or many other characteristicsneeded to be a nurse. Until there is an instrument to measure thesequalities we will continue to use the point system unless research givesus new direction.LCC:“The People’s College”

Luna CC RN nursing studentsto preceptors—thank youLuna Community College 2010 RN graduatesrecently held a preceptor luncheon hosted byAlta Vista Regional Hospital. The preceptorexperience is the capstone class of the nursingprogram where students spend 80 clinical hourswith a faculty identified mentor/nursing expertto help students begin the “real” job of nursing.The luncheon is provided by the students tothank the preceptors for the experience.Pictured (l-r) are: LCC RN student Maria Bustamante shares her rich experience with preceptor LCC alumnus Alicia Gonzales, RN (Alta Vista employee);LCC RN student Daisy Baca praises her preceptor LCC alumnus Paul Garcia,RN (Alta Vista employee) and LCC RN student Matt Chavez hugs GuadalupeCounty Hospital preceptor, LCC alumnus Mandy Urban.Celebrity Look-Alike ContestWe are asking individuals to vote on which Luna Community College employee looks more like their celebritylook-alike. Please e-mail your vote to [email protected] or by calling extension 1200. Votes will be takenuntil 3 p.m. on Monday, April 26. Remember this is all in fun.andGermaine SandovalorRachel RayandAndrew DuranRon Howard

Weekly activitiesMonday, April 26, 2010 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Farewell Gathering (Student Services/Conf. Room)Tuesday, April 27, 2010 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Study Hall-LCC Softball (GeneralStudies/Room 112)Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Blood Drive/Sponsored: LCCSNA (LCC Wellness Center) 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.LCC Board of Trustees “BoardMtg.”(Stud. Serv/Conf. Rm.) 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Student Government Meeting(IPC/Game Room)LCC OFFICE OF RECRUITMENTRECRUITMENT ACTIVITIES (and other events) —WEEK OF April 26 thru May 1Monday, April 26 – LCC Caravan of Speakers, Springer HS, 9 a.m., Maxwell HS, 11:45a.m., Wagon Mound HS, 2:30 p.m. Campus Tour, 9 a.m.Tuesday, April 27- KFUN Radio, promoting SAAI & Tech Prep summer programsWednesday, April 28 – Roy HS Health Fair, 9 a.m., Recruitment BoothThursday, April 29 – Mora HS Health Fair, Recruitment Booth, 9 a.m.;End of Semester BBQ, RR Outdoor Grill, 11 a.m.Friday, April 30 – school visit, Taos Alt. HSSaturday, May 1 – Recruitment Booth @ Las Vegas Kids Fair, Rec. Center, 9 a.m.-4p.m.Thursday, April 29, 2010 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Blood Drive/Sponsored: LCCSNA (LCC Wellness Center) 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.End of Semester BBQ & Activities (IPC/Cafeteria) 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Line Dance Class (IPC/Cafeteria) 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.5th Annual Student Awards Ceremony (Bus. Occup/Lobby)Friday, April 30, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Children w/Disabilities Training(LRC/Lecture Hall) 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Presentation/Bridging Careersfor Success (AlliedHlth/LO-1)Saturday, May 1, 2010 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.NM Legal Aid Presentation“Power of Attorney: What EveryoneNeeds to Know” Spons: AHEC (StudentServices/Conference Room)

Position AnnouncementLUNA COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING VACANT JOB POSITIONS: Adjunct InstructorsAdjunct Instructor-CDL (Summer Program)Adjunct Instructor-CDL Behind Wheel InstructorTemporary Part-Time Custodian-Mora SatelliteTemporary Part-Time Substitute Teacher/Caretakers-EarlyChildhood Education Temporary Part-Time Office Specialist/Library AssistantMora SatelliteFull Time Assistant Director Allied Health/Medical SurgicalNursing InstructorFOR JOB DESCRIPTION(S) AND/OR CLOSING DATES,CONTACT THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENTAT (505) 454-2503 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE ATWWW.LUNA.EDULUNA COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. ALL POSITION POSTING FOLLOWTHE LCC AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN.ThreeLuna.Continuedfrom page 4All three are seekingsupport to offset someof the travel cost. Anaccount has been set upat Wells Fargo. Forthose wishing to make adonation the accountnumber is 2145440125or you can call DionRodriguez at 575/5742796 or Elsie Trujillo at575-956-3583. All donations will be appreciated.Angie Manafy’s environmental science and biology students recently went on a field trip to the LasVegas National Wildlife Refuge to learn more about the ecosystem.

Luna CC Nursing Program By Annette Weinkauf Nursing is a very demanding profession that requires many skills and the capacity to think critically. The rewards are the ability to make a difference in many lives throughout the lifespan. Because of the extensive knowledge base required for the profession