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Chartered Clubs and Organizations


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Highlands encourages students to look beyond the classroom. The Office of Campus Life oversees several clubs and organizations that are established by students.  Each club represents a unique interest, both educational and academic in nature.  Every chartered club and organization is open to all Highlands students.
 
All chartered clubs/organizations must (re)apply to the Office of Campus Life during the fall semester (no later than September 15) of each school year to be officially recognized by the university. Chartering of a new club/organization may take place at any time.

Main Campus:

ACTIVITIES BOARD  
Type: Activity Planning
Purpose: To provide input on campus.
Adviser: John Bentley (505) 454-3201
Department: Campus Life

ALPFA
Type: Business
Purpose: To provide leadership and networking opportunities to business students.  
Adviser: Brenda Fresquez (505) 454-3344
Department: School of Business, Media & Technology 

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY (ACS)
Type: Academic/Social
Purpose: Participate in a wide range of programs and activities.
Adviser: Dr. David Sammeth (505) 454-3100
Department: Chemistry

AMERICAN INDIAN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SOCIETY (AISES)
Type: Professional
Purpose: Develop Native American professionals and leaders especially in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
Adviser: Mary Shaw (505) 454-3407
Department: Biology and Chemistry

ASL CLUB (AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE)
Type: Academic/Social
Purpose: Promote the study of American Sign Language and awareness of deaf culture through interaction with the local and larger deaf community and students of ASL and deaf culture from other colleges/universities.
Adviser: Carol Litherland (505) 426-2141
Department: History, Political Sciences, Languages & Culture

ASSOCIATION OF SOCIOLOGY 
Type: Educational
Purpose: To support conferences/presentations attendance. 
Adviser: Erika Derkas (505) 454-3432
Department: Sociology

BICYCLE RESOURCE CENTER
Type: Recreational/Advocacy
Purpose: To promote and support cycling and cyclists at NMHU and the larger Las Vegas community.
Adviser: David Sammeth (505) 454-3100
Department: Chemistry

CAMPUS STUDENT FELLOWSHIP
Type: Religious
Purpose: Bible studies and sharing.  Praise and singing.
Adviser: Andrellita Chavez (505) 426-2195
Department: ESS

CHROMAVISTA ART CLUB
Type: Academic and Social
Purpose: To develop the Highlands’ art community.
Adviser: Todd Christensen (505) 454-3485
Department: Visual and Performing Arts

CREATIONIST BIBLE CLUB 
Type: Religious
Purpose: To educate the student body and faculty of NMHU by using scientific investigations in accordance with the Bible to show the creation side of human origins.
Adviser: Jaime A. Cruz (505) 454-3278
Department: Campus Police

DELTA MU DELTA  
Type: Honorary
Purpose: Scholastic honorary for graduate and undergraduate business majors. 
Adviser: Brenda Fresquez (505) 454-3344
Department: SOBA

EXERCISE & SPORT SCIENCES CLUB 
Type: Social/Service
Purpose: Provide social/professional networking, leisure activities and wellness opportunities and service to the ESS students, department, and NMHU community.
Adviser: Dr. Pete LeRoy/Dr. Joe G. Schmalfeldt (505) 454-3032/2233
Department: Exercise & Sport Sciences

GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE (GSA)
Type: Social
Purpose: To create awareness.
Adviser: Erika Derkas and Kristie Ross (505) 454-3432/3212
Department: Sociology & History for Women’s Studies

GRE STUDY GROUP
Type: Social/Honorary
Purpose: To aid students in the preparation for GRE testing.
Adviser: Erika Derkas (505) 454-3432
Department: Sociology

HIGHLAND SHARP-SHOOTERS
Type: Sport Club
Purpose: To meet new people, occupy time productively and have fun.
Adviser: Gil Gallegos (505) 454-3302
Department: Computer/Mathematical Sciences

HIGHLANDS CHRISTIAN CHALLENGE
Type: Religious
Purpose: To help NMHU students follow Jesus by providing fellowship, worship and Bible study.
Adviser: Jesse L. Boggs (505) 454-3002
Department:  English

HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY (HUGS)
Type: Educational and Recreational
Purpose: To introduce members of NMHU campus to the geology of New Mexico and the U.S.
Adviser:  Michael Petronis (505) 454-3513
Department:  Natural Resources

INTERESTED LADIES OF GAMMA ALPHA OMEGA SORORITY
Type: Sorority
Purpose: To increase the number of women with college degrees and provide mentors for youth.
Adviser: Jenny Arguello (505) 454-3593
Department: Recruitment

INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN DELEGATION
Type: Humanitarian/Nonprofit
Purpose: To provide humanitarian aid (medical aid, Habitat for Humanity) to international communities and/or the local Las Vegas community.
Adviser: Carol Linder (505) 454-3267
Department: Biology

LADIES OF DYNASTY
Type: Community service
Purpose:  Community-based club, strong women of HU. 
Adviser: Margaret Gonzales (505) 454-3594
Department: Office of Campus Life and Conferences

LAMBDA KAPPA PSI SORORITY 
Type: Sorority
Purpose: A sisterhood that helps engage young women connect outside of the school.
Adviser: Margaret Gonzales (505) 454-3495
Department: Campus Life and Conferences

LIVING IN FAITH TOGETHER (LIFT)
Type: Religious
Purpose: The purpose of the organization is to further the education and fellowship of students at Highlands, and to help one another grow in our walks of faith. 
Adviser: Carol Litherland (505) 426-2141
Department: History, Political Sciences, Languages & Culture

MEChA de NMHU (MOVIMIENTO ESTUDIANTIL CHICANO de AZTLAN)
Type: Political/Cultural
Purpose: To bring awareness to students and community members by promoting higher education, history, politics, and culture of the Chicano/Chicana people of Aztlan. 
Adviser: Eric Romero, Ph.D. (505) 454-3009
Department: Language and Culture

MEDIA ARTS CLUB – MAC 
Type: Professional, Social and Artistic 
Purpose: To support each other’s artistic work, build professional networks, and to provide community outreach. 
Adviser: Casondra Sobieralski (505) 454-3468
Department: Media Arts

MELAGREEN
Type: Social/Financial
Purpose: To enhance the lives of those we touch by helping them reach their goals.
Adviser: Tony Palvic (505) 454-3177
Department: Athletics

NATIONAL SOCIETY OF LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS
Type: Honorary
Purpose: The National Society of Leadership and Success was founded to help individuals discover and achieve their aspirations by supplying the nation’s leading presenters to colleges via live interactive broadcast, and by helping students create a community where motivated goal oriented individuals help each other to succeed.
Adviser: Helen Boudreau (505) 454-3553
Department: Student Support Services

NATIVE AMERICAN CLUB
Type: Social/traditional
Purpose: To become leaders for our school and community.
Adviser: Rochelle Yazzie (505) 426-2049
Department: Native American Services

NEWMAN CLUB   
Type: Religious
Purpose: To enrich the lives of Catholic students.
Adviser:  LouAnn Romero (505) 454-3087
Department: School of Social Work

NMHU CHEER SQUAD 
Type: Club/Sport
Purpose: To promote school spirit and support all athletics and clubs on campus.
Adviser: Margaret Gonzales (505) 454-3495
Department: Office of Campus Life

NMHU CONSERVATION CLUB
Type: Environmental
Purpose: To promote more conservation practices in and around NMHU campus and the Las Vegas community. 
Adviser: Jesus Rivas (505) 454-3292
Department: Biology

NMHU DISC GOLF CLUB 
Type: Social
Purpose: To promote great character through competition and recreation.
Adviser: Jorden Grimm (505) 454-3491
Department: Facilities Services

NMHU DRUMLINE 
Type: Social
Purpose: To provide entertainment for social events such as parades, football games, etc.
Adviser: Edward Harrington (505) 454-3569
Department: Music

NMHU FORESTRY CLUB
Type: Academic/Social
Purpose: To network students and have a presence on campus.  
Adviser: F. Craig Conley (505) 426-2267
Department: Natural Resource Management

NMHU INTERNATIONAL CLUB 
Type: Social, interacting with different international students.
Purpose: To promote the development and integration of international students into the NMHU campus culture.
Adviser: Ernestine B. Clayton (505) 454-3058
Department: International Educational Center

NMHU MEN’S SOCCER CLUB 
Type: Social/Sports
Purpose: To encourage team work and a way for students to have fun, while playing soccer. 
Adviser: Helen Boudreau (505) 454-3553
Department: Student Support Services

NMHU MEN’S TRACK & FIELD CLUB
Type: Sports
Purpose: For male athletes to run, jump, and/or throw competitively against other athletes outside of the university and expand their skills.
Adviser: Patrick Johnson (505) 454-3368
Department: Athletics 

NMHU PISTOLETTES DANCE TEAM
Type: Entertainment, sport
Purpose: To promote fun entertainment and spirit for the school and our athletics.
Adviser: Katherine King (505) 454-3536
Department: School of Education

NMHU RUNNING CLUB
Type: Athletic
Purpose: To promote physical activity throughout campus by encouraging students and faculty to run/walk and participate in races.
Adviser: Richard Plunkett (505) 426-2118 
Department: Biology and Chemistry

NMHU RUGBY CLUB “VATOS”
Type: Sports
Purpose: To promote physical fitness through a “gentleman’s” sport and the game of rugby.
Adviser: Dick Greene (505) 454-3365
Department: Biology

NMHU WARRIOR CHALLEGE
Type: Fitness  
Purpose: A demanding workout environment where individuals will achieve beneficial body transformations.
Adviser: Iliana Ortiz  (505) 454-3472
Department: Recruitment

NMHU YOUNG DEMOCRAT CLUB
Type: Political
Purpose: Raise awareness of the political process at the university as well as within San Miguel County.
Adviser: Kristie Ross (505) 454-3212
Department: History/Political Science

NMHU ZOO CREW (DJ CLUB)  
Type: Social
Purpose: Organize and promote on-campus dances and events while maintaining musical and cultural diversity.
Adviser: Donna Martinez (505) 454-3238
Department: KEDP Radio Station

PACIFIC ISLANDERS CLUB
Type: Social
Purpose: Share our Polynesian cultures, values, dances, beliefs and to bring education of whom we are and what we can offer.
Adviser:  Alfred Agcaoili (505) 454-2017
Department:  Athletics

PERFORMING ARTS CLUB/HU SINGERS
Type: Exposure, community involvement
Purpose: To organize and improve the advancement of actors and vocal artists alike.   
Adviser: Dr. Andre Garcia-Nuthmann (505) 454-3573
Department: Music Department/Performing and Visual Arts

PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY
Type: Community service
Purpose: Uplift brotherhood, scholarship and service.
Adviser: Tom Ward (505) 454-3196
Department: Social & Behavioral Sciences

PHI ETA SIGMA 
Type: Honorary
Purpose: To acknowledge academic excellence among freshmen.
Adviser: Margaret Gonzales (505) 454-3495
Department: Office of Campus Life

PHI KAPPA PHI  
Type: Honorary
Purpose: To acknowledge academic excellence among upper division undergraduates and graduates.  
Adviser: Carolyn Newman (505) 454-3383
Department: School of Education

PICAYUNE 
Type: Literary Publishing
Purpose: To publish an annual literary magazine.
Adviser: Daniel Martinez (505) 426-2073
Department: English

PSI CHI 
Type: Honorary 
Purpose:  Research funding service, civic, fundraising.  
Adviser: David Pan (505) 454-3375
Department: Social and Behavioral Sciences

RaK CHAZAK
Type: Religious
Purpose: To assist students on the NMHU campus discover and pursue what a Christ-like life is and how to actively live out your personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Adviser: Helene Boudreau (505) 454-3553
Department: Support Services

REHABILITATION COUNSELING CLUB 
Type: Education, Career, support
Purpose: To help students achieve success in the Master’s Rehabilitation Counseling Program. 
Adviser: Dr. Kathryn Dziekan (505) 454-3309
Department:  Rehabilitation Counseling

ROCK CLIMBING CLUB
Type: Social
Purpose: To improve recreational opportunities, provide students with new experiences, teach outdoor skills and build confidence.
Adviser: Edward A. Martinez (505) 454-3366
Department: Natural Resources Management

SIGMA TAU DELTA/ALPHA ZETA PSI CHAPTER 
Type: English Honor
Purpose: Honor Society
Adviser: Daniel Martinez (505) 426-2073
Department:  English

STUDENT AMBASSADORS  
Type: Honorary
Purpose: Assist within the office of recruitment to recruit prospective students.  
Adviser: Julia Andrada (505) 454-3323
Department: Office of Student Recruitment 

TAU KAPPA EPSILON (TKE) 
Type: Fraternity
Purpose: To create better men for a better world through philanthropy, community service, brotherhood.
Adviser: Jim Mandarino (505) 454-3199
Department: Alumni

TWIRLING CLUB
Type: Athletic/Social
Purpose: To introduce and improve twirling skills individually and as a team.
Adviser: Sara Brown (505) 454-3320
Department: Natural Resource Management 

UNICEF CAMPUS INITIATIVE CLUB
Type: Social
Purpose: Raise awareness on the child’s situation around the world, and raise funds to support effort made by UNICEF.  
Adviser: Elizabeth Ratzlaff (505) 426-2009
Department: ARMAS

VAQUERA RUGBY
Type: Club sport
Purpose: To play, learn, and have fun.
Adviser: Mary Shaw (505) 454-3407
Department: Biology and Chemistry 

WOMEN’S CENTER
Type: Service oriented
Purpose: To offer services to women.
Adviser: Erika Derkas and Kristie Ross (505) 454-3432/3212/3377
Department:  Sociology

WOMEN 4 A CHANGE 
Type: Activist/academic
Purpose: To empower women through educational art.
Adviser: Erika Derkas and Kristie Ross (505) 454-3432/3212
Department: Sociology & History for Women’s Studies

WOMEN’S STUDIES PROGRAM
Type: Academic
Purpose: To attend conferences.
Adviser: Erika Derkas and Kristie Ross (505) 454-3432/3212
Department: Women’s Studies 

Y&F QUEENS
Type: Entertainment
Purpose: To bring people together and make a change through the success of entertainment.
Adviser: Don Evans (505) 454-3572
Department:  Visual and Performing Arts

Rio Rancho:

REHABILITATION COUNSELING CLUB 
Type: Education, career, support
Purpose: To help students achieve success in the Master’s Rehabilitation Counseling Program. 
Adviser: Dr. Kathryn Dziekan (505) 891-6928
Department:  Rehabilitation Counseling

Albuquerque: 

SOCIAL WORK STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Type: Student association
Purpose: Rio Rancho Chapter of Social Work students.
Adviser: Mark Dyke  (505) 260-6185 
Department: Social Work

 
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