Alumni Spotlight


December 15, 2011
James Peter Nelis, class of 1970, died on December 3, 2011, after his courageous battle with Agent Orange from the Viet Nam Conflict.

November 3, 2011
William John "Bill" Goepfert, bachelor of science 1976, master of science 1982, passed away Monday, October 17, 2011.

Gerald Gonzales, B.A. 1963, passed away from pancreatic cancer.

September 29, 2011
Joyce McCarty Mirakian, a 1963 Highlands business education graduate, passed away June 14, 2011, in Los Alamitos, Calif., from the effects of Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gerig’s Disease).

September 15, 2011

Professor Louis Guillette received the Heinz Award for his pioneering research.

Highlands alumna Maggie George is the new Dine College president.

Jack Kroehnke will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday when coach Steve Jones opens fall practice with annual alumni game at Harold Brandt Field.

Rodney V. Phillips, class of 1935, B.A. business, passed away last March at 98 ½ years of age.

August 11, 2011

Daisy Rice, 85, of Las Vegas, died Saturday, July 30. Please click here for more information.

Derek Maestas is the new head football coach at Highland High School in Albuquerque. Please click here for more information.

July 28, 2011

Bobby Torres passed away July 8, in Albuquerque. Click here to read more.

Ann Conlee will be principal at Kyle Elementary where she has been assistant principal for six years. Conley has a bachelor'ss degree in education from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in education with a reading specialty from New Mexico Highlands University.

July 21, 2011

Two alumni have sent in updates. Please click their names to learn what they've been up to!

Joe Montoya, B.A. 1963
Sal Quintana, M.B.A. 1999

June 2, 2011

Orval Robinson, B.A. 1948, M.A. 1956, and H-Club Hall of Honor member, passed away on May 25, 2011. Click here for the full obituary.

Robert Garcia, class of 1956, passed away on May 17, 2011. Click here for the full obituary.

Our condolences to both families.

May 19, 2011

John Jimenez, class of 1971, was featured in an article about Trinidad history. Click here for more.


Susan Ortega, '83 and '84, passed away April 10, 2011. Our condolences to her family.  Click here for more.

Ashley Randall, class of 2007, earned on of two teacher spots in the state in the Mickleson Exxon Mobil Teacher academy. Click here for more.

May 12, 2011

Celeste Valdez Romero, B.A. 1947, passed away Monday April 25, 2011. Our condolences to her family. Click here for more information.

Alumna Juliette Romero Benavidez (M.A. educational leadership) is a finalist for the Belen Schools superintendent position.

May 5, 2011

Donald Morgan, M.B.A., class of 1986 passed away on April 15, 2011. Our condolences to his friends and family. Click here for more information.

Scott Eldredge, B.A., class of 1991, is chief operating officer at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, NM.

April 28, 2011

Luis Abeyta, '79, electronic technology. The Sandia Lab News writes that Luis Abeyta has been appointed team leader of researchers at Sandia’s Water Impact Facility.

 April 21, 2011 

Dr. Jerry Morse, B.A. '69, M.A. '75. PH.D. The University of Texas at Austin '81. Now in Lubbock, Texas, and is retired from Texas Tech.


Dan DiGregorio currently serves on the Oak Ridge School Board, Oak Ridge, TN. He also is a volunteer coach for the high school track team where he coaches shot put and discus and maintains the track web site.

Judy Lockhart DiGregorio has two humor books published by Celtic Cat Publishing, Knoxville, TN, "Life Among the Lilliputians," and, "Memories of a Loose Woman," and a CD of stories from the books called, "Jest Judy." Her work is available from and Judy's ten-minute play, "Let There Be Light," was a finalist in the Dezart Performs Play Reading Festival in Palm Springs, Calif. Visit Judy's website at  Both Dan and Judy are class of 1964.

Michelle Heckroth (B.A. business management, 1997) has been named vice-president of the Bank of Albuquerque.