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First-Year Experience Learning Communities

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What is a Learning Community? | Program Goals | Peer Mentors | Haciendas and Fall 2017 Learning Communities

Room: FMTZ-150
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Phone: (505)454-3189

Keep up with us through Instagram and Snapchat! @nmhufyelc


What’s your Highlands Hacienda?

Find your Hacienda and LC information by clicking on the Hacienda pages below:


Hacienda Palomino Hacienda Grulla
Hacienda Cremello Hacienda Appaloosa


Our Goals:

Academic Integration

LCs connect multiple courses to guide students in making connections between different fields of study, which is the basis of meaningful learning. You will also apply what you learn in the classroom to “real-world” situations through field experiences, case studies, and other “hands-on” activities. On November 28th (5:30-7:00pm), you will have the opportunity to showcase your LC work and gain professional presentation experience at a Celebration of Learning event in the SUB Ballroom.

Additionally, research shows that studying with a group increases success, so we’ve made that easy for you. Your Peer Mentors offer over 70 study sessions per week that you and your friends can join to figure out different ways to solve problems like “What do I do with these textbooks?” and “How can I use my class notes to do really well in this class?”

Social Integration

Your Peer Mentors are also there for you socially. They will keep you up-to-date on what’s happening around campus and invite you to be a part of what makes college fun. As first-year students, you help your Hacienda win the “First-Year Competitions” by being active in social events. Which Hacienda will win the traveling trophy this year? As continuing students, you continue your Hacienda involvement by taking the lead planning events and encouraging first-year students to join in the fun.

Personal Integration

Your Integrative Seminar (iSeminar) course is the place to develop not only your academic and social integration but also to focus on your personal growth on a deeper level. In iSeminar you’ll consider things like what’s the best career for you, what major and minor should you select to learn what you want to learn, how to set goal that you can keep, and what to do about your behaviors that aren’t helping you meet your goals. iSeminar is the place to figure things out in a safe space — you have your instructors, peers, and Peer Mentors there to help you problem solve!


Meet your Peer Mentors!


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Noel Totman
LCs: Chew on This 1 & Chew on This 2
Haciendas: Palomino & Grulla

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Sanetarini Tosi
LCs: Let’s Excel in Business Analysis & Keeping the Books
Haciendas: Cremello & Palomino

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Carly Drobnick
LCs: Communities, Resilience, and Ecosystems & People and Land
Haciendas: Appaloosa & Palomino

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Randee Romero
LCs: Teachers for Tomorrow & Let’s Excel in Business Analysis
Haciendas: Appaloosa & Cremello

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Cassidy Kear
LCs: Get with the Rhythm & Sociology of Language and Identity
Haciendas: Appaloosa & Palomino

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Diana Venegas
LCs: Stranger than Fiction & Lighting the Way 
Haciendas: Appaloosa & Cremello

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Brandon Villalobos
LCs: Lighting the Way & Bridging Cultures & Sociology of Language and Identity
Haciendas: Grulla & Cremello

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Miranda Andrego
LCs: In Search of the Extraordinary & Forces of Nature
Haciendas: Grulla & Palomino

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Roxana Lazaro
LCs: Pictures, Places, and Portraits & Keeping the Books
Haciendas: Appaloosa & Palomino

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Elizabeth Lynch
LCs: Pictures, Places, and Portraits & Media, Poetry, and Visual Thinking
Haciendas: Appaloosa & Cremello


What is a Learning Community (LC)?

NMHU’s First-Year Experience Learning Communities (FYE-LCs) create learning experiences based on what research shows about how students learn best and how you become successful in college. Because meaningful learning involves making connections between a variety of topics, our FYE-LCs connect multiple courses to guide you in relating different subjects. You also apply what you learn in the classroom to “real-world” situations through field experiences, case studies, and other “hands-on” activities. The LC faculty work together with a Peer Mentor and adviser to support your success and create an enjoyable college experience. A learning community is about Fun, Friends, Support, and Success!

What is the structure of a Learning Community (LC)? 

The typical LC connects three courses together. Two courses are in the core or a major/minor, including any associated labs, and the other course is Integrative Seminar (iSeminar), which provides a community space for problem solving.

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Your LC is determined based on who you are and what you like;

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all the same students are in the three courses with you so you make friends with peers who share your interests;

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the faculty work together to help you make connections; and a peer mentor and adviser are linked to the LC to support you in your success.

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Each LC is part of a “Highlands Hacienda,” a group of 4-5 LCs that share a common brand and goal to win the “First-Year Competitions.” This structure makes it easy to build relationships, enjoy your first year as Highlands Cowboys/Cowgirls, and make connections around campus.

Hacienda horseshoes, 4-5 Learning Communities per Hacienda