Las Vegas, N.M. – New Mexico Highlands campus visit specialist Jane Clark won national recognition at the 26th Annual National Collegiate Information and Visitors Services Association conference June 4 – 9 in Portland, Oregon.
Clark received a Conference Footprint Award for leaving a lasting impact on the professional organization and for being an outstanding participant out of 700 conference goers.
Jessica Hurtado, director of the Office of Student Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions at Highlands, said she was not surprised Clark was recognized at the national conference.
“Jane serves our campus visitors confidently, genuinely and knowledgably,” Hurtado said. “She is a dynamic and dedicated ambassador for us at Highlands. I really value her can-do attitude for creating new initiatives.”
“This conference was an opportunity to work towards developing a comprehensive and individualized experience for prospective students being welcomed on our Highlands campus,” Clark said. “The conference provided several interactive workshops spanning topics like student engagement, hosting successful on-campus events, and showcasing what Highlands has to offer in a vibrant way.”
Clark said that due to the everchanging nature of higher education, professional development opportunities like the National Collegiate Information and Visitors Services Association conference are essential to foster new ideas and practices.
“With the wealth of information I gained, I look forward to implementing these strategies at Highlands,” Clark said.
As a campus visit specialist, Clark coordinates campus tours for individual groups, plans campus events to recruit students, and supports local and out-of-state recruitment. She holds weekly workshops at West Las Vegas High School and Robertson High School to promote Highlands.
“Another major component of my position is developing stronger partnerships between Highlands faculty and the Office of Student Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions,” Clark said.
Clark said her position is professionally fulfilling, and she’s inspired every day.
“Getting to promote the opportunities at Highlands is what I’m most passionate about. I tell students that Highlands offers a high level of student-centered quality education and authenticity, all at an affordable price,” Clark said.
Clark earned her master’s degree in education from Oklahoma City University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Kansas State University. Prior to joining the Highlands staff in 2018, she taught for seven years.