School of Media Arts and Technology
Ali and Chris Romero Design Reopening Seal for New Mexico
Las Vegas, N.M. – Ali and Chris Romero, New Mexico Highlands University media arts and technology alumni, designed a seal that will be used to help reopen businesses in New Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The siblings, who live in Las Vegas, New Mexico, submitted their idea for a seal to the Economic Recovery Council, a diverse group of business and labor leaders New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham appointed April 23 with the stated goal of advising her on strategies to gradually reopen the state’s businesses in a smart, safe and effective manner.
Alumnus Michael Jackson Receives Awards for Highlands Marketing Video
Las Vegas, N.M. – New Mexico Highlands University media arts and technology alumnus Michael Jackson won a 2020 Telly Award and a 2020 New Mexico ADDY award for a marketing video his creative agency produced for Highlands.
The award-winning “Together We Are One” video can be seen at
Jackson co-founded Mya Kai Creative agency in 2014 in San Diego. He is now the sole owner of the agency, which has grown to a team of 11 employees. The agency’s headquarters is in Phoenix, with offices in Albuquerque and San Diego.
Jemez Historic Site Student Video Accepted to New Mexico Film Festival
Las Vegas, N.M. – New Mexico Highlands University media arts and technology students created an oral history documentary video about the Jemez Pueblo people that was accepted to a New Mexico film festival on Sept. 12, 2020.
The Madrid Film Festival in Madrid, New Mexico, has a mission to encourage local filmmaking by showcasing the best short films produced in New Mexico each year. In 2019, the Highlands University video was part of a redesign the students created for the visitor center at the New Mexico Jemez Historic Site.
Highlands Students Complete Emergency Cultural Projects for New Mexico Museums
Las Vegas, N.M. – Children who visit the Santa Fe Children’s Museum website during the COVID 19 pandemic can learn how to make a stop motion animated video about bees, thanks to Natasha Vasquez, a New Mexico Highlands University media arts and technology graduate.
Vasquez’ “We Bee Buzzin’” video project is among 12 online emergency cultural services projects that Highlands University students and recent graduates completed for New Mexico museums and cultural nonprofits in May and June through a partnership with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.
Students Present Jemez Historic Site Project at International Museum Conference
Las Vegas, N.M. – Students at New Mexico Highlands University will present their state-of-the-art multimedia work for the Jemez Historic Site at the Museum Computer Network (MCN) international conference in San Diego, Nov. 5-8. The students redesigned the site’s visitor center to help people experience the site in new ways.
Being selected to present at the Museum Computer Network conference is competitive. The MCN selection committee is composed of museum professionals from around the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
“I believe the Jemez project was selected because it meshed perfectly with this year’s conference theme of ‘Inferface: Communities + Museums,’” said Miriam Langer, chair of the Media Arts and Technology Department at Highlands. “We worked closely with Jemez Historic Site staff, Jemez tribal members, and representatives of tribal governance.”