NMHU Cowboy News Roundup — March 11, 2010

Cowboys Make History With First Ever NCAA Tourney Appearance

The Highlands Cowboy basketball team has qualified for the regional tournament to be played in Mankato, Minnesota, this weekend. The Cowboys are one of four RMAC teams qualified for the tourney after finishing 20-10 overall this season. The Cowboys will be the sixth seeded team in the tournament.

The regional tournament is the beginning of the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The winner of the regional tournament will advance to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. This will be the first appearance for the Cowboys at the national tournament, in the school’s history.

The Cowboys will play the Augustana College Vikings in the first game of the tournament. Augustana finished their season with a 18-6 record earning them the number three seed in the tournament.

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Pep Rally Cheers Athletes to Championship Matches

Justin Montoya joins his teammates, March 9, in performing for fans at a pep rally in Wilson Complex. The rally was for the basketball team, wrestlers Seth Wright and Jesse Boggs and two-time track All-American, Angella Graham, before they head off to this weekend’s championships.

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Women’s Center Opened March 8

New Mexico Highlands University held a grand opening March 8 for its new women’s center and Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP), which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  Left, Lori Duran, CVPP assistant director and public affairs graduate student; Erika Derkas,  sociology and women’s studies professor who oversees the D.O.J. grant, and is co-adviser for the women’s center; Kimberly Valdez, CVPP director; and Kristie Ross, history and political science professor and co-adviser for the women’s center. The center is in the Purchasing Building, 903 University Ave., and the phone number is 505.454.3377. Valdez’ number is 505.454.3445.

Events on Campus

Lecture by Russell Means     
Monday, March 15, 6 p.m.     
Ilfeld Auditorium
Free admission

Ray Drew Gallery Exhibits
Feb. 26 – March 30
Northern New Mexico Devotional Art Show

Burris Hall Gallery
Printmaking Exibition, through March 13.

Fine Art Print Lecture Series:
Prints by Phyllis Sloane and Zara Kriegstein.
Wednesday, March 17, 4 p.m.
Donnelly Library

American Family Theater’s Beauty and the Beast
Wednesday, March 17, 6:30 p.m.
Call 505.454.3238.

Thomas Mishler Scholarship Recital
Wednesday, March 17, 7 p.m.
Kennedy Lounge

Cineflix at Ilfeld

Ilfeld Auditorium presents recently released movies on the big screen, now in high definition BluRay and surround sound! Cineflix in Ilfeld is a free-of-charge event open to both students and community members.

Planet 51
Sunday, March 14, 2 p.m.

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Cowgirls Drop UCCS in RMAC Series Three Games to One

The Cowgirl Softball team took to the road to take on the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions. The Cowgirls won the series taking three of the four games. This is the first RMAC series the Cowgirls have won since Head Coach Shellie Broyles took to the helm in the 2008 season.

The Cowgirls took game one in convincing fashion with a 13-4 score. Leading the Cowgirls to their first win on the weekend was freshman pitcher Melissa Martinez. She pitched the entire six innings and recorded 13 strikeouts. The Cowgirls hit it big in the second inning as they scored eight runs in that inning alone. The bases were loaded as Chanel Ewing approached the plate. She hit a grand slam homerun, her first for the season, right over the centerfield fence to bring in four runs. Taking notes from Ewing was Tanya Groff as she homered over the right center fence soon after for her third homerun of the season. Late in the sixth inning Kelsey Groff followed the homer suit as she knocked one over the left center fence line.

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Cowboys Take Series from Mesa State Two Games to One

The #22 Highlands Cowboys completed their second straight RMAC series win of the season on 3/6 as they split in a double header with the Mavericks of Mesa State College. The Cowboys had won the first game of the series on 3/5 by a final score of 8-3 and would fall in game two 21-4 but would rebound and get the series win 18-4 in game two on 3/6. The Cowboys would then play the Mavericks in a non-RMAC game on 3/7 and fall 12-8. The Cowboys are now 12-4 on the season and 5-1 in RMAC play. The Cowboys will take the diamond again on 3/9 against the Thunderwolves of CSU-Pueblo in a non-RMAC showdown at 2:00 pm in Las Vegas, N.M.

The Cowboys were up and down all series long, but held on for the series win. The Cowboys finished the series with a .340 batting average. As a team, the Cowboys racked up 13 doubles and six home runs over the weekend series. The team leads the RMAC in numerous categories, most notably; RBI’s (180), Doubles (58) and Triples (6). The Cowboys are off to a great start and are currently tied for the top spot in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings with Metro State College. Both teams are 5-1 in the RMAC on the season.

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Upcoming Games

Fri., Mar. 12, 2010
   Softball vs Colorado School of Mines (DH) 11 a.m.
   Baseball vs Metropolitan State College of Denver 2 p.m.
   Wrestling at NCAA Division II Championship Tournament TBA
   Women's Track & Field at NCAA Division II Championships TBA

Sat., Mar. 13, 2010
   Baseball vs Metropolitan State College of Denver (DH) 11 a.m.
   Softball vs Colorado School of Mines (DH) 12 p.m.
   Men's Basketball vs Augustana College (SD) 12 p.m. CST
   Wrestling at NCAA Division II Championship Tournament TBA

Notes and News

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Las Vegas Chapter Business After Hours Event
Come join us on St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Highlands Gene Torres Golf Course.  Free admission and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Raffle prizes and a cash bar will add to the fun. See you there!

Las Vegas Alumni Chapter Seeking New Board Members.  We’re looking for volunteers for the Las Vegas Chapter to serve on its board.  If interested, please contact Jim Mandarino at alumni@nmhu.edu.

Homecoming 2010 will be Oct. 1 & Oct 2. Start planning now. Game will be Saturday, October 2. We will be honoring the class of 1960 with an induction of alumni into the Golden Society.

We are looking for volunteers to be class agents for Homecoming events for October 1 & 2, 2010. Class agents will work with the Alumni Office to provide activities for their class for Homecoming 2010, including making contacts with their peers to provide information and encourage participation. If you are willing to be a class agent, contact Jim Mandarino at alumni@nmhu.edu.

Wishing you could start a Highlands alumni chapter in your home town? If you have ten or more Highlands alumni in your community and would like someone from the HU Alumni Association to visit with you to start a chapter or have a representative speak about the exciting activities happening at Highlands, please contact Jim Mandarino at alumni@nmhu.edu.

What’s going on your life? Let us know for the Highlands alumni notes. New job? Retirement? New members of the family? Travels? Let us know by contacting Jim Mandarino at alumni@nmhu.edu.

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