Commencement 2024 Information

Commencement 2024 Information



The ARMAS Staff is a dedicated group of individuals that strive to help students excel in STEM!



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Reyna Alvizo, STEMFAST Community College Outreach Coordinator, 505-426-2291

Reyna Alvizo is a NMHU alumni who came to Las Vegas in 2008 from Long Beach City College, where she received her Associates in Liberal Arts. Arriving on a Cross Country and Track & Field Scholarship, she received her B.S. and M.S. in Biology from New Mexico Highlands University. Currently, she is the STEM Community College Outreach Coordinator at New Mexico Highlands University where she assists students to make sure they have a seamless transition into their STEM majors. She loves to go on fishing, camping and hiking trips in the great New Mexico outdoors.


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Mariano Ulibarri, LANL Coordinator of Student Support in CS & Related Fields, 505-454-3003 

Mariano Ulibarri​ serves as LANL Coordinator of Student Support in Computer Science and Related Fields at NMHU’s ARMAS Center. He was born and raised in Las Vegas, NM. After living in St. Louis and Japan for several years, he returned to Las Vegas and completed a graduate degree at Highlands – which might be considered a family tradition because his dad, mom, and sister are also alumni.

Since 2012, Ulibarri has served as the founder and director of Parachute Factory, a nationally recognized makerspace where Las Vegas community members can learn, explore, and create with both old fashioned tools and the newest technology. In 2016, Mariano was invited to participate in President Obama’s Nation of Makers Makerspace Organizers Meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C. In 2015, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan honored Parachute Factory with a Congressional Record, honoring Mariano and his organization for its contribution to promoting STEM learning in New Mexico. Additionally, Parachute Factory is one of 35 sites nationwide to work with the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Agency by Design – a multi-year research project on the impact of maker education.

Mariano is thrilled to bring the momentum and success of Parachute Factory back to NMHU. With a strong background in K-12 STEM outreach and connections with education and technology leaders across the country, his position offers a great opportunity to empower current students and local youth to reach their full potential through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.