Workshop August 31 for High School Counselors and Advisers

Las Vegas, N.M. – New Mexico high school counselors, community college advisers, and tribal education leaders will learn more about what Highlands University has to offer at a free workshop Aug. 31.

The workshop will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Highlands main campus in Las Vegas in the Student Center, 800 National Ave.

“Our goal is for each counselor to learn what our wonderful university has to offer incoming freshman and transfer students,” said Deseree Povijua, student recruiter with the Office of Student Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions.

Highlands University President Sam Minner will welcome participants to the workshop.

The guest speaker is Joni Beader from the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation (NMEAF).

“This speaker will demonstrate how to file FAFSA, the free application for federal student aid. FAFSA is required for students seeking financial aid. Joni Beader will answer questions about FAFSA  and cover topics ranging from how NMEAF offers its own scholarships to how undocumented DACA students apply for financial aid. DACA stands for deferred action for childhood arrivals,” Povijua said.

Povijua said some other highlights for the workshop include:

  • Meet with faculty from academic disciplines and departments.
  • Learn about student support services.
  • Hear a talk from Julia Geffroy, Native American Center coordinator at Highlands and Picuris Pueblo member, about services for Native American students.
  • Interact with a panel of Highlands students.
  • Tour the campus with Highlands students.

There will be a free continental breakfast and free lunch provided.

For those who travel from out of town to the workshop, Highlands will provide a free one-night stay at a local hotel on a first come, first served basis. The one-night stay can be used either Aug. 30 or Aug. 31.

Please RSVP online for the counselors and education leaders workshop at

For more details about the workshop, contact Povijua at 505-454-3420 or

The Highlands Office of Student Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions is sponsoring the workshop in collaboration with the campus community.