Homecoming is September 20 and 21! We can't wait to see you!

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6th Annual New Mexico Painter's Exhibition, September 8 - October 31st, Kennedy Hall.

Opening Reception September 8, 4-7 PM.


In it's 6th year this exhibition continues to feature innovative paintings by contemporary Northern New Mexico artists that illustrate the diversity of subject matter and style found in New Mexico.

45 emerging and established artists are participating in this year's exhibit that is free and open to the public.

For more information visit: http://galleries.nmhu.edu/

 Homecoming is the best time for Highlands alumni and friends to catch up with each other.

You told us that talking, sharing a good meal and a beer was what you most wanted to do.

We heard you, and the Cowboy Lounge was created just for you!

For the price of $10, you will enjoy a delicious taco bar and apps provided by The Skillet, cocktails by Borrachos (your first drink is on us), and a DJ spinning your favorite tunes in a very relaxed atmosphere.

There will be no program, just a brief welcome by President Sam Minner.

Also available will be a silent auction with some amazing items offered including a balloon ride, golf vacation package at Buffalo Thunder, and a purple leather Coach bag!

Start your Highlands Homecoming weekend at the Cowboy Lounge!


 Tickets can be purchased by

Stopping by the Alumni Office in Kennedy Hall

Calling us at 505-454-3248

Online by clicking here

or at the door!

We can’t wait to see you!


NMHU Homecoming 5K Gallop & Trot & Li’l Cowboy Stick Pony Trot

Saturday, September 21, 2019


NMHU Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.
5K Run/Walk course uses the Highlands campus and Rio Gallinas River Walk.
Kid’s 1K run/walk will take place on campus. Course maps provided upon request.


5K Gallop (fun run) & 5K Trot (fun walk)………………..8:00 a.m.
1K Li’l Cowboy Stick Pony Trot (ages 7 and under) ….8:45 a.m.



Register now by using the form below, emailing alumni@nmhu.edu for a registration form or call (505) 454-3248.
Race day registration will take place from 7-7:30 a.m. at the NMHU Kennedy Alumni Hall.



5K Gallop & 5K Trot……..$25, includes performance race shirt
5K Gallop & 5K Trot (Highlands students)……$10 with student I.D., includes performance race shirt
Li’l Cowboy Stick Pony Trot…….FREE to future Highlands Cowboys and Cowgirls (limit 50 participants)

5K Gallop awards*:  Male and Female winners 1st, 2nd & 3rd
5K Trot awards*:  Male and Female winners 1st, 2nd & 3rd
Children’s Li’l Cowboy Stick Pony Trot:  Every child participant will keep their stick horse and receive a special gift

*Awards ceremony following Li’l Cowboy Stick Pony Trot starting at 9:00 am

Click to register online!

Development Associate
This position conducts assigned annual giving appeals and manages assigned annual giving donors; assists in the overall operation of the Foundation and its functions; supports all major Foundation events and activities; selects, analyzes, and produces annual giving and event reporting; composes annual giving appeals; solicits, stewards, and cultivates donors, including face-to-face solicitation of donors; manages student workers; oversees and ensures scheduling and execution of selected staff, office, and alumni and annual giving events; other duties relating to the Foundation as assigned.

Alumni Relations Assistant
This position is responsible for assisting the alumni director and the staff of the office of advancement primarily in the execution of alumni and foundation events, community and alumni outreach, and fund raising initiatives.

First Prize:
Hand crafted punched tin mirror with woven inserts, value: $750

Second Prize
Eli Levin original oil painting Embudo River and Guesthouse, value: $1500

Third Prize:
Hand carved ornate wooden chair, value: $800

Fourth Prize:
Highlands Athletics Spirit Package (2 season passes to all sports and gear), value: $550


Tickets are $10 for a single ticket, $25 for three

Tickets can be purchased by:

Calling us at 505-454-3248
Stopping by the Alumni Office in Kennedy Hall

At the Cowboy Lounge at Homecoming
Or online at http://nmhufoundation.org/2019raffle


Winners will be drawn at the Cowboy Lounge on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Need not be present to win.
Proceeds benefit NMHU Alumni Association.

"Ach du lieber!”

Enjoy a traditional German celebration of the season with flights of beer, sausage, pretzels and all the special dishes you know and love. Nonalcoholic and vegetarian options available.

Dance the polka to a live band and raise money for a good cause…our students!

Lederhosen and yodeling are optional, but encouraged.

$50/ticket. RSVP required. Call 505-454-3248

You are cordially invited to attend our
Higher Education Supporters Workshop
at our beautiful main campus in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Please join us on campus and learn how your students will succeed here at Highlands.


Thursday, October 17, 2019 : 5:30pm-7:30pm 
Join us for an evening of networking, fun, and art! We will be hosting a "Paint-n-Sip" social for all interested. Dinner and Lodging for the evening will be provided by the University.

Friday, October 18, 2019 : 10:00am-3:30pm
Our goal is for each of you to learn what our university has to offer incoming freshmen and transfer students. We will present on new initiatives, services provided for students, hear from a panel of current Highlands students, and receive valuable information and updates on the FAFSA, NMHU scholarships, and transferability of courses. A campus tour will be offered to those who are interested.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided by Sodexo Catering Services, the same vendors that support our dining hall commonly referred to as our Cowboy Café.  

Again, we hope to see you later this semester. At New Mexico Highlands University, we truly believe that a collegiate experience is not a prize to be won but a match to be made for future students. We hope we can be the match for the students that you humbly serve this year! 

RSVP Here:


Mike Higgins was part of Delta Mu Delta Business Society hoping to link up with classmates.  Contact him at:Mhiggins@hpe.com


Homecoming 2019 is September 19, 20 and 21



Thursday, September 19

  • 8:30 am H-Club board meeting*, 10 am member meeting*, SUB 321 & 322
  • 6 pm H-Club awards banquet* (doors open at 5:30) Student Union Ballroom
  • 10 am-4 pm Alumni Welcome Check-in Kennedy Alumni Hall



Friday, September 20

  • 7 am H-Club Golf Tournament* (8 am shotgun start) Gene Torres Golf Course
  • 8 am President’s Homecoming Coffee Student Union Ballroom
  • 10 am-4 pm Alumni Welcome Check-in Kennedy Alumni Hall
  • 12-3 pm Alumni Board Meeting & Lunch Student Union room 322
  • 2 pm Castaneda Hotel & Bar, private alumni tour conducted by Southwest Detours.
    Reservations required – (505) 454-3248 Limited to 40 guests. FREE – donations to NMHU Alumni Association gratefully accepted!
  • 3 pm Student Government Reception* Student Union 3rd floor balcony
  • 5-8 pm Cowboy Lounge & Silent Auction* Student Union Ballroom
  • 9 pm Bonfire & Pep Rally Sanchez Family Stadium


Saturday, September 21


  • 8 am Cowboy 5K Gallop & Trot* (7am registration)
  • 9 am Breakfast Burrito Bar & Parade Reception Kennedy Alumni Hall
  • 10 am Homecoming Parade Kennedy Alumni Hall
  • 11 am Purple Pizza Party for high school bands Kennedy Alumni Hall
  • 11 am-1 pm Tailgate Celebration Champ Tyrone Music Bldg. parking lot
  • 11 am-1 pm President’s VIP Tailgate Celebration* TBA, by invitation
  • 1 pm Cowboy Football vs. Dixie State Sanchez Family Stadium
  • (following the football game) Vatos Alumni Rugby Game Sanchez Family Stadium


For the complete schedule of all Highlands Homecoming events and updates: http://nmhufoundation.org/homecoming

Some dates and times may change.

If an RSVP is required, contact us at (505) 454-3248 or alumni@nmhu.edu.

 Class of 1969?
We'd love to hear from you! Please contact jesalman@nmhu.edu


NMHU Career Services is focusing on better preparing our students for job interviews and professionalism.

With the high cost of college expenses, most students cannot afford a professional outfit to wear to an interview or potential job, so we are starting a Career Clothing Closet to provide a professional outfit to students, at no charge to them. We can only meet these goals with the help of community members like yourself.

We are seeking donations of pre-used clothing items that students can use to accomplish a better impression at their interview or job.

Your contributions are greatly appreciated! We can only hope that you will support our mission and help us implement our program and initiatives.

You can drop off your contributions to NMHU Career Services in the Felix Martinez Building, Suite 230, by mail to Box 9000 Las Vegas, NM 87701 or call (505)454-3048 for pick-up.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at (505)454-3048 or through email jehooper@nmhu.edu.


Have any Highlands Memorabilia?

Clearing things out?  Making space in a move? We'd love to talk to you about any Highlands related memorabilia you have!

Have an old Highlands annual that you’d like to donate? Our alumni office will gratefully accept yearbooks, old pennents, and other ephemera.

Email us at jesalman@nmhu.edu so we can find those memories a new home!

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