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November 2012   

Students enjoy a meal in IAIA's dinning hall. 

The student population has increased 2.7 percent at IAIA from fall 2011 to fall 2012, according to the Admissions and Recruitment Department. Last year 403 full-time and part-time students enrolled and this year 414 full-time and part-time students enrolled at the Institute. The increases are attributed to improved student retention and increased enrollment in the dual credit program, a program that allows high school students to receive college credit, said Department Associate Director Undrell Person. 

Nationally, universities saw a drop in enrollment, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the United States Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. The rising cost of tuition and fear of debt in a bad economy are some reasons some students may be avoiding college.

Read more about IAIA's 2012 fall enrollment statistics by clicking  here.

Mildred Raphaelito 2012 Student Ambassador 
2012 student ambassador leading the way

IAIA's 2012 Student Ambassador senior Mildred "Milly" Raphaelito (Navajo) from Vanderwagen, N.M., keeps busy not only with her new position but with her class load and her post as president of the Culture Club. As ambassadors, students represent IAIA by creating and strengthening positive relationships with the greater community through educational and service activities.

Read more about Milly and her leadership role on campus.  

Archery is back in the curriculum at IAIA. Recent spring 2012 graduate Joanne Morales (Taino from Puero Rico), now an instructor on campus, has brought the sport and art form to campus with emphasis on safety and cultural tradition.

Click here to read more.

Vote in the general election today to support Bond C. 
vote to support Higher Education & IAIA   

In addition to presidential, congressional and local races, New Mexico voters on election day Nov. 6 will be asked a question about Bond C, a nearly $120 million bond issue to renovate and upgrade higher education facilities. IAIA has been included in this initiative. If approved by voters, IAIA's funding will go toward new classrooms and visitor's center. 

State officials say there will be no tax increases. Help IAIA and higher education in New Mexico by approving General Obligation Bond C.    
For more information about General Obligation Bond C and a listing of projects, go to educationbondc.com/index.html.

Read the Albuquerque Journal's and the Santa Fe New Mexican's support of this bond initiative.  

IAIA residential housing staff
dorm students smash stress away  

Some IAIA dorm students are finding a new way to deal with stress. Resident Assistant Sydney Isaacs created the Play-Doh Your Stress Away program earlier this year, which allows dorm residents to mold the item or thing that is causing stress and smash it. Students then mold something with the Play-Doh to show a more positive outlook. "The message to people who participated is that they are stronger than whatever it is that is stressing them out and they have the power to change it," Isaacs said.

Isaacs presented the program recently at the RAppin Conference made up of residential advisers or assistants (RAs) from the Association of Intermountain Housing Officers (AIMHO), which includes the colleges and universities in the western states. Other IAIA RAs who attended the conference are Logan Blue Jacket and Gaelyn Hite. Blue Jacket also presented at the conference and shared IAIA's Stickball program in an effort to share culture as well. The AIMHO is an annual event where RAs in the region share ideas, network, give presentations and share their school spirit.

"The IAIA community should be proud of their RAs, who represented the school with integrity, enthusiasm and pride," said RJ Martinez, IAIA residential operations conference coordinator.


IAIA's Alumni Assocation is seeking artists for the 6th Annual Holiday Art Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the IAIA campus. All alumni, faculty, students, staff and other Native American artists are welcomed.

A non-refundable deposit of $20 ($10 for students and clubs) is required with an application to reserve your space. Payment of the entire booth fee is required by Nov. 30. Click here for more information or to download an application.    

notables . . .
  • IAIA senior Crystal Worl was selected as one of Alaska's outstanding young Native leaders at the annual convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN). Crystal received the Lu Young Leadership award for her leadership qualities, such as serving as Student Ambassador, and her other contributions at IAIA. She was recognized at the recent annual convention. The annual AFN convention is one of the largest Native gatherings in the United States, with 4,000 to 5,000 Native people convening to advocate and promote Native culture, economic and political issues.   
  • Archivist Ryan Flahive has been appointed by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to serve on the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board (NMHRAB). The board's mission is to advocate the preservation of the historical records in the state of New Mexico and to stimulate public access to the state's historical records. One of NMHRAB's activities is to review grant proposals submitted by both government and private record repositories. The board funds proposals with a statewide scope and a nation wide interest. Flahive will serve a two-year term.
  • The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence has published IAIA junior Veneron Yazzen's "See You Soon, Grasshoppers," an 18" x 18" piece in color pencil and ink, in the publication's Spring 2012 issue. The publication, which covers a consortium of colleges that promote science and sustainability in the Rocky Mountain area, held an open call for art. Click here to view Yazzen's art in the publication's Volume III Issue I.

James Thomas Stevens
Indian Country Today Education Spotlight
iaia in the news  

Here's a re-cap of some of the recent news stories about IAIA and its centers:

IAIA, 'birthplace of contemporary Native art,' celebrates 50th anniversary -
Santa Fe New Mexican

Happy 50th Institute of American Indian Arts (podcast) - Native America Calling

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calendar of events

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Ongoing - December 31   
50/50: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years 
Fifty influential artists and IAIA alumni
exhibit works created at IAIA during the
five decades the Institute has been open.

Ongoing - December 31

Four Fall Concurrent Solo Exhibitions

Four IAIA alumni present their work
in solo exhibitions.




December 2 - IAIA core faculty Charlene Teters discusses her work and career as part of the 50/50: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years exhibition.  



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November 17 - The CLE will host the 2012 Tribal Youth Summit to help high school students in NM to build self-esteem and help them with issues of bullying and binge drinking.  For more information, contact Jackie Gutierrez at 424-2387 or jgutierrez@iaia.edu.


December 3-4 - The CLE will host the Go Native Summit International Training Program, a multi-step approach to help educate Native suppliers prepare for the international tourism market. Registration is free. Click here for more information and registration. 


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November 7 - 26
- Primitive Edge Gallery will host the Senior Thesis Exhibition with an opening reception at 5 p.m. Nov. 7. Click here for more information.

November 15 - 16 - The Student Sustainability Leadership program presents the 2nd annual Dumpster Warriors event, which includes a documentary at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and the Trash Bash recycled art and fashion show starting at 5 p.m. Nov. 16. Email slapointe@iaia.edu for more info.

November 27 - The Library hosts Creative Writing Chair Jon Davis at 4 p.m. for its Fall Reading Series. Click here for more information. 

December 6 - The New Media Arts Department will showcase its student short film projects at 6:30 p.m. in the IAIA Auditorium. Admission is free. For more information, contact James Lujan, jlujan@iaia.edu or 424-5716.
December 8
- The IAIA Alumni Association will host the 6th Annual Holiday Art Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the IAIA campus. The association has put out a call for artists. For more information, click here.
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