Oct. 23, 2008 Education Digest

Board member honored

Lora Harlan has been selected as the 2008 New Mexico School Board Association Board Member of the Year, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools press release.

Harlan has served on the Clovis school board since 1991 and during that time has held all board officer positions. At the state level, Harlan has served the New Mexico School Boards Association as president during the 2006-2007 school year, as well as a number of other capacities.

She also served as the Western Region Chairman in 2007 for the National School Boards Association.

She will be awarded at the NMSBA annual convention awards luncheon on Dec. 5 in Albuquerque.

Communication methods studied
Clovis schools officials are researching how to communicate with area residents who do not have a child in the Clovis Municipal Schools system as part of the CMS Strategic Plan.
The options are:
• the district’s Web site
• Public service announcements
• Flyers or newspaper inserts
• I’m not interested in the schools.
Contact Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm at 769-4300 or rhondas@clovis-schools.org.

Clovis High Junior a National Merit semifinalist
Clovis High School junior Zachary Gillooly is one of 51 National Merit semifinalists in New Mexico, according to a New Mexico Public Education Department press release. Fifty-one students were named semifinalist across the state.
More than 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools entered the 2009 National Merit Program by taking the 2007 preliminary SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The pool of semifinalists include the highest scoring entrants in the each state.
The semifinalists will continue in the competition for about 8,200 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $35 million that will be offered next spring.

Family literacy event today
Cameo Elementary School will host a family literacy event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the school, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools press release.
Family Literacy Safari Night will offer five learning stations to inform parents about some of the learning and opportunities available at Cameo.

Home maintenance class offered
Clovis Community College is offering a home maintenance and repair class, according to a CCC press release.
The short-term class begins Saturday and will meet 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday until Dec. 13.
There will be no class the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

ENMU alumnus gets honorary degree
Eastern New Mexico alumnus J.W. Carmichael Jr. received an honorary degree from Meharry Medical College, according to the Xavier University of Louisiana Web site.
J.W. Carmichael Jr. is a chemistry professor and pre-medical program director at Xavier University of Louisiana.
Carmichael is being recognized for his success in making Xavier the undisputed leader in African-American medical school acceptances, according to the Web site.

Education Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Liliana Castillo. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: