13 November 2009
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Contact: Mimi Roberts
Highlands University-Cultural Affairs Department
media arts students win scholarships
SANTA FE—Two participants in a ground-breaking partnership between the Media Arts Program at New Mexico Highlands University and the state Department of Cultural Affairs have been selected winners of Women in Technology scholarships from the New Mexico Technology Council.
NMHU graduate students Virginia Marrujo and Jennifer Alexander are participating in an innovative partnership between Highlands and DCA that combines academics and internships to prepare students for careers as multimedia professionals in New Mexico's museums, other cultural organizations and exhibit design businesses.
Marrujo has worked on multimedia components for Fashioning New Mexico, one of the inaugural exhibits at the New Mexico History Museum which opened last Memorial Day weekend in Santa Fe, and on Almas de la Plaza/Souls of the Plaza, a video installation in the windows of the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas. Her goal is to create a multimedia production company in New Mexico.
Alexander is currently an education intern at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe and says she would like to make interactive DVD's that under-funded schools can use to teach art to students.
"I want to inspire the children of New Mexico to listen to and be inspired by their own inner, creative voices," Alexander said.
Assistant Professor Megan Jacobs is the NMHU Media Arts Program scholarship coordinator who submitted the nominations on behalf of the faculty. "Commitment to culture and community are core values of our program. The partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs gives our students opportunities to apply their technological skills and creative talents in real world professional settings."
Fourteen scholarship winners were selected from 90 nominees based on evaluation of written essays and goals.
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