Date: September 2018 - June 2019
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Session 1 – Santa Fe, September 6-8, 2018
Retreat & Orientation Session
The Core Class of 2019 began with the Retreat and Orientation Session on September 6-8 in Santa Fe. The program began with an overview of Leadership New Mexico and an evening at the Santa Fe Opera. The next day, the class participated in a group interaction and ropes course with Phil Bryson of On the Edge Productions at Brush Ranch. The program closed with a presentation by Dr. Jim Crupi, “Leadership for Changing Times: Forces Changing the Future.”
Thank you to the following Sponsors of the Santa Fe Session: Avalon Trust, Crystal Springs Bottled Water, Liz Bremner, Delta Consulting Group, Greer Stafford/SJCF Architecture, Inc., Jim Crupi – Strategic Leadership Solutions, Montgomery & Andrews, P.A., The Lujan Family, Phil Bryson – On the Edge, Ltd., Presbyterian Medical Services, and the Santa Fe Opera.
Photo credit: Liz Newlin Taylor
Session 2 – Las Vegas, November 8-10, 2018
Health & Human Services Session
The Core Class of 2019’s Health and Human Services Session was November 8-10 in Las Vegas. During the session, participants learned about an array of health and human services topics in New Mexico, including: healthcare, behavioral health, rural healthcare, the opioid crisis, senior and elderly healthcare, human services, homelessness support initiatives, and the protection and wellbeing of children and youth. Participants visited several locations in Las Vegas: Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico Highlands University, Luna Community College, Historic Plaza Hotel, and United World College – USA.
Thank you to the Core Curriculum Committee, the Las Vegas community, and the following Session and In-Kind Sponsors for a very successful session: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Crystal Springs Bottled Water, Luna Community College, Franken Construction, Haverland Carter Lifestyle Group, Lowell’s Pharmacy, Mora San Miguel Electric Cooperative, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Lexus of Albuquerque/Lexus of Santa Fe, and United World College – USA.
Session 3 – Las Cruces, January 10-12, 2019
Economic Development Session
The Core Class of 2019 visited Las Cruces for the Economic Development session on January 10-12. The session started with an optional tour of White Sands Missile Range that included exclusive access to the Cox Range Control Center. The tour was followed by an opening reception that allowed current participants, alumni, and leaders from the Las Cruces community to reconnect.
During the session, participants heard from experts on a variety of economic development-related topics in New Mexico, including: agriculture, border affairs, tourism, entrepreneurship, and military impact. Participants visited several locations in Las Cruces, including: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company, Hacienda de Mesilla, New Mexico State University, Santa Theresa Border Crossing, War Eagles Museum, and White Sands Missile Range.
Thank you to the Core Curriculum Committee, the Las Cruces community, and the following Session and In-Kind Sponsors for a very successful session: Citizens Bank, Crystal Springs Bottled Water, Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company, La Posta de Mesilla Restaurant, Lexus of Albuquerque / Lexus of Santa Fe, Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico. STS of New Mexico, Tularosa Basin Telephone Company, New Mexico State University, and the War Eagles Museum.
Session 4 – Hobbs, March 21-23, 2019
The Core Class of 2019 visited Hobbs for the session focused on Education. Session kicked off with an optional tour of URENCO USA followed by an opening reception at New Mexico Junior College – Western Heritage Museum, where current participants and alumni from the Hobbs area were invited to attend.
During the session, participants heard from experts in the field of education in New Mexico on topics including: national trends in education and their relationship to New Mexico, K-12 education in New Mexico, an overview of the state’s higher education, issues in early childhood, workforce development, and student’s perspectives, among other topics. Participants visited several locations in Hobbs, including: Hobbs Police Department, Pettigrew & Associates, P.A., URENCO USA, and the Western Heritage Museum at New Mexico Junior College.
Thank you to the Core Curriculum Committee, the Hobbs community, and the following Session and In-Kind Sponsors for a very successful program: Crystal Springs Bottled Water, Economic Development Corporation of Lea County, Goff Dairy, Hobbs Chamber of Commerce, JF Maddox Foundation, Lea County State Bank, Lexus of Albuquerque / Lexus of Santa Fe, McDonalds of Hobbs, Nor-Lea Hospital District, Nuclear Waste Partnership, Permian Chevrolet, Rice Operating Company, RMS Foods, URENCO USA, and Xcel Energy, and Young’s Manufactured Homes.
Session 5 – Farmington, May 16-18, 2019
The Environment and Natural Resources Session in Farmington began with a tour of San Juan Generating Station, the coal-fired power station owned and operated by PNM Resources near Waterflow, New Mexico. Following the tour, participants attended a community reception at the home of George and Melissa Sharpe, Lifetime Member, Core Class of 2004, and dinner at Artifacts Gallery. During the session, participants learned about the challenges and opportunities surrounding the environment and natural resources in New Mexico on topics such as water, energy, mining, and related issues. While in Farmington, the class also visited the Farmington Public Library, Merrion Oil & Gas and San Juan College.
Thank you to the Core Curriculum Committee, the Farmington community, and the following Session and In-Kind Sponsors for a very successful program: Bayless Drilling Company; Crystal Springs Bottled Water; Dimmick Realty; Jaynes Corporation; Lexus of Albuquerque/Lexus of Santa Fe; Merrion Oil & Gas; PESCO; PNM; San Juan College; and Solga & Jakino, PA.
Session 6 – Taos, June 12-14, 2019
The final session of the Core 2018-2019 program year, held in Taos, focuses on government, crime and justice, and leadership topics. Participants kicked off the session by rafting the Taos Box followed by a community reception at Hillcrest Bank sponsored by Scott McAdams, Core Class of 2008, Community President & Business Banking Development Officer at Hillcrest Bank. The next day, the group met at UNM-Taos to hear from experts on New Mexico’s tax system, crime and justice system, state and local government leadership, the court system, and homeland security concerns. The next day’s session topics included Native American leadership structures, ethics and leadership, as well as leadership topics and activities with Phil Bryson, On the Edge Productions. Following the session, the Core Class of 2019 celebrated their graduation with a reception, dinner, and ceremony at the Taos Country Club.
Thank you to the Core Curriculum Committee, the Taos Community, and the following sponsors for making the Core Class of 2019’s final session memorable and successful: Carlsbad Medical Center, CliftonLarsonAllen, Crystal Springs Bottled Water, Freeport-McMoRan, Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Lexus of Albuquerque / Lexus of Santa Fe, Pulakos CPAs, REDW, Quality Builders, Rio Grande, Inc., Silver Oak Mortgage, and TriCore Reference Laboratories.