NTU To Confer It's First Master's Degree at Spring Commencement
CROWNPOINT, NM — Navajo Technical University (NTU) will confer its first graduate degree on May 13, 2016 when Perry R. James of Continental Divide, NM receives a Master of Arts degree in Diné Culture, Language & Leadership. In total, 211 students from NTU’s three sites in Crownpoint and Chinle and Teec Nos Pos, AZ will be receiving a degree, certificate or GED diploma.
NTU was approved by the Higher Learning Commission to begin offering a graduate degree in the fall of 2013 as it was making the transition into becoming a university. At the time, James was teaching at Borrego Pass Elementary School and wanting to continue his education after graduating from the University of New Mexico - Gallup in 2012. When NTU began offering a master’s degree he contacted Interim Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Wesley K. Thomas, and enrolled in a 400-level course to prepare for the fall semester.
Experience helps NTU sweep AIHEC volleyball tournament in straight sets
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Navajo Technical University won the 2016 American Indian Higher Education Consortiums’ annual volleyball tournament after defeating each of its opponents in straight sets. In the championship match, NTU defeated Little Big Horn College of Crow Agency, MT, 25-2, 25-10, 25-18, on March 16th, 2016 at the YWCA in Minneapolis, MN.
NTU Student of the Year earns recognition for raising awareness on fracking on the Navajo Nation
MIINEAPOLIS, MN – Jayvion Chee of Rabbitbrush, NM was recognized as Navajo Technical University’s (NTU) Student of the Year at the American Indian College Fund’s Student of the Year Banquet on March 14, 2016 at the Millennium Hotel in Minneapolis, MN. The recognition came to Chee after he spent much of the year working on a geographic information technology (G.I.T.) project that assessed the potential impacts on water resources posed by hydraulic fracturing in San Juan County, NM.
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, is a mining process that uses large amounts of water and high-risk chemicals to fracture the earth’s strata in order to release natural gas or oil. The process is highly effective in extracting resources; however, it also consumes a large amount of water and has the potential to threat water quality within the regions it is utilized.