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Diversity at NMMI

by Cadet MAJ Rojas, 3rd Squadron Executive Officer

I come from Cabo San Lucas, México. That is a very touristic place so I’ve been to bilingual schools my whole life. I’ve been interacting with different people from diverse races, religions and ethnicities. However, things changed when I came here. There is a lot more diversity here than I ever thought I’d be around. I get to see plenty of people from all over the world on a daily basis. I’ve had classes with people from Germany, China, Korea, several African countries, Puerto Rico, and many more places.

Honestly, it’s fun; learning some of their languages, their slang and their culture only results in me wanting to visit all of these places some day. The idea of having friends all over the world is fascinating to me. When you make friends with people from different places you know that you’ll have a place to stay if you ever choose to visit these different places, or at least people to see.

NMMI has taught me that everyone is different, everyone is educated differently and it is possible for all these people to live together teaching each other different values and customs. Diversity is one of the great things in life that we have to experience in order to value it the way it deserves to be valued. This place is the origin of friendships that will extend to great distances and last a lifetime.

Leaving the Nest

My family’s experience of me at NMMI

By: Cadet Madison McLean

Growing up my mom always told my sister and I we were her little birds, always in her nest and when we were ready, we would have to leave the nest eventually. When I decided I wanted to go to NMMI, I was 15 years old. And I knew I was going to have to leave the nest for the next four years of high school. My parents were excited for me, it was a chance to get a great education and an experience of a life time. And the one rule my dad had for me was once I start NMMI I must finish. I started my first day at a preparatory summer camp for math and then transitioned into RAT week. During that period of time I couldn’t have my cell phone for three weeks. Throughout those three weeks I wrote to my little sister and parents on a weekly basis and it was hard on all of us as a family. My parents mailed me a package of school supplies and items I was running low on, and my dad hid a bag of my favorite candy in the package. Even though I wasn’t at home they still found a way to put a smile on my face.

When I saw my parents for my 21-day ceremony they told me how proud they were of me and I could see they missed me greatly. The first time I could take a furlough home, I sat down with my dad and he told me how much he missed me and that it wasn’t easy for my mom and him to send me to NMMI. But they had to make that sacrifice of not seeing me every day for giving me the best education possible. Every time I went home for a holiday, we always spent time together to make up for not being together often throughout the school years. As years went by and my four years came to a close, I realized I had a stronger relationship with my family, and they were able to accept me leaving my mom’s nest. Attending NMMI was not just an experience for me, but for my parents and sister as well. They were my biggest fans at all my games, my supporters through my academics, and with me every step of the way. If anything, they attended NMMI with me for those four years and we celebrated every moment together.

Help Build New Mexico Military Institute’s Archival Collection

The New Mexico Military Institute Archives would like to invite the NMMI Community to play an active role in documenting their history by donating physical and/or digital materials to the NMMI Archives permanent collection.

The NMMI Archives is currently digitizing student publications and seeks donations of historical copies of the Pup Tent, the Hill, the Sally Port, and/or the Maverick. If you have any of these or other student publications or NMMI related materials in your personal archives, your donation would be greatly appreciated. All donated materials will be preserved, digitized, and made accessible on-line.

The New Mexico Military Institute Archives at the Paul Horgan Library collects and preserves NMMI records of permanent historical and administrative value.  The Archival Collection is available to the public and consists of a wide range of materials including photographs, letters, documents, memorabilia, and audio-visual material. This varied collection is a great resource for employees, scholars, students, alumni and anyone interested in learning more about NMMI history.

If you are interested in donating to the NMMI Archives, please contact the Archivist at purcell@nmmi.edu or visit the NMMI Archives webpage.

Thanksgiving 2018: A Time to be More Than Thankful

By: Brigadier General Douglas Murray, PhD, Chief Academic Officer/Dean of Academics

Each year for the past five years, I have shared my reflections on the meaning of Thanksgiving to us as Americans. My inspiration comes from the anniversaries celebrated during the current year. Many readers might argue that as a nation, there is little to celebrate in 2018. They would point out numerous examples of violence, a polarized society marked by an equally polarized political process, and an attitude that says to disagree with me makes you wrong. Yes, the argument can be compelling, but are these events a true reflection of America? One who did not believe so quoted John Meacham, author of The Soul of America, in a Guest Editorial in the Northwest Florida Daily News. He said, “History shows us that we are frequently vulnerable to fear, bitterness, and strife. The good news is that we have come through such darkness before.” Senator John McCain wrote that America  could meet any challenge “when we start believing in ourselves again and when we remember that our exceptionalism hasn’t anything to do with what we are … but with who we are: A people united by ideals.”

As I look back over the year past, there are three anniversaries that relate to this thought: the 10th Anniversary of the ending of World War I in 1918, the 50th Anniversary of what Time Magazine called “the year that shaped a generation, 1968, and the 50th anniversary of the television airing of “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” in 1968. Together, they highlight some of the darkest hours in our history, and how we came through them. That is what makes us Americans and deserves our gratitude this Thanksgiving.

On November 11, 1918, the Armistice was signed ending the Great War. The celebration that began that day is marked each year since as Veteran’s Day. This year, in fact, there was a grand celebration in France. The horror of that war led President Wilson in 1918 to turn to the ideals in our Constitution and propose a way other than war to resolve conflict. That proposal became the League of Nations, which, while not preventing World War II, did offer the model for what became the United Nations.

This year, we also marked the 50th anniversary of the year that the Wall Street Journal called “the year America came apart.” Some in our society and media would characterize 2018 the same way. Lance Morrow, in his 1988 written essay, explains the Wall Street characterization. He writes, “American culture and politics ventured into dangerous and experimental regions…Nineteen sixty-eight was a tragedy and horrific entertainment: deaths of heroes, uprisings, suppressions, the end of dreams, blood in the streets of Chicago, and Paris, and Saigon.” We emerged from those challenges in 1968 ever the more stronger. One year later, we landed a man on the moon, and twenty years later, ended the more than eight decades of the Soviet threat to the free world, and ended the cold war. In 2015, I wrote in this newspaper, “Resolutely, each time we as a nation have been challenged; we have met and overcome the adversity. Doing so has bettered us.” And, that is something quite significant to be thankful for on this holiday.

No person better reflects that spirit than Fred Rogers who in 1968 invited the world to visit his neighborhood. In it, he introduced the audience, particularly the children, to the values and principles that characterize the American culture and literally in the words of the Time article above, “shaped a generation.” Is it more than coincidence that in 1968 – that year of darkness- there should emerge Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, which in the words of one analyst created “a balm of kindness and empathy in divisive times.” Fred Rogers’ legacy reflects the spirit and commitment of the American people to strive to be ever more than they could be. As a people, and as a nation that is something to celebrate as we sit down with family and friends for our Thanksgiving dinner.

Finally, Fred Rogers’ legacy suggests one more thing we should do as part of celebrating this holiday.  He talked to the children about America, and his example must inspire us to spend some time to talk to our children and grandchildren about the real meaning of this holiday and why it is a uniquely American holiday. Many of our youth do not know the story of America, of a nation dedicated to the freedom, rights, and dignity of the individual and the first government in history based upon the consent of the governed rather than the authority of a king, czar, or emperor. Surveys of our youth reflect acceptance of authoritarian governments. A World Values Survey in 2011 indicated nearly 25% of Americans between 16 and 24 felt a democracy was not the best way to run a country. That must change. Ben Franklin, upon being asked following the Constitutional Convention, “What have we got a republic or a monarchy?” responded, “A republic if you can keep it.” Something to also think about this Thanksgiving day.


NMMI Receives High Marks from AdvancED Assessment

School Cited Again for Continuing Educational Excellence

New Mexico Military Institute received accreditation for the maximum period by AdvancED, the largest community of education professionals in the world–a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. “While our (AdvancED’s) expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Our goal isn’t to certify that educational institutions are good enough. Rather, our commitment is to help these institutions continuously improve.”

Of 31 Institution ratings across three Domains (Leadership, Learning, Resource), NMMI received 0 (zero) findings of “Needs Improvement” and 23 findings of “Exceeds Expectations.” NMMI was cited for three Powerful Practices: 1) Commitment to NMMI’s Strategic Plan; 2) A strong, formalized system of supportive adults dedicated to student success; and 3) effective and efficient use of resources in support of NMMI’s mission. Powerful Practices reflect noteworthy observations and actions that have yielded clear results in student achievement or organizational effectiveness and are actions that exceed what is typically observed or expected in an institution.

 AdvancED performed their review of NMMI early in 2018 and released their findings recently with, “It was evident throughout the review that continuous improvement was valued as a driving force for NMMI.”  Furthermore, “The (AdvancED) Team recognized that the New Mexico Military Institute is a magnificent guided testing site to carry out the institution’s mission and vision.  It is emphatically poised for even higher levels of excellence.  Centering future growth on the actions in this review has the potential to propel the institution to its desired internal level of excellence and distinction, making it a sustainable, replicable model across the world.”

Accreditation is not a one-time event. AdvancED-accredited schools must commit to continuous improvement every year and be re-accredited every five years. Accreditation is intended to protect schools, employers, and students. It guarantees that a particular high school is teaching its students at a level that is acceptable nationally.

Thus, when students acquire an NMMI diploma, they can be assured that colleges will accept it and recognize NMMI’s inherent educational value. Similarly, when colleges accept students, they can be assured that an NMMI cadet/scholar has received a quality education from an accredited school.

Located in Roswell, New Mexico, the New Mexico Military Institute offers a rich history and tradition of educating tomorrow’s leaders through a program of strong, challenging academics, leadership preparation, and character development. Known as “The West Point of the West,” NMMI remains the only land-grant co-educational college preparatory high school and junior college in The United States. Serving the educational needs of an international student population, the Institute has strict admissions standards that yearly result in an enrollment of approximately 1,000 students who come from more than 36 states, 2 US territories (Puerto Rico and American Samoa), and 33 foreign nations.

NMMI grants High School diplomas and Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. The Institute’s emphasis on qualities of honor, integrity, and responsibility, contributes to its unique educational philosophy. Leadership training is provided to all cadets at the college level, through the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program, and at the high school level through the Junior ROTC program. The ROTC Program offers college cadets the opportunity to receive a commission in the U.S. Army through the 2-Year Early Commissioning Program. Cadets may pursue commissions in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines through the Service Academy Preparatory Program.

NMMI graduates prove successful in every field of endeavor, business, industry, public service, education, the professions, or careers in the military. National statistics and surveys of graduating classes show consistently that 95 percent of NMMI graduates go on to complete a four-year degree at outstanding schools such as Penn State, Stanford, Rice, Cornell, University of Texas, Arizona State University, University of Colorado, and the nation’s Service Academies.