Faculty Successes

Lanasa among select group picked for TV Academy

Amy Lanasa, head of NMSU’s Creative Media Institute, was one of only 25 faculty members selected nationwide to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s 2018 Faculty Seminar Program.

The weeklong fellowship in November in southern California included panel discussions, programming and scheduling executives, legal experts and content creators. Faculty were also offered private studio tours and trips to top Hollywood production facilities to meet with producers, observe production and get first-hand updates on the latest in television technologies.

“The Television Academy Faculty Fellowship was one of the greatest experiences of my professional life,” Lanasa says. “Not only was I immersed in the newest practices in the television industry from the development process all the way through distribution and scheduling, but I also had the opportunity to meet 24 other educators from all over the country. The best part is that our students are now eligible for a very prestigious internship program as a result.”

Minerva Baumann ’13


NMSU alumna, faculty member named NM Public Education Secretary

Karen Trujillo ’92 ’93 ’98, assistant professor and interim associate dean for research at NMSU’s College of Education, was named New Mexico Public Education Secretary in January 2019 by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Trujillo, who also served as the research director for the college’s Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, as well as the state director for Educators Rising NM, has 25 years of experience in education, including nearly a decade in the classroom and 20 years working in professional development. 

Trujillo has worked in four different school districts and charters, along with training educators in more than 30 districts across New Mexico. At the NMSU College of Education, Trujillo oversaw grant research pertaining to educational innovation. She has multiple publications on teaching and education demographics. Trujillo earned three degrees – a bachelor’s, master’s and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction – all from NMSU.

Adriana M. Chávez

NMSU art professor created keys to honor lives lost in Holocaust

NMSU sculpture professor Rachel Stevens played a key role in a ceremony in the Ukrainian City of Lviv in 2018. Stevens created an installation comprised of 75 glass keys that were exhibited at the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe from May through August 2018. 

The keys were gifted to people active in Jewish heritage and renewal in September 2018, which marked 75 years since the annihilation of the city’s Jewish population by Nazi Germany. These keys were based on a rusted synagogue key that Stevens discovered in a Lviv street market in early 2018 as part of her research on Jewish culture in a region formerly known as eastern Galicia. 

Stevens says she used glass for the replicas because in the Jewish tradition, the material represents “the fragility of life.” Creating them in glass “became a tangible way for me to express my grief about the past and my hope for the future,” she says.

Minerva Baumann ’13