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October/November 2013   

IAIA has renamed and changed the focus of its film program to Cinematic Arts & Technology.  
film program gets a name change & new focus


The Higher Learning Commission has approved a change for the IAIA film program, allowing the Institute to change the focus from film and graphic design to solely a film concentration.

The new Cinematic Arts and Technology (CINE) major is more broadly defined and makes better use of existing IAIA resources, including the Digital Dome. Under the old New Media Arts program, students could take a moving images, or a design and interactive design track. Graphic design courses are now part of the Studio Arts program.

"By focusing the curriculum on cinematic arts and highlighting the technology that IAIA has to offer with our Digital Dome, motion capture and broadcast studio, and animation lab, we're putting it out there very clearly that IAIA now has a film school," said James Lujan (Taos Pueblo), Department Chair of the Cinematic Arts and Technology program.


Students who pursued their B.F.A.s as New Media Arts majors will still be able to graduate under their original degree plans.


To view the new curriculum or find more information about the CINE program, click here. 

Take the IAIA branding survey and get a chance to win gift cards for food and other items.

take the IAIA branding survey

The Marketing and Communications Department needs your feedback on the image, messaging and branding of IAIA and its centers as the department looks at revising the IAIA brand.

Please take this 10 - 15 minute survey to help establish IAIA's goals, determine who will aid in IAIA's success in accomplishing these goals, and help us gain insight to help drive a possible future campaign. The survey also will the department and its consultants get a better understanding of who and what makes up IAIA, and what makes IAIA tick.

The department began a project earlier this summer to look at IAIA's branding and image. The move is in accordance with Vision 2017, a campuswide strategic plan, which calls for improving communications and developing or revising marketing and communications policies and procedures. More information about Vision 2017 can be seen here.

The department is engaging all stakeholders - students, faculty, staff, board members, alumni, donors and our friends of the IAIA community - in this process. Although IAIA's branding involves imagery, it's more than colors or logos: it's speaking with one voice, releasing a unified message about IAIA's mission and purpose.

Take the branding survey and enter to win in a drawing for gift cards for food and other items to be picked up at the Marketing Department or mailed to recipient. For questions, please contact the Marketing and Communications Department at 505-424-2351 or kbaca@iaia.edu.

Photo: Ben Calabaza


IAIA Cross-Country Captain Terran Kipp (Blackfeet) runs during a local fun run. Kipp used to run for Ft. Lewis College.   
new running club spurts sports programming

IAIA Recreation Activities Assistant Ben Calabaza has revived the competitive athletic spirit at IAIA with a new running course and club.

Calabaza has taught a running course this past spring and this fall semester to condition and recruit students to compete in cross-country meets with the intention to prepare them for collegiate competition next fall.

So far, eight students, including George Alexander, AJ Armijo, Taylore Baker, Jeff Begay, Alexis Estes, Terran Kipp, Dave Naranjo and Willow Tomeo, have been competing in local fun runs. 

"They are doing well and they are committed," said Calabaza, who ran a season for Whittier College and has coaching certification from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, which certifies NCAA coaches. "They see this as one of the sports that could launch collegiate competition."

In the past, when IAIA was a high school, the Institute had competed in basketball, baseball and cross-country, and sports clubs competed in city leagues, according to Archivist Ryan Flahive. But when IAIA became a college, the Institute competed with other tribal colleges but not in other organized collegiate sports.

Calabaza sees cross-country as an entryway into organized collegiate sports because individuals and clubs can compete in collegiate cross-country meets. Other students have asked to create a basketball team. Cross-country has much lower start-up costs. A solid cross-country program could also be used as part of a recruiting tool for new students. Other collegiate running programs have alumni support for scholarships, which could be used as a model.

"We would like to say, 'Yes, you can come here for the arts and you can also come here to run,'" Calabaza said. "There is always a connection between the physical and mental -- if your body is healthy, then that health component inspires creativity."

To officially create a collegiate team, Calabaza said he needs to raise funds to pay for entree fees and uniforms. Wings of America, a nonprofit that promotes running to empower Native American youth, has donated shoes to athletes. For more information about the program, contact Calabaza at 505-428-2338 or bcalabaza@iaia.edu

Movement is near the new Welcome Center.
an environmental wave of art hits IAIA


A group of students taking a special topics course in the Studio Arts Department are churning waves with a monumental project designed to teach students about large-scale sculpture, group planning, marketing, and using recycled materials.

Click here to read about Movement, the environmental sculpture, which class instructor Dana Chodzko says is the first large-scale, student-driven sculpture project to be created on campus.

Photo: Ben Calabaza

IAIA's new members of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.

honor society inducts new members


Alpha Chi National Honor Society recently held a ceremony to induct the following new members: Carolyn Conley, Deborah Corbett, Rose Marie Cutropia, Julia Edmonds, Louva Hartwell, Gaelyn Hite, DeeAnna Homer, Kyle Joe, Sharon Lewis, Deepak Maharjan, Judith Vicenti, and Adrian Wall.

Alpha Chi is an academic honor society created in 1922 to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of an institution's juniors, seniors, and graduate students. IAIA officially became a member of the New Mexico Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Society in last spring. The organization grants chapters to colleges that offer baccalaureate degrees and are regionally accredited.

A text and email emergency message system will be activiated soon.

new emergency alert system coming soon 


Students, staff and faculty will soon receive a notice about IAIA's new emergency alert system through their campus email. IAIA has purchased Rave Alert, a mass-notification system designed for school districts or higher educational institutions to alert the entire campus of an emergency. The system will also be used for notification of a weather delay or campus closure due to weather.

Recipients will have also an option to sign up to receive additional alert notifications through other email addresses, mobile texts or land line alerts, and can enter up to three different mobile numbers, three different email addresses, and up to three different land lines. When the system is officially activated, those who have an IAIA email address will receive an email to encourage them to log in and sign up for these additional notifications.

The system is currently being tested and is slated to begin soon.

Find weather information on www.iaia.edu.
winter is coming ... where to find info on weather campus delays and closure 

Changes in the weather can hinder commutes or class schedules.  There are five ways to find information about campus closing or weather delays:
  • IAIA's home page on www.iaia.edu will have breaking news section in the upper right hand corner detailing closure or delays.
  • Call IAIA's weather line at 505.424.2363.
  • Watch the news stations, such as KOAT Channel 7, to view information about school closings or delays.
  • IAIA email via IAIA's new emergency alert system, Rave Alert. 
  • Follow IAIA on Facebook and Twitter to see the latest information. 

The CLE thanks everyone who participated in the community garden project.  

Paul Moore's Voyages  
notables . . .
  • IAIA's Center for Lifelong Learning (CLE) would like to thank everyone who participated in the first community garden project. About 20 students, staff or faculty members planted beans, beets, corn, melons, pumpkins, radishes, squash, tomatoes or zucchini in June. Volunteers were given seeds and two rows on a plot outside the CLE. The gardeners were responsible for weeding, watering and taking care of their plots until the recent harvest, which was before freezing temperatures hit Santa Fe.
    "Some people live in apartments or some people live in the dorms or family housing and it was a way to learn about gardening and connect them to the land," said CLE Office Coordinator Jacquelyn A. Gutierrez. "Some people didn't know anything and others got a chance to have a garden again. When you plant a garden, you appreciate more the food that you intake and you learn a little more about yourself."
    One gardener brought his mom to campus so that she could show him how to pick corn. Another gardener covered her produce so that it avoid freezing.
    The gardeners further supported each other through a Facebook page to post tips, recipes and progress on their plots. Gutierrez says that the CLE will continue the project next year.   
  • The semester's first issue of the IAIA Chroncle, IAIA's online student newspaper, will premier the week of Oct. 28.  In response to a reader survey conducted last month, the paper will have an all-new look and feature stories on local artists, campus events and other news by staff reporters. It also will include columns on gardening, health and fitness, a Native woman's perspective, an advice column and more. Find the Chronicle's website on IAIA's webpage and on Blackboard, or go to www.iaiachronicle.com.   
  • In an effort to promote newsletter readership and build IAIA's social media following, the Marketing and Communications (MarComm) Department will have a gift certificate give-away for coffee or food the next two issues of the newsletter. The contest is open to any IAIA staff member, faculty or student. For this issue, the first four people who can tell the MarComm Department what the second and seventh article in the newsletter were, and what was posted on IAIA's Facebook page on Thursday, October 24 will receive a $10 Subway or Starbucks card. To claim a prize, come by the MarComm office across from the Dean of Student's office in the CLE between noon and 1 p.m. on Monday, October 28.

    To follow IAIA's Facebook page, click here. To follow IAIA on Twitter, click here. To view this archived newsletter or read any past newsletters, click here. To submit an article or a calendar item in the newsletter, contact Kim Baca at kbaca@iaia.edu or 505.424.2351
  • Paul C. Moore, Visual Arts Tech, Studio Fundamentals teacher and IAIA alumnus, has recently finished some commissions for the Chickasaw Nation. Moore, an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, submitted ideas to an open call for Native artists and was selected for two commissions. Moore's Dreams of Home, a 16-foot installation piece hanging at the Welcome Center in Davis, Okla., depicts a river and Southeast motifs made of steel, wood and glass, was selected earlier this summer. The piece reflected upon Moore's memories of fishing in Tishomingo as a child. Moore's second piece, Voyages, a 14-foot installation made of copper and cast glass, will also permanently be part the Chickasaw Nation Visitor Center in Sulphur, Okla.

    " It is a great privilege to work for your community and share your art," Moore said.

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calendar of events

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts


The traveling exhibition from the Museum of Arts and Design displays the complex, multilayered work of contemporary Native artists as they confront cultural expectations, reclaim lost traditions, and create a new identities.

Cannupa Hanska Luger STEREOTYPE: Misconceptions of the Native American
Ongoing - December 31

Using boom boxes, Lakota artist Cannupa Hanska Luger explores Indigenous stereotypes.

Jacob Meders: Divided Lines
Ongoing - December 31

Mechoopda artist Jacob Meders examines the complex misrepresentations of Indigenous peoples in North American artistic depictions prevalent in 15th and 16th century Europe.

Steven J. Yazzie: The Mountain
Ongoing - December 31

Sculpture, painting, digital photographic prints, and a multichannel video build experiential entry points into the various narratives associated with the 'mountain.'



November 6 - MoCNA Collections Curator Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer speaks about the IAIA permanent collection during a brown bag lunch at noon.

November 8 - In partnership with the New Mexico Museum of Art, MoCNA will host a free screening of Little Big Man at the NM Museum of Art. A discussion with filmmaker Chris Eyre will follow.

November 22 - MoCNA will host the Honor the Treaties: Performance and panel discussion.

December 15 - MoCNA will host the Local Artist in Residence Artist Talk, an Open Studio and Members Sale Event. 
Please view www.iaia.edu/museum for more information about the events.


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Nov. 21 - 22 - The CLE and the NM Public Education Department will host the New Mexico Indian Education Summit. Click here for more information. 


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October 29 - IAIA's Creative Writing Department will host the first Lannan Writer In Residence,  M. Evelina Galang, at 6 p.m. in IAIA's CLE Commons. Contact Evelina Zuni-Lucero at 505.424.5708 or elucero@iaia.edu for more information.

October 31 - Students who participated in the USDA Research project will present at the community lunch. For more info, contact Carmen Henan at 505.424.2336 or chenan@iaia.edu.

November 1 - The Galleria Galore Club will have the Dia De Los Muertos Student Art Show from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Primitive Edge Gallery. For more information, contact Delene Santillanes, dsantillanes@iaia.edu.

November 8
- The Student Success Center will host Graduate School Day from 9:30 to noon in the CLE Commons. Contact Jim Rivera at 505.424.2345 or jrivera@iaia.edu. 
Nov. 14 - 29 - The Primitive Edge Gallery will host the Senior Thesis Exhibition. The opening reception is at 5 p.m. Nov. 14. For more information, contact Felipe Col�n, 505.424.5813 or

November 15
- The Student Sustainability Leadership program will host the 3rd annual Trash Bash and fashion show. For more information, contact Dave Rare, drare@iaia.edu; or Sarah Elsberry, selsberry@iaia.edu.

December 7 - The IAIA Alumni Program will host the 7th Annual Holiday Art Market from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the IAIA campus. Contact Chee Brossy for more information at 505.424.5704 or cbrossy@iaia.edu.

Dec. 10 - Feb. 6 - The Primitive Edge Gallery will host the Student Winter Exhibition curated by IAIA Museum Studies senior Leanne Campbell. The opening reception is at 5 p.m. Dec. 10. For more info, contact Felipe
Col�n, 505.424.5813 or fcolon@iaia.edu

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