New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped - Yearbook (Alamogordo, NM)

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HV 1796 N42 1983 Xk W.M ' ic ' s _.v M.C. MIGEL LIBRARY AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND Ten years ago Jerry Watkins was named superintendent of New Mex- ico School for the Visually Handicap- ped. Since that time Jerry has in- troduced many successful programs to the people who work or study on the campus; a number of them have landed national recognition for the school for innovative and responsible approaches to educating the visually impaired. 1982-83 was no exception — it was another “banner year” for Jerry and his staff. In reflecting back on the year, Jerry cited several instances of addi- tions or refinements to programs at NMSVH. He explained, “This year will be remembered for several ac- complishments. We established a pre-school in Santa Fe, which I feel strengthens our outreach services. Additionally, we have improved our communication with local school districts regarding the type of assistance we can provide to them. This was also a good year for mak- ing new friends and renewing past acquaintances. We revived a long standing relationship with the NMSVH alumni group and have assisted them in some of their ac- tivities. We also helped create an organization for parents which in- volves them in many of their child’s experiences at NMSVH.” 2 Superintendent Jerry Watkins 3 The broad scope of abilities and interests of the NMSVH staff came into sharp focus in 1982-83. Staffers were once again involved in a myriad of activities. Many people ventured into new areas of discovery, while others continued to refine and im- prove the programs they have grown to love. When individuals reflect back on the 82-83 school year, these accomplishments will, no doubt, come to mind: Dr. Mike Hickey provided a great deal of help in the area of staff communication. Bea Moya was complimented by auditors for a clean bookkeep- ing department. Joe Maes headed up the senior class pecan harvesting project. Bev Briggs kept student council on track with various projects. Irene Kowatch treated the residents of Sacramen- to dorm to a series of Saturday night home- cooked meals. Her specialty was rumored to be sopapillas with lots of honey. Marilyn Woods went on the road with the 7-Ups. One weekend included a performance for Governor Toney Anaya. Mark Carter was the recipient of more publicity than anyone on campus. His pictures seemed to show up everywhere. Diane Wareman and her students created many exciting button-making activities. Argelia Duran whipped out some mouth-watering goodies for “special sweet-treat time’’ in Garrett dorm. Goldie Caldwell and Eva Montoya gained the reputation as “super moms” in Jack Hall dorm. Susan Wride made certain we complied to all state and federal mandates. Forms, forms and more forms. Wanda West made certain the library was a nice place to relax and learn. Bill Davis con- tinued to bring us into the computer age. Signifi- cant amounts of data were entered into several programs in the instructional resource center. Jack Harmon led several students through a very successful cross-country season. Glenna Wilmot kept a core of volunteers busy producing educa- tional materials. Pat Thomas produced exciting graphic arts designs for numerous NMSVH pro- jects, including many items for the newly-formed foundation. Wanda McLain showed her school spirit frequently and earned the reputation as “best-costumed” faculty member. Carol Hoyt and her infirmary staff kept us all healthy and well throughout the year. Bill Steele and Joe Martinez and the maintenance crew kept us “looking good” as always. Lupe Romero boosted spirits with her friendly smile and “sunny” disposition. Chris Spanovic kept us motivated and inspired with a variety of artists making frequent visits to the cam- pus. Larry Meier and his kitchen staff offered delectable meals week after week in the dining hall. Helen McNeil set a new record for answering the phone at NMSVH. Serving as receptionist in administration, she kept us connected with all the right people. Speaking of records, some say Lorine Gomez did quite well for herself sorting and folding laundry in Jack Hall. Jane Korzan learned a great deal about computer language this year. Or was she really playing “Pac Man” all that time? Margarita Najar kept Jack Hall clean and shining despite the heavy use it gets. And who kept all these activities running right on time? Many folks will tell you it was Pat Kraft, education secretary. 1982-83 Board of Regents Top (left to right): Dr. David Townsend, Sonja Lujan, Dwight Ohlinger, Jean Lee, Jeter Bryan. Above: J. Ven- tura Garcia. Right: Sonja Lu- jan, David Townsend. Top: David Townsend. Bottom:Jean Lee, Cipriano Esquibel. — For several years now the staff at NMSVH has enjoyed the privilege of working under the supervision of a highly competent and responsive board of regents. Under the board’s diligent leadership, NMSVH has con- tinued to expand and improve its services to visually impaired children throughout the state. Members of the board include Dr. David Townsend, chairman, Sonja Lujan, vice- chairman, Jean Lee, secretary- treasurer, J. Ventura Garcia and Cipriano Esquibel. Garcia and Es- quibel were appointed to six-year terms by Governor Toney Anaya in January, 1983. Dwight Ohlinger and Jeter Bryan began the school year as members and served until their terms expired in January. Both men made numerous contributions to NMSVH and gained the respect of everyone associated with the school. Ohlinger helped determine the direction of the school for many years, serving as a member of the board for 12 years. Bryan was named a regent in June, 1979. Their efforts and ac- complishments will be remembered for many years to come. 1982-83 offered many challenges to the board of regents. As always, the members tackled a variety of projects. Perhaps the most signifi- cant was the establishment of the NMSVH Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization which was created to serve visually im- paired residents of New Mexico. The major thrust of the organization is providing post-secondary scholar- ships, but limited medical and per- sonal assistance are also available. 8 “The campus appearance is like a picture, it looks so peaceful and quiet. Nothing moves unless you move it.” Gloria Lopez 10 jf 7 New Mexico, mi casa who gave you this gift of beauty? New Mexico, how did you get the sunsets and the great blue mountains you own? New Mexico, mi casa these people, the Indians, Mexicans. Anglos, the mix, where did you get them? I ask a lot from you, New Mexico, and yet, you never seem to mind, the questions, the answers, and still, you never once turned me down New Mexico, mi casa who are you? How long have you suffered? How easy, it seems, for you to hide the and show only the good - My life, in the Southwest, is easy to t el] I have not much to tell rfly tfiat I am happy here, and l Krt ' sh for, to be happy and peacefuf Weber " , V ■ • 12 13 When we first received the game center from Telesensory Systems, and when all three floors of the recreation center were opened up, it seemed like I was entering a whole different world. I started going to the recreation center a lot more than I used to. There is pool, bowling, pottery and art room, and a good stereo system. And also video games, that seems to be one of the biggest attractions these days. Eric Lilliequist 15 Mobility: Knowing where you are and where you are going! Matthew Archuleta 16 17 E NGLISH Students in Patty Harmon’s English classes were challenged with a variety of creative writing and speech assignments. The highlight of these activities was the publication of “A Unique Place,” a compilation of student writings. Below: Shawn Martin discusses a project with Patty Harmon. Right: Henrietta Walela reads one of her poetry selections to the class. Bottom: Ron LeBeouf, Shawn Martin and Domenick Ludi examine their copies of " A Unique Place.” MATH COMPUTERS The computer age has reached the classroom at NMSVH Students in Jane Korzan’s class have the opportunity to ex perience this exciting new field. Left: Matthew ArchuletJ discovers the joy of using a microcomputer. Top: Joe Mae: utilizes a more traditional method to teach concepts to Mik Power in math class. Above: Angie Pena receives instructior on the abacus. ORIENTATION MOBILITY f Low vision T estinG Getting from “point A to point B’’ is a fairly simple process for most sighted people. But for students at NMSVH, learning to travel confidently in any en- vironment is often a rigorous exercise in concentration. Mark Carter, orientation and mobility instructor, works with students teaching them techniques for safe, independent travel. This instruc- tion requires that teacher and pupil spend hours traveling together in many different situations. Opposite Page: Ellen Nolan spent several training sessions working on off-campus travel. Inset Left: Eric Lillie- quist earned proper mobility techniques for journeys in a residential area. Inset, Middle: Mark demonstrates the correct cane grip. Inset, Right: GeeGee Samora gets a lesson in descending a staircase from Mark. Partially sighted students are tested with a wide variety of optics systems to insure that they fully utilize existing vi- sion. There are many types of visual aids and no one type is suited for all students. Pupils are encouraged to ex- periment with many devices to discover which can be of value in their educa- tional program. Top Left: Gabriel Platero previews a math lesson on a closed-circuit televi- sion. Top Right: Domenick Ludi utilized a magnifier to enlarge print in his textbook. Above: Lillian Bob prepares to take the Assessing Basic Competen- cies Visually Impaired exam. Diagnosti- cian Susan Wride provides services at NMSVH. 21 Students in the social studies class of Randy Dominguez utilize a variety of media in their coursework. Above Left: Randy reviews a history lesson with Mike Power. Top Left: DeeAnn Weber spent a portion of her class time listening to cassette recordings. Above Right: David Sillers completes a typewriting assignment. Jane Korzan devised individual programs for each student. This was the first time students in typing were given the opportunity to work with computers also. SOCIAL STUDIES TYPING 22 In recent years Librarian Wanda West has made vast additions to the NMSVH bookshelves. Materials have been added in several formats in- cluding braile, large print, record and cassette tape recordings. The library also sports an im- pressive new look because of extensive renovation work completed a year ago. Above: Donnie Gallagher uses the card catalog to locate books for a social studies project. Inset, Top: Michelle Lucero takes advantage of the reading tub in the primary section of the library. Inset, Bottom: Wan- da Heffron searches for a new braille edition. LIBRARY 23 WHO’S WHO Michelle Chacon Who’s Who In Achievement Eric Lilliequist Who’s Who In Student Council Gloria Lopez Who’s Who In Honor Roll an Shawn Martin Who’s Who In Summer Programs Henrietta Walela Who’s Who In Speech 24 D I - • n AT NMSVJ-J Darlene Ortiz Who’s Who In High Grades Tiffany Werner Who’s Who In Art Raymond Gallegos Who’s Who In Piano Tuning 25 MUSIC One only needs to witness students traveling across campus with their “blasters” to realize their love for music. The music department, headed by Marilyn Woods, is quick to capitalize on this interest and offers a wide range of possibilities for the study of music. The 7-Ups, boys’ vocal ensemble, has developed a reputation of excellence throughout the state. Their perfor- mances in 1983 were highlighted by an appearance before Governor Toney Anaya. Bottom: Marilyn Woods and the 7-Ups: Eric Lilliequist, Joaquin Luna, Ron LeBeouf, Gabriel Platero, Mike Power, Donnie Gallagher and Domenick Ludi. Right: Dennis Baca erupts into song during a lesson taught by Scott Kyle. HOME EC Students in Wanda McLain’s home economics classes receive instruc- tion in many practical skills. The cur- riculum includes sewing, food preparation and daily living skills. The classes operate a campus restaurant called the “Land of En- chowment” which teaches many of the skills necessary to operate a food business. Top Left: Marcos Romero takes a food order from Argelia Duran and Lillian Bob. Above: Gloris Platero puts the finishing touch on a sewing project. Instruction in physical education is an important component of the cur- riculum at NMSVH. Jack Harmon and Nova Hutchison design pro- grams to benefit each individual. Left: Jody Sanchez “pumps weights” during physical education class. PF 27 Education for special children presents many Left: Kim Lujan solves a puzzle in an exercise in challenges to Betty Weber and her staff. Various class. Top Left: GeeGee Samora checks her teaching methods are employed in an effort to braille paper for errors. Top Right: Pearl Hilliard, a provide the best program for each child, foster grandparent at NMSVH, holds Johnny regardless of the handicap. Bottom Right: Betty Knapp during a mid-morning break. Weber reads a book with David Baca. Bottom Bottom: Lupe Romero involves Gerald Peralta in a math assignment. Top Left: Cheryl Schultz shows Johnny Knapp and Steve Ulrich a miniature replica of a dinosaur during a special class unit. Top Right: Michelle Lucero puts the finishing touch on a coloring project. P RIMARY Love, enthusiasm and understanding seem to be the keys to success in the primary department. Under the direc- tion of Hazel Hahn, young students are guided through a myriad of activities each week. Most of the time students’ efforts are directed towards the basics — but some days there are special tasks which require attention: Right: One of those days found Laura Chap- pell, teacher’s aide, and Angie Pena decorating the class Christmas tree. Below Left: Class members settled in front of the tree when the job was com- plete. Pictured are as follows: Sarah Moretz, Kelly Burma, Angie Pena, Melissa Wade and Frankie McMurdie. Below Right: Kelly Burma asks for help while decorating an Easter egg. Left: Michelle Chacon (second from left), a sixth grader at NMSVH, spent part of her day at Sierra School in Alamogordo. While there, Michelle landed first place in the school’s spell- ing contest. Also shown are Isabel Bryant, sixth grade teacher; Jason Tucker, a classmate; Hazel Hahn, primary teacher at NMSVH; Chuck Montjoy, principal at Sierra School. Below: Paul Tapia (center) discusses morning assignments with Robert Abeyta and Lee Moore. 31 TECHNOLOGICAL ADAPTATIONS Various types of electronic reading devices have become an integral part of education for the blind. Bill Davis, media specialist, provides instruction to NMSVH students on several of these reading aids. Top: Michelle Chacon tackles an assignment on the Optacon. Above: English in- structor Patty Harmon has discovered many uses for the Ver- sabrailler in her classroom. Right: Gloria Lopez receives daily in- struction on the Kurzweil Reading Machine. 32 One of the strengths of the educa- tional program at NMSVH is flexibility. There is pleasant balance of educa- tional opportunities that occur inside and outside the classroom. Everyone recognizes the value of a strong cur- riculum implemented in the classroom, and yet many meaningful experiences are gained through carefully selected happenings in the community. The next few pages reflect the “bigger slice of life’’ that students frequently get involv- ed in. Right: Johnny Knapp and Steve Ulrich enjoy the merry-go-round during a visit to McDonalds. Below: Wanda Heffron, Eric Lopez and GeeGee Samora attend the leadership luncheon sponsored by the Chamber of Com- merce. Each student was recognized for his leadership abilities. Top: Ayocuan visited the campus in the fall and played South American music for staff and students. The group came to Alamogordo as part of the Artists-in-Schools program. Above left: Red Soistman was involved in a vast number of activities that occurred during the year. Red directs the student life and recreation programs. Above right: Seniors Wanda Hef- fron, Delton Mateya and Henrietta Walela handled publicity for the huge gorilla that was given away at the Halloween Carnival. 35 Below: The NMSVH Student Council had its largest membership this year. Council members were always involved in some major activity. Members and sponsors included left to right: DeeAnn Weber, Bev Briggs, Cheryl Smith, Tiffany Werner, Wanda Heffron, Christine Tsethlikai, Albert Ortiz, Gloris Platero, Mike Power, Alicia McAninch, Eric Lilliequist, Delton Mateya, Gloria Lopez, Jack Anderson, Domenick Ludi, Donnie Gallagher, Gabriel Platero and Fred Baker. Bot- tom left: This poster reflected the moods of many students when Mexican food was on the menu. Bottom right: Matthew Archuletta was the reci- pient of a major scholarship awarded by the NMSVH Foundation. Linda McMurdie, president- elect of Parents Who Care, made the presentation at the first annual membership meeting. Left: GeeGee Samora and Nancy Thompson were part of a cast that portrayed pilgrims during spirit week. Below: Joe Maes was captured at an interesting moment between class changes. Bot- tom: Students in Wanda McLain’s home economics clas presented their annual style show in the spring. Winners included Raymond Gallegos, Henrietta Walela, Delton Mateya, Gloris Platero, and Albert Ortiz. Students make their own material and pattern selection and then sew each outfit exhibited during the fashion show. 37 Right: Michelle Chacon enjoyed a morning walk through one of Alamogordo’s rare winter snows. Below: The winners of the “best dressed’’ contest on “Roaring Twenties Day’’ posed for their picture before visiting a local pizza parlor for a celebration. Bottom: Jack Anderson gets a check-up from consulting ophthalmologist Dr. Don Ham. Many students visit Dr. Ham for eye care during the school year. Above left: Al Prewitt, director of support services, spearheaded many improvements to the cam- pus during the school year. Al was very pleased with the all-surface track which was concluded in late spring. Above right: Darlene Ortiz, Marita Watchman, Nancy Thomp- son and Lee Moore visited the state capitol in Santa Fe. During the visit the group presented NMSVH-designed greeting cards to Governor Toney Anaya. Left: Alicia McAninch prepares a film strip for showing during a “Friday Afternoon Story Hour” sponsored by the library. Alicia and Wanda West presented a full state of ac- tivities covering a variety of interests. 39 THE PLAYGROUND Over 40 guest artists have visited the cam- pus since NMSVH became involved with the artists-in-schools program in 1977. This ex- citing and innovative progam does just what its name implies — gets artists into public school classrooms to share their creative abilities with children. Chris Spanovich, a potter from Chimayo, seves as a consultant with NMSVH, helping select artists and then coordinating their visits to the campus. Chris’s devotion in this area has launched many successful creative ventures. In 1982-83 the emphasis in the artists-in- schools program was focused on one major project which demanded that combined talents and skills of four artists: Judy Boles, weaver; Jack Loeffler, sound recordist and musician; Susan Hamilton, architect; and of course, Chris Spanovich. These four people worked together to create an outdoor playground that provides a special environ- ment for the visually handicapped. Special emphasis was placed on tactile and auditory areas of play. Natural materials and aspects of the environment were specifically evaluated and included in the final product. The structure combines a tower, tunnel, deck, trampoline and hammock with musical instruments, a puppoet window and cultural aspects. The funding for the project came from NMSVH and the New Mexico Arts Division. Opposite Page, Top Left: Judy Boles helps Melissa Wade work on a weaving for the hammock. Opposite Page, Bottom Left: Chris Spanovich examines tiles to be placed on the tower. Opposite Page, Bottom Right: Angie Pena tries out the trampoline. Top Center: Angie Pena, Shannon Williams, Melissa Wade and Sarah Moretz find the puppet window a delight. Bottom Left: Jack Loeffler was involved in most of the construc- tion, including some shovel work. 41 Below: Under the leadership of Jack Harmon, NMSVH fielded a cross-country team for the first time in many years. (Left to right:) David Sillers, Jody Sanchez, Ron LeBeouf, Delton Mateya, Mike Power, Domenick Ludi, Donnie Gallagher and Gabriel Platero all competed in several dual meets this year. Delton, Ron and Gabriel all qualified for the state championship. Below left: Patty Harmon (center) conducted the “Voice of Democracy” speech contest at NMSVH. DeeAnn Weber, Mike Power, Duran DuBoise and Henrietta Walela were winners. Henrietta went on to compete in regionals. The VFW sponsors this annual event. Below right: Barbara McDonald, director of in- struction, coordinates all educational activities at NMSVH. Below left: Paula Clouthier takes a break from cleaning her dormitory room. Students in the Jack Hall program tackled various housecleaning chores during the year. Below right: Domenick Ludi, chairman of a student council committee which created “Cooks and Custodians Day,” presented a special award to Rosa Lee Clark. Rose Lee is a member of the food services staff. Bottom right: Gabriel Platero waits for a reading of his temperature in the infirmary. Carol Hoyt and her nursing staff provided 24-hour-a-day medical services to our students. 43 Right: Ron LeBeouf receives last- minute encouragement from Paul Tapia during a wrestling tournament in December. Below: Jack Anderson checks the bulletin board for possi- ble jobs. Nancy Thompson headed a program which provided many youngsters with jobs. Below: The “music workshop” played brillian tly during a concert for Chaparral Junior High in Alamogordo. Marcos Romero, Mike Power, Scott Kyle, Robert Abeyta and Raymond Gallegos (behind Marcos) were an “instant success.” The New Mexico Dictionary defines recreation as “refreshment in body or mind by some form of play, amusement or relaxation.” The recreation department not only satisfies this definition, but as many students will tell you, far exceeds it. Since approximately 70% of a student’s time in a residential school is spent out- side the classroom, it is vital that ample leisure time be provided. The recreation department, under the direction of Red Soistman, plans a multitude of recrea- tional activities for students. Of course, students are allowed time to discover their own leisure time activities as well. Above: Linda Zimmerle coordinates the recrea- tional program at NMSVH. Linda’s in- novative approach to this program has created many new opportunities for students. Right: Dorothy Zitzler headed the arts and crafts room in the recreation center. Several buildings on the campus have the work of Dorothy and her students on display. On this day, Dorothy was elated by a surprise baby shower given by the staff. 46 1 Left: Jessica Walker spent a portion of her leisure time lear- ning to play the drums. Many students utilize the oppor- tunities to enjoy music as a pastime. Above: Several primary students enjoyed the slide at a local eating establish- ment. Students frequently make sojourns into the com- munity during their leisure time. 47 Sometimes the best things in life are right in your own backyard. Anyone walking by the swingset immediately after lunch might be quick to agree. Opposite page: Frankie McMurdie and several of his classmates soared to fan- tastic heights. There seemed to be a direct corelation between the height one obtained and the amount of fun and laughter generated. Below left: Students at the pre-school had many “neat things” to play on as well. Mona Saiz proved that she could “hold up her end” of the seesaw. Below right: Angie Pena and Melissa Wade were two more members of the “lunchtime gang.” On this day they could find no takers for the other end of the double seesaw. 50 iv. I Igsa-sp wmmmfimmm ■KtfMI «wg HgeaPM8 ■ ' ■■■■ lilll Opposite, top left: Phil James and Michelle Lucero, members of Cheryl Schultz’s primary class, enjoyed an outing at the zoo in Alameda Park. The monkeys seemed to create the most interest for the youngsters. Opposite, top right: Sarah Moretz took a break from her lessons to listen to a story on cassette tape. Students in Hazel Hahn’s class fre- quently spent extra time listening to their favorite tapes. Opposite, bot- tom: Tandem bicycles may have fad- ed into the background in most places, but not at NMSVH. The recreation department has two that are in constant use. Brenda Platero and Gloria Lopez are shown taking a spin on a lazy spring afternoon. Left: The old basketball goal near the education building was rediscovered this year. Most afternoons this spring found several students executing the “skyhook” and the “give and go.” Anthony Gallegos puts up a shot while waiting for friends to join him in a scrimmage. 51 One of the more enjoyable aspects of the recreation pro- gram is skiing during the winter months. Students made weekly treks to Ruidoso and Cloud- croft to “make a run down the mountain.” Top: Sean Martin receives skiing instruction from a volunteer from the Sierra Blanca Handicapped Skiers Association. Above: Kelley Crosby gets help with her ski boots. Right: Reggie Cordova was a real “hot dogger” on the slopes. 52 Quimby Gymnasium was rocking with spirit and enthusiasum in April when NMSVH hosted students from neighboring states for competition in goal ball and gymnastics. Students from Texas School for the Blind in Austin and Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind in Tucson stayed on our campus during the two day event. Above: The NMSVH girls’ goal ball team played brilliantly, re- maining undefeated throughout the competition. Team members are shown changing sides of the court during halftime. Pictured left to right: Tracy Donahue, Darlene Ortiz, Coach Pita Quintana, Michelle Chacon, Jolene Ortiz and Brenda Platero. Insert: Elaine Sandoval turned in an outstanding performance on the balance beam. Elaine has been involved in gymnastics for many years at NMSVH. Her coach is Nova Hutchison. 54 Top: Superintendent Jerry Watkins greets newly ap- pointed board of regents members J. Ventura Garcia and Cipriano Esquibel prior to their confirmation by the New Mexico Senate in Santa Fe. Above: Gene Hum- phrey left: presented Henrietta Walela with a scholar- ship at the first annual NMSVH Foundation meeting. The foundation, under the leadership of Nancy Thomp- son, conducted its charter membership drive in the spr- ing. Right: Santa Claus surprised the NMSVH volunteers with an appearance at their Christmas party. Jeanne Gemmell gave Santa “a hearty welcome.” SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPECIAL OLY MPICS SPECIAL OLYMPICS One of the events which generates a great amount of excitement at NMSVH each year is Special Olympics competi- tion. In January, nine NMSVH students journeyed to Eagle Creek Ski Area near Ruidoso to compete in the second an- nual Winter Special Olympics Games. Then in April, most of the students enrolled in the Jack Hall program gathered at Alamogordo High School for track and field events. Competition was also held in bolwing and swimming the same week. Training for athletic events begins several weeks before actual competi- tion. Each athlete is assigned a training plan and works out two or three times a week. Emphasis is on physical fitness throughout the program. Betty Weber coordinates all Special Olympics activities at NMSVH. Staff members from several areas donate hours of their time to make the project a success. Top Left: Bob Disher serves as a sighted guide for Chuck Crawford in the 100 yard dash. Top Right: Ron Lowe “reared back and threw” the frisbee a considerable distance. Mar- rissa Gomez (paper in hand) checks his progress. Middle Right: Corey Patricio is assisted by Cheryl Smith in his 100 yard dash. Bottom Left: GeeGee Samora receives instruction from a volunteer at the Winter Special Olym- pics Games in Ruidoso. Bottom Middle Left: Cheryl Smith exhibits the form which landed her first place in skiing competition. Bottom Middle Right: Paula Clouthier receives a medal for her efforts in the softball throw. Bottom Right: Rolf Lewis was on hand for track and field events. Rolf helped students keep organized during the busy day. SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPECIAL L. L OLYMPICS SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPECIAL OLYMPICS Above: Tom Martinez receives a plaque from Jerry Watkins during ceremonies on “Tom Mar- tinez Day” in the fall. Martinez, a graduate of NMSVH, was selected as Handicapped Federal Employee of the Year, and flew to Washington, D.C. to receive his award. Martinez visited the school a few days after receiving the award and addressed the student body. Right: Kelly Bur- ma tries the popcorn during a performance of “Disney on Ice” in El Paso. Many NMSVH students attended this outstanding show. 58 May 20 was a special day at NM SVH. Students, staff and friends gathered on the campus to celebrate the 80th birthday of the school. Alicia McAninch organized a fun-filled day which involved most of the people on cam- pus. There was competition in volleyball, basketball, softball and various other sports. The staff kept the upper hand in the games until the final event — the tug of war. In this event the students evened the score from last year, defeating the staff in three matches. Top left: Bob Disher demonstrates his “championship style” in the sack race. Bob won the staff com- petition in this event for the second year in a row. Top right: Bea Carmichael, a teacher at NMSVH for 25 years, returned to the school as a guest speaker during the birthday celebration. Bottom left: Alicia McAninch organized the ac- tivities and kept things running smoothly. Bot- tom right: The beginning of the sack race reveals the determination of the competitors. 59 Top left: The class of 1983 said their final farewells to NMSVH in graduation ceremonies on May 27. The class address was delivered by Matthew Archuleta. Commencement speaker was Dr. Carson Nolan, president of American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, Kentucky. Class members are as follows: left to right: Delton Mateya, Henrietta Walela, Matthew Archuleta, Wanda Heffron and Jessica Walker. Walela and Archuleta were reci- pients of full scholarships to New Mexico universities. Top right: Matthew Archuleta enjoys the beach during the class trip to California. Seniors visited numerous attractions in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. Bottom right: Wanda Heffron made new friends on the beach. Bottom left: Mark Carter, in his first year at NMSVH, led the senior class through many activities, 1 culminating with the class trip and graduation. 60 61 Robert Abeyta Jack Anderson Matthew Archuleta Becky Baca David Baca Dennis Baca Lucio Baca Lillian Bob Jessie Brito Kelly Burma Lola Casares Michelle Chacon Paula Clouthier Reggie Cordova Chuck Crawford Kelly Crosby Conrad Davis Oletha Davis - ' Up ' 64 POPULAR SONGS “Photograph” — Def Leapard “Flashdance” — Irene Cara “So This is Love” — Van Halen “Glass Houses” — Billy Joel “Why Me?” — Planet P “The Gambler” — Kenny Rogers Tracy Donahue Johnna Dorsett Duran DuBoise Donald Dunham Freddie Freeland Donnie Gallagher Raymond Gallegos Wanda Heffron Sarah Isambert 65 Phil James Ron LeBeouf Eric Lilliequist Eric Lopez Gloria Lopez Ron Lowe Michelle Lucero Domenick Ludi Kim Lujan 66 Joaquin Luna Shawn Martin Delton Mateya Frankie McMurdie Lee Moore Ellen Nolan Albert Ortiz Darlene Ortiz Jolene Ortiz 68 “IN” EXPRESSIONS Say What??? What’s going down? iS ' ONs! n? Aaahhh! Hey (Scuz rocket!) Radical! Robert Ortiz Angie Pena Gerald Peralta Brenda Platero Gabriel Platero Gerald Platero Gloris Platero Mike Power Roberta Price 69 Marcos Romero GeeGee Samora Jody Sanchez Elaine Sandoval David Sillers Cheryl Smith Celina Tekala Christine Tsethlikai Stevie Ulrich 70 POPULAR TV PROGRAMS M-TV Night Rider M A S H Fame Fraggle Rock Three’s Company HBO Cinemax Lisa Wade Henrietta Walela Jessica Walker Martia Watchman DeAnn Weber Tiffany Werner 71 PRE-SCHOOL In 1974 a pre-school was established in Albu- querque for children from birth through six years of age and since that time has become an integral part of the NMSVH educational program. This year marked the expansion of that program with a new pre-school classroom being located on the cam- pus of the school for the deaf in Santa Fe. Joe Dominguez is the head of the pre-school program in both communities; his wife, Betty, is the teacher of the Albuquerque school. Kathy LaForte handles teaching responsibilities in Santa Fe. The pre-school progam uses home visitations and organized classes to promote each child s development. Emphasis in the program focuses upon developing individualized prescriptive pro- grams to assist the child and parents with such things as daily living skills, orientation and mobili- ty, and perceptual development. Top Left: A spr- ing day in Albuquerque provided the perfect op- portunity for a buggy ride for Zoe Riley, Jennifer Madden, Jessica Romero add Brianne Kotschwar. Top Right: The whole gang climbed into a large cradle for “a rocking good time.” Bottom Left: Kathy LaForte helps Marina Tapia and Matthew Gallegos get organized for morning activities at the pre-school in Santa Fe. Middle Right: Zoe Riley enjoys the indoor slide at the school. Bottom Right: Mona Saiz, Ernest Baca and Brianne Kotschwar spend time playing on the climbing blocks. S3 72 73 ALBUQUERQUE PRE-SCHOOL Joe Dominguez Director Betty Dominguez Sandra Gutierrez Sue Segotta Cheryl White Ernie Baca Larry Gonzales Louise Jojola Brianne Kotschwar Michelle Lopez Bonnie McLaughlin Jennifer Madden Jon Peterson Zoe Riley Jessica Romero Mona Saiz Elisia Sedillo 74 Matthew Gallegos Andrea Martinez Daniel Perez Marina Tapia DWIGHT OHLINGER “OVER A DECADE OF CARING” SANTA FE PRE-SCHOOL In recent years at NMSVH administrators have sung the praises of the board of regents for their genuine concern for students and responsiveness to the needs of staff members. Many successes at the school during the last decade can be credited to Dwight Ohlinger. Dwight was appointed to the board in 1970 and served until 1983. During this time he filled two terms as chairman of the board. Dwight’s devotion to the school has been evi- dent year after year. Even though Dwight no longer has an official involvement with NMSVH, he is cer- tainly considered a good friend by those of us who have had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. It is a rare individual who will take time from a demanding schedule to attend school func- tions. But Dwight is there time and time again. He has a deep appreciation for the closeness of the people at NMSVH, “One of the things I am most proud of is the family atmosphere at the school. It’s an old-fashioned attitude of caring, and I like it.” Dwight’s dedication to the school and its pro- grams, respect for staff and studets and com- petency in managing an educational facility will not be forgotten. Dwight, we wish you well in all your future endeavors. We will miss you, but we are hopeful that you can always find time to spend with us at NMSVH. In appreciation for all that you have done for NMSVH, we are dedicating the 1982-83 Golden Bear Yearbook in your honor. 75 EDITOR: LARRY CLARK GRAPHIC DESIGNER: PAT THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHERS: LARRY CLARK, ED EKMAN, JUAN CARDIEL, ALICIA McANINCH, PAT THOMAS, NANCY THOMPSON COMPOSER: PAT WOODLE 76 Gwen Arney Fred Baker Kaye Baker Beverly Briggs Elsie Basinger Joy Burks Goldie Caldwell Juan Cardie! Mark Carter 78 PARENTS WHO CARE 1982-83 marked the beginnings of a parent sup- port group at NMSVH. The group, Parents Who Care, met regularly and became involved in several pro- jects, including gathering tips on parenting visually impaired children. Members plan to compile these ideas into a book. The highlight of the group’s ac- tivities was a workshop entitled “Parents and Profes- sionals,” which was held on the campus in April. Right: PWC President Charlie Nolan presented an honorary membership to Governor Toney Anaya in April. Katie McMurtrey, NMSVH Liaison Worker, coordinated all activities between Parents Who Care and NMSVH. Laura Chappell Larry Clark Rosalee Clark Bill Davis Bob Disher Marie DiVirgilio Randy Dominguez Argelia Duran Darlene Ellinger i 79 Ruth Elms Sandra Fumerola Lorine Gomez Margaret Gomez Marrissa Gonzales Annie Graham Hazel Hahn Jack Harmon Patty Harmon 80 ■ TEACHER OF THE YEAR Wanda McLain left, home economics instructor, was named “Teacher of the Year” by Parents Who Care at their annual banquet held on the campus during April. Superintendent Jerry Watkins presented Wanda with an engraved silver tray at the ceremony. Other nominees for this award included Hazel Hahn, Paul Tapia, Wanda West and Patty Harmon. Wanda has been an instructor at NMSVH since 1976. Since that time she has developed one of the most comprehensive home economics programs in New Mexico. Judy Hendrickson Mike Hickey Emma Hooker Ruth Howell Nova Hutchison Mike Julian Eva Kohlrust Irene Kowatch Pat Kraft 81 Scott Kyle Rolf Lewis Helen MacNeill Barbara McDonald Wanda McLain Katie McMurtrey 82 “THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME” Creating a home-like atmosphere in a residential dormitory is not an easy task. The formula for suc- cess includes dedicated people who truly enjoy their work. Right: Fred Baker, Resident Life Coordinator, sums it up very well, “Warmth and love are shared between the dorm staff and students. When we are on the job, it becomes less of a job and more of a liv- ing experience where staff and students alike can feel and function in a home-like environment. Although the labels may be missing, the dorm staff takes on the identity of real family members. We go beyond job descriptions.’’ 83 84 14 BOSS OF THE YEAR Anna Mixon places a crown on her boss, Superintendent Jerry Watkins, during a banquet sponsored by the Cholla Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. Jerry was selected as “Boss of the Year” for 1983 at the annual event, which was held at the Officers’ Club at Holloman Air Force Base. Each person considered for this prestigious award was nominated in a letter written by one of their employees. Anna submitted the letter asking that Jerry be considered for the honor. Pat Vigil Betty Weber Wanda West Glenna Wilmot Pat Woodle Marilyn Woods Susan Wride Linda Zimmerle Dorothy Zitzler 85 “AN EXTRAORDINARY CREW” Ask just about anyone in Alamogordo where to find a lush, green area “to take a stroll through” and they will direct you to the NMSVH campus. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with lawns, trees, shrubs and numerous rose gardens. Keeping up with a 35- acre campus is no easy task, and yet, Bill Steele and his maintenance crew keep the place immaculately groomed throughout the year. The diligence ex- hibited by these people is certainly appreciated by those of us who walk the campus each day. Right: David Soto spends countless hours each year grooming the rose gardens. This type of attention to detail has made the campus a true “oasis in the desert.” FOSTER GRANDPARENTS “We peddle love, but it’s legal.” This is the motto of the people who visit the campus each day and serve as grandparents for students in the Jack Hill program. The grand- parents get involved in many aspects of the education of their “grandchildren.” Accor- ding to Betty Weber, “They can do anything for a child a natural grandparent can do. Our kids accepted them immediately.” Lucilla Baroz Edna Lechner Elaine Bynum Pearl Hilliard Helen Reynolds Sara Simpson Donna Thomas 87 AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR tuf mi- ls WEST 16th STREET NeW YORK, N.Y. looil


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