Teens Tackle UN Tasks

Albuquerque Press Women will hear about the model UN program at La Cueva High School on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 11:45 a.m. at the MCM Elegante Hotel, 2020 Menaul NE.  Greg Shaw, sponsor of the Model UN program teaches Contemporary Issues in the Gifted Program at La Cueva.  He has a Ph.D. in Applied Physiology with a background in research. Shaw and members of the Model UN Team will speak about their program.

The Model UN is a student-centered program that makes use of United Nations simulations.  Students role-play ambassadors and delegates to debate, negotiate, and write resolutions on diverse topics such as: the establishment of a definition for private military contractors, the construction of a constitution for post-revolutionary Libya, or, addressing current global problems such as human trafficking, or even, the promotion of maternal health and/or literacy.

The cost of the lunch is $15 for members and $21 for non-members.  Anyone is welcome, but reservations must be made in advance by emailing presswomen@yahoo.com



NM Press Women Annual Conference in Santa Fe

New Mexico Press Women are preparing for the annual conference, scheduled in Santa Fe for the first weekend in May.  The conference schedule is listed below.  If you are interested in attending, please visit the NM Press Women webpage.

Pre-conference Activities


4:40 p.m.  Travel to downtown Santa Fe. Assemble in lobby for shuttle van downtown or travel downtown in your own car.  (Please indicate participation on registration form.)

5-7 p.m.  Gallery Art Walk/New Mexico History Museum/New Mexico Museum of Fine Art/Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Take a stroll to art galleries on Palace and Lincoln avenues.  Free admission to the museums on Friday night.

7-9 p.m.  Dinner with a Local. Groups will meet at their chosen restaurant downtown. Each group will be led by a local member.  (Please indicate participation on registration form.) Participants will pay for dinner that night. Options include San Francisco Bar & Grill, Il Piatto, La Plazuela at La Fonda and Tia’s Cocina.

9:15 p.m. Return to the Hotel. Shuttle van and carpools leave downtown. (Please indicate participation on registration form.)


Conference Day

8-9 a.m. Breakfast Buffet/Registration Desk Opens.

8:30-10 a.m. NMPW Membership Meeting. Participate in the annual state membership meeting of New Mexico Press Women.  Don’t miss the election of new officers.

10:15- 11 a.m.  Narrative Nonfiction: Truth in Storytelling. Acclaimed author James McGrath Morris will share some of his tips. In this centennial year, hear how the author brings history to life in his books.

11:15 a.m.-Noon: Real or Fake: Indian Arts at the Crossroads. With the future of traditional arts at stake, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) created the Traditional Arts Ambassadors program. Learn why this has become an economically and culturally critical issue for Native artists from the first two appointed ambassadors: Darryl Begay, Navajo/Dine, and Cippy Crazyhorse, Cochiti Pueblo. Bruce Bernstein, SWAIA executive director, will join Begay and Cippyhorse on a panel moderated by long-time journalist Kay Lockridge.

12:15-1:45 p.m. Zia Awards Luncheon. The top three finalists are honored and the winner will be announced. The category is nonfiction. Book lovers will hear from the authors about their works.

2-3:30 p.m.  Social Media: Are You Part of the Conversation?  See examples of some of the latest trends and tips from our presenters: Wendy Forbes, a professional consultant on social media; Todd Lovato, managing editor of the dynamic/interactive website SantaFe.com; and award-winning writer Lisa Abeyta, who is the founder of APPCityLife, Inc., a mobile app development company.

3:45-4:30 p.m. Re-inventing yourself for fun and profit. Learn how to create your own job or prepare for your next career move. Hear from two veteran writers, Lesley S. King and Shirley Raye Redmond, who continue to hone their skills to excel in changing times.

5:30 p.m.  Scholarship Silent Auction Opens/Cocktail Reception.  No host bar. Awards Dinner Registration.

6:30 p.m.  Awards Dinner.  Buffet Opens.

7:00 p.m.  Introduction of Scholarship Winners.

7:30 p.m.  Silent Auction Closes.

7:30-8 p.m. The State of the Free Press and What We Can Learn from History.

Investigative reporter Sally Denton is the author of seven books including her latest, The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right.  Denton has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, including: The Washington Post, The New York Times, Salon, The Chicago Tribune, Columbia Journalism Review and The Toronto Globe and Mail.

8-9:30 p.m.  Communications Contest Awards Ceremony.

Zia Award Recognizes Three Outstanding Children’s Book Authors

Three outstanding New Mexico women writers will be honored for their work in children’s literature on Saturday, April 9, at 12:15 p.m. at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. The 2011 Zia Book Award recognizes Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw for “My Travelin’ Eye” in first place, Jennifer Cervantes for “Tortilla Sun” in second place, and Karen Taschek for “Hanging with Bats: Ecobats, Vampires, and Movie Stars” in third place.

The award is presented by New Mexico Press Women. The winning writers will read and sign books at an award luncheon during NMPW’s annual conference, “Come see the stars in Las Cruces,” newmexicopresswomen.org/conference.

In “My Travelin’ Eye,” Jenny Sue’s eyes are different from other people’s eyes. Her right eye looks in one direction, while her left eye sometimes wanders. Jenny Sue has a travelin’, lazy eye. Although it makes her different, it also helps her see the world in a special way. Kostecki-Shaw is a freelance illustrator. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and The Illustration Academy. This is her first picture book. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, Patrick.

“Tortilla Sun” is the story of 12 year old Izzy from California who must spend the summer with her grandmother in New Mexico. Along with some new friends and a pinch of magic, she finds herself on an adventure to connect the hidden pieces of her past. Cervantes was named a 2010 New Voices pick by the American Booksellers Association. She teaches young adult literature at New Mexico State University. She lives with her husband and three daughters.

“Hanging with Bats” explores bat fact and bat fiction, highlighting bats’ value in ecology and pop culture. Taschek introduces the world’s tiniest mammal, the 20 ounce bumble bee bat, the flying fox with a six-foot wingspan and others of the more than 1,100 species of bats. She explains common expressions like “bats in your belfry” and bats’ roles in movies, cultural legends and literature. Taschek is a freelance author and editor for Random House and UNM Press.

The Zia Award was started in 1953 to honor an outstanding woman in New Mexico media. Each year the award rotates to one of three categories: nonfiction, fiction and children’s literature. The 2011 award was judged by Leslie Chamberlin, director, Tireman Library, University of New Mexico; Mandy Cumming, assistant librarian, Albuquerque High School; and Sari Krosinsky, chair, Zia Book Award, and editor, University Communication and Marketing, University of New Mexico.

The 2012 Zia Book Award will be given to the author of an outstanding nonfiction book published in 2009, 2010 or 2011. The contest is open to all subgenres of nonfiction. Details will will be posted on NMPW’s Web site in the fall.

NMPW is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women and exists to provide professional development, networking and First Amendment rights protection to professional journalists and communicators. For more information, visit newmexicopresswomen.org.