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CROWNPOINT, NEW MEXICO After withstanding a weekend of flash floods, Navajo Technical University plans to continue with its four day community celebration on its new status as a university.
The Birth of a University Celebration will kick-off on September 18th at 9:00 am at NavajoTech's Information Technology building on its Crownpoint campus. The main focus of the first day of celebration will be a a visit by NASA and the Traveling Space Museum which will showcase over fourteen space exhibits free to the community. A welcoming address by Navajo Technical University President Dr. Elmer J. Guy and remarks by Navajo President Ben Shelly will lead off that morning's events.
The second day of celebration will be culturally oriented and will begin with a sheep butchering at 8:00 am. Storytelling and cultural activities will occur throughout the day and a free mutton lunch will be provided.
On Friday, NavajoTech will celebrate with student club activities throughout the day in addition to a James and Ernie comedy show at 1:00 pm. The Sneezy Boys will also provide a free concert to the community at 8:00 pm.
The four-day event will come to a close on Saturday, September 21, with a fun run/walk for the community starting at 6:00 am.
NavajoTech was hit hard by flash floods over the weekend forcing the school to call for two evacuations. The university's administration and admission office building, student services building, and cafeteria were also forced to close by Navajo Nation Risk Management, and student family housing will be assessed today. In spite of all the damage, NavajoTech's IT building remains unaffected by the flooding. All university celebration activity will take place in that building.
Even though the Navajo Technical University received its status as a university by the Navajo Nation in July, it wasn't until the middle of August that the university received recognition from their academic accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, that the status became fully official.
posted September 17, 2013 6:30 am edt