Digital Arts Instructor Wins Modern-Day Technology Leader Award

Zac Van NoteLong-time UNM and UNM Continuing Education instructor and Northrop Grumman Corporation employee Zac Van Note was recognized as a Modern-Day Technology Leader at the BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference held February 6-8, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The Black Engineer of the Year Awards were established 29 years ago to encourage diversity and recognize excellence. BEYA has grown into a large annual conference, celebrating the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The Modern-Day Technology Leader Awards are presented to a wide range of recipients to recognize dedication to community service, educational leadership and outstanding technical and professional contributions, among other achievements.

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photo1In addition to teaching, working, winning awards and raising a family, Zac has been coaching teams in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition for the last seven years. Teams of kids, ages nine through 14, compete in several categories including Robot Design, Robot Performance, Research Project/Presentation and Teamwork/Core Values. Younger kids, ages six through nine, participate in Junior FLL, and build a motorized LEGO model and research poster based on the year’s topic. This year’s theme was natural disasters. FLL is an international event, with over 200,000 kids competing in regional events in over 70 countries. The New Mexico Regional Championship took place at Albuquerque Academy on February 1, 2014. It was a very successful event! The GearClub NM took some top awards!

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Zac Van Note graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from New Mexico State University. He has over 20 years of experience in graphic design, web development and marketing communications. He has worked on a wide range of projects, including websites, User Experience (UX) design, catalogs, magazines and tradeshow booths and has contributed to several Dreamweaver books as an author and technical editor for New Riders and Thomson-Course Technologies. He has also contributed articles to technical websites, including and 
Zac runs a small company, which offers web design and hosting solutions.

Since 1999, Zac has taught hundreds of classes at the University of New Mexico, UNM Continuing Education and Santa Fe Community College, including Web Design, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign and many more. In 2006, Zac was nominated by students and selected as Instructor of the Year at UNM Continuing Education. Common comments from students of Zac’s classes are often  “always a good experience.”

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Tuition for each class is $299. All classes are held at UNM Continuing Education, 1634 University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque. For more information or to register, visit the Digital Arts web page at or 505-277-0077.

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