Homecoming 2015:
Live Lobo and Prosper

October 12-October 17, 2015

Join The Homecoming 126 Club

Join The Homecoming 126 Club!

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Join The Homecoming 126 Club: By joining The Homecoming 126 Club, you send a strong message to other alumni and friends about the importance of supporting the UNM Alumni Association and the University of New Mexico. Members will receive either a pair of tickets to the Homecoming football game or a copy of the limited edition Homecoming poster. In addition you will be listed as a member of the loyal Homecoming 126 Club on the Alumni Association’s website.

Your generous donation of $126 will help sponsor the University of New Mexico’s Homecoming celebrations!
Alumni Sponsored Events, 2015

Alumni Sponsored Events

CAMPUS DEPARTMENTS DECORATING CONTEST: Each department participating in the contest will receive a commemorative 2015 Homecoming poster. Judging will take place at the UNM Faculty and Staff Alumni Luncheon. Contact: Lisa Lindquist, ldelgado@unm.edu, 505-277-7870 or Laura Montoya at lmont@unm.edu, 505-277-3733.

UNM FACULTY AND STAFF ALUMNI LUNCHEON, Wednesday, October 14, 12:00 pm: The UNM Alumni Association would like to show appreciation for our super full-time faculty and staff who are UNM alumni. Tickets will be available the week of October 5. Check your invitation for details. Remember to bring your community service donations to the luncheon in exchange for a homecoming pin!

ALUMNI OPEN HOUSE, Friday, October 16, 6:00 p.m.:  WALK THE RED CARPET AT THE ALUMNI CENTER at HODGIN HALL.  Now is your chance to visit and mingle with alumni. Music and refreshments. Reservations strongly recommended.

THE ALL UNIVERSITY BREAKFAST, Saturday, October 17, 9:00 a.m.: The All University Breakfast recognizes the accomplishments of New Mexico alumni through the presentation of the Zia and Mortar Board Lobo awards. A new premier award will recognize an Inspirational Young Alumnus. Reservations required. Call 505-277-5808 (1-800-258-6866).

UNM SOUTHWEST FIESTA TAILGATE, Saturday, October 17: Join fellow alumni and Lobo fans for the biggest tailgate event at the CLUB LEVEL, Wise Pies Arena, aka the PIT! Everyone is welcome! Live entertainment, special guests, and more. If you’re hungry, we'll serve our traditional southwest fare for only $15/adult, $5/child 12 and under. Tickets available this fall. This is a great time to check out Wise Pies Arena.

21st ANNUAL UNM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SILENT AUCTION, Saturday, October 17: Bid on great auction packages at the Southwest Fiesta Tailgate at THE PIT! All proceeds benefit the UNM Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and programs. Donate an item for the auction, online or call Victoria Beserra-Lujan at the UNM Alumni Relations Office, 505-277-5808.

UNM LOBOS vs. Hawai'i, Saturday, October 17, Game Time, TBA: Wear your favorite super RED Lobo shirt to help Super Lobo Louie and Lucy gather LOBO SPIRIT and cheer on the Lobos at University Stadium as they take on the Rebels in the traditional Homecoming football game. Half-time festivities include the coronation of the Homecoming Queen and King. Discount tickets available this fall at $10/each. Call the UNM Alumni Relations Office, 505-277-5808 or 800-258-6866.

Participate In The Community Service Project

UNM Alumni Association launches
its annual Homecoming Community Service Project

The UNM Alumni Association will collect items at several locations across campus beginning Monday, October 12 through Friday, October 16, 2015.

For the 6th year in a row, the UNM Alumni Association will collect items to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities New Mexico (RMHC-NM) as part of its Homecoming Community Service Project. RMHC-NM RMHC-NM provides comfort, care and a home away from home for families whose children are in medical treatment. They service over 70 family members each month in their Albuquerque location. This year RMHC-NM has asked that we collect disposable paper or Styrofoam bowls.

Also this year, with many Albuquerque Public Schools’ families in need of assistance, the UNM Alumni Association will gather much-needed donations benefiting the APS Title I Homeless Project. With nearly 7,000 homeless children and youth in the Albuquerque area, these donations make a tremendous difference in these students’ lives. Donations should include travel-size toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes, soap, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Community Service Donation Box Locations:

Community Service donation box locations will be announced in August, 2015. Email Sue MacEachen at smac14@unm.edu to request a donation box in your office or building.

Last Updated: April 21, 2015

Homecoming 2014 Howling@Homecoming Wrap-up

HOWL@125, and UNM’s 125th anniversary set the stage
for last year’s Homecoming celebrations!

The week kicked off on Sunday, September 21, with a pre-game tailgate for the Men’s Soccer game at UNM Stadium, sponsored by the Global Education Office, Alumni Association and it’s Lobo Prowl Committee. Soccer alums greeted family, friends and fans with a super howling fanfare, complete with noisemakers suitable for Lobo Soccer. See all the Homecoming photos on Flickr!

UNM@125 Movie Premiere

Alumni and the UNM community walked the red carpet and packed the theater at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Tuesday evening, September 23, for the movie premiere of UNM@125, a 57 minute documentary highlighting UNM’s 125 years of service to New Mexico. Created by Arci Chapa and the Cultural Research Center, the impression left by the film moved many to tears in it’s celebration of UNM’s rich history. [ Link to UNM@125 ]

Campus Decorating Contest

Campus departments took time off their busy schedules to decorate UNM 125th Anniversary medallions and create short films to celebrate HOWL@125. The entries were displayed at the annual Alumni Faculty and Staff Appreciation luncheon at the Student Union Building on Wednesday, September 24th. Guests were able to walk around and vote on the winning posters. The School of Engineering took top prize with a blue ribbon theme. The winner of the video contest went to College Enrichment and Outreach Program’s Student Support Services, featuring a dream world at UNM. [ Link to Short Films ]

Educational Sessions and Activities

The Alumni Association collaborated with several departments on campus to feature educational sessions for alumni and the UNM community to observe. Some of these included:

  • Collection tours at Maxwell Museum
  • Behind the scenes at Zimmerman Library
  • Arthur Blumenfeld Endowed Lecture Series featuring Interim Superintendent of APS, Brad Winter
  • UNM Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy featuring Tennille L. Marley, on “Indigenous Knowledge Land and History: Determinants of American Indian Health”
  • Anderson School of Management featured Professor Manuel Montoya and International Business Students Global Showcase
  • Spanish and Portuguese Department: “The Spanish Presence in the United States”
  • College of Nursing and School of Medicine: Tours of the BATCAVE and Simulation Labs
  • Friends of Dance: Alumni choreographers presented “From the Horse’s Mouth” and honored Elizabeth Waters, longtime dance professor
  • UNM Staff Council hosted a lunch at the Faculty Staff Club and gave away 125 prizes.
Alumni Awards

Several alumni organizations recognized the accomplishments of those who have contributed outstanding personal service to the university or who have distinguished themselves in philanthropic endeavors, public office, service to the University, community and volunteer activities, business or professional fields, or who have made a contribution to education.

  • UNM Alumni Association presented its alumni awards at the All University Breakfast on Saturday, September 27. The Zia Awards went to John Draper, ’75 JD; Chuck Lanier, ’43 BA; Damon Martinez, ’89 BA, ’92 JD; Don Power ’72 BAED, ’83 MBA; Ruth Schifani, ’70 BA, ’76 JD; and Barbara Vigil, ’85 JD. The Lobo Award was presented to VP for Athletics, Tim Cass, ’87 BBA; and the Inspirational Young Alumnus Award went to Michael Chicarelli, ’97 BSN, ’11 MSN.
  • Black Alumni Chapter presented it’s Living Legend Awards to Don Perkins, ’60; Adolph Plummer, ’67 BSPE; Ira Harge, ’65 BS and Rita Powdrell,’68. The Trailblazer Awards went to Ron Wallace, ’77 BA, Marsha Hardeman, ’77 JD, ’78 MPA, Captain Charlie Jones and Geraldine Harge, ’75 MA.
  • College of Nursing honored their distinguished alumni: Cipriano Botello, RN ’07 and Ann Marie McCarthy, PhD, MSN, CNP ’08.
  • UNM Lettermen recognized Kiki Saavedra as their Honorary Letterman for 2014
Special Reunions, Community Service and More

This year, several departments hosted special reunions to reconnect alumni with their former classmates and professors. The Honors International Program invited former students to reconnect with professors and colleagues who traveled with them to various sites around the world including South America, Australia, Central America and Europe. The Earth and Planetary Sciences enjoyed a full weekend of activities with their alumni including a dedication, luncheon, and lecture at Northrop Hall. The Alumni Veterans chapter hosted new members at the Alumni Open House on Thursday, September 25.

Community Service has continued to become a high priority during Homecoming Week as the campus collected toiletries for the APS Title 1 Homeless Program and paper bowls for the Ronald McDonald House. The use of a U-Haul truck was donated to collect the goods and delivered to each program. Special thanks to the UNM Community for their donations! The Homecoming Steering Committee prepared a tailgate meal for the residents at Ronald McDonald House.

With the traditional football game being moved to Friday evening so the Lobos could get air time on ESPN2, the annual silent auction was moved to Thursday night’s Alumni Open House under the big tent. The Alumni Center was packed from top to bottom with alums, enjoying live music and bidding on unique auction items. The online auction made items available to alumni who could not be here in person. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Homecoming Scholarship Program which will provide one student from each of UNM’s 13 schools with a scholarship.

The Alumni Association hosted its annual pre-game tailgate, the largest on the Stadium West lot on Friday afternoon. Fan giveaways included megaphones for howling, pom poms, face tattoos, and lots of beads. The 2014 Homecoming Court was introduced to the crowd. With a live band in attendance, the tent was rocking and howling, waiting for the Lobos to take the field. The half-time coronation ceremony was the highlight of the game with Queen Sophie Salcedo and King Jordan Dautenhahn. The UNM Alumni Association would like to thank all who participated in helping to make Homecoming 2014 a Howling success.

Homecoming schedule is subject to change.
Schedule of events last updated: April 21, 2015