Homecoming 2020 — Connected by the Unexpected

Homecoming isn’t on hold in 2020 as we work to honor tradition, our students and alumni. Lobos are “Connected by the Unexpected,” and our new reality has inspired us to celebrate our University and what it means to be a Lobo in new, creative ways that keep us united and growing together, no matter the distance between us.

UNM Homecoming 2020 features a great lineup of events, many of which you can participate in from anywhere — nationwide! Let’s get ready to celebrate our Lobo Pride!

Week-Long Activity

Spirit Yard Sign Campaign
Showcase your Lobo Pride during Homecoming season with special edition Homecoming 2020 yard signs! We have a limited number of these spirit signs available for just $10 with free delivery to homes in the Albuquerque Metro Area. Mail delivery is also available for an additional postage fee. Order your sign today!

Monday, Sept. 28

Lucy and Louie Local Hero Thank Yous
Your favorite furry Lobos will be visiting local heroes who have been on the front lines and helping our communities during the pandemic. Nominate a local hero by emailing the Alumni Relations Office at alumni@unm.edu with 200 words or less on why your heroes should be recognized.

Homecoming Poster Reveal
This year’s special Homecoming poster was designed by Noé Barnett (’18 BFA), an Albuquerque native who graduated cum laude in his class at The University of New Mexico. We’re thrilled to reveal Noé’s inspired work, and you can pre-order prints of the poster on our website.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

SA+P ‘Architecture’ Chapter Virtual Lecture — 6 p.m.
Join the SA+P Chapter for “Thinking out of the Orthogonal Box: Where are they now?” Alumni from UNM's Architecture program will discuss how they have pursued careers outside of architecture.

Virtual Paint Night with Hammer & Stain ABQ — 6:30 p.m.
Bring out your inner artist for this exciting Virtual Paint Night with Hammer & Stain ABQ! Get the family together with some snacks and refreshments, and design some family fun.

Order your supply kit on the UNM Alumni website and pick them up at Hammer & Stain ABQ, or have it mailed to you if you order by Sept. 23. The live virtual painting class starts at 6:30 p.m. MST via Zoom and will also be available as a recording to registrants after the live event in case they cannot make it at that time.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Lobo Living Room: Astonishing Trues Tales of UNM’s Early Presidents — 6:30 p.m.
Join University Archivist Portia Vescio at 6:30 p.m. MST as she reviews the good, the bad, and the ugly of the first seven presidents in UNM's history from Elias Stover through James Zimmerman.

This presentation will also feature conversations with UNM President Garnett S. Stokes and Alumni Association President Chad Cooper, and former UNM President Richard “Dick” Peck and Alumni Association Immediate Past President Alexis Kerschner Tappan, discussing the unexpected circumstances they have faced during their time in office.

RSVP today and watch your inbox for a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting details, including a password to enter the discussion.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Drive-In Movie at Balloon Fiesta Park — 6:00 p.m.
Load up the family and come watch Remember the Titans with the Alumni Association at Balloon Fiesta Park for just $5 per car! We'll have giveaways, food trucks and an all-around night of Lobo family fun!

Tickets are available here and space is limited, so order yours today! Gates open at 6:00 p.m. MST.

Friday, Oct. 2

Continuation of week-long merriment!
Time to get prepped for your Lobo Pride Nationwide At-Home Tailgate and Lobo Rewind Watch Party tomorrow!

PAÍS Virtual Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
You’re invited to join the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Interdisciplinary Science Co-Op to celebrate their ribbon cutting ceremony beginning Friday, Oct. 2, and lasting through Nov. 8.

Through a series of video tours, including the ceremonial ribbon cutting by President Garnett S. Stokes, you can get an up-close look at the Physics & Astronomy and the Interdisciplinary Science building, and the people within this state-of-the-art facility who are proudly expanding their research and educational outcomes throughout the UNM campus and beyond.

School of Engineering presents: Engineering in Action - Drones
UNM Engineering faculty and students will share how drones are used in their research at 3 p.m. MST. Plans for their on-campus outdoor netted drone facility, LoboDrome, will also be discussed.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Home for Homecoming Tailgate — Lobo Pride Nationwide
The Homecoming theme for 2020 is “Connected by the Unexpected,” and the UNM At-Home Tailgate is an opportunity for every Lobo across the US to safely gather with our families, share memories, food and good times with our close ones, and most of all — showcase our Lobo Pride in a way that’s safe until we can gather again! Be sure you’re adhering to COVID-19 safe practices as well!

Lobo Rewind Watch Party — 1:30 p.m.
Relive one of the most epic football games in Lobo history during the Lobo Rewind Watch Party on Saturday afternoon. My50TV will be broadcasting the 2004 match between UNM and Texas Tech at 1:30 p.m. MST, and Lobo Athletics will be live streaming it on YouTube, so you can tune in from anywhere!

Homecoming Community Service Projects

ALS Foundation Walk
Join the movement to raise money to help find treatments and a cure for ALS, and support the ALS Foundation’s mission to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. Registration is free to compete on your own or with the Lobo Team!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Mexico – Mentor2.0 Program
In the spirit of service and giving during UNM’s Homecoming 2020, consider becoming a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Mexico! Mentor2.0 matches high school students with college-educated mentors, and provides them with the support and guidance they need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce.

Lend A Helping Hand: Provide In-Home Childcare and/or Educational Oversight
During times when many of us are working from home, some parents are seeking in-home childcare. If you are interested in supporting the families of our Lobo community and being compensated for your time, please sign up here. Please have your availability handy and be prepared to supply information regarding recent background checks (within the last three years).

Follow UNM Alumni on social media, watch your email, and check our Events Calendar for all the latest Homecoming 2020 updates. Let’s celebrate everything that makes us Lobos — Connected by the Unexpected!

*Masks are mandatory at all events and guests must abide by New Mexico’s state mandates.

For questions or more information:

Alumni Relations Office
O: 505-277-5808
800-ALUM-UNM (258-6866)
E: alumni@unm.edu